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first_imgThe Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) says Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has not been provisionally suspended for violating anti-doping rules.Russell has committed an anti-doping whereabouts rule violation after missing three tests in the space of 12 months.JADCO said in a release this afternoon, that the case has been referred to the iindependent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.The Commission says it is now awaiting a date for the hearing.The 27-year-old, who is named in the West Indies’ squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, which starts next week in India, has missed three doping tests within a 12-month period.According to anti-doping rules, athletes must tell their local anti-doping agency where they will be for at least one hour each day to facilitate drug tests.And if an athlete misses three drug checks within a 12-month period, that counts as a positive test.last_img read more

first_imgThis week I am going to give you three recipes that you can use to make a healthy and delicious, day of food.The one thing that I hear time and time again is that people find it hard to make healthy food taste good.So, here is a full day of food It has everything from breakfast to dinner and not only is it healthy AND tastes great, but I have also got the calories, protein, carbs and fat worked out for you. These recipes are a favourite of my Rushe Fitness members in our Lean in 2019 program. The next one starts on AUGUST 6TH and you can book your place through the link belowhttps://www.rushefitness.ie/class/lean-in-2019-gym-plan/. 1st up is breakfast SLOW COOKED APPLE PIE OATS INGREDIENTS100 grams of steel-cut or Irish oats400 millilitres of unsweetened almond milk2 medium apples, chopped into 1cm cubes1 teaspoon of coconut oil 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon¼ teaspoon of ground or freshly grated nutmeg2 tablespoons of maple syrupA squeeze of lemon juice INSTRUCTIONSAdd all the ingredients to your slow cooker. Stir the mixture together until well combined and then cook it on a low heat for 8 hours or a high heat for 4 hours. By this point the oatmeal mixture will have thickened and will be the consistency of porridge.Give the oatmeal a good stir and then finish with your favourite toppings. We recommend peanut butter and chopped apples but anything goes well with this breakfast classic including a little protein powder if you wish to increase the protein content.The oatmeal can be kept in the fridge for up to one week. The dish can be reheated in the microwave or on the stove but keep in mind that the oats will continue to absorb liquid when in the fridge so we recommend adding a splash of almond milk to the mixture to loosen it up.180 CALORIES – 5G PROTEIN – 31G CARBS – 5G FAT – 5G FIBRENext on the menu will be lunch and we will be having a light lunch because dinner will be fit for a King.SALMON BURGERS WITH AVOCADO SALSAINGREDIENTS450 grams of salmon fillet50 grams of panko breadcrumbs1 egg2 spring onions, finely sliced½ poblano pepper, deseeded and slicedThe juice of 1 lemon or 1 lime½ teaspoon of salt¼ teaspoon of black pepperAvocado salsa:1 large ripe avocado, peeled, stoned and chopped½ poblano pepper, deseeded and sliced2 spring onions, finely slicedThe juice of 1 lemon or 1 lime½ teaspoon of salt¼ teaspoon of black pepperINSTRUCTIONSBegin by skinning and chopping the salmon fillet into small chunks. In a large bowl, combine the salmon, panko breadcrumbs, poblano pepper, egg, spring onions, lemon or lime juice, salt and pepper.Once all the ingredients are well-mixed use your hands or a large spoon to divide the mixture into patties.The easiest way to get a consistent shape and size is to mould them with your hands.Place the patties on a medium-hot griddle pan, or alternatively an outdoor barbeque to give it a smoky flavour, and grill for around four minutes on each side until the salmon is cooked through.The avocado salsa is simple but effective – all you have to do is combine the REST OF THE ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Top the salmon burgers with the salsa and serve with or without a bun.353 KCAL – 23G FAT – 25G PROTEIN – 12G CARB – 4G FIBRE Now we come to dinner and as we have been good all morning, we are going to treat ourselves.Who doesn’t love a good curry?CHICKEN KORMA INGREDIENTS½ white onion, diced2 garlic cloves, crushed200 grams of chicken breast fillets, cut into 3cm pieces2 teaspoon of sunflower oil1 tablespoon of butter1 teaspoon of ground turmeric1 tablespoon of garam masala½ teaspoon of chilli powder½ tablespoon of caster sugar125 grams of low fat plain yoghurt30 millilitres of coconut milk20 grams of flaked almondsINSTRUCTIONSBegin by preheating your oven to 180°C (350°F).Heat the oil and butter in a pan and gently fry the onion for around 3 minutes until it has turned translucent.Then add the garlic and fry until both have begun to caramelise. At this point, add the turmeric, garam masala, chilli powder and sugar to the pan and let the spices roast for around 1 minute, or until they smell incredible.Once the onion and spice mixture is cooked, stir in the yoghurt and coconut milk. Let this gently simmer for a few minutes and remove from the heat.Place the pieces of chicken into a casserole dish and pour over the yoghurt sauce. Cover the dish and bake in the oven for around 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked and is well marinated in the sauce.Before serving, sprinkle flaked almonds over the curry.400 KCAL – 21G FAT – 35G PROTEIN – 18G CARBS – 2G FIBREAnd there you have it.A healthy and delicious day of food and everything worked out for you so you can get great results while still eating great tasting food.Give them a try and be sure to let me know what you think of them.#Leanin2019My Members get recipes like these and more in our Lean in 2019 program.The next one starts on AUGUST 6TH and you can sign up now through the link below.https://www.rushefitness.ie/class/lean-in-2019-gym-plan/DD Fitness: Real healthy recipes was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While many corn growers around Ohio are taking extensive measures to guard against pests this growing season, there are probably not so many who are going to the lengths to protect their corn yields from pests as Jevon Rockwell.The Rockwell family farms in Erie County up along Lake Erie and faces significant yield loss from pests not normally a significant concern in many parts of the state — blackbirds.“We farm four or five miles from the Lake. I think the problem is that there is a lot of marshland and places right around the city of Huron where they live. They are already thick in the woods this spring,” Rockwell said. “When they fly across the fields it looks like smoke, they are that thick. There are tens of thousands of them in the fields. In late July or early August they will come at sunrise and leave about a half hour before sunset. We have all learned to live with it around here. It just comes with the territory. Probably half of acres are affected the by birds — the best corn ground we’ve got. On our farms two miles west, we never have bird problems. They seem to stay east of U.S. Route 250 and north of the turnpike. We can get good yields but then we lose 30 or 40 bushels per acre because of those birds.”The Rockwells have been chasing blackbirds out of the corn for many years, but last year there was some very significant yield loss from the pests. The problem was most evident in a consistently high yielding 70-acre field.“We have 70 acres right by my house and we were trying to grow 300-bushel corn last year,” he said. “We knew the birds could be a problem so we split the planter with hybrids. We plant 16 rows, so we split it 8 and 8. We had 120-day Pioneer corn on the one side and 112- or 113-day DEKALB corn in the other. The blackbirds like to pick at the corn when it is in its milk stage and at the end of July or early August they hit it really hard for three or four days. The DEKALB corn was further along and they just nailed it. They stripped it back a third of the ear, every ear down the row — sometimes three or four inches down the ear. They picked right to the row of the 120-day corn that was so much further behind and they left that alone.”The yield losses in the earlier maturing corn were devastating.“We were tracking the yield closely on that farm. We shelled it 8 and 8 to keep track. The average on the 120-day corn on that farm was 320 bushels or so and we had some places hitting 340 bushels,” Rockwell said. “On the earlier DEKALB corn, there were a lot of places that were lucky to be making 160 or 170 bushels per acre. Part of that difference could have been the genetics, but this ground should produce 200-bushel corn no matter what. We had 330 pounds of nitrogen out there. We jumped though all of the hoops in that field and there were no insect problems out there. Some people have told us that the birds come in when there are insects out there, but that was not the case. If I were to guess conservatively, we lost 40 to 50 bushels per acre from the birds in the earlier hybrid. Those birds ate a lot of corn. When you have high yielding corn like that you really notice the problem. This last year was a huge eye opener. It has never been like that before.”And, not only do the birds hurt yields directly, the damage they cause also sets the stage for more problems.“They eat half the ear and then what happens after that is just as bad. Once they open that husk up and we get some late rains, water runs down the ear and sprouts the bottom kernels. And then we get this blue mold that is carried in the bird’s beaks,” Rockwell said. “It kills the test weight with the sprouting and the mold and you get a sore throat by breathing it in at harvest. That is another reason we will never plant all one maturity in this area. We can blend it out at least when they leave one hybrid alone.”Along with planting different hybrid maturities, the Rockwells also look for tight husks.“They are always going to pick the ears with the least amount of husk cover on the ear,” he said. “We need a hybrid with a good tight husk cover. Some of the new hybrids with bigger ears stick out of the end of the husks. A lot of guys don’t want a tight husk cover because of the dry down, but that is what we look for.”The birds are also a consideration with the planting date for the corn.“Planting dates make a difference. They hit the earlier corn first,” Rockwell said. “If we are the first ones out there they will hit our fields and not come back and get the neighbor’s later fields. We want top yields so we try to plant early but then we are more likely to get more problems with the blackbirds.”In addition, the Rockwells go to great lengths to try to scare the birds away.“We use old carbide cannons converted to run on little propane tanks. We set those in the field and try to scare them, but the birds get used to it. Once the birds get established in the corn it is almost impossible to get them moved out of the corn. The cannons usually just scare them from one end of the field to the other,” Rockwell said. “We also have tried a red-winged blackbird distress call and that actually works the best. It scares them right out of the field. We mounted speakers in an oak tree in the middle of a 40-acre field and ran it off a car battery. Every day or day and a half when that battery would die, I would cart a new car battery out there, switch it out and charge the old one back at the farm. Then we set up a power inverter to get it to run on 120 volts instead of 12, which helped. This year my brother mounted a solar panel to it so that will hopefully help. I think we may shut one row off of the planter, right in the middle of field so we can put that out there. The neighbors will wonder what we are doing, but then we’ll have a 60-inch row we can use to get out there. It is on a cart with a waterproof plastic box. If you don’t get it up above the corn, you can’t get the sound to travel. The corn muffles the sound.”There is also a spray called BirdGuard that the Rockwells are considering.“BirdGuard can be sprayed from an airplane or a RoGator and that is a possibility,” he said. “But you have to time it just right and it is expensive. We may give it a try though. This year we are doing more than we ever have to keep the birds away.”They have also considered detasseling some of the corn.“We farm near Schlessman Hybrids and they do not seem to have bird problems in the corn they grow for seed,” Rockwell said. “They detassel the corn and we have talked about getting a detasseler and using it every four rows or so.”Along with corn, the Rockwells grow soybeans and wheat, which are mostly ignored by the blackbirds.“We grow about twice as many soybean acres as corn and we grow some wheat. They don’t really bother the beans or the wheat,” he said. “They aren’t that thick when the wheat is ready. They may knock the grain out of the wheat heads at the field edges, but are not much of a problem. We used to grow popcorn and we never once had bird problems in that.”It is not just blackbirds that can be a problem for field corn, according to Bob Nielsen, at Purdue University. Grackles and crows can also often feed on developing ears in corn fields following pollination early in the grain filling period.“Large flocks of these birds can cause a tremendous amount of damage and will often target one hybrid over another. Damage is often most prevalent along field edges and nearby wooded areas, but can extend throughout a large field,” Nielson said. “The symptoms that immediately catch the eye are the missing or damaged kernels on the cobs. Damaged cobs often turn brown or black once molds begin infecting the damaged tissue. The evidence that clearly identifies birds as the culprits are the shredded husk leaves that result from the birds working their way to the kernels.”last_img read more

first_imgEveryone loves depth of field in their shots. Autodesk Smoke has it’s own Depth of Field Node that can create Depth Blurs on your shots and in your composites.The Action Node is Smoke’s true 3D compositing environment. When Action is used with the Depth of Field (DOF) Node in ConnectFX you can create adjustable blurs to your 3D composites by taking a Z-depth pass from Action and processing it though the DOF node. Z-Depth passes can also be created as a layer pass from 3D applications like Maya, 3D Studio Max, and Cinema 4D. Depth passes are grayscale images where white is used for objects furthest away from the camera and black would be objects closest to the camera (this would be the normal representation, but they can be reversed.) Objects in between would be seen as various shades of gray.  Each shade of gray would place the object at a different depth from the camera.[Click for Larger Image]Smoke’s Depth-of-Field Node:The main element that you’ll need to use the Depth of Field (DOF) Node is a Z-Depth pass.  This can be provided from your 3D application or you can create one in Action by adding an Output pass for Z-Depth. Inside of Action you can use F4 to toggle between your Action outputs. When you have objects or images that have different Z values on the Axis, you will see the shades of gray in the Z-Depth Output.[Click for Larger Image] You can then link via a copy/link expression the camera position from your main Action Camera to the duplicate Action Node’s Camera. So it will mimic any changes.  The Depth of Field Node will create a very nice look and add depth to your composite, but it can be very render intensive.  It’s better to keep your blur values lower and use the camera’s clipping plane or the DOF min/max adjustments to control your depth matte.I hope Premiumbeat’s breakdown of the ConnectFX Nodes in Smoke are providing good information and understanding of how to use these tools. If you have any questions, please fell free to leave a comment below. Under the Z-Depth area, you can set the clipping plane for the MAX white and MIN black values. Think of it as a histogram for the z-depth.  There is also a toggle to set white or black as the far color.   Regardless of your blur, slices, and gamma settings thus far, you can clamp the effect of the blur by setting the Max Blur Value. This can help with rendering as too high of settings for blur, combined with slices and depth of your matte can produce some extreme render times.The Depth-O-Gram, with a bit of a silly name, is where the main focus (pun intended) of the DOF node lies.  The Depth-O-Gram will display the Z-Depth Matte in histogram fashion.  You can use the Z Plot button and select a point on your image.  This will show up as a line in the Depth-O-Gram.  The Yellow line is the Focus Plane. you can move the yellow line to your plot point to make that point the point that is in focus. The Blue and Red lines are the Focus Range. Objects within this range will also be in focus, depending on other settings.  But it gives you an area to work in.  This Focus Range can be adjusted to create a very narrow focus range or to widen it out.  This begins to give you a great deal of flexibility in giving your scene the look you want.  The Focus Plane and Ranges are keyframeable. So it’s possible to shift or roll the focus as your camera and objects move.  As you move the yellow focus plane through the Depth-O-Gram you will see your objects highlight in your scene with Yellow, Blue and Red as the focus planes cross through them.[Click for Larger Image] Back at the main UI, you start to get in to the settings that affect the quality of the DOF that will be created.  Adjusting the Slices number will change the interpolation of the change in values in the Z-Depth Matte. You can see the relationship in the Depth-O-Gram as the dark and light gray vertical bars. The Overlap values will control the about of overlap between the slices. The Edge Artifacts controls the amount of mixing between the object edges with the foreground and the background elements. You would adjust these values to clear up an artifacts in the blur along the edges.[Click for Larger Image] You may wonder why Action doesn’t incorporate Z-Depth within itself instead of running everything through a 2nd node?  The DOF Node gives you greater flexibility to control the depth of field in your scene. Also, ConnectFX can be used to add DOF to 3D generated scenes from a 3D software with a Z-Depth Pass. Processing a DOF blur in the compositing phase is much more efficient than rendering in the 3D App. It will take less time and you can control the amount of blur.Pro ConnectFX Tip:The Z-Depth Output from Action is controlled by the clipping planes of the Action Camera. Object at different Z Depths will create a different looking Z Depth Output when the Action Cameras far plane is 10,000 pixels vs 2,000 pixels.  What does this mean?  If you have a very large 3D scene with objects at great Z-depths, and you have had to lengthen the cameras far plane to see your objects you will create a very subtle depth matte. The differences between values will be very slight and you won’t be able to get a shallow depth of field look if you wanted it.[Click for Larger Image] One tip to control the look of your Z-Depth Matte is to copy your Action Node, output the Z-Depth Output from the duplicate node, and adjust the far plane to get a depth matte that works for you. Since ConnectFX is now processing everything at 16bit fp, it really helps with getting a good Z-Depth output. If you are working in 8 bit, make sure you switch the Action rendering in Node Prefs to 16 bit.  The Z-Depth Output menu in Action has a few other settings to help create the best Z-Depth Matte.  Turn Off Anti-aliasing and the Tolerance setting – which will adjust the value at which the alpha is included in the depth of the output.[Click for Larger Image]This setting will help with transparent objects in your scene.  Once you have your settings, you can feed the Action Outputs into the Depth-of-Field Node.The general UI for the DOF node can be overwhelming, but like most of the node interfaces in Smoke, they generally work left to right.[Click for Larger Image]The Blur & Blooming settings will adjust the blur values and the amount of Bokeh effect.  You have 2 options for blooming, Basic and Additive. The basic blooming mode adjusts the gain applied to highlights in non-HDR images. Basic blooming  allows the creation of bokeh patterns without affecting colour integrity. The additive blooming mode allows you to create higher intensity bokeh patterns from any source image, using minimum and maximum thresholds for highlight separation.The Bokeh settings give you the ability to customize the look of the bokeh pattern.  You can adjust the number of sides, curvature, and rotation.If you jump over to the Bokeh Profile Tab, you can further tweak the  look for the bokeh shape. The S-Curve represents the shape of the pattern, from its centre to the outside. The default S-curve defines the softness of the blur. You can change the curve by manipulating the two points of the curve, or you can add points to the curve.  This type of profile curve is also seen in the profile menus of Action Lights.last_img read more