Wright, Perry set sights on Olympics

first_imgVOLLEYBALL: Jamaica’s female beach volleyballer, Kai Wright, said their fifth place finish at the Norceca Beach Volleyball tour in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on the weekend resulted from their passion and determination and believes she and partner, Danielle Perry, will make it to Rio this summer. Wright noted that Perry lives abroad so regular practice is not possible and tournament like these play an important role in their preparation. However, the main reason they went to the Dominica Republic was to gain experience and practice. “The main purpose was to prepare for the third round of Olympic qualifiers, get selected for the Pan Am Games, get practice, see other teams and get some experience going into the third round. “The tournament was very challenging. Every team played us competitively because we were the underdogs. Nobody expected anything from us, much less to get a big placing, so they came at us really hard. But we played real hard, worked together and achieved fifth place and it shows the passion we have for the sport,” said Wright. “My partner is from Florida so we don’t get to practice together much, but she is very passionate, she is very determined, she goes hard and plays really hard, she is very motivating, so I have a tremendous partner. Over the weekend we learnt a lot about each other playing wise and we are just working as a team,” she told The Gleaner. She thinks they are strong enough to seriously compete for a spot in the Rio Olympics when they travel to the Casova Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic third round qualifiers in El Salvador next week. “The more we go and represent and play the more the results are coming, it means our performance is getting better every time and that is what we aim to achieve,” she surmised. “We are very prepared, we have camp where the overseas players come down and we train every day, two times for the day. Hopefully we’ll go to the third round and be ready mentally and physically and I am very confident we can reach the Olympics,” said Wright. “We have one week before we leave for the third round and we’re looking to qualify and put Jamaica on top. We want to pave the way for the younger volleyball players, so we will work hard, play hard and qualify for the Olympics,” she promised.last_img read more

Dieter’s NFL betting guide: In-depth analysis and picks of every Week 1 game

first_imgNot only do the Vikings play better at home, but they also return 10 of 11 defensive starters and are going … Each Friday morning, I’m going to post my bets for the week. You’ll get a spread pick on every game, as well as the best totals and money-line plays available at the time of publishing.All lines are via MyBookie.AG.Now let’s make some cash.Week One(0-0 on the season)Atlanta at Minnesota (-4)This might be underpriced for the Vikings, so get in if you can at minus-4.last_img

Ohio Crop Progress — July 16, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry Conditions ContinueHot and dry conditions prevailed throughout the week causing stress to crops and livestock, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician with the USDA, NASS, Ohio field office. There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 15. Wheat harvest and straw baling were in full swing with the dry weather. Hay harvest was doing well with second cut for both alfalfa and other hay well underway. Oats were maturing rapidly with the hot weather. Corn and soybeans overall remained in mostly good condition. Pastures were experiencing some stress due to high temperatures and loss of soil moisture. Little to no rain allowed opportunities for fieldwork. Field activities included spraying of fungicides and herbicides, hauling manure, and performing tillage operations.Click here to see the full reportlast_img read more

ReadWrite DeathWatch: Sharp

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now cormac foster On paper, Sharp does just that. In practice, however, it’s pretty obvious that the company is barely showing up to the fight for consumers. On its U.S. smartphone website, Sharp gives a completely unenthusiastic pitch for two of the world’s least exciting phones. Highlights (pulled directly from the site) include:Wi-FiA QWERTY keyboardTouch-screen navigation“A huge selection of downloadable Android applications.”In other words, features shared by every Android phone made by any manufacturer in the last three years. Compare that to Samsungs Galaxy S III blitz or Nokia’s PureView ad campaign. Sharp doesn’t even play to its strengths very well. For all the buzz it generates with announcements like the world’s biggest LED TV, Sharp has been incredibly unsuccessful branding Aquos televisions as a viable alternative to Samsung and Sony, and its oddly Sim City-esque LCD monitor microsite shows a complete lack of understanding of how to sell products – even without the typos (copyedit on “exsamples,” please).The PrognosisSharp’s own leaders have acknowledged that it can’t survive on its own. The most probable course of action is acquisition of its manufacturing assets, either through investment (like a proposed deepening of ties with Foxconn, the industry’s favorite sweat shop) or a post-bankruptcy sell-off. In either case, expect to see a reduction in consumer brands produced by the company.Can This Company Be Saved?Given its similar ties to Apple and previous investments in Sharp, Foxconn will probably play a role in Sharp’s future. The coupling could work. Foxconn’s financial backing and massive labor machine, combined with Sharp’s precision display expertise could create a high-quality, moderately priced television that could be perfect for a high-end consumer brand looking to make a big splash. But again, that puts Sharp’s fate in someone else’s hands.To see more ReadWrite DeathWatches, check out the ReadWrite DeathWatch Series, which collects them all, the most recent first.Buckle image from Sharp.com. Broken TV image courtesy of Shutterstock. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Deathwatch#Electronics Manufacture#mobile#television center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair After 100 years of innovation, Sharp is the worst-performing company in the world. In the end, its lack of consumer focus sealed the deal. The Basics100 years ago, a metalworker and inventor named Tokuji Hayakawa opened his first shop in Tokyo. On the backs of his “Tokubijo” snap belt buckle and “Hayakawa” mechanical pencil (also called the “Ever Ready Sharp”), he built an industrial empire that produced Japan’s first crystal radio, the world’s first mass-produced microwave oven, the first LCD calculator and some of the earliest solar panels. The company’s stock price peaked in 2000-2001, when the company released the first camera-equipped mobile phone and the groundbreaking AQUOS LCD televisions.Like most consumer electronics companies, Sharp took a hit in late 2001, but it didn’t recover as well as its competitors did. As market power shifted away from its strengths, Sharp began to suffer, despite maintaining technical leadership in LCD display technology. Sharp is currently the worst performing stock in the world, its credit rating has been cut to “junk” status, and its leadership has cast “material doubt” on its ability to survive. All options are on the table, and more than 60,000 jobs are at risk. The ProblemHow did things get so bad? A sluggish economy certainly played a role, and the emergence of Samsung didn’t help, but in the end, it was Sharp’s own lack of vision that drove the company into irrelevance.To be fair, the Japanese economy is struggling, and electronics companies are bearing the worst of it. Panasonic, the revenue leader in Japanese electronics, has lost $16.79 billion in the past 12 months, and on November 11, Moody’s cut Sony’s credit rating to one step above “junk” status. A reasonably strong yen hurts exports, the television market is glutted, and Japan’s domestic economy began shrinking for the first time in a year. A weak global recovery, troubles at home, and an emergent Samsung have hurt the entire Japanese electronics sector, but Sharp is bleeding nearly three times as fast as Sony (also on the ReadWrite DeathWatch list), as a percentage of total revenue, and its prospects are far more dire. The reason is more than just poor execution. It’s a lack of corporate identity.Sharp has all but given up on its consumer brand and accepted a role as a manufacturer of commodity parts. By all accounts, Sharp makes fantastic screens – that’s why Apple sources iPhone displays from the company. But in an industry as fickle as consumer electronics, being a supplier means losing control of your own destiny. As you move down the supply chain, margins become slimmer and the ability to control your own destiny shrinks. As Samsung has shown, the only path to long-term success as a widget manufacturer is to sell them in your own products. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

ACL reconstruction

first_imgDefinitionACL reconstruction is surgery to rebuild the ligament in the center of your knee. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) keeps your shin bone (tibia) in place. A tear of this ligament can cause your knee to give way during physical activity.Alternative NamesAnterior cruciate ligament repairDescriptionMost people havegeneral anesthesia right before surgery. This means you will be asleep and pain-free. Other kinds of anesthesia may also be used for this surgery.The tissue to replace your damaged ACL will come from your own body or from a donor. A donor is a person who has died and chose to give all or part of his or her body to help others.Tissue taken from your own body is called an autograft. The two most common places to take tissue from are the knee cap tendon or the hamstring tendon. Your hamstring is the muscle behind your knee.Tissue taken from a donor is called an allograft.The procedure is usually performed with the help of knee arthroscopy. With arthroscopy, a tiny camera is inserted into the knee through a small surgical cut. The camera is connected to a video monitor in the operating room. Your surgeon will use the camera to check the ligaments and other tissues of your knee.Your surgeon will make other small cuts around your knee and insert other medical instruments. Your surgeon will fix any other damage found, and then will replace your ACL by following these steps:The torn ligament will be removed with a shaver or other instruments.If your own tissue is being used to make your new ACL, your surgeon will make a larger cut. Then, the autograft will be removed through this cut.Your surgeon will make tunnels in your bone to bring the new tissue through. This new tissue will be in the same place as your old ACL.Your surgeon will attach the new ligament to the bone with screws or other devices to hold it in place. As it heals, the bone tunnels fill in. This hold the new ligament in place.At the end of the surgery, your surgeon will close your cuts with sutures (stitches) and cover the area with a dressing. You may be able to view pictures after the procedure of what the doctor saw and what was done during the surgery.advertisementWhy the Procedure Is PerformedIf you don’t have your ACL reconstructed, your knee may continue to be unstable. This increases the chance you may have a meniscus tear. ACL reconstruction may be used for these knee problems:Knee that gives way or feels unstable during daily activitiesKnee painInability to continue playing sports or other activitiesWhen other ligaments are also injuredBefore surgery, talk to your doctor about the time and effort you will need to recover. You will need to follow a rehabilitation program for 4 to 6 months. Your ability to return to full activity will depend on how well you follow the program.RisksThe risks from any anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsThe risks from any surgery are:BleedingInfectionOther risks from this surgery are:Blood clot in the legFailure of the ligament to healFailure of the surgery to relieve symptomsInjury to a nearby blood vesselPain in the kneeStiffness of the knee or lost range of motionWeakness of the kneeBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other drugs.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see your doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor for help. Smoking can slow down wound and bone healing.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illnesses you may have before your surgery.On the day of your surgery:You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take your drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureadvertisementMost people can gohome the day of your surgery. You may have to wear a knee brace for the first 1 to 4 weeks. You also may need crutches for 1 to 4 weeks. Most people are allowed to move their knee right after surgery. This canhelpprevent stiffness. You may need medicinefor your pain.Physical therapy can help many people regain motion and strength in their knee. Therapy can last4 to 6 months.How soon you return to work will depend on the kind of work you do. It can be from a few days to a few months. A full return to activities and sportswill often take4 to 6 months.Outlook (Prognosis)Most people will have a stable knee that does not give way after ACL reconstruction. Better surgical methods and rehabilitation have led to:Less pain and stiffness after surgeryFewer complications with the surgery itselfFaster recovery time.ReferencesPhillips BB, Mihalko MJ. Arthroscopy of the lower extremity. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 51.Honkamp NJ, Shen W, Okeke N, Ferretti M, Fu FH. Knee: Anterior cruciate ligament injuries in the adult. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 23, section D.Amy E, Micheo W. Anterior cruciate ligament tear: Knee and lower leg. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD Jr, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 55, section 7.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

VALERIE CREIGHTON INDUCTED INTO PLAYBACKS CANADIAN FILM TV HALL OF FAME

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement In addition to this recent accolade, Valerie Creighton was featured as one of the 20 most powerful women in global television by The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. That same year, she was also awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit for her lifelong service to her home province. In 2017, she was recognized with the Honorary Maverick Award by the Female Eye Film Festival.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto, June 4, 2018 – Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund (CMF), has been inducted into Playback’s 2018 Canadian Film and TV Hall of Fame in the Industry Builder Category. The Playback feature includes industry leaders who have left their mark on Canadian film and television in the creative, talent, and other categories. United in their ambition, talent and determination, the industry leaders inducted into Playback’s Hall of Fame have shaped Canadian film and television into its current form.“Delivering change is never easy, but I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished at the Canada Media Fund on gender balance and the initiative with our partners to establish the Indigenous Screen Office, as well as our ongoing support for exceptional Canadian television and digital content in an ever-changing media landscape,” said Valerie Creighton. “I would like to thank Playback Magazine for their recognition. I am truly touched by this induction into Playback’s Hall of Fame.”“None of what we’ve accomplished at the Canada Media Fund could have happened without the invaluable guidance of the Board of Directors, the extraordinary support of my team, as well as the trust and advice of the industry, and our public and private funders,” she added. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more