LEICESTER VS SOUTHAMPTON

first_imgLEICESTER (4-4-1-1)SCHMEICHEL,SIMPSON, HUTH,MORGAN, FUCHS,MAHREZ, DRINKWATER, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,OKAZAKI,VARDYPELLE, LONG,TADIC, ROMEU, CLASIE, S. DAVIS,BERTRAND, VAN DIJK, FONTE, MARTINA,FORSTERSOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)Leicester City are five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League though second-placed Tottenham Hotspur play a day earlier and could reduce that deficit to two points.Riyad Mahrez has become Leicester’s danger man; he has been involved in more Premier League goals this season than anyone else (16 goals, 11 assists), two more than teammate Jamie Vardy (25).Mahrez has scored more winning goals in the Premier League than any other player this season. Mahrez has also netted more away league goals this season than any other player (12).Mahrez and Vardy have set each other up for eight Premier League goals this season (five Mahrez assists, three Vardy assists), a joint-high along with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud.Interestingly, Leicester have won 13 games by a one goal margin this season, more than any other.Southampton, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last three league games, winning the last two. Last time out, at home to Liverpool, they came back from a two-goal deficit to win 3-2, with Sadio Mane scoring a late winner.At St Mary’s Stadium in October, Saints led 2-0 but Vardy scored two late goals to earn the Foxes a point. Vardy has 19 goals for Leicester though he has gone five without a club goal.However, Vardy scored in successive England games last week, in Germany and at home to the Netherlands.Leicester test goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Matthew James and Andy King. Southampton, meanwhile, test Ryan Bertrand and are without Jay Rodriguez, Charlie Austin and Florin Gardos.last_img read more

Genetic makeup of dogs shows science new tricks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Collins and other researchers made their announcement at a Boston dog show. The research, overseen by the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, was published in today’s issue of the journal Nature. The researchers used the DNA of a family pet whose owners wish to remain anonymous. The female boxer named Tasha was chosen from more than 100 candidates because her DNA looked especially amenable to identifying its 2.4 billion chemical building blocks. But it turned out that any dog would do, said Eric Lander, director of the Broad Institute. “It is a historic occasion today for the relationship between humans and dogs,” he said of the animal domesticated 30,000 years ago. “Dogs are prepared to teach us new tricks.” The results are more complete than those announced in 2003 for the DNA of a male poodle named Shadow. Scientists have also deciphered the DNA of mice, rats, chimps, chickens and of course humans, as well as many other organisms. At the DNA level, two randomly chosen dogs differ only about as much as two randomly chosen people, yet the variation in appearance, size and behavior in dogs is “just mind-boggling,” Lander said in an earlier interview. “How is it within one narrow gene pool you can produce Chihuahuas and Great Danes?” he asked. Much of the answer involves differences in turning gene activity on and off, he said, and further study could improve the understanding of that. The new work also identified signposts along the canine DNA that will help spot genes that predispose dogs to certain diseases, some of which they share with humans. In fact, it may be vastly easier to find disease genes in dogs than in people. Intensive breeding has left its mark in the dog genome so that finding DNA regions with disease genes “is like hitting the side of a barn,” Lander said. Such research should benefit dogs and their owners, said William Truesdale, a board member of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Health Foundation, which put $2 million into the dog DNA project. “We’re trying to erase these genetic frailties” by screening dogs for disease genes prior to breeding, he said. That effort is in its infancy, but over time, many of these genes can be eliminated through breeding, he said. And puppies can be tested to assure their owners that they won’t get certain diseases, “like a Good Housekeeping seal,” Truesdale said. Dog DNA is already teaching several lessons about human DNA. For one thing, comparisons between DNA of dogs, humans and mice revealed elaborate controls on the activity of certain human genes active in early development, Lander said. The three-way comparisons also showed that some genetic features found in humans but not mice aren’t really unique to people, but also appear in dogs, he said. “The more species we look at, the more, frankly, we find that humans are not exceptional here,” Lander said. Researchers also estimated that dogs have 19,300 genes, almost all of them canine versions of genes found in people. Prior studies have indicated that people have about 3,000 more, but Lander said the dog analysis “is leading us to question whether those are in fact real human genes.” Some proposed human genes, he said, are now “suspect” and may not be genes at all. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – Mankind’s best friend for thousands of years is ready to teach new tricks to science. The genetic makeup of the dog – in this case a boxer named Tasha – has been deciphered and should help identify genes that make both dogs and people vulnerable to cancers, heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy, blindness, deafness and even some psychiatric disorders, scientists said Wednesday. The work is the first virtually complete decoding of the species and illuminates the blueprint that shapes everything from the smallest Chihuahua to the biggest Great Dane. “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read,” quipped Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, crediting the late comic Groucho Marx. “We’re here to unveil the book of the dog.” last_img read more

Drake Sweeps Weekly MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week Awards

first_imgDrake University sophomores Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Calif.) and Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) have been selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday, Dec. 8. Both were honored for their performances during the period of Nov. 30 – Dec. 6.Timmer and Ahmed-Green are the eighth and ninth Drake student-athletes to earn MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors this season. Ahmed-Green, a member of the women’s track and field team, opened up the indoor track season by taking first place in the 300 meters and setting a facility record at the SDSU Holiday Invite. Her time of 39.98 was a personal best and is the 12th fastest time in the nation this season. Ahmed-Green also finished sixth in the 60 meters and contributed to the Bulldogs’ second place finish in the 4×400-meter relay. Ahmed-Green is an English and journalism major and holds a perfect 4.0 GPA. Timmer, a guard on the men’s basketball team, led Drake with 13 points in a loss against Bowling Green over the weekend. He was 4-of-5 from the free-throw line and contributed four rebounds and an assists. This season Timmer is the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, averaging 17.9 points per game, and has scored 20 points or more in three games this season. Timmer is a pharmacy major and maintains a 3.6 GPA.To qualify for the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or better, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

South Africa set for new growth path

first_img27 October 2010 South Africa is to embark on a new economic growth path in a bid to create five-million jobs and reduce unemployment from 25% to 15% over the next 10 years. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane. Chabane was speaking to journalists in Pretoria following a special Cabinet meeting called by President Jacob Zuma on Monday, and ahead of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s medium-term budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday.Job creation at the centre of economic policy Chabane said the new growth path aimed to address unemployment, inequality and poverty by unlocking employment opportunities in South Africa’s private sector. “The new growth path is a broad framework that sets out a vision and identifies key areas where jobs can be created. The growth path we are announcing today places employment at the centre of economic policy.” Critical to the plan, he said, would be the partnering between key social players, business and government to address structural challenges in the economy.Regulatory reforms The government had realised that the economic growth and commodity price boom experienced over the past years had not seen revenue being sufficiently applied to promote economic spread and skills development in the country, Chabane said. The government also agreed that while South Africa’s economy was among the first to show signs of recovery following the global recession, regulatory reforms that encouraged employment and fought poverty were needed. The recession, which claimed more than a million jobs in 2009, took a heavy toll on South Africa’s economy, with households suffering from falling incomes and high levels of debt. The domestic economy further contracted by an estimated 1.8 percent as a result of a decline in consumption spending and weak investment growth. Chabane said the new growth path would exploit some of the opportunities that arose from the recession.Building an integrated African economy He cited China, India and Brazil as examples of countries with growth prospects similar to those of South Africa. The country could use its influence and experience to gain similar ground on the continent. “The new growth path commits South Africa to work with other countries on the continent to build a single African integrated economy, embracing one billion consumers, and to focus immediately on expanding economic links with the rest of the continent.” At least six key sectors, including infrastructure development, agriculture, mining, the “green” economy, manufacturing and tourism, had been identified as having potential to unlock employment opportunities. Partnerships Chabane and Economic Development Minister Ibrahim Patel agreed that it would probably take more than the government and the business sector for the country to achieve the new growth plan. Patel’s department is behind the Industrial Action Plan, which initially paved a way for the country’s new growth path. “Implementation and setting clear targets will remain a critical part of our work, and that is why we will be engaging all partners from all walks of life, and Cabinet will play a big role in coordinating all stakeholder commitments in this regard,” Patel said. The Cabinet Economic Team is headed by Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti, who is also at the centre of speeding up economic growth in the country’s remote parts through various land reform policies. Nkwinti said that, through agricultural and land reform programmes, several employment opportunities that supported the new growth part were already in the pipeline. These included a special fund that had been created to assist emerging farmers in at least five of the country’s provinces. “Our area of focus will be on identifying skills, with the hope of using the funding to create more self-reliant businesses through partnerships of small and big commercial farmers,” Nkwinti said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress — July 23, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Most areas of the State are still very dry despite spotty rain events, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 22. There were reports of spotty rain events last week but most areas are still dry. The dry weather did provide ample opportunity to harvest hay, wheat, and oats and make herbicide and fungicide applications. Range and pasture conditions were showing early signs of stress from lack of needed rains. Lower temperatures helped to decrease crop stress from scarce rains.Click here to see the full reportlast_img read more

Joe Gibbs dedicates Daytona 500 victory to late son

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane with team owner Joe Gibbs after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFPDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joe Gibbs closed his eyes during a tribute lap for his late son, while crew members raised a banner to honor the co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing.J.D. Gibbs had been hand-picked by his father to run the organization, changed tires during the early seasons, had a brief stint as a driver, pushed for a pivotal switch to Toyota and discovered Denny Hamlin. He signed Hamlin to drive the No. 11, his number from his football days, and it is his name above the driver door on Hamlin’s car.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Women’s basketball teams honor cancer survivors Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. J.D. Gibbs died last month following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease and Hamlin dedicated this NASCAR season to Gibbs’ memory.When Hamlin crossed the finish line Sunday night to win his second Daytona 500 in four years, Joe Gibbs could not hold back what the moment meant to him. A Hall of Fame NFL coach with three Super Bowl victories ranked JGR’s third Daytona 500 win as top.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s the most emotional and the biggest win I’ve ever had in my life in anything” Gibbs said. “J.D. built our race team, was the guy that ran day to day operations for 27 years. He invested his occupational life in our race team. It was the most important night in my occupational life.“I know J.D. and everybody in my family was emotional.” LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ View comments Busch, now winless in 14 Daytona 500s, was initially openly disappointed in falling short.“He’s got two, I’ve got none, and that’s just the way it goes sometimes,” Busch said.But he reiterated the JGR and Toyota goal of working together to win the race and noted he didn’t have much of a shot at beating Hamlin because the field had been decimated by a flurry of late accidents.“Was trying to make sure one of us gets to victory lane, first and foremost,” Busch said. “There wasn’t enough cars out there running at the end. I don’t know how it would have played out.”Hamlin and Busch alternated as the leaders during the handful of late restarts, and the final rush to the checkered flag was a push to hold off Ford driver and reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano. The Ford camp went 1-2-3 in both of Thursday’s qualifying races and was favored to win the Daytona 500.Logano, who started his career at JGR, settled for fourth and also took a moment to honor J.D. Gibbs.“I’m not a Gibbs driver but for what J.D. has done for my career is the reason why I’m sitting here today,” Logano said. “As bad as I want to win it, it is pretty cool to think that the first race after his passing, to see those guys one, two, three, it just says he’s up there watching and maybe gave (those) guys a little extra boost there at the end.”Hamlin last year suffered through his first winless season in the Cup Series and made a crew chief change during the offseason. When he won the 500 in 2016 it was his debut race with crew chief Mike Wheeler, and this victory came in his first race with Chris Gabehart.Hamlin’s first Daytona 500 victory was in a photo finish against Martin Truex Jr. and the celebration was a blur. This one, he said, he will enjoy.“I think I was so dumbfounded about everything that happened the first time with the photo finish and everything,” Hamlin said. “This one lets me soak it in a little bit more. I’m going to have a terrible hangover tomorrow, but I’m going to enjoy it the rest of my life.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hamlin came to Daytona determined to honor his late car owner with a victory.He delivered a storybook tribute.Hamlin led JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium in overtime and was met in victory lane by the entire Gibbs family, including J.D.’s widow and four sons.“He meant a lot to me and it’s hard for me not getting choked up because I’ve been choked up about 100 times about it,” Hamlin said. “Just to have Melissa (Gibbs) and all the kids here, it’s just crazy.”Kyle Busch and Erik Jones finished second and third as JGR became the second team in NASCAR history to sweep the Daytona 500 podium. Hendrick Motorsports did it in 1997 with Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Krausslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri wants Isco to play with Hazard – not replace him

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri wants Isco to play with Hazard – not replace himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants to sign Isco to play with Eden Hazard – not replace him.The Sun says Chelsea are readying a £70m bid for Real Madrid midfielder Isco.Sarri sees Real Madrid maestro Isco, 26, as the perfect foil for the Belgian.As a creative midfielder with brilliant technical ability, Isco would no doubt slot in seamlessly to ‘Sarriball’ at Stamford Bridge.And the plan for the Italian gaffer is to use Isco, who plays mainly on the left-wing, to allow Hazard to flourish in his new central role.They will make a £70m bid for him today with the hope of securing a £250,000-a-week, four-and-a-half-year contract in the first week of January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoArsenal players becoming frustrated with stale training sessions under Emery

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal players becoming frustrated with stale training sessions under Emeryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSome Arsenal players are growing increasingly frustrated with Unai Emery’s training methods. The Gunners criminally blew a two-goal lead to draw with Watford last Sunday, with lacklustre defending at fault for both goals.Emery was criticised for his tactics and decision making during the match, which saw Watford accumulate 31 shots.It isn’t only the problem Emery is facing as his players have become increasingly frustrated with his refusal to practice pressing in his training sessions.The Athletic says Emery does not view pressing as an essential tactic to work on in training.This has annoyed some of his players who want to see Emery change up his training methods.The Spaniard is still liked by his playing group, but that could change if the situation continues this season. last_img read more

Oklahoma Now No. 1 In Both College Basketball Polls

first_imgCollege basketball polls.oklahoma no 1 in both college basketball pollsThe Oklahoma Sooners, sporting a 15-1 record after knocking off both Oklahoma State and West Virginia last week, are your new No. 1-ranked college basketball team. OU made the jump Monday in both the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll, replacing Kansas, which lost to the aforementioned Mountaineers. The Jayhawks dropped to No. 3 in both polls – with North Carolina coming in at No. 2. There was a major shakeup in both polls this week, considering the fact that 16 of the top 25 teams in the land (per the AP Poll) lost games.In 1 week, 16 of the AP Top 25 teams have lost a game. Welcome to College Basketball. pic.twitter.com/l47tBWc02e— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 17, 2016Here are the AP Poll rankings. You can see more over at the Associated Press.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Xavier6. West Virginia7. Maryland8. SMU9. Iowa10. Texas A&M11. Michigan State12. Arizona13. Virginia13. Baylor15. Miami (FL)16. Providence17. Louisville18. Butler19. Iowa State20. Duke21. USC22. Purdue23. Kentucky24. South Carolina25. Indiana …and here are the Coaches’ Poll rankings, released by USA Today.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Maryland6. Xavier7. West Virginia8. Texas A&M9. Iowa10. Michigan State11. Arizona12. Duke13. Virginia14. Miami (FL)15. Baylor16. Louisville17. Providence18. South Carolina19. Kentucky20. Pittsburgh21. Iowa State22. Purdue23. Indiana24. Butler25. USCOklahoma begins its reign at No. 1 with a tough game on the road against No. 19 Iowa State tonight.last_img read more

Gov’t Committed to Making Environment More Business Friendly – PM

first_imgThe Government is committed to reversing negative perceptions of Jamaica as a business-friendly destination, by making a real and lasting impact on the national business environment.Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, made this declaration while addressing the official opening of the ATL Automotive Volkswagen Modular Showroom and Audi Terminal, on Oxford Road, St. Andrew on Friday, April 19.She disclosed that work to achieve the improvements is being done through the National Competitiveness Council, chaired by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, with active participation from the Private Sector.“Minister Hylton and his team are charged with plotting an upward path to advance Jamaica’s position in the rankings, by taking the required actions, in partnership with the wider public and the private sectors, to address the complex issues affecting national productivity and global competitiveness,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She also called for a new culture of customer service at all levels in the public and private sector, premised on quality, speedy response and innovative practices, which empowers workers to exercise greater discretion and appropriate attitudes in delivering excellence every time.She noted that Government has tried many initiatives in the past to encourage greater levels of customer service and so it is time to consider a classic Public Private Partnership (PPP).The Prime Minister congratulated the ATL team, inclusive of Chairman, Hon. Gordon Butch Stewart, and son and Chief Executive Officer, ATL Automotive, Adam Stewart, for their level of service in delivering high customer satisfaction over the years. “I regard the ATL brand as a high quality Jamaican brand and an important local benchmark against which we can define and implement a new service culture in Jamaica. This is an urgent need when we consider that in excess of 70 per cent of the Jamaican economy comprises service industries like the dynamic automotive sector,”Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She challenged the ATL team, to consider how it could partner with Government “to find solutions to this thorny problem (of poor customer service), which if you think about it, is at the heart of our less than desirable position in the Global Competitiveness Rankings.”For his part, Adam Stewart, noted that the company, began 45 years old ago with a vision to give customers more than they expect.“We would never stand here and say that we get it right every time, but we certainly stand here and say that every time there is an issue, we take that phone call and make it right,” he said, in explaining the company’s philosophy of good customer service.He disclosed that the new-car sector is important to Jamaica, noting that in addition to the import duties that are being paid, the sector also employs and trains many Jamaicans in a specialised field.The new facility, which employs 120 persons on site, was constructed at a cost of US$13.5 million, representing the largest investment by any automotive company in Jamaica’s history.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more