Piscotty will come off bench Sunday, start Monday

first_imgOAKLAND — As Stephen Piscotty awaits what he expects to be good news, may as well play a little ball.The Athletics right-fielder will be available off the bench Sunday in the last game of a three-game series agianst the Seattle Mariners, and is expected to start Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles.Piscotty underwent surgery Thursday to remove a melanoma from the outer lobe of his right ear. He’s wearing a bandage to cover stitches (Piscotty doesn’t know how many) and will wear a …last_img read more

Watch for mid-season pests and diseases

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension specialistCorn insects we may see in July are European corn borer (I have seen a few in refuge plants already) and continuing to show up in northern Ohio is the Western bean cutworm. Earlier, I received calls from northeast Ohio on the appearance of Asiatic garden beetle larva feeding on corn in sandy soils. In past years we have seen this only in northwest Ohio. See your Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide for images and scouting suggestions.If you are in continuous corn, watch for western corn rootworm. In areas west of us the pest has apparently overcome the Bt protection trait. Let us know if you see unexpectedly lodged corn this summer.Last year we had rust (common and some southern), northern corn leaf blight and gray leaf spot did appear late and not do a lot of damage. With our wet weather, I think we will see corn leaf diseases soon on susceptible hybrids. The watch in soybeans is frogeye leaf spot. We have too many bean-on-bean acres so look for this disease and read these comments from Anne Dorrance: http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/AC-53. I have already had questions about sudden death syndrome and Sclerotinia white mold.Sudden death: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/AC-44Sclerotinia: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/plpath-soy-3And the silent killer, SCN: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/AC-39Read the Crop Observation & Recommendation Network newsletter for reports of disease and insect appearance across the state: http://corn.osu.edu.last_img read more

Night Caching in Portugal – A Lackey’s Mega-Event Experience

first_imgEditor’s note: Groundspeak Lackeys are traveling thousands of miles from H.Q. throughout the year to share smiles, shake hands, and make geocaching memories at nearly twenty Mega-Events worldwide. Arne Moen, aka, RandolphAgarn, attended the Lisbon, Portugal Mega-Event 12 years Geocaching – Portugal (GC35GH8). Arne has been a Lackey since 2009 and is a Software Developer. Here’s Arne’s account of his trip.Written By: Arne MoenArne (on right) with local geocacher and Olympian João CostaI was in Lisbon, Portugal to celebrate  12 Years Geocaching Portugal with local geocachers.I was delighted to meet all these geocachers from Portugal. Of course, I knew that there are geocachers all over the world. But to talk to them in person about FTF’s (First to Finds), Multi-Caches, and Trackables in person made it all more real.Everyone was very kind to me and I was excited to give away some Geocaching.com merchandise like Trackable tags. I strongly suspect I would have felt equally welcome without the swag. I met many interesting individuals and some really sweet dogs. I met a geologist who was born in Mozambique, an underwater archeologist, an Olympic athlete, a C-130 pilot, a cartographer, and many more individuals whose backgrounds we didn’t discuss. Each one of them was a treat to talk to.Geocacher by a cork treeWhile chatting with a geocacher, I recalled that a significant amount of the world’s cork – as in a bottle or on a bulletin board – comes from Portugal. I had heard that it was the bark of a tree. Though I had seen a lot of bark in my lifetime and I couldn’t imagine how the thing in the wine bottle was attached to the outside of a tree.I mentioned this to my new geocacher friend.  He told me cork trees can be found all over Portugal and immediately set off trying to find one in the park. A few minutes later he returned to bring me to a cork tree.  The bark was thick, and firm yet spongy. And suddenly I could see where cork comes from.Night caching in PortugalI found a couple of geocaches at the Mega-Event. But my first evening in Portugal I went out and found some geocaches with some new friends.We began our evening with a traditional Portuguese meal: cod, ham, and fried potatoes, covered with a kind of hollandaise sauce. We also enjoyed “vinho verde,” which means green wine in Portuguese. The greenness in this case is in reference to the newness of the wine. The grapes had been picked, squeezed and fermented in the last year.After our meal the four of use set out into the streets of Lisbon looking for geocaches. This was in an old neighborhood, between the eleventh century castle perched on the hill, and the Rio Tejo, the river from which some of the great explorers like Ferdinand Magellan and Vasco da Gama began their voyages of discovery.Ultra Violet Night Cache ClueWe started in front of an old cathedral across the street from our restaurant. There was a geocache, Catedral (GCZWBV), just down the street. As the guest, I was allowed to make the first attempt. I was nervous with three experienced geocachers watching me. I was still suffering the affects of from jet lag. I skipped over the geocache at first, then found it a few seconds later.The next geocache, Portas do Sol (GC1F9NG), was in a little square that overlooked the river. We took several seconds to enjoy the view before looking for the geocache.  We found the geocache in one spot and a second log book in another. This was my 100th find and my furthest find east of my home coordinates. It was a fantastic spot to hit a milestone.Then we went down the hill towards the plaza at the site of the former royal palace. This area of town was relatively new.  An earthquake and tsunami wiped out this neighborhood in 1755 so it had to be rebuilt. We knew exactly where the next geocache, No Paço do Terreiro [Lisboa] (GC13Z3E), was hidden from a spoiler photo. Before we were finished signing the log, a police offer walked up to ask us what kind of tomfoolery we were engaged in.Travel Bug haircut at the Mega-EventsI felt like I was back in high school, getting caught by an authority figure. Here we were, four adult men, each with full lives running around downtown in the middle of the night. Isn’t there something more we should doing with our lives?  No, it turns out. We were having an adventure. What could be better than that? We explained we were geocaching. He told us he knew what that was and let us replace the cache and let us go about our evening.All of the caches we found that night were traditional urban micros.  They were good geocaches. But the food, the company, the hunt, the adventure that evening, and the Mega-Event experience, made my trip magical.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocacher Competes in the 2012 OlympicsAugust 3, 2012In “Community”11 Years! 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The U.S. Now Has 37,000 LEED Housing Units

first_imgThe U.S. Green Building Council says it will release green building market reports for all 50 states over the course of the summer, beginning with Florida. In an announcement posted at the USGBC web site, technical policy director Jeremy Sigmon said the reports would cover “green building facts, figures, policy context, stand-out projects and more.”Citing a McGraw-Hill Construction report, Sigmon said the green building market is doubling in size every three years and was expected to total $100 billion this year. He said more than 1.5 million sq. ft. of space is certified daily under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programs. The U.S. now has more than 37,000 residential LEED units.last_img read more

College Basketball Recruit Michael Haynes Killed In Chicago

The unconscionable violence that has ravaged Chicago claimed college basketball recruit Michael Haynes Thursday night when he was shot and killed in front of his home while trying to break up a fight.The assailant of Haynes, a 6-foot-7 forward who had committed to Iona College in New York, remains at large.  Hayne was 22.He played ast season at Indian Hills CC in Ottumwa, Iowa and had originally committed to University of Texas-El Paso but never played for the Miners. He was ranked the No. 11 recruit in the state of Illinois by ChicagoHoops.com following his junior season at Washington High School, during which  he averaged 17 points and 22 rebounds.“We’re shocked and deeply saddened by this news,” Indian Hills coach Barret Peery told the Ottumwa Courier. “He was such a great kid and a great member of our team. Michael was a great friend to all his teammates and a great kid overall. He’ll truly be missed.”Police said Haynes was shot in the wrist, chest and lower back while trying to break up a fight over a stolen necklace near his home. His cousin, Kandice Blouin, 25. said several men were shoving each other when Haynes pushed the shooter, who pulled out a gun and shot him.“He was an innocent victim, very loved by everybody,” Haynes’ cousin, Kandice Blouin told the Chicago Sun-Times. “He was our meal ticket. He was going to heal this hood and they took his life.”“It’s just so hard,” Iona coach Tim Cluess said. “I don’t know how to describe it. Once you got to know Michael you just couldn’t wait to coach him. He came from a very rough area in Chicago and he just wanted to make a better life for himself. He was just looking for a chance to change his life.”Haynes was part of a nine-member recruiting class assembled by Cluess and his staff and was expected to be a contributor in the frontcourt. He was one of just two of the nine recruits not to already be on campus taking summer courses.Chicago is been a virtual war zone. Murders this year have risen by nearly 40 per cent and are projected to reach about 504 killings or 42 a month. read more

Danica Patrick Sad to Inform Fans of Divorce

Danica Patrick was ‘sad to inform’ her fans on Tuesday, that her and husband Paul Hospenthal are divorcing after seven years of marriage.Patrick made the announcement through her Facebook page hours after posting a video to thank fans for voting her the most popular driver on NASCAR’s mid-tier Nationwide Series circuit.“I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided (to) amicably end our marriage,” she said. “This isn’t easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that’s how we will remain moving forward.”Hospenthal, a physical therapist, met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. They were married in 2005.The news comes as Patrick just finished her first full season in NASCAR, after leaving IndyCar. She ran the full Nationwide schedule and 10 Sprint Cup races.In nine Cup starts, Patrick had her best finish earlier this month, finishing 24th at Texas and running every lap for the first time. Patrick has been involved in wrecks or plagued by maintenance issues in her past races.Tony Gibson, Ryan Newman’s former crew for Stewart-Haas Racing, played a big part in Patrick’s success in her last two races ath the end of the season. He helped her to finish 10th in Nationwide points, surpassing Sara Christian’s 1949 record of finishing 13th in the Cup series. Gibson plans to become Patrick’s full-time crew chief starting next year.Patrick’s notoriety has declined since the beginning of her career in IndyCar. There was talk that her appeal had dwindled with advertisers, but Go Daddy has pledge their allegiance with Patrick. The website domain provider will continue to use her in commercials during next year’s Super Bowl. They have also committed sponsor her during the Cup schedule next season. read more

Dembele reveals Bruce Lee influence

first_imgMoussa Dembele  has revealed Bruce Lee’s influence as he joins Chinese club Guangzhou R&F from Tottenham Hotspur.The Belgian midfielder left Spurs and turned down a move to Bayern Munich and Inter Milan for the chance to emulate kung-fu icon Bruce Lee in the Far East.“I chose China because I needed something new,” said Dembele, according to Daily Mail.“Other clubs in Europe and Qatar were also a possibility but the adventure at Guangzhou was the most interesting.”“I’ve always been a fan of martial arts actor Bruce Lee. His films made me want to go to China one day.”“Of course the financial aspect played a part but I want to throw myself completely into the football.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.Dembele will earn around £5million a year in the Chinese Super League after the former Fulham midfielder departed English football.The 31-year-old featured in 249 games across all competitions for Tottenham, since signing joining them in the summer of 2012, but had just six months remaining on his contract.Dembele has only played 13 games this season, with the likes of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko featuring more in his absence.He has also not played since picking up an injury and being substituted after just seven minutes in Spurs’ victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on November 3.Dembele has made 82 appearances for Belgium, and has played at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, as well as Euro 2016.last_img read more