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Lancers find targets on their backs

first_img “I’m going to put guys into the game that want to play,” Mason said. “I think some of our starters need to re-evaluate their commitment to this team. “There’s been a tradition of losing at Glenn and I’m looking for players that not only want to change that but expect to.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 So far, this season has been a good one for Gahr. The Gladiators are 4-0 coming off a 49-13 win over Glenn last Thursday, but Gahr coach Greg Marshall will know exactly where his team stands Friday when it plays Mayfair (3-1) at Bellflower High. “It’s our biggest test of the year and we won’t have any advantages over them,” Marshall said. “Usually, we’re faster than most teams but that won’t be the case this week. “They’re big, fast and awfully talented. But anything can happen in a game. Last year we went into the fourth quarter with them tied 0-0 before they beat us, so at least we know we can play with them.” Glenn coach Ken Mason wasn’t trying to send any mixed signals in the second half of the Eagles’ loss to Gahr last week when he practically put the entire JV team into the game. “I think we’re getting everybody’s best shot,” Lancers coach Mike Christensen said. “Mayfair played us harder than I’ve ever seen them and Cabrillo did as well. “I think in the long run, however, it’s going to pay off because we’re going to be battle tested come playoff time.” center_img Over the past few seasons, Lakewood High’s football program has risen in prominence, and now every time the Lancers take the field, they’re getting their opponent’s best shot. Take this past Friday for instance. Lakewood had to hold on for a 34-30 win over winless Cabrillo. last_img read more

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala out vs. Kings

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *SACRAMENTO – Warriors veteran forward Andre Iguodala will miss Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, marking the third consecutive game he will miss because of a right hip tightness.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Iguodala will return “hopefully Monday” against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. After participating in morning shootaround on Friday, …last_img read more

Coega IDZ and deepwater port

first_img23 February 2005The Coega Project – a multi-billion rand industrial development complex and deepwater port 20 kilometres east of the city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape – could soon become the logistics hub for Southern African trade.Located on the south-eastern coast of the country, the project is the first, and one of the largest, industrial development zones (IDZs) to be established in South Africa. The project falls in line with South Africa’s vision of becoming a manufacturing centre for the world; President Thabo Mbeki has officially declared Coega a lead project in SA.The IDZ is already well-serviced by transportation networks, a skilled labour force and utility services. It boasts world-class industrial infrastructure, including inter-modal transportation linkages and cost-effective bulk services.Coega is located in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality and is being developed by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on 12 000 hectares of industrial land. Although the CDC is a private company, national and provincial government are the only shareholders.Boosting jobsDuring the construction period, the project will generate additional income of between R1.6-billion and R2.4-billion nationally. Between 36 500 and 57 500 direct, indirect and induced jobs will be affected, either in the form of existing jobs that are sustained or as new jobs that have been created.By February 2005, the total number of people employed during the construction phase of the project clocked in at over 11 300, with a total wage bill of over R90-million.Coega is also complementing the region’s already proliferating automotive industry – Africa’s largest and most successful vehicle assembly and component manufacturing hub.Automotive manufacturers Volkswagen of South Africa and General Motors South Africa, the bulk of the country’s catalytic converters, leather seating and component manufacturers, as well as a Ford Motor Corporation engine plant, are expected to benefit immeasurably from access to the new deepwater port.Reducing costsBusinesses in the southern African region rely on projects like Coega to reduce logistics costs and improve efficiencies.With its central position and customs-secure zones, Coega will be an ideal site for warehousing, assembly and other logistics-related operations, while its deepwater port will offer competitive advantages to businesses in surrounding areas.The area has excellent transport networks, while world-class industrial infrastructure – including roads, rail, bulk electricity and water, sewage and hazardous waste processing facilities – is being provided.Industrial development zonesSouth Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) are purpose-built industrial sites linked to an international port or airport and specifically designed to attract new investment in export-driven industries.All companies investing in IDZs will receive tax incentives and duty-free benefits from the government. Each IDZ established in the country will have:A customs-secured area with its own SA Revenue Services personnel, allowing investing companies to import raw materials on a duty-free basis from foreign countries and vat-free from inside South Africa. An industrial and services area for service and supply industries supporting large manufacturers in the custom-secured area, with top-notch industrial and office park environments as well as other services. A one-stop centre to facilitate regulatory procedures and requirements.Deepwater portThe Port of Ngqura, a multi-user deepwater port on the Coega River, is being developed by the National Ports Authority of SA.Construction on the port is already far advanced, with the facility expected to be operational by the end of 2005. It will have a capacity for accommodating bigger container vessels than any of South Africa’s seven other commercial ports.With the depth of the channel and the protected position in Algoa Bay, the port is in one of the best spots for a harbour along the South African coast.A channel carved by an ancient glacier allowed the development of the port to up to 23 metres. Protected from south-westerly winds by a finger of land, the port’s bay has 330 anchor days per year.The port cater to the needs of existing and future investors in the Coega IDZ, provide a conduit to international markets – and could make South Africa the hub of all north-south and south-south sea traffic.New generation smeltersThe government has been in talks with Brazilian mining company CVRD regarding its possible involvement in the Coega new generation aluminium smelter. Some R3-billion was last reported to be needed to develop the smelter.Canadian aluminium producer Alcan remains the lead promoter of the project. Both CVRD and Alcan have aluminium smelting interests in other parts of the world.Meanwhile, a memorandum of understanding with all the major participants involved in the construction of a ferro-nickel smelter could be in place by early next year.The CDC’s Peter Inman says negotiations are under way for the supply of nickel. “Excellent progress has been made – we have been speaking to everyone who is anyone in nickels”, Inman says. “We are looking at a number of ore suppliers ensuring a good geographical spread, and reducing the risk associated with long-term supply.”Inman says the deal to supply the 3-million tons of nickel annually is of very long duration to match the project life – some 25 to 30 years.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Updated: Texas Schools Win Right To Track Students With Creepy, Invasive RFID Locators

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification adam popescu Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#education#privacy#security#surveillance Update: On Thursday, January 17, the Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals denied the Rutherford Institute’s appeal toprohibit the removal of 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez from John Jay Science & Engineering Academy in San Antonio’s Northside School District, pending the outcome of her case. Hernandez had refused to wear an RFID tracker on religious grounds. The device, implemented to students in a pilot program, monitored her whereabouts while on campus. Hernandez’ attorney, John W. Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, called the ruling a “sad statement on our nation’s growing intolerance for dissent and for those whose religious beliefs may differ from the mainstream.” Hernandez has asked school officials to respect her beliefs, let her use her old ID badge (without the tracking device), and let her stay in school. How far are we willing to go to protect our children? Do we trample their rights in the hope of making them safer? In the wake of serious school violence and tragedy, many would probably say we can’t possibly go too far. But at a magnet school in San Antonio, Texas, the recently launched Student Locator Project is putting that idea to the test. It’s a year-long pilot program tracking the on-campus location of 4,200 middle and high school students – requiring them to wear SmartID card badges with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking devices. The movements of the kids are being followed everywhere they go on school grounds, from the lunch room to the bathroom. Safer, Or Spied Upon?That’s right, San Antonio’s Northside School District – with 100,000 students total, the fourth-largest in the Lone Star State – is tracking students much the same way scientists follow endangered species. Or deliveries. Or sex offenders. This isn’t the first time tracking tags have been given to students, but unlike most earlier programs, this one is mandatory: It’s happening whether students – or their parents – are okay with it or not.And it’s all perfectly legal. A judge in Texas ruled on Tuesday that because students are on school property, the district has the right to enforce this rule. Caught in the middle is a 15-year-old sophomore named Andrea Hernandez, who was expelled for refusing to wear the badge. Her reasoning was deeply personal. She says it violates her religious beliefs.Hernandez, a devout Christian, viewed the badge as a mark of the beast, and her father filed suit. But U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia disagreed, calling the badge a “secular choice rather than a religious concern.” His ruling forces Hernandez to make a choice: She now has until the end of the current semester – January 18 – to provide written notice to the school as to whether she will wear the badge. (In a key concession, the district offered to let her wear a badge without the tracking chip, but she has so far refused.) Hernandez’s legal representation, the civil-liberties-focused Rutherford Institute, requested a temporary injunction to the district’s move while it prepares an appeal. Rutherford attorneys say that “the school’s attempts to penalize, discriminate and retaliate against Andrea violate her rights under Texas’ Religious Freedom Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”Safety? Or Cash?And they say the main motive for the tracking measure doesn’t even have anything to do with keeping students safe. Instead, it’s all about money. Improved school attendance rates increase funding. And that’s why the Rutherford Institute thinks the school is fighting so hard for this Big Brother program.“School officials hope that by expanding the program to the district’s 112 schools, they can secure up to $1.7 million in funding from the state government,” the Institute wrote on Tuesday.According to Texas law, school funds are distributed based on students being present – every day students miss class, their school loses money. The district claimed it lost $1.7 million a year due to truancy. In a recent NBC article, district spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said the school is not trying to spy on students. Instead, he characterized the program as an attempt to make sure offenders aren’t tardy and make it to homeroom when the morning bell rings.The district describes the program this way on it’s website: “Northside ISD is harnessing the power of radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to make schools safer, know where our students are while at school, increase revenues, and provide a general purpose ‘smart’ ID card.”Fighting Back?“We’re in a really precarious state in this country when we’re debating a case like this,” says Hernandez’ attorney, John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute. “In a state institution, can they force you into complete compliance,” Whitehead asks. “I say No.”Right now the girl is in school, and not wearing the badge. “All she wants is a regular ID,” Whitehead says, adding that he hopes his legal challenges will be effective. “I think we have a shot,” he says.” The Supreme Court may hear it.”But stopping the project – or even making it voluntary – won’t be easy. “There’s a lot of money to be made off of these things,” Whitehead notes. In Texas, AT&T is behind the RFID chips in question. “They’re going to go nationwide because of corporate interest.”More Than A Religious IssueFor Hernandez, this is a religious issue. But it’s absurd that it has come to that. Tracking people like packages is about the most obvious violation of privacy as could be imagined, especially when the students aren’t even suspected of doing anything wrong. Just because they’re children doesn’t mean they lose all their rights. And besides, in the San Antonio test, even their parents don’t get to opt out for them.Beyond the egregious invasion of privacy, there are very real negative effects to this kind of over-the-top supervision. Matthew Tollin, a Harvard-trained attorney and the founder of wireLawyer, says it can stifle individuality and free expression. “Just think about the chilling effect this could have on a child’s creativity and learning if they feel like everywhere they move they are being watched,” Tollin said. “It’s a very real concern and very real invasion of privacy as protected by our Bill of Rights.”And it only gets worse if, as planned, the Student Locator Project gets expanded to the entire district – or further.Images courtesy of Shutterstock. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Japanese Lines to Order Up to 20 LNGPowered Car Carriers

first_imgzoom Prompted by the upcoming environmental regulations set to enter into force in 2020, Japanese car manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation is said to be turning to LNG-powered ships to transport its cars across the globe.According to a report from Japanese daily Nikkei, the company is backing an investment in up to 20 LNG-powered car carriers with the capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles each. The order, priced at USD 1.83 billion, would be split between three car carrier owners entrusted with shipping Toyota’s cars; NYK Line, K Line and Toyota’s Toyofuji Shipping, the daily reported.A specific timeline for the orders was not given, as the move is believed to be still in its initial stage.However, once the ships are delivered, they are expected to replace existing vessels on North American routes.Japanese yards such as Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Imabari and Japan Marine United have been identified as potential builders of the new ships, Asiasis reported.Neither Toyota Motor nor Toyofuji Shipping was available for comment at the moment of publishing of this article.The plans have emerged weeks after a naming and launching ceremony for Toyofuji Shipping’s new 3,000-vehicle car carrier vessel Trans Harmony. The ship will be sailing on the company’s Asia routes, once delivered in January next year.Data from VesselsValue shows that the company also has one more newbuilding on order at compatriot Naikai Setoda Shipbuilding also set for delivery by the end of this year.Based on Toyofuji’s website info, the company has 17 car carriers in its fleet, their age ranging from 1986 to 2011.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more