Balotelli lifts AC Milan to 3rd-place finish

first_imgMario Balotelli and M’baye Niang scored first-half goals as AC Milan controlled most of the match to beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 and claim the third-place in the International Champions Cup friendly tournament Wednesday.Balotelli scored in the 17th minute and Niang in the 40th, but the Italian club got a scare in the 79th when Balotelli played a ball across the field and went down holding the back of his right leg around the knee area.There was no immediate diagnosis, although trainers who tended to him on the field seemed to be stretching him out as if he was dealing with a cramp.AC Milan won two of its three matches in this series of friendlies among eight club teams. The Galaxy, which beat two-time defending Serie A champion Juventus earlier in the tournament, was the only U.S.-based team in the event and lost two of three games.last_img read more

Teen hits four people with car during an altercation

first_imgAuthorities in Homestead have arrested an 18-year-old woman who reportedly purposely ran over several people during an altercation.The incident occurred on Wednesday.Officials say Jacqueline Hernandez was at her home when she noticed several people she knew drive by in a Volkswagen Jetta.She and her friend then decided to follow the vehicle and when they found it, the two stopped their car right in front of the other car.Hernandez’ friend jumped out of the vehicle as the occupants of the other vehicle got out of their car and an argument ensued.At that point, Hernandez put her car in reverse and accelerated, striking one of the victims. She then accelerated again and struck two other victims and her friend.The friend was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition, while another victim suffered multiple wrist and elbow fractures and was taken to Homestead Hospital.During a police interview, Hernandez told them “that she was just trying to bump the victims with her bumper, not kill them.”Hernandez was arrested and is now facing four counts each of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.last_img read more

‘Little baseball rats’ claim Area One title with shutout win over Chico Blues

first_imgArcata >> The “Gatorade bath” at the end of it all felt oh so good.On Sunday, the Northern Humboldt Giants completed a task they had set out to do at the beginning of the summer — win a section title.Less than 24 hours after an exhilarating walk-off victory over Davis in extra innings, the Giants wasted little time in distancing themselves from the Chico Blues. NoHum scored in each inning sans the first and benefitted from another dominant pitching performance — this time from starter Merek …last_img read more

Raiders notes: Osemele, Martin, Roberts questionable to face Steelers

first_imgALAMEDA — Guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Doug Martin and wide receiver Seth Roberts remained questionable Friday to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Raiders (2-10) host the Steelers (7-4-1) Sunday at 1:25 p.m. at the Coliseum.Osemele, who earlier this season missed two games with a knee injury, sat out practice with a toe injury after being limited the previous two days. Martin, the Raiders’ leading rusher, was a full participant but in a walkthrough setting and hasn’t been …last_img read more

‘Karabo’ skeleton replica on exhibit in Cape Town

first_img23 May 2014The Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town has become the first museum in Africa to exhibit a standing replica of the two-million-year-old Australopithecus sediba – dubbed “Karabo” – one of the most complete skeletons of an early human relative that has ever been found.One of South Africa’s most important palaeoanthropological finds, the original skeleton of Australopithecus sediba – dubbed “Karabo” – was discovered at the Malapa site in the Cradle of Humankind north-west of Johannesburg in 2008 by professors Lee Berger and Paul Dirks.Berger is a palaeoanthropologist at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University, and Dirks is a geologist based at the James Cooke University in Australia. Berger led the team of scientists from across the globe on the excavation.The two-million-year-old Australopithecus sebida is thought to be a good candidate for the transitional species between the southern African ape-man Australopithecus africanus (examples include the Taung Child and Mrs Ples) and either Homo habilis or even a direct ancestor of Homo erectus (Turkana Boy, Java Man or Peking Man). The australopithecines are believed to be the ancestors of the Homo genus.There is no doubt, Berger said recently, that Australopithecus sebida is a new species, but not in the Homo genus. “There is broad acceptance of the species Australopithecus sediba among scientists as something previously unknown to science. Very little debate has occurred around whether these bones represent a new species. The debate has centred, largely, [on] whether the species should be placed in the genus Homo.”The new species has long arms, like an ape, and short powerful hands, making it likely that it could have retained its ability to climb. A very advanced pelvis and long legs suggest that it was capable of striding and possibly running like a human. It is estimated that it was about 1.27 metres tall and weighed about 33 kilograms.Berger, on behalf of the Evolutionary Studies Institute, in partnership with the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site Management Authority, handed over a replica of a reconstructed, upright Karabo to the Iziko South African Museum last week.“As Iziko Museums of South Africa has been such a wonderful supporter of palaeoanthropological discoveries, it was agreed by the stakeholders that it should be the first museum in Africa to display a standing replica of Karabo,” Berger said last week. “It will become part of the exhibition titled ‘The search for our early ancestors’, currently on show at the museum.”This standing replica is one of a number of casts available through the Marapo Stones and Bones project, a community-based and driven fossil casting facility at the Cradle World Heritage site that is the result of a partnership between the institute at Wits and the Cradle site.As part of this partnership, an arrangement has been made to allow for the donation of casts of fossils from the Cradle site to partners around the world, including public institutions and universities such as Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, and to museums including the Natural History Museum (Museum fur Naturkunde) in Germany and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.The production of casts forms an important part of the goal of developing the economy and people in the Cradle of Humankind and other heritage-rich areas of South Africa, as well as developing the science of palaeoanthropology in Africa, and the continued promotion of the Cradle area as one of the world’s foremost fossil hominid-bearing sites.The sites of Malapa and the newly excavated Rising Star site, together with the world famous Sterkfontein Caves, have yielded the richest early human ancestor sites on the planet. Work on Australopithecus sediba alone has been featured in a large number of prestigious scientific works as well as the popular media, including National Geographic, Scientific American and Time Magazine.The Malapa site still holds precious fossil material, and excavations are likely to continue at the site for decades to come.SAinfo reporter and Wits Universitylast_img read more

Corn and soybeans bullish, wheat negative in stocks report

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileThe USDA report today had September 1st corn stocks at 2.114 billion bushels, soybeans 913 million bushels, and wheat 2.385 billion bushels. Both corn and soybean numbers were below the low end of trader estimates. Shortly after the report corn was up 10 cents, soybeans up 18 cents, and wheat down 1 cent. Just before the noon release corn was up 2 cents, soybeans up 13 cents, and wheat down 3 cents.Today is the quarterly grain stocks report on US grain as of September 1st. This report will provide both off farm and on farm bushels. Most likely the report will get some attention from traders as it details another report from USDA. Harvest activity is close to a fever pitch this week in Ohio and the rest of the Midwest. With that note, producers may not have this report on their radar. A takeaway for today – If corn and soybean stocks are drastically different from expectations, it hints 2018 corn and soybean yields could be revised in upcoming monthly WASDE reports.The average trade estimate for corn stocks was 2.428 billion bushels, soybeans 982 million bushels, and wheat 2.318 billion bushels. Last year’s September 1st corn stocks were 2.14 billion bushels, soybeans 438 million bushels, and wheat 2.390 billion bushels. Not unexpected is the huge increase in soybean stocks compared to a year ago.China will be on holiday this week beginning on Tuesday. The US/China trade talks at this moment are scheduled to begin in Washington DC on October 10. The additional US tariffs on China goods were scheduled to be implemented on October 15. China’s first order of business at the table will be to ask for an extension on the implementation of additional tariffs.Just remember the country writing the news release is always the hero. The other party is the villain. Things would be so much better “our way” if the “other party could just see clearly,” remains the theme in ongoing statements from both parties.Soybean price activity last week had the November CBOT contract reach its high for the week last Monday at $8.99 ¼ while the low for the week was on Friday at $8.81 ½. The lowest close last week was on Friday at $8.83, down 5 ½ cents for the day. More promises of rain to come in Brazil partly resulted in the lower close last Friday. The uncertainty of the US/China trade talks also provided tension and uncertainty.Last week the Trump administration hinted the US could delist China companies on our stock exchanges. Additional news on Sunday indicated this would not take place. The rhetoric is ongoing from both sides. It will continue in the days and weeks ahead until a long term deal beyond just agricultural goods is inked. When you remember the talks later next month are the 13th session for trade negotiators between the US and China to meet, you have to think out loud, “Here we go again.”last_img read more

Brazil vs Chile: Hosts showing some nerves ahead of Round of 16 tie

first_imgBrazil will take on Chile in the first tie of the FIFA World Cup, Round of 16 stage on Saturday There’s no denying it, the thought of sudden World Cup elimination is on the minds of Luiz Felipe Scolari and his Brazil squad.The veteran coach wants to assure the people of the host nation, though, that nerves are nothing to be worried about.”It’s normal to feel uncomfortable and anxious ahead of this first elimination game,” Scolari said Friday, on the eve of Brazil’s second-round match against Chile. “We are a bit more scared and nervous.”It’s normal in any competition, not only because this one is in Brazil. We know we can’t make mistakes, we can’t lose.”A win over Chile at the Mineirao Stadium will keep Brazil on track for its sixth World Cup title, while a loss would be considered a massive failure in a country which has invested billions to stage the tournament.Scolari said there’s a chance that Chile plays better than Brazil and eliminates the hosts, which shouldn’t be considered the end of the world if it happens.”We have been doing our job with a lot of dedication, but we have to understand that if they are better than we are in the game and they win, we can’t lower our heads, end our lives and throw ourselves into a well,” he said.Brazil has reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup every time since 1994. Its last elimination in the second round was against Argentina in 1990.advertisementThe Brazilians haven’t lost to Chile since a World Cup qualifier in 2000, and have never lost a head-to-head with the Chileans on home soil. Since 2000, Brazil has won 10 of 12 matches against the Chileans. The teams have met three times in World Cups, with Brazil winning 4-2 in the semifinals of the 1962 tournament in Chile, then 4-1 in the second round in 1998 and 3-0 at the same stage in 2010.”Statistics don’t mean anything to us,” Brazil captain Thiago Silva said. “We have to remember that in the other side there is a team with the same dreams that we do. So if we can’t advance, life must go on.”Scolari hinted that he will change the team’s midfield for the match, replacing defensive midfielder Paulinho with Fernandinho, who played well as a second-half substitute in the 4-1 win against Cameroon. The Manchester City player, a late addition to the World Cup squad, scored a goal and helped set up another.It remained unclear if defender David Luiz would be fit to play after leaving Thursday’s practice because of a back problem. The Brazilian federation said he participated in part of the team’s training session on Friday, and an MRI scan didn’t show any serious injury. The federation said he would remain undergoing treatment until shortly before the match.Brazil has four players going into Saturday’s match with a yellow card, including Silva, striker Neymar and defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo. Another yellow against Chile will sideline them from the quarterfinals if Brazil advances.last_img read more

Ottawa mulls preservation of Mikmaq cemetary

first_imgAPTN National NewsFederal officials will be meeting with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources to explore ways of saving an ancient Mi’kmaq burial ground.APTN National News brought you the story of the Malagawatch cemetery on Cape Breton Island in 2009.The graveyard has been a traditional gathering place to the Mi’kmaq people for hundreds of years.The cemetery, however, has been slowly slipping into the lake it’s situated by because of soil erosion.There are concerns that many of the gravesites will be destroyed.The federal government recently announced $500,000 in emergency funding for the cemetery.The meeting is expected to take place on Monday.last_img read more