It’s time for Jimmy Garoppolo to find his mojo — before it’s too late

first_imgOn one hand, he’s a 26-year-old quarterback with only nine NFL starts to his name. He’s unquestionably talented, but he’s learning how to be successful at the highest level.On the other hand, Garoppolo has the third-largest contract in the NFL and was anointed the 49ers’ franchise savior after his transcendent play led the team to a 5-0 end to the 2017 … YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Pick against our pros all season long and win!***SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo is in a unique spot.last_img read more

iThemba Tower combines art, recycling and community

first_imgOfficially opened in July 2016, the iThemba Tower is a community art project made with over 7 000 recycled plastic drinks bottles decorating a decommissioned 20m high cellular tower.iThemba Tower: A Recycled Tower of Art in Troyeville— Heather Mason (@2summers) July 26, 2016The tower is situated in the garden of the Spaza Art Gallery in Troyeville, Johannesburg. The repurposed tower has become a point of pride for people living and working in the area.The project is the brainchild of renowned local street artist r1, conceived as a way to collaborate with the community in creating distinctive urban art. The artist specialises in taking lifeless urban landscapes and adding colourful, eye-catching African flourishes using various mediums including recycled wood and plastic.Hidden Trophy from r1r1r1 on Vimeo.Speaking to Graffiti South Africa, r1 says Johannesburg is his canvas, and its people his collaborators. “Every city has its beauty but Johannesburg has a special kind. There is a sense of freedom in the inner city that I don’t experience anywhere else. It is quite unique. People are open for engagement and I get fascinating opinions from very diverse backgrounds. It’s so rich culturally but still somehow a hidden treasure.”Take a look at r1’s latest public art intervention, ‘Hidden Trophy’ –— Between 10 and 5 (@10and5) November 10, 2015The iThemba Tower’s plastic bottles – bought from the city’s informal waste collectors – each contain a light and a written message by members of the community, including learners from local schools. At night the tower lights up with a multitude of colours.Taking the isiZulu word for hope, ‘ithemba’, the messages inside each bottle represent the dreams of each contributor. Speaking to blogger Heather Mason of, r1 describes the artwork as a “symbolic communication tower around which a diversity of people can share their collective hopes”.More important, the installation is also an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of recycling and the informal collectors who recycle the city’s waste as a means to survive.While the tower itself is the main attraction, it forms part of an online multimedia project incorporating video, crowdsourcing and blog posts, which all highlight the installation’s journey from idea to reality. It also tells the stories of the community contributors to the project, including the waste collectors.Ride with Moses from iThemba Tower on Vimeo.“Even though my work is to be seen out in the street, it is also important to cater for those that spend most of their time in front of a screen,” r1 says, adding that “good documentation helps re-adapting the work to the viewer’s means and expectations. The final work is not only the end product, but also the entire narrative towards its completion.”iThemba Tower in Troyeville by artist r1; 7 000 recycled bottles with messages from the community and lights inside— Charl Blignaut (@sa_poptart) October 19, 2016Through online crowdsourcing and visitor contributions, the project has raised over R40 000 for improving the livelihood of informal waste collectors and strengthening the community of Troyeville.Read more about iThemba Tower, the Spaza Art Gallery and how city residents can contribute to this ongoing project.Source: iThemba Tower Tumblr blog and reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using materiallast_img read more

Turner Shorthorns transforming land and cattle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With stunning views of rolling vistas, columns of vibrantly hued sandstone rising up from the scenic pastures and the gurgle of numerous springs and brooks, the setting of Turner Shorthorns looks to be from the wall of a fine painting gallery. But while the farm has a growing reputation for its quality cattle and scenic views, Tom and Susie Turner are, in some ways, better known for their work off of the farm.They were the recent recipients of the Industry Excellence Award from the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) for their dedication to serving Ohio beef producers. Tom is known around Ohio, the nation and the world for with work with livestock judging.As a professor at Ohio State, Tom coached 32 intercollegiate livestock judging teams that included 266 students and is the longest serving coach in the 105-year history of the program at Ohio State and the second longest in the U.S.“Coaching was one of my passions and the judging team was something recognizable but I was involved primarily in teaching and research and some Extension appointments,” Tom said. “I also managed the bull test, worked with research stations and worked with early weaning of beef calves.”Tom also served on the OCA board and was president in late 1990s. He was on the first committee for the Beef Expo and was instrumental in the start of the Beef Exhibitor Show Total (BEST) Program to get young people more involved with OCA.“At the time OCA did not have much of a youth component. It was mostly feedlot operators and commercial producers. All the breeds had their own associations. Then OCA started to pull in the breeds but still didn’t do much with the youth,” Tom said. “Preview shows for the youth were really starting to spring up around that time and there was not a consistent set of rules and breed standards. Every show had its own rules. It was very frustrating for parents and exhibitors. What evolved out of that was a standardized set of rules for all shows under BEST. We wanted the kids to have a good experience. BEST under the OCA gave it some structure.”The initial idea evolved into a BEST committee to set the rules and points and standings over multiple youth shows.“The OCA has done a great job with it. They have branched off with educational programs. It has gone beyond just showing and turned into a youth program,” Tom said. “Showmanship is also key component of BEST and Ohio showmanship has really benefitted. Kids get to know each other too through all of these things. It is all about youth development and getting kids to have a positive experience in the beef industry.”The purchase of the Perry County farm in 2001 leading up to Tom’s retirement from OSU opened up new avenues for service to the cattle industry for the Turners. Tom and Susie have hosted numerous meeting and events on the farm. They also coordinate the Shorthorn exhibit at the Farm Science Review and Tom is on the American Shorthorn Association Board. They have both traveled around the world for Tom’s livestock judging work and regularly host agriculturalists from abroad on their farm.Guests cannot help but to be enthralled with the peaceful grazing of the livestock on the beautiful farm, but the idyllic views of the Perry County cattle operation belie the relentless perseverance required for transforming the nutrient-deprived former silica strip mine into the cattle operation it is today.“We bought this in 2001. It was a silica mine that was mined like strip-mined coal. We bought this just after they finished reclamation work. They started mining here in 1975 and kept mining it until 2000. It was pretty rough in some places and not as bad in some areas. Water management here is a challenge because the soils don’t have a lot of structure. We have had to do a lot of work on the conservation side to get this where it needs to be,” Tom said. “The reclamation regulations are very strict on how they put the top soil back and before thy can sell this they have to meet those requirements, but we still find challenges with washing and sediment. There were gullies six or eight feet deep.”One of the initial challenges with the farm was that with the un-mowed grass and brush, it was impossible to tell the extent and number of the hillside gullies.“It hadn’t been mowed for years and you couldn’t tell where the gullies were,” Susie said. “I would drive ahead of the tractor so we didn’t have problems with the tractor falling into in the gullies. We recycled materials on the farm by dredging ditches to fill the gullies. These are very sandy soils and it is difficult to hold on to them. We’ve gotten the gullies filled except for one area.”With plans to get cattle on the farm as soon as possible, fencing and water source development were also top priorities.“The first thing we did was build fence. We have six-wire high tensile around the outside perimeter and four-wire dividing areas. We divided the farm into 26 paddocks from two acres to five acres in size with one wire fence,” Tom said. “Water is one of the keys for grazing. We added a mile of water line, put in a concrete crossing and two collecting tanks — one collects from a spring and the other collects from the barn roof and gutters.”The Turners worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to build facilities including the fence, water lines, spring development, fertility, concrete crossing, the roof runoff collection system, feeding pads, and a hay storage/cattle handling pole barn as a part of the five-year plan. Now they are working on controlling the invasive species in the woodlots and pasture fringes, especially multiflora rose.“If we can clear up that brush it gives us more grass to graze,” Tom said. “We didn’t have cattle here until the fall of ’09 when we brought three cows here from my Dad’s farm.”The cows carry on a long Turner family tradition. Tom grew up in Logan County where his family has raised Shorthorn cattle since the 1940s.“We had five calves on the farm the spring of 2010, then 28 in 2011, 40 in 2012 and we’ve had about 50 calves each year since then,” Susie said.Turner Shorthorns seeks to build on the positive traits of the breed.“Being a student of that industry for my entire life I understand the pluses and minuses of Shorthorns and other breeds. We decided to invest our time in this breed based on that family tradition but also because we need a second viable maternal breed. We need heterosis and when you look at all of the major breeds there are only a handful that are maternal in their makeup,” Tom said. “Different breeds excel at different things. Shorthorns are similar to Angus in that they are of higher milk production, high marbling and not extremely heavy muscled. Sire breeds bring muscle and growth to the party and maternal breeds bring cow traits. If you follow what has happened in poultry and pork, the system has put highly maternal breeds together and that is what we need to do with beef. We think the Shorthorn breed has some potential that way and we are working with Shorthorns to hopefully make them better.”A key part of that breed improvement is measuring and documenting those desirable characteristics.“The challenge in the maternal side is that those traits are harder to measure. You can measure growth rate and muscle for sire traits, but you can’t measure how a cow protects her calves or her maternal instincts. If you are marketing based on maternal traits, how do you do that? How do you monitor those improvements over generations? We do have measurements for milk production and breeding rates and udder quality can be measured, so that has helped,” Tom said. “My background is in data and you can’t manage what you don’t measure. You have to measure the different factors to be able to compare them and discuss them. Some things you can’t measure objectively, though.”The goal is a moderately framed animal that meets commercial production needs.“We want them more moderately scaled and easy keeping,” Tom said. “Sometimes we see cattle that are too big. We are trying to mimic what we think commercial producers want.”As the herd has grown, it has been crucial to work with hay management and grazing improvements on the farm.“We are in the cattle business, but if you want to be in the cattle business you have understand agronomy and grazing too. It looks like about 50 cows is what we can support here. We didn’t start with any equipment so it is more economical to buy hay,” Tom said. “Buying hay brings in more organic matter too. We unroll hay down hills in areas that need organic matter. This helps distribute manure better and any wasted hay or refusal helps the soil. Last year we brought in some hay with birdsfoot trefoil to see if we can get some of that started too.”The pastures are primarily fescue with some red clover mixed in. They rotate pastures and stockpile the fescue for winter grazing.“Intensive grazing helps us get more pounds of forage and we rotate every three to five days. We graze it down tight so red clover can germinate,” Tom said. “When we started, we wanted to get through January with stockpiled fescue. Now we feed hay in November and December and don’t graze our stockpiled fescue until January so it does not hurt the root reserves of the plant because it is trying to regrow in November and December.”The Turners have been recognized for their service to the beef industry, but have also taken extensive measures to transform formerly strip-mined ground into a viable cattle operation.They have also done some seeding of gamma grass.“We don’t have flat areas, but on our flattest ground we seeded eastern gamma grass on about 12 acres. The first year germination was about 40% and we got more germination in the second year. It forms clumps,” Susie said. “We planted it in 30-inch rows and each year the clumps get bigger. It thrives in July and August when everything else is struggling. We get a few more days out of it every year. We got more than 14 days out of it last year but you have to have patience with it because it is slow to develop. We want to protect our other pastures and this has been a way to help them.”The Turners monitor the cattle feed intake and the quality of the feed supply with manure samples being tested for their nutritional balance (NUTBAL) profile. NUTBAL provides information to help evaluate feedstuff values and better understand animal nutritional needs as they change throughout the year.More than visually appealing, the Turners have hewn the challenging landscape into a productive cattle operation with knowledge, hard work and a vision for something better both for the land and the cattle. And while they have been rightfully recognized for their service to the cattle industry, anyone who visits will remember them for their farm.last_img read more

Boston seaport becoming a testbed for autonomous vehicles

first_imgPrivate parties owning lots in Boston’s Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park have been enabling autonomous vehicle testing on their property for the past year. The land was paved, yet undeveloped. This made it a perfect testbed for autonomous vehicles.This enabled companies working to perfect autonomous car technologies to test their creations in a controlled environment away from normal traffic.Tom Miller, the vice president of Kavanaugh Advisory Group, told the Boston Herald: “We think it’s a great adventure, we think it’s a great idea, and if an opportunity comes and we have a location where we could do it again, we’d do it in a heartbeat.”This opportunity wouldn’t last forever and is already seeing its close. Ground broke recently at the Tide Street site, which put a halt to autonomous testing.Does this mean autonomous vehicle testing is done for in Boston? Not entirely. City and state officials are already examining ways to enable autonomous vehicles to test on public streets. This approval could happen within the year, and MassDOT is expected to release more information about these plans in the next several weeks.Heightened driverless interest in MassachusettsPrivate landholders aren’t the only ones interested in helping push autonomous vehicle technologies. Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts has also been investigating how self-driving cars can help the blind travel easier.For the blind, the ability to travel is limited to having a driver or access to public transportation. Having a self-driving car that can operate entirely autonomously enables the blind a freedom to travel distances at will, solo.Other companies with interest in promoting autonomous vehicles in Massachusetts include Toyota. The automaker has been participating in a $25 million effort with MIT to map the Cambridge area in preparation for autonomous vehicles.Autonomous vehicle company Optimus Ride has also been testing its technologies in Mass.  Optimus Ride is among a host of companies that are offering technologies to aid in the forming of new smart cities. Undoubtedly, encouraging more states like Massachusetts to adopt a smart-technologies friendly platform is in the company’s best interest.Autonomous vehicle projects are coming to Massachusetts. It’s up to the regulators and officials to get on board with it. Once it does, the financial and social benefits will provide a welcome boost to the state. Related Posts Ryan Matthew Pierson 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#autonomous vehicles#Boston#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#Massachusetts#Optimus Ride#toyota center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

‘Forged alliance with BSP to ensure Netaji’s win in LS polls’

first_imgSamajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has said that he forged an alliance with the BSP so that his father Mulayam Singh can win with “record votes” from whichever seat in Uttar Pradesh he chooses to fight the Lok Sabha polls.His comment came days after SP patriarch Mulayam Yadav — popularly known as Netaji — expressed “displeasure” over his son’s decision to enter into a tie-up with the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party. “I have made the alliance with the BSP so that Netaji can win with record votes in the State from wherever he contests the Lok Sabha polls,” Mr. Yadav said.Ms. Mayawati and Mr. Yadav had jointly announced the alliance in January, saying the BSP and the SP will contest 38 parliamentary seats each out of the 80 in Uttar Pradesh. However, when the parties released the list of seats shared between them, the SP got 37 seats and the BSP 38.‘With his blessings’Asked about Mr. Mulayam Singh’s statement last week in which he sought to know the basis for “giving away” 38 seats to the BSP, Mr. Yadav said, “When I was going to address a press conference to announce the alliance with the BSP, I had met Netaji and took his blessings. I had informed that in the alliance we will be getting half of the seats.” Following the seat-sharing announcement, the SP patriarch had said, “Now, we have only half the seats left. Our party was stronger.” On the distribution of tickets, Mr. Yadav said, “The seats which we are going to contest are final. Now, the list of party nominees will be finalised soon. We have already identified candidates. There is no problem in it.” When asked about reports of some SP members being disgruntled over not being considered for ticket, he said the party has been making preparations for the past one year on all seats and its leaders were asked to work on the ground in their respective areas and support whoever is given a ticket. “We all are united and contest with full force,” the SP president said. Several times, decisions in politics are taken keeping in mind equations. “Our ticket selection was on for a year, and we got 40 applications, the maximum, from those interested to contest from Amroha, 32 applied for the Jaunpur seat. We will take a decision accordingly,” he said. He said two seats — Raebareli and Amethi — have been left for the Congress and two for the RLD. On the alliance’s objective, Mr. Yadav said, “Our fight is to save the Constitution and fight those who have taken two oaths, one of government and the other of the RSS. Our goal is one — to remove the BJP and change the PM.”last_img read more

One killed during clash over Facebook post in Rangpur

first_imgAn old woman crying as her house torched at Harkali Thakurpara in Rangpur on Friday. Photo: Moinul IslamA man was killed and 20 others including four policemen injured in a clash between law enforcers and locals at Thakurbari village in Sadar upazila of Rangpur on Friday over a youth’s Facebook post ‘demeaning’ Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PUBH), reports UNB.Additional superintendent of police (Circle A) Saifur Rahman said Titu Chandra, a resident of Thakurbari village, has posted a picture in his Facebook account with derogatory remarks about Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PUBH).Over the issue, several hundred people gathered at Pagla Pirer Bazar, adjacent to Thakurbari village, after Juma prayers and started chanting slogans demanding immediate arrest of Titu Chandra, he said.Later, around 8,000 people from nearby villages thronged the bazaar and marched towards Thakurbari village, a Hindu-dominated village.Reaching the village, the angry people vandalised and torched 8-10 houses of the Hindu community, the additional SP said.On information, police rushed in, charged baton, fired rubber bullets and lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the agitating people, leaving six people injured with bullets.One of the injured — Hasan — died while being moved to Rangpur Medical College Hospital, Saifur said.Later, the angry mob blocked Rangpur-Syedpur road and vandalised several moving vehicles.Saifur said additional police personnel were called in to bring the situation under control.last_img read more

Youth stabbed to death at Baidyabati station

first_imgKolkata: A youth was stabbed to death in broad daylight by some unidentified miscreants. The incident took place on platform number 1 at Baidyabati station in Hooghly on Tuesday.The Railway police have arrested two persons in this connection so far. According to the police, the victim, Joyprakash Das, a resident of Champdani area in Hooghly, was standing at the station on Tuesday afternoon when he got engaged in an altercation with some other youth. A scuffle soon broke out between the youth and other accused. One of the group members suddenly took out a knife and stabbed him. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe miscreants fled the spot immediately after the incident. Locals rushed the victim to Srerampur Welsh Hospital where he was declared brought dead.The body has been sent for post-mortem. After starting an investigation, the railway police have arrested two youth in this connection so far.They have been identified as Raju Das and Pradhan Das. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim had a relationship with the wife of Pradhan Das. The accused are also residents of Champdani area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAn eyewitnesses told the police that he heard people shouting and when came out of his stall found that the victim was lying in a pool of blood on the platform. He was immediately rushed to the hospital. Three youth were seen fleeing the spot.Police are interrogating the duo and trying to know if other persons were involved in the incident. Police are yet to confirm the exact reason behind the incident. A senior official of the railway station said a murder has taken place on the platform. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident.last_img read more

AAI holds cultural evening to celebrate 24th Annual Day

first_imgAirports Authority of India (AAI), the mainstay of Civil Aviation in the country, celebrated its 24th Annual Day on April 1, at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi with full grandeur. The celebration kick-started with Ganesh Vandana by Zenith Dance Group followed by many other wonderful performances. After this, the stage was opened for musical extravaganza by Salim Sulaiman Merchant and band. Popular music composer duo performed their famous compositions which regaled the audience present. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn the eve of 24th Annual Day, various awards were given away to AAI Airports and teams by Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI. Four AAI airports – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad; Biju Patnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar; Chandigarh International Airport and Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar International Airport, Indore Airport were awarded Airport Service Quality Awards 2018. Customer Satisfaction Index awards were also presented to Swami Vivekananda International Airport, Raipur (First rank); Udaipur Airport (Second rank) and Trichy International Airport (Third rank). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from this, various other awards like Chairman Excellence Award and Sports Award were also presented on the occasion. The Engineering team was awarded for development of Civil Enclave at Prayagraj Airport in the record time of eleven months. GM(ATM) in-charge, Mumbai ATC and Team were also appreciated and awarded for carrying out excellent work during the recent crisis period. Swachh Bharat Awards were conferred to top two Airports each in three categories. Kolkata and Chennai in the first category; Chandigarh and Mangalore airport in the second; Vadodara and Mangalore in the third category. Recruitment Cell Team was awarded for carrying out excellent work during recruitment.last_img read more

Help Ive Been Kidnapped by My Apple Watch

first_imgApril 30, 2015 Regular readers will recall that my first date with the Apple Watch did not go smoothly. I was wearing it wrong. The apps were sluggish. The first time I tried to message a friend it crashed.One week later, I still don’t love it. But I am having feelings. Mostly after small victories.I felt something when I figured out how to tune Twitter so that I wasn’t bombarded with notifications.I felt something when, six days later, I managed to add someone to my friends screen.I felt something when I began to get comfortable with the interface vocabulary — the vertical swipes, the horizontal swipes, the force touch, the digital crown.“Do not expect to strap on Apple Watch for the first time and feel entirely at home,” says Daring Fireball’s John Gruber in Watch, Apple Watch, an essay that makes a useful distinction between needing a wireless computer on your wrist and wanting one.This is a device that demands exploration. It needs to be mastered. It needs to be fine-tuned to fit your digital lifestyle.And when it does, when Apple’s “most personal” device starts to feel at home, you can’t help bonding with it.I’m reminded of the way people who mastered a complex piece of pre-WYSIWYG software — the typists who memorized WordPerfect’s obscure keystroke combinations, for example — clung to it until their cold dead fingers had to be pried off the keyboard.I’ve searched for a term to describe this phenomenon, and I think I’ve found it: Stockholm syndrome. Here’s how Wikipedia, borrowing from an FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, defines it.Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychologicalphenomenon in which hostages expressempathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.Mistaking a lack of abuse for an act of kindness. That’s me and my Apple Watch, one week later. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Excellence Group announces new luxury resort in Montego Bay

first_img MIAMI — Known for its award-winning luxury resorts in the Caribbean, Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts has announced its newest addition in Jamaica – Excellence Oyster Bay.Opening early 2018 and breaking ground in the next few months, it will be the first adults-only, all-inclusive luxury resort of its kind in Montego Bay, and will enjoy prime location in Oyster Bay, just 30 minutes from the international airport. The waterfront property will feature 325 suites, including 800-square foot junior suites and 2,000-square foot upper suites that include expansive living spaces, panoramic ocean views and direct beach access.Excellence Oyster Bay will be in a private peninsula with calm waters on one side and a lagoon on the other. The town of Fallmounth is also nearby for day trips.“Excellence Oyster Bay will be the first resort of the Excellence Group in Jamaica, and will set a new standard in the all-inclusive luxury segment, with its location, facilities and the renowned quality service that guests have come to expect from any Excellence Resort,” said Excellence Group’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Domingo Aznar.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTMore information can be found at Excellence Group announces new luxury resort in Montego Bay Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tweet Tags: Excellence Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more