October to forget: Kershaw, Dodgers lose World Series again

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Clayton is the Dodgers,” he said. “I just hope they do the right thing.”Manny Machado could be gone, too, after a short stay in Los Angeles. He was hitless in four at-bats Sunday, with three strikeouts, including one to end the game.Acquired before the July trade deadline, Machado showed excellent defense at shortstop, but his lack of hustle and incendiary antics were even more notable. Injured Corey Seager will be back in the hole next year.Roberts hasn’t received a contract extension, but he said afterward, “I expect to be managing the Dodgers.”A year after leading the majors in victories, the Dodgers were on a whipsaw ride. They often fell behind and had to rally. Many times it worked. Other times not.“I expect us to be back here next year,” Roberts said.Maybe not everyone, though. 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Last October, it was Houston partying at Chavez Ravine after winning Game 7 by the same 5-1 score.This time, the Dodgers only lasted five games.“It might not be a personnel thing,” Kershaw said of his team’s failures. “It might just be a play better thing.”Manager Dave Roberts visibly exhaled. Rookie Walker Buehler stared at the Red Sox hugging near the mound.“This one hurts for all of us,” Roberts said.ADVERTISEMENT The Dodgers managed just one baserunner — via walk — after the third inning. They were held to three hits.Kershaw gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked none. Kershaw has a 6.06 ERA in six career postseason starts with his team facing elimination, the worst among any starter with four such appearances — Pedro Martinez is next on the list at 5.92.After falling out of contention to start the season, the Dodgers beat Colorado in the NL tiebreaker for a record sixth straight division title and got by Milwaukee in seven games to earn their second consecutive NL pennant.But they couldn’t get it done when it counted most. It’s been 30 years since the storied franchise won the last of its six titles.“Ran up against a very good ballclub,” Roberts said, “and just a little bit too much for us.”Kershaw can opt out of the last two years and $65 million of his contract now that the World Series is over. Dodgers ownership has made it clear they’d like to keep their 30-year-old ace. He has never played anywhere else during his big-league career.“I’ve got three days now to think about all that stuff, and so it will be an eventful three days for me,” Kershaw said. “I haven’t made the decision yet. We have three days to talk, between us and the Dodgers, see what happens.”Roberts addressed his team after the game, and singled out Kershaw, who has been the face of the franchise for years.“I did mention Clayton by name as far as his legacy with the Dodgers, and what’s he done for the organization, the fan base,” Roberts said. “Wearing this jersey, Clayton exemplifies what it is to be a Dodger and to be a man of character.”Fellow left-hander Rich Hill credited Kershaw for being what he called “the heart and soul of this organization.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Well-traveled Pearce finds a place as World Series MVP Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Members of the Los Angeles Dodgers watch from the dugout during the eighth inning in Game 5 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw couldn’t rescue the Dodgers from the brink of World Series elimination, and now the pitcher regarded as the best of his generation might be on his way out of Los Angeles.Down 3-1 to the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers turned to their three-time NL Cy Young Award winner to deliver a victory and force the best-of-seven Series back to Boston.ADVERTISEMENT Instead, it was another postseason shellacking for Kershaw.The left-hander gave up three home runs, including a two-run shot by Steve Pearce in the first inning, and the Dodgers lost 5-1 on Sunday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: Red Sox beat Dodgers in Game 5 to win World Series“It just hurts worse when you make it all the way and get second place,” Kershaw said quietly.last_img read more

Teen died by drowning – PM report

first_imgResort tragedy…incise wound on neckA post-mortem examination conducted on the body of 18-year-old Ronaldo Gomes has confirmed that his death resulted from his being struck by a boat last weekend while swimming at a resort on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.Conducted by State Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh on Wednesday morning, the autopsy found that the teenager died as a result of asphyxiation and incise wound to the neck. Gomes’s body – hands and neck – bore marks that are consistent with injuries caused by the propeller of an outboard engine.Based on the findings of the autopsy, it was determined that the impact of the boat had caused the teenager to lose consciousness, and he subsequently drowned.The lifeless body of Gomes, called “Naldo,” of Norton Street Wortmanville,Dead: Ronaldo GomesGeorgetown, was pulled from the black water at a private resort almost two hours after he had gone missing. Thereafter, it was discovered that the teen’s face was disfigured, and upon enquiring, relatives were told that he had come into contact with a jet-ski earlier in the day.Although that had been the case, the rider of the jet-ski had not reported the incident. It was not until a search had been launched for the teen that someone reportedly told personnel at the resort that the teen had come into contact with one of the jet-skis.Guyana Times understands that the teenager’s body was recovered at the same spot where he had been struck by the jet-ski.The late teenager’s mother, Paula Williams, had called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of the former student of both the Business School and School of the Nations.“If you are in a boat driving, and it hits even a coconut shell, the driver will know he hit something… What is more worrying too, is the fact that when an alarm was raised that my son was missing, there were no life guards and workers of the resort present to help look for him,” the aggrieved mother told Guyana Times earlier this week.However, after the post mortem had been conducted, relatives were told by the Police that any step forward would have to be via private actions.“They said if we want (to) go ahead, we can take legal action against [the resort],” a cousin said. The family is adamant that they will not let the matter go until they get justice for the teenager.last_img read more

Norway to provide additional support to HFLD countries

first_imgThe Kingdom of Norway on Wednesday announced that it will provide additional support to High Forest Cover countries, including Guyana, at the Climate Finance Roundtable of the High Forest Cover Low Deforestation (HFLD) Conference held in Paramaribo, Suriname.Special Envoy for Climate and Forest, Norwegian Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, Eirik Brum Sorlie with Minister of State Joseph HarmonThe announcement was made during a presentation by Special Envoy for Climate and Forest, Embassy of Norway in Brasilia, Brazil, Eirik Brun Sorlie, who represented that country’s Environment Minister.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, within whose purview the Department of Environment and Office of Climate Change falls, described the announcement as good news for Guyana, noting that it is timely as Guyana is pursuing its Green State Development Strategy (GSDS).“What he did in fact say in the general meeting this morning is that the Parliament of Norway has agreed to an extension of bilateral arrangements up to 2030 and that covers the agreement between Guyana and Norway. He said that they are looking at strengthening the partnership between us and them. So it was a very fruitful encounter and I am confident that the Norwegians want to be a part of our fight against climate change and protection of our forests and want to encourage us down that path. So we are very happy to hear that because we are currently in discussions with the Kingdom of Norway for an extension of the agreement between the two countries,” Minister Harmon is quoted as saying. Sorlie visited Guyana on Tuesday where he met the Director of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe and officials of the Guyana Forestry Commission.Meanwhile, during the roundtable on Wednesday morning, Minister Harmon said the world must begin to recognise the important role HFLD countries play in mitigating the effects of global warming and climate change, not just for its citizens but globally. He advocated for more resources to be made available to these countries so that they can continue the protection and preservation of the forests.last_img read more

Opportunity for Donegal businesses to scoop €5,000 consultancy package

first_imgBusinesses attending an International Conference in Donegal on April 12 and 13 are being urged to submit a short market entry plan that could see them win a massive €5,000 in consultancy to help them develop their plan.The Beyond Local conference takes place in Solis Lough Eske and sets out to explain why taking business into the global marketplace makes perfect sense for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).A mixture of keynote talks, workshops and business to business meetings, the two day international conference organised by Local Enterprise Office, Donegal, draws on national and international experience so those attending will get the best possible insight into the benefits of looking beyond local markets for their business. “Our Small and Medium Enterprises are much more likely to survive in the globally competitive business climate if they internationalise their business.“We also know that those businesses that do internationalise and enter export markets, tend to be more innovative than their stay-at-home cousins and they are more resistant to local and national crises,” Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise in Donegal said.He explained that speakers from Denmark, Poland and Italy will join a host of speakers from Ireland and Northern Ireland to highlight how internationally active businesses are more innovative and perform better than those who have not embraced internationalisation.“Now, more then ever – in a time of major political and market changes – it is time for businesses to adopt an international outlook, but it would appear that many don’t have the ambition, the information or the knowledge to do so. This conference, aims to increase awareness of the benefits of internationalisation among SMEs and provide easier access to the information businesses need,” Mr Tunney said.As an added incentive, businesses thinking about going beyond local for their markets are also being offered the chance to win €5,000 worth of consultancy, simply by filling in a short form and attending the conference.The market entry plan form, available to download from the Local Enterprise Website – – is a short and simple document and businesses wishing to enter should simply complete the document, submit it to by midnight on Friday April 6th and then be in attendance at the conference.“Taking business into the global marketplace makes perfect sense for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – and it means they are much more likely to survive in the globally competitive business climate. The conference is a great opportunity for businesses to learn how they can do that and I really do hope they make the best of the opportunity and come along to listen and to learn,” Mr Tunney concluded.Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. Opportunity for Donegal businesses to scoop €5,000 consultancy package was last modified: April 3rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:000conferencedonegalLocal Enterprise Officewin€5last_img read more

Donegal students plan to Beg, Borrow and Steal in race to Rome

first_imgTwo teams of Donegal students from Dublin City University are taking on a cross-country challenge for charity this February.The Beg Borrow Steal fundraiser involves 200 DCU students in teams of two racing across Europe to reach Rome. They are expected to get there with no money whatsoever.The students must rely on the kindness of strangers and transport services to make their way to Italy. They also have to stop at two surprise checkpoints along the way. The checkpoints will not be revealed to them until they leave Dublin on February 2nd. Contestants gather sponsorship before and during their trips to raise money for the for the Irish Cancer Society in association with Movember, last year reaching a grand total of €50,000. This year it is hoped the fundraising target will be even bigger.Conor Mallon and Paul JohnstonConor Mallon and Paul Johnston are two first year students from Kilmacrennan and Ramelton. Their team, ‘Two Boys Roman’ has raised more that €270 so far and are asking for more donations from the local community here in Donegal for the Movember foundation. Follow their Facebook updates over the weekend here.The boys would appreciate any sponsorship they might receive from local businesses to help make the victors of this event a Donegal team!Sarah O’Dwyer and Niamh O’SheaAlso from Donegal is Sarah O’Dwyer. The Buncrana native is a first year student studying Communications at DCU. Sarah has teamed up with her housemate, Niamh O’Shea from Cavan, and their team is called Penne-less Pals. They have raised €340 so far. Sarah and Niamh have already booked their flights home from Rome on February 7th – but how they’ll get there is a mystery to all! Sarah and Niamh are planning to rely on local support and connections to get them to Rome. You can follow their journey on the Penne-less Pals Facebook Page.Who would they do such a thing? Sarah and Niamh explained the motivation behind their challenge:“We are doing Beg Borrow Steal not just because it’s a challenge and we want to create amazing memories, but also because it’s in aid of a fantastic charity. Movember is, at its core, all about keeping men alive for longer. It encourages men to open up and talk about their health problems, be that physical or mental. We think the work Movember does is amazing and want to help out as much as possible!”This is set to be Europe’s biggest student adventure race so it’s something worth following, for the entertainment value alone! You can check out to see the teams and donate, while over on social media you can tune into the action using the hashtag #BegBorrowStealDCU on February 2nd.Donegal students plan to Beg, Borrow and Steal in race to Rome was last modified: January 30th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beg borrow stealcharityDCUMovemberstudentslast_img read more


first_imgA man who was found shouting obscenities in the grounds of a Letterkenny School has been jailed for two months.Letterkenny Court.Gerard O’Connor of no fixed abode appeared at Letterkenny District Court where he admitted public order offences committed at Loretto College, Convent Road Letterkenny on November 19th last. Inspector David Kelly told the court that a member of staff reported a male behaving in a threatening manner on the school grounds.The staff member said she was in fear. The court heard that when gardaí arrived O’Connor was sitting on the ground at the front of the school shouting obscenities. He was very aggressive and hostile and was arrested.The school was in session with up to 1,000 students attending classes.Judge Denis McLoughlin heard that O’Connor had 73 previous convictions.Solicitor Patrick Gallagher said O’Connor had gone to the grotto at the convent to say prayers. He said the 54-year-old single man has serious problems with alcohol and has made arrangements to see an addiction counsellor.Judge McLoughlin said he did not believed O’Connor’s issues should involve anyone else, especially the staff and students at Loretto Convent.He said that while he had to give some credit for an early plea he could not ignore the extent of the previous convictions.The judge sentenced O’Connor to two months in prison on the recommendation he receive appropriate counselling services.MAN JAILED FOR SHOUTING OBSCENITIES IN SCHOOL GROUNDS was last modified: November 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalGardaigerard O’ConnorLETETRKENNYobscenitiesSCHOOLlast_img read more


first_imgKILCAR CLUB NEWS: Our seniors and reserves travelled to Glenswilly last Saturday our reserves were unlucky being defeated by a point 4-10 to 3-12 while our seniors drew 1-12 to 1-12 in their second last match of the division one campaign. ScórThanks to Shannon McLaughlin, David Love, Aaron McShane and Ryan McShane for taking part in Scór last Friday and to Honora Meehan and Sharon Love for their work in preparing the acts and also thanks to all the supporters. Club AppWe have now 142 members signed up to our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.Donegal Minor Presentation Night The Presentation of Ulster and All Ireland Runner up medals will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny on Saturday 29th November. Tickets cost €25. Clubs to place orders with Noirin Ni Dhochartaigh County Administrator on or before Monday 24th November. Email administrator.donegal@gaa.ieTickets must be collected and paid for by Wednesday 26th November.Reunion of the 1972 and 1974 Ulster ChampionsBrian McEniff and the Donegal County Board are hosting re-union for the 1972 and 1974 Ulster Champions.The function will take place in the Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Friday 21st November. We have received a great response from panel members of both teams who have confirmed their attendance. If anyone wishes to purchase tickets for this event they can do so by contacting Brian McEniff on 087-2244432 or Noreen Doherty 087-2359509 the price of tickets is €35. Ten Week DrawWeek Four Winners: €1,000 Colm Garvey, Drimnafinigle €500 Michael Gallagher c/o Declan Gallagher OGT €300 Charlie Keeney, Clogher, Carrick and €200 Caroline McGill, Glenesh, Barry McShane, Keenaghan and Kathleen Keeney, Glen.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €8,000 this week’s numbers were 4, 7, 26 and 30 winners were: €50 Barbara (c/o Centra ), €30 Nicola Cunningham and €20 Margaret Cunningham (Old Fintra Road). Lotto Plus numbers 6, 10, 13 and 27 there was no winner. BingoClub Bingo winners were €150 Evelyn McHugh, €80 Goretta Kennedy, David Love, €70 Joan Ellis, Catherine Gallagher, Mairead Gallagher, Margaret Brady, Patricia O’Gara, Maria Boyle and Carmel Ellis. The Jackpot on Sunday is €3,250 on 45 numbers.For the latest news visit our website you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: KILCAR HOLD GLENSWILLY IN LEAGUE GAME was last modified: November 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Kilcar club news November 17 2014last_img read more

Strong pace continued for meat exports in February

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest February results for U.S. pork and beef exports were well above year-ago levels, with pork exports posting the strongest February volume on record, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by USMEF.Pork exports reached 197,025 metric tons (mt) in February, up 15% year-over-year, with value up 17% to $486.7 million. For the first two months of 2017, exports totaled 399,692 mt, up 18%, with value increasing 22% to $995.3 million.February exports accounted for 27.6% of total pork production and 22.9% for muscle cuts only, up from 23.8% and 20%, respectively, last year. January-February ratios were also significantly higher at 26.8% and 22.2%, compared to 23% and 19.3% in the first two months of 2016. Export value per hog slaughtered averaged $51.94 in February, up 18% year-over-year, while the January-February average was up 20% to $51.05.Beef exports totaled 90,417 mt in February, up 9% year-over-year, with value up 16% to $508.5 million. Through February, beef exports were up 13% in volume (186,905 mt) and 17% in value ($1.02 billion).February exports accounted for 12.6% of total beef production and 10.1% for muscle cuts only, which was steady with last year. January-February ratios were also fairly steady at 12.4% and 9.8%, respectively. Export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $276.96 in February, up 13% from a year ago, while the January-February average was up 10% to $266.34 per head.“With trade deficits being a hot topic of conversation, especially with countries such as Mexico, China and Japan, it’s important to highlight the sectors in which U.S. products are competitive throughout the world and exports are thriving,” said USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng. “The red meat sector is certainly in that category, as exports have helped fuel growth in the U.S. industry and, in turn, larger U.S. production has opened further export opportunities and generated positive returns for the entire supply chain.” Pork exports strong to Western Hemisphere and North Asian marketsMexico was once again the pacesetter for February pork exports, with volume up 22% to 64,990 mt and value increasing 28% to $116 million. This pushed the two-month totals for Mexico to 137,396 mt (up 27%) valued at $244.7 million (up 39%). Mexico’s strong demand is reflected not only in increased buying from the U.S., but also in relatively high domestic hog prices, as per capita consumption of pork continues to grow. Strong demand from Mexico helped move prices for U.S. heavy bone-in hams higher in 2017 — up an average of 4% year-over-year.For Japan, the leading value market for U.S. pork, February exports increased 14% to 32,178 mt, valued at $130.4 million (up 18%). For January-February, exports to Japan were up 10% in volume (63,755 mt) and 14% in value ($256.1 million). Chilled pork exports to Japan increased 7% through February to 34,682 metric tons.Other highlights for U.S. pork included:China/Hong Kong continued to take large volumes of U.S. pork variety meats in February, offsetting the slowdown in pork muscle cuts, putting the combined February total at 42,881 mt (up 5% year-over-year), valued at $83.2 million (up 12%). Two-month totals were up 10% in volume (80,893 mt) and 15% in value ($159.3 million). China’s hog prices dropped below year-ago levels in February and have continued to drift lower, but China/Hong Kong’s total January-February imports were still up 35% from last year’s record pace at 532,600 mt.Pork exports to South Korea, which were slow in the first half of 2016 before gaining momentum later in the year, totaled 14,649 mt (up 26%) in February, valued at $38.2 million (up 29%). Through February, volume increased 29% to 30,722 mt while value improved 39% to $83.3 million. Korea’s hog prices have increased an average of 8% this year even as production has been growing, which is indicative of strong demand.Led by a year-over-year doubling of exports to Colombia and Chile and solid growth in Honduras, exports to Central and South America were up 45% in volume (27,022 mt) through February while value increased 42% to $61.8 million.January-February exports to the Dominican Republic were also well above last year’s pace at 5,279 mt (up 28%) valued at $11.8 million (up 34%). Chilled beef to Japan, Korea and Taiwan continues to drive export growthJapan continued to solidify its position as the leading volume and value market for U.S. beef, with February exports climbing 48% from a year ago in volume (23,789 mt) and 55% in value ($134.3 million). Through February, exports to Japan were up 41% in volume (46,276 mt) and 44% in value ($259.6 million). This included a 60% increase in chilled beef volume to 19,404 mt. Japanese import data showed that U.S. beef overtook Australian beef in the first two months of the year, with U.S. market share climbing to 45.6% while Australia’s dropped to 44%.Strong momentum continued for U.S. beef in Korea, where February exports increased 11% to 13,093 mt valued at $86 million (up 26%). This pushed the two-month totals up 23% in volume (28,287 mt) and 31% in value ($177.6 million). Chilled exports through February were up 95% to 5,384 mt.In Taiwan, February exports jumped 33% from a year ago to 2,886 mt, while value increased 26% to $25.3 million. Through February, exports were up 28% in volume (6,477 mt) and 25% in value ($55.1 million). U.S. beef holds 70% of the chilled beef market in Taiwan, the highest of any Asian market. Through February, chilled exports to Taiwan increased 12% to 2,479 mt.Other highlights for U.S. beef included:Exports within North America are off to a solid start in 2017, with January-February exports to Mexico increasing 14% from a year ago in volume (36,235 mt) and 3% in value ($147.4 million). Exports to Canada are showing signs of a rebound, with volume up 11% to 19,446 mt and value up 18% to $123.5 million.Beef exports to two key South American markets increased significantly in value through February, with exports to Chile up 22% year-over-year to $8.9 million and exports to Peru up 68% to $4.3 million. The increase in Chile was achieved despite a 16% decline in volume (1,417 mt) while volume to Peru was up 16% to 1,130 mt.A rebound in the Philippines and continued growth in Vietnam pushed January-February beef exports to the ASEAN region up 33% in volume (4,774 mt) and 19% in value ($27.3 million). Exports to Indonesia, which set a value record of $39.4 million last year, are off to a slow start in 2017 with value through February down 48% to $3.5 million.Strong growth to most Asian markets helped offset a slowdown to Hong Kong, where January-February volume was down 21% to 16,131 mt, valued at $104.7 million (down 12%). Lamb exports still slumpingExports of U.S. lamb continued the recent trend in which muscle cut exports were solidly above year-ago levels, but total exports fell due to lower shipments of variety meat. February muscle cut exports were 123 mt (up 15%) valued at just under $900,000 (up 38%), pushing the two-month totals up 30% in volume (317 mt) and 33% in value ($1.9 million).Lower variety meat totals pulled total February lamb and lamb variety meat exports down 41% in volume (487 mt) while value held relatively steady at $1.3 million. January-February exports were also down 41% in volume (1,060 mt) and fell 4% in value ($2.7 million). Early 2017 highlights for U.S. lamb include solid year-over-year growth in muscle cut exports to Mexico and the Caribbean.Complete export results for U.S. beef, pork and lamb are available from USMEF’s statistics Web page.last_img read more

Google Groups Joins Google Apps in Battle for the Enterprise

first_imgGoogle Apps is adding Google Groups to its enterprise suite of applications, another example of Google’s commitment to developing an online application environment that is compelling enough for users to move off the Windows platform.Google Groups has to this point been a consumer service. As part of Google Apps, it now integrates with Google Docs, Google Calendar, GMail, Google Sites and Google Video.Adding Google Groups is another shot across Microsoft’s bow. Striking is the speed in which companies like Google can innovate with web-based applications, compared to Microsoft’s long development cycles. Designing for the browser is so much more efficient that you have to wonder how much of a lead Microsoft can hold in face of the fast development cycles from Google and others in the enterprise collaboration space.In 2007, Google Apps had three products: Gmail, Google Docs and Google Calendar. Today, Google Apps includes 24 products. The cost for Google Apps is $50 per user/per year. In the current Microsoft desktop model, the costs to develop products make it seemingly impossible to keep licensing costs as low as Google Apps. The customer investment is magnified by the technology investments that IT departments need t make in order to keep desktop applications running inside the enterprise. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Products This not to say that Google is lacking any weaknesses of its own. The addition of Google Groups adds another level of functionality to its enterprise suite. Still, the features are fairly simple, compared to the Windows platform.FeaturesGoogle is adding groups to address the challenges for both the IT administrator and the user. In Google’s view, managing groups is a significant administrative burden for IT. The user, in turn is dependent on IT to create the groups.Google’s answer is to create a group environment that can be controlled by the user or the IT department. The IT department can control all groups that are created or it can give complete control to the user.This will all sound familiar if you have ever set up your own Google Group. The process is pretty straight forward. The time it takes to set up a group is minimal. You give the group a name and create a group email and web address. You then add a short description and set controls for who has access.Members are added by sending an email with an invitation. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Google Groups for the enterprise is designed for users to collaborate on projects. For example, Google Docs and shared folders may be added to a group as can mock ups from Google Sites. Calendar items can be added or a testimonial using Google Video. Dependence on email is its weakness. All changes or additions are sent through email, just as in the consumer version of Google Groups. The saving grace is Google search, which makes it easier to find information in the email.Activity streams are all the rage and seem like they would potentially fit if the groups were designed differently. But you can see why email is the default. Google Groups on the consumer side is designed for email as a distribution mechanism so it makes sense it would be the same for the enterprise.In ConclusionAdding Google Groups is not a dramatic improvement to Google Apps. But it will be compelling to watch how the collaboration market unfolds in 2010 in the face of rapid feature enhancements from Google and a host of competitors competing for a piece of the enterprise market.last_img read more