Coffee Break: Introducing Instant Cappuccino

first_imgHi all,I’m taking a break from end-of-year packing to introduce myself, and this blog, to you. Mine is a big packing job, since I’m heading back to the US of A after 9 months as a Visiting Student in this watery isle and spire-y university. The year’s been incredible, and I leave with rich impressions of England and the English, most of which I’ve published in my opinions column at the Brown Daily Herald. If you’re interested, check out my musings.I’ve been writing for the Herald since 2004, on politics, culture and how our generation (Y, if you were born between 1980 and 2000), experiences the world. Oftentimes, defining Gen Y culture has a lot to do with the technology and trends (iPods, e-books, wikipedia, facebook and blogs like this one) for which we 20-somethings are the guinea-pigs. If there’s one place that the Internet has made its biggest impact, it’s in schools and universities—can you imagine writing an essay without Google or JStor? I can’t. And if you believe social theorists like David Brooks, who say that the biggest culture wars occur over education, that people are defined by educational experience, then changes in our world, in the lives of 20-something students, are the harbingers of changes in the world at large. The second front in the Internet culture war is the world of journalism. As a Herald columnist, a blogger here and elsewhere and a news reporter for Cherwell and Cherwell24, I’ve watched news media slowly adjust to the Internet Age. Mainstream print papers are diving into the blogosphere; blogs are turning into big business. As the place we turn for the truth about our world, changing news media means big changes in our social worldview. Once again, as the first group to grow up with GoogleNews, LexisNexis, RSS feeds and CNN Pipeline, we, generation Y, are the test case.Here at Instant Cappuccino, I’ll post news stories and videos about our changing world. I’ll post my thoughts on technology, politics and popular culture. As a forum for students, Cappuccino will focus on issues in education and the spread of information. As a blog, Cappuccino will be part of the transformation.Of course, what makes our culture of Wikipedia and YouTube different from the first Internet revolution of Yahoo and Netscape, is that interaction is overtaking information as the premium capital. So please, post your own thoughts. Tell me when (and this happens often) I am wrong about what’s trendy. Link to Cappuccino on your own blogs, and tell me what other sites I should be following. With your participation, over a cup of virtual coffee, we can make sense of the new world we live in, and predictions for the world to come.Cherwell 24 is not responsible for content of external linkslast_img read more

2008 crop outlook

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia farmers can expect good prices next year for many of the crops they grow. Unfortunately, it will cost more to grow them, say University of Georgia agricultural economists.“Commodity prices across the board will be favorable next year,” said Nathan Smith, an economist with UGA Cooperative Extension. Smith and other economists with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recently compiled an annual report to help Georgia farmers pick the most profitable crops to grow next year.“We’re looking at a rare situation this coming year that will bring some good opportunities for farmers,” Smith said.Corn prices skyrocketed this year to $4.50 or more per bushel, as much as double the price from a few years ago. The price increase came from a surge in U.S. demand for ethanol, an alternative fuel for gasoline. Corn is used to make ethanol. Corn prices this year will lower to $4 or less per bushel, Smith said. That’s still a good deal.The demand for corn has forced the buyers of peanuts, wheat, soybeans and cotton to offer farmers more money to make sure they grow their crops, too, Smith said.Peanuts are expected to sell for $500 per ton. That’s the highest price since 2001, the last year of the federal government’s peanut quota system, which guaranteed farmers $610 per ton. Soybean and wheat prices next year will be the highest in a decade, he said. Soybeans that sold for $9 a bushel this year will likely sell for $10.50 a bushel in 2008. Wheat that sold for $5 a bushel will likely sell for $6 or more a bushel.Cotton prices should be higher, too, said UGA Extension economist Don Shurley. Steady demand coupled with fewer planted acres this year will increase prices to around 70 cents per pound, or 10 cents higher than the same time last year.Fuel and fertilizer will cost 30 percent more in 2008, Smith said. This will increase the cost of production for many farmers. Diesel, which farmers use to fuel tractors and irrigation systems, will cost $3 or more per gallon. This time last year, a gallon was closer to $2.25.Due to the added cost, peanuts and wheat each will cost 10 percent more per acre to grow next year. Soybeans and corn each will cost 20 percent more per acre. It will cost 10 percent more per acre to grow cotton under irrigation.Though things look good economically, Smith said, Georgia’s extended drought could put a damper on the party. The Southeast suffered under drought this summer, but many crops did surprisingly well. They may not do as well next summer if the drought continues.“Next spring, we’ll likely be planting into a drought,” Smith said. “You can’t say whether we’ll get the rain needed to ensure good crops.”The United States should have a new farm bill by springtime. Congress is in the process of passing one now. It will guide the country’s agricultural and environmental policies for the next five years, particularly those related to farm subsidies, conservation, rural development and nutrition. The current farm bill was passed in 2002.When commodity prices are high, Shurley said, little thought is given to the farm economic safety net. But prices will not always be high like they are now. Things change and can often change quickly. “It is important that the farm bill provide a safety net that is adequate to meet the needs of diversified agriculture like that found in Georgia,” Shurley said.The proposed farm bill has some changes, but is very similar to the current bill, he said, which has been a good one for Southeastern farmers.last_img read more

Developers duke it out in the battle of the parks

first_imgTucker Family Park planned for Brentwood Park.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoThe park will soon be connected to the development’s two other parks via a linear pathway through bushland. Stockland regional manager David Laner said their Pallara park was a first for the developer nationally.“We’ve teamed up with (an) accredited feng shui consultant to offer this one-of-a-kind inclusive park that beautifully harmonises nature with play elements to engage the senses and provide a peaceful place for everyone,” he said. At Providence at South Ripley, it’s a splash and play park that’s drawing in buyers. Villawood Properties’ latest playground at The Surrounds in Helensvale is also now open, and will be home to a future leisure centre. A render of Lendlease’s Elliot Springs ParkStage one includes an all-inclusive playground, a learn-to-ride bike track, a mountain bike skills area and the first of five trails, barbecues, shelters and a three-kilometre return trip walking path.Once complete in 2019, the park will include a community sports club and café, junior sports field, tennis court, netball court, off-leash dog park, areas for food vans and markets, and connections to more than 17km of trails.The latest Oliver Hume Quarterly Insights Report found that Queensland recorded the highest rate of interstate migration, with buyers drawn to the state’s relative affordability compared to southern states. The number of active residential projects in the southeast also rose to 128, up 1.6 per cent, with first home buyers dominating the greenfields – new residential community – market. Villawood The Surrounds.“Creating the perfect playground is a science, and that’s why we work with experts to get it right,” Villawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson said. “We conduct significant research into the demographics of the community to identify what local families want, and how the park and playground will play a role in developing an engaged community.” Lendlease also recently awarded the $6 million contracts for its parklands at Elliot Springs in Townsville. Feng Shui Park in Stockland’s Pallara communityAt Flagstone by Peet, a $2 million “monster” playground is in the works, and will feature an 11m high tower with two sky cabins, a giant octanet, two racing slides, dual flying foxes, a fossil dig and more. A dog park with water play areas recently opened. A $1 million playground at Gainsborough Greens by Mirvac at Pimpama includes log forts, a fallen tree climbing sculpture, hill slide, swing set, climbing boulders and integrated natural play environments. And the Tucker Family Park at AVID Property Group’s Brentwood Forest development in Bellbird Park, which recently opened, includes a 9.2m tower, outdoor gym and 1600sq m dog-off-leash area. Lendlease recently awarded the $6 million contracts for its parklands at Elliot Springs in Townsville.Shrinking lot sizes are creating a “battle of the parks”, with developers embracing the latest in playground equipment, layouts, even feng shui, to draw in families. Stockland’s first ever feng shui park is currently being constructed at its Pallara community. The play space will feature a reflexology path, a cricket practise net, ping pong table and a children’s playground. last_img read more

Martinez comments on Magath mission

first_img The German, the Cottagers’ third boss this season, took over in mid-February after a chaotic period which saw Rene Meulensteen’s spell in charge ended after just two months. In his five matches he has picked up just four points and they remain bottom of the table four points from safety. Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Fulham counterpart Felix Magath’s task of avoiding relegation was actually made easier by the lack of time he was given to save the club. “It is clear Felix Magath has the experience to provide a very difficult game in every game he puts his Fulham side out in. “He is clear in the way he gets his teams set up and I think since he has been at Fulham they have been unfortunate in a couple of games and in the same manner he has been finding out a lot about his new players. “I do feel this Fulham side is a completely different one to the one that came to Goodison Park.” Everton captain Phil Jagielka will travel with the squad to Craven Cottage for Sunday’s clash. The centre-back has missed five matches with a hamstring injury and although he was fit earlier in the week, Martinez chose to leave him out for the 3-0 victory at Newcastle. Magath insists completing the seemingly-impossible task of keeping Fulham in the Premier League would be one of his proudest achievements. This weekend’s game is one basement side Fulham, who sit four points adrift of safety, must win if they are to escape relegation. Magath has won Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, but views securing a 14th season of top flight football for the Cottagers as a rival to those achievements. ”Yes it would be one of my biggest achievements in football,” said the German, who replaced the sacked Meulensteen on February 14. ”It is a very difficult situation at the bottom of the league and there have not been many things to do because the time to buy new players was over, so I had to work with the players that are here. ”That is very, very difficult if you have players who have not had success for a long time. ”I knew this was a difficult job and I don’t care. I’m happy to do such a job. ”I’ve always done jobs like this and like to work for things that seem impossible.” Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou will miss out because of a knee problem. Midfielder Scott Parker is also out with a knee injury, but winger Ashkan Dejagah returns after recovering from a muscle issue. However, Martinez believes the small amount of time Magath had to stave off the drop could work in his favour. “Felix Magath took a completely different challenge,” said the Spaniard. “It wasn’t a change of manager just to see a different direction at the club, it was clear he was taking a football challenge of trying to get a big points average in a short period of time to try to stay in the Premier League. “When you have 25 games to go in a season it becomes very difficult because there is so much talk about what could happen and what direction you can go. “Everyone has an opinion and it can affect the team but when it is a short period of time it is very straightforward. “It is a narrow approach and all you need to do is try to get as many points as you can and try to carry momentum from game to game. “You don’t even think about what may happen in the summer, what will happen to players’ contracts. “It is 10 or 11 finals that you try to prepare for in the best possible way and try to make difficult for the opposition. Press Associationlast_img read more

For McCourty twins, Christmas is about family again

first_img LIVE TV Written By Last Updated: 25th December, 2019 12:44 IST For McCourty Twins, Christmas Is About Family Again Christmas has always been about tradition for Devin McCourty: Dressing the kids in matching onesies, letting them open one present on Christmas Eve, and preparing for the NFL playoffs. Christmas has always been about tradition for Devin McCourty: Dressing the kids in matching onesies, letting them open one present on Christmas Eve, and preparing for the NFL playoffs.The Patriots safety has had to balance family and football during his 10-year career, with New England winning the AFC East every year he’s been in the league. But since the team signed his twin brother, Jason, last year, that’s been a little bit easier.“Now we get to do it together,” Devin McCourty said on Tuesday, when the team practiced on the usual NFL off-day so it could take Christmas off.“Last year we took a family picture. It was brutal; we had kids crying. We’ll see if we can work on that this year, see if we can get everyone to smile. I highly doubt it,” he said. “But things like that, we didn’t get to do before. Christmas meant FaceTiming each other and letting the kids talk to each other. Now it’s a lot of fun just to be able to go to each other’s houses.”A two-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time Super Bowl champion, Devin McCourty has been a steady presence in the secondary and in the Patriots locker room, serving as a defensive captain for the last nine years. But the family/football balance changed two years ago, when the Patriots signed his brother.After playing together in high school and at Rutgers, they spend the first nine years of their pro careers apart. They now live across the street from each other and have lockers at Gillette Stadium two stalls apart.“It’s a lot of fun to be still doing this 10 years in, playing football,” Devin McCourty said. “You talk about the importance of family and being able to cherish some of the best moments — we haven’t really been able to do over the last nine years. To do that two years in a row now has really made playing football special in Year 9 and 10 just because of all of the memories we have that really have nothing to do with football, just being able to live out our dream.”The Patriots (12-3) beat Buffalo on Saturday to clinch their 11th straight AFC East championship. With a victory over Miami (4-11) on Sunday (or a Kansas City loss), New England would secure the No. 2 seed in the conference and a first-round bye.“I love this time of the year,” McCourty said. “You’re playing for something, you’re doing something that’s meaningful, but you’re also spending it with the people you love the most.”McCourty said he will take most of Wednesday off to be with his family. But when the kids take their naps, he might break out his iPad to study up on the Dolphins.“It’s a part of being a professional,” McCourty said. “You’ve got tomorrow to spend with your family, and make it special. Thursday and Friday, we’ve got to be locked in, laser-focused. Because it’s Christmas everywhere; the Dolphins are dealing with the same thing, of making sure you have a special Christmas with your family, but also being a professional and doing the job.”Jason McCourty left Saturday’s game against the Bills with a groin injury. There was no update on his condition, and he was not in the locker room during the media availability on Tuesday.Patriots safety Duron Harmon said the time off will be good for everyone.“It will be good to get away from it and spend time with your families,” he said. “But we know when we step in this building what it’s all about.”___More AP NFL: and SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img First Published: 25th December, 2019 12:44 IST COMMENT Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more