Websites like www.voteforenvironment.ca are uniting some voters under key issues like the environment to oust the Tories. Former Liberal support Kevin Grandia started the site with a left-wing magazine publisher linked to the NDP. [asset|aid=431|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88dcbe1b13e2e97daed8ee1743eb41a6-strategic voting-1_1_Pub.mp3] But political experts warn that strategic voting can backfire. Political Science Professor Reg Whitaker says it’s important to vote for the party you want, not the one you think can beat the Tories. [asset|aid=432|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88dcbe1b13e2e97daed8ee1743eb41a6-strategic voting-2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement For example, some strategic voters will vote Liberal, since they have the best chance of forming government, but the Tories could still win if the NDP is second in a particular riding because the centre left vote is split. General voting will be open today until 7 o’clock. Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion each made one more pitch to voters in the lower mainland yesterday. Stephen Harper touted tax cuts and limited government to a Tory crowd in west van. [asset|aid=429|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88dcbe1b13e2e97daed8ee1743eb41a6-harper-mandate_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement – Meanwhile, at a boisterous liberal rally in Richmond, Stephane Dion implored the crowd to think green and vote red. [asset|aid=430|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=88dcbe1b13e2e97daed8ee1743eb41a6-DIon-nextG_1_Pub.mp3] Meanwhile, left-of-centre voters are finding common grou nd as the Federal Election campaign winds down.Advertisement
Former Kerry legend and RTE pundit Pat Spillane has said watching Donegal play is like watching paint dry.The outspoken commentator, who famously labeled Ulster football as “puke football’, launched another attack on Jim McGuinness’ men in his Sunday World newspaper column.But as well as slating Donegal, Spillane admits that he also admires Michael Murphy and co. Spillane used last weekend’s Ulster Final victory over Monaghan to judge Donegal.“There are people out there who enjoy watching paint dry. Then there are masochists who love having pain inflicted on them.“Unless you fit into either of these categories I don’t see how you could have enjoyed watching the first half of the Ulster Final. “It was dire, ultra defensive, negative and nasty,” he said.However he added “Having said that, one could only sit back and admire Donegal. They gave a masterclass in defensive play and work ethic.“The non-stop running play of the Donegal players was unbelievable.”He said that while he still believed the Donegal team of last year were “running on empty’ he believes that has changed.“They’re different this year – hungrier, sharper and working harder,” he said.And then he asked himself if Donegal are good enough to win the All Ireland saying he would love to see them meet Dublin in the semi-final. “I’m not so sure. I don’t think they are as god as they were in 2012. So I wouldn’t get carried away yet.“But Donegal have a system and it will test Dublin if they clash in the semi-final. I would love for this game to happen.“But if the game transpires, the key question is whether they can hold their blanket defense in place for the entire duration of the match when faced by Dublin’s unbelievable pace,” he added.SPILLANE: WATCHING DONEGAL PLAY IS LIKE WATCHING PAINT DRY, BUT THEN……! was last modified: July 27th, 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:all-irelanddonegalGAAJim McGuinnessPat Spillane
Laura Bonner is drinking in the success of her latest accolade having secured the Ulster Business Woman of the Year title at the prestigious Graham Norton Gin Inspiring Awards 2019.The Inishowen based entrepreneur behind Donegal premium craft drinks business The Muff Liquor Company said she was extremely proud to be named as one of Ireland’s most inspiring women in recognition of the success of her craft potato Gin and Vodka products that have been taking the drinks industry by storm across the world.The announcement was made on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at the Clayton Silversprings Hotel when 500 guests took part in the glamorous event hosted by RTE’s Miriam O’ Callaghan and Bibi Baskin. Miriam O Callaghan and Laura Bonner, receiving the Ulster Business Woman of the Year Award at the Graham Norton Gin Inspiring Awards 2019Speaking after the awards ceremony Laura said she was over the moon at securing the award and thanked everyone for their support.“I was in total shock when they read out my name, it was an amazing surprise. I feel so honoured to have won the Graham Norton Inspiring Women Awards, Ulster Business Woman of the Year. To be in league with such amazing women in leadership across the country, only makes me want to strive for further success.”This accolade comes just weeks since the company’s success when they secured the People’s Choice at the Irish Gin Awards. Laura commented: “This award was particularly special to us because it’s the ‘People’s Choice’ and is a real endorsement from our loyal customers. We enjoy great success at blind-tasting competitions, so for the public to vote for us in this hugely significant competition is a real coup. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved since our company was established in early 2017. ”Laura Bonner – Muff Liquor CompanyLooking ahead, Laura says the The Muff Liquor Company is currently in the process of crowdfunding via crowdcube to enable the company to expand the business into the Asian market. “It’s an extremely busy time for us but it’s also really exciting. We are travelling all over the world promoting our products and showcasing our business model to a wider audience and endorsements like the Graham Norton gin awards, really give us the confidence to move our business forward and explore new markets. We are confident that the Asia market will embrace the innovative craft distilled spirits that have taken Ireland and the UK by storm and take us to a new level with our business.”Laura explained: “2019 has been really busy for us at The Muff Liquor Company. It has involved a lot of travelling and attending a lot of showcases and events but we have a fantastic team behind us who are really supportive of our product, our brand and our company ethos.“Being recognised at these awards is very important to us, it is indicative of the work we are doing and the confidence we have in our products. We are very much committed to further developing our plans for our own distillery and creating jobs in the local area but most of all we hope that our customers will continue to support us and enjoy our unique products.“Key to our success to date is testament to the commitment of all our staff and the huge level support from family and friends in making our company a success,” Laura concluded.Muff Liquor Co founder drinking in the success of business award was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:business woman of the yearEnterpriseGraham Norton Gin Inspiring Awards 2019laura bonnermuff ginmuff liquor companymuff vodka
Nacer Chadli scored twice as Tottenham were gifted a commanding lead in a one-sided derby at White Hart Lane. Eric Dier also netted in a first-half in which promoted QPR’s showing was strikingly similar to the kind of abject displays they produced when last in the Premier League.The north London side went ahead in the 12th minute, capitalising after Loic Remy had lost possession.Emmanuel Adebayor crossed from the right and Chadli was able to slam the ball past exposed keeper Rob Green from six yards out.A Spurs goal had been on the cards – Eric Lamela saw a shot deflected wide following a mistake by R’s wide-man Armand Traore before Adebayor headed over.The visitors, with recent signings Leroy Fer and Mauricio Isla making their debuts, struggled to create anything before Matt Phillips missed a golden chance to equalise against the run of play.Phillips, playing in the absence of Charlie Austin, who has a hamstring problem, latched on to Joey Barton’s ball over the top only to fire over with just keeper Hugo Lloris to beat.But Tottenham were otherwise in complete control and Christian Eriksen rattled the Rangers bar with a 25-yard free-kick shortly before Dier scored on the half-hour mark.Inexplicably, Fer allowed Dier to get away from him and the England Under-21 international was able to head in from Lamela’s corner.Yet more half-hearted Rangers defending led to the third goal seven minutes later, Chadli heading home after being set up by Lamela. QPR: Green; Caulker, Ferdinand, Dunne; Isla, Barton, Fer, Mutch, Traore; Phillips, Remy.Subs: Murphy, Wright-Phillips, Simpson, Onuoha, Faurlin, Hoilett, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Why college … OAKLAND — Second-year big man Jordan Bell will start in place of injured forward Draymond Green (sprained right toe) on Thursday night against the Bucks, a source told the Bay Area News Group.It will be Bell’s first start of the season. The center started 13 games last season but has found it difficult to crack the rotation behind Kevon Looney and Damian Jones this year.Bell is averaging 1.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks this season.Related Articles
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceTOKYO — Matt Chapman may never want to leave the Tokyo Dome.Recording an out against the A’s third baseman has proven to be impossible over the A’s first two games in Japan. Chapman went 2 for 2 with a walk in Sunday’s night’s 6-6 exhibition draw with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He reached base in all eight of his plate appearances over the A’s two exhibition games, looking every bit like the darkhorse MVP …
Antonio Brown has put a small legal matter behind him.The former Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots wide receiver settled a small claims lawsuit filed in Alameda County court by his personal trainer, Sean Pena.Pena claimed Brown owed him $7,194.81 in “unpaid therapy and training services” and “agreed-upon reimbursement for hotels, airfare, rental car” during a week in April spent preparing for the NFL season.Attorneys for Pena and Brown on Tuesday told the Bay Area …
11 October 2013“South Africa was readmitted into international cricket 20 years ago. Since then everything has changed: the flag, the national anthem, the name of the team. But, in all the years since readmission, there has been one constant: Sachin Tendulkar.“When you play Tendulkar, you’re a living part of cricket’s best traditions. A hundred against you isn’t a setback, it’s a war story to be treasured. When you dismiss him, it’s not just a cricketing triumph, but rather one of the truest, finest moments of success you will ever experience in your life. In all, South Africa has played against the Little Master for almost as long as the country was out of international cricket …”The greatest batsman since Sir Donald Bradman announced his imminent retirement this week. Writer and journalist Tom Eaton takes an-depth look at the history of South African cricket’s relationship with Tendulkar in a 10 000-word e-book that can be purchased via online publisher Mampoer, who have kindly given permission for SAinfo to publish the following extract from Full Circle: what the Proteas learned from Sachin Tendulkar.The Wanderers, Friday, 27 Nov 1992By Tom EatonIt’s a mercy killing, really. Ravi Shastri has taken over an hour to crawl to 7. The inevitable nick might have come sooner if South Africa had had a fit pace battery, but Meyrick Pringle has gone to hospital after top-edging Manoj Prabhakar into his eye in the first innings. Still, India is hardly running away with this. They’ve barely kept out Brian McMillan’s medium-quick splice-bangers, and they haven’t got Craig Matthews off the square. No, that’s not fair: Ravi just got him off the square, all the way to slip. And Allan Donald, well… if they were better against pace they might have come close to edging a couple more, but so far they’ve been half a second and six inches away from anything resembling a confident shot.So, here we are. 27 for 1, the Bullring roaring, Test cricket back at the Wanderers after twenty-two years, Nelson Mandela somewhere up in the VIP boxes. But there’s no time for historical musings because Big Mac has just banged into Ajay Jadeja’s knee-roll and that’s 27 for 2. Maybe one day you’ll get more blase about wickets, but for now, three Tests into your career and South Africa’s return to international cricket, you’ll dish out the high-fives like a whooping fool.Jadeja reckons it was a rough call and he’s walking off as slowly as he can, so you’re back at slip by the time the new kid steps onto the field. At this distance he looks far younger than 19, more a lost 15-year-old, a weedy little cherub strapped into his dad’s pads. Apparently those pads once belonged to Sunil Gavaskar. You never saw Sunny play, but you’ve heard the stories from the old South Africa pros who played on the county circuit, and you can’t help thinking the comparisons with this shrimp might be overblown.To be fair, he made a pretty half-century when you and the rest of the South Africans made your international debuts at Calcutta a year ago. Gutsy innings it was, coming in at 3 for 2 and scoring a third of India’s runs. And the Aussie media are still going ape-shit over the 148 not out he made at Sydney in January this year, off Craig McDermott and Merv Hughes, no less. Not that the rest of the attack sounded up too much, mind you: this new Aussie leg-spinner sounds like complete rubbish. Took 1 for 150 and got klapped all over the place by Shastri. Shane something-or-other. In a nutshell, none of you are exactly overawed.Big Mac is breathing hard, fingering the ball in his giant paw, but has enough breath to point out to the cordon that this kid is barely taller than the stumps. As he turns to take guard, we see that those ridiculous pads are being held on by a prehistoric arrangement of calf-strangling straps and buckles. Don’t they have velcro in India?He’s scratching out his mark now and doing a decent impression of an imperious little Napoleon, but he can’t hide the anxiety in his body language as he looks around to find Jonty Rhodes. Two weeks ago he ran himself into the history books and out of the first Test at Durban, playing tip-and-run with Shastri. Ravi has been around long enough to know a suicide single when he sees one, and by the time the kid had been sent back, Jonty had teleported himself around from backward point and whipped it in low and flat to Andrew Hudson at short leg. Kepler blocked your line of sight, but Hudders seemed convinced, and if Hudders says it’s out, you can carve it in stone as the Eleventh Commandment. So you joined the choir howling at Cyril Mitchley at square leg, and Cyril got that yep-that’s-almost-good-enough-for-me look, and then referred it “upstairs’ to Karl Liebenberg. The first batsman to be given out by someone watching TV. Go figure.They might rate this kid, but it was a grubby end to a forgettable little innings. Then again, that whole Test was pretty grim. Apparently only 30 000 people came in over the five days. You can’t blame them: India took 134 overs to crawl to 277. Champagne cricket it wasn’t.Mac is ready at the top of his run. The Bullring is slow-clapping. The kid is startlingly still: if he’s still nervous, he’s not showing it. Mac bustles in, pigeon-toed and grumpy, the ball entirely enveloped in his meaty mitt. Then he’s delivering, twitching seismographs all over Joburg, and the kid is forward, neatly. The ball appears outside his edge, then reappears in Dave Richardson’s gloves. A play and miss. He’s human. Lots of chat here in the cordon.He might have all the shots, but he’s not using them. Five minutes later he’s still on his duck. Make that ten minutes. Nice footwork, sending those pads flopping this way and that – he seems to be a good judge of length – but a fat lot of good it’s all doing him. Eighteen deliveries and yet to score. And Allan Donald’s got murder in his eyes. AD has been bowling beautifully, scything it away past the off-stump and getting the odd one to lift viciously at their ribs, but the edges haven’t come. Sometimes it makes him fret and get ragged. Not this time. AD means business.He cruises in, all beautiful rhythm and animal intent, and you can see from his wrist and gather that it’s going to be full. You don’t know how you know, you just know. And it is. Very full, too full, a bit wide and swinging wider. The kid has waited long enough. He’s had a go, down on one knee with a full flow of the bat; but he’s squeezed it off a thick edge, and its shot past third slip and skimmed away for four. Chatter turns to crowing: oh dear laddie, a bit quick and nasty here among the grownups, is it? He ignores us, fusses with the tops of those pads, checks the field. AD turns at his mark, accelerates, slips into his rhythm. Everybody at the Wanderers knows it’s going to be short. AD bangs it in halfway down the track, but it’s a touch wide again, and the kid is standing tall trying to smash it square, another huge shot; and again he’s cocked it up and got away with it: the top edge screams high over the gap between you and Dave Richardson. Any time now, boys. The kid is a show-pony. Lots of flash, no application.A few minutes later, heartbreak. The kid is on 10, still looking out of his depth. AD bounces him again, but it doesn’t get up. The youngster is short, so doesn’t feel the need to duck. Instead, he sways back, dropping his hands, but the delivery tracks back and pings straight off the face of the bat. Like slip-catching practice. Except it dies on third slipper Matthews, and he’s left diving and groping to his left, grassing it. AD dies a thousand deaths, and the kid gets a life.It’s about then that the slip cordon starts going quiet. Big Mac is getting grumpy, banging them in short and wide, and twice he’s been spanked away with cuts so uppish and dismissive that we’ve felt offended on his behalf. But it’s a shot off Matthews that makes us realise the slips might be starting to become redundant. Craig bangs it short of a length, straight at middle stump, and the kid stands up as if to defend. But he isn’t defending. He’s waiting. And waiting. And now he’s straightening his back, his front elbow going up and up, and there’s the sweetest crack of willow-wood, and he’s played the best on-drive you’ve ever seen in your life, the hardest stroke in the book, as if Matthews was chucking pies. Oh, and he’s just become the youngest bloke to score 1 000 Test runs. At this rate, he might make six or seven thousand in his career.Not that you’re worried. A few overs later Matthews and Mac have each struck again, and AD has finally found an outside edge: India is 127 for 6. But by now any doubts you had about the kid have evaporated. Durban and that scratchy 11 are forgotten. Even this match seems weirdly out of kilter. He’s not playing in the same game as the guys at the other end. He’s in a bubble, breathing his own air, selecting shots with all the time of a master librarian going through a box of index cards. Short ball, Mr Donald? Yes, certainly, that’ll be here, under Back Foot Shots, subsection Outside Off Stump, and there’s your square cut in front of point, sir. Bang. Filed. Put away. It’s his patience that’s so startling: true patience, contented watchfulness, not like the attritional paralysis that’s infected his teammates. They’ve scored 46 runs off 36 overs and dug themselves into a hole. He’s simply waiting, and then timing deliveries to the boundary. Three-quarters of his runs are coming in boundaries, shots that are not so much strokes as statements. You watched Peter Kirsten in his prime and you even saw the end of Pollock’s career, but you don’t think you’ve seen the ball cut so late and so deftly. Mac swears the last one was an edge, and AD snarls and glares as if he’s been robbed, but you all saw it; nothing more than flexing of his wrists; nothing short of genius. Forget Sunny Gavaskar. This kid could mean business.(Extract from Full Circle: what the Proteas learned from Sachin Tendulkar by Tom Eaton. Mampoer’s mini-books, at US$2.99 a “shot”, are downloadable from www.mampoer.co.za and readable on iPads or Android tablets, Kobo, Kindle, Gobii, smart phones, Macs or PCs. Or on paper, if you still prefer it that way.)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Purdue University researchers have pinpointed the gene that controls whether soybean seed coats are hard or permeable, a finding that could be used to develop better varieties for southern and tropical regions, enrich the crop’s genetic diversity and boost the nutritional value of soybeans.Jianxin Ma, associate professor of agronomy, and fellow researchers found that a mutation in the gene GmHs1-1 causes the tough seed coats of wild soybeans to become permeable. Farmers selected that trait about 5,000 years ago in a key step to domesticating soybeans from their hard-seeded relative Glycine soja.The gene could be modified to produce improved varieties for growing regions in which seed permeability can be a handicap, Ma said. GmHs1-1 is also associated with the calcium content of soybeans, offering a genetic target for enhancing the nutrition of soy food products.Understanding the mechanism that determines seed permeability could also give researchers better access to the largely untapped genetic diversity of wild soybeans to enrich cultivated varieties, whose lack of genetic richness has curbed improvements in yields.“This is the first gene associated with hard seededness to be identified in any plant species,” Ma said. “This discovery could help us quickly pinpoint genes that control this trait in many other plants. We’re also excited about the potential applications for modifying the calcium concentration in seed coats. This could be transformative as we identify similar genes that control calcium levels in other legumes.”Hard seededness enables the long-term survival of many wild plant species by protecting seeds in severe conditions and inhospitable environments, allowing them to remain dormant until conditions are right for germination. Encased in a water- and airtight coat, seeds can remain viable for extended periods of time, in some cases, more than 100 years.But the hard skin that lends wild seeds their resilience is a problem in agricultural production. It prevents seeds from germinating quickly and in a uniform, predictable pattern. Wild soybean seeds take from several weeks to months to germinate whereas cultivated soybean seeds can begin absorbing water in 15 minutes.Millennia ago, farmers in Asia recognized the value of seed permeability and artificially selected the trait to produce the predecessors of modern cultivated soybean varieties, Ma said.But the genetic factors underpinning seed coat permeability remained a mystery until Ma and his team used a map-based cloning approach to hone in on GmHs1-1 as the gene responsible for hard seededness.The team found that a mutation in a single pair of nucleotides in the gene causes seed coat permeability – that is, a change in one pair out of the approximately 1 billion base pairs that make up the soybean genome.“We finally understand the genetic change that allowed the domestication of soybeans,” he said. “When we make this kind of discovery, we’re always very excited.”Ma said modifying the gene could produce hardier seeds for the southern U.S. and the tropics, regions in which the soft coats of cultivated soybeans reduce their viability shortly after harvest.The discovery could also help researchers improve the cooking quality of soybeans and other legumes, such as the common bean, whose varying levels of hard seededness make consistent quality difficult to achieve.The team’s next goal is to identify genes that interact with GmHs1-1 and understand how they work together to control calcium and possibly other mineral content.The paper was published in Nature Genetics onJune 22 and is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ng.3339.Collaborators on the research team included Randall Nelson of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Illinois, Chunmei Cai of Qingdao Agricultural University and Zhanyuan Zhang of the University of Missouri.Principle funding for the research was provided by the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Additional funding came from the North Central Soybean Research Program, Ag Alumni Seed, Qingdao Agricultural University and the Purdue Agricultural Research Program.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence Research Program funded by the National Corn Growers Association continues to move forward with its long-term initiative to manage and ultimately solve aflatoxin issues for farmers with the announcement of a new round of research grants.The Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence (AMCOE) Research Program will again offer grants to researchers for projects focused on solving aflatoxin issues for farmers. These grants, which will be awarded to researchers focusing on six priority areas, were designed by southern corn checkoff boards to bring a unified approach to funding research projects across the region and will thus favor research teams that include members from multiple states.“The National Corn Growers Association, working with southern state grower associations including Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina, developed AMCOE to bring a unified approach to aflatoxin research that will yield results in a timely and more efficient manner,” said Charles Ring, NCGA Corn Productivity and Quality Action Team Chair. “Working together, we can improve the tools available for aflatoxin control and get real results that farmers can see in their fields.”Projects funded for 2020 should focus on one of these six priority areas: amelioration, best-management, biological controls, breeding, testing and transgenic.While corn farmers in southern states experience aflatoxin challenges every year, these challenges may present themselves in any corn region of the United States when the crop comes under stress. Thus, the benefits of such research, particularly as outlined in the six priority areas, are truly national in scope. Thusly, proposals will be considered regardless of the geographic region of the parties submitting and any state wishing to provide additional funding for AMCOE is encouraged to do so.Letters of intent from principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and collaborators not exceeding the $75,000 per year limit will be accepted by AMCOE until Oct. 25.For more information about the review process, evaluation criteria and program, click here.