NFL Draft 2019: The latest Raiders seven-round mock

first_imgFirst off, … The NFL Draft is one month away.And while there is so much to figure out between now and then, we’re starting to get a decent idea of who will be taken where once the spectacle gets underway in Nashville on April 25.The Raiders have eight picks in this year’s draft, but if they had to select today (and we’re pretending that they actually use all the picks as currently allocated), here’s how I think it’d go down:Round 1 • Pick No. 4Quinnen Williams – DT – Alabamalast_img read more

SA climbs in mining investment ranking

first_img2 March 2012 South Africa moved up 13 places to 54th out of 93 jurisdictions in the latest influential Fraser Institute ranking of the world’s most attractive regions for mining investment. In the previous survey, South Africa was ranked 67th out of 79 jurisdictions. The Fraser Institute’s 2011/12 Survey of Mining Companies, released in February, is based on the opinions of mining executives representing 802 mineral exploration and development companies on the investment climate of 93 jurisdictions around the world. The companies participating in the survey reported exploration spending of US$6.3-billion in 2011 and $4.5-billion in 2010.‘Reflection of work done by the minister’ Chamber of Mines of South Africa chief executive Bheki Sibiya said the views of mining executives were important in measuring a country’s relative attractiveness as a mining investment destination “as these executives have global perspectives on policy issues affecting mining”. Sibiya said South Africa’s rise in the rankings was a reflection on the work done by Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and her department to improve the country’s investment attractiveness. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s allocation, in his 2012/13 national Budget speech, of increased resources for the development of ports and rail infrastructure, which were critical to the mining industry, would complement the country’s improved policy environment, Sibiya said.Plenty of room for further improvement At the same time, Sibiya cautioned that much work still needed to be done in South Africa’s mining sector to address community-related issues, the administration and interpretation of existing regulations, as well as the duplication of statutes regulating the mining industry. He said the fact that these were outlined in the Fraser Institute survey showed that they were considered as constraints by the investment community. Sibiya stressed that the mining industry was “ready and willing to work with the government in strategies to reduce unemployment, poverty and inequality”. Fred McMahon, Fraser Institute vice-president of international policy research and coordinator of the survey, said in a statement accompanying the survey that the key to establishing a positive investment climate was “for governments to have a clear, sensible vision for mining policy and to stick to it. “By upholding the rule of law, respecting negotiated contracts and property rights, and eliminating risk with regard to tax increases and red tape, nations can attract mining investment and reap the economic and social benefits of new jobs and increased prosperity.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

No-Till Spring Field Day draws big numbers with soil health message

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As has become the norm for the event, those curious about no-till and cover crops made the pilgrimage and packed the farm shop on David Brandt’s Fairfield County farm yesterday.Stories of no-till and cover crop successes and failures were swapped over lunch and dedication levels to building soil health were reinvigorated by the compelling line-up of speakers, and, of course, the internationally known host of the 2016 Ohio No-Till Council Spring Field Day. License plates on the trucks parked in the field were from all over the country and from Canada, with a few folks making the trip from Toronto — all on an early spring day when there were probably several other things that could have been addressed on their farms back home. Nonetheless, the more-people-than-seats crowd was eager to learn and attentive.Ray Archuleta, the dynamic Natural Resource Conservation Service soil health specialist, led off the program with several different visual demonstrations showing the powerful combination of no-till and cover crops. He said the biggest limiting factor in rejuvenating our soils is the human mind.Ray Archuleta on learning from natureArchuleta encouraged the listeners to think about how the soils they farm were originally formed.“The soil in the forest and prairie are covered 24/7 and they have animals in the system. They have diversity and they are never bare. We need to follow some of those principles and mimic nature on our farms,” he said. “Buffalo, for example, group very tightly because of predators. Now some of our graziers are grouping cattle very tightly using hotwire. That gives us better manure distribution and we are getting great responses from our pastures.”Mother Nature is also a very low input, low cost operator.“If you teach people how the soil functions, they use fewer inputs that can end up in the waterways and it is less costly for the farm,” Archuleta said. “If we can cover the soil, sequester those nutrients and use the right soil tests, we are using fewer inputs.”USDA-NRCS soil scientist Barry Fisher followed up with instructing attendees to take a systems approach to improving soil health.“Some people are looking at one practice like cover crops or no-till, but when you change one thing inBarry Fisheryour cropping system it will affect the rest of your system. You may have to adapt your nutrient management to compliment the no-till or you may have to look at your crop rotation and see how cover crops will integrate into that. You have to think about a systems approach to get the most benefit out of the management style we are talking about here,” Fisher said. “I get to spend a lot of time with some of the top farmers around the country who are integrating this system. Farmers have to adapt their management every year and throughout the year. They have to watch the weather and the conditions and make those adaptive management changes throughout the season. When you are talking about the economics of cover crops, you first have to look at how farmers have adapted the management to make those cover crops work the best. And in almost every situation, you find that those producers are showing some really nice net gains when they optimize and integrate these systems.”One of the most significant drivers of the economic benefits of the cover crop/no-till combination is water management.“A lot of the benefit comes down to water management. Water makes grain. Cover crops are enabling us to build organic matter and aggregate stability to allow water to infiltrate. Water goes in where the raindrop lands and that is different than hitting the surface and running across the surface and then getting in. With that same organic matter we are then able to hold water. It allows us to manage water better,” Fisher said. “Not only are we allowing it to get in, but we can hold it until grain fill in the hot part of summer. If we can hold an extra half inch or inch for when the plant needs it, that equates to yield and that really helps from an economic benefit.”The event also featured tips from a panel of experienced farmers, a soil pit discussion and field demonstrations.last_img read more

The Key for Oklahoma State to Contend in the Big 12

first_imgThrough 3 games this season, Oklahoma State is now averaging 41.7 points per game – thanks to the 69-point explosion Saturday. Before Saturday, the Cowboys were averaging 28 points per contest.We found out Saturday just how good this team can be when they’re firing on most cylinders, and I believe a blueprint for success this season was laid out. Even with the offense now averaging 41.7, it’s clear at this point in the season the defense will be the key to Big 12 title contention.The defense won’t have to be elite, but the success of this group will be predicated on turnovers. Saturday was a good start, and an excellent indicator that their goal to “take it back” is achievable.Spencer’s defense has been solid even before Saturday; but with UTSA, we found out just how important forcing turnovers will be.How good has the defense been so far? As Cliff Brunt pointed out, Oklahoma State is tied for 8th nationally on defense, allowing only 11.7 points per game. Their .85 points allowed per possession ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 behind the Mountaineers.#OkState tied for 8th nationally, allowing 11.7 points per game.— Cliff Brunt (@CliffBruntAP) September 20, 2015With Baylor, TCU and West Virginia looming, that number is likely to spike. Can this team survive a shootout like the 2011 team could? For me, it’s hard to say either way at this point. But in my eyes, the defense creating extra possessions could be the difference between some contests among the leagues elite. This team isn’t build to survive a shootout, but rather, create one.Several weeks ago, Texas nearly left South Bend with a goose egg on the scoreboard. This weekend, they hung 44 on a respectable Cal team and appear to have found their man at quarterback. They have a little momentum offensively, and despite the fact that they’ve been mildly unimpressive in the early going, facing Texas in Austin is no small task.For a defense that forced seven turnovers this weekend, they have to remember to hit the reset button each week. Glenn Spencer is well aware of the challenge at hand. “You’re one game away from congratulations becoming condemnations,” Spencer told The Oklahoman after the Cowboys duel with Central Arkansas last week. “You’re one play away on our side from a pat on the back becoming a stab in the back.” If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Cara Delevingne Raises Awareness For Refugee Girls Education In Uganda

first_imgBritish model and actress, Cara Delevingne joined Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girls campaign, this past week on a learning trip to Uganda in support of its partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.Cara Delevingne joined the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign in UgandaDelevingne met with refugees and visited refugee entry points and settlements throughout the region to learn more about UNHCR’s response to the South Sudanese refugee crisis and its educational programming for refugee girls.Video: Champion Cara Delevingne in Uganda Raising Awareness for Refugee Girls’ Education“As a Girl Up Champion, I’m proud to bring awareness to their partnership with UNHCR supporting education for refugee girls,” said Delevingne. “When it comes to the refugee crisis, we can’t turn away. Seeing the statistics is important, but meeting and talking with the girls is another thing entirely. We can’t let the rest of the world be ignorant on the problem. We need to tell people what’s going on and how they can help.”More than 460,000 refugees have arrived in Uganda from South Sudan since July 2016, at the rate of more than 2,000 per day. Within 24 hours of crossing the border, UNHCR provides refugees with a hot meal, medical assistance, and transport to a settlement to begin rebuilding their lives again. On the learning trip, Delevingne talked with refugee girls and saw the impact of Girl Up’s partnership with UNHCR, which fundraised to help provide 4,414 girls with the uniform, textbooks, and supplies to go to school for a year.“We’re so grateful to Cara for using her voice to show the world the magnitude of the refugee crisis in Uganda, and for helping Girl Up build our by girls, for girls movement around the world,” said Anna Blue, Deputy Director of Girl Up.For girls in Uganda, education is protection. Among refugee populations, girls who are out of school are the most vulnerable to sexual violence, child labor, and child marriage. While more than 50% of refugee children in northern Uganda attend primary school, the number is just 5% for secondary school, with many girls dropping out even earlier due to family pressure to marry early or help at home. To learn more about how to support Girl Up’s partnership with UNHCR for refugee girls’ education, visit read more

Too close of a reflection Handmaids Tale season 2 embodies MeToo

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s book and starring Elisabeth Moss, begins Apr. 25. Advertisement “This season, we really see women speaking their minds for the first time — they haven’t been allowed. Then we see the repercussions of that, not unlike what we’ve seen in the #MeToo movement.”Canadian Amanda Brugel attends 2018 PaleyFest Los Angeles to promote The Handmaid’s Tale in Hollywood Sunday. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)Brugel, who is Canadian, said season two follows a similar arc to how #MeToo has evolved: people start out accepting, but that doesn’t last. Facebook The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale was a startling reflection of America’s political climate and swept both the Emmys and Golden Globe Awards.Season two will once again hold a mirror up to today’s society; this time by portraying both the support of and eventual reproach against women using their voices.“I think it’s unfortunately too close of a reflection of what’s going on in real life,” actor Amanda Brugel, who plays Rita, told CBC News at the PaleyFest television festival in Los Angeles Sunday.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Jamaica Teachers to receive revised standards by October

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, September 6th, 2017 – Kingston –  The revised standards for teacher education being undertaken by the UniversityCouncil of Jamaica (UCJ) should be available by October of this year. This was disclosed by Director, University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), Althea Heron, at the opening of the two-day Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica annual Professional Development Workshop  held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston from August 29 to 30.Ms. Heron said the revised document is expected to reflect many of the changes that are taking place within the profession, and urged the participants to obtain a copy once it is published. “This (document) will continue to serve as a guide to institutions in the development of teacher-education programmes at the bachelor’s degree level, delivered face-to- face or via distant-learning modes of instruction,” she added. Ms. Heron said teachers are a crucial part of the Jamaican workforce and continue to be central to the training and education of the wider workforce. “The new teacher educator will not only need to be tech-savvy and up to date with the latest apps, but also… mindful of their own need for continuous professional development in order to maintain a high standard of teaching that improves student learning outcomes,” she said.Established in October 1987 by the University Council of Jamaica Act, the UCJ is a statutory body currently under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.The UCJ is the national Quality Assurance Agency for tertiary education in the country. Its mission is to increase the availability of tertiary-level training in the island through a robust quality-assurance system that ensures excellence, transparency, integrityand adherence to standards.The Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica is committed to developing a cadre of teachers with knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions that meet the needs of Jamaica’s education system.The workshop is being hosted in collaboration with the Joint Board of Teacher Education.#PressRelease Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more