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Olson inspires confidence

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first_imgAlthough undefeated and eighth-ranked UCLA trailed by double-digits in the fourth quarter of its last three games, teammates of senior quarterback Drew Olson say it is no surprise he led comebacks each time. The Bruins would like to avoid needing a repeat scenario today against Oregon State at the Rose Bowl, but there is plenty of confidence in Olson if one is needed. “He’s showing his true character,” UCLA strong safety Jarrad Page said. “Everybody was against his ability. And, yeah, everybody would think he could never do that. But we trusted him from day one when we started the season, and he’s just doing what we know he can do. Now, he’s one of those guys where you expect him to lead the comeback.” Olson, who had no four-quarter comebacks before this season, has done it with stellar play in the final 15 minutes. He completed 30 of 41 passes for 333 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the fourth quarter against Washington, California and Washington State. “I’m so proud of him because nobody but us really knows how hard he worked in the offseason,” Bruins linebacker Justin London said. “He’s a very good friend of mine. Just to see him out here leading this football team is amazing. He’s come a long way. Everybody can see how far he’s come.” Easy, Haas: Beavers senior receiver Mike Haas leads the Pacific-10 Conference with 51 receptions and 848 yards, but it’s not speed or size that makes the 6-foot-1, 208-pound senior difficult to control. “He’s one of the top (receivers in the conference), and you tell that by the routes he runs,” UCLA cornerback Marcus Cassel said. “His routes are very precise. He can stop on a dime and make a cut.” UCLA may elect to get away from its zone defense to counter Haas. During defensive coordinator Larry Kerr’s first two seasons, UCLA was mostly a zone team. However, the Bruins are playing more man-to-man now. Kerr estimated UCLA played man defense “95 percent” of the second half at Washington State. “We’ve always been a good zone team and played a little bit of man behind it,” Kerr said. “This group, because of some things we tried to do in the run game, we’ve become more of a man team and mixed in some zone.” center_img Welcome, Matt: The biggest curiosity about Oregon State quarterback Matt Moore’s transfer from UCLA in 2003 was the timing. He left during the season, weeks before the Bruins’ bowl game. “I would expect something like that to happen back then,” Page said. “That’s just the way our team was going back then. There are no hard feelings. It’s just going to be another football game.” Stat talk: OSU is 95th out of 117 Division I-A teams in rushing offense (106.8 yards per game), and UCLA is 114th in rushing defense (229.7). The Beavers are eighth in passing offense (321.8) while UCLA’s passing defense is 39th with a rating of 117.38. Meanwhile, UCLA’s passing offense is 23rd (274.5) and OSU’s passing efficiency defense is 98th at 141.11. The Bruins are sixth in scoring (43.3 points per game) and OSU is 102nd in scoring defense (33.2). Also, OSU has lost its last six games against top 10 teams, and last defeated a top-10 team on the road when it beat No. 2 Purdue 22-14 in 1967. 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

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COMMUNITY ALERT: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS LORRY STOLEN IN MANORCUNNINGHAM

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first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: Have you seen this lorry, which was stolen in Manorcunningham last night.It was seen being driven towards the border.If you can help please ring 086 4043248.  COMMUNITY ALERT: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS LORRY STOLEN IN MANORCUNNINGHAM was last modified: December 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lorry stolenmanorcunninghamlast_img

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Warriors: Game 5 is critical beyond finishing off Clippers

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first_imgOAKLAND – By taking a plunge into the Pacific Ocean, Klay Thompson did not just feel more refreshed. He also inspired the Warriors and presumably their fans on ensuring that they live their best life.“With it being … WATCH: Steph, Klay and coach Kerr discuss upcoming Game 5.Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!last_img

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Mandela was a ‘giant for justice’: UN chief

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first_img10 December 2013 Nelson Mandela was a “giant for justice”, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during a visit to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on Monday. Ban, who was due to join some 70 heads of state at the memorial service for Mandela at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on Tuesday, said Mandela’s “principled stand in defense of the fundamental equality of all human beings was decisive in dismantling the system of apartheid. “His remarkable compassion upon his release from prison after 27 years set South Africa immediately on a path of dialogue and reconciliation,” Ban said. “He was a giant for justice, equality and human rights.” Mandela died last Thursday after a long battle with a lung infection. The late human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience, international peacemaker and first democratically elected president of South Africa was 95. Ban said Mandela was more than one of the world’s greatest leaders. “He was a teacher, and he taught and practised by example.” Recalling the first time he met Mandela, during an official visit to South Africa in February 2009, Ban said he had “wanted to say a few words of thanks for what he was doing for humanity. [Mandela’s] response has stayed with me ever since. He said: ‘Well, it’s not only me, there were hundreds and hundreds of known and unknown people who fought for the same cause. “I was so deeply moved and touched. What he said has guided me ever since,” Ban said. “The people of South Africa and the whole world have lost a hero. May Nelson Mandela rest in peace.” The secretary-general also visited Mandela’s residence, where he offered his condolences to the former president’s family. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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King Corn Adds Acres

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matthew Wilde Progressive Farmer Crops EditorMESERVEY, Iowa (DTN) — Midwest farmers are doing the unthinkable as the corn-planting window slams shut.Some growers are switching intended soybean acres to corn, or at least thinking about it. Usually the opposite happens in mid-to-late-May if corn isn’t in the ground due to yield-loss potential.But desperate times call for desperate measures, said Dave Nelson of rural Belmond, Iowa.Decade-low soybean prices and a re-energized U.S.-China trade war convinced the former Iowa Corn Growers Association president and his family — Dave farms with his brother, son and nephews — to plant another 1,000 acres of corn at the expense of the world’s most popular legume. Now, 4,000 of the 6,500 acres that the family crops will be corn.Dave piloted a New Holland TG255 tractor pulling a 12-row Case I-H planter May 13 in a field near Meservey, Iowa, as other family members planted elsewhere. He seeded corn in a field intended for beans. Dave’s nephew, Josh Nelson, incorporated fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide at the same time. Both were trying to beat impending rain that has dramatically slowed planting progress throughout the Midwest, which also played a part in the family’s decision.It’s the first time in nearly 50 years of farming Dave Nelson reduced soy acres in favor of corn with June fast approaching.“The market is telling us to switch,” Dave said as he planted corn. “Soybean prices have gotten worse and a trade deal with China doesn’t look like it will happen for a while. The profit potential for corn isn’t good, but it’s a lot better than soybeans.“Illinois, Missouri and the Dakotas are way behind and we’re able to plant,” he added. “That may help corn prices.”GRAIN COMPLEXBig U.S. soybean ending stocks and a recent setback in trade negotiations with China contributed to the lowest prices since 2007, according to DTN market analysts. The latest government estimate pegs the nation’s soy stockpile for 2019-20 at 970 million bushels, bolstered by China’s reluctance to buy from the U.S.November soybeans opened at $8.43 Tuesday, with cash prices less than $7.70 at many elevators and processors. Iowa State University (ISU) estimates the break-even price for soybeans averaging 62-bushels-per-acre at $8.86 per bushel.Corn futures have increased lately. December corn opened Tuesday at $3.83 per bushel. Cash prices are 30-40 cents less. ISU estimates the break-even price at $3.38/bu. for corn after soybeans averaging 218 bpa and $3.88 for corn-after-corn averaging 200 bpa.Planting less soy in favor of corn may be a good plan for some farmers, said Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois agricultural agronomist. Given current market dynamics and planting woes in much of the Corn Belt, he said farmers who can get corn in soon and possibly limit yield losses due to delays could benefit.“I can see that strategy making sense in Iowa, and possibly other areas,” Hubbs said. “There could be a significant amount of corn that isn’t planted nationwide, possibly 3 million acres, which may support prices come June.”PLANTING DELAYSAbout 79 million acres of soybeans and more than 71 ma of corn were unplanted as of May 12, according to prospective planting estimates and the latest USDA Crop Progress Report. Rains and cold weather hampered planting throughout major corn and soybean states this past week.Only 11% of Illinois’ corn is in the ground compared to the five-year average of 82%. Indiana is 6% done and North and South Dakota are 11% and 4% finished, respectively.Iowa is better off with 48% of its intended corn acres planted, four days behind last year and just over a week behind the five-year average. The planting clock is ticking loudly.ISU studies indicate corn, with a plant density of 35,000 per acre, on average will yield 87% of its potential when planted from May 15-25, 70% from May 25-June 5 and 54% from June 5-15. Research shows soybean yields, on average, decline by 0.25 to 0.9 bushels for every day that seed isn’t in the ground after May 15.The 50% corn planting completion threshold wasn’t met in Iowa only five times prior to this year in the last 40 years. In each of those years, the statewide yield was below trend line.CORN OPTIMISMDave Nelson hopes to break the trend. The family is more than half-done with corn. If they get yields 180-bpa to more than 200-bpa, and prices jump 30 cents, they can make a profit unlike on soybeans.“Some of the fields we’re switching raise a lot better corn,” he said.The thought of planting soybeans and losing money is dejecting, Josh Nelson added. There wasn’t a debate among the family members about swapping soy acres for corn.“It’s shear economics,” Josh said. “Planting soy just didn’t pencil out. A lot of farmers are in a similar boat.”He may be right. Several ISU Extension regional agronomists mentioned during a recent conference call that many farmers statewide are swapping some soy acres to corn, according to Mark Licht, ISU Extension cropping systems agronomist.High yield potential for corn is still possible by planting well-adapted full season hybrids up until June 1, Licht said. After that date, he recommends switching to earlier maturing corn.“Agronomically speaking, it’s easier to switch to corn from soybeans,” Licht said. “It usually doesn’t happen because of yield potential.”Contact Matthew at matt.wilde@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @progressivwilde(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Nielsen: U.S. Smartphone Users Concerned About Privacy and Location Data

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first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Location#privacy#web This Nielsen study specifically targeted those mobile subscribers who have downloaded an app within the last 30 days, so this is a demographic that is familiar with apps and that, at first blush, could be open to trying out the spate of new services that utilize location-based data. That could involve “checking in” or that could just saying “yes” to transmitting GPS data in order to deliver specific content. Regardless, the Nielsen study does seem to suggest that, despite the popularity of location-based apps, many consumers are still reluctant to share this sort of information. Only 8% of women and 12% of men say that they aren’t concerned about their privacy and location data. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The Nielsen Company’s latest research, released today, into consumers thoughts on their privacy and their location data seems well timed in light of yesterday’s news that iPhones contain a hidden file that chronicles users’ movements. And no surprise – even without knowing about this recent revelation of the potential for iPhone tracking – most consumers responding to the Nielsen survey said they are concerned about the implications of sharing their location via their mobile phones.59% of women and 52% of men say that they have privacy concerns when it comes to the apps they download onto their smartphones. Those older than 45 were the most concerned about their privacy, while those between the ages of 25 and 34 were the least concerned.last_img read more

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PepsiCo’s Indira Nooyi More Powerful Than Sonia Gandhi?

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first_imgIndra Nooyi, head of soft drink giant PepsiCo, outranks Sonia Gandhi, widely recognized as the real power behind Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in this year’s Forbes annual list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, which is headed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazil’s Pres. Dilma Rousseff.Nooyi is no doubt a highly successful chief executive of a very prominent global company. But honestly, the idea that the head of a company that Apple CEO Steve Jobs once famously ridiculed was in the business of peddling “sugar water,” is more powerful than the power rider behind the world’s second-largest  economically-turbocharged country, is a reflection of the lopsided editorial judgment and naievete of the world’s foremost capitalist magazine.“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” — Steve Jobs to PepsiCo executive John Sculley to lure him to AppleIndeed, Forbes’ list ranks Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Gates Foundation co-chair Melinda Gates ahead of Gandhi too. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama ranks just behind Gandhi. Forbes’ much ballyhooed influential rankings — for that matter all such people power rankings, “Most Influential South Asians,” “Person of the Year,” etc., etc., — are unquestionably entertaining and popular, but they are neither credible nor of any journalistic reliability or value. What these rankings really are about is that they are fat cash cows for savvy media organizations to milk advertisers and sponsors in conjunction with they opportunities they afford to self-absorbed people to hobnob with other equally self-important (and frequently insecure) people.Forbes explained its ranking methodology as being based in part on its other equally dubious lists, such as its Celebrity 100 for lifestyle and net worth from its World’s Billionaires list “for those with 10 figure bank accounts.” It also factored in “Facebook fans, Twitter followers and YouTube views” for the people it ranked. Guess who doesn’t count in such matrixes? It certainly wasn’t their social media profile that got the only two other Indians, ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar (43) and Biocon Founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (99), on the list.The richest people and companies — such as Fortune magazine’s list of the world’s largest companies or the world’s richest — are atleast based on measurable criteria of wealth, and even they hit and miss, because not all assets are in accessible public databases.  Bottom line: Read these lists for their titillation value by all means, but don’t let any schmuck in a newsroom tell you who the most powerful or influential person in any field is. Unless you want to make their list of fools.Read Forbes list Related Itemslast_img read more

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13 injured in acid attack for opposing eve-teasing in Bihar

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first_imgAt least 13 people, including three women, were injured on Wednesday in an acid attack in Bihar’s Vaishali district for opposing eve-teasing by a group of motorcycle-borne youths.The police have arrested five persons.Police said there was a scuffle between two groups at Dawoodnagar village of Hajipur and acid was thrown, injuring the 13. Three of the attackers too were injured. All have been admitted to the government hospitals in Hajipur and Vaishali.“We’ve arrested five persons…we’ll investigate further and if found involved, some more people could be arrested”, said senior police official of the district Raghav Dayal.Local residents said the group of bike-borne youths passed lewd remarks on girls of the village on Tuesday and it was opposed by the family members of a girl and some other villagers. “On Wednesday, over a dozen youths attacked the family members of the girl, throwing acid on them…in the scuffle three of the attackers too got burn injuries”, said a villager. .last_img read more

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London Olympics: Zhang Jike wins gold in men’s table tennis

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first_imgWorld No.1 Zhang Jike beat fellow Chinese player Wang Hao for gold in Thursday’s Olympic table tennis singles final. Zhang, the 24-year-old World Champion, closed it out in five games to win four games to one- 18-16, 11-5, 11-6, 10-12, 13-11.”I’m very excited, it’s my first time at the Olympics and it has been my dream to win the gold medal since I started playing,” Zhang said.”I feel like I have completed a mission. In table tennis there can only be one winner.”It is a third-successive Olympic final defeat for Wang, who stalled Zhang’s march to victory by winning game four and putting up considerable resistance in game five.”Everyone wants to win the gold, but I lost to a teammate so it’s not so serious. I’ve done my best,” Wang said.”The first game was quite important. The others followed as a result of that.”Earlier on Wednesday, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov won a captivating bronze medal match against Chuang Chih-Yuan of Chinese Taipei.Ovtcharov, the World No.12, triumphed four games to two in a 12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5, 14-12 victory.In the women’s singles Wednesday, China’s Li Xiaoxia beat teammate Ding Ning in a controversial singles final.last_img read more

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India’s golden girl Dutee Chand finishes fifth in 200m final in World University Games

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first_imgIndia’s golden girl Dutee Chand finishes fifth in 200m final in World University GamesIndia’s golden girl Dutee Chand has added another feather to her cap after finishing fifth in the women’s 200m final at the World University Games in Nepoli.advertisement Press Trust of India NapoliJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 20:28 IST Dutee Chand celebrating her victory during women’s 200m final (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSDutee Chand clocked 23.30 sec to finish 5th in 200m at World University GamesEarlier, Dutee had also won gold medal in 100m in dash eventDutee had become the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal at the World UniversiadeCompeting in her fifth race in three days, Dutee Chand finished fifth in the women’s 200m final at the World University Games here.Dutee clocked 23.30 seconds in the race, a tad slower than her bronze-winning time of 23.24 at the Asian Championships in April. She has a personal best of 23.00 seconds in 200m.The 23-year-old later competed in the women’s 4x100m relay, her sixth race in three days, but the Indian quartet could only finish sixth in heat 1 and overall 13th with a time of 46.23 seconds.The Indian men’s 4x100m relay team clocked 40.73 seconds to finish fourth in heat number 3 and 11th overall.Dutee had become the first Indian woman track and field athlete to clinch a gold medal at the World Universiade after she won the 100m dash event on Tuesday.Read more | Anand Mahindra posts encouraging tweet after Dutee Chand’s historic win: Keep running fearlesslyAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Indian sprinterFollow Dutee ChandFollow World University Games Nextlast_img read more

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