first_imgMARANA, Ariz. – Henrik Stenson, who delivered the winning point for Europe in the Ryder Cup, won a big match for himself Sunday by surviving a roller-coaster round against Geoff Ogilvy to capture the Accenture Match Play Championship. In a 36-hole final that featured five lead changes, Stenson closed out the defending champion with back-to-back birdies for a 2-and-1 victory that moved the 30-year-old Swede to No. 5 in the world golf rankings. It was a grind for both of them, a long day that began with Stenson tugging a knit cap over his ears in the morning, and ended with the Swede in short sleeves posing with the biggest trophy of his career. Stenson won for the second time this month, both times in the desert – at the Dubai Desert Classic three weeks ago and in the high desert north of Tucson where he didn’t have his best golf. But it was good enough. “I was struggling big time,” Stenson said. “I don’t know how I managed to get it all together. I couldn’t say I was floating around thinking how great I was playing. I was happy I could hang around all day.” Stenson had a 2-up lead after the morning round, then found himself 2-down with 10 holes to play. But he won three of the next four holes, twice with help from the U.S. Open champion. With all the momentum on his side, Ogilvy three-putted from 60 feet at No. 9, then flew the 11th green with a wedge for another bogey. PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Fred Funk won one for the old guys Sunday. Ogilvy’s 11-match winning streak still was alive after making two clutch pars to stay only one hole down. Stenson seized control for good with an 8-iron to 2 feet for birdie on the par-3 16th. Needing only two putts from 60 feet on the par-5 17th, Stenson’s putt trickled within a few inches of the cup. It was the 120th hole he played at The Gallery, but it was quite a payoff. Stenson earned $1.35 million for his first World Golf Championship win and first victory that counts on the PGA Tour. center_img Funk, playing with an achy back befitting his senior status, won the Mayakoba Golf Classic on the second hole of a playoff with Jose Coceres to become only the second man to win a PGA Tour event after winning on the Champions Tour. Funk led the tournament – the PGA Tour’s first in Mexico – since setting the course record with an 8-under 62 on Thursday. He never gave it up but was tied several times, including from the 14th hole Sunday until sinking the birdie putt in the playoff. Funk earned $630,000 for his eighth PGA Tour victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgLANCASTER – A reputed gang member sentenced to life in prison for killing a gang rival for greeting him with “What’s up, dawg?” will get a second trial because prosecutors did not exert enough effort to find a key witness. The state’s 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed with lawyers for Larry Davidson that the trial judge erred in deciding the prosecution had shown due diligence in trying to secure the presence of witness Amere French. French’s testimony from a pretrial hearing was later read to the jury without any possibility for the defense to cross-examine him. “We conclude that more could, and should, have been done to secure his attendance at trial,” a three-judge panel ruled. “As it stood, the prosecution’s case was dependent almost wholly on Amere’s testimony. Under these circumstances, we cannot say that the error in allowing Amere’s preliminary hearing testimony to be presented (to) the jury was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt. Accordingly, defendant’s conviction must be reversed.” State officials said they were reviewing the matter to determine whether the ruling should be appealed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We need to review it further and consider all options. We are disappointed obviously,” Deputy Attorney General Michael Katz said. Davidson was sentenced in July 2004 to two consecutive terms of 25 years to life for fatally shooting 21-year-old Quorne Warren of Lancaster near Sacred Heart School in July 2000. Warren was shot in the neck and paralyzed. He clung to life for nearly 10 months before dying at a San Bernardino hospital in April 2001. French testified at the preliminary hearing that on the evening of July 16, 2000, he was with Davidson and some others – all members or associates of the Crips street gang – outside a friend’s home when Warren walked by wearing the colors of the rival Bloods gang. French said Warren asked the group, “What’s up, dawg?” Davidson interpreted the remark as disrespectful, prosecutors said. French testified that Davidson got a handgun, chased Warren for about two blocks and then fired the gun two times. French did not see whether Warren had been hit because his view was obstructed by a building, according to the appellate decision. The three judges on the panel said they were troubled about whether prosecutors’ search for French was timely and whether his possible location was competently explored. A district attorney’s investigator was contacted to try to find French less than a month before the scheduled start of trial, the judges said, and then left for a three-week vacation. French’s mother and brother had told the investigator that French was in Utah, but the investigator didn’t believe them. He visited a Palmdale house looking for French three times, but didn’t begin checking employment, hospital, booking and welfare records until after the trial started, the judges said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgProgress must be made with gains, not losses.Evolutionary biologists like to attribute every change to evolution. Their task, however, is to explain the tremendous rise in complexity from the first replicator to a human brain. Destroying and removing things is not the way to get there.Implications of lemuriform extinctions for the Malagasy flora (PNAS). ” Using statistical models and morphometric analyses, we demonstrate that the extinction of large-bodied lemurs resulted in a significant reduction in functional morphological space associated with seed dispersal ability.”Eyeless cave shrimp senses light and can live frozen in ice (New Scientist). It’s pretty neat that a blind cave shrimp can sense some kinds of light and survive frozen in ice. Still, it’s not the first case of living frozen (just the first in a cave environment), and it is a sad situation to lose one’s eyes. Where is a case of an eyeless animal in a cave being introduced to the sunshine and evolving eyes?Amazing Blind Cavefish Walks Up Rocks and Waterfalls (Live Science). A blind fish in Thailand can struggle up walls of its cave using its fins. Live Science gets excited about how this “could reveal much to scientists about the earliest stages of tetrapod evolution,” but the fins are not legs yet after however long the species has lived in the cave. The eyes, though, have been completely lost.Research reveals trend in bird-shape evolution on islands (Science Daily). A study claims to support the evolution of flightlessness on islands.“I would be shocked if a hummingbird or tanager or fruit-dove ever lost the ability to fly entirely,” Wright said. “It’s central to how they make a living. But these birds are still reducing the size of their flight muscles when relief from predators allows them to do so.”The paper on PNAS celebrates the predictability of evolution on islands. “Islands with fewer predator species were associated with more dramatic shifts toward flightlessness, implicating reduced predation pressure as the most likely cause of this trend,” the summary states. “These predictable evolutionary changes likely exacerbate the vulnerability of flighted island birds to introduced predators and reduce the potential for small-island species to give rise to subsequent radiations.” Yet where are any ecosystems where predators were introduced, and ground birds evolved flight?Interstellar cloud could have wiped out the dinosaurs (New Scientist). The famous “iridium anomaly” that is supposed to be the smoking gun of the impact that supposedly killed off the dinosaurs may have come instead from Earth’s passage through a giant molecular cloud in the Milky Way, these scientists suggest. If so, it’s a double loss: loss for a popular theory, and loss for the dinosaurs.Planets stripped bare by host stars (BBC News). The theory of evolution is not purely about biological change. It’s an entire worldview package encompassing the entire cosmos, from big bang to galaxy evolution, to stellar evolution, to planetary evolution, to the origin of life and biological evolution. This article, based on a paper in Nature Communications (“Hot super-Earths stripped by their host stars”) doesn’t help super-Earths hoping to grow their own evolutionary trees.Co-author Dr Guy Davies, from the University of Birmingham, said: “For these planets it is like standing next to a hairdryer turned up to its hottest setting.“There has been much theoretical speculation that such planets might be stripped of their atmospheres. We now have the observational evidence to confirm this, which removes any lingering doubts over the theory.”You can’t win a race by running backwards.Observational science: degeneration, de-evolution, and extinction. Evolutionary hope: steady progress up the tree of life. Don’t ask the storytellers about evolution. Ask the blind cave fish. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgWorkers at a Sasol plant. South Africans are most optimistic about regular income, with 66.2% of those surveyed for the index expecting an increased wage. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighThe latest findings of the MasterCard Worldwide Index of Consumer Confidence show that South Africans are still optimistic about the immediate future of the economy, despite the looming global recession and local economic downturn.The index is based on a survey that measures consumer confidence on prevailing expectations in the market for the next six months. South Africa fared very well: with 100 being the highest level of consumer confidence, South Africa scored 78.7. Although this score is five points below the score for the first half of 2008, it holds up well with South Africa’s historical average of 79.4.South Africa also bagged the Middle East and Africa region’s second-highest score – only consumers in Kuwait were more optimistic about their market’s economy.Dr Azar Jammine, director and chief economist at Econometrix, said that there are reasons to believe that the South African economy may not have been as hard hit as the rest of the global economy.Jammine said another factor that could be contributing to a more resilient economy is the build up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The event will bring many benefits for small businesses and the tourism sector.Regular incomeSouth Africans are most optimistic about regular income. When asked whether they expected their regular income, including bonuses and fringe benefits, to increase, remain the same, or decrease over the next six months, 66.2% of respondents expected an increase, whereas just 7.2% said that they expected it to decrease. This resulted in a score of 90.2.Only 14.7% of the respondents said that they expected the economy in South Africa to become worse over the next six months, 56.5% expected economic performance to improve, and 28.8% thought it would stay unchanged. Overall, the economy received a score of 75.7.Jac Laubscher, chief economist at Sanlam, said better financial conditions of consumers mean that the environment for all businesses operating in the consumer sector will improve. Laubscher said besides consumer confidence, it is also important to increase actual spending, as investors will base business and expansion decisions on the latter.The South African survey focused on the three main urban centres: Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Durban residents claimed first place as they were the most upbeat. Mike Schüssler, chief economist at T-Sec, explained that scores on all five individual indicators (employment, economy, regular income, stock market and quality of life) were up from both six months and a year ago.Johannesburg’s overall consumer confidence scored 83.3. Schüssler said residents were particularly optimistic about the performance of the South African economy, as well as the prospect of increases in their regular income.Cape Town came in last with a fairly bleak expectation, mainly due to its expectations of the South African stock market over the next six months. He said the fall in the financial market and a decline in tourism also contributed to a lower score.Related articlesSouth Africa’s economyAfrica catches investors’ eyes SA leads continent in prosperity SA’s competitiveness steady Doing business easier in SAUseful linksMasterCard Worldwide Index of Consumer Confidence Econometrixlast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the cattle herds expand across the U.S. and the poultry and pork markets recover from disease setbacks, the demand for animal protein continues to be strong domestically. Recently, the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins talked about the outlook for the meat sector with Will Sawyer from Rabo AgriFinance.last_img


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There were some good reasons to grow wheat again this year. Many farmers I spoke with said 2016 was there best crop ever. Cool conditions and adequate moisture early May and a dry late May and June helped. What else goes into making the farm more profit?Crop rotation — wheat adds a third crop to our rotation. Generally we get a 10% yield bump to the next crop in the rotation. And with a three-crop rotation we reduce disease and insect pressure for all crops.Wheat can be a good cover crop. We can plant it after soybean harvest, unlike other cover crops. It can even be planted after corn, but be aware that Fusarium head blight will likely be worse if you are planning on grain harvest. Wheat, like oats and cereal rye will help hold onto nitrates. If we want we can graze wheat, or if we get a good stand and have good prospects we can keep it to harvest as grain — this may be our perfect cover crop.BMPs for wheat productionPlanting date — fly free date in Ohio is also our agronomic trigger for the best planting dates. From recent experience we probably want to plant within the week to 10 days after the date. Long-term data says we should get about the same yield if we plant in the 14-day window following Fly free. Fly free dates in Ohio range from Sept. 22 in northern Oho to Oct. 5 at Southpoint.Application of phosphorus — we can reduce the chance of nutrient movement by applying the fertilizer in the spring into the growing crop. If for example we need 90 pounds of P2O5, we also get 20 to 35 pounds of N along with that (assuming MAP 11-52-0 or DAP 18-46-0). This puts on the N when we need it in the spring and gives us a growing crop to apply phosphorus to.Variety selection – get good genetics with excellent disease resistance. Pierce Paul, our OSU Wheat and Corn Pathologist, says that to reduce the threat of Fusarium head blight and to get good yields, choose a variety with high resistance to head blight and plan to apply a fungicide if conditions require.Row width — we have possibilities. Using a drill we can plant at six to 10 inches. And many of us have our split row soybean planters on 15-inch rows. It gets a cover out there and doesn’t take too large of a yield hit.Some Ohio wheat producers are interested in growing soft red winter wheat in 15-inch rows to utilize a more precise planting implement to reduce equipment inventory, reduce wheat seed costs, sow a cover crop, establish a forage crop, or to modify relay intercrop soybeans into wheat.Regarding relay intercropping, long term data from Steve Prochaska and Jason Hartschuh at OSU’s Crawford County farm show an average yield of 75-bushel per acre wheat and 31-bushel per acre soybeans in their relay intercropping work — not bad for two crops in one year.A field day to learn more about relay intercropping wheat and soybeans will be held Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. on the Unger Farm in Crawford County: http://agcrops.osu.edu/events/modified-relay-intercrop-field-day-crawford-county.last_img read more


first_imgInstead of announcing farm loan waiver like other States, the Odisha Cabinet on Friday approved the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme amounting to ₹10,000 crore to accelerate agricultural prosperity in the State and to reduce poverty.KALIA is progressive, inclusive and will make a direct attack on poverty by way of massive investment in the agriculture sector and making benefits reach the most needy through direct benefit transfer (DBT) mode, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik briefing presspersons after the Cabinet meeting.Interest freeMr. Patnaik said that under KALIA an amount of ₹10,180 crore will be spent over a period of three years till 2020-211. Crop loans up to ₹50,000 will henceforth be interest free, and the scheme will be reviewed in 2020-21 for further modifications.He termed the new scheme historical, stating that it covers almost 92% of the cultivators in the State and almost all landless agricultural labourers.There are about 32 lakh cultivators in the State. Of these, about 20 lakh have availed of crop loans. Of the 20 lakh loanee farmers, about 60% have regularly repaid loans. Further, the entire gamut of share croppers and landless labourers will not be covered under a loan waiver scheme, Mr. Patnaik pointed out.“What wrong have the 60% done in repaying the loans,” questioned Mr. Patnaik, while criticising the Opposition Congress and the BJP that have promised loan waiver if voted to power in the State.He added that KALIA scheme covers the cultivators, loanee, as well as non-loanee farmers, share croppers and landless agricultural labourers. It also specifically takes care of vulnerable agricultural families identified through gram panchayats and crop loans are made available at 0% interest.Financial assistanceAll the small and marginal farmers of the State (92% cultivators) will be covered under the scheme. An amount of ₹10,000 per family at the rate of ₹5,000 for Kharif and Rabi shall be provided as financial assistance for taking up cultivation.The farmers will have complete independence to take up interventions as per their needs. This component is not linked to extent of land owned and will greatly benefit share croppers and actual cultivators most of whom own very small extent of land. Under this initiative, 10 lakh landless households will be supported with a unit cost of ₹12,500 to take up activities like small goat rearing units, mini layer units, duck units, fishery kits for fishermen and women, mushroom cultivation and bee keeping.As regards financial assistance to vulnerable agriculture households and landless labourers, an annual financial assistance of ₹10,000 per household will be provided to take care of their sustenance. Deserving families will be identified and selected by gram panchayats. About 10 lakh households will be covered over two years.Further, life insurance cover of ₹2 lakh and additional personal accident cover of ₹2 lakh will be provided to both cultivators and agricultural labourers covering about 57 lakh households.last_img read more


first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Management and coaching staff wasted no time and has shopped around for a replacement, their third import in the season-closing conference, who has turned out to be Watson and is expected to plane in either late Tuesday or early Wednesday from the United States.But a ranking team official told the Inquirer that the Beermen would likely play Bridgeman against the Elasto Painters because coaching staff doesn’t feel that Watson would be able to have at least one practice with the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next MOST READcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Derrick Rose moved to tears after watching video tribute from Chinese fans SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief San Miguel Beermen. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games San Miguel Beer, chasing to complete a rare Triple Crown sweep, will most likely play Terik Bridgeman against Rain or Shine in the 7 p.m. PBA Governors’ Cup contest on Wednesday as the Beermen await the arrival of new import Terrence Watson.Bridgeman, who came in to replace Wendell McKines, was a huge disappointment in his debut last Saturday, scoring just two points and grabbing six rebounds in a 79-90 loss to Alaska in Angeles City in Pampanga.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more


first_imgIt had all the trappings of a medieval chariot race: bloodthirsty roars, primeval noises, brutality and fierce competition. But the pomp and splendour was rustic. The chariot was a plank made of jungle wood and in some races it was dispensed with. The animals, incredibly, were buffaloes. Their bulky hides,It had all the trappings of a medieval chariot race: bloodthirsty roars, primeval noises, brutality and fierce competition. But the pomp and splendour was rustic. The chariot was a plank made of jungle wood and in some races it was dispensed with. The animals, incredibly, were buffaloes. Their bulky hides deceived only to flatter, for they charged down the muddy tracks like champion steeds. The jockey had to be gutsy. The prize: a gold sovereign.For coastal Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, ‘Kambala” or the race of the buffaloes held last fortnight was the event of the season. While races are held annually in almost every taluk of the state between December and February, this year with the state Government involving itself for the first time in the centuries-old Kambala, the main race turned out to be in Mijaru, a picturesque hamlet, 35 kilometres from Mangalore.From every nook and taluk of the district 131 pairs of sturdy buffaloes assembled at Mijaru and raced from noon to midnight. Chief Minister Gundu Rao, who swooped down in his helicopter to inaugurate the races announced his government’s intention to build a stadium costing Rs 5 lakh, distribute pensions for ageing jockeys and promote the sport.Organised Sport: While initially the sport was held in paddy fields covered with ankle-deep water, in recent years it has become more organised. In 10 villages spread all over the district, special tracks have been laid by the village bigwigs who have also cut out crude seats from the hills surrounding the tracks. The water level is maintained on the tracks by constant pumping. Four of these shows are ticketed, Mijaru being one of them, and the crowd of about 5,000 which come to watch pay at least Rs 35,000 for tickets varying from Rs 5 to Rs 25.advertisementBuffaloes charging to the finish Line: Keen competitionBuffaloes are chosen as they, and not bulls, are the beasts of burden in this district. Two pairs of buffaloes race at a time and the two tracks which are 15 feet wide are interestingly enough named after village heroes of yester-year. In Mijaru they were called Kota and Channiah. The tracks are measured according to kolus (sticks), each being two-and-a-half feet long. The total length of the track is 175 kolus (437.5 ft).Buffaloes may be clumsy but they are extremely fast. On the waterlogged tracks, along with their riders, they clocked the distance in 13.5 seconds, the record so far being 12.8 seconds. The races are designed to test the skill of the jockey and the stamina and speed of the buffalo. The buffaloes are brought to the stadium with great fanfare. Each owner hires his own trumpeter.The buffaloes are draped in satin cloth of varied colours and usually the owner’s name is printed on it. On the forehead of the animals are tied tufts of colourful strings with either a mirror or brass plate to complete the festive effect. The jockey and the helpers wear the same colour turbans and vests to indicate the owner for whom they are riding. Before the race begins the buffaloes are led into the watery track so that they get the feel of it. Their noses are ritually washed with the water from the track.Various Races: There are basically four types of events: two of these concentrate on balance and control and the other two on speed and stamina. The buffaloes are harnessed together with a steel rod. For one race a rope is tied between them and the jockey is made to run along with the buffaloes. In the other a yoke is attached and the jockey uses this to control the animals.Perhaps the toughest race is one where the yoke ends in the shape of a wooden plank. The jockey has to balance himself on the plank, gripping the tails of the buffaloes carrying a whip to control them. But the most skilful race of them all is when the yoke ends in a square piece of wood, which the jockey has to stand on. As it slides across the track, the yoke sends up jets of water. Three white banners are hung across the track at heights between 16 and 20 feet. The jockey has to exert enough pressure on the yoke to make the jet of water touch these banners.Over the years buffalo racing has become a keenly competitive and expensive sport. The best pairs can be afforded only by the rich. A pair of racing buffaloes now cost Rs 25,000 and are specially reared and trained when they are young. A jockey is hired on contract for every season at salaries ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000. Apart from this the owner has to hire about 10 hands to control the buffaloes during the race as they are ferocious and obstinate. The owner also spends at least Rs 5,000 a year on food for the buffaloes.advertisementBuying a race buffalo is now an art. Said Pakabettu Lakkan Shetty, 65, who owns two pairs of prize buffaloes: “We check the eyes, the legs and the general build. It must have small legs and long bodies to run fast.” Asked why he was willing to invest so much money on buffaloes, Shetty replied: “It’s a matter of prestige. In this district if one wants to show his wealth he buys race buffaloes.”last_img read more


first_imgBournemouth boss Howe admits injury crisis likely to lead to new signingsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he could be forced into the January market for a new defensive signing.Bournemouth may need to make transfer window moves if Nathan Ake’s injury is a problem.The Dutch defender suffered a hamstring issue at Old Trafford and was withdrawn during the 4-1 defeat.Out of form Bournemouth are already without Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, Dan Gosling and Adam Smith due to knee problems.“I need to speak to Nathan and the medical team but it looked like a hamstring concern,” said Howe. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img