Chinese whistleblower doctor honored on death anniversary

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP) — The message honoring the Chinese whistleblower doctor who died of the coronavirus a year ago was tucked into a bouquet of chrysanthemums left by a mourner at the back of Wuhan Central Hospital. It was simply the number of a Bible verse, Matthew 5:10. “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” A year ago, Dr. Li Wenliang died from the virus first detected in this Chinese city. A small stream of people marked the anniversary at the hospital. The 34-year-old became a beloved and sympathetic figure in China after it was revealed that he was one the whistleblowers who authorities had punished early for spreading rumors about a SARS-like virus.last_img

Smooth Ride Ahead: Henry Hudson Trail Link to Freehold

first_imgHuntonsaid this is the largest Henry Hudson initiative since 2009, when the countyfronted a $1.3 million project to open the Bayshore Extension, a scenic 1.4mile path along the water between Popamora Point in Highlands and the marina inAtlantic Highlands. Along-anticipated plan to clear the way for a seamless 24-mile Henry HudsonTrail from Highlands to downtown Freehold will finally be realized, thanks to a$1.2 million federal grant. Huntonhinted that the construction of a pedestrian bridge could be the best way tocross the busy thoroughfare and noted that years ago there was a bridge onCenter Street that allowed residents to cross over the railway. “Thisgrant will allow us push forward because it covers construction costs, which isa major savings and helps out the county a lot,” said Gail Hunton, chief ofacquisition and design for the Monmouth County Park System. Engineering workwill be handled by the county this summer and fall. Trail construction couldbegin in 2020, she said. “Allof it needs to still be engineered. There are wetlands in some places we needto account for and permits that need to be acquired. But this is coming,” shesaid. Theplan is to create a 1,700-linear foot trail alongside a stretch of NJ Transitrailway, situated on Route 537 to Center Street in downtown Freehold. — The 1.6-mile gap in Marlboro between routes 79 and 520 will be completed. Currently trail users must partly travel along busy roads with narrow shoulders. — Newer crosswalks, bolder signage and electronic signals will be installed at 19 trail locations throughout Keansburg, Hazlet, Union Beach and Keyport. — Instead of ending just before Freehold Borough on County Route 537, the trail will extend through the borough and south to Farmingdale, providing a connection to communities and parks in the southern portion of the county. The New Jersey Department of Transportation grant will be used to connect disjointed sections of the trail in Matawan, Marlboro and all the way through Freehold Borough, as well as to provide safety improvements at 19 locations. “Thegoal is to link the trail to a destination like the downtown for pedestrians toenjoy food, drinks, the surrounding neighborhoods and public green space,”Hunton said. “A big part of the engineering is to figure how pedestrians canget across Center Street safely.” — The NJDOT grant will be divided into three projects. “Wecan never have enough beautiful trails in the park system,” she added. “Andthis is our most heavily used.”last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2015)–Hammered in the late betting to even money, the Kristin Mulhall-trained Path of David sat mid-pack going into the far turn and unleashed a furious stretch rally under Joe Talamo to take Thursday’s $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes by one length while covering one mile on turf in 1:36.07.With the temporary rail set at 20 feet, Imperious One, who was part of a three-horse speed brigade throughout, spurted clear turning for home, but Path of David collared him inside the sixteenth pole and won comfortably.“It felt like the pace was pretty honest which we thought was going to happen,” said Talamo. “We were able to save ground around the first turn and by the three-eighths, I had so much horse I didn’t want to take the chance of getting him stopped. I took him to the outside and he did the rest.”Heavily favored in a field of ten 2-year-olds, Path of David paid $4.20, $3.40 and $2.40. A Kentucky-bred gelding by the Gone West stallion Istan, Path of David followed up on an impressive one mile turf maiden win at Del Mar in registering his second win from six career starts. Owned by Sam and Janet Alley and Ike and Dawn Thrash, he picked up $46,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $90,555.“I was a bit worried when the rails were out today but when I saw the winner of the fourth race today close well, I was happy with that,” said Mulhall. “We’re probably going to try the dirt with him next. He got good when he stretched out and I think we’ll try the dirt again with him.”Trained by Doug O’Neill, Irish-bred Imperious One was off at 6-1 and paid $5.20 and $3.40 while finishing a half length in front of Arabian Leopard.Far back in last position until the field turned for home, Arabian Leopard, who was handled by Martin Garcia, rallied well for third, finishing 3 ¼ lengths in front of Canada. The second choice at 9-2, Arabian Leopard paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.84, 46.77, 1:11.70 and 1:24.05.Note: The Eddie Logan Stakes is named for one of Santa Anita Park’s all-time favorite employees, the late Eddie Logan, who manned his shoeshine stand at The Great Race Place from its opening on Dec. 25, 1934, until shortly before his passing at age 98 on Jan. 31, 2009.First post time for a nine-race card on Friday, New Year’s Day at Santa Anita, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Grimshaw resident fastest overall at Taylor Flats 200

first_imgIn the Fort Motors A class, Prince George’s Stephen Ford took first place in the three-boat field, as Runnin’ Loose motored along the course on the Peace and Pine Rivers in a time of 1:47:35. Tim Grebor from Grande Prairie finished third in that class, notching a time of 2:08:54.Finally, Nathan McLeod from Little Smoky, Alberta took top spot in the Compass Services FX class, finishing the race in 1:52:52. TAYLOR, B.C. – Grimshaw’s Chad Burns was the fastest overall racer and first place winner in the Dakota Contracting Ltd. Taylor Flats 200 Unlimited class this year.Burns piloted his boat Bad Habit to complete the six legs of the 200-mile race on Saturday and Sunday in a time of 1:21:20.Fort St. John resident Gord Humphrey finished fourth among Unlimited class racers, piloting Unnatural Disaster in a time of 1:49:11. Humphrey was beset by penalties on the first, second, fifth, and sixth legs of the race.- Advertisement -Clayton and Trapper Wolsey, also from Fort St. John, finished fourth and sixth respectively in the Inland Kenworth CX class.Clayton and his boat Dirty Harry notched a time of 1:46:41, which was 23 seconds slower than third place finisher Brian Freeland and less than four minutes behind first-in-class Jeremy Hand from Peace River, Alberta.Trapper Wolsey meanwhile finished in a time of 1:49:33 at the wheel of Leroy.Advertisementlast_img read more

NBA rescinds Draymond Green’s technical in Game 2 vs. Rockets

first_imgDraymond Green has three more technical fouls to spend this postseason, now that his technical from Tuesday night’s Game 2 win over the Rockets was rescinded.Green and Houston center Nene got tangled up after a free-throw attempt in the second half. They exchanged seemingly minor words but were assessed matching technical fouls.It would have been Green’s fourth of the playoffs, leaving him just three away from a one-game suspension, but the Warriors were confident Tuesday night that the NBA …last_img

Fall and winter conditions offered significant challenges for manure application

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThere has been ample fodder for frustration this fall and winter for agriculture in general, but it surely could be argued that few have faced more challenges due to the persistent wet weather during this time frame than those trying to follow the letter of the law when applying livestock manure to farm fields.Tim Wood is the sales manager for M&W Farm Supply, LLC that handles the manure from 14.75 million chickens at Trillium Farms locations around Marseilles, Mt. Victory and Croton. Conditions since last fall have been far from ideal for getting the poultry manure out of the barns and onto the fields.“Our intention each fall is to spread roughly 100,000 tons on close to 50,000 acres. So, we are kind of in a hole. We cover an 11-county area and typically harvest starts earlier in the north than the south. Around the 20th of September we had only spread around 1,500 tons. Things started to pick up after the 25th of September but we were literally shut down after the 25th of October. We had a few random runs here and there since then but it has been very limited due to the weather,” Wood said. “We had one really good week in mid-October for a 6-day window, but since late October the windows have been narrow at best. One of the nice things about our geography is the spread out harvest. But our farm customers, in some cases, were still trying to finish harvest. We have stockpiled 30,000 tons this winter for the spring application season with the limited windows we have had. The hauling burden is lessened somewhat but there is a lot of work to do.”The weather moving forward does not look much better. Because the manure M&W works with is from a commercial Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO), regulations for application are very stringent.“The top two inches of the soil cannot be saturated and we cannot apply if there is a forecast of 50% or greater chance that the following 24 hours will have a half inch or more of rain. That is a no go time for us, so we can be shut down a day or more ahead of a rain event. We rely on NOAA for the forecast,” he said. “And, we cannot spread on frozen ground. Even if our customers have a cover crop, we cannot spread manure from a CAFO on frozen ground. Our restrictions are tougher because our manure comes from a CAFO.”Adding more challenge for M&W is the limited availability of trucks to haul the manure.“There are lots of opportunities for dump truck drivers to haul rock and do things for State projects right now. It is always difficult to find enough trucks and in a good economy it is even worse,” he said. “Those jobs take priority over getting us trucks for manure hauling.”The other growing problem is the need for getting the manure out of the Trillium barns and storage facilities.“Trillium was a little nervous. The longer it stays in the barn the more composting happens and the more chances for spontaneous combustion,” Wood said. “We have storage facilities to hold the manure, but moving it around adds trucking costs.”Wood will be watching the fields and the forecasts closely from now until planting time with hopes that application opportunities arise.“A typical spring for us is 30,000 to 40,000 tons of application. That is a more frantic time because you have to be a step ahead of the planter or field cultivator. Now we are looking at 30,000 or 35,000 tons on top of that, our best hope is for a good, mild March and April that is not wet. We spent the winter stockpiling in fields,” he said. “A challenging fall is going to create a challenging spring.”One benefit to delayed application of the poultry manure is the quick use of the nutrients by the crops.“Right before planting you can take advantage of all of the nitrogen in the manure. We have customers who prefer spring application because of that,” Wood said. “The challenge in the spring is the potential for soil compaction and the logistics are a lot tighter.”Northwest Ohio-based Glen Arnold, the manure nutrient management systems
field specialist for Ohio State University Extension, said the challenge with manure application has been a statewide problem this fall and winter. Ohio State University Extension reported warmer and wetter than normal conditions at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) station at South Charleston recording 32 days with measurable rainfall totaling 9.91 inches in November and December. In these same two months the OARDC Hoytville location in northwest Ohio recorded 24 days with measurable rainfall totaling 6.04 inches. The OARDC weather station in Wooster recorded 24 days with measurable rainfall totaling 7.88 inches. Many parts of Ohio registered their wettest year on record in 2018. Many areas have had about 50 inches of precipitation where the normal is 35 to 39 inches. Columbus had 55 inches.“We probably did not have 10 days of manure application time total in the months of November and December in my area of the state and we have had very few days in January and February where we have the correct combination of field conditions and weather forecast to land apply manure. Sometimes fields have been too wet. Sometimes they have been frozen too deep for manure to be incorporated,” Arnold said. “The wet weather has certainly caused major disruptions to the normal fall and winter manure application schedule.”The situation impacts crop producers planning on the nutrients from the manure for their crops, the manure applicators and livestock producers running low on storage space.“Many livestock producers are facing storage issues and have sought to transfer manure to other storage facilities as they can find them. The weather limited manure application opportunities and, especially for dairy farms, resulted in more manure and wastewater needing to be land applied,” Arnold said. “Commercial manure applicators I have talked with still have customers asking for help.“Another issue is the wet weather prevented most livestock producers from getting cover crops established. This further restricts what field can be used for manure application unless the manure can be incorporated at application time or within 24 hours following application in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Had we known how wet the fall would be, many would have had cover crops flown onto fields needed for manure application. This seems simple in hindsight, but to get a good stand, incorporating cover crops usually works far better than aerial seeding them.”The challenges may be even more significant moving forward based on which Ohio watershed the fields for application are located.“In the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed, the winter manure application ban from Dec. 15 to March 1 is still in effect. Thus, no manure application would normally be allowed in January and February,” Arnold said. “In the Western Lake Erie Basin watershed, the application of manure to frozen and snow-covered soils requires there to be a growing crop in the field. This could be a pasture, alfalfa, clover, ryegrass or a rape crop. There must be enough vegetation visible to provide 90% cover of residue and growing vegetation, Radishes and oats would not qualify as a growing crop as both are typically winter killed. Manure can be applied to fields without growing crops if the manure is incorporated at the time of application or incorporated within 24 hours of application.”When manure is applied, Arnold advises the applicator to print out the weather forecast at the start of the manure application and to take measures beyond the law to minimize risks.“It is advisable to print out the weather forecast when you start applying manure so you have the needed proof if an unexpected storm drenches the area. is the most commonly accepted website for this forecast,” he said. “Although not required by law, winter manure application should follow the NRCS 590 standards, which limit solid manure application amounts to five tons per acre and liquid manure application amounts to 5,000 gallons per acre. These have 200-foot setback distances from ditches, streams and creeks and must be on slopes of less than 6% and less than 20-acre areas in size without additional buffers. For liquid manure applicators, examine fields for tile blowouts, monitor tile outlets before, during, and after manure application and any other situations that might allow manure to reach surface waters.”last_img read more

Weekly Wrap-Up: Twitter API Change, RIP Adobe Flash On Android, 5 Reasons Why Web Publishing Is Changing (Again)

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market adam popescu Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img What do Twitter’s API changes mean for developers and users? Adobe no longer offers flash for android devices. And why web publishing is changing — again. After the jump read about this week’s top stories on some key topics that are shaping the web – Location, App Stores, and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from six of our channels. Read on for more.Twitter to Developers: Display Tweets Our Way Or ElseAfter months of anticipation, Twitter laid out the changes to its API. The message: Twitter does not want any client apps not made by Twitter. MoreDevelopers Are Pissed, Frustrated by New Twitter DecreeMany view the change as the latest move from the company towards tightening its grip and owning the platform. The days of popular third-party services may be numbered. For others, it means manpower and time in order to change. MoreRIP Adobe Flash on AndroidAdobe announced last year that mobile Flash would no longer be supported on Android beyond version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.More5 Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing (Again)We’re witnessing another sea change in Web publishing. From Pinterest at the beginning of this year to the launch this week of a new product from two Twitter founders, Medium, 2012 has been a year where the norms of publishing are being challenged.MoreMore Top StoriesBig Brains = Bigger Social NetworksForget Klout. The real measure of social media prowess turns out to be the size of your brain.MoreWhy Twitter Just Pushed Developers Aside: To Secure Its FutureTwitter’s long-awaited crackdown on outside apps could prove to be one of the boldest and most controversial moves in its history. But if you consider Twitter’s position, it’s actually reasonable. And it could play an important role in Twitter’s survival.MoreAT&T to Spend Tens of Millions to Promote Safe TextingTexting while driving contributes to nearly 100,000 crashes causing injury or death per year. Loathe to be held responsible for such a grim statistic, AT&T has announced a campaign to stop texting while driving as well as an app to help curb the practice.MoreWhen is the Best Time to Post on Instagram?Effective Instagramming is, first and foremost, about quality. Good composition, interesting angles, worthy subjects and even a bit of humor come into play. As always on social networks, though, when you post is nearly as important as what you post.MoreUse This App to Create Anonymous, Disposable Email AddressesEmail addresses are the keys to the kingdom of all our personal data. It’s too bad we had to relearn this lesson last week when Wired’s Mat Honan had the crap hacked out of him.MoreWhat’s the Hardest Thing You Ever Had To Do? Startup Founders Share Their Darkest MomentsWe asked a panel of eight successful young entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to reveal the hardest, most wrenching thing they’ve had to do to build their businesses.MoreReadWriteWeb ChannelsStart10 Ways Startups Can Track Trends: And Why It’s So Important8 Indispensable Qualities For Your First Startup Hire Want Your Startup to Succeed? Stay HomeBizDear Marissa Mayer: Don’t Change YahooAmazon Gets Ready for Sales TaxesEnterpriseFollow ReadWriteEnterprise on Twitter.The New Microsoft Office: 20 Things to Like, Not Like and Worry AboutUtilities and Other Industries Not Ready for Big Data, Say New Oracle ReportsDon’t Believe the Doomsayers: Microsoft’s Q4 Results Are Good News CloudWhat’s Killing the Printer Business?Is a VMware/EMC Cloud Spin-Off in the Works?HackFollow ReadWriteHack on Twitter.Copyright Enforcement Irony: Hip Hopper Lord Finesse Silences YouTube Rapper Dan BullMobileFollow ReadWriteMobile on Twitter.Tablets & PCs: One Industry or Two?ReadWriteWeb CommunityYou can find ReadWriteWeb in many places on the Web, a few of which are below.ReadWriteWeb on FacebookReadWriteWeb on TwitterReadWriteWeb on Google+ReadWriteWeb on LinkedInReadWriteWeb on PinterestSubscribe to the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-upWant to have this wrap up delivered to you automagically? You can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups last_img read more

Need to Table Read a Script? There’s an App for That.

first_imgScreenwriters and directors love going through a script before filming. Now there’s a tool that can make it easier: AppCoustic’s Table Read App.Top image from LucasFilmNo matter if you’re working on a feature film or an industrial video, you’re going to need a script. Before going into any type of production, you always want to get your actors together to go over the script. You’ve got to have everyone on the same page.This rehearsal is called a table read and (as a director) I require this before any shoot because it allows me to work through the characters with the actors. But sometimes I like to go through the script with my fellow scriptwriter before we even proceed with the table read. Usually this means we sit in my office and go through the script line after line. But now there is a app on the horizon that will allow us to do that with multiple voice actors.Exactly What This IsAppCoustic has created a new app called tableread that does exactly as the name suggests. As a screenwriter or director you can use tableread to review and voice act your script before you meet with your cast. This is really helpful because it allows you to sit back and review rather than try to perform the script, which I’ve done several times before going into a table read.Currently the tableread app is only available on iOS devices, but an Android version is coming soon.Video from tablereadHow to Get StartedWhen I got my hands on the tableread app, I was surprised how easily I was able to add a script and get going. I opened an email that contained a finished script and within seconds I was able to get it uploaded to the app and start the process of getting my first project going.While the free version is impressive, the Pro version is pretty amazing. With the Pro version, I was able to upload my script and then set specific voices for each of the characters. On top of this, I was able to add a score underneath, which was incredibly interesting. The only thing I wish I could have done was upload some of the music that our composer had already done.Video from tablereadThe cost for the Pro version is $2.99 a month, but you do get a seven day free trial to run through the app. Again, I was quite impressed with the app and what it can do. While the voices are really customizable, they’re still automated voices and don’t always translate your script super clearly, but this app is in its infancy. As it moves forward, I’m sure that will become less of an issue for some.Example of a Table ReadTable reads are an important part of the creative and filmmaking process. As mentioned before, screenwriters and directors love them, as they allow you to go through the story with the actors who will be portraying the characters in the film. But now the question is: have you ever seen or been apart of a table read? If not, you’re in luck. Here’s one of our favorite table reads. It’s from this year’s Comic Con and it features the cast of Family Guy acting out portion of an episode.Video from vizzcayya45As a filmmaker or videographer, do you use table reads before going into production? Do you think this new app can help you in that department? Does this new app interest you at all? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

UFC 235: Kamaru Usman wins welterweight belt, Ben Askren chokes out Robbie Lawler in debut

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ben Askren, Woodley’s close friend and training partner, survived an opening-minute beating and rallied to choke out Robbie Lawler midway through the first round of his own UFC debut.Light heavyweight champ Jon Jones took on Anthony Smith in the main event of the pay-per-view card at T-Mobile Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 31-year-old Usman, a Nigerian-born Texan and former NCAA Division II wrestler, broke into the UFC in 2015 on its long-running competition reality show. He won his first eight UFC bouts and battered ex-champ Rafael Dos Anjos last November to earn his shot at Woodley’s belt.“Can’t nobody handle me,” Usman said. “I’ve been wanting this fight, and I’ll be honest, I might not be the best striker in the world. I might not be the best wrestler in the world. But when it comes to mixing this (stuff) up, I’m the best in the world right now.” “I was bleeding all over the place, so I just squeezed as hard as I could. Everyone is upset with Herb, but he came in and checked on Robbie (in the clinch), and Robbie gave him (no response). As a veteran, that’s on Robbie. That’s not on Herb or me.”The outspoken Askren (19-0), a former U.S. Olympic wrestler, joined the UFC late last year after a decade fighting in other promotions and sparring with UFC President Dana White on social media. The UFC surprisingly added him to its roster last year, trading former flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson to the One Championship promotion.“Dana, is that the best you’ve got? Bring it, baby,” Askren said after beating Lawler.Lawler, the former welterweight champion and crowd-pleasing brawler, was fighting for the first time since December 2017 after tearing a knee ligament in his loss to Dos Anjos.Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt took his third straight loss in the PPV opener, getting stopped by Pedro Munhoz in the final seconds of the first round after their fight turned into an all-out brawl.Earlier, Brazilian light heavyweight Johnny Walker injured his shoulder while doing a celebratory Worm after stopping Misha Cirkunov with a spectacular flying knee in the opening minute.Diego Sanchez, the 37-year-old champion of the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” earned his second straight victory with a second-round stoppage of Mickey Gall.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc NU stops Adamson’s run, Ateneo halts skid at UE’s expense PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Read Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Kamaru Usman, right, kicks Tyron Woodley during a welterweight mixed martial arts title fight at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Kamaru Usman claimed the UFC welterweight title Saturday night, dominating Tyron Woodley for a one-sided unanimous decision victory at UFC 235.Woodley (19-4-1) had been the UFC’s 170-pound champ since July 2016 and defended the belt four times, but Usman (15-1) got off to a quick start and never let up in his first career title shot. Usman celebrated in the cage with his daughter before his hand was raised in victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ After a close opening round, Usman dominated the second with top control on Woodley, who couldn’t escape or avoid Usman’s elbows. Usman peppered Woodley with body shots in the first three rounds, and he appeared to be close to finishing Woodley in the fourth with punches.Usman won 50-44 on two cards and 50-45 on the third.The 34-year-old Askren’s UFC debut and unbeaten record almost ended abruptly when Lawler picked him up, slammed him down on his head and battered him with punches that left Askren badly bloodied.“It took me a little while to get my bearings after the slam,” Askren said. “I was mostly surprised at how quickly he got me up and down.”Askren survived and eventually gained position on Lawler with a bulldog choke. Lawler was furious when referee Herb Dean stopped the bout, insisting he was fine in the choke. Some cageside observers thought Lawler was unconscious, but he sprung out of the stoppage.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more