SA victorious in George Sevens

first_imgDecisive tryAs time ran down, the breakthrough came for South Africa when a ball flew out from a scrum and Stick was the fastest to react. Gathering the ball, he knifed through a gap next to the scrum and dived over for a try near the uprights. The crowd, already electric, yelled its approval. Coach Paul Treu told the International Rugby Board’s website: “I’m almost speechless; 10 years is a long time and it really took a massive effort from our players.” Treu, who played his provincial rugby for South Western Districts in George, also paid tribute to the South African team’s supporters: “It was the first time ever that we’ve seen such a big support for the team, and you could feel it in the air, the people, their body language, they really wanted this team to win, and we’ve really drawn a lot of energy from the crowd. Popular victoryZimbabwe secured a popular victory in the Shield competition. They destroyed Tunisia 40-5 in the semi-finals and then ran roughshod over Scotland 26-0 in the final. ‘We couldn’t have done it without you’“I really want to thank the people that came out and supported the team over the past two days, and also the people back at home watching the tournament, we couldn’t have done it without you,” he added. Ebersohn tried to take South Africa more than two scores ahead with a drop goal attempt, after a superb break by Stick, but he was narrowly wide of the mark. In the second half, the home team upped their intensity, putting the well-organised Kiwi defence under pressure. A kick by impressive teenager Robert Ebersohn found Aplon in a scoring position, but he knocked on over the try line. Stick then converted his own try to put South Africa 12-7 ahead. There was still some time left to play, however, and fortunes in sevens can be reversed in an instant. It was far from game over. SA skipper Mzwandile Stick was unable to convert from the sideline, leaving South Africa 5-7 behind at the interval. Player of the TournamentAdding an extra sparkle to South Africa’s victory was the choice of Robert Ebersohn as Player of the Tournament. Despite recently being voted South Africa’s Young Player of the Year, he has opted to throw his lot in with the sevens team instead of the Cheetahs’ Super 14 side. Right now, it looks as if his decision was the right one. Future eventsThe IRB Sevens Series resumes on the weekend of 6-7 February 2009 in Wellington, New Zealand, where the home side will be desperate to win in front of their fellow Kiwis. The following weekend the Series moves to San Diego. England claimed the Plate with a 24-7 win over Portugal, who impressed with their passionate play and surprised a number of more highly regarded teams before bowing out in the Cup quarterfinals. Following the tournament in the USA, there is a return for South Africa to Dubai for the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009, which doesn’t form part of the IRB Sevens Series, but as a World Cup is hugely prestigious. center_img 8 December 2008 Dazel scoresWith half-time approaching, a piece of fast footwork saw the speedy Gio Aplon break the New Zealand defensive line. He drew the sweeper before passing out to Renfred Dazel on his left. Dazel hit the gas and had just enough to go over in the left-hand corner for a try. The Kiwis, who were also the runaway winners of last season’s IRB Sevens Series, dictated matters early in the final and were rewarded when captain DJ Forbes crashed over for a try. A successful conversion put the New Zealanders 7-0 ahead. The home crowd got what they wanted as South Africa captured the IRB Sevens Series title in George on the weekend, winning the South African Sevens for the first time in 10 tries as they notched up back-to-back sevens titles for the first time. South Africa reached the final with an impressive 21-7 win over Fiji, thanks to an outstanding first half in which they built up a 21-0 cushion. New Zealand, meanwhile, conceded a try to Argentina and then proceeded to dominate the rest of their showdown to run out 26-5 victors. Victory came after a tremendous tussle with sevens giants New Zealand, the two-time defending George champions. France, who like Zimbabwe, improved significantly as the tournament progressed, defeated Australia 21-12 to win the Bowl. With less than a minute to go the Kiwis regained possession, but SA turned possession over at a ruck – one of the most impressive aspects of South Africa’s play all tournament – and when Paul Delport booted the ball into touch, coach Paul Treu’s charges had won the Cup title for the second week in succession. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South Africa have won the Dubai Sevens on three previous occasions – 2003, 2006, and 2008 – and will hope their success in the UAE continues in the World Cup. After their two wins in Dubai and George, South Africa tops the IRB Sevens Series standings with the maximum possible haul of 40 points. New Zealand is in second place on 28 points, followed by England and Fiji, who both have 24.last_img read more

Late planted corn can still yield well

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers worried about delayed planting, take heart — late-planted corn sometimes has reaped better yields than early planted corn, said an agronomist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.It’s true that the optimal time to get corn planted in southern Ohio is between April 10 and May 10 and in northern Ohio between April 15 and May 10, based on historical crop data, said Peter Thomison, an Ohio State University Extension agronomist.But this season’s cooler temperatures and wet field conditions have delayed many growers across the region from getting their corn crops completely planted, Thomison said.Across Ohio, as of the week ended May 15, only 34% of corn was planted, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. That compares to 71% that had been planted by the same time last year and 54% that had been planted on average during the same time period over the past five years, the agency said.“Corn and soybean planting progress is behind both last year and the five-year average, as farmers have been unable to get into fields that are soggy and, in some cases, in standing water,” Cheryl Turner, Ohio State statistician with the agency, said in a written statement.But for growers who haven’t gotten all their corn crops planted yet, all is not lost, Thomison said.Based on historical data since 1980, lower grain yields are not a certainty with late-planted corn, he said.“Since 1980, there have been significant planting delays associated with wet spring weather in nine years,” Thomison said. “And while, in five of those years, yields were lower than the state average, in four of those years, yields were similar or higher than the statewide average yield of the previous five years.“And in one of those years, 2009, when only 42% of the crop was planted by May 20, growers saw the third-highest corn yield on record — 171 bushels per acre.”That’s because factors other than planting date are important considerations when it comes to corn yields. Weather conditions and rainfall in July and August also play an important role in yield determinations, he said.For example, wet weather conditions caused planting delays for many growers in 2011, with most growers not getting any of their corn planted by May 30, Thomison said. However, because growing conditions were generally highly favorable for corn after planting, many growers were still able to produce crops with good yields that year, and, in some cases, yielded 6 bushels above the trend line, he said.“Growers who are still getting their crops in now still have the potential for good yields,” Thomison said. “Even growers who don’t get all their crops in until the early days of June could still get a decent crop out.“Weather conditions such as good rainfall and warm temperatures in July and August are probably the most important factors that determine yield. But if late-planted crops experience severe moisture stress during pollination and grainfill, then crop yields may be significantly lower than average.”last_img read more

Clandestine escape

first_imgA couple, perhaps newly in love, is sitting very close. The stern looking woman is saying something to the boy. Two joggers appear from behind the trees, the logos on their track pants fairly prominent. The area is Nepli, a rare spot in Chandigarh’s vicinity that’s straight from the soil.,A couple, perhaps newly in love, is sitting very close. The stern looking woman is saying something to the boy. Two joggers appear from behind the trees, the logos on their track pants fairly prominent. The area is Nepli, a rare spot in Chandigarh’s vicinity that’s straight from the soil. No concrete or forced order here. Only rich melancholy and intense craving.It has been secretly decided that the place needs to be reintroduced through someone else’s eyes, but the few people here seem busy. Very busy.Under the trees on both the sides is a mud path. On the left is the artificial lake Sukhna, which dries up every summer and all conversations in the city’s page 3 circuit and newspaper supplements revolve round that. Straight ahead is an invitation to go deeper into the forest. An arresting bleakness and enigmatic darkness. It’s far from easy to walk in the heat, but one doesn’t have a choice when each day glides on the wings of insomnia. It is 5.30 p.m., the sun is unrelenting and you know that this story on secret places in the city is going nowhere. And then there is a woman in a yellow sari. Her rhythmic walk is like that of a secret-service agent. She is shy but still manages to say that she is no “serious walker” but comes often for a stroll and doesn’t mind a chat.Geetanjali Mangal, 21, Sanya Doomra, 22, and Aastha Bhardwaj, 21, are from Chandigarh. They come to Nepli at least twice a month. And they love getting photographed. Mangal takes a lot of pictures too. All of them reveal that this is their best Instagram picture spot. They also teach us how to Snapchat between giggles.advertisementDuring winters, Doomra likes to come here with a book. Mangal tells us that many photographers and models can be spotted early in the day. Bhardwaj thinks it’s not important to know the reason why one loves a place. And then there is CATS (Chandigarh Adventure Treks and Sports) that has been organising multiple activities ever since it was conceived in 2007. The founder Supreet Dhiman, 43, confirms, “This is definitely the best place to escape the city. Not only is it a stone’s throw away but offers something for every age group.” On your next weekend, go to Nepli. Find out if the part woman-part spirit in yellow is for real or Nepli’s own phantom.Woman in a Yellow Sari: Doesn’t matter that I stick out in a sari here.India Today Punjabi: But people might think you are not for real.Woman in a Yellow Sari: Maybe that is the reason I refuse to be photographed.India Today Punjabi: And we thought it’s the silly husband. (The photographer has disowned the reporter at this point. He is walking ahead and clicking what will never be published.)Woman in Yellow Sari: I am not answering that. India Today Punjabi: Tell us more about the place. And you.Woman in Yellow Sari: That sometimes I come with friends on weekends when there is no office? Do an old-school picnic? Of course, the place is great for treks and all-terrain biking among closed adventure groups. I see them, all the time. I never participate. Just stroll.India Today Punjabi: Not even strangers approaching you for a chat?Woman in Yellow Sari: Never. This is the first time. That’s why I am escaping now.India Today Punjabi: One picture. To let the world know we met.Woman in Yellow Sari: Secret place has secret rules, leave no trace.Nepli Reserve Forest beckonsReach there: Enter from the Garden of Silence near Chandigarh Golf Club. Climb the tiny hill and straight ahead is the path to the forest.Why Here?1. View of the Shivalik Hills from the twelve watchtowers in the forest2. Excellent spot for picnics3. Trekker’s paradise4. Perfect for all-terrain biking5. Birdwatcher’s dreamland6. Abundant flora and fauna7. Water bodies8. Deer spottinglast_img read more

Still searching for a part of me

first_imgWe asked Lucky Ali to tell us about himself. He answered like a rockstar of a poet and shut us up from trying to delve more into his life. ‘Am still searching for the part of me that was before O Sanam, once I find it – there will be a song about it.’ But he laughs and adds that he has always been interested in learning to play music and compose and had he not been a musician he would have definitely been into academics. We’re just very glad he picked music!  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ali was in the Capital to perform for the Bacardi NH7 Weekender and for those who missed it, he’s performing in the Kolkata chapter as well. Catch him if you can!  O Sanam, Anjani Rahon Mein, Mausam, Milegi Milegi Manzil, Sunoh, Aap Par Arz Hai are songs we have grown up with and strangely these songs are more indelibly fixed in our memories than the Bollywood songs Ali has sung. But , we must ask – why have we not seen an album from Ali in so long? That’s because he has been releasing his music online, he says. But coming from the age where cassettes and cds mattered, doesn’t releasing music online seem odd? ‘The whole industry has changed, at the end of the day people are still listening to music and that’s what matters!’ says Ali adding that there’s far more music happening online than on television.  ‘It felt cheap asking for money for music. I released my songs through social media and I got the response I was looking for,’ he says.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSo what about Bollywood? ‘By virtue of birth I was born into Bollywood…I wanted to get out!’ says the man leaving us bewildered. But Ali explains that he doesn’t fit in Bollywood, that music isn’t his ‘kind’ of music. But as ‘the road to hell is full of good intentions’ (and we quote!) – Ali has lent his voice to some brilliant Bollywood songs, but only for a virtue called friendship. And what’s keeping Ali busy these days? Lots of collaborations and compilations and of course – travel and family, he says adding that, ‘Things have gone beyond releasing an album. It is more about finishing a song and pushing it over SoundCloud.’ But no matter where the song is, Ali believes that ‘music is constant, people will always be open to listening to music!’Ali grew up with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Metallica, these legends taught him all about the ‘feel’ of the song but the melody comes from India. Naming Kailash Kher, Rabbi, AR Rahman, Raghu Dixit, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan as his favourites, Ali says that people express themselves differently in music. But that is where the magic is.last_img read more