Detroit — The movement for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all workers took a step forward in Detroit when 1,700 downtown janitors, represented by Service Employees Local 1, ratified a contract that raises their hourly pay to $15 over the next three years. These workers, who clean government and corporate buildings, make as little as $9.45 an hour, and many rely on public assistance to supplement their meager income.At a mass rally on July 23, the union announced an Aug. 1 strike deadline if the demand to raise pay to $15 during the life of the contract was not met. A week later, workers were celebrating, having ratified the new contract on July 28. The strike threat was enough to compel the cleaning companies to bring wages up — with no concessions in health care or other benefits to offset the added labor costs. In addition, the Detroit City Council unanimously voted in July to support the janitors’ demands.“It was a hard fight, but we were victorious,” said bargaining committee member Kris Sherman-Burns. Sherman-Burns was one of the 30 janitors who represented their peers in negotiations.“We showed working people across Detroit that when we come together, we can win better futures,” said janitor Latisha Pinkard. (Detroit News, July 30)Local 1 emphasized during the victory celebration that they will continue to build the One Detroit movement to win $15 an hour, fighting for airport, arena, fast food and other workers in the city.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Back to overview,Home naval-today Photo: USS Indiana christening ceremony View post tag: USS Indiana View post tag: Virginia-Class May 1, 2017 View post tag: US Navy Share this article Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding on April 29 hosted the christening ceremony of Indiana (SSN 789), the U.S. Navy’s 16th Virginia-class submarine.With a single swing, ship’s sponsor Diane Donald performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the submarine’s hull. Donald is the wife of Adm. Kirkland Donald (U.S. Navy, Ret.), former director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion.“It’s the honor of a lifetime to be here today,” said Donald. “While the size of the submarine alone is stunning, the complexity inside sets it apart from any other machine ever built. These ships are second to none, made in America by truly remarkable Americans.”Vice President Mike Pence, former governor of Indiana, served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker.Stackley spoke of the U.S. Navy’s important presence around the world. “More than a hundred U.S. Navy ships are underway, providing assurance to our allies, maintaining persistent surveillance in regions of interest, conducting special operations undetected, safeguarding the choke points of the world, standing poised to assure access to strike if necessary, and providing humanitarian relief if needed. And all the while, [Navy ships are] serving as the enduring, reliable deterrent that underpins our nation’s security.”Speaking on behalf of the state of Indiana, Donnelly thanked the shipbuilders for their service to the U.S. Navy and the Indiana crew. “This crew is going to be at the very tip of the spear,” he said, “and you have given them the tools, the equipment, the ability to accomplish everything.”About 4,000 Newport News shipbuilders have participated in Indiana’s construction in partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat. Construction began in September 2012 and is about 90 percent complete. The submarine is on track to deliver to the Navy this year. Photo: USS Indiana christening ceremony Authorities
L’ouverture du score de Hamza Lahmar sur CF direct. #TUNOUG #Tunisie ?? pic.twitter.com/1w9ndJMHOT— Tunisie Football (@tunisiefootball) January 4, 2017 8 January 2017FriendlySlovakia –Uganda Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 17 January 20172017 AFCONGhana – UgandaPort-Gentil, Gabon 11 January 2017FriendlyIvory Coast –Uganda Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 4 January 2017FriendlyTunisia –Uganda Tunis, Tunisia Cranes coach Micho has named his sideToday’s RESULT:Tunisia 2 Uganda 0Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich has named his final 23 for the African Cup of Nations, dropping home based players, goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan (KCCA), midfielder Mutyaba Muzamir (KCCA) and striker Edrisa Lubega (Proline)Micho named Uganda’s team to travel to Gabon after a 2-0 loss in a key international friendly against Tunisia today.It is this final team that will fly out to Dubai to take on Slovakia and Ivory Coast, before the Nations Cup kicks off January 14. The three dropped players return home.FINAL TEAM:Goalkeepers: Salim Magoola Jamal (Al Merrikh/SUD), Robert Odongkara (Saint George/ETH), Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA)Defenders: Timothy Awany, Joseph Ochaya (both KCCA), Shafiq Batambuze (Tusker/KEN), Denis Iguma (Al Ahed/LIB), Isaac Isinde (clubless), Murushid Juuko (Simba/TAN), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers)Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Baroka/RSA), Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids/USA), Geoffrey Kizito (Than Quang Ninh/VIE), William Kizito (Rio Ave/POR), Tony Mawejje (Thotur/ISL), Hassan Wasswa (Vipers), Moses Oloya (Hanoi T and T/VIE), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia/KEN)Strikers: Geoffrey Massa (Baroka/RSA), Faruku Miya (Standard Liege/BEL), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves/FIN), Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA), Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka).Coach: Milutin Sredojevic (SRB)****Today’s RESULT: Tunisia 2 Uganda 0Venue: El Menzha Olympic Stadium, TunisiaUganda Cranes Starting XI19-Salim Jamal, 12-Iguma Denis, 22-Batambuze Shafik, 16-Wasswa Hassan, 05-Isaac Isinde, 03-Kizitto Geoffrey, 06- Tonny Mawejje, 23- Mike Azira, 11- Massa Geoffrey, 07- Sentamu Yunus, 09-Lubega EdirisaSubstitutes: Benjamin Ochan, Godfrey Walusimbi, Timothy Dennis Awany, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Shaban Muhammad, Faruku Miya“The match against Tunisia is purely a selection match where I will field a team to help us assess who should make it into the final 23 man squad,” he told the federation’s website www.fufa.co.ug.“The boys have shown determination to do well in this continental assignment and I want to call on Ugandans to rally behind the Cranes as this game is one of them. And the journey starts tomorrow” Micho said Tuesday.No gift&award but earn&deserve Football is not played in bush to hide but on field to be seen as 11+6UGplayers today fight place for AFCON23— MICHOcoach (@michocoach) January 4, 2017 ****[email protected] on: WhatsApp Tweets about @OfficialFUFA Tunisia are among the Africa Cup of Nations Finals favourites and Uganda Cranes’ performance against them will be an indicator of what to expect when the continental football event starts January 14.St George goalkeeper Robert Odongokara joined the team from Ethiopia on Tuesday afternoon and will be follwed by William Luwagga Kizito, who plays for Clube De Rio Ave in the Portuguese Premier League and Denis Onyango, who is in Nigeria for the GLO CAF player of the year awards. 21 January 20172017 AFCONEgypt – UgandaPort-Gentil, Gabon 25 January 20172017 AFCONUganda – MaliOyem, Gabon Le but du 2-0 signé Med Ali Yaacoubi de la tête. #TUNOUG #Tunisie ?? pic.twitter.com/rDrwWPF4Gc— Tunisie Football (@tunisiefootball) January 4, 2017
In this Dec. 7, 2013 file photo, Florida State’s Jameis Winston celebrates after defeating Duke 45-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship NCAA college football game in Charlotte, N.C.The NCAA board of directors will vote Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, on a proposal that would give the five wealthiest college football conferences the ability to make rules and pass legislation without the approval of the rest of Division I schools. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The biggest schools in college sports are about to get a chance to make their own rules.Up first is likely finding a way to spend millions of dollars in new money — either in the form or stipends or fatter scholarships — on athletes across the country.The NCAA Board of Directors voted 16-2 on Thursday to approve a historic package of changes that allows the five richest football conferences — the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — to unilaterally change some of the rules that have applied to all Division I schools for years. The 65 universities in those leagues will also benefit from a new, weighted voting system on legislation covering the 350 schools in Division I.“It does provide degrees of autonomy for the five high-resource conferences,” said Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, the board chairman and a key architect of the plan. “This is not complete autonomy. We’re still part of Division I, but I think it allows us to provide more benefits to student-athletes.”A handful of university presidents who spoke at NCAA headquarters after the vote agreed on one thing: Paying athletes to play is off the table. And it’s very unlikely that the five leagues will design their own policies when it comes to infractions.But there’s a good chance the five leagues will take steps to add money to scholarships or craft an athlete stipend intended to help cover the so-called full cost of attending college — costs beyond tuition, room and board and books and supplies. That will be millions more in spending by leagues that are already partners in multimillion-dollar TV contracts to show off their top sports of football and basketball, raising fresh concerns about an arms race in college athletics.It is certainly a dramatic new start for an organization that has come under increasing criticism.Already this year, the NCAA has agreed to settle two lawsuits for a combined $90 million and still awaits a judge’s decision on a federal lawsuit in which plaintiffs led by Ed O’Bannon have argued college sports’ amateurism rules are anti-competitive and allow the organization to operate as an illegal cartel. Also pending is a decision by the National Labor Relations Board on whether Northwestern football players can form what would be the first union for college athletes in U.S. history.While NCAA leaders acknowledge the new system may not quash every legal case or argument, those who helped draft this proposal believe it will give prominent schools greater leeway in addressing the amateurism model and other concerns.“I think we sometimes have to go back to why do people file lawsuits?” said Kansas State President Kirk Schulz, who worked on the plan. “It’s because they can’t get the action they want. It (autonomy) is going to help with some things, not all.”The power conferences contend they need more flexibility to solve the day’s hottest controversies, including recruiting and health insurance, and complained long and loud over the past two years that change was critically important.If the decision survives a 60-day override period, the transition to the new system could begin in January. Commissioners and school leaders from the power conferences have until Oct. 1 to create a wish list of areas where they want autonomy.Any items that make the list would require majority approval from one of the five leagues and still will need the OK of at least 12 of the 20 presidents or chancellors on the expanded board of directors. Then, one representative from each of the 65 schools in the power-five leagues and three student-athletes from each conference would vote on each item. Passage would require 48 of the 80 votes and a simple majority of support from schools in at least three of the five conferences or a simple majority of all votes (41) and a simple majority from schools in four of the five leagues to pass.NCAA President Mark Emmert also said the board could veto an autonomous rule change if it goes too far. He described that situation as “rare.”The No. 1 priority heading into October is expanding scholarships to cover up to the full cost of attendance. Legislation to give athletes an additional $2,000 to cover college expenses was approved by the board in October 2011 but was overridden later after complaints from smaller schools, spurring the effort to pass the autonomy reforms.South Carolina President Harris Pastides also said he will support limitations on practice times and contact in football workouts. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block wants to provide better counseling for athletes who are contemplating turning pro and helping those who do turn pro and later return to school.The big question now is whether another override movement could derail the changes. If 75 schools sign the override measure, the board must take a second look at the plan. If 125 schools oppose the plan, it would be suspended until the board schedules a vote to reconsider.“I think the process has been so inclusive and thoughtful that no one will be surprised with this outcome today,” Emmert said when asked if he worried about an override. “That doesn’t mean everyone agrees with it. But I think as people learn more about it, come to understand it, they will be more supportive. The more you look at it, the better it gets, I think.”The new system gives the five richest leagues nearly twice as much voting power (37.5 percent) as any other group on the new council, where most legislation will be approved or rejected. The five other Football Bowl Subdivision leagues would account for 18.8 percent while the second-tier Football Championship Subdivision and non-football playing schools would split up another 37.5 percent of the vote. Athletes and faculty will account for the rest.Critics worry that the impact will create an even greater split between wealthy leagues and everyone else in the college athletics’ arms race.“I think it’s going to be great for those five conferences and that’s about it,” said Gerald Gurney, president of The Drake Group, an NCAA watchdog. “I don’t think it’s going to be a good step for non-revenue sports or for Title IX. We are going to get into a new phase of competition, and there will be no holds barred.”Boise State President Bob Kustra, a most vocal critic, called for an override and said autonomy is a step toward professionalism.“No president within Division I should be in favor of these changes,” he said in a statement.Even some of those who helped draft the legislation, such as Rice President David Leebron, said they do worry about the widening gap between haves and have-nots.But they also want a chance to adopt some of the rules from the new NCAA power brokers, too.“I think that’s important to examine,” said Wright State President David Hopkins, whose school plays in the Horizon League. “At least we want to have the opportunity to work and choose what we decide (on the autonomous issues).”___Online:NCAA reforms: http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/board-adopts-new-division-i-structure
The Thurston County Historic Commission received and ranked thirteen applications. Seven grant applications were awarded 2012 grant funding totaling as listed below – State Capital Museum– Native Olympia – Finding Native American History in Olympia. $5,000 Lacey Museum – Continued digitization and transcription of daily diaries and speech notes of pioneer George H. Himes. $5,000 Olympia Downtown Association – Olympia Heritage Corridor – research phase to create interpretive historical signage highlighting significant people and events. $4,250 Tumwater Historical Association- 2012 Thurston County “Through the Decades” event expansion. $5000 Facebook0Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – Historic preservation programs in Thurston County have been given a boost, thanks to grants authorized today (1-10-12) by the Board of County Commissioners. Funding for the grants comes under an enactment from the 2005 legislature that sets aside $1 from each $5 historic document recording fee collected by the county auditor. The grant program is managed by the Thurston County Historic Commission who review and recommend funding in compliance with guidelines established by the Commissioners. The Board of County Commissioners approved the six top-ranked grant applications, as recommended by the Historic Commission. County Commissioners also approved an additional grant which will fund the purchase of a robotic pool cleaner for the Tenino Quarry Pool, recently recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of Thurston County. Bigelow House Preservation Association – Bigelow House shed stabilization and assessment. $5,000 City of Rainier – Replacement of electrical wiring in the Rainier School and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. $5,000 Tenino Chamber of Commerce – Purchase a robotic pool cleaner for the Tenino Quarry Pool. $5,000
EATONTOWN — Home Instead Senior Care® is offering to help Monmouth County area families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob seniors of their memories and independence with free online training.The training for families caring for these older adults is now available through online e-learning modules at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com.The Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging through Research and Education Training Program offers a personal approach to help families care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease at home, where 60 to 70 percent of them live, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.The foundation of the Alzheimer’s CARE Training Program is an approach called Capturing Life’s Journey® that involves gathering stories and experiences about the senior to help caregivers provide comfort while honoring the individual’s past. Because people with Alzheimer’s disease have difficulty with short-term memory, the Capturing Life’s Journey approach taps into long-term memory.“The training we’re offering to families is the same kind of training our professional CAREGivers receive,” Venancio said.The program for family caregivers consists of four classes: Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Overview; Capturing Life’s Journey; Techniques to Manage Behaviors; and Activities to Encourage Engagement. Also available is a free guide for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Called Helping Families Cope, the guide includes advice to help families keep their loved ones engaged and manage behaviors.Additional information about free family caregiver training or to obtain a copy of the Helping Families Cope booklet is available by contacting Home Instead Senior Care office at 732-542-9004 or visiting HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.com.
Bob Baffert631214919%$1,197,298 Richard Mandella3786722%$402,286 Doug O’Neill949101210%$534,506 Philip D’Amato4498720%$438,560 ARCADIA HONORS PASSING OF JOE RAMSAY ON SATURDAYThe Arcadia community is coming together to honor well-known musician and beloved Arcadia High School alumnus Joe Ramsey, who died recently at the age of 58, following a years-long battle with health problems.This Saturday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, the Arcadia High School Alumni Association is presenting a benefit memorial concert at Santa Anita in Ramsey’s honor. Santa Anita is also dedicating the day’s last race in his memory, and the City of Arcadia has proclaimed Feb. 21 Joe Ramsey Day. Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Kovacic will present the proclamation in the Winner’s Circle immediately following The Joe Ramsey Memorial Race.Ramsey, who graduated from AHS in 1974, died Dec. 29 at Arcadia Methodist Hospital following a nearly decade-long struggle with cancer, heart problems and a recent stroke.The Joe Ramsey Benefit Concert will feature a selection of friends, former band mates, local artists and loved ones taking the stage in his honor. Confirmed performers include Stan Ridgway and Pietra Wexstun; Keith Slettedahl and Adam Merrin from The 88; John Curry, Scott Lasken, Dennis Walsh and Nick Hanick from Four Eyed Four; The Third Man, featuring Gary Putman and Curt Lichter of The Prime Movers; and, special guest, Allison Ramsey.Suggested donations are $30 or more, and will go to cover the cost of staging the event. Any proceeds will be donated to the AHS Alumni Association’s Joe Ramsey Memorial Scholarship and to the Ramsey family to help defray medical expenses and sudden loss of income.Tickets are available at Tickets are available at http://www.arcadiaapaches.com/aboutus/ahsreunions_info63.htm Questions about the event can be directed to [email protected] Joseph Talamo13915142311%$1,065,504 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller901719819%$996,758 Rafael Bejarano15937252123%$1,747,424 James Cassidy4175817%$258,100 Kent Desormeaux11323201220%$1,300,530 Gary Stevens59118919%$880,272 HORSE FOR COURSE SET FOR SENSATIONAL STARBettys Bambino, a Horse for Course if ever there was one, goes for his fifth win fromsix starts on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs when he runs in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for older horses bred in California or sired by a California-bred stallion.“He’s definitely a horse for this course,” said Peter Eurton, who trains the son of Unusual Heat for a partnership. “I would love to see him run in one-turn turf races from seven (furlongs) to a mile, down the line. That would be fun. He’s an Unusual Heat. He’s supposed to go a lot further than 6 ½.”The 5-year-old gelding has raced twice at one mile, finishing fourth at Santa Anita in April of last year and third at Del Mar in August. Bettys Bambino will be making only his 10th start in the Sensational Star.“He had a lot of minor issues at an early age,” Eurton said in explaining the limited races. “He’d come in one day and take a bad step and move out the next day. But now he’s doing real well.”The field for the Sensational Star: Patriots Rule, Fernando Perez, 10-1; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 4-1; Weewinnin, Elvis Trujillo, 10-1; Bettys Bambino, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Big Bane Theory, Joe Talamo, 9-2; Ambitious Brew, Brice Blanc, 2-1; Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 12-1; and Pathway to Yes, Tyler Baze, 8-1. FINISH LINES: Bob Baffert on Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern‘s three furlong drill Sunday in 36.60: “He looked good.” . . . Agent Mike Ciani has Kent Desormeaux booked on Lecomte runner-up War Story in Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds . . . Bing Crosby winner Big Macher worked four furlongs in 47.80 Friday morning for the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 28. “He’s good to go,” trainer Richard Baltas said . . . Through 33 racing days, perennial Southern California riding leader Rafael Bejarano held a 37-23 lead over runner-up Desormeaux, while Jerry Hollendorfer had a 19-17 edge over Peter Miller among trainers . . . Favorites were winning above the national norm of 33 percent, at 38.03 (108 of 284). On dirt, favorites were winning at 40 percent (79 of 197) and on turf, 33.33 percent (29 of 87). Best percentage was 84.48 percent in the category of in-the-money favorites (49 of 58) . . . Tom Quigley‘s guest handicappers this weekend will be horse player Tony Banks, Saturday, and handicapping author James Quinn Sunday, each day at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Chump change: Victor Espinoza, whose mounts have earned more than $1.2 million so far this year, has been fined $50 for failure to report to the jocks’ room in time for his assigned mounts. Ditto for Elvis Trujillo. Corey Nakatani771281116%$658,768 Drayden Van Dyke12514151811%$789,606 Flavien Prat71108614%$492,416 A. C. Avila2161229%$145,774 Peter Eurton50108720%$482,058 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mike Smith6915141022%$1,329,341 Elvis Trujillo13114171011%$916,252 Fernando Perez106912108%$446,982 Mark Casse4175517%$599,748 Carla Gaines2954217%$316,605 Martin Pedroza10211171011%$476,160 Mark Glatt4478616%$362,074 Jerry Hollendorfer9819131419%$1,974,990 STEADY BETTYS BAMBINO SET FOR SENSATIONAL STARSPAWR REMEMBERS BARGAIN CLAIM SENSATIONAL STARTEXAS RED DOING SWIMMINGLY FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYBIG PAY DAYS IN OFFING ON BIG ‘CAP DAY MARCH 7 DETTORI LEAVES SPAWR UP IN THE AIRTrainer Bill Spawr had a sweet run with Sensational Star, for whom Saturday’s $100,000 stakes is named.“We claimed him for $32,000 and he won a lot of graded stakes for us,” Spawr said of his star of some 25 years ago. “They were trying to route him, but we made a sprinter out of him.”A California-bred gelding by Inherent Star out of the Election Day mare Forty Percent, Sensational Star was foaled in 1984 and last raced on Dec. 8, 1990. He won 13 of 39 starts and earned $442,455.“Bob Meldahl (the late agent, who also represented Laffit Pincay Jr. at the time) had a new apprentice from Europe and he wanted to get him on some live horses,” Spawr recounted.“Bob and I were old friends and I told him I was going to run Sensational Star for 40 (thousand) and that no one would claim him. The jockey was Frankie Dettori, but I didn’t know who he was at the time.“Anyway, the horse wins and his picture is about to be taken in the winner’s circle. I’m looking for the jock but he isn’t on the horse. I can’t find him because the sucker is in the air. I didn’t know that was his thing, the flying dismount where he leaps high out of the saddle.“Silly me, I’m looking all over for the jock and he’s up in the air.” (Current Through Monday, Feb. 16) Martin Garcia8514131216%$1,153,280 Tyler Baze16521151713%$1,283,814 Jeff Bonde2050325%$192,980 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Ron Ellis3572520%$260,440 Richard Baltas4176317%$279,678 SANTA ANITA DERBY NEXT GOAL FOR TEXAS REDBreeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red remains on course for the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 as he swims his way back from an abscess on his right front foot following a sharp second in his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1.The ultimate goal for the son of Afleet Alex, of course, is the Kentucky Derby on May 2.“He’ll continue swimming and doing Aqua Tred, probably until the end of the month,” trainer Keith Desormeaux said Friday morning. “We’ll try to get him in (to Santa Anita) around March 1 and crank him up again.“The reports are all good; the thing’s still draining, but he’s always been sound on it. Since it popped, it’s drained, but he’s good. I just want to give him plenty of time to recover. He missed the race we were pointing for anyway (Saturday’s Risen Star) so the Santa Anita Derby’s the goal now. “I just don’t need to rush him back; that’s the mindset.”(Texas Red is currently rehabbing at Premier Equine Center, which is located in Oakdale, about five hours north of Santa Anita in California’s Central Valley).$1 MILLION LATE PICK 4 GUARANTEE ON BIG ‘CAP DAYShared Belief is expected to rule a prohibitive favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but that won’t prevent fans from trying to land a game-changing score.There will be huge guaranteed pools that day, including a $1 million Late Pick 4 and a $150,000 guaranteed Pick 6, in addition to three other graded stakes besides the Big ‘Cap, with Triple Crown hopefuls spotlighted in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes.Also, there will be a Beerfest and live music in the infield. First post time will be 12 noon; gates open at 10 a.m. Tiago Pereira77971012%$295,134 John Sadler738131111%$573,206 Thomas Proctor2864321%$459,240 Edwin Maldonado69731010%$271,736 Hector Palma2062130%$121,650 Felipe Valdez2765522%$141,448 Michael Pender2864221%$155,470 Victor Espinoza10620211419%$1,312,710 -30-
13 March 2013South Africa’s olive industry has enjoyed a recent growth spurt and has the potential to expand even further following a 50% slowdown in Spanish production, says Pam Golding Properties manager in the Karoo region, Wayne Rubidge.“In fact, olive farming is one of the fastest growing activities in South Africa’s agricultural sector,” Rubidge said in a statement.Demand from foreign markets is causing an upward swing in production due to low European production and the quality of South African olive oil;import tariffs are also expected to boost local olive oil production.“About 68% of South Africa’s olive consumption comes from mostly inferior European products, and with the general world shortage, the olive index is up by a massive 50%,” he said.The country generally has small olive oil consumption patterns, despite its long tradition of olive growing. According to Rubidge, the country’s first olives were produced by Jan van Riebeeck at Boschheuwel in 1661, with the first commercial olives seen about 200 years later.“In contrast to traditional olive oil consuming countries, where per capita consumption of olive oil ranges between 12 to 36 litres, the average South African consumes a mere 80 millilitres – 0.08 litres – per annum,” he said.“This highlights the tremendous opportunity for growth and expansion in this country.”The primary olive producing areas in South Africa are in the Karoo region of the Western Cape, which boasts favourable conditions and climate for olive growing with winter rainfall and a dry summer.The interests of the country’s olive growers, olive oil producers, table olive producers and olive tree nurseries are represented by the South African Olive Industry Association.“The total South African consumption is approximately 65-million, of which local production is currently less than 32%,” Rubidge said.“Local production is solely extra virgin at present [and] local production of table olives is estimated at 3 000 tonnes per annum while 2 000 tonnes are imported annually – 40%.“Considering these statistics, there is no doubt that this farming sector offers significant potential for growth,” he said.SAinfo reporter
Piaggio India today launched the new Aprilia SR 150 Race, Aprilia SR150 Facelift, Limited edition Carbon SR 150, Vespa facelift and innovative connectivity for Vespa and Aprilia range.The new Aprilia SR 150 Race is inspired from flagship superbike RS-GP, specially designed for MotoGP. Its gets the RS-GP theme, the scooter sports a white base with red and green body graphics along with red 14-inch alloys, adjustable suspension, 220mm disk brake, golden caliper, digital console, and tall windscreen, with specially designed race theme helmet and factory fitted mobile connectivity feature.The SR 150 Race is powered by a 150cc, 3 valve engine, map sensor technology and is also equipped with an enhanced CVT gearbox. The new Aprilia SR 150 Race facelift is available at all Vespa and Aprilia showrooms at an ex-showroom price of Rs 80,211 (ex-showroom Pune).The iconic Vespa with its Italian appeal has added three new colors in its facelift – Matt Rosso Dragon, Matt Yellow and Azzuro Provenza with machine cut alloy periphery wheels. The Vespa also gets embedded with the factory fitted connectivity feature. The new Vespa inspired range of merchandise reflects the vibrancy and the true Italian style. Vespa facelift will be available at an ex-showroom price of Rs 91,140 for VXL 150cc & Rs 97,276 for SXL 150cc (ex-showroom Pune).In line with Piaggio India’s strategy to reinvent mobility for the future generation, it has introduced a mobile connectivity that allows customers to connect with their Vespa & Aprilia scooter’s and control its features. This user-friendly feature can be accessed via mobile with features such as accurate GPS information, emergency contact details and also will be able to locate nearby service centers. It is also equipped with a panic alert feature, wherein riders can reach out to the registered number configured with the current location and seek help in case of an emergency. Riders can find, navigate and follow their bikes using smart connectivity. Through its Find Me feature, a user can identify and locate their scooter in ignition off mode in a busy parking area.advertisementThrough smart connectivity, riders can access the vehicle status, locate petrol pumps and connect with customer care executives. This smart app can be installed on iOS & Android phones.The Aprilia SR 150 facelift gets four new colors matt black, blue, glossy red and white, and is also accompanied by an adjustable suspension. The new limited-edition Aprilia Carbon SR 150, inspired by carbon components in high-performance Aprilia track bikes represents the theme through Carbon design and aesthetics. It comes in all black theme, complemented with carbon graphics and new adjustable suspension. The SR 150 facelift and Carbon 150 have a 14-inch large wheel, 220 mm disk brake, new digital cluster, USB option, connectivity feature in Carbon and an option to fit connectivity feature in SR 150 facelift.Aprilia SR 150 Carbon and SR 150 Facelift are available at all Vespa & Aprilia showrooms at an ex-showroom price of Rs 73,500 (ex-showroom Pune) for Aprilia SR 150 Carbon & Rs 70,031 (ex-showroom Pune) for SR 150 Facelift.Additionally, the sophisticated all-black limited-edition Vespa Notte with its powerful 125 CC engine is available to the Vespa enthusiasts for Rs 68,829 (ex-showroom Pune).Additionally, Piaggio India has launched the 5X Fun Offer’ for the first time on its Vespa and Aprilia range of two-wheelers from September to October. Under the 5X Fun Offer’, customers can enjoy free five years mandatory insurance, five years free warranty which includes two years of standard warranty and three years of extended warranty. Additionally, the customers can avail free service for the first year, and two years of On Road Assist’ clubbed with PayTM benefits worth Rs 5000 or lucrative payment methods like zero cost EMI or low down-payment of Rs 3,999.