first_imgThis year’s SA Sports Awards took place in Bloemfontein on Sunday evening. The awards acknowledge local sporting heroes who have excelled in their respective sporting fields.Olympic champion Caster Semenya scooped a number of awards in her absence, bagging Sports Star of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year and People’s Choice awards.SA’s golden girl has experienced win after win in 2018. She reached an 800m personal best of 1:54.25 in the Paris Diamond League that took place in June this year, followed by another seven Diamond League wins, and her most recent wins at the IAAF Continental Cup, claiming the 800m title and the silver medal in the 400m, where she set a new South African record of 49.62.Swimming star, Tatjana Schoenmaker won New Comer of the Year for her wins at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, while Banyana Banyana were voted as the National Team of the Year, following their Cosafa Women’s Championship win in Port Elizabeth this year.Winners of the night include:Sports star of the year: Caster SemenyaSportsman of the year: Chad le ClosSportswoman of the Year: Caster SemenyaSportsman of the year with disability: Mdodozi NtutuSportswoman of the year with disability: Anrune LiebenbergTeam of the year: Banyana BanyanaNewcomer of the year: Tatjana SchoenmakerCoach of the year: Samuel SepengVolunteer of the year: Linda HlopheIndigenous games team of the year: Morabaraba TeamThe Recreation body of the year: Mavu Sport DevelopmentNational Federation of the year: SoftballSchool team of the year: St Benedict’s CollegeDeveloping school of the year: Machakela-Mamodibo Secondary SchoolSport Administrator of the Year: Virginia MabasoPeople’s Choice Award: Caster SemenyaThe country’s excellence in sports contributes to building a competitive and competent Nation Brand. Brand South Africa congratulates all the winners and nominees of the night.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterCOLBY, Kan. (DTN) — The first day of the Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Red Winter (HRW) Wheat Tour wrapped up with a total weighted average yield estimate of 46.9 bushels per acre (bpa), up from 38.2 bpa last year.The tour made 240 stops to measure wheat, most of them a muddy affair, as showers and thunderstorms pelted many of the tour’s routes through central and northern Kansas, as well as the southernmost counties of Nebraska.That moisture has been a game changer for the quality and yield potential of this year’s winter wheat crop, noted Doug Bounds, the Kansas state statistician for USDA NASS.“Last year roughly 97% of the state was in some state of drought at this time,” he said. “Now zero percent of the state is in a drought. So we have drastically different conditions this year.”As a result, estimated yields ran consistently higher than last year on the tour’s first day, even as some dry soils emerged in the western half of the state. Justin Gilpin, CEO of Kansas Wheat, piloted a car on the green route, which traveled through the state’s northern tier of counties. There, scouts found yields averaging roughly 10 bushels per acre above last year. On the blue route through central Kansas, tour organizer and Wheat Quality Council Executive Vice President Dave Green scouted fields with an average of 49 bpa — 14 bushels above last year’s blue route average on day one of the tour.However, the historically low wheat acreage in Kansas was also visible Tuesday, Gilpin said. Winter wheat acres in Kansas dropped to 7 million acres this year, the lowest since 1910.“As someone who has been on the tour several times, the most noticeable thing to me is that there are a lot fewer wheat acres, especially on that northern tier of counties,” he said. “I think we’ll see more corn acres replace those wheat acres.”Most wheat fields were also behind their average pace of development, with fields in northern and central Kansas ranging from tillering to flag leaf growth stages, with only a few in the boot stage. Fields became noticeably less mature as the tour routes moved westward. Most scouts estimated the fields they visited ranged from six to eight weeks from harvest.Nearly half the winter wheat crop was planted late due to persistent wet weather in October, noted Romulo Lollato, Extension wheat and forages specialist for Kansas State University. “There is a very big difference between fields planted in early October and September and late October and November,” he explained. Cool-to-moderate temperatures this spring have not encouraged the crop to catch up, he added.Scouts on the blue route encountered one such underdeveloped field in Rooks County, where the farmer explained that rain and soybean harvest had stalled planting until Oct. 19. The wheat had barely made it out of the ground before dormancy and was still tillering, with a calculated yield potential of just 28 bpa.Less mature wheat requires some adjustments to estimate yield potential accurately, noted Aaron Harries, vice president of research and operations for Kansas Wheat. When heads have not emerged yet on the wheat plant, the tour’s formula for calculating yield must rely on the number of stems on a wheat plant, which are all theoretically capable of producing a head.“The yield formula accounts for the fact that the wheat plant will slough off some tillers,” Harries said. “They won’t all make it unless conditions are ideal, which is rare. So the formula does account for that happening.”Most scouts encountered little disease on their routes. Some routes encountered minor freeze damage, in the form of burned leaf tips, but most wheat was not far enough along to suffer damage to wheat heads on this portion of the tour.Lollato noted some patchy nutrient deficiencies in some fields on his car’s route, which explored the very center counties of Kansas before heading northward to Colby. “It’s been so cold for so long that organic matter and sulfur hasn’t started being released as much as it should,” he noted. “And with all the rainfall over this winter, we might have lost some of our nitrogen through denitrification or leaching, depending on soil type.” As the weather warms this spring, nutrient availability could improve, he added.Overall, Green said he was impressed by the wheat potential in central and northern Kansas.“This is really good wheat for this area,” he noted. “I think we’ll hear the words ‘above-average’ a lot.”Each year the tour asks guest speakers from other states to present yield estimates from their regions. A representative from Nebraska estimated average yield in that state of 44 bpa, with a total estimated production of 47.4 million bushels, down from 49.5 million bushels last year. A representative from Colorado estimated that the state’s wheat crop would average 46.5 bpa, for a total production of 97.2 million bushels, up from 70.2 million bushels last year.Wednesday, scouts will wind their way through western, southwestern and south-central Kansas, with one route dipping into northern Oklahoma, before ending the day in Wichita.Follow Emily Unglesbee on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee for live coverage of the tour this week.Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.unglesbee@dtn.com(PS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#search#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Large quantities of low quality content, of marginal relevance, intended to draw visitors through search, but drive them to click through ads to other sites – that’s what’s called a content farm. The voices of critics of Google are getting louder with allegations that the world’s leading search engine has been thoroughly gamed and is now drowning in content farmed links. Content farm is a very subjective designation, though.Search startup Blekko is betting that web users want to search without seeing results from companies that are pumping out low-quality content just for the ad revenue. But is one person’s low quality content another person’s more-accessible reading material? Today Blekko released a list of the top 20 domains that its users have clicked the “SPAM” button on in their search results. Content from those sites will never show up in a Blekko search again, the company says. What do you think of this list?“These sites are the worst spam publishers on the Web according to our users,” said Rich Skrenta, CEO of Blekko. “They are literally responsible for millions of pages on the Web that our users say are just not helpful and they’d prefer they were banned permanently. So we’re going to do that for them.”The list is: ehow.comexperts-exchange.comnaymz.comactivehotels.comrobtex.comencyclopedia.comfixya.comchacha.com123people.comdownload3k.competitionspot.comthefreedictionary.comnetworkedblogs.combuzzillions.comshopwiki.comwowxos.comanswerbag.comallexperts.comfreewebs.comcopygator.comWant to see what search results from those domains look like? You can’t do it using Blekko anymore, but here’s a Google Custom Search Engine that searches inside just those domains alone. LoadingAre These Spam Domains? Maybe NotA lot of these domains are pretty obnoxious, but that’s just my opinion. Other peoples’ opinions are different. People complain about Demand Media’s eHow, for example, but the site also has one of the most popular free iPhone apps in the iTunes store. The content is directly useful, highly readable and easy to navigate.In a semi-literate, post-functional world, people need basic instructions on everyday matters. Picture the dystopia in the movie Back to the Future II, where Biff ends up a powerful media mogul and the world is awash in insipid, screeching, 24-hour infomercials. That’s kind of where we live, folks, and our brains have turned a little softer than some of us might like as a result.Where else are you going to learn about basic things in this world? On Wikipedia? Have you read a Wikipedia entry lately? In a semi-literate, post-functional world, people need basic instructions on everyday matters. Picture the dystopia in the movie Back to the Future II, where Biff ends up a powerful media mogul and the world is awash in insipid, screeching, 24-hour infomercials. That’s kind of where we live, folks, and our brains have turned a little softer than some of us might like as a result.Where else are you going to learn about basic things in this world? On Wikipedia? Have you read a Wikipedia entry lately? They trend wonky, over-detailed from the top and according to a New York Times report yesterday, written almost entirely by men.The content on the domains above may seem like spam to the egg-headed geniuses behind Blekko, and the highly discerning early customers of that site, but I don’t think they always look like spam to the rest of the people on the web. Fixya is another domain that’s on that list that I guarantee loads of everyday people are thankful for, not calling for banishment of. The site is littered with advertisements and poor writing. News flash: so is the rest of the world. That might offend the sensibilities of enough sophisticated Blekko users to click that Spam button on the Blekko site, but we’ll see who wins long-term – Blekko or the content farms.I use Blekko every day. But I don’t use it for “spam control.” The determination of whether something is spam or not is really about context. I use Blekko for other types of context filtering. The ability to set up custom lists of domains not to exclude, but to limit a search to, is what’s most useful for me about Blekko. I use the site to limit my searches and see what tech bloggers have written about a subject, or what tech industry analysts have, or bloggers who cover developments in the Middle East, or venture capitalists. I understand that most people don’t want to perform searches limited to contexts as sophisticated as that, perhaps. But those same masses of users who don’t want to do anything too sophisticated are also likely to want some easy-to-read tutorial content like what you find on eHow. Is Blekko intending to serve just people who are interested in creating their own topical collections, or are they aimed at mainstream users? Do mainstream users really dislike these sites that Blekko is now banishing? I’m not so sure they do.Banishing “content farms” may make sense in the minds of the people behind Blekko, but I’m not sure it’s the best idea for everyone.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say PSG star Kylian Mbappe taking Spanish lessonsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Kylian Mbappe appears to be preparing for a move to Spain, it has been revealed.Mbappe is expected to attract a record bid from Real Madrid next summer amid claims in Spain of personal terms having already been struck.And L’Equipe says Mbappe is already preparing for the move by taking Spanish language lessons.Indeed, Mbappe often converses with Neymar in Spanish inside the locker room. Neymar is fluent thanks to his time with Barcelona.Interestingly, it’s also been revealed today that Neymar has never bothered to learn French during his two years in Paris. last_img read more

first_imgChelsea duo Kovacic, Ampadu substituted in Croatia-Wales stalemateby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea duo Mateo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu were both substituted in Wales and Croatia’s 1-1 stalemate on Sunday.Tottenham’s Ben Davies went through the back of Kovacic right on the stroke of half-time, with the midfielder not returning after the break.Three minutes into the second half Bruno Petkovic clattered into Ampadu from behind, with Ampadu quickly being replaced by Joe Merrell.Gareth Bale’s goal cancelled out Nikola Vlasic’s ninth minute opener, keeping Wales’ hopes of qualification for Euro2020 alive. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – While working as a sexual health educator in Calgary several years ago, artist and activist Mikiki would often gently correct clients who said they had never met a gay person. Actually, you probably have but just didn’t know it, Mikiki would explain.Today, living and working in Toronto, Mikiki says similar conversations happen frequently about HIV.“When people say, ‘I don’t know anybody who’s HIV-positive,’ I’m like, ‘If you live in Toronto, you actually do,’” says Mikiki.“You’ve totally met people who are living with HIV. Do they feel comfortable to come out to you about their HIV status? Probably not.”Mikiki is one of 14 HIV-positive chefs who developed the menu and cooked the food at June’s HIV+ Eatery, a pop-up restaurant organized by Casey House, a Toronto hospital for people living with HIV and AIDS. The restaurant is named after the late June Callwood, one of the hospital’s founders, who was inspired to provide comfort and empathy to young men dying of AIDS after her 20-year-old son Casey was killed by a drunk driver.June’s is billed as Canada’s first HIV-positive restaurant and was launched to help dispel outdated myths. The idea came after a recent study found that half of Canadians said they wouldn’t knowingly eat or share food prepared by someone who is HIV-positive. Many incorrectly believed HIV could be transmitted through skin-to-skin touch, saliva, or by sharing glasses or cutlery.“The numbers are kind of staggering, but it wasn’t overly surprising,” says Joanne Simons, CEO of Casey House. “For the clients that Casey House serves, that stigma is very real on a very daily basis.”At the restaurant, the chefs wear aprons emblazoned with myth-busting slogans like “Kiss the HIV+ cook,” and “I got HIV from pasta, said no one ever.”Matt Basile, chef at Toronto’s Fidel Gastro, came on board to train the cooks and help them develop the menu.The experience level in the kitchen ranges “from the good to the bad to the ugly,” says Guy Bethell, one of the chefs on the crew, who has been living with HIV for 30 years.“I’m a soup and stew guy, I keep it pretty easy. But everybody had something to bring to the table, and Matt was able to pull threads from all of us.”June’s quickly sold out its two-night run and organizers hope to hold similar events in the future.Medical advancements related to HIV have changed dramatically in the last 30 years: once a terminal illness, it can now be treated with a combination of medications. But Simons says in many ways, public perception is stuck in the 1980s.“When it was a death sentence there was a lot of fear and a lot of misunderstanding about the disease,” she says. “We really need to take the opportunity to make sure people are educated about HIV and what it means today.”Mikiki says the representation of HIV in popular culture and media hasn’t caught up with medical advancements and often focuses on death and tragedy, or the criminalization of non-disclosure.While working at a Toronto clinic, Mikiki noticed that “the amount of anxiety that people would feel … was completely dismantled or diffused” if they knew at least one person living with HIV.“Sometimes I would use that as an opportunity to come out about my status and talk about how essentially normal and in a lot of ways boring my life can be, living with HIV, in terms of managing it as a health condition.”Simons says her ideal outcome from the pop-up restaurant would be a dramatic change in public awareness. She hopes that “if we were to run our stigma survey again in the next few months or years, the results will be much more favourable.”Mikiki says the experience of serving and preparing food allows people with HIV the opportunity to show the general public what living with the virus actually means.“It allows us to be seen as, honestly, just as humans.”last_img read more

first_imgThe only way to protect the plaintiff was to prevent the search results from being displayed where they do the most harm: on Google’s global search results.Last, the Supreme Court concluded that freedom of expression concerns raised by Google and its supportive interveners were at best theoretical. The speech contained on the sites did not engage any freedom of expression values, but rather violated multiple court orders. The Supreme Court found that “most countries will likely recognize… the selling of pirated products as a legal wrong” and that freedom of expression does not require Google to engage in “the facilitation of the unlawful sale of goods.”Music Canada, together with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), has been actively involved in this case since it was first appealed to the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Both the Supreme Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeal referred to their assistance in rendering their decisions.“Today’s decision confirms that online service providers cannot turn a blind eye to illegal activity that they facilitate; on the contrary, they have an affirmative duty to take steps to prevent the Internet from becoming a black market,” said Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. “This is welcome news for creators of all stripes who rely on the Internet as their primary market and for whom illegal online activity can instantly wipe out careers and destroy investment in new releases. Today’s decision provides a vital remedy to address illegal online activities and enforce the rights of creators.”About Music CanadaMusic Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada:  Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada.  Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster. Importantly, today’s decision also ensured that the order applies worldwide and across all of Google’s search engines, a crucial development given that the Internet has largely dissolved boundaries between countries and allowed virtual wrongdoers to move from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in search of the weakest enforcement setting.In particular, the Supreme Court emphasized: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, June 28, 2017  – Music Canada welcomes today’s landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision in Equustek Solutions v. Google upholding a ruling that Google can no longer provide search results anywhere in the world that point to a website that unlawfully sells the intellectual property of another company. Music Canada joined several other creative industry associations as interveners supporting Equustek in the case.The case establishes principles that will guide the responsibilities of Internet intermediaries to reduce or eliminate harms amplified by their activities.  In the case, Google admitted that it employs a team of more than 40 employees to remove search results to material that offend its company policies, but resisted a court order compelling it to do the same with respect to sites trafficking in goods created from stolen trade secrets.The Supreme Court ordered Google to stop directing people to the illegal sites.  It rejected Google’s approach of only de-listing individual pages within sites, which a lower court described as promoting a “Whack-A-Mole” approach to online infringement. It also rejected Google’s claim that, as a non-party, it was “immune” to court orders. It concluded that Google was “the determinative player in allowing the harm to occur” and suggested it had a “duty to assist the person wronged”. “The problem in this case is occurring online and globally. The Internet has no borders – its natural habitat is global. The only way to ensure the interlocutory injunction [order] attained its objective was to have it apply where Google operates – globally.” Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Former All-Pro NFL linebacker Joey Porter returned to Colorado State last week to complete his bachelor’s degree and to answer a long-standing arrest warrant.Porter, who is currently an undergraduate student assistant coach with the Rams’ football team, turned himself in early Wednesday morning at the Larimer County Jail for a failure to appear on a warrant that dates back to his time as a student at Colorado State University in 1999.On May 3, 1999, Porter received a ticket for speeding and driving with a restricted license. He made it to two court dates, but failed to show up on his final court date. The Fort Collins Police issued a warrant for his arrest on Oct. 10, 1999.Court Records show that Porter was a repeat offender  for driving illegally in Larimer County, while he was a student at Colorado State.Colorado State football coach Jim McElwain said that Porter can use this as a teaching moment for young players to understand why they should stay out of trouble. read more

Nice try, Tiger.That “press release” apology was less than amusing and far from convincing.Sure, you admit that you are a disappointment, but you are more than a disappointment; you are a disgrace.You apologized to your fans, co-workers and the millions of children who look up to you, but they do not accept.Your foundation provided hope and education to millions of children, children who no longer look to you as a role model, but as a failure. They will no longer cheer for you or support you.We no longer have to question who you are. The media has exposed the true you.You have the audacity to blame the media for the explosive controversy concerning your affairs. The media is not at fault, though. You are.I’m sorry the media is following your children to school and stalking your wife. You should have considered how the ramifications of your actions would affect your family. You exposed your family to the public eye and it is your job to protect them, not the media’s.      You claim that your wife does not deserve blame, but deserves praise. I agree. By no means are your extramarital affairs her fault, and on the same note she deserves more than praise. She deserves respect. Who deemed you worthy of playing by these “different rules”?You claim that you deserve to enjoy temptations because of money and fame. What you deserve is a one-bedroom apartment just big enough for you to write child support checks from. Your repeated irresponsibility has proven that you have blatant disregard for your wife, children, mother and friends, not to mention your sponsors and loyal fans.   Instead of convincing yourself that the rules do not apply to you, try convincing yourself that one day your children will be old enough to understand this, with the hope that they forgive you. You put your needs above the needs of your family, and for that they may never forgive you.The shame you have brought to your family will fade but will never disappear. Take another good long look at yourself. I hope you see that your lying and cheating has earned you nothing but disgust. Making amends? We just hope you don’t repeat those mistakes.You say it is not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. You have achieved a lot, but you sure as hell have a lot to overcome.You are correct. When setting an example, character and decency are what really count. Your character will forever be tarnished and you have shown you have no decency.Go back to your Buddhist ways. Stop following every impulse and restrain instead. An indefinite leave of absence from golf is the understatement of the year. You can’t possibly be considering playing in the Masters in April, let alone at all this year. It doesn’t matter how great of a player you are; you have single-handedly destroyed your character and furthermore your career. Do us all a favor and retire from golf all together. You have wasted more skill than any other one person. You bring nothing to the game but shame.If you want your family, fans and the media to make room in our hearts to believe you, make your apology concrete.As hard as it may be to express sincere regret in a press conference apology, the true testament to your apology with be followed by your actions. That is why I’d like to see you remove yourself from the golf course long enough to prove to your wife that you love her and are committed to fixing your family. Endless therapy is a good start, but spend every waking moment with your family. Show your wife that she is more important than therapy, golf and other women.  The public may one day believe that you are truly sorry, but by no means will we cheer for you again. read more

Ohio State freshman guard Luther Muhammad (1) dribbles the ball in the second half of the game against Purdue on Jan. 23. Ohio State lost 79-67. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State and No. 5 Michigan looked as if it had traded places to start their first matchup of the season. The Buckeyes, having won once in all of January, came out with a torrid offense, shooting 50 percent from the field. The Wolverines, winning 33 of their past 35 games dating back to the 2017-18 season, were shooting 39.4 percent from the field.But the game was tied at 19 with 8:10 to go in the first half, with Ohio State allowing Michigan opportunities after turning the ball over five times in that stretch compared to the Wolverines’ one. The Wolverines settled in late in the first half, going to the locker room scoring seven unanswered points, which Ohio State never recovered from. The Buckeyes, allowing Michigan to shoot 44 percent in the second half, fell 65-49 to the fifth-ranked team in the country in their only matchup of the regular season.The loss was the largest of the season for Ohio State, and the fewest points the Buckeyes have scored this season. Michigan and Ohio State returned to its respective roles in the second half as the Buckeyes shot 30 percent from the field, making 2-of-12 from 3. But the Wolverines navigated Ohio State switching between man and zone defense, attempting 26 3-pointers in the game, connecting on 41.7 percent in the second half. However, Ohio State’s deficit was caused by mistakes the team made in the first half. The Buckeyes finished the first half with 11 turnovers, with sophomore guard Musa Jallow, freshman guard Luther Muhammad and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods combining for seven. This hurt Ohio State late in the half, allowing Michigan sophomore guard Jordan Poole to steal the ball, passing it to senior guard Charles Matthews on a fastbreak who, after grabbing an offensive board after missing his first attempt, connected on a layup, giving the Wolverines a 32-26 lead to end the half. Ohio State finished the game with 19 turnovers with five players recording multiple turnovers. Early on, the Buckeyes showed some consistency with its offense. Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson and senior guard C.J. Jackson combined for 18 of the 26 first-half points, making 7-of-11 from the field. But like the rest of the Ohio State offense, both Jackson and Wesson cooled off drastically in the second half, combining to make 2-of-7 attempts from the field. Jackson finished the game with 11 points and eight rebounds, adding four assists. Wesson added a team-leading 12 points with seven rebounds, but struggled again with foul troubles, fouling out with five, including a technical foul after a scuffle in the second half. But neither Wesson nor Jackson on the perimeter could contain Michigan junior guard Zavier Simpson, finishing the game with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, recording his first triple-double of his career and the sixth in team history. Ohio State will return home Saturday to take on Rutgers at noon. read more