Webb traps Cubs in his playoff debut

first_imgWebb shut down the Chicago Cubs with his superb sinker, and the young Arizona Diamondbacks got home runs from two of their kids in a 3-1 victory Wednesday night in their NL playoff opener. Stephen Drew homered in the fourth off Chicago ace Carlos Zambrano, pulled after six innings and only 85 pitches. Right after he left, Mark Reynolds homered on the fourth pitch from reliever Carlos Marmol to break a 1-all tie in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Conor Jackson added a sacrifice fly, and the Diamondbacks got two scoreless innings from their strong bullpen. Webb, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed four hits and struck out nine over seven outstanding innings in his postseason debut. He walked three and hit a batter. “The most exciting game so far,” Webb said. “I was able to keep them off-balance. I had pretty good stuff tonight, great off-speed. Had some great strikeouts in key situations.” The Cubs, in search of their first World Series championship in 99 years, twice got the leadoff batter to second with no outs early in the game but came away empty. Game 2 is tonight, with Ted Lilly on the mound for Chicago against Doug Davis. Zambrano gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked one before he was lifted by Manager Lou Piniella in a questionable move. “He probably could have gone another inning. We’re bringing him back Sunday on three days’ rest,” Piniella said. “I took a shot with my bullpen. It didn’t work today. They’ve done it all year.” Not this time. Planning for Game 4 might have cost the Cubs in Game 1. The showdown between 18-game winners was as advertised, with Zambrano matching Webb pitch for pitch through six innings. With Zambrano gone, the Diamondbacks went ahead in the seventh. Reynolds hit Marmol’s 2-and-1 pitch just over the left-field fence for a 2-1 lead. Chris Snyder walked and went to third on Augie Ojeda’s single before Jackson came through while batting for Webb. Marmol had allowed only two runs in 25 innings after Aug. 10 for a 0.72 ERA. “His numbers are video-game numbers with the strikeouts and so forth,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. “Zambrano the same way.” Arizona setup man Brandon Lyon threw a perfect eighth, and closer Jose Valverde earned the save. Valverde, the NL saves leader with 47 in 54 opportunities this year, walked pinch-hitter Daryle Ward with two outs in the ninth to bring up Alfonso Soriano. He bounced into a game-ending forceout that capped an 0-for-5 night. The surprising Diamondbacks, the first team since the 1906 White Sox to have the league’s best record and worst batting average, won in a fashion typical of their 90-win regular season. They got timely hits, good defense and terrific pitching. The youngsters certainly weren’t overwhelmed by the circumstances. Drew isn’t a rookie, but is in his first full major league season. Reynolds was brought up from double-A Mobile when third baseman Chad Tracy got hurt in May. While the Diamondbacks knocked a pair out, Chicago’s RBI came on a bases-loaded infield single by Ryan Theriot to make it 1-1 with two outs in the sixth. Only three of the Diamondbacks’ starters had faced Zambrano, and Drew was not among them. His first time up he struck out looking, but he put Arizona ahead with a 432-foot drive over the pool in right-center. Sandwiched around the big hit were two defensive gems by Drew at shortstop. He made a backhand of Geovany Soto’s grounder to end the third, then he robbed Zambrano of an RBI with a leaping grab of a line drive in the fifth. After threatening twice, Chicago finally got to Webb in the sixth. Derrek Lee led off with a single, then consecutive two-out walks to Mark DeRosa and Soto – the latter on four pitches – loaded the bases. Theriot bounced one high over the head of the third baseman Reynolds. Drew fielded the ball but had no play and it was tied at 1.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NLDS: Diamondbacks ace shines. Chicago’s Zambrano is as good until he’s taken out. By Bob Baum THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOENIX – Brandon Webb won the duel in the desert. last_img read more

Bioprospecting to aid N Cape community

first_img30 July 2012The Komaggas community in South Africa’s Northern Cape province stands to benefit in both monetary and non-monetary terms from the bioprospecting permits that Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa awarded to seven community organisations last week.The permits will allow these organisations, who work with plants, to legally engage in bioprospecting activities.Bioprospecting involves searching for, collecting and deriving genetic material from samples of biodiversity that can be used in commercialised pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or chemical processing end products.South Africa’s competitive edgeAwarding the permits at a local community hall in Komaggas, Molewa said the South African benefits of biodiversity or ecosystems services were estimated at R73-billion, contributing 7% of the country’s gross domestic product per year.“The biodiversity economy, which is part of our green economy, is therefore our competitive edge in growing our economy and addressing climate change adaption,” she said.South Africa’s Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing Regulatory Framework: Guidelines for Providers, Users and Regulators was also launched at the ceremony.The legal framework provides a huge opportunity for economic growth, sustainable development and poverty alleviation.Rich in biological and cultural diversityMolewa said South Africa had a rich natural and cultural resource base that ranked among the top three in the world.“We are home to approximately 24 000 plants species and have an entire floral kingdom within our borders. South Africa is not just rich in biological diversity but also blessed with a rich cultural diversity.”Molewa said many widely used cosmetics produced by industries were derived from medicinal plants, and many of these plants were indigenous and endemic to South Africa.“We must build a shared appreciation of the importance of medicinal plants resources to human health and well-being and a shared concern about the conservation and sustainable use of these resources,” she said.According to the department, researchers have successfully cultivated a selection of naturally occurring Sceletium as a new commercial crop on a large scale and developed a standardised extract known as Zembrin, which is manufactured to the European Union’s Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP).The plant is associated with the treatment of anxiety, stress, mood and cognition.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Celebrate with the South Centers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the last quarter-century, a small southern Ohio village has hosted a center with university scientists conducting world-class agricultural research, and area entrepreneurs have thrived thanks to guidance from the center’s expert marketing and development specialists.It was Oct. 1, 1991, when The Ohio State University South Centers first opened. Then known as the Piketon Research and Extension Center, the facility was designed to help Ohio State expand its land-grant mission of providing science-based outreach and engagement in the area.“Having the center here in southern Ohio brings ideas and opportunities to the local region,” said Tom Worley, who started at the center in 2000 and was named director in 2005. “And even though we focus on southern Ohio, many of our efforts have an impact across the state and the nation, as well as internationally.“That’s ultimately what the university does, bring new ideas and concepts and provide leadership to bring people together that can spawn even newer and different applications.”Take a wagon tourThe center will host an anniversary open house on Sept. 15, 5-8 p.m., with refreshments and in-depth walking and wagon tours to allow visitors to get a firsthand look at the operation, Worley said.Participants will be able to visit and talk with specialists working in:* Aquaculture. In addition to the fish ponds and hatchery, visitors to the aquaculture program will also be able to see the genetics lab. “We have worked to improve the genetics of yellow perch, bluegill and largemouth bass,” Worley said. “It’s state-of-the-art genetic work.”* Specialty crops. The center is home to research trials on small fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, as well as Chinese goji berries, elderberries and chokeberries. And, while adult beverages aren’t on the menu, visitors will be able to learn about the center’s research on wine grape varieties and hops and malting barley production. The center is also home to the university’s pumpkin research trials, and is home base for its study of high tunnels, or hoop houses, for extending Ohio’s growing season for specialty crops. For example, one project is currently examining high tunnels and other production methods to increase strawberry production from the traditional four-week harvest season in June to a four-month production system.* Soil, Water and Bioenergy. This team’s focus is on agricultural practices that sustain soil and water resources and are economical for growers.“We are conducting studies related to the movement of water through the soil profile and we’re testing for the presence of fertilizers and pesticides,” Worley said. “Visitors will be able to see the sump houses, which are like a small cellar, to see how we collect the samples from the groundwater.” The team is also working with a Japanese company on water- and nutrient-saving technology in growing corn and soybeans.“It’s like putting plants on life support,” Worley said. “We’re using a hoop house to create desert-like conditions for the study, and supplying all the water and nutrients the crops need through a tube. It’s cutting-edge research.”The team also studies ways to improve soil health and is wrapping up a study on perennial grasses such as miscanthus, big blue stem and switchgrass that could be grown on marginal land for bioenergy purposes.* Business. The center’s business programs include a Small Business Development Center and a business incubator, the 27,000-square-foot Endeavor Center, which currently houses 18 different businesses that have ongoing activities throughout southern Ohio, Worley said.Talking business“Visitors will be able to meet our business development specialists and talk with them about the assistance we provide in terms of business planning, market analysis and management issues for small business startups and expansion,” he said.Also on hand will be specialists with the center’s Ohio Cooperative Development Center and Ohio Direct Marketing program.Before the open house, the center will host a lunch for invited guests, primarily longtime supporters of the center, Worley said.During that program, Worley will recognized four employees who have been with the center since its opening: Marsha Amlin, assistant to the director and fiscal officer; Wayne Lewis, farm and research field operations manager; Dean Rapp, aquaculture research assistant; and Duane Rigsby, technology coordinator.For more information about the open house, contact Charissa Gardner at 740-289-2071, ext. 132, or gardner.1148@osu.edu.last_img read more

DSME Names Four IceBreaking LNG Carriers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DSME Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has simultaneously named four ice-breaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers at its Okpo Shipyard.In a ceremony on March 28, the shipbuilder christened the new vessels Nikolay Yevgenov, Vladimir Voronin, Georgiy Ushakov and Yakov Gakkel, after Russian Arctic explorers and scholars.Data provided by Reuters shows that the ships are scheduled for delivery in October and November of 2019, and January and February of 2020, respectively.The ARC-7 units will operate on the Arctic route and transport clean energy from the Arctic to the Asian and Nordic regions. Featuring a length of 299 meters and a width of 50 meters, the ships have a capacity to carry up to 172,600 cbm of LNG and break up to 2.1 meter thick ice.The units are being built for Teekay LNG Partners under a USD 4.8 billion contract for 15 ice-breaking LNG carriers, received in 2014. Each ship has a price of USD 320 million.So far, DSME has handed over 10 of these carriers to their owners, with five remaining under construction at the Okpo yard.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Australia refers India to WTO over sugar cane subsidies

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia — Australia is referring India to the World Trade Organization over subsidies it pays its sugar cane farmers, which Australia says creates a surplus that’s affecting its own farmers.Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says Australia made the WTO referral after previously raising concerns with India over what Canberra says are more than $725 million ($1 billion AUD) in subsidies paid to Indian farmers.Birmingham says while the case may take a long time to be resolved, he hopes it will prompt India to changes its mind on the subsidies.Initial discussions on Australia’s case would take place at the WTO’s Committee on Agriculture meeting later this month.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Climate change will intensify extreme heat waves Study

first_imgLos Angeles: Climate change will not only increase the world’s average temperature but also intensify extreme heat waves that are harming people and wildlife even now, scientists warn. Climate change is often talked about in terms of averages — like the goal set by the Paris Agreement to limit the Earth’s temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the review of over 140 scientific studies published in the journal Physiology. Summertime is quickly becoming a deadly season for life on Earth,” said Professor Jonathon Stillman from San Francisco State University in the US. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHeat waves have already produced striking images of mass mortality in animals, from the bleached skeletons of corals across swaths of the Great Barrier Reef to the deaths of horses during Australian summers, researchers said. Heat stroke from such extreme events is also a present danger for people, especially the elderly, albeit in a less obvious form. “Human mortality is different in that a lot of it is not visible in that way. It’s happening in homes or in doctors’ offices, but it’s striking all the same,” Stillman said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangFor instance, a 2003 heat wave in Europe killed more than 70,000 people across the continent, researchers said. To get a comprehensive view of the effects of future heat waves on humans and wildlife, Stillman gathered information from over 140 scientific studies on the topic. As carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat and raise the Earth’s average temperature, the heat waves we are accustomed to will worsen and become more frequent. In some more extreme projected scenarios, temperatures rivalling or exceeding those seen in Europe in 2003 could last as much as four times as long by the end of the 21st century, the researchers found. “This suggests that (during some years), all summer long we will have heat that is more intense than what happened in 2003,” Stillman said. There are ways to cope with heat waves, but they won’t be available for everyone, or for every species, the researchers said. A lack of available infrastructure may make migrating to cooler climates difficult for many vulnerable human communities and cause large-scale conflict, they said. Due to humanity’s sprawling ecological footprint, many animals won’t have a clear path to cooler climes unless natural space is specifically set aside for that purpose.last_img read more

1984 antiSikh riots Sajjan Kumar accuses CBI of tutoring key witness in

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, serving life term in Tihar jail, accused the CBI before a Delhi court on Tuesday of tutoring a key witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The fact that the witness was giving information contrary to his police statements in 1985 point to his being tutored, Kumar’s counsel said. The submission came after Joginder Singh, who is a witness and the complainant in the case, told the court that certain facts written in the statement given by him to the police relating to the case were false. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Singh was being cross-examined before District Judge Poonam A Bamba when he said that, contrary to his previous statement to the police, he did not run away from his house when some people came and looted his house during the riots. Three persons — Kumar, Brahmanand Gupta and Ved Prakash — are facing trial on charges of murder and rioting pertaining to the killing of Surjit Singh (Joginder’s cousin) in Sultanpuri. The riots broke out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Kumar is currently lodged in Tihar jail after conviction in another case related to the riots. Singh had said in 1985 that some people had entered his house and looted precious jewellery and money. He said he had run away from his house and did not recognise any of them. When the defense counsel pointed out that in his previous statement Singh had not named the accused or named any Surjit, the witness told the court, “I had named everyone. I had taken the name of Sajjan Kumar as one of the accused and given every detail about Surjit to the police. I don’t know if they had recorded it or not.” The advocate appearing for the former Congress leader however said, “Singh has been tutored. It was evident from the previous statement and today’s statement that Singh was giving a false statement.” Another witness, Cham Kaur, had on November 16 last year identified Kumar before the court as one who had allegedly instigated the mob to kill Sikhs. Kaur had told the court that she had seen Kumar allegedly addressing a crowd in the national capital’s Sultanpuri area in 1984. “On November 1, 1984 when I stepped out to look for my goat, I saw accused Sajjan Kumar addressing the crowd and saying ‘hamari ma maar di, Sardaro ko maar do’ (They killed our mother, kill the Sikhs),” Kaur had told the court. She further said the next morning, her son and father were killed. Before Kaur, another key prosecution witness Sheela Kaur identified Kumar as one who had instigated a crowd in Sultanpuri. The case was transferred from the Karkardooma court to the Patiala House court here by the Delhi High Court, which had directed the district judge to video record the proceedings. The Delhi High Court had on December 17 last year convicted Kumar and sentenced him to imprisonment for “remainder of his natural life” in another 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, saying the riots were a “crime against humanity” perpetrated by those who enjoyed “political patronage” and aided by an “indifferent” law enforcement agency.last_img read more

HUMMUS INDIAN WAY

first_imgIngredients Chickpeas (dried) 2 cups of Baking Soda 1 tsp Garlic 3-5 cloves Lemon Juice 10 ml Kosher Salt 1 tsp Tahini 30 gm For Kachumber Hummus Cucumber (chopped) ¼ cup Onion (chopped) ¼ cup Tomato (chopped) ¼ cup Lemon Juice 1 tsp Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSASalt to taste Hummus 6 tbsp For Beetroot Hummus Roasted beetroot puree ¼ cup Hummus 6 tbsp Preparation Soak chickpeas in water for 12-24 hours, then drain and rinse them. Cook the chickpeas with 3-5 cloves of raw garlic. Peel the chickpeas. Drain and rinse the cooked beans, until no bubbles remain. Set the cooked cloves of garlic aside and peel the chickpeas. The skins should slide off quite easily when you gently “pinch” each bean. Discard the chickpea “skins” once finished. Make a chickpea puree by adding 3 cups of the peeled chickpeas and cooked garlic to the food processor, then seal it. Mix the lemon juice and salt together in a small bowl until the salt dissolves, and then slowly pour this mixture into the food processor until they are smooth. Add tahini and water. Let the food processor run for 4-5 minutes, to help make the hummus fluffy and smooth. For Kachumbar Hummus: Mix all the ingredients adjust the seasoning and mix with 4 tbsp of hummus. For Beetroot Hummus: Mix the puree in 4 tbsp of hummus and mix well. (Courtesy: Chef Pawan Bisht, Verandah, New Delhi)last_img read more

Ohio State holds off Illinois 6255 to end 4game skid

Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) goes up for a layup. OSU won against Illinois, 62-55, Jan. 23. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorA win’s a win.For the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes, that’s all that really matters after beating Illinois, 62-55, to put a stop to a four-game losing streak.“We try to do our best to put the losing streak behind us. This game wasn’t about that. It was about trying to come out and find a way to be better than Illinois and that’s our only goal in this game,” senior guard Aaron Craft said after the win. “We wanted to find a way to get better before this game in practice and watching film and we were able to do that. We were a tougher basketball team down the stretch than we have been, and that’s what matters.”A three-point play by junior forward LaQuinton Ross followed by a 3-pointer by senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (his fourth of the game) and free throws down the stretch helped secure the win for OSU.“I think it was just everybody being connected tonight. I think we had…it was a lot of togetherness tonight. You see guys jumping up and down, you see fans jumping up and down. We was able to get our crowd into it. It felt good to be playing back at home, too. Having that support for you from the crowd,” Ross said. “I think it was just a group effort tonight, everybody did what they had to and pitched in.”Both teams struggled offensively early on, combining to make just five field goals in the opening nine minutes of play.Smith Jr.’s second 3-pointer of the game gave OSU the lead, 24-23, with 57 seconds remaining in the first half, but a dunk on the other end by Illini junior center Nnanna Egwu helped give Illinois the lead at the break.The Buckeyes had as many field goals (seven) as they did fouls in the first half.OSU was able to gain momentum in the second half thanks to a 9-0 run that was topped off by a 3-pointer by junior forward Sam Thompson. That gave the Buckeyes the lead, 40-34, aided by four turnovers in six possessions by the Fighting Illini.Illinois (13-7, 2-5) would not go away quietly though, as it would make back-to-back 3-pointers to stay in the game.Craft would answer with a 3-pointer shortly thereafter, but two baskets by Illinois redshirt-senior guard Joseph Bertrand and a layup by junior guard Tracy Abrams tied the game at 46.Ross would bury a three from the wing, though, and a steal by Smith Jr. lead to a layup by junior guard Shannon Scott that gave OSU a five-point advantage with 3:31 left.The Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) were able to make enough plays late to hold off Illinois for the win.“I’m just so excited for my team right now. Got a chance to see guys smiling and I miss that,” Smith Jr. said after the win. “As a senior on this team, obviously you want to see your team smiling as much as possible. I can tell you, prior to this game there was no smiles, there was no laughter. There was none of that. Guys were kind of in their shell. And now I feel like everybody’s out now and I’m just looking forward to going forward and playing the next game with a lot of confidence.”Ross led the way for OSU with 18 points, but Smith Jr. wasn’t far behind with 16 of his own. Craft finished with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.“I think this. Did we play perfect? No, we did not,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “The thing I liked was I loved our energy on defense. I thought we played extremely hard. I thought we got back to rotating, seeing things the way we need to see them. And that was something going in…you know offensively, first half I’m just like, ‘here we go again.’ When (junior center) Amir (Williams) missed the dunk I’m like ‘maybe this isn’t supposed to be.’ But to the kids credit they had a different look in their eye down the stretch and give the (Schottenstein Center) a ton of (credit). I mean that crowd was as energetic as it could be and really helped us.”Bertrand scored 19 for Illinois in the loss.Next up, the Buckeyes are set to host Penn State (9-10, 0-6) Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Ranieri We deserved more

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri is left disappointed after their 1-1 draw with Wolves as they lost their lead in the late stages of the game.After a goalless first half, Ryan Sessegnon put Fulham ahead in the 74th minute, but with five minutes to go, Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss scored from close range after a shot rebounded off a defender.“We are a little disappointed because I think we deserved more from the first half because we created more than them,” Ranieri told the club’s website.“In the second half, after we scored a goal, they found a solution.“I’m satisfied with our performance, as we worked hard against a good team. It was a tactical match today.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Mitrović had a chance to win the match. In this moment, we need to continue to stay together and be positive.“When a team is bottom, everything goes against this team, but we are stronger than this. We want to react in every circumstance, in every match.“If we continue to fight, train well, understand the tactical movement, we’ll do better.“We try to find a solution, but if you continue to fight, you can change things. If you lose hope, you lose everything.“I believe in my players. For this reason, I believe we can make something good.”last_img read more