Giants pass on high-profile free agent, move forward with in-house options

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Farhan Zaidi has a type.He showed it with his first free agent signing –switch-pitcher Pat Venditte– and he’s continued to show it with each subsequent addition to the Giants roster.“They were one of the first teams to reach out,” Venditte said of the Giants. “They were in the first wave, the first couple days of free agency.”As dozens of journeymen free agents wait for the phone to ring this February, a reliever with limited big league experience who happens to be the most …last_img

DTI secures R28bn in investment

first_img20 April 2011The Department of Trade and Industry has helped to conclude R28-billion in investment in South Africa’s economy and aims to facilitate R115-billion in investment over the next few years, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Briefing journalists in Cape Town on Tuesday following his budget vote speech in Parliament, Davies said the R115-billion target was part of a performance agreement that he signed with President Jacob Zuma last year.Davies said that of the R28-billion which had already been committed, R13-billion was in the automotive sector, with much of the remainder in business-process services.There had also been plenty of interest in infrastructure projects and “green” industries, he said.Investment partnersHe said Trade Investment South Africa (Tisa) had offices across the world which helped to facilitate investment deals, and in some cases Davies himself met with potential investors.“When we go abroad with these state visits, we convey to investors from other countries we are visiting information about the investment climate in South Africa,” he said.The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as well as the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) played a critical role in investments, he said, both financially and in terms of their partnership value.Davies said the department and the President’s Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) advisory council were also debating how to strengthen links between small and big businesses by overhauling the enterprise development element.Strengthening big, small business linksUnder the BEE scorecard, businesses that assist black-empowered or black-owned enterprises with mentoring or business support, grants, interest-free loans or early payment, can score BEE points.Davies said the current debate was whether to take away points from the overall scorecard for not supporting black businesses.He said the private sector needed to be more actively involved in supporting black entrepreneurs, rather than handing money over to a fund or incubator that then carried out a support intervention on their behalf.“In Asia, you find that small and big businesses have a symbiotic relationship, and big businesses get a lot of input from small businesses, and then you don’t want a lot of bad inputs, so you actually work to ensure that your suppliers are able to improve their capacity, their technology,” Davies said.Improving small business supportIn his budget vote speech, Davies said the department had set up an advisory group to help improve the government’s small business support (SMME) programmes.He said the ramping up of incubation programmes had already been identified as a move that would benefit small enterprises, but he said partnerships would have to be cemented.“We will accordingly be seeking more active partnerships with business, and are looking at ways to tweak BBBEE programmes, as well as direct SMME programmes to develop the necessary synergies.”He said the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) was planning to roll out support for 250 incubation schemes over the next five years, as the first phase towards a target of 1 000 small business incubators.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A Gathering of Soles — Geocache of the Week

first_imgShare with your Friends:More A modest Difficulty and Terrain rating means you can eliminate at least one thing, you don’t have to climb to the top of the tree to find the cache. But with many shoes in arms reach it is still a tough cache to boot. The logs tell stories of epic redemption, avenging DNF’s, sorting through many shoes old and new, and little history from local cachers.  Location: New York N 43° 21.916′ W 078° 20.942′ One log that stood out to us was coincidentally by the username AdequateFootwear: Traditional GC5A4AA by Shootingstar & Wolf Don’t shoe wish your next smiley was a Geocache of the Week? Check out this List of all the Geocache of the Weeks and plan your next outing! A 45 minute drive from Niagara Falls in NY exists a roadside attraction that’s toe-tally unique. It all began when Diane Bane threw nine pairs of her shoes into the trees in 1986. Rumor spread that if you tie your shoes together, threw them into the tree, and they landed on a branch your wish would come true. People followed suit and hundreds of shoes and many years later, in 2014 a geocache was tied into the tradition.center_img Are you in good caching spirits? We hear there’s a ‘Gathering of Soles’ for those looking for a smiley in Western New York. This cache is laced with trickery and no easy feet to solve. Hundreds of shoes have been thrown into these four trees since the 80’s, which means there are a lot of misleading hiding spots. No need to stick your tongue out in frustration though, most geocachers meet their sole-mate and walk away with a new hop in their step. “There is only one good, geocache, and many evil, red-herrings.” – Sockrates If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 1.5 “This one, as the other cache said, was much more extensive and had a lot more to search through. (But somehow it took a lot less time.) In any case, since I was nearing 1000 caches, I decided to make this into my 1000th cache—it was a perfect fit for my caching name of AdequateFootwear! The cache actually happened to be in the very first one I looked at, but I didn’t find it there at first and it took a little time to get back to it. I very much enjoyed the cache and the area. TFTC!” SharePrint RelatedThis one is a shoe-in. — Tree of Soles (GC27XEW) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 26, 2014In “Community”Tomb Raider – The Sequel — Geocache of the WeekMay 2, 2018In “Geocache of the Week””In mezzo agli alberi morti” GC2308M – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – March 5, 2012March 5, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

New Building Code to Minimise Damage Caused by Disasters

first_img At the Caribbean Urban Forum 2018, which was held at the University of Technology (UTech) on June 27, Mr. Shaw said enacting the new building code is imperative for the development of the nation. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is in the final stages of enacting a new building code aimed at reducing the vulnerability of Jamaica’s built environment. “This will ensure public safety and welfare, minimise damage caused by natural and man-made hazards, as well as prevent squatter settlements and promote sustainable development,” Mr. Shaw said. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is in the final stages of enacting a new building code aimed at reducing the vulnerability of Jamaica’s built environment.At the Caribbean Urban Forum 2018, which was held at the University of Technology (UTech) on June 27, Mr. Shaw said enacting the new building code is imperative for the development of the nation.“This will ensure public safety and welfare, minimise damage caused by natural and man-made hazards, as well as prevent squatter settlements and promote sustainable development,” Mr. Shaw said.The Caribbean Urban Forum is a three-day conference designed to address specific policy issues within the Caribbean urban sector, in an effort to further advance land-use planning and urban management within the region. It is being held between June 26 and 29 under the theme ‘Forming the Informal’.Participants include land-use practitioners, policymakers, academics and allied professionals interested in urban and management issues within the Caribbean.Mr. Shaw said he welcomes the three-day forum, as it will address the challenges regarding development within the Caribbean region, and present solutions.“The issue of informality, specifically in the context of social infrastructure development, continues to be a particularly challenging one for developing nations of the Caribbean. We continue to grapple with informal housing and inappropriate land use, as many of our citizens migrate to the urban spaces in search of economic and social opportunities,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw commended UTech for conceptualizing such a forum designed to address urban and land-management issues.“The fact that we are in the sixth such staging is also commendable as UTech continues in its bid to provide the avenue for discussions among local and regional professionals, academics and policymakers on such a pivotal matter,” he said.last_img read more

Government to announce fate of national MMIWG inquiry Tuesday in Ottawa

first_imgAPTN NewsThe minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations will announce Tuesday morning on whether the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will receive an extension.The announcement is scheduled to take place at 9:30 e.t. in Ottawa.In early March, the four remaining commissioners signed a letter requesting a two year extension, plus an extra $50 million to complete its work.The inquiry, which was announced in August 2016, has been fraught with high staff turnover, including the resignation of its Metis commissioner, and the loss of two executive directors, and senior lawyers.The inquiry also does not have an Inuk commissioner.Some families don’t believe the inquiry is structured properly and see its inability to subpoena the RCMP and other police forces to testify as a major shortfall.Not everyone is unhappy with the inquiry.Other families say telling their stories to the inquiry has helped with their healing.Watch the announcement at 9:30 e.t. LIVE here: APTN News [email protected]@aptnnewslast_img read more