TOP AWARDS Eurotrend, with a goal from Kemar Bygrave in the 12th minute, defeated Miles to win the third annual Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football competition, which is held at 451 Spanish Town Road in her native Waterhouse community. Earlier, Varma Rangers defeated defending champions Darkside 9-8 on penalties to claim third place, after playing to a 0-0 scoreline in regulation time. Bygrave, showing good dribbling skills, picked up a clearance from defence, then went by one Miles defender in their half before powering a low, hard shot to beat the other Miles defender at his far left post. For their effort, Eurotrend earned the winners’ prize of $180,000, while second-place Miles earned $80,000. Varma Rangers earned $50,000, while Darkside got $30,000 for fourth place. Choppas earned $10,000 for being the Most Disciplined team and Angola Strikers were presented 15,000 for winning the dress parade at the start of the competition. Bygrave won the leading goalscorer award with four goals, while his teammate Fernando Hunt was voted the competition’s Most Valuable Player. Both players were awarded phones courtesy of Digicel. “It brings me so much joy to see these young men relating to each other on and off the field, especially when former schoolmates talk about the old days, parents and kids sharing family time as the atmosphere fosters friendship,” said Fraser-Pryce, the Olympic and World 100m champion. “The response from the players and the community has been great and I will continue to help them.” Digicel, for whom Fraser-Pryce is an ambassador, is the competition’s title sponsor, while GraceKennedy; Wisynco, through their product Wata; Tank-Weld Metals; Sagicor Bank; and the National Commercial Bank Foundation were the other sponsors.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The tallies are in and the National Corn Growers Association Corn Yield Contest is seeing a familiar face at the top of the yield monitor again this year.Georgia farmer Randy Dowdy raked in the highest corn yield with his win in the no-till/strip-till irrigated division at a whopping 521 bushels per acre.The second highest yield went to Kevin Dowdy in the irrigated division at 501 bpa.Both fields found success with the same corn variety — AgriGold A6499 STX/RIB.AgriGold General Manager John Kermicle speaking at the Historic Harvest Press Conference“This was the first time in the history of the NCGA contest that a grower had two yields over 500 bushel in the same year. And on top of that, they were both AgriGold. So a big day for our brand,” said John Kermicle, AgriGold general manager.Leaders of the seed brand came together at the AgReliant Genetics headquarters in Indianapolis on Monday to recognize the outstanding performance of both their hybrids and their customers in this year’s National Corn Growers Association contest.“We’ve been working with Randy Dowdy for the past couple of years. He’s been able to achieve these high yields and we are finding out what from that can we apply to everyday commercial corn production. We’ve learned a lot,” Kermicle said.Kermicle noted the relationship between Dowdy and AgriGold works well as the two have the same priorities in mind.AgriGold Agronomy Manager Mike Kavanaugh presenting the ear of corn award to Dowdy“Really it’s around having the right genetics to begin with, the agronomic knowledge that goes with that, and then working with the growers. The grower knows more about their farm than we do, so we have to rely on them. So it’s when those three things come together that we can have success,” he said.With the current state of the seed industry, Kermicle said it’s good to have a company in AgriGold that has stayed strong and steady in recent years.“The seed industry is going through a lot of transitions, mergers, acquisitions. With AgriGold, we’re celebrating our 80th anniversary this year. We started in 1936 and so we’ve been there, we continue to be there and we continue to grow — very stable and consistent,” he said.That being said, the company is seeing it’s fair share of changes down the road, especially in the area of soybeans.“The one thing that’s kind of interesting, our motto has always been ‘We know corn.’ And we introduced AgriGold soybeans this year so we’re kind of dipping our toe in that — just a limited offering — and we’ll be expanding our soybean offering considerably next year,” Kermicle said.Georgia farmer Randy DowdyThe National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 52nd year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. Participation in the contest remained strong in 2016, with 7,972 entries received.“The contest provides farmers more than just an opportunity for friendly competition; it generates data that impacts future production practices across the industry,” said Brent Hostetler, chair of NCGA’s Stewardship Action Team. “The techniques first developed by contest winners grow into far-reaching advances, helping farmers across the country excel in a variety of situations. Our contest emphasizes innovation both from growers and technology providers, thus enabling us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber.”The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 375 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 175.3 bushels per acre in 2016.Randy Dowdy was on hand at the Historic Harvest Press Conference to accept an ear of corn award from AgriGold celebrating the A6499 variety that found success in the past year.“This just shows what their genetics are capable of,” Dowdy said. “They gave us a good tool to work with and then we tried to put it in an environment where we could succeed.”Year after year of success has given Dowdy unprecedented clout in the grain industry. He uses his time away from the farm to speak to farmers, sharing the ideas he’s put into practice. He noted a few such pieces of wisdom on Monday.“Don’t just plant a seed and watch it grow, you need to be a student of that crop,” he said. “You need to be out there making sure that you’re spraying herbicides at the right time. If not, is there a right time and a wrong time to spray? Absolutely. Are you meeting the nutrient demands of that crop throughout the year? How do we know that? Are we applying fertilizer and hoping that everything’s OK? Or do we know it is by checking balance system of pulling tissue test?Dowdy said uniformity and other so-called little things are all too important to be overlooked.“Great yields start with a great stand. Great stands start at the same time — within 10 GDU’s of one another.“It’s not as simple as planting 35,000 and making sure 35,000 came up. We have to make sure they all came up at the same time. That’s the key, that’s the goal. And how do we do that? We need to make sure every seed is placed at the same depth.“And then from that point on, then you start worrying about the other things that are in your control like fertility, fertilizer placement — things like that,” Dowdy said.Dowdy mentioned during his time taking questions from the in-person crowd and an internet audience that he was disappointed his yield monitor only read up to 400 bushels per acre. He says much higher numbers than 500 are possible down the road. Even so, the critics are out there, Dowdy said.“A lot of naysayers out there saying if we make 600 bushel corn, we’ll have $1 corn instead of $3 corn. There’ll be plenty of people that have negative things to say. But I want to sell that 600 bushels. If they don’t want to sell it, that’s OK. I want to sell mine,” Dowdy said.Though Ohio didn’t come in on the national results from this year’s contest, the state contest winners from the Buckeye State included Aaron Stuckey in the non-irrigated division at 254 bushels per acre. Doug Swaim routed the no-till/strip-till non-irrigated division with a 276-bushel entry. Matthew Funderburgh was the top Ohioan in the no-till/strip-till irrigated division at 256 bushels. Byron Gearhart ranked first in the irrigated contest at 258 bushels. read more
Tags:#news#NYT#web Twitter just announced a major new feature soon to launch: the ability to create sharable lists of users around topics of interest. This will tackle several problems with one feature: the ability to discover diverse high-quality users quickly and easily and the undue power Twitter HQ has had as the only curator of lists on the site so far. Curation of dynamic topical expert sources is an act of poetry. Just like Twitter has caught on faster than RSS, Twitter Lists will probably catch on a lot faster than OPML has. If you’ve seen the new service TweepML then you’ve got the idea. This is going to be a very big deal.“For example,” Nick Kallen writes on the company blog, “you could create a list of the funniest Twitter accounts of all time, athletes, local businesses, friends, or any compilation that makes sense.”Twitter says that the lists won’t just live on the site, either; there will also be a Lists API available to outside developers. That could mean that clients like Tweetdeck, Tweetie and Seesmic will no longer have any excuse to keep your group lists locked-in. There is some question whether having Twitter control this technology, instead of an outside, standards-based body like TweepML is trying to be, is going to be a good thing. We’ll have to see how they implement the feature and the API.The possibilities here are endless, hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for this feature to go live. Speaking of TweepML, you can follow all the writers of ReadWriteWeb via this link. marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… read more
Tags:#Adrian Cockroft#Amazon#EC2#Netflix#public cloud#zCloud#zynga The more you build your own infrastructure, the thinking goes, the more you’re tied to the possibilities that infrastructure affords. Sometimes that may be good, as it seemed to Zynga when it was on the ascendancy. But even then, spending money on expensive data centers is money that can’t then be spent on other areas of the business. And it’s debateable that any one company has the money to keep up with Amazon’s pace of innovation, as Cockroft has argued, and as the company encapsulates in a presentation on business and development flexibility:Netflix incloudsmarch8 2011forwiki from Kevin McEnteeThe Bottom LineAll this aside, it’s not clear that Netflix is right, and that Zynga is wrong to build its data center. What is clear is that Zynga doesn’t seem to be getting the business flexibilty from owning its infrastructure that it needs. Perhaps the new sign of startup success will be operational excellence on someone else’s infrastructure, à la Netflix, rather than the need to go buy infrastructure in bulk. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Matt Asay How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud In Silicon Valley, the true sign of success has been to build one’s own data center. As the theory goes, once you hit a certain size, owning your infrastructure becomes essential to achieving the design and deployment flexibility for outpacing rivals. Importantly, very few companies get to play in this Data Center Club and, hence, few companies get to define the future of the Internet.But what if owning a data center is a liability, not an asset?Zynga’s zCloud ExperimentThis seems to be one lesson from Zynga’s recent battering. Yes, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus was referring to head count, not server count, in a recent all-hands employee meeting when he said, “We want to get back to being a nimble company that moves quickly to innovate, iterate, and find the player heat.” But he might as well have been talking about the company’s big investment in its own infrastructure.As InformationWeek‘s Charles Babcock reported in 2011, Zynga has long had a strategy of moving successful games from the cloud – Amazon’s EC2, part of the Amazon Web Services cloud platform – to its own data center. But in mid-2012, Zynga seriously accelerated this, pushing 80% of its workloads to its own servers and off AWS to improve efficiency. Along the way, Zynga built out its own zCloud to take the load of its increasingly popular games.But “efficiency” can be read more than one way, especially with the waning of popularity in some Zynga game titles.The Inefficiency Of OwnershipAs Netflix cloud architect Adrian Cockroft notes, commenting on Zynga’s cloud strategy, there may be better ways to save money than by building a data center:If we need to save money, we optimize usage, tune code and spend less. No lock-in to big datacenter spend. I’d rather spend $100M capex on the next original series or a new country launch than a datacenter. How much did [Zynga] spend on ZCloud, and what’s the utilization level now? Opportunity lost to spend on new product. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Or as The Register‘s Jack Clark put it: Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… read more
Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneParts of Harris County’s Criminal Justice Center, which is located in downtown Houston and was severely damaged last year because of Hurricane Harvey, will reopen next month in an effort to reduce jail crowding and speed up the judicial process.Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announced Friday that parts of the Criminal Justice Center, which is located in downtown Houston and is the county’s primary criminal courthouse, will reopen next month in an effort to reduce jail crowding and speed up the judicial process.According to a news release from Emmett’s office, four floors of the courthouse, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year, will be reopened on June 4 for jail dockets. The dockets include initial appearances and pending jail cases.Emmett said the county would reopen 14 courtrooms on the 17th-20th floors of the building – 12 for felonies and two for misdemeanors. There will be no trials at the building until more repairs are completed.“County taxpayers have been spending nearly $20,000 a day to send hundreds of jail inmates to other locations because damage from Hurricane Harvey left us unable to operate our courts as usual,” said Emmett. “By reopening these courtrooms early, we are able to save money and, just as importantly, ensure that our courts can do their jobs more quickly and efficiently.”Repairs on the courthouse could cost at least $70 million and likely will not be finished until next year, according to the news release.The reopening of the 14 courtrooms is expected to reduce congestion at the neighboring Civil Justice Center by an estimated 50 percent and boost the processing of in-custody criminal defendants by 20 percent. Share read more