Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBanko-Perlas swept its way to the semifinals after drubbing Petro Gazz, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19, on Wednesday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Perlas Spikers, who had a so-so eliminations run except for a rousing upset of title-favorites Creamline Cool Smashers, completed a 5-0 sweep of the quarterfinals to become the third team in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Dandan makes a choice: Maroons over Dyip Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The win, BanKo’s seventh straight dating to the eliminations, also gave a free ride to the semifinals to defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force, which ended the quarters with a 4-1 record.Pocari will take on Creamline at 1:45 p.m. while BanKo Perlas faces Paymaya at 3:45 p.m. in the best-of-three semifinals starting Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNicole Tiamzon topscored among the locals for BanKo with nine points as she diverted Petro Gazz’s defense from imports Lakia Bright and Jutarat Montripila.BaliPure and Tacloban, already out of the running, were still locked in battle in a nonbearing match at press time. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed the following officials to positions in government, pending confirmation hearingswhere applicable,Forestry Development AuthorityMr. Harrison Karnwea – Managing DirectorMr. Kedrick Johnson – Assistant Managing Director for AdministrationMr. Darlington Saykay Tuagben – Assistant Managing Director for OperationsBureau of Immigration & NaturalizationMr. Lemuel Reeves – CommissionerMr. Robert Budy – Deputy Commissioner for Operations(re-instated)National ArchivesMr. Martin Saye Kollah – Assistant Director for Administration Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Blizzard Bike Club hosted their Bear Flats Eight-Kilometre Hill Climb this weekend.Only three riders were brave enough to make the climb with intense rain pouring throughout the race.Dan Webster was the fastest of the three as he took home the trophy with a time of just 29 minutes and six seconds.- Advertisement –Dan Webster, champion of the Hill Climb. Photo by Blizzard Bike Club.Results from the race are shown below:Dan Webster: 29:06Pat Ferris: 33:15Natasha Pasincky: 34:20
…Granger expects GECOM’s position within a weekPresident David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday met to continue discussions as it relates to the holding of early elections as ruled by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and mandated by the Constitution of Guyana.During the nearly two-hour-long meeting, the two political leaders shared their views on critical matters such as elections deadline, House-to-House Registration, and the resignation of the Cabinet.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger greeting each other ahead of Friday’s meetingSpeaking with reporters outside State House after the meeting, Jagdeo opted not to divulge any details on the exchanges, only saying that they shared their respective views.“[The meeting] was about sharing views. My views were shared there and I don’t think it is a secret what my views are on these matters… I think it’s early and hopefully we’ll meet again sometime soon,” the Opposition Leader posited.The two sides have been at loggerheads since the June 18 ruling and subsequent consequential orders of the CCJ. The Trinidad-based regional court had upheld the December passage of the No-Confidence Motion against the Government, triggering Article 106, which states that the Cabinet including the President shall resign and hold elections within three months.The Opposition has been contending that elections are to be held by September 18, which is three months after the CCJ validated the No-Confidence Motion. In fact, elections ought to have already been held since March 21, 2019 – but due to the court proceedings, this deadline was on pause.Despite this, however, the coalition Government has been contending that in order for the upcoming elections to be “credible” then there needs to be a new voters’ list since the current one is “bloated”.In fact, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), which is also bounded by the CCJ ruling, went ahead and commenced House-to-House Registration which could delay early elections until February next year. The 22-day-old exercise, which is expected to last some three months, has so far netted over 150,000 registrations, reports say.But Jagdeo contended that they are trying to hold elections as early as possible with a new database that is yet to be created. The National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD) consists of all registrants from the age of 14 and above. From that database, the voters’ list or Official List of Electors (OLE) is compiled.Cognisant of the concerns of the Head of State about youths being disenfranchised if the current list is used, the Opposition Leader reiterated that a new list can be compiled using the same database through a Claims and Objections period.“That database, based on their timeline, would be ready until sometime next year, that is, the NRR. We already have a time-tested database that has run the gauntlet of four elections and we’re not using that but we’re planning to host elections in the near term on a database that we haven’t started creating as yet – not even knowing about the quality of the database as yet. It defies logic,” he asserted.On this note, Jagdeo was further asked whether the Opposition would consider extending the timeline for the hosting of elections under any conditions. In response, he lamented the lack of reasonableness from the Government.“Right now, we have not made a decision on that because there is no date and there is no reasonableness on the part of the Government… I wanna keep an open mind on these issues but right now, we’re fast approaching a deadline of September 18, beyond which the Government will then be practising unconstitutionally rule. In fact, the Government would be unconstitutional period,” Jagdeo told reporters outside State House.According to Jagdeo, the Government and its GECOM-nominated Commissioners continue to deliberately delay the elections and still expect the PPP to be reasonable.The Opposition Leader noted that what should happen going forward is what he has already asked the President to do and he refuses to do, that is, issue a proclamation dissolving Parliament, name a date for elections and resign.“That is a positive signal to start [from],” Jagdeo noted.On the other hand, however, President Granger in a statement after Friday’s meeting insisted that GECOM has to first advise on its state of readiness before he goes ahead and names a date for polling day.“I will continue to abide by the Constitution and pay attention to the Chairman of the Elections Commission who will advise me… I made it clear that it is impossible if not impractical for me, even though in the final analysis I have to proclaim a date, I could not do so without the advice of the Elections Commission,” he said.Nevertheless, it was noted that the Head of State is expecting that the GECOM Chair, (ret’d) Justice Claudette Singh, will indicate to him within a week’s time the Commission’s position on the way forward as it relates to the hosting of early elections.The President had met with the GECOM Chair and six Commissioners on Thursday.“We agreed that it is the Elections Commission which is central to this process; it is an electoral process; it is not a governmental process or parliamentary process. It is an electoral process which is entirely in the hands of the Elections Commission… We are looking to hear something, maybe in a week’s time. At the same time, I would like to assure the public that the meeting today with the Leader of the Opposition was important and beneficial. It helped to clarify issues which still exist within the two sides. There has been no agreement but greater clarity on the positions of the two sides,” Granger noted after Friday’s meeting with the Opposition Leader.Accompanying the two political leaders during that meeting were Presidential Candidate of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Irfaan Ali and Director General at the Ministry of the Presidency Joseph Harmon.
1 Former Ghana international Derek Asamoah could earn another chance in English football with Carlisle.The 33-year-old has had spells at Northampton, Mansfield, Lincoln, Chester and Shrewsbury in the past and now hopes to return.Asamoah is a free agent after a spell playing for FC Daegu and has come back to England in a bid to earn a contract.And he is hoping to do enough to convince Carlisle manager Keith Curle to hand him a deal after a spell training with the Cumbria club. Derek Asamoah
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE Teen dancer Kimberly Rickman made her directorial debut, guiding 18 other young dancers in a review of dance styles ranging from Renaissance revels to contemporary ballet. Done for her Quartz Hill High School senior project, Rickman’s show, “Revels to Recital 2006 Spring Recital,” went on April 8 at the Palmdale Playhouse. “It’s weird to go to a rehearsal and not dance,” she said. “It’s sometimes more difficult than being the dancer.” The show benefited the Palmdale Playhouse Youth and Community Dance Company. Performing were 18 dancers ages 7 to 19. The program showed the evolution of dance from social dances to choreography for the stage. Genres included the waltz, tarantella, mazurka and comedic ballet. The show concluded with a maypole dance with all of the dancers. Rickman started the project in September 2005 under the mentorship of Heather Benes, director of the Palmdale Playhouse Youth and Community Ballet and Modern Dance Ensembles. Rickman has been a member of the Youth Ballet and Modern Dance Ensembles since 1999 and has appeared in numerous productions at the Palmdale Playhouse. She has also studied dance at the Mojave Movement Arts Center.
Skipper John Terry returns for Chelsea against Hull after being rested for the FA Cup win at Derby. David Luiz is deployed in midfield. Hull City: McGregor, Chester, Bruce, Davies, Elmohamady, Figueroa, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Boyd, Sagbo.Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Faye, Quinn, Koren, Graham, Fryatt.Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Luiz; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Bertrand, Mikel, Essien, Schurrle, Mata, Eto’o.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Thousands of women arrive at the UnionBuildings, Pretoria to march againstpass laws. Image:Jurgen Schadeberg,1956 Rahima Moosa, Lillian Ngoyi, Helen JosephAnd Sophie Williams carrying the petitionssigned by women across the country.Image: Mayibuye Archives, 1956Khanyi MagubaneIn South Africa the month of August honours the 20 000 females who, on 9 August 1956, marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the official seat of the apartheid government at the time, to protest against the pass laws, which required black people to carry a document to prove they were allowed to enter white areas.But the women’s anti-pass law campaign goes back as far as 1913 when black women formed the Bantu Women’s League, which later became the ANC Women’s League, to oppose the state’s attempts to force women to carry passbooks.The league was successful in convincing the government that women did not have to carry passes, however, this all changed in 1952 with the introduction of the Abolition of Passes and Co-ordination of Documents Act, which required all black people over the age of 16 to carry a passbook at all times. The law stated that passbooks had to be signed by an employer every month, and show authorisation for the carrier to be within a particular area and proof of tax payments.Struggle for freedomWomen started rebelling against having to carry these passes and smaller, regional protests eventually culminated in the formation of the Federation of South Africa Women (FSAW). This was a multi-racial body – with the African National Congress Women’s League as its largest component – which aimed to mobilise a united struggle against apartheid.As a result, in 1955 the Women’s Charter was adopted in Johannesburg at the FSAW’s annual conference. Among those present at the adoption of the charter was Annie Silinga, a women’s rights activist who risked being arrested and victimised by refusing to carry a passbook.Opposition to the pass law gained momentum after anti-apartheid activist and one of the FSAW founders, Lillian Ngoyi, was elected to the national executive of the ANC. She made it clear that women’s protest marches would continue until government heeded their demand to have the law repealed.On 27 October 1955, 2 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings to meet with Cabinet ministers and hand over a memorandum of grievances, but the ministers refused to meet the delegation. A similar protest took place in Cape Town at this time.Less than a year later on 9 August 1956 the number of women marchers reached over 20 000 as a second major demonstration took place. Again,The group headed to the Union Buildings, leaving vast piles of petitions of more than 100 000 signatures at then Prime Minister Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom’s door.For half an hour the women stood outside the Union Buildings in silence, with their arms raised high in the clenched fist of the Congress salute. Later, after a series of addresses, the women dispersed. It was during this march that the phrase “You strike a woman, you strike a rock” was popularised. This dramatic anti-pass march went down in history for placing women at the forefront of the political struggle against racial oppression in South Africa.Gender-friendly constitutionToday the rights of South African women are legally protected by our world- renowned constitution, protecting individuals from gender-based discrimination. The introduction of the 1996 Bill of Rights saw all women in South Africa receive formal recognition as equal citizens. Previously, for many years, women in this country were second-class citizens, placed under the social and even legal control of their fathers or husbands.The Constitutional Court has handed down a number of judgments that have affirmed women’s rights. Section 44 of the Insurance Act of 1943 deprived married women, but not married men, of all or some of the benefits of life insurance policies made in their favour by their husbands.In the case of Brink v Kitshoff the court held that, since the common-law rule prohibiting donations between spouses had been abolished, the argument that the section provided married women with a benefit was no longer applicable. The court also rejected the argument that the section was necessary to prevent collusion between spouses: such collusion could as easily occur where husbands rather than wives were beneficiaries.Commitment from governmentBut South African women continue to face critical challenges socially and economically. Black women, especially, are still economically disadvantaged. They make up a section of the population stuck in lower-paid jobs, for example as domestic workers and farm labourers.Women also have to contend with extremely high rates of rape and domestic violence.But the South African government remains committed to addressing the plight of women. The Sexual Offences Act and the Child Protection laws form a legal framework for the protection of women and children.According to the South African Human Rights Commission “women’s social exclusion, economic deprivation and discrimination are integrally linked to HIV/ Aids. Most of them [women] are on the margins of society and are denied access to their most basic human rights – to freedom from discrimination, to education, to physical integrity, to economic security, and as result they become the most vulnerable to HIV infection.”Government’s National Strategic Plan against HIV/Aids is also aimed at helping women receive proper information, counselling and medical treatment.Institutions like the Gender Commission of Equality have been set up to monitor and evaluate the policies and practices of government and the private sector to ensure that gender equality is upheld at all times.The commission also serves to investigate cases where individuals feel they have been discriminated against on the basis of their gender. Being independent from government, the body is able to analyse and make recommendations to parliament on existing and upcoming legislation from a gender perspective.Iron maidensIn Africa, South Africa leads the way in women’s participation in Cabinet, with 42% of ministers being female.When South Africa’s Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was appointed in 2005, the Gender and Media Southern Africa network (Gemsa), praised President Thabo Mbeki for appointing a woman, saying, “Gemsa wishes to extend its congratulations to the new deputy president of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and to President Mbeki for his enlightened choice … We commend Mbeki for using the opportunity created by the recent political crisis in South Africa to strengthen women’s participation in the executive.”There are also a number of powerful businesswomen in South Africa who have made strides in male-dominated fields. Mining magnate Bridgette Motsepe is widely regarded as one of the most successful women in the industry in the world.Maria Ramos, CEO of freight company Transnet, is respected as a no-nonsense corporate leader, known for whipping ailing companies into successful ventures.Every year women’s day celebrations are held across the country. This year President Thabo Mbeki delivered a keynote address at a women’s day event in Ga-Motlatla Village in Lichtenburg, North West, while The Women in Arts Festival in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal began its run in late July 2008 to mark the contribution of South African women to creative endeavours across the cultural spectrum.Useful linksCommission on Gender EqualitySouth African Constitutional courtRape StatisticsGenderlinksSA Human Rights Commission
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Click on images for a closer lookMarion CountyWe have progressed back into an area of the state with considerably less prevented plant acres than our peak earlier today.Corn: This field was planted in early June. 20-inch row corn with a population of about 35,000. Stress was evident – corn was planted wet and turned dry. The root system has recently taken off, but overall pretty compact. 177 bpa estimate.Soybeans: We did not enter the bean field because the farmer had sprayed immediately before we arrived. The farmer commented he is rolling the dice that he can grow a crop. He thinks the potential is there. R2 at about a foot tall. A long, long way to go. Full of flea beetle and bean leaf beetle from the edge looking in.Wyandot CountyNot as much prevented plant acreage as we head from Wyandot into Marion County.Corn: 178 bpa with an overall nice field. Planted May 22. Side dressing slots wide open shows how little rain field has had, and how wet the soil was when in field. Some gray leaf spot, though not terrible. Lots of tassel ear in end rows. Emergence problems evident in different sized stalks. Population averaged 31,500. Needs rain.Soybeans: Originally planted June 12, replanted entire field June 28. Just barely R3 stage with a 30” canopy height. 2.5” between nodes, just starting to set pods. Yield estimated at less than 30 bpa, but again it all depends on the rain ahead. It will struggle to yield well without timely moisture. No disease or insect pressure and small root development.Crawford CountyThe reality of a wet spring is becoming more and more clear as we continued along on Wednesday.Corn: Water and time – the theme continues as far as what fields need. This corn comes in at 171 bpa in ideal conditions from here out, but it’s well behind. Realistically, it’s 125-130. This corn is still pollinating with very small amounts of it completed with pollination. What does the future hold? Planted June 4th, 9th, 12th, and 26th when you factor in plant, rain, replant, try again, and more rain.Soybeans: Nice beans even with replant. 24” canopy height at R4 stage. 3” between nodes with no disease pressure. Very little insect infestation, though a lot of bean leaf beetle can be seen, not much feeding was found. Several 4-bean pods bring expectations for yield to 40-50 bpa. Overall the field was in good condition.Seneca CountyThe trend continues in Seneca County. We’re getting further into the prevented plant neighborhoods.Corn: March 27th planted corn, just like in Huron County, looks really good – for mid-July corn. Ears are in the blister stage with projected yield at 184 bpa. Again, a lot of time and possibilities ahead for these fields. Plenty of deer feeding on the outside rows, and also a bit further in. Insect and disease pressure were very light.Soybeans: Another field where it’s impossible to project the yield with things so far behind. Just like in Huron, this is a healthy group of beans. They were planted June 26, and at R2 are blooming with little to no insect or disease pressure. 20” canopy height with the guess at 30-40 bpa. A really clean field except for a bit of volunteer corn here and there. As they say, maturity is not measured by age, it’s an attitude built by experience. Frankly, these beans lack the attitude or experience.Huron CountyHuron County has so far had by far the most prevented plant.Corn: Excellent looking from the road, but still a long way to go. Still pollinating – R1 to blister. Most stalks had two ears. Disease pressure found a small amount of northern corn leaf blight and eyespot. Signs of nitrogen deficiency. Yield could range anywhere from 120 to 220, depending on what the rest of the year holds. Potential is there with rain and late frost for big numbers in the combine.Soybeans: May 27 planted beans that are shorter – 18-24” canopy. Beans were in R4 with a lot of branching and good pod set at each node. Unfortunately this field was planted wet showing general compaction, resulting in potassium deficiency due to poor root development. No disease pressure with little to no insect pressure. Estimating closer to 40 bpa.Ashland CountyCorn: This corn looked great if you don’t consider the date. Ears were only at the blister stage, with two different varieties clearly visible in their fill progress. Right now the estimated average is 192 bpa, but only if there’s plenty of rain ahead and considerable time for more development. The field was planted May 27. Disease pressure was very light and most stalks had a secondary ear not far behind. Overall a good to excellent field, especially if we don’t think about the time of year.Soybeans: Needs rain, sunshine, and time. Lots of unknowns for this clean field full of R2 beans. Blooms to the top were present throughout. Short and will be lucky to make 40 bushels if they can finish out with rain through September. The clock is against this field. Still though, this area has been blessed with moisture compared to other counties. The field was planted June 26. It would appear that driving through Ashland County that planting was late. Most beans we drove past are in the same boat.Wayne CountyCorn: A 184 bpa average on this field. Stand was overall pretty good, but some instances of late emergence will not make an ear, a symptom of wet planting. Earworm, smut (possibly a result of the earworm), and heavy gray leaf spot. Excellent ear fill on most ears, though one sample did have pollination issues. This was not the norm. We rated this field as good throughout.Soybeans: Frogeye and grass is going to hurt this field. This was the first field we’ve met so far that a fungicide application was warranted because of the disease pressure. The farmer said they had sprayed 3-4 days ago. Sidewall compaction symptoms present with roots running up and down the rows, but because the field has had enough moisture, the root has been able to grow past that compaction zone. Though compaction has not been a major limiting factor after frequently seeing 4-5 pods per node. Bean leaf beetle damage and a stinkbug egg mass were also discovered. Ratings ranged from fair to excellent. The potential is there, but so is the pressure. 40-50 bpa expected.Holmes CountyThis is one of our favorite spots with the beautiful rolling hills and terraced corn, soybean rotation. Moisture is still present in this area more so than western Ohio – they received 1.5-2.5” overnight.Corn: Both corn and beans planted May 15. Heavy disease pressure, with eyespot at the top very present and a lot of gray leaf spot. Ear fill remained good to excellent, though there was some translucent grains and aborted kernels. Corn ranged from fair to excellent. 180 bpa estimated average.Soybeans: Really good soyebans. These beans had pods aplenty, with even some 8-pod groups found. Excellent pod set throughout. 3-4 pods per node with 2.5-3” between nodes. 34-36” canopy height. Beans could see 60+ bushels if rain continues. A few frogeye lesions, but not enough to require a fungicide application.Richland CountyThe further northeast we’ve headed, the yards have gotten greener and the ponds have gotten more full, crop health improving all the whileCorn: A tremendous field of corn. All the ears were at 6 foot off the ground. Field planted early May. Ears filled clear to the end, with plenty of moisture. A little but of gray leaf spot, but most of it below the ear leaf. Some second ears were found, but they were far behind in development. They will not be disappointed when they shell that field. Overall an estimate of 223 bpa.Soybeans: An excellent field of lush, green soybeans with no detectable insect or disease pressure. The farmer has had plenty of moisture, especially when compared to other areas of Ohio. Fungicide was flown on last week. A bit of deer feeding can be seen (with deer actually in the field when we arrived). Distance between nodes averaged 3” with 2 pods per node – the only disappointing part of the field. These beans are 50+ bpa.Knox CountyCorn: This May 19th planted corn was fair with nice, smaller ears. The farmer stopped by and said he expects this year to average 30 bushels lower this year. That mainly lined up with our yield expectations. The ears were full milk stage, though fired up pretty good. Stalks were intact. A lot of firing out in the field up to two leaves below the ear leaf. Ear worm feeding was found one some sampled ear. Very, very light disease pressure. A tiny amount of gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight were noted, but nothing to worry about. Going to have some aborted kernels at the ends thanks to dry weather. This field was estimated to yield 155 bpa.Soybeans: Another really nice field, planted May 22nd, right where it should be. It again brings in the question of how representative is the field when compared to a number of poor fields passed by. 34-36″ canopy height. The farmer said they received .7” of rain overnight. The fields definitely soaked it up and are putting it to use. No disease. A little leaf defoliation and a few plants seen with Sudden Death Syndrome. Pod set was decent, along with notable nodule development. Nodes were 2.5-3 inch apart. We rated this field as excellent with a potential for 50-60 bpa.Morrow CountyCorn: A fairly clean field that averaged an estimated 199 bpa. Some lower leaves starting to fire with nitrogen starvation. It appeared that two different varieties of corn were present in the field as maturities were notably different between the two samples. Light gray leaf spot pressure along with some tip back and aborted kernels. More skips than the farmer would prefer to have, with population coming in at 29-30,000. Overall a good to excellent field of corn.Soybeans: This was the best bean field the scouts had been in so far, and possibly the best beans in Morrow County after driving through field after field of cover crop-looking beans. Root nodulation and development was superior. Canopy height ranged from 27-32”. Some Japanese beetle feeding. Very little disease pressure. 2 pod nodes, but really good branching. If it wasn’t Aug. 14th, the field would be rated excellent, but overall a very good field that will likely average 50-60 bpa.Licking CountyCorn: Standing at the edge of field, we expected a good yield from this May 20 planted corn, but things fell apart quickly a few rows in. There was a lot of nitrogen loss in this field along with it being very dry. Disease pressure saw a fair amount of northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) and GLS. Ear fill ranged from blister to milk stage. Colter marks from the 28 application were not closed and clearly visible. Scouts thought the yield had a potential of 150 bpa, provided there is rain and a late frost ahead.Soybeans: This was a very clean field of 15” rows with a 23” canopy height, but it has a long way to go. Some bean leaf beetle feeding was noticed with very light defoliation. R3 beans with no disease in the upper canopy. A bit of sidewall compaction is indicative of the type of planting season this year. Surprised to see a May 26 planted field with tight rows not yet fully canopy. 30-60 bpa possibility with the right situation ahead. Overall, a field of beans in good condition.Delaware CountyWe started off the 2019 Ohio Crop Tour with a visit to the garden part of the state this year with fields that are likely far better than the rest of Ohio.Corn: At a May 22 planting date, this was an excellent field of corn with an estimated 216 bushel per acre average. Variability remains top of mind as just half a mile down the road was a field that will struggle to reach 100 bpa. There was slight Gray Leaf Spot (GLS) pressure, also exhibiting bird damage at edge of field. One sample had more a little tip back. Field was also in need of a bit of rain. The field was in milk stage (R3: kernels are yellow with milky white fluid).Soybeans: The soybeans were rated good to excellent with overall appearance being very clean. Last major rain was in mid-July, though beans still looked good with pods staring to fill. Beans were at R5. Light infestation of Septoria Brown Spot (SBS) and very light frogeye. Some bean leaf beetle feeding was observed and did find a mass of stinkbug eggs, though no stinkbugs themselves were seen. Canopy height ranged from 28-34 inches. Distance between nodes was 2”. Yield estimate came in at 40-50 bpa.
dan rowinski Small Is BeautifulIf there is one thing that Apple’s iPad has told us is that tablet consumers are very sensitive about both price and size when it comes to tablets. Consumers were basically screaming for a smaller, cheaper iPad by the time Apple released the iPad Mini in November 2012. So it’s no surprise Most of the tablets on both lists are of the 7-inch to 8-inch variety. And most of them retail for $200 to $400. Samsung dominates both lists, especially Localytics’. This makes perfect sense considering Samsung’s approach to the market. The Korean manufacturer iterates quickly and tests many, many different size devices in the market. For tablets, it has both the Tab and Note (with the S Pen stylus) series with sizes of 7-inches, 7.7-inches, 8.9-inches and 10.1-inches. That is quite a spread – and it doesn’t even account for the “phablet” (half smartphone, half tablet) category that Samsung created. (The newest phablet: Samsung’s monstrous Galaxy Mega, a 6.3-inch smartphone… thing.)Do you own an Android tablet? Let us know which one and how you like it in the comments. Top photo: Nexus 7 by Dan Rowinski. Tags:#analytics#Samsung#tablets The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Listen up and we will tell you a secret: Apple’s iPad is not the only tablet in the world. There a lot of them, actually, and most of them run on Android. App publisher Animoca estimates that there are 75 million Android tablets in use around the globe. But which ones are the most popular?Animoca ran the numbers of its users to figure out what Android tablets most often show up in actual users’ hands. Any guesses on what tablet takes the top spot? Could it be the Google Nexus 7, made by Asus? Or maybe one of Amazon’s Kindle Fires? Nope and nope.It’s A Samsung World, We Just Live In ItIt’s a Samsung. This should not be surprising considering that Samsung basically controls the entire Android industry, from smartphones to tablets and everything in between. In Animoca’s network, the top Android tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, holding 11.8% of the market. Second place also goes to a Samsung device, the Tab 10.1 with 8.3%. After that come two generations of 7-inch Amazon Fire tablets, with the original grabbing 7.5% market share and the HD weighing in at 4.9%. Google’s Nexus 7? Number 6 with a bullet at 3.8%.Now, no offense to Animoca, but the app publisher’s strengths are not exactly in analytics. The company ranked the top Android tablets by tracking users who accessed the Google Play Android app store and played an Animoca game between Feb. 18 and March 20, 2013. The sample size comes to 978,000, a respectable and representative number of users. Animoca acknowledges it’s study has a margin of error of about 0.1%, which makes it difficult to judge anything on the list after the eighth spot.ReadWrite wanted a second opinion on the top Android tablets from a company that makes its living tracking numbers and figuring out what they mean. So we asked Boston-based Localytics to run the numbers of the top Android tablets. Localytics tracks mobile analytics based on whether apps use its software as an analytics service. That means that Localytics tracks a much larger data set – 750 million devices – and is not tied to Google Play or its own apps for data. The company would not let us publish the total number of Android tablets in its network, but it is many, many millions more than the Animoca’s sample size. To create its report, the company took a statistically representative sample from March 1 to March 31, and ended up with a margin of error described as “negligible.” Localytics agrees with Animoca that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 sits atop the Android tablet heap. After that, the two company diverge a bit.Perhaps because Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets cannot access Google Play, Kindles are underrepresented in the Animoca data. Localytics puts the original Kindle Fire in the No. 2 spot and set the Nexus 7 at No. 4, both with much stronger showings percentage-wise than in the Animoca data. Here are the top 15 Android tablets from Animoca and Localytics: Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …