Brazilian youngster Adryan admits he may quit Leeds

first_img Adryan in action for Leeds Brazilian playmaker Adryan has revealed he may return to Flamengo when his loan deal with Leeds expires.The 20-year-old moved to Elland Road last summer, with the Championship club having the right to sign the attacking midfielder permanently for £3m at the end of the current campaign.However, with his loan deal now coming to a close, the Brazil Under-20 international has admitted he may not stay at the English club.“I’ve learned a lot here [at Leeds] and at Cagliari,” Adryan told Globoesporte.“Now I do not know what will happen. In case I go back to Flamengo, I am more mature, better prepared. I’ve changed for the better.“I never said I would rule out a return to Flamengo. However, I can’t rule out continuing here for longer.“I will not discuss it because the decision involves others. I do not know my future. It depends on who appears, but I am a Flamengo player. I’ll never rule out a return to Flamengo.“I have one more year, a year and a half contract with them. I don’t rule it out. We’ll see.” 1last_img read more

Romanian Neanderthal May Have Interbred With Modern Humans

first_imgA report in National Geographic says that a skull found in a Romanian cave is shaking up ideas about Neanderthal Man and its relationship to modern humans.  The mostly modern skull shows a feature that was characteristic of Neanderthals: “The otherwise human skull has a groove at the base of the back of the skull, just above the neck muscle, that is ubiquitous in Neandertal specimens but has never been seen in the remains of a modern human,” the article states.  Discoverer Erik Trinkaus (Washington U in St. Louis) was surprised: “My first reaction was, that shouldn’t be there,” he said.If they interbred with us, they were us.  Are there any doubters left?  Thus ends a century-and-a-half myth that Neanderthal Man was less than human.  The range of variations in fully human specimens probably encompasses other skeletons that paleoanthropologists mistakenly classify as outgroups.  Look at this picture from the Daily Mail: would you have classified these guys as separate species only from their skeletons?  Works for other species, too (see another Daily Mail picture).(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Insights from a career in the seed industry

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Chris Jeffries, the founder of Seed Consultants, Inc., was recognized at a field day today for his 25 years of service and vision for the seed company. Here are some insights into the seed industry from Jeffries as he reflects on his career selling seed. A conversation with…Chris Jeffries, founder of Seed Consultants, Inc. OCJ: What was your background in the seed industry prior to starting Seed Consultants, Inc. and how did it prepare you?Chris: I was a 1973 Purdue graduate with a B.S. in Animal Science. In ‘78 I got my M.S. in Agriculture Education. After graduation I worked in Extension, milked cows, and taught vocational agriculture.I moved to Ohio in 1979 as a DSM with O’s Gold. In 1980 felt I had a better opportunity so I became a DSM with Pfizer Genetics. DeKalb and Pfizer Genetics merged in 1982 and I remained with DeKalb-Pfizer Genetics until 1987, at which time I became a DSM and then RSM with Super Crost Seeds.I always loved the testing and test plot portion of my job and I was always interested in the background and pedigrees of different lines and their related performance. I always prided myself on knowing my hybrids within my sales area better than anyone else in the company, which I believe greatly aided me in having successful sales districts.OCJ: Why did you decide to start SCI?Chris: I reached a point that I felt I understood the seed business better than the people I took orders from. I have tremendous empathy and commitment to my customers then and now and I didn’t think that my employers had that commitment. I was aware that there were better regionally adapted genetics available, but I couldn’t sell them. I saw the mentality — if it works in Iowa and Illinois, it will work in Ohio — but surprise, the Eastern Corn Belt is a different world. OCJ: What were the biggest challenges you had in starting a new seed company?Chris: I don’t think your publication is large enough for all of them, but to start, wearing multiple hats (which I love) but sometimes there are not enough hours in the day. Another challenge was the struggle to get to a critical volume, so people would take us more seriously. It was hard to break the mom and pop seed company label that competitors wanted to give us. At the same time, we were working to establish our own brand as the testing leader in the Eastern Corn Belt with quality seed, and reasonable pricing. OCJ: What advice would you give to another entrepreneur looking to start a business?Chris: Don’t ever compromise your integrity. Dan and I started Seed Consultants with a strong work ethic, unquestioned empathy for our customers, strong integrity, and a really small line of credit. Success is a long race; love running that race. OCJ: After you got started, was there any point it did not look like you were going to make it?Chris: No, we have always had the best friends and customers. I don’t think they would let us fail or quit. OCJ: When were you able to finally focus on building the company rather than just paying the bills?Chris: Dan and I aren’t silver spooners. We both lived simple lives. We did not take money from the company to support extravagant lifestyles. From the start we plowed money back into the company, supporting research, adding sales, agronomy, and support staff, at every opportunity. OCJ: Over your career, what has been the most dramatic change you have seen in the seed business?Chris: 1. GMO seed,2. Corporate agribusiness more engaged in the seed industry, and3. Reduction/elimination of many seed companies. OCJ: Are these good things or bad things for farmers? Why?Chris: GMO seed can be good and bad depending on you perspective. Yes, they protect yield, reduce application of chemicals and they are necessary if we are to feed the world. They have made farming simpler, but they have also driven up seed costs 500% to 700% since my starting point in the seed industry.Corporate agribusiness more engaged in the seed industry — we need their investment, but corporate ag answers to their board of directors, rather than their customers.When I started in 1979 there were probably over 400 seed companies. I hate to see it, but when I started my average customer was probably 600 acres, half corn and half beans, hogs, and they had a hired hand. Today, our average customer is probably 1,500 acres, half corn and half beans, no hogs, and maybe a part time hired hand. Things change, my grandfathers planted open pollinated corn. OCJ: The decision to step down as the general manager was probably not easy. What went into that decision and what will your role with SCI be moving forward?Chris: I work because I want to work, but when you are used to making the decisions, corporate America is very painful to work with. I began to feel like a turtle on my top in the middle of I-80. I stayed 4.5 years after the acquisition to help protect our customers, our employees, and our brand.I plan to remain with SCI as a non-employee commissioned sales agent calling on my accounts and building our brand. I plan to continue to help evaluate our genetics for the Eastern Corn Belt, walking plots and taking notes. I love this business and I want to be involved, but without the corporate headaches. OCJ: What do you plan to do with your new free time?Chris: I don’t fish, I don’t play golf, so I plan to continue working. I may even start a little breeding nursery. OCJ: How do you feel SCI is positioned for serving its customers moving forward?Chris: SCI’s direct model works. We started from $0 sales in 1990 to over $66 million in sales in 2015. The model works and there are tremendous resources behind the model. Seed Consultants, Inc. is, “Simply, the Best Value in the Seed Industry.”Chris Jeffries was recognized for his 25 years of service and vision to Seed Consultants, Inc. at an August field day.last_img read more

Castro warns Gilas against complacency vs Taipei

first_img“We’re good. At least, the team’s composure was tested in that game against Japan. Even though our opponents came back, the team showed that we don’t get rattled that easily,” he said.He also believes that his fellow guards Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena will perform better after their silent showing in Tokyo especially with the game being played at home.“It was our first game and it’s noticeable that we still lacked in preparation. But after that, I think we can play well,” he said. “We got lots of open shots that didn’t go in, and hopefully, it will all go down in our home floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may be the favored team against Chinese Taipei on Monday, but Jayson Castro reminded his team not let its guard down against its fierce rival.“We can’t be that confident because Chinese Taipei had beaten us before,” Castro said after team practice Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Reyes: Japan and Taipei ‘very similar’ Castro harked back to the two nations’ clash in the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge in Iran, where the Taiwanese topped a young Gilas crew.Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz were the lone remnants of that team and that loss is still fresh in their memories.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 shutout“That’s a good example for us to learn from, and a motivation for us not to let that happen again,” said Castro.The speedy playmaker liked what he saw from the Philippines’ 77-71 win over Japan last Friday. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

It’s PSEU that will run SEA Games eSports events, says POC

first_imgMANILA, Philippines–The Philippine Olympic Committee has named the Philippine SEAG Esports Union (PSEU) as the caretaker committee for the Southeast Asian Games that the country will host later this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn a certification released Wednesday by the POC, secretary general Pato Gregorio wrote that PSEU was “established for the sole purpose of organizing the sport of esports and its Philippine team and delegation for the 30th SEAG 2019.”READ: ESWF to run esports events in SEA Games, eyes partnership with college league DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz shocked over inclusion in oust-Duterte matrix Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid The certification came a day after Esports World Federation (ESWF) president Arniel Gutierrez announced on Tuesday that his group was tasked, among others, to handle “the organization and conduct of events in the coming Southeast Asian Games.”The POC statement, however, negates that claim and has even named membership committee chair Robert Bachmann as the liaison between the Olympic body and PSEU.The PSEU is headed by Tats Suzara as its chief operating officer and will operate under the office of the chef de mission of the POC while it is seeking membership into the Olympic body.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Bill to scrap 58 old laws introduced in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Thursday introduced in Lok Sabha a bill to repeal 58 old laws which, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, are a source of inconvenience and trouble for people.Opposition members accused the government of “rushing through” bills without giving lawmakers due time to deliberate on their content. Prasad said the Narendra Modi government has already repealed 1,458 old and archaic Acts and the move to scrap 58 more laws is a part of the same exercise. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The government also rejected the opposition’s claim that members were not given adequate time to study the bill, with Prasad saying that a two-day notice was given and added that there is already a consensus that it is a good exercise. Members can debate the bill as it is only being introduced now, he said. Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said the bill was discussed in detail in business advisory committee, which has members from all major parties. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSpeaker Om Birla said he will work to ensure from the next session that members get a two-day period to study bills before they are introduced and added that British era laws should be scrapped and replaced with new legislations. Some members were heard saying that the Indian Penal Code is also a British era law. In this debate between opposition members and the ruling party, BJD’s Bhartruhari Mahtab came to the government’s rescue and said it has stuck to the agenda decided in business advisory committee. Bills were distributed among members as a supplementary agenda by previous governments, something which has not happened yet, he said. Tharoor said he was not opposed to the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019, while the attacking the government for its “bad habit” of rushing through bills. Some of the old acts that have been repealed are the Hackney Carriage Act 1879 which was legislated for the regulation and control of hackney-carriages, Dramatic Performance Act 1876 when theatre was being used a medium of protest against the British rule. Prasad said the Centre has conveyed to states the need to repeal 225 old laws which are in their realm.last_img read more

Scheer names rookie MP as Quebec lieutenant

first_imgVICTORIAVILLE, Que. – Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has named a rookie MP as his Quebec lieutenant.Scheer announced Saturday that Alain Rayes will be his political lieutenant in the province.Rayes, who represents the riding of Richmond-Arthabaska, was elected to the House of Commons in the 2015 election.Scheer issued a statement Saturday saying that Rayes, a former mayor of Victoriaville, has shown his talents as an organizer.last_img

Calvin Rand cofounder of Ontarios Shaw Festival dies at 87

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement The festival experienced significant growth in its first decade, touring extensively in the U.S. and Canada.In 1973, the Queen was on hand to open the Festival Theatre, which allowed the Shaw Festival to mount large-scale productions. The 2017 production of Shaw’s play “Saint Joan” will be dedicated to Rand’s memory.“The Shaw was established during the formative days of the non-profit theatre movement, but it did not come easily. There were early detractors and many obstacles,” executive director Tim Jennings said in a statement.“Mr. Rand and Mr. Doherty are especially honoured in our history for their tenacity and exceptional dedication. What they created over 55 years ago has grown into one of the largest theatres in the world and a symbol of bi-national excellence.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Tim Carroll, the Shaw Festival’s new artistic director, said Rand was “what all artists pray for — a truly dedicated friend, supporter and advisor: one who was in it for the long haul.”“We really can’t thank him enough. Our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this time.” Calvin Rand, the co-founder and founding board chairman of Ontario’s Shaw Festival, has died at the age of 87.Rand, of Buffalo, N.Y., teamed with co-founder Brian Doherty in 1962 to create a summer festival devoted to showcasing the works of playwright George Bernard Shaw.The inaugural season featured four performances each of “Don Juan in Hell” and “Candida,” which were staged in the Assembly Room of the historic Court House in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Twitterlast_img read more

Open Door shelter in Montreal moved and so did the issues facing

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsDuring the day, the Open Door shelter is a refuge for many of Montreal’s disproportionately large Indigenous homeless population.Despite being forced to move, the shelter appears to have landed on its feet.“I try to carve every day, but sometimes we run out of stones,” says John Awa, who learned to carve soapstone from his uncle in Pond Inlet, Nunavut.Awa has spent the last 11 years in Montreal – and until recently, much of it living rough on the streets.“I actually got an apartment through the open door housing program,” he told APTN News.Even though the Open Door shelter helped get him his own place, Awa still comes here to work.At the old location, carvers were forced to work outside – now he can work here year round, inside.“This is our carving room, if you look up there is a ventilation up there,” said David Chapman, director of the shelter while giving a tour around the new space.About a week and a half ago, the shelter packed up and moved to its new location.There’s no doubt that the new amenities here are an improvement.There are showers, more than one bathroom, and a walk in fridge.“So we don’t have to deal with the issue of rotting produce anymore,” Chapman said.But as the old saying goes, location is everything.The former location was conveniently located next to Cabot Square – a long time gathering place for many of the city’s vulnerable and homeless Indigenous population.Over the past five years, the area has undergone a gentrification, with renovations, and non-stop condo construction.The Open Door’s old location, a former church, was sold and is up next on the development slate.“When you have 400 million dollar condo developments going up generally there’s some kind of planning behind that,” said Chapman.Despite being a 40 minute walk from its former location, Chapman said that about 50 per cent of its old clientele are coming to the new shelter.And so are the same problems that plagued the old site.“She woke up and he was straddling her, trying to take off her pants had her hands underneath her clothes,” recounted John Tessier, an intervention worker at the shelter who was told this story by an Inuk woman last Thursday.“She was able to fight him off, then he brutally beat her.”The Open Door said that since 2017, 19 Indigenous women have come to them with accounts of sexual assault or rape suffered on the streets.“Of those 19 cases, only one has almost made it to court,” Chapman said. “Only one,” he adds, which is expected to be heard in 2019.Chapman said a big reason for that is many women feel going through the process of speaking to police is not worth it.In February, at the Quebec Inquiry into Indigenous relations with some of the province’s public departments, Chapman testified that police need to do a better job working with vulnerable women on the streets.For one, he said he would like to see police come to the women to gather statements.“Is it all about legal purity? Really? Is that really what it’s all about? You can’t bring audio and video to a space where someone feels comfortable because you’re interested in legal purity? Really? While woman after woman is raped on the street? Get over yourself.”Chapman adds that it’s important to accommodate the women because many of them suffer from addiction problems, and are often  wary of police because they have outstanding tickets.Tessier said that although the police that responded to the recent call were sympathetic, they detained the alleged assailant briefly – and then released him.He said an investigator did not call to take a statement about the incident until four days later.“We had worked it out with station 12, the area where we were last, that if the victim was unwilling to go to the police station then we can have the detective come meet us,” he said.APTN News asked the Montreal Police for details of the case but was told it does not comment on open investigations.According to Chapman, the story has a silver lining – a donor has gifted the victim a ticket back home to her community in read more

North American stock markets recovered some of Wednesdays deep losses

first_imgTORONTO – North American markets recovered some of the prior day’s deep losses, continuing the volatility of recent weeks.There was a pretty solid rebound Thursday overall, said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist for SIA Wealth Management.“Not only did we see stocks come back but we saw oil come back, which I thought also was encouraging since both of them had been hammered pretty badly in the last week,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was up 51 cents at US$67.33 per barrel. That’s still the third-lowest level in two months.“I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet and I still think there’s going to be bumpy and choppy 13 more weeks but it’s definitely really encouraging to see investors step up and for markets to hang onto their gains.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 14.95 points at 14,924.08 after losing 376.04 points on Wednesday. It hit an intraday high of 15,009.91 on 296.8 million shares traded.The cannabis-heavy health care sector led, gaining 2.8 per cent, followed by the technology and energy sectors.“It was a good day for technology on this side of the border too, it’s just that it’s not as big in the Canadian market, but we’re definitely benefiting from the same forces that drove up tech stocks in the States,” said Cieszynski.Gold was one of four sectors that lost ground, along with materials, utilities and telecom.Financials and real estate were in the middle, gaining less than half a per cent on the day.Cieszynski said he expected financials could struggle with interest rates on the rise.“That impacts all the interest-sensitive sectors — financials, real estate, utilities — as all kind of stuck in the same boat at this point.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 401.12 points to 24,984.55 after Wednesday’s selloff pushed the market to a loss for the year. The S&P 500 index was up 49.47 points to 2,705.57, while the Nasdaq composite was up 209.93 points or almost three per cent to 7,318.34.Although markets are going through a period of high volatility, they will likely recover later in the year, added Cieszynski.He noted that corporate results have generally been positive even though some haven’t met expectations.“It’s not like the wheels are falling off, it’s just that markets got way too far ahead of themselves and needed to come back to earth and that’s what we’ve been seeing, but I do think that the underlying North American economy remains positive.”The upcoming U.S. midterm elections could cause further uncertainty and contribute to volatility dragging well into November, he added.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.48 cents US compared with an average of 76.75 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was up 2.9 of a cent at US$3.26 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$1.30 at US$1,232.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.3 of a cent at US$2.75 a pound.last_img read more