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Poll Results: Mixed Feelings Over Football/Hoops Excitement

first_imgOn to the comments …David S: It’s Homecoming weekend during the football season! We have an undefeated nationally ranked opponent coming to Stillwater. Ask again in mid January.Good at Crootin: “More excited” about? basketball. Doesn’t mean i won’t be screaming at my TV every Saturday for the next 2 months (I will be). But i am pumped to see what Underwood can do this to existing squad and the newcomers. Can he turn any of the 4 or 5 SFs we have on roster into the next Thomas Walkup? Defense first? Treadmill on the side of the court during practice? Hell yes, i’m all in.OSU Student: I am still more excited for football, because its the dead middle of the season and we are two lost fumbles on the road against a top 10 undefeated team away from being undefeated ourselves (by rule).That being said, I am super excited for this basketball season. We always underachieve ever since Eddie left, but that was mostly due to the work of Sean and Travis. I truly believe Brad Underwood can be the guy here. I’m drinking allllll the kool-aid!! We won’t win the conference or anything crazy like that, but we could definitely make the tournament this year and that would be a huge plus in BU’s first season. He’s also a hard, confident recruiter going after the big name kids and I absolutely love that.T-Bone: Our football team is on the verge of doing something great. I don’t think they have played great yet but there is opportunity until we lose a game. So I ma still excited about football. The fat guy has lateraled the ball but he hasn’t sung yet. The B12 Championship is still available to us.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! I have to say I’m pretty surprised a these poll results. Although I shouldn’t be considering Brad Underwood has been doing state-wide toasts to GIA all month.Almost as many of you are as excited about this upcoming basketball season as you are about a football team that is 5-2 (*6-1) and squarely in the mix of the Big 12 title race in late October. I mean, I understand it, but still … OSU is still in the mix for the Big 12 title in football!I know a lot of this hinges on not looking good against Kansas and the Big 12 title race effectively being over for OSU if it loses this Saturday, but rarely does a hoops team that goes 3-15 the year before garner this kind of love. Of course rarely does a coach bring the optimism Underwood has brought to the STW.I’m with the majority here because I still believe in this football team (maybe foolishly), but I’m also more excited about Saturdays in mid-January than I’ve been in a long, long time.Poll question today: As an #okstate fan, which season are you more excited about?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 25, 2016last_img read more

Balotelli would rejoin Man City ‘for free’

first_imgTransfers Balotelli would rejoin Man City ‘for free’ as he targets move to ‘big club’ Chris Burton 02:08 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Mario Balotelli Manchester City Why Always Me Getty Transfers Mario Balotelli Nice Manchester City Ligue 1 Premier League The enigmatic Italian striker left the Etihad Stadium in January 2013 but has rebuilt his career with Nice and feels ready to step back up the ladder Mario Balotelli says he would head back to Manchester City “for free” as he plots a move to a “big club” that can challenge for trophies.The enigmatic Italian striker enjoyed a productive spell at the Etihad Stadium between August 2010 and January 2013, winning the Premier League title and FA Cup.His career rather hit the skids from that point, at AC Milan and Liverpool, but he has been rejuvenated since joining Ligue 1 outfit Nice in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Having recaptured his form and rebuilt his reputation, and only working on a contract in France until 2018, the 27-year-old feels he is ready for a step back up the football ladder.Balotelli told Sky Italia on his future plans: “The aim is to go back to a big club. To win something important again. I called [agent] Mino Raiola and asked: ‘What am I doing in January?’ He said he didn’t know. I want to remain, so we’ll see.”Admittedly, I would like to get back to having a strong squad behind me. I want to play in the Champions League and win something.“I am certainly not thinking about the end of my career yet. I am 27 years old, so I can play another six or seven years at the top level.”Mario Balotelli Manchester City play for freeWhile Balotelli’s time in England with City could have been considered eventful, with a professional relationship having soured by the time he returned to Milan, he still follows the club closely.He is among those to have been impressed by the progress made under Pep Guardiola and admits that he would jump at the chance to work under one of the finest managers in the business at one of the world’s biggest clubs.Balotelli added to Gazzetta dello Sport: “I love City, the Manchester City fans and the club. I’d happily go back there for free. It was the best year of my life, even if the city is a little difficult to live in. Manchester is not London.“In football terms, City was spectacular. I am so happy that they are going strong with Pep Guardiola and hope they win the title with 20 games to spare.”While a second stint at City remains unlikely, Balotelli has put himself in the frame for a big move by taking his goal tally at Nice to 33 in just 49 games.last_img read more

USC Officially Announces Its New Offensive Coordinator

first_imgUSC's cheerleaders with their pompoms at their sides.LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 17: The USC Trojans Song Girls perform in the game with the Syracuse Orangemen at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 38-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)USC’s football program officially has its next offensive coordinator.The Trojans announced this evening the hiring of North Texas offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.Harrell is replacing former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who took the USC OC job in December before leaving for the Arizona Cardinals’ head coaching job.OFFICIAL: Graham Harrell is the new USC offensive coordinator and QB coach. #FightOn— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) January 31, 2019From USC:Graham Harrell, who produced national Top 25 offenses the past 2 seasons while the offensive coordinator at North Texas, has been named USC’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Trojan head coach Clay Helton announced today (Jan. 30).“We are very excited to welcome Graham into the Trojan Family,” said Helton.  “In our search for an offensive coordinator, we wanted someone who could take our offense to new heights and whose system fit our current personnel.  An individual who knows both the pass and run games and is an aggressive play caller on game day.  Also someone who is a great teacher and who can develop quarterbacks to their full potential.“We have found all these characteristics in Graham.  In our study, I was so impressed with how he turned North Texas into one of the top offenses in the nation, combining an elite, highly-ranked passing game with a ground game that rushed for nearly 2,000 yards.  He also did a terrific job developing Mason Fine into one of the best quarterbacks in the nation.  We look forward to the future of our offense under Graham’s leadership.”Harrell’s hire at USC was reported earlier this week by The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.One ESPN analyst, meanwhile, has been highly critical of the hire.last_img read more

201213 Highway Improvement Plan Reports Progress Transparency

first_imgThe province is fixing more roads than ever before, creating thousands of jobs, keeping communities strong and growing the economy. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks released today, April 19, the province’s Five-Year Highway Improvement Plan, 2012-13 edition. “Our new approach to building and maintaining roads and bridges is working,” Mr. Estabrooks said. “Planning projects on a year-by-year basis helps us to repair more roads in more communities while being transparent and accountable. This is due in large part to the hard work of our staff and our road building partners across the province.” “Ninety-seven per cent of the projects planned for 2011-12 have either been completed or started. The department started 11 paving projects earlier than originally planned.” The plan outlines funding, initiatives to make taxpayers’ dollars go further, types of roads, how roads are prioritized and a project schedule for the next five years as well as a report on last year’s projects. In 2012-13, $363 million will be invested in Nova Scotia roads, leading to 500 kilometres of paving and over 200 kilometres of resurfacing. The investment creates thousands of jobs, allows local businesses to transport goods to market, connects Nova Scotians to vital services, employment and education and is critical for safe travel of residents and visitors. The province carried out some of its road construction program with its in-house chip seal crew during the summer of 2011. It added competition to the industry, saved taxpayers more than $2 million while still leaving the majority of the road work to private industry. “A new mobile asphalt plant will be in operation this summer and will focus on pavement preservation projects on trunks and routes,” said Bruce Fitzner, the province’s chief highway engineer. “We will apply a single lift of asphalt now, instead of waiting until the existing pavement has totally deteriorated. That way we can improve the condition of more roads and extend the life of these roads at a fraction of the cost. That will allow us to resurface more roads in more communities and help improve the overall road system.” Since 2010 when the province introduced its first Five-Year Highway Improvement Plan, the province has invested a billion dollars to repair rural roads and keep communities strong – amounting to 1,900 kilometres of paved road and 400 kilometres of resurfaced road. Highlights of the 2012/13 plan: The Five-Year Highway Improvement Plan is online at overview of work completed since 2010 how projects are funded and prioritized details of 10 major construction projects on 100-series highways and trunks, with much work planned for the Cabot Trail listing of more than 100 repaving projects 20 new and/or refurbished bridges last_img read more

Funding Supports Efficient Passenger Vehicle Research

first_imgGovernment is supporting a research project that will help East Hants Community Learning Association and its transit service, East Hants Community Rider, deliver a more sustainable service to its clients. East Hants MLA Margaret Miller, on behalf of Energy Minister Andrew Younger, announced today, Oct. 24, that government will provide $11,000 to help the organization research options for an efficient, wheelchair-accessible, eight-passenger vehicle. “The minister and I commend the organization for thinking ahead about energy efficiency and providing accessible service in the community,” said Ms. Miller. “It’s clear they see the benefit in sourcing the right vehicle to meet their rural clients’ needs. We’re pleased to contribute to their sustainable transportation efforts.” The funding supports a full-time contract position to gather and analyze research, and work with industry experts to determine if a customized electric, hybrid, or high-efficiency vehicle is best suited for the organization’s transit service. The East Hants Community Learning Association and East Hants Community Rider plan to purchase a vehicle when the research is complete in March. “Purchasing an efficient passenger vehicle, based on research that takes into account our region’s needs, is important to us,” said Tanya Burke, executive director of the East Hants Community Learning Association. “We’re fulfilling our mandate in increasingly sustainable, cost-effective ways.” Among its other services, the association and East Hants Community Rider help people who do not drive or have access to transportation, travel to work, medical appointments and grocery stores. The new vehicle will complement the organization’s fuel-efficientcar and two wheelchair-accessible minivans. Funding for sustainable transportation projects is part of government’s Sustainable Transportation Strategy. Visit for more information. FOR BROADCAST COPY: Government is supporting a research project that will help East Hants Community Learning Association and East Hants Community Rider deliver a more sustainable transit service to their clients. Government announced today (October 24th) it will provide 11-thousand dollars for research into an efficient, wheelchair accessible passenger vehicle. The organization plans to purchase a vehicle when its research is complete in March. -30-last_img read more

French Judge Issues International Arrest Warrant Against Saudi Crown Princes Sister

Rabat – France has issued an international arrest warrant against the sister of Saudi prince Mohammed ben Salmane, accused of mistreating a plumber who was due to work in the Saudi king’s Paris apartment.According to Le Point, the arrest warrant against Saudi princess Hassat bint Salmane was issued in December last year by a Paris-based investigating judge.In September 2016, Le Point reported, a plumber of Egyptian origin came to work in the Saudi King’s apartment on Foch Avenue, reputed to be one of Paris chic places. As the plumber took pictures of the room in which he was set to work, the princess allegedly accused him of photographing her apartment for publicity purposes, selling her apartment’s pictures and her privacy to media. The worker told Le Point that the princess did not limit herself to accusing him of selling her privacy to media. Instead, she allegedly told her body guard to beat him up. The body guard would go on to hit the worker, cover his entire face with bruises and then ordered him to prostrate himself before the princess and kiss her feet, in sign of respect and submission.After hours of beatings and humiliation, the “molested plumber” left the site without his working materials, which were reportedly confiscated by the princess’ body guard, French Media reported.Following the incident, the princess’ body guard was placed in detention, and was charged with “theft, armed violence, sequestration, and death threats.” As for the princess, she was held into police custody for few hours before being released to return to Saudi Arabia, under “murky pretexts of some diplomatic immunity”, complains a French source close to the dossier. read more

Police standby arresting school girl

The police media unit said that some media had reported the issue should have been resolved at a mediation board instead of the police arresting the child. He said the President had ordered an urgent and special inquiry into the incident. The student stole the coconuts to sell and get money to pay to paint her school after the school principal had instructed the students to pay Rs. 800 each to paint the school building. However the police media unit says there is no legal provision to resolve the issue through a mediation board instead of arresting the child for committing the crime.The police said the child was arrested based on a complaint lodged to the police by the owner of the coconut tree. The police said the only way the child could be freed from the case is if the complainant had withdrawn the complaint against the child for stealing the coconuts. (Colombo Gazette) The police media unit says the arrest of a 13 year old school girl for stealing coconuts in Horana was legal.Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella had said yesterday that the issue was discussed at the Cabinet Meeting this week at length and President Mahinda Rajapaksa spoke very emotionally about it. read more

UNP has not given up on unity Government

The Deputy Minister said that the first real indication of the ground support the UNP was able to gather after the January 8 Presidential elections, was seen during the May Day rally this year where thousands had gathered to support the party. He also said the UNP has been preparing to face the Parliament elections since January when it took office in the Government, as it knew the Government appointed then was only for a short period. The United National Party (UNP) says it has not given up on forming a national unity Government after the Parliament elections.Deputy Minister and former Parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne told reporters today that UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has made it clear the UNP will look to work with other political parties even after the August election. “So we have prepared the party at ground level. We are now preparing our policy for the future and that will be included in our election manifesto,” he added.Wickramaratne said the August 17 Parliament elections will not be about individuals but a group which will be forming the next Government. The Deputy Minister also rejected allegations that the UNP had attempted to prevent the Parliament committee findings on Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran over the bond issue, from being made public.He said that while Parliament was dissolved when the committee was conducting inquiries over the allegations, he will be making a request to make the findings public despite the dissolution of Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) read more

SecretaryGeneral continues to meet with a wide range of leaders during Summit

The UN’s work in Cyprus was discussed during “constructive” talks with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos, according to a read-out provided by Mr. Annan’s spokesman.”President Papadopoulos urged the Secretary-General to continue his good offices mission and to consider holding a new round of talks. Both agreed that for the next round of talks to resume, the timing must be appropriate and it must be well-prepared.”The Secretary-General also assured the President that his good offices remained available and that he would stay in touch with both parties.The Summit Outcome topped the agenda during a 45-minute meeting between the Secretary-General and President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, according to a read-out.”The Secretary-General and Mr. Chavez reviewed the procedures used to arrive at the document, and potential points of difference Venezuela might have with the document and the procedures,” the read-out said.Mr. Chavez also elaborated on Venezuela’s efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the country’s plan to provide oil for Caribbean nations. read more

Mens Tennis Mikael Torpegaards two wins lead No 3 Ohio State to

Then-junior Mikael Torpegaard defeated Minnesota’s Matic Spec, 6-4, 6-4 in a match on April 14. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team defeated Nebraska 7-0 Sunday afternoon to remain undefeated in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes (21-2, 7-0 Big Ten) won the doubles match and dominated the six remaining singles matches to sweep the Cornhuskers (9-10, 0-7 Big Ten). In his first Big Ten match of the season, redshirt senior Riley Reist joined senior Mikael Torpegaard to put the Buckeyes up 1-0 with a 6-2 doubles win. Torpegaard followed up on the doubles win with another victory in his singles match, winning 6-2 and 6-1 against Nebraska junior Toby Boyer to extend the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-0. “I felt like in doubles I served well and I try to carry over that momentum every time I play,” Torpegaard said. “Usually when my serve is on I win comfortably so it was great to have that happen today.” Redshirt sophomore Alex Kobelt also capitalized in his first conference match of the season for the Buckeyes. He rolled over Nebraska freshman William Grattan-Smith, winning 7-5 and 6-0.Ohio State pushed the lead to 3-0 when sophomore J.J. Wolf finished his match with 6-1 and 6-3 set victories.“I just tried to focus on getting that first point in the game,” Wolf said. “When you start up in the game early it’s easier to finish them out and that’s one of the things our coach tells us to work on and I did that most of that match.” Buckeyes sophomore Kyle Seelig picked up another win for Ohio State in a dominant 6-1, 6-2 performance versus Cornhusker freshman Isaac Nortey. Ohio State will continue conference play when it takes on Illinois at home at noon Saturday for the top spot in the Big Ten. read more

Geek deals 200 off Dell XPS 15 Core i5laptop 59 Android tablet

first_imgUpdate: This deal has ended, but you can find the latest Dell XPS 15 deals & coupons from our friends at LogicBuy.Our other top deals:Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard + MX Anywhere Mouse for $135.99 + free shipping (reg. $159.99 | use coupon PQLP6W3VHF?WM1)Linksys EA3500 N750 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router w/ Gigabit and USB for $94.99 + free shipping (reg. $139.99 | use coupon HSDISH5)Ematic EGL22PR Android Tablet for $59 + free shipping (reg. $109.99) If I had to pick a company to thank for their contributions to the computer industry and moving technology forward, near the top of that list would be Apple. While the slim silver aluminum design isn’t necessarily my idea of chic, one has to admit that Apple’s dominance of consumer lust has spurred the rest of the industry to compete.Over the past couple years, we have seen an emphasis on display quality, largely thanks to Apple. Consumers were slow to crave deep, rich colors and high resolutions, until Apple helped bring the focus to the mainstream. Now we are all benefiting with more high resolution, high quality displays across the marketplace than we have ever seen before.Dell’s XPS 15 laptop is the poster child for these changes. While just missing the mark to be classified as an ultrabook, this machine has all those traits. Despite being built around a 15.6-inch screen and sporting a slot-loading optical drive, Dell managed to keep the size down to just 0.91-inches thin and 5.79 lbs, all the while keeping a full-power 3rd gen Core i5 or better processor under the hood.The gorgeous screen serves up Full HD 1080p resolution, a very nice combination of size and pixels, and there are no shortage of connectivity options either. With three USB 3.0 ports, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Ethernet, media card reader, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, and more at your fingertips, the XPS 15 really doesn’t give up anything with its slim chassis. You even get NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M 1GB switchable graphics and a 32GB mSATA, all as standard features.As usual, Dell includes on-site service with the one year warranty, at no extra cost. Being a premium machine, with its silicon base and Gorilla Glass, we don’t see many coupons on this top end machine. For a limited time you can use a $200 coupon to save a bunch of benjamins on this ultra-slim powerhouse.Dell XPS 15 Core i5 laptop with 6GB RAM and 32GB SSD for $1099.99 + free shipping (reg. $1299.99)last_img read more

Klopp understands defeat in UCL was bad for the club

first_imgFor the Liverpool manager, the lost in Belgrade in the Champions League will surely be analyzed by everybody; the Gunners play the Wolves todayLiverpool is currently sitting in the third position in the 2018-2019 English Premier League standings with 27 points, two points behind leader Manchester City.And manager Jurgen Klopp knows that his decisions are being analyzed every day by every fan and pundit in England.“We come into today’s game in a very healthy position in our domestic campaign, albeit I am not immune to some of the debate and discussion surrounding our current form or level of performance,” Klopp wrote on the Liverpool’s official website ahead of today’s match against Fulham.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’ve been at this club and in this country long enough now to understand that a result like the one in Belgrade on Tuesday will lead to a lot of analysis, opinions offered and conclusions being drawn.”“This is absolutely fine of course and I understand that it even comes from those who genuinely care about our situation and have a desire to see us succeed,” he added.“To be clear: the performance against Red Star wasn’t at the levels we expect of ourselves. End of story.”last_img read more

ASA Responds to APHIS Comment Period on Rust Risk Assessment

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA), a membership-driven, grassroots policy organization representing 25,000 United States soybean producers, continues to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to take all appropriate and science-based measures to prevent the accidental introduction of Asian soybean rust disease into the U.S.”U.S. soybean farmers have an enormous stake in making sure Asian rust is not introduced into the United States considering the potential of the disease to cause great financial damage in lost yields and high costs to apply fungicides to control it,” said ASA President Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa. “At the same time, as a global exporter, we must ensure that the protocols we apply are based on sound science.”Reports indicate that Asian rust has spread to almost all states in Brazil this year, and that areas in Paraguay and parts of northern Argentina are also infected. Brazil’s senior soybean rust specialist indicates Brazil’s losses to Asian rust are greater in 2004 than in 2003, and that total yield losses from Asian rust could exceed 4 million metric tons (150 million bushels) with costs of spraying fungicides to control Asian rust likely exceed $1 billion.On March 12, 2004, APHIS published a Federal Register Notice calling for public comments on a draft document entitled “Status of Scientific Evidence on Risks Associated with the Introduction into the Continental United States of Phakopsora pachyrhizi with Imported Soybean Grain, Seed and Meal.” The comment period closed on April 12, 2004.Whole Soybean Imports Remain Greatest ConcernRegarding the risks posed from the importation of whole soybeans from rust-affected countries, ASA is calling for the completion of ongoing rust spore viability studies before risk assessments are finalized. It is essential that APHIS complete its research before any guidelines are issued on the importation of soybeans.”We are particularly concerned about soybeans from rust-infested soybean farms being delivered directly to export facilities for prompt loading on ships destined for the United States.” Heck said. “Because of this, we believe some soybeans, along with foreign material containing live rust spores, could be easily loaded on ships within weeks of being harvested.One way of guaranteeing that Asian rust is not introduced to the U.S. with imported soybeans is to kill the spores by heat prior to shipment. However, this likely would have a negative impact on the quality of the oil, protein and amino acids in the soybeans, and also would be quite costly.However, science has shown that it would be possible to kill all Asian rust spores in soybeans by storing them for a sufficient period in the country of origin. The required period of storage will depend on the results of research APHIS currently has underway in Paraguay and in its Beltsville, Maryland testing facility on the viability of Asian rust spores. This research is not expected to be concluded until the fall.Low Risk for Properly Handled Meal ImportsAPHIS’s scientific review found there was little risk associated with soybean meal imports, if properly handled. ASA agrees with APHIS that there is very little potential of introducing Asian rust to the U.S. with imported soybean meal provided that all of the soybean meal be heated for sufficient duration and temperature during the solvent extraction process to kill all spores, and if proper measures are taken during loading and transport to prevent re-contamination of the soybean meal.If processors remove soybean hulls and foreign material prior to the extraction process, ASA believes this material also must be heated to kill spores before being added back into the meal for shipment. ASA believes it is essential that APHIS officials or other independent entities verify that this procedure is being followed for all of the soybean meal that may be shipped to the U.S. from South America.A drought-reduced 2003 U.S. soybean crop, coupled with record exports and strong domestic demand, has led to U.S. soybean ending stocks at the lowest levels in nearly 30 years. Due to this tight supply situation, USDA projects imports of 430,000 metric tons of soybean meal will be needed to sustain and feed the U.S. livestock demand base. Brazil is one of the likely sources of this feedstuff.Fungicide Treatment of Planting Seed Would Further Reduce RiskAPHIS’s scientific review found there was negligible risk of transmitting Asian rust through soybean planting seed, because such seed is highly cleaned to remove plant material.”APHIS should spot-check soybean seed shipments to verify that they have been adequately cleaned,” Heck said. “We also strongly encourage APHIS to consider fungicide treatment of planting seed.”It is common practice for planting seed to be harvested in South America and then quickly air-shipped to the United States for planting. Such a practice increases the possibility that live rust spores could be present even on clean seed. With little additional cost, seeds could be treated with a fungicide, as is a common industry practice.”With the potential of Asian rust costing U.S. soybean farmers billions of dollars in lost yields and added production costs, the government needs to complete rust spore viability studies currently underway before contemplating protocols for whole soybean imports,” Heck said. “The Federal Government should take all appropriate and science-based measures to minimize or prevent the introduction of this disease into the United States.”last_img read more

Unmanned aircraft maker Insitu has new CEO

first_imgSteve Morrow has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Bingen-based Insitu Inc., a maker of unmanned aircraft that employs 800 people in Southwest Washington and Columbia River Gorge communities in Oregon.Morrow succeeds former Insitu executive Steve Silwa, who retired April 1, Insitu’s parent, The Boeing Co., announced Thursday.Morrow’s appointment is effective immediately, according to a press release issued by Boeing’s St. Louis-based Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit. Morrow, who most recently served as director of Boeing’s Stand-off Strike unit and led the company’s long-range weapons programs, will be responsible for Insitu’s operation. He will lead an operation mainly based in Bingen and nearby Washington and Oregon towns in the Columbia River Gorge, and will report to Boeing’s Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems Division.Morrow joined Boeing in 2002 and has held other leadership positions for Boeing’s weapons systems programs. He is a retired U.S. Navy commander who also managed some of its aircraft programs, such as the $500 million Tactical Tomahawk.“Under Steve’s leadership . . . Insitu is well-positioned to build on its reputation for innovation, agility and global customer responsiveness,” said Debbie Rub, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems division, a part of the Boeing Military Aircraft business unit.An independent subsidiary of The Boeing Co. since it was acquired in 2008, Insitu designs and manufactures unmanned air systems, primarily for combat surveillance and defense. The systems, the ScanEagle and the newer Integrator, fly intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the U.S. Navy, Army and Marine Corps, and for defense programs in other countries.last_img read more

RSA Group engages staff with social media network

first_imgMultinational insurance firm RSA Group has used Yammer since February 2012. Around 10,000 of its 19,000 global employees are users, and approximately 5,000 of these are engaged, making posts or commenting on posts daily.Jenny Burns, director of internal communications, brand and social media at RSA Group, says: “From a communications perspective, Yammer has completely turned everything on its head.”The business has used Yammer around employee benefits in three ways. First, when it decided to make changes to its flexible benefits package, a closed group of employees came together using Yammer to discuss the offering. Then it went out via the network to ask employees to vote for benefits they wanted in the scheme. “We added things such as a Gourmet Society discount card because people said they were interested in getting more discounts,” explains Burns.Lastly, it used Yammer to communicate the changes once the new package launched.Rather than posting messages from the HR or reward department, RSA has around 500 ‘Trail Blazers’: individuals it uses to communicate with the Yammer population who have built a good following. “We used people in the network to communicate what their favourite elements of the proposition were,” explains Burns. “It isn’t a corporate channel. It is a channel for the people so we try to avoid anything that looks slick and official.”Yammer also allows the organisation to target communications. “In the last [flexible benefits] sign-up period, we gave employees the opportunity to buy a discounted bicycle so we tapped into a Yammer group about cycling to work,” says Burns. ”[We] can target specific communities rather than doing big blanket communications, which we would have done in the past.”last_img read more

Several fires plague MatSu over Memorial Day weekend

first_imgThree new fires in the Matanuska Susitna Borough were sparked over the long weekend. On Monday, fire crews were called out to two fires in the Palmer area.Despite the area being under a burn suspension, both of the fires were human-caused on private land, when residents chose to burn debris piles. Forestry crews from Palmer responded to those fires, which were declared contained.Download AudioPhoto by Robbie Shade (Flickr: 4am fire alarm)Crews responding to the third fire found that it was caused by a smoldering holdover from last year’s Sockeye Fire. Sara Sarloos, a spokesperson for the division of forestry, said firefighters quickly responded.“We got a call about a smoldering area that was deep in the interior of the old Sockeye burn,” Sarloos said. “And our engines responded, what they found was an ash pit that apparently had burned throughout the winter. And they took action and declared it out within the first hour of them being there.”Sarloos said this is the first holdover fire from last year’s event, but it is not uncommon for fires to smolder that long.“One of the things that happens with our fires, especially when it burns in black spruce, with the deep moss, is that the fires can burn really deep into that organic matter, and hole up, if you will, throughout the winter.”Fires have been known to holdover for even longer periods. A fire on the Kenai was sparked recently by the two-year-old Funny River fire.A wildfire near Eagle River on Friday was fought by both the Anchorage fire department and division of forestry crews. Sarloos said it is under investigation.“The fire was human caused by suspicious means, so currently we’ve put an outreach out to the community that if they had seen anything suspicious during that time frame to give us a call here at forestry and we will follow up,” Sarloos said.Sarloos says the Eagle River fire was burning in an area that is not known as a place where people camp.last_img read more

AL enough to defeat itself in next polls

first_imgAwami LeagueInternal conflicts and the distance between ministers, members of parliament and the grassroots leaders in the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) are most likely to appear as a stiff test for the party in the next general elections, feared party insiders.“Internal conflict is the main problem for Awami League right now. The leaders don’t even want to see each other’s face, let alone talk,” said Benazir Ahmed, president of Dhaka district Awami League in a meeting on 23 June.“Awami League itself is enough to defeat itself in the next election,” he added.The Awami League’s policymakers believe that, as the party has been in power for the past 10 years, conflict among the leaders is brewing up by the day. They fear that such infighting would eventually be the primary reason for party’s downfall in the next polls.This issue was raised at the party’s executive council meeting on Monday.Awami League president Sheikh Hasina, also the prime minister, directed the organising secretaries to determine the reasons behind the animosity among the party leaders. She also announced that the nomination process for next election would begin from September this year.AL senior leaders held an extended meeting in three phases with the grassroots leaders, starting from 23 June, to resolve differences and conflicts among the leaders and activists.  The AL chief Sheikh Hasina asked everyone to put aside personal grudges and start preparing for the polls.A senior AL leader, on condition of anonymity, told Prothom Alo, the grassroots leaders in the meeting vented their pent-up anger of the past 10 years. “Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is well-aware of the situation which is why, at the meeting, she referred to the grassroots leaders as the ‘heart’ of Awami League,” he added.Fight for nomination beginsThe 11th parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held by the third week of January 2019 according to the constitution. The prime minister announced that it would be held in December this year.The election commission said it would announce the poll schedule in October.There are still a few months for the election. Aspiring candidates are already clashing with each other. This was evident, to an extent, in the extended meeting.The AL’s policymakers think that there will be major changes in the nominations. Generally, an average of 50 ministers and MPs are excluded from the nomination list for next election. Party insiders say, this time 70 to 80 names are likely to be dropped.The grassroots leaders expressed their anger at the meeting and pointed to various faults of the ministers and MPs.Criticising the MP of his constituency, the chairman of Gonda Union Parishad in Kendua upazila of Netrokona, said, “Iftikar Uddin Talukder MP is busy expanding his own business. He has no attachment with the party.”Sajidul Islam told Prothom Alo, only three Awami League candidates won in 13 union parishad elections in Netrokona upazila. Candidates of Bangladesh Nationalist Party won four seats while the AL’s rebel candidates won the remaining seats.This shows the real picture of Awami League’s current state, he added.Benazir Ahmed, a former MP of Dhamrai in Dhaka, said, “Such crisis is created when there are several nominees competing from the same constituency.”Benazir has a dispute with current MP Abdul Malek. Both are are seeking nomination in Dhamrai this election.According to the annual report of the legal rights organisation Ain O Salish Kendra, 52 people were killed in political violence across the country in 2017. Of these, 43 were killed in Awami League’s infighting.Besides, 11 people were killed from January till March this year, seven of whom were killed in AL’s internal clashes.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

Psychological horror game Among the Sleep isnt for babies but you play

first_imgSometimes a well-put-together movie trailer can creep me out, but that kind of reaction hardly ever happens with a video game trailer. PS4 title Among the Sleep’s new trailer certainly does, though. Not only is this a psychological horror game, it places you in the role of a two-year-old.As developer Krillbite Studio states, this is not a game for babies, even if you are playing as one. Here’s the super creepy trailer to get you in the mood (or not) for the game, which is out on December 10.Among the Sleep is by no means a new game having released for Windows, OS X, and Linux back in May last year. However, Krillbite has spent months completely overhauling the game in terms of visuals and audio. That means the latest version of the Unity engine has been used and the physics engine brought up-to-date. The PS4 version will also be the first to offer 60fps play.Here’s some gameplay from the original PC version:The original game scored 66 on Metacritic and received mixed reviews. Players said the atmosphere and presentation was great, but the game is just way too short. That’s clearly a side effect of a very small team relying on funding from the Norwegian Film Institute and a Kickstarter campaign to get it finished. Considering that, they’ve done pretty well I’d say.There’s no mention of the gameplay being extended for this PS4 release, so it could be an equally short experience. It’s also meant to be coming to Xbox One, but I haven’t seen any new details on when we can expect it on Microsoft’s console. If the price is right, though, this could be a great, if short console experience.last_img read more

The Ugliest Royal Portraits in History

first_imgThe tradition of painting kings, queens, emperors, as well as their family and relatives, goes right back to the very beginnings of civilization. Art has been in the service of rulers for as long as history remembers, since ancient realms of Egypt, China, and Mesopotamia. While art flourished due to the sponsorship of various figures of power, the will of monarchs often left little space for innovation and limited the artist’s imagination within strict norms and already established standards.It was not uncommon for powerful figures to demand that their portrait showed them in the most flattering way — on the other hand, sometimes the artists’ hand produced, shall we say, awkward results. Portraits that were not so flattering in terms of ruler’s appearance, often presenting physical flaws, sometimes managed to slip through and pass as suitable.Archduchess Maria Anna of Bavaria by an Unknown Artist, c. 1600Emperor Leopold I of the Holy Roman Empire by Benjamin von Block, c. 1670Ferdinand II of Aragon, “the Catholic”James II of ScotlandEmperor Leopold I of the Holy Roman Empire by Jan Thomas, 1667King Charles II of Spain by Luca Giordano, 1693How they continued to form a monarch’s public image is another issue altogether. While some artists simply lacked skill, others just failed to represent their subjects in a rather improved manner. Some, like 19th century Spanish painter Francisco Goya, intentionally painted their subjects to look ugly out of contempt for their disinterest in the common folk.This form of not-so-subtle critique was reserved only for court jesters and artists, as their expertise and apparent benevolence acquitted them from punishment in most cases. Sometimes it was just really hard to re-imagine a rulers image, as some of them were born with apparent deformities, often as a result of inbreeding.King George III of Great Britain by Henry Meyer, 1817King Henry VIII by Peter Isselburg and Cornelis Metsys, 1646Since the knowledge of human genetics was less than nothing until modern times, inbreeding was common for royal families, as marriage was seen only as an extended arm of diplomacy and politics. Perhaps the most famous case of such deformity is the so-called “Habsburg Jaw”, or mandibular prognathism ― a physical trait that resulted from generations of incestuous relationships.It manifested as a prominent protrusion of the lower jaw. The tradition of sitting for portraits is still maintained by royal families that continue to rule certain countries, like Great Britain.King Philip IV of Spain by Diego Velázquez, 1643King Philip IV of Spain by Gaspar de Crayer, 1627-28Queen Elizabeth I of England by an Unknown Artist, 16th centuryQueen Elizabeth I of England by an Unknown Artist, c. 1610Prince Frederik (VII) of DenmarkPortrait of the Emperor Maximilian I by Bernhard StrigelQueen Elizabeth I of England by William Rogers, 1595-1603Related Video: 24 Ultimate Shakespeare Insults and PutdownsAnd just as in the old days, debates occur once in a while in judging the portrayal of beloved royal figures.Read another story from us: Famous Royal Marriages that Famously FailedOne of the most recent of such debates was sparked in 2013 when a number of critics posed the question of whether or not a portrait of Kate Middleton was actually worthy of representing the Duchess of Cambridge. However, if you pay attention to the entries on this list, you might just cut the artist who painted the Duchess some slack.last_img read more

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