Suspended prison sentence for Mason City woman charged with scheming to burglarize home

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City woman charged with scheming with a man to burglarize a Plymouth home has been given a suspended prison sentence.  Authorities accused 43-year-old Nicole Cooper of committing felony conspiracy by meeting a victim at a bar on August 20th, and during that time, her friend 44-year-old Chad Wolfe, allegedly burglarized and committed theft at the residence, breaking in and stealing items valued at more than $1500. A search warrant was later executed in the 2300 block of 26th Southwest in Mason City where authorities also allegedly found methamphetamine. Cooper agreed in October to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony. District Judge Adam Sauer this week sentenced her to a five-year suspended prison sentence and placed her on five years probation.  Wolfe had pleaded not guilty to charges of third-degree burglary, second-degree theft, criminal mischief and possession of methamphetamine. He also entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors in October. His sentencing is scheduled for next week in Cerro Gordo County District Court.last_img read more

Half-time: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgEden Hazard scored another superb goal to give Chelsea the lead at Anfield.Having struck a brilliant equaliser against Tottenham last Monday, the Belgian bettered it with a virtuoso solo effort on 31 minutes.Showing dazzling close control as he skipped in from the left flank, he drifted past several static Liverpool players and a non-committal challenge from Roberto Firmino before clipping a low right-footed finish into the bottom corner.Hazard had had Chelsea’s best chance prior to the goal with a fierce shot that Reds keeper Simon Mignolet was equal to.Liverpool had been the brighter side in the first 20 minutes with Blues keeper Asmir Begovic called into a couple of early saves.The Bosnian, brought into the side after Thibaut Courtois fell ill, dived to his right to beat away Adam Lallana’s shot on the edge of the box, before gathering a weaker effort from Phillipe Coutinho.At the other end, Bertrand Traore – in for the injured Diego Costa – got away from Kolo Toure inside the penalty area but couldn’t find the power in his shot to trouble Mignolet.After the goal, Liverpool tried to hit back but Begovic denied Coutinho and gathered in Daniel Sturridge’s weak low drive.Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.Subs: Bogdan, Skrtel, Smith, Lucas, Allen, Ojo, Benteke.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Mikel, Cahill, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore.Subs: Amelia, Tomori, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer, Pato, Abraham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

My first cutting is just “cow hay” — now what?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jimmy Henning, Forage Extension Specialist, University of KentuckyLate cut hay is a fact of life in Kentucky. There are worse things. Drought, for example. It is no failure if some first cuttings of hay are late, or rain damaged for that matter. The list of things that have to get done in May never ends for the part-time, diversified farmers that form the bulk of the beef cattle producers.Farmers face a never-ending set of “what to do first” decisions. Something has to be second, or third. So late cuttings of hay happen. The real mistake is to let a less-than-perfect first cutting stop the conversation hay management because a farmer thinks we in Extension are disappointed. Next steps if you think your first cutting is just “cow hay”The first thing to do is to get a representative core sample and send it to a certified lab for analysis. It is best but not absolutely necessary if it goes through the sweat before taking the sample. Next, store the hay inside if possible, but at least get it off the ground (on rock, pallets and so on). If you are going to have more than one cutting or hay from other fields, store so this lot of hay can be accessed and fed as needed.Once the results are back, do some planning with the UK Beef Cow Supplementation Tool ( This very simple tool will let you determine what you need to feed with your ‘cow hay’ to meet nutritional needs. Knowing your needs early can let you work with your supplier to secure best pricing.This supplement tool calculates an intake figure from the total fiber in the hay, but you need to make sure actual consumption matches or exceeds the estimates from the tool. You may need to get some current weights for hay bales so you can back calculate intake from hay disappearance. Don’t forget to take into account the waste that happens, even if this is only a guess.The tool also cannot take into account changing energy needs with weather. As a guide, every 10-degree drop below the thermo-neutral temperature increases energy needs by 5%. And the thermo-neutral temperature is greatly affected by whether the hair on the cow is wet. The thermo-neutral temperature for cows with dry hair coats is 18 F, but 55 F when that hair is wet. So the energy needs for cows when it is 35 F and raining is 10% higher than that predicted by the tool (55 – 35 is 20 and each 10 degree change means 5% more energy). Thinking back, we had a lot of 35 F and rainy days last winter, and cows lost a lot of condition.Another thing to remember is that the summer is far from over, and other cuttings may be more timely. Hope springs eternal in a farmer. It has too.Another idea – Make some serious plans to stockpile tall fescue. A well-managed (not overgrazed) field of tall fescue that is rested from mid-summer into the fall and fertilized with 60 pounds of N in mid-August can provide better quality feed for cattle than any hay you will likely produce this summer. Grazing stockpiled fescue will lessen days where hay is necessary. Strip grazing the stockpiled fescue with make this high quality forage last longer (due to less waste) and quite possibly reduce mud caused from bale feeding later in the winter.Remember, just because you made “cow hay” does not mean the forage conversation is over. Not by a long shot.Happy foraging.last_img read more

BlackBerry Acquisition Means It Will Never Again Be A Consumer Tech Company

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement “Negative press on its situation can sometimes be a self fulfilling prophecy, and the market may not be kind to them even if they do provide innovative products and services (something they have been late doing in the past),” said mobile analyst Jack Gold of J.Gold & Associates. The Fairfax Financial buyout potentially gives BlackBerry room to take a step back from trying to be everything to everyone and to do what it is good at: creating secure hardware and software and facilitating communication via email and instant messaging.Those capabilities fall in the services and collaboration divisions, respectively. Under Fairfax, BlackBerry doesn’t need to release a brand-new device every quarter to keep up with Samsung and HTC. It doesn’t need to make a device that has the appeal of the iPhone and the ubiquity of a Samsung Galaxy. It can work to keep its existing customers happy, while focusing on its BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES 10) clients and extending BlackBerry Messenger. BlackBerry will become a mobile device and application management company from here on out.Enterprises Are The Only Paying CustomersPrem Watsa, the chairman and CEO of Fairfax, essentially said that BlackBerry is going to completely forget about the consumer market to focus all of its energy on the enterprise. “We believe this transaction will open an exciting new private chapter for BlackBerry, its customers, carriers and employees. We can deliver immediate value to shareholders, while we continue the execution of a long-term strategy in a private company with a focus on delivering superior and secure enterprise solutions to BlackBerry customers around the world,” Watsa said in a press release announcing the acquisition offer. BlackBerry probably isn’t going to get a better offer than the $4.7 billion that Fairfax is serving up. Fairfax allows it to continue to exist without the outside pressure it has been facing for the last three years. BlackBerry’s other options are to shutter the company or break apart along divisional lines.“The Services division, driven primarily by BES and BB’s move into MDM/MAM, also has some legs and could generate growth. The three divisions taken together could have synergies that could keep BB running as a viable concern. But it won’t be easy,” Gold said. “So, with all the potential outcomes (sale, shut down, breaking up) this is probably the best possible outcome for BB. Whether it’s too little too late is yet to be seen.” dan rowinski Tags:#BlackBerry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … BlackBerry is about to get acquired. The player that has swooped in to rescue Canada’s largest tech company? Not Microsoft. Not Samsung, Google or Facebook. Amazon is nowhere to be seen.It’s a financial services company. BlackBerry is likely to accept a buyout offer from its largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial, for what will amount to $4.7 billion. The deal is subject to approval and diligence on both sides. BlackBerry has until November 4 to get better offers. Once the sale is complete, Fairfax Financial will take BlackBerry private. BlackBerry’s fall from grace now officially appears to be complete.Or is it?BlackBerry has three divisions—services, collaboration and devices. The devices division is historically what has driven the company, as its BlackBerry smartphones were once iconic status symbols for any business person. Everybody used BlackBerrys, from the CEOs of huge corporations to college students zipping BlackBerry Messenger at all times of the day. The hardware division of BlackBerry is basically dead. The newest devices running BlackBerry 10 are consumer and enterprise duds. The only smartphones that BlackBerry sells now are its old BlackBerry 7 devices that are well trusted by large corporations and government officials. Last week, BlackBerry announced that it had lost nearly a billion dollars in its most recent financial quarter and that sales of BlackBerry 10 devices had been basically zilch. The dream of BlackBerry reemerging from its fall and conquering both the enterprise and consumer markets again is dust.BlackBerry now makes no pretensions: it is now an enterprise security company.The Monkey Comes Off BlackBerry’s BackWhen everybody always tells you that you’re a loser, you eventually start to believe it. BlackBerry has been buried by the press and analysts for so long that the company has started to believe it itself. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

What Researchers Know About Building a Happy Life

first_imgReferencesHouse, J., Landis, K. and Umberson, D. (1988). Social relationships and health. Science, 241(4865), pp.540-545.Mineo. Liz. Harvard. April 11, 2017 Good jeans are nice but Joy is better Liz Mineo Harvard Staff Writer DATE April 11, 2017 [Accessed 27 July, 2019].Seppala, Emma. Connectedness& Health: The Science of Social Connection – The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education [Accessed28 July, 2019]. Created in Canva by Alicia Cassels Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten by: Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Blog ContributorYou may have heard about a Harvard study of adult development that has, to date, run consecutively for more than 80 years. Initially the study included only male students from Harvard. The subject pool was expanded to include a more diverse set of subjects. Over time, the participant pool has expanded to include additional subjects. Results continue to point to significant commonalities among participants. Some of the most striking commonalities among diverse study participants include findings around what makes a happy, healthy life. Results of the ongoing study continue to reveal that, in essence, a single factor is highly correlated to happiness, physical health, mental wellbeing, and emotional health, regardless of participant demographics.  -And it’s not what you might think.What is more important to health and happiness than money or socioeconomic status? The Harvard study revealed that human connection is the greatest predictor of physical health, emotional wellbeing, and happiness. According to the director of the study,Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives, the study revealed. Those ties protect people from life’s discontents, help to delay mental and physical decline, and are better predictors of long and happy lives than social class, IQ, or even genes.–Robert Waldinger, Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.Regardless of race or social status, the people who reported that they were the most satisfied with their personal relationships at age 50 were also the healthiest in their 80’s. The people who reported having better relationships in their 80’s also had better memories.These findings are not limited to the Harvard Study. A study published in 1988, authored by James S. House, Karl R. Landis, and Debra Umberson found that the inverse is also true,Lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.A Dangerous TrendUnfortunately, social connections are decreasing at alarming rates. In a piece published by The Stanford Medicine Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Dr. Emma Seppala outlines a growing social epidemic,The modal number of close others (i.e., people with whom one feels comfortable sharing a personal problem) Americans claimed to have in 1985 was only three. In 2004 it dropped to zero, with over 25% of Americans saying that they have no one to confide in. This survey suggests that one in four people that we meet may have no one they call a close friend!What Can We Do?(1). Prioritize what matters most. Spend time building and strengthening relationships with family and friends. It is important to note that research indicates that quality, not quantity matters here. It is the value, not the number of the relationships that counts.(2). Learn more about the research.Watch Waldnger’s TED Talk about the Harvard study.Learn about a second generation of the original Harvard study is currently underway. If you would like to learn more about this study visit click here.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be built

first_imgEverton chief Moshiri adamant new stadium will be builtby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton chief Farhad Moshiri is determined for their new stadium to be built.Planning permission is set to be submitted in the second half of this year, with the first ‘spade in the ground’ anticipated in early 2020.After a number of false dawns over previous projects Moshiri is adamant the stadium will be built.”It has nothing to do with my vision, it is a necessity. That must be understood – we don’t have a choice, we don’t have a Plan B or a Plan C,” he said at their AGM.”Very much like Arsenal and Tottenham that had to build a stadium – they were not given stadiums like West Ham or Manchester City.”We have a lot of experience so I think we will complete this stadium, be sure that will happen. And I will throw as much money as needed.”Private markets will provide £350m, naming rights will give us some more and we maybe have an equity gap of £100m.”I think this club, under the management of Marcel and leadership of Denise (Barrett-Baxendale, the club’s chief executive) is sufficiently robust to see the project through. It is no luxury, we have to get it done.”If we want to have a big club we need a modern stadium and we will get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse set to take on Penn State at Ohio

Junior midfielder Jesse King (19) cradles the ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 22 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Brett Amadon / Lantern reporterFresh off its first victory of the season, the No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is hoping to continue building momentum during the young season.After taking down Marquette Saturday, 11-7, the team is set to battle No. 10 Penn State in Ohio Stadium Saturday for the 2014 Creator’s Trophy.Starting the season with two overtime losses to both Johns Hopkins and Massachusetts, the Buckeyes’ (1-2, 0-0) fortunes reversed with the home victory against Marquette.Freshman midfielder Jake Withers played a key role in that game, winning 14 of 21 faceoffs and collecting 11 ground balls, taking home ECAC co-Rookie of the Week honors in the process.Senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said winning the faceoff and ground ball battles are important because they give the offense more opportunities to score.“It was definitely big for Jake to get that many wins and ground balls because it gave us that many more possessions on our offensive end,” Imbordino said. “It allows us to play the make-it-take-it, not somebody else.”Penn State (2-1, 0-0), which has big expectations after making the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 2005, is coming off an 8-7 victory at then-No. 4 Notre Dame last Saturday.Senior attackman Shane Sturgis led the way for the Nittany Lions, netting five goals against the Fighting Irish defense. OSU senior defenseman Joe Meurer said Penn State boasts an offense that can put points up on the board, but thinks OSU has a gameplan in place that will limit the Nittany Lions’ chances.“It’s all about adjusting to what we see on film,” Meurer said. “They definitely have a great attack and some capable midfielders, but we will be ready to take them.”Offensively, OSU will look to break down a defense that is yielding only about 8.7 goals per game. Junior midfielders Jesse King and Turner Evans have shined early in the season, but OSU coach Nick Myers said he knows it will take a team effort to put the ball in the back of the net.“They have arguably one of the best goalies in the country in senior Austin Kaut,” Myers said. “For us, it’s going to be generating quality shots and then finishing off those opportunities.”Last season, the Buckeyes won a nail-biter in Happy Valley after King scored in overtime as time expired.“We know they are a great team; they are really hard-nosed and gritty,” Meurer said. “It’s just about not only matching that but taking it to another level, playing with more fire and energy than them. I think we will come out on top.”Myers said the importance of this game goes well beyond what happens during the 2014 campaign.“This is why you come to Ohio State,” Myers said. “It’s a top 10 opponent and a rivalry in Penn State … It’s important for not only the 2014 team, but also to all the men who have made this program what it is.”Gametime is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. read more

Severed cable blamed for weekend service interruption in four islands says Cable

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Following a weekend service interruption caused by a severed cable in Grand Bahama, Cable Bahamas Limited has implemented a controlled restoration process to decrease the incidence of further negative impacts on subscribers. According to Cable Bahamas, the interruption was caused by a third-party company carrying out works in the area. On Saturday, customers in Abaco, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and New Providence experienced interruption with broadband, private fiber and ALIV mobile services.  Although services were restored on Saturday evening, the company completed permanent repairs on Monday. Affected subscribers were given two gigabytes of free data and a one-day credit for interruption to REVON home and business services. Cable Bahamas Chief Operations Officer, John Gomez said in a statement that the company took the interruption very seriously and worked to respond to the situation quickly and completely. Story by: Zahra Gordon#MagneticMediaNews#nocableoverweekend#severedcablecausedinteruption Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nocableoverweekend, #severedcablecausedinteruptionlast_img read more