LAS VEGAS — Antoine Roussel received a maximum fine for biting Marc-Edouard Vlasic Friday night. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer isn’t sure whether the punishment matches the severity of the crime.The NHL Department of Player Safety slapped the Vancouver Canucks agitator with a $5,000 fine Saturday, the maximum allowable under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement with the Players’ Association, for his bite on Vlasic in the final minute of the Sharks 4-0 win at SAP Center Friday. DeBoer …
2 December 2011 Davids added that “the uncertain outlook is reflected in the expected business conditions index, which declined by 7.4 points to 55 – the lowest level since August 2011.” The new sales orders index, which at 30% had the largest weighting of the key PMI sub-components, eased marginally by 0.4 points to 51.2, while the inventory index was the biggest gainer (+3.3 index points) to reach 54.4. However, Davids noted that the South African PMI number beat consensus expectations of a contraction below 50 and also bucked the international trend of weaker PMI data. Despite a more upbeat overall PMI number, purchasing managers reported increased concern about future prospects. The less upbeat prospects were corroborated by the PMI leading indicator (i.e. ratio between new sales orders and inventories) that declined to 0.94 from 1.01 during October. Sapa Davids said that this might suggest that purchasing managers expected demand to be somewhat stronger than it turned out to be, i.e. they purchased inputs in anticipation of increased demand, which did not materialise. “November was the fourth consecutive month of gains for the PMI, but the index remains below the level of 54.2 reached before the widespread factory sector strikes in July,” Abdul Davids, head of research at Kagiso Asset Management, said on Thursday. The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) picked up some momentum in November, rising by 1.1 index points from October to 51.6 points. On a more positive note, South African business activity index rose by 1.4 points to 52.3. The index averaged 51.6 during October and November versus 46.1 in Q3, which suggested improved actual factory output (compared to Q3) in the final three months of the year.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For spring-calving beef herds, the breeding season is likely underway. Many decisions have already been made in terms of the genetic makeup of the 2018 calf crop. Natural herd sires or sires to be used through artificial insemination have been selected. Mature cows have been retained and replacement heifers have been introduced to the breeding herd. Hopefully the genetic decisions that have been made will prove profitable when next year’s calf crop is sold.Nearly every beef specialist or researcher that I am familiar with will tell the cow-calf producer that reproduction is the most economically important trait in beef cattle. Numerous studies have shown that reproduction is several times more important than growth or carcass traits. Simply put, genetic superiority in any trait doesn’t matter if the beef female doesn’t get bred and deliver a live calf for the producer.How can the cattleman evaluate the reproductive performance of the herd? I would suggest three key areas to evaluate. They are as follows:Calf crop percentage: This would be the number of calves weaned divided by the number of cows exposed divided by 100.Distribution of calving dates: This would be a picture of how calving dates are scattered across an existing calving season.Pounds of calf produced per cow exposed: This would be the weaning or sale weights of heifers retained as replacements or feeder calves sold.Can the producer improve reproductive performance in the herd? Compared to growth and carcass traits, reproductive traits are more are more lowly heritable. Changes in reproductive efficiency are most easily made by management changes or the impacts of crossbreeding through heterosis. Over time, progress can be made by selecting and culling for reproduction.Nearly every management decision associated with the cow herd is simplified and improved with a shorter calving season. Herd health, nutritional, and reproductive management are much easier when all cows are in a similar stage of production. Restricting the breeding season to 60 to 90 days will produce a more uniform calf crop, which enhances marketing opportunities. It is easier to match up your forage supply with the nutritional demands of your herd when all animals are in a similar production cycle. Vaccination programs are more effective when animals in the breeding herd are in a similar reproductive status.A more concentrated calving season is important for the smaller or part-time producers who have major time restrictions in their daily lives. I don’t know of any producer that enjoys the stress and worry of calving season over an extended period of time. This is especially true if calving season comes during inclement weather and you are away from the farm for long stretches of time during an average day.A shorter calving season will eventually lead to greater efficiencies in reproduction rates. Palpate shortly after the conclusion of the breeding season and cull heifers and cows that don’t conceive within your given calving season and don’t look back. Keep daughters of the cows that get bred early each calving season. If necessary, buy bred females that calve within your desired window to replace the open females. Implementation of these practices will certainly improve your herd’s reproductive performance over time.Probably the production group that is the most consistently mismanaged in the typical cow-calf operation is the replacement heifer. An ideal scenario would be for the replacement heifers to be managed as a separate group until after they’ve had their first calf. In smaller herds, heifers retained as replacements are often managed with the mature cows from first breeding through first calving. As a result, these heifers may not receive the proper nutrients to meet their dietary needs.Keep in mind that replacement heifers should be at 60% to 65% of their expected mature weight at 15 months of age. They should also be at least 85% of their expected mature weight when they calve for the first time as two-year-olds. These heifers should be bred before the mature herd. This allows the producer to better supervise the first-calf heifers at calving and allows them more time to start cycling and get bred back as two-year-olds. This scenario sets up the replacement heifers to have realistic chance to become productive members of the herd.Management of the bull power needed to adequately cover the number of cows in the herd is a key component to reproductive success. The appropriate bull to female ratio will vary on a variety of conditions such as the bull’s breed, age and body condition, the nature of the pasture situation, and the length and seasonal timing of the breeding season.A longstanding rule of thumb for a proper bull to female ratio would be one female per months of the bull’s age up to 36 months of age. There are instances where producers will turn out multiple sires over a larger group of cows. Do not assume that number of matings per sire will be spread out evenly across the herd. Research has shown there be various levels of dominance expressed across a multiple sire pastures in terms of the number of calves sired by each bull in a pasture.What are some reproductive goals for the beef herd that the cow-calf producer can strive to achieve? Consider the following targets:• 90% to 95% in heat in the first 21 days of the breeding season (this will be virtually impossible to achieve in anything longer than a 60 day breeding/calving season).• 70% conception on the first breeding.• 90% or greater conception at the end of a shortened breeding season.• Less than 5% difficult or assisted births.• 90% of cows bred wean a calf.Achieve these reproductive goals and you will be well on your way to future profitability with your cow-calf enterprise.
Are There Good Alternatives To Goodreads?Goodreads competes with LibraryThing and Shelfari. Both are far behind Goodreads in number of users, however Shelfari remains a threat because of its owner: Amazon. Indeed, as Goodreads has grown, its reliance on Amazon’s product advertising API for book information became untenable. That’s why in January of this year, Goodreads announced that Ingram, the largest wholesaler of books in the U.S., was its new primary data partner.Whatever qualities LibraryThing and Shelfari have – and both have a better design than Goodreads – it’s hard to go past Goodreads, due to its large user base and excellent Facebook integration. When it comes to getting social recommendations for books, those are the two key factors.The two biggest threats to Goodreads now are: 1) if Facebook decides to do book reviews itself; and 2) if Amazon gets its act together and starts pushing Shelfari (or Kindle Profiles, its own semi-serious social experiment). However I think the chances of either Facebook or Amazon ruining Goodreads’ good thing is slim, at least in the short term. Facebook is better off supporting and partnering with Goodreads, as it does with other specialist networks (like Spotify). Meanwhile Amazon is too busy trying to control the e-reader and book retail markets, so Shelfari will probably continue being largely ignored by Bezos and crew.2012 has been a good great year for Goodreads. If you’re a bookworm like me, I recommend you check it out – and friend me there! Goodreads also has groups galore. Founder and CEO Otis Chandler told ReadWriteWeb in April that “we have 20,000 groups on our site, such as The Sword and Laser (part of the new Geek & Sundry YouTube channel), The Next Best Book Club and small, private, meet-in-real-life groups like the Boston Book Club.”The foundation of Goodreads is providing social recommendations. As Chandler wrote, when explaining why he built Goodreads, “when I want to know what books to read, I’d rather turn to a friend than any random person or bestseller list.” That core functionality got a huge boost from the Facebook integration in January. After all, the more friends you can connect to on Goodreads, the more books you’ll discover.One interesting thing to watch is Goodreads’ partnerships with publishing houses and authors. Chandler wrote on Quora last year that “we work with all major book publishers and many mid-majors to help them launch their books to our audience of book readers.” It also helps self-publishers promote their books.Even authors who aren’t officially connected to Goodreads have their own profile on the site. For example, I’m a fan of Michael Lewis on Goodreads – his page features biographical information, book links, blog posts (from his Blogspot site), video and more. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts My next series of posts is entitled Social Books. Over five posts, I’m going to explore how book readers and writers use social networking tools. Three of the posts will be from the point of view of readers, starting with this one today about the leading social network for bookworms: Goodreads. In the remaining posts, I’ll be checking out a brand new social network for writers and investigating how book publishers are using social media. So let’s get started with far and away the most popular social network for book lovers in the world, Goodreads. Its user base has almost doubled in 2012, which made me wonder whether Goodreads has any real competition now…Goodreads was launched in January 2007 and currently has over 10 million registered users, who have collectively added 370 million books to the site. Goodreads has experienced strong growth over the past 18 months. It had 5 million registered users in May 2011, increasing to 6 million by December. In 2012 the growth of Goodreads went up another level, thanks mainly to its integration with Facebook Timeline in January.Goodreads: Onto A Good ThingIn Goodreads you’re encouraged to add books into custom shelves (a.k.a. lists), such as “Currently Reading,” “Read,” and “To Read.” That way, anybody you have connected to can see what you’re reading or intend to read – and vice versa. Goodreads also has all the other common features of a social network: discussions, ratings, reviews, messaging. richard macmanus A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#social networks#Social Web#web
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A rollover crash on Interstate 805 in City Heights Saturday sent one person to a hospital and blocked lanes for about an hour before debris could be cleared from the scene.It happened about 11:40 a.m. on northbound I-805, between state Route 15 and University Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.A Mitsubishi SUV flipped over but landed on its wheels, and debris from the crash blocked the left three lanes of the freeway.Two other cars appeared to have been involved in the crash but failed to remain at the scene, dispatchers were told. They were described as a gray Volkswagen and a brown Kia.One person was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital for trauma, a San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesperson said.All lanes were reopened by 12:30 p.m., according to the CHP. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter One injured in possible hit-and-run rollover crash Posted: July 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, July 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom