Former Notre Dame lineman Kona Schwenke dies

first_imgKona Schwenke, who played on Notre Dame’s defensive line from 2010-2013, died Sunday, the University announced in a press release Monday.“A four-year Monogram winner and defensive lineman for the University of Notre Dame football team, [Schwenke] died Sunday (April 22) at his home in Laie, Hawai’i. He was 25,” the press release said.Schwenke played in 31 games over the course of his career and made nine starts. He won the football program’s Next Man Award in 2013 and made 30 tackles over the course of his career. Schwenke graduated from the University in 2014, earning a degree in anthropology.Tags: football, Kona Schwenkelast_img

Pedestrian Killed in Centereach Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a crash in Centereach Monday night that killed an 84-year-old man, police said.The fatal crash occurred just before 9 p.m. when a woman driving a 2001 Ford Focus south on Mark Tree Road struck Dominick Geraci, who was standing on the side of the road, police said.The Selden man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.The 27-year-old driver of the Focus was not injured and remained at the scene, police said.The car was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is ongoing, police said.last_img

China, Egypt report new H5N1 cases

first_imgMar 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – China announced today that a 16-year-old boy died of H5N1 avian influenza, and yesterday Egypt reported that a 46-year-old woman had tested positive for the disease, according to news services.Officials in China said the boy is from Bengbu in eastern Anhui province, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. China’s health ministry told Xinhua, the state news agency, that the boy got sick Mar 17 and was hospitalized the following day and that surgical treatment was unsuccessful, the AFP report said. If the boy’s case is confirmed by the WHO, he will be listed as China’s 24th case-patient and 15th fatality.Media reports have not said if the boy had contact with infected birds. Local health authorities told AFP that no bird outbreaks have been reported in the boy’s town and that his close contacts have so far shown no symptoms of the disease, AFP reported.In Egypt, the health ministry reported that the 46-year-old woman who tested positive for H5N1 is from the northern Nile delta city of Damnhour, about 80 miles north of Cairo, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Few details were available about her illness, though health officials said the woman and other recent H5N1 patients contracted the virus from domestic birds, the AP report said.If the WHO confirms the woman’s case, she will be listed at Egypt’s 30th case-patient. Her case is the country’s 12th reported this year.Also today, the WHO confirmed two other Egyptian cases that were reported earlier yesterday, involving a 6-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. Both were hospitalized on Mar 25, had contact with infected birds, and remain in stable condition, according to the WHO report.The 6-year-old girl is from the southern province of Qena, and the 5-year-old boy is from Menia province in central Egypt.In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reported today that a 40-year-old man who had tested positive for H5N1 died in Surabaya, capital of East Java. Yesterday an AFP story had listed the Surabaya patient as a 39-year-old.See also:Mar 28 WHO statementlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 31

first_imgO’Donnell will push for transparencyDiane O’Donnell is running for Niskayuna town clerk to put an end to a pervasive problem.Our current town clerk has historically provided minutes that are months late and that lack important meeting content and statements made by residents.  Diane O’Donnell will provide complete and accurate minutes within two weeks based on the requirements of the state Open Meetings Law.  She will make them available online and through subscription service.As an elected official, Diane will be accountable and responsive to Niskayuna residents. She will provide communication and information in compliance with the Freedom of Information Law without direction from political parties.She recognizes that Niskayuna residents have busy schedules. She will improve services by providing some weekend and evening hours to make it more convenient for the residents to do business with our Niskayuna Town Clerk.She knows that Niskayuna residents have the right to timely and complete information and quality services.She believes in community service and transparency in government. Join me in supporting and voting for Diane O’Donnell as our next Niskayuna town clerk.Gretchen DeBobesNiskayunaRiggi is one of city’s best council membersVince Riggi has proven to be one of the best City Council members being of high principles and integrity and helping Schenectady taxpayers.Vote for Vince Riggi for City Council in column 13 on the ballot. Do this first and foremost.Then, if you are not satisfied with what the present mayor is doing, especially trying to get himself a 16 percent raise in the new budget, you may let him know by writing in a person’s name like Vince Riggi, who all of you know. (Vince is only running to be re-elected to the City Council.)Make sure you use your privilege to vote on Nov. 5.(Mrs.) Jessie MaleckiSchenectadyGlenville deserves better than KohoutConflict of interest aside, can the head of the village of Scotia DPW hold town of Glenville office?On July 28 of this year, a large village-owned tree fell across the walkway into my house, causing more than $10,000 in damage. I called Andrew Kohout nearly a month prior to inform him of the condition of this tree and of the concern for public safety, as many people walk to Collins Park across the street.He was dismissive of my concern, even questioning why it was the village’s responsibility. A tree fell onto a car on Sunnyside Avenue on April 18, 2019. (The driver luckily escaping serious injury.) I was truly expecting a more concerned response from the DWP head.Due to a lack of action, on July 24, a concerned neighbor and I went to see Andrew Kohout at DPW.We showed him pictures of the tree and reiterated the concern for public safety. After three requests, he agreed to stop after work to see for himself, as he could not leave the office at that time. Andrew never showed.The town of Glenville deserves better than Andrew Kohout.Mike McGeochGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGrateful for support after fire claims homeWhere do we begin?As we have been collecting our thoughts these past two months and trying to figure out how to pick up all of the pieces after the fire that destroyed our family’s home, we have been thinking of how to express our gratitude for the outpouring of love, thoughtfulness, support, encouragement and generosity we have received.We would first like to thank all of the first responders and firefighters who worked tirelessly to ensure everyone’s safety and provide guidance and emotional support. Their skills, knowledge, courage and bravery are amazing.Next, we would like to thank After the Fire and the American Red Cross for their support to get us back on our feet. Those who volunteer their time for these organizations are so gracious and caring.To all  our family and friends near and far, to our families in the Saratoga Springs school district and Skidmore College, to the many local businesses and organizations, and to the entire Saratoga Springs community and beyond, we thank you. Your kind words and sincere thoughtfulness gave us strength and hope and faith when we were questioning how we were going to get through this. Your love and kindness gave us the encouragement and motivation to keep moving forward. Thank you all so very much for your unbelievable generosity. We feel very thankful and blessed to be a part of such a heartfelt community and to have such an incredible support system. Our sincerest love and gratitude,The Gonzalez Family(Jose, Abby, Natalie and Harper)WiltonMore on the Gonzalez fire: Wilton fire displaces family, Operation Adopt A Soldier charity, Aug. 18, 2019Patrick an ideal choice for Sch’dy city councilI’m speaking for candidate Carmel Patrick for Schenectady City Council. Mrs. Patrick is a community activist who supports events, institutions and projects that are designed to do good works in Schenectady.She has proven her leadership in her monetary ability already at SCCC and miSci as their development officer. With excellent math skills, she is able to understand and work with budgets and has demonstrated fiscal responsibility in her prior roles.Mrs. Patrick is a very good listener and responds to good and practical ideas, an important trait for good leaders.In short, Carmel Patrick is a doer.Doing the right thing is her mantra. She will work cooperatively with courage and conviction with her colleagues to make sound decisions for Schenectady. She works tirelessly and is on the job every day.I am personally thrilled to have a person of her competence running for office in our Schenectady.Neil GolubSchenectadylast_img read more

Gaethje dominates in UFC’s return as Trump congratulates promoters

first_imgJustin Gaethje (left) of the United States delivers a punch to Tony Ferguson in a interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 in FloridaMiami, United States | AFP |  The Ultimate Fighting Championship Saturday became the first major American sporting event held since the US coronavirus outbreak, with President Donald Trump congratulating the promoter.The controversial card put the UFC in the spotlight like never before, but did not go off without a hitch after middleweight Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza was dropped when he and two of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.The main event saw Justin Gaethje dominate Tony Ferguson with a fifth-round technical knockout victory in the lightweight division. Gaethje finished his opponent off three minutes and 39 seconds into the fifth to earn the interim lightweight crown.“It worked out great,” said promoter Dana White. “I am happy with the way it went tonight.”In a pre-recorded video shown during the undercard fights, Trump — who in November attended a UFC card — congratulated White for the sport’s return.“Get the sports leagues back, let’s play,” the president said. “You do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do, but we need sports. We want our sports back.”The fights were staged in an empty 15,000-seat VyStar Veterans Memorial arena in Jacksonville, Florida, after earlier attempts to hold it in New York and California failed due to pandemic restrictions on live sporting events.The global outbreak has largely shut down the American economy, but Florida authorities have deemed professional sports — including mixed martial arts — essential businesses.White downplayed the negative impact of Souza’s positive test and insisted it showed they were on top of things.“Obviously the system that we set up works. We found out he was positive and all the other tests were negative,” he said.“We have two more fights this week. We will do over 1,100 tests.” He has also announced cards for Wednesday and next Saturday in Jacksonville — despite stating he expects to see more positive coronavirus tests this week.“When you are testing that much I am sure we are going to find somebody else who is positive,” White told ESPN.– Step towards normalcy –With the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer all suspended — along with the US PGA Tour and LPGA — White is touting the return of UFC as a step toward normalcy and a boon for sports-starved fans.Post-fight interviews on Saturday were conducted inside the ring without masks. Outside the Octagon many personnel — but not all — were wearing some protective equipment.“I wanted to look them in the eye. I didn’t want it to be some impersonal thing where he is 100 feet away from me,” said Joe Rogan, interviewing inside the ring.Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer wore a mask cage-side, removing it for introductions and results while inside the ring.Gaethje pummelled Ferguson from the opening bell, swelling both his eyes and cutting him on the cheek. Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight after Gaethje landed a solid left that wobbled Ferguson.Both main event fighters made weight on Friday at a weigh-in where media members and most UFC staff were kept at a distance, those closer to the fighters wore masks and the scale was sanitized.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

White keeps grip on Berkshire Trophy

first_img England international Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey) retained the Berkshire Trophy by the narrowest of margins from current boy cap Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) and his Surrey colleague Tom Berry (Wentworth, Surrey). White’s aggregate score this time was three shots more than when he won in 2011, while on that occasion he also triumphed by a single shot. The 20 year old double Surrey champion (image © Tom Ward), who made his full England debut against France last month at Rochester & Cobham Park, was well off the pace after an opening 74 over the Red Course. But a 67 on the Blue brought him back into contention, a shot behind halfway leaders Berry and Sam Whitehead (Woburn, BB&O). A third round 70 on the Red gave White a share of the lead on 211 with Berry, who went round in 71, the pair being three strokes clear of Fitzpatrick, also with 70, and Haydn Reay (Army, Hampshire, IoW &CI) with 72. In the final round, again over the Red, Fitzpatrick made a charge for the title with 67 including six birdies, for 281, six under par, but a bogey at the par-three last, his only dropped shot, saw him come up one short of White, who signed for 69 and 280. White endured a somewhat chequered closing round with an eagle and three birdies. But he double-bogeyed the fifth and also surrendered another shot at the last. Leading final scores: 280 J White (Chipstead) 74 67 70 69 281 M Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) 76 68 70 67, T Berry (Wentworth) 71 69 71 70 285 B Brehany (South Beds) 76 69 70 70 288 E Richardson (Hemsted Forest) 72 72 75 69 290 C Adams (Farrington) 73 69 78 70 28 Jun 2012 White keeps grip on Berkshire Trophy last_img read more

Understanding fertilizer numbers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agronomy professionals can talk all day about a variety of the technical aspects involved in farming and growing crops. And many of them do, even me, or so I’ve been told. And when doing so, most assume that the audience is up to speed on the basics on which the talks are built. But that is not always the case. Recently I was talking with some growers and dealers about the analysis of a blend of fertilizer products, when I realized that there was some confusion on what exactly those numbers meant.Look at any bag, jug or fertilizer label, and you will see three numbers separated by hyphens. These numbers represent nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium content. Some fertilizers have more than three numbers, and in those cases the extra numbers represent other nutrients. It doesn’t matter if it is liquid or dry fertilizer, as the numbers represent the percent by weight of each nutrient the product contains.Where it gets a little complicated is with the second and third numbers which represent not just potassium and phosphorous, but the oxides of those elements. This goes back in time to when fertilizers were heated with air to convert the phosphate and potassium to oxides — specifically P2O5 and K2O — and these numbers were used for the nutrient analysis. (This was referred to as Gravimetric Analysis.) While modern analytical techniques are used to determine fertilizer analysis today, the numbers are still in terms of the oxides for historical continuity. But these oxides themselves are never found in fertilizer. So it’s kind of like the American system of using miles and acres instead of kilometers and hectares — it’s hard to change.Ok, let’s put this knowledge to work. The words written on a label for the elements of the three numbers are: total nitrogen — available phosphate – soluble potash. Remember these numbers are for percent by weight so it is easy for dry materials. One hundred pounds of 18-46-0 dry fertilizer has 18 pounds of total nitrogen (0.18 x 100 pounds), 46 pounds of available phosphate (0.46 x 100 pounds) and 0 pounds of soluble potash (0 x 100 pounds). If you have a blend of equal amounts of 18-46-0 and 0-0-60, then the resulting blend would have an analysis of 9-23-30. You just take the proportion of each times the analysis and add together. Since the blend is half of each fertilizer product, the new analysis is 0.5 times the analysis numbers. Then add them together. If the blended product is 75% 18-46-0 and 25% 0-0-60, then take 0.75 times 18-46-0 and 0.25 times 0-0-60 and add together, which is 13.5-34.5-15. Fertilizer rules according to the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials (AAPFCO) allow for the nitrogen number to be listed as 14%. This would be applicable if this blend is to be sold commercially.Dry product calculations are easy. But what about blends of liquids that have different weights per gallon? That can be a challenge, but it’s easy once you read on. Question: what is the analysis of a fertilizer blend that is 75% 9-24-3 and 25% 20-0-0 UAN? First examine the 9-24-3 label:According to the label, this product weighs 11.2 pound per gallon. By multiplying the nutrient percentages (9% nitrogen, 24% phosphate and 3% potash) by this weight we find that each gallon contains: 1 pound of nitrogen, 2.7 pounds of phosphate and 0.3 pound of potash. For blends of liquids, let us do the math for one gallon of the blend. Since the blend is 75% 9-24-3, it is necessary to multiply the amounts of nutrients in a gallon of the product times 75%. This gives 0.75 pound nitrogen, two pounds phosphate and 0.225 pound potash. And 0.75 gallon would weigh 8.4 pounds (0.75 x 11.2 pounds per gallon.) Now we have the necessary numbers for the 9-24-3 part of the blend. Now we will do the same for the other product in the blend, which is 20-0-0.This product weighs 10.53 pounds per gallon. It also says it contains 2.11 pounds of nitrogen per gallon, saving us a multiplication step (which would be 20% or 0.2 x 10.53). The blended product is 25% 20-0-0. That gives 0.5275 pound of nitrogen (25% or 0.25 x 2.11). The weight of this product in the 25% blended product is 2.6325 pounds (0.25 x 10.53). Now we have the contributions from both of the products in the blend. It’s time to put it together. Putting it togetherWeight of a gallon of this blend: 8.4 (75% 9-24-3) + 2.635 (25% 20-0-0) = 11.035 pounds per gallon.Weights of N: 0.75 (from 9-24-3) + 0.5275 (from 20-0-0) = 1.2775 pounds –nitrogen per gallon.Weights of P2O5 and K2O are only from the 9-24-3: 2 and 0.225 pound per gallon, respectively.These are weights that must be converted to percentages, which is how labels are expressed. So divide these numbers by the weight of the new blended product, 11.035.N: 1.2775/11.035 = 0.116, or 11.6% N. Now according to AAPFCO fertilizer label rules, we can call this 12%.Phosphate: 2/11.035 = 0.18 or 18% P2O5.Potash: 0.225/11.035 = 0.02 or 2% K2O.So the new blended product would have an analysis of 12-18-2. Now there are certainly various other math or computer program pathways to this answer, but this is how it can be determined by hand. This is the percentage of nitrogen, phosphate and potash nutrients in an applied rate of fertilizer. The same process would apply to other nutrients such as sulfur that are on the label. To figure actual pounds per acre applied: multiply the number of gallons per acre times the weight per gallon (in this case 11.035) to get pounds per acre of product applied. Then multiply this number times the percentages of nutrients, in decimal form. This is actual pounds of nutrients applied per acre. Some products are promoted as being higher efficiency formulations to give increased nutrient on an equivalent basis. But those numbers are often based on a plant response and are not actual pounds of nutrients.last_img read more

OSU Players React After Sugar Bowl Loss

first_imgLoyal and true! Love my brothers and the fans!!!— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) January 2, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Great season, I’m proud of the way these men fought all year. This is just the beginning! #GoPokes— Victor Irokansi (@CoachVic_) January 2, 2016https://twitter.com/KooMoDee/status/683208291762192384Many thanks to the Orange family at the hotel when we returned. Awesome fans. Pains me to sickness we didn’t get it done for you.— Glenn Spencer (@Glenn_Spencer) January 2, 2016 God’s goodness doesn’t depend on wins and losses. Glory to Him, win or lose! Thankful for a great year with my brothers. #GoPokes— Brad Lundblade (@BradLundblade) January 2, 2016center_img Things didn’t go the way the players wanted it to go on the field on Saturday night … that much was obvious. They took to twitter postgame and expressed their feelings after a tough loss to Ole Miss.Ups an downs….we had a great season. I’d just like to thank God. What a journey. #GoPokes— Tracery (@Trace_Clark) January 2, 2016 Win or lose I’m still so glad I could be on this team. Wouldn’t trade it for a thing ?? #blessed#GoPokes— Zach The Punter (@ZachSinor29) January 2, 2016last_img read more

Cost to twin Trans Mountain pipeline could be 19B higher Kinder Morgan

first_imgOTTAWA – Kinder Morgan Canada says expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline could cost the federal government as much as $1.9 billion beyond the company’s original construction estimate and take 12 months longer to finish.The figures are included in documents the company filed Tuesday with the United States Security and Exchange Commission related to its plan to sell the pipeline to the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.The sale price does not include how much more Canadians will pay to finish twinning the pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia. Finance Minister Bill Morneau won’t say how much Ottawa expects to spend on construction because he fears that would affect negotiations with construction contractors which are now underway.The $7.4 billion construction cost Kinder Morgan reported in February 2017 hasn’t been updated since the project hit political snags, construction delays and opposition in B.C.The first update of any kind came Tuesday when Kinder Morgan filed required documents as the company gears up for a shareholder vote on the sale in Calgary on August 30.In those pages, the company looks at a few different construction cost scenarios as part of a fairness evaluation of the sale offer to the Canadian government. The most expensive scenario pegs construction costs at $9.3 billion, taking until December 2021 to complete — a full year after the current timetable of December 2020.The government was quick to point out the figure is not an official cost forecast. An official in Morneau’s department, speaking on background because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said the numbers do not specifically reflect the government’s expectation of what the final project cost will be.However Robyn Allan, an independent economist and former CEO of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, said Kinder Morgan wouldn’t evaluate the fairness of the sale based on numbers that have no bearing on reality.Allan, who said she has expertise on a number of multibillion infrastructure projects, believes in the end $9.3 billion will seem like a steal compared to the final price tag.“This is the least it’s going to cost,” said Allan.She said the biggest frustration is the lack of information coming from the federal government about the planned sale.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has staked the legacy of his government in part on being able to protect the environment without impeding Canada’s resource-based economy, and building this particular pipeline has become the symbol of whether that’s possible. The government stepped in to buy the pipeline in May after the company’s investors grew jittery that political opposition in B.C. would mean it never gets built.Although Canada approved construction in 2016, B.C. Premier John Horgan is trying to get judicial authority to restrict what can flow in the pipeline, and that uncertainty led Kinder Morgan to want to bail on the whole thing.Allan said the only detailed information Canadians have about the particulars of the sale is due to investor laws in the United States and Canada that require Kinder Morgan to file documents outlining the specifics of the deal. Since taxpayers are the shareholders of the project now, she said Canadians deserve the same level of disclosure from Ottawa and they aren’t getting it.B.C. New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen is equally frustrated, going so far as to call the government dishonest about the deal.“It’s frustrating, it’s really, really frustrating that at their core has been a murky and dishonest transaction with so much money involved,” he said. “I worry about what we’re going to get stuck with.”Morneau’s official said as soon as construction contracts are in place the government will freely release an official cost update, which he said should happen no later than next winter.The initial goal to finalize the sale in August has been delayed until September or October pending the Aug. 30 shareholder vote results.last_img read more

Lawsuit Gas company knew rig was unsafe before explosion

first_imgQUINTON, Okla. — The family of one of five workers who were killed in an Oklahoma gas well explosion in January says the drilling company didn’t act upon multiple warnings that its safety equipment was in disrepair.Parker Waldridge’s family alleges in a Dec. 4 amendment to their wrongful death lawsuit that a “cascade of errors and multiple departures from safe drilling practices” by drilling company Patterson-UTI Drilling led to the blowout near Quinton in January .The lawsuit alleges that at least two days before the explosion, the rig superintendent, manager and several other Patterson employees received email results of a laboratory test warning of problems with the rig’s accumulator. It says the warnings even came with a “skull and crossbones graphic (literally).”The Tulsa World reports that the families of each dead worker and a worker who was badly injured have filed lawsuits over the explosion.Patterson and Red Mountain Energy, the well’s owner that hired it, issued statements blaming each other.The Associated Presslast_img read more