first_img… shows Ministers’ powers truncatedWith the ministerial powers assigned to its members significantly reduced, the Alliance For Change (AFC) arm of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU/AFC) has been nothing but an abject and an abysmal failure in government.This is according to Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and former Attorney General (AG) Anil Nandlall, who ridiculed claims by AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan, that the party is doing a fantastic job with its partner in Government – APNU.Nandlall pointed out that most of the AFC Ministers have little or no authority within Government. He also highlighted that the AFC officials are constantly being sidelined by APNU members.Examining the roles and functions of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, the politician posited that he only has oversight of the Guyana Chronicle newspaper and the National Communications Network (NCN) – a role which was previously held by Information and PressPublic Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanAttorney Anil NandlallLiaison, Kwame McCoy.The Cummingsburg Accord outlines a very pivotal role for the Prime Minister in government: to chair Cabinet, to be consulted on important constitutional matters and to be in charge of domestic affairs.Some 16 months in Government, Nandlall observed that none of those promises have materialised and it appears that it will never be realised.Also, he said contrary to the rhetoric that is being peddled, Nagamootoo is only a symbolic leader of Government business in Parliament.“It is clear to all, that Ms Amna Ally is the de facto leader of Government business in the National Assembly,” the MP stated.Moving on to the Public Security Minister, the former AG showed that his entire portfolio was truncated even before his appointment, with an important segment of his Ministry being removed and given to APNU’s Winston Felix.Moreover, Nandlall noted that Ramjattan continues to fail at managing even a reduced portfolio.“Based upon media reports, comments from random members of the public and views expressed on the social media, Mr Ramjattan’s performance is adjudged to be mediocre at a minimum. In the opinion of the public, crime continues to spiral out of control and Mr Ramjattan appears progressively more incapable of tackling the situation,” he stated.Another AFC Minister, Noel Holder who has responsibility for the agricultural sector for the country, is said to have done nothing impacting for the industries in Guyana.“Mr Noel Holder, by any standards, appears both hopeless and helpless. Sugar and rice – the two largest sectors in the agriculture industry in Guyana – are in crisis,” the parliamentarian said.With regards to rice, Nandlall pointed out that cultivation for this crop is a significant 40 per cent less than the last crop. “The farmers which have gone back to the land are in survival mode. Do not listen to me. Hear AFC/APNU’s Turhane Doerga and Jinnah Rahaman on the state of the rice industry in Guyana and the incompetence of the Agriculture Minister,” he stated.Furthermore, Nandlall highlighted that AFC’s Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan, has been kicked aside by APNU’s Mayor and Town Clerk on several pertinent matters at City Hall including the controversial parking meter scandal.He showed too that the AFC’s nominees to the Procurement Commission, Dr Anand Goolsarran and Christopher Ram, have both been rejected by APNU in the Public Accounts Committee.Additionally, Nandlall argued that the Government is nowhere close to doing a fantastic job in governing the country – as exclaimed by the AFC leader.In fact, he contended that the public is witnessing a greater volume of corruption, more single sourcing than ever and the greatest degree of disregard for the Procurement Act since its implementation in 2003. Ramjattan, a Vice President and the Public Security Minister in the coalition Government, told a recent press conference that his party is satisfied with the representation it is receiving as a partner in the coalition which was successful at the 2015 General and Regional elections. Responding to criticisms that the party has reneged on its promise to keep the APNU in line, Ramjattan said his party has not violated any promise it made to the country, particularly supporters of the AFC.last_img read more

first_imgPresident David Granger is expected to return to Guyana today after undergoing chemotherapy in Cuba for cancer.From left: Guyana´s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed; President David Granger; Cuba´s First Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa; the Cuban interpreter; and Vice Minister Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga (MINREX) in CubaOn October 30, the President and First Lady Sandra Granger departed for Cuba for him to undergo medical tests after he was feeling unwell. He was subsequently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, which is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system. According to a statement from Guyana’s Embassy in Cuba, President Granger was being treated at the Investigaciones Medico Quirugicas (CIMEQ) in Havana.The Embassy also confirmed that the President had begun the second phase of chemotherapy.Meanwhile, on Monday, the Embassy announced that the Head of State would return home today.Granger will continue his daily routine of work, treatment, and rest under the supervision of his medical team. The Embassy also noted that the President may be required to return to Havana at a time prescribed by his medical team in order to evaluate the progress of his recovery and to extend his schedule of treatment.Granger, in a statement on Monday, assured all citizens that he was receiving the best possible medical advice and attention.Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer that starts in your body’s lymph system. Lymphoma occurs when the lymph node cells or the lymphocytes begin to multiply uncontrollably, producing cancerous cells that have the abnormal capacity to invade other tissues throughout the body.The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is further classified into a variety of subtypes based on the cell of origin (B-cell or T-cell), and the cell characteristics. The subtype of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma predicts the necessity of early treatment, the response to treatment, the type of treatment required, and the prognosis. The risk of developing Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma increases with age.In May of this year, Granger and the First Lady had travelled to Trinidad and Tobago to undergo what was referred to as their annual medical check-up.At the time, and in response to reports in the press, the Government had revealed that the couple did their examinations under a Caribbean medical insurance scheme at the Good Health Medical Centre. Those results, Government had said, indicated a clean bill of health.last_img read more

first_imgOne Saturday morning in April, Bertha Smith, Knight High School coordinator of volunteers, on behalf of the Antelope Valley Union High School District, honored the KHS volunteers at their annual awards breakfast. This event was held at the Cascades Restaurant in Palmdale. This is only one way of expressing our appreciation to our volunteers. Additionally, we want to show our volunteers how much they are truly valued and appreciated for assisting faculty and staff with helping our students to achieve academic excellence. The keynote speaker was Jim Ledford Jr., mayor of Palmdale. Entertainers were Rocko the Magician from Burbank. In addition, Kathleen Edwards sang a solo of “The Greatest Love.” There were approximately 70 guests in attendance. Volunteers received certificates and special service awards for outstanding service to the volunteer program. Patricia Franco, Kathleen Edwards, Eleonor Abrego and Frances Banks-Donatto were recipients of the special service awards. Volunteers of the Month were also honored with special certificates and pins. July – Kerry Thomsen, 2005-06 Volunteer of the Year August, Adrian Wronkowski September, Elaine Mitchell October, Patricia Franco November, Eleonor Abrego December, Terry Peacher January, Deborah Davis-Frey February, David Turner March, Mike Wronkowski April, Hilary Hanes If you are interested in becoming a member of a winning educational team, call Bertha Smith, coordinator of volunteers, at (661) 533-9000, Ext 362, or e-mail bsmith@avhsd.org. Bertha Smith is the volunteer coordinator at Pete Knight High School. She posted this story May 8 on the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgAfter ending a one-year stay with Inter Milan in 2012, Forlan has played for five clubs, including Mumbai City in the Indian Super League last year.But Forlan, who has now played for clubs in eight different countries, said he is enjoying a new lease of life with Kitchee, where he is regularly finding the net.“It’s great. Great relationship, good guys from different countries, so I’m really enjoying my time here,” Forlan said in an interview with AFP.Diego Forlan trains with Hong Kong and says he still loves playing at the age of 38 © AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE“I really enjoy (it), it’s beautiful. It’s been my work for almost 20 years and it’s been great. I don’t feel (it is) like working, it’s something that I enjoy playing, something that I’m privileged (to do), so that’s why I’ll keep going and keep playing.”Forlan isn’t the only footballer to enjoy a late-career flourish in Asia, whose increasingly wealthy leagues have attracted a steady stream of veteran players.This week he will return to Japan, where he had an 18-month spell with Cerezo Osaka in 2014-15, as Kitchee face Kashiwa Reysol looking for their first win in the AFC Champions league.– Trophy treble –After losing 3-0 at Tianjin Quanjian in China and 6-0 at home to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors in Group E, Forlan said the debutants “need to improve a lot”.“We know it’s a difficult competition, so we hope we can do much better than the way we’ve done it in the first two games,” he said.“For the next game it’s going to be difficult,” added Forlan, ahead of Tuesday’s match in Kashiwa, about 50 kilometres from Tokyo. “Every game is difficult for us, we know they have really good teams.“Going back to Japan is going to be nice, I really enjoyed my time there with family.”Forlan twice topped the La Liga scoring charts in Spain, with Villareal way back in 2004-05 and Atletico Madrid in 2008-09.He acknowledged that becoming the first Hong Kong club to reach the knockout stages of Asia’s premier club competition is going to take a remarkable turnaround.But Forlan has his sights set on a domestic treble with the reigning Hong Kong champions, who are 11 points clear of Pegasus in the current domestic standings.“We hope we can win the league. We have a big lead over the second and third team,” he said.Diego Forlan trains with Kitchee in Hong Kong © AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE“And then to see (if we can win) the FA Cup and also the Sapling (League) Cup, that will be awesome for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diego Forlan takes a breather during training with Kitchee in Hong Kong © AFP / ANTHONY WALLACEHONG KONG, China, Mar 5 – Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan said he hasn’t lost his passion for football and has no plans to retire as he embraces his latest challenge: firing Hong Kong’s Kitchee in the Asian Champions League.Uruguay’s Forlan, now 38, has shone on the sport’s biggest stages with Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, and also when he won the golden ball at the 2010 World Cup.last_img read more

first_imgTHERE were massive queues outside of many Galway City pubs today as an unofficial ‘Donegal Tuesday’ drinking session gets underway.The event has been slammed by official students union bodies.This picture of one queue – near the Hole in the Wall pub – was posted on a Galway taxi company Twitter feed earlier. Last year Gardai made a number of arrests.A Facebook page supporting the event says: “Paint Galway town green & gold for the day, have a good one, look after yourselves and your friends and please drink responsibly”, the page said.The official Rag Week was done away with in 2011 because of anti-social activity.  HUGE QUEUES AT GALWAY PUBS AS ‘DONEGAL TUESDAY’ GETS UNDERWAY was last modified: February 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:Donegal TuesdayDrinkingGalwayrag weeklast_img read more

first_imgThe final of the Quick Draw 350 is the feature race at tonight’s greyhound racing in Lifford.There are 12 races on the card and the runners are (first race 8.00pm):Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Corner Plane; 2, Glencroft Belle; 3, Roe Lark; 4, Ardnasool Kagawa; 5, Ballard Charlie; 6, Group Hi Power. Race 2 (350 yards): 1, Ballougry Bound; 2, My Last Chance; 3, Freddys Trooper; 4, Mullrook Kofi; 5, Tommys Loch; 6, Bold Cola.Race 3 (350 yards): 1, Gabbys Tango; 2, Original Song; 3, Coolcholly Kate; 4, Monacetta; 5, Head Up; 6, Mizen Magic.Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Tegans Luck; 2,  Dreenan Saorla; 3, Tommy Lees Buddy; 4, Blue Rhymer; 5, Youonlyliveonce; 6, Hades Decent.Race 5 (525 yards): 1, Fernisky Quinn; 2, Nannyvonne; 3, Tarmac Patch; 4, Dundian Big Ted; 5, Do It Boy; 6, Maid of More. Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Spinning Ridge; 2, Westwood Lee; 3, Imperial Falcon; 4, Lisnastrane Dude; 5, Drumcrow Oscar; 6, Ballard Blue Ivy.Race 7 (525 yards): 1, Imperial Swan; 2, Drumsna Royal; 3, Harebell; 4, Hather If; 5, Fridays Warsaw; 6, Ballybun Glen.Race 8 (525 yards): 1, Turbine Tulip; 2, Fridays Maybe; 3, Tahina Keavey; 4, Leosal; 5, Titanic Bound; 6, Shes a Timebomb.Race 9 Quick Draw Final (350 yards): 1, Drumsna Lilly; 2, Saberry; 3, Backdoor Bucko; 4, Alien Eyes; 5, So So; 6, Golden Pearl.Race 10 (525 yards): 1, Tullna Island; 2, Spinning River; 3, Drumsna Pixie; 4, Doctor Bill; 5, Tahina Sonya; 6, Matts Madison. Race 11 (575 yards): 1, Spotty Totty; 2, Lillie Mais Boy; 3, Hather Ma Man; 4, Hanoras Dream; 5, Dirt Bird; 6, Follom Eva.Race 12 (525 yards): 1, Ballinclare May; 2, Mullrook Lornie; 3, Whoop Whoop; 4, Seagrave Bolt; 5, Rocky High; 6, Drumcrow Robert.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: July 2nd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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)Tags:greyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

first_imgClub Brugge vs GalatasarayJan Breydelstadion, BruggeWednesday, 18-09-2019 @7:55pmReferee: Slavko Vincic (Slo)No fewer than 14 players came through the doors at Galatasaray this summer, the most high profile of which was undoubtedly Radamel Falcao. The Colombian has hit the ground running too, scoring the winning goal on his debut at the weekend, and he will most likely lead the line again in this match. However, the visitors will be without Younes Belhanda after suffering a broken jaw last time out, but Mario Lemina – on loan from Southampton – may recover in time after being withdrawn 30 minutes in when he felt unwell and Ryan Donk could feature against his former club.Brugge’s most notable summer signing also came from England, with goalkeeper Somin Mignolet joining from Champions League holders Liverpool. The hosts largely have Hans Vanaken to thank for getting them to this stage, with the midfielder having scored in three of their four Champions League qualifiers. Philippe Clement will not be able to call upon Mbaye Diagne, though, after he joined Brugge on loan from Galatasaray during the summer despite topping the Super Lig scoring charts with 30 goals last season.These clubs’ previous meetings were also in the Champions League group stage. Club Brugge have won two of their three previous matches at home to Turkish teams in European competitions and drew the other. Galatasaray have never beaten Belgian opposition in six attempts (lost four, drew two)Olympiacos vs TottenhamStadio Georgios Karaiskaki, PiraeusWednesday, 18-09-2019 @7:55pmReferee: Gianluca Rocchi (Ita)Olympiacos boss Pedro Martins will have to do without Kostas Fortunis who is out with a cruciate ligament rupture, as well as center-back Ruben Semedo who is missing with a meniscal injury.Juan Foyth has returned to full Tottenham training but remained in London ahead of the club’s trip to Athens.  Summer signing Ryan Sessegnon, still yet to make his Spurs debut, has reported irritation with his previous hamstring injury, and also will not feature. Giovani Lo Celso is another to miss out after his injury sustained on international duty.Olympiakos have met Tottenham Hotspur just twice before in a competitive fixture; these were both in the 1972/73 UEFA Cup, when Spurs won 4-0 at home in the first-leg of their Last 32 tie, before losing 1-0 away in the return leg.Since 2009-10, Olympiakos have won five of their six European home matches against English opposition (L1), with three wins against Arsenal and one apiece against Manchester United and Burnley. Their only defeat in this run came in a UEFA Champions League Group Stage match versus Arsenal in December 2015 (0-3).Tottenham Hotspur failed to win any of their Group Stage games away from home in 2018-19 (D2 L1) but won two of the three on the road in the knockout stages on the way to the final; beating Borussia Dortmund and Ajax in the Last 16 and Semi-Final respectively.Olympiakos are winless in eight Champions League matches (D1 L7), since a 2-1 victory against Dinamo Zagreb in November 2015. It’s their joint-longest winless run in the competition alongside an eight-game run ending in October 2003.This will be Mauricio Pochettino’s 50th European game as manager of Tottenham Hostpur. Only Bill Nicholson (55) has managed more games in European competition for the club.Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been involved in 15 goals in 14 appearances in the UEFA Champions League Group Stages (12 goals, three assists)PSG vs Real MadridParc de Princes, ParisWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Anthoney Taylor (Eng)PSG are depleted up-front with Neymar Jr suspended and both Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe injured. Centre-back Thilo Kehrer and midfielder Julian Draxler are doubts after sitting out the drama against Strasbourg with foot injuries.Real Madrid were back in training on Sunday, although Eden Hazard – a debutant the previous evening – is not in the running to play against PSG, according to head coach Zinedin Zidane. The Madrid coach says he will not be returning to France with his most high-profile of the summer in tow, as Hazard has not reached full fitness following a spell on the sidelines. Midfielder Isco, who has been out with a thigh injury, also trained, but will not be ready for Wednesday as he continues the final phase of his recovery. Left-back Marcelo is Zidane’s latest injury victim, having been ruled out of the match with a spinal injury announced by the club on Monday.This will be the ninth European meeting between Real Madrid and PSG. Los Blancos have won four of the previous eight encounters, while Les Parisiens have come out on top just twice (D2). Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last four meetings with PSG in the Champions League (W3 D1) which came in the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons. PSG are unbeaten in 21 successive UEFA Champions League home games at Parc des Princes in the group stage (W15 D6). Their last defeat at this phase of the competition came in 2004 against CSKA Moscow. Real Madrid lost two of their six group stage fixtures last season, which was the most they have lost at this stage of the competition in a single season since 2008-09 (also two). Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 28 Champions League games under Zinedine Zidane.Bayern Munich vs Crvena ZvezdaAllianz Arena, MunichWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Bobby Madden (Sco)Niklas Sule and Jerome Boateng will continue at centre-back while Lucas Hernandez will once again deputise for the injured David Alaba at left-back. Thiago Alcantara, however, could be rested, with Corentin Tolisso coming into the side. Philippe Coutinho was surprisingly left out of the starting eleven against Leipzig. He is likely to return in the number ten role, at the expense of Thomas Muller.Crvena Zvezda came through four qualifying rounds to reach the group stage and they face a tough start as they make the trip to Munich. Tomane is suspended for this match while Gobeljic is an injury concern but otherwise head coach Vladan Milojevic has plenty of options. Ex-Huddersfield winger Van La Parra could feature after making his first start for the club in their 2-1 win over Indjija at the weekend.This will be the first competitive meeting between Bayern and Crvena Zvezda since October 2007, when the Germans prevailed 3-2 away in Serbia in the UEFA Cup Group Stages. German champions Bayern Munich have scored in each of their last 28 Champions League Group Stage matches at the Allianz Arena, a run stretching back to November 2009. Bayern Munich lost their last Champions League match at home; a 1-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the Round of 16 stages last season. They haven’t lost successive UCL home games since October 2002. Of teams to have played more than 10 Champions League games at home, Bayern Munich have the third-best win ratio in home matches (70%) behind Real Madrid (75%) and Barcelona (74%). This will be Crvena Zvezda’s second participation in the Champions League, having finished fourth in the Group C last season, behind Napoli, PSG and eventually winners Liverpool.Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man CityOblasny SportKomplex Metalist, KharkivWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Artur Soares Dias (Por)Shakhtar head coach Castro may keep changes to a minimum, although Yevhen Konoplyanka may be preferred to Mateus Martins on the right-hand side of midfield.The big news for Man City is that John Stones is out for up to five weeks with a muscular issue, adding to their woes in central defence with Aymeric Laporte (knee) also injured. Phil Foden is also sidelined with a virus, but could be available for the weekend, while Leroy Sane (knee) remains a long-term absentee.This is the third successive season in which Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk have been drawn in the same Group of the UEFA Champions League. This is the first time that two teams have been drawn in the same UCL Group in three successive seasons since Real Madrid and Ajax were in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13. Manchester City have won three of their previous four UEFA Champions League meetings with Shakhtar Donetsk (L1) and have outscored their Ukrainian opponents by 12-2 over the four matches.Manchester City scored the most goals (30) and had the best shot conversion rate (17%) in the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League. This will be the ninth UEFA Champions League Group stage appearance for Shakhtar Donetsk since 2010/11, only not appearing in 2016/17 – in each of their last eight appearances they have alternated between successfully progressing past the Group Stage and being knocked out at this stage. If this run were to continue, they’d qualify for the Last 16 in 2019-20. Shakhtar Donetsk have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 16 UEFA Champions League matches (33 goals conceded). Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick for Manchester City in their last meeting against Shakhtar Donetsk in November 2018; a 6-0 win. Of the 73 Brazilian players to have scored 4+ goals in the UEFA Champions League, Jesus has the best minutes per goal ratio (124 mins per goal)Dinamo Zagreb vs AtalantaStadion Maksmir, ZagrebWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Jesus Gil (Spa)Atalanta’s all-Colombian strike force of Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel have made a flying start to the season with three goals apiece from three games so far, and the duo even combined for one on international duty during Colombia’s 2-2 draw with Brazil – Muriel getting both goals. The summer signing from Sevilla is a doubt for this match due to a knee injury, though, potentially leaving the visitors without one of their key players. There are no other injury concerns for Atalanta, with Timothy Castagne returning to the bench on Saturday after a meniscus problem.Zagreb have a clean bill of health, meanwhile, and will be looking to Dani Olmo, who was linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs after starring at the Under-21 European Championships this summer, to provide their main attacking thrust.The previous meetings between these clubs were in the UEFA Cup first round, with Atalanta winning two more ties before losing their quarter-final against Inter Milan. This is Atalanta’s first ever match in the Champions League or European Cup. Dinamo Zagreb have lost 22 of their last 24 games in the Champions League group stageAtletico Madrid vs JuventusEstadio Wanda Metropolitano, MadridWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Danny Makkelie (Hol)Goalkeeper Jan Oblak is regarded as a doubt for Atletico having been withdrawn from the game with Real Sociedad due to a head injury. Alvaro Morata and Thomas Partey are both expected to miss the game with knee and hamstring injuries respectively.Each of Douglas Costa, Miralem Pjanic and Danilo are unlikely to feature for Juventus on Wednesday evening after they all suffered injuries against Fiorentina. The triple blow leaves Sarri with issues at right-back, with Juan Cuadrado potentially being used as a make-shift replacement.Juventus and Atletico Madrid will meet for the fifth time in the UEFA Champions League. They met in the 2014-15 Group Stages, with the Spaniards winning at home (1-0) and drawing away (0-0), before Juventus knocked them out last term in the Round of 16 after turning around a 0-2 deficit from the 1st leg and winning 3-0 in the 2nd leg at home. Italian clubs have won just four of their last 27 trips away to Spanish teams in the UEFA Champions League (D3 L20). However, the last three of these victories have been by Juventus; at Sevilla in 2016-17, Real Madrid in 2017-18 and Valencia in 2018-19. Atletico Madrid have lost just one of their eight UEFA Champions League meetings with Italian clubs (W5 D2), but this solitary defeat came against Juventus in the Last 16 stage in Turin back in March (0-3); their last Champions League match before Wednesday. Since Diego Simeone’s first UEFA Champions League game as Atletico Madrid manager in September 2013, they have kept more clean sheets than any other team in the competition (34). Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 25 goals in his career against Atletico Madrid; only against Sevilla (27) has he scored more in all competitions. This includes a hat-trick against them in the UEFA Champions League last season.Leverkusen vs Lokomotiv MoscowBayer Arena, LeverkusenWednesday, 18-09-2019 @10pmReferee: Pawe Raczkowski (Pol)Leverkusen come into this game off the back of a 4-0 loss at Dortmund so preparations for this Champions League opener have not been ideal. Demirbay is carrying a knock ahead of this match which makes him doubtful so Baumgartlinger could step into a central midfield role for him. Coach Peter Bosz may contemplate a change in defence after the poor performance so that could see Dragovic come into contention here.Lokomotiv warmed up for this Champions League opener in Germany by producing a solid display in beating Sochi 1-0 at the weekend. Yuri Semin will be expecting a similarly stout defensive display here but he may be without Howedes who is doubtful so Murilo may come in. Anton Miranchuk is another doubt here so if he fails a fitness test, then Eder or the more defensive Rybus could come into the starting XI.These teams are the definite outsiders to qualify from Champions League Group D, but Bayer Leverkusen are hot favourites to get an early three points on the board when they host Lokomotiv Moscow. Atletico Madrid and Juventus meet in Wednesday’s other match-day one fixture in this pool and while at least one of that high-quality duo is certain to drop points, they will be expected to make up any ground lost and finish in the top two of the standings come December. But Leverkusen can give themselves the perfect start by making it eight straight defeats for Lokomotiv against German opposition, although Die Werkself will not be pleased at the way their three-match winning start to this season has ended in their last couple of games. Peter Bosz’s side were held 0-0 at home by Hoffenheim and then suffered a 4-0 drubbing away to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday when their hosts produced a clinical display of counter-attacking football. Like Leverkusen, Lokomotiv gained direct entry to the group stage of this competition after finishing runners-up in the Russian league last season and their form, especially away from home, has been fairly solid this term.Comments Tags: champions leagueMan CityPSGreal madridSpurstoplast_img read more

first_img26 April 2011 At least 24 new political parties will contest the upcoming local government elections in South Africa – an indication of a thriving democracy, says Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chair Brigalia Bam. South Africans will go to the polls on 18 May to elect their new local government officials. A total of 121 political parties will contest the elections across the country. This is an increase from the 97 parties in 2006 and the 79 in 2000. Participation of independent candidates, those without political-party backing, is also on the rise. The total number of independents stands at 748 this year, up from 667 in the previous local elections. The surfacing of new parties and independents has directly increased the number of candidates to 53 596 compared to 45 179 in 2006 and 30 477 in 2000. “The increase in parties and candidates participating in the upcoming election is an indication of a broadening in electoral participation at local level,” said Bam, “and is very encouraging as far as the entrenchment of democratic processes is concerned.” Needless to say, a large number of candidates represent well-established political parties. The African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) dominate the candidates list, with 9 403 and 7 117 respective candidates countrywide. The ANC is the only party that will have candidates contesting in all the country’s 278 municipalities, while the DA will be contesting 272 municipalities. Some ANC members have decided to go independent after being dissatisfied about candidates’ selection. Most of the new organisations join scores of others that only contest in their respective provinces. They operate as organisations hoping to have future influence over how their communities are governed.New kids on the block The National Freedom Party (NFP) is the only recently formed organisation contesting outside its founding province. The NFP was launched by Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, who led a splinter group from the Inkatha Freedom Party just three months ago. It has 2 591 candidates in eight provinces. More than 50% of its members are in KwaZulu-Natal, where it was founded. The Congress of the People, an ANC break-away party founded in 2008, is also comparatively new in the IEC’s books as far as local government elections go. Although somewhat troubled, the party enjoys the third largest representation with 5 929 candidates in all nine provinces. It will contest in 214 municipalities. Though it’s had a chance to establish itself since its founding in 2007, the African People’s Convention will participate in nationwide local elections for the first time this year. The party, a splinter from the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, will contest in all provinces with 2 158 candidates. The Mpumalanga Party is a new local organisation campaigning via a ticket of relocating the community of Moutse back to the borders of Mpumalanga province. The community has been up in arms over the government’s decision to demarcate it to Limpopo province, where the party’s 74 candidate are registered. Ikusasa Lesizwe Independent Movement is another new organisation in Mpumalanga. The party has 44 candidates in the province. Makana Independent New Deal is new on the political scene in the Eastern Cape. It has a total of 27 candidates in the province. Other fresh organisations include the Socialist Civic Movement and the Bushbuckridge Residents Association in Mpumalanga.Women participation There’s a “slight” increase in the number of women running for election in their areas. More than 19 700 women will stand as candidates, compared to 15 718 in the 2006 local elections. This means 37% of the candidates are women, a 2% increase from 2006. “I am happy that a slight increase in the percentage of women candidates has been recorded,” Bam said. Women remain the majority on the IEC voters’ roll, which has more than 24.5-million South Africans registered on it. “I am very proud of women,” Bam said. “Despite keeping the home fires burning, women are consistently retained their overall majority in terms of the voter participation gender split in the voters’ roll.” With just more than a month to go to election day, campaigns are gaining momentum. All major parties have launched their manifestos and have embarked on all-out electioneering. “The IEC is proud of all who will be garnering votes to consolidate our gains and deepen our democracy,” Bam said. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For thousands of years livestock roamed the plains and forests and contributed to an ecosystem that produced some of the richest soils in the world. More livestock producers are taking note of this system with a long history of proven success and working to implement it on their farms.Jeff and Michelle Ramseyer raise around 250 cattle in an organic rotational grazing system with neighboring grain farmer, Dean McIlvaine. The Ramseyers provide the livestock and the labor while enhancing the fertility and controlling weeds on McIvaine’s farm ground for their Lone Pine Pastures operation in Wayne County, Michelle said.“Dean actually owns the properties we have cattle on. We are a grass-fed operation. We started back in 2014 when we got the cattle. Dean is an organic crop farmer and all of the cattle are raised on organic grass. We do not feed anything other than hay and grass. Dean needed more fertility because his crops weren’t growing well. Jeff went to him and said ‘Hey we can get you more fertility, why don’t we start a grass fed operation?’ That is what we did,” Michelle said. “Our first 40 heifers were delivered in December of 2014 and we calved in March-April of 2015 and have gone from there. We graze on his cropland and we have about 200 acres of permanent pastures. We market our beef to Heinen’s Grocery Store and we have freezer beef we sell in the community. We also have organic raised pork in an open barn with outside access.”Emulating nature is the goal behind the beef operation. The Ramseyer operation has drawn from the experience of Gabe Brown from North Dakota. Brown was a speaker at the Soil Health Field Day at the farm of Dave Brandt in early April where he shared about his work with regenerative agriculture involving crop and livestock production.“No matter where I go, I am 100% confident that the principles I use to get our ranch to be an ecosystem in North Dakota are the same no matter where I’m talking. It will work on your operation. The principles are the same anywhere,” Brown said. “Nature has been around for thousands of years. That is the model we need to emulate. There is another way of doing things and the way I found that works best is nature’s way.”Brown completely changed the way he was farming to put a focus on building up his soils rather than degrading them.“In nature there is no mechanical disturbance. That is a fact. There is always armor on the soil surface. Nature tries to cover herself. Nature cycles water very efficiently. Through our farming practices we’ve destroyed that water cycle. We need to heal it. In nature there are living plant root networks and those networks are very efficient at building the biology,” Brown said. “The greatest geological force on earth is life itself. Plants take in CO2 out of the atmosphere photosynthesis occurs and a portion of that is translocated to the roots where it is leaked out as exudates. That is how all of us in production agriculture get our profits. We have to have that functioning properly to make a profit. Part of that root exudate is converted carbonic acid that breaks down the rocks to make nutrients available to the plants. It is the biology in the soil that makes nutrients available. The fungal network is also very important.”Tillage and synthetic fertilizer release carbon and the result is degraded soil. Brown has implemented a system that minimizes synthetic fertilizer and tillage while maximizing soil biology and plant root growth in the soil with a no-till/cover crop system that also includes intensive livestock grazing.“I grow things. I have a living plant as long as possible throughout the year on all of my acres,” Brown said. “We can grow soil much more quickly than the scientists used to think was possible.”The Ramseyers have worked on developing a similar system with the neighboring organic crop farm.“Basically this whole operation was designed by watching Gabe Brown videos,” said Jeff Ramseyer. “The main thing I like about his system is it’s so easy, so simple. We’re running roughly 250 head and it takes on a normal day an hour and a half. That’s moving cows twice a day, filling mineral, moving calves across wire — anything like that. It’s very efficient. For us, it’s just a part time job. If we were to translate it to an eight-hour day, we could run a thousand cows with basically the same operation. We do grass-fed, so there’s some two-year-olds out here. We’ve got cows on top of that. We don’t have fancy barns. We don’t feed any grain. Our cows are calved with nature basically in roughly the middle of May.”The managed intensive rotational grazing system in the Ramseyer’s operation moves the herd between paddocks twice a day, at around 7 each morning and night. The double-wire perimeter fences keep cows contained while the single-wire, easily movable fences between paddocks brings ease to the job. It takes roughly 10 days for the herd to move completely through the rotation before coming back to the first field at a rate of 15 acres covered per day.Jeff said for those interested in giving the system a try, startup is easier than most agricultural endeavors.“If you want to start this, you need land but you don’t have to own the land. We don’t own this land since it’s in a partnership deal. But I think that’s where the biggest opportunity in Ohio especially is for guys who are running grain farms. Of course there’s no fence there so you have to do some work to do that,” Jeff said. “All this fence was built basically by me. It’s just a simple two hot wire system on steel T-posts. I believe there are roughly four to four and a half miles of fence here. Basically what we’re doing now is we took all of the rougher, wetter ground and that’s going to be our permanent pasture. What we were doing before is we took a field that was going to be corn and used that for the cows for fertility that year. This year we did that through the winter, but this land here will always be pasture from now on. There’s roughly 117 acres we’re using now. There’s a 58-acre pasture field we’re using on the other side that was a crop field that has cover crops on it but didn’t do so well since it’s so wet this spring. We’re waiting until the next pass through to graze that.”Diversity is key in the system. Jeff and Michelle have recently added a flock of sheep that roam freely among pastures, though coyote and other pest problems plague newborns. Jeff also hopes to add chickens that will trail behind the herd. Cover crops are employed heavily with a mix of rye, wheat, hairy vetch, turnips, and more.Having spoken at several Ohio agriculture events in the past, Jeff hopes to spread the word about his portable, low-input system of raising cattle. It’s not always easy, though.“People just don’t like change,” he said. “But nature works.”last_img read more

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brownlee didn’t mind having to play longer minutes.“We did great as a team so I didn’t have to exert a lot of energy. As a collective group, we did a great job,” said Brownlee, after logging 46 minutes.Brownlee also said that at this stage, fatigue is the least of his concerns.“I’m ready to play whatever [minutes I need] to win a championship. It doesn’t matter at this point,” he said.“One more to go. The job is not done. The only thing we’ve done is win three games. We haven’t won a championship. I’m sure we’re going to be fired up Wednesday and we’ll be ready.” ADVERTISEMENT Game 5 at PH Arena sets attendance record in PBA Finals game LATEST STORIES And on Sunday, Cone did just that by extending the minutes of his import Justin Brownlee and chief playmaker LA Tenorio.“We had to extend those guys,” Cone said. “What are we saving them for? We got Monday and Tuesday to rest before we play on Wednesday. I told Justin during one of the timeouts, ‘Justin, you ain’t gonna sit down here in the second half.’”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“We didn’t think (Allen) Durham was gonna sit down, so Justin wasn’t gonna sit down, so might as well not save yourself.”The move paid dividends for Cone as Brownlee dropped 20 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a block, while Tenorio delivered 17 markers, six boards, and four dimes in Ginebra’s 85-74 victory over Meralco to move a win away from retaining its title. View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Sol Mercado’s injury has truly thrown a wrench into Barangay Ginebra’s rotation for the rest of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.Without the speedy guard, Ginebra coach Tim Cone knew he needed to improvise.ADVERTISEMENT Game 6 is on Wednesday, still at Philippine Arena. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more