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How one ex-49ers star helped another and proved that not everything is terrible

first_imgSANTA CLARA — In a quietly cool move last week, one of the 49ers all-time leading rushers helped orchestrate a family surprise for the man just below him on the list.The tale began when Ken Willard, a four-time Pro Bowl selection from 1965-73, was tapped as an honorary captain for the Nov. 1 game against the Raiders at Levi’s Stadium.His granddaughters, Tierney and Krista, decided to secretly fly in from South Carolina to surprise Ken for his big moment. But they did so on a limited budget …last_img read more

SA in offshore oil, gas exploration deal

first_img “We believe South Africa has significant potential and we will continue to look for additional opportunities there,” said ExxonMobil Exploration president, Stephen Greenlee. The Tugela South Exploration Right covers about 2.8-million acres offshore Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. It has water depths extending from the coastline to approximately 6 500 feet [about 1.98 kilometres]. The future exploration rights cover an additional 16-million acres offshore with water depths extending from the coastline to approximately 9 800 feet [2.99 kilometres], ExxonMobil said. “Separately, the ExxonMobil affiliate also has executed a technical cooperation permit with the South African government to study the hydrocarbon potential of the Deepwater Durban Basin covering approximately 12.4-million acres offshore Durban,” the company said. The permit allows exclusive rights to study an area for a year. SAinfo reporter 19 December 2012 The world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company, Exxon Mobil, has signed an agreement to begin offshore exploration activities on the east coast of South Africa through its affiliate ExxonMobil Exploration and Production South Africa, the company announced on Monday. The agreement was signed with Impact Africa Limited – a subsidiary of British Impact Oil and Gas Limited – to acquire a 75% participating interest and become operator in the Tugela South Exploration Right. Under the agreement, ExxonMobil Exploration also has the right to acquire 75% interests in future exploration rights in three offshore areas, subject to South African government approval.last_img read more

The best weed control is a growing crop

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderThe best weed control is a growing crop. This is one of the lessons re-learned in 2019 according to a couple of long time agricultural chemical company representatives.“The earth was meant to be covered. If there is not a crop growing, nature is going to cover itself. Something is going to grow,” said Neil Badehnop, sales representative for Valent USA. “Overall weed control is done by the growing crop, and if the intended crop is not planted, something else will grow — in this case, it will be weeds.”In his over 28 years monitoring the weed situation across Ohio, Badenhop has seen first hand the reality of the old saying “Weeds beget weeds.” In those fields that were left bare and weeds were not properly controlled and allowed to go to seed, there was the potential for a huge build-up in the weed seed bank.“It will be a fight. It could be a 5- to 10-year battle to get back to where some fields were in terms of overcoming the build-up of the weed seed bank,” Badenhop said.Weed identification has become a bit of a lost art, but is as important today as ever.“Instead of using some of the old weed ID guides to specifically identify the individual species of weed which a farmer was dealing with, the new form of weed identification seems to have come wrapped in a jug with chemistry,” Badenhop said. “Lately it seems instead of planning the attack based on which specific weeds are causing the problem, now broadly defined weed complexes are targeted with chemistry.”Badenhop is concerned that this could give some farmers a false sense of security.“It’s not business as usual,” Badenhop said. “Just because weed control programs have been done the same way for some time, farmers need to be reminded that the weeds are evolving and changing. The farmer cannot be slow to evolve. He cannot keep doing the same thing as if weed control is just business as usual. We need to ask ourselves, am I pushing the envelope to be a better farmer and weed manager, or am I just being content to do what I’ve always done instead of staying ahead of the rapidly changing weed complex.”To set a crop up for successful weed control, it is important to have a management plan in place. “Farmers really need to plan for one pass in the fall followed by two passes in the spring — early burndown/pre-emerge followed by a post-emerge. Three total herbicide passes are probably what it is going to take to get back ahead of the weed seed bank build-up, especially with tough to kill weeds like waterhemp, palmer amaranth, marestail and giant ragweed,” Badenhop said.Many programs rely on hope that the residuals would hold back the weeds until late April or early May, but hoping is not an effective plan. Most residual herbicides — with the exception of chlorimuron (Canopy/Cloak) according to Ohio State University Extension research — dissipate over the winter and fail to provide any control of spring-emerging weeds.“A better plan is to save the money from the use of residuals in the fall and use it in the spring,” Badenhop said.Those same sentiments were reflected by another knowledgeable agriculturalist who has been monitoring the weed scene for multiple decades.“Effective soybean weed control really starts in the fall,” said Don Schneider, business representative for BASF. “Farmers need to pay attention to what is out there in the fall, and get control of it.”Warm fall nights can trigger early germination of winter annuals.“The next 6 weeks are a prime time to go after weeds like dandelion, chickweed, and marestail. A product like Distinct along with 2,4-D will take out the broadleaf weeds, and the addition of glyphosate will help with the grasses. Often the bluegrass clumps can get missed and grow in the late fall,” Schneider said. “A lesson a lot of farmers learned this year is how valuable a growing crop is to suppress weeds. A crop is needed after the herbicides to control weeds. We quickly forget how much an established crop will canopy and out compete weeds in a field. This year, for fields without a crop, the weed pressure just kept coming.”Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.last_img read more

Japanese student found dead at IIT-Guwahati

first_imgA Japanese student on an exchange programme at IIT-Guwahati has been found dead inside a hostel room, police said. The body of the student, identified as that of Kota Onoda (22) was found hanging from the ventilator of a bathroom in Lohit hostel at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday, a spokesperson of IIT-Guwahati said. After receiving information, a police team reached the spot and recovered the body. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital and the Japanese Embassy in New Delhi has been informed about it, the spokesperson said. Onoda, a masters programme student at Gifu University in Japan, was doing internship in the Bio-Sciences and Bio- Engineering department of IIT-Guwahati for a semester, as part of the exchange programme. His internship was scheduled to end on November 30. A delegation of Gifu University that was in Guwahati on Thursday and the Ministry of External Affairs were also informed by the IIT authorities about the incident. Assistance for overcoming suicidal thoughts is available on the State’s health helpline 104 and Sneha’s suicide prevention helpline 044-24640050.last_img read more

Red Cubs eye to regain NCAA crown

first_imgMOST READ View comments “Of course, Mapua is the team to beat with an almost intact line up. La Salle-Greenhills, San Sebastian and Letran have also improved,” he said.Juniors action starts on Sunday with San Beda facing San Sebastian at 1 p.m. and Mapua clashing with Arellano University at 3 p.m. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. San Beda Red Cubs are champions once again. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda aims to regain the juniors title in the coming NCAA Season 93 after seeing its eight-year reign end at the hands of Mapua last year.However, the Red Cubs will have to make do without four of their key players in Germy Mahinay, Ry dela Rosa, Robi Nayve and Eduardo Velasquez Jr., who are nursing injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “Our preparation has been hampered by these injuries,” said San Beda coach JB Sison during the PSA Forum on Tuesday at Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.Expected to play a bigger role in the absence of the four are Samuel Abu Hijle, Evan Nelle, Joshua Tagala, Prince Etrata and Pedro Alfaro III.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSan Beda also has a winning tradition in the juniors division, having won a league-leading 23 championships with 23. Mapua is second with 19 titles.Sison said Mapua is still San Beda’s biggest hurdle in its bid to recapture the crown. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ CEU uses strong finishing kick for 4th straight win Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenalast_img read more