Gibson/McCook Relays eliminates dilemma

first_imgAll season, track and field fans have had a dilemma. With the JAAA schedule packed on every Saturday from the start of the year, hard choices have been made. If you saw the slip-surge 10.44-second run by Calabar High School’s Christopher Taylor at the Camperdown Classic, it meant you missed the determined 52.4 4x400m anchor leg by Junelle Bromfield for STETHS at the Western Relays. Choosing either one meant almost certainly missing the 51.91-metre record discus heave by Excelsior throws princess Shanice Love at the King of the Rings at the Antrim-Mountain View Avenue-based institution. That dilemma disappears on Saturday with the Gibson/McCook Relays. As is customary, there are no other meets on the JAAA schedule on the day when the Gibson/McCook Relays presents a feast for sprint fans. First staged as the Gibson Relays in 1973, the meet is a festival of speed. The 4×100-metre relay is at the foundation of the meet, with preparatory, primary, secondary and tertiary student-athletes all attempting to move their batons around the National Stadium track at high speed. Bordered by the meet-opening and meet-closing 4x400m relays, Gibson/McCook also has competitions in the 4x200m, 4x800m, the sprint medley and selected individual events. Jamaica has always loved the sprints, so while other meets have come and gone, the Relays has retained its appeal. Many view it as a prelude to the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships and use it as an indicator for the results of that high-energy high-school meet. Hence, the core of the support of the Gibson/McCook has long come from past students of the champion teams in the land. With no scheduling dilemma to split the attentions of the fan base, this Saturday should be no different. In recent years, interest has been boosted by the presence of superstars who have foregone the traditional move to the United States of America to study and train. This has given fans an early-season glance at Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Brigitte Foster-Hylton and the like. Very few have the opportunity to see them at the Olympics or the World Championships, so it’s a day aficionados cherish. Bolt has been a brilliant source of speed and excitement. His Racers team holds the men’s 4x100m record at a phenomenal 38.08 seconds. That was at the 2010 renewal, when the tall man also zipped through a 4x400m anchor leg in 44.2 seconds in vain. Last year, he made the news worldwide for a race his Racers team lost by inches, the men’s 4x100m to the University of Technology. Relays are the team event of athletics. It takes co-operation to pilot the baton, from start to finish, safely and quickly enough to win. The speed, the fine margins for error, and the excitement, has kept fans on the edge of their seats and on their feet during each of the previous 39 stagings of the event. Don’t be surprised if it happens again on Saturday. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

No-Till field day Sept. 2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soil health and water quality will be two focal points of the 2015 Ohio No-till Field Day on Sept. 2.The event will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Dan Batdorf farm, 9291 Rt. 48 (North), Covington, in western Miami County, and will feature a variety of exhibitors and speakers on a wide range of no-till topics.Attending the field day will be Jason Weller, chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, D.C., who will speak briefly about his agency’s emphasis on soil health and plans to attend the event all day.Among the presentations will be “Microbes at Work” by David Lamm, USDA-NRCS, Greensboro, N.C., who will focus on an examination of the below-ground benefits of cover crops, including how microbes can improve soil quality.“No-till and cover crops can help emulate the ecosystem functions of natural prairies,” Lamm said. “Prairies and prairie soils flourished with a diversity of plants, a minimum amount of disturbance, and living roots that grew throughout most of the year.”No one species of cover crop can deliver all the advantages multiple cover crops deliver in combination, he said.“Some fix nitrogen, some are very good at scavenging leftover nitrogen in the soil, some have deep roots that extend benefits deeper into the soil profile, and still others help control specific weeds or attract beneficial insects,” Lamm said.Also presenting will be Kevin King, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, and Glen Arnold, Ohio State University Extension field specialist, who will discuss “Water Quality and Manure Application.” OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.Arnold will describe how to use a drag hose to inject manure between cornrows up to the V3 growth stage in order to extend the spring manure application timeframe.“Commercial applicators are typically shut down from late April, when corn planting starts, until after wheat harvest in July,” Arnold said. “This system can add about a month after corn is planted in a field to apply liquid manure. Injecting it is better for water quality than spreading on the surface.”Also during the event:* Don Reicosky, USDA-ARS, Morris, Minnesota (retired), will speak on “No-Till, Cover Crops and Carbon: Perfect Trio for Soil Health.”* Gypsoil, one of the event’s sponsors, will demonstrate how to haul, load and spread gypsum.* David Brandt, a no-till farmer, will show how to establish cover crops.* Lamm will speak with Rafiq Islam, soil scientist with the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, on the below-ground benefits of cover crops.* There will also be demonstrations of planter and drill setup and soil pit observations of rooting, earthworms and soil structure.The full agenda, registration information and other details are available online by Aug. 20 is $40 payable to Ohio No-till Council at Miami SWCD, 1330 N. County Road 25A, Suite C, Troy, Ohio, 45373. On-site registration of $65 is also available.The event is sponsored by the Ohio No-Till Council with support from the All-Ohio Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Service, OSU Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, NRCS-USDA, SWCDs in Miami and Darke counties, Ohio’s Country Journal, Ohio Corn Marketing Board and the Ohio Soybean Council.last_img read more

The 10 Unforeseen Developments of Smart Buildings

first_imgTrends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Frank Landman Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. center_img For the past decade or so, we’ve watched as conventional devices and applications made the upgrade to become “smart.” Our phones became smartphones, our TVs became smart TVs, and soon people started talking about the concept of a “smart building,” or even a “smart city,” based on an integrated network and hundreds, if not thousands, of sensors and devices.Smart buildings sound cool, but more importantly, they have the power to fundamentally improve how we conduct business—not to mention setting the stage for even more powerful, interconnected smart cities in the broader context of the connected world. Already, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and organizational leaders are making the upgrades necessary to turn their existing building into a futuristic, data-gathering information hub, but we may be getting ahead of ourselves. There are many secondary effects, consequences, and complexities we need to be considering.The Unforeseen DevelopmentsWhile the technology behind it is complicated, the idea of a smart building is relatively simple. There’s no real formal definition in place, but a smart building is any building that relies on a self-contained network and multiple IoT devices to gather data, form conclusions, and/or automate certain features of the building.For example, a building may use sensors to observe the traffic patterns of visitors, which can then be used to improve the layout of the space. It may also proactively monitor the status of equipment, issuing alerts when attention is required or taking care of some maintenance by itself.These are just some of the seldom-considered developments that will arise in response to the development of these buildings:1. Impact on maintenance staff. Automation and AI have tremendous potential to replace or dramatically change human jobs, and the devices and sensors necessary to upgrade a smart building are no exception to that rule. Currently, most buildings have maintenance staff—either full-time or third-party—to handle things like minor repairs, regular inspections, cleanliness, and upkeep. But as more devices are able to replace or improve these roles, the maintenance industry will need to adapt. Some human workers may find their jobs in jeopardy, but the majority of roles won’t be replaced; they’ll simply be changed. Maintenance workers will need to learn how to incorporate these new technologies into their jobs, and may be required to maintain and oversee more sensors and devices, as opposed to equipment directly.2. Privacy concerns. We also need to acknowledge the privacy concerns expressed by experts and consumers alike with regard to the onset of smart buildings and, eventually, smart cities. Consumers who enter a building may be immediately and constantly tracked from the moment they enter. Should companies and organizations be freely allowed to use these data for customer analysis purposes? What if customers use free in-building Wi-Fi; should companies be allowed to monitor what sites their customers are visiting? And what about the other data in their smart devices? There’s no clear answer here, which is why the world of consumer privacy is about to get even more complicated with the development of smart buildings.3. Data ownership. Another issue related to consumer data is the matter of data ownership. Smart buildings will introduce more methods of tracking, data storage, and data analysis than ever before, which means organizations will be hungry for more consumer data. But who truly owns these data, and how can they be used? For example, if one company tracks the activity of their customers using sensors in their main building (let’s say a gym tracking the activities of its members), would they be free to sell those data to a third party (like a weight loss organization)? Or would they first need to get the express written permission of those customers?4. Changes in demand. The emergence of smart buildings will cause an economic ripple effect across various industries as demand increases for certain components. As an example, let’s consider the battery industry. Smart buildings would hypothetically need hundreds, if not thousands of tiny, individual devices as part of their internal networks. To run wirelessly, those devices will need batteries. Multiply that by thousands, if not millions of buildings suddenly demanding this fleet of devices, and you’ll have an industry overrun with new demand. New industries may spring up to address these types of needs, while others may die out entirely.5. Vulnerability to hacking and corruption. IoT, in general, has raised concerns about security, and the possibilities of hacking and corruption. If a personal computer is hacked, we might get our identity stolen or might lose important personal files, but if there’s a breach across an entire smart building, it could pose a serious safety concern to everyone in that building. Redundant systems and higher security standards can only go so far; nothing is uhackable, and new technologies always have exploits that can be taken advantage of.6. Legal complexities and fault. If a system does become hacked or corrupted, and someone in the building is hurt because of it, who will be held responsible for the damages? New technologies always introduce new legal complexities, and they usually introduce them at a rate much faster than politicians and lawyers can keep up with. In the wake of smart buildings and other smart technologies, our legal systems need to get smarter as well. Whether or not they will, or whether they can truly keep pace, remains to be seen.7. Economic stress. Smart buildings and smart cities can also introduce new economic factors, including economic stress. Existing wealthy clients and successful businesses will have access to more advanced technology than struggling populations or failing businesses, which could create more vast discrepancies between rich and poor. It may also enable some businesses to operate much more efficiently, making it harder for competition to enter the market.8. Inter-city competition and spending. Companies aren’t the only ones that will be competing with smart building advancements; cities may begin competing with each other as well, hoping to become one of the first smart cities on the planet, or in a given area. The problem with this is that cities typically operate with a very limited budget and many other practical problems to deal with, like infrastructure damage and poverty relief. Overspending on tech developments could end up being counterproductive, especially if those cities aren’t spending enough on supportive strategies to ensure that technology is safe and productive.9. Developmental differences. Smart buildings could feasibly be designed as top-down or bottom-up; it’s entirely reasonable to retrofit an existing building with new devices, sensors, and systems to make building maintenance easier, but companies could also design brand-new buildings from scratch. These designs rely on very different industries, and could have radically different impacts on the companies using them (as well as the cities hosting them).10. Unreasonable and unmet expectations. People tend to have deep misconceptions about the realities of futuristic technologies, like deep learning and AI. They imagine future developments as being extremely polished and enormously functional, but in reality, new technologies tend to offer new functionalities gradually, with flaws and hiccups along the way. When the first smart buildings begin to emerge, people may not know what to expect from them, and their expectations will likely be lofty. When those expectations aren’t met, it could lead to interruptions in financing and lower overall demand for smart buildings.Preparing for a Smart Building Takeover?Depending on how you want to define the term, you can likely determine that smart buildings are already being constructed and developed. With so much enthusiasm and potential behind the new technology, momentum isn’t going to stop anytime soon. This is ultimately a good thing for corporations, cities, and everyday consumers, but we need to be aware of the secondary effects, consequences, and new issues that may arise as we attempt to improve these structures. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

18-month-old boy falls into 60-ft borewell in Haryana; rescue operations on

first_imgAn 18-month-old child fell into a 60-feet-deep borewell in Haryana’s Balsamand village on Thursday and a massive operation is underway to rescue him, officials said. The child is safe, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Hisar, Joginder Singh, said. Oxygen tubes have been dropped to help the child breathe, the officials said, adding that biscuits and juices have also been sent down the borewell. Nadim, fell into the borewell when he was playing with his friends outside his house, according to a villager.“The rescue operations are on. NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel and experts from the army, assisted by local authorities are on the job. As of now, the child is safe,” he said. Earthmovers and other equipment have been pressed into service to rescue the child, and a medical team is also at the site, the officials said. On how long could it take to rescue the boy, the DSP said, “Massive operation is on, but these are technical issues and hence, no definite time-line can be given.”Police were informed about the incident by the boy’s family members and villagers. The child’s father is a labourer. Hisar Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Meena said legal action will be taken against the person who dug the borewell without taking permission from the department concerned. The accident has again brought to the fore the dangers posed by uncovered borewells, which have turned into death traps for children.last_img read more

Lok Sabha felicitates Saina Nehwal

first_imgLok Sabha on Monday felicitated badminton player Saina Nehwal for winning the Hong Kong Super Series tournament.Speaking on behalf of members, Speaker Meira Kumar said Saina had emphatically established herself as one of the best players through her “stupendous performance”.Saina defeated Asian Games winner Shixian Wang of China to win the tournament.Noting that Saina had won the fourth major international title during this year, Kumar said, “honourable members, I am sure all of you will join me in conveying our heartiest congratulations to her.” “Her achievements are a matter of national pride and source of inspiration for many a budding sportspersons of our country,” the Speaker added amidst thumping of desks by the members.- WIth PTI inputslast_img

Ravneet Pawha becomes Business Leader of the Year

first_imgRavneet Pawha has been honoured as the for Business Leader of Professional of the Year by the India Australia Business & Community Awards (IABCA) on October 12.The Australian government gave away the prestigious award in presence of Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Marise Payne, Indian High Commissioner in Australia, Dr Ajay Gondane, and other Indian business and community leaders.On receiving the award Pawha commented, “This award recognises Deakin’s efforts in India towards education for jobs of the future and initiatives for the communities we serve.”It is indeed an honour to be felicitated on such a big platform. The award belongs to the highly-committed Deakin India team in New Delhi. We endeavour to continue our mission with passion, persistence and people to people connect,” she added.This has strengthened ties between India and Australia with this innovative strategic partnerships, uniting Australian higher education with Indian popular culture.A look at her work She headed the key strategic project — the Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI), which aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry.Through DIRI, Deakin has established more than 100 projects involving 100+ PhD students and more than 50 industry, academic, and government partners in India.This includes the $15-million TERI-Deakin Nano-Biotechnology research facility in India, often cited as a standout example of India-Australia collaboration.Ravneet Pawha’s achievements:Ms Pawha has been a contributor to the Victorian Government’s India strategy and the recently published Australia-India Economic Strategy, featuring Deakin as a profile institution.She represents Australian higher education at various forums and is a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Indian Industry Sports Council.Under her leadership, the Australia India Business Council awarded the Deakin South Asia office for ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Australian Business in India in 2017.advertisementShe also brought Deakin into the limelight, winning several awards from the federal and state governments of Australia. The institution received the 2017 Australian Export Award for Education and Training.She did her master’s from Panjab University and has been working for Deakin University for over 17 years now.Also read: 8 major awards given by the Government of IndiaInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more


first_img Twitter Sunday night’s stacked line-up on HGTV Canada brought down the house with two new, original series premieres, Moving the McGillivrays and Bryan Inc. The Canadian original series were the #1 and #2 most watched series of the night across Canadian specialty (excluding sports).* Moving the McGillivrays, which premiered at 9 p.m. ET/PT drew in 418, 000 (2+) viewers making it the highest rated series premiere amongst McGillivray’s robust roster of hit series for the network.  Making HGTV Canada history, Bryan Inc.’s  10 p.m. ET/PT premiere drew 481,000 (2+) viewers, becoming the #1 highest rated series premiere on the channel in the last five years. ( 2+)**Additional data highlights: September 25th  is the top ranked Sunday night (8 p.m. – 11 p.m.) on HGTV Canada in the last five years (2+) **Across all Canadian TV, which includes conventional channels, Bryan Inc. and Moving the McGillivrays ranked in the Top 20 across multiple key demos (Ind. 2+, A18-49, A25-54, A18-34, W18-49, W25-54, W18-34) excluding sports.***Viewers who missed the premiere episodes of Moving the McGillivrays and Bryan Inc. can catch up on LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement In next week’s episode of Moving the McGillivrays airing October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Scott makes a painstaking decision about his newly-bought home and discovers a threatening and very wet problem. Meanwhile, Sabrina nervously goes back to work and Scott embarks on a charitable endeavor: building a home for a deserving family in need.In the next episode of Bryan Inc. airing October 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Sarah adjusts to her new role with the company, while Bryan goes out of town for work. Will she be able to manage the properties as well as their four kids on her own?– 30 –Sources:*Numeris PPM Data/Sep25/16-Overnights, Total Canada, excluding sports, based on Ind. 2+, Adults and Women 25-54/18-49/18-34.**Numeris PPM Data, Jan1/10-Sep25/16 – Live + same day playback, Total Canada***Source: Numeris PPM Data, Sep25/16 – overnights, Total Canada, includes CDN CONV COM ENG/CDN SPEC COM ENG/CDN DIG ENG (excluding sports) SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPRWatch full episodes and see exclusive content at hgtv.caSubscribe to HGTV Canada’s YouTube channel:  Follow HGTV Canada on Twitter and FacebookHGTV Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

A halocarbon leak at Yellowknifes defunct Giant Mine site

first_imgAPTN National NewsMore concerns at Yellowknife’s toxic giant gold mine.385 kilograms of halo-carbon recently leaked during a test freeze of one of the arsenic chambers.The incident has environmentalists concerned over long term care and maintenance at the site.APTN’s Cullen Crozier has more.last_img