Den Amstel to feature in first round matches

first_imgAll systems are in place for tomorrow’s start of the Hamilton Green 9-a-side Inter-Ward/Village KO Cup, which is being held to commemorate the 84th birth anniversary of the former Mayor of Georgetown.Among the teams expected to appear on the first day of action are hosts Den Amstel, who will appear in the feature game of the day when they face West Side Masters in the final matchup of the night.According to coordinator, former national player/Coach Lennox Arthur, six games are carded for the day, and play is set to commence from 14:30hrs at the Den Amstel Community Centre ground, West Coast Demerara.Arthur has said the 32 invited teams will have the opportunity to battle for prize monies in excess of $700,000 and lots of prizes, including the coveted first prize of $400,000 and the championship trophy, compliments of the Ministry of Citizenship.He disclosed that, apart from the lucrative prize monies on offer, trophies and gifts will be awarded to the respective winners and outstanding performers at the end of the tournament, which will run on a knockout basis, with the final set to be played on November 18 at the same venue.The runner-up will be awarded $200,000 and a trophy through the goodwill of John Fernandes Ltd; while third and fourth place finishers will receive $60,000 and $40,000 respectively, along with the Techno Mills and Courtney Benn Construction Services trophies in that order.All four top finishers will receive hampers, compliments of Ricks & Sari Industries, while the highest goal-scorer will walk away with a Lazy Boy Chair courtesy of A.H&L Kissoon and a dinette set compliment of China Trading.The Most Valuable Player will be awarded a special prize from Techno Mills.Among the other sponsors on board are: IPA, Alfro Alphonso, Sattaur Gafoor, ANSA McAL, Top Brandz Distributors, MACORP, Cummings Electrical, Ready Mix, BK International, and New Thriving Restaurant.Players such as the high-calibre Eion Abel, Kurt Roberts, Dellon Charles and Mekel Benjamin will appear for Mahaica; while Herstelling will have the very talented Quazam Yusuf, Trevon Tucker, Orwin Hunte, Ricky Deodyal and Denzil Devon in their line-up.Lucan Hercules, Kevin Crawford, Seon Barrow and Mark Hope will lead Central Mackenzie’s quest for victory against Mahaicony, depending on Delbert Wilson, Sheldon Toney and Bertie Shepherd to bolster their chances of winning.Pouderoyen will have Ashley Harding, Dwayne St. Kitts, Kacy John, Darrell Abrams and Stephon Jupiter in their line-up; while Lima Dam’s ambition to register an upset will rest on the shoulders of Nigel Mansfield, Mark Vandyke, Okenny Griffith and Julius Billy.Uitvlugt’s attempt to advance will be spearheaded by Seon Bobb, Lerone Jacobs, Louis Primo, Casely Carroll and Mark Evelyn; while their opponents, Liliendaal, will depend on the services of Tarif Moses, Kelly Blue, Kellon Blue and Curwin Williams.Keswin Fraser, Malcolm Miggins, Anthony Benn and Coby Alexander are the key players in Den Amstel’s pursuit of victory; while Adrian Giddings, Oswald Gomes, Marty Bobb, Troy Allen and Linden Semple will no doubt be aiming to silence the anticipated partisan support.Organisers have meanwhile released the fixtures for the first three days of action, with the winners advancing to the next round.last_img read more

Klopp says Liverpool on UCL track despite stalemate

first_imgLiverpool now trail leaders Sevilla by two points, but with four games still to come, Klopp is relaxed about his team’s situation.“Of course I saw enough (to suggest Liverpool can qualify),” Klopp told reporters at Moscow’s Otkrytiye Arena.“We know more about the two teams. We know Moscow had a lot of injury problems. For sure Quincy Promes will be back for the next game and a few other really good players, which will change their game.Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp shouts instructions from the touchline during their UEFA Champions League Group E match against Spartak Moscow, at the Otkrytiye Arena stadium in Moscow, on September 26, 2017 © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV“In football you can never be sure. Yes, we are strong enough to go through, but we have to do it. When the door is open, you still have to walk through.“The door’s not even open. You can see only a little bit of light behind. But we will be ready to go through.“Because the boys work really hard and you can see that they really want it. You have sometimes situations like this. Stay cool, carry on, work hard and you will succeed at the end.”Fernando put Spartak ahead with a 25-yard free-kick in the 23rd minute, but their lead lasted just eight minutes as Coutinho exchanged passes with Sadio Mane before coolly netting an equaliser.Despite dominating the second half, Liverpool could not find a winner, with substitute Daniel Sturridge and Mohamed Salah both squandering excellent late chances.Klopp aligned Coutinho, Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino for the first time, but he said his ‘Fab Four’ would need time to develop an understanding.“It’s good when you have all these players around, but it’s not lining up the players and hoping something will happen –- they all need rhythm and need to be in good shape and all that stuff,” said the German.“It was a very intense game. For me it’s not about the names, it’s really about how we can perform.“In a lot of moments we performed as good as possible, in a lot of moments not. We have to keep on working.”– Conte’s helping hand –Spartak Moscow’s Fernando celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during their UEFA Champions League Group E match against Liverpool, at the Otkrytiye Arena stadium in Moscow, on September 26, 2017 © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVAsked why Liverpool had been unable to procure a second goal, Klopp replied: “It’s a big question.“Because of a little bit being unlucky, good saves from both goalkeepers and wrong decisions in the decisive moment.“That’s how football is. The only way you can change is to do it again, do it again, do it again, and that’s what we’ll do.”Klopp’s “both goalkeepers” remark reflected the fact Spartak goalkeeper Artem Rebrov had been taken off on a mechanised medical cart mid-way through the second half, with Aleksandr Selikhov taking his place.Rebrov sustained suspected knee ligament damage and will undergo tests on Wednesday.Several Spartak players went down with cramp during the second half, but coach Massimo Carrera said that was more a reflection on the effort they had put in than their physical condition.“Those who haven’t played football don’t understand it,” said the Italian.“Against such skilful players as Liverpool have, we had to run a lot. That’s why we got some cramps.”Carrera previously worked under Antonio Conte at Juventus and in an intriguing comment, he said a pre-match conversation with the Chelsea manager had informed his side’s approach against Liverpool.“We spoke only a couple of minutes and it was mostly things I have already observed,” said Carrera.“But those pieces (of information) helped me to get this draw against Liverpool.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Correia (L) fights for the ball with Spartak Moscow’s Andrey Eshchenko during their UEFA Champions League Group E match, at the Otkrytiye Arena stadium in Moscow, on September 26, 2017 © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Sep 27 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his team remain on track to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League despite drawing both of their opening games.After a 2-2 draw with Sevilla in their Group E opener, Liverpool drew 1-1 away to Spartak Moscow on Tuesday, with Fernando’s free-kick for the hosts cancelled out by a brilliantly constructed Philippe Coutinho equaliser.last_img read more

Oldham Athletic complete signing of Wolves defender Elokobi

first_img1 George Elokobi Oldham Athletic have completed the signing of former Wolves defender George Elokobi.The Cameroonian defender, who was released by Wolves earlier this summer, has penned a one-year deal at Boundary Park.The 28-year-old spent six years at Wolves after moving to Molineux from Colchester United in 2008.Elokobi was loaned out to Nottingham Forest and Bristol City during his time at Wolves.last_img

DONEGAL MAN BEHIND OBAMA VISIT CELEBRATIONS

first_imgWith President Obama’s visit this Monday beginning to cause a media frenzy, a Donegal man faces the tough challenge of organising the first celebratory Presidential gathering this weekend.Gaoth Dobhair resident, Sean Hillen former international journalist, now national communications director of Democrats Abroad Ireland, is spearheading a special event for members of this organisation nationwide in central Dublin this Sunday afternoon, with people travelling in from Cork to Derry, Donegal to Waterford.Sean will host a special Q&A discussion with expert guests as well as open the Dublin premiere of a documentary film charting Obama’s familiar links to Ireland dating back to the famine. Well-known author and film producer, Don Mullan, from Derry, is one of the event guests.Democrats Abroad is the official overseas arm of the Democratic Party and hosts a series of activities.“Obviously the visit of President Obama reinforces the close bonds that already exists between the two countries, and brings much needed positive promotion for Ireland globally when confidence in Ireland is low, but it also boosts Democrats Abroad Ireland and its efforts to register as many Democrat voters as possible in Ireland before next year’s big presidential election in the US,” said Sean today.“A second four-year term is very important for many of the key social and economic initiatives that have been launched already in the US to reach full fruition and the benefits felt. “According to US Embassy statistics in Dublin there are around 100,000 registered US voters now living in Ireland and over the next eighteen months we will be doing our best to reach out to them to vote for the right candidate, the incumbent.”Dublin-based Dennis Desmond, chairperson of Democrats Abroad Ireland, said of Obama, “He passed financial industry reform; he saved the American auto industry; he passed health insurance reform against all odds; he brought an end to the war in Iraq; he has lifted America’s image abroad; and he is a son of Ireland.“Yes we can” was his campaign slogan and yes he has. Barack Obama is a President Democrats are proud of and we are delighted to show off his Irish roots.”Director, Gabriel Murray, and producer, Don McGuinness, have created a 90-minute film covering the 8,000km journey from Moneygall, to Hawaii via Maryland, Indiana and Kansas by President Obama’s relatives from famine-stricken Ireland. It is entitled simply, ‘Barack Obama’s Irish Roots.’Mullan, author and documentary film-maker, whose many books include The Narrative of Frederick Douglass–An American Slave and his boyhood memoir The Boy Who Wanted to Fly, about a man who was an inspiration to a young Obama as he entered politics, is also a guest speaker. Douglass, American 19th century orator, writer and abolitionist, was founder of the Civil Rights Movement in America. He visited Ireland and was inspired by ‘The Liberator,’ Daniel O’Connell.DONEGAL MAN BEHIND OBAMA VISIT CELEBRATIONS was last modified: May 21st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NHL roundup: O’Neill’s goal means a lot in Leafs’ victory

first_imgat Toronto 4, Philadelphia 2 Jeff O’Neill scored his first goal with the Maple Leafs and Eric Lindros added one against his former club. After O’Neill’s goal in the third period, he pointed to the sky, dedicating the goal to his older brother, Donny, who was killed in a car accident in Toronto in July. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Ottawa 4, at Montreal 2 Daniel Alfredsson scored twice and Ray Emery stopped 26 shots in his first start of the season as the Senators extended their winning streak to four and handed Montreal its first loss. Saku Koivu and Steve Begin scored for Montreal, which drew a capacity crowd of 21,273 for its home opener. at Dallas 3, Phoenix 2 Jussi Jokinen scored the first goal of his NHL career to break a tie late in the second period and Mike Modano added a short-handed tally midway through the third period, lifting the Stars. The Coyotes fell to 1-3 under new coach Wayne Gretzky, a Thousand Oaks resident. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img at St. Louis 4, Chicago 1 Jay McClement scored his first NHL goal on a penalty shot and added an assist to lead the Blues to their first win of the season. St. Louis goaltender Patrick Lalime had 32 saves. Dean McAmmond, Scott Young and Dallas Drake also scored for St. Louis. Tyler Arnason scored for the Blackhawks. last_img read more

Prospects for corn trade in 2018/19 and beyond

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ben Brown, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State UniversityThe agricultural industry is a global economy with buyers (consumers), sellers (producers) and traders. In the United States, producers of corn have a comparative advantage- the ability to produce it cheaper per unit or at higher quality- over most other parts of the world. However, genetics, changes in weather patterns, land limitations, politics and global gross domestic product affect quantities of production and consumption.Long-term trade projections for U.S. corn published by the Economics Research Service of the USDA look positive due to the expected rise in world GDP and population; however, increases in competition from other exporting countries continue the decreasing trend of the United States’ share of world exports. Trade negotiations between the U.S. and China are in the middle of a 90-day trade truce, which ends the beginning of March. It is uncertain what, if any, resolution will surface before or at the deadline. In December 2018, commodity indices declined before the previous trade deadline, but rallied at the announcement of the 90-day extension. Long-term projections include a continuation of current policies, accounting for tariffs from Mexico, the European Union, Mexico and Canada.The USDA World Production Report, published Feb. 8, 2019, puts the size of the 2018/19 world corn crop at slightly more than 43 billion bushels. With production in the United States estimated at 14.4 billion bushels, any reduction in world supply will likely come from Brazil’s short season corn crop.Long-term trade estimations for world corn continue to see growth, with corn trade expected close to 163 million metric tons in 2018/19, up from 147 million metric tons in 2017/18. This increase in trade comes from expected strong corn production in Argentina and Brazil after last year’s drought.last_img read more

How long can a corn seed hold its breath?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Andy Westhoven, AgriGold regional agronomistAt this point in the calendar, undoubtedly, there are many corn fields planted around the area. Just as undoubtedly, planting conditions will be like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears — some will be too cold and wet, some too hot and dry, and some just right. The role as an agronomist usually travels down the road of the first two situations in Goldilocks’ tale — less than ideal planting conditions. Somewhere in the eastern Corn Belt, after a corn field has been planted, a torrential rainfall will occur and/or there will be a cold period where a grower might wonder, “What is to become of the corn seed I just planted? How long can it last in the soil before rotting and dying?”Last season almost gave growers a false impression of corn emergence when most fields emerged in about 8 days. This is certainly not the norm. Most growers would average close to 12 to 14 days for corn to emerge year in and year out. It is a general understanding that corn seed treatments can last 3 weeks give or take. This is also the answer to the title question: How long can corn seed hold its breath? The answer is 3 weeks. The best way to improve upon a more rapid and uniform emergence is to plant into a warming trend.Easier said than done, right? From the time of planting the seed until emergence, the best defense a corn seed has is the seed treatment, as it does not have any natural defenses. Typical corn seed treatments consist of fungicide and insecticide protection. The fungicides usually play the larger part during the “hold my breath” moment.With temperatures in the mid to low 60s, field saturation, and cloudy weather are the perfect environment for slow to little corn seed growth and development. When a corn seed is not developing, pathogens — namely Pythium and Fusarium — could potentially attack a vulnerable seed. Once an infection occurs, it still could take up to several weeks to know the consequences. If the corn seed germinates and emerges, the disease could still ultimately kill the plant before it can “outgrow” the pathogen. In this case, the best advice is for warmer and drier weather for a period where the balance of power can be swayed back into the corn seed’s favor for rapid growth. Rapid growth is really the best medicine for a disease-infected corn seed or seedling.In addition to the disease threats, many insects prey on vulnerable seeds. During a prolonged emergence period, insects such as white grubs, wireworms, and seed corn maggot are the most common culprits to feed on corn seeds. While most seed treatments provide excellent protection in this arena, it is not uncommon to find hotspots in a field based on a variety of different reasons.Ironically enough when you consider a seed holding its breath, oxygen in the soil is another factor one must consider about seed viability/longevity in the soil. Any practice that reduces oxygen or pore space in the soil profile can also cause seed germination/emergence issues. Obviously, a wet, saturated field would qualify here. Outside of weather conditions, though, compaction can be a large threat.Compaction could be caused from heavy equipment. But, if one dives deeper, there is often planter compaction caused from too much down pressure. This is the pressure that is placed by the actual row unit being either too heavy and/or having too much pressure applied. Most of these can be reduced by planter settings, but still can be a hidden problem.In that ideal world, most would simply hit repeat of the 2018 spring season. Unfortunately, there is no easy button here and each year, farm, and field present unique challenges that keep all operators on their toes. Let’s hope that everyone finds that warming trend!last_img read more

Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao knocks out retirement thoughts

first_imgFilipino boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao said he would carry on fighting next year after unveiling a new boxing gym in downtown Tokyo on Friday. (Latest Sports stories)The 37-year-old southpaw returned to the ring after a seven month retirement to claim the WBO welterweight title by beating Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas earlier this month.”I think about it, I can still fight and my body is still okay so I decided to come back and I’m here, my journey is continued,” Pacquiao said in the Japanese capital.The southpaw has a 59-6-2 win-loss-draw record and is the winner of world titles in eight different weight divisions and the first sitting Senator to win a world boxing title.The new ‘Pacquiao Gym’, a collaboration with Japanese business man Yoshihiro Agata, will open in the new year and the Filipino said it was an opportunity to pass on his experience.”(I opened this gym) to help the people to do exercise and also…to discover a good boxer,” Pacquiao said.”I can share my knowledge about boxing and my talents. I can teach them.”last_img read more

Catching up with Virat Kohli after 12 years: The story of Varun Chopra

first_imgVarun Chopra had last met Virat Kohli when were part of their under-19 national teams. Chopra and Kohli were leaders of the England and India U-19 sides and both had a bright future to look forward to. More than a decade later, both men, having travelled different paths, met up with each other again.Kohli is now the Indian captain and arguably the best batsman in the world across formats. The 29-year-old is on the verge of breaking a few of Sachin Tendulkar’s records in ODIs and has already achieved what a lot of batsmen in history have not. He faces his biggest test as captain and batsman in England but given his tenacity, it looks like he might just set the record straight after a horror tour in 2014.Chopra, 31, has spent the last 12 years building up a reputation as a fine batsman in England’s domestic circuit. 183 fist-class matches, 9868 runs, 20 hundreds.India vs Essex: DAY 1 | Day 2And when India took the field to play their only practice match before the Test series against England got underway, Chopra got to catch up with Kohli again. One is a solid batsman who could not really fulfil his early promise while the other is a global superstar. But there was mutual respect and some fond memories were relived.WATCH: @EssexCricket batsman @vchops06 on playing against big names in Indian cricket, discussing batting techniques & cricket in general with captain Virat Kohli – by @RajalAroraVIDEO LINK—> https://t.co/0XY51SiTPL pic.twitter.com/aj9dTSAW58advertisementBCCI (@BCCI) July 27, 2018Once upon a time, they were equals as captains of their under-19 teams. Today, they live in different worlds. But there was joy at seeing each other.”I have played against Virat in under-19 cricket which was 12 years ago now. So yeah we are just catching up now. It’s good to see him after such a long time,” Chopra told bcci.tv. “And then I was just picking his brain on batting obviously. He is one of the world’s best if not the best at the moment. So it’s obviously great to talk to him.READ – Virat Kohli receives Barmy Army’s International Cricketer of the Year awards”He’s great to talk to and he’s very helpful. I will talk to him a bit more specifically about batting.”On the field, Kohli was fluent, racing away to a good-looking 68 before being caught by Chopra off the bowling of Paul Walter.Chopra, though, could not make the most of a huge moment for Essex and himself, falling to Ishant Sharma for 16.last_img read more

R Ashwin was relieved when he was told he would not play World Cup semis vs Pakistan

first_imgR Ashwin revealed he was scared when he saw a massive turnout for India’s 2011 World Cup semifinal against Pakistan in Mohali. India went on to beat Pakistan and then overcame Sri Lanka in the final to lift the World Cup for the 2nd time.R Ashwin is now a proven international superstar but 8 years ago, when he was just about starting his career, he admitted to nerves before the high-profile semifinal between India and Pakistan.India were in superb form in the 2011 World Cup. After defeating Australia in the quarterfinals, India were lined up to play against Pakistan. Celebrities and politicians had landed up in Mohali to witness the historic match.Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019, R Ashwin recalled how nervous he was when he saw a huge crowd from his hotel room just after breakfast at 10 AM that morning.”I had never seen so much crowd in the city. I actually got scared when I saw the crowd outside my hotel. After breakfast, I saw the crowd and started sweating.”I called my friend and he asked if I was playing. I told him I am not allowed to reveal it. When Gary Kirsten told me I would not play, I was relieved. I did not play a lot of World Cup matches and there was pressure from the media to play me.I did well against Australia and looked at the crowd (in Mohali), I was scared.”The national anthem at the ground: we were all stammering. It was a full house and I have never seen anything like that. The hair stands up. That’s a feeling you can never trade off for anything in life,” Ashwin said.advertisementIndia will take on Pakistan for the 7th time in World Cups on June 16 at Manchester. Like Harbhajan Singh, Ashwin said India would be overwhelming favourites against their arch-rivals.ALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: Pakistan do not have the talent to beat India in World Cup 2019, says HarbhajanALSO READ | Virat Kohli’s hunger to perform great positive for India at World Cup 2019: Misbah-ul-HaqAlso See:last_img read more