ONE: Miado looks to boost stock in clash vs Thai powerhouse

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It would’ve been three straight if not for ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong overturning the result of Kongsrichai’s last bout against Catalan.Kongsrichai slammed Catalan with a suplex and rained him with punches but Sityodtong, through his Facebook page, ruled the maneuver illegal and awarded the victory to Catalan.That incident is what Miado’s looking at as Kongsrichai’s fuel in their match on June 29 at Thuwunna Youth Training Centre Stadium.“I can really feel that my opponent wants to win in our fight because of what happened,” said Miado. “It’s disappointing on his part because he was already declared as the winner.“That kind of mindset makes him more dangerous. He’s hungry to win but I’m ready for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Raised in Madrid, Cheryshev becomes Russia’s World Cup star Jeremy Miado is fresh off a dominant win against a previous ONE Championship title-holder, considered as one of his biggest career victories, but the Filipino fighter is just building his momentum.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihancenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Marikina’s son scored a first round knockout victory over former strawweight champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in the latter’s home country of Thailand.And four months after that stunner, Miado (7-2) will get a chance to build on his resume when he faces Amnuaysirichoke’s countryman Kritsada Kongsrichai (6-4) in ONE: Spirit of Warrior card in Yangon, Myanmar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“To be able to compete against a highly-decorated wrestler like my next opponent, it will only be good for my experience as a martial artist,” said Miado.Kongsrichai is a 13-time Thai national wrestling champion and has won two of his last three fights in ONE against Adrian Matheis and Robin Catalan. Read Next LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READlast_img read more

BRAC Liberia Reaffirms Support to Women’s Empowerment

first_imgThe country representative of BRAC Liberia, Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam has reaffirmed his institution’s commitment to support Liberia’s economy by empowering women and children in the financial sector.Mr. Salam made the statement last Saturday during a program marking the pre-celebration of International Women’s Day. It was organized by BRAC Liberia.According to Mr. Salam, women and children are the future leaders and as such, the need to empower them financially and educationally.“Knowledge is power and we are here to give you that knowledge that you need to empower you for the betterment of the future,” he told the gathering, including women and children.He urged them to be focused and determined because there are lots of challenges out there that they will meet up with.The financial empowerment of women and children is also BRAC’s initiative to provide adolescent girls with financial and social support to enable them to empower themselves, Mr. Salam indicated. For her part, Ms. Anzoyo Anita, program manager of Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA), said celebrating the Women’s Day is to honor great women in the world who have contributed economically and politically in society.She also encouraged the girls to be determined in whatever that they are engaged into.Ms. Anita told the gathering that, “Women’s empowerment starts from an early age.”She said women cannot be empowered without being educated, so to be empowered more women and girls need to be educated.The ELA program manager said its program provides a safe place for girls to socialize and take part in group activities as well as a forum for life-skills training. Many of the older members who are out of school have taken training in income-generating skills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

After dark in the San Fernando Valley

first_imgThe San Fernando Valley’s image makeover is still in the fast lane. Now, barhopping on foot is even possible in the Sherman Oaks-Studio City corridor. Here are some of our favorite current hot spots — but if the velvet ropes are up, there’s always Du-par’s. Clear, 11916 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 980-4811: Euro-chic joint with Plexiglas barstools, padded white leather walls and rotating DJs. Sapphire, 11938 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 506-0777: Brown leather banquettes, wood paneling and low lights make for a clubby, English atmosphere, Coda, 5248 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 783-7518: Low-key New York-style hideaway. Look hard, there’s no sign on the door. DJs spin on weekends for a hip crowd into dancing and martinis. Guy’s North, 12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 766-8311: The West Hollywood night spot now has a full-service Valley venue geared for promoted events and private show-biz parties, plus weekend dance nights. Taboo Lounge, 20969 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 999-9928: Plush seating, dim lights and strong drinks, with theme nights including ’80s, open-mic and comedy. Match, 4657 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 766-0116: The former Thunderbird Saloon has been transformed by the folks behind Firefly into a sleek night spot popular with the studio crowd. Mama Juana’s, 3707 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City; (818) 505-8636: One of the hottest Latin clubs in town, this in-crowd joint has top-notch Afro-Cuban orchestras, top DJs and even throws in salsa dance lessons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp has given Liverpool players hope, says Lucas

first_img1 Liverpool midfielder Lucas says Jurgen Klopp’s arrival has offered all the players a fresh start.The Brazilian was one of a handful of players who looked surplus to requirements under Brendan Rodgers in the summer.But he feels he and a number of team-mates will enjoy a clean slate under the German.“He was so successful at his last club, Borussia Dortmund,” Lucas said. “Of course, when a manager like him comes it always gives you a lot of hope.“It’s a fresh start for every player. His CV is amazing. So I think everyone is really excited to learn with him and improve as a player and a team, because that’s the only way we will achieve what we want.“If you look at our position in the table, it’s not great. But we are not many points behind the top four and even the top. We still have the cups and the Europa League.“It’s still early days in the season and we have a lot to play for. Hopefully, we’ll start very well under him and at the end of the season it’ll be a successful season for us.“It’s a fresh start for everyone. Everyone is starting from zero really and everyone will have to prove that you deserve to be here and play for him.” Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Begins Practices For Italy Trip

first_imgSunday, Aug. 7Travel – Des Moines to Minneapolis to Rome, Italy The trip will also include an educational aspect as starting July 11, the team will start a class Italy in a Global Economy that will be taught by Dr. Jeffrey A. Kappen, assistant professor of international business at Drake University. The class will meet for two hours a day, Monday to Thursday for four weeks leading up to the trip. The class will continue for the Bulldogs in Italy with the itinerary filled with ample chances to experience and learn from immersion in Italian culture while touring sites of historical and cultural significance. Saturday, Aug. 13Tour San MarinoGame vs. Pesaro Select Wednesday, Aug. 17Travel – Lake Como to Milan, Italy to New York to Minneapolis to Des MoinesPrint Friendly Version Monday, Aug. 15Tour Lake Como The team is scheduled to depart the United States for Italy on Aug. 7 and return Aug. 17. Below is the schedule for the 11-day trip. The 10 summer practices allowed by the NCAA gives the Bulldogs opportunities to develop as a team before playing three games against foreign competition while in Italy. This will mark the first time in program history that Drake women’s basketball has taken an international summer trip. Monday, Aug. 8Arrive in RomeTour Rome Wednesday, Aug. 10Tour RomeTravel – Rome to Florence, ItalyGame vs. Italian Selectcenter_img Thursday, Aug. 11Tour FlorenceGame vs. TK Hannover (German team) Fifth-year head coach Jennie Baranczyk is excited for her team to partake in this once-in-a-lifetime trip while also getting the extra practices for her team that features three freshmen and Becca Jonas, who is back after missing the entire 2015-16 season due to injury. Tuesday, Aug. 9Tour Vatican City Sunday, Aug. 14Travel – San Marino to Venice, ItalyTour VeniceTravel – Venice to Lake Como, Italy DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team took to the court on Friday, July 1, for the first of 10 practices leading up to Drake’s trip to Italy in mid-August. Friday, Aug. 12Travel – Florence to San MarinoTour San Marino Tuesday, Aug. 16Tour Lake Comolast_img read more

Deep Life Is Right at Home in Total Darkness

first_imgIt seems every year scientists find organisms thriving in environments thought too inhospitable for life.  A new word was coined for these organisms: extremophiles – lovers of the extreme.  Two recent discoveries push the envelope of extreme environments almost to the deep limit.Pressurized fish:  The bottoms of the deep ocean trenches of the Pacific have never been photographed – till now.  It took Oceanlab, a robotic submarine, five hours just to reach bottom – 7700 meters down, almost five miles below the surface.  It is completely dark down there.  The pressure is so high – 8000 tonnes per square meter – it would be like 1600 elephants piled on a car.  The temperature is freezing.  Imagine the astonishment of scientists finding schools of snailfish happily feeding in social groups.  The picture is there on Science Daily.    The director of Oceanlab said, “It’s incredible…. We thought the deepest fishes would be motionless, solitary, fragile individuals eking out an existence in a food-sparse environment,” but they were agile, not fragile.  “The images show groups that are sociable and active – possibly even families – feeding on little shrimp, yet living in one of the most extreme environments on Earth.”Gold strike:  Science Daily also reported one-of-a-kind microorganisms living in a gold mine 1.74 miles below ground.  These organisms are not part of a food chain.  The subsist entirely on hydrogen and sulfate produced by radioactive decay of uranium.  They live in total darkness, with no oxygen.  The genome of this microbe shows that it shares many genes with Archaea, many species of which also live in extreme environments like hot springs.  This species appears to live in solitary confinement in the crust of the earth where no nutrients from the biosphere reach it.    The microbe was named Desulforudis audaxviator.  Its genome was found to be a superset of the raw essentials.  It has 2,157 protein-coding genes, more than the 1500-some-odd genes of streamlined bacteria.  This surprised the scientists: “The genome was not as streamlined as might be expected of an organism living in what is presumably a very stable environment.”  It “contained everything needed for the organism to sustain an independent existence and reproduce, including the ability to incorporate the elements necessary for life from inorganic sources, move freely, and protect itself from viruses, harsh conditions, and nutrient-poor periods by becoming a spore.”  Apparently this is the only species living in the habitat of a deep gold mine in South Africa.Scientists immediately latched onto possible astrobiological ramifications of the second story:“One question that has arisen when considering the capacity of other planets to support life is whether organisms can exist independently, without access even to the sun,”says [Dylan] Chivian [Berkeley Labs].  “The answer is yes, and here’s the proof.  It’s sort of philosophically exciting to know that everything necessary for life can be packed into a single genome.”Yet no one was suggesting these microbes originated there on their own.  They likely became adapted to the dark depths from progenitors on the surface having the full complement of genetic information required for life.  “During its long journey to the extreme depths, evolution has equipped the versatile spelunker with genes – many of them shared with archaea, members of a separate domain of life unrelated to bacteria – that allow it to cope with a range of different conditions, including the ability to fix nitrogen directly from elemental nitrogen in the environment.”    Yet if the microbe was like a spelunker, it took the equipment with it from the surface and jettisoned some unnecessary cargo along the way.  That makes this a case of devolution, not evolution.  Natural selection could have intensified existing genes that work in the environment, and removed the useless ones.  If astrobiologists are to use this earthly example as a model for self-sustaining life on other planets, the lesson is that complex life with large genomes is required before streamlined editions adapted to extreme habitats could survive.  That must be the deduction unless they could prove D. audaxviator was the original life form from which all the biosphere evolved – a hypothesis they would probably not support, given the common evolutionary assumption that life originated in earth’s oceans.“Evolution has equipped the versatile spelunker with genes….” Oh, please.  No fairy tales while we are trying to appreciate the wonders of creation.  It’s like stocking fool’s gold in a gold mine, or dousing a deep-battered fish dinner with ipecac.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Notes on fall fertilization: P and K

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Department of Crop SciencesWith harvest almost complete after another year with high to very high yields, it’s time to review some basics of fall fertilization. Neither fertilizer nor grain prices are historically high, so there’s reason to be aware of costs while making sure to cover the nutrient basics.P and KFall application of the dry fertilizer materials typically used to supply P and K to the next year’s (or next two years’) crops is normal practice, although there has been some moving of P and K applications to the spring. That’s not a problem with timing—even though P and K are relatively immobile in the soil, applying them as surface broadcast well in advance of crop emergence tends to work well. But fall soil conditions are often better for driving application equipment over fields, and many producers don’t want to add fertilizer application to the list of spring tasks. Most P and K fertilizers are broadcast, but some now apply these materials as bands placed into the soil, in some cases beneath where rows will be planted. Research has shown limited if any yield response to banding P and K compared to broadcasting, especially on productive soils with adequate P and K test levels already present. An advantage to placing P into the soil is that it is less prone to running off with rainfall. But this requires special equipment, and application of dry fertilizer in bands is substantially slower and more costly than broadcast application.While most P and K fertilizer is applied to soybean stubble in preparation for corn the next year and then soybean the year after that, we have seen some claims recently that soybean “needs its own P and K” and that it shouldn’t have to “settle” for the P and K “left over” from the corn crop. In all but very low-testing soils, where crop roots can have trouble reaching enough P and K as they grow into the soil, research has failed to show a benefit to annual applications of P and K, at least in soils such as those in Illinois. We know for certain that it costs more to apply nutrients every year than only once in two years. There have also been claims that soils tie up P and K over time after they are applied, such that “freshly-applied” nutrients are more available to plants. But applying amounts of P and K that crops remove tends to keep soil test levels fairly constant, suggesting that any tieup of P and K is not a permanent “loss” of these nutrients; as long as soil test levels are adequate, both crops get enough even if their roots don’t encounter fertilizer granules as they grow.A sound approach to determining rates for P and K is to add up the amount removed over the last two years (assuming a biennial application) and to apply that amount in preparation for the next two years. A year ago in a Bulletin article I reported the results from a recent NREC-funded grain nutrient sampling project in Illinois. We set grain removal levels as the values below which 75% of samples fell, so a little higher than the average amounts of nutrients we found in the grain samples. In some 2,100 grain samples of both corn and soybeans, we found removal levels of 0.37 lb. P2O5 and 0.24 lb. K2O per bushel of corn grain, and 0.75 lb. P2O5 and 1.17 lb. K2O per bushel of soybean grain. These are 10 to 15% lower than previous “book values” used in Illinois and many other states, and are in line with levels reported by Iowa State University scientists.Even with slightly lower P and K removal levels than we have used in the past, high yields mean removal of a lot of nutrients from fields. In a field that produced 240 bushels of corn in 2017 and 75 bushels of soybean in 2018, we calculate that harvested grain over the last two years removed 0.37 x 240 + 0.75 x 75 = 145 pounds P2O5 and 0.28 x 240 + 1.17 x 75 = 155 pounds K2O per acre. At current estimated retail prices of $520 per ton for DAP and $370 per ton for potash, the fertilizer to replace these amounts would cost about $123 per acre, not including the application cost.The still-sometimes-used “200-200” application (200 pounds DAP, or 92 pounds P2O5 and 200 pounds potash, or 120 pounds K2O) every other year was enough to keep soil test levels moving up when using such rates first became common. That’s because yield levels were much lower than in recent years; Illinois corn and soybean yields from 1961 through 1979 averaged 96 and 31 bushels per acre, respectively. Having applied rates exceed removal for decades in many fields is why soil test levels are as high as they are in such fields today. But using that amount of fertilizer at today’s yield levels will mean a steady drop in soil test values as more nutrients are removed than are replaced.Low crop prices often have some people wondering if they might cut back some on P and K in order to save money, presumably until crop prices are higher (or fertilizer prices are lower) in a year or two. Despite imaginative claims of “hidden hunger” and some overwrought interpretations of tissue testing levels, P and K deficiency symptoms are very rare in Illinois; we tend to see such symptoms mainly when soils dry out after planting and roots have trouble growing into soils enough to take up adequate P and K, even when soil test levels are high. Such symptoms are more common in compacted soils and in no-till fields, but we hardly ever see such symptoms when spring rainfall is normal.With adequate soil test levels of P and K in most fields and with crops that are good at extracting these nutrients, delaying the application of some or even all of the P or K for a year or even two years is likely to have little or no effect on the yield of the next crop(s). Still, nutrients removed by the most recent crops do need to be replaced, if not before the next crop or two then after that; higher soil test levels now provide more leeway. The real risk comes from allowing removal to exceed replacement over years, to the point where even good root systems can’t take up enough nutrients, and yields suffer. Reaching that point in most Illinois fields would take more than a year or two, but Illinois soils cannot generate enough P and K to meet the needs of high-yielding crops, so getting to that point is inevitable if the neglect continues. We can “kick the can (of nutrient replacement) down the road” for now, but that will mean having to replace ever-growing amounts of nutrients later, as grain, along with its nutrients, continues to come off the field every year.last_img read more

Rajasthan BJP expels 11 rebel leaders

first_imgThe Rajasthan BJP has expelled 11 rebel leaders, including four ministers, for their decision to contest elections against party candidates, a party spokesperson said Friday. Ministers Surendra Goyal (Jaitaran), Hem Singh Bhadana (Thanagaji), Rajkumar Rinwa (Ratangarh) and Dhan Singh Rawat (Banswara) are contesting as Independent candidates. Besides, sitting MLAs Anita Katara (Sagwara) and Kishnaram Nai (Sridungargarh), former MLAs Radheshyam Ganganagar, Laxminarayan and 3 other leaders were also expelled late on Thursday night after they did not withdraw nomination papers on the last day yesterday, the spokesperson said. Polling in the state will take place on December 7.last_img read more

Wild cats need to count calories, too

first_imgVideo credit: T. M. Williams and L. WolfeThe pumas spend about 2 hours a day looking for food. Some wander around quite a bit—and it takes a fair amount of energy for them to traverse the rugged terrain, Williams and her colleagues report online today in Science. Others just sit and wait. Of that time, the actual kill—a powerful pounce that can take down animals larger than the puma itself—takes just seconds in a high energy burst. And the pumas moderate the power of the bounce depending on the size of the prey, the researchers discovered.”Ultimately the animals are using strategy to keep the [energy] cost as low as possible,” Williams says. However, their results indicate that she and others have underestimated by 2.5 times what it costs these animals to make a kill. And wildlife managers should take heed. “If we’re going to have carnivores in a system we’ve got to provide what they need to live,” she adds.Those provisions should include not just enough prey, but the right landscape for capturing that prey, Laundré says. In that terrain, predators will expend less energy. “The better they are able to balance their energy needs, the better they will do.” A sleek cheetah races with legs outstretched, leaping with a great burst of energy to bring down a fast-moving antelope. That iconic image of this African wild cat needs a footnote. The world’s fastest runner actually spends very little time and energy at full speed, a new study finds. Instead, its most strenuous activity is simply walking around in the hot sun, looking for potential prey. It’s much the same story for the cheetah’s American cousin, the puma, which spends more than twice as much energy locating prey than researchers had predicted.Scientists have long wanted to know how large carnivores spend their days and how many calories they need to survive. Until now, researchers have had only rough estimates of the animals’ total daily energy expenditure. Yet this information is key to managing wildlife, says Terrie Williams, a wildlife physiologist at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz. “For these animals, the bottom line is do you have enough calories to live and to reproduce? That’s been a missing piece of information.”Her group and another independent research team have taken some innovative steps to quantify energy use in wild cats. Williams and her colleagues developed a collar that monitors the movement and activity of pumas living in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, and they calibrated the collar by testing captive pumas on a treadmill. A different team spent weeks tracking cheetahs from dawn to dusk, analyzing the animals’ feces to determine energy use. As a result, “they were able to more finely divide up the day in terms of the different types of activity the animals were engaged in,” says John Laundré, a large carnivore ecologist at UC Riverside, who was not involved in either study.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Cheetah populations have plummeted in the last century, from about 100,000 in 1900 to about 10,000 today. Some researchers think lions and hyena are in part to blame for the decline. They are able to steal dead prey from the cheetahs, forcing them to spend what seems like an inordinate amount of energy in high-speed chases after more food.To figure out if food theft was really a big problem, Michael Scantlebury, a conservation physiologist at Queen’s University Belfast in the United Kingdom, and colleagues studied 19 cheetahs in two South African reserves. His team put radio collars on the animals, injected them with water with heavy hydrogen and oxygen atoms so these elements could be traced, recorded the animals’ behaviors, and collected their feces to check for how fast those atoms were used, an indicator of metabolic rate. “We knew exactly where they were, what they were doing, and what they were eating,” he says.The cheetahs spent about 3 hours a day walking around—which uses up about 42% of their energy budget. They chase prey less than twice a day, about 38 seconds per sprint, Scantlebury and colleagues report online today in Science. “That [time for] energy expenditure is really short,” Laundré says. “Either they catch them or they give up.” And the cheetahs are successful catching prey about half the time.Only four out of 43 times did the cheetahs lose their catch to hyenas or lions—not enough to put a strain on the cheetahs, Scantlebury says. He calculates that even if 25% of the prey were stolen, the cheetahs could compensate by just adding about an hour to the time they spent wandering around.He worries, however, that in an effort to please tourists, game managers will increase the numbers of large predators in reserves, putting the cheetahs at greater risk of having their meals stolen out from under them. He found that cheetahs don’t hunt when lions are nearby, or they move away—which could be energetically costly. Also, the data indicate that life would be tough on these animals if prey were scarce or inaccessible because of boundary fences that break up the landscape, forcing the cheetahs to spend a lot more time searching.Williams and UC Santa Cruz ecologist and co-author Christopher Wilmers had long wanted to study the energetics of the local pumas. Unlike cheetahs, which hunt by day in very open landscapes, pumas are active at night in rugged territory and so are hard to watch. To monitor the movements of the cats, Williams and their colleagues developed collars equipped with GPS and devices that measure changes in acceleration and magnetic fields. By analyzing collar data for captive pumas walking or running on a treadmill, pouncing on dead prey, and going through their daily routines in a fenced yard, the researchers learned how to use the collar to figure out an animal’s activity as well as its location. “It gives you information about a very secretive animal,” Scantlebury says.last_img read more

Shinya Aoki puts Eduard Folayang to sleep to take back ONE lightweight belt

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Eduard Folayang locked in an arm triangle choke by Shinya Aoki. photo from ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan–It took more than two years for Shinya Aoki to get his shot at regaining the ONE lightweight world title.Aoki had his chance on Sunday night in front of his hometown crowd at the iconic Ryogoku Kokugikan in a rematch against the man who took it from him in Eduard Folayang.ADVERTISEMENT Aoki took down Folayang then, put the Filipino superstar to sleep with an arm triangle choke at the 2:34 mark of the opening round in the main event of ONE: A New Era.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Fatherly instinct kicks in as Oliver Almadro rushes to Isa Molde’s side after injury Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img View comments He needed less than three minutes to win it back. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag WHAT. A. FINALE! Japanese legend Shinya Aoki submits Eduard Folayang with a signature triangle choke at 2:34 of Round 1 to reclaim the ONE Lightweight World Title! @a_ok_i #WeAreONE #ANewEra #Tokyo #MartialArts— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019FEATURED 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, logistics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more