Local sporting bodies latch-on to JAMAICA Sport

first_imgCash-strapped local sporting associations have seized advantage of funding available through Jamaica Sport, accessing sponsorship valued at more than US$260,000 for 13 events since the initiative was launched in October 2014.Ten sporting bodies have accessed funds so far.Among the events staged were the recent Jamaica Volleyball Association Beach Olympic Qualifiers in Ocho Rios, as well as the Caribbean Volleyball Championships in 2015; the 2014 and 2015 Reggae Marathon; the Jamaica International Invitational; the UANA Pan American Youth Water Polo Championships; the West Indies Test series against England and Australia and Caribbean Premier League; the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships; and the CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup Qualifiers.The Jamaica Taekwondo Association was the first body to access funds to host the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) World Cup in August 2014.The Jamaica Badminton Association, Netball Jamaica, and the Jamaica Surfing Association also benefited from Jamaica Sport, which receives funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund.MORE BOOKINGSDeputy Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Jason Hall told The Gleaner that 20,000 hotel-room nights, with an additional 4,000 tourists, have helped generate an economic impact of US$6 million to date.”Back in 2014, all the associations were contacted to notify them of the existence of Jamaica Sport, and our strategy, and what we were trying to achieve. We also held a number of information sessions that speak specifically to sport tourism economic-assessment model,” Hall said.The ITF World Cup, he said, had generated US$2.6 million from 15,000 guest nights.The figures were arrived at using the Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM).”A measurement tool, where you input the data from the event and even factors non-foreign visitors,” said Hall.He also noted that the International Tennis Federation Senior Championships, which featured French tennis star Marion Bartoli, was televised on four different networks, with 840 guest nights being used.”Staging a major event requires major sponsorship, and the sponsorship from Corporate Jamaica is limited. We are looking at a broader gamut,” he said.BETTER QUALITY EVENTS”We are looking to increase the quality and quantity of events with sporting potential. We are targeting specific events for development,” he added.Hall noted that for interested parties to access funds, their event must have tourism potential and must be sanctioned by the sport’s local governing body. Tourism potential would be evidenced by a marketing plan.Criteria for approval for funding would include giving Jamaica a competitive advantage through hosting, a high multiplier effect, and lower operating costs.Hall said that the events of interest include golf; masters’ events; beach events such as beach volleyball, beach tennis, beach rugby, and beach football; endurance events; high school and youth competitions; training camps; sports conferences; motocross; and surfing.He added that discussions were now in progress to stage a cycling tour of Jamaica in the vein of the Tour de France.Jamaica Sport is chaired by Chris Dehring and includes Howard McIntosh, Caribbean Premier League director of operations; Michael Hall, head of communications at the West Indies Cricket Board; Carole Beckford; and general manager of Independence Park Limited, Major Desmon Brown.last_img read more

Cilic beats Muller to set up quarterfinal against Querrey at Queen’s Club

first_imgThe big-serving American won in just under two hours against Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam singles champion.The first two sets were even, but Querrey ran away with the decider to set up a meeting with Cilic at the Wimbledon warmup tournament.Wawrinka is yet to find his top form after a double knee operation but said he must be patient.“For sure, I’m sad and frustrated because I need to win matches, I want to win matches and I want more. That’s for sure,” the Swiss said.“But there is a lot to take in the right way, and I’m sure if I can, as I say, keep doing the right things day by day, building on this and keep trying to improve, the results will come. I need to be patient with that.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Professional wrestler ‘Vader’ passes away at 63 Also, Frances Tiafoe beat Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to set up a last-eight clash with Jeremy Chardy. The Frenchman beat Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (6), 6-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “It was not easy, he (Muller) broke me in the beginning of the match and served out the first set,” said Cilic, who is a genuine threat on grass.“I managed to keep my composure and managed to serve well … It’s last year’s form, it continued this year, grass suits me greatly for my game, my shots hitting flat and deep through the court and serving well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCilic was champion in 2012 at Queen’s Club and runner-up also in 2013. He came close at Wimbledon last year, losing to Roger Federer after suffering from bad blisters in the final.Fifth-seeded Querrey, the winner here in 2010, beat Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-1. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates winning his singles tennis match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg at the Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Top-seeded Marin Cilic set up a quarterfinal with Sam Querrey after coming from a set down to beat Gilles Muller 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at Queen’s Club on Wednesday.Cilic was the losing finalist in the grass-court tournament and at Wimbledon in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihanlast_img read more

INTERPOL conducting TIP Needs Assessment in Guyana

first_imgA team from the International Police (INTERPOL) was in Guyana last week to commence a project that aims at tackling Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and migrant smuggling.The team, which was welcomed by the local Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons, was in Guyana from April 9-13. The visiting team comprised two officials representing INTERPOL and one officer from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).This Needs Assessment is the first of a three-phase INTERPOL Project to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling in the Caribbean. The INTERPOL Team kicked off their mission with visits to Itaballi, Puruni and Bartica in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) during which they were accompanied by a team from the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons in Guyana.The visit to Region Seven enabled the visiting team to experience the difficulties associated with travelling to interior regions in Guyana and policing these areas, to witness working conditions in the mines and the general conditions in which persons in the area lived. This experience facilitated the team from INTERPOL in making a general assessment of the risks and other difficulties associated with curbing occurrences of trafficking in persons in interior regions in Guyana.In addition, before returning to Georgetown, the INTERPOL team joined representatives of the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons in conducting sensitisation on the issue in the Bartica Market, Arcade and Beach areas. This activity followed a similar Task Force ‘Roving Sensitisation’ activity conducted along the seawalls from the Seawall Bandstand to Vlissengen Road on Easter weekend.The awareness activity in Bartica saw vendors and customers alike engaged in discussion on the topic of trafficking in persons and were encouraged to report suspected cases; posters affixed to the walls of various market stalls, shops and other establishments; and brochures, flyers and other material bearing messages of awareness and the trafficking in persons hotline number distributed to individuals along the way.The activity seemed to yield instant results as a report was received soon after through the TIP hotline of suspected trafficking in persons in the area. A raid was subsequently conducted by ranks of the Bartica Police Station and resulted in eight females from The Dominican Republic being recovered from a house in Bartica. One suspect has since been arrested. The case is currently under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Guyana Police Force.However, subsequent to the visit to Region Seven, the INTERPOL team met with the ministerial arm of the Trafficking in Persons Task Force, other Government officials, frontline officers and other stakeholders in the fight against trafficking in persons in Guyana. Discussions at these meetings afforded the INTERPOL team the opportunity to articulate the goals of their project and to gather more information on the operational and technical needs of the agencies involved in the fight against trafficking in persons.The Needs Assessment phase of INTERPOL’s project would be followed by a training phase and an operational phase. The training phase will see officers from different agencies in Guyana being invited to benefit from a number of regional training courses which will span a total of seven weeks. Training will focus primarily on law enforcement, but there would also be sessions which would benefit trafficking in persons stakeholders from other agencies.A ‘Training of Trainers’ would be one of the courses included. As such, those trained would be encouraged to return to Guyana to train others – both law enforcement and otherwise – in the topics learned. INTERPOL would also share a curriculum, to be contributed to by authorities in Guyana, which is intended to be added to the training programme at the Guyana Police Force Officers’ Training Centre.Meanwhile, the operational phase would see INTERPOL lending support to the countries being considered in the project in their local anti-trafficking in persons operations.The Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons eagerly anticipates the development of this project and looks forward to continued collaboration with INTERPOL, as well as other international partners, as it seeks to effectively combat this scourge of trafficking in persons in Guyana.last_img read more

Gor cage Zoo to storm back to KPL summit

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans into jubilation.NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15- What seemed like a second string Gor Mahia squad beat Zoo Kericho 4-2 as the Kenyan Premier League defending champions moved back to the summit of the standings with their second consecutive win of the season at the Kericho Green Stadium on Thursday.Goals from Jack Tuyisenge, Boniface Omondi, Joachim Oluoch and Samuel Onyango saw Gor pick maximum points on the road with Zoo scoring via skipper Johnstone Ligare and Nicholas Kipkurui. Head coach Dylan Kerr made nine changes from the side that won 2-0 against Leones Vegeteranios in the CAF Champions League over the weekend, with his eyes fixed on the return leg in Malabo on Wednesday.The only two surviving members from that team were captain Harun Shakava and forward Meddie Kagere.However, the downside to Gor Mahia’s second consecutive four-goal show was the injury suffered by striker Tuyisenge, barely five minutes after hitting the opener.Kerr approached the match with a  change in formation as well, going for three at the back with new signing Charles Momanyi making his debut while Oluoch made his first start for the club since joining in June last year.-Oluoch chances-Wesley Onguso and Omondi were employed as wingbacks with Cersidy Okeyo, Philemon Otieno and Bernard Ondieki playing through the centre of the pack. Tuyisenge and Kagere were paired up in attack.Gor Mahia fans (Green Army) rally behind their team as they hosted Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea in the first leg of the CAF Champions League at the Machakos Stadium on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIt was a fast paced opening half with each side giving enormous energy into attack.Oluoch had the game’s first two chances, both coming off set pieces. In the second minute of the match, he failed to direct a header into the net a yard off goal after Momanyi had flicked through a corner from Omondi.Six minutes later, he had another chance this time from Onguso’s trademark long throws, but keeper Martin Elung’at was well placed to pick the effort.Zoo who started the season with a loss at the hands of Ulinzi Stars were not showing any signs of fear and they had their first chance in the 10th minute when Danson Chetambe tried his luck from distance, but the effort was wide.In the 12th minute, Gor had a glorious opportunity when Tuyisenge sighted a Kagere run into the box, slapped in a cross from the right but his fellow Rwandese could not connect with the goalmouth at his mercy.-Joachim intervention-Zoo had another opportunity at goal in the 18th minute, but it took the intervention of a fully stretched Oluoch to tap the ball behind for a corner when Bernard Odhiambo crossed in from the right with Nicholas Kipkurui lurking at the far post.The hosts had an even better chance in the 22nd minute and should have buried it but Chetambe wasted the opportunity. From a swiftly executed counter attack, Chetambe was through on goal with only keeper Shabaan Odhoji to beat, but his effort at lifting the ball over him was awry, the ball going wide.On the half hour mark, Ondieki had an opportunity to cap his debut with a goal when he was put through on goal by Omondi, but his low effort from the edge of the box was saved by Elung’at.Ultimately, Gor got the goal they had knocked so hard for when Tuyisenge simply tapped in from a yard out after a cross from Omondi who had been put through with a defense splitting pass from Philemon Otieno.The hosts almost made an immediate response two minutes later after some good team movement, but Odhoji was at hand to keep his side in the game, palming away a stinging shot from Odhiambo.It turned out to be a bad day for Tuyisenge as he was forced out injured after 40 minutes following an awkward fall as he vied for the ball with the keeper.The pace of the game didn’t drop an inch lower in the second half and within three minutes of the restart, Gor were 2-0 up.Gor Mahia talisman Meddie Kagere reacts after a missed opportunity during their CAF Champions League tie. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOmondi rushing in at the back post tapped home from a Meddie Kagere cross, with Dennis Otieno’s attempt to clear it off the line coming in late.-Ligare header-Zoo however brought themselves back into the game halving the deficit in the 56th minute when Ligare thumped in a header from an Isaac Kipyegon freekick.The hosts had some increased confidence with an equalizer in sight, pumping in the pressure but they could not find a way to get past Gor Mahia’s defense.Twenty minutes from time, Zoo’s strength was nipped right at the bud when Oluoch made it 3-1 with a low finish from inside the box after bouncing in to a rebound when Shakava’s shot came off the crossbar.Three minutes later it was 4-1 when substitute Samuel Onyango scored his first goal in Gor colors with a simple tap in after rushing on to a spilled ball from Elung’at who could not hold on to Kagere’s shot.But the game’s drama was not just about over when Nicholas Kipkurui scored Zoo’s second with a shot from the edge of the box. Onyango had quickly turned from hero to villain when he lost the ball cheaply Kipkurui punishing instantly.Both teams gave in energy in the final 15 minutes, but the goals seemed to have dried up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cheney says keeping mum on shooting was the right call

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – Soft-spoken and contrite, Dick Cheney relived the horrible moment when he fired his shotgun at a quail only to see his bloodied hunting companion drop to the ground. “I ran over to him,” Cheney said, telling his version of shooting 78-year-old Harry Whittington on Saturday for the first time Wednesday to Fox News Channel. “He was laying there on his back, obviously, bleeding. You could see where the shot struck him.” He said Whittington was conscious and breathing but stunned silent. “I said, `Harry, I had no idea you were there.’ He didn’t respond,” Cheney said. The vice president tried to stem the damage from a public relations disaster for the White House, accepting responsibility for the accident while defending his decision to keep it from the public until the next day. “You can’t blame anybody else,” Cheney told Fox’s Brit Hume in a half-hour interview. “I’m the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend. “The image of him falling is something I’ll never ever be able to get out of my mind,” Cheney said. “I fired, and there’s Harry falling. It was, I’d have to say, one of the worst days of my life at that moment.” Cheney said he had had a beer at lunch that day but nobody was drinking when they went back out to hunt a couple hours later at a sprawling Texas ranch owned by mutual friends. Law enforcement officials have ruled out alcohol as a factor. The vice president has been under intense political pressure to speak out about the accident, which has become a public relations embarrassment and potential political liability for the White House. Senior advisers to President Bush worried that Cheney’s silence had suggested a possible cover-up, and Cheney acknowledged that he delayed an announcement over the advice of Bush’s press advisers. “We really didn’t know until Sunday morning that Harry was probably going to be OK, that it looked like there hadn’t been any serious damage to any vital organ,” he said. “And that’s when we began the process of notifying the press.” Cheney said he agreed to the suggestion of ranch owner Katharine Armstrong to have her announce it to a local newspaper. “I thought that was the right call. I still do,” the vice president said. Armstrong has suggested that Whittington was at fault in the shooting because, she said, he failed to announce himself as he rejoined the hunting line. But Cheney, who has been hunting for at least 12 years, said in no uncertain terms that Whittington was not to blame. “You can talk about all of the other conditions that exist at the time, but that’s the bottom line and – it was not Harry’s fault,” he said. Texas officials said the shooting was an accident, and no charges have been brought. Cheney said the accident happened after Whittington stepped out of the hunting party to retrieve a downed bird in deep cover. Cheney said he and a third hunter walked about 100 yards away to where another covey had been spotted. He said immediately after he shot at a bird flying to his right, he saw Whittington in his line of fire. He said Whittington was dressed properly in orange and the upper part of his body was visible, but he was standing in a gully with the sun behind him, which affected his view. “I saw him fall, basically. It had happened so fast,” Cheney said. “He was struck in the right side of his face, his neck and his upper torso on the right side of his body.” Whittington was in stable condition Wednesday at a Texas hospital, a day after doctors said one of the pellets traveled to his heart and he had what they called “a mild heart attack.” Cheney said he had agreed that Armstrong should be the one to make the story public because she was an eyewitness, because she grew up on the ranch and because she is “an acknowledged expert in all of this” as a past head of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He also agreed with her decision to choose the Corpus Christi Caller-Times as the way to get the news out. “I thought that made good sense because you can get as accurate a story as possible from somebody who knew and understood hunting and then it would immediately go up to the wires and be posted on the Web site, which is the way it went out and I thought that was the right call,” Cheney said. “What do you think now?” Hume asked. “I still do,” Cheney responded. “The accuracy was enormously important. I had no press person with me.” Cheney said he was concerned that if the story broke Saturday night when information was still coming in, some reports may have been inaccurate since it was a complicated story that most journalists had never dealt with before. “I’ve been in the business for a long time and never seen a situation quite like this,” Cheney said. “We’ve had experiences where the president has been shot. We’ve never had a situation where the vice president shot somebody.” Cheney said he personally first told the White House about the accident Sunday morning in a phone call to Chief of Staff Andy Card. He said he didn’t discuss it with Bush until Monday when he was back in Washington. Cheney said White House press secretary Scott McClellan and communications strategist Dan Bartlett urged him to get the story out quickly, but he made the decision how to handle it. “I had a bit of the feeling that the press corps was upset because, to some extent, it was about them – they didn’t like the idea that we called the Corpus Christi Caller-Times instead of The New York Times,” he said. “But it strikes me that the Corpus Christi Caller-Times is just as valid a news outlet as The New York Times is, especially for covering a major story in south Texas.”last_img

Maidenhead vs Portsmouth: TV channel, kick-off time, live stream and team news

first_img MONEY 1 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Kenny Jackett’s side are currently top of League One Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MAIDENHEAD welcome League One side Portsmouth to York Road on Saturday morning as they aim to cause an upset in the FA Cup.The hosts are through to the first round of the competition after beating Chippenham in the final qualifying round. REVEALED RANKED REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img ADVICE Reuters Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? FOOTBALL LATEST Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move What time is kick-off?This game takes place on Saturday, November 10.It will be held at York Road.Kick-off is at 12.30pm.How can I listen on the talkSPORT?You can hear live commentary of this game live on talkSPORT2 from 7.30pm.To listen to our sister station, tune in on your DAB radio, our mobile apps or by using the web player. BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies wonlast_img read more

SINN FEIN ORGANISE LETTERKENNY VIGIL FOR FLEEING REFUGEES

first_imgSINN Féin will host a series of vigils across Ireland as a call for Governments to act to support refugees fleeing conflict.A vigil will be held in Market Square, Letterkenny at 6 pm tomorrow evening, Tuesday, September 10.Speaking today party vice-president Mary Lou McDonald TD said: “The images that we have seen over the past week resonate with the Irish people.“We believed that the coffins ships had been relegated to the pages of our history books, yet we see them return on the nightly news. “Government have been painfully slow to respond, and have failed to match the generosity of our people.“I would call on people to support the vigils to tell the Governments that from Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Donegal, refugees are welcome in Ireland.”EndsVigils Time and DatesLetterkenny – Tuesday 6pm Market Sq Derry – Monday 5pm Guildhall Sq.Dublin – Monday 5:45 City HallBelfast – Monday 5pm City HallWaterford City – Monday 6pm John Roberts SqGalway – Tuesday 6pm Eyre Sq Cork – Monday 5pm City HallSINN FEIN ORGANISE LETTERKENNY VIGIL FOR FLEEING REFUGEES was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Market SquareMARY LOU MCDONALD TDSINN FEIN ORGANISE LETTERKENNY VIGIL FOR FLEEING REFUGEESlast_img read more

O’Meara overcomes cuts to secure win

first_imgSteve O’Meara overcame cuts over both eyes to make a winning return to the ring, beating Chas Symonds on points on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s world title fight at Wembley Arena.Clashes of heads left O’Meara with a cut over the right eye in the opening round and then a nasty injury over the left, which led to moments of concern towards the end of the third.After the ring doctor allowed O’Meara to carry on before the start of the fourth, the West Drayton man boxed at longer range for the rest of the six-round contest and was a 58-56 winner after having a point deducted for a low blow late in the fight.It was the Shepherd’s Bush-born light-middleweight’s first outing since an unsuccessful attempt to win the Commonwealth title in December.“I half-panicked and thought there’s no way I was going to let the fight get stopped, so I tried to get him out of there,” he told West London Sport.“That was probably not the best idea and they weren’t the tactics when I went in there with, but I felt I had to do something.“He was catching me but not hurting me, so I neglected my defence a bit and was prepared to take one to give one to try and stop him.”Mitchell Smith enjoyed a great win.And O’Meara admitted he was worried when the referee seemed inclined to stop the fight before the beginning of the fourth round.He said: “I was pleading with the referee. I said to him: ‘I can see fine’ and he wasn’t listening to me.“The first person you should ask is the fighter and see if he can see. At least test me rather than telling me I can’t see.“It didn’t seem like he was on my side at all and he’s meant to be caring for the fighters.“When the crowd comes and pays money to see fights, the last thing they want is to see a fighter get stopped prematurely on a cut.“The referee didn’t seem to give a monkey’s about that and if he’d stopped that fight I’d have been really disappointed in him and in boxing in general.“I know next time to stick to the gameplan and not panic, but the ref didn’t help with that panic because I saw him keep looking at the doc.“The ref would have helped if he’d have been a bit calmer. He looked over the doctor twice and as a fighter you know that’s not good.“I told the doc I was okay and luckily he agreed with me. I’m pleased to get the win.”Earlier in the evening, Harrow’s super-featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith enhanced his growing reputation by destroying Gavin Reid in the first round.Wembley welterweight Gary Corcoran also maintained his unbeaten record, comfortably beating Tottenham’s Mark McKray, but there was a controversial defeat for Northolt light-middleweight Ryan Toms.See also:Smith dazzles Wembley with quick winTrio to feature on Wembley Arena 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards $25,000 in ag grants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new round of almost $25,000 in grants by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will help educate consumers about agriculture and energy, develop leaders and provide resources for teachers to teach agriculture in the classroom. The foundation’s Action & Awareness grants are designed to promote and improve Ohio’s agricultural industry as well as local communities. The grants, which ranged from $750 to $9,000, focus on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond.Her are the grant recipients and projects.AgriPOWER to support programming for the 17 members in Class XII. An elite leadership program created by Ohio Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER is helping develop and train Ohio farmers and representatives from agricultural stakeholders to become effective leaders, spokespersons and advocates for agriculture. Seven AgriPOWER Institutes are held throughout the year with one in Washington, D.C., and the other in another state.Ohio Soybean Council for its Ag Bio-Technology Academy 2020. In June, 30 teachers will participate in a two-workshop designed to promote agriculture careers and provide hands-on, inquiry-based programming focused on integrating an ag bioscience curriculum into high school science classrooms. Teachers will meet agricultural experts in the field and visit various agriculture industries. Each teacher will receive an electrophoresis intro kit.Ohio Energy Project to sponsor educators participating in its professional development workshops, the Energy Sources Tour and Energy Sources Blitz. These programs give teachers behind-the-scenes access to the energy industry by visiting sites involved with the production, generation and distribution of energy around Ohio, as well as the environmental and economic impact of energy use. Teachers receive classroom lessons, curriculum and lab equipment.Ohio Corn Marketing Program to support professional development of 35 Ohio science teachers participating in a two-day “Feed the World” workshop. Teachers will learn about modern agriculture practices in ethanol production, water quality and soil science. Each teacher will receive $350 of supplies to conduct labs in their classrooms.Northwest State Community College Fund for two summer camps that will expand the knowledge of agriculture among northwest Ohio youth. The camps will teach students the fundamentals of agricultural science and its impact in their daily lives, provide information about careers in agriculture and promote mentorship and networking between youth and local agricultural businesses.Summit County Farm Bureau for its annual Farmers Share Breakfast, which typically draws more than 700 people who enjoy breakfast on a farm and hear from local farmers about where their food originates. Two free healthy soil seminars will be held and a canned food drive will help local food banks.Hopewell to support its farm life program for adults with serious mental illness. Residents care for and work with a variety of farm animals on the 300-acre working farm in Mesopotamia. Hopewell is the only residential therapeutic farm community in Ohio and one of only five in the United States.The next application cycle for an Action & Awareness Grant is Jan. 1 to April 30, 2020. Grants may be used for general support, startup funding for new organizations or program expansion. Learn more at ofbf.org/foundation/aagrants/.last_img read more

Google Accounts for 6% of All Internet Traffic

first_imgRelated Posts Five years ago, Internet traffic was, for the most part, managed by tier 1 providers like AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 Communications and Global Crossing, all of which connected to thousands of tier 2 networks and regional providers. Today, that has changed. Now, instead of traffic being distributed among tens of thousands of networks, only 150 networks control some 50% of all online traffic. Among these new Internet superpowers, it’s no surprise to find Google listed. In fact, the search giant accounts for the largest source (6%) of all Internet traffic worldwide. This data comes from a new report put out by Arbor Networks, who has just completed a two-year study of 256 exabytes of Internet traffic data, the largest study of global traffic since the start of the commercial Internet in the mid-1990’s. “Hyper Giants” Rule Today’s InternetThe biggest trend to come out of Arbor Networks’ report is clearly that of the Internet’s consolidation. Today’s Internet is “flatter” and “more densely connected” than ever before, reveals Arbor Networks’ Chief Research Officer Danny McPherson. Not only is Google the largest traffic source, there are only 30 large companies in addition to Google and including sites like Facebook, Microsoft and YouTube which now account for a disproportionate 30% of all Internet traffic. According to Craig Labovitz, chief scientist at Arbor Networks, this shift represents the Internet’s move into a second phase where it’s no longer “all about contacting websites.” Rather, “over the past two years larger organizations have been buying up the smaller websites and by July 2009, 30 per cent of the internet was owned by a few large sites.” The acquisitions, the result of billions of dollars spent by large companies snapping up smaller ones, has created a new Internet core of “hyper giants,” a coin termed by the report. The other companies making the list of Internet giants include names like Akamai, Limelight, BitGravity, Highwinds, and Gravity – hardly household names, and certainly not big telco providers. Instead, these content delivery networks (CDNs), are the new Internet backbone that help move large amounts of data across the web. So Long P2P, Hello Streaming MediaConsolidation is not the only trend revealed by the new findings, however. The report also discovered a sharp decline in peer-to-peer traffic, which only two years prior peaked at 40% of all traffic worldwide. Today, while still a hefty number, P2P traffic has dropped down to 18%. Why the change? For the most part, the file-sharing that took place on networks like Limewire and Napster back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, has now been largely replaced by streaming video thanks to to sites like YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix. Given easier and less technical ways of accessing media, consumers have begun to shift away from the headache of P2P to these new and often free or ad-supported sites. Today, as much as 20% of web traffic is video, Labovitz estimates. As far as Internet traffic in general, more than half (52%) is web-based, up from 42% in 2007. The remaining traffic comes from email and private networks. A “Dramatic” Shift?“Saying the Internet has changed dramatically over the last five years is cliché – the Internet is always changing dramatically,” notes Labovitz. “However, over the course of the last five years, we’ve witnessed the start of an equally dramatic shift in the fundamental business of the Internet.” He adds, “as content is getting faster and better quality it will change the face of the internet.” sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#news#NYT#Trends#web last_img read more