Skipper Bonner ready for Leewards challenge

first_imgRecently-appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jamaican-born Nkrumah Bonner, said he was surprised at being handed the position, however, now that he is in the post, he will give it his best shot. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” stated Bonner, who is currently in St Kitts preparing with the eastern Caribbean outfit for the second half of the WICB First-Class Tournament. “Since joining the Leewards, earlier this season, I believe I have been doing reasonably well, particularly with the bat. “I have also been active in the field, and making suggestions so on, and I guess they were of the opinion that I was having a good influence on the team “I was approached and asked if I would like to take charge, and after thinking about it I agreed to accept it,” added the West Indies representative. A former Jamaica Under-15 vice-captain, it will be the first time the 26-year-old Bonner will be leading a team at the regional level. He has, however, led teams at the club level in Jamaica performing similar duties even up until recently with St Catherine Cricket Association in the two-day Senior Cup. “I am prepared mentally for the challenge, and is expecting good things,” Bonner highlighted. “I tend to say things as I see it, and I guess people respect me for that. This, I believe, is a good starting point, and is something I hope to build on.” Bonner, who has represented the West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals, has also expressed pleasure in the confidence placed in him by team officials. “The coach (Reginald Benjamin) and manager (Hugh Gore), who is a no-nonsense guy, recommended me, so from that point of view, it’s good to know they have the confidence in me,” he said. Looking at the on-going four-day tournament, Bonner, who is the Leewards’ leading runs scorer, said he believes the team can improve their fortunes. The Leewards have lost all of their five matches to date, and are currently at the bottom of the six-team standings. “I am expecting us to do a lot better in the second half of the season,” he explained. “We will be looking to win, but even if we don’t, I would love to see our batting, bowling and fielding performances improve overall.” The Hurricanes are scheduled to play third-place Jamaica Scorpions in their next encounter in Antigua, commencing on Thursday.last_img read more

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Glen Newcomer, April 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are off to a very slow start here in Northwest Ohio. I can only think of a handful of operators who have put any corn in the ground. I can only think of one operator who has put any soybeans in the ground. We had a good run last week. We completed a lot of spraying. We did some tillage work and we planted corn for one day last week. We are only about 5% done with everything we have to plant this spring so we have a long way to go. On average, we received over 1.5 inches of rain in our area on Thursday and Friday. There will not be any field work performed in our area this week. We are at a standstill.We hit the spraying pretty hard for three days putting down pre-emerge products on our soybean acres that we plan to no-till. We did tillage for two days and the ground conditions were excellent last week.I am not really concerned yet about a late start. Last week conditions were about perfect. I wish we could have continued, but just getting some field operations done this early was a good feeling. We were fortunate to get some field work started. Many in our area were still holding back because of the cold weather forecast this past weekend. We still have plenty of time and we still have the opportunity for a great crop. We just have to be patient and wait until the time is right.There was some light frost over the weekend, but nothing has emerged at all around here. One operator planted some corn a week earlier which has sprouted but not emerged. It was nice that we had that window of opportunity to get the planter set and make sure everything was programmed correctly. It was nice to take the extra time necessary to be particular about how everything was set up. Now we will be ready to roll when the time is right.last_img read more

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GetGlue.com: Distributed Networking & Recommendations Made Simple & Fun

first_img“Nobody’s confortable sharing all of their stream,” said Kelton. “Financial sites, adult content – we don’t want any of that stuff shared.” In addition to having a set list of sites from which to pull browsing and interaction data, Kelton said, “The secondary privacy controls can prevent visits to a website from being shared unless the user has a specific interaction on that site. You can also opt to have a private profile so only your friends can see the items you interact with.” Finally, Kelton told us that users can delete or edit their own shared content on an item-by-item basis.Our other concern was whether Glue would be a semantic web geek-fest or whether the average end user would also be able to use, enjoy, and return to the site. Kelton said the site went over well with non-techie beta testers, many of whom started out using the GetGlue.com website and eventually also installed the add-on for an even richer experience.One of the factors we think makes Glue so much fun for end users, from geeks to complete Luddites, is its Foursquare-like system of achievement and rewards. “We’re big fans of game interaction driving the user experience,” said Kelton, who also revealed that the product team considered Xbox 360 as inspiration for the Glue system. Users can earn stickers on their profiles based on how many items they browse or interact with, how many users discover content through them, and how much of an expert they are on a particular topic.Glue’s game-like system of badges or stickers as rewards for user interactions and discovery makes for addictive browsing.Each item indexed by Glue can have a guru, and only one guru at a time. The result is friendly competition, increased interactions and a very sticky website that’s compelling and entertaining for even the least technical end user.The site also allows for content to be pushed to a user’s existing social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Here’s a demo video showing more about how the site works: Related Posts jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Once just a browser add-on that allowed users to surf smarter across several verticals, AdaptiveBlue’s Glue is now a site-centric product that acts as both a hub and a spoke of the social web.Glue’s synaptic web-esque technology is based on a user’s browsing across common sites such as Amazon, Wikipedia and YouTube, and those visits and any interactions (comments, “likes,” etc.) feeding back to automatically create a taste profile and a web of affinity with other users and recommendations of other items or content across about a dozen categories, including music, books and movies. So, can this be done without violating users’ privacy or – worse yet – frustrating and boring them into attrition?[Disclosure: AdaptiveBlue founder and CEO Alex Iskold is a ReadWriteWeb writer.]AdaptiveBlue VP Fraser Kelton thinks both aims can be accomplished. In a phone interview this morning, he shared that Glue has a three-tiered set of privacy controls to ensure that items are shared only when a user wants them to be. As the privacy/permissions inverse of Facebook Beacon, an ill-fated system for socially powered product recommendation, the Glue system is completely opt-in for users and opt-out for publishers.Glue’s all-new user profiles are rolling out today at GetGlue.com. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As previously mentioned, the user experience of Glue – both the site and the revamped add-on – is one of synapses and nodes, not back-and-forth browsing and search for content. As data and content from all around the web is associated with films, books, music, and other items, users are able to quickly scan and consume related content without further navigation. This type of curated experience is something the AdaptiveBlue team calls “shortcut search.”As a social network, GetGlue.com is a hub; but the way it curates content makes it a series of spokes, as well.“You don’t have to go to Rotten Tomatoes or YouTube. We know there’s a subset of information users want, and we’re bringing it in,” said Kelton, who is very excited about Glue’s position on distributed social networking and the semantic web. “Jeremiah [Owyang] uses the term ‘social colonization.’ I also think we’re implementing what Charlene Li talks about when she uses the phrase, ‘The network is all around us.’” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Semantic Web#web last_img read more

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Quick Tip: How to White Balance in Premiere Pro

first_imgNeed to quickly correct the white balance of your footage or give multiple cameras a white balance baseline? Check out this tip for how to white balance in Premiere Pro.Nothing SCREAMS ‘amateur status’ like un-white balanced video. If you don’t have the time or budget do to a full color grade/color correction on your project, at the very least take the time to white balance your footage.Like in other NLEs, it’s actually quite simple to do a quick white balance in Premiere Pro. Using the Premiere Pro Fast Color Corrector you can choose a ‘white’ portion of the a frame of video to get a color balance baseline. Check out the tutorial below by video production professional Pamela Berry that demonstrates you how to do a quick white balance in Premiere Pro.TIMESAVING TIP: Once you have the white balance setting applied to one clip, you can paste these color attributes on all similar clips. For info on pasting clip attributes see this tip on Adobe’s Premiere Pro help page.Always white balance. It’s the right thing to do.last_img read more

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