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  • Legacy fundraising still considered acceptable during pandemic

    first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Melanie May | 27 May 2020 | News “The gifts kindly included in the wills of our supporters make up a significant proportion of RNIB’s total funding but like many other charities, we’ve ceased elements of our legacy fundraising activity during the pandemic. The research from Fastmap and Freestyle marketing is very helpful because it provides further evidence that the public and the charity’s supporters remain keen to engage with all the ways they can choose to support our work and help deliver our mission.”A recording of a webinar on the subject as well as the research can be accessed via the fastmap site. fastmap and freestyle marketing then looked at those who either have already written a charity into their Will or are considering or intending to do so. They found that 58% gave a strong appropriateness score with 6% feeling that legacies are strongly inappropriate. Tagged with: legacy fundraising legacy promotion research About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. To understand audiences more deeply, level of appropriateness was then cross referenced against those who said they were regular donors.Regular donors said they felt that legacy fundraising is even more appropriate with 57% giving a strongly appropriate score and 7% scoring it strongly inappropriate.center_img  582 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  581 total views,  2 views today Research recently conducted by fastmap and freestyle marketing into the perceived appropriateness of legacy fundraising at this time has revealed that the majority of those asked believe it is acceptable.To understand whether legacy marketing will upset potential legators during the pandemic, fastmap and Freestyle Marketing surveyed 1,000 people aged 30+ online in April.They were asked how appropriate it is for charities to promote and ask for gifts in Wills in the current Covid-19 situation, choosing between 1 – 10, where 10 is completely appropriate and 1 is completely inappropriate.fastmap and freestyle marketing then created two base metrics. Those who consider it strongly appropriate for charities to promote gifts in Wills, which is calculated on the total of those who answered with an 8, 9, or 10, and those who consider it strongly inappropriate for charities to promote gifts in Wills which is calculated on the total of those who answered with a 1, 2, or 3.The research found that far more deem this strongly appropriate (42%) than strongly inappropriate (13%) and almost 1 in 5 scored a 10 giving the most positive “strongly appropriate” score possible. Commenting on the findings, Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, said:“Charities need to stay front of mind if they are to be able to continue their vital work. This research shows that fundraisers should continue to remind supporters about the importance of legacy giving, as long as it is done sensitively.”Alex McDowell, Head of Public Fundraising at RNIB also commented, saying: Advertisement Legacy fundraising still considered acceptable during pandemiclast_img read more

  • Generation of a buoyancy-driven coastal current by an Antarctic polynya

    first_imgDescent and spreading of high salinity water generated by salt rejection during sea ice formation in an Antarctic coastal polynya is studied using a hydrostatic, primitive equation three-dimensional ocean model called the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Coastal Ocean Modeling System (POLCOMS). The shape of the polynya is assumed to be a rectangle 100 km long and 30 km wide, and the salinity flux into the polynya at its surface is constant. The model has been run at high horizontal spatial resolution (500 m), and numerical simulations reveal a buoyancy-driven coastal current. The coastal current is a robust feature and appears in a range of simulations designed to investigate the influence of a sloping bottom, variable bottom drag, variable vertical turbulent diffusivities, higher salinity flux, and an offshore position of the polynya. It is shown that bottom drag is the main factor determining the current width. This coastal current has not been produced with other numerical models of polynyas, which may be because these models were run at coarser resolutions. The coastal current becomes unstable upstream of its front when the polynya is adjacent to the coast. When the polynya is situated offshore, an unstable current is produced from its outset owing to the capture of cyclonic eddies. The effect of a coastal protrusion and a canyon on the current motion is investigated. In particular, due to the convex shape of the coastal protrusion, the current sheds a dipolar eddy.last_img read more

  • Sr. Irvin Marie Kreimer O.S.F.

    first_imgSr. Irvin Marie Kreimer, age 97 of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the convent. Born July 15, 1921 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she is the daughter of Agatha (Nee: Robbe) and John Kreimer, the eighth of eleven childrenShe and her siblings attended St. Leo Catholic School where she met the Sisters of St. Francis. Her father owned a grocery store where she and her siblings would help out as they could along with helping their mother with the tasks of caring for a large family. Florence would often share how much the Sisters influenced her decision to enter religious life, and how the Sisters caught on to her early antics in the classroom which resulted in a few “after school assignments.”A graduate of Oldenburg Academy, she earned her BS in Education at Marian University and made her final vows in 1944. She completed her Master’s degree through classes at the University of Dayton and Murray State University, and earned her Principal’s License from Ball State University.Although she always wanted to be a nurse, she knew the Oldenburg Franciscan Order was a teaching community – and she eagerly began her 42 year teaching career in 1940. She was a brilliant educator and especially loved teaching in the primary grades and later science and math classes to seventh and eighth grade students. Her teaching career included schools in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri, and four years as Principal at St. Lawrence in Indianapolis.Sr. Irvin Marie returned to Oldenburg in 1983 to serve as an Employee Manager for the Community, and later as the Motherhouse Minister. She served an additional 13 years as a Motherhouse Driver, chauffeuring Sisters to medical appointments which enabled her to help care for the elderly Sisters.At age 84, S. Irvin Marie officially “retired” – yet remained active in Community life, the Adopt-A-Sis Program, and enjoyed walking 10,000 steps daily, crocheting and completing jigsaw puzzles as her health permitted. Her sense of humor and willingness to cheer up those around her will be missed by all.Following a retreat in 2010, the creative Sister illustrated her experience by drawing a votive candle with the phrase, “Hollow out, fill up with God. Be a light to others.” On September 8th, the 80th Anniversary of her entrance to religious life, S. Irvin Marie returned to her creator – where she will continue to “fill up with God and be a light to others.”She is survived by nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Helen Fuller, Norma Heitz, Margaret Keilholz, Esther Philhower and brothers Milton, Richard, John LeRoy Edward and Irvin Kreimer. Visitation is Tuesday, September 11th from 1 – 3 p.m. at the convent. Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Robert Weakley O.F.M. officiating and burial in the convent cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN, 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org).  Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

  • Stepping into the spotlight

    first_img“It was terrible to see JT go down,” Slovis said. “He’s [my] teammate, he’s a friend. I didn’t know the implications of the injury. I didn’t know he was going to be out for the entire year. Especially finding that out was hard to hear. But everyone gets their opportunity at some point, and you never know when you’re going to get another one.” From just outside the red zone, Slovis put the ball up for grabs, but a Chaparral defender came down with it and ran the interception back for a touchdown. A boisterous celebration erupted in the far end zone as the Desert Mountain team looked on, dejected. Having taken a helmet to the chest, Slovis returned slowly to his feet. Former Desert Mountain offensive coordinator and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner said he and former head coach David Sedmak placed high demands on the young quarterback, but Slovis thrived with the responsibility. After Slovis got the job done in his debut, head coach Clay Helton announced Daniels would miss the rest of the season. Now the starter, Slovis was thrust further into the spotlight ahead of a highly anticipated matchup with Stanford. But the game wasn’t over yet — a flag had been thrown on the hit. The opposing team’s celebration died down as the referee called roughing the passer, giving Desert Mountain a final untimed down and a chance to win the game. “He just loved the position of quarterback,” Kedon’s father Max Slovis said. “He loves the cerebral position where he gets to dissect what the other team’s doing and analyze and then make the decision of where [his team’s] going to go with that play. Whereas basketball’s a little more of a one-on-one, in-your-face kind of sport … That didn’t really fit him as much.” The nerves were certainly there, but Slovis did what he needed to do, hurling a deep ball to set up a score and ultimately leading the Trojans to an 8-point victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs.  “I told him early on, ‘We are going to expect you to do more than most high school quarterbacks in the entire country,” Warner said. “‘From calling plays to what you’re going to have to see, and more importantly, to the number of throws you’re going to have to make in each game, is probably going to be more than any quarterback in the league.’ And … he welcomed the opportunity to have to make every play.” In the Trojans’ last game against Colorado, Slovis threw for 406 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception on the night. His 72.3% completion percentage this season ranks sixth amongst all NCAA quarterbacks and is the highest for any freshman. The casual supporter and football fanatic alike appreciate Slovis’ game, and even students who don’t follow the football team recognize Slovis as its front man. Following his breakout performance against Stanford, the title of USC’s student meme page on Facebook was changed to “Kedon Slovis Fanclub Incorporated,” the same page where posts satirizing the Trojans’ disastrous losses could be found last season. Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis was a relatively unknown prospect out of high school, but finds himself thriving as USC’s starting signal-caller. (Tal Volk | Daily Trojan) But then visiting programs saw Slovis in action. Although Slovis is younger than the majority of his teammates, he is taken seriously as a leader and has become more comfortable with experience. Silence overcame the rowdy Coliseum crowd as sophomore quarterback JT Daniels lay injured on the turf midway through the Trojans’ season opener. As freshman Kedon Slovis stepped behind center, there was speculation as to whether the 3-star recruit out of Scottsdale, Ariz., was ready to inherit a close game on one of college football’s biggest stages.  “The plan was to go and compete for the job as a freshman,” Sedmak said. “He’s got that focus and that drive … and the reports coming back, especially through spring ball, were that he was doing really, really, well … When they named him the backup I was not surprised. It’s not something that you would expect, but knowing him and who he is and how hungry he was, I wasn’t surprised.” “Most kids in high school would be like, ‘Oh whatever, I’m not going to go home and practice calling plays,’” Warner said. “But he did it at that point in time when he was a sophomore, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s something a little different about him,’ and I found that out before he was even [starting].” Sedmak said Slovis was eager to step back onto the field and prove he was better than the performance fans saw at BYU. After suffering a concussion on the second play from scrimmage against Utah, Slovis returned to face then-No. 9 Notre Dame on the road. Warner recalled giving Slovis the practice script and advising him to incorporate practicing the play calls into his routine, reciting them in front of the mirror or in his bedroom. Kedon began to focus solely on football, putting in extra hours with his long-time quarterback coach Shawn Seaman in addition to going to high school practices.  Less than a week after USC made Slovis an offer, he and his family visited campus, and it was game over from there. Despite getting the wind knocked out of him just seconds earlier, Slovis stepped up in the pocket and found the open man in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. With Slovis’ talent at quarterback and poise beyond his years, it may come as a surprise that he was largely unheard of during the recruiting process. Desert Mountain went 6-5 his junior year and isn’t known for harvesting Division I talent. Slovis also lacked varsity film from his sophomore year, which likely contributed to his status as a 3-star recruit. Slovis continues to demonstrate his ability to recover from mistakes as a Trojan. A lot of buzz surrounded the young quarterback after his record-breaking first start against Stanford, but his first road game was another story. Slovis threw three interceptions in USC’s loss to BYU, including a costly pick in overtime to seal the Trojans’ fate.center_img “We sat down, talked about it a little bit, and I said, ‘Alright then, that is your job,’” Max said. “‘Your job is to become a Division I quarterback. You don’t need to get a job after hours … this becomes your biggest goal, to do everything you can to make it happen and academically make it happen.’” The chance that head coach Clay Helton and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell took on the young quarterback is paying off. “Just amazing that he had that poise, that toughness, that he could come back immediately after … first of all, he got intercepted,” Sedmak said. “Second of all, it was emotional because the game was over, and third, he got crushed, and yet he could put all that behind him within 30 seconds or a minute and make the big play both mentally and physically so we could win the game.” “Once the [coaches] came it was like, ‘OK, what doesn’t this kid have?’” Warner said. “‘Why have we not heard anything about this kid?’ And it was simply just because nobody really gave him the time to take a look at who he was and what he was capable of.” Slovis took extra classes during his junior year and over the summer so he could graduate early and participate in USC’s spring camp. 2018 starting quarterback JT Daniels, redshirt junior Matt Fink and redshirt sophomore Jack Sears were all returning for spring ball, but Slovis had every intention of being in the mix for the top job. Unlike many future Division I quarterbacks, Slovis did not start for his high school team as a sophomore, waiting his turn behind then-senior Austin Nuessle. As a backup, Slovis initially struggled with the wordiness and complexity of the plays he was expected to call. Sedmak recalled Slovis’ first high school start against crosstown rival Chaparral High School, a program that had won the majority of its contests against Desert Mountain in the years prior. His team fell behind 20-0 at the half, but after Slovis led a comeback effort, the score was 27-21 Chaparral with seconds to go. Max recalled a conversation he had with his son about his goals as an athlete. Even before Kedon made Desert Mountain’s varsity squad, he was confident that he wanted to work toward being a Division I quarterback. As chants of “Kedon Slovis” erupted from the Coliseum stands that night, it was clear that the fresh face had returned some of the energy to a Trojan program still recovering from that rough 2018 campaign. With Slovis’ sudden new role came increased media attention. His inexperience showed as he stumbled through the first postgame press conference, but like his play-calling ability, Kedon’s new sense of confidence with the media has come with practice. Once Slovis became the starter his junior year, Warner and Sedmak noticed not only his work ethic, but his ability to take accountability for and recover from mistakes, a critical trait for a player whose program rested on his shoulders. “When I focused on the other guys, those were probably my worst reps or days,” Slovis said. “I decided to just focus on what I was doing, do my best and at the end of the day, you can control what you can control, and the coaches will put you where you’re supposed to be.” Although Slovis showed promise in basketball his freshman year and was named team MVP, the analytical nature of the quarterback position and the responsibilities it entails continued to bring him back to football. “It was surreal, but at the same time, I tried not to let it change anything,” Slovis said of his fellow students’ support following the Stanford game. “As much as people think things have changed for me, the only difference is probably people recognize me more now, but everything I do in the facility and outside of football is relatively the same.” “First of all, the academics here,” Slovis said of his reasons for committing to USC. “My parents and all of my extended family really value that, so when I was wanting to play college football, the big thing was to make sure [I] go to a school that’s academically up there. But also, it’s a historic football power with 11 national championships. Not many other schools have that combination of both athletics and academics.” Slovis said he tried to drown out the performances of the veteran quarterbacks he was competing with to focus on proving his own talent. This was not the first time Slovis had to rise to such a challenge. During his two years as the starter for Desert Mountain High School, he was expected to compensate for a small offensive line and a defense that had trouble getting stops. “He has grown into [his confidence] much more in the last year and a half, and he takes great pride in being able to handle those situations in front of the camera, in front of the microphone, so he goes back and looks at that stuff, too,” Max said of his son. “He definitely works on it and thinks it’s important to put out the best product, whether as an interview or in the pocket.” Although he managed just 74 passing yards in the first half, the freshman lit up in the second, finishing with 255 yards and two touchdowns against a Notre Dame defense that had only given up three passing touchdowns through five games. As the Trojans came up just short of a brilliant upset, it became clear that Slovis could be the top signal-caller for the long haul. “When he first got here, he was kind of low key, but then after [the] Stanford game … he’s been way more vocal,” redshirt freshman running back Markese Stepp said. “You can tell he’s matured. He’s been taking on more of a leadership role, and you can just tell he’s a competitor.” After his transition from being a 3-star recruit to the starting quarterback for such a historic football program, Slovis continues to prove he can handle the limelight.last_img read more

  • Del Norte girls top Eureka

    first_imgWith the game on the line in the final seconds, it was the Del Norte girls who came up with the big plays when it mattered, coming away with a 48-44 win over Eureka Tuesday night in the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament at Eureka High.Peyton Healy sealed the win with a pair of pressure free throws to help her team avenge last week’s regular season finale loss to the Loggers in a showdown between the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in the Big 5.The win moves Del Norte (15-8 on the season) into the Niclai …last_img read more

  • Simulations Can Misrepresent Reality

    first_imgA new paper warns that commonly-used simulation methods in science can misrepresent the real world.In the European Physical Journal Plus, Daan Frinkel warned about the “dark side” of simulations – those applied out of context or extrapolated beyond their capabilities (by “dark” Frenkel means under-exposed, not evil).  Simulations are very common in science; for instance, Monte Carlo simulations are frequently used to study everything from thermodynamic processes to population behavior.The paper was summarized on Science Daily as “Simulations’ Achille’s [sic] Heel,” and on PhysOrg with the headline, “What can go wrong when computer simulations applied outside their original context.” The summary says,Frenkel also focuses on methods that, at first blush, appear reasonable, but are flawed and are akin to attempting to compare apples and oranges. For example, computing a mechanical property of a system—say the potential energy—using a Monte Carlo simulation, which can be based on thermal averages, does not allow us to compute the thermal properties of such a system—such as entropy—in terms of thermal averages. Finally, the article also takes great care to debunk common myths and misconceptions pertaining to simulations, for instance, newer simulation methods are not necessarily better than older ones.Looking inside the paper, Frenkel explained that Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics methods, though simple, are not risk-free.  They require great care, and sometimes are unreasonable even if they seem appropriate.  When used carelessly, they can pretend to provide answers – sometimes when the original question has been forgotten.In Kuhn’s view of science, “guilds” of scientists amuse themselves with busy work on paradigms that may or may not reflect reality.  Guild members can seem mutually self-satisfied that progress is being made on the paradigm, when in fact, the work may not correspond to reality.  Hopefully many scientists really do care about correspondence with reality, but even though they produce papers with whiz-bang simulations that seem to work, their readers should keep a healthy caution in mind that internal self-consistency does not presuppose getting “the world” right.  This is especially true of evolutionary scenarios (see 5/08/2008 commentary, “How Not To Work a Puzzle”).  We reproduce that commentary here for convenience.HOW NOT TO WORK A PUZZLEVisualize your favorite picture.Invite your friends.  Check their credentials.  If anyone from a “different picture club” tries to sneak in, expel them.Make everyone feel good about the picture.  Reinforcement can be achieved with a few choice sermonettes from respected individuals.Draw a big outline of the picture on the floor.  A gymnasium is good for this step.Open the box and spill out the pieces.Throw away the box top and the instructions.  After all, this is science.  We do it our way.Form teams and pass out the puzzle pieces.  These can be distributed by color, shape, or any other useful scheme.Allow each team to work on their part of the picture.  Rearrangement of small parts is permitted, but not changes to the outline.The rules allow for complaints about how hard the work is.  If anyone complains about the big picture, though, they must be expelled.Every two years, throw a party with booze and croissants and let each team share their experiences.  Throw in a few more choice sermonettes to keep spirits high.Report to the media on the progress being made.Draw up a curriculum and teach the next generation how to work the puzzle.INTERPRETATIONNote: Mature, well-trained, experienced readers can skip this section.Philosophy of discovery:  Theories do not emerge from raw data.  More often, scientists begin with a picture in mind.  Even deciding what to call “the data” requires a human choice, because not all inputs are relevant to the picture.  Like Benner said, “science is often what we choose to believe.”Sociology of science:  Scientists tend to hang out with people they know and like.Sociology, cont.:  Science is a human activity, not something that could be done by robots.  It is not purely rational but involves emotions, rhetoric, herd mentality and other non-rational considerations.Kuhnian normal science:  The paradigm determines the research project.  The participants were not assembling to question the picture.  They were assembling to affirm it.Underdetermination of theories by data:  There are inevitably many possible explanations for one set of data.  The same puzzle pieces could be fit to a different picture.Naturalism:  Modern science has chosen to restrict itself to “natural causes” (whatever that means; see 05/11/2006).  Today’s scientists have been trained to deplore revelation (natural and/or special), no matter how well validated by empirical evidence, reason or history.Pragmatism:  Nature does not determine the choice of classification scheme; people do.Limits of science:  No one person can master the whole picture, especially one as broad as evolution.Sociology/psychology of science:  Each researcher works under the assumption that his or her little piece will reinforce the paradigm.  Cooperation is ensured by the fear of being expelled as a maverick, or worse, a pseudoscientist.  Since no philosopher of science has successfully defended demarcation criteria for science vs pseudoscience, and since no universal scientific method has been defined, emotional and sociological judgments again come into play to determine who is “in” and who is “out.”Sociology, cont.:  Social activities, though they have nothing to do with the validity of the proposition under study, serve to reinforce the paradigm and draw in more party members.Positivism:  The party celebration attracts reporters and gives them some fun work to do at a nice hotel.  The atmosphere promotes a spirit of progress.  All this activity, all these smart people, and all the erudite PowerPoint slides must mean that productive science was being done, right?  It must be the case since the government is funding the work.The system feeds on itself.  Reporters get a share of the booze and croissants, paid for by their bosses, who get better advertising ratings for maintaining a lively science page.  The reporters make friends with some of the scientists and learn from the herd who is hot and who is not.  It is unlikely any reporter will go back to the office and write up a scathing rebuke of the entire philosophical premise underlying the event.  Party organizers will be sure to send the cheerful press releases to Senator Earmark.Education:  The paradigm might lose popularity without new blood.  Captive students must be trained and inculcated into the craft before other paradigms capture their attention.  This can be accomplished by making all other paradigms illegal.  Skilled facilitators can create visuals and curricula from the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Paradigm, to inculcate the novitiates into the craft and inoculate the young herd against critical thinkers (12/21/2005).  Successful novitiates are graded on their ability to regurgitate the talking points, meditate on the non-negotiable assumptions and doctrines, sense how to tell the good guys from the bad guys (the creationists), and honor the idol of Our Leader. 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  • SA economy: quick links by sector

    first_imgAgroprocessing, chemical, energy, engineering, financial, mining, telecoms, tourism, vehicle manufacturing … check out our quick links to doing business in South Africa, arranged by sector.Agroprocessing Dept of Agriculture Dept of Land AffairsAgri South AfricaAgricultural Research CouncilSA Association for Food Science & TechnologyFood, Biological & Chemical TechnologiesSA Sugar AssociationSA Meat Industry CompanyFood and Agricultural OrganisationChemicalSA Chemical InstituteChemical and Allied Industries’ AssociationShellSasolAECIDow SentrachemChemissaChemwebEnergyDept of Minerals and EnergyNational Electricity RegulatorEskomEngineeringSA Association of Consulting EngineersSA Federation of Civil Engineering ContractorsBuilding & Construction Technology (BOUTEK)FinancialReserve BankJSE Securities ExchangeSA Futures ExchangeSA Bond ExchangeMetalsSA Iron and Steel Institute IscorMiningDept of Minerals and EnergySA Chamber of MinesMineral and Technology CouncilMining Technology (MININGTEK)SA Institute of Mining & MetallurgyTelecomsDept. of CommunicationsState Information Technology AgencyIcasaTelkomVodacomMTNCell CSA Broadcasting CorporationInformation and Communications Technologies (ICOMTEK)CSIRTextilesTextile Federation of South AfricaManufacturing & Materials Technology (M&MTEK)TourismDept of Environmental Affairs and TourismSA TourismSA Tourism Services AssociationVehicle manufacturingAuto Industry Export CouncilGauteng Automotive ClusterAuto Industry Development CentreAuto Manufacturers of SAAuto Component ManufacturersNational Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA For more information, see also:GCISMbendiDept of Trade and Industrylast_img read more

  • Ohio Crop Progress: Soil moisture levels down

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warm and dry conditions continued last week as operators were busy in the fields, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 11. Topsoil moisture moved from 38 percent short and very short to 46 percent short and very short last week while subsoil moisture moved from 25 percent short and very short to 33 percent short and very short. Corn and soybean progress continued to lag behind in all categories and could use timely rains for grain fill. Winter wheat harvest wrapped up last week. Oats were also harvested during ideal harvest conditions and surpassed the five-year average. Hay making showed steady progress, but overall progress lagged slightly behind the five-year averages. Conditions were ideal last week across much of the State for spraying weeds, applying fungicides, installing drain tile, mowing, and many other field activities.Click here to read the full reportlast_img read more

  • BlackBerry in new Porsche design P’9983 announced

    first_imgAfter much leaked reports last week, BlackBerry Limited and Porsche Design have finally announced the all new Porsche P’9983 smartphone from BlackBerry. The new luxury smartphone will be available around the world from October this year.This is the third collaboration for smartphone between Porsche Design and BlackBerry. The new version blends the unique premium style of Porsche Design with the performance and productivity of BlackBerry.The Porche Design P’9983 sports a 3.1 screen display, 8 MP rear camera accompanied by a flash, a 64 GB internal storage packed with 2100 mAh battery. It features a sapphire glass camera lens which is less vulnerable to scratches and breakage, counterfeited stainless steel for the Porsche Design logo and chassis embedded with a special glass-weave technology at the back. The device runs on BB10 platform.To distinguish the Porsche design users from regular Blackberry users, the Canadian giant provides a unique alphanumeric pin that makes him easily identifiable among other Porsche users.  The smartphone comes packed with premium stereo headset kit, an international charger and a USB cable.P’9983 seems to have enhanced the typing experience with its superior QWERTY keypad, that comes inbuilt with the auto-correction tool and next word suggestion feature that enhances the typing speed without putting in any extra effort. The new device allows you to perform tasks including checking emails, schedules, getting directions at an ease. Besides, BlackBerry’s priority hub allows the users to prioritize their tasks by filtering the important ones.BlackBerry’s Porsche Design P’9983 unquestionably targets the premium segment audience which is looking for a luxury smartphone with breakthrough features.advertisementlast_img read more