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Kristaps Porzingis’ torn ACL healing, next evaluation in February

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He believes Porzingis — who grew so fed up with the franchise in its final days under Phil Jackson that he skipped his exit meeting before returning to Europe for the summer — is pleased with the team now. Mills said Porzingis is almost always at the practice facility and sits with teammates during film sessions.But Mills said there haven’t been any discussions about if Porzingis wants to join them on the court this season.“We really haven’t talked about it because we’ve always left it in the context of he’s going to play whenever we feel like he’s ready to play and whenever he feels like he’s ready to play,” Mills said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Jan. 26, 2018, file photo, New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) controls the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix. Porzingis’ left knee is healing well from a torn ACL and he will be re-evaluated in mid-February 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)NEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis’ left knee is getting better, though it could be at least two months before he plays again.Team President Steve Mills said Friday the team is pleased with Porzingis’ recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament ACL, and another round of testing scheduled for mid-February could clarify his timeline for his return.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a fluid process so I don’t want to say that’s what will happen, but I also don’t want to say that it’s impossible to happen,” Mills said. “I’m not really sure. We’re going to see as he sort of ramps up his progression how he feels.”The Knicks are near the bottom of the league with a 9-24 record entering their game Friday against Atlanta, so Porzingis won’t be able to save them this season. But having him on the court could help them in the summer, as potential free agents may want to see if the 7-foot-3 Latvian is fully back before they would consider the Knicks.But Mills said that won’t play into the Knicks’ thinking.“The most important thing for us is to have Kristaps on the court when he feels comfortable being on the court and we feel comfortable that he should be out there,” Mills said. “That’s more important than any timetable this season, some point in the summer. The most important thing is that we know that we’ve got this guy in a place that he feels comfortable on the floor and we feel comfortable in his ability to be part of what we’re doing long term. That’s more important than anything else that we can lay out.”Mills also declined to discuss how Porzingis’ recovery would factor into whether the team offers him a contract extension in the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Knicks hope their All-Star forward will be ready to play this season, but won’t push it.“We’d like him to get on the court, we’d love to see him play,” Mills said. “But we also acknowledge that he is a really, really important part of the long-term future of this franchise and one thing we’re not going to do is take any real risk.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPorzingis was hurt Feb. 6 after landing on a dunk in a game against Milwaukee. He has gone through a series of tests during his rehab, but Mills said they want to see more improvement before the 23-year-old Porzingis can move onto the next level of activity.For now, he is working individually with a coach, able to do some pull-up shooting and dunking. But Mills won’t speculate about when Porzingis can do more, or even if he will get on the court in February if he meets the necessary benchmarks at the next evaluation. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Australian Open to have 10-point tiebreakers in deciding setlast_img read more

Active Adolescents Are Leaner, Fitter

first_imgThe intuitively obvious sometimes holds up to experimentation.  Researchers at Medical College of Georgia found that, indeed, young people who are physically active are less likely to be obese.  Most adolescents need to double their physical activity, the researchers said, preferably an hour or more a day – and it needs to be vigorous.  In most cases this time could easily replace television watching.Give them some motivation by taking them hiking in beautiful places, like on Creation Safaris (picture).  Ever wonder why you don’t find many fat people on mountain trails?  Or bored ones?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

Heineken’s R7-billion SA plant

first_imgHeineken is to be brewed in South Africa at the R7-billion Heineken brewery currently under construction south of Johannesburg. (Image: Heineken) An artist’s impression of the new South African Heineken plant. (Image: Heineken) Amstel will also be produced in South Africa for the first time since 2007, when Heineken terminated SABMiller’s licence to brew the popular beer. (Image: Heineken)Janine ErasmusIn a move that tests the dominance of the well-established SABMiller, Heineken NV, manufacturer of one of the world’s most popular premium beer brands, is building its first South African brewery at an estimated cost of R7-billion. The plant is located in the Sedibeng area southeast of Johannesburg.The brewery will be three-quarters owned by Heineken with the remaining 25% owned by its partner in the venture, British-based Diageo, which is the largest multinational beer, wine and spirits company in the world.Heineken’s choice of location will result in a massive boost for the region. “We were very aware that southern Johannesburg is an area that will benefit enormously from new commercial investment, which will in turn assist and enable social and economic progress in the whole area,” said Heineken’s regional president for Africa and the Middle East, Tom de Man. “We, our partner Diageo, and our local joint venture business partner Brandhouse, consider ourselves part of that process.”Local and provincial government has come out in strong support of the venture, especially since it is expected that the brewery will create 225 permanent new jobs and make many more service-related employment opportunities available. All new staff will receive extensive training in South Africa and abroad where necessary.Brewing the world’s best brands in SAThe new brewery, says Heineken, will have an annual output capacity of three-million hectolitres, with built-in potential for expansion, and will produce a variety of brands owned by the two companies. Heineken’s two major brands are Amstel and the eponymous Heineken, while Diageo owns Guinness and Windhoek Lager. In addition, the plant will produce ready-to-drink beverages similar to the popular Smirnoff Ice, which is a member of the Diageo stable.Diageo also owns some of the world’s favourite wine and spirit brands including Johnny Walker, José Cuervo tequila, Bell’s, Captain Morgan, Dom Pérignon and Moët & Chandon. In South Africa these brands are distributed by Cape Town-based Brandhouse, which was established in 2004 specifically to market and distribute Diageo, Namibia Breweries and Heineken’s brands locally.Work on the brewery is currently underway and construction, which is overseen by an experienced local Heineken management team, is expected to be complete by the end of 2009. A second site in the Ekurhuleni municipal area, east of Johannesburg, was also under consideration, and may yet be used by Heineken for other operations, possibly as a distribution centre.Heineken, Diageo and Namibia Breweries are to embark on a second business venture which will see them combining their beer, cider and ready-to-drink operations into one company. The two major partners will each own 42.25% while Namibia Breweries will take a 15.5% stake.Heineken’s investment in its two new initiatives will be around R3.1-billion ($412-million), while Diageo will invest R1.5-billion ($199-million), said the two companies in a joint statement.Taking on the might of SABMillerThe new Heineken brewery will be the only such facility in South Africa not owned by rival SABMiller, which has successfully seen off numerous challenges over the years. In fact, the only brand to achieve any degree of success in the South African premium beer market is Diageo’s Windhoek, brewed by Namibia Breweries. The brand has not yet cracked the mass market, however.In 2007 Heineken dramatically terminated SABMiller’s 40-year-old licence to brew Amstel after initiating an arbitration process following SABMiller’s $7.8 billion (R59-billion) acquisition of Colombian brewer Grupo Empresarial Bavaria, which in turn had acquired 15% of SABMiller.Heineken objected to the bi-lateral acquisition, saying that SABMiller’s ownership had changed to a significant degree and this could be considered harmful to its own interests. It consequently applied to end SABMiller’s Amstel licence and the International Chamber of Commerce ruled in Heineken’s favour.At the time Amstel accounted for 9% of SABMiller’s beer sales in South Africa and, according to Heineken, South Africa is one of Amstel’s biggest markets. Despite the setback SABMiller has focused on its own premium brands such as Hansa Marzen Gold, Peroni Nastro Azzuro and the recently acquired Grolsch, to offset some of the revenue loss.Useful linksHeinekenSABMillerDiageoBrandhouseSedibeng District Municipalitylast_img read more

There is still time to grow feed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Do you have enough feed for this winter? Is it of good quality? If not, there is still time to generate more quality feed for this winter for our cattle. What can we do?Stockpiled field in NovemberFirst and foremost, resist the temptation to graze our pastures too close to avoid feeding hay early. When our animals overgraze, bad things happen. Grass that is grazed too close will have to start growing from the roots. Grass not grazed too close can start growing from parts above the ground. If we leave vegetation above the ground, that will help keep cover over the soil and conserve moisture. When do receive rain, more moisture will soak into the soil, especially if we have heavy rains and the ground has some slope. We may be able to still get more growth early this fall that can still be grazed. To take it even a step farther, we also still have time to stockpile fields for grazing hay or pasture fields later in the fall and early winter.Stockpiled field in FebruaryWhile early August is probably the best time to initiate stockpiling, you will still get a yield and quality response if you apply nitrogen now. Predominately grass fields work best, with fescue being the top choice. For those new to this practice, stockpiling means to make the last harvest, mowing or grazing of a field, then set it aside to let it grow for grazing at a later time. This will provide the plants a chance to rest, build root reserves and produce forages for grazing later in the fall or even winter. The addition of 50 pounds of nitrogen can provide an additional 1,000 pounds of dry matter.We did a study where we applied 50 pounds of urea on September 24th and harvested the plots on Nov. 3. The plots with no urea averaged 2290 pounds of dry matter and the plots with 50 pounds of urea averaged 3271 pounds of dry matter, so there is still time. Don’t forget the protein content of the grass will improve as well. One issue with applying the most common form of nitrogen, urea, is that if it does not rain a half of an inch within a couple days when the soil temperatures are still warm, it could start to volatilize or evaporate, losing its effectiveness. The addition of a nitrogen inhibitor when dry weather is forecasted can extend the window to maintain effectiveness for up to two weeks. Another form of nitrogen to consider is di-ammonium phosphate or 18-46-0, if your soil tests also call for the addition of phosphorous. The 18% nitrogen in this fertilizer is more stable than the urea form of nitrogen.Can you still plant something? The answer is definitely yes. Small grains are still an option. Oats and cereal rye come to mind. They can be planted together or separate. Oats will grow fast and die off after cold weather sets in and cereal rye will grow slower, maintain quality, provide some forage in late fall, then provide early season growth when weather breaks next March. One nice thing about oats is if you have a field that has been grazed close, I have seen successful plantings when simply drilled right into the existing vegetation. If this is done, consider applying fertilizer after the oats have emerged to prevent the existing vegetation from utilizing too much of the fertilizer. Another advantage to planting oats or cereal rye is that it should be high quality to offset potentially low quality hay that we may have.Grazing Oats and Rye (photo courtesy of Mark Landefeld)Finally, will there be any crop residues that can be grazed after harvest?  One that is often overlooked is grazing corn residue. According to my co-worker, Rory Lewandowski (November 27, 2013 Ohio Beef Newsletter) between 14 and 16 pounds of corn residue dry matter is left in the field for every bushel of corn harvested. University of Nebraska has done a lot of work with this and typically, less than one-third is removed from the field from grazing. Another University of Nebraska study conducted from 2004 to 2009 found an average of one bushel per acre of grain was also available for grazing. So while fall is here, we still have a small window to produce and utilize several types of feed for our cattle.last_img read more

Google Exiting China? Not Just Yet

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Google#news#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Last month, Google received high praise from human rights supporters after threatening to exit the Chinese search market, claiming it was no longer comfortable with censoring search results per government demands. But here it is a month later and Google has made no move to withdrawal its Chinese search operations, with censored results still appearing on Google’s Chinese portal, Google.cn. In addition, the company may now be investing in a Chinese digital media company, as well. According to unconfirmed reports, the Internet giant is said to be a member of a Disney-led consortium looking to invest in a Chinese media and advertising company called Bus Online. Google’s decision to exit the Chinese search business was alluded to in their January blog post detailing what appeared to be state-led cyber attacks which hit the Internet giant and other Silicon Valley companies in mid-December. As a result, Google announced it would review the feasibility of its business operations in China. The company claimed it would engage in discussions with the Chinese government to see if there was any way for it to remain in China, but few expected positive results from those discussions. Because the attacks were focused on gaining access to the email accounts of human rights activists, Google received a lot of praise for taking a stand against the Chinese government, the alleged perpetrators of the hacking attempts. However, only nine days later, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt took a softer tone during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call. “We wish to remain in China,” he said. “We like the Chinese people, we like our Chinese employees, we like the business opportunities there.” Google to Invest in Chinese Media CompanyGoogle does like the businesses there, apparently. It’s a month later and the company seems to be no closer to shutting down their Chinese search operations business than they were back in January. In addition, anonymous sources say Google is planning to invest in China’s largest in-bus digital media and advertising company, an outfit called Bus Online whose revenue was about 314.5 million yuan ($46.07 million) last year. A consortium led by Walt Disney Co. is reportedly in advanced talks with the Chinese company and has plans to buy a 30%-40% stake for more than $100 million in shares, both public and private. Google is said to be among the investors. This move, if it happens, would lead credence to the argument put forth in January which had cynics claiming that Google’s withdrawal from China had less to do with their so-called “moral high grounds” propped up by the company motto “don’t be evil,” and had more to do with the fact that Google’s Chinese search business simply couldn’t compete with the more popular Chinese engine baidu.com. Hacker Crack Down Could HelpThe reality of the situation may be a bit more murky than a simple case of “good” versus “evil,” though. Of course Google couldn’t sit idly by as the Chinese government directed attacks on its infrastructure, but it also would be bad business to ignore the massive potential of the Chinese Internet market. Yesterday, new reports from Chinaview.cn stated that the Chinese government had shut down the nation’s largest website responsible for training hackers. The implication of this news – and especially its timing, given the actual shut down occurred in November – is that the Chinese government wants to appear as if they’re “playing nice” with regards to Western interests. That move may be precisely the sort of thing Google needs in order to maintain an appearance of concern regarding the cyber attack situation while also not making a regrettable, revenue-impacting business decision by ceasing Chinese operations altogether. The only question now is whether or not the public will forgive Google for doing so.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perezlast_img read more

Ajit Pawar elected NCP legislative party leader

first_imgArticle 370 is not an answer to important issues such as unemployment, economic crisis and slowdown, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday. Addressing his party’s newly elected representatives to the Assembly here at the NCP headquarters Mr. Pawar also raised an alarm on the upcoming Supreme Court verdict on the Ram temple in Ayodhya. “We expect that the judiciary will ensure that brotherhood and harmony remains intact in the country after the verdict. There will be forces in the country which may try to exploit the situation. But it will be the responsibility of NCP workers to ensure peace,” said Mr. Pawar. The NCP chief sounded the alarm on the economic condition, agrarian crisis and growing unemployment in the country as well as in the State. “This government thinks that Article 370 is an answer to every problem facing the country. I have never seen a Prime Minister who says “doob maro” to his own country’s citizens who do not agree with his position on Article 370. How can you say this to your own people?” he asked. Earlier, the party unanimously elected former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar as the new leader of the legislative party while the announcement of the Leader of Opposition is likely to be made at the start of the Assembly session. Mr. Pawar will lead the party in both Houses. State unit president Jayant Patil moved the resolution naming Mr. Ajit Pawar at Wednesday’s meeting, which was seconded by Mumbai president and MLA Nawab Malik, Jitendra Awhad, Dhananjay Munde, Hasan Mushreef, and Anil Deshmukh. Addressing the newly-elected MLAs, Mr. Ajit Pawar said, “We are ready to work as Opposition. For the first time in Maharashtra, the ruling party is not in a merry mood but the Opposition surely is.” While presenting the resolution, Mr. Patil said, “BJP did nothing except make Opposition MLAs resign and field them from the BJP. But people of Maharashtra ensured 80% of them were defeated.” Their party chief, he added, followed the motto of Chhatrapati Shivaji to not bow down in front of the throne of Delhi.Prior to the meeting of the MLAs, the parliamentary board held discussions at the Y.B. Chavan centre where the name of Mr. Ajit Pawar was decided and presented in front of the MLAs.Before being appointed group leader Mr. Ajit Pawar told reporters that there are no permanent enemies in politics. His statement comes on the background of the ongoing tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena.In 2014, the 41 NCP candidates had won 41 Assembly seats, of whom six left the party after the Lok Sabha polls this year. Later as many as 12 ticket aspirants too quit NCP. The Congress with 42 seats had named Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil as the Leader of Opposition. However, he left the party to join the BJP before the general elections. Mr. Ajit Pawar was the legislative party leader in the previous term also while Mr. Patil was the group leader in the Assembly. Dhananjay Munde was the Leader of Opposition in the Council.last_img read more

Ind vs Pak: Afridi to take a call on Akhtar on Wednesday

first_imgAs India take on Pakistan in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday at Mohali, both the teams would like to go in with their best playing XI.Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi who, it seems, has already made up his mind on his bowling combination has said that Shoaib Akhtar is still not 100 per cent match fit and the last call will be taken on Wednesday before the crunch game.Many feel Akhtar’s status does not fit in with the new-look Pakistan squad, which boasts a more disciplined approach from quietly effective performers.His runs-in with the team management twice in this tournament — allegedly over a late entry into the team hotel and a spat with an underperforming teammate — have also been cited as reasons for his omission.Despite worries about his fitness, manager Intikhab Alam has said that Akhtar has been fully involved in match practice and is mentally ready to play. Akhtar factorThe Rawalpindi Express may be on his last run, but he can still prove to be the trump card for Afridi. Doubts and aspersions aside, his value, especially against India, is a factor, which is undeniable, even to his team-mates. While he has 41 wickets from 28 matches, his sheer experience will be invaluable.Though Akhtar won’t have fond memories of the last time he bowled to Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in a World Cup clash, he will, however, want to hang up his boots on the best note.last_img read more