first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The upcoming Big Bam Vertical Slam, which is planned for September 17th, could be postponed until next year due to a lack of registrants.Event organizer Laurie Cardinal says that though many have shown interest in participating in the 2nd iteration of the Slam, which is set to feature both a 5km hike in addition to an obstacle course, the number of confirmed registrants is still below what organizers had hoped to see at this point in time. Event planners had aimed to see close to 400 participants come out for the event, however the number of current 130 registrations is closer to 130.Cardinal acknowledged that though many hikers will be registering for the Vertical Slam at the last minute, she said that the equipment required to build the planned obstacle course requires advanced booking. Purchasing or renting the equipment and services in advance is more difficult due to the Ski Hill being a non-profit venture. Cardinal added that organizers will postpone the event and include it in the Big Bam Vertical Slam that is scheduled for June 10th, 2017. She says that current registrants will be able to get a full refund, or include their registration fees in next year’s event.- Advertisement -For more information, or to register, go to read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA – So much of the 49ers season hinges on so many comeback stories, especially those involving knee injuries, and, specifically, Jimmy Garoppolo’s.After Monday night’s dud in Denver, Garoppolo makes his encore Saturday in Kansas City, where he tore his anterior cruciate ligament 11 months ago. A few other ACL comebacks also merit attention in this third exhibition, and that leads us into the top five questions to answer:San Francisco 49ers’ Kwon Alexander (56) drills on the team’s …last_img

first_img23 August 2004Call him crazy, but Johannesburg businessman Bob Thornley plans to sit on top of a pole next to a water hole in the Kruger National Park for two weeks – and wait for the unexpected to happen – in order to raise money to send underprivileged children to bush school in SA’s most famous game reserve.The idea of being exposed to wild animals and the unknown element of what may happen next appeals to Thornley, the owner of a company that specialises in corporate and specialist conferences and events.Up the Pole: on the Web – Check in on Thornley’s 14-day diary, see his latest pics from the pole, send him a message of support, subscribe to receive e-mail updates, make a donation to the Operation Bushbaby School, find out more.From 28 August to 11 September, Thornley will perch on a specially constructed 4-metre high platform next to a waterhole near the Lower Sabie Camp area called “Die Ou Boomhuis” (The Old Tree House).The site, used by park officials many years ago to observe wildlife in its natural environment, was chosen both for its isolation from park visitors and because an existing scout vehicle track means that no unnecessary vehicle “footprints” will be left behind.The four-by-four-metre platform is supported by a reinforced steel pole and features three solar panels to power Thornley’s laptop computer, battery chargers and small fridge, and car headlamps mounted under the platform “should the need arise to use light at night to film certain activity”.And when nature calls? “It will either be a portable caravan toilet with interchangeable base sections, or a PVC pipe will be inserted down the main support pole that is filled with chemicals”, said platform designer Rob Kennedy, CEO of Omnistruct. Kennedy designed the structure to allow for minimally invasive set-up and removal – and to stand up to 14 days among the Kruger Park’s “Big Five”.“Our biggest threat to this structure is elephant and rhino”, Kennedy said while working on his creation. “For this reason we have to double up on the amount of reinforcing and foundations. There are no written guidelines in the engineering manuals as this has never been attempted before.”Visitors will be allowed to visit the site twice a day. A 22-seater vehicle under the guidance of a game ranger will transport visitors to the site to speak to Thornley and get first-hand information on the project.An Operation Bushbaby office will be stationed at the Lower Sabie Camp, where visitors can speak to Thornley’s support team and make bookings to visit the site.South African National Parks (SANParks) has sanctioned the project, which will enable children from a number of disadvantaged communities to attend a three-day bush leadership and educational programme dubbed Operation Bushbaby.Kruger Park’s people and conservation department hope to build on this by developing a permanent bush leadership school in the park.Thornley is no stranger to ambitious, unusual projects. On 26 May 1982, together with friend Colin Hall, Thornley staged a project called “A Day In The Life of South Africa”, inviting anyone with a camera to capture the ethos of South Africa on that specific day. The resulting book sold 30 000 copies, with all proceeds going to the SA National Council for The Blind.“It’s about affording underprivileged and homeless children the opportunity to experience the wild”, Thornley says of his new venture.“I am going to sit on a platform, on a pole, at a secluded waterhole in the Kruger National Park for 14 days and wait for the unexpected to happen – as it often does in the bushveld. Should anything happen, I want to share it with South Africa and the rest of the world.”Asked what’s in it for him, Thornley responds: “Fourteen days of extreme wildlife pleasure and a personal goal achieved … Operation Bushbaby will belong to South Africa and will always be owned by the children in perpetuity.“I imagine sending thousands of deprived children to the Kruger National Park to provide them with a wildlife as well as an educational experience they could never otherwise afford.“Before, during and after this event, I am going to approach society … with my cap in hand and ask them to make a contribution to the children of South Africa.”And when it’s done, says Thornley, look out for another publication, going by the title: “South Africa’s Finest Coffee Table Book Ever” reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There were some good reasons to grow wheat again this year. Many farmers I spoke with said 2016 was there best crop ever. Cool conditions and adequate moisture early May and a dry late May and June helped. What else goes into making the farm more profit?Crop rotation — wheat adds a third crop to our rotation. Generally we get a 10% yield bump to the next crop in the rotation. And with a three-crop rotation we reduce disease and insect pressure for all crops.Wheat can be a good cover crop. We can plant it after soybean harvest, unlike other cover crops. It can even be planted after corn, but be aware that Fusarium head blight will likely be worse if you are planning on grain harvest. Wheat, like oats and cereal rye will help hold onto nitrates. If we want we can graze wheat, or if we get a good stand and have good prospects we can keep it to harvest as grain — this may be our perfect cover crop.BMPs for wheat productionPlanting date — fly free date in Ohio is also our agronomic trigger for the best planting dates. From recent experience we probably want to plant within the week to 10 days after the date. Long-term data says we should get about the same yield if we plant in the 14-day window following Fly free. Fly free dates in Ohio range from Sept. 22 in northern Oho to Oct. 5 at Southpoint.Application of phosphorus — we can reduce the chance of nutrient movement by applying the fertilizer in the spring into the growing crop. If for example we need 90 pounds of P2O5, we also get 20 to 35 pounds of N along with that (assuming MAP 11-52-0 or DAP 18-46-0). This puts on the N when we need it in the spring and gives us a growing crop to apply phosphorus to.Variety selection – get good genetics with excellent disease resistance. Pierce Paul, our OSU Wheat and Corn Pathologist, says that to reduce the threat of Fusarium head blight and to get good yields, choose a variety with high resistance to head blight and plan to apply a fungicide if conditions require.Row width — we have possibilities. Using a drill we can plant at six to 10 inches. And many of us have our split row soybean planters on 15-inch rows. It gets a cover out there and doesn’t take too large of a yield hit.Some Ohio wheat producers are interested in growing soft red winter wheat in 15-inch rows to utilize a more precise planting implement to reduce equipment inventory, reduce wheat seed costs, sow a cover crop, establish a forage crop, or to modify relay intercrop soybeans into wheat.Regarding relay intercropping, long term data from Steve Prochaska and Jason Hartschuh at OSU’s Crawford County farm show an average yield of 75-bushel per acre wheat and 31-bushel per acre soybeans in their relay intercropping work — not bad for two crops in one year.A field day to learn more about relay intercropping wheat and soybeans will be held Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. on the Unger Farm in Crawford County: read more

first_imgIn an area next to Ulm University, a short drive away from Stuttgart, Germany, is a 130 year old abandoned fort occupied by a few sheep, some goats and a donkey named Paul.Paul the DonkeyIt was here on June 19th that local geocachers hosted Das Ulmer FORT – the Mega Event in Germany for 2010 (GC20002).Six months ago the local geocaching community started preparations for the event. The fort had been neglected for 30 years, so an army of volunteers had to dig out the, err, deposits left by the local residents. The electricity had to be rewired, sharp protrusions had to be cut down and sanded, repairs had to be made, rooms had to be swept out, and trash had to be removed. This was necessary to make the location capable of holding over 300 campers who resided in the walls of the fort for the weekend.Elias, Bryan and I, the three founders of, had the privilege of attending the event this year.The founders of posing with geocaching attendees. Jeremy Irish (second from left), Bryan Roth (second from right) and Elias Alvord (far right)Bryan Roth and Elias Alvord with the Queen of Fort UlmIn the course of four hours we were able to mingle with the local geocachers, visit the various rooms and corridors in the Fort, meet the lovely Queen of Fort Ulm and celebrate a successful day with the organizers by eating a delicious Signal cake.Signal was not harmed and was, in fact, also in attendanceIt’s not often that we can visit geocachers in Europe, so we used this opportunity to listen to feedback about the web site. High on the list was having better ways to rate and search for geocaches by their ratings, which has been a common theme in the US. As geocaches increase in numbers it gets harder and harder to find the best ones.Although geocachers in the world have far more similarities than differences, there were also some notable observations in how Germans play the game.Signal waves to a fan1. Many German geocachers enjoy finding terrain level 5 caches, or what are locally called “T5” caches. Many of these caches are located in trees, requiring special climbing gear. The event even had FORTgeschrittene, a T5 event for finding these extreme geocaches. In addition to a ropes course, you could dive into a freezing pool to find a cache. Fortunately you could enter a portable sauna to warm up afterward. Sadly I didn’t pack a bathing suit.Bryan Roth (almost) diving into pool to retrieve a geocache.2. According to the “Flashlight Pope” at the event, there are quite a few caches that require a black light. This is so you can see writing that takes you to the next location. As a gift he gave each of us a black light to use on our next geocaching adventure.3. Multi-Caches are far more popular in Germany (and in Europe) than in the United States. Many more geocachers seem to be willing to spend days on one puzzle cache there. There may be a lot of multi-cache fans in the U.S. but the ratios of multis in Germany to U.S. caches are significantly higher.Aside from the event we were able to locate unique geocaches in Germany, such as a cache in the center of Berlin with over 3,000 finds (GCTA4W), and a cache in the spire of the world’s tallest church (GCJ7E0), located in the city of Ulm.If the locals plan on having a FORTsetzung (sequel) next year you don’t want to miss it. Thanks to everyone who planned one of the best geocaching events that we have ever attended. I hope to see you again next year!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related5 Lackeys. Approximately 7,000 geocachers. Moin moin!June 25, 2019In “Community” Co-Founder Celebrates Ten Years of Geo-LoveNovember 18, 2011In “Community”North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month: Comment NowMay 19, 2014In “Community” Mega-Event Cache Das Ulmer Fort GC20002last_img read more

first_imgRavi ShastriNewly-appointed director of the Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri refuted suggestions that his role would undermine the position of beleaguered coach Duncan Fletcher.Shastri was appointed Team Director after India were defeated in the fifth and final Test against England in under three days and lost the five-Test series 1-3.”My role is to oversee everything. All of them report to me. This is for the ODI series in England,” Shastri told ‘ESPNCricinfo’.Asked if his position would affect Fletcher’s stature, Shastri said, “Absolutely not. He stays as the head coach. And these two (Sanjay Bangar and B Arun) will be his assistants.”Shastri said he took up this assignment as he wanted to contribute to the team.”It was an important time in Indian cricket. When asked I thought about it and then said, ‘fine’. The state of Indian cricket is such that I know I can contribute. I have never been scared about how tough the job is or how easy the job is.”The important thing is the contribution.”If I am here today, and at times some forget, it is because of the BCCI. The platform they gave me when I was a junior cricketer to play for my state and then the country,” he said.On whether he has had a word with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Fletcher after his appointment, Shastri said, “I spent about two hours with them (on Tuesday). We had a chat about where things are at the moment, how things have to be addressed, and how important communication will be.”advertisementAsked what he felt were the reasons for India’s failure in the Test series, Shastri said it was inexperience.”If you calculate the number of Test matches played by the XI as opposed to some of the tours where we fared worse, here we at least won a Test match.””We did not win a Test in 1974 (3-0) and were whitewashed on the last tour here with some of the biggest names (in the team). So if you calculate the number of Test caps between this unit and some of the other units that have come (in the past), it is chalk and cheese,” he explained.”On this tour I saw India’s greatest ever overseas win I have seen. I know it because I have never seen a track like that and with this kind of inexperienced side for them to pull it off. Then I also saw some spineless cricket over the last three Tests matches.”last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley wants everyone to mark her words: the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will go ahead to deliver her province’s oil to the West Coast and jobs to British Columbia.Notley says she doesn’t believe it makes much difference who is running B.C., because the federal government has already approved the Kinder Morgan (TSX:KML) project.She says the pipeline is in the best interests of Albertans and all Canadians — but adds it’s especially important to B.C. because the province’s growth can’t just be fuelled by rising house prices in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.She says B.C. needs stronger economic growth and the jobs that the pipeline will bring to the province’s interior.The pipeline’s future has been questioned given an agreement between B.C.’s New Democrats and Greens, which could lead to an NDP minority government.Both parties have voiced opposition to the project.Notley says governments that care about working people put good jobs front and centre.last_img read more