NZ Herald 2 January 2019 Police Minister Stuart Nash wants to see all New Zealand music festivals kitted out with drug testing kits by next summer.This has been welcomed by the New Zealand Drug Foundation, who said this was “fantastic news”.But the foundation’s executive director Ross Bell has warned the Minister that a law change would be needed before drug testing stations become the norm at the bigger festivals.Nash’s comments come after illicit drugs, which contained traces of pesticide, were obtained by police in Gisborne at the Rhythm and Vine music festival earlier this week.Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie said the Government’s approach was “flawed and dangerous”.“Pill testing will be seen by many younger people especially as a clear endorsement of drug use.”He said it would send a message that illicit drugs are acceptable and can be safe and will worsen harmful drug use.Earlier this week, a petition calling for the introduction of roadside drug testing was launched.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12184807&ref=twitter
For one week each year, the savannah of the Karoo is turned into Tankwa Town, a vibrant yet temporary hub of creativity when thousands of South Africans gather for AfrikaBurn. Unbound creativity and cleaning up before you leave are the only rules of the festival.Tankwa Town comes alive once a year when the AfrikaBurn festival hits the Northern Cape. (Image: Ian Tunbridge, Flickr)Based on The Burning Man festival held in Nevada in the US, AfrikaBurn grew out of a loose grouping of individuals and organisations who questioned, and continue to question mainstream, highly commercialised, society and what it does to the notion and workings of community. In a nutshell, it’s about radical self-expression and it acts as a collaborative catalyst for change.The 2018 AfrikaBurn, taking place between 23 and 29 April, invites participants to embrace the “Working Title” theme. If that doesn’t inspire creativity, organisers say you can simply choose your own theme.To inspire you, take a look at some of the highlights from the 2017 AfrikaBurn.Source: 26 Degrees South: a South African Airways blog
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan MillerProgressive Farmer Senior EditorFarm-equipment manufacturers are certainly aware of the challenges facing customers today, but Robert Crain doesn’t believe U.S. farmers are ready to throw in the towel.“The larger guys are cautiously optimistic,” said AGCO’s senior vice president and general manager, Americas. He believes, however, there is positive news on the horizon for equipment manufacturers. The U.S. farming fleet is generally as old as it’s been in 10 years. “We think that presents opportunities,” he added.FLEET REPLACEMENT AHEADThe September 2019 equipment sales report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers paints a mixed picture. Tractor sales were actually up through September for both 4WD and 2WD models (100-plus horsepower), 9.4% and 3.4% respectively, compared to the same period in 2018. Sales of 2WD tractors (100-plus hp) were up sharply in September by more than 19%. Sales of 4WD tractors for September were down 5%.Combine sales through September were reported up 1.8%. But in September sales rose more than 12%.AGCO’s Crain is optimistic. “We have customers who sold [corn] over $4 and booked sales over $4. They are going to want to see what goes into the bin and what government payments [will be before making decisions on equipment].”With 200 dealerships, AGCO is working to get its Fendt line into large-equipment markets. Its IDEAL combine has a season’s worth of experience behind it, and the newly designed 900 series tractors target the large-tractor segment of the Midwest Corn Belt.MIXED 2019 NET SALESWhile financial reports from the major farm-equipment manufacturers don’t reveal numbers to be excited about, they don’t show a disaster either. A cleaner planting window in 2020 and resolution of trade issues could improve the outlook for equipment. Claas sees a fairly flat, but recovering equipment market — assuming a return to more normal weather in 2020.AGCO reported six-month sales in 2019 of $4.4 billion, a year-over-year decrease of 2.8%. Net sales in North America, however, grew by 1.7%. Increased sales of application equipment, as well as high-horsepower tractors, were offset by lower utility tractor sales.Kubota is making a big bet on 2020. It unveiled earlier this year its largest row crop tractor series, the M8. Sold with either a 190 hp or 210 hp, 6.7-liter Cummins engine the M8 will be available as farmers head to the field for planting. Kubota’s M8 targets farmers looking for “usability” and “simplicity.”John Deere reported earnings in the quarter ending July at $899 million, down $11 million from same quarter, 2018. Net sales declined 3.4%. The company forecast a 4% increase in sales for the fiscal year.Case IH and New Holland parent CNH Industrial announced revenues of $7.5 billion in the second quarter, down 6% from 2018. Ag net sales were off 7% because of lower volume in Europe and other regions. CNH’s quarterly report strikes a positive note, however: “Cyclical replacement demands remain stable, with used-equipment inventories at low levels supporting new equipment sales in North America.”TECHNOLOGY AND IRONWith even modest prodding from grain markets, manufacturers believe farmers will want to remain current on technology.“Data is opportunity,” agreed Matt Olson, product marketing manager, John Deere Precision Ag. “Technology is already benefiting [our customers].” Machine intelligence, he noted, are bringing farmers into a new world of data.TRACK THE JOURNEYOlson explained at its most basic level, technology is a way to document “the journey of growing that crop” while considering all the possible management combinations and their outcomes. It allows managers to “take on risk.”“What combination of all those layers helps me understand what works and what doesn’t work?” he asked. “What drives profitability and yield? Are you actually getting that yield? What works on your farm?”Scott Harris, vice president of North America for Case IH, is another industry executive pointing a marketing arm at technology. Using words like “better,” “more” and “targeted,” he said the company is hanging technology on all its tools.“Our engines and transmissions, our iron, is as good as it’s ever been. But we’re not done. We’re putting technology into our tillage equipment … to produce, for example, the optimal seedbed.”Harris stressed efficiency is productivity, and the goal is to address challenges “such as the difficulty in finding skilled labor with the functional automation of the machine, the sensors reading soil conditions, crop conditions, machinery conditions and making adjustments on the fly.“Dealers and producers are operating in a difficult environment and looking for stability, anywhere they can get stability,” Harris said. “Technology will improve the bottom line. It’s money in the bank.”**Editor’s Note: Technology and innovation are opening new pathways to financial success in farming. See related stories from Progressive Farmer’s special section called “Plot a Course For Opportunity” at https://www.dtnpf.com/…Dan Miller can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @DMillerPF(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
The SpecsInterfaceUSB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gb/s)Transfer Rate1TB, 2TB: up to 140MB/s4TB: up to 135MB/sCompatibilitymacOS 10.12+Windows® 10, 8.1, 7USB-C™ ready; USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt™ 3 compatibleDimensions1TB & 2TB: 5.12” x 3.42” x 0.83” / 130 x 87 x 21mm4TB: 5.2” x 3.46” x 1.18” / 132 x 88 x 30mmKit ContentsArmorATD all-terrain driveUSB-C™ to USB-C™ cableUSB-C™ to USB-A adapterQuick start guideYou can reserve your drive here.(We recently reviewed their G-Drive Mobile Pro SSD. Check it.)Images via G-Tech.Looking for more coverage of NAB 2019? Check out these articles.NAB 2019: Wipster Announces Collaborative Audio ReviewNAB 2019: CineMatch Plugin Matches Cameras in SecondsNAB 2019: Teradek Introduces an Inexpensive Wireless System NAB 2019: Aputure’s Secret Party and What They AnnouncedNAB 2019: Atlas Reveals Anamorphic 25mm Lens and LF Extender At NAB 2019, G-Technology announced their latest drive — a durable, affordable solution for protecting your footage from the elements.Yesterday I covered LaCie’s 8TB drive, and it’s a real stunner. It has the speed, the durability, and the storage. But, it’s an 8TB drive, so it comes at a pretty substantial price. Drives are important production tools, and filmmakers are often loyal to particular brands. If a brand takes care of you, you’re most likely to return the favor. So when G-Technology announced a new monster drive like the ArmorATD, G-Technology fans everywhere could rejoice, as there is now a solid drive that’s as secure as it is affordable.The drive is officially called the ArmorATD Rugged Terrain Drive, and the name couldn’t be more fitting. This thing definitely looks the part — there are internal shock mounts, an aluminum enclosure, and a protective rubber bumper. They say this little guy is crush resistant up to 1,000 lbs. — as well as rain and dust resistant.No Film School met up with Christina Garza at G-Technology to talk about the new drive.The drive is available in three different sizes:1TB – $99 — Up to 140MB/s2TB – $120 — Up to 140MB/s4TB – $170 — Up to 135MB/s
My son got a C on his Algebra II test today. The work is really Trigonometry.As part of the new Common Core methodology being used in his school, four kids work as a team. They are responsible for learning the material with very little help from their teacher. This is an extremely non-directive approach. The teacher gives them an assignment, and they are supposed to talk it through with their group and figure it out.In this class, the students take their tests as a team. They share the work and share the answers with each other.The teacher grades a couple of questions from each student’s test. In this case, one student wrote down the wrong an answer to a question, and his wrong answer was a difference between a B and a C grade on the test. All three of the other students had the right answer. My son feels that this unfair.Children are born with an innate sense of fairness. To prove this point all you have to do is give one child a cookie while giving a child sitting next to them two cookies, to understand how deeply children understand fairness.But the idea here is more interesting for us here because of the business application: If you hold someone accountable for an outcome, you must also give them the authority necessary to achieve that outcome.I’ve seen countless leaders give a team member responsibility for an outcome without giving them the authority over the people whose help they needed to achieve that outcome. The team member has the accountability but lacks the necessary authority to ensure that they achieve the outcome.I’ve seen plenty of leaders retain authority for themselves, requiring the person they have charged with a responsibility to come back to them for permission to take every necessary step. They fear giving up their power, when in reality, this is an exercise of their real power (and part of one of the most important things a leader does, namely building a leadership factory).Some leaders are fine holding people accountable, but chafe at giving them the budget authority they need to get things done. But without giving them the power to spend money, they are unlikely to achieve the result.When you task someone with something they can achieve without help, it is okay to hold them accountable for that result. But if the task requires that they employ other people to complete that task, you must also give the authority to hold others accountable.My son has no formal authority. But he does have influence. He failed here, but that’s how we learn to build our influence. I’ve invested him with the authority to protest the grade—another exercise in building influence.
Plagued by allegations of financial irregularities and many other controversies, the Indian Premier League is all set for a fresh start on Saturday with a high-profile two-day auction of 350 cricketers for the cash-rich Twenty20 event’s fourth edition.The highly successful tournament, which has been a money spinner for the BCCI, is set to feature 10 teams and a whopping 74 matches this season starting April 8 — just six days after the ODI World Cup in the sub-continent.Although the event has been mired in controversies ever since its inception in 2008, it was hit by some major furors last year.Its brash but dynamic commissioner Lalit Modi was sacked after a string of allegations of financial irregularities and two of the franchises — Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals– are locked in a court battle with the BCCI to stay in the league after being suspended for, what the Board called, ownership issues.Modi, who has taken refuge in the UK citing security fears, has been accused of favouring his kith and kin in the award of franchises and taking kickbacks in various deals related to the IPL. However, he has vehemently denied the allegations.Add to this, the ownership row involving one of the two new franchises — Kochi and Pune. The Kerala team’s stakeholders kept squabbling over the ownership pattern and the matter could be resolved only after the BCCI asked them to either work out a solution or risk being booted out of event. Such was the state of affairs till the end of last year that the league looked in complete disarray. In fact, the players’ auction, which was originally scheduled to be held in November last year, had to be postponed due to the never-ending furores.advertisementHaving weathered the storm to some extent, the IPL is set to roll with the first round of bidding and buying taking place in Bangalore on Saturday.Former West Indies captain Brian Lara and England’s Ashes hero pacer James Anderson are among the top cricketers who will go under the hammer and are among the 21 with the highest reserve price of $400,000 for a three-year contract.Other top international cricketers in the hunt include Australians Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee, England’s Kevin Pietersen, South Africans Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis, and New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori — all of whom were released by their respective franchises.Auction live on SET MaxSET Max will telecast live the auction in Bangalore on Saturday and Sunday. The auction will take place between 10am to 7pm.Two new teams — Sahara Pune Warriors and IPL Kochi — will take part in the auction for the first time after successfully winning the bids for the fourth edition.Twelve players, who have been retained by the IPL franchise for the upcoming season four, are as follows: Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians); Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai Indians); Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians); Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians), M.S. Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings); Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings); Murali Vijay (Chennai Super Kings); Albie Morkel (Chennai Super Kings); Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore); Virendra Sehwag (Delhi Daredevils); Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals) and Shane Warne (Rajasthan Royals).D-Day for IPL oldies like Lara, Jayasuriya and GangulyThey have all captured the imagination of the fans with their on-field exploits. For the quartet of Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Adam Gilchrist and Sourav Ganguly — the oldest players in the IPL auctions, it will be an anxious wait as to what is the verdict of the franchises.It will be interesting to see whether the franchises still consider them to be good enough for the shortest version or have they passed their sell by date.It’s of mere coincidence that the four senior-most players are all left-handers and have opened for the respective countries in shorter version with lot of success. Also three of them apart from Jayasuriya are in the highest base price bracket of $400,000. At 41 years and 8 months, Brian Lara will be the oldest player at the IPL auctions followed by Sanath Jayasuriya (41 years and six months). Gilchrist, one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen world has ever seen, is third at 39 years and two months. Former India captain Ganguly is the oldest Indian player up for auction at 38 years and six months.Among the four, the curiosity value will be the most for which franchises bid for Lara and Ganguly.The West Indian legend, who had quit active cricket three years back, has been priced at $ 400,000 but it will be interesting to find out whether his mind and body is ready to take the rigour of T20. However, franchises might just think about cashing in on ‘Brand Lara’.advertisementFor somebody like Ganguly, who can never be kept out of any discussion, this IPL will certainly be an indication whether he is still good enough to sustain in competitive cricket. Three franchises Mumbai Indians, Sahara Pune Warriors and Kolkata Knight Riders may be bidding for Ganguly.However, home is where the heart lies for Kolkata’s favourite son. It will be interesting how KKR copes up with public pressure if they don’t take Ganguly from auctions.For Jayasuriya, who is priced at $200,000, getting a franchise will be an achievement in itself. Having got a look-in in the Sri lanka’s provisional 30-man squad may just help the dashing Lankan get a contract having plied his trade for Mumbai Indians. Adam Gilchrist may be the safest bet to be picked up from the auctions. No doubt Deccan Chargers and a few others will bid for Gilchrist who has had more than a decent run in the three IPLs as he catapulted Deccan Chargers from wooden-spooners to championship title with his leadership skills.Oldest Players Up for auctions (Countrywise)Australia: Adam Gilchrist (39 years 2 months)Bangladesh: Abdur Razzaq (38 years 6 months)England: Anthony McGrath (35 years 3 months)India: Sourav Ganguly (38 years 6 months)New Zealand: Scott Styris (35 years 6 months)South Africa: Herschelle Gibbs (36 years 11 months)Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya (41 years 6 months)West Indies: Brian Lara (41 years and 8 months).With inputs from PTI
Bob Dowling Oval will host the event, which includes over 70 teams competing across 10 divisions.These divisions include: Men’s Open’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s, Women’s Open’s, 20’s, 40’s, Mixed Open and Senior’s Mixed.The Wallsend Wolves will look to claim an impressive fifth successive Club Championship, and their eleventh overall, in 2009.The Central Coast Dolphins will be looking to win their sixth title in seven years in the Men’s Open division, while last year’s Women’s Open winners the Wollongong Devils wont be back to retain their title. For more information, please go the NSW Country Championships website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-855-0-0-0
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd captain Ashley Young: We must build on Cardiff winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United captain Ashley Young says they must build on victory at Cardiff City.Young captained United in the ruthless win in South Wales as goals from Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and a brace from Jesse Lingard sent the Reds’ fans home happy in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game as caretaker boss. “We are delighted [with the win],” he said. “The way we went about our job from minute one to the 90th-minute was fantastic and the only disappointment was conceding the goal, but we take the positives from today’s game and build on from here.“The fans have been fantastic all season whether we have won, lost or drawn, they have always been behind us. There are always going to be times when they are not going to be happy when we are not winning, that’s obvious. Today they were brilliant from the warm-ups to when we left the pitch.”We want to keep those performances up for them, the staff, the players and keep building on what we showed. We have lots of games coming up over the Christmas period and it is about recovering in the right way and we just have to concentrate on each game coming up and not look too far ahead.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard hails Kepa formby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.The Spaniard kept his first clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.”After the clean sheet on Saturday, the person I was happiest for was Kepa,” said Lampard.”Even though it’s a team issue, goalkeepers pride themselves on clean sheets. One of the things I have seen since working with Kepa is that he is a very determined individual, he wants to improve every day. He is very focused and I love that.”His confidence shouldn’t go down. The clean sheets are not always his own responsibility, but also when he thinks they might have been his responsibility, he is very open to accept that fact and work to improve.”I have been really impressed with him. He’s managed to become Spain’s number one which when you think about who he’s competing with at that level is very serious.He is a great age for us in terms of where he’s at in his career. He grew as last season went on to help Chelsea win games, and I think he is growing again now.”I am very happy with him as a player. If anything I can say in his role and his status within the group, he can become a bit more vocal because that’s what great goalkeepers do.”
TORONTO – Clothing retailer Roots Corp. will open two new stores in the Washington, D.C., area in August as part of its U.S. and international expansion plans.“We believe the U.S. represents a minimum 100-store market opportunity for us,” said CEO Jim Gabel in a statement announcing the more than 270-square-metre (or more than 3,000-square-foot) shops.One store will be in Washington’s Georgetown neighbourhood, while the other location will be in Pentagon City, a mall in Arlington, Va.The company announced in March it would also open two locations in the Greater Boston, Mass. area this summer.The four stores are part of the company’s target to open 10 to 14 new locations in America by the end of next year.Roots operated 119 stores as of February 3, according to its most recent quarterly earnings report, with three in the U.S. and the remainder in Canada.The company is also planning to open 10 more locations in Canada by the end of its 2019 financial year, hoping to add up to 25 new shops in Taiwan and China, as well as build a presence in Singapore and Malaysia in the same time frame. It had 110 partner-operated stores in Taiwan and 32 in China as of February 3.The company has been in the midst of a multi-year transformation project that started during its 2016 financial year. The culmination of the plan should see it achieve $410 million in annual sales during its 2019 financial year, which ends in early 2020.Part of the plan included the 45-year old retailer, known for its lounge wear and leather goods, listing shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The October initial public offering was considered unsuccessful at the time. The initial stock price of $12 per share was $2 to $4 below the original proposed range and the stock closed at $10 on the first day of trading.Its shares seldom traded above the $12 set for the IPO until its latest quarterly earnings were released April 18. The company’s sales and adjusted earnings topped analysts’ expectations following a busy holiday shopping season.Roots shares were trading at $13.15 at midday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:ROOT)