December 20, 2019

Jurickson Profar’s defense an issue in A’s loss to Red Sox

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.OAKLAND — Marco Estrada is becoming an early candidate for the A’s hard-luck loss pitcher on the staff.For a third consecutive start, the right-hander allowed three runs or less in a start that resulted in an A’s loss, this time defeated 6-3 by the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night.Estrada appeared to induce an inning-ending double play ball against Rafael Devers that would have preserved a two-run lead, but an errant …last_img

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December 17, 2019

Planter University focuses on placement, yield potential

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Proper seed placement, along with applying just the right amount of fertilizer needed to maximize yields while saving money, will be the focus of the daylong Planter University workshop offered Feb. 28 by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The workshop, held at Beck’s Hybrid’s, 720 U.S. 40 in London, Ohio, will offer farmers a hands-on opportunity to learn more about advancements in planter technology as well as hear directly from researchers and experts on the issues, said John Fulton, precision agriculture specialist for Ohio State University Extension.Fulton, who is also an associate professor in the college’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, said the event will also offer participants practical information and knowledge about planters, including setup and technology to improve a planter’s operation. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.“Our focus for this event is on farmers and agronomists that support farmers when it comes to decisions around the planting operation,” he said. “We’ll provide information to help them with obtaining peak operating performance of the planter.”This information could be vital to a farmer’s bottom line, considering the expense of seed costs today and the need to ensure proper seed placement to gain the highest yield potential, Fulton said.“We have farmers today that are spending a significant amount of money on their seed purchases, so it has become even more critical that they are able to plant at the right depth while avoiding compaction or other issues that could negatively impact uniformity of emergence and yield,” he said. “Growers also want to be as efficient as possible with placing fertilizer.”Workshop topics will include:Planter setup for maximizing yield potentialUnmanned aerial vehicles and imagery for planting evaluationsPrecision planting: seed and nutrient placement to maximize profitManaging compactionFertilizer placement at plantingElectronic drive technologyData needs for supporting planting decisionsThe future of planting technologyThe workshop is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will also feature 15 vendors focused on planting operations, Fulton said. Several varieties of planters will be on site, including representatives from Case IH, John Deere and Precision Agri Services Inc.Registration for Planter University is $50 and includes the program, handouts, lunch and refreshments. For more information or to register, contact Fulton at 937-484-1526 or 740-852-0975. The deadline to register is Feb. 20.More information can also be found at go.osu.edu/PlanterU.last_img read more

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December 17, 2019

SaaS: Killer Platforms

first_img“You have to move from being a killer app to a killer platform” said Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff.  The Spreadsheet was the first ‘Killer App’, and now Salesforce has spun off their Apex SaaS environment, something they’re calling a ‘killer platform’. Salesforce.com validated the SaaS model by creating their successful web-based on-demand CRM offering.  Salesforce is doing well with more than $495 million in annual revenue, 27.100 customers and 500 applications that have been integrated with Saleforce and are available in their AppExchange directory.  They predict 45% growth in 2007 to $720 million.  One example of Salesforce’s growth is a significant win they had by signing up 15,000 users at Cisco Systems.  They’ve also announced that they’ve brought on board Peter Coffee from eWeek to become the Director of Platform Research.Last week at Apex Day in San Francisco, Salesforce launched an upgraded and expanded platform that they are calling Apex.  Apex introduces a developer environment that allows ISVs and partners to create extensions and add-ons within Salesforce that run natively on the Salesforce servers.  The goal for Salesforce is to move beyond CRM and to provide a general-purpose delivery platform for SaaS.  Apex is a step in that direction, but most of the buzz at Apex Day still centered around how to build out extensions to Salesforce’s CRM.The base Salesforce platform is built on Java and Oracle database.  The new development environment is called Apex, and provides a protected layer of development which includes the Java-like Apex programming language and SOQL (Sforce Object Query Language), a SQL-like language for database interactions.  Apex looks cool, and at least for small-scale Visual-Basic like scripting of Salesforce extensions, it looks quite powerful. But the cavaet is that Apex is proprietary and forces lock-in with Salesforce.  Existing Java/SQL code can’t easily be ported to the Salesforce environment without a significant rewrite.  And at least with this first release, it isn’t clear how well Apex can support the processes needed for developing and maintaining the code base of a large application.It may be premature to call Salesforce Apex the ‘killer platform’, but if Salesforce can keep up their current momentum and vision, it may happen.last_img read more

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November 7, 2019

National Insurance Scheme 2012/13 Policy Update

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia (TFA) Insurance Scheme Manual with policy information for 2012-13 has now been released. TFA has negotiated the 2012-13 National Insurance Scheme policy with Sportscover improving the provision for funeral expenses benefits in the event of the death. This means that in the event of a death, even if it is not accidental, grieving families will be provided a reimbursement of $5,000 for funeral expenses. Finally, if claimants have private health cover they will not need to pay the $200 excess.   Certificate of Currency (COC) documents will now expire on the 31 January 2013, moving slightly out of the Christmas period.  COC’s will only be provided for financial affiliates, with Season 2 2012 insurance and affiliation fees paid before the time of release.  For more information, please click on the attached Insurance Scheme Manual document below. To be directed to the Insurance section on the TFA website, please click on the following link – http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=1275 Related Filestouch_football_australia_national_insurance_scheme_manual_july_2012-pdfRelated LinksNational Insurance Schemelast_img read more

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October 27, 2019

NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Final Edition

first_imgThe Spun's mock draft from 2016.With the 2016 NFL Draft now just weeks away, some of the top players in the class are that much closer to achieving their dreams. Pro Days are now behind us. The NFL Combine seems a distant memory. And players are now set to take center stage in Chicago beginning April 28. We’ve seen draft stocks rise and fall over the past couple months, with a handful of players sneaking up in the projections. Trades and free agency likely changed a few things, too. It’s impossible to know what teams think about each player – but, like everybody else, we can take a look at each team’s needs and project what they’ll be looking for on draft day; which teams will go where when it’s all said and done. And now we can take the combine into account, too. Here’s the final version of how we think the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft will shake out.1. Tennessee Titans – OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Missole miss logoWhile Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey has received quite a bit of buzz as the potential No. 1 overall pick in the draft, it’s hard to imagine the Titans don’t go after the only true offensive tackle in the class to protect franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota. So, with that in mind, Ole Miss’ Laremy Tunsil appears to be the only option. Tunsil is an immediate impact type of talent on the offensive line – something Tennessee needs desperately after giving up the most sacks in the NFL last season.2. Cleveland Browns – QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota StatendsuWith several teams expected to select a quarterback in the first round, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz has continued to separate himself as the pick of the litter. Wentz has done everything right since beginning the pre-draft process, showing plenty of ability both on the field and on the white board. While Cleveland signed Robert Griffin III, the Browns can’t bet their season on him. They still need to take a quarterback with the second pick. 3. San Diego Chargers – CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida Statefsu logoIf FSU’s Jalen Ramsey falls to No. 3, the Chargers would be silly not to take him, especially considering the holes in their secondary. Ramsey – largely considered the best player in this draft – would be a major boost to San Diego’s defense. As versatile as they come, he played safety, corner and a hybrid nickel back during his time as a Seminole. He also returned kicks.4. Dallas Cowboys – DE Joey Bosa, Ohio Stateohio state logoWhile rumors have swirled that the Cowboys are gearing up to select Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with their first pick, it makes more sense for Dallas to improve things on the defensive side of the ball during the first round. With that in mind, Elliott’s teammate – defensive end Joey Bosa – seems to be the perfect fit. The Cowboys’ coaching staff has recently visited the Buckeyes to hold private workouts for several players, and we believe Bosa will have his name called.5. Jacksonville Jaguars – OLB Myles Jack, UCLAuclaAs one of the best players in the entire class, Myles Jack will make any team happy. And if the Jaguars have the chance to select him at No. 5 they better pull the trigger.Jack is a machine on the football field and his versatility makes things difficult on the opposition. With the ability to rush the quarterback or drop into coverage, the former Bruin appears to be the perfect fit in Jacksonville. 6. Baltimore Ravens – DE DeForest Buckner, OregonOregon LogoOregon’s DeForest Buckner has helped his draft stock as much as any player entering the 2016 NFL Draft, and some projections have him going as high as No. 3 overall to the Chargers. But, with his size and athleticism, he almost seems destined to be a Raven. Buckner would be a perfect fit on the defensive front. Baltimore won’t pass up this opportunity.7. San Francisco 49ers – QB Jared Goff, CalcalFormer Cal quarterback Jared Goff appeared to take a step back after the NFL Combine, but he’s since gained some ground and has impressed several organizations over the last month. Goff may actually be the most fluid signal caller in this class, with plenty of accuracy and sneaky ability to escape a collapsed pocket. With continued uncertainty surrounding Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers need to slect a quarterback here and Goff will be their best option. 8. Philadelphia Eagles – QB Paxton Lynch, MemphismemphisThe Eagles are expected to have traded up to select a quarterback, and with Wentz and Goff off the board, Paxton Lynch would be a terrific option. Lynch is big, has a huge arm and has impressed during workout over the past couple months. If either Goff or Wentz are still on the board, it’s possible the Eagles go with one of them. But the Eagles should get a quarterback either way.9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Vernon Hargreaves IIIflorida logoThe Bucs desperately need defensive help, and with DeForest Buckner already off the board, Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III would be an excellent selection at No. 9. While not a versatile as FSU’s Ramsey, Hargreaves is probably the most natural corner in the class. A terrific cover corner who can play the boundary, Hargreaves would make Tampa Bay very happy.10. New York Giants – DE Kevin Dodd, Clemsonclemson logoThe New York Football Giants need help on the defensive side of the ball, and with so much defensive talent near the top of this class, they’ll have a lot to choose from. At No. 10, there’s already quite a bit of talent off the board, but Clemson’s Kevin Dodd may be just what they need. Dodd, who many consider the lesser of the two when talking about college teammate Shaq Lawson, has improved his stock over the past couple months. He plays with a chip on his shoulder, and Giants fans would love that.Next: Picks 11-20 ???>>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

GoPro to move production out of China over tariff concerns

first_imgSAN MATEO, Calif. — Action-camera maker GoPro says it will move production of U.S.-bound cameras out of China by the summer over tariff-related concerns.Companies have been voicing concerns over a looming trade war between China and the U.S. as both countries have been threatening tariffs against one another.GoPro did not say Monday where production was moving or how much the move would cost.The San Mateo, California-based company did say that it owns its own manufacturing equipment, so it will only be changing the physical location of where production will take place. Production of international-bound cameras will remain in China.GoPro shares slipped nearly 2 per cent to $4.88 in morning trading.The Associated Presslast_img

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October 13, 2019

Fort St John to get new provincial court judge

first_imgNew Ft St John judge!Judge Linda Thomas – will be sworn in on July 5, 2018. She will be assigned to the Northern Region and withChambers in Fort St. John.— Lorne MacLean, Q.C. (@bcfamilylaw) June 26, 2018According to Lorne MacLean, Q.C. with MacLean Family Law, Judge Thomas’ chambers will be located in Fort St. John. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Government has appointed a new provincial court judge for the Northern Region who will be based in Fort St. John. Last week, the Attorney General’s Ministry announced that the Province had appointed three new provincial court judges to fill several vacancies created by judges who were retiring. Linda Thomas will be sworn in as the newest judge in the Northern Region on July 5th.Thomas received an LLB from the University of British Columbia in 2000. She has experience working as a sole practitioner, and for First Nations government and non-profit organizations. She has focused primarily on child protection and family law mediation, and the government says that she also has a background in prison law. She has worked extensively to develop and facilitate legal information workshops with law advocates, family support workers and Indigenous communities.last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

Additional work to be performed on Taylor Bridge Tonight

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Yellowhead Road and Bridge North Peace say additional work on the Taylor Bridge will be taking place tonight, Thursday, January 17.YRB says additional work is needed to complete deck welding maintenance.Originally, maintenance was scheduled to take place on the nights of January 14 and the 15, along with additional work performed on January 16. Maintenance will begin at 7 p.m. until 3:30 a.m.Traffic will be single lane alternating with up to 20-minute delays.YRB is advising drivers to plan this delay in their commute.Check DriveBC for updates or you can call the after-hours line at 1-888-883-6688.last_img

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October 12, 2019

China protests US criticism of policies on religion

first_imgHong Kong: China has issued a protest over remarks the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom made criticising Beijing’s polices toward Muslim and Tibetan Buddhist minorities and saying the country was “at war with faith.”The foreign ministry’s office in Hong Kong said the speech Sam Brownback gave Friday “slandered” China’s religious policies. It said it had registered its dissatisfaction Saturday with the US Consulate in the semi-autonomous Chinese region, where the speech was given.China’s constitution and laws protect freedom of religion and critics should “cease their slander of China’s policies on religion and the situation with freedom of faith and cease using religious issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs,” the office said in a statement.US officials and UN experts say China is believed to be holding 1 million Uighurs, Muslims and members of other majority Muslim ethnic groups in political education camps in Xinjiang. The US and other governments have criticized the crackdown.The Chinese government says those camps are vocational training centers designed to rid the region of extremism.Brownback said President Donald Trump’s administration is “deeply concerned and considered it a deliberate attempt by Beijing to redefine and control these Muslim minority groups, (their) identity, culture and faith.”He urged Beijing to grant free access to the camps to investigate claims of abuse of inmates.More generally, Brownback said, China is “at war with faith.” “It’s a war they will not win,” he said. “The Chinese Communist Party must hear the cry of its people for religious freedom.”Brownback was expected to meet local religious leaders and religious studies students and instructors while in Hong Kong. The territory enjoys freedom of speech and religion far beyond that in mainland China, where the officially atheist government keeps tight control over any potential challenges to its authority.Brownback, the former governor of Kansas, was due to travel to Taiwan for a regional meeting on religious freedom Monday.In his speech, the Catholic conservative called on China to release Wang Yi and John Cao Sanqiang, detained pastors in the “underground” church that operates independently of official government agencies.last_img read more

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September 28, 2019

OSU soccer falls to Virginia Tech in double overtime

Ohio State then-sophomore Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball through a group of Michigan players during a soccer game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Nov. 4, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team lost 1-0 in double overtime to Virginia Tech in their first game of the 2016 season. Hokies forward Marcelo Acuna scored the game winner in the 106th minute on a header from eight yards out on a far cross from forward Alessandro Mion.  Prior to the start of the game, the Buckeyes held a moment of silence in remembrance of teammate Fikayo Idowu, who tragically passed away this June. The team will wear patches that read “FI14” to honor him.Defense reigned supreme in the match, as neither team was able to find the back of the net through two regulation periods and the first overtime period.“I was pleased with us defensively,” coach John Bluem said. “They came at us with a lot of different things and we fought it off. There were definitely some positives defensively.”Both teams looked sluggish out of the gate, only managing a combined five shots in the first period.The first shot of the game for either team came in the 13th minute after Ohio State sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed created space up the middle with a few dribble moves. He then passed it to senior forward Christian Soldat, who fired a shot at net that went right to Hokie goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard. It was the only shot on goal of the half for either team.The Hokies came out firing in the second period, outshooting Ohio State 5-0 early on.Virginia Tech had a good scoring opportunity to start out the period but failed to score on an open net as the shot from forward Som Essome in the 49th minute went wide left.After a yellow card by Hokie midfielder James Kasak in the 83rd minute, Ohio State was given a free kick that senior defender Austin Bergstrom shot high over the net.  Both teams had more opportunities in the two overtime periods, but it was Virginia Tech that came out on top.“We get the feeling of playing and understand that this is what a loss feels like,” Bergstrom said. “All the guys have this taste in their mouth and they are never going to want it again.”Ohio State looks to regroup against UC Santa Barbara this Sunday Aug. 28 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.“It’s a little bit bitter to lose late like that but the only thing we can do is talk to the guys and get ready for Sunday,” Bluem said. “There is no reason to panic. It was a tough game. Breaks did not go our way and they got one and we didn’t.” read more

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