Spain leaves out Diego Costa

first_imgMADRID (AP):Diego Costa has been left out of the Spain squad because of an injury, coach Vicente del Bosque said yesterday. Del Bosque announced his squad for upcoming friendlies against Italy and Romania.”Diego came off from a match with an injury in his quadriceps muscle, but four days later, because Chelsea had much at stake, he was made to play again and finished in some pain,” del Bosque said. “Although the doctors said he was getting better, we have opted not to include him.”Last Saturday, Costa was sent off in Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to Everton for “improper conduct”. He was given a second yellow card after thrusting his head towards Gareth Barry before appearing to make a biting motion on the side of the midfielder’s neck. Both players later said there was no bite.Del Bosque said Costa’s behaviour was not a cause of concern.”There are two months to go before I choose my final squad for the European Championship and absolutely no one – not even Diego Costa – is currently excluded,” Del Bosque said.Costa’s place in attack was taken by Aritz Aduriz, who scored a hat-trick in Athletic Bilbao’s 4-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna and then clinched his team’s Europa League win with an away goal against Valencia.De Bosque said playmaker Andres Iniesta had also been left out because of a muscle problem.”He had discomfort and we considered it appropriate not to include him,” Del Bosque said.last_img read more


first_imgA young woman drove a man on the bonnet of her car and broke a red light after he demanded she take him for chips.Lisa McGinley – drove man on bonnet of her car. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Student Lisa McGinley drove her car for more than 500 yards up the Main Street of Letterkenny with the stranger on board. Ms McGinley, 20, appeared before Letterkenny District Court today facing a number of charges.The court was shown CCTV footage of the incident which took place on October 20th, 2013.The footage showed hundreds of revellers emerging from a local nightclub and a man jumping onto the bonnet of Ms McGinley’s white Honda Civic car.The video then shows the man giving the thumbs-up to passers by as Ms McGinley carries the man on the bonnet, before breaking a red light and then pulling in at a local chip-shop.The man is then seen shaking Ms McGinley’s hand after the incident.Solicitor for McGinley, of Broomfield, Castlefin, Lifford, Mr Frank Dorrian, said the man was a complete stranger and said he would only get off the car if the driver took him for chips.He added that his client was very anxious on the night and had been remonstrating with the man to get off her car bonnet.Mr Dorrian said his client was a science student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and had no previous convictions of any kind.Judge Paul Kelly asked “Why didn’t she just stop? What would have happened if this lunatic had fallen off the bonnet?”The court was told the identity of the man who jumped onto the car bonnet was still not known.Ms McGinley faces three charges including dangerous driving, driving past a red light and using a vehicle without an NCT certificate.Judge Kelly said he was recommending that Ms McGinley undertake the local Pro Social Drivers course to improve her skills and knowledge of the road.WOMAN DROVE MAN ON BONNET OF CAR AFTER HE DEMANDED TO BE TAKEN FOR CHIPS was last modified: March 23rd, 2015 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:bonnetchipscourtdangerous drivingdonegalJudge Paul KellyLIsa McGinleylast_img read more

Interpreting a soil test report

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soil test reports vary from laboratory to laboratory, but they all report key results of pH, lime test index (LTI) or buffer pH, phosphorous, and potassium. These results are used to develop fertilizer recommendations. Other useful measures on the report, such as cation exchange capacity (CEC), organic matter, and base saturation, can further define soil factors related to nutrient availability and holding capacity that should be considered as nutrient plans are developed. Desirable ranges to maximize crop production for each of the tests performed in a standard soil test are listed in Table 1. This table should serve as a general guideline to help determine if your soil is within the desirable range for each of the parameters tested. Thorough guidelines are given in “Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, and Alfalfa.” Soil pH and buffer pHThe level of active soil acidity is measured using soil pH. A pH value above 7 is alkaline; a value below 7 is acidic. A pH value of 7 is neutral. LTI or buffer pH is an indicator of the reserve (potential) acidity in the soil and is used to determine the quantity of lime needed to correct the pH of an acidic soil. In Ohio, subsoil pH varies based on soil parent material. Limestone parent materials found in western and northwestern Ohio may have a subsoil pH that is greater than 7 and contain as much as 50% calcium carbonate or its equivalent. Eastern and southeastern Ohio soils, developed mainly from sandstones and shale subsoil, may have pH values as low as 5. The Ohio State University Extension fact sheet “Soil Acidity and Liming for Agronomic Production, AGF-505-07” provides a detailed explanation of pH, buffer pH, and liming considerations in Ohio. Phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesiumSoil test values may be reported in parts per million (ppm) or pounds per acre (lb/ac). To convert from ppm to lb/ac, multiply ppm by two. Phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium soil test values are indicators of the relative available nutrient levels in the soil and not equal to the total amounts of these nutrients available in the soil for plant uptake. Phosphorus and potassium soil test values are correlated with crop yield response and fertilizer needs (i.e., as the soil test value increases, the need for supplemental fertilizer decreases).Soil organic matter, CEC, and base saturation are other variables that are shown on the soil test report to quantify soil characteristics and help understand other qualitative factors associated with the area represented by the sample. Organic matterTillage, parent material, crop productivity, and other management factors influence soil organic matter. Organic matter is important in nutrient holding capacity. Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)CEC measures the capacity of the soil to hold exchangeable cations (positively charged ions) and is reported as meq/100 grams of soil (meq = milliequivalents). Exchangeable cations include aluminum, hydrogen, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. The CEC depends largely on the amount and type of clay and the organic matter content. The higher the CEC value, the more cations the soil is able to hold, reducing the likelihood of leaching. It is not practical to attempt to increase the CEC of a soil by adding clay or organic matter. Liming an acid soil will slightly increase the effective CEC. Base Saturation: % calcium, % magnesium, and % potassiumBase saturation is the extent to which the adsorption complex of a soil is saturated with exchangeable cations other than hydrogen or aluminum. It is expressed as a percentage of the total CEC. The calcium to magnesium ratio is calculated on the basis of percentage saturation of the soil CEC by both elements. This ratio should be considered when lime is added to the soil. If the Ca:Mg ratio is 1:1 or less (less Ca than Mg), a lower percentage magnesium limestone should be used. Agronomic crops grow over a wide range of ratios with the ideal ratio being about 6:1 to 10:1.The magnesium to potassium ratio should be greater than 2:1. In other words, the percent base saturation of Mg should be at least two times the percent base saturation of K. High K frequently results in reduced uptake of Mg by plants. Therefore, to help prevent plant nutrient imbalance, additional Mg may be required to maintain an Mg:K ratio of at least 2:1. The greatest concern with this ratio is for grass hay production where forage produced on a field with less than 2:1 Mg:K ratio can result in grass tetany conditions.To read the entire FactSheet on Interpreting Soil Test Reports and to understand more about soil nutrient management, see our Agronomic Crops webpage on Fertility: read more

Apple’s Walled Garden Is Still Censorship With A Human Face

first_imgTags:#Apple Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Every geek worth his or her salt knows that Wednesday is new comic day, a happy day for exploring their local comics store and getting their pick lists filled with glorious four-color adventures. For some, this means purchasing electronic copies of their favorite books online, to be read on their computer, tablet or even smartphones.But today’s experience will be marred for fans of Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga: the creator of the series from Image Comics has released a statement indicating that Apple would be banning sales of Saga #12 in the popular ComiXology app and any other third-party comic app due to depicted sexual scenes.“Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps,” Vaughan said in a statement posted at Image.If you’re not familiar with Vaughan’s work, either on Saga or the award-winning series Y: The Last Man, then you would know that when Vaughan writes a series meant for mature readers, then it’s definitely going to be mature. Already in Saga, for instance, there have been scenes and depictions that I would definitely not want my younger kids reading.That’s what makes this decision by Apple to prevent the sale of Saga #12 all the more odd. If they were being consistent, then they would have blocked the sale of Saga altogether. The only thing different about this particular issue’s scene? It is explicitly depicting sex between multiple male partners.This is not the only thing that’s odd with Apple’s decision: while the company has not been shy about banning apps in their App Store that have content or activities that could be construed as violent or sexual in nature, this may be the first time they have curated independent content sold through an app (and, by extension, Apple, since they take a cut from everything bought in iOS). But, according to the App Store Review Guidelines, independent content, such as books or music, is not supposed to be curated.“We view Apps different than books or songs, which we do not curate. If you want to criticize a religion, write a book. If you want to describe sex, write a book or a song, or create a medical App. It can get complicated, but we have decided to not allow certain kinds of content in the App Store.”This hasn’t stopped Apple from blocking the sale of Saga #12 within ComiXology, even though this issue falls squarely under the definition of a book.It gets even weirder: according to Vaughan, you can buy the very same issue directly from Apple itself.“If all else fails, you might be able to find SAGA #12 in Apple’s iBookstore, which apparently sometimes allows more adult material to be sold than through its apps. Crazy, right?,” Vaughan wrote.At the end of the day, from a practical point of view, Apple’s decision does nothing to actually prevent readers from reading this issue on their iOS device. You can still purchase the issue on ComiXology’s website and have it synchronize to your iPad or iPhone. This is what I do every week anyway, because it’s faster to make one big purchase on the site rather than tap “Purchase” and “Buy” 15 or 20 times.Or, as Vaughan said, you can just get the comic right inside the iBook app. Which I would not recommend, because this is usually a sub-optimal user experience (code for: “sucks”). And then there’s the hard copy available at you local comic retailer.Or (and here’s a wild thought) don’t buy the issue. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples’ use of graphic imagery is not what this book is about, but rather elements of a larger story. Still, it is certainly the right of any consumer to choose to not purchase something if they find it offensive. Or return it and ask for a refund.What Apple has done here, however, is taken that choice away from the consumer. They are not letting them discover new content and deciding for themselves if it’s good or bad. They are not letting consumers choose to impose Restrictions on apps that might display content that some would find objectionable for their children.I have my own thoughts on Vaughan’s use of language and imagery in his works. I am personally uncomfortable with any explicit depictions of sex and violence but I also recognize that sometimes as a reader I’m supposed to have my perceptions and opinions challenged. That’s true for written works, music or art. If I consume literature that only makes me comfortable, what do I learn? How am I challenged?But if I consume literature that only someone else finds comfortable, that’s even worse.Apple’s values are not always mine or yours, and it’s past time to start noticing the walls of the garden in which Apple holds iOS users.Image courtesy of Image Comics. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App brian proffitt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Savarkar photo found defaced in BHU

first_imgBanaras Hindu University on Tuesday constituted a probe after a photograph of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar placed in a classroom was found to be defaced.The incident took place in the Political Science Department of the central university.On Tuesday morning, students discovered the defaced photograph of Savarkar lying on the ground in Lecture Room No. 103, of M.A.(final) and reported it to the administration. Following this, angry students sat on a dharna and submitted a memorandum demanding action against the culprit(s).There is a “nexus at work,” a student told reporters, drawing a parallel with the defacing of the statue of Swami Vivekananda at Jawaharlal Nehru University.“We fully oppose this,” he said and demanded that CCTVs be installed in all classrooms and the miscreant be arrested.The department said it replaced the defaced photograph with a new one. The photographs of other national icons also adorn the walls of the department.Ashok Upadhyay, department head, said somebody splashed the photograph with ink, causing discontent among the students. Mr. Upadhyay said the incident was a minor one but “not an ordinary one from the national perspective”.Three-member panelA three-member committee was formed by the Dean of the department to probe the matter, he said.“We will try to find out about the culprits, report and punish them,” said Mr. Upadhyay.last_img read more

No apology from prime minister over condescending and sexist remark

first_imgChief Judy Wilson took part in a news conference Thursday morning in Ottawa. (APTN/Justin Brake photo)Justin BrakeAPTN NewsJustin Trudeau has not apologized – and doesn’t sound like he will – to Neskonlith Chief Kukpi7 Judy Wilson.The prime minister was roasted on social media for the way he answered a question Tuesday from Wilson at an Assembly of First Nations’ gathering of chiefs in Ottawa.Wednesday, UBCIC demanded an apology for the treatment of the Secwepemc leader, who is also secretary-treasurer for the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC).On Thursday, Wilson agreed the prime minister’s tone and use of her first name was “condescending and sexist.”The prime minister’s office, in an email to APTN News, said “no relationship is more important to our government than the one with Indigenous peoples” but did not address Wilson or UBCIC’s concerns.Wilson had challenged Trudeau on the Trans Mountain oil pipeline.She told him the pipeline extension will run through more than 500 kilometres of Secwepemc territory and “there was no consent” on the project.Chief Judy Wilson = The epitome of our Seven Sacred Teachings. Why our other Chiefs didn’t speak up when PM JT dissed her by not respectfully addressing her as Chief and essentially speak down to her, patronizing.— Hilda Rose Fitzner (@Tornado_Rose) December 6, 2018“You can’t count a few IBA’s [Impact Benefit Agreements] with some of the communities as consent because it’s the proper title holders of those nations that hold the title,” Wilson said.The few Secwepemc Indian Act bands that signed agreements with previous pipeline owner Kinder Morgan “might have been under duress – but it’s not a proper process,” Wilson added, referring to the communities desperate need for jobs and development but also what she says is Canada’s refusal to regard the 10,000 Secwepemc people as the proper rights and title-holders whose consent is required.Trudeau addressed the chief by her first name, which some say is outside proper protocol, and criticized Wilson’s comment about distress instead of addressing the question around consent.Former Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North told APTN she “was taken aback when he came out [with what] almost sounded like a warning to say what he said, and also calling her by her first name.”North, one of the candidates for AFN National Chief earlier this year, said she could understand the prime minister addressing all chiefs by first name in an effort to build a friendlier image, but “to me that wasn’t respecting her position as a representative of her people, and she deserves a lot more respect than that.”Wilson said if Trudeau “respects women” – amid an ongoing national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women – he “should do the respectful thing and apologize.”National Chief Perry Bellegarde said he would “follow up to make sure that no one is disrespected in this assembly, from anybody.“You’re Chief Judy Wilson, and everybody must say that every time here in this assembly — I don’t care who you are.”Wilson said the prime minister made it sound as if she was an outlier in her nation.“It’s not me speaking solely on my own — I’m talking from Elders, from the proper title-holders, from the resolutions that the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs mandated us to. So when he’s putting me down it’s really all of our people he’s putting down,” she told reporters at a news conference Thursday.The prime minister apologized to Coldwater Chief Lee Spahan and addressed him as ‘Chief.’ (APTN/Justin Brake photo)Kanesatake’s Mohawk Council Grand Chief Serge Simon also spoke in support of First Nations resisting Trans Mountain.A member of the Treaty Alliance of 150 First Nations that have united in opposition the expansion of the Alberta tar sands, Simon said “it seems like our right to say No, our consent is not required, simply because you’ve put together a quasi-judicial board, the NEB, as a buffer between me and the Crown.“There’s environmental concerns. The planet is in trouble. Everyone recognizes it except for the governments, those who are supporting this industry,” he said.“The transition must be done and it must be done soon if we’re going to save our grandchildrens’ future. What the hell do you not understand about that?”The press conference included leaders from the Mohawk, Nlaka’pamux, Squamish and Secwepemc Nations, and called attention to what they say is a failed second attempt by Canada to adequately consult with First Nations that stand to be impacted by the pipeline expansion if the project is built.They say Canada requires the consent of their people, not just consultations with a few representatives.They also take issue with what they say is an inadequate timeline for meaningful dialogue.“We’re here to call out the arbitrary deadlines and timelines and the process that the Trudeau government continues to use as it reviews this project and response of the federal court ruling,” said Khelsilem, a councillor with Squamish Nation, commenting on last summer’s federal court decision that prompted Canada to carry out a second consultation process with First Nations in the region.“The federal government has said on one hand there is no timeline in the engagement and consultation with Indigenous communities, but on the other hand there is a 90-day requirement under the National Energy Board Act that Canada has to make a decision on this pipeline project once the NEB report is tabled in January.”Wilson said Trudeau “is basically telling us that they purchased [the pipeline] and they’re putting it through. And we’re here to say, ‘Prime minister: No you’re not.’” read more

Turnbull meets Suu Kyi to raise human rights concerns

first_imgMyanmar`s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi stands next to national flags of Australia and Myanmar at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia on 19 March. Photo: ReutersMyanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Canberra on Monday to be met by a military honour guard and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has said he will raise human rights issues during her visit.Suu Kyi has been in Australia since Friday, attending a special summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders in Sydney, where her presence drew street protests and a lawsuit accusing her of crimes against humanity.Australia’s Attorney General has said he would not allow the lawsuit, lodged by activist lawyers in Melbourne on behalf of Australia’s Rohingya community, to proceed because Suu Kyi had diplomatic immunity.Since coming to power in 2016, Suu Kyi, who won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle for democracy in Myanmar, has faced growing criticism for failing to condemn or stop military attacks on her country’s minority Rohingya Muslims.UN officials say nearly 700,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar to Bangladesh after militant attacks on Aug. 25 last year sparked a crackdown, led by security forces, in Rakhine state that the United Nations and United States have said constitutes ethnic cleansing.The UN independent investigator on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said in Geneva this month she saw growing evidence to suspect genocide had been committed.Myanmar denies the charges and has asked for “clear evidence” of abuses by security forces.Neither Suu Kyi nor Turnbull made public remarks before their meeting, but the Australian leader said on Sunday that Suu Kyi spoke “at considerable length” during the ASEAN meeting about Rakhine State, appealing to her Southeast Asian neighbours for humanitarian help.last_img