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first_imgLouisville had one more chance to force overtime, but Lamarr Kimble stumbled driving into the lane, losing the ball for the last of the Cardinals’ 16 turnovers.Georgia Tech jumped all over the Cardinals right from the opening tip, racing to a 12-2 lead that prompted Louisville coach Chris Mack to call a timeout just 3 1/2 minutes into the game.In other Top 25 basketball:— Devon Dotson scored 15 points and No. 3 Kansas finished the game with a 9-0 run to beat 14 West Virginia 58-49. The Jayhawks won for the ninth straight time and remain a game behind first-place Baylor in the Big 12. Isaiah Moss had seven of his 13 points after halftime for Kansas. West Virginia fell flat after leading by as many as nine points in each half and lost at home for the first time this season. Oscar Tshiebwe led the Mountaineers with 14 points and nine rebounds, but he had just two points after halftime.— Damien Jefferson, Ty-Shon Alexander, Marcus Zegarowski and Denzel Mahoney all scored 18 points and No. 23 Creighton posted its second road win over a Top 10 team this month with an 87-82 decision over No. 10 Seton Hall on Wednesday night. Christian Bishop added 11 points as the Bluejays won for the sixth time in seven games, including a win at No. 8 Villanova at the start of the month. Quincy McKnight had 20 points to lead Seton Hall, which lost for the second time in 14 games. The Lakers snapped the Nuggets’ four-game winning streak and take a four-game lead in the Western Conference over second-place Denver into the All-Star break.Jamal Murray scored 32 points for Denver but Nikola Jokic was in foul trouble late in the game and had some big turnovers and missed shots down the stretch.The Nuggets had their four-game winning streak snapped.Elsewhere in hoop action:— The Indiana Pacers took advantage of a 10-0 fourth-quarter run to snap a six-game losing streak with a 118-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. T.J. Warren had 35 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points and 13 assists to lead the Pacers. Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) missed his second straight game since his girlfriend gave birth to the couple’s first child. Milwaukee still made it difficult after methodically trimming a 25-point deficit to four early in the fourth. The Pacers scored 10 straight and the Bucks couldn’t get closer than seven as their five-game winning streak ended. Donte DiVincenzo scored 19 for Milwaukee. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEJames’ triple double, Davis lead Lakers past Nuggets 120-116DENVER (AP) — LeBron James’ 12th triple-double of the season and Anthony Davis’ hot hand led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 120-116 overtime win at Denver. February 13, 2020 The team stayed overnight in Southern California before taking a chartered flight to Las Vegas, where they will play the Golden Knights on Thursday.In other NHL news:— Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber will be out four to six weeks with a sprained left ankle. The defenseman was injured during a game in New Jersey on Feb. 4. Weber has 13 goals and 21 assists in 55 games this season— Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba has been fined $5,000 for slashing Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced the punishment. It’s the maximum allowable amount under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Dumba hit Reaves with his stick in the midsection in the first period of the game on Tuesday night. The Wild beat the Golden Knights 4-0.— Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice has signed a multi-year extension with the Jets. In his seventh season as Jets coach, Maurice has guided Winnipeg to the playoffs three times, including a run to the Western Conference final in 2018. — Aaron Gordon scored 25 points and Markelle Fultz added 21 as the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 116-112 in overtime. Gordon, who also had nine rebounds and nine assists, hit consecutive 3-point shots late in the fourth quarter to help Orlando erase a seven-point deficit. Christian Wood had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who rallied from a 22-point deficit but lost for the 11th time in 13 games.— Bradley Beal scored 30 points and the Washington Wizards used a fourth-quarter surge to beat the New York Knicks 114-96. Davis Bertans added 16 points, Isaac Bonga had 13 and Troy Brown Jr. scored 11 as Washington closed out the victory with a 34-19 run. The Wizards have won five of their last seven games. Julius Randle led the Knicks with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Elfrid Payton scored 19, RJ Barrett added 16 and Mitchell Robinson had 11.  — Brandon Clarke matched his career high with 27 points, Ja Morant had 20 points and nine assists and the Memphis Grizzlies went into the All-Star break with a 111-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. De’Anthony Melton and Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-uhn-CHOO’-nuhs) scored 12 points each. Valanciunas added 18 rebounds. Clarke connected on 12 of 14 shots as Memphis won its second straight and 15th in the last 19 games. CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 23 points, and Damian Lillard added 20 despite shooting 7 of 19 from the field before leaving with 3:22 left with a groin injury.— Devin Booker scored 27 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 15 and the Phoenix Suns held on for a 112-106 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Phoenix won for just the second time in eight games and goes into the All-Star break with a 22-33 record. The Suns have already surpassed last season’s total of 19 wins. Golden State fell to 12-43, the worst mark in the NBA. Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors with 27 points.MEN’S COLLEGE T25 BASKETBALL SCHEDULE — Austin Wiley had 18 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and five blocked shots and No. 11 Auburn beat rival Alabama 95-91 Wednesday night in the Tigers’ latest foray into overtime. The Tigers picked up their fourth overtime win of the last five games. This time they scored the first eight points of overtime and held on for redemption from an earlier 19-point loss to the Crimson Tide. J’Von McCormick, who hit the game-winner and three big 3-pointers in an overtime win over No. 25 LSU, made two free throws with 18 seconds left.— Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 17 points and 11 rebounds and No. 15 Villanova held on for a 72-71 victory over No. 18 Marquette to snap a three-game losing streak. Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels added 14 points apiece for Villanova. The Wildcats had surrendered an average of 75 points during its skid in defeats to Creighton, Butler and Seton Hall. Villanova pulled into a second-place tie with Creighton in the Big East and avoided losing four in a row for the first time since Feb. 15-25, 2012. Markus Howard scored 24 points for Marquette.— Sean McDermott scored 14 points to lead No. 19 Butler to a 66-61 victory over Xavier. Kamar Baldwin added 11 points and Jordan Tucker scored 10 for the Bulldogs. Naji Marshall scored 20 points to lead the Musketeers. Tyrique Jones had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Xavier, his 17th double-double. Butler shot 47% and Xavier went 44% from the field. Bulldogs guard Aaron Thompson took an elbow to the head and went to the floor with Butler leading 42-25. He left the game and did not return.— Quentin Grimes scored nine of his 22 points in the final 3:28, helping No. 20 Houston hold off South Florida 62-58 in American Athletic Conference play. Grimes made six straight free throws and sank a 3-pointer that gave the Cougars some breathing room down the stretch to win the matchup between the top two defensive teams in the league. Fabian White scored 10 points for Houston, which led 45-34 before USF rallied to within 53-51. Grimes put the game away with help from DeJon Jarreau, who rebounded his own miss and layed the ball in for a 58-53 lead. Laquincy Rideau led USF with 21 points.NHL SCHEDULE — The Toronto Raptors had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The defending NBA champions were hoping to keep rolling right into the All-Star break but couldn’t find the form that helped them average 121.2 points and shoot 50% over the previous 15 games. This time, the Raptors hit only 37.8%, with Kyle Lowry’s triple-double coming on a night the All-Star point guard was just 4 for 13. Caris LeVert scored 20 points for the Nets, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Raptors. That included a loss Saturday in Toronto, where LeVert scored a career-best 37 points.— Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points and Bojan Bogdanovic (BOY’-ahn bahg-DAH’-noh-vich) added 22 points to lift the Utah Jazz to a 116-101 victory over the Miami Heat. Jordan Clarkson added 21 points off the bench for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 20 rebounds as Utah won its fourth straight game. Jimmy Butler scored 25 points to lead the Heat. Duncan Robinson added 18 points and Jae Crowder chipped in 15 off the bench.— Tristan Thompson scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Larry Nance Jr. had a career-high 23 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a 12-game home losing streak by defeating the Atlanta Hawks 127-105. Cleveland was coming off its worst home loss in franchise history. The Cavaliers went ahead midway through the first quarter and won at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for the first time since beating the Hawks on Dec. 23. Trae Young led the Hawks with 27 points and 12 assists.— Luka Doncic had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his return from a seven-game absence because of a sprained ankle, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 130-111 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Doncic added eight assists in the All-Star starter’s final game before the All-Star break. It’s the second time Doncic has missed games with a sprained right ankle. Kristaps Porzingis had 27 points and 13 rebounds with his fellow Euro star back. Buddy Hield scored 22 points for the Kings. Sacramento was never closer than 11 in the second half.— Devonte’ Graham scored 28 points and Malik Monk added 25 to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 115-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bismack Biyombo had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte, and Miles Bridges scored 20. The Hornets rallied from a double-figure deficit to spoil D’Angelo Russell’s home debut with Minnesota. Russell had 26 points and 11 assists. The Timberwolves played without Karl-Anthony Towns but led for most of the first three quarters. Update on the latest sports NHL-NEWSBouwmeester remains hospitalizedUNDATED (AP) — St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester remains hospitalized and is undergoing tests a day after suffering a cardiac episode and collapsing on the bench during a game in Anaheim.General manager Doug Armstrong says the 36-year old defenseman was unresponsive and a defibrillator was used Tuesday night.He says Bouwmeester regained consciousness immediately before being taken to an Anaheim hospital. Pastrnak gets his fourth hat trickBOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak (PAS’-tur-nahk) had his fourth hat trick of the season and the Boston Bruins rolled to their third straight win over the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1. Boston has won seven of its last eight and took the season series with rival Montreal 3-1. The Bruins outscored the Canadiens 15-3 over the final three meetings. Montreal has lost two straight as it tries to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhehr-ahn) added an empty-net goal and Tuukka Rask (TOO’-kah rask) had 28 saves for the Bruins to improve to 13-0-6 at home this season. Marco Scandella scored Montreal’s lone goal. In other NHL action:— Tyler Toffoli and Austin Wagner scored 39 seconds apart in the second period to give Los Angeles the lead, and the Kings went on to beat the Calgary Flames 5-3. Kurtis MacDermid, Jeff Carter and Sean Walker also scored to help the Kings end a five-game losing streak. Calvin Petersen stopped 35 shots to get his first win of the season in his second start. Elias Lindholm had two goals and Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists and David Rittich finished with 28 saves in the Flames’ fourth loss in six games. — Jacob Markstrom had a career-high 49 saves as Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 after retiring the numbers of retired stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Brandon Sutter had a goal and two assists, and Bo Horvat and Adam Gaudette also scored to help the Canucks win their second straight after a four-game skid. Markstrom got his second shutout of the season and fifth of his career. Corey Crawford finished with 17 saves as Chicago lost its season-high fifth straight. — Montreal Canadiens captain Shea Weber will be out four to six weeks with a sprained left ankle.— The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have scheduled another round of labor talks next week. One of the more pressing issues is whether the NHL elects to send players to compete in the 2022 Beijing Games after not participating in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. The NHL remains reluctant to reverse course, despite Olympic officials providing assurances of being ready to lift various major stumbling blocks during a meeting that included NHLPA representatives.— Jeremy Roenick will not be returning to NBC Sports after his suspension for making inappropriate comments about coworkers during a podcast. A network spokesman confirmed to The Associated Press that Roenick will not be back on the air. Roenick played 20 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, Coyotes, Flyers, Sharks and Kings before moving into television. He had been an analyst at NBC Sports since 2010.MLB-NEWSBrad Miller, Cardinals agree to $2 million, 1-year contract Georgia Tech pulls off upset of No. 5 LouisvilleUNDATED (AP) — Moses Wright made a huge block at one end, then powered inside for a basket that helped Georgia Tech pull off a 64-58 upset of No. 5 Louisville. The loss snapped the Cardinals’ 10-game winning streak. Louisville lost for the first time since early January with a truly dreadful offensive performance against the Yellow Jackets. The Cardinals never led, hitting just 19 of 56 shots from the field. That included a 3-of-24 brickfest beyond the 3-point arc. Jordan Nwora, the ACC’s leading scorer at 19.5 points per game, was held to a season-low 2 points.Trailing 53-51 with under 2 minutes to go, the Cardinals took off on a two-on-one fast break that seemed certain to produce the tying basket. David Johnson went up for the apparent lay-in, but Wright came out of nowhere to block the shot.The officials did a lengthy video review to make sure it wasn’t goaltending, finally awarding the ball to the Yellow Jackets.At the offensive end, Wright got the ball near the foul line, drove for the hoop and dropped one in to extend Georgia Tech’s lead with 55-51 with just over a minute left. He finished with 12 points. JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Brad Miller and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract.The deal for the 30-year-old infielder includes $500,000 in available performance bonuses for plate appearances.He hit .260 with 13 homers and 25 RBIs last year for Cleveland and Philadelphia. Miller has a .241 average with 88 homers and 293 RBIs in seven major league seasons that included time with Seattle, Tampa Bay and Milwaukee.In other news:— Right-hander Taijuan Walker returned to the Seattle Mariners, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract that includes $500,000 each in performance and roster bonuses. The 27-year-old was selected by Seattle with the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft and went 22-22 with a 4.18 ERA for the Mariners from 2013-16. He was traded to Arizona in November 2016 and went 9-9 with a 3.46 ERA for the Diamondbacks from 2017-19. Walker had Tommy John surgery in April 2018. He returned to the major leagues on the final day of last season and became a free agent in December when Arizona declined to offer him a contract.last_img read more

3rd Lagos Inter-club Para Soccer Championship Kicks off

first_imgThe third edition of the Lagos Inter-clubs Para Soccer Championship kicked off at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba, wednesday and it expected to end on Saturday.The tournament which is being facilitated by the Lagos State Sports Commission and corporate organisations is organised by the Lagos State Para Soccer Association as part of an all-inclusive policy thrust of the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in sports. It also creates an avenue for the physically challenged soccer players in Lagos to get the much needed competitive practice, and showcase their soccer skills to the general public.According to the Chairperson of the association, Miss Nkechi Obi, the tournament will feature 12 clubs which are, Total Consult Club, Premium Sports Blazers, Ojokoro Club, NAS Club, Lead United Club, Jufema Club, A.Y Club, Double Star Club, I Mekusah Club, Islanders Club, Osun Club and SOAS Club.The championship is aimed at selecting formidable players to represent the state in future championships, while the Lagos State Para Soccer Association will use the championship to appraise its developmental strides and impact on the sports commission’s policy as well as its preparation for the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) holding in Cross River State in November.The association will also use the competition to select the team to represent Lagos State at the National Anti-Polio Para Soccer Tournament holding in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State in October this year, as part of the World Anti-Polio Day celebrations.It is expected that the championship would also help the association to evaluate the performances of its coaches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgCrohey Head outside Dungloe was the backdrop for the 2012 Martello Adventure event which attracted a great field of local and visitor participants. The facilities at the Maghery Community Centre are second to none with changing areas, sports field, indoor hall and canteen facilities, ideal for hosting all types of events, that coupled with the fine weather and the stunning scenery made for a very enjoyable event.In a real test of endurance the adult event provided a 5k run, 20k cycle and a 300meters of water obstacle and while it may seem short it did use the local terrain especially in the cycle event which used the narrow and steep climbs around crohey head .First man across the line was Peter Mc Gee in a time of 1.16.22 followed by Adrian Ward in 1.16.40 with Noel Diver third in a time of 1.17.34. Marie Boyle was first lady home in a brilliant time of 1.22.19 followed by Aine O Callaghan at 1.29.27. John Wallace, Stephen Glackin and Christopher Mc Shea won the team event.In the junior sections Dylan Sweeney, Oisin Bonner and Seamus Sweeney were first three home in the under 12 section with the Corrigan brothers and Ellie Mc Donnell were home first in the under 16 event. Former International goalkeeper Packie Bonner was on hand to present the prizes to the winners. The organsiers would like to thank Harnett Hayes solicitors, Super Value Dungloe, Mc Shane Fruit, First Aid Plus all the stewards and helpers for the great support, Special word of thanks to the committee of the Maghery Community Centre who provided the post event refreshments.No: Name: Time: Category:1 86 Peter Mc Gee 1:16.22 Gents2 96 Adrian Ward 1:16.40 Gents3 103 Noel Diver 1:17.34 Gents4 83 Paul Mc Closkey 1:18.18 Gents (V)5 84 Gary Gillespie 1:19.15 Gents 6 90 Noel Mc Bride 1:21:14 Gents7 71 Marie Boyle 1:22.19 Ladies (V)8 104 Denis Bonner 1:22.19 Gents9 105 Doalty Boyle 1:23.13 Gents 10 145/117/119 John Wallace, Stephen Glackin, Christopher Mc Shea 1:24.08 Team11 118 Adrian Sweeney 1:24.50 Gents12 74 Brendan Mc Garvey 1:25.59 Gents13 112 Raymond Sweeney 1:26.25 Gents14 78 Mark Doherty 1:26.55 Gents15 69 Seamus Morrison 1:27.08 Gents (V)16 98 Owen Coyle 1:27.27 Gents17 94/95 Basil Malone, Michael Duddy 1:27.57 Team18 100 Patrick Mc Glynn 1:28.28 Gents (V)19 113 Marty Doherty 1:28.30 Gents (V)20 102 Mark Sweeney 1:28.39 Gents21 80 Damien Brennan 1:28.57 Gents22 111/110 Trio Mc Gonagle, Stephen Rodgers 1:29.15 Team23 93 Aine Malone 1:29.27 Ladies24 107/106 Zaria Boyle, Tony Boyle 1:29.57 Team25 116 Ciaran Mc Elwaine 1:30.37 Gents (V)26 99 Francis Doherty 1:30.42 Gents27 82 Pat O’Donnell 1:30.49 Gents28 87 Claire Quinn 1:33.23 Ladies (V)29 101 Paul Nash 1:34.21 Gents (V)30 79 Conor Hanlon 1:34.42 Gents31 56 Helen Doherty 1:34:56 Ladies32 47/48/49 Sinead Diver, Tom Somerville, Eimear Boyle 1:35.06 Team33 97 Brendan Mc Gee 1:35.21 Gents34 89 Charles O’Donnell 1:35.28 GentsEVEN THE SUN COMES OUT FOR THE MARTELLO ADVENTURE EVENT! was last modified: August 7th, 2012 by StephenShare 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

Trump Seeks Biofuels Plan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorDECATUR, Ill. (DTN) — President Donald Trump will soon announce a plan to mitigate the effects of EPA’s small-refinery exemptions, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told farmers Wednesday at the Farm Progress Show.Perdue said Trump is expected to plan a Midwest trip soon — though no date is set — and will announce how the administration will offset the 31 refinery exemptions granted by EPA earlier this month.“We’re working really hard to mitigate that as much as possible,” Perdue said at a listening session with four GOP Illinois congressmen and more than 200 Illinois farm leaders.Later, as Perdue was on a stage at Farm Progress Show, he got a call from President Donald Trump and put it on speaker phone. The president did not talk about the small-refinery exemptions but he called farmers “patriots” and said a deal with China would be done “soon.”Trump also said he thought China was delaying talks so Trump would lose reelection and China could negotiate with former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.While stressing he did not want to steal Trump’s thunder on any announcement, Perdue noted Trump has authorized year-round sales of E15. There’s an opportunity potentially to grow demand for ethanol blends from E10 by as much as 50%, he said.“If we give the customers the infrastructure and the pumps, and it’s going to be a better price differential, let the customers choose,” Perdue said.Going from E10 to E15 everywhere, Perdue said, would increase demand for corn by 2 billion bushels.“We’ve got the ability in this country to grow demand for E15 domestically,” Perdue said.The White House plan comes as farmers are struggling with demand challenges both in trade and domestic use. Farmers also have criticized USDA’s crop reports, especially after the August crop estimates came in higher than industry expectations. Democrats seeking to defeat the president next year also are seizing on some of these farmer issues. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, for instance, issued a statement Wednesday saying he would end the abuse of small-refinery exemptions.“We’ve got a president who is actively undercutting Iowa farmers in favor of fossil-fuel giants,” Buttigieg said. “And he’s doing it at a time where his trade war with China is already decimating farmers’ bottom line. The president of the United States thinks rural Americans won’t notice that he’s selling them out. When I’m president, I’ll end this administration’s abuse of small-refinery exemptions.”Small-refinery waivers came up repeatedly in the listening session Wednesday by farmers and people in both the ethanol and biodiesel industries.Perdue said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler may have taken some comments by the president on one refinery and then plowed through with a full dose of exemptions for ethanol plants.“The president understood that was way overdone, and we are meeting furiously to try to recover some of that demand destruction that those small-refinery waivers did,” Perdue said. “We’ve had to be very creative legally in order to do that.”Perdue added the president’s eventual announcement “has been delicately crafted” and will provide some relief.Mark Marquis, CEO of Marquis Energy, told Perdue he did not think the waiving of 1.4 billion gallons of ethanol demand could be fixed with some infrastructure funds for blender pumps and the like.“We really need those gallons that are waived to be reallocated to the large oil refiners,” Marquis said.Marquis added that investors such as himself expected the Renewable Fuel Standard to move forward for 15 years when it was passed, but 10 years later, the petroleum industry has the upper hand.“It feels like a double-cross to us,” he said.Leaders in biodiesel also called on Congress to push for a return to the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit. The tax credit expired 20 months ago, and one speaker told Perdue at least six biodiesel plants have closed and more than 250 million gallons of biodiesel demand have been lost because of the refinery waivers on biodiesel.Perdue added his job is to convey the anxieties of producers over trade and small-refinery exemptions to the president.“He understands that, and we are working feverishly right now to mitigate those issues,” Perdue later told reporters.The secretary said he “has the president’s ear,” pointing to the $16 billion Market Facilitation Program payments as evidence.With now 20 million acres of prevented planted, Perdue was asked about when USDA will announce how it will spend $3 billion in disaster aid passed earlier this summer. The secretary said the aid package is tied up at the White House Office of Management and Budget right now, and they are trying to decide exactly how that aid will be spent. USDA expected to have an announcement by Sept. 10. Perdue added that fight “could wind up in the Oval Office as well.”TRADE CONCERNSPerdue pushed back on the argument that trade disputes are the only driver for declining crop prices. Crop prices have been falling since 2012, the secretary said, and some of that is due to trade, but also overproduction.“Yields go up, and we are producing more than we can consume,” he said.Rich Guebert, president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, thanked Perdue for the latest Market Facilitation Program payments, citing that their payments would not make producers whole, but will likely help them get an operating loan for next year. Still, Guebert said, agriculture needs a positive jolt.“We really need some quick wins to give us a light at the end of the tunnel,” Guebert said.He asked Perdue to ensure Trump does not walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement while the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is on the table.On the USMCA, Perdue said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is still trying to ease concerns in her caucus, but the secretary said he thinks the trade deal would get strong bipartisan approval. It’s important with other trade issues for USMCA to pass, he said.“If you can’t do a deal with your closest neighbors, how do you expect to get a deal done with others?” Perdue said.Perdue took umbrage with questions from reporters regarding how long farmers can continue to deal with the uncertainty over tariffs and trade disputes with China.“The question is, what’s China going to do to stop stealing our stuff?” Perdue said. “Maybe you would like to ask China and [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping] what China’s going to do to come to the table and trade like the No. 2 economy in the world and trade fairly and freely without the hassling and jerking our producers around. That’s the issue. President Trump has thrown the flag on that. Nobody has addressed that.”Perdue added the U.S. has become dependent on China as a consumer, but China is not playing by international trade rules. He pointed to the case of Chinese business people stealing biotech seed corn from Midwest fields and trying to reverse engineer the biotechnology.“Many people don’t understand China having jerked around with biotech issues and things like that,” the secretary told reporters. “They want world dominance in food production and military production and really in colonialism across the world.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas

first_imgPerlas Pilipinas head coach Pat Aquino. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas came away with an 88-54 rout of Singapore, but head coach Pat Aquino was still not happy about it.Aquino felt the Philippine women’s team needed to play with more discipline and hard work despite the team applying full-court pressure all throughout the game and converting baskets in the open floor.ADVERTISEMENT “I told them that we need to defend very well so we can execute our offense well,” Aquino said of his team’s opening day win in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games here.He singled out Afril Bernardino, the towering forward, who topscored with 16 points.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 shutout“She really came out to play tonight, in the Fiba-Asia she was missing but tonight she deserved being the top scorer,” added Aquino.Providing help was Janine Pontejos and Camille Sambile who had 13 and 10 points, respectively. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We have a gruelling schedule so we need to be on our feet always,” said Aquino.Perlas plays Indonesia on Monday. Neymar slams Barca bosses after PSG home debut Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

14 days agoBig Serie A interest arriving for Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Big Serie A interest arriving for Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozilby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSerie A interest is arriving for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.Ozil is on the outer at the Gunners this season.Fenerbahce have entered into negotiations with Arsenal about a loan deal for the German.But Calciomercato.it reports there is also interest from Italy.Inter Milan, AC Milan and Napoli are all ready to make a move for Ozil ahead of the January market. last_img

Sixty years of excellence

first_img“Sixty years in the life of an institution are quite different from sixty years in the life of an individual. For an individual, the countdown has certainly begun – but for an institution, especially an institution dedicated to learning, it is just a milestone, albeit a significant one.” Thus, spoke Dr Jitendra Singh in his remarkably witty, lucid and frank interaction with the officer-trainees of the 94th FC at LBSNAA, as well as employees of the Academy last week (September 1) on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Academy. He also flagged off a cycle rally for ‘Eat Right Campaign’ by the newly established ‘Safe Planet’ initiative of the Academy in collaboration with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), inaugurated the Physiotherapy centre at the Wellness Centre, witnessed the signing of an MoU between the Academy and the All India Institute of Ayurvedic education for the establishment of an Ayurvedic Treatment Centre at the Academy, launched a Primer of rhymes in Hindi and English for the children of the Lalita Shastri Balwadi, and last but not the least, released the special first-day cover on the Academy brought out by the Chief Post Master General (CPMG) of Uttarakhand, Colonel Sukhdev Raj. Also Read – A special kind of bondDr Jitendra Singh was at the Academy to mark the Diamond Jubilee of LBSNAA – an institution established in 1959 by the Government of India by amalgamating the Metcalfe House Training School in Delhi and the IAS Staff College at Shimla to the Charleville Hotel and Happy Valley grounds. It was then called the National Academy of Administration. In 1972, it was named after the late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and became the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration. It got its present nomenclature, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in 1973. The Academy has grown from strength to strength over the last six decades, and with the formal permission to establish a nine hundred seat auditorium, it will be able to host the entire civil services batch of six hundred fifty-odd officer-Trainees selected by the UPSC through the Civil Services and the Forest Service examination. It may be mentioned that the Prime Minister is keen that all the young recruits train together for the development of esprit de corps, and this was reiterated by Dr Jitendra Singh. Departing from the prepared text, he spoke candidly about how civil services, especially the Collectors and Magistrates, were perceived in the past, but how this must change with the advent of democratic polity which was committed to the twin objectives of making India a $5 trillion economy as well as the transformation of the aspirational districts. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe main takeaways from his session included the need to bridge the trust deficit by changing the colonial mindsets, adoption of technology in governance, zero tolerance to corruption and the need for being accessible. These were the mantras for a successful administrator. Let us dwell on each of these in some detail. With regard to a trust deficit, he mentioned that simple yet transformative steps like self-attestation had made life so much easier for people who lived in the interior and did not have access to gazetted officers or public notaries. Not only had this reduced paperwork substantially, but it also empowered the citizen. With regard to the protection from arbitrary action against the civil services, he mentioned changes in the relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, and the inclusion of the element of Mens Rea (guilty intent) in the determination of prosecution. This was an issue which had been agitating the minds of civil servants, especially after the sentencing of HC Gupta in the coal-related transactions. He also mentioned the repeal of nearly 1500 outdated Acts from the statute book, which had long outlived their utility. With regard to technology, he was clear that over the next few years, almost all transactions of the citizen would be online, and with POS and DBT in place, it would be possible to eliminate corruption from all aspects of governance. And while the government was willing to extend its trust, any wilful default would also be met with stringent action. Last but not least, he exhorted officers to be accessible to all, especially those who needed them the most. While the social base of the entrants was indeed more representative than before, the general impression that officers are not willing to ‘listen’ to the grievances of the common man was a concern that needed to be addressed – the sooner, the better. Earlier, in his address to the employees of the Academy, where he also distributed ‘watches’ to the employees, he complimented them for running a very successful training institution which was indeed one of the finest exemplars of its kind in the world. He also lauded the efforts of the Academy in the Swachh Bharat Mission and hoped that the example set by this institution would be followed by others as well. An interesting anecdote narrated by him bears recall. Just after independence, the ICS (British) Collector of Hyderabad was invited for a reception, and he took the young Assistant Magistrate with him. While recusing himself from the party, he told his younger colleague to refrain from taking any dish with ‘salt’ in it: the implication is that one must not offend the host by declining the invite, one should not accept ‘unrestrained hospitality’ from any individual. The message was conveyed with deliberate nuance and subtlety! (Dr. Sanjeev Chopra is Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Taylor Swift Donates 50000 To Childrens Hospital Of Philadelphia

first_imgThe Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced a $50,000 gift from seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift, which will be used to create specialized programming for teens with cancer treated at CHOP’s Cancer Center.The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced a $50,000 gift from seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor SwiftThe first initiative will be to establish a high-tech music therapy cart for teens to create and produce their own music while they go through cancer treatment.“We are thrilled that Taylor Swift has chosen to support The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Cancer Center,” said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Her gift will help lift the spirits of many CHOP patients during a difficult time.”“Taylor Swift’s music is an inspiration to so many of our teen patients,” said Lamia Barakat, Ph.D., psychologist and director of the Psychosocial Services Program at CHOP’s Cancer Center. “We can think of no better way to use her gift than to grow our Adolescent and Young Adult initiative designed to support the emotional well-being of our teens with cancer.”In 2010, the Cancer Center at CHOP embarked on an Adolescent and Young Adult initiative, recognizing that outcomes for teen cancer patients are improved when they are treated by a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program of psychosocial services geared specifically towards teens rather than younger children. One important component to meet teens’ unique developmental needs involves providing emotional support and building resiliencies.“Teenagers who are being treated for cancer have emotional and social needs that are different than their younger counterparts. They’re facing a frightening diagnosis and treatment during what is already a time of great physical, social and emotional change,” said Stephanie Rogerwick, child life manager at CHOP’s Cancer Center.To address the needs of this special population, the Hospital’s Cancer Center has created several programs to support teens, and this high-tech music therapy cart will be an innovative resource to further support their emotional well-being. It will be available in patients’ rooms and in the Center’s teen room.“Essentially a recording studio on wheels, this new tool will enable our Music Therapy Team to eliminate traditional barriers, and allow for limitless musical expression by our teen patients,” said Rogerwick.The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program receives the highest amount of National Institutes of Health funding among all U.S. children’s hospitals. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 535-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Lebanon continues development in its tourism and travel industry

first_imgAmid continuing regional tension, the Levant or Eastern Mediterranean witnessed continuous development in its tourism and travel industry. Lebanon registered an incremental trend in figures of tourism spending, vat refunds and airport arrivals.Lebanon’s hotel occupancy had a year-on-year increase during the months of January and February 2016, although the average room rate was set to meet the market seasonal demand. Beirut welcomed a unique and live performance of the Disney award-winning movie, Frozen, on the main Biel exhibition centre stage that held thousands of parents who shared the beautiful experience with their children. Mostly Shakespeare was one of many scheduled performances within the Al-Bustan International Festival of Music & the Performing Arts.Several options are available for accommodation, that range from B&B homestays in Beirut and beyond, to luxurious, lavish properties ready to cater to all travellers. Positive experiences are the mottos in Lebanon, where one can travel to meditate, attend social events, practice active sports, and visit natural wonders.Lebanon tourism wants to be an ideal destination for leisure attractions with its varied landscape and mild climate, besides the extreme richness of its cultural and historic patrimony.last_img read more