first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP): The racing world wondered if there was a worthy successor to last year’s Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Enter Nyquist. The bay colt who lacks any distinctive markings won the Kentucky Derby by 11/4 lengths yesterday improving to 8-0 in his career as the fourth consecutive favourite to win the race. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist ran 2000 metres in 2:01.31. The three-year-old colt became the eighth unbeaten winner in the race’s 142-year history, and the first since Big Brown in 2008. He the 2-1 favourite in the full field of 20 horses. “We got a beautiful trip from the start to the end,” Gutierrez said. Nyquist delivered a second Derby win for Gutierrez, trainer Doug O’Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam. The southern California-based team was behind 2012 Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another. “This is such a special horse,” O’Neill said. “You can see it in his eye on a daily basis and he’s such a professional.” The bay colt is from the first crop of sire Uncle Mo, who never got the chance to run in the Derby after being the early favourite for the 2011 race. He was scratched the day before with a stomach illness.last_img read more

first_imgWarriors coach Steve Kerr has openly strived to imitate the success of the San Antonio Spurs and the teachings of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whom he has long considered a mentor.And although the Warriors’ success has often been compared to that of the Spurs, the news that guard Stephen Curry will miss at least three months as he recovers from surgery on his left hand has the Warriors being compared to the Spurs for a different reason.Many have compared this injury-plagued Warriors season to …last_img read more

first_imgA new study highlighting aviation safety in Australia has found 2015 was the nation’s safest year for commercial air travel in a decade.Australian Transport Safety Bureau research into aviation safety occurrences from 2006 to 2015 released on Wednesday found that only one person died in 2015  from nine commercial air transport accidents.Of the nine accidents, down from 27 in 2014 and the lowest number recorded in the study period, one-third were charter operations and another third involved the high capacity air transport category in which major airlines sit.Overall, Australia recorded 31 fatalities involving 28 aircraft in 2015 and 32 serious injuries involving a further 28 planes.  There were  227 aircraft involved in accidents and 185 involved in serious incidents that could have led to an accident.Small aircraft in the general aviation sector were involved in 12 fatalities and 130 accidents, while recreational aviation recorded 18 fatalities from 76 accidents. “The majority of fatalities in the 10”‘year period occurred within general aviation, with around 20 per cent of fatal accidents resulting from a loss of control,” ATSB commissioner Greg Hood said.Thousands of safety occurrences are reported to the ATSB every year and are analysed by safety investigators to uncover trends and see can be learned from them.The number of incidents involving Australian-registered large airliners in the high capacity regular public transport category rose by about 40 per cent over the decade of the study, reflecting a 50 per cent rise in the rate of departures.The report said the number of accidents in 2015 was consistent with the 10”‘year average but the number of serious incidents was significantly lower. The most commonly reported incidents were bird strikes Three accidents that year included a passenger seriously injured in turbulence encountered during a Brisbane-Sydney flight and another injured by an aircraft fitting during a flight from Sydney to Hobart.An ATR-72 turboprop aircraft was also “substantially damaged’’ at Moranbah, Queensland, when high winds caused a wing strike.There were four serious incidents, including one in which a Jetstar Airbus A321 took off from Melbourne outside the loading limits for the aircraft. The crew of an A320 from the same airline had taken off 10 days earlier from Brisbane with 16 more passengers than advised, resulting in a 1328kg discrepancy to the take-off weight.Others included a fire on an A320 oven during descent into Sydney and a diversion into Darwin due to faulty flight instruments.The number of incidents involving smaller airliners significantly declined over the decade, mainly due to a fall in flying activity.The ATSB said the decline was a result of a trend towards the use of bigger aircraft for resource industry flying, a trend for regional carriers to use bigger airliners and the move by the big airlines on to regional routes.There were no accidents in this category in 2015 and the five serious incidents were consistent with the 10-year average. Bird strikes were again the most commonly reported incidents.Serious incidents damaged propellers from a multiple bird strike in NSW and a kangaroo in Queensland as well as an autopilot problem and a near miss, both also in Queensland.The number of charter accidents —  generally the highest for the commercial air transport category —  was relatively stable over the decade but dropped significantly in 2015 to three, from 23 in 2014.Birds were again the biggest problem and the incidents included a runway overrun by an Aero Commander 500-U at Badu Island off Queensland and a collision with terrain after a runway excursion in Western Australia.Hood said that for all accidents, the highest accident rates occurred with recreational aeroplanes, followed by aerial agriculture, private/business and sports aviation, and recreational gyrocopters.He was particularly concerned about the flying training accident rate per million hours flown in 2014, the latest available, which was more than double that of any year in the previous eight years.“The increase in accident rates involving flying training is an emerging safety concern—we’ll continue to keep a close eye on this sector to get a better understanding of the safety issues involved,” Hood said.Also on the rise was the number of remotely piloted aircraft accidents and incidents. “This has gone up from 14 occurrences in the eight years from 2006–2013 to 37 in 2014–2015,’’  he said.“Given the significant growth in the use of remotely piloted aircraft, it is likely that the number of incidents and accidents will continue to increase in the short term.”last_img read more

first_img19 January 2015Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France – the first African team ever to do so in 101 years.The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued – including one to the South African team.This year will be the first time in the race’s 101 year history that a team from Africa will participate.‘Historic moment’“To receive a wild card for the Tour de France is a dream come true for the entire MTN- Qhubeka p/b Samsung team, while it is also a historic moment for World and African cycling,” MTN-Qhubeka says on its website.“We are extremely proud to be able to represent South Africa and Africa on one of the biggest stages in world sport.”The other four wild card recipients are Europcar, Cofidis, Bretagne-Seche Environnment and Bora-Argon 18.‘Support of the whole continent’The 2015 Grand Depart will take place on the 4th July, starting with a 14km time trial in Utrecht. The riders will tackle 21 stages, covering 3 344km in total before the 2015 Le Tour finishes in Paris, on the Champs Elysees, on 26 July.The ASO has also included the South Africans in the Criterium du Dauphine, which starts on 7 June, and which is “vital in our Tour de France preparation”, the teams says.“I have been waiting my whole life for this news,” said Douglas Ryder, the team’s principal. “The pressure over the years of getting partners and riders to believe in this dream is finally a reality.”He said that the would not only ride in the Tour, they would compete “and we will have the support of the whole continent behind us”.Daryl Impey became the first South African to ever wear the yellow jersey in 2013.The team helps raise awareness of the work done by Qhubeka,a charity that gives bicycles to children in Africa to attend school.According to their website, 8-million children walk to school every way, with more than 2-million walking more than 30 minutes each way.Read more: Qhubeka: changing lives through bicycles“Qhubeka would like to congratulate Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung on their Tour de France Wildcard entry,” said Sarah Phaweni, Qhubeka’s executive director.“This is proof that any dream is possible if you keep moving forward. The team has supported and raised awareness for the work we do as a non-profit for many years. It is great to have the chance to return the favour as we cheer for an African Team in the Tour de France.”Teams for 2015 Tour de France:AG2R-La Mondiale, Astana, BMC Racing, Etixx-QuickStep, FDJ, IAM Cycling, Lampre- Merida, Lotto-Soudal, Movistar, Orica-GreenEdge, Cannondale-Garmin, Giant Alpecin, Katusha, Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Team Sky, Tinkoff-Saxo, Trek Factory Racing, MTN- Qhubeka, Bora-Argon 18, Cofidis, Europcar and Bretagne – Seche Environnement.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mark Loux, Ohio State University ExtensionOhio State University weed scientists are in the process of planning cover crop research, and could use your input. Cover crop use has been on the rise in recent years, most commonly for the preservation of soil, reduction in nutrient loss, and suppression of weeds they can provide. Feedback from this survey will allow us to perform trials that are in line with practices common in the state of Ohio and thus generate more impactful results. Thank you!Please take our five second survey! read more

first_imgKilling Osama(Pakistan) armed Forces and ISI are to blame for the incident (“Terroristan: Pak trapped in a web of deceit,” May 16) and there should be an accountability process for them as well. the Accountability never weakens an organisation but it only helps to indicate the flaws and weaknesses within,Killing Osama(Pakistan) armed Forces and ISI are to blame for the incident (“Terroristan: Pak trapped in a web of deceit,” May 16) and there should be an accountability process for them as well. the Accountability never weakens an organisation but it only helps to indicate the flaws and weaknesses within institutions. So one could say that it would only strengthen them.Anwer Abbas, Pakistan, via email I won’t be surprised if Osama has been captured alive, and is in the custody of the Americans. Only time will reveal the truth.Ravi Bedi, via email Imperialists have been after Pakistan for some time. They know (and we also know) very well that their ends cannot be achieved unless they weaken our strong, brave armed forces and isi. They have overcome our democratic set up, they have weakened us economically and they have divided us ethnically. This time- and perhaps this is the final chapter-they managed to land a final blow to the very existence of isi and the Pakistani armed forces.Nadeem Choudhry, Pakistan, via email The more America piles up lie after lie in the media, itself confused about how to respond to the challenges from different sections of the world, the crime of 9/11 gets more and more fuzzy, raising doubts about whether it was not an inside job, most audaciously imposed on Osama, al Qaeda and the rest of the Muslim world.Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai Most leaders lead from the front, by example. The al Qaeda may have thought that their ascetic leader, Osama bin Laden, was running between caves, dodging drone attacks, braving bullets for their cause; in reality, he was well insulated from their mountainous tribulations. The rank and file of the al Qaeda must be dejected, now that they have a clear picture of the lifestyle of their leader over the past five-six years in Pakistan.Raju Aneja, Dubaiadvertisement Domestic travelInstead of travelling to Dubai or other international cities (“Hi, Dubai,” May 16) our high-flying politicians should visit places in India itself and promote tourism in our country, as well as boost the economy.R.K. Singh, DelhiSmart ChangeK.V. Kamath, with his vast experience, will be an able chairman of Infosys (“Infy Starts a New Chapter,” May 16). Though he may not deal much with operations, he will be an asset.Ravi Singh, via www.intoday.inSports Sans PoliticsApropos “Keep politicians out of sports”, May 16, finally someone of Kapil Dev’s stature has rightly observed the drawbacks in our sports administration. The standards of Indian sports could have been much higher if it was free of political influence. These politicians know nothing about sports, yet are put at the helm of sports affairs resulting in pathetic standards.Lt Col (Retd) Ranjit Sinha, Kolkata Politicians should be kept out of sports. Every important sports federation has a politician at its head. Only when we change the system will the sporting culture in our country improve.H. Hamid, via Politicians have too much control over things that are important in our country. How would they feel if Sachin Tendulkar wanted to be the prime minister or Vijender Singh wanted to be chief minister of Haryana? It’s high time the system is changed.S.N. Pathak, New Delhi Control Price HikeIt looks like there is a need for another mass uprising under Anna Hazare to draw the Government’s attention to the phenomenal rise in the price of jowar, which is a staple food for the poorer sections of Maharashtra (“After Onions, it’s Jowar”, May 16). Government should take corrective measures to control the price of Jowar immediately.Ranjit Sinha, Kolkata Whenever there is a hike in prices of essential commodities, it is the common man who suffers. Politicians, who make all sorts of promises during elections, should be hauled up for the hardship that people have to endure.Subhash Arora, Delhi End of an Era”Just not my type”, May 16, touched just the right key of my heart. The article and the typewriter are just my type. I read india today for articles like this, which portray the common man’s struggle to eke out a living, rather than the Osamas and Obamas. Like all good things, the good old days of typewriters have come to an end. Let’s hope future generations get to see some well-preserved typewriters in museums.Bhushan Jindal, Jalandhar Forced conversionsYour article (“Freelancers of God”, May 9) establishes a direct relation between the foreign funds pouring into the country and the rate of conversions. Hindus, Muslims and mainstream Christians must unite to throw these “poachers” and “business” evangelists out of the country and stop their flow of funds.Atul Marathe, via emailadvertisementNo hope for Air IndiaThe present set-up does not raise any hope for this company (“Sell Air India while there is still a buyer,” May 16). The people running (read many in management and Board) the organisation have no business being there. Most of them are either openly corrupt, or are involved in it indirectly through their cohorts.Parvat Nanda, via email The recent pilots’ strike has once again brought into focus the state of our public sector enterprises. An Air India board member has suggested the patient is already suffering from cancer. With cancer only surgery works, not homeopathy or aruyveda. It may even be better to shut down the airline during the time it takes for such a surgical solution rather than incur a loss of Rs 57 crore every day. Dr Rajiv Kumar, Delhilast_img read more