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Penza: Huge month of April lies ahead for the Humboldt State softball team

first_imgI wasn’t there in Stockton with the Humboldt State softball at the Tournament of Champions, but I had to think that head coach Shell Sarchett’s thought process after her team’s sixth and final game of the weekend had to be something along the lines of these next four words.“That’s more like it.”After splitting the opening day of the TOC — and playing some not-so-sound defense along the way — Humboldt looked more like Humboldt this past Saturday and Sunday to finish up the tournament with a …last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 23rd, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While some growers in the northern part of the State were able to begin planting due to warmer weather, most growers throughout the rest of the State continued to delay planting as their fields were too wet for planting activities, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 2.8 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 22nd. While corn and soybean planting progress moved somewhat, both are behind the five year averages. There were frosts early in the week, which raised concern about damage to wheat, fruit, and vegetables, as well as the emerged early planted corn and soybeans. Emerged corn is looking yellow and stressed, and some will need to be replanted if the weather cooperates. Hay fields were being chopped across the state, though much of it for haylage, as conditions made it too difficult for dry hay baling. Other activities included tillage, spraying, and fertilizer application.Read the entire report herelast_img read more

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Snow, rain lash hills of Himachal

first_imgAfter a prolonged dry spell, the middle and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh were lashed by heavy to moderate snowfall and the plains received a good spell of rain on Monday.The State capital of Shimla and the adjoining hill resorts like Kufri, Narkanda, Fagu and Mashobara received a moderate spell of snow, much to the delight of tourists. The higher peaks like Churdhar, Noradhar, Chanshel, Rohtang Pass and Dhauladhar ranges have also been covered by a heavy blanket of snow. More than three to four feet of snow has been reported in these mountain heights.The forecast of snowfall or rain on Monday in all these regions have been proved correct. The State was lashed by heavy wind and storm on Sunday night due to a definite western disturbance as predicted by weather experts.There are reports of fresh snowfall in Manikaran, Banjar, Mari, Solang Nalla, Palchan, Kothi and Malyana in Kullu district. The Jalori pass connecting Banjar and Ani in Kullu has also been closed to traffic due to heavy snowfall. A huge landslide on Malana Road resulting in more than 100 vehicles being stranded. Sowing process delayedFarmers and horticulturists have heaved a sigh of relief, although they are still longing for more in the days to come. There was a great paucity of rain and snow in the State this year and farmers had delayed sowing operation of all rabi crops. Water sources had also dried up in many areas and hydro-electric projects had lesser production due to decreased flow of water in the rivers. Many bus routes in the middle and higher hills were closed as a precautionary measure as they had become slippery and dangerous for light transport vehicles. No vehicles, including the State-owned HRTC buses, could ply on roads anterior to Shimla and Kinnaur districts. Special snow cutters and JCB machines have been deployed to open the roads, the administration said.Power supply, disrupted after heavy winds at night, could not be restored in many parts of Shimla and Nahan. There was a massive fall in day and night temperatures and the maximum temperature in many parts of Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur and Lahaul Spiti was less than 5 degrees Celsius on Monday.last_img read more

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Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls 2018: Apply now

first_imgInternshala has announced its annual scholarship, Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls 2018. The scholarship is meant to help advance one girl’s career in her chosen field.Eligibility criteriaAny Indian girl studying in college, between the ages of 17 to 23years (as of December 31, 2016), i.e. born between January 1, 1993 and December 31, 1999, with a career objective is eligible to apply.Scholarship amountThe scholarship is a one-time reward of INR 25,000 and is meant to advancethe girl’s career in some way — be it an allowance for pursuing aninternship or undertaking a project in the chosen field, payment towards a specialized training program, special equipment etc.About Internshala:Internshala was founded on December 29, 2010 and its second anniversary coincided with the sad demise of Nirbhaya. To appreciate the efforts of girl students, Internshala instituted the scholarship to recognise a girl who has fought against odds to pursue a career of her dreams in any field (Academics, Sports, and Arts etc).Important date: The last date for students to apply is January 15, 2018.Read: First customized online course launched in IIM Bangalore for women entrepreneursRead: CAT Results declared: IIM Lucknow releases admission criteria, other detailsFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Barkley denies Chelsea medical claims

first_imgTransfers Barkley denies claims he snubbed Chelsea after undergoing medical Last updated 2 years ago 19:55 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ross Barkley Everton Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Everton Premier League The Everton playmaker opted against making a move to Stamford Bridge on deadline day, with a decision on his next move pushed back to January Everton’s Ross Barkley snubbed a deadline day move to Chelsea but has moved to rubbish reports suggesting that he underwent a medical at Stamford Bridge.The England international travelled to London on Thursday to discuss a potential switch to the reigning Premier League champions.Everton 16/1 to win the Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina A £35 million deal was believed to be close, but the 23-year-old eventually decided against completing a switch at this stage.Barkley has now sought to clarify his decision, pointing out that he never passed a physical examination with the Blues and that he intends to reassess the issue of his future in January.Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point.— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) September 2, 2017I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) September 2, 2017Barkley was expected to be on the move before the summer deadline passed after taking the decision not to discuss an extended stay at Everton.Toffees boss Ronald Koeman admitted in July: “We made a really good offer to him to sign a new contract, he declined that contract and told me that he is looking for a new challenge.“Okay, he is not in Everton’s future any more. It is his decision. I need to respect that and see what happens.”Along with Chelsea, fellow title hopefuls Tottenham were also heavily linked with an approach for the highly-rated playmaker.The Blues ultimately made the biggest effort to bring him on board, but they will now have to wait until the New Year before launching a fresh raid.Barkley will have entered the final six months of his contract by then, which could see his asking price fall.For now, the Everton academy graduate needs to work on getting fully fit and putting himself in the best possible position to find regular game time at some stage this season, with inclusion in England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup still the ultimate goal.last_img read more

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15 days agoLiverpool forward Firmino on target for Brazil in Senegal draw

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool forward Firmino on target for Brazil in Senegal drawby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoberto Firmino was on target for Brazil in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Senegal in Singapore.The Liverpool striker opened the scoring after just eight minutes when he latched onto a pass from Manchester City rival Gabriel Jesus before chipping the ball past Alfred Gomis from close range.Senegal levelled with a penalty by Bristol City’s Famara Diedhiou on the stroke of half-time.Neymar made his 100th appearance for Selecao, becoming just the seventh man to do so.Firmino’s Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane also featured and nearly scored the winner for his country with five minutes remaining. last_img read more

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Bioplastics to social robotsnew tech to bring inclusivity

first_imgNew Delhi: From biodegradable plastics to humanoid robots, a new wave of emerging technologies is on the horizon that have the potential to provide major benefits to societies and economies in the years to come, a new World Economic Forum (WEF) report said. An international Steering Committee of leading technology experts identified this year’s “Top 10 Emerging Technologies” — humanoid (and animaloid) robots designed to socialize with people; a system for pinpointing the source of a food-poisoning outbreak in seconds and minuscule lenses that will pave the way for diminutive cameras and other devices, among others. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Technologies that are emerging today will soon be shaping the world tomorrow and well into the future – with impacts to economies and to society at large,” said Mariette DiChristina, Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American, and chair of the Emerging Technologies Steering Committee. Bioplastics are advanced solvents and enzymes that are transforming woody wastes into better biodegradable plastics. Like standard plastics derived from petrochemicals, biodegradable versions consist of polymers (long-chain molecules) that can be moulded while in their fluid state into a variety of forms. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “However, the options currently available – mostly made from corn, sugar cane, or waste fats and oils – generally lack the mechanical strength and visual characteristics of the standard kinds,” emphasized the report. Recent breakthroughs in producing plastics from cellulose or lignin (the dry matter in plants) promise to overcome those drawbacks. In an added boon for the environment, cellulose and lignin can be obtained from non-food plants, such as giant reed, grown on marginal land not suitable for food crops, or from waste wood and agricultural byproducts that would otherwise serve no function. Worldwide sales of consumer robots reached an estimated $5.6 billion in 2018 and the market is expected to grow to $19 billion by the end of 2025, with more than 65 million robots sold a year. “A wave of robots is lining up to take the place of defunct robots, including BUDDY (Blue Frog Robotics), a big-eyed mobile device that plays games in addition to acting as a personal assistant and providing home automation and security,” said the report. Like most robots, social robots use artificial intelligence (AI) to decide how to act on information received through cameras and other sensors. The ability to respond in ways that seem lifelike has been informed by research into such issues as how perceptions form, what constitutes social and emotional intelligence, and how people can deduce others’ thoughts and feelings. Another promising emerging tech of 2019 is tiny lenses. It is hard to make tiny lenses with traditional glass-cutting and glass-curving techniques, and the elements in a glass lens often need to be stacked to focus light properly. “Engineers have recently figured out much of the physics behind much smaller, lighter alternatives known as metalenses. These lenses could allow for greater miniaturization of microscopes and other laboratory tools, as well as of consumer products,” the report mentioned. In the next few years, the tiny lenses will probably make their way into smaller, easier-to-manufacture sensors, diagnostic tools such as endoscopic imaging devices and optical fibres. Those potential applications are appealing enough to have attracted research support from government agencies and such companies as Samsung and Google. Disordered proteins as drug targets will herald new possibilities for treating cancer and other diseases, said the report. These “intrinsically disordered proteins” (IDPs) looked different from the proteins with rigid structures that were more familiar in cells. IDPs were shape-shifters, appearing as ensembles of components that constantly changed configurations. This loose structure allows the IDPs to bring together a wide variety of molecules at critical moments, such as during a cell’s response to stress. “It is increasingly likely that in the next three to five years, these once “undruggable” proteins will end up in the crosshairs of pharmaceutical development,’ said the WEF report. Other emerging technologies on the list are: Smarter fertilizers that can reduce environmental contamination; collaborative telepresence where participants can be seen in virtual gatherings; advanced food tracking and packaging; safer nuclear reactors, DNA data storage; and utility-scale storage of renewable energy.last_img read more

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AP Interview Malaysias Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

first_imgPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – Malaysia’s prime minister says he will seek to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects that were signed by his predecessor as his government works to dig itself out of debt, and he blasted Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya minority as “grossly unjust.”Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made the comments during a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press on Monday, days before the 93-year-old leader heads to Beijing for his first visit there since returning to power in an electoral upset three months ago.Mahathir said he wants to maintain good relations with China and welcomes its investment, so long as the investment benefits Malaysia. But he wants to cancel an east coast rail link and two gas pipelines estimated to cost more than $22 billion.last_img read more

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BC Hydros archaeology finds under the Site C Heritage Program

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The majority of the required archaeology work has been completed under the Site C Heritage Program, such as the dam site, the transmission line corridor, and the reservoir.What remains for archaeology work is the Highway 29 road realignments and to the temporary access roads that are needed to access the reservoir for tree clearing.The Site C Heritage Program has been underway for nearly 10 years and is the largest heritage study conducted in B.C. The upcoming 2019 field season is the tenth consecutive year of onsite research for the program, shares David Conway, Community Relations Manager, Site C Clean Energy Project. Conway goes on to share, the Research involves multiple crews of archaeologists and First Nations working throughout the spring and summer months, as the weather conditions allow to mitigate the project’s impact on heritage resources. This being done by the operation ensuring they are operating in compliance with the Heritage Conservation Act – the Provincial legislation that protects archaeological sites from unnecessary or inadvertent impacts. The purpose of the act is “to encourage and facilitate the protection and conservation of heritage property in British Columbia.”Two professional archaeologists and two or three First Nations representatives make up a standard archaeology field crew, who work collaboratively to complete field studies. More than 100 archaeological field assistants have come from nearby Indigenous communities. Additionally, all archaeology permit applications and archaeology report drafts are sent to the affected First Nations for their review and input, prior to finalization. Conway shares they also work closely with First Nations to identify areas or locations that they feel should be looked at more closely by the archaeology program.BC Hydro has made discoveries since 2010, field crews have carried out about 80,000 shovel tests and analyzed more than 450 archaeological sites and hundreds of thousands of artifacts.Workers from Peace River Hydro Partners, the main civil works contractor on the Site C project, were digging a utility trench next to their site office in the fall of 2016 when they came across something that looked like an animal bone. They shut down their excavator and activated the heritage ‘chance find procedure’, a process that stops work immediately if a potential artifact or heritage object is discovered at a work site.The bone would be the remains of a bison. The excavation took place over a 10-day period in August 2017. Nine professional paleontologists, archaeologists and field assistants worked carefully to unearth the remains. Because the bison was found in soft, silty sand, the skeleton was in very good condition. It was approximately three metres long, not including the tail, and when alive, the bison would have weighed nearly 2,000 lbs. Once fully excavated, the bison’s bones were photographed, documented, and packaged for safe transportation to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria. The museum will store the bones and determine if further study should be undertaken.Conway continues to share that a sample analysis was taken of the bison bone by a specialized radiocarbon dating lab, where it was able to confirm the bone belonged to a 12,500-year-old bison. Conway goes on to say “This is one of the oldest bison ever found in northeastern B.C., and its discovery forms an important part of the region’s and our province’s paleontological history.” Other top paleontological finds were fossilized remains of animal specimens, ammonites, and Cretaceous sponge and fish sites.last_img read more

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