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2009 – the Year of Natural Fibres

first_imgCotton is grown successfully in South Africa.(Image: Cotton SA) The first sale of imported angorastud goats took place in Graaff-Reinetin 1857. (Image: Graaff-Reinet)Janine ErasmusThe Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has declared 2009 to be the International Year of Natural Fibres. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, an organisation that has a large stake in the country’s budding natural fibre industry, is backing the initiative.The International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF) covers a wide range of natural fibres of both animal and vegetable origin, with uses ranging from traditional and non-traditional industrial products to fabrics with glamorous apparel.Plant fibres are obtained from the fruit, stem or leaf, and include cotton (fruit), flax, jute, kenaf, bamboo and hemp (stems), and sisal and agave (leaf). Fibres of animal origin are derived from hair or secretions. The former category includes wool, alpaca, camel hair, mohair from the Angora goat, angora wool from the Angora rabbit, and cashmere. The latter category includes silk.Tree fibres are not covered by the IYNF, but will be one focus of the 2011 International Year of Forests.Improving the global natural fibre industryThe FAO adopted resolution number 189 announcing the IYNF on 20 December 2006 at the 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly in Rome. The organisation expects the year-long initiative to contribute greatly to the global Millennium Development Goals by improving these industries that provide a livelihood for millions of people in some of the world’s poorest countries.More than 30-million tons of natural fibre, worth some R300-billion ($30-billion), are produced annually; cotton and wool are the main products. In some developing nations, natural fibres add significantly to the economy, such as cotton in certain West African countries, jute in Bangladesh and sisal in Tanzania.The objectives of the IYNF are to raise awareness of the economic and environmental importance of natural fibres, stimulate demand for these goods, and promote the efficiency and sustainability of the natural fibre industries.The FAO also hopes to enlist the help of governments to address problems faced by natural fibre industries and to foster solid international partnerships for research and fair trade among the various industries. All of these factors are intended to improve the lives of small farmers around the world.The IYNF will be celebrated through conferences, exhibitions, and fashion shows in many countries, including an International Mohair Summit – the first such gathering ever – in November 2009 in South Africa. The country produces over 54% of the world’s mohair, and according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) it is also the best quality mohair available.Endless possibilitiesThe CSIR has an entire research group dedicated to the study of natural fibres. The great variety of natural fibres presents endless possibilities, all of which are just waiting to be harnessed, according to research group leader Sunshine Blouw.The CSIR focuses on finding interesting and novel uses for age-old natural fibres, and on ways to improve their properties. The organisation also studies and develops natural fibre-reinforced composite materials for use in the building, automobile and aerospace industries. A composite material comprises two dissimilar components, such as plywood and concrete, which form a new material with better properties when mixed.Finally, the CSIR investigates better planting and harvesting methods as well as the best strategies to sustain the various natural fibre industries. Much of the research centres on non-woven fibres.Other areas of research involve processing of fibre (preparation, spinning, winding, weaving and knitting technologies), fibre modification (changing the properties of fibre) and clothing technologies (enhancing comfort, sizing, fit and automation processes). This research will enable the South African clothing and textile industries to become more competitive globally.The CSIR’s contribution to the IYNF, says Blouw, will include an educational series on the different fibres available in South Africa, including mohair, wool, agave, African wild silk, hemp, flax, cotton, cashmere, sisal, pineapple leaves and natural fibre composites.“We plan to make the natural fibre series informative and educational,” adds Blouw. “It would be ideal for use in the classroom as well as by anyone who would like to know more about the fibres itself, what South Africa’s position is with regard to the rest of the world and what the CSIR is doing with its research to assist our industries.”Innovative uses of natural fibresIn South Africa there are a number of lucrative natural fibre industries, such as that of Agave americana – better known as the plant used in the manufacture of tequila. The agave is indigenous to Mexico and was introduced to the dry Karoo region of South Africa a century ago, where it adapted readily.Strict legislation prohibits the manufacture of tequila from agave harvested anywhere but in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Guanajuato, Mlchoacan, Nayarit or Tamaulipas. However, South African-harvested agave is used for other purposes. Besides the traditional products of twine or carpets, fibres from the blue-grey leaves are well suited for use in the automotive industry in composite materials, or in the geotextile industry, where permeable materials are used to strengthen soil or improve its drainage properties.A CSIR-driven agave project is underway on a 1 000ha plot near Graaff-Reinet. The project will investigate harvesting, spinning and weaving of fibre and will help to develop these skills in local communities.Another promising component of South Africa’s natural fibre industry, especially amongst subsistence farmers, features cashmere, made from the soft, dense undercoat of goats. South Africa’s indigenous goat population, kept for their meat, milk and skin products, numbers around 6.3-million. Many of these local breeds, such as Savannah and Boer, are capable of producing a fine cashmere, according to the CSIR – but over the years the focus has been rather on the overcoat while the undercoat has been all but ignored.CSIR research has revealed that the local goat population is of a good enough quality for the establishment of a sustainable cashmere industry. The next step is to implement pilot projects in goat-rich areas, which will focus on selective breeding and cashmere-refining technologies.Hemp and wild silkThe CSIR is conducting research on industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L. subsp. sativa var. sativa) fibres to find more uses for it in composites. Hemp is showing great potential as an environmentally-friendly alternative for the use of glass fibres in engineering composites.While it is related to the plant from which marijuana is made, hemp contains no tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana. Sadly, it has been neglected because of its relation to the psychoactive drug. Hemp fibres are similar to those obtained from flax and jute. They are used in textiles, cordage and fine paper products, and the woody core can also be used for animal bedding, garden mulch, fuel and a range of building materials.The CSIR is also involved in a wild silk project in the North West province. Wild silk is obtained not from the silkworm but from the non-edible wild moth species Gonimbrasia postica and rufobrunnea. The organisation has undertaken wild silk research since 1991, with an emphasis on the quality of the silk fibre, skills transfer, and the creation of a viable market for the silk.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesGoing wild over indigenous silkUseful linksCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchInternational Year of Natural FibresUnited Nations resolution number 1892009 Mohair SummitCotton SAMohair SAlast_img read more

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From the Desk of Moun10Bike: How to Keep Your Geocaching Streak Going in the Snow

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Moun10Bike’s desk at Geocaching HQ: where office life and geocaching magic collide.The Geocoin that started it all turned 12 this year.Geocaching HQ is home to a geocaching legend. His title is Community Liaison to Engineering. His name is Jon Stanley. He’s better known as Moun10Bike in the geocaching world.  As one of the world’s first-ever geocachers, Moun10Bike earned his geocaching fame by creating the first of what we now know as geocoins.Moun10Bike agreed to share his coolest geocaching tips as we head into the winter season here in the Northern hemisphere.Q: You are working on a geocaching streak. How many days of geocaching in a row are you up to? What inspired you to take on this challenge?Hiking above the clouds and into the snow for a geocache. Brrr….but totally worth it! Photo by Moun10Bike.A: On Christmas Eve, my streak will hit 700 days. I want to keep going for as long as it’s fun. The initial motivator was to have a streak that was longer than my longest slump (141 days between my first and second cache finds, back when there were very few caches around). After that, there seemed to be continued incentives that kept me going (e.g. qualifying for particular challenges, etc.).Q: What is the biggest challenge you face in maintaining your streak?A: We head back to Spokane and North Idaho during the holidays to be with family, where snow is a much more frequent sight than it is in Seattle. Keeping up the geocaching when everything is under a blanket of white and you’re sipping eggnog by a warm fire becomes a challenge then.Q: What tips do you have for other geocachers who are trying to keep a streak going in the winter weather?A: I start off by looking for geocaches that have the “Available in Winter” attribute, although this is rather hit-or-miss as some geocache owners do not use attributes. It does help identify some better ones that were intended specifically for winter, though. What helps the most is looking for geocaches that were found in the last day or two, especially if it recently snowed. This tells you that people are having success at these geocaches despite whatever the conditions on the ground may be.Q: So what makes  for a good winter geocache?Moun10Bike’s co-worker and geocaching friend Annie Love (Username: Love) takes a photo on their geocaching expedition. Photo by Moun10Bike.A: Basically any geocache that is off the ground or otherwise protected from snow coverage. Some great winter geocaches that I’ve found were attached to branches in a tree. During the summer, they are many feet up in the air, but are within easy reach with snow on the ground. If a geocache meets these criteria, the geocache owner should be sure to add the “Available in Winter” attribute.Q: Do you have any safety tips for geocachers who – streaking or not – might find themselves outside geocaching in frightful weather?A: Dress warmly, be ready and willing to turn back if conditions turn against you, and watch out for ice! I encountered a frozen patch on a trail during an geocaching outing last winter and made a point to stomp across carefully. Despite my caution, my hiking boots slipped out from under me and I broke my arm in the process of catching myself.Q: But you continued winter geocaching after that?A: I absolutely did! The break came when I was only a month away from a year straight, so I had to keep going.Keep tuned in to learn more great geocaching tips from the desk – or trail – of Moun10Bike. What inspires you to leave the warm eggnog and crackling fire behind, and head out geocaching in the winter weather? Tell us in the comments below. SharePrint RelatedDear Geocaching Diary: 31 Days of Adventure with Geocaching HQAugust 7, 2013In “Community”Dear Geocaching Diary: Orange Headbands for the WinSeptember 1, 2013In “Community”Long lost APE cache is found!November 11, 2016In “Lackeys”last_img read more

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Situation in West Bengal’s riot-hit Baduria town ‘tense but under control’

first_imgWhile the situation in Baduria in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas remained tense but under control, the political slug-fest over the Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi ‘summoning’ Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee  and her subsequent reaction continued for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.Leader of the Trinamool Congress Legislature Party Partha Chatterjee said that the party has written to President Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressing strong reservations to Governor’s call. “If the Governor does not express regret over the developments, we will be forced to take strong decision,” Mr. Chatterjee said, adding any attack on Ms. Banerjee will not be ignored.  “We did not expect the Governor to act beyond his Constitutional limitations,” he said.Defending the Governor, BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said that the Governor was within its rights to speak to the Chief Minster over the developments. He went on to say that it is Ms. Banerjee who should apologise for making the details of conversation between the two public. He also sought to know why the State delayed in seeking central forces.The Left Front has demanded that all-party meeting be convened on the situation in Baduria and Basirhat. Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP Modh Salim said that it is not a personal issues between the Chief Minister and Government but more important is that peace and amity be restored.With the TMC mounting its attack on the Governor, experts fear that the situation may create legislative bottle neck. “It is totally incumbent on the Centre on who will be the Governor and how long his or her term can be.  While there has been instances of rift between the Constitutional head, the Governor and head of the Government Chief Minister in the past there has been no instance when Chief Minister has held a press conference against Governor,” Biswanath Chakraborty, head of Department of Political Science, Rabindra Bharati University, said.  Meanwhile, with four companies of Border Security Force (BSF) there was a huge deployment of security forces in the strife-torn areas in State’s North 24 Parganas which has been on boil over the past few days over a Facebook post.Though the blockades have been lifted  shops and commercial establishment remained closed in Baduria and adjoining areas.  Prohibitory orders under Section 144  of CrPC have been imposed in the area.  Along with area domination the police and security forces are also making public announcements to maintain peace in the area.last_img read more

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UP appeals to overturn UAAP ruling on Ouattara’s eligibility

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol said Tuesday that the team will appeal the case of Ibrahim Ouattara, its most recent import who now faces ineligibility allegedly due to the rule on two-year residency.In a text message to the Inquirer, Perasol said that their management group is “bent on elevating this issue to the decision-making Board of Trustees (BOT)” of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Perasol pointed out that “the BMD decision is definitely recommendatory,” noting that it may have based its decision on the case involving Ben Mbala of the De La Salle University Green Archers.A transferee from Cebu, Mbala had to wait for two seasons after his transfer to Manila from Southwestern University before he could play at the UAAP.‘Overturned’ rulesLawyer Ags Uvero, chair of the NowhereToGoButUP Foundation which supports UP sports teams, said prior to Mbala’s case, the residency requirement for transferees “regardless of nationality” was only a year.“The BOT decision on the Mbala case in 2012 has been overturned by the latest rules,” he told Inquirer in a text message. “The recommendation of the Committee on Eligibility has no basis at all.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Bolick blasts critics after ejection: ‘I’m not playing to be the MVP’ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Uvero also said the yearlong residency rule does not make a distinction as to the nationality of the student-athlete.“Our position is that the latest rules as approved by the Board of Trustees in its meeting held on May 24, 2016, in Pico de Loro, Batangas, are very clear and specific with regard to the one-year residency requirement for transferees from non-UAAP universities,” he said. Along with Ouattara, Cameroonian Steve Akomo of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers also faces the same issue raised by the UAAP Board. Both allegedly do not meet the residency requirement to play for the UAAP Season 80.Cayetano LawFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut Perasol said he believes that the Cayetano Law should be followed. Signed in 2015, Republic Act No. 10676, otherwise known as the Student-Athletes Protection Act, regulates the residency requirement in school leagues.An athletic association may impose a maximum yearlong residency for college student-athletes before they could participate in any competition, the law says. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

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Match moments in Bangladesh vs West Indies World Cup match

first_imgThe West Indies would be praising their luck for losing the toss against Bangladesh in their World Cup Group B match in Dhaka on Friday. Maybe they wanted Bangladesh to bat first and give their bowlers an opportunity to show their bowling prowess.And that’s what the West Indies bowlers got on with, counting the opposition scalps.Tamim Iqbal was dismissed on the third ball of the match to Kemar Roach. Roach soon increased his tally to finish with the figures of 6-0-19-3 and earned the Man-of-the-Match for his efforts.That first early wicket started a competition of sorts among Sulieman Benn and skipper Darren Sammy .While left-arm spinner Benn finished with figures of 4-18, Sammy claimed three scalps to wrap-up the Bangladesh batting on 58 in the 19th over after just 90 minutes of play.It took the Windies just 44 minutes and 12.2 over to reach the target. They crushed co-host Bangladesh by nine wickets.last_img read more

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Video: Oklahoma’s Hatari Byrd Flipped Off Tennessee Fans While Leaving The Field After Win

first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader running with an OU flag in his hand.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)No. 19 Oklahoma finished off an incredible 31-24 comeback victory at No. 23 Tennessee earlier tonight. The Sooners rallied from a 17-point deficit to win in double overtime.Things got a bit ugly after the game though, when OU safety Hatari Byrd gave some Tennessee fans the middle finger while exiting the field.You can see it at the end of this video posted by SBNation’s Steven Godfrey, who was on the field at the time. It’s ugly pic.twitter.com/yxVK5SoQmK— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) September 13, 2015 Sooners linebacker Eric Striker also was seen taunting some UT fans.Eric Striker to Tennessee fans: “Tell your recruits to come to OU”— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 13, 2015Wonder if Byrd, at least, will face some disciplinary action.last_img read more

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Ghosns legal woes highlight governance failings in Japan

first_imgTOKYO — One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the arrest of Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn is over how he allegedly could have underreported his income by millions of dollars for years and why the company is going after the suspected wrongdoing now.Ghosn, who headed the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Motors auto alliance, was arrested Nov. 19 on suspicion he underreported his income by $44 million over five years, or about half of what he was really making. Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi have ousted him as chairman; the board of Renault SA of France says it’s waiting for more evidence.Nissan is among a growing list of top-name Japanese companies whose corporate governance has been found lacking in recent years. Experts say Japan needs independent oversight for executive pay, among other reforms.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The Latest Police Comatose woman hospitalized after birth

first_imgPHOENIX — The Latest on a woman in a vegetative state at a Phoenix care facility who recently gave birth (all times local):2:55 p.m.Phoenix police say a woman in a vegetative state who gave birth at a long-term care facility is hospitalized along with her baby.Police spokesman Tommy Thompson said at a news conference Wednesday that investigators are gathering DNA from male workers at the facility and that a suspect has yet to be identified in the sexual assault.He says the incapacitated woman wasn’t able to give consent.Thompson says police were called Dec. 29 about a newborn in distress at a Hacienda HealthCare facility. He says the woman and child are recovering but didn’t release their conditions.An attorney for the woman’s family says the baby boy will be well cared for.Hacienda HealthCare says it’s co-operating with police and has called the case “deeply disturbing.”___1 a.m.Phoenix police are pursuing DNA samples from every male employee at a private care facility where a patient in a vegetative state recently gave birth.A spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare says investigators served a search warrant Tuesday to obtain DNA from all male staffers.Officials say they are committed to co-operating with the police to “uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation.”A woman living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility in central Phoenix reportedly delivered a baby last month.San Carlos Apache Tribe officials say the 29-year-old woman is a tribal member and has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Pot deliveries OKd into Calif communities that ban sales

first_imgLOS ANGELES — California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales.The rule by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who say it will create an unruly grey market of largely hidden pot transactions, while undercutting local control.The rule cleared by state lawyers Wednesday clarifies what had been apparently conflicting law and regulations about where marijuana can be delivered.Cannabis companies pushed for the change, since vast stretches of the state have banned pot activity or not set up rules to allow legal sales. They say consumers in those areas were effectively cut off from legal marijuana purchases, even though sales are legal in California.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Google will never sell any personal info to 3rd parties CEO Pichai

first_imgNew York: Google will never sell any personal information of its users to third parties, CEO Sundar Pichai has said, amidst growing global concern over the misuse of personal data by some social media giants. In an opinion piece Tuesday in The New York Times, he also said that privacy cannot be a “luxury good” that is only available to people who can afford to buy premium products and services. The 46-year-old Indian-origin CEO of Google said he believed that privacy was “one of the most important topics of our time.” Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra People today are rightly concerned about how their information is used and shared, yet they all define privacy in their own ways, he said. “To make privacy real, we give you clear, meaningful choices around your data. All while staying true to two unequivocal policies: that Google will never sell any personal information to third parties; and that you get to decide how your information is used,” Pichai said. Pichai said he has seen this first-hand as he talked to people in different parts of the world. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days “To the families using the internet through a shared device, privacy might mean privacy from one another. To the small-business owner who wants to start accepting credit card payments, privacy means keeping customer data secure. To the teenager sharing selfies, privacy could mean the ability to delete that data in the future,” Pichai said. He noted that privacy was personal, which makes it even more vital for companies to give people clear, individual choices around how their data is used. He said legislation will help companies like Google to work toward ensuring that privacy protections are available to more people around the world. “But we’re not waiting for it. We have a responsibility to lead. And we’ll do so in the same spirit we always have, by offering products that make privacy a reality for everyone,” Pichai said. Ideally, privacy legislation would require all businesses to accept responsibility for the impact of their data processing in a way that creates consistent and universal protections for individuals and society as a whole, he said. He said Google has worked hard to continually earn people’s trust by providing accurate answers and keeping their questions private. “We’ve stayed focused on the products and features that make privacy a reality for everyone,” he said in the opinion piece. “For everyone” is a core philosophy for Google; it’s built into our mission to create products that are universally accessible and useful. That’s why Search works the same for everyone, whether you’re a professor at Harvard or a student in rural Indonesia,” he said. “Our mission compels us to take the same approach to privacy. For us, that means privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services. Privacy must be equally available to everyone in the world,” Pichai underlined. He noted that even in cases where Google offered a paid product like YouTube Premium, which includes an ads-free experience, the regular version of YouTube has plenty of privacy controls built in. Pichai recalled that last week, Google announced significant new privacy features, including one-click access to privacy settings from all its major products and auto-delete controls that allows one to choose how long the person want data to be saved. “And to protect your data from security threats, we just introduced a security key built into Android phones that can provide two-factor authentication,” he said. In the future, Aritificial Intelligence (AI) will provide even more ways to make products more helpful with less data. With increased spending on digital advertising, Google and Facebook have become forces to reckon with as millions of users, especially from emerging markets like India, go online. But multiple instances of data breaches and user information leaks have brought increased scrutiny on many platforms from regulators and governments across the globe. These companies are now walking a tightrope as they attempt to balance user privacy with increased accountability as governments seek greater disclosures and controls over digital platforms.last_img read more

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LeSean McCoy Says Feud Over With Osi Umenyiora

LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora have been feuding mostly through social media for about a year now, and it was some of the most hilarious and personal attacks athletes have taken to each other.So, it is with some sadness that McCoy said on a Philly radio station that the two star players have ended their mano-a-mano back and forth. They agreed, according to McCoy, to put aside their differences and squash it after the Eagles pulled out a victory over the Giants on Sunday“I think after the game, it’s time to get over this Osi-and-LeSean thing, because after the game (Umenyiora) said ‘You’re a heck of a player. We’re in this business. Let’s get over this,’ ” McCoy said in an interview with SportsRadio 94 WIP in Philadelphia.“(Umenyiora) said ‘Let’s be done with it.’ Being a bigger man, also for myself, you’ve got to focus on the Giants, they’re a good team already. My goal is not an inter-division battle with Osi. It’s with the Giants, and trying to get to the Super Bowl,” McCoy said.So, where did the drama between the Pro Bowlers begin and why? That is unclear. However, it can be traced back to Mother’s Day, when Umenyiora posted on his Twitter account: “Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy your special day!!”McCoy came back at the Giants’ defensive stalwart. He Tweeted that Umenyiora was “soft” and “overrated,” which are fighting words to a defensive lineman who takes pride in his acumen like Umenyiora.And so, Umenyiora came back in the summer by calling on McCoy on Twitter “Lady Gaga” and “she,” which are fighting words to a running back who takes pride in his acumen and toughness like McCoy.It seemed to have died down after that. But last week, during an interview fore ESPN’s E:60 program, McCoy called Umenyiora “a ballerina in a Giants uniform.”Instead of escalating the feud from there, the men called a truce. But it was good while it lasted. read more

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McAllister remains undefeated behind Clippers 52 victory

Columbus Clippers pitcher Zach McAllister came out with an undefeated record on the mound. As of Monday night, that still has not changed after Columbus defeated the Charlotte Knights, 5-2. McAllister faced 27 batters in the seven innings he pitched, giving up just five hits, two runs. He threw 102 pitches, an impressive 71 of them strikes. “It’s one thing where I got into a little groove and was able to carry it,” McAllister said. “I think that’s kind of big for me, having that good feeling on the mound and taking advantage of it when I can.” McAllister is now 6-0 on the season. McAllister was drafted in 2006 out of Illinois Valley Central High School by the New York Yankees. The Cleveland Indians acquired McAllister in August 2010. The learning curve has been a little harder for him coming straight out of high school, but he has handled it with grace. “I had some success early in my career at the lower levels, then this past year was a little rough for me, statistics-wise,” McAllister said. “I think that one of the best things to happen to me was to grow from the struggle.” The 6’6″ right-hander impresses his colleagues. “He keeps making strides each outing,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “His slider was really good, he did a good job of getting us off the field quick, and those are good nights when you are a pitcher.” Columbus jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. First baseman Travis Buck’s RBI single brought in center fielder Ezequiel Carrera, giving the Clippers a 1-0 lead. Columbus put another on the board when designated hitter Cord Phelps’ sacrifice fly brought in shortstop Jason Donald. A Buck pop-out put Columbus up 3-0 in the third inning, shortly followed by Donald’s solo shot in the fifth, making it 4-0. Charlotte cut the score to 4-1 in the sixth inning when shortstop Eduardo Escobar’s double brought in second baseman Gookie Dawkins. Center fielder Jordan Danks put the only damper on the night for McAllister when he crunched a solo homerun in the seventh inning, making it 4-2. McAllister was still not be phased, as he ended the inning striking out Escobar. Columbus put their final run on the board in the eighth inning, making it 5-3. McAllister is already looking forward to improving more. “I just got to go out and take every day like it’s your last one out here,” he said. “Today was a great day for me, and I am happy, but the next one is the one that matters for me.” Columbus is now 24-7 on the year. Charlotte dropped to 12-18. They will continue their four-game-series against Charlotte tomorrow night at Huntington Park at 6:35 p.m. read more

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2018 Big Ten Preview Nebraska Cornhuskers

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska 2017 Record: 4-8 (3-6 Big Ten) Head Coach: Scott Frost 2018 Record: 0-3 (0-1 Big Ten) All time record vs. OSU: 1-5 What happened thus far in 2018:After the first game of the season against Akron was cancelled due to an ongoing rain delay, the first game of the Scott Frost-era at Nebraska was against Colorado, an old Big 12 rival. Nebraska kept pace in the first half in a back-and-forth affair, leading 21-17. However, a second half filled with turnovers helped push the Buffaloes to the 33-28 win. The Cornhuskers continued their poor performance in Week 2, falling to Troy at home 24-19. In Week 3, Nebraska suffered its worst loss of the season, losing 56-10 to Michigan, largely due to inconsistent quarterback play and crucial turnovers. Impact Player:Wide receiver Stanley Morgan appears to be emerging as a solid pass catcher for Frost. He has been the lone bright spot in an otherwise struggling Nebraska offense, tying wide receiver J.D. Spielman for the team lead with 13 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown. Strengths:Despite the rough start to the season, Nebraska’s offense is beginning to improve under Frost’s new spread system. With Morgan and Spielman in the receiving game, Nebraska quarterbacks have completed 63.8 percent of their passes. If the Cornhuskers can get consistent quarterback play from sophomore Andrew Bunch and freshman Adrian Martinez, then they might have a chance to improve throughout the rest of Big Ten play. Weaknesses:A lot of things have gone wrong for the Cornhuskers this season. First, they were held to just 61 total yards of offense through three quarters against Michigan. Nebraska did not score a touchdown until the fourth quarter and were held to 132 yards by the end of the game. Second, the defense has struggled, surrendering 300 passing yards in each game. They also have struggled to stop the run, allowing 200 yards rushing against Troy and Michigan. This is a young team under Frost and they will look to improve and start making progress over the course of Big Ten play. In order to do this, they will have to have playmakers step up on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. read more

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In Loving Memory Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell MBE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 500 in Five Cays get Healthy Big Breakfast Related Items:Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell, enid capron, osetta jolly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Mar 2015 – It is International Women’s Week and in keeping with the spirit of the commemoration; we thought to tell you about an educator whom we lost last week but whose name is not at all strange; especially on the island of Providenciales. Life for this early childhood lifelong educator did not begin in Provo, it started in North Caicos. She was born on July 13th 1937, Ellen Amelia Jolly and grew up in the quiet community of South Winsor, in the settlement of Bottle Creek, North Caicos with her parents Violet Oseta Jolly, who was once a Higgs and Eric Emmanuel Jolly. Ellen has an amazing story and believe it or not, the journey toward her professional career as a teacher began at the tender age of 14. One of her sons, the respected Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell shared with me that his mother returned to Bottle Creek, after a teachers’ course in Grand Turk and then moved to Provo to work as an assistant teacher. At the time there were only three teachers working at the school. Ellen worked with education celebrities… her mother Oseta Jolly and namesake for the Five Cays Primary School, Enid Capron. She married one too… her husband: Clement Howell. It took a little wooing by young Howell, but eventually the crooner and educator himself got his girl; they were married at Bethany Baptist Church on January 6th, 1957 and had nine children: “God permitted them to raise eight – five sons and three daughters.” She was honored with many awards including a Member of the British Empire in 2001. She is called an industrious woman, who loved her husband and her family; a Christian saved since 1956 and spending over 40 years in the teaching profession. Among her other relatives: Education Director: Edgar Howell, her son; Education Officer: Tamera Robinson, her daughter; Point Grace Resort General Manager: Beverly Williams, her daughter and Judymae Knowles, teacher and Gospel music minister, her sister. To the family of Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell, sincerest condolences…. Her funeral is this Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church in Blue Hills. Mrs. Howell was 77 years old when she died. Enid Capron Student To Star In A Public Service Announcement Recommended for you Earth Day underwater Clean-up & Tree plantinglast_img read more

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Big Ideas Equal Big Success for The Atlantic

first_imgLauf said preliminary newsstand figures for the issue aren’t in yet—it hit stands in mid-June. Last year’s Big Ideas issue was the magazine’s best-selling issue in nearly a decade, he said. In regard to the Aspen Ideas Festival, attendance this year was about 2,500 people and revenue was flat compared to last year’s event, which is “a huge success for us,” Lauf said.Online, the Atlantic’s Ideas Special Report helped boost ad sales in June by 8 percent and about 50 percent so far in July, compared to the same months last year. Since the Ideas report was posted, overall site traffic has jumped to 21.4 million page views and 3.2 million unique visitors. Coming off a difficult first half that saw ad pages slide 24.6 percent compared to the same period last year, The Atlantic said its July-August “Ideas” issue, on newsstands now, pulled in the most ad revenue of any issue in the magazine’s history.While publisher Jay Lauf declined to say exactly how much in revenue the issue generated, he said revenue was up 36 percent over the same issue last year. This year’s issue carried 63.4 ad pages, he said.“Our Ideas franchise, anchored in an annual issue about ideas, the Aspen Ideas Festival and rich online extensions on the topic, clearly resonate with advertisers who have something meaningful to say,” Lauf told FOLIO:. “I think our success is an indication that there’s a cultural shift toward substance that can benefit magazines that write substantively about the subjects shaping our lives and futures. Perhaps more importantly, it’s an indication that strong ideas can still find a market.”last_img read more

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Driving the LM002 Lamborghinis iconic Ur Urus

first_img 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercar More From Roadshow Post a comment The pedals, meanwhile, require leg strength. The clutch has the kind of heavy, long throw you’d expect from an Italian V12-powered truck from the ’80s. That’s no surprise, but I hadn’t expected a similarly reluctant throttle. Drive an LM as a daily and you’ll never have to worry about skipping leg day at the gym.The dogleg, five-speed manual has long throws but is easy to operate within the 6,500 rev limit. You might be thinking you’d always be probing that limiter just to hear the engine sing. That’s what I thought, but the engine note is a bit disappointing. Sure, it sounds better than most any other SUV on the market today, and it’s in a different league from military machines like the Hummer, but the evocative roar of the Countach sadly gets lost somewhere within the depths of the LM’s exhaust system.And performance? Some 444 horsepower are supposedly available, but I’ll be damned if I could find them. While a significant number have surely gone to pasture in the decades since this example’s manufacture, the LM’s titanic curb weight is surely to blame for its sluggish acceleration. Lamborghini LM002Like nothing before, or since, and that’s probably for the best.  Lamborghini Final thoughtsSo the LM is slow, clumsy, heavy and not particularly sonorous. A terrible thing, then, right? Oh no, it’s quite the opposite. The LM002 is a hoot to drive. It’s so raw and ridiculous that my brief period behind the wheel was spent smiling — despite how many times I had to wind that wheel over for even the mildest turns.The LM is an icon of a bygone era the likes of which I’m quite confident we’ll never, ever see again. Heck, we probably shouldn’t have seen it in the first place. Lamborghini’s modern SUV, the Urus, is a marvel of modern engineering that drives far better than it rightfully should. The LM002, meanwhile, is a ridiculous idea executed with the sort of gusto only 1980s Lamborghini could deliver. And for that, I love it. Lamborghini LM002 is an SUV from another time 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar A little historyLM stands for “Lamborghini Militaria,” and that’s your first clue as to how this boxy beast came to be. In the late ’70s, Lamborghini saw an opportunity to get into the government supply business, to create a product that could be bought by the truckload by over-funded, style-conscious military outfits around the globe in search of a dune-conquering battlefield machine. Things wouldn’t quite go according to plan. Lamborghini started with the Cheetah, the granddaddy of the LM, powered by a rear-mounted V8 sourced from Chrysler of all places. That prototype, part of a failed attempt to gain a US military contract, led to the LM001 a few years later. That vehicle fit in very much the same mold and was still powered by a rear-mounted, American V8 — though this one came from AMC. That machine, too, effectively went nowhere.Finally, Lamborghini engineers decided they’d put the engine in the more traditional position for off-road rigs: up in the nose. That was a step in the right direction, but in the process, those engineers leapt wildly off the beaten path by swapping out the cheap, reliable American V8 for a V12. And not just any V12: It’s the same 5.2-liter lump that powered the LM’s stablemate, the Countach. If you had a front-mounted V12 you’d have a big nose, too. Lamborghini The architectural challenge required to sling an engine that big into the nose of an off-roader, a vehicle designed for things like approach angles and wading depth, boggles the mind. Even more remarkable is the brazenness of the decision. This was, remember, a military machine. Can you imagine a battlefield mechanic keeping an Italian V12 running reliably? With hindsight, it’s easy to see why the LM was neither a commercial nor combat success. Only about 300 were ever produced from the machine’s introduction in 1986 to its discontinuation six years later. This has lead to sky-high valuations. In 2017, one sold at an RM Sotheby’s auction for $300,000, and given the recent spike of interest in the vehicle, some estimates put current valuations closer to $400,000.Thanks to its small production run, half that even of the incredibly rare Miura, spotting an LM002 today at an auto show is a treat. Seeing one running is practically unheard of. Getting to drive one? That, dear readers, makes for a special day.Lamborghini LM002Wider corners are better when driving the LM002. Lamborghini The driveDespite looking positively massive in photos, the LM is actually petite by modern SUV dimensions. It’s shorter and lower than the new Urus, Lamborghini’s ballistic, 641-horsepower SUV. Despite that, the LM is heavier. So, so much heavier. Curb weight for the LM002 is 5,900 pounds. That’s 1,000 pounds more than the Urus! Looking at the thing, it’s hard to tell where all the weight is, but surely a big chunk lingers under the disproportionately long hood. That the V12 drinks from a 45-gallon fuel tank doesn’t help its weight problem. It’s necessary though, because while Lamborghini quotes no efficiency figures, the Countach with the same motor was EPA-rated at a measly 7 miles per gallon. The LM weighs nearly twice as much and has all the aerodynamic finesse of a Walmart Super Center. It’s not a difficult climb up to the driver’s seat and into a massive cockpit covered with huge expanses of leather and wood. The external theme of wide, flat surfaces continues on the inside, so much so that it feels more like a yacht than an SUV — a surprisingly cramped yacht, though. Appropriately, if the 5.2-liter engine wasn’t big enough, Lamborghini offered a marine-sourced 7.2-liter V12 instead!That nautical impression was reinforced the first time I tried to turn out of the parking lot. Your average car requires something like two or three turns to go lock-to-lock on the steering. I’m not sure how many turns the LM requires, because I lost count, and I can count pretty high. Suffice to say hustling the LM through a tiny, Italian roundabout is an exercise both of quick hands and upper-body strength. Hustling the LM through a tiny, Italian roundabout is an exercise both of quick hands and upper-body strength. 21 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Classic Cars SUVs 2020 Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder first drive: Worth every sunburncenter_img Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multiday vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. Line up all the world’s most desirable cars, all the machines that have graced bedroom posters and computer wallpapers over the years, and a significant percentage of those would be Lamborghinis. This is the brand that gave us the decade-defining Countach, the appropriately named Diablo and the outrageously gorgeous Miura. Despite all the exotic and extreme fare the Bologna bull has produced over the decades, nothing in my book is more comprehensively bonkers than the LM002. From concept to execution, this is a vehicle that’s hard to square with reality. But it is real, and it’s really square. This is what it’s like to drive. 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