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Aldridge helps balanced Spurs top Heat

first_img“It’s great. I’m asking questions all game and I guess it’s forcing me to talk so I can’t be wrong,” Gay said. “It’s a good place to be in. They just have to be on their Ps and Qs, because if they’re wrong, I’m telling Pop.”FEELING FINEGinobili had 10 points in 25 minutes. He left briefly after bumping knees with a defender, but returned shortly after going to the back.“One of those that hurt right there in the moment,” Ginobili said. “It’s going to hurt tonight and tomorrow a little bit, but it’s nothing serious so, it should be OK tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) shoots over Miami Heat defenders Kelly Olynyk (9) and Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 117-105. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — It was quite an offensive performance for the rolling San Antonio Spurs.And coach Gregg Popovich pointed out, it also was just one game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points and San Antonio recorded 30 assists in a 117-105 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.“That’s always wonderful,” Popovich said of the balanced attack for the Spurs. “And then when you sit down and when you start feeling good about it, you realize that Golden State does that every night. Ok, we’ve got a ways to go, don’t get too excited, but it is great to see.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe Warriors are tied with the Houston Rockets for the Western Conference’s best record, but the Spurs are only 2 1/2 games back despite the season-long absence of All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard.With Leonard’s return looming from a right quadriceps injury, Aldridge led the Spurs in scoring for the 20th time in 25 games. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny While Aldridge has been the team’s primary offensive threat in place of Leonard, San Antonio has carved out a 17-8 record by taking advantage of its depth.“It comes from everybody being willing to make a pass for us to be successful,” said veteran Rudy Gay, who signed with the Spurs in the offseason. “We have to find the open man and pass up a good shot for a great shot. We’ve been doing that well these past few games. I think that’s one of the great things about this system, everybody is playing for each other and it ends up in the win column. That’s part of the reason I came here.”The Spurs shot 52.9 percent from the field and had seven players score in double figures. Bryn Forbes had 17 points, and Gay finished with 16 in San Antonio’s sixth win in seven games.Tyler Johnson led Miami with 25 points, and Dion Waiters had 22.San Antonio got off to a slow start defensively, just like it did in its comeback victory against Detroit on Monday night. Miami shot 58 percent in the first half, including going 9 for 18 on 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “It was a little bit surprising that we were able to score 35 in the first quarter,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We moved the ball, knocked down some open 3s, that always helps, and then they started to get the game a little bit more to their liking.”San Antonio forced 11 turnovers and outscored Miami 60-47 in the second half.The Spurs’ reserves stepped up again, just as they have done all season. Forbes made three 3s in the third quarter, helping San Antonio to an 86-82 lead heading into the final period after they trailed by four at halftime.TIP-INSHeat: Starting center Hassan Whiteside missed his fourth straight game with a bruised left knee bone. … Spoelstra has 451 career victories, three shy of tying Pat Riley for the most in franchise history. … The Heat have not beaten the Spurs since Jan. 26, 2014, in Miami. Miami is 18-42 all-time against San Antonio in the regular season.Spurs: Forbes made a career-high five 3-pointers. He became the fourth undrafted player to make at least five 3-pointers in a game for the Spurs, joining Bruce Bowen, Gary Neal and Jaren Jackson. … The Spurs have made a 3-pointer in 1,000 straight games dating to April 9, 2005, the fourth-longest streak in league history. Dallas holds the record with 1,108 straight games with a 3 from 1999-2012. … Aldridge has 197 blocks, passing Tiago Splitter for 23rd in franchise history.UP NEXTHeat: Play Brooklyn on Saturday night in Mexico City in their first game played outside the United States or Canada in franchise history.Spurs: Host Boston on Friday night in the finale of a three-game homestand.ON-THE-JOB TRAININGGay is still getting acclimated to the Spurs’ offense, which has led Popovich to simplify his play-calling when the 12-year veteran is on the court.“He’s just playing basketball,” Popovich said. “Every once in a while he knows the play, but we stayed in just basically a little bit of motion for a lot of the game when he was out there so he can just play basketball. Because he’s a good player, he doesn’t need me to coach him on how to score, he does that well.”Gay is leaning on his teammates to make sure he is in the right place on the court as he grows accustomed to San Antonio after leaving Sacramento as a free agent. LeBron James uses ‘NBA 2K’ to figure out best fit for Cavs lineup MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

At Inter-high School Debates, Ngafuan Raps Liberian Students

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has called on Liberian students not to only rely on classrooms lessons, but to get involved with extra-curriculum activities.Such activities, according to Minister Ngafuan, will include students’ participations in intellectual debates, drama, speech deliberations, amongst others.Minister Ngafuan made the comment when he delivered a keynote address at the Centennial Pavilion on the theme, “Building a Scholarly Character in the Liberian Student,” at program marking the launch of the Inter-High School National Debate.The ceremony brought together representatives of over 30 high schools and other institutions of learning across the country.The ‘Mock debate’ held on the topic: “The Importance of WAEC before and after Graduation,” was organized by Building Emergency Leaders Firm, Inc. under the auspices of the Ministry of Education (MOE).“My acceptance of the invitation is informed by my belief that the institutionalization of the culture of debates among high school students by no less than the (MOE) is a record breaking accomplishment that will go a long way in solidifying the foundations of education and intellectualism in our country and transforming many a young person from mediocrity to excellence; hence, I could not afford not to be supportive of this transformation initiative,” Minister Ngafuan declared.Quoting from a phrase of the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela, Minister Ngafuan informed the students that no country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.Therefore, he said, education or proper intellectual cultivation is not only acquired within the rectangular walls of a classroom, but comes from years of positive socialization and conditioning acquired from different sources; experiences and places.Earlier, the organizer of the debates, managing partner of BEL Firm, Chupee W.G. Howe said, the Liberian civil crises rendered its educational opportunities scarce.As such, the government through the MOE established as its goal the provision of equal access to education opportunities and facilities for all citizens to the extent of available resources, regardless of age, disability, and gender.According to Mrs. Howe, despite all of MOE’s efforts, the educational system is confronted with numerous challenges particularly with the issue of retention; the dropout rates as well as overage students.To address some of challenges, she said, her organization designed a new and system of education that would involve debates and intellectual activities bringing together the student populace.Students who participated in yesterday’s ‘mock debates’ included Hector G. Toe, Celine Gray, Gifty E. Kordor, Israel Samuels, Romena Dennis and Amos Holder.Officials of education including the Deputy Minister for Instruction, Hawa Goll-Kotchi and Assistant Minister T. Wilson Gaye were among the guests that attended the ceremony.Others in attendance included the ambassadors of Cameroun, Beng’Yela Augustine Gang, La Côte d’Ivoire, Kapieletien Soro, Ghana, Kojo Asimeng Wadee and Guinea, Alhaji Abdoulaye Doré, and a representative from the Nigeria Embassy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guardiola wants Mendy replacement in January

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, pictured in September 2017, predicted the team would have difficulties without a suitable replacement for Mendy until the transfer window re-opens six months from now © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 13 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has indicated his main priority in the January transfer window will be to buy a replacement for injured defender Benjamin Mendy.France left-back Mendy will be out for the next six months after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage during City’s victory over Crystal Palace on September 23. Guardiola can use Fabian Delph, Danilo or Ukrainian youngster Oleksandr Zinchenko in Mendy’s absence, but he believes the former Monaco defender, signed for £52 million ($69 million, 58 million euros) in the close season, will be missed hugely.The City manager spoke about Mendy’s influence after refusing to comment on the possibility of signing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in January.City failed with an attempt to sign Sanchez in August, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger indicated in Thursday that the Chile forward, along with team-mate Mesut Ozil, could be sold when the transfer window reopens because both will be out of contract at the end of the season.“The transfer window is closed now. Unfortunately it was long open, but now it is closed,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.“We will see about January, we are in October. The only problem we have – a big, big problem we have – is Mendy, six months out. It’s a big problem.“We’ll suffer even though we have the exceptional Fabian, Danilo, and even Zinchenko. Mendy was and is so important for us and unfortunately six months (is) a long time.”Guardiola has indicated that forward Sergio Aguero is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken rib sustained in a recent taxi crash.Aguero returned to light training on Tuesday, even though he looked set to be out for more than a month after being injured in the accident in Amsterdam on September 28.The crash happened when the striker was on his way to the city’s airport to fly back to Manchester after attending Colombian singer Maluma’s concert on his day off.Medical officials within the Argentina set-up suggested that Aguero would not play again before November.– Aguero recovery –However, Aguero has suffered no ill effects after three days of training, including a full session with his team-mates on Thursday.Guardiola was checking on his seven-goal top scorer during training on Friday before making a final decision, but was considering recalling him for Saturday’s Premier League home match against Stoke City.“He did his first training session after what happened, and he did it quite well,” Guardiola said.“Hopefully as soon as possible, he’ll be back. Maybe on Saturday – today we’re going to see the last training session and we’ll see.“Of course, he’s not 100 per cent, but he’s recovered quite well. It’s not as dangerous as it could be.“He explained to us what happened, you think what might have happened, but now he’s quite well and we’re happy.”While Aguero is on the verge of a comeback, captain Vincent Kompany is continuing to struggle with injury problems.The centre-back has not played since injuring his calf during Belgium’s World Cup qualifying win over Gibraltar on August 31.Kompany has been troubled by a series of injuries over the past three years, and Guardiola has refused to give him a return date.“He is still injured. He’s much, much better, but hopefully he’s in the last part of his recovery,” he said.“His return depends on him. He’ll notice how he feels and when he’ll be able.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Eto’o spoke to Xavi and Sneijder before going to Qatar

first_imgThe four-times African player of the year said he had spoken to his ex-Barcelona and Inter Milan colleagues before committing to the one-year contract, and they convinced him to play in Qatar.“Xavi and Sneijder are best friends,” said Eto’o.“Before I came to Qatar I spoke to them and they told me all conditions are good, to seize the experience and that it is good to play here.”Xavi has played in Qatar with Al Sadd since 2015 and has been tipped to become the country’s coach when they host the World Cup in 2022.Sneijder plays for Al Gharafa and has been in the Gulf since the beginning of the year.In 2009, Eto’o won the Champions League with Barcelona playing alongside Xavi.A year later he won Europe’s biggest club trophy with Inter, this time in the same side as Sneijder.In Doha he will play in the number 81 shirt — Eto’o was born in 1981 — and could make his debut as early as Friday when his new team take on Al-Sailiya in the Qatar Stars League.His signing is a coup for Qatar Stars Club.They have won eight league championships, but the last of those came in 2003 and they are not expected to challenge this season.Last season they finished in mid-table in a 12-team league, a massive 36 points behind champions Al Duhail.They have played two games so far this season, winning one and losing the other.Eto’o also said he was confident that Qatar would host a good World Cup.Asked about fears over 2022, Eto’o pointed to the experience of Russia, where he played with Anzhi Makhachkala.“A lot of people said it won’t be good.“I was playing in Russia and I heard a lot of things like that and now Russia has held the best World Cup.“Qatar’s World Cup will be at the same level as Russia, or even better.”Although some will be cynical about him playing in Qatar, Eto’o is likely to prove a big draw for the many African fans working in Qatar.Many came to the Qatar Sports Club to cheer his arrival, decked out in Cameroon shirts and kissing posters of their hero.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Samuel Eto’o won the Champions League in successive years with Barcelona and Inter Milan © AFP/File / Josep LAGODOHA, Qatar, Aug 14 – Samuel Eto’o sought the advice of Xavi Hernandez and Wesley Sneijder before choosing to play in Qatar, the Cameroon star said as he was unveiled by his new club Tuesday.After a whirlwind transfer — Eto’o was playing in Turkey a week ago — the beaming 37-year-old striker was presented by Qatar Sports Club, his 13th side, at a chaotic press conference in Doha.last_img read more


first_imgHerbie McDaid and Danny McDaid realise they’ve done it as the clock shows the four minute mile has been broken!The delight on Danny McDaid’s face said it all.Last year they came so close but today the elusive four minute mile was finally smashed for the first time in Co Donegal.The winner of the mile race Barrios.Not just one athlete but two runners, Juan Luis Barrios from Mexico and Vincent Mutai form Kenya, managed to get in under the four minute time at the Aura Leisure Centre for the event which was organised by Letterkenny Athletics Club. Danny, who was swamped by family and friends, revealed “I am just so happy that we did it. There was a strong breeze today and it looked for a while as if it might not happen.“But we managed to squeeze over the line to cap what was a wonderful day. It’s a great thing to achieve and I want to thank anybody who helped in any way to make today’s event happen.”The four minute mile event was the last race of a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in which various track records were smashed.As well as the mile other local athletes including Mark English, Danny Mooney and Ruairi Finnegan were on display. RESULTS13th July 2014 100m MenNumber Name Lane Track Place Track Time Elect Place Elect Time63 Philip Redrick 4 1 10.8770 Keith Doherty 5 2 10.98 100 Jonathan Browning 2 3 11.0513th July 2014 200m WomenNumber Name Lane Track Place Track Time40 Steph Creaner 4 1 25.02 43 Vicky Harris 3 2 25.2891 Kelly Mc Grory 5 3 25.4290 Kate Mc Gowan 2 4 25.6889 Jenny O’Brien 6 5 27.1313th July 2014 400m MenNumber Name Lane Track Place Track Time76 Mark English 4 1 46.8873 Curtis Woods 5 2 49.2975 Conor McLaughlin 2 3 50.4966 Mark Rodgers 6 4 53.2842 Brian Boyce 7 5 54.0713th July 2014 800m WomenNumber Name Lane Track Place Track Time47 Emily Dudgeon 1 2.03.4248 Hannah Tarver 2 2.04.2646 Nikki Hamblin 3 2.04.4649 Katie Kirk 4 2.05.5751 Emily Lipari 5 2.08.0650 Celia Peters 6 2.09.26Rachel Gibson 7 2.12.4754 Denise Toner 8 2.16.3113th July 2014 800m MenNumber Name Lane Track Place Track Time12 Reuben Bett 1 1.49.5197 Patrick Schoenball 2 1.50.4977 Patrick Zwicker 3 1.50.64Declan Murray 4 1.50.9683 Mark Hoy 5 1.53.7081 Tom Atkinson 6 1.55.0178 Ruairi Finnegan 7 1.55.0485 Cian McBride 8 1.56.4096 Gary Campbell 9 2.01.5213th July 2014 Mile MenNumber Name Lane Track Place Track Time4 Juan Luis Barrios 10 1 3.59.4313 Vincent Mutai 11 2 3.59.6314 Cameron Boyek 1 3 4.00.238 Jon Peterson 4 4 4.00.542 Tommy Schmitz 9 5 4.02.637 Hamish Carson 5 6 4.03.999 Ali Hamdi 3 7 4.04.755 Kyle Merber 7 8 4.06.376 Eric Finan 6 9 4.06.9210 Danny Mooney 8 10 4.07.6311 Harvey Dixon 2 11 4.12.563 Matt Elliott 12 12 4.20.68(pace) Tom Marshall 13 N/a13th July 2014 3000m Men/WomenName Lane Track Place Track Time15 Eric Keogh 13 1 8.40.4619 Conor Duffy 11 2 8.43.1320 Declan Reed 10 3 8.44.7921 Stephen Prentice 9 4 8.47.1417 Scott Rankin 12 5 8.47.2724 Greg Roberts 5 6 9.01.6227 Noel Logan 4 7 9.02.6623 Pauric McKinney 7 8 9.06.9818 Conor Doherty 14 9 9.08.14WOMEN92 Addie Bracy 2 1 9.16.9293 Anne Marie McGlynn 3 2 9.30.3294 Clerc Simpson 1 3 9.55.54DELIGHT AS DONEGAL FINALLY BREAKS THE GOLDEN FOUR MINUTE MILE! was last modified: July 13th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:athelticsAura Leisure CentreDanny McDaiddonegalFour Minute Mile Challengelast_img read more

Damaged vent forces Poly-Grant postponement

first_imgPoly High of Sun Valley’s girls’ volleyball match Monday night against Grant of Van Nuys was postponed during the first game because of a damaged vent cover in the ceiling above the Parrots’ court. The vent cover was damaged when a Grant player’s dig sailed out of bounds and hit the vent in the ceiling, knocking the cover loose and leaving it hanging above the court. After a 30-minute delay, the match was postponed, with Poly leading 18-14. Not date has been determined for the resumption. GIRLS’ TENNIS Brentwood snapped Campbell Hall’s 27-match winning streak Sept. 30, 2004, with a victory at home. The Eagles also defeated the Vikings on Nov. 25, 2002, in the Div. III final. The teams will meet again Oct. 24 at Brentwood. – Erik Boal 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 OLYMPIC LEAGUE Brentwood 10, Campbell Hall 8: Despite a sweep from Katarina Reveche at No. 2 singles, Campbell Hall of North Hollywood – the top-ranked team in Southern Section Div. III – lost to second-ranked Brentwood (3-5, 1-0) at Valley College. Campbell Hall (6-2, 1-1), which saw its 19-match winning streak snapped Thursday by Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, was forced to alter its lineup when Alison Wagner arrived at Valley College ill. Vikings coach Steve Kuechel moved Wagner – usually Campbell Hall’s No. 2 or 3 singles player – into doubles, where she teamed with Julia Bruckner to win two sets. Michelle Sulahian won two sets in singles but lost to Brentwood’s Logan Hansen in the final set 6-3. It was Brentwood’s third victory in the past seven meetings with Campbell Hall, all by 10-8 scores. Campbell Hall defeated Brentwood in the final two meetings last season, including 12-6 in the Div. III championship match. last_img read more

Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee Unveils World-Class Men’s High Jump Field

first_imgThe 10 jumpers are scheduled to compete Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. inside Drake Stadium. DES MOINES, Iowa – Derek Drouin, the reigning Olympic gold medalist, Drake Relays record holder and three-time Drake Relays champion is set to headline the men’s high jump competition at the upcoming Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. Drouin was one of 10 competitors announced Friday, March 31, by Drake Relays Director Blake Boldon. Jeron Williams, an eight-time NCAA Division II All-American and the Division II record holder completes the world-class field. Tickets for all sessions of the 108th edition of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee are available via the Drake Athletic Ticket Office and by calling 515-271-3647 or visiting Print Friendly Version Drouin will be challenged by the likes of Ricky Robertson, who finished third at the 2016 Drake Relays and went on to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team and Bryan McBride, who finished as the runner-up in the event in both 2015 and 2016. A former Relays Champion looking to make a comeback is also scheduled to jump. Jesse Williams, a two-time American Olympian, four-time U.S. Champion and the 2011 World Champion will return to Drake Stadium. Williams was the Relays Champion in 2009 and despite standing just six feet tall, has cleared 7-9.25 (2.37m), a 53-centimeter height differential that ranks among the top 20 all-time. Drouin, who owns the Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record in the event at 7-10.25 (2.40m), will attempt to hold off the talented field for an unprecedented fourth-straight Relays title in the event. Last summer, Drouin won his second Olympic medal with a gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games after earning the bronze medal in 2012. His personal best of 7-10.25 (2.40m), set at the Drake Relays is also the Canadian national record. Drouin won’t be the only Canadian in the field as countryman Mike Mason, a three-time Canadian Olympian, comes back to Drake Stadium after a sixth-place finish at the 2016 Relays. More international athletes line the field including Trevor Barry, a Bahamian Olympian, that was fourth at the 2016 Relays and competed in four World Championships for the Bahamas. Jamal Wilson, another product of the Bahamas, will try to clear bars at the Relays after representing his country at the 2016 Olympics. Another Olympian, D.J. Smith, visits Drake Stadium after representing Puerto Rico in the 2016 Olympics. “I’m honored to announce the field in the high jump,” Boldon said. “My predecessor, Brian Brown, left a tremendous legacy and his specialty as an athlete was the high jump where he held the Drake Stadium record for almost 20 years. Today we’re very pleased to announce this field that has the Olympic gold medalist and the three-time Relays champion.” In addition to Drouin, the competition will feature six other Olympians and a two-time Paralympic champion in Roderick Townsend-Roberts. Townsend-Roberts, the world record holder in the T-47 Paralympic high jump with a clearance of 6-11.5 (2.21m), competed in the event at the 2016 Relays.last_img read more

Demand more when buying a herd sire

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bull buying season is well underway throughout the cow-calf regions across the country. If your calving season starts in January, you may have already made your herd sire selections for this year’s breeding season. If your calving season starts a bit later, you may be in the midst of making herd sire selections. If you have yet to make your bull buying decisions, there are plenty of opportunities available in the immediate future through public auction or private treaty.As an Extension professional and a seedstock producer, one of the most interesting discussions I can have with a producer is reviewing their thoughts on what they are looking for in a potential purchase for a herd sire. Obviously, there is a wide range of criteria to be considered depending on the production goals and size of the herd. In my experience, a few very consistent themes emerge with discussions on a potential herd bull purchase: calving ease, disposition, and price.Given the value of feeder cattle and the level of expenses associated with beef production today, discriminating bull buyers should demand that potential herd sire candidates be equipped with the proper qualifications to do the job. Prospective bull buyers should expect these qualifications from any operation selling bulls at private treaty or public auction. There is simply too much risk involved in beef production today to take a chance on a sire with a lack of information in the areas of genetics, health, and fertility.Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) allow the breeder to identify the animals that excel in the traits that are important for their operation. The EPDs can be used to determine exactly where a herd sire candidate ranks within a given breed and his potential to make significant improvements in performance of future calf crops. A documented health program should be emphasized with any herd additions regardless of gender. A sound biosecurity plan for the herd can go a long way to help avoid the introduction of a costly disease into a herd.It is my opinion that the most important job qualification that any potential herd sire should possess is a successful Breeding Soundness Examination. This examination gives the purchaser an assurance that a herd sire candidate has the ability to get cows bred. Even mature bulls should have a Breeding Soundness Examination performed prior to turnout before a breeding season. Given today’s economic climate, a cow is too expensive to maintain and feeder calves are too valuable to sell to take risks with poor potential reproductive performance from a sire without a fertility check.Beef producers need to be concerned with a wide variety of production traits if they intend to be successful in this business. Weaning weights, yearling weights, milk, carcass traits, etc. should be prioritized to varying degrees depending on your marketing program. A person that sells feeder calves at weaning will be concerned about weaning weights while a marketer of freezer beef will be more concerned about carcass traits. However, regardless of your marketing program, the traits of supreme importance are fertility (percentage of females bred) and calving ease (percentage of live calves).While calving ease is extremely important, I believe there is a tendency for the typical Ohio herd owner to overemphasize calving ease across the entire herd. The average cow herd in Ohio numbers approximately 17 head with most herds retaining some number of replacement heifers to add to the herd. Herds of this size usually work with one herd sire to cover both mature cows and yearling heifers. If you choose a herd sire with the proper calving ease for the heifers, he should also possess enough quality in the traits of importance such as growth and carcass merit for the mature cows. There are bulls out there that can do many things well, but they can be hard to find and more expensive to own.This brings us to the subject of price. It should be the goal of every cow-calf producer to purchase the best possible bull that fits within a determined budget. I realize that philosophy would result in a wide range of bull prices among producers. A rule of thumb that I have often heard for many years is that the value of a typical herd bull should be equal to the value of two to three market steers or three to five feeder calves at weaning. There are exceptions to these guidelines but an above average bull that excels for traits such as calving ease, growth, carcass traits, etc. will likely demand a premium.I am not about to tell any producer what the correct amount is that they should pay for a bull. However, I would like to offer a few suggestions for producers as they search for their next herd sire.Establish the production goals for your herd and select a sire that compliments the needs of your cow herd.2. Use EPDs, actual performance data, and Selection Indexes to identify outstanding sire prospects.3. Never buy a bull without a Breeding Soundness Examination.4. Select the appropriate age and size that matches the number of cows to be bred. A time-honored rule-of-thumb is to place about the same number of cows or heifers with a young bull as his age is in months. Putting too many cows with too young of a bull is a recipe for open cows.5. A bull that can increase the number of live calves born, add growth, and increase the maternal strength of a herd through daughters retained should be viewed as a sound investment.6. A low-cost bull that may not excel in traits of importance may be purchased just to get cows bred and does little to add to the profitability of the herd. This bull is little more than a “cow settler.”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumors Begin With A Video And An Eye Scroll

first_imgdan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Samsung Galaxy Related Posts Other than playing cute with suburbanites, the video does not actually reveal anything about the supposed S4. For actual rumor-mongering, we turn to The New York Times. Eye Scrolling?The Times reports that the Galaxy S4 will have a feature where users can scroll down a page… using their eyes. The software will track a user’s eye movement to navigate the screen. Well, so much for the touchscreen revolution. Samsung apparently has figured out a way to interact with a smartphone without touching it at all. The Times also uncovered patents by Samsung for “Eye Scroll” describing it as: “Computer application software having a feature of sensing eye movements and scrolling displays of mobile devices, namely, mobile phones, smartphones and tablet computers according to eye movements; digital cameras; mobile telephones; smartphones; tablet computers.”The Times’ source does not know if Eye Scroll will be debuted at the Unpacked event on the 14th. What’s On The Rumor Mill?It seems funny that Samsung is better able to keep a secret than Apple is these days. That may be because Samsung makes many of the components for its devices – like the processors – whereas Apple’s supply chain is prone to leaks and rumors. We knew almost everything there was to known about the iPhone 5 by the time it was released. We know very little about the Galaxy S4. TechRadar reports that it will have a 5-inch screen (bigger than the 4.8-inch screen of the Galaxy S3), 2 GB of RAM, a quad-core processor and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. CNET reports that it will have a 13 megapixel back camera and 2 MP front camera. If the Times’ source is to be believed, the software features running on the S4 “outweighed the importance of the hardware.” This is probably true, at least from Samsung’s perspective. Over its last couple of device releases, Samsung has focused on shiny new features it’s layered onto Android, such as camera options, the S Pen (and assorted “S” apps) and various ways of playing and sharing video, music and what-have-you.Over time, the trend is clear: Samsung want the experience of using its phones to be as unique as possible, likely to the point that Android may become completely unrecognizable on its devices. That may be a very good or very bad thing, depending on your opinion of Samsung’s software decisions. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … For a smartphone with as much hype and anticipation as Samsung’s Galaxy S4, we know surprisingly little about it. We know that it is likely to launch on March 14th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. We know that Samsung will have a huge marketing plan around it and worldwide distribution on a mammoth scale.That’s Samsung. Big is what it does. Other than that? Not so much.This Maxwell Equation Doesn’t ComputeWe got a couple more hints today at what Samsung will unveil next week. First, we get a truly terrible video from the Samsung marketing department that is so cringe-worthy that it makes me want to drown a burlap sack full of kittens. It features Samsung’s “secret messenger,” a preppy young white boy by the name of Jeremy Maxwell. Little Jeremy signs what is likely a non-disclosure agreement, gets a peak into the Samsung “Unpacked” box and takes his trophy home, where he starts to be terrorized by the neighbor girl. The video ends “to be continued.”Let’s hope not. I will be at the launch event for the Galaxy S4 and I hope that annoying little twit Jeremy Maxwell makes it nowhere near the stage. See him in action below, if you dare. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Delhi smog: Amarinder Singh refuses to meet Kejriwal

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ruled out a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the issue of air pollution, resulting from stubble burning..@capt_amarinder Sir, I am coming to Chandigarh on Wed to meet Haryana CM. Would be grateful if u cud spare sometime to meet me. It is in collective interest— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 14, 2017  Responding to Mr. Kejriwal’s tweet, regarding seeking time for a meeting with him, Capt. Amarinder said, “I fail to understand why the Delhi Chief Minister was trying to force his hand, knowing well that any such discussion would be meaningless and futile.“Mr. Kejriwal’s tendency to indulge in petty street politics was well-known,” said Capt. Amarinder, adding that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was trying to divert public attention from his own government’s failure in Delhi to check the problem of pollution, as exposed by the response of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to the odd-even scheme.Capt. Amarinder said the problems faced by Delhi and Punjab on this count were completely divergent, with no meeting ground.“Unlike Punjab, the Delhi problem was the result mainly of urban pollution caused by mismanaged transportation and unplanned industrial development. Instead of focusing all his attention on resolving these issues, Mr. Kejriwal wanted to waste time holding useless discussions,” said Capt. Amarinder.Capt. Amarinder said as far as stubble burning was concerned, it was not a political issue that Mr. Kejriwal was trying to project it as, but an economic problem crying for economic solutions, which the Central Government alone is in a position to provide.“I would continue to pursue with the Centre the matter of compensatory allowance for farmers to enable them to opt for alternatives to the dangerous practice of stubble burning,” he added.last_img read more