Giants pass on high-profile free agent, move forward with in-house options

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Farhan Zaidi has a type.He showed it with his first free agent signing –switch-pitcher Pat Venditte– and he’s continued to show it with each subsequent addition to the Giants roster.“They were one of the first teams to reach out,” Venditte said of the Giants. “They were in the first wave, the first couple days of free agency.”As dozens of journeymen free agents wait for the phone to ring this February, a reliever with limited big league experience who happens to be the most …last_img

How late is too late for corn?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension CCAAs I write this it is obvious that the majority of the corn crop this year will be planted after May 20. I sat last Thursday with a grower from Miami County. We figured the days it takes him to dry out, then to plant first corn and then soybeans and determined that at least some of his crop will be planted into June no matter what. Yields are likely to be reduced. We do know that with good growing conditions and timely late-season rains, we can still produce a decent crop. Consider the economics of your decisions during this season, make those applications that can make you money and skip those that only make you feel good.Frost worries? Or just wet corn? The corn plant has the ability to adapt to later planting by advancing more rapidly through the growth stages. Work done at Purdue and Ohio State by graduate students of Bob Nielsen and Peter Thomison, show that the number of growing degree days (GDD) needed from planting to maturity decreases by about 7 GDD per day of delayed planting. So a hybrid planted on May 30 needs about 200 less GDDs to achieve maturity than a hybrid planted on May 1. I think this ability of the corn plant to adapt is why we can still have decent yield expectations.We don’t have much nitrogen on yet for corn, and some are even struggling to get it on their wheat. In corn, our recommendation is to evaluate the crop and look for any visual symptoms of nitrogen deficiency (general chlorosis or yellowing). If you somehow applied early N, but not sure how much is left you can use the worksheet from our Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Forages Field Guide (page 81, and here below) to evaluate the risk of nitrogen loss.1) What N source was utilized?1 point – Anhydrous ammonia with nitrification inhibitor2 points – Anhydrous ammonia3 points – Other fertilizer banded4 points – Other fertilizer broadcast 2) When was the N applied?2 points – After April 205 points – Before April 20 3) How much N has been applied?1 point – >200 lbs/A2 points – 150-200 lbs/A3 points – 100-150 lbs/A6 points – <100 lbs/A 4) What has been the predominant soil moisture status in the field this spring?1 point – Normal2 points – Wet4 points – Excessively wet (saturated – standing water) 5) What is the crop’s condition?1 point – Green plants> 12” tall2 points – Green plants < 12” tall3 points – Chlorotic plants < 12” tall5 points – Chlorotic plants > 12” tall Total the score and use the following guidelines:Less than 13 – Additional fertilizer not recommended13-16 – Evaluate again in 4-7 days17 or greater – Add an additional 40-70 lbs N/A Some producers may consider the use of the pre-sidedress soil nitrate test (PSNT) to determine if additional N fertilizer is warranted. This can work well if manure is in your mix, or you did apply pre-plant anhydrous. To attain a representative soil sample, collect 15, 1-foot deep random cores from a field and mix them thoroughly. Submit a grab sample from the composite to a reputable lab. You may want to contact the lab to learn their turn-around time — you want it back quickly.If the nitrate level in the soil is between 25 to 30 ppm then no additional N is warranted.If nitrate levels are lower than 15 ppm then normal N rates should be applied.If between 15 and 30 ppm then a reduced rate is likely all that is needed. Some suggest 50 to 70 pounds of nitrogen per acre additional would make sense.Got manure still in the lagoon? It can provide an excellent source of nitrogen. Consider top-dressing or side dressing that nutrient source. See this Ag BMP here: read more

How digital transformation starts with the customer experience

first_imgTags:#custoemr experience#featured#Hostelworld#Internet of Things#IoT#T-Mobile#top Ronald van Loon Follow the Puck Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img I attended the interview with Nick Drake, Senior Vice President, Direct to Consumer at T-Mobile and Otto Rosenberger who serves as CMO at the Hostelworld Group at the Adobe Summit. The key takeaway of the entire session was that customer experience is the beginning and the core of digital transformations – it is where it all begins.T-Mobile and Hostelworld are completely different companies, but what kind of connects them is the fact that they both focused on customer experience when transforming their companies.So why is customer experience the key to it all? Because it links organizations to customers at an emotional and physiological level.The story of HostelworldHostelworld is now a leading hostel booking platform. Three years ago, it was set up as just a booking engine, as a transactional business. Today, the company accompanies their customers throughout the entire trip. Hostelworld operates globally, with most of the customers based in North America, whereas 30% to 35% come from Europe.What fueled their growth? They went beyond booking, and helped their customers out in each and every way so that they get the best offers around, and can enjoy invitations and group tours during the trip. Almost 50% of their bookers use the app when they are travelling, and 90% of these people say the app made their trip so much more fun.So what did Hostelworld do differently? They tapped into the emotions of their customers, and offered them the experiences they were looking for. Yes, a lot of internal changes were required, but it was worth it. They had to work on their business goals, operating principles, and the team they had. Additionally, they had to divide the budget appropriately between marketing and tech.T-Mobile’s journeyDrake shared the journey of T-Mobile. When Drake joined T-Mobile, the company was doing well in terms of customer acquisition, but they weren’t living up to its potential. Only 35% of all acquisitions were made on the digital channel, and so Drake’s task was to raise the bar.T-Mobile had to radically transform their business, giving the IT team enough breathing space to platform their legacy. They decided to go forward with multi technology platforms, taking a radically different approach to customer experience, but they had to bring about a lot of changes. They understood their audience, and figured out ways to interact with them over various channels, while reinventing and customizing their product offerings.T-Mobile has seen surprising results, and doubled their subscriber base since they stepped into the race. They completely redesigned themselves using the Adobe Marketing Cloud. Using personalized content, they reduced clicks by 60%, and drove higher engagement levels. From a technical perspective, they redeveloped their mobile app in order to provide a better service. A new feature called asynchronous messaging was introduced, which allows users to strike up a conversation with customer services.Drake advised that it is important to think about what kind of business you are in, and then invest in both the current day and future. Plus, there should be a balance between the commitment made to the shareholders and then ensuring that commitments RE met for the next few years.So what does this boil down to?Experiences impact the way in which people feel and respond. But businesses must provide rich and immersive experiences that go deeper than redesigning and managing interactions. Experience is more about building, and then nurturing an emotional connection with your audience – so that they completely connect to your brand.Your business may not have begun to transform digitally, but sooner or later, you’ll have to take the step. And if you don’t, you’ll be eaten up by the competition- that is what it gets down to.Stay updated with what’s going in the digital world with Ronald van Loon, Top Ten Global Influencer for Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Predictive Analytics on LinkedIn and Twitter. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Panel recommends monitoring committee for scouts and guides

first_imgbodiesNew Delhi, Aug 24 (PTI) A high-level committee under the Union Youth Affairs Ministry has recommended appointment of a permanent monitoring committee for regular audit of two scouts and guides bodies, which, the inquiry panel alleged, have been mired in “financial irregularities”.The committee, set up about two months ago by the ministry, inquired into the functioning of century-old volunteer bodies – Bharat Scouts and Guides, and the Hindustan Scouts and Guides – and today submitted its final report to Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel at his office here.”When it comes to financial management of the two bodies, there are irregularities and norms are being flouted. We recommend that a permanent monitoring committee be appointed for their regular audit, and its report be submitted regularly to the ministry,” convener of the committee, S K Bhattacharya said.”Also, an external chartered accountant be appointed by the ministry for conducting regular audit of accounts,” he said.After submitting the report to Goel, Bhattacharya and other members of the panel also held an interaction with the minister and urged him to ensure implementation of the recommendations.Goel said, “We have accepted the report and the ministry will now formulate an action plan on it as to the implementation of the recommendations.”The high-level committee has also recommended that greater transparency be brought in the process to select candidates for the Rashtrapati Puraskar (Presidents Award).”As of now, only the Bharat Scouts and Guides members are considered for selecting candidates for the Presidents Award. We recommend that its ambit be widened to include Hindustan Scouts and Guides as well,” Bhattacharya said.advertisementDuring the meeting with Goel, Bhattacharya and other panel members alleged that the question paper for the examination to be undertaken for selecting candidates for the award have been “leaked” in the past.Goel said his ministry would take cognisance of this and do the needful to expand the ambit of selection procedure.The committee has also recommended enlarging the enrolment strength from current 70 lakh to 2 crore, besides revision of its “outdated curriculum” in consonance with latest plans of the government.”The committee has also suggested to us to have more number of organisations which can be given recognition to take scouts and guides activities. Only two organisations are not enough to run the system, so we will look into that,” Goel said.Other recommendations include constituting a committee of experts to prepare the guidelines for scouts and guides activities, setting up of a training centre, and release of grant on the basis of project details submitted, instead of being awarded ad-hoc.”At least one of the volunteer activities, like NCC, NSS, or scouts and guides, should be made compulsory in each school, CBSE or state government board-run,” the committees convener recommended.According to the ministry officials, Bharat Scouts and Guides, and Hindustan Scouts and Guides, both receive Rs 75 lakh each per year as grant from the Centre.”Besides, they get funds from respective state governments as well as through the membership fee,” an official said.Goel said the two scouts bodies have played important roles in building discipline and work ethics among the youth and hence they need to be restructured so they can also contribute in spreading awareness about the governments programmes. PTI KND CHT CHTlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement WYNONNA EARP: DESPITE FUNDING ISSUES, SERIES WILL FILM SEASON 4Beloved Syfy series Wynonna Earp has been saved from an early demise thanks to some last minute funding, meaning Season 4 of the show should arrive sometime in 2020.Though it hasn’t proven a huge success, Wynonna Earp has a dedicated fanbase that was devastated when word came out earlier this year that funding issues had arisen for the announced fourth season of the Syfy show. READ MORE‘WYNONNA EARP’ SEASON 4 TO BEGIN PRODUCTION FOR 2020 DEBUT“Wynonna Earp” fans can breathe easy. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Variety has learned that production on the show’s fourth season is set to begin with the premiere slated for summer 2020. Syfy had previously commissioned two more seasons of the Canadian import, but IDW Entertainment — which produces the show — had run into financial difficulties and was unable to begin shooting. Cineflix Studios has come aboard to co-produce with Cineflix Rights handling international sales for all four seasons of the series. IDW and SEVEN24 Films continue to produce. READ MORE CALGARY-BASED WYNONNA EARP OVERCOMES FINANCIAL WOES, SHOOTING TO BEGIN ON SEASON 4It’s news that Earpers the world over have been impatiently waiting to hear since February.After months of uncertainty, delays and rumours of financial woes, the Calgary-shot supernatural western Wynonna Earp is set to begin production of a fourth season later this year. It is scheduled to air in the summer of 2020.Calgary’s Seven24 Films, which produces the popular cult series, made the announcement on Tuesday. IDW Entertainment, the American distributor, made a similar announcement in the U.S. Producer Jordy Randall of Seven24 said it’s been a “long road” to get to a point where they could confirm if and when a fourth season would happen. Cameras are set to roll in late 2019. READ MOREWYNONNA EARP LIVES! SEASON 4 OFFICIALLY HAPPENING WITH SUMMER 2020 DEBUTThe fight for Wynonna Earp is over. After months in limbo, E! News can confirm Wynonna Earp season four is finally going into production with a premiere date on Syfy in the United States and Space in Canada in summer 2020. Production is expected to begin later in 2019.“We are absolutely thrilled that we get to make more Wynonna Earp, and are grateful to our networks and partners for working hard to ensure we can,” Emily Andras, showrunner and executive producer, said in a statement. “This is an enormous testament to our passionate and fierce fans, the Earpers, who remind us every day how to fight like hell for the things you love with wit, ferocity and kindness.” READ MORE‘WYNONNA EARP’ TO BEGIN PRODUCTION ON SEASON 4 FOR 2020 PREMIERE ON SYFYThe Wynonna Earp fandom can finally rejoice. There will be a fourth season of the popular series based on the IDW comic created by Beau Smith. IDW Entertainment, in partnership with Syfy, Space and Seven24 Films, said today that production on Season 4 is scheduled to begin later this year for premiere in summer 2020 on Syfy in the U.S. and Space in Canada. That will make for a two-year gap between seasons 3 and 4.Cineflix Studios has now come aboard to co-produce and Cineflix Rights will handle international sales for the series for the upcoming season. Additionally, I hear Syfy also has stepped up and has agreed to pay a higher license fee for Season 4 than what the network is contractually obligated to in order to help get the season made.  READ MORE‘WYNONNA EARP’ BACK ON TRACK FOR 2020 RETURN AFTER IDW’S FUNDING WOES NEARLY SINKS SYFY DRAMAThe cable network as well as the series Canadian home Space have contributed extra funding to producers IDW, which has also teamed with Cineflix as a co-producer and to sell the genre drama internationally.It’s (another) TV miracle.Months after a lack of funding from producers IDW Entertainment derailed the fourth season of Syfy fan-favorite Wynonna Earp, the genre drama from showrunner Emily Andras is back on track for a summer 2020 debut.Production on season four — which was poised to start months ago — will finally resume before year’s end as the sci-fi Western will debut on Syfy and its Canadian home on Space in 2020. Production is expected to begin once new deals with the cast are completed. Given the months-long delay, the options on the cast all expired as the drama typically announces its renewal in July at San Diego Comic-Con after picking up those pacts. READ MORE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more