18 Jan

Standhardinger leads Gilas 12 vs Iran, injured Slaughter out

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino-German big man Christian Standhardinger banners Gilas Pilipinas’ 12-man lineup against Iran on Thursday in the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Standhardinger will be teaming up with five other big men in first-timer Ian Sangalang, JP Erram, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga and Asi Taulava as the Philippines braces for a titanic matchup with the 7-foot-2 Hamed Haddadi and the mighty Iranians, who are coming off a silver medal finish in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golovkin trainer calls positive test by Alvarez ‘insulting’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Guards Alex Cabagnot and Scottie Thompson will also be making their Gilas debuts vs Iran with Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, Marcio Lassiter and Allein Maliksi joining them.Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio announced the lineup Wednesday morning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDespite rushing to meet Fiba requirements and be cleared to play as local, Greg Slaughter did not make it to the final roster.Slaughter hurt his left ankle on Wednesday during Barangay Ginebra’s game against NorthPort in the PBA Governors’ Cup that deemed his status against Iran as questionable. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Slaughter’s health status may have also led to Guiao selecting Standhardinger over crack guard Stanley Pringle as Gilas’ naturalized player.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

14 Jan

Alfalit Adult Literacy Receives Over 48,000 Books

first_imgPre-parked simple of consignment of the books as was presented to Alfalit-Liberia.Alfalit-Liberia over the weekend received a 48,250 consignment books from its Mother Organization, Alfalit International based in Florida USA as part of efforts to boost its adult literacy program across the five literacy counties.The books, which arrived in early March, were offloaded on Monday, March 4, 2019, comprising different categories of literacy books for adult learners and teachers within the program.“The consignment which includes Literacy Reading Book 1, 2, 3 and 4, Writing Books 1 to 4, Teachers’ Evaluation, reaching the total to 48,250 to enhance the adult literacy program,” a release from the entity has said.Accordingly, the books were produced and published by Alfalit International in collaboration with Liberia’s team.Jerome Williams, National Supervisor for Literacy, Basic Education and the Job Skills Program, said  the availability of the new books will further strengthen the Liberia’s program and boost students’ performance as well as lead to facilitators (teachers) effective presentation of lessons, including enabling the teachers to properly monitor and evaluate the beneficiaries in the three programs.Williams added, “the Alfalit books has basic features that make learning easy for the students, who are benefiting from the program.”Mr. Williams said the new consignment will greatly help Alfalit-Liberia meets its goals for the ongoing recruitment process, which want to enroll over 4,000 learners in  2019 circle of the literacy program.He said Alfalit-Liberia hopes to reach all of Liberia’s 15 counties when they receive the needed support to expand the program as it is currently impacting Liberians in five of the 15 counties.Alfalit-Liberia, founded in 2006 is an Affiliate of Alfalit International based in Miami, Florida USA. It is a faith-based Christian origination that teaches illiterate youths and adults who missed out on the basic education teaching them to read, write and do simple arithmetic. The mission of Alfalit is “to eradicate human suffering caused by illiteracy.”Alfalit-Liberia currently operates 52 literacy centers benefiting over 3,000 adult learners and 201 teachers in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Bong, Bomi and Margibi counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

17 Dec

Returns for Ohio soybeans at risk management association projected prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ben Brown, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University, March 17, 2019The month of February represents the price discovery period for Projected Prices of corn, soybeans, and spring wheat. The Projected Price for soybeans is the average of the February settlement prices for the November futures contract (ZSX2019). The subsequent Harvest Price is the average of the October settlement prices for the same November futures contract. The Projected Price and the Harvest Price are used to identify the guaranteed revenue for revenue based crop insurance products. However, neither price takes into account local cash basis.The projected price established by RMA for 2019 soybean revenue is $9.54 per bushel. This is down $0.62 per bushel from the 2018 projected price of $10.16 per bushel representing the drop in soybean prices from 2018 to 2019. Price volatility is considered when setting premium levels for insurance products. A higher volatility increases the premium paid by the producer all else equal. Volatility rates are set by averaging the volatility of the most recent five trading days. Soybean volatility has continued decreasing after an increase in 2017 from 2016.In October, RMA will calculate the 2019 Harvest Price to set guaranteed revenue for the year. The Projected Price for soybeans has been higher than the Harvest Price in all but three years since 2011. Yield shortfalls in 2012 and 2016 increased soybean prices through harvest increasing the Harvest Price above the Projected Price. In 2013, both prices finished at $12.87 per bushel. Last year, the Harvest price was $1.56 per bushel below the 2018 Projected Price of $10.16 per bushel explained by a record soybean crop in the United States and trade disturbances between the United States and China. Returns for Ohio soybean producers based on 2019 projected pricesThrough the Farm Office at The Ohio State University Extension, enterprise budgets can be found for 2019 corn and soybeans along with enterprise budgets from the previous years. These enterprise budgets break out all costs for production on low, medium and high yielding scenarios. These budgets can be found at farmoffice.osu.edu.To calculate a cost of production for each crop reporting district in Ohio, the OSU enterprise budgets were used with inputs from credible sources. Yield estimates for each crop reporting district came from the most current 5 years of National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) data.Insurance policies are based on an Actual Production History (APH), which represents a maximum of 10 previous years of yield records for a particular field or enterprise. Since the 2012 crop year, these yields have been adjusted to account for improved crop genetics and current practices. The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board approves a trend adjustment factor for corn and soybeans in each county. This factor is equal to the annual increase in yield, and is based on county average yields determined by NASS each year. For the calculations below, a soybean trend adjustment factor of 0.5 bushels is multiplied to the difference in the current year to the base year and then added to the yield of the base year.As an example, consider a county that has a yield in 2013 of 53 bushels per acre. Using 2017 as the current year the adjustment would be (((2017-2013)*0.5) + 53) for an adjusted yield of 55 bushels per acre. Seeding rates for cost estimates were taken from the 2018 eField Report published by The Ohio State University. The most profitable seeding rate based on a $0.428 per 1000 seeds was used in these cost calculations. Cash rent estimates for each crop reporting district were reported by NASS in 2017.Ohio producers have the option to select coverage levels from 50% of APH to 85% of APH. Using the Summary of Business operations from the RMA website, the most popular coverage level for Ohio soybean producers is 80%. For this article, it is assumed that an 80% APH coverage level is selected for revenue insurance products. An 80% coverage level means that the projected price is only covered on 80% of yield not the total number of bushels.When considering all acres within the unit, the uninsured acres have no direct revenue insurance coverage. In this case, it would equal the remaining 20% based on the 80% coverage level. The 2018 Farm Bill signed into law on December 20, 2018 raised the marketing loan rates for covered commodities. These loan rates are often considered a price floor under commodity markets. In the case of soybeans, the marketing loan rate is $6.20 per bushel. If the marketing loan rate is used as the price floor for the remain 20% bushels that are left uncovered then an adjustment can be made to cover all acres within a unit. The $8.87 per bushel represents the complete coverage of all acres.(0.80 x 9.54/ bu.) + ($6.20 x 0.20) = $8.87 per bushel.The $9.54 Projected Price covers cost of production for almost all of Ohio’s crop reporting districts. Two exceptions include Northwest and West Central Ohio, where the majority of Ohio’s soybeans are produced. High cash rents and high seeding rate costs bring cost of production above the projected price in both regions. West Central Ohio compensates a portion of these higher costs with higher yields than all the other districts. Their APH is likely the highest and therefore has the highest absolute value of covered bushels under a revenue policy.Taking into account all bushels, using the marketing loan rate as a price floor, Central, North Central, Northwest, and West Central Ohio all have costs of production above the guaranteed price established with the RMA Projected Price. In districts where the cost of production remains below the Projected Price of all acres cash rented in relation to yields, are lower than those districts that have costs of production above the Projected Price for all acres. According to the OSU eFields Report, these districts also have lower seeding rates with a lower seed costs. Southeast Ohio had the lowest cost of production, but also represented the smallest amount of covered acres according to the RMA Summary of Business. SummaryThe Projected Price used in guarantees for revenue insurance and for premium costs for RMA federally subsidized insurance policies was finalized at the end of February. The $9.54 per bushel Projected Price is $0.62 below the Projected Price of 2018, and the lowest of the prices reported on the RMA webpage going back to 2011. The Harvest Price will be discovered in the month of October and has historically been lower than the Projected Price of the corresponding year. The RMA Projected Price is used by Ohio soybean producers to manage price risk, but it is not the only tool. The marketing loan rate set in the 2018 Farm Bill provides a price floor that is used to calculate insurance revenue guarantees. While several crop reporting districts showed gains over cost of production for soybeans, the crop reporting districts of Northwest, North Central, West Central, and Central are at best meeting costs for all acres given a coverage level of 80% of APH. These districts represent the majority of soybean revenue policies and soybean production for the state. In 2019, these programs are protecting the downside risk for producers as proponents argue they were designed to do. Districts having net returns above cost of production have low production and low insurance coverage. Thus, these insurance programs are providing a risk management tool for Ohio producers.last_img read more

15 Dec

How To Make Your Facebook Account More Secure [Video]

first_imgantone gonsalves Over the last couple of years, Facebook has made great strides in security and privacy. But to ensure the right level of security for you, both casual and avid users need to understand the giant social network’s security options.Security vendor Kaspersky Lab posted this week a how-to video on securing a Facebook account that’s worth reviewing to make sure your settings are right for you and the way you communicate with friends. The First Step: Create A Strong PasswordA usual, the first step is using a strong password. That means no names, Dictionary words, birthdays, keyboard patterns or – obviously – the word “password.” If you’ve used any of those easy-to-remember-but-easy-to-hack sign-ins, then head to your account settings and change it.In general, a password should be at least eight random characters that include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols and punctuation marks. “If you’re afraid you’ll forget it, then you’re probably on the right track,” said Brian Donohue, a writer for the Kaspersky Lab blog.Link A Mobile DeviceThe next step is to link the Facebook account to a mobile device, so it can be used for security measures to be described later. Then go to security within account settings and enable secure browsing. This allows you to browse Facebook on a secure HTTPS connection whenever possible.This connection prevents snooping when on an unsecure WiFi connection. Facebook has said this will be a default setting eventually, but has not specified when. Be aware that while HTTPS beefs up security, it can also slow down browsing the site. In addition, it can cause problems with third-party applications that do not support HTTPS.Enable Login NotificationsOther security options include login notifications when an unrecognized device or computer accesses your account. You can choose between email or text notifications or both. There’s also the option of having a security code sent to your mobile phone whenever Facebook is accessed from an unrecognized device. To continue, you have to enter the code. Facebook also provides the option of generating your own codes on Android devices and iPhones.For Facebook apps that can’t receive security codes, Facebook provides the option of app-specific passwords. This prevents, for example, people using an Xbox from being locked out when they have login-approval enabled.Facebook users can set up trusted devices in advance, such as their home computer, work computer and mobile phone. This works in conjunction with login approval to notify people whenever another device tries to access their accounts.Kaspersky also recommends periodically checking the active sessions within your security settings to make sure that someone with an unrecognized device has not been trying to access your account.Privacy And SecurityBeyond security settings, you can take privacy-related measures to boost your defenses against cybercriminals.For example, when posting to your newsfeed, you have the option of tagging the person you are with at the time. While this is a nice detail to share with your other friends, Facebook users should be cautious about sharing such information, which can become a profiling tool for scammers, according to security vendor ESET.Algorithms can be used to build a profile of you based on the people you spend time with the most. Scammers and identity thieves can use such information to build more targeted spearphishing attacks, tailoring the message of a malware-carrying email with personal information that makes it appear legitimate.The same cautions should be used when sharing your location when posting to your newsfeed. If you post a picture while on vacation hundreds of miles from home, you open the possibility of someone breaking into your house while you are away.In becoming one of the world’s default tools for interacting with friends, Facebook has also become a treasure trove of information and access for scammers, identity thieves and other cybercriminals. Facebook’s 950 million users can’t completely avoid the security risks, but occassionally taking the time to review and update your security options can go a long way to keeping you out of trouble.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#security#web last_img read more

12 Dec

FDEI Ask the Expert Vlog: Bilingualism and Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education

first_imgThe Family Development Early Intervention team often gets questions about working with children with disabilities and their families who are also bilingual. Last week we brought you part one in which  Greg Cheatham, PhD, associate professor at the University of Kansas, discussed bilingualism in early childhood special education.  In part two, Dr. Cheatham discusses bilingualism and assessment and gives his tips on working with dual language families.You can find a transcript of this video here.last_img read more

30 Nov

Lucky 13: Lyceum clinches Final Four seat, remains unbeaten

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’ll just continue to be humble and blessed to be in this position,” he said.Prince Eze carried Perpetual (4-8) with 26 points, 20 rebounds, and seven blocks, while Gab Dagangon had 17 markers and four boards in the loss.The Scores:LYCEUM 94 – Perez 21, Jv. Marcelino 15, Nzeusseu 15, Pretta 12, Jc. Marcelino 11, Ayaay 8, Caduyac 4, Cinco 3, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Baltazar 0, Ibañez 0, Liwag 0.PERPETUAL 83 – Eze 26, Dagangon 17, Sadiwa 13, Singontiko 9, Pido 8, Coronel 5, Ylagan 4, Cabiltes 1, Casas 0, Hao 0, Lucente 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 16-19, 43-40, 67-63, 94-83. Read Next “It’s really something that we are not accustomed to, but part of the journey is making it here,” said coach Topex Robinson.CJ Perez scattered 21 points, nine assists, and five rebounds, while Mike Nzeusseu tallied a double-double of 15 markers and 15 boards in the huge win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTS WATCH: 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 shutoutJayvee Marcelino added 15 points and four rebounds, while twin brother Jaycee Marcelino got 11 markers and three boards, including the game-sealing triple from the left corner with 41.5 seconds left to give Lyceum a 92-81 lead.Robinson said that though the first bullet in the Pirates’ checklist has already been crossed, it’s still important for his side to sustain their groove coming into the postseason. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum continued on Thursday its historic run in NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, clinching its first Final Four spot since joining the league in 2011.The Pirates remained unscathed with their 13th straight victory as they hacked out a 94-83 victory over Perpetual at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops01:37Protesters 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 Gareth Barry: Record-breaker, great Premier League survivor MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

28 Nov

Uma Bharti advises Digvijay Singh to touch Vajpayee’s feet and sort out issues

first_imgUma BhartiUnion Sports Minister Uma Bharti and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh recently addressed rallies on the same day and at almost the same time on Narmada waters.In his address, Singh held the Vajpayee Government responsible for not releasing funds for a Narmada pipeline project for Bhopal.Since his address,Uma BhartiUnion Sports Minister Uma Bharti and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh recently addressed rallies on the same day and at almost the same time on Narmada waters.In his address, Singh held the Vajpayee Government responsible for not releasing funds for a Narmada pipeline project for Bhopal.Since his address was a tad before Bharti’s she had the opportunity of replying to his allegations. However, it was the closing argument that was the clincher: Singh should go and touch Vajpayee’s feet and everything would be sorted out, advised Bharti.last_img read more

28 Sep

The US Mens Soccer Team Is Bungling Its Way To The World

To make the World Cup every four years, the United States men’s national team needs to do the bare minimum — that usually entails not being worse than teams from a couple of Central American or Caribbean countries that have a GDP roughly 0.1 percent the size of ours. In Honduras on Tuesday night, the USMNT delivered on that promise: They accomplished the bare minimum.A late Bobby Wood goal secured a 1-1 draw, salvaged a crucial road point and calmed anxiety about the U.S. qualifying for next summer’s World Cup. According to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, the U.S. now has a 69 percent chance of qualifying. Of course, those odds are more a reflection of the forgiving nature of the Hex, the round-robin CONCACAF World Cup qualification tournament, than the U.S. men’s skill. Six teams enter, three leave with a World Cup bid, and the fourth-place team can still score a spot by beating the fifth-place Asian qualifier.The path to qualification is easy, so it’s still likely that the U.S. team will be off to Russia next summer, but they’ve used up much of their margin for error. As it stands, there’s no scenario in which the U.S. can qualify for the World Cup before the final match in Trinidad and Tobago. The last time the U.S. was still hoping to clinch a spot entering its final game was heading into the 1990 World Cup, basically the dawn of modern American soccer. Even if things go perfectly next month, when they take on Panama and Trinidad and Tobago, this will still go down as the team’s worst modern qualifying campaign.Now the U.S. is faced with two simple questions. What the heck is wrong with this team? And can it be fixed?Where the U.S. went wrongThe problem right now isn’t so much that the U.S. team is bad. It’s not. The problem is that the U.S. was really bad last year when this phase of qualification started, and it hasn’t really ever made up for it. Jurgen Klinsmann was fired two games into the USMNT’s final-round qualifying bid, after a home loss against Mexico and a 4-0 thumping away to Costa Rica. The team was a mess, and Bruce Arena was brought in to stabilize the ship. And he did. In his first four games in charge, he led the team to two home wins and two road draws, the exact kind of record that leads to easy qualification. But the record didn’t earn back any of the points the team dropped in its first two games. Arena stopped the bleeding, but he didn’t fill in the hole that Klinsmann had dug.That left that the men’s team vulnerable to a single bad match — like the match last Friday, in which Costa Rica beat the U.S. 2-0 in New Jersey. Realistically, Arena’s team didn’t play all that badly. The USMNT outshot its opponents 14-9 and produced a 1.26 to 0.62 expected goal advantage. Arena’s men conceded an early goal thanks to some poor positioning from central defenders Geoff Cameron and Tim Ream and some questionable goalkeeping from Tim Howard. Then they were denied a second-half equalizer when Costa Rica’s goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, made an absolutely inhuman save on a shot from U.S. midfielder Christian Pulisic that took a wicked deflection. If either the blown defense or the amazing save had gone slightly differently, the game looks different, the qualifying campaign looks different, and the answer to the question of “What is wrong with the team?” is basically “Nothing.” This team as currently constituted is just about good enough to qualify for the World Cup. The problem is that it isn’t much better than that.Fixing what’s wrongArena’s emergency stabilization job was built around two main pillars. First, he handed the keys of the attack to teenage superstar Pulisic, and second, he narrowed midfielder Michael Bradley’s responsibilities, shifting him from the hub of the team to a more traditional deep-lying playmaker. Everything around them has been in flux. Personnel has changed, formations have changed, tactical approaches have changed.Without much continuity, the team ends up in trouble when the game plan breaks down. Against Costa Rica last week, the defense was badly exposed without protection from midfield. Cameron and Ream were both called upon to step into midfield frequently and neither were able to do the job. And against Honduras this week, the attack sputtered when Pulisic wasn’t able to get on the ball. Since starting to play with the senior national team, he’s averaged 53 touches per 90 minutes, but against Honduras he only got 42, and the U.S. struggled to create chances without his influence.The defensive problems will likely sort themselves out eventually. The team is currently missing half of its starting defense, as both John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin are injured. If they get healthy and back on the field, the defense will immediately take a step in the right direction.On the attack side, the solution is less clear-cut. Pulisic is the team’s crown jewel, and it’s Arena’s job to figure out which players in his fairly deep attacking talent pool best complement the young star. Arena has yet to settle on the best combination. Pulisic has played as a winger in a front three, as a wide midfielder with two strikers in front of him, and as the attacking midfielder at the tip of a diamond. In the last two games alone, he played with four different strikers in Wood, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris. Settling on a more consistent lineup might not only help get the best out of Pulisic but also allow the U.S. to develop a more effective plan B for those times an opponent is able to take Pulisic out of the match.Arena is facing the same challenges all managers do. He has to balance the need for short-term results against the desire to develop a team that over the medium term can steadily improve and peak at the right moment. Up until this week, it seemed like he had gotten the balance mostly right, winning enough to put the U.S. solidly on course while also developing a basic plan. This week, that plan broke down. Now October’s matches can’t serve as a platform to help build the team for the future; instead, they’re all about short-term goals.There’s nothing wrong with this team that time can’t fix. But with two must-win games on the horizon, time is the one thing this team doesn’t have. read more