Stafanie Taylor, the Jamaican who led the regional women’s cricket team to its first ICC World T20 title, was treated to a welcome-home ceremony fit for a heroine inside the Pineapple Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.In attendance at yesterday’s event were Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who also represents the Spanish Town constituency from whence the cricketer hails; and Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, who praised the Jamaican for having “team spirit that we have never seen before”.It was Taylor’s third time at the World Cup and first in the leadership role, having been appointed captain in September last year.”The road has been really rough, I can tell you being the captain and the leader. It left me with no friends,” she joked.”When we got into Barbados, I got a reception that I’ve never received before; I felt like a superstar when we arrived in Barbados yesterday, and today, it was like a reminder of feeling like a superstar,” she told the media.The 24-year-old said thanks to the fans, supporters, sponsors and her family at home who were eagerly awaiting her arrival.”Today, it is Spanish Town day,” joked Grange, who said all the people of the Caribbean will be talking about her constituent for years.”I am really happy to be here again. Stafanie has been a source of inspiration for many of us. Years from now, we will be talking about this little girl from Gordon Pen in Spanish Town that led a band of heroines from the Caribbean and made history in Kolkata, India,” said Grange.She added that “a big session” will take place for Taylor in Gordon Pen today and also assured that plans will begin soon to rehabilitate the Stafanie Taylor Oval at Eltham High School, where Taylor’s talent blossomed while a student there.Taylor, who was named Player of the Tournament for her consistent contribution, was named captain of the ICC Select World T20 team of the tournament, which includes fellow West Indies player, Barbadian all rounder Deandra Dottin.Patrick King, director of customer solutions, Digicel, which is the main sponsor of West Indies cricket, said his organisation remains proud to be a part of the ascendancy of the game in the region.The West Indies men’s team also won the World T20 title, on Sunday in England, and in February, the West Indies Under-19 team won the ICC Youth World Cup in Sri Lanka.
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Serena Williams wins Cincinnati opener Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Such a ball just sold for $623,369, SCP auctions said Monday. That crushes the record of $345,000 for a signed baseball, set in 2013 for a Ruth-Gehrig ball.The seller was not identified, and the winner who outbid 28 other prospective buyers for the ball was identified only as a Southern California collector.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The only living original inductee who didn’t sign the ball was Lou Gehrig, who on that day was headed to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where he’d be diagnosed with ALS, the disease that would end his career, take his life and unofficially bear his name.It was on June 12, 1939, that the Baseball Hall of Fame first opened its doors, though it had been choosing members for three years by then. Most were already dead. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins File – In this June 12, 1939 file photo, these baseball stars were pictured as they attended the dedication and their induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Front row; Eddie Collins, Babe Ruth, Connie Mack, Cy Young; Rear row left to right; Hans Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Napoleon Lajoie, George Sisler and Walter Johnson. A baseball with the signatures of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and eight other legends of the game has sold for more than $600,000. The players all signed the ball on the same day in 1939, when they had gathered to become the first class to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. SCP Auctions said Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, that it has sold for just over $623,000. That crushes the previous record of $345,000 for a signed ball, set in 2013. (AP Photo/File)LOS ANGELES — How could a baseball artifact possibly top a ball signed by both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig?How about a ball signed by Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins and Pete Alexander, on the day they all entered the Baseball Hall of Fame?ADVERTISEMENT Owen put his ball in a safe-deposit box, and his family kept it until 1997, when it sold for $55,000.Greenberg’s ball has been lost to history.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Marv Owen, the star Detroit Tigers third baseman then playing for the Chicago White Sox, was in Cooperstown, New York, to play in an exhibition marking the occasion. His former teammate Hank Greenberg was also there, and had brought along two balls for the inductees to sign, but was too bashful to approach them. Owen wasn’t, and got all 11 to sign. He kept one for himself and gave the other to Greenberg.“With autographed balls, very few can you trace to the point of origin, the point of signing, where you know the circumstances of where it was acquired,” said Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions. “It’s incredible. It almost puts you in that moment, which is very, very rare for a ball.”Several signed balls have survived from that day, but most have signatures from other players or dignitaries that diminish their value.The names weren’t haphazardly scrawled all over the ball, either. It was as though Owen had future collectors in mind when he collected the signatures in dark, lasting ink. And their placement doesn’t seem random either. On one panel of the ball, stacked atop each other, are Cobb, Ruth and Wagner, at the time considered the three greatest players of all time, with Walter Johnson, then considered the greatest pitcher of all time, hovering above them.“Ultimately that panel of Cobb, Ruth, Wagner is what puts it over the top,” said Kevin Keating of Professional Sports Authenticator, who verified the ball’s legitimacy. “Those are the elite of the elite. The fact that he got those guys the way he did, in that perfect order on one panel, it’s almost as if it’s by design.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES
Coach Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers (1-4) are increasingly devoid of playmakers. That’s glaringly true on an injury-riddled offense. It also is apparent on a 49ers defense that couldn’t force rookie … WATCH: San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard on turnovers. Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery or video on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Five turnovers aren’t all that doomed the 49ers to a 28-18 loss Sunday to the previously winless Arizona Cardinals.
25 July 2012 “I play before capacity crowds and get an awful sense of fulfillment from that. But the emotion cannot compare to listening to Florence this morning.” So said Sir Elton John after listening to Florence Ngobeni-Allen, an HIV-positive mother from Soweto, Johannesburg, speak during a Congressional Global Aids breakfast meeting he hosted on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Tuesday.Call for US Congress to keep funding war on Aids During the breakfast, hosted in partnership with UNAids, Sir Elton urged senior members of Congress to keep US dollars flowing to the global effort to combat and eventually end the HIV/Aids pandemic. The breakfast was one many events taking place alongside the 19th International Aids Conference. Ngobeni-Allen shared the stage in the Kennedy Caucus Room with Sir Elton, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, and US senators, congressmen and congresswomen. Among the guests present were the former presidents of Botswana and Mozambique, Quett Masire and Joachim Chissano.The reality of living with HIV When it came to her turn to address the gathering, Ngobeni-Allen told her personal story of HIV. “I discovered that I was HIV-positive after the birth of my first child, Nomthunzi, who died when she was only five months old,” Ngobeni-Allen said. “At that time, HIV treatment was non-existent for children in South Africa, and barely even available for adults.” She was devastated by the loss of her baby. A little while later, she lost her partner too. She had to make a decision whether she was going to fight or give up. She decided to fight. Her fight-back involved disclosing her HIV status – something that was not easy given the stigma then associated with HIV/Aids – and counselling pregnant women living with HIV. She became an activist as well as a counsellor, speaking out on issues related to HIV/Aids, especially access to treatment.‘Thank you to the American people’ Ngobeni-Allen was full of praises for the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar), initiated by former US president George Bush, and the American leadership in general, which had made antiretroviral treatment and programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV more widely available across the world. “I am alive today because of Pepfar,” Ngobeni-Allen said. “Thank you to the American people for their generosity.” She also thanked Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and the government for taking unambiguous steps to address the pandemic in South Africa, and for enhancing coordination in the fight against HIV/Aids in the country. Today, Ngobeni-Allen is married with two children, both of whom are HIV-negative. She is a strong advocate of providing antiretroviral therapy to pregnant women living with HIV to prevent the transmission of HIV to infants. With tears – of joy, she said – streaming down her cheeks, and an audience captivated by her courage and eloquence, Ngobeni-Allen went back to her seat – but not without a sustained applause and a standing ovation.‘Finish this job’ – Sir Elton John Sir Elton, in his address to the gathering, urged members of Congress to keep US dollars flowing to the global effort to combat HIV/Aids. “I beg the Senate to maintain its funding,” Sir Elton said. “You are the country that everyone looks to. Do not take your foot off the accelerator, finish this job.” There was a light moment when Sir Elton departed from his prepared speech and remarked: “The feeling in this room today … is like the great feeling of the sixties. It’s so apparent there is such love in this room. There is no marijuana! Well I hope not, but if so, pass it around. “But no, there’s no need for anything like that. What we have here is the human spirit … the power of people working together for good is an unstoppable force.” Sir Elton told the people who control the purse strings of the US: “What America does for its people makes it strong. What you do for others makes you great.” SANews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfo
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Reid Abbott, Field Agronomy Manager for AgroLiquidIn my house, two words — “assembly required” — have come close to ruining more Christmas mornings than the Grinch himself. For many growers it seems the words “fertility program” can cause as much anxiety as staring down a Barbie Dreamhouse box under the tree. One savior that occasionally graces us with its presence both on Christmas morning and in the field however, is a good set of instructions. The right manual can ease the assembly process and increase the likelihood of a job well-done. When determining a fertility program, a soil sample report is that instruction manual and can very well keep you from running to the bowl of egg nog.Upon first glance, a complete soil sample report can look like something a nuclear engineer carries in his briefcase. However, when each component is broken down, a picture of the soil conditions and needs start to come together. Organic matter percentage, cation exchange capacity, pH and base saturation percentages should be included on any standard soil test and are key to understanding the physical and chemical characteristics of a soil.Organic matter percentage gives a grower an idea of the overall health of his soil as well as a rough estimate of certain naturally occurring nutrient releases (such as nitrogen) throughout the growing season. Cation exchange capacity (CEC) indicates the nutrient holding capacity of a soil and to an extent the soil’s texture.As many are aware, the pH measures the hydrogen ion concentration (or acidity) of a soil. This value can give a grower insight in to how available (or unavailable) essential plant nutrients are in the soil. Finally, the base saturation percentages quantify the relationship between calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), potassium (K), hydrogen (H) and sodium (Na) in the soil. Depending on how these nutrients align with each other can widely affect the soil’s physical and chemical properties, nutrient interactions and a crop’s success. Agronomists use these values plus the soil’s CEC and pH when recommending soil amendments to determine the type of product (lime, gypsum, etc) and amount to be used to correct an imbalance in the soil.After determining the opportunities and limitations due to the soil’s properties as discussed previously, a grower can accurately predict a yield goal and look to the individual nutrient levels to further develop a fertility program. On a soil sample report, individual nutrients are generally reported in parts per million (ppm).Multiplying the values by a factor of two gives a unit of pounds per acre (lbs/A) which more easily correlates with application recommendations. In the case of nitrogen (N), a recommendation simply comes from the crop’s needs (based off yield goal) minus the N present in the soil (according to the soil test). Loss factors based on application options and climate must also be calculated when recommending N, but by-in-large, it is a fairly straightforward nutrient to recommend based off a soil test.In contrast, however, due to the unique nature of phosphorus (P) and its habit of tying up in the soil, different tests and considerations must be taken into account. Bray1 and Bray2 P tests indicate readily available and slowly available P, respectively, in neutral and acidic soils. If the soil has a high pH, a bicarbonate test is performed to more accurately demonstrate available P levels. Also, phosphorus (P) can be affected by other nutrients such as zinc (Zn). For instance, high and low Zn levels each offer their own challenges for phosphorus efficiency in the soil and the plant. It is somewhat of a case of science meets gut-feeling when it comes to recommending phosphorus. Likewise, K is challenging because many variables have to be taken into account. For example, high Mg and Na saturations can negatively impact K efficiency and with low CECs, a soil’s ability to hold on to applied K is diminished. Secondary and micronutrients are just as critical as the three macronutrients but are used by plants in much lower quantities. Regardless, they still require their own balance to function properly and for a crop to succeed. Paying careful attention to soil test levels, crop needs, nutrient interactions, and application options of secondary and micronutrients can produce big rewards at harvest.When it comes to a proper fertility program, there will always be some “assembly required.” However, just as you would gather tools and instructions to put together a new Barbie Dreamhouse, obtaining a complete soil analysis and some trusted advice will ease the pain and set your farm on track for a successful year.
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Man Utd ace Mata relaunches blog: Let’s be positiveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAfter victory at Cardiff City, Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is again writing for his personal blog.He opined: “Without doubt, it is one of the busiest times of the year in terms of the amount of games there are in English football.”We have two games at Old Trafford and we want to close out December in the best possible way: with two wins.”Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.”As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way. “It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching New Year. “It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Wenger: Hazard can’t replace Ronaldo at Real Madridby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger doesn’t believe Eden Hazard can replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.The Belgian is beginning to demonstrate his qualities with Los Blancos after a tough period following his move from Chelsea.”He will be the answer but not in replacing Ronaldo that is for sure,” Wenger told beIN Sports about Hazard.”He will not score 50 goals a year because that’s now how they play football.”They need another goal scorer in Real Madrid because Benzema is now 32 and if they had someone younger around him to score the goals, maybe they could do very well.”Eden Hazard is an exceptional player to create chances to sometimes finish when he needs to do in big games.”He’s not scared of anybody – I don’t think Real have yet to see the real Hazard, he’s not as sharp physically as he can be.”That’s why I believe they will discover the real Hazard.”
jarmal reid trips refereeWe’ve all been there. In the heat of the moment, after you think you’ve been fouled on the basketball court, you look to the referee to plead your case. Oregon State’s Jarmal Reid went one step further – however. He’s in trouble for it today.Reid, during Oregon State’s contest against Utah Sunday night, was unhappy after being bumped following a steal. After falling down and seeing that no foul had been called, he intentionally stuck his foot out to trip the referee. He was promptly ejected.Jarmal Reid of Oregon State was ejected for tripping an official. Never seen this before. https://t.co/y24JrRH7Ex— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 18, 2016Utah went on to win the game. Reid’s decision is now being reviewed by the Pac-12. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t see the court for quite some time.
The Let The Kids Grow Foundation will honor Tyler Perry, Dwight Howard, Usher, Kirstie Alley, Romeo Miller and Nick Cannon at their Black Tie Celebrity Dinner on December 1.The Let The Kids Grow Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop youth and their families through out-of-school time and family strengthening programs in their communities. Founder Percy Miller has discovered a way to help keep inner city youth off the streets away from drugs and gang violence by providing a safe haven for kids to express themselves with positive energy through music, film and dance. The foundation also offers an after-school program where the kids have access to academic support and guidance counseling.The organization promotes healthy relationships, provide valuable life experiences through performing arts, film, photography, field trips and strengthen families through activities that encourage family education and togetherness. Their goal is to help kids and their families break negative cycles, have the power of vision and to follow their dreams, giving youth a safe haven and the opportunity to grow and develop a positive future.Find out more about the event and charity here.Source:PRWeb.com