first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recently, I was riding along with a young farmer in his old pickup truck. The one he fixed up as a project in college, but didn’t have the heart or the funds to let it go. The only difference between now and when he bought it is what’s in the bed. It was mostly empty, until toys and sports gear from his kids started to pile up back there.We were traversing through a part of his county that I had not been through before. I was fixated on the dust trail behind us from a rarely traveled township road and he was looking straight ahead. That is, until he caught sight of a farmstead that would draw any farmer’s attention.Two humongous grain legs connected more bins than one could count while driving by, with a few more possibly tucked in behind the monstrous ones.“Oh, to be that farmer,” said the young farmer as he looked at me. “Could you imagine?”“I would give just about anything to have that set-up. I can just see the shiny new iron in the barn, filled with all of the latest gadgets known to mankind and, of course, a 3 ton pickup truck in the driveway.”“If land came up, I’d just buy it,” he went on. “The banker would only call me if he needed to lend more money and the seed companies would be lining up to get an extra acre or two. I’d have plenty of people working for me and I wouldn’t have a worry in the world.”I just smiled back to him and agreed that it was a nice looking farm and we went on down the road.A few days later, I found myself visiting with a farmer that had been around for awhile, in a part of the county that I was now pretty familiar with. Over the years, he built up quite an operation. Plenty of places to store grain, equipment, a new Super Duty and the very first tractor his father used when the farm was established.He brought up the fact that he was “getting up there” and looking to retire. Although he had kids of his own, they never took interest in the farm. He grappled with the idea that it might be because the farm took his interest off of them over the years as he was working hard to make it what it is today.“Oh, to be that farmer,” he said, looking down on his heated floors. “Could you imagine?”“I would have given anything to be that young fella down the road. He’s got it all figured out. His equipment may be rusted a bit, but it is paid for. He knows how to farm without all of these contraptions in the cab because his Dad taught him that way. I see him drive that old truck around and I sure do miss my old dually.”“He has as much land as he needs to make a living,” he went on. “His kids are playing on his back while my banker is all over mine. The price of seed keeps going up, the price of corn keeps going down and all of my employees have families to feed. The decision to sell out has me worrying like I never have before.”Introducing these two farmers to each other crossed my mind for a second. Then I realized, I wouldn’t be doing either one of them any favors.last_img read more

first_imgA five-year-old boy who accidentally fell into an open borewell in a village in Satara district in Western Maharashtra died in the wee hours of Tuesday despite frenetic efforts to rescue him.Mangesh Jadhav, the son of farm labourers from Virali village in Satara’s Maan tehsil, slipped into the borewell while playing on Monday afternoon.Following this, local administration officials, along with medical and fire brigade teams, police personnel and members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) immediately launched an operation to rescue the boy.However, by the time they pulled the child out at around 2 a.m. today morning, the boy had passed away.“The child was pulled out at early morning from a depth of nearly 20 feet… his face was covered with mud and soil. He probably died of suffocation,” said assistant police inspector Malojirao Deshmukh of the Mhaswad police station.Officials from the NDRF rescue team said that by the time the jawans reached the spot late Monday evening, a lot of mud had gone inside the hole as agitated people from the village too were making frantic efforts to rescue the child.A case of accidental death has been registered and further investigations are on.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMyla Pablo has once again reached the pinnacle of individual performances in the Premier Volleyball League after earning the Most Valuable Player plum of the Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Pocari Sweat’s marksman won her second MVP trophy and the 1st Best Outside Spiker after leading the Lady Warriors to a 5-2 record in the elimination round with a total of 143 points, the highest in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari’s defensive anchors Jeanette Panaga and Melissa Gohing took the league’s 1st Best Middle Blocker and Best Libero awards.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPanaga led the league with 0.65 kill blocks a set while Gohing had the best digging rate of 5.15 per set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCreamline’s Jia Morado was named as the conference’s Best Setter after averaging 13 excellent sets per period.Bali Pure’s duo of Grethcel Soltones and Risa Sato won the conference’s 2nd Best Outside Spiker and 2nd Best Middle Blocker while Philippine Air Force’s Iari Yongco was named as the Best Opposite Spiker. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Metta World Peace arrives in Manila, satisfies Filipino food craving K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgohio state's ezekiel elliott receives the ed sullivan award.Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was named the winner of the 2014 AAU James E. Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s top amateur athlete. Elliott, a rising junior tailback for the national champion Buckeyes, rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2014, including a stellar 246-yard, four-touchdown game in the national title contest against Oregon. One of six finalists for the award, Elliott accepted the award in person at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan Sunday afternoon. ICYMI the winner of the 85th Annual #AAUSullivanAward is Ezekiel Elliott @EzekielElliott #topamateurathlete http://t.co/JJhjqWtGPV— AmateurAthleticUnion (@TheRealAAU) April 19, 2015Elliott praised the other finalists, praised his Ohio State team, and said “I’d like to thank my parents for pushing me to be …— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) April 19, 2015“… the person I am. … they push me for excellence.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) April 19, 2015The award’s other finalists included Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, among others.last_img read more

first_imgSmile Train, the world’s largest cleft lip and palate charity, has announced that supermodel and actress Christie Brinkley will serve as Global Ambassador for World Smile Day on October 5th.This marks the first year the event will be taking place in New York City’s Times Square.In participation of World Smile Day, Smile Train will be stationing photo booths in Times Square where onlookers and contributors can snap photos of themselves from 11:00am – 1:00pm. The booths will have the capability to instantly print photos and upload onto social media pages. In addition, Smile Train is joining forces with students from New York City schools to attend the event. The students will wear World Smile Day t-shirts in support of Smile Train’s cause and will take part in events throughout the day that support this initiative.World Smile Day also marks the culmination of Smile Train’s “All It Takes Is A Smile” Campaign. The contest, which began on September 17th, encourages participants to upload their photos of a smile to Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr using the hashtag #SmileTrainWSD in the photo caption. Christie Brinkley will handpick a few of her favorite photos submitted on October 5th.Sponsor, Famous Famiglia will donate $10.00 for each photo uploaded onto a social media site during the campaign, with all proceeds benefiting Smile Train. The Famous Famiglia Pizzeria eatery in Times Square will also be serving free pizza from 11:00am – 1:00pm on World Smile Day and will hold one photo booth inside.“The Kolaj and DeBartolo families, along with the entire Famous Famiglia organization, are honored to have the opportunity to support such a wonderful cause, Smile Train. It is an important part of our personal and corporate culture to give back to the communities which we serve. And, we cannot think of a greater joy than putting a smile on a child’s face,” states Paul Kolaj, co-founder and CEO of Famous Famiglia.“We are honored to have Christie Brinkley join us in celebrating World Smile Day in New York City and to bring awareness to this cause,” says Priscilla Ma, Executive Director of Smile Train.” “We are also grateful to Famous Famiglia Pizzeria for their generous support of our All It Takes Is A Smile Campaign. Smile Train continues to provide life-changing, free cleft treatment programs for children born with cleft in more than 80 countries around the world – many of them the world’s poorest. Through the support of sponsors and donations, we’re giving very poor children the opportunity to live full and productive lives.”Smile Train was formed to give children around the world the ability to smile, and the opportunity for a new and productive life. Every day, Smile Train provides more than 320 surgeries for poor children around the world. These surgeries not only provide the precious gift of a smile, but also, a second chance at life. World Smile Day inspires individuals to think about how fortunate they are to have the ability to smile and how important it is to provide that opportunity to those less fortunate. Smile Train was founded in 1999, and has become the world’s largest cleft charity with over 2,300 partner surgeons operating in over 1,100 partner hospitals and has helped children in over 80 countries. Every year more than 170,000 children are born with cleft lips and palates in the developing world. Each one can be helped with corrective surgery that costs as little as $250.For additional information on the organization and how to get involved, visit www.smiletrain.org.last_img read more

TB53NYJ54NYJ 10, TB 15-9.1– DET88DET89CLE 24, DET 38-1.1– 10Tobin Rote1950 to 1951Green Bay+0.5+2.4+21.9 1Nick Foles2012 to 2013Philadelphia+12.3+4.5+40.1 The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. 2Jared Goff2016 to 2017L.A. Rams+3.3+4.7+37.9 7Falcons+27.2-8.335.45-4 10Saints+78.3+26.351.97-2 6Steelers+14.5+46.932.47-2 3Bills-21.4-4.716.75-4 8Norm Snead1961 to 1962Washington+0.5+2.5+23.1 RANKPLAYERYEARSTEAMTD/INTAY/APASSER RTG 5Seahawks+12.2+40.628.46-3 1Rams+54.5+49.35.27-2 SEA56SEA66SEA 22, ARI 16+5.4– McVay may be pleased with his team’s performance so far, but he no doubt knows that the biggest tests have yet to come. As well as the Rams have played, they’ve yet to register a “statement” win4We don’t count their Week 4 win against the overrated Dallas Cowboys as a statement. and have instead been piling up gaudy numbers against the league’s sadsacks such as the Deshaun Watson-less Texans, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants, whom they humiliated to the tune of 51-17 two weeks ago.By the average winning percentage of its remaining opponents, L.A. has the league’s second-toughest strength of schedule down the season’s final stretch, trailing only the Atlanta Falcons. And its final seven games include matchups against four teams that rank in the top 10 of FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings. While fans in Los Angeles decide whether they want to turn up for the playoffs, McVay and his team are facing a stretch of games that could define their season.FiveThirtyEight vs. The ReadersWeek 10 in our NFL predictions game — in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm — saw the readers get handed three heavy losses, the worst of which came at the hands of the Brett Hundley-led Packers, who beat the Bears 23-16. Elsewhere, the readers had their hearts broken by the Cowboys, who were taken care of by the Falcons 27-7. With that win, the Falcons overtook the Cowboys in odds of making the playoffs. The biggest win for the readers came via the “Toilet Bowl,” which saw the 49ers beat the Giants for their first win of the season. The cold-hearted calculations of Elo have yet to account for the fact that Big Blue has all but given up on the season.Make sure you get your Week 11 predictions in early — thanks for playing. 10John Elway1983 to 1984Denver+0.7+1.5+21.9 TEN63TEN65CIN 20, TEN 24-0.6– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION EXPECTED POINTS ADDED LAR71LAR78HOU 7, LAR 33+1.9– Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2Vikings+28.8+20.88.17-2 15Chiefs+62.0-56.1118.16-3 4Titans-14.6+6.721.36-3 NO52NO56NO 47, BUF 10+1.0– NYG62%NYG55%NYG 21, SF 31+6.2– 3Josh Freeman2009 to 2010Tampa Bay+3.6+3.5+36.1 8Panthers-1.8+34.636.47-3 Only Nick Foles, who caught lightning in a bottle with Chip Kelly during the coach’s first year in Philadelphia, topped Goff. This isn’t merely a function of Goff being terrible last year and decent this year, either. His 8.5 yards per passing attempt is currently the best in the NFL.While Goff and the Rams offense have drawn the bulk of the headlines, the defense has shown stellar improvement as well. Although the Rams’ D has gone quietly unnoticed,3Especially for a unit that allowed 20 points or more in 10 games last season, compared with just three occasions through nine games this season. it has jumped from 23rd in the league in opponent’s points per game last year to tied for third-best so far this season.When both units work in tandem, as they did against the Texans on Sunday, there might not be a better balanced team in the NFL — L.A. is the only team this season that ranks in the top five in both offensive and defensive expected points added. Jared Goff’s improvement has been historicThe largest increases in passer rating from a quarterback’s first to second season in the NFL 5Terry Bradshaw1970 to 1971Pittsburgh+0.3+2.0+29.3 12Packers+38.6-32.571.15-4 14Cowboys+49.2-30.679.95-4 13Jaguars+22.9+95.572.66-3 9Ken O’Brien1984 to 1985N.Y. Jets+2.3+2.3+22.2 16Patriots+92.3-64.5156.87-2 7Carson Palmer2004 to 2005Cincinnati+1.7+2.1+23.8 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 10Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 10 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game WSH50MIN52MIN 38, WSH 30-0.6– GB55CHI55GB 23, CHI 16-12.7– PIT69PIT79PIT 20, IND 17+3.3– 11Lions-20.3+33.053.25-4 ATL56DAL51DAL 7, ATL 27-9.4– INCREASES The Los Angeles Rams had a 13 percent chance of making the playoffs at the start of the season and were projected to win just six games, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions. When they improved to 7-2 with a 33-7 demolition over the Houston Texans in Week 10, the Rams exceeded our projected win totals and now own a 71 percent chance of making the postseason. You can forgive our Elo algorithm for being so low on the Rams in the preseason — they did have the NFL’s worst offense last year1According to points scored per game and did finish on a seven-game losing streak as part of a 4-12 record. This season’s truly incredible transformation has taken place under the league’s youngest-ever head coach — Sean McVay, who was hired when he was 30 years old — and thus far, L.A. ranks among the best teams in the league (the same can’t be said about their fans though).Led by sophomore quarterback Jared Goff — who is firmly in the MVP conversation — the offense is on pace to make the Rams the first team since the 1965 San Francisco 49ers to lead the league in scoring2Points per game. in a season immediately after finishing last in scoring, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The addition of wide receivers Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills and development of third-year running back Todd Gurley have helped L.A.’s offense increase their points scored per game by 18.9 — that would be the largest annual jump since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. As for Goff, the No.1 pick in the 2016 draft was truly awful in his rookie campaign, and his future in the league was questionable. The former Cal Golden Bear went winless in his seven starts and finished with more interceptions than touchdowns. But under the guidance of McVay, Goff has flourished. Indeed, merely saying that he has improved is an understatement: He’s tracking for the second biggest increase in passer rating — a measure of how good a quarterback is — from year one to year two of any QB in history to make at least 200 passing attempts in each year. 6Carson Wentz2016 to 2017Philadelphia+3.5+2.9+24.8 NE71NE77NE 41, DEN 16+0.9– RANKTEAMOFFENSEDEFENSEDIFFERENCERECORD 4Steve DeBerg1978 to 1979San Francisco+0.4+2.8+33.1 10Jack Trudeau1986 to 1987Indianapolis+0.6+2.5+21.9 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS JAX67JAX66LAC 17, JAX 20-2.4– 9Eagles+63.1+24.438.78-1 Among quarterbacks who made at least 200 pass attempts in each of their first and second seasons.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com CAR71CAR73MIA 21, CAR 45-1.4– The Rams are the most balanced team in footballThe difference in offensive and defensive expected points added for teams with positive records Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

first_imgArea Closures:All National Forest Lands (NFS) west of Resurrection Pass Trail from the Resurrection Creek Gold Panning Area to Devils Pass Trail and all NFS lands south of Devils Pass Trail west of Seward Highway and north of the Sterling Highway.Exception includes Gull Rock Trail, Resurrection Creek Gold Panning Area, and Porcupine Campground.Special Order 36 CFR 261.53 (3) remains in effect from July 6 until further information. Additional Details will be posted as they are made available. The Forest order can be found here:https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/chugach/news-events and here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/chugach/alerts-notices Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The fire danger level remains very high on the Chugach National Forest Glacier and Seward Ranger Districts. Due to concern for public health and safety related to the Swan Lake wildfire, the Chugach National Forest is ordering special closures on the Seward Ranger District of the following areas:last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Counter Sales at West Springfield Auto PartsFull-Time Driver at West Springfield Auto PartsFull-Time Security Officer at Charles River LabsFull-Time Lead Master Data Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time Corporate Recruiter at SOVOS CompliancePart-Time School Van Driver at North Reading TransportationPart-Time Babysitter For 1 Wilmington ChildPart-Time Housekeeper For Wilmington HomePart-Time Nanny For 1 Wilmington Infant(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. According to Guerin, a scientist at the Institute d’Optique Graduate School in Palaiseau (south of Paris), in order for an atom laser to be practicable for many applications, a method for creating longer wavelengths needs to be found. And, with his colleagues from Aspect’s Atom Optics Group of the Laboratoire Charles Fabry, he has. An article published in Physical Review Letters by Guerin and his coworkers Riou and Gaebler from the team led by Josse and Bouyer, is titled “Guided Quasicontinuous Atom Laser”; it demonstrates how this longer wavelength can be achieved.“By making our atom laser into a wave carrier, we can get rid of the acceleration of gravity,” says Guerin. “We can create an atom laser with a constant.” The French team’s Letter describes how such a laser works with trapped Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC):“The BEC, in a state sensitive to both trapping potentials, is submitted to a rf outcoupler yielding atoms in a state sensitive only to the optical potential, resulting in an atom laser propagating along the weak confining axis of the optical trap.”“By using quasicontinuous outcoupling,” Guerin further explains, “we can get a beam with much less interaction.” A guided quasicontinuous atom laser, such the one described, would allow for better atomic motion control during propagation. Better atomic control would pave the way for more coherent atom sources for use in atom interferometry. Additionally, this set-up for a guided atom laser has the potential to provide a variety of other useful future applications. Quantum transport is another field that could benefit from the work performed by the team led by Josse and Bouyer. The members of the team, though, are especially interested in the interferometry aspects illuminated by this new type of atom laser: “We could use this scheme not only to guide atom laser beams, but also to separate and then recombine them to get an interferometer, which can be used to measure rotations or accelerations.” Guerin also points out that such interferometer could also be realized on atom chips.Designs that can produce atom-wave interferometry can yield progress in sensor technology. One of these technologies, says Guerin, includes “Creating a gyroscope with coherent atomic beams.” The applications and information that could come from the work by the team in France are varied and many. But rather than getting too carried away with the future, Guerin sticks with the basics. “There are two main points that we have realized because of this work,” he says. “First, we have a well-defined and large wavelength. This is new.” He continues his explanation: “And, second, we can control the amounts of interaction. It is great that we can control the flux of the atom laser, by controlling the flux, we control the density inside the beam.” And it is great for the world of atomic science as well.By Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Explore further Is random lasing possible with a cold atom cloud?center_img One of the biggest differences between photons and atoms is that the latter are massive particles, making gravity is a huge factor. It can be seen as an advantage when designing new high accuracy atom interferometers based inertial sensors, but can be a major drawback when controlling atom laser beams. “Gravity makes for higher velocity,” William Guerin explains to PhysOrg.com, “and that means wavelengths become small.” Citation: Guiding an Atom Laser (2006, November 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-11-atom-laser.htmllast_img read more