Life Beyond the Spires

first_imgPHILIP WOMACK left Oriel last summer. He is now doing a law conversion course in London. Who would have thought that lawyers could be such fun. “The EU was set up to prevent Europeans killing each other. Now they bore each other to death over interminable treaties,” is the first line of my first presentation. The mother of three dutifully writes down the sentence then bursts into antipodean guffaws. My tutor gets up to congratulate me and reveals that he is a scout for the toppest of top city firms and wants me to start tomorrow on a salary of £80,0000. I know that none of them are listening. I have not been listening to those that came before me to read out what they had copied out from the manual. In fact, I have to admit to finishing the crossword during a particularly dull speech from a girl in my group, which isn’t very group-bondy at all, which is what this rather silly exercise has been trying to achieve. The exercise being: read pp 1-2 of your manuals and do a presentation on them. Not difficult, you would have thought. But we have to do this IN A GROUP. So we can get all bondy and exchange intimate childhood memories and talk about that funny time when you were drunk and did that funny thing with the trolley and gosh didn’t you laugh when the policeman told you off for being slightly too loud outside an old people’s home. My group of four bonded like this: “Which paragraph do you want to do?” “The first one.” “OK.” “See you tomorrow.” If they want us to bond they must give us drink, damn them. Anyway, the result is we all leave the tute despondent, and no one has even noticed that I made lots of very funny jokes about Latvians not being able to join the EU because of hygiene reasons. “Let’s go to Starbucks,” says someone. “Huh,” say I. “There’s a perfectly decent pub down the road.” We troop down in that way that freshers do, where you’re trying to sort out who you actually want to be friends with without leaving out the boring ones at the back. Two drinks later the silly story competition starts. People did notice my joke about the Irish blocking treaties because they couldn’t remember having signed them because they were drunk, and we are bonding. I take it back. Lawyers are fun.ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: 3 storylines to follow in final round

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — There have been plenty of stories to follow in the 119th U.S. Open and the final day has no shortage either.Gary Woodland continues to lead, a history making finish is possible and a number of golfers in contention could use an early push. U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods closes out day with birdie to finish at even par U.S. Open 2019: Gary Woodland holds serve as Justin Rose sits one shot back Pebble Beach has been surprisingly fair but you never know what Sunday at a major has in store.Here are three storylines to follow in the final round of the U.S. OpenCan Gary Woodland win his first major championship?The three-time PGA Tour winner is in a new position heading into the fourth and final round at Pebble. It is the first time he has held a 54-hole lead in a U.S. Open. Related News U.S. Open 2019: Tiger Woods refuses to blame pain as cold weather triggers issues Each will approach it differently. Rose will come up with a plan in the morning. It will take him about an hour to evaluate the conditions, wind speed and pin placements. Reavie, who is searching for his first win since 2008, will focus on hitting the fairways and greens in the right spot. While Louis Oosthuizen, who is also tied for third, is just trying to go mistake free — which is much easier said than done for any one of these golfers.It will be entertaining to say the least when the first group tees off at 10:21 a.m. ET. Woodland, who currently sits 11 under for the tournament with a one-stroke advantage over Justin Rose, has had recent success in major championships. He finished tied for eighth at this year’s PGA Championship and ended the 2018 PGA Championship in a tie for sixth. But he has never been close to contending in a U.S. Open.Woodland’s best finish was in 2011 when he left the Congressional Country Club tied for 23rd. There’s added pressure sleeping on a lead, and entering the final round on a course like Pebble. Things can change quickly, and Woodland has a lot of time to think — for better or for worse. Will Brooks Koepka make history? Koepka is in an unusual position. The four-time major champion is chasing history as he tries to win his third consecutive U.S. Open, but this time he will have to climb up the leaderboard if he wants to come away with a victory. Koepka sits four strokes behind Woodland in a tie for third (7 under) and will be paired with Chez Reavie in the second to last group to tee off Sunday.He is happy with how he has played this week, but there’s a difference when you’re in the lead and have to catch up to the leader. Koepka doesn’t plan on chasing Woodland or anyone else who might sneak into the top spot. He is focused on playing his game, which certainly has worked to his advantage to this point. Who, if anyone, can come back?In 22 of the past 23 U.S. Opens, the winner has been in sixth place or better after the second round. There are currently six golfers in that position after three rounds now, and seven golfers one to two strokes outside of the top six. It will make for an exciting day of golf and an eventful one if a player can make an early charge, which is the key to triumph at Pebble.For any one of these golfers to have a chance Sunday they will have to take advantage of the first seven holes. If they can card 2- to 3-under par heading into the tough stretch from No. 8 to No. 10, it will certainly put pressure on the leaders — who can’t escape the oversized scoreboards that line the course. last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Gardai have sealed off a house in Ballybofey after a man was found shot dead.The man, who was in his 60s, was found by a family member at the house in the townland of Curraghmore.Gardai were called and the area was immediately sealed off. The man’s body remained at the scene all day and is expected to remain there tonight.Forensics officers began an investigation into the incident.However, it is understood that scenes of crimes officers want to revisit the scene tomorrow (SAT) as light was fading when the body was discovered.Gardai are keeping an open mind on the incident and have not stated if any crime has been committed. The house was sealed off and a number of people have been questioned informally as part of a routine investigation into the incident. GARDAI SEAL OFF HOUSE AFTER MAN FOUND SHOT DEAD was last modified: January 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:area sealed offBallybofeyGardaiman shotlast_img read more

Groves and DeGale in new war of words

first_imgRivals George Groves and James DeGale have renewed their war of words ahead of Groves’ clash with former world champion Glen Johnson this weekend.The unbeaten Groves defends his Commonwealth super-middleweight title at the ExCel London – seven days after European champion DeGale had to grind out a points win against Fulgencio Zuniga in Hull.Courtesy of iFilm LondonBoth fighters are on course for world title shots next year and DeGale has made it clear he is keen to take on the likes of IBF champion Carl Froch.But Groves insists he is making better progress than his fellow West Londoner.“He’s putting in poor performances so he’s going to have to try to chase names, whereas I plan to put in a good performance on Saturday and then people will really know what I’m all about,” said Groves.Francis Warren, part of Groves’ promotional team – which previously promoted DeGale – added: “Look at the difference between George’s fight on Saturday – where he’s fighting and the crowd that’s going to be there – and [DeGale] on Saturday. There’s no comparison.”Since losing a close points decision against Groves when they met in May last year, DeGale has fought in Denmark and twice in the north of England.Groves, on the other hand, is preparing for another appearance at a major venue in the capital, having beaten Paul Smith at Wembley Arena 13 months ago.But DeGale told West London Sport: “Sure I’d like to fight in London and I will do in the future, but I also want to fight all over England and let people see me in action.“At the end of the day I’m fighting in front of millions of people on terrestrial television. Groves isn’t. Simple as that.”West London Sport will have live updates from Groves v Johnson on Saturday, as well as Steve O’Meara’s Commonwealth light-middleweight title fight against Liam Smith.See also:Let history decideDeGale tipped to silence ‘mental’ criticsWarren vows to get Groves a world title fightConfident Johnson fires warning to GrovesDeGale boxes his way to points victoryGroves believes he can stop JohnsonJames DeGale talks about his recent win and future plansWatch the Groves v Johnson pre-fight press conferenceGroves discusses Johnson and a potential clash with FrochWatch Groves and Johnson square-up at their weigh-inGroves warned ahead of title showdownDeGale opts to give up European titleJohnson speaks ahead of his fight with George GrovesO’Meara ready to seize title chanceDeGale backs O’Meara to win 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors-Kings cheatsheet: Sac wants a track meet; champs want to right the ship

first_imgKings stock report: This young Sacramento team has been one of the pleasant surprises this season, ascending to the eighth seed in the Western Conference with … After suffering one of their worst losses of the season, the Warriors will take their talents up I-80 to face the upstart Kings.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup…Where/When: Golden 1 Arena, 7 p.m. (NBCSBA)Kings projected starters: Nemanja Bjelica, Willie Cauley-Stein, De’Aaron Fox, Iman Shumpertlast_img read more

A’s Matt Chapman and Matt Olson win second straight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The A’s had four Gold Glove Award finalists, two are winners.For a second straight year, both third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson took home Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for the 2019 season, Rawlings Sports announced on Sunday afternoon on ESPN.Shortstop Marcus Semien was a finalist for a second year, but lost out to Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor. Left fielder Robbie Grossman was named a …last_img read more

Extension adding resources to help farmers with water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since last fall, 6,586 growers and producers responsible for farming some 1 million acres of Buckeye State farmland have gone through fertilizer applicator certification training offered by researchers from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University as part of the college’s efforts to continue to improve Ohio water quality.Taught by Ohio State University Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program staff, the training is designed to help farmers increase crop yields using less fertilizer more efficiently, thus reducing the potential for phosphorus runoff into the state’s watersheds.The ultimate goal of the training is to keep nutrient runoff from fertilizers, especially phosphorus, out of Ohio’s waters, said Greg LaBarge, an OSU Extension field specialist and co-leader of Ohio State’s Agronomic Crops Team.The training, which meets the educational needs of Ohio’s new agricultural fertilization law, is just one aspect of the work Ohio State is doing to continue to improve water quality. The new law requires farmers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres to become certified.The training supplements the college’s Field to Faucet water quality program announced in September 2014 and launched in March designed to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector. The program already has five initial projects up and running, said Jay Martin, an ecological engineer in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, who was chosen to lead Field to Faucet.Field to Faucet projects include:•An app is being developed that will allow farmers to record nutrient application rates and methods. Future plans include developing further apps geared toward nutrient stewardship.• A project will develop a geospatial data warehouse with controlled access that will allow producers and researchers to secure and share publicly available data. It is likely the project will later serve as a model approach for a national program.• Researchers are studying how best to remove phosphorus and nitrogen from manure and from anaerobic digester discharge before these materials are applied to fields. This effort would especially benefit the watershed around Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio, where there are a large number of livestock farms.• A project will use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to provide real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters. Microcystin is a toxin made by certain harmful algal blooms.• A sensor will be developed to detect real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.Field to Faucet also involves researchers from multiple Ohio State colleges and other regional universities, Martin said, with three additional research projects supported by Field to Faucet now underway:• A Regional Conservation Partnership Program with a U.S. Department of Agriculture award of $17.5 million is creating a tri-state cost-share program to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie. Ohio, Michigan and Indiana farmers in designated watersheds can get assistance in instituting a variety of best management practices that will keep nutrients on fields and improve water quality.• Working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, one project will create a weather risk management tool that combines weather forecasting with Ohio-specific land use data to warn farmers of impending storms to lessen runoff risks before nutrient applications.• A Best Management Practices Handbook is being developed that will allow farmers to determine the best farming practices to use based on their specific crops, fields, topography and region, among other considerations, to reduce nutrients coming off fields into Ohio watersheds.“We need to find ways to protect downstream ecosystem and water quality, while also preserving food production across the landscape,” Martin said. “We will strive to accelerate the applications of research.“It’s great to write theses and dissertations and publish journal articles, but we need to link with Extension and farmers to get the information in the hands of people who can use it to improve things.”last_img read more

The life cycle of a cannabis plant from seed to store

first_imgArmina Ligaya, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Licensed cannabis producers are ramping up production to address shortages that have plagued the pot market since legalization in October, but the time required to grow the average marijuana plant means consumers likely have a few more weeks to wait. Cannabis lives up to its nickname and grows like a weed, but the plant needs as many as 18 weeks to progress from seed to harvest before it even moves on to processing and packaging.Licensed producer CannTrust walked The Canadian Press through their cultivation and processing facilities to get a close look at the process. Here are the various life stages of the cannabis plant: from seed to plant to processing and packaging.1) Seed/CuttingMost commercial cannabis growers skip the seed stage and grow new plants from cuttings of established ones, as seeds take longer and are prone to genetic variation, which can affect product quality. Cuttings are taken from so-called “mother plants” grown for the purpose of genetic cloning. The moniker stems from the fact that they must be female — male plants produce pollen and seeds but female plants produce the coveted cannabinoid-filled flower. “Every plant in the greenhouse is a female plant,” said Michael Camplin, general manager of CannTrust’s Niagara-area cultivation facility. “There are no males allowed in this facility.”Growing a new plant from cuttings produces genetically identical plants, allowing producers to generate cannabis from a certain strain with particular characteristics, he said.“It’s called a mother plant because it’s producing basically children,” Camplin said. “It’s producing young plants that will have the same characteristics as the mother.”2) SeedlingSmall cuttings are taken from the mother plants and planted into a moist starter cube in a low light and high humidity environment.“They’re literally babied along,” Camplin said.After two weeks, the roots start to sprout through the starter cube and the seedling is transplanted to a larger cube. After an additional two weeks of growth, the young cannabis plant is moved to a slightly larger base.3) Vegetative stateOnce beyond the seedling stage, the plant enters the vegetative state and is encouraged to grow up and out. This is done by controlling the amount of light the plant receives.If the plant receives 18 hours of daylight or more in a given day, it will continue to grow without producing any flower, Camplin said.4) FloweringGetting the plant to produce flowers involves convincing it that autumn is approaching, which means cutting back on the light cycle.“Marijuana plants are very light sensitive, and they are triggered to go into flower when the day length shortens in nature, as the summer starts to turn into fall,” he said. “The days get shorter, and the plant knows that it’s time to reproduce.”Mimicking the change in seasons by shortening the daylight period to 12 hours will prompt the plant to flower and produced the desired bud.The time needed for a plant to flower depends on the strain, but it can range from as little as seven weeks to as much as 10 weeks, Camplin said.5) HarvestingOnce the flowering plant has reached the desired stage, it is time to harvest. The plant’s flower or bud is coated in tiny, glistening hair-like glands called trichomes that contain the active ingredients in the plant called cannabinoids. The best-known cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, known as THC and CBD. Trichomes also contain terpenes, the fragrant oils which produce a unique taste and smell.The plants are cut and cannabis buds are mechanically separated from the stems and leaves, before being inspected and then trimmed by hand, Camplin said.6) DryingThe fresh cannabis flower is then dried on racks for up to two weeks. The buds are then stored in loosely closed plastic bags in large bins, which help to control the humidity, for two weeks.“That equalizes the moisture level, and every day they’re opened and stirred — or burped as they say in the drying room — and closed back up,” Camplin said.Keeping them in the closed bins also help the buds retain the terpenes, he said.Once the drying is complete, the bud is graded by size. Larger buds are usually preferred for dried flower sales while smaller buds are often earmarked for oil, he said.7) Testing and processing At this stage, the cannabis is tested for quality before it is cleared for the manufacturing process, said Chris Lucky, CannTrust’s vice-president of supply chain and manufacturing. On average, it takes 10 to 11 days to get the lab results back.Once the buds pass the appropriate tests, the pot is then either packaged for sale or put through an extraction process to produce cannabis oil.8) ExtractionThe buds chosen to produce oils are put through an industrial-sized grinder and then baked. Similar to when cannabis is smoked, the heating process activates the ingredients within the bud that provide the medicinal effects, Anna Jakobsmeier, CannTrust’s director of extraction and refinement, said.“We’re manipulating it to now provide the medicine,” she said.The baked cannabis is then placed into an extraction machine that uses heated and pressurized carbon dioxide to separate the cannabinoids from the plant.“You’re removing the cannabinoids, as well as some other components of the plant, but you’re leaving behind the actual dried product,” she said.The resulting liquid containing the cannabinoids is mixed with a carrier oil, such as a type of coconut oil known as Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT oil. The oil is then bottled or put into capsules and packaged for sale.9) Packaging and LabellingThe finished products are packaged and labelled as per Health Canada’s guidelines, which include strict limits on the use of colours, graphics and logos.Products destined for Canada’s adult use market receive an excise stamp, which indicate that the product was produced legally and that applicable duties were paid. Each product must have a stamp corresponding to the province or territory where it will be sold.Complications with the stamp were blamed by many pot producers for causing a bottleneck in the supply chain, contributing to the shortage. Problems cited by producers included a delay in receiving the stamps, as well as the need for glue to affix the stamps, which slowed down the process. Cannabis is a brand new industry, and companies are learning and refining the processes as they go, and incorporating automation to speed up the process where possible, Lucky said.“Everybody is learning the processes… There’s a lot of things we have done as an organization, and industry across the board, in terms of how we can automate.”last_img read more

Spl Police Observer holds meet with CEO

first_imgKolkata: Special Police Observer for Bengal Vivek Dube on Sunday held a meeting with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Aariz Aftab and other election officials in the state, to take stock of the poll-preparedness and deployment of the security personnel.Earlier in the day, Dube landed in the city and went to the guest house of Kolkata Port Trust. It has been learnt that Dube will hold a meeting with all the senior election officials in the state to assess the law and order situation across Bengal. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Sunday, he wanted to know from the CEO about the deployment of the Central forces in the state. A special chamber has been set up at the office of the CEO for Dube, where he will be stationed until the completion of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. He is expected to hold a meeting with the various political leaders on Monday and listen to their concerns. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has recently appointed Dube as the Special Police Observer, replacing K K Sharma. The announcement came less than a day after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee sought Sharma’s removal. Banerjee had produced a photograph showing Sharma attending a programme organised by the RSS, in uniform. The commission has not, however, given any reasons for replacing Sharma. Dube will look after the deployment of Central and state forces. He will also look after other matters as per the instructions of the Election Commission.last_img read more