Attack-minded midfielder Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff, who missed an easy scoring chance for the Reggae Boyz in their 1-1 draw with Costa Rica at the National Stadium on Friday night, says he wants to make amends in their return CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup Qualifier in San Jose on Tuesday.The England-based McAnuff, one of the most influential players for Jamaica, especially in the first 45 minutes of Friday’s game, collected a fine defence-splitting pass, but sent his shot high and failed to trouble the Costa Rica goalkeeper.little disappointed”Yeah, I just probably tried to put a little bit too much power into it rather than placing it and I am a little disappointed that I did not put that into the back of goal,” he told journalists after the game.McAnuff, however, stressed that everyone gave 100 per cent during the game and the Reggae Boyz had chances to win the game.”We played them (Costa Rica) in the Gold Cup and we should have won that as well. We need to turn the ‘should haves’ into wins, and we believe we can do that,” he said.Historically, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have it all to do in San Jose as they have never beaten Costa Rica at home, but McAnuff said they will fight to win on Tuesday.”The group is getting stronger and we responded well to the goal on Friday. Maybe, in years gone by, we would have gone under and lost the game, but we held on and really made sure we were playing up in their half towards the end.”We are going to be right there to the end and get the points we need,” he stressed.Jamaica are third in the four-team group with four points. Costa Rica lead with seven while Panama, also on four points, are ahead of Jamaica on goal difference. Haiti are at the bottom of the group on a point. Only the top two teams will advance to the final round.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — Keith Peters’ spring planting prep list is longer than usual this year.His central Ohio farm absorbed a record annual rainfall of 55 inches in 2018, with much of it coming throughout the fall. As a result, Peters missed the window for his fall herbicide applications, strip tillage and P and K applications.Even the work that did get done was compromised, he noted. “Of the 240 acres of wheat sown, I’ll probably only save 80,” Peters said. “We had too much rain, and it was sowed too late.” He’s also facing field compaction and messy seedbeds, and experts are predicting lower soybean seed quality and germination this spring.The current weather isn’t helping, either, Peters said. “There is no let-up in the moisture,” he said. “We are getting hammered and flooded right now.”“I wonder how widespread this is?” he added.Very widespread, explained DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson. “Most of the Midwest is facing the potential for wet soils to delay the start of fieldwork,” he said. “And the late-winter pattern does not show that trend changing.”The northern and central Delta is also wading through winter after a wet fall, and parts of the Southeast are still recovering from the deluges of Hurricane Florence, he said. “In the Plains, we’ve seen some drier trends recently in the central and southwestern areas, but otherwise there are either saturated soils now or soils that will likely be pretty soaked before spring,” he added. “South-central and southeastern sectors of the Plains have the highest chance of having this develop.”“Heading into the spring, growers always have to have a Plan B,” concluded Kevin Nelson, an independent agronomist based in Illinois. “But when looking at a season like this, they really need a plan C and maybe a D, E and F, too.”MISSED FALL FIELDWORKPeters’ spring to-do list is a familiar one to many Illinois growers, Nelson said.“That crop was in the field so late, there really wasn’t a chance to finish the season the way most farmers would — with tillage, burndowns and fertilizer,” he said. “There’s a whole lot of stuff hanging over their heads right now that they will have to think about in late March and April.”Missed fall herbicide applications will likely be among growers’ first concerns, as unchecked winter annuals begin to sprout in March.Henbit, pennycress, purple deadnettle and chickweed are common winter annual concerns in the Midwest, but marestail is by far the most problematic, Nelson noted.The weed overwinters well as small rosettes and emerges early and aggressively in the spring, often carrying multiple types of herbicide resistance, most commonly glyphosate and ALS-resistance.Early-emerging summer annual weeds could cause problems, too. “The later the burndown is pushed back, the more likely lambsquarter, ragweed and waterhemp can come up and cause problems,” Nelson said.Fertilizer retailers and farmers could also face a crush of work early on in the spring, as nitrogen and nutrient applications were also among the casualties of the long, wet fall and delayed harvest. “I have almost no P and K applied,” Peters said.SEEDBED MESSSoils paid the price for the wet harvesting conditions this past fall. Compaction from heavy machinery on wet soils can cause problems throughout the season, from poor emergence to shallow-rooted plants.Ruts will also be a problem, Nelson said. “Almost everyone has some field damage to think about,” he said of north-central Illinois. “Especially if growers are no-till, the damage from rutting and heavy machinery are things that take a while to work out.”Peters, who farms some low-lying river bottom fields, also has to contend with floodwaters and the sodden piles of debris and crop stubble left behind. “We have a big mess to clean up in the bottoms,” he said. “When you get bean or corn stubble piled 6 inches deep or higher, it just never dries out. We plowed some with a bulldozer last year, but others we had to plant around.”SEED QUALITY CONCERNSSoybean seed quality will likely be lower than usual this year, after many bean fields in the Midwest and South endured multiple wetting and drying cycles and a delayed harvest this fall. See the DTN story here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….“I’m hearing that there is a ton of germination rates that are less than 90% from a lot of different vendors,” Nelson noted.Growers will have to handle beans as carefully and infrequently as possible, he cautioned. “Seed coats are more fragile, and too much handling can lower germination rates even further.”Agronomists recommend growers double check their seed germination rates before planting and calibrate seeding rates to adjust for lower germination. Seed treatments can also help preserve seed quality, but don’t expect it to increase your germination rate, Nelson said.“Seed treatments will protect what you have and give every seed the best chance it has to become a viable plant,” he said. “It will not take a dead seed and bring it back to life.”SPRING WEATHER AHEADPeters’ plans for spring planting prep hinge, as always, on the cooperation of the weather.Anderson isn’t optimistic about that for many growers this spring, however.“For the Midwest, Delta, Southeast and most of the Plains, spring could be a slow season to get going,” he cautioned. “It looks like April and May will trend drier, but with the rest of February looking quite cold, and continuing into March, the time frame for getting fieldwork done will be shorter than what we need in many areas.”Some fields may not be salvageable, Anderson added. “It’s not out of the question that prevented planting could be a bigger feature this year,” he said.Other parts of the country may fare better, however.“It looks like the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will have a drier spring — producers would welcome that after battling wet conditions last fall,” Anderson said. “The western and northwestern U.S. is mixed, with some easing of drought. The southwestern and western U.S. are of course the driest regions right now.”Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali has called on the country’s cricket board to employ spin consultant Saqlain Mushtaq on permanent basis after the Joe Root-led side registered a 3-1 win in the four-match Test series against South Africa.Moeen became the first man in history to amass more than 250 runs and bag 25 wickets in a four-match Test series, which ended with England clinching a huge 177-run win over the Proteas at the Old Trafford.Paying tribute to the former Pakistan skipper, Moeen credited “amazing” Mushtaq for his role in helping the England all-rounder enjoy a record-breaking Test series.Mushtaq was hired by the England and the Wales Cricket Board on a consultancy basis and Moeen expressed his desire to see the former all the time, including this summer’s Ashes series that could prove challenging.”I’d love to have him for all games – T20s, one-dayers and Test matches. If you are going to have batting, fielding and fast-bowling coaches, it would be nice to have a spin-bowling coach for pretty much all the games,’ ESPNcricinfo quoted Moeen as saying.”If I do get on that plane for the Ashes, hopefully I’ll have Saqi sitting next to me. I’d like him to be there. He can help me out, he added.AP PhotoMoeen further revealed that he and Mushtaq were working on a few variations – including a top-spinner that has yet to be used in a match – before admitting that the former Pakistan spinner had contributed more directly to the key wicket of Hashim Amla on the final day of the series.advertisement”He gave me the option of putting a silly point in.Maybe it put something in the batter’s mind in terms of playing forward. I bowled a bit shorter, he went back. I think that made the difference,” Moeen said.”There is always something new with Saqi. The basics are the same, but he has found a few variations in my bowling which I am working on. He is brilliant with my mindset,” the England all-rounder emphasized.While Saqlain is slated to work with the England side during the upcoming West Indies series, Moeen hinted that a more permanent role for the former could be agreed soon.”That’s not too far from the future. I know we had him in India, but it’s taken a bit of time for me to understand him and him to understand me. He has been amazing for me in terms of helping with my fields, helping me understand my bowling a lot more than I had done previously and I think that has been the biggest difference,” he said.England will now head into the three-match Test series against West Indies, beginning August 17 in Birmingham.
Share Brand new portraits of former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama — wearing matching calm, strong expressions — were revealed on Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.Kehinde Wiley painted Barack Obama sitting in a chair, elbows in his knees, leaning forward with an intense expression. The background, typical of a Wiley painting, is a riotous pattern of intense greens.“Pretty sharp,” Obama said with a grin.Amy Sherald, a Baltimore-based artist, painted Michelle Obama sitting in a floor-length gown, chin on her hand, looking directly at the viewer with a calm, level gaze.The paintings, like the presidency they honor, are a historic first. Wiley and Sherald — both already famous for their portraits of black Americans — are the first black painters to receive a presidential portrait commission from the museum.Celebrities from Shonda Rimes to Steven Spielberg, former administration officials from Josh Earnest to Eric Holder, and members of the media filed into the Portrait Gallery’s expansive, glass-covered central courtyard for the ceremony. Kim Sajet, the director of the gallery, told the audience that a portrait was not truly finished until a viewer, a member of the public, had a personal encounter with it.Then came the unveiling — quite literally, as fabric covers were pulled off the portraits on a small stage.– / 4The paintings exemplify the two artists’ trademark styles.“Wiley typically portrays people of color posing as famous figures in Western art,” the Portrait Gallery writes. “Through this practice, he challenges the visual rhetoric of power that is dominated by elite white men.”Barack Obama said he admired how Wiley’s photos “challenge our conventional views of power and privilege.”But he said he rejected Wiley’s ideas that involved him, for instance, riding a horse.” ‘I’ve got enough political problems without you making me look like Napoleon,’ ” he remembered telling Wiley. ” ‘You’ve got to bring it down a touch.’ And that’s what he did.”“How do you explain that a lot of that is just simply not true?” Wiley said, when he took to the lectern. Then he got more serious.“The ability to be the first African-American painter to paint the first African-American president of the United States is absolutely overwhelming,” Wiley said. “It doesn’t get any better than that. I was humbled by this invitation but I was also inspired by Barack Obama’s personal story.”Sherald, “known for her stylized, archetypal portrayals of African Americans,” survived a heart transplant in 2012, the museum notes. “A personification of resilience herself, Sherald conveys the inner strength of her subjects through a combination of calm expressions and confrontational poses,” the gallery writes.“I am a little overwhelmed, to say the least,” Michelle Obama said in a speech, after helping Sherald reveal her work. “As you may have guessed, I don’t think there is anybody in my family who has ever had a portrait done, let alone a portrait that will be hanging in the National Gallery — at least as far as I know, Mom,” she said. “But all those folks who helped me be here today, they are with us physically and they are with us in spirit.”“I’m also thinking of all the young people, particularly girls and girls of color, who … will see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of this great American institution,” she said. “I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives, because I was one of those girls.”It was a point Sherald echoed minutes later, when she emphasized that her portrait of Obama was conceptual and archetypal, bigger than just one model.Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesObama stands between the portraits. His will be permanently installed in the “America’s Presidents” exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.“You exist in our minds and our hearts in the way that you do because we can see ourselves in you,” she said, turning toward Michelle Obama.The National Portrait Gallery, a member of the Smithsonian Institution, has worked with outgoing presidents to commission a new portrait of each one since 1962.More recently it began collecting portraits of first ladies as well. The National Portrait Gallery, a member of the Smithsonian Institution, writes:“Official portraits are interesting beasts because they are, of course official: they signify the status and attainments of the person portrayed. But they also are deeply personal, even revelatory, portrayals that say something of the character of the man or woman who shows their face to the public. The style of the portrait – the pose, the colors, the setting, as well as facial features (in the 19th century stern and forbidding was definitely the default expression) – all convey a measure of the sitter.”The official National Portrait Gallery paintings of George and Laura Bush both featured relatively casual, relaxed poses, with small smiles.The gallery’s portrait of Bill Clinton, by Nelson Shanks, was controversial after Shanks said he’d hidden a reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal in the canvas. A different portrait of Clinton, a Chuck Close painting of the former president’s grin, is on display in the museum.The new paintings of the Obamas will be on view to the public beginning Tuesday.Wiley’s painting of former President Obama will be permanently installed in the “America’s Presidents” exhibit (The Portrait Gallery has the “only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House,” the museum said in a statement.)Sherald’s painting of Michelle Obama will be on display through November in the museum’s “Recent Acquisitions” section.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco in July 2018 saw some exciting new developments in the field of serverless technology. The company is giving development teams the ability to build apps without worrying about managing servers with their new serverless technology. Bringing the best of both worlds: Serverless and containers, Google announced that Cloud Functions is now generally available and ready for production use. Here is a list of the all-new features that developers can watch out for- #1 Write Cloud Functions using Node 8, Python 3.7 With support for async/await and a new function signature, you can now write Cloud Functions using Node 8. Dealing with multiple asynchronous operations is now easier thanks to Cloud Functions that provide data and context. You can use the await keyword to await the results of asynchronous operations. Python 3.7 can also be used to write Cloud Functions. Similar to Node, you get data and context for background functions, and request for HTTP. Python HTTP functions are based on the popular Flask microframework. Flask allows you to get set up really fast. The requests are based on flask.Request and the responses just need to be compatible with flask.make_response. As with Node, you get data (dict) with Python background functions and context (google.cloud.functions.Context). To signal completion, you just need to return from your function or raise an exception and Stackdriver error handling will kick in. And, similarly to Node (package.json), Cloud Functions will automatically do the installation of all of your Python dependencies (requirements.txt) and build in the cloud. You can have a look at the code differences between Node 6 and Node 8 behavior and at a Flask request on the Google Cloud website. #2 Cloud Functions is now out for Firebase Cloud Functions for Firebase is also generally available. It has full support for Node 8, including ECMAScript 2017 and async/await. The additional granular controls include support for runtime configuration options, including region, memory, and timeout. Thus allowing you to refine the behavior of your applications. You can find more details from the Firebase documentation. Flexibility for the application stack now stands improved. Firebase events (Analytics, Firestore, Realtime Database, Authentication) are directly available in the Cloud Functions Console on GCP. You can now trigger your functions in response to the Firebase events directly from your GCP project. #3 Run headless Chrome by accessing system libraries Google Cloud functions have also broadened the scope of libraries available by rebasing the underlying Cloud Functions operating system onto Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Access to system libraries such as ffmpeg and libcairo2 is now available- in addition to imagemagick- as well as everything required to run headless Chrome. For example, you can now process videos and take web page screenshots in Chrome from within Cloud Functions. #4 Set environment variables You can now pass configuration to your functions by specifying key-value pairs that are bound to a function. The catch being, these pairs don’t have to exist in your source code. Environment variables are set at the deploy time using the –set-env-vars argument. These are then injected into the environment during execution time. You can find more details on the Google cloud webpage. #5 Cloud SQL direct connect Now connect Cloud Functions to Cloud SQL instances through a fully managed secure direct connection. Explore more from the official documentation. What to expect next in Google Cloud Functions? Apart from these, Google also promises a range of features to be released in the future. These include: 1. Scaling controls This will be used to limit the number of instances on a per-function basis thus limiting traffic. Sudden traffic surge scenarios will , therefore,come under control when Cloud Functions rapidly scales up and overloads a database or general prioritization based on the importance of various parts of your system. 2. Serverless scheduling You’ll be able to schedule Cloud Functions down to one-minute intervals invoked via HTTP(S) or Pub/Sub. This allows you to execute Cloud Functions on a repeating schedule. Tasks like daily report generation or regularly processing dead letter queues will now pick up speed! 3. Compute Engine VM Access Now connect to Compute Engine VMs running on a private network using –connected-vpc option. This provides a direct connection to compute resources on an internal IP address range. 4. IAM Security Control The new Cloud Functions Invoker IAM role allows you to add IAM security to this URL. You can control who can invoke the function using the same security controls as used in Cloud Platform 5. Serverless containers With serverless containers, Google provides the same infrastructure that powers Cloud Functions. Users will now be able to simply provide a Docker image as input. This will allow them to deploy arbitrary runtimes and arbitrary system libraries on arbitrary Linux distributions This will be done while still retaining the same serverless characteristics as Cloud Functions. You can find detailed information about the updated services on Google Cloud’s Official page. Read Next Google Cloud Next: Fei-Fei Li reveals new AI tools for developers Google Cloud Launches Blockchain Toolkit to help developers build apps easily Zeit releases Serverless Docker in beta