JOA paying close attention to Rio troubles

first_imgJamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Mike Fennell said they have been paying close attention to the various health and political issues affecting Brazil ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and that they were pleased with the precautions and countermeasures being taken. The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil has been a major cause for concern going into the 2016 Olympic Games. The virus, which the World Health Organization has declared an international public health emergency, has created great uncertainty and has left many doubting whether or not they should attend the games in the South American country. There is also the issue of an impeachment in congress for the country’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, while there are also concerns with water pollution. Noting that he hopes that the political situation can be resolved before the games commence on August 5, Fennell said he was comfortable with the situation at this point. “In Rio, there are a number things we have to deal with. Everyone knows there is a public health problems with the ZIKV, but we are quite comfortable with the arrangements that have been made for the protection of the athletes, officials and other people, so we are satisfied Brazil has taken all the precautions that are necessary and we are monitoring that carefully,” Fennell said. He also believes it would be best if the country’s leaders resolve the uncertain political situation ahead of the games. “What has not directly impacted the games but will affect the nation is the government situation in Brazil. The president of the country is facing impeachment, and that always presents a challenge when you have political uncertainty. We just have to wait and see how it unfolds, but it would be best if that is sorted out before the games not, just for Jamaica, but for the whole world.” he continued. Meanwhile, the long-serving JOA boss believes that the Olympic Games today plays an even greater role in enhancing the careers and reputation of sportsmen and women right across the globe. “The demand for a place on the Olympic team is even greater than ever before because it is such an important event in the life and career of any sports person. It’s the ultimate achievement, representing your country at the Olympic Games. This has been enhanced even more for those athletes, who are following careers, as representing your country at the Olympic Games opens up doors for professional contacts later on, and if you medal it even goes much further … it’s a tremendous thing for the athlete,” added Fennell. NECESSARY PRECAUTIONSlast_img read more

Dempsey may sign for Liverpool by Wednesday – report

first_imgLiverpool are to bid £7.5m for Clint Dempsey and want to complete his signing from Fulham before leaving for a pre-season trip to the United States next week, according to the Daily Mirror.It is suggested that the deal could be done as early as Wednesday and that Fulham are open to the idea of a player exchange.The Sun say Chelsea and Arsenal are interested in midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who has apparently failed to turn up for Blackburn’s pre-season training camp in Austria.It is claimed that Rovers could be willing to sell the 23-year-old for the right price.Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph report that the Blues appear to have beaten rivals Tottenham to the signing of Oscar from Internacional, while the Daily Mail say Chelsea have clinched a deal for the highly-rated Brazilian midfielder.The Mail suggest Oscar’s arrival will put Juan Mata’s first-team place under threat.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

An open letter to the Seed Industry regarding the efficacy of Cry1F Bt against western bean cutworm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This open letter was prepared by the undersigned extension entomologists from the Great Lakes Region regarding the efficacy of the Cry1F (Herculex 1, TC1507) trait on western bean cutworm (WBC; Striacosta albicosta). We strongly urge seed companies to remove the designation of “control” for this pest with regard to this toxin.At the time Cry1F received regulatory approval in 2001, western bean cutworm was found in the far western Corn Belt (Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, and Wyoming), with occasional movement into western Iowa. Indeed, EPA’s original Biopesticide Registration Action Document (BRAD) for Cry1F Bt corn, published in August 2001, did not even mention WBC. Instead, the following language was used: “The registrant-submitted data indicate that Cry1F protected corn offers excellent control of European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, fall armyworm, black cutworm, and suppression for the corn earworm.”References to Cry1F giving “excellent protection” against WBC began to appear in marketing literature only after Iowa State University entomologists documented its eastward range expansion and the first economic damage in that state. Presumably this rating was based on a limited number of lab assays and field trials done in pure Bt stands, not Refuge-in-a-Bag hybrids.The rapid eastward range expansion of WBC across the central Corn Belt into the Great Lakes Region resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of WBC-infested acres in a short time period. This created a large-scale “efficacy test” of Cry1F hybrids to (as stated in the BRAD) “provide highly efficacious control of key Lepidopteran pests,” “reduce the use of more toxic chemical insecticides” and “reduce levels of mycotoxin in corn.” In all these regards, Cry1F has failed in our states. This season in particular, the level of larval infestation and damage is troubling in both single and pyramided Refuge-in-a-Bag hybrids from multiple seed companies.Wherever Cry1F is challenged by WBC, it fails to provide observable benefit to producers. We have collectively fielded dozens of phone calls and emails, and visited numerous fields; we know that our agribusiness contacts and seed industry agronomists have responded to many more, and corn acres were sprayed with both insecticides and fungicides (most too late and with little hope of benefit). People are frustrated and angry and, more importantly, yield was lost. Growers purchased Cry1F hybrids with the understanding that the trait provides “control,” thus negating the need to scout for egg masses or larvae in those fields. When the visible manifestations of damage became apparent late in the season, such as the intense ear-feeding we witnessed, it was far too late for rescue treatments.As the fall progresses and damaged corn is harvested, additional issues are sure to arise regarding quality and mycotoxin levels. The severity of the latter will largely be dependent on weather conditions favorable for ear mold development. What is certain is that many damaged ears are primed for fungal colonization and quality loss.As extension educators and specialists, we can no longer refer to Cry1F as providing WBC control. In fact the opposite is true, and our extension recommendations (including the Handy Bt Trait Table) will be changing to classify Cry1F hybrids for WBC the same as non-Bt, Cry1Ab, or double/ triple pro hybrids, all of which provide no control. In other words, we believe that Cry1F fields must be scouted for egg masses and sprayed with foliar insecticides if needed, the same as a non-Bt corn. Western bean cutworm is now the PRIMARY Lepidopteran ear pest in many parts of the Great Lakes region. For growers in our states, the costs of scouting and spraying Cry1F corn negates a major reason they purchased and planted a hybrid with the trait in the first place.Before growers make seed choices for 2017, we again urge the seed industry to acknowledge the reality of what is happening in the field, and to reclassify Cry1F in hybrid fact sheets, technical use agreements, and other educational materials. This would reduce grower expectations of Cry1F and allow local agricultural professionals to deal with their customers in a more truthful manner, in a way that allows for protection against yield loss. We also urge the industry to regard western bean cutworm as a primary, not a secondary, pest. Doing nothing risks alienating those close to the situation, including field agronomists, consultants, university extension staff and (most importantly) corn growers themselves who have a vested interest in finding effective pest management solutions for a growing world.Sincerely,Dr. Chris DiFonzo, Michigan State UniversityDr. Christian Krupke, Purdue University Dr. Andy Michel, The Ohio State UniversityDr. Elson Shields, Cornell UniversityDr. Kelley Tilmon, The Ohio State UniversityDr. John Tooker, Pennsylvania State Universitylast_img read more

Yield winner constantly looking for improvement

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was an interesting year for Ohio grain farmers with weather of all kinds through the growing season. A final number on the corn yield monitor of anywhere near 200 would be considered successful for most producers.Byron Gearhart of Ross County tallied a 258.85 bushel per acre entry in the irrigated division of this year’s National Corn Grower’s Association (NCGA) yield contest with the DKC67-57RIB Dekalb variety — good enough to top the state in the category. It’s not the first time Gearhart has been recognized for high yields, having topped the podium for many years prior.“It’s all about detail, detail, and a bit of sheer dumb luck,” Gearhart remarked about his success.Though this time around, he said it was disappointing that number wasn’t higher.“I don’t know how to put it, but Mother Nature still rules the roost. We would like to have seen 300. We had the input costs, we had everything there in place — but we just ended up with short ears,” he said. “And everybody in the area in the same problem and I think it was somewhat statewide — we just had very short ears. So we’re disappointed overall. We’re happy we did well, but we fell short of expectations.”So short, in fact, that Gearhart didn’t plan on submitting an entry for this year’s contest. His secretary decided to enter anyway.To look at his success and potential for bigger numbers down the road, Gearhart has taken a research-like approach to his farming, taking careful note of the many factors that play into a high yield at year’s end. He openly walks us through aspects of his operation that play into the final bushels and his ongoing success.Gearhart’s operation boasts approximately 750 acres worth of irrigation. A must have, he said, for his soil types.“Down here we farm a gravel bar. Literally a foot of soil, maybe two feet, if you’re lucky you’ve got 30 inches. But I don’t have anything over 30 inches on gravel and I’ve got 150 feet of gravel. On my parents’ farm, which isn’t even five miles away, we have systematic tiling and heavy clay. We’re on the very bottom end of the Illinois glacier and so we’ve got a lot of gravel base to work with,” Gearhart said. “We are somewhat unique in that scenario compared to the rest of the state of Ohio. But when you want to come down here to learn irrigation, it’s a different ballgame than learning irrigation in northern Ohio for vegetable crops and sweet corn. It’s a totally different ballgame. There’s some things going on down here that only exist in river bottom or creek bottom ground.Gearhart has had numerous state victories in yield contests.“I remember the first year, we grew 100 bushel corn on this ground. Without irrigation, my normal corn yield is 130 to 135 and it’s 230 plus with irrigation,” Gearhart said. “Two-hundred-thirty to 250 bushels is the natural top for what we’re working with.”Irrigation is not common here in the Buckeye state and those who use it need to manage it carefully to maximize the benefits.“Like tile, it takes money to systematically irrigate a farm, but you have to do something,” he said. “We applied about 10 inches of water this year, which I don’t think was enough.”Another irrigator that has done well in the contest is NCGA national yield winner Randy Dowdy, who recorded over 500-bushel per acre field this past year. Dowdy is a big proponent of tissue sampling. Gearhart follows Dowdy closely and buys into the importance of tissue sampling describing it as far different than that of soil sampling.“We started it last year and we found out real quick that we knew nothing,” Gearhart said. “Because what the soil tests say, and what you would visually and mentally think, we found out the plant was not absorbing the nutrients the way we thought they would be. We had to make some serious adjustments because we didn’t actually believe the results from the first two times we did it.”Gearhart applies 28% through the pivot and supplements micronutrients as needed, including sulfur and boron. From there on, tissue sampling tells the additional needs of the crop. Gearhart said an interesting find of his was that testing resulted in his discovery of magnesium being too high, resulting in a tie-up of calcium in the plant.“We have some issues a typical soil test doesn’t really show you,” he said. “We had some ratios of nutrients that were out of whack and were tying things up. Now we come back to the gravel and Randy (Dowdy) is the only one I know of that has worse numbers than I do. I’ve got CECs in the single digits and organic matter in the half to 1% category. He’s actually got numbers worse than I’ve got. I’ve got a long ways to go if I ever want to compete with him, which is not my goal. But I’d just like to figure out how to improve what we’ve got. We’ve got limiting factors that we just don’t know what they are yet. We’re just getting started, but tissue sampling is a must if you want to try to push the envelope.”Gearhart said with those fixes, the need to get the nutrients to the root finds them using conventional tillage strategies.“That’s one of my little issues with no-till. Around here, if you no-till, you spread your fertilizer on top of the ground. If you know very much about phosphate, it doesn’t move very fast. The roots of my corn are not at ground level — not the first two inches. They’re eight inches to a foot down. So how do I get that fertilizer down quickly? Tillage is about the only way I can do it,” he said. “The other option is to put on liquid nutrients through the pivots. That’s how we can supplement for the bigger yields. We’ve got a nice base and then we add through the pivots so we’ve got maximum utilization that way.”Gearhart also said fungicide is a must with irrigation. The inputs and equipment required to take yields to the next level can be costly.“Being a pioneer is expensive,” Gearhart said. “Buying new technologies that are not proven is expensive. Trying to find the hidden factors that are stopping progressing is expensive. We didn’t put a man on the moon for just a hundred bucks.”Gearhart has found success over multiple years with multiple brands of seed. How much does seed choice play into control of the final yield? Gearhart said that the right genetics have serious advantages, but they need to be combined with proper in-field nutrient management by the producer.“We haven’t broken the long-term trend average in the last 70 years since the hybridization of corn,” he said. “Can we enhance what we’ve not been able to get in the past years?”Learning from this practical research, where does he hope to be ten years from now?“Retired in Tahiti would be nice but that’s not going to happen — I just can’t quit,” he said. “I’d like to see the farm averaging 300 bushel an acre under the pivots. I think we can do it. I don’t know if we can do it in five, but I’ve come really close. This was not a very good year with Mother Nature still ruling the roost and we have to live with it. But I think we can do it cost effectively. I need to figure out where some things are yet and I’ve got a whole group of people behind me trying to do some research, trying to figure out where we are. Some of the questions we’re asking, no one has any answers on so we’re having to figure it out on our own.”When it comes down to it, Gearhart is using all the tools available to figure out what his plants need and how he can best give it to them. Though these tools are useful, there’s one thing he’ll take above therest, he said.“Of all the attributes of man, physical ability, training, experience, I will take dumb luck all the time,” he said.Though Ohio didn’t come in on the national results from this year’s contest, the state contest winners from the Buckeye state included Aaron Stuckey in the non-irrigated division at 254 bushels per acre. Doug Swaim routed the no-till/strip-till non-irrigated division with a 276-bushel entry. Matthew Funderburgh was the top Ohioan in the no-till/strip-till irrigated division at 256 bushels. Gearhart ranked first in the irrigated contest at 258 bushels.last_img read more

How Video Editors Can Increase Production Value Using Song Stems

first_imgTake creative control of your next video project by using song stems, and increase the production value of your video edits.One way to bring a professional workflow to your video edits is by using song stems (also known as music stems or submixes.) We’re going to dive into some of the creative ways you can use song stems, but first let’s learn exactly what a stem is.Song StemsIn order to define song stems, we need to think of our song as a complete mix. Stems are essentially portions of the mix, usually various instrument groups — bass, drums, piano, vocals, etc. When you stack all of these stems on top of each other in an edit timeline, they play back just as the complete song would.However, when you have access to each individual stem track, you can customize the song even more to suit your video project. Using stems opens a lot of creative possibilities. Let’s take a look at a few.Interviews and Film DialogueWhen you’re editing a video with dialogue and music, more often than not, you’ll have to drastically lower the volume of the entire music track to ensure the dialogue comes across clearly. This is no longer the case when you’re using song stems. Now, you can easily fade the more distracting musical elements in and out (such as drum hits or heavy bass.)This is great for interviews; it allows you to customize the mix to match the visuals and sounds of your project. One of my favorite tricks is to create suspense by slowly raising the volume of various stem tracks.Song RemixesAnother great use for stems is creating your own song remixes. You can easily do this by enabling or disabling various stem tracks for the song you’re working with. This allows you to quickly create variations of a song that keep to a similar theme (such as disabling the vocals and piano to get a mix that emphasizes the lows). It’s a great way to get more mileage out of a single song.Target Audio EffectsAlong the same lines as remixing a song, stems allow you to selectively apply audio effects. For example, in Adobe Premiere Pro, you can apply the audio effect Studio Reverb to a specific stem track, which allows you to affect something like vocals, without applying the unwanted reverb to the rest of the song mix.Another example would be using the bass effect to increase or decrease bass on specific instrument tracks. You can really get creative when mixing various effects. A few of my favorite audio effects in Premiere Pro are Vocal Enhancer, Flanger, and Studio Reverb.Splice Together SongsStems also give you the creative ability to splice two songs together. In theory, you can do this with any two songs, but it’s much easier if songs have the same number of beats per minute (BPM). You can mix and match various stem audio tracks atop each other in your timeline, or easily fade stem tracks in and out from one song into another — which is helpful when you need to transition into another song and keep your story momentum moving.Prolong Song ElementsBecause stems give us access to different pieces of a song, it’s easy to prolong sections to fit our edit. A great example would be a song’s intro or outro. You can select the audio tracks that play in the beginning or end and duplicate them before and after the song. This will give you a longer lead-in or -out. (It works great for opening or ending title credits.) You’ve likely heard a similar effect used by DJs on the radio, as they sometimes will loop a stem at the beginning of a song.Looking for more articles on working with audio? Check these out.Download, Prep, and Import Song Stems to Your Favorite NLEWAV vs MP3: Why You Need Hi-Res Audio for Your VideoCreative Ways to Use Music Loops in Your VideosAudio Tips: How to Remove Vocals in a Song Using StemsTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio Differentlylast_img read more

Forget me not

first_imgWhat is common between the diary you use each day to scribble notes in office and your feet? Too weird a comparison? Well, think again. Chances are that you will discover you care for your feet as little as you do for that diary caked with dust and on the,What is common between the diary you use each day to scribble notes in office and your feet? Too weird a comparison? Well, think again. Chances are that you will discover you care for your feet as little as you do for that diary caked with dust and on the verge of tearing apart. But unlike the diary, you cannot replace the body parts you tend to ignore most often. This new year, make a new start. Use this checklist to make sure you give each part of yourself its due.HandsThe delicate skin, fewer oil glands, constant exposure to sun and direct contact with drying elements such as harsh detergents and hot water contribute to making hands age years before the rest of you.Take special care to use a gentle scrub on your hands to remove dead skin.Moisturise hands during the day as well as before going to bed to keep them soft while maintaining their suppleness.Use SPF-containing sunscreens and lotions to protect hands from the sun.Use gloves while doing household work such as washing utensils or clothes.Elbows and kneesThe thick skin around the elbows and knees tends to be drier and darker than the rest of the body. However, it is mostly left uncared for since these parts can be easily covered with clothes.Remove dark skin from knees and elbows by exfoliating the skin regularly. Avoid use of alcohol-based products.Massage them with olive and almond oil.Lemon is extremely beneficial for your elbows and knees. Use a paste made by mixing lemon juice with salt to lighten the stubborn dark skin on these parts.Nutritional supplements of antioxidants, flaxseed oil, co-enzyme and Vitamin C will help make a difference.Feet and heelsClean, soft heels never fail to attract praise. However, cold weather and the dirt are bound to put them to severe test.Wash feet in lukewarm soapy water and exfoliate using a foot scrub to keep them clean and free from itch cracks.Apply a lanolin-rich cream or mixture of glycerin and rose water to help soften the heels.Massage the foot with either petroleum jelly which contains urea and lactic acid or a salicylic acid preparation (if the cracks are very deep) at bedtime.Use low heel, comfortable shoes that cover your feet.Always put on a loose pair of socks before going to bed.While waxing your legs, ask your therapist to wax the foot as well, to remove the dryness from the upper foot.UnderarmsDark underarms can be unsightly and embarrassing. Caused due to hyper-pigmentation, they are mostly genetic.Shaving can lead to dark underarms as the skin is sensitive and thin. As waxing removes hair from the root, it is a far better alternative to shaving.Since deodorants can lead to discoloration of the armpits, try to use perfumes or sprays when going out.Avoid bleaching this part of the body as the thin, sensitive skin turns unusually dark later on.Apply a mixture of half lemon juice and half water to your underarms. Allow the mixture to stay for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing. Repeat this on alternate days.HipsHard and dark skin on the hips is very common among women. However, since not everyone goes around sporting bikinis, the problem remains largely ignored.Daily exfoliation with a loofah during your bath will help reduce discoloration of the hip region.Use mild scrubs for this area to avoid goose pimples.BackIt’s common knowledge that most women are plagued by acne and unusually dark skin on their backs.Use anti-bacterial soap or a salicylic acid-based cleanser to dry up the acne on your back.Moisturise your back with a hydroxyl acid that can be bought at any drug or beauty store. This will prevent the skin from drying up in any weather.Protect the skin from sunlight and cleanse it with gentle cleansing milk every night before going to bed.Neck skinThe skin on the neck is much more delicate, and thus requires more care as compared to the rest of your body.Regularly peel the dead skin on your neck with face cosmetics once a week, since they are gentler.To prevent ageing and moisture loss, eat food containing vitamin F, such as corn, sunflower oil, linseed oil, and nuts.With inputs from: Dr Jamuna Pai, Cosmetic Physician, Blush Clinics; Anuradha CH, Director, Anoo’s Salon; Anjali Negi, Marketing Manager, JAFRA Cosmetics; and Vivek Sahni, MD, Kama Ayurveda.advertisementlast_img read more

Shifts in the Pyramid

first_imgPower abhors permanency, even though it instills in those who wield it a sense of infallibility. The pyramid of power, built on money and mind, is constantly under attack, and invaders are multiplying at the gate. In India, one of the most friendly places for wealth creators today, the preservation of the order is all the more difficult because competition is intense and ambition infectious.The INDIA TODAY list of Power Elite 2011 shows this change in the highest echelon: icons have not been blasted but cracked. It underlines the simple truth that keeping power is much more challenging than acquiring it. In a country where the leitmotif of the political narrative is corruption, the powerful few are under constant surveillance-and too much sunlight of public scrutiny has fallen on the mystique of those who reigned supreme for so long. That is why the top 10 on the list tells the story of not only the elasticity of power but its mercilessness as well. And in India, as in any other open society with an open market, the power of the individual is getting more pronounced than the power of the state. When the two meet, the result can be disastrous; it can turn out to be a conspiracy against the powerless.In 2011, it has brought out the rot in the Establishment. When money turned darker, the mind shone elsewhere beyond the boardrooms, best explained by the continued dominance of soft power, particularly entertainment and sports. It is a reflection of 21st century India, where the possibilities of power are matched by its perversions. The list is ruled by those who strike a fine balance between the craft of making money and the art of influencing the life of others-for better or worse. The pyramid of power is a work in progress. Favouring the smartest, it keeps soaring.advertisementThis is an excerpt from India Today issue dated April 11, 2011. To read more subscribe to print copy.last_img read more

10 months agoWatford defender Kabasele taken to hospital after collision in Chelsea defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Kabasele taken to hospital after collision in Chelsea defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Christian Kabasele was immediately taken to hospital after colliding with a post in defeat to Chelsea.Kabasele was taken to hospital and given oxygen to numb the pain after being forced off.Despite returning to his feet momentarily, television pictures towards the end of the first half showed the former Genk man being wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher with the aid of oxygen. With games coming thick and fast over the Christmas period, it is a blow for Watford to lose one of their key men at the back. last_img

10 months agoChelsea defender David Luiz: We must find consistency

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender David Luiz: We must find consistencyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says finding a winning consistency is key to returning to the top.Luiz knows Chelsea need consistency, after their win over Manchester City was sandwiched between defeats against Wolves and Leicester.He said: “In those games we had the same problem after the goal we conceded. We changed our style. We have to be consistent in the way we play, and after that the results are going to come.”Luiz praised Eden Hazard, who has been playing as a false nine recently. “He’s a fantastic player, an intelligent player,” he said. “He is playing a different position but intelligent players can play anywhere. He is doing well and he deserves it.” last_img read more

Castor Maritime Charters Out Panamax to Oldendorff Carriers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Cyprus-based dry bulk shipping company Castor Maritime has entered into a time charter contract with Germany’s Oldendorff Carriers for Magic P, a Panamax vessel. The charter commenced on March 12, 2019.The gross charter rate is USD 11,250 per day, for a period of a minimum of five up to a maximum of about eight months. For the first 30 days, the daily gross rate is USD 9,000, according to the company.Castor Maritime said the employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 1.6 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter and could reach USD 2.6 million should employment be extended to its maximum period.Built in Japan in 2004, Magic P has a deadweight of 76,453 tons. Previously known as  Silver Freedom, Magic P has a market value of USD 9.4 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Castor Maritime provides shipping transportation services through its ownership of the dry bulk vessel. The company’s vessel is employed primarily on medium-term charters and transports a range of dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes.last_img read more