“Covid-19 has affected completion of regional sports centres”- Perry Okudzeto

first_imgDeputy Sports Minister, Perry Okudzeto, has stated that the completion of the regional sports centres across the country will be heavily affected due to the Coronavirus pandemic.The centres, which are being built under the mandate of the National Youth Authority and by extension, the Sports Ministry, form part of government’s plans to properly engage the country’s youth and help them hone their sporting talents for the nation’s benefit and also give them some skills for life.The 10 centres were set for completion by the mid-point of the year but with the pandemic still spreading and bringing loads of sectors and industries to a halt, their completion was always to get affected and the deputy sports minister confirmed this on Wednesday.He was speaking at a programme organised by Accra-based radio station Happy 98.9 FM and GTV Sports Plus on Wednesday on the impact of the pandemic in Ghana sports.“Everything in the sports domain has been affected and nothing has been left out but we are hoping to turn things around quickly for the contractors to complete the projects because some of the facilities are about 85 percent complete while others are at between 60 and 70 percent complete.We hope to put a roadmap in place so that we will be speed up work so that work can be finished within the last quarter of the year.”The sports centres are expected to contain football stadia which can hold between 5,000 and 10,000 people and will have 8-lane running tracks, courts for basketball, handball and tennis, gyms, ICT Training centres, counselling centres, entrepreneurship centres and restaurants.last_img read more

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New CAF President Ahmad Ahmad offers hope for African football

first_imgAfrican football federations are banking on newly elected President of Confederation of African Football Ahmad Ahmad to develop the continent’s football infrastructure after he ended Issa Hayatou’s29 year reign with a humiliating victory. Ahmad plans to introduce more ex footballers in the Technical committee of the Confederation as well as propose a new process of deciding the host for CAF Competitions. His other action plan will be to improve the image of CAF as a corruption tainted body. Hayatou was closely associated with former FIFA President Sepp Blatter who was forced out after a series of corruption related cases haunted his administration. New FIFA President Gianni Infantino was reportedly not on good terms with Hayatou. African football observers are optimistic that Ahmad will work closely with Infantino to develop football academies, vouch for better pay for African footballers and improve conditions of stadiums in African countries. ****[email protected] on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Department issues warning about using improper gas containers

first_imgAs residents continue to rush to get last minute supplies for Hurricane Dorian, police officers would like to remind you that there is a proper and an improper way to get gas.The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office shared a photo of one way you should not get gas:While the department says they do not know where or when the photo was taken, they did say using a container not usually used to hold gas (such as the buckets shown in the picture,) is a bad idea not just because it is against the law, but because gas cans have special built-in features to prevent spills and prevent toxic fumes from being released into the air.  Though regular buckets may work to temporarily hold the gas, they do not have the same safety or handling features.last_img

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Panthers football searching for identity in ACC

first_imgPittsburgh’s Tyler Boyd answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tyler Boyd is used to the attention that comes with being among the best players on the football field.Still, the Pittsburgh sophomore wide receiver’s stellar 2013 season — when he set school freshman marks in receptions (85), yards receiving (1,174) and touchdowns (seven) — wasn’t enough for him to generate much buzz. Boyd didn’t make the preseason All-ACC team.But neither did any other Panther. And Boyd and his teammates noticed after they were picked to finish near the bottom of the ACC’s crowded Coastal Division.“We know that people aren’t talking about us,” Boyd said. “But it’s up to us. We walk around and we tell each other, ‘We’re not the seventh best team in the ACC, we’re one of the top two or three.’ But we can’t just say it. We’ve got to go out there and do it.”The Panthers had an uneven debut in their new conference home after splitting from the Big East. The same team that beat eventual Coastal Division champion Duke and stunned Notre Dame also stumbled against Navy and North Carolina. A victory over Bowling Green in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl left them at 7-6 for the second straight year.While coach Paul Chryst enters his third season with his program stable — no coaching changes, no conference switches and no glaring offseason issues — Pitt still has yet to gain much traction. It might be a good time to start.“I’ve been telling a couple other people, as proud as we are to be members of the ACC, our goal and objective is to make an impact on it,” Chryst said. “We’re certainly not there right now.”The schedule is hardly intimidating. No Florida State. No Louisville. There will be plenty of chances for the Panthers to prove the prognosticators wrong and prove something to themselves.“We’re not where we want to be,” Chryst said. “But I sure appreciate and enjoy going through and facing that challenge with this group of guys and for every challenge there’s an opportunity.”LET BOYD BE BOYD: Boyd quickly delivered on his considerable promise last fall, providing the Panthers with the kind of explosive playmaking at wide receiver they hadn’t seen since Larry Fitzgerald was hauling in catches a decade ago.Yet the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Boyd is no longer one of the ACC’s best kept secrets. He will be the focal point of opposing defenses, leaving it up to Chryst to find ways to keep Boyd involved. The way Chryst looks at it, there are worse problems.“If we’re going to be good, if you look back at the end of the year and we’ve had some success, Tyler, my guess, is going to be a big part of that,” Chryst said.Pittsburgh running back James Conner (40) rushes during the second half of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl NCAA college football game against Bowling Green, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DOUBLE DUTY: The Panthers lost the most dominant defensive player in the nation when tackle Aaron Boyd took his Outland, Nagurski and Lombardi Awards to the NFL. Replacing Boyd with one player will be nearly impossible. Consider running back James Conner, however, part of the process. Conner spent time at defensive end against Bowling Green and expects to see his role expanded this fall even as he carries the load as the team’s top running back.VOYTIK’S VOYAGE: Chryst is reluctant to name a starting quarterback too early in camp, but barring injury the job will go to sophomore Chad Voytik.He showed he can produce under pressure in the bowl game, playing the entire second half and leading the Panthers to the winning drive in the final minutes. Generously listed at 6-foot-1, Voytik isn’t the first undersized quarterback Chryst has put to work. Russell Wilson thrived under Chryst’s watch at Wisconsin in 2011 and while Voytik allows he’s nowhere near Wilson in terms of accomplishments, he knows he simply needs to be efficient for the Panthers to be competitive.LEAKY LINE: James Conner Giving Voytik a little time to work would certainly help. Pitt’s offensive line allowed 43 sacks in 2013. Voytik’s mobility should help cut down those numbers. So should a year of experience for the four returning starters.Senior Linebacker Todd Thomas (William McBride Photo/File)TODD’S TIME: Senior linebacker Todd Thomas replaces Donald as the Panthers’ best defensive weapon. It’s a role he’s ready for after recording 72 tackles in 2013, including a team-high 12 against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.“I want to lead by example for the young guys, so they can learn a little bit,” Thomas said. “There are a lot of young guys that are ready to step in the spotlight and go to work.”last_img read more

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Prithvi Shaw’s comeback gains steam after cracking Ranji trophy century off just 84 balls

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/PTIAdvertisement g1NBA Finals | Brooklyn VszxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6jt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3q4gyWould you ever consider trying this?😱3okudCan your students do this? 🌚xzguRoller skating! Powered by Firework Many sportsperson over the years have been a victim of doping addiction, and faced punishment and bans from their respective sports. The long break from the game most of the times causes them to quit the sport for good, but not in the case of Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw. After serving a ban of 8 months, the Mumbai batsman has intensified his return to the 22 yards with a century against Baroda in the Ranji trophy!Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/PTIBack in July, Prithvi was subjected to a doping test by BCCI, and the results revealed that there was presence of Terbutaline in his urine, a substance listed in WADA’s Prohibited List of Substances. The player was banned from the sport until November 15, with an official statement released by BCCI, which said that the Prithvi had: “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.”Following the ban, the player took it to social media, and posted a statement on his official Twitter handle.Advertisement However, its all in the past now. A fresh resume on the 22 yards has him landing a marvellous 100 runs off 84 balls against Baroda. This was the 9th century for Mumbai’s hard hitter. At lunch on day 3, Prithvi is 122 unbeaten, with 12 fours and 4 sixes.What the spectators saw on field, Prithvi had already determined it long ago. On his birthday on Nov 9, the 20 year old tweeted a video of him doing net practice, with a caption that read: “I turn 20 today. I assure it will be Prithvi Shaw 2.0 going forward. Thank u for all the good wishes & support. Will be back in action soon. #motivation #hardwork #believe“Check out the tweet here-Shaw made his debut for Mumbai on 1st January 2017 in the semi final of the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy against Tamil Nadu, and scored 120 off 175. His international test debut came on 4th October 2018 versus West Indies, and he has earned 293 caps in the game format. The right handed batsman plays for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.Prithvi’s impressive comeback has him claiming the spot for the third test opener in the upcoming New Zealand tour in February 2020.Early hurdle: Prithvi Shaw faces suspension for doping violation, two more domestic cricketers caughtPrithvi Shaw 2.0 vows to make a comeback on his 20th birthday after doping ban Advertisementlast_img read more

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Adversity — nothing that Nelson Leaf center Linden Horswill can’t handle

first_imgThroughout the KIJHL season The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr will take a capsule look at the players on the Nelson Leafs hockey club. Today the focus in on Nelson native Linden Horswill. The Nelson Minor Hockey grad had to leave town before getting a chance to once again play before the home crowd at the NDCC Arena.Adversity affects people in different ways.For Linden Horswill, having the door slammed in his face by the Kootenay Ice Major Midget program simply opened another at the Okanagan Hockey Academy.A door the Nelson native felt made him a better player and provided the skills to face the rigors of junior hockey.“(Getting cut) was disappointed, for sure,” Horswill said when asked about that painful day a few years ago.“But I feel now going to OHA made me a better player.”“(OHA) has some really good coaches who helped my skating and had me in the gym, which really made a difference,” added the 17-year-old Leaf center.Linden Horswill got his start in hockey at a young age — four years old to be exact.The early start allowed Horswill to proceed to the head of the class as a star on most of Nelson rep teams during his minor hockey career.That, however, all changed with the decision by coaches not to select Horswill during Major Midget tryouts. The stress level only climbed when Horswill was forced to trek to Penticton, home of the OHA, and play away from the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena.However, last season, as member of the OHA Major Midget Quad team, Horswill got the call to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League from then coach and GM of the Leafs, Chris Shaw.The Leaf skipper wanted to use Horswill as an affiliate player for a few games.Horswill did not disappoint as he wowed the crowd with his hustle and skating.“It was definitely exciting playing again in front of the home crowd,” explained Horswill, with five goals and seven assists in 23 games with Nelson this season.“I was pumped for the game but I was also relaxed because I got to play in Beaver Valley the night before so that really helped.”Horswill has been one of the more consistent players on the Leafs this season. However, while he’s been one of the few Leafs to show up every game with his tenacious play, the 5’11”, 165-pounder has struggled around the net.That was, of course, until the winless Grand Forks Border Bruins came to town last week to face a Nelson team searching to snap out of a cold streak of their own.And boy did the Leaf players, including Horswill; get a feel-good game pounding the Bruins 14-0.Horswill finished the game with three goals and an assist for a four-point night.The game was only the third multiple point game for Horswill this season with two of those games coming against the Border Bruins.“Playing Grand Forks was a good way for us to get our confidence back,” said Horswill, on a line with two other Nelson Minor Hockey grads, Carsen Willans and Dallon Stoddart. The trio combined to finish the game with 12 points.“We’ve got Penticton (Lakers Saturday), a team we shut out last time so hopefully we can make it two in a row.”Horswill is optimistic a good season in Nelson will parlay into a spot in the B.C. Hockey League.At least that’s the goal the Westside Warrior affiliate has set for himself.And if all the planets align in the near future, Horswill hopes to land a college scholarship somewhere to continue playing the only sport he really loves.If not?Well then there’s that adversity raising its ugly head again.But we all know adversity won’t stand in the way of this young man. Adversity, that’s something Linden Horswill knows how to tackle head on.Linden Horswill Fast Facts:Age: 17Born:  NelsonGrade: 12 Position: centerShoots: RightHeight:  5’ 11”Weight:  165 poundsPre-game meal: whatever mother cooks Favourite music: countryFavourite hockey player:  Jarome Iginla and Martin St. LouisFavourite NHL team: Edmonton Oilers — likes Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle & Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Hobbies other than hockey: video games and, sorry, hockeyBlackberry or iPhone:  BlackberryFuture goals: get a college scholarshiplast_img read more

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Darwin and Complexity: Another Genetic Solution?

first_imgIt remains one of the biggest obstacles to belief in evolution that a random, unguided process could build an eye, a wing or any of thousands of complex structures that abound in living things on earth.  To a Darwinist, who sees all life in terms of common ancestry, none of these structures existed in the first cell.  Evolutionary theory is an attempt to reduce the challenge of life’s complexity to small changes at the genetic level that, though contingent, exhibit some law-like behavior that can produce increasing complexity over millions of years.  Does a new paper in Nature1 succeed at making Darwin’s mechanism plausible?The team from Yale, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Sussex realized they were tackling one of the big questions.  “As perceived by Darwin,” they began, starting with the Big Man of evolutionary theory himself, “evolutionary adaptation by the processes of mutation and selection is difficult to understand for complex features that are the product of numerous traits acting in concert, for example the eye or the apparatus of flight.”  They didn’t use the ID-tainted phrase “irreducible complexity” but the reference was clear.Their paper is rather thick in jargon and math, but a somewhat simplistic interpretation was reported by PhysOrg.  In short, they knew that they had to navigate between a Scylla and Charybdis of genetic catastrophes.  Darwin, of course, knew nothing of DNA and genes.  Evolutionary theory evolved into the neo-Darwinian synthesis in the 1930s to incorporate the 20th-century findings about genetics, mutations, and molecular biology – then underwent successive descent with modification as the structure of DNA and proteins was elucidated.What are the dangerous extremes?  The first is dilution.  R. A. Fisher worried in 1930 that any beneficial mutation would channel or “canalize” an organism onto a fitness island, and that mutations would be diluted in more complex systems.  The other is called pleiotropy: mutations, even if involving just one gene, tend to affect multiple traits.  If a developmental gene mutates, for instance, the change could have a ripple effect through numerous organs and systems.  This has been called the “cost of complexity” – the more complex a system, the more a mutation may damage than build things.  By analogy, consider a change in a power supply on a computer that burns a memory chip and makes a printer unavailable.  So if a complex animal or plant becomes canalized, it loses “evolvability” to gain more complexity; if pleiotropy is universal, the organism could die.The authors bred several generations of mice.  They measured genetic effects on body size when they let separate groups inbreed, and then cross-breed.  Particularly, they measured 102 genetic effects on 70 skeletal characteristics.  Then, they performed a mathematical analysis to try to estimate the effects of pleiotropy.  The more they massaged the data (adding various assumptions and making decisions about relevance), the more two findings emerged: pleiotropy only tends to affect a few characters, not a lot.  Second, a mutation can hold its own: a mutation for one trait has more effect when more traits are affected.  “This suggests that evolution of higher organisms does not suffer a ‘cost of complexity’,” they said, “because most mutations affect few traits and the size of the effects does not decrease with pleiotropy.”They believe their results affect predictions about the consequences of pleiotropy in two ways.  First, they alleviate Fisher’s worry that mutations affect all traits (universal pleiotropy).  Second, they undermined the assumption that mutations are additive in a linear fashion (constant total effect).  Mutations are neither diluted by complexity nor magnified by pleiotropy.  Evolution navigates a safe path through the catastrophic extremes.  They concluded on a somewhat speculative yet triumphant note:The constant-total-effect model, however, has the consequence that the average effect per character decreases and thus the rate of response to directional selection also decreases, leading to another cost of complexity prediction.  However, our data show that the total effects of mutation actually increase with pleiotropy.  It therefore seems that in real organisms the combination of restricted rather than universal pleiotropy, and increasing total effects, could be seen as evolution’s answer to the challenges of evolving complex organisms with random variation and selection.Gunter Wagner, the lead author, used a homey analogy for the lay people reading the PhysOrg summary.  “You wouldn’t expect to make a lot of random adjustments – at the same time – to tune up a car,” said Wagner.  “Similarly, it appears that tuning up a complex trait in a living organism is well coordinated and the effects of pleiotropy are more focused than we thought.”  You should be able to drive away with that.21.  Wagner, Kenney-Hunt, Pavlicev, Peck, Waxman and Cheverud, “Pleiotropic scaling of gene effects and the ‘cost of complexity’,” Nature 452, 470-472 (27 March 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06756.2.  That is, unless you ponder the fact that cars are usually built and tuned up by intelligent agents, not random mutations.It’s tempting to want to be gentle with these Darwinists.  After all, didn’t they do all the right scientific things?  They published their work in a peer-reviewed journal.  They used scientific jargon (to the hilt).  They used mathematics, the language of science.  Look; they even did experiments on lab mice.  What could be more scientific?  What does a Darwinist have to do these days to get a little respect from the Visigoths and get them to stop the siege?How about telling the truth.  We were told this paper was going to be about Darwin’s grand story that eyes (03/31/2008), wings and other complex structures could emerge by blind processes of random mutation and natural selection.  Instead, what we got was a thick fogma (05/14/2007) of bluffing about everything but the main point.  The question of evolution of complex structures kept standing there, like a trumpeting, stomping elephant in the room, with these guys quibbling, as if down on their knees examining carpet dust under a magnifying glass, about correlation coefficients of specific genes and their relationships to other genes and microscopic skeletal changes within one species of animal, who already have eyes, and were apparently not embarking on an origin of species project via a random walk.  Irrelevant details that miss the main point are not worthy of a respectful response.Why irrelevant?  Because they started with lab mice, and the ended with lab mice, and no evolution whatsoever occurred!  The mice were one species, interfertile, the whole time.  Did they watch an eye or a wing evolve?  No!  Did they observe the emergence of new complexity and order?  No!  Did their lab mice sprout wings and take off?  No!  Did any mutation lead to any measurable improvement in fitness?  No!  Did they observe anything that a young-earth creationist would have any trouble with?  No!  Did they accomplish anything to vindicate Darwin?  No!  None of their “findings” contributed a micro-meme to Darwin’s myth unless one was already committed to it from the beginning.  It’s the girder over the Grand Canyon again, suspended in mid-air from a helicopter (re-read the 05/22/2002 commentary).They cannot assume that the critics are going to trust the Darwinian web of belief, because the critics already know it is insufficient to support the weight of empirical evidence required (Cambrian explosion, molecular machines, irreducible complexity, etc.).  Darwinism can no longer be regarded as a default position.  A few irrelevant details about how genetic mutations might be able to navigate between the extremes of universal pleiotropy and dilution, within one species of mice, according to a rigged mathematical model, is not enough to pay the cost of complexity.  The Darwinists have been in default on this tax for 149 years.  Such details do not provide either progressive or cumulative currency for Darwin’s account, when so much other observational evidence is draining it.  Responding that, “according to our own records, we don’t owe any Complexity Tax,” is a bald lie.  Making small payments in counterfeit currency from your own presses won’t work, either.  The Visigoth tax collectors (05/09/2006) demand, stop lobbing pennies over the wall and lower the drawbridge.  We have you surrounded.You can bet these scientists are not as thick as their jargon about what is going on in the Darwin wars.  Critics have been hammering them on this with increasing intensity ever since Origin of Species hit London shelves.  They are sick and tired of 149 years of bluffing, speculation and storytelling about how eyes and wings came into existence by chance.  This is now 2008.  Everybody knows how much more complex biology turned out to be than Darwin ever imagined.  His Victorian-progressive myth, like a tottering wall, cannot survive another coat of whitewash and fancy frescoes.  The Darwin Party usurpers need to stop slapping one another’s backs about how clever they are, and go out to face the revolt.  They need to answer the ultimatum signed by 700 scientists surrounding Darwin’s Castle, who shout in unison, “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life.  Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”It’s another safe bet this is the best the Darwinists could come up with.  The authors hail from Yale and two other distinguished pro-Darwin universities.  It was published in the most prestigious pro-Darwin scientific journal, Nature, where publishing real estate is scarce and each entry goes through multiple rounds of editorial screening.  In light of the outcry and controversy these days, if the Darwinists had a better defense for the most controversial claim in the theory, they surely would have published it.  Instead, we got a bunch of hand-waving, some water-balloon arguments that are wobbly and all wet, and a fallacious anthropomorphic statement that somehow pleoiotropic mutation is “evolution’s answer to the challenge.”What this amounts to is an admission of futility.  A sufficiently weak defense is indistinguishable from capitulation.  Deduction: Darwinism is de facto defunct.  It is in default on its Complexity Tax because it is bankrupt.  Watch Expelled, join the rebellion, break down this wall, kick the rascals out, clear out the fogma, restore academic freedom, and bring back honesty to the venerable halls of science.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits 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Time to stock up on nozzles now, but which one to buy? A new OSU Extension publication can help

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This is the time of the year you must complete shopping for nozzles because the spraying season is just around the corner. Although nozzles are some of the least expensive components of a sprayer, they hold a high value in their ability to influence sprayer performance. Nozzles meter the amount of liquid sprayed per unit area, controlling application rate, as well as variability of spray over the width of the sprayer boom. Nozzles also influence droplet size, affecting both target coverage and spray drift risk. Nozzles come in a wide variety of types and sizes. The best nozzle for a given application will maximize efficacy, minimize spray drift, and allow compliance with label requirements such as application rate (gallons per acre) and spray droplet size.Selecting the best nozzle requires careful consideration of many important factors including: sprayer operation parameters (such as application rate, spray pressure, travel speed); type of chemical sprayed (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides); mode of action of chemicals (systemic, contact); application type (broadcast, band, directed, air assisted); target crop (field crops, vegetables, vineyard, shrubs and trees, etc.); and spray drift risk. A new Ohio State University Extension Publication, titled “Selecting the Best Nozzle for the Job” gives step-by-step guidelines for selecting the most appropriate spray nozzle for a given application situation. The publication is available online at following website: ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/aex-528Which nozzle type is best your situation?There is a large assortment of nozzles to choose from. Each nozzle type is designed for a specific type of target and application. For example, a nozzle designed for broadcast spraying is not good for spraying pesticides over a narrow band. While one nozzle may be best for a given situation, it may be worst choice for another.At Ohio State University, we have conducted field experiments to determine which nozzles to choose for two different application situations: soybean diseases such as rust and white mold, and wheat diseases such as head scab and stem rust. We included six to eight different nozzles in the experiments. We found out that while a twin-fan pattern nozzle was best for controlling wheat head scab, the same nozzle turned out to be the worst choice to protect soybeans against rust and white mold when the soybean canopy is tall and dense. So, before buying the nozzles and putting them on the boom, check the nozzle manufacturers’ catalogs which have charts showing which nozzle type will be best for a specific job. Check the websites of nozzle manufacturers to reach their catalogs. Nozzle sizeOnce you determine the type of a nozzle you need to buy, you also must buy the right size of that nozzle which will satisfy the application rate (gallons per acre or gpa) you wish to use as you do your spraying at different travel speeds. Nozzle catalogs are filled with tables and charts showing application rates, given a nozzle’s flow rate (gallons per minute or gpm) delivered at various pressures (psi) and travel speeds (mph). These tables are useful tools for selecting the appropriate nozzles, pressure and speed to spray chemicals at application rates prescribed by product labels.However, the charts are only for a limited number of travel speed and nozzle spacing situations. There may be situations where the charts will not provide information associated with your sprayer setup (nozzle spacing) and operating conditions (travel speed and spray pressure).The apps developed by most of the major nozzle manufacturers can provide you the exact nozzle flow rate required for any given set of application parameters, and identify a specific set of nozzle recommendations for the given application parameters.To find these apps, simply visit the app store in your smart phone or tablet and do a search under “spray nozzle calculator,” or some other key words related to nozzle size selection. You may also want to do a search under the name of the nozzle company from which you are interested in buying the nozzles.However, some apps are not user friendly and sometimes they do not take into account the droplet size requirements when recommending nozzles. Although the apps and tables in catalogs may expedite the nozzle size selection process, it is best to understand the procedure and the math nozzle manufacturers use to generate the values listed in tables and to recommend nozzles in their apps. The procedure used by the nozzle manufacturers to generate numbers in tables and in their apps is explained below. By following the steps mentioned in the new OSU Extension publication mentioned above (AEX-528) you will be able to determine the exact nozzle flow rate (gpm) required for your spray application parameters. Once the exact nozzle flow rate is determined, you can then look at the catalog to select the nozzle that will provide you the flow rate at a practical pressure setting.Keep several types of nozzles on the boomRemember that one specific type of nozzle will not be best for all applications. For this reason, it is best to have several types and sizes of nozzles on the boom so that you can switch to the “best” nozzle choice for a given spraying job. As shown in the pictures below, there are various types of sprayer components and setups you can buy to configure your boom so the new set up allows you to easily switch from one nozzle to another instantly.Keep spray drift in mind when selecting nozzlesOne of the major problems challenging pesticide applicators is spray drift, which is defined as movement of pesticides by wind from the application site to an off- target site. Drift is influenced by many factors which are discussed in detail in OSU Extension publication Bulletin 816. To find any OSU Extension Publication, go to ohioline.osu.edu, and do a search using some key words, such as “spray drift,” “nozzles,” “calibration,” or my last name “ozkan.”Equipment, especially the nozzles, used to spray pesticides play a significant role in generating as well as reducing spray drift. In nozzle catalogs, you can see a number of different nozzles of the same type, in terms of spray pattern. For example, one can find nozzles within the same “flat-fan” category classified as “low-drift.” Research conducted at Ohio State and elsewhere clearly indicates that nozzles labeled as “low-drift” significantly reduce spray drift.  If drift is, or becomes a concern, it may be best to switch from a conventional flat-fan nozzle to a “low-drift” flat-fan nozzle with the same flow rate. Therefore, it is best to have more than one type of a “flat-fan” pattern nozzle on the boom.Some final thoughtsNozzles are typically the least costly items on a sprayer, but they play a key role in the final outcome from a spraying job: achieving maximum efficacy from the pesticide applied while reducing the off-target (drift) movement of pesticides to minimum. Pesticides work well if the rates on labels are achieved during application. This can be achieved only if the right nozzle type and the proper size of the nozzles are on the sprayer, and the sprayer is operated properly.Although the apps and tables in catalogs may expedite the nozzle size selection process, it is best to understand the process and the math nozzle manufacturers use to generate the values listed in tables, and to generate nozzle recommendations in their apps. This procedure, explained in this new OSU Extensin Publication (AEX-528) hopefully will help you to determine the exact nozzle flow rate (gpm) required  for your spray application parameters, while highlighting some other important parameters such as spray pressure, droplet size, spray coverage on the target, and drift, all of which should be given serious consideration when selecting the best nozzle for a spraying job.Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Extension ag engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3006, or [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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Grateful Manuel vows not to disappoint Ginebra fans

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Racela sees a lot of potential in surprise TNT pick Tallo John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jett Manuel was picked 12th by Ginebra in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJett Manuel’s 2017 couldn’t get any better.After passing the Board Exams for engineers and suiting up for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup, the blessings continue to pour in for the University of the Philippines standout as Barangay Ginebra picked him 12th in the first round of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA PLAY LIST 01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “Being part of the most storied franchise in the league is a huge blessing. Joining any team has its own pressure, but its magnified in Ginebra because of the fanbase and the history of the team. As I approach everything else, I take it as a challenge. As a player, I’m just excited to live up to the expectations that comes with it,” he said.More than anything, what excites the 6-foot-2 guard is the chance to learn from two of the brightest basketball minds in the country today in coach Tim Cone and starting point guard LA Tenorio.“Coach Tim Cone is one of the best basketball minds in the country. I’m just excited to learn under him because I’m still a student of the game. I just want to learn, learn, and learn, and who better to learn from than coach Tim?” he said.“I’m also really excited to play with LA. I have a goal which is to be a combo guard, and who better that from than one of the best in this generation to play in that position.”ADVERTISEMENT With the Gin Kings faithful cheering his name as he stepped to the stage, Manuel couldn’t stop himself from smiling as he looked back on the amazing year that was.“I’m just thankful for this opportunity that they are giving me and I promise that I won’t disappoint them,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutManuel, however, knows that being drafted is one thing and staying in the league is another.And this early, he is looking forward to showing his wares and proving himself as he joins the back-to-back Governors’ Cup champions. View commentslast_img read more

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CWG dues: Maken gives 10 days to sort out disputes, OC justifies delay

first_imgWith the payment dispute between Australian firms and CWG organisers threatening to snowball into a major row, the Sports Ministry on Thursday issued a 10-day ultimatum to the Organising Committee to sort out payment issues.Minister of State for Sports Ajay Maken.But unfazed by the controversy and threat of a multi-million dollar lawsuit, the beleaguered organisers sought to justify the delay, saying final payments are made only after complete reports from Functional Area Heads are received and analysed.New Sports Minister Ajay Maken directed government nominees in the Organising Committee to “thoroughly verify” the unpaid dues and ensure that the payments are made within ten days.”I had a meeting with the sports secretary on this matter. I have directed the government nominees in Organising Committee to thoroughly verify the unpaid dues and make all the legitimate payments within ten days. It is a very important issue”, Maken told a press conference in New Delhi shortly after taking independent charge of the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry.Four of Australia’s biggest event management firms plan to slap a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Commonwealth Games organisers for the recovery of their dues.Events organiser Ric Birch has commissioned law firm Slater and Gordon to draw up the multi-million dollar lawsuit that would involve at least four of Australia’s biggest event firms – including his firm Spectak Productions and fireworks group Howard & Sons – against the Delhi Games organisers.Maken said the Commonwealth Games ended about three months back and he did not want problems to linger for so long.advertisement”It has been three months that the Games are over and payments have not been done. I don’t want the issue to linger on for ever. I don’t want anyone to come and point fingers at us”, he said.”It is a very important issue and I want it to be resolved as quickly as possible. If there is more delay, more problems could crop up”, he said.Reacting to reports that events organiser Ric Birch has commissioned a law firm draw up a lawsuit against organisers, the OC said, “As much as 90 per cent of the contracted amount to Birch has already been released.””There are issues pending on account of under-performance vis-a-vis contractual obligations, as raised by the Functional Area Head. Hence, the final installment has been held back and the party has been informed accordingly,” OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi said in a statement.The decision to withhold payment was approved by the Executive Board on Dec 14 last year.” Mr Birch was not available at a crucial juncture of the final preparation for the closing ceremony and there were instances of incorrect advise that cost OC time and resources”, Kalmadi said.The Organising Committee said that it was aware of the responsibilities of releasing all payments on time and all efforts in this direction are being made.”It may be noted that it is normal practice for the final payments to be released to vendors only after complete reports from the Functional Area heads are received and analysed,” Kalmadi said.About Howard & Sons, another firm involved with the Games, the OC wrote, “As much as 65 per cent of the contracted amount has already been paid. Since its contract underwent two changes, OC needed clarity on taxes. The taxation advice we obtained from the chartered accountants and, accordingly, the payment is being released this week.Kalmadi said it has made the full payments to Norwest, as per its contract, except the performance bank guarantee amount. “OC has only recently received the original invoices and the payment is being released.”As far as travel grants to the Australian Commonwealth Games Associations were concerned, the OC has “released full payments to as many as 39 of the 71 members”.”Of the remaining 32 CGAs, the OC has already released 70 per cent of their payments. After verification of cost of damages in Games Village, variation in team size, recoveries on account of security deposit/rate care items etc, the remaining amount will be released this week,” the statement said.The payment issue also figured prominently during External Affairs Minister S M Krishna’s bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd, giving the visiting Indian leader some embarrassing moments.Rudd raised the issue of non-payment of dues to Australian companies for Commonwealth Games-related work with Krishna, who is in Australia on a three-day visit.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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