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Kurtenbach: One question for every Warrior at the start of the 2018-2019 season

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first_imgTo many, the Warriors winning a third-straight title and joining the pantheon of great sports dynasties is inevitable.But that ignores two big truths: nothing is inevitable in sports and you never see the end of a dynasty coming.It’ll take months for the story of the Warriors’ 2018-19 season to be written, but as we enter the first of 82 regular-season games, I have some questions for the team’s 15-man roster.And the answers to these questions will likely dictate how this whole crazy thing …last_img read more

Sharks winning streak ends with loss to Coyotes

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first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — The streak ends with a letdown in the desert.The Arizona Coyotes played the role of spoilers Wednesday night, snapping the Sharks seven-game winning streak with a 6-3 win on home ice. The Coyotes took advantage of a Sharks group that was playing the second game of a back-to-back after an emotional win over the Pittsburgh Penguins and a flight out to Arizona.The Sharks probably deserve a get-out-of-jail-free card for this one. They were due for a loss after opening the month …last_img read more

Harvest tips for flood damaged crops

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After this year’s record rainfall and flooding across parts of the Midwest, farmers should scout their fields carefully and be aware of any conditions that could damage crops during harvest, a Purdue Extension grain storage expert advises.“As we approach harvest, it will be important to prepare adequately so that we prevent deterioration of the portions of crops we are able to harvest,” said Klein Ileleji, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering.Crop development has been delayed in some flooded areas. It could be necessary to adjust the speed of the combine and height of the cutter bar to account for differences in plant growth, Ileleji said.Before harvesting, farmers should look for differences in cob size and the number of kernels per cob, as well as variability in the maturity of bean plants, he said.“That way the operator will know in advance where equipment adjustments will be necessary during cutting,” Ileleji said.It’s also important to check the moisture level of the soil. Some areas in a field might be significantly wetter than others.Once the maturity level and moisture content are known, farmers should consult equipment dealers, manufacturers or machine manuals to find out how to set machines for the different conditions they might encounter in their fields, Ileleji said.Other harvest tips:• Clean all machinery including combines, dryers, bins, augers, elevator legs and ladder rungs. Failure to do so could cause restricted airflow in bins and dryers, provide a breeding ground for insects or cause other safety issues. Ileleji recommended treating bins in advance with an approved empty-bin insecticide, or using heat — a minimum of 122 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 4 hours — to get rid of any pests.• Check equipment to see if repairs or replacement parts are needed and perform any necessary service. Ileleji said farmers should not make repairs to gas lines or electrical equipment and wiring if they are not licensed to do so. Also, it is important to have enough fuel available to keep the machinery running as needed.• Calibrate and test moisture meters and interior bin sensors to ensure that they are working. Ileleji also recommended checking moisture readings of one sample of grain against the reading of that same sample at the elevator where the grain will be delivered so there is no discrepancy.Ileleji said planning and preparing correctly is the least expensive way to address potential harvest issues.“The harvest months are always busy, but planning ahead will definitely help ease some of the burden and put you in a better position for successfully harvesting your corn and soybeans,” he said.last_img read more

The Power in Calling the Bottom

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first_imgLast week I was in Puerto Rico speaking to a group of CEOs and business leaders from around the island on behalf of Abarca Health. The island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria and things seem to be getting back to normal, but there is still much work to be done. One of the business leaders I met said something to me that I wrote down. He said, “This is the bottom.”The statement struck me because of its truth. That truth contains the same truth as a Native American rain dance. The rain dance always works because those who dance do so until it rains. The bottom is only the bottom if you make it the bottom, if you do something to get up off the floor.By calling it the bottom, you cut yourself off from going any lower, whether that means lower revenue, lower profit, or a lower standard for yourself. You draw a line in the sand that says, “come what may, this will not be allowed to get any worse, and instead, I will make it better.” If you are at the bottom, the only way you can go is up.There are things that matter a great deal to turning your situation around. The first is your mindset. You have to believe you have reached the lowest point and that you are now moving in a better direction. You have to take action to make your future better, refusing to stay down. You need a stubbornness, a pigheadedness that allows you to persist in your efforts long enough for your actions to take hold and progress to be made. And you have to accept that one comes before two, and let that one step be enough to sustain you while you work on taking another. That progress moves you up, and from there, you can move even higher.What strikes me most about “calling the bottom,” is that you can make the decision to call your current state the bottom, accepting that it is now your lowest point, no matter how well things are going, and you can follow this same recipe to reach even higher heights. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Off-spinners Muttiah Muralitharan, Graeme Swann take on each other

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