first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Globe Life Park has just eight games left in its tank. Appropriately, one of the park’s final flashing imprints will be left by an Oakland Athletic who somewhat jokingly calls this place home.Friday night, Khris Davis hit two home runs — the first, off the bat at 105 mph for a solo homer. The second into the opposite field for a go-ahead three-run shot — for his first multi-homer game since May 13 against the Seattle Mariners. It punctuated a loud 14-9 win over the Rangers.“ …last_img

first_img“The investments by both Eskom and Exxaro will have a significant benefit to the local, provincial and ultimately the South African economy,” Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga said in a statement this week. 22 September 2008 Medupi is the first of Eskom’s new generation base-load coal-fired power stations, and will comprise six 800MW generation units capable of supplying a total of 4 800MW of generation capacity to the national grid. The coal for Medupi will be supplied through a brownfields expansion of Exxaro’s Grootegeluk mine – situated near Lephalale – with mining from the existing opencast pit continuing at an accelerated rate. Over the next 40 years, the mine will supply an average of 14.6 tons of power station-grade coal to Medupi per year. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The coal beneficiation process will be handled via two new dense medium facilities, the Grootegeluk 7 and Grootegeluk 8 beneficiation plants, which will be constructed at the mine. South African state-owned electricity company Eskom and diversified mining group Exxaro Resources have signed a coal supply agreement for Eskom’s Medupi base-load power station, currently being built in Lephalale in Limpopo province. “We value the co-operative and long-standing relationship that has developed between Eskom and Exxaro and are pleased to be able to continue this mutually beneficial relationship,” said Exarro Resources CEO Sipho Nkosi. “We estimate that about 550 permanent jobs will be created at the Grootegeluk mine.” SAinfo reporter It will be the largest air-cooled power station in South Africa. Its first generation unit is scheduled for commercial operation during the last quarter of 2011, with the last unit expected to be in operation in the first half of 2014. “Direct jobs created during construction by both investments will peak at about 9 500 with the Eskom investment generating 8 000 and the Exxaro investment generating 1 500 of these jobs.” Exxaro’s capital expenditure for the project is estimated at R9-billion, and production is planned to begin in the third quarter of 2009, with a ramp-up to full production capacity by 2014.last_img read more

first_imgThe raw 7.03-carat blue diamond found atSouth Africa’s Cullinan Mine before it was cut and polished.(Image: Sotheby’s) A miner carrying the legendary Cullinan Diamond discovered in 1905.(Image: Bryson Burke)Khanyi Magubane A 7.03-carat blue diamond discovered at the legendary Cullinan Mine in South Africa has broken a world record after it sold for US$ 9.4 million (R81-million) at an auction in Geneva, Switzerland.The amount exceeded the pre-sale maximum estimate of $8.5-million (R73-million).Hosted by auction house Sotheby’s, the sale of the diamond – classified as a “fancy vivid blue” – has been recorded as the highest price offered for a gemstone at an auction.The new owner of the prized possession, Hong Kong collector Joseph Lau Leun-Hung, bid telephonically during the tightly contested sale, which lasted 15 minutes.Lau Leun-Hung has since exercised his right to name the diamond, now known as the Star of Josephine.Classified by the Gemological Institute of America as “internally flawless”, the cushion-shaped diamond was sold as part of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Sale series, and comprised a number of classical pieces.Another popular piece was a pink pear-shaped 5.29-carat diamond, which sold for $2-million (R17.3-miilion), and a marquise brilliant-cut vivid yellow diamond, weighing in at 18-carats.According to the Times of India, the demand for big-sized stones is gaining momentum in Asian and western markets including Hong Kong, Japan, China and the US.“Auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s are fuelling the consumer confidence around the world. While the world is reeling under recession, the sale of the blue diamond has revived the hope for the diamond industry,” said Bharat Gosai, a leading diamond expert, during an interview with Times of India.Also present at the sale was Johan Dippenaar, the chief executive officer of Petra Diamonds, the company that bought the Cullinan Mine from diamond miners De Beers last year. Speaking to Sotheby’s, Dippenaar said, “The renowned Cullinan Mine continues to captivate the world with spectacular diamonds, building on its legacy as the source of some of the world’s most famous gems.“This has been a very successful partnership with Sotheby’s … and has provided the perfect platform to garner international recognition for a gem of this caliber.”Sotheby’s international jewellery department chairperson for Europe and the Middle East David Bennett spoke highly of their partnership with Petra.“We are particularly thrilled with the price achieved for the exceptional fancy vivid blue diamond … its has been very exciting and rewarding to work so closely with Petra Diamonds and to follow the progress of this remarkable gem over the last few months and through to its auction success on the international stage.”In total, the Magnificent Jewels Collection sold 266 lots for a whopping $35.7-million (R309-million).Diamonds for AfricaThe Pretoria-based Cullinan Diamond Mine, with its long history of legendary blue diamond discoveries, dates back to the early 1900s.On June 25 1905, the world-famous Cullinan Diamond was discovered there by mine superintendent Frederick Wells. On a walk through the mine he picked up what he thought was a large piece of glass. When it turned out to be a 31.08-carat diamond, Wells was given a $10 000 (R86 000) reward for the discovery.Sir Thomas Cullinan, the mine’s owner, went on to sell the stone to the then Transvaal government, who in turn presented it to King Edward VII for his 66th birthday.The king sent the stone to be cut by master diamond cutters the Asscher brothers in Amsterdam. The final process of polishing the Cullinan Diamond was completed in 1908 and was subsequently cut into nine pieces.Some parts of the Cullinan Diamond can be found in English Crown Jewels as well as the personal gemstone collection of the Royal Family. To date, the Cullinan is still recorded as the largest uncut diamond ever found.Other famous finds from the mine include the 755-carat Golden Jubilee, the 600-carat Centenary, and the 530-carat Great Star of Africa.Since the 1905 find, more than 120-million carats have been mined at Cullinan. It is still in operation and producing about 25% of the world’s gem-quality diamonds.Public tours are conducted at the mine for those wanting to visit the historic site.Tourists interested in the underground operation of the mine are treated to an underground tour, where tour guides explain the process of diamond mining.Visitors are taught about the extraction of diamonds from the earth and the process of diamond cutting.Sharing an African visionPetra Diamonds, the company that owns the Cullinan Mine, has acquired a number of diamond mines across Africa, and has since been recognised as one of the biggest independent diamond mining groups in the world. It also owns the Koffiefontein, Helam, Sedibeng and Star mines in South Africa.In other parts of the continent, Petra Diamonds has acquired a 75% stake in the Williamson Mine in Tanzania.According to company reports, it has reached an agreement with De Beers to buy the Kimberly Underground mines.With the threat the illegal diamond trade poses to the industry, Petra Diamonds has committed itself to only working with companies that are a part of the Kimberly Process, which promotes the dealing in conflict-free diamonds.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] Related articlesGovt to review mining in SA Economic boomtime in Angola Turning the jobless into jewellers Kimberley goes for Gold Useful linksPetra DiamondsSotheby’s Williamsons Diamond MineDe Beerslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’ve heard of one recent barn fire here in Ohio and a lot of hay has been put up last ahead of the recent rain. Much of the hay was wetter than it should have been for safe dry hay storage. Watch those moist bales very carefully for the next two to three weeks. Use a hay temperature probe and monitor the internal temperature of the hay during these first three weeks after baling.Usually, we think of water and moisture as a way to put a fire out, but the opposite is true with hay and straw, which when too wet can heat and spontaneously combust. This is more common with hay than straw because there is more plant cell respiration in hay. When baled at moistures over 20% mesophilic bacteria release heat-causing temperatures to rise between 130 degrees F and 140 degrees F. If bacteria die and bales cool, you are in the clear but if thermophilic bacteria take over temperatures can raise to over 175 degrees F.The moist bales should be kept outside or in a well-ventilated area. Don’t stack the moist bales, because that prevents the heat and moisture left in the hay from escaping. It is normal for hay to go through a “sweat” in the first few days after baling. Internal temperatures of 110 degrees F in the first five days after baling are quite common in our region and are not a big concern. Assessing the fire riskMost hay fires occur within the first six weeks after balingWas the field evenly dry or did it have wet spots?Were moisture levels kept at 20% or less?If over 20% was hay preservative used? Monitoring at-risk hayIf you are concerned that your hay or straw may be a fire risk, you should monitor it twice a day for the first six weeks or until low temperatures stabilize. Ideally, temperatures are taken from the center of the stack or down about eight feet in large stacks.If you have a long probe thermometer it can be used but some homemade options are available. A three-quarter-inch pipe with the ends closed into a point and 3/16-inch holes drilled in the bottom four inches can work well. Lower a thermometer on a string or the sensor wire of a thermometer into the pipe. The sensor on a long wire can work very well once in place you can read temperatures without removing it. Leave the thermometer in the stack for 15 minutes to get an accurate reading.Another cruder option is to stick a 3/8 pipe into the stack and pull out twice a day if the pipe is too hot to hold in your hand, you are at risk for a fire. Be very cautious when taking hay temperatures if the hay gets hot and a cavity burns out underneath you can fall in. Use planks to spread out your weight and have someone nearby in case you fall in a burned out pocket. Using a harness and tying yourself off would be even better as a safety measure when checking bales.Hay bale temperatures of 120 degrees to 130 degrees F will likely result in mold growth and will make the protein in the hay less available to animals. While those temperatures are not high enough to cause hay fires, the concern is if the mold growth continues and pushes temperatures upward into the danger zone.If the temperature in the hay continues to rise, reaching temperatures of 160 degrees to 170 degrees F, then there is cause for alarm. At those elevated temperatures, other chemical reactions begin to occur that elevate the temperature much higher, resulting in spontaneous combustion of the hay in a relatively short period of time. If the hay temperature is 175 degrees F or higher, call the fire department immediately, because fire is imminent or present in the stack. Critical Temperatures and Actions to TakeTemperatures (⁰F)Condition and Action125°No Action Needed150°Hay is entering the danger zone. Check twice daily. Disassemble stacked hay bales to promote air circulation to cool the hay outside.160°Hay has reached the danger zone. Check hay temperature every couple of hours. Disassemble stacked hay to promote air circulation to cool hay have fire department present while unstacking from here on.175°Hot pockets are likely. Alert fire service to possible hay fire incident. Close barns tightly to eliminate oxygen190°With the assistance of the fire service, remove hot hay. Be aware the bales may burst into flames keep tractors wet200° +With the assistance of the fire service, remove hot hay. Most likely, a fire will occur. Keep tractors wet and fire hose lines charged in the barn and along the route of where bales are to be stacked. If you are in the risk zone and there is machinery or livestock also in the barn, remove them before removing the hay for safety. Also call the fire department when you are in the risk range. They would much rather be present and not have to put a fire out them have to call mutual aid when your entire barn is on fire. For more information on Preventing Fires in Baled have and straw visit- caution needs to be taken when monitoring hot hay. Please read the article below for additional safety guidelines and procedures for monitoring hot bales and for preventing and controlling hay fires:Hay Fire Prevention and Control, Virginia Cooperative Extension read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our web site keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest and at the end of the year we like to review the top stories to gain insight into how to better serve readers of our web and print content and our radio listeners. Plus, it is always fun to see which story comes out on top. To revisit all of these favorite web stories and videos in the last year, look for “2017 top stories of the year” on the right side of this web page. In addition to these top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2017 included the Ohio and Pro Farmer crop tours, the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, and Between the Rows. Weather challenges, the tough farm economy, and all things draft horse also garnered major web traffic in the last 12 months. Here are the 10 most popular stories of 2017. Clinton County Fair swine flu frustration, misinformation and lessons learnedAfter long hours of work and extensive investment in time and money to get to the show ring, emotions can run high, especially when things do not go as planned. That was certainly the case when, unfortunately, swine influenza was lab confirmed at the Clinton County Fair in July.The Clinton County Fair Board worked closely with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Clinton County Agricultural Society and local and state health officials to stop further spread of this virus in the hog population by making it a terminal show. State Veterinarian Tony Forshey said it was a tough, but necessary, decision. And, as the story described, the decision was not without controversy.2. Storm damage pictures from Mercer County farmsOn the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 5, 15 tornadoes touched down in different parts of Ohio, according to the National Weather Service. Two of the worst were in Mercer County.According to the National Weather Service, one of the tornadoes touched down in Celina and skirted Grand Lake St. Marys, causing eight injuries. Some of the most significant damage was at Crown Equipment Corporation where a significant portion of the roof was removed and exterior walls on the southwest side of the building collapsed. Several other businesses were affected as well.A second tornado swept in from the state line, according to the National Weather Service report. The tornado crossed into Mercer County and cut a swath up to 500 yards wide on its 8-mile path affecting more than 20 properties.3. Tragedy sparks heroism in rural OhioOn the morning of Jan. 20, 2017, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office reported that students were preparing for class at West Liberty-Salem schools when just after 7:30 a.m. 17-year-old Ely Serna allegedly snuck a disassembled Mossberg 500 12-gauge, pump action shotgun into the high school. Serna reassembled the gun, firing several shots, shooting fellow student Logan Cole, 16, twice at random in the bathroom.The official report said Serna apologized to Cole and asked him to kill him in return, handing him the gun. As he was lying on the floor bleeding from two shotgun wounds, Cole was pleading with the shooter to not cause further injury to anyone at the school or to himself. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Cole refused to pull the trigger, with Serna then being restrained by staff members shortly thereafter.The community rallied to support its young people and the Cole family. Just under a month later, the cheers of the West Liberty-Salem students and staff were heard echoing through the hallways as Cole, who was nearly killed in the incident, returned to school on Feb. 13. Though he still sported evidence of his ordeal, including a neck brace, he continued to work to make a full recovery.4. 50th Sale of ChampionsFifty years ago, it started with a dream to support the Ohio State Fair’s youth livestock exhibitors. Gov. Jim Rhodes was the mastermind behind the event that would help build the legacy of Ohio livestock exhibition on a national and international stage — the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. Rhodes recognized the hard work, long hours and vast leadership potential of the top livestock exhibitors at the Ohio State Fair and he wanted everyone else to do the same. He also wanted to establish a way to help those young exhibitors benefit from their incredible achievements financially. With these goals in mind, Rhodes teamed up with the Ohio Expositions Commission and well-known auctioneer Merlin Woodruff. The first Sale of Champions in 1968 was designed to provide a one-stop event to showcase the fair’s top youth livestock exhibitors, provide an attraction to promote agriculture and attract the interest of buyers who could afford the type of funding required to reward excellence. This tradition continues today!5. A first generation farmer’s perspective: 25 years of chances given and lessons learnedWhen thinking about a typical farmer in Ohio, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to find out that they might run a couple thousand acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. One would also expect that there is a barn full of livestock right alongside a barn even fuller of machinery and implements. Brent Pence of Lynn Alan Farm fits of all of these ag-centered stereotypes, but the one characteristic of this New Carlisle producer that may be a surprise is that he is a first generation farmer. It took luck, opportunity and many hours of hard work to build a first generation farm.6. A barn full of Internationals and not a tractor in sightTy Higgins often drives through rural Ohio wondering what is hiding in the old barns in the countryside. There are surely stories those structures could tell and who knows what treasures that might lie within — most with more value of sentiment than monetary.But never judge a barn by its cover. That is a lesson Ty learned in northwest Ohio when he found an incredible collection of vintage International cars and trucks in a barn owned by Rich Kleinoeder. The 60-car collection spans from the first International cars made in 1908 to the manufacturer’s last efforts with trucks in 1980. Now, they are all tucked away in a barn made just for them.7. Where are the “You Been Farming Long” boys now?Do you ever wonder what happened to the subjects of one of the most iconic pictures in the history of agriculture? So did Ty Higgins. Back in the early 80s you couldn’t go to a farmhouse, implement dealer or sale barn without seeing this poster somewhere on the wall. Seeing it recently for the first time in a long time piqued Ty’s curiosity and he wanted to know what ever happened to these two boys (who are in there 40s now). So he Googled it. You can see what he found out on page  .8. In the barn and out of troubleIn Clinton County, a new program is giving area youth an opportunity to find something more productive to do than they might otherwise choose. The Juvenile Court System has started a new 4-H group, called Bacon and Bits, and they are giving kids in that club a hog to show at the county fair that provides much more than just a summer project.9. Ohio to Kansas photo highlights: Farmers helping farmersIn March of 2017 Ohioans got together through Facebook to lend a helping hand to the folks in need in Ashland, Kan. after devastating wildfires burned the area. I got to tag along and so did everyone monitoring this photo post back in Ohio. It was a great privilege to be a part of something like this and to have the opportunity to share the journey with those back in Ohio.10. Is Dannon guilty of marketing flimflam?There has been quite a bit of buzz in the dairy industry about Dannon recently and attorney Leisa Boley-Hellwarth delved into the legalities of the issue. Dannon claims they are merely giving the consumers what they want. Many in agriculture disagree and assert that Dannon’s actions are merely “marketing flimflam” and “fear-based marketing.”last_img read more

first_imgTags:#news#social networks#web marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img It’s often said these days that Google and Facebook are major rivals, but how could that be if one is in search and the other, social networking? Traffic analyst firm Hitwise provided one very clear clue tonight when it published new numbers for web user activity in Australia. For perhaps the first time ever, social networking sites have surpassed the traffic search engines receive, Hitwise says. There is reason to question the company’s categorization of web traffic, but the trend is worth examining none the less.Social networking climbed fast this year, and Hitwise says it just peaked over search for a few days during the communication frenzy of Christmas. Take that, Larry and Sergey – Mark and Ev are right behind you.The biggest problem with Hitwise’s numbers is that the company appears to include YouTube in the “social networks and forums” category that is challenging search. That’s a questionable categorization of (Google’s) YouTube, a site that some people call the 2nd-largest search engine on the web. A person certainly can use YouTube as a social network – but we’d guess that far more people use it as a search engine. If YouTube is growing (and this analysis says it is) then search is growing. You wouldn’t think search would have much room to grow, but YouTube demonstrates nicely that there can emerge new kinds of search at any time. Some people argue that real-time search is the next type that will emerge as a growth industry for the search market. Others point to social search and that kind of amalgamation could throw our search vs. social networking equation entirely!The arguable mischaracterization of YouTube seems to throw a big monkey-wrench in Hitwise’s usually fabulous market analysis, but as a general trend social network is undoubtedly growing. At 2% of web use, according again to Hitwise, YouTube is a major player – but lets think about the rise of actual social networking sites relative to search.What would it mean if social networking over-took search in terms of sheer visits online? It would mark a sea-change on the internet. No longer would our dominant use of the web be seeking out web-pages built by HTML web-masters! Now we would all be publishing tiny little updates that perhaps only our friends and family care about. We’d be subscribing, more than we ever did by RSS, to syndicated updates from organizations of interest, large and small. It would be (perhaps will be) a very different era and, to be frank, it’s going to be harder to monetize. There will be privacy battles. There will be new platforms for innovation.It’s a pretty big deal. Things will really change if current trends continue and social networking rises to the top. That’s not as clear as this traffic analyst firm argues that it is, but it could happen. And that’s a big reason why Google and Facebook are rivals.Classic post: Is YouTube the Next Google?Check out our research report The Real-Time Web and Its Future. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_imgTags:#Cartoons#web rob cottingham 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… By now, you’ve probably had the same experience I have of learning about a close friend’s marriage breaking up because their status changed on Facebook. There’s something a little alienating about the fact that a server somewhere in Facebook’s infrastructure had the goods before I had even an inkling of trouble in paradise.But then, the whole relationship thing in Facebook is fraught. I have to imagine there have been screaming, tear-filled fights because one partner clicked “In a relationship” while the other clicked “Hey, let’s not rush things.” Or, maybe worse for some people, “Sweetheart, what are you putting down for ‘relationship status’?” “I’m glad you asked, because I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that.”No matter which checkbox you’ve been ticking – no, that’s not a smutty double-entendre – have a happy Valentine’s Day. Related Posts More Noise to Signal.Photo credit: Esparta 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

first_imgThe decapitated body of a Delhi University lecturer was found on the railway track at Sarai Rohilla, while his mother was found hanging from a ceiling fan at their flat in Pitampura, the police said on Sunday.Allen Stanley, 27, who hailed from Kottayam in Kerala, was found dead on Saturday. Earlier that day, his mother Lissy, 55, was found hanging at their Ashiana Apartment flat, her mouth stuffed with cloth.According to the police, Stanley did his graduation from St. Stephen’s College and master’s from Hyderabad Central University. He was pursuing his Ph.D from IIT-Delhi and had joined St. Stephen’s College over a year ago as an ad hoc Philosophy teacher.“We suspect Stanley committed suicide after killing his mother. However, no suicide note was recovered from Stanley’s body, but a note written in Malayalam was found in the flat. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem. We are probing the case from all angles,” said a senior police officer.Murder case registeredPolice registered a murder case at the Rani Bagh police station after they found his mother dead in the flat.Stanley had been living in Delhi for five years and his mother came to stay with him seven months ago. They were depressed because of an abetment-to-suicide case pending against them in Kerala, and both were on anticipatory bail.“For the past six months, Stanley and his mother were facing legal battles over a property dispute and an investigation regarding the suicide of Stanley’s step-father,” said a close friend who wished not to be named.“After Stanley’s father passed away two years ago, his mother married again. Some seven months ago, his step-father committed suicide at his Kottayam house. Aunty was at her mother’s place in Thodupuzha village in Idukki district while Stanley was in Delhi,” he said. “The relatives of the step-father tried to cover up the death. But later, his mother got to know that it was a suicide and that her husband had left the property in their name. Upon learning this, the relatives filed a complaint against the mother-son duo,” he added.Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini: Society for Mental Health, Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -7.30 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgSevilla boss Pablo Machin is keen on securing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League suggesting they will give it their all in the last group tieThe La Liga side who are the record holders of the competition with five titles in the last 12 years – lost 1-0 at Standard Liege on Thursday night, meaning they must beat FC Krasnodar in their last game to qualify.“We have failed again and when this happens in Europe, your position becomes complicated,” Machin told reporters, as cited by Football Espana via the club media.“We were not allowed to play the game we wanted to play and they hurt us on the break, then when Pablo (Sarabia) was sent-off we struggled, that moment killed us.Top 5 La Liga players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in La Liga next…“We now know that to progress is not going to be a stroll in the park and that we will have to fight tooth and nail.“But we are at home in front of our fans and they will push us on to qualify in what will be a difficult match.“This has been a demanding group.”last_img read more