SA crush Australia, remain world No. 1

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘An amazing journey’“It’s been an amazing journey over a long period of time,” Ponting reflected afterwards. After Australia declared their second innings on 267 for 8, South Africa needed 429 for victory. When they slipped to 45 for 4, they looked to be in huge trouble. South Africa secured a memorable 1-0 away series victory over Australia after winning the third and final test by a massive 309 runs with a day to spare in Perth on Monday. The victory confirmed the Proteas’ position as the number one test team in world cricket. The bowlers, with Dale Steyn to the fore, then did their bit, running through the Australian batting order and dismissing them for only 164. Steyn picked up 4 for 40 and Robin Peterson, in the team in place of an out-of-form Imran Tahir, snared 3 for 44. The Australians began day four on 40 without loss, needing to bat out two days to draw, but they lost all 10 wickets on the day as they fell for 322. They began the final day on 77 for 4, needing to bat it out, and Du Plessis again delivered, finishing undefeated on 110. AB de Villiers, with an uncharacteristic but determined 33 off 220 balls, lent good support, and Kallis, despite struggling with his hamstring injury, made 47 batting at number seven as the test was saved. Du Plessis was named man of the match on debut. 3 December 2012 Steyn picked up three wickets to take his record to 299 wickets in tests, while Peterson, although he came in for a bit of stick at the end, added another three wickets to his first innings’ haul. It was a remarkably huge win for Graeme Smith and company, who had been thoroughly tested by the Australians in the first two tests. Jacques Kallis was injured while bowling and could not bowl any further after sending down only 3.3 overs. SA skipper Smith weighed in with 122 in South Africa’s innings of 388, and Faf du Plessis, Duminy’s replacement, scored 78 on debut. Second testIn the second test, minus JP Duminy, out with an Achilles injury that required an operation, and Vernon Philander, a late scratch because of a stiff back, South Africa staged a superb fight-back to prevent an Australian victory. While the Proteas opened the first test with 450 runs and centuries from Amla and Kallis, Australia still managed a first innings lead of 115 after captain Michael Clarke hit 259 and Ed Cowan a maiden test century of 136. It took a dogged second innings to secure the draw for the Proteas. ‘You want to score runs in a winning cause’ Then came the match in Perth, the scene of a magnificent victory when South Africa last toured Australia in 2008, in which they scored 414 for 4 in the second innings to take 1-0 series lead on their way to 2-1 series win. Once again, it proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Proteas. “I don’t want to take anything away from South Africa,” he added. “We were outplayed in this test match. I think they fought really hard and showed what the number one team in the world has to do to be number one throughout this series.” center_img Smith added: “To win a series here takes a lot of effort, and it’s something that means the world to us. We know how tough it has been, and to have won two series here means the world to us.” Australia’s captain Michael Clarke, with two double-centuries and 577 runs, more than anyone else on either team, was named man of the series. He said he would have chosen a series win over the individual accolade. “I’m just glad that I was able to make a contribution. Obviously you want to score runs in a winning cause. The bowlers did an amazing job today to wrap it up,” Amla commented when he received his man of the match award. ‘It means the world to us’ Only a stubborn, hard-hitting last wicket partnership of 87 runs by Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon prevented a much bigger defeat for the Aussies. The match was notable for the fact that it brought the curtain down on the 168-test match career of Ricky Ponting. When he went in to bat in Australia’s second innings, he was met at the pitch by an honour guard made up of South Africa’s players. Questioned about career highlights, he said one that ranked highly was a series victory over South Africa in South Africa in early 2009 with a young team, after the Proteas had beaten Australia in Australia. Man of the match Hashim Amla led the way with 196 off only 221 balls. AB de Villiers shone with 169 off 184 deliveries, and Graeme Smith cracked 84 off of 100 as South Africa tallied 569 all out, leaving Australia needing an imposing 632 to win. A remarkable jobThe second time they batted, the South Africa batsmen did a remarkable job, scoring at over five runs an over as they took the contest to the Australians. When their total reached 425 for 3, they had taken just 13 overs more than they did in their first innings to reach 225. Starc took his chances and finished with an unbeaten 68 off 43 balls, while Lyon ended with 31 off 43 as Australia advanced from 235 for 9 to 322 all out in their second innings. It was only the fourth instance in test history of a team scoring over 500 runs and batting at more than five runs an over. Proteas captain Graeme Smith said in a post-match interview: “I thought the guys showed tremendous ability and character over the past 10 days, two weeks. In Adelaide [in the second test], we were right up against it. To fight as hard as we did, to get that draw, was big, and the way we turned it around for the series win here in Australia was special.” With Clarke contributing 230, Australia posted 550 all out to lead by 162 on the first innings. South Africa’s win in Perth was built around an excellent 78 not out by Faf du Plessis, which helped the Proteas to 225 all out in their first innings after they had been reduced to 75 for 6.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 22, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180222_RyanMartinRain continues to be the main focus of our forecast this morning, and we see rain dominating the discussion all the way through most of the weekend. The good news is, rain is done by late Sunday, and we do have some drier days coming. However, between now and then, rain is an issue. Our pattern continues to unfold along the lines we have laid out earlier this week. That means from today through early Sunday morning, the focal point for heavy rain switches to central and southern parts of Ohio. This does not mean we rule out rain up north…but rather we see it being lighter than what happens farther south. Rains today can bring half to 1” rains into southern Ohio with nearly 100% coverage, and up north .1”-.5” with 60% coverage.Tomorrow we have another wave coming up from the southwest. This will bring rains of .25”-.75” to areas south of I-70, and a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch north of I-70. Far northern parts of Ohio, particularly NW Ohio, may miss out on that system.Saturday, scattered showers are back with .25”-.75” over 90% of the state.A strong cold front is back for overnight Saturday night and will bring us our last chance of heavy rains. We can see rains of half to 2” in central and southern Ohio, up to half an inch up north. The rains linger through Sunday mid-morning, but should be east of us by shortly afternoon. We may be able to pick up another few hundredths to half an inch during that early Sunday period.Dry for Sunday afternoon through next Wednesday night. High pressure moves across the region during that period.Our next system arrives a little later on Thursday, and lasts a bit longer. We see showers nosing into Indiana Thursday midday and early afternoon, and then the rains continue through the overnight and through at least the first half of Friday. We are lowing rain totals just a bit, to a quarter to 1 inch, and the heaviest rains will be over the southern half of the state.In the extended 11-16 day forecast period we have a cold front that crosses the state around the 6th with potential for half to 1.5” rains. The rest of the extended forecast is drier. Temperatures the rest of this 10 day period will be closer to normal, and we do not see huge warm surges as we go into March.last_img read more

What Is The Maker Movement?

first_imgNational Guard Maker 4-H ClubsMilitary youth connect the wires to the battery pack to make their own “Operation” Game. This activity provides a chance to create a working game of their own design.Utah National Guard Youth Coordinators conduct maker clubs to engage with the youth they serve. The topics vary from tying flies for fly fishing, soldering electricity projects, pinewood derby cars and design challenges. Design Challenges are a fun, way to provide Maker experiences for a relatively low cost. Youth are designed with a “challenge” build a zipline that can drop a marble on a target or foot powered ping pong ball launcher for example. Then using the design process, they brainstorm, build, test, redesign and showcase their design. Throughout the process the teen or adult leader serves as a guide on the side, asking questions, making observations and positive comments but not telling the kids how to do the project. After the showcase it is important to process the activity, reflecting and applying on the experience.As you see youth struggle, become frustrated and triumphantly solve problems, you will help them build confidence they didn’t even know they had. You will notice their strengths and be able to help those master skills even faster. They will develop resiliency when faced with challenges.  These are skills that will help young people not just survive but thrive. Through the Maker Movement, you can make a positive difference in the lives of military youth.For more information contact the authors and visit the eXtension Maker Community Makers and AuthorsDave Francis, Extension Associate Professor, Utah State UniversityPaul Hill, Extension Associate Professor, Utah State University What is the Maker Movement? People around the world are using the technology of online social networks to connect and share their projects, they call themselves “Makers” A Maker is someone who makes stuff: apparel, robots, crafts, food, furniture, art, or electronic gadgets. This term, “Maker,” is described by Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of WIRED magazine, as “a new category of builders who are using open-source methods and the latest technology to bring manufacturing out of its traditional factory context, and into the realm of the personal desktop computer”.The Maker Movement is a subculture that pushes innovation to the limit, encouraging new applications of technologies. Within the culture there’s an enthusiasm for invention, prototyping, and applying practical skills in new creative ways. Makers want to figure out how to make or do stuff on their own. They have a passion for creating, building, and sharing in a gamut of topics including recipes, gardening, sewing, mechanics, and many more. Maker efforts are happening in garages, libraries, community centers and in Utah, National Guard Armories and Training installations.How do Youth Benefit? The Maker Movement embraces the idea of igniting the spark in young people to create, collaborate, and develop 4-H science abilities. Instead of telling youth they need to do better in math and science, Maker projects pull youth into STEM disciplines through hands-on projects that improve these skills in an informal setting. Maker projects are cut from the same cloth as any other 4-H project. The process of making allows youth to follow their own interests and passions and master a variety of technical skills. Making is about empowering youth to recognize they can create new things and bring their ideas to life.For National Guard Youth we found that Maker provides an additional benefit, developing resiliency that allows kids experience challenges and identify strategies to help them overcome them. The ability to identify and communicate what the challenge is, try to solve, brainstorm solutions, and communicate with others about their ideas. Utilizing the experiential learning model, allows time after the activity to reflect on the process, what was learned, how challenges were overcome and how we can apply the same skills from this project to challenges that youth face in their lives.How is it used with Military Youth?“Grow it Day” of Military Makers Camp gets youth building their own “Salad Box” to grow a box of lettuce anywhere. Incorporating STEM and Healthy Living into the learning experience.Military Makers Camp Summer of 2015 Utah 4-H, working with military partners conducted two, five day “Military Makers” camps. Each day the make projects had a theme ex “Games to Play” or “Grow it”. Making their own battery powered “Operation” game or junk drawer robot taught military youth how to troubleshoot to solve problems and helped them realize that failure isn’t a dead end or time to quit but a chance to redesign.A variety of rockets and planes can be made as part of the Flight Makers Camp. From Air Burst Paper Rockets to Stomp Rockets Youth can take home a variety of simple makes can be realized that build skills to foster a more complicated Maker Project.Flight Makers To meet the needs of Air Guard and Reserves the “Flight Makers” camp provided a chance for military youth to spend 2 full days with making a variety of things that fly: rockets, airplanes, gliders and parachutes were all part of the experience.  As part of the camp experience, and important part of a Maker Program, the showcase, is included. Parents and family arrive early the last day of camp to watch the Camp Airshow that includes demonstrations of the various Flight Maker Projects.last_img read more