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first_img Brad James March 21, 2019 /Sports News – Local Streaking BYU Baseball Hosts Portland Presently, the Cougars and the Pilots are the West Coast Conference squads with the most wins, although they are only a combined 2-4 in conference play thus far. The Cougars are led by senior first baseman Brian Hsu (32nd in the nation with a .415 batting average and an on-base percentage of .493). Senior infielder Matt Kelly (5 home runs, 20 RBI) is the Pilots’ offensive leader. Portland’s leading pitchers are redshirt senior right-hander Chris Clements (4-0), freshman right-handed pitcher Peter Allegro (2-0) and junior right-handed pitcher Nate Packard (2-0). The Pilots have played solid baseball this season as well, as their record suggests. Friday, right-hander Easton Walker gets the call for the Cougars and Saturday’s projected starter, Justin Sterner, leads the squad with 28 strikeouts. Getting the nod on the mound for the Cougars Thursday is right-hander Jordan Wood. Wood brings a 1.76 ERA in five starts this season which have seen him pitch 30.2 innings. Tags: Brian Hsu/BYU Baseball/Chris Clements/Cougars/Easton Walker/Justin Sterner/Matt Kelly/Nate Packard/Noah Hill/Peter Allegro/Pilots/Portland Baseball Additionally, senior catcher Noah Hill has now hit safely in 14 consecutive games for BYU. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Thursday through Saturday, BYU baseball (14-5, 1-2 in West Coast Conference play) hosts conference foe Portland (15-6, 1-2 in WCC play) at Miller Park. Their team ERA of 2.98 is good for 22nd in the country and their 51 doubles rank them third nationally. The Pilots have also posted 24 home runs on the season, ranking them 14th in NCAA Division I. Written bylast_img read more

first_imgMajor European asset owners are among the backers of a $1.42bn (€1.15bn) green bond fund – believed to be the largest such fund launch to date. Swedish pension funds Alecta, AP3 and AP4 along with France’s ERAFP are among a number of European pension funds to have invested in the emerging markets fund launched by Amundi and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC).The Amundi Planet Emerging Green One (EGO) aims to increase the capacity of emerging market banks to fund “climate-smart” investments. The IFC is a cornerstone investor in EGO with a commitment of $256m.Alongside the Swedish and French investors, capital also came from Austria’s APK Pensionkasse and APK Vorsorgekasse, MP Pension, and insurance companies Crédit Agricole and LocalTapiola, Amundi said. Philippe Le Houérou, chief executive of the IFC, said: “The global market for green bonds has expanded rapidly in recent years, totaling more than $155bn in 2017, but few banks in developing countries have issued such bonds.“IFC and Amundi expect this new fund to encourage more local financial institutions to issue green bonds, by increasing global demand and building local markets.”The fund is to run until 2025 and is listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.Amundi said the fund was the first of its kind to take a holistic approach by investing in emerging market green bonds, while also helping to create a robust green bond market with capacity-building activities.As well as its investment, the IFC will run a technical assistance programme including the provision of training for bankers.Besides the IFC, other development finance entities including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank and France’s Proparco are also among investors in the fund.Gregory Clemente, CEO of Proparco, described EGO as “an exemplary initiative”.“Proparco is proud to be the largest contributor in Amundi Planet EGO mezzanine tranche as this investment plays a key role in catalysing investments from institutional investors with a lower knowledge of emerging and developing countries, thereby creating the biggest climate finance fund operating in these markets,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB), Fizul Bacchus, has hailed the performance of the Essequibo team in their just-concluded Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Franchise League three-day campaign.Bacchus, who is also the acting president of the GCB, said in an exclusive interview yesterday that the team has definitely defied the odds and at the same time proved many people wrong.“The entire Essequibo is proud of their performance. You guys have played excellent cricket … you have defied the odds, and at the same time proved many people wrong,” Bacchus said.The Essequibo Franchise played some phenomenal cricket throughout the seven-week tournament, and truly deserved the results. The achievement landed Essequibo their maiden title.Captain Anthony Adams led from the front, and was voted the best all-rounder and Most Valuable Player-in-the-tournament.However, Bacchus disclosed that the performance has definitely witnessed the growth and promise of a number of young, talented players.“During the tournament, they gave proof of their ability to function and perform,” he noted.Further the ECB president acknowledged the work of head coach Michael Franco Hyles and assistant coach Ryan Hercules.“It is never easy coaching a team with players from different areas, different backgrounds, different cultures and different playing styles. That didn’t stop you guys from getting the best out of the players. Your job did not go unnoticed at any time, and indeed you guys have done a miraculous job for the team,” Bacchus was quoted on the Essequibo Cricket Board Facebook page.On the other hand, Bacchus pointed out that the competition has definitely boosted the development of the game and players in the Cinderella County.“The Franchise cricket has definitely changed the image of the game in Essequibo. As I said before, this Franchise League is the way forward, not only for Essequibo cricket, but cricket in general,” Bacchus said.Bacchus further indicated that the quality of the game will continue to improve under this professional franchise set-up.The league replaced the traditional Inter-county competition, and comprises eight Franchise teams countrywide.Meanwhile, the League will be streamlined to feed into the Cricket Guyana Inc. (CGI) contract and academy offers, as well as Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League Four-day competition and the Regional Super50.last_img read more

first_imgRyan Nassib is headed to New York. The New York Giants selected the former Syracuse quarterback Nassib with the thirteenth pick of the fourth round Saturday — No. 110 overall.The Giants traded the No. 116 overall pick  to the Cardinals to move up and take Nassib. The Oakland Raiders took Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson with the No. 112 overall pick.Nassib started at quarterback for three years for the Orange, winning 21 games and two Pinstripe Bowls in his three full seasons as a starter. He was projected as high as No. 8 overall to the New York Jets. Former SU head coach Doug Marrone could have been reunited with his former quarterback by drafting Nassib at No. 16 overall, but the Buffalo Bills head coach instead opted to draft former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel.Nassib was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly. Unlike other All-American teams that choose players based on collegiate production, PFW chooses players based on who is expected to be the best professional.The former SU quarterback completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 3,749 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a senior. The Orange finished 8-5 and won its second bowl game in three seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFormer SU tackle Justin Pugh went No. 19 overall to the New York Giants too. Nassib is now the fourth quarterback on the Giants’ roster, joining Eli Manning, David Carr and Curtis Painter. Comments Related Stories Class of their own: NFL Draft presents final step in seniors’ effort to restore Syracuse’s legitimacyNew York Giants select former Syracuse quarterback Nassib with 13th pick in 4th roundFormer Syracuse tackle Pugh drafted 19th overall by New York Giants Published on April 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was a guest on ESPN’s “Gruden’s QB Camp” while awaiting the draft coming out of Fresno State so he was no stranger to in-depth talk about everything that goes into a modern passing game.Little did he know that when Jon Gruden became his head coach, there was a much different message.“One of the first things he ever said to me when he was the coach here was, ‘Get excited about the run game,’ ” Carr said Wednesday. “And as a young quarterback that …last_img

first_imgA skeleton of an extinct creature was found on the coast of Peru. Evolutionists are all calling it a walking whale.In Current Biology, a team led by Olivier Lambert announced a skeleton of what they call an “amphibious whale” or a “quadrupedal whale” they found off the coast of Peru. When the story (complete with artists’ conceptions) hit the press, reporters took the bait and ran with it without asking any questions, printing blow-ups of the artwork as the leading tease under their breathless headlines.Credit: Brett MillerAncient, four-legged whale with otter-like features found along the coast of Peru (Cell Press).Ancient Four-Legged Whale Swam Across Oceans, Walked Across Continents (Live Science).Amazing four-legged fossil shows how walking whales learned to swim (New Scientist).Fossil of ancient four-legged whale found in Peru (BBC News).Ancient four-legged whales once roamed land and sea  (The Conversation).The lead discoverer was ecstatic about the evolutionary implications of his discovery. “This is the first indisputable record of a quadrupedal whale skeleton for the whole Pacific Ocean, probably the oldest for the Americas, and the most complete outside India and Pakistan,” said Olivier Lambert of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.The team believes the date of the fossil fits the assumed evolutionary transition between artiodactyls and cetaceans, provided it was able to cross the ocean from Pakistan, where the other alleged ‘walking whale’ specimens were found. The discoverers embedded their interpretation into the name, calling it Peregocetus pacificus, “the traveling whale that reached the Pacific.”Comparative sizes of humpback whale and its presumed land ancestor. Credit: Illustra Media.Experience through many years of reporting overhyped claims by evolutionists teaches one to remain skeptical. First of all, the beast does not resemble a whale. It has a long snout, and probably a long tail, and some possible webbing in its four feet. But so do seals, sea lions, beavers, and otters. It is not really that different from the extinct animals in Pakistan that have long been touted as transitional forms, except that this one was found on the west coast of Peru. It may have been about four feet long, but whales are among the largest animals that ever lived.Since the news media are not doing their duty to ask questions, let’s do it for them.How do they know it is a whale? They don’t. That’s their interpretation. It would be like calling a platypus a duck because of its duckbill, or a snake because of its poison spur.How could it be a non-whale? Many other animals have some of these traits: webbed feet, long snouts, and an amphibious lifestyle. The authors say that the creature shared some traits with beavers and otters. Extinct animals often display a mosaic of traits.How is it unlike a whale? It is not an obligate marine mammal, where every function has to be performed in water 24 x 7. That’s a huge change in lifestyle, requiring many simultaneous adaptations.Is it really a transitional form? Many mammals with amphibious lifestyles are not considered transitional forms to whales: manatees, hippos, sea lions, beavers, otters, humans. Nobody watched how this animal lived, because it is extinct.Did it really cross the ocean? The authors claim that Africa and South America would have been closer when this animal lived. That proves nothing. It would still be a long, long way for a fish-eating amphibious mammal to travel that far. With only one specimen known, there’s too little evidence to make a case. Many types of animals are known to be cosmopolitan. Maybe this one was, too, but we lack enough fossils to know. You can’t build a story on one fossil. You can’t say it swam from Pakistan to Peru in order to evolve into a new creature on its way to whalehood.Why not believe it was a transitional form? In the Illustra Media documentary Living Waters, Dr Richard Sternberg points out irreducibly complex traits like the male reproductive system that would need relocation inside the body plus a complex cooling system to prevent sterility. That, and many other systems, would require complete overhauls for obligate marine living, involving numerous genetic changes. And yet the probability of getting just two coordinated mutations, he calculated, is 100 million years, far longer than the time allowed for alleged “whale evolution” to occur. This consideration alone blows the story out of the water, so to speak.Epistemic modesty should keep scientists from spinning elaborate yarns about great transformations in evolution. The whale story is one of the biggest. It’s sufficient to say that ‘We found another unknown animal in the fossil record, and here are its features.’ (Visited 557 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Steve Culman, Ohio State University ExtensionTwo new factsheets summarizing key components of the work to update the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations are now available. Updated Grain Nutrient Removal RatesHow many pounds of nutrients are removed with every bushel of corn, soybean and wheat harvested? This factsheet reports new numbers and shows how nutrient removal rates in harvested grain have decreased over the past 25 years.For more information: go.osu.edu/grain. Converting Soil Test Values: Mehlich-3, Bray P, Ammonium AcetateThe updated Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations will use the Mehlich-3 extractant as the new standard for fertilizer recommendations. This factsheet provides simple, standardized conversions that allow users to convert back and forth from these different extractants.For more information: go.osu.edu/mehlich.last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari confident keeping squad togetherby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he expects to keep his squad together.Solari was asked about the January transfer market and was asked if he expected to lose any players.”All of the players are part of this squad,” he told reporters.”I have no news.”What matters to me is this match, which we need to go into while humility and commitment.”Isco? He is a great player and he’ll keep making us happy.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgtyvis powell and cardale jones pose for selfie at spring game.Twitter/@Landgrant33Cardale Jones and Tyvis Powell are extremely close, to the point where Powell often refers to the big quarterback as his “son.” They are also well known for pulling pranks on one another and cracking jokes at the other’s expense. During today’s Ohio State spring game, the Powell got the best of Jones, intercepting a pass. Jones, who is wearing a non-contact jersey, put a lick on Powell after the pick, but Powell definitely gets the best of his friend with the celebration, where he pretended to take a selfie with him.TYVIS POWELL FAKE SELFIE CELEBRATION DOT MP4 pic.twitter.com/6tqSrmdytk— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) April 18, 2015Jones and Powell are two of the most entertaining players in college football, and they also happen to be among the best on a team that is favored to repeat as national champions. Expect to see more of their comedic stylings as we head towards the 2015 season.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — A nearly silent, drone-sized aircraft has shown it can fly, thanks to a scientist who was inspired by watching “Star Trek” as a child.With neither propellers nor jets, the airplane gets its thrust by applying a strong electric field to the air. That general idea has been demonstrated at science fairs, but the new work shows it can power a free-flying airplane.So can people look forward to travelling in planes that are almost silent and emit no air pollution?“Not anytime soon,” says Steven Barrett of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who reported the results in a study released Wednesday by the journal Nature.It’s not clear whether the technology could work at such a large scale, he said in a telephone interview. And even if it can, it would take a few decades to develop such planes, he said.Before that, the approach might be used in airplane-like drones that perform tasks like environmental monitoring and surveillance, he said. As drones become more common in urban skies, the lack of noise would be an advantage in making them less bothersome to people on the ground, he said.The Nature paper reports the results of 10 test flights inside an MIT athletic building. With a wingspan of about 16 feet (5 metres), the five-pound (2.45-kilogram) plane sailed along at about 11 mph (17 kph). Each flight covered about 60 yards (55 metres).Barrett, 35, said he was inspired as a child by watching “Star Trek” television episodes and movies, where he was struck by the shuttles that flew with no moving parts in their propulsion systems. He recalled thinking, “There should be a way things should fly without having propellers and (jet) turbines.”As an adult, he focused on that and came across a concept called “ionic wind.”For the MIT airplane, that involves a series of thin wires at the front of the plane that generate a powerful electric field. The field strips electrons from air molecules, turning the molecules into positively charged particles called ions. Those ions flow toward negatively charged parts of plane, colliding with ordinary air molecules and transferring energy to them. That produces a wind that provides thrust for the plane, Barrett explained.A similar process has long been used in outer space to propel some spacecraft, he said.Barrett said he hopes to find a way to eliminate the “very slight buzz” one can hear.“I think they’re onto something here,” said Pat Anderson, a professor of aerospace engineering at the Daytona Beach, Florida, campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He had no role in the research.He called the results impressive. But the experimental aircraft lacks the range and endurance to serve as a useful drone, and it’s not clear whether the technology could be scaled up to fix that or become useful for propelling a passenger plane, he said.___Follow Malcolm Ritter at @MalcolmRitter___The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Malcolm Ritter, The Associated Presslast_img read more