Cal Poly women defeat Cal State

first_img Erica Rodriguez ran the ball down and rifled a shot toward the goal in the 54th minute that was deflected by a quick flick from Jacqueline Ragudos’ foot and into the net. It was the first goal of the season for Ragudos, who was the CCAA Freshman of the Year last season for the Broncos. Cal Poly/Cal State men’s soccer: Visiting Cal State San Bernardino defeated Cal Poly, 3-0, in CCAA play. The Broncos are five points behind the Coyotes with just two matches remaining. Cal State San Bernardino is tied with Cal State Bakersfield for the final wildcard spot in the conference. The Coyotes (7-8-1, 6-6) struck first in the 13th minute when Brent Vander Eyk scored off a corner kick by Barry Steele. That started a big evening for Vander Eyk, who also assisted on two goals by Lorenzo Loson in a six-minute span late in the game. Vander Eyk made a nice pass to a breaking Loson that he drilled into the net in the 81st minute and he sent a cross that sailed to the far side of the box where Loson got to it and knocked it into the net in the 87th minute. There were no extra periods Wednesday as the Broncos scored once in each half and relied on some sensational goaltending by Vanessa Richardson. The Coyotes (5-9-1, 3-8-1) had some outstanding chances in the latter stages of the second half, but could not get one past Richardson. The Broncos took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute when Pamela Leyva scored her second goal of the season. That was more than enough offense for the Coyotes, who used a strong defensive effort to frustrate the Broncos (5-10-3, 4-7-1). Cal State San Bernardino goalie Jeff Canada needed to make only one save for the shutout. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA — Cal Poly Pomona snapped a four-match losing streak by beating Cal State San Bernardino, 2-0, on Wednesday night at Kellogg Field in CCAA women’s soccer. The four losses suffered by the Broncos (5-10-2, 4-6-2) all came by one goal and two of them came in double overtime. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more

Stellar Dust Disks Crumble

first_imgObservations show stellar dust disks fragmenting into smaller dust, not growing into planets.Celestial archaeology:  A triumphant sounding article on PhysOrg announces, “Scientists solve riddle of celestial archaeology.”  Further down in the text, the reader finds out that the “building blocks” around certain white dwarf stars are crumbling, not growing: “the researchers have discovered that many of the stars show signs of contamination by rocky material, the left overs from a planetary system.”  If there ever were planets, in other words, only their leftovers remain.Destruction in Beta Pictoris:  A couple of decades ago, astronomers were all excited about Beta Pictoris, a star with one of the first dust disks ever seen.  They were sure the dust was clumping into planets, especially when a tilt in the disk hinted at the presence of a perturbing planet.  Now, a paper in Science Magazine is all about destruction, not construction: “Molecular Gas Clumps from the Destruction of Icy Bodies in the β Pictoris Debris Disk.”   Researchers had this to say about an asymmetric clump of carbon monoxide found in the disk: “This gas clump delineates a region of enhanced collisions, either from a mean motion resonance with an unseen giant planet or from the remnants of a collision of Mars-mass planets.”  The paper says nothing about accretion, but rather a “collisional cascade” of debris, perhaps something like that in the blockbuster movie Gravity.  “The CO and compact clump in the β Pic disk indicate that this system is undergoing a period of intense activity driven by planets or planet collisions.”The debris in low earth orbit in Gravity was not growing into a space station.  Why should we expect circling debris around a star to grow a habitable planet?(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Reserve Bank leaves rates unchanged

first_imgWhile inflation remains slightly above the 6% upper limit set by the South African Reserve Bank, it did not come as a shock as it was below market expectation of 6.2%, according to figures released by Statistics South Africa on Wednesday. 25 May 2012 The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided to maintain the current monetary policy stance and keep the repurchase rate unchanged at 5.5%, announced South African Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus on Thursday. The consumer price index (CPI) increased slightly in April, coming in at 6.1% year-on-year from the 6% recorded in March. The repo rate stands at a more than 30-year low of 5.5%, with the prime interest rate at 9%. The repurchase rate is the rate at which the Reserve Bank lends money to the country’s banks.center_img Marcus was addressing media at the end of the normal three-day MPC meeting. Source: BuaNews Earlier, Nedbank said the MPC would face the challenge of “striking the right balance between supporting a fragile economy in an increasingly uncertain global environment and preventing stubbornly high inflation from becoming entrenched”.last_img read more

Soil testing — It doesn’t cost, it pays!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Leif, Field Agronomy Manager for AgroLiquidIn today’s agricultural economy it is tempting to take a few shortcuts and not purchase inputs or services that were utilized in the past. Growers need to make the best use of their financial resources, but care must be taken not to cut inputs that can make money. As growers consider their crop nutrition needs it is tempting to forgo something as basic, but important, as soil testing.Soil testing allows the grower to determine the current condition of the soil, including imbalances, deficiencies, and excesses. It also helps identify how much nutrition is already available in the soil so that fertilizer applications can be optimized. A multi-year testing program allows the grower to monitor changes in the soil over time.Planning a soil sampling program requires the grower to know the field. A good starting point for planning a sampling plan is a soil survey map that identifies different soil types in that field. The grower also needs to identify areas of the field that are unique, such as a sandy knoll or wet depression that the soil survey map doesn’t identify. A soil sample should be representative of a similar section of the field, and any unique areas should be sampled separately. The number of acres represented by a soil sample will vary by field but should generally not exceed 20 acres per sample.  The soil test report is only as good as the sample that is sent to the lab.The soil test report can be used to develop a complete nutrient management program for a field, including soil amendments to adjust nutrient imbalances as well as determine the fertilizer application needs for the crop. Using products that can be mixed to address the needs of a field will provide the best opportunity for economic return.Yes, soil testing does cost money — around $25 per sample for a complete test that includes soil characteristics, nutrient levels and base saturation. If, for example, one soil sample represents 20 acres in a field and the field is sampled every three years, the cost of soil sampling averages out to be about $0.41 per acre per year. The information gained from that $0.41 can guide a grower in making crop nutrition decisions that will address the needs of the crop and avoid excesses or deficiencies.If you are not familiar with proper soil sampling procedures, the Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation offers a Soil Sampler Field Certification — kind of a soil sampling 101. Certification will provide soil samplers with the knowledge to provide consistent samples to their labs, maximizing the value of results. Check it out at http://www.rnmf.org/soil-sample-certification/.Finally, don’t overlook your resources. Companies have whole divisions with people specifically trained, educated, and experienced to help you make the best decision based on your farm’s soil data. The time has come to boldly ask us to earn our pay and put our skills to use on your farm. Sound agronomic advice combined with our trusted crop nutrients can provide a balanced fertilizer program that gives your crop a chance to keep you profitable.last_img read more

Ohio’s Century Farms have changed the times

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I love writing stories about Ohio’s incredible Century Farms. There is much wonderful history to be gleaned from these rural treasures that most people probably do not even know exist.Everyone in agriculture understands how much technology, equipment, farm size, and farm conservation has changed through the centuries of Ohio agriculture, but it is also always readily apparent in Century Farm interviews how much times have changed culturally and socially. I saved back a few examples from my 2016 interviews to illustrate the enormity of the cultural changes in Ohio in just a couple of generations. Read on and just imagine if these things were to take place today. Horsing around at 11At age 11 or 12 in the 1920s, Richard Evans was already a veteran driver of a team of horses pulling a wagon hauling corn into Urbana, just up the road from his Champaign County farm. This was a job he was a bit nervous about after the team of horses had stampeded through a field when Richard was a young boy holding the reins.“Dad was tasked with taking a load of corn into town when he was 11 or 12 driving the load with a wagon drawn by the run-away team of horses. His dad told him he was supposed to pick up something at the hardware store before he returned home,” said Sue Evans, Richard’s daughter. “He delivered the corn and discovered that it was a new bike waiting for him at the hardware store, which he proudly brought home on the corn wagon.” Super Bowl of plowingThe National Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annually put on state and national plowing events that were once a huge deal. How huge? There were 71,088 fans at the 2016 Super Bowl and the National Plowing Match on a group of neighboring farms in Champaign County in 1950 attracted just fewer than 75,000 people from around the country and the world, often standing shoulder-to-shoulder over the three days of the event. One of the participating farms was the Evans Powhaton Farm.Here is an excerpt of the text from a historical marker commemorating the event near the site in Champaign County:The first national matches were held in Mitchellville, Iowa in 1939 and continued until halted by the start of World War II. They resumed in 1945. Ohio’s 1950 Champaign County-Union Township National Plowing Match was the first “National” to be held outside Iowa.The 1950 National and Ohio Plowing Matches featured a group of fourteen-Buck Creek Valley farmers who acted as hosts for the plowing matches where Urbana’s two-time world champion Dean Wilson competed for a third title. It also featured a new activity known as “Wagon Trains,” which involved Union Township host farmers who used 125 wagons and tractors to haul the crowds of people and farmers to view the plowing matches, demonstrations, and many conservation projects that covered 2,200 surrounding acres spread over 10 farms. The event also featured five parking fields covering 200 acres and an airfield on the south side and parallel to SR 54, adjacent to Benson Road, for the “flying farmers” who demonstrated seeding, fertilizing, and corn borer control. Boom goes the dynamiteWhen Gary Skinner was a child on his family’s Delaware County farm in the 1950s, it was not uncommon for dynamite to be stored in the back of the barn on area farms for regular use in tree stump removal and other explosive applications.“They used to dynamite stumps a lot but I never got to see it. That was just common practice back then,” Gary said. “I got to go out with them a couple of times when they were going to use it but it didn’t end up exploding either time.”I heard of a fellow recently who got in a fair amount of trouble in a rural area due to causing a commotion from the sound of using exploding rifle targets. I assume the neighbors who reported the problem were not accustomed to routine tree stump extractions with dynamite in the surrounding fencerows. Un-concealed carryGuns are a hot topic in the news today and there are fairly well founded concerns on both sides of the gun control debate, especially as it relates to school children. This was clearly not as much of a concern during Skinner’s childhood.“I was in eighth grade and I would ride the bus with high schoolers and they would bring their rifles on the bus with them in the morning. They would put them under the back seats on the bus so they could go squirrel hunting after school,” he said.Seriously, can you imagine if this happened today? Can you hear me now?With cell phones almost standard equipment for teenagers (and even pre-teens) these days, it is hard to fathom how life ever took place without them. I never had a cell phone until my late 20s but now it is a vital part of nearly everything I do. Even home phones with curly stretching cords seem ancient. My children cannot even comprehend the inconvenience of a phone with a cord. Of course, they had to find a way to muddle through in previous generations.“A barn down the road had a phone in it before any of the houses around here,” Skinner said. “They had Percheron stallions and the phone was for the breeding business when area mares were in heat.”Soon enough, though, the whole neighborhood was high tech.“We had one of the old phones in our home then we got the black one with the rotary dial,” Skinner said. “You’d try to get on and everyone else knew what it was you were talking about. We could never get on the line to call the vet because our neighbors had six kids and several of them were girls. They were always on the line with their boyfriends. They’d say, ‘Hang on, I’ll just be a few more minutes.’” While the landscape, equipment, and society changed around them, many of the core values of Ohio’s Century Farms have remain largely unchanged. The (much-needed in today’s world) hard work, focus on family, and faith that are signatures of many farms continue to thrive within these bastions of historic Ohio. Times have changed Ohio’s Century Farms, but there is no doubt that Ohio’s Century Farms have also changed the times.last_img read more

11 Years! Oeiras

first_imgNota do editor: No decorrer deste ano, os Lackeys da Groundspeak estão a viajar milhares de quilómetros a partir da sua sede (o HQ) para participar e espalhar boa disposição em mais de uma dezena de Mega-Eventos espalhados pelo mundo. Nate, também conhecido por Nate the Great, foi uma das presenças no Mega-Evento 11 Years! Oeiras – Portugal que teve lugar a 1 de Maio em Lisboa, Portugal. Nate é Lackey desde 2003 e coordena o desenvolvimento de novas funcionalidades na Groundspeak. Este é o seu diário de viagem:Lackey Nate the GreatEstou a mais de 12000 Km de casa e entre 500 dos meus amigos mais próximos (e que acabei de conhecer hoje) num parque nos arredores de Lisboa, Portugal. No preciso momento em que estão a fazer uma caricatura minha, o DJ de serviço passa “Take On Me” dos A-Ha. Uma situação absurda como esta seria o suficiente para me colocar um sorriso lunático nos lábios durante os 10 minutos que demoraria a terminar o meu retrato. Mas passa um geocacher anónimo, sorri e tira uma fotografia, enquadrando a placa trackable com o meu nome. Dá-cá-mais-cinco e tal… E desaparece entre a multidão. Só tenho tempo para ouvir o caricaturista a dizer “Senta-te quietinho, se faz favor…”A equipa iURKingsÉ dificil ficar sentado quieto num Mega-Evento.Choque de cultura? Geocaching é cultura. Quando estamos em viagem e nos sentimos desenquadrados de tudo, vamos a um evento de geocaching e sentimo-nos em casa, identificando desde logo as personagens habituais: o frenético doido dos FTF agarrado ao telefone; o escondedor de caches compulsivo, com mais tupperwares escondidas no meio do mato que caches encontradas… e mais geocachers de botas cheias de lama que crianças a brincar no parque infantil. Se não fosse a agradável sonoridade do português falado à minha volta, podia ser em qualquer parte do mundo.O Nate não está nesta fotografiaO espírito de aventura é algo naturalmente partilhado por todos, mas os portugueses em particular têm o instinto explorador gravado na sua identidade nacional. Na era dos Descobrimentos, entre os séculos XV e XVII, exploradores como Vasco da Gama trouxeram fama e riqueza a Portugal viajando pelo mundo. É impossível viajar por Portugal sem tropeçar num monumento comemorativo desta ou daquela viagem. A probabilidade de haver uma cache mistério baseada num desses factos é alta. Hoje em dia, é fácil comprar mapas topográficos detalhados do território, o que pode explicar o crescimento exponencial do geocaching em Portugal durante os últimos anos. É no geocaching que este povo está a redescobrir o seu desejo de explorar e de conhecer coisas novas, mesmo que seja à porta de casa. Por tudo isto e pela história e tradição que me rodeiam, Portugal é o centro de tudo.Ou então o geocaching é divertido. Para quê complicar?O Geocacher TZREstou de volta aos Estados Unidos, a folhear um bloco de notas cheio de ideias rabiscadas à pressa sobre como melhorar o site Geocaching.com. Sim, eu admito. Havia um motivo subjacente para ir a este Mega-Evento. Não, o meu motivo não era só encher o bandulho de porco no espeto (divinal), desfrutar da hospitalidade dos geocachers locais (interminável)… certamente que não era ouvir tesouros deprimentes dos anos 80 enquanto me desenhavam a caricatura (que coisa bizarra). Quis, acima de tudo, estar em contacto com geocachers, perceber melhor o que é que a Groundspeak faz bem e o que é que podemos fazer para ser melhores. Como Lackey, aprendi que a melhor coisa que posso fazer aos geocachers é aparecer, ouvi-los e tomar notas para depois fazer com que o website esteja ao nível das suas exigentes expectativas. Porque os geocachers portugueses estão muito à frente no que toca à inovação no geocaching. E isso facilita-me muito o trabalho.Muito obrigado pelo Mega, Portugal!11 Years! Oeiras – Portugal Mega-Event foi patrocinado pela GeocacherZONE.Os seguintes Mega-Eventos terão também a presença de Lackeys da Groundspeak:Nova Iorque, EUA – ASP GeoBash 6Ontario, Canadá – COG Spring FlingSalzburgo, Áustria – Pinzgau 2011Pensilvânia, EUA – GeoWoodstock IXOhio, EUA – Midwest GeobashGales, Reino Unido – Mega Wales 2011Wisconsin, EUA – West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$hHQ no Estado de Washington, EUA – Groundspeak Block PartyNordrhein-Westfalen, Alemanha – Geocoinfest EuropaCatalunha, Espanha – Mega Event CatalunyaCarolina do Sul, EUA – GeocoinfestShare with your Friends:More SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

PAHO/WHO Supports a Smoke-Free Environment

first_imgThe Jamaica Office of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) recognizes the efforts made by the Ministry of Health to protect the rights of local citizens to a tobacco free environment. Last week on National World Diabetes Day, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, committed to bringing the Tobacco Control Act to Parliament early in the next financial year. The legislation will include the banning of smoking in public and workplaces. In this regard, Jamaica will be positioned amongst the countries taking the lead in this area in the Caribbean. PAHO/WHO sees this as an important move in keeping with obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which Jamaica ratified in July 2005. The treaty’s provisions include rules that govern the production, sale, distribution, advertisement, and taxation of tobacco.  According  to Ms. Margareta Skold, PAHO/WHO Country Representative in Jamaica,  “This is a signal to the international community of the commitment of the Ministry of Health to honour the conditions outlined in the FCTC treaty. Furthermore, this commitment has also signaled a critical step in protecting the lives of thousands of Jamaicans exposed to tobacco smoke.” The tobacco epidemic remains a serious public health threat across the world . Of the nearly 6 million lives a year claimed by tobacco, more than 600 000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke. The detrimental effects of second hand smoke on health, including premature death, have been well documented.  As  Jamaica approaches festivities of the holiday season and new year,  PAHO/WHO stands with the Ministry of Health and other institutions working assiduously in tobacco control in the aim to create smoke-free environments for generations of Jamaicans to enjoy. Links:   PAHO Tobacco Control http://bit.ly/QpWmh2;       WHO Country Profile http://bit.ly/TcCies For further information please contact Soroya Julian, Pan American Health Organization  (PAHO) Jamaica, Telephone:927-1540/41 or 970-0016 Email: [email protected]last_img read more