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Do the work to innovate

first_img continue reading » Industry innovation is often sought after, but rarely attained. That’s because it doesn’t work unless you do.Innovation starts as an attitude, with the willingness to openly welcome change and continues with hard work and a dedication to achieve results. It is an organizational culture to embrace and feed constantly by looking outside the industry and challenging yourselves to do better.Innovation can be uncomfortable, vulnerable—and sometimes messy. For management and staff to feel comfortable stepping outside of the norm and creating something that no one else has thought of or dared to do, this mindset needs to start at the top with the board and CEO.For a truly innovative culture, the board and CEO need to look at why you are doing what you are doing and ask if it makes sense. Decisions should be future-focused instead of based on who your credit union used to be or originally served. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Ndoma Egba, Tech Vibe Eye S’final Ticket with Victories in White…

first_imgTeam Ndoma-Egba led by former national champion, Thomas Otu and Aanu Aiyegbusi beat Team Yetade 7-0 in Ado Ekiti while Team Tech Vibe also defeated Team CBN Futures by the same margin in Lagos. The contest for the second semifinal place in the group will be decided with the last group match between Team Goshen and Team Ndoma- Egba in Abuja on November 4 with the host team needing a win to secure their semifinal place.Team Tech Vibe will have to hope for a Team Goshen victory over Team Ndoma-Egba to use a superior number of matches won consideration to snatch a semifinal place.In the Blue Group, Lagos-based Team Muller has already secured a semifinal place following their unbeaten record in four ties.The second semifinal place will be determined in Port Harcourt on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 when Teams Civil Defence and Kalotari meet in a winner takes all tie.The NCC Tennis League will be taking a two-week break to make way for the Lagos Governor’s Cup which commences on October 7 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NCC TENNIS LEAGUETeam Ndoma-Egba of Abuja and Team Tech Vibe of Jos were ruthless against their opponents in the round-robin tie in the White Group last weekend with a mind to giving themselves good chances of snatching the last semifinal place.Defending champions Team Offikwu who beat Team Goshen of Ilorin 5-2 in Kaduna has already secured the first semifinal place.last_img read more

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Leafs turn another page after Chris Shaw jumps to BCHL

first_imgPrior to Shaw the Leafs were skippered by former professional hockey player Simon Wheeldon for five seasons. Wheeldon took the Leafs to the KIJHL title in 2009.Stocks said Shaw is not leaving immediately and will fulfill his duties with the upcoming Leaf summer hockey school later this month.The camp, set for July 25-29 at the NDCC Arena, regular and elite players between the ages of eight to 14.The camp includes have 2.5 hours of ice time and 1.5 hours of dryland training under the guidance of Shaw and Leaf players.Anyone interested should register on the Nelson Leafs website at http://www.nelsonleafs.ca/The Nelson Daily sports department put in a call to the cell phone of Chris Shaw but did not receive any [email protected] By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThere will be a new captain at the helm of the Good Ship Nelson Leaf after head coach and general manager Chris Shaw accepted a position with the Vernon Vipers of the B.C. Hockey League Tuesday.The Vipers announced on their website Tuesday Shaw is joining the three-time defending Fred Page Champions as an assistant to head coach Jim Williamson.“From our prospective, it’s never nice to lose a coach, or a player for that matter, but at the same time we’re a developmental (team) and is wouldn’t be fair to stand in the way of a coaches future,” Leaf president Russell Stocks told The Nelson Daily Wednesday.Stocks said the Vipers contacted the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise inquiring about the status of Shaw in late June.Tuesday night the now former coach and GM of the Leafs broke the news to the team president.“Chris told me he hated to leave Nelson because he was really excited about building a contender in Nelson,” Stocks explained. “But when the top team in the BCHL comes calling the decision to leave is a no brainer.”Shaw, who spent one season in the Heritage City, came to the Leafs from the Okanagan Hockey Association.He had previous coaching experience with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL and the KIJHL’s Penticton Lakers.In his first full season in Nelson the 30-year-old White Rock native guided the Leafs to a third-place finish in the Murdoch Division of the KIJHL, finishing the regular season with a 25-20-0-3 record.Nelson lost out to Beaver Valley in the first round of the playoffs, but pushed the Nitehawks to seven games.However, it took Shaw a little time to get accustomed to the rigors of the head coaching position as the Leafs struggled out of the gate going winless in four games to start the season and were never able to compete against the heavyweights in the Murdoch Division — Castlegar Rebels and Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Surprisingly news of Shaw’s departure spread like wildfire through the hockey circles as Stocks has fielded numerous calls from potential candidates interested in the Nelson vacancy.“I’ve had a former coach in the BCHL call along with a couple of people who have previously coached in the KIJHL and two people from the Kootenay area,” Stocks confessed. “We’re quite confident we’ll have some one in place in the next week or two,” Stocks added.last_img read more

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Did you calibrate your sprayer? Here is an easy way to do it

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This is the time to check the accuracy of your sprayer. One can determine if the chemicals are applied at the proper rate only by carefully calibrating the sprayer. While applying too little pesticide may result in ineffective pest control, too much pesticide wastes money, may damage the crop and increases the potential risk of contaminating ground water and environment. The primary goal with calibration is to determine the actual rate of application in gallons per acre, then to make adjustments if the difference between the actual rate and the intended rate is greater or less than 5% of the intended rate. This is a recommended guideline by USEPA and USDA.Before starting calibration, make sure you have a good set of nozzles on the sprayer. Nozzles wear off through extended use causing over application, or some nozzles are plugged. Clean all the plugged nozzles. Check the output of all the nozzles for a given length of time at a given spray pressure. Compare output from each nozzle’s output with the expected output shown in the nozzle catalog for that nozzle at the same pressure. Replace the nozzles showing an output error of more than 10% of the output of the new nozzle. Once you do this, now you are ready to calibrate your sprayer.There are several ways to calibrate a sprayer. Regardless of which method you choose, it usually doesn’t take more than 30 minutes, and only three things are needed: a timer (or watch or smart phones) showing seconds, a measuring tape, and a jar graduated in ounces. Here, I will describe perhaps the easiest of all the methods to determine the actual application rate of a sprayer for broadcast applications: Fill the sprayer tank (at least half full) with water.Calculate the average nozzle output by adding the individual outputs and then dividing by the number of nozzles tested. The final average nozzle output in ounces you get is equal to the application rate in gallons per acre. For example, if you catch 15 ounces from a set of nozzles, the actual application rate of the sprayer is equal to 15 gallons per acre.Run the sprayer, inspect it for leaks, and make sure all vital parts function properly.Measure the distance in inches between the nozzles.Measure an appropriate travel distance in the field based on this nozzle spacing. The appropriate distances for different nozzle spacing is as follows: 408 feet for a 10-inch spacing, 272 feet for a 15-inch spacing, 204 feet for 20-inch spacing, 136 feet for a 30-inch spacing, and 102 feet for a 40-inch spacing. (See extension publication FABE-520 for travel distances for other spacings, and for an explanation for selection of these specific travel distances for given nozzle spacing (http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-520).Drive through the measured distance in the field at your normal spraying speed, and record the travel time in seconds. Repeat this procedure and average the two measurements.With the sprayer parked, run the sprayer at the same pressure level and catch the output from each nozzle in a measuring jar for the travel time required in step 5 above.Compare the actual application rate with the recommended or intended rate. If the actual rate is more than 5% higher or lower than the recommended or intended rate, you must make adjustments in either spray pressure or travel speed or in both. For example, to increase the flow rate you will need to either slow down, or increase the spray pressure. The opposite is true when you need to reduce application rate. As you make these changes stay within proper and safe operating condition of the sprayer. Remember increased pressure will result in increasing the number of small, drift-prone droplets. Using the trial-and error method to eventually reach the intended application rate takes some time. If you follow the equations given in Extension Publication FABE-520 on Calibration you can find optimum travel speed and pressure much faster.Recalibrate the sprayer (repeat steps 5-8 above) until the recommended application error within 5% or less is achieved.Don’t forget one very important thing while calibrating, and especially operating a sprayer: safety. Although clean water is used during calibration, you should still protect yourself from getting in contact with pesticides inside or outside sprayer equipment. Wear personal protective equipment, at least gloves and goggles. Happy spraying! Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Extension ag engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3006, or [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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Photo: Sebastian The Ibis Is Wearing A Suit To Miami’s Nightclub Uniform Release Party

first_imgMiami players run onto the field before a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 11: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)We’re less than two hours from Miami’s adidas uniform release party at Club Liv in Miami Beach. It looks like those in attendance are dressed for the occasion, including Miami’s mascot, Sebastian the Ibis. Sebastian is donning a suit for the occasion.Sebastian The Ibis is ready for the Adidas jersey reveal party at Club Liv pic.twitter.com/I2MLM6wnK1— CaneSport (@CaneSport) July 18, 2015Looking sharp, Sebastian. Check back later tonight for the full scoop on Miami’s uniform reveal.last_img read more

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If You Were Wondering, Nick Saban Still Uses Chewing Tobacco

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium September 22, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)It’s been documented in the past that Alabama head coach Nick Saban occasionally uses chewing tobacco. Today, on SportsCenter, college football fans got a look at his favorite brand. In an interview with ESPN’s Marty Smith, Saban had a pouch of “Red Man” next to his seat belt. It didn’t go unnoticed.Never thought of Saban as a Red Man guy pic.twitter.com/m2KwlSBhIX— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) November 4, 2015ESPN camera in Nick Saban’s car catches a pouch of Red Man. He’s just like the rest of us; he has a vice! pic.twitter.com/B5QC2xbJQV— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) November 4, 2015For what it’s worth, it doesn’t really line up with Saban’s no-nonsense personality. But as Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News notes, we all have our vices.last_img read more

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BC voters getting ballots on proposal to change electoral system

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbians will soon start receiving mailed ballots for a chance to vote in a referendum that could change the provincial voting system, but the experience of other provinces suggests the plan will be a waste of time and money, says a political science professor.Nelson Wiseman of the University of Toronto said Ontario and Prince Edward Island have failed to replace the existing first-past-the-post system, as has B.C. in two previous attempts, because the status quo favours established parties in the long run.Wiseman said elected leaders should decide themselves if they want to change a system and not leave that up to voters, who could oust a party in the next election if they’re dissatisfied with the results.“My attitude is, ‘Look, don’t tell me you’re going to have a referendum. Tell me if you are in favour. Are you going to do it or are you not going to do it?’ “Proponents of proportional representation say it’s a fairer way of electing candidates because the percentage of votes would roughly equal the number of seats a party gets in the legislature. Opponents say local representation would be reduced with parties having more control.Vote PR BC and the No BC Proportional Representation Society are the two official proponent and opponent groups in the referendum, and each has received $500,000 in government funding.British Columbians are receiving voter guides in the mail, and ballot packages will be sent over the next two weeks. The voting period will start Monday, and all ballots must be received by Elections BC by Nov. 30.The ballot will contain two questions: whether the first-past-the-post system should be kept or changed to a system of proportional representation. The second question involves ranking three proportional systems, which are:— Mixed-member proportional, or MMP, would result in 60 per cent of members of the legislature being elected by the most votes and 40 per cent by lists set by political parties.— Dual-member proportional would involve large ridings represented by two politicians, including one with the most votes.— Rural-urban proportional would be a blend of the MMP for rural ridings and the single transferable vote system for urban ridings, though voters have already rejected it in 2005 and 2009 referendums.Attorney General David Eby has said that if a proportional representation system is voted in, a second referendum would be held following two general elections to allow for a return to the current system.Wiseman called that “ridiculous.”“My overall view about this is that you ought not to have referenda on these things. That’s what elections are for,” he said, adding British Columbia has proposed too many proportional models that are confusing.However, Prince Edward Island voters will be asked whether they want to ditch the first-past-the-post system in another referendum that’s expected next year.Wiseman said that’s not surprising because it allows political parties to suggest that people have power, even if they’re voting for systems that may ultimately be unsuccessful.In B.C., Premier John Horgan, whose New Democrats formed a minority government last year after reaching an agreement with the Green party, is campaigning in favour of proportional representation.Green Leader Andrew Weaver, who also favours a change, said the first-past-the-post model doesn’t allow parties to work together and make compromises.“If you believe that politics is about power as opposed to good governance then obviously you want ultimate power and you want to have it solely in the hands of a handful of people,” he said.“There’s no doubt we would get more seats out of proportional representation.”The BC Liberal party is campaigning against proportional representation.Andrew Watson, spokesman for Elections BC, said “plain-language experts” were hired in an effort to provide clear information about the referendum options on its website and in mailed-out material.He said Elections BC also sought advice from an expert in electoral systems from New Zealand, which adopted a form of proportional representation in the 1990s.Elections BC will start posting information on its site about the number of packages it has received starting Nov. 2, with the results of the referendum to be announced at an undetermined date, Watson said.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

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Eby says ICBC shift involves rewarding good driving penalizing poor driving

first_imgVICTORIA – Major shifts in direction are being considered to ensure good drivers in British Columbia receive lower insurance rates, says the minister responsible for the province’s public auto insurer.David Eby said the government introduced an online survey Monday that poses questions about the public mood to realign coverage at the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia in order to offer major incentives for low-risk drivers by changing discount and penalty provisions.The proposed changes are part of the government’s plan to modernize the Crown corporation and restore its dismal finances, which Eby has described as a “dumpster fire.” The provincial budget forecasts a $1.3-billion deficit at ICBC this year.Eby said the government wants to hear from people in B.C. about the government’s plans for change. The public consultation ends April 5.Last month, he said the government will introduce legislation to change ICBC, including a $5,500 cap on claim payouts for minor pain and suffering.“The question is, who is a bad driver and how much more should they pay,” Eby said. “Is it someone who has two speeding tickets? It is someone who has at-fault accidents? Is it someone who has a single infraction with excessive speed?”The survey asks for input on changing policies for at-fault crashes, discounts and penalties.Under the proposed changes, one at-fault accident would be allowed without penalty after 20 years of safe driving, instead of the current 13 years. After an at-fault accident, it would also take drivers 10 years to return to their pre-accident discount rate status instead of the current three years.The proposal includes increased driver penalties and risk points for excessive speeding offences.“Car insurance rates in our province aren’t fair,” Eby says in a video on the government website. “Low-risk drivers with perfect records are paying more than they should. High-risk drivers who are driving up costs for everyone aren’t paying enough. We want to fix this problem.”The government says the auto insurance rating system is 30 years old and has not been updated in 10 years.last_img read more

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Fort St John getting over 400k from Province for multiuse path on

first_imgThe eighteen projects across the province will be getting a total of $6.11 million from BikeBC this year. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The provincial government has announced that Fort St. John is one of eighteen communities across B.C. getting funding for cycling projects.The City will be getting $433,736 in funding for a multi-use path along 93rd Ave. from BikeBC, the Province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects. Earlier this year, the Province announced enhancements to BikeBC, to better support rural communities, and offer more flexibility in the kinds of projects eligible for funding.“B.C. is a leader in North America when it comes to cycling infrastructure, and I’m pleased to see 18 more communities building a culture of cycling and encouraging healthy living,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “I’m excited this year’s grant recipients represent diversity in the kinds of projects being built and the size of participating communities – both urban and rural.”last_img read more

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Yasin Malik booked under PSA being shifted to Jammu jail

first_imgSRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik has been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA), said a party spokesman on Thursday. “Malik sahab has been booked under the draconian law, Public Safety Act. He is being shifted to Kot Balwal jail in Jammu,” he said. JKLF strongly condemns this “arbitrary arrest” and use of PSA against a political leader, he added. Malik, who was detained on February 22, was lodged at Kothibagh police station. Earlier, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had also conducted raids at the residence of Malik on February 26. In the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack which claimed lives of 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14, J&K government withdrew security cover of several separatists including Malik, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Shabir Shah and Saleem Geelani.last_img read more

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