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

Indaba to tackle SA mining challenges

first_imgLabour disputes, rising costs and slowing demand due to a stagnant global economy are the major issues faced by South Africa’s miners. How the country plans to address these challenges will be a key focus of the Investing in African Mining Indaba taking place in Cape Town this week.More than 7 500 delegates, representing 1 800 international companies, will be in South Africa to discuss and debate mining interests in Africa.Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told a Brand South Africa gathering at the Cape Sun on Sunday night that the transformation of the industry was fundamental to helping the country overcome its dual challenges of poverty and inequality, and ensuring that everyone benefited from South Africa’s mineral wealth.The mining sector roundtable, hosted by Brand South Africa, KPMG and CNBC Africa, included a panel discussion about the opportunities for growth offered by transformation.‘No plans to nationalise mines’ In a pre-recorded video address, Shabangu said improvements to the regulatory framework had been made with the intention of attracting investment, adding that the government had repeatedly reassured investors that it did not have plans to nationalise South Africa’s mines.“The way to balance profit and social responsibility is to work together,” the minister said. “Partnerships are key.”Shabangu urged investors to view transformation as a positive, not a negative factor: “See yourself as contributing to South Africa, the gateway to Africa”.Miller Matola, the chief executive of Brand South Africa, said it was important to discuss ways to ensure the sustainability and success of what is a key sector of the South African economy.“We must find ways to take advantage of opportunities that are presented by a continent that is clearly on the rise,” he said.‘New solutions needed’ Godfrey Olifant, the deputy minister of mineral resources, said that although South Africa could do better, growth in the industry was strong and he was comfortable that “we are doing well”.Rivalry between unions and the importance of beneficiation to employment creation were not new issues, Olifant said. The challenge was rather to find new solutions to old problems.Change required commitment, he said, and it was time “to do something new”.Also participating in Sunday night’s roundtable were Chamber of Mines of SA vice-president Khanyisile Kweyama, South African Mining Development Association president Bridgette Motsepe Radebe, and Leslie Maasdorp, president of the Southern Africa at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.The organisers of the four-day Investing in African Mining Indaba say the event has injected more than R336-million in revenue into the Western Cape’s economy over the past five years, creating 3 000 direct or indirect jobs.More than half of the delegates attending the event come from Africa, while 18% are from Europe, 12% from Australia, and 8% from North America.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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

Detained leaders asking youth to pick up gun: Ram Madhav

first_imgBJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Sunday said detained mainstream leaders in Srinagar’s Centaur Hotel were sending messages “that gun was the only way out in Kashmir now”.“If you [politicians] want jobs for locals, fight for it and do politics on it. Do politics on early restoration of statehood. But don’t send secret messages from [the Centaur Hotel in] SKICC that “gun need to be picked up”. This is not politics. Let these politicians sacrifice first. But I must tell you, one call makes them shiver,” said Mr. Madhav, who presided over a party convention in Srinagar’s Tagore Hall.Over 40 mainstream leaders were arrested at the SKICC after August 5.Addressing the party workers, Mr. Madhav, also Kashmir in-charge, had terse message for the regional parties. “Some politicians want to play politics by connecting Article 370 with peoples’ sentiments. J&K is set on the path of peace and development now. Those who try to become stumbling block will be dealt with severely. If keeping 200-300 leaders behind the bars will maintain peace in J&K, let them be there for some time,” said Mr. Madhav.He was hinting at the arrests of National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah, NC vice president Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti. “Political process will start as and when situation improves. It has to restart,” Mr. Madhav said.Terming the fears of locals on losing land and jobs after revocation of J&K’s special status as ‘propaganda’, he said, “Where will jobs go? No such step will be taken. In fact, more jobs will be created. Utmost caution will be taken to ensure protection of culture, heritage, jobs for the youth and education for Kashmir’s residents,” he said.The situation was returning towards normalcy, he said. “There has been negligible violence this time. Earlier, small incidents would provoke violence. The common man wants peace in Kashmir. I reached the Srinagar venue late because Batamaloo area was chock-o-block, with people busy in their activities. Shops have to open. There should be no fear,” he said. The BJP said all Kashmiris were “sons of the soil” and equal citizens of India and would be treated with respect by people. “The politics practised in the last 70 years has come to an end. New administration will run on “sab ka saath, sab ka vikas”. This is the motto of the Modi government. Nepotism and family rule has been the main reason for violence and now new leadership is the need of the hour.,” he added.He said his party was ready for creation of new leadership.last_img read more

Mark Hughes bemoans referees decision

first_imgSouthampton manager Mark Hughes has criticised the decision-making of referee Simon Hooper after his side’s controversial 1-1 draw with Watford at St Mary’s on Saturday.The Saints were 1-0 up thanks to Manolo Gabbiadini’s first-half goal when Charlie Austin thought he had doubled their advantage with a deflected strike midway through the second half.However, Mr. Hooper wrongly chalked it off after consulting his assistant on the sideline.“We should not be a test bed for new referees because unfortunately the likes of ourselves, Watford, will always get the referees who are learning their trade,” Hughes revealed to Sky.“There is no way that the referee today was going to be given the Manchester derby for proper reasons. But it is still just as important to us, so where do we go with it?“The only thing we can console ourselves with is they have held their hands up and said they made a mistake.Ralph HasenhüttlHasenhuttl wants Saints to be aggressive against Watford Obinna Echi – April 22, 2019 Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has demanded more urgency and aggressiveness from his players when they play Watford on Tuesday night.The Saints were dispatched by Ayoze Perez hat-trick…“But it is two points that we dearly needed and the consequences of a poor performance from them all, I have to say, then we have not got the points we deserved from the performance.”“And unfortunately that has cost us, in my view, the game because clearly at that point we have got into what we believe is a 2-0 situation where we are leading the game and there is about a quarter of an hour left.“At that point at 2-0, we would clearly have just seen the game out and won the game. As it was, it got chalked off and emotionally we have maybe exerted a little bit of energy and then all of a sudden Watford are encouraged and it changes the game.“So all we ask of the officials and all we ever ask from myself as managers, coaches, players, is that they get the match-defining moments, the ones that have a direct bearing on the result, right.“And unfortunately today they did not.”last_img read more

Fire scare at Midnapore Medical College and Hospital

first_imgKOLKATA: A fire broke out at the emergency ward of Midnapore Medical College and Hospital on Sunday morning triggering panic among patients. No injury, however, has been reported in the incident.Some patients spotted smoke billowing out from the operation theatre at the emergency ward of the hospital at around 11.30 am. The smoke soon spread to other portions of the floor. Many patients fled the spot as the area soon got covered with thick black smoke. The power supply was disconnected immediately to avert any untoward incident. The staff members tried to douse the flames before the fire tenders reached the spot. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe hospital staff acted promptly and evacuated the patients from the building. The staff members also tried to douse the flames with the firefighting mechanism installed inside the hospital. The operation theatre was filled with smoke. After being informed, fire tenders were pressed into action to extinguish the fire.There was, however, no major damage due to the fire but panic broke out among the patients. The hospital authorities claimed that the fire might have taken place due to an electrical short circuit. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Four fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHospital authorities have asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to submit a report on how and why the fire had taken place. A senior official of the hospital said all the patients were safely shifted to another building of the hospital after the fire broke out.The firefighters brought the situation under control within an hour. Normal functions resumed at the emergency ward of the hospital. The preliminary investigation also suggests that an electrical short circuit might have caused the incident. The extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained.last_img read more

Apples iPad Air 2 Is Best for Work Not for Play

first_img When modern tablet computers first arrived to market, many people thought they would be primarily used to consume, rather than create, content. And who could argue? Without a keyboard or mouse, and only a stubby finger to flick, creation seemed like it would be troublesome at best.My, how things change. My Apple iPad has quickly become an indispensable tool for work. For the last two years I’ve worked from an iPad on a daily basis. I often tout it as my favorite computer even when I’m asked to compare it to my iMac, a full-fledged desktop, or MacBook Air, a featherweight laptop. The iPad’s portability, day-long battery life, and built-in cellular connection—not to mention the broad selection of apps—only help.As the winter holiday season approaches each year, I find myself more excited for Apple’s iPad event than I am for its iPhone event, which typically precedes it. This year was no different: right on schedule in October, Apple introduced an updated iPad lineup.The improved iPad line comes at a time when Apple has seen a decline in that product’s sales for three consecutive quarters. The decline itself coincides with a trend in which smartphones, including Apple’s own iPhone, are growing in size. The shift blurs the line between phone and tablet, and prompts the question: where should the iPad fit in our lives?The new iPad Air 2 (the most notable model of the new crop) offers a display with improved color and contrast, a slimmer profile, and Apple’s fingerprint scanning technology. It also has a faster processor and more storage.I spent two weeks testing the iPad Air 2, and at the end of my time with the device, I found myself equally impressed and disappointed. The tablet is impressively responsive and smooth when it comes to scrolling through documents or web pages and launching applications. Yet when I set aside the physical keyboard that I used with the device and attempted to use it strictly as a mobile device, I often felt as if the iPad was nothing more than an extra screen offering bigger pictures and larger text than my phone.(It should come as no surprise that I have been using Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus in recent weeks, which I’m sure helped contribute to the feeling.)Instead of picking up my iPad to read an article or watch a video on YouTube, I would find myself remaining with the iPhone, the experience just as pleasant. Anecdotally, friends have told me similar scenarios: since upgrading to the iPhone 6 Plus, their iPad sits on a shelf, collecting dust.The similarities are underscored by the fact that the latest version of iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, is exceedingly similar between the iPad, iPad mini and iPhone 6 Plus. For example, there is now enough room on the iPhone for two column-views in landscape mode, something only the larger iPad previously enjoyed.But that’s alright. If the tablet is the new laptop, the blurred line between it and the phone matters less, and there may be room for growth at the other end—certainly from a productivity standpoint. I would love to see Apple release a physical keyboard built specifically for the iPad and with software support for custom interactions and auto-correct. I would love the ability to run two apps in a split-screen arrangement, for example. And going out on limb that’s sure to fall, I’d love to see Apple bring more information to the home screen using widgets. Yes, widgets.Despite these shortcomings, I developed an appreciation for the iPad Air 2. I found the addition of the tablet’s fingerprint sensor for secure access convenient (it works with the handy password manager 1Password) and a productivity boost. The recently released Pixelmator for iPad, an image editor, combined with the new model’s improved graphics performance has helped reaffirm it as a PC replacement for me.But let’s be honest: My use case is far from the norm. I’ve spent countless hours and dollars researching apps and accessories in order to make the iPad work for me. I have forced the iPad to fit into my life. The average person is less likely to invest that kind of time. For those people, that burden lies at Apple’s feet. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 4 min read November 5, 2014last_img read more