Zaza Pachulia returns to Warriors organization

first_imgZaza Pachulia, a Warriors fan favorite and a contributor to a pair of Warriors championships, retired from the NBA and joined Golden State as a consultant, the team announced Thursday.The 35-year-old Pachulia, who was the starting center for the Warriors during their title years in 2017 and ’18, spent last season with the Pistons. After ending his 16-year playing career, he’ll contribute to Golden State in both the business and basketball operations, according to Marc Stein of the New York …last_img read more

Considering growing wheat in wide rows?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers are interested in wide-row wheat production due to reductions in equipment inventory (i.e., lack of grain drill) and to allow intercropping of soybean into wheat. With funding from the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program and the Michigan Wheat Program, we’ve conducted row width trials to examine variety selection and seeding rate. Here are some considerations if you plan on growing wheat in wide rows this fall:Variety selectionVariety selection is very important when growing wheat in 15-inch row spacing as yield is influenced by wheat variety. Each year, we conduct a 15-inch wheat variety trial in Wayne and Crawford County. Varieties selected for evaluation in 2015 were the top 25 yielding varieties in the 2014 Ohio Wheat Performance Test. In 2015, varieties averaged 81.2 bushels per acre with a range of 72.0 to 85.1 bushels per acre across both locations. Seeding rate was 25 seeds per foot of row (871,200 seeds per acre) for all varieties. The Ohio Wheat Performance Test for 15-Inch Row Spacing can be found here: http://stepupsoy.osu.edu/node/35.Seeding rateIn the Ohio Wheat Performance Test for 15-Inch Row Spacing, we used a seeding rate of 871,200 seeds per acre. However, many farmers were curious how wide-row wheat yielded at higher seeding rates. Three trials were established during the 2013-2014 growing season and one trial was established during the 2014-2015 growing season in Fulton County to compare wide-row wheat grown at 1 million and 1.5 million seeds per acre to the standard practice of wheat grown in narrow rows at 2 million seeds per acre. Averaged across the four site-years, the standard practice of wheat grown in 7.5-inch row width yielded 15% greater than wheat grown at 15-inch row width. However, there was no difference in yield when wheat was grown at 1.0 and 1.5 million seeds per acre. Planting 1 million seeds per acre was adequate to maximize yield in wide-row wheat production. A draft of the 2014 report can be viewed at: www.go.osu.edu/fultononfarmresearch3. Plant dateWe recommend planting wheat within 10 days of the Hessian Fly Safe Date. Fall wheat growth is reduced when planting is delayed resulting in reduced winter hardiness. The Hessian Fly Safe Date for each county can be found at: http://ohioline.osu.edu/iwy/flydates.html4.Weed controlWide row wheat should be planted into a weed-free seedbed accomplished with tillage or burndown herbicides. With wider row spacing and more sunlight reaching the soil surface, we recommend using an approved post-emergent wheat herbicide in the spring as well. Be sure to observe label restrictions if you plan on a second crop into wheat or after wheat. Herbicides labeled for use in wheat are listed on page 131 of the 2015 Weed Control Guide for Ohio and Indiana found at: http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds/.5. Disease Management in wide-row wheatChanging management practices such as row spacing, planting density (seeding rate), and N-rate may lead to changes in the microclimate within a wheat field. And these changes may affect the spread and development of diseases. As part of the same OSGMP-funded research project, we evaluated the development of foliar and spike diseases in wide-row (15-inch) wheat compared to standard or narrow-row (7.5-inch) wheat. In two of the three years of the study (2014 and 2015), both the average incidence (number of head with scab out of a 100 heads) and severity of head scab (percent of head area with scab symptoms) were higher in 15-inch rows than in 7.5-inch rows.Since our results also showed that wheat grown in 7.5-inch rows generally had higher yields and test weights than wheat grown in 15-inch row, we also evaluated higher N-rates as an option for increasing grain yield and quality in wide-row wheat. In all three years (2013, 2014 and 2015), increasing N resulted in higher leaf rust severity. For instance, in 2015, leaf rust severity was 18% in plots that received 80 pounds of N per acre, 24% in plots that received 120 pounds of N per acre acre, and 31% in plots that received 160 pounds of N per acre. The good news is that a single application of a fungicide (Prosaro), effectively controlled leaf rust (when applied at boot) and suppressed head scab (when applied flowering) in both wide-row and narrow-row wheat. So, is you are thinking of planting wheat in wide rows, you should have a disease management plan, particularly if you plan to use higher N rates.last_img read more

Salford Equipment has plenty to offer at Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On the west end of Equipment Avenue at the 2016 Farm Science Review sits a plethora of impressive farm equipment. In this video, we take a rundown of what all Salford Equipment has on display at this year’s show. Visit them at booth 200 to talk with their experts plus see their machinery in action at the field demonstrations.last_img

Looking for Some Good Weekend Reading? Try Longform.org

first_imgfrederic lardinois Most of the writing you find on the Web – including here on ReadWriteWeb – is relatively short. Long-form journalism often doesn’t fit into the 24-hour news cycle and most online readers don’t really have the time to sit down and dedicate half an hour to just one story on the Web in the middle of the week. Longform.org aims to highlight the best long-form journalism on the web and make it more convenient to read these stories. Thanks to its integration with Instapaper, Longform.org makes it easy to bookmark these long stories and read them on your mobile phone or iPad once you can dedicate enough time to them. Related Posts Longform.org is the brainchild of Max Linsky – a former Creative Loafing reporter and Slate contributor – and Aaron Lammer. The stories on the site cover a wide range of topics, ranging from Neal Pollack’s recent Wired story about the check-in wars, to this New Yorker story about elevators from 2008 and this in-depth look at a penal colony off the coast of Panama. The selection of stories on the site is obviously subjective, but if you come across a great story that hasn’t appeared on the site yet, you can also submit your own suggestions.Bonus:You can also find some great long-form pieces through @longreads on Twitter.You can find a more in-depth look behind the scenes of Longform.org in the Slate piece here, but if you are looking for some stimulating reading material just head over to the site and give it a try. You can read the stories without an Instapaper account, but the site’s tight integration with this service allows you to easily bookmark stories and read them on the Instapaper mobile apps later. Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Deep Energy Retrofit: Apply the Energy Efficiency Pyramid

first_imgTHE REST OF THE STORY: RELATED ARTICLES Phil extends an invitation to our fellow New England listeners to submit their DER projects to be eligible for the Bright Built Retrofit Project He also informs us about the 1000 Home Challenge, and encourages us to be a part of the movement.As always, we wrap up the episode with a song selection from Phil’s audio library. For this episode, he’s chosen “Quick Canal” by Atlas Sound, from their album “Logos.” It’s a great album for focused studio work! Thanks, Phil, and thank you, listeners. I’m going to put my elbow on ice.Cheers!OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTPhil Kaplan: So, HVAC… What happens to our HVAC?Chris Briley: Well, again, the chances are very likely if were doing a deep energy retrofit, we’re already prepared to say goodbye to what’s down there in the basement…Phil: The beast in the basement; say good-bye! Get rid of it.Chris: Good-bye! Just hold a funeral for it. Now’s the time to really assess your goals, because if we’re going to have a real high-energy profile in this house, we’re going to have a much tighter house, a much more insulated house—maybe the whole distribution system of your house can be completely changed. Maybe we can gut out the dusty old ductwork with the asbestos tape around it and all that jazz, and we can just go to a couple little heaters, a couple little radiators somewhere. Or, reduce the ductwork and have just a couple fan coils—P: Yeah, with a little heat pump…C: Maybe a ductless minisplit system, which is really popular now. One of the goals that we had was to reduce the heat demand — the energy demand of this house so much. Here’s where you could actually recoup that cost: in downsizing the system to the appropriate level of your new design. And also, maybe there’s the ability to be greener—a more efficient system, a greener fuel…P: Right. This is about electricity use, too; you’ll use a lot less power, running this huge…C: Right. But maybe it’s not a beast. Maybe you don’t—this is where you want to have a professional involved—maybe you don’t have a giant oil boiler also heating up your on-demand hot water from that. Maybe we’ve got a whole new system.P: And you have to be very careful when you talk to people who have never done these types of houses before. You hand it to a typical plumber, and they’re going to size it like a typical system. So that’s when you rely on your energy model, and you say, “Listen, I’ve got a peak heat load of this”—whatever it is—“and trust me, you’ve got to trust me, you can’t oversize this because you think it’s coming back to you and you’re going to get the call.” Because it’s a reasonable fear. They’re going to get the call—not the architect, but the guy who’s in charge of the heating system.C: If they’re good, they’re going to do a Manual J; they’ll do a heat loss calculation (if we’re talking about heat, not air-conditioning). Anyway…P: Heat pumps do both.C: So that’s what they’re going to do. We’re going to have to leave it up to a different podcast to talk about the different systems and how you choose a system, but the idea here is: Downsize the system to the appropriate level.P: Yeah, take that $40,000 that someone would want to spend on a system and say, “I only want to spend $15,000,” and put the rest of that money on the roof and on the walls, where it’s durable and it’s not going to break. It’ll last forever. Good investment. Good talk, Chris.C: When we come back, maybe we’ll talk about Martin Holladay’s pyramid, because I love that graphic.[break]C: And we’re back everybody; thanks for hanging in there. I should also let you know that we can be found sometimes—we’re syndicated—on the Green Building Advisor. You can go to GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, after this airs, and join in the conversation, which is a great thing to do. Add your two cents. Tell us a great cocktail recipe, because it’s inevitable that we’ll run out at some point. We’ll go through my favorites…P: I don’t know—Mr. Boston has a lot to say.C: That is true. But if you discover the great one…P: And give us some ideas for some future episodes. We do have some people chime in—C: This is one, by the way.P: And where do you find this on Green Building Advisor? Under Design Matters…C: If you go to blogs, go to Design Matters, and we’re there. Sometimes, when they release it, we’re on the front page.P: You can actually see what we look like. We’re so well suited to radio.C: I love your photo. My photo—Kathy took it on my deck here. Your photo looks like it was professionally done.P: That’s because I was 18 at the time.C: Yeah, guys, he looks much older and fatter and balder now than he does in that picture.P: That was right before my prom.C: You kicked my butt arm wrestling.P: For the record, we really did arm wrestle.C: We did. We were curious when we signed off; should we do that? I was like, hell yeah, we should do that. That was the liquor talking, because, you trounced me, man.P: Yeah, that was more fun than I thought.C: ‘Cause you won! All right…P: Take us to the pyramid. Is this different than the food pyramid?C: That’s why it’s brilliant. I’ve done a lot of presentations where I work at going through this same process, and usually I’ve got dumb PowerPoint slides: “Start here,” and blah, blah, blah. But then Martin Holladay—if you’ve stumbled on the Green Building Advisor in any way, you know who he is. He had a great blog a while back with the energy efficiency pyramid. And I bet if you just put in their search bar “pyramid,” you’ll find this blog; it was an older entry. Anyway, he contributed this fantastic graphic that is after the food pyramid. It’s like bang for the buck. The stuff at the bottom, do first; and then you move up, and then you move up, and then you move up. At the bottom…P: It’s fruits and vegetables, and grains. And at the top it’s steak.C: Right. Filet mignon. Solar and wind at the top.P: Solar / wind is the filet mignon, isn’t it?C: I’ll go through it real quickly, because when you’re out there you’re thinking renovation; I’m going to do a green renovation. This is a fantastic way to think about it, and I give Martin all the props in the world for this wonderful graphic, which now replaces about four or five of my slides.P: The thing that I love is that as you rise up the pyramid, complexity and investment increase.C: Right. They’re together.P: We can’t talk enough about costs. As architects, we’re going to have to start getting better and better and better about talking about numbers and money. We don’t like doing that.C: We don’t. We hate money. Otherwise, we’d be spending it.P: Right! We’d be doctors or lawyers if we liked money!C: We need to be much better businessmen…we’d actually have profits…P: Chris, hike up that pyramid with me; shall we go?C: So, we start the bottom. You know what’s at the bottom? It’s not problem solving; it’s problem finding. It’s doing that energy audit. It’s getting the professionals involved. It’s analyzing what you’ve got. And we talked about that—that energy audit. Let’s move up to the next tier right away. This is all stuff that your dad told you: “Turn off that light! What, were you raised in a barn? Close that door! Are you trying to air-condition the whole neighborhood? Shut that door!” That’s what it’s all about. Look at your appliances. Do you have an old Amana refrigerator? Dude, get rid of that beast. I mean it. Get it out; recycle it somehow.P: You can get a new avocado-colored refrigerator these days.C: Exactly. It’s coming back. You can find avocado; don’t worry. And hey, don’t put it in the garage; don’t downcycle the fridge and say, “Oh, we’ll have extra storage in the basement!” Dude. You’re getting rid—I just said “dude” four times in the last minute.P: Dude, that’s cool.C: Those old beasts can suck amazing amounts of energy; just watch out. Anyway, what you’re looking at there is phantom loads. Put some things on some switches. And then we move up, and it’s almost the same thing: CFLs and light fixtures and LEDs; change out those lightbulbs. And then we get to the air sealing, and we’ve done a whole podcast, Phil, on air sealing; that was a good one. And that is basically—I’ll hit the stat: 25 percent of most energy loss is through convection through your exterior envelope. So, seal it up, people; that’s going to go a long way.P: And sealing’s the first thing where you might have to do something; you might have to hire somebody. The other ones—really, you don’t. Well, except for the energy audit.C: And then we’re into appliances. I guess that’s where the refrigerator is; I jumped the gun. It’s time to buy new appliances and get your energy load down. Then you get into insulation, as you move up. Our first podcast was on insulation, so go look us up on that.P: We probably should do our first one over…C: Whenever I go to iTunes, our first one is the most popular, and it makes me cringe every time. ‘Cause that means people were like, “Green Architects’ Lounge. That sounds like fun!” And then they listened to that long, long, long intro, and were like, “Get on with it guys! I don’t care why your podcast exists.”P: Go…C: And then here’s the fun thing: water heating. I’m really new to the drain-water heat recovery. That was one of those products where like, you know, when you take a shower, all the hot water that goes down the drain is going out…. So, you’ve got a plumbing fixture. And I was like, it has to run horizontal. Why vertical? It’ll just drop and be gone. No—water runs down; it clings to the side, which is how it works. And so that actually is a very effective thing. We’ll talk more about it later.And then—we’re nearing the top and getting into windows. We’ve talked about windows, Phil. Oh, I skipped heating and cooling. You may have started off this retrofit with a massive, old steam boiler that used to run on coal and got converted to oil, and that thing is just a massive beast that probably should be moved to the bottom of this pyramid for you. But in most cases, it’s all the way up here. And then you’re up to windows. Windows are expensive and they’re tedious—and really, you’ve got to get it right.P: Windows are hard.C: Finally, you can do your solar and photovoltaic. Or your wind. All right, I’m done with the pyramid.P: People say, I want to do an energy-efficient house; I’m going to look at solar.C: Right, and you’re like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, buddy!”P: That’s at the top of the pyramid.C: Look how far up we are. Start at the bottom; it’s not as fun or glamorous. We have to eat our vegetables. Before you eat your dessert, eat your rice. So, Phil, you start talking; I’m done.P: All right. You know what I’d like to talk about?C: What would you like to do, Phil?P: I’d like to talk about BrightBuilt II.C: Oh, yeah, let’s do. It’s a wonderful idea, and I’m behind it. Even though it’s not my idea. I wish it were my project, but it’s not; it’s yours. But it needs to get out there.P: The point of this is that it is yours, Chris; it’s everyone’s. BrightBuilt II is going to be an open-source project, in the truest sense of the word.C: And by that you mean…?P: I mean that everyone has the ability to contribute their ideas. We genuinely listen to all ideas, and we have a blog going on. We’re going to set up a way to make sure that everyone is heard. So, let me back up a little bit. BrightBuilt Barn was a project that was completed in 2008. It’s a net-zero, LEED Platinum, replicable home that is modular—prefabricated, if you will (I’m not crazy about that word)—but you can actually purchase it and have it assembled on your site in three days.C: How many square feet?P: It’s under 800 square feet. It’s like a studio. But we have a one-bedroom, two-bedroom model. So, you, too, can have a net-zero home, affordably—under $200,000. This is a home run for us as a firm, and—C: Even won an award…P: It won an innovation award from LEED for Homes last year.C: Now there’s BrightBuilt Barn II.P: Yeah, we got this going because we realized a lot of people were very interested, and we decided to use what we got so far—this level of interest—and try to engage more people. So we’ve come up with a project called BrightBuilt II. And what it is, is a competition for a deep energy retrofit that we are going to partially fund and help you promote. It’s for a nonprofit organization.C: So, if I’m a nonprofit…P: You’re a nonprofit—and we’re limiting it. I apologize in advance, but we’re limiting it to New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. So if you’re out of those states, you’re out of luck right now, until we do BrightBuilt III.C: I’m sorry, Helga, from Costa Rica.P: We’re trying to focus this, because if we do it open source under conditions that are drastically different, we’re not really going to—C: You’ve got to be careful about that.P: We want to make sure what we’re doing is replicable. We want to engage as many people as possible. The call for submissions goes out May 1.C: You are looking for clients.P: We’re looking for clients! We’re looking for submissions. This is a competition. So, you submit your building, and you’re a nonprofit organization. If you go to BrightBuiltBarn.com, you’ll see a list. Right now, if you go, you’ll see the information for BrightBuilt Barn and what you need to submit. So, do it. We have a wonderful board of advisors who are going to help judge this project. We are going to have a short list by July 1. We’re going to have a project chosen by the end of August. And we are going to partially fund this and promote it. The goal is really to get out there what Chris and I have been talking about: deep energy retrofits. Really a moonshot. We’re trying to come up with an idea, with as many people as we can to contribute, and figure out the best way to do these things.C: So, Phil, if you’re an architect already working with a nonprofit in the areas that you have outlined, and all of a sudden you’re listening to this, and you’re going, “Holy cow! The project I’m working on could qualify.” Submit?P: Absolutely. Submit. Right on. We’d love it.C: Awesome. Great work, by the way.P: Stay tuned.C: And we’ll keep you all posted on the results and how that all pans out.P: Yep. Green Building Advisor is going to be somewhat involved. Martin Holladay is helping us out. He’s on the advisory board. Jim Newman from Environmental Building News is helping us out. Tedd Benson from Bensonwood… Tedd is a legend, really. As Hans Porschitz from Bensonwood calls him: the Pope of timber framing. I love that.C: I’m not sure that’s a compliment these days…. Do you want to talk about Jesse? There might be a part two to this podcast. If you’re familiar with this podcast, you’re familiar with Jesse, the grumpy architect that we keep in the basement. The reason why he hasn’t been around lately is because he’s spending time doing a deep energy retrofit on his own house that he purchased in Portland, Maine.And so this podcast is probably going to have a part two—maybe right away, or maybe later. Whenever we can unshackle Jesse from whatever he’s shackled himself to. It’ll sort of be a whole hour of what’s bothering Jesse, but pertinent to this very topic. I think we’ll all learn a lot as he goes through the lessons he’s learned, if he’s honest—which he will be. He’s always brutally, brutally honest.P: It’ll be really enlightening.C: I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to actually do that.P: I’ve got one more thing today that I want to talk about, which I did not mention. LEED for Homes is a good program. They don’t have anything that’s great for retrofits. They have the ReGreen program, which, honestly—for such a powerful organization, it’s kind of weak. I’d love for them to step it up a couple of notches.I think the strongest thing out there now is called the Thousand Home Challenge. It’s the Affordable Comfort Institute; I think it’s ACI.com, probably. It’s the first real program that tries to track deep energy retrofits across the country. We’ve got a project now that’s entered into it. There’s another project in Freeport that Peter Warren and Peter Troast—you know Peter Troast? Energy Circle?C: I’ve heard of it. I don’t know him.P: Good guys. They’re doing the Thousand Home Challenge. Go to EnergyCircle.com; it’s a great Web site. So, I really recommend going to the Thousand Home Challenge, and if you’re doing something similar, check out that Web site. They’re doing good things and trying to spread the word as well.C: Is there anything else you want to talk about?P: So many things. But we’ll be back.C: We’ll be back later.P: I’d love to tell you about my song.C: Well, tell me about it. In fact, we’ll cue it up while you’re talking about it.P: Yeah, cue it up. It’s got this nice lead-in. The band is called Atlas Sound.C: I’ve heard of them.P: Yeah, you know, I usually do albums that are current, immediate—C: Yes. Which we love you for.P: Thank you. This one’s from last year, and I discovered it late, so I’m playing it.C: You discovered it late?P: I heard about it, but was like, I’ll get around to it. Bradford Cox is the lead singer of Deerhunter. This is another band of his. I thought that Deerhunter was OK. I went to see them with Spoon in Boston a couple of weeks ago. This album is just beautiful stuff. It’s very different. It’s softer than the Deerhunter stuff.C: I’m going to love this in the studio.P: I think you will. A lot of it reminds me of the more ethereal… Cocteau Twins, Pale Saints. I’m dating myself. The name of the song is Quick Canal by Atlas Sound. Enjoy. Chris, it’s been a pleasure. Green Architects’ Lounge. Deep energy retrofits. Let’s do it again soon.C: You got it. This is the last installment in the Green Architects’ Lounge trilogy on deep energy retrofits.In this episode, Phil and I discuss the importance of sizing your new HVAC system to the heat load of your newly renovated house. (This is where that energy audit information, which we mentioned in previous episodes, is going to come in handy.)During a break, Phil and I arm wrestle. Remember: This is a gentleman’s podcast, so wagering should be only among friends, and the stakes should be of a friendly nature relative to the subject matter—such as help with a home improvement project, or a bottle of 12-year-old single malt scotch. To listen to GBA Radio on your iPod, right click on the green “Download .mp3” words above, save “Link” to your desktop, drag the file into iTunes, and enjoy the show whenever you want to! You can also subscribe directly from the GBA Radio on iTunes. Then I have the pleasure—no, the honor—of reprising a previous GBA article, contributed by Martin Holladay, in which he provides us all with a simple guide to approaching a deep energy retrofit: The Energy-Efficiency Pyramid. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Remodel Project: Deep Energy RetrofitBest Construction Details for Deep Energy Retrofits Roofing and Siding Jobs Are Energy Retrofit OpportunitiesAn Old House Gets a Superinsulation RetrofitDeep Energy Makeover: One Step at a TimeThe Energy-Efficiency PyramidELECTRICAL: Lighting and Phantom LoadsAir Barriers: Air Leaks Waste Energy and Rot HousesHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseEquipment Versus Envelopecenter_img PODCAST: Insulation Retrofits on Old Masonry BuildingsPODCAST: Why Does Green Building Matter? (Part 2)VIDEO: A Home Energy AuditVIDEO: Dr. Joe Inspects a Window’s Air BarrierPODCAST: Air Barriers vs. Vapor Barriers This fantastically simple graphic—the Energy Conservation Pyramid, created by Minnesota Power—is modeled after the “food pyramid.” The low-hanging fruit is on the bottom, offering you the greatest return on your investment; at the top, you’ll find features that represent the higher-hanging fruit, which should be considered only after you’ve worked your way up to them. “The choice to be more energy efficient may be clear, but the starting point can be more difficult to determine. The Pyramid of Conservation is designed to help you prioritize steps and develop an action plan that’s right for you. By establishing a foundation in energy efficiency and gaining a better understanding about how you use energy, you can more effectively work your way up the pyramid.”-Minnesota Power- Part 1: What is a Deep Energy Retrofit?Part 2: Focus on the Envelopelast_img read more

National coach Wim Koevermans wants India to adopt possession football

first_imgNehru Cup is the only international football tournament hosted by India. But as its 15th edition gets underway, things do not look rosy for the hosts, who start the five-nation tournament as the lowest-ranked team.Though rankings may not always show a team’s real potential, the defending champions would have certainly liked to be better placed than its 168th position, India’s lowest ever in history.On his first assignment as national coach, Dutchman Wim Koevermans, however, does not want to give too much importance to rankings, and believes the process of instilling possession football should be maintained.”Why should I be bothered about rankings?” he said on Friday. “I have just started. We have to look to the future. So even if we lose a match, it does not mean we will change our style.”So, how far has Koevermans been successful in changing the team’s old style of relying on long and aerial passes? “It’s right on track. We have played together for the last two weeks and I am happy with the boys’ effort,” he said.Senior player Syed Rahim Nabi felt that a better perspective can be achieved when the team plays matches. “One cannot comment on a team’s style unless it plays a few games. We played one match in Bangalore and on Saturday we will be playing Pailan Arrows. Then we can better gauge where we are,” he said.The team shifted here on Thursday from Bangalore and had a two-hour training session at the Jaypee Greens ground on Friday. “This is the first time we are practising on natural grass. We have a friendly match tomorrow and in the rest of the three days we will be concentrating on the tactical aspect,” he said.advertisementCameroon and Syria are the two nations who may give India a tough time. When asked if he has planned any special strategy for them, Koevermans said: “We have seen videos of recent games. But they might change their way of playing. So we are focussed on ourselves.”The coach made a special mention about the youngsters in the team. “You will always have to look to the youngsters. There are seven in this squad who are from the u-22 team and are an enthusiastic lot,” Koevermans said.No top stars from CameroonIf fans are expecting the likes of Samuel Eto’o to don Cameroon colours at the Nehru Cup, there is disappointment in store as no top stars are likely to come to India. No European-based players are likely to arrive.”Cameroon will most likely bring home-based players,” an AIFF official said.last_img read more

TCI cautioned ahead of 2016 Compliance Evaluations by the CFATF

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Apr 2015 – The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force told Magnetic Media that the Turks and Caicos has to be careful if it is going to stand up to the scrutiny of the CFATF when evaluations come around next year. Jefferson Clarke, Law Enforcement Advisor, CFATF: “Is relatively out of the third round, what we refer to as the third round evaluations. They (TCI) will be evaluated sometime in 2016 or thereabouts and they will be evaluated against the new methodologies. There are a number of things the TCI will now have to put in place in order to meet the new standards. So in terms of a comparison between where you were then and where you are now, it is probably not fair to make a comparison, but I’d like to say the road ahead, if you are not careful is not going to be paved as smoothly as you think.”Jefferson Clarke was one of the presenters last month at the Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance Conference co-hosted by the Financial Intelligence Agency branch of the Financial Services Commission, FSC. Mr. Clarke, who is the Law Enforcement Advisor to the CFATF, said all of the member countries, which number 27, have significantly improved to measure up to the 40 regulations and standards laid out by the CFATF; but with the goal posts shifting slightly, there is new work to be done and it will be more expensive and more tedious.“There is no room to really relax, because we are discovering after the first few countries were evaluated with this new methodology – first country was Trinidad and Tobago, the second country is gonna be Jamaica and in the wider world, we had Norway, Spain and Australia – but we are discovering the new methodology is very burdensome, so because of the increased burdens it demands resources.”Clarke admitted there may be a need for technical assistance, but explained that the TCI has the professional expertise, that the FIA has recently been empowered by new legislation and he believes there is willingness by the TCI Government to color within the lines, so to speak. The evaluation will test the TCIs ability in the area of due diligence when it comes to inward investment in particular. These comments from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force become particularly important in light of the recent news that the Desarrollos Hotel Group is linked to an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission or SEC of the United States. Government has still not commented on the matter which may jeopardize a recently signed $224 million dollar Ritz Carlton hotel project agreement. Related Items:Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, jefferson clarkecenter_img TCIG Enganging Its Stakeholders Through Compliance Conference Three Agencies synergize for Anti-Money Laundering Conferencelast_img read more

HAITIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE pays courtesy call on Premier Rufus Ewing

first_img Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jun 2015 -There are 58 approved candidates for the October 25th General Elections in Haiti.Maxo Joseph, a reverend with a doctorate in theology has a massive following and on Wednesday night spoke powerfully at the AG General Council here in Turks and Caicos.Earlier that day he paid a courtsey call on Premier Hon Rufus Ewing.Polls show that while Michel Martelly, the current president of Haiti remains popular – 57% – many say the high cost of living and hunger crisis have voters ready for a leadership not put forth by Mr. Martelly.By law Michel Martelly, cannot seek a second five year term. Add to that his ex-Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe is barred from running.Meantime Rev Dr Maxo Joseph is making the rounds. Maxo Joseph is listed as the 34th candidate on the nominees list which is posted on line. Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:courtesy call, michel martelly, premier rufus ewing, rev dr. Maxo Joseph Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more