Rays, Brandon Lowe finalize new 6-year contract

first_imgThe Rays have signed utility man Brandon Lowe to a six-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. The initial report on the deal from The Athletic said it will guarantee the 24-year-old $24 million and also includes two team options.  Astros, Alex Bregman agree to 6-year, $100 million extension, report says Tampa Bay is coming off a year in which it won 90 games with a payroll of $79.9 million, according to Spotrac. The Rays had just two players making more than $4 million on the season. Related News They have expanded this year as they will pay Charlie Morton $15 million and Kevin Kiermaier $8.17 million.center_img Angels sign Mike Trout to 12-year extension [email protected]_n_Lowe5 is 🔒’ed up!#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/HB9r79WvkP— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) March 20, 2019Lowe, 24, has 129 career at-bats in MLB, but he has the ability to play both the infield and the outfield. He has a career .281/.374/.465 slash line in the minor leagues.last_img read more

Live updates: Jaguars stun Raiders, 20-16, in Oakland’s home finale

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. ODDS: Raiders -6.5. OVER/UNDER: 44.5.SERIES: All-time series tied at 4-4-0. LAST … GAME ESSENTIALS: Raiders (6-7) vs. Jaguars (4-9) at Coliseum on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. (PT)TV: CBS-TV, Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst), John Schriffen (reporter).center_img Join us for live scoring updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon as the Raiders play their final game in Oakland.last_img

SA miner wins major Russian contract

first_img29 July 2008 For the work to be carried out at the Russian project, situated in the town of Kotelnikovo, Shaft Sinkers will use a special technique for water-bearing rock grouting, as opposed to the more traditional method of rock freezing. The contract was signed by EuroChem GM Dmitry Strezhnev, Shaft Sinkers MD Robert Schroder and financial director Christopher Hall. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “After the commissioning of the Gremyachinskoye mine in 2012 EuroChem will become the largest Russian and the fourth [largest] company in the world producing the entire range of mineral fertilisers, such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium,” the statement read. According to a Mining Weekly article this week, the deal is believed to be one of the largest mining construction contracts entered into between a Russian and South African company. “Shaft Sinkers is a leading mining company sinking shafts by means of rock cementation and grouting,” the company said in a statement this week. “That makes a fundamental difference between the construction of the man and material shaft of the future mine and sinking similar shafts in the past.” With the total project cost expected at approximately $2-billion (approximately R14.9-billion), it is one of the largest investment projects by private companies in the modern-day Russian Federation.center_img Preliminary works on the project commenced in June this year, while completion of the man and material shaft technological complex construction and commissioning is scheduled for January 2012. SAinfo reporter South African expertise Russian mineral and chemicals company EuroChem has awarded a contract worth US$270-million (approximately R2.02-billion) to South Africa’s Shaft Sinkers for shaft construction at EuroChem’s Gremyachinskoye potash deposit in Russia’s Volgograd region. EuroChem has since 2006 been involved in the development of the Gremyachinskoye potash deposit in Volgograd Region, which according to geological data contains over 1.2-billion tons of potash resources of exceptional ore quality. Mining Weekly added that the workforce would comprise a key group of South African expatriates of up to 50 people, who would then employ and train local workers.last_img read more

NGO fights for gender equalisation in South Africa

first_imgStruggle veteran Mbuyiselo Botha is not afraid to take on the most intimidatingof public figures to further Sonke’s cause. (Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mbuyiselo BothaSonke media relations manager+27 11 339 3589 or +27 82 518 1177 RELATED ARTICLES • SA men: lovers, brothers, fathers • Celebrating the power of women • 16 Days of Activism • Anti-abuse campaign hits SAJanine ErasmusThe charismatic and highly committed Mbuyiselo Botha of the Sonke Gender Justice Network is a man with a mission – to challenge patriarchal thinking which, he says, is crippling South African society.Sonke is an Nguni word meaning “together”.As the NGO’s media relations manager, and the man who spearheaded the recent Equality Court case against African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema, Botha is accustomed to standing in the line of fire.In 1984 the young Botha was involved in a demonstration against rent increases in Sharpeville township, in southern Gauteng province, where he grew up, and when the protest turned violent, he was shot in the head. The bullet has never been removed, and his body is partially paralysed as a result.But the former secretary-general of the Sharpeville Civic Association has not let his disability hold him back, saying that he has something that many of his comrades do not, and that is life.He has worked as a dissemination officer for the Red Cross and co-founded the South African Men’s Forum, and since joining Sonke in 2007, has been instrumental in many civil cases against those who promote negative values.Malema insinuated in January 2009 that the woman who claimed to have been raped by Jacob Zuma in 2005, years before he became the country’s president, had actually enjoyed the experience.Outraged by the youth league leader’s demeaning and inflammatory statement, Botha and his colleagues brought a court case of hate speech and harassment against him, and after a number of delays and postponements, the court finally ruled in March 2010 in favour of the Sonke Gender Justice Network.“It wasn’t Malema himself that we targeted,” said Botha, “but rather, we put patriarchy on trial. He is a symptom of this country’s patriarchal society. Imagine the good work he could do for us if he spoke as powerfully in favour of our cause.”Constructive dialogueSonke challenges the traditional notion of patriarchy, which can lead to men believing that they are superior to women and can treat them in any way they please, merely because of their gender.Constructive dialogue is at the heart of the organisation’s many activities.“If you condemn men, you abandon hope,” said Botha. “You have to draw them in and make them aware of the many benefits of this progressive way of thinking.”The patriarchal tradition demands that men must always have the right answer for any problem, that they must be competitive and successful in all aspects of life, and that they must win at any cost.“Our teaching frees men from the burden of patriarchy,” said Botha, “which has been drilled into them for generations. As a man, I am automatically a beneficiary of the patriarchal system, but there is something terribly wrong with that system because it allows men to get away with doing bad things.”South Africa is not the only country affected by gender-related violence and patriarchal ideas. “This kind of violence is perpetrated all over the world,” said Botha.To make a real difference, gender activism should be more than a calendar event, said Botha. The thinking behind initiatives such as 16 Days of Activism must be sustained all year long. “In many cases, it is a matter of life and death.”Promoting social cohesionEstablished in 2006, Sonke was founded by feminist Sharmillah Wilson, pastor and apartheid struggle veteran Bafana Khumalo and health and gender activist Dean Peacock.The organisation’s flagship project is titled One Man Can, launched in 2006. In addition to operations in eight of South Africa’s nine provinces, the project has been rolled out in Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia.One Man Can encourages people to make changes in their personal lives, so they can positively influence their community. It also promotes cooperation between men and women to break the destructive cycle of violence.Sonke is one of the forces behind the Brothers for Life campaign, which tries to get males over the age of 30 to become role-models for younger men. This can be achieved by taking accountability for sexual behaviour, having fewer sexual partners, knowing one’s HIV status, decreasing dependency on alcohol and drugs, and becoming more involved as a parent.The organisation is also involved in projects ranging from PhotoVoice – which trains pupils to express themselves through photography – to advocacy in prisons, working with refugees and migrants, and helping to eradicate xenophobia.The Fatherhood and Child Security initiative, operating in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, appeals to men to stop violence against women and children, limit the spread of HIV/Aids and promote gender equality.At school level, the NGO supplies a host of resources, such as DVDs, comics and musical plays, which speak to youngsters on a level they can identify with. However, said Botha, the Department of Education has not yet allowed Sonke free access to schools, and the organisation is still hamstrung by red tape and resistance from officials.Sonke measures the impact of all these initiatives through research conducted by professional bodies such as universities and consultancies.Cooperation with other activist groups and women’s movements, such as People Opposing Women Abuse and the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre for women, ensures that the equalisation process is objective.Making headwayJust the day before our meeting, Sonke again tasted victory, this time in its complaint against South African Breweries (SAB). The brewing giant is currently running a campaign that encourages beer drinkers to prove that they are real men by opting for a larger bottle size, thereby drinking more.Sonke’s view is that this links masculinity with negative behaviour, personal risk-taking and violence, and undermines everything it has worked to achieve over the years.“Drinking eats at the fibre of our society,” said Botha. “What kind of message are they sending?”Ironically, one of the campaign’s billboards is situated just metres from the Sonke offices in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. South Africa’s Advertising Standards Authority has advised SAB to retract the campaign, and on Sonke’s insistence the company will also issue a public apology.Because alcohol consumption is a major factor in road deaths and domestic violence, as well as the spread of HIV/Aids through unprotected sex, Sonke found it unacceptable that the beer producer should encourage drinking through an ill-considered ad campaign that places profitability above personal safety.http://www.genderjustice.org.zalast_img read more

Anthony Wayne FFA member makes history

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Submitted by the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter.Louis receives his plaque on stage at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana for being in the top 4 proficiency finalists in the country for Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication.Louis Pawliski, Anthony Wayne 2017 graduate, made school history as he was a national proficiency finalist at National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this fall. With 1,444 total state proficiency winners, Louis made it into the top 188 finalists in the country, being in the top four in the area of Agricultural Mechanics Design & Fabrication. This award was based on a application that Louis completed, as well as the state competition that he won. This was all due to the business that he began and grew as an FFA member called Krusty Lures. Today Louis continues to build his business, where he hand-makes fishing lures and rods, in downtown Toledo. He recycles used lead to create fishing lures that are useful to area fishermen. Louis is currently a sophomore at University of Toledo where he is studying business to further build Krusty Lures. This national award area was sponsored by Carry-On Trailer Corporation and Lincoln Electric. Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite of Penta Career Center.last_img read more

Consumers Urged to Make Wise Purchases this Christmas

first_imgStory Highlights The Christmas season for many Jamaicans can be a joyous and wonderful time; however, after it has passed, many consumers regret transactions that were done in the marketplace.Speaking at a recent press briefing at The Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) Chairman, Kent Gammon, said that among the reasons for regret is buyers’ remorse.“When you go and make a very expensive purchase and you think you may have made a wrong choice, you may think that you have been overly influenced by a very crafty vendor. You must be aware of that, and it is something you need to guard against,” he says.He encourages consumers to not be overzealous in purchasing products, but to be wise in making decisions before buying.“Make sure that you can fit it within your budget, because it is very frustrating when you go over your budget and you can’t meet your other expenses as they come along,” Mr. Gammon tells JIS News.The Chairman is also urging consumers to only buy items that come with warranties, especially when purchasing electrical products.“You are required by the Consumer Protection Act to have a warranty, so you need to insist on it, and if you do not get one, please let us know in writing and we will certainly pay a visit to that provider. There are sanctions under our Act, because we need to have you protected when you spend your hard-earned money,” Mr. Gammon says.The Chairman further notes that consumers should ensure that the electrical appliances are working before leaving the store and that they have their receipts, “so that if you have any problems, you have redress”.For the 2017/18 financial year to date, the electrical equipment and appliances category has generated most complaints, accounting for 34.47 per cent of the total complaints made by consumers.The CAC is advising consumers to read all labels and manuals carefully; observe the manufacturer’s instructions in the use of any product purchased, as abuse or misuse may void the warranty coverage; ask about return policy and warranty; and to utilise the services of a store or certified electrician if installation is required.Meanwhile, Director at the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), Orine Henry, says the Authority is partnering with the CAC for the Christmas season to focus on toys, electrical appliances, Christmas lights, processed foods and clothing and shoes in terms of labelling.“What we are asking consumers to do is to be very careful when they are purchasing toys. Look at the labels and ensure that you take particular care (when looking) at hazard warnings and anything that could cause choking,” Ms. Henry says.Persons are also being encouraged to get safety gear for items such as bicycles, scooters and skateboards.As it relates to electrical appliances, consumers are being asked to look at labels to ensure that the manufacturer’s name, number and address are present as well as the serial number for the product and the supply voltage.“You also look for the approved certification mark, and a popular one is Underwriters Laboratories (UL)… . Once you see that mark, it is saying that the product has been certified,” the Director states.On another matter, Ms. Henry says consumers should ensure that the Christmas lights that are being purchased have the requisite labelling information and that they are working before leaving the store.For processed foods, Jamaicans are encouraged to be extremely careful by looking at the labels, ingredient listings, date marks and net quantity declarations.Ms. Henry adds that persons should purchase their products from reputable sources.“We are imploring consumers to make sure that you are informed at the point of sale,” she tells JIS News.The CAC is a fully funded Government agency, which was established to inform, educate and empower consumers to protect themselves in the marketplace.The Commission conducts market research, provides complaint-resolution services and runs an active consumer-education programme. The CAC operates under the Trade Act of 1955 and the Consumer Protection Act of 2005. The Christmas season for many Jamaicans can be a joyous and wonderful time; however, after it has passed, many consumers regret transactions that were done in the marketplace. “When you go and make a very expensive purchase and you think you may have made a wrong choice, you may think that you have been overly influenced by a very crafty vendor. You must be aware of that, and it is something you need to guard against,” he says. Speaking at a recent press briefing at The Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) Chairman, Kent Gammon, said that among the reasons for regret is buyers’ remorse.last_img read more