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Vere in Headley Cup final

first_imgFormer champions Vere Technical advanced to the 2016 Headley Cup final after easing past Munro College by nine wickets last Friday.Scores in the two-day semi-final match played at Vere were Munro 95 and 140; Vere Technical 215 and 21 for one.The Robert Turner-coached Vere Technical have been unbeaten all season and they continued their fine run with another magnificent display. The destroyers on Friday were spinners Romaine Jacobs, with five for 36, and Ryan Burnett, three for 36. Javon Francis (28), David Curtis (25) and Phillip Ebanks (20) were the main contributors for the Malvern-based Munro.Vere reached 165 for six in reply on the opening day. The second day was delayed by almost two hours due to overnight rain. However, when play was resumed, Vere added a further 50 runs for their last four wickets. Romario Allen made 51 and Javere Bryan 36.GOOD INNINGSKnowing that only an outright win was their only hope of advancing, Munro started their second innings on fire as they racked up 35 runs off the first five overs. However, when Vere introduced the spin attack of AndrÈ Stubbs and Burnett, it was a different affair. Stubbs had excellent figures of seven for 61 and Burnett three for 24 as Munro slipped to 140 all out and a 20-run overall lead. Vere easily got past the required runs.Turner is hoping to turn back defending champions St Elizabeth Technical when both teams meet in the three-day final starting tomorrow at the Jamalco Sports Club.”It’s a great feeling to be in the final as the boys have played very well all season, and we did not expect to win that easily as Munro have been scoring very high all season,” Turner said.He said Vere were very confident they could dethrone St Elizabeth.”We are looking forward to meeting St Elizabeth Technical as over the years, they have beaten us either at this stage or in the quarter-finals but this time around, we are confident that we can go all the way,” Turner said last Friday.last_img read more

San Jose Sharks: Game 1 showed the gap between Sharks, Blues

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN JOSE — There were no clever matchups or moments of tactical brilliance for the Sharks in their 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final Saturday.There was no secret to taking a 1-0 lead in the series — no code to break against St. Louis.The Sharks just played hockey — focused, sound, assertive hockey that featured moments of impressive skill and the right blend of discipline and toughness. …last_img read more

TPP could provide a broad boost to agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After seven years of negotiations, 12 nations agreed to terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement in early October.While each country now needs to ratify the agreement for it to be put into effect, an international trade expert at The Ohio State University said the TPP could significantly boost the market potential for American farmers, entrepreneurs and other small-business owners.“TPP is the largest regional free trade agreement that has been struck in the past two decades,” said Ian Sheldon, Ohio State’s Andersons Professor of International Trade and an economist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.Sheldon will deliver a presentation on the TPP agreement at the Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference Series organized by the college’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. The series kicks off on Dec. 7 on the Ohio State campus.The partnership includes 12 countries which account for approximately 40% of the world’s economy: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States. The agreement is anticipated to reduce more than 18,000 tariffs, including some agricultural trade barriers.Although the full agreement has yet to be published publicly, several institutions are forecasting impressive economic growth under TPP.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service estimates that TPP will result in a 6.6% increase in agricultural trade by 2025. This increase will account for an additional $8.5 billion in the agricultural marketplace, assuming the complete elimination of existing agricultural tariffs by 2025, Sheldon said. Additionally, the ERS anticipates that the agreement will result in a 33% overall increase in U.S. exports and a 10% increase in imports by 2025.“American dairy farmers may benefit from a loosened dairy sector in Canada,” Sheldon said. “Japan’s beef market will get freed up a bit.”In addition, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a private, nonprofit and nonpartisan research institute, estimates that under TPP, $225 billion will be added to global gross domestic product by 2025, including $77 billion to U.S. GDP. The institute forecasts that U.S. manufacturing industry exports will grow by about 4.5% by 2025 due to TPP.However, Sheldon said, some of the biggest winners look to be smaller countries involved in the partnership, such as Vietnam.“We will see a much bigger impact on some of the emerging economies included in the negotiations,” Sheldon said. “For example, Vietnam is anticipated to receive a 10.5% increase in GDP thanks to TPP. My sense is that Vietnam is a winner because China is not in the agreement.”Vietnam, which is a low labor cost economy, will expand as a manufacturing hub in industries such as textiles, and will have preferential access to these other 11 economies included in the agreement, he said.“However, at the same time, it looks like the agreement partners are trying to tighten up things like state-owned enterprises, which would impact Vietnam since it is a communist country,” Sheldon said. “These stipulations could also impact China, should it choose to participate in the future.”Sheldon said the long-term objective of TPP is to align Asian economies and serve as a template for future free trade agreements that might include China. Additionally, Sheldon notes that the agreement is anticipated to have an important impact on trade in services, rules on intellectual property rights, as well as environmental and labor regulations.For example, through TPP there will be stricter enforcement of the Convention on Trade and Endangered Species, he said. Additionally, recognition of unions will be pushed, especially in developing countries that participate. Rules of origin will be important, which is always a complex and contentious issue in international trade discussions, Sheldon said.However, in regards to the impact on agriculture, trade barriers such as the labeling and approval of genetically modified foods as well as food safety issues are not included under TPP, Sheldon said, noting that these issues are seen as the stalemates of international agricultural trade debates.These issues are currently included in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) discussions, which are under negotiation between the European Union and the U.S. If the final TTIP agreement includes these elements, agricultural trade growth under TTIP would far outweigh trade growth under TPP, Sheldon said. However, TTIP is still far from being agreed upon and signed.last_img read more