21 Dec
2019

Corning boys fall to Hamilton in penalty kicks

first_imgCorning >> The Corning boys had their hands full at home Tuesday against Hamilton and ultimately suffered a loss after the game ended knotted at 1 then went into overtime, followed by penalty kicks, which ended 5-4 in favor of the Braves.“They played their hearts out,” said Cardinals coach Victor Torres. “Hamilton’s a good rival. They have a good program over there. We never quit, though. I’m a proud coach.” Hamilton kept control of the ball early and often, allowing little time for Corning …last_img

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18 Dec
2019

National crop commodity organizations looking to re-focus efforts moving forward

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the national level, corn, soybean and wheat commodity organizations are looking to assess their priorities for the future and focus on their strengths. There was an update outlining the plans for the future from each national organization at the December Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium held in Columbus.The National Corn Growers Association’s strategic plan will seek to enhance consumer trust, and related objectives. The plan will include strategies for key NCGA programs in that effort, including its participation in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, CommonGround and the Corn Farmers Coalition.“We are looking into where we want to be at in five years with the development of a strategic plan,” said Anthony Bush, who serves on the NCGA Board and farms in Morrow County. “We felt like we were an inch deep and a mile wide and we felt like we really needed to focus on what we were good at. We are working on that and it will be coming out the end of January.”Ohio’s Jed Bower, of Fayette County, is serving on the NCGA Public Policy Action Team overseeing the development of the strategic plan.The American Soybean Association is also taking a strategic look at goals for the future.“ASA has gone through a large change in the past year. We are trying to find out where our pinpoint should be and it needs to be with our relationships with our senators and representatives on the important issues for us. We need to build domestic demand and expand our international market access,” said Bret Davis, who serves on the ASA board and farms in Delaware County. “The new ASA strategic plan focuses on demand goals, policy, trade and regulatory issues, and providing additional financial resources for policy work through new opportunities and providing states with flexibility to let them do what they do best.”These goals encompass a broad range of issues that will demand attention in the coming years.“High oleic soybeans are making a big difference in what our food systems are going to be needing. And aquaculture is a good place to use soybean meal in the food rations and that has been a real plus in the meal markets. It is a growing market that we can supply,” Davis said. “We are looking at freedom to operate too. If we can’t do the job that we are allowed to do by our consumers and regulators, it hurts in our pockets.”A strategy for the future certainly must include the recent changes in the Panama Canal, a key transportation boon for soybeans in particular.“We just went to Panama and got to see the Canal as it was being finished — what a difference that will make to allow us to move our beans to where they need to go,” Davis said.Other key issues include biotech labeling, a possible two-year extension on the biodiesel tax credit, and important trade relationships, including Cuba.“One of the great things I have seen in the last few years is that the soy industry is working so well together and our farmer-to-farmer relations have been fantastic and that is what it takes — working together for the soybean industry,” Davis said.David Schemm, a Kansas farmer with the National Association of Wheat Growers, talked about the importance of a strategic plan for the nation’s wheat growers.“The National Wheat Action Plan is in the beginning stages right now to get profitability back into wheat. It is not one single area but several areas that are needed to get profitability back into wheat right now. Mills are helping transition acres into organic wheat production to satisfy a market that they need more supply for. We are not saying organic is for everyone but it may work to increase profitability for some farms,” Schemm said. “We represent a huge part of the country geographically. Our major policy areas we have been working on for the past year are farm bill implementation, transportation and tax policy. We need to have one strong voice in agriculture on one united front on these issues. Grassroots engagement is the key.”The idea behind the Wheat Action Plan is to raise productivity so that wheat no longer loses acreage to corn and soybeans by being less economically appealing. NAWG calculates that for every $10 spent on public and private industry corn research in 2014, only 70 cents went into wheat research.Additional goals in the plan included genetic improvements for wheat yields, developing strong resistance to fusarium head blight (or scab), improved rust resistance for high moisture years, and drought tolerance. Opening trade barriers and expanding wheat exports are also key priorities.last_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

Trade emphasis a part of newly announced USDA reorganization

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Thus far, U.S. agriculture has fairly mixed reviews about President Donald Trump. Despite massive support from rural America in his election, the president has been generating significant concern with crucial agricultural policies, most notably with regard to international trade.Trade, of course, is absolutely essential for the economic sustainability of virtually every major U.S. agricultural commodity. The President’s very aggressive stance in opposition to beneficial trade deals for agriculture including the Trans Pacific Partnership (which President Trump withdrew from) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (which President Trump threatened to withdraw from) were making U.S. agriculturalists increasingly uneasy, if not outright angry.The Trump Administration directly addressed this and other growing agricultural concerns in a Cincinnati press conference with newly confirmed U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.Listen to the full audio from the press conference here.Secretary Purdue in Cincinnati 5-11-17 FULL AUDIO“In order to advance agricultural trade, USDA intends to create an Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs and realign the Foreign Agricultural Service to report to the new Undersecretary,” Perdue said. “Our plan to establish an undersecretary for trade fits right in line with my goal to be American agriculture’s unapologetic advocate and chief salesman around the world. By working side by side with our U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, the USDA undersecretary for trade will ensure that American producers are well equipped to sell their products and feed the world.”Photo by Dale Minyo.In the last farm bill, Congress provided direction for USDA to examine options for reorganizing the international trade functions at USDA and potentially creating the new Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. The new trade-focused position at the USDA is part of a larger department-wide reorganization. Under the existing structure at USDA, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), which deals with overseas markets, and the Farm Service Agency (FSA), which handles domestic issues, are housed under one mission area, along with the Risk Management Agency (RMA). Perdue pointed out that it makes much more sense to situate FAS under the new undersecretary for trade, where staff can sharpen their focus on foreign markets.Perdue said that the reorganization also includes the formation of a new Farm Production and Conservation mission area with a customer focus that meets USDA constituents in the field.“To create a customer-focused culture of public service and improve service delivery to agricultural producers, USDA intends to create an Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation and realign the Farm Service Agency, the Risk Management Agency, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to report to the renamed Undersecretary,” Perdue said. “USDA also intends to realign the Rural Development agencies to report directly to the Secretary to provide additional visibility for the investments being made in rural America.”Though a reduction in USDA workforce is not part of the reorganization plan, with big budget cuts proposed by the Administration the reorganization efforts will likely ultimately facilitate doing more with less.“USDA remains committed to focusing our constrained resources where they will be most effective — on pushing our record-breaking pace of trade and ensuring that opportunities exist throughout the country for Americans to participate in a transformational global economy. In particular, USDA continues to negotiate and support strong trade deals that will open up markets and help farms, ranches, forests, and production facilities grow, create jobs, and increase wages,” Perdue said. “This plan also details additional changes to our Department that will improve the effectiveness of USDA efforts to meet the needs of agricultural and forest managers and demonstrate increased accountability to the American taxpayer.”Click HERE to view the report on the USDA website.The reviews remained mixed from the agricultural community. Those keenly interested in moving trade forward were pleased.“The National Corn Growers Association has long advocated for a dedicated position at USDA focused on increasing U.S. agricultural exports, and we pushed for this provision in the 2014 farm bill. We are pleased to see that post finally become a reality today,” said Wesley Spurlock, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “Secretary Perdue’s announcement signals to farm country that the Trump Administration is listening to America’s farmers and ranchers. In this farm economy, trade is more important than ever to farmers’ incomes. Overseas markets represent 73% of the world’s purchasing power, 87% of economic growth, and 95% of the world’s customers. Now is the time for U.S. agriculture to fully capitalize on growing global demand for our products. Today’s announcement is a big step toward that goal.”There were concerns, however, about some other parts of the re-organization.“The Center for Rural Affairs has fought on behalf of rural communities for nearly 45 years. We are heartened that Sec. Perdue is making strong efforts during his early days in office to express support for rural communities. However, we are concerned about the path he has chosen. Sec. Purdue has proposed eliminating the position of Undersecretary for Rural Development and moving oversight of Rural Development agencies to the Deputy Secretary, USDA’s second-in-command. If he makes this change, Sec. Perdue will be removing the position of the most significant rural advocate within USDA. Rural America stands to suffer as a result,” said Anna Johnson, Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate. “While USDA has a broad mission to promote and support our country’s food and agriculture, Rural Development is the only part of USDA that has the explicit directive to support rural communities.last_img read more

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15 Dec
2019

What’s It Like To Work For Tim Cook? A Former Apple Sales Exec Dishes

first_imgRelated Posts dan lyons Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Apple CEO Tim Cook booted out two top executives last week, and some observers were surpised to see that Cook, who seems like a soft-spoken, amiable Southerner, can also play rough. “Cook has shown a ruthless side,” Charles Arthur of the Guardian wrote. One person who wasn’t surprised by Cook’s toughness was David Sobotta, a former Apple sales executive who just published The Pomme Company, a memoir of his 20 years (1984-2004) at Apple. Sobotta didn’t report directly to Cook, but as director of Apple’s federal sales group he had a lot of contact with Apple’s current CEO, who joined Apple in 1998 to run operations and, later, was executive vice president of worldwide sales.Since 2005 Sobotta has written an Apple-centric blog called Applepeels. Last fall he wrote to Cook informing him that he also intended to write a book about Apple. Sobotta quickly received a letter from Apple’s legal department, one that left him “extremely upset” and ready to abandon the project, he says.If you’re a hard-core Apple fan it’s a good read, if only to get a little taste of what life is like inside Apple. (In a word: Tough.)Sobotta insists that he has no ax to grind even though he remembers Cook humiliating Sobotta’s team at a sales conference by putting up a slide with a picture of a toilet plunger as commentary on the group’s performance. I emailed Sobotta and asked what he thought about Cook getting rid of Scott Forstall, who ran iOS development, and John Brownell, who Cook had hired to run retail less than a year ago. Via email, Sobotta shared the following:Not A People Person“Well, for starters, Cook is not a people person,” Sobotta writes. “He certainly will not stand behind someone if the going gets rough. He is not that kind of guy. I sense no personal loyalty in him, and I suspect employees already understand that.“Tim will react to the numbers or his fear of being wrong quickly. Fear of being wrong is a managerial trait that runs strong and deep in Apple because of the way Steve ran the company. Even the appearance of being wrong when in the end you might be right is dreaded at Apple.“You don’t make mistakes at Apple and get a second chance. That often hinders decision-making and creates a lot of passive-aggressiveness between teams that should be cooperating.” A Poor Judge Of Character“I haven’t followed the saga of the new retail guy so he might have been a terrible hire, but that would also fit the Cook pattern. The people I saw him hire were not good ones. I don’t think he relates well to people. Based on some of the people he has stuck with, I think he is poor judge of character. “Apple never had a disciplined way of making decisions. It was always whoever got Steve’s ear that won. Certain people always had the inside track. Likely the way to win now at Apple is to blow in Tim’s ear.”Tim On Tech“Technology-wise, I think Tim Cook is a lightweight. I never felt passion for technology from Tim like I did from Steve and some of the great engineers.”A Manager, Not A Leader“I would expect that Tim is having a hard time herding the chickens. From what I saw of him, he was something of a loner. He is not a warm guy nor is he the type to go wandering the halls or Caffe Mac to find out what is happening. His preference is to tinker with spreadsheets and numbers. He is not a natural leader. He’s a manager.“From what I saw, Tim is the kind of guy who would just fire some folks rather than try to sort out what is working and what isn’t working. I never felt like he wanted to get down into the details unless they were numbers. I also think he can easily be swayed by someone who protects him from the messy parts of running a company.”The Painful Part“I use Mountain Lion and Windows 7 both every day.  Windows works better. It pains me to say that. I would rate Apple’s screwing around with the ‘Save As’ command [Apple removed ‘Save As’ from OS X Lion but restored it, sort of, in Mountain Lion] as one of the dumbest user-interface decisions in the history of computing. I’m not sure pulling DVD drives out of iMacs is much better.  Certainly the maps decision [in iOS 6] will haunt Apple for a long time.“It is going to get worse at Apple. It is not a sustainable business culture.”Apres Steve, Le Deluge?“There are three factors that I see, the first being the business culture within the company. While the company needs strong leadership after Steve Jobs, anyone at Apple will tell you that taking risks and showing leadership (rocking the boat, trying something new) are not encouraged. With an environment like that, strong leaders end up butting their heads against the wall, and either leave on their on accord or get asked to leave. The company has a strong ‘manage up’ culture so it is not unusual for Apple managers to not really have a clue what is happening in their customer base.“Second, Apple doesn’t develop its own talent. The company has a strong propensity to hire folks from outside the company. The new folks come in, spend a year figuring which end is up, and end being very frustrated. [The experience is] demoralizing to the people who now report to them and who already knew what their bosses just spent a year learning. It is a horrendous way to run a company.”What’s The Next Great Thing?“The third is that Apple is a `next great thing’ company, and that in and of itself is unsustainable. They haven’t found the next great thing after the iPad and iPhone, and their shares in both those areas are slipping. Of course they are ignoring traditional computers to a large extent.“I could add a fourth [factor] related to the third point, but it’s debatable. Always in the past when Apple screwed up or got too cocky, they could fall back on a core group of `prosumers’ who were dedicated to Apple’s products. I think Apple has lost or is in the process of losing those folks, but I have no way to measure that other than I know a fair number of folks like myself that are no longer Apple products evangelists.“I got a note from [a former Apple colleague] last night that it was time to replace his wife’s MacBook and he offered to get her whatever she wanted. She chose Lenovo.”David Sobotta’s book, The Pomme Company, is available in Kindle format from Amazon. Don’t hold your breath waiting for an Apple iBooks version.Top image courtesy of Reuters. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Apple#David Sobotta#iPad#iPhone#Mac#Tim Cook Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img
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12 Dec
2019

Secrets of Self-Care | Dehydration

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on September 1, 2017. Written by Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Military Caregiving Team MemberIssues Related to DehydrationProper hydration is important in maintaining wellness.  According to the American Heart Association (AHA), proper hydration helps the heart pump blood more easily and helps with muscle performance.  The AHA points out that dehydration can lead to swollen feet, headache and in some extreme cases, heat stroke.  Additionally, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cautions that dehydration can contribute to unclear thinking, mood change, constipation, overheating and kidney stones (2017).In a 2011 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, young women who were mildly dehydrated experienced degraded mood, lower concentration and increased perception of task difficulty. Another study, conducted at the University of Connecticut and published in the British Journal of Nutirition showed that mild dehydration impairs mental performance and mood in men (2011).This is the second in three installments of the Secrets of Self-Care – Upgrade Your Health: Hydrate series.You can catch up on part one – “Is Hydration One of Your Daily Priorities” and be sure to check back soon for the final installment, “How Much Fluid Should We Drink Each Day?”Cited Research and Additional Sources:American Heart Association.  (2014).  Staying Hydrated-Staying Healthy. [Web Article].  Retrieved May 25, 2017, from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/Staying-Hydrated—Staying-Healthy_UCM_441180_Article.jsp#.WShG32jys2w).American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  The role of obesity in the relation between total water intake and urine osmolality in US adults, 2009–2012.Armstrong, l. E. et, al. (2012).  The Journal of Nutrition.  Mild Dehydration Affects Mood in Healthy Young Women.  382-388.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  (2017). Get the Facts:  Drinking Water and Intake.  [Web Article].  Retrieved May 17, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/plain-water-the-healthier-choice.htmlCenters for Disease Control and Prevention.  (2016).  Water & Nutrition. [Web Article].  Retrieved May 17, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/nutrition/index.htmlGanio, M. S. et, al.  (2011). British Journal of Nutrition.  Mild Dehydration Impairs Cognitive Performance and Mood of Men. 106, 1535–1543.U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs National Caregiver Training Program Caregiver Workbook.  Retrieved March 1, 2017, from http://docplayer.net/15786612-Module-1-caregiver-self-care.htmlU.S. Geological Survey.  (2016). The Water in You. [Web Article].  Retrieved May 17, 2017 from (https://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html).last_img read more

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18 Nov
2019

Perfect Tanaka Blanks Mets, 4-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Rafael Montero was simply outpitched in his major league debut by a fellow rookie with a much bigger contract.Masahiro Tanaka tossed a four-hitter for his first career shutout and the New York Yankees got home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira on May 14, snapping a four-game skid with a 4-0 victory over the Mets.“He’s outstanding, a great pitcher, and we saw that tonight,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “But I was real proud of the way Raffy stayed in there. A couple of home runs, but it should have been closer.”Brian Roberts tripled twice and the Yankees finally beat their crosstown rivals after dropping six straight.The Mets took all four Subway Series games last year and won two slugfests in the Bronx this week. Back home at spacious Citi Field, however, their bats went silent again as a three-game winning streak came to an end.“You asked me about the home run barrage? We hit three of them tonight. They were just in the wrong park,” Collins said.After the game, reliever Kyle Farnsworth confirmed he was cut by the team, though the Mets did not make an announcement. Farnsworth has time to decide if he wants to accept an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas, but that’s not what he had in mind.“I want to go to another team, because I want to pitch against this team,” he said. “Personally, I’m angered, also disappointed. I thought I did a pretty good job and was productive.”The right-hander was 0-3 with a 3.18 ERA and three saves in 19 appearances.Tanaka (6-0) overwhelmed the Mets with his vast assortment of pitches while spoiling Montero’s debut. The latest to arrive in a line of touted Mets pitching prospects, Montero threw six competitive innings but was no match for the $155 million rookie from Japan.“In some ways, this is a David-and-Goliath matchup. One guy’s never lost and the other guy’s never pitched,” Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said before the game. “So, it’s interesting. We’ll see how many rocks Rafael’s got.”Not enough.Tanaka is 34-0 combined in Japan and North America over his last 42 regular-season starts. He did lose Game 6 of the Japan Series last year — before earning a save in Game 7.The right-hander struck out eight and walked none, throwing 114 pitches during his first complete game in the majors.“I knew what was coming, but I couldn’t hit it,” Daniel Murphy said. “He’s commanding all his pitches to all zones. The splitter is the equalizer. You don’t see it that much, someone using it in any count like that.”Tanaka even singled in the ninth for his first major league hit — giving him one more than Mets pitchers have in 64 at-bats this season.“Overall, I think that today was my best day,” Tanaka said through a translator.Montero (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits. He struck out three and walked two after getting called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to step into the rotation slot previously held by Jenrry Mejia, who was moved to the bullpen.“I was comfortable from the first inning until I finished up. I felt really good,” Montero said through a translator. “I just kept trying to throw strikes. That’s the most important part for me.”The slim right-hander fanned Derek Jeter in the third for his first strikeout. “That was a good feeling. I felt really happy,” Montero said.But he was hurt by his defense an inning earlier. With a runner on first and Tanaka on deck, left fielder Eric Young Jr. made an ill-advised dive in trying to catch Roberts’ sinking liner with two outs.The ball got past Young and went to the wall, allowing Solarte to score as Roberts cruised in with his first triple.“I got a little overaggressive right there in that situation, trying to make a play for the kid to get him out of the inning. Ended up hurtin’ him,” Young said.Solarte, the AL’s leading hitter, sent a solo homer to right in the fourth. Teixeira lifted Montero’s second pitch of the sixth to right-center for his eighth homer. Jeter’s infield single scored Brett Gardner in the seventh.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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23 Oct
2019

K Line to Merge Two Ship Management Firms

first_imgzoom Japan’s shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has decided to merge two of its ship management subsidiaries, Taiyo Nippon Kisen and Escobal Japan, on July 1, 2017.The company informed that the businesses are tentatively scheduled to be renamed K Line RORO and Bulk Ship Management on April 1, 2018.K Line has opted for the move in an effort “to insure a success of the reorganization of the structure of the group’s ship management system to a further and higher level by consolidation of the extensive experience and valuable know-how” accumulated within the two respective companies.The new ship management system will “realize more secure and environmental-friendly services that will meet the day-by-day increasing demand for reduction of environmental load toward a sustainable and livable world,” K Line said.Following the merger, K Line will hold three ship management companies, namely, K Line Ship Management Company dedicated to containerships, tankers and gas carriers, K Line LNG Shipping (UK) Limited, dealing with LNG carriers, and Taiyo Nippon Kisen which would be focused on car carriers and dry bulk carriers.The company believes that the new management system “will further improve and upgrade future services with higher quality and greater security.”last_img read more

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