Harrison destroyed by Price in first round

first_imgHeavyweight prospect David Price destroyed Audley Harrison in 82 seconds in their British and Commonwealth title clash at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.Harlesden’s former Olympic gold medallist, 40, was rocked by a left-right combination before being poleaxed by the unbeaten champion following a barrage of follow-up punches.Much criticised during his professional career, not least after meekly losing a one-sided world title fight against David Haye two years ago, Harrison had pledged to answer his critics this time.But the 6ft 8in Price – a bronze medallist at the 2008 Olympics – took charge straightaway.He sent Harrison staggering towards the ropes and then to the canvas after a couple of thunderous shots to the head, prompting the referee to stop the fight without bothering to count.Harrison said afterwards that he would take time to consider his future but is likely to retire from the sport.See also:DeGale wins to retain European titleHarrison leaves door open for returnHarrison plans to continue boxing careerAudley to begin Prizefighter against DaneHarrison announces return to the ringHarrison to face knockout specialist WilderFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Hanging on every word: Steve Kerr’s positive message is keeping things fresh for Warriors

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — At all times meticulous, Mike Brown makes sure to keep a pen handy when Steve Kerr speaks.During practices and film study, as Kerr doles out bits of wisdom and encourages perspective, Brown, his lead assistant coach, will jot down quotes that stand out. Later, Brown transfers those quotes to a word document he keeps on his computer — something he can refer to when he, himself, needs a coaching pick-me-up.“He’s one of the brightest guys that I’ve been around but, more …last_img

Elephants find sanctuary in southern Africa

first_img14 July 2015Three young elephants initially captured in western Zimbabwe for export to China have been taken to an elephant orphanage in Harare, a wildlife group claimed yesterday.The three – two males and a female – were left behind when 24 calves were controversially shipped to China last weekend.Wildlife At Risk International (WAR) said the three all had injuries sustained before they were captured at the end of last year. “A tail is missing, part of a trunk gone, all injuries sustained while still free in the wild,” the group said.The Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery announced on 11 July that it had taken in three calves, though it did not say where the elephants came from. But the description of the new elephants now being sheltered by the orphanage matches the description of the rescued calves given by WAR.Rehabilitation and releaseThe orphanage said in a post to Facebook that the animals were “calm and well” and would be rehabilitated before being released back into the wild.News that the three elephants are now safe in an orphanage has been greeted with delight by animal lovers. One reader posted to WAR’s Facebook page: “Out of tragedy comes a small ray of light. This is the best news since this whole terrible nightmare started.”“So glad these babies are safe,” wrote another.The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) said that the 24 elephants sent to Chimelong Safari Park in Guangdong Province in China last weekend had travelled under “valid and authentic” export permits.Free range settingThe Cites secretariat said it had received assurances that the exported calves would be kept “in a free range setting” and would not be used in circus-type performances. But the park they will live in is tiny in comparison to the vast Hwange National Park they come from, measuring only 1.3km2, it has emerged.Zimbabwe’s current elephant population was far too large at around 80 000, the government said, and it needed the money it could raise from the sale of elephants to fund anti-poaching activities.Activists in Zimbabwe have vowed to fight against any future shipment of elephants. “This selling of national assets and heritage is not going to go away – all signs are that it will become much, much worse,” said a bulletin from a group calling itself Concerned Citizens Lobbying Against the Capture of Zimbabwe’s Wild Animals.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

On-farm cooperation facilitating OSC research and marketing efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The research efforts of Ohio agriculture certainly include lab testing, university plot work and data analysis, but every farmer knows that the most dependable crop production research also includes extensive work in real, on-farm fields.The real world of crop production simply cannot be duplicated in a lab. For this reason, farmer cooperators with various agricultural research projects are absolutely essential in developing relevant conclusions and solutions for challenges on farms. And, it just so happens, that some of those farmer cooperators are the same ones making decisions about which research projects should be funded by Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) checkoff dollars at the state and national levels. Dan Corcoran, Pike County farmer, OSC and United Soybean Board memberWith its misty mornings, rolling hills and steamy river bottoms, the Corcoran farm faces perennial disease challenges — a nightmare for farm management but a dream come true for plant pathologists like Dr. Anne Dorrance with Ohio State University Extension.“In southern Ohio we have a blessing and curse that it gets foggy most every morning. That allows us to get some moisture in here when it is dry but we also get more disease issues. We run into disease pressure from the time we plant the seed through harvest,” Corcoran said. “Anne likes to evaluate what is going on in these fields so we can learn more about how to grow better soybeans. Whenever Anne comes down here she gets a big smile on her face because of the disease levels we have. Our disease is good for her and bad for me.”As much as he does not appreciate the disease problems, Corcoran does recognize the value of this kind of research both for his farm and the farms of other Ohio soybean farmers.“Her research looks at some unique disease scenarios which will provide important information to farmers in the region. We hear from a lot of companies selling fungicides alerting us to problems, but with this university work we can get unbiased, real data on what works and what does not,” he said. “Anne has put out plots for three or four years. We have graduate students doing studies out here from the time we plant through harvest. They get an idea of the plant cycle and disease problems. They can also get an early start on finding disease here. Then, Anne has the ability to work with many people in the state and around the country. Through that collaboration, those researchers are looking at multiple things to help us as producers better manage things to produce a better crop.”Learning from the research taking place on his farm, Corcoran has modified his management techniques to improve profitability.“Because we have these plots, we talk about putting fungicide on a little earlier. The plot work has really helped us evaluate fungicides. We have learned that it is tough to make fungicides pay on soybeans. We use genetic selection to get good disease resistance,” he said. “Charcoal rot is more prevalent in southern Ohio. You need high temperatures and in some years we are seeing it on our sandy soils. We start see plants start to wither. They go from beautiful green to dying out just like that. It is a grey fungus that grows up the stem and takes over the whole plant. Those zero yields really hurt your average.“We are also watching frogeye leaf spot closely this year. We occasionally see it really affecting the perimeter and we will hit the outsides of fields when it gets bad, especially in seed beans that we grow. We like to do test strips every year. We will try different timing of spraying, with and without insecticides. The soybeans do look pretty when you spray them but it doesn’t always show up in the yield. The later it gets in the season, the less likely we are to spray.” Terry McClure, Paulding County, OSC Board memberThere are few issues more pressing in Ohio agriculture than the countless questionsTerry McClureregarding water quality. McClure has opened up his farm to researchers to get some answers through on-farm, edge-of-field testing with water collection stations for surface and tile runoff.“You have to take time to do these kinds of things. There is nothing wrong with farmers taking a little time to try to learn more about what is happening in our fields,” McClure said. “This really started several years ago with a presentation from Kevin Elder from the Ohio Department of Agriculture about these water quality problems we were seeing. He kept saying, ‘We don’t know.’ That got to be unacceptable. For agriculture, not knowing is not an answer. Since then, it has really turned out to be a much bigger thing than anybody thought it would be.”The sampling equipment for the water collection sites around the state costs $1 million and it costs another $500,000 a year to collect the samples. The funding efforts got started with OSC, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program in an effort to gather information to help farmers better manage phosphorus (P) on their farms to improve economics and water quality.The project is still ongoing, but McClure said there are some clear lessons already coming from the data collected.“There are some early things the researchers have learned that have become obvious. If you apply P right ahead of a storm, it moves off the field. Some of this is about cementing the things we thought we knew. Small grains make a difference in the whole crop rotation and cover crops do too. I don’t think we have enough data to understand the placement and some of the smaller details yet but we need to learn more by trying different practices. This will give us clues about the many small changes of how we do the 4Rs,” McClure said. “We have made some changes already on our farm. Historically we would apply all of our P and K as a wheat starter for our full rotation. We have started breaking up our phosphate applications. We have continued to use cover crops as much as we can. Oats after wheat really works for us and we have been seeing some really nice things with the cereal rye.“I have been surprised at the interest that farmers have in this knowledge and the understanding that can be generated by this. They want to know if the things they’re being asked to do are really making a difference.”McClure said the information gathered from this year’s extreme weather pattern should be particularly interesting.“This year has been unprecedented. Since planting in the middle of April we have had just shy of 40 inches of rain,” McClure said on July 21. “It will be interesting to see what dynamics there are coming out of that kind of water flow. We have to have had more particulate matter loss with this. I think we will be able to learn a lot from this challenge. Who would have ever plugged this weather event into a model? This has to be a one in 200 kind of year. This is real.” Keith Kemp, Preble County farmer, OSC and United Soybean Board memberWhen it comes to improving Ohio soybean production, there is no better place than on-farm soybean fields to study management practices.Keith Kemp“There is tremendous value to doing things on Ohio farms for Ohio’s farmers. It gives us an edge because we have the research right here,” Kemp said. “ It is so valuable to do this on Ohio farms rather than through national projects. We are getting good results that can really be used in Ohio to make our soybean industry more profitable.”Plots on Kemp’s farm are set up for a wide variety of research projects.“Laura Lindsey from The Ohio State University and her team of researchers are looking at fungicides, insecticides, seed treatments, some biologicals, and they looked at gypsum last year. They are doing the fertility work with Steve Culman in the same plot and they have non-GMO varieties over there too,” Kemp said. “The plot is between four or five acres. Their plot work is very small, but they can get quite a bit of good information from that. It is fun to watch the plots grow and keep an eye on what is happening. Some things work and some things don’t and that is what we want to see.”Having the plots on the farm is convenient and of real interest for Kemp.“They do everything for the plots. All we do is supply the ground. They have their own planter and they harvest and put the beans in our truck,” Kemp said. “It is really valuable for us to see the new things out there and the end results. There are more plots than just here so you have some comparison from other parts of the state. You can see how the varieties perform out here, which is nice. These plots are so valuable because you have a third party out here doing this research and not a company.”And, with his perspective of the checkoff funding decisions at both the state and national levels, Kemp sees how these Ohio efforts can be leveraged with national funding.“It is nice that we have this data to take to the national level as well. The more of this kind of research we do, the more funding we can get from the national level,” he said. “That helps build the research infrastructure in our state. I am excited with where OSU Extension is now. We have some top caliber researchers for soybeans in Ohio. There is tremendous work being done and it ends up making soybean farmers more profitable. We are investing for our future with this.” Dale Profit, Van Wert County farmer, OSC and United Soybean Board memberDale ProfitMore of the world, most notably South America, is figuring out how to efficiently produce soybeans in a cost-effective manner. Rather than watching as the competitive advantage of soybean growers in the United States erodes away to foreign competitors, Profit is doing something about it.“We’ve all recognized that we are all in a worldwide situation raising soybeans. In the future, South America will probably be able to raise soybeans with less expense than we can. We have to look for a niche or a product that adds value to our soybeans and we need to start adapting to this philosophy,” he said. “Not all of us will be raising commodity beans in the future. There will still be commodity beans out there but there will also be some opportunities for the high oleic soybeans and other things that are in the development stage at the present time.”High oleic soybean varieties, including Plenish from DuPont Pioneer and Vistive Gold from Monsanto, offer farmers a unique opportunity to regain soybean oil market share they lost because of trans-fat labeling. Food customers have been clear that they would like to use soybean oil, but they need new properties that offer health advantages over products with trans-fats. To prove that they can meet the potential demand, farmers need to show that they can provide a consistent supply of high oleic oil.“A few years ago, we had been raising seed soybeans for DuPont Pioneer and I asked them if they were going to handle Plenish and they said, ‘yes.’ I asked to be on the list. They called me up when they were asking for acres and that is how I got started,” Profit said. “We have always looked at opportunities and once in a while they come up short but if you aren’t looking for opportunities they pass you by. It is always best if you are on the front end of an opportunity. We generally raise three different varieties of Plenish — medium, short and longer season. They have always been right in the middle of our production for three years now and there has not been a spread of very many bushels in between. We think they are very competitive and we are happy with what they are doing for us.”Profit sees high oleic soybeans as a potential solution to the competitive challenges of the future for Ohio soybean farmers.“Farmers are primarily interested in yield. If varieties are developed with traits that yield they will be adopted fairly quickly,” said. “As long as the yield is there and there is some premium, we can use those opportunities to increase or maintain our income.” Bill Bayliss, Logan County farmer, OSC Board memberWhile efforts in growing soybeans more efficiently and profitably are crucial moving forward, there is no point in growing them if they cannot be marketed at a profitable price. With this in mind, Ohio’s soybean farmers are regularly working to connect the buyers of Ohio soybeans with Ohio farms.“We are not only looking at how to increase yields but also how to move forward in the marketing area. We are looking at who our best customers are, what they want and how we can adjust and adapt what we are doing to better serve them,” Bayliss said. “The Asian customers are our biggest food grade customers. We have found that they really value face-to-face conversations. They want to see the actual farmers they are doing business with. That is important to them.”With this in mind, there have been stepped up efforts in recent years to get Ohio’s soybean farmers over to meet their Asian customers in person, and to bring those customers to Ohio soybean farms. These encounters serve to build important relationships and also provide clues about how to better serve purchasers of Ohio soybeans.“The different countries in Asia have different opinions on genetically modified crops. Some are very interested in GMO-free soybeans but others are not really concerned if they are GMO or not,” Bayliss said. “Ohio farmers are lucky because we have soil types and a climate that creates a particular texture for the food grade soybeans that is preferred by the Asian customers.”It is also important to consider the needs of domestic customers.“High oleic soybeans are one of our premier factors in marketing because of their ability to improve the health of fried foods,” Bayliss said. “We are really working extensively to better serve the people who are buying our soybeans and soy products because that is what will ultimately pay off down the road.”For much more on the soybean checkoff, visit the Soybean Rewards web page at http://www.soyohio.org/council/for-ohio-farmers/soybean-rewards/.last_img read more

Paul Revere Would Have Liked Facebook But Loved LinkedIn

first_imgRelated Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dave copeland Tags:#Facebook#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Were Paul Revere alive today, he likely would have liked Facebook and had many friends there. But he would have loved LinkedIn. The reason why explains his famous role in the Revolutionary War. It also explains why most marketers still can’t make social media really work for them.On April 18, 1775, Revere helped push the most important message of the Revolutionary War viral. But what would have happened if Revere had only been able to post “THE BRITISH ARE COMING” on Facebook?Maybe not much, according to the dynamics of social-network communication.In his landmark 2000 book, “The Tipping Point,” for example, writer Malcolm Gladwell says Revere’s ride was about connecting so-called weak social ties. In Revere’s case, the weak social ties were people who he could have only vaguely identified as likely Patriots.That’s important, because they were crucial to spreading the word. As opposed to Revere’s strong social ties, with whom he had frequent and intense communication, weak ties would have been nodes on networks foreign to Revere.Upon getting the call, these Patriots alerted people Revere could never have reached. This dynamic repeated itself until defenses were raised.Revere’s strong social ties knew of the immediate danger, too, people like fellow crier William Dawes (who carried the same message, covered as many miles and encountered as many people on the same night, but who sadly is just a historical footnote). They’d have formed an echo chamber had they clustered.Weak ties excel at communicating new information. Strong ties tend to enforce bonds.Facebook Favors Strong TiesFacebook and similar networks are set up to promote strong ties, showing updates more frequently from people closest to you, or at least those with whom you interact most often.Facebook execs believe people will stay on their site longer clicking more ads if they are surrounded by cohorts.A warning on Facebook would have been stymied by Revere’s filter bubble, meaning that the message would have bounced among people already in the know. It would have leaked out, but what he needed was to tell people on the farthest periphery of his connections and beyond for a general alarm.LinkedIn Excels In Weak TiesThe strong/weak-tie phenomenon could explain why most marketers today have trouble scaring up new revenue via social media. If they are skilled or fortunate enough to have developed a following, marketing execs typically are interacting with people who are already sold on their brands.Companies should also be looking for network “connectors,” like Revere. Professional and career network LinkedIn differs from Facebook in that its true value is in who your closest LinkedIn contacts know. It helps people find and cultivate information-rich weak ties.By the time you want to leave your job (or, more darkly, are asked to leave), your tightest Facebook friends are not surprised. And you’ve probably already been talking about potential new employers with them. In this situation, your close Facebook friends are really only good as sounding boards or as shoulders to cry on. However, going through your LinkedIn relationships is like Revere riding through the 18th century New England countryside shouting the news. You can rouse more and more-useful responses talking to contacts of your contacts.According to ComScore, every hour a LinkedIn member spends on the site is worth $1.30 in revenue to LinkedIn; every hour on Facebook is worth just 6.2 cents in revenue.That’s not necessarily because of the general topics being discussed in each venue. Marketers need to use social media to find and activate peripheral or potential buyers. They need to ride a dark dirt path beyond their best friends. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Encounter breaks out between militants, security forces in J&K’s Pulwama

first_imgAn encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday morning, police said.Security forces have launched a cordon and search operation in Brobunduna area of Awantipora in the district in south Kashmir after receiving intelligence input about presence of militants in the area, a police official said. As the forces were conducting searches in the area, the militants fired upon them and the forces retaliated, the official said. He said exchange of firing was going on.last_img

10 months agoAldridge convinced current Liverpool team best seen in 30 years

first_imgAldridge convinced current Liverpool team best seen in 30 yearsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohn Aldridge says the current Liverpool team is the best seen in 30 years.Aldridge wrote for the Liverpool Echo: “This is the best Liverpool team since the title-winning side I played in back in 1987/88.”Over the past 30 years we’ve had some great teams but none of them have played consistently at the level we’re seeing from Jurgen Klopp ‘s side this season.”We famously went 29 games unbeaten from the start of the season en route to winning the title in 1988. I would absolutely love to see the current crop beat that record.”Can they do it? I don’t see any reason why not. They are 20 games unbeaten already and confidence is sky high after that 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal.”Going into 2019 seven points ahead of City is a great position to be in. Klopp and the players are saying all the right things about keeping their focus and not getting carried away.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSevilla ready bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sevilla ready bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morataby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla are ready to bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.The Mirror says Sevilla sporting director Joaquin Caparros has sounded out Morata’s representatives and they are trying to persuade Chelsea to do a deal this month.The Spanish club are offering a loan deal worth £5m until the summer when they will pay £35m plus add-ons for the Spain international.Morata has become disillusioned at Chelsea after falling out of favour with Maurizio Sarri.But Chelsea are still reluctant to let Morata go without strengthening their own squad first. last_img

11 days agoMason slams Wales handling of James head injury

first_imgMason slams Wales handling of James head injuryby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRyan Mason has slammed Wales’ handling of a head injury to Manchester United winger Daniel James in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Croatia.James appeared to be unconscious after clashing with opponent Domagoj Vida, but was allowed to continue in the match.Former Spurs midfielder Mason suffered a career-ending concussion in 2018 and believes Wales were wrong to permit James to play on.”Daniel James was just knocked out unconscious! Yet three minutes later he has been allowed back onto the pitch,” Mason posted on his Twitter account.Both James and Wales coach Ryan Giggs denied the Manchester United winger was unconscious after the incident. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Releases Game Times For 10 Opening Weekend Games

first_imgESPN College Football Playoff logo.ESPN ESPN AnnouncersESPNThe opening weekend for this year’s college football season, simply put, is going to be epic. Monday, ESPN/ABC released game times for 10 of the best matchups we’re going to see.South Carolina and Vanderbilt will kick things off on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET, oddly enough in an SEC regular season tilt. Georgia Tech and Boston College will play in Dublin Ireland, at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday morning.Here are the rest of the games – including Oklahoma vs. Houston, LSU vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. Alabama, Clemson vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. Texas and Ole Miss vs. Florida State.9/1/2016: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on ESPN (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College on ESPN2 (7:30 AM ET) 9/3/2016: Oklahoma vs. Houston on ABC (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: Hawaii at Michigan on ESPN (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ABC (3:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia vs. North Carolina on ESPN (5:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: USC vs. Alabama on ABC (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Clemson at Auburn on ESPN (9:00 PM ET) 9/4/2016: Notre Dame vs. Texas on ABC (7:30 PM ET) 9/5/2016: Ole Miss vs. Florida State on ESPN (8:00 PM ET)Which will you be watching?last_img read more