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Weak farm economy not hampering efforts healthier soils

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Soil Health Summit 2019 with Soil Health Partnership was the largest ever—360 registered attendees made their way to St. Louis to learn and network. A diverse group including farmers, corporations, educators and environmental groups spent two days talking about soil health. The summit provided many takeaway messages and insights of interest. Here are just a few: Enthusiasm for learning new sustainability practices and adopting new farm management tools to protect and improve soil is not being slowed by a prolonged downturn in the farm economy. Many farmers, landlords, and others are investing in the long game to assure more sustainable and profitable agriculture. SHP outreach is building a diverse coalition of partners from farms all the way to consumers. The program and the network being created is growing rapidly. The common interest of proving the latest farming techniques, building healthier soils, cleaner water while maintaining farmer profitability is getting positive attention outside of agriculture, including with elected officials. Early in-field research shows no statistically significant yield drag from using cover crops and organic matter is increasing. More than 60% of the funding for the summit came directly from farmers or through their commodity organizations, like Corn Growers Associations, reflecting a major commitment that bodes well for the future. Sponsors like McDonald’s, Environmental Defense Fund, Bayer, Cargill, state corn and soybean commodity groups, National Corn Growers, The Nature Conservancy, Corteva, Tyson and others provide more than just funding for a one-time event. They are key partners throughout the year in SHP’s efforts to research, educate and advocate for soil health initiatives, providing a valuable link from farmers to consumers.last_img read more

Phoenix import Brown: ‘We’re not a well-respected team’

first_imgPhilippines defends basketball title, rips Indonesia for the gold SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES “We can’t just hope we get calls at the line and hope we get lucky shots, we just got to stay consistent,” said Brown who repeated the word “consistent” two more times “That’s the only way we can win games.”And as for his point-production, Brown expressed his disappointment since he wasn’t able to help his team get the victory. “I don’t like it. We lost,” said Brown who also grabbed 19 boards. “I don’t care about the stats. I’m just trying anything that can help us win. I can have 60 but we lost so it won’t matter. I just want to win.”ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PBA IMAGESPhoenix import Brandon Brown said Friday that his Fuel Masters team isn’t on the same level as the other franchises in the PBA in terms of getting respect from game officials.“We’re not a well-respected team in this league, I mean the referees are not going to give us any calls down the stretch,” said Brown Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after losing to TNT 110-103.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Though the foul discrepancy is just two between the two teams, 29-27 with less calls going to TNT, the KaTropa had 33 free throw attempts while the Fuel Masters had just 22.TNT also had 10 free throw attempts in the final period while Phoenix had just six. 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 shutoutBrown, who finished with a game-high 49 points, said the only way to get the same level of respect their opponents’ enjoy is to stay consistent and win some games. Phoenix have lost six straight games and languish at the 10th seed with a 2-6 card.  Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Maternal Undernutrition and Adolescent Girls

first_imgPosted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Emily Puckart, Program Associate, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)During the recent Woodrow Wilson International Center policy dialogue on maternal undernutrition both speakers highlighted the importance of including adolescent girls as targets and beneficiaries of maternal nutrition programs. After all, around the world girls under the age of 18 may be married as well as mothers. If they are not mothers already, reaching out to adolescent girls ensures that they will have necessary nutrition information and tools they need before they even become pregnant.Bhavishya Alliance is a Mumbai based multi-sector partnership with a focus on reducing undernutrition in Maharashtra, India. The Girls Gaining Ground (GGG) program is Bhavishya Alliance’s pilot nutrition and health intervention which focuses on adolescent girls as future mothers. GGG combines a strong focus on maternal nutrition and health along with a girl’s empowerment component, benefiting groups of girls in some of the most underserved tribal communities in Maharashtra state.The program itself focuses heavily on nutrition and health information, as well as giving girls the knowledge to access government health services. This includes information in accessing services such as iron supplements and access to facilities when giving birth. The groups take part in community mapping exercises which identify health and nutrition services near their communities.Local women serve as role-models and facilitators for each of the GGG groups, leading the curriculum on reproductive and sexual health, the importance of iron supplements, dispelling myths relating to foods during pregnancy, and the importance of delayed marriage and pregnancy for health. Storytelling, local songs and myths are emphasized in order for the curriculum to make an impact in the lives of the girls. For example, girls may enact plays, where the lead character, an adolescent girl, dies in childbirth after an early marriage and a difficult, unattended pregnancy.There is a special emphasis in the program on preparing girls nutritionally to become mothers. Facilitators chart hemoglobin levels and iron supplement intake and girls enrolled in the program use food diaries to record and discuss their daily intake of food. Where illiteracy is a challenge, facilitators use the girls’ verbal history to take down the diary. Along with a focus on quantity, facilitators use the colors of the Indian flag (green, orange and white) to ask girls and their families to diversify their food intake using locally available food sources. Some NGOs have supplemented the GGG program with seed distribution for families to start agricultural plots for food to be consumed within the family, rather than exported for sale outside the community.This innovative and exciting program may provide a model for other maternal nutrition programs that recognize the importance of including adolescent girls as beneficiaries of maternal nutrition programs.This is the third post by Emily Puckart on “Maternal Undernutrion: Evidence, Links, and Solutions.” Read the first and second.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Ohio State Coach Zach Smith Trashes Michigan In Response To Recruiting Pamphlet, Posts Photo Of Rings

first_imgFans of the Michigan Wolverines react to a 14-3 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 17, 2007 at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Fans of the Michigan Wolverines react to a 14-3 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 17, 2007 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It may be June, but Ohio State and Michigan are in mid-season form in the trash talk department. Saturday night, Buckeyes wide receivers coach Zach Smith, taking exception to what appears to be a recruiting pamphlet produced by Michigan, blasted the Wolverines on Twitter. Smith, who is clearly ticked off that Michigan is is promoting its assistant coach Jedd Fisch as a better alternative for recruits to develop under, fired back, boasting about Ohio State’s three victories in a row over the Wolverines.Smith also predicted a fourth straight victory and posted a photo of all of the rings he’s won in his coaching years. It’s strong.U mad bro?? #LevelsToThis #IfTheyAintHatingYouAintPoppin pic.twitter.com/QhnJceNL4W— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015@CoachZachSmith that’s all they got?!— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) June 7, 2015Check my Resume… And if it’s confusing… Check my live resume next November. It will be the same resume as the last 3 Novembers.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Back to my regularly scheduled Saturday… #ThisAintWhatYouWant #Zone6 pic.twitter.com/6bxT0IoN3E— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 7, 2015Jim Harbaugh and his staff certainly aren’t bowing down to Ohio State. But the Wolverines may want to win a few games before they start comparing anything between the two schools.last_img read more

MoU for Deocha Pachami coal block next week Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The Central and the West Bengal governments will ink an MoU next week on the Deocha Pachami coal block – considered the world’s second largest and largest reserve in Asia, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced here on Wednesday. Banerjee said the block located in Birbhum district has an inferred reserve of 2.1 billion tons, and would generate employment for one lakh people. The work for the project would be completed in five years, and increase the earnings of both her state and the Central government, she said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The Chief Minister, however, said her government would not rush through the project, but first rehabilitate around 4,000 people – 40 per cent of them tribals – residing in that area. “We will not rush through the project, but rather take the people into confidence before commencing work,” Banerjee told the media at the state secretariat Nabanna. The assessment of environment impact and air pollution will begin after taking people into confidence. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The state government was setting up a committee under Chief Secretary Malay Dey to complete the initial survey and other work. “Then I will speak to the people so that they can be taken into confidence,” the Chief Minister said. In June last year, the state government-owned thermal power producer West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd (WBPDCL) got the allocation of the Deocha Pachami Harinsingha Dewanganj Coal Mines for generating power from its five power plants having an aggregate generation capacity of 5,500 MW. The state government had earlier said about Rs 60,000-70,000 crore of investments, both direct and indirect, would be required for the project and it may go up to Rs one lakh crore depending on the exploitation of the coal block. The Deocha Pachami coal block was earlier offered jointly to West Bengal, Bihar, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam but subsequently, others had backed out of the asset allegedly citing cost and complexities in extracting the resources.last_img read more

Ohio State starting quarterback Braxton Miller looks to bounce back

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is tackled during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor the better part of the past two seasons, Ohio State’s junior quarterback Braxton Miller has been the crutch the Buckeyes lean on when things go wrong.But so far this season, Miller’s third as the starter for OSU, that crutch has started to splinter.Now with Iowa and the eighth-ranked run defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision coming to Columbus, Miller said Wednesday OSU has to be careful not to repeat its early season mistakes.“(Iowa has a) pretty good defense, you know, probably the best we’ve faced so far. Got to have good preparation throughout the whole week,” Miller said.Miller made his return from an MCL sprain against Wisconsin Sept. 28, throwing four touchdown passes, but then struggled against Northwestern the following week. No touchdowns and three turnovers, including two fumbles, had fans calling for redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.Miller said he struggled against the Wildcats with ball security, but the fumbling issues are something that can be fixed.“I’ve been watching film on it. I really wasn’t holding the ball correctly when I was cutting (through) the holes, and I wasn’t holding the ball real tight and it’s an easy fix,” Miller said.Coach Urban Meyer said Miller played well against Northwestern, but he can’t ignore his issues with ball security.“I expect him to be ‘Braxton Miller’ with better ball security,” Meyer said to the media Wednesday. “You take away those two fumbles, he actually played pretty good that game, real good, but that’s like saying take away a bad golf shot on the 18th hole. That’s the way it is.”Despite his praise of Miller, Meyer said he was close to putting Guiton in the game after Miller’s second fumble.Since Northwestern, Meyer said he has noticed Miller working harder on holding onto the football.“I see a guy that I wanted to see and I did see, a guy that recognized the mistakes he made, and then he’s going to work hard to correct them,” Meyer said. “No. 1 was ball security, that was the No. 1 issue.”Miller said Wednesday the coaching staff made him carry a ball during team stretches to practice ball security.“It’s always just keep it tight when I take off and run, QB run or anything like that,” Miller said. “Throughout the stretching at the beginning of practice, it’s ‘hold it tight.’ They had me hold the ball throughout the whole stretch.”Although ball security has been a big focus for the coaching staff, it might not be the only issue Miller is struggling with.Miller said his knee made it difficult to run the way he wanted to against Northwestern, but he is almost back to full health.“I’d say just a little bit on my cutting-wise and you know,” Miller said. “Just not my old self in running a little bit, but I’m still working on it, it should be good.”Miller, though, is still a valuable leader for OSU, senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the game against Northwestern.“He’s still vocal. He’s still going to tell us what we need to do,” Brown said. “He’s the quarterback of the team so whenever he talks, everybody listens, and we’re just going to follow his lead and go where we need to go.”Miller will look to right his wrongs from the previous game when the Buckeyes kick off against the Hawkeyes Saturday, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.For Miller, success will depend on if he is able to get back to the standard he’s set for himself.“I wasn’t fully myself throughout the whole game,” Miller said. “Playing on grass a little bit, you know, little bit on my running, I just wasn’t my old self, I felt like and you know just got to keep getting healthy, getting treatment on it and just get back to my old ways.” read more

Hawaii Volcano Erupts From Summit Sends Huge Plume Into Sky
Hawaii Volcano Erupts From Summit Sends Huge Plume Into Sky

first_imgOfficials have said they didn’t expect the explosion to be deadly as long as people remained out of the closed national park. The explosion came after two weeks of volcanic activity and the opening of more than a dozen fissures east of the crater that spewed lava into neighborhoods, said Mike Poland, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted from its summit before dawn Thursday, shooting a dusty plume of ash about 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) into the sky. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. It’s one of five volcanoes that comprise the Big Island of Hawaii, and the only one currently erupting. Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. An eruption in 1924 killed one person and sent rocks, ash and dust into the air for 17 days. Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983.center_img The lava destroyed has destroyed at least 26 homes and 10 other structures. Scientists predicted it would mostly release trapped steam from flash-heated groundwater released as though it was a kitchen pressure cooker. The crater sits within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has been closed since May 11 in preparation for an eruption. Communities a mile or two away may be showered by pea-size fragments or dusted with nontoxic ash, they said. Scientists warned on May 9 that a drop in the lava lake at the summit might create conditions for an explosion that could fling ash and boulders the size of refrigerators into the air.last_img read more

Kenai Continues Work On Accelerated Funding For Bluff Project
Kenai Continues Work On Accelerated Funding For Bluff Project

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council will look at a resolution approving the request for accelerated funding for the Pre-Construction Engineering and Design Phase of the Kenai Bluffs Bank Stabilization Project up to the estimated cost of $1,000,000. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander told the council at its meeting in December that he would be pursuing accelerated funding for the project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ostrander: “What we are waiting on right now is the signing of the directors report, which is supposed to happen this month. Until that is signed, which signals the completion of the feasibility phase, they can’t move forward with the design phase. Once we get that signed report we will hopefully be moving forward with the design phase.”  If the project goes through to construction, the PED phase contribution would be credited towards the City’s 35% matching requirement, according to Ostrander. The project consists of constructing a berm about 5,000 feet long below the Kenai Bluffs toe. It is designed to prevent flood tides from washing away material that collects at the bluff toe and coastal storms from eroding the lower portion of the bluff. Ostrander: “Already there has been a request submitted to the Corps to consider acceleration of the design. So, the corps needs to consider that request, and approve it. Assuming that the corps does approve the accelerated design process then the money would go towards that.”  The Kenai City Council will look at the resolution at their meeting on Wednesday, January 16.last_img read more

Google Allo shuts down today Heres how to save your chats

1:09 Tags Review • Google’s Allo messenger app is a know-it-all Share your voice Google Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Mobile Apps 0 Post a comment Ads coming to Google image search, Samsung already working… Google Allo Today is the last day for Google Allo. Jason Cipriani/CNET Google Allo, the search giant’s smart-messaging app, is shutting down Tuesday. In December, Google announced it was shutting down Google Allo in March. If you go to Allo’s website Tuesday, you’ll see a banner across the top saying goodbye.   The company’s plan is to focus instead on its Google Duo video-call app and Messages, as well as Hangouts Chat and Meet for G Suite customers. You can still save your Allo chats before the service is put to rest. To do so, you must have the latest version of Allo. Open the app Tap Menu and then tap Settings Tap Chat Select either Export Messages from Chats or Export Stored Media from Chats. Exporting messages from chats won’t include photos or videos. Exporting media will save photos, videos and other files. Choose where you want to store the files. The messages will save as a CSV file and media attachments will save as a zip file. Find where you downloaded the file once it completes Anything you don’t export will be deleted. If you previously backed up files to your Google Drive, they’ll be inaccessible after Allo goes offline.  read more

Sega Genesis Mini Retrostyle ad reminds us of antiNintendo 90s slogan

first_img It was always a very pretty console. Sega As Sega Genesis Mini’s Sept. 19 release date draws near, reviews are out and its “Genesis Does” trailer harked back to a ’90s rivalry Wednesday. Sega celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original console’s US release with a retro-style commercial, but removes the iconic “what Nintendon’t” because the companies are pretty friendly these days. We’ve embedded the new and old commercials below so you can get both versions of the catchy jingle stuck in your head. Remembering the Sega Dreamcast at 20 The new device will be based on the original Model 1 Sega Genesis — not the second version that made the rounds toward the end of the console’s lifespan — and 55% of that console’s size. It comes packaged with two replica three-button USB controllers, one USB-to-Micro-B power cable and one HDMI cable. US customers will also get a power cable as part of the package.1-1559642098-virtua-fighter-2-3You can battle it out in Virtua Fighter 2. Sega The trend of rereleasing “mini” versions of once popular consoles was kickstarted by Nintendo with the NES Classic (and later the SNES Classic). Sony followed suit with the less well-received PlayStation Classic. Ever since those consoles were announced, the countdown was on for Sega to jump in.You can find out more and preorder at Sega’s official site.Originally published March 31.Update Aug. 14: Adds Genesis Does trailer. Comments 4 27 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The Sega Genesis Mini is so rad 5:49 The console will come preloaded with 42 games:Sonic the HedgehogEcco the DolphinCastlevania: BloodlinesSpace Harrier 2Shining ForceDr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean MachineToeJam & EarlComix ZoneAltered BeastGunstar HeroesCastle of Illusion Starring Mickey MouseWorld of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald DuckThunder Force IIISuper Fantasy ZoneShinobi IIIStreets of Rage 2Earthworm JimSonic the Hedgehog 2Contra: Hard CorpsLandstalkerMega Man: The Wily Wars (This is a compilation of the first three Mega Man games)Street Fighter 2′: Special Champion EditionGhouls ‘n GhostsAlex Kidd in the Enchanted CastleBeyond OasisGolden AxePhantasy Star IV: The End of the MillenniumSonic the Hedgehog SpinballVectormanWonder Boy in Monster WorldTetrisDariusVirtua Fighter 2Alisia DragoonMonster World IVKid ChameleonRoad Rash IIEternal ChampionsColumnsDynamite HeaddyStriderLight Crusadercenter_img Take a look at Sega’s beautiful, doomed Dreamcast (pictures) Share your voice Genesis Mini Sony Nintendo 4:21 The retro mini-console costs $80 in the US, £70 in the UK and $140 in Australia. If you’re in a territory where Genesis was known as Mega Drive, Sega released a trailer for you too.The Europe and Middle Eastern launch will be delayed by two weeks “due to unavoidable logistical challenges,” Sega said last month.CNET sister site Gamespot was among the first to report about the Sega Genesis Mini, which was first announced in late March at Sega Fes 2019 in Tokyo. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Culture Gaminglast_img read more