North Dakota Edges Football, 21-18

first_img Al Wegener at South Dakota 9/19/2015 – 2:00 PM Preview Josh Lee Story Links Final Stats (HTML) Next Game: Cam Bohnert Andy Rice Drake at UND Final Stat Book (PDF) Eric Saubert GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Drake University football team wasn’t able to overcome a 21-0 halftime deficit, as North Dakota outlasted the Bulldogs for a 21-18 victory at the Alerus Center, Saturday night.North Dakota, who rushed for over 275 yards with no turnovers in its season-opening victory at Wyoming last week, was held to just 25 yards rushing on Saturday. Drake forced three fumbles and corralled UND’s John Santiago to just 24 rushing yards. Santiago totaled 148 yards and two rushing touchdowns last week.  North Dakota scored the only points in the first quarter in the opening drive of the game. Keaton Studsrud completed a 59-yard touchdown pass to Luke Stanley.North Dakota used seven-play 47-yard touchdown drive to go up 14-0 midway through the second quarter, and then tacked on another touchdown at the 5:31 mark, taking a 21-0 lead at halftime.UND held Drake to just 93 total yards of offense in the opening half and gave up 61 of those 93 yards in the Bulldogs’ opening drive.Drake finally got on the board near the end of the third quarter when Josh Lee made a 36-yard field goal, 21-3.On the second play of the fourth quarter, Cam Bohnert pinned UND on the five yard line with a 35-yard punt, and finished the game with 11 punts for 438 yards and put four of them inside the 20 yard line.The Bulldogs kept UND from getting out of the shadows of its end zone, and on third and 13 John Hugunin sacked Studsrud for a safety, making it a 21-5 game.Drake made it a 10-point game, 21-11, when Conley Wilkins squeezed into the end zone on a one-yard touchdown run with 3:17 left to play. The Bulldogs couldn’t convert on the two-point conversion to make it a one-possession game.On North Dakota’s ensuing drive, Studsrud fumbled a snap and DU’s Al Wegener recovered the loose ball, putting Drake’s offense on its own 35-yard line.Fifth-year senior quarterback Andy Rice then capped off a nine-play 65-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Eric Saubert, putting Drake within three, 21-18, with 51 seconds left in the game.North Dakota recovered the Drake’s on-side kick attempt and ran out the final ticks of the clock.Rice finished the game with 237 yard passing and completed 23-of-42 attempts. For the second straight game, Saubert was Rice’s top target, recording six receptions for 66 yards.Drake’s defense shutout UND in the second half and only allowed 51 total yards in the final two quarters. Hugunin finished the game with a team-high eight tackles (six solo), four forced fumbles and two sacks.The Bulldogs travel to South Dakota on Sept. 19. Kickoff set for 2 p.m.Print Friendly Version John Hugunin Full Schedule Roster Conley Wilkins last_img read more

Patrol car to be out of action following criminal damage incident in Newton

first_imgAn appeal has been made following a criminal damage incident to a patrol car outside a local Garda station in Donegal. It is understood in the early hours of Saturday morning last, between 1:40am and 2:10am, considerable damaged was caused to a parked patrol vehicle outside Newtoncunningham’s Garda station.The car’s wing mirror was ripped off, causing serious damage to the driver’s door. Gardaí said one person, who has been recorded with CCTV, was involved in the incident.Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Patrol car to be out of action following criminal damage incident in Newton was last modified: July 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Live preseason updates: Warriors vs. Lakers, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Friday at 7:30 p.m. for the Warriors final preseason game as they take on the Lakers in San Jose.The SAP Center crowd will not be happy to hear LeBron James won’t play Friday night as the 33-year-old is resting before the Lakers’ start of the regular season next Wednesday.This is unfortunate news considering the show LeBron, the Lakers and Warriors put on in Las Vegas during Golden State’s 123-113 loss. King James played just 18 minutes but was in …last_img read more

Brace yourself: 49ers McKinnon practicing, but Street IR bound

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Much of this 49ers season will revolve around comebacks from anterior cruciate ligament surgeries. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s is obviously the most important. Tuesday brought news of two other ACL patients.First, the good news: running back Jerick McKinnon returned to practice, three weeks since his last cameo, and this time he donned a brace on his right knee that he initially declined to wear for mentality sake.Now, the bad news: defensive end Kentavius Street is likely …last_img read more

Homo naledi finds its home at Wits vault

first_imgThe Homo naledi fossils have been carefully placed in the highly secure Phillip V Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory, which houses most of the world’s information on human evolution. We take you on an exclusive tour. Homo naledi fossils has been relocated to the Phillip V. Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory where further tests will be done. (Images: Shamin Chibba) The gallery • Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’ • Space science can solve socio-economic problems• Hanli Prinsloo: ‘Fall in love with the ocean, to save it’ • New push for careers in science and innovation • DNA detective work could end poaching  Shamin Chibba The Homo naledi fossils, which were recently discovered in the Dinaledi Cave in Gauteng, have been given a new home at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.The fossils are now housed in the vault at the Phillip V Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory on campus, after spending a month on display at the Cradle of Humankind in neighbouring Mogale City.The new species, Homo naledi, was named after the chamber in which it was discovered, in the Rising Star caves. The underground room where the fossils were found was called the Dinaledi Chamber, which means “chamber of stars” in SeSotho.At a recent Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) media tour hosted by Brand South Africa, local and foreign journalists were given exclusive access to the vault.Archaeologist Lee Berger, an American based at Wits’ world-renowned centre, said the vault was home to almost 60% of the world’s fossils, including the recently discovered Homo naledi. Berger and his team of excavators were on hand to show and explain their experiences during their discovery of the Homo naledi fossils.At its opening in July, Berger said the vault held more scientific information on how humans evolved and where we came from than any other facility worldwide. “Right here in this vault, this word-class vault, is the majority of their assemblage. It’s held in high security because this is all of human heritage.”“This is a very special place,” he told the journalists on the FOCAC tour earlier this month. “We don’t allow anyone other than scientists to enter here.”But the press members were given a chance to view the Homo naledi remains up close.And now, we present to you exclusive pictures from the vault taken during that media tour.  Pictured is the inside of the vault at Wits University. Berger said there was an “extraordinary spike in discoveries across Africa over the last decade” and that there is still more to find on the continent. Berger believes that this young woman’s curved hand could have been shaped that way for climbing. What startled Berger and his colleagues is that the Dinaledi Cave where the homo naledi fossils were found was just 1.5-kilometres away from Sterkfontein, a site that is rich in hominid fossils. Homo naledi had the ability to move its arms and legs like modern humans. The homo naledi fossils were on display at the Cradle of Humankind between September and October this year. Schoolchildren were given the chance to view the remains of the homo naledi when it was kept at the Cradle of Humankind earlier this year. The bones showed no traces of their being in fights with carnivores or other hominins. This suggests that the Dinaledi Cave was where the homo naledi disposed of their dead, a sort of burial site. This is an indication of their sophistication and what Berger said was a recognition of their own mortality. “It is what separated us from the animal kingdom.” Berger said fossils of 15 individuals of various ages were found 12 metres into the Dinaledi Chamber. Taung Child, pictured above, which is a fossilised skull of a young Australopithecus africanus, is also housed in the vault at Wits University. It was discovered in 1924 by quarrymen working for the Northern Lime Company in Taung, North-West province. An illustrated representation of the Dinaledi Cave where the homo naledi fossils were found. (Image: Wits University)last_img read more

The pain is soon forgotten

first_imgJeannie and Martin having a welcome ice-cream break along the way. The winners wrapped in their prize: a Basotho blanket. Six happy Freedom Challenge finishers at Diemersfontein in Wellington.(Images: Freedom Challenge)MEDIA CONTACTS • David WaddiloveFounder, Freedom Challenge+27 84 567 4152RELATED ARTICLES• Getting to know a different South Africa• Get bike wise• Exploring bicycle culture in South Africa• Improving lives with bicycles• Bikes for Africa – from bambooLucille DavieLike having babies, you forget the pain, says super athlete Jeannie Dreyer, referring to her astonishing first-place finish in the 2 300km Freedom Challenge mountain bike race. The route starts in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, and ends in Wellington in Western Cape, and takes place at the end of June.Thirty-three-year-old Jeannie, a housewife and mother of two toddlers, crossed the finish line with her husband, Martin, one of South Africa’s top endurance athletes, in just 12 days, five hours and 55 minutes. She broke the women’s record for the race by seven days, and beat 41 men and five women to the finish line. Jeannie averaged an extraordinary 200km each day, sleeping three to four hours a day, except for two days she was off her bike for about nine hours.It was Martin’s third challenge. He set the new record in 2012 when he finished in a mind-bending 10 days, 16 hours and 40 minutes. This meant that he averaged 230km a day, sleeping three hours for the first three nights, then two hours for the next three nights, then catnaps until the finish. Martin, 45, is an exceptional athlete: he has won the 120km, three-day Dusi Canoe Marathon seven times, as well as a string of other canoe races. He has also distinguished himself in multi-discipline adventure races, both in South Africa and abroad.“It was wonderful. Nothing compares to it as far as mountain bike racing goes. No event gets close,” Jeannie enthuses. “It puts life into perspective, and shows you what basic things you need to survive.” The biggest mental challenge was the daily distances they covered, she says, with her relying entirely on Martin to indicate the day’s route. This meant she had to set small goals for herself each day.The trail takes participants up and over several of South Africa’s most remote and beautiful mountain ranges, and across the endless semi-desert Karoo, into the winelands of the Cape. It is done in June, the middle of winter, which means that conditions include blizzards and snow, fierce wind, and below zero temperatures. Riders face an overall ascent of 37 000m over the 2 300km, and have 26 days in which to finish. Finishers don’t get a medal or monetary prize, just a warm Basotho blanket.Support stations are positioned every 100km, where riders get meals, a bed and a chance to wash their gear. Ahead of the race they submit two-litre tubs containing anything extra they want for the event, which are sent to the support stations. Other than that, they carry everything they need on their backs. They are not permitted to carry a GPS, and must rely only on maps and written directions from the race organiser, David Waddilove, who is based in Wellington.Started in 2004Waddilove started the race in 2004, after he ran the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, and then ran all the way to Pietermaritzburg, where he then ran the Comrades Marathon, a 90km race between that city and Durban. He ran 60km a day, taking 42 days to get to Pietermaritzburg.The following year he ran the Comrades with his brother. After the race, the two cycled back to Paarl, then pulled out kayaks and paddled the four-day 212km Berg River Marathon. This became the Extreme Freedom Challenge; 11 people have completed it over the past nine years. In 2009, Waddilove changed the format slightly, replacing the Comrades Marathon with what he calls the Dusi Trail Run, an 80km run from the outskirts of Durban to the periphery of Pietermaritzburg, largely along the banks of the Umgeni River.“While I was running I had a lot of time to think about things. It became clear to me that the route could not easily be travelled on foot but would work well as a mountain biking route,” he says. And that’s how the Freedom Challenge, or Race Across South Africa, came about: “In 2004, when South Africans were celebrating 10 years of freedom, the Freedom Challenge was born.”Waddilove has tried to include has many places of historical or geological interest as possible. Riders take the route ridden by General Jan Smuts and his commando in 1901, on the run from British forces during the Anglo Boer War or South African War, of 1899 to 1902. They also pass through the site of the Battle of Stormberg.The trail cuts through 4.5-billion years of geological time and six plant biomes. It follows historical migration routes, and riders experience different local languages and cultures along the way. They stay in huts, or hunting lodges, eating anything from pap and maroch, to venison pie. “This while riding through some of the most visually spectacular parts of the country,” adds Waddilove. In total, 149 people have signed up for this awesome adventure.Impressive record of racesJeannie has undertaken and won, or finished in the top three, in an impressive record of races – from canoeing and running, to some of the country’s most challenging mountain bike events. One is the Cape Epic, an eight-day, 800km bike race in Western Cape, with some 15 000m of climbing. It attracts some of the world’s top riders. She came second, together with her team.Most days on the Freedom Challenge would start with Jeannie asking her husband where they were going. He would point to the immediate mountain, then to the next, then the next, then say: “That blue mountain – we’re going over it.”The first 500km of the race takes riders to Rhodes in Eastern Cape, and can be done as a complete ride, called the R2R, or Ride to Rhodes. The Dreyers did it in two-and-a-half days. Jeannie says they pushed hard to get there, and she felt it. Her knee was aching but a chiropractor in Rhodes worked on it, and she tied it up with a buff to carry on. That knee settled down but then the other one became painful. She took a bit of recovery time, but then just forgot the pain, she says.It was hard carrying a backpack for 15 hours – it took its toll on her buttocks and groin, she says. She eased the groin discomfort by wearing a pair of seamless tights underneath her cycling shorts, which gave her immediate relief.Like any long-distance athlete, Jeannie worked through the physical discomfort. “Both these discomforts played on my mind and there were times I thought if I don’t sort this out and it gets any worse I may not be able to finish – although pulling out of Freedom was not an option. I read this just before we left: ‘If you decide beforehand you’re not going to quit then everything else is easy.’”Jeannie’s endurance is reflected in some of her tweets during the race: “The most insane 19hr day. Just had to suck up the discomforts and vasbyt [persevere] like I’ve never done before.” And “Don’t ever think yesterday was hardest because today is. Another day of beautiful pain! 15hr Cambria to Willowmore.” And “Stettyn’s made me cry today but flip did it make the finish even more sweet! A life journey I will reflect on forever.”Stettyn’s is the sting in the tail of the race: it’s a 10km portaging trail up a mountain pass, on the last day of the race. Bikes have to be swung up on the shoulders as they cannot be pushed – there is just no path on the boulder-strewn way up to the top. Once at the top, there is another 30km to the finish.Jeannie tweeted: “Had some serious lows and some incredibly beautiful highs (on the trail & emotions) … but this is one AMAZING ADVENTURE.”Great admirationMartin has great admiration for his wife. He describes how the two of them cycled up the gruelling Swartberg pass in Western Cape, outside Prince Albert, then into Die Hel (Afrikaans for The Hell), a lush, isolated valley between two mountain ranges, and up the other side. The path out of Die Hel is a steep 1km hike, with bikes on backs.They came through at 2.30am, in the pouring rain, and were soaked to the skin. By the time they reached the support station Jeannie was on the point of hyperthermia, explains Martin. The Dreyers had hot showers, breakfast and their gear tumbledried, and were soon on their way again.He stresses that he never gave her any help, such as carrying her backpack, except for helping one another over tall fences. “This was her race. She said when we got up, how long we would stop at a station. I just gave her the options.”He adds that the 2012 race was the hardest he had ever done in his life, but this year was “her adventure”. “She was great, the best companion I could have had. She added such huge value although she never knew what she was getting into. Her value was the colour, the companionship, the love of my life right next to me. She was always positive and vibrant.”Jeannie says she is keen to do the race again. “I would love to go back, to ride hard and enjoy the luxury of the support stations.”Change a Life AcademyMartin is involved in the Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy in the Valley of a Thousand Hills outside Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal. Here he is passing on his skills and experience to previously disadvantaged youngsters, and has already achieved some impressive results.In 2009, 10 of his paddlers came in the top 36 positions of the Dusi Canoe Marathon, and in 2010 one of his paddlers came third. In 2011, nine finished in the top 23 places. He has diversified to mountain bikers for his protégés, and entered four teams in the inaugural Dusi2C bike race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban this year. They achieved four positions in the top 20 places.Different combinationsThe Freedom Challenge is open to 60 riders every year, and now offers a package of different combinations for those who find 2 300km a little too daunting. Besides the 500km R2R, which can be done as a non-stop event in June, there is a supported version done in September when it is warmer. “It is quite feasible that this will extend further with a 1 000km non-stop ride from Rhodes to Cape St Francis using international randonneurring rules,” says Waddilove.He also organises individual tours of the route for those who want to take in sections of the ride, staying at the accommodation establishments he has set up over the years. Some 200 people do this each year. He has plans to extend the race north to Beit Bridge, and further, to Mount Kilimanjaro, in a ride that would start in Cape Town, and end in Tanzania.It’s a big ride, but Waddilove has even bigger dreams. “And then there is, of course, a big screen, big sky feature documentary that is crying out to be made about the route, its people and those riding it.”The Freedom Challenge has given back to the communities that support it every year. It initiated and raised the first R500 000 towards the Gerard Bengu Gallery at Centocow Mission in KwaZulu-Natal. Close to R1-million has been raised for the Freedom Challenge Scholarship Fund for pupils living along the trail. The race has also initiated the Mehloding Heritage Day Festival, which is likely to become a major Eastern Cape event, he says. “Perhaps one could say of the Freedom Challenge that, while focusing on its key goal of developing a mountain biking trail across Southern Africa, it has become a vehicle for social change.”But for the riders it is much more. “Riders travelling the trail have spoken of how it has afforded them a valuable and positive insight not only into this country, but also into themselves,” concludes Waddilove.last_img read more

Corn and soybeans bullish, wheat negative in stocks report

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileThe USDA report today had September 1st corn stocks at 2.114 billion bushels, soybeans 913 million bushels, and wheat 2.385 billion bushels. Both corn and soybean numbers were below the low end of trader estimates. Shortly after the report corn was up 10 cents, soybeans up 18 cents, and wheat down 1 cent. Just before the noon release corn was up 2 cents, soybeans up 13 cents, and wheat down 3 cents.Today is the quarterly grain stocks report on US grain as of September 1st. This report will provide both off farm and on farm bushels. Most likely the report will get some attention from traders as it details another report from USDA. Harvest activity is close to a fever pitch this week in Ohio and the rest of the Midwest. With that note, producers may not have this report on their radar. A takeaway for today – If corn and soybean stocks are drastically different from expectations, it hints 2018 corn and soybean yields could be revised in upcoming monthly WASDE reports.The average trade estimate for corn stocks was 2.428 billion bushels, soybeans 982 million bushels, and wheat 2.318 billion bushels. Last year’s September 1st corn stocks were 2.14 billion bushels, soybeans 438 million bushels, and wheat 2.390 billion bushels. Not unexpected is the huge increase in soybean stocks compared to a year ago.China will be on holiday this week beginning on Tuesday. The US/China trade talks at this moment are scheduled to begin in Washington DC on October 10. The additional US tariffs on China goods were scheduled to be implemented on October 15. China’s first order of business at the table will be to ask for an extension on the implementation of additional tariffs.Just remember the country writing the news release is always the hero. The other party is the villain. Things would be so much better “our way” if the “other party could just see clearly,” remains the theme in ongoing statements from both parties.Soybean price activity last week had the November CBOT contract reach its high for the week last Monday at $8.99 ¼ while the low for the week was on Friday at $8.81 ½. The lowest close last week was on Friday at $8.83, down 5 ½ cents for the day. More promises of rain to come in Brazil partly resulted in the lower close last Friday. The uncertainty of the US/China trade talks also provided tension and uncertainty.Last week the Trump administration hinted the US could delist China companies on our stock exchanges. Additional news on Sunday indicated this would not take place. The rhetoric is ongoing from both sides. It will continue in the days and weeks ahead until a long term deal beyond just agricultural goods is inked. When you remember the talks later next month are the 13th session for trade negotiators between the US and China to meet, you have to think out loud, “Here we go again.”last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Man City fullback Greg Leigh hopes NAC Breda fans now behind him

first_imgEx-Man City fullback Greg Leigh hopes NAC Breda fans now behind himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City fullback Greg Leigh hopes he’s now winning over fans at NAC Breda.Having been snapped up from Bury last summer, Leigh suffered a slow start to his Eredivisie career.However, the defender impressed for victory over Vitesse and acknowledged the support and chants of “Leigh, Leigh, Leigh” from NAC fans.”I heard it, yes. I tried to shut myself off, but I heard it. I cannot deny that it makes you bigger as a player, it is good for your self-confidence,” he said.”I know what it has been like when I have not been able to convince, that is the most important thing for me. The criticism was sometimes justified, I can do better, I know.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Stephen A. Smith Region

first_imgThe 64 Most Annoying People in sports media bracket.The 2016 NCAA Tournament field was unveiled Sunday night, meaning that for the next three days, college basketball fans will be spending their time filling out brackets. We here at College Spun have a different kind of challenge for you, however. We want you to help us determine the most annoying person in sports media. We’ve gone ahead and nominated 64 different candidates.A few of the nominees – like Barstool Sports, Saturday Down South and SB Nation – are actually entities, rather than people. But you get the gist. We’ve also put ourselves on here, just in case you think that we’re actually the most annoying.Let’s get started. You can vote on the Stephen A. Smith region below:The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports MediaThe 64 Most AnnoyingVote On The Stephen A. Smith Region Below1. Stephen A. Smith vs. 16. Cris Collinsworthstephen a smith cris collinsworth“You don’t want to make an enemy out of me.” Actually, we don’t really care if we do. More Annoying: Stephen A. Smith or Cris Collinsworth?2. Mark May vs. 15. Terry Bradshawmark may terry bradshawOhio State fans might be enough to push Mark May through here. Bradshaw is a long-shot. More Annoying: Mark May or Terry Bradshaw3. Bill Walton vs. 14. Joe BuckJoe buckWalton’s bizarre announcing style drives most people nuts. Buck has his detractors too, though. More Annoying: Bill Walton or Joe Buck?4. Mike Lupica vs. 13. Gus JohnsonLupica“From the parking lot!” More Annoying: Mike Lupica or Gus Johnson?5. Curt Schilling vs. 12. Danny KanellSchillingSchilling can’t stop expressing his political views. Kanell can’t stop hating on the SEC. This will be close. More Annoying: Curt Schilling or Danny Kanell?6. Dan LeBatard vs. 11. Katie NolanKatie NolanSome argue LeBatard is a “stunt guy.” Nolan’s detractors are mostly people who don’t appreciate sarcasm. More Annoying: Dan LeBatard or Katie Nolan?7. Tim Tebow vs. 10. Peter KingtebowTebowmania was supposed to end when he stopped playing in the NFL. Some wish King would stop writing about the NFL. More Annoying: Tim Tebow or Peter King?8. Mel Kiper Jr. vs. 9. Tony Kornheiser Mel Kiper jrMore overrated: Continuous NFL Draft analysis or PTI?  More Annoying: Mel Kiper Jr. or Tony Kornheiser?Vote On The Darren Rovell Region Here >>>last_img read more

Gov’t Seeking Partnerships to Address Soft Skills Gap

first_img She is imploring partnership with the Ministry as it seeks to close the gap in a bid to better prepare young people for the world of work and to improve productivity. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the 2017 National Labour Market survey found that the skills gap was predominant among students leaving high school with no work experience. Story Highlights The Government is seeking public-private partnership to close the soft skills gap that exists among the nation’s youth. The Government is seeking public-private partnership to close the soft skills gap that exists among the nation’s youth.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the 2017 National Labour Market survey found that the skills gap was predominant among students leaving high school with no work experience.She is imploring partnership with the Ministry as it seeks to close the gap in a bid to better prepare young people for the world of work and to improve productivity.“The gap identified is that of soft skills and the lack thereof, with emphasis being placed on customer service and empathy,” she said, while addressing a ‘Labour Department and You’ roadshow, held recently at the Ocho Rios Baptist Church, St. Ann.“I want to tell you that the soft skills are the personal attributes. Personality traits, inherent social cues and communication skills needed for success on the job. Soft skills include possessing a good attitude, the use of initiative, creative thinking, teamwork, decision-making, good work ethics, networking, positivity, time management, motivation, flexibility, problem solving and conflict resolution,” she pointed out.Meanwhile, Mrs. Robinson said that the Ministry will continue to use its Labour Market Information System (LMIS) to better prepare young workers for the present and future demands of the job market.“The Ministry’s LMIS website provides information about market data, which includes hot jobs, emerging and obsolete jobs, and seeks to provide information on possible scholarships and job opportunities. I say obsolete because some jobs are, in fact, disappearing as technology improves,” she noted.In this regard, she underscored the need for Jamaicans to prepare themselves for the emerging marketplace and the emerging jobs.Mrs. Robinson stressed that the world of work is changing at an alarming rate and “we have to keep abreast of it if we are going to make ourselves marketable and make ourselves investor-friendly as a country too”.“As we continue [on] the trajectory of reducing youth unemployment, the Ministry will continue to work through our evidence-based programmes, such as the labour market information system… to prepare young workers for the present and future demands of the world of work,” she added.She said that the Ministry plans to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the HEART Trust/NTA to meet the demands in the job market.She noted, for example, that “we can’t find enough landscapers, not even for the local demand much less for the overseas demand. So, as jobs emerge and the market changes, we have to make ourselves relevant to that market”.The roadshow was the second in the series being staged by the Ministry to address issues related to the job market, industrial relations, occupational safety and health, efforts to eliminate child labour, as well as local and overseas employment programmes.The roadshows, which will travel across the island, are being staged in collaboration with the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU).The show will stop in Kingston and St. Andrew on November 21 and 22; St. James, January 16 and 17; and St. Thomas, February 27 and 28.last_img read more