Former Dodgers GM joins Sharks scouting staff

first_imgNed Colletti is returning to the Bay Area sports scene. But it’s not for baseball.Colletti, who was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ General Manager for nine seasons after more than a decade in the Giants front office, has been hired by the San Jose Sharks as a professional scout.1/16.2001 — PHOTO BY PAULINE LUBENS/SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS — Ned Colletti, the Giants’ assistant general manager, grew up dirt poor, living in a shack so close to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport that he could see the passengers …last_img read more

Sustainable soil health

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest J.W. Lemons“A Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt.We have learned some harsh lessons about how to treat our soil. While most of us are aware of the problems of the past, some agricultural operations in the world are not heeding those lessons.We all know that healthy soil is essential to feed the ever-increasing population of the world. However, many agriculture practices continue to damage and deplete our natural resources — of which soil ranks among the top. These practices have caused reductions in soil productivity due to soil loss through erosion and changes in the nutritional balances in soil. This has resulted in nutrient depletion and increased our dependence on synthetic fertilizers. Because of the low efficiency of many commercial fertilizers, we have over-applied many nutrients to maintain or increase crop production levels.Although these increased inputs have led to higher yields to meet the demand for food production, the over-application of nutrients has resulted in continuous environmental degradation of soil, water and vegetation resources. In some areas, organic matter levels are declining due to improper tillage and nutrient management, resulting in a depletion of naturally available nutrients in our soils. All of this leads to even higher chemical inputs, including the use of synthetic fertilizers.With continuous additions of chlorides, hydroxides, and other potentially harmful fertilizer byproducts, we have witnessed soil salinization and degradation of fresh water quality. Excess application of manures and acid-causing synthetic fertilizers has adversely affected soil structure, soil pH, and overall productivity of the soil. Over-application of synthetic fertilizers can also result in nutrient leaching into groundwater or off-site movement into surface waters.Nutrient pollution does major damage to our ecosystem. It can result in irreversible damage to aquatic life — both plant and animal. The damage extends from our fresh water sources to our coastal environments. Nutrient pollution can lead to coral reef degradation, and aquatic sea plant death. It can also be tied to the decline of aquatic biodiversity and algal blooms resulting in massive fish deaths. Groundwater and surface water contamination by nutrients has also been associated with a number of human health issues including reduced amounts and quality of drinking water (ex. Toledo, 2014), infant brain damage, methemoglobinemia (blue baby syndrome), and even death.Plants only absorb and utilize the nutrients they need at any given point during the growing season. Excess nutrients may remain in the soil; however, it is likely much of the excess will be leached through the soil or be tied up in the soil where it is unavailable. Two of these major nutrient pollutants are nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P). The main sources of N and P in groundwater are manure and synthetic fertilizers.Another result of our practices is the loss of natural biodiversity of soil organisms. Soil is a complex mixture of minerals, air, water and organic materials. We know our soil can benefit from bacteria, fungi, insects, and other organisms living underground. They help build soil tilth and increase land performance. Decomposition of the organic matter is essential to releasing nutrients to a plant. Included in organic matter are up to 2,400 pounds of fungi, 1,500 pounds of bacteria, 133 pounds of protozoa and hundreds of pounds of arthropods, algae, and even small mammals, per acre of soil. The pH and byproduct content of some commercial fertilizers can reduce populations of fungi, nematodes and protozoa. Additionally, many fertilizer (especially nitrogen) stabilizers have components that adversely affect soil microbes to accomplish that stability. Maintaining a healthy living environment for these organisms is critical for the sustainability of agriculture.AgroLiquid’s goal is to prosper the farmer while safeguarding the environment. Lower-grade raw materials can contain byproducts that are harmful to plants, soil, the environment and even human health. Using formulation technology that protects nutrients from loss to the environment and allows those nutrients to work with, instead of against, the biology of the soil to make them more usable by the crop.Intensive research, development and product testing have resulted in a full-line of nutrient products that don’t solely focus on N-P-K. As AgroLiquid Vice-President of Operations and Organizational Development, Nick Bancroft, said, “we use nutrients to make nutrients better.”For example, a phosphorus product needs more than just phosphorus to be effective.“It should not only contain phosphorous, it should contain nitrogen, it should contain potassium, and it should contain micronutrients.” Bancroft explains those nutrients work in harmony with phosphorous in the processes that phosphorous affect in the plant to make uptake, translocation, and utilization in the plant more efficient. This equates to more plant growth with less applied fertilizer.Again, using phosphorous as an example, one gallon of Pro-Germinator is significantly more efficient than conventional fertilizer sources when used at the recommended application rate. Less applied fertilizer means less leaching or off-target movement potential. The crop safety of Pro-Germinator allows it to be placed in the soil or on the plant, reducing the potential for pollution due to erosion. Many AgroLiquid products are also formulated to provide usable nutrients to the plant over the growing season, and not just for a short time after application, enabling the plant to utilize those available nutrients.AgroLiquid continues to advance our full line of fertilizers by considering the soil as a dynamic living organism. We strive for Responsible Nutrient Management to provide environmental stewardship, cost effective crop nutrition, and sustainability of agriculture for the future.Soil health helps determine sustainability in agriculture. A healthy soil will better perform to potential. By addressing the needs of the plant with efficient fertilizers and fertilizer placement, we can manage many of the adverse effects discussed here. The sustainability of agriculture is of utmost importance, and we are constantly and continuously researching, developing, testing and perfecting our products with the future in mind.last_img read more

L’Art D’Être Mère en Afrique

first_imgPosted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Carolina Damásio, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Carolina Damásio, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Scroll down for an English translation of this postE novembro foi o mês que escrevi o projeto que realizarei nos próximos meses no Mali. Com o título “A arte de ser mãe na África “, tem como objetivo geral contribuir com a melhoria da saúde materna entre o grupo das jovens migrantes que trabalham como ajudantes familiares na região de Bamako, Mali, visando uma melhoria nos indicadores de saúde no grupo em questão.Dentre as atividades propostas, além do curso de formação em saúde com as jovens grávidas, desenvolvimento de novas estratégias de comunicação para o grupo, melhoria da comunicação ao nível das ONGs, gravação de vídeo-documentário também serão objetivos do projeto.Escolhi a fotografia como uma das técnicas artísticas a serem utilizadas nos primeiros encontros, como forma de melhorar minha comunicação com as jovens grávidas, visto as barreiras culturais e de língua que enfrentarei durante os encontros. As meninas poderão expressar os seus sonhos, medos, dúvidas e esperanças por meio de fotos tiradas por elas mesmas, sendo a fotografia um forte e universal meio de comunicação…Neste mês de novembro visitei alguns projetos da APAFE, ainda na área da proteção da infância, que procura reinserir crianças e adolescentes na escola. Segue algumas fotos e vídeos das visitas.Junto com duas novas estagiárias da APAF francesas que agora me ajudam no projeto, comecei a selecionar jovens migrantes que procuram a organização para a gravação de vídeos, com as suas histórias de vida e também procurando fazer um resgate das canções de ninar e outros aspectos da cultura local relacionada a gestação, visto o frágil vínculo materno-infantil que parece existir de uma forma geral no Mali. Segue uma entrevista com uma das meninas.No momento estou realizando visitas em outras ONG´s de Bamako que trabalham com as jovens filhas migrantes vítimas de gravidezes indesejadas e fechando parcerias para começar o projeto junto a estas outras organizações também. Ums delas, Bici Mali, oferece em sua estrutura acolhimento para as meninas grávidas e será uma das organizações contempladas com o projeto.Algumas das estatísticas das minhas pesquisas nas últimas semanas sobre a saúde da mulher no Mali:Population : 22 % composé de femmes en âge fertile. Le taux de fécondité présente un taux de 6.6 enfants par femme (chiffres de 2009)Mortalité infantile au niveau mondial (103/1000 bébés nés vivants en 2008)Mortalité maternelle étant encore une cause fréquente parmi les décès féminins, estimée en 2006 à 464/100000 habitantsConformément aux chiffres de 2009 du Ministère de la Santé du Mali, seulement 37% des femmes ont eu une couverture de consultations prénatales effectives40 % des accouchements ont eu lieu sans aucun type d’assistanceL’excision est estimée à 85% en 2009L’âge de la première gestation -18.9 ansLe groupe des adolescentes constitue 21 % des femmes en âge de procréerles chiffres du ministère de la santé montrent que 30 % des jeunes filles (adolescentes) ont au moins un enfant et 5% sont enceintesA l’âge de 17 ans, 4 filles sur 10 ont des enfants The Art of Being a Mother in AfricaNovember was the month I wrote what my project will accomplish in the coming months in Mali. Titled “The Art of being a Mother in Africa,” it aims to contribute to the overall improvement of maternal health among the group of young migrants who work as caregivers in the region of Bamako, Mali, seeking an improvement in health indicators in that group.Among the proposed activities (in addition to on-going training in health with young pregnant women) are developing new communication strategies for the group, improving communication at the NGO level, and a documentary video recording.I chose photography as the artistic technique to use in the first meetings as a way to improve my communication with the young pregnant women because of cultural and language barriers that we face during the meetings. Girls can express their dreams, fears, doubts and hopes through pictures taken by themselves, and the image is a strong and universal means of communication.In November I visited some projects of APAF (the organization of Ashoka Fellow Jacqueline Goïta), still in the area of protecting children, which seeks to reintegrate children and adolescents into school. Here some pictures of the visits.Along with two new interns from the French APAF who now help me in the project, I started selecting young migrants being helped by the organization to record video of their stories of life. I’m looking to revive the use of lullabies and other aspects of local culture related to pregnancy, given the fragile mother-child bond that seems to exist in general in Mali.At the moment I am performing research on other NGOs working in Bamako with the young migrant victims of unwanted pregnancies and closing partnerships to get the project together with these other organizations as well. One of them, Bici Mali, in its structure provides shelter for pregnant girls and will be one of the organizations awarded the project.Some of the statistics of my research in recent weeks about the health of women in Mali:Population: 22% of women are of childbearing age. The fertility rate has a rate of 6.6 children per woman (2009 figures)Infant mortality in the world (103/1000 live births in 2008)Maternal mortality is still a common cause of death among women, estimated in 2006 to 464/100,000 population.According to 2009 figures from the Ministry of Health of Mali, only 37% of women had an effective coverage of antenatal care and 40% of deliveries took place without any kind of assistance.FGM is estimated at 85% in 2009The average age of first pregnancy – 18.9 yearsThe group of girls is 21% of women of childbearing ageFigures from the Ministry of Health show that 30% of young girls (teenagers) have at least one child and 5% were pregnant.At the age of 17 years, 4 out of 10 girls with children.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

10 months agoPSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot rejects Spurs approach

first_imgPSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot rejects Spurs approachby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has resisted an offer from Tottenham.Rabiot has told Tottenham he won’t be coming – regardless of their offer.The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder isn’t interested in moving to London, Le 10 Sport reports.The 23-year-old is out of contract at PSG this summer but with Barcelona and Manchester City reported to be interested he won’t consider Spurs.Liverpool are also monitoring the situation but are well catered for in midfield. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBayern Munich midfielder Coutinho hints Barcelona return unlikely

first_imgBayern Munich midfielder Coutinho hints Barcelona return unlikelyby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich midfielder Philippe Coutinho has hinted he’s ready to cut ties with Barcelona.Currently on-loan at Bayern, Coutinho says staying long-term in Munich is an option.He stated: “Stay longer in Bayern? Nobody can predict what will happen next year. It depends on many factors. “All I can say is that this year, I will work hard to achieve all our goals. Personally, I want to play a good season. “And then we’ll see where that leads.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

CSC to train one lakh youth in core technologies for one year

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major move, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on Friday signed an agreement with Common Services Centers (CSC) to help upskill one lakh young professionals in core technologies over the next year.Under the pact, IEEE will work through CSCs across the country to train the young professionals in skills that align with the government’s Digital India initiative, which in turn will spur jobs in the emerging fields of building or managing data networks and Internet of Things (IoT), the CSC said in its statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The aim of this agreement is to jointly create jobs and bridge the digital divide. IEEE Blended Learning Program (BLP) aims to upskill 1 lakh young professionals across the country in the emerging areas of technology such as the Internet of Things and building Wi-Fi community networks,” said Harish Mysore, senior director IEEE India Operations. On the occasion, CEO of CSC Dinesh Tyagi said, “The BLP certificate programmes are developed in conjunction with industry leaders and vetted by experts to ensure their effectiveness in content and learning experience.” “It is backed by micro-learning modules, application modules and data analytics, ultimately leading to an IEEE certificate, which aims at bridging the skills gap between academic learning and industry needs,” he said.last_img read more

Why Tennis Players Dont Take More Risks On Second Serves

Why Tennis Players Dont Take More Risks On Second Serves

If you’ve ever watched a tennis player dominate with the first serve but saw the second serve obliterated by the returner, you might have wondered: Why don’t more players go for it on their second serve? Wouldn’t they be better off treating their second opportunity to serve like their first one?The answer almost always is no.Most servers win a much higher percentage of points on their first serve than their second serve. For example, in his five-set marathon loss to Kei Nishikori as Monday night turned to Tuesday morning at the U.S. Open, Milos Raonic won 87 percent of his first-serve points but just 47 percent of his second-serve points.During that match, Min Han, a biologist at the University of Colorado, emailed me. “I wonder whether some of the big servers in men’s tennis should serve the fast ‘first’ serve all the time,” Han wrote. “For some of these guys, the difference between the winning percentage on their first serve and that on the second serve seems huge.”It’s a good suggestion. But the season-long numbers suggest nearly every player would be hurt, not helped, by treating the second serve like a first serve. Except in a couple of cases, the higher probability that the second serve lands in the court more than compensates for the higher effectiveness of first serves.Let’s start with the average Top 50 men’s player. This year heading into the U.S. Open, he wins 73.6 percent of service points when the first serve lands in, compared to 57.5 percent when the second serve lands in. But his first serve lands in just 61.9 percent of the time, compared to 91.1 percent of second serves. So if he went for his first serve on both points, he’d win 73.6 percent of second-serve points when the ball lands in, but double fault on 38.1 percent of them. His second-serve winning percentage would be just 45.6 percent, compared to 52.4 percent now. Bad move.This is just an average. It varies widely by player. Mikhail Youzhny has a relatively weak first serve without landing in the court all that often, so he’d be especially unwise to go for his first serve again given a second opportunity. His second-serve winning percentage would drop by 12.7 percentage points.By contrast, Ivo Karlovic, who is 6 feet 10, has a relatively weak second serve and usually lands his excellent first serve in, so he’d gain 2 percentage points on his second-serve winning percentage if he went for his first serve twice. That’s a modest gain, and Karlovic is the only player in the Top 50 who’d get a high enough reward to justify the high-risk tactic. (Raonic would be nearly even, but slightly worse off — as he would have been if he’d gone for second-serve bombs against Nishikori, since he missed so often on first serves in that match.)Even Karlovic couldn’t have anticipated before this season that he would have benefited from the risky strategy. In each of the past two seasons, it would have hurt him slightly. No current Top 50 player who played at least five matches in 2013 would have gained from hitting exclusively first serves, and only Gael Monfils would have in 2012. (Players’ serve percentages are fairly persistent from year to year, and therefore so is the effect of the tactic on a player’s serve success — a correlation coefficient of 0.66 between this year and 2013, and of 0.7 between this year and 2012, for current Top 50 players with at least 25 matches in each season.)The story is similar in the women’s game. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) sent me data this season heading into the U.S. Open. Among 94 players with at least 15 matches, just six would have benefited from going for their first serves on second serve: Victoria Azarenka, Annika Beck, Yvonne Meusburger, Monica Niculescu, Sara Errani and Yaroslava Shvedova.Errani, the 2012 French Open finalist, doesn’t have a great first serve. It was even singled out in a New York Times article this week as one of the oddest strokes on tour. But she lands it in at an unusually high rate, leading the WTA in each of the past four seasons and ahead among regulars this year. And her second serve is bad enough to be worth replacing with the first serve, though not by much: She’d have gained 0.6 percentage points on her second-serve winning percentage with the riskier tactic.The biggest beneficiary of hitting two first serves is Azarenka, the former No. 1 player in the world who was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the quarterfinals by Ekaterina Makarova. Heading into the U.S. Open, she’d have had a second-serve winning percentage of 44.7 percent by hitting two first serves, instead of her atrocious 38.5 percent.Last year, Azarenka and Errani also would have benefited from the riskier serving approach. Beck and Niculescu would have, too. Meusburger and Shvedova wouldn’t have, though.Returns on the tactic also could be very volatile from match to match. Though Azarenka’s pre-U.S. Open stats argue for a riskier serving tactic, it would have hurt her in four of her five U.S. Open matches, including her loss to Makarova.These calculations simplify serving by reducing it to just first and second serves. Most players employ a wide variety of first serves, with different levels of risk and effectiveness. Perhaps a bomb down the T of the court is too risky for a second serve, but a slider out wide lands in the court often enough to be worth it. Then again, go too often to a reliable serve and the returner will adjust and make it less effective.The calculations also don’t account for the psychological elements of the sport. Returners might get rattled if they know they’ll never face easy serves. But the toll on a server who double-faults much more often could be even greater.CORRECTION (Sept. 4, 2:40 p.m.): If the average Top 50 ATP player went for his first serve on both points, he’d double fault on 38.1 percent of his second-serve points. A previous version of this article said he’d double fault on 38.9 percent of them. read more

Womens gymnastics No 19 Ohio State brings home a win against Rutgers

Harrison posted a 9.750 on her first time on floor after being out all season for the event due to a preseason hip injury. Junior Alexis Mattern takes her turn on the uneven bars at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporter The meet result in victory for the OSU women, but coach Carey Fagan said that she didn’t take the win for granted. The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team brought home a big win in their co-ed meet against Rutgers after a two-meet losing streak. For their third win of the season, the Buckeyes posted a final score of 195.775-194.300 over the Scarlet Knights. “At first I felt bad because Janelle got hurt, so I never want to see my teammates hurt,” said Harrison. “But my coach asked me ‘So how do you feel about it?’ and I said ‘Oh, I’m so excited. I’m ready.’” The Buckeyes claimed a shutout for the meet, placing first in every event. Junior Alexis Matter earned a career-best for yet another meet in a row of 39.400 to take first for the all-around. At the half point of the meet, the Buckeyes still held the lead over the Scarlet Knights with an overall score of 97.800. In the fourth and final event, Mattern tied her career-high of 9.925 to earn first for floor. A last minute lineup change was made right before the start of the rotation where Harrison stepped in place of sophomore Janelle McClelland. The OSU women started strong on vault, tallying a 49.025. Mattern posted a 9.825 to place first overall for the event. “I was happy with how the team responded,” Fagan said. “We had a couple of bad landings on vault and that can sometimes shake a team and their confidence, and we needed to make a couple of lineup changes towards the end, but they seemed to really handle it. Sometimes you have a mistake and everybody kind of folds, but this team was pretty mentally tough, so I’m happy overall.” The OSU women’s gymnastics team will travel to University Park next next Saturday, Feb 11 for a dual meet against Penn State. In the second rotation on uneven bars, freshman Olivia Aepli and Mattern led the tea, both scoring 9.825 to tie for first overall. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hoflland missed the stick, falling on the dismount to tally the team low-score of 8.875 for the night. “Today I had my teammates in front of me, I had my teammates behind me when I was going,” Mattern said. “So that really just gave me the strength and the positive energy to just go out and do the best that I could do.” The team gained momentum in the third rotation on balance beam earning a 48.900 for the event. Junior Taylor Harrison posted a 9.878 to take first for the event. read more

Inter Milan plan Vidal swoop

Inter Milan plan Vidal swoop

first_imgInter Milan are planning a sensational swoop for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal, but they’ll have to sell a player to finance the €30m deal.The former Juventus midfielder looks set to leave the Bundesliga Champions this summer, three seasons after joining the club.Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio was recently spotted in Germany before flying out to meet owners Suning in China, and rumors are rife in Italy that Vidal is the number one target for midfield position.Manchester United have equally been linked to the Chilean player, but it seems their interest has waned since missing out on the midfielder.Ausilio was informed that the former Bianconero is worth around €30m, and it’s likely a sale will be needed to make the deal work financially.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Both Matias Vecino or Roberto Gagliardini could be sold in order to finance the move with the former heavily linked with Chelsea in recent weeks.Bayern have told Inter Milan that they have to pay €30m for Arturo Vidal. The Chilean is Inter’s number 1 target for midfield but the Italians will have to sell one player to make the deal work financially. Matias Vecino or Joao Mario could be sacrificed [Corriere dello Sport] pic.twitter.com/qjkIBgtrzu— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 22, 2018last_img read more

Pedro hails Alvaro Morata

Pedro hails Alvaro Morata

first_imgThe Chelsea footballer believes Morata is in good condition and played very good against Crystal Palace in the weekendChelsea footballer Pedro has stated his very happy at how well his teammate Alvaro Morata is playing, especially after the game against Crystal Palace.“The team worked very hard and I’m very happy to score a goal and get the three points because it’s very important for us to stay near the top and to continue in this way,” Pedro told Chelsea’s official website.“The team are playing very well, moving the ball with one or two touches, creating chances and winning games. The important thing for us is getting the three points but we just need to take it step by step and game by game.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“We were in good condition, playing well and creating chances but a draw is different,” he added.“After, when Alvaro scored again, we controlled the game and moved the ball faster, I then scored the third and that was good.”“He’s in good condition and he had a very good performance,” Pedro added.“He has the mentality to score goals and help the team, that’s the best way for him.”last_img read more