Half-time: Aston Villa 2 QPR 1

first_imgQPR trail at half-time in the vital match against their fellow strugglers despite Matty Phillips giving them an early lead.Phillips scored against the run of play when he headed home Bobby Zamora’s seventh-minute cross.But Christian Benteke equalised three minutes later when he cut in from the left and directed a curling shot beyond keeper Rob Green.And Benteke struck again shortly after the half-hour mark, sprinting away from Clint Hill and finishing well after Gabby Agbonlahor got the better of Sandro and sent the in-form striker through on goal.A win for second-from-bottom Rangers would take them above Villa in the table.But they have struggled to contain Tim Sherwood’s vibrant side and were fortunate not to go further behind when Leandro Bacuna’s cross was headed narrowly wide by Agbonlahor. QPR: Green, Isla, Onuoha, Caulker, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Sandro, Kranjcar, Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Hoilett, Henry, Mitchell, Doughty, Grego-Cox.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chancen: Kernbereiche

first_imgSudafrikas Wirtschaft strotzt vor Geschaftsmoglichkeiten, mit etlichen Bereichen, die als Zonen von besonders hohem Wachstums- und Investitionspotential identifiziert werden. Dies trifft auf die folgenden Bereiche zu:AutomobilindustrieSudafrikas Automobilindustrie ist gewissermaßen der Turbomotor fur die Herstellung und den Export von Fahrzeugen und Fahrzeugkomponenten. Die Branche zeichnet fur 10% der Produktionsexporte des Landes verantwortlich und ist somit eine wichtige Saule in der Wirtschaft des Landes. WeiterlesenAuslagernDa Unternehmen weltweit auf den zunehmenden Kosten- und Preisdruck reagieren, transformiert sich Sudafrika zu einem international bevorzugten Standort fur die Auslagerung von Geschaftsablaufen. WeiterlesenICT und ElektronikSudafrika, fuhrend in der Entwicklung von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie in Afrika, ist der zwanziggroßte Abnehmer der Welt im IT Produkt- und Servicebereich. WeiterlesenTourismusDurch Sudafrikas landschaftliche Schonheit, fantastische Landschaften, sonniges Klima, Kulturvielfalt und den Ruf, etwas fur sein Geld zu bekommen, hat es sich zu einem der gefragtesten Urlaubs- und Geschaftsreiseziele der Welt entwickelt. WeiterlesenLandwirtschaft und AgrarindustrieSudafrikas biologische Vielfalt, zusammen mit einer Kustenlinie von 3.000 km und bedient von sieben Handelshafen, kultiviert bevorzugt eine sehr unterschiedliche Bandbreite von Meeres- und Landwirtschaftsprodukten, von sommergrunen uber Zitrus- zu subtropischen Fruchten bis hin zu Getreide, Wolle, Schnittblumen, Nutzvieh und Wild. WeiterlesenBergbau und MineralienSudafrika ist ein fuhrender Produzent von Edelmetallen wie Gold und Platin, aber auch von Basismetallen und Kohle. Es ist der viertgroßte Diamantenhersteller, wobei Experten davon ausgehen, dass es immer noch potentielle weitere Vorkommen in Gebieten gibt, die noch nicht voll erschlossen sind. WeiterlesenChemieindustrieDie Chemieindustrie Sudafrikas, die alles von der Kraftstoff- und Plastikherstellung bis zum Pharmabereich umfasst, ist die großte ihrer Art in ganz Afrika und wird vom Staat als Hauptantriebsmotor des Wirtschaftswachstums gesehen. WeiterlesenSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Diversity is the key to cover crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The most common use of cover crops among farmers is simply planting cereal rye after harvesting a cash crop in the fall. It is easy to plant just the cereal rye and be done, but cover crops are best used with a goal in mind.“You need to ask why you are planting it and what you want to accomplish from it,” said Rob Albers, the National Sales Manager at Center Seeds. “Diversity is a major component in being successful with cover crops. It adds more benefits than a simple monoculture stand.”An easy way to obtain a diversified cover crop is to use a mix of legumes, grasses, and brassicas. The legumes will produce organic nitrogen while the grasses and brassica scavenge nutrients and some brassicas are good for breaking up compaction. That combination will give a good stand, but an even better stand will have diversity within each of those three categories as well — several legumes, a few grasses, and a couple brassicas all in the same mix.To many, this type of mix can seem a little overwhelming. However, it is simple to accomplish and does not have to cost a fortune.“It’s the presence of the multispecies that’s important, not the poundage. Instead of drilling 60 pounds of straight cereal rye, you can break that up by putting in smaller amounts of cereal rye, oats, barley, annual ryegrass, winter peas, crimson clover, vetch, cowpeas, radish, and/or rapeseed,” Albers said.Diversification is proving to be increasingly important as the different root systems provide nutrients to the soil biology as well as absorbing different nutrients from the soil. Some roots will reach deeper into the soil profile whereas others will be more dense and fibrous, gathering nutrients from other parts of the soil. This is when the hyphae start interconnecting, which are important to extract nutrients to support growth in poor soils.Albers described this process as a spider spinning a web — the bigger their web, the more opportunity they have for food. That’s exactly what is happening under the soil surface when multiple plant species are grown together; the hyphae can extend for miles when they are receiving the proper nutrients from the soil and not disturbed by tillage.In order to figure out which combination would provide soils with the most benefit, the following questions need to be asked:• What will be planted next year? Some crops are more beneficial before a soybean crop and others before a corn crop.• Are there any herbicide issues or residuals? The cover crops to use may be limited or not even an option with the presence of residual herbicides.• In what time frame will the cover crops be planted? This will help decide if a warm or cool season crop should be planted and what crops will have the most benefit.Based on these simple questions, there is no general cover crop recommendation for every farm or every field. In a wet year like this, many people have started planting cover crops in July. Some warm season options for this early planting would be sorghum-sudangrass, pearl millet, Berseem clover, or sunn hemp as well as blends that include sorghum-sudan, radish, and sunn hemp or a blend with sorghum-sudan, sunn hemp, and buckwheat. Each of these can be seeded at a rate of about 15 to 20 pounds per acre, or even a little less, with a cost anywhere between $10 and $40 an acre depending on the seed and mixture.For later plantings in August or September, a few options would be annual ryegrass, cereal rye, spring oats, medium red clover, vetch, winter pea, radish, or rapeseed or a type of blend that includes some of those crops. The oats and rye will need to be planted a higher rate of 60 or more pounds per acre if they are not being mixed with another crop, and winter peas should be planted at a rate of 30 to 40 pounds per acre while the vetch can be planted at a rate of 10 to 20 pounds per acre. The other plants can be seeded at a rate lower than 10 pounds per acre. When these seeds are blended together, they can normally be planted at a lower rate of 15 to 20 pounds per acre and cost an average $10 to $45 an acre. Again, this is all depending on which seeds or mixtures are used.“To maximize the benefits, you have to know what you hope to accomplish with cover crops before planting them,” Albers said. “By adding diversity, you are simply increasing your odds of achieving those goals and seeing better results in your fields with cover crops.”last_img read more

Glenn Harsh, April 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have not done anything in the field other than we got out and soil tested one day. The cover crops are starting to green up again and we can see them out there where they were thin. They are moving in the right direction.The first warm spell they looked like they were coming on and greening up and then it turned cold and everything was brown out there. It looked like they went dormant a second time but now they are coming back.We aren’t really concerned about the weather at this point. If we can get into the fields in April that is a bonus. I know we are not supposed to look at it that way from a yield standpoint, but the way the weather patterns usually work in our area we’re lucky if we can get much done in the last week of April as far as planting anyway.There are some guys around here who have gotten some fieldwork done earlier in the year and they are feeling good about that. They got out in that first drier spell and got things leveled out and other things. We didn’t have those types of things to do so we weren’t out there.We just have to work through the wet conditions we are seeing right now. We have had heavy rains and there is water standing in a lot of places where it hasn’t stood for quite a while. It is going to take a while for it to all get down into the creeks to the Scioto and down the Ohio River. The winds have been strong but nothing has been blown over or anything like that.There is more rain probably coming later this week so we’ll probably be spending some more time in the shop getting planters fine-tuned. We are putting pop-ups on both of our planters this year so that will give me some time to get those things done, squared away and shop tested. Hopefully we have things as ready as we can and we’ll be ready to go for when the weather does break.last_img read more

Futurist’s Cheat Sheet: Biometric Authentication

first_imgTags:#Features#Future Tech#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts dan rowinski 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The problem is not new. One way or another, people have to validate their identities. I am trying to enter a building or a Web service that only Joe Smith should have access to, I need to offer evidence that I am, indeed, Joe Smith. For decades, authentication has required cards and passwords. In the near future, you might just use a part of your body. (The “Futurist’s Cheatsheet” series surveys technologies on the horizon: their promise, how likely they are, and when they might become part of our daily lives. This article is Part 2.)What Is It?Use a thumb-print to unlock a door, an iris scan to unlock a smartphone. Maybe use your voice to interact with your mobile device, PC or television. Biometric data can be used for verification (say, allowing access to a personal bank account) or identification (say, identifying you to law enforcement agencies). How It WorksPick a body part, any body part. There is a good chance that it has a unique identifier that can be used authenticate an individual human. Of course, not all body parts have practical applications in all situations. For instance, hormone analysis would be an awkward choice of authentication for entry to a building. Criminal forensics provided an early proving ground: Identification based on fingerprints became a viable form of authentication in the late 1800s. DNA performs much the same function today. Cloud technology is giving rise to new, ubiquitous forms of biometric authentication. Physical identifiers for large groups of people can be uploaded to a server and used for purposes such as accessing data on a company computer, gaining access to secure buildings or unlocking smartphones. Storing biometric keys in the cloud makes it much easier for devices to recognize and recover the data and for users to put it to work.Potential ImpactThe rise of a digitally connected society has led technologists to propose the notion of “one true login.”  Today, you may have one password for Facebook, another for Gmail and so on. At the same time, you may have an ID card such as a driver’s license. Depending on where you work, you may have an ID badge that you have to scan to get into your office. What if all of these functions could be replaced with one biometric identifier unique to you? Such an innovation could improve personal and data security an dalso improve user experiences across a variety of devices. Much of modern computing has been built around the standard user interface: keyboard and screen. That is starting to change as computers, smartphones, tablets, and televisions incorporate cameras that recognize your face, touchscreens that know your fingerprint and microphones that recognize your voice. Quick, convenient biometric authentication would tie these devices more seamlessly into daily life.ChallengesThe technology for biometric authentication is already widely available. The true challenge comes in building an acceptable infrastructure where the technologies can be easily implemented. Part of the challenge is cost in replacing or augmenting legacy authentication methods such as the magnetic keycard system in a hotel or an enterprise. Another challenge is legal. Many states and countries have privacy laws on how certain types of biometric identifiers can be used, inhibiting how enterprises and commercial ventures can deploy these authentication methods. These privacy laws are important as people are extremely sensitive in how their biomedical is stored and used. When Will It Be Ready?Research firm Gartner focuses on the future business aspects of biometric authentication in its most recent Hype Cycle report, but the consumer realm poised to see practical applications. Smartphones can be unlocked through a variety of biometric keys such as voice, facial recognition or a fingerprint. Apple, Samsung and Microsoft will likely lead the way. Companies like Nuance are tuning mobile devices to the user’s voice. And enterprises won’t be far behind. Before long, companies will implement biometric authentication for onsite building access and smartphone security.Additional InformationBook — Anil K. Jain et al. — Introduction to BiometricsMichigan State University — Partial Face Recognition: Alignment-Free ApproachMicrosoft Research —  Progressive Authentication: Deciding When to Authenticate on Mobile  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Arunachal Pradesh plans fixed-wing flight service to Mechuka, closest to China border

first_imgArunachal Pradesh will be inviting bids for a fixed-wing flight service to Mechuka, a small town in West Siang district ,with an advance landing ground (ALG) that is closest to the border with China.Also spelt Menchuka, the Buddhist-dominated Mechuka is perched 6,200 feet above sea level in the Eastern Himalayas and at an aerial distance of 29 km from the nearest point on the India-China border.“We would soon be floating a tender for operating nine-seater flights between Mechuka and Guwahati or Dibrugarh [Assam] or both. We did invite bids some time ago, but had to go for re-tendering because there was only one bidder,” Pasang Dorjee Sona, the frontier State’s honorary parliamentary secretary for tourism, told The Hindu at an event on infrastructure development in Guwahati on Monday.Fit for bigger flightsThe landing strip at Mechuka’s ALG, one of six the Defence Ministry had reconstructed, expanded and made operational by April last year, is 4,200 feet long. The Indian Air Force (IAF) controls this ALG as well as the other five – Tuting, Aalo, Pasighat, Vijaynagar and Ziro.In November 2016, the IAF successfully landed a C-17 Globemaster, a large military cargo aircraft that normally needs a longer runway at sea level, at Mechuka.“We want to test the waters with a smaller aircraft initially for a once-a-week flight. The frequency and size of fixed-wing aircraft can be increased depending on the response the service receives from tourists,” Mr. Sona, who represents the Mechuka Assembly constituency, said.The nine-seater flight service, to be handled by the State’s Civil Aviation department, is not part of New Delhi’s Udey Desh ka Aam Naagrik or UDAN scheme for regional connectivity.There is a twice-a-week helicopter service between Mechuka and Naharlagun, a commercial helipad near State capital Itanagar. But this service on Mondays and Saturdays is erratic because of unpredictable weather.Fixed-wing flights are considered better for negotiating cloudy and rainy conditions at high altitudes than helicopters.Mountain bikingMechuka is about 190 km north west of West Siang district headquarters Aalo. The road has not been in the best of shape, but the State government claims it will benefit from the 1,559 km Trans-Arunachal Highway (from Tawang in north-west to Kanubari in south-east) and branch projects.The difficulty in reaching Mechuka terrestrially, however, has been a boon in disguise for mountain terrain biking (MTB), Mr. Sona said.“MTB enthusiasts from all over have certified a 700 km stretch from Mechuka to Itanagar as the best track for mountain biking. We are focusing on this and other adventure sports such as white- water rafting in a big way,” Mr. Sona said.last_img read more

Haryana Cong. cycle yatra to resume from May 31

first_imgSetting the tone for the campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in 2019, Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Tuesday said the second phase of the party’s bicycle campaign would start from May 31.“We will start ‘Haryana Bachao, Parivartan Lao’ cycle yatra from Chautala in Sirsa district on May 31. During the campaign, we will expose the anti-people policies of the BJP government at the Centre and in Haryana,” said Mr. Tanwar, who will lead the campaign, covering more than 350 km, passing through 200 villages of five Assembly constituencies.He said during the campaign ‘misdeeds’ of the BJP governments will be exposed. “The BJP has failed to fulfil any of its promises. We will expose the party on issues such as unemployment, price rise, corruption and deteriorating law and order. Besides the BJP’s attempt to divide the cohesive social fabric of the State will also be taken to the public,” said Mr. Tanwar.‘Will expose INLD also’The Congress leader said the party will also expose the Indian National Lok Dal which has been misleading the people of Haryana on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal issue. “The INLD has been playing like the ‘B’ team of the BJP,” he alleged.“The BJP has completely failed to honour its pre-poll promises to youth, farmers and all sections of the society. With this campaign, we will seal the victory for the Congress,” he added.last_img read more