Spartans denied in semis

first_imgUnfortunately for the Spartans, they were in for an uphill battle. Salesian scored three goals in the first half before coasting to a 4-1 victory over the Spartans at Salesian’s Keegan Stadium. LOS ANGELES – La Ca?ada High School’s boys soccer team, fresh off disposing of No. 2-seeded Colton on Saturday, was one win away from reaching the CIF-Southern Section Division V championship match. With the title game in their sights, the last thing the Spartans wanted Tuesday was a slow start against No. 3 Salesian. Carlos Alvarez had two goals while Luis Silva and Edgar Togo scored one apiece to send the Mustangs (19-2-1) to the Division V title game against Marshall, a 2-0 winner over Bassett. The Mustangs, armed with a solid midfield and defense as well as a strong wind at their backs, grabbed control of the game from the beginning. Salesian’s pressure paid dividends when Silva scored on a point-blank shot past La Ca ada goalkeeper Devin King to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute. “They applied so much pressure that it was tough to get into their half (of the field),” Jones said. “It was also tough having the wind in our face. It was like going uphill.” Toco knocked in a rebound off a shot by Alvarez in the 15th minute to make it 2-0. center_img Salesian continued to keep the action in the Spartans’ zone before Alvarez scored his first goal of the game in the 27th minute to give the Mustangs a commanding 3-0 lead which they took into halftime. “When it’s one- or two-zero, you’re hoping your guys wake up, so I really wanted to get that one before halftime,” Jones said. The Spartans (14-8-2) didn’t get anything going in the first half and were out-shot 17-2 in the contest, including 10-0 in the opening 40 minutes. “Our midfield played a strong game, and with our ability to maintain possession, we were able to finish,” Salesian coach Mark Johnson said. Salesian picked up where it left off to begin the second half and controlled the ball in the Spartans’ zone. Alvarez eventually maneuvered on goal and scored in the 49th minute for his second goal of the match. To its credit, La Ca ada continued to battle. After a Salesian penalty gave the Spartans a free kick from 30 yards, Dominic Baiocco squirted a shot just past Mustangs keeper Miguel Rodriguez to break the shutout. Salesian will attempt to take home its third title in school history when it faces Marshall. Two players, seniors Christian Alvizar and Geovanni Alvarez, played on the 2004 championship team. “If our defense and midfield play is solid, I like our chances,” Johnson said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A Cell Technology Show

first_imgThe basic units of life continue to astound scientists with their tricks.  Here are a few recent samples:Valuable junk:  The complementary or “antisense” strands of certain RNAs that latch onto messenger RNAs are not just junk anymore.  Science Daily reported that these genetic oddities, “previously thought to have no function, may in fact protect sex cells from self-destructing.”  Nobody would want that to happen.  Up till now these strands of genetic material were thought to have no meaning at all.  Now, “considering how widespread these antisense transcripts are, I wouldn’t be surprised if these findings eventually lead us to discover an entirely new level of gene regulation.”  Another said, “This points to an entirely new process of gene regulation that we’ve never seen before in eukaryotic cells.”Fishers of molecules:  How do DNA transcribers move?  Do they crawl like an inchworm down the strand?  No; the answer is even more surprising.  Researchers at UCLA found that “transcription proceeds initially through a ‘scrunching’ mechanism in which, much like a fisherman reeling in a catch, RNAP [RNA Polymerase] remains in a fixed position while it pulls the flexible DNA strand of the gene within itself and past the enzyme’s reactive center to form the RNA product.”  See EurekAlert for the details.  The original papers in Science actually use the abstruse technical term “scrunching.”  Another press release on EurekAlert has a picture of the “scrunching machine.”Diamonds from the rough:  EurekAlert reported that another molecular machine is involved in gene expression.  Another RNA polymerase builds micro-RNAs formerly thought to be junk, but now seen to be important in regulating the expression of genes.  Scientists seem to be excited these days about treasure-hunting in the genetic junkyard.  This discovery “broadens understanding of a rapidly developing area of biology known as functional genomics and sheds more light on the mysterious, so-called ‘junk DNA’ that makes up the majority of the human genome.”Of all the nerve dancers:  Neurons cover themselves in myelin sheaths that are critical to their function.  A press release from Vanderbilt U compared this to the insulation on electrical wiring in your house.  “The formation of myelin sheaths during development requires a complex choreography generally considered to be one of nature’s most spectacular examples of the interactions between different kinds of cells,” reporter David Salisbury wrote.  A group at Vanderbilt succeeded at filming part of the dance.  “We discovered that this process is far more dynamic than anyone had dreamed,” commented one team member.  It’s a good thing the dancers usually get their act together.  Failure can result in “blindness, muscle weakness and paralysis, loss of coordination, stuttering, pain and burning sensations, impotence, memory loss, depression and dementia.”  Ouch.  Read the details and look at frames from the movies they made.At your service:  Science Daily also had a story about the DNA Repair Team in the cell.  Its motto, announces the title, is “to protect and to serve.”  The article, based on Salk Institute research, began, “When you dial 911 you expect rescuers to pull up at your front door, unload and get busy–not park the truck down the street and eat donuts.”  Same for the cell, it continues: “just before it divides, it recruits protein complexes that repair breakage that may have occurred along the linear DNA chains making up your 46 chromosomes.”  There’s even a protein complex scientists have named 9-1-1.  At the ends of chromosomes, the versatile repair crew knows how to call in additional support to tuck in the ends of the strands and form a protective cap.  “Be thankful your cells are so clever,” the article states: “Erroneous fusion of chromosome ends would be disastrous, leading to cell death or worse.”  No donut breaks for these skilled technicians; they are on the job 24 x 7.Thanksgiving Day is approaching, by the way.  As you feast, your servants will be hard at work.  Be nice to them.The discoveries pouring out of the world’s leading cell biology and genetics labs are exciting, and have “design” written all over them.  Rare is the article on the details of cell biology that mentions evolution at all.  If it does, evolutionary theory is usually tagged on as an afterthought, contributing nothing of substance.  Reporters are increasingly bypassing the Charlie display and lining up at the high-tech booth.    It is hard to see how the Darwin Dictatorship can survive this continual onslaught.  The Darwin Party must feel like North Korean leaders watching helplessly as their country is bombarded by colorful, gift-laden balloons those mission boards keep launching to the starving, brainwashed victims enslaved within.  The soldiers try to arrest seekers from picking them up or looking at them, but they can’t stop them all, nor explain them away with the usual propaganda.  Silently and relentlessly, the bright and cheery salvo proclaims to the captives, “Hang on; have faith – the darkness will end, and freedom will be your destiny.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s Singita takes top travel award

first_imgRay Maota The Singita Sasakwa Lodge in Tanzania has nine luxurious cottages and a private retreat and can accommodate 34 people at a time. (Image: Singita Game Reserves) One of the “Big Five” – the elephant, can be found in most of the Singita Game Reserves. (Image: For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Janie van der Spuy  FIVESTAR PR  +27 21 462 1677 RELATED ARTICLES • On the trail of the Big Five • Game park facelift to boost tourism • Kruger Park booked out for 2010 • Wildlife poachers to be taken downSouth African hospitality group Singita Game Reserves is now firmly at the top of the industry after walking off with the honours in the 2011 US Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey.Singita’s safari hotels and lodges were rated against top competition from around the world. Its Grumeti Reserves, situated close to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, came in at number one on Travel + Leisure World’s list of 100 top hotels.Also, Singita’s flagship Sabi Sand, located within the greater boundaries of the world-famous Kruger National Park, was ranked at number two.Sabi Sand features Singita’s original lodges, Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders, as well as the Singita Castleton, an exclusive-use facility.As if this wasn’t enough, the Singita Kruger National Park, overlooking the N’wanetsi River in the park’s northern region, rounded off the honours for the group by taking the 39th spot on the list, and was also named the best Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East.The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards are given to top hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, outfitters and transportation companies in the world. The winners are chosen by readers in a survey where they are rated on a scale of one to five, with five being excellent.The winners of this year’s survey, the 16th edition, were announced on 7 July 2011 on US television channel NBC’s Today Show. They’ll receive their awards at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 14 July 2011.Practising modern conservationSingita Reserves’ chief marketing officer Lindy Rousseau said: “Singita today manages and is responsible for 570 000 acres in Africa. We operate ten lodges in four destinations in three countries.”The group practises so-called modern conservation, said Rossouw. She described the concept as “a finely tuned relationship between wildlife, local communities and tourism”.Singita is committed to tourism that delivers a high value but leaves a low impact on the environment, meaning that habitats are sensitively managed.As a result, animal populations are thriving in Singita areas. As an example, said Roussouw, a mere eight years ago hardly an animal was seen in Grumeti, but today it boasts the most prolific game populations in East Africa.“We spend more on wildlife projects and community development than anyone else,” said Rousseau.She expressed her gratitude at the honour of being voted a world leader by some of the most discerning travellers to be found anywhere.African splendourThe results of the survey attest to the splendour of Africa’s natural scenery, the attraction of its great hospitability, and the enchantment it leaves on those who have travelled and stayed there.Singita describes the impact of its destinations on guests as “nothing short of life changing”.The group’s luxury lodges can be found in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.In South Africa, the Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders lie within the world’s best leopard viewing area, while the Singita Castleton, a private six-roomed villa, is situated close to one of the most frequented waterholes in the Kruger National Park.Guests can spot the Big Five – lion; leopard; rhino; elephant and buffalo – at these locations.In Tanzania, home of the world’s best hotel; millions of wildebeest can be seen during the migration season as the hotel is located on a prime viewing site along the animals’ annual route..In Zimbabwe, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is a haven for endangered species like the black rhino. The reserve has a vast collection of baobab trees and offers breathtaking views of the Malilangwe Dam.Rousseau said: “When it comes to hotels, the new world order is very different from just five years ago. Today it is about authenticity, integrity and being real. I think this is why more and more guests identify with what we are doing.”last_img read more

Inaugural Nation Brand Forum to bring cohesion to efforts to build South African Nation Brand

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 22 August 2016 – Brand South Africa will on Wednesday 24 August 2016 host the inaugural Nation Brand Forum at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.The Forum, which will be opened by the Minister of Communication, Faith Muthambi, aims to bring together a broad range of stakeholders to consider and recommend ways in which the South African brand can be positioned as being globally competitive, in a cohesive manner.Since the Nation Brand is built on the three main pillars – government, business and civil society – a consultative approach is required to generate alignment so that all stakeholders are better able to collectively position the nation brand cohesively.A nation brand is also built through the country’s actions and behaviours, by a range of actors and stakeholders working in concert and communicating a consistent message. An understanding and appreciation of the inter-relationship between all stakeholders and their interaction with the Nation Brand, is very important in order to build the country’s reputation and shape perceptions.The forum also aims to share best practice in the discipline of nation branding.The Forum will include a plenary and breakaway sessions looking at pillars of the South African Nation Brand – Tourism, Governance and Social Cohesion, Investment and Exports and Culture, heritage and People. These breakaway sessions are aligned to the Nation Brand Hexagon which outlines who country brands are formed.Follow the conversation on #NationBrandForum.Media are invited as follows:Arrival and RegistrationALL08:30 – 9:00Opening with a 5min AV profiling strengths of South AfricaBackground to the forumBrand SA Chair09:05 – 09:15Keynote addressHonourable Minister of CommunicationsFaith Muthambi09:15 – 09:45Nation Brand PerformanceGM: ResearchPetrus De Kock09:45 – 10:05Building strong, sustainable brandsBrand SpecialistNathan Reddy10:05 – 10:25Briefing of the audienceBrand SA Chief Marketing officerLinda Magapatona-Sangaret10:25 – 10:30Tea/Coffee breakALL10:30 – 10:45Breakaway sessionALL10:45 –  12:30LunchALL12:30 – 13:30Feedback session in the plenary sessionALL13:30 – 14:45Wrap up and closing remarksBrand SA CEOKingsley Makhubela14:45 – 15:00last_img read more

Alphabet soup of corn development

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John BrienWhen discussing growth and development of a corn plant, a grower very quickly is submerged into a world of alphabet soup. There are all kinds of Vs, Rs and Ts used and while the system was designed to make things easier, all the letters grouped together can be quite confusing.Prior to silking, corn growth is measured in “V” stages or vegetative stages. For each new collar (fully developed leaf) a corn plant moves to another “V” stage. For instance a corn plant with five collars is considered to be at V5 growth stage. After VT (tassel emergence) the development of the corn crop is marked in “R” stages or reproductive stages.There is considerable amount of effort and time spent on the vegetative stages, but little time spent on the rest. Below is a quick guide to help follow the corn crop from tasseling to harvest: R1 — silkingThis occurs when silks have emerged from the tip of the ear shoot on 50% of the plants. R1 is the stage most growers focus on due to its importance on the final yield. Typically silks are receptive to pollen for 10 days. Pollen from the tassel falls unto the silks, then “grows” down the silk to fertilize the ovule (kernel). The exciting part of pollination is that the corn plant over produces pollen to make sure fertilization occurs. Each corn plant has the potential to produce 5 million grains of pollen or 5,000 grains of pollen for each silk. Therefore unless the corn plant is under extreme stress, it is able to pollinate all the potential kernels quite easily. R2 — blister stageThis occurs 10 to 14 days after silking. The silks are mostly brown and drying rapidly. Upon pulling the husk back, the kernel is visible and looks like a blister on the cob. The kernel is filling with clear fluid and the radicle root, coleoptile and first embryonic leaf have formed in the embryo. Any stress during blister stage will cause kernels from the tip to abort. R3 — milk stage (Roasting Ear Stage)This takes place 18 to 22 days after silking. The color of the kernel changes from a white/clear to an orange/yellow color. Once the kernel turns to the orange/yellow, the chance for kernel abortion greatly decreases. The goal when looking at ears at the milk stage is to have the entire ear change colors at the same relative time. The longer the process to change colors on the top portion of the ear the more chance those kernels could be aborted.There is rapid accumulation of starch in the kernel during the milk stage. Also the endosperm development is complete and the growth of the kernel is attributed to cell expansion and starch fill-in. R4 — dough stageThis occurs 24 to 28 days after silking. Dough stage is simply that, the contents of the kernel have begun to change into a dough or paste-like substance. By R4 the kernels have accumulated about half of their final dry weight. The cob is now gaining color and is likely a light red or pink. By this stage, four embryonic leaves have developed in the embryo. Kernel abortion at this stage is highly unlikely. R5 — dent stageThis occurs 35 to 42 days after silking. Kernels are dented at the top of the kernel and have begun to dry down. During dent stage a grower can follow the “milk line” that separates the yellow from the white on the kernel. The milk line will progress down as the kernel matures and the starch hardens. Stress at this time will only reduce kernel weights, not kernel numbers. R6 — physiological maturity (black layer)This occurs 55 to 65 days after silking. At R6 all kernels have reached their maximum dry matter accumulation and a black layer will be visible at the base of each kernel. Kernel moisture in now between 30% to 35% and will begin to lower depending on the hybrid, plant health and environmental conditions.The formation of grain is an amazing part of a corn plant’s responsibility. Even though there is very little most growers can do to impact yield after pollination, knowing what is happening can make walking those corn fields in July and August much more enjoyable!last_img read more

Tej Pratap’s tweet signals rift in RJD

first_imgTej Pratap Yadav, elder son of Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, on Saturday created a flutter in political circles with a tweet indicating that all is not well in the party. Many saw it as the first open sign of rift between Mr. Prasad’s sons. Mr. Tej Pratap, however, later clarified in a series of tweets that there were no differences between them.“Mera sochna hai ki mein Arjun ko Hastinapur ki gaddi per baithayun aur khud dwarka chala jaun! Ab Kuchek chuglon ko kasht hai ki kahin mein king-maker na kahlaun (I think I should place Arjuna on the throne of Hastinapur and go to Dwarka! But some have a problem that I may be called a kingmaker),” tweeted Mr. Tej Pratap, who was Health, Environment and Forest Minister in the previous grand alliance government. He is known for his religious bent of mind. He often presents himself in posters and billboards as Lord Krishna, while projecting Tejashwi as Arjuna.Mr. Tej Pratap’s tweet triggered a flutter. A BJP leader said: “It was the first sign of family dispute and is bound to happen.” JD(U) leaders insisted they had nothing to say since it was a family issue of Mr. Lalu Prasad. RJD leaders refused to comment, while Congress leaders expressed ignorance about the tweet.Speaking to a select group of journalists, Mr. Tej Pratap indicated that he was not happy with the way the party was functioning. There were some who were trying to create a rift between him and his brother.‘Piece of heart’However, Mr. Tej Pratap soon posted a series of tweets explaining all was well in the party. “Listen you all from Sangh [RSS] … don’t try to spread rumours and do listen with your ears open that Tejashwi is a piece of my heart,” said one of his tweets. His earlier tweet said “there is no rift between me and my brother … we’ve to remove those who are trying to create a division in the party”. The next tweet said: “RJD and the alliance partners have a big responsibility to form a government in 2019, but we’ve to be careful about anti-social elements …”last_img read more

Three BSF personnel injured in bomb blast in Manipur

first_imgThree personnel of 120 Border Security Force were seriously wounded on Saturday night when a powerful remote controlled bomb was detonated near Telipati, Imphal east district in Manipur, at 11:30 p.m. The personnel were taken to the J.N. Institute of Medical Sciences in the same district.No underground organisation has claimed responsibility for the blast.There is a permanent police picket at Telipati which is dominated by people originating from Bihar. Police have registered a case. So far there is no breakthrough in the investigation.last_img read more

Michael Martinez gains slot to PyeongChang Winter Olympics

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kevin Durant says sorry for behavior toward official Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Michael Martinez competes in the men’s individual figure skating in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLFilipino figure skater Michael Martinez is set to return for his second straight Winter Games.Martinez, who competed in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, got a slot at the last minute after Sweden’s Alexander Majorov withdrew from the PyeongChang Olympics following the decision by the Swedish Olympic Committee.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The 21-year-old Martinez placed 8th in the Nebelhorn Trophy Competition in September of 2017. It was not enough to secure an outright ticket to PyeongChang, but it put Martinez  first on the waiting list in case of withdrawals.Martinez placed 19th out of 24 skaters in Sochi, the first time a skater from Southeast Asia and from a tropical country competed in the Winter Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs for Majorov, there is petition at that seeks to reverse SOC’s decision and reinstate the skater back to the Olympic roster, but the Swedish skater has seemingly accepted his fate based on his tweets. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more