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first_imgWell, that did not go well.The Raiders’ 33-13 loss wasn’t as lopsided as the scoreline might indicate, but it was 100 percent a calamity for a Raiders team that was looking to stat off the second Jon Gruden era with some win and some serious momentum.Instead, the Raiders furthered some already pertinent questions and raised some questions along the way. Here’s what we learned in the Raiders’ Week One loss:1. Dink and dunk Derek is on the hot seat (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) …last_img read more

first_img29 June 2009 The 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup drew to a close at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday night in a ceremony filled with music, colour, light and dance. But the passion reflected in the photos of fans, beamed onto a giant sphere floating above the pitch, was not staged. The photographs, of the fans that filled South Africa’s four host stadiums during Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”, reflected a nation that came together in a tournament that has given the country many reasons to smile. As Nelson Mandela watched his great-granddaughter Zenani bringing the Fifa Confederations Cup trophy out onto the pitch following a thrilling final between Brazil and the USA, no doubt he was smiling too. For over the past two weeks South Africa has shown the world, once again, what it is capable of. It has also shown that the opportunity South Africa has been given to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup is about more than stadiums, pitches, roads and airports. It’s about people, and working together for a common goal. It is about reasons to smile and cry and make some very loud noise. It is about the joy that comes from being part of 14 days of thrilling football. “I have loved this tournament,” said 12-year-old Zenani, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela’s youngest daughter, Zindzi. “It has been so much fun – and Bafana Bafana have been playing, like, wow!” As the stadium went dark on Sunday night, and the vuvuzelas went quiet, the melodic sounds of Africa filled the air. The voices of 150 choir members and the beats of 150 drummers bid the fans and the watching world goodbye. But for the country, and the continent, this was just the beginning. In less than a year’s time, South Africa and Africa will welcome 32 teams, hundreds of thousands of fans and millions of television viewers back for the big one, the 2010 Fifa World Cup – and the drama, and the celebrations, will begin in earnest!Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

first_imgThe 747 just before its roll out. Forty five years ago on February 9 the aircraft  that made travel affordable for all took to the air but its birth almost bankrupted the three leaders in commercial aviation at the time.Ironically, the 747 wasn’t supposed to carry passengers for very many years as the world looked to supersonic travel with the Boeing SST (see picture) and the Concorde.Boeing has now sold 1,537 747s and it’s still in production with a new model wowing passengers.But giving life to the aircraft that changed the world was a challenge that brought the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, the then biggest engine make Pratt and Whitney and the legendary Pan Am to their knees.In the late 60s Boeing’s resources were stretched to the absolute limit as its engineers grappled with the complexities of its US government sponsored 2707 super sonic transport, which was eventually scrapped by Congress on May 20, 1971, despite commitments for 115 from 25 airlines.At the time the 747 was considered only an interim solution before the world’s air routes were taken over by supersonics but fortunately Boeing had appointed Joe Sutter, a brilliant young designer, to the project and he was to father the classic of the jet age.Mr Sutter, who still has an office at Boeing, is extremely modest on this role.“I was the only qualified person available. All the smart guys, Maynard Pennell, Bill Cook, Bob Withington and many others were tied up on the SST, while Jack Steiner was heading the 737 program,” Mr Sutter said in a 2009 interview.And the 747 was designed at the outset to be a freighter as everyone thought the 747 would be relegate to cargo routes.“That’s what Boeing’s marketing people thought; they estimated we’d probably sell 50 or so 747s for passenger use.” The 747 was a mass travel dream of Pan American World Airways founder Juan Trippe and Boeing chief Bill Allen. Mr Trippe had started mass travel in 1948 when he introduced economy class onto 70 seat DC-4s.But the 747 was far bigger. It would carry over 350 – almost double the 707 – and would slash fares.It is impossible to find anyone who recalls if there was a definitive business plan for the 747. But traffic was booming for the airline industry which had enjoyed growth of 15 per cent a year through the early 1960s as passengers flocked to jet aircraft.Mr Trippe was a man on a mission.He wanted to make travel affordable for everyone and he believed that the 747 with the new high bypass turbofan engine could do just that.Pan Am ordered 25 but most airlines were terrified of the jumbo’s size. Qantas ordered 4, British Airways 6, while many airlines just ordered 2 or 3 just to stay in the jumbo race.However the trickle of orders wasn’t the major problem it was the 747’s weight.Initially it was to weigh 250,000kg but this leapt to 322,000kgs by the time it flew because of design changes impacting range, altitude, speed and fuel burn. A solution, to run the engines at higher temperatures to give more thrust, was found and within six months of entering service the jumbo was performing at acceptable levels.Despite the many problems encountered in its manufacture, the birth of the 747 was an amazing feat. Pan Am took delivery of its first aircraft just 3-and-a-half years after its order was placed and that included a 10-month flight-test program.Because the 747 was so big airlines splashed out with lounges. There was the upper deck lounge (see picture) and many had lounges at the back of economy (see picture). However a Boeing proposal for a lower deck lounge – called the Tiger Lounge, because of the fabric design used in the mock-up never made it.The spacious age however was short lived with airlines responding to a demand for cheaper and cheaper travel in the late 1970s by adding more seats.Today the 747 is till the Queen of the Skies to many and for billions of passengers it is the plane that enabled them to see the world.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistCover crop dos and don’tsAs I sit here writing it is cold and wet. I have seen several planters out in the barn lot for a check-up but no one is seriously talking about planting yet. I do know that many are wondering when to terminate their cover crop, even though we haven’t had much growth yet. I like Austrian pea, it is easy — just apply your normal burndown of glyphosate, atrazine and favorite pre-emergent grass product for corn. I also like oats and will often use them in the fall to give me some cover after soybeans — they die on their own, but some folks will pasture them into December. I just started a multi-year cover crop research trial that includes crimson clover after wheat harvest. We will go to corn this year with cereal rye following, then to soybeans and after that back to wheat. We should be able to keep the ground covered most of the time.An info graphic (i.e. comic book) on Cover Crop Dos and Don’ts (CPN-4002 at https://cropprotectionnetwork.org/library/) comes from a new website of the Crop Protection Network. Their suggestions fit with my concerns too. So what are some of their dos and don’ts?Weed managementDo terminate cover crops before plantingDon’t use annual ryegrassDon’t reduce herbicide useDon’t rely on cover crops for universal weed suppressionInsect managementDo be committed to scoutingDon’t treat unnecessarilyDon’t plant immediately after killing a cover cropDo wait 10-14 days after a cover crop has diedDisease managementDon’t rely on cover crops solely to reduce diseasesDo use multiple management practicesFor a more complete look at cover crop termination choices see the Purdue Publication on Successful Cover Crop Termination with Herbicides bulletin, WS-50-W: www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ws/ws-50-w.pdf. Fertilizer applicator certification – dos and don’tsDon’t neglect to record applications. As we head to the field, we are doing some catching up. Last fall made it a bit rough on applying fertilizer. Even though we may be rushed we need to remember the requirement to keep fertilizer application records. If you are a farmer, you will maintain the records for three years. If you are a dealer and apply the fertilizer, you maintain the records for three years and supply a copy of the record to the grower who purchased the nutrients.Do find a good place to get that needed weather record. I have been sharing this winter good places to go to get weather forecasts for files you need to add to your fertilizer application record. These work out great for planning timing of the application too.Ohio Applicator Forecast (ODA)https://www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/resources/ohio-applicator-forecastField Application Resource Monitor (F.A.R.M.) can give past (and present) forecastshttps://farm.bpcrc.osu.eduAlso this winter, I have been asked by several people if they need to record planter applied fertilizer. The law says that if you only apply planter fertilizer you do not need to be certified to apply fertilizer. But my feeling is that you should record all fertilizer applications you make, and that application should be in agreement with your nutrient management plan.last_img read more

first_imgIqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has clarified that India’s posture on the Rohingya refugees would not impact the friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries.“Our relations are based on mutual trust and cooperation at all levels, and so an external problem cannot disturb it,” Mr. Chowdhury said during an interaction with journalists here on Saturday. He conceded that there was an initial confusion about India’s position on issues of ‘persecution of Rohingyas’ in Myanmar and massive influx of refugees in Bangladesh. “Now we see India is calling for permanent resolution to conflicts in Myanmar and adopting a humanitarian approach by sending relief to refugees stranded in Bangladesh,” he said.Mr. Chowdhury said that 5.5 lakh Rohingyas had so far entered southeastern districts of Bangladesh since the latest cycle of violence erupted in Rakhine province of Myanmar. Over six lakh Rohingya refugees were already stranded in Bangladesh and that took the total number to 12 lakh, he said.The veteran journalist stated that the present crisis was different from what had happened in the past. “Earlier there was turmoil and tension, resulting in Rohingya exodus, but now they are being driven out in a planned manner – killing, burning villages and crops, terrorising people with rapes and torture,” he said.During interaction with newsmen he supported apprehension that external forces and terrorist cells could try to exploit sentiment of ‘stateless Rohingya’ to engage them in subversive activities.“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has time and again made it clear that Bangladesh was providing relief and shelter to the evacuees on humanitarian ground and any rebellious activities in the relief camps would be tolerated”, Mr. Chowdhury stated.last_img read more