Waterhouse brace for tough game

first_imgTwo-time national champions Waterhouse FC are in a must-win situation when they face-off against Portmore United on match-day 31 in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at Juici Park,Clarendon, tomorrow, starting at 3:30 p.m.Waterhouse are sitting in the cellar position in the 12-team league on 28 points from 30 games and find themselves in a tense fight to avoid relegation.With three games remaining in the preliminary stage, Portmore United lead on 57 points, followed by Montego Bay United (56) and defending champions Arnett Gardens (54) as the teams battling for the $1 million incentive awarded to the team that ends on most points.Portmore will be looking for maximum points against Waterhouse in order to continue their impressive run. On the other hand, Waterhouse’s season is on the line, so spectators could be in for a good game.”It is going to be a tough one, but we are up to the challenge on Sunday,” coach of Waterhouse Anthony Patrick said during the RSPL’s weekly press conference last Thursday at Red Stripe.”We have to stay disciplined. We are very confident as a team and training has been going well,” Patrick disclosed.Meanwhile, manager of Portmore United Clive Marshall says his team’s confidence his high following a sweep of Montego Bay United.”We needed back our confidence and it is coming at the right time. We prefer to have this level of confidence going to this stage,” Marshall said.Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, Marshall added that: “We are fully aware that all games will be tough because teams have different objectives at this stage.”last_img read more

CCAs are on the front lines for key agricultural issues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A quick glance at the tidy office of John Fritz at The Andersons, Inc. Fremont facility would suggest that he works in a fairly standard desk job. One look at his weathered work boots, however, belies how he really spends most of his time and what drives the passion for what he does.Fritz was recently named Ohio’s 2018 Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) of the Year. Fritz has more than 39 years of crop advising experience providing a variety of services to clients. He specializes in precision technology including nutrient management plans, soil sampling, scouting, weed management and seed recommendations, and variable rate planning. At The Andersons, Fritz has been a driving force for change through implementation of new technologies, including the introduction of variable rate technology at the farm center in the mid-1990s. He is also the head of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Management program and oversees all fertilizer recommendations and rates for customers.“John does not hesitate to go above and beyond for his customers,” said Jim Gosche, who nominated Fritz for the award. “His dedication as a crop adviser is not just an occupation to him; it’s his way of life.”Sponsored by the Ohio CCA Program, the state award recognizes an individual who is highly motivated, delivers exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, and crop production, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio. Fritz was recognized at the 2018 Conservation Tillage Conference on March 6 in Ada. He received a plaque and a $1,500 cash award, courtesy of the Ohio Association Independent Crop Consultants, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nutrien.Fritz was among the first Ohioans to earn the title of CCA.Fritz was recognized as CCA of the Year at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference.“I became a CCA the first year they started the program. I was working here in Fremont,” Fritz said. “They started the program because they wanted us to be able to go out to the farm as agronomists who could be more professional and have the knowledge to work with the grower and help them with their operation. The code of ethics was a big thing with the CCA program too. You’re not just going out and pushing products. Everything is based on good agronomic information.”Nutrient management has been a focus for Fritz, especially in recent years. His extensive knowledge in the areas of nutrient management and precision technology positioned him to take on a key leadership role in addressing water quality challenges of Lake Erie.“With Lake Erie being so important for tourism, we in ag really have to help with the issues with the algae. We are right on the Sandusky River here, which dumps into the Bay and we also have two other watersheds — the Portage and the Maumee — that go right into Lake Erie. We need to do everything we can to keep phosphorus out of the Lake,” he said. “We all watch when we are applying fertilizer and stay away from times when there could be excessive runoff. We have also worked with customers doing a lot more looking at different ways of applying nutrients, whether it is deep placement, the timing, or making sure that it is incorporated so we don’t have the surface runoff potential. We are doing a lot more variable rate application — a lot of that has been driven by the 4R certification program. Things there are changing so fast. It is a constant learning curve. Also variable rate nitrogen is big. For the equipment side, for the direct injection of nutrients and the whole realm of precision ag there is always something new. You have to understand the soil chemistry and know the proper products and timing to use and understand the different application techniques to get the most efficient use of fertilizer and do the right things environmentally. We continue to work with customers on those things.”Ohio’s recent move to classify Lake Erie’s open waters as “impaired” may further increase the important role of Fritz and other CCAs in the Lake Erie Watershed.“If they do call it impaired, will that mean all farmers need to do nutrient management plans? CCAs will have to help with those because there will be a lot to do,” Fritz said. “If there is a widespread need for that it will be a more important role for CCAs down the road.”Though Fritz has seen extensive measures put in place to address agricultural nutrient loss in the farms he works with, he also wants to stress that there are many factors beyond the control of agriculture.“There are things we can still improve on but there are many things we can’t control like the weather and the heavy rains. We have to figure out a way to offset those heavy rain events,” Fritz said. “Agriculture in general has taken a proactive response to this and we are not sure what all this ‘impaired’ designation could mean. Are we still shooting for the 40% reduction in phosphorus or are there other new regulations that come along with that? The big thing with water quality is that we need to be able to show the public what ag is doing and that we are doing our part to address the problem. We are going to continue to improve and CCAs need to be in front of that.”Weed control has been another challenging and complex problem facing Ohio’s CCAs.“How do we handle the chemical resistance and try to keep fields clean? In this area it seems like we are using a lot of LibertyLink soybeans to control marestail. Luckily, though we have some Palmer and waterhemp, it is not very much. We have some customers looking at the dicamba or Xtend soybeans. We are trying to find the best way to use that technology to help the farmer but also be good stewards to neighbors with sensitive crops,” Fritz said. “When you look at some of the Xtend beans and using dicamba, overall we feel we can apply it fairly safely in a burndown situation. We will apply in a burndown but we will not apply it post-. There are enough vegetables around here that we won’t do that. It is up to us as CCAs to follow the labels and make sure we are telling farmers about how to apply it. I think the label changes will help the situation. Whether it is a grower or an applicator, you have to look at it and decide if the risk is worth the application issue that could happen. You really have to pick and choose when you are going to use dicamba.”The training and ongoing education required to be a CCA has helped Fritz tackle these and other agronomic challenges in his work for The Andersons.last_img read more

Smart Traveling Without A Smartphone

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web#Web Culture Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adam popescu Related Posts center_img My friend Matteo thinks I’m crazy for what I’m not carrying. “Deficiente,” the 31-year-old engineer from Parma, Italy, says. “Man, how can you not have a phone? You must be the only person in Italy without one.”I’m traveling overseas without a phone, smart or otherwise. Many would say it’s not smart. Maybe even dumb. I say it’s one of the best ways to truly get to know a country, despite the inherent communication challenges.I’m not saying it’s easy, and I’m most certainly not an anti-tech snob. It can be hard to forage through a new culture by yourself and rendezvous with your local host laterwithout the advantage of a phone. And exchanging email addresses at a club usually isn’t as sexy in analog mode as it is with digital. But try harder. Forget getting the number. Take her home. Tonight. Being “disconnected” makes you more connected to your environment and the people around you.No mobile to use to check Google Maps, decipher a word or check the rating of a hotel.Which means … what?Which means you have to think fast, be creative and inquisitive, and talk to people—sometimes in their language.It’s hard. Almost blasphemous for most Americans. But try learning a few basic phrases. Better yet, listen to the way the words roll off the tongues of native speakers. Now you try. When you sit down to order dinner, do as they do. Watch eyes light up and smiles beam. You’re no longer the ugly American, now you’re the American not the like others. Gee, thanks guys ….You’re saying, Adam, how will I get from point A to point B? And how do I figure out the exchange rate and how much to tip? Simple. Pick up a map. And. Read. It. Forget the exchange rate. If you’re in Europe the dollar’s under water, and if you’re in the developing world, the dollar is king.And there is no tipping anywhere besides the United States, Canada, and sometimes Britain. So bugger all that. When you’re forced out of your comfort zone, things get interesting. You have to make an attempt, because if you don’t, you’re going to be stuck in your room. Alone. It’s not always easy throwing technology to the wind. You may recall a time when people didn’t have mobile capabilities. How did they survive travel back then (how did we survive anything, you may wonder)?They did it by putting one foot in front of the other, deciding what to do, pulling out a travel guide or phrase book when things got tough, and maybe even sticking out a hand.“Hi, my name is Adam, and I’m American.”Trust me, people won’t flail or flinch. Here’s your chance to dispel the myths the rest of the world has learned watching “Jersey Shore” and “Jackass”. It’s your chance to be you; to share, to take a chance, to not feel compelled to look down every 15 seconds for a status update and to tweet. It’s worth the effort. Besides, pretty soon you’ll be back home and able to fill every waking moment with texting and mobile surfing.Eh. F*****g Americans. Tell me your experiences outside your country in the comments. Did mobiles save or shrink your vacation? Do you have any useful anecdotes for others? Share them! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons spark 76ers rout of Knicks

first_img“We hung around,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “That’s kind of what we do. We’re pests. But when we miss open shots and they’re knocking every single one of them down, that’s how the game broke open.”TIP-INSKnicks: The Knicks were without Mitchell Robinson (sprained left ankle) and Allonzo Trier (strained left hamstring). … Damyean Dotson had 14 points off the bench after missing the last two games with a sore shoulder.76ers: Some of the loudest cheers came before the game when Hall of Famer Julius Erving rang the ceremonial bell. . The Sixers had their best shooting first half of the season (58.7 percent).MR. 10,000When asked about becoming the 47th active NBA player to score 10,000 points, Redick was self-deprecating before pausing to appreciate his longevity.“If you had told me 10 years ago as a third-year guy struggling to get into the rotation that I would score 10,000 points, I would think you were crazy,” he said. “It’s a cool thing for me. I didn’t realize I was that close.”EASY TRIPLE-DOUBLESJust because Simmons had his fourth triple-double of the season — and the 16th of his career —doesn’t mean he was happy with his performance.“Some guys don’t ever get (triple-doubles) in their career,” he said. “I’m fortunate to have a playing style where it’s pretty easy.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TIMMY TIMEFizdale said Hardaway, the team’s top scorer who missed New York’s last game, has been dealing with plantar fasciitis but added that he has no thoughts of shutting him down.“Only a couple of us knew it was really bothering him,” the Knicks coach said. “I think just one game of rest really helped him. He came back and felt like himself.”UP NEXTKnicks: Host Atlanta on Friday night.76ers: Host Toronto on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Simmons finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but said his numbers don’t tell the whole story.“I was just frustrated,” Simmons said. “I want to play well and perform for the team. I want to make sure we win every game we play. I think the second half was a different kind of Ben.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefJimmy Butler added 20 points and rookie Landry Shamet had a career-high 17 off the bench for the Sixers (21-12), who shot 53.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.Philadelphia had lost three of four, including a lopsided defeat in San Antonio on Monday. Houston Rockets set NBA record with 26 triples in 136-118 win Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ “For most of the game, our offense was humming,” said JJ Redick, who finished with 14 points, surpassing the 10,000-point milestone for his career. “I thought Ben was great in terms of being on the attack. They really had no answer for Jo (Embiid). And the biggest thing was the second half, we were pretty good defensively.”Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 points and Kevin Knox had 21 for the Knicks (9-24), who have lost three straight and eight of their last nine. Emmanuel Mudiay, averaging 20 points per game in his previous nine contests, was held to 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting.“It’s tough when you have Ben Simmons, who’s really fast, who’s running downhill the whole game,” Knox said. “You’ve got Embiid, who’s hard to really guard in the post. … They’ve just got a lot of weapons.”The Sixers were clicking offensively from the start, scoring 38 points on nearly 70 percent shooting in the first quarter, capped by a four-point play from Furkan Korkmaz. They led by as many as 14 in the first half and took a 69-61 lead into halftime, though the Knicks closed the half on a highlight-reel alley oop from Hardaway to Knox.After the Knicks cut Philly’s lead to three early in the third, Embiid and Simmons had back-to-back one handed slams to get the home crowd going and help the Sixers pull away.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) hangs on the rim after a dunk as New York Knicks’ Noah Vonleh (32) looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons was angry at himself by halftime. The New York Knicks paid for it after the break.Joel Embiid had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Simmons got his second triple-double in his last three games, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped out of a funk to beat the Knicks 131-109 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more