Somebody yesterday noted the comparison to Trevor Knight. I admit, that might be in play with Jerrod Heard. Maybe last week’s 360-160-yard game was a fluke. History tells me it wasn’t, though. History tells me this dude is a baller.Since 2000, only three QBs have had 360/160 games and one of them went by the name of Jonathan Football.Heard’s coaches tell me that as well. Both past and present. J.W. Walsh’s dad John told the Oklahoman Heard’s talent was apparent from the beginning. “As a seventh grader,” Walsh said, “you just knew.” Charlie Strong now knows after watching No. 13 post a career day against Cal last week.“You just don’t know what you’re going to get sometimes,” said Strong sounding a lot like Mike Gundy. “You walk out there at practice, you watch him practice sometimes, it’s like, ‘Wow!’ You throw him out there in the game, the things he does, when he goes back, he knows this, if I can’t find a receiver, I know I can take off with it, make people miss in the open field. He has the athletic ability where he can do it. He won two state championships at the 6A level. For him to be a competitor the way he is, I’m not surprised at all.”“He’s so dynamic, whether he’s throwing the ball or he takes off (on a run play),” Strong continued. “Just to watch how he operated was just amazing. He gets everyone within the team charged up, knowing that when he takes the field, something good is going to happen. We have a chance to drive the ball. He instills so much confidence in the team, just by his playmaking ability.”As I noted earlier today, dual-threat QBs have traditionally lit up Oklahoma State. Look at Mike Gundy’s losses going back to 2010. Taylor Martinez, Collin Klein, Matt Scott, James Franklin, Jared Barnett and the list goes on. It’s been one of the few warts on an otherwise terrific defense for the last half decade.“Yeah, you learn a lot because it’s a tremendous test,” said Glenn Spencer. “You’re going against a guy that broke the record for most yardage in a game. He did better than Young and McCoy ever did. It’s a tremendous challenge, we got our hands full. Guys are going to be excited to play against him, but they also know that their hands are full.”So maybe Heard does turn out to be Trevor Knight II, but I don’t think that will be the case. It really will be a great test for this OSU squad to go down there and try to shut down an offense that seems to have found a spark.Tre Flowers said it well.“I watched the Cal game after our UTSA game, and I noticed that they move the ball a lot so that’s one thing we have to stop. The quarterback is really good. It’s going to be a great week.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Story Highlights Mr. Kanai, along with JICA Volunteer Coordinator, Satake Yasushi, met with the newly appointed Labour and Social Security State Minister, Hon. Zavia Mayne; and Permanent Secretary, Colette Roberts-Risden, at the Ministry’s North Street offices on Monday (April 9) as part of an orientation exercise. Over the next two years, the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) will benefit from the expertise of a quality management specialist out of Japan.An independent consultant in that country, Atsuo Kanai, who has 30 years’ experience as a production engineer, will provide voluntary services to the JPC beginning April 18.Productivity improvement will be the key focus area for Mr. Kanai, who will also share his expertise in quality and occupational health and safety.This engagement is part of the JPC’s ongoing collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) where experts have been sharing their knowledge locally since 2009.Mr. Kanai, along with JICA Volunteer Coordinator, Satake Yasushi, met with the newly appointed Labour and Social Security State Minister, Hon. Zavia Mayne; and Permanent Secretary, Colette Roberts-Risden, at the Ministry’s North Street offices on Monday (April 9) as part of an orientation exercise.Mr. Mayne welcomed the senior volunteer, who he said brings a wealth of experience that will greatly enhance the JPC’s work.“Your occupational health and safety skills will also benefit us in another section within the Ministry. We are looking forward to a good working relationship with you as we seek to benefit each other in this joint agreement,” he said.Meanwhile, the JPC’s Executive Director, Dr. Charles Douglas, told JIS News that he is optimistic about the level of input that Mr. Kanai can contribute to the agency.“I think he has the experience and he has the kind of technical background… so I am excited about his contribution,” he said.r. Douglas said he anticipates the staff benefiting from a new aspect of productivity in terms of quality, “because we have not had a quality expert since we started… so this is relatively a new dimension for us”.The JPC is the national organisation responsible for promoting and facilitating productivity improvement in Jamaica.It is a tripartite organisation comprising the Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Employers’ Federation and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions. Over the next two years, the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) will benefit from the expertise of a quality management specialist out of Japan. An independent consultant in that country, Atsuo Kanai, who has 30 years’ experience as a production engineer, will provide voluntary services to the JPC beginning April 18.
zoomImage Courtesy: Grimaldi Group Grande Halifax, a pure car & truck carrier (PCTC) owned and operated by Italian Grimaldi Group, has been christened in Halifax, Nova Scotia.The christening ceremony for the 63,000-ton ship took place at Halterm/Autoport on May 16, 2018.Built at the Chinese shipyards of Jinling, the Grande Halifax has a length of 199.9 meters, a width of 32.26 meters, and a cruising speed of 19 knots.Italian-flagged, it can carry 6,700 CEU or alternatively 4,000 linear meters of rolling freight and 2,500 CEU.Equipped with four hoistable decks, the Grande Halifax is able to transport any type of rolling cargo with a height of up to 5.2 meters, according to the company.In addition, the Grande Halifax has a side ramp and a quarter stern ramp, the latter allowing the loading of freight with a weight up to 150 tons. The configuration of the various decks and the system for the internal ramps reduce to the minimum the risk of damage during the loading/unloading operations, the company said.What is more, the newbuild is fitted with an electronically-controlled main engine that allows complying with the new regulations for reducing NOx emissions, while the installed scrubber reduces sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions. It is also equipped with a ballast water treatment unit which will allow it to meet the future international regulations.The Grande Halifax, together with another four PCTCs, is deployed on the Mediterranean-North America weekly RoRo service operated by the group, serving the ports of Halifax, Davisville, New York, Baltimore, Jacksonville, Houston, Tuxpan, Veracruz, Antwerp, Valencia, Savona, Livorno, Salerno, Gioia Tauro.“ACL’s services to Halifax began in 1967 and have been continuously provided for over 50 years. Today, our group’s transatlantic services, including those of Grimaldi Lines, call Halifax about 140 times a year,” Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Grimaldi Group, said.