News / And SEKO Logistics prepares ‘watershed expansion’ by partner and acquisition

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 08/02/2018 The company said organic growth alone was no longer sufficient.“We are in the most exciting period for SEKO in its 40-plus-year history, with new opportunities being presented to us around the world by customers, partners and suppliers,” said Mr Gagne.“We are continuing to focus on organic growth, but this alone is not going to be fast enough to satisfy our ambitions in the coming years.”Mr Wascher added: “We’re ready to grow at an even faster pace as our upcoming news will demonstrate.”But he said the company would also look at other ways of expanding.“We’re evaluating tuck-in acquisitions, partners and ‘out of the box’ expansion opportunities,” he said.“This includes engaging with small independent forwarders that want to hear about the value of joining our network, as well as technology companies in the logistics space that want to join forces.“We may partner, we may buy. The first thing for other companies to realise is that we’re ready to listen – and able to demonstrate what coming together with SEKO can do for them and their customers.” DSV won’t be alone on the acquisition trail this year, as SEKO Logistics this afternoon said it would announce a major expansion in coming months.It was ready to grow its footprint in 2018, it said, both through recruiting new partners and strategic acquisitions.Due to be formally announced at the end of this quarter, SEKO will see a “watershed expansion … in terms of global reach”, said the company.To ‘spearhead’ this growth, SEKO said it would make some management changes, with William Wascher to take over as chairman and president James Gagne will also assume the role of CEO.last_img read more

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OUT IN THE YARD: Texas Master Gardeners Conference stresses need for ‘earth-kind’ gardening

first_img Contact  Jefferson County Master Gardener Eileen Slater at [email protected]  or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at (409) 835-8461. By Eileen SlaterAt  the 2016 Texas Master Gardeners Conference  in McKinney, Texas, we visited  Myers Park  to learn about the new types of gardens springing up  in Texas. They are Earth-Kind gardens. Earth-Kind garden techniques include techniques that everyone can use in their garden or lawn for conserving resources and maintaining a healthy environment.These principles include water conservation, reduction of fertilizer and pesticide use, landscaping for energy conversation and reduction of landscape wastes entering landfills. Typical Earth-Kind landscaping plants for our region include, but are not limited to Shumard and most Oak trees, Blue Plumbagos, Split Leaf Philodendron, Perennial Fountain Grass, Monkey Grass, Bougainvillea, Chinese Holly, Carolina Jessamine, Dwarf Pampas Grass, Salvias or Sages, Common Pear,  Southern and other Magnolias, Turk’s Cap, Yellow Bells and English Ivy.   Earth-Kind roses include, but are not limited to  Marie Daly, Caldwell Pink, Belinda’s Dream and Knock Out.  Google Earth-Kind Plant Selector to find more interesting Earth-Kind plants.The  Earth-Kind technique on making and using a rain barrel is tentatively scheduled this fall by the JCMG. A great opportunity to showcase your produce is Saturday, June 11, at the Jefferson County Fruit and Vegetable Show in Central Mall. Bring your entries from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call  (409) 835-8461.center_img During  a walk through the gardens,  an Earth-Kind specialist explained that  the following procedures are used to maintain the gardens in McKinney: once a year watering, no pesticides (except for fire ants), no fertilizers, no deadheading and limited pruning. This is partly achieved by adding three inches of compost to the soil and mulching with three inches of compost.Earth-Kind plants are incorporated in the perennial garden, herb garden, vineyard, vegetable garden, kitchen potager garden, crape myrtle garden and shade garden in McKinney. Many plants in these gardens are common and easily recognized.How we can we incorporate an earth-kind garden and landscape in our area? Add three inches of native hardwood mulch to help decrease water needed in the landscape. Place a drip irrigation system underneath the mulch. Use a low volume irrigation system and apply water only where it is needed. Compost non-diseased leaves, grass clippings and pruning waste. Use pest and disease tolerant plants. Preserve pest’s natural enemies. Collect and store rainwater to reduce your water bill. Evaluate your irrigation system for leaks and damaged sprinkler heads. Program your irrigation system to split run time into several shorter cycles to save substantial amounts of water. Incorporate three  inches of finished plant-derived compost into the soil. Keep your grass mowed to a reasonable height. Leave grass clippings and leaves on  your lawn as they add nitrogen for fertilizer. If you fertilize, choose one based on soil tests.last_img read more

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Vermont sees annual drop in home sales, prices

first_imgThe Vermont housing market was the only one in New England to experience a year-over-year decline in both number of transactions, down -2.4 percent, and median price, down -4.3 percent, according to RE/MAX. Vermont’s median home price is $180,900, down from $189,000. This still places Vermont third highest in the region, behind only Massachusetts ($260,000) and Connecticut ($232,500).RE/MAX of New England Executive Vice President Jay Hummer said the number of transactions is encouraging, but there is still a gap between what buyers think their home is worth and what it will actually sell for.  The RE/MAX of New England January Monthly Housing Report shows that year-over-year, the number of unit sales in every state in New England, except Vermont, is slightly higher than January 2011. New Hampshire and Rhode Island experienced the highest change in units sold with an increase of 16.8 percent and 17.8 percent, respectively. While the number of transactions remain relatively flat, prices continue to dip in every state in New England.‘The slight uptick in sales is encouraging as it means buyers are active in the market, however, we are still trying to find a balance between buyer expectations and market realities when it comes to pricing,’ Hummer said.last_img read more

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Times always dropping, Gophers looking to make a run at Badgers

first_imgâÄúItâÄôs not like the other teams are standing still, but thatâÄôs a big jump in three weeks,âÄù Davis said.The Gophers are also closer to full strength heading into the dual. Sophomore Becky Kinchen will row in the second varsity eight after missing the last month with an illness. Nearly 10 members of the top two boats have fallen ill at times this spring, Davis said, but she thinks âÄúthe little bugâÄôs run its course.âÄùDavis suggests adding alumni to booster clubThe Gophers held a 10-year anniversary party at the boathouse last Saturday, during which Davis said she promoted the idea of changing the makeup of the teamâÄôs booster club.Parents used to run the booster club, but the inevitable turnover led to problems. Davis hopes to have some alumni to step in and run the club.âÄúWe would like the alums to get a vibrant booster club going,âÄù she said. âÄúNow that we have 10 years of alums I think itâÄôs the perfect time to get something like that going.âÄùAbout 50 former rowers attended SaturdayâÄôs event, many of whom were on the 2000-01 team when the Gophers switched from a club to a varsity sport. Highlights of the first 10 years for Davis include beating Iowa and Wisconsin in 2002 and forcing an NCAA noise ordinance in 2004 for having such loud fans. Times always dropping, Gophers looking to make a run at BadgersMinn. has been aided by consecutive weeks of practice on open water. Josh KatzensteinApril 28, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWhen the Gophers rowing team saw Wisconsin three weeks ago, the Badgers were the much faster team.But Minnesota has finally had consecutive days âÄî even weeks âÄî of practicing on open water, and the Gophers are hoping to narrow that gap when the two face off Sunday.âÄúThey were so much faster than us three weeks ago, but theyâÄôve gotten more water time and weâÄôve gotten more water time,âÄù head coach Wendy Davis said. âÄúWe want to go out there and be as fast as we can possibly be on Sunday and not allow nerves or choking or any of that stuff.âÄúWe want to say, âÄòThis is the best weâÄôve got,âÄô and put it on the line.âÄùWisconsin and Minnesota competed against Michigan and Michigan State, but not each other, in the Big Ten Double Duals on April 9. In the morning session of the meet, WisconsinâÄôs first varsity eight was 12 seconds faster than MinnesotaâÄôs. The BadgersâÄô second varsity eight finished the course 16 seconds faster than the Gophers.The final race of the regular season starts Sunday at 8 a.m. in Madison, Wis., just two weeks before the Big Ten championships.Having practice time on the water allowed Davis and the Minnesota staff to tweak the lineup during practice and deduce which is the fastest. Even though Davis hasnâÄôt decided on this weekendâÄôs lineup, she said she could see the all-around improvement, noting that some boats have cut as much as four seconds per 500 meters.last_img read more

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The Science of Beer Goggles

first_imgThe Atlantic:A couple of scientists walked into a bar and … began posing moral quandaries. When they presented bar-goers with a version of the classic “trolley problem”—would you push a man in front of a train, killing him in order to save five track workers?—they found that the drunker people got, the more likely they were to say they’d push the man. Alcohol, the researchers observed, can make us more utilitarian in our reasoning.Read the whole story: The Atlanticlast_img

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FLU NEWS SCAN: Resistant H1N1, H5N1 in Indonesia

first_imgAntiviral-resistant H1N1 virus in Australia didn’t spread farAn oseltamivir-resistant 2009 H1N1 virus that spread in one Australian community in 2011 apparently did not escape to a nearby large city, according to a report published in Eurosurveillance yesterday. Researchers previously reported the community spread of a resistant 2009 H1N1 virus in the Newcastle, Australia, area from June through August of 2011, the report notes. The authors of the new study looked for signs of the resistant strain in Sydney, the nearest major city to Newcastle, 120 kilometers away. They ran genetic assessments of H1N1 viruses from 143 patients who had not received oseltamivr and from 23 patients who had been treated with it. Only 2 (1.4%) of the 143 isolates from untreated patients carried the resistance mutation (H275Y in the neuraminidase), indicating a low prevalence of the resistant strain and “no convincing evidence” of its spread from the Newcastle area. The resistance mutation was found in 3 (13%) of the 23 samples from treated patients, a significantly higher proportion, which is consistent with previous findings that resistance usually emerges in response to drug selection pressure, the authors say. They add that their findings show continued genetic evolution and antigenic drift in 2009 H1N1 viruses in Australia.Jul 5 Eurosurveillance reportRelated May 7 CIDRAP News storyWHO confirms Indonesian girl’s H5N1 deathThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed the H5N1 avian influenza death of an 8-year-old Indonesian girl, citing information from the country’s health ministry. The girl from West Java province got sick on Jun 18, and then traveled to Singapore, where she was seen on Jun 20 by a doctor and treated for pharyngitis, the WHO said. When she returned to Jakarta on Jun 24 her symptoms worsened, and her family took her to a local hospital. Her condition continued to worsen despite treatment in an intensive care unit, and she died on Jul 3. Her H5N1 infection was confirmed by the health ministry’s National Institute of Health Research and Development. An investigation revealed that she had had contact with poultry at a live market and had been present when a chicken was killed there, the WHO said. The girl’s infection, first reported in the media yesterday, raised Indonesia’s count of H5N1 infections to 190 and its death toll to 158. The girl’s case raises the global H5N1 total to 607 cases, including 358 deaths.Jul 6 WHO statementWHO global H5N1 case countlast_img read more

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Moscow buried in record snowfall

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) —  Moscow is buried by white following record-breaking snowfall in the Russian capital and surrounding region that has caused power outages, travel delays and least 1 death.Over 2 feet of snow fell over the weekend, the heaviest in February since records began, surpassing the previous record in 1957, according to Russia’s national meteorological center.Moscow’s mayor’s office has said the city has cleared 42.4 million cubic feet (1.2 million cubic meters) of snow in the past 24 hours.“Such a huge amount of snow fell for the first time in 100 years,” Moscow’s deputy mayor, Pyotr Biryukov, was quoted as saying by the state news agency, TASS. “We definitely have a lot of snow to remove.”Even in a city well-accustomed to snow, the exceptionally heavy dump over the weekend has stretched its limits. Authorities urged people to avoid travel where possible and to use public transport instead of cars to allow them to clear the roads. A partial snow day was declared for schools in the city, with attendance made nonmandatory.Around 40,000 people in central Russia were left without electricity after the snowstorm damaged power lines. Hundreds of trees have fallen in Moscow under the weight of the snow and wind, and one person was killed and five injured after a tree brought down power lines, Moscow’s mayor’s office said. Some flights at Moscow’s airports were delayed, with some redirected to other regions.In Moscow, hundreds of dump trucks were carting loads of snow from the city as workers busied to dig out paths and push snow off roofs. In one town outside of Moscow the army was deployed to help with clearing.The snowstorms follow an exceptionally warm December in Moscow which saw virtually no snowfall. The ground was bare during the New Year’s holidays when Muscovites normally can expect several inches or far more.Snowfall was expected to continue on Monday before giving way to colder temperatures, reaching around 3 degrees Fahrenheit in Moscow, Russia’s state news channel, Russia 24, reported.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Martin takes on all comers to win

first_img(L to R) Robert Cross & Peter Grey.PSC Growling Swan Golf, played out of “Bogey’s Bar & Grill”Thursday, Jan 23 Emerald G.C. StablefordEleven golfers took up the challenge and travelled out to have a crack at Emerald Golf Course. Usually a good course but from time to time it can be a bit dry.The course as it played was in good nic, all in all it wasn’t too bad. Yet again there was nobody on the course, we virtually had it to ourselves. Weather was good to us yet again but as the day got longer it did heat up and became a little uncomfortable but at the end of the day it is Thailand and we know that it can get hot. We were playing one flight only and again with all novelties in play, would love to be in a position to play more than the one flight.Well to say the result was close would be an understatement and the scores were pretty good as well. Both Martin Kempton and Robert Cross returned with 41 points. To the countback to sort this out and as it turned out 1 point (on the back nine) was the difference between the two of them. Third spot again had to be referred to the countback. After both golfers returned with 39 points, it was Paul Sharples who got the nod from Dave Maw. Loading…Sponsored ContentA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To LeaveBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Rechargingcenter_img Winners from Emerald GC1st Martin Kempton (12) 41pts.2nd Robert Cross (26) 41pts.3rd Paul Sharples & Dave Maw (18) 39 pts.Near pins: #5 JJ Harney, #7 Keith Buchanan, #13 Robert Cross, & #15 Paul Sharples.Long first putt: Both 9 & 18 to Martin Kempton.last_img read more

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Who’s the star of Olympics show? No question.

first_imgPeople watch Usain Bolt, from Jamaica, at a bar before the men’s 200-meter final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)NEW YORK (AP) — It was a terrific night for American track athletes in Rio. Ashton Eaton won his second straight decathlon title, Ryan Crouser set an Olympic record in the shot put, Dalilah Muhammad became the first American woman ever to win gold in the 400-meter hurdles and Kerron Clement won the same race for men.Opening acts, each of them.NBC was waiting for one man, and one man only: Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and his attempt to win his third straight Olympic gold medal in the 200-meter run, to match his third straight gold in the 100. Over and over, we saw camera shots of Bolt warming up or just waiting for his race to begin.United States’ Ashton Eaton celebrates winning the gold medal in the men’s decathlon during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Eaton’s achievement was the sort that have put past winners on cereal boxes, the decathlon gold medalist earning the unofficial title of greatest athlete in the world. On Thursday, coverage of his victory seemed strangely muted, even though there was more suspense involved than there was for Bolt’s race.We get it. Bolt’s a star, one of the greatest Olympians ever. The spotlight is his oxygen. And he delivered a terrific performance.Yet we’re not sure if it was the fourth replay of his race, the super slo-mo of him giving his signature pose, his pause to take selfies with fans or his interview wish that he’d been faster that made us say, OK, we’re done. Time to move on.QUOTE: “Many people here will be telling their grandchildren they saw the great Usain Bolt in person.” —NBC’s Tom Hammond.QUOTE: “He said he wanted to cement his legacy. I don’t think it needed any cement.” —Hammond.QUOTE: “It rained here. But the only Bolt was on the track.” —Hammond.QUOTE: “He simply has had no equal in terms of getting it done when the spotlight is at its greatest.” —NBC’s Ato Boldon.We get it! WE GET IT!WRESTLING: While it was good of Bob Costas to mention wrestler Helen Maroulis’ upset victory over Japan’s Saori Yoshida, NBC missed a great chance to show some flexibility in prime-time. Here was a first-time Olympian beating a three-time Olympic champion and winner of 16 straight major titles to become the first American woman with a wrestling medal. Set up the drama and show the entire match. Cut the two showings of an American relay team racing alone against the clock because of a mishap earlier in the day and turn that into a Costas voiceover.SUNKEN SWIMMERS: Who would have thought Ryan Lochte and his allegedly drunken band of American swimmers would turn into the biggest news story of the Games? Wise of NBC to lead its night with an update.WATCH OUT: The U.S. women’s volleyball team had momentum and experience on its side heading into a fifth-set tiebreaker against Serbia on Thursday, and got out to a quick lead. But analyst Kevin Barnett was worried. They could have been up by 7-2, but the game was closer because of a couple of unforced errors. “Keep this in mind,” he said. His fears proved realized when the U.S. went on to lose.LACKLUSTER HOOPS: “It’s a win, that’s all that matters,” NBC’s Marc Zumoff said after the U.S. women’s basketball team qualified for the gold medal game by beating France. Such are the standards of a team on a 48-game winning streak dating to 1992 that a 19-point victory is deemed an artistic failure.FORFEIT: NBC’s Tim Hutchings wasn’t happy to see Javier Culson of Puerto Rico disqualified from the men’s 400-meter hurdles for a false start. He could see a racer trying to grab an advantage in a shorter sprint, but didn’t think that’s what Culson was doing. “It’s a genuine error,” Hutchings said, “and I think the rules, frankly, could be more forgiving.”RATINGS: With star power dimmed, the audience for NBC’s prime-time Olympics coverage sank to its lowest level of the Rio de Janeiro games on Wednesday night by one measure. The Nielsen company said 20.7 million people watched NBC, with the number rising to 22.1 million when cable viewership and online streaming during the same time slot is added. The NBC-only viewership was slightly lower, at 20.6 million, on the first night of competition on Aug. 6, but adding in the additional Olympic content on other sources brought the total to 23.5 million. No matter how you measure it, that’s significantly lower than the 29.1 million who watched the London Games in 2012 on the corresponding night.___Follow David Bauder at twitter.com/dbauder. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/david-bauderlast_img read more

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Ind vs WI-5th ODI Review: Hosts roll over Windies to secure the series

first_imgAdvertisement xgn0vNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4vsp0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebwo5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bbxWould you ever consider trying this?😱4zpxaCan your students do this? 🌚74aqbRoller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: India TodayAdvertisement The Men In Blue clinched yet another bilateral series at home with a colossal victory over the visitors at Thiruvananthapuram. West Indies were no match for the resolute Indian side in the final fixture with the game ending in a combined tally of 46.4 overs.Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the new look opening pair for the Windies failed as Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck early. Shai Hope was dismissed for a second successive duck which put the middle order under pressure.Advertisement Relentless pursuit by India to pick wickets at regular intervals saw the Windies collapse for just 104 on the board. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja returned in style with an eye-catching four-fer that got rid of the middle order and tail. Jadeja was well supported with the rest of the bowling line-up to end the series on a high.Advertisement The chase began on an ominous note for India. Shikhar Dhawan’s torrid series continued after just scoring 6 runs. The ever-reliable pair of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli ensured that there would be no more hiccups in the chase.The Hitman continued his good run with yet another half-century while Kohli knocked around for an unbeaten 33. The target was chased in just 14.5 overs to bring an end to an enthralling series.After going toe-to-toe with the hosts in the initial ODI’s, the Windies fizzled out towards the end to hand India one of their biggest victories in the format. The action shifts to the shortest format of the game in a couple of days.Man Of The Match: Ravindra JadejaMan Of The Series: Virat KohliBrief Scorecard:West Indies 104 all out (31.4 overs) (J.Holder 25; R.Jadeja 4-34)India 105-1 (14.5 overs) (R.Sharma 63*; O.Thomas 1-33)Read Also:Ind vs WI- 5th ODI Preview: Stage set in Thiruvananthapuram for enticing series finaleThe Wall Rahul Dravid inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame Advertisementlast_img read more

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