UWF Basketball Double-Header Tuesday Night in the UWF Fieldhouse

first_imgUWF Basketball Double-Header Tuesday Night in the UWF Fieldhouse Nov. 26, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida men’s and women’s basketball teams will try to get back on the winning track tonight as they play at home in a double header at the UWF Fieldhouse. The Women host Albany State for a 5:30 game, and the men follow at 7:30 with a game against William Carey. In both cases, the Argonauts split with their opponents last year, so the match ups should be good.The West Florida men started this year 2-0, but fell last Tuesday to Nova Southeastern, and take a 2-1 record into tonight’s game. The Women lost their home opener to Florida Southern, then won two in a row, but lost two road games this weekend, including one in overtime to Arkansas Tech in Russellville, Arkansas. The women are now 2-3 on the season.The West Florida men are led in scoring by Josh Jackson and Ryan Henry at 12 points per game. Charles Bouie is the leading rebounder, and he also has seven blocked shots in the first three games. Junnior Point Guard Deondre Boynton has 22 assists already in the first three games. Meanwhile, the women are led by freshman Chelsea Patterson, who is scoring 16 points per game.The West Florida men suffered their first loss of the season this past week, falling to Nova Southeastern by a 73-61 score. The first half was a three point shoot out, and the Argonauts raced out to a 21-11 lead, thanks to 3-pointers from Josh Jackson and Ryan Henry. Nova would rally back for a halftime three point lead, thanks to hitting 7 of their final 10 three point shots of the first half. Nova connected on 8 three pointers, and the Argonauts 7, in the first half. However, West Florida cooled off in the second half and only managed one more three pointer the rest of the game, and fell short to the Sharks. The Argonauts will have a chance at redemption when the two teams play again in Ft. Lauderdale on Dec. 19th.The West Florida women were 1-2 this week, and played two overtime games. They started the week with a 74-70 win in overtime at home vs. Mobile. Laura Davis hit the game winning basket with 1:29 to play in overtime, and Tara Russ sealed the win with a late basket. Freshman Chelsea Patterson led the Argonauts with 27 points. West Florida traveled to Russellville, Arkansas to play Arkansas Tech and Ouachita Baptist this past weekend. The Argos fell behind by 17 points to Tech, and rallied in the second half, and took the lead on a basket by Amy Drake with 25 seconds remaining. However, Tech tied it with 4.3 seconds left on a runner by Rachel Brazell, and then outscored West Florida 12-0 in overtime. The Argonauts had a near repeat the next night against OBU. Falling behind by as much as 16 points, they played catch up all game and closed it to 66-64 with 59 seconds to play on a driving layup by Davis, which followed a three pointer from Patterson. However, OBU hung on for the win 71-64. Tara Russ had a season high 17 rebounds, but OBU was 18-21 from the Free Throw line to hold off the Argonauts.Last season, the West Florida Men defeated William Carey 85-69 in Pensacola, as Barry Durosier scored a season high 31 points. However, William Carey defeated the Argonauts 87-73 in Hattiesburg, in a game that point guard Deondre Boynton missed because of the flu. The two teams play home and away games this year also, as the Argos will travel to Hattiesburg next Monday for the second game.The West Florida women lost to Albany State at the start of last season in Albany, Georgia by a 55-52 score, as Laura Davis led the Argonauts with 14 points. UWF would recover from that loss, and defeat the Rams in Pensacola two weeks later by a 60-44 score, as Davis scored 15 points and Abena Bosia had 16 rebounds. Albany State is coming off a loss to #5 Delta State on Saturday, but was picked to finish 3rd in the 15 team Southern Intercollegiate Athletic conference. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

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Clippers chase Celtics from the start, but can’t catch up in loss

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousBoston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, left, of Germany, and guard Jaylen Brown, right, go after a rebound along with Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis #27 fouls LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell #5 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 gets past Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes #46 Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris #13 asndf Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum #0 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown #7 goes to the hoop against LA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell #0 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson #33 gets past Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris #13 for a layup in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis #27 goes up to block a shot by LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker #7 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell #5 gets past Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier #12 for a dunk in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers guard Lou Williams #23 stops and pops from the outside in the fist quarter. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell #0 dives past Boston Celtics guard Shane Larkin #8 for the ball in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker #7 goes up for a shot against LA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell #0 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 reacts to being called for a foul in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 is blocked by Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris #13 and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving #11 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell #5 dunks the ball in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, right, shoots as Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, left, and guard Kyrie Irving, right, reach in on Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, right, dives for a loose ball along with Boston Celtics guard Shane Larkin during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, right, steals the ball away from Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, of Serbia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown #7 shoots over LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson #33 in the second half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown #7 can’t get the ball from LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson #33 and LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 in the second half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers shouts to players in the second half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers guard Lou Williams #23 and LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin #32 have a word with the official in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics guard Shane Larkin #8 steps out of bounds and into the hands of LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier #12 drives the lane against LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 does not protest being called for a foul in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum #0 is blocked by LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson #33 in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum #0 is blocked by LA Clippers forward Wesley Johnson #33 in the 2nd half. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 goes for a layup against Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis #27 in the 4th quarter. The Los Angeles Clippers were defeated by the Boston Celtics 113-102 in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker #7 is blocked by Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum #0 under the hoop in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, right, compete for a rebound along with Celtics forward Daniel Theis, second from left, of Germany, and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown right, and Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, shoots as Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, of Germany, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, left, of Germany, and Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell go after a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace, left, shoots as Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, left, of Germany, and guard Jaylen Brown, right, go after a rebound along with Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Celtics won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis #27 fouls LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell #5 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 41Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis #27 fouls LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell #5 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Boston Celtics in a regular season NBA matchup in Los Angeles, CA 1/025/2018 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers looked more like themselves Wednesday. Kinda. Sorta.DeAndre Jordan returned to their lineup after a five-game absence because of a sprained left ankle, the first games his missed because of an injury during his 10-season career. He also entered their record book by tying Randy Smith for the most games played with 715.But, instead of being energized by the 6-foot-11 center’s return, the Clippers seemed locked in a 48-minute slow-motion loop. They were a step behind the Boston Celtics all night, unable to play catch-up when it mattered most before falling 113-102 at Staples Center.Related Articles “They executed on every point they wanted to and we just did a poor job of slowing them down,” Blake Griffin said of the faster and more efficient Celtics. “You have to give them credit for the way they played, but we have to be better.”Boston got ahead and stayed there, building a double-digit lead in the third quarter and maintaining it in the fourth. Kyrie Irving scored a team-leading 20 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics, who ended a four-game losing streak. Jayson Tatum added 18 points.Lou Williams couldn’t save the Clippers, who lost their third in a row.No one could.“We didn’t play with energy,” Williams said. “We just got our (tails) kicked tonight.” Clippers center DeAndre Jordan enters the franchise’s record book center_img Williams scored 20 points on 6-for-18 shooting, the 10th consecutive game he’s scored 20 points or more in a reserve role, the longest streak by an active player in the NBA. Blake Griffin scored 23 points and Jordan had 15 points and 14 rebounds in his first game since he was injured Jan. 11.“I thought he looked OK,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Jordan. “He wasn’t explosive. He had a couple of dunks, but you could just see he was ready to play, but he clearly wasn’t 100 percent. He didn’t roll a lot, which is part of our offensive package. He didn’t get behind the defense a lot.“I was happy to have him on the floor.”The Clippers went to Jordan right from the start.So did the Celtics.Boston’s Hack-A-D.J. began late in the first quarter, which might or might not have been a record for the earliest start to the intentional fouling this season. Or any other. Jordan made only 7 of 13 free throws, so maybe Celtics coach Brad Stevens was on to something.There were few signs of rust in the other, more polished aspects of Jordan’s game after his layoff, however. He shifted into beast mode in the paint in the early going, converting lobs for dunks and pulling down rebounds at will against the short-handed Celtics.Boston played without Al Horford, who was elbowed in the head during the Celtics’ loss to the Lakers on Tuesday and held out for precautionary measures. Stevens said tests indicated Horford did not suffer a concussion, but the Celtics wished to err on the side of caution.The Celtics also were without guard Marcus Smart, who suffered a laceration on his hand while in his hotel room. Stevens said the Celtics were looking into the incident, which resulted in a trip to the hospital and an unknown number of stitches, and couldn’t provide further details.In the end, it didn’t matter that neither played.The Celtics were good enough without them.“I thought for the first time in a while our guys got despondent by their ball movement and their attack,” Rivers said. “They have so many athletes. They were really, like, targeting some of our guys with their foot speed. Offensively, we were average, too, (Wednesday).“Give them credit. You knew how they were going to come out after losing (Tuesday) night.” The fighting spirit that characterized their play recently, including while they went 3-2 during Jordan’s absence, was missing. Their shooting suffered and their defense did, too. The more they searched for answers, the more they seemed to suffer.last_img read more

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What channel is Yankees vs. Red Sox on today? Time, TV schedule, series breakdown

first_imgThe Yankees and Red Sox meet Saturday as one of sports’ greatest rivalries is renewed.New York has a vice grip on the AL East while Boston is looking to keep pace in the AL wild-card hunt. This won’t be the last time the two teams meet in the near future, as they’ll play a four-game set next weekend at Yankee Stadium.Here’s everything you need to know in order to tune in.What TV channel is Yankees vs. Red Sox on today?Date: Saturday, July 27Start time: 4:05 p.m. ET TV channel: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTVIn addition to Fox’s live broadcast, the game will be streamed on Fox Sports Go. You can also watch it online by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.Yankees and Red Sox upcoming scheduleYankeesRed Sox7/28 at Red Sox7/28 vs. Yankees7/30 vs. D-backs7/30 vs. Rays7/31 vs. D-backs7/31 vs. Rays8/2 vs. Red Sox8/1 vs. Rays8/3 vs. Red Sox8/2 at Yankees MORE: Watch Yankees-Red Sox live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)CC Sabathia (5-5, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound for the Yankees while the Red Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4, 4.10 ERA) to try and quell the New York lineup.last_img read more

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Eric Paschall leads Warriors to 127-118 win over Trail Blazers

first_img“Oh yeah, it’s gonna come.”After missing all five 3-pointers he attempted in Saturday’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets, Paschall made his first three 3-pointers Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers, four of six total, en route to 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting, 13 rebounds, and … SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday morning, Warriors rookie Eric Paschall brushed off any concerns about his 3-point shot. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicelast_img

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Conflicting wildlife

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As a suburban dweller with a whitetail deer population, neighbors who know that I like to hunt frequently advise “just come over to my place if you want to see a big deer” and are dismayed when I politely decline their offer. Others question just how challenging a task it is to shoot an animal that beds in backyards and dines in flowerbeds while showing little fear of the folks who provide such habitat. To those who I think might understand, I let my neighbors know that the urban population of deer we support and citify with our gardens and parklands is a far cry from the wild whitetails that I pursue each autumn across rural Ohio. And to those who balk when they spy their camo-clad neighbor loading a bow or a shotgun into his truck, I simply smile and head for the outer-belt and beyond, making a beeline for places where I am pitting my hunting skills against an animal that is widely regarded as one of the most challenging of all big game to hunt. That is, when and where allowed to be wild.In both urban and rural settings, conflicts erupt between the wild things most of us appreciate and the lifestyles and places we have adopted as home. To learn more about how to handle such interactions, consider attending — or sending a community representative — to the annual Living with Wildlife conference, detailed below.Meanwhile, the whitetail rut peaks about now and we all know what that means in terms of deer/auto interactions. No matter the setting, urban, suburban or rural, keep your eyes open and be extra alert while driving early and late in the day for whitetails that will be on the move no matter where they live, following some wild instincts that know no boundaries. Living with Wildlife and Resolving Conflicts ConferenceOn Tuesday, Nov. 15, Ohio community leaders will gather for a day-long conference focused on the role of local government in managing human-wildlife conflicts. The Ohio Community Wildlife Cooperative Conference 2016 will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive on the OSU campus in Columbus.This year’s topics include:• Urban coyote conflict resolution for communities with Stan Gehrt, OSU Extension• Wildlife conflicts — Real vs. perceived with Jon Cepek, Cleveland Metroparks• Trapping nuisance wildlife with Eric Arnold, Wildlife Control Training Group• Goose Management with Greg Miller, City of Solon• Deer sterilization with Robert Rack & Laurie Briggs, Clifton Deer Sterilization Working Group• Deer management – Implementation and city examples with Geoff Westerfield, Ohio Division of Wildlife.For a free parking permit and more information on the wildlife conference, call 614-292-4444.Pheasants releasedThe last rounds of pheasant releases of roosters stocked annually each autumn at two dozen public hunting areas will take place after legal shooting time the evenings of Nov. 3, 11, and 23. The releases begin late each October prior to youth upland hunting weekends and continue until late November to provide hunting opportunities for pheasants during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. More information on release dates, locations and bird numbers can be found at wildohio.gov.last_img read more

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Brazilians Defend Ag Policies

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorWASHINGTON (DTN) — Brazil’s political and agricultural leaders are incensed over global criticism of Amazon fires and deforestation and they are pushing back.At a conference Wednesday in downtown Washington, D.C., Brazilian agribusiness groups sought to shift the narrative by highlighting “sustainable food” and a “science-based model” for agriculture. They also strongly criticized the view that fires in the Amazon are due to illegal expansion of ranches and crop production.Nestor Forster Jr., Brazil’s Charge of Affairs in Washington, D.C., or top diplomat, didn’t mince words about Brazil’s changing views about the economy and environment under President Jair Bolsonaro. Protectionism in the country “is being demolished, being destroyed.” The country is undergoing an economic reform, which includes more private sector land investment to spur growth. Gross domestic product is projected at 0.9% for 2019, but the government has its sights set on 2% growth for 2020, Forster said. Forster dismissed environmental criticisms, which he said are “overplayed and exaggerated.” He especially challenged what he called “environmentally militant” views in European governments. Pointing to the 80% land reserve farmers and ranchers must adhere to in the Amazon area of Brazil, Forester said, “No other country has anything close to this requirement.”In total, roughly 31% of Brazil’s land mass is protected under environmental law, Forster added. Even with such protections in place, Forster pointed out grain production in Brazil is projected to grow 30% by 2030.Forster said he expects the U.S. and Brazil to “inch closer” to a comprehensive trade deal and noted on agricultural issues the two countries “are often on the same side of the table.”Yet, the highest-ranking U.S. official at the conference was USDA Undersecretary for Trade Ted McKinney, who gave a few brief comments about trade between the two countries and the U.S. desire for fair trade deals. “People sometimes fear the size and magnitude of the U.S. agricultural machine,” McKinney said, adding the U.S. is bullish, “but not Pollyannaish” about trade negotiations right now. “All we seek is fair trade.”At the same time, Bolsonaro on Wednesday was hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Brasilia, seeking to address some accusations Bolsonaro had made early in the year that China was “buying Brazil.” While President Donald Trump is trying to line up a meeting with Xi, Bolsonaro has met with Xi twice in the last month. Brazil is hosting the “BRICS” Summit, (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and each looking to increase trade with each other. “China is becoming more and more part of Brazil’s future,” the South China Post quoted Bolsonaro saying when he met with Xi.In Washington there was a repeated theme that U.S. and Brazilian farmers were not necessarily in competition with each other, but two western breadbaskets walking in lockstep. Tom Hertel, an agricultural economics professor at Purdue, challenged that argument, noting the U.S. and Brazil are producing many of the same commodities and selling to the same countries.“As a corn farmer in the Midwest, I’d be thinking closely about that,” Hertel said.The pushback against perceptions the Brazilian government is ignoring Amazon protections is critical for Brazil because agriculture accounts for 25% of the country’s GDP and more than 40% of its exports. Agriculture makes Brazil relevant on the global stage, said Marcos Fava Neves, an agricultural professor at the University of Sao Paulo. “Agribusiness is how Brazil inserts itself into the world,” Neves said.Neves also criticized the narrative of his country regarding last summer’s fires. He and others sought to highlight land laws in Brazil that require forestry and savannah set-asides. Neves pointed to criticisms from European leaders, media and celebrities over the fires.“What you saw was wrong in July and August,” he said. “We have seen a fever all over the world that damaged a lot of Brazilian image and people did not come back to say ‘I’m sorry for what I’ve done, and that’s not true.’ … It was a huge attack.”The Amazon forest canopy, which is nearly size of Europe, had more than 70,000 recorded fires over the summer months, the highest in more than a decade. Critics complain Bolsonaro’s administration has greenlighted intentional fires with a willingness to ignore environmental degradation. Supporters claim the dry season in Brazil was more intense this year, which led to a higher volume of fires.Brazilians at the conference noted how the country went from being a food-aid recipient in the 1960s to becoming an agricultural powerhouse through a long-term investment in agricultural research. The country sent hundreds of students abroad to earn doctorates in areas such as agronomy and created ties to universities such as Purdue University, which co-hosted Wednesday’s event. Brazil also created its own research arm for agriculture, Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. Geraldo Martha, a researcher at Embrapa, said Brazil’s investment in agricultural research has actually spared increased land use as farmers and the commodity industry have focused on intensification and productivity gains in both crops and livestock. Martha said, Brazil’s production growth has limited acreage expansion globally by hundreds of millions of acres.“Because of productivity gains in Brazil, we almost have spared another Brazil,” Martha said. “That was only possible because of the science-based approach Brazil has been on.”Yet, like the U.S., government investment in agricultural research is now declining in Brazil. Martha and others said such a shift is needed for Brazil to get its federal budget deficit under control. Speakers reiterated several times that focus on research investment.Pointing to government subsidies in Europe, the U.S. and some Asian countries, Martha also said Brazilian farmers are more likely to respond to market forces because Brazil has little to no government safety net for farmers.Getting to climate change and the Amazon rainforest’s role in removing carbon from the air, concerns were raised by non-Brazilians about the risks. “That’s where no one is really fully prepared for what climate change brings,” said Claudia Ringler, deputy director for environment and production technology programs at the International Food Policy Research Institute. “The Amazon is a big fuel source and we have to do a lot more thinking about how we can manage our reserves and forest resources.”Martha responded that farmers in the Amazon set aside their ground without any compensation. “The farmers are preserving 80% of their farms in the Amazon without any payment or incentive for it,” Martha said.In other parts of Brazil, such as Mato Grosso, farmers must place anywhere from 10% to 30% of their farms into reserves. At the same time, farmers are using no-till production systems on 11 million hectares (27 million acres). All of these efforts capture carbon in the soil without payments for those environmental services, Martha said.“At the same time we are mitigating the carbon, we are also building the system’s resilience because we have more soil dense matter that is able to capture more water and more nutrients,” Martha said. “So actually we are doing a lot of investment in these low-carbon initiatives in Brazilian agriculture.”Neves said agriculture makes Brazil “a green country.” Looking at the energy metrics of Brazil, the country right now gets 45% of its energy from renewable energy, which includes major investments in areas such as hydrological power from its rivers. Neves also pointed to the U.S. and Brazil both having strong biofuel industries and looking to expand ethanol exports, especially to China, which is implementing a 10% ethanol blend law.“This is totally a win-win for Brazil and the U.S.,” Neves said. “We are capturing money away from oil and bringing to agriculture.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(CZ/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Uploading Files to Google Docs Just Got Easier

first_imgaudrey watters Last fall, Google Docs users gained the ability to drag and drop files from the desktop to the upload page. Now Google has announced that it will be rolling out a few more features to make that process of uploading even easier.The first new feature will help those who tend to upload a lot of documents: Google has added the ability to upload folders, not just individual files. This upload will actually preserve the folder structure, which means that folders within folders will also be uploaded.The second feature is a UI improvement, merging the upload feature directly into the documents list. This means that the upload settings have changed as well. The first time you use the new method, you’ll be asked whether or not you want the files automatically converted to Google Docs and if you want images converted to text via OCR. When you add new files, a window will pop up to display the upload progress. And finally, you’ll be able to drag and drop directly into the documents list in order to start an upload. This will only work for individual files, not for full folders.A couple things to note: many of these new features work on what Google calls “modern browsers” – Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Also, you might find that as you upload more and more files to Google Docs that you run into storage limits. You can either delete files or pay for additional storage ($0.02 per GB per month). Google says these new features will be available to users in the next month. Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

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Entries for SRC Performing Arts and Poster Competitions Close November 30

first_img Winners of the competitions will be provided with prizes through Dolphin Cove, Kirk Distributors, the Youth Link, Jamaica Biscuit Company, Wisynco, and Adam and Eve Day Spa. Entry for the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) Science and Technology Month Performing Arts and Poster competitions is now open and will close on November 30. Story Highlights The Coordinator indicated that entries for these competitions were closed from mid-October, and that the top-six entrants for the Oratory from each region – Central, Western and Eastern – will showcase their entries at the semi-finals that will be held in November. Entry for the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) Science and Technology Month Performing Arts and Poster competitions is now open and will close on November 30.Coordinator for the Science and Technology Education Unit at the SRC, Amanda McKenzie, told JIS News that the competitions, which are part of the Science and Technology Month of activities being undertaken by the Council, aim to increase students’ awareness, understanding and appreciation for Science and Technology.Other competitions being spearheaded by the Council during the month include Essay competitions and Oratory competitions.The Coordinator indicated that entries for these competitions were closed from mid-October, and that the top-six entrants for the Oratory from each region – Central, Western and Eastern – will showcase their entries at the semi-finals that will be held in November.These will be held in Montego Bay on November 16; in Mandeville, November 23 and Kingston, November 30.For the Essay Competition, the Coordinator explained that entrants will need to focus on two key topics – ‘How we as Jamaicans utilise our waterways and how we can prevent the pollution of the ecosystem from human and non-human influences’ and ‘How persons can utilise Jamaica’s indigenous knowledge to impact our economy’.All the competitions are open to students at the primary and secondary levels, except for the Performing Arts competition, which is only open to secondary-level students.All finals for the competitions will be held in February 2018 at the SRC’s ‘Science in the Gardens’ event.She explained that the competitions have helped in student development. “Over the years, we have seen that participation, particularly in the Oratory component, has significantly helped students, especially as they move on to the tertiary level, and they have also gone on to become good public speakers, even winning regional competitions,” Ms. McKenzie said.She also noted that the competitions assist in training the students in explaining scientific information to an audience in the most basic way.In the meantime, Ms. McKenzie said that the Oratory and Essay competitions this year are part of the Jamaica-South Africa bilateral cooperation building youth engagement arrangement, “which is seeking to get persons involved in the conversation of how it is that as a nation we can target socio-economic development by looking at indigenous knowledge”.“In Jamaica, a lot of people are familiar with the use of folklore in medicine. We now want to harness all that information as a nation, to develop jobs and new products, as there is a new thrust to use these in the pharmaceutical as well as the nutraceutical industries,” she said.Winners of the competitions will be provided with prizes through Dolphin Cove, Kirk Distributors, the Youth Link, Jamaica Biscuit Company, Wisynco, and Adam and Eve Day Spa.Additionally, winners (students and teachers) will receive trophies, certificates of participation, book vouchers and gift certificates.Entries for the competitions must be submitted using the guidelines and registration form, which can be found at www.src-jamaica.org., and should be sent to the Scientific Research Council c/o the Science and Technology Unit, P.O. Box 350, Hope Gardens Complex, Kingston 6.last_img read more

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BC housing market shows signs of moderation assessment agency

first_imgVANCOUVER — Assessed values of some single family homes in Metro Vancouver’s once red hot housing market dropped between five and 10 per cent in the latest assessments used to determine property taxes in British Columbia.Meanwhile, BC Assessment says some property owners in the rest of the province have seen five to 15 per cent increases in their property values.The agency forecasts condominium values will increase by up to 20 per cent across B.C. this year.Commercial and industrial properties saw an increase of between 10 and 20 per cent across most of the province, with some markets around Metro Vancouver increasing up to 30 per cent. BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data.Its assessments are based on the estimate of a property’s market value on July 1 of each year and its physical condition on Oct. 31.Deputy assessor Keith MacLean-Talbot says increases in property assessments do not automatically translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Direct tax collection falls short CBDT raises alarm

first_imgNew Delhi: Mar 28 (PTI) The CBDT has rung alarm bells and has asked the Income Tax Department to go for a major assault as the direct tax collection target remains short of about 15 per cent, with the financial year closing less than a week away.On March 26, CBDT Member (Revenue) Neena Kumar shot off a letter to all the regional chiefs of the department stating that the tax collection figures have “been reviewed and it is seen that as against the budget collection target of Rs 12,00,000 crore, only 85.1 per cent of the target at Rs 10,21,251 crore has been collected as on March 23.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe officer, who is responsible to supervise I-T department’s tax collection work across the country, underlined the areas that are sluggish vis-a-vis direct tax collections obtained from personal, corporate and advance tax categories.”The minor head-wise analysis indicates worsening trend of negative growth in regular collections at -6.9 per cent as against -5.2 per cent in the last week. This is an alarming situation which needs immediate attention,” Kumar wrote in the letter. The officer expressed CBDT’s disappointment at this situation and has asked the supervisory tax officials to pull up their socks and ensure no stone remains unturned to achieve the target. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) frames policy for the I-T department and is also its controlling authority that functions from the North Block in the Finance Ministry.”You are aware that regular assessment tax is bench-mark of performance as it is based upon quality of demand raised which can further be converted into actual collections,” Kumar wrote in the letter.”Board (the CBDT) has discussed strategies through various communications with you (senior officials) and it was expected that by this time your strategies would have succeeded resulting into improved collections. However, the figures of collection give a different account,” she added. She asked the department to take “all possible actions urgently, especially with respect to recovery of arrear and current demand, so as to achieve the targets for collection.”The CBDT has been worried over the direct tax collection work for quite some time and Board Chairman P C Mody had recently held a video-conference with the top brass of the department across the country and discussed strategies to boost the collection figures to be achieved by the end of the 2018-19 fiscal on March 31. Both Mody and Kumar are undertaking daily updates on the issue. They are monitoring advance tax and arrear collections, enforcement action to check tax evasion and subsequent surrender of undisclosed income, a senior official said.last_img read more

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