Chris Gayle was wrong, but …

first_imgYES! Chris Gayle was wrong to proposition Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin during the live-television interview.After all, the big Jamaican paid his US$7,000 fine and he apologised to Ms McIntosh, who duly accepted his apology, but somehow this issue just won’t go away.Some of us dare to opine that this issue has been massively blown out of proportion and that the “sin” of pursuing a woman, even though executed inappropriately and unprofessionally, in no way merits the level of vitriolic and fervent attacks and criticisms that have come the way of the swashbuckling left-handed batsman.That position is in some quarters being misconstrued to mean unequivocal support for Gayle.There appears to be an intolerant unwillingness to entertain any semblance of independence of thought on this issue, which has now ballooned beyond the point of the denouncement and condemnation of Gayle’s actions.There now appears to be much more than meets the eye swirling around Gayle’s awkward, almost embarrassing attempt at flirting with the Aussie journalist, with the introduction of agenda-laced terms such as sexual harassment, sexism, and misogyny, which forces one to wonder if the legitimate cries against Gayle’s actions have not now totally lost credibility.DOUBLE STANDARDThere is the glaring double standard and hypocrisy as it relates to tennis superstar Maria Sharapova’s equally unprofessional and inappropriate flirtation with a male journalist in the very same country, Australia. The disparity in how those moments were treated compared to how Gayle’s indiscretions have been treated locally and internationally stinks to the high heavens.Again, some of us dare to ask the question, why?When one prominent Australian commentator, Ian Chappell, the man who, incidentally, committed the far worse offence of dropping his pants in the middle of a domestic game in Australia while he was Australia’s captain, when such a compromised character comes out and advocates a worldwide ban for Chris Gayle, where else can the rational mind go but to a place that says a black man from the Caribbean is prohibited from setting his personal sights on such a symbol of white Australian beauty.Another instructive dynamic is the level of condemnation coming the way of Gayle from his fellow Jamaicans.While understanding the emotional rebuff to a prominent and successful Jamaican man choosing to pursue a foreign white woman, substantively ignoring his black Jamaican girls, outside of the understandable emotional backlash from that dynamic, there seems to be a wider, and more strident, conviction to get Chris Gayle from his very own people.Another stark reminder of our propensity as a people to tear down our own, I think Jamaicans are more expert at doing that than any other nationality in the world. We really do epitomise the ‘crab in barrell’ syndrome. If Chris Gayle was of any other nationality, he would absolutely get more support from his own people.As was the case when he strolled into the middle in the very next Big Bash game after the controversy erupted – where he was welcomed to rapturous applause by the Australian crowd – he was even hugged by an Australian woman. But with all of that healing and reconciliation taking place Down Under, here in Jamaica, the desperate hunt is on for even more of Chris Gayle’s blood. Gofigure!last_img read more

IAAF dismisses Athletics Kenya CEO’s challenge

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP):The IAAF’s ethics board yesterday rejected an appeal from the CEO of Kenya’s track and field federation against his provisional suspension for allegedly soliciting bribes from two athletes.Isaac Mwangi was provisionally suspended in February after The Associated Press first reported the allegations from runners Joy Sakari and Francisca Koki Manunga.Mwangi challenged that decision in March.In a statement, the ethics board said it has dismissed his challenge.Sakari and Manunga are serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships. In an AP interview, they said Athletics Kenya CEO Mwangi asked them each for a US$24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions. They said he asked for the payment in an October 16 meeting, but that they could not raise the money. They then were informed of their four-year bans in a November 27 email, but never filed a criminal complaint because, they said, they had no proof to back up their bribery accusation and also feared repercussions.The ethics board said the athletes – who are both serving police officers – have since reiterated their allegations in signed written statements.”They state that the accounts that they gave The Associated Press, and the content of The Associated Press article dated 10 February 2016, are true,” the ethics board said.Mwangi’s challenge countered that the athletes are “cheats” and “liars” and that “their evidence should not be trusted”, the ethics board said.Yesterday, Mwangi told the AP that he now wanted a public hearing “so that we can meet these accusers”.NO ALIBIWhen presented with the allegations in February, Mwangi denied meeting the athletes. In its decision, the IAAF’s ethics board said he provided no alibi. The board also said his defence that he could not have influenced their doping cases was “not wholly convincing”.The board said Mwangi has not “identified anything” that sufficiently undermines the probe for his 180-day provisional suspension to be lifted.Sakari and Manunga told AP the alleged October 16 meeting took place at AK’s headquarters in Nairobi.The ethics board said Mwangi “accepts that both he and the athletes were indeed present in the Athletics Kenya offices in Riadha House on the day in question”, but says he could not have met them because his schedule was “very tight”.The board said the probe should continue.The ethics board’s decision to reject the appeal now frees up the IAAF investigator in Kenya, Sharad Rao, to begin a formal investigation of Mwangi, Rao said.Rao is a former director of public prosecutions in Kenya and a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The IAAF ethics board, through Rao, is also investigating three other senior executives from the Kenyan federation for alleged corruption.last_img read more

Oxygen a vital nutrient for corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John BrienThere are many things in life that we take for granted, such as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, April 15 being tax day and a salesman showing up just before you were wanting to leave early for the day! There are also some things in the world of crop production we take for granted — it will be hot in August and the weather forecast modules are always wrong after we mow hay.Crop nutrients can be taken for granted as well, with oxygen being one of those. Growers spend considerable amount of time talking and managing nutrients such as N, P and K (and if we are in a really risky group we may whisper the words boron and zinc). But to bring up oxygen at the coffee shop as a vital nutrient we should manage — that will reward you with the bill. The reality is, though, that a grower’s success is based on the oxygen levels in their soils, but the process of oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange happens so naturally and without intervention that it is all but taken for granted.Corn roots along with many of the microorganisms in the soil require oxygen to survive. Roughly 99% of the time the oxygen is supplied naturally by the soil respiring or “breathing” carbon dioxide out of the soil and taking in oxygen. The biological system is rather amazing in its complexity and simplicity. Oxygen is critical in the plant to help drive the manufacturing of energy used to grow and produce grain.The two main ways that plants gain energy to grow are photosynthesis and respiration. Photosynthesis requires sunlight to drive the process while respiration is known as the dark process because it basically occurs in the absence of sunlight. Therefore the green portion of the plant relies on photosynthesis to produce sugars in the day and then uses those sugars at night for respiration to gain energy for growth in the dark. Also non-green parts of the plant (such as the roots) use respiration to provide their needed energy. Here are the chemical reactions:Photosythesis: 6 CO2 + 12 H2O → C6H12O6 (Glucose) + 6 H2O + 6 O2Root Respiration: C6H12O6 (Glucose) + 6 O2 → 6 CO2 + 6 H2O + ENERGYWhy is all this important and why should any grower care? Great question and it is hard to believe that it took this long into the article for you to ask! Corn roots use respiration to “breathe.” Corn roots require oxygen to produce the energy to grow and live. The sugar is supplied from photosynthesis in the above portions of the plant and used by the roots during respiration to grow. Remember oxygen is overlooked a majority of the time because it is usually there in adequate amounts, but the one factor that greatly impacts oxygen levels in soils is soil moisture.The state has been receiving an excessive amount of rainfall for varying amounts of time depending on where you live. As the soil is filled with water, the oxygen is pushed out and there is limited to no supply for the corn roots to live and function. Typically the soil has a reservoir of about 24 hours of oxygen for the plants. The saturated soils are often blamed for stunted crop growth, but that is actually only part of the answer. The corn plants look the way they do because they are lacking oxygen to produce energy and to actively bring nutrients into the plant to support growth. The lack of oxygen leads to stunted plants that are showing numerous nutrient deficiencies. Although the plants are showing deficiencies the soils are more than likely not deficient, the plants just cannot take them up due to the lack of oxygen.What else does an oxygen deficient soil lead to? Denitrification is the main concern in soils that have been saturated and limited in oxygen. There is a group of microbes that have the ability to survive in oxygen depleted environments by “stealing” oxygen from molecules such as nitrate nitrogen. Here is how that works:NO3– → NO2– → NO + N2O → N2 (Gas)As the oxygen is taken off of the nitrate nitrogen molecule it becomes a gas and released into the environment and it is lost from the corn plant. The denitrification process is a huge robber of our nitrogen in saturated soils. Also, these microbes release toxins into the soil as they “breathe.” Those toxins are what causes saturated soils to smell bad.Saturated soils and stunted corn are not ideal, but understanding what is happening out in the fields will hopefully answer some of the questions that arise from the water logged fields of Ohio.last_img read more

2018 Ohio State Fair Poultry results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion Market Chickens: Allison Davis, Carroll Co.Res. Grand Champion Market Chickens: Meghan O’Reilly, Geauga Co.Third Overall: Emma Preston, Fairfield Co.Fourth Overall: Anita Ruggles, Huron Co.Fifth overall: Sophia Preston, Fairfield Co.Grand Champion Turkey: Myah Jones, Clinton Co.Res. Grand Champion Turkey: Jozie Jones, Clinton Co.Third Overall: Allison Kinney, Logan Co.Fourth Overall: Mason Jackson, Logan Co.Fifth Overall: Maribeth Pozderac, Knox Co. Market Turkeys  Class 1Johnathan Woodward, Coshocton Co.Carter Henderson, Logan Co. Class 2Maribeth Pozderac, Knox Co.Elizabeth Aleshire, Fayette Co.Hanna Shafer, Miami Co. Class 3Myah Jones, Clinton Co.Allison Kinney, Logan Co.Mitchell Jensen, Fairfield Co. Class 4Jozie Jones, Clinton Co.Mason Jackson, Logan Co.   Market ChickensAllison Davis, Carroll Co.Meghan O’Reilly, Geauga Co.Emma Preston, Fairfield Co.Anita Ruggles, Huron Co.Sophia Preston, Fairfield Co.    Class 1Meghan O’Reilly, Geauga Co.Emma Preston, Fairfield Co. Class 2Seth Abel, Licking Co.Kori Marvin, Union Co.  Class 3Rachel O’Reilly, Geauga Co.Lauren Preston, Fairfield Co. Class 4Allison Davis, Carroll Co.Sophia Preston, Fairfield Class 5Jenna Goddard, Fayette Co.Anita Ruggles, Huron Co.last_img read more

Maharashtra releases Koyna water to crisis-hit Karnataka

first_imgPune: The Maharashtra government on Sunday released water from the Koyna dam in Satara district to alleviate the water crisis in Karnataka. Around 0.5 TMC water will be released over a 10-day period, authorities have said. Water level in the Kaveri river basin has plummeted due to the soaring temperature.This is the second such discharge from the Koyna reservoir to Karnataka. Last month, 2.5 TMC water was released from the reservoir following a high-level meeting between officials of the neighbouring States.This cumulative discharge of 3 TMC follows a direct appeal on part of Karnataka Water Resources Minister M. B. Patil to provide relief to Belagavi, Bagalkot and Vijaypura districts. In return, Karnataka will release water from the Almatti dam to cater to the needs of Solapur district and others parts in Maharashtra facing water shortage.Late last month, Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan had said nine of the 12 dams in Karnataka barely had 20% of their water stock. “The available live storage in the reservoirs has touched an all-time low,” Mr. Mahajan had said, adding that he had ordered the discharge from Koyna dam to bring immediate relief to farmers in Karnataka.With a storage capacity of 105 TMC, the Koyna reservoir is one of the largest dams in the State. It houses the massive Koyna hydropower generation plant.Three consecutive years of drought have aggravated the agrarian crisis in Karnataka, especially in the north.last_img read more