first_imgGeorge Groves remained on course for a world title shot by stopping Noe Gonzalez in the fifth round at the O2 Arena.Hammersmith’s unbeaten super-middleweight, 25, showed his promise with a slick performance, landing effectively with his left jab and several stiff rights before ending the contest in brutal fashion.Groves, the Commonwealth champion, floored Gonzalez with a crunching right to the chin and although the Uruguayan got to his feet, he looked groggy and referee Terry O’Connor opted not to let the fight continue.Gonzalez, 34, came to the ring having lost only twice – against former world champions Felix Sturm and Adonis Stevenson – and had won both his previous bouts in the first round.But Groves, whose leaky defence has previously caused some concern, held a tight guard when necessary and deceived his opponent with clever movement before delivering the decisive blow.The victory took his record to 19-0 and he is expected to fight again in September ahead of a possible world title challenge later in the year.See also:Booth rules out Groves-Magee encounterFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe Panthers, … The Panthers and Warriors appear to be on a collision course.The top two teams in the Big 5 are each a perfect 6-0 midway through the league campaign, and scheduled to meet in a crucial three-game series next week.And that’s a series that looks increasingly likely to decide the fate of the league championship.Thus far, the Panthers have taken care of business, sweeping three-game stands with Arcata and Fortuna, while boasting an impressive overall record of 14-3.last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa is to boost its renewable energy production capability. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bheki KhumaloDepartment of Energy spokesperson+27 12 371 8185 or +27 82 773 2388RELATED ARTICLES • New wind farm for SA • Top marks for SA energy policies• A power plant in your home • Wind power on SA’s national gridJanine ErasmusA new agreement signed by the South African government and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) is to prepare the way for a solar park in the North West province.Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters and CCI chair Ira Magaziner signed a Memorandum of Understanding in November 2009 which will initiate a study to determine the best location for this facility, taking into account factors such as land availability, radiation levels, job creation and cost of transmission.The CCI is the arm of the William J Clinton Foundation that investigates and drives solutions to the global problem of climate change. Johannesburg is a partner city in the initiative. The organisation is also working with the Indian and Australian governments on the development of similar solar projects in those countries.This announcement comes just ahead of the much-anticipated Copenhagen Climate Conference, which takes place in the Danish capital between 7 and 18 December 2009.The solar park would essentially be a huge solar energy installation that will tap one of South Africa’s most precious natural resources – its abundant sunshine. At the same time it would boost the country’s use of renewable power and, with more producers competing for business, may also result in reduced rates. This will be welcome news for hard-pressed consumers, who are dreading more electricity tariff hikes on the horizon.By embarking on more solar project South Africa would become a world leader in this field, said Magaziner.Adding extra powerSouth Africa derives most of its electricity from the burning of fossil fuels. Figures available on the website of the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre, a division of the US Department of Energy, reveal that in 2006 the country was the 13th worst carbon emitter on the planet, and the biggest culprit in Africa.In 2006 a staggering 88% of South Africa’s carbon emissions came from coal.Peters and Magaziner have indicated that the proposed park could add an initial 5 000 MW of power to the national grid. If survey and study data are positive, construction will begin around the end of 2010, with the facility coming online in 2012.While South Africa’s weather generally is conducive towards solar energy production, the North West province, with 300 days of sunshine annually, is the most likely location for the solar park.Much of the country receives, on average, over 2 500 hours of sunshine per year, according to the national energy department, with annual solar radiation levels ranging from 4 500 and 6 000 Wh/m2.Renewable energySouth Africa’s government strongly supports the concept of renewable energy and has set a target of 10 000GWh of energy to be produced from renewable energy sources – mainly biomass, wind, solar and hydro-electric on a smaller scale – by 2013.This is laid out in the white paper on renewable energy, which was approved by Cabinet in 2003. Achieving the target will bring considerable relief to the over-burdened national electricity utility Eskom, as well as bring in almost US$40.2-million (R300-million) revenue, and contribute to a cleaner environment because of reduced coal burning and water usage.Once the formalities are over, the solar park is expected to play a major role in reaching that target.Peters described the project as a sign of South Africa’s firm commitment to tackling climate change, adding that to sit back and do nothing about the global phenomenon is dangerous and that the solar park is the first of many initiatives.“Setting targets is important but all countries need to begin to act,” she said.Many opportunitiesThe country’s national energy regulator implemented a feed-in tariff system for wind energy in March 2009, becoming the first African country to do so and beating major developed countries such as the UK and US to the punch. The tariffs are guaranteed for 20 years.This means that both small- and large-scale producers of renewable energy may sell their energy to the power utility at prices above normal market level. Even householders may feed their excess renewable energy into the national grid, and be paid for it. This is aimed at encouraging wider production and use of renewable energy sources.Of the four categories of renewable energy, the other three being wind, small-scale hydro, and landfill gas, the tariff for concentrated solar power is the highest.The solar park would encourage independent power producers to set up shop in an area that is optimised for that particular industry, with infrastructure in place, support facilities available, shared generation licensing, and environmental impact studies already completed.It would create many jobs, said Magaziner, not only during the construction and later operation, but also through opportunities at nearby component manufacturing plants.last_img read more

first_img21 December 2011In 2011 South Africa’s national cricket team, the Proteas, produced some superb performances, but, ultimately, the sum of the team’s parts failed to deliver what they could have.Considering that the side featured the world’s leading test bowler, Dale Steyn, and the man third in the rankings, Morne Morkel, along with the great Jacques Kallis, and other outstanding batsmen in Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, who were one and two in one-day international batting rankings, it should have achieved more.Against both India and Australia, they drew test series after taking the series lead with dominant victories that suggested they had a clear edge on the opposition.World CupAs it was for every major cricket playing nation, 2011 was a big year for South African cricket because of the World Cup, which was hosted by India. It was also an opportunity for the Proteas to undo many past disappointments by claiming the Cup.Unfortunately for South African fans, the World Cup once again ended in bitter disappointment.In the round robin phase, the Proteas were in fine form in Group B, winning five out of six matches to convincingly top the standings.They beat the West Indies by seven wickets, the Netherlands by 231 runs, eventual champions India by three wickets, Ireland by 131 runs, and Bangladesh by 206 runs. A warning was sounded, however, when the Proteas lost to England by six runs when chasing only 172 for victory.As the number one team in Group B, South Africa faced the fourth placed team from Group A in the quarterfinals, which turned out to be New Zealand. The Proteas failed to fire in an ill-tempered match and were well beaten by 49 runs.Spinners’ successSpinners Robin Petersen and Imran Tahir provided some light, however, finishing near the top of the list among wicket takers, with 15 and 14 respectively.Petersen averaged only 15.86 per wicket, while Tahir’s average was an astounding 10.71, the best in the tournament. His strike rate of a wicket every 16.9 balls also led all bowlers. And he was among the best when it came to exuberant wicket taking celebrations.AB de Villiers led the batsmen, despite playing in just five games because of injury, totalling 353 runs at 88.25, with centuries in successive matches against the West Indies and the Netherlands.A number of South Africans did, however, taste success at the World Cup, with India coach Gary Kirsten and his support staff leading the hosts to the title. Later in the year, Kirsten was appointed coach of the Proteas.Innings’ victoryAmong the other highlights of the year were South Africa’s victory by an innings and 25 runs over India at Centurion. In that match, Morne Morkel knocked over 5 for 20 and Dale Steyn captured 3 for 34 as the Indians mustered only 136 in their first innings.Jacques Kallis then scored a maiden test double century, finishing on 201 not out, while Hashim Amla weighed in with 140 and De Villiers with 129, as South Africa declared on a massive 620 for 4.India fought hard to score 459 in their second innings behind Sachin Tendulkar’s 50th test century, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a comprehensive South African victory.AmazingIn November, one of the most amazing test matches ever took place at Newlands. Batting first, the visitors, Australia, posted 284 all out, thanks to a splendid 151 from captain Michael Clarke.South Africa, in reply, were skittled out for just 96 as only the openers, Jacques Rudolph and Graeme Smith, reached double figures. Shane Watson excelled with the ball, taking 5 for 17.The Aussies began their second innings with a seemingly insurmountable lead of 188 runs. Incredibly, though, they were blasted out for only 47, having at one stage been on 21 for 9! Debutant Vernon Philander finished with figures of 5 for 15, while Morne Morkel took 3 for 9, and Steyn 2 for 23.South Africa then made the pitch look relatively easy, chasing down the victory target for the loss of only two wickets to win the match inside three days. Smith struck 101 not out, while Amla contributed 112.ResultsIn other results, a two-test series against Pakistan in late 2010 was drawn 0-0, the Indian series finished 1-1, as did the Australian series.The Proteas edged a five-match one-day international series against Pakistan 3-2, won 3-2 against India, and lost 2-1 to Australia.The Aussies also beat the Proteas 2-1 in a Twenty20 international series. South Africa won 2-0 against Pakistan in the shortest form of the game and lost their only T20 against India.Player of the YearIn 2011, Jacques Kallis, South Africa’s Player of the Year, passed 12 000 runs in tests, placing him fourth on the all-time list, with a higher average than the three men above him. After a two-test series against Australia, he had also claimed 271 test wickets, good for 28th all time, and fourth on the South African list of wicket takers.With 169 catches, he is also sixth on the all-time list among fielders. Clearly, the term “great” is not misplaced in this instance.Dale Steyn achieved a milestone when he went over the 900 point mark – an achievement similar to the four-minute mile in athletics – in the test bowling rankings.He remains far and away the leading test bowler in the world, a massive 87 points ahead of the man in second place on the list, England fast bowler James Anderson.South African Sports Star of the YearHashim Amla proved to be one of the most popular sportsmen in the country and was voted South African Sports Star of the Year in August.In domestic action, the Cape Cobras won the SuperSport Series four-day competition, while the Knights triumphed in the 40-overs-a-side MTN40.The Cobras added another title in the Standard Bank Pro20 Series, while the Warriors finished runners-up in the Champions League T20, a competition featuring the best T20 provincial teams from around the world.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest They are getting worse. Maybe it was the dry fall, but as I was harvesting I saw more pod feeding that I have ever seen before. I don’t think we scout much after about mid-July so we probably missed the increasing levels of these late season insects on soybean. Late season insects I saw were grasshoppers, bean leaf beetle and (more widespread than I have ever seen) the brown marmorated stink bug.Check these pictures of bean leaf beetle pod damage and of the adult brown marmorated stink bug to see if these images remind you of what you saw at or just before harvest. I had them crawling on the combine and on other surfaces around soybean harvestDisease?Variety and hybrid selection matters — choose a variety with excellent protection from disease. Did you see frogeye in soybeans this year or gray leaf spot in corn? Comb through your company seed trail yield data and look through the seed catalogs. And as quickly as it is posted look through any unbiased yield data you can find, including OSU’s corn and soybean performance trials. Watch for the print edition of the trials here in the OCJ later this year or online in the C.O.R.N. newsletter at http://corn.osu.edu.Did Soybean cyst nematode hurt yields this year? Probably, as we have been conducting the soybean surveys across Ohio the past three years, we have found more SCN than you expected. So from Anne Dorrance and Terry Niblack our OSU Plant pathologists we get these suggestions from a recent C.O.R.N. newsletter: http://corn.osu.edu/newsletters/2015/2015-34/sampling-for-soybean-cyst-nematode-2013-it2019s-time.This year’s early harvest provides the perfect opportunity to take a look at the SCN populations in your fields.  We know that the state is now “polluted” with SCN, fortunately most of those fields are at very low levels, which is where they should be kept. However, there are some surprising locations where individual fields are getting or have gotten into trouble with very high populations.SCN is picky about what it feeds and reproduces on, but it does like a few weed hosts and cover crops as well as soybeans. If you have SCN in your fields, it is important to also control winter annuals such as purple deadnettle, but also avoid cover crops such as several of the clovers, cowpea and common and hairy vetch.So it is time to sample! We recommend sampling in the fall because in most cases this is what the population will be in the spring.  With the warmer weather this year and hopefully no frozen ground, there should be ample time to collect and process the samples in plenty of time for spring planting. Processing of samples does cost time and money, so here are a few thoughts on how to sample or how to target your sampling to get the best information for your money. Through funds from the soybean checkoff, we have completed several targeted surveys over the past five years. My group tended to target those fields where yields were stuck or below 30 bushels per acre. Or when we sampled we hit those pockets in the field where the soybeans tended to be shorter or where they matured earlier and always yielded less that the rest of the field. We were able to detect SCN in almost all of these situations, so these are the ones that should have the top priority for sampling.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s rarely easy to get groups with disparate interests to collaborate, but an agreement announced this month between HVAC manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates illustrates that it can happen with potentially significant positive effects.On October 13, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, more than a dozen manufacturers, and seven energy conservation groups announced an agreement that calls for regional HVAC-product efficiency standards and more-stringent building code provisions for new construction.The federal government has been slow to establish a new system of requirements that addresses the energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness of HVAC products in different climates. This agreement pushes the issue to a conclusion, although it still allows state governments to impose stricter standards for equipment installed in new homes “in which there are no physical restrictions to prevent or hinder installation” of the equipment. On its website, the AHRI explains that the agreement establishes product performance requirements for three regions in the U.S.: the north (including Alaska), which has population-weighted heat degree days (HDDs) of 5,000 or more; the south, with HDDs of less than 5,000; and the southwest which includes Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico.A long-term planFactoring in the added cost of more-efficient equipment, the regional standards, which AHRI notes are allowed under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, are expected to save consumers about $13 billion between 2013, when the standards take effect, and 2030. AHRI estimates that the new standards will raise the minimum efficiency of residential central air conditioning systems by about 8% and furnaces by about 13%. By 2030, those standards are expected to have reduced the overall heating energy load by 5% and the cooling energy load by 6%.The energy efficiency advocates that signed the agreement include the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the Alliance to Save Energy, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, the California Energy Commission, and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. The signatories jointly sent the agreement to Congress for possible inclusion in climate legislation (the proposed American Clean Energy and Security Act is still making the rounds on Capitol Hill).A realist’s approachIn terms of its long-range strategic merits, the agreement seems like a good thing for all concerned. As a recent New York Times story on the subject notes, the HVAC manufacturers not only have reached agreement on future product-performance standards and reached better terms than they might if they’d negotiated with the Department of Energy, they also have time to gear up to meet those standards.“Being able to look at the agreements that are being put in place here allows us to put a template in place for the next 10 years, really,” Bob McDonough, president of residential and light commercial systems for Carrier, told the Times.last_img read more