‘The future looks very good’

first_imgDr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), says Jamaica’s 86-medal haul at the recent Carifta Games comes as no surprise.Jamaica equalled their record medal haul from the previous year, winning a whopping 42 gold, 28 silver and 16 bronze.They also broke three field events and one track record in the process.Blake was present at the welcome-home press conference held inside the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport on Tuesday.”The future really looks very good; the assign athletes have performed really well, and as usual, we have topped the medal table yet again and in terms of our overall medal performance, this is one of our better performances,” said the president, adding that the dominance at CARIFTA is now routine.”It shows that people respect our brand and value the training that we give to our athletes and that as you see year in, year out quite a number of athletes from other territories come to Jamaica to benefit from the training that is offered here, not just the physical training, but the mental training as well, and I think it’s something very good for us here in Jamaica and for the Caribbean,” he pointed out.When asked if it was a concern that no Jamaican athlete was selected for the Austin Sealy Award for the best young athlete of the championships, he said he was a little surprised.”This year, I was a little surprised at the choice of the athlete. This is not to take anything away from the winner because the winner really did very well in breaking Kashawn Walcott’s javelin record, but we had people who broke records as well and won more than one gold, so that is something that we will be bringing up and speaking to NACAC (North America Central America Caribbean Association) about,” Blake told The Gleaner.Grenada’s Anderson Peters was presented the Austin Sealy award at the 45th Carifta Games as the most outstanding athlete. The host country’s athlete produced a winning throw of 78.28m on the second round on Saturday.The last Jamaican to win the award was Yohan Blake in 2007.last_img read more

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South Africans ‘already winners’: Zuma

first_img22 June 2010President Jacob Zuma has wished the national team, Bafana Bafana, well ahead of their crucial Group A match against France on Tuesday, while reminding South Africans that, whatever the outcome of the game, they are “already winners.”“South Africans are already winners,” Zuma said during the launch of a social housing project in East London on the weekend. ” The whole world is looking at us and applauding our success so far as hosts. And we have proven ourselves to be fantastic hosts.”Zuma urged the country not to give up hope and to continue supporting the national team, but more importantly to support the World Cup in general. “We must continue supporting the national team, the African teams and indeed the World Cup tournament in general as hosts.”Zuma also took the opportunity to thank South Africans for helping to create an amazing spirit around the World Cup.Since the opening of the tournament, South Africans have come out in numbers to display the colorful energy that the country is known for, brandishing their plastic vuvuzela trumpets and headgear made from miner’s helmets.“We congratulate each and every citizen for such patriotism and amazing energy,” Zuma said. “You are ensuring that this becomes a vibrant African World Cup.”The President was also impressed by the massive attendance at soccer games and fan parks, saying the country had proven to the world that it could deliver a spectacular event.Bafana Bafana, following a draw against Mexico and a loss to Uruguay, will need a convincing win against former world champions France if they are to stand any chance of progressing beyond the group stage of the tournament.The team will hope that Uruguay give the same treatment to Mexico as the two South American teams battle it our simultaneously at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg. Both clashes start at 16:00.Bafana will go in to battle without their number one goalie Itumeleng Khune, who was given a red card, and a one match ban in last week’s game, for foul play. It will be up to the team’s number two goal keeper tomorrow, Moeneeb Josephs, to keep the French at bay.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Harvest success in 2018 and beyond

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.With crops beginning to mature and harvest quickly approaching there are still several actions Ohio’s farmers can take to ensure success in 2018 and beyond. It has been a challenging growing season due to weather extremes, increased disease pressure, spreading populations of herbicide resistant weeds, and more. While many things are out of our control, there are some management decisions growers can make to finish this year successfully and get an early start on a productive 2019 season.Ohio’s crops have been exposed some extreme and severe weather conditions in 2018. While some areas had plenty of rain, ensuring average or better yields, crops were also exposed to periods of excessively wet conditions or excessively dry conditions. While the weather has been favorable for crop development, some aspects of this year’s weather could negatively affect corn and soybean yields. Although much of Ohio has received above average rainfall, a key factor in raising a crop, receiving large amounts of rain in one event can cause yield-reducing damage to crops. In many areas of the state large rainfall events caused flooding or “ponding” of water in fields. Periods of flooding can cause soil crusting, damage to plant roots, loss of soil nitrogen, promote diseases, or cause plant death. There are parts of fields where yields could be significantly reduced due to damage by flooding for extended periods of time. In areas affected by severe storms, there could also be hail damage, green snap, and root lodging.While fields may look good from the road, it is always a good idea to scout fields prior to harvest. Nitrogen deficiency in corn has been showing up over the past few weeks, especially where saturated soils occurred. In fields where corn was exposed to heat and drought, especially during pollination, yields could be significantly reduced due to poor kernel abnormal ears. With the variable weather Ohio has seen this year, growers should expect variable yields as well.Another challenge Ohio’s growers have faced this year is disease in both corn and soybeans. Diseases, especially gray leaf spot and frogeye leaf spot were more prevalent in 2018 than previous years. Northern corn leaf blight and sudden death syndrome were also observed in certain areas of the state. Taking time to identify diseases and using that information to make decisions about tillage, crop rotation, and varietal choices will help growers avoid yield loss or costly applications of fungicides in future growing seasons. Rotating to another crop or burying infected crop residue will hinder the development of disease the following season. In years with moderate to low pressure planting varieties that have strong tolerance to disease can eliminate the need for a fungicide application.While scouting fields, growers should make sure to assess corn stalks and look for signs of potential standability problems. With the combination of severe weather, heavy disease pressure, and stress on corn plants, stalk strength could be negatively impacted. Performing a “pinch test” on several stalks in multiple locations of a field will allow growers to identify fields where stalks are weak and late season standability is a concern. These fields should be harvested first to avoid harvest loss due to lodging.Weed control continues to be a challenge for Ohio’s growers. Over the past several years we have seen growing populations of herbicide resistant weeds, such as marestail and giant ragweed. Additionally, agronomists and farmers have observed a growing presence of the pigweed species Palmer amaranth and waterhemp. To minimize the spread of these weeds, growers should be cognizant of their presence and avoid running them through combines. Equipment should be cleaned when moving from field-to-field to ensure weed seed is not carried from one field to the next this fall. One important management practice growers should perform is a fall application of herbicides following harvest. An affordable and effective herbicide application in the fall will help ensure a weed free start the following spring and make weed control easier if burndown is delayed due to spring weather.While many of the factors making 2018 a challenging year are out of the grower’s control, scouting, note taking, and collecting harvest data will still aid Ohio’s farmer in determining what needs to be done after harvest and next spring. Growers should use the time between now and harvest to observe what issues exist in their fields and use that information to make sound management decisions in the future.last_img read more

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Fall tillage: Is it necessary?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University ExtensionIt’s dry and we harvested relatively early, so we have time to kill — and diesel is cheap (right?). Sjoerd Duiker, Soil management specialist at Penn State is a graduate of OSU’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and works just next door. A couple of years ago he supplied us with these remarks on when and why to do fall tillage, it bears repeating.When compaction has been caused, remedial action may be needed. This is especially the case if ruts have been created. If no ruts are seen, tillage is probably not needed. Instead, plant a cover crop to use the living root system to alleviate compaction.Ruts need to be smoothed out to be able to plant the next crop successfully. However, if ruts are uniformly distributed across the whole field, some type of tillage may need to be done on the whole field. In many cases, however, ruts are localized and only need localized repair.It will be necessary to till deeper than the depth of compaction. Shallow “vertical tillage” tools that only do tillage in the top 4 inches will not be sufficient to manage soil compaction.Very tough shanks are needed that will penetrate instead of bounce on top of the compacted layer. New subsoilers can do maximum fracturing without doing much surface disturbance with straight or bent-leg shanks. Parabolic shanks do much more surface disturbance and will need more secondary tillage for seedbed preparation and are therefore not preferred.Deep tillage may be what you could use in the fall, and then come back in the spring to smooth the field up with a field cultivator or disk harrow.Deep tillage should fracture the soil and it therefore needs to be performed in relatively dry soil.Deep tillage can be performed in a living cover crop in the spring if you use the modern, low disturbance subsoilers. So do not let subsoiling deter you from planting a cover crop.The more tillage you do, the more you set yourself up for increased compaction problems in the future.last_img read more

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One-Second Video Apps? What The Number Of Seconds In Your Videos Says About You

first_imgIn all of these attributes, the six seconds of Vine are meant to provide a window for other viewers to inhabit a fleeting instant behind another person’s pair of eyes, a very Being John Malkovich moment indeed. Six seconds is just enough time to create a compelling story, to pack enough information about an occurrence, to show viewers what had just happened. I’ve made the mistake of joking once about a one-second video app. To me, one-second videos just seemed so out of touch with reality, and yet so in the trend of ultra-short mobile video platforms that a one-second app would statistically, and satirically, be the next best thing to do.Only a week later, I would flip through a magazine to see that Drew Barrymore just loves using her one-second video app. What? It was like the bad moment in a horror movie when the punk kid who sneers at Freddy Krueger only ends up getting swiftly annihilated in a vengeance killing.I realized— oh. It’s here. It’s already here.1 Second Everyday is an app that lets users record one second of every day of their lives, effectively creating a lifetime supercut for the purpose of capturing and evoking memories. One second, the app stresses, is all it takes to bring back a whole day’s events. And it’s taking off. Creator Cesar Kuriyama states that his app’s downloads are in the hundreds of thousands.The reality of a one-second app shouldn’t have come as such a surprise. Every new video application attaches another seemingly arbitrary number of seconds to cap off the clip. Instagram Video’s is 15, and Vine’s is six. The new video record-and-edit app MixBit’s is 16.But what do these numbers actually mean, if anything? What do the seconds in a clip say about what and how much one can convey, about the process of creation, about the user themselves?Vine’s video technology itself is not new, but the format is revolutionized when the users are given limitations to what they can do. Like Instagram and Twitter before it, a confine to what can be created only fosters creativity. Uniform photos, 140 characters, six seconds—through constructing boundaries to work within, they’re giving users a challenge.Vine users have stepped up to the plate. The app is notorious for the culture that has thrived since its inception, a grassroots movement spurred by competition, creativity and early-adopting youth.But highly produced, artistic videos are not Vine’s mainstay. The essence of “The Now,” and the instant gratification of immediate share-ability is what users tend to explore in their videos, capturing raw, unedited, in-the-moment slices of life. The app has been used to record and share certain cultural moments as well, making Vine videos a tool for real-time and citizen journalism. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement One second, it turns out, is just for you. 1 Second Everyday also provides a window, but only for the user to look back into the past. The app lets users take a one second video of every day of their lives, which the app then sutures together to create a supercut of the user’s month, year, generation.Of course, other people can view the compilation, but one second is just not long enough to convey an accurate story about that day for an outsider’s eyes. The app’s main purpose is to reveal a window for the user themselves to look in and shed light on the past, a tool to trigger memory.Kuriyama states, “I have seconds that look incredibly boring, but represent ridiculously meaningful events in my life, and I have seconds that look gorgeous, but may have been relatively insignificant days of my life. Each second is a secret code to myself that only I know the hidden meaning of.”According to Kuriyama, viewing one second of an event is just enough time to evoke a whole memory of an event, or an entire day. Recording just one second of an occasion also lets users spend their extra time not recording or not taking photos to be present and experience the moment as is.A five-second difference in video length between Vine and 1 Second Everyday might not seem to amount to a lot, and in the physical sense, it does not.But the truth is, it’s harder to film short. It’s more difficult to convey a story in six seconds or in one second. The basics have to stay in, and clarity is a must. The questions then become how and who? How does one creatively and intelligently fit enough information into a few-seconds clip? And who is watching?If you are seeking to share an experience, a few more seconds to unpack the moment will be necessary. If the viewer is just you, you might only need one second to convey all the message you need.Images and video courtesy of Geeks Hut, 1 Second Everyday, The Cupcake Dude What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts stephanie ellen chan Tags:#1 Second Everyday#video apps#Vine last_img read more

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AEK Athens beats Greek league leader Olympiakos 1-0

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — AEK Athens defeated Greek league leader Olympiakos 1-0 in an ill-tempered game on Sunday that saw 12 yellow cards and two dismissals.Astrit Ajdarevic scored the only goal in the 34th minute with a free kick that deflected off Olympiakos defender Manuel da Costa.Olympiakos’ athletic director Francois Modesto was sent to the stands for protesting about the lead-up to AEK’s goal. His team’s central defender Alberto Botia was dismissed after a second yellow card in the 75th for pulling an advancing AEK forward’s jersey.Despite the defeat, its second of the season, Olympiakos has a 10-point cushion over second-place Panionios, which beat 10-man Iraklis 1-0.PAOK, a 4-0 winner over Veria, remains in third place, one point ahead of Panathinaikos, which beat Asteras 5-0 on Saturday. AEK is joint fifth with Xanthi.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Report HMM Bins Long Beach Terminal Bid

first_imgzoom South Korean container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has pulled out of a joint bid with the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to acquire a majority stake in an operator of a container terminal at California’s Port of Long Beach, the Wall Street Journal reports.Earlier this month, HMM and MSC teamed up to jointly bid on a 54 percent stake in terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI), currently controlled by the struggling Hanjin Shipping. The remaining 46 percent stake in the terminal operator is already held by MSC.HMM now plans to take a ”low double-digit stake” in TTI later on to save on cargo unloading costs, C.K. Yoo, HMM’s Chief Executive Officer, told WSJ.Following the recently signed agreement to enter into a ”strategic cooperation” with the 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and MSC, HMM announced plans to take 5 percent of global market share by 2021.The carrier currently controls 2.2 percent of global container capacity.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Dez Bryant Arrested on Misdemeanor Assualt Charge

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who has had a tumultuous off-the-field existence, was arrested Monday after turning himself in to DeSoto, Tx police. The charge: misdemeanor domestic violence against a female family friend, DeSoto (Texas) police confirmed.Bryant was booked around an event that allegedly occurred Saturday, police said. No further information was immediately available.A source said late Monday night that Bryant was in an argument with his half brother and wound up pushing his mother, Angela. According to the source, police responded to a call , but no arrests were made at that point. Further examination of the reports resulted in Monday’s arrest, the source said.Bryant was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for assaulting a female family member, police told KDFW-TV in Dallas. The woman did not need to be taken to the hospital for her injuries, the report said.The station said police declined to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the arrest or Bryant’s relationship to the alleged victim.Bryant’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined to comment. The Cowboys said they were aware of the incident late Monday.The Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and up to a year in jail. The arrest also subjects Bryant to possible penalty under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.This is Bryant’s first arrest, but it is not his first incident that required police involvement since the Cowboys traded up to select the former Oklahoma State star with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 draft.In January, Bryant was detained by police but not arrested after an alleged altercation at a Miami Beach night club.Last summer, off-duty police working as security at an upscale Dallas mall kicked Bryant and friends out of the mall because of inappropriate attire (sagging pants) and language. Bryant was temporarily banned from the mall.Bryant, who was widely considered a top-10 talent but slipped in the draft due to teams’ character concerns, has also been sued for unpaid debts for jewelry and sports tickets from before he was drafted. read more

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Ohio State Is Always Facing High Expectations — Scandal Or Not

2Ohio StateFootball6594 RKTeamSportCountRate* *In preseason polls since 1976-77 season for women’s basketball, 1961-62 for men’s basketball and 1950 for football.Source: College Poll Archive Ohio State has at least five more appearances on the AP preseason poll than any team in any sport, having qualified in 94 percent of available seasons. Since 1989, Ohio State’s average ranking in the preseason AP poll is 10.3. And perhaps no team dominates the opening month of the season like Ohio State, which has gone 21-2 over the last six years in the month of September, winning by an average margin of more than 30 points per game. But preseason rankings aren’t always pinpoint precise: Ohio State typically underperforms relative to its lofty preseason ranking.AP preseason polls typically draw from blue-blood schools, so it’s no surprise that other well-heeled programs like the football teams at Oklahoma and USC and the men’s basketball team at Kentucky are among the most-ranked.But on the gridiron, no team is accustomed to high expectations like the Buckeyes. Columbus has produced the second-most first-round NFL draft picks all time, and the team is expected not only to win, but to dominate. In this weekend’s season opener against Oregon State, Ohio State opened as 38-point favorites, the most lopsided betting line of any opening-week contest for a ranked team. “A place like Ohio State, we’re expected to win every game we play,” Meyer has said. “There’s not many places like that.” Those are expectations that Meyer also noted aren’t always “easy to embrace.” But players and coaches alike should recognize that’s what they’ve signed up for in Columbus: a culture of on-field success, national title aspirations and a preseason ranking. TexasFootball5275 The year was 1956. Ohio State’s college football program was ranked fifth in the annual Associated Press preseason college football poll and was coming off a season in which they had won all but two games. Expectations for a strong season were, no doubt, high.But head coach Woody Hayes was in hot water with the Big Ten for providing loans to his players, and after an investigation, the conference put the team on probation for one year and banned it from playing in that season’s Rose Bowl.Sixty-two years later, Ohio State is once again entering the season with a No. 5 preseason ranking, having won all but two games the previous season. Controversy blankets the campus once more: Head coach Urban Meyer has been suspended for the opening three games of the season after an investigation concluded that he had mishandled domestic assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.High expectations are nothing new in Columbus. For about as long as college football has been around, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been a force. In the annals of the sport’s history, only Michigan (943) — oh, the irony — and Notre Dame (906) have won more games than the Buckeyes (898).1Excluding Yale, which is not currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team. Since the turn of the century, only Boise State, which has played in three non-Power-Five conferences over that stretch, has won more total games than Ohio’s flagship university.And that prodigious success isn’t lost on Associated Press voters.Ohio State has failed to make the poll just four times in the 69-year history of the poll, most recently in 1988. That was John Cooper’s first year at the helm after taking over for the fired Earle Bruce. Cooper wouldn’t miss another preseason poll. Hayes only missed out in 1966 and 1967, the lone instance of the team failing to crack the AP preseason poll in consecutive years.Which got us thinking: Does Ohio State dominate this poll more than any team in any sport dominates its preseason poll? AP voters produce a preseason, weekly and postseason poll for three college sports: football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. In 1989, the polls expanded to a 25-team format, which remains the current standard.Across the three sports, only the Tennessee Volunteers women’s basketball program has been more of a mainstay on the preseason poll than the Ohio State football team, according to data from the website College Poll Archive. Tennessee has made the AP preseason poll 98 percent of the time. It’s missed just once in the poll’s 42-year history — in 1976, the year the poll was introduced. Largely under their legendary coach, the late Pat Summitt, the Volunteers piled up eight national championships and 18 Final Four appearances, controlling the sport for decades before Connecticut assumed the mantle. 3KentuckyMen’s basketball5088 9GeorgiaWomen’s basketball3276 Appearances North CarolinaMen’s basketball4884 1TennesseeWomen’s basketball4198% 8TexasWomen’s basketball3379 7Notre DameFootball5580 4OklahomaFootball6087 UCLAMen’s basketball4375 The preseason eliteTeams with the highest rate of appearances in AP Top 25 preseason polls in men’s or women’s basketball and college football 5USCFootball5884 10AlabamaFootball5275 read more

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