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Steve Kerr shares an amusing story about the Curry brothers

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — The Warriors gathered together for a film session. The purpose did not entail going over pick-and-roll coverages. Instead, Warriors coach Steve Kerr simply wanted to make fun of Steph Curry.So at some point a few years ago, Kerr compiled old footage of en eight-year-old Curry playing against his younger brother, Seth, at six years old. The reason?“To …last_img

SA gets R25m to tackle rhino poaching

first_img “The South African government would like to urge all non-government organisations and organisations involved in fighting rhino poaching to continue working together with law enforcement agencies and research institutions to utilise science-based evidence for the conviction of alleged poachers,” the department said. South Africa is home to approximately 22 000 white and black rhinos, of which 12 000 are found in the Kruger National Park. This represents 93% of the world’s total rhino population. “The South African population is one of the last viable rhino populations in the world which makes it vulnerable,” the department said in a statement. “South Africa is therefore the remaining hope for the world in terms of rhino conservation.” Source: BuaNews 28 June 2012 Funding worth R25-million from the World Bank-administered Global Environment Facility (GEF) will assist the South African government in its bid to stop rhino poaching and the illegal international trade in rhino horns, the Environmental Affairs Department said on Wednesday. The funding will be used to strengthen wildlife forensic and enforcement capabilities. “The allocation is a shot in the arm for efforts by government to fight rhino poaching,” the department said in a statement. Advances in the field of science have made it possible to use DNA analysis in the examination of evidence for a variety of legal issues involving wild animals. In this vein, the Environmental Affairs Department plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with the University of Pretoria to facilitate future collaboration in the analysis of rhino DNA.Revised norms and standards The funding from the GEF comes two months after the government gazetted revised norms and standards concerning how samples are to be taken for DNA analysis. According to the revised norms, samples are to be collected from the hunted animal and the hunting trophy, including horns, to verify the legality of the hunt. Samples may also only be collected by either a registered veterinarian responsible for the darting of live rhinos; an official from the issuing authority trained in the collection of samples; or the official or environmental management inspector who attended the hunt and is trained in the collection of samples. The funding also comes as a South African government delegation prepares to visit Hong Kong to take DNA samples of the rhino horns confiscated by the Hong Kong authorities in November last year. Thirty-three pieces of rhino horn, 127 pieces of ivory bracelets and 759 pieces of ivory chopsticks were found in the shipment. The DNA will be taken on these horns and matched with the samples in the current DNA database; matches may provide evidence that could be used in further prosecutions.last_img read more

Infographic: Mining robot can save lives

first_imgSafety in mines is a big issue in South Africa, and robots produced by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research present the perfect solution. Its Mobile Intelligence Autonomous Systems group created and tested robots that can monitor the safety of mines after blasting.For more on the Mining Indaba, check out:Iron lady of manganese takes on mining’s big boysSouth Africa’s message at the 2017 Mining IndabaFollow #MiningIndaba and #CompetitiveSA on TwitterClick to enlarge image:last_img

Mike Lutmer, July 11

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I am getting ready to jump in the hay rake and rake 40 acres or so, then go bale up some straw, then go bale some hay. We’ve got some second cutting getting hay ready to cut that looks beautiful.We are all done with wheat. We had some wheat that ran 90 bushels an acre and some that did 30 where it got drowned out. Where we didn’t have so much water, the wheat was really good.We are working on getting the corn topdressed with nitrogen. I am running my Miller with drops on it through my earlier stuff. I would rather put the N on right before pollination than when it is 18 inches tall. I think it makes a huge difference. If you knife it in when it is small and come back before pollination you can cut your rates and you don’t have as much risk of losing it. I think it pays dividends.Corn is looking good and the beans have really come on. It will be a good thing if we get the rains they are calling for this week. The only downside is that every time it rains the market takes a hit.I have double-crop beans up and they are all in but one little patch that I am debating about putting in. There are a few places that look pretty dry, but we have been fortunate that we have gotten some of the showers and for the most part everything looks pretty good.Beans are growing like mad. They have some grass starting to really roll up in them, though. We have a few places we want to get sprayed. Everybody has had a problem with marestail and we are looking at what to do about that for next year. We ended up working some ground because of marestail problems this spring. Other than that, things look pretty good.last_img read more

Toss may prove to be crucial in SA says Bob Simpson

first_imgWorld No. 1 India will have to prove that they are the kings of Test match cricket in the high-profile three-match series against No. 2 South Africa beginning in Centurion on Thursday, feels former Australia captain Bob Simpson.And he feels that winning tosses may prove crucial. “It’s going to be a tough series. It could well depend on the toss of the coin because of the fact that the wickets over there are different. Sometimes to win the toss and have a bowl is good,” Simpson, here to participate in a World Cricket Summit, told Mail Today.”It will be a very tough competition. India now has got the number one spot and they are going to prove that they are the number one on any wickets [they play on]. So, anyway, that’s going to be the most interesting point,” said the Australia’s batting mainstay of 1960s and 1970s.Simpson, an opening batsman of repute, feels the traditional Test match cricket will survive, even though the crowd patronage has lessened over the last few years, coinciding with the growth in popularity of Twenty20 cricket.Alarmed, the International Cricket Council (ICC) will soon add a ‘context’ to the Test matches – also to ODIs – to make this format attractive, though Simpson is not too enthusiastic about the move.”It’s very, very difficult. I will be a little bit dubious on how it’s all set up and how it is done because you really need a series of matches before you can judge [the winner],” he wondered. “Australia is still very supportive of Test cricket and indeed England is. India, unfortunately, has lost its desire for it. That may well be because it’s playing too many limited overs matches.”advertisementSimpson, 74, feels close contests between two teams would again generate interest among spectators for Test matches. “I think you’ve got to have two competitive teams. You’ve got to have close finishes. You’ve got to have home content to get people in the stadium. Test cricket has been ‘dying’ for about 140 years; it is still surviving,” he said with a smile.Sachin Tendulkar has suggested that Indian cricket administrators could invite students to watch Test matches so that when they grow up, they take to Test cricket. “I suppose. Parents will have to bring kids over. It could, but it is not bad to the point that, I think, you’ve got to market the game and you’ve got to make sure that the two teams you’ve got can play well. In the end, what will tell out is the quality of their cricket,” he reasoned.Simpson felt India would be the natural favourites in the upcoming World Cup, to be staged in south Asia. “India are playing so well, they must naturally be the favourites, and probably England second,” he felt.But he pointed out that MS Dhoni’s side would feel the home pressure. “No home team has ever won the World Cup, so it’s not an advantageous position to be in. When you go into the World Cup, it’s different; it’s pressure. Sometimes the expectations for home teams can really weigh heavily on them,” he pointed out.last_img read more

Oculus cofounders exit is latest in string of Facebook departures

first_img Tags Post a comment Mitchell was the head of virtual reality products at Facebook, which purchased Oculus for $3 billion. The Oculus team at Facebook has grappled with a number of woes, including a lawsuit and executive turnover, as it tries to make virtual reality more mainstream. Facebook bought Oculus because it envisions a future in which Facebookers will be able to share moments with their friends and family as if they’re all together in person. Co-founders at other companies Facebook purchased have also left the social media giant in recent years. That list includes Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, WhatApp’s Brian Acton and Jan Koum and Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey. The Instagram co-founders reportedly clashed with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Mitchell said he’ll be spending time with family and taking time to travel. His departure also comes before Oculus Connect 6, a virtual reality developer conference that kicks off in San Jose, California, at the end of September. Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell James Martin/CNET Facebook can’t seem to hold onto the founders of the companies it acquires.The latest departure: Nate Mitchell, co-founder of the virtual reality startup Oculus, which launched in 2012 and was bought by Facebook in 2014. Mitchell, the last Oculus co-founder still at Facebook, said Tuesday that he was stepping down.”Virtual reality is still on the bleeding edge of technology, and this community continues to pioneer the way forward,” he wrote in a post on Reddit. “What’s ahead is always unknown, and that’s what makes it exciting.” Some bittersweet news to share. After 7 incredible years at Oculus / Facebook, I’m moving on. It’s been a privilege to be a part of the VR community, and I can’t wait to see what comes next: https://t.co/M3XWASigvS pic.twitter.com/dhzPrdmpuP— Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) August 13, 2019 0 Sci-Tech Tech Industry Share your voice Oculus Facebooklast_img read more

Bidders emerge for Tata Steels UK assets

first_imgTwo groups signalled their interest in buying the British assets of Tata Steel on Tuesday, offering hope that thousands of jobs could be saved after weeks of uncertainty.Sanjeev Gupta’s metals group Liberty House and a management buyout team called Excalibur said they had submitted an initial expression of interest in buying the assets ahead of a 1600 GMT deadline.The two groups had been racing to submit their interest after India’s Tata Group announced plans in March to sell its entire UK steel operation, which had been hit by cheap Chinese imports, soaring costs and weak demand.Keen to avoid the loss of 10,000 jobs, the government has offered hundreds of millions of pounds in support to potential buyers and said it could take a 25 percent stake in the firm.Britain’s Business Secretary Sajid Javid also postponed a major trade visit to Iran to focus on the future of the steel industry at home.Liberty’s Executive Chairman Gupta was the first businessman to express an interest in Tata’s loss-making assets which include the Port Talbot steel plant in Wales, and on Tuesday the firm said it had submitted a bid.”Liberty believes the UK steel industry can achieve long-term viability if based on an agile, sustainable, non-cyclical model,” the company said a statement.Liberty confirmed that Macquarie Capital and the State Bank of India had been appointed as financial advisers for the deal.Indian-born Gupta, who established Liberty House while a student at Cambridge in the early 1990s, has said Port Talbot and its jobs could be saved if the giant blast furnaces were replaced with facilities to process imported slab steel instead.Excalibur Steel UK, led by Tata’s UK strip products director Stuart Wilkie, also confirmed its interest, saying it had made huge progress in pulling together a plan that would enable the management and staff to take a stake in a strategic British industry.”We believe we have a large number of the pieces in place required to make this a success, including a management team with vast experience of steel making and processing,” he said in a statement. “We are confident we can turn the business around.”Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron visited Port Talbot and said any sale of Tata’s British assets would have to cover the whole of the business.Britain’s government has also offered help in lowering the cost of energy for steel works and with workers’ pensions to try to save the industry but says its efforts are not linked to the EU referendum on June 23.Those campaigning to leave the bloc have seized on the crisis, accusing the EU of not doing enough to stop Chinese imports and have blamed the bloc’s rules on state aid for preventing government intervention.last_img read more

Supreme court extends Subrata Roys parole till July 11

first_imgThe Supreme Court of India on Wednesday extended the parole permit to Sahara chief Subrata Roy until July 11, reported NDTV news channel. The beleaguered businessman can now stay out of jail a month more than the earlier June 6 deadline.The release was warranted on a rider that Roy would deposit Rs. 200 crore with the Securities Exchange Board of India (Sebi) by the new date to avoid re-arrest.The Financial Express reported that the apex court also directed the securities market regulator to continue to auction Sahara assets to recover dues the company owes many small investors.The top court has also restricted Roy’s movement within the country. Meanwhile, Roy has submitted an affidavit listing out his immovable assets, and requested that the details be kept secret.The apex court had on Friday granted four weeks’ conditional release to Roy to perform the last rites of his mother, who passed away at the age of 95. The businessman has been in the jail for over two years over non-repayment of money to Sahara investors.last_img read more

Missing man found dead in Comilla

first_img.Police recovered the throat-silt body of a missing fish trader from Panch Pukuria village in Paharpur union of Muradnagar upazila on Saturday night.The deceased was identified as Mostak Mia, 38, son of late Resho Mia Bepary of the village.Since Wednesday noon Mostak went missing after he left home for his fish farm in the same village, said SM Bodiuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Muradnagar police station.On the following day victim’s wife Parveen Akter filed a missing complaint with the police station, he added.Later on Saturday night, the guards of the fish farm spotted the throat-slit body beside the farm and informed police.Police recovered the body and sent it to Comilla Medical Collage Hospital for autopsy.last_img

TxDOT Gathering Public Input On Big Freeway Widening Project

first_img X 00:00 /01:10 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: I-45 North is ranked as one of the most congested freeways in Texas. TxDOT hopes a massive widening project will help address a growing population. The work would include managed lanes in the middle of I-45 between downtown Houston and Beltway 8. The feeder roads would also get wider. But all that work requires more property. We caught up with TxDOT’s Danny Perez at a public meeting on the project. He says the residential neighborhoods north of downtown will stay intact, but they’ll have to acquire right-of-way between the 610 Loop and Beltway 8. “So we’re trying to get folks here now,” says Perez. “We can have the conversation now so at some point when we move forward we won’t catch people by surprise.”TxDOT is now taking public comment as part of its environmental study and officials say any construction is still years in the future. But Perez says once that work starts they won’t be doing it all at once. “It depends on the funding aspects,” adds Perez. He expects the project will be similar to what they’re doing on the Gulf Freeway with the work divided into segments. It’s expected the I-45 North widening will cost about $7 billion.Gail Delaughter People viewed plans for I-45 North at a recent public meeting. Listenlast_img read more