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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The Revolution was a technological success.
"Before the 1960s, the population of India was multiplying like rats in a barn," said Jagjit Singh Hara, "but we didn't have the grain to feed them. After the Green Revolution, we doubled our yield and now we have proved that India can feed the world".
But the process has limits and they may have been reached. Population, on the other hand, has continued to rise in poor parts of the world.
The graph, compiled for the BBC by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, shows that while yield per hectare has increased, the amount of land used for the major staple grains has remained fairly constant; this is because the amount of good farmland is finite.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Duck Dynasty is a reality television series on A&E. It shows the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business, Duck Commander, operated in West Monroe, Louisiana, which makes products for duck hunters, primarily the duck call named Duck Commander. The Robertson men, brothers Phil and Si, and Phil's sons Jase, Willie, and Jep, are known for their long beards. The business began in a family shed, where Phil Robertson spent 25 years making duck calls from Louisiana cedar trees. His son Willie is now the CEO of the company. The family was previously featured on the series Benelli Presents Duck Commander and its spin-off Buck Commander, which still airs on the Outdoor Channel. On June 10, 2013, it was announced that the family is working on a Christmas album, titled Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas. It is scheduled for release on October 29, 2013.
Zoo visitors in China are in an uproar after a wildlife park tried to pass off a Tibetan mastiff dog as an African lion.
A Chinese news agency reports that visitors became suspicious when the supposed "big cat" started barking at the zoo in the Henan Province.
Officials are apologizing and claim the mix-up occurred because they couldn't afford to have real lions.
The Seattle Seahawks are an American Football team in the National Football League based in Seattle, Washington. They are currently members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference (NFC), and joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Seahawks have had some notable stars on the team, such as Steve Largent, Jim Zorn, Dave Krieg, Kenny Easley, Curt Warner, Joe Nash, Brian Blades, Cortez Kennedy, Joey Galloway, Warren Moon, Walter Jones, Shaun Alexander, Matt Hasselbeck, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. Two of them have inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and some have been inducted into theSeahawks Ring of Honor. Seattle is the only team to have played in the AFC (American Football Conference) and NFC Championship Games, winning the latter. The Seahawks have won seven division titles, the first two from 1988 and1999 coming from the AFC West, and their only Super Bowl appearance was in 2006 for Super Bowl XL.
Laura Prepon and Orange Is the New Black have received strong reviews, but the actress will be leaving the Netflix show after this season. The former That '70s Show star will appear in a limited role in some episodes in the second season of Orange Is the New Black before wrapping up her storyline, Buzzfeed reports. Though she'll have the option to return in the future, Prepon has not inked a contract for the next season. She plays Alex Vause, the former girlfriend of lead character Piper (Taylor Schilling); their relationship lands Piper in prison, which is the catalyst for the show's main storyline.
Netflix has made big moves into original programming this year, reviving Arrested Development for a fourth season and picking up nine Emmy nominations for the political drama House of Cards. The streaming media service also released its first original feature film, Shotgun Wedding, this past April Fools Day.
Season Two of Orange Is the New Black started filming last month in New York and will premiere next year.
ARLINGTON — Long before the Texas Rangers set a season high for runs, the AL West leaders had a big inning against Felix Hernandez that put them ahead to stay.
Jurickson Profar hit an RBI single before scoring on a suicide squeeze in a five-run outburst against Hernandez, all the runs Texas managed in five innings against Seattle’s ace on the way to a 15-3 victory over the Mariners on Saturday night.
“I can’t put a finger on it, because there’s games when he’s really dominated us,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “One thing you have to do against King, and it was odd tonight, usually when he gets a lead, he knows how to take it home.”
The Rangers finished off their big night with an eight-run eighth in which Profar had another RBI single.
Profar had a nifty slide to score on the bunt by Leonys Martin that dribbled only a few feet in front of the plate in the second inning. Seattle catcher Henry Blanco pounced on the ball and reached back trying to tag Profar, who made an elusive move to slide around and slap the back tip of the plate.
“It was pretty close, but I never tagged him,” Blanco said. “You’ve got to expect anything. It was a good situation for them. Against a good pitcher like Felix, you’re trying to get as many runs as you can.”
Rookie left-hander Martin Perez (6-3) pitched into the eighth to win his third consecutive start in August, even after giving up single runs in each of the first three innings.
Perez had allowed exactly four hits in each of his previous three starts, including his first career complete game six days earlier.
The Mariners had four hits in the first two innings, when they built a 2-0 lead — usually plenty for Hernandez (12-6). He was 103-25 with a 2.80 ERA in his previous 170 career starts when Seattle scored at least two runs for him.
Hernandez had a season-high five walks and allowed five runs and five hits. The big right-hander, who threw eight shutout innings last Sunday against Milwaukee, came in as the American League ERA leader, but that mark went from 2.28 to 2.47 — higher than the 2.41 for Hiroki Kuroda of the New York Yankees.
“My pitches were flat, up and I was not getting ahead of them. It just started in the second inning. I tried to settle down,” Hernandez said. “I was wild. It was just mechanics. I was too quick to the plate.”
Adrian Beltre led off the Rangers second with an eight-pitch plate appearance. Beltre shouted out to Hernandez, his former teammate and good friend, while running to first base on his sharp single to center.
Texas loaded the bases with another hit and a walk before Profar blooped an RBI single and David Murphy hit a two-run double to deep center. Elvis Andrus added an RBI single after Martin’s bunt for a 5-2 lead.
“Beltre got us going, and from that point on we just made contact and found some holes. It was a perfect situation right there to squeeze,” Washington said. “With some luck, probably could have scored more runs. But I’m not going to be greedy. I’m going to take what we got.”
Hernandez hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs in his previous nine starts since June 20. He is 0-3 with a 5.55 ERA in four starts against Texas this season.
Kyle Seager homered and had an RBI single for the Mariners, who have lost 13 of 20. He extended his hitting streak at Rangers Ballpark to 13 games since May 2012.
Brad Miller led off the game with a double and scored on a single by Seager, who was picked off second base by Perez. Dustin Ackley had a single and stolen base in the second before scoring on Brendan Ryan’s single.
Seager’s 19th homer, a 409-foot shot into the second deck in right field, came in the third.
NOTES: It was Texas’ highest-scoring game at Rangers Ballpark without hitting a home run. The stadium is in its 20th season. … Murphy’s 16 career RBIs vs. Hernandez are more than any other player. … Craig Gentry pinch-hit for the Rangers for the fourth game in a row, and reached each time. He had a pinch two-run double in the seventh, and added an RBI fielder’s choice in the eighth in the No. 9 spot where Murphy started. … Beltre is 6 for 12 this season against Hernandez. The Rangers third baseman, who played five seasons in Seattle, was 3 for 15 previously.