Carolina Panthers head coach makes a decision on ex-49er Eric Reid

first_imgEric Reid made a good first impression with his new team. And he didn’t waste any time.Reid, the former 49ers safety, is such a quick study that Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced Friday that Reid will be in the starting lineup this Sunday when the Panthers play the New York Giants. Reid will replace Da’Norris Searcy who was lost to the Panthers for the rest of the season after suffering a concussion.In making the announcement, Rivera cautioned that he would keep his eye on Reid …last_img

Rains continue to bog down Ohio crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matt Saal, Wayne Co.We have been catching the rains, but things are looking OK. I definitely think there has been some nitrogen loss in the corn. I have heard that there is some corn leaf disease showing up in Wayne County too.If there are molds and toxins in the plants it can show up in the silage and then you can be dealing with high toxin levels in the feed. The molds that show up in the ear are a problem, but it is hard to determine the cost verses the payback on spraying a fungicide for silage. It takes a ton of silage just to pay for the spraying and to get a return you need to get an extra ton and it is questionable whether that will happen or not.Normally we just wait longer to get the forage drier when the moisture is high, but this year we have mowed and chopped in the same day a couple of times on the haylage because that is all the window we’ve had. We have definitely put up wetter forage than we ever have this year and a good inoculant will help that more than forage chopped at optimal moisture. It has been very difficult to get haylage done. We haven’t had much more than a day or two without rain for the last couple of months, but we have been squeaking it out. All of our second cutting is done, but we haven’t tried to dry bale any of it. A lot of guys in this area have been doing the same thing we have.The beans are looking pretty good. A lot of them are coming around but guys are getting behind on spraying and there is weed pressure. The wheat did well this year. It was coming off around 16% moisture and yielded around 81 bushels per acre. There is still some wheat out there yet, but ours is done. There have been a lot of elevators not taking wheat around here because of the quality issues.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

Tips on Developing EarthCaches in U.S. National Parks

first_imgEditor’s Note: The content in this article were first presented by Stuart West and Marcia Keener of the National Park Service during the 1st International EarthCache Mega-Event in Maine, USA on 2 September 2012. Share with your Friends:More Set up an in-person appointment with that person if possible.Be patient. If park staff are unfamiliar with geocaching or are new to this request, it may not be clear who will handle cache requests – and approval will always be interdisciplinary. In other words, although there may be one “lead,” several people may need to be consulted to get permission.Be informative. Many people do not have experience with EarthCaches. Some have had or heard about negative experiences with geocaches so they may or may not want to learn more. Perhaps you can demonstrate or teach the activity to park staff.Be flexible. Provide the coordinates you plan on using. Better yet, walk to your proposed location. You may get good feedback and answer questions in the field.  Park staff will consider safety, resource damage, and possible theft of archeological or natural resources.Be informed about the park’s purpose. Explain how your proposed cache, especially an EarthCache, might support the mission and help draw and teach visitors about the park’s resources, or that park’s story about our Nation’s heritage. The Lowly Worm EarthCache can be discovered in Shenandoah National ParkBy Stuart West and Marcia Keener of the National Park Service, Edited by Jenn SevaAre you interested in developing EarthCaches on lands managed by the National Park Service (NPS)?  Our friends at the NPS provided pointers so that more EarthCaches might be permitted. Remember that geocaches are prohibited on these lands until they are permitted. You must ask for permission first. There is no guarantee a request to place a cache will be fulfilled. But odds are good. To date, close to 75 EarthCaches have been permitted on NPS managed lands!BasicsThe NPS was created in 1916. Those of you doing the math will realize that 2016 will represent quite the milestone!  Today, there are nearly 400 units, like parks and scenic trails, within the NPS.  Although we commonly call them all national parks, only 58 have that official designation. The complete list details all NPS units. There are national monuments, national seashores, national rivers, national historic sites, and the list goes on. For simplification, we will call all NPS units “national parks” in this article.Why is this NPS designation important? Because that gives you an idea of the purpose of a park and a clue as to whether or not geocaching might be permitted. Why was a particular national park established? Do you understand its history? What must managers do to protect it? What are the interpretive or education plans? How might  you help carry out their mission?National parks are managed to a high standard, but do differ on types of activities that are allowed. The  likelihood of getting a geocache placed in a national battlefield park is much less likely than a national recreation area (NRA).  National battlefield parks may not even permit kite flying or Frisbee throwing because those activities are deemed inappropriate over the gravesites and hallowed grounds of those who have died for our freedoms. Conversely, geocaching may be deemed appropriate for some areas in a national recreation area.  Always keep basics like the park’s mission in mind when thinking of proposing a geocache.National parks are run much like cities.  Both have a police force, fire department, and rescue squad. They both have roads to repair and they both have educators, buildings to maintain, and trash to manage. Detroit is managed differently than Los Angeles, and LA is not managed exactly like New York, Atlanta or New Orleans. No two parks are managed exactly the same way. Cities and parks face a variety of unique challenges based upon climate, topography, government infrastructure, job opportunities, and available funding. Consider that a city exists in a particular area for specific reason. A national park is set aside to protect a specific natural or cultural resource.So, you have an idea for an EarthCache in a nearby national park.The following tips will likely save you a lot of time and effort.First task is to find out who will be your contact in the park before you put too much time into scoping out a possible cache location or creating text.In some parks, your point of contact will be the Chief Ranger, the person who is responsible for managing law enforcement in the park.It may be the Chief of Interpretation, responsible for education and information.The Chief of Resource Management may be your contact especially when plants and wildlife health are of concern.It is usually one of these three chiefs that will be your point of contact.  In smaller parks some chiefs may manage multiple disciplines, making your search easier.In some parks, the duty of managing Geocaches may fall to the Special Park Uses Coordinator (people often have numerous duties or roles in parks), especially if that park requires a permit for placing a cache. Everyone in the park reports to the park superintendent or manager. Next StepsDetermine whether you need a Special Use Permit by discussing the proposal and applying for one if necessary.When proposing an EarthCache, remind managers that EarthCaches were developed in partnership between the Geological Society of America, the NPS and Geocaching.com.Always be mindful of other responsibilities that park staff have. Give them ample time to review your proposal. Gentle reminders might be appropriate if many weeks have gone by.Remember that managers have the full right to approve or deny the application, have final say over content, and can insist that a cache be removed if there is a problem.After you get park permission, submit your plans to Geocaching.com.  Your EarthCache description must be reviewed by the park staff prior to final submission. Federal Regulations That Affect Traditional GeocachesEarthCaches focus on geoscience feature of our Earth and so do not need a container like traditional geocaches do. National parks enforce the regulations listed within Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR) when caches use physical containers. This is in violation of established regulations until permission is granted by the park superintendent and written within the Superintendent’s Compendium, the document of park-specific regulations. Two sections of 36 CFR are typically used to enforce park prohibitions against physical geocaches. A third regulation, 36 CFR §2.1 Preservation of natural, cultural, and archeological resources, has also been cited in cases where geocachers disturb the environment to conceal their caches. The two most common violations cited are violation of a park closure and abandoned property:36 CFR §1.5 Closures and Public Use Limits … based upon a determination that such action is necessary for the … protection of environmental or scenic values, protection of natural or cultural resources … , or the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activity, the superintendent may: (2) … Impose conditions or restrictions on a use or activity.36 CFR §2.2 (a) Property:  The following are prohibited: (2) Leaving property unattended for longer than 24 hours except in locations where longer time periods have been designated or in accordance with conditions established by the superintendent.Again, permission from park managers is required before any geocache can be placed on national park lands. Caches using physical components may be best in developed areas or requested near visitor centers.See stories on successful placement of physical caches in North Cascades and a Do-It-Yourself GeoTrail turned GeoTour.Reference Materialhttp://www.earthcache.org/: Read the submittal guidelines linked from the main navigation.http://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx: All EarthCaches are a type of geocache so they are also subject to the usual Geocaching.com guidelines.http://www.nps.gov: Experience Your America ™http://www.nps.gov/acad/earthcache.htm: EarthCache at Acadia National Parkhttp://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/earthcaching.htm: EarthCache at Shenandoah National Parkhttp://www.murieslc.org/static/1958/earthcaching-in-denali: EarthCache at Denali National Park and Preserve SharePrint RelatedOne Woman’s Journey Brings Physical Geocaches to National ParksDecember 8, 2010In “Community”Happy 100th Birthday US National Park Service! Let’s Celebrate with a GeoTour!June 6, 2016In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 13): EarthCachesMay 10, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

Apps Continue to Overtake Mobile Web (Study)

first_imgsarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Although, in total, apps are overtaking the Web in terms of usage, there are certain categories where the mobile Web is still used heavily. News, search and commerce categories receive more usage from mobile Web browsers, with 86%, 85% and 66% of mobile Web browser users using them monthly, respectively, says Zokem.In comparison, only 22% of Web browser users use Web-based email and only 18% use Web-based games. Instead, native apps for email are used by 76% of smartphone users and native apps for gaming are used by 45%.In general, multimedia and other entertainment is most popular within native applications, with the one exception being adult entertainment. This category sees 15% of Web browser users accessing such sites per month. That finding is likely related to the restrictions on adult apps per Apple’s iTunes guidelines, which does not permit adult content.Why are Apps Winning?Zokem’s CEO Hannu Verkasalo shares some thoughts about why apps are dominating this space over on GSM’s Mobile Apps Briefing website. “According to Zokem’s research, one of the most fundamental aspects is perceived usability and overall user experience,” he says, in describing the success of apps.“Mobile web browsers are no doubt evolving, with the most recent smartphones supporting HTML 5, Flash and other powerful web technologies – which is a good thing. However, there are still elements – like the small screen, rendering power of smartphones, limitations of web-site based application logic, offline use etc. –  which make web browser based applications in most cases unsuitable, or user interfaces sub-optimal for mobile screens. It is easier technically to guarantee how an app looks, how it works, and how it delivers value to the user compared to web apps,” he concluded.Verkasalo said other factors that have contributed to apps’ success over Web include the ease of monetization within app stores and the growth of the mobile app ecosystem. At last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the GSM Association (GSMA) partnered with mobile analytics firm Zokem to publish highlights from Zokem’s recent smartphone research study. Its report found that mobile applications are overtaking mobile Web browser usage in terms of monthly use. In addition, apps are now second only to messaging in usage activity, beating both voice and Web for the #2 spot.Zokem’s January 2011 study looked at over 2,200 smartphone users in both the U.S. and the U.K. Although apps are growing in popularity, they haven’t yet become the top usage category on smartphones – messaging is still #1. Messaging, which includes text, multimedia, email, and instant messaging, accounts for 671 minutes of usage per month (active on-screen time).Meanwhile, apps (maps, gaming, entertainment, productivity, social networking, etc.) are a very close second at 667 minutes of usage per month.Voice (531 minutes) and Web browsing (422 minutes) are much further behind. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#apps#mobile#news#Trends last_img read more

Derrick White’s career night leads Spurs past Nets

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White (4) reacts after he was fouled while scoring late in the the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in San Antonio, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. San Antonio won 117-114. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs relied on LaMarcus Aldridge until they were able to put things together against a sneaky zone defense from the Brooklyn Nets.Leaning on Aldridge has worked out pretty well this season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “He’s had a great season and really kept us together when we were still learning,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “During the tough times when we were really discombobulated, he’s been a beast all season. It’s a good reward for him to make the All-Star team. He deserves it.”DeMar DeRozan added 15 points and 10 rebounds in his return from a three-game absence because of a sore left knee.After failing to make the All-Star Game as a reserve, D’Angelo Russell pressed his case to replace injured selection Victor Oladipo. Russell had 25 points, nine assists and four turnovers in 33 minutes for Brooklyn.The Nets eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game even without Spencer Dinwiddie, their third-leading scorer.“They’re not going to beat themselves,” Russell said of the Spurs. “So, when you go to an away game, you’ve got to come with your hard hat on and be ready to take that win.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Nikola Vucevic, Magic send Pacers reeling to 4th straight loss Nets: Brooklyn’s last win in San Antonio was Jan. 22, 2002, when Jason Kidd had 28 points and 11 rebounds in a 92-86 victory at the Alamodome. … Dinwiddie missed his fourth straight game with torn ligaments in his right thumb. The Nets are 2-1 without the 6-foot-6 guard. … G Caris LeVert missed his 39th straight game with a dislocated right foot. … Brooklyn was also without Allen Crabbe (sore right knee) and Jared Dudley (strained left hamstring).Spurs: A San Antonio player has participated in the All-Star Game in 21 straight seasons, the longest streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. … Aldridge, Kevin Durant, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are the only players to play in the All-Star Game in seven of the last eight seasons. … Patty Mills became the 20th player to play 10,000 minutes with the Spurs.ABSOLUTELY BATTYThe game was delayed for 2½ minutes early in the first quarter when three bats began hovering just above the court. Officials had players return to the bench as stadium staff, security and ballboys attempted to shoo the bats away with towels. A stadium official eventually brought out a net, but the bats were scared up to the rafters. Some fans shouted “Manu! Manu!” in tribute to recently retired Manu Ginobili, who swatted a bat with his hands in November 2009.KNOW YOUR WORTHDeRozan failed to make the All-Star Game for the first time since 2015, snapping a streak of three straight appearances. DeRozan made four All-Star appearances while with the Toronto Raptors before being traded to the Spurs in the offseason.“I’m not going to sit here and be sad,” DeRozan told the Express-News. “I know the caliber of player I am. I can never be the one to say I should have made it over this guy. I’m not worried about it. Last year wasn’t my last one, pretty sure of that.”UP NEXTNets: At Orlando on Saturday night.Spurs: Host New Orleans on Saturday night. View commentscenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Derrick White scored a career-high 26 points, Aldridge had 20 and the Spurs rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn 117-114 on Thursday night, their 16th straight win at home over the Nets.White added six assists, including four in the second half as San Antonio improved to 3-0 on its four-game homestand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“He’s working hard,” Aldridge said of White. “He helps this team get better. He’s making the right reads, he’s growing offensively (and) he’s getting to the basket. I think he’s that difference maker right now.”Aldridge, fresh off his seventh All-Star selection, made a critical three-point play in the final minute and had 13 rebounds. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Brooklyn shot 47 percent from the field and had 30 assists, which was four off its season high.Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll had 18 points each for the Nets.Brooklyn, which had won seven of eight coming in, erased a 12-point deficit in the first half and led 97-90 with eight minutes remaining.The Nets used a zone defense off their own made shots and played man-to-man when they missed. The strategy threw the Spurs off-kilter.“Zones are tough for everybody in the NBA,” Popovich said. “With the short clock, people just sort of stop. It’s a good move. They’ve been really successful at it. They’ve used it quite a bit and it’s really helped them out. There were times it gave us trouble, at times we had good shots and missed them, but it keeps you on your toes and keeps you off balance. It’s a good tactic by coach (Kenny) Atkinson.”San Antonio rallied in the fourth quarter, when it started finding some seams in the zone.“It was one of them nights where we couldn’t make nothing to save our lives,” DeRozan said. “We just kept pushing, kept fighting and it turned for us.”Aldridge’s three-point play after a foul on his own follow-up shot put the Spurs ahead 115-111 with 51.1 seconds remaining. Aldridge added two free throws with 3.6 seconds left, and Shabazz Napier missed a 26-footer at the buzzer that would have tied the game.“Pop went zone,” Atkinson said of the last shot. “It’s a good move by him. We obviously had a man-to-man play. Good job by him.”TIP-INSlast_img read more