OFFICIAL:Harambee Stars qualify for AFCFON

first_img“The CAF Executive Committee at its meeting on Friday, 30 November 2018 in Accra decided on the case of Sierra Leone in the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Sierra Leone is disqualified from the qualifiers and all its matches are annulled,” CAF said in its statement on Monday.With one round of qualification matches left, the decision leave Kenya top of Group F with seven points, one ahead of second placed Ghana and six ahead of Ethiopia.Stars and Ghana are both through and their meeting in march next year will be merely to see who tops the group.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate Eric Johannah’s goal against Ethiopia in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3 – National football team Harambee Stars have qualified for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) made it official on Monday that Sierra Leone have been disqualified from the qualifiers.An Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in Accra, Ghana on Friday made the decision with Sierra Leone yet to drag itself off their ban by FIFA over government interference.last_img read more

The 2018 wheat crop finished strong

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jason Hartschuh Crawford County Extension and Harold WattersThere were some good reasons to grow wheat again this year. Many farmers we spoke with said 2018 produced another very good crop. Our warm spring conditions cut back on yield but quality was excellent. What else goes into making the farm more profit?Crop rotation: wheat adds a third crop to our rotation. Generally we get a 10% yield bump to the next crop in the rotation. And with a three crop rotation we reduce disease and insect pressure for all crops.“Cover crop wheat” was a new term for me this spring. This was planted after last year’s soybeans and planned to be a cover crop ahead of corn. Wheat, like oats and cereal rye will help hold onto nitrates. If we wanted we could even graze wheat, or if we get a good stand and have good prospects we can keep it to harvest as grain — this may be our perfect cover crop.BMPs for wheat productionPlanting date:Fly free date in Ohio is also our agronomic trigger for the best planting dates. From recent experience we probably want to plant within the week to 10 days after that date in your area. Long-term data says we should get about the same yield if we plant in the 14-day window following Fly free. Fly free dates in Ohio range from Sept. 22 in northern Oho to Oct. 5 at Southpoint. Do plant into moisture, even if it’s a little deeper than you might normally plant. Last year we had some folks plant “dry” hoping for a rain that came too late. We want rapid germination.Application of phosphorus: we can reduce the chance of nutrient movement by applying the fertilizer in the spring into the growing wheat crop. If for example we need 90 pounds of P2O5, we also get 20 to 35 pounds of N along with that (assuming MAP 11-52-0 or DAP 18-46-0). This puts on the N when we need it in the spring.Variety selection: get good genetics with excellent disease resistance. Pierce Paul, our OSU Wheat and Corn Pathologist, says that to reduce the threat of Fusarium head blight and to get good yields choose a variety with high resistance to Head scab and plan to apply a fungicide if conditions require. The OSU wheat trials just came out, check the yield numbers AND the disease ratings: https://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/wheattrials/.Row width — we have possibilities. Using a drill we can plant at 6 to 10 inches. And many of us have our split row soybean planters in 15-inch rows. It gets a cover out there and doesn’t take too great of a yield hit.Some Ohio wheat producers are interested in growing soft red winter wheat in 15-inch rows to utilize a more precise planting implement, to reduce equipment inventory, reduce wheat seed costs, sow a cover crop, establish a forage crop, or to Modify Relay Intercrop (MRI) soybeans into wheat. Regarding relay intercropping, long term data from Jason Hartschuh at OSU’s Crawford County farm show an average yield of 75 bushel per acre wheat and 31 bushels per acre soybeans in their relay intercropping work — not bad for two crops in one year. Jason also says that twin row 30-inch wheat looks as good yield-wise as 15-inch row wheat and gives a bigger target to get beans into.last_img read more

No matter what kind of house, home is where the smart is

first_imgRelated Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Nest#Smart Cities#smart city#smart home#StratIS#Zigbee#ZWave James is a marketing, communications, and PR professional specializing in B2B and B2C software in healthcare, software, and technology.He is an innovative and proactive builder focused on bridging C-level business demands with the creative side of marketing with product and content marketing. Technology changes how things are built.  Single family homes used to have the monopoly on smart home products. In 2017, you no longer have to live in a single family home to use and take advantage of the great benefits of smart home products. Smart apartments used to be a futuristic concept only seen on cartoons like the Jetsons. However, the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, ZWave and ZigBee technology, and an explosion of mobile technology and startups have all paved the way for the current day smart apartment. Today, home is where the smart is.See also: Will.i.am Winks at smart home investment, drops $38 millionSmart technology in apartments can save property managers and residents time and money.Andrew Livingstone, is Executive Managing Director at GreyStar, the largest property management company in the U.S. and possibly the world. The company manages about 425,000 apartments across 45 U.S., with operations in the UK, the Netherlands, Mexico, and soon to be expanding into Asia Pacific.“We are an apartment company, that is our niche our expertise and what we exclusively do,” Livingstone said. “At Greystar we do three things, we manage apartments, mostly for third party owners, but we also manage apartments that we own ourselves. We also are a developer and construction company of apartments. We have about 6 billion dollars of development going on right now so domestically we are the largest developer of apartments. We are also an investment management company. We call that the three legs of the stool and that is what we do and how we do it.”Moving into smart multi-familyAccording to Livingstone many of the technologies that apartments are implementing feel like they are starting from the single family market.“We are seeing so many of those features very quickly being adopted into apartments,” he said. “We are seeing technologies like Nest thermostats and ecosystems which are being developed by Google. Where you have a Nest thermostat and some of the additional features that can be controlled with your smartphone device within the unit. Whether it is the locks, camera or security feature, we are seeing a lot of interest in those.”According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, 35 percent of the U.S. population  — 112 million residents — rent vs. own. Historically speaking these people tend to live in urban areas and the demographics trend younger in age. That demographic is also more likely to want technology as an amenity, a phrase coined by StratIS CEO Felicite Moorman when describing the the adoption of the StratIS SaaS platform in multifamily properties and campus communities across the U.S.“More and more multifamily is going to play a bigger more dominant role in all cities,” Livingstone said. “So to really advance what smart cities are all about, multifamily is going to play a huge role.”He explained that there was a time when most people viewed apartments as a pit stop on their final destination towards home ownership.“I am not so sure that is at all in the life plan of so many in the younger generation today,” he said. “So that means multi family is an asset class of choice and not just one that is a temporary place but in fact, they are looking to have that as a key part of their life. They want flexibility and amenities without having all of the responsibilities and risk of home ownership. I don’t see that changing over the next few decades.”A big inflow of investmentSteve Duggan is a licensed real estate salesperson at Citihabitats in New York City. Duggan is noticing a heavy investment in smart technology.“I am seeing investors who do renovation work or value add projects as well as current landlords looking to be more efficient, increasingly looking at technology to boost their operating income,” he said. “The use of an Energy Star-certified thermostat like Nest, smart locks, and customized removable insulation jackets to prevent heat loss, are being increasingly employed to reduce costs.”Duggan says that in some cases, for instance for removable insulation jackets, utility providers such as National Grid will offer incentives for landlords to install the more efficient removable jackets to cut down on heat loss on building components.“Tenants especially under 30, have a very positive reaction to smart locks and key fobs versus traditional metal keys,” he said. “The added security and convenience is definitely appreciated.”The team at Greystar is actively gathering data from its enormous network of residents. The companies email surveys receive a 28 percent response rate, which translates on a monthly basis to about 70,000 responses.“We have a massive amount of data about what people are really valuing and what people really want, and again three years ago we didn’t do that,” he said. “So I ask myself companies that aren’t doing that how do you really know what your residents really want.”Livingstone said Greystar doesn’t necessarily think about tech as an amenity first, but it is absolutely on their radar.“I think we are usually looking at number one, is the technology in demand, do people think it will have an impact on their experience,” he said. “And if we think it is a technology that is going to be in demand we then focus on how can we make that technology work well, because a lot of technologies have promised that they will work, but just really don’t work well in multifamily.”Livingstone says that there are a lot of challenges with making technology more commercially viable in multifamily as opposed to single family.“You would think theoretically if you have 300 units there are a lot of opportunities to drive revenue, but actually getting it to work seamlessly and smoothly have proven to be very difficult,” he said. “For example, we can get 1G speed to a building, that is not that hard. It is really difficult to get 1G speed to a unit and that is much more difficult. Can you get 1G to a house, absolutely, but you don’t have to then parse that into 300 channels. The challenge is real.” How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… James Calder How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Joining hands with Sena will be fatal for Congress: Nirupam

first_imgFormer Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday said it would be a mistake if his party joins the Shiv Sena-led government being planned in Maharashtra. The former MP said the move would mean the beginning of the Congress’s burial in Maharashtra.The former MP appealed to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi against coming under pressure in this regard. To prove his point, Mr. Nirupam said the Congress had committed the mistake of joining hands with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh a few years ago, and ended up losing ground in such a manner that it has still not recovered.The leaders of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) held a series of meetings in Delhi to finalise the decision to team up with the Sena to form a government in Maharashtra. While the meeting with the Sena is planned on Friday, sources indicate that leaders of both parties have agreed to finalise government formation with the Sena.‘Repeating mistake’“The Congress had committed a mistake by joining hands with the BSP in Uttar Pradesh years ago. It failed so badly then that it still has not recovered. We are committing the same mistake in Maharashtra,” said Mr. Nirupam, who was with the Sena before he joined the Congress.“For the Congress to become the No. 3 party in the Shiv Sena government is like burying it here. It will be better if the Congress president doesn’t come under pressure,” he said.The Sena, NCP and Congress won 56, 54 and 44 seats respectively in the October 21 Assembly polls. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats, is falling short of 40 MLAs to attain the majority mark.last_img read more

Strike at Hanjins Subic Yard in the Cards

first_imgzoom A strike seems to be looming at Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) amid workers’ demand for the recognition of their union.Namely, the workers are demanding for their union to be certified through an election so as to be able to negotiate a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the shipbuilder’s management, the Manila Times reports.These are said to include over 30,000 workers spread over 18 subcontractors.According to Alyansa ng Manggagawang Pilipinong Organisado–Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (AMAPO-TUCP) head Roberto Flores, cited by the daily, a strike notice has already been filed.Further talks with the management on the issue are set to take place this week, after which more details on the potential strike are expected to be announced.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more