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The Warriors are not better without Kevin Durant. That said…

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — The Warriors are not better without Kevin Durant.Anyone who is pushing that narrative is, in essence, saying that the Warriors are better off with an amalgamation of minutes from Jonas Jerebko, Alfonzo McKinnie, and Shaun Livingston instead of 35-plus from perhaps the greatest scorer in NBA history.No offense to those reserves, who have played well in this series against the Blazers, but that’s a downright a laughable sentiment.Yet the Warriors are 5-0 since Durant went down …last_img

Warriors need Ky Bowman to mature quickly on the court, just like he did in real life

first_imgKy Bowman spent last Wednesday morning in Santa Cruz at training camp for the Warriors’ G League affiliate. Later that night, Stephen Curry’s broken left hand would thrust him into Golden State’s rotation.Curry will miss at least three months after surgery on his left hand. That, along with a growing list of injuries, from Klay Thompson (ACL) and Draymond Green (sprained index finger), to Kevon Looney (neuropathy) and Jacob Evans (adductor strain), has forced the Warriors organization to …last_img

2010 and the power of perception

first_img31 July 2008Faced with growing xenophobia, its highest unemployment rate since World War II, a domestic football league beset by match-fixing and a national team that had just crashed out of the Euro 2004 championship, Germany had hit a low point in the third quarter of 2004.Two years and one World Cup later, and the country once divided by the infamous Berlin Wall was a nation transformed.Dr Nikolaus Eberl, author of BrandOvation: How Germany won the World Cup of Nation Branding, Eberl believes South Africa is where Germany was 22 months before they hosted the 2006 Fifa World Cup.Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday said that Germany “was in a collective depression” in the third quarter of 2004.Realising that it was seen by the world as a militaristic nation of scientists and engineers, Germany embarked on a campaign to make its people, in the services industry in particular, as friendly as possible – going as far as producing a “friendliness manual” that gave Germans cultural tips and taught them how to greet foreigners in their own language.“The 2006 World Cup changed the state of the German nation so dramatically that, by now, Germany is the second most valuable nation brand on the Nation Brand Index, consumer confidence is at a 27-year high, unemployment dropped by 29% in one year, foreign tourism is up 31% and, for the first time in 38 years, the government balanced the budget and declared a profit.“The 2006 Fifa World Cup transformed the faces of 82-million people within 31 days,” Eberl said – and the media played a major role to play in changing perceptions of the country, both internationally and among Germans themselves.African and South African communicators and the media, as well as the people of South Africa prior to and during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, would be responsible for changing international perceptions of the country and the continent.South Africa, Eberl said, needed to tap into its culture of Ubuntu in order to win the hearts of international visitors in 2010. South Africa, and Africa, also needed to make its heroes known to the world.Irvin Khoza, chairperson of South Africa’s 2010 organising committee, told the conference that “perception is reality, and it must be the central purpose of any communication strategy to manage popular perception, and it must be done in a bold and innovative manner.”Moeketsi Mosola, chief executive of South African Tourism and acting CEO of the International Marketing Council, told the conference that what happened in and around Soccer City in Johannesburg, or the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, in June and July of 2010 would influence global perceptions about Botswana, Uganda, Cameroon and Tunisia.“Hosting such an event means every aspect of South African and African society will come under the microscope of the international media,” Mosola said, and the country and the continent had to “make the most of opportunities which we probably won’t have again for a very long time.“We must use the opportunity to build African solidarity and encourage growth in a global economy. We must do this so that we can speak for ourselves, and not be spoken for,” Mosola said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Watch fields for early season issues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.As we begin another growing season in Ohio, growers have already begunMatt Hutchesonto deal with the challenges of 2018. Although it is early in the growing season, Ohio’s farmers have already dealt with several issues in their corn fields.Patterns of wet weather and large rainfall events have caused planting delays, slow emergence, and saturated soils in many areas. Due to large rain events this spring, many fields were flooded. While corn can survive flooding/ponding for a period of time, several factors determine the length of time plants can survive. Young corn plants can usually survive two to four days in flooded conditions. Death of corn plants is more likely prior to the V6 stage of development because the growing point is still below the soil surface. Although ponding/flooding has the potential to impact stands, crops can survive under the right conditions.Usually every year agronomists and/or growers observe purple corn plants during the early stages of growth in some area of the state, and this year was no different. Corn plants can turn purple for several reasons related to environmental factors such as: sunny days and cool nights (temps in the 40s to 50s F), soil pH lower than 5.5, cool temperatures, wet soil, stress that limits the uptake of phosphorus, herbicide injury, and soil compaction. Purpling in corn due to cooler weather most often occurs when plants are in the V2 to V5 growth stages. Because of diverse genetics, hybrids react differently to early stress and some will exhibit purpling while others will not. Anyone who has walked a test plot to observe early plant vigor or has split their planter between two hybrids has probably seen a side-by-side comparison where one hybrid turned purple while the other did not. If the purpling is caused by a temporary stress (sunny days and cool nights, cool temperatures, wet soil, etc.) it will disappear when soils dry out and temperatures increase allowing for normal corn development. Temporary stresses generally do not affect yield. However, if the purpling is symptom caused by a problem that doesn’t go away with a change in the weather (soil compaction, herbicide injury, etc.) yield could be negatively affected.While scouting corn fields this spring, another phenomenon growers may have noticed is corn plants with new growth that was yellow and leaves that were wrinkled randomly spread throughout their field. This is referred to as “Rapid Growth Syndrome.” In some areas of our sales footprint weather conditions were such that our agronomists and sales staff observed plants affected by Rapid Growth Syndrome. Corn plants are usually affected by this issue is in the V5 to V6 stages of growth. This phenomenon is usually associated with an abrupt change in weather. Twisted whorls can appear when corn plants shift from a period of slow growth (in cool, cloudy weather) to more rapid growth (warm, sunny weather).Symptoms of Rapid Growth Syndrome include bent-over plants and tightly wrapped whorls that keep younger leaves from emerging. Once younger leaves emerge, they are often yellow but turn green after a few days. Does Rapid Growth Syndrome diminish corn yields? According to Bob Nielsen in his article “Wrapped and Twisted Whorls in Corn,” “Yield effects from periods of twisted growth caused by weather-related causes are minimal, if any.” Growers who observed twisted whorls and notched or wrinkled leaves in their corn fields this spring should keep in mind that plants will recover from these symptoms and yields will not be significantly affected.Symptoms of nutrient deficiencies have also been observed in Ohio’s corn fields this spring. In certain areas of the state striping of leaves, also known as interveinal chlorosis, has been observed. This discoloration of corn leaves can be due to environmental and field conditions or a result of a nutrient deficiency such as zinc or sulfur. While these symptoms may disappear when weather warms up and plant growth continues, it is a good reminder to scout fields for potential nutrient deficiencies. Scouting and having plant tissue samples analyzed will allow growers to identify deficient nutrients and aid in making sound management decisions.As the growing season continues, it will be important for Ohio’s farmers to continue to scout corn fields, monitoring plant development and identifying problems. Taking time to walk through fields and scout is a critical part of managing a crop in order to achieve high yields.last_img read more

Retirement Planning for Military Spouses

first_imgBy Carol ChurchThe military’s new blended retirement system will be in full effect as of January 2018, and the changes will mean that many more service members will leave service with substantial retirement savings. Though not everyone is pleased with everything about the new system, overall, this is good news for the military population, more of whom will now have a nest egg in their later years.But let’s not forget: that money belongs to the member who serves. Of course, as long as the couple remains married, and the service member is still alive, all should be fine there. But in the event of divorce or the member’s death, things look quite different.Divorce pixabay [divorce-619195_1920 by stevepb, January 31, 2015, CCO Public Domain]Most military spouses are female, and past studies have found that military wives earn less and spend less time in the workforce than civilian women, meaning they may have very little in the way of retirement savings of their own. It’s important to know that after a divorce, ex-spouses are not automatically entitled to the service member’s retirement pay. However, exes may be awarded a portion of the pay (up to 50%) by a court in the divorce order.DeathAfter the death of a service member, retirement pay stops. If the family has elected to pay into the Survivor Benefit Plan, which is similar to life insurance, families can receive up to 55% of the service member’s retirement pay monthly for life, in exchange for a monthly premium. However, remember, this is only 55% of that pay! Benefits will reduce significantly.Planning AheadNo one wants to plan ahead for these eventualities, but since they do happen, it’s very important for spouses of service members to set aside funds of their own. If nothing else, they will be an excellent source of supplemental income in the years to come, and will make both members of a couple feel secure and cared for. And in some cases, spouses who find themselves on their own will need this money. So, what are some options for military spouses wanting to save for retirement?Traditional or Roth IRA—It’s a great idea for both spouses to fund an IRA, but if the spouse does not have any other retirement funds in his or her names, this becomes a priority. Families should try to fully fund a low-cost IRA every year when possible. IRAs are great because they are so easily automated and are extremely portable. However, you can’t contribute that much per year ($5500, or $6500 if over 50).Prioritize jobs with retirement accounts—This may be difficult or impossible for spouses who must work part-time or in other less regular jobs, but employer-matching funds are a key benefit whenever they can be found!Spouses should try to contribute the max amount when possible, especially if “catching up” after years of not owning a plan. This can be done even if the military spouse is contributing to the maximum to TSP.Consider a self-employment retirement account. If the nonmilitary spouse has self-employment income, he or she has a couple of options:Simplified Employee Pension (SEP), to which he or she can contribute as much as 25% of net earnings (up to $54,000). These are the easiest to set up.A solo 401K, to which he or she can contribute as much as 100% of earnings (up to $18,000, or $24,000 if age 50 and over). This may be best if the spouse is not earning much.The advantage of these plans is that they lower your taxable business income while also creating a retirement nest egg.A SIMPLE IRA. Though perhaps more typically used for small businesses, these plans are easy to set up and workers can contribute 100% of self-employment income up to $12,500. Every military couple should take the time to put aside retirement savings for both members. Fortunately, there are multiple options that make this fairly easy. This wise financial choice ensures financial security for the future, come what may.last_img read more

The Girl Next Door

first_imgAdvertisement Where I’m at with my style right nowEven though I love fashion and I love watching people who are effortlessly fashionable, and I would love to be one of them, I just find it daunting. I always end up reverting to jeans and a T-shirt while I envy people from the sidelines. I resort to what’s comfortable.How I learned to stop worrying and love getting dressedSince I started playing Alexis (who is quite the opposite of me), I have had my eyes opened to different designers and possibilities and ways of carrying myself. My co-star, Dan Levy, makes fun of me all the time. He’ll say, “How do you not know Derek Lam? How do you not know Isabel Marant?” Fashion is still pretty bizarre to me in a lot of ways. But one thing I have taken from my character on the show is taking more pride in how I look going out of the house.My secret source of style inspirationI am a bit of a lurker. It’s really creepy. Especially if I’m in New York or any glamorous city, I find myself compiling my own inconspicuous street style blog that only exists in my phone. I take pictures of people who are beautiful, stylish or looking exceptionally confident. I keep a little collection of ideas and inspiration for myself. Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Ohio State baseball wins 5th straight game takes down Xavier 103

The Ohio State baseball team celebrates its victory against Xavier March 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 10-3.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerWith Big Ten play looming, the Ohio State baseball team appears to be starting to play their best ball of the season.Playing under a gray sky for most of the evening, the Buckeyes (13-6, 0-0) came out shining and rolled to their fifth-straight victory, defeating Xavier, 10-3, Wednesday.The game featured two freshman starting pitchers on the bump with the Musketeers’ (11-7, 0-0) Trent Astle going against the Buckeyes’ Tanner Tully.Tully, starting his first collegiate game, began with a commanding five-pitch first inning. Astle wasn’t so lucky.Sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn was batting first for the Buckeyes and, on the second pitch he saw, smacked a homerun over the left field wall. The shot was Kuhn’s fourth of the year, good enough to lead the team.“I’m seeing the ball real well,” Kuhn said. “I keep getting good pitches to hit … taking advantage of other teams mistakes.”With runners on second and third and still no outs, freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson had an RBI groundout and sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI single to give the Buckeyes a quick 3-0 lead.Astle found himself in another jam to begin the second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hit a sac fly to deep center that plated two. Junior outfielder Pat Porter followed with a sac fly of his own to score another and give Tully a six-run lead to work with.The freshman responded, going five innings with five hits on no runs scored. When Tully had Musketeers in scoring position, he turned up the heat to keep them at bay.“It was good just to go in there and throw strikes and keep the defense in it,” Tully said. “I throw a little bit harder, hit my spots a little bit more (with runners in scoring position) and make sure they don’t score.”Coach Greg Beals was impressed enough with Tully’s first start to say he would probably be the Sunday starter this weekend.“There was no question in my mind he was capable of starting and capable of doing what he did,” Beals said. “To put five zeros up like that, though, was sure good to see … in our meeting tomorrow there’s a pretty good chance we decide Tanner Tully is our Sunday starter this weekend.”The Musketeers scored one in the sixth and two more in eighth to give them a chance, but the offense rose to the occasion and responded with four runs of their own in the eighth.Redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti recorded the final four outs to give him his first save of the season and keep the Buckeyes perfect at home so far.The win streak has been an enjoyable one for the Buckeyes, but they know it isn’t time to get complacent.“We’re pretty happy (with where we are), but this is where our mission starts,” Kuhn said. “We want to come out hot.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to Friday when the Michigan State Spartans come to town. First pitch at Bill Davis Stadium is set for 6:05 p.m. read more

Luka Jovic dismisses Barcelona Bayern Munich links

first_imgSerbian striker Luka Jovic wants to stay at Eintracht Frankfurt, despite rumoured interest from Barcelona and Bayern MunichThe Benfica loanee is tied with Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer as the Bundesliga’s leading scorer on 10 goals this season.Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner has already made it clear he intends to sign Jovic permanently this summer for a rumoured fee in the region of €10-12m.But reports in the German media have suggested that Barcelona and Bayern are interested in making their own moves for the highly-rated Jovic.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Although the 20-year-old insists his sole focus lies with Frankfurt.“We, the players, shouldn’t think about that. The management at the club will decide that. As for me, I’d like to stay with Eintracht,” Jovic told Bild.“It’s nice that such big clubs are thinking about someone like me. But I keep both feet on the ground and only think about the next game.”Frankfurt, who are fifth in the Bundesliga table, will host Bayer Leverkusen in a league match on Sunday at 18:00 (CET).last_img read more

David Luiz sees room for improvement despite win

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz has urged his side to stop offering a lifeline to our opponents after their hard-fought 2-1 victory against Newcastle United on Saturday.Luiz provided a sumptuous assist to Pedro Rodriguez who opened the scoring to give Chelsea the lead in the ninth minute.But Newcastle United equalized five minutes before the break from a corner kick nodded in by Ciaran Clark.Chelsea rallied in the second half and took back the lead in the 57th minute thanks to Willian’s delightful strike.“It’s an important win, it’s three points at home and we did the job. It was not an easy game for us,” Luiz told the club’s website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think we could have killed the game in the first 25 minutes, but we didn’t score the second goal.“In the Premier League every team can be dangerous from set-pieces and that is what happened.“They scored the equalizer and after that, it is always difficult but I think the team was mature enough to be calm at half-time. Then, in the second half, we controlled the game and scored the second goal.“I think we have to improve because you cannot give your opponents openings. When you have time and opportunities to kill the game, you have to do it.”last_img read more

Rakitic feels Barca deserved a win against Valencia

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic feels his side played well enough to secure a win against Valencia at the Camp Nou, despite the game ending in a stalemate.The 2-2 draw against Marcelino’s men ended the club’s eight-game winning streak in the League and could only stretch their lead to six points above Atletico Madrid.Two goals for Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to fight back, after falling 2-0 behind after 35 minutes, but the Croatian international believes they had the chances to collect all three points.⌛️FULL-TIME: There’s the whistle! Leo Messi scores twice as Barça battle back from 2-0, first-half deficit to earn a tie!FT: Barça 2 – 2 Valencia⚽️ #Messi 39′ (p.), 64′ / Gameiro 24′ , Parejo 32′ (p.)🔵🔴 #BarçaValencia pic.twitter.com/GyuzSYUOmC— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2019“We surely deserved to win. We played a much better game than Valencia. He revealed in a quote cited on Football Espana.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Maybe in the first half we did not play that well, but in the second half we dominated, and at times we were almost playing handball around their area.“But in the end, we came up short, and it is not easy to play against a counter-attacking team like Valencia, particularly after a hard game in midweek as we had against Sevilla.”Atletico Madrid will be hoping to reduce the gap to three points when they face Real Betis on Sunday.Real Madrid could also be in the mix for the title if they maintain a winning form for the rest of the campaign.Barcelona host Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday night, and Messi and defender Gerard Pique are doubtful after picking up injuries in the Valencia tie.🗣 @ivanrakitic 🗣 Ernesto Valverde⚽️ #BarçaValencia pic.twitter.com/CGE4z49wqy— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2019last_img read more