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Men’s Soccer Picked Fifth in 2017 MVC Preseason Poll

first_imgEnna and his teammates have one final exhibition match against Northern Illinois scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs open the regular season at Xavier on Aug. 27. Senior Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) was selected by the coaches to the preseason all-conference team. Enna, a forward, is coming off a stellar junior season when he garnered All-MVC honorable mention accolades. He is the team’s top returning scorer with a career-high five goals in 2016. Enna is one of seven returning starters for Drake. ST. LOUIS – The Drake University men’s soccer team is picked to finish fifth in the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference men’s soccer preseason coaches poll, the MVC announced Thursday, Aug. 17. Drake tallied 18 points as the 2016 MVC champions, the Loyola Ramblers, were tabbed as the preseason favorite with 47 points (five first-place votes).center_img Rank               Team (1st-place votes)        Points1.                     Loyola (5)                               632.                     Evansville (1)                          383.                     Missouri State (1)                   34                               4.                     Central Arkansas                    305.                     Drake                                      186.                     Valparaiso                               157.                     Bradley                                    14Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Sol, surf e observaçao de baleias

first_imgDesde as longas extensoes de areia de praias inexploradas da Costa Ocidental ate as orlas maritimas subtropicais de Maputaland, ha uma praia para todos os gostos. Veja o nascer do sol sobre o oceano Atlantico ou Índico, ponha o bronze em dia ou seja mais activo – a África do Sul oferece dos melhores surf, windsurf e mergulho do mundo. E depois ha as baleias…O PARAÍSO DOS DESPORTOS NÁUTICOSOs nossos programas de mergulho tem florestas de algas gigantes nos recifes de coral, o surf inclui programas divertidos na praia, tubos ocos e alguns monstros a serio, alem de termos um optimo surf ski ou as ondas de esqui, caiaque e vela.Surf, windsurf, kitesurf, caiaque oceanico“A África do Sul e dos melhores paises do mundo para a pratica de surf, com um cenario costeiro espantoso, boa qualidade de surf em qualquer epoca do ano, um nivel de vida barato e ao mesmo tempo de grande nivel, alem de uma cultura unica de que se pode orgulhar,’ diz Steve Pike, editor da Wavescape.Poucos seriam os visitantes a discordar. Ha centenas de surf breaks por todo o pais – cerca de 50 a uma hora de carro da Cidade do Cabo.Desde a ondulaçao segura para crianças e principiantes ate aos breaks epicos que assustam mesmo os concorrentes mais audazes nas competiçoes internacionais que se realizam em Junho e Julho.A area do Cabo Oriental em volta do Cabo de Sao Francisco, Jeffreys Bay e Port Elizabeth – conhecidos em conjunto como Jay Bay pelos surfistas locais – conhecido em todo o globo pela qualidade das suas ondas.Muitos dos albergues para os chamados turistas de mochila espalhados um pouco por todo o pais estao preparados para aluguer de pranchas, surfaris guiados e liçoes de surf e em Durban e na Cidade do Cabo existem boas escolas de surf.A África do Sul tem locais assombrosos para a pratica de windsurf e kitesurf. Langebaan, perto da Cidade do Cabo, e internacionalmente reconhecida como um dos pontos de encontro mais badalados para todo o genero de pratica de surf – mas ha mais.Uma maneira mais acessivel de experimentar o prazer do mar e andar de caiaque. Existem viagens guiadas em volta da Cidade do Cabo, Hermanus, Knysna, Plett e Durban.VelaA costa maritima da África do Sul e uma das mais desafiantes do mundo da vela, com poucos portos, muitas tormentas e, mares frequentemente bastante alertados. Nao e por isso uma boa opçao para levar um barco alugado.No entanto, e um lugar optimo para aprender vela – ha escolas da modalidade na Cidade do Cabo, Porth Elizabeth e Durban – e disputam-se aqui algumas das regatas mais famosas do globo. As regatas locais sao inumeras tambem e a regata da Cidade do Cabo ate ao Rio de Janeiro e uma das mais celebres, atraindo um enorme contingente de barcos.MergulhoSe precisa que o convençam acerca da gravidade e do perigo da costa sul africana, nao precisa de ir longe – basta ver os naufragios mais recentes ou os que ficaram na historia – todos eles grandes tragedias, mas ainda assim boas noticias para os mergulhadores. Porem, nao se preocupe, temos mais para lhe oferecer do que esses sitios desoladores. O nosso ambiente submarino e do mais diverso e do mais belo que existe, com infinitos sitios fantasticos para mergulhar.Possuimos uma linha costeira incrivelmente longa, dos 35º S aos 27º S, que nao fica propriamente ao alcance normal do mergulho tropical. Apesar disso, as correntes que descem de Moçambique pela costa oriental trazem aguas quentes e tropicais e Sodwana Bay, no KwaZulu-Natal, tem os recifes de coral mais a sul do mundo.Encontrara aqui todo um conjunto de peixes com cores magnificas e algumas grandes lesmas do mar, incluindo a extravagante “dançarina espanhola’. Tubaroes baleia, tartarugas, golfinhos e tubaroes de areia sao muitas vezes vistos em zonas especificas.À medida que vamos descendo a costa, o ambiente submarino muda gradualmente ate que, quando chegamos a Cidade do Cabo, ja estamos a mergulhar em aguas frias mas encontraremos lindissimas florestas de algas gigantes – onde podemos flutuar por debaixo da agua e admirar o surpreendente mundo colorido dos recifes.Ha escolas de mergulho em praticamente todos os sitios, um grande numero delas, para nossa admiraçao, na cidade de Joanesburgo, tao isolada do mar, onde as pessoas fazem o seu treino antes de partirem para a Sodwana Bay para praticar mergulho.Mas tome sempre muito cuidado com as zonas interditas. Um voo do nivel do mar para Joanesburgo pode demorar so uma hora, mas sobe-se quase 2.000 metros (7.000 pes) de altitude – e isso sem considerar o voo. O que representa um enorme risco, por isso deve ajustar o seu itinerario de modo a incluir um dia de visitas e excursoes, compras ou idas a praia antes de ir fazer mergulho e viajar em Joanesburgo.CAPITAL MUNDIAL DA BALEIAA África do Sul e um dos melhores destinos mundiais para observaçoes dos mamiferos marinhos. No inicio de Junho, as baleias franco astrais deixam o seu habitat no Antarctico para ziguezaguear nas aguas (relativamente) quentes da costa do Cabo.Experiencias com a vida selvagemÉ claro que os grandes mamiferos da África do Sul nem sempre estao na linha da costa.Aqui acasalam, tem as crias e geralmente permanecem, ocasionalmente jogando a cauda para o ar ou pondo as cabeças de fora para ver por onde param as pessoas.Na Cidade do Cabo pode ve-los da estrada, em qualquer sitio ao longo da False Bay (Baia Falsa) e, se estiver num sitio suficientemente alto, pode ve-los perfeitamente no litoral ocidental.A cidade de Hermanus auto-proclamou-se a capital mundial da baleia – e nao anda longe da verdade. Estes animais imensos aproximam-se as vezes a escassos metros da costa e sao claramente visiveis do passeio panoramico no cimo do penhasco.Mais a leste, a cidade de Plettenberg Bay tambem se auto-proclama capital da baleia – e igualmente com fortes motivos para o fazer. As baleias franco austrais podem ser vistas na baia entre Junho e Novembro e as baleias jubartes ou corcundas migratorias vem aqui por pouco tempo, mais ou menos em Maio ou Junho e depois, na sua viagem de regresso, entre Novembro e Janeiro.As baleias de Bryde ou orcas sao vistas ocasionalmente, ao passo que os golfinhos nariz de garrafa e os golfinhos corcundas sao residentes todo o ano. Uma colonia de procriaçao de focas do Cabo completa a impressionante colecçao de mamiferos de Plettenberg Bay.É em Plett que a industria de observaçao de golfinhos e baleias esta mais bem organizada, com viagens de barco, caiaque e aeronaves. A observaçao, as distancias e o tempo gasto com cada animal sao estritamente controlados para que nao haja a minima interferencia.Na costa mais a norte de KwaZulu-Natal, os golfinhos de nariz de garrafa e os golfinhos corcundas tambem sao frequentemente observados dos barcos.Reporter infoSA, incorporando material de Turismo Sul Africanolast_img read more

Freedom of London for Mokoena

first_img26 October 2010Aaron Mokoena’s services to football and charity will be recognised when the Bafana Bafana and Portsmouth captain receives the Freedom of the City of London on 10 November.Mokoena was nominated for the honour by Alderman Andrew Parmley, who met the South Africa skipper during President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the UK earlier this year.“I was impressed by what Aaron has achieved in his football career as captain of South Africa and Portsmouth FC and by his determination to ensure young people in South Africa have access to sport and education opportunities through his charitable foundation, which he established in 2009,” Parmley said in a statement.‘I am honoured’Mokoena said he was honoured by the award. “London is such a fantastic city, and to be presented this award as a South African playing football in the UK is a very proud moment for my country, my family and myself.”Portsmouth Football Club’s CEO David Lampitt described Mokoena as “a great role model for young people and all Portsmouth fans.“The club has been fully supportive of the work Aaron is undertaking in South Africa through his foundation,” Lampitt added. “The club congratulates him on this wonderful accolade.”Kaizer MotaungKaizer Chiefs’ owner Kaizer Motaung told The Sowetan: “I believe it is a good thing to follow the successes of the likes of Doctor Steve ‘Kalamazoo’ Mokone, a legend that represented the apartheid-oppressed talent of South African football abroad,” Motaung said.“We must also not forget the towering Lucas Radebe, who carved a name for himself in the City of Leeds when he played there. There have been a lot of South African exports to other countries, and one can only marvel at how they set up new arrivals to fly our country’s flag.“Aaron Mokoena’s achievement has therefore crowned a successful career in the tough English football fraternity, and is worthy of receiving our fullest respect,” Motaung said.“I just hope other youngsters will emulate such heroic feats that demonstrate the quality of our exports that have raised the standard of our football abroad.”History of the awardThe Freedom of the City of London is believed to have begun in 1237 and enabled recipients to carry out their trade. Today, people are nominated for the Freedom because it offers them a link to the historic City of London and one of its ancient traditions.The Freedom is also offered to individuals by the City of London Corporation to help celebrate significant achievements.CareerMokoena became the the first South African to play in 100 internationals when he ran out against Guatemala in May this year.He captained South Africa on home soil in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first World Cup to be held in Africa.During his club career, he has played for Ajax Amsterdam, Germinal Beeerschot, Racing Genk, Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2016 Ohio State Fair Market Barrow results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion Market Barrow: Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky (Champion Light Crossbred)Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow: Lea Kimley, South Charleston (Res. Champion Light Crossbred)Third overall: Diana Weimer, Waterville (Champion Dark Crossbred)Fourth overall: Madelyn Fearon, Greenville (Res. Champion Dark Crossbred)Fifth overall: Jenna Siegel, Marion (Champion Duroc)Sixth overall: Brilea Bishop, Jamestown (Champion Yorkshire) 2016 Junior Market Barrow results Dark CrossbredGrand Champion – Diana Weimer, Waterville-264 lbsReserve Champion – Madelyn Fearon, Greenville-258 lbsLight CrossbredGrand Champion – Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky-262 lbsReserve Champion – Lea Kimley, South Charleston-262 lbsBerkshireGrand Champion – Paige Pence, New Carlisle- 264 lbsReserve Champion – Zander Ivey, Bloomingburg- 250 lbsChester WhiteGrand Champion – Lily Rees, Bidwell-253 lbsReserve Champion – Micah Smock, Jackson Center-256 lbsDurocGrand Champion – Jenna Siegel, Marion- 269 lbsReserve Champion – Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky- 274 lbsHampshireGrand Champion – Kelsey Vollrath, South Charleston- 271 lbsReserve Champion – John Smock, Jackson Center-250 lbsHerefordGrand Champion – Dustin Winner, Piqua- 257 lbsReserve Champion – Kelli Kearney, Burbank- 280 lbsLandraceGrand Champion – Madelyn Harrison, Hamilton- 279 lbsReserve Champion – Tyler Warner, Clyde- 265 lbsPoland ChinaGrand Champion – Ansley Kozarec, Farmersville- 280 lbsReserve Champion – Aaron Rolfe, Sabina- 267 lbsSpotGrand Champion – Anne Thompson, Wilmington- 280 lbsReserve Champion – Saylor Moore, Washington Courthouse- 249 lbsTamworthGrand Champion – Kamree Frey, Upper Sandusky- 262 lbsReserve Champion – Ashton Frey, Upper Sandusky- 270 lbsYorkshireGrand Champion – Brilea Bishop, Jamestown-280 lbsReserve Champion – Kaci Way, West Salem- 246 lbsJunior Breeding Berkshire GiltsDonor Grand Champion Grand Champion Kolton Keener viper man hunt 1/7/2016Donor Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Kendra Keener viper man hunt 1/7/2016Grand Champion Grand Champion Miley Edelman KTB4 Up Roar BFS2 Black Dog 1/13/2016Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Skyler Marker Drinking Class Wanted 1/18/2016Junior Breeding Chester White GiltsGrand Champion Grand Champion Tony Banister Walter Convoy 1/2/2016Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Korrine King AG3 Robbo Cop 47-8 WTX4 U Turn 1/6/2016Junior Breeding Hereford Swine GiltsReserve Champion Reserve Champion Lilly Quesenberry GRUS BOR Rapid Fire 1-1 LNHM Shock Collar 25-3 2/17/2016Reserve Supreme Overall Grand Champion Lilly Quesenberry LNHM Shock Collar 25.3 AH Red Sox 1/4/2016Junior Breeding Poland China GiltsGrand Champion Grand Champion Sofia Zampino Radar Perfect Storm 1/5/2016Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Chloe Studebaker Radar Bullet 1/10/2016Junior Breeding Spotted GiltsReserve Champion Reserve Champion Kayla Barker Power Pak 11-6 Listen In 12-1 2/1/2016Supreme Champion Overall Grand Champion Derek Barker Foot Print 3-1 Worth the Weight 10-6 1/14/2016Junior Breeding Tamworth GiltsGrand Champion Grand Champion Jason Geer GAF14 Mickey 43-1 CHF14 High Geer 22-3 2/6/2016Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Colton Henricks HPS12 Movin On 7-1 HPS9 Moving On 4-1 2/9/2016Session 2Junior Breeding DurocGrand Champion Grand Champion Cassady Healea Slats Load em Up 12/23/2015Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Gracie Isler DCM4 High Rent 43-5 SDF1 Bold Ruler 87-1 1/13/2016Junior Breeding HampshireBred and Owned Grand Champion Grand Champion Natalie Darner Good to Go Point Maker 1/8/2016Bred and Owned Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Micah Smock Good To Go Point Maker 2/3/2016Reserve Supreme Overall Reserve Champion Cale Hall All Eyes 23-7 Home Boy100-3 12/12/2015Supreme Champion Overall Grand Champion Katie Siegel GMW3 Flat Bill 1-3 EC0 Top Shelf 27-2 1/1/2016Junior Breeding Landrace GiltsGrand Champion Grand Champion Elijah Keplinger Got Em Jaws 1/28/2016Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Cade Sponcil WTX4 Got Em 14-6 KORBZ Revolution 12-2 2/1/2016Junior Breeding YorkshireGrand Champion Grand Champion Lea Kimley Close Call Time 2 Shine 12/22/2015Reserve Champion Reserve Champion Mary Sonner ABD3 Dress to Kill 1-3 BOBLO TCG Capone 10-2 12/20/2015last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — January 15, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A clipper system moves across the Great Lakes today and should trigger some snow in Ohio as we move through midday and afternoon. Snows can continue overnight tonight and may take into early tomorrow to finally exit the state. Snows are not all that impressive at this time, but we are expecting a coating to 2 inches over about 80% of the state. The good news is that we don’t think winds will be much of a factor during the event, so significant blowing and drifting is not likely. Most of the state will be done with snow by midnight to 3 AM tomorrow, but far southern and southeast areas may take through sunrise tomorrow to get through it. The map above shows snow totals through just after midnight tonight.Behind this clipper comes a reinforcing shot of cold air that holds through most of the rest of the week. We can see some subzero temps tomorrow night into Wednesday morning as skies clear, and we see highs doing no better than mid-teens to mid-20s through Thursday. Friday we may get back closer to normal for this time of year. The week will be dry, and we do expect sunshine to be a big player, much like we saw yesterday. Sunny and cold will describe most of this week.Strong southwest winds bring moderating temps back for the weekend. We go above normal Saturday, and stay there Sunday as winds strengthen ahead of our next front. With the moderation, we won’t rule out a few scattered showers in NW and west central parts of the state late Saturday night through midday Sunday. Those will be limited to a few hundredth to a tenth or two and coverage of 30%. The front mentioned above does not arrive in Ohio until Monday early morning. Rains continue through most of Monday and can bring rain totals of .25”-.75” over 100%. The map above is a snapshot of action from next Monday morning.Temps cool slightly behind that front for early next week, but we do not see cold arctic air returning. Instead, temps stay near normal for most of next week.  South winds are back at midweek, suggesting that another strong system is in the works out in the plains. Indeed, in the extended 11-16 day period we see a massive system coming together in the 4 corners region late Friday, the 26th, and then it slowly churns eastward. This significant storm looks to move into our region around the 28th, and will have liquid equivalent precipitation potential of half to 1.5”.  Currently, the track of the heaviest action is well south of us, crossing the Deep South, but a system like this needs to be watched as it evolves. Behind it we likely see cold arctic high pressure returning for the finish of the month and start of February. The cold air should come in stages…the initial push behind the front for the 29th and 30th, and then a colder shot behind a clipper we think could emerge around the 31st into the 1st.last_img read more

BlackBerry Messenger Rumored to Be Heading to Android, iOS

first_imgThere are rumors this morning that Research in Motion is preparing to bring to Android and iOS one of the key selling points of the BlackBerry phone: BlackBerry Messenger. BGR is reporting that it’s learned from “multiple trusted sources” that the company plans to introduce the Android version some time this year, with an app for iPhones available at some point as well. Details are still sketchy, says BGR, and while the app may be free, RIM could also charge users a fee (either a one-time or a recurring fee) to access the BBM service via other platforms.At first blush, the rumors pretty far-fetched as the BlackBerry Messenger is arguably one of the most beloved BlackBerry apps. It’s also featured in recent advertisements as one of the main reasons why you should buy a BlackBerry over an iPhone or an Android (or, just as importantly, why you should stay a BlackBerry user and not switch to a different smartphone).BlackBerry nailed the real-time messing service, in many people’s eyes, and BlackBerry users prefer its speed and efficiency over texting. Several other companies have tried to bring that same experience to other smartphones. Kik, most famously perhaps, delivered some of that same functionality – and brought it across platforms – before being blocked by Blackberry in November.BGR surmises that the BBM app for Android and iPhone will be stripped down, offering the communication capabilities, but not the ability to share photos, videos and locations. Is that enough to convince consumers – Blackberry users or others – of the benefits of moving to or sticking with BlackBerry? It seems like a gamble. But as we’ve seen a number of new messaging apps pop up, it could be that RIM wants to remind everyone that it’s a leader in the messaging space. Related Posts Tags:#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watterslast_img read more

Greek Soccer League No Longer a 1-Horse Race

first_imgATHENS (AP) — With the financial gap in Greek soccer getting smaller and smaller, Olympiakos is finding it harder and harder to stay at the top.The perennial Greek champions — the team has won 19 of the last 22 league titles — are normally already well out front by mid-October. But this year, Olympiakos is only in fourth place following a 1-1 draw with defending champion AEK Athens at the Olympic Stadium.“For all the teams chasing the title, it isn’t enough to create chances. Those chances need to be finished,” said Olympiakos coach Pedro Martins, a former midfielder who played one match for Portugal. “We didn’t make that happen today. It cost us the game today.”Olympiakos midfielder Kostas Fortounis gave his team the lead in the 58th minute on Sunday, but Tasos Bakasetas equalized in the 90th with a powerful header. Giannis Fetfatzidis could have scored the winner for Olympiakos, but he missed an open goal in the final seconds.The draw comes a week after Olympiakos lost to league leader PAOK Thessaloniki, which has won all six of its matches but has only 16 points because it started the season with a two-point penalty. Atromitos, a small Athens-based team, also has 16 points but trails on goal difference.AEK and Olympiakos have 13 points each.Referee Kristoffer Kristoffersen from Denmark during a Greek Super League soccer match between AEK Athens and Olympiakos at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)The renewed competitiveness for the Greek league title comes at a time when financial gap is closing. Olympiakos is still the most valuable team in the league with an estimated worth of 64 million euros ($74 million), while PAOK is valued at nearly 60 million euros ($69 million). AEK, which has battled back to the top division after going bankrupt five years ago and winning successive promotions from amateur leagues, has caught up to nearly 40 million euros ($46 million).The rules of how soccer is run have also changed.Danish referee Kristoffer Kristoffersen was in charge at Sunday’s game after a shakeup introduced this season bringing overseas officials in to be used at every major Greek match.Clashes between AEK fans and police did break out at halftime on Sunday, but criticism normally leveled at the referee after key matches was muted.—By DEREK GATOPOULOS and DEMETRIS NELLAS , Associated PressAEK Athens’ Tasos Bakasetas, left, celebrates after scoring against Olympiakos during their Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)AEK Athens’ Tasos Bakasetas celebrates after scoring against Olympiakos during their Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)AEK Athens coach Marinos Ouzounidis reacts during a Greek Super League soccer match against Olympiakos at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Olympiakos’ Ahmed Hassan, center, tries to score against AEK Athens during their Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Olympiakos’ Kostas Fortounis, left, celebrates after scoring against AEK Athens during their Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Olympiakos’ Kostas Fortounis, left, celebrates after scoring against AEK Athens during their Greek Super League soccer match at Olympic stadium in Athens, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Are Your Media Reps Asking About Paid Search

first_imgLeveraging the resources of DoubleClick, Google was able to improve the metrics for advertisers and offer “more precise metrics in order to judge the effectiveness of their campaigns.” With improved metrics came better documentation of the effectiveness of search and and improved sales.      The year 2008 was also the year b-to-b print advertising, a medium challenged with documenting results, started to falter. Coincidence? Hard to say.But let’s look at the present. A recent study of b-to-b marketers from Marketing Sherpa showed budget allocation for paid search is now ahead of print advertising, no small feat for a medium where ads often cost between 30 cents and five dollars each. Think traditional media does not compete against search for ad dollars? Think again.  Do your media reps know how to position their products against paid search? It would be best if they could. If your sales staff sells traditional media, understanding how paid search works is a big plus. Today, about half of all online ad dollars go to search, so it is important to understand where most of online money now goes.The first step is for media reps is to ask clients how much of their ad budget goes to search. Many are surprised at how much of the marketing plan goes to a format that started in its current form only 12 years ago—2000 was the year Google first started selling advertising based on keywords.The year search really broke out was 2008. In that year Google indexed a trillion web pages, but more importantly, acquired web analytics giant DoubleClick enabling them to, “dramatically improve the effectiveness, measurably and performance of digital media for publishers, advertisers and agencies.”last_img read more

New Director Discusses Ways to Increase Employment in Baltimore

first_imgNew director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development Jason Perkins-Cohen. (Courtesy Photo)Connecting city residents to jobs is the straightforward mission of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, and that means cultivating various paths to the skills needed for sustainable employment, says its new director, Jason Perkins-Cohen.Perkins-Cohen took over the office earlier this month, having previously served as the executive director for the Job Opportunities Task Force, a workforce development advocacy organization.“What we generally want to do is to get our residents prepared, and help them to obtain as many credentials as possible so that they have the skills that they need and the qualification they need to get a whole host of opportunities,” said Perkins-Cohen in an interview with the AFRO.The idea that we can improve workforce participation by ensuring residents have skills related to openings in a particular field or industry is something of a false promise, says the director, since no one industry has enough jobs for everyone that needs one. This is why it is important to make sure our residents are able to obtain skills and credentials that open up various opportunities, not simply ones related to jobs du jour.“When you’re talking about a city like Baltimore, the most obvious place to start is to make sure that as many people have a high school diploma or a GED [as possible], and then once they have that, then there’s either occupational credentials . . . or you help them advance to postsecondary education . . . where they’re focused on specific jobs or career pathways. It has to be about career pathways,” said Perkins-Cohen.And focusing our job preparedness efforts on career pathways means not relying solely on the promise of four-year college degrees to deliver middle-class or better employment.“College is a great avenue for lots of people and we don’t want to discourage people from obtaining an advanced degree, but there are an awful lot of jobs out there where four years of college is not a requirement, and some of these jobs provide a really strong wage and residents can move into those career pathways relatively quickly without having to take four years or the cost that they would incur (for a four year degree),” said Perkins-Cohen.Many people need a job now, and many employers also need workers now. Increasingly, says Perkins-Cohen, employers are coming to the realization that four year degrees do not always endow people with the specialized skills related to their employment needs, and so alternative paths to skill and job development must be cultivated.“That’s why apprenticeship models and the interest in apprenticeships has really taken off (nationally) in the last couple of years, because employers obviously want a skilled workforce and four years of college provide a well-rounded education, but not always the skills that employers are looking for. And so the apprenticeship model has become—where it was thought of in more of a hands-on sector, previously, and it still is, but now it’s being expanded to sectors like healthcare where apprenticeship wasn’t discussed as much until more recently,” said Perkins-Cohen.The working while learning model embodied by apprenticeships is a faster route to skill development for certain kinds of jobs, says Perkins-Cohen, which helps residents enter careers sooner as well as providing employers with the skilled workers they need in less time.And because connecting residents to efficient career pathways is the basic mission of the Office of Employment Development, Perkins-Cohen also emphasizes the importance of connecting youth to early employment opportunities through the city’s Hire 1 Youth initiative, part of the city’s broader youth employment programming under the banner of Youth Works. Last summer, the city’s efforts led to around 5,000 youths obtaining jobs, an accomplishment Perkins-Cohen wants to see repeated this year.“It is absolutely critical that we create these pathways, and create these opportunities for our youth. . . . [Summer employment] does three things that are incredibly important. One is it provides an income for six weeks in the summer, which is important, but it also teaches the value of work, and it creates an understanding, and an opportunity for a lot of young people to get their foot in the door for a career.”While 5,000 youth jobs is certainly something to be proud of, the city has 14,000 young people in need of employment, and Perkins-Cohen wants to impress upon employers the impact hiring a young person can have by helping to set them on an actual career pathway.“We’ve got 14,000 kids that want to work, which is tremendous, and now we have to come through with the opportunities.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more