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Treasury: 80 Million To Get Stimulus Payments This Week

first_imgWASHINGTON – You could be getting a paycheck from Uncle Sam this week, if you’re one of the lucky 80 million.That’s how many Americans the Treasury Department hopes to distribute Coronavirus Stimulus Payments to.So how could you be in that lucky bunch? If you’ve already filed your tax return and authorized direct deposit, you’re most likely to see the money dropped into your account soon.Treasury officials say most eligible Americans will receive their payments within the next two weeks. People who don’t file tax returns can enter their information on the Internal Revenue Service’s website.Taxpayers who do file, but don’t use direct deposit, will be able to enter their bank information later this week. Everyone else will have to wait for paper checks, which will take considerably longer.The money is from Congress’ $2.2trillion stimulus package. It’s aimed at keeping Americans, and the economy, afloat. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I think NYS and California, other Dem leading states may never see the stimulus checks.,I get SSI since Borthlast_img read more

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first_img Published on April 3, 2013 at 12:12 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ ATLANTA — Jim Boeheim climbed the stairs of the Westin Hotel wearing a wide smile. Waiting at the top was a group of Syracuse alumni, cheering for each player and coach who made their way through the lobby and up to their rooms.As the Orange arrived for its first Final Four appearance in 10 years, it had its own welcoming party inside of the lobby of the team hotel. Ian Thompson, president of the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Atlanta (SUACOA), contacted other alumni in the area and asked them to gather at the hotel to welcome the team to town.At about 6 p.m., they started arriving and waiting in the Westin lobby for the team to arrive. The group swelled to about 50 people by the end of the night, with the majority clad in orange.“I’ve been contacted by everyone since the tournament started,” Thompson said. “We threw this together last minute once we found out the hotel and everything.”The players began to trickle in shortly after 7 p.m. A band from a local school played music as the team made its way into the hotel. Some players made their way past fans to first head to their rooms and drop off their bags, but returned to sign autographs and take photos.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe biggest cheers, though, came for Boeheim. As soon as he rounded the corner at the bottom of the stairs, the crowd erupted. Boeheim went down the line and shook hands, also stopping to sign some autographs.The players had no idea there would be anyone waiting for them at the hotel.“It was fun, it was good to see all the support,” Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney said. “I was just shocked. This was an experience in itself, just coming into the hotel.”Thompson, who graduated from SU in 2001, said he was flying home from Portland, Ore., when the Orange beat Marquette. He had Internet access on the flight, and as soon as the game was over, emails and text messages started flooding in.Thompson said he immediately contacted the other SUACOA board members about different alumni events to hold. Tuesday’s welcoming party was just the first.“This is beautiful. This is great,” Thompson said. “This is mostly local alumni right here.”Samantha and Patrick Bresnahan, both of whom graduated from Syracuse in 2009 and married last October, said they knew they wanted to attend Tuesday’s event as soon as they found out about it.“We definitely wanted to come out and support the team and let the guys know there’s a huge fan base in Atlanta,” Samantha said. “It was a great chance to see the team up close and cheer them on personally.”The Bresnahans also have tickets to the Final Four game, but purchased them long before they found out Syracuse would be there. Shortly after the Orange was knocked out of the Elite Eight by Ohio State last season, they decided to enter the lottery for tickets to this year’s Final Four, since it would be right in their city.They found out in August that they had actually gotten them.“I said, ‘Next year, let’s go regardless of what happens,’” Patrick said. But they both knew the experience would be even greater if SU met them there.“That would be ideal,’” Patrick said.The purchase became even sweeter when Syracuse beat Marquette in the Elite Eight. Tuesday was the perfect way to kick off Final Four week.Several players said they appreciated the support. SU forward Rakeem Christmas said the flight to Atlanta was just like any other flight during the year, even though the destination wasn’t just for any other game, but the Final Four instead.The arrival to the hotel, though, was something completely different.“It was definitely something. We’ve been through the Elite Eight, the Sweet 16 and we’ve never had anything like this,” SU forward James Southerland said. “I never expected anything like this.”Many of the alumni said the welcoming party shows Syracuse will have plenty of support in the South when it moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.For now, though, the focus is on the Final Four. That’s when the support will move from the lobby to the Georgia Dome.Said Southerland: “It’s nice to see we have a little fan base in Atlanta.” Commentscenter_img Related Stories Net Reaction: Former Orangemen around country reflect on Syracuse’s Final Four returnBoeheim, Beilein rekindle CNY history in Final FourMichigan coach Beilein searches for 1st-career win against Syracuse, Boeheim’s complex zonelast_img read more

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Clippers can’t avoid issues after faltering late in loss to Pacers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He killed us,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought he controlled the game.”Harris had a team-leading 21 points and a season-best 7 assists for the Clippers. Williams scored 15 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, when the Clippers surged to an 86-80 lead, but couldn’t maintain their advantage. Montrezl Harrell added 19 points and Austin Rivers scored 18.Now what? What do the Clippers try now?“We have to keep fighting,” Harris said. “We have to stay positive and we have to stay ready every night. We just have to be ready for the next one. We have to learn from this game, but we also have to have a short-term memory and just be ready.”What’s next is a list of playoff teams, playoff hopefuls and one team that’s been eliminated.The Clippers play host to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday before facing the Utah Jazz on Thursday in Salt Lake City. They close out the regular season with home games Saturday against the Denver Nuggets, April 9 against the New Orleans Pelicans and April 11 against the Lakers.Of the final five opponents, only the Lakers have been eliminated from contention.“It’s difficult, but at the end of the day, we need to stay with it to see what we can get,” Harris said of the Clippers’ difficult position. “This loss hurts. The last one hurt (Friday at Portland). I thought at the beginning of this game we put a good effort into it to get where we needed to go.” The Clippers put themselves into a position to win Sunday and draw closer to a thicket of teams just ahead of them in the standings. They built a 16-point lead early in the second quarter and seemed poised to begin the season’s final 11 days and nights with a confidence-building victory.It didn’t happen, mainly because their rhythm and efficiency didn’t last.It was a struggle from then on, and they didn’t emerge victorious.No question, the Pacers had a significant role in the Clippers’ loss.Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 30 points on 11-for-17 shooting, plus 12 assists.center_img PreviousIndiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) reacts after making a 3-point shot against Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell reacts after making a 3-point shot against the Indiana Pacers at the end of the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsIndiana Pacers Bojan Bogdanovic looks to pass the ball as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33), guard Victor Oladipo (4) and forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) celebrate a 3-point basket by Bogdanovic against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, and Indiana Pacers ‘Cory Joseph chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, left, collides with Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, left, is fouled by Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph, right, blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo shoots a reverse layup agains the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) drives between Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace, left, and guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers DeAndre Jordan, left, block a shot by Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) as Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) also defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers Myles Turner shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, left, drives against Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers Domantas Sabonis, left, shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers Domantas Sabonis, left, shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, left, drives against Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers Myles Turner shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young shoots against Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Los Angeles Clippers DeAndre Jordan, left, block a shot by Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) as Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) also defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) reacts after making a 3-point shot against Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)NextShow Caption1 of 20Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) reacts after making a 3-point shot against Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 111-104. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)ExpandLOS ANGELES — There was no sense avoiding the obvious Sunday. Danilo Gallinari said the Clippers “need to go 5 for 5 because if we don’t go 5 for 5, we won’t make the playoffs.” Lou Williams said they have been “in critical mode for a few weeks now.” Tobias Harris said they “need every single game.”The Clippers faced their harsh reality head on after dropping a 111-104 decision to the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. They started the day in ninth place, two games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings.Now they have only five games regular-season remaining, including four at home. Even if they win all five they’re going to need help to advance to the postseason for the seventh consecutive time. Each loss puts them closer to hanging a “Gone Fishing” sign on Staples Center.“It has been difficult before (Sunday’s loss), so this one doesn’t hurt more than the ones that we lost last week, or the week before that,” Williams said. “So, we lose this one and it hurts, obviously, but we don’t put more emphasis on this one more than the others.”last_img read more

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Drawing on Friday for European Championship in Handball

first_imgThe draw of the qualification group for the European Championship 2016 in Poland will be published on 11 April in Warsaw at 11:30.The team of B&H, which eliminated Greece last week in the pre-qualifications, is placed in the fourth group with the teams of Israel, Latvia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Turkey and Finland.The first among the group are Denmark, Spain, France, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia, in the second are Iceland, Germany, Macedonia, Russia, Sweden, Belarus and Norway, and in the third are Austria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Slovakia, Lithuania, Portugal and the Netherlands.28 teams will be involved in a draw in seven qualification groups, each with four teams. The best 2 teams from every group will go through to the finals, where they will be joined by hosts Poland and the best third-placed team from the qualifications.Qualification for the European Championship begins at the end of October this year.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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Wesleyan Café Opens Door To The Silver Set

first_imgOn any given Wednesday those who venture to the Woman’s Club could have the chance to take dance lessons, get some exercise, get a manicure, learn ceramics, do a little adult coloring, or just play a game of chess or cards and share a light breakfast or lunch. They are welcome to simply while away a Wednesday morning and early afternoon with some company and chit-chat.During previous sessions there were a technology education program, TED talks and a creative writing exercise. Each week there is a nurse, courtesy of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey, who can take blood pressure and answer medical and medication questions. “Any questions our guests have we try to answer,” said Karen Diamond, the nurse on hand on Aug. 3.The program is to promote living and learning for older adults and most of the services and classes are either at no cost or a nominal fee, according to Wesleyan representatives.“I like to mingle with the people, have a conversation,” said Anne Burns, a 94-year old resident of the Wesleyan Arms.“I like it here. I like the people,” offered Melba Blessing in a confidential tone. Blessing is 81 and moved into the Wesleyan just two years ago. Her eyesight isn’t what it used to be and she doesn’t go in much for the dance lessons or yoga, she acknowledged, but “Everyone is very nice.”Joslyn Birch, 70, a Red Bank resident said he was here specifically for the yoga, to work out a little stiffness.Birch was playing a little poker – for fun, no gambling – with Wesleyan resident Liz Abran, 88, who was teaching him a few fast moves to improve his game. “We have some fun,” Birch said. “The best part,” Abran explained, “meeting with other people,” who may not live at the Wesleyan.That and the dancing, with Abran saying she was able to brush up on the cha-cha and the rhumba. “That was a lot of fun.”About 11.3 million Americans over the age of 65 – about 30 percent of the senior population – live alone and this program provides an opportunity for socialization.“What’s nice is people can come and go,” participate in the activities they want skip others, observed Robbie Voloshin, marketing director for United Methodist Communities.United Methodist Communities, a not-for-profit, has 10 senior residential facilities. All of the facilities offer a similar program, according to Voloshin. RED BANK – For the “Greatest Generation,” how about a little yoga, maybe drawing/painting lessons? Did you ever want to learn how calligraphy is done? Or, why not just some relaxation and conversation over a cup of coffee. Why not?United Methodist Communities at the Wesleyan, a senior housing facility, this summer has begun offering those activities and more at its “senior café” at the Red Bank Woman’s Club, 164 Broad St.The Wesleyan is offering a revolving selection of activities to its residents and the older public at large on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a relaxed environment.“It really is quite fun, it really is,” said Mary Patichio, social services coordinator at the Wesleyan.Last fall the Wesleyan (formerly the Wesleyan Arms), 9 Wall St., opened its Wesleyan Café, providing a variety of activities for its residents. To meet the demand and give seniors in the surrounding area the opportunity to participate, the facility’s representatives decided to move the café to the club, in the historic former Reckless Estate.last_img read more

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Madrid not making move for Mourinho

first_imgMADRID (AP):Real Madrid have no intention of replacing coach Rafa Benitez with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, club president Florentino Perez said yesterday.In an interview with a Spanish radio station, Perez didn’t dismiss signing Mourinho again, but reiterated that “Benitez is not the problem, he is the solution”.Mourinho left Chelsea for a second time on Thursday as the English team continues to struggle in the Premier League. He was Real Madrid’s coach from 2010-13, winning the Copa del Rey in 2011 and the Spanish league in 2012.”No one can know the future, but right now he will not come to Madrid,” Perez told Cadena SER. “I have good memories of Mourinho, he helped us elevate our level. It wasn’t a bad moment for us. With him in command we returned to where we belonged.”Real Madrid have been in crisis since a 4-0 home loss to Barcelona and an embarrassing elimination in the Copa del Rey for using an ineligible player in a match against third-tier club Cadiz.Pressure on Benitez increased after the team’s 1-0 loss at Villarreal in the Spanish league last weekend, a result that kept Madrid from gaining ground on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.Another setback tomorrow against struggling Rayo Vallecano could mean the end of the line for the coach – even if he has Perez’s support.”It’s not true that the players don’t get along with Benitez,” Perez said. “I talk to them. There are no players who want him sacked.”Until Mourinho became available on Thursday, former Madrid great Zinedine Zidane was being loudly touted as the immediate replacement to Benitez if he was fired.”I like Zidane, he will be a great coach for Madrid,” Perez said. “But not now.”last_img read more

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Helping the SA Diaspora to give back

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘People do good in order to feel good’ According to Homecoming Revolution, a recent study by an MBA student at the Gordon Institute of Business Science sought to identify the emotions influencing the willingness of South African emigrants to transfer knowledge to people back home. “The overwhelming sense was that emigrants who were prepared to share their knowledge did so because it made them feel good about themselves, thus adding value to their lives,” the organisation said. “Thus the evidence suggests that the South African emigrant most likely to share knowledge is a highly educated person who loves sharing knowledge generally, who left South Africa to reconnect with loved ones, and who is happy to be living abroad even though he or she still experiences some feelings of nostalgia and guilt. “Taking these findings into consideration, The Homecoming Revolution believes there is a substantial market of South Africans abroad who are willing to share their skills, knowledge, money and time to benefit their home country.” Founded in 2003, The Homecoming Revolution is an independent non-profit organisation, sponsored by First National Bank, that encourages and helps South Africans around the world to return home. SAinfo reporter 24 December 2010 Acknowledging the important role the South African Diaspora can play in shaping the future of the country, Homecoming Revolution has launched an online giving community to enable South Africans living abroad to connect with thousands of good causes across the country. The campaign, It Feels Good To Do Good, encourages South Africans around the world to give their time, money, goods or skills to various causes in South Africa. Launched in November, the campaign portal is powered by GreaterGood South Africa, a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation with significant experience of working with givers and causes. “One doesn’t need to live in South Africa in order to contribute towards the future success of the country,” Homecoming Revolution managing executive Brigitte Lightfoot said in a statement.‘A platform for giving back’ “We often get feedback from South Africans, both locally and abroad, who want to make a difference but don’t know where to start; this platform provides an easy, secure and meaningful way to give back.” Rachelle Lane, a South African living in the UK, told Homecoming Revolution that she felt the need to give more back to her home country, “and I am looking into a few things that will allow us the flexibility to live here for a few years but still contribute towards building our country.” The campaign aims to capitalise on the nation-building momentum and global presence created by the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “We’ve seen how the World Cup unified the nation, and we believe the time is ripe to mobilise South Africans to commit to a common purpose and to take action towards doing good”, said Homecoming Revolution founder Angel Jones. The campaign portal – www.itfeelsgoodtodogood.co.za – enables givers to:center_img Connect with and give to registered causes all year round, securely.Post stories about giving and volunteer experiences.Sign up to volunteer during national campaigns like Do It Day and Mandela Day.Post offers and fundraise for the causes they are passionate about.Buy alternative gifts which really make a difference.Invite friends to support good causes.last_img read more

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Stand Strong – 5

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By David BennettProgressive Farmer ContributorUnder a darkening sky during the latest rain, Perry Galloway stood alongside a healthy corn crop.The Gregory, Arkansas, grower and aerial applicator was pleased with what he saw even though plants that were 8 feet tall in mid-July would normally be several feet taller. Persistent precipitation slowed crop progress.Galloway’s game plan doesn’t change, though. He said ensuring corn is healthy during the V3 to V8 growth stages provides the best opportunity for big yields at harvest.“It’s critical during the first 60 days to ensure the corn plant is healthy in terms of proper nutrition—N [nitrogen], P [phosphorus] and K [potassium] along with micronutrients, sulfur, magnesium, zinc, boron — to set the plant up to establish the largest ears,” Galloway explained. “It’s a numbers game. The more rows around and the longer the rows, the more kernels you’ll make. And, hopefully, those kernels will be heavy and translate to high yields.”Galloway concluded V4 is when the rows around an ear are established. V8 is when ear length is established.The row-crop farmer believes the V2 or V3 growth stages are when corn ear ridges are formed and ultimately split into rows. An ear has an even number of rows — seven splits to 14, eight to 16, 10 to 20, etc.“So, we’re looking for the maximum number of rows around and maximum length,” Galloway continued. “Usually, on a regular production field, I end up with 36 to 40 kernels long. If I have 16 rows around and 38 healthy kernels — with a plant population of about 34,000 plants per acre — that’ll equate to around a 225- to 250-bushel corn crop. I don’t hit 260 bushels every time, but that’s what I’m aiming for.”This is the last of five stories in DTN/Progressive Farmer’s Stand Strong series. Optimizing yields on every acre requires getting corn off to a fast start and establishing a sturdy stand. Stories in this series offered tips to strengthen standability.HEALTHY PLANTS, HEALTHY YIELDSJason Kelley, University of Arkansas Extension corn specialist, urged farmers to pay attention to corn health during early vegetative stages.“We always say, ‘To reach maximum yield, corn can’t have a bad day in its life.’ That’s somewhat true,” Kelley said. “But, obviously, there are management factors that impact yield, such as planting date, obtaining optimum stands and drainage in combination with timely applied inputs at the V3 to V6 stage to reach top yields.”The V3 to V6 time frame is when most sidedress nitrogen fertilizer is applied, Kelley said.“The plant will be entering the rapid growth period, and having adequate fertility present at this stage is important,” he said. “If we’re late on fertilizing, it can certainly reduce yield potential. We are always concerned if we’re delayed in getting nitrogen out, especially if we did not apply much or any at preplant or at planting. The timeliness of nitrogen application is a very important component to obtaining high yields.”Kelley added zinc and sulfur deficiencies are often observed in the V3 to V6 stages, as well.Weed control is also “very critical” for maintaining top yields, Kelley said.“With weed control, there’s the same kind of philosophy: We must be timely,” he explained. “Typically, our best weed-control programs are two-pass where we start clean with a burndown or tillage pass along with a preemergence herbicide application immediately after planting.”Every year, cutworms can be an issue in some fields. “Fortunately, we generally don’t experience a lot of problems,” Kelley said. “Stinkbugs are also a pest we see during the V3 to V6 stage at some levels in most fields. We’ve had fields sprayed for stinkbugs this year.”MORE MANAGEMENTThe early vegetative stages in corn are important, particularly in the South. “Especially in a year like we’re having,” said Erick Larson, Mississippi State University Extension corn specialist.“Corn is particularly responsive to the stand it achieves,” he concluded. “Stand quality can be jeopardized not only by seedling mortality, but growth disparity and plant spacing may also considerably reduce productivity.”Normally, Mid-South producers use some form of a stale seedbed system, where all primary field prep is done in the fall to enhance the opportunity for early planting in the spring. “The only thing done in springtime is to apply a nonselective burndown herbicide to control winter weeds and, likely, harrow the top of the beds and plant as soon as it dries down,” Larson said.Last fall, farmers didn’t have an opportunity to “row up” a lot of land or reestablish raised beds, Larson explained. Many growers had to plant their fields flat, or they hastily put up raised beds in the spring when soils were abundantly moist.“That could cause more soil compaction, which can limit plant growth and have lasting effects,” Larson said. “Corn is a crop that doesn’t ‘bounce back’ very well.”DO THE MATHGalloway contends a good corn crop should be established early.“If you only have, say, 14 rows [on an ear], then you’ll need about 44 kernels long to get to the same number of seed as the 16/38 equation,” he claimed. “So, it seems to me it’s easier to make more rows around than length. Later in the year, you’ll think they’re all pollinated and filling out, and something happens. It bites you. I don’t know if it’s sunlight, fertility — some other sort of stress like lack of moisture or too much — but the 50-kernel-long corn turns into 35 to 40. It aborts those extra kernels as it’s filling out. That’s just the physiology of the plant.”Different corn hybrids make more rows around ears, Galloway said. Seed companies should be able to tell customers what a hybrid is capable of.Galloway looks for corn that’s able to produce ears 16 rows around and 38 kernels long.Since corn appears to be 2 to 3 feet shorter this year because of climatic setbacks and stress, Galloway wondered if ear size and yields will be affected.“It doesn’t appear so; I’m still seeing nice ears,” he said. “I’ve talked to some seed-company guys, and they agree that the ear size seems to still be there. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.”(ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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FCPX Video Tutorial: The VFX Workflow

first_imgVisual effects and Final Cut Pro X working together in harmony? Pick up some tips in this great tutorial from our friends at MacBreak Studio.Even if you’re primarily a video editor, odds are you probably dip your toes into the visual effects water from time to time. Ensuring that your VFX workflow is well executed is extremely important, but all too often it can become complicated quickly, especially when relying on others to do your VFX work.In an ideal world you would work alongside VFX artists in the same room, all working together to complete a project. Most of the time however, such an arrangement is far from reality. So, it becomes even MORE important to stay digitally organized when your VFX team or artists are working remote.In this FCPX video tutorial, the guys from MacBreak Studio discuss what a digital VFX workflow looks like in FCPX. The video covers:Working with PlatesAdding Reference Movie InformationWorking with Adjustment layersUsing keywords for VFX workCreating EDLsMaking CountsheetsWhile this video is specifically geared to FCPX the techniques described can be used for most NLEs, not just FCPX.You can download the free FCPX features overlays effect by going to Alex 4D’s website. Also, if you are planning on integrating FCPX in your VFX workflow you may want to grab Producer’s Best Friend.This video was first shared by MacBreakStudio on Ripple Training’s YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!What does your VFX workflow look like? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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NATIONAL YOUTH COACHES APPOINTED

first_imgTouch Football Australia have finalized appointments of the National Youth Coaching personnel across the six divisions to be contested at the 2009 Youth World Cup.Fresh from the retention of the World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa two weeks ago, Touch Football Australia’s High Performance staff have resolved to keep building the High Performance Program at both Open and Youth level to increasing heights of professionalism and endeavour in order for Australia to command top spot on the International scene in the future.The loss of the Champion Nation status at the Youth World Cup in 2005 prompted an over haul in philosophy and practice, with the establishment of the National Youth Development Squads in 2006 the first step in a more professional approach to representative Touch at Youth level that sees the Youth program more closely aligned with the well established National Training Squad Program at Open level. The three current Australian Open Assistant Coaches have been appointed as Head Coaches of the respective 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Teams, whilst the 18 Years Head Coaches boast previous World Cup victories at Youth or Open level.Assistant Coaches have been appointed in all six divisions and the coaches appointed in these divisions are amongst the brightest coaching talent in the game.The Men’s 20 Years coaching staff will be headed up by current Australian Open Men’s Assistant Coach Peter Robinson, fresh from his involvement in Australia’s recent World Cup victory over New Zealand in Stellenbosch. Robinson will be ably assisted by 2005 20 Years Men’s Youth World Cup Assistant coach Michael Lovett, and the accomplished John Singh.Australia’s Flag bearer at the 2007 World Cup and the Assistant Coach of the all conquering World Champion Australian Women’s team, Dean Russell, will ably take the reins of the Women’s 20’s and will form a strong coaching team with the experienced Steve Hughes, and New South Wales 2006 State of Origin Open Women’s Assistant Coach, Nick Smith. Karley Banks, current Australian Open Mixed Assistant Coach will be looking to put invaluable experience gleaned at the recent World Cup to good use by building a strong Mixed culture that will have long term benefits for the Open program with a coaching team consisting of 2005 Australian 18 Years Mixed Youth World Cup winning Assistant Coach Peter Shefford, and the knowledgeable and experienced Simon Hausler from Brisbane Cobras in Queensland.Australia’s 2005 Women’s 20s World Cup winning Coach Kathy O’Brien breaks new ground with her appointment as the 18 Years Australian Boys Coach. The experienced and accomplished O’Brien will lead a coaching team comprising the well respected Barry Jackson, and the wily Rick Luland who has had enormous success at National Touch League Level with the Northern Eagles in recent years in the 20 Years Men’s division.Australia’s most successful World Cup Coach in history and TFA Hall of Fame member Peter Bell has made a welcome comeback to the representative coaching ranks to guide the Australian 18 Years Girls team to the 2009 Youth World Cup. Bell, who has remained active in serving on numerous coach management teams at State and National level and has been guiding the Queensland Open Schoolgirls in recent years and setting up the Touch School of excellence at Cavendish Road State High School, will be an invaluable asset to the Australian cause to regain the World Youth Cup from our Trans-Tasman rivals.Bell will have 2005 20 Years Women’s Youth World Cup Winning Assistant Coach Jacky Patrick on board as an able Assistant Coach for the new campaign that will allow Australia’s best up and coming female players to access a level of technical and tactical prowess that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their playing careers.Michael Mc Donald, fresh from coaching the Australian Men’s 35s Team to a World Cup title in South Africa will look to go back to back Youth World Cup victories when he takes charge once again of the 18 Years Mixed Australian Team.Mc Donald will form a strong combination with well-rounded right hand man Wade Jenkins, and experienced Canberra-based Coach Danny Goodwin who will make his International coaching debut after serving a long apprenticeship at NTL Youth level.The National Youth Coaching Teams have the opportunity to build their squads, teams, strategies, and campaigns over an extended period leading up to the 2009 Youth World Cup.Increased opportunities for training, building team combinations and continuity, providing experiences and pathways towards the Open programs, and quality game play for the Youth aspect of the High Performance sector presents an unmissable opportunity for Australia to build a framework for the future to bankroll continued success at International level.last_img read more

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