What stomach bug? A’s outfielder carried his own impressive streak into Tuesday

first_imgOAKLAND — A’s right fielder Stephen Piscotty said Tuesday he finally felt he was over the stomach bug that kept him out of the lineup for two games against the Seattle Mariners over the weekend.“Was a little weak (Monday), but today I feel like I’m over it,” he said. “Was a tough couple days, but, I don’t even want to think about it.”Piscotty never missed a beat.After he missed Saturday and Sunday’s games at the Coliseum against the Mariners, Piscotty was reinserted into the lineup on …last_img read more

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Stress during grain fill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rains during June and July set new records in some areas of the Cornbelt this year, causing weak root development, nitrogen loss and even affected pollination in some fields with poor ear-tip fills. Leaf diseases like Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Gray Leaf Spot were rampant in some areas causing additional stress on the corn crop. Some of the effects of this stressful environment on grain-fill are indicated below:• After pollination, we need 50-60 days depending on the relative maturity of the hybrid, for the grain-filled period. This is when the plants’ primary focus is to fully develop the kernels.• If there is severe heat or moisture stress during the grain-fill period, the plants start to cannibalize their leaves and stalks to fulfill the growing needs of their progeny, the seeds or grain.• Plants, like animals, don’t want to produce runts. So, if there is stress during the grain-fill period, the plants start to abort the youngest kernels causing tip die-backs so that the remaining kernels can fully develop.• Foliar fungicides are most effective if sprayed after the pollination and ovule fertilization has completed. Leaves above the ear contribute the most to grain yield; so it’s important to keep them healthy and disease-free during the grain-fill period.• The physiologic maturity or black layer occurs at about 32-35% grain moisture. Stress before this period can cause kernel abortion and light test weight.•If the plants have diverted the nutrients from the stalks to “feed” the grain, it can lead to pre-mature death and susceptibility to stalk rot organisms. 
We need to scout the fields, check them for stalk rots during September and plan on which fields to harvest first.last_img read more

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How to Build Your Own Hackintosh Mac Pro

first_imgBuild a Hackintosh! Discover how to get faster speeds for a lower price than Apple’s Mac Pro.If you’re a Mac-minded creative video professional on a tight budget, you may not be in a position to spend the big bucks on Apple’s latest machine. Until the day arrives when money is no object, you might want to consider building a Mac Pro clone — or Hackintosh — for about half the cost of the real thing! Here are two ways to go about it.1. The No Film School Hackintosh Build MethodIndustry faves No Film School have a very in-depth Hackintosh build guide that’s worth checking out. This step-by-step guide gives you detailed instructions on how to assemble the hardware, install OSX, and test performance. They even put together the above video demo showing just how wicked fast their Hackintosh system is running.1. The Lifehacker Hackintosh Build MethodLifehacker addresses the situation with a post outlining the tech equipment you need to build your own Hackintosh Mac Pro. They offer up three build options: entry-level, mid-range, and a high-end version of the Mac Pro using standard PC hardware. These Hackintosh builds will cost you significantly less than their official Mac counterparts. Check out Lifehacker for everything you need to build your own Mac Pro Hackintosh.With a little research, parts gathering, and patience you can build a Hackintosh — and it might be even better than the real thing!Have you ever attempted to build your own Hackintosh? Let us know about your thoughts/experiences in the comments!last_img read more

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A Rather Incomplete List of My Beliefs on Sales

first_imgBoth businesses and salespeople have to make a choice as to whether to be transactional or whether to create some higher level of value.An individual salesperson has the power to create a higher level of value for their clients. But doing so requires that the salesperson knows and understands their role, as well as developing their ability to create value.The nature of the relationships between sales organizations and their salespeople with their clients has changed. It is no longer enough to have a relationship based solely on a personal relationship. Lasting business relationships require an economic benefit as well.All things being equal, relationships win. All things being unequal, relationships still win. It is the salesperson’s role to ensure that all things are unequal and, by doing so, tilt the playing field in their direction.It is better to do battle for mind share than it is to do battle on a spreadsheet. It is better to have a relationship that enables value creation, value conversations, and collaboration than it is to compete on measures that ignore subjective decision criteria and over weight allegedly objective criteria.A process that enables opportunity creation is more powerful than a process that favors responding to existing client needs. Effective salespeople sell from in front of the buyer’s process, not from behind.Business acumen and situational knowledge are more important than sales acumen.Effective salespeople can explain the process of change to their clients. They share the value proposition for every sales interaction, deliver that value, and gain the commitments necessary to moving the process of change forward.The foundation of every relationship is trust. The foundation of trust is caring. Effective salespeople create trust by being other-focused as opposed to self-oriented.It is no longer enough to react to your client’s needs once they have recognized some form of dissatisfaction. Salespeople must now be proactive and lead their clients to the new outcomes they need, guiding their thinking and managing change.The best opportunities are future-oriented, helping the client with their current challenge or opportunity as well as building a platform for future initiatives and future results. The best salespeople generate new ideas and present new initiatives quarter after quarter.Sales organizations and salespeople own the outcomes they sell. They are now accountable for the outcomes, regardless of the product, service, or solution they sell.Decisions that are expensive, complex, and risky require consensus. Salespeople need to enter into opportunities with the goal of identifying stakeholders and helping them build consensus.If you create value, you are entitled to capture a fair portion of the value that you create.last_img read more

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Asian Games Boxing: Dinesh assured of medal, Vikas also wins

first_imgCommonwealth champion Dinesh Kumar became the second Indian boxer to assure himself of a medal at the Asian Games by advancing to the light heavyweight 81kg semifinals after out-punching Korean Jinho Heo hereon Friday.The 23-year-old beat his rival 10-6 in a lopsided bout during which Heo went off-balance several times due to the sheer power of the blows thrown by the Indian.Paramjeet Samota was the first Indian to assure himself of a bronze by reaching the semifinals of 91+ weight category.Although Heo opened the scoring, it was Dinesh, an Arjuna awardee, who dominated with a power-packed performance that left the Korean dazed.Heo had the footwork and speed to dodge Dinesh initially but once the Haryana-lad began connecting his trademark jabs and hooks, his rival could only scurry for cover.Leading 5-2 in the opening round, Dinesh never really allowed Heo to claw back despite the Korean’s several valiant efforts at countering the Indian’s power.Dinesh will take on Nepalese Deepak Maharjan who stunned Thailand’s Kriangkai Sukkhum 4-0.In the other Indian bout, 18-year-old Vikas Krishan (60kg) too inched closer to the medal round, advancing to the quarter-finals with an 8-1 triumph over Amangeldi Hudaybergenov of Turkmenistan.Vikas will now take on North Korea’s Kim Chol Song who defeated Abdulla Mohammed 7-5 in his pre-quarterfinal bout.V Santhosh Kumar (64kg) then made it an all-win day for Indian boxers when he beat Malaysia’s Azmi Khir Akyazlan 6-1 to enter the quarterfinals.Santhosh will be up against Mongolia’s Byamba Tuvshinbat, who got the better of Filipino Boholst Delfin 8-1 in his pre-quarterfinal bout.advertisementlast_img read more

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Barcelona Official Denies Club Wants Neymar to Return

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — A Barcelona official has denied the Spanish soccer club is trying to bring back Neymar amid reports the Brazil striker wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain.Barcelona vice president Jordi Cardoner says “probably Neymar wants to return to Barca … but we have not put that topic on the table.”He adds “what appears to be correct as of today, from what I have read, have heard, what seems true, is that Neymar wants to come back to Barca.”Neymar forced his way out of Barcelona in 2017 when PSG broke the record for a transfer by triggering his contract’s 222 million euro (then-$262 million) buyout clause.The 27-year-old Neymar has since been hit by injuries and a rape accusation, which he denies.In his four seasons at Barcelona, Neymar scored 105 goals and won the Champions League, Club World Cup, two Spanish league titles and three Copa del Rey titles.But Neymar is also embroiled in different legal cases in Spain regarding alleged improprieties in his transfer from Brazilian club Santos and a dispute with Barcelona over a signing bonus.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nutritionist Says Gastronomy Essential to Tourism

first_imgStory Highlights Executive Director of the Jamaica Island Nutrition Network (JINN), Patricia Thompson, says gastronomy, or the art and knowledge involved in preparing good food, is essential to the local tourism industry. “If they are to experience our gastronomy, it means that our local culture, which is outside of the hotel, has to become more important,” she said. Mrs. Thompson, a nutritionist, was speaking to JIS News at a symposium on ‘Nutrition in Gastronomy and Tourism’ at The Mico University College in Kingston on May 10. Executive Director of the Jamaica Island Nutrition Network (JINN), Patricia Thompson, says gastronomy, or the art and knowledge involved in preparing good food, is essential to the local tourism industry.She noted that tourists spend at least 50 per cent of their budget on food, and in order to experience Jamaican cuisine, they must spend time outside of the hotels.“If they are to experience our gastronomy, it means that our local culture, which is outside of the hotel, has to become more important,” she said.Mrs. Thompson, a nutritionist, was speaking to JIS News at a symposium on ‘Nutrition in Gastronomy and Tourism’ at The Mico University College in Kingston on May 10.The objective of the symposium was to promote the use of local Jamaican foods with preparation methods that reduce any health and nutrition concerns of visitors and locals about Jamaican foods being too oily, salty and sugary.Mrs. Thompson explained that there are three strategies to be utilised in the promotion of food that could be utilised locally.“The first thing to do is Americanise your product; second, tap into this wave of wellness and adapt our products to that; and the third is to tap into this wave of exotic eating through the diaspora influence,” she said.Jamaica, in recent times, has been placing emphasis on gastronomy, with the establishment of Devon House in St. Andrew as the island’s first gastronomy centre.To be outfitted with a self-service kitchen, farmers’ market and food shops, the Devon House experience will enable visitors to cook their own meals after purchasing produce, meats and condiments from the market to be located in proximity to the kitchen.The aim is to establish Jamaica as a prime gastronomy destination, which will place it among popular culinary tourism destinations such as Brazil, China and India.last_img read more

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World is not doing enough to tackle climate crisis PM Modi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the world was not doing enough to tackle the climate crisis, calling for “global behavioural change” at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York. As part of its commitment to the cause, India will more than double its non-fossil fuel electricity target to 400 gigawatts, he announced. “We must accept that if we have to overcome such a serious challenge, then what we are doing today is not enough. What we need is a global behavioural change. India is here today not just to talk about this serious issue but to present a roadmap,” he said. Monday’s announcement on the energy target goes well beyond the pledge of 175 GW that India had pledged as part of its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. Eighty countries have joined India’s solar alliance imitative, PM Modi said. “India is launching a coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure. I invite all world leaders for this coalition,” the Prime Minister added.last_img read more

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New Delhi The Supreme Court refused on Monday to

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court refused on Monday to further entertain Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko’s plea seeking former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s production before it and said the MDMK leader could challenge the NC leader’s detention order under the Public Safety Act.”He (Abdullah) is under detention under the Public Safety Act,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told Vaiko’s counsel. The MDMK leader’s counsel questioned the conduct of the Jammu and Kashmir administration and claimed that a few minutes before the scheduled hearing in the apex court on September 16, Abdullah was detained under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, said the petitioner could challenge the detention order against Abdullah under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act before the appropriate authority. The court had, on September 16, directed the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to respond to Vaiko’s plea. Abdullah, 81, a three-time former chief minister of the state and a five-time parliamentarian, has been detained under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadVaiko’s counsel had told the apex court that there were conflicting claims about Abdullah’s status and he was illegally detained by the authorities, which was an attack on his fundamental rights under the Constitution. He had pressed for the original prayer for producing the National Conference (NC) leader before the court. In his plea, Vaiko, who said he had been a close friend of Abdullah for the last four decades, had contended that the constitutional rights conferred on the NC leader were being denied on account of his “illegal detention without any authority of law”.last_img read more

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