‘My fault’ says Warriors’ Stephen Curry about 2016 NBA Finals loss

first_imgScene-setter: … ESPN’s outstanding basketball writer Jackie MacMullan recently endeavored to discover how elite NBA athletes handle pressure.Along the way she encountered the Warriors’ Stephen Curry who volunteered that he cost his team the 2016 NBA championship.Could it be?At the risk of undoing three years of intensive therapy, we take you back to Game 7 of that series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the score tied 89-89, just a little under one minute to play in regulation.last_img

Japanese airlines fight for Perth

first_imgLess than one week after Japan Airlines said it wanted to fly to Perth, All Nippon Airways President and chief executive Osamu Shinobe named Perth as the airline’s next Australian destination should its new Sydney service to start tomorrow be a success.“We want to fly to other destinations in Australia,” Mr Shinobe told Australian Business Traveller in Chicago at the Star Alliance conference. The airline launches daily flights from Tokyo to Sydney tomorrow using its Boeing 787s and the first flight will feature the airline’s signature Star Wars themed 787.Mr Shinobe said bookings are solid for the new Sydney service with a higher number of business travellers than ANA’s previous flights, which the airline axed in 1999. “Demand was more for leisure and also most passengers were Japanese,” Mr Shinobe said.However, Mr Shinobe says a “surge in economic activity between Australia and Japan” has tipped the scale in favour of Australian travellers as well as the more-profitable business class seats.On Monday The West Australian revealed that Japan Airlines Chairman Masaru Onishi indicated to Kyodo News that Perth was a “possible destination” for the airline next year.However sources in Japan told The West Australian that in fact planning is well advanced and had been accelerated after the Paris terrorist attacks which have negatively impacted the airline’s traffic into Europe.“The airline is looking to offer other safer travel markets,” said the source.Perth’s direct connection with Tokyo was severed in 2011 when Qantas withdrew its three times weekly service which used Boeing 767s in a code-share partnership with JAL.Japan bound travellers have been using Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways both of which offer numerous destinations in Japan via Singapore or Hong Kong.Aside from the huge benefit of direct flights bringing in big spending Japanese tourists, both airlines offer WA travellers great connections to Europe and the US. For instance All Nippon Airways operates to San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley and Seattle, headquarters of Microsoft and Amazon and gateway to the scenic northwest of the US.Japan Airlines connects with seven cities in the US and the Hawaiian island chain where it operates to five cities on four of the islands.last_img read more

Chinese boost for South African auto manufacturing

first_img2 December 2015As fellow members of the BRICS association of emerging economies along with Brazil, Russia and India, the relationship between China and South Africa (and indeed, the rest of Africa) is an important one.The Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) is an institutional vehicle for political, economic and cultural interaction between China and Africa; the summit is expected to mark a qualitative shift in those relations.Held on 4 and 5 December with the theme “Africa-China progressive together: win-win co-operation for common development”, the summit will culminate in a meeting between South African President Jacob Zuma and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.Final countdown to the #FOCAC Summit. @UbuntuRadioZA @SAgovnews @ClaysonMonyela @NelsonKgwete @hectormbatha pic.twitter.com/gF6xTeZGiJ— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) December 1, 2015According to Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, trade between Africa and China has reached $220-billion(R3.2-trillion), 22 times higher than it was in 2000 when FOCAC was launched. He was speaking at the Lanting Forum in Johannesburg at the end of November 2015.There are over 3 000 Chinese enterprises operating in Africa, according to the minister. And with more than 3.6 million visits made between China and Africa, tourism is one of the growing industries that offer mutual benefits.Even with the slowdown in the Chinese economy, the potential and benefits for South Africa and the rest of the African continent are still very much apparent. Wang said that China planned to still import over $10-trillion in goods, invest more than $500-billion in overseas ventures, including in Africa, and encourage more than 500 million Chinese tourists to travel abroad over the next five years.In South Africa, China’s presence is slowly growing and beginning to be felt in various industries, including technology, mining and the automotive industry. Jobs are being created, products and commodities are being traded and new markets are being opened between South Africa and China. The Hebei Iron and Steel Group’s steel mill in Phalaborwa, opened in 2014, is just one of the many opportunities being created to herald the new shift. Another venture is the Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) factory in Springs.A media tour of the facility was arranged by the Industrial Development Corporation and Brand South Africa to give South African and Chinese media a closer look at how Chinese business style works in the South African context.Beijing Automotive WorksThe car maker is one of the many Chinese companies operating in South Africa. BAW South Africa is owned and operated by the Beijing Automotive Industry Company, China’s fifth-largest automotive manufacturer; it has partnered with the Industrial Development Corporation and China Africa Motors in the distribution of BAW minibus taxis across Africa. The vehicles are assembled at the company’s factory outside Springs, in Gauteng.Opened in 2012, the factory is the base of operations for BAW in the assembly and the promotion, sales and after-sales service of its vehicles. According to BAW chief executive James Chung, daily production at the factory is 25 to 30 vehicles. The company employs 160 people, the majority of whom work on the factory’s assembly line. Here the company’s flagship vehicle, the Sasuka minibus, is assembled from semi-knockdown kits imported from China.Baw Automotive – Manufacturing Taxis @UbuntuRadioZA @Brand_SA @the_dti @SAgovnews #FOCAC pic.twitter.com/7YiNP1Czt1— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) November 27, 2015Chung is happy with the relationship built between the company and its growing South African customer base, and hopes BAW South Africa can extend its product range over the next couple of years with light commercial vehicles, sport utility vehicles and passenger cars.While he has admiration for the processes involved in operating the business in South Africa, he does have concerns about the level of financial freedom, which is often dogged by red tape and over regulation. He thinks this is an obstacle many find daunting when trying to start a business in the country. Yet he hopes he can contribute to finding a way to alleviate the regulations and paperwork involved through discussions with the relevant parties in the government and the motoring industry.BAW in Springs-China Manufactured vehicles right here in SA –#MeetSouthAfrica journey to #FOCAC next week pic.twitter.com/yDyGsG0Bva— Hashtag South Africa (@hashtag_sa) November 27, 2015The BAW SasukaSimilar in shape and style to the ubiquitous Toyota Ses’fikile- the main player in the South African minibus taxi market – BAW offers a little extra included in the sale of the Sasuka to give it the edge in the competitive local market.Mr James Chung explaining how the call centre operates at Baw Automotive #FOCAC @Brand_SA @SAgovnews @the_dti pic.twitter.com/ntRKP9OWct— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) November 27, 2015In addition to air conditioning as standard in the Sasuka, the minibus also comes with satellite tracking operated by the company itself. The company runs a real-time tracking service for all vehicles sold, which monitors the performance and condition of the vehicle.The company will even alert owners when the Sasuka is due for its next service.The service plan, valid for two years or 200 000 kilometres, is included in the price of the vehicle. Servicing is free and taken care of in-house by BAW. It covers everything from the tyres, brakes, oil and parts replacement to the interiors and on-board technology. In addition, the Sasuka comes with on-board DVD system and GPS navigation as standard. The minibus has a rear-wheel drive 2.7 engine with a maximum speed of 156km/h and fuel consumption of 13.7 litres per 100 kilometres.#FOCAC media tour second leg is at the Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) in Springs @DIRCO_ZA @Brand_SA pic.twitter.com/G9rn8nEnxb— the dti (@the_dti) November 27, 2015SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s BEST Program set to kick off season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) is pleased to announce the 2019-20 BEST (Beef Exhibitor Show Total) program sponsoring partners that include AgPro Companies, Bob Evans Farms; Farm Credit Mid-America; Frazier Farms; Garwood Arena; Kalmbach Feeds – Formula of Champions; M.H. Eby, Inc.; John Deere, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Weaver Leather Livestock. BEST is a youth program of OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions, educational contests and leadership opportunities. Juniors who participate in these sanctioned shows earn points for their placings. Points are tabulated for cattle, showmanship, registered Bred & Owned animals and first or second year BEST participants in a separate Novice division for market animals, heifers and showmanship. The program promotes consistency for exhibitors at sanctioned shows hosted by county associations or agricultural groups and clubs. These points are tabulated and posted at www.ohiocattle.org.The 2019-20 OCA BEST Season is as follows:AGR Holiday Classic — Columbus, Dec. 7-8Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown — Springfield, Jan. 4-5Clark County Cattle Battle — Springfield, Jan. 25-26DTS Cupid Classic — Springfield, Feb. 15-16Holmes County Preview — Millersburg, March 7-8Ohio Beef Expo — Columbus, March 19-22BEST Awards Banquet — Columbus, May 2New for the 2019-20 BEST season, OCA is introducing the Stockmanship division. This new opportunity was developed in an effort to further youth’s knowledge of cattle throughout the state and to allow youth to showcase their abilities and talent outside of the show ring.The Stockmanship division will be comprised of beef industry-focused events and competitions that are in conjunction with BEST shows and OCA events. This division of the BEST program is open to all Ohio youth regardless of if they show cattle during the BEST show season. If an existing BEST participant would like to sign up for the Stockmanship division, they will do so under their BEST user profile at best.ohiocattle.org for no additional cost outside of existing cattle nominations. If age-eligible individuals would like to participate in the Stockmanship division but don’t have any cattle enrolled in the 2019-2020 BEST program, they should create their username and profile at best.ohiocattle.org (if they don’t have an existing account either BEST or non-BEST) and elect to participate in the Stockmanship division. Non-cattle exhibiting BEST Stockmanship participants will need to have a current $75 family OCA membership and will pay a one-time Stockmanship participation fee of $60. Individuals may sign up for the Stockmanship program at any point throughout the season.  Stockmanship participants may sign up for contests at https://www.ohiocattle.org/best/stockmanship.The following are the 2019-2020 Stockmanship Contests:Salesmanship — held at the Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020Quiz Bowl — held at the OCA Annual Meeting Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020Fitting Contest — held at the DTS Cupid Classic Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020Judging Contest — held at the Ohio Beef Expo Friday, March 20, 2020Cattlemen’s Challenge Written Test — available at the Annual Meeting or any BEST sanctioned show in the show office.As the BEST program prepares to kick off its’ season the first weekend in December, the program’s volunteer leadership has kept the focus on continuing a family-friendly and leadership building atmosphere. To accompany this effort, the committee, sponsoring partners and sanctioned shows are working together to give participants and their families opportunities to showcase their strength outside of the show ring through community service participation and character trait recognition.This year’s community service partner is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC). BEST participants are encouraged to collect pop tabs, volunteer at RMHC, and participate in the Celebrity Showdown. BEST participants can sign up for the RMHC — BEST Volunteer Day that will be on Dec. 23. The Celebrity Showdown will be hosted Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Champion’s Center in Springfield in conjunction with the Clark County Cattle Battle. All pop tabs collected by BEST participants are turned in at the BEST Awards Banquet where the top collector will be awarded. Visit https://www.ohiocattle.org/best/community-service for complete details and sign-up information.OCA and sponsoring partner, Weaver Leather Livestock, have teamed up to recognize individuals that are exceptional leaders, no matter their age. Any OCA member or BEST participant or their parents may nominate other cattlemen, breeders and exhibitors for any of the Character Traits to be awarded at the end of the nomination period. Character Trait nominations for the 2019-20 season will open at www.ohiocattle.org on Dec. 6 and close on April 1, 2020. The categories eligible for nomination include: Focus, Teachable, Attitude, Kindness and Boldness. View more about the Character Traits at https://www.ohiocattle.org/best/character-traits. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee and awarded during the BEST program awards banquet on May 2, 2020.All cattle entering Ohio to show in a BEST sanctioned show MUST be tagged with an electronic identification (EID) ear tag prior to arriving at their first BEST show. To obtain farm EID tags, exhibitors must first obtain a Premise ID number through the state’s Department of Agriculture — Animal Division. Once the Premise ID is received, contact an animal health product distributor and purchase EID tags. Visit best.ohiocattle.org to learn more about applying for a farm’s Premise ID before ordering EID tags.BEST nominations and all show entries must be made online at best.ohiocattle.org. The website will be open for the 2019-20 BEST season in late November. Each exhibitor, BEST and non-BEST) will create a unique user account and record their cattle along with that account. Exhibitors who have participated in the program in previous years are able to keep their existing username and password. Exhibitors may complete this portion of the sign-up process now and show entries can be made starting on the Monday prior to each BEST show until the closure of check-in at each event. At the first BEST sanctioned show, the animal’s EID tag number will be recorded and will be used to check that animal in at any future BEST show for the 2019-20 show season. Once the participant and animal are entered into the system, show entries must be made prior to each show. Exhibitors may then pay for show entries online with a credit card or they may choose to pay upon arrival at the BEST show. Computers will also be available at each BEST show to facilitate online check-in. Please note that all cattle must be entered in the show prior to bringing cattle through check-in. Participants may also use their smartphone, tablet or PC and make show entries.The program concludes with an annual awards banquet held in May where over 225 awards will be presented valued at over $85,000. All BEST participants that sign up for the program will receive a sign-up gift as a special incentive. Additionally, sponsoring partner, M.H. Eby, awards one lucky BEST participant the use of a livestock trailer at the end-of-the-year awards banquet. BEST participants earn a ticket into the trailer drawing for each time they exhibit a nominated animal at a BEST-sanctioned show. First or second year Novice participants are also entered into a novice-only drawing for a grooming chute, donated by Weaver Leather Livestock.For the 2019-20 show schedule or for more information regarding the BEST program, visit www.ohiocattle.org or contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email [email protected] Be sure to follow OCA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat or visit www.ohiocattle.org for the latest program updates.Click here for a link to the BEST and sponsoring partner logos.last_img read more

Wind and Solar Are On a Short Leash

first_imgIncentives will help solve the climate crisisFirst and foremost, we need these energy sources to solve the climate crisis. Scientists are clear that we must make drastic cuts in pollution and get off fossil fuels to avoid the temperature increases that will wreak havoc on our climate.Our research shows that by 2030 we could quite easily get 10% of our power from the sun and 30% from the wind. Researchers at Stanford University have published a series of studies showing the path to 100% clean energy, and wind and solar are central. Rob Sargent is the energy program director for Environment America. This post originally appeared at The Huffington Post. A finance package extending tax credits for wind power to the end of next year, recently approved by a key U.S. Senate panel, has been hailed as progress for clean energy, and it is. But here at Environment America, we’re containing our enthusiasm.According to the finance deal adopted in committee, the Production Tax Credit for onshore wind and the Wind Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind will be reinstated retroactively to the start of 2015 and expire in 2016. The bill doesn’t address the Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit, which primarily benefits solar energy and is currently in effect; it will expire at the end of 2016.The bottom line: even if these tax credit extensions quickly become the law of the land, solar and wind power will still be on a mighty short leash. Incentives for both pollution-free resources will dry up in 18 short months, while billions of dollars of fossil fuel subsidies remain embedded in our tax code. Investors need long-term stabilityLenders and investors need long-term certainty. Eighteen months is certainly better than nothing, but it won’t really do for a lender making loans to energy investors over 10 years or more. In the same way that steady employment qualifies you for a lower interest rate on your home mortgage, the certainty of tax credits for the long term qualifies energy investors for lower interest rates, bringing down their capital costs.Eighteen months is a start, and we’re encouraged by the bipartisan support in the Senate for moving forward. But ultimately, Congress should approve long-term clean energy incentives to ensure the sustained growth in solar and wind power that the American people deserve, and that the climate crisis demands. Dirty energy is artificially cheaperIn most electricity markets in America, dirty energy sources are still artificially cheaper than the clean ones. That’s in part because state and federal governments give away roughly $20 billion every year in cash subsidies and tax breaks to oil, coal, and gas companies; they’ve done it for more than a century.It’s in part because cheap dirty energy doesn’t reflect its true cost. The health costs associated with air pollution and the costs of extreme weather events associated with climate change are born by society as a whole, and by our children and grandchildren.center_img Why do wind and solar power need long-term tax incentives? RELATED ARTICLES Lawmaker Seeks to Extend the Investment Tax CreditEnergy-Efficiency Tax Credits for 2014A Fight Ahead For Solar Equipment Tax CreditsEnergy Tax Credits and the Fiscal CliffTax Credits for Solar Energy SystemsDeciphering the Tax Credits Renewables are virtually free in the long termWhile wind and solar power have high — but declining — upfront costs, they are virtually free in the long term. The cost of these clean energy sources is almost entirely the upfront capital expense of building and installing turbines and panels to access free sun and wind.While these prices are falling sharply — solar dropped 35% from 2010 to 2013 — renewable energy investors still must make a sizable down payment before society reaps the benefits of low-cost clean power. That’s especially true of offshore wind, which holds enormous promise but hasn’t yet seen the price declines that come with widespread deployment.last_img read more

Venus Williams reaches Wimbledon semifinals for 10th time

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Williams, who is 37 years old, made her Wimbledon debut a few months before Ostapenko was born. She last won the title in 2008, but reached the semifinals last year and the Australian Open final this year.Williams will next face either second-seeded Simona Halep or Johanna Konta on Thursday. In the other women’s semifinal match, Garbine Muguruza will play either CoCo Vandeweghe or Magdalena Rybarikova. Muguruza beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 on No. 1 Court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKonta was next to play on Centre Court against Halep. On Court No. 1, Rybarikova was playing Vandeweghe.On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4. That match, the first to be played under the roof on Centre Court at this year’s tournament, was postponed from Monday. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Mannarino has never before reached the quarterfinals at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments. He also lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2013. Last year, he lost to Djokovic in the second round at Wimbledon, also in straight sets.Djokovic will face 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, a man he has beaten 25 times in 27 matches, on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.The men traditionally have Tuesday off at Wimbledon, but Rafael Nadal’s five-set loss to Gilles Muller on Monday forced Djokovic’s match to be pushed back a day.The rain then started at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The opening match on Centre Court was due to start at noon, so the roof was closed for the first time this year. The rain came and went into the afternoon, forcing the delay of the first women’s quarterfinal match on No. 1 Court.There was a brief rain delay on the opening day of the tournament, but the roof stayed open and the rain went away.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perpetual girls star Solomon commits to NU MOST READcenter_img Williams went up a break early in both sets against Ostapenko, the French Open champion. But the 20-year-old Latvian broke back in the second set and pushed the score to 5-5. A few unforced errors later, though, and Williams broke again for a 6-5 lead before serving out the match.Williams ended up with eight aces and only 13 winners. Ostapenko had one ace and 20 winners.In the first match, Djokovic was up a break in the third set when he asked for a medical timeout and a trainer examined and stretched his right shoulder. The second-seeded Serb appeared to grimace in pain a couple of times as his shoulder was being checked.“It’s been something that I’ve been dragging back and forth for a while now,” Djokovic said. “But I’m still managing to play, which is the most important thing.”Djokovic was broken only once, in the second set. But the 12-time major champion, who won the Wimbledon title in 2011, ’14 and ’15, broke Mannarino early in the third and advanced to the quarterfinals at the All England Club for the ninth time.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES 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 Games View comments Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after beating Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko at the end of their Women’s Quarterfinal Singles Match on day eight at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Playing at Wimbledon for the 20th time, Venus Williams is in the semifinals for the 10th time.The five-time champion at the All England Club advanced to the last four for the second year in a row by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 Tuesday under a closed roof on Centre Court.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Govt shouldnt wait for an apple to fall on its head CPIM

first_imgNew Delhi: Taking a dig at Union minister Piyush Goyal’s comment that maths did not help Albert Einstein discover gravity while speaking on the government’s target of USD 5 trillion economy, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said instead of focusing on distant dreams, the minister should focus on reality.The Commerce and Industry was trolled over the gaffe in explaining that achieving the target of nearly doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion should not be looked through the prism of maths. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a tweet, Yechury said, “The govt shouldn’t wait for an apple to fall on its head before it realises that the Math about the economy is all bad. It doesn’t even need an Einstein (due apologies to Newton) to tell us that. Instead of focusing on distant dreams, minister would do well to focus on reality.” At a meeting of the Board of Trade, Goyal said, “Do not get into the calculations that you see on television…Oh if you are looking at USD 5 trillion economy, the country will have to grow at 12 per cent, today it is growing at 6-7 per cent.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Do not get into those maths. Those maths have never helped Einstein discover gravity. If he had only gone by structured formulae and what was past knowledge, I do not think there would have been any innovation in this world,” he said while wrongly attributing the discover of gravity to renowned scientist Einstein. The slip up was not lost on the netizens who quickly took to Twitter to point out that gravity was discovered by Isaac Newton and Einstein is credited for his theory of relativity. Some even made fun of the minister’s statement.last_img read more