(REUTERS) – Australia’s domestic cricketers will trial a “refined” version of the red Kookaburra ball during two rounds of this season’s Sheffield Shield, Cricket Australia (CA) said yesterday.CA said the difference between the old ball and the new one was an updated lining of the leather designed to increase the resilience of the seam.“In time, we would like to see this ball being considered for future first class cricket in Australia,” Peter Roach, the head of cricket operations at CA, said in a statement.“After an extensive process of testing in the laboratory, training and match conditions, we are confident that given good pitch and weather conditions the refined turf ball will stay harder for longer, and produce more swing for longer periods.”The new ball, designed in response to off-season feedback from players, coaches and officials, will be used in rounds five and six of the Sheffield Shield starting on November 29.Players will then use the British-made Dukes ball as they have done in the last three seasons after Christmas.England pace bowler Jofra Archer said earlier this month he had found it difficult to adjust to the Kookaburra ball ahead of the first Test in New Zealand, having used the Dukes ball during the Ashes series in England.
“It’s funny – one of our coaches said, ‘I think this is gonna be a Lou night tonight,’ ” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They prepared for us pretty well, their switching affected us a little bit, but Lou has pretty much seen every defense that anyone can throw at him and he was fantastic.”Steamrolled by Williams’ big performance, the Lakers suffered their second straight loss without LeBron James, this one uglier than the last. A night after giving up a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, the Lakers lost steam much earlier, failing to score during a 4:37-long stretch from the time Stephenson hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter to a Tyson Chandler free throw in the fourth.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Williams kicked off the rally with a layup, his first step as unstoppable as his jump shot. The Clippers took their first lead of the second half on a Patrick Beverley free throw, and then the points kept piling up. The added physicality of a defense-oriented lineup, which included Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Tyrone Wallace, kept the Lakers off-balance.Even as the Lakers had a chance to respond at the quarter break with a new lineup, they couldn’t find an answer despite cycling through several schemes. Their legs started to feel heavy on the weight of the second game of a back-to-back.“They just got there and got their scrappy unit in and really affected us because they brought a lot of energy,” said Kyle Kuzma, who had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Lakers. “What we were trying to do is just switch up our defenses, put a little bit of box-and-one, triangle-and-two on some of those guys. And it worked for a second, but at the end of the day, not enough.” The Clippers led 95-80 by the end of the run, which Sindarius Thornwell padded with a pair of free throws.The 22-point blitz was the largest unanswered run by any NBA team this season, and the largest the Clippers have authored since 2009. And instead of saving their most competitive instincts for the Clippers, the Lakers spent a chunk of the run arguing with each other – something Walton was adamant could not happen again.“I felt like they turned it up a notch and we weren’t ready to counterpunch,” he said. “Trying to find a group that was ready to bring that back. We couldn’t find it. We couldn’t find it tonight. It’s not the loss, I felt like we kind of started to splinter a little bit while it was happening. That can’t happen. We can lose games, but we’ll lose them together. When we win them we’ll win them together.”The Lakers fought back after the run, but Williams all but buried them with the Air Guitar 3-pointer with 2:23 left, putting the Clippers ahead by 12. It sealed the team’s fourth win in their last five games, as they got the added bonus of going up two games in the loss column against the Lakers, one of the teams they’re competing with in the packed Western Conference standings.The Lakers got a solid effort from their so-called young core: Lonzo Ball had 19 points, six assists and five rebounds. Brandon Ingram (17) and Josh Hart combined for 29 points. But the lack of depth showed: The Lakers had just an eight-man rotation and centers Ivica Zubac and Tyson Chandler combined for just 13 points inside.Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points for the Clippers, while Harrell added 12. Williams said the depth was as much of a factor as his own one-man offense.“We’re a good basketball team,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can come in at the drop of a hat and give us positive minutes. But for the most part, we had our core second group out there, where we got some chemistry and the other guys kind of understand how we play.”The end of the game got heated: Hart was ejected for arguing after a no-call when he thought Tobias Harris had committed a charge against him. Lakers coach Luke Walton also got a tech on the same play.All of the Lakers’ injured players were prominent presences on the sideline: JaVale McGee, who warmed up but was a scratch from the lineup, wore a suit. Fresh off surgery in the morning, Rajon Rondo sat with a wrap around his injured right hand.James walked into Staples Center in a white hoodie and black blazer, carrying a glass of red wine. Walton’s pregame comments, that the Lakers would exercise plenty of caution bringing their players back into games, suggested it might be some time before James is back in a jersey.In the meantime, the Lakers are searching for their first win without James. Walton said he still felt confident the group he has healthy can navigate the upcoming stretch without James (the length of which is still not yet known), but the Lakers also know they need to be better than they were Friday night.“We got to stay together no matter if it’s going good or going bad,” Ball said. “We got to stay together. Teams are going to go on runs, that happens, but 22-0 run should never happen.” PreviousLos Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and guard Lou Williams, from left, stand on the court during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, of Italy, shoots as Lakers center Tyson Chandler defends during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, left, shoots as Clippers guard Patrick Beverley defends during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsClippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, shoots as Lakers center Tyson Chandler defends during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers center Ivica Zubac, right, shoots as Clippers center Boban Marjanovic defends during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, left, shoots as Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram shoots as Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, and forward Tobias Harris defend during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari dunks as Lakers guard Lance Stephenson watches during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, shoots as Clippers center Boban Marjanovic defends during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shakes hands with Coach Luke Walton as they have a chat during the first half of Friday’s game against the Clippers at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, and Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and guard Josh Hart, right, compete for a rebound with Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, left, and guard Lou Williams talks during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Marcin Gortat defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers guard Lou Williams shoots a jumper over Lakers guard Josh Hart during the second half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. Williams scored 23 of his season-high 36 points in the second half of the Clippers’ 118-107 victory. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and guard Lou Williams, from left, stand on the court during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, of Italy, shoots as Lakers center Tyson Chandler defends during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 18Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, of Italy, shoots as Lakers center Tyson Chandler defends during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — As Lou Williams skipped backward on defense moments after draining a 3-point dagger in the grill of Lance Stephenson, he kept a straight face.In his hands, he strummed an air guitar – call it a tribute or a taunt to Stephenson’s own 3-point celebration.The 32-year-old later told reporters it was all in good fun. It certainly looked it as Sweet Lou took what he wanted – points, a win and celebrations – enjoying his best scoring night of the season while leading a 22-0 run in the second half of a 118-107 Clippers victory over the Lakers.Williams, a former Laker, was 11 for 18 from the field, the one element of the Clippers offense that the Lakers truly had no answer for. He finished with 36 points (23 after halftime), eight better than his previous best this year, and reminded Staples Center fans why he earned NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors last season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
IOWA CITY — The state program for testing private drinking water wells suffers from “severe under-utilization,” according to a University of Iowa study.The “Grants To Counties” program funds testing for nitrate, bacteria and arsenic, as well as plugging old wells. In recent years, counties left as much as 55% of the total funding untouched. The U-I’s Silvia Secchi co-authored the report.“We would really like for all that money to be spent because we know that we’re not testing as much as we should,” Secchi says. “The rule of thumb is that you should test once a year every well and we’re not doing that.” The state recommends Iowans test their private wells annually for contaminants that are linked to cancer and other health issues.Secchi says not testing these wells is concerning because they’re largely unregulated, unlike larger systems. “These people are really the most vulnerable population when it comes to drinking water in the state,” Secchi says, “because there is nobody but themselves who is responsible for the testing.”It’s estimated 10% of Iowans, or around 300,000 people, rely on private wells for their drinking water.
As South Africa’s grade 12s gear up for their final exams, Brand South Africa, iSchool Africa and the Department of Basic Education have intensified their call for South Africans to help improve the chances of underprivileged learners. Generations actress Sophie Ndaba champions the School of 2010 initiative. Click arrow to play video. Published on SouthAfrica.info on 1 October 2010. Source: Fly the Flag Fridays
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dairy Farmers of America’s Dairy Marketing Service sent a letter to dairies in the Mideast this week announcing they will put a halt to marketing milk from independent producers. Their focus will instead turn solely to cooperative members.The move comes as a result of a saturated milk market and burdensome costs assessed only to co-op members, resulting in the cut of independent farms, according to DFA. Organic producers are exempt from the action.“The letters were sent to all DMS Mideast Dairy independent producers who serve the conventional market. Organic producers were not included in this action. This letter advised them of our intent to terminate the milk marketing arrangement with DMS Mideast producers effective at the end of November,” said Heather McCann, communications manager for Dairy Farmers of America. “They will have until Nov. 30 to procure another market or if they choose not to or are unable to, DFA will offer membership to those DMS producers.”Tensions are high within the dairy industry due to pressure on farms from multiple levels. The core challenge is that there is simply too much milk and not enough demand.“There is a lot of milk in the market, particularly in this part of the country. We have too much milk out there,” McCann said. “We are not seeing a commensurate increase in demand to take up that milk so all of that excess milk results in increased balancing costs, increased transportation costs and the premiums available to help pay producers are also reduced.”Here’s the letter DFA sent to independent producers:“As you are undoubtedly aware, our region has experienced unprecedented growth in our milk supply over the past several years. Currently, supply continues to grow at an overall rate of 2 percent per year, ahead of the national average, with increases of over 4 percent in some states. This has resulted in a supply-demand imbalance that has placed the entire milk marketing system in the eastern United States under severe stress. The costs incurred in balancing surplus milk have skyrocketed while premiums received from customers have fallen and consumer demand, particularly for fluid milk products, has softened appreciably. We expect these trends to continue through 2017 and well into 2018.“As an independent producer marketing your milk through Dairy Marketing Services (DMS), there is no practical method available under Federal Order regulations for the sharing of marketing costs and revenue fairly and equitably among all producers in the marketplace, independents and cooperative members alike. As a result, we are unable to continue marketing your milk under the current DMS arrangement.“Within the next few days, we will be sending you a six-month notice of termination. During this period, we encourage you to find another milk market in the Mideast Area. If you do not wish to or cannot find another market, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) will offer you membership and continue to market your milk. As a one-time accommodation and benefit to you, DFA will offer two special terms for the first year of membership. First, for the first year of membership, you will have the option to not pay a capital retain (equity). Second, for the first year, DFA will allow you to terminate your membership at any time, with 30 days’ prior written notice.“Furthermore, as part of DFA, you will be entitled to access all member programs and services including insurance, buying/farm inputs, risk management and lending programs. These programs are designed to bring value to you by helping you operate your dairy more economically and efficiently.“We have sincerely appreciated our relationship with you, and will continue to work hard every day to help support Mideast Area dairy producers and our industry.”
NEW YORK — Two nights after the best game of his NBA career, Dennis Schroder had one that was even better.While the second-year guard appears to be figuring things out, it’s clear the New York Knicks can’t yet say the same.Paul Millsap scored 19 points, Schroder extended his best stretch in the NBA with two big baskets in the final 2 minutes, and the Atlanta Hawks sent the Knicks to their fifth straight loss with a 91-85 victory on Nov. 10.Kyle Korver added 17 points as Atlanta finished a home-and-home sweep, including a 103-96 win Nov. 8 at home.Schroder, from Germany, scored a career-high 14 points, two nights after setting his previous best with 11. With the Hawks clinging to a three-point lead, he knocked down a jumper with 1:55 to play, then scored on a drive to the basket that gave Atlanta an 81-74 advantage with 59 seconds remaining.“I thought Dennis was playing well all night,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He gave us a big boost in the first half. Second half he gave us a big boost. Defensively he had a presence on the ball and was getting in the paint and creating problems, either finishing for himself or creating open shots. That’s why you have a bench and you have depth.”Carmelo Anthony had 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Knicks, who came in averaging 92 points, tied for worst in the NBA, and barely surpassed their previous low of 80 in their season-opening loss to Chicago.“Although you do look at the big picture, if you’re dealing with the now, it can be kind of frustrating,” Anthony said. “You’re losing basketball games, things not going the way you want it to go or should go, but at the same time we’ve just got to stay with it. Just stay positive, just stay focused, as a team, as a unit, because the ship easily can sink early.”The Knicks scored 61 points in the first half Saturday but faded to just 13 in the third quarter and 35 after halftime. They managed only 38 more in the first half of this one.Schroder made four free throws after his consecutive baskets to help Atlanta finish it off. The Hawks went with him down the stretch instead of starting point guard Jeff Teague, who missed all four shots and finished with three points.“When I get on the court, I try to help my teammates and try to play defense first and try to create open shots for my teammates,” Schroder said. “Nobody helped on the pick-and-roll, so I tried to go to the basket and score.”Iman Shumpert had 18 points for the Knicks. Coach Derek Fisher told them after the game he wished he could give them a victory for the effort they were giving on defense.“But if they keep doing those things, instead of losing four or five in a row, we’ll start to win four or five in a row,” Fisher said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Canada’s main stock index closed lower Tuesday while U.S. markets continued a streak of volatility with a late-day plunge that left all main indexes in the red.The sell-off in U.S. markets came a day after one of the best showings in more than two years to recover some of the heavy losses from last week.Tuesday’s return to a down market is part of a continuation of last week’s slide, as concerns on U.S. trade and policies put pressure on markets, said Sid Mokhtari, executive director of portfolio & technical research at CIBC Capital Markets.“It’s more of a follow through that we had from late last week, when we had the sell-off last Thursday and then more follow-through pressure on Friday.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 82.38 points to 15,216.18, led by declines in key financial and materials sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 344.89 points to 23,857.71. The S&P 500 index was down 45.93 points to 2,612.62 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 211.73 points to 7,008.81.The sell-off came despite easing fears on trade tensions that helped markets rise Monday, including some conciliatory signals from China and U.S. flexibility on steel and aluminum tariff exemptions.The declines look to be part of a wider shift in buyer attitudes in the market, where there’s a greater emphasis on selling and higher volumes on down days, said Mokhtari.“This is almost becoming a market that previously had a buy the dips… and now slowly you’re seeing investors focusing on selling the strength, and that’s becoming something more of a theme.”Mokhtari said the S&P 500 has been testing the 200-day moving average lately, and that if the index drops below that average it could trigger wider sales.“Once that level is breached or violated you’ll probably see a lot of accelerated selling.”The technology sector also weighed on markets Tuesday, with Twitter down 12 per cent and Facebook sliding another five per cent on continued scrutiny of data management practices.The Canadian dollar closed at 77.71 cents US, up 0.11 of a US cent.The May crude contract closed down 30 cents to US$65.25 per barrel and the May natural gas contract ended up six cents to US$2.71 per mmBTU.The April gold contract closed down US$13.00 to US$1,342.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was up three cents to US$3.00 a pound.
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Ketchikan officials want to remove part of an underwater rock to expand the waterway’s safe navigable area for cruise ships docking at the city.The Army Corps of Engineers issued a public notice Monday on the city’s application to reduce the rock’s height, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .The application calls for 25 to 50 blasts over a period of up to 50 days to remove about 15 vertical feet (4.5 metres) of rock in an area smaller than an acre (0.4 hectares).The city plans to conduct the blasting between November 2019 and March 2020 to “avoid and minimize impacts to both the city’s existing summer cruise season and the environment,” according to the notice.The rock pinnacle is situated about 1,000 feet (305 metres) west of the city’s second berth. The rock is about 320 feet (98 metres) long and about 150 feet (46 metres) at its widest point. It limits vessel navigation to the city’s first three berths during low tide and high wind conditions, the notice states.Reducing the pinnacle’s height to “will provide a more reliable ingress and egress for ships over a much wider range of wind and water level conditions and is important to improving conditions contributing to a safe, accessible and commercially viable existing navigation facility,” the notice states.An experienced contractor would conduct only one blast per day with the maximum weight of explosives set at 75 pounds (34 kilograms). The blasted rock would be dredged and hauled away, according to the document.The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comment on the application through Dec. 26.“The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts, including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity and its intended use on the public interest,” the Corps said in the notice.___Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.comThe Associated Press
Wilson said there’s no evidence that any of Cohodes’ social media statements caused Badger stock to fall in the short term and, furthermore, the stock has gained about 20 percent since Cohodes began talking about it on Twitter in May 2017.ASC counsel Don Young countered that the interim ceases trade order was needed to prevent Cohodes from continuing his “protracted campaign” to harm Badger’s reputation for his eventual gain and actual share price erosion wasn’t integral to the case.He said the order would give the regulator time needed to complete an investigation into the short seller’s activities, pointing out that accusing Badger of illegal dumping was serious given that proper disposal of material is a vital part of the hydrovac excavating company’s business.Wilson said Badger has the option of pursuing a civil case against Cohodes but hasn’t, suggesting it’s because his remarks are protected by free speech law in both Canada and the United States. In a hearing on Wednesday morning, Calgary lawyer Andrew Wilson, acting for the California investor while he listened in by telephone, said the order requested by ASC staff was “deliberately rushed” and based on an incomplete evidence record.“Being a short seller is not unlawful. It actually does serve an important part in our capital markets,” said Wilson.“The public interest is not just Badger Daylighting. It’s much broader than that. It’s people who also want to say positive or negative things about companies and it’s understanding what role regulators are going to play in the market.”Short sellers sell a security they don’t own or have borrowed in hopes its market price will decline, enabling it to be bought back at a lower price to make a profit.Last week, staff for the regulator announced they would seek the order against Cohodes, an investor who has taken short positions in many companies including Home Capital Group of Toronto, because of statements he made about Badger. Those included a June 27th Twitter post containing a picture of a Badger truck as support for his allegation of its illegal dumping of toxic substances.The regulator said Cohodes has made numerous negative public claims over a period of more than a year, coinciding with the acquisition of his short position, accusing him of trying to artificially manipulate the price of Badger securities. CALGARY, A.B. – The Alberta Securities Commission has rejected a requested order to prevent American short-seller Marc Cohodes from trading shares in or providing misleading information about Calgary-based Badger Daylighting Ltd.In an oral decision released Wednesday afternoon, the provincial regulator said staff hadn’t proved there was an urgent need for the interim order to control Cohodes’ activity while a full investigation is undertaken.“There are insufficient grounds for us to exercise our jurisdiction to make any orders … Accordingly, we dismiss the application,” said Thomas Cotter, chair of the two-member ASC panel. Badger CEO Paul Vanderberg, who attended the hearing, said he would not comment on the outcome or the possibility of a civil suit against Cohodes.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Owners of more than 247,500 properties throughout Northern B.C. can expect to receive their 2019 assessment notices by mail.Deputy Assessor, Jarret Krantz, is encouraging properties owners to contact B.C. Assessment if they feel there is an error in their property assessment.“Property owners can find a lot of information on our website including answers tomany assessment-related questions, but those who feel that their property assessmentdoes not reflect market value as of July 1, 2018, or see incorrect information on theirnotice, should contact B.C. Assessment as indicated on their notice as soon as possible inJanuary.”For more information on property values in Northern B.C., you can visit the B.C. Assessment website. Meanwhile, commercial property values, in Fort St. John, have grown by 2.38 percent when compared to the previous assessment.In Taylor, there was a 0.77 percent decrease in residential property values.Despite a slight decrease in residential values, the District saw a value increase in light industrial and commercial properties; 2.89 percent and 0.12 percent respectively.Dawson Creek saw increases in all three property value types.For residential, the City saw a small increase of 0.36 percent, an increase of 2.86 for industrial and a 1.02 percent increase for commercial property values.Property assessments in this report reflect market values as of July 1, 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Assessment has released their report for the 2019 Property Assessments.For Fort St. John, the assessment indicates that there was a 2.51 percent decrease in residential property values. The average residential property value currently sits at $319,000, compared to $326,000 in the Assessment from 2018.Light industrial property values have also seen a decrease of 1.99 percent when compared to 2018 values.