Giants’ plan to replace injured Evan Longoria shaped by team’s upcoming schedule

first_imgDENVER — The Giants placed Evan Longoria on the 10-day injured list Monday with a plantar fascia strain in his left foot and have already cycled through three different players in his roster spot.Longoria was initially replaced by reliever Ray Black, who was optioned after a 19-2 win over the Rockies to clear space for starting pitcher Dereck Rodríguez. After Rodríguez earned a victory with five innings of one-run ball in Game 2 of a Monday doubleheader, he was optioned to the minors so the …last_img

Forum of Africa’s elder statesmen

first_img16 January 2006A select club of former African heads of state, chaired by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano and with former South African president Nelson Mandela as its patron, has been established as an informal network to help strategise plans for the development of the continent.Chissano, who spearheaded the initiative, was elected chair of the Africa Forum at the body’s inaugural meeting in Maputo, Mozambique last week. The former president of Benin, Nicophore Soglo, was elected deputy chair.Its members include former United Nations secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt, and former Organisation of African Unity (OAU) secretary-generals William Mboumouma of Cameroon and Ahmed Salim Ahmed of Tanzania.Other former presidents on the forum are: Botswana’s Quett Masire; Burundi’s Pierre Buyoya; Cape Verde’s Aristides Pereira and Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro; Ghana’s Jerry Rawlings; Guinea-Bissau’s Henrique Rosa; Madagascar’s Norbert Ratsirahonana; Malawi’s Bakili Muluzi; Carl Ossmann and Cassam Eteem of Mauritius; Nigeria’s Yakubu Gowon; Miguel Trovoada of Sao Tome and Principe; Tanzania’s Benjamin Mkapa and Hassan Mwinyi; and Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda.The forum’s brainstorming sessions will keep in mind the goals of the African Union (AU), which replaced the OAU, and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).The body’s first annual meeting will be held in mid-2006, when an executive secretariat will be established.“It is a group of elders,” said John Pesha, interim executive secretary of the Africa Forum and a former Tanzanian diplomat based in South Africa. “Elders do not reprimand – they advise. This is a forum aimed at networking and complementing work in the area of peacemaking.”Chissano said that the forum was an informal platform where former African leaders could map out strategies to assist with the political, economic and social development of the continent.The former leaders said in a statement that they were encouraged by the emergence of democracy and a culture of peace in Africa, and pleased that more African heads of state were relinquishing power when their terms of office expired.Pesha said the forum, established with the support of the Africa Institute of South Africa, would approach the South African government about the possibility of basing the secretariat’s offices in SA.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Born at 11:11am on 11/11/11

first_imgHappy Veterans Day!What better way for a veteran to celebrate Veterans Day than to bring a new little one into the world?According to an article in the Huffington Post, that is exactly what happened to Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Saydeh and his veteran wife (also Air Force), Danielle.On November 11, 2011, at 11:11am at the Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, N.J., the couple’s newest addition to the family was born.Jacob Anthony Saydeh entered the world at the perfect time to help his veteran mom celebrate Veterans Day.Jacob who weighed in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces was born to a third-generation military family. Any predictions on his career goals?So, what about your family? How was your Veterans Day? Share your memories in the comments section below.last_img

Congress team to assess Naga pact situation leaves Imphal

first_imgA six-member Congress team that arrived on Sunday afternoon left Imphal on Monday morning. The team is visiting a few northeastern States to study the situation arising out of the Naga agreement and other related issues. The members will visit Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh where the people have the same apprehension. The team was formed under the instruction of AICC president Sonia Gandhi.Jairam Ramesh, MP and former Minister, who led the team, said that while welcoming peace talks, the Congress would not remain silent if the agreements hurt the interests of the northeastern States. “The solution should not be at the cost of other sections of the people”, Mr. Ramesh said.Also read: Why have the Naga peace talks stumbled?Former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi said, “If the appeasement policy is for one particular community only, the Congress party shall not remain silent”.  Meanwhile, the 11 leaders of COCOMI, an apex body of five social organisations, had a protracted meeting with Chief Minister N. Biren on Sunday night. Taking to reporters, Sunil Karam, a leader of the COCOMI, said: “We had demanded a special Assembly session to discuss the agreement between the Centre and the NSCN(IM)”.The activists said that it was yet to be seen whether the Biren government translated the assurance into action.Meanwhile, huge numbers of people took out torchlight processions on Sunday night demanding that the Naga agreement should not affect the integrity and unity in Manipur. A large number of security personnel have been brought to Manipur from Tripura and other States to cope with possible mass protests in the State. A background to the Naga accordVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0002:1702:17  center_img A background to the Naga accordlast_img read more

ESL Shipping Welcomes LNGFueled Bulker into Its Fleet

first_imgzoomPhoto: Jussi Vaahtikari / ESL Shipping Ltd. Finnish dry bulk shipping company ESL Shipping has taken delivery of LNG-fueled bulk carrier named Haaga.Thanks to the innovative technologies incorporated in the vessel’s design, the 160-meter, 25,600 dwt vessel has had its carbon dioxide footprint cut by 50% when compared to the previous generation of vessels.“The vessel can also be fueled by completely carbon-free biogas, once the availability of carbon-free biogas improves over time,” ESL Shipping said.Haaga also incorporates an autonomous cargo processing solution aimed at improving safety and efficiency. The solution was developed by ESL Shipping and MacGregor, part of Cargotec.                                    Image Courtesy: Jussi Vaahtikari / ESL Shipping Ltd.The vessel will have raw material cargo while arriving from Japan to the Baltic Sea, where it is scheduled to arrive in mid-September.“This investment of around EUR 60 million is significant for a company of Aspo’s size. It’s also an excellent example of our responsible ownership, as environmental responsibility involves considering future generations, too. The design and construction of the new vessels were completed as planned. The vessels will considerably increase ESL Shipping’s capacity, in addition to improving its profitability,” says Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Plc and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ESL Shipping.The ship is part of the Bothnia Bulk project, partly funded by the EU. Its goal is to modernize the sea route between Luleå, Oxelösund and Raahe to be more eco-friendly.The vessels from the project have been designed by Deltamarin in Finland, and European equipment suppliers have provided roughly 60 percent of all vessel systems.last_img read more

Ready for action to retrieve PoK Army chief

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian Army Chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Thursday that the army is prepared for an operation to retrieve Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from the clutches of Pakistan, if the government wants so. Rawat was replying to a media query on Union Minister Jitendra Singh’s statement who said that the next agenda of the government is retrieving PoK and making it a part of India. “All actions are decided upon by the central government. Agencies working under the government have to act in accordance with its directions… the Army remains always prepared for any kind of action,” Rawat told the media. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Earlier, Singh, who is Minister of State in PMO and also holds independent charge of the DONER ministry, had made the statement on PoK while talking about achievements of the Modi government after 100 days of its formation. “Now, the next agenda is retrieving PoK and making it a part of India. It’s not only me or my party’s commitment, but it’s a part of a resolution unanimously passed by Parliament in 1994 during Congress government headed by P.V. Narasimha Rao,” Singh had said in Jammu.last_img read more