Induction in B.C. Sports Hall of Fame a chance to thank everyone for Morrison

first_imgFort St. John’s Denny Morrison officially had his impact on the history of British Columbia sports recognized as he was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame last week. The multi Olympic and World Cup medallist will now have his name alongside the greatest athletes, builders, and media members to have come from the province.The event was first class all the way for Morrison and his family as he expressed his gratitude to Sport B.C. for not only for the nomination, but for the way he and his family were treated leading up to the induction.“It’s a really cool honour that you get from Sport B.C. and they invite your family and everything,” he said. “They really make you feel like you’ve achieved something. Not just me but also made my family feel like VIPs and I really appreciate that because my family is a huge part of it too.”- Advertisement -As for the induction itself Morrison made a point of making sure he thanked everyone who has played a part in his career, as well as those in attendance“I thanked everyone in the room because it was quite a neat feeling to be in that room full of athletes, or other inductees, or honorary members who have been inducted in the past who come out to the dinner. They’re equally as passionate about sport as I am.“I distinguished between teammates and support staff because everyone is a part of the team. Obviously my parents were in the crowd so I thanked them and said a piece about how they’ve supported me through the years.”Advertisement When it comes to his injuries and the road ahead in a comeback, Morrison learned recently that aside from the broken leg he suffered in a motorcycle accident last month, he also has a torn ACL in his right knee. The good news is that when it comes to speed skating the ACL isn’t as key as it is in sports such as basketball or football. As his femur heals, doctors have advised him to eventually get back on the ice to see how he copes with the ACL injury.The goal for this week according to Morrison is to try to walk normally without a limp. He’s at the stage in his recovery where he is seeing improvement every day.Morrison is hopeful he’ll still be able to skate this upcoming season. Morrison also expressed his appreciation of the work done by Speed Skating Canada, and the B.C. Speed Skating Association for providing an avenue to get to the Olympics, and to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame for being in existence to support and celebrate sports in the province.With having as many medals and achievements Morrison does no one could blame him if the desire to keep on competing was starting to fade. That’s not the case for him however as he’s still in love with the sport, and hopes to work with the younger skaters on the national team as he rehabilitates from his injury.“It’s a great question but I just love speed skating. I love the challenges that it makes you face. Every race is truly a fearful moment. I’ll finish that race and I’ll get sick to my stomach, or I’ll have to put my legs up or I won’t be able to stand, or I’ll be on the podium and I’ll be delirious and I’ll wave to the crowd and almost faint.“That’s what I love about speed skating. That’s what’s left for me to do is to continue my passion for the sport. At this point in my career my sports psychologist, my coaches, and especially because I’m injured they want me to act more as a mentor to the other athletes on the team and perhaps share any of my experiences with them that may help them.”Advertisementlast_img read more

When will we see the harvest lows?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn and soybean harvest is in progress for Ohio and the Midwest. September’s many dry days along with temperatures in the 80s and above greatly aided corn harvest for producers. Those warm, dry days reduced corn moisture significantly after Sept. 15. Numerous reports indicated it had dropped five points or more in just one week. Many producers across Ohio had corn harvest well underway before soybeans had been touched. It was odd to see the number of corn fields empty while soybeans anxiously waited their turn. U.S. harvest progress for corn the last week of September reached 15% and soybean harvest stood at 10%. Both were behind five-year harvest averages. Rains across Ohio the last week of September were anywhere from one to three inches in the southern half of the state, bringing harvest progress to a standstill for almost a week. That rainfall came from the southeast, breaking typical weather patterns of moving from the west or southwest. While many may have been frustrated at the rains delaying harvest, it was a time of welcome relief. Long, warm days pushed harvest well into the nighttime hours for many Ohio producers. Numerous reports of harvesting soybeans to midnight or after were common as moisture levels dropped well below the 13% level where elevators discount for moisture.USDA will soon release the Oct. 12 monthly supply and demand report. The October report brings a mixed bag of expectations. Many had expected USDA to reduce the U.S. corn yield but increase the U.S. soybean yield. Last month the U.S. corn yield was 174.1 bushels per acre, down from the August report. In September USDA estimated the U.S. soybean yield at 50.6 bushels per acre, well above trade expectations. Soybean prices on the Sept. 12 report day closed down 16 cents. In spite of that higher production estimate, they were unable to make new contract lows, nor were they able to start a multiple day slide into the $8 mark as some projections had suggested. Soybean demand continues to be strong and likely increasing in coming months. With ever increasing ideas of higher soybean yields, it was easy to understand some projections that “yields trump demand.”If Ohio is like other states in the Midwest, producers could be pleasantly surprised at the strong soybean yields this year. While early harvest reports in Ohio indicate a wide range of yields, there appears to be a strong propensity to see higher yields. While the dry July certainly did a number on keeping corn yields below earlier expectations, it kept producers anxiously excited about what was just around the corner — rains in August. Those August rains were too late to benefit corn but they certainly helped push soybean yields higher than earlier expected. Double-crop soybeans thrived under those plentiful August rains. While they have not yet been harvested, don’t be surprised to see yields of 30 or 40 bushels per acre. This was indeed a great year for double-crop soybeans.Unfortunately, wheat prices continue to be below the $4 mark across Ohio. Plentiful stocks of wheat both in the U.S. and all around the world are to blame. The Sept. 30 quarterly stocks report had U.S. wheat inventories of 2.527 billion bushels, 125 million bushels above trade expectations. In addition, U.S. wheat supplies are 20% above those of a year ago. Russia has now become a major world wheat exporter, a far cry from the 1970s when they were a major importer of wheat. U.S. wheat futures are at 10-year lows following a 15% decline since the beginning of 2016. Early projections suggest that the U.S. will plant two million less acres of wheat this coming year.Demand for U.S. corn continues to be strong. Exports are above those of last year and will continue to climb in coming months. Corn use for ethanol continues to grow. Typically, in big production or record setting production years harvest lows can be in place when harvest reaches 50% to 60% completion. That should be achieved by mid-October.last_img read more

My Plate My State puts Ohio-grown foods on cafeteria trays

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though my metal, rusting Adam-12 themed lunchbox of yesteryear was a far cry from the insulated designer lunchboxes my children use today, the challenges remain largely the same. Times have changed, but for a host of reasons, schools continue to struggle to provide high-quality, low-cost nutritious meals that finicky students actually want to eat — though it is not for lack of trying.Certainly a legacy of the Obama Administration will be Michelle’s oft-discussed school lunch requirements and I know plenty of hard working school cafeteria folks that really try on a daily basis only to be labeled with the notorious “lunch lady” moniker. But all of the many efforts that have taken place from my childhood until now have done little to slow the endless amounts of homemade PB&J or lunchmeat sandwiches and pudding cups carried to school each day.Another challenge in places like Ohio with strong farm roots and diverse agricultural production is to connect the local food producers with the needs of the school system. An effort to address both challenges was highlighted last month in Ohio’s largest school district when Columbus City Schools kicked off a monthly effort to showcase Ohio grown, raised or processed food.On Jan. 25, Columbus school cafeterias served more than 52,000 students with a meal including turkey from Bowman and Landes family farm in New Carlisle, gravy and dressing from Sandridge Foods in Medina, apples from Bauman Orchards in Rittman, milk from United Dairy in Martins Ferry, and a salad mix from Waterfields, a hydroponic facility in Cincinnati. The event was called “Ohio Days: My Plate, My State.”“Our new effort will provide healthier, locally sourced meals to our students, with the meats, the grains, the fruits, the vegetables and the milk all coming from Ohio farms and producers,” said Daniel Good, Columbus City Schools Superintendent. “We’re excited about bringing this opportunity to all 110 of our cafeterias.”Ohio Days is a joint project of the City of Columbus, Ohio State University Extension’s Farm to School program, and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. Farm to School is a national program, which in Ohio is led by OSU Extension, and partners with numerous agencies, organizations and industry groups, including the Ohio Department of Agriculture.“ODA stands ready to help any district across Ohio implement programs as successful and impactful as this one from Columbus City Schools,” said David T. Daniels, ODA Director. “Students benefit from fresh, local lunches and Ohio Proud companies benefit from increased business, ultimately adding to agriculture and food production’s enormous impact as the state’s number one industry.”Columbus City Schools, with the help of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and OSU Extension, have identified more than 20 companies with the capacity to meet the district’s need for local apples, turkey, chicken and beef products, shredded cheese, milk, corn tortillas, whole grain tortilla chips, lettuce, beans, carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, squash and peaches. Ohio’s Farm to School program has partnerships in all 88 counties.“With Columbus ordering such large quantities, it’s our hope that smaller districts, that otherwise would not be able to place orders with these local companies, will have an avenue to source Ohio grown and processed foods for their students,” Daniels said. “It’s also exciting for students to learn where their food really comes from, a farm not too far from home.”The Farm to School program has a number of success stories around the state highlighted on their website. Here are some of them: Sandusky City SchoolsSandusky City Schools was among the first schools in Ohio to become active in the Farm to School program and now features local fruit and vegetables when in season. Middle and high school students have salad bars featuring local ingredients. Every day, fresh fruits are offered in all schools for breakfast and lunch. Apples are local all year. The school feeds 3,500 students and has great working relationships with Tender Shoot Farm and Eshelman’s Orchard. Arps DairyArps Dairy in Defiance County has been serving milk in northwest Ohio schools for 80 years. Arps Dairy gets milks supplied from multiple community dairies and during the school season produces 3.5 million half pints of milk with the majority being delivered to schools in Defiance, Putnam, Henry and Paulding counties and beyond. Drivers are on a first-name basis with school cooks in the area. They can process the milk from farm to store (or school) in 24 hours. They also work with field trips to area dairies for the students to learn about the milk they are drinking. Fremont City SchoolsThe district currently funds a fresh fruit or veggie snack each to every elementary child. Fremont City Schools also benefited from a $29,000 Farm to School “planning grant” from the USDA in 2014 used to further the health and wellness efforts. This included serving more local foods in the cafeteria, growing vegetables in gardens and vertical containers, and planting fruit trees. During that year, the district surveyed students in grades 5 through 12 and parents about school meal program participation and satisfaction. The survey results were used to make some menu changes and include more choices in the school meals. The enrollment at Fremont from preschool through grade 12 is more than 4,000. They serve over 3,000 lunches a day, at nine schools in the district.With success stories like these, more students are finding better reasons in the cafeteria at school to leave those lunchboxes at home and support Ohio agriculture in the process.For more information on the Farm to School program, contact Carol Smathers at [email protected] or 614-688-1801.last_img read more

Nokia’s Vision of Augmented Reality (Video)

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Augmented Reality, the class of technologies that overlay data on top a user’s view of the real world, is a very hot field right now. Mobile AR apps, like Layar and Wikitude are getting the most attention, but there are other ways Augmented Reality can be implemented beyond the mobile phone.Nokia released a video today that demonstrates how Augmented Reality could be served up using glasses and other fashion accessories. In the video embedded below you’ll see a woman surf the web and post rudimentary IM replies all using her eyeballs. It’s a cool video, but it does raise one big question about AR: how can AR apps best add value to the physical world around us? This Nokia video is eye catching, but it doesn’t answer that question.From the video’s description on YouTube:This concept allows to you to experience immersion and effortless navigation in an Augmented Reality environment. New types of interactions involving near-to-eye displays, gaze direction tracking, 3D audio, 3D video, gesture and touch. Through these new types of social linkages people will be connected in innovative ways between the physical and digital worlds.It’s hands-free and weightless compared to a tablet, no small screen problem as you have on a mobile phone – but is it truly useful? Unlike most other AR apps we’ve seen lately, where the physical world is referenced by the AR – the two seem unrelated here. It takes all kinds, though, and who’s to say how AR will be used?(Also, isn’t this music a little creepy? It sounds bittersweet about the inevitable and yet slightly frightening future.)None the less, we’d love to get our hands on a prototype of this technology to test it – just as soon as it becomes real.Thanks to Rouli Nir for tweeting about this. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#Augmented Reality#web center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout marshall kirkpatrick 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

What Can an App Do With Your Twitter Account? New Login Screen Will (Sort of) Tell You

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Twitter has taken to redesigning the OAuth screen – the screen you see whenever you decide to login to an application using your Twitter account – in an attempt to better show what you are agreeing to when you hit the “Allow,” err, “Authorize app” button.Twitter developer advocate Matt Harris announced on the developer Google group this afternoon that they were working on refreshing the screen to offer “better clarity about what an application can see and do with an account.” Though it might be better than before, it’s still missing one key thing – the fact that the app can access your DMs.If you’ve ever wondered what you’re signing up for when you click that button – whatever it will be called in the end – it’s now made a bit more explicit. As you can see from the image, giving an application access to your Twitter account allows that app to read tweets from your timeline, see who you follow, follow accounts, update your profile and post tweets. Twitter developer Orian Marx points out, however, that a few key permissions are omitted from this screen: the ability to unfollow users and, more importantly, access their private DMs.“Obviously it’s been to everyone’s benefit who has built apps that rely on OAuth up to this point that there has been specific mentioning of access to DMs as this would likely turn off a lot of people from granting access to experimental apps,” writes Marx. “The reality is that the OAuth system needs finer-grained controls.”While Facebook allows developers to select what content to request authorization for, with Twitter it’s all or none. By giving a Twitter app access to your account, that includes everything mentioned above – including those DMs that you might have thought were totally private. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of this – GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram pointed out last October that DMs aren’t exactly private, but it seems notable that this fact might not show up on the new login screen. Or maybe they will. Harris responds to Marx on the developer list, writing “This is a first release of these pages to get a feel for if they are going in the right direction. We tried to select a number of phrases that explain the access that’s being granted to an application but that are also easy to understand. I think there will always be some that don’t make it, but there are others, like the ones you raise, which would help aid transparency more.”Here’s hoping that either users are made explicitly aware that their DMs are not exactly private or that developers are given the granular security permissions necessary to say “No, we don’t want access to that.” Or both.Image via @abraham’s Picassa. Related Posts mike melanson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Tags:#news#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

In the battle to get telecast rights, Indian TV makes cricket boards the ultimate winner

first_imgKunaldas Gupta, CEO, SonySet Max pays Rs 228 crore a year for telecast of ICC cricket (2002-7) Will show: Three Champions Trophies and two World CupsJune 2001. Harish Thawani, co-chairman of World Sport Nimbus (WSN), was on a Eurotrain drawing into London’s Waterloo station when his cell phone rang.It was,Kunaldas Gupta, CEO, SonySet Max pays Rs 228 crore a year for telecast of ICC cricket (2002-7) Will show: Three Champions Trophies and two World Cups June 2001. Harish Thawani, co-chairman of World Sport Nimbus (WSN), was on a Eurotrain drawing into London’s Waterloo station when his cell phone rang.It was his partner Seamus O’Brien calling him from a Champs Elysees hotel in Paris, telling him that their company, with NewsCorp’s backing, had won the bid to market five years of ICC cricket on TV. The battle was tough: on one side were Chase Carey, the then co-COO of NewsCorp, Thawani and O’Brien. On the other Vijay Jindal, then CEO of Zee, Mark McCormack, chairman, IMG, and Bill Sinrich, MD of TWI. All of them were wearing sharp suits and sharper ties. WSN had bid $550 million (Rs 2,670 crore). Zee TV, in association with IMG and TWI, had offered $660 million. Zee TV was planning a sports channel and hoped to drive its launch with the most elite property in cricket. But ICC was looking for more than just money. It was looking for a vision for the sport as well as marketing ability. Thawani’s celebratory party at the Hilton was definitely on course. The Zee team had to abandon its ambitious venture. But another network, launched in 2000, was dreaming equally big.Positioning itself as a movie and events network, set Max paid Global Cricket Corporation (GCC)-a NewsCorp firm which subsequently took over WSN-a reported Rs 1,140 crore for the rights for India.advertisementWhich means Set Max is paying the GCC Rs 11 crore every day to air 101 days of international A-class cricket. Every year, ESPN, Set Max and even the notoriously stingy dd pay a collective Rs 475 crore to air cricket to an estimated 400 million Indian viewers (of a global total of 800 million).If you’re not reeling already, take this. Every 10 seconds Indian cricketers were on screen during the recent tri series in England, they were making Rs 1.5 lakh in ad money for ESPN-Star Sports, which saw its TRP ratings boom to 19 during the July 13 final, beating even the daily weepies.Rupert Murdoch, Chairman, NewscorpESPN-Star Sports pays Rs 190 crore a year for telecast in India of international cricket in Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, Zimbabwe (2002-8), Bangladesh (2002-4) and West Indies (2004-8) K.S. Sarma CEO, Prasar BharatiDD pays BCCI Rs 54 crore a year to telecast international and domestic cricket (1999-2004). Will show: Champions Trophy and World Cup 2003Every day India steps out to play an international match in India, they make Rs 1.7 crore for the BCCI, thanks to a contract with dd which contributes 48 per cent to the BCCI’s annual income of Rs 105 crore. India may be the world’s No. 8 team in Test cricket and No. 6 team in ODIs, but on TV it is Hero No. 1 (who it must be said doesn’t need extra assistance from Ruby Bhatia or Maria Goretti).Old India hand Peter Hutton, vice-president of the Dubai-based ten Sports (whose parent company owned by Sheikh Ahmed Bukhatir hosts four cricket events a year in Sharjah and Tangiers), offers a marker. In 1994-99, he says, dd paid bcci about Rs 8 crore a year for international cricket in India.The deal for 1999-2004 saw a six fold rise, to Rs 54 crore annually. To think till the Hero Cup in 1993, because of dd’s monopoly, the Indian cricket board had never earned revenue from TV.With TV rights now contributing as much as 65 per cent to the global cricket economy, is it any wonder that India appears to be a cricketing superpower, regardless of its performance?Even then the set Max deal was a leap of faith and pocketbook. It paid an estimated Rs 380 crore for non-exclusive rights to the World Cup 2003, an enormous rise from around Rs 5 5 crore that Star Sports paid for the satellite and terrestrial rights of the 1999 World Cup.An industry source estimates that on an average a good game earns an ad revenue of Rs 5 crore a day. But as Rajat Jain, executive vice-president, set Max, says, “Life is not only about advertising.” Ad revenue is growing at 15-25percentayear but revenue from subscriber fees is rising at more than 200 per cent annually.At the end of day’s play, India is a dominant market-Sky in the UK is unlikely to be paying more than $ 1 million for the Champions Trophy, whereas Sony is paying $15 million. But TV revenue from India is not as high in Test matches as in ODIs.Nor is its status unchanging. Says Thawani: “Shares change as markets become more vibrant. Don’t forget in 1996, England was the No. 1 TV market for cricket. Also, a lot changed because of the centralised marketing by ice.”advertisementIndeed. The ice has prime public enemy Jagmohan Dalmiya to thank for the centralised sale of TV rights: he lobbied to move the sale away from country boards to the ice. Result: the 90:10 split between TV and sponsorship in the 1990s has changed to 66:33.Not that this has stopped the great cricket TV boom. Even commentators have become stars. Sunil Gavaskar, for instance, makes Rs 1.9 crore a year in an exclusive contract with ESPN-Star Sports. The competition for other stars is equally fierce: ESPN-Star Sports signed on Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador for Rs 3.5 crore a year while set Max paid Kapil Dev Rs 1.75 crore for five years.So who’s the asli badshah of Indian cricket? Kapil or Sachin? Nah. Indian TV.last_img read more

Vehicle just avoided collision with plane in Trail BC transportation board

first_imgRICHMOND, B.C. — The Transportation Safety Board is investigating a close call between a passenger plane and a vehicle at the Trail airport in southeastern British Columbia.The board says in a statement that the Pacific Coastal Airlines Beechcraft 1900C was coming in for a landing on Dec. 12.It says the plane was approaching Runway 16 while a crew in an airport vehicle was performing an inspection on the same runway.The board says a collision was avoided because the vehicle was able to get into the main apron of the tarmac just before the aircraft reached the taxiway intersection.There were 19 passengers and two crew aboard the aircraft that was arriving from Vancouver.No injuries were reported on the plane or on the ground.The Canadian Presslast_img


Study suggests history of Rapa Nui on Easter Island far more complex

first_img For many years, Earth scientists and others have used Easter Island and its inhabitants, the Rapa Nui, as a lesson in what can happen when a parcel of land is overpopulated and thus overused—resources diminish and the people starve to death (or resort to cannibalism as some have suggested). But now, the researchers with this new effort suggest that thinking may be wrong.Scientists believe Polynesians first settled on Easter Island sometime around 1200 AD—over the course of the next several hundred years the settlers became the Rapa Nui, famous for the massive maoi statues that were erected. Over that time period, the people cut down most of the trees on the northern part of the island and a lot of the other vegetation. That led to the loss of nutrient rich topsoil due to erosion and the idea that the people began to starve to death.To better understand what actually occurred both before and after Europeans arrived in the 1700’s, the researchers used a technique known as obsidian hydration dating on artifacts found at various sites on the northern part of the island where the Rapa Nui lived. That allowed them to gain insights into how the land in that area had been used during different time periods. From that they were able to construct a timeline that showed where the people were living over the course of hundreds of years. And that, the researchers report, showed that rather than a population crash due to starvation, there were population shifts that reflected changing weather patterns. Some areas did see population losses before European contact, and some actually saw initial gains afterwards. The population did see a dramatic decline, of course, sometime thereafter as the Rapa Nui people became exposed to European diseases such as smallpox and syphilis and as many were taken and sold into slavery. This means, the team concludes, that there is little evidence of population collapse prior to European contact. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from the U.S., Chile and New Zealand has uncovered evidence that contradicts the conventional view of the demographic collapse of the Rapa Nui people living on Easter Island, both before and after European contact. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they conducted obsidian hydration dating of artifacts from the island to trace the history of human activity in the area and what they found in doing so. More information: Variation in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) land use indicates production and population peaks prior to European contact, Christopher M. Stevenson, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420712112AbstractMany researchers believe that prehistoric Rapa Nui society collapsed because of centuries of unchecked population growth within a fragile environment. Recently, the notion of societal collapse has been questioned with the suggestion that extreme societal and demographic change occurred only after European contact in AD 1722. Establishing the veracity of demographic dynamics has been hindered by the lack of empirical evidence and the inability to establish a precise chronological framework. We use chronometric dates from hydrated obsidian artifacts recovered from habitation sites in regional study areas to evaluate regional land-use within Rapa Nui. The analysis suggests region-specific dynamics including precontact land use decline in some near-coastal and upland areas and postcontact increases and subsequent declines in other coastal locations. These temporal land-use patterns correlate with rainfall variation and soil quality, with poorer environmental locations declining earlier. This analysis confirms that the intensity of land use decreased substantially in some areas of the island before European contact. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore furthercenter_img A Rapa Nui Rock Garden, or agricultural field, with Poike volcano in the background. Credit: Christopher M. Stevenson This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Study suggests history of Rapa Nui on Easter Island far more complex than thought (2015, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-history-rapa-nui-easter-island.html Genomic data support early contact between Easter Island and Americaslast_img read more