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Martin Jones to start Sharks’ do-or-die Game 5 vs. Golden Knights

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first_imgSAN JOSE — Martin Jones will be the Sharks’ starting goaltender against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday in a do-or-die Game 5, which could see the return of defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation.Vlasic, skating for the first time since he suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 2 last Friday, felt good after he was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and is a possibility to play if he responds well, …last_img

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Sibusiso Vilakazi up for three PSL awards

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first_img Kwanda Mngonyama (Bidvest Wits), Thabo Moloi (SuperSport United), Vincent Pule (African Warriors) Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament: R200 000 Lennox Bacela (Orlando Pirates), Mogakolodi Ngele (Platinum Stars), Robert Ng’ambi (Platinum Stars) MTN8 Last Man Standing: R80 000 Lennox Bacela (Orlando Pirates), Vuyo Mere (Platinum Stars), Robert Ng’ambi (Platinum Stars) Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Teko Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns), Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs) Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season: R50 000 Anssi Jaakkola (Ajax Cape Town), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Joseph (Bidvest Wits) Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season: R50 000 Abbubaker Mobara (Ajax Cape Town), Gabadini Mhango (Bloemfontein Celtic), Keagen Dolly (Ajax Cape Town) Absa Premiership Coach of the Season: R75 000 Clive Barker (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Stuart Baxter (Kaizer Chiefs) Absa Premiership Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season: R50 000 Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Knowledge Musona (Kaizer Chiefs), Puleng Tlolane (Polokwane City) Absa Premiership Top Goalscorer: R25 000 1 – 15: R25 000, 16-20: R50 000, 21 – 25: R75 000, Over 26: R100 000 Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament: R150 000 Jabulani Shongwe (Bidvest Wits), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits) Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player of the Tournament: R50 000 9 May 2014 Alje Schut, captain of new PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns, is up against Sibusiso Vilakazi of Bidvest Wits and Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs for the Footballer of the Season Award. The Premier Soccer League (PSL) announced the list of nominees in Johannesburg on Thursday. The three players represent the top three teams in the PSL standings, but only Vilakazi and Katsande are up for the Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Year Award, with Teko Modise of Mamelodi Sundowns being the other nominee. Vilakazi is also in the running for the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament, along with his team-mate Jabulani Shongwe and Oupa Manyisa of Orlando Pirates.Coach of the Year Sundowns’ coach Pitso Mosimane faces Stuart Baxter of Kaizer Chiefs and Clive Barker of Mpumalanga Black Aces for the Absa Premiership Coach of the Year Award. All three men are former Bafana Bafana coaches. While Sundowns and Chiefs will finish one and two in the PSL standings, Barker has surprised by taking unfashionable Black Aces to sixth on the table heading into the final weekend of league action. The Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season Award will be decided between Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs’ skipper Itumeleng Khune, Ajax Cape Town’s Anssi Jaakkola, and Moneeb Joseph’s of Bidvest Wits.Young Player of the Year The Premiership Young Player of the Year is between the Ajax Cape Town duo of Abbubaker Mobara and Keagen Dolly and Bloemfontein Celtic’s Gabadini Mhango. Chiefs’ and Bafana Bafana striker Bernard Parker currently tops the goal-scoring charts by two goals over a group of six chasing players, with 10 to his name. If he holds onto his lead, he will earn R25 000. For the league’s top scorer, netting from one to 15 goals is worth R25 000, 16 to 20 goals is worth R50 000, 21 to 25 earns the goal-scorer R75 000, and 26 or more is valued at R100 000. Hlompho Kekena of Sundowns, Chiefs’ Knowledge Musona, and Puleng Tlolane will contest the Absa Premiership Absa-lutely Awesome Goal of the Season.Knockout competition award nominees Platinum Stars, the winners of the Telkom Knockout and MTN 8 competitions, with victories over Orlando Pirates in both, supply to of the three nominees for the players of the tournament for both competitions, while the Buccaneers supply one. Mogakolodi Ngele and Robert Ng’ambi face Pirates’ Lennox Bacela for the Telkom Knockout Award, while Ng’ambi and Bacela are again up against one another for the MTN 8 Award, with the other contender being Vuyo Mere. The PSL awards will take place on Sunday, 18 May, at the Sandton Convention Centre.PSL AWARDS NOMINEES Footballer of the Season: R250 000 Alje Schut (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs) Absa Premiership Players’ Player of the Season: R150 000last_img read more

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From wet to too dry Between the Rows

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We could use some rain. The northern part of the county got a pretty good soaking but you can seeScott Metzger, Pickaway Co.some beans getting dry down here on some of the gravel ground. You can see it in the double-crop beans here too. We’ve had three or four tenths so far this month. They are calling for some rain Wednesday or Thursday I believe.You couldn’t have had an irrigation pivot in July and gotten better rains than we had. The beans are all unusually tall this year. We are starting to see a little bit of frogeye showing up in them but we are passed the time to spray. At this point you’ve got what you’ve got. I have never been a fan of tall beans. It seems like they spend more time growing than putting on pods. Until we get in them we won’t know how they will do. Tall beans in our black ground are not unusual but tall beans in our lighter ground — that’s when you get nervous.The double-crop beans look pretty good and they are coming along. Everything is clean. We’ve had some fields with a good bit of Japanese beetle feeding and some with hardly any at all. I don’t know the reason behind that.We’ve seen a little brown spot but for the most part things are clean. We even have a couple varieties that are more susceptible to frogeye than others and they are actually pretty clean.We only sprayed one field of beans for test strips. We did end up spraying all of the corn minus one field where we had sweet corn around the edges. We mostly had gray leaf spot in our corn. We had one field that is corn after corn and we had northern corn leaf blight in that one and found some rust too. Overall I think the corn is looking pretty good and we should have pretty good corn yields.For the rest of this weeks reports, click here.last_img read more

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King Corn Adds Acres

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matthew Wilde Progressive Farmer Crops EditorMESERVEY, Iowa (DTN) — Midwest farmers are doing the unthinkable as the corn-planting window slams shut.Some growers are switching intended soybean acres to corn, or at least thinking about it. Usually the opposite happens in mid-to-late-May if corn isn’t in the ground due to yield-loss potential.But desperate times call for desperate measures, said Dave Nelson of rural Belmond, Iowa.Decade-low soybean prices and a re-energized U.S.-China trade war convinced the former Iowa Corn Growers Association president and his family — Dave farms with his brother, son and nephews — to plant another 1,000 acres of corn at the expense of the world’s most popular legume. Now, 4,000 of the 6,500 acres that the family crops will be corn.Dave piloted a New Holland TG255 tractor pulling a 12-row Case I-H planter May 13 in a field near Meservey, Iowa, as other family members planted elsewhere. He seeded corn in a field intended for beans. Dave’s nephew, Josh Nelson, incorporated fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide at the same time. Both were trying to beat impending rain that has dramatically slowed planting progress throughout the Midwest, which also played a part in the family’s decision.It’s the first time in nearly 50 years of farming Dave Nelson reduced soy acres in favor of corn with June fast approaching.“The market is telling us to switch,” Dave said as he planted corn. “Soybean prices have gotten worse and a trade deal with China doesn’t look like it will happen for a while. The profit potential for corn isn’t good, but it’s a lot better than soybeans.“Illinois, Missouri and the Dakotas are way behind and we’re able to plant,” he added. “That may help corn prices.”GRAIN COMPLEXBig U.S. soybean ending stocks and a recent setback in trade negotiations with China contributed to the lowest prices since 2007, according to DTN market analysts. The latest government estimate pegs the nation’s soy stockpile for 2019-20 at 970 million bushels, bolstered by China’s reluctance to buy from the U.S.November soybeans opened at $8.43 Tuesday, with cash prices less than $7.70 at many elevators and processors. Iowa State University (ISU) estimates the break-even price for soybeans averaging 62-bushels-per-acre at $8.86 per bushel.Corn futures have increased lately. December corn opened Tuesday at $3.83 per bushel. Cash prices are 30-40 cents less. ISU estimates the break-even price at $3.38/bu. for corn after soybeans averaging 218 bpa and $3.88 for corn-after-corn averaging 200 bpa.Planting less soy in favor of corn may be a good plan for some farmers, said Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois agricultural agronomist. Given current market dynamics and planting woes in much of the Corn Belt, he said farmers who can get corn in soon and possibly limit yield losses due to delays could benefit.“I can see that strategy making sense in Iowa, and possibly other areas,” Hubbs said. “There could be a significant amount of corn that isn’t planted nationwide, possibly 3 million acres, which may support prices come June.”PLANTING DELAYSAbout 79 million acres of soybeans and more than 71 ma of corn were unplanted as of May 12, according to prospective planting estimates and the latest USDA Crop Progress Report. Rains and cold weather hampered planting throughout major corn and soybean states this past week.Only 11% of Illinois’ corn is in the ground compared to the five-year average of 82%. Indiana is 6% done and North and South Dakota are 11% and 4% finished, respectively.Iowa is better off with 48% of its intended corn acres planted, four days behind last year and just over a week behind the five-year average. The planting clock is ticking loudly.ISU studies indicate corn, with a plant density of 35,000 per acre, on average will yield 87% of its potential when planted from May 15-25, 70% from May 25-June 5 and 54% from June 5-15. Research shows soybean yields, on average, decline by 0.25 to 0.9 bushels for every day that seed isn’t in the ground after May 15.The 50% corn planting completion threshold wasn’t met in Iowa only five times prior to this year in the last 40 years. In each of those years, the statewide yield was below trend line.CORN OPTIMISMDave Nelson hopes to break the trend. The family is more than half-done with corn. If they get yields 180-bpa to more than 200-bpa, and prices jump 30 cents, they can make a profit unlike on soybeans.“Some of the fields we’re switching raise a lot better corn,” he said.The thought of planting soybeans and losing money is dejecting, Josh Nelson added. There wasn’t a debate among the family members about swapping soy acres for corn.“It’s shear economics,” Josh said. “Planting soy just didn’t pencil out. A lot of farmers are in a similar boat.”He may be right. Several ISU Extension regional agronomists mentioned during a recent conference call that many farmers statewide are swapping some soy acres to corn, according to Mark Licht, ISU Extension cropping systems agronomist.High yield potential for corn is still possible by planting well-adapted full season hybrids up until June 1, Licht said. After that date, he recommends switching to earlier maturing corn.“Agronomically speaking, it’s easier to switch to corn from soybeans,” Licht said. “It usually doesn’t happen because of yield potential.”Contact Matthew at [email protected] him on Twitter @progressivwilde(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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The Cloud Made Open Source “Invisible” This Year

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first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#Trends 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting klint finley “The big open source news in 2010 is that open source became essentially invisible,” writes outgoingCanonical COO Matt Asay in his 2010 year in review column for The Register. It’s not that the media stopped reporting on open source Asay explains. In fact, according to Google News, the number of stories mentioning the phrase “open source” roughly doubled. What’s happening is that open source is moving behind the scenes, thanks in large part to cloud computing.Asay wrote:Hence, for example, 2010 was the year that we talked a great deal about NoSQL citizens like Cassandra and MongoDB, but not so much because of the companies formed to monetize them (Riptano and 10gen, respectively), but rather because of the exciting web applications built using them.These web applications, mostly built using open-source technologies like Hadoop and Lucene, have turned the idea of an operating system on its head. Or rather, in Tim O’Reilly’s words, the operating system is now “the whole web.”Asay makes a really interesting point: open source hasn’t destroyed the dominance of proprietary software. Instead, open source projects are primarily funded by the proprietary profits of companies like Facebook, GoogleYahoo!It’s a brave new world for open source, and not the one that Richard Stallman envisioned 27 years ago. In fact, he’s now cautioning people against the cloud (our own Alex Williams echoed some of these sentiments in his open letter to Google today).Where do you think open source will be going next year?last_img read more

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Kea Trader Clean Up Efforts Continue No Pollution at Site

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first_imgzoom After the grounded containership Kea Trader broke in two, relevant authorities have amended the pollution control plan to address each section separately.Necessary measures to prevent further pollution from the vessel were undertaken and evaluation works were conducted.The new pollution control plan has seen the salvage teams fully recover the unpumpable ballast water from the cargo hold number two at the front part of the vessel. Skimming operations are being conducted on the starboard sides, while the debris cleaning in the cargo hold number three is expected to be finished by the end of the week, according to New Caledonia’s government.Salvage teams are also pumping out oily waters from the machine room in the rear part of the ship.Although the wreck is still being affected by the sea, overflights have found no traces of pollution.The 2017-built Kea Trader, which ran aground on the Durand Reef in July 2017, developed a crack and split four months later on November 12 due to heavy seas.The boxship’s owner Lomar Shipping earlier said that the constant, heavy movement of the sea, even in good weather, affected Kea Trader causing further damage, weakening the ship’s hull, and frustrating the salvage operations on site.In late November a marine pollution alert was issued after globules of oil washed ashore along some of the beaches of Lifou Island, New Caledonia, including Lifou, Ouvea and both Yate and Houailou.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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