Stephen Curry scores 51 points with 11 3s as Warriors win Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 123-108. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin—After a cold start, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks offense again roared to life, including a near-record output in the second quarter.Before celebrating the scoring outburst, coach Mike Budenholzer wanted to talk about his team’s second-half defense after a 123-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Milwaukee has pushed the pace on offense under first-year coach Budenholzer, which left Antetokounmpo with his hands on his knees on a few occasions.“We play fast. I was a little bit out of breath,” he said. “I’ve got to get in shape.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After surrendering 64 first-half points, Milwaukee’s defense buckled down in the second half, holding the 76ers to 44 points, including 17 in the third quarter.“We’ve got to have our defense there no matter what we are doing on the other end,” Budenholzer said. “When you do that, you can keep a lead and maybe build a lead.”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 ChrissEric Bledsoe said the turnaround stemmed from paying greater attention to the defensive game plan.“I thought we did a poor job in the first half,” Bledsoe said. “We locked in during the second half.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “We all came out and struggled a little bit shooting it, but we have to stick with it,” Lopez said.Antetokounmpo had a message for Lopez after the early misses.“Keep shooting. That’s what I told him, personally,” Antetokounmpo said. “I heard everybody tell him to keep shooting. We don’t want Embiid staying in the paint all night. He’s not going to give us driving lanes. He made some shots and the paint opened up.”Lopez’s shooting helped propel the Bucks to 49 second-quarter points, four shy of the team record for a quarter.“You have to pick your poison and figure out what you can live with,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “You can’t have it all. Give him credit, he made those shots. It was hard to overcome that many points in the second period.”The Bucks led by eight during the second quarter and held a 71-64 advantage at the break. Middleton had 20 first-half points, and Redick had 16.Milwaukee stretched the lead to 15 during the third quarter and held a 92-81 advantage heading to the fourth.The Bucks poured it on in the final period, building a 16-point lead midway through. The 76ers pulled within eight late, but a pair of free throws by Antetokounmpo and a driving, one-handed scoop layup by Eric Bledsoe quickly pushed the lead to 12.The 76ers held a 34-22 lead after one quarter by making 6 of 8 from 3-point range, with five players sinking shots from deep. The Bucks made just 1 of 11 3s and shot 23 percent overall, trailing by 14 at one point.The Bucks finished 13 for 43 from long range for the game. 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JJ Redick added 19 points for the 76ers, who fell to 2-3.The Bucks overcame early ice-cold shooting before gradually taking control.Lopez misfired on his first four 3-point attempts but then sank five straight to spark a second-quarter rally.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers looking for any bit of good news in all of the rain-soaked suffering this spring are asking if the extreme overabundance of moisture has drowned Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN).“Unfortunately, the answer is no,” said Greg Tylka, Iowa State University nematologist and leader of The SCN Coalition.Nematodes are worms (animals) that require oxygen.“They absorb oxygen through their body wall or cuticle, which is made almost exclusively of proteins (and no chitin),” he said. “Waterlogged soils may have greatly reduced levels of oxygen. But many plant-parasitic nematodes, including SCN, can survive long periods of time with little oxygen.”In the early 1970s, scientists at the University of Arkansas conducted experiments to determine whether SCN could survive in flooded conditions. They found that hatched SCN juveniles survived in water up to 630 days — and probably longer, but the experiment ended after 630 days. Scientists also tested survival of SCN in flooded soils, and the juveniles survived seven to 19 months depending on soil texture. The research paper is available online.SCN eggs can survive in a dormant state for many years in the absence of soybeans, particularly the eggs that occur within the body of the dead female or cyst.“Typically, the eggs are more tolerant of environmental stresses than hatched juveniles. So it’s likely that SCN eggs in infested fields are not adversely affected by waterlogged soils either,” Tylka said.A bit of additional bad news: Soil moved by erosion due to heavy rains and floodwaters may spread SCN to new places. It is not possible to quantify the magnitude or frequency of this happening. And considering how widespread SCN already is in the Midwest, perhaps the movement of SCN in soil moved by rainfall and floodwaters will not have a great impact.“Nonetheless, it is quite possible that some fields may have had SCN introduced in soil from other fields this spring,” Tylka said. “Consequently, soil samples should be collected this fall to test for SCN in fields where soybeans will be grown in 2020.” Guidelines for collecting SCN soil samples can be found online along with a list of university and private laboratories in the United States that process soil samples for SCN.Multiple SCN generations — likely four to six or more — occur throughout a normal growing season. And it takes about 30 days for SCN to complete a single generation once soils warm up in late spring and summer.“If soybean planting is delayed by several weeks, as in 2019, there likely will be one or two fewer generations of SCN occurring during the season. And that means less of an increase in SCN numbers simply because there are fewer weeks for SCN to reproduce on soybeans in 2019,” he said. “But beware! The potential for large increases in numbers and for severe damage always exists with SCN, especially if the weather turns hot and dry – ideal conditions for SCN reproduction. The numbers of SCN eggs in soil can build up quickly over multiple generations.”For example, a few hundred eggs can increase to nearly 40,000 in just three generations.Tylka says successful, long-term management of SCN requires an active, integrated approach of growing nonhost crops such as corn in rotation with SCN-resistant soybean varieties.“Farmers should seek out and grow soybean varieties with different sources of resistance to grow in different years. And nematode-protectant seed treatments are available to bolster the performance of SCN-resistant soybean varieties,” he said.For more information about the biology and management of SCN, visit thescncoalition.com.
A five-year-old boy died after being hit allegedly by a car in the motorcade of Uttar Pradesh Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar near Colonelganj in Gonda district, following which Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sought a report from the State police chief.Mr. Rajbhar maintained he was not travelling with the cavalcade at the time of the incident even as opposition parties attacked the State government over the incident which comes ahead of civic polls in the State.One of the cars in Mr. Rajbhar’s cavalcade, while passing through the Colonelganj area on Saturday, had allegedly knocked down Shiva Goswami, who died on way to hospital last night, the police said.Eyewitnesses and family members of the boy alleged that no one in the convoy stopped to help the child. His father Vishwanath alleged that the minister sped away in one of the cars that was decorated with garlands.Mr. Rajbhar, however, claimed that he was 25 km away, in another car, when the incident occurred.The boy was playing by the side of a road when he was hit reportedly by one of the cars in the cavalcade. His mother and grandmother were near the spot.Following the incident, angry villagers placed the boy’s body on the road demanding action. Visuals of the boy’s father carrying the body were flashed repeatedly by TV channels.Stepping in, Mr. Adityanath directed the State police chief to submit a report and announced ₹5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the deceased. He also directed the state DGP to initiate strict action against those responsible for the incident.Meanwhile, opposition parties targeted the Adityanath government and Mr. Rajbhar over the incident.Samajwadi Party leader Juhi Singh raised questions as to why nobody had the decency to stop and take care of the injured boy. “We demand his (Rajbhar’s) resignation. Otherwise, the chief minister should take action,” she said.Senior BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria termed the incident as shameful. “It reminds us of the days of landlords and feudal leaders who cared two hoots for the poor,” he said.Mr. Rajbhar, who heads the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, an ally of the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh, is the State divyangjan (diffently-abled) empowerment minister.He was in the news three weeks back when a video went viral on social media purportedly showing him warning that parents who fail to send their children to school would be locked up in police stations without food and water.In July, Mr. Rajbhar had threatened to sit on a dharna if a senior official in his home district was not removed.Recently, another State minister, Jai Kumar Singh Jaiki, was in the news when a farmer in Jalaun district claimed that his crop was allegedly trampled by the convoy of the minister.The farmer had alleged that last week nearly a dozen vehicles of the minister destroyed his crops in Orai.Jaiki, an MLA of BJP ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) from Jahanabad assembly constituency in Fatehpur district, however, said there were no standing crop on the field, as the sown mustard seeds were yet to germinate, but still ₹4,000 was paid to the farmer as damages.
The Home Ministry has cautioned security forces to avoid civilian killings in J&K at all costs, a senior government official said. The Centre has sent a message to the Army, the Central Armed Police Forces and the State police not to kill civilians. The Centre and the State government want to ensure a peaceful summer, as tourism has taken a massive hit in the past two years due to a series of encounters and protests.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has also made it clear that the panchayat elections should be held after the tourist season is over. According to the Home Ministry’s data, as many as 64 incidents of ‘terrorist violence’ were reported till March 11 in J&K, where two civilians were killed. Last year, 39 terrorist-related incidents were reported during the same period. In 2016-17, as many as 664 terrorist-related incidents were reported, whereas in 2015, there were 208 such incidents. ‘Maximum caution’“Tourism is the main revenue generator in the State and it has suffered immensely in the past two years. While, the operation against militants will continue, the security forces have been asked to exercise maximum caution,” said the official.Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Joint Secretary Gyanesh Kumar visited Srinagar on Monday, where they are learnt to have reviewed the security situation and the pending infrastructure projects in the State. The situation in the Kashmir Valley has been fragile since July 8, 2016 when Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and two others were killed in an encounter with security forces. The Valley was rocked by violent protests.“We are watching the situation very closely and the summers ahead are crucial for the State. Normalcy has to be restored in the Valley at all costs as people have suffered huge losses,” said the official.