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first_img Facebook Pinterest OA logo 2 wide Due to a large number of Odessa American carrier openings we are unable to throw a number of delivery routes in a timely manner. This is due to the severe labor shortage and we are using a small number of dedicated circulation employees to deliver 25 down routes. If you are a subscriber you can log on to our daily replica edition at Get the latest news and sports at We appreciate your understanding during this time. Interested in being a carrier? Call 432-967-4432. Local News Twitter TAGS  Pinterest Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Paper delivery issues By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Previous articleTop of Their ClassNext articleTips to Take Better Care of Your Clothes this Season Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

BREAKING: Indonesia confirms two new COVID-19 cases

first_img“Among the seven people, we have confirmed that two of them are positive for COVID-19, which we will call Case 3 and Case 4,” he added.Yurianto, who also serves as the spokesperson for the management of the virus outbreak, declined to reveal the genders of the two new confirmed cases. However, he explained that the two new patients were 32 and 34 years old.“Their body temperatures are around 37 to 37.6 degrees Celsius. They suffer from coughing and sniffles, but no symptoms of shortness of breath. We hope their condition can improve after our intervention,” Yurianto said.He also declined to identify the location where both patients were possibly infected. “One thing for sure, they don’t live in the same house.”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday the country’s first two confirmed COVID-19 cases: a 64-year-old and her 31-year-old daughter. They are currently undergoing treatment in isolation at the Sulianti Saroso Hospital. (kuk)Topics : The Health Ministry confirmed two new novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Friday.The new cases were detected after the ministry traced at least 20 people who had contact with the country’s first two confirmed cases, identified only as Case 1 and Case 2.“After the contact tracing, we found seven people. We took them to the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital for observation and isolation because they showed physical symptoms associated with influenza such as coughing and mild fever,” the ministry’s disease control and prevention directorate general secretary, Achmad Yurianto, told journalists on Friday.last_img read more

Dak Prescott contract updates: Will Cowboys beat deadline, sign QB to long-term deal in 2020?

first_img (Getty Images) — From NFL Media’s Jane Slater on Monday: “A source informed tells me there isn’t a lot of optimism that (a deal) will be reached. It’s Monday so things can change but that’s where the situation sits currently.”— From the Dallas Morning News’ Calvin Watkins on Sunday: “Situation could change before July 15 deadline but a source said Sunday afternoon Cowboys are not close to reaching a multi-year contract with QB Dak Prescott. He would enter 2020 season on $31.4M franchise tag if no deal by deadline.”— From ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Saturday: “I’m told the Cowboys are not worried right now. They’re going to play this up to the deadline, and they’re hoping that Dak Prescott will take their latest, best offer whether that’s a new offer at the deadline or their old offer. They didn’t hash it out a few months ago, it’s been very quiet since then to the point where some league sources believe nothing is going to get done here. Because Dak already signed his franchise tag tender, maybe conceding that nothing is going to get done. The Cowboys feel they’re in a good spot.” Prescott signed the franchise tender last month, so one of two things will happen this week. Either Prescott and the Cowboys will agree to a long-term contract by Wednesday’s deadline, or the QB will play the 2020 season (assuming there is a full season) on the franchise tag.MORE: Vegas thinks Prescott is an MVP candidateIf Prescott plays the season on the tag, he will account for $31.4 million (his fully guaranteed salary) of Dallas’ salary cap space. Which is part of the reason the Cowboys should be pushing to get a deal done before the deadline.Below is all you need to know about Prescott’s situation on the franchise tag as the Cowboys’ deadline to sign him to a new contract approaches, including the latest updates on negotiations.Dak Prescott contract deadlineDate: Wednesday, July 15Time: 4 p.m. ETWhen the Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Prescott in mid-March, they gave themselves roughly four months to sign the QB to a long-term contract before they would have to pay him $31.4 million for one year.Below is the NFL’s official language on the deadline for teams to sign tagged players to long-term contracts:”At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2020 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.”Prescott signed the franchise tender last month, assuring that he will earn the full $31.4 million in 2020 if he doesn’t agree to a long-term deal with the Cowboys by Wednesday.Will the Cowboys sign Dak Prescott to a new contract before the deadline?In theory, there’s a better chance for a deal now than there was a week ago, before the Chiefs signed Patrick Mahomes to a record-breaking contract extension that could pay him up to $503 million over 12 years. Now the Cowboys and Prescott have something they didn’t have before — parameters.Prescott of course will not get the $45 million per year in new money Mahomes is getting, but now the QB market has been reset. Dallas was reluctant to be the team to reset the market with Prescott, so that’s no longer an issue.MORE: Here’s how much Mahomes will actually makeThe hold-up on the Prescott deal reportedly has been the Cowboys wanting to sign the QB to a five-year contract and Prescott wanting a four-year deal. (Prescott wants to hit free agency again sooner rather than later so he can capitalize on what’s expected to be a larger league-wide salary cap.) But the Mahomes deal, a 10-year extension, moves some leverage to the Cowboys’ side. If he can agree to 10 years, can’t you agree to five?And if Prescott can land a better average annual salary than the $35 million he reportedly has been seeking, perhaps he will agree to that fifth year.In the first five years of his new contract, Mahomes will earn an average of roughly $39 million per year. So the Prescott camp can take that figure to the Cowboys and use it as a parameter. OK, we’ll agree to that fifth year if you give us, say, $37 million per year rather than $35 million per year. That would be an ideal compromise for both sides.Another factor that favors the completion of a long-term contract for Prescott and the Cowboys is the idea that deadlines spur action. However, recent reports indicate Prescott signed the franchise tender last month because he had assumed no deal would be made, and that there have been little-to-no discussions in the days leading up to the deadline.Regardless, both sides are well aware that the lack of an agreement by Wednesday afternoon will favor Prescott. Welcome to Dak Prescott contract week. The deadline for the Cowboys to sign their 26-year-old franchise quarterback to a long-term contract is fast approaching, and updates are worth monitoring, because the hours leading up to 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday could significantly alter Dallas’ salary cap situation.After roughly a year of contract talks with Prescott but no agreement, the Cowboys in March placed an exclusive franchise tag on the QB to keep him away from free agency. Last season was the fourth and final year of the rookie contract Prescott signed after Dallas selected him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.  Dak Prescott if the Cowboys don’t sign Dak Prescott to a new contract before the deadline?For 2020, at least, the answer is simple. If the Cowboys and Prescott don’t agree to a long-term contract by Wednesday’s deadline, he will play the upcoming season on the franchise tag and earn no less than $31.4 million. It would be by far the highest base salary in the NFL for 2020.Things would get more interesting after the season, when Prescott again would become eligible for an extension. The Cowboys would be in the same boat they were in early this year, wanting to extend their quarterback but having the tag as a tool to keep him away from free agency.As Kirk Cousins can explain, that would be the best-case scenario for Prescott, assuming he can stay healthy through 2020 on the tag. Cousins is the generic case study for QBs and the franchise tag, because from 2016-20, he earned more cash (137.9 million) than anybody else in the NFL in part because Washington franchise tagged him two years in a row.NFL rules state that, for a player to be franchise-tagged two straight years, the team must pay 120 percent of the player’s previous salary. If it’s three straight years, the team must pay the player 144 percent of his previous salary.So, as Spotrac points out, if Prescott were to be tagged again in 2021, he would earn no less than $69 million over the next two years. Mahomes will make just $33.6 million in that time period.Assuming the Cowboys eventually will sign Prescott to a long-term deal, the longer it takes, the more the QB will earn.Dak Prescott contract updates— From NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport on Tuesday: “The Cowboys and Dak Prescott remain dug in and no further talks are scheduled. … It can all change with a phone call. But no call is expected.”— From NFL Media’s Jane Slater on Tuesday: Things are still “all quiet” in Dallas regarding a possible Dak Prescott contract extension.— From ESPN’s Todd Archer on Monday: “Despite Wednesday’s deadline to sign Dak Prescott to a long-term deal, there are no scheduled talks between the Dallas Cowboys and the quarterback’s agent, Todd France, according to multiple sources. While things can change quickly with a simple phone call, there was expected to be more urgency in getting a deal done that would lock the team and Prescott together for the long term while making the quarterback one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL.”last_img read more

French President Shares Lunch with Trump at G7 Summit

first_imgPresident Trump is in France for the G7 economic Summit.After arriving earlier Saturday, Trump told French President Emmanuel Macron over lunch that the US has a very good relationship with France despite their differences.Trump said the two have “a lot in common” and have been friends for a long time.Later, President Trump and the First Lady will attend an official dinner.France is hosting the annual gathering of world leaders this year at the seaside resort town of Biarritz.last_img

South Africa’s plan for a better future

first_imgSouth Africa’s National Development Plan, a blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in the country by 2030, was presented to President Jacob Zuma by National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel during a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.‘We say to one another: I cannot be without you, without you this South African community is an incomplete community, without one single person, without one single group, without the region or the continent, we are not the best that we can be’ – from South Africa’s National Development Plan (Photo: South African Government, via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)Brand South Africa reporter South Africa’s National Development Plan seeks to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030 by drawing on the energies of the the country’s people, growing an inclusive economy, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.Following months of public consultation and revision, the National Development Plan 2030 was handed over to President Jacob Zuma by the chairperson of the National Planning Commission, Minister Trevor Manuel, during a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday.The commission released a draft of the plan in November, following this up with six months of nationwide public consultation. The revised document, entitled “Our future – make it work”, takes into account inputs received from South Africans from all walks of life, as well as business, labour, government departments, the nine provinces, and state-owned enterprises and agencies.The Cabinet will now consider the plan before making an announcement on its implementation.NDP 2030: Our future – make it work “This is a historic occasion,” Manuel told Parliament on Wednesday. “This plan is the product of thousands of inputs and perspectives of South Africans. It is a plan for a better future, a future in which no person lives in poverty, where no one goes hungry, where there is work for all.”He said the plan was about the actions that all South Africans should take to secure the future chartered in the country’s Constitution.Eliminating poverty, reducing inequalityThe plan focuses on the elimination of poverty – reducing the proportion of households with a monthly income below R419 per person from 39 percent to zero – and reduction of inequality in South Africa.Other goals include increasing employment from 13-million in 2010 to 24-million by 2030; broadening the country’s ownership of assets to historically disadvantaged groups; ensuring that all children have at least two years of pre-school education and that all children can read and write by grade 3; providing affordable access to healthcare; and ensuring effective public transport.Manuel said that, during the consultation process, it emerged that there was an incredible amount of goodwill that needed to be tapped into.However, there were problems in the country that needed strong leadership, such as joblessness, children who could not read or count, services that did not function, and public officials that were uncaring.Interventions for a better futureThe plan emphasises the need for a strategy to address poverty and its impacts by broadening access to employment, strengthening the social wage, improving public transport and raising rural incomes.It also outlines the steps that need to be taken by the state to professionalise the public service, strengthen accountability, improve coordination and prosecute corruption.It calls for private investment to be boosted in labour-intensive areas, competitiveness and exports. It also stresses the need for jobs to be located where people live, for informal settlements to be upgraded, and for housing market gaps to be closed.The plan suggests that public infrastructure investment be set at 10 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).It says that crime can be reduced by strengthening the criminal justice system and improving community environments, and that National Health Insurance should be phased in with a focus on upgrading public health facilities, producing more health professionals, and reducing the relative cost of private healthcare.‘Doing things differently’“Progress over the next two decades means doing things differently,” the plan states, setting out six interlinked priorities:Uniting all South Africans around a common programme to achieve prosperity and equity.Promoting active citizenry to strengthen development, democracy and accountability.Bringing about faster economic growth, higher investment and greater labour absorption.Focusing on key capabilities of people and the state.Building a capable and developmental state.Encouraging strong leadership throughout society to work together to solve problems.While achieving of these objectives will require progress on a broad front, the plan states, “three priorities stand out”:Raising employment through faster economic growth.Improving the quality of education, skills development and innovation.Building the capability of the state to play a developmental, transformative role.Removing structural impediments“A sustainable increase in employment will require a faster-growing economy and the removal of structural impediments, such as poor-quality education or spatial settlement patterns that exclude the majority,” the plan argues. “These are essential to achieving higher rates of investment and competitiveness, and expanding production and exports.”At the same time, the plan stresses the need for business, labour, communities and the government to work together to achieve faster economic growth.“Social cohesion needs to anchor the strategy. If South Africa registers progress in deracialising ownership and control of the economy without reducing poverty and inequality, transformation will be superficial.“Similarly, if poverty and inequality are reduced without demonstrably changed ownership patterns, the country’s progress will be turbulent and tenuous.”Manuel said the methodology used in the plan “was to set overarching objectives, to set key targets for various sectors, and to make recommendations on how these targets can be achieved.”Linkages between goalsHe also noted that there were linkages between the goals in the plan.“Better quality schooling will make it easier for young people to access the labour market. But it also enables workers to improve their productivity, to learn faster on the job and to raise their incomes and living standards.”He added that good public transport would help people search for work over a wider area, and help get them to work faster and more cheaply, but it would also enable people to live fuller lives with more family and recreation time.Manuel said the National Planning Commission would now turn its attention to mobilising society to support the plan and conducting research on critical issues affecting long-term development, and advise the government and its social partners on the implementation of the plan.The African National Congress (ANC) welcomed the plan and commended the Commission for the work it had done. The Democratic Alliance (DA) also welcomed the plan, saying it hoped the government would align its programmes to the goals contained in it.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Jeron Teng glad to see familiar face at sidelines in Altamirano

first_img“I’m so happy because coach Eric has been a mentor to me. I’ve learned a lot from him since high school and I’m glad that we could continue our partnership here in Alaska,” the 23-year-old said.Teng has had a fruitful past with Altamirano dating back to their days in the Philippine under-18 national team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt is also under the veteran mentor’s guidance that the former La Salle stalwart showcased his full potential, averaging 22.15 points, 6.85 rebounds, and 5.77 assists for Flying V in the 2017 Foundation Cup, while also setting the league record for most triple-doubles at three.But Teng is aware that the PBA is a whole different ballgame, and he just feels lucky to have someone like Altamirano to guide him through the nuances of the pro game. MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES “Coach Eric has been giving me tips on how to play here in the PBA. But I know that it’s not gonna be easy and I have to earn my playing minutes. I really have to work hard for it,” he said.Still, Teng couldn’t help but feel positive with what the future holds for the Aces this upcoming 2018 PBA season.“I’m very optimistic for our team. The coaching staff is very experienced in the PBA and Alaska is one of those top-notch organizations in this league. I expect I can really learn a lot of things here,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Jeron Teng. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netJeron Teng wasn’t the lone Flying V Thunder who found his way in Alaska, as coach Eric Altamirano followed suit as an assistant coach for coach Alex Compton.And the fifth overall pick in the 2017 PBA couldn’t be more thankful to have a familiar face by his side as he begins this new journey in the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Jazul, Fuel Masters confident of smooth transition under Alas Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Delhi to open Ranji Trophy campaign with Uttar Pradesh

first_imgSeven-time champions Delhi will open their 2012-13 Ranji Trophy campaign with a game against former champions Uttar Pradesh in Meerut from November 2, as per the reorganised format of the national championship.The other teams in Group B are Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Baroda, Vidarbha, and Orissa. Delhi, like the other 26 teams in the fray, will play eight matches in the league stage, four of them at home and four away.A “randomly” made new rotation cycle has replaced the old one. “The old system of rotation for allotting matches has been discontinued and a new one, designed randomly, has been implemented for the group league matches,” a BCCI official told Mail Today. “The old home-and-away rotation cycle will be used only for the knockout phase.” Accordingly, Uttar Pradesh will visit Delhi for the second successive time in three years. The last match was played in Lucknow in 2009.Delhi will next play against Orissa (in Delhi, Nov 9-12), Baroda (Delhi, Nov 17-20), Tamil Nadu (Delhi, Nov 24-26), Haryana (Haryana, Dec 1-4), Karnataka (Bangalore, Dec 8-11), and Maharashtra (Delhi, Dec 15-18). After rest in the eighth round of matches starting December 22, Delhi will play their last league game against Vidarbha in Nagpur from December 29. Delhi and Vidarbha have never clashed in Ranji before.Delhi, who failed to qualify for the knockout round last season, will start preparations from Wednesday, with a conditioning camp for the 52 probables. It’ll be a joint camp along with the 44 probables for the u-25 tournament. The five-day Ranji final will start on January 26.advertisementlast_img read more

Weekend Reading

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 10, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week on the MHTF blog:The Department of Community Medicine at Rajarata University wrote about productivity costs and maternal healthCEDPA updated us on their project to integrate HIV/AIDS into maternal health programsYoung Champion Hellen Koltolo told us about her work in Gujaratmothers2mothers explored active client follow-up in ZambiaCIESAS made progress in their ALSO evaluation in MexicoYoung Champion Anna Dion pushed her boundaries in ArgentinaSome reading for the weekend:Midwifery back in Laos after 20 yearsC-sections in ChinaAfrica and mHealth sustainabilityShare this:last_img read more