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Fulham v Brentford line-ups: four changes for Whites, Bees keep same team

first_imgGoalkeeper Andy Lonergan and striker Moussa Dembele both return to the Fulham line-up for the west London derby with Brentford.The Whites show four changes from the team which lost 3-0 at Nottingham Forest, with Joe Lewis, James Husband, Ben Pringle and Matt Smith making way.Ashley Richards and Luke Garbutt also return at full-back, with Ryan Fredericks pushed forward into a more advanced role.It is Stuart Gray’s first game in temporary charge of Fulham, in the guise of senior coach.Brentford are unchanged from the win over MK Dons, with Alan McCormack – who missed that game – still out through injury.John Swift, who was also absent, returns as a substitute and is on the bench alongside Jota and Josh McEachran.Fulham: Lonergan; Richards, Stearman, Ream, Garbutt; Fredericks, O’Hara, Parker, Cairney; Dembele, McCormack. Subs: Lewis, Hutchinson, Burn, Hyndman, Kacaniklic, Smith, Woodrow.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Tarkowski, O’Connell, Bidwell; Kerschbaumer, Diagouraga; Woods, Canos, Judge; Vibe. Subs: Bonham, Barbet, McEachran, Saunders, Jota, Swift, Hofmann.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

R9.5bn to grow business competitiveness

first_img23 February 2012 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has allocated R9.5-billion over the next three years to boost South African businesses through competitiveness incentives and investment in technology, enterprise development and agriculture. The bulk of this – R5.75-billion – has been allocated to the Department of Trade and Industry as part of a manufacturing competitiveness enhancement programme which will kick off in April.Special economic zones Added to this, R2.25-billion has been set aside in incentives over the next three years for businesses that invest in special economic zones. The remaining R1.5-billion has been allocated to provincial and rural agricultural colleges (R150-million), the Agricultural Research Council (R400-million), the Council for Geoscience (R200-million) and the Council for Mineral Technology (R150-million). The Department of Science and Technology has also been allocated R350-million of the R9.5-billion to fund technology manufacturers, place graduates in small businesses, and commercialise new technology in nanotechnology, renewable energy and waste, titanium and satellite development.Manufacturing competitiveness The manufacturing competitiveness enhancement programme will provide production and distressed funding support to boost productivity and competitiveness, raise investment and create jobs. Businesses that invest in new machinery, plant and equipment, as well as in product development, process redesign, standards accreditation, and feasibility and marketing studies, will qualify for the incentive. The programme is aimed at labour-intensive sectors already covered by incentives – including the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear and automotive sectors. Incentives will target improvements to business conditions and productivity through skills development, business incubation, reducing red tape, technology transfers and adaptation, and providing access to markets and logistics. Last month, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies unveiled a new bill for special economic zones – which are an extension and improvement of the current industrial development zones. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Living standards improve in South Africa

first_img24 February 2016Living standards in South Africa have shown a remarkable degree of improvement over the past 20 years, according to the South Africa Survey 2016, released by the Institute of Race Relations, a classically liberal think-tank, this month. On all possible measures of access to housing, electricity, clean water, and sanitation services, living conditions for South Africans were much higher than two decades ago, the report showed: The number of households residing in formal dwellings increased from 5.8 million in 1996 to 12.4 million in 2014, or by 114%. Over the same period, the proportion of households living in formal dwellings increased from 64% to 79% while the proportion living in informal dwellings fell from 16% to 13%.The number of households using electricity for lighting increased from 5.2 million in 1996 to 14.1 million in 2014, or by 171%. Over the same period, the proportion of households using electricity for lighting rose from 58% to 91%.The number of households with piped water increased from 7.2 million to 14 million, or by 94%.The number of households with access to flush or chemical lavatories increased from 4.6 million to 9.9 million, or by 118%. “The data shows the relative success of the government’s service delivery efforts,” said IRR analyst Kerwin Lebone. “This is despite continuing backlogs, and the fact that in many cases the quality of services delivered should have been higher. On balance, however, there can be no doubt that living standards are much higher in South Africa today than was the case in 1994,” he said. “Another conclusion is that state-driven delivery efforts have probably gone as far as they can conceivably go and future improvements in living standards will be driven more by labour market access, new business development, increased private investment, and levels of economic growth than by the efforts of state planners.” Source: Institute of Race Relationslast_img read more

Michelin Ag launches new CerexBib tire for large harvesting equipment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Michelin Agricultural Tires recently introduced the new Michelin VF520/85R42 CFO 177A8 CerexBibT tire. Michelin’s Very High Flexion (VF) tires include a class of agricultural tires designed to handle bigger and heavier farm equipment that has a greater ability to flex under increased loads than standard radials. Designed expressly for large combines and grain carts, the new CerexBib is one of the first true VF tires for today’s heaviest harvesting equipment.CerexBib, now available at Michelin Ag tire dealers in the Unites States and Canada, offers a more comfortable ride because it: .       functions at a lower pressure, .       provides improved traction in all conditions because of the larger tread footprint, .       delivers excellent service life (even at low pressure) because of a casing with reinforced sidewalls and .       is better for on-road travel because it enables farmers to use a narrower tire to carry the load.“This new CerexBib offers a massive load capacity, up to21,960 pounds, and has a giant footprint of approximately 486 square inches,” said James Crouch, Michelin farm segment marketing manager. “It is built with Michelin Ultraflex Technology, which enables tires to operate at up to 40% lower air pressure than standard radial tires. This results in a considerable reduction of ruts and compaction, and higher yield potential.”For more information on Michelin Ultraflex tires, visit www.MichelinAg.com or contact your local Michelin Agriculture tire dealer.last_img read more

Spraying with precision

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The last several months we have talked about whether or not precision ag pays, how to get started with precision ag and precision ag for your planter. This month we are going to move beyond the planter and talk about precision ag technology for your sprayer.Are you struggling with your weed control? Are weeds becoming resistant to your herbicides? The key to good weed control is a systematic approach. Not only do you have to choose the right herbicides for the weed populations you have, but you also have to apply them properly. When you think about the challenge we take on when we spray a herbicide, it is amazing in my mind that we do as good a job as we do. Look at four ounces of product and think about spreading it evenly over an acre of ground. It blows my mind when I think of it that way. Make sure you read the label when applying your products. Proper mixing and loading are very important. The type of nozzle you use is also very important. Each nozzle has a proper operating range for pressure to ensure proper coverage. There are so many things that can affect the quality of weed control you get from your application and it’s important to control as many variables as you can.By helping you monitor and control several aspects of your application process, precision ag technologies can help you get the most efficacy from the herbicides you apply. Let’s take a look at some of the technologies you can use on your sprayer. Automatic sprayer rate control and droplet size monitoringOur precision ag displays will control the rate of your sprayer automatically as you speed up and slow down within the field. Droplet size monitoring is something new only from Ag Leader. If you tell the display what nozzles you are using it will color code the pressure gauge so you can match the droplet size to the label. This will help ensure that you are spraying at the correct droplet size per manufacturer’s instructions, which in turn provides the best performance from your product. Auto steer and section controlAuto steer and automatic section control can help you greatly reduce overlap and skips. With auto steer we have systems that can steer your sprayer down to the inch. This is very important if you are making multiple passes through the crop in season. It keeps all of the compaction and damage from the wheels of the sprayer in the same place. Automatic section control will automatically turn off sections of your sprayer when you get into an area that has already been applied. This greatly reduces overlap and skips. Overlap can cause crop injury either to the current crop or possibly the next crop to be planted. Skips can allow weeds to escape and not only cause competition to this year’s crop, reducing its yield, but also allows the weeds to go to seed and make next year’s weed control an even bigger challenge. Auto boom height controlAutomatic boom height control utilizes sonar sensors to control the height of the booms. Automatic boom height control is essential especially with the large commercial sprayers being used in fields today. With these systems, you simply tell it that you want to keep the boom at 20 inches above the crop and it will keep the boom 20 inches above the crop. This is especially important when applying herbicides, where the nozzles are designed to spray a certain pattern. If they are designed to spray a 20-inch pattern at 20-inch height and you operate without automatic boom height and get the boom too close, you will leave streaks in the field that have no herbicide at all and steaks in the field that have two to 20 times the rate. If you spray with the boom too high in the air you are at risk of having the herbicide drift. Drift cannot only cause less herbicide to hit the ground and uneven application, it can also cause injury to non-target crops in the vicinity of the field to which you are applying. Infrared sensorsInfrared Sensors can be added to the applicator boom to detect crop health as the machine goes through the field. These sensors measure the amount of infrared light that is absorbed by a plant and that absorption rate directly correlates to plant health. By comparing the plant health of a part of the field that has all of the nitrogen it needs to the rest of the field, it can create an on-the-go prescription for nitrogen. These sensors have proven themselves, both to us and to our customers, by providing an average three-year payback of $38.73 per acre at $3.50 per bushel corn.So as you can see, precision ag is not just for planters. Your sprayer can benefit from this type of technology as well. If any of these precision ag solutions pique your interest, you can always call us at Ag Info Tech or talk to your local precision ag dealer.last_img read more

Not quite yet harvest time Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Lamar LimingThere is no harvesting yet right around here. The beans are getting a lot closer, but I don’t think anyone around here has gotten started yet harvesting corn or soybeans. You could tell the warm weather really sped up bean development and leaves coming off. It has been in the high 80s and I think we were at 88 yesterday.I am hoping to start chopping silage this week. A lot of people have been chopping corn. I have heard anywhere from the mid to high 60s for moisture in the corn. To the south, they haven’t gotten much rain down there and they are a lot further along than I am right here.When I get going, I can do the silage in 3 or 4 days. After that, I don’t have any beans close yet for harvest. I think I am at least 2 to 3 weeks off on having beans ready. I have a neighbor that, with another good week, he could be running beans. The corn has quite a ways to go. I went to the Farm Science Review and I couldn’t believe how much further along they were there.I got some more third cutting hay off last week. Now I am done with hay for the year.I have to get my corn and beans off before I can get wheat planted. I’ll chop my corn silage and put that to wheat and then if I can get my beans off in time I’ll plant some more wheat after that if I can. I don’t know if I can get my beans off in time to get wheat in. That is a big if.The heat and humidity we’ve had definitely stresses the cows and it is holding back production some. They have maintained pretty well but it has been a stress on the cows with the warmer weather.Andrew ArmstrongWe have not started harvest yet. We were planning on starting to shell the 100 acres at the home farm on Saturday to get everything started. But then on Saturday we got an inch and a quarter of rain. It was a perfect rain, just about 3 weeks too late. Instead, we spent Saturday working on equipment. We went back over everything. It is still spitting a little rain right now. It has been a slow, steady nice rain.We think we could maybe shell Tuesday afternoon if the rain stops. It was so dry that even after that inch-plus of rain, it was like it hadn’t even rained. We probably could have started yesterday. The ground was back to being dry pretty quickly.The later plated stuff is getting close too. We were going to hit the earliest corn and then jump across the driveway to see what the moisture is there to see if we can keep moving south. It looks like it is ready.There were some guys up north shelling corn 2 weeks ago. The yield wasn’t off the charts by any means, but the moisture was in the 20s and maybe down to 18%. There are some other guys running beans around here. It sounds like the yields have been pretty low, which was expected. The corn yields are not as bad, maybe average to slightly below average.Hopefully we will be in the combine shelling somewhere in the next few days, but we have to be flexible with Mother Nature. Dylan BaerWe are finally getting some sunshine after the rain moved through. We casually started sowing wheat on Friday the 20th. We got almost 100 acres in before we got rained out. It seems like we are keeping our pace with our weekly rainfall. We got almost 100 acres in before we had to stop. Today is our fly free date. I’ll be honest, though, we think the fly free date is an urban legend anyhow.The conditions were nice and it planted really nice. We are planting into our soybean cover crop we planted at the end of July or first of August. The beans are over a foot tall and we are planting right through them. Our plan is to hurry up and get back in there with Roundup and Sharpen to kill the beans off and anything else in there before the wheat comes up. That is the narrow window we are in right now. We’ve got a couple of fields planted with more weeds than we’d like to see and we really want to get that sprayed. The other field is relatively clean and we don’t feel the pressure to get that sprayed. Eventually those beans will be frosted off and hopefully we’ll have a nice field of wheat coming. Whatever information we get from this experiment, we will hopefully never have to use again.The corn and the beans still look good. We are feeling a little behind. We are closing in on the end of September and we have beans that are pretty green yet. There are just a few yellow leaves here and there. This time last year we were harvesting hard at it. This year we are not in our comfort zone that’s for sure. A week ago we didn’t have any yellow leaves. It was all green. The week of hot weather really brought the beans and corn along. We are definitely not running out of moisture, but we still have a long way to go. We were down at the Farm Science Review and we couldn’t believe how dry it was and how the crops looked down there.We are still battling weeds. It has been a non-stop battle this year. Thy got so big and tall and they are so hard to control. We learned a lot of lessons. We need to be proactive in our spray program and make sure we stay on top of them.Nathan BrownI believe by Wednesday this week we will start harvesting some soybeans. The dry hot weather the last 14 days has really brought the crop along pretty fast, especially the soybeans. The early corn is finally getting close to black layer. We are still several weeks away from thinking about shelling corn, but I think we can get into soybeans this week. Further east on some of the gravel ground in Pickaway and Ross counties, some of those guys have started. Around here things are just not quite ready yet.Most guys have pretty well finished up with hay. There are a few fields that may get cut one more time. There is still some sorghum-sudan to cut for baleage. The dry hay is pretty well wrapped up.The cover crops we seeded in July are doing very well. The sunflowers are in full bloom so my wife is happy with how beautiful things look here on the farm. Last Thursday we flew about 400 acres of cover crop seed on. We were a little hesitant because of the dry weather and there wasn’t much rain in the forecast, but we have gotten several tenths of rain since then. I’m pretty excited we got those flown on and hopefully they have enough moisture to germinate.We are planning on planting 60 acres of wheat. There are people talking about wheat, but unless you have some prevented planting acres, most people didn’t get any early beans planted. If there is wheat planted it will be later than normal so I think there may be some cutback on wheat acres.We got our feeder calves all weaned and pastures are still holding up fairly well. We are excited to get some calves out on summer-planted cover crops this fall.last_img read more

Sponsor Post: Powering the Grid: The $200 Million GE ecomagination Challenge

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Sponsors#web rww sponsor 1 A major topic of interest among the tech-savvy is how to improve the power grid, which will enable us to reduce power and use it more efficiently, resulting in lower energy bills. The GE ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid is seeking the best new grid technologies, models, and processes for clean, usable energy. GE and its partners have committed to invest $200 million in ideas submitted by inventors, technologists, and entrepreneurs who come up with marketable ways to create and connect power with improved grid intelligence and efficiencies.Do you have creative ideas about power grid technology? If so, GE wants to hear from you.If your energy-saving grid solution is one of the ideas selected by the challenge judges, it might just come to life with the help of a cash grant, a GE research center fellowship, a cooperative product development agreement, and/or an equity investment.The GE ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid combines its eco-conscious effort with an interactive social community that tracks online votes, highlights contest entries, and provides facts and figures about grid technologies and renewable resources.To enter, visit the GE ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid site by Sept. 30, 2010, or download the free iPhone app. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Adverse Childhood Experiences | Self-Care

first_imgAs caregivers and/or service providers, we run the risk of experiencing “second-hand” trauma through our interactions with those we serve. The best way to minimize the possible effects of such trauma is to take good care of ourselves.Watch the short video below to learn simple and practical ways you can practice self-care!To learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) check out our blog series!This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on August 18, 2017.last_img read more

Shortcuts, Secrets, Tricks, Magic Bullets, and Shiny Objects

first_imgShortcuts: There isn’t any way to produce the results you need without doing the work that producing those results requires of you. If someone is selling that there is a shortcut that is made up of you not having to do the work, then it isn’t a shortcut; it’s a recipe for failure. The only real shortcut to producing results is to learn and execute proven strategies, i.e. training, coaching, modeling successful people, etc.Secrets: Anything that is commonly called a secret is nothing more than common knowledge and the collective wisdom of the ages. Most common knowledge can safely be called secrets because most salespeople don’t execute on the fundamentals. There are no secrets; it’s just that most people aren’t willing to do what is required to produce the result they want, so it might as well be a secret.Tricks: Tricks are usually the same thing as secrets. But when they’re not, they’re usually bad ideas. They’re ideas that step just over the line when it comes to honesty, integrity, professionalism, and craftsmanship. Like when someone says, “Here is a trick to get someone to call you back.” Tricks are never a good idea.Magic Bullets: Magic bullets are the single answer to all of your problems, issues, and challenges. The idea is that if you buy the magic bullet, your sales will skyrocket. You know these because they come with the warning that if you don’t buy the magic bullet, your doomed to fail. You know in your heart that is no magic bullet. Nothing worthwhile comes easy, and nothing good is free.Shiny Objects: It’s brand new and exciting. Everybody says it’s hot. It produces breakthrough results like nothing you’ve ever seen. And then the next “next” big thing comes along. But if the last shiny object was the answer to all of your prayers, why do you continually need a new shiny object? The truth is that shiny objects are fads. They are a reframing of an old truth. Chasing shiny objects only wastes your time, time that would be invested elsewhere.The Fundamentals: There isn’t anything sexy about the fundamentals. In fact, they’re kind of boring. You know a great deal about what you need to know and what you need to do, but you don’t do what is necessary because it’s difficult to execute the fundamentals well. So you look for easy answers, like shortcuts, secrets, tricks, magic bullets, and shiny objects. But fast is slow, and slow is fast.But the path to long term success and high performance runs straight through the fundamentals. There isn’t a straighter or faster method to get where you want to go. You just have to do the work.QuestionsWhy are easy answers so seductive?What hooks you? Secrets? Tricks? Magic bullets?What is the latest shiny object that’s caught your attention? Is it really the answer or is it another fad in a long line of fads that have hooked you?Why do we avoid the fundamentals when we know, intellectually anyway, that they’re what works?last_img read more

China State TV to ‘Suspend’ Broadcasts of NBA Exhibition Games

first_imgShanghai: China’s state-run broadcaster said on Tuesday it would “immediately suspend” plans to broadcast a pair of NBA pre-season exhibition games being staged in China this week as the fallout grew over an NBA’s executive’s tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong.”We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech,” China Central Television (CCTV) said on its social media account. “To this end, CCTV’s Sports Channel has decided to immediately suspend plans to broadcast the NBA preseason (China Games) and will immediately investigate all cooperation and communication involving the NBA.”The US basketball league is facing a mounting backlash in China over a tweet last week by Houston Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey expressing support for protesters in semi-autonomous Hong Kong who have staged increasingly violent demonstrations to demand more freedoms.The announcement made clear CCTV was referring to two annual NBA exhibition games in China, which this year pit the Los Angeles Lakers against the Brooklyn Nets.They are set to play in Shanghai on Thursday and in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Saturday.CCTV made no mention of games in the upcoming regular season, nor did it give any further details on its plans to review all ties with the NBA.The move by CCTV is the latest indication that the NBA may suffer significant damage in the hugely important Chinese market.CCTV and Tencent Holdings — which streams NBA games in China — had already said they would halt plans to broadcast Rockets games, while major Chinese sponsors have also cut ties.Nets players, executives and NBA officials were to appear at a publicity event at a Shanghai primary school on Tuesday afternoon, but the league abruptly cancelled it just two hours before it was to start, giving no explanation.NBA representatives did not immediately respond to AFP queries about whether the Lakers-Nets contests would be cancelled.The NBA has called Morey’s tweet “regrettable” but commissioner Adam Silver on Monday insisted that the league supported his right to express his opinions.”We are strongly dissatisfied with and oppose (Silver’s) comments in support of Morey’s right to free expression,” CCTV’s statement said. broadcastCCTVChinaDaryl Morey First Published: October 8, 2019, 12:58 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more