The new year is a great time to pick up a few habits that will help build a greener future for the planet, but new habits can be hard to maintain.Whether they pertain to exercise, finances or green living, resolutions are easier to keep when they begin with small changes, said Pamela Turner, an associate professor and Cooperative Extension housing specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.“Making a large change — like going completely plastic-free — can be hard to take on because they’re such extreme changes,” Turner said. “Like anything else, the best way to build a more sustainable household is to start with small steps that you can maintain.”There are lots of small changes that a family can make to lessen their footprint on the environment. Here are 10 steps that Turner recommends:Stop buying bottled water.Make a habit of keeping your reusable bags in the car so you never end up at the store without them.Buy your family members reusable straws with cleaning brushes.Start using cloth napkins and cloth kitchen towels; save the paper towels and paper napkins.Take your own containers with you to restaurants to carry out leftovers.Bring cloth produce bags with you to the grocery store.Become a clean recycler; clean all containers before putting them in the recycling bin.Eat at home or brown bag whenever you can. Eating out generates more waste from unnecessary packaging.Borrow or rent large items and tools that you may not use very often.Swap clothes with friends or buy used clothing when you need to refresh your look.“The best thing to do is just pick two or three changes and try to stick with them,” Turner said. “The most important thing is that you move forward with what you can do and not compare yourself to others. It isn’t a competition.”For more tips of living a greener life, visit UGA Extension’s UGA Greenway at UGAgreenway.org. Other tips are available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s blog.
Yorkshire teenager Jonathan Thomson – who persevered at golf despite suffering from childhood leukaemia – is celebrating two triumphs within the space of a week.First, the 16-year-old from Lindrick (Image © Tom Ward) was the runaway winner of the boys’ title at the North of England U16 Championship at Pannal, near Harrogate. He scored 12-under par 276 for the four rounds and was five shots clear of his closest challenger, with rounds of 69 68 71 68.Now, Thomson has followed up by helping Yorkshire to win the Boys’ County Finals for the first time in seven years. He contributed four points from his five matches as Yorkshire completed a clean sweep of the other counties, Staffordshire, Devon and Hampshire, IoW and Channel Islands.Thomson was first selected for Yorkshire coaching when he was 10, three years after being diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia. The aggressive illness required five years of treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital before he went into remission and he now has six monthly checks.On many occasions Jonathan was unable to complete a full coaching session with Yorkshire but he persevered throughout his treatment regime. Now, as well as playing for the boys’ county team, he captains the Yorkshire U16 boys.His victory in the North of England championship gives him entry into the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship.The girls’ title at Pannal went to England international Gabriella Cowley, 16, from West Essex. She was 12-under par on the ladies’ card with scores of 67 75 71 71 for a total of 284. Her closest challenger for the girls’ title was Dorset’s Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis) on 288. Overall, Gabriella finished in a tie for fifth place in the mixed field.She won the 2011 English U15 girls’ title, followed up with victory in this year’s Scottish U16 open stroke play and recently helped England win the Girls’ Home Internationals. Next week she will make her debut for England ladies when they defend their Home Internationals title. 1 Sep 2012 Double triumph for Yorkshire teenager
by Alan RobinsonPITTSBURGH (AP)—Bill Stull rarely hears himself mentioned in the same sentence as Dan Marino. He is now. Stull is one of college football’s biggest surprises and, if Pitt Panthers keep playing this way, they might be, too.Stull threw for two touchdowns, Dion Lewis ran for two and No. 16 Pitt scored on all five possessions in the first half to rout South Florida 41-14 Saturday and extend its best start in 27 years. MILESTONE—Pittsburgh freshman running back Dion Lewis breaks 1,000 yards on the season with this run past South Florida cornerback Jerome Murphy during the second quarter at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Oct. 24. The Panthers (4-0 in Big East) opened up a 31-7 lead at halftime in improving to 7-1 for the first time since 1982—Marino’s senior season and the last time Pittsburgh was ranked No. 1.“I don’t how it could have come together any better than what happened today,” coach Dave Wannstedt said.Pitt made what was expected to be a difficult game look easy as Stull completed his first 11 passes against a Bulls defense that appeared geared to stopping Lewis, a freshman who came in No. 3 nationally in rushing. After that, Lewis took over and ran for 111 yards in three quarters to push his season’s total to 1,029 yards.“A defense cannot serve two masters,” Stull said. “If you try to stop our running game, we’re going to be able to make some big plays through the air and vice versa.”Stull, whose senior season statistics to date exceed Marino’s, hit Jonathan Baldwin for completions of 40, 34 and 35 yards while repeatedly finding receivers open by several steps behind South Florida defenders. Baldwin made six catches for 144 yards, while Stull was 18 of 25 for 245 yards and two scores and wasn’t sacked once.Stull, a senior who played so poorly at the end of last season he was forced to compete for his starting job during spring ball, has 16 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. Marino threw for 17 TDs as a senior.“It’s his confidence,” tight end Dorin Dickerson said. “He goes out there every game, straight-faced, and doesn’t worry about nothing else but playing, and it shows.”Pitt leads the Big East and is in position to win 10 games for the first time since the 1981 Panthers went 11-1. However, the three biggest games of the season await in Notre Dame and No. 22 West Virginia next month and No. 5 Cincinnati on Dec. 5.“We always talk about wanting to get all cylinders rolling and today we took a first step toward that,” Stull said. “It’s great that we’re starting to play better and better toward the end of the season.”Lewis and Stull were pulled along with most of the Panthers’ regulars with Pitt ahead 34-7. Lewis, who has five 100-yard games, is only the fourth Pitt freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, joining Tony Dorsett (1973), Curvin Richards (1988) and LeSean McCoy (2007).“It’s nice, but I’m not really thinking about that stuff,” Lewis said.“They just whupped up. They whupped us,” coach Jim Leavitt said. “They’re a better team than we are right now. We’ve got to play defense, and we didn’t play defense. “Stull was repeatedly given time to throw by an offensive line that effectively controlled Bulls pass rushers George Selvie and Jason Pierre-Paul. He found Dickerson for 20 and 22 yards on Pitt’s first possession to set up his 2-yard scoring pass to backup tight end Mike Cruz, the freshman’s first college catch. Dickerson later made his ninth TD catch of the season.By winning, the Panthers assured themselves of a second consecutive bowl appearance, the first time they’ve done that since 2003-04.
SANTA ANITA HOSTS BREEDERS’ CUP NOV. 4 & 5CHAMPION STELLAR WIND WORKS FOR HIRSCHSMITH BACK HOME FOLLOWING BELMONT SCORESECURITY’S MIKE JACOBELLIS RETIRES TODAYDERBY WINNER NYQUIST BREEZES TOMORROW Brandon Boulanger5861510%21%$159,199 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mike Smith45158133%53%$1,014,947 Richard Baltas6410121416%56%$477,060 Doug O’Neill10512222111%52%$872,676 Richard Mandella4195722%51%$724,512 Brayan Pena676589%28%$154,340 James Cassidy4574616%38%$427,845 Rafael Bejarano19044423123%62%$2,523,132 Kent Desormeaux61119618%43%$484,775 FINISH LINES: Kentucky Derby king Nyquist will work five furlongs at 6:30 tomorrow morning under Mario Gutierrez, trainer Doug O’Neill reported Sunday. A decision on his next race is expected in the next few days . . . Coppa, who remained unbeaten in three starts with her win in Belmont Park’s Grade III Victory Ride at 6 ½ furlongs Saturday under Joe Talamo for Phil D’Amato, is being considered for Saratoga’s Grade I, $500,000 Test Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs Aug. 6, the trainer said . . . Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, a candidate for Del Mar’s San Diego Handicap July 23, worked six furlongs in company Sunday for Bob Baffert in 1:13.20 from the gate. Stablemate Vale Dori got 1:13.40 . . .GOOD LUCK TO TRACK ANNOUNCER MICHAEL WRONA, AS HE AND FIANCE’ KATHY KENNEDY WILL MARRY NEXT SUNDAY IN LAKE TAHOE . . . There are mandatory payouts in the Pick Six and Super High Five today. The total Pick Six pool is expected to exceed $500,000. Tiago Pereira11012161711%41%$539,967 CHAMP STELLAR WIND IN ‘EXCELLENT’ DRILLStellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, worked six furlongs in company under Victor Espinoza Sunday in 1:14.20 as she prepares for a rematch with three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar July 30.Beholder and Stellar Wind ran one-two in the Grade I Vanity Mile at Santa Anita June 4.John Sadler, who trains Stellar Wind for the Hronis brothers, Kosta and Peter, had Carnival Lights as her workmate. She was clocked in 1:15.80.“It was an excellent work,” Espinoza said of Stellar Wind. “She was brilliant today. Now she’s ready to go. The Vanity got her fit for the next race and even though it’s against Beholder who’s a champ, too, you never know what will happen. Stellar Wind is doing great.”The Vanity was Stellar Wind’s first race since last Oct. 30, when she finished a troubled second by a neck in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland. (Current Through Saturday, July 9) TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mark Glatt7314151119%55%$503,651 MIKE JACOBELLIS TURNS IN BADGE TODAY After serving for 10 years with Santa Anita Security, which was preceded by a 32-year run with LAPD, Mike Jacobellis will retire from The Great Race Place today and be honored in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following the fourth race.A graduate of Alhambra High School, Jacobellis, who is currently an Area Manager overseeing plain-clothed personnel, leaves a legacy of good will with fans, jockeys, horsemen and fellow employees.“We are very fortunate to have had Mike on staff for the past 10 years,” said Santa Anita Chief of Security, Lou Scalera. “Mike gets along with everyone and he’s an outstanding cop. He retired from LAPD as a Detective Sergeant and he pays attention and follows up on things in a very professional manner.“Although he’s leaving us to spend more time with his family, we will have him here for the Breeders’ Cup in November and we hope to have him next year on big days, like the Santa Anita Derby and the Big ‘Cap.“Given the fact that he’s met so many owners, trainers and jockeys over the years, I’d be surprised if we didn’t see him every now again as a fan. It’s hard not to develop a love for this game when you’re so close to everyone involved in it.” Chad Lindsay731381218%45%$315,100 Martin Pedroza831391216%41%$403,100 Flavien Prat15840272325%57%$1,946,640 Edwin Maldonado15627231717%43%$1,094,450 Bob Baffert561612629%61%$862,103 Stewart Elliott979879%25%$395,200 Tyler Baze19631403816%56%$1,573,731 Peter Eurton4796519%43%$500,660 Simon Callaghan3173223%39%$316,965 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato992520925%55%$1,606,938 Mario Gutierrez78916612%40%$695,300 Joseph Talamo13926192019%47%$1,527,073 Alonso Quinonez56610711%41%$266,730 HOME COURSE ADVANTAGE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP?Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World championships for an unprecedented ninth time come Nov. 4 and 5.Whether it can be a home course advantage or not depends on who you talk to. Trainer Ron Ellis, for one, says there is a benefit in not shipping and running on a track just a hundred yards away in your own back yard.“I think it’s similar to a football team that doesn’t have to play on the road,” said Ellis, who hopes to have his crack sprinter, Masochistic, ready for either the Dirt Mile or the Sprint.“While they’re not necessarily creatures of habit, athletes and horses seem more comfortable in familiar surroundings. The home teams don’t have to travel, nor do horses based at Santa Anita, and that can reduce intangibles such as stress, which doesn’t help.”Bob Baffert, whose horses have flown worldwide, says it makes no never mind to him and his stock.“It’s more of an economic advantage than anything,” said the Hall of Fame trainer who has made Santa Anita his base of operations for more than two decades. “You don’t have to spend any extra money shipping because the horses are here.“There might be a horse or two that wouldn’t have shipped well, but otherwise, I don’t think it’s a big deal. If you have good horses, they’ll come through. All my horses ship well. I ship a lot and they’re used to it. My success rate is pretty high.” Martin Garcia811361416%41%$712,434 Peter Miller591015717%54%$485,955 Mike Puype54117620%44%$360,850 John Sadler65971414%46%$750,278 Fernando Perez10113111113%35%$557,713 Jerry Hollendorfer771581519%49%$1,050,183 SMITH RETURNS FOLLOWING SUBURBAN WIN AT BELMONT PARK Mike Smith, who joined fellow Hall of Famer Gary Stevens for a special Beholder/Songbird poster signing prior to Sunday’s races, was still “feeling it” following his big win aboard Effinex in Saturday’s Grade I, mile and a quarter Suburban Handicap yesterday at Belmont Park.“When he puts it all together, he’s a serious horse. He can run with the best of the best,” said Smith of the Jimmy Jerkins trainee who is pointing to an eventual engagement in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. “He can beat ’em when he puts his mind to it; he’s just not always in a stable frame of mind (jokingly).”Yesterday he was on and ran brilliant . . . Belmont’s a funny track. The size of the track, the turns . . . You can pull the trigger way too soon there and it can play tricks on you . . . but I’ve been there since the ’80s, so it helps to know it. I love going, but I love coming back!” Santiago Gonzalez18323253113%43%$1,138,703 Patrick Gallagher2972224%38%$266,100
0Shares0000TP Mazembe must defeat visiting Horoya of Guinea to be sure of a quarter-finals place in the CAF Confederation Cup © AFP/File / Agnes BunJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jul 6 – CAF Confederation Cup title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo must defeat visiting Horoya of Guinea this weekend to be sure of a quarter-finals place.Every Group D match between leaders Mazembe, Horoya and third-place SuperSport United of South Africa has been drawn, setting the scene for a thrilling finale. Mazembe and Horoya have nine points, with the Congolese occupying first place on goal difference, and SuperSport seven.The Pretoria outfit complete their mini-league schedule at home to Mounana of Gabon, who have lost all five matches and conceded five goals at home to SuperSport.Should Mazembe and Horoya draw in Lubumbashi and SuperSport win in Atteridgeville, there will be a three-way tie on 10 points.A 0-0 or 1-1 draw in DR Congo would eliminate Mazembe while a 2-2 or higher-scoring stalemate would spell the end for SuperSport.South Africa midfielder and SuperSport captain Dean Furman believes his team are too good to fail at the mini-league stage.“Our back-to-back draws with Mazembe have given us a lot of confidence — we can compete successfully with the giants of African club football,” he told reporters.SuperSport came from two goals behind to draw 2-2 at Mazembe and had the better of a 0-0 deadlock in a return match dominated by defences.“There were a lot of positives for us from outplaying the Confederation Cup title-holders for large parts of both matches.“We did not want a three-team race to the wire in the group, but that is what it has become,” said the midfielder whose primary task is to disrupt opposition attacks.“Being eliminated this weekend would be a huge disappointment as the boys feel they can do better than that,” said Furman.Victories for Mazembe and SuperSport are the likeliest outcomes of the Saturday matches, saving officials from scrambling for CAF rules books.Group A is even more intriguing as Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) of Uganda, Club Africain of Tunisia, Rivers United of Nigeria and FUS Rabat of Morocco can qualify.Africain host KCCA and FUS have home advantage over Rivers and in a mini-league where nine of 10 matches produced home wins, the north Africans sides are poised to triumph and advance.Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan, one of the surprise sides of the Confederation Cup this season, have secured qualification from Group C, and will play a role in who advances with them.Zesco United of Zambia will go through if they defeat the Sudanese in Copperbelt city Ndola and avenge a 1-0 away loss.If Zesco lose or draw, the door opens for Recreativo Libolo of Angola and Smouha of Egypt, who clash in Calulo, southeast of Luanda.Leaders Mouloudia Alger of Algeria and record three-time Confederation Cup winners CS Sfaxien of Tunisia have booked last-eight places from Group B.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)