QPR v Southampton: Ramsey makes changes, Saints man out

first_imgAdel Taarabt has been included in the QPR starting line-up to face Southampton by caretaker boss Chris Ramsey. There are also starting places for Steven Caulker, Matt Phillips and Clint Hill, while Leroy Fer has been moved into the centre of midfield and Armand Traore will play on the left.Southampton’s on-loan Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand is suspended for the game. QPR: Green; Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Fer, Traore, Taarabt, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Isla, Kranjcar, Henry, Vargas, Zarate, Zamora.See also:The Ramsey recap: Chris on QPR fans, Ferdinand’s role and moreFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors 130, Lakers 111: Inside Klay Thompson’s NBA-record shooting night

first_imgLOS ANGELES –– The shot felt good when it left Klay Thompson’s fingertips. Unsurprisingly, one of many Thompson’s 3-pointers went into the basket. Afterwards, Thompson pointed to boxer Floyd Mayweather at his courtside seat and flashed the money sign.The symbolism spoke for itself with the Warriors cruising to a 130-111 victory over the Lakers on Monday. Thompson finished with 44 points while shooting 17-of-20 from the field and 10-of-11 from 3. He became the first player in NBA history to …last_img read more

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Defense shines for Redwoods men in win; ‘Woods women fall short on the road

first_imgIsaac Puzz scored 20 points off the bench to lead College of the Redwoods men’s basketball to a 68-57 win over Napa Valley College, Thursday night on the road in Napa.Puzz saw increased minutes Thursday night due to the absence of E.J.Jackson, who is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.Thomas Nelson added 14 points in the win for Redwoods (5-2) while Drew Gillette finished with 11 and Donald Willis, 10.Defensively Redwoods had one of its finest outings of the season, holding Napa to 57 …last_img read more

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Vermont’s Renewable-Energy Tariff Becomes Law

first_imgNew legislation includes “feed-in” tariffs for wind, solar, biogas, and landfill power-production systems installed by individuals and businessesThe Vermont Energy Act of 2009 became law last week, setting the stage for owners of small renewable-energy facilities to collect “feed-in tariffs” for systems that pump power into the grid.The new law, which is designed to encourage individuals and businesses to install grid-connected renewable energy systems, applies to facilities of up to 2.2 megawatts capacity that are commissioned on or after September 30. Owners of most systems may sign power-purchase contracts of 10 to 20 years, although contracts for solar power systems can run up to 25 years. (Click here for a PDF of the legislation.)To strike a balance between encouraging renewable-energy system development and the possibility that system operators will reap excess profit at ratepayers’ expense, the “standard offer” rates currently set by the legislation are subject to adjustment by the Vermont Public Service Board. This was one of the mitigating provisions for Governor James Douglas, who objected to the standard offer rates as too generous but ultimately agreed to let the legislation become law (on May 27) without his signature.A reviewable tariff structureThe standard offer rates are 20 cents per kilowatt hour for wind energy plants of less than 15 kW and 14 cents for those of more than 15 kW; 12 cents per kilowatt hour for landfill and biogas systems; and 30 cents per kilowatt hour for solar installations.Under the law, the Vermont Public Service Board has the option to set interim rates before September 15 but must formally establish a rate structure by January 15, 2010.As the Department of Energy points out, the legislation also contains a number of other provisions, including one that eliminates a regulation requiring the state’s utilities to offer voluntary renewable-energy programs to their customers; one that extends the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund to include geothermal energy devices; a provision that encourages appropriate wind power development on state-owned lands; one that allows municipalities to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects; and one that directs clean energy development funds to two “Vermont village green” renewable pilot projects that will offer district heating to local homes and businesses, using a centralized heating system fueled with renewable energy.last_img read more

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Smart Farming Solutions – How IoT transforms Agriculture Sector

first_imgTags:#Agriculture#farming#soil Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Mitesh Patel is a Business Growth Strategist at AddWeb Solution, Mobile, Cloud and Web Development Company . He has experience in developing and executing digital strategies for large national and global brands in a variety of business verticals, including retail, education, healthcare. Mitesh PatelBusiness Growth Strategist Related Posts Follow the Puck Connected cars, smarter homes, and cities– the IoT (Internet of Things) has transformed our lives in many ways. The concept has enhanced our comforts through automation. Though various industry sectors have started leveraging the benefits of IoT, the agriculture sector is yet to avail its full potential. Many scopes for utilizing IoT remain unexplored in this sector, and smart farming is in the nascent stage.Importance of Agriculture 2.0 Rapid growth in population, rising resource constraints, and rapid changes in climate are a few stumbling blocks to farmers. As per the estimate of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global food production needs to be risen by 70 percent to feed additional 2.3 billion people by 2050.Efficient management, optimized use of seeds and fertilizers along with precise and continuous monitoring can make this task achievable. Today, farmers in developing regions with a small-scale land account for almost 4/5 of total agricultural production. If they get the right and real-time information, they can increase the production through taking informed farming decisions. There, Agriculture 2.0 becomes a necessity.Enter IoT. The internet-enabled objects and sensors can be deployed anywhere to gather data on moisture level and crop health. The farmers can readily access the stored data through their tablets and mobile phones. They can also select between manual and automated options for taking necessary actions based on this data. For example, if the soil moisture level decreases, the farmer can deploy sensors to start the irrigation. Now, this is what we call a smart farming.How do Smart Farming solutions work? Smart farming solutions work through sensors. Farmers can monitor various conditions like soil moisture, water level, light, humidity, obstacles, and motion from anywhere by combining sensors, motion detectors, button camera, and wearable devices. The IoT-based smart farming automates the irrigation system and is highly efficient as compared to the conventional operations.It is easy to follow the trends in organic farming, family farming, etc. With the help of IoT-based farming applications.Major IoT applications for farming are farm vehicle tracking, livestock monitoring, water level monitoring, storage and soil monitoring, etc.Let’s elaborate a few of the applications that can revolutionize the agriculture sector: Plant and Soil MonitoringIt is difficult to obtain the data of the farmlands with the size of hundreds of thousands of square yards. The conventional method is to take samples from different parts to check the fertility, moisture content, and chemical composition. But, the sampling method is not much accurate because the level and chemical composition tend to change from one to another location.With IoT, there is no room for the guesswork in farming. The soil sensors, which are at uniform distances across the farmland, can alert farmer to any irregular conditions like high acidity or low moisture. The farmers can get an accurate soil data either by the dashboard or a customized mobile application.Monitoring of plant and soil can lead to higher RoI for farmers. As a part of precision farming, the soil and plant monitoring include the following aspects:Moisture and nutrients monitoringWater usage monitoring for optimal plant growthFertilization and chemical composition monitoringWeather condition reportingDeciding the crop get the optimal yieldIn brief, precision farming or precision agriculture is one of the most popular applications of IoT because of its plethora of benefits. The precision farming apps serve many objectives ranging from managing irrigation and fertilization to providing support to local agronomy as per different seasons.Use of Drones and AI Farming or agricultural drones have started gaining ground as they can perform a variety of tasks. Be it sprinkling pesticides, capturing farm photos using GPS technology, or giving inputs about water and fertilizers level; drones can do them with ease. Drones can improve the agricultural practices in the domains of crop health assessment, irrigation, soil, and field analysis.As per the estimate of Grand View Research, the market size for these agricultural drones to exceed USD 3770 million by 2024. These drones are easy to control. Any person can control them either manually or by using on-ground IoT sensors. The drones sent collected data to servers or systems from where the end user can get them. In brief, the drone technology offers the real-time data and revamps the agriculture industry.Apart from drones, self-driving tractors are also available that farmers can control remotely and save the labor costs.Livestock MonitoringRanchers can monitor their cattle with ease thanks to livestock sensors. These sensors notify ranchers when animals roam around in the field so that the ranchers can trace their location with ease.The livestock monitoring also enables ranchers to get data regarding the health of their cattle. It can assist ranchers in two ways: Identification of sick animals-It allows ranchers to separate the sick animals from the herd, thereby preventing the spread of disease. Location Tracing- It saves the rancher’s time and labor cost because there is no need to follow the herd every time.However, it is difficult to insert sensors among livestock. Apart from a collar, a wireless retrofitted bolus is useful. It can communicate via Bluetooth.Remote Weather MonitoringOne of the most challenging factors for the farmers is the weather. Farmers need to measure the key conditions like temperature, rainfall, humidity, moisture, and chemical composition accurately to get more crop throughout the year. Today, umpteen number of customizable sensors are available to assist farmers in monitoring their crops and the weather conditions from remote places.These sensors eliminate the requirement for farmers to present physically at the farm. In a way, sensors can multiply the productivity and farmers can get more agricultural output without putting additional efforts.What do engineers need to take care of while developing smart farming solutions?There are many use cases for agricultural use of IoT depending on the farmer’s requirements. Engineers need to keep specific issues related to farming and livestock in mind while developing the smart farming solutions. Here is a brief account of five such aspects: PurposeWhat the end user wants to monitor should be at the center when the IoT app developers build an app. For example, if the end user is a corn farmer, he is concerned with water usage mainly. He wants to make sure that water is not wasted while the crop gets enough water. There, water level and moisture monitoring sensors are helpful. In other words, type of sensors depends on the purpose of IoT solution. TechnologyWhen it comes to farming solutions, distance plays a vital role in selecting the technology. This is because the sensors gather data and send the same to the server. We cannot use the same technology for measuring something in 10 meters and 1500 meters area. For example, NFC (Near Field Communication) or RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) works best if we want to find how many pounds of soybeans are there in each feedbag. But, if we want to send data over hundreds of thousands of meters, LPWAN (Low Power, Wide Area Network) is a good option. Power RequirementsEngineers tend to save costs and power in the customized IoT-based farming solutions. Therefore, they often make applications that send data less frequently. As most of IoT solutions are spread across a wide farm, it is better to come up with a low power application. More data transmission will translate into more data costs and power consumption. This is important factor developers need to consider for developing cost-effective IoT solutions for farmers. Data FrequencyThe end user’s requirements are also critical to deciding the number of integrated data packets in a sensor. For example, a potato field’s farmer does not require moisture-related information every two seconds. But, if a developer makes an IoT application for an automatic tractor, it requires GPS and other information on a continual and real-time basis.In this case, the data frequency is very high.Both the examples clearly point out the difference between high and low data frequency. Placement of SensorsAnother challenge for the engineers is to place the sensors in a way that they can give an optimal performance. For example, they need to take more care while mounting antennae in an orange orchard than a strawberry field. Even if the farming solution has all necessary sensors, the proper placement is necessary to get all the benefits.Wrapping UpAs per Machina Research Report, the number of connected devices in the agriculture sector is expected to reach 225 million by 2024. Globally, the farmers have started to realize that the IoT is can be a driving force for increasing agricultural production in a cost-effective way.All the developing countries, where farming is done in a dispersed and unorganized way, IoT can offer a great help. However, it is fair to mention that engineers should understand the needs of the end user before developing the smart farming solutions. Top 5 Areas Where Companies Want IoT Solutionslast_img read more

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Government says No to bilateral cricket with Pakistan

first_imgNew Delhi, May 29 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today made it clear that the government will not allow any bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan till the time “cross-border terrorism” does not stop. The ministers firm statement comes on a day the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board are meeting in Dubai to discuss their bilateral ties, which have remained suspended since 2012 due to diplomatic tensions after terror attacks in India. “BCCI should speak to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan. I have made it clear that bilateral cricket with Pakistan is not possible till the time there is cross-border terror. We have, however, no say on multilateral events (ICC tournaments),” Goel told reporters here. The PCB has already sent a legal notice to BCCI claiming damages in tune of USD 60 million (Rs 387 crore approx) for allegedly not honouring the MoU that had stated five bilateral series in the cycle between 2015-2023. It is learnt that the BCCI officials led by joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will explain to their PCB counterparts that the series cant be held without government permission and would also request them to withdraw the case. If Pakistan refuses to budge, it is learnt that now way will BCCI pay any compensation in this case. The cash-strapped PCBs finances heavily depend on a series with India which would mean a financial windfall for the nation, where no international cricketing activity has taken place since terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team. PTI PM KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

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5 Bold Predictions For The South Region Of The NCAA Tournament

first_imgFive bold predictions for the South Region. Miami Plug DanceTwitter/@MiamiHurricanesThe 2016 NCAA Tournament gets underway tonight with the first pair of play-in games. Play in the South Region begins at 9:10 p.m. ET on tru TV, with two 11-seeds, Wichita State and Vanderbilt, facing off for the right to play Vanderbilt. The South Region is very intriguing. It contains the No. 1 overall seed in the field, along with a number of teams capable of busting the bracket. We’ll find out which team emerges on March 26 at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville.We’re here to help you make your picks in the South, but we’re not going with just chalk. Without further ado, let’s look at our five bold predictions for the South Region. Get Started: Wichita State “Shocks” The Competition >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

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Trudeau off to Peru amid unresolved Trans Mountain pipeline crisis

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Peru Thursday evening for the first stop in a 10-day foreign tour, despite continuing questions at home about the fate of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.Trudeau took off from Ottawa at midday, but not before officials were dispatched to announce he would return to Ottawa on the weekend following the Summit of the Americas in Lima in order to sit down with the premiers of Alberta and B.C., who are at odds over the $7.4-billion expansion project.Following that meeting Sunday, Trudeau will resume his itinerary, travelling Monday to France before heading to the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth summit.Government officials earlier this week defended the prime minister’s decision to go ahead with the trip even as President Donald Trump pulled out of the Peru summit, ostensibly to prepare for military action on Syria.“There are two important international summits taking place with dozens of other countries … to talk about a whole slate of important issues, from economic growth to democracy to Venezuela to diversity,” one official said this week.“In both of these summits, Canada is a major economic partner and plays an important role. And we believe in Canada playing an important role on the world stage and seizing opportunities within multilateral institutions.”For Trudeau, whose recent foreign trips to China and India have not gone according to plan, the stakes are high.At the Summit of the Americas, which plays host every four years to more than 30 countries from across the Western Hemisphere, there had been expectations of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico announcing some form of agreement in principle on a new North American Free Trade Agreement.High-level discussions are still expected to take place, although on Thursday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer cancelled his plans to be there, all but ensuring a lack of ceremonial trade surprises.Instead, the meeting is likely to be dominated by the political crisis in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro has abandoned all pretence of democratic rule, cracking down on dissent in the face of economic calamity.Canada has been an outspoken critic of Maduro and will no doubt join the chorus of condemnation in Peru while pushing for a tougher stand against corruption throughout the Americas.Trudeau will also meet leaders from the Pacific Alliance, a trade bloc comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, all of which have free trade deals — and close political relationships — with Canada.He’ll also get a rare chance to meet leaders from Latin America’s largest trading bloc, Mercosur, which counts powerhouse Brazil as well as Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay among its members.With the fate of NAFTA up in the air and efforts afoot to diversify trade away from the U.S., Canada and Mercosur quietly held a first round of free trade talks in March.Trudeau, however, can’t afford the sort of missteps that plagued him in China and India.Observers will be watching to see how far he goes in opposing Trump’s controversial comments on Latin American immigrants, as well as in promoting western democratic values without coming across as arrogant or preachy.Following two days of meetings in Peru, Trudeau will travel to Paris for his first official visit to France. There he will meet President Emmanuel Macron, address the National Assembly and hold several speaking engagements.The visit will include a heavy emphasis on business, particularly in the context of the new Canada-EU free trade deal, but is also expected to include discussions on climate change, Russia, Syria, rising nationalism and Mali.The prime minister will end his tour in London, where he will meet the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May before joining leaders from 52 other nations for the Commonwealth heads of government meeting, where trade will top the agenda — particularly in the face of Britain’s imminent departure from the EU and a natural impulse to look to its former colonies as new trade partners.Brexit is also being seen as a potential catalyst for re-energizing the Commonwealth following years of questions about the organization’s importance.The meeting, whose participants include a number of African and Asian countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is also expected to tackle concerns about human rights and democracy.One issue close to Canada’s heart that won’t get individual billing during the London meeting, however, will be LGBTQ rights; member states have taken it off the agenda.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

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Greater Toronto Area realtors can now publish home sales data on their

first_imgTORONTO – The Supreme Court of Canada’s refusal to hear an appeal from the country’s largest real estate board enables its member real estate agents to publish home sales data on their websites, setting a precedent that could usher in a new era of transparency for home buyers and sellers nationwide, industry experts said Thursday.Canada’s top court announced Thursday it has dismissed the application from the Toronto Real Estate Board, which represents more than 50,000 Ontario agents, ending a years-long battle.The fight centred around a 2011 application from the Competition Bureau, a federal watchdog designed to protect consumers by investigating business policies and mergers, challenging the Toronto Real Estate Board’s policy preventing the publication of such information on password-protected websites, arguing the policy restricts competition and digital innovation.TREB fought back claiming the publication of such data was a privacy and copyright concern, but the Competition Tribunal and later the Federal Court of Appeal sided with the bureau instead, so TREB took its battle to the Supreme Court.The top court’s refusal to hear the case is significant because it was likely TREB’s last chance to prevent the publication of the data. It is a sign of hope for realtors in regions across the country who want to open up data to their clients, real estate experts said.“A lot of these local real estate boards were waiting to see what happened with this decision,” said John Andrew, a real estate professor at Queen’s University.“That’s going to spread to others boards across Canada. They are no longer going to try to resist this kind of demand from their own members who would like to release this kind of information and other kinds.”He’s anticipating a flood of realtors will race to post data in 60 days when required under the Competition Tribunal’s order. That will allow buyers and sellers to more easily educate themselves on how to price homes and negotiate, keeping them from relying on agents to send them sales information.However, Andrew doesn’t think that giving the public an easier route to finding out what homes sold for will jeopardize the livelihood of realtors or significantly change the market.Christopher Alexander, the executive vice-president and regional director of RE/MAX Integra’s Ontario-Atlantic business, agreed.Both said they don’t believe the decision will be an industry killer based on their observations of the United States housing market, where real estate agents remained in demand even after a similar case enabled consumers to access enhanced information for the last 13 years.“Good, experienced realtors are a lot more valuable than having sold information,” said Alexander.Those currently seeking sold information predominantly turn to real estate agents and brokers, who have access to the Multiple Listing Service database, where sales data is compiled when deals close. Others rely on online property value services like Teranet or local land registry offices, which charge a fee for the public to access sales data.The TREB case largely dealt with allowing publication of the data through virtual office websites (VOWs), which are password-protected and are usually open to a realtor’s clients or people who subscribe to their website.Now that publication will be allowed through those sites, Andrew believes the market will see a push for realtors and other companies to be able to publish the data online without using VOWs.Interim Competition Bureau commissioner Matthew Boswell refused to speculate on whether the country will see a new fight to allow publication outside of VOWs, but said he knows real estate boards across the country were watching the case.“This is their opportunity to look at their policies and procedures and make sure they are in compliance with the Competition Act, that they are not abusing their dominant position in their respective markets as TREB was found to have done in this case,” he told The Canadian Press.Boswell said he considered the Supreme Court’s choice not to hear the case as “a decisive victory for competition, innovation and for consumers.”TREB chief executive officer John DiMichele said he “respects the decision” and noted that the board will be studying “the required next steps to ensure such information will be protected in compliance with the tribunal order,” which he noted will come into effect in 60 days if it is not modified.The Canadian Real Estate Association, which represents 125,000 realtors across the country, was also reviewing the order to determine its potential impacts.Neither immediately said whether they were looking for a way to change the order.Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.last_img read more

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