RBR Junior Ryan McVeety accepts an award from Little Silver Mayor Robert Neff Jr. in thanks for McVeety’s work on the borough library’s web site.By John BurtonLITTLE SILVER — What do you do if you’ve got a computer issue? Get a teenager to help, of course.That’s what the Little Silver Public Library did when it needed a new Web site design.Ryan McVeety is a 16-year-old Red Bank Regional High School junior who donated his time this summer to assist the library in establishing its new site.The library had a Web site, but it was one that dated back to the 1990s and was “very static, very one-dimensional,” explained Anita O’Brien, the library’s acting director.“The subject came up that I was good with technology,” McVeety explained about his involvement. But to say he was “good” with technology appeared to be something of an understatement.Even by the tech savvy standard of those of his generation, McVeety seems to be a go-to guy for computer questions. “I’m the technical support guy at home,” he acknowledged.McVeety is a student at the high school’s Academy of Information Technology and is currently taking the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science class. He is also involved in computer competitions including a forthcoming one at the New York University’s Polytechnic Institute, in Brooklyn, where he and his teammates will be competing in a virtual forensic science murder mystery. Along with that, Ryan is taking a cyber security class and is involved with his school’s CyberPatriot national competition program.Ryan’s mom had been a volunteer at the borough’s library and “I always loved the library,” he said, which led him to offer his help. He’s been interested in computers since he was quite young—even younger than he is now—going back to when he was about 10, he said.His design is much more interactive than what the library’s previous site, as well as being very user friendly, O’Brien said.For Ryan the appeal of is, “the problem solving aspect of it,” he said, explaining it has the same draw as puzzles, like Rubik’s Cube. That and video games, such as Call to Duty Shooter and Halo, which may lead him into a career some day designing games, something he’s thinking about, he explained.“He was a big help to me,” O’Brien said of Ryan’s work, which included a program that would allow O’Brien to update the site.And on Monday the Borough Council recognized McVeety’s contribution to the borough by approving a resolution commending his work for his community. “It’s a huge benefit to us,” Mayor Robert Neff Jr. said.“It’s pretty cool,” getting the acknowledgment, McVeety said afterwards. Yeah, but does it compare with Call to Duty?
There is a very simple personal philosophy that guides my perspective on all sports: ‘winning supersedes all’. After all, sports in general and especially professional and international sports is a results business. The basic principle of all sporting activity is built on teams and individuals competing against each other with the singular objective of winning. There have been lots of reasons to be critical of West Indies cricket in recent years. The administrators and the players have deservedly felt the wrath of despondent Caribbean cricket fans, but things have taken a dramatic twist in a matter of a few weeks. The West Indies have become Under-19 world champions, World T20 men’s champions, World T20 women’s champions. In remaining consistent, we have to now give credit to the same administration and, by and large, the same players, for bringing glory to the region. It would be downright hypocritical to blame the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the players when things go wrong and refuse to heap praises on the same board and the same players when things go right. The fact of the matter is that West Indies cricket has not enjoyed this kind of widespread and consistent success for the past two decades. The interest, enthusiasm, and passion ignited by the recent success of our now three world champion teams have provided a sobering reminder of what West Indies cricket means to the people of the region. This dramatic and sudden change of mood and attitude is down to one thing only success on the on field of play. The feel-good emotions spreading across the region has little to do with likeness for the WICB president, Mr Dave Cameron, or the deficiencies in the governance structure of our cricket. Winning these three titles is what it’s all about. It is much more important that West Indies cricket regain its relevance and its respect, than having a likable and affable board president. If Mr Cameron’s seemingly obnoxious and arrogant style of leadership serves as motivation to the players in helping them focus and perform and win like they have done, maybe we should consider making Mr Cameron president for life. The board president has been the target harsh criticism from many quarters ever since the ill-fated tour of India back in 2013. The US$40 million-plus debt owed to the BCCI as a result of that fiasco is as much about the West Indies players walking off the tour as it was about Mr Cameron’s handling of the incident. In all fairness to Mr Cameron’s, his critics, including some of the very senior players in the team, must now also recognise that it is the same person who is presiding over the affairs of the region’s cricket while we are having all of this international success. Let us not conveniently ignore the fact that the West Indies are on top of the world in the most rapidly growing format of the game. Our weakness in Test cricket is as a result of the natural evolution of the game, which is rendering the longer versions of the game redundant. Neither Mr Cameron nor the International Cricket Council (ICC) can reverse this process of evolution. Indeed, the administration deserves credit for not being left behind, but instead, embracing the new craze as the region continues to churn out the most talented individual players in this format of the game, while boasting the world champions for both men and women, another index of T20 cricket saving our cricket rather than it destroying our cricket. But for the rapid emergence of this format, West Indies cricket would by now be further condemned to the doldrums of irrelevance. I suggest we put on hold this grand ‘get rid of Dave Cameron campaign’, assuming we are all about performance and winning and getting West Indies cricket back on top, which is exactly where it is right now. Again, the West Indies are winners, and after all, WINNING SUPERSEDES ALL.
Mathiba MolefeMasego “Maps” Maponyane says he wants to make lasting difference in the lives of as many people as he can. So much can be achieved through active citizenship, he adds. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Maps Maponyane, the Play Your Part ambassador, entrepreneur, TV presenter and model, has set into motion an initiative to help promising students pay for their education and pursue their dreams.The Bursary Network was prompted by issues brought to light by the #FeesMustFall movement, which voices the concerns of students about the costs of education at South African universities.Many students find their road to success blocked by the cost of further education. It is this need that is at the heart of the crowd-funding initiative, which is involving the public and giving them an opportunity to make a telling difference.The network uses crowd-funding to raise the money needed for students to enrol at colleges and universities. People are encouraged to play their part and help South Africa’s youth fulfil their potential – in other words, contribute to the fund.“I think Bursary Network fits in very well with being a Play your Part ambassador because it’s a way that myself and a couple of my partners have decided to pick up whatever pieces we can and figure out a way that we can play our part in helping alleviate those issues,” Maponyane explains.HOW IT WORKSThrough the Bursary Network, students can appeal to the public for help. They upload their profiles to the website. Potential donors can then go through the list of students and choose to whom they want to donate.“What we’ve created is an opportunity for students who can’t get access to education because of funding,” says Maponyane.“It’s an opportunity for them to come on to the site, put up their profiles telling people who they are, where they’re from, what they want to study, where they want to go, how much money they need and what they’ll do with those studies afterwards.”To date, the Bursary Network has funded 10 students with the help of some 358 donors who have all contributed R100 or more.All the students registered on the site undergo background checks to ensure they are suitable beneficiaries and the money donated is paid directly to the institutions involved so the funds cannot be used for other purposes.The network uses crowd-funding to raise the money needed for students to enrol at colleges and universities. People are encouraged to play their part and help South Africa’s youth fulfil their potential – in other words, contribute to the fund. (Brand South Africa’s Tshepiso Malele (left) and Keineloe Phakathi (right) alongside Play Your Part ambassador Masego Maponyane.) GET INVOLVEDIf you would like to help these promising students chase down their dreams, visit the Bursary Network website and register to donate.The minimum donation is R100. You can track the progress in reaching the target and how your contributions are helping to change the lives of South African youth.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through business? Do you know of any business person who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We started planting last Thursday and then we got some rain over the weekend. We only got a quarter inch so it wasn’t too much. We’re about three-quarters done with the corn now and about half done with the beans, so we have made some good progress.Out of the first 400 acres that we planted early, we may have 10 acres of spotting in to do. The water sat in those wet holes and it crusted over. I went over around 80 acres of the heavy black corn ground with a rotary hoe and I could not get to those spots because it was too muddy. The corn couldn’t push through.The rest of the stuff we planted around April 20 really early looks good now. It looks really nice.The planting conditions have gotten a lot better. We are planting on some heavier ground that finally dried off. We have sunshine and a south wind and that really helps too. They are saying we’ll get into the 80s up here. We need some heat.I dug up some of the wetter areas and found a grub. I have seen wireworms too but no pest problems that are a real concern.Some of our wheat is now fully headed and we are getting into a timing issue. The soybeans will have to be inter-seeded by next weekend into some of our wheat.There is an 80% chance for rain on Wednesday. I plan on working from today to Wednesday. I’ll sleep in on the day it rains. I have plenty of ground to plant now. We like to work ground, give it a day to dry and plant it. If we don’t get rain this week, we could get done with corn by Friday.We’re close enough to Lake Erie here that we didn’t have any trouble with frost damage.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The hope of more precipitation is in our forecast this morning. Today we should see scattered showers and even a rumble of thunder across a large part of Ohio, and it will likely linger into early tomorrow morning. We have been looking for this since early last week, and we should see good verification of moisture today. Amounts are not too bad, with an additional .25”-1” likely out of action today. The map at right shows rain totals through tomorrow morning. However, there was some widely scattered action yesterday, and we even saw some unexpected heat-based rain and thunderstorm events pop up on Saturday. So, some of us are sitting better than others, but today we should see coverage at roughly 70% of the state. Everything will be done by, or shortly after midnight, if not before. We are hopeful that today’s moisture, along with the hit and miss stuff from this weekend, will promote better rain chances going forward, because we need more.We are dry most of tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday statewide. However, we are allowing for rain in our forecast on Friday, and there is a good threat of it holding thorugh a large part of the weekend. This is a change from last Friday, where we were skeptical about rain Thursday and Friday, but inserted small amounts in the forecast. We start of this week backing the rain up a day and strengthening chances. Amounts are still not all that impressive, but we are leaving potential for those to grow. So, on Friday, with showers and a thunderstorm or two over 70% of the state, we can see rain totals of half an inch or less, and most of us will be in the .25” area. The forecast pattern gets a little more interesting in the wake of those initial rains Friday. What happens Saturday and Sunday? Most of this depends on the track of the low. If it moves from someplace like near St. Louis up toward Northern Michigan, we likely see no additional moisture Saturday, and definitely none on Sunday. If the low takes a track like from Peoria to Detroit and up through southern Ontario, we can see some wrap around moisture and lingering showers through Saturday and even Sunday. Currently models are divided. Our previous forecast was dry, but we are opening the door to a few leftover showers Saturday, and think that at least some wrap around will still be here Sunday, although coverage for potential rains falls off the farther we go into the weekend. AT this point, we think we could add another .1″-.5″ with 80% coverage through the weekend, but stay tuned. We will be watching the track of this emerging low through the rest of the week.We are dry to start the week next week as we kick off the extended forecast window. However, we still see a nice front around the 24th (next Tuesday) that will bring half to maybe 1 inch of rain to 80% of the state. Then we go back dry for the 25th-27th. A minor disturbance for the 28th looks to stay mostly south of the Ohio River, and currently is not expected to have much of an impact.Temperatures this week will be near normal to even a bit below through midweek. Get back to normal to finish the week but cool off this weekend and early next week. Temperatures this weekend will be in the upper 70s mostly, to low 80s, a far cry from this past weekend!
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorDES MOINES (DTN) — The gap remains persistent between global growth of agricultural production and the expected need for food, feed, fiber and bioenergy demands for 10 billion people in 2050.The Global Agricultural Productivity Index, released annually at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue, shows a spread between projected production and demand. Agricultural Total Factor Productivity, (TFP) is growing globally at a rate of 1.63% annually yet the growth needs to rise 1.73% annually to sustain the needs of a larger population at mid-century.The Global Agricultural Productivity Index was created by a consortium of several major agricultural input companies that formed the Global Harvest Initiative. The group turned the report and related work over this year to the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.The challenge, as consistently measured in these GAP reports, remains with “alarmingly low” TFP growth in low-income countries. Agricultural growth in these low-income countries is projected to rise about 1% annually, but the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals state productivity from low-income farmers needs to double by 2030.“These productivity gaps, if they persist, will have serious ramifications for environmental sustainability, the economic vitality of the agriculture sector, and the prospects for reducing poverty, malnutrition, and obesity,” said Ann Steensland, author of the 2019 GAP Report and coordinator of the GAP Report Initiative at Virginia Tech.The report states that without intervention, current agricultural productivity trends “will produce significant negative consequences for environmental sustainability, economic development and human nutrition.” Farmers will use both more land and water to boost production, which will put more strains on the natural resources already threatened by climate change, the report states.The United Nations shows roughly 822 million people are malnourished, a number that has been rising since 2015. Due to higher global population, the percentage of people malnourished around the world declined for more than a decade but has leveled off since 2015, between 10.6% and 10.8% of the population.Globally, agricultural stocks of staple crops remain high at the moment. Global wheat ending stocks are projected for the 2019-20 crop at a record 287.8 million metric tons, according to the October World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) released by USDA. Rice world ending stocks are projected at 175.1 million metric tons, also a record volume. 2019-20 global ending stocks for corn and soybeans are both projected to be down slightly from recent years.The GAP report with its history tied to global input and production companies, often repeats similar themes and this year’s report reiterates past messages. Strategies for higher production revolve around more investment in public-sector agricultural research and development, as well as extension services. Science and information technologies should be expanded to enable producers of all scales to manage environmental and economic risks, the report states. More investment should occur in infrastructure such as transportation, communication and financial services. Countries should expand trade agreements that improve regional and global trade. And more effort should be invested in post-harvest losses and food waste.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(PSSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Although Conor McGregor is certainly one brash individual inside and outside of fighting, the UFC Lightweight Champion prides himself as “gracious both in victory and defeat.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutComing off his 10-round TKO loss to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. last weekend, the Irish superstar had nothing but high praises for the fighter he verbally tormented before their iconic matchup.ADVERTISEMENT In a surprising turn of events, “The Notorious” even suggested that the boxing legend could very well transition to mixed martial arts.“I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer,” McGregor said of his recent foe.“But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure,” he added.McGregor also addressed his lingering cardiovascular issues, which seemed to be the main cause of his downfall during their bout.“I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night,” he said. “Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way.” /raADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Miguel, Kia change imports LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match,” he wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. “Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down.” View comments
Chelsea boss Lampard delighted with Kante goalscoring performanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard was not surprised with N’Golo Kante’s performance against Liverpool on Sunday.The France international has been stricken with injuries so far this season, but bounced back to score a wonderful goal in the 2-1 loss to the Reds at Stamford Bridge.Speaking after the game, Lampard said: “We end up being not surprised with Kante, which is not fair on him really.”He did it in the Super Cup without training, he did it today with probably not match-fit training, but he’s so important for us you put him in the team and he showed his qualities.Lampard also had special praise for young defende Fiyako Tomori.”I have to single out Tomori. For a young player like him to go up against Mo Salah, who is lethal, and deal with him for pace and in the mind, I thought was class. Everything he did was. Those are the signs I’m looking for individually.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Alabama football certainly is not down – the Crimson Tide were the No. 1 seed in this past year’s College Football Playoff before losing to Ohio State. But the program has gone two years without winning the national title, so it’s fair to say that Alabama is no longer a “dynasty” in the true sense of the word. Two Crimson Tide signees are looking to change that fact.Adonis Thomas and Damien Harris – two of the highest-rated recruits in the country this past year – had a nice little Twitter exchange Saturday morning. It began with Harris wishing Thomas a happy birthday, and quickly morphed into the topic of winning rings and bringing the dynasty back. Check it out:Happy Birthday boss @_SimplyThatGuy5— Damien Harris (@DHx34) February 28, [email protected] appreciate it big timer! Only a few more months till we go get these rings— Adonis Thomas (@_SimplyThatGuy5) February 28, [email protected]_SimplyThatGuy5 you already know what we about to do— Damien Harris (@DHx34) February 28, [email protected] bring that dynasty back— Adonis Thomas (@_SimplyThatGuy5) February 28, 2015Alabama never rebuilds – it reloads. If Harris, Thomas and the rest of the No. 1 ranked recruiting class pans out as expected, they’re going to have a real shot at following through here.