Mahrez signs for Manchester City

first_img“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” Mahrez told the Manchester City website.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mahrez returned from his self-imposed exile as a substitute at Manchester CityLONDON, United Kingdom, July 10 – Algerian international Riyad Mahrez secured his move to champions Manchester City on Tuesday seven months after his hopes were dashed when Leicester asked for too much.The 27-year-old — pivotal to when Leicester stormed to a shock Premier League title in 2016 — signed a five year contract for an undisclosed fee.last_img

No pigweed left behind: Late-season scouting for Palmer amaranth and waterhemp

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Loux, Ohio State University ExtensionIf you don’t already have to deal with waterhemp or Palmer amaranth, you don’t want it. Ask anyone who does. Neither one of these weeds is easy to manage, and both can cause substantial increases in the cost of herbicide programs, which have to be constantly changed to account for the multiple resistance that will develop over time (not “can,” “will”). The trend across the country is for them to develop resistance to any new herbicide sites of action that are used in POST treatments.Preventing new infestations of these weeds should be of high priority for Ohio growers. When not adequately controlled, Palmer amaranth can take over a field faster than any other annual weed we deal with, and waterhemp is a close second. Taking the time to remove any Palmer and waterhemp plants from fields in late-season before they produce seed will go a long way toward maintaining the profitability of Ohio farm operations. There is information on Palmer amaranth and waterhemp identification on most university websites, including ours — u.osu.edu/osuweeds/ (go to “weeds” and then “Palmer amaranth”). An excellent brief video on identification can be found there, along with a fact sheet.The dead giveaway for Palmer amaranth as we move into late summer is the long seedhead, and those on female seed-bearing plants are extremely rough to the touch. We recommend the following as we progress from now through crop harvest:Take some time now into late summer to scout fields, even if it’s from the road or field edge with a pair of binoculars. This would be a good time to have a friend with a drone that provides real-time video, or your own personal satellite. Scouting from the road is applicable mostly to soybean fields, since corn will often hide weed infestations.Walk into the field to check out any weeds that could be Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, or are otherwise mysterious. If you need help with identification, send photos to us or pull plants and take them to someone who can identify them. Palmer and waterhemp are considerably different in appearance than giant ragweed and marestail, the most common late-season offenders.Where the presence of Palmer amaranth or waterhemp is confirmed, check to see whether plants have mature seed (in Palmer infestations these are the rough female seedheads), by shaking/crushing parts of the seedhead into your hand or other surface that will provide contrast. Mature seed will be small and very dark.Plants without mature seed should be cut off just below the soil surface, and ideally removed from the field and burned or composted. Plants with mature seed should be cut off and bagged (at least the seedheads) and removed from the field, or removed via any other method that prevents seed dispersal through the field.If the Palmer amaranth or waterhemp population is too dense to remove from the field, some decisions need to be made about whether or how to mow or harvest. Harvesting through patches or infested fields will result in further spread throughout the field and also contamination of the combine with weed seed that can then be dispersed in other fields. So consider: 1) not harvesting areas of the field infested with Palmer amaranth or waterhemp, and instead mowing several times to prevent seed production, and 2) harvesting the infested field(s) after all other fields have been harvested, and cleaning the combine thoroughly before further use. This also applies to any infestations that are discovered while harvesting.Scout field borders and adjacent roadsides, areas that flood or receive manure application, and also CREP/wildlife area seedings. The latter can become infested due to contaminated seed produced in states where Palmer amaranth and waterhemp are endemic and not considered noxious. Reminder: the Ohio Department of Agriculture will test any seed used for these purposes for the presence of Palmer amaranth.Feel free to contact OSU weed science for help with identification or management of Palmer amaranth and waterhemp. Mark Loux – [email protected], Bruce Ackley – [email protected]last_img read more

Helping the Environment, One Drop at a Time

first_imgThere is a lot of discussion about pervious paving and its contribution to the environment. Standard paving materials collect pollutants like oil, chemicals, and rubber tire particles from vehicles, pesticides, and dirt, only to have rain wash it off into our waterways, degrading our fresh water supply. Natural landscapes allow rain to percolate down through the soil, taking various pollutants with it, filtering and cleaning them as they flow down, typically arriving clean and clear by the time they reach the water table. We do need hard surfaces to walk, bike, and drive on, so what is the solution? Pervious paving to the rescue Available in many forms, pervious paving provides us with a surface both structurally sound and porous to water. Pervious concrete is similar to the standard product, but it’s made with smaller aggregate and no sand. The result is roughly the texture of a Rice Krispy treat, with open pockets that allow water to flow through the surface to the ground below. Usually placed over about 12 inches of gravel and a geotextile base, pervious concrete can absorb all but the most severe rain events, eliminating almost all water runoff wherever it is installed. Other pervious products include expanded plastic mesh filled with grass and porous paver stones installed over a gravel base.Do your part Reducing the amount of runoff from your project can provide additional points in almost every green-building program, it can help with building department approvals when you have to retain water on your lot, and it helps keep pollutants out of streams and rivers. The initial cost is higher than standard paving products, but like most things green, we get what we pay for. Once we stop looking at first costs and consider what our choices are doing to the environment as a whole, pervious products much more sense. And they’re fun to pee on, too.last_img read more

Lack of coaches leaves doubles teams in lurch

first_imgThe success of the Indian badminton team has managed to hide one fact that may turn out to be a problem in the future – it does not have a specialist doubles coach.Ajay Kanwar, Vijaydeep Singh and Archana Deodhar, who were contracted till the Commonwealth Games ( CWG), put in their papers just before the commencement of the Games.Sources close to the coaches told Mail Today that they resigned owing to the fact that they didn’t receive any tickets for the CWG. What is also compounding matters is the fact that Atiq Johari, one of the two Indonesian coaches attached with the Indian team, is also going back to his homeland at the end of this year.C Punniah Choudhary, secretary of the Badminton Association of India ( BAI), said that the terms of the three coaches were till the CWG. ” These three coaches, who are also in the national coaching panel, were employed to help out the Indian shuttlers till the CWG. Now that the CWG is over, their tenure is over,” he said, sidestepping the fact that the coaches had resigned prior to the mega event in the Capital.But Choudhary admitted that there was a shortage of doubles coaches in the country. ” There is no denying the fact that we are facing a paucity of doubles coaches. But then, things will be back to normal in a couple of months,” he said.Choudhary also said that though Johari will not be back, the other Indonesian coach assisting the team will be here for another one year. ” The other Indonesian coach, Hadi, is still there. He will be helping out the Indian shuttlers for another year. In fact, Hadi has been of great help to our shuttlers for the last two years,” he said.advertisementChoudhary also said that the BAI was in the process of shortlisting a new panel of coaches, which it hopes will help out the shuttlers till the London Olympics. ” Right now, we are working on preparing a list of coaches whom we can employ till the London Olympics,” he said.However, he did not disclose the names of the coaches. ” The shortlisting of the coaches is in a preliminary stage. We will come out with the names once things are finalised,” he said.SAINA NOT FULLY FIT YETMeanwhile, Saina Nehwal has still not recovered from the ankle injury that kept her out of the Indian Open.” I am just doing weights and other mild exercises. I have been told to resume practice gradually.Also, the cold conditions prevalent in Hyderabad have delayed my recovery a bit,” Saina said.” I will be able to resume training properly in about three to four days.”last_img read more