Here’s what you need to know about the Giants’ search for a new manager

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants’ search for Bruce Bochy’s successor has officially begun.At an end-of-season press conference held Tuesday at Oracle Park, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi announced the club has identified two internal candidates who will be interviewed this week.Bench coach Hensley Meulens and third base coach Ron Wotus will be among the eight-to-10 candidates the Giants speak to about their managerial vacancy over the next month.“They will be in to at …last_img read more

New Ohio research specialist for grape and wine production

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Three recently filled positions in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University are intended to advance research supporting Ohio’s rapidly expanding wine industry.Andrew Kirk has been hired as research specialist and manager of the Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station, a 25-acre location near the Lake Erie shoreline dedicated to comprehensive wine-grape research and education.The station, located in Kingsville, is one of eight research farms throughout the state managed by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.Kirk has a master’s degree in horticulture from Lincoln University in New Zealand (2016) and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio State (2011). At Lincoln University, he specialized in viticulture and enology and also gained experience in the management of research vineyards. Previously, he was an apprentice at Markko Vineyard in Conneaut, not far from the research station, from 2011-12.“The research specialist position is a new venture for managing OARDC’s Ashtabula Agricultural Research Station,” said Ken Scaife, assistant to the OARDC director for field operations. “It provides an opportunity for Andrew Kirk to respond to local grower needs through research and outreach programming, in addition to management of the research station.“We received thoughtful feedback from Ashtabula and Lake county growers during the search process. Their input was very helpful in OARDC’s decision to hire Andrew Kirk.”As research specialist and station manager, Kirk will provide leadership in management, research and outreach coordination for research and education programs at the research station. He will also work in coordination with Ohio State faculty in the design and implementation of field research trials related to grape and wine production — including on aspects such as pest, weed and disease control; new variety trials; cold tolerance; and wine quality. Grape disease researchThose faculty collaborators will now also include Elizabeth Long, assistant professor of entomology, and Melanie Lewis Ivey, assistant professor of plant pathology.A Ph.D. graduate in plant, insect and microbial sciences from the University of Missouri, Long joined the college in January 2016. She is an expert in integrated pest management of muck soil vegetables and grapes.Meanwhile, Lewis Ivey will join CFAES in June 2016 and will be conducting research on diseases of grapes that are of major importance to Ohio’s industry. She holds a Ph.D. in plant pathology from Ohio State and is currently an assistant professor at Louisiana State University.Ohio State’s research and education programs related to wine grapes and wine provide valuable support to a growing industry that contributes $786 million to Ohio’s economy, employs more than 5,000 people and produced 1.2 million gallons of wine a year, according to the latest study from the Ohio Grape Industries Committee.last_img read more

Face Blur in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgShooting undercover? Didn’t get all the on-screen releases signed? Use this technique for blurring faces in Adobe Premiere Pro.In this video tutorial by GeniusDV you’ll learn a unique trick for using Premiere Pro to blur out faces in your video footage. In the past, I’ve always created blurs with masks, but this approach actually uses a shape in the title tool to isolate the blurred area of the frame.Once the blur is applied to the shape, you’ll add a position keyframe every few frames (or seconds, depending on the amount of movement in the shot). This will keep the blurred area centered over the face.GeniusDV is a great site to bookmark, as it is an excellent resource for video editing and post production training and tutorials. Now open up Premiere Pro and get to blurring!last_img read more

Tendulkar most accomplished World Cup player: Imran

first_imgLegendary Pakistani fast bowler Imran Khan on Tuesday refused to compare Sachin Tendulkar with Don Bradman but said the Indian maestro was the “most accomplished player in the World Cup”.Imran declined to compare Tendulkar with Bradman as he had not seen the Australian playing.”Sachin is the most accomplished player in the World Cup. He should open Indian innings and with Virender Sehwag. They can give solid start to the team which will be difficult for other teams to match,” Imran said.He said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s squad is the best ever Indian World Cup side and it has the most formidable batting line-up among the teams participating in this edition starting in the sub-continent on Saturday.”I played the first World Cup in 1975 and have been following it since then. According to me this is the best ever Indian side playing in a World Cup,” said Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning captain.”This is the best batting line-up in the world. You have Sachin, Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan and the batting depth will play a crucial role,” he told a TV channel.He predicted that Harbhajan Singh will be the key bowler for India given the conditions, and if he were the captain he would have asked the off-spinner to play the attacking bowler’s role.Asked about the Indian pace battery, the former all-rounder said, “When I saw Ishant Sharma bowling initially, I felt that at last India has got a genuine pace bowler who can run through any batting order. But two years since then when I saw him, I could see flaw in his bowling action.”advertisementWith inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Gov’t Targeting Standards-Driven Transformation for Jamaica

first_img The Government is targeting Jamaica’s transformation to a standards-driven society, through the certification of key State agencies under the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) protocol. The Government is targeting Jamaica’s transformation to a standards-driven society, through the certification of key State agencies under the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) protocol.This was disclosed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, who said his Ministry is working with the entities to attain ISO 9001:2015 certification, which stipulates Quality Management System (QMS) requirements.He was speaking at the opening of a management consulting standard ‘train the trainers’ workshop at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (April 2).Entities pursuing ISO 9001:2015 certification must demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services meeting client expectations and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is among the government entities embarked on this journey, which Mr. Shaw said he is “delighted to see”.This, he noted, will “speak to the professionalism of the staff and the quality of public service delivered”.Other entities working to achieve certification include the Ministry, EXIM Bank, Companies Office of Jamaica, National Works Agency (NWA), Urban Development Corporation (UDC), National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Auditor General’s Department, Administrator General’s Department, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), and Management Institute for National Development (MIND).“What we are doing in Jamaica is historic and revolutionary… . No other country has done it quite like this before – the key agencies of Government becoming ISO 9001 certified, and operating based on international standards,” the Minister said.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), shares a joke with President, Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), Donald Demeritte, during a management consulting standard ‘train the trainers’ workshop at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (April 2). In the background is Senior Consultant in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and ISO 9001:2015 Ambassador, Reginald Budhan. The CICMC hosted the workshop in partnership with CMC-Global, the professional body for management consultants worldwide. Story Highlights This was disclosed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, who said his Ministry is working with the entities to attain ISO 9001:2015 certification, which stipulates Quality Management System (QMS) requirements.center_img He was speaking at the opening of a management consulting standard ‘train the trainers’ workshop at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (April 2). Mr. Shaw contended that attaining ISO 9001:2015 certification will result in an improved business environment that bolsters investor confidence, through enhanced public service delivery.In the meantime, the Minister commended the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) for hosting the workshop in collaboration with CMC-Global, the professional body for management consultants worldwide.The forum, he noted, will serve to further develop regional management consultants’ capacities.Mr. Shaw also encouraged certified management consultants across the Caribbean to seek to expand their services globally.“It is time for us to be thinking big… . Our clients don’t have to be in the region. As a consultant [with] your international global standards, [you] can be consulting to people all over the world, depending on the area of need,” he said.Meanwhile, workshop facilitator, Nick Warn, told JIS News that the engagement focused on the ISO 20700:2017 Standard, which provides guidelines for effective management consultancy service delivery.He indicated that he has been involved in the Standard’s development and its utilisation via a checklist methodology designed by CMC-Global.Mr. Warn, who also Chairs CMC-Global’s Professional Standards Committee, said his involvement in the workshop is consistent with the ISO 20700:2017 Standard’s continued development and finding ways of “making it practical in use and making sure that [it] gets well known around the world as a means of improving the excellence of our consultancy service to clients”.The workshop sought to prepare 14 certified management consultants across the Caribbean to deliver more value-added services to clients in an ethical and professional manner, and improve the quality of consulting services regionally.last_img read more

Tata Tele merger DoT seeks Rs 7200 cr bank guarantee from Airtel

first_imgNew Delhi: The Department of Telecom has given approval for the merger of Tata Teleservices (TTSL) with Bharti Airtel, subject to the condition that the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm furnishes Rs 7,200 crore worth bank guarantee, a government official said. On April 9, telecom minister Manoj Sinha gave a conditional nod for the merger, the official said. Subsequent to the minister’s approval, the official said, that DoT has asked Airtel to furnish bank guarantee totalling Rs 7,200 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Both companies also need to submit undertaking on matter related to court cases before merger is taken on record,” the official said. The merger will be taken on record after Airtel submits bank guarantee of about Rs 6,000 crore for one-time spectrum charges and another Rs 1,200 crore for the spectrum that would be acquired from TTSL. There is also a “very small amount” of dues that has to be cleared by TTSL before consummation of the deal, another official said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs part of the proposed agreement, Airtel will absorb Tata consumer mobile business (CMB) operations in 19 telecom circles (17 under TTSL and 2 under Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd ). It also agreed to take over a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata. The merger will bolster Airtel’s spectrum pool with significant additional 178.5 MHz spectrum in 1800, 2100 and 850 MHz bands, all widely used for 4G. The proposed merger will include transfer of all the customers and assets of Tata CMB to Airtel.last_img read more

Rohit Yadav sets under18 national javelin throw record

first_imgSonipat: Rohit Yadav of Uttar Pradesh stole the limelight with an under-18 national record throw of 81.75m in the boys preliminary round of the second Athletics Federation of India National Javelin Throw Open Championship here Monday. The 17-year-old from Jaunpur improved on the national record of the 79.29m for boys under-18 set by Mohammed Hadeesh Apia in September 2015. Yadav had also recorded a throw of 79.83m in the SGFI National School Games in Nadiad, Gujarat, in February. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe final will be held on Tuesday. Haryana women trio of Poonam Rani, Monica and Shilpa Rana swept the medals with efforts of 49.53m, 42.46m and 39.89m. Poonam Rani, the 24-year-old from Jhajjar, has a clutch of All-India Inter-University crowns and has thrown over 50m. With national javelin coach Uwe Hohn and biomechanics specialist Dr. Klaus Bartonietz keenly watching the proceedings, it seemed natural that the intensity of competition was high and that there was an eagerness to showcase raw talent. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMeanwhile, in the second AFI National 400m Open Championships in Lucknow, it was a teenager sprinter Vikrant Panchal (Haryana) who took the spotlight with a time of 48.06 seconds in the boys under-20 preliminary semifinals. It was the second time in the day that he breached the 49-second mark, having clocked 48.40 seconds in the preliminary heats. Haryana’s Pankaj Malik, 21, clocked the fastest time in the men’s semifinals. His time of 48.54 seconds was better than the 48.97 clocked by M Ramachandran (Tamil Nadu), in the other semifinals heats. Gujarat’s Vishal Chaturbhai had set the pace in the preliminaries with a time of 48.66 seconds.last_img read more

Sunny Deol escapes unhurt in Gurdaspur mishap

first_imgGurdaspur: Actor-turned politician Sunny Deol escaped unhurt after his vehicle was involved in a collision with three cars here on Monday, police said. The mishap occurred after one of the tyres in Deol’s sports utility vehicle burst near a ‘Gurdwara’ in Sohal village here, Gurdaspur Deputy Superintendent of Police (rural) Manjit Singh told PTI. A total of four vehicles collided with each other in the accident. Deol’s cavalcade was going towards Fatehgarh Churian where the BJP candidate had to campaign, the DSP said. “Out of four, one vehicle belonged to a villager, rest other vehicles were part of Deol’s cavalcade,” he said. Nobody was hurt in the accident, he said. After the accident, Deol resumed his journey to Fatehgarh Churian for poll campaigning, the DSP said. Deol is pitted against Congress candidate and sitting MP Sunil Jakhar from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat.last_img read more

Upsets Shake Up College Football Landscape Irish To Be

Notre Dame will be the new No. 1 team in the nation.Kansas State and Oregon — the top two teams in the country going into Saturday’s action — both came tumbling down, while Notre Dame moved to 11-0 and certainly will elevate to the No. 1 program in the nation for the first time since 1993 when the new BCS poll is released on Monday.KSU and the Ducks had a clear path to the national championship game. All they had to do was win their remaining games. Didn’t happen.The Wildcats got blizted at Baylor, losing 52-24 in a straight up beat down. Glasco Martin had three touchdown runs and Lache Seastruck rushed for 185 yards, including a back-breaking 80-yard score, in the Bears’ thumping that all but ended Kansas State’s chance for the national title.“I don’t know if I would call it getting smacked in the mouth, but they took it to us,” coach Bill Snyder said. “I really thought we prepared well, but as we found out, we didn’t. I don’t think we handled the situation as well as we should have been able to.”So, No. 1 was there for Oregon to assume. And yet, the Ducks didn’t do quack. Playing at home against No. 17 Stanford, the Oregon high-powered offense was contained. The Ducks managed just two touchdowns in losing, 17-14, in overtime.It was Jordan Williamson’s a 37-yard field goal in overtime that won the game and denied the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North — and, in the bigger picture, a shot at the BCS title.If both Stanford and Oregon win in their final games next weekend, both will finish with one conference loss, which means Stanford will win the head-to-head matchup and go to the Pac-12 championship for a chance to play in the Rose Bowl.Meanwhile, Notre Dame advanced to 11-0 by thrashing Wake Forest, 38-0. The Fighting Irish came into the weekend at No. 3 in the BCS poll. With Nos. 1 and 2 losing, it stands to reason they will jump to No. 1. It is like that the SEC will dominate the next three spots with Alabama at No. 2, Georgia No. 3 and Florida No. 4. read more

Five questions to ask about Ohio State – Minnesota

1. What is the state of the Minnesota football program? It’s rare for college football coaches to be fired mid-season. But Minnesota bucked that trend earlier this month. On Oct. 17, Minnesota fired coach Tim Brewster after the Golden Gophers’ 1-6 start. In a little more than three-and-a-half seasons as coach, Brewster went 15-30, including 6-21 in the Big Ten. Offensive coordinator Jeff Horton is now interim head coach. 2. Does Adam Weber pose problems for a banged-up Buckeye secondary? Last week, Weber joined the company of former Big Ten greats in the 10,000 career-passing-yards club. In recent weeks, the Golden Gophers have been throwing the ball extensively. Weber has averaged 47 passing attempts in the last two games. In three career games against Ohio State, Weber has averaged 177 passing yards a game while throwing two touchdowns and four interceptions. Despite those average numbers, OSU coach Jim Tressel holds Weber in high regard. “We had him in youth camp. I thought he was outstanding then, and 10,000 yards later I think he’s still outstanding,” Tressel said. “He’s a competitor.” 3. Has Ross Homan’s injury opened the door for the next star Buckeye linebacker? Remember back in 2005 when senior standout linebacker Bobby Carpenter broke his leg against Michigan and true freshman James Laurinaitis stepped in for him and didn’t miss a beat? Andrew Sweat is delivering a repeat performance in 2010 while Ross Homan is mending a foot injury. In the last two games, Sweat had 16 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception, a forced fumble and a pass break-up. 4. Is Terrelle Pryor out of the Heisman race? The smart money says that with Auburn’s Cam Newton and Oregon’s LaMichael James putting up impressive numbers week after week, along with Boise State’s Kellen Moore’s sustained excellence throughout the season, Pryor’s Heisman campaign might be postponed until 2011. Although he’s not completely out of the race yet (Pryor ranks in the top 12 in the nation in touchdown passes and quarterback rating), he will need monster efforts in each of the final four regular season games to put himself back into the discussion. 5. After struggling at Illinois and losing at Wisconsin, will OSU’s road struggles continue against Minnesota? The Golden Gophers are hardly intimidating at 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten. They are 7-42 in program history against OSU, their worst record against any Big Ten opponent. But consider this: No current Buckeye has played at TCF Bank Stadium, which opened Sept. 12, 2009. OSU always gets every Big Ten opponent’s best shot and the Golden Gophers will be amped to play under the lights Saturday night. Tressel said he hasn’t been disappointed by his team’s play on the road so far, but agreed that his squad’s two previous performances away from Ohio Stadium have left room for improvement. “I haven’t looked at our two trips and said, ‘I don’t think they were focused’ or ‘I don’t think they understood’ or ‘they let the crowd get to them,’” Tressel said. “But do we need to play better on the road? Absolutely.” read more