Serena Williams talks Australian Open loss, what she is still learning after maternity leave

first_imgJanuary 31, 2019 /Sports News – National Serena Williams talks Australian Open loss, what she is still learning after maternity leave Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams, fresh off her surprise loss in the Australian Open, said she is still putting the pieces together 10 months after her maternity leave. Williams lost in the quarterfinals of this year’s Australian Open after holding four match points. Karolina Pliskova defeated Williams in the upset, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. “I learned that when I’m in the lead, I’m a closer, I’m really known to be a closer,” Williams, 37, said Thursday on ABC News’ Good Morning America. “It’s little moments like that, that you just don’t think about because you spend so much time away.” “I’ve learned little things that I used to do that I have to be like, ‘Oh, okay, I remember that. Oh, so now I won’t do that again,’” she added. Williams suffered life-threatening complications after she gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., more than one year ago. She described what she has accomplished in the 10 months she has been back on the pro tour as “really miraculous.” “Everything that I’ve done in 10 months has already been crazy,” she said. “It’s still little lessons that I’m learning and I’m happy for those lessons.” Williams, married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, called having their daughter “the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.” She said she wants to teach Olympia, whose network of strong women includes her aunt, Venus Williams, to embrace being strong like the women who surround her. “I want to teach her that it’s okay to make the first move,” she said. “It’s okay to ask and to say, ‘Listen, I want a chance at being in this play. Put me in, or give me this first opportunity.’”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Save the drive time

first_imgBy Marco T. FonsecaUniversity of GeorgiaAs temperatures begin to drop in the fall, the life-giving greenchlorophyll in the tree leaves fades away, unmasking a rainbow ofcolors to splash the countryside with yellows, oranges, reds andpurples.When those leaves fall and the canopy rests in the winter, theactivity in the dark, colorless world beneath the soil doesn’tstop. The roots explore, colonize and mine new soil, recyclingorganic compounds from the now-fallen leaves to provide nutrientsto the trees.Such is the colorful cycle of life, never ending, alwayschanging. The colorful senescence of fall and drab dormancy ofwinter always leads to the rebirth of spring flowers.When I lived in New England, though, I always felt that fall wasthe best season. My soul was humbled by nature’s display of fallcolor.But you don’t have to travel to New England to enjoy the fallcolors. Just a few hours’ drive north of Atlanta from mid-September to late October, the trees on the north Georgia hillsdisplay radiant colors.Better yet, since fall is the best time to plant trees, why notestablish your own backyard fall color?Red buds, sweet shrubs and fire bushes can frame any homelandscape with fiery reds, along with the majestic scarlet andcrimson red oaks and blood-red black gums. Golden hornbeam andbeech provide yellows.Here are a few quality landscape trees Extension Servicehorticulturists have recommended over the years:Sourwood is seldom planted in yards but is anexcellent tree withbrilliant, deep red fall leaves.Sugar maple (Acer saccharum) is wellknown for its brilliantyellow, orange and scarlet fall colors.Chinese pistache provides bright orange andred fall colors. Itthrives in the lower coastal plain of Georgia where few othertrees have great fall color.Ginkgo is sometimes called maidenhair tree.No tree can match theluminous yellow color of its fan-shaped leaves.Japanese maple is one of the most spectacularsmall trees you cangrow in Georgia. It grows slowly but provides good fall color.Red maple produces bright red to yellowcolors. Maples offer thegreatest potential for fall colors in Georgia yards.Scarlet oak is usually the last tree inGeorgia to develop itsbrilliant red fall color.To learn more about planting colorful shade trees, see the UGApublication, “Fast Growing Shade Trees”( Or call your UGA ExtensionService county office.last_img read more

Hemlock pest

first_imgThousands of broken trees line the banks of the Chattooga River. The dead gray stabs were once evergreen monsters offering shade to trout and picturesque views to visitors. These Eastern hemlocks are dying rapidly, and University of Georgia researchers are working to save them. One tiny insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid, is to blame. The Asian insect first appeared in the eastern U.S. in Richmond, Va., in the 1950s. In 2003, it crossed the river from South Carolina and started feeding on Georgia trees.Cell suckersThe tiny pests suck up cells from the tree’s needles, which prevent them from transferring water and conducting photosynthesis. The first obvious sign of an infestation is thinning foliage. Needles fall off, and the crown starts thinning. From a distance, trees look gray. Researchers working to find ways to combat the adelgid have focused on releasing ladybird beetles, which eat adelgids. A new UGA study brings some of the logistical issues to light and offers hope for more successful control in the future. The results were published in the December issue of the Journal of Economic Entomology. “Because the trees being attacked live mostly in remote forests where insecticide application is impractical, predators may be the best hope for tree survival,” said Shimat Joseph, former UGA doctoral student who authored the journal article. Predators help, but they aren’t hardyPrevious studies have shown widely released predator beetles, Laricobius nigrinus and Sasajiscymnus tsugae, have been successful in controlling hemlock wooly adelgid populations, but they have not survived well through multiple seasons. “Adelgid populations are not concentrated where we are releasing the predators,” Joseph said. “Previous studies assumed populations are evenly distributed, but we are seeing that is not the case.” According to the study, adelgid populations tend to be more abundant in the upper crown, especially early in the infestation. This study suggests predator releases should focus in this area where higher densities are more likely. Up to this point, releases have been made in the lower third of the tree crown. “Chemical control can slow the spread of adelgids, but beetles provide some hope that we will be able to manage the adelgids and bring them into balance. We may never be able to eliminate them,” said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and co-author of the paper.Diamonds over the canopy The three-year study looked at the population rates of adelgids in hemlocks located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The 60 north Georgia trees selected for the study were 25 to 70 years old. Predator beetles are reared on infested hemlock branches in labs. When released, the branches, saturated with about 100 beetles, are tied to living trees where populations have been identified. Strategic placement of the predators is important for successful control of the adelgid—and for the bottom line. “Because the beetles are so expensive to grow, every single little beetle is like releasing diamonds over the canopy,” Braman said.A cocktail of fertilizer and insecticide was applied to the trees included in the study to develop an application ratio that would maintain tree health while keeping enough adelgids alive to serve as sustainable food for the beetles but not enough to kill the tree. “Part of the problem with maintaining predator beetles has to do with the declining tree health,” said study co-author Jim Hanula, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service and adjunct faculty in the UGA department of entomology. “As tree health declines, adelgids produce fewer eggs and, in turn, less food for the predators.”Georgia trees decline faster than those found in northern states due to a lack of winter weather, which kills back adelgid populations in the North. The full article is available online at read more

Suarez treble downs Latics

first_img Stewart Downing’s free header to open the scoring in only the second minute set the tone but his effort, created by his clever movement and good delivery by January signing Philippe Coutinho was almost forgotten as Suarez again took centre-stage. The Uruguay international followed in some illustrious footsteps by becoming the third Reds player to score 20 or more in a Premier League season after Robbie Fowler (25) and Fernando Torres (24). Liverpool striker Luis Suarez steamed ahead in the race for the golden boot with a hat-trick as woeful Wigan were dispatched 4-0 at the DW Stadium. With 10 matches to go it seems inconceivable he will not surpass those efforts as it looks like a straight race between him and Manchester United’s Robin van Persie (19), whom he now leads by two in the battle to become the top-flight’s leading scorer. Had Wigan’s leading scorer Arouna Kone shown a semblance of his opposite number’s sharpness the hosts could have been ahead with their first attack but the Ivory Coast striker failed to properly test Jose Reina. Downing made them pay as he lost his marker in the penalty area to head home a cross from the impressive Coutinho, who provided the assist for the 18th-minute second, from Gerrard’s initial pass, with a perfectly-weighted ball into path of Suarez whose control was instant and finish clinical. Suarez then doubled his tally with a mixture of brilliance and good fortune. Gary Caldwell clattered the Uruguayan whose free-kick clipped Shaun Maloney on the edge of the wall and beat Ali Al Habsi with the help of the post. Had it not been for the brilliance of goalkeeper Jose Reina it may have been a less comfortable evening. The Spain international had already saved one-handed from Emmerson Boyce’s volley in the 21st minute with the score at 2-0 when he superbly tipped over Franco Di Santo’s header from Jean Beausejour’s cross. Reina also denied Beausejour’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time before normal service was resumed just four minutes into the second half. Glen Johnson set off on a trademark surge forward before picking the opportune moment to slide in Suarez, who found a neat finish Liverpool being in cruise control allowed the hosts to improve and Reina again showed his agility to deny Maloney’s close-range header. Victory ensured Liverpool closed the gap on fourth place to nine but with Tottenham playing Arsenal on Sunday it could be back to 10 again very soon. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Two if By Sea: Earliest Americans Boated Down the Coast

first_imgThe textbook theory of the first migration to the Americas across a land bridge is “dead in the water.”Early people were smarter than anthropologists thought. They didn’t wait till the ice melted to cross the Bering Sea by a land bridge, as textbooks have taught for decades. They made canoes and boats and traveled along the coast. And why did they discover America? Because it was there. They had a spirit of exploration, just like many people do today.That’s the new story coming from Eske Willerslev and colleagues, publishing in Nature. Ewen Callaway, writing in the same issue of Nature, explains how new evidence from cores along the assumed land-bridge route show the area was uninhabitable when the first migrants were thought to avail themselves of a route to America. “It’s 1,500 kilometres,” says co-author David Meltzer. “You can’t pack a lunch and do it in a day.” Willerslev believes these people had some common sense, according to Live Science‘s coverage:The first Americans were clearly curious explorers, but they were also realists, Willerslev said.“We are talking [932 miles] 1,500 kilometers you have to pass with ice caps on each side. It’s not like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m just taking a three-day hike,’” Willerslev told Live Science. “Humans won’t take the trip unless you have resources to sustain yourself along the way.”Additional evidence comes from occupation sites in South America earlier than the time evolutionary anthropologists thought the land bridge was accessible, e.g.,. at pre-Clovis sites in Chile dated 14,000 years ago. PhysOrg calls the old theory “biologically unviable” in light of the new evidence. To get where they got, they would have had to be inventive, using boats or canoes to travel the coastline. Later migrants probably did use the land bridge after enough ice had melted to allow plants and mammals to arrive as food sources (dated 12,600 years ago).Something drove the early arrivals to get to North America by a coastal route, and it wasn’t just hunger. Callaway writes,The fact that early humans advanced to the Americas despite continent-sized glaciers standing in the way has also prompted him to rethink the conventional wisdom that early humans, like other animals, migrated solely in search of food.“Just like people today are trying to reach the top of Mount Everest or the South Pole, I’m sure these hunter-gatherers were also explorers and curious about what would be on the other side of these glacier caps,” he says. “When you first reach California, why would you go further? Why not just stay in the Bay Area?”A recent paper in PNAS came to the same conclusion, National Geographic points out. Studying fossil DNA, a team constrained the date of migration by showing that bison were not available as a food source till after the first arrivers had crossed over.European Farmer-GatherersAnother upset for anthropologists comes from the other side of the globe. Writing in The Conversation, Gaffney and Allaby present a conundrum that “Ancient Britons had wheat 2,000 years before they had farms.” If they were smart enough to trade, how could they enjoy the Breakfast of Champions for millennia without becoming curious about how to manufacture Wheaties themselves? The dates are 8,000 years after the curious explorers in Siberia had already reached Chile by boat.Wheat has been found in a settlement on England’s south coast dating back to 6000BC – 2000 years before farming reached Britain. This finding overturns many cherished archaeological beliefs – or myths – about the era. Though they were once patronised as simplistic hunter-gatherers, it turns out early Britons must have been active traders with the agricultural superpowers of their day in France and the Balkans. It’s time to reassess Mesolithic man.PhysOrg writes that “hunger-gatherers experimented with farming in Turkey before migrating to Europe.” An open-access paper in Current Biology admits that “the timing and process of this movement remain unclear.” Farming appeared in several areas “quasi-synchronously” in Anatolia (modern Turkey) in the late 10th and 9th centuries BC, they say, reaching Europe shortly after. This despite many tens of thousands of years of ancestors equal in stature and mental capacity never imagining how it would have made life easier to plant some seeds instead of looking all over for them.Chuck Klosterman has a new book out, But What If We’re Wrong? that posits everything we believe today will be wrong in 500 years. In an interview on Live Science, Jim McLauchlin has fun with the idea, demonstrated by so many cases through history. Neither, however, sees the premise to be self-refuting. Nor does Chuck see his suspicion that we’re living in a computer simulation to be self-defeating (i.e., the simulation made him say that). Indeed, comparing the early humans with thinkers today, one could argue we are devolving from common sense to insanity.Do you see why evolutionists are always surprised? They have a strong need to maintain a false view of human beings as primitive primates gradually emerging into the light of consciousness, self-awareness, cooperation and civilization over millions of years. But everywhere they look, they find people just as smart and curious as we are. They cannot account for the explosive appearance of farming in just a short time. Why didn’t Cro-magnons and Neanderthals ever think of it? Who could believe for a minute that early Britons spent 2,000 years trading with “agricultural superpowers” on the continent without learning how to grow wheat themselves? Something is vastly wrong with the secular view of history and human nature. 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Capitalizing on a sideways market

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rumors of changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate last week shook up the markets Many question if the rumor is valid, because changing the mandate would require an act of Congress, which is not a guarantee or fast process. Regardless, this rumor is viewed as “uncertainty” to the market. With corn around $3.75, downside potential seems limited to between 25 and 50 cents, with upside potential high when weather, usage and acre potential are considered.Funds will likely want to take advantage of this upside potential and continue to buy market dips instead of selling rallies until summer weather is better known. I expect corn to trade $3.60 to $3.90 for the next few months. Excess old crop will keep prices from going too high and reduced 2017 acres will keep prices from going too low. Market ActionMarch options expired last Friday with futures closing at $3.63. Following details some of my trades.On 8/22/16, I sold $3.50 March calls and collected 24 cents (10% production).Why? I expected the market to be at or below $3.50 in late February, considering the expected 2.3 billion bushel carryout. On 2/24/17 I bought back the call for 13 cents instead of making a sale. I still think there is upside potential. Net Profit: 7 centsOn 11/22/16 I sold a $3.70 Mar Straddle for 30 cents (10% production).Why? At the time corn was $3.40. I expected corn would be range bound ($3.40 to $4) in late February. The closer to $3.70 at expiration, the more money I made. Corn finished at $3.63 for a net profit of 23 cents.Side note: I paid no commission on these trades, since they are off-setting trades as long as corn was trading between $3.50 to $3.70 at expiration New trades I placed last week.2/27/17: Straddle #1Expected market direction is probably sideways with some upside potential into early summer.Trade detail: Sold May $3.75 straddle for 23 cents, expires 4/21/17 after the acreage report, but during the heart of corn planting.Potential benefit: If May futures close at $3.75 on 4/21, I keep the 23-cent premiumPotential concern: reduced or no premium if the market moves significantlyFor every penny lower than $3.75 I get less premium until $3.52 and if it is $3.52 or lower a previous corn sale is removed, but any profits gained on that trade can be added to a future sale. For every penny higher than $3.75, I get less premium until $3.98 and if it is $3.98 or higher I have to make another corn sale at $3.98 against May futures. 2/27/17: Straddle #2Expected market direction today is probably sideways with some upside potential into early summer.Trade detail: Sold June $3.80 straddle for 30 cents, expires 5/26/17 after corn planting is complete but before the weather markets take over based upon July futures.Potential benefit: If July futures close at $3.80 on 5/26, I keep the 30-cent premiumPotential concerns: reduced or no premium if the market moves significantly.For every penny lower than $3.80 I get less premium until $3.50 and at $3.50 or lower a previous corn sale is removed. For every penny higher than $3.80, I get less premium until $4.10. At $4.10 or higher I have to make another corn sale at $4.10 against July futures.This trade also allows for some flexibility. Depending on the end price I could use it against old crop I have left or move to new crop for another 20-cent premium.I really like the flexibility these trades allow in taking advantage of upside potential while also getting premium if the market stays mostly flat. There is a chance a sale could be removed if prices drop significantly, but I still get the premium collected from previous trades. Typically the market isn’t at its lowest from April to June, so I think this unlikely. Plus, these trades are only 10% of my production, which spreads out and limits my risk.Most farmers think sideways markets are very boring, but if you are creative they can have advantages. As always, I want the market to go up. But, in the meantime I’m going to take advantage of opportunities available if the sideways market continues.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. 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Twitter’s Top 10 Tech Trends of 2009

first_imgThe Twitterati have spoken!Throughout 2009, a few tech topics got so much attention that they managed to make Twitter’s trends. Google Wave was one of the most notable of these, obviously, but what were the other subjects of such interest to Twitter-using geeks? Twitter has just released a list of the top 10 technology-related trending topics of the year; here’s what tweeps have been talking about.1. Google WaveThe most-talked-about app of the year – on Twitter and likely in many other circles – was Google Wave. As invitations rolled out in waves, each initiate was given a limited number of invites to pass on to friends and colleagues. This left the twittersphere clamoring for Wave invites and drove the keyword into Twitter’s general trending topics on multiple occasions.If Wave did nothing else right, they certainly mastered the art of the viral marketing campaign.2. Snow LeopardApple fanboys (and girls) the world around rejoiced when the newest Mac operating system was released this year. Snow Leopard was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June 2008, which meant that Mac geeks had been waiting to buy their copies for more than a year by the time the OS hit shelves in August of this year.3. TweetdeckThis Twitter app became wildly successful this year and made tech headlines for its Facebook and LinkedIn integration, its iPhone app (a strong competitor to challenge Tweetie 2), its themed interfaces and more.4. Windows 7The long-suffering Windows users among us had long been suffering when Windows 7 was released this year. Better, smarter, faster and less buggy, the OS promised to be the answer to our prayers and a reason to hold our heads up in front of Mac users. Windows also had an interesting marketing campaign that kept their OS on the tips of tongues – and the top of trends – for several months running.5. CESThe Consumer Electronics Show, held each year in Las Vegas, is a gadget geek’s version of the AVN Awards, also held each year in Las Vegas. Coincidence? Most definitely.6. Palm PreSeveral years ago, geeks fell in love with the Treo. Then Palm devices kind of fell off the face of the earth and out of public favor until this year, when the company released the tiny touchscreen device known as the Pre. The first iteration of the device hasn’t yet become overwhelmingly popular, but the Pre definitely has its fans.7. Google LatitudeIn 2005, location-based app Dodgeball was bought by Google. The Dodgeball creators went on to make Foursquare, and this year, Google replaced Dodgeball with Latitude, which very simply shows you where your friends are on Google Maps. Latitude could be the basis for more tricky applications in the future, but location tech in general can be a difficult technology to master.8. #E3Another yearly holy-grail-of-its-industry conference, E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is held in Los Angeles. This con is where gamer geeks die and go to heaven.9. #amazonfailAmazon suffered public criticism this year when certain gay and lesbian books were removed from sales rankings for containing adult content. The trouble was, most of the titles in question weren’t “adult” in nature at all, leading media and the general public to the conclusion that Amazon execs were deeply and terribly homophobic. In the end, it turned out that a single Amazon employee in France set a Boolean flag on adult content from false to true, taking out 57,000 books in his wake. Whoopsie!10. MacworldAnd finally, there was MacWorld. Steve Jobs was unable to make the event, and Apple announced that the 2009 con would be the last year the company would participate in the show. The company announced a few modest treats, including new versions of iLife and iWork, as well as a 17-inch MacBook. Apple further announced that music sold on iTunes would be DRM-free.And that’s it for Twitter’s top trends! Do you think the right topics got the most attention? What do you think would have been trend #11? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#twitter#web jolie odell Related Posts center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more