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So Jerry Jones thinks he’s a general manager, huh? He thinks he can almost single-handedly assemble a group of individuals, balance their varying talents and mold a perfect machine out of imperfect parts? I don’t think so.According to the Dallas Cowboys website, the team’s long-time owner is now also the official GM, despite the fact he has zero experience in much else besides being a meddling, spotlight-hogging proprietor of “America’s (or what used to be, anyway) Team.” Why do I care so much? Because by giving himself the tag general manager, Jones is dragging my name through the dirt, as I pride myself on being one of the world’s premiere GMs in constructing juggernaut kickball teams.Since the second or third grade, I’ve been putting together kickball teams so unstoppable that the late Red Auerbach (may he rest in peace) wouldn’t even bother bringing a cigar to a game against my squad. In fact, my sixth-grade winning streak of 23 consecutive games at Everglades Elemiddle School still stands to this day. We only played 23 times, FYI.Jerry Jones on the other hand has to this point only signed Terrell Owens as offensive centerpiece. This leads me to my first rule of good general managing in picking a winning kickball team, since GM rules apply across the entire sporting spectrum.Rule No. 1: Never pick T.O.The first law of being a winning general manager is to NEVER pick Terrell Owens. Better team architects than I have fallen into this pit, like Andy Reid in Philadelphia, who eventually lost his title due to bringing in the boisterous crybaby. Now this rule doesn’t just apply to Owens, but all players that the wideout might want on any team of his. So, if you spot a player who is a big talker and is quick to vent his anger against his teammates, avoid him like the Brits avoid Crest. Rule No. 2: Never be the team to pick lastPicking second is like picking first but giving the other guy a head start. The difference between the top two players in a kickball game and any other game really is minimal. However, the drop-off from the second-to-last person picked and the last one is larger than the gap separating Roseanne from Denzel Washington at any awards ceremony. The last kid picked is ALWAYS terrible. That’s why they are the last picked. There is also a mental block that comes with being Mr. Irrelevant, if a player thinks he’s Chuck Knoblauch — who should always be picked last — he will play like Chuck Knoblauch. The Oakland Raiders have had the last pick in three of the last four NFL drafts — enough said.Rule No. 3: When in doubt, pick based on footwearAll too often, GMs find themselves in a quandary over how they utilize their next pick, not knowing anything about the remaining players involved. You’ve seen this often from the Minnesota Vikings, who miss their drafting deadline almost annually, and from the Detroit Lions, who can’t decide which Wisconsin Badger they want, so they pick as many as possible (Alex Lewis, Brian Calhoun and Jamar Fletcher to name a few). The answer is to always pick based on footwear. Like Forrest Gump said, “there’s an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes. Where they’re going. Where they’ve been…” By looking at a prospective player’s footwear you can tell a lot about them. Wearing white shoes? The guy’s probably a soft prima donna. Wearing sandals? Probably laid back and possibly lazy, and definitely not someone you want on a kickball team — though you should jump at the chance to grab anyone wearing steel toes — it shows a strong work ethic and the ball will go at least 15 percent further. Rule No. 4: Cool hair does not equal cool game,While charisma and goofiness in a teammate can lead to increased morale, which is always a good thing, the fact is that a real neato hair (facial or otherwise) does not equate to on-field success in football, baseball, bowling or whatever, kickball included. Look at some of the great hairdo’s of all-time.Oscar Gamble: Career .265 hitter.Scott Padgett: Career average of 4.4 points per game.Ben Wallace: 41 percent free-throw shooter.Ricky Williams: Smoke coming out his ears.Barry Melrose: Terrible ESPN commentary.Those are just some rules to live by when picking your next kickball team, or taking over a general managerial spot or even just putting together a business research team. I can’t reveal all my secrets for fear that Red Auerbach may come back from the dead and bring a victory cigar with him. But this should be sufficient for Jerry Jones to realize the only thing he is really capable of reconstructing is his face, and not a football team. Dave is a senior majoring in English and journalism. He is also holding a keg kickball game on his birthday, one he is sure to win. If you want to play, you can e-mail him at [email protected] — and remember your steel toes.
Leicester City forward Joe Dodoo trained with the Black Stars on Tuesday ahead of their AFCON qualifier with Mauritius.The Ghanaian born frontman is yet to complete his nationality switch to Ghana after playing for England’s national U-18 side in March 2013.The 20-year-old was invited to familiarize with the national team ahead of his nationality switch.Ghana must now go through FIFA’s nationality switch process to make the forward eligible to play for the Black Stars.The youngster has however initiated the move waiting the English FA’s approval.Dodoo will join players such as Kevin Prince Boaeteng, Adam Larsen Kwarase, Hans Adu Sarpei, Jeffrey Schlupp and Quincy Owusu Abeyie who opted to play for Ghana after having a dual nationality. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jenna Lee and John FultonWhat will sharing my farm data accomplish and what is the value?Many farmers may find themselves thinking about this very question as they weigh the benefits and drawbacks of sharing their farm data. The potential to realize value from data can often stem from sharing it via digital technologies to service providers or other consultants. In many cases, it may be necessary for a grower to share farm data with multiple entities in order to obtain the largest return on investment possible. While many simple solutions have been presented to farmers that make it easier than ever to share data, the benefits and tangible value of doing so have not been clearly or accurately conveyed.Sharing data for use in collaborative tools may result in benefits such as:Reducing the number of duplicate datasets generated or collected.Innovative digital tools allow for drawing of site-specific information and learnings.Allowing for one common data source that all decisions can be made from in order to eliminate confusion or inaccurate interpretation from outside sources.Moving from collected data to actionable decisions quickly, and on-the-go.Verifying original analyses and developing new insights from same data.Generating trustworthy, data-backed answers and solutions for complex issues like water quality.Identifying opportunities to improve efficiencies, reduce risk, and increase bottom line.Empowering scientists and researchers to explore and develop new analyses.Beyond these numerous benefits, growers may also find a tangible value in sharing their data by utilizing digital technologies. In an effort to determine that value, The Ohio State University, Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska surveyed 120 soybean producers. The producers surveyed owned a smartphone or tablet and were utilizing some sort of variable rate technology, suggesting that many had already started to implement digital technologies in their own operations and were using them for business decisions.The study defined “digital technologies” as ag data tools that require the use of producer data to provide products, information, and recommendations. These tools can come in the form of mobile applications, web platforms, or agricultural technology provider managed services.Farmer comments about using digital technologies and sharing data from the study include:“Utilizing digital technologies allows me to make better decisions about inputs next year.”“In a game of moving variables, there is a ‘peace of mind’ value that you are putting yourself in the best position for success.”“I am raising a better quality [crop] by utilizing digital tools to understand what it requires for the current growing season.”“There isn’t any one way to view all your information. The question is how do we use [digital tools] together to the best of our ability.”By utilizing these technologies, growers were sharing their farm data in some form.Results from the survey indicated that more than 92% of farmers are sharing data with at least one person, 66% are sharing with two or more people, and 34% are sharing with three or more people.These farmers most commonly shared their data with agronomic consultants, seed sales representatives, retailers, university extension/researchers, crop insurance personnel, and marketing consultants. Over 60% indicated that they share data with both seed representatives and agronomic consultants. When farmers do make the decision to share data, more than two-thirds of them indicated that they have “high” or “very high” expectations that sharing their data will provide value to their operation.Nearly all (96%) of survey respondents also revealed that data they are collecting is being used as a direct input for management decisions, and 91% are using some sort of digital technology or service. While each of the results discussed above provide some insight to the perceived value in terms of qualitative outcomes from sharing data, the survey also asked producers to quantify the value of digital technologies in terms of dollars per acre. All of the respondents selected an answer of $2.50 per acre or above.While the option of $0 per acre was listed, none of the farmers selected this response. This clearly demonstrates that farmers who are utilizing digital technologies and sharing their data have found a significant benefit in their operations.Find additional data resources and information on The Ohio State University’s Digital Ag website: digitalag.osu.edu. Dr. John Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at [email protected] Jenna Lee, Student Research Assistant, can be reached at [email protected] This column is provided by the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Achieving a perfect body a la celebrities is not difficult if one follows the right workout regime and eating habits, says fitness trainer Romana Braganza.Braganza, who worked with celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes and Anne Hathaway, says one should follow five tips to get a perfect body, reports femalefirst.co.uk.A full body workout can get you the sweat you need in 10 minutesPre-workout fuelAre you fuelling up adequately with pre and post workout meals? If not you may be sabotaging your workouts. Eating the right foods at the right times will make a difference in the way you gain muscle tissue. Make sure you have a snack pre workout such as steel cut oats, eggs and toast, or if on the go, a handful of almonds or a protein shake.Healthy eatingGiving your body what it needs includes restoring a natural balance. Training hard produces stress, which in turn, creates free radicals which attack healthy tissue in the body. To help your body fight these free radicals, ensure you have a healthy intake of fruit and vegetables each day such as broccoli, berries and cherries.Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Alba all lift weights and none look bulky but instead are enviably tonedNo excusesIf you suddenly find yourself away from a gym then don’t skip a workout just because you don’t have any equipment. Try combinations that include single legged squats, single arm push ups, walking squats and sit ups. A full body workout can get you the sweat you need in 10 minutes.advertisementLift enough heavy weightsI often see ladies in the gym not lifting enough weight. They are afraid of bulking up, but if not enough weight is lifted then not enough stress is put on the muscle to make a change. Women don’t need to worry about bulking up; hormonally women don’t have enough testosterone to look like men. Halle Berry, Jessica Alba and Kate Beckinsale all lift weights and none look bulky but instead are enviably toned.Hydrate before, during and after workoutDehydration can impair your physical and mental performance in all types of sports and exercise. Being as little as 2 percent dehydrated can reduce your performance by 10-20 percent. To achieve best results in a workout drink a glass of water before and sip some during.
MANILA, Philippines—Harvey Carey may have played just 11 minutes in TNT KaTropa’s previous game in the PBA Philippine Cup but those several ticks on the clock meant much more.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m very fortunate to stay with the franchise,” said Carey who was also named to the PBA Mythical Second Team in 2003 and the PBA All-Defensive Team in 2007.Carey is also the only player left in the TNT team that won the 2003 Philippine Cup.The 6-foot-3’s bruiser admiration for the KaTropa is enough satisfaction for him and he plans to one day retire with the franchise that selected him nearly two decades ago.“I could never imagine myself playing for anybody else, I love TNT, I’ve grown roots with them and hopefully this is where I’m going to retire.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Godfrey Okumu on Lady Maroons tailspin: I believe we still have a fight in us Carey joined elite loyalty after he played in 700 games for the KaTropa joining legends Alvin Patrimonio and Mark Caguioa as the only three players in PBA history to appear in as many games for a single club.It’s also a double blessing for Carey as the KaTropa easily took care of Blackwater, 127-89, at Ynares Center in Antipolo for their third straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s really fortunate that I’ve been pretty much injury-free except for my second year in the league,” said Carey who was the no.4 overall pick in the 2003 draft. “It’s a milestone and I just try to come in every day and just work hard.”Carey has had a stellar career with TNT having won seven titles and being named to the PBA All-Star game on 2011. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash 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 Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments
Story Highlights Scores of students from schools in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, participated in an Open Day and Expo, hosted by the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) at the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston on November 2. For his part, Assistant Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Sean Martin told JIS News that the Open Day, was a crucial tool for the agency, as it gives the organization an opportunity to showcase the various skills set of the men and women serving. Acting Assistant Commissioner at the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, stated that the open day and expo provided an opportunity for the brigade to sensitise the students and the wider public about fire safety. Scores of students from schools in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, participated in an Open Day and Expo, hosted by the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) at the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston on November 2.The event was part of activities to mark Fire Safety Awareness Week which was observed under the theme ‘Empowering our People for a Fire-Safe Jamaica’.Acting Assistant Commissioner at the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, stated that the open day and expo provided an opportunity for the brigade to sensitise the students and the wider public about fire safety.“Children, they are our future and therefore we have to do as much as we can to change the culture of our society and make us more fire safe,” he stated.For his part, Assistant Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Sean Martin told JIS News that the Open Day, was a crucial tool for the agency, as it gives the organization an opportunity to showcase the various skills set of the men and women serving.“We want the public to see exactly what we do. When it comes to an accident, sometimes people think we take too long to extricate a victim, but we have things to do before we can. So simulating this on the open day, persons will have an understanding of exactly what are the steps we have to take before removing a victim,” he said.He further added that the Open Day provided an opportunity for the public to have a greater understanding and appreciation for the work of the fire department.“We want to build that kind of a culture for persons to look forward to, so that they can feel closer to the fire department and have more confidence in us,” he noted.Members of the public who attended the expo were provided with information on fire safety. They were also taught the proper way to use a fire extinguisher, basic first aid, and to conduct light search and rescue.