CSME– as EU rep stresses need for common customs policyBy Jarryl BryanLocally-hosted consultations bringing together top customs officials from across the Caribbean to consider the implementation of a single regional policy governing customs systems got underway on Tuesday at the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat.Representative of the EU delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Adam WisniewskiAmong the topics that will be covered is the Automated Systems for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), long touted by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) as its e-service and modernisation saviour.In his address to delegates, representative of the European Union (EU) delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Adam Wisniewski, conveyed the EU’s commitment to providing technical assistance to the Region. The EU itself is well known for being a contemporary example of regional integration.“The EU has been the lead partner of the [African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States] ACP-EU trade programme. Behind each of the projects, there are indications that the programme is still appreciated by the beneficiaries. One of its most unique features is the technical assistance it brings to the Region.”“The developing of common import procedures, declarations, and customs valuation procedures is an important step towards regional economic integration, strengthening the Region as a global economic player and significantly contributing to its inclusion in global value chains.”He contended that this was also a step in the right direction towards achieving a single economic market – one of the reasons Caricom was formed in the first place. He noted that this would increase the Region’s viability towards the EU and other trade partners.Assistant GRA Commissioner with responsibility for Customs, Shawn RichmondBut despite the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which was signed in 2008, Wisniewski noted instances where provisions to foster regional integration were still not being implemented.“Although much has been achieved, there are still certain shortfalls, specifically in the case of the Region. Countries still have to ratify the agreement. Some provisions to promote regional integration are still to be put into practice. And rules on competition, policing intellectual property stealing are still to be implemented,” he pointed out.“Our expectation and hope are that this and other similar projects will not only contribute to the overall goal, but will also strengthen the dynamics of the already present in the Region. Workshops like this can no doubt serve this purpose.”The EU reportedly funded the project at the behest of the ACP Group of states. The workshop will also provide customs valuation training; participants are expected to discuss this concept, learn the methods of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) valuation system, and how to apply these principles.Guyana’s representative at the horseshoe table, Assistant GRA Commissioner with responsibility for Customs, Shawn Richmond, gave an update on the country’s progress with ASYCUDA.Representatives of customs administrations from across the Region pose for a group photo outside the Caricom Secretariat“Guyana is currently implementing ASYCUDA worldwide. Should we agree on a standard or a module for the SAD (Single Administrative Document), we would be the first to implement that. So, the workshop would be very useful in that regard,” Richmond said.ASYCUDAASYCUDA World is intended to replace the Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS) GRA used for some time. The GRA has expressed expectations that it would improve efficiency and effectiveness in the trade environment, specifically as it relates to customs clearance.ASYCUDA World is a recognised Internet-based software system used in several Caribbean territories. Besides simplifying procedures and minimising administrative costs, the GRA has said the system would allow a paperless environment, facilitate e-payments, improve its risk management capacity, and connect with allied agencies.Among the other benefits that were touted were a reduction in processing time of customs documentation and the quick release of imported and exported goods. Earlier this year, the GRA had embarked on a round of sensitisation seminars with key trade stakeholders in the lead-up to the official launch of ASYCUDA World.This consultation had involved the ASYCUDA National Project Team (ANPT) of the GRA, together with its consultants from the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), facilitating a seminar for freight carriers and their agents at the Authority’s Camp Street headquarters.As the facilitators had already requested shippers, wharf owners, and agents to submit advance cargo manifests in electronic format, the seminar was specific to the manifest module of ASYCUDA World and the mandatory fields associated with the module.
The Athletics Banquet on Thursday night recognized the successes of all of our sports teams. Congrats Grizzlies and thank you, coaches! See below for a full list of award winners: Sr. Girls VolleyballRookie of the Year: Megan SalinasCoaches of the Choice: Jessie CopesMVP: Daelyn Jeffers Sr. Girls BasketballRookie of the Year: MacKenzie O’BrienRoss Memorial Most Inspirational Award: Alexis ZiebartCoaches Choice: Claire TurnerMVP: Celine Quigley Sr. Boys VolleyballRookie of the Year: Drew WoodruffCoaches Choice: Thomas TaylorMVP: Michael McDermott Jr. Girls Basketball Coaches Choice: Jenna MirandaMVP: Isabella Ziebart Girls RugbyMost Improved: Maddison HollowayCoaches Choice: Michelle KalkmanMVP: Linsey Edwards Jr. Girls VolleyballCoaches Choice: Raya HeinrichsMVP: Taylor Schmidt Athlete of the Year – Male: Quinlan SniderAthlete of the Year – Female: Celine Quigley Outstanding Athletic Performance: Kenzie Chilcott Girls SoccerRookie of the Year: Maddison HollowayCoaches Choice: Kenzie ChilcottMVP Attacking: Emma CloseMVP Defending: Teagan Clement NPSS Grizzlies 2018-19 Athletes of the Year Celine Quigley and Quinlan Snider. Source NPSS Athletics FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Our Boys Rugby team was in Grande Prairie on Friday for a 7s tournament. The boys went undefeated – a great way to finish the season! Jr. Boys BasketballCoaches Choice: Colton DyckMVP: Gryphon Talbot Sr. Boys BasketballRookie of the Year: Liam PetersonRoss Memorial Most Inspirational Award: Earl ConcepcionMVP: Mason Miranda Boys SoccerRookie of the Year: Harrison SewellCoaches Choice: Caleb MohningerMVP: Devin Velkjar NPSS Grizzlies 2018-19 Outstanding Athletic Performance Award winner Kenzie Chilcott. Source NPSS Athletics Track and FieldRookie of the Year: Jacob HaluzkaCoaches Choice: Tyler TurnerMVP: Kenzie Chilcott Boys RugbyBest Back: Tristan HynesBest Forward: Noah KlassenMVP: Tim Zimmer Cross CountryCoaches Choice: Leigh HedgesMVP: Kenzie Chilcott Ultimate Most Improved: Brooklyn WillmsCoaches Choice: Connor KindratMVP: Kurtis Lee- Advertisement –
SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry almost gave up, but he’s giving the tunnel shot another try.Curry’s pregame tunnel heaves became a spectacle at Oracle Arena that attracted the attention of thousands of cameras and fans. The move to San Francisco’s Chase Center this season presented some obstacles for Curry to recreate that routine — mainly, geometry.Before the Warriors’ season opener against the Clippers Thursday, Curry tried and missed his shot attempt from his new tunnel.At Oracle Arena, …
The Nelson Mandela Bridge, named after South Africa’s first democratic President, has won several awards. The bridge is situated in Johannesburg.The Nelson Mandela Bridge get a pink illumination every year since 2012 to raise awareness for breast cancer. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterParis has its Eiffel Tower, New York its Statue of Liberty, Sydney its Harbour Bridge. And downtown Johannesburg has the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge.Named after the man who led South Africa across the apartheid divide, the bridge was opened by Nelson Mandela in July 2003. Crossing no less than 46 operational railway lines, the 284-metre-long bridge is largest cable-stayed bridge in southern Africa.Designed by Dissing+Weitling Architecture, the bridge has won numerous awards, including the South African Institute of Civil Engineering Award for Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Achievement in Technical Excellence category.The bridge links the Braamfontein business area with the Newtown precinct. Taking two years to build, the bridge was at the heart of a inner city renewal project by Gauteng province’s economic development initiative, Blue IQ. (Blue IQ has since merged with the Gauteng Development Agency to become the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency).The rejuvenation project aimed to create a “cultural arc” – a crescent from Constitution Hill through Braamfontein and down to Newtown, which is now known as the city’s cultural precinct.The bridge links important civic and cultural institutions: the Constitutional Court, the Civic Theatre and Wits University in Braamfontein; Mary Fitzgerald Square, the Market Theatre and the 1913 Museum Africa in Newtown.Other attractions in the area are the Dance Factory, the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and the SAB World of Beer. The square regularly hosts several big events, including the Joy of Jazz festival and Diwali.During 2011’s Joburg Fashion Week, South African designer David Tlale turned the bridge into the longest ramp in the history of South African fashion. Tlale’s Made In The City collection featured 92 models in celebration of 92 years of Nelson Mandela’s life.Watch:In 2012, the City of Johannesburg and a cosmetics company lit the bridge pink for a week in an effort raise awareness about breast cancer.Facts about the bridgeNelson Mandela Bridge carries two lanes of traffic and has two sidewalks for pedestrians as well as a cycle path, with a continuous toughened glass parapet to ensure pedestrian safety.According to Construction Weekly:The asymmetrical dual-pylon cable-stay bridge is made up of a 66-metre north back span, a 176-metre main span and a 42-metre south back span, giving a total length of 284 metres.The north pylon is 42-metres high and the south pylon 27-metres high, creating a delicate balance and an interesting visual appeal.The main span was built as light as possible, using structural steel with a concrete composite deck, while the heavier back spans were built from reinforced concrete to counterbalance the long main span.The bridge is supported on the largest pot bearings ever to be installed in South Africa. The 1.5-metre diameter bearings, which have a capacity of up to 27 Mn, are designed to accommodate the large temperature movements of the bridge.Approximately 4 000 cubic metres of concrete and 1 000 tons of structural steel were used to construct the bridge, with around 500 tons of reinforcing steel cast into the concrete.Sources: South African Tourism, Dissing+Weitling Architecture, Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, Construction Weekly, and the City of Johannesburg.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) and Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) welcomed Emilie Regula as the OSA Policy & Membership Coordinator/OSC Marketing & Outreach Coordinator.As Policy & Membership Coordinator, Regula will assist with OSA’s legislative and policy program, coordinate membership campaigns, and organize OSA participation in statewide, regional and national programs and events. As Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Regula will assist with OSC’s marketing projects related to animal agriculture and soy biodiesel, and coordinate outreach to key industry partners.Regula joins OSA and OSC after several years of legislative experience, first as Legislative Aide with State Senator Frank LaRose, and then as Legislative Liaison with the Ohio Treasurer of State. Most recently Regula was Senior Legislative Aide in the office of State Senator Cliff Hite, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Regula also is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute.Regula grew up on her family’s Stark County farm and showed steers every year with her 4-H group. She earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Akron.
When Brian Schwartz, a Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist researching the public health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, read about an environmental group that uses satellite imagery and aerial photography to track environmental degradation, he was intrigued.It was the summer of 2013, and the group, SkyTruth, had just launched a crowdsourcing project on its website to map fracking activity in Pennsylvania. The site provided volunteers with U.S. government aerial images from across the state and a brief tutorial on how to identify fracking locations. Within a month, more than 200 volunteers sorted through 9,000 images to pinpoint 2,724 fracking wellpads. Schwartz ended up using this data in a study published last October in the journal Epidemiology, showing that women living near hydraulic fracturing sites in 40 Pennsylvania counties faced a significantly elevated risk of giving birth prematurely.That’s precisely the sort of result that John Amos, SkyTruth’s president, envisioned when he founded the group in 2001. He has since become part data analyst, part environmental advocate, and part satellite-imagery proselytizer as he looks for ways to use remote sensing to call attention to little-noticed environmental damage.This month, SkyTruth’s website is displaying a map showing the global prevalence of flaring, the wasteful and carbon-spewing oil industry practice of burning natural gas and other drilling byproducts. Through most of December, SkyTruth and another satellite-focused nonprofit, Moscow-based Transparent World, displayed images of a burning oil platform and a 2,300-barrel oil slick in the Caspian Sea. The platform’s owner, Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company, SOCAR, denied that any spill had occurred.SkyTruth’s defining moment came in 2010, when Amos — analyzing satellite photographs — sounded the alarm that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was far larger than the petroleum company, BP, and the U.S. government were acknowledging.“If you can see it,” says SkyTruth’s motto, displayed at the top of its website, “you can change it.” For the first time, a coal permit is revokedSkyTruth has also affected the course of mountaintop removal coal mining. Appalachian states have issued hundreds of permits for mountaintop removal mines, but they’ve rarely checked to see whether the mines have stayed within the permitted boundaries.Permits are supposed to be issued only after assessing impacts on downstream waterways, and a study of 10 West Virginia counties published in 2004 by the state’s environmental protection department found that nearly 40 percent of mines in ten counties were situated outside permitted locations.Acting on a request from Appalachian Voices, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that opposes mountaintop removal mining, SkyTruth devised a technique for identifying the mines from satellite images, then mapped their growth over three decades and posted the results on its website in 2009.The information was used in six peer-reviewed academic articles, including a Duke University study that found that once 5% of a watershed is mined, water quality in its rivers and streams usually fails to meet state standards.That study in turn provided empirical backing for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 revocation of a mine permit in West Virginia that had been issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The decision marked the first time the EPA had ever reversed a coal mine’s permit under the Clean Water Act. Remote sensing tools are commonOne indication of SkyTruth’s influence is a cautionary headline that appeared after SkyTruth formed a partnership with Google and the nonprofit Oceana in November 2014 to launch a system called Global Fishing Watch, which uses the satellite transponders found aboard most large fishing vessels to track the activities of the world’s fishing fleets. “Big Brother is watching,” warned World Fishing & Aquaculture, a trade journal.Illegal logging is one target of environmental groups using satellite imagery. [Photo credit: Creative Commons license / Flickr]That admonition could be extended to all the extractive industries — oil and gas, mining, logging, and fishing — whose operations can be tracked by remote sensing. A growing number of governments now conduct environmental observation by satellite; for example, the government of Brazil monitors deforestation in the Amazon. And environmental groups now commonly use remote sensing tools. One prominent example is Global Forest Watch, a system launched two years by Washington-based World Resources Institute to monitor logging and fires in the world’s forests. Russia-based Transparent World employs satellite imagery for many purposes, including monitoring of protected areas and observing the impacts of dam construction.Amos, 52, says he considered himself an environmentalist even while he spent a decade working for oil and gas companies as a satellite imagery analyst looking for drilling sites. He quit in 2000 to start a non-profit that would apply his skills to environmental protection. For years he ran SkyTruth from the basement of his Shepherdstown, West Virginia, home on an annual budget of less than $100,000, and he still speaks of “begging” satellite images from commercial providers.Although SkyTruth has expanded in recent years to eight employees supported by a $600,000 budget, it is still tiny, particularly compared to the U.S. government’s massive satellite resources. Nevertheless, SkyTruth has delved into realms that the government has avoided. One reason, Amos says, is that satellite imagery analysis is so unfamiliar that “nobody has known what to ask for” — thus, one of SkyTruth’s missions is to show what’s possible. Its usual method is to release a trove of environment-related data, then invite researchers and crowdsource amateurs to analyze it.SkyTruth has benefited enormously from the explosion in the last 15 years in satellite imagery and other digital technologies. When Amos started SkyTruth, a single Landsat satellite image cost $4,400; now the entire U.S. government collection— more than 4.7 million images and growing daily— is available free of charge. Not only have satellites and satellite imagery become cheap, but the capacity to analyze, duplicate, send, and store satellite data has expanded by orders of magnitude. In fact, satellite technology is now considered a subset of a larger field, geospatial intelligence, which has tens of thousands of practitioners around the world employing an array of optical, thermal, radar, and radiometric remote sensing tools.“It’s evolved from a problem of getting imagery to deciding which image do I want to pluck out of this massive cloud,” Amos told me. Oil industry website thwarts researchersThe finding by Schwartz, the Johns Hopkins epidemiologist, on premature births suggests a correlation between fracking and poor human health; but because the chemical trigger wasn’t identified, the link isn’t regarded as causal. From more than 1,000 available chemicals, fracking operators select a dozen or so that fit the geological challenges of a particular site.People living near the site typically can’t find out whether their wells and aquifers have been contaminated because the cost of testing for all 1,000 chemicals is prohibitive, and operators treat each site’s chemical recipe as a trade secret.The quandary led Amos to venture beyond satellite imagery into the larger field of geospatial data. Along with several better-known environmental groups, SkyTruth argued for disclosure of the recipe used at each fracking site.Two industry lobbying groups, the American Petroleum Institute and America’s Natural Gas Alliance, defused mounting Congressional pressure for mandatory disclosure by launching a website, FracFocus, where operators could post their recipes voluntarily. But soon after the site’s launch in 2011, users found that information posted on it was entered in the wrong field, misspelled chemical trade names, or omitted key facts deemed proprietary.The site thwarted researchers by requiring postings in a format that computers couldn’t read. Although 23 states require fracking companies to use FracFocus to disclose their chemical use, a 2013 Harvard Law School report concluded that FracFocus “fails as a regulatory compliance tool.”SkyTruth’s lead programmer, Paul Woods, devised a way around some of FracFocus’s barriers by writing software that “scraped” all the chemical data from the tens of thousands of reports posted on the site. Then he posted it in a database on SkyTruth’s website.In addition, under pressure from SkyTruth, other environmental groups, and an Energy Department advisory board, FracFocus agreed to make its data available in machine-readable form beginning in May 2015. These developments have yielded more and more information for researchers, such as Schwartz, who are investigating fracking’s health impact.“This is a very wonky issue that makes people’s eyes glaze over,” Amos said. “But it’s where the rubber meets the road in terms of understanding if fracking is bad for you.” The Deepwater Horizon blowoutThe first time that SkyTruth attracted national attention was in April 2010, when Amos received a Google alert that an oil platform called Deepwater Horizon, 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, had exploded and burned. Amos knew explosions like this one were uncommon and usually led to spills.Early estimates were wrong. Persistence by SkyTruth helped disclose the amount of oil leaking in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill was more than 60 times as much as initial announcements from BP. [Photo credit: Ideum / Creative Commons License / Flickr]He began searching for satellite photos, but the first ones he found were obscured by clouds. Meanwhile, BP, which leased the rig, and the Coast Guard, echoing BP, maintained that the ruptured well beneath the rig was leaking oil at a rate of 1,000 barrels a day— a major spill but perhaps not a catastrophic one. The number was vital, for it would help determine the scale and strategy of the leak containment effort, the eventual cost to BP in fines and damages, and the scope of preparations for the next spill.It took Amos six days to acquire clear images. His first thought, he says, was: “Oh my God! This is much bigger than anybody realizes.” He calculated that the slick was 50 miles long and covered 817 square miles. He outlined the slick, along with his calculations, and posted both on SkyTruth’s website.Within a day, Ian MacDonald, a Florida State University oceanographer and oil slick authority, notified Amos that the leak’s flow rate was much bigger than a thousand barrels a day. Using Amos’ calculations of the slick’s size and conservative assumptions about its thickness, MacDonald concluded that it was “not unreasonable” that the leak was 20 times BP’s initial estimate.Undermined by SkyTruth’s numbers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conceded the next day that BP’s initial estimate was too low: over BP’s public objections, NOAA revised the government estimate to 5,000 barrels a day. Two months later — prodded, in part, by SkyTruth — government scientists concluded that the initial flow rate was 62,000 barrels a day, 62 times BP’s initial estimate. Jacques Leslie writes narrative nonfiction about global environmental issues. His books include Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People and the Environment, which won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360. Going beyond the newsIn search of images that tell environmental stories, SkyTruth pays close attention to news reports, but occasionally it finds stories of its own. One example is what is probably the Gulf of Mexico’s longest-running commercial oil spill, at the site of a rig destroyed by an underwater mudslide during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.The slide buried 28 wells on the sea floor under 100 feet of mud, which made sealing them extremely difficult. The rig’s owner, Taylor Energy Company, went bankrupt trying. Amos discovered the leaks in 2010 while studying Hurricane Katrina’s impacts, and has been sounding an alarm ever since. The leaks have trickled steadily into the Gulf’s waters since 2004 at a rate Amos estimates at between one and 20 barrels a day, creating a slick that is sometimes 20 miles long. The wells are ten miles offshore in federally managed water, but no federal agency has tried to seal the leak.Given the controversial issues SkyTruth has been involved with, the group has attracted surprisingly little criticism, perhaps because so much of its work is grounded in visual data— for SkyTruth, seeing really is believing.A notable exception occurred in 2009 when Amos testified at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on the under-appreciated risks of deepwater oil drilling. Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, attacked Amos for overlooking the oil industry’s safety record and economic benefits. “You do a great disservice by not telling the American people the truth about drilling and putting it in the perspective it deserves,” Landrieu told Amos.Landrieu didn’t give Amos a chance to respond, but, as it turned out, he didn’t have to. The BP spill occurred five months later.
CPI(ML) Red Star leader Alik Chakraborty, who was arrested in Bhubaneswar by police team on charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, was produced before a court here on Saturday and sent to police custody for 10 days.Transit remandMr. Chakraborty, who has been leading an agitation against the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited in Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal for the past few years, was brought here by the police on a transit remand from Bhubaneswar.He was produced before the sub-divisional magistrate’s court at Baruipur in the district.The police said he has been charged with instigating and deliberately misinforming villagers of Bhangar, which witnessed violent clashes against the PGCIL’s proposed unit on 16 acres.Mr. Chakrabarty, who is in his mid-40s, was arrested from near a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.The West Bengal government has registered cases under the UAPA and of murder against Chakraborty, who is one of the leaders of ‘Jomi Jibika Poribesh o Bastutantra Raksha Samiti’ (Committee for the Protection of land, Livelihood, Environment and Ecology).
The special CBI court here is likely to pass an order on the bail plea of Indrani Mukerjea, a prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, on December 10.Indrani had applied for bail on health grounds around six months ago before special Judge J.C. Jagdale, and this is her fourth attempt at seeking bail.Making his submission on Saturday, Indrani’s lawyer Tanveer Ahmed reiterated that she is suffering from a “terminal illness” and her condition is “deteriorating”.Also Read Indrani’s medical condition irreversible, says her lawyer He argued that there was a change in circumstance since her last bail plea was rejected about a year ago.At least 36 witnesses have been examined during this period, and Indrani has been suffering from frequent blackouts, he said.Countering the prosecution’s claim that Indrani may influence witnesses if released on bail, Ahmed said the court can give her an interim bail for certain period and check her conduct.Earlier, the prosecution had argued that since September 2018 (when she had applied for bail), there is no new report indicating that her health has worsened and she is critical.Indrani is accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, with the help of two other accused, in April 2012.The matter came to light in August 2015, after her driver Shyamvar Rai confessed to the crime following his arrest in an arms case.It led to the arrest of Indrani and her former husband Sanjeev Khanna.Peter Mukerjea, Indrani’s husband at that time, was later arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder conspiracy.
NEW YORK — Taylor Teagarden hit a grand slam in his Mets debut, Daniel Murphy had a two-run shot and New York beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 on June 10 to snap a six-game skid.Called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday to replace demoted catcher Travis d’Arnaud, Teagarden connected for his second career slam after Marco Estrada walked the bases loaded in the sixth. The 30-year-old Teagarden had struck out in his first two at-bats.Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0) pitched six effective innings and Murphy homered off Estrada in the third. Before the game, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said Manager Terry Collins’ job is secure after the team returned from a 4-7 road trip a season-worst seven games under .500.Outhit 6-5, the Mets scored their most runs in 16 home games since a 7-6 loss in 10 innings to Miami on April 26.Playing in front of a season-low Citi Field crowd of 20,206 that booed Ryan Braun in each of his four plate appearances, the offensively challenged Mets improved to 11 for 64 (.172) with the bases loaded.Matsuzaka was hit high on the side of his thigh by a line drive in the sixth. Making his third start of the year, the right-hander recovered to throw out Carlos Gomez and finished the inning.Estrada (5-3) has given up a major league-worst 20 homers this season, and both long balls followed walks.Murphy connected after Ruben Tejada walked with two outs in the third, the ball just clearing the right field wall for a 2-0 lead. Murphy, who spent his off day on June 9 participating in a White House summit on working families, has five homers.The Brewers cut the lead in half in the fourth after Khris Davis was hit by a pitch from Matsuzaka. Running on a full-count pitch to Lyle Overbay, Davis scored from first when Overbay hit a sharp grounder inside first base for a run-scoring double.Matsuzaka, however, kept the NL Central leaders in check. He allowed three hits and three walks, striking out five.Estrada walked David Wright and Curtis Granderson with one out in the sixth. After Chris Young struck out, Lucas Duda walked to load the bases. Teagarden’s drive hit off the top of the wall down the right field line and ricocheted into the seats for his first slam since 2008 with Texas.Gomez, traded by the Mets to Minnesota as part of the deal that brought Johan Santana to New York in February 2008, had an RBI double in the eighth.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Railways Recruitment Board (RRB) has started its exam today and the last shift has ended at 5 pm. The first shift was completed at 11 am followed by 2 pm.Over 50 lakh online applications have been received for assistant loco pilots and technician jobs by RRBThere are 26,502 loco pilot and technicians posts and 62,907 Group D posts open for recruitmentThe competitive exam will comprise 4 sections and will be of one hour durationCandidates must be prepared for the RRB exam, and if not, they are advised to check the following points before attempting the exam.Check the syllabus of RRB here:Mathematics: Number system, BODMAS, decimals, fractions, LCM, HCF, ratio and proportion, percentages, mensuration, time and work; time and distance, simple and compound interest, profit and loss, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, elementary statistics, square root, age calculations, calendar and clock, Pipes and cistern etc.General Science: The focus of the candidates appearing for RRB exam should be on physics, chemistry and life sciences of class 10.General Intelligence and Reasoning: Analogies, alphabetical and number series, coding and decoding, mathematical operations, relationships, syllogism, jumbling, Venn diagram, data interpretation and sufficiency, conclusions and decision making, similarities and differences, analytical reasoning, classification, directions, statement-arguments and assumptions etc.General Awareness: Current affairs in science and technology, sports, culture, personalities, economics, politics and other subjects of importance may come in the exam.Marks needed to qualify the examMinimum score of 42 marks in each of the test to qualify. This is applicable to all candidates and no relaxation is permissible in any case.Languages for the exam Apart from English, question paper will be provided in different languages such as Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Konkan, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.Number of questions to be asked in the exam: Section-wiseMathematics: 20 questionsGeneral Science: 20 questionsReasoning: 25 questionsGeneral Awareness: 10 questionsRRB Admit Card 2018RRB had released the admit card on August 7, 2018.All the candidates who are appearing for the RRB exam can download the admit cards from the official website of Indian Railways, the link for which is indianrailways.gov.in.RRB Exam 2018RRB announced the exam schedule on July 23 and the mock test link was activated on July 26.Read: This school in Haryana is nourishing students’ minds by including families in mid-day mealadvertisementRead: Yogi govt to replace ordinance on private school fee structure in monsoon parliament session