Scorpions, Pride in crucial clash

first_imgTitle-chasers Jamaica Scorpions and Barbados Pride will square-off in a crucial encounter in the penultimate set of matches of the group phase of the WICB/NAGICO Insurance Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago today.Second and third, respectively, in Group A with 10 and nine points each, the two will enter the contest knowing that a win for eight team would all but secure them a place in the semi-finals.Group leaders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, who oppose cellar dwellers ICC America, are presently on 17 points and have already qualified for the semi-finals.”It’s a (virtual) must-win for both of us, so I guess they (Barbados) will be playing it like a final and we will be doing the same,” Jamaica’s captain, John Campbell, said yesterday.The return-led round-robin fixture will see both teams entering the contest with a win two, lose two record, with Jamaica ahead based on having two bonus points compared to Barbados’ one.The Scorpions, however, can claim bragging rights, having defeated Barbados by two wickets when the two met earlier this week.Led by a man-of-the-match bowling performance of three for 18 from left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, Jamaica bowled out the Pride for a mere 138 before replying with 139 for eight.The in-form Andre McCarthy, who also has a tournament century, and Antiguan Devon Thomas led the batting for the Scorpions with 49 and 33, respectively.However, with the end of the Australian Test series both teams have been strengthened with the return of West Indies players to their line-ups.Barbados has been injected with seven players – Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite, Shane Dowich, Miguel Cummins, and Jomel Warrican, while Jamaica will benefit from the return of Jerome Taylor and Jermaine Blackwood.”They have got back all their players from Australia, and have a better squad, and are also coming off a win, so they should be confident,” remarked Campbell.”But we are not too concerned,” he said. “We have seen signs of improvement throughout the tournament, and, it is just for us to put it together.”Jamaica will play the Americas and Barbados will tackle Trinidad in the final set of group matches scheduled for Sunday.The semi-finals will be played next Wednesday and Thursday, with the final carded for next Saturday, all at Queen’s Park Oval.last_img read more

Hops conference next month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The hops industry is booming in Ohio, and organizers of The Ohio State University Hops Conference and Trade Show on Feb. 24-25 have brewed up a program that will keep the learning flowing for beginner and advanced growers alike.“There was an estimated 200 acres of hops planted in Ohio on 80 farms in 2016, up from 10 acres on four farms in 2014,” said Brad Bergefurd, horticulture specialist with Ohio State University Extension and one of the conference organizers. The event is co-sponsored by the Ohio Hop Growers Guild.Ohio’s growing number of breweries require flowers of the hop plant as the main ingredient providing bitter notes as a balance to the sweetness contributed by malt sugars. An interest in locally grown ingredients has spurred growth in Ohio’s hops production.This is the first year the annual conference will be held at The Ohio State University’s South Centers, Bergefurd’s home base. The meeting, beginning at 8 a.m. Friday and ending at 4 p.m. Saturday, will be held at the South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, just south of Piketon.“By bringing the conference here, we’ll be able to offer tours of our research hop yards,” Bergefurd said.“And we’ll also be able to show participants our new galvanized hop trellis system that we are testing in partnership with a private company,” he added.“This is a first in the United States. If the prototype works, then we can save farmers from having to replace the standard wooden poles, which growers have relied upon for over 100 years, that need to be replaced every 20 to 25 years or less.”Participants will also be able to see a demonstration of the center’s new hops harvester equipment, purchased last summer from HopsHarvester in New York.“This harvesting method can help save growers labor, reduce labor costs, increase harvest efficiency and the timeliness of harvesting, which leads to a better-quality hop,” Bergefurd said.The venue is smaller than conference locations in the past, so participation will be more limited than usual this year, he added. In the past, the conference has drawn about 250 participants.Registration is $150 for both days or $100 for a single day, and includes lunch and snacks, a flash drive with the presentations, a conference booklet with vendor, speaker and other program information, and access to the trade show. An optional Friday night banquet is an additional $40 (space is limited). Information and a link to online registration is available at go.osu.edu/OSUHopsConference2017.Each day will feature several general sessions and breakout sessions split between beginner and advanced topics. Presentations include:Hop Production Economic Analysis: Can We Make Money at This?Connecting with Your Customer/BuyerBrewers Panel: How Hops Are Used in the Brewing Process and What Defines Good Hop Quality?Keeping Hops Healthy: Disease Diagnosis, Forecasting and ControlThe Importance of Thorough and Accurate Spray Coverage for the Hop YardGrowing Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health, Nutrient and Soil QualityHop Plant PropagationHop Yard Designs: Which Is Best for You?Efficient Hop Growing and Processing PracticesThe Importance of Selecting the Proper Nutrient Sources and Timely Fertility for Hop ProductionSpider Mite Control in the Hop YardWeed Control Herbicides and Drift ControlMechanical Harvesting Options for HopsFor a complete schedule, see go.osu.edu/hops2017agenda.Vendors interested in participating in the trade show can also register online. Cost is $250 for both days or $150 for one day. For more information, contact Charissa Gardner at the South Centers at gardner.1148@osu.edu or 740-289-2071, ext. 132. Online vendor registration is at go.osu.edu/OSUHopsConferenceVENDOR2017.last_img read more

Standards: California Enters ODF versus OOXML Debate

first_imgA new generation of document creation applications is again sparking a war of competing file formats.  Microsoft’s .doc Word format won the first round and has remained for some time the most popular file format and de facto standard for exchanging editable document files.  But widespread acceptance of XML is forcing that to change.Governments worldwide have expressed their desire to create and exchange documents that are based on internationally agreed open standards.  Governments want to be able to create documents that can be distributed to anyone for over long periods of time.  Many people have identified an XML-based open format as the best available current option for ensuring long-term document retention and access.The OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF) was created as an XML document file format.  ODF is a published ISO and IEC standard, approved in May 2006, and it has been heavily promoted by Sun, IBM, and Google.The ODF Alliance cites the following benefits of ODF:Access.  As an open standard, documents in the format should be available in the future by anyone and at any time.Choice.  An Open Standard for the file format allows many vendors to create office suites and applications around the same standard.  It promotes competition and choice.Innovation.  An open standard encourages vendors to compete and to foster innovation.Massachussetts has already adopted ODF as a state standard and now mandates that all state agency documents conform.  In early February, Texas and Minnesota introduced bills that would mandate the use of an open XML-based file format that is “interoperable among diverse internal and external platforms and applications; fully published and available royalty-free; implemented by multiple vendors; and controlled by an open industry organization with a well-defined inclusive process for evolution of the standard”.Today California is also beginning to consider legislation that would require state agencies to adopt an open document format for all document records. Microsoft is fighting back and has created a new file format for their just-released Office 2007 product that is positioned in direct response to ODF.  Office 2007 introduces the OOXML (Office Open XML) file format.  OOXML is a 6039 page specification that was accepted by Ecma International in December.  Microsoft has gotten some support for the format from Intel, Apple, Canon, Novell and The US Library of Congress.But Microsoft is in trouble with acceptance of OOXML as a standard.  It did receive a favorable adoption vote by Ecma last December, but then it advanced to a review stage called the contradiction phase.  A contradiction could be voiced if a country feels that the standard would disrupt another one, or redefine another one, or incorrectly use another one.  Countries have a short period after the adoption vote to voice ‘contradictions’.Twenty countries responded during this phase to raise contractions.  They include:  Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, and the UK.  Next there will be a vote of acceptance from all countries.  Of the 30 countries carrying some weight in the vote, 16 have raised contraditions.  It seems unlikely, given the number of countries that have voiced concern, that OOXML could be accepted. Microsoft already has a plugin to allow ODF compatibility from Microsoft Office.  And if the pressure continues, Microsoft may find itself in a position where it will need to support ODF “out-of-the-box”.last_img read more

Finally, a Right-Sized Furnace

first_imgFor years, builders of energy-efficient homes have been frustrated by the lack of low-load furnaces. An article I wrote in 2013 about this problem began with this question: “Why are the smallest available American furnaces rated at about 40,000 Btu/h?”A 40,000 Btu/h furnace is likely to be more than twice the size of what is needed to heat a small energy-efficient home. Many homes in this category have a design heat load of only 12,000 or 15,000 Btu/h.I once asked John Straube, a professor of building envelope science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, “With so many builders frustrated by the problem of oversized furnaces, are equipment manufacturers paying any attention?” Straube answered, “Not really. We’ve talked to Trane, Carrier, Lennox, and we’ve told them that we want a smaller, cheaper alternative. Their response is always the same: ‘No, we’re not interested. We are not seeing any demand.’”Finally, a Canadian company named Dettson Industries has come to the rescue. They have developed a modulating gas-fired furnace, the Dettson Chinook C15-M-V, rated at 15,000 Btu/h. At its low fire rate, the furnace has an output of 6,000 Btu/h.Compared to an oversized furnace, a right-sized furnace has several advantages. It will have longer operational cycles, which should improve occupant comfort compared to a furnace with short cycling problems, and it should do a better job of keeping the interior temperature at the thermostat setpoint than a furnace that short cycles.The Dettson Chinook furnace is available in several sizes ranging up to 120,000 Btu/h. Needless to say, lots of furnace manufacturers offer models in the 40,000 Btu/h to 120,000 Btu/h range, so the larger furnaces manufactured by Dettson are nothing special. This article will… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Shutdown against Bill hits life in Manipur

first_imgNormal life was thrown out of gear in Manipur on Monday as a result of protests by various groups against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which is pending in the Rajya Sabha.Six women vendors and one policewoman were injured during a clash between the two sides at a city market on Sunday. Hundreds of women vendors were staging protests against the Bill in the four markets within Imphal city. They blocked roads, affecting vehicular movement, and forced traders to close their shops.‘Excessive force’Police and paramilitary personnel tried to remove them but the women refused to budge. Soon a clash erupted between the two sides and the security personnel had to fire tear-gas canisters and mock bombs to disperse the protesters. The injured women were taken to Regional Institute of Medical Sciences for treatment. Criticising the use of “excessive force” on the protesters, Y. Dillipkumar, convener of Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill, said the women were “agitating in a democratic manner”.“The assault on the women vendors indicates that the State government is acting under the command of the Union government,” he claimed, adding that the agitation will intensify in the days to come.The women protesters returned to the main market to resume their protest on Sunday night. M. Babyratna, a woman vendor-activist, said their shutdown will continue till 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Some women vendors alleged that those who turned up on Monday morning to sell fish and vegetables were intercepted and their items were thrown away on the roads.Several civil organisations in Jiribam district bordering Assam called a 38-hour general strike from Monday morning. Shaved-head protest Several persons shaved off their heads as a mark of protest. Students who are members of six organisations protesting against the Bill marched with black flags in Imphal. Officials said there was “very thin attendance in offices”. Educational institutes, shops, commercial centres and banks were shut down.Autorickshaw drivers in Bishnupur district also took out a procession to condemn the Bill. Ibohal Sharma, president of the association of autorickshaw drivers, said some of them are prepared to immolate themselves if the Bill is passed in the Upper House. Former Minister Okram Joy said that the Bill should specifically mention that it will not apply in the North-eastern States.Officials said security measures have been tightened in all valley districts where people have been agitating. (With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Expanding horizons and engaging audiences at Montreals doc festival

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement “People have to feel they’re expanding their horizons,” Gourd-Mercado says of the spirit that guides RIDM. “Otherwise they can just watch Netflix.”RIDM was founded in 1998 by a group of documentary filmmakers, whose early gatherings had a definite entre-nous quality. The event is still well-attended by those in the business, but Gourd-Mercado, who worked for years as a film publicist before taking over the festival in 2014, is continuing a recent effort to raise the festival’s profile in the community. In the past five years, RIDM’s audience has doubled to around 63,000, she says, including those who watch its offerings outdoors, or in jail. ‘Our trademark is what we call creative documentary,” says Mara Gourd-Mercado, executive director of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). To get an idea of what she means, consider El Futuro Perfecto (The Future Perfect), a film from Mara’s native Argentina, which is among 128 entries selected for this year’s festival.The film focuses on a young Chinese immigrant named Xiaobin Zhang, whom filmmaker Nele Wohlatz met in a Spanish language class in Buenos Aires. Wohlatz, who had immigrated as an adult from Germany, befriended Zhang and talked with her about a film based on her efforts to fit into Argentinian society and resist her family’s traditional expectations. The two worked out a scenario and scenes, and Wohlatz and Pio Longo wrote dialogue in the style of the flat practice exchanges in Zhang’s language textbook. Wohlatz also shot several alternate endings for the story, based on Zhang’s suggestions. In method and feeling, there’s a lot about El Futuro Perfecto that resembles a feature film. We’re not shown footage of real-life situations, but scripted simulations, some of which feel comically stiff and unrealistic. The film is a comedy about the two-dimensional zone one enters when first learning a new language and culture. But it’s also about the complex emotions that such dislocations can provoke and all of it is tethered more or less closely to Zhang’s experience.Or consider Pierre-Yves Vendeweerd’s poetic Les tourmentes, one of seven films by this Belgian cineaste in an RIDM retrospective. Vandeweerd’s subject seems to be existential malaise in a bleak northern environment, exhibited via brooding shots of people immobilized in their houses, clinging to large rocks or shearing sheep. A female voice-over murmurs a text that is both descriptive and prophetic. There’s no story and no main characters, unless the story is the human condition as borne by a nameless community. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more