first_img Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live at Indiana State 2/11/2017 – 1 p.m. Box Score (PDF) Box Score (HTML) Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Preview Photo Gallery DES MOINES, Iowa – Illinois State used a strong second-half performance to pull away from the Drake University men’s basketball team in an 82-53 win for the Redbirds Tuesday, Feb. 7, evening at the Knapp Center.Illinois State (20-5, 12-1 MVC), which sits atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings and is sixth in the nation in field goal percentage defense, held Drake (7-18, 5-8 MVC) to 18.2 percent shooting in the second half with just six field goals to earn the road victory.”We got the ball where we wanted to and were able to kick it out for perimeter shots,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “They’ve got length to contest it and the shots just didn’t drop. After a while it takes a toll on your defense. Credit to them, they put the ball in the hole and played with great aggressiveness.”The Bulldogs were led by 12 points, all in the first half, from Billy Wampler (Eau Claire, Wis.) with a pair of three-pointers. De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) added nine points and four assists in the loss. Paris Lee led Illinois State with a career-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting with four three-pointers while Keyshawn Evans added 16 points. As a team, Illinois State shot 57.6 percent for the game and a staggering 69.2 percent in the second half.”We played well in first half and then hit a cold stretch while they hit a hot stretch. Game, set, match. Simple as that,” Rutter said. Drake built up a 6-point, 29-23, first-half lead on back-to-back three-pointers from McMurray and Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) and maintained that lead with three minutes remaining in the period. However, ISU closed the half on a 9-0 run to take a 37-34 lead into halftime.Illinois State’s defense clamped down in the second half as the Redbirds and their press held Drake scoreless for a three-minute span to go on an 8-0 run to take a 55-43 lead with 11 minutes left in the game.”The second half they had really suffocating defense,” Wampler said. “They’re long and athletic and are one of the best defenses in the nation for a reason.”The Bulldogs’ shooters continued to miss the mark against Illinois State’s length and later were held scoreless for 6:14 as the Redbirds went on a 20-0 run to open up the margin and a take a 30-point lead with two minutes remaining in the game to earn just the third road win by a Valley team in the Knapp Center this season.The Bulldogs travel to Terre Haute, Ind., next to face Indiana State Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. The game will broadcast live on The Valley on ESPN3 and can be heard on 1350 ESPN Des Moines.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

first_imgEvery day, billions of viruses are carried by high winds from continent to continent.There’s no escape. Our planet is swarming with viruses. UBC Science describes new measurements from mountaintops in Spain, saying, “An astonishing number of viruses are circulating around the Earth’s atmosphere – and falling from it – according to new research from scientists in Canada, Spain and the U.S.” The number of viruses they found is 9 to 461 times as high as for bacteria carried aloft.“Every day, more than 800 million viruses are deposited per square metre above the planetary boundary layer—that’s 25 viruses for each person in Canada,” said University of British Columbia virologist Curtis Suttle, one of the senior authors of a paper in the International Society for Microbial Ecology Journal that outlines the findings.The viruses are swept up by sea spray and by winds over the land. Carried upward above the clouds, they can be transported across continents before rains and Sahara dust intrusions deposit them back onto the land. This helps explain why genetically identical viruses have been found in different environments around the globe.Evolution News reported that tens of thousands of bacteria live in dust grains carried by clouds. The article asked whether the global transport of biological systems might be necessary for a  planet’s habitability. Another article on Evolution News considered the rich biological communities that live in soil biocrusts. These ecosystems could possibly neutralize some of the static electricity that plagues the planet Mars, the moon, and Saturn’s large moon Titan.For all we know, the dust carrying genetic information around the earth could be for our good. Nature reported that “Dirt yields potent antibiotics.” Some microbes found in soil produce antibiotics able to conquer some of today’s most feared antibiotic-resistant bacteria:One gram of soil contains at least 1,000 bacterial species. To explore the medical potential of that diversity, Sean Brady at the Rockefeller University in New York City and his colleagues analysed roughly 2,000 soil samples collected across the United States. The researchers extracted DNA from the samples and screened it for genetic sequences involved in the production of antibiotics by various bacteria.The search turned up a new family of antibiotics that the team named ‘malacidins’. The compounds kill many formidable pathogens, including a microbe resistant to vancomycin, which is considered to be the antibiotic of last resort. When applied to the skin of rats, the new antibiotics sterilized wounds infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterium that can ravage large expanses of tissue.There could be acres of diamonds all around us, microbes with cures for disease, inoculating us against the worst infections if we only knew all that these tiny travelers on dust particles are there for.Microbes and viruses live everywhere, from the ocean floor to the high atmosphere. These invisible realities may do far more for the earth than we realize: they may contribute to its habitability. The ubiquity of organisms also indicates that the earth is the Information Planet. Even the clouds “are perfused with huge amounts of complex specified information: the genetic codes of tens of thousands of organisms.”(Visited 309 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgNissan Motor Company yesterday announced the expansion of its investment in South Africa at an official Investment Ceremony at its Rosslyn production plant in the City of Tshwane.The Automotive group confirmed a R3 billion injection towards the production of a new generation of the Nissan Navara.This latest investment by Nissan ties in to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment drive to boost confidence in the country’s economy, aiming for a R1,4 trillion injection in domestic and international investment over five years. This announcement was made at the inaugural SA Investment Conference held in Johannesburg October 2018 under the theme “Accelerating Economic Growth by Building Partnerships”.                  According to SA News, the automotive industry contributes 6.9 percent to GDP, accounting for 30.1% of manufacturing output and 13,9% of total exports and provides employment to more than 110 000 people.Brand South Africa commends Nissan’s on-going ploy to develop skilled workers and encourage inclusive growth. To date, Nissan has invested R150 million into the training and upskilling of workers, preparing them for the adaptations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The motor company is the second largest Japanese original manufacturer, and has established its presence in South Africa for the last 56 years.          Nissan currently employs 1 832 people at the Rosslyn plant with a production output of 40 000 units annually, which is set to double with the additional production measures for the Nissan Navara. This demonstrates the company’s commitment to deepening the value chain that exists within the sector.At the ceremony, President Ramaphosa also officially unveiled an Automotive Development Incubation Centre.Said President Ramaphosa: “Today we mark and celebrate what I would call an ambitious drive towards the commitments made by the automotive sector.”“It is a matter of great pride for us that many more motorists around the world will be driving vehicles that bear the industry and the craftsmanship of South Africa. The automotive sector is an essential part of the industrialisation of our economy and is a reliable partner but also a dependable ally as demonstrated in this investment.”Addition reporting: SA News; BloombergImages: Siyabulela Duda, GCISlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andy Rodefer, Preble Co.We have made some progress, but it has still been pretty challenging in this area. We started planting on May 2 and planted until May 4. Then we ended up getting about 1.5 inches of rain on May 4 and it pounded stuff into the ground — something we definitely we did not need. We were out last week until Friday and we were able to plant beans. Then we planted corn on Saturday and Sunday. We got another .7 last night.Most people have gotten started around here but there are still some farmers around here who haven’t started planting yet. If you go north two miles and south 10 miles they have been missing the rains. We have been getting hit here pretty steady and field conditions have really not been ideal for planting, but the corn that we planted first is all up and it does look pretty good.On a normal year I would have been reluctant to plant in the conditions we have had, but we decided that we needed to run. Three or four weeks ago I had a neighbor plant into well drained fields and his corn only popped up a couple of days before our first corn. Those warmer soil temperatures have really helped.We are just over 50% done with corn. We may be 30% or 35% done with soybeans. The area is maybe at 40% or 50% done on corn and there are very few soybean acres planted around here.They are calling for an 80% chance of rain today and it looks like we may be right back where we were before with more chances for rain later in the week. We are anxious to get going again but it looks like this week could be another slow one for us. It has been frustrating.For the rest of the week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I look forward to them every year — the stories from visits to Ohio Century Farms.In my estimation, taking a couple of hours to step back in time to the earliest days of Ohio agriculture is time vastly better spent compared to watching any reality television, soap opera or televised sporting event that can be conjured up. And, the stories are real — not a statement that applies to reality television.Seriously, there could be some really good “based upon actual events” movies made from Century Farm stories that were instrumental in shaping the state’s top economic driver today. The stories of these seldom-noticed gems of Ohio history are sitting right under our noses and are vastly more entertaining, informative and incredible than the most dynamic sporting matchup or even a hotly debated interview with a man who decided he wanted to be a lady.The Ohio Century Farm program started in 1993 as a joint effort between the Ohio History Connection, Ohio’s Country Journal and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. As you read the stories, take a few moments to put into perspective what these people actually did to make a new life on an Ohio farm. It is truly amazing to think about leaving everything you have known behind to hop on a ship and carve out a life for yourself and your descendants amid the some harshest conditions imaginable. They left what they knew for a chance of success in the unknown. Put yourself in their well-traveled shoes. Would you do it? Could you do it?My guess is that most people in our modern society would have a pretty tough time matching the determination, grit and work ethic of the founders of these farms who — let’s face it — had to be half crazy to do what they did. What drove them to seek out such hardship and sacrifice? What gave them the strength to carry on?Without fail, every Century Farm has a story that offers a perspective that seems to be increasingly rare in today’s society. The Blausey family farm started out in the middle of a terrible swamp that few others were determined enough to inhabit. The Good-Woodruff Farm has its roots in an incredible love story that spanned an ocean and defied the conventions of the day.These stories are fascinating to hear in person and I hope their value and the perspective they offer comes through the pages of this publication. Hopefully you get the chance to let these stories take you to a time and place that offers stark contrasts to our modern lives.Think about how our forefathers lived. Even once they settled on the farms after daunting journeys to get there, there was drama in simply surviving from one day to the next through most of their lives. Food didn’t come from a take out window or a store — it came from the garden and the barn and the cellar. They didn’t need to seek entertainment via the remote control or a trip to the movie theater. They lived real life movies against the elements every day. They faced head on the struggles of life and death, love and loss, heat and cold, and rain and shine that we have been working hard to insulate ourselves from ever since. They toiled endlessly because their very survival depended upon it.After hearing the arduous tales of Century Farms, it never fails to make me appreciate all that we have today a little bit more. We are incredibly fortunate that our ancestors worked so hard to create better lives for their children. Now we get to enjoy the fruits of their labor and hopefully we can heed the lessons they teach us that are more valuable than anything that can be learned on reality TV.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Program has launched “Women in Ag,” an online survey that aims to gauge the goals, aspirations, achievements and needs of women in American agriculture in a variety of areas.All women who are farmers, ranchers, farm/ranch employees, employed in agricultural businesses, pursuing ag-related higher education or supportive of agriculture in other ways are invited to participate in the survey at fb.org/women. Respondents must reside in the United States. Farm Bureau membership is not required to participate.“This comprehensive survey asks women in-depth questions about how they are connected to agriculture and what leadership skills they think are most important today, as well as the top business challenges they’re facing,” said Sherry Saylor, an Arizona farmer and chair of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. “We are seeking input from all women involved in agriculture — not just Farm Bureau members — for this survey,” Saylor said.Data collected from respondents will be used to gauge trends related to the achievements of women in agriculture, including leadership positions, business successes and election to public office. Results from the survey are slated for release in the fall and will add to findings gleaned from a similar survey conducted in 2014.The AFB Women’s Leadership Committee is sponsoring the survey and is working with other farm and agriculture organizations to encourage participation. Participants will be entered to receive one of five $100 gift cards after the survey closes on June 21.last_img read more

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It’s really nice to get to see a different culture and try new things here. And we’re really growing not only as players but also as individuals.”Valdez, who suited up for 3BB Nakornnont in the Women’s Volleyball Thailand League earlier this year, practiced with her new team on Thursday.The Filipino volleyball star will also be playing with a familiar face in Thuy as they competed against each other in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nambatac takes on a bigger challenge, applies for PBA Draft Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Attackline Volleyball Team 💕 pic.twitter.com/v14ZlZKfDk— Alyssa Valdez (@AlyssaValdez2) October 6, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary PHOTO from Team Alyssa V’s Facebook account.Alyssa Valdez was officially introduced as the newest member of Chinese Taipei volleyball club Attack Line on Friday along with Vietnamese star Tran Thi Thanh Thuy.Valdez, who is playing for second club team outside of the Philippines, will suit up for Attack Line in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball League from October to December.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next “I’m really thankful to be here for this opportunity and I’m really excited playing with them and learning a lot of things from them,” said Valdez during the presser on Friday as posted on her Facebook account. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte in action during Copa del Rey, 16 round, against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. 23-year-old Athletic Bilbao says defender Frenchman Aymeric Laporte is reported Monday Jan. 29, 2018, to have paid his buyout clause, looks set to leave the club, opening the way for a transfer to Manchester City. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, FILE)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City signed France under-21 international Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record fee of 65 million euros ($80 million) on Tuesday, taking its spending on center backs since 2014 to about $250 million.The 23-year-old Laporte came close to joining City in 2016 — when Pep Guardiola took charge of the current Premier League leaders — but backed out of the move after feeling the Frenchman wasn’t quite ready.ADVERTISEMENT Vincent Kompany, the club’s other center back, has been at City since 2008 and is the captain. But the Belgium international might be surplus to requirements from next season, especially considering his injury record.City also spent about 120 million pounds (then $155 million) on three fullbacks — Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo — in the last transfer window.“Last summer we had a problem, with six or seven players out of contract and over 30 years old, so we needed to make a change,” Guardiola said. “We decided to sign four or five different players and at this stage, Manchester City, when you want to compete at the highest level, you need to spend.“One day, maybe this club will spend 130-200 million pounds on one player. So far, we haven’t had to do that.”Laporte made his debut in 2012 for Bilbao under Marcelo Bielsa — a coach revered by Guardiola — and quickly became one of the Spanish league’s most promising players. He said he likes to bring the ball out from the back, giving him the pedigree that suits Guardiola’s vision and making him a likely rival for Stones to play alongside Otamendi.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Foes first, friends after “Defenders do this more than ever before,” Laporte said in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine. “I spend as much time in training and matches working on starting attacks as I do stopping them.“I’m usually quite calm in possession, so this helps initiate quicker, more fluid attacks from the back. I also like playing long, cross-field passes to change the position of an attack and give us another option. Variety is important.”Barcelona has previously been linked with Laporte, who has similar qualities to Gerard Pique.The size of the fee reflects the shortage of top-quality, left-footed center backs around at the moment — and comes two weeks after City turned down the chance to sign Alexis Sanchez partly because of the Chile forward’s financial demands.Laporte has signed a contract until 2023 and becomes City’s most expensive player, with the fee exceeding the reported 55 million pounds spent on Kevin De Bruyne in August 2015.City has four of the five costliest defenders in Premier League history — Laporte, Stones, Walker, and Mendy.Laporte, who hasn’t played for France’s senior team, will be available for the knockout stage of the Champions League.“All I know,” he said in an Instagram message to Athletic’s fans on Monday, “is that I will never forget the place where I’ve become a better player and a better person. That’s why this is not a ‘goodbye,’ only a ‘see you soon.’” LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Eighteen months later, City clinched the signing of the left-footed, ball-playing defender after meeting his buy-out clause, strengthening the team’s options in what has been a problem position for Guardiola and previous managers.“He’s strong in the air, good quality with the pass. He is experienced, fast and he has the skills we need,” Guardiola said. “He is the perfect age, 23 years old, so hopefully he will have a long career here at Manchester City.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLaporte is the second most expensive defender in soccer history, with only Virgil van Dijk — who joined Liverpool from Southampton for 75 million pounds ($100 million) at the start of January — costing more.Since City won its most recent Premier League title in 2014, Eliaquim Mangala has arrived from FC Porto for a reported 42 million pounds and Nicolas Otamendi joined from Valencia for 32 million pounds in 2015. Another center back, John Stones, cost an initial 47.5 million pounds in 2016. 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first_imgThe high performance weekend held at the new State Athletics Stadium saw an opportunity for Coaches, Players and Referees to join forces to further develop Touch Football at an Elite Level.There were a number of gentlemen that made the trip west to help and educate those members of the touch community that were able to attend. The specials guests included National High Performance Manager Wayne Grant, Australian 18 Girls Coach Peter Bell and newly retired Australian Captain Garry Sonda.For the coaches it gave them the opportunity to begin to upgrade from a level 1 to level 2 and then learn the new plans and practices that Australian teams are now using. The course was hands on and gave them an opportunity to see the men coaching in real life, and the techniques that are now being employed.For the players and referees on Saturday they were lucky enough to have fitness trainer Jeff Carter from Body Tech in attendance to give them a “warm up” into a real fitness session, and the fitness level they should be at before going on tour. And on Sunday the 15’s and 18’s along with a number of open representatives were able to participate in games and be coached by some of the best.WA Sport Program Coordinator Karon Boston:“We hope this event can become a permanent fixture on the Touch Football Calendar. The weekend was extremely worthwhile and thanks go to all those members of the touch community who were able to attend. Thanks also to those presenters and guests who attended”.TouchWest must thank a nuber of people for their attendance and participation they include: TFA Chairman Mike Rush, CEO Colm Maguire, Wayne Grant, Peter Bell, Garry Sonda, Henry Dos Santos, Freda Black and Jeff Carter. TouchWest would also like to make special mention to Karon Boston for her weeks of work to make this weekend possible.Related Filesmedia_release_hp_weekend-pdflast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard delivers new Kante updateby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante could be back for their Champions League tie with Lille.Kante missed victory over Brighton yesterday with a hamstring strain.Lampard said, “I spoke to N’Golo about it and I didn’t want to take the risk. “He’s so important for us but it’s been difficult for him to get going because of the break-up of his pre-season, with his injury carried over from last season. It wasn’t right to risk it today but he could have a chance for Lille.” last_img read more