Live playoff updates: Warriors vs. Clippers, Saturday at 5:15 p.m.

first_imgJoin us Saturday at 5:15 p.m. for live news and analysis as the Warriors begin their first-round Western Conference playoffs series against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle.As the West’s top seed, the Warriors (57-25) are the prohibitive favorites over the eighth-seeded Clippers (48-34), who nonetheless offer a challenge to Golden State’s bid for a third straight NBA title. And, although it was five years ago, … Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Cities- Remodeling of Urban Communities

first_imgShanghai, China – 8th June, 2010:  South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Mr. Yunus Carrim has officially launched the June month theme of “Cities: Re-modeling Urban Communities” at South Africa’s Pavilion at Shanghai Expo. During the month, the Pavilion will showcase how South Africa has successfully redesigned and rejuvenated communities during the past 16 years following the abolition of apartheid in 1994 to create modern communities which promote racial, social and physical integration.Centered around four core pillars of Work, Live, Gather and Move, the exhibition at the South Africa Pavilion focuses on how investment in urban infrastructure has improved social activity, housing, public life and transport.  Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr. Yunus Carrim explained “Cities that recognize effective transport investments can contribute to spatial transformation and greater urban productivity.The 2010 Soccer World Cup has accelerated city transportation planning and there is a new focus on creating an efficient network of public transportation – building a new high speed train, enlarging the country’s airports, improving the freeway system, tarring roads in township areas, build new taxi ranks and upgrading local bus systems.While the transformation is by no means complete, we are aiming to ensure that, over time, everyone will be able to enjoy decent accommodation, excellent services, and quality of life in sustainable neighbourhoods and vibrant urban spaces.”South Africa’s examples of how it is overcoming the issue of not just urban regeneration but spatial remodeling of entire communities, demonstrates embodiment of “Better City, Better Life” put into practice.Having built more than 2.7 million houses since 1994, South Africa has also built sustainable settlements which reduce energy use and are also better designed to encourage integration and create true communities.  The creation of decent housing also helps to stabilize the communities, creating jobs which in turn create a sense of pride among residents.The theme of “Cities: the Re-modeling of Urban Communities” will run for the duration of June at the South Africa Pavilion at Shanghai Expo.  In addition to exhibitions, activities will include seminars to promote the exchange of ideas about how to design communities which can give inhabitants a “Better City, Better Life.” Upcoming themes will focus on Trade and Investment; Tourism; and Science and Technology.Notes to Editors:South Africa’s Pavilion design uses a traditional housing design of a Rondavel house with a modern twist as the centerpiece showcasing contemporary, modern living and showcasing how the home is the heart of the community.Against this powerful backdrop, the Pavilion showcases a different theme each month through Shanghai Expo.Background on South Africa – China Relations in brief1998: Formal establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and China2000: South Africa and China sign the Pretoria Declaration on partnership relations, followed by the establishment of the Bi-National Commission (BNC), under which five sectoral committees, respectively on diplomatic affairs, trade, education, science and technology, and defense, have been set up.2007: Cabinet Lekgotla’s decision of July 2007, identified China as the test case for coordinated planning and implementation of the country’s international relations; marketing South Africa abroad; and strengthening South Africa’s economic diplomacy – today being realized by Shanghai Expo.2008: 10 year anniversary of diplomatic ties.  Strategic Partnership Dialogue between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China launched on 7 January 2008 as another vehicle to consolidate the bilateral relations between the two countries.For further information regarding this press release, please contact MS&L:Alvena SoTel: +(8621) 5465 8486Mbl: [email protected]last_img read more

What path will you choose for this cattle cycle?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John F. Grimes, Ohio State University Extension Beef CoordinatorBased on reports from USDA and industry analysts such as Cattle Fax, it appears that the aggressive expansion of the U.S. beef cowherd will peak in 2019 and level off in the early part of the next decade. From the time the most recent herd expansion began in 2014, producers will have added over 3 million beef cows to the nation’s herd. Our primary protein competitors, pork and poultry, have also been in expansion mode recently which adds more competition for the consumer’s food dollars.For all of my adult life, I have heard agricultural economists talk about the “cattle cycle”. The cycle is often reported in approximately 10-year increments and a wide variety of economic, environmental, and political effects can greatly influence each cycle. Current and future cattle cycles will face increasingly varied and complex factors that affect the economic health of the beef industry. The next cattle cycle will be impacted by factors such as drought, trade policies, domestic and foreign economies, competition from pork and poultry, sustainability concerns, and the development of meat substitutes.What does all of this mean for you as a cattleman? I believe there is no time like the present to position yourself for success during the next cattle cycle. Maybe you are satisfied with the economic performance of your cattle enterprise and do not expect to make any changes to your operation. However, doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result does not seem to be a sound strategy. The path you chose to follow with your cattle enterprise will determine how successful it will be during the next cattle cycle.Quite possibly your operation is at or near its maximum capacity for herd size for your available resources. Are you operating at maximum reproductive efficiency? Females that do not become pregnant during a targeted breeding season should be culled and replaced with a bred female. Attempting to rebreed the open female will result in the accumulation of another approximately 18 months of expenses before she can provide a feeder calf available for sale to generate income for the herd. A relatively small investment in pregnancy diagnosis methods such as palpation, ultrasound, or blood testing can help you identify the females that need to be removed from the feed bill.If you are looking to add replacement females to your herd to maintain or expand its current size, consider the purchase of bred heifers or young bred cows as opposed to raising your own replacements. The typical cowherd in Ohio typically numbers less than 20 cows. Industry surveys show that the typical annual replacement rate is 15 to 20%. This would result in the typical Ohio producer keeping back three or four heifers annually as replacements. It is my observation that these heifers can be difficult to manage for the average producer due to the lack of extra facilities or space to manage them separately from the mature cows. The purchase of bred heifers removes nearly one year’s worth of management considerations in the production process for the typical herd.The market is currently sending a clear message that buyers are demanding more for their feeder calf purchasing dollars. Significant discounts are occurring in the market place for feeder calves that are not weaned 45 to 60 days, castrated and healed, dehorned, and given two rounds of a modified live vaccine for the shipping fever complex. Historically, producers have felt that they were not financially rewarded for the extra management practices. However, the attitudes of feeder calf buyers are changing. Stocker and feedlot operators are becoming more reluctant to take greater financial risks with calves without extra health protection. This reluctance may be expressed in some cases as premiums or other times as discounts.Ohio is blessed with many acres of grasslands and typically adequate amounts of rainfall. Cow-calf enterprises commonly consume the vast majority of these grassland acres. However, other enterprises offer significant potential uses for grasslands. Backgrounding or stockering feeder calves to put on extra weight prior to entering the finishing phase can be an effective use of forages. High quality forages can be utilized to finish beef for grass-fed beef programs. There are opportunities for producers to raise replacement heifers and make them available to cow-calf producers throughout the region. Each of these enterprises can generate additional income but will require extra marketing skill by the producer to maximize the profit potential.It is my opinion that the “rules of engagement” to be involved in the beef cattle business are rapidly changing. Regardless if you are a part-time producer that works off the farm, a producer where cattle are a part of a larger, diversified farming operation, or the owner of a full-time beef enterprise, the continuation of your current business model should be re-evaluated. While history can teach us some valuable economic lessons, we must recognize that the beef industry will be impacted in the future by unique economic and social changes. Will you choose a path that increases your chances for success?last_img read more

Brierty Inspires Alliance Team

first_imgHow has your day been so far?We lost our first game to the New South Wales Mets, 12-7, I think a few boys, including me, were fairly nervous, and then we just beat the Rebels 8-6. The boys were over the moon with it so we’ve just got to make sure that we’ve got cool heads going into the next game and come out and hopefully get another one. How did it feel coming to the fields this morning, knowing that you were going to be playing for the Alliance?I actually didn’t get much sleep last night, I was thinking about it a lot. I woke up really early and was thinking about it all this morning. I was really excited and I think that all of the guys were excited and amped to play today. Does it feel like all of the hard work has paid off from over the past couple of months in the lead up to the series?It has been a little bit tough just with the distance between everyone, so me being in Sydney, I’ve been training by myself  because I don’t have anyone to train with but I know that the guys in their individual states, they’ve been putting in the hard work and we’ll surprise a few people over the tournament. How did it feel to be named the captain of the Alliance side?It was a great honour, especially being in the inaugural Elite Eight, and getting the first captaincy, I couldn’t have been prouder. And the boys, I didn’t know them all but I knew the Western Australia guys before, and they were happy, even the Tasmanian blokes that I’ve met for the first time, they’ve been great so it’s been really good. What was your initial reaction to the Elite Eight series and the Alliance when you first heard about it?I made sure I spoke to the right people about it, that it wasn’t going to interfere with anything long term  like the World Cup, and everyone said go for it, it’s promoting the sport and they couldn’t have been more happy that I was doing it so it took me seriously five seconds to make my decision. And how did it feel when Paul Sfeir came on board as the coach of the Alliance?He was great. He actually said the reason he came on board was because he knew that I was playing so I’ve got a great connection with Sfeirsy and we’ve been in a lot of sides together so it was really good to have his experience on board. What did you say to the team before the start of your first game against the New South Wales Mets this morning?I said that I’m nervous, I’m excited, it’s ok to be nervous and excited. It’s just a game of Touch Football in the end of it. These guys, they put them up on such a high pedestal because they are good players the Mets team, but when it comes down to it they are just 14 guys that are trying to do the same thing that we are. How did it feel to play the Mets first up considering you have spent a lot of time with the Sydney Mets permit over the past couple of years?It was good. Sfeirsy and I had a little joke about it because we’ve both been involved in Mets for so long. I think I’ve played six years with the Mets. Western Australia is where I am from and I’ve always said I want to go back and play over there so I couldn’t have been prouder of the boy’s effort this morning, it was a good first game and I think we showed it in the second game. What is the culture like within the Alliance team?It’s actually really good, obviously there are little niches, like Western Australia, there’s about five or six from Tasmania, a few from the Northern Territory etc., but we’ve really tried to keep the squad as a whole, the first division and the Men’s. Everyone is rooming with blokes from different states as well so not just on the field but off the field you get to know the blokes as well and that brings us closer together. It must be good for the team to have a player of your calibre in the line-up as well, what have they said about it?A few of them have commented about it, they say its good because it shows them, not necessarily that you have to leave Western Australia or leave Tasmania to make a representative team but that’s the path I chose, and I said to them this tournament is about them becoming known players, so players come out next tournament and go ‘wow that Craig Boston from WA is good, wow that Jason Haines from Tasmania is a good player’, it’s no longer ‘we’re going out there to play for him’, we are going out there to create names for those other guys and that’s why I’ve always said that I want to pass what I’ve learnt playing at the highest level onto them for them to become better Touch players when they go back home and hopefully lift the standard back there. Did you ever think when you first moved to Sydney that a concept of the Elite Eight would come about or you’d make it as far as you have?Not at all because when I first moved over I was 18 and I had always wanted to play for Australia and then I didn’t make any of the Youth Aussie teams, which I thought I might have a shot at the 20’s, and I missed the boat on those but I played consistent football and got recognised in the state Mixed team and I played a 20’s City versus Country, so I think that’s a big stepping stone for developing a career, like Dyl (Australian player Dylan Hennessey) has come through all of the junior developments, Steve Roberts, they’ve all come up through the ranks.What do you hope the Alliance team gets out of playing in the Elite Eight series?Hopefully they just get the confidence out of it that they are good players. You look at the Rebels and the Mets teams and they are stacked full of Australian and New Zealand representatives and State of Origin players and these guys are underrated players and I think over the weekend they deserve that recognition that some of them can play in the Aussie 20’s team and some of them can make the Aussie Men’s squad, that they are just as good as anyone else, they just don’t get the limelight which the Elite Eight is now showing for all of them. So hopefully we have a good time and hopefully we actually win it.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal and Tottenham make plea for supporters behaviour

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal and Tottenham make plea for supporters behaviourby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal and Tottenham have issued statements asking their fans to behave during tonight’s EFL Cup quarter-final between the fierce north London rivals.The sides meet in the Premier League on December 2, with Arsenal running away 4-2 winners. But the game was marred by a Spurs fan throwing a banana onto the pitch as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a goal.Tottenham’s statement read: “Local derby matches are always passionate affairs and it is important that supporters play their part on these occasions by getting behind the team in a positive way and making them memorable for the right reasons.”We have enjoyed some unforgettable north London derby encounters over the years and the vast majority of fans have generated incredible atmospheres on these occasions.”However, there were incidents in our most recent Premier League fixture against Arsenal earlier this month where a small number of supporters of both sides behaved unacceptably.”Ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie we wish to remind supporters travelling to Emirates Stadium that any kind of racist, discriminatory or anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated by the club.”As a club that has suffered from abuse in the past from opposition supporters, we wish to make clear that there is absolutely no place for this kind of behaviour in or outside of football.”Arsenal posted on their website: “This fixture always generates an exciting and passionate atmosphere, however, we recently saw incidents where a small minority of fans have behaved unacceptably and unlawfully.”We appeal to both sets of supporters to get behind their team in positive and respectful ways without any discriminatory behaviour.” last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning return

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope delighted with winning returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope was delighted to be back in action for their FA Cup win over Barnsley.The Clarets stopper made his first appearance for the club since the Europa League tie in Aberdeen when he kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Barnsley on Saturday. “It was great to be back out there with the lads and pick up a good result,” he said.“I’ve been back in training a few weeks now so I felt ready to play. The lads came away with a clean sheet and a win.”And Pope is now targeting a return to Premier League action.Asked if he needed a few more games before being considered for a regular starting spot, he said: “You’re asking the wrong guy. Who knows? I’m happy with today and I played a reserve game as well so I’m well on the way. I’m happy with where I am. I feel good.” last_img read more

9 months agoChelsea agree to go higher for Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea agree to go higher for Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredesby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have upped their offer for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.The Blues are going to £36m to convince Zenit to sell.The Daily Star says Maurizio Sarri’s side have turned to Zenit midfielder Paredes after being told by Cagliari that £45m starlet Nicolo Barella is off the market.Paredes was next on Chelsea’s wish list and the Argentina international, 24, has now agreed terms on a four-and-a-half year deal worth £80,000-a-week.Chelsea have previously bid £26.8m and £31.2m for Paredes but a third offer is expected to get the deal over the line. last_img read more

MMIWG MMIW Tamra Keepness

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe five commissioners tasked with guiding national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women started their work Sept. 1.Hearings are expected to start later in [email protected]last_img

Commentary The roar likely will never be restored for Tiger Woods

The man who electrified the sporting world when he won the 1997 Masters by a record 12 strokes at the age of 21 is not the player he once was. Tiger Woods is now 35 years old. He is still on pace to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories. However, Woods has gone 11 majors without winning, the longest streak of his career. Heck, he hasn’t won since Sept. 23, 2009. That’s not to say Woods still won’t break Nicklaus’ record. In early March, Nicklaus said it was too early to dismiss Woods’ chances. But that was before the Masters performance Woods turned in this past weekend. Yes, the literal “Tiger roar” returned to Augusta, Ga., as Woods made a Sunday charge on the front nine. In the past, Woods has made clutch putt after clutch putt to run away with the victory while others faded. That didn’t happen this weekend. He missed short putt after short putt. Even after leader Rory McIlroy collapsed, Woods couldn’t capitalize, and finished No. 33 in putting at the Masters. It’s fair to say the aura is gone. The younger players aren’t scared of Woods anymore. Sure, McIlroy buckled. But Jason Day, Adam Scott and the eventual Masters champion, Charl Schwartzel, all of whom are younger than Woods, didn’t blink. The 26-year-old Schwartzel birdied his last four holes on Sunday. How’s that for wilting under Woods’ pressure? Pressure is something Woods also puts on his body. Even his revamped swing involves incredible torque on his left leg. Shortly after he won the 91-hole 2008 U.S. Open, Woods revealed he’d been playing with a torn ACL in his left knee for more than 10 months, and had also suffered a double stress fracture in his left leg two weeks before the U.S. Open. Woods’ surgery to repair his left knee following the tournament was the third on his left knee since 2003. On Monday, Michael Wilbon, co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” said Woods should play more in order to induce more muscle memory and that Woods can’t afford to take so many tournaments off in between majors anymore. But, it appears Woods has no plans of doing that. Early last month, Woods was asked why he’d only played nine competitive rounds so far in 2011. “Well, because I have a family. I’m divorced,” Woods said. “If you’ve been divorced with kids, then you would understand.” The only court Woods had to appear in following his personal transgressions was divorce court. He split from former wife Elin Nordegren on Aug. 23, 2010 — but he was executed in the court of public opinion. Perhaps he truly has become a family man. Whether it’s an incomplete game, a lost aura, an injury history or family devotion, it’s clear Woods is a different man. What remains to be seen is whether he can break Nicklaus’ record, something that’s always been his No. 1 goal. read more