SAN FRANCISCO — The search for Bruce Bochy’s replacement will garner significant attention this offseason, but the manager position is not the only high-profile job the San Francisco Giants are attempting to fill.President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is also interviewing candidates to become the Giants’ next general manager.In previous years, the general manager position belonged to the Giants’ top baseball executive, but CEO Larry Baer’s decision to hire Zaidi last fall and install …
On Saturday, 21 October, Brand South Africa partnered with Bidvest Rally to Read and other sponsors to rally to the Western Cape in efforts to improve literacy and education in the province.The purpose of visiting the schools was to deliver educational materials such as box libraries, school shoes, stationery, soccer balls as well as meet the learners and educators, who will benefit from the training. (Image: Supplied)Cape Town, Friday 27 October 2017 – On Saturday, 21 October, Brand South Africa partnered with Bidvest Rally to Read and other sponsors to rally to the Western Cape in efforts to improve literacy and education in the province.Rally to Read is an initiative that was originally launched by the McCarthy Motor Group and is now led by Bidvest, to help improve education in rural South Africa. Every year, Rally to Read travels across ten school districts, in nine provinces to distribute reading and educational resources to disadvantaged schools.Over the years the Rally to Read has had a positive impact on the lives of many communities and schools:• Over R91-million raised for rural education• 1025 – schools have been on the programme since 1998• 179 – rallies have been executed to date, covering all parts of rural South Africa (1998 – 2016)• 54 – Different areas/school clusters have been supported• 18 – Series of Rallies have been completedMcCarthy Toyota Table View, general manager Gary Scholtz said, “we are very proud to be part of this initiative, we have had an opportunity to travel to schools far and wide in order to positively impact the lives of many children. The rally is always received very well in the Cape. I am always very impressed with the attendance of the parents at the schools we visit”.The purpose of visiting the schools was to deliver educational materials such as box libraries, school shoes, stationery, soccer balls as well as meet the learners and educators, who will benefit from the training.The visits further reaffirm to the schools that they are not alone and to remind the teachers of the importance of their task at hand. Upon arrival, sponsors were welcomed by school’s pupils showing off their reading skills.The visits further reaffirm to the schools that they are not alone and to remind the teachers of the importance of their task at hand. Upon arrival, sponsors were welcomed by school’s pupils showing off their reading skills.“I am very happy that our school is getting all these nice things for us to carry on learning. My favourite story is Oupa se ‘bril and I like it when we act out the stories in class”, said a pupil from Noordhoek Primary.“The Rally to read initiative is very important, I think the fact that we personally deliver to the “end user” is of vital significance to me. It’s easy to just donate money to a cause and ease your conscience, it’s another experience when you come face to face with the individual who will benefit from the sponsorship – things become very personal. Reading is essential to everyone…someone commented on the weekend that if you can’t read you can’t use a computer, public transport and many of the basics we take for granted every day”, concludes Mr ScholtzWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Phosphorous (P) is a primary plant nutrient. It stimulates root, flower, fruit development and overall crop maturity. P is necessary for energy transfer and the formation of RNA and DNA. Most plants require additional phosphorous during cold weather, in areas of limited root growth, during rapid vegetative growth, and since phosphorus is very reactive, in highly calcareous or acid soils because of tie-up with other elements such as calcium or, in the case of acid soils, aluminum and iron.Because phosphorus is reactive, it quickly forms compounds with other elements in the soil. Therefore, phosphorous has been thought of as immobile, and not leachable. However, it is being discovered that P does move, at least through macro pores, wormholes and cracks, as well as possibly making its way to drainage tiles and ditches.Two forms of P can leave the field: Soluble phosphorous is lost with water runoff; insoluble (or particulate) phosphorous is lost with erosion. The insoluble form of P is complexed with soil minerals, and while it is not as available as soluble P, this form of phosphorous can be released slowly in water. Then, just as any nutrient, phosphorus begins moving from higher areas to lower areas and ends up in bodies of water.“Keeping P in the right place » means placing it where the plant can most readily access it, in the most efficient manner. The best way to keep phosphorous in the field is placing it below the surface. In order for a plant to benefit from applied phosphorus, the nutrient needs to be kept in the growing environment. The above-mentioned management practices provide the best opportunity for the plant to utilize the nutrient and prevent off target movement.Obviously, phosphorous has been demonstrated to play a role in algae and water plant growth. Despite the best efforts of farmers, heavy rains can and do occur when the field is most vulnerable, washing away both valuable topsoil and applied fertilizer or manure. Most producers have adopted management practices, such as no-till or reduced till, to keep residue on the field, which will in turn function as a filter to keep soil on the fields. The farmer is the first to suffer from lost nutrients because the economic impact to replacing nutrients can impact profitability.In snowmelt studies, there are large spikes of dissolved phosphorous discharge in the spring, diminishing with successive events. These studies demonstrate how important it is to not surface apply P late in the fall, and into the winter. Farmers have often applied phosphorus in the fall because of convenience and because, historically, they have been provided information that stressed that P is immobile. However, newer studies show this management practice leaves soluble P vulnerable to runoff. The same is true of manure applied when the ground is frozen; with spring snowmelt or early rains, soluble mineral P is likely to escape from the field. About 60% of the total phosphorous in manure is inorganic, soluble orthophosphate. While orthophosphate is 100% available to the crop, it is also 100% available to algae and water plants if it makes its way to watersheds.Thus lies the conundrum. Phosphorous is an integral part of crop production. However, algal blooms and media coverage has given agricultural phosphorous use a bad name in recent years. Phosphorus isn’t cheap, so farmers are motivated to keep this nutrient on the field. But the public scrutiny has pushed the issue to the forefront. The perception is that those involved in agriculture don’t care, which couldn’t be more untrue. Everyone is seeking solutions. The motivation may be different, such as keeping the nutrient investment available to a growing crop because that is the only way to get a return on the investment, but in the end, everyone wants the same thing. That is for phosphorus to stay where it is intended rather than moving to unknown destinations.There are a lot of variables that work to move nutrients. It is hard to isolate each piece so that we can find a quick and certain solution. Many improved practices have already been put in place, but the results can’t be determined immediately. However, no one will play ‘wait and see’, the industry continues to take steps to keep all nutrients, including phosphorus, on the growing environment. In the past, producers my have been lulled into believing that phosphorus wouldn’t move, because many publications indicated that was the case. New information, though, is leading to new practices and that will benefit all.
Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil on Monday landed in controversy after a video captured him yelling at a group of flood victims voicing their grievances. The Opposition was quick to point out his ‘insensitivity’ and asked whether the State was being run by General Dyer, infamous for ordering the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in the British-ruled India in 1919. Addressing a gathering in Kolhapur, Mr. Patil, who is also guardian minister of Kolhapur and Pune, is seen in the video asking people to be patient and have faith in the administration’s work. Soon after, he can be seen losing his cool and raising his voice at a complainant. This latest incident adds to the list of BJP ministers who have landed in trouble while carrying out flood relief work. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself has been criticised for continuing his political campaign. Last week, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan was seen taking a selfie-video on a boat in a flooded area. Relief and Rehabilitation minister Subhash Deshmukh has been accused of being busy in party programmes in Pune while Minister of State Sadabhau Khot is alleged to have doctored a video showing him rescuing a victim.In the video which went viral on Monday, Mr. Patil is heard yelling at the crowd, “You need to be patient and systematic. The officials have been working for 24 hours with no sleep, and still, you want to complain?” He also gestures in anger at the crowd saying, “shut up”. State unit Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat slammed the minister. “People will naturally get angry if the guardian minister, government machinery does not do its duty on time.” The NCP wanted to know whether Maharashtra is witnessing the rule of General Dyer. “On the one hand the minister is yelling at flood victims and on the other district administration is imposing prohibitory orders. This is nothing but dictatorial behaviour,” said party national spokesperson Nawab Malik.
The India-Pakistan connection made them a global talking point at the US Open but Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi do not even consider themselves from two different nations.They were the first India-Pakistan combination to reach a Grand Slam final and their coming together and doing well at a tennis major, generated a huge interest.Even the Ambassadors from the two countries to the United Nations came together to cheer them and it was enough for media to add some political colour to the coverage, considering the two countries have fought three wars since becoming independent.Media coined terms like ‘Indo-Pak Express, Indo-Pak peace pair’ to describe their pairing but Bopanna today said he and Qureshi have never thought about the countries they belong to and their compatibility as individuals was the sole reason behind their partnership.”Qureshi and I got together because we felt that we would make a good doubles team. We know each other for so long and have a great understanding so it only made sense to play together.”We never intended on making any political statement. It is the media who gives us these tags, we never look at each other as being from different countries,” Bopanna told PTI in an interview.Asked that playing with a strong slogan such as “Stop War, Start Tennis” itself was a political statement, Bopanna said them being ambassadors for peace was the sole reason for having that message on their on-court attire.”We are just here to play tennis. We are great friends off the court and are looking to take our careers forward together. Since we are ambassadors for peace we try to spread that message through sports. We are not here to make any political statements,” he insisted. .advertisementThey brought together the two hostile nations to clap, scream and enjoy together and Bopanna said he and Qureshi would love to do more with their partnership.”Well, we want people to trust and respect each other.Sports should never be subject to religion or politics,” he said.Talking about the biggest match of their career, the Indian Davis Cupper said he and Qureshi now have the belief that they are Grand Slam material and could soon even win one.”Earlier we used to win the first set but fall of on the second set and then take the third. But now we want to win big. We focus even harder on the second set, and the entire US Open, the only sets we dropped were in the finals.”Also that we can compete at this level and we know we belong here. We just need to stay focused, work hard and we can win a Grand Slam final.”The runners-up trophy has already earned them a huge bonanza as they are now ranked world number six.”Hopefully, it will lead to many great performances and eventually take us to the No.1 spot in doubles. I am noted as a confidence player, and I am sure that this final, will help me be a more confident player and doing better.”Bopanna could have been only the fourth Indian and Qureshi first Pakistani to win a Grand Slam had they beaten the Bryan brothers — Mike and Bob — in the US Open final.They are little disappointed to miss out on history but still very much satisfied.”We are still working our way towards winning a Grand Slam. Despite the result it was a great achievement to make it to the finals. We were a bit disappointed, but looking back I think that is definitely something to be proud of,” he said.
MIRAMICHI, N.B. – New Brunswick has a rare visitor from Europe and it’s attracting bird lovers from across Canada and the United States.A European mistle thrush arrived in Miramichi on Saturday, and decided to stay.“This is the first record of this bird in North America,” said Peter Gadd, the man who spotted the bird in a tree on his property.“It is somewhat common in Europe and certainly people who have birded in Europe are familiar with it,” he said.Gadd and his wife, Deana, are active birders and are part of a program where they record sightings of birds who use their feeders, two days a week, during the winter months.Gadd said as soon as he saw it, he knew it was something rare.“It is somewhat similar to a robin. Being uncertain, I sent a picture to some birders in the province with more experience than I have,” he said Tuesday.Gadd said the small bird has taken up residence in a mountain ash tree on his lawn and the news quickly spread among the birding community, drawing more than 100 people in the first three days.“Some of the people here this morning are doing a big year where they will travel all over North America and see how many birds they can see. They are now up to about 760 birds. Four of those people were here this morning from Tennessee, Michigan, Florida and Iowa,” he said.He said anyone wanting to view the bird needs to be respectful and keep their distance.Gadd said the bird must have gotten separated from its flock and then been driven to Canada by strong winds and bad weather.He said that species of bird is very protective of its food supply and has already chased off a number of robins. He said it’s a hardy bird that should be able to survive the winter.“It’s a tough bird. It made its way across the North Atlantic so it must be a fairly resilient bird,” he said.“There isn’t much we can do. We can just hope for the best and make sure it has food.”— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.