Draymond Green still plans to be defensive player of the year

first_img“It’s good to have our team back,” Green said. “A lot has gone on since all of us was out – in the league. Let’s try to get some normal order restored. That’s the goal.”After playing a career-low 70 games last season, Green – who dealt with various injuries to his shoulder, knee and groin – stepped away from the game this summer to heal. In the two months following the Warriors’ latest title, Green vacationed in Tel Aviv, France, Mexico, and the Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos in search of rejuvenation. A hefty summer itinerary hasn’t helped Green’s recent bill of health. He sat out most of the preseason nursing a sore left knee and has missed 13 of the Warriors’ past 15 games with his injured toe.“You work all summer to put yourself in a position to play and something goes wrong,” Green said. “That was the hardest part – not being able to play.”In the last 11 games without Green, the Warriors are giving up 110.5 points per game, 14.1 second-chance points allowed and have surrendered 49.4 points per game in the paint. In a 134-111 loss to the Bucks, the Warriors gave up a season-high 84 points in the paint in Green’s first game out of the lineup this season.“He’s the best defensive player in the league,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “I think our defensive efforts have reflected that in terms of not being as efficient. Not being able to cover as much ground.”Green’s latest journey on the injured list has tested his patience. When he injured the toe initially in November, the three-time all-star pushed himself back into the lineup just a week later, making the injury worse. After nearly a month on the bench, Green, lobbied with the training staff to return for Friday night’s 105-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks – even participating in a pregame workout at Fiserv Forum before agreeing to sit out. Now, Green says he’s learned his lesson.“Tried it my way and it didn’t work out,” Green said. “I was supposed to start back shooting two weeks ago and I got pushed back to [Friday] when we were in Detroit. No complaining for me, it didn’t quite work for me.”The addition of Green comes as the Warriors are finding their footing. With Curry back in the lineup, Golden State has won three straight games, ascending back to the top of the Western Conference. On Friday, the Warriors had their best defensive performance of the season, holding the Bucks – the league’s best 3-point shooting team – to just 17.9 percent from beyond the arc.“Very impressive,” Green said of the game. “Our intensity, our focus on the defensive side was so impressive that when they got open shots they missed em badly. You tend to miss open shots when somebody has been in your grill nonstop. Then you get open and all of a sudden you’re not in rhythm.”With Green back in the fold, the Warriors seem primed to make one of their patented runs. Seven of the team’s next nine games are at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors are 11-2 this season.“A lot of teams have made their runs – we kind of started off hot then hit this little rough patch but that’s okay,” Green said. “It’s a good time for us to make a run.”Green’s return also presents an opportune time to continue his quest for his biggest personal goal of the season: Winning his second career Defensive Player of the Year award. Four seasons ago, San Antonio Spurs guard Kawhi Leonard beat out Green for the award, despite playing just 64 games – further convincing Green he’d be a worthy candidate for the award this summer.“It’s still on my mind and I’ma get it done.”Related Articles Inside the development of Alen Smailagic, who is a long-term play for the Warriors Why Steve Kerr changed his tune on high schoolers coming straight to the NBA OAKLAND –  Despite playing just 13 games this season, Warriors forward Draymond Green still believes he can achieve his goal of winning Defensive Player of the Year.“I just got to come back and lock the league up,” said Green, who is expected to play Monday night against the Timberwolves. “Which I’m more than capable of doing.”Long considered Golden State’s emotional leader, Green’s brashness has helped push the Warriors to three championships in four years.Now, with the all-star back in the lineup alongside Stephen Curry, Green believes the suddenly-healthy Warriors are primed for a run. Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers center_img Why college basketball is back in San Francisco after 80-year absence Like our Warriors Facebook page for more Warriors news, commentary and conversation. Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season last_img read more

Photos: 10 images that sum up the Warriors Game 5 win

first_imgThe Golden State Warriors fended off the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, but the 104-99 victory may have come at a price.The Warriors started strong with Klay Thompson setting the tone with his hot shooting and other teammates chipping in. They built the lead to double digits, but momentum swung to the Rockets at the beginning of the second half and an injury to Kevin Durant changed the tone of the game overall. The all-star forward grabbed his right leg in the …last_img read more

Take another look at Biotechnology

first_imgAccording to Mr. Iqbal Sharma, Chief Director, International Trade at DTI, who is accompanying the delegation, “Government has identified biotechnology as a key growth area with the potential to improve the economic well being of South Africans – by developing new methods to treat problems such as diseases and crop failure due to drought, as well as supporting start ups for job creation.”A delegate on the mission, Mr. Butana Mboniswa, CEO of BioPAD (a Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centre, which has invested over R200 million in biotechnology project in South Africa), says “We’re looking for US investors to partner us in some of the opportunities we’ve created.”Another delegate, Mr. Sipho Moshoane, CEO of Ikhambi Health (which spans the marketing of pharmaceuticals, veterinary products, medical devices, clinical devices and pharmaceuticals manufacturing), says “South Africa offers key advantages to US investors. A stable working environment supported by world class infrastructure, a mix of highly skilled yet comparatively cheap labour, and a gateway to market medication and diagnostic equipment to Africa.”Mr. Joe Molete, COO of Cape Biotech Trust, who is also part of the mission notes that the US offers South Africa a lot in return, “the US has a mature biotech sector, is spinning out a lot of start up companies, and has the necessary technology, financial capital and managers to help grow the sector in South Africa.”In addition to promoting biotechnology, the public-private sector mission will visit New York, Chicago and Detroit to promote investment in the BPO, ICT, automotive and financial services sectors.Iqbal Sharma, says that these five sectors were chosen “because that’s where we think the quickest bites will be.”Margaret Dingalo, Stakeholder Relations Director at the International Marketing Council of South Africa (which has partnered with the DTI to host this Mission) “South Africa’s small but vibrant biotechnology sector is expected to grow significantly over the next few years.  By 2014 we expect close to 40 start-up biotech companies, delivering more than 60 new products and services to be established.  Our US investment drive showcases the boundless possibilities available to investors in South Africa.  We believe that such initiatives will help achieve South Africa’s 6% growth target, as well as enhance our tourism, trade and investment prospects ahead of 2010.”Itinerary and additional informationThe South African delegation is in the USA from 17-23 March during which time its visiting New York, Detroit and Chicago.Biotechnology companies that are part of the delegation include: Aloecap, Biopad, Cape Biotech Trust and Ikhambi Health.EndsIssued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry and the International Marketing Council of South AfricaEnquiriesFor more information about the mission, or to schedule interviews, please contact:Claire Taylor or Pamela Dlamini: Meropa CommunicationsTelephone: 011 772 10000Email: clairet@meropa.co.za or pamelad@meropa.co.zalast_img read more

What you need to know about water quality regulations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Who needs to be certified?By the law and regulations created with the passage of Senate Bill 150 in 2014 anyone in Ohio who applies fertilizer to 50 acres or more must be certified. This law applies to fertilizer (material having an analysis). If it’s manure, lime or other farm residue, you do not need to be certified by this law.If all of your crop goes through an animal before it leaves the farm, you don’t need to be certified, but I think it’s a good idea if you do go to the class and get certified anyway. How do you get certified?The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will certify applicators in Ohio. If you are a Licensed Pesticide Applicator in Ohio, you attend a two-hour meeting and fill in and sign the attendance form. Ohio State University personnel supply the education for this class. We hope you pay attention and actually learn something.If you are not a Licensed Pesticide applicator, then the process is a little different. You attend a three-hour class again from Ohio State University Extension and complete and sign the forms, submit an application and then pay a $30 fee to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.If you are a Certified Crop Adviser, you do not have to attend the fertilizer applicator training. We assume you have taken the exams, know about nutrient management and are already acquiring the required five hours of CEUs for NM (nutrient management), so you have the education. But you will need to show proof of your credentials and apply to ODA for the certification.If you are a CLM — Certified Livestock Manager — same thing. You already do the education, just show proof and submit the application to ODA.Find applicator certification training sessions from OSU Extension at: http://pested.osu.edu/NutrientEducation. Can I supervise a family member or farm employee to make a fertilizer application?Yes. A Certified Fertilizer Applicator can supervise a family member or farm employee without a certificate, if they are under your control and you supply instructions on where, when and how to apply the fertilizer. However, I cannot supervise my wife, since she is never under my control and she will not take my instructions — ODA may give me some leeway on this one.This is a long way down the road, but will I need to recertify and how will I do so?Folks are actually thinking ahead on this subject, and yes there will be a recertification process. Our first goal is to get the approximately 18,000 applicators trained in the two- or the three-hour program. This will need to be completed by September 2017, so the group we trained in late 2014 and early 2015 will recertify in 2018. Again, Ohio State University Extension will do the training and ODA will be the agency who will actually certify you in this process.In the future, for Licensed Pesticide Applicators the renewal or recertification will be done together in the same year. There is only one renewal fee and that is the same $30 you pay now for your Pesticide license renewal.For the non-pesticide licensed fertilizer applicators, this will be in the year of their first certification — 2015, 2016 or 2017. Then they will renew in 2018, 2019 or 2020, respectively. They will pay a $30 renewal fee. Do I need a nutrient management plan?The quick answer is yes. But it isn’t necessarily required.Included in the SB150 law is a provision that if:You are certified to apply fertilizerYou keep the records of application and weather at applicationAnd you develop and get approved a Voluntary Nutrient Management PlanThen yes a nutrient management plan can be used as part of an affirmative defense against a private civil action. This means that if you are sued by a neighbor for movement of nutrients off-site then being certified, having records and a nutrient management plan can be used in court to defend your actions. (I am not a lawyer, this is not to be construed as legal advice, I am just trying to pass on some education in the matter. As always contact your own lawyer for legal advice).The deeper question is, “Should you have a plan to manage nutrients?”And the answer is definitely yes. One way we think we can manage the nutrient loss problem is to know what nutrients we have available in our soils to understand what risk we have for loss of nutrients and to know how much we should apply to maintain our crops. With a nutrient management plan, we can answer the concerns and better manage nitrogen and phosphorus to reduce nutrient loss from our fields.Please contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District office to learn how to get started on a nutrient management plan. In northwest Ohio, some OSU Extension offices (Defiance, Fulton, Paulding and Wood) also have put plan writers on board. For the do-it-yourselfer, OSU has a Nutrient Management Workbook to develop your own plan, designed originally as a manure management tool. This also works for commercial fertilizer. Its available in hard copy at some Extension or SWCD offices and on-line at: http://agcrops.osu.edu/sites/agcrops/files/imce/fertility/NutrientManagementWorkbookRelease3.5.1.xlsm. I want to buy manure from a nearby livestock operation and they say I need to be certified to take the material?Yes, this is now true. As of July 2015 no person may apply manure from a concentrated animal feeding facility without a permit from ODA, unless you are a Certified Livestock Manager or you are certified through the Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training through the FACT programs that Extension is providing around the state. Again this is the two- or three-hour program we provide. Schedules are available at: http://pested.osu.edu/NutrientEducation. Records – what do I need to keep?Within 24 hours of nutrient application, record: Name of fertilizer certificate holder Name of applicator working under direct supervision of certificate holder (if any) Date of application Location (field ID, farm) Fertilizer analysis (such as 11-52-0) Rate of fertilizer application (pounds per acre) and total amount applied Fertilizer application method (surface-applied, incorporated, etc) Soil conditions For surface applications only: is ground frozen or snow covered? Temperature and precipitation during application and weather forecast for day following application.Oh, and keep those records of your nutrient application for three years. One very good place to get and print off the weather records and a forecast is http://weather.gov. I live in northwest Ohio – what does Senate Bill 1 mean?For applications of granular fertilizer (defined as nitrogen or phosphorous) or manure in the western Lake Erie basin, a person may not apply:(1) On snow-covered or frozen soil(2) When the top two inches of soil are saturated from precipitation(3) When the local weather forecast prediction for the application area contains greater than a 50% chance of precipitation exceeding: one inch in a 12 hour period for granular fertilizer one-half inch in a 24 hour period for manureunless the fertilizer/nutrient is injected into the ground, incorporated within 24 hours of surface application or applied to a growing crop.This affects all or part of 24 counties in northwest Ohio. Senate Bill 1 applies to manure application as well as fertilizer. Manure wasn’t necessarily considered in SB 150. Rumors have it that SB 1 will likely be extended to all of Ohio in the not too distant future.last_img read more

National FFA Convention from the eyes of a first-year adviser and student

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Sydney Snider, OCJ FFA reporterThe 91st National FFA Convention and Expo was a memorable experience for attendees across the country. Featuring a concert from Garth Brooks, countless student winners and a visit from President Trump, the convention was full of energy, passion and booming enthusiasm. The convention was held in Indianapolis from Oct. 24 to 27.Blake Campbell is the adviser at Warren high school in Washington County.For a first-year FFA adviser, Convention brought light to the “behind the scenes” work that advisers put in for Campbell.“Convention was different in many ways as a teacher over a student,” Campbell said. “This time I was in charge of finding restaurants for dinner along with helping the bus navigate Indianapolis, which can be a challenge during convention. I was in charge of making sure we had all students at each stop we left — making sure to not leave anyone behind.”The Warren FFA Chapter took 13 students to convention. Campbell was nervous, yet excited, about taking students to Convention for the first time. On the trip, he had to step in to a “dad” role for some of his students.“This was my first trip with students and I wanted to make sure everything went smooth. A few students got sick while on the trip so I had to play dad and care for those who were sick,” Campbell said.Despite caring for sick students, Campbell was grateful for the experience at National Convention.“The most rewarding part about taking students to convention was on the ride home the students were talking about what all they learned during the sessions, career shows, and workshops,” he said. “It was great to hear them talk about bringing back the skills they learned to our chapter and community.”Campbell previously attended Convention as a student and state FFA officer. From his new role as an FFA advisor, he said he realized how valuable convention is for students.“Most of the students I took to Convention had never been on a trip like this. They were able to learn responsibility and care for themselves. The students had to budget money to spend on food and other items that wanted,” Campbell said.While at convention, Campbell’s students attended the second general session and several leadership workshops.“The sessions and workshops provided leadership and skills that they were able to bring back home. The career fair also showcased future college possibilities and workforce options,” he said.Campbell and the Warren FFA Chapter are already excited to plan for next year’s Convention, especially the tasty places they’ll stop to eat.“I like to find local and non chain restaurants to eat at during convention so that the students can experience something different,” Campbell said.Much like Campbell, first-year convention attendee Halee Robinson also had an memorable time at the National FFA Convention and Expo. Robinson is a freshman FFA member at Alexander high school, located in Athens County.“It was a place for meeting people from all over the U.S., making new friendships that will last a lifetime and creating memories,” Robinson said.Unlike some freshman, Robinson wasn’t nervous about attending Convention. She said she was simply unsure what to expect. But she found great value in the sessions, speakers and the “inspirational environment.”“The most rewarding part about the convention was getting the opportunity to experience the meaningful messages of a worldwide organization that so many students are part of,” Robinson said.Robinson knows not every student gets the chance to attend convention and she’s thankful she had the chance to travel to Indianapolis.“I was fortunate enough to have the chance to see what convention was all about,” Robinson said. “As a student, I feel that convention was valuable to me because it provided information that allowed me to develop social and communication skills.”The 91st National FFA Convention and Expo theme, “Just One” resonated quite a bit with Robinson.“My favorite part about being an FFA member is just one idea can make a difference in my community and yours,” she said. “It can further improve the image of agriculture in America and the public’s eye.”Robinson didn’t hesitate to say she would encourage other students to attend Convention so they too can apply what they learn in their chapter and community.The Ohio FFA Association was well represented by FFA members from across the state. To learn about convention results and plans for the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo, visit convention.ffa.org.last_img read more

Man Utd announce record revenue

first_imgManchester United Man Utd post record £581m revenue Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 19:43 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(21) Jose Mourinho Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Three trophies and a return to the Champions League helped the Red Devils reduce the debt in Jose Mourinho’s first season with the first-team Manchester United have announced record revenues of £581.2 million for the 2016-17 financial year.United won the EFL Cup and the Europa League during Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge and investment in stars such as Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan saw staff costs rise by £31.3m to £263.5m – an increase of 13.5 per cent.Both Mancs unbeaten by derby? 33/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Nevertheless, United turned in a £39.2million pre-tax profit, with net debt reduced by £47.8m (18.3 per cent) to £213.1m.The figures came in above the guidance published by United in May, which projected yearly revenues in the region of £560m-£570m, while the revenue figure of £515.3m from the previous 12 months was comfortably outstripped.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “We concluded a successful 2016-17 season with a total of three trophies [including the Community Shield] and a return to Champions League football.”The year saw us set record revenues of over £581m and achieve a record EBITDA [Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation] of £199.8m. We are pleased with the investment in our squad and look forward to an exciting season.”The impact of the Premier League’s £5.1bn domestic broadcasting deal with Sky and BT has boosted incomes across England’s top division and United’s broadcasting revenue was up 38.2 per cent on the previous season’s £140.4m to £194.1m.Woodward added that the Old Trafford club’s revenue projects for 2017-18 are estimated to fall between £575m and £585m. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

QuickFacts on British Columbias recreational pot legislation

first_imgVICTORIA – Some highlights of the B.C. government’s proposed recreational cannabis laws:— The possession limit for an individual is 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent and buyers must be 19 or older.— Personal growth of cannabis plants will be limited to four per household and they may not be visible to the public spaces outside a property.— Consumption is not permitted on school property; on health board property, except in designated smoking areas; near skating rinks, sports fields, playgrounds, skate parks, spray pools, wading pools or parks.— Indoor smoking and vaping is not allowed in fully or partially enclosed workplaces, public places or common areas within a residential building.— A person must not consume cannabis in a vehicle or boat, regardless of whether it’s in motion.— Smoking or vaping cannabis will not be allowed near bus or train stops, taxi stands or ferry docks.— Anyone intoxicated from cannabis must avoid public places and someone who is intoxicated from alcohol or the drug will not be able to buy marijuana.— A person found selling or producing cannabis illegally may face a monetary penalty equal to two times its retail value.— Fines range from $2,000 to $100,000, or jail time of three to 12 months, for various offences.— There will be a 90-day driving prohibition on drivers found under the influence of drugs, and there will be a ban on new drivers in the graduated licensing program found with any THC in their systems.— Local governments will determine whether cannabis sales are permitted in their municipalities and whether that happens through private and/or government-run stores.— Government-run pot shops will operate under the B.C. Cannabis Store banner and the first is expected to open at the end of the summer.— Private operators must pass background checks and links to organized crime will not be tolerated.last_img read more

National Journal Enhances Membership with Digital Document Library

first_imgNational Journal rolled out a new database for its members featuring thousands of policy-related primary documents. Similar to an academic database, the Document Library aggregates a collection of research reports, whitepapers, press releases and a host of other information that’s aimed at helping members do their jobs better.President of National Journal, Bruce Gottlieb, says there was a clear need to develop the product for the brand’s audience. “A big part of their [members and subscribers] job is staying on top of information,” he says. “In many cases the source material is just as useful as a write up. What this allows us to do is give people one place to access a direct source in order to stay on top of fast moving, complicated information.”Gottlieb says that the historical success of similar material was a considerable factor when the company decided to develop the library. However, he says that it ultimately came down to maintaining a product-driven approach.And that approach is essential for National Journal because Gottlieb says better products “allow people to use their time effectively,” adding, “We see ourselves in the time management business.” Members and subscribers have full access to the library, and nonmembers will be given limited access. And the documents are relevant to individuals in both the public and private sector. The library is monetized through display advertising, which is one of the company’s main pillars of revenue (in addition to events and sponsored newsletters). Gottleib discloses that the company will be testing more ways to generate revenue through the new platform-specifically with native advertising. “If a company has a whitepaper and wants to include it and we think it’s relevant we can build that in,” he says.Nevertheless, he stresses that the true value proposition is gaining the ability to further segment the audience while also connecting each of its communities, because National Journal’s long-term goal is to create a two-way communication vertical between the reader and the publisher. More on this topic IEEE Computer Society Launches Personalized Aggregation Tool Folio Top Women: Poppy MacDonald Retail Environment Aims to Triple Circ In 3 Months EE Times Group Buys Electronic Design Conference Frank Cutitta The JournalJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered bylast_img read more

Get a year of RemotePC for 695 save 90 percent

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Cheapskate 11 Share your voice Once connected to a remote PC, it’s like you’re sitting at a faraway keyboard. Amanda Kooser/CNET Remote access is one of those things: either you need it or you don’t. For example, if you have an office desktop that houses files and apps you need while traveling or working from home, a remote-access system can be invaluable.Here’s one: For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get a one-year RemotePC subscription for just $6.95. It’s normally $69.50, and it normally limits you to accessing 10 PCs. With this deal, you can access 100.See it at iDriveRemotePC ticks all the boxes. It’s cross-platform compatible (Windows and Mac). It supports file transfers, remote printing, real-time chat and session recording. It also allows for guest access, in case you want to invite someone to collaborate — or help.Indeed, something like this could work as a remote-support solution, like for helping a far-away relative solve computer problems.I haven’t used RemotePC myself, but a spot check of the interwebs shows a handful of reviews, all of them positive. If remote access is something you think (or know) you need, this is a pretty sweet deal — for the first year, anyway.Are there free alternatives? There are, but they’ll come with little or no support and likely a more limited feature set.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! center_img Tags Comments Mobilelast_img read more