“I did that like … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — Until he was four or five years old, Scooter Gennett answered to his given name, Ryan.The Giants’ new second baseman gave himself his nickname one day in a child’s misguided attempt the avoid the long arm of the law.Gennett had gotten into the habit of unlocking his seatbelt in the backseat each time his mother started driving. He was trying to annoy his mom, and it worked.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThe sun is out, the grass is growing and livestock in Ohio are out on pasture contentedly grazing. There is something special about the relationship between animals and pasture on a farm but there are challenges as well, including parasites.“Worldwide, producers are losing billions of dollars to parasites through production losses and actual animal losses. They are more of an issue in the Eastern U.S. because our grazing areas are more concentrated than in the West. Issues with parasites increase this time of year when temperatures are 50 to 104 degrees F. Beyond this range, their survivability decreases significantly,” said Brady Campbell, program coordinator of the Ohio State University sheep team. “When it is hot, humid and wet they thrive. Now everything is out on pasture and when it is wet and dewy it is a problem. Dew is actually how the parasites travel up and down the forage and that is when the sheep are doing most of their grazing in the morning and evening.”Small ruminants including sheep and goats are facing increasing issues with resistance to anthelmintics — dewormers —used for treating parasites.Haemonchus contortus — the barber pole worm — is the most detrimental and difficult parasite to manage in small ruminants. Photo provided by Brady Campbell.“There are several parasites for small ruminants but Haemonchus contortus — the barber pole worm — is the most detrimental and difficult to manage. It is a bloodsucker that causes severe anemia. It attaches to the abomasum, the true stomach. We get a decrease of nutrient uptake and get scarring and damage to the stomach. The animals are less efficient, especially the young animals, because they do not have an immune system developed,” Campbell said. “Anthelmintics kill the parasites, but when resistance develops those resistant genetics are the only ones passed on.”The parasite situation for every farm is unique and needs to be managed accordingly.“Every farm is different with different strains of parasites,” he said. “There is no silver bullet with management.”Campbell is currently working on a number of different research projects looking at different angles of parasite management to address the challenges of resistance in small ruminants.“Previously, the easiest way to manage them is anthelmintics, but we are seeing that continual use has led to anthelmintic resistance. The reality is that not every animal needs to be treated and the continual overuse of those products has led to resistant populations of parasites. If we get to the point where dewormers do not work we’re not able to save these lambs for example. You can also see losses in reproduction efficiency, decreases in wool quality and challenges with overall performance as well,” Campbell said. “There are only three drug classes. There are different trade names but only three drugs. We need judicious use in using anthelmintics, like using the FAMACHA technique to look at the lower eyelids. If we are just treating the animals that need it, it will help. Keeping records is important and tracking the genetic lines that have the most problems with parasites is important.”When drugs are no longer viable management option, or there are efforts to maintain long-term efficacy of dewormers by minimizing drug use, different management strategies can be implemented. When working with sheep and goats, effective management requires an understanding of Haemonchus contortus.“Understanding the life cycle of the parasites is important. If you do, one of the easiest management strategies is grazing and forage management. One thing we can do is rotational grazing. We suggest a three-day rotation cycle. The total life cycle for the barber pole worm is approximately 22 days. The animal will consume the infected larvae and then the larvae attaches to the abomasum and becomes reproductively mature in about 18 days,” Campbell said. “At that point the females begin laying their eggs. The female can lay 5,000 to 10,000 eggs a day. The eggs end up out on pasture in the manure.”The eggs are resilient and do not hatch until the proper conditions are present.“Eggs overwinter on pasture. They need a hot, humid climate to emerge from the oocyte,” he said. “They can also lay dormant in the animal for part of the year as well. The biggest time for shedding parasite eggs is at birth because that is a stressful time for the animal. Then these parasites thrive in hot, humid weather in the forage canopy.”The time frame from egg to adult sets the basis for grazing management.“They can mature from egg to infective larvae in four days. If we only allow the animals to graze for three days in a particular area, the animals are moving before the eggs can become infective larvae,” Campbell said. “Grazing in one spot for anything less than three days is helpful. In some of our trials we are waiting anywhere from 21 to 36 days for the animals to come back to those pastures.”Some breeds offer management options through natural parasite resistance.“There are different sheep breeds with resistance — St. Croix, Texels, Katahdins. The parasite starts to affect them like other breeds and then their immune systems take over and they rid themselves of the parasites,” Campbell said. “A lot of those are down south where the parasites are worse due to the heat, humidity and environmental conditions.”Parasites can also be addressed through species diversity on a pasture.“Mixed species grazing can be beneficial as cattle help break the parasite cycle and they are good to graze after sheep because of that,” Campbell said.Campbell’s research is taking a look at a number of separate and combined management practices.“We’re looking at different combinations to see what works best. We are looking at delayed weaning too. Some of our research shows that lambs that remain with their mother to 120 days performed better than lambs weaned at 60 days and placed on pasture,” he said. “About half of the early-weaned lambs needed treatments of dewormer and delayed weaned lambs did not need any treatment at all. Milk has a bit of an anthelmintic effect. It coats the abomasum and does not let the parasites attach. Milk is a huge source of protein too. We know that stress reduction is effective in reducing problems with parasites. We are looking at fall lambing and alternative annual forages too for parasite control.”High tannin forages including chicory, birdsfoot trefoil and plantain are natural anthelmintics. Some producers plant those forages heavily in one paddock and run their animals through every 21 to 30 days.Tillage can be another tool in parasite control.“One way we can really hinder parasites is by creating an anaerobic environment by tilling the ground over. We have completed one trial and we are doing more,” he said. “We also created a naïve pasture from converted cropland that has never had sheep on it before. We are going to compare that to permanent pasture that has been grazed by sheep for several years. We’re checking to see parasite densities. We are also trying trials that increase protein intake to help them cope with parasite infections.”Another of Campbell’s studies is using an ear tag that monitors each animal’s activity, like a pedometer.“We can monitor activity, steps they take and we can collect an external body temperature,” Campbell said. “We can tell if an animal is infected based on activity and body temp. These tags record the data throughout the day. We may be able to detect parasitism at an earlier point with these ear tags. Earlier detection could lead to lower production losses. Once they get clinical signs it is pretty bad. We can hopefully minimize losses that way.”Another tool being used in Campbell’s research is an elutriator, basically a big filter. “We put forage samples in it and it can test the density of parasites on the pasture. Not many other people are doing that,” he said. “We are going to use that with our grazing trials and our naïve pasture to see what management practices have the biggest impact on parasitic density.”Regardless of what strategy is being used on a farm, when adding new pastures and bringing in new animals, it is important to understand the history to prepare for the increasingly challenging future of parasite management.“Be cautious about the animals you are buying and the parasite management strategy they have been on,” Campbell said. “Parasites are a huge problem in our industry. I want to help famers save animals and money. Hopefully some of this research can help do that.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore lived to fight another day in the Indian Premier League as the pair of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were involved in a 118-run stand off 64 balls as RCB scripted a five wicket win over Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Saturday.Kohli (70 off 40) and De Villiers (72 not out off 37) helped RCB race to the 182-run target in 19 overs despite being reduced to two for 18 in the third over.”I started off slowly, luckily Virat was going well at the other end. Started feeling much better after 10-15 balls,” de Villiers said at the post match presentation where he was awarded with the man-of-the-match.AB de Villiers told me we were going to win: Virat KohliDelhi had scored 181 for four, largely due to the efforts of Rishabh Pant (61 off 34) and debutant Abhishek Sharma (46 not out off 19) of Under-19 fame.The much-needed win on Saturday night was RCB’s fourth in 11 games, keeping them in contention for a play-off spot. The loss for the hosts meant their campaign got worse as they registered their ninth defeat in 12 matches.MATCH REPORT | MATCH HIGHLIGHTSDe Villiers smashed four boundaries and six sixes as well as finishing the match with a straight hit over the fence off Trent Boult.Virat Kohli smashes 34th fifty to become leading IPL run-scorer againEarlier, Pant continued his destructive form before Sharma impressed immensely on his IPL debut.Sharma was one of three IPL debutants for Delhi alongside Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and South African pacer Junior Dala.advertisementLamichhane too stood out with his performance as he took Parthiv Patel’s wicket and conceded 25 runs in four overs. Dala, on the other hand, was disappointing leaking 34 runs in three overs.”It’s admirable to see youngsters come here and perform well, very happy to be a part of a tournament like this,” de Villiers said.”We play for a great franchise and that is what motivates me,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)
MONTREAL – A shortage of truck drivers is hampering the country’s forest sector as shipments have been delayed and at least one producer was forced to slow production because of a lack of wood chips.Weyerhaeuser Co. chief executive Doyle Simons said Friday that availability of transportation services has been a challenge, especially in the past quarter.“We, like other companies, are, in fact, seeing that type of tightness,” he said during a conference call about the company’s results.Simons said the company faced truck and rail disruptions, mainly in December, and took a US$10 million to US$15 million hit in the fourth quarter.“So as we move into 2018, we think that will continue to be a headwind in terms of availability but more so increasing rates both on the truck and rail side,” he told analysts.Nordbord Inc. CEO Peter Wijnbergen said during its conference call that transportation availability was a challenge during Christmas and early 2018.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said transportation issues is something all forestry producers are talking about.“People have been talking about labour issues for awhile, it’s just getting more acute now,” he said from Vancouver.He said companies have been able to offset the pressure with higher selling prices.Shortages are a national challenge in many sectors, said Stephen Laskowski, president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.“What you’re starting to see is a capacity problem in our industry due to a truck driver shortage,” he said in an interview.Laskowski said the trucking industry is struggling to convince young people to take up the profession in sufficient numbers to replace the 10,000 truckers who retire every year.About 26 per cent of all truck drivers are over 55 years old, a larger percentage than other sectors, he said. The average age is expected to be around 50 years old by 2024.The shortage is expected to reach 34,000 or as much as 48,000 by 2024, Laskowski said. That includes about 14,000 in Ontario and about the same number in Quebec. There are currently more than 200,000 truckers working in Canada.Resolute Forest Products Inc., the world’s largest newsprint producer, said the shortage of truck drivers has impeded its ability to ship lumber from its sawmills to its paper plants.Recently-retired CEO Richard Garneau said the Montreal-based company slowed production in December after a shortage of truck drivers and harsh winter conditions resulted in a lack of wood chips at its Quebec pulp and paper mills.“Certainly there was a shortage, but we’re not the only one that is facing this reality,” he said during a Thursday conference call.The company, which also makes pulp, specialty papers and lumber, said it is trying to adjust by using larger trailers to haul the chips to paper mills and shipping more volume by rail.Bob Matters, wood council chairman for the United Steelworkers union in British Columbia, said the shortage of drivers across the country comes down to demographics.Young people aren’t attracted to working long hours, often in harsh conditions for inadequate compensation, he said. Also zero tolerance and pre-employment drug testing is eliminating many potential recruits.“That said I am not aware the shortage has actually impacted bottom lines (of forest companies),” he wrote in an email.Trucking margins are so slim that many companies are unable to reward their labour force sufficiently to entice younger workers, Laskowski said.The shortage is simply a question of supply and demand that can be addressed by better working conditions and compensation, he added.“Those that maintain the approach of the past will no doubt encounter issues.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:RFP, TSX:WYL, TSX:NBD)
Wall Street started 2018 strong, buoyed by a growing economy and corporate profits. It didn’t end that way.U.S. stocks climbed to new highs in January, shook off a sudden, steep drop by spring and rode a wave of tax cut-juiced corporate earnings growth to another all-time high by September. Then the jitters set in.Investors grew worried that the testy U.S.-China trade dispute and higher interest rates would slow the economy, hurting corporate profits. A slowing U.S. housing market and forecasts of weaker global growth in 2019 stoked traders’ unease.In October the market entered a volatile skid as traders sold technology companies and other growth sectors in favour of less-risky assets, such as government bonds.The autumn sell-off knocked the benchmark S&P 500 index into a correction, or a drop of 10 per cent from its all-time high. The index ended with its worst annual performance in a decade, losing 6.2 per cent.VIVA VOLATILITYThe stock market’s gyrations grew more volatile in 2018 as investors faced uncertainty over trade and rising interest rates. The benchmark S&P 500 index slid into a “correction,” or a drop of 10 per cent from its high, twice this year. Bond yields surged as investors sought less risky investments, though gold weakened after rallying early in the year.EVERYTHING STRUGGLED“Diversify” is one of the bedrock tenets of investing, and it’s supposed to shine brightest when markets are turbulent. The hope is that if U.S. stocks are struggling, markets in other areas of the world will be doing better. Or bonds. Or gold. This year, though, nearly everything has been a loser.ECONOMIC HEADWINDSThe pace of global economic growth will slow next year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said recently. Trade growth and investment have been slackening on the back of tariff hikes, the Paris-based economic think-tank says. It warns world economic activity could be weaker in the years ahead if the U.S. and China impose further penalties on each other’s goods.TRADE TREMORSPresident Donald Trump said early this year that trade wars are good and “easy to win,” but worries about the effect of tariffs on international trade — and corporate profits — have weighed on stocks. Boeing’s stock became a proxy of sorts for investors as worries about trade waxed and waned. Boeing got more than half its revenue from abroad in the last year, including about 12 per cent from China, according to FactSet.PROFIT POWERCorporate America’s earnings growth surged in 2018, driven by lower tax bills and a growing economy. The strong results helped to briefly spur the stock market to new highs. More recently, investors have grown concerned that 2018 may be the peak for corporate profit growth, especially given recent signs that the global economy is slowing. That’s one reason analysts are forecasting more modest earnings growth next year.DO YOU SUBSCRIBE?Facebook and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, were longtime market favourites until mid-2018. Facebook faced controversies related to user privacy and concerns its services enabled election meddling and contributed to violence overseas. Analysts projected a slowdown in user growth. Investors also began to wonder if Facebook, Google, Snap and other tech companies will face new regulations. Twitter fared better after several rough yearsOIL SLICKFalling oil prices used to be welcome news in the U.S., but that was before the oil boom of the last decade. A drop in oil can still mean lower gas prices for drivers. But this year’s 40 per cent plunge from a four-year peak of about $76 a barrel in October is unequivocally bad news for the oil companies that have helped domestic production roughly double over the past seven years.NOT HOMEThe U.S. housing market stalled in 2018 as years of prices climbing faster than incomes coupled with a steady rise in mortgage rates took their toll. The higher borrowing costs and prices have put homeownership out of reach for many would-be buyers. Sales of existing homes posted their biggest annual drop in four years in October. Economists are forecasting further weakness in housing next year and higher mortgage rates.BIG AND SMALLSmaller stocks surged this spring as trade tensions dominated the headlines. Investors believed those companies, which do less business overseas compared to larger companies, would feel less pain during a prolonged trade dispute. But smaller companies are also weaker financially and are more likely to struggle when the U.S. economy slows, and Wall Street grew very worried about that possibility later in the year. That caused huge losses.HIGH, AND LOW, TIMESA majority of U.S. states have legalized marijuana to varying degrees, and companies are scrambling to get in on the action. Both the NYSE and Nasdaq saw their first purely cannabis companies list shares in 2018. But stocks in the companies that produce and sell marijuana have largely underperformed the overall market this year.__Markets Team members Greg Keller, Stan Choe, Marley Jay and Seth Sutel contributed to this report.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press
Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has shared the story behind the title of his 1973 blockbuster “Don”, saying that many of the industry veterans were not happy with the choice of the film’s name. On Sunday, the 76-year-old actor celebrated the 41st anniversary of the release of “Don”, which is one of the most popular characters essayed by him. “‘Don’ was a name title that no one in the market approved of. They never understood what it meant and never felt that a name such as ‘DON’ was material for the title of a Hindi film. In fact if truth be told… for many it was quite an amusing title,” Bachchan wrote on his blog. The “Badla” star also shared a funny anecdote on the film title’s comparison with a “very popular brand of vests”. “They were carrying the name ‘DAWN’. DON phonetically sounded much like that brand of undergarment in the market. There was consternation in titling a film that conveyed an undergarment,” he added. The actor revealed after the release of Hollywood classic “Godfather”, the title ‘Don’ became “respectable”. “Much later of course with the ‘Godfather’ series the word garnered enough publicity and reckoning, to be respectable enough. But till then initially it was in the realm of humour.” The film was written by popular writer duo Salim-Javed and directed by Chandra Barot. It also starred Zeenat Aman, Iftekhar, Helen and Pran.
Manchester United fired manager David Moyes with four matches left in the English Premier League season, the club announced on Tuesday. His removal — after only 10 months on the job — left Moyes more than 25 seasons shy of the tenure of his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson. Going by results, that’s understandable: Ferguson’s United sides won England’s top league 13 times, while United under Moyes was languishing at seventh in the league, eliminated from the lucrative, Europe-wide Champions League for the coming season.Although Ferguson selected him as his successor, Moyes was always going to have big shoes to fill. Yet less noticed was that Ferguson had been, in his final season, lucky as well as good. By several crucial stats, United wasn’t as good last year as it seemed in winning the league by 11 points. The team has been worse by all these measures under Moyes. But the club has also been far less lucky.Soccer analysts, inspired by ice hockey’s Corsi stat, have begun to examine teams’ ability to create and prevent shots. Teams’ share of all shots taken, and their share of all shots on target, are far more predictive of future success than teams’ percentage of shots converted or of opponents’ shots saved, as soccer analyst James Grayson has shown.Last season, United was far from leading the Premier League in creating the lion’s share of shots, or shots on target. United ranked eighth of 20 teams in proportion of shots, and seventh in proportion of shots on target, according to Grayson; and seventh and fourth, respectively, according to Benjamin Pugsley, who uses a slightly different set of underlying numbers. (Soccer doesn’t yet have completely standardized stats — or, as, Pugsley puts it, “Football and numbers is really new.”)How, then, did Manchester United nonetheless lead the league in goal differential? By leading the league in shooting percentage and placing fourth in save percentage. Grayson calls the sum of those two percentages, multiplied by 1,000, PDO (after its hockey name), and he’s shown that it has essentially no value in predicting future results. United led the Premier League in PDO by a big margin last year. It did the same the year before, which at the time prompted Grayson to forecast a United decline — a year too early, as it turned out.So United’s path to the league title last year was a lucky one; its performance didn’t predict continued success this season. Sure enough, United’s PDO has declined from league-leading to seventh best, and that, combined with less-precipitous declines in share of shots and shots on target, has led to the club outscoring opponents by less than half a goal per game, compared to more than a goal per game last season.Not only did United convert shots, and prevent shots, at unusually high — and unsustainable — rates last season. The club also won more matches than expected based on its goal differential. United won the league by 11 points over Manchester City last season. It also had 12 more points than expected based on its goals scored and allowed. This year, it’s getting about as many points as expected based on goal differential.Was Ferguson just lucky last season, or was he able to conjure consistently high levels of shooting accuracy and goalkeeping even after his club’s edge in shots had eroded? On the one hand, his United clubs sustained high levels of PDO during his tenure. On the other hand, there’s some out-of-sample evidence from United’s Champions League performance, this season and last season.In Ferguson’s last year at the helm, United played eight Champions League games, yielded nine more shots than it took and outscored opponents by two goals. Real Madrid eliminated United in the round of 16. In this season’s Champions League, under Moyes, United allowed 32 more shots than it attempted, yet United still outscored opponents by eight goals, advancing to the quarterfinal stage.These results suggest United’s overachievement in the Premier League last season was due more to luck than to anything Ferguson did.
The No. 2 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (26-2, 15-0 MIVA) beat both Lindenwood University and Quincy University on Friday and Saturday, closing out the regular season and staying perfect in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play.OSU is only the second team in 25 years to go undefeated in MIVA action. The last time the MIVA saw a perfect conference record was in 2014 when Loyola University, Chicago went 14-0.LindenwoodOn Saturday, the Buckeyes traveled to face the Lindenwood Lions (5-18, 4-12 MIVA) where they won in straight sets, 25-17, 25-15, 25-19.Defensively, the Lions struggled to maintain OSU’s offensive efforts. The Lions had only 9 digs through three sets of action. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, tallied 19 digs as a team.The Buckeyes hit over .400 during the night with junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen and senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson combining for 24 kills in the match. OSU also performed well at the service line with Szerszen and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson both serving four aces a piece.Despite OSU’s high attacking efficiency, the Lions stuffed the Buckeyes on six occasions. Lindenwood’s sophomore Connor Hipelius led the team with four block assists for the night.QuincyAfter taking care of business at Lindenwood, the Buckeyes traveled to Quincy University for the regular-season finale, taking the match in four sets (25-16, 25-27, 25-15, 25-12) against the Hawks (7-21, 2-14 MIVA).After never trailing in the first set, the Buckeyes went down 22-16 in the second frame before erasing that deficit with a 7-0 run. OSU ultimately dropped the set in extra points.Aside from the second set, the Buckeyes were hitting above .300, with a match high of .533 in the third set. Quincy’s best attacking efficiency came in the third set as well at .206.In sophomore setter Sanil Thomas’ second start of the season, he assisted on 43 kills and led the team with 11 digs. He helped both Szerszen and junior Maxime Hervoir rack up 17 kills each.With the regular season wrapped up, the MIVA Tournament seeding is locked in. OSU has the top seed, which means that the Buckeyes will have home-court advantage for the duration of the tournament.The Buckeyes start MIVA Tournament action on Saturday when they face Quincy again. First serve is set at 5 p.m. in St. John Arena.
Former England international David Seaman believes that Joe Hart should be the national team’s first choice goalkeeper for this summer’s World CupThe West Ham loan player has endured an inconsistent season at the London Stadium and was widely criticised for his mistake in the build up to Peter Crouch’s opening goal in their 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Monday.Hart is facing competition from the likes of Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope for the No 1 jersey in Russia with head coach Gareth Southgate set to name the provisional England squad by 14 May.“For me, it has always been Joe. Obviously, the two other guys [Butland and Pickford] they are getting really close.” Seaman told Sky Sports.“Joe’s fortunately started playing for West Ham which is going to help, it is going to give Gareth a hard decision to make, whether he goes with Jordan or Jack we do not know.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Only Gareth will know, but he is going to have to be a little bit careful because it is a World Cup and it’s big pressure.“Joe’s handled all that before, Jordan and Jack have never really been anywhere near that. When I think of that situation I always think to Scott Carson when he got put in at Wembley against Croatia.“He made a mistake in the first five minutes and his game just went because he had no experience to fall back on.“The standard is good and Jordan and Jack are getting really close.”Seaman made 75 appearances for England in his playing career and shares the record of 15 consecutive years playing for the national team with Rio Ferdinand.
The former Arsenal youth international will play in the Bundesliga for one year, and he is ready for the challengeHoffenheim signed English youth international Reiss Nelson just before the closing of the summer transfer window.The 18-year-old will play for one year in the German Bundesliga after a deal was done with English Premier League side Arsenal.“I’ve got to give my all, 100 percent, and my family is really important in helping me do that,” he said told the league’s official website.“I’m always trying to better myself and improve, so it’s just adding the little things and the finishing touches.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.And how did he learned to be as good as he is now?“We would go to the football pitch near my estate and play until it was dark,” Nelson explained.“When you play with the older people it helps you mentally because they’re bigger and stronger than you. You have to live up to that.”“There are no referees there, so you don’t get any fouls. You grow up faster in a place where anything goes.”