Non-League round-up

first_imgA busy Easter period has seen some big results for our local teams and left all of them with plenty still to play for as the season reaches its climax. After a disappointing holiday period, time is fast running out for Hayes & Yeading United as they continue their fight to avoid relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier.A return of just one point from their two weekend fixtures against Cambridge United and Luton Town has left them four points adrift with just three games to go.On Saturday things are unlikely to get any easier when promotion chasing Mansfield Town travel to Kingfield.They have won five of their last six league games to top the division’s form table along with champions Fleetwood Town so a special effort looks necessary for Nas Bashir’s team.There has been a lot of positivity around Hampton & Richmond Borough recently with the last week again being a good one. On Saturday they picked up a tidy 2-0 win at Farnborough before beating Wealdstone by the same scoreline on Monday night to win the Middlesex Senior Cup.However, despite these fine results, a midweek win for Havant & Waterlooville over Salisbury dropped them back into the Blue Square Bet South bottom three.Nevertheless, Mark Harper’s team do appear to still hold all the cards. They have two games in hand on their nearest rivals, who they trail by a point, and next face a trip to Eastbourne Borough who have lost their last four.The Stones meanwhile have endured a punishing week  – they have played three times since Saturday.A fine 4-1 win over Kingstonian at the weekend got them off to a great start and lifted them to within two points of the Ryman League Premier Division play-off places.Since then it has been a different story. On Monday they made the short journey to Uxbridge to take on Hampton in the aforementioned cup final but came unstuck and on Wednesday they could only draw 0-0 with struggling Harrow Borough in the derby.They now find themselves four points away from the much coveted fifth place with a game in hand and must raise themselves for the visit of title chasing AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.The Urchins have won four of their last five and drew with leaders Billericay in their last match so will provide formidable opposition.As for boss Dave Anderson (pictured above) and his Harrow side, they will feel it has been a generally positive week.Aside from the battling point against Wealdstone in front of a bumper crowd of over 600, they picked up a surprise 2-1 win at high-flying Cray Wanderers on Saturday.The two results have left them three points and two places above the relegation zone with three matches to go.Consequently, Saturday’s game at Hastings United couldn’t be much bigger for them. The Sussex club are one of the two teams immediately below Harrow and are five games without a win.With three of the four relegation places having already been assigned, another loss for the U’s could be terminal.At the other end of the table, Hendon are still battling for a place in the play-offs.Their Easter fixtures against midtable sides Margate and Wingate & Finchley would have had most Greens supporters thinking that six points were achievable.As it turned out they only picked up three after a shock 3-0 home defeat to the Kent club and then a stunning 5-0 away win against their north London rivals.These results have left them one point off fifth among a group of five or six teams of which there is little to choose between.As end of season run-ins go, theirs is one of the kindest. The toughest match of their final three should be against Kingstonian on Saturday.The K’s are still in with an outside chance of a play-off place themselves but they will arrive at Vale Farm having played three times in a week (Saturday, Monday and Thursday) so fatigue could be an issue.If Hendon do slip up they could end the day four points adrift with just two games to go, so a win looks essential.All Premier League and Football League season-ticket holders get in for half-price at all our local non-league clubs’ home league games. Check their websites for details.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has commended the country’s law enforcement authorities for their action which led to the arrests of two suspects linked to the brutal murders of University of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana and SA boxing champion Leighandre Jegels.​​​Mrwetyana’s alleged killer was arrested and charged with rape, murder and defeating the ends of justice. The man suspected of killing Jegels was also arrested and has since died in hospital.​​​The murder of these two young women; one at the hands of a stranger and the other killed by a man who was reportedly her boyfriend remain a stark reminder that the women of South Africa are not safe, either in their homes or in the streets.​​​On Monday 2 September 2019, the body of a 14 year old girl was found in a backyard in Cape Town, adding to a grim body count of murdered women and girls across the country.​​​“This is a very dark period for us as a country. The assaults, rapes and murders of South African women are a stain on our national conscience.” President Ramaphosa said.​​​The President added: “We have just commemorated Women’s Month. Sixty three years after the women of 1956 marched for the right to live in freedom, women in this country live in fear – not of the apartheid police but of their brothers, sons, fathers and uncles. We should all hang our heads in shame”​​In 2019, the Presidency signed the Declaration on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide with various civil society formations and has directed that urgent attention be given to its implementation, particularly on immediate measures around support to victims and access to shelters and places of safety.​​​The President has sent his deepest condolences to the Mrwetyana and Jegels families and urges all South Africans to keep them in their thoughts during this very traumatic time. The President will be meeting with the leadership of the police later on today to be briefed on, amongst others, steps being undertaken to stem the tide of gender based violence in the country.​​​Enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President – 072 854 5707​​Issued by the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa​last_img read more

New eLearning series focuses on farm safety

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau’s Cultivating Safe Farm Operations eLearning Safety Series is a new, interactive, engaging and accessible online education program developed for a broad audience of farmers, workers and on-farm youth to make real changes in their farm safety habits.Vision StatementCreating a culture of farm safety to eliminate incidents in Ohio’s agricultural community.Program OverviewIn partnership with Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science’s Ag Safety and Health Program, and Nationwide, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Cultivating Safe Farm Operations eLearning safety series is an interactive online education program. Created with three initial modules, the series was developed to be engaging and accessible to a broad audience of farmers, part time, full time and youth farm workers.Each of the three initial modules will take learners about 40 minutes to complete, and cover several basic agricultural risks. Each module integrates an assessment into the online platform to assure basic comprehension and help cultivate on-farm behavior modification.To access the program modules, prospective learners must create an account in Farm Bureau University. The platform is provided in partnership with American Farm Bureau Federation, and includes additional self directed learning opportunities.Click here for more information and to take part.last_img read more

Google Earth Builder: Managing & Mapping Companies’ Geo-Data

first_imgGoogle’s mapping tools – namely Google Earth and Google Maps – are among its most successful consumer-facing products. Google Earth alone has been downloaded more than 700,000,000 times. But the company today is aiming to expand the reach of those services by targeting the enterprise market with a brand new tool: Google Earth Builder.The new product will let companies upload, process and store their geospatial data in the Google cloud. As it utilizes the popular Google Maps and Google Earth tools, Earth Builder will enable users to share and publish mapping data without requiring any technical expertise or GIS training.In announcing the new product, Google points out that, “in the enterprise a lot of geospatial data remains trapped on costly servers and inaccessible to those who need it. We’d like to help free that data and bring the same benefits that consumers have enjoyed for years to businesses and government agencies.” That sounds pretty noble, but it’s also likely to be incredibly lucrative. Google Earth Builder could provide a cloud-based alternative to many of the GIS software packages already on the market. The new package, which will officially launch this summer, will be priced “competitively” with similar software offerings already on the market.But as Business Insider’s Matt Rosoff rightly points out, the savings may be at the level of hardware as much as hardware. Not only will companies be able to store massive amounts of data (“terabytes of imagery,” in Google’s words), but they’ll have access to the computational power of Google’s cloud as well. Tags:#enterprise#NYT#Products audrey watters Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Phoenix hopes for fair PBA treatment after Calvin Abueva suspension

first_imgCalvin Abueva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Phoenix hopes the PBA will handle situations similar to Calvin Abueva’s case the same way should incidents of the same manner happen again in the future.“While we do not agree with the decision, we have no alternative at the moment except to abide by it,” the statement read. “We no longer wish to comment on the basis of the decision but just expect and hope that incidents like this in the future will be treated similarly and decided the same manner regardless of the player involved.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No shortage of financial support for Hidilyn Diaz, says PSC chair Butch Ramirez Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “This is already a decision precedent that should be used as basis in deciding similar infractions.“Abueva, however, only had himself to blame in what had been a whirlwind last several days for the temperamental veteran.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 31-year-old Abueva was fined P50,000 for clotheslining TNT import Terrence Jones in a blowout loss by Phoenix on Sunday and another P20,000 for making lewd gestures toward Maika Rivera, girlfriend of Blackwater guard Ray Parks, during their game on Friday.The league also suspended Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas for two games and fined him P40,000 for “flagrant misconduct” and “issuing statements detrimental to the league.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said the indefinite suspension on Abueva should also serve as a reminder to other players to “act as professional athletes and that unbecoming conduct or any act or statement that is prejudicial or detrimental to the PBA will be severely punished.”TNT also got heavy fines with Jones hit with a P70,000 fine for hitting Abueva in the groin and “physically contacting an official” while twins Anthony and David Semerad were fined P20,000 each “for fighting stance.”KaTropa consultant Mark Dickel was also fined P21,000 for disrespecting and throwing the ball at an official while assistant team manager Miguel Fernandez was fined P10,000 “for approaching the technical table.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

100 Per Cent Case Disposal Rate at St. Catherine Parish Court

first_img Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, is reporting a 100 per cent case disposal rate at the St. Catherine Parish Court. Story Highlights He noted that this is a significant improvement over the 81.2 per cent disposal rate in 2017.center_img Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, is reporting a 100 per cent case disposal rate at the St. Catherine Parish Court.He noted that this is a significant improvement over the 81.2 per cent disposal rate in 2017.The Chief Justice, who was addressing a recent justice forum in the parish capital of Spanish Town, recently, credited the development to the leadership of the judges and the improve efficiency of staff at the court office.He noted, however, that hearing date certainty is at 78 per cent and requires a “change in culture and behaviour on the part of everyone in order to bring it to the required level.”He said that when cases are delayed, it causes witnesses to lose interest, noting that repeat visits also cause a financial burden.“The judges have to be prepared to begin the cases; the lawyers have to be prepared to begin the cases. When we do that, we create an environment of expectation where persons go to court and anticipate commencement of trials,” he argued.St. Catherine Parish Court is among the top three courts in Jamaica in terms of case disposal rates. It also has one of the highest loads of criminal cases.Turning to measures to address the backlog of cases before the courts, the Justice Minister said every year going forward for the next six years, every parish court has been charged to dispose of at least 135 cases, for every 100 new cases entering the system.The forum in Spanish Town brought together stakeholders in the justice and social services sectors to facilitate discussions on ways to best serve the legal and judicial needs of communities.To date, similar sessions have been held in six parishes.last_img read more

MaritimeTech Startup Accelerator to Be Launched in Singapore

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Ship management company Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) and capital market company Techstars are jointly launching the world’s first global MaritimeTech startup accelerator, the EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars.To be based in EPS’ headquarters in Singapore, this mentorship-driven startup accelerator partnership will be the first of its kind to target the maritime industry.“The merchant maritime industry is one of the oldest in the world, yet advancements in the business come slowly, lagging behind the latest technological trends that other mature industries readily adopt,” Gil Ofer, Business Development Manager of EPS, said.“Eastern Pacific Shipping aims to address this long-standing issue by partnering with Techstars to launch the world’s first global MaritimeTech accelerator to cultivate and mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs in an industry that is ripe for disruption,” Ofer added.From April 2019, the EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars will accept applications from startups around the world and ultimately select ten companies – including the most promising Singapore and regional early-stage ventures – to participate in the inaugural class.In November 2019, the class will gather in EPS’ headquarters in Singapore for an intensive three-month program of research and development, mentorship, and collaboration. The accelerator will culminate in February 2020 with a demo day wherein every startup will pitch its newly polished business to an audience of venture capitalists, corporate innovation leaders and industry experts with the goal of facilitating investment in the companies while broadening and energizing the local entrepreneurial community.“This partnership is a great match for Techstars, and we’re thrilled to partner with EPS in the world’s maritime and shipping capital and present the market with a catalyst for innovation in this industry. We’re excited to further expand the Techstars brand and network in the APAC region and look forward to working with EPS to support entrepreneurs in their journey to transform this enormous industry,” Will Robinson, VP of Asia-Pacific Sales at Techstars, said.Entrepreneurs focused on disrupting the maritime industry with technologies related to regulations, fuel efficiency, vessel operations, digitalization, navigation and other subthemes are encouraged to apply, according to the two companies.Separately, Eastern Pacific informed that the first vessel in EPS managed fleet was equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system. The ship in question is the 176,943 dwt Capesize bulk carrier, Mount Faber. Last year, EPS received a loan from BNP Paribas to facilitate the installation of scrubbers on its fleet.last_img read more