Group delivers diversity report to Hart district

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Calling for a permanent role for diversity in the classroom, a group of parents and school officials on Wednesday presented their blueprints for change to the William S. Hart Union High School District board. The school district diversity committee’s recommendations include a review of the school year calendar to recognize religious observances and for a counselor at each school who would focus on diversity issues. The recommendations also called for creating hotlines at all schools, in which students and staff could report problems, and establishing clear consequences for those who violate diversity policies. “Our message was that we need to stop these hateful acts,” said school board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine, the committee’s co-chairwoman. “We need to be sure that all our kids are safe and respected and that we don’t let these types of things threaten the health of our school or our community.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The diversity committee was formed last year after some families confronted the school board with charges of racism at schools. Since then, the group has gathered strategies and actions that the district could take to address discrimination and promote change for the future. Although the committee’s report was accepted by the school board Wednesday, each recommendation is still under review individually. The school board is expected to periodically provide public updates about where the suggestions stand, said Mercado-Fortine. Board member Dennis King said he wants to see how the recommendations can fit into the district’s strategic planning process that begins in January and then take things from there. King said that some recommendations are more complicated than others and could take more time. Assigning counselors to focus on diversity issues at each school, for example, may require contacting a labor union to change job descriptions and could include negotiations. At the same time, King said that the district is already carrying out some of the committee’s suggestions, such as hiring a diversity coordinator. Last year, the district hired Greg Lee for the job. While Lee’s job is temporary, King said the board will consider making the position permanent, whether it’s full time or part of a position that somebody already has. In addition to diversity, King said the district has other areas of concern that it wants to improve on but has a limited budget within to work. “We have other issues to deal with, such as drug and alcohol and student safety,” King said. “We have to fit it all together.” Mercado-Fortine said some recommendations have no impact on the budget, such as reviewing the school calendar to include days off on religious observances. Diversity training has already started with school administrators and classified staff and will soon include teachers and counselors. Some teachers are already trained in diversity and could assist with educating others, Mercado-Fortine said. “You can really bring in a healthy culture without a lot of money,” she said. “These are things that are not connected to the budget.” Diversity committee member Steve Herskovitz hopes the group can continue its work as a permanent extension of the district, rather than its present temporary status, to insure that policies and recommendations continue. “Diversity is an ongoing issue,” Herskovitz said. “I believe it needs an ongoing committee.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Reporters Disparage Bible with Fake History

first_img(Visited 524 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In a rush to discredit the Bible, certain reporters failed to research all that the Bible says about Canaanites.The Bible says such-and-such, but what REALLY happened, according to ‘science’, is this-and-that. Reporters sometimes fill in this boilerplate with the latest published findings of new research. In a recent case, Science Daily teases with a set-up about the Canaanites: “But who were they and what ultimately happened to them? Were they annihilated like the Bible says?” You know what’s coming next:Now, researchers who’ve sequenced the first ancient Canaanite genomes along with genomes representing people from modern-day Lebanon have new information to help answer those questions. DNA evidence reported in the American Journal of Human Genetics on July 27 shows that the Canaanites did not just disappear. Instead, they survived and are the ancestors of the people now living in modern-day Lebanon.“We found that the Canaanites were a mixture of local people who settled in farming villages during the Neolithic period and eastern migrants who arrived in the region about 5,000 years ago,” said Marc Haber of The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom. “The present-day Lebanese are likely to be direct descendants of the Canaanites, but they have in addition a small proportion of Eurasian ancestry that may have arrived via conquests by distant populations such as the Assyrians, Persians, or Macedonians.”Basically, the Bible is wrong. That’s the message. Notice how other sites echo this press release from Cell Press uncritically:“Bronze Age DNA helps unravel true fate of biblical Canaanites” (Andy Coghlan at New Scientist). Notice his emphasis on “true” fate from science, as opposed to what the Bible says. He continues, “After comparing the Canaanite DNA with that from 99 living Lebanese volunteers, the team found that almost 90 per cent of present day Lebanese DNA is shared with the Canaanites, suggesting that biblical reports of their annihilation were greatly exaggerated.““No archaeological evidence for the widespread destruction of Canaanite settlements described in the Bible has yet been identified, and many scholars believe that the Israelites, who appear around the beginning of the Iron Age, may have originally been Canaanites.” (National Geographic)“Canaanites Live: DNA Reveals Fate of Biblical People” (Stephanie Pappas at Live Science). “In part because the Canaanites kept their records on easily degradable papyrus rather than clay, little is known about their side of the story. But now, ancient DNA reveals that the Canaanites were the descendants of Stone Age settlers and the ancestors of the Lebanese.” The suggestion is that the Bible is not trustworthy. Pappas would apparently prefer to interview a Canaanite to find out his side of the story, and would consider that more authoritative than the Bible.None of these articles cite a specific Bible reference. They assume that the Bible says Israel wiped out all trace of the Canaanites. Instead, ‘science’ shows that their DNA lives on in the modern Lebanese. Q.E.D. The Bible goofed.In the Pentateuch, God did indeed order Israel to exterminate the Canaanites. Too bad the reporters didn’t get beyond Deuteronomy into Joshua, Judges, Kings and Chronicles. The sad history the Bible unfolds in detail is that, just as God had warned through Moses and the prophets, Israel disobeyed and did not drive the Canaanites out of the land. And just as the prophets had warned, those idol-worshipers became thorns and snares to the people God had called to Himself to be a holy people, separate from the nations, heirs of the land He had promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.Another frequent misconception is that Israel was ordered to burn and destroy everything in Canaan. That is false even from the days of Moses, who told the Israelites that they would be living in cities they had not built, using vineyards they had not planted, and enjoying a good land of milk and honey. God said he would drive out the inhabitants gradually, not all at once (Exodus 23:29-30). Only in a few cases, like Jericho, were they ordered to destroy everything and everybody. And contrary to what National Geographic says, Biblical archaeologists like Dr Bryant Wood have found conclusive evidence that is exactly what happened at Jericho in the time of Joshua.A misreading of Joshua might seem to suggest widespread destruction of many cities. There were some great victories in the beginning, but the book of Joshua closes with a listing of vast areas that still needed conquering. And the book of Judges shows the Israelites losing faith, becoming unable to drive out the inhabitants of many of the Canaanite cities. It took many years for Israel to conquer the Jebusites inhabiting Jerusalem, till David finally captured the city. And the Gibeonites made a league with Joshua by subterfuge, with an oath, allowing them to live in the land as servants. God honored that oath and punished King Saul many years later for having violated it.In short, the Bible depicts Israel living alongside the Canaanites, never being able to drive them all out, and undoubtedly intermarrying with them at times—something the Bible discouraged, but permitted for captive women (e.g., Rahab the harlot, who rescued the two Israelite spies at Jericho, and ended up in the lineage of Messiah). It should not be surprising that Canaanite traits (if one accepts the genetic testing at face value) live on in today’s Lebanese.Once again, secular reporters published fake news, fake history, and fake Bible. David Klinghoffer came to pretty much the same conclusion at Evolution News & Science Today, complaining about “culturally illiterate science reporters” using the study to “slap [the] Bible around.”Let’s briefly address the matter of God ordering the extermination of the Canaanites. The main thing is that God is sovereign. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away; He gives life, and who can stop him from taking it? Who is going to tell God He is wrong? That is utter folly. He is the standard. Even so, God destroyed many of the Canaanites himself without Joshua’s army having to do it all. He sent hornets (Exodus 23:28), hailstones (Joshua 10:11), and other natural disasters against them. He turned some of the city-states against each other, so they killed themselves. And the Canaanites were evil. They burned their children in the fire to idols. They worshiped the creature rather than the Creator. Their ‘worship’ included all kinds of sexual perversions, as happened at Baal-Peor. In His wisdom, God knew what neighbors like this would do to His people. He warned and warned, but they lusted after the gods of the Canaanites anyway. So Israel became just as corrupt and evil as the nations He had ordered Israel to drive out. Look at the stories of Ahab and Jezebel, Athaliah, Ahaz, and Manasseh. The northern 10 tribes became so corrupt early on, that after nearly 3 centuries of rebellion, God finally sent the Assyrians to take them captive, never to return (except for some who had migrated to Judah).God had a unique plan for Israel: to carve out, from all the nations, a people for His own possession, to whom He would teach His laws (e.g., the Ten Commandments), inspire written Scripture for them, and give birth to Messiah for the world (Romans 3). It called for unique and special orders. God’s order to Israel to wipe out the Canaanites was like cancer surgery, in order to save the body of humanity. The good news is that, in spite of Israel’s failings, God succeeded in bringing salvation to the world through His Son, Jesus Christ. Now that the debt of sin was paid on the cross of Christ, anyone who calls on His name, be they Lebanese, Canaanite, Hittite, Jebusite, or Afghan, can receive God’s grace by faith.last_img read more

Late season scouting tips

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Marketing on what is known

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCPractically everyone in the grain trading world is saying “I didn’t see that coming” after a 70-cent corn price drop over the last 30 days and a $2 per bushel drop in soybeans. I know I’m not the only one disappointed that prices are back to levels last seen in January. At least the market has come off of its lows and is only down 50 cents in corn and $1.50 for beans.While I wish I would have sold more futures during this last rally, knowing what I know now, I’m glad I sold what I did above $4.25. At the time I sold those bushels I was worried $4.50 to $5 may be possible and that those sales would turn out to be a mistake.It’s easy when negative and unpredictable things happen to fall into the “if only” trap, but there’s too much uncertainty to spend significant time dwelling on what should have been done. No one knows what’s going to happen, and certainly no one can predict the weather, the biggest driver of prices. We only know current conditions and 30 days ago we knew….Corn was planted one to two weeks later than usualNormal yields with average rainfall would likely mean that for the 2018/19 marketing year there would be: a decreased world stock level by 20%; the lowest corn carryout in the U.S. in 5 years; and the tightest “Stock To Use Ratio” in 40 years.Weather forecasts indicated: increased dryness throughout the southern plains; Memorial Day Weekend would be hot, 100 degrees throughout the Corn Belt; June would likely continue to be hot; and there were global dryness concerns outside the U.S.There were potential trade concerns, but the market had responded well after a couple days with each announcement up to that point.Trendline yields around 174 bushels per acre would have likely meant $4 Dec corn by Thanksgiving. What do we know today?Crop conditions are off to a great start, maybe the best ever, with widespread timely rains and warm weather. Even with the delayed planting, the intense heat has help speed up the growth of the corn and pollination will likely happen during the normal time period. It is unlikely that there will be many prevent plant acres and that corn could actually see an increase in planted acres. If fantastic weather continues, the national yield averages could hit 180 or 182, which would mean carryout exceeding 2 billion up from 1.6 billion only 2 months ago. This could set up the market for a situation similar to last year.Each bushel per acre increase over the 174 national yield average would likely mean 10 cents off a $4 Dec corn price. So, an average 180-bushel national yield would mean Dec corn probably trading $3.40. What don’t we know today?Will Good weather continue through pollination and grain fill?Will the last half of July and August be hot, or will there be cool nights?Will too much rain be a factor? That has only happened once in the last 30 years, so it’s probably a long shot.Trade/tariff issues have received a lot of press recently, but they too are impossible to predict. The U.S. produces 30% of the world’s grain, so there isn’t enough global supply to support the world’s needs without the U.S. supply. In the short term, headlines can make some market shifts, but like weather, no one knows what will happen. Market Action — July options expired — CornTrade 1 — Sold callWhen the market was moving toward its low for the year last season on 8/31/17, I sold a $4 July call for 19 cents (5% ’17 production)What does this mean?If July corn is above $4 on 6/22 I have to sell corn for $4 and keep 19 cents ($4.19 total).If July corn is below $4 on 6/22 I keep the 19 cents to use on another trade in the future.I hope corn rallies above $4 before July, but it’s unlikely knowing what I know today. Therefore, getting an additional 19 cent premium to add to a later trade will be helpful in maintaining profitability if prices don’t increase.What happened?Corn closed below $4 and I just collected the 19 cents. Trade 2 — StraddleOn 2/26/18 when July corn was $3.82:Sold a $3.90 straddle (where I sell both the put and call for the same strike price)Bought a $3.60 put to minimize downside risk in this tradeCollected a total of 28 cents premium for the trade.What does this mean?If corn is below $3.62 on 6/22/18, I don’t get to sell any corn and I could lose up to 2 cents max.If corn is above $4.18 on 6/22/18, I have to sell 10% of my 2017 production for $3.90 plus the 28 cents from the sale of the options, so I would get $4.18 total.If corn is between $3.62 and $4.18, I will make some premium on this trade but no sale has to be made. The closer July corn is to $3.90, the more of the 28 cents premium I get to keep.Worst case scenario — prices fall below $3.62 and I lose 2 cents. I think this is unlikely, but I’m prepared if it happens. Any price above $3.62 and I’ll be pleased the results.What happened? Corn closed at $3.57. I lost 2 cents and didn’t sell any grain. Trade 3 — StraddleOn 4/17/18 when July corn was around $3.88, I sold a July $4.10 straddle (sold both the put and the call) and collected 34 cents total on 10% of my production.What does this mean?If July corn is $4.10 on 6/22/18 I keep all of the 34 cents.Every penny corn is below $4.10 I get less premium until $3.76.If corn is $3.76 or lower I will have to remove a sale by buying back futures.For every penny higher than $4.10 I get less premium until $4.44.At $4.44 or higher I have to make a corn sale at $4.10 against July futures, but I still get to keep the 34 cents so it’s like selling $4.44As with all straddles, this trade is most profitable if corn stays sideways. And while I think corn has upside potential, I don’t think it’s likely to rally higher than the top of this straddle’s range (but I’ll obviously be happy if it does). The biggest concern of this trade is the downside. Corn demand will have to stay strong and a weather scare would help.I think there is a good chance corn will be between $3.76 to $4.44 at the end of June, with what I know today. Even last week May corn didn’t drop below the lower limits of this trade. And since I sold 20% of my corn the previous week, buying back some of this sale (worst case scenario) is acceptable risk, given the potential reward of the trade.What happened? Unfortunately, the market collapsed the last 4 weeks and we finished below $3.76. Perfect rains and tariff issues were too much for the market to bear. It turns out I was too aggressive with my plan for higher prices.I didn’t want to buy any of my previous sales back as I stated in my original plan back in April when I placed the trade. Instead I bought back the put portion of this trade for 55 cents before it expired. If I had left the put I originally had sold in place it would have caused me to buy corn back at $4.10 July futures. I’m very uncertain of where the market will go next so I choose to take my loss and look for other opportunities down the road.I let the $4.10 call portion of the straddle I sold for a premium expire worthless because the market was below that strike price.After the 34 cents I collected from selling the straddle originally, I have a 21-cent net loss (34 – 55 = -21) on 10% of my ’17 production that will be subtracted from my pot of premium I’ve been collecting all year long. The results of using straddles this past yearIn the last year I’ve had a lot of success using straddles to collect extra premium during a long-term unprofitable sideways market. Along the way I have shared the results of those trades in these newsletters, both the winners and the losers. Here is a quick recap of the results:Since 6/20/17 I’ve placed 14 different straddle trades, with 11 of the 14 being profitable.11 Trades each on just 10% of my ’17 production added to my pot of premium +1.89 cents total (+18, +8, +12, +37, +7, +14, +5, +38 +18, +7, & +25)3 Trades each on just 10% of my ’17 production removed from my pot of premium – 37 cents total (-14, -2 & -21)My net premium from trading straddles is +1.52/bu on 10% of production or 15.2 cents on every bushel I raised this past year.While overall the last year, I’ve had many successes, I’m disappointed the two straddles above were losses (specifically trade #3). In hindsight I had too much faith the market would remain strong through July 4 and should have bought a put for downside protection, which would have limited my loss to 5 cents only. But with delayed plantings in April, and a potential big drop in carryout next year it seemed unlikely there would be perfect crop conditions in June. Back then I feared the market was going to go way up and selling too low, then I was with the market going down.With an 80% success rate selling straddles on the ’17 crop and overall profit, I’m probably not going to stop using them. But the straddle trades that just expired are an important reminder that the market is unpredictable and even when it seems impossible that the market could go down, it still can. So, it’s important to always understand all possible outcomes for each trade and be willing to accept them all. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at read more

Registrierungsanleitung für Deinen “Maker Madness” Event

first_img SharePrint RelatedWie Du die besten Events für Silvester und Neujahr organisieren kannstNovember 27, 2018In “Deutsch”5 Tipps für die Planung Deines nächsten Urlaubs mit GeocachingMay 22, 2015In “Deutsch”Mach Dich bereit! Aktionsreiche Wochenenden stehen bevor!April 17, 2015In “Cache In Trash Out” Einen tollen Geocache zu finden, kann sich wie ein richtiges Abenteuer anfühlen. Solche besonderen Geocaches sprießen jedoch nicht von selbst aus dem Boden, sondern gedeihen im brillianten Geist eines Geocaching-Machers oder einer Macherin. Was Geocaching ausmacht, sind ebenjene Geocacher und Geocacherinnen, die ihre Kreativität und ihren Erfindungsgeist in tolle Erlebnisse für andere verwandeln.Vom 28. März bis zum 7. April können Geocacher aus aller Welt zusammenkommen und diejenigen in der Gemeinschaft feiern, die Geocaching möglich machen. Wir nennen diese Feier “Maker Madness”.Alle Geocache-Macher, Macherinnen und Leute, die ihre Lieblings-Macher und Macherinnen feiern wollen, können einen Event organisieren und die nächste Generation an Geocache-Machern inspirieren. Jeder, der sein “Attended” bei einem registrierten “Maker Madness” Event loggt, erhält ein “Maker Madness” Souvenir.Wie kann ich meinen Event registrieren?:1. Finde Inspirationen und Tipps, wie Du einen erfolgreichen Event organisieren kannst, in diesem Artikel.2. Reiche Deinen Geocache hier ein. Der Titel und die Beschreibung für Deinen Event sollten mit der zur “Maker Madness” beitragen. Events müssen mindestens 14 Tage vor dem Event-Datum eingereicht werden. Es kann bis zu 10 Tagen dauern, bis Dein Event überprüft wird. Der Event muß zwischen dem 28. März und 7. April stattfinden, um sich für ein Souvenir zu qualifizieren.3. Sobald Dein Event von Deinem freiwilligen Reviewer freigegeben wurde….4. …Fülle dieses Formular aus.5. Überprüfe in dieser Liste, ob Dein Event erfolgreich registriert ist. (Es kann 3-5 Tage dauern, bis Dein Event hier erscheint.) Anmerkung: Events, die nicht im Geiste der “Maker Madness” organisiert sind, qualifzieren sich möglicherweise nicht für ein Souvenir.6. Drucke das offizielle PDF Zertifikat für die Gäste Deines “Maker Madness” Events aus.7. Hab’ Spaß und teile Deine Fotos und Anekdoten von Deinem Event mit uns bei Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest und in den Kommentaren hier. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

JRU back on track, pips Letran

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first_imgView comments JRU saw its winning run snapped at four by the Arellano Chiefs and JRU head coach Vergel Meneses praised his team for showing maturity in bouncing back from a loss.“It was important for us to bounce back after we lost to Arellano,” said Meneses in Filipino. “And this win showed the character of the players, that they can recover after a heartbreaking loss.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Christian Garcia dropped 20 of his 27 points in the first quarter alone and Sidney Onwuebere had 16 points and 15 rebounds as Emilio Aguinaldo College ripped Mapua University, 85-72, to keep its Final Four hopes afloat.Already playing minus big man Hamadou Laminou, who went down with a season-ending ACL injury, the Generals also lost bruiser Juju Bautista, who hurt his shoulder in a previous match. But it hardly mattered against an undermanned Cardinals squad, who dropped to 1-11 for the season. The Generals, meanwhile, improved to 5-6 to move to within half a game out of the playoff circle. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City JRU’s Teytey Teodoro (right) evades the defense of Letran’s JP Calvo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZJose Rizal University wasted no time in getting back to the win column by frustrating Letran, 77-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Heavy Bombers held on to the third seed with a 7-4 record while the Knights slipped to a 5-6 card to hang precariously out of the top four.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img So-Baadur match goes to tiebreaks MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Mohali Test: India snatch momentum back from England on Day 1

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Shortage in striking department a worry for Riedle

first_imgKarl-Heinz Riedle Riedle hails Leipzig’s Werner as most vital component for Germany in WC2018 Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 1 year ago 11:36 12/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Karl-Heinz Riedle Champions League Final ambassador 27042015 Getty Images Borussia Dortmund Germany World Cup UEFA Champions League Tournament favourites Germany will need to keep Timo Werner under special protection until June 2018 if Karl-Heinz Riedle has his ways with him. Germany will head into the 2018 FIFA World Cup as holders of the prestigious trophy and will undoubtedly be among the fancied teams to lift the trophy in Russia. Yet, no one in the modern era has been able to retain the World Cup, Brazil the last team to achieve that feat way back in 1962.The Die Mannschaft narrowly defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final of the 2014 edition, despite a 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil in the semi-final stage. Four years on, Joachim Low’s side remains the ones to beat after another impressive qualifying campaign as well as winning the 2017 Confederations Cup despite sending what is effectively their second team to the latter tournament. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The four-times world champions have been drawn in Group F in next year’s tournament where they are placed together with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea. The last time Germany met South Korea in a World Cup was the 2002 tournament which saw the former crushed the hopes of the host nation in reaching the final.Former Borrusia Dortmund and Liverpool forward Karl-Heinz Riedle has represented Germany on many an occasion, even helping his team to the World Cup triumph in 1990 prior to the success in Brazil 2014.Now 52-years-old, Riedle is expectant of another big World Cup outing for the Germans although he’s cautious of what the likes of Sweden and South Korea could bring to the party.”It’s a hard group for sure. Sweden eliminated Germany this year. I don’t know too much about South Korea team. Even the Germany national team coach said you’ll never know what comes up. Everyone know Son (Heung-Min) at Tottenham is a very good player. If they qualified for the World Cup, they must be a strong team.””I had the experience of playing South Korea in the World Cup in 94. We didn’t know anything about the players but in the second half we knew everything because they were strong and battled us very good. We were lucky to win 3-2 in that game. So I’m sure they will also have a good team this time around. I’m looking forward to see them in the World Cup,” Riedle told Goal in an exclusive interview. Karl-Heinz Riedle, Germany, World Cup 1994Riedle is under no illusion as to what would constitute a failure for Germany – if they were sent packing in the group stage itself. Sweden may have stopped Italy in their qualifying tracks but Mexico and South Korea could not claim such strong recent records.Stacked with world class players in every department, while other coaches have a hard time picking a good squad to bring the World Cup, the selection problem with Low is who to exclude for the flight to Russia.As a forward in his playing days, Riedle can speak with authority on that position and that is where he sees the greatest problem to this Germany side. Acknowledging one RB Leipzig forward as the only viable in-form option at the moment, Riedle is worried should anything happen to that particular player prior to the tournament.”Germany are the favourites in the group and because we are the title holders and probably one of the favourites to win the World Cup in Russia. I don’t know. You see France and they have a really strong team this year. But you never know.””With the German team, you would expect them to at least reach the semi-final or the final. I hope we can surprise and be the first team to be able to retain the trophy. We have a good team but the problem for us is that we are lacking about strikers at the moment. We only have Timo Werner who is top class at the moment. So if he is injured or off form, we will struggle up front,” he added.Karl-Heinz Rield was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as part of Borussia Dortmund’s trophy tour where the DFB-Pokal Cup was paraded to local fans which also included a week-long football training camp for school children.last_img read more

Steel Cut for COSCOL’s Heavy Lift Giant

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first_imgzoom COSCO Shipping Company Limited (COSCOL) has marked the beginning of construction on its 90,000 DWT Semi-Submersible Vessel, m/v Guang Hua Kou, with a steel cutting ceremony held at Guangzhou Shipyard International at the end of March.This purpose-built heavy lift vessel will have a large open deck measuring 211.2 x 68 meters (692.9 x 223 feet) capable of transporting the largest offshore structures, semi-submersible rigs, and jack-up rigs.It will be able to compete neck and neck with the industry’s finest such as Dockwise Vanguard, which is the world’s most capable heavy lift ship at the moment.Some of its key features include superior internal strength, capable of stern or side loading, 16m deck submerging capabilities in order to load large floating structures of up to 20 tons/m2 overall- 125 tons/m on webframes,  diesel-electric propulsion system capable of reaching a speed of 13.5 knots and Class 2 Dynamic Positioning System.The vessel’s ballasting will be controlled by 4 large capacity air compressors, which will enable operations to be completed in about 6 hours, COSCOL said.The heavy-lift vessel is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2016.last_img read more

Province Creates Nearurban Wilderness Area

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first_imgNova Scotians will have a chance to explore, study and enjoy nature in a new protected wilderness area next to the province’s largest urban population. Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will be within the boundary of Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax Regional Municipality. The province will designate 1,350 hectares (3,350 acres) of Crown lands between Highway 103 and the Bicentennial Highway, adjacent to the Bayers Lake Business Park. “This unique wilderness area, located within city municipal boundaries, will ensure that people can more easily experience the rejuvenating powers of nature within their own community,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, at a ceremony today, Oct. 30, in Hammonds Plains, Halifax Regional Municipality. The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Actcommits the province to protecting 12 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land mass by 2015. Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will help meet that provincial goal. The wilderness area designation will protect numerous interconnected, undeveloped lakes and wetlands; rugged woodlands with old red oak and red spruce stands; and a rare arctic-alpine plant called Mountain Sandwort. It will also help protect exceptional outdoor education and wilderness recreation opportunities such as hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, canoeing and angling. “I would like to thank the Department of Natural Resources, led by my colleague David Morse, for helping to make this unique near-urban wilderness area a reality,” said Mr. Parent. Blue Mountain–Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area will complement Halifax Regional Municipality’s regional planning strategy, which includes creating a large park in that region. “I’m very pleased with the province’s collaborative approach and support for HRM’s regional plan,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “This will help us move forward with HRM’s plans for a regional park in the area.” The environmental value of the lands was highlighted in an environmental assessment report into the proposed Highway 113. The independent report notes that the proposed highway routeis outside the area worthy of protection. The wilderness-area designation addresses the report’s recommendation that lands south of the proposed highway route be protected. For more information about Nova Scotia’s 34 protected wilderness areas, visit the Environment and Labour Department’s website at .last_img read more

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