Warriors fatigue? No NBA Awards finalists for Golden State

first_imgThe Western Conference’s top team didn’t have a top-three player, rookie, defender, coach or reserve this season, according to the panel that determines finalists for the NBA Awards.The Warriors were shut out of the finalists groupings, which were determined by media across the league, the NBA announced Friday.The three candidates for most valuable player are Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thunder forward Paul George and last year’s winner, Rockets guard James Harden.Steph Curry and …last_img

Huge Soweto housing project under way

first_imgThe Lufhereng Integrated Housing Development project was launched on Tuesday, 17 August 2010 in Soweto.Once complete, Lufhereng in Soweto will comprise 24 000 mixed-income houses, with schools, clinics, sports fields and recreational facilities making up a complete, sustainable community. (Image: Sowetan LIVE)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has embarked on one of its biggest mixed housing developments yet. Once complete, Lufhereng in Soweto will comprise 24 000 mixed-income houses, with schools, clinics, sports fields and recreational facilities making up a complete, sustainable community.Part of the western extension of Soweto, the Lufhereng Integrated Housing Development project was launched on Tuesday, 17 August by Joburg Executive Mayor Amos Masondo.Lufhereng was conceived and initiated by the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng Local Government and Housing Department as a large-scale, mixed-income, mixed-type and mixed-tenure housing development.Urban agricultureThe project will include a significant component of urban agriculture, through small-scale intensive urban agriculture open-field plots, hydroponic farming units and fish breeding schemes.The name Lufhereng is derived from a Venda word and a Sesotho word, “lufhera” and “reng”, respectively. The combined word refers to a place where people come together with a united commitment.In the first and second phases of the project, 2 223 freehold stands will be delivered, from which 1 192 have been earmarked for subsidised housing, while close to 1 000 units will be turned into RDP houses.Three categories of communities have been identified for allocation of houses in Lufhereng:The 3 200 Protea South residents;People on the Soweto 1996/97 waiting list; andThe Doornkop farming community.Tackling the backlogSpeaking at the project launch, Human Settlements Miniser Tokyo Sexwale that although South Africa had a backlog of more than 2.1-million houses, “we are addressing the matter. As we speak we have asked for an increase from the R18-billion set aside by the National Treasury.”Although there have been a series of protests over housing backlogs, Sexwale urged people to work with the government to make sure there was no corruption in the housing department, by not paying unwarranted amounts of money to get an RDP house.Joburg Mayor Masondo also spoke of this, saying: “The demand for housing remains high, but we continue to strive for and remain committed to the creation of sustainable human settlements and communities.”Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane emphasised the responsibilities of housing beneficiaries, saying that people “should remember that they have no right to sell the houses given to them. We are here to build a new community, the community of Lufhereng.”BeneficiariesAs of 7 August this year, 907 Lufhereng houses had already been handed over to beneficiaries, Masondo said.Lufhereng’s launch coincided with the handover of a further seven houses to beneficiaries, the oldest being 79 and the youngest being 38. Four of them had been on the housing waiting list for 14 years, while three had been waiting since 2008.One of them, Itumeleng Malebo, was a former farm labourer on the plot on which Lufhereng is built. “We were given first preference of acquiring homes here, so I’m delighted,” Malebo said. “I’ve lived and worked on the farm since 1991 … I run a small spaza shop from the house so I can earn a living, as I’m unemployed.”Another person who was given the keys to her new home, Nomasiza Mpeqeka, a 75-year-old pensioner, has been on the housing waiting list since 1996.“I live with two of my grandchildren and I’m glad that they now have a place they call home,” Mpeqeka said. “I used to live in a backroom in Meadowlands for years, but now I have a place I can call my home.”Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

More on the RMA cover crop harvest date change

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Kirk Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramWith many farmers in Ohio unable to plant before the Final Planting Date for crop insurance, questions are arising about planting and harvesting cover crops on those prevented planting acres. USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) rules allow operators to plant cover crops on prevented planting acres and to hay, graze, or cut the cover crops for silage after the posted “harvest date.” In previous years, the harvest date for cover crops was Nov. 1.  If an operator harvested the cover crop before that date, the prevented plant payment would be reduced from 100% to 35%.The RMA has changed the harvest date for 2019, however. In response to reduced livestock feed supplies that will result from the loss of planted acres this year, the RMA has moved up the cover crop harvest date to September 1. An operator who plants a cover crop after the Final Planting Date and then cuts the crop for forage on or after Sept. 1 can still receive 100% of the prevented plant payment, even if the operator sells the forage and regardless of whether the operator planted the cover crop during or after the Late Planting Period. The Final Planting Date in Ohio was June 5 for corn and June 20 for soybeans; the Late Planting Period ended on June 20 for corn and runs until July 15 for soybeans. Note, too, that a cover crop that was in the ground before the Final Planting Date but was not terminated because the operator couldn’t plant the intended corn or soybean crop can also be harvested for forage on or after Sept. 1.The RMA’s chart below illustrates payment scenarios for cover crops planted and harvested on prevented planting acres.                 Other requirements for cover crops  While the cover crop harvest date seems pretty straightforward, don’t be fooled — crop insurance provisions can be tricky. Farmers planning to put out cover crops on prevented plant acres should work closely with their crop insurance agents to ensure that all policy provisions and documentation requirements are met.An initial requirement is that the cover crop planted must meet the definition of an “acceptable cover crop” for crop insurance purposes. The RMA considers an acceptable cover crop as one that is recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement and planted at the recommended seeding rate. OSU agricultural experts can help provide guidance on acceptable cover crops.Operators should also be aware that many seed licenses, particularly for bio-engineered seeds, restrict the use of the seed to grain production only. In those situations, planting the seed for a cover crop or harvesting it for silage would violate the seed licensing contract and create a liability situation for the operator.Additionally, note that crop insurance provisions prohibit harvesting the cover crop for grain or seed, and an operator who does so will lose all of the prevented plant payment. The cover crop harvest can also impact other provisions, such as the farm’s Actual Production History (APH) yields. These and other provisions highlight the importance of a close working arrangement with the crop insurance agent in order to comply with RMA’s cover crop provisions.last_img read more

The DOE’s Net-Zero-Energy Juggernaut

first_imgThe Department of Energy, through its Building America research program, has struck partnerships with hundreds of housing industry specialists to explore the best ways to achieve energy efficiency in a home.So far, 41,556 Building America projects have been completed or are under construction across the U.S., each providing data on construction techniques, materials selection, climate, site selection, and other technical details that can be used to help refine guidelines for building energy efficient homes at reasonable prices. (Click here for basic information about each project, and links to sites offering more-detailed information.)Another DOE initiative that recently got underway – the Net-Zero Energy Buildings National User Facility – will be built and operated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on a $15.9 million stimulus-funded budget. This is an especially bright spot among the DOE’s 2009 energy efficiency research programs because it focuses so tightly on energy efficient construction; involves collaboration with designers, construction specialists, academics, manufacturers, and building owners and operators; and will attempt to tap Silicon Valley’s expertise and entrepreneurial interest in “Greentech” innovation. The aim will be to develop or further refine techniques, systems, and materials with an eye to reducing costs.Berkeley Lab will assimilate data from a series of test-beds in new and existing buildings that will allow researchers to switch out various systems – from windows to lighting to HVAC components – and moderate and measure their performance in a variety of settings. A key aspect of the research also will be to refine the hardware and software needed to measure performance and then introduce similar refinements to modeling software for designers.The Berkeley Lab team includes 21 industry partners, three utilities, eight universities, a nonprofit, and three public agencies, all of whom indicated their support and interest in using the facility. Major partners include the University of California, Berkeley, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, HOK, Flack + Kurtz, Philips Research, Johnson Controls, Lutron, Siemens, the California Energy Commission, and the U.S. General Services Administration, the lab said.last_img read more

Nuggets rout Raptors with big 3rd quarter blast

first_imgDenver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, left, picks up a loose ball as Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam. APDENVER — Nikola Jokic received some playful ribbing for his errant, behind-the-back pass on a fast break late in the first half.On this night, that was about all that went wrong for the Denver Nuggets.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Worth shouting about: George Springer wins World Series MVP John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Jamal Murray scored 16 of his 24 points in a decisive third-quarter spurt, Jokic added 16 rebounds and 10 assists while narrowly missing a triple-double, and the Nuggets beat the Toronto Raptors 129-111 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).“We moved the ball and were unselfish, made a lot of cuts, made the defense work,” said Murray, who has scored at least 20 in three straight games. “We kept playing our game and they tried to play to our pace.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPaul Millsap added 20 points in his best offensive output since joining the Nuggets. He signed a three-year, $90 million deal with Denver in July, but has recently struggled with his jumper.Millsap had 13 points in the first quarter, including two 3-pointers, to jump-start the Nuggets early. Murray broke loose in the third to help turn a 60-51 lead into a 36-point advantage in a matter of minutes. The 43 points in the third marked the biggest quarter for the Nuggets this season.Jokic finished with eight points and didn’t play over the final 7:41. Not that he minded missing out on his seventh career triple-double.“I couldn’t make shots today,” said Jokic, who was 4 of 10 from the field. “I didn’t force it. I tried to do some other stuff.”Norman Powell led the Raptors with 14 points as they made their fifth stop on a six-game road swing, their longest of the season.“That was an embarrassing performance by all of us, from coaches to players,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “One thing we said: You’ve got to come in here and compete and play hard, play a physical game, and we didn’t do either one on either end of the floor.”Murray was briefly checked out by trainers in the first quarter after flying into the courtside seats while trying to steal a pass. He landed about three rows back and in the vicinity of Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene.In the process, Murray also spilled a beer and had to make a quick trip into the locker room to change jerseys.“I smelled like Heineken,” he said.TIP-INSRaptors: Delon Wright had 12 points off the bench. … Kyle Lowry finished with nine points.center_img LATEST STORIES “He was really aggressive,” Jokic said of his fellow big man. “We just continued to play aggressive.”Now, about that pass to Wilson Chandler just before halftime: Jokic was dribbling down the court, had a defender on him and tried to loft it behind his back to Chandler for a highlight-reel dunk.Only, it was a bit too high.“I thought he could jump. He’s an athletic guy,” Jokic teased in the locker room.“My fault,” Chandler quickly responded.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nuggets: F Juancho Hernangomez missed a sixth straight game with mononucleosis. “I do not anticipate him being back for a few weeks,” coach Michael Malone said. …. Broncos LB Von Miller showed up wearing an Avalanche hockey sweater bearing his No. 58. … Denver connected on 16 3-pointers to start a six-game homestand.MID-RANGE MANMalone called DeMar DeRozan the “king of the mid-range jumper.” DeRozan shot 4 of 10 to finish with a season-low 10 points for Toronto.“DeMar does it in a different way,” Casey said. “He still gets to the free throw line. He gets a three the old-fashioned way.”HIGH PRAISECasey said Jokic’s game reminds him of Dallas standout Dirk Nowitzki.“As far as his range and size, the way he gets the ball up on his shot. You can’t get to it,” Casey said. “You have to have extraordinary reach to get to his shot. They do some special things to try to create space for him.”UPSETMalone wasn’t pleased with his team allowing 40 points in the fourth quarter even if the game was well in hand.“Unacceptable,” he said. “I don’t care what the score is, how much you’re up. Our defense the last six minutes was embarrassing.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

Eustaquio bows to Akhmetov in ONE main event

first_imgEustaquio rocked the Kazakh early, landing a couple of kicks to the former champion’s face, but referee Yuji Shimada inexplicably halted the match that allowed Akhmetov to recover.Akhmetov took the fight to the ground but the Ifugao warrior showed immense brilliance in his ground defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith the bout seemingly even, Akhmetov may have gained the advantage after knocking down Eustaquio with a punch in the third round and holding the Filipino challenger in a guillotine until the final minute.Winning the virtual number one contender’s match, With the victory, Akhmetov once again gave himself a shot at the title against reigning ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes of Brazil, who had previously beaten him for the belt. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Kairat Akhmetov. Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA — Kairat Akhmetov narrowly edged Filipino bet Geje Eustaquio in the main event of ONE: Total Victory Saturday at Jakarta Convention Center here.The former ONE Flyweight Champion bested the Team Lakay flyweight by split decision in a match that was truly too close to call.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Akhmetov improved his record to 24-1, while Eustaquio fell to 9-6.Eustaquio’s defeat ruined what would have been a great night for Filipinos, after flyweight Ramon Gonzales and strawweight Roy Doliguez won their respective matches in the undercard.Meanwhile, hometown pride Stefer Rahardian (6-0) extended his winning streak in the flyweight division, making Cambodian Sim Bunsrun (3-4) tap out by rear-naked choke at the 1:07 mark of the first round, much to the delight of the Jakarta crowd.“It was really tough because I saw my opponent scrambling. But as soon as I had a chance to take his back, I took the opportunity,” Rahardian said of his dominant showing.Alain Ngalani (3-3) made quick work of Hideki Sekine (7-2), putting his Japanese opponent to sleep with a right straight within 11 seconds of the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES PH fighters Doliguez, Gonzales stop foes in undercard of ONE: Total Victory View commentslast_img read more

Asian Cup hosts UAE punished for shoe, bottle barrage

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Qatar’s defender Salem Al Hajri, right bottom, lies on the pitch after shoes and bottles where thrown in by United Arab Emirates fans during the AFC Asian Cup semifinal soccer match between United Arab Emirates and Qatar at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)The United Arab Emirates were fined $150,000 and ordered to play a match behind closed doors after home fans pelted Qatar players with shoes and bottles in ugly scenes during an Asian Cup semi-final defeat.The tournament hosts were punished following January’s combustible 4-0 loss in Abu Dhabi, when plastic water bottles and footwear — a traditional insult — were hurled at the Qataris, the eventual Asian Cup champions.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jordan Clarkson, Cavaliers celebrate first Filipino Heritage Night The Asian Football Confederation’s disciplinary and ethics committee handed out the sanctions for infringements related to spectator conduct and match organisation.Along with the fine, the UAE were told to their play next home qualifier for the 2023 Asian Cup “without spectators” in an empty stadium, a statement said late on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Asian Cup was held in the midst of the transport and diplomatic blockade of Qatar by several countries, including UAE, who accuse it of supporting terrorism — a charge Doha denies.As a result Qataris are generally barred from UAE, meaning the Maroons were largely devoid of their own fans as they romped to their first Asian crown — three years before hosting the World Cup in 2022. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

2008 World All Schools Tournament

first_imgA massive 262 touch football teams will be converging on White Hills Reserve Brisbane for the 4th World All Schools Tournament. The tournament will be held from Thursday 9 October until Sunday 12 October.  This is the second time the tournament will be held in Brisbane, after the city hosted the second tournament in 2003. Singapore hosted the tournament in 2006, with Southport, Queensland the first ever host in 2001.last_img

Extensive tree plantation drive has raised forest cover in Bengal says Bratya

first_imgKolkata: State Forest minister Bratya Basu said in the Assembly on Thursday that the forest cover in Bengal has increased, following the extensive tree plantation programme. The state government has also taken up various steps to strengthen the conservation of mangroves in Sunderbans.During his speech, Basu told the House that the Forest department has started planting mangrove trees like sundari, goran and geoya in Sunderbans, which will eventually contribute to conserving the environment in the region. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state government has allotted a fund of Rs 73.02 lakh so far to increase the mangrove forest cover in Sunderbans, the minister told the House, while answering a question raised by an MLA. While responding to the query, the minister also stated that mangrove trees are being planted not only in the forest and its adjoining areas, but in the core areas as well. “The plantation of a large number of mangrove trees is also evident in the GIS map,” the minister said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBasu also claimed that the Centre’s data has corroborated the fact that the forest cover has increased in the state following various initiatives by the Mamata Banerjee government. At present, 15.52 percent of the total land area in the state is covered by forests. It may be mentioned here that following Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s instruction, the Forest department has started distributing saplings among people through various programmes. All the MLAs also get saplings from the Forest department. CPI-M MLA from Raniganj Jahanara Khatun drew the attention of the Forest minister during the Assembly session, on how she was denied saplings by the district forest officials. She told the House that she had sought some saplings from the district forest officer, as Raniganj is prone to landslides. But she was told by the officer that there was no such order. Basu subsequently took note of the incident and assured the MLA that he would ensure that she gets the saplings.last_img read more

People on the move 5114

first_imgJeannine Shao Collins named publisher at More. She was previously serving as Meredith 360 chief innovation officer. Theresa Griggs is now creative director at Cosmopolitan. She was previously design director at Women’s Health. mental_floss has named Erin McCarthy as its managing editor of digital content. McCarthy was previously deputy editor of digital for the brand.The New Yorker has named Jay Caspian Kang as editor of “Elements.” He was previously working in freelance after leaving his post as an editor at Grantland.HVACR Business magazine has made a few recent additions to its team:Bruce Sprague is now circulation manager. He was previously at Penton Media, where he managed circulation and fulfillment.Pete Grasso has been named editor. Grasso joins the magazine with a deep background in PR and b-to-b editorial.Tony D’Avino joined as director of business development. D’Avino was previously executive vice president at Advanstar.Mark Miller has resigned his post as deputy editorial director at The Hollywood Reporter. No news yet on Miller’s future endeavors or his replacement.last_img read more