Ferndale closed out the Little 4 with a doubleheader sweep at home to Hoopa Valley on Saturday, winning game one 4-2 and taking the nightcap 7-0.Garrett Christiansen pitched the win in the opener, while teammate Austin Hughes led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-2.In game two, Shaun Leonardo got the win on the mound.At the plate Landon Gomes was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Leonardo and Putter Walters each finished 2-for-3 with an RBI. With the win, the Wildcats …
By Anne Taylor20 August 2013A project led by the University of Cape Town has given new impetus to the race to find a single-dose cure for malaria. An antimalarial compound – known as MMV390048 – has been developed by by an international collaboration headed by a team of scientists at UCT’s Drug Development and Research Centre (H3-D). It is the first of its kind to be researched on African soil.Dr Kelly Chibale (centre) and his team. Photo: UCTThe project was recently named the 2012 Project of the Year by the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). The award was given in recognition of the potential of the compound to become part of a single-dose cure for malaria.“The development of MMV390048 shows once again that African scientists are rising to the challenge and taking the lead in malaria drug research,” said Dr Timothy Wells, chief scientific officer at the MMV.Professor Kelly Chibale, founder and director of the H3-D drug discovery and development centre, told UCT’s Monday Monthly: “UCT launched H3-D to focus drug discovery research on the development of an African solution to this largely African problem. Working with MMV and partners from around the world, we have been able to develop MMV390048 into a clinical candidate in record time and provide excellent, world-class training for the next generation of African scientists.”The compound has entered pre-clinical trials and will be ready for human testing in March 2014.Malaria kills between 600 000 and a million people a year. Of those affected, more than 90% are from sub-Saharan Africa and 86% are below the age of five. As the malaria parasite is beginning to display signs of drug resistance, there is an urgent need to develop new drugs to treat the disease effectively.Sources: MMV and UCT’s Monday MonthlyRead more on SA.info: UCT in global deal to develop medicines
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Applying crop nutrients when they are not needed is costly, especially in the current farm economy and harmful to the environment. Conversely, not applying enough fertilizer will cause a reduction in crop yield causing a decrease in profitability.Cover crops are important to soil health, but how do you make them work? There are many options, what is the best option for your operation? Is soil health important? These questions along with nutrient management will be addressed at the upcoming meeting entitled: “Improving Your Bottom Line With Nutrients and Cover Crops”.The meeting will be held March 13, 2018 from 9:15 AM to 3:40 PM at the Eagles in Wapakoneta (25 E. Auglaize St.).Topics that will be discussed include: Basics of Cover Crops, Cover Crops for Forages, Making Cover Crops Work, Nitrogen and Gypsum Research Results, Nitrogen and Phosphorus Management and Management of Micronutrients. Speakers include: Alan Sundermeier, Allen Gahler, Mike Dailey, Joe Nester, Greg LaBarge, and Harold Watters.There is no cost to the program because it is being sponsored by the Auglaize County Farm Bureau and Ohio Soybean Council. Please register by March 7, 2018 by calling 419-739-6580 or sending an e-mail to [email protected]
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nicolas Pepe agent: I was convinced of Napoli moveby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Nicolas Pepe has revealed how the winger almost didn’t join Arsenal this summer.Pepe was on the verge of leaving Lille for Napoli before the Gunners broke their transfer record by paying £72m for his signature.Relayed by Corriere dello Sport, Mario Giuffredi said: “I was in Dimaro, convinced Napoli had got him.”Unfortunately, however, other factors come into play and when we talk of commissions, Napoli are limited in certain operations.”Then the agents have also made their interests”.
Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 12. Story Highlights The Ministry of National Security is in talks with the Moneague College towards establishing a faculty for the advanced training of police officers. He informed that the Ministry recently engaged the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) for the training of marine police to the required level. The Ministry of National Security is in talks with the Moneague College towards establishing a faculty for the advanced training of police officers.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 12.He informed that the Ministry recently engaged the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) for the training of marine police to the required level.Dr. Chang said the training is in an effort to retain more bright young people in the force.He noted that the ratio of gazetted officers in the JCF is three per cent, which is less than the global average, with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) standing at eight per cent.He said research shows that modern police forces require between 10 and 15 per cent and in some cases, even 20 per cent of gazetted officers for sound leadership and accountability.“Change in the police force’s structure to increase this ratio would allow for the elimination of contention concerning promotions. If we were to change this figure to nine per cent, it would provide at least 600 spaces to bright, young Jamaican men and women to be promoted to gazetted ranks and significantly reduce the potential for attrition,” Dr. Chang said.He added that as part of the organisational renewal, the Commissioner of Police will be critically examining skill sets, with recognition that promotions and advancement within the organisation will be based on these skills and abilities.“We will place emphasis on officer training and retention, as this is the framework on which the new national police service will operate,” the National Security Minister said.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Tommy Lakes fire that caused residents north of Prespatou to be evacuated Saturday night, is now over 20,000 hectares in size.According to an update posted Sunday morning by the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is now 20,000 hectares and approximately 29 km northeast of Mile 109 of the Alaska Highway. Officials are still saying the size of the fire is only an estimate and that they will do further tracking on Sunday to determine the full size and of the fire. On May 26, the fire did move to the Northeast.The evacuation order is in effect for the following area: Tommy Lakes Wildfire courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service from earlier in the 2018 wildfire season. 1 of 6 Interface: Interface FireEvacuation Order is in effect.On May 26, 2018 at 1700 hours the Peace River Regional District issued an evacuation order for Electoral Area B due to the Tommy Lakes wildfire. The evacuation order is in effect for:Starting at the junction of Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beatton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continues stopping near Two Creeks Road near the Beatton River. Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.More informationIt is expected that an area restriction will be in place to restrict public access to the active wildfire area and access roads within the Tommy Lakes wildfire boundary. This is to ensure the safety of the public and crews.Cause: Lightning Resources• 77 firefighters• 7 helicopters• 7 heavy equipmentThe primary objectives are to establish machine guard and if conditions permit conduct controlled burning operations, in order to protect oil and gas infrastructure and other values in the vicinity of G80340. Two unit crews are working on the east side of the South Nig Road connector continuing west of the Nig connector to Tommy Lakes junction. Additional crews are working along with heavy equipment to build guard to establish access to Beatton River off the Tommys Lake Road. They will also be preparing for controlled burning (burn off) operations if weather permits.The Tommy Lakes (G80340) is the result of the amalgamation of the former Beatton Lake (G80340) and the Tommy Lakes Road (G80341). This amalgamation occurred on May 25, 2018.Please refer to attached perimeter map for location of the Tommy Lakes wildfire.Smoke may be visible to the public from this wildfire. Photo taken by Ina Dick Discovered: Tuesday, May 22, 2018Size: 20,000.0 hectares (estimated)Status: Active• 0% containedThe fire is approximately 20,000* hectares, 0% contained*This area is an estimate only. The wildfire is expected to be tracked today to determine a more accurate area including the May 26th excursion to the northeast. Starting at the junction of Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beatton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continues stopping near Two Creeks Road near the Beatton River. Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.Forest Fire PhotosHere are some photos of the fire submitted to Energeticcity.ca by Ina Dick and the B.C. Wildfire Service: Below is the latest update from the B.C. Wildfire Service:Tommy Lakes (G80340)Last updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 9:47 AMLocation: Approximately 29km northeast of mile 109 Hwy 97 (Alaska Highway)• See approximate location of this wildfire by clicking here Photo was taken by Ina Dick. Tommy Lakes Wildfire courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service Photo taken by Ina Dick
Surat: A court in Surat Thursday issued summons to Rahul Gandhi in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a Gujarat MLA over the Congress president’s “how come all thieves have Modi as common surname” remark.Chief Judicial Magistrate of Surat, B H Kapadia, issued summons to Gandhi, directing him to be present before the court on June 7. The complaint against Gandhi was filed by BJP legislator Purnesh Modi, on April 16 under IPC sections 499 and 500 that deal with defamation. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIn his complaint, the MLA from Surat-West seat claimed the Congress president was defaming the entire Modi community by saying all “Modis are thieves”. He was referring to an election rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, where Gandhi asked, “Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi…how come they all have Modi as common surname. How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?” While talking to reporters after filing his defamation suit last month, Purnesh Modi had claimed that Gandhi’s remark has defamed the entire Modi community. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”There are a large number of people with Modi surname. Does it mean all members of the Modi community are thieves? He has defamed the community and also me as I carry the surname. This is why we have moved a complaint (against Gandhi) in a Surat court under IPC sections 499 and 500,” the MLA had said. A court in Ahmedabad had Wednesday issued summons to Gandhi in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a BJP worker for calling BJP chief Amit Shah a “murder accused”.
Mumbai: Indian equities fell for the ninth session in a row on Monday as investors fretted about health of non-banking finance sector, US-China trade tensions and uncertainty over poll outcome.In their longest losing streak in years, the BSE Sensex crashed over 372 points and the NSE Nifty dived nearly 130 points on sustained sell-off across the board. In the past nine sessions, the Sensex has lost 1,940.73 points and the Nifty has given away 599.95 points. The BSE index widened its loss towards the fag-end of the session on emergence of intense selling in financial stocks as fresh concerns over liquidity crunch re-emerged. In percentage terms, however, Sun Pharma was the biggest loser with 9.39 per cent drop. Intra-day, the pharma major’s shares tanked over 20 per cent. Other top Sensex laggards were Yes Bank, Tata Steel and Indusind Bank — falling as much as 5.58 per cent.
Louisville, shaking off another sluggish start, finished the national championship game and the college basketball season with a bang, fending off Michigan to capture its third NCAA Tournament title Monday night at the Georgia Dome.The Cardinals’ 82-76 victory was born of unmatched depth and poise. It also helped that they were inspired by injured guard Kevin Ware and coached by Rick Pitino, who became the first to ever coach two different teams to the championship.Not only that, but Pitino earlier Monday was named an inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame.“I had the 13 toughest guys I’ve ever coached,” Pitino said. “I’m just amazed they could accomplish everything we put out there.”It was not easy. Led by player of the year Trey Burke (24 points) and freshman Spike Albrecht, who had 17-first-half points, Michigan led by 12 points in the first half and seemed in control of the game. It was then that Louisville’s toughness showed up. Reserve Luke Hancock, who was huge in the semifinal win over Wichita State, delivered again, hitting four straight three-pointers that actually put the Cardinals in front by one just before halftime.Michigan got two free throws to earn a one-point halftime advantage, but Louisville had built momentum. Hancock went on to become the Final Four’s most outstanding player for his career-high 22 points Monday night.But he had plenty of help. Point guard Peyton Siva was outstanding in attacking the Michigan defense and forward Chane Behanon (15 points, 12 rebounds) was an inside force, as Louisville pulled ahead 76-66 and did what it needed to do to earn the title.Ware, the guard from metro Atlanta whose legged snapped in gruesome fashion in the Duke win, cut down what remained of the nets in the Cardinals’ post-championship celebration. Ware’s poise and strength got them pass Duke and his presence on the sideline at the Georgia Dome fueled them.Still, some players said they were inspired by something else. Pitino told the team he would get a tattoo if they won the national championship.Siva (18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) called it, “Our biggest motivation.”Pitino said he would fulfill his promise. What’s a tattoo to a man who had the week he has, which included the Hall of Fame announcement, his horse winning the Santa Anita Derby to set up a Kentucky Derby run, and his son, Richard, getting the coaching job at Minnesota?The championship is what he wanted most, and Pitino and the Cardinal nation can bask in that achievement.
Going into Week 9, the No. 1 slot in our Elo ratings had been the exclusive province all season long of last year’s Super Bowl participants, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. In fact, the last time a team other than Denver or Seattle ranked first in Elo was Week 19 of last season, when the San Francisco 49ers owned first place after beating the Carolina Panthers on the road in the NFC divisional playoffs. (They would cede that ranking to Seattle the very next week.)This week, though, the New England Patriots have finally broken the Denver-Seattle duopoly on No. 1 after the Patriots crushed the Broncos 43-21 Sunday afternoon. How unusual was the Seahawks’ and Broncos’ long stranglehold on the top slot? Going back to the advent of the 16-game schedule in 1978, it’s the eighth-longest span into a season it’s taken for a third No. 1-ranked team to emerge. Last season, it took seven weeks for Seattle to wrest No. 1 away from a Denver/New England duumvirate.For the Patriots, it’s a long-awaited return to a familiar spot. New England occupied No. 1 in 27 (!) consecutive editions of the Elo rankings between Week 19 of the 2011 season and Week 2 of the 2013 season. And since 2000, they’ve spent more weeks at No. 1 (102) than the next three most frequently top-ranked teams (the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams) combined.But of all teams, the Patriots should know that a No. 1 Elo ranking midway through the season is no Super Bowl guarantee. They sat atop the league through the first nine weeks of both the 2012 and 2007 seasons but failed to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy either season. (Since 1978, the top-ranked team through Week 9 has gone on to win the Super Bowl at a 41.7 percent clip.)New England also faces a difficult schedule. It has a bye this week, but after the break it will have to travel to Indianapolis to face the fifth-ranked Colts. Then, following a home date against the 17th-ranked Detroit Lions, the Patriots must go on the road against the No. 12 Packers and the No. 14 San Diego Chargers in back-to-back weeks, with the surging No. 16 Miami Dolphins waiting in the wings after that. An average (1500 Elo rating) NFL team would be expected to win only 46.6 percent of the Patriots’ remaining games, which means they have the seventh-hardest remaining schedule of any team in the league.Our Elo-based simulations give the Patriots just a 16 percent probability of winning the Super Bowl, which is well below the aforementioned historical average for top-ranked teams through nine weeks. Part of that is simply an artifact of league and playoff expansion. Since the NFL adopted its current size and divisional format in 2002, the top-ranked team through Week 9 has won the Super Bowl 25 percent of the time, a rate more in line with New England’s simulated odds. But 2014 has also been a strange year in terms of the distribution of ratings across the league’s 32 teams. The Patriots’ 1677 Elo rating at No. 1 is 21 points below the average for that slot through Week 9 from 2002 to 2013, while 18 of the next 22 highest-rated teams have better Elo ratings than the average for their ranking from the previous 12 NFL seasons.In other words, New England isn’t as strong as the typical No. 1, and there is an unusual number of solid teams out there for the Pats to tangle with en route to the Super Bowl. That lends credence to the growing talk of 2014 being a banner season for parity in the NFL.Meanwhile, the league’s nine worst teams by Elo are far worse than usual, culminating with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders each falling more than 50 points behind the typical ratings of the NFL’s two worst teams through nine weeks. It will be worth monitoring whether this year’s atypical dispersion of Elo ratings is a one-year quirk or part of a larger trend.Here are the current playoff and Super Bowl odds for all teams:I mentioned that San Francisco had defeated Carolina (who ranked fifth in Elo at the time) to briefly claim the No. 1 ranking during last season’s playoffs. This year, however, neither team has enjoyed the same kind of success, going a combined 7-9-1. And there’s a 55 percent chance that both will be shut out of a return trip to the postseason.After starting the season 1-2, the 49ers had regained some measure of playoff probability with three straight wins over the Philadelphia Eagles, Chiefs and Rams in Weeks 4 through 6. Going into Week 7, they even had an NFC West-leading 65 percent probability of making the playoffs, as well as the division’s best projected end-of-season win total in our Elo simulations. But a pair of losses sandwiched around a bye week have left San Francisco on the verge of missing the playoffs entirely. Its current playoff probability stands at 32 percent after taking into account their mediocre record (4-4), the difficulty of their remaining schedule (ninth-hardest), and the strength of the teams they’d have to beat out for a wild card (as their hopes of winning the NFC West have been all but extinguished).Carolina’s chances of returning to the playoffs look even worse. Despite failing to win five of its previous six games (it lost four and tied one), Carolina still had a 44 percent probability of qualifying for the postseason before its game against the New Orleans Saints — but our weekly playoff implications article also identified Panthers-Saints as one of the most crucial matchups of Week 9. Sure enough, New Orleans’ 28-10 victory dropped Carolina’s playoff probability by 25 percentage points, leaving it with less than a 1-in-5 chance of making the playoffs.In addition to the Panthers and 49ers, the other teams who lost the most from their playoff odds in Week 9 were the Baltimore Ravens and the Chargers in the AFC.The cause for Baltimore’s decline was all about the division odds — predictably, its head-to-head loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night had huge ramifications for the AFC North race. Going into the game, the Ravens had a 33 percent chance of winning the division, with the Steelers sitting at 28 percent; after the game, Pittsburgh’s chances had increased to 45 percent and Baltimore’s had dropped to 13 percent. (Neither team’s wild card odds really budged at all.)San Diego’s dip, on the other hand, had little to do with a division race. The Broncos are rated so much higher than their AFC West competitors that our simulations see little chance they don’t win the division. That leaves the wild card as the only real viable path to the playoffs for the Chargers and Chiefs, both of whom are in a dogfight with each other — as well as the losers of the AFC East and North — for one of those two slots. (The AFC South loser is unlikely to make much of a wild card push.) Miami’s 37-0 pasting of San Diego on Sunday had direct consequences in that regard, boosting the Dolphins’ wild card probability by 17 percentage points as the Chargers’ chances dropped by 19 (with scarcely a change to either team’s division odds).Elo point spreadsRecord against point spread: 64-62-3 (7-5 in Week 9)Straight-up record: 94-39-1 (9-4 in Week 9)Although the Elo ratings are performing better against the spread in recent weeks, we still would strongly advise you not to take them to Vegas as a betting tool. Even so, it is always interesting to see how they differ from the spreads offered by the major sportsbooks.This week’s biggest disparity is in the Dallas Cowboys-Jaguars game, which is not only taking place in London, but adds the wrinkle of Dallas quarterback Tony Romo’s availability being in question. With the possibility that the Cowboys will once again have to start backup QB Brandon Weeden, who oversaw the team’s Week 9 defeat to the Cardinals, the oddsmakers have dropped Dallas to a mere 6-point favorite against the lowly Jaguars, rather than the 10.5-point favorite the Elo ratings would suggest.Aside from that change, the other big discrepancies against Vegas this week involve the Cardinals and Rams (the books have been comparatively down on Arizona all season, relative to Elo) and the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns (Elo rates Cincinnati slightly higher — and Cleveland slightly lower — than Vegas’s power ratings would value the two teams). But in the Detroit-Miami tilt, which may go down as the biggest game of the week from a playoff-implications perspective, both Vegas and Elo agree: The hosting Lions should be favored by about a field goal.CORRECTION (Nov. 6, 11:56 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Elo is 62-44-3 against the point spread. It is 64-62-3.(Nov. 6, 2:04 p.m.): A previous version of this article said the Dallas Cowboys had a 75 percent chance of defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Dallas should have an 82 percent win probability, because it has an Elo difference of +259 and there is no home-field effect in either direction.