Local, regional and global patterns of resource use in ecology: hermit crabs and gastropod shells as an example

first_imgTo see the ‘big pictures’, it seems increasingly clear that experimental design, data collection and analyses of ecological investigation need to be at multiple scales. This causes problems with data complexity, sampling (level) and independence. Many ecological programmes are currently conducting multi-scale investigation of organismal trends (e.g. diversity). In this study, by contrast, the assemblages analysed were the resources used by animals (rather than animals per se). Variability in shell use was studied in 5 members of a taxon (hermit crabs) from global to site spatial levels. The novel adaptation of an existing technique used 1-factor, 3-level ANOVA of Bray-Curtis similarity values based on ‘centroids’ for each scale. Similarity in the number of shells used, the proportional usage of shell types, shell diversity and other variables were examined at site (> 10 m apart), locality (> 1 km apart) and region levels (> 1000 km apart). There was significant variability amongst scales and between regions in shell use of all species. For some species, observed variability differed with location, while in others the trend was similar in all 3 regions. Between 18 and 3 shell types were used by different study species with diversity (Shannon H’) values ranging from 2.54 to 0.1 and evenness values from 0.99 to 0.1. Shell use by hermit crabs was less similar (to each other) between regions than between the study hermit crab species. No significant spatial effects at any level were found on the proportion of damaged shells used by different species. The numbers of shell types used by hermit crabs had both a taxon-specific component and a global pattern. Data from the literature in combination with that from the present study showed Dardanus, Diogenes and Pagurus species used fewer shell types than Coenobita, Clibanarius and Calcinus species. No inter-oceanic patterns were evident in any genus. Shell numbers used by Clibanarius and Calcinus species both, however, exhibited distinct latitudinal clines. Adaptation of a novel technique has, thus, demonstrated global (and differential between scale) trends in resource use by a guild of animals, although interpretation of the mechanism or meaning underlying this is not straightforward.last_img read more

Salt Lake Stallions Unveil New Uniforms, Draft Quarterback

first_imgNovember 27, 2018 /Sports News – Local Salt Lake Stallions Unveil New Uniforms, Draft Quarterback FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWEST JORDAN, Utah-Tuesday, the Salt Lake Stallions unveiled their new uniforms and drafted their first quarterback during a watch party at the ‘Bout Time Pub & Grub of West Jordan.The historic draft saw the Stallions select Josh Woodrum of Liberty in the first round of the Alliance of American Football’s “Protect or Pick” quarterback draft.During this draft, which originated out of Las Vegas, the Stallions had the option to protect one of the quarterbacks alloted to their roster or take a chance and pick an unprotected quarterback.The Stallions took the pick option and landed the undrafted Woodrum, who has most recently been with the Baltimore Ravens.Woodrum, a 6-3 228-pound signal-caller, is Liberty’s all-time record holder in passing yards (10,266), completions (833), total offense (10,960 yards) and touchdowns responsible for (77).The Stallions have also selected sky blue, royal blue and silver as their colors. The jerseys are designed by Starter and are largely silver, featuring royal blue jersey numbers outlined in sky blue and with sky blue along the collar and on the short sleeves.The pants are sky blue, featuring a royal blue stripe along the side.The Stallions’ season commences February 10 opens with a road game against the Arizona Hotshots. Written by Tags: Aliance of American Football/Arizona Hotshots/Baltimore Ravens/Josh Woodrum/Liberty/Protect or Pick/Salt Lake Stallions Brad Jameslast_img read more

You Can Now Watch 20 Hours of Video on Your Dell XPS 13

first_imgWhen comparing the 2017 Dell XPS 13 (9360) and the updated for 2018 Dell XPS 13 (9370) launched at CES, Windows Central said: “Best performance almost always means going with the new model, and the same appears true here.”But wait.Just because we launched a new XPS 13 doesn’t mean we stopped improving the performance of the previous one.In fact, we’ve been working with our partners at Intel to further optimize the battery life on the 2017 XPS 13 for a very specific use that will be welcomed by the ever-increasing number of people who watch video on their laptop.  Yes, we’re proud to say that we’re the first in the industry to reach 20 hours of battery life for local video playback.“Our engineering teams collaborated closely to creatively deploy features unique to our 8th Gen Intel Core processor and Dell’s system design in order to achieve exceptional battery life,” said Ahmed Omer, Global Director of Systems Engineering, Intel Corp. “The result is impressive – amazing battery life combined with the performance leap delivered by our 8th Gen Intel Core processors.”Since we launched the first XPS 13 in 2012, we’ve pushed laptop design and expanded the boundaries of what’s possible with beautiful bushed metals, carbon fiber, InfinityEdge screens and the new white woven fiber finish. But all that visible design can sometimes overshadow the innovation within.The belief that technology has always been about advancing human progress drives our approach to product design and innovation. The ability to binge high-quality video for even longer periods of time might be debatable human progress, but it was a challenge our engineering teams were ready to tackle.“Maximizing mobile platform battery life depends on reducing average system power.  Processing audio can be very CPU intensive, so by enabling hardware offloaded audio on the XPS 13, we’re allowing audio tasks to be moved from the CPU to a highly efficient, dedicated audio processor which maximizes power efficiency and improves battery life,” Senior Principal Performance Engineer Gary Lusk explained to me. “Additionally, we enabled a new feature in Intel’s graphics driver called NV12 which reduces power consumption even further.”I tried to dig a little deeper into what NV12 was, and let’s just say it gets really technical. Luckily, enabling these features on your XPS 13 (9360) is not that technical. All you need to do is:update the audio driver to (Dell version A09 or later) andupdate the graphics driver to (Dell version A12 or later)Both of these are available today on the Dell Support site. Future customers will find these updates already integrated into their new systems.While the 20 hours1 of video playback milestone is not based on me binging every episode of Black Mirror back-to-back (which would actually only take 18 hours and nine minutes), these enhancements will help Netflix streaming through the Netflix Win10 app.Lusk also said it might be worth mentioning that not every audio or video player supports these new optimizations. Our teams used Media Engine based playback applications, such as the built in Windows 10 Movies & TV player, for analysis of battery life.“And in case you’re wondering, we’ve also implemented these same features on the 2018 XPS 13 9370,” Lusk said. “We can’t claim 20 hours yet, because the 2018 version has a physically smaller battery, but we’re working on it!”1Local video playback test was conducted in March, 2018 on the XPS 13 9360 with 8th Gen Intel Core i8550U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, FHD display and Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update at 38% brightness and 50% system volume. Maximum battery life will decrease with time.last_img read more

Watch Lea Michele Sing Two Louder Songs

first_imgLea Michele dropped her album Louder on March 4 and has been a busy bee promoting her debut solo record. She stopped by The Tonight Show the day of the release to sing her single “Cannonball” and talk with Jimmy Fallon about how thrilled she was that her work had gone straight to number one on iTunes. On March 5 she headed to Good Morning America, where she sang the track “Battlefield” and revealed to George Stephanopoulos how the end of Glee would be “beyond, beyond, beyond emotional.” Watch her incredible performances on both TV shows and interview with Fallon below! View Commentslast_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee completes $250 million sale to Lavazza, SEC requests documents

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters finally acquires Diedrich Coffee …May 12, 2010 … Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc has announced that it has acquired Diedrich Coffee, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDRX) for $35 per share of common … Green Mountain Coffee ranks #2 on Fortune’s global 100 fastest …Aug 19, 2010 … For the second consecutive year, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), of Waterbury, Vermont, has been ranked on Fortune’s … Green Mountain Coffee declares three-for-one stock split, earnings …Apr 28, 2010 … Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a three-for-one stock split to … Green Mountain Coffee Roasters sees sales soar | Vermont Business …Jan 15, 2010 … Green Mountain Coffee Roasters ‘ based in Waterbury ‘ had a fairly …Also purchased this year was Timothy’s World Coffee from Toronto for … Green Mountain Coffee Roasters announces $250 million common stock …Aug 11, 2010 … As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain CoffeeRoasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, … According to a Form 8-K report to the Securities & Exchange Commission Tuesday, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc completed a sale of 8,566,649 shares of its common stock, par value $0.10 per share, to Luigi Lavazza S.p.A., an Italian corporation, for an aggregate purchase price of $250 million. The Waterbury company employs 1,010 in Vermont and more than 2,000 system-wide. It has been in a buying spree lately on the West Coast and in Canada as its stock price has climbed and sales of Keurig-brand single cup serving systems has taken off. The company reported in the same filing that the SEC had requested certain documents, which GMCR believes is related to ” certain revenue recognition practices and the Company’s relationship with one of its fulfillment vendors.” It declined to comment further on the SEC request, other than to say it was cooperating fully. However, its stock price fell on the news 16 percent to $31.06. Its 52-week high is $37.97 and its 52-week low is $19.85. I was at $31.30 late Thursday. http://investor.gmcr.com/stockquote.cfm(link is external)The sale of the Shares to Lavazza was effected pursuant to the Common Stock Purchase Agreement, dated as of August 10, 2010, by and between the Company and Lavazza. The execution of the SPA was previously reported by the Company in its Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 11, 2010, and the full text of the SPA was filed as Exhibit 10.1 thereto. In connection with the closing of the sale of the Shares, the Company and Lavazza entered into a Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of September 28, 2010 (the ‘RRA’).Pursuant to the terms of the RRA, after the first anniversary of the date of the RRA or the earlier occurrence of specified triggering events, Lavazza will have a demand, Form S-3 registration right with respect to the Shares then held by Lavazza and other Common Stock or other securities convertible into or exchangeable for Common Stock acquired by Lavazza in accordance with the terms of the SPA (collectively, the ‘Registrable Securities’). In addition, after the first anniversary of the date of the RRA, Lavazza will have a piggyback registration right to have the Registrable Securities then held by Lavazza included in a Company-effected registration, other than a registration relating to employee benefit plans or resulting from other specified corporate events. Lavazza’s demand and piggyback registration rights are subject to the limitations and conditions set forth in the RRA, including, with respect to underwritten offerings, customary underwriter cutbacks. The RRA also provides that all expenses (other than underwriting commissions, transfer taxes, fees of Lavazza’s counsel and similar fees and commissions) incurred in connection with any registration that is subject to the exercise of Lavazza’s registration rights will generally be borne by the Company, and contains other customary provisions, including those relating to indemnification.Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.The information in Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.02.Item 3.02 Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities.To the extent required by Item 3.02 of Form 8-K, the information contained or incorporated in Item 1.01 of this Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 3.02. Exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the ‘Securities Act’), for the sale of the Shares to Lavazza was based on Section 4(2) of the Securities Act.Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.In connection with its acquisition of LJVH Holdings, Inc., or Van Houtte, a leading gourmet coffee brand in Canada in the home and office channels, and the marketing of the associated $1.35 billion debt financing, the Company hereby furnishes the following information:Intercompany adjustment correctionIn connection with the preparation of its financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter, the Company’s management discovered an immaterial accounting error relating to the margin percentage it had been using to eliminate the inter-company markup in its K-Cup inventory balance residing at its Keurig business unit. Management discovered that the gross margin percentage used to eliminate the inter-company markup resulted in a lower margin applied to the Keurig ending inventory balance effectively overstating consolidated inventory and understating cost of sales. Management determined that the accounting error arose during fiscal 2007 and analyzed the quantitative impact from that point forward to June 26, 2010.As of June 26, 2010, there is a cumulative $7.6 million overstatement of pre-tax income. Net of tax, the cumulative error resulted in a $4.4 million overstatement of net income or a $0.03 cumulative impact on earnings per share.After evaluating the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the error in accordance with applicable accounting literature, including Staff Accounting Bulletins published by the SEC, the Company, with the participation of the audit committee of the Board of Directors, has determined that the correction in the margin calculation represents a correction of an error in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification 250 Accounting Changes and Error Corrections, that the correction was not material to the fiscal years and the respective quarters ended 2007, 2008 and 2009 and that the Company anticipates that the correction will not be material to fiscal year 2010 and the respective quarters of fiscal 2010. As a result, the Company anticipates the cumulative amount of the accounting correction will be made in the quarter ended September 25, 2010.The Company does not intend to provide further updates regarding the correction of this error or the Company’s results for fiscal year 2010 until its fiscal 2010 fourth quarter earnings release and conference call. Additional details regarding the correction of this error will be provided in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 25, 2010.SEC inquiryOn September 20, 2010, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement informed the Company that it was conducting an inquiry and made a request for a voluntary production of documents and information. Based on the request, the Company believes the focus of the inquiry concerns certain revenue recognition practices and the Company’s relationship with one of its fulfillment vendors. The Company, at the direction of the audit committee of the Company’s board of directors, is cooperating fully with the SEC staff’s inquiry.Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are ‘forward-looking statements’ within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as ‘anticipate,’ ‘believe,’ ‘could,’ ‘estimate,’ ‘expect,’ ‘feel,’ ‘forecast,’ ‘intend,’ ‘may,’ ‘plan,’ ‘potential,’ ‘project,’ ‘should,’ ‘would,’ and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those stated here. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, the Company’s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, the Company’s success in efficiently and effectively integrating Tully’s, Timothy’s, and Diedrich’s wholesale operations and capacity into its Specialty Coffee business unit, the Company’s success in introducing and producing new product offerings, the ability of lenders to honor their commitments under the Company’s credit facility, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, Keurig’s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the At Home and Away from Home businesses, the Company’s ability to continue to protect and enhance its intellectual property, the Company experiencing product liability, product recall and higher than anticipated rates of warranty expense or sales returns associated with a product quality or safety issue, the impact of the loss of major customers for the Company or reduction in the volume of purchases by major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, the Company’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, the impact of the inquiry initiated by the SEC and any related or additional governmental investigative or enforcement proceedings, as well as other risks described more fully in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases. Source: GMCR. September 28, 2010Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to acquire Van Houtte for $900 …Sep 14, 2010 … Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) announced today that it has executed a Share Purchase Agreement pursuant to which GMCR … For more stories on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, go towww.vermontbiz.comlast_img read more

Welch, Sanders refute plan to keep Bush tax cuts

first_imgAs President Obama took to the airwaves Monday night to announce a deal to extend President George W Bush’s tax cuts, Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) called the plan ‘fiscally irresponsible’ and ‘grossly unfair.’ US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) comments were even stronger, calling it a “moral outrage.”Sanders issued the following statement today on the agreement announced Monday between the White House and congressional Republicans:‘In my view, it is a moral outrage that at a time when this country has a $13.8 trillion national debt, a collapsing middle class and a growing gap between the very rich and everybody else that the Republicans would deny extended unemployment benefits to 2 million workers who are desperately struggling to pay their bills and maintain their dignity. It is also beyond comprehension that the Republicans would hold hostage the entire middle class of this country so that millionaires and billionaires would receive huge tax breaks. In my view, that is not what this country is about and it is not what the American people want to see. Our job is to save the disappearing middle class, not lower taxes for people who are already extraordinarily wealthy and increase the national debt that our children and grandchildren would have to pay.‘The immediate political task in front of us is to rally the American people so that in the next several weeks we can find at least a few Republicans who will join us in saying no to increasing the deficit by giving tax breaks to the wealthy and no to holding the unemployed and the middle class hostage.‘I believe that we have the American people on our side on this issue. My office, and I come from a small state, has received more than 600 calls today, 99 percent of them in opposition to this so-called compromise that the president negotiated with the Republicans.‘I will do everything in my power to stand up for the American middle class and defeat this agreement.’In a letter to Speaker Pelosi that Welch circulated to his House colleagues Monday night, Welch wrote, ‘We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we.’Welch will send the letter to Speaker Pelosi after gathering signatures from his colleagues on Tuesday. The full text of the letter is copied below.Dear Madam Speaker,We oppose acceding to Republican demands to extend the Bush tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires for two reasons.First, it is fiscally irresponsible. Adding $700 billion to our national debt, as this proposal would do, handcuffs our ability to offer a balanced plan to achieve fiscal stability without a punishing effect on our current commitments, including Social Security and Medicare.Second, it is grossly unfair. This proposal will hurt, not help, the majority of Americans in the middle class and those working hard to get there. Even as Republicans seek to add $700 billion to our national debt, they oppose extending unemployment benefits to workers and resist COLA increases to seniors.Without a doubt, the very same people who support this addition to our debt will oppose raising the debt ceiling to pay for it.We support extending tax cuts in full to 98 percent of American taxpayers, as the President initially proposed. He should not back down. Nor should we.Sincerely,PETER WELCHMember of Congresslast_img read more

Wellesley drills duster in North Sea

first_imgTransocean Arctic; Source: Wiki Commons; Author: Marcusroos – under the public domainWellesley Petroleum is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 35/12-7 located near the Grosbeak oil and gas discovery in the North Sea. The well is dry. The well 35/12-7 is located in production license 925 where Wellesley is the operator with an ownership interest of 90 per cent. Concedo is a licensee with 10 per cent.This is the third exploration well in production license 925, which was awarded in APA 2017.Wellesley was granted a drilling permit to drill the 35/12-7 exploration well, which aimed to investigate a prospect named Serin, and safety consent to use the Transocean Arctic rig for the well back in late May.The well was drilled about 2 km south of the 35/12-2 (Grosbeak) oil and gas discovery in the northern part of the North Sea, and 80 km west of Florø.The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Heather formation).The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) informed on Wednesday that the well encountered two units of sandstone in the Heather formation. The upper unit had traces of gas in poorly developed sandstone and about seven meters of aquiferous sand with good reservoir properties. The lower unit is about 25 meters of aquiferous sandstone with good reservoir properties. The well is classified as dry.The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2726 meters below the sea surface. It was terminated in the Oseberg formation in the Middle Jurassic. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.Water depth at the site is 358 meters. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.The well was drilled by the Transocean Arctic drilling rig, which will now proceed to production license 248 I in the North Sea, to drill wildcat well 35/11-21 S, where Wellesley Petroleum is also the operator.last_img read more

Fugro Completes UXO Project in Dutch North Sea

first_imgFollowing the interpretation of these targets by Fugro’s UXO experts, over 700 potential ordnance (pUXO) targets were then investigated by Fugro’s UXO identification vessel, the Atlantis Dweller, before the route was declared free of UXO of the size and weight above the contracted threshold. The project was delivered in two phases, starting with a complete cable route survey that utilised Fugro’s Geowing remotely operated towed vehicle and other equipment solutions to identify over 3,600 potential targets of interest. “I am extremely proud of our project team and especially their HSSE record during the project, during which there were no lost time incidents. This project builds on our extensive UXO risk mitigation experience and track record, and supports Fugro’s purpose of contributing to a safe and liveable world,” said Marco Gilissen, Project Director for this project and Global UXO Risk Mitigation Manager for Fugro. Swedish energy company Vattenfall is developing the Hollandse Kust (zuid) 1-4 wind farms as one project after winning the two subsidy-free tenders. “Even with the addition of project scope by the client, the project was still delivered ahead of the original project milestones.” TenneT received their final UXO clearance certificate from Fugro once the cable route corridor was confirmed clear of UXO risk based on as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP) principles. Fugro has completed a marine unexploded ordnance (UXO) risk mitigation project for TenneT as part of the construction of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) offshore wind farm. The two wind farms will be connected to TenneT’s Hollandse Kust Zuid (alpha) and the Hollandse Kust (zuid) Beta offshore platforms. The Alpha platform is scheduled to become operational in 2021, while Beta is expected to go live in 2022. The wind farms will feature up to 140 Siemens Gamesa SG 11.0-193 DD wind turbines installed some 18 kilometres off the coast of The Hague and Noordwijk and scheduled to be fully commissioned in 2023. The first power is expected in 2022. The 13-month project involved surveying the cable route for explosive remnants of war (ERW), including munitions dumped at sea after conflict, and investigating potential targets. The Hollandse Kust (zuid) will comprise two wind farms, Hollandse Kust (zuid) 1 and 2, and Hollandse Kust (zuid) 3 and 4, with a combined capacity of around 1.5GW. last_img read more

Kenya’s Central bank governor turns down government ‘goodies’

first_imgDr Njoroge’s style brings to the Kenyan public service a rare quality of humility The latest Rangerover, a big house in a posh neighborhood, a big security detail you name it , things that come with being senior in Government, these are the things that one can only dream of.But certainly not Kenya’s newest senior government official who is by the way entitled to.He is the first senior government official to turn down these lavish things that come with his big post.Dr Patrick Ngugi Njoroge, who took over as Central Bank of Kenya governor last week, will instead be housed in communal accommodation.An estate where he and his fellow members of Opus Dei (Latin Work of God), an institution of the Catholic church live.He  says his faith does not allow him to live lavishly when he is a servant of the people.The institution teaches that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity.Most of  the members of the Opus Dei  are lay people, with secular priests under a bishop.Dr Njoroge, who has sent many Kenyans talking,  is turning out to be a man of exemplary modesty.He has also turned down an office-issued high end smart phone, a bevy of security guards and three cars.Central Bank governors have at their disposal a Range Rover, Mercedes Benz and a VW Passat.Kenya,is  a country where appointment to public office is associated with opulence, demand for higher pay and motorcades. But Dr Njoroge’s decision to pass up a chance to live in a house on two acres located in the city’s most exclusive suburb is a rare one.Dr Njoroge’s style brings to the Kenyan public service a rare quality of humility and an aversion to trappings of power and opulence.In Kenya, the practice is that when you are appointed to high office, you demand big  fuel-guzzling cars and expensive Turkish carpets.What is the practice in your country? Do you have government officers whose agenda is the public first self later? Share your thoughts with us.last_img read more

Boks stun Fiji at LA Sevens in extra-time thriller

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Boks stun Fiji at LA Sevens in extra-time thriller – Rugby Union News https://t.co/RXfBDLhmxR pic.twitter.com/UxNQWZHnl5— rugbynews2020 (@rugbynews2020) March 2, 2020 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” CharactersYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryThe Best Cars Of All Time Read Also: Thailand MotoGP postponed as virus wrecks season’s start Aminiasi Tuimaba scored a brace while Sevuloni Mocenacagi produced a sublime no-look offload to set up a superb try for Jerry Tuwai as the Australians were swatted aside. South Africa had advanced to the final after a clinical 17-0 victory over 2018 World Cup champions New Zealand in the semi-finals. Flying wing Angelo Davids set the Blitzboks on the way to victory with two first half tries before a well-worked effort from Werner Kok extended the South African lead just after half-time. Loading… Branco DuPreez scored wide out on the left and then nervelessly banged over the drop-kick conversion to make it 24-24 to set up sudden-death and Makata’s moment of glory. “The guys just made so many basic errors in the first half and we paid for it,” South Africa coach Neil Powell said. “But they were unbelievable after halftime. The guys just focused and kept believing in the system. “The guys know exactly what to do. We said just believe in the system and the system will help you out.” The Fijians, who had thumped England 26-5 in the quarter-finals, had swept into the final with a dazzling semi-final display against Australia, turning on the style in a 43-7 rout. Sakoyisa Makata scored in extra-time as South Africa fought back from 19-0 down to defeat Fiji 29-24 and claim victory in the Los Angeles leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series on Sunday. South Africa’s Branco Du Preez scores a try to force extra time in the Blitzboks’ victory over Fiji in the Cup final of World Rugby Sevens Series Los Angeles Sevens Makata’s sudden-death winner completed an extraordinary comeback for the Blitzboks, who also trailed 24-12 with just over a minute to go against the Fijians. Fiji, chasing back-to-back tournament wins following their victory at the Sydney Sevens last month, looked to be on course for the title after storming into an early lead at the Dignity Health Sports Park. The South Pacific islanders powered into the lead with Vilimoni Botitu scoring the opening try in the first minute. Sevuloni Mocenacagi extended Fiji’s lead before Napolioni Bolaca made it 19-0 with South Africa looking ragged. But Stedman Gans pulled a try back for South Africa on the stroke of half-time to make it 19-7 at the break. Selvyn Davids then scored soon after the restart to cut the Fiji lead to 19-12. However a sweeping length-of-the-field attack from Fiji which ended with Jerry Tuwai dotting down in the corner restored the islanders’ 12-point cushion at 24-12 with just over a minute remaining. South Africa rallied again though and Chris Day’s try made it 24-17. With the seconds ticking down, South Africa then waived the conversion attempt in order to take a quick restart and the decision paid off when they regained possession from the kick-off.last_img read more