Angels again struggle against a lefty in loss to Mariners

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak The Angels are 7-17 in games when the opponent starts a left-handed pitcher.“We’ve looked at everything,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Historically we have some guys that are really, really dynamic hitters against left-handed pitching that just haven’t gotten into their groove for whatever reason. We’ve struggled against left-handed pitching for sure.”Gonzales retired the first 10 hitters of the game before Andrelton Simmons hit a line drive that deflected off the pitcher, for the Angels’ first hit. Mike Trout followed with a bloop single.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.With two on and one out, the Angels had a threat. But Justin Upton was called out on strikes and Albert Pujols grounded out.The Angels hit four balls with exit velocities over 100 mph against Gonzales, and they were all outs. In the seventh, Upton hit a ball 109.8 mph right at shortstop Jean Segura, and then Pujols hit one 102.1 mph to right field. Angels starter Jaime Barría wasn’t at his best, but still gave up just three runs in five-plus innings.All the damage came in a short stretch in the third and fourth innings.Barría had retired the first eight hitters before left a fastball over the middle that David Freitas belted just over the fence in right center. Trout leaped at the fence and nearly robbed the homer, but the ball ticked off the end of his glove. An inning later, Barría gave up a two-run single to Nelson Cruz.Barría got out of that inning with a double play and then he worked a scoreless fifth, with three strikeouts, before getting chased after allowing the first two hitters to reach base in the sixth.Related Articles PreviousThe Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout jogs to the dugout after lining out to center fir the last out of the game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. The Angels lost 3-0. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to the plate against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria prepares for the first pitch of the game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. 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(Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout grimaces after not making the catch on this solo home run by the Seattle Mariners’ David Freitas in the third inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Seattle Mariners’ David Freitas rounds the bases after his solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Seattle Mariners’ David Freitas celebrates with Dee Gordon after his solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Seattle Mariners’ David Freitas is greeted in the dugout after his solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. 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(Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandANAHEIM — The Angels are not going to get back in the race until they can figure out how to hit left-handed pitchers.The Angels were once again stymied by a lefty in their 3-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.Marco Gonzales held them to just two hits after he had allowed just one run against them last week in Seattle.The Angels came into the game ranked 25th in the majors in OPS against left-handed pitchers, which is difficult to explain because most of the Angels’ best hitters swing from the right side.last_img read more

Helicopter on way to Donegal crashed as pilot has lucky escape

first_imgA helicopter undertaking a flight to Donegal crashed upon take-off with the pilot managing to steer the chopper away from dangerous fuel tanks.The Eurocopter Hummingbird chopper was due to leave its base in Co Fermanagh on June 25th last.However, the pilot cheated injury when the helicopter crashed on its side as it left the ground. Details of the lucky escape have been published in a report released by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.The chopper was due to leave St Angelo Airport in Enniskillen before flying north towards Frosses in Co Donegal.However, the chopper was downed on lift-off and sustained damage to its skid gear, rotor blades, head, tailboom and horizontal stabiliser.Debris from the chopper was scattered over a wide area following the crash, according to the report. It also reveals how the pilot escaped uninjured.“The helicopter was parked on the apron adjacent to the fuel installation where it had just been refuelled to full tanks.“Having completed all the pre-start checks from the checklist and carried out a normal start, the pilot performed the pre-takeoff checks and raised the collective pitch lever. He led with right yaw pedal but, as the helicopter became light on the skids, it started to yaw to the left.“Due to the close proximity of the fuel storage tanks, he applied left cyclic control to move the helicopter to the left away from them, but the helicopter continued to yaw to the left. After yawing through 360°, the helicopter lost height with the left skid contacting the apron,” it adds.“The helicopter rolled about the left skid and the main rotor contacted the ground and debris was scattered over a wide area. “The helicopter continued to yaw through another 90° about the tail before rolling onto its right side.“The pilot shut off the fuel before applying the rotor brake and was able to leave the helicopter unassisted through the left door. The airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service attended the scene immediately and applied a foam blanket to the wreckage,” the report form the AAIB adds.Helicopter on way to Donegal crashed as pilot has lucky escape was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:crashdonegalescapeFermanaghhelicopterpilotlast_img read more

Raiders’ GM Mike Mayock a personality match for Jon Gruden

first_imgALAMEDA — Jon Gruden has a new sounding board, and this one just might be able to keep up with him.Whether Mike Mayock has the goods to be an NFL general manager based on 15 years as a television analyst remains to be seen. But it does appear Gruden has someone to work with who may be as manic and obsessive as he is. Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. When Gruden was initially paired with G.M. Reggie McKenzie, the hope was it could be a …last_img

CSIR develops low-cost Aids drug

first_imgSouth Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a low-cost method of manufacturing the antiretrovirals used to treat HIV/Aids, paving the way for more extensive HIV treatment across Africa.The CSIR’s new technique will reduce the production costs of thymidine, a valuable ingredient in the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs AZT and stavudine. The two generic drugs are used in combination therapy treatment of HIV/Aids.By using two drugs of different classes, combination therapy minimises both HIV virus resistance to ARVs and the development of serious side-effects. Because of this, it is the preferred method of ARV administration.Until now, Indian drug manufacturers supported by state subsidies have offered the most competitively priced active pharmaceutical ingredients, and so dominated the global market.The CSIR’s breakthrough will now allow for the production of thymidine at a fraction lower than the Indian market.According to Dr Moira Bode, who led the CSIR project probing the low-cost production of ARVs, this research could stimulate establishment of an industry for local production of active pharmaceutical ingredients.“This will empower African governments to supply more people with the life-saving drugs,”  Bode said.The CSIR-developed technology relies on a biocatalytic step to produce thymidine. The research included total development of the biocatalysis reaction to produce 5-methyluridine as well as the chemistry to convert 5-methyluridine to thymidine.“This involved, among other things, initial screening work to identify useful enzymes, the fermentations to produce enzymes and the process development for scale-up of the biocatalytic reaction, as well as the chemistry,” said Bode.“The entire process was scaled at the CSIR to produce thymidine at kilogram scale.”The CSIR has filed a patent application on the technology and a new market player in antiretroviral manufacturing, Arvir Technologies, has been granted the commercial rights.The company will explore various options, including granting licences to existing ARV active pharmaceutical ingredient producers, and establishing a new ARV pharmaceutical ingredients facility for South Africa.“We need to ensure that South Africa has an economically sustainable and well-secured supply of high quality ARVs,” ,” said Dr David Walwyn, CEO of Arvir. “Negotiations are presently underway with government.”Dr Gatsha Mazithulela, executive director of the CSIR Biosciences research unit, said South Africa’s high HIV prevalence rate made low-cost ARVs essential.“In South Africa, with the number of people requiring ARV drugs estimated at approaching 1 million [where the CD4 count of the individual is less than 200], the local manufacturing of these drugs is an imperative,” he said.“Ironically, now that the science has been done, the challenge is to find commercial partners willing to invest in manufacturing. We look forward to interesting conversations with our government and other stakeholders in making local production of ARVs a reality.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comUseful linksCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchArvir Technologieslast_img read more

Rustenburg gets 2010 info centre

first_imgCentres have already been launched in Port Elizabeth and Polokwane, while two more centres are planned for Bloemfontein and Nelspruit. 22 September 2009 Deputy Tourism Minister Thokozile Xasa launched the R7.6-million centre in Rustenburg in North West province on Monday. With less than 10 months to go before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, another 2010 visitor information centre has been launched to give tourists arriving in the country easy access to accommodation, road maps and other information. The centres provide tourists with a one-stop service where they can get assistance with information on a wide range of tourism products, including information on accommodation, tours, vehicle hire, entertainment, dining, sports, adventure, shopping and travel tips. The information and reservation system used in the centres was developed in South Africa and is designed specifically for the South African market. Source: BuaNews The cost-effective system has the ability to allow users to plan and finalise a travel itinerary by means of touch screens and web-based technology. The Rustenburg centre covers 412 square metres and includes offices, a coffee shop and a retail area for locally produced crafts.last_img read more

2020 House Election Forecast

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — One year from the 2020 general election, more than half of the Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee are facing less-than-“solid” chances of retaining their seats, but the Democrats appear on the path to retain their majority in the House, according to David Wasserman, the House analyst for The Cook Political Report.Of the committee’s 25 Democratic members representing districts in the 50 states, 14 are facing races that the Cook Report ranks as less than “solid,” and nine of those races could favor the Republican, per the Cook Partisan Voter Index (PVI). The index measures how each district performs at the presidential level compared to the nation as a whole.Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, is also a member of the committee, but the Cook Political Report does not rank the delegates from the U.S. territories.On the flip side, only three of the 21 Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee are in races considered not “solid,” and the PVI for each of those three incumbents is in their favor by at least three points.The Cook Political Report provides four ratings for Congressional races: “solid,” “likely, “lean” and “toss-up.” As it stands now, House Democrats are facing 218 elections that are ranked “lean,” “likely” or “solid” in their favor compared to 193 Republican seats ranked “lean,” “likely” or “solid.” Twenty-four seats are considered “toss-ups” — 18 for the Democrats, five for the Republicans and one independent, Rep. Justin Amash in Michigan.The Democrats won a majority in the 2018 congressional elections, but the 2020 elections will include a presidential election with President Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. That could affect the races, especially in rural and suburban districts that are home to most of the members of the House Agriculture Committee who are less than “solid” for reelection.But the impact is uncertain. The opportunity to vote for Trump might bring out more Republicans, although presidential elections usually bring out more Democratic voters.Charlie Cook, founder of The Cook Political Report, said in an interview that “Impeachment will make the reds redder and the blues bluer.” Cook said he expects an “enormous” turnout, but “While everything seems to revolve around Trump, he is not the sun and this is not the solar system.”But one danger for all incumbents, Cook said, is that people hate politics and politicians so much that experience doesn’t matter.The most notable among the struggling House Agriculture Committee Democrats is Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the chairman. The 14-term representative who is the most senior member on the Ag Committee faces growing doubt about his ability to retain his seat.Most alarming for Peterson is the fact that Trump is destined to head the Republican ticket in 2020. Peterson’s district’s PVI is plus-12 for the Republicans, and his constituents voted 61% in favor of Trump in the 2016 election.Peterson is one of only two Democrats in the House (along with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.) to speak out against the impeachment proceedings in recent weeks and to vote against moving forward with the inquiry. A straight-ticket vote could bring a swift end to Peterson’s decades-long career, shaking up leadership on the committee along the way.But there are limits to Trump’s popularity with farmers, and Peterson last week wrote Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him to make changes in the trade aid program for farmers, saying the current formula is creating “winners and losers among neighbors.”Peterson is popular in agricultural circles, and the sugar growers in his district have formed the Committee for Stronger Rural Communities, a super political action committee to raise funds to support his reelection.DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENTS IN “TOSS-UP” DISTRICTSAfter Peterson, the most vulnerable Democrats include Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y. Both represent districts that the Cook Report considers “toss-ups” for 2020, and each has a PVI of plus-6 in favor of the Republicans.Other Democratic freshmen ranked as “toss-ups” are Reps. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., and Cindy Axne, D-Iowa.DEMOCRATS “LIKELY” TO WIN REELECTIONThe Cook Report ranks five House Agriculture Committee Democrats as “likely” to win reelection: Reps. T.J. Cox, D-Calif.; Angie Craig, D-Minn.; Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.; Josh Harder, D-Calif.; and Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz.INCUMBENTS IN DISTRICTS RANKED “LEAN DEMOCRAT”Even more probable to win are four House Ag Democrats ranked “lean Democrat:” Reps. Kim Schrier, D-Wash.; Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; Sean Patrick Mahoney, D-N.Y.; and Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.The Democrats can find solace in the fact that none of their members on the committee has announced plans to retire or leave office before Election Day. Incumbents tend to hold an advantage heading into elections, despite what polls may say.REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT PROSPECTSOn the Republican side, the Cook Report considers Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., whose district has a PVI of plus-3 for the Republicans, to be in a “toss-up” race; Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., to be in a “lean Republican” race; and Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., to be “likely” for reelection.RETIRING REPUBLICANSHouse Agriculture Ranking Member Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who chaired the committee when the Republicans were in the majority, is retiring, but the Cook Report considers his district “solid Republican.”There might be another open seat in Kansas if Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., becomes the Senate candidate to replace retiring Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan.OTHER NOTABLE RURAL RACESThere are also several competitive races in which the members do not sit on the House Agriculture Committee or the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, but are important to agriculture.Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, is retiring and his district in eastern Iowa is considered a “toss-up.”The Republican leadership removed Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, from his committee assignments, including Agriculture, over some of his comments and positions, but the Cook Report still ranks that seat as “likely Republican.”Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., is often a critic of farm programs, but the Cook Report ranks his race as “likely Democrat.”The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee should feature far less drama. Each of the 11 members — both Democrat and Republican — along with the open seat of retiring House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowry, D-N.Y., and House Appropriations ranking member Kay Granger, R-Texas, is considered to be “solid” for the party that currently controls the seat.The Cook Political Report — 2020 House Race Ratings: https://cookpolitical.com/…Zachary Silver was a contributing writer on this report.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@njdc.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cloud Computing: 4 Ways To Overcome IT Resistance

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting kyle falkenhagen Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise Guest author Kyle Falkenhagen is director of product management at ServiceMesh.Business and IT leaders are bombarded with cloud computing hype and promotion. Yet very little is said about how the cloud affects the evolution of the IT organization itself. Enterprise cloud adoption is a transformative shift where the greatest implementation challenges are often more about people and process than technology integration.Agents of change, especially in large enterprises, must overcome various forms of resistance. This includes organizational fiefdoms and the IT silos that evolved with them. These four organizational change strategies can help IT departments fight fear and inertia as they move to cloud computing:IT Change Strategy #1: Use Tiger Teams To Break Down IT FiefdomsWhile no one is shocked that IT silos can hinder cloud adoption, you may be surprised how quickly you’ll encounter resistance. For example, setting up IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) offerings for your first private cloud will likely involve separate groups responsible for storage, computing, networking, platforms and security. Coordination among these groups is already difficult and you’ll quickly find that many cloud vendors have product interoperability issues that cause documentation gaps, integration problems and incompatibilities. Teams will have to escalate issues through multiple vendors, causing long delays and strains between IT fiefdoms not accustomed to relying on each other.The key is for siloed groups to share activities across traditional boundaries. To encourage this, leading companies have created Tiger Teams: small cross-functional groups of skilled, respected and entrepreneurial-minded workers. They should be experienced enough to navigate their home departments to accomplish needed tasks, politically astute enough to marshal resources and enterprising enough to push projects to completion. And they need a strong sponsor who can provide political cover and help break through entrenched resistance.IT Change Strategy #2: SWAT Away “Analysis Paralysis”One large financial institution implemented a cloud strategy with an incumbent vendor that claimed to offer the right strategy and products. The firm waited too long for proof points and had vastly disappointing results. When it tried to bring in other cloud vendors, they merely added confusion to the existing failed effort – leading to analysis paralysis and the inability to decide on the proper next steps.Unfortunately, this scenario is being played out in many large enterprises. If you can’t afford a year of paralysis, create a SWAT team.Smaller and more discreet than a Tiger Team, a SWAT team is quietly let loose to “get something done.” It emerges only when it has a concrete working model to integrate with the IT ecosystem for evaluation. Because it runs “small, fast and dark,” a SWAT team can be easier to initiate than a Tiger Team. A SWAT team’s goal is to break the paralysis and create a tangible model that everyone can improve. Building a SWAT team is relatively cost effective, especially compared to the opportunity cost of spending a year just trying to decide what to do.IT Change Strategy #3: Challenge Legacy ObstinacyMany organizations cling stubbornly to legacy applications and platforms, often including proprietary applications running on no longer supported platforms. While some groups may propose porting those applications to a modern, standardized, platform and as-a-Service offering, legacy zealots may claim that’s too risky.But there are many different techniques for cloud migration, including some require little to no re-architecture efforts. One size does not fit all when it comes to migrating applications to the cloud.That’s critical, because the benefits of eliminating non-standard platforms and infrastructure in favor of lower cost, cloud-based service offerings are too important to ignore. Because cloud computing promises automated processes that lower costs and speed cycle times for application provisioning, maintenance, patching and updating, cloud-based IT service costs will almost certainly decrease over time. Legacy system costs, meanwhile, typically continue to creep up. Many times, simply running numbers can help overcome emotional objections to changing the legacy status quo.IT Change Strategy #4: Challenge Habitual InefficiencyMost organizations existing IT processes and governance approaches are the result of years of layering of systems, technologies and process exceptions. Today’s cloud initiatives present a significant new opportunity to improve process automation and implement new governance best practices. That will likely breed resistance based on the idea of, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Don’t buy it. The process has likely been broken for years.Part of the resistance is political, as people within the IT organization understandably worry about positions being eliminated or particular fiefdoms losing prestige and power. The misperception may also exist that automation is fraught with risk.But the real risk lies in not doing anything.While some positions may in fact be eliminated and other roles may change with a move to the cloud, this is far better than the alternative. Sub-optimal IT efficiency can lead to lower enterprise productivity, a loss of competitiveness, lower profits and ultimately the risk of wholesale outsourcing of IT operations.Successful Organizational Change ManagementAddressing organizational change is vital to ensure the success of enterprise cloud-computing initiatives. By incorporating the right approach and building strong arguments to overcome resistance, you can help your organization make the changes necessary for successful implementation of enterprise cloud strategies.center_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts last_img read more

BJP, Cong. to slug it out at Goa bypolls

first_imgOver 50,000 voters in Panaji and Valpoi Assembly constituencies of North Goa are likely to cast their vote at 76 polling stations on Wednesday. North Goa Collector Nila Mohanan said here on Tuesday that 30 polling stations in Panaji and 46 in Valpoi will remain open for voting from 8 a.m. and the polling process will be webcast. About 1,000 police personnel from Goa police, Indian Reserve Battalion and Central Para Military Forces will be deployed at ensure smooth conduct of bypolls in the Assembly constituencies.Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail will be used and there will be two model Pink Polling Booths managed by women, one in each constituency. There are seven candidates in the fray, four in Panaji and three in Valpoi.The Congress has fielded AICC Secretary Girish Chodankar against Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in Panaji. Anand Shirodkar of Goa Suraksha Manch and Independent Kenneth Silveira are the other candidates in the fray.In Valpoi, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane of the BJP is contesting against Roy Naik of the Congress and Independent candidate Rohidas Gaonkar. Votes will be counted on August 28.Notices have issued to 418 people by the law and order agencies ahead of polling as precautionary measures.last_img read more

Cignal, Sta. Lucia all pumped up

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cignal and Sta. Lucia will have reason to be optimistic when the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference opens on Tuesday at FilOil Flying V Centre.Fresh from a training camp in Japan, the HD Spikers are on a high after winning the title in the Invitational Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cignal coach George Pascua’s confidence comes from his intact roster: The core of the national team, Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga will rejoin stalwarts Honey Royse Tubino, Mylene Paat and Steph Mercado.Meanwhile, after taking a one-conference leave of absence, seasoned mentor Sammy Acaylar will be back to guide the young Sta. Lucia squad to glory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast No more foul trouble as Rhodes finally adjusted to PBA officiating Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

POVERTY LEVEL LINKED TO LOW MINIMUM WAGE

first_imgAN INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR WOODBURY COUNTY CONTINUES TO BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AMONG LOCAL LEADERS.STATE REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS HALL WAS JOINED TUESDAY MORNING BY TWO LOCAL PASTORS TO DISCUSS POVERTY IN SIOUXLAND AND HOW A HIGHER WAGE WOULD HELP EASE THE PROBLEM MANY RESIDENTS ARE FACING:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/POVERTY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……TO THE MINIMUM WAGE. :20IOWA’S MINIMUM WAGE IS CURRENTLY $7.25 AN HOUR, BUT HALL SAYS A STUDY SHOW YOU NEARLY NEED TO DOUBLE IT TO SUPPORT A FAMILY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/POVERTY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..$13 AN HOUR (2X) :20HALL SAYS HE WOULD PREFER TO SEE THE ISSUE DISCUSSED AT THE STATE LEVEL, BUT HE SAYS REPUBLICAN LEADERS REFUSE TO TAKE UP THE MATTER.PASTORS PAUL JOHNSTON OF TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH AND AND NELSON OF ST. MARK’S LUTHERAN JOINED HALL IN THE DISCUSSION AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY.last_img read more