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first_imgSANTA CLARA — No one seems to care how Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes against the 49ers on Dec. 2. Instead, it’s another of his throws that’s all the rage heading into Sunday’s rematch when his Seattle Seahawks visit the 49ers.When Wilson picked up linebacker Fred Warner’s stray shoe and chucked it to the side, that triggered a series of unfortunate events for the 49ers, and it cost coach Kyle Shanahan a $25,000 fine he’s appealing.“What I would like? For common sense to prevail, …last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every year there are a handful of days in Ohio this time of year where it seems the last of winter has faded. Balmy temperatures warm your bones and the welcomed sunshine pushes the last of the winter doldrums away. There are a just a few of those days in Ohio this time of year where it is simply a pleasure to be outside just for the sake of being outside.This was not one of those days.I got an invitation to go check some salamander traps that had been set out a couple of days prior on a central Ohio property not far from where I live. Not knowing quite what to expect, I thought it would be interesting to check out along with some salamander aficionados, including the fine folks from MAD Scientist Associates, LLC, a full-service ecological and wetland-consulting firm based in Westerville.Thus, I found myself clad in mud-covered boots slogging through the fields and forests of central Ohio after steady rains saturated the landscape. Fortunately there was a brief respite from the endless precipitation, but that was about all that could be said positive about the weather. Temperatures were on the short side of 50 degrees and unpleasant winds made things pretty chilly. Even on the driest parts of the journey we left inch-deep footprints in between the corn stalks and we routinely found ourselves in calf deep water fighting to maintain balance from the uneven forest footing on this fairly unpleasant late February day. Apparently, salamander movement this time of year is triggered by rain combined with 50+ degree temperatures for a couple of consecutive nights. In this case we’d had both — especially the rain part.Ohio is home to 24 species of salamanders in five different families.“Salamanders are silent and spend most of their lives hidden, so people rarely see them,” said Marne Titchenell, with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “But they’re there. And they’re often quite abundant.”Salamanders are long-tailed amphibians that live on land, in water or both often on forest floors and in streams, ponds and pools in the woods. Salamanders eat invertebrates insects and worms and serve as food for larger animals. They often hold clues to the environmental conditions of the area.“Salamanders can be important environmental indicators due to the permeability of their skin and eggs,” Titchenell said. “Water and air pass easily from the environment through their skin. This makes them very susceptible to toxins or changes in their environment.”Salamanders do most of their moving at night and those with a flashlight and a willingness to slog through the woods in the dark can often find many of them as they flee from the light, but to get to see them more closely, trapping works well. The traps are box-shaped nets with places for the salamanders to get in, but not back out.I could not believe what we found! I have been crawling around in the woods and the swamps around the farm since I was a very young boy and I have never seen salamanders in the wild before. We found well over 20 Spotted Salamanders, a Jefferson Salamander and a Small-mouth Salamander. After we caught them and counted them, the salamanders were released back into the water. They return to the same pools year after year.Another note, the traps and boots of experienced salamander hunters are bleached after each trip to maintain the health of the separate populations of salamanders — salamander biosecurity. Here is a bit more about the salamanders we found from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Spotted SalamanderSpotted Salamanders are found throughout Ohio in low-lying moist woodlands adjacent to swamps, ponds, and creeks. Because of their secretive nature and their love for tunneling underground, they are seldom seen except in early spring. Then they migrate in large numbers to breeding ponds. Even then, they are active only at night. Often the only evidence of their presence is a fist-sized egg mass containing less than 100 eggs attached to a submerged stick or plant. How does a six-inch salamander pass a fist-sized egg mass? The eggs are not that large when laid, but the jelly-like substance that covers them swells when the eggs come in contact with the water. This large, chunky salamander has two irregular rows of yellow or greenish-yellow spots. Occasionally, the spots on the back of the head are orange. Jefferson SalamanderThis salamander looks somewhat like the Spotted salamander species without the yellow spots. They have long toes and the sprinkling of small silver-blue specks concentrated on the sides of the body on younger specimens.It lives in moist woodlands throughout most of the state. It is very secretive and seldom seen except in early spring when it enters shallow woodland breeding ponds. Small-mouthed salamanderNamed for its conspicuously small mouth, this animal also has a relatively small, narrow head. Its dark earth- tone color may be accented with light flecks of pigment, especially along its sides and bottom.The Small-mouthed Salamander is one of the least particular in its choice of habitat. It can be found in just about any situation throughout all but the extreme eastern edge of the state, and like most members of this family it breeds in temporary ponds or wetlands. For those who want to learn more about these fascinating Ohio natives, Getting to Know Salamanders (22 pages, $7.50) gives details on Ohio’s common species, how to see them, where to see them and how to take care of the places they live. It’s published by Ohio State University Extension and can be bought through county offices or the online eStore, http://go.osu.edu/salamander. Even if the weather is less-than-ideal, I’d recommend a fascinating salamander hunt any day. Spotted salamander Spotted salamander Spotted salamander This Jefferson Salamander kept trying to check us out by staring up at us. Salamander trap This Jefferson Salamander kept trying to check us out by staring up at us. I got to hold the Jefferson salamander. It is important to get your hands wet before handling them. We also caught a Leopard frog. Spotted salamanders fill up the top container and the Jefferson and Small-mouth salamanders are on the bottom at Hague’s farm.last_img read more


first_imgLATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Tan and Rodriguez have won three BVR on Tour legs this year while Barbon and Eslapor ruled Dumaguete in April.Abdilla and Lopez won the first three legs this season in the men’s division before Abria and Becaldo won in Lingayen.The Philippines’ first foray into the FIVB beach volleyball circuit in 2018 when it hosted the Beach World Tour with the partnership of Rondina and Gervacio finishing fifth—the highest the country got.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Ronald Tubid sorry for punching PBA crasher Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines is set to host an FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1-star event with Beach Volleyball Republic organizing a double-gender tournament in Boracay from May 23 to 26.The tournament has attracted a total of 20 women’s and 28 men’s teams from 17 countries with 11 pairs coming from the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid This will also feature the reunion of the indomitable pairing of Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons who won two straight Philippine Super Liga beach volleyball titles and once represented the Philippines in the 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships.Other Philippine teams in the women’s division are the pairings of Dij Rodriguez & Bea Tan, Jackie Estoquia & DM Demontaño, and Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBabylove Barbon—Rondina’s last teammate in University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournament—and Gen Eslapor will go through the qualifiers.Air Force’s Ranran Abdilla and Jesse Lopez will head the men’s teams that also include then partnerships of James Buytrago & Krung Arbasto, and Mike Abria & Jade Becaldo. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more


first_imgMan Utd, Juventus target Rakitic closer to Barcelona exitby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIvan Rakitic is edging closer to a Barcelona exit.Rakitic has put Manchester United and Juventus on red alert as reports suggest the Croatian has his eye on a January exit from Barcelona, having previously stated: “I need to play”.Marca says the midfielder is seriously weighing up the possibility of ending his five-year association with the Spanish giants. “It’s tough because I want to play and not just be part of the team,” Rakitic told 24sata last week while on international duty.”I will do everything possible to change my situation. I have two years left on my deal and there’s no better place to play than Barcelona.”It’s the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgchris christie and jerry jones celebrate.Twitter/@Bogs4NYLaremy Tunsil may be lucky that this year’s draft is in Chicago, and not New York City. An overzealous former prosecutor may have hopped state lines to bring him in after a hacker posted an old video of him smoking a bong out of a gas mask to his Twitter account.New Jersey Governor and former presidential candidate Chris Christie joined WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Friday morning to discuss the draft, and spent a lot of time expressing his bemusement about the Tunsil situation. At one point, the former New Jersey Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer said that if he were still a prosecutor, he would have “gone in and cuffed” the Ole Miss offensive tackle. Buzzfeed’s Christopher Massie transcribed some of the more interesting parts of the appearance:“It’s unbelievable,” Christie said. “Because the bong hits aren’t enough. Give me the gas mask too. It’s incredible. I can’t take my eyes off it. It’s unbelievable.”Earlier in the interview, Christie, who opposes marijuana legalization, said, “When I was a prosecutor, I would’ve gone in and cuffed this guy,” adding, “I would’ve been all over it.”Christie also expressed sympathy towards Tunsil, saying, “Poor kid in that respect. I mean, he did it. But who’s the guy that hates him enough that they had access to the video and put it on. I mean, wow.”Here is the full interview: [Buzzfeed]last_img read more


first_imgIslamabad: An accountability court in Pakistan has extended by seven days the remand of Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, for interrogation in a corruption case, according to a media report. Maryam, 45, the Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, is in the National Accountability Bureau’s custody since August 8 in connection with the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has accused the Sharif family of using the CSM for money laundering and availing millions of rupees in subsidy without actually exporting sugar. The Express Tribune reported that Maryam was presented in the court of Judge Ameer Muhammad Khan in Lahore on Wednesday amid heightened security, along with one of her cousin Yousuf Abbas, who is also one of the accused in the case. The NAB investigation officer told the court that Maryam, her mother Kulsoo , grandfather Mian Sharif, brother Hussain and some other members of the Sharif family were members of the company’s board of directors. He said Maryam also acted as the CSM’s chief executive office in 2004. The company, he said, also took loans from various companies. “The NAB has summoned record of the loans from all these companies as well as the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). As the NAB will interrogate the accused in the light of SBP report, it is requested that there remand period may be extended, he said. Opposing the NAB’s request, Maryam’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz said the agency’s report was contrary to facts. He said in 1992 all properties were owned by Mian Sharif, who transferred them to his children and grandchildren from 1992 to 1999. “All properties owned by Maryam are legal,” he said. However, after hearing the argument, the judge extended Maryam’s remand period. He directed the NAB to produce them on September 25.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The Punjab National Bank (PNB), which is the anchor bank for a scheduled merger with the United Bank of India (UBI) and the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), has said that it does not see any erosion in asset quality after the merger and the best HR, process and products will be chosen for the consolidated entity to offer a win-win situation for the combined staff and customers of these three banks. “Everything relating to the merger is going on smoothly. We don’t foresee any challenges. Other banks have done it successfully and we can repeat that. The asset quality of PNB and the merging banks will not at all suffer rather it will strengthen as they will have a collective bargaining and negotiating power with the defaulters,” Sunil Mehta, the Managing Director and CEO of PNB told IANS. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”In terms of roadmaps, we have already created inter-bank committees which are interacting with each other on the best processes, products and systems to be adopted for each bank and the best will selected for a win-win situation for the customer. Similarly the best practices among the HR will be adopted for the staff.” The merged entity will be operational from April 2020. Under the consolidation, the three banks will be merged into one entity to make the second-largest PSB with a business of Rs 17.95 lakh crore and 11,437 branches. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe three banks recently got a capital infusion of Rs 16,000 crore. The OBC was earlier a Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) bank under the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) with lending, management compensation and directors’ fees and branch expansion restrictions. But in February this year, it was out of the PCA. The respective boards of the three banks have given in-principle approval for the amalgamation. The UBI’s Board of Directors has approved in-principle a plan to raise upto Rs 3,000 crore via a preferential sales of shares. The UBI, currently under PCA, will come out of the framework because of bank merger. On September 19, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met the heads of the public sector banks where the issue on the preparation of merging banks to meet the April 2020 deadline was discussed, along with credit offtake in retail, and home and personal loans. The government last month announced the merger of 10 public sector banks into four strong lenders with countrywide networks and global reach to boost credit and revive economic growth in the nation’s bid to become a $5 trillion economy in the next five years. After this, the total number of public sector banks will come down from 24 to 12.last_img read more


first_imgDoha: India’s Avinash Sable qualified for the men’s 3000m steeplechase finals under dramatic circumstances while Annu Rani failed to repeat her impressive qualifying round form to finish eighth in the women’s javelin throw in the World Athletics Championships here. The 25-year-old from Mandwa in Maharashtra thus became the first Indian man to reach the finals of a track event in the World Championships. Avinash initially failed to qualify for the finals despite bettering his own national record in an eventful first round heat but was later included among the men’s 3000m steeplechase finalists after the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) successfully protested that he was obstructed by other athletes during the race on Tuesday. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju He clocked 8 minute 25.23 seconds, bettering his earlier national record of 8:28.94, to finish seventh in heat number 3 and 20th overall out of 44 athletes who completed the race. He was involved in two incidents during the race that blocked his path and thereby slowing him down for no fault of his. The AFI later filed an appeal, claiming that Avinash was obstructed by other athletes during the race, with the request that he be advanced to the final round. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters One hour later, the race referee, after examining video footages, agreed that Avinash was significantly obstructed on two occasions. India’s protest was accepted and under Rule 163.2 (Obstruction), Avinash was included for the final to be held on Friday. “We filed an appeal and we have got a favourable decision. So, Avinash will be in the final. He has been included among the finalists,” AFI Planning Commission Chairman Lalit Bhanot told PTI. There was no change in Avinash’s position but he has been added as the 16th competitor for the final race. The top three in each of the three heats and the next six fastest qualify for the final race. Both the incidents were triggered by reigning junior world champion Takele Nigate of Ethiopia. In the first, Avinash had to jump over another competitor as four-five athletes at the rear fell over each other. Midway during the race, Nigate bumped into an obstacle just in front of Sable. The Indian had to virtually climb up the obstacle as he was blocked by the Ethiopian, thereby losing crucial time. Despite slowing down due to the two incidents, Avinash ran more than three seconds better than his earlier national record of 8:28.94 which he had clocked in March this year during the Federation Cup. Annu, who on Monday smashed her own national record with a 62.43m throw, could only produce a best of 61.12m in the final round competition. Competing after Avinash, the 27-year-old Annu opened with a 59.25m before coming up with efforts of 61.12m and 60.20m, which put her among the top eight after three attempts and gave her three more throws. However, she could not improve upon her second round effort of 61.12m, coming up with 60.40m, 58.49m and 57.93m, to finish at eighth out of the 12 finalists. 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Kelsey Lee Barber of Australia won the gold with a final round throw of 66.56m while the Chinese duo of Asian Games champion Liu Shiying and Asian champion Lyu Huihui took the silver and bronze with efforts of 65.88m and 65.49m respectively. Annu, who belongs to badal village from near Meerut will, however, held her head high as she had become the first Indian woman to reach the javelin throw final in the World Championships. “I have some technical faults and I will work on them and hopefully will do better. I am yet to qualify for the Olympic Games. I hope to make amends of my technical problems and qualify for the Olympics for which I have to throw 64m,” Annu said after her event. “The training in Europe helped me a lot, especially the stint in Czech Republic where I got a lot of chance to compete with top throwers and I got a lot of experience from there. Training under Uwe Hohn also helped in learning a lot,” she added. “I want to do well for the country and my ultimate dream is an Olympic medal.” Annu had failed to qualify for the finals in the last edition in 2017 in London where she had come up with a best throw of 59.93m to finish 20th overall in the qualification round.last_img read more


first_imgVienna: Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) grappled Tuesday with the fallout from heavy losses in Sunday’s elections as its scandal-hit former leader said he was bowing out of politics. The man at the centre of scandals which have dogged the party over the summer, disgraced former vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, announced Tuesday “a total withdrawal from politics and public life” — but this may not be enough to stem the instability at the heart of the party. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportStrache, who led the FPOe for 14 years, was forced to quit all his posts in May over the so-called “Ibiza-gate” tapes, which showed him appearing to offer public contracts to a woman he believed was a Russian oligarch’s niece in return for campaign help. That affair put an end to the FPOe’s coalition with the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) of Sebastian Kurz. In the days leading up to Sunday’s election, another scandal broke, this time involving Strache’s alleged misuse of party money. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsAll this led to a stinging rebuke from voters, who sent the FPOe plummeting to 16 percent, down almost 10 points from their 2017 results. Strache said on Tuesday that he considered his membership of the party suspended and wanted to “avoid at all costs… any splits within the FPOe”. His announcement was seen as an attempt to pre-empt an election post-mortem meeting of the FPOe’s national executive on Tuesday. New leader Norbert Hofer said after the meeting that the party was indeed suspending Strache, and added: “If the allegations of the past few days aren’t refuted, he will be expelled.” Last week prosecutors confirmed they were investigating Strache’s expenses and had questioned his former bodyguard and his former office manager “on the suspicion… of submitting fake receipts” costing the party more than 5,000 euros ( 5,500). Strache again on Tuesday vehemently protested his innocence and insisted that he had been the target of a shadowy conspiracy. The party had previously also enthusiastically echoed this idea and some voices inside the party say its main mistake in the campaign was not being aggressive enough. “Instead of closing ranks we let this attack destabilise the party,” controversial artist and FPOe member Odin Wiesinger told AFP. “We made too many useless concessions to our opponents,” he added. But since Sunday’s poll debacle, many others have had the knives out for Strache. “The problem is home-made,” the leader of the FPOe in the Tyrol region, Markus Abwerzger, told Oe1 radio. “It’s not some foreign intelligence agency or the media who have got us into this situation but we ourselves,” he said, calling on the party to stop playing the victim. Some had speculated that Strache would split off from the FPOe to form his own party.last_img read more