‘I felt like an outcast’ – Spencer, Day explain MVP split

first_imgKaliese Spencer said she felt like an “outcast”, while Christine Day spoke of a “break-up” text message. However, as the two athletes broke their silence about their split from the Stephen Francis-led MVP Track Club, it’s clear they have little doubt about the move they have since made. Spencer and Day, who both said they felt they were not getting the desired attention, have also expressed confidence in their move, having swapped the MVP Track Club for Bert Cameron – the 1983 World champion in the 400m – and his Cameron Blazers outfit. The Olympians, who for 10 years were guided by the highly-regarded Francis, yesterday spoke to The Gleaner about the developments, while outlining the circumstances around the break-up that dominated headlines last week. “Maybe I outgrew him (Francis) and I didn’t feel I was needed any longer; let’s put it that way, I was like an outcast really,” said a relaxed-looking Spencer yesterday. “I just needed a different environment to be more relaxed, I was just not comfortable anymore, and I believe this change will work to my advantage,” she added. Spencer, who with 21 wins in the 400m hurdles on the Diamond League circuit, is the most successful track athlete in the history of the series, thanked and credited Francis for her success. “First I must say, it (decision to leave MVP) had nothing to do with Christine (Day). I was there for 10 years and was getting a little uncomfortable, so I came to the conclusion that I was moving to a different stage in my life and it was just time for a change and time to move on,” said Spencer. She also paid a lot of credit to Francis and noted she was expecting to have a meeting with the MVP management team before she left, admitting, however, that she had already decided to leave two days before Francis came on local television and stated that she was no longer a part of the club. Happy with choice Day is happy with her choice to join the Cameron Blazers and thanked Francis for his contribution to her development. “Honestly, I am not disappointed and I am looking forward to the future,” she said. “I thank Mr Francis for all the years he coached me, but I am now looking to the future,” added Day, who ran a personal best 50.14 seconds for fourth place at the recently concluded World Championships in Beijing, China, in August. Cameron, who is working alongside administrator Marvin Anderson to continue the club’s improvements, added that he is looking forward to the experience and challenge in working with the two athletes. He believes that together, they will be able to meet their objectives. Day and Spencer are expected to join their Cameron Blazers teammates, including Leford Green, Jaheel Hyde and Martin Manley. Prayed before decision “This is something I prayed about before I even made my choice,” added Spencer, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion and World Indoor Championships 400m silver medal winner. She also explained her reasons behind choosing to work with Cameron. “I just thought that he was a very kind person. He has a great personality, always encouraging us, even though we were not a part of his club. He always motivated us and that really helped in my decision. Of course, he also did the 400m, is an Olympian and World champion, so that was a great part,” admitted Spencer. “I have seen how he (Cameron) works with his athletes and the attention he gives them, and I know I will improve,” Day chipped in. Day also shared that she was actually told by Francis via text message after this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China, that he would not be able to train her anymore. The Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner informed The Gleaner that this came after a conversation she had with the coach after her win at the National Senior Championships in June, which led to a disagreement and strained relations between the two. “It wasn’t concrete and he gave it a few days to think about it and I had to prove to him that I could be the same person I was when I just stepped into UTech,” she explained. “We were supposed to have another meeting, but we didn’t; he sent a text message to say he did not change his mind,” Day recounted.last_img read more

USDA adds flexibility for cover crop management in 2020

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2018 Farm Bill mandated changes to the treatment of cover crops for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs, which add more flexibility to when cover crops must be terminated while remaining eligible for crop insurance. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) developed new guidelines and policy provisions to enact these changes, which will be available beginning with the 2020 crop year. With these changes, NRCS is now recognized as an agricultural expert resource for cover crop management systems.“USDA is working to quickly implement the 2018 Farm Bill to better serve our customers,” said Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “These new guidelines will provide more flexibility for our customers who want to plant cover crops to meet their production and conservation goals for their farms.”Producers now know up front that insurance will attach at time of planting the insured crop. Cover crop management practices are covered by Good Farming Practice provisions, and the guidelines are no longer a requirement for insurance to attach.“Now, cover crop management practices will be treated like all other farming decisions such as fertilizer application, seeding rates, and tillage practices,” Northey said.More InformationCrop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online.Cover crops have the potential to provide multiple benefits in a cropping system. To learn more about cover crop termination guidelines, selection tools and more, visit the NRCS Cover Crops and Soil Health webpage and RMA Cover Crops webpage.last_img read more

Microsoft To Offer Application Marketplace In Sharepoint 2010

first_imgalex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT Related Posts Microsoft will offer an application marketplace within Sharepoint 2010 that will integrate with third-party applications from its partner network. No date has been set for the marketplace lauch but it will evolve from “The Gallery” a feature that provides Sharepoint 2010 users access to templates.In an interview we did at Enterprise 2.0, Christian Finn said Microsoft will offer the marketplace for vendors who want to sell their products through the Sharepoint platform.“We will have a route to market for vendors who want to have applications and add-ons available,” Finn said. Conceptually, Finn said, you think about a marketplace idea. Customers will navigate from the Sharepoint interface to see what web parts are available for a trial period.Finn said that from their perspective, collaboration is mostly on-premise. Customers are starting to move to the cloud. “We are seeing early customers starting to move. When we see that bell curve adoption we will definitely be there.”But collaboration services are increasingly cloud-based. MindTouch, SocialCast, Socialtext and a host of other companies are offering best-of-breed-services.The availability of a marketplace brings up a lot of questions about the role that partners will play with Sharepoint. But it also raises interesting competitive questions about the role of Sharepoint as a cloud-based service. It almost looks like it will be more of a Software-as-a-Servce (SaaS) than the on-premise platform it is today.The Sharepoint application marketplace will evolve out of The Gallery, a resource within Sharepoint 2010 that serves as a central place for templates. Microsoft will initially offer their own web parts through Gallery. Eventually the service will take a different name and migrate to offering partner services. We asked Finn what the model will look like. Will it be pay per use? How will the application marketplace be administered? Finn said most of the details are being worked out in Redmond. The service will have IT safeguards. Finn said that IT managers will have a level of control over what applications users may integrate.What Finn describes sounds similar to application platforms now commercially available. Salesfoce.com is the obvious example. TheirForce.com platform is a full development environment. AppExchange is the platform for building third party applications on Salesforce.com CRM. Dazzle from Citrix also comes to mind. It is an iTunes like service that is all about making IT more consumer friendly. Employees may choose the applications that they want to purchase. The service is set up as a store front that can automatically stream the application on a virtual desktop to a Windows PC, a Mac or an iPhone. Details are few about the application marketplace that will be offered through Sharepoint. But it does point to the increasing significance of third-party applications for the Sharepoint platform and how the service may evolve as cloud computing becomes more prevalent. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

BirdHerd: Another Option for Teams & Groups Using Twitter – BETA INVITES

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos jolie odell Amid rumors and artifacts of Twitter’s testing accounts managed by multiple users, we’ve found a startup focusing on precisely that problem.The biggest and perhaps best known competitor in this space is CoTweet, a truly enterprise-scalable solution for Twitter accounts with multiple users. It’s well-suited to brands or news organizations in particular, but BirdHerd might provide a low-cost alternative for small- to medium-sized businesses or other groups.Here’s how it works: Users sign in via Twitter’s OAuth feature. They then choose which other Twitter users should have the ability to tweet from the chosen account.The other users they choose can then direct message the original Twitter account at any time. The DMs appear in the original account’s timeline with a slash-via attribution system that lets users know who sent the tweet.For example, I gave @Eston access to my account tonight, and he DM’d me this message, which was immediately broadcast to all my Twitter followers: The BirdHerd website states, “At some point in the future, we will offer paid ‘pro’ plans with extra features, interesting stats and quicker response times.” At the moment, all accounts are free with an invite code, and future accounts will always be available free of charge to any user. Additionally, beta testers will receive 2 months of “pro” features free.The app is a collaboration between self-described “code ninja” Colin Brumelle of Mixed Content and design studio twothirty.To access the site and use its awesome, group- and team-friendly features, use the code “rww” to login and set up your account. That code will work for the first 200 users; after that, you’ll have to put yourself on a waiting list and hold your breath until the site goes public. And do let us know what you think of the app in the comments. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#twitter#web Related Posts last_img read more

10 Free E-Books on Ruby for Beginners

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Ruby may have lost some of its shine in recent months to JavaScript and Node.js, but it’s still one of the most popular programming languages out there, and it’s still growing.There are a large number of beginner’s Ruby resources out there, and the material is diverse. Here are a few places to get started.Hackety HackThis isn’t actually an e-book, but an interactive tutorial. It runs on Windows, OSX or Linux. It’s designed for kids, but anyone can learn to program using it. We covered it here previously.It was created by _why the lucky stiff, something of a legend in the Ruby scene. _why disappeared from the Web in 2009, and Steve Klabnik has taken over the project._why’s (Poignant Guide) to Ruby Check out the official Ruby documentation page for more. Another quirky beginner’s guide is Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book by Jeremy McAnally. This one is a little more conventional than the Poignant Guide, but still contains a strong authorial voice.Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers’ GuideIf you’re tired of quirk and just want a big, meaty guide to Ruby check out Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers’ Guide from The Pragmatic Bookshelf, frequently referred to as “Pickaxe.” It’s considered by many to be the definitive guide to Ruby, and the first edition available for free. The updated second edition will cost you, however.Learn to Program Learn to Program by Chris Pine is a popular beginner’s book on programming that centers using Ruby as its starter language. If you want to learn Ruby and you’ve never programmed, or need a refresher, this is a good place to start. (If you want to learn to program, but want to use JavaScript or Python as your starter language, see here and here).How To Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning With RubyHow To Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning With Ruby by Elizabeth Wiethoff is a Ruby port of Allen B. Downey’s How To Think Like a Computer Scientist series. It’s not yet complete. Other variants can be found at Green Tea Press. The Python version of the book has been used by MIT for an introductory programming course.4 MoreThe Little Book of Ruby by Huw Collingbourne – A concise beginner’s guide to Ruby published for free by Sapphire Steel, the makers of the Ruby In Steel IDE for Visual Studio.RubyLearning.comRuby EssentialsRuby in Twenty Minutes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts center_img klint finley Tags:#hack#How To How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Also by _why, this illustrated guide to Ruby may be totally engrossing to some readers and too outlandish for others. It’s straight-forward, and easy to read but contains many cartoons and completely unrelated sidebars. I’ve never seen a programming book like it._why deleted the book when he exited the Internet, but there are many mirrors. This seems to be the best place to find it.Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Moto G5S Plus Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Lenovo’s new phone brings dual cameras into the duel

first_imgThe Moto G5S and the Moto G5S Plus — which are being billed as special edition Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus – launched in India on Tuesday offer upgrades primarily in the camera and battery departments. There are a few tweaks here and there, but overall, the Moto G5S and the Moto G5S Plus should technically entail in better photos and better battery life than the ‘not so special’ edition Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. The Moto G5S Plus is clearly the more interesting of the two, since it is the first Moto phone from Lenovo in India to ship with a dual camera system on the rear.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review: Raising the barThe Moto G5S Plus, much like the Moto G5 Plus, looks like a very capable phone, at least as far as first impressions are concerned. But it will have some tough competition to beat, primarily from Xiaomi’s best-selling Redmi Note 4. Here’s a quick low-down on all the upgrades the new Moto G5S Plus bring to the table and how it fairs against the original king in the North, the Redmi Note 4.Both the Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 4 boast of full-metal bodies. Both the phones have fingerprint scanners: while in the case of the Redmi Note 4 it is located on the back, in the case of the Moto G5S Plus it is located on the front. The Moto G5S Plus comes with on-screen navigation keys, while the Redmi Note 4 has physical capacitive keys which are also backlit.The Moto G5S Plus comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and splash-resistance coating for added protection. The Redmi Note 4 also has some kind of scratch-resistant protective coating on-board, but, no Gorilla Glass.Both the Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 4 are 5.5-inch phones. Both the phones boast of a full-HD 1080p IPS LCD display panel. Both the phones ship with an in-built reading mode that turns colours to the warmer end of the spectrum when enabled. The feature is particularly useful during night.Both the Moto G5S Plus and the Redmi Note 4 have the same processor inside, which is, a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. While the Moto G5S Plus comes with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, the Redmi Note 4 sold in India is available in three versions: 2GB RAM and 32GB memory, 3GB RAM and 32GB memory, and another with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory. Both the phones support expandable storage.The Moto G5S Plus runs an almost unmodified version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Moto enhancements like Moto Display and Moto Actions alongside the Google’s AI assistant. The addition of the Google Assistant means that users can send messages, make calls, navigate, and manage their tasks, simply by holding the home button. The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 and will be upgradable to Android Nougat in the days to come.Both the phones support dual-SIM and 4G LTE (VoLTE) connectivity. Both the phones come with a micro-USB 2.0 port for charging and data syncing purposes. The Moto G5S Plus, in addition, also supports NFC to allow for secure mobile payments.The Moto G5S Plus is the first Moto phone from Lenovo to feature a dual camera system on the rear in India. “Dual 13MP rear cameras (one colour + one monochrome) in the Moto G5S Plus, combined with special photo enhancement software, makes it easy to do more with your photos. Selective focus mode makes it easy to take professional looking portraits on your phone, adding a beautiful blurred background effect. Or, have fun trying selective black and white coloring or replace background mode which give your photos a whole new look,” the company says describing the phone’s dual camera system. The dual camera system is further aided by a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, the Moto G5S Plus comes with an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. The Redmi Note 4, meanwhile, sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase-Detection Autofocus along with a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, it come with a 5-megapixel camera.While the Redmi Note 4 is backed by a 4,100mAh battery, the Moto G5S Plus has a much smaller 3,000mAh battery inside. Lenovo’s phone, however, supports Moto’s proprietary Turbo Charging technology and ships with a fast charger in the box. Xiaomi’s phone, on the other hand, supports only 5V/2A charging.The Redmi Note 4 (also) comes with an IR-blaster that can be used (in tandem with the Mi Remote app or even some third-party solutions) to control smart home appliances.The Redmi Note 4 starts at Rs 9,999 and goes all the way up to Rs 12,999. The Moto G5S Plus, on the other hand, has been launched in India at a price of Rs 15,999.Also Read: Moto G5S Plus vs Moto G5 Plus: What difference do 6 months makeadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more