Pennycress a Viable Biodiesel Feedstock Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – May 29, 2012 Illinois farmer Brad Glenn is bringing pennycress into his corn and soybean rotation as a promising biodiesel feedstock. Since 2008 – the National Biodiesel Board says this crop has been on the fast track to becoming a sustainable biodiesel resource. While the effort to grow pennycress for biodiesel is still in its infancy – Glenn says it’s essentially ready to go commercial. He says it has hit the right combination. It could mean another viable, sustainable source of oil for the nation’s energy supply while adding income to farm operations. Pennycress seed packets contain oilseeds that yield 36-percent oil when crushed. NBB says an acre would yield the equivalent of about 80 gallons of oil.Retired Director of USDA’s National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois Peter Johnsen has been instrumental in commercialization of the crop. He says a great benefit is that pennycress can be grown during the winter on existing farms that would otherwise sit dormant. He says there is no impact on existing crops, conservation grounds or critical wildlife habitat. Johnsen says pennycress also provides a valuable service as sustainable ground cover and takes very little energy and no inputs to grow in Midwestern states that run roughly between I-70 and I-80. He estimates there are potentially 40-million existing farm acres for the crop. Johnsen and Glenn would like to see farmers plant 10-thousand acres of pennycress in Central Illinois next fall. Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Previous articleIndiana Corn Beginning to Show The StressNext articleColts Tour Teams with Indiana Corn and Soybean Farmers Gary Truitt Home Energy Pennycress a Viable Biodiesel Feedstock Facebook Twitter SHARE
Gary Pallister remains as captivated by Ryan Giggs as he was when he first clapped eyes on the Manchester United superstar almost a quarter of a century ago. “The gaffer said he was going to be a star,” said Pallister. “I thought, ‘That’s a big statement, he’s only a 15-year-old kid’. “But there he was, this spindly-looking lad running amok up and down the left-hand side playing against opponents who were 16 or 17. “He was absolutely terrific.” Within two years, Pallister and the ‘kid’, who had changed his name to Giggs after his parents split, were team-mates. That season they won the League Cup, the following year the Premier League, one of four they were to be involved in, two of which turned into Double-winning campaigns. Now retired for 12 years and carving out a niche for himself as a TV pundit, Pallister can only watch on with scarcely believable admiration as the ‘teenager’ prepares to turn 40. He may no longer be quite able to be compared with the ‘piece of silver paper floating on the wind’ as Ferguson once did, but, mostly in central midfield, Giggs is still able to produce high-class performances that make him worthy of a place in David Moyes’ squad. “It’s about time he retired, isn’t it?” laughed Pallister. “He is keeping young kids out of the game. “What can you say about him? I still love watching him play. “I obviously played with him for seven years, watched him mature and become the player he is now – one of the best to ever don the shirt of Manchester United.” Giggs’ records are the stuff of legend. Thirteen Premier League titles, two European Cups amid four final appearances, four FA Cups, three League Cups. And a staggering number of games for his one and only professional club. One of Moyes’ first tasks after replacing Ferguson as manager was to offer Giggs a first-team coaching role. Many believe it will be the initial step towards Giggs one day taking over as manager in his own right. For now, he is combining roles. Observing from the bench on occasion, sometimes in the stand. But also on the pitch, where he has done so much damage to opposition teams down the years. And from what Pallister has seen, he is still capable of causing it. “He is still making an impact,” said the former England star. “He can still play on that left-hand side of midfield, never mind centre-midfield, and still make a difference. “We all recognise Ryan is not going to play as many games as most players in that squad, but when he does play, he is fit and ready. “David Moyes has already used him. And believe me, there is no sympathy vote from him. “Ryan is getting used because he can play an important part in this Manchester United team.” Press Association After making a high-profile move from Middlesbrough to United in 1989, Pallister was still kicking his heels at a local hotel with fellow new-boy Paul Ince when he was invited to watch the Red Devils’ youth team in action. Sir Alex Ferguson was also present and prior to kick-off advised the duo to pay particular attention to a youngster on the wing who went by the name of Ryan Wilson.
As much as they want to imagine planets forming from dust, secular astronomers run into insurmountable difficulties.Look at what’s implied in this headline by Rohini Giles on The Conversation: “‘Teenage’ Jupiter may hold the secret of how planets form.” What’s implied? Planet formation is a secret. It is not understood. Here we are, 219 years since Laplace proposed his famous nebular hypothesis, and astronomers still do not understand how planets are constructed from their assumed building blocks, gas and dust. The problem was exacerbated when astronomers were able to detect the first exoplanets (planets around other stars). Giles begins,In the past 20 years, thousands of planets have been discovered orbiting other stars. Far from resembling families of planets like Earth and its companions, most of these discoveries have made our solar system look like the odd one out.But now astronomers have announced a new exoplanet that looks surprisingly familiar. The exoplanet, 51 Eridani b, looks a lot like Jupiter – or at least the way we think Jupiter looked when it was much younger. Studying this juvenile version of our familiar neighbour will help us to unlock Jupiter’s past and find out more about the circumstances of its birth.The rule here proves the exception, the rule being the exceptionalism of Earth. Exoplanetary systems don’t fit the predictions astronomers made when they only had a sample size of one. Giles’ hope that this particular exoplanet will reveal the secret of how planets form rests on tenuous theory:We know that planets are formed in the circular cloud of dust and gas that surrounds a newborn star, but the precise way in which this happens isn’t well understood. There are two main theories for the formation of gas giant planets: core-accretion, where material gradually clumps together into bigger and bigger pieces, and disc-instability, where there is rapid fragmentation into planet-size chunks as the circular cloud cools.Astronomers have been debating those two models for years, but still don’t have an answer. Disk instability theory arose largely because of desperation with the problems from core-accretion theory. It was criticized as heretical at the time, but its main proponent, Alan Boss, couldn’t think of an alternative. Giles’ optimism that 51 Eridani b will solve the debate seems premature at best.Real accretion theory is messy. That is evident from a new paper on Icarus that tries to model it on a computer. Part of the difficulty is the N-body problem—trying to monitor the interactions of many moving parts in software, each with moving gravitational wells. Another problem is dealing with the fact that particles tend to collide and fragment, not stick together. “The present code includes an option of hit-and-run bouncing but not fragmentation, which remains for future work,” they say. But that can make all the difference. If fragmentation prevails, no planets will result.Consequently, adding more ingredients is not an answer. That’s why a press release from the Royal Astronomical Society is misleading when it says, “Bricks to build an Earth found in every planetary system.” You can’t assemble bricks without mortar. You can put all the building blocks you want around other stars, but it does not follow that they will self-organize into planets when the overwhelming tendency is fragmentation, not accretion.Computer models can also be misleading. Models, being simplifications of reality, can omit key ingredients or processes. Science Daily reported on work at the University of Chicago that tries to mimic the “early-stage planetary formation process.” The astronomers know that “Single head-on collisions typically do not dissipate enough energy to lead to sticking.” To encourage sticking (accretion), they modeled charged particles, and succeeded in getting granules of an unstated size (presumably very small). They’re omitting the obvious problem that until a granule grows up to the size of a kilometer or more in diameter, it lacks the gravitation to grow further. And since repulsion is just as likely as attraction, the more a granule grows, the more its “building blocks” will be likely to repel each other and prevent further accretion.More wishful thinking is apparent to the skeptical reader of another hopeful Science Daily piece, “Millimeter-sized stones formed our planet.” The idea here is that the small meteoritic pebbles known as chondrules “are believed to be the original building blocks of the solar system”—believed, that is, by materialists who invent these models. Whether “belief” itself is material is an interesting question. To make asteroids and planets form from chondrules, the team has to cheat by slowing them down in dust clouds as they migrate inward. This trick requires them to believe the planets formed and cleared out the dust before everything got swept into the sun in a “rapid process”.Astrobiologists, intuitively, are intrigued by water. Their hydrobioscopy habit leads them to think “life!” whenever water is inferred to exist on a planet or moon, even if the water is miles deep under the crust. Science Magazine sprang a leak in that pond with a new constraint on habitability, reported by the Royal Astronomical Society. In “Why water worlds won’t host life,” Nola Taylor Redd explains that more is not better: “Water covering the surface interacts with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in ways that can turn chilly planets frigid and make warm ones even hotter.” Watch hopes evaporate:Although the results are based on calculations of Earth-sized worlds surrounding sunlike stars, the researchers say the process would be similar for larger worlds and stars. They also say that a similar cycle would take place with other greenhouse gases, such as methane. With such a narrow range for habitability, ocean planets may not make as much of a splash as we thought when it comes to welcoming life.This effectively narrows the habitable zone. “Earth-sized water worlds are habitable only in a very limited range of temperatures—from about 0°C to 127°C,” according to the calculations. Add another constraint to the habitable zone.Secular planetary scientists deny Earth exceptionalism, and Darwinians deny human exceptionalism. It’s not surprising that many of them are political liberals who deny American exceptionalism. We should retort by saying that their opinions are not exceptional, either.Evolutionists are enamored with that phrase “building blocks.” Particles were the building blocks of stars, stars the building blocks of galaxies, dust the building blocks of planets, and chemicals the building blocks of life. Where is the builder? How do they know their building blocks are not debris of collisions? 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19 November 2012Sweden’s Henrik Stenson captured the South African Open, co-sanctioned by the European and Sunshine Tours, at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on Sunday, finishing three shots ahead of runner-up George Coetzee of South Africa.It was his first title since The Players Championship in May 2009. It was also his first European Tour title since the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February 2007. Between those two victories, he clinched the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in December 2008.‘Very pleased’“I’ve had to fight hard the last few years on the golf course and I’m very pleased to pick up this win,” he said after securing victory.“When it takes that long between wins, you wonder if there will be another. You’ve just got to fight hard and put the work in. In this game you need to put a lot of effort in to get something back.“I’m very relieved to have won this one,” he added.Stenson’s victory, only the second by a Swede in the South African Open after Mathias Gronberg in 2000 and just the fourth by a European, was built on his first two rounds – 66 and 65 – which left him on 13-under-par 131 at the halfway mark. That was three shots better than first round leader Merrick Bremner, who had fired a superb eight-under-par 64 to open his challenge.DP World Tour ChampionshipThe victory clinched a place for Stenson at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, and the win could hardly have been timed better. The top 60 players on the European Tour are invited to the tournament and the Swede had entered the South African Open in 59th place. He ended it in 45th position.Victory also ensured another return to South Africa for Stenson as it secured him a place at the 2013 Volvo Golf Champions, which will be played at the Durban Country Club.Coetzee put in a charge in a bid for victory and drew level with Stenson on the ninth hole after the Swede found the water, but Stenson kept his nerve to record birdies on the 10th, 16th and 17th, while Coetzee birdied the 11th and bogeyed the 15th, to go on to a three-shot victory.‘I played aggressively’“I played aggressively coming in and made the birdies, and luckily George didn’t, but George played well and will get that win sooner or later,” Stenson commented.“Every win has a special meaning. I’ve won some great tournaments in my career, but winning these traditional championships is always special.“It’s very humbling to get your name on a trophy that has so many great champions. Gary Player is on there 13 times, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to match that,” he said to laughter from the media.Low scoringCoetzee had rocketed into contention after he fired a sensational nine-under-par 63 in the third round. That effort was bettered by defending champion Hennie Otto on Sunday. After average rounds of 71, 72 and 75, he shot a stunning course record 10-under-par 62 to move up to a tie for ninth in the final standings on eight-under-par 280.Third place was shared by South Africa’s Thomas Aiken and Germany’s Martin Kaymer, both of whom closed with five-under-par 67s to end on 275, one shot behind Coetzee.Charl Schwartzel, too, carded a 67 and finished alone in fifth place on 277.LEADERBOARD Henrik Stenson (Swe) 66, 65, 69, 71, 271George Coetzee (RSA) 70, 70, 63, 71, 274Thomas Aiken (RSA) 73, 66, 69, 67, 275Martin Kaymer (Ger) 70, 70, 68, 67, 275Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 68, 68, 74, 67, 277Magnus Carlsson (Swe) 68, 67, 68, 76, 279Darren Fichardt (RSA) 68, 70, 68, 73, 279Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) 70, 69, 71, 69, 279Michael Jonzon (Swe) 68, 69, 71, 72, 280Hennie Otto (RSA) 71, 72, 75, 62, 280 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
View comments The Raw General Manager dusted off his wrestling boots once again as he stepped up to the plate after the newly-reformed The Shield lost Roman Reigns due to viral infection.And as always, the Olympic Hero showed that he still got it, unleashing his repertoire to help the trio gain the victory over the team of The Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro, Braun Strowman, and Kane.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 shutoutIt was a wild match from the get-go that saw the heel team gain advantage. That was until Kane accidentally swung a steel chair on to Strowman, which threw the Monster Among Men off the rails as he shoved the Big Red Machine to the ground. The other three tried to pacify the situation, but Kane later on attacked Strowman as the former chokeslammed him through the stage and buried him in a pile of steel chair.Enraged, Strowman got back on his feet and attacked his teammates, but the foursome was just too much as they put the behemoth inside a garbage truck as The Miz motioned for the driver to leave the arena. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kiefer Ravena impresses in PBA Draft Combine MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH That gave The Shield the edge they needed as Angle came back and delivered a pair of Angle Slams to Cesaro and Sheamus, before the trio finished off the Intercontinental Champion with a King’s Landing from Rollins, a Dirty Deeds from Ambrose, an Angle Slam, and to cap things off, an Olympic Shield bomb as Angle celebrated his in-ring return.Reigns wasn’t the only one who was taken out of the pay-per-view due to viral infection, as Bray Wyatt has also been pulled off the show.That left “The Demon” Finn Balor without an opponent, before SmackDown Live’s AJ Styles stepped up to the plate in a WrestleMania-worthy duel.The clash delivered, as the former Japanese standouts put on a classic that ended when Styles missed his springboard 450 splash, giving Balor the chance to nail the shotgun dropkick to the corner and set the stage for his Coup de Grace.After the match, both showed tremendous respect for each other and did the “Too Sweet” to the delight of the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT In the other matches, Alexa Bliss retained her Raw Women’s Championship after yanking Mickie James to the turnbuckle before connecting with her DDT.Enzo Amore also became a two-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion as he outsmarted Kalisto, distracting the referee as he went on and poked the champ in the eye and hit the JawdonZo.Asuka made her triumphant debut in the main roster as she dominated Emma, ending the match with her Asuka Lock.Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann also topped The Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack Gallagher in a tag team match pitting fierce cruiserweight rivals after Alexander nailed Kendrick with the Lumbar Check.Jason Jordan beat Elias with a small package after interrupting his musical performance for the third time in the night.In the kickoff show, Sasha Banks continued to get the number of Alicia Fox as she scored a submission win via her Bank Statement. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Raw General Manager Kurt Angle marked his triumphant in-ring return as he joined forces with Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose at WWE TLC. Photo by WWE.com.Oh, it’s true. It’s damn true.Kurt Angle returned to action in a WWE ring for the first time in 11 years as he teamed up with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose and came out on top in the 5-on-3 tables, ladders, and chairs match in the main event of WWE TLC Monday (Manila time) in Minneapolis.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA
Ateneo, NU bids still alive Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC According to Price, Halladay had been a licensed pilot since 2013 and logged about 700 hours of flight time before Tuesday’s crash near Tampa. She said a preliminary report on the cause of the incident would likely be issued in seven to 10 days, but the full investigation could take up to two years.Price said it was too early to say whether Halladay’s crash was related to two earlier crashes this 2017 of A5s, one of which killed both the plane’s chief designer and test pilotFEATURED 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“Every accident is different. They are very complex. So as we move forward in the factual finding phase, if we see anything that we believe might connect it to previous accidents, we will certainly look at that. And if we see anything that we think is unsafe, we will make recommendation immediately,” Price said during a news conference in New Port Richey.The 40-year-old former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher had been the proud owner of an ICON A5. He owned the plane for less than a month, and was among the first to fly the model. In one of many enthusiastic tweets about the plane, Halladay said it felt “like flying a fighter jet.” MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Rolled out in 2014, the A5 is an amphibious aircraft meant to be treated like an ATV, a piece of weekend recreational gear with folding wings that can easily be towed on a trailer to a lake where it can take off from the water.“The way that a lot of people described it is a Jet Ski with wings,” Stephen Pope, editor-in-chief of Flying magazine, told The Associated Press. “It’s really a play thing.”The man who led the plane’s design, 55-year-old John Murray Karkow, died while flying an A5 over California’s Lake Berryessa on May 8, a crash the NTSB attributed to pilot error.In other tweets, Halladay said he had dreamed about owning one of the planes. In a video on the company’s website, Halladay said that he had to talk his wife into letting him get one. The son of a corporate pilot, Halladay had been forbidden to take up aviation until the two-time Cy Young Award winner retired from baseball after the 2013 season.According to Pope, “the plane itself is great.” But Pope had concerns about Halladay, a relatively inexperienced pilot, taking the craft out over water at low altitude. The plane, however, was marketed as a craft that could do that.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The remains of an ICON A5 ultralight airplane are moved from a boat ramp in the Gulf Harbors neighborhood of New Port Richey, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. The private plane, which belonged to Roy Halladay, had just been removed from the shallow waters off Ben Pilot Point in New Port Richey where it crashed last Tuesday, November 7, 2017, killing the 40-year-old former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Roy Halladay was flying his tiny sport plane low over the Gulf of Mexico shortly before it slammed into the water and killed the retired star pitcher, witnesses told federal investigators.National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator Noreen Price said on Wednesday that Halladay’s ICON A5 experienced a “high-energy impact” with the water. She said both flight data recorders were recovered and the plane did not have a voice recorder.ADVERTISEMENT “They still think that that’s the way the airplane should be flown, and there are people in aviation who completely disagree with that,” Pope said. “They think you should not have a low-time pilot flying low over water. That’s a recipe for disaster.”Low flying was part of the problem when Karkow, the designer, crashed, according to federal investigators. Karkow was killed along with passenger Cagri Sever, the company’s newly hired director of engineering.The NTSB blamed pilot error for the crash, saying Karkow mistakenly entered the wrong canyon while flying over a California lake and was unable to correct in time, striking the canyon wall.Another A5 crashed in April, making a hard landing in the water off Key Largo, Florida, injuring the pilot and his passenger. The pilot told investigators the plane descended faster than he expected.Halladay’s ICON A5 went down around noon last Tuesday off the coast of Florida, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said. /kga Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (left) reacts during a game in this April 20, 2017 photo. , in Indianapolis. At right is Kyrie Irving. AP FILELOS ANGELES, United States — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and general manager Koby Altman downplayed reports of tension between superstar LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Wednesday, but neither confirmed nor denied that Irving had requested a trade.“These things are fluid,” Gilbert said of Irving’s situation at a press conference at the team’s Ohio training facility, Altman’s first since he was confirmed as the team’s new general manager on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Numerous US media outlets have reported that Irving has requested a trade, indicating he wanted to join a team where he could emerge from James’s shadow and become the focal point of the offense.“We think that Kyrie Irving is one of the best guards in the NBA,” Gilbert said. “He was part of a championship, three years straight to the Finals and we value his talent significantly.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIrving played the last three NBA Finals alongside James with Cleveland, winning the title in 2016 and falling to the Golden State Warriors in 2015 and this year.He has two seasons left on his contract and a player option for 2019. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Double duty: Standhardinger takes place of Blatche as Gilas reinforcement Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Whatever his reason for wanting to leave, Altman — who served as assistant GM under Dan Gilbert, who departed in June — said reports of friction between James and Irving were “overblown”.“I think the people who are in this building every day haven’t seen any of that animosity,” Altman said. “This is, along with Kevin Love, this is a group that got us to three straight Finals and won an NBA championship together. They play great together on the floor and a lot of that I do think is overblown.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant
Having been at the recieving end of a 4-0 thrashing by England last year, it will be payback time when India take on the visiting English side in the four-Test series starting at Ahmedabad next month, middle-order batsman Suresh Raina said.”I was there in England and I feel the pain of losing that series 0-4. I want to give some of that pain back,” said the Uttar Pradesh batsman, who will lead India ‘A’ in a three-day warm-up game at the Cricket Club of India starting here from Tuesday.Raina also said that the SG balls to be used in the forthcoming series will help Indian bowlers.”There is a big difference in the SG Test and Duke balls. We have bowlers who know how to get the SG Test ball to reverse swing like Zak (Zaheer Khan) and Umesh Yadav. It’ll be important how to handle it in humid cities like Kolkata and Mumbai.”We also have (Ravichandran) Ashwin and (Pragyan) Ojha who have been amazing. The England team has good seamers like (Steve) Finn, (Stuart) Broad, (James) Anderson and it depends on how they can handle the SG Test ball,” Raina said.While the retirement of captain Andrew Strauss will be a blow to England, the return of Kevin Pietersen would be a big boost to the tourists’ hopes, Raina said.”Yes, that (Strauss’s retirement) is a loss, but they have a huge positive in KP’s return. He wasn’t there earlier, but now he’s back and that’s a big positive for them.”advertisementThe 25-year-old left-hander, fighting for a middle-order spot in the Test side with his Yuvraj Singh, said it was up to the selectors to fill the No. 6 slot, adding that the three-day match against the visitors will be a good opportunity for the likes of Yuvraj and Ashok Dinda to prepare themselves for the season ahead.Yuvraj Singh during India A’s practice. Yuvraj is a contender for a middle-order spot in the Test side.Click here to Enlarge “It’s a long season. We have Tests and then the one-dayers. Its (India ‘A’ game) a good opportunity for guys like myself, Yuvraj and Dinda. I want to enjoy myself and look to score big runs,” he said.Besides the England series, India are set to play four Tests against Australia and ODIs against Pakistan.Raina, averaging just under 30 from 17 Tests, also dismissed any suggestions of his inability to play the longest form of the game. “It’s just the mental aspect. I’ve given all that I have had to Test cricket. A lot of people say and write a lot of things but I know where I stand as far as Test cricket is concerned.”Batting at No. 6 is not easy, very often you get stuck with the tail and have to bat around them. I scored fifties in the West Indies and England and batted well against Australia in 2010. I’ve played 16 or 17 Tests, but as I play more, I will understand better.I’ve already played 150 ODIs for India and have played six years of IPL. I know what the coach and selectors expect from me and what they need me to do at no 6. I love to play my natural game and I love to hit the ball,” Raina said.Often found struggling against short-pitched deliveries in the longer format of the game, Raina siad he got tips from former Test batsman Pravin Amre on how to deal with England off-spinner Graeme Swann.”I asked him about Swann. He troubled me a lot in England and got me out four or five times. He (Amre) told me to keep my shoulder over the ball and my eyes in line with the ball,” Raina said when asked about the specifics.On the absence of front-line spinners in the India A side for the warm-up game, Raina said there were part-timers who can bowl spin. “I, Yuvraj and Manoj Tiwary can bowl spin. I’ll manage the over-rate,” he said.He said the track would offer some assistance to bowlers in the initial hours. “It’s a good wicket. I’ve played here for Air India in the Times Shield, in under-19 games and in the IPL. It offers good bounce to the bowlers. The first two hours are going to be crucial and that is where the openers come into play,” Raina said.
APTN National NewsValentine’s Day is coming up this weekend and in the spirit of the holiday, APTN caught up with one couple whose business is a labour of love.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has this story.