Liverpool 4 Fulham 0Fulham’s poor run continued with a defeat at Anfield, where they were totally overrun.Goals from Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard, Stewart Downing and Luis Saurez gave Liverpool a comprehensive victory.Skrtel thumped home on eight minutes after the Whites were unable to clear Gerrard’s corner.Liverpool should have doubled their lead when Suarez pulled the ball back from the right for Daniel Agger, who contrived to shoot over from two yards out.But there was no escape for the visitors when they were split open by Downing’s superb through-ball to Gerrard, who fired beyond Mark Schwarzer.Keeper Schwarzer’s near-post save prevented Suarez making it three shortly before the break and the striker also missed a good chance early in the second half.Downing added the third by cutting inside and shooting past Schwarzer from the edge of the box.And Suarez netted in injury time after being teed up Jose Enrique.Fulham have now won only one of their last 10 matches and the best they could muster was a free-kick from Hugo Rodallega, which was well saved by Pepe Reina.Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Kacaniklic (Rodallega 45), Karagounis, Baird, Richardson (Frei 54), Dejagah, Berbatov.Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Kasami, Briggs, Tavares. See also:Liverpool v Fulham player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John BrienMany growers see planting corn on their farm as the start of the season, but actually the seed they are about to plant has had a long and adventurous trip and planting is the end of its journey.The latest greatest hybrid that you had to plant this year is not new but actually more than five years old and has had a long and interesting journey. All hybrids begin with an idea from a corn breeder wanting to cross two different inbred parents, male and female parents that are crossed together to make a hybrid. The inbred parents have shown some characteristics the corn breeder likes — yield, dry down, test weight, etc. — and when they are crossed the breeder believes they will make for a great hybrid.The breeder begins with a few plants of both inbred parents planted close to one another. Then in the middle of the summer some research associate takes the pollen from the designated male plant in a paper bag and places that bag of pollen onto the ear shoot of the designated female plant, making the first cross of the new hybrid. The 70 or so kernels from that ear are then harvested by hand and prepared to be planted next year in its first yield trial.The first yield trials are small trials of just a few short rows to make sure the new hybrid produces the desired results. While these kernels are trying to win their spot in next year’s larger yield trial, the corn breeder is busy producing more of the hybrid for a larger test the following year in small one- to five-acre production plots. During the first year of yield trials there may be more than 30,000 new hybrids trying to make it to the big leagues, but after harvest that number is reduced to hundreds of hybrids to be tested in the next year’s trial.The testing process will continue for a couple of years in different growing environments and will only continue to be tested if it continues to impress the breeders and research groups. The hybrid is not only tested and grown in the United States, it is also grown in the Southern Hemisphere at several different locations such as Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina, Hawaii to name a few, to speed the process of bringing it to market.The final step for a new hybrid is to be tested in farmers’ fields and test plots. But behind the scenes there is a lot more occurring to make sure farmers can have this new hybrid to plant. In production fields spread across the Corn Belt, the female and male inbreds have been planted at different times to ensure that the males have pollen ready when the female inbreds have silks present. After pollination is complete the male plants are destroyed and the female plants are nurtured and cared for to help produce high quality seed. Harvest is started when the grain moisture is still in the 30s and is harvested with a sweet corn picker to limit damage, dried with an amazing amount of warm air, shelled and stored until later into the winter.Once harvest is complete, the job of getting the seed from a bin into the bag begins. The seed is cleaned using a gravity table and other devices that separate the good kernels from the bad. The next step of the process is grading for seed size. The kernels are separated according to their shape, size and weight using different size of holes in screens that remind you of the screens from a hammer mill. The different sized seed is then treated with a quality seed treatment, put into a bag that will be delivered to your farm to be planted.The process of bringing a bag of seed to your farm sounds easy and not complicated on the surface, but there is plenty of time and energy spent to make sure that the hybrid you are planting is going to perform as promised and the seed you have is the highest quality possible. So when you dump that bag or box of seed into your planter remember it all started with just a couple of kernels and a desire to make something new and exciting just for you!Watch this video with John Brien discussing what to consider when scouting corn emergence across fields this spring.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beef 510 is a one-day program designed for those who have participated in Beef 509, but is open to all cattlemen. The program will continue the traditional beef sensory sessions and BQA presentations, but will also present information designed to help producers better prepare their operations and their cattle to meet challenges of the future. All who attend will be certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) at the end of the course. Beef 510 is a joint program coordinated by the Ohio Beef Council, the Department of Animal Sciences — OSU, and OSU Extension. The speakers are as follows:Justin Nelson, Director of Animal Procurement specializing in cattle for Tyson Foods, Inc. and located at the corporate office in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. He will discuss today’s marketing environment and Tyson’s approach to market access programs. The presentation will also discuss the decision from Wendy’s restaurants to purchase cattle beginning in 2019 only from those suppliers who can verify the producers providing the cattle are beef quality assurance certified.Mandy Carr Johnson, Sr. Executive Director for the Science, Culinary and Outreach team at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) oversees programs focusing on human nutrition research. In addition, she has oversights on influencer outreach, product quality, sustainability, and beef safety research, as well as the Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner Culinary Center. She will discuss how the beef checkoff program is working to assure consumers that beef is a sustainable and nutritious food so consumers don’t feel pressured to explore other products perceived to be more sustainable or healthier. The presentation will also include a sneak peek into the checkoff’s new raising beef responsibly campaign and touch on the “Rethink the Ranch” consumer campaign focused on sharing stories of the people behind the product.Glen Arnold, is an Associate Professor with Ohio State University Extension and Field Specialist in Manure Nutrient Management Application. His on-farm research focuses on the use of livestock manure as a spring top-dress fertilizer on wheat and as a side dress fertilizer for corn. His research goal is to move livestock producers toward applying manure during the crop growing season instead of late fall application window. With the growing number of those who want to place the blame on livestock producers for Ohio’s water quality challenges, this session is not one to miss.Additional presenters include professors from the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University: Steve Boyles, OSU Extension Beef Specialist; Lyda Garcia, Assistant Professor of Meat Science/Meat Extension Specialist; and Eric England, Assistant Professor of Meat Science. The Ohio Beef Council and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will also provide program updates.The Beef 510 program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. Lunch will be provided by the 2018 OSU Meats Judging Team. The registration form can be found at ohiocattle.org and should be returned to the OCA office by Feb. 16, 2018. Register early, as the program will fill up and space is limited.For more information contact, Emily Henes at the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Almost every species of vertebrate has a spleen, an organ for filtering blood. But why settle for just one when you could have 14? That seems to be the strategy of some cetaceans, the group that comprises whales and dolphins. When scientists first noticed extra spleens in some of these animals, they thought they might be related to injuries from ship strikes, because similarly traumatic events can lead humans to develop multiple copies of the organ. But a team of scientists in Brazil now reports that the accessory organs are apparently normal in cetaceans and may help the animals keep their blood oxygen levels up while making deep dives. They reached this conclusion after dissecting 63 cetaceans from 14 species, all found stranded on the northern coast of Brazil between 2009 and 2013. Thirty-eight of the stranded animals had extra spleens, with an additional one to 14 per cetacean, the team reports in this month’s issue of Zoomorphology. The accessory organs showed up in 13 species, including humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra), and Guiana dolphins (Sotalia guianensis). Only a single specimen of a pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps) had just one spleen. The extra organs weren’t associated with any sign of trauma or animals of a particular sex or age and were found in various places, with some firmly attached to the main spleen and others to the stomach. The scientists did find more spleens in larger cetaceans and species known for making particularly deep dives, such as humpback (pictured above) and short-finned pilot whales. The additional spleens, which would contract during a dive to release fresh blood with oxygenated red blood cells, are likely an adaptation for this behavior, the researchers say. The extra spleens found in other animals, including rabbits, Chinese hamsters, chickens, and capuchin monkeys, meanwhile, may be due to developmental problems.
New Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) In a boost to Rio-bound athletes, the Sports Ministry has decided to provide Rs one lakh per month as Out of Pocket allowance to the sportspersons under the TOP scheme in their preparation for the Olympics and Paralympics Games at Rio de Janeiro. “Out of Pocket allowance of one lakh rupees per month to be given to TOP athletes for Rio Olympics/Paralympics,” the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry wrote in its official twitter account. Till date, 77 Indian athletes in eight disciplines have qualified for the Olympics and many more are likely to qualify in the next two months. Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme is a sports ministry initiative under which Olympic medal prospects are funded by the government for top class training as part of their preparations for the Games. PTI ATK CM CM
New Delhi, May 10 (PTI) Government today said it was giving thrust to increasing the seat capacity of flights to the Middle East so that airfares to the region are lowered.Replying to queries in Rajya Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, however, made it clear that government cannot regulate the airfares after he was asked about bringing down price of air tickets for Indian labourers emigrating to Gulf countries.”Air fares are not regulated by the government. Sub Rule (1) of Rule 135 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 provides that every air transport undertaking engaged in scheduled air services shall establish tariff having regard to all relevant factors, including cost of operation, characteristic of services reasonable profit and the generally prevailing tariff.”Accordingly airlines are free to fix tariff,” Raju said in his reply.The minister was asked whether the government used to sell tickets at cheaper rates to the labourers emigrating to Gulf and whether this facility is still available to Indian labourers. “No Sir. Does not arise,” the minister said in the reply.Noting that till 1994, airfares within India were controlled, he said that the members suggestion is that “airfare in whole universe be controlled. This is beyond Indian government.”At the same time, the minister noted that increasing capacity will bring down fares and informed that the number of seats in airlines flying to Gulf from India has gone up by 50 per cent.”Wherever capacity increases, it has a depressing effect on prices. We are working on it,” Raju said.advertisementReplying to another supplementary, the Union Minister asserted that “Government does not bear the losses of airlines and gain from their profit” as Airlines is a private business. PTI AMR RT
Thane, Aug 26 (PTI) A 36-year-old woman from Bhiwandi, who was found guilty of possessing counterfeit Indian currency notes, has been sentenced to four-year rigorous imprisonment by a district court here.Thane District Judge A S Bhaisrae awarded the sentence to Shehnajbano Kamruddin Khan, a resident of Gaibinagar, recently. The court, however, acquitted another accused Mohammad Islam Anwar Hussain Ansari (25) for want of evidence against him giving him the benefit of doubt.The Judge also slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 on Shehnajbano, besides awarding an additional three-month sentence after she was found guilty for offences punishable under sections 489 (B) and 489 (C) of the IPC.The prosecution told the court that it was on October 15, 2013 that she went to the branch of Bombay Mercantile Bank to deposit Rs 50,000 comprising notes of Rs 100 and Rs 500 denominations.The cashier on the counter who accepted the currency notes, suspected them to be fake and hence sought the assistance of his manager for a check following which it was found that all the 54 notes that she carried were fake.Then the matter was reported to Kumbharwada police who based on a complaint by the bank arrested the woman, the court was told.In her defence the accused told the court that she was illiterate and had given the currency for depositing in the bank and after an hour the police came and arrested her.The fake notes were sent to the currency press at Nashik which in its report confirmed that these were counterfeits.The judge in his order also noted that the accused was having accounts with different banks and hence it can be concluded that she was having banking knowledge.advertisement”There is no material on record to show that at any point of time, prior to this incident, the accused had deposited such a huge amount in bank. She might have mixed the counterfeit notes in genuine notes and had tried to deposit the same in the bank. Therefore, it can safely be said that she was having knowledge that those 54 notes of Rs 500/Rs 100 were fake.The series of notes and note numbers were also found to be different. Therefore, it can be inferred that the accused had intention to pass off the fake notes as genuine,” the order said.Using counterfeit notes in the market, rather in the present case, in the bank, is nothing but to disturb the economy of the nation, the judge noted.Therefore, the accused is not entitled for any leniency. Not only that, she is not entitled to benefit of Probation of Offenders Act, under the Bombay Probation of Offenders Act, 1958, the order said. PTI COR DK SMN
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Hashtag: Think before you post something on social media.That’s the message New York Jets coach Todd Bowles has given his players about using forums such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.“I don’t want them to be robots,” Bowles said after the team’s final mini-camp practice June 11.“They’ve just got to be smart about it. There’s a fine line between hurting the team and hurting yourself. Then, talking on social media, you’ve got to be smart about it.”Bowles, who acknowledged that he doesn’t use social media, has already discussed the potential drawbacks of a questionable choice of words.Earlier this week, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula made it clear that he wants nothing to do with any of it, but intended to speak to his players to offer guidance about how to be responsible when posting comments.“It’s about being smart and when to say things and when not to say things and what to say,” Bowles said he told his Jets. “And as far as football, keep things to a minimum.”Bowles, in his first season as Jets coach, is quite a bit more reserved than predecessor Rex Ryan. Gone are the days of bold predictions and brash statements in must-see news conferences — and Bowles thinks that stuff has no place on the Internet, either.“Obviously, we don’t want to have a whole team that gossips and hasn’t done anything,” Bowles said. “I’d rather for us to just work on getting better as a team as opposed to just talking on social media.“It’s the players’ prerogative, but they’ve got to understand that if the coach isn’t happy doing certain things, they’re going to have to cut it short.”Bowles did not comment directly on a Twitter squabble between cornerback Antonio Cromartie and former tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. that carried over into June 11.Winslow took exception to Cromartie putting teammate Dee Milliner on the spot during a faux interview June 9 when he took a microphone and asked if Milliner thought he was “on the roster bubble.” Winslow, who played with Cromartie and the Jets in 2013, blasted his former teammate in a series of tweets June 10.Cromartie responded on Twitter by saying Winslow wishes he were as good as his father, Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, and asked if he had been to Target recently — a reference to an incident in which Winslow Jr. was arrested in New Jersey in a Target parking lot for possession of synthetic marijuana.A judge dropped the case on the condition that Winslow meet with probation officers for a year and stay out of trouble.Winslow then tweeted that he and Cromartie should “get in the ring,” and he would “whoop” him. But Winslow wasn’t done, adding that Cromartie should “learn your kids’ names.”That was a reference to Cromartie appearing to struggle to name his several children during an episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks in 2010.Cromartie declined to comment further in the locker room, but the Twitter feud opened the discussion on where Bowles stood on the use of social media.“I would never police somebody what to say,” Bowles said, “but you’ve got to understand what kind of situation you’re in when you say these things.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
CLEVELAND — On a cloudless day, Indians centerfielder Rajai Davis looked up and couldn’t see a thing.Davis lost two routine flies in the sun during a three-run second inning that helped the New York Mets roll to a 6-0 win on April 17 and kept Cleveland starter Corey Kluber winless.Despite wearing sunglasses, Davis allowed Curtis Granderson’s two-out fly to drop about five feet from him onto the warning track in the second.Kluber then fielded Asdrubal Cabrera’s bunt toward the third-base line and threw wildly to first, scoring Granderson to put the Mets up 4-0.Michael Conforto’s followed with a grounder that hit first base and bounced past Mike Napoli, allowing Cabrera to score.Yoenis Cespedes lofted a fly ball to medium depth in center that fell several feet from Davis as Conforto scored to give the Mets a six-run lead against Kluber, who can’t seem to catch a break.“I’m sure that’s an awful feeling,” Indians Manager Terry Francona said. “You feel probably pretty naked.”Kluber (0-3) gave up six runs and nine hits in six innings, struck out eight and walked one. He is 9-19 since winning the 2014 AL Cy Young Award.“It was unfortunate that it had to turn out this way for him, but this is the game of baseball,” Davis said. “Sometimes we don’t have control over these things.”Mets left-hander Steven Matz allowed three hits in seven innings and the Indians struck out 15 times against four pitchers.Kluber’s problems in the first began with a leadoff walk to Granderson.“He’s pitching out of the stretch right off the get-go,” Francona said. “He got hurt with his fastball early. In the second inning, he’s got a chance for an easy inning, two outs, get the fly ball and turn it into three more. That hurt a lot.”Davis wasn’t the only Indians player to have problems with the sun. Catcher Yan Gomes lost Cespedes’ foul pop in the first, which was originally called an error but changed to a no play. Cespedes then struck out.Matz (1-1) struck out out a career high nine in bouncing back from his first career loss. The 24-year-old left-hander allowed seven in 1 2/3 innings against Miami last Monday.“He showed what he can do when he commands his pitches,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “He was outstanding.”(HAYDEN GROVE) TweetPinShare0 Shares
Kevin De Bruyne Messi, De Bruyne and the European Team of the Season Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:00 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(100) Getty Kevin De Bruyne Lionel Messi Leroy Sané Lazio Manchester City Atlético Madrid PSG Napoli Internazionale Barcelona Premier League Serie A Primera División Liga Pro With European club football taking a break, Goal takes a look at some of the outstanding players of the season so far As we head into the next round of international games, we’ve taken a step back to assess what we have seen at club level thus far and give praise to outstanding individuals from the opening part of the league seasons.Lionel Messi and Kevin De Bruyne lead the Goal European Team of the Season so far, but who else makes the cut? Honourable mentions go to Neymar, Dries Mertens and Harry Kane, who will have to settle for a place on the bench.Barca 13/2 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player JAN OBLAK | ATLETICO MADRID The Atletico Madrid shot-stopper has so far registered six clean sheets in his 11 Liga appearances, being called on to make a save every 26 minutes of play.While Diego Simeone’s side have struggled to score goals this season – Atletico have netted on just 16 occasions thus far – only Barcelona (4) have conceded fewer than the capital club (6) and Oblak has naturally had a big hand in that.DANI ALVES | PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN The Brazilian has, rather unsurprisingly, made quite the impact at his new club across a relatively small sample of games. Alves has made eight Ligue 1 appearances for the league leaders and has three assists to his name, two of those coming in PSG’s recent 5-0 thrashing of Angers. CESAR AZPILICUETA | CHELSEA The Spain international has operated on the right side of Antonio Conte’s back-three this season, with Victor Moses in the right-wing-back position.Only Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva of Manchester City (5) have more assists than the Chelsea man (6) this term, with the 28-year-old offering some much-needed stability to the club’s defensive unit going the other way.MILAN SKRINIAR | INTER “I have to choose someone who’s like me, I’d take Skriniar,” Walter Samuel told La Gazzetta dello Sport earlier in the season. “People already spoke well to me about him at Sampdoria, he just has to continue his growth without being distracted by anything. I see myself in him, few frills, a lot of substance.”The 22-year-old has been a sensation at San Siro this season and a reasonable shout for the best defender in Europe as things stand.SAMUEL UMTITI | BARCELONA While his reading of the game is a major part of his make-up as a central defender, Umtiti’s distribution is what sets him apart from other defensive outlets in Europe. The 23-year-old has completed 92.5% of his passing across La Liga and Champions League games this season, with his cutting balls between opposition lines often the starting point to Barcelona attacks.LEROY SANE | MANCHESTER CITY The teenage Germany international has six goals and five assists under Pep Guardiola this season from the left wing.Sane is developing into the player City were confident that he would be when they forked out around £46 million for him in 2016 and has become a major part of the Catalan’s well-oiled machine at the Etihad. JORGINHO | NAPOLI The 25-year-old has provided the base for Napoli to make their table-topping charge in the Italian top flight this season, breaking a number of possession-based records in the process.Jorginho has completed 93% of his passing this season in Serie A and averaged 111 passes per game over nine outings.KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITY The finest attacking player in European competition at present. De Bruyne’s brilliance has been in full display this season at the centre of this extraordinary City side, notching nine assists and three goals in 15 competitive games this term.LIONEL MESSI | BARCELONA Fifteen appearances, 15 goals. The little Barcelona star has been in blistering form so far this season and is undoubtably behind Ernesto Valverde’s side sitting top of La Liga after 11 fixtures.Messi also has four assists in that time, though has predominantly been in charge of scoring goals this term rather than creating them.CIRO IMMOBILE | LAZIOThe Italy international is the top scorer in Europe’s top leagues so far, with 14 Serie A goals and six assists in 11 appearances an incredible return from the 27-year-old.Immobile also has two goals in just 112 minutes of Europa League action for Lazio, handing him the central striker role in our European XI.EDINSON CAVANI | PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN Last season’s Ligue 1 top scorer has started the 2017-18 campaign with 13 goals in 11 league outings, and another four in four in the Champions League. The Uruguay international has stolen the headlines from his £199 million team-mate Neymar, who has seven in eight in his debut season in the French top-tier.EUROPEAN XI And here’s how they line up.