Farm show

first_imgThe Georgia Peanut Commission awarded University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams their 2003 Peanut Research and Education Award during their annual farm show and conference Jan. 17 in Albany, Ga.”We appreciate what President Adams and the University of Georgia have done to improve and sustain our industry,” GPC Chairman Armond Morris told the 1,200 conference participants.”Their research, extension and development of new and improved products, management strategies and cultivars have been critical to our peanut producers,” Morris said. “The margin of profit now has become so thin that without these contributions, we’d be in trouble.”Gale Buchanan, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, accepted the award for Adams.”He recognizes the role agriculture plays in our university and the importance of agriculture in our state,” said Buchanan, who was also the conference’s keynote speaker.Last year, Buchanan said, Adams hosted one of four national conferences formed to find and develop new funding opportunities for agricultural research, extension and education.”Communication is key with our federal and state legislators,” Buchanan said. “We must use the technology we’ve developed to become more efficient. We’re not doing enough in agricultural research, and key issues affecting the peanut industry must have additional funding to advance the type of research that must go forward.”He highlighted key areas — tomato spotted wilt virus, water, insect and disease control and rotation — that need extensive research attention.Last year didn’t treat peanut farmers well. Untimely, severe weather hurt the crop during planting, harvest and in between.But there could be help on the way, said U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.). He said he felt Congress would approve more than $3 billion in disaster aid for U.S. farmers.The senate approved the disaster aid as part of the 2003 appropriations bill Jan. 22.Georgia farmers lost about $30 million worth of peanuts last year, according to CAES estimates.The GPC conducts programs in peanut promotion, research and education. Its funding comes from a $2-per-ton assessment (this year, about $1.4 million) on all Georgia peanut farmers. Georgia produces almost 40 percent of the total U.S. peanut production.last_img read more

Operation “Trueno” Scores Seizures and Arrests across Honduras

first_imgBy Kay Valle/ Diálogo September 15, 2016 On August 9th, the Honduran Attorney General’s Office (MP, per its Spanish acronym) conducted a joint effort with the collaboration of multiple security force institutions. The action was planned in order to execute outstanding arrest warrants for people accused of various crimes. The institutions cooperating with the MP through special and regional public prosecutors’ offices were the Police Investigations Department, the National Anti-Extortion Force, the Military Police of Public Order, the Honduran Air Force, the National Preventive Police, the Anti-Drug Trafficking Directorate (DLCN, per its Spanish acronym), and the Technical Criminal Investigation Agency (ATIC, per its Spanish acronym). “This multi-disciplinary effort is historic because it was carried out simultaneously in 17 departments and 28 cities across the country. Also, 1,000 MP personnel participated for the first time in a joint effort with regional and special prosecutors as well as several security forces,” said Yuri Mora, spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office. In addition to Tegucigalpa, Operation Thunder was carried out in the cities of San Pedro Sula, Choluteca, Trujillo, La Ceiba, Roatán, Santa Bárbara, La Esperanza, La Paz, El Progreso, Catacamas, Ocotepeque, Valle, Danlí, and Siguatepeque. The MP’s spokesperson added that this operation sought to capture individuals who were trafficking in wood and endangered wildlife, as well as individuals who were still roaming free but had arrest warrants for various crimes. Dealing a blow to common criminality and organized crime, 113 simultaneous raids were executed throughout the country during this nationwide operation. This multi-disciplinary effort also allowed for the seizure of stolen automobiles and motorcycles, used mainly for committing crimes. For Mora, the operation had positive results, “because over 100 people were arrested, the majority of them with gang connections. Fifty-five automobiles that had been reported stolen were recovered, and firearms and lumber were seized.” Strengthening the MP as the basis of success The success of these operations is at the heart of strengthening the MP. “The MP has been strengthened in this administration. We have an ATIC that is showing very good results. The DLCN has new officers, a bigger budget, and more technology, and 200 new public prosecutors are bolstering the work of regional and local prosecutors. All of this is strengthening the institution, and the results are apparent,” Mora said. This strengthening is also rooted in planning. Mora gave the example of Operation “Avalancha” (Avalanche), which took one year to plan. It was set up to strike the MS-13 gang. However, he stressed that they had never coordinated so many security forces, and that Operation “Trueno” only took some months of planning. The institution is also strengthened by the increase in society’s trust. “Citizens have more trust from the work that has been done. Trust in the institution is coming back little by little. And one point to highlight is that many of the operations have been conducted based on complaints received from citizens,” Mora stated. Another complaint tool that citizens have at their disposal is the “Dilo aquí Honduras” [Say it Here Honduras], app that was jointly created with the Association for a More Just Society (ASJ, per its Spanish acronym). This platform was designed for citizens to report acts of corruption. The app can be downloaded at ASJ’s website It is available for Android and iOS systems. Protecting life and property Meanwhile, the Secretariat of Security reported that the role of the police consisted in, “protecting people’s lives and property, preventing crimes from being committed, and creating an atmosphere of peace and security, for which some 113 raids were carried out, including saturation patrols, police checkpoints, investigative activities, and the tracking of criminal organizations. The goal was to deter a series of unlawful acts against the citizenry, such as vehicle theft, extortion, drug trafficking, and murders and homicides, among other crimes.” “These operations are significant, and the blows they deal to common criminality and organized crime are decisive. Similarly, the directives coming down from the Attorney General and his corps of public prosecutors are changing the face of the MP,” Mora concluded.last_img read more

The 6th Forum of the Croatian Congress Industry was held

first_imgOn December 5, 2017, the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals (HUPKT) organized the sixth Forum of the Croatian Congress Industry in Zagreb’s Hotel Dubrovnik.The forum brought together the profession of business congress, incentive and event tourism, with representatives of the Croatian Medical Association (HLZ), the Association of Employers in Health (UPUZ), the Association of Drug Manufacturers at the Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP), the Health Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry. IFI), Medical Equipment (CROMED), representatives of institutions and the media – a total of over 140 participants.The main topic of the Forum “Cooperation of the medical and congress industry in the organization of scientific and professional conferences” was addressed through presentations and panel discussions. So far, many HUPKT members have encountered specific problems in organizing scientific and professional gatherings in the field of medicine, which are usually accompanied by the medical-pharmaceutical industry in the form of sponsorships, exhibitions, space leases, cost recovery and the like. In recent years, the medical and pharmaceutical industry in Europe and the world have enacted a number of regulatory regulations regarding the financing of professional medical education, so that in Croatia there are organizations and institutions that regulate this matter.When we talk about medical tourism, it is important to point out that the medical tourism industry is estimated to be worth $ 100 billion, and that it is growing annually at a rate of 15-20%, said Ognjen Bagatin from the Bagatin Polyclinic.Opportunities for Croatia on the global map of medical tourism are top quality medical service, quality equipment, experienced, highly educated professional staff, attractive tourist destination and the balance of price and value of the service”Bagatin pointed out and concluded that the main problem is the lack of a clear vision for health tourism.Since the whole situation strongly affects the congress industry when organizing medical gatherings, HUPKT at the Forum wanted to educate members on how to act in such cases, what to pay special attention to and who to turn to for advice. In this regard, all panel participants agreed that the exchange of experiences and discussions is welcome and that they will continue to work together on this.As every year, the Forum is also an occasion for the annual awards Ambassador of Croatian Congress Tourism, and this year’s winners are:Category Individuals / institutions from the scientific, cultural, sports and economic community responsible for holding international events in 2017 – up to 150 participants: Ms. Klara Karivan Director of GS1 CroatiaCategory Individuals / institutions from the scientific, cultural, sports and economic community responsible for holding international events in 2017 – over 150 participants: prof. Dr. Ivan Katavić from the Laboratory for Aquaculture, Split Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries.Category Individuals / institutions from the public sector responsible for the international promotion of Croatia as a congress-incentive destination in 2017: Congress Office of the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik.Category Member of HUPKT responsible for the highest quality professional performance in 2017: Mirela Gašpar from the travel agency PBZ Card.Category HUPKT member responsible for the best professional performance of incentives in 2017: Silva Ušić from the Penta agencyCategory Member of HUPKT – supplier, responsible for the highest quality professional performance of events in 2017. Igor Huhoja from Toplice Sveti Martin.Croatian Meeting Experience Summit announcedThe forum was an excellent opportunity to present a new meetex event – the Croatian Meeting Experience Summit ( – co-organized by HUPKT and 3i Events. The summit will become an inevitable meeting place for professionals and customers of the congress-incentive-event industry from around the world with domestic service providers in the field of business tourism.The first summit starts in March 2019 in Zagreb, and in the coming years it will visit all Croatian regions – from Opatija, Dubrovnik, Split, Osijek to Rovinj.Health tourism – an opportunity we must not miss According to estimates, the total revenues that are generated globally in the field of medical tourism today exceed 60 billion dollars, and in just a few years that number will exceed 100 billion dollars. The potential of health tourism has been there for years, and now Croatia has excellent, professional and highly professional institutions, but without a strategic and complete tourism product there will still not be much progress. We have too late coast and climate, top specialized health facilities, excellent connectivity, ie accessibility, as well as amazing tourist stories – we just have to pack them nicely into a rounded tourist product and tell our guests the story.Entrepreneurs seem to be shouting loudly and sending an appeal to tourist institutions to get involved and for health tourism to become part of the integrated Croatian tourist offer. Rijeka, Lošinj and Zagreb have woken up and are working intensively on the promotion of health tourism (at least the private sector), soon in Osijek a great story is being built about health tourism, so the private sector and specialized institutions are ready and now on the system to round out the whole story and launch targeted strategic promotion, and be a support to the private sector, and not the other way around as before. Health tourism is one of the focuses of the Master Plan for Tourism Development until 2020, but a lot is written on the paper of various strategies and master plans – the paper suffers everything, and unfortunately there are still no concrete changes in the field.It’s all up to us, we have it all, and I sincerely hope we know how to harness our potential in health tourism. We must also not forget that the world is turning fast and that the competition is not asleep, and we do not have ten more years to see any concrete changes and to arrange a quality story about health tourism in Croatia. We are constantly talking about potentials, it is time to concretize those potentials. Right now and now, because when if not now – when Croatian tourism is a trend in the focus of global tourists and the media.And don’t forget, the system is there to help us, not the other way around. We have everything and everything is up to us.<br />
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ICC World Cup Sarfaraz Ahmed urges fans to not make abusive personal remarks after ‘fat pig’ comment

first_imghighlights New Delhi: Sarfaraz Ahmed and the Pakistan cricket team has undergone a roller-coaster journey in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. They suffered a big loss to arch-rivals India in Old Trafford and there were questions about the kind of cricket Pakistan were playing. Following the India match, the team was heavily criticised with Sarfaraz bearing the brunt of the criticism. The Pakistan skipper was trolled for apparently yawning in the game. There also emerged a video in which Shoaib Malik and his wife Sania Mirza are seen with Wahab Riaz and Imam-ul-Haq has led to different theories and stories on social and mainstream media. He also said that players went out with their families after taking due permission from the team manager.  The viral video has also led Sania tweeting that whoever recorded the video had not done the right thing as it was an invasion of privacy and that players eating out with their families was not a crime.The abuse continued in Manchester when a fresh video recently surfaced where skipper Sarfaraz was seen was walking in a mall in England with his son on his lap when a fan stopped him and asked why he was looking like a ‘fat pig’. Following Pakistan’s win against South Africa at Lord’s which kept their hopes of reaching the semi-final alive, Sarfaraz urged the fans to not make personal abusive remarks.“I can’t say anything about this. It’s not in our hands to control what people say about us. Winning and losing is part of the game and it’s not that we are the first team to have lost a match; previous teams also have faced defeats. Had earlier teams faced the kind of criticism that we are facing, they would have realised how much these things hurt us. Now, there is social media. People write, comment and say whatever they like. These incidents affect the psychology of the players. While criticising, one must not abuse. Criticise us on our cricket but don’t get abusive with us,” Sarfaraz said.For Pakistan, the equation is simple. They must win their remaining games. If they lose to New Zealand today, they will still not be eliminated. If they win two out of their three games, then they will have to hope England lose their remaining games and that Sri Lanka does not win more than one game. They will be hoping Bangladesh lose both their games. There is a possibility that if Pakistan wins all their games and that Australia, New Zealand lose one and India win all their games, there could be an India vs Pakistan semi-final. Pakistan lost for the seventh consecutive time to India in World Cups.Pakistan faces a must-win situation in their three remaining games.Pakistan registered wins only against England and South Africa so far in 2019 tournament.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

New details emerge after sudden death of Georgia Tech’s Brandon Adams

first_imgAdam was stepping, or step dancing, with friends when he collapsed and hit his head, according to a police report obtained by the AJC.The report noted friends of Adams told Georgia Tech police they were all practicing stepping in the garage area of a townhouse near the university’s campus when they took a water break, which is when Adams fell backward and hit his head. Related News Georgia Tech defensive tackle Brandon Adams dies at 21 Georgia Tech defensive tackle Brandon Adams died March 23 in Atlanta.The university did not immediately disclose information regarding the circumstances of Adams’ death, but a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed new details Saturday. Adams then went into convulsions and began to foam at the mouth, according to the report. He was taken, by friends, to Emory University Hospital Midtown where hospital staff told police he was alive when he arrived. Adams, 21, was later pronounced dead.The report stated his death appeared to be natural and there was no evidence of foul play.“Nothing in Mr. Adams’ autopsy by the (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) on Monday pointed to foul play and we have no evidence right now to merit a criminal investigation,” a police statement read. “Witnesses have told our investigators that Adams had been participating in a dance routine when he collapsed suddenly. The Department is awaiting toxicology and other lab results being tested by the GBI following the autopsy to determine our next step.”Adams was a rising senior majoring in business administration. He played in 33 games over three seasons with Georgia Tech and recorded 41 tackles, 6 1/2 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles. Adams posted career-high season totals with 24 tackles, five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 13 games last season.Adams, originally from Brentwood, Tenn., is survived by his mother, Lisa Greer, his stepfather, Reginald Woods, and his sister, Rian.last_img read more

City League Roundup…Perry knocks off Allderdice in final seconds

first_img“Allderdice is a big, strong team,” Perry head coach Marco Corona said. “They played into our strengths as we are a quicker and faster team. We endured and persevered throughout and that is the main thing that led us to a win.”The Dragons were led by Ishmail Swain with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Justin Dobbs and Ben Mickens each added 12 points. “Our slogan on this team is “HAWK-D,” said Allderdice head coach Andre McDonald. “One thing that I can complement our team on is our aggressive intensity on defense and I just like their hard work on each transition. But my hat goes off to Perry. They played like the defending champs that they are.”Perry was down by 10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter before they mounted a comeback led by Harrington. Their junior point guard, Marcus Smith, was slowed down by back spasms and as a result, was held scoreless. He is among the team leaders in scoring this season, averaging more than 17 points a game.Oliver 55, Gateway 45The Bears took care of business against quad-A giant Gateway Jan. 31 at the Pittsburgh Basketball Classic on the campus of Robert Morris University. They have established themselves as one of the teams to beat in the City as they hold the second-best overall and conference records in the league.“We were down two at the half and we wanted to come out and step up things in the second half,” said Oliver head coach Carey White. “That’s what we did. We came out in that second half and started executing. Our defense started taking over and we started to force them into making bad decisions on offense.”Oliver’s senior guard Evan Schell led the way for the Bears with 26 points, including a game-high 7  from behind the arc. Delvon Murray helped the cause with 12 and Phil Ferguson added 11.They made 10 of 13 foul shots in the game, all coming in the fourth quarter.“When it came down to it, we were able to hit the big shots,” said White. “I can’t say enough about our team’s confidence going down the stretch, which makes me excited about what I saw out there.”Craig Banks and Tyler Scott each had 11 points to lead Gateway.Other results:Jan. 26Allderdice 62, Schenley 50Top scorers: (S) Brandon Johnson, 13; Walter Tyler, 12; (A) Justin Dobbs, 16; Brandon McClester, 15; Ben Mickens, 14Carrick 53, Peabody 41Top scorers: (P) Adeneyi Oshoko, 9; (C) Jordan Wilson, 17; Travis Lewis, 13; Rasheed McKamey, 12.Oliver 70, Langley 40Top scorers: (O) Evan Schell, 15; Phil Ferguson, 12; (L) Ronald Carson, 9; Jason McGinnis, 9.Perry 71, Brashear 62Top scorers: (P) Daryl Harrington, 26; Marcus Smith, 16; (B) Henri Chatman, 21; Todd Brown, 15; Elijah Peterson, 13Jan. 29Schenley 92, Westinghouse 59Top scorers: (W) Marcus Falls, 29; Isaiah Naylor, 12; (S) Brandon Johnson, 31; Alonzo Murphy, 14; Camerin Nesbit, 12; Arthur Smith, 12; Mike Robinson, 10Peabody 64, Brashear 53High scorers (B) Henri Chatman, 30; (P) Sharod Green, 17; Adeneyi Oshoko, 16; Marzell Baskins, 10; Rudy Freeman, 10Boys StandingsTeam     Conf.     OverallPerry     10-0        14-1Oliver      8-2        11-4Allderdice      7-3        10-5Peabody      5-5        5-10Westinghouse      4-6        7-9Carrick      4-6        7-9Schenley      4-6        6-9Brashear      2-8        2-13Langley      0-9        0-14Upcoming GamesFeb. 53:15 p.m., Carrick at Perry7:30 p.m., Brashear at Schenley, Allderdice at Westinghouse, Langley at PeabodyWestinghouse girls stillholding on strongAs for the girls, the Lady Bulldogs of Westinghouse are still holding their own and are looking to be a prime target for defeat in the league, going down the stretch. They are cruising right now and are currently on a seven-game winning streak. They are also tied with Allderdice and Perry with eight conference wins.Their only loss in the City was to Allderdice back on Jan. 5 at home.“We understand that everything is equal this year,” said Westinghouse head coach Phyllis Jones. “One thing we are doing that is good is we’re keeping focused. We understand that there is a prize at the end of this in which we have to obtain before it’s all said and done.”Perry still holds the third place spot in the City.ResultsJan. 26Allderdice 55, Schenley 36Top scorers: (A) Janay Bottoms, 20; Lanise Saunders, 13; (S) London McCoy, 13Carrick 50, Peabody 37Top scorers: (C) Angel Gould, 19; Megan  Ziegler, 14; (P) Semaj Pamplin, 22Perry 60, Brashear 46Top scorers: (B) Nautica Buchanan, 13; Antwanette Williams, 10; (P) Dashawna Carey, 23; Marritta Gillcrease, 16; Chelsey Anderson, 10Jan. 29Brashear 69, Peabody 23Top scorers: (P)  Terrah Moore, 8; (B) Nautica Buchanan, 18; Nyasia Middleton, 17; Ashley Albright, 17Carrick 44, Oliver 13Top scorers: (O) Tay’Rah Scott, 11; (C) Angel Gould, 15Perry 53, Allderdice 46Top scorers: (P) Marritta Gillcrease, 17; Ashia Regan, 16; DaShawna Carey, 11; (A) Janay Bottoms, 16; DaJai Beasley, 14; Lanise Saunders, 10Westinghouse 46, Schenley 39Top scorers: (S) London McCoy, 15; Chaunice Lightfoot, 11Girls StandingsTeam    Conf.    OverallWestinghouse     8-1       11-3Allderdice     8-2       11-4Perry     8-2       8-8Brashear     6-4       7-8Schenley     5-5       6-9Carrick     5-5       5-8Langley     3-6       4-7Oliver     1-9        1-14Peabody     0-10       0-15Upcoming GamesFeb. 53:15 p.m., Peabody at Langley, Perry at  Carrick, Schenley at  Brashear7:30 p.m., Westinghouse at Allderdice Harrington finished with a game-high 23 points. He also hit  9 consecutive shots from the line, only missing on his very first attempt. James Bulls helped out things with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Greg McGhee also came through for Perry with 12 points. Perry continues to shock its opponents with another last-second victory, most recently at home over Allderdice Jan. 29 to stay undefeated in City League play.Two foul shots by Perry’s Daryl Harrington with five seconds left was the difference and helped the Commodores to a 59-58 victory.“I wasn’t nervous,” said Harrington. “I’d been in the same predicament in the past, but I didn’t have the same results. I was determined that this time and times in the future would turn out differently.”center_img MR. CLUTCH— Daryl Harrington hit two free throws with five seconds left to give Perry a 59-58 win over Allderdice Jan. 29. Harrington led Perry in scoring with 23 points as the Commodores remained undefeated in City League play. last_img read more

College hoops free agency? Transfer numbers are up

first_imgIn this Feb. 16, 2013, file photo, UNLV’s Bryce Dejean-Jones, left, and San Diego State’s DeShawn Stephens dive for a loose ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Las Vegas. Division I coaches are realizing that they can win both now and later with transfers, who are suddenly viewed more like shiny new toys than damaged goods. A recent surge in player movement has turned the once-sleepy late signing period, which starts on Wednesday and runs through May 21, into a month-long free agent frenzy that’s transformed the game. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of the more remarkable aspects of Connecticut’s national title run was that potential star Rodney Purvis could only watch his Huskies’ teammates because of NCAA rules forcing transfers to sit out a year.“He’s like a Ferrari sitting in the garage that I can’t drive,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said.Ollie isn’t the only coach watching their rosters fill up with players who have already made at least one stop at another college.A recent surge in transfers has turned the once-sleepy late signing period, which this year started Wednesday and runs through May 21, into a monthlong frenzy that has changed college basketball. According to STATS, the number of players who have appeared in a game for more than one Division I school has nearly tripled over the past decade, from 122 in 2004-05 to 325 — or one for nearly every school in the country — in 2013-14.“It used to be that there was a stigma of some type attached to schools that recruited outside of the high school ranks,” San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. “You were not considered able to compete with the blue bloods. Well, now the blue bloods recruit transfers, They take one-and-dones. They take guys who have graduated and have one year left.”The result is that the college hoops transfer market has exploded. For recent grads looking for one last shot at the Final Four, disgruntled players looking for more minutes and junior college stars hoping to land a high-major scholarship, the late signing period offers hope — for players and their new schools.Research by the NCAA shows that the number of transfers from two-year/junior college schools into Division I has remained steady over the last 10 years or so, hovering between roughly 15 percent and 17 percent of all Division I players.The real movement, though, is within Division I.According to STATS, the number of transfers from one Division I school to another jumped from 259 to 325 from 2012-13 to 2013-14 alone. That number could go much higher once this year’s transfers are tallied.“A lot of times kids aren’t transferring or leaving because of the environment they’re in,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “It generally comes down to one thing, and a lot of times it’s playing time. Kids now want that instantaneous success.”Negative connotations once associated with transfers have faded, and the use of the graduate transfer rule made popular by Super-Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson is growing. Wilson left North Carolina State and led Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl as a “one-and-done” senior.The rule allows immediate participation to players who have graduated with a year of eligibility left, had yet to use a transfer and had their scholarship or aid run out at their original school. Those who don’t meet all the criteria can apply for a waiver.Though grad transfers still represent a small portion of the transfer market, Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane highlighted the trend this season in basketball by leading the Cyclones to their first Sweet 16 in 14 years.“I just wanted to go somewhere where I can start over fresh,” said Kane, a transfer from Marshall. “I (had) one year of basketball left.  Marshall and I, we did great things there. But we didn’t win a lot. I had a lot of individual awards. But I wanted to make the tournament.”Iowa State has already lined up Kane’s replacement in former UNLV star Bryce Dejean-Jones, and big man Jameel McKay — who left Marquette without ever a game — should bolster its front court.More high-profile schools are also getting in on the transfer craze.Donovan, who went 13 years without a transfer, has had one in each of the past five seasons. Arizona transfer guard T.J. McConnell helped the Wildcats spend much of last season ranked No. 1, and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood averaged 16.1 points a game for Duke last season.Dayton’s run to the Elite Eight was sparked by Ohio State transfer Jordan Sibert. The Buckeyes landed former Temple forward and graduate transfer Anthony Lee just weeks after losing to the Flyers in the NCAA tournament.The NCAA said Friday that its Division I Board of Directors next week will look at so-called hardship transfers involving players who change schools citing “difficult life circumstances.” Typically, some of those players have been allowed to play immediately but the board will review a recommendation that such transfers sit out a season to focus on their new school and life situation while getting an extra year added to their eligibility.The NCAA said the change would provide consistency and reduce concerns about abuse of the waiver process — something that’s on the mind of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.“It’s sad that we’re in that position,” Izzo said. “I understand it and everyone wants one. If it’s a fifth-year guy, I swallow it. But the underclassmen who are transferring and trying to be eligible immediately, I think it’s free agency and I think it’s going to hurt our game eventually.”___AP Sports Writer Mark Long contributed to this report.last_img read more

It’s only August, but different vibe in Leafville as Training Camp ends

first_imgSaturday the coaching staff continued to evaluate the players before first round of cuts was made Sunday morning.The camp concluded Sunday evening.“We spent a lot of time finding the kind of players that we want to have here,” DiBella explained.“Players who can play the brand of hockey we want here . . . many who have been hand picked,” DiBella adds.The training camp determines the 14 forwards, seven defencemen and two or three netminders Nelson takes into the exhibition season, which opens August 31 against Castlegar Rebels.DiBella is optimistic that a handful of the players selected will be locals.“There’s always a few surprises filtering down from Junior A and there may be a few from the roster moving up from this level to Junior A but we’ve done our homework by talking to teams some of our players are going to camps with,” DiBella said.“We pretty much know what their status is and are pretty confident with out depth chart and how we plan to move forward.”One thing that is for certain, the Leafs don’t plan on wasting a whole lot of money transferring players on and off the roster, as was the policy last season.The roster posted on the bulletin board Sunday as training camp breaks won’t deviate much from the one Leafs take into playoffs come February.“It’s early. It looks good. It’s tough to say what the team is going to be like but I think we’re going to come out of the gates fine this year and have a really strong start to our season,” Chernenkoff said.DiBella said there would be a skeleton crew of players practicing for the next few weeks while others attend Junior A training camps.Chernenkoff is one of those players going to try his luck in the Silver City attending the camp of the Trail Smoke Eaters.“I’m going to Trail to try my luck there,” he said. “But if I end up back in Nelson, I’m going to battle it out and be the happiest kid on the team.”Ooooh. After last season, it’s too bad its only August.How many sleeps are left before the season starts?Too many for Leaf fans. The month on the calendar says August.Not really hockey weather as temperatures ranged in the low 30s C on the weekend.But that didn’t stop the Nelson Leafs from being the first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise out of the blocks as the Green and White kicked off the season with its 2016 training camp at the NDCC Arena.While most everyone was thinking about cooling off from the late blast of summer, approximately 40 players battled for a spot on the new-look Leafs.“I think the camp is going very well,” returning Leaf defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff said following the morning ice session Sunday.Chernenkoff, who played 36 games for Nelson last season where the Crescent Valley native score five times and added 10 assists, will be counted on to help bolster a blueline that was a minus-35 last season.“We’ve got a great group of guys all competing for spots,” Chernenkoff said.“The tempo is high . . . which is good. So I think it’s going to be a great start to our season.”Leafs Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Mario DiBella and General Manager Sean Dooley logged more miles than Greyhound during the off-season to recruit the right players to restore the Leafs to the glory years of the past.Starting the camp two weeks before most teams was another way to change up a franchise that has struggled to get out of the first round of the playoffs the past couple of seasons.“I’m really pleased the players we have here,” DiBella said.“They’ve come in shape, and they’re committed . . . showing us what they can do to make this hockey team.”The camp opened Friday with on-ice sessions as well as games and off-ice meetings.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2017)–They call him “Big Money Mike” and anybody who saw him orchestrate an improbable come from behind win aboard the Carla Gaines-trained Bolo in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita will readily attest Mike Smith is aptly named.  Rank under the wire the first time around, Smith somehow got the 5-year-old horse by Temple City to relax and unleash a powerful late rally that resulted in a head victory over an unlucky What a View while getting one mile over a “good” turf in 1:34.51.“It’s his first race back (since the Grade II Eddie Read Stakes on July 17) and it’s his first time wearing a rubber bit,” said Smith, who had just guided Vale Dori to victory in the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes one race earlier.  “I had a bit of trouble.  He’s so strong, it’s like pulling on the barn.  If you give him daylight, he’ll just run off, which he’s done before.“I thought I had a good shot through the lane.  When Graham Motion’s horse (Ring Weekend) came up on the outside of us, it was like Talladega Nights, time to ‘Shake ‘n’ Bake baby!’ He helped me push by What a View.”Off at 6-1 in a field of five older horses, Bolo paid $14.60, $4.60 and $2.80.Owned by Keith Brackpool’s Golden Pegasus Racing and Earle I. Mack LLC, Bolo, who also won last year’s Arcadia, notched his fifth win from 13 starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $614,045.“He’s something else, this horse,” said an elated Brackpool.  “Carla and I were saying ‘Get third, get third,’ then ‘Get second, get second.’  I didn’t think we had won until I saw the replay, amazing.  We’ll take a look at the Kilroe (Grade I, mile on turf, March 11) next.”California-bred What a View, who along with Conquest Enforcer, opened up two lengths on the winner at the top of the lane, prevailed by three quarters of a length for the place and paid $5.00 and $3.00.“I just can’t beat Smith!” said Tyler Baze, who rode What a View and who was also second to Smith in the previous race, the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes.  “(My horse) ran good, really good…I thought I had it once I fought off Conquest Enforcer, which I thought was the horse to beat.  He came head to head with my horse and my horse dug in hard.  Especially that last sixteenth of a mile.  I thought, ‘Good, we’re home free.  Then Bolo…It’s frustrating.”The 6-5 favorite with Flavien Prat aboard, Conquest Enforcer held Ring Weekend off by a nose and paid $2.10 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.74, 46.92, 1:10.98 and 1:23.22.last_img read more

Exploring the world of biodiversity

first_imgWhether you’re looking for information on a seaslug named after Nelson Mandela or advice on how to deal with fig tree-eating beetles, Museum Online South Africa’s Biodiversity Explorer will answer all your questions – and a lot more.The information-packed website, hosted by Iziko Museums of Cape Town, gives fascinating details about new or little-known species, recent discoveries in the field of biodiversity and today’s threats like anthrax and the HIV/Aids virus.It has a “Spotlight On” section, listing interesting developments on the biodiversity front and a “Shadow Falls On” section about the latest bugs or pests and how to deal with them.The site has a comprehensive search facility with an extensive database on fauna and flora, not necessarily specific to southern Africa.On the Mandelia microcornata seaslug, named after Nelson Mandela by two marine biologists who discovered it, Angel Valdes and Terry Gosliner, Biodiversity Explorer says: “It is regarded as something of an honour to have a species of organism named after you.“To have a genus named after you is even more of an honour because new genera are less often named than new species. However, an even greater honour is to have a family named after you because new families are rarely created.”In why they named the seaslug after Mandela, the two said: “This South African genus is named Mandelia to honour Nelson Mandela, who led the struggle for a multiracial government in South Africa.”The specific name is taken from the Latin word mirus (meaning odd) and cornus (meaning horn), “referring to the particular shape of the rhinophores of this species”. Mandelia microcornata has only been found along the Cape Peninsula coastline.The Biodiversity Explorer has plenty of useful information on how to tackle common pests like head lice and cat fleas in an environmentally sound way and how to distinguish between poisonous and non-poisonous spiders and scorpions.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more