GLENDALE, Ariz. – Not since 2013 have the 49ers:a.) Won in Arizona.b.) Won a Thursday night game on the road.c.) Enjoyed an eight-game win streak. d.) Been a playoff team.Tonight, the 49ers (7-0) can change all that, aside from officially securing a playoff berth, which shouldn’t be far off even though, gosh, half the season awaits.Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner scoffed at playoff talk Sunday, even after a 51-13 rout of the Carolina Panthers. If ever the one-game-at-a-time …
10 May 2012While Africa has experienced its best decade of the past 50 years, there are major challenges still to be tackled, African Development Bank Tunisia president Donald Kaberuka said at the opening of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday.“We should not confuse economic growth with economic transformation,” Kaberuka said, noting that the structure of African economies had not changed fast enough and that countries remained vulnerable to external shocks.Public policy choices should target ways to leverage wealth from natural resources for broad-based, sustainable growth, Kaberuka said, identifying two key drivers for the future: the education of children of the poor as a tool to address generational change, and the development of small and medium enterprises to close the wealth gap.Over 700 participants from more than 70 countries are taking part in the three-day WEF on Africa, the first to be held in Ethiopia.Time for Africans ‘to take ownership’Monhla Hlahla, chairperson of South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), told the plenary that it was time for Africans themselves to occupy centre stage on the continent and to take ownership of their lives and production.African farmers were now in a position “not only to produce coffee beans but also to taste the coffee”, Hlahla said, but added that strong and decisive leadership was required to keep African development on track.She said the future of the contintent called for leaders that were predictable and consistent, and that were able to move Africa up the value chain.No growth ‘if millions are left behind’Kofi Annan, chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the Africa Progress Panel, Switzerland, emphasized the need to empower young people and to strengthen health and education to ensure that Africa reaped a “demographic dividend” over the next decade.Annan told delegates that African government policies needed to create equal access to opportunities to avoid dissatisfaction in the future. “We cannot talk of growth when millions of people are left behind,” Annan said.A lack of consensus and vision had led to a situation where each new government in Africa had a tendency to start afresh instead of building on the achievements of its predecessor, Annan said.It was therefore important for more debate to take place to reach consensus on the direction countries needed to take.Bekele Geleta, secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told the plenary that it was important for Africans to feel that they had a stake in their countries’ wealth, and that there was free and fair opportunity for everyone.Geleta said the mindset within Africa was changing, with Africans increasingly wanting to shape their own lives and actively engage in their future.Mood of ‘pragmatic optimism’Gao Xiqing, president of the China Investment Corporation, said Africa was in the position of being able to create a new template for its future.However, Xiqing said it was important for African countries to ensure that their growth was as inclusive as possible. In this, he said, Africa could learn from China, which had prioritized growth over development and was now facing challenges such as huge wealth inequality and environmental problems.World Economic Forum chairman Klaus Schwab told delegates that the mood in Africa today was quite different from what it was 22 years ago, having moved from one of cynicism through scepticism and then realism to today’s atmosphere of “pragmatic optimism”.Doug McMillon, chief executive of US retail giant Wal-Mart, told the plenary that, while its $2.4-billion investment in Africa – through the acquisition of South African retailer Massmart – the company was excited by the numbers it looked at before making the decision to invest.“There are a lot of things to be optimistic about in the region,” McMillon said.SAinfo reporter and World Economic Forum
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As harvest continues across the Eastern Corn Belt, seed companies, universities, and growers will have the chance to compile and analyze data from yield testing. One of the most important decisions a farmer will face all year is deciding what variety to plant and in which field to plant it. To ensure that the best possible decision is made next spring, it is critical to spend some time looking at yield data. While reviewing data is critical, knowing how to determine whether it is accurate and useful is equally important. Below are some tips for using data to make sound planting decisions next spring.Look for replicated dataDon’t rely on yield results from one strip plot on a farm or from a single plot location. Look for data from randomized tests that are repeated multiple times and across multiple locations. Replications in testing increase the reliability of the data.For strip plot data, was a “tester” used?Strip plots planted on farms can cover large areas of a field. In many fields in the Eastern Corn Belt there are several soil types. If a plot crosses several soil types how can you be sure it is accurate? By planting a “tester” variety between each entry in the plot, you can calculate adjusted yields based on the variability of the tester yield across the plot. This ensures more accurate data.Look for consistencyAccording to Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension Agronomist, “Documented consistency in yield performance is still the key to success in selecting hybrids that will perform well in your farming operation.” When choosing a variety based on plot data, it is important to look for consistent performance — across several plot locations and between multiple years. Choose varieties that consistently performed well across multiple years, in several locations, and different growing conditions.Statistical significanceOn published plot data look for foot notes that indicate the least statistically significant yield difference, or LSD. In many plots, the performance of the top five or 10 varieties may not be statistically different. Although there are small differences in yield, statistical analysis of the data indicates that all varieties within the LSD have an equal chance of winning the plot.While plot data can be very useful in making decisions, some plot data is significantly more accurate and reliable. The key to getting the most out of yield data is having the ability to sort through the large amounts of information to identify the data that most accurately and reliably represents crop performance.
At NAB this year, the industry is finally getting its hands on Fujifilm’s new 4K mirrorless x-H1 camera. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.Top image via Fujifilm.So, the X-H1 isn’t news — this camera was announced earlier this year. However, people are finally starting to get their hands on it at NAB. Much like 2016’s X-T2, Fujifilm’s new mirrorless camera offers a little more than its predecessor — but not much. The sensor is still the same, and most of the still photography settings are the same. The body is a bit “more sturdy.” The camera is also the first in the X-series lineup with 5-axis in-body stabilization, as well as a new flicker reduction mode, making indoor photography (specifically sports photography) easier for new shooters.This new bulky body is necessary to accommodate bigger lenses. This is Fuji listening to their users and trying to build a smoother, more comfortable camera. NoFilmSchool got their hands on the camera at NAB, so let’s take a look at how the test played out.(Note: The X-T2 is featured in the thumbnail, but it’s not about the X-T2. Just click it.)The real kicker with this camera is the ETERNA mode that essentially emulates film stock, bringing out the colors in a way that reduces the need for extensive color grading in post-production.The FUJIFILM X-H1 features the “ETERNA” mode, a new Film Simulation mode suitable for video recording, simulating the output of cinematographic films. Characterized by subdued color presentations and rich shadow tones, this mode can be used at 400% Dynamic Range (equivalent to approximately 12 stops) to attain video recording with a high degree of perfection while substantially reducing color-grading workload in post processing.Fujifilm has released a short film captured using the X-H1 and the ETERNA feature. You be the judge.They’ve also included a series on photographers and filmmakers who have gotten their hands on the camera to shoot various styles of art and culture. Each artist has a video or profile on their thoughts here.So, my personal thoughts . . . what’s the point? The differences between the X-H1 and the X-T2 are so minimal, I don’t think it justifies an entirely new camera. But that’s just me.Here are the specs:Sensor: 23.6mm x 15.6mm(APS-C)X-Trans CMOS IIIX-mountF-log120 fps at 1080pWeight: 507g5-axis in-body stabilizationTouchscreenFilm Simulator ETERNA15 minutes recording timeDCI 4K Looking for more NAB coverage? Check out these announcements.NAB 2018: Aputure Reveals A Brand-New RGB Panel LightNAB 2018 Announcement: Atomos Unveils the Ninja VNAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full FrameNAB 2018: Blackmagic Announces DaVinci Resolve 15NAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus Monitors
I am riffing on this idea that my friend Chris wrote about. He said that no one cares about your “before” picture unless you also have an “after” picture.Some time ago I wrote about a friend of mine who gave a speech in which she did just that and how she left all of us in pain. She was really writing the middle chapter, not the final chapter. But the story she told made it feel like the final chapter (even though it was one heck of a great and moving speech).But this idea has legs, and it’s too valuable to leave lie.BeforeRight now, take a picture. Take a picture of your results in sales or in business. Take a picture of a relationship you are working on. Take a picture of yourself. Take a snapshot of your financial picture. Each of these, and anything else you might want to add, are your before pictures.And AfterYou can’t take an after picture unless you have a before picture with which you can compare it. A year from now, you can take another picture. What will you have changed during the time between pictures?And In-betweenYou see, everybody wants to take the after picture, but too few want to do the transformational work that makes the after picture worth taking.What beliefs are you willing to change to dramatically change your before and after pictures?What new actions are going to produce those results?What is going to drive you to carve away all the pieces that aren’t the very best version of you the world has ever known?The things that you resist the most are the things you most need to do. And this is why most people never have the after picture they dream of. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots as Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden knew he’d have to do a little more on Tuesday night with the Houston Rockets missing key players.Even he couldn’t have imagined he’d do this much.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises He set the scoring mark when he stepped back and made a 3-pointer before crashing to the court after being fouled by Mario Hezonja. He then made the free throw to give him 60 points and bringing the crowd to its feet.“Amazing (and) topped it off with a four-point play at the end,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But we had to have every minute from him.”Harden, who also had four steals and a block, grabbed his 10th rebound a few seconds later to give him his third triple double this season. He made 17 of 18 free throws and was 19 of 30 from the floor with five 3 pointers.He said he didn’t realize he was the first player with 60 points in a triple-double.“It’s a good feeling, I guess,” he said. “Just try to go out there and make an impact every single night on the game, however I can. Whether it’s scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, whatever it is. And tonight I guess I was doing everything.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Harden piled up 16 points in the first quarter and had 24 by halftime despite his early 3-point shooting woes. Orlando led 55-54 at halftime.TIP-INSMagic: Aaron Gordon missed the game with an injury to his left hip that he suffered on Saturday night. He will likely sit out Wednesday as well. … Simmons and Mack added 15 points each.Rockets: Ariza injured his left hamstring on Sunday. … Coach Mike D’Antoni said he doesn’t expect Paul to miss much time with his injury. … Clint Capela finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.THEY SAID ITMagic coach Frank Vogel on Harden’s performance: “That was a heck of a performance when your second, third and fourth options are out. He’s likely the MVP of this year’s season. He did what he had to do to get a win.LOVE FROM LEBRONCleveland star LeBron James gave Harden some love on Twitter after the game , tweeting in part: “That’s insane G! 60 point Triple Dub. Sheesh!!!” The four-time MVP added five fire emojis after his comment to show how impressed he was with Harden’s game.UP NEXTMagic: Host Lakers on Wednesday night.Rockets: Visit San Antonio Thursday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Harden became the first player in NBA history to score 60 points as part of a triple-double and the short-handed Rockets beat the Orlando Magic 114-107.“I just gave it all I had tonight,” Harden said. “We all did. We all fought for 48 minutes, we got key stops when we needed to and we made big shots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarden scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to eclipse the 57 points Calvin Murphy scored in 1978 to break Houston’s single-game scoring record. After Harden broke the record, cameras in the arena showed a shot of Murphy, who works on the television broadcast team, smiling and clapping for the Beard, who also had 10 rebounds and 11 assists.The game was tied at 107 after a basket by Marreese Speights with just under four minutes to play. Neither team scored for more than two minutes after that before Harden took over, scoring the next six points to make it 113-107 with 45 seconds left. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Hezonja and Speights scored 17 points each for the Magic, who dropped their third straight.The Rockets started the game without Chris Paul, who has a sore groin, and Trevor Ariza, who is dealing with a strained hamstring. They lost another player when Eric Gordon, who is second on the team in scoring with 19.5 points a game, left early in the second quarter with lower back stiffness.“I looked at coach and said: ‘Eric can’t go,’” Harden said “He said go get ’em and after that I didn’t come out of the game.”Harden’s big night came as he played 46 minutes and 26 seconds, which was a career-high for a regulation game, with Houston missing so many players.“I was shocked to see that,” Speights said of Harden not getting worn out by playing so many minutes. “He didn’t really get subbed out and that shows the growth in his game and the maturity in his game.”It was his fourth 50-point game this season and Tuesday’s performance bested his previous career-high of 56 points set in November against Utah.“I have never seen a performance like that,” teammate Gerald Green said. “I caught myself just being a true fan throughout the whole game … what he did today was remarkable.”Orlando led by two points with about 9 1/2 minutes left before the Rockets used a 10-4 run to make it 101-97 with about seven minutes to go. Harden made two 3-pointers in that stretch, and wowed the crowd on the second one that he came as the shot clock was about to expire and with Shelvin Mack right in his face.Houston didn’t lead for long though, as Speights was fouled while making a 3-pointer and added the free throw to tie it seconds later.The Magic had a 2-point lead with about 5 1/2 minutes left before Houston used a 6-2 run, with all its points from Harden, to take a 107-105 lead with about four minutes left. Knicks rout Nets again to finish sweep of season series
1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES The Vietnamese Cup champions carry a huge threat going forward in striker Nguyen Anh Duc, who scored against the Philippines in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals last year at Panaad Stadium.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LA Tenorio set to break Alvin Patrimonio’s PBA record vs Magnolia MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy A brace from winger OJ Porteria propelled the Busmen to a thrilling 3-2 win over Shan United at Panaad Stadium two weeks ago.But while the Ceres attack looked sharper, the Busmen’s defense remained a concern as they struggled to see out the game against the Burmese side, conceding a late goal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCeres skipper Martin Steuble expects an improved performance from the Busmen, the Asean zonal champions two years ago.“We analyzed that game (against Shan); we saw our mistakes and coach showed us what we can do better,” said Steuble. “Day in and day out, we have been working hard trying to avoid those mistakes.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments THU DAU MOT—Philippine club champion Ceres-Negros faces a tricky away test on Tuesday as it faces Vietnamese powerhouse Becamex Binh Duong in the AFC Cup at Gu Dau Stadium.The Busmen can solidify their hold of top spot in Group G with maximum points against the Vietnamese Cup champions in a showdown set in this fast-rising industrial city north of Saigon.ADVERTISEMENT
Updated: 9:47 PM Over a dozen arrested for feeding homeless in El Cajon John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter John Soderman Posted: January 14, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) — Over a dozen people were arrested Sunday evening in El Cajon for feeding the local homeless population.The arrests come in the wake of a newly enacted city ordinance banning people from feeding the homeless in public, but the group defied the new ordinance in an act of civil disobedience.The group was given citations and not taken to jail.This act of civil disobedience was in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one attendee said.The group plans to do the same thing in two weeks. January 14, 2018
Keeping in mind the passion and the intimacy of print as a visual art medium, The Lalit Kala Akademi, has launched its first International Print Biennale to discover new artistic trends in printmaking, nationally and internationally. The Akademi has been serving the entire country by promoting the creative endeavours of Indian artists. Pivotal to the Lalit Kala Akademi’s mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art before diverse local, national and international audiences. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Print Biennale has been scheduled for the month of March and April 2018, in the Lalit Kala Akademi and NGMA galleries. It will be a one of a kind event where artists from all over the world will be able to send in their works and showcase their artwork on an international platform. Further, there are five grand prizes of two lakh each, apart from the honourable mentions for a few selected meritorious works. The Akademi will also hold a five-day workshop of the awarded artists. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the decreasing practice of printmaking among the artists, C.S. Krishna Setty, Administrator, he Lalit Kala Akademi said, “Over the years, the practice of printmaking is decreasing among artists. As a result, many printmakers are taking refuge in other mediums for their survival. To arrest this situation, we need to boost this medium with international exposure. Moreover, with the advancement of new technologies, this medium has taken new dimensions all over the world, which needs to be showcased to the art fraternity and connoisseurs.” The biennale will be organized in collaboration with National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Speaking of the same, Adwaita Gadanayak, DG, NGMA, said, “The museum has international facilities which will be given to the Akademi to present their best foot forward for this international endeavour. It is imperative for more and more organisations to come together and create an atmosphere of art creation and growth.”The first selection will be made based on the digital entries sent by the artists. If the work gets approved by the jury, it will be displayed during the exhibition. Later in the second round, selected artists will be asked to send their original work so that it gets easier to choose the winners. Paula Sengupta, a printmaker and teacher, mentioned that printmaking is over four centuries old and is a culmination of many years of practice. Further on, she mentioned, “The reason printmaking is alive in India is that it is still fostered in Indian art institutes and the studios that Lalit Kala Akademi has provided in its regional centers.”The Akademi will also invite few senior and veteran artists for the exhibition under the invited section. Anupam Sud, a senior and internationally known Delhi based printmaker has been given the responsibility of the Commissioner of the exhibition. Other steering Committee members are well-known printmakers like Ananda Moy Banerji, Dattatraya Apte, R.S. Sham Sunder, Paula Sen Gupta and Vijay Bagodi.
Share MIAMI — Florida is still getting a record number of tourists even though the state was hit by a devastating hurricane.Gov. Rick Scott will announce Monday at a Miami ice cream boutique that a record 88.2 million visitors came to the state during the first nine months of 2017. That represents a 3.3 per cent increase over the same time period in the previous year.The state managed to get an increase in visitors even though Hurricane Irma slammed the state in September. Irma is blamed for at least 70 deaths and plunged much of the state into darkness.Scott said that Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency, did an “aggressive” ad campaign following Irma to make sure people knew the state was still open for tourists. Tags: Florida, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >> Florida sees record tourism numbers despite Irma Source: The Associated Press Monday, November 20, 2017