Calle Ocho, Ultra Music Festival cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

first_imgCity of Miami leaders came to a final decision and announced that Calle Ocho and Ultra Music Festival for 2020 will be canceled due to the concern over preventing the spread of the coronavirus.On Friday, city officials announced that both events will be postponed until next year.“This has been a very, very difficult decision that we have made,” said Miami District 3 Commissioner Joe Carollo.City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said it is a postponement until the coronavirus threat is less severe. “As COVID-19 coronavirus cases continue to rise, public gatherings can pose a risk by increasing person-to-person contact, often putting groups in close proximity to one another,” said Suarez. “We are obtaining this guidance from the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], which defines mass gatherings as those with 25,000 people or more.” Ultra Music Festival released a statement that said those who have purchased tickets for the event will receive an email on Monday. The statement did not make it clear if ticket buyers would get a full refund.The Florida Department of Health says there are now six cases of the new coronavirus in the state, including two in Broward county and two deaths statewide.last_img read more


first_imgGAA: The mouth-watering clash between St Eunan’s and St Michael’s will be held on Saturday 26th at 7.30pm at Mac Cumhaill Park.St Michael’s booked their semi-final spot courtesy of their emphatic win over Malin at O’Donnell Park yesterday afternoon. Reigning Donegal SFC holders St Eunan’s delivered a superb display against local rivals Glenswilly.It was a closely fought opening period, but Glenswilly failed to convert their chances when they were on top and paid the price.A sweeping counter-attack was finished off by Lee McMonagle and there was no way back for Glenswilly after that.McMonagle added another goal and Eunan’s ran out comfortable winners in the end. St Michael’s have been in sparkling form all year and sit top of the All-County League Division One.They cruised through the group stages and dispatched Malin with ease yesterday afternoon.One worry for Eddie Harkin – without being disrespectful to the teams they have faced so far in truth St Michael’s haven’t been tested, where as St Eunan’s will have been given a huge boost with their win over Glenswilly.The clash will draw a bumper crowd to Mac Cumhaill Park, the clash between the two sides at the same stage last season was a superb match and it promises to be another cracking encounter.It’s expected that the other Donegal SFC semi-final between Kilcar and Glenties will take place in either Donegal Town or O’Donnell Park. SATURDAY NIGHT FIXTURE FOR DONEGAL SFC SEMI-FINAL BETWEEN ST EUNAN’S AND ST MICHAEL’S was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

Raiders’ center Rodney Hudson may play vs. Lions

first_imgALAMEDA — Might the Raiders be back at full strength on the offensive line?’It looked possible Friday when center Rodney Hudson was on the field with his teammates and officially listed as “questionable” with an ankle injury.Given Hudson rarely misses time and earned legendary status in the locker room for playing through a kidney stone in late 2017, it’s possible he’ll give it a go Sunday when the Raiders host the Detroit Lions at the Coliseum.Hudson and Andre James, the undrafted free …last_img read more

South Africa, France toast to wine exchange

first_imgTwo cellar workers, from the Graham Beckestate in Franschoek, who participated in the programme. Graham Beck and the estate’s cellar master Pieter Ferreira are South African partners in the initiative. Isaac Frederick (l) and Jean Michel Jacob in Burgundy. Frederick travelled tothe Lucien Jacob wine estate in France.(Images: Philippe Maupetit) MEDIA CONTACTS • Andre Morgenthal  Communications Manager, Wines of SA  +27 21 883 3860• Florence Zito  CFPPA  +33 80 24 79 95• Thuthukile Skweyiya Western Cape-  Burgundy Wine Exchange Programme   (Western Cape Ministry of Agriculture)  [email protected]  +27 21 483 4700/1 RELATED ARTICLES • Black, female and making great wine • Wine: South Africa’s French connection • Zuma in France to strengthen ties • Paul Cluver lauded by wine trade • Sommeliers’ world cup in SAEmily van RijswijkThe art of making and enjoying wine has always brought people closer together. Now this rich form of exchange – and the benefits thereof – is being felt on a national level with the Thutukile Skweyiya Western Cape programme, which celebrates a decade of achievement in July 2011.The programme, which entails previously disadvantaged South Africans visiting France to learn the fine skills of wine-making, was established in 2001 and has so far changed the lives of more than 250 workers, some in profound ways.It is the brainchild of South Africa’s then ambassador to France and Unesco Thutukile Skweyiya, whose primary mandate was to strengthen relations between France and South Africa to enhance the lives of her compatriots.“In 1999 I identified the wine sector as one area, among others, where we could give practical impetus of our objective to better the lives of our people at home.”In September 2002 the relationship was formalised when then-premier of Western Cape Gerald Morkel and the president of the regional council of Burgundy signed an agreement stipulating the areas of cooperation.The decade of empowering people will also be celebrated with the launch in the Western Cape in July, and later in Burgundy, of a book.Different coursesThe programme is jointly managed by two agricultural colleges: the Centre de Formation Professionnelle et de Promotion Agricole (CFPPA) in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, and the agricultural college in Elsenburg, Stellenbosch.Every year a panel of representatives from Elsenburg college, the Department of Agriculture in the Western Cape and industry bodies in the province selects between five and eight workers for the different courses – sommelier training, project management, wine-making, barrel management and maintenance, and cheese-making.These workers then receive training and skills exchange at the CFPPA in Beaune over several weeks, depending on the course.As part of the programme, and perhaps the most exciting, is the time workers spend with French host families on small family-owned wine estates across Burgundy. It is during this time that they really experience French living, with its culture so strongly grounded in food and wine.In 2006 the programme introduced a reciprocal component with 10 French students from the CFPPA coming to work and learn on wine farms in the Western Cape each year.And, every alternate year, a rugby team from Elsenburg visits the CFPPA and vice versa.But, says Marius Paulse, chief director of structural agricultural training at the Elsenburg college, the focus of the project remains on capacity-building of workers in the wine industry, especially for the unskilled orchard or cellar worker.New perspectiveIt’s the stories of change taking place in the lives of beneficiaries and their hosts which really lies at the heart of the exchange programme’s success, says CFPPA project manager Florence Zito.Paulse agrees, adding that he has seen remarkable change taking place among participants. Workers return from France with a completely new perspective on viticulture and oenology, but more importantly, often with a profoundly different view on life and their own personal abilities and ambitions.Moira van der Merwe is one such a success story. She started out as an ordinary cleaner and labourer in the Cape vineyards and was selected to participate in the programme.Van der Merwe visited Burgundy twice, first completing a technical course of five weeks at the CFPPA and then spending a further three weeks with a host family during the wine-making period.After this training, she was promoted from the vineyard to the tasting room, resulting in her attending a second full-time sommelier course to help her specialise in her new job.Today she is an assistant in the wine-tasting room at Bilton Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch wine region.Another example is Felicity Sheloba: with very little formal schooling, Sheloba progressed from tea-maker and cleaner to assistant wine-maker at the Company of Wine People, also based in Stellenbosch, after receiving training in France.‘Exchange of life’Zito admits that her own life has been changed as a result of the project, and that many of the French host families feel the same, despite an initial reluctance on their part to be involved with the project.But this same group of people has continued to receive South African workers year after year because they have found that the programme has added so much value to their own lives.“Something changed inside them,” Zito says.She adds: “Above all this programme is a human exchange. Everybody grows, everybody has become richer as a result of this programme, not just the beneficiaries.”Former South African rugby legend and now renowned wine-maker Jan Boland Coetzee, owner of Vriesenhof Vineyards in Stellenbosch, says two of his workers attended a course in Burgundy and he noticed a remarkable change on their return.In essence, the programme is about more than just an exchange of skills in viticulture and oenology, Zito feels.“It is an exchange of life. It is a profoundly human story that has touched the lives of everybody who has had dealings with it.”Proudly FrenchZito is proud of the Burgundy region and its wonderful “living” culture of wine and food. She laughingly admits that she finds it horrifying that South Africa refers to viticulture and oenology as the wine industry.“Industry is for cars. Industry is a word for machines,” she says.“We have some people who came to do the courses who have never tasted wine, even if they work in the cellars or the vineyards for a very long time. They didn’t know anything about the fine art of wine, they thought about wine just as alcohol,” she says.For the French, wine is not an industry and in Burgundy, wine is not alcohol, she stresses. With a history of wine-making stretching back 2 000 years, Burgundy wines are a living story of culture and family heritage grounded in everyday life.“Wine in Burgundy is culture, it is heritage, it is style of life, it is gastronomy, it is the link between people, it is love, yes it is pleasure, friendship: this is wine.”And it is this essence that the South African workers discover when they visit France.Exchange to continueAlthough the cost of the programme poses many challenges for the budget of the Western Cape Agricultural Department, positive change in people’s lives is one of the determining factors which has convinced the provincial government to continue with the programme, Paulse says.“We are therefore committed to continue and see the programme grow.”The same sentiment is expressed by the French counterparts. The success of the project so far has convinced the politicians that the programme should continue, says Zito.She foresees, however, that the programme will need to adapt to the changing needs and challenges of the target beneficiaries, but that no matter the form it takes in future, the exchange of skills and the story of wine will continue between South Africa and Burgundy.“The society in South Africa has changed a lot, so has the demand, therefore this programme will be adapted. The need is not the same. The questions are not the same. So we must adapt the partnership to the needs of the society,” Zito adds.Inspired by the success of the South African exchange programme, Burgundy and the region of Maule in Chile initiated a similar programme in 2010.The human story behind the projectIn July 2011 South Africa and France will celebrate its 10 years of working together to empower unskilled workers in the Western Cape wine industry with the publication of a book.The book will first be launched in the Western Cape “as a testimony to what we, as humans, can do when we all work together for the common good,” Zito says.“With this book and with the pictures we hope that it will also tell the human story behind the project because it is such a noble story.”The initial launch takes place from 18 to 22 July, before the book’s unveiling later in the year in Burgundy. It will be published in English and French.Isaac Frederick and Jean Michel Jacob in Burgundy. Isaac participated in the programme in Burgundy. Jean Michel Jacob is the owner of a burgundy wine estate, Lucien Jacob and is a partner in the programme.last_img read more

Thousands of farmers in Ohio the focus of farm bill crop insurance provision

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins and Matt ReeseFarmer-owners of Sunrise Cooperative are going to want to pay close attention to some fine print in the upcoming farm bill.For over 15 years the Ohio-based co-op has been able to sell crop insurance and divvy out patronage checks at the end of every year, when profits are available. When the crop insurance program was created in 2000, the thought process was since co-ops work directly with farmers (the only people who would be buying crop insurance) the co-op system would be an obvious fit to market the plans.Since then, private industry has been brought into the crop insurance mix and has made the argument that co-ops like Sunrise shouldn’t be able to sell crop insurance because laws state that crop insurance profits may not be rebated, even in the form of patronage paid by a cooperative.“Federal Crop Insurance is a critically important tool for farmers and must be protected. The Sunrise issue has nothing to do with patronage dividends or co-ops’ ability to provide quality services to farmers. Rather it is about one co-op’s ability to offer rebates or kickbacks on the sale of crop insurance that would be illegal for any other co-op, farm credit or independent agent operating in Ohio or the region,” said Tom Sell, with the Crop Insurance Professionals Association. “It is this special advantage that causes concern. Crop insurance has always operated on a level playing field where all farmers have the option to purchase products at published rates and prices regardless of who you choose to do business with. This promotes competition based on quality of service, which we believe is in the best interest of all farmers over the long term and as a matter of public policy.”The first real battle on this issue arose during work on the 2008 Farm Bill.“At that time, Congress said that any entities that had been selling crop insurance and paying out patronages properly in 2005, 2006 and 2007, could continue,” said George Secor, CEO of Sunrise Cooperative. “That included us, an entity in Georgia and another one in Florida and onward we went.”Through two mergers in 2007 and 2009, Sunrise continued with business as usual. Then in 2016, Trupointe merged into Sunrise and more pushback was given about crop insurance and patronages.“Private industry came out and said that we were now a different entity and we could no longer be a part of the exemption from the 2008 Farm Bill,” Secor said. “We had the same Federal I.D. and the same territory of Ohio and Michigan, but when we got a letter from Federal Crop Insurance stating that we had to stop paying patronage, we knew we had to fight it.”That fight traveled all the way to the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals back in July, where all three judges sided with Sunrise and, again, it was business as usual. After that heavy expenditure of time, effort and resources, Sunrise execs and farmer-owners thought that the decision made by one of the highest courts in the land would be an end to the questions of how they do business. They thought wrong.Sunrise Cooperative’s lawyers recently found out about a sentence added into what could be the next farm bill, which is currently being worked on in committee. The committee includes Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressman Collin Peterson from Minnesota, Pat Roberts, a Senator from Kansas and Congressman Mike Conaway from Texas.“I was notified that Congressman Conaway has dropped a line in the new farm bill proposal vacating our victory in Federal Court earlier this year,” Secor said. “I thought after all of that time and money was spend to defend ourselves, how could this happen? It turns out that Congress has the authority to override a Federal Court decision.”The last sentence of Title X—Crop Insurance language on page 251 of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 is: “The Committee commends RMA’s May 2016 interpretation of entity for purposes of 7 U.S.C. 1508(a)(9)(B) as wholly consistent with Congressional intent and a plain reading of the statute and vital to maintaining the integrity of crop insurance.”The 1508(a)(9)(B) described in the farm bill sentence refers to the following from the USDA’s Risk Management Agency in 2016:Except as provided in subparagraph (B), no person shall pay, allow, or give, or offer to pay, allow, or give, directly or indirectly, either as an inducement to procure insurance or after insurance has been procured, any rebate, discount, abatement, credit, or reduction of the premium named in an insurance policy or any other valuable consideration or inducement not specified in the policy.(B) Exceptions Subparagraph (A) does not apply with respect to—(i) a payment authorized under subsection (b)(5)(B);(ii) a performance-based discount authorized under subsection (d)(3); or(iii) a patronage dividend, or similar payment, that is paid—(I) by an entity that was approved by the Corporation to make such payments for the 2005, 2006, or 2007 reinsurance year, in accordance with subsection (b)(5)(B) as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this paragraph; Word of this provision has Secor, along with attorneys representing the co-op and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, working feverishly to figure out how to make this right with their over 7,000 farmer-owners again.“Our stance is the same as it was in 2002,” Secor said. “If there is money left over after Federal Crop Insurance, why would we not give it back to the farmers that purchased it? It still doesn’t make sense to me.”Since the first patronage check was cut in 2003, Sunrise has paid $4.7 million back to the farmers who purchased crop insurance.“At some point, that farm bill will have to come out of committee and all four members will have to sign off on it,” Secor said. “We are waiting to hear back from the other three members to see if they are supportive of Congressman Conaway doing this to us and taking patronage away from our farmers.”If the farm bill does come out of committee with this provision attached, Secor said it would then be up to farmer-owners to make their voices heard in Washington.“We have two Senators and 16 House members representing Ohio and we will go to all of them and let them know what might be happening to the people they represent,” Secor said. “Would they want to take these patronages away from their constituents in a time right now when we have some of the lowest farm prices we have had in quite some time?”Why would a Congressman from Texas quietly drop a sentence into the farm bill that would impact a cooperative in Ohio?“That is a great question,” Secor said. “Why would he would want to come to the state of Ohio, explicitly carve out Sunrise Cooperative and take patronages away from farmers and not give them money back on a product that they are the only ones buying? I would love to hear his answer on that. It bothers me to think that one Congressman has that kind of power and can use it against the farmers in a state that is miles away from his own.”Although Secor doesn’t know if private crop insurance companies are behind the move by Congressman Conaway, he does know that letters are being sent out from those organizations still insisting that the Sunrise merger with Trupointe should have voided the practice of paying patronages for crop insurance.Only time will reveal if the controversial sentence with significant Ohio implications makes it into the final version. The farm bill work continues behind-the-scenes, but will move forward as the year winds down and may be passed before the New Year begins.last_img read more

NO LIMIT – Centrale d’Oxygène Liquide — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty:2Terrain:5 Constructed in 1937, Centrale d’Oxygène Liquide was a factory used for storing liquid oxygen and transforming ore. It later became a major manufacturer of steel and iron before shutting their furnaces off in 1997. Now abandoned, the vacant factory has been used for graffiti art competitions and curious exploration. Much of the equipment is still there and makes for an eerie walk on the way to ground zero. The cache owner urges cachers not to attempt this T5 cache alone and to bring proper climbing gear. To log your find make your way through the factory and climb up high on one of the structures.On the way upEmpty factoryRain or shineRelaxing at GZFound it!Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Have you ever wanted to feel like a super spy while geocaching? You may get your chance in Audun-Le-Tiche, Luxembourg. Mystery Cache NO LIMIT – Centrale d’Oxygène Liquide looks like a secret base in a James Bond movie. It is one of Luxembourg’s top-favorited geocaches and is the country’s most-found Mystery Cache. SharePrint RelatedTop 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”DieMuggels – Genesis (A rough night) – Geocache of the WeekJanuary 24, 2018In “Community”How Dr. Polley, edu-cacher extraordinaire, incorporates geocaching in his classroomOctober 28, 2015In “Community”center_img Location:LuxembourgN 49° 29.329′ E 005° 58.308′ Mystery CacheGC1GZ8Hby .:[[email protected]]:.last_img read more

Former Cincinnati Player Says Butch Jones Hit Players At Practice “Multiple Times”

first_imgJohn Lloyd tweets that Butch Jones hit players at practice.john lloyd cincinnati butch jonesLast week, a number of rumors regarding Tennessee head coach Butch Jones – including a claim that he punched a player this past summer during practice – made the rounds on social media. This Monday, Jones commented on the rumor, calling it “absolutely ridiculous.” Wednesday night, one of Jones’ former players made an interesting claim on Twitter regarding the situation.Former Cincinnati punter John Lloyd, who played for Jones from 2010-2012, told his followers that he saw Jones hit players “multiple times” during his time with the Bearcats. He also joked that Jones “probably” made Cincinnati’s video crew delete practice footage. It wasn’t a glowing review of his former [email protected] here are the tweets.— Football Time in TN (@FootballTimeMag) October 8, 2015Lloyd has since deleted the tweets and moved his account to private, for what it’s worth. Despite Jones’ statement on the matter, it doesn’t seem that this story has gone away. We’ll keep you updated.last_img read more

CBDT orders I-T probe of 3 lakh de-registered firms for money laundering, DeMo misuse

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBDT has issued directions to Income Tax (I-T) offices across the country to probe financial transactions of about 3 lakh firms, de-registered by the government for their dubious financial credentials, for tax evasion and money laundering, especially during demonetisation. The board has asked the tax offices to undertake this special task and bring under their ambit the time period (over the last two years) when these companies were struck off from the records of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA). Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”To check possible misuse of such companies for money laundering activities, the board desires that the field authorities may verify deposits / withdrawals from the bank accounts of such companies during the process of striking down and just before that especially during the period of demonetisation,” the CBDT said in a communication. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is the policy making body for the I-T Department. A senior official said the board has inputs that a number of these companies possibly indulged in tax crimes and once this is established, the department will initiate action against them for indulging in money laundering and tax evasion. He said cases of money laundering will also be referred to the Enforcement Directorate as it investigates cases under this category of tax crime. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe CBDT asked the taxman to collect the information about these firms from the public section of the MCA website and subsequently scan their I-T returns and check their financial transactions history from the banks where they had accounts. “In cases of detection of unusual transactions and beneficiaries thereof, appropriate action may be taken as per provisions of the I-T Act after seeking restoration of the struck off company by filing an appeal before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT),” the CBDT said. The board asked the tax department offices across the country to complete this task in a “time-bound” manner and make it a practise to keep a track of such companies who indulge in money laundering.last_img read more

Womens basketball coach Patrick Kleins career continuing to soar since unconventional beginning

Patrick Klein calls out a play from the sideline during an OSU basketball game. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsPatrick Klein didn’t quite get the introduction to basketball that he expected. He wished to become a walk-on player as an Ohio State student, but things changed quickly.“I left my dorm and my friends were wishing me luck,” Klein said. “I came back and said ‘Hey, I made it, but the women’s practice team.’”Even though the position was not what he had originally envisioned, Klein rolled with the punches and quickly began working his way up the ranks of women’s college basketball, recently leading to a promotion to associate head coach of the OSU women’s basketball team.By the time he graduated from OSU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business management, Klein — a native of Belpre, Ohio — served as a student manager for the women’s basketball team from 2004-2005.Upon earning his undergraduate degree, Klein stayed at OSU as a graduate assistant under former head coach Jim Foster from 2005-2007.Klein then moved on to the University of Illinois, where he was an assistant coach from 2008 to 2010. For the 2011-2012 season, he returned to OSU, where he spent the next five seasons as an assistant coach.“For them to make that job title for me, it was an honor,” Klein said.Although he is appreciative of the promotion, Klein has never been caught up with labels.“When you work with great people, it’s not about the titles,” Klein said. “It’s just about every day working together for that common goal.”Despite the new title, Klein’s duties for the team remain the same. He will continue to be a key contributor in the recruiting process, provide detailed analysis on OSU and its opponents and will continue to push his agenda of proving OSU has a top women’s college basketball program“One of the big things for us here is being the best, the absolute best at developing young people,” Klein said. “In order to be the best, you have to really have the opportunity to focus on the details every single day.”Coach Kevin McGuff has had Klein as an assistant coach in his first three years at OSU.“He’s done a great job since he’s been here,” McGuff said. “He’s really helped us develop the program.”Off the court, Klein has helped bring in several highly rated recruiting classes for the Buckeyes.“Really, he’s been impactful on all of the recruits that we have gotten here,” McGuff said. “He’s very much a people person and he’s got great organization skills.”Klein also helped aid the club’s scoring spike in the 2015-2016 season, when OSU scored 86 points per game to set a new school record.“I think it’s just trying to execute coach McGuff’s vision, it’s trying to play really fast and aggressive,” Klein said. “We have great players out there that play hard and create an environment where both defense and offense creates points.”Looking ahead to the upcoming campaign, Klein said he is excited to see this year’s group take the floor.“Not only from a talent standpoint, but just the chemistry and how our team has grown together. I think that makes us really special,” Klein said. “When we’re playing the schedule that we’re playing — South Carolina, Miami, UConn — these are teams that you have to be totally focused and you have to continue to be prepared. Everybody’s role is going to be important this year.”As for his coaching future, Klein isn’t in any rush to move on from his current role with the Buckeyes.“Any time that you can coach at your alma mater, it’s a really special thing.” Klein said. “I have one of the best jobs in women’s college basketball.” read more