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Canola Bounces Back

first_imgIn the year-to-year gamble with their crops, farmers win some and lose some. But theyalways learn something.”I’d say this was a terrible year for growing canola,” said John Woodruff, anagronomist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “But we’ve gotten a lot of newinformation about how the crop reacts under certain weather conditions in Georgia.”Woodruff, farmers and other UGA specialists and researchers teamed up to learn aboutgrowing canola. After more than five years of research, Georgia farmers have planted thecrop commercially for about six years.Farmers grow canola for its valuable seeds, which are crushed for their oil. Pricesthis year have topped $6 per bushel, and Woodruff expects prices to rise slightly into1997.Light in color and flavor, canola oil is very low in saturated fats and ischolesterol-free. Many people now prefer it for cooking.Canola meal, left after the seeds are crushed for oil, provides an excellent proteinsource for livestock.”People around the world are virtually standing in lineto buy this crop,” Woodruff said. “We’re working to help Georgia farmers fill that market.”Woodruff figures Georgia farmers could plant up to 200,000 acres to canola. Evenfiguring conservatively, that could mean nearly $50 million to the state economy everyyear.This year, though, that figure will be much less.Unusually cold weather in December, February and March damaged canola across the state.The crop was particularly hard-hit between Statesboro and Augusta.Woodruff said many farmers lost their crops in a hard December freeze, and many whosefields survived then thought their crop was gone after early March brought another deepfreeze.”In most of the damaged fields, we estimated losses at20 percent to 60 percent,” he said. “But we saw some fields with damage or lossof 90 percent or more.”Some farmers decided to harrow up their fields and plant another high-value crop. Corn,small grains and cotton were all bringing high prices, and many farmers chose to plantthem.But since canola is fairly new to the Southeast, farmers and researchers weren’t sure how or if it couldrecover from such damage. As it turns out, much of the canola wasn’t killed. It just froze down to the ground. Certain varieties storefood in the plant’s roots and use it to recover from severe damage, Woodruff said.A”We’re seeing plants now that produced axillary stems at the base of theplant,” he said. “Those stems then grew, flowered and are now producingharvestable seeds.”The plants recovered well enough to produce 20 to 35 bushels per acre (40 percent to 80percent of a normal yield). The unusually cool March and April, Woodruff said, helped theplants rebound.”This year taught us a lot about canola,” Woodruff said. “The more we learn, the morewe have to base sound management and financial decisions on in the future.”In the year-to-year gamble with their crops, farmers win some and lose some. But theyalways learn something.”I’d say this was a terrible year for growing canola,” said John Woodruff, anagronomist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “But we’ve gotten a lot of newinformation about how the crop reacts under certain weather conditions in Georgia.”Woodruff, farmers and other UGA specialists and researchers teamed up to learn aboutgrowing canola. After more than five years of research, Georgia farmers have planted thecrop commercially for about six years.Farmers grow canola for its valuable seeds, which are crushed for their oil. Pricesthis year have topped $6 per bushel, and Woodruff expects prices to rise slightly into1997.Light in color and flavor, canola oil is very low in saturated fats and ischolesterol-free. Many people now prefer it for cooking.Canola meal, left after the seeds are crushed for oil, provides an excellent proteinsource for livestock.”People around the world are virtually standing in lineto buy this crop,” Woodruff said. “We’re working to help Georgia farmers fill that market.”Woodruff figures Georgia farmers could plant up to 200,000 acres to canola. Evenfiguring conservatively, that could mean nearly $50 million to the state economy everyyear.This year, though, that figure will be much less.Unusually cold weather in December, February and March damaged canola across the state.The crop was particularly hard-hit between Statesboro and Augusta.Woodruff said many farmers lost their crops in a hard December freeze, and many whosefields survived then thought their crop was gone after early March brought another deepfreeze.”In most of the damaged fields, we estimated losses at20 percent to 60 percent,” he said. “But we saw some fields with damage or lossof 90 percent or more.”Some farmers decided to harrow up their fields and plant another high-value crop. Corn,small grains and cotton were all bringing high prices, and many farmers chose to plantthem.But since canola is fairly new to the Southeast, farmers and researchers weren’t sure how or if it couldrecover from such damage. As it turns out, much of the canola wasn’t killed. It just froze down to the ground. Certain varieties storefood in the plant’s roots and use it to recover from severe damage, Woodruff said.A”We’re seeing plants now that produced axillary stems at the base of theplant,” he said. “Those stems then grew, flowered and are now producingharvestable seeds.”The plants recovered well enough to produce 20 to 35 bushels per acre (40 percent to 80percent of a normal yield). The unusually cool March and April, Woodruff said, helped theplants rebound.”This year taught us a lot about canola,” Woodruff said. “The more we learn, the morewe have to base sound management and financial decisions on in the future.”last_img read more


Energy ministry’s budget cut by a third to Rp 6.2 trillion

first_imgIndonesia has so far budgeted Rp 695.2 trillion to tackle the COVID-19 epidemic, which has claimed 2,573 lives as of Wednesday, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia, official data shows.Read also: Indonesia increases COVID-19 budget again amid soaring deficitHowever, the cuts carry repercussions for the programs’ intended recipients, many of whom include Indonesia’s poor, said House of Representatives members and industry groups.The House pressured the ministry into diverting more funds to execute solar-powered street lighting (PJUTS), water well drilling, fishermen and farmer fuel-converter distribution programs, all of which were to be slashed by a greater degree before the hearings. The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is cutting back on program funding after its annual budget was slashed by more than a third to Rp 6.2 trillion from Rp 9.7 trillion as the government diverts funds for COVID-19 containment. The largest cut is slated for oil and gas programs at 52 percent, lower than initially planned. This is followed by renewable energy programs (45 percent), geology programs (36 percent) and internal programs (15 percent). Some of the programs will be continued next year, according to ministry data released on Thursday.“[The budget cuts] support the financial needs to tackle COVID-19 and help the economy recover,” said Energy Minister Arifin Tasrif on June 23, which was the first of a three-day hearing with lawmakers in Jakarta. Oil and gas programsMinistry data from Thursday’s hearing shows that planned cuts in oil and gas programs are led by a 37 percent cut to farmers’ gas-to-fuel converter program and a 52 percent cut for the household gas pipe program.Such kits convert subsidized cooking gas (LPG) into a fuel for gas-fired engines, whether a fisherman’s boat engine or a farmer’s water irrigation pump. Using the gas reportedly cuts fuel expenses by around 30 percent.“Convertors are important in that it deals with fuel,” Indonesian Fishermen’s Association (HNSI) secretary-general, Anton Leonard, told The Jakarta Post. “If possible, do not make a cut now when fishermen are struggling to fish.”He added that fuel costs contributed between 40 and 50 percent of a ship’s total operational costs, depending on vehicle size.The gas pipe program, meanwhile, was slated to distribute gas pipe connectors to 266,000 households, mostly for towns in Sumatra and Java. Such piped gas is cheaper per unit volume than LPG canisters.“Fishermen’s convertor kits are meant to provide a boost for their economic growth. Household gas pipes as well, many poor people live in cities,” said Golkar Party lawmaker and former governor Alex Noerdin.Indonesia’s largest gas distributor, Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) , was not available for comment.Renewables programGreen technology budget cuts were led by those in solar panel-related programs, such as solar-powered street lights and solar rooftop installations for public buildings, including government offices and houses of worship.Government funding is a lifeline for the nascent domestic solar PV industry, which receives 70 percent of its business through state programs, an Indonesian Solar Panel Producers Association (APAMSI) previously told the Post.“That automatically means that a shift in spending will add to the burden on solar producers,” said APAMSI chairman Nick Nurrachman.Read also: Demand for photovoltaic panels plummets in Indonesia amid pandemicHowever, ministry data also shows that Rp 109 million was allocated to complete several unfinished renewable energy programs from last year. Programs include installing a mini hydropower plant (PLTMH) in Oksibil, Papua, and 13 biogas digesters, which process organic waste, such as human feces into cooking gas, in neighborhoods around the country.Internal programsThe ministry plans to cut 15 percent from its budget for internal programs, which is the most modest cut among the four categories.“We recommend diverting work trips and meeting package funds for infrastructure programs and imposing efficiency measures for work trips and meetings,” said ministry secretary-general Ego Syahrial during Wednesday’s hearing.His side will not cut salaries and operational costs such as utilities and office supplies.Geological programsBudget cuts to the ministry’s geology body were led by a 48 percent cut for volcanic observatories and a 37 percent cut for well drilling in remote communities.Former head of the Geology Agency, Rudi Suhendar, who retired a month ago, told the Post that the agency had completed the program bids before COVID-19 struck.“Aside from Jakarta, we were going to drill wells in almost every province,” he said. Lawmaker Ridwan Hisjam, also a Golkar politician, said the well drilling was particularly needed to support the Public Works and Housing Ministry, which was building water infrastructure as per the recently passed 2019 Water Law.“This program has to keep on going. Do not change them; programs that are pro-people, that are in the people’s interest,” he said.Topics :last_img read more


Houssem Aouar makes major decision on his future after Lyon confirm Arsenal talks

first_imgArsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar is determined to leave Lyon (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Houssem Aouar, with the midfielder reportedly adamant he wants to leave Lyon this summer. Aouar played a starring role as Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals last season and the 22-year-old’s outstanding performances have made him a target for several top European clubs.Manchester City, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are all admirers of Aouar but are yet to open discussions over a possible deal. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 10 Sep 2020 3:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Houssem Aouar makes major decision on his future after Lyon confirm Arsenal talks Comment The midfielder played a starring role as Lyon reached the Champions League semi-finals (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand picked Aouar out as a possible threat to Bayern Munich’s hopes and likened the midfielder to Samir Nasri after his sublime showing in Lyon’s quarter-final victory over Manchester City. ‘He provides the creativity in this team,’ the ex-Manchester United and England defender said on BT Sport.‘A kid so young but he’s relied upon so much. That shows the belief they’ve got in him and the belief he has in himself. ‘You see his imagination and the pictures he creates and sees on the pitch, the vision and the tactical awareness. The confidence is what exudes out of this boy.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He’s a fabulous player to watch. He drives past people and then it’s about decision-making and the timing of the pass. He has it all. ‘He reminds me of Samir Nasri at times. He’s someone who can be a top player at one of the top clubs in Europe.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new three-year contract with ArsenalMORE: Arsenal reject PSG bid for Hector Bellerin as Ligue 1 champions close in on deal for new right-back Lyon chief Juninho claims Arteta ‘really appreciates’ Aouar (Picture: Getty)According to L’Equipe, Aouar has decided he’s keen for a fresh challenge and is determined to find a new club before the transfer deadline. It’s claimed Lyon are resigned to the fact they may end up selling their prized possession this summer. However, the Ligue 1 outfit realise they are in a strong position, with Aouar tied into a contract until 2023, and are demanding a fee of €60 million (£55m) from interested sides. Advertisement Advertisement Lyon confirmed that Arsenal had held talks for the Frenchman (Picture: Getty)However, Lyon sporting director Juninho confirmed last week that Arsenal had been in contact, with the Frenchman ‘really appreciated’ by Mikel Arteta.ADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners offered Matteo Guendouzi to Lyon in a potential player-plus-cash agreement for Aouar but the proposal was swiftly rejected.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I get on very well with Edu (Arsenal technical director), we spoke on the phone,’ Juninho told RMC Sport.‘Aouar is really appreciated by Mikel Arteta. Guendouzi was discussed during the call. He is a great player, but he is the wrong profile and we are not interested in that at all. We cut the conversation.’last_img read more


‘Walking Tacos’ for Greensburg Bread of Life

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Aspen Place Health Campus will hold a “walking taco” fundraiser for the Greensburg Bread of Life Friday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Deliveries of more than 10 tacos is available. For more information please call812-651-0797.last_img


BracketRacket: ‘You want to skip steps but you can’t.’

first_imgConnecticut head coach Kevin Ollie cuts the netting on the rim after his team defeating Michigan State 60-54 during a regional final at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 30, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Welcome back to BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all your offbeat NCAA tournament needs. In today’s edition, coach Cal keeps going back to the future, Florida beats Dayton (again!) in some kind of parallel universe, UConn wins but loses face, and tourists enjoy a rare moment of consensus in New York. Without further ado:WE DON’T REBUILD AT KENTUCKY, WE … ACTUALLY, WE DO REBUILD. EVERY YEAR.If “The John Calipari Finishing School for NBA Prospects — Sponsored by the University of Kentucky(TM)” sent out a newsletter to high-school recruits, the latest might read something like this.“This year’s class is having a slam-bang time at the NCAA tournament. We’re going to the Final Four — again! — and preparations are already underway for a reunion at this summer’s NBA draft. But enough about this year’s team, since many of them won’t be around by the time you arrive in the fall. Can’t wait to see you in Lexington!”Say what you want about coach Cal, but the man has nerves of steel. Around this time last year, the Wildcats’ season ended with a loss to Robert Morris in the opening round of the NIT and worse, the cupboard was practically bare. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky’s best player went down during the season with a devastating knee injury, and was already rehabbing to go pro.So Calipari simply did what he’s always done: start over.He recruited circles around every other coach in the game, bringing in six McDonald’s All-Americans and trying to coach ’em up fast enough to deliver a happy meal by tournament time. There were chills and spills along the way, but after Kentucky held on to beat Michigan in the Midwest regional final Sunday, Calipari took a brief, but well-deserved bow.“The whole thing about building a team, especially young guys, is it’s a process and you cannot skip steps. You want to skip steps,” he said emphatically, “but you can’t.”You can building a program, though.Take nothing away from Calipari’s in-season work, but it pales in comparison to his abilities as a talent scout. In his four previous seasons at Kentucky, he’s already put 17 players in the NBA, with another handful set to join them this June. He’s the only coach to send three No. 1 overall picks to the pros, the only coach to have five players taken in the first round in the same year (2010), and the only one to squeeze six in since the league cut the draft to two rounds.And he’s showing no signs of slowing down.Plenty of Kentucky fans took a break Saturday between the Wildcats’ wins in the tournament to take in the Indiana High School Class 4A boys basketball state championship game. The kid to watch turned out to be Indianapolis Arsenal Tech’s 6-foot-10 Trey Lyles, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lock up a state title.Lyles is already committed to Kentucky, which if nothing else means coach Cal saved himself some postage.___ART IMITATING LIFE, OR MAYBE JUST THE NCAA TOURNAMENTIt’s a miracle no one thought of it before.OK, you probably did. More than once, too. Maybe you and a few pals even went down to the basement, found a Nerf ball and taped a mini-backboard to the wall. Maybe you even filmed it.But get it on air?These guys did: (via YouTube.com): http://bit.ly/1ogFgmn .They’re part of the WCJB-TV crew at an ABC affiliate in Gainesville, Florida. Barred from showing highlights of Florida’s win over Dayton — non-CBS stations can’t until the day after the game — anchor Zach Aldridge, meteorologist Mike Gismondi and two other guys from the station re-enacted the Gators’ triumph, from the pre-game locker room huddle to the postgame celebration.“I can’t air any of it without breaking the law and every other rule and regulation known to TV,” Aldridge says in the run-up to the clip. “But I want to show you the next-best thing.”You might be selling yourself short, Zach. It was actually more entertaining than the real thing.___THANKS, I NEEDED THATIn what’s threatening to become a postgame tradition, UConn’s coach and players have begun exchanging celebratory slaps. Not the usual high- or low-five variety, but slaps upside the head.Coach Kevin Ollie started it after UConn’s upset win over Iowa State, finishing up an interview on the court and then, as he walked by Terrence Samuel, delivering the chuck here (via YouTube.com): http://bit.ly/1dIQrzp . It was — pardon the expression — a hit with the team.Deciding one good turn deserved another, Ollie gathered his Huskies around him for the postgame interview after upsetting Michigan State on Sunday and wanted confirmation he wasn’t dreaming. Naturally, the task fell to Samuel, who delivered here (via The Big Lead): http://bit.ly/1dIS9kkBracketRacket just made UConn its pick to win it all.Not because the Huskies are the best team still standing, but because we’d like to see how many of them would still be standing by the end.___CELEBRITY ALUMS OF THE DAYInstead of going mano-a-mano, our next two combatants traded blows via the video board at Madison Square Garden.During a second-half timeout in that same UConn-Michigan State game, former Spartan and 2000 national champion Mateen Cleaves turned up on the screen and got a rousing cheer from the green-and-white-clad fans in the crowd of 19,499. A few seconds later, the camera found former Husky and 1999 national champion Richard Hamilton.With much more of the crowd in his corner, Hamilton escalated the battle by raising his arms and imploring the UConn fans to cheer even louder. Then back to Cleaves, who recovered nicely by matching the arm-raising gesture and for good measure, started “popping” the Michigan State shirt he was wearing. Back came Hamilton, popping his shirt and the place went up for grabs.Mindful that the timeout was coming to an end, the board operator finally went to a split screen showing both Cleaves and Hamilton. Judging by the ovation, we’re scoring it a draw.___STAT OF THE DAYSTATS notes that if three of the Final Four teams wind up blanketed by confetti a week from Monday, they won’t need a refresher course to act like they’ve been there before. In fact, five of the past 10 national championships have been won by either Connecticut (2004, 2011), Florida (2006, 2007) or Kentucky (2012). The exception is Wisconsin. The Badgers’ last — and only — title dates back to 1941.___QUOTE OF THE DAY“We got 16 of the most out-of-body turnovers known to mankind, to be honest.” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo explaining the Spartans’ self-inflicted wounds against UConn.___SUNDAY’S RESULTSRegional FinalsMIDWESTAt IndianapolisKentucky 75, Michigan 72EASTAt New York CityUConn 60, Michigan State 54FINAL FOURSaturday, April 5SemifinalsAt Arlington, TexasUConn (30-8) vs. Florida (36-2), 6:09 p.m. EDTKentucky (28-10) vs. Wisconsin (30-7), 8:49 p.m.NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPMonday, April 7Semifinal winners, 9:10 p.m.last_img read more


At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEAL President, CEO Champion Enterprises• BULLETIN . . . BULLETIN . . . BULLETIN . . . “Former” L.A. Clippers owner found to be mentally incapacitated!  Well that should explain everything.  What?  Hold on.  Slow it down . . . yes, he’s still a racist.  Now that explains everything!• While you’re pretending to be amazed at the Clippers being sold for two (2) billion dollars, just ask yourself how many poor children could be fed.  How many disaster victims could be helped.  Good high school students assisted into college.  How many senior citizens aided.  How many homeless people clothed, fed, and put in decent housing.  And this is the short list.  There’s still a serious disconnection in this country!!!• It’s coming like I told you it would.  Slower than I thought, but coming none the less.  The Heat vs. Spurs rematch.  It’s been a year in coming and yes boys and girls, there is a score to settle.  Let’s get ready to rrruuummmbbbllleee.• Have you noticed, as I have, that when you see President Obama speak, you only see the President, not a Black President!• The thing that continues to amaze me is that it’s taken this long for the government to do the right thing for our vets.  Why is it not in the top five most important things to do auto-matic-ally??• I know you’ve been waiting for the update, so here we go.  The next First Friday Fantasy is coming at ya Friday, June 6th, at Brewstone Sports Bar and Restaurant on William Penn Highway in Monroeville, from 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., $10 at the door, 1/2 price for women 8:00 – 9:00 p.m..  BYOB – cash kitchen – free parking – and D.J. legend Sly Jock.  Call (412) 628-4856 for information.< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more


Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Babe Ruth

first_imgNelson broke open a close game with six runs in the final innings.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the accomplishment with Team of the Week honours.The Nelson Babe Ruth squad includes coach Roger May, Jayden Maida, Marco Falcone, Jared Martin, Chase May, Jordan McLeod, assistant coach Dylan Jacobs, Andrew Felcone, Benoit Thibault, Vinnie Watson, Garnet Duplessie, Sebastian Bodine and Justin Lasichuk. Nelson Minor Baseball historians say the last time a Heritage City squad won the West Kootenay Babe Ruth Championships the current members of the team were not even born.A group of Nelson players put that streak to rest by stopping Trail Athletics 11-5 Thursday at the Queen Elizabeth Park.last_img


Big Science in Crisis of Trust

first_img(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A flurry of recent articles underscore the absolute necessity for integrity in science.America is having a crisis of faith in science, worries Science Magazine in its May 1, 2015 issue. Todd L. Pitensky of Stony Brook University offers six suggestions to restore confidence, including transparency, humility, righteous indignation at misconduct, and other character qualities.Numerous psychological experiments published in journals fail reproducibility tests, says Nature. Only 39% of results could be reproduced.The American Psychological Association is being hit with charges about collusion with the CIA on “torture” of Gitmo prisoners, says Science Magazine, which takes a left-leaning position on this controversial issue.A fierce debate is going on right now about the ethics of editing human embryos, reports Nature. NIH director Francis Collins reiterated America’s ban on the practice, Nature says—at least for now, as western societies fret over the ramifications of China’s frontier experiments on genetic manipulation of embryos.Science Magazine reports that a House panel is holding hearings about “politically driven science.” The AAAS, as expected, justifies all science and is finger-pointing at flaws in the investigation, but are they not an interested party as recipients of major funding?The bar graph, that very common way of displaying data, is being criticized as potentially misleading, reports Nature (see Statistics in the Baloney Detector). For continuous data, it gives a false impression of discrete values. But P-values (widely-used measures of statistical significance) have also come under fire lately. They are just the “tip of the iceberg,” Nature says, of “shoddy statistics” in scientific papers.Rachel Bernstein of Science Insider announces, “PLOS ONE ousts reviewer, editor after sexist peer-review storm.” How about double-blind peer review? Would that help? Nature says that actually poses a double risk.Electronic media have created another ethical quandary: transparency vs harassment. Michael Halpern and Michael Mann (yes, the NASA climate change guy) at Science Magazine worry over the issues involved, such as disclosure, privacy, reputations getting threatened, chilling of free speech, and other bad behavior.Japan is still struggling to recoup its reputation after the STAP stem cell debacle, Nature reports.But why worry? It’s all just evolution, a paper in Current Biology says. Even “social amoebas” (yes, the microbes) have cheaters and cooperators. Two authors claim that “slimy cheats pay a price,” but maybe cooperation is in the eye of the beholder. Like the moral equivalence some relativists claim, “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”Look, why don’t scientists just adopt the Ten Commandments? (see Prager University course). Then all would be well. Nobody would knowingly give false witness. Nobody would curse. Nobody would covet someone else’s data. If they all took Jesus’s summation of the law (to love God and love thy neighbor), every scientist would be eager for truth to prevail, regardless of who gets the credit. It would be a scientific utopia.Instead, you have this crisis of trust. Scientists have God-given consciences which they deny, but they wring their hands over all these ethical questions, knowing deep inside that truth and integrity matter. On they one hand, they claim that social cooperation is an evolutionary artifact (therefore subjective), but then they go running to Judeo-Christian theological presuppositions for implicit moral support (i.e., we must punish research misconduct, we must stop plagiarism, we must do better than “shoddy statistics” and such).Let’s laugh at Nature and Science. Force them to use their own presuppositions. “You’re evolutionists, aren’t you?” (Well, but of course.) Then cheating is an evolutionary game. It’s not wrong. We’re just like social amoebas. In fact, if I get enough cheaters to join me, we’ll become the norm and you guys will be the cheaters.” (But that’s not right!) “Oh, so you believe in objective morality? Let’s see you evolve that without God!” (You must be one of those stupid, ignorant, lying creationist dodo heads.) “Is it wrong to be one of those?” (Yes!) “Is it evil?” (Yes, it’s not right!) “OK, so you believe in objective morality? Let’s see you evolve that without God.” (Aaargh!)last_img read more


72 days that shaped South Africa (7)

first_imgJust how “miraculous” was South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy? How close did the country really come to civil war?Check out our press clipping snapshots of the 72 days leading up to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as SA’s first democratically elected President – and see how heavily the odds were stacked against “the rainbow nation”.11 APRIL 1994Crunch week for KwaZuluKwaZulu could face an intensified security crackdown if last-gasp talks this week fail to produce a breakthrough in the electoral impasse.There are widespread fears that violence in KwaZulu/Natal might soar if the special working group – set up to provide the summit sequel with fresh initiatives – fails.Yesterday there was deep pessimism in both Governmental and ANC circles over prospects for a breakthrough.The Star, Monday 11 April 199412 APRIL 1994Foreign mediators arriveInternational mediators fly into SA today for the start of mediation tomorrow between the ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party and government at a corporate retreat in the Eastern Transvaal.Business Day, Tuesday 12 April 1994Day of confusion for JSE dealersA confused picture emerged on the JSE yesterday as shares were buffeted by a tumbling finrand, a declining gold price and buying and selling by both foreign and local investors.“It was a scary market with our currencies falling so sharply and people worried about how long the finrand slump will last”, a dealer said.Business Day, Tuesday 12 April 199413 APRIL 1994Five guilty of race killingsFive members of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging were yesterday found guilty in the Rand Supreme Court of the “cold-blooded murder” of four blacks at an illegal roadblock in December last year.Their conviction followed racist attacks on blacks at a bogus roadblock on the Ventersdorp-Krugersdorp road on December 12.Sowetan, Wednesday 13 April 1994It’s no toss-up between FW, MandelaIf you thought tossing a coin was the simplest way of settling a dispute, you underestimate the infinite capacity of politicians to complicate even that.SABC officials organising tomorrow night’s long-awaited live televised debate between President de Klerk and ANC president Nelson Mandela suggested that a coin should be spun to decide which man should speak first.Oh no, said the ANC. No ways, said the Nats. Neither was prepared to trust their opponents with the toss – or themselves with the call.Eventually it was settled. A neutral party will spin a R1 coin. If it lands on the Springbok, De Klerk will kick off. If it lands on the coat of arms, the honour will be Mandela’s. The coin toss will be shown on Six on One tonight.The Star, Wednesday 13 April 199414 APRIL 1994Kissinger’s team threatens to quit talksInternational mediation was almost scuppered before it got off the ground yesterday when the mediators threatened to pack their bags and leave if the ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party and government failed to agree on their terms of reference.The seven-man team of mediators was stranded at their Johannesburg hotel while the three parties haggled over their terms of reference, which had been settled on Sunday but amended when government joined the mediation process.The mediation had been due to start at an eastern Transvaal retreat yesterday.Business Day, Thursday 14 April 1994MK man’s ‘we’ll go to war’ warningFormer ANC guerrillas were ready to go to war against the Inkatha Freedom Party as part of a new South African army if violence persisted after this month’s elections, a guerrilla officer said yesterday.The Citizen, Thursday 14 April 199415 APRIL 1994Gloom as talks collapseInternational mediation to break the constitutional deadlock between the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party has failed.Addressing a press conference in Johannesburg yesterday, the seven sombre-looking mediators said they were on their way home after parties failed to agree on terms of reference for the mediation.Sowetan, Friday 15 April 1994TV battle ends in harmonyNearly an hour of bruising exchanges between South Africa’s incumbent president and his likely successor gave way to passionate pledges of co-operation in last night’s television debate between FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.In a debate initially dominated by angry sparring on well-worn issues such as complicity in violence, economic policy and responsibility for South Africa’s myriad problems, the two leaders later checked mutual hostility and called for reconciliation in order to secure a stable transition.The television contest appeared on balance to be fairly evenly matched.The Star, Friday 15 April 199416 APRIL 1994IFP plans new marchesThe prospect of renewed violence in central Johannesburg next week loomed large yesterday when the Inkatha Freedom Party’s Youth Brigade announced plans to impose a week-long stayaway in protest against the election and over the shootings that took place in the Library Gardens and Shell House during the movement’s previous CBD demonstrations.Weekend Star, Saturday 16 April 199417 APRIL 1994Rough ride to big dayWith only nine days to go before South Africa’s first all-race elections, there are fears that the security forces may not have the manpower to prevent violence and intimidation seriously affecting voter turnout in some parts of the country.Sources close to the Independent Electoral Commission – whose job is to oversee the elections – claim the police have told the IEC they do not have enough members to be deployed at over 900 polling stations and the South African Defence Force has been stretched to the limit.Adding to the IEC’s dilemma are reports that since the call-up of white reservists was made a few weeks ago, not many of them have reported for duty.City Press, Sunday 17 April 1994FW vows to crack down on marchersPresident FW de Klerk vowed yesterday to prevent a planned Inkatha Freedom Party march in Johannesburg tomorrow from again crippling the country’s financial heartland.He told a political rally at Nasrec, near Johannesburg, that the government was taking steps to avoid a repetition of the bloodshed of a fortnight ago that left 13 people dead.Sunday Times, Sunday 17 April 1994Ghana tour? Now it’s Zim!SA Football Association (Safa) chief Solomon “Sticks” Morewa performed a rescue act yesterday by getting the Zimbabwe Football Association to agree to send their team as a replacement for Ghana.Ghana, who were due to arrive in South Africa tonight to play two matches, starting on Wednesday, cancelled the tour on Friday afternoon.City Press, Sunday 17 April 1994The story continued …1 – 6 March 19947 – 13 March 199414 – 20 March 199421 – 27 March 199428 March – 3 April 19944 – 10 April 199411 – 17 April 199418 – 24 April 199425 April – 1 May 19942 – 8 May 19949 – 11 May 1994Research, photos: Ndaba DlaminiWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Bolick shrugs off fatigue to deliver in clutch for San Beda

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Luckily, his screams were enough to give not only himself but his San Beda teammates the needed lift as the Red Lions scored the 94-87 Game 1 victory over Lyceum on Friday.Bolick seemed to have went on auto-pilot in the final minute and a half as he scored nine of San Beda’s last 11 points, enough to allow the Red Lions to prove that they could topple the erstwhile-undefeated top seed.FEATURED 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“I just had to find motivation to play. That’s how I am. Whenever I shoot, I shout because I want to feel the crowd,” said the 6-foot-1 guard, who finished the game with 24 points, four rebounds, and two assists.It took San Beda three tries to beat Lyceum and Bolick drew motivation from those first two meetings heading into their finals duel. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick PLAY LIST 01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:37Protesters 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 ONE: Team Lakay bets Pacio, Iniong score KOs MOST READ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFacing what he regards as the toughest team he has ever faced in his career in the NCAA Season 93 Finals, Robert Bolick could only do one thing to bring out the best in him: scream.“I’m already tired. All I could do is shout because I was trying to find a motivation. I know we can’t let this game go,” he said on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I let the team down in our games against Lyceum. I had a lot of miscues, free throws missed, and a lot of turnovers. So I just told myself I have to find ways to stay motivated. Even though I was already tired, I was just shouting and I gave everything I had for the team,” he said.The Red Lions are now a win away from a successful title defense and Bolick knows that the job still isn’t over, expecting a tougher fight from Lyceum once Game 2 rolls on next Thursday.“LPU is really a great defensive team. When you turn around, they’re always there. They’re really a tough team and they bring out the best in us. I’m pretty sure that in Game 2, they’ll be better, so we should be more composed. We have to double our effort,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more