Wet winter gives farmers all the water they ask for

first_imgFRESNO, Calif. – For the first time in a decade, farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley will get 100 percent of the water they expect under contracts with the federal government. Farmers who have complained for years about getting shortchanged by environmental laws that crimp irrigation supplies had a wet winter that raised reservoirs and buried mountains with snow to thank for the bounty. “It’s just hard to believe, it’s been so long,” said Dan Errotabere, who farms 5,000 acres with water supplied through the Central Valley Project. Flush with surface water, most farmers will be able to shut down the pumps that draw from the water table, Errotabere said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWestlands, the irrigation district that supplies Errotabere, has had to put hundreds of acres out of production because years of irrigation with brackish water made the land unproductive. Critics say that if Westlands has retired land, and the farmers operating in the area have learned to be more efficient, making do with less than the water they were granted under the old contract, there’s no reason to renew their rights to all that water for decades to come. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Scowen will not be involved against Reading

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook New signing Josh Scowen will not be involved in either of QPR’s friendlies against Reading this weekend.Two behind-closed-doors friendlies have been arranged against the Royals, who will be Rangers’ first opponents of the new season.Midfielder Scowen recently completed a move to Loftus Road when his Barnsley contract expired so was not part of the Rangers squad which spent time at a training camp in Portugal.He is therefore still building up his fitness and is not yet being considered for selection.See also:QPR confirm signing of ScowenCousins features in QPR training-ground gameQPR accept offer from Everton for BowlerBowler having medical ahead of Everton movelast_img

Why Raiders’ D-coordinator Paul Guenther deserves a mulligan

first_imgALAMEDA — Paul Guenther had no chance.The Raiders have had a lot of bad defenses over the years, with their coordinators catching much of the heat from Raider Nation. The last time the Raiders were in the top 10 defensively was 2002, when they checked in at No. 6 under Chuck Bresnahan and not coincidentally won an AFC championship.Ever since, it’s been a series of unfortunate victims with extenuating circumstances. Rob Ryan and John Marshall were under the thumb of owner Al Davis in terms …last_img

Photo library: South Africa at work 23

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (1.5MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Cutters Kenneth Mavi (left) and Raymond Abrahams at work in the design studio and factory of Hip Hop, a successful fashion label in the city centre. Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Cutters Kenneth Mavi (left) and Raymond Abrahams at work in the design studio and factory of Hip Hop, a successful fashion label in the city centre. Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Marilyn Abrahams at work in the design studio and factory of Hip Hop, a successful fashion label in the city centre. Abrahams does fine hand stitching, beading, and makes cloth flowers.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Marilyn Abrahams at work in the design studio and factory of Hip Hop, a successful fashion label in the city centre. Abrahams does fine hand stitching, beading, and makes cloth flowers.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Marilyn Abrahams at work in the design studio and factory of Hip Hop, a successful fashion label in the city centre. Abrahams does fine hand stitching, beading, and makes cloth flowers.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Marilyn Abrahams at work in the design studio and factory of Hip Hop, a successful fashion label in the city centre. Abrahams does fine hand stitching, beading, and makes cloth flowers.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Marilyn Abrahams at work in the design studio and factory of Hip Hop, a successful fashion label in the city centre. Abrahams does fine hand stitching, beading, and makes cloth flowers.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Marilyn Abrahams at work in the design studio and factory of Hip Hop, a successful fashion label in the city centre. Abrahams does fine hand stitching, beading, and makes cloth flowers.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Supervisor Raymond Lee (left), and Haylee Egypt, a sample cutter, make copies of patterns in the design studio and factory of Hip Hop, a successful fashion label in the city centre.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image SOUTH AFRICA AT WORK 23: {loadposition saatwork}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Boks escape with draw against Pumas

first_img27 August 2012The Springboks produced a disappointing performance in Mendoza on Saturday, drawing 16-16 with Argentina in the Castle Rugby Championship. It was contest they could easily have lost and with it their unbeaten record against the South American side.Spurred on by a passionate crowd, the Pumas took the game to South Africa and were able to disrupt and slow down the Boks’ ball at ruck time despite the South Africa featuring a big pack, including the sizeable loose forward trio of Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee and Jacques Potgieter.It was a reflection on the fact that a good number of the Argentinians ply their trade in the northern hemisphere where the rucks are more vigorously contested than they are in the Super Rugby competition.Argentina on topIn the second half, the Boks were able to secure better ball, but it never came easily and the exchanges at ruck time belonged to Argentina. It also served to underline what South Africa lost when Bismarck du Plessis, a superb ball winner, was injured in their opening Rugby Championship test at Newlands.Jean de Villiers and company tried to spread the ball wide, but they tended to throw skip passes to do so, which allowed the Argentinians to shift their defence with the ball, without being required to tackle the skipped player, thus nullifying any overlaps the Springboks might have created.There were precious few angled runs and flat passes, which also made it relatively easy for the Pumas to cope with South Africa’s attacking forays.LineoutsThe lineouts, which were for so long a strength of the Springboks with Victor Matfield ruling the roost, were poor, with a number of throw-ins conceded. Andries Bekker, who was a tower of strength at Newlands, failed to impose himself this time around.By the same token, referee Steve Walsh failed to take any action against the Pumas’ throw-ins, which were time and again on the outside shoulder of the Argentinian forwards; then again, you get away with what you can get away with.It was, all in all, a very tepid, unimaginative and uninspiring performance from South Africa.‘We were not good enough’Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer was in no doubt that his charges had failed to deliver anything near their best. After the game, he paid credit to Argentina, before saying: “We were not good enough and they played very well, but we let our country and ourselves down tonight.”Looking back on the Springboks’ slow start, he added: “We always knew they were going to come out hard at us and that it was going to be very tough, but you can’t afford to give away all those penalties we did early in the game. That was unacceptable.”He identified the breakdown as a problem area, saying that the Boks struggled to get quick ball from those exchanges. When they did manage to win quick ball, he added, it was not used as well as it should have been.Loose trio questionMeyer is known to favour big forwards, but his admission might mean he is willing to consider a smaller ball winner in the loose trio. Maybe a recall for Heinrich Brussouw?The final whistle told a story; both teams were visibly disappointed, but the reasons were vastly different. Argentina knew an opportunity had slipped through their fingers to record a first ever win over South Africa. The Springboks knew they had underperformed badly.South Africa had the first chance to score points on Saturday when the Pumas were blown up for entering a ruck from the side in the second minute. Francois Steyn took a shot directly into the breeze from inside his own half, but his effort passed just to the right of the uprights.Argentina aheadThe Pumas soon had an opportunity to level the scores through fullback Martin Rodriguez, but he didn’t have enough distance on his kick. In the tenth minute, though, the home team hit the front as Rodriguez succeeded with his second shot at goal.The Springboks were struggling in the rucks as Argentina competed strongly, often forcing the men in green and gold to commit more players to the breakdown than the opposition did.TryJust after the quarter-hour mark, the Pumas extended their lead. Good, quick passing took them into the South African 22 where tighthead prop Juan Figallo handed off neatly to centre Santiago Fernandez as two players tackled him. The sleight of hand went unseen by the Springbok defenders and Fernandez burst clear to crash over near the uprights.Rodriguez added the extras to make it 10-0 to the hosts, much to the delight of the crowd.Buoyed by their try, the Pumas continued to take the game to the Boks, who looked out of sorts and seemed stunned by the ferocity of the Argentinians’ challenge.Rodriguez was presented with a further chance to add to his team’s score when the Pumas won another penalty at the breakdown, but he was wide of the mark.First Springbok pointsAfter the Springboks’ first decent attacking play of the match, flyhalf Morne Steyn had a shot at goal from a penalty, but his kick passed left of the posts. Three minutes later, in the 33rd minute, he scored South Africa’s first points of the game with a penalty.Argentina’s lead was soon back up to 10 points when Rodriguez nailed an easy penalty four minutes from the break. The teams turned at 13-3 in favour of the hosts.The first scoring chance of the second half, like in the first half, went the way of Francois Steyn, who had another long range shot at goal without success. His namesake, Morne, however, landed a penalty after eight minutes to bring the Springboks within a converted try of the Pumas’ score. It seemed they should have been far further adrift.The ineffective Andries Bekker was replaced by Flip vand er Merwe only 10 minutes into the half, but the Bulls’ lock immediately conceded a penalty, which cost South Africa three points as Rodriguez converted his kick at goal to make it 16-6 to the Pumas.The Springboks, though, replied quickly with a Morne Steyn penalty after referee Steve Walsh pinged the Argentinians for not rolling away at the ruck quickly enough.Charge downWith 15 minutes remaining, the Boks benefitted from a charge down by Francois Steyn on the Argentina 22-metre line. The ball rebounded towards the try line and the big South African centre won the race to it, scooped it up and dived over for a try. Morne Steyn’s conversion levelled the scores at 16-16.South Africa looked more assured in the final 10 minutes of the contest and managed to put some phases together as they sought a winning score, but the Pumas stood firm.A final attack ended, appropriately, with a steal by the Pumas from a ruck. The ball was safely cleared and the match ended in a draw that neither team enjoyed.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Tips for buying firewood from ODA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As winter quickly approaches and more people look to firewood to help heat their homes, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is offering some basic tips to help when purchasing wood.“Many Ohioans rely on firewood to heat their homes during the cold winter months,” said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “That’s why it’s important to know the laws about how firewood must be sold in order to make sure you, the consumer, are getting what you pay for.”The following firewood rules and regulations are helpful to review before making purchases:Non-packaged firewood must be sold by the cord or by fractions of a cord. One cord, when properly stacked, should be 8 feet long by 4 feet high and 4 feet wide (128 cubic feet).If sold in bulk, firewood must be purchased by the weight in ton measurements. This must be weighed on a certified scale.It is illegal to sell firewood by any other unit of measurement such as a rick, rack, face cord or truckload. If a consumer believes that a seller did not comply with these rules and regulations, the person should immediately contact the seller.If non-packaged firewood is purchased, the seller must present the consumer with a delivery ticket or sales invoice that includes contact information and the terms and conditions of the sale.If the firewood is advertised and sold as a certain type of wood, the load must contain at least 90% of that species.Be aware of different firewood movement regulations in place concerning invasive species such as gypsy moth and Asian longhorned beetle. It is always good practice to not move firewood long distances and to buy local and burn local.When burning firewood for heat, the State Fire Marshal advises to follow all necessary safety practices to avoid any serious problems.If you have questions or concerns with a firewood sale, and the seller will not correct the problem, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Weights and Measures at (614) 728-6290 or contact your county auditor’s office.last_img read more

My Month With a ChromeBox: How I Survived Without Windows or Mac

first_imgJust about a month ago, I stopped wrestling with an operating system and learned to love the Web. Windows? Gone. My MacBook? Hardly touched. Instead, I’ve relied on a Samsung Chromebox 3 running Google’s ChromeOS for virtually all my daily computing needs. And I not only survived, I actually prospered.Up until recently, it would not have been safe to attempt such a stunt. When Google launched ChromeOS in December 2010, the idea was to forget loading software, tweaking settings and downloading the latest utilities in favor of just one thing: get you onto the Web just as fast as it can. Because, really, why else do you use a computer these days?Even back then, the idea was compelling. But the reality was marred by a number of niggling omissions and problems. For example, users do need some basic capabilities: a file manager, peripheral support and the ability to print, at the least. And the early ChromeBooks had a file manager that took forever to scan something as simple as a USB stick. With ongoing updates of the operating system and the release of new Chromebook laptops and the ChromeBox compact desktop in May, however, those issues have largely been resolved. At least enough for me to give the ChromeBox a try as my go-to computer.Why I Tried the ChromeBoxMy little experiment was not conceived entirely by choice. Over the past few years, Google has offered developers, analysts and journalists early models of its hardware via its Google I/O conference – and this year the company handed I/O attendees a ChromeBox – along with some other goodies. And as the conference ended this year, I found myself returning my former employer’s ThinkPad and in need of a new computer. Since I already had the ChromeBox, rather than buy another computer I thought, “What the heck, I’ll give it a try.” I took the Chromebox home, plugged it in to my existing monitor, attached a USB keyboard and mouse (the Chromebox also includes a Bluetooth 3.0 connection) and an external hard drive. I pressed the power button in front, booted up in just seconds, entered the username and password for my Google account, and, well, sat there.Done.Heck, setting up an Android phone is marginally more complicated than that. Day-to-Day With My ChromeBox Since then, I’ve relied on the Chromebox for daily use, including writing, editing and filing stories. Since Chrome is now the most popular browser worldwide, I don’t really worry about compatibility issues from a browser perspective. And, of course, publishing on the Web means Web-based publishing tools. I do occasionally check platform-specific issues on my wife’s Windows PC or my MacBook, but by and large I don’t ever need to leave my ChromeBox.One reason is that because Google seems to be living up to its pledge to “constantly iterate,” frequently tweaking and upgrading ChromeOS. In practice, that just means that Google downloads updates in the background, with a little “up arrow” appearing on the screen next to the system clock. With Windows or even the Mac, updating can mean a laborious process of saving, shutting down and rebooting that can take minute after endless minute. With the Chromebox, the whole process took me 21 seconds the last time – including being restored to what I was doing before I upgraded. And it felt faster than that Since Google I/O, Google has also integrated Google Drive into the ChromeOS, so that there’s always a cloud backup available. Google also created a “Downloads” folder to make it easy to find PDFs or other files that you’d like to have stored locally (the ChromeBox includes a small amount of internal storage).Interestingly, I’ve found that I no longer bother to place files in a folder hierarchy. There are two reasons: first, a Google search box at the top of the file manager window quickly finds any file; and second, because that search box doesn’t seem to have an option to search subfolders. Google also doesn’t list – anywhere, from what I can see – the free space available in either the local or cloud drives. I’m generally creating minuscule word-processor files, but I’d still like to know how much space I have. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Photos by Eliot Weisberg/ReadWriteWeb. Tags:#cloud#Google center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting For most people, the biggest missing element is likely to be some beloved utility, game or other piece of software that just isn’t available online. For me, that was a small image resizing utility that allowed me to tailor a JPG file to the size I needed, right away. ]I’m not going to claim that Google’s ChromeOS is perfect, by any stretch. Nor am I going to argue that you’d be better off buying a ChromeBook or ChromeBox rather than a standard Windows or Mac PC or notebook.But I would say that the ChromeBox sitting on my desk provides almost if not all of what I was used to within the Windows environment, without many of the hassles. ChromeOS may not yet be what some would call a “prime time” OS, but over the last month it’s certainly proved an effective one for me. markhachman The Web Is My ShepherdNaturally, a Web-centric operating system means living and working entirely on the Web. Here’s where some hassles start to creep in. I’d characterize working on a Chromebox as living life in the big city without a car: there’s abundant public transportation to take where you want to go, and the Web’s population and services are ever-increasing. Still, giving up you car (or your local storage, etc.) entails some sacrifices in convenience.For example, Microsoft’s Office Web apps still aren’t quite good enough for full-time use. Worse, I’ve experienced a disturbing frequency in the number of times that Microsoft’s service drops the connection, preventing me from saving a file or running a cloud-based spell check. At that point, the only option is to copy all the text to the clipboard, reopen the file and paste it back in. While I prefer Microsoft’s user interface, Google Docs seems to offer a more stable working environment, and I’ve pretty much made the choice to use it instead of the Web version of Microsoft Office. Adequate PerformanceThe ChromeBox also passes muster for entertaiment and other uses. First of all, ChromeOS supports Flash for dealing with websites that haven’t yet discovered HTML 5. And the experience is more than acceptable: Engadget characterized the $399 1.9GHz dual-core Intel Celeron B840-based Chromebox as just fine for 1080p YouTube and streaming playback, and I’ve had the same experience with the more-powerful Core i5-based model Google distributed at I/O.MOG’s Web music player works just fine, even though it asked to downgrade my version of Flash. (I didn’t.) Spotify lacks a Web-based version, so you’re out of luck there. But I’ve never had any problems playing the Flash-based games on ArmorGames. For those who want something more, Gaikai has promised to bring PC-quality gaming to the ChromeOS.What’s Missing From ChromeOS?The most notable drawback? A lack of media utilities and file support. I really miss the VLC media player’s ability to work with just about any video format. ChromeOS is crying out for a good media manager.I also haven’t been able to convince my older Dell multifunction printer to scan into ChromeOS; I’m still forced to go to Windows when I need to scan a document.Ironically, the biggest thing missing from ChromeOS is actually a big positive: the lack of day-to-day management tasks is a joy and a time saver. I don’t need to constantly worry about upgrading numerous browsers, software, apps and patches. There’s no reason to believe that I’ll ever need antivirus software and the constant updates and scanning that entails. Google’s ChromeOS upgrades themselves bring new features, not compatibility concerns.Granted, working entirely on the Web isn’t for everyone. You won’t find a full-fledged HTML5-based version of Adobe Premiere, for example, or AutoCAD in a Web-based version. On the other hand, Adobe does offer a PremiereExpress Web-based tool, and AutoCAD WS lets you edit and share from within a Web browser. Even AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) has a Web-based version. Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Ordinance passed to allow 5 million from CDB for Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jan 2015 – Even though the Turks and Caicos is eligible to borrow as much as $100 million from the Caribbean Development Bank, the country will only be able to tap into 5% of that – $5 million dollars thanks to a new law. In the latest Gazette, it is outlined that government approved that the Turks and Caicos can borrow up to $5 million dollars from the CDB at a rate of 2.9% and that the amount borrowed would have to be repaid in five years. Recently the Turks and Caicos Minister of Finance, Hon Washington Misick was joined by CDB Director of Economics, Dr. Justin Ram who said the up to $100 million dollars which the TCI is eligible to borrow will come at an interest rate of 2% and will be for a diversity of works. This loan from the CDB is supported by the PNP Administration as Minister Misick said the technical assistance the CDB offers in this process is what makes them the better bank from which to borrow. The maximum $5 million dollars from the CDB would be for a so called, ‘Policy Reform Programme’. Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Related Items:cdb, Dr. Justin Ram, washington misick Recommended for you TCIG & CDB INTRODUCES CJET Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

TCI Ministry of Health defends its public handling of Zika virus

first_img Related Items:Ministry of health defends its handling of Zika virus, potential law to allow ticketing for individuals breaking DEH health codes, public thinks government is too closed mouth about zika, residents need to do more to prevent breeding sites Many believe the same is happening with Zika which has spawned resort cancellations to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.Origin of the Zika cases we asked?  No, we cannot know but three countries were confirmed as the source places.Why so slow for us to know we asked?  Confirmation on the five cases as Zika was needed, media was told.  Yet all five cases are separate instances and we only knew at five.  Now there are reportedly eight; this approach to not sharing from the very first case has many believing that the TCI is beyond the eight revealed cases which includes a pregnant woman. What about the $550,000 in Solid Waste Management money we asked?  We were told it is for the Premier to say.  The Premier, who is also the Minister of Health was not there at the press conference to say.  And when Magnetic Media asked why?  Well there was no true reply, except that one day, some day, the Health Minister will share the solid waste management plan.New to your fight?  Door to door inspections and visits supported by the TCI Red Cross, we were told.Also new… ticketing for breaches in the environmental health codes for residential, industrial and commercial properties. The law, however, to get that enforcement started is likely three months from implementation.At times it was a rowdy exchange between media and the two health directors in the hunt for clarity, transparency and accountability… including a cocksure posture by Health Officials about public perception on what is or is not being done.We informed that most believe nothing is happening to stop Zika Virus spreading in these islands.Biggest problem?  The public which refuses, in some cases, to acquiesce to the law and best practices to decrease breeding of that aedes Eqypti mosquito.Another, but not mentioned today by the Medical & Environmental Health Directors is the incessant rain.  A leaf is a great birthplace for a mosquito and so is a plant pot.The TCI is not alone and other countries do have Zika; but the TCI is unique and is one of the countries which has opted to omit the facts.  Often conveyed to Magnetic Media by Joe Public is concern over the secrecy and guardedness of info when this global health crisis which has now hit home within the past four weeks is a fight for the health and for the wealth of the nation by all.In the meantime, please do your part to become and advocate and participant in keeping the TCI free of more mosquito breeding sites. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 16, 2016 – The Turks and  Caicos Ministry of Health defends its public handling of the Zika Virus; despite media conveying that residents are critical of their Public Relations. In a media conference today to share the national action plan, missing was the Minister of Health, Dr Rufus Ewing and present were Dr. Nadia Astwood and Mr Kenrick Neely who repeated commonly communicated information and gave little insight into the cases detected and confirmed; and scant information on what is new.Though the campaign against mosquito breeding at various times can be labeled vigorous, it has failed to resonate in a way to drive down the dangers as mosquito breeding sites continue to exist and actually flourish in too many communities.  The inability to get some residents to fall in line has actually led to the mushrooming of two mosquito borne diseases in the TCI; Dengue Fever since 2011 and Chikungunya Virus in 2014.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more