Home Indiana Agriculture News Midwest Growers Report Good Results from Enlist By Gary Truitt – Dec 8, 2016 As growers in the eastern Corn Belt have completed harvest, those who planted Enlist™ crops are reporting excellent weed control with clean fields and strong yield. Kevin Miller, who planted Enlist E3™ soybeans on his Ohio farm was pleased with the yield. “The yield of the Enlist beans definitely met my expectations,” Miller says. “I think there are good genetics there, too.” The Enlist weed control system helps growers control their toughest weeds. Growers who plant Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans can make postemergence applications of Enlist Duo® herbicide, which offers two modes of action: glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline.In addition, Enlist™ corn offers tolerance to FOP herbicides, while Enlist soybeans feature tolerance to glufosinate. This offers growers three postemergence modes of action to control the toughest weeds.Growers see many positivesGrowers began anticipating good yield after their postemergence applications of Enlist Duo herbicide.“The Enlist Duo provided excellent weed control,” Miller says. “Enlist Duo provided a clean field, so I’m really happy with it.”“Enlist Duo worked,” adds Ohio grower Rick Dotterer, who grew Enlist corn this year. “It definitely acted faster than just a straight glyphosate application. It was beneficial to use Enlist Duo with 2,4-D choline to take out some of these tough weeds.”Effective herbicides are becoming even more critical, Miller says. “With reduced tillage, herbicides become a lot more important. If we can have a clean field, harvest is a lot easier and I think yield increases,” he says.The value of on-target applicationGrowers are seeing more than just effective weed control with the Enlist system.“Enlist Duo herbicide controls weeds, but that’s just part of the story,” says David Hillger, Ph.D., an Enlist field specialist who covers the eastern Corn Belt. “Growers need herbicides that stay on target during and after application. Enlist Duo features Colex-D technology, which limits drift potential, provides near-zero volatility, reduces odor and provides improved handling characteristics.”“I did not see any off-target damage at all with the Enlist Duo,” Miller says.Likewise, Dotterer says the herbicide stayed where he applied it. “I saw no evidence of volatility,” he notes. “It didn’t move.”In addition, crop tolerance proved to be excellent. “I did not see any stress on the beans at all,” Miller reports. “They just kept growing.”Growers note other benefitsBoth Ohio growers indicate they’re interested in continuing to plant Enlist™ crops.“I’m definitely going to plant more of them when they are approved for export,” Miller says. “I am interested in trying Enlist corn at some point. I’m very happy with the Enlist system and would recommend it for another farmer to use.” Previous article30th Anniversary Hoosier Beef Congress in the History BooksNext articleSouth Africa Approves Biotech Corn Events, Opening Door for U.S. Sales Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Midwest Growers Report Good Results from Enlist SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE
The way in which companies harness new ideas will be key to their success asthe economy picks up – and HR needs to support this. Rick Wills, chairman of the London Eye Company, told delegates thatorganisations must become better at generating and managing new ideas, andstressed that HR has a key role to play. Launching new initiatives will require companies to have a realunderstanding of doing things differently. This will involve both peopleissues, and what Wills calls ‘hard’ issues. The hard issues include the following processes: generating ideas, filteringthe ideas and putting the best ideas into practice. He calls the people wholaunch new ideas ‘extrapreneurs’. But he also said to enable extrapreneurs to flourish, the HR departmentneeds to be open-minded. It must ensure a new way of working, which mightinvolve flat structures and different reward systems. The challenge for HR, he said, is to understand what the differences arethat are required. HR departments also need to be brave enough to bring peoplein from outside. “HR must spot the need and where best to attract and motivate thetalent,” Wills said. “The HR director needs to be the advocate of this to the CEO. This is achance for HR to take a lead,” he added. Taking it all on board: HR soundbites from the Aurora…Will Hutton, chief executive atThe Work Foundation: ”Ethics is more than best practice. We are talking about goingback to basics and asking, “What is a company for?”’Professor Bob Garratt, visitingprofessor in corporate governance, Imperial College, London: “Senior HR people should hang around bars at conferenceslike this to help them understand what the wider world is doing. HR directorsneed to get out more.”Neil Haywood, HR and changedirector at business services company Serco: “My premise is that organisations that develop adistinctive approach to change, achieve a competitive advantage. This is anatural role for HR practitioners to fulfil, if they are prepared to seize theopportunity.”Clare Chapman, group HR director at Tesco:”We think managers should be there to serve staff, not theother way around. A manager who helps his staff makes a huge difference.” Rick Wills, chairman, London EyeCompany:”HR must spot the need and where best to attract andmotivate the talent. The HR director needs to be the advocate of this to theCEO. This is a chance for HR to take a lead.”Tim Coburn, chief executive atPersonal Journeys:”Asking questions is one of the most effective yet leastdeveloped leadership skills. In the next generation of leadership, the abilityto ask questions that link people, passion and performance will be one of themost highly prized.” Comments are closed. Managing ideas is the key to a successful firmOn 20 May 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Map as of 10 am Monday.Vermont officials were preparing to assess the damage from Sunday’s flooding as clean-up and recovery efforts begin Monday. The extent of damage to roads, bridges, homes and businesses caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene was unknown but was expected to stretch from one end of Vermont to the other. As of Monday morning roughly 50,000 Vermont power customers were without service,and officials warned that impassable roads could make restoring electricity to all areas a lengthy process. Transportation officials reported that some 263 roads had been impacted to varying degrees and several bridges destroyed by the floodwaters; a map of affected roads can be viewed at: http://www.511vt.com/default.asp?area=VT_statewide(link is external) Nine Red Cross shelters had been set up around the state and more than two dozen towns had opened their own shelters, but the number of people displaced by the heavy rains and flooding was not immediately available. In Rutland, some 80 residents of two residential care facilities, the St. Joseph Kervick Residence and the Loretto Home, were temporarily being housed at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Patients in some areas of the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury were relocated within the grounds after flood waters rose into the Vermont State Office Complex next to the Winooski River. That flooding in Waterbury Village also forced Vermont Emergency Management to relocate the state’s Emergency Operations Center to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s temporary offices in Burlington. ‘We were fortunate to have a place that met our technological and logistical needs so close,’ Vermont Emergency Operations Center Manager Chris Reinfurt said. ‘We were able to restore the EOC to operation in a couple of hours.’ FEMA officials, who have been in the state since June helping Vermont recover from heavy rains and flooding earlier this spring, had been working with their state counterparts in the days leading up to Sunday’s heavy rains and were slated to take part in damage assessments. One fatality in Vermont has been attributed to the storm; police confirmed they had recovered a body from the Deerfield River in Wilmington Sunday evening, where a woman had been washed away by floodwaters earlier and feared drowned. Officials warned Vermonters to be careful of downed power lines and always assume they are live and report them to authorities. They also cautioned against driving through standing water.VTrans Areas of Vermont are still under water but rivers are now receding. Much of the state is starting to dry out but there are still many hazards and the public is encouraged to exercise caution. Everyone is asked to stay off roads unless absolutely necessary. Many roads are still damaged, and many may be washed out under the road surface and could give away at any time. A number of towns are asking that all traffic stay away, please respect detours and all road closures. See map and list below. Local road closures are too many to list. It is estimated more than 250 roads around the state are damaged, many of them are impassable. Every state road with the exception of Interstates 89 and 91 were closed at least for a time and many are still closed. Transportation and emergency officials are out today ensuring citizens are accounted for, assessing damage, and determining what areas are safe. All state offices are closed on Monday due to hazardous travel conditions. Homeowners should not return to a flooded home or turn on their circuit breaker until the electrical system has been inspected by a licensed electrician. Wires could be wet and could lead to electrocution if not inspected. Around 50,000 power customers are without service. Restoring power may be slowed for some utilities because of road conditions. That is another reason to stay off the roads. Power restoration will take some time, so patience will be necessary. The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association reports that ‘many service technicians are out chasing propane tanks that have been swept away in the floods. Homeowners with aboveground storage tanks should contact their propane provider immediately if their tank has moved from its foundation or if they smell gas.’ Those who need road conditions should call 511 or go to www.511vt.com(link is external) â ¦ do NOT call 211 for road conditions. There are currently six Red Cross shelters open: Brattleboro, VT ‘ Brattleboro Union High School ‘ Fairground RoadSpringfield, VT ‘ Springfield High School — 303 South StreetHartford, VT ‘ Hartford High School ‘ 37 Highland AvenueRutland, VT ‘ Rutland High School ‘ 22 Stratton RoadBarre, VT ‘ Barre AuditoriumSt. Johnsbury, VT ‘ The St. Johnsbury School ‘ 257 Western Avenue Vermont Emergency Management has moved its Emergency Operations Center to the FEMA offices in Burlington. Contact information for the media is 802-951-2708. The VEM e-mail server is also down, a temporary e-mail address for the press to contact the information office is [email protected](link sends e-mail) . The Vermont Agency of Transportation has been working throughout the night and continues today to assess road conditions along state infrastructure resulting from Hurricane Irene. VTrans priority is to establish safe passage for travelers and is closing roads, when needed, and establishing safe detours. VTrans urges members of the public to exercise extreme caution in navigating the State highway system. If travel is not necessary, Vermonters are asked to stay home so emergency responders and road crews can conduct damage assessments to the State’s infrastructure. There are State highway closures throughout the state, some State highway bridges are completely washed out, while others may be compromised. It will be several days before State officials can inspect all of the State bridges impacted by the extreme flooding caused by hurricane Irene. Roads may be undermined by the flooding and slope failures may still be occurring. State officials are assessing which communities may be cut off and what infrastructure needs to be repaired first in order that power crews may gain access to down power lines and transformers. While the Vermont Agency of Transportation knows about the closures to the State highway system, town road closures are reported to Vermont Emergency Management. The final number and location of all town roads and bridges that are closed or impassable is still unknown at this time. The public is urged not to cross roadways with standing water. VTrans Operations crews have been deployed since the beginning of the weather event working through the evening and are still on the job making repairs to the state system. VTrans is deploying bridge inspection teams including teams from out of state and FEMA to inspect Vermont’s bridges. It will be several days before all bridges, state and town can be inspected. To receive the latest information on State road and bridge closures, the public can access the State 511 system at http://www.511vt.com/(link is external). Following are the state highway closures in effect as of 4 am.District OneRoute 7 south of ManchesterRoute 100/9 in ReadsboroRoute 100 north of WilmingtonRoute 9 in WilmingtonRoute 30 at Route 133 in PawletDistrict TwoRoute 30 at Newfane, Jamaica ‘ bridges outRoute 9 west of Brattleboro in area of Shell Station & Cumberland Farms.I-91 SB between Exits 5 and 6Route 5 in Rockingham ‘ bridge 39 underminingRoute 103 Chester at the new bridge 1 mile south of Route 11Route 131 in Cavendish near Chub HillRoute 11 in spots ‘ Chester ‘ Andover and Windham.Route 100 Jamaica near Route 30 IntersectionRoute 100 in WestonRoute 103 in ChesterRoute 100 in WardsboroDistrict 3Route 7 north of WallingfordRoute 4 east of RutlandRoute 7 north of RutlandRoute 100 LudlowRoute 144 East WallingfordRoute 103 Mount HollyRoute 100 between Route 4 and PittsfordRoute 73 between 53 and Route 100Route 7 near Route 73 in BrandonDistrict 4Route 4 in West WoodstockRoute 100 Granville GulfRoute 107 between Bethel and Route 100Route 12 between Route 4 and 107Route 12A in West BraintreeDistrict 5Route 116 between Route 125 and 17Route 125 between Route 116 and Route 100Route 17 between Route 116 and Huntington RoadI-89 in ColchesterRoute 2 JonesvilleDistrict 6Route 100 Moretown to WaitsfieldRoute 100BRoute 12 Berlin to RivertonRoute 12 WorcesterRoute 14 in WoodburyDistrict 7Route 5 north of St. JohnsburyRoute 302 in GrotonRoute 5 in LyndonvilleRoute 122 previously closed now openRoute 5A at Route 5 in West BurkeDistrict 8Route 118 previously closed now openRoute 105 between Enosburg and BerkshireRoute 242 west of Jay PeakDistrict 9Route 242 east of Jay PeakRoute 16 between I-91 and BartonRoute 105 between 114 and Lakeshore Drive near Island Pond Vermont Emergency Management. 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By Dialogo September 12, 2012 The Napo River winds eastbound across the Ecuadorean landscape, from the Central Andes to the Port of Francisco de Orellana, in El Coca, where it joins the Coca River as a major artery to the Amazon River in neighboring Peru. In 1541, Gonzalo Pizarro led an expedition of Spanish conquerors through its waters in search of gold, but found the imposing Amazon Rain Forest instead. Known as Jatunyacu in the region’s Quichua language, it means “Big River”, for a reason: It represents a major life source for the many indigenous cultures that inhabit the area, as well as serves as a major transportation and trade route that extends across the South American continent. Some 50 to 80 kilometers north of its waters, the San Miguel and Putumayo Rivers, which also feed into the Amazon, flow parallel to the Napo, but these two delineate part of the 728-kilometer border between Colombia and Ecuador in a porous area that formerly had little state presence or control. In 2000, in fact, there were less than 2,000 Ecuadorean Military troops operating along the country’s northern region under many commands, according to data gathered by the U.S. Military Group Army Mission in Ecuador. It was a territory where coca plantations thrived and armed camps belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) existed with relative impunity. Its strategic equatorial location by the Pacific Ocean on the west and wedging into two important cocaine producers on the rest of its circumference has made it an attractive transit country for drug traffickers and the myriad illegal activities that derive from this scourge, including transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, environmental damage, and human rights violations. Today, however, that grim picture has changed to much brighter colors. The Ecuadorean Military has strengthened its presence in the area, thanks to an investment of US $3 billion in infrastructure, equipment vehicles, boats, and sustainment of troops in the area by the country’s government. It has since established a force of 11,000 personnel to operate along the northern border, all under the single direction of the Northern Operations Command No. 1 (OPCMD 1N), said U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ricardo Marquez, riverine program manager and watercraft engineer with the U.S. Army Mission in El Coca. During Diálogo’s visit to the 19th “Napo” Jungle Brigade based in El Coca, in August 2012, Brigadier General Celso Andrade, commander of the IV “Amazonas” Division of the Ecuadorean Army (IV-DIV), explained that the Ecuadorean Armed Forces reestablished their focus from the eastern and southern borders with Peru to the northern border with Colombia in 2005. “Our border is definitely porous. Colombian citizens living in the border areas [and linked to the FARC] cross the boundaries to set up support networks for the FARC’s logistics systems,” he said. With the added support to the area, they work closely with their Colombian counterparts to control the effects that sharing a permeable boundary can cause. In addition, an inset of support in the form of $100 million from the United States in the last twelve years has also helped the country’s Armed Forces reinforce and expand control of their sovereignty and national security along the northern border, as well as fight drug trafficking with a tougher hand. Specifically, the United States has backed the Ecuadorean Armed Forces Riverine Program, through a total package approach destined to the purchase of individual equipment, tactical vehicles, riverine tactical boats, infrastructure projects, logistics, operations, maintenance, and riverine and tactical training. The Counter Narcotics Riverine Program is run by the Ecuadorean Armed Forces Counter Narcotics Program and executed by the U.S. Military Group in Ecuador through support of the U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida. As part of the program, there are 52 boats (as well as all their related maintenance, upgrades, supplies services and training courses) stationed along different locations of the northern border – including the “Amazonas” IV-DIV in El Coca, the 55th Jungle Detachment in Putumayo, the 53rd Special Forces Group in Lago Agrio, the 56th Jungle Battalion in Santa Cecilia and the Marines Battalion in San Lorenzo – to navigate and patrol the waters along the Napo, Coca, Putumayo and San Miguel Rivers in support of counternarcotics operations against illegal armed groups, such as the FARC, and specifically their 48th Front. The patrol boatsare all designed to carry a crew of between eight and 12 Soldiers specialized to execute operations to protect the safety of the populace and sovereignty of their country over Ecuadorean waterways. Captain Oscar Abad, of the Ecuadorean Army’s Jungle and Counterinsurgency School, told Diálogo that seven fully armed and equipped crewmembers ride on each boat for a given patrol mission: three per side ready to shoot, and one machinist who handles the .50 caliber machine gun strategically positioned at the helm of each boat. “Each member is trained in the same skills, to be readily available to replace a fellow member that may be disabled in case of an emergency or attack,” he explained. In addition, he added, each mission requires the deployment of four boats at a time in order to execute thorough searches and actions. All four models have been specially designed or upgraded to have low-drive technologies with jet drive engines positioned underneath to facilitate better access through shallow, winding waterways that commonly carry debris like garbage, logs, roots, foliage, etc. Ecuador is only one of the countries to establish a stronger military presence along their waterways in recent years, and subsequently to be confronted with countering drug-trafficking. Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama are undergoing the same efforts. It is for that reason that representatives of the military and public defense forces of these countries visited El Coca to witness a demonstration of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces’ achievements in this regard in August, 2012. During the event, Ecuadorean Army Colonel E. Acosta, commander of the 19th “Napo” Jungle Brigade, told Diálogo, “It is very important to be the regional pioneers in this respect. It’s significant to have our neighbors and partner nations visit our facilities and see what we do because it allows us to exchange information and become better professionals in this common fight.” Commander Efrain Mann of the Honduran Navy, explained that Honduras has an established riverine program of their own. “We employ boats with external turbo propulsion engines [that work better in deeper waters], so we are interested in assessing the possibility of incorporating the same type of boats in our rivers”. For his part, Belize Defense Force Major Charlton Roches told Diálogo that Belize is soon to receive two “Pantano” model boats for use in their riverine program. “We need to have a clear understanding of the employment of these vessels … their weaknesses and strengths,” he explained. More than countering transnational organized crime, like other countries, the focus of Belize’s river operations lies with the local transit of marijuana, said Maj. Roches. According to data presented by the Ecuadorean Armed Forces, as a result of Ecuador’s successful program, the northern border area has been essentially cleared of permanent armed FARC camps in the country because they are no longer able to operate with impunity. Their previously safe refuges have been reduced to simple crossings in small unarmed groups. Additionally, the camps that the Colombian rebel group formerly set up for rest and relaxation of their troops have been greatly reduced, coca plantations are largely non-existent in the northern border area and –as a cherry on top, according to Brig. Gen. Andrade, “the Ecuadorean and Colombian militaries have established a positive and cooperative relationship that allows us to exchange information, intelligence and support for each other through regular coordination meetings to counter drug trafficking jointly.”
“These blood drives and different events we hold are an excellent way to keep their lives and experiences alive in our hearts,” said VanAuken. The blood drive comes at a time when the need for blood is critical. “Trooper Skinner gave his life for his community, among the other officers in Broome County and across the state and United States. It’s just a great way for us as troopers to give back, to give of yourselves, you’re actually giving a piece of yourself back to save lives,” said Captain Jeffrey VanAuken with NYSP. “Every two seconds someone needs blood in the United States. If you think about that, that’s a scary thought. With one blood donation, that has the power to save three lives. That could be someone in your family, in my family, maybe someone we will never know,” said Red Cross Broome County Account Manager Esperanza Gutierrez. KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — New York State Police Trooper Christopher Skinner was killed in the line of duty on May 29, 2014. Nearly six years later, state police continue to honor his memory through a blood drive. The act of giving to others, troopers say, would make Skinner proud. If you missed your chance to donate, you can find all upcoming blood drives with the Red Cross at this link.
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Colon, who turns 43 next week, has pitched for the New York Mets since 2014 and is 3-2 with a 3.53 ERA this season.For Richards, Tommy John surgery, with its recovery time of up to 16 months, would cost him most of the 2017.“Certainly it is a long recovery and puts you out, not only for this season, but the lion’s share of next season, probably all of next season,” Scioscia said. “I don’t think it’s anything you want to rush into.”Richards becomes a free agent after the 2018 season.Wilson throws simulated gameWilson, the veteran left-hander, threw a three-inning simulated game for the first time Monday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, but no minor league rehab assignment has been scheduled.“He is not game ready,” Scioscia said.Wilson (shoulder) began throwing off a mound this month and has targeted a mid-June return.Scioscia said Wilson looked good after throwing about 40 pitches.“It’s encouraging, but there’s still a process involved,” Scioscia said. “It’s going to take awhile.”AlsoRelief pitcher Javy Guerra cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake. Guerra (9.00 ERA in four appearances this season) was designated for assignment last week. … Left fielder Craig Gentry (back) rejoined the team at Dodger Stadium. “It’s done just in hopes of having the best outcome of having him be healthy,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think you want to jump into any kind of surgery, let alone a surgery of the magnitude of a Tommy John procedure. I think, for Garrett’s interests, it’s best to take this course.”Richards, 27, was 1-3 with a 2.34 ERA in his six starts this season before being placed on the disabled list.The hard-throwing right-hander was seeking a second opinion in recent weeks.“Garrett got input from numerous sources, both players and doctors, and felt that this was the best course of action,” Scioscia said. “That’s solely his decision.”Stem cell therapy is uncommon, but not a course of action that is not unheard of. Among known players to have undergone the technique include former Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon, who underwent treatment after missing the 2010 season with the New York Yankees following elbow surgery. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Garrett Richards could return this season.The Angels’ ace, out indefinitely with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, has opted not to pursue Tommy John surgery for the time being.Richards received a stem cell injection Monday in the hope of avoiding the procedure.Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Richards would be evaluated in six weeks.
A top quality men’s field will gather at Aldeburgh Golf Club in Suffolk this week to battle it out in the final of the English Men’s County Championship, from September 28-30.The four contenders for the crown, each representing one of the England Golf men’s groups, are BB&O (Berks, Bucks & Oxon) from the South East; Gloucestershire from the South West; Lincolnshire from the Midlands; and Yorkshire from the North.Yorkshire has dominated the championship over the years with 21 wins to their credit, with the latest in 2016. The other three counties have all been champions, but not for over 30 years. BB&O scored the last of their three wins in 1983, Gloucestershire has won twice, most recently in 1979. and Lincolnshire’s sole victory was in 1974.Between them they’re fielding impressive teams for the three-day round robin championship. In total there are five members of England’s winning team from the Men’s Home Internationals: David Langley (BB&O), Joe Long and Mitch Waite (Gloucestershire), with David Hague and Bailey Gill (Yorkshire).BB&O will also have Harrison Arnold, from England’s winning team at the Boys’ Home Internationals, and Tim Shin, who teamed up with Langley to win last weekend’s English Champion Club Tournament.Meanwhile, the Gloucestershire line-up also includes former boy international Jack Cope and Nick Day, the runaway winner of the English mid-amateur.Yorkshire’s team also includes the in-form teenager, Ben Schmidt who has recently won the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions and was runner-up in the English and Italian U16 championships. He’s eyeing a special double, having already helped Yorkshire to win the Boys’ County Finals.Lincolnshire’s team includes Sam Done, a regular on the national amateur circuit who reached the match play stages of both the British and English amateur championships. Also in the side is Simon Richardson, who has been county champion five times in the last six years – missing out only in 2015 – and who won the English County Champion of Champions in 2017.The championship starts on Friday when Lincolnshire play Yorkshire and BB&O take on Gloucestershire.The full teams are:BB&OHarrison Arnold, George Baylis, Adam Birdseye, Olly Huggins, David Langley, Alexander Nicholls, Timothy ShinGloucestershireJack Cope, Nick Day, Joe Harvey, Alex Ireland, Joe Long, Jake Phillips, Mitch WaiteLincolnshireLiam Bell, Jack Diment, Sam Done, Chris Haynes, Matthew Haynes, Simon Richardson, Adam WainwrightYorkshireSam Bairstow, Bailey Gill, David Hague, Lewis Hollingworth, Ben Hutchinson, Samuel Rook, Ben SchmidtCaption: Bailey Gill (pictured) is one of two players in the 2018 Yorkshire team who were also in the county’s winning side in 2016. The other is Ben Hutchinson. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography) 24 Sep 2018 Top field for English Men’s County Finals Tags: Aldeburgh Golf Club, BB&O, County Finals, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Men’s Golf, Yorkshire
On the very first play from scrimmage; Terrelle Pryor faked the entire black and gold defense left as he went right for a 93 yard TD scamper. The Raiders never looked back as they led the entire game and finished it off with a 21-18 victory. The score makes it seem close, it wasn’t. The Steelers were flat, sluggish and mistake prone all game long. To top it off, Shuan Suisham, the teams’ most consistent and reliable player missed two field goals, his first two of the season. You can look at the score and say there’s your ball game, that’s where the team lost it, but that would only be partially true.The team lost it in all facets.First, the offense failed once again to score touchdowns when they needed to. They turned the ball over three more times. They failed to generate any kind of a ground game as they only picked up 35 yards on 19 carries and they once again failed to protect their franchise quarterback.Big Ben was sacked 5 more times. Roethlisberger was hurried and hit all game long as well. Additionally he was off target on throws he typically makes in his sleep. The O line looked like it did to start the season, unable to protect Big Ben under any circumstance. To add to Roethlisbergers woe’s were the drops by the usually sure handed Heath Miller and Antonio Brown. It was a sure fire recipe for punts and field goal attempts. That’s not a recipe that spells success very often. Frustration was written on the face of the QB, rightfully so. By the time the offense decided to show up and move the ball downfield, it was too late. The team was down 18 points, which proved far too many to overcome.The defense didn’t help either. While they buckled down in the second half; for the game they gave up 197 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground. They only sacked Pryor twice and hit him a mere three more times. A defense predicated on pressure must be able to apply it. Ryan Clark led the way with 12 tackles but isn’t that telling? Your free safety led the way in tackles. That’s generally an issue, specifically when the opposing team only throws the ball 19 times.Special teams weren’t an innocent party in this comedy of errors. With two missed field goals and a blocked punt to set up a short field, what chance did the team have? Lastly the coaching should get a big fat F for the performance the team put on. While they don’t play, they motivate, game plan and lead and it’s hard to say any of that occurred on Sunday let alone in the week leading up to the putrid display. This staff has turned a team of winners into a team that lacks the ability to beat the league doormats. It’s a week to week league and what a difference a week makes.If this team responds next week and goes into New England and wins, perhaps a performance like this may be forgotten or at least forgiven. If they don’t, we’ll truly understand who these 2013 Steelers really are. A team of aging veterans, young players who lack direction and a coaching staff who’s lost the ability to formulate winning results. Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected] Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Will Allen sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. The Raiders won 21-18. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Just when you felt that there was some momentum with the Steelers, a thought that they may get back in the 2013 mix, they go out west and lay a dud, with a thud. The Steelers looked horrific in their game at Oakland from the get go.
In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday’s game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson’s booking on a child abuse charge Saturday has created another crisis for the embattled NFL, already derided for not responding strongly enough to acts of domestic violence by its players.It also has touched off a national debate about the role of corporal punishment in parenting.In the eyes of a Texas grand jury, Peterson crossed the line when he repeatedly struck his son with a tree branch, or switch, in May. Peterson’s attorney has said he has never run from what happened — and that Peterson was inflicting the same discipline he endured as a child.“Obviously, parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Phil Grant said about 12 hours after Peterson was booked and released from jail on $15,000 bond. He is charged with causing injury to a child age 14 or younger.Peterson, one of the NFL’s most popular players and widely considered one of the best running backs to ever play, flew from Minnesota to Houston in the early morning hours after authorities indicted him on Friday evening. He has a home in both locations.The Vikings almost immediately decided to deactivate him for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Saturday that Peterson’s case “will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.”The situation comes as the NFL proceeds with a self-commissioned investigation by a former FBI director into how it handled the case of Ray Rice, who knocked his then-fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator. Rice was released Monday from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced that showed the violence. The NFL said it hadn’t seen the video before then, but a law enforcement source told the AP it was sent to a league executive’s office in April and provided a voice mail confirming it was received.Unlike Rice’s situation, Peterson’s case is complicated by his stance that he meant his son no harm but rather was applying the same discipline he experienced growing up.“Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas,” Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said.Steve Eudey, who coached Peterson as a young boy in Palestine, Texas, and has remained a family friend, said he has heard stories from Peterson about his father Nelson “being a firm disciplinarian.”“Some of the things his dad did to him was to make him tough,” Eudey told The Associated Press.Eudey said he had yet to speak to Peterson since his arrest, but said his actions were consistent with the type of upbringing he had.“I will go to my grave defending Adrian, but at the same time you can’t harm a child, either,” Eudey said. “I know that was never his intent.”Grant, the Texas prosecutor, said the grand jury felt the charge was warranted after spending several weeks reviewing “lots of evidence.”It’s not unusual for people subjected to physical discipline as children to use corporal punishment against their own children, experts say, and courts will sometimes consider that as a mitigating factor when sentencing an abuser. Peterson faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.News of Peterson’s charges led several prominent athletes to tweet about their experiences with corporal punishment when they were children.“Am I the only one that got hit with a switch? I had to go outside and pick my own switch. It taught values, respect (and) accountability,” former NBA star Tracy McGrady said. But he later qualified those remarks, tweeting, “Disciplining a child is vital. Of course any early physical punishment should be within reason, not overboard, and inside certain boundaries.”While the legal process plays out, the NFL is facing a potential test case for the tougher penalties it declared last month for players involved with domestic violence.Commissioner Roger Goodell announced an initial offense will draw a six-week suspension without pay, though “more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.”It is not clear if Peterson’s case will invoke those penalties.Corporal punishment is legal in Texas, and the law spells out that non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible.But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury. While a blow that causes a red mark that fades in an hour is not likely to be judged abusive, a blow that leaves a bruise, welt, or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The child’s injuries will likely be under scrutiny as the case proceeds.The guidelines also say while spanking with the bare, open hand is least likely to be abusive, use of an instrument “is cause for concern.”The Vikings jumped ahead of the NFL and the legal system by shelving Peterson for the game Sunday. Two other teams — Carolina and San Francisco — have taken heat for allowing players involved in alleged recent domestic violence incidents to continue to play.The team — and the league — will likely face scrutiny as they decide whether Peterson returns to the field as the legal process plays out. As of Saturday, no decision had been made about his outlook this season, and no court date had been set in Texas.___Associated Press writers Jeff Baenen in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, David J. Phillip in Spring, Texas, Mike Graczyk in Houston and Tim Jacobs and Jason Keyser in Chicago contributed to this report.___Online:AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL