Tigers win six events in road victoryBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLA CROSSE — Marshfield won six events on its way to a 102-64 victory over La Crosse Central/Logan in a nonconference boys swimming dual meet Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.Calden Wojt won the 50 freestyle (24.79 seconds), Brian Engel took first in the 100 free (55.09) and 100 backstroke (1:05.44), and the Tigers won all three relays to earn the team victory.Engel, Scott Thompson, Michael Kruse, and Wojt won the 200 medley relay in 1:55.99; the team of Ben Donahue, Gabe Ronan, Thompson, and Zach Hanson took first in the 200 freestyle in 1:45.30; and Engel, Colin Thomasgard, Kruse, and Wojt won the 400 freestyle relay in 4:00.06 for the Tigers.Marshfield will compete at the Sheboygan South Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Marshfield 102, La Crosse Central/Logan 64Winners and Marshfield finishers200 medley relay: 1. Marshfield (Brian Engel, Scott Thompson, Michael Kruse, Calden Wojt) 1:55.99; 3. Marshfield (Colin Thomasgard, Jacob Dick, Alec Brenner, Ben Donahue) 2:08.33; 5. Marshfield (Andrew Gilkerson, Andrew Rall, Ryan McLellan, Trent Anderson) 2:35.88.200 freestyle: 1. Allan Mach (LC) 2:08.61; 2. Donahue (MAR) 2:11.79; 3. Anthony Hartwig (MAR) 2:16.74; 4. Hanson (MAR) 2:18.25.200 IM: 1. Will Hoeth (LC) 2:25.76; 2. Dick (MAR) 2:33.19; 3. Thompson (MAR) 2:33.40; 4. McLellan (MAR) 3:23.75.50 freestyle: 1. Wojt (MAR) 24.79; 3. Kruse (MAR) 25.99; 4. Thomasgard (MAR) 26.50.100 butterfly: 1. Nate Brenengen (LC) 1:04.30; 2. Kruse (MAR) 1:05.70; 3. Brenner (MAR) 1:15.21.100 freestyle: 1. Engel (MAR) 55.09; 3. Donahue (MAR) 1:00.68; 4. Wojt (MAR) 1:01.67.500 freestyle: 1. Hoeth (LC) 5:29.55; 2. Hartwig (MAR) 6:19.37; 4. McLellan (MAR) 7:40.46; 5. Alex Wuenthrich (MAR) 8:05.06.200 freestyle relay: 1. Marshfield (Donahue, Gabe Ronan, Thompson, Hanson) 1:45.30; 3. Marshfield (Anderson, Brenner, Eric Tollefson, Hartwig) 2:06.30.100 backstroke: 1. Engel (MAR) 1:05.44; 3. Thomasgard (MAR) 1:12.55; 5. Brenner (MAR) 1:21.28.100 breaststroke: 1. Mach (LC) 1:11.12; 2. Thompson (MAR) 1:16.52; 3. Dick (MAR) 1:19.49; 5. Hanson (MAR) 1:33.35.400 freestyle relay: 1. Marshfield (Engel, Thomasgard, Kruse, Wojt) 4:00.06; 3. Marshfield (Tollefson, Gilkerson, Hartwig, Dick) 4:25.81.
A sunflower field in South Africa’s westernFree State region.(Image: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighWith South African farmers considered to be among the best in the world, the Republic of Congo is enlisting their help to improve food security and social development by inviting them to set up agricultural operations in that country.Andre Botha, chair of Congo Agriculture, an organised agriculture body affiliated to South Africa’s Agri SA, said this is an ideal opportunity for local farmers to diversify their operations.Lying on the western border of the much larger Democratic Republic of Congo, the central African country desperately needs a viable agricultural sector. It currently has to import most of its food from France and China, food that is often expensive and of low quality.It’s a win-win arrangement: the Congo offers South African farmers free land, exemption from taxes and import duties for five years, and they can take profits out of the country. Farmers also have the option of selling their Congo businesses, or leaving them to heirs. In return, the farmers’ responsibility is to establish commercial farms that will guarantee food security within five years.Botha is confident local farmers can meet these conditions, helping create a successful farming industry that would have major benefits for the Congo’s economy and people.“Currently the country’s total debt is 70% of its GDP, so this does not leave much for development of the economy,” he said. “With this initiative, one year’s good crop has the potential to reduce total debt to 40% in a year.” Not only would it provide a reliable local source of food, but prices would be lower and food quality would improve.Social development initiatives are also on the cards. “Farmers have to get involved in empowerment of local people and skills development, and this is why there are already plans to establish a preschool, primary school and agricultural academy there.”Fertiliser manufacturers, equipment suppliers and financing institutions have also expressed interest in the venture and are considering setting up branches in the Congo.Why South Africa’s farmers?Ernst Janovsky, an agricultural economist and general manager for Absa Agribusiness, said there is no doubt that South African farmers have earned their stripes.“I can say for sure that they are of the best in the world. They are capable of farming without government support, can compete against the rest of the world and even with our scarce resources they produce profitably.”He said it is encouraging that government policy on the continent is shifting its focus to food security. “Basic food production is important across Africa now,” he said. Instead of only cultivating high-value crops such as roses for export to European markets, there is a renewed focus on developing primary agriculture.Professor Andre Louw, agribusiness specialist at the University of Pretoria Department of Agricultural Economics, said South African farmers had proven their ability to thrive in difficult conditions.“They are doing well considering all the challenges.” An erratic climate, drought and floods, high interest rates and input costs, and crime are a few of the difficulties South African farmers face.“If you put all these challenges on a scorecard, it is clear that our farmers have to be very solutions-driven and resilient to cope,” he said.Food security for the worldBotha said the world is increasingly looking to Africa for food security. With the global population growing, countries such as China and India need more food.“The food requirement for the world will increase and Africa is the only place where this can be done,” he said. “We have the land, rainfall and right climate to do it.”With optimal conditions, grain production can be significantly increased – and the Congo’s farming conditions are far better than South Africa’s.“If we can produce what we currently are under semi-desert conditions, imagine what our farmers can do in a high-potential area,” Botha said. Farmers already in the Congo can produce some 10 tons of maize per hectare in dryland (unirrigated) conditions, while South African dryland farming can only produce 3.4 tons per hectare.Janovsky said subtropical African countries have some of the best farming land and seasonality is more defined. Although the tropical conditions of the Congo could be problematic for crops that need cold units for production, he said it is still possible to grow many other types of crops there.All that’s needed now is rural infrastructure improvements. But Janovsky said even this is not an insurmountable problem, as agriculture could piggyback off infrastructure developments by mining companies in the Congo.Farmers aren’t leaving South AfricaBotha emphasised that the Congo’s invitation does not mean South African farmers are abandoning their country. “This initiative is not a ‘great trek’ for farmers to run away,” he said. “Of the 70 farmers who are already there, no one has sold their farm in South Africa.”He added that farmers have a good working relationship with the South African government.“There has been a lot of pressure from the G8 countries for South Africa to fulfil their role as Africa’s powerhouse. We are supporting the government’s African initiatives with the skills we have.”Useful linksAgri SA Congo Government Portal (French)South African National Department of Agriculture South African Agriculture Portal LandbouWeekblad (Afrikaans)Farmer’s Weekly Grain South Africa SA Studbook
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Docs just got an amazing new feature called insert drawing. With it you can now create and insert drawings directly into your Google documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The drawing creation tool is easy to use, and supports snapping to grid points and full free-form or constrained rotation and sizing of individual lines, shapes, or groups of composite items. The best part is that the entire insert drawing module is rendered in-browser. It only takes a few minutes of playing with the new module to discover that it has a number of great things going for it: First, it has a huge number of pre-defined shapes for you to use. This is especially handy if you want to draw decision or flow charts, where you want to use the same shape over and over again, or if your drawing skills aren’t all that great, like ours (hint, a better example can be found here). Second, the tool supports snap-to-grid which makes lining up objects easy. And when you hold down shift while re-sizing or rotating a shape, you get a constrained action, which is good if you want to maintain a certain aspect ratio or orient something perfectly vertically or horizontally. Finally, you can group-select objects and resize or move them en-masse.These are all fairly basic features of any vector drawing program, such as the open source application Inkscape or Dia. The difference here is that this tool is rendered completely in-browser using SVG, or if that isn’t available, VML. So no longer do you have to go to a separate application, create your drawing, and insert it as a graphic. Now you can simply create it all online, and invite people to review and revise your drawing once it’s inserted. Related Posts phil glockner Tags:#Google#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
The 12-year-old boy unleashed a spectacular lob to stun the 17-time Grand Slam championThe Madison Square Garden was jam-packed on Tuesday when tennis sensation Roger Federer locked horns with Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov in a light-hearted exhibition match. And while there was plenty of trash talk and trick shots at display, the crowd witnessed something very rare and epic that probably left the Swiss ace red-faced.With Federer leading in the third set(2-6, 6-1, 3-2), opponent Grigor Dimitrov invited a 12-year-old boy to play a rally against the Grand Slam champion. Dressed in a hoodie and jeans, the kid was definitely not dressed for the occasion, but with Dimitrov’s racket in hand he went to work.Federer obliged to serve and a rally ensued – and that’s when the miracle happened. After exchanging a few volleys, Federer charged down towards the net to probably scare the boy. But to everyone’s surprise and sheer disbelief for Federer, the young boy struck a perfect lob over his opponent’s head that landed just inside the back line providing him an epic point.The Bulgarian tennis star raised his arms in sheer delight while the crowd erupted in joy and praised the youngster. On the other hand, Federer tried to hide himself in his orange tee but later realized it was too small for him. No one knows whether the young boy will actually turn into a pro or not, but he will surely have one of the most iconic stories to tell. After all, there are only a handful of people in the entire world who can brag about beating the 17-time Grand Slam champion.advertisement
Former Bayern Munich defender Markus Babbel slammed Usain Bolt’s attempt at becoming a professional footballerThe sprint king has been on trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners for the past two months and scored his first two goals as a footballer last week.Bolt has made it clear that he wishes to earn a permanent contract with Mariners after turning down a two-year offer from Maltese champions Valletta.But Babbel, who now coaches fellow A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers, dismissed Bolt as nothing more than a publicity stunt.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.“As a PR campaign, it is sensational,” Babbel told Blick.“But, honestly, I cannot take that seriously.“I saw him play. That’s never enough in a hundred years. As a player, I would feel like a fool.”Babbel won nine trophies in total at Bayern, which included three Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Cup in 1996 before retiring in 2007.
Parents of terminally ill baby give up fight to bring son to US Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Jessica Ranck, July 24, 2017 Jessica Ranck Posted: July 24, 2017 (KUSI) — The parents of a terminally ill baby in the United Kingdom have dropped their legal bid to bring him to the United States for experimental treatment. Charlie Gard’s parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates cried at London’s high court Monday morning as their lawyer said time had run out for 11-month-old Charlie. The couple has been fighting court rulings saying their son’s life support should be withdrawn, but eventually made the decision to drop their bid after the latest medical reports and scans showed that the baby’s condition was irreversible and the new treatment wouldn’t help.A judge was supposed to look at the medial reports for Charlie Gard Monday that were done by a U.S. doctor last week and decide . The 11-month-old suffers from a rare genetic disease called Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome (MDDS) that left him with brain damage and the inability to breathe on own. His case received notoriety after a garnering the attention of Pope Francis and United States President Donald Trump.