first_imgThis guy is one of the best centers in the game — when healthy. Can he return to form in time for the playoffs?Check out the links to all our previous ‘Game Face’ profiles below.DeMarcus CousinsContract: 1-year / $5.2 millionOutlook: Cousins was one of the league’s premier big men last year, averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Cousins’ performance, combined with his partnership with Anthony Davis in New Orleans, all but secured his first career appearance in the …last_img

first_img‘Newtown was rough round the edges, but I felt right at home’When I first moved into Newtown, Johannesburg, people either said I was brave or mad, writes the Guardian’s Africa correspondent, David Smith.The majority of middle-class expats congregate in the city’s northern suburbs, living between an English-style house and garden, European-style cafe and American-style shopping mall. Why did I have to be different?Newtown appealed to me as the city’s self-declared cultural precinct. It has a bookshop, dance space, galleries, jazz club, street market, nightclubs, restaurants, theatres and museums on everything from African culture to science to beer. It also bears the scars of history and, like a good character actor, has an “interesting face”.For the full article, visit The GuardianFifa delighted with SA progressFifa is delighted with the progress at next year’s World Cup venues after completing a six-day inspection tour.A delegation from football’s world governing body and the World Cup Organising Committee ended a tour of six South African venues on Wednesday.“Overall, we are very impressed with the achievements made,” said Ron DelMont, who heads up Fifa’s South African office.The inspectors visited the five stadiums newly-built for the World Cup.They spent time looking at the venues in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Durban, as well as the heavily-refurbished Soccer City in Johannesburg.For full article, visit BBC SportSouth Africa: Life with a contradictory characterAfter working for seven years in the UK, Tyron Whitley last year made the move back home to South Africa with some trepidation. But 18 months on, his company– the South African Car Import Agency, which helps other returnees ship their vehicles back from émigré destinations – has been a success and the 34 year old now feels pretty positive about his native land.“When we first came back, we wondered what we were doing. Crime was a concern and initially power cuts meant that we found ourselves sitting in the house with candles studying how generators worked,” he says. “But doing business here has been a breeze.”His experience illustrates the contradictory character of South Africa as a place to work. On the one hand, its legal system, banking and financial facilities and road infrastructure compare favourably with those of the developed world. On the other, the supply of electricity can be as erratic as it is in the country’s poorer African neighbours. And the incidence of crime, especially violent crime, is among the worst anywhere.A glance at this year’s tables measuring the ease of doing business and prepared by the International Finance Corporation – the business arm of the World Bank – highlights South Africa’s advantages. Of the 30 countries clustered at the bottom of a league table of 183 nations, more than two-thirds are from Africa.For the full article, visit FT.comHIV treatment reaches 4mThe number of people on treatment for HIV in developing countries rose during 2008 from 3m to 4m, according to the latest assessment from the United Nations Aids Agency.Two-fifths of people who need it now receive it, UNAids said.There was also a jump in HIV testing and in pregnant women receiving preventive therapy for their children.But in a sign of the potential rising threat of drug resistance, the report cited studies from 13 countries showing that only 62 per cent of those who began treatment continued to take their drugs after 2 years, with just 57 per cent of those from south and east Asia still doing so after 4 years. About 40 percent of those who stopped taking treatment had died, primarily because they started taking the therapy too late, but 56 percent of the cases had stopped taking the drugs.Michel Sidibe, head of UNAids, said he welcomed the progress, while cautioning that annual new infections of 2.7m continued to exceed the rising numbers on treatment, and increasing costs combined with the effects of the financial crisis risked stalling further advances.For the full article, visit FT.comSouth Africa’s president still on a rollWhen Jacob Zuma came to power in May, there were doubters aplenty. Some said the populist former goat herd, with scant formal education, was not up to the job. South Africa, they thought, would lurch to the left. He would undermine judicial independence and curb press freedom. Graft and patronage, already rampant, would spread. Under President Zuma, South Africa’s democracy would erode. Africa’s biggest economy would go the way of others to the north.In fact, after four months in office, Mr Zuma has been notably pragmatic. He has respected South Africa’s democratic institutions and made no apparent shift to the left. He has refused to dish out plum jobs only to loyalists. There has been no witch hunt of those who opposed his elevation. Indeed, he has given senior cabinet posts to several friends of Thabo Mbeki, Mr Zuma’s predecessor and bitter rival. The press, which had often been wary of Mr Zuma, seems enamoured by the way he has encouraged debate.This week Mr Zuma passed a litmus test, in the doubters’ eyes, when John Hlophe, a much-criticised head of the Western Cape’s judiciary, was rejected as a candidate for the Constitutional Court. Many had feared that, as a well-known Zuma ally, he would not only win a seat on the court but might even end up as the country’s chief justice. But his name has been left off the shortlist of seven candidates, all respected judges, drawn up by the Judicial Services Commission. Mr Zuma will now pick four of them to fill seats that fall vacant next month when four of the court’s 11 justices retire.For the full article, visit The Economistlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There were some good reasons to grow wheat again this year. Many farmers I spoke with said 2016 was there best crop ever. Cool conditions and adequate moisture early May and a dry late May and June helped. What else goes into making the farm more profit?Crop rotation — wheat adds a third crop to our rotation. Generally we get a 10% yield bump to the next crop in the rotation. And with a three-crop rotation we reduce disease and insect pressure for all crops.Wheat can be a good cover crop. We can plant it after soybean harvest, unlike other cover crops. It can even be planted after corn, but be aware that Fusarium head blight will likely be worse if you are planning on grain harvest. Wheat, like oats and cereal rye will help hold onto nitrates. If we want we can graze wheat, or if we get a good stand and have good prospects we can keep it to harvest as grain — this may be our perfect cover crop.BMPs for wheat productionPlanting date — fly free date in Ohio is also our agronomic trigger for the best planting dates. From recent experience we probably want to plant within the week to 10 days after the date. Long-term data says we should get about the same yield if we plant in the 14-day window following Fly free. Fly free dates in Ohio range from Sept. 22 in northern Oho to Oct. 5 at Southpoint.Application of phosphorus — we can reduce the chance of nutrient movement by applying the fertilizer in the spring into the growing crop. If for example we need 90 pounds of P2O5, we also get 20 to 35 pounds of N along with that (assuming MAP 11-52-0 or DAP 18-46-0). This puts on the N when we need it in the spring and gives us a growing crop to apply phosphorus to.Variety selection – get good genetics with excellent disease resistance. Pierce Paul, our OSU Wheat and Corn Pathologist, says that to reduce the threat of Fusarium head blight and to get good yields, choose a variety with high resistance to head blight and plan to apply a fungicide if conditions require.Row width — we have possibilities. Using a drill we can plant at six to 10 inches. And many of us have our split row soybean planters on 15-inch rows. It gets a cover out there and doesn’t take too large of a yield hit.Some Ohio wheat producers are interested in growing soft red winter wheat in 15-inch rows to utilize a more precise planting implement to reduce equipment inventory, reduce wheat seed costs, sow a cover crop, establish a forage crop, or to modify relay intercrop soybeans into wheat.Regarding relay intercropping, long term data from Steve Prochaska and Jason Hartschuh at OSU’s Crawford County farm show an average yield of 75-bushel per acre wheat and 31-bushel per acre soybeans in their relay intercropping work — not bad for two crops in one year.A field day to learn more about relay intercropping wheat and soybeans will be held Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. on the Unger Farm in Crawford County: read more

first_imgA group of architecture students from Prairie View A&M University has won top honors in this year’s Department of Energy Race to Zero student competition with an affordable home designed for a Houston, Texas, neighborhood.The team of eight students, led by adjunct assistant professor Shelly Pottorf, are from the A&M School of Architecture and were among 31 collegiate groups representing 23 institutions from around the country. Results were announced earlier this month at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. In its report on the project, the group said it designed the three-bedroom, 1,567-square-foot home to fit in an urban neighborhood called Independence Heights, an area with narrow lots and a 40% vacancy rate. Their idea was to develop clusters of single-family homes into “pocket communities” with shared open space.The lot the group selected for development is a 15-minute drive from downtown Houston, but only a 1-minute walk to a public bus stop, and within biking distance to a light rail stop. It’s also next to a community garden.“Community residents expressed a desire for the concept to be inspired by the modest efficiencies of a ‘shotgun’ vernacular home,” the project report says. “A home style native to the area, the ‘shotgun’ was designed to allow for natural ventilation and fit the long narrow lots. Design features include a gable roof, rectilinear floor plan with side circulation, front deck, and wood cladding.“Adding the second level to the ‘shotgun’ home increases the livable area for contemporary families,” the report continues. “This provides a home design for families who have moved away an opportunity to return to the neighborhood without giving up living space they may have found in other suburban areas, further outside of downtown Houston, jobs, and schools.”Because the neighborhood is in Houston’s 100-year flood plain, and has experienced severe flooding in the past few years, the house sits 4 feet above the ground on concrete piers. The climate is hot and humid. Affordability was importantDesigners had high goals: meet PHIUS+2015 requirements and make the house net-zero ready. But costs counted, too.“Independence Heights is home to an aging population; the younger generation has moved out due to lack of new housing, dilapidated homes, and high vacancy rate; 41.6% of the population in Independence Heights lives below the poverty line, as opposed to the 23.8% in Houston,” the student report says.The house was designed with a $160,713 purchase price in mind. That would keep the percentage of household income spent on housing — including principal, interest, property tax, and insurance — at 37% of the Texas average mean income, or $1,572 per month. Getting to net zeroTo reach net-zero energy and PHIUS+2015 performance in Houston, designers included radiant barriers in both the roof and wall assemblies. A standing-seam metal roof is installed over a 3/4-inch ventilation cavity. In the walls, foil-faced insulation faces a 3/4-inch cavity. A rainscreen assembly further reduces heat gain.The project has a HERS Index score of 36 without photovoltaic panels, with estimated electricity consumption of 6,872 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. With a 6.3 kW PV array, the HERS Index drops to -9. Energy costs were modeled at $756 per year.Here are some other building features used in energy modeling:Insulation: In the roof, there’s R-38 of cavity insulation plus R-9 of continuous insulation on top of the roof deck. Wall insulation consists of R-21 in cavity insulation plus another R-9 over the sheathing. The floor is insulated to the same level as the exterior walls.Ventilation: Ultimate Air energy-recovery ventilator.Windows: Double-pane Passivhaus-certified windows with a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.2 and a whole-window U-factor of 0.15.Domestic hot water: 80-gallon heat-pump water heater.Airtightness: 0.6 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals.Space conditioning: SEER 23 minisplit air-source heat pump.Team members included Sean Benson, Alexis Borman, Chris Brown, Desirae Price, Graciela Tendilla, Taylor Hudson, Devonta Magee, and Yasmine Parker. All are candidates for a bachelor of science degree in architecture this year or next.last_img read more

first_imgThe Railways is working on three more dedicated freight corridors at an estimated cost of about ₹2.6 lakh crore over the next 10 years which will help the national transporter to free up the current tracks to run enough passenger trains so that no traveller gets wait-listed.Train travellers could expect to be free of waiting list within the four years on the two busiest routes of Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes, where dedicated freight corridors (DFC) construction is under works and is expected to be completed by 2021, said Railway Board Chairman V.K. Yadav.“This is our vision. When the DFC is completed…. the existing Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah route will be completely free of freight. Then we will be able to run passenger trains on demand. The work to upgrade [train speed] on the route to 160 kmph has already been sanctioned and will be done in the next four years,” he said.“In the next four years, we will run freight and passenger trains on demand and this means we will meet traffic requirements. On these routes, in the next four years there will be no waiting.”He also said work on the North-South (Delhi-Chennai), East-West (Mumbai-Howrah) and East Coast (Kharagpur-Vijayawada) DFC was under way and the final location survey would be completed in the next one year.The three DFCs would be around 6,000-km long and would be commissioned in the next 10 years. As per the preliminary report, the cost of the three projects is estimated to be ₹2.6 lakh crore.“When this is done we will have a lot of capacity and we will be able to run a lot of trains. So, by the time we have enough capacity we should be able to introduce private operators and corporatise production units, so that technologically advanced coaches fit to run trains at 160 kmph are available in the country and we are able to export them as well,” Mr. Yadav said.He said now a detailed project report would be created, post which the three DFC projects would be put up for Cabinet approval.last_img read more

first_imgMy parents fight over everything. I’m in 8th standard and feel like running away at times. Is there something I can do to sort it out?Neha, HaryanaWhy don’t you express your mind to your parents? May be you can write a letter or mail them. I can understand how difficult it is. But, you have to stay put till you grow up and move out. Tell them exactly the pain, the agony and explain clearly. Sometimes we are blind and have to be told directly. Wish you good luck dear! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’My uncle (my father’s brother-in-law) has a habit of touching me at every opportunity. He tries to be over friendly and cracks sleazy jokes! This truly irritates me! How can I stop him?Devika, New DelhiTell him – STOP! If politeness doesn’t work, be rude and be firm. Whenever possible, avoid him completely. Just vanish when he’s around. Otherwise, just warn him that you will tell your family about his acts. This should be sufficient for him to understand and behave sanely. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy husband gets violent during sex. We are married for 5 months and he has hit me a number of times, he bites and I have bruises all over. He says he finds pleasure that way. Is this normal?Name withheld, New DelhiHe believes in masochism — deriving sexual gratification from being physically or emotionally abusive. Your husband is a sadist too! Well, many couples do enjoy this kind of a sexual fantasy. But, it seems you are not comfortable at all. I suggest, you be firm and tell your husband that you don’t like it. Hope he understands you soon and making love becomes enjoyable for you. My son is 19 years old. I have got to know from his friend that he’s involved in a relation with a 36-year-old divorced woman. We are shattered! Please advise!Mrs. Mehta, NoidaPlease have a friendly chat with him. Not as a mother but as a friend. Understand his reasons for being involved with someone who is that many years older and a divorcee as well. The relationship that the two share could be pure friendship and may be you are reading too deep into it. Most of the times what we hear is half or no truth. Don’t worry too much yet, be there with him. He surely needs a good companion and sometimes sheer loneliness make us walk lanes that we otherwise would have avoided.My wife is too religious. Almost 15 days a month she sleeps separately and gives the excuse of her ‘guru’ for not having sex with me! We are married for two years and this is affecting my sex life badly. What to do?Animesh, ManaliThis is really sad! Just tell your wife that her guru and she are forcing you to look for fun outside marriage! She needs to understand you and maybe she is not realising what she is losing by being unreasonably ‘religious’! No woman would want her husband to look for physical pleasure outside, hence I hope she will change her life to accommodate your happiness as well.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgFor any theatre actor, a solo act is the ultimate test that pushes his creative and acting skills to a limit where he transforms into a seasoned performer. And, when a solo act involves the protagonist donning 10 different hats, it is bound to offer an inescapable and exciting challenge.This is what Mumbai-based theatre actor Deepal Doshi would be doing in the capital this weekend when he would perform A Tale of Two Treaties, produced by Behroopiya Entertainers, at Alliance Francaise in south Delhi. This 75-minute act uses the 16th century Commedia Dell’Arte Italian theatre form that involves improvised performances, but unlike the original, which involves an ensemble, the 33-year-old chose to infuse fresh elements by making it a solo performance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“I wanted to teach this form of theatre in India, but I didn’t want to do it in a mundane manner. I decided to do something that was challenging and experimental. So I came up with the idea of doing the entire act solo,” Doshi, who is in the capital, told.Doshi obtained a diploma in Grotowsky-based physical theatre from Vardinge in Sweden and a Master of Fine Arts from the Dell’Arte International School Of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. He then collaborated with  a Swedish director and conceptualised this play, without any script in hand. The play is now directed by his wife Kathryn Doshi and has travelled to Sweden and the US, as also to Bali. It was first performed in Mumbai in 2010. Doshi pointed out that “the script evolved on its own and so does my performance, which I improvise on after every performance”. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixInterestingly, the basic plot of the play is simple: It’s is a love story where a girl and boy fall in love, their families oppose this and after a lot of melodrama, they unite. “It is a happily-ever-after story,” said Doshi, adding the storyline is influenced by the basic Commedia formant which focus more on how the story shapes up and not on what the story is all about. For Doshi, performing this act has been an enriching experience as he uses the physical art of transformation through masks.“The ability of an actor to transcend into so many actors is the biggest challenge. But that is what drives an artist – challenge,” said Doshi. “I believe failing is the breeding ground for creativity,” he added.Explaining how situations can become tricky, yet pose a challenge when he has to fit into the shoes of several characters, Doshi said, “In the last scene of the play, 4 people are having an argument, so I have to completely absorb myself into each of them and enact their personalities through the body language.”The play will be staged on April 18 and 19.last_img read more

first_imgJune 30, 2017 While GIFs help us say what words cannot, few agree on how GIF is actually pronounced. And there might be good reason for this, according to new data.Two acceptable pronunciations exist: one with a soft “g” that sounds like a “j,” and one with a hard “g,” as in “gift” or “give.” If you need proof, the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster permit both. (That’s all despite the fact that the inventor of the GIF himself, Steve Wilhite, who created those animated image files at CompuServ in the ‘80s, has said that the hard-“g” camp is “wrong.”)Related: Revealed: The Man Behind the Most Viral GIF in PoliticsBut some people don’t know or don’t care what Wilhite or the dictionaries say — they care what the masses say. Recently, Stack Overflow, a forum for computer programmers, conducted its seventh annual Developer Survey. The company polled more than 64,000 developers in nearly 200 countries, posing a variety of benign questions such as education level and career satisfaction before dropping the big ask: “How do you pronounce ‘GIF’?”Sixty-five percent of respondents globally went with the hard “g,” while 26 percent reported they say it with a soft “g.”As the Economist points out, the hard “g” is more prevalent in languages around the word. Spanish and Finnish don’t have any native words with the soft “g,” while most dialects of Arabic are hard “g”-free. The Stack Overflow survey results reflect that discrepancy: People in countries where the hard “g” is more common make up 45 percent of the world’s population, but a disproportionate 79 percent of survey respondents were from those countries. Even when answers were weighted based on population, however, the hard “g” prevailed 44 percent to 32 percent globally.Related: The Origin of the Internet’s Most Famous Dumpster FireIf you’re wondering why those percentages don’t add up to 100, one reason is because some people enunciate all three letters, like an acronym. Half of respondents from China and 70 percent from South Korea say GIF in this way.Or, if all of this ambiguity makes you too anxious, you can always call a GIF by its full name: “Graphics Interchange Format.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min readcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more