Kurtenbach: 5 matchups that will decide 49ers-Browns

first_imgSANTA CLARA — This, folks, is a big one.There’s no need to build it up — it stands strong on its own.Monday Night Football, two first-place teams, and a chance for the 49ers to make a statement that they are anything but a flash in the pan.But to do that, San Francisco will need to win. Heading into this — the biggest Niners game at Levi’s Stadium in years — there are five game-defining matchups to highlight:5. Fred Warner vs. Nick Chubb(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)The …last_img

Isandlwana: past lessons apt today

first_imgThe sphinx-shaped hill of Isandlwana looms over the field of battle. (Image: Wikimedia Commons) President Jacob Zuma commemorated the 131st anniversary of the Battle of Isandlwana with a call to all Africans to heed the lessons of that day, and be as brave and tenacious as the Zulu warriors who fought for their freedom. In one of the most iconic paintings depicting the Battle of Isandlwana, a work by British artist Charles Fripp, a British commander can be seen pushing a bugle boy from his regiment ahead of him in an act of mercy, so that the youth could be killed quicker. Or so the story goes.This is just one of the thousands of stories that came out of the Battle of Isandlwana, fought on a patch of land 16km east of the Tugela River in then Zululand, now part of KwaZulu-Natal province. Almost to the day 131 years later, on 22 January, President Jacob Zuma stood on the very site to honour the 2 300 Zulu warriors and British soldiers who lost their lives.“At the time, the battle proved that although Africa may not have been as developed as the rest of the world, it was our determination and the spirit to fight for a better life, which is and will remain the main ingredient to success,” said Zuma.The president addressed a number of dignitaries including Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini, KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize, and the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The Ugandan president was in South Africa on a state visit to complete a number of agreements related to development of agriculture, sanitation and public works amongst others.Drawing parallels to the Zulu triumph at Isandlwana, Zuma said Africans should use that same resilience to overcome our everyday battles against climate change and poverty.“As we continue the quest for peace and stability on the continent, we must be spurred on by the sacrifices of the warriors who fought so that Africa could be free and prosperous.”The Zulu army were led by the legendary King Cetshwayo who, said Zuma, believed in negotiation instead of war. According to Major Anthony Step, military historian and curator of the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles Military Museum in East London, Zuma’s statement holds true.“Cetshwayo told his impi warriors not to do anything until the British crossed the Tugela River into Zululand,” said Step.However, under the guidance of their commander-in-chief Lord Chelmsford, the British did just that, heading for Ulundi, the home of King Cetshwayo. The invasion mobilised the Zulus to attack.The battle started when a British scouting party found a massive gorge within which the Zulu army camped. Before the scouts could get their message back to their troops, they were killed, and thus the battle began.British excuses for defeatFor all the British technology and advanced weaponry, the Zulus’ warring spirit was all that was needed to ensure victory, albeit with assegais and shields made from animal hide versus the Martini-Henry breech-loading rifles and other artillery of the enemy.Step said there are many debatable reasons why the British were defeated. For one they were outnumbered and were beaten by the famous buffalo horn formation (izimpondo zankomo) that the Zulu warriors deployed.Zuma explained in his speech that the chest of the formation attacked the British infantry and the horns pounced on the right and left flanks, delivering a secondary blow that was to prove fatal. As a result, the 20 000-strong Zulu force annihilated the British third column.Step added that another reason for their defeat was that they ran out of ammunition. “Those who ran back for ammunition were denied by quartermasters who would not provide ammunition for troops in other companies.”Step also mentioned the construction of the metal boxes in which the ammunition were stored were cumbersome. The lid had to be unscrewed, which took too much time in the heat of battle. “The troops were not in a defensive position and they ended up in little pockets of resistance,” he said.Nevill Coghill and Teignmouth Melvill, both part of the South Wales Borderers infantry, made an effort to save the Queen’s colours of their regiment. While trying to cross the swollen Buffalo River, they were killed by the Zulus.“They both got Victorian Crosses for their effort. The colours were later retrieved, presented to Queen Victoria, and now reside at the Royal Welsh Brecon Museum,” said Step. “Their infantry’s lapel badge was that of a sphinx, and those who fought at the battle remarked that the Isandlwana mountain resembled the sphinx.”The British went on to redeem themselves at Rorke’s Drift, where they successfully defended their mission station against an assault of 3 000 to 4 000 Zulus.And what happened to the bugle boy in Fripp’s painting? “The boy was pushed ahead so that he could be killed quickly and not to be cut up into little pieces,” said Step.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

On-farm research, soil health and water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Extension (retired)Forget about research plots 4 rows wide by 50 feet long. How about a plot 24 rows wide and a mile long?We’re not really ignoring small replicated plots on university research farms. But as Bob Nielsen of Purdue pointed out at the Conservation Tillage Conference on March 5, precision agriculture technologies enable researchers to design and conduct statistically sound field scale trials that minimize challenges for the farmer. Fields of 50 to 150 acres are ideal. Having different soil types can also add value to the results.OSU Extension Ag Educators and State Specialists work with farmers doing a variety of on-farm research, with most results published in eFields. Reports from 2018 on-farm trials are online at: go.osu.edu/efields.Videos of most presentations at CTC are on the CTC website: ctc.osu.edu.If you are on Facebook, you probably know we have a page for CTC (Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference) with over 700 followers, and one for no-till (Ohio NoTill Council). We have a new one and invite you to connect. It is: Ohio Soil Health and Cover Crop. Thanks to Nathan Brown, Hillsboro, for starting and building this group on Facebook.last_img read more

Can you really have “idiot-proof” kitchen appliances?

first_imgPeople who struggle with frozen pizza and microwaveable food instructions will be happy to know that Whirlpool unveiled a selection of kitchen appliances able to cook your food without pressing any buttons.Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, the appliances include a double-wall oven for $2,600, a microwave for $1,000, a gas range for $1,800 and an electric range for $1,700. All appliances work with iOS and Android devices.See also: Intel launches modular Compute Card at CES 2017All four appliances connect to Wi-Fi and are able to understand instructions from Whirlpool’s Scan-to-Cook mobile app. All the homeowner needs to do is scan the instructions and send them to the appliance, which will begin cooking at the right temperature and time.Whirlpool already has a few compatible products, including DiGiorno Pizza and Alexia frozen fries, but for the price of each appliance you would expect more.All work with Amazon AlexaAll Whirlpool appliances will receive Amazon Alexa support as well, letting homeowners set the oven to a certain temperature or turn the microwave off without entering the kitchen.Bringing the kitchen online may help the poorest of home cooks out, but we doubt any of them will want to spend more than $1,000 just to make sure they don’t overcook frozen fries. That said, a few Reddit commenters have made the argument that this could be useful for those that typically forget how to cook or when to turn off the oven when inebriated.Whirlpool expects to start selling the appliances in the summer. Related Posts Tags:#Alexa#Amazon#CES2017#Internet of Things#IoT#kitchen#smart home#Whirlpool David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Cong.’s M.P. poster boys in poster war

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh Congress may be presenting a united front at its public meetings ahead of the Assembly elections later this year, but a poster war has begun between the supporters of the party’s State chief Kamal Nath and Congress’s election campaign in-charge Jyotiraditya Scindia on social media.Posters of the two leaders being projected as the future Chief Minister are doing the rounds on social media even as the Congress leadership is treading cautiously keeping in mind the intense factionalism that its M.P. unit has witnessed in the past. The poster of Mr. Nath with hashtag KamlnathNextMPCM, posted on ‘Kamal Nath Vichar Sadbhawna Manch-MP’ Facebook page, carries the slogan — “Rahul Bhaiyaa ka Sandesh, Kamal Nath Sambhalo Pradesh (Rahul Gandhi’s message: Kamal Nath take charge of Madhya Pradesh).”The source of Mr. Scindia’s poster circulating on social media is not known but it conveys the message — “Desh mein chalegi vikas ki aandhi, Pradesh mein Scindia, kendra mein Rahul Gandhi(There will be a storm of development in the country, led by Scindia in M.P. and Rahul Gandhi at the Centre).” It has been posted by Mr. Scindia’s “fan club”. Party president Rahul Gandhi’s photo is common to both posters.Faction-riven unitWhile the Congress remains tight-lipped about the poster war, it has added fuel to the already raging factionalism in the M.P. Congress which seems is divided into not two but several groups led by Mr. Nath, Mr. Scindia, Digvijaya Singh, Suresh Pachouri, Meenakshi Natrajan and leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh. The posters have come out at a time when former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh is on a yatra, meeting party workers at the district level with an aim to resolve the differences among them. The Congress is in a direct face-off with the BJP in M.P., where it has been out of power for the last 15 years.last_img read more

Teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas knocks Novak Djokovic out of Rogers Cup

first_imgTeenager Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday pulled off the biggest victory of his career as he stunned Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic in the Rogers Cup.The Greek Tsitsipas defeated the veteran Serbian 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 in the thrid round of the tournament.A confident Tsitsipas sent a blistering forehand to the back corner while the ninth-seeded Serbian was heading the other way on his first match point to secure the win before looking at his box in disbelief.”It’s a dream of any kid out there in this world, any kid that’s playing tennis, to beat these kinds of players, so I can call it the best moment of my life,” a shocked Tsitsipas said in an on-court interview. “I never expected to beat such a top-ranked player and such a high-respected player like Novak.”Tsoaking it in…..shows its love for @StefTsitsipas after his three-set thriller over Djokovic #RogersCup pic.twitter.com/XPy0suVPZyRogers Cup (@rogerscup) August 9, 2018Tsitsipas, who turns 20 on Sunday, relied on his serve and forehand combination to get by Djokovic, who was competing in his first tournament since collecting his 13th grand slam title at the All England Club last month.The Greek teen made some crucial errors near the end of the second set that allowed Djokovic, a four-time winner of the tournament, to set up a decider.However, Tsitsipas did well to break Djokovic for a 2-0 lead in the third set and never looked back.For the resident of Athens, who arrived in Toronto fresh off a run to the semi-finals in Washington where he lost to German world number three Alexander Zverev, the win is the latest in a breakthrough campaign during which he has reached the quarter-finals or better at seven ATP main tour events.advertisementTsitsipas, who beat Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem in the second round here, will next face either second seed Zverev or Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Mets claim second Open’s title

first_imgBoth teams started off strong with opportunities but due to solid defence could not get the ball across the line.When it looked like the Mets would score the first touchdown after five minutes, the Cobras Emily Hopkin put everything into a diving touch to stop the half before the pass could be thrown. The Mets eventually scored the first touchdown of the game after a well planned half runner picked up Megan Campbell getting away from her winger.Both teams continued to pressure each other’s lines but with strong defence and touchdown saving touches Mets kept the lead at 1-0.The Cobras got the scores to 1-all with a few minutes to go in the first half with a diving touchdown to Stevie-Lee Thompson on the wing.Cobras started off the second half with the first two touchdowns to get out to an extremely handy lead, both scored by Stevie-Lee Thompson on the wing with one being a controversial decision with the wind playing havoc. The Mets were equal to the challenge thrown down by the Cobras and found themselves in the lead with three quick touchdowns. Nicky Albery started the second half scoring with a touchdown on the wing, which was followed by a dive over touchdown to Kate Fitzsimmons after a middle link switch. The third straight touchdown was scored by Kristen Boss bitting a hole between the two middles.Sam Hopkin came to the rescue, scoring in the link to get Cobras back to level pegging late in the second half. Comments were already starting to make their way around the fields question if the game would go to a drop-off or not?   The Cobras and Mets then traded touchdowns through Louise Winchester and Nicole McHugh for the Mets and Sam Hopkin and Kirsty Quince for Cobras.The drop-off only lasted three sets of six, with Cobras holding Mets off in the first set of six touches but were unable to score themselves.  The Mets took the ball down to the Cobras line and Louise Winchester scored a similar touchdown to her one during the match switching in from the link and diving at the line. The Touchdown secured the win for Mets.last_img read more