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Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban.“He just stepped in and did his thing,” Hurts said. “He’s built for stuff like this. I’m so happy for him.” The Tide might have a quarterback controversy ahead of them, but first Alabama will celebrate another national title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFor the third straight season, Alabama played in a classic CFP final. The Tide split two with Clemson, losing last season on touchdown with a second left.What was Saban thinking as the winning pass soared? “I could not believe it,” he said. “There’s lots of highs and lows. Last year we lost on the last play of the game and this year we won on the last play of the game. These kids really responded the right way. We said last year, ‘Don’t waste the feeling.’ They sure didn’t, the way they played tonight.”Smith streaked into the end zone and moments later confetti rained and even Saban seemed almost giddy after watching maybe the most improbably victory of his unmatched career.After Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos missed a 36-yard field goal that would have won it for the Tide (13-1) in the final seconds of regulation, Georgia (13-2) took the lead with a 51-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship in overtime.Tagovailoa took a terrible sack on Alabama’s first play of overtime, losing 16 yards. On the next play he found Smith, another freshman, and hit him in stride for the national championship.This game will be remembered for Saban’s decision to change quarterbacks trailing 13-0.ADVERTISEMENT For the second straight week, Georgia was going to overtime. The Bulldogs beat Oklahoma in a wild Rose Bowl in double overtime to get here, and after Jonathan Ledbetter and Davin Bellamy sacked Tagovailoa for a big loss on the first play, Alabama was in trouble — second-and-26.Not for long. Tagovailoa looked off the safety threw the biggest touchdown pass in the history of Alabama football.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I just thought we had to throw the ball, and I felt he could do it better, and he did,” Saban said. “He did a good job, made some plays in the passing game. Just a great win. I’m so happy for Alabama fans. Great for our players. Unbelievable.”Saban now has six major poll national championships, including one at LSU, matching the record set by the man who led Alabama’s last dynasty, coach Paul Bear Bryant.This one was nothing like the others.The all-Southeastern Conference matchup was all Georgia in the first half before Saban pulled Hurts and went with the five-star recruit from Hawaii.The Tide trailed 20-7 in the third quarter after Georgia’s freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, hit Mecole Hardman for an 80-yard touchdown pass that had the Georgia fans feeling good about ending a national title drought that dates back to 1980.A little less than a year after the Atlanta Falcons blew a 25-point lead and lost in overtime to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, there was more pain for many of the local fans. Two years ago, Georgia brought in Saban’s top lieutenant, Kirby Smart, to coach the Bulldogs and bring to his alma mater a dose of Alabama’s Process.Smart, who spent 11 seasons with Saban, eight as his defensive coordinator, quickly built Alabama East. It was Georgia that won the SEC this season. Alabama had to slip into the playoff without even winning its own division.With the title game being held 70 miles from Georgia’s campus in Athens, Dawg fans packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but it turned out to be sweet home for Alabama.But not without angst.Alabama drove into the red zone in the final minute and Saban started playing for a field goal that would end the game and win it for the Tide. A nervous quiet gripped the crowd of 77,430 as ‘Bama burned the clock. With the ball centered in the middle of the field, Pappanastos lined up for a kick to win the national championship. The snap and hold looked fine, but the kicked missed badly to the left. 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(AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now.The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly mop-up duty this season, came off the bench to spark a comeback and threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith that gave No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia on Monday night for the College Football Playoff national championship.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View commentslast_img read more

Lowly Plant Inspires Waterproof Glass

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first_imgBy adopting the lotus position, the glass in your windshield may become so water-repellant you won’t need windshield wipers.  That’s what an Ohio State press release says: “Ohio State University engineers are designing super-slick, water-repellent surfaces that mimic the texture of lotus leaves.”  The leaves of the lotus, or water lily, are covered with microscopic bumps that resist water stains.  Soon we may have self-cleaning glass.  Everyone but the window-washing industry should be pleased.How many generations of water lilies had to drown till the right combination of lucky heritable mutations came along?  The simplest things about plants and animals are sometimes just as noteworthy as the dazzling ones.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Veteran farming program offers heroes help

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bob Udeck gingerly uses his hands and feet to slowly steer his four-wheeled walker carefully through the dirt- and grass-covered field, adeptly maneuvering through the ruts, divets, mounds of dirt, rocks, and plants that line the path leading to the Heroes Garden.The 74-year-old Vietnam veteran pulls up to a section of raised garden beds filled with rows of radish and pepper plants and smiles as he admires his handy work. Many of the plants have already begun bearing fruit, some of which were ripe and ready for picking.“I used to farm when I was younger,” Udeck said, as he wistfully looked out over the plot that houses the Veteran Farming Program. “It feels really good to get your hands dirty again — planting something, nurturing it, and watching it produce.“Not only does this garden keep me active, it’s also therapeutic — it keeps your mind busy, gets you outside, gives you a goal, and something to focus on. That’s really helped with my post-traumatic stress disorder.”Through participation in the Veteran Farming Program, organized by the Central Ohio VA Healthcare System and Ohio State University Extension, Udeck is one of 18 central Ohio veterans who spent the summer of 2019 farming at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory on the Waterman is part of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) campus in Columbus.The Veteran Farming Program is a VA Innovation Center pilot project created to facilitate veterans’ mental wellness through gardening and horticulture. A goal of the program is to create meaningful opportunities for veterans interested in pursuing a potential career in farming, said Nancy Gosztyla, coordinator of the program and a licensed independent social worker at the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System in Columbus.Participants in the program are all veterans interested in gaining farming/gardening skills while also benefiting from the therapeutic aspects of gardening, Gosztyla said.“OSU Extension is uniquely qualified to provide both the classroom learning experience as well as hands-on training in gardening and horticulture,” said Gosztyla, who, in addition to working with veterans, has also completed the OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program.The program, which is available in 77 of Ohio’s 88 counties, offers participants 50 hours of in-depth horticultural training. Then, every year, each graduate of the program provides at least 50 hours of horticultural volunteer service.Gosztyla’s service as a Master Gardener Volunteer is what led her to work with OSU Extension to develop the Heroes Garden. She wanted to expose veterans to the beneficial aspects of gardening, she said.The veterans who tended the Heroes Garden this summer first spent several weeks in classrooms learning the basics of horticulture. Then, they spent the summer working in the garden at Waterman. The crops they planted included sweet corn, radishes, carrots, peppers, beans, several squashes, watermelon, tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cabbage.Working individually or as a group, they started with a basic plot of land, added topsoil, planted seeds, watered, weeded, and then harvested the produce, said Mike Hogan, an OSU Extension-Franklin County educator who facilitates the program.“They took home bags of produce every week, which for some, having access to fresh, free food may be an important economic benefit,” Hogan said. “Additionally, many of them had no gardening experience at all before starting the program, so they were able to come away from the program learning a new skill that they could use to develop a small horticultural enterprise and maybe sell produce at a farmers market as a potential income source.”Working on the land also has proven therapeutic effects, Hogan said.“Some of the vets suffer from PTSD or have other mental health challenges,” he said. “Research has shown that there are numerous health benefits experienced when people are out in nature, including lowering blood pressure. Plus, they’re experiencing the social benefit of being outdoors and working with others.”For Navy veteran Alicia Perenkovick, the social aspect of the program was its biggest draw. After eight years in the military, including serving in the Iraq War, she said she suffered from depression and PTSD once she was no longer in the service.“I was spending time home alone, ruminating about what could have happened, what should have happened, not knowing how to connect with people outside of the military, and not adjusting well to civilian life,” she said. “But coming here to garden each week has helped lift my feelings of depression and given me a sense of purpose.“When you’re home alone, you don’t have that human connection anymore. But being here, especially around other veterans who’ve had similar experiences, has really helped reconnect me to a life outside my house and provided me a sense of belonging.”The program ended Sept. 3 and included a graduation ceremony. Moving forward, the vets are encouraged to continue farming at Waterman, Hogan said.“We’re going to continue to dedicate the space at Waterman for the Heroes Garden next year, to be a place for veterans to come and garden together if they wish to,” he said. “We’ll also open the garden up to any veteran who would like to participate.”Beyond gardening, the skill sets developed in military service match many of the characteristics of a successful agricultural professional. Many veterans have naturally transitioned into farming, ranching, and other agricultural opportunities nationwide. To help facilitate veterans in agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency provided $64.5 million in direct and guaranteed farm operating loans to Veterans in 2018 — and Veterans have preference under most USDA farm credit and farmland conservation programs. Veterans are eligible for increased cost share assistance, additional financial incentives, and funding preferences for engaging in conservation efforts.“Nearly one quarter of Veterans, approximately 5 million, live in rural areas,” said Bill Ashton, USDA Military Veteran Agricultural Liaison. “They [Veterans] can be a positive force for our communities. USDA is committed to making our programs accessible to help Veterans start or grow a career and maximize the potential talent of this population.”USDA’s Rural Development has more than 40 loan, grant, and technical assistance programs including support to:Purchase and develop land and facilitiesPurchase equipment and suppliesRefinance for job expansionFinance for energy efficiency improvements.Veterans in urban areas also have resources available. Whether its backyard or rooftop farming or cutting-edge technologies in intensive indoor hydroponic or aquaculture farms, USDA can help urban Veterans explore opportunities in agriculture. USDA’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit is a great place to start.Resources are available in every aspect of the agricultural industry, including Entrepreneurship, Education and Employment. USDA’s Veteran website at usda.gov/our-agency/initiatives/veterans serves as a one-stop navigator for Veterans looking to learn more and support the critical mission of preparedness and defense of America’s food and agriculture sectors. Contact Mike Hogan at 614-292-7670 for more information about the OSU Extension gardening program at Waterman Farms.last_img read more

French Open: Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy, Ashwini-Sikki advance

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first_imgIndian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, H.S. Prannoy and the women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy entered the second round, while Parupalli Kashyap exited in the opening round of the French Open World Superseries here on Wednesday.Saina Nehwal defeated Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark 21-14, 11-21, 21-10 in 50 minutes.In the men’s singles, B. Sai Praneeth also joined Prannoy in the second round.H.S. Prannoy got past South Korean Lee Hyun II 21-15, 21-17 in 43 minutes.Praneeth overcame Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab 21-13, 21-23, 21-19 in an hour and five minutes.However, for Kashyap, it was a disappointing day after he lost to Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 23-21, 18-21, 17-21 in an hour and 14 minutes.The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini and Sikki cantered past England’s Jenny Moore and Victoria Williams 21-12, 21-12 in 24 minutes.last_img read more

$41 Million Allocated to Mitigate Threat of Foreign Species

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first_imgAs part of efforts to mitigate the threat of invasive alien species in the Caribbean, the Government has allocated some $41 million to the project.This is contained in the 2013/14 Estimate of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project, being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), seeks to mitigate the threat to local biodiversity and economy from these organisms in the Caribbean, including terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.Invasive alien species are plants, animals, pathogens and other organisms that are non-native to an ecosystem, which may cause economic or environmental harm or adversely affect human health. In particular, they impact adversely upon biodiversity, including decline or elimination of native species – through competition, predation, or transmission of pathogens – and the disruption of local ecosystems and ecosystem functions.Anticipated targets for this fiscal year include: hosting public meetings on pilot project activities; conducting regulatory impact assessment of the Pet Trade and other identified sector; Draft a National Invasive Species Strategy; continue producing awareness raising materials (poster, brochures); develop and implement a public awareness campaign for invasive alien species (IAS) in Jamaica; and continue conservation efforts in Black River Lower Morass.The project will continue to see the trapping of predators in core Iguana nesting areas; the continuation of training of fisher folk and related interest in handling Lionfish; the development of a Lionfish Adaptation Management Plan; and the completion of legal instrument for management of the Pet Trade.Physical achievements up to February 2013 include: completion of the Caribbean Invasive Species Strategy; project personnel participated in regional and international meetings relevant to IAS; awareness raising initiatives launched in schools within pilot project sites, and contract for advertisement displayed at the Norman Manley International Airport renewed; participation in over 40 expos; procurement of two all terrain vehicles for the Black River pilot; Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Survey conducted in the Hellshire Hills and Old Harbour Bay Areas; and artificial nesting site for Iguanas constructed.There was also removal of predators from the core Iguana conservation zone; fisherfolk and related interests trained in the handling of Lionfish; ongoing survey of the Lionfish continued – database, in water surveys, passive capture mechanism; and three papers prepared and presented on lessons learnt from the pilots.The project which commenced in October 2009 is slated to end in March 2014.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

BSP AAP BJD spring surprise by backing govt on Article 370 JDU

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first_imgNew Delhio: In an embarrassment for the BJP, BJP’s Bihar ally JD(U), which had also opposed the Triple Talaq Bill, staged a walkout as soon as Home Minister Amit Shah moved the J&K reorganisation bill.Even as the government on Monday abolished Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and moved a bill to bifurcate the state into two separate union territories, it received support in the Parliament from unlikely quarters, with staunch critics like Mayawati’s BSP and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) backing the move. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsApart from BSP and AAP, fence-sitters like Naveen Patnaik’s BJD, Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSRCP and Bodoland People’s Front (BDF) also supported the J&K Reorganisation Bill, which provides for the formation of the Union Territory of Ladakh without legislature and a separate one for Jammu and Kashmir with the legislature. NDA allies Shiv Sena, AIADMK and SAD also backed the government move amid a massive uproar by the Opposition. In an embarrassment for the BJP, BJP’s Bihar ally JD(U), which had also opposed the Triple Talaq Bill, staged a walkout as soon as Home Minister Amit Shah moved the resolution on Article 370 as also the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Our chief Nitish Kumar is carrying forward the tradition of JP Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and George Fernandes. So our party is not supporting the Bill moved in the Rajya Sabha today. We have different thinking. We want that Article 370 should not be revoked,” senior JD(U) leader KC Tyagi said.Besides JD(U), Congress, TMC, DMK, PDP and Vaiko’s MDMK vehemently opposed the move, with members creating a ruckus in the Well of the House and shouting slogans such as ‘We want justice’ and ‘Don’t divide Kashmir’. Samajwadi Party (SP) members, however, did not join them in the well. PDP members Nazir Ahmad Laway and Mir Mohammad Fayaz shouted slogans and tore posters. Laway even tore the ‘kurta’ he was wearing. MDMK’s Vaiko said the government was killing democracy. “Emergency days have come back,” he said. “You have played with the sentiments of people of Kashmir. When additional army personnel were deployed there, I was worried. Kashmir should not become Kosovo, East Timor and South Sudan,” Vaiko said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said his party supported the Centre’s decisions on Jammu and Kashmir. “We hope this will bring peace and development in the state,” the chief minister tweeted.last_img read more

Commonwealth Bank Director Clifford Culmer Retires after 25 Years Service

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first_img Related Items: Mr. Culmer, a chartered accountant, had served on the board for a total of 25 years. In his second term, 1998-2016, he was chairman of the audit committee.“As Chairman of the Audit Committee, he has served on the Board in a position with one of the greatest demands, which he has done with strength, wisdom and integrity,” said William B. Sands, Jr. Chairman of Commonwealth Bank. “There is no doubt that the Audit Committee, under his leadership, has sharpened Management’s skills over the years and made us a stronger bank.”Co-director and Chairman of the Board’s Nominating Committee Rupert Roberts Jr. described Culmer’s work as “an immeasurable contribution” and co-director Dr. Marcus Bethel said Culmer’s contributions during the 32-year history of the Bahamian bank were unparalleled. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppAmidst moving tributes and a standing ovation at the bank’s annual general meeting earlier this month, long-time Commonwealth Bank Director Clifford Culmer stepped down as a director after more than two decades of helping to steer the successful bank from infancy to a $1.5 billion financial powerhouse.“Cliff has left a legacy for the rest of us to follow,” Dr. Marcus Bethel said. The moving and emotional tributes from co-directors drew a spontaneous standing ovation for Culmer by the packed audience of shareholders at Breezes.last_img read more

Barca defender Moussa Wague subjected to racial abuse

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first_imgBarcelona defender Moussa Wague has been allegedly subjected to several racial insults during the team’s defeat to Ejea.The Senegalese right-back, who became the first African teenager to score at a World Cup when he found the back of the net against Japan in Russia, was shown a straight red card after clashing with home supporters in Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat to Ejea.Wague apologized for his actions on his official Instagram account but claimed he was subjected to numerous racial slurs.He said: “In a moment of anger, with the scoreline not in our favour, I behaved incorrectly and I acknowledge that and want to reiterate my apologies.”“I also want to report that my actions, in trying to get the ball back from a fan to take a throw-in, came after being the object of numerous and repeated racists insults.”“That should never have to be tolerated on a football pitch.”Wague’s international team-mate Kalidou Koulibaly was also allegedly subjected to racial slurs in Napoli’s 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan last month.last_img read more

Milena Sellers discusses the new plaque that honors the memories of her

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Army deployment an imperative in Gazipur Khulna polls BNP

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first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday urged the authorities to deploy troops in the Gazipur and Khulna city corporations’ elections slated to be held on 15 May.“The election commission is saying over the past couple of days that it will not deploy troops in Gazipur and Khulna mayoral polls. On the other hand, it is planning to use electronic voting machine although the people have no interest in it,” Rizvi told a media briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.“So,” he went on to say, “Doubts are cropping up if the commission at all wants these two civic polls to be free and fair.”Read more: Quader says EC doesn’t have authority to deploy armysThe senior leader of the country’s principal opposition political party further alleged that the desire of the Awami League government is often reflected in the remarks and speeches of many senior officials of the election commission.Fearing that the commission “might be planning to hold the mayoral polls as per the government-fixed formula”, Rizvi alleged, “A level-playing field has been ensured in neither of the city corporations as yet.“Ruling Awami League’s terrorists are showing off strength brandishing illegal arms openly whereas the commission has taken no initiative to recover the illegal arms there,” he alleged.“On the other hand,” he continued, “Opposition BNP activists can’t even sleep at their houses, not to speak of holding rallies and mass-campaigns.“Given the circumstance, troops deployment is an imperative in the Gazipur and Khulna mayoral polls as the regular law enforcement agencies are working as a partisan force of the ruling quarter,” he added.last_img read more