Boys Athlete of the Week: Kendall Kikkawa of Flintridge Preparatory School

first_imgName: Kendall KikkawaSchool: Flintridge Preparatory SchoolGrade: SeniorSport: BasketballPosition: GuardAccomplishments: Kikkawa saved his best for the final week of the regular season. He had 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists in Prep’s 60-48 win over then second-place Chadwick. But it was the senior’s 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in Friday night’s victory over first-place Poly that turned heads. Kikkawa scored the final two points of regulation and 8 consecutive points in overtime for the Rebels.“Winning these two games is huge for our team,” Kikkawa said. “Not only did we avenge losses to both teams, we played better. And this is a perfect time to be playing better, with the playoffs right around the corner. I’ve been feeding off the confidence of my teammates. Everybody has stepped up this week.” Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Make a comment Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuffcenter_img Community News HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. top box 10 Boys Athlete of the Week: Kendall Kikkawa of Flintridge Preparatory School Published on Sunday, February 5, 2017 | 2:20 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Royal Oils and Gold Series Launch “Crowns of Heritage” Campaign to Help Black Families…

first_img Facebook Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Pinterest TAGS  Twitter CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– In honor of Black History Month, P&G’s Royal Oils by Head & Shoulders and Gold Series from Pantene enlisted the help of AfricanAncestry.com to trace the DNA of the team behind the brands and launch a journey of discovery that is #RootedInScience. The campaign, aptly entitled “Crowns of Heritage,” encourages people to reflect on the missing pieces of their family history and receive an opportunity to reconnect with the African roots of their family tree. The Crowns of Heritage Sweepstakes will give away 50 AfricanAncestry.com DNA test kits, giving winning individuals the ability to broaden their sense of identity and celebrate a fuller picture of their history. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005619/en/ The P&G Haircare Brands’ Black History Month Campaign reinforces #RootedInScience as a Foundational Link to Black Heritage and Black Haircare. (Photo: Business Wire) From the inception of both brands, science and heritage have played a key role in filling a void in the marketplace for Black consumers with products designed to meet and support their haircare needs. As part of the Crowns of Heritage campaign, more than a dozen P&G Multicultural Haircare Brand Build Builders, Ambassadors, Executives, and Scientists took the AfricanAncestry.com DNA test and participated in a group reveal. Led by Dr. Gina Paige, AfricanAncestry.com co-founder, the team celebrated new connections and missing links in their family stories. The reveal also provided relevant historical context on the results and shared connections with other prominent Black innovators and leaders, reinforcing a legacy of strength and resilience, with hope for a more informed future. “This last year reinforced how important connection is to grow and thrive. Technology has been integral to staying connected to family and deepen those relationships,” said Nadirah Mutala of P&G Beauty Communications. “The Crowns of Heritage campaign allowed all of us to expand our family group to include ethnic groups from West and Central Africa. Now, we can fully embrace and explore a more complete picture of ourselves. The power of this knowledge is a gift that we can share with our families to empower us for generations. We want to give this gift to more people.” The power of science to unlock important answers is never more powerful and poignant than it is for us today. This legacy shows – from DNA testing to hair microscopy, P&G has committed to decades of cutting-edge innovation and technology, plus ongoing research of textured hair in partnership with Black scientists, dermatologists and stylists to create Royal Oils and Gold Series haircare products. Beyond the technology, the talented and dedicated team of Black experts who worked on these products combined personal passion with rich scientific knowledge to ensure that the range of products are effectively formulated for every stage of the curly, coily hair journey – natural, relaxed, blow outs, protective styles, and so much more. “Our team of Black scientists has made understanding our hair their mission, using specialized testing protocols on hair samples from people of African descent to ensure optimal performance and best-in-class product benefits,” said Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson, Principal Scientist of P&G Beauty. “Royal Oils and Gold Series are #RootedInScience, and that underpins all we do to ensure we deliver products that truly serve Black consumers. We turned to science in this campaign and our formulas to deepen the connection with the larger community, for a deeper understanding of our heritage and products designed for them.” The power of science and passion underpins the partnership with AfricanAncestry.com, which owns the largest database of proprietary African lineages for the Crowns of Heritage campaign. AfricanAncestry.com has demystified the African roots of more than a million people across the diaspora, underscoring the deep desire and need for people to better understand who they are in today’s America and across the world. “We are thrilled about our partnership with Royal Oils and Gold Series, and their commitment to science and innovation that empowers them to better understand themselves and their consumers,” said Dr. Gina Paige. “Our hair identity is a cornerstone of the Black beauty experience, and we hope this alignment deepens and enhances how we view ourselves and Africa in a very powerful, transformative way.” Join Royal Oils, Gold Series and AfricanAncestry.com to share your #CrownsofHeritage this Black History Month:WATCH the Royal Oils and Gold Series Crowns of Heritage video: https://youtu.be/sbCE94TjI1k.ENTER to win 1 of 50 AfricanAncestry.com DNA Tests between now and February 28, 2021, at crownsofheritage.com.JOIN the conversation by sharing how you’re connecting with your African heritage this Black History Month using the #CrownsofHeritage hashtag and tagging @pantene, @headandshoulders, and @africanancestry on your social channels. (@headshoulders on Twitter and @headandshouldersusa and @PanteneNA on Facebook) The Sweepstakes is open now through February 28, 2021 to legal residents of the 50 states of the United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older. For more information about the “Crowns of Heritage Sweepstakes,” please visit crownsofheritage.com. For more information about the Royal Oils Collection, please visit headandshoulders.com/en-us/shop-products/royal-oils-collection. For more information about the Gold Series Collection, please visit pantene.com/en-us/gold-series-collection. About Royal Oils by Head & Shoulders Developed specifically for textured hair by a team of Black scientists, Royal Oils by Head & Shoulders provides expertly designed scalp relief and luxuriously moisturized hair for all natural, relaxed, curly and coily crowns. Royal Oils scientists also understand the significance of protective styling, which is not only about looks, but also functionality. Launched in 2021, Royal Oils has released a new collection, specifically designed for prolonging protective styles while maintaining scalp health – the Royal Oils Protective Styles Collection. About Gold Series from Pantene Gold Series from Pantene is a breakthrough line designed to provide strength and moisture for women with relaxed, natural, or transitioning hair. This superior care and styling line was co-created with scientists, stylists, and dermatologists who understand the unique needs of textured hair. Each product in the Gold Series Collection is powered by Pro-V blends and protective conditioning and repair agents formulated to work together to improve moisture, strength, elasticity, smoothness, and shine. Launched in 2021, Gold Series has an entire new collection dedicated to repairing your hair from the inside out – the Gold Series Hair Repair Collection, designed to condition, restore, and protect the hair from further damage. About Procter & Gamble P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands. For other P&G news, visit us at www.pg.com/news. About AfricanAncestry.com Founded in 2003, African Ancestry Inc. (AfricanAncestry.com) pioneered genetic ancestry tracing utilizing its proprietary database of African lineages to more accurately and safely assess present-day countries of origin and tribes for people of African descent. With a commitment to never sell or share DNA, AfricanAncestry.com has demystified African roots for more than a million people including consumers, communities and renown notables. AfricanAncestry.com is a Black-owned enterprise headquartered in Washington, DC. and prides itself for being in the ‘Business of Being Black.’ View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005619/en/ CONTACT: For press inquiries: Tameka Davis, Marina Maher Communications [email protected] 212-485-6288Nichole Taylor, AfricanAncestry.com, Inc. [email protected] KEYWORD: OHIO UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: FAMILY AFRICAN-AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY CONSUMER TEENS PARENTING CHILDREN SUPERMARKET COSMETICS RETAIL FUND RAISING FOUNDATION SCIENCE PHILANTHROPY OTHER CONSUMER DISCOUNT/VARIETY WOMEN SENIORS OTHER PHILANTHROPY OTHER SCIENCE MEN INTERNET SOURCE: Procter & Gamble Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 09:45 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 09:45 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005619/en Previous articlePharmaceutical Formulation Equipment Market Procurement Intelligence Report With COVID-19 Impact Analysis | Global Forecasts, 2021-2025 | SpendEdgeNext articleStocks open modestly higher; Google’s parent company jumps Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Royal Oils and Gold Series Launch “Crowns of Heritage” Campaign to Help Black Families Connect with their African Roots Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusinesslast_img read more

Joint Presidents at the helm of England Golf

first_img Following the recent merger of the English Golf Union with the English Women’s Golf Association to form England Golf, joint presidents for 2012 were voted into office at yesterday’s (Wednesday) Annual Meeting at Woodhall Spa.Paul Baxter (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), the past Chief Executive of the English Golf Union, and Sue Johnson (Huddersfield, Yorkshire), a past Chairman of the England Ladies’ Golf Association and the Ladies Golf Union, will operate in tandem for the new organisation for the coming year.Paul Baxter says: “The merger will undoubtedly bring with it a number of challenges however it will also create opportunities.“I have known Sue Johnson for a number of years and we have worked together in the past. Our role is to support the Board bring together a smooth transition of the two organisations into a single body for the promotion and development of English golf.“Creating one organisation provides the opportunity to grow the game at a time when membership of clubs is declining and one of my ambitions during my year as President is to promote the benefits of golf club membership.“I am also looking forward to supporting England teams and visiting the clubs hosting our championships, but most of all I look forward to meeting the people who make the game tick – the club volunteers who give so willingly of their time so that we can play and enjoy this wonderful game.”Sue Johnson says: “This is history in the making and we are privileged to be part of it. Through our roles we can help to bring men and women golfers together as members of one, united and successful organisation. So, I shall attend some men’s events and Paul will be at a number of women’s events.“The merger which created England Golf was for the good of all amateur golfers, and it is now up to us to make it work.”After studying mechanical engineering as part of an apprenticeship with Golf Ball Development for Penfolds, Paul Baxter worked for Rolls Royce and the Bemrose Corporation in Derby before moving into golf administration in 1973 as secretary at Chevin Golf Club.Four years later he moved to Sherwood Forest before the switch to the English Golf Union (EGU) at its headquarters in Leicester prior to the move to Woodhall Spa in 1996.Paul is also an accomplished golfer. After joining Sherwood Forest as a junior in 1956, he was English boy champion in 1960 as well as a boy and youth international. He captained the England youth team and also represented GB&I at boys level.  He was Derbyshire champion three times, match play champion four times and once Nottinghamshire champion.His involvement at the helm of the EGU restricted his playing opportunities but he was captain of the Midland Golf Union 1982–84 and President of the Nottinghamshire Schools Association 1983-84.In 2001, Paul became an England senior international and in recent times has been a member of the Lincolnshire seniors team, becoming Lincolnshire seniors champion in 2009.Paul has been married to Carol for 47 years and they still live in Woodhall Spa. They have two sons, Frazer who is the golf professional at Market Harborough Golf Club, and Iain, a Wing Commander in the RAF, and a daughter Sharon, who is a Ward Sister at a hospital in nearby Boston. They also have six grand children.Sue Johnson is a past chairman of the English Ladies Golf Association (ELGA) and the Ladies Golf Union (LGU).She began her career in golf administration in Yorkshire and went on to represent the county for ELGA, which became the English Women’s Golf Association. She became ELGA chairman in 1987 then started a six-year term on the LGU, which she chaired in 1994.Sue was LGU president from 2001-03, has also been captain and president of Yorkshire and is a life vice-president of both bodies. During her time with the LGU Sue was involved with running the Commonwealth Tournament, now the Astor Trophy, and the Curtis Cup when it was held at Royal Liverpool.She has been a single figure golfer for most of her life and played for the Yorkshire second team, but says: “I’ve never been a top golfer but I have had such pleasure from the game and met so many wonderful people.”Sue was introduced to the game by her husband, Peter, and their elder son, Paul, recently finished his term of office as Huddersfield club captain. Their other son, Dan, represented Great Britain in wheelchair basketball in three Paralympic Games and their daughter, Jill, played for the England Under 18 hockey team, before making her home in France. Sue has four grandchildren. 14 Feb 2012 Joint Presidents at the helm of England Golf last_img read more

Watch: Fans in an Eredivisie match shower sick children with teddy bears!

first_imgAdvertisement 7wbNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsksgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewe2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dcu8bWould you ever consider trying this?😱qfznCan your students do this? 🌚vdeRoller skating! Powered by Firework Many often we have seen football fans in a stadium take to showering a stand of physically handicapped or terminally ill children with soft toys and teddy bears to spread a message of love and hope.Advertisement Aao Den Haag , the Dutch club in an Eredivisie match had such a project to execute.Advertisement “Cuddle promotion Sophia Children’s Hospital from the branch was again very successful!” they tweeted , with a video of showering kids with teddy bears in their stadium.Watch the beautiful moment here :Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

Round-up: Pedro injured and QPR are looking for striker

first_imgPedro has been ruled out of Chelsea’s opening Premier League game of the season after picking up an injury.The Spaniard has an ankle problem and has not recovered in time for Saturday’s visit of Burnley.Pedro suffered the injury during Sunday’s Community Shield game against Arsenal at Wembley, where he was sent off.Boss Antonio Conte confirmed: “Pedro is not available. He is suffering from an injury in the Arsenal game and was not able to recover. It is a knock in his ankle.”Pedro would have been an option to replace the suspended Victor Moses at right wing-back.Conte added that Moses’ ban could lead to a debut for summer signing Antonio Rudiger – a move that would probably see Cesar Azpilicueta move to wing-back.Embed from Getty ImagesAsked if Rudiger might be involved, Conte said: “He could be – also because there is no Moses.“It could be an opportunity to start the game for Rudiger. I have been impressed with him. He is a strong player with a good personality.” Blues even more committed, says ConteEmbed from Getty ImagesConte says Chelsea’s commitment during pre-season has been ever better than last season when they won the Premier League.There have been reports that Conte is unhappy with the size of the squad and the club’s summer transfer activity.But Italian said: “Honestly I am pleased because we are working very well with the team and this group of players and the commitment is incredible and also better than the last season.“I am very happy because these players are working so hard. We are trying to improve.” Baker’s new deal and loan moveEmbed from Getty ImagesLewis Baker has signed a new five-year Chelsea contract and completed a season-long loan move to Middlesbrough. Baker, 22, spent last season on loan at Vitesse in the Netherlands, scoring 10 goals in 33 appearances, and helped England to the semi-finals of the European Under-21s Championships this summer.“It’s going to be an exciting season, there are a lot of games in the Championship,” Baker told Boro’s website.“I’m here to give my input and hopefully get the club back to the Premier League.” Morata needs time – ConteEmbed from Getty ImagesAlvaro Morata will need more time to fully understand the key role he has to play as Chelsea’s main striker, according to Conte.Morata joined from Real Madrid in July with the Blues having already started their pre-season training.“Alvaro is working very well and is improving a lot,” Conte said.“In these 10 days he is improving his physical condition and is starting to understand what we want, but he needs time to understand to adapt to our style of football.“It is normal for me, and also for players that start to work with me, that they need time to adapt to our style of football.“A striker is a really important role and it is very important to understand which is the position I want during the game. It is more difficult to adapt than with the other roles.” Bees would want £2m+ for DeanEmbed from Getty ImagesBrentford would want £2m plus add-ons to sell defender Harlee Dean.The centre-back, who is in the final year of his contract, is of interest to Sheffield Wednesday, Hull City and Leeds United.Dean, 26, has discussed a new deal at Griffin Park but is waiting to see whether a club comes in for him before making a decision on his future.Boss Dean Smith has said Dean will not regain the captaincy unless the player signs a new deal. LuaLua return confirmedEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR have confirmed Kazenga LuaLua’s return on a six-month loan from Brighton.West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers were set to bring back the 26-year-old winger ahead of this weekend’s game against Sheffield Wednesday. He joined the R’s on loan in January and made 11 appearances for them last season, nine of them as a substitute.The new loan deal went through in time for LuaLua to be available for the Wednesday game and he is also able to play for Rangers in the Carabao Cup. QPR injury newsEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR will be without striker Idrissa Sylla and winger Yeni Ngbakoto for Saturday’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday.Sylla picked up a knock to the head in Tuesday’s 1-0 win EFL Cup win against Northampton Town, while Ngbakoto – scorer of the winning goal – is sidelined with an ankle problem picked up in training.Three other Rangers players have also been ruled out – midfielder Jordan Cousins (hamstring) and centre-back Grant Hall (knee tendonitis) remain injured, while Steven Caulker is still short of match fitness, despite 90 minutes against the Cobblers.Striker Matt Smith, who required six stitches to a face wound in midweek, is fit for the trip to Hillsborough. Rangers look at loan optionsQPR are considering a number of strikers as a potential loan signing before the transfer window closes.Manager Ian Holloway had hoped to sign a forward on a permanent deal this summer.However, budgetary restrictions, largely resulting from Financial Fair Play rules, mean the club almost certainly need to trim their squad before being able to buy.Steven Caulker leaving for Celtic would significantly reduce QPR’s wage bill and at one stage there was an expectation that the move would happen, but now the defender is expected to stay.Rangers would consider offers for a number of their players, but apart from talks with Celtic over Caulker there has not been so much as an enquiry about any of the first-team squad.That limits the club’s options in the transfer market and makes the arrival of a striker on loan rather than on a permanent basis more likely. Woodrow plays in Under-23 gameCauley Woodrow played 45 minutes as Fulham’s Under-23s were beaten 2-1 by their Middlesbrough counterparts on Friday.Sean Kavanagh, Matt O’Riley and George Williams also started the game. Stephen Humphrys scored Fulham’s goal. Middlesex loseEmbed from Getty ImagesMiddlesex left themselves with too much to do to overhaul Essex to deliver a blow to their hopes of making the T20 Blast knockout stages.Leg-spinner Nathan Sowter blasted a hole in the middle of the Essex innings with career-best T20 figures of 4-23, but Adam Wheater’s 21-ball 43 laid the foundations for the home win.Ravi Bopara and Mohammad Amir then bowled miserly four-over spells as several Middlesex batsmen failed to capitalise on starts. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Corning High boys basketball captures third straight shootout title

first_imgCorning >> The Corning High boys basketball team has an extremely deep and balanced rotation. On Saturday night the Cardinals utilized a lot of their parts as a way to win their own tournament for a third straight year with a 66-51 win over Durham at the 17th annual Corning Shootout. Corey Busta dropped in a game-high 19 points, earning tournament MVP honors, while fellow seniors Brendan Hoag and Noah Zoppi were selected all-tournament with 17 and 13 points respectively for Corning (13-2).Hoa …last_img

Science Journal Takes Political Sides

first_imgIt might seem unusual or even improper for a science journal to encourage its readers to vote for a particular presidential candidate, especially for voters in a different country than its publishers’ domicile.  Nature Aug. 5 contained two such articles that could hardly be defended as non-partisan.  An editorial1 said in ostensibly neutral terms, “Researchers should seize an opportunity to make their voices heard, whatever their political persuasion,” but made it abundantly clear what that persuasion should be.  “The Bush administration has been heavily criticized in scientific quarters,” it says, and reports on the Union of Concerned Scientists claiming that Bush has been guilty of “the politicization of science.”  Kerry, however is not so criticized; the editorial quotes a group of scientists that claims “John Kerry will restore science to its appropriate place in government and bring it back into the White House.”  Though trying to appear neutral, the editorial seems clearly tilted left.    That leftward stance is reinforced by a news article in the same issue2 that gives prominent coverage to Nobel laureates who are campaigning for Kerry.  It has nothing positive to say about Bush: just allegations, criticisms and the anger of certain scientists, with no opportunity for rebuttal.  It mentions nothing about Bush’s space initiatives for NASA or any other accomplishments.  Kerry, in contrast, is cast in an entirely positive light: for instance, “Already, science has taken an unusually high profile in the Kerry campaign.  Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, mentioned the Hubble Space Telescope and the Cassini mission to Saturn in her speech at the Democratic National Convention last week.”    Science has been a little more nonpartisan lately.  Last week it gave Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham3 an uncontested column on Bush’s Climate Policy, and this week, it presented a more balanced view of the election campaign as it pertains to science: David Malakoff4 presented both sides of the controversy over stem cell research.  Nevertheless, conservatives will find evidence of bias in certain statements, such as the prominence given to Matthew Nisbet (Ohio State) commenting on Kerry’s making stem cell research a campaign issue.  Malakoff quotes Nisbet: “’It allowed Kerry to highlight a major policy difference between the candidates on a health issue that is relevant to millions of Americans,’ he says.  ‘It also allowed him to reinforce reservations that undecided voters may already have about Bush being ‘an ideologue who doesn’t listen to experts who hold other views.’”  These charges are only weakly rebutted in Malakoff’s article.1Editorial, “On the campaign trail,” Nature 430, 593 (05 August 2004); doi:10.1038/430593a.2Geoff Brumfiel and Emma Marris, “Nobel laureates spearhead effort to put Kerry in the White House,” Nature 430, 595 (05 August 2004); doi:10.1038/430595a.3Spencer Abraham, “The Bush Administration’s Approach to Climate Change,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5684, 616-617, 30 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1098630].4David Malakoff, “The Calculus of Making Stem Cells a Campaign Issue,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5685, 760, 6 August 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5685.760].We predicted last year that a survey would find academic scientists to be predominantly liberal Democrats (see 09/22/2003 editorial), and now we have evidence right from Nature’s editorial page: it says plainly, “In the current polarized political climate, it is hardly surprising that some scientists should swing behind Kerry in this way — the research community traditionally votes overwhelmingly Democratic.”  Let no one conclude that this means smart people vote Democrat.  These are the ones that brought us sunbathing fish evolving into humans, remember? (see 08/03/2004 headline).  No; rather, it means two things: the (1) Darwin Party that rules Big Science and the journals cannot tolerate anyone who believes in God and absolute moral standards, and (2) Big Science needs its entitlements to keep its Starving Storytellers welfare state going (see 12/22/2003 commentary).  From day one, Nature was a mouthpiece for Charlie Darwin’s musketeers (see 03/04/2004 commentary).  Since Darwin described himself as “liberal or radical” (see 02/13/2004 headline), it is not surprising his mouthpiece continues to be a propaganda machine for political liberalism as well as the moral relativism that fits leftist ideology and Darwinian theory like hand and glove (see 06/28/2004, 06/07/2004, 06/03/2004 and 05/17/2004 headlines, for instance).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Hops conference next month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The hops industry is booming in Ohio, and organizers of The Ohio State University Hops Conference and Trade Show on Feb. 24-25 have brewed up a program that will keep the learning flowing for beginner and advanced growers alike.“There was an estimated 200 acres of hops planted in Ohio on 80 farms in 2016, up from 10 acres on four farms in 2014,” said Brad Bergefurd, horticulture specialist with Ohio State University Extension and one of the conference organizers. The event is co-sponsored by the Ohio Hop Growers Guild.Ohio’s growing number of breweries require flowers of the hop plant as the main ingredient providing bitter notes as a balance to the sweetness contributed by malt sugars. An interest in locally grown ingredients has spurred growth in Ohio’s hops production.This is the first year the annual conference will be held at The Ohio State University’s South Centers, Bergefurd’s home base. The meeting, beginning at 8 a.m. Friday and ending at 4 p.m. Saturday, will be held at the South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, just south of Piketon.“By bringing the conference here, we’ll be able to offer tours of our research hop yards,” Bergefurd said.“And we’ll also be able to show participants our new galvanized hop trellis system that we are testing in partnership with a private company,” he added.“This is a first in the United States. If the prototype works, then we can save farmers from having to replace the standard wooden poles, which growers have relied upon for over 100 years, that need to be replaced every 20 to 25 years or less.”Participants will also be able to see a demonstration of the center’s new hops harvester equipment, purchased last summer from HopsHarvester in New York.“This harvesting method can help save growers labor, reduce labor costs, increase harvest efficiency and the timeliness of harvesting, which leads to a better-quality hop,” Bergefurd said.The venue is smaller than conference locations in the past, so participation will be more limited than usual this year, he added. In the past, the conference has drawn about 250 participants.Registration is $150 for both days or $100 for a single day, and includes lunch and snacks, a flash drive with the presentations, a conference booklet with vendor, speaker and other program information, and access to the trade show. An optional Friday night banquet is an additional $40 (space is limited). Information and a link to online registration is available at go.osu.edu/OSUHopsConference2017.Each day will feature several general sessions and breakout sessions split between beginner and advanced topics. Presentations include:Hop Production Economic Analysis: Can We Make Money at This?Connecting with Your Customer/BuyerBrewers Panel: How Hops Are Used in the Brewing Process and What Defines Good Hop Quality?Keeping Hops Healthy: Disease Diagnosis, Forecasting and ControlThe Importance of Thorough and Accurate Spray Coverage for the Hop YardGrowing Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health, Nutrient and Soil QualityHop Plant PropagationHop Yard Designs: Which Is Best for You?Efficient Hop Growing and Processing PracticesThe Importance of Selecting the Proper Nutrient Sources and Timely Fertility for Hop ProductionSpider Mite Control in the Hop YardWeed Control Herbicides and Drift ControlMechanical Harvesting Options for HopsFor a complete schedule, see go.osu.edu/hops2017agenda.Vendors interested in participating in the trade show can also register online. Cost is $250 for both days or $150 for one day. For more information, contact Charissa Gardner at the South Centers at [email protected] or 740-289-2071, ext. 132. Online vendor registration is at go.osu.edu/OSUHopsConferenceVENDOR2017.last_img read more

The Faceless Men And Women Of The US Open

(And the slights aren’t limited to photos: At least one American’s photo was accompanied by an Italian flag for one of her doubles matches.)By the first Friday of the Open, the tournament had added photos for many players, including del Potro, Thiem and Almagro. It took a little longer for many women, including Konjuh and Sevastova, who finally got their photos added by that Sunday.Not all the players minded their missing photos. Sevastova, after upsetting Johanna Konta to reach the quarterfinals, said in response to my question at her postmatch news conference that she’d noticed her photo was finally added. “Now I have a photo,” she said. “Now I saw my photo.” Having no photo was better than if the U.S. Open had just used her “WTA picture with short hair,” she said. “I didn’t like it, actually, so it was OK without [a] picture.”The U.S. Open provides an unusual opportunity to check out what the faceless men and women of sport have in common because the tournament lists hundreds of players, all gathered on one website. On the first Friday of the tournament, I did an exhaustive survey of all 579 players on the page — the number shifts during the tournament as draws are finalized for events that start later in the tournament, such as juniors. More than one third of the players — 211 — were missing photos. That includes 44 players who were in the men’s or women’s singles draws, the most prominent events at the Open. In addition to Konjuh and Sevastova, that list included Naomi Osaka, who’d just lost a third-round thriller in Arthur Ashe Stadium to Madison Keys; Laura Siegemund, who was playing seven-time major champ Venus Williams in Ashe the next day; 2015 French Open quarterfinalist Alison Van Uytvanck; Laura Robson, who made the fourth round at the 2012 U.S. Open; and Americans Christian Harrison and Danielle Collins.It’s no coincidence that more women than men were missing: According to Widmaier, there was a lag in adding women’s photos even after the problem was identified. (He wasn’t sure why.)So what factors decided who got a photo by the fifth day of the tournament and who didn’t? I checked a wide range of factors,1By grabbing data off each player’s U.S. Open page and running a regression between whether the player had a photo on the night of the tournament’s first Friday and the player’s other characteristics. and the determinants of whether a player had a profile pic weren’t surprising: Americans, players active on tour and veterans were mostly likely to have a photo. Being from the U.S. increased a player’s chances of having a picture on the site by 30 percentage points. With every singles match a competitor played this year, his or her chances went up by 2 percentage points. A year of age added 3 percentage points.2The percentages assume a linear relationship, which wouldn’t apply at extremes. (We don’t think someone who has played 60 singles matches this year has a greater than 100 percent chance of having a photo.) The exact percentages depend on which variables we include. I also tested, for instance, peak singles ranking, career matches and matches won, but those all are closely linked to both singles matches played this year and to age. So perhaps the most surprisingly snubbed people were the American women’s doubles pair of Ashley Weinhold, 27, and Caitlin Whoriskey, 28. Their faces remained missing on the second Thursday of the tournament. (Then again, neither has ever been ranked in the top 100 in singles or doubles.)Konjuh, who is 18, said she understood why she didn’t have a photo. “Like probably most of the other players that are young or coming didn’t have pictures,” she said in her news conference.Widmaier promised a more completist approach to player photography at the 2017 Open: “It will be improved upon next year.” Anastasija Sevastova and Ana Konjuh defied expectations and their low rankings — both outside the top 40 — to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals. They have something else in common: For the first week of the tournament, where their photos were supposed to appear on the U.S. Open website and app, there instead appeared black rectangles with the flags of their countries and the words “NO BIO PHOTO.”“I saw on the live score, yeah, on the U.S. Open app, yeah, it says, like, ‘bio’ or something,” Konjuh said when I asked about her absent photo at her news conference after she upset Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round.Every sport has these faceless men and women, the ones who aren’t supposed to make the team or get off the bench, who are so new they haven’t been photographed, who may get rushed in front of a digital camera so media staff can get a snap worth posting.Tennis majors face a special challenge in filling those blank rectangles: Up to 128 players enter each of the men’s and women’s qualifying draws, and more than 100 others enter each of the men’s and women’s singles draws. There can be more than 100 players competing only in doubles, and an additional 100 or more might enter only the juniors or juniors qualifying draws. As of the two-week event’s middle Sunday, there were 698 players on the U.S. Open player page.But some of the snubbed U.S. Open players are hardly nobodies. Early in the tournament, 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 10 Dominic Thiem and former No. 9 Nicolas Almagro were among those missing photos. Asked about them on the first Thursday of the tournament, Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open, said, “It’s a disappointment.” I asked if it’s a priority to get photos for the players — all of whom have been professionally photographed at dozens if not hundreds of matches worldwide, and who have pictures that appear on the ATP and WTA websites and on their U.S. Open credentials. “It is now,” Widmaier said. read more