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Photos: Andre Ayew scores, Swansea draw Chelsea at the Bridge

first_imgGhana’s Andre Ayew had a fantastic debut for Swansea as they picked up a point at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday.The player was the only one of Garry Monk’s new signings to be selected to start the Premier League season opener and impressed from the outset, even though he was being marked by his former Marseille team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta.Champions Chelsea had gone ahead through Oscar when, just minutes later, the Swans were level. Ayew showed his predatory instinct to slot home after Thibault Courtois made a stunning save to deny Bafetimbi Gomis.Gary Cahill blocked Ayew’s first effort but the Ghana star was on hand to fire home the rebound.Sadly for the Swans, they were back behind less than two minutes later as Willian scored a fortunate goal, which ballooned off Federico Fernandez and gave the hosts a 2-1 half time lead.The game finished 2-2 as Bafetimbi Gomis leveled through a penalty in the pulsating game. Courtois had a day to forget as he was sent off. The Belgian rushed out to close down Gomis as he chased Jonjo Shelvey’s lofted through ball. But after the French forward knocked it round Courtois, the Belgian keeper dangled his right leg out and tripped Gomis.He was dismissed as Michael Oliver pointed to the spot.Andre Ayew made the move from Marseille in a highly-publicized move that saw him become the Swans marquee signing. On the live Sky Sports coverage of the game, Theirry Henry praised Ayew for his predatory instinct, saying: “He is not a winger, he wants to get in the action.”He took the goal really well.” Swansea’s next game is against Newcastle on August 15.Starting XIsSwans: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams (C), Taylor, Ki Sung-Yueng, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, Gomis.Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Tabanou, Cork, Routledge, Eder.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ramires, Mikel, Moses, Remy, Falcao– ––Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Super Bowl 2019 results: Score, highlights as Patriots beat Rams for Tom Brady’s sixth championship

first_img 9:45 p.m. — Huge run. Michel.. @Flyguy2stackz finds open space for a HUGE gain.:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/AYenmEM1L7— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20199:41 p.m. — Interception! Gilmore plucks it out of the air. With that, New England is in full command. 9:27 p.m. — Los Angeles punts the ball back. There is 9:49 left on the clock.9:13 p.m. — The Rams force the Patriots to punt to start the fourth quarter.9:10 p.m. — End of third quarter.9:09 p.m. — Michel rushes to around midfield, breaking a few tackles in the process.9:03 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, Rams. A 53-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein ties the game after Goff was sacked on third down. 3-3.9:02 p.m. — The Rams are moving the ball here. They almost had a touchdown throw to Brandin Cooks and now face third-and-7 at the 29.8:53 p.m. — Aaaaaaaand time for another punt, this time by the Patriots. Back and forth we go.8:47 p.m. — Nowhere for Goff to go with the ball. Eight straight punts by the Rams. The longest punt in Super Bowl history at least helps reverse field position.8:42 p.m. — Rams cornerback Marcus Peters breaks up a Brady pass on third-and-2 to force a punt.8:40 p.m. — Edelman makes a 27-yard catch. That’s the biggest play for either team tonight.Brady + @edelman11 connect AGAIN.This time for 27 yards. The longest play of the game so far.:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/TnjSZw0P8M— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20198:37 p.m. — The Rams punt, their drive falling apart following a promising start.8:34 p.m. — Patriots defender Patrick Chung appeared to suffer a serious arm injury while tackling Gurley.8:32 p.m. —  Todd Gurley has had a couple of nice runs on this drive. The running lanes weren’t there in the first half.The 2nd half is underway! @TG3II on the move for a gain of 16 and a @RamsNFL first down!:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/CUOdv9Ub21— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20198:28 p.m. — The second half is underway. Los Angeles gets the ball first.8:19 p.m. — This Super Bowl commercial featured plenty of NFL legends.Super Bowl commercial debut. Such a blast! Thank you @NFL for letting me take part! #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/9ofERlbpyT— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 4, 20197:57 p.m. — Halftime.7:56 p.m. — Almost immediately the Rams are forced to punt. That’s six first-half punts.7:54 p.m. — New England goes for it on fourth-and-1 in field goal territory but does not convert.7:47 p.m. — Edelman is almost past 100 yards receiving in the first half. He’s at 93 right now on seven catches.7:42 p.m. — Goff is walloped behind the line on third-and-2, prompting another punt for LA. SN SHOP: Get Patriots SB championship gearWide receiver Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP for his 141-yard effort.Sporting News provided live coverage of the action. Here’s how New England won Super Bowl 53:Super Bowl 53 results: Patriots vs. Rams score, highlightsPatriots: 13Rams: 3(All times Eastern)10:28 p.m. — Edelman has been named Super Bowl MVP. He was the one constant for New England’s offense throughout that win, continuously breaking free from a tough group of defensive backs. 6:34 p.m. — New England’s first play from scrimmage is a nice run by Sony Michel for a first down.6:33 p.m. — Kickoff.6:30 p.m. — Rams win the coin toss. They elect to kick first.Super Bowl 53 related links—  As Super Bowl returns to Atlanta, family of 2000 homicide victim embraces tributes—   For Tom Brady, retirement after Super Bowl 53 would preserve superhuman image—  Revenge aside, former Patriot Brandin Cooks is key to a Rams Super Bowl win—  Rams’ Andrew Whitworth is easiest player to root for in Super Bowl 53—  Spygate revisited: How Patriots scandal, false Rams connections impact legacies—  Love, hate and plenty of -gates: The many twists of the Patriots’ dynasty timeline—  How much are Super Bowl halftime show performers paid?—  Super Bowl halftime show history: List of best, worst performers all time—  Super Bowl prop bets 2019: National anthem, halftime show, coin toss and more obscurities —  How much do Super Bowl 53 commercials cost in 2019?—  Super Bowl 53 ticket prices in 2019 as compared to past years—  Super Bowl national anthem history: List of best, worst performers all time 9:40 p.m. — Now the Rams are clicking. Goff finds Robert Woods and LA is suddenly at the Patriots’ 29.9:33 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Patriots. Michel pounds it in. 10-3, Patriots.. @Flyguy2stackz scores the first TD of @SuperBowl LIII! @Patriots up 10-3.:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/iEgjAq3TFw— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20199:32 p.m. — Brady to Gronk all the way to the 2.center_img 10:04 p.m. — Final: Patriots 13, Rams 3.10:03 p.m. — No good. The Rams miss a 48-yard field goal attempt. This one is over.9:58 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, Patriots. That kick juuuuust snuck inside the left upright. 13-3, Patriots.It’s good!:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/MJkDulefVX— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20199:56 p.m. — Rams stop the Patriots a smidge short on third-and-1.9:52 p.m. — Two-minute warning.9:48 p.m. — A first-down burst by Rex Burkhead might just seal this one. We’re at 2:30 remaining and the Rams have no timeouts. 7:36 p.m. — It’s New England’s turn to punt. There are about six minutes remaining in the first half.7:30 p.m. — Despite the benefit of a catch that maybe should not have been ruled a catch, the Rams are forced to punt for the fourth time.7:24 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, Patriots. Finally, we have points. Gostkowski is now 1 for 2 on field goal attempts.  3-0, Patriots.7:17 p.m. — The Rams offense is really struggling right now. Another drive stalls, and New England will now take over with decent field position as a result.7:12 p.m. — End of first quarter.7:11 p.m. — The Patriots punt it deep and pin the Rams inside the 10.7:09 p.m. — Immediately after the positive play, Brady is stripped in the pocket. New England falls on the loose ball and maintains possession.7:08 p.m. — Brady connects with Julian Edelman down the sideline for a big play.Tom Brady finds @edelman11 down the right side for a gain of 25! #EverythingWeGot:tv:: #SBLIII on CBS pic.twitter.com/sElFhD86dV— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 20197:03 p.m. — The Rams again pin New England inside the 20.6:52 p.m. — No good. Stephen Gostkowski misses a field goal attempt from 46 yards out.6:46 p.m. — LA is flagged for an illegal hit to move the chains for New England. Looked like a call that could have gone either way.6:42 p.m. — The Patriots get a stop and will take over again inside their own 20.6:37 p.m. — Interception! Brady is picked off and the Rams will get an opportunity to strike first. New England’s defense grabbed most of the attention in a 13-3 win over Los Angeles on Sunday night, holding the Rams to 260 yards in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history. Brady did not throw for a touchdown, and the defining moment came when Stephon Gilmore picked off Rams quarterback Jared Goff late in the fourth quarter.STEELE: Rams waste all-time defensive performanceBut with an NFL-record six championships now under his name, Brady’s legacy nonetheless grew. After throwing an early interception, the Hall of Fame-bound signal-caller settled in for an efficient, mistake-averse outing, finishing 21 of 35 passing for 262 yards.LIVE-STREAM NFL: fuboTV (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)New England running back Sony Michel scored the lone touchdown of the contest, carrying it in from 2 yards out to give the Patriots a fourth-quarter edge. Super Bowl 53 did not belong to Tom Brady, but it may have cemented his status as the greatest quarterback of all time.HAISLOP: In sports math, Pats’ sixth is a big numberlast_img read more

Biden says if he’s elected in 2020, he will not pardon Trump

first_imgDES MOINES — Former Vice President Joe Biden today said if he’s elected president, he will build on what he called “the squeaky clean…environment” of the Obama White House and have a policy for his family’s work that’s different than President Trump’s.“No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they’re a cabinet, will in fact have any a business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or to a foreign country,” Biden said.Biden’s comments came during a Sunday afternoon news conference in Iowa. His son’s attorney issued a public statement early Sunday morning saying Hunter Biden will resign from a Chinese company and will not take any foreign work if his father is elected president.President Trump’s request that Ukraine’s president initiate an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine is at the center of an impeachment inquiry. The former vice president, in speaking with reporters, said no news operation “of any consequence” that has examined the record has found he or his son did anything illegal.“What I’m not going to let you all do is take the focus off the problem,” Biden said as he started to rap the lectern with his knuckles to emphasize his points. “No one, no one has asserted my son did anything done. No one has asserted that I have done anything wrong except a lying president.”Five days ago, Biden for the first time called for Trump’s impeachment. Biden appeared Sunday afternoon at a forum sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and Biden told the crowd of about 350 that it is a crime to ask a foreign power to interfere in a U.S. election.During an interview with Radio Iowa later Sunday afternoon, Biden said if he is elected, he will not follow President Ford’s example in pardoning Richard Nixon so Nixon was not prosecuted for his role in Watergate.“It wouldn’t unite the country,” Biden said. “You’d say: ‘Wait a minute. I get a parking ticket and I’ve got to pay it. This happens to me and I’ve got to go to jail. This guy does all these things that put us jeopardy and he gets off? I think this is of a different nature. And I think President Ford, God love him he’s a good guy, I knew him pretty well, I think if he had to do it over again he wouldn’t have done it…because he didn’t get re-elected.”According to Biden, Trump’s assertions about him and his son have had “no negative impact at all” on the Democratic presidential race.“Everybody knows he’s a liar — the president — I mean, for real,” Biden told Radio Iowa. “…I’m the reason he’s being impeached. He’s indicted himself by calling in foreign powers to try to impact the election.”A CBS News poll released Sunday found Biden and Elizabeth Warren were each the top choice of 22 percent of Iowa Democrats and Bernie Sanders was the top choice of 21 percent. Biden describes that as a “tie” among the three. The past four Democratic nominee for president all won the Iowa Caucuses, but Biden said he could win the party’s 2020 nomination without winning Iowa.“I’m going to win the Iowa Caucuses, but the answer is I could because this is a totally different circumstance now,” Biden told Radio Iowa. “You have, I don’t know how many candidates are going to be left, but you have somewhere between 10 and 20 and, you know, you’ve got to get a percentage of the vote in each caucus to count anything and I think we’ll do just fine and I think we’ll do extremely well in the following states as well.”Biden credited his lead among voters over the age of 50 to his history of campaigning in Iowa over the past three decades. Biden is expanding his Iowa campaign and by the end of this week will 70 paid staff here. Biden suggests there’s plenty of time to lay the groundwork for a Caucus Night victory.“You know, in Iowa it’s not over until the last person shows up,” Biden told Radio Iowa.last_img read more

In ‘weird’ times, Freiburg’s Schmid prepares for football’s restart

first_img“Now we are working in groups of four. Avoiding contact; no tackling.”“Football is a contact sport. A player needs that,” Schmid said.“We’re already happy to be back on the pitch, on the ball, and having fun with a few team-mates on the field.“We’re ready to go! We’ve been training more intensely than we do in the pre-season. There have been a lot of sprints, a lot of changes of direction.“To avoid injuries that we are training harder. Maybe there will be less training and more games. As a player, I’d rather play lots as they do in England than train for five days!”– Giving it your all –If the Bundesliga resumes it will be behind closed doors, with players’ voices echoing around empty stadiums. It is not the way Schmid wanted to try to lead his club into a place in European competition next season.“I’ve never played behind closed doors. There’ll be something missing. With the stadium and the fans behind us, it’s tough for away teams to win at Freiburg. It’s always a plus,” said Schmid, who came up through the club’s youth system.“You have to be prepared for that and keep giving it your all.”There has been talk of Bundesliga players wearing masks on the field.“Walking around with a mask is uncomfortable. I wear one when we go shopping. It’s not comfortable to breathe. So playing football…,” he said, ending with a laugh.Like their Bundesliga counterparts at other clubs, Freiburg players have taken a pay cut.“The club asked us to lower our salaries to help groundstaff and office workers. We agreed. It was a good thing to do it compared to everything they do for us.“We wanted to give back something that would allow them to continue to live, because they also have families and rent to pay. It’s harder for them than it is for us. A little gesture does good.” Jonathan Schmid is looking forward to playing again though he says he would miss the Freiburg fans Jonathan Schmid is looking forward to playing again though he says he would miss the Freiburg fansParis, France | AFP |  Freiburg midfielder Jonathan Schmid said he is “not at all” afraid to return to the pitch but acknowledges that a second wave of coronavirus infections would put paid to German football’s plans to complete its interrupted season.“Germany wants to finish their championship,” the 29-year-old Frenchman told AFP. “We’re training for that. We’ll be ready when it resumes.”The German Football League (DFL) wants to restart matches in empty stadiums from May 16, providing it gets the final green light from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. A decision is expected on Wednesday.Those plans were thrown into question on Monday when the league said its testing of players, coaches and backroom staff had produced 10 positive cases. Three are known to be from top-flight side Cologne.Germany has been less affected by the pandemic than other European countries, an outcome partly attributed to mass testing.Schmid said any signs that football’s return had produced a new surge in infections would halt the restart plans.“If there is a second wave and it affects some clubs, I think the season will be over,” said Schmid.“The clubs don’t want to risk everything. But it’s also important to get back on track for the economic survival of the clubs.”Despite having two children, Schmid said he was not worried about the possibility of infection.“No, not at all afraid. If we’re allowed to do it, then it’s safe,” said Schmid.“We get tested once a week. If I am positive, I will stay away from my children and my wife. That’s the advantage for us, we’re being followed.”Most German clubs resumed training on April 7 but put in place stringent social distancing measures.“At first it was weird. You arrive at the training area already changed and go straight home for a shower. We don’t have a lot of time to communicate either.“We don’t shake hands, we greet each other from a distance. It feels weird. The coaches don’t want us to get too close to each other.“But the most important thing is to get back on the pitch… with the ball, doing a few exercises and a fresh environment, it was a change compared to being at home!”The training is evolving. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

‘Return of the Dragon’

first_imgGIRLS CITY LEAGUE CHAMPS—The Allderdice girls team celebrates their City League Championship as Dr. Linda Lane, superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, presents them with the championship trophy, Feb. 25. Allderdice (21-3) beat Westinghouse (19-5) 49-46. See story and more photos on C5. (Photo by William McBride) by Malik Vincent New Pittsburgh Courier Recalling reigning All-City MVP Justin Dobbs’ sophomore year, another player who led his team in scoring all season long did so again in the City Championship game. Behind sophomore JaVaughn Moultrie’s 15 points, the Courier’s preseason favorite Allderdice (18-6) edged USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama), 56-49, for their third consecutive City title on Feb. 25 at Peabody.Jevaughn’s twin, DeVaughn, also chipped in seven points to help Allderdice push past a taleneted USO team.“We can’t stress enough the importance of playing great defense,” Allderdice coach Andre McDonald said. “We’ve always preached that to the kids in our program and it’s worked out tremendously for us.”As the league’s stingiest defense, the Dragons have given up a city-low 52.9 points per contest. They’ve maintained that title all of the last five seasons. So much so that during games, the students wear shirts with their team’s coined nickname, “Hawk D” on it, which also appears on their uniforms.“It’s really something that our entire student body, faculty, and team take great pride in,” McDonald added.Ishmael Swain was the city’s leading scorer in 2010 when the Dragons brought their first of three consecutive titles to Allderdice. But Dobbs led the pack with a game-high 17 points.The 6-foot-3 senior guard/forward leads the city in scoring, averaging 20.2 points a contest. He, and fellow senior and All-City first teamer Ben Mickens, have both received attention from Division-I programs.Mickens led the team with 14 rebounds and added 8 points for the Dragons.“Our seniors have been blessed with tremendous talent,” McDonald said. “If it wasn’t for the hard work, unselfishness, and pure dedication to this team, we would not be where we are today.”USO (16-6) was led by sophomore D.J. Porter, who shot 7-of-13 from the field and ended up with 15 points. Senior guard Dontae Forte added 10 for the Eagles. Their coach, Kevin Reid, was unreachable for comment.The success of the Allderdice basketball program, according to McDonald, is due to the undying support of the boosters’ organization always providing for the team, and to the students who always rally around them.“We have a great atmosphere for sports at Allderdice,” he said. “It’s no mistake that our football team appeared in its title game and that we’ve three-peated in ours. We have a tremendous following, a great support from our family and friends. That brings a great feeling to us as a team.”Allderdice will play in the PIAA Class AAAA first round March 10. USO advances to the PIAA play-in round and will take on the WPIAL’s third-place team.GIRLSA familiar face to the Lady Dragons’ success, Lanise Saunders led her team with a game-high 14 points to solidify a three-peat of their own.Syndnee Abernathy followed up with 12 points and senior guard Janay Bottoms added 10 points as Allderdice (21-3) pushed past Westinghouse, 49-46, on Feb 25 at Peabody.“I think both teams brought what they could and played their best,” Saunders said. “But (we) took it a step further and played like a family.”A 6-foot-2 post player, Saunders signed a National Letter of Intent with Division-II Gannon University earlier this year for a full athletic scholarship.“We got the win,” she said with pride. “But we don’t plan on stopping here. We plan to carry that exact same intensity into State competition.”Saunders carries a 4.2 GPA and has been the driving force behind the Dragons in their quest for a title. She added 11 rebounds to her point total and has become one of the main producers of the double-double in the city.Westinghouse (19-5) was led by Cassandra Flowers who had a team-high 10 points.Allderdice, which also defeated the Bulldogs in the final game last year, advances to the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA tournament on March 9.(Malik Vincent can be reached at mvincent@newpittsburghcourieronline.com or on Twitter @malikvincent.)last_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0

first_imgJuan Mata’s emphatic finish and Frank Lampard’s penalty put Chelsea in command in the London derby.Mata, who scored their winner at Arsenal earlier in the season, put them ahead after only six minutes in the snow at Stamford Bridge.Believing Francis Coquelin had been fouled by Ramires in midfield, the Gunners switched off and Cesar Azpilicueta lifted the ball towards Mata, who controlled it beautifully before holding off Bacary Sagna and firing home.The opener came shortly after Olivier Giroud had missed a great chance for Arsenal, dragging a shot wide after being set up by Theo Walcott.Once in front, Chelsea – with Fernando Torres preferred to Demba Ba up front – took control and doubled their lead after Ramires was brought down by keeper Wojciech Szczesny, who escaped with a yellow card.Lampard tucked away the resulting spot-kick – his 195th goal for the Blues.Ramires might have made it three but blazed over after going past Kieran Gibbs.Torres also shot wastefully over in the final minute of the half.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Oscar, Hazard, Mata; Torres.Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Terry, Ba, Bertrand, Ake.Click here for our Chelsea v Arsenal quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

This is a big year for spray nozzles and replacement decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This is the time of the year you must complete shopping for nozzles because the spraying season is just around the corner. Although nozzles are some of the least expensive components of a sprayer, they hold a high value in their ability to influence sprayer performance. First, nozzles meter the desired amount of liquid sprayed per acre. Second, nozzles help us spray the liquid uniformly over the width of the sprayer boom. Third, nozzles influence droplet size, affecting both target coverage and spray drift risk. For these key reasons, you need to make sure your sprayer is equipped with the right kind and size of nozzles, and they are still performing within the acceptable range of performance they delivered when they were new.If you were happy with your nozzles last year, and if you are not switching to a new pesticide, all you need to do this spring before the spraying season is to check the flow rate of each nozzle to make sure the nozzles are not worn out. You will need to compare the flow rate of your nozzles with the flow rate of new nozzles of the same type and size at the same pressure. You can find information on the flow rate of new nozzles in nozzle catalogs or company web sites. A deviation of 10% between flow rates of your nozzles and the new nozzles is considered as acceptable. If the difference is greater than 10% of the new nozzle flow rate, it is time to get rid of the old nozzles and replace them with new nozzles.Whether you are using the nozzles you already have on the boom, or getting new nozzles, there are some new issues you will need to consider before the start of the sprayer season. Typically, we take into account many important factors including: sprayer operation parameters (such as application rate, spray pressure, travel speed); application type (broadcast, band, directed, air assisted); target crop (field crops, vegetables, vineyard, shrubs and trees, etc.); and spray drift risk. Are you aware of specific nozzle “requirements” on labels?In the past, the labels on chemicals gave some vague and general statements when referring to application equipment. For example, we used to see (it is still the same for many chemicals) on labels statements such as: “use spray equipment to provide thorough coverage of the canopy.” There was noPhoto by Ken Chamberlein, OSU/OARDChelp with explaining what “thorough coverage” is, and how to achieve it. Then, we saw labels giving us more specific recommendations on nozzles such as: “use nozzles that provide medium spray quality” or “do not use nozzles that produce droplets in coarse or larger spray qualities.” Most recently, the labels of the most talked-about 2,4-D or Dicamba herbicides include very specific requirements on which nozzle or nozzles must be used when spraying these products. For example, one of these products requires using only one type and size of nozzle. Simple interpretation of this requirement is that you would be violating the label if you use any other type or size of nozzle. So, it is your responsibility to comply with the label recommendation.Why are specific nozzles required by manufacturers of 2,4-D and dicamba herbicides? Although manufacturers of these products claim that the new formulations containing 2,4-D or Dicamba are more resistant to drift of these active materials due to high volatility characteristics of similar products used decades ago, they are still extremely concerned about the physical drift of these products in droplets. Therefore, since these products are systemic in nature, they should work even when large size droplets are used during spraying. With this in mind, the manufacturers of these products have decided on recommending specific nozzles that produce droplets that are in the category of “Extra Coarse” or “Ultra Coarse.” Physical drift of such large droplets will likely reduce the risk for drift to minimum levels. Although there are many nozzles that can provide these desired droplet size classes at certain pressures, at this point you are advised to choose exactly the nozzles identified on their labels. Act now if you will be switching to new nozzles.If you are going to use one of the new 2,4-D or Dicamba herbicides this year, it is very likely that you do not have on the boom the specific nozzles required by the manufacturers of these herbicides. That means, you will need to purchase the recommended nozzles and put them on the boom. Since many growers would want to do that, there may be short-term shortages of these nozzles in stores from which you purchase nozzles. So, act now and get the nozzles you need before experiencing potential problems with availability of these nozzles. Keep several types of nozzles on the boomIt is very likely that you will be using your sprayers to spray a variety of pesticides during the growing season. Remember that one specific type of nozzle will not be best for all applications. For this reason, it is best to have several types and sizes of nozzles on the boom so that you can switch to the “best” nozzle choice for a given spraying job. There are various types of sprayer components and setups you can buy to configure your boom so the new set up allows you to easily switch from one nozzle to another instantly. Photo by Ken Chamberlein, OSU/OARDCSome final thoughtsNozzles are typically the least costly items on a sprayer, but they play a key role in the final outcome from a spraying job: achieving maximum efficacy from the pesticide applied while reducing the off-target (drift) movement of pesticides to minimum. Pesticides work well if the rates on labels are achieved during application. This can be achieved only if the right nozzle type and the proper size of the nozzles are on the sprayer, and the sprayer is operated properly.Although the Apps and tables in catalogs may expedite the nozzle size selection process, it is best to understand the process and the math nozzle manufacturers use to generate the values listed in tables, and to generate nozzle recommendations in their Apps. A new Ohio State University Extension Publication, titled “Selecting the best nozzle for the job” gives step-by-step guidelines for selecting the most appropriate spray nozzle for a given application situation. The publication is available online at following web site: http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-528.last_img read more

Tweetmi: Another Twitter Search Engine with a Twist

first_imgTags:#news#Product Reviews#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Become a FanOne feature that makes Tweetmi unique is that it gives users the option to become ‘fans’ of a certain topic. While this is definitely an interesting concept, users actually have to send out a tweet about the fact that they are now fans of ‘RWW’ or ‘Follow Friday,’ which somehwat limits the usefulness of this feature. Another feature we liked is that the application can show you a list of all the Twitter users who tweeted a popular link. Like most Twitter search engines, Tweemi displays a list of the most popular links about a topic in a sidebar.Given that there are already numerous Twitter search engines and more comprehensive real-time search engines like OneRiot on the market, Tweetmi will probably have a bit of a struggle to attract a dedicated user base. It is however, a perfectly capable Twitter search engine that offers all the typical features you would expect and definitely worth a try. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts There are, of course, already numerous Twitter search engines at this point and every new one will have to offer users a very good reason to switch from their current favorite. Tweetmi is jumping into the fray with a Twitter search engine that focuses on presenting users with a more personalized view. While the service also works well as a regular real-time Twitter search engine, users who sign in to Tweetmi will also see the most active users in their Twitter stream and the top stories from the people they already follow.In addition, Tweetmi allows users who are signed in through Twitter’s Oauth login mechanism to quickly reply and retweet any story. In this respect, Tweetmi is quite similar to Twazzup, which also gives users the ability to interact with Twitter directly. Unlike Twazzup, though, Tweetmi doesn’t offer the ability to save searches, however. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… frederic lardinoislast_img read more

Amazon Launches Its Digital Short Story Collection with Kindle Singles

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Last fall, Amazon announced its plans for Kindle Singles, an attempt to make short stories and content of similar length to its e-reader. It was a call, in Amazon’s words, to “serious writers, thinkers, scientists, business leaders, historians, politicians and publishers to join Amazon in making such works available to readers around the world.”And today, the first set of Kindle Singles is available in the Kindle Store.These pieces run between 5000 and 30,000 words (around 30-50 pages) and range in price between $0.99 and $4.99. The first set of Singles includes original reporting, essays, memoirs and fiction. Specific titles are Evan Ratliff’s bank heist story “Lifted,” Brendan Koerner’s story of jazz king Teddy Weatherford “Piano Demon,” and “Leaving Home,” three short pieces by novelist Jodi Picoult. Also included, the launch of the first ever TEDBooks, including three titles based on the popular TEDTalks.Amazon says that the initial response to the announcement of the Singles was “great,” and it plans to launch more Kindle Singles in the future. Amazon touts this move, in part, as an opportunity for writers to publish content in a shorter form. But the move to publish shorter pieces – “compelling ideas expressed at their natural length” – is an interesting one for other reasons as well, particularly in light of questions about the ways in which e-readers are shaping what and how we read. As magazine and newspapers struggle to figure out new way to monetize online content and to handle subscriptions, will this shorter-length content sell on the Kindle? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more