Population of world’s rarest giant turtle rises to 4 with new discovery

first_imgSome experts have now confirmed the presence of a Yangtze giant softshell turtle in Vietnam, increasing the total known population of the turtle to four individuals.Researchers matched environmental DNA collected from water samples from Xuan Khanh Lake in Vietnam to known samples from the species, and confirmed that the giant turtle living in the lake was most likely the Yangtze giant softshell turtle.Threats remain for the recently identified Yangtze giant softshell turtle. Xuan Khanh Lake is not protected, and commercial fishing is allowed there. When Cu Rua, an old Yangtze giant softshell turtle, died in Vietnam in 2016, he left behind only three of his kind: an elderly pair in a Chinese zoo, and a wild individual in a Vietnamese lake called Dong Mo. This meant that the Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), one of the world’s largest known freshwater turtle species, also became one of the world’s rarest.Now, some turtle experts are confident they’ve identified a fourth specimen of this critically endangered turtle in Vietnam’s Xuan Khanh lake.“It’s a good feeling to confirm the presence of a fourth turtle; it gives us hope something can be done to bring the species back,” Timothy McCormack, program coordinator of  the Hanoi-based Asian Turtle Program of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (ATP/IMC), a U.K.-based conservation charity, told Mongabay. “I’ve put a lot of time into looking for this species and have always believed it has a chance.”Nguyen Tai Thang of the ATP/IMC surveying Xuan Khanh Lake in Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Nguyen Van Trong/ATP.But this confirmation comes after a long and winding journey.Reports of a plausible giant softshell turtle in Xuan Khanh Lake first surfaced in 2012 in the form of a photograph, McCormack said. The image wasn’t sufficiently clear to confirm the species, though, and intensive surveys of the lake over subsequent years failed to confirm the turtle’s presence.Then, in May 2017, Nguyen Van Trong, a former fisherman who now works with ATP/IMC, photographed what looked like a giant softshell turtle. Again, the blurry photograph wasn’t enough to confirm the species. So the team partnered with Caren Goldberg, an ecologist at Washington State University, U.S., to see if they could identify the species using environmental DNA (eDNA) — tiny DNA fragments that animals leave behind in the environment when they lose cells, such as by shedding skin or excreting waste.Goldberg’s team matched eDNA collected from water samples of Xuan Khanh Lake to known samples of the species, suggesting that there was indeed a Yangtze giant softshell turtle living in the lake.“It is difficult to detect a species at very low densities with eDNA, the sample has to be collected fairly close to where the animal is or was very recently,” Goldberg told Mongabay. “We analyzed many samples testing negative in addition to this positive sample. Between the visual observations and the sequence from the eDNA sample, there is a good amount of evidence that this turtle is another Rafetus swinhoei.”McCormack said they held back on announcing the turtle’s identity until after Goldberg’s team came back with reliable results.“We didn’t feel the photo in itself [taken in May 2017] was clear enough. Although the animal’s the right shape and a good size, it just wasn’t identifiable,” he said. “Caren did get some initial weak positives for Rafetus but again we have held off on making an announcement until just a few weeks ago she was able to improve the sensitivity. Of course there is still the slim chance that another closely related species could be misidentified or that genetic information on gene bank is not accurate. But we are confident enough to go public with this.”A photograph of the Xuan Khanh turtle taken in May 2017. A clear identification could not be made from this photograph. Photo courtesy of Nguyen Van Trong/ATP.The Yangtze giant softshell turtle, also called the Red River giant softshell turtle, Shanghai softshell turtle or Swinhoe’s softshell turtle, was once known from the Red River in China and Vietnam and from China’s lower Yangtze River floodplain, according to the Turtle Conservation Coalition that recently released a report on the world’s 50 most threatened turtles. The loss of wetland habitats from river damming and infrastructure development, as well poaching for meat and eggs and capture for the pet trade, has reduced the species’ population to just the four known specimens now.There may be more individuals in the wild, though, and Goldberg is hopeful that others can potentially be located with the help of eDNA.McCormack agrees. “The species is very secretive and the lakes and large rivers that they are found in [are] large and complex,” he said. “If you see how difficult it is to observe these animals, even when you know they are in a relatively small area then you’ll understand how hard they will be [to] find. This is why we have tried methods such as eDNA and sonar fish finders in the search for surviving individuals.”The team has prepared a list of other sites where the species historically occurred, where there have been recent accounts of sightings.“These are the next places to look,” McCormack said.Nguyen Van Trong processes water samples by the lake for the eDNA testing. Photo courtesy of Nguyen Tai Thang/ATP.Threats remain for the recently identified Yangtze giant softshell turtle. Xuan Khanh does not lie within any protected area, and commercial fishing is allowed there. “But the lake owner hires a security team and we have a staff member who monitors the lake,” McCormack said. He added that confirmation of the animal’s identity will hopefully mean more attention is paid to protect the animal.“If the fishing teams should catch the animal this week, accidentally or otherwise, we’d expect a rapid response from the authorities,” he said. “During high risk activities, such as fish harvests our team is also full time on the lake. Really we need more staff, as is often the case in conservation [the] funds are limited.”McCormack added that in Dong Mo Lake, where the only other wild individual is known to occur, the lake owner has been very cooperative. The fishermen using the lake have also signed no-hunting agreements, and McCormack’s team has been raising community support for the protection of the species.“Long term, we’d like to see the [Xuan Khanh] animal moved to Dong Mo Lake where we have an island with a large pond identified that would function as a semi-wild area,” he said. “This could be used to bring the two animals so far identified in Vietnam together, if male and female, for breeding.“It would also provide much easier security for the animals,” he added. “Opportunistic hunting in Xuan Khanh and Dong Mo are still very real threats: we’ve had two very close calls that we know of in the past decade for the Dong Mo turtle. In the future we hope the Vietnamese authorities take more responsibility for protection of this species.”A Yangtze giant softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) that was rescued following a dam break in Dong Mo Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2008. Photo courtesy of Timothy McCormack/ATP. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, Environment, freshwater turtles, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Herps, Poaching, Reptiles, Species Discovery, Turtles, Turtles And Tortoises, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

New political party as poll nears

first_imgIFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi is the leader of KwaZulu-Natal’s House of Traditional Leaders. (Image: Angeljes blog, Belgium) The recently formed National Freedom Party (NFP), a breakaway from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), hopes to draw in South Africans who’ve grown weary of racial battles among other political groups in the country. The party was officially launched at the Durban City Hall in KwaZulu-Natal on 25 January 2011.Recently dismissed IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi was elected by her supporters to be the leader of the NFP.Msibi had in the past been eyed as the next leader of the IFP, although its long-running president Mangosuthu Buthelezi has said that he will not be stepping down anytime soon.“I never thought that in my wildest dreams that I would ever stand in front of you and make this pronouncement about leaving the IFP, the party I have dedicated my entire life to serve,” Msibi said at the NFP launch.The NFP has already been registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and intends contesting the upcoming local government elections.“The NFP is a home to all South Africans, irrespective of their race, colour or creed. It is a home for the majority of our people who found themselves caught up in the racial battles of many parties in South Africa,” Msibi added.The party believes it will gain significant support from Zululand District Municipality’s Ulundi and Nongoma regions in the polls later this year.“We will win in Zululand because we have worked very hard there. In May, after local government elections, I will be the mayor of Zululand,” Msibi said.Breakaway a long time comingA rift within the IFP has existed since 2009 with members’ loyalties divided between Msibi and Buthelezi.Msibi’s faction has been in a tug-of-war with Buthelezi supporters and recently went to court to prevent an inquiry against her. If this intervention had been successful, it could have prevented her expulsion from the party.Msibi lost her fight in early January 2011 after the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed her application to order the IFP to hold an elective conference, and to prevent it from subjecting her to a disciplinary inquiry.After the court dismissal, IFP secretary-general Musa Zondi said: “We have been vindicated. We have never had any doubt that the court would dismiss the applications brought against us … since the grounds for these applications carried no substance.“Our immediate goal today is to start recovering the lost ground ahead of the 2011 local government elections and contest these elections as one organisation with one leader,” added Zondi.But Msibi was already hinting at a split: “We will never regain the relationship we once had with the leadership of the IFP. We have to accept the court’s decision and move forward as the party has shown that they no longer want me and my supporters in their fold.“The president (Mangosuthu Buthelezi) made it clear that there will never be reconciliation between us and therefore if one door closes, other doors open. We will be there in the local government elections and we are capable of doing anything,” she added.Although Msibi lost her place within the IFP, she praised Buthelezi as her mentor: “He groomed me and I have no qualms with him, but now we need to let bygones be bygones.”Long-time rulerMangosuthu Buthelezi founded the IFP in 1975 and has been its president ever since. He is a former member of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, which he joined while studying at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape.The IFP and ANC had been bitter rivals since the 1980s, but after the first democratic elections in 1994 the relationship eased somewhat and the two parties formed a coalition in KwaZulu-Natal – the IFP’s stronghold.The IFP has 18 seats in the National Assembly and largely draws its support from isiZulu-speaking South Africans. The IFP strongly supports traditional leadership structures.Buthelezi plays an advisory role in the government as the head of KwaZulu-Natal’s House of Traditional Leaders.last_img read more

Anthony, Jackson gone, but Knicks’ losing likely to continue

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Derrick Rose ‘fine’ with veteran’s ‘bargain’ salary with Cavs Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH New York Knicks Jarrett Jack, right, reacts during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony is gone. Phil Jackson is gone.The losing appears here to stay.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The New York Knicks have entered a rebuilding mode, with new president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry touting the team’s youth even before they had traded Anthony on the eve of training camp.The young players might be ready to win in a couple years, but for now, it looks like another long season inside Madison Square Garden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The whole talk for us is it’s a start for us to instill a culture of playing as hard as you can, trying to play together as a team,” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We don’t necessarily have these superstars that have been in the league for many years carrying our team. We’ve got to do it collectively.”That will fall on players such as Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, rookie Frank Ntilikina and center Enes Kanter, who was acquired from Oklahoma City in the trade for Anthony. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Jackson-Anthony drama hung over the Knicks last season and into the summer, with the team president making it clear he wanted to move on from the All-Star forward. But before he could, the Knicks moved on from Jackson, who couldn’t build a playoff roster in his three seasons. Mills was promoted and he has taken aim at cleaning up the mess within the organization.“Part of my job is to try to add some sense of calmness to what had been a little bit of a crazy environment that we’ve been going through,” Mills said. “So I think that we have a good group of people here.”But it’s a group that looks incapable of defending, and it will be hard to outscore its ineptitude on that end without the 40 points per game the Knicks lost when they traded Anthony and let Derrick Rose leave.So they could be even worse than last season’s 31-51 finish, but at least some of the dysfunction could begone. Fans seemed fed up with it under Jackson, so maybe they’ll accept a team that loses quietly if they see growth on the court without the circus off it.“They want to see effort, they want to see tenacity, they want to see hard work and they just want to see us not backing down from anybody,” Hardaway said. “The icing on the cake is winning ballgames. That’s what we want to do and that’s our goal, to win ballgames, and win as many as possible to see ourselves looking towards the end of the season where we can find ourselves in the postseason.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Some things to watch with the Knicks:KRISTAPS’ KNICKS: Porzingis left frustrated, blowing off his exit interview before returning to Latvia for the summer. The third-year forward came back as the face of the franchise, returning to New York the day Anthony left for Oklahoma City.FRANK FROM FRANCE: Jackson’s last big move was drafting the 19-year-old Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick. It’s hard to tell yet what the Knicks have in the French point guard, who missed summer league with an injury and then most of preseason when he was hurt again.HARDAWAY’S HERE: Mills’ first big move was to give Hardaway a $71-million deal to return to New York after Jackson traded the former first-round pick to Atlanta two years earlier. His game grew with the Hawks, and the Knicks believe he’s ready for a bigger role now.SPEED IT UP: Jackson’s triangle system is mostly gone, with Hornacek saying the Knicks want to open up the offense more in hopes of getting more easy shots.JOAKIM’S JOB: Joakim Noah’s forgettable first season of a $72-million deal ended with him serving a suspension for violating the anti-drug policy. It continues into this season and it’s unclear where he fits after that in a center rotation that also includes Kanter, Hernangomez, Kyle O’Quinn and sometimes Porzingis. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

PBA: Ginebra picks up ‘ugly win’ as it turns back NorthPort

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Justin Brownlee carries Ginebra. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Barangay Ginebra escaped hard-fighting NorthPort, 73-70, for its second straight victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Justin Brownlee, the Gin Kings’ beloved import, scored 32 points to lead all of Ginebra in scoring. He added eight points, six assists, and registered five steals against a stockier counterpart.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 venue MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Greg Slaughter and Scottie Thompson were the only two other twin-digit performers, tossing 16 and 11, respectively, for the defending champions.“It certainly wasn’t pretty,” coach Tim Cone said. “We were turnover-prone tonight. The zone really bothered us, gave us a hard time finding a high-percentage shot.”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, logistics“That was an ugly one, but we’ll take it,” Cone said.Ginebra managed to widen the gap by as many as nine points in the third frame, but the Batang Pier—buoyed by the one-two punch of Sean Anthony and Mo Tautuaa—managed to keep it close in the stretch. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tautuaa had 15 to lead NorthPort in the affair while Anthony 14, with the latter missing two triples in a whirlwind sequence late in the stretch that would’ve sent the game to overtime.Curiously, NorthPort’s taller import Prince Ibeh, only had eight points and gave little resistance as Brownlee caught fire late.Ginebra now enjoys a 2-1 record and faces Rain or Shine next.NorthPort, which absorbed its first loss in four outings, plunges into a series of character tests, beginning with powerhouse San Miguel Beer.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Green: Fans in US like to root against Warriors ‘because we beat all their teams’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

10 Thoughts on the First College Football Playoff Rankings

first_imgIt’s nice to have a real reason to care about the College Football Playoff rankings this season, isn’t it? The first ranking was released on Tuesday and everybody handled it with humility and grace completely freaked out. Here are five thoughts I had about OSU’s ranking and the way everything is generally laid out.1. What are the criteria?It’s the first week of the second year of this whole ranking the teams thing and I still have no idea what the most important criteria are for a team. There was something on Tuesday about beating teams with better than .500 records which sounds a lot like somebody passed Jeff Long notes three minutes before he went on the air and said, “say this.”The College Football Playoff committee is almost by definition making this up as it goes which was always going to be the problem with doing it like this. That’s fine, as long as you know the stakes going on. The better way to do it without the silliness of trying to compare different teams with different schedules that play a different number of games across different conferences? Win your conference and you’re in.2. Why is OSU behind Stanford and Memphis?I didn’t think OSU would be in the top 10, but 14th? Come on. Stanford’s schedule.Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 10.54.36 AMMemphis’ schedule.Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 10.55.13 AMLOL, what? What am I missing here?Oklahoma State has even had a better schedule than Baylor which leads us back to ranking by criteria other than wins (how dominant were you?) being the silliest thing in sports. I know this will sort itself out (kind of), but it’s still silly.Also, this from committee chairman Jeff Long was pretty funny. “(Oklahoma State) scored against Texas Tech, but you know as we looked at other teams, a lot of teams have scored on Texas Tech. That wasn’t surprising.”3. No D?Berry Tramel wrote about this today and I agree. The perception of the Big 12 is that teams don’t play defense.“I think it’s the balance of the team,” said Long. We have teams that are just one-sided offensive teams or one-sided, really strong defensive teams. That combination of offense and defense. How they’ve played offensively and defensively in those games. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to judge…”Has he heard of points per drive? Has anyone heard of this? Is it that difficult to understand the tempo of games affects scores and that the number of points you allow in a game isn’t the same as the number of points you allow in a possession? Are people really this lazy? Do you watch college football? What is points per drive? It’s a stat that shows Oklahoma State, Baylor and OU all have better defenses than mighty LSU and Stanford?4. The Notre Dame ProblemI mentioned this to Carson on our podcast on Tuesday, but the Big 12 is about to have a massive Notre Dame problem. There’s a long way to go, of course, but if ND can get through at Pitt, home for Wake (LOL), at BC and set up a final-week matchup at (presumably still-with-one-loss) Stanford then you’re setting up a scenario in which either ND gets in by winning that or Stanford or Utah get in because Stanford beat ND and one of them won the Pac-12 title.That’s messy for the Big 12 because the SEC champ is almost definitely getting in. So is the Big 10. So is Clemson if they run the table. For a one-loss Big 12 team to get in, they need Notre Dame to lose soon.The only way to prevent this is to go undefeated which leads us to …5. No Big 12 team is going undefeatedI sort of came to this realization at some point last week. Everybody keeps talking about this amazing November slate that’s sure to determine the champion of flyover country and will vault the last man standing to the top of the national pile. This is all fine and good if the last man standing is without a loss. Surely that team will be No. 1 overall.But the flip side of that is that when TCU loses in Stillwater and Baylor loses in Ft. Worth and OSU blows Bedlam and OU gets smoked in Waco you have enough of a mess on your hands that the committee will shrug its shoulders, say “you should get a secondary,” and slot four non-Big 12 teams in the Playoff.6. OU has the best trajectory of any Big 12 team trying to get inHow about that? If we’re saying there aren’t going to be any undefeated Big 12 teams, OU sets up best for the Playoff because of its brand and because it would have beaten OSU, Baylor and TCU to end the year. That’s an auto-bid for a squad like OU even if it would have had the worst loss of any of those top Big 12 teams.7. Speaking of brandsDo people really think there isn’t bias involved here? It’s natural. I’m not saying the committee is rigged, that’s silly, but there’s an inherent bias that ALL OF US have grown up with that says Notre Dame and Alabama are great at football. Baylor and TCU are not. There’s no other reason Notre Dame, Alabama and Ohio State are ahead of TCU. Have you looked at Ohio State’s schedule vs. TCU? TCU is on the left. Ohio State is on the right.Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 10.50.17 AM8. Baylor wore Bama jerseys?Do you think it would still be ranked outside the toHAHAHAHAHA. No.Also, this is really true.College football analysts operate from the assumption Alabama is the best team, and any data thereafter piggybacks that truth…— Clark Matthews (@clarkmatthews) November 4, 20159. Big 12 perceptionOn ESPN’s post-rankings show Joey Galloway said, “the Big 12 has been in preseason up until now.” What? You mean Texas Tech beating Arkansas and OU beating Tennessee and TCU beating Minnesota don’t count? I don’t get why winning at West Virginia, Texas and Texas Tech is discounted so heavily. But then again, I still don’t know what the criteria are to begin with.10. Mike Gundy, your thoughts?“I think if I was to say I don’t have any interest that that would be unfair. I think we all want to know what people think. But you guys that have been around me long enough to know, we have a pretty good barometer of our team, and as I said, we’re a good football team. So I think it’s interesting to look. People will want to know. They’re going to tell you anyway. My kids when I come home, they’re going to tell me, and people in the community tell you, so it’s worth looking at.” (Tulsa World)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

2004 NATIONAL 18’S STORIES ARCHIVED

first_imgAll stories and results from the 2004 National 18’s Championships held recently in Coffs Harbour, have now been archived. These stories can now be viewed using the following link: NATIONAL 18’S STORIES AND RESULTS and click on 2004 They can also be viewed using the ‘News Archive’ link on the ATA homepage: NATIONAL 18’S STORIES AND RESULTS NEWS ARCHIVE (all stories will be found under September 2004)last_img

Roadfunding package heads to Gov Snyder

first_img State Rep. Brad Jacobsen this week voted in favor of a compromise plan that will fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges.“We have a responsibility to Michigan residents to fix our roads and bridges, that means putting politics aside and doing what is right for our state,” said Rep. Jacobsen, R-Oxford. “After years of rigorous back and forth discussion, the legislature came together this week to send to the Governor a plan that represents all sides of the debate making sure that we have the highest quality roads at the lowest possible cost.”The finalized plan utilizes allocations from Michigan’s General Fund and creates modest changes in the gas tax and vehicle registration fees to increase revenue. In addition to providing funds solely for road repair and construction, the plan provides $200 million in tax relief by expanding the Homestead Property Tax Credit, aiding middle and low-income families across the state. In order to minimize the burden on Michigan taxpayers, the plan also includes a mechanism that triggers a decrease in the state income tax rate as inflation increases occur over time.“This plan is not perfect, but our situation is not perfect. Neither side of the debate got everything they wanted, but we were able to compromise, putting together a plan that splits funding halfway between re-prioritized spending and new revenue in order to give Michigan residents the reliable roads that they deserve.”The plan now goes to Gov. Snyder for his signature. Categories: News 05Nov Road-funding package heads to Gov. Snyderlast_img read more

The majority of ad markets will see revenues rise

first_imgThe majority of ad markets will see revenues rise this year, according to market research company Warc’s latest International Advertising Forecast, with TV expected to drive much of the growth.Warc said ad spend rose by an estimated 3.6% in 2011, and should grow by a further 4.5% this year. The BRIC markets are expected to grow most rapidly, with ad revenues in Russia up 16.5%, India up by 14%, China rising by 11.5% and Brazil up 8.5%.The news is less positive for Europe, where Italy’s ad market is expected to contract by 0.8%, while France and Germany are likely to see just 1% growth.The UK, buoyed by the Olympic Games in London, should see ad spend up 4.2%.“Without the support from the presidential election and major sports tournaments, the outlook would have been even worse. But there are some bright spots with the data, with TV’s performance looking particularly encouraging,” said Suzy Young, Warc’s data editor.last_img read more

Discoveryowned sports network Eurosport has launc

first_imgDiscovery-owned sports network Eurosport has launched an Apple Watch app, which will give live scores, updates and player data from the French Open. The app went live at the weekend and will be available until the close of the tennis tournament on June 7.“Eurosport prides itself on being at the forefront of cutting edge technology, providing the best entertainment solutions to sport fans. We are excited to launch this app for the Apple Watch, which supports our digital strategy, spearheaded by Eurosport.com, which hosts over 20 million unique users per month,” said Arnaud Maillard, vice-president of digital media, Discovery Networks International and Eurosport.Tennis fans are able to set up tailored push notifications on the app to get a personalised experience, and can follow the action in nine languages, according to Eurosport.last_img read more