Written by May 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local Kentucky and Utah To Reconvene in Rivalry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLEXINGTON, Ky.-Per an official announcement from Bill Riley of ESPN 700 in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah and Kentucky will resume in their storied rivalry in men’s college basketball.This report, substantiated by University of Kentucky SB Nation blog A Sea of Blue, says in 2018-19, Kentucky and Utah will play at Rupp Arena in Lexington. This will be followed by a 2019-20 matchup in Las Vegas.The Utes and Wildcats have met 11 times all-time, with Kentucky dominating the all-time series 9-2, per the University of Kentucky Media Guide dating back to the past season.With Division I currently consisting of 351 schools, it’s extremely rare for teams so far apart from each other geographically to have played so many times.Nevertheless, the Wildcats, who are among the blue bloods of men’s college basketball, deem the Utes a worthy opponent.With head coach Larry Krystkowiak at the helm, the Utes have won at least 20 games each of the past five seasons and played for the NIT championship this past season before falling 82-66 at the hands of Penn State. Tags: Kentucky/Larry Krystkowiak/Men’s College Basketball/Utah Brad James
September 22, 2018 /Sports News – Local Gressel, Villalba help Atlanta United beat Real Salt Lake Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailATLANTA (AP) — Julian Gressel had a goal and an assist to help Atlanta United beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Saturday night.Gressel, who had five goals and nine assists as a rookie in 2017, has 14 assists this season, tied for second-most in MLS. The 24-year old chest-trapped an arcing cross from Miguel Almiron and, after one bounce, ripped a side-netter inside the far post to open the scoring in the 37th minute.Hector Villalba blasted a left-footed half-volley, off a throw-in by Gressel, off the post and, after it ricocheted off the back of diving goalkeeper Nick Rimando, into the net in the 61st to make it 2-0.Real Salt Lake (13-11-6), which had its four-game unbeaten streak —including three wins — snapped, had three chances in the final minutes: Atlanta’s Brad Guzan stopped shots from Albert Rusnak and Kyle Beckerman and Joao Plata narrowly missed a left-footer.It was RSL’s second loss since July 14.Atlanta United (19-5-6) has won five of its last six games has just one loss in its last 11. Tags: MLS/Real Salt Lake/Soccer Associated Press
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While women have made great strides in achieving leadership roles in the financial services industry, there is much work yet to be done. Recent research from the Filene Research Institute found women comprise 25 percent of middle managers, 19 percent of senior leaders and only 2 percent of CEOs in the global financial services field. As a female leader, I feel a calling to help other women achieve similar opportunities.Recently, I had the honor of joining some of my fellow female leaders on a panel at the annual Card Forum & Expo. Our discussion highlighted career development for women and what can be done to encourage women to take on more career risk.There have been many studies confirming men are more inclined to take risks than women based on economic and evolutionary reasons. One study found gender differences were amplified even further under stress, concluding risk taking increases when men are under stress and decreases when women are under stress. There are actually gender differences in brain activity associated with evaluating risk and taking action. Knowing this, how can organizations use this to their advantage? Under stress, men and women working together would make smarter risk-taking decisions than either gender alone.Brain activity is not something we can change. What we can change is our actions. It is often the support and encouragement from others that can be the difference between women avoiding risk and tackling bigger and better career challenges. continue reading »
Geoff Marks, a past President of the English Golf Union and the first man to captain GB&I to Walker Cup victory on American soil, has died. He was 78. Geoff, who was a member of Trentham Golf Club in Staffordshire for 60 years, was appointed OBE for services to golf in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2008. His golfing career was peppered with highlights starting with early success as the Staffordshire boys’ champion of 1955. He played for England 65 times between 1963 and 1975, winning 45 times; and he played in two Walker Cups, before twice captaining the team. In his first Walker Cup match, at Milwaukee in 1969, he won both his singles, including one against Lanny Wadkins. In 1971 at St Andrews he was on the losing end of an encounter against Tom Kite. He was Walker Cup captain at Sunningdale in 1987 and followed up two years later by steering GB&I to an historic 12.5-11.5 victory at Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta. He was also the England captain from 1980-83. After his playing career was over he became President of the English Golf Union in 1995 and also served on R&A committees – and shared responsibility for the pin positions at a number of Open championships. Geoff Marks was an architect by profession and partner for Scriveners and designed the offices and other buildings when the English Golf Union moved to Woodhall Spa in 1995. He was Staffordshire champion eight times and had been president of both his county and of his club, Trentham, where he had also been captain and a director. 13 Dec 2016 Geoff Marks: 1938-2016
Facebook210Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Razor clam diggers can return to coastal beaches starting Friday, April 17, state shellfish managers announced today.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, noted that the upcoming dig coincides with the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, scheduled April 18-19 in Long Beach. Festival events range from free clam-digging lessons to a fritter cook-off. More information is available at http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:April 17, Friday, 6:03 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 18, Saturday, 6:52 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 19, Sunday, 7:39 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 20, Monday, 8:25 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 21, Tuesday, 9:11 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 22, Wednesday, 9:57 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 23, Thursday, 10:46 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 24, Friday, 11:38 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsWDFW has also proposed additional digs in May, pending the results of future marine toxin tests. Tentative dates for those digs are posted on the department’s website.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula, and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.
Submitted by Westport WineryWinemaker Dana Roberts gives a Backstage Wimemaker’s Tour at Westport Winery. Photo by Mike CoverdaleFor the fifth time Westport Winery won the King 5 Evening Magazine Best of the Northwest Competition. This time they won the Best Wine Tour category. The fun and interesting Backstage Winemaker’s Tour is offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. with Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts. Additionally, guests are invited to do their own self-guided tour every day through the winery’s many display gardens that include over 40 sculptures by local artists. Extensive signage is provided to make this a truly memorable and fulfilling experience.When you visit be sure to explore the resort’s unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why Westport Winery was voted Best of the Northwest Wine Tour and Destination.Westport Winery Garden Resort’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
13 May 2016To technologically transform our villages, the government first needs to work on land reforms, Gisele Yitamben #af16 pic.twitter.com/oJulP69iNM— FACRA (@FACRA_Angola) May 12, 2016Panellists at the WEF on Africa 2016 session the Village of the Future included renewable energy expert Sameer Hajee, Babatunde Osotimehin director at the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Millicom Africa CEO Cynthia Gordon and Cameroonian economist Gisele Yitamben.Kenyan entrepreneur James Mwangi moderated the session.The theme for the discussion asked the question How can rural economies become self-sufficient? The conversation covered a number of issues including:Moving from a consumer to producer mind-set;Fostering distributed manufacturing; and;Building on the strengths of their communities.The panel discussed at length the power of mobile technology and renewable energy in empowering rural communities to compete in the global market place.Issues and challenges such as climate change, gender equality and land reform were also weighed up against the backdrop of evolving African social and political structures.Watch the full panel discussion below:Source: WEF Africa 2016
28 July 2014A South African business delegation arrived in Bangkok on Sunday on the first leg of a trade and investment mission to Thailand and Taiwan.The mission, organised and sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), will give the South African delegates – representing companies in the agro-processing, jewellery and automotive sectors – the opportunity to introduce their products and services directly to buyers in high-growth Asian markets.The delegation will participate in various business-to-business meetings, site visits and trade and investment seminars in both countries.Golden Touch Manufacturing Jewellers, based in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, is one of 18 companies taking part in the mission. Company director Mbulelo Singapi told the DTI that his company was looking forward exchanging business ideas with local businesspeople.Singapi said that, despite being a small manufacturer, Golden Touch had the capacity to scale up production, and would be able to meet any order they might secure in Thailand or Taiwan.Another participant, Pitto Limited, grows export-quality grapes along the Orange River outside Kakamas in the Northern Cape. Commercial manager Lorna Basson said this was the sixth DTI-sponsored mission that the company was taking part in.“Out of the five trips in which we participated, we managed to establish solid trading relations in countries like China, Germany, Poland, and Ghana,” Basson said, adding that Pitto was currently exporting to China, Poland and Ghana.She said the DTI’s missions had given her company “direct access to foreign markets, and cut on a lot of costs since there are no third party agents involved. It is also a great opportunity for us to trade in person and sustain our foreign export relations”.According to the DTI, South African exports to Thailand totalled R4.6-billion in 2013, while imports – nearly half of which were vehicle components – totalled R26.5-billion.Total trade between Taiwan and South Africa was worth R21.7-billion in 2013, with a trade balance of R3.7-million in favour of South Africa.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are many things that farmers can control with regard to their role in improving Ohio’s water quality, but there is one thing they can’t: the weather. And, it just so happens that this factor beyond human control is also the most significant factor in water quality. A big, unexpected rain can undo the best of on-farm intentions for water quality stewardship.The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently introduced a couple of new tools to help address this perennially challenging problem.“ODA firmly believes science and technology must be at the forefront of all water quality issues and these new and innovative tools are impactful steps that will merge the ideas of precision farming and precision conservation,” said David T. Daniels, Ohio Department of Agriculture director. “The agricultural community continues to take the necessary steps to maintain agricultural productivity, while protecting our natural resources and reducing nutrient runoff to improve water quality in Lake Erie and surrounding waterways.”The Ohio Applicator Forecast is a new online tool designed to help nutrient applicators identify times when the potential nutrient loss from a fertilizer or manure application is low. The Ohio Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program is a pilot certification for farmers implementing best management practices on their farms. Ohio Applicator ForecastThe Ohio Applicator Forecast is a feature on the Ohio Department of Agriculture website that takes data from the National Weather Service and predicts potential for runoff to occur in a given area in Ohio. The forecast considers snow accumulation and melt, soil moisture content and forecast precipitation and temperatures to help in the decision making process when applying nutrients.“At the National Weather Service we model the river basin hydrology across the entire Ohio River Basin and Great Lakes drainages on a daily basis. We track how the water moves from the atmosphere into the ground. That information can be used to help alert farmers to the potential for runoff events that would produce nutrient runoff into streams and rivers. We’re able to take our analysis of rainfall that has fallen and will be falling into the future,” said Brian Astifan, the development and operations hydrologist with the National Weather Service Ohio River Forecast Center in Wilmington. “This tool will let farmers know when conditions are possible for nutrient runoff based on soil conditions, how wet or dry it is and also how much rainfall is coming that might impact runoff. We are taking information we are already generating and using it in a different application for the state of Ohio to generate an advisory level. Is there a low potential of runoff or a high potential of runoff? Farmers can use that information to decide when they might or might not apply nutrients.”A similar tool has already been in use in Wisconsin and has been expanding to other states.“The pilot program in Wisconsin has grown to include most of the Great Lakes states. We are able to produce this information on a fairly high-resolution basis. There will always be some uncertainty with the weather but the state of weather science has come a long way in the last 20 years,” Astifan said. “We are much more confident in our rainfall predictions than we were even five or 10 years ago. It is not an exact science, but the uncertainty is taken into account so you can leverage that information to make better decisions.”The announcement about the kickoff for the Ohio Applicator Forecast was held at Drewes Farms in Custar. Tyler Drewes thinks the tool will be useful for nutrient application decisions on their farm in the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed.Tyler Drewes talks to his grandpa before getting back to planting this spring.“I think we’ll use it all the time. We have multiple times when we apply fertilizer throughout the year. We deal with a couple of dairies and receive 20 million gallons of dairy manure and apply it after wheat harvest and corn silage harvest and after fall harvest,” Drewes said. “The website will allow us to check things out and let us know if it’s a good time to apply the manure from the dairy and our commercial fertilizer to make sure what we are putting down will connect with the soil and stay there.”Because the tool covers every corner of the state it can be useful for a broad range of decisions for large and small farms throughout Ohio, Director Daniels said.“The weather tool allows a producer — whether they are planting 1,000 acres of corn or two tomato plants — to see soil conditions and the chances of runoff. It looks out seven days to let them know the best opportunity to apply nutrients,” he said. “Let’s say it shows a tenth of an inch of rain today. It’ll show ground saturation points so if you’re looking at a tenth of an inch there is probably not much of a chance on runoff on a dry field. Now three or four days down the road if we are looking at a tenth, a half inch or an inch, it will show you that the further down that week you go the more chance there is for runoff. It lets you know what you can do today, it also lets you plan four or five days out for what might be a potential problem. It lets you know what the saturation is on two different depth levels too and you can zoom right down in on your field or your garden and see the potential for runoff. They can also use it as a planting tool.”And, specifically in the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed, the Applicator Forecast is one more tool to help farmers stay in compliance with the state regulations in place.“Last year with the prohibition of application of nutrients on frozen and snow covered ground in this watershed it only makes sense that we announce this weather app here in the watershed,” Daniels said. “We are not only asking producers to do this but we are also providing some tools to help them manage through that.” Ohio Agricultural Stewardship Verification ProgramThe Ohio Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program certifies farmers in the targeted watersheds of Henry and Wood counties who apply and meet criteria developed by ODA’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Criteria for the certification include developed nutrient management plans, accurate soil tests and documented best management practices, among others. The program will begin as a pilot with an intention to expand the program to all of Ohio.“We are excited to be one of the first farms in Ohio to prove our commitment to improving water quality through this verification program,” Drewes said. “Farming as many acres as we do in the Western Lake Erie Basin region, we know we play a very important role in the long-term improvement of the lake’s water quality. We want to be part of the solution and this program will help farmers toward that goal.”The Verification Program reinforces the need to do the right things on farms and also showcases the positive actions being taken within agriculture to address water quality challenges.“This is an excellent tool to show people outside of agriculture what is being done. We want to set the bar for those best producers going over and above and this is one method to show industry and the general population what agriculture is doing,” said Kirk Hinds, with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “The stewardship verification pilot program is just for Henry and Wood Counties with intent to go statewide. We just want to get it fine tuned before moving forward in the whole state.”The ODA will continue to reach out to farmers and applicators in the coming months to make them aware of the new tools that were announced in mid-May, Daniels said.“Farmers can voluntarily take part in this certification program that verifies that they are using best management practices and doing what they are supposed to be doing with the 4Rs. This shows that you are doing things that are conservation minded and environmentally sensitive,” Daniels said. “We are rolling this out where the focal point of the water quality discussions have been in the state and that is the Western Basin of Lake Erie. We are happy to see the verification program take shape.”Those interested in applying for the Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program can visit their local Soil and Water Conservation District office to find out how to become involved.