Raiders mailbag: What should fans expect next after first win?

first_imgOne down, a lot more to go if the Raiders want to become relevant again in the NFL landscape.After squeaking out a 45-42 overtime win against the Browns for Jon Gruden’s first win in almost 10 years, the Raiders fly south to face the Chargers on Sunday.Here are the answers to your mailbag questions. Some good ones from you guys against this week. Keep ’em [email protected]: Who gets the axe when Worley gets back? My guess is Shilique Calhoun since it’s been proven he can clear …last_img

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Zuma welcomes end of platinum strike

first_img25 June 2014President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the conclusion of the five-month long strike in South Africa’s platinum mining industry.Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members returned to work at Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Anglo American Platinum mines on Wednesday, after downing tools on 23 January to press their demand for a basic monthly salary of R12 500.Amcu has accepted a wage settlement that will increase the salary of the lowest-paid worker by R1 000 a month over three years. Salaries are set to increase by R1 000 in the first two years and by R950 in the third year.The salary of officials and artisans will increase by 8% in the first year and by 7.5% in the second and third year. While mine workers’ living-out allowance will not be increased over the three-year period, other benefits will increase annually based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).“We welcome this positive development in the mining industry and congratulate all those who have been involved in the negotiations,” Zuma said in a statement on Tuesday.“A long protracted strike was no longer in the interests of the parties involved or the country at large,” Zuma said, adding that the government looked forward to working with mining companies and unions to implement measures “to revitalise mining towns and restore labour stability in the sector”.In his State of the Nation address earlier this month, Zuma said the government would push for the implementation of the Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry that was agreed on by labour, business and government last year.Zuma said he would take over this process himself, to ensure that the government implemented its undertaking, as part of the agreement, to build housing and other services to revitalise mining towns, with a focus on the mining areas of Motlosana, Emalahleni, Sekhukhune, Lephalale, West Rand and Matjhabeng.At the same time, the government would pressure mining companies to meet their Mining Charter targets in order to improve the lives of mineworkers.“Companies are expected to convert or upgrade hostels into family units, attain the occupancy rate of one person per room and also facilitate home ownership options for mine workers,” Zuma said, adding: “We urge the companies to meet the 2014 deadline for these targets and extend this right to dignity to mine workers.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Bane-Welker hires a new salesman

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bane-Welker Equipment is proud to introduce George Wilson to the Eaton sales team.George WilsonGeorge will be covering counties in extreme western Ohio and eastern Indiana. He has been working as a leasing agent and consultant in those same areas. George has 17 years of experience in the ag equipment business, having worked for Smith Implements in Greenfield, Ind.Prior to working for John Deere, George was a loan officer with Farm Credit Services in Muncie, Ind. George, his wife Stephanie, and their daughter Abby live in rural Henry County, outside Middletown, Ind. George is an avid sports fan and is a big Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Blackhawks backer. He loves to power walk and has done 35 half marathons and one full marathon since 2005. George is a Purdue graduate and enjoys going to Boilermaker football and basketball games.George will represent the following brands at Bane-Welker in Eaton (Case IH, Ashland Industries, Dixie Chopper, J&M, Kuhn, Land Pride, MacDon, Unverferth and Woods) at 1980 US Route 35 East. (937) 733-1726.Bane-Welker offers new and used equipment, parts, sales, service, precision farming, and customer support. The 50-year-old company operates 10 stores in Indiana includingCrawfordsville, La Crosse, Lebanon, Remington, Terre Haute, Pendleton, Plymouth, Winamac, and Wingate, and three stores in Ohio, including Eaton, Wilmington and Georgetown.For more information about Bane-Welker Equipment please visit www.Bane-Welker.com.last_img read more

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Reminders about dicamba

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension herbicide specialistThis is the time of year when we received our first call about dicamba problems in soybeans in 2017. We can probably expect any problems to become evident soon, based on the timing of postemergence applications and timeline for development of symptoms.Off-target issues have already developed in states farther west and south, and we would expect at least some to occur here, unless we’re really lucky. The symptoms of dicamba injury show in new soybean growth within approximately 7 to 21 days after exposure, and most of our soybeans receive postemergence applications from early June on.It’s been a challenging year to properly steward postemergence applications. We still face some challenges in finding appropriate weather to catch weeds before they become too large, and before soybeans are too advanced in growth stage. There are a number of weather, application and adjacent crop factors to consider when applying dicamba, and applicators should review labels as frequently as needed to ensure legal application.We have two requests relative to reporting of off-target dicamba issues. First, we ask that if at all possible, they be reported to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. It is important for ODA to have a record of these, in order to be able to make sound decisions on mitigating risk from dicamba as we move forward, or decide that no additional mitigation is necessary. Reporting to ODA allows them to be able to investigate the cause of off-target issues, and develop first-hand knowledge that can aid in making these decisions.As we ask this, know that we are fully aware of the reasons why off-target injury issues are not reported to ODA. The companies involved are once again at least talking a good game about investigating dicamba issues that are reported to them, and we would certainly encourage reporting any incidents to them also.Experience in 2017 would indicate that for at least one company, on-site investigations occurred only if reported by the party who purchased and applied the dicamba product. Reporting only by the affected party did not warrant the same level of investigation. Maybe this has changed.The second request concerns how OSU Extension staff and clientele communicate anything pertaining to off-target dicamba problems to OSU Weed Science, including Mark Loux. Due to litigation on dicamba occurring somewhere besides Ohio, OSU has been subject to an open records request asking us to provide files we have related to our experience with dicamba — off-target investigations, research, etc. This is the first time in my career this has occurred. In addition to the time we will have to put in to deal with this, there’s just the general hassle of it all.There is also another aspect to this as well — we cannot necessarily protect the confidentiality of anyone sending emails to us. My specific request is this: from this point on please do not send anything in written or electronic form to us about dicamba, including emails, photos, etc. Should you need to contact us about a dicamba issue, please feel free to call. We still want to provide information and service on this issue, and are certainly not trying to shut off communication. Moving forward, we are just trying to avoid maintaining any type of records that could be asked for in this type of request — fun times to be an Extension weed specialist.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Cameroon

first_imgChelsea’s star-striker Samuel Eto’o and Barcelona’s Alex Song will be crucial for CameroonSamuel Eto’o leads the way while coach Volker Finke will be calling the shots for Cameroon at the World Cup.The Chelsea striker is the biggest star in a team with plenty of quality. But just being in a group with Brazil, Croatia and Mexico will make it tough for the Indomitable Lions to advance to the knockout round.Here are five players to watch:SAMUEL ETO’OFour-time African player of the year Samuel Eto’o is at the twilight of his career but still capable of blistering performances.Despite turning 33 in March, the Cameroon captain has a keen eye for goal and is shining week after week at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho’s guidance.Eto’o, who has played in three World Cups and won three Champions League titles, has twice led Cameroon to victory at the African Cup of Nations and is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the competition with 18 goals.ALEXANDRE SONGAlexandre Song is not playing on a regular basis at Barcelona but remains a stalwart of the Cameroon team.Renowned for his grit and bullish presence in midfield, the 26-year-old Song is a key player in coach Volker Finke’s squad.Song can play either as a defensive or central midfielder and his pin-point passes and quick attacking pace are vital to Cameroon’s ambitions.Many Premier League clubs have recently shown their interest in signing the former Arsenal midfielder and the way he’ll perform in Brazil could help him secure a big deal.advertisementVINCENT ABOUBAKARTipped by many pundits as the future star of African football, 22-year-old Lorient center forward Vincent Aboubakar is renowned for his athletic ability and outstanding skill, but his partnership with Eto’o has been disappointing so far.Aboubakar, who has scored 12 goals so far this season in the French league, will take part in his second World Cup after an unconvincing display in South Africa four years ago.CHARLES ITANDJEFrom Thomas Nkono to Joseph-Antoine Bell and Carlos Idriss Kameni, Cameroon has a well-deserved reputation for producing top-class goalkeepers.Charles Itandje is another.The former Liverpool ‘keeper played a crucial role in Cameroon’s qualifying campaign, making a dozen decisive saves to deny Tunisia in the playoffs.He will be the undisputed No. 1 for Cameroon in Brazil.ERIC-MAXIM CHOUPO-MOTINGOften used as a winger, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting can also be a good cover for Samuel Eto’o if the Chelsea striker is unavailable through injury or suspension.The Mainz striker, who had a poster of Eto’o on his bedroom wall as a child, has superb dribbling skills and can score from nearly all positions.He recently showed his technical potential when he scored a spectacular goal with his heel against Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

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Northerners applaud funding for longawaited road through Arctic tundra

first_imgWork is expected to begin on the first road into the heart of Canada’s mineral-rich tundra after two funding announcements this week by federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau.Garneau made more than $50 million available for preliminary studies on and planning for an all-weather road from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to the central Arctic coast of Nunavut.The long-awaited artery would be Nunavut’s first road link to southern Canada and it’s expected it would dramatically decrease the cost of living for communities in the region.It would also run past what has been estimated at $45 billion in mineral deposits and would reduce mine development costs.The entire route would be nearly 700 kilometres long and cost about $1 billion.The project would include a deep-water port about halfway along the Northwest Passage. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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