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NBA to bring preseason game to India soon

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first_imgNational Basketball Association (NBA) is planning to bring a pre-season game to India in an effort to tap the growing market for the sport in the country.Realising the market potential of basketball in the country, the NBA had opened an elite basketball training center—NBA Academy India—at the Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex in Greater Noida in May last year.The NBA had also tied up with Reliance Foundation for its junior NBA program which has already reached more than six million youth and trained more than 5,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013.Read it at Business Today Related Itemslast_img

UAAP Season 80 Preview: Sablan vows different UST Tigers will show up

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first_imgUAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UST Growling Tigers428 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Coach: Boy SablanLast Season: 3-11 (8th Place)Holdovers: Marvin Lee, Jeepy FaundoAdditions: Steve Akomo, Christian Garcia, Jordan Sta. AnaKey Losses: Louie Vigil, Jon Sheriff, Renzo Subido, Mario BonleonCoach Boy Sablan acknowledges that after last year’s disastrous run, the UAAP Season 80 campaign will be make or break for him in University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gilas Pilipinas joins Fiba Asia Champions Cup in China Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games With key figures from last season’s campaign gone, the Growling Tigers will lean on veterans Marvin Lee and Jeepy Faundo to carry the fight.But Sablan believes that UST’s unpredictability makes it dangerous, as he expects several players to step up unlike others who depend largely on only one go-to guy.“You won’t rely on just one person. Everybody can be depended on. There are no main guys. I’m not particular on one, two, or three players. Now, I have more confidence on my players. I trust what they can do on the court.”While he’s not willing to make any promises, he guarantees that UST will be better prepared for the challenges that this season brings.“No promises,” he said. “That the team prepared well and we’ll try do everything we practiced the last eight months during the games. You’ll see the changes in our players. That’s one thing you have to watch out for. You’ll see the difference.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo But Sablan is willing to take on all comers in his second season at the helm for the Growling Tigers with a squad that he can proudly say is his own.“I built this team unlike last year’s. When I arrived, I had no choice but to run with whatever I had. This time, I’m in control of everything. We had a longer preparation this time and I believe we’re in a better groove,” said Sablan in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingParading a mix of veterans and new recruits, Sablan is confident with the group that is slowly showing signs of maturity after the numerous pocket tournaments it participated in in the run up for this season.We had a longer time to prepare, not like before that we only had two months of preparation. So now, we’re running a bit better. The system I was trying to instill last year is finally happening. The bottomline is we had a longer preparation,” said Sablan.center_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more

Miss and die

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first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles With their backs to the wall, Austria believes a shift in approach could shift the odds in their favor in the 4:30 p.m. contest.“We have to play better defense,” he said following 93-88 loss to TNT on Monday night. “[In Game 1] we only allowed them 78 points, tonight it’s 93—that’s 15 points more.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The name of the game is how you can play good defense. We may be No. 1 in offense when it comes to percentages, but we have to play defense, too, for us to win,” he added.Bong Ravena, Austria’s counterpart at TNT, refuses to celebrate anything despite having some sort of momentum coming into the game. “[There’s] nothing to celebrate,” he said. “We just tied the series.”“I just hope that our intensity, our energy will be the same—or even better,” Ravena said.Meanwhile, if there’s one team in this sudden death day that definitely has momentum going, it’s Magnolia.Hotshots will be shooting for a repeat of an authoritative 106-77 victory over Barangay Ginebra also on Monday night when they go up against crowd darling Gin Kings in the 7 p.m. game.“We just need to prepare really well,” Magnolia mentor Chito Victolero said. “With the same effort and same desire, I think we have a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img TNT shoots for their first semifinal appearance since 2016, while Magnolia hopes for another deep campaign after falling short last year.The Gin Kings, for their part, hope to come into this game successful in shaking the cobwebs of that murderous rout two nights ago.But no stake is larger for the Beermen, who are looking to extend their already-historic four-straight Philippine Cup titles.“Hopefully we could adjust to the kind of defense they’re applying on us,” Austria said. “We have to devise some plays to avoid that kind of pressure defense.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alas, Fuel Masters to go all the way Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated It’s down to one last game—a do-or-die,” said San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria.He couldn’t have put it any better his Beermen, seeking to win the PBA Philippine Cup an unprecedented fifth straight season, take on TNT for the right to play on at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

INDOPAK 2 LAST

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first_imgBoth the Rangers and the Border Security Force will also Both the Rangers and the Border Security Force will also hold either volleyball or basketball matches on their respective soils as the two forces already have teams in these sporting disciplines. “The talks were very conducive and everything was like a cakewalk. The Pakistani side was very accommodative and reasonable and they heard BSF out. The firm decision to have peace at the border has been endorsed by the two sides very firmly with a special impetus that civilians on either sides should not be harmed,” a source in the Indian side said. The communication channels along the IB and at the level of ground commanders will also be enhanced, sources said, adding in case India spots an illegal movement along the border it will fire “warning shots” to alert the Rangers, illuminate the area by flare shots and subsequently take on the suspects or infiltrators. Both the forces have also decided to enhance measures to help and aid inadvertent crossers of the border. “There was a free flow of dialogue and India extracted what was desired. The other side has reciprocated positively and it is expected that the hostilities on this border will go down after the end of these talks,” the source said. Both the DGs will sign a joint record of discussions tomorrow at the border guarding forces headquarters here after which the Rangers will board a special BSF plane to Amritsar where they will witness the retreat ceremony from the Indian side at Attari in the evening. Post this, BSF commanders of the Punjab frontier will formally bid a farewell to the Rangers delegation led by their DG Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki and then they will cross over to Wagah in Pakistan. PTI NES ZMNadvertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United go second as Liverpool lose more ground

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first_imgManchester City supporters ended a bad week by finding old enemy Manchester United closing to within two points of them at the top of the Premier League after a 3-2 victory at Southampton on Sunday.A week ago City were five points clear of their neighbours, having not even conceded a goal in five matches, and the bookmakers were slashing their title odds.Then after a hugely disappointing home defeat by Juventus in the Champions League they were shocked by West Ham United’s 2-1 victory at the Etihad that ended a 100 percent league record.United rubbed salt into east Manchester wounds when they resisted Southampton’s late rally thanks to some fine saves from goalkeeper David de Gea, who had seemed certain to leave in the recent transfer window.Instead a deal with Real Madrid broke down on the last day of the window, when United also brought in Anthony Martial from AS Monaco as the world’s most expensive teenage signing at 36.3 million pounds ($56.39 million).Having scored as a substitute on his Premier League debut against Liverpool, he added two more goals at Southampton, both expertly taken.Graziano Pelle put Southampton ahead in the 13th minute. Martial equalised 10 minutes before half-time with United’s first shot on target, although Juan Mata should have been given offside, and the 19 year-old Frenchman put United in front following a dreadful back pass by Southampton’s Japanese defender Maya Yoshida.Mata added United’s third midway through the second half before De Gea denied Jose Fonte and Pelle gave his team late hope by heading in Sadio Mane’s cross.advertisement”I have to make a lot of compliments to my players,” United’s manager Louis van Gaal told reporters.”Anthony Martial is already special because we paid a lot of money for him. A lot of people are thinking he is a great star but he is a boy of 19.”Defeat put Southampton fifth from bottom with one win from six games and left manager Ronald Koeman rueing Yoshida’s error.”We lost by ourselves,” he told Sky Sports. “The first 30 minutes we played perfect.”Liverpool’s hopes of joining the title chase look forlorn after promoted Norwich City held them 1-1 at Anfield.Despite having few chances in a dull first half, the home side went ahead with a goal by Danny Ings, only three minutes after he appeared as a half-time substitute for Christian Benteke.But Norwich’s central defender Russell Martin scored his third goal of the season to equalise after a mistake by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet at a corner.Liverpool had started the game in the bottom six and a single point lifted them only two places to 13th, seven points behind the leaders.”It was important that we got some flow in our game and our intensity in the second half was much better,” manager Brendan Rodgers told the BBC.”In terms of numbers it’s not so good but for me it’s all about the performance.”In the early match Son Heung-min scored on his home Premier League debut for Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to continue their climb up the table to ninth place.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with Son, who joined the London club from Bayer Leverkusen for 22.0 million pounds ($34.18 million) last month.”His performance was fantastic and the energy he showed was amazing,” the Argentine told reporters.last_img read more

Indian Men’s Hockey Team Hammers New Zealand 5-0 to Win Olympic Test Event

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first_imgTokyo: The Indian men’s hockey team won the Olympic Test event here on Wednesday, beating New Zealand 5-0 to avenge the loss it endured in their round robin clash.Captain Harmanpreet Singh (7th minute) set the ball rolling before Shamsher Singh (18th minute), Nilakanta Sharma (22nd minute), Gursahibjit Singh (26th minute) and Mandeep Singh (27th minute) scored for India at the Oi Hockey Stadium here. India had lost 1-2 to New Zealand earlier in round robin league-stage. “We played very well. We managed to score our opportunities at the start of the game,” Harmanpreet said after the triumph.”I think the final was always going to be tough, we lost to New Zealand earlier. But we had been having practice sessions after that and worked on our mistakes to win today,” he added. Here are the 🔝 moments from #TeamIndia’s impressive win over the Kiwis in the Olympic Test Event Finals. 😍📸For more images: https://t.co/FcAGbxEUjA#IndiaKaGame #ReadySteadyTokyo #Tokyo2020 #NZLvIND @WeAreTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/IayUvN071I— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 21, 2019Both teams began the match on a cautious note by turning over the ball in the mid-field. India won a penalty corner in the seventh minute, but couldn’t capitalise on the opportunity.However, skipper Harmanpreet didn’t miss out on a re-awarded penalty corner. He executed a perfect dragflick to put India in the lead.The Indian team continued to hold possession and put tremendous pressure on the New Zealand defense as they ended the first quarter at 1-0.Shamsher scored India’s second goal through a penalty corner in the 18th minute.New Zealand managed to make only two circle entries in the second quarter as the Indian team scored three more goals.Nilakanta found the back of the net in the 22nd minute before Gursahibjit and Mandeep scored in quick succession.Vivek Prasad intercepted the ball brilliantly to assist a goal for Gursahibjit and Mandeep converted a penalty corner just before the half-time whistle.After an action-packed first half, the intensity dropped from both sides. New Zealand tried to make a few inroads in the third quarter as they took a shot in the 37th minute which went wide of the post.Jarmanpreet Singh saved a penalty corner in the next minute as India and New Zealand played out a goalless quarter but the former held the lead at 5-0.In the last quarter, India ensured they stayed in the lead and didn’t allow New Zealand to break through their defense throughout the match.India’s attacking approach in the match paid off as they walked off the pitch as winners of the competition. harmanpreet singhIndiaIndia hockeyIndia vs new Zealand First Published: August 21, 2019, 12:14 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Willian renews contract with Chelsea until 2020

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first_imgChelsea’s last season’s Footballer of the Year, Brazilian playmaker Willian has signed a new contract that will keep him at the English Premier League club until 2020.”I’m very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea. It’s a dream to continue with this club and over the next four years I will try to help the team win more trophies,” said the player on Tuesday. (Also read: Lionel Messi likely to return for Argentina, linked to Chelsea)”It’s been an amazing time for me since I joined the club three years ago, I’ve won titles and last season I was named Chelsea Player of the Year. I hope to be able to stay at that level during the coming seasons and achieve more success,” he continued. (Also read: Chelsea sign Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi)The Brazilian international, who scored six goals in 30 matches last season and who still had two years of contract with the Blues, arrived in London in August 2013 from Anzhi Makhachkala for 30 million pounds sterling ($39.7 million), reports Efe.last_img read more

South Africa committed to hosting 2022 Commonwealth Games

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first_imgSouth Africa remain “fully committed” to hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban despite falling short of requirements, officials said, adding they were still in talks with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) over their bid.The comments came on Wednesday, the deadline to resolve a number of issues, such as failing to have a local organising committee set up within 180 days of winning the bid on April 1, 2014 and not depositing an initial payment of $1.79 million.Durban remains the only city with a confirmed bid after Edmonton in Canada withdrew in February.While South Africa said details from ongoing talks could not be revealed, the CGF insisted that Nov. 30 was merely a deadline and not a day for announcements.”The South African government is still fully committed on hosting the Games,” Esethu Hasane, spokesperson for the Department of Sport and Recreation, was quoted as saying by China’s Xinhua News Agency.”Unfortunately, now the Department is not in a position to be making any pronouncements on ongoing talks.”If Durban goes on to host the event, the Commonwealth Games will travel to Africa for the first time in its history.The 2018 Games will be held at Gold Coast, Australia.last_img read more

Yanks Outhit The Tigers, 9-8

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first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a walk for the Detroit Tigers in his second exhibition game since returning from off-season right ankle and foot surgery, a 9-8 loss March 24 to the New York Yankees.Cabrera had an opposite-field single in the first and drew a second-inning walk. He struck out to end the fourth and again leading off the seventh.The Tigers slugger has been the designated hitter in both of his games this spring. He went 1-for-3 in his debut March 22 against Washington.Detroit Manager Brad Ausmus said Cabrera could DH in a minor league game March 25 and “if he’s fine” there’s chance he could play first base for the first time March 25 against Baltimore.Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez grounded a single to left in two at-bats and had a walk. A-Rod is hitting .286 (8 for 28) overall.Esmil Rogers, a Yankees’ fifth-starter candidate, gave up five runs and five hits in three innings. New York Manager Joe Girardi wouldn’t say if the outing hurt Rogers’ chances.“I won’t talk about that now,” he said. “We’ll sit down as a group and talk about it.” Adam Warren is also under consideration for the spot.The Yankees scored four in the ninth, including a walk-off three-run shot by Ramon Flores off Rafael Dolis, to rally back from an 8-2 deficit.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Want to retire after Tokyo Olympics, says Mary Kom

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first_imgAfter years of speculation over her retirement, six-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Thursday said she plans to hang her gloves after winning the elusive gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.The 36-year-old has been the inspiring force in Indian boxing. In her 18-year long illustrious career, she has won six World Championships, an Olympic bronze medal, and five Asian Championships.Besides being an active and top-level boxer, she is also a sitting Rajya Sabha MP.”After 2020 I want to retire. So my main mission is to get a gold for India. I really really want to win ( gold),” Mary Kom said on the sidelines of an event organised by Colgate.Mary Kom won the the bronze medal in the flyweight category at the 2012 London Olympics. She now aims to change the shade of her medal to gold.”I always try my best to give a medal to the country and if possible a gold. I will be starting my preparation for the Olympic qualifiers and the World Championship. I want to win a gold medal this time.”The boxing fraternity is facing tumultuous conditions in the run up to the Olympics next year. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stripped the International Boxing Association (AIBA) from hosting events at the Tokyo Olympics.The IOC has announced that it will prepare a new calendar for Olympic qualifiers between January and May next year and it may even have a re-look at the weight categories. Indian pugilists are stuck in a limbo but Mary Kom feels it is beneficial for her if the qualifiers are held next year.advertisement”It is actually better for me I will get more time to prepare,” she said.”We are training regularly for all competitions not just the Olympics. In the World Championship, I will get to know the opponents, what their strengths and weaknesses are. Accordingly I can prepare. I will also get extra time for preparing if the qualifiers are held later.”After failing to qualify for the Rio Games, Mary Kom had changed her weight category to 48kg in December 2016 but now the pugilist from Manipur is back to competing in the 51kg.Asked about the transition, Mary Kom said: “51kg category is not new for me. I was fighting in this category 4-5 years back. It was not continuous because I kept changing my weight.Also Read | Boxing league likely to happen in August or September: BFI president Ajay SinghAlso Read | Indian Open Boxing: Mary Kom feels disrespected with opponent Nikhat Zareen’s challengeAlso Seelast_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma 2nd Indian after Virat Kohli to hit World Cup hundred vs Pakistan

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first_imgIndia opener Rohit Sharma continued his dream run in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a hundred against arch-rivals Pakistan in their big-ticket match at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.Rohit Sharma is now the 2nd Indian after Virat Kohli to score a hundred against Pakistan in a World Cup match. Overall, this is Rohit Sharma’s 24th hundred in ODIs and 3rd in World Cups.Rohit Sharma’s Manchester hundred (85 balls) is also the 3rd fastest by an Indian batsman against Pakistan in ODI cricket. Virender Sehwag, with his 80-ball hundred in Karachi in 2008, holds the record and he is also on the second spot (84-ball hundred in Kochi in 2005).HITMAN #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/IOTux8x4JlBCCI (@BCCI) June 16, 2019Rohit Sharma looked in imperious touch as he took the onus of taking the attack to the Pakistan bowlers in the first powerplay after India were sent in to bat. Rohit was dismissed for 0 in the Champions Trophy 2017 final which India lost but the seasoned campaigner showed no signs of nerves as he went about his job in a nonchalant manner.Rohit got to his fifty in just 34 balls, his fastest in ODI cricket. The India opener took Hassan Ali and leg-spinner Shadab Khan to the cleaners hitting massive sixes against them, much to the delight of the sea of blue at Old Trafford.Rohit and his new opening partner in ODIs, KL Rahul also became the first Indian pair to stitch a 100-run stand vs Pakistan in World Cup history, going past Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Sidhu’s record from the 1996 World Cup.advertisementIndia vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Live Cricket ScoreRohit had helped India begin their World Cup 2019 campaign on a high as he hit an unbeaten 122 as India gunned down 228-run target with ease. Against Australia, Rohit hit a stylish 57 as he and Shikhar Dhawan bullied the Australian pace attack.On Sunday, Rohit Sharma was watchful against Mohammad Amir before he opened his arms against Hassan Ali. Rohit and KL Rahul became the first opening pair from India to post a 100 + opening stand against Pakistan in a World Cup match. Besides, Rohit Sharma once again overtook MS Dhoni in the race for most sixes in ODI by an Indian.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul break Tendulkar-Sidhu World Cup recordAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul break Tendulkar-Sidhu World Cup recordAlso See:last_img read more

Barcelona confirm Kevin-Prince Boateng signing

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first_imgBarcelona have confirmed the somewhat surprising transfer of Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo.Goal reported earlier Monday that the attacker was on the verge of a shock move from the Serie A side , who he joined this past summer, to link up with the Liga champions.The transfer includes a €8 million (£7m/$9m) option to buy, while Barca will pay a €2m loan fee for Boateng to feature for them the remainder of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The 31-year-old will be presented on late on Tuesday morning, with a private contract signing set to be followed with a photo session on the Camp Nou pitch and a press conference at noon UK Time.⚠️ All the details about the new @FCBarcelona player @KPBofficial ⚽️ #EnjoyPrince 🔵🔴 https://t.co/sKC2y1Evxw — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 21, 2019 A statement on the club’s official website reads: “Kevin-Prince Boateng is a player who will surely adapt quickly to the team. With experience of playing in four of the biggest leagues in Europe, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga, he is a man who has scored goals wherever he has been.”Furthermore, Boateng is a player who versatile to a fault. During his time with Las Palmas with Quique Setién as coach he played as an out and out striker, a typical number ‘9’. However, he is also able to play further back as he did at AC Milan, scoring twice against Barça in his time with the Rossoneri.”His ability to bring people into the game means he is excellent at playing behind the main striker.”Before the Blaugrana’s confirmation, Boateng himself had announced the deal in an interview with Sky Sports .”Barca, I’m coming!” he said. ” I’m sad to leave Sassuolo but this is a great chance.”The attacker also downplayed previous comments made about Barca’s rivals Real Madrid.In a 2017 interview, Boateng answered he preferred Real Madrid to Barcelona, while also stating in the past that he could have made it at the Bernabeu had he applied himself harder earlier in his career.However, the player says his focus is on his new club, and aiming to find the net against Real Madrid when the two sides next meet in the Spanish capital on March 2. “Don’t ask me about Real Madrid… is just the past! I only want to focus on Barcelona and I hope to score at Bernabéu for the next Clasico.”Kevin-Prince BoatengBarcelona will be Boateng’s fourth club in the past three seasons, though the former Ghana international has fared well at each of his stops.He found the back of the net 10 times in 28 La Liga games for Las Palmas in 2016-17, followed by a move to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, where he scored six goals in 31 league matches.His time at Sassuolo also started well, as in 13 Serie A matches, Boateng scored four goals, though he has not found the back of the net since the end of October.Boateng will fill in attacking depth for the La Liga champions, as Barca manager Ernesto Valverde admitted the club was looking for options there after allowing Munir El Haddadi to depart earlier in the window .He becomes the second addition during the winter window, with Barca having also signed Valencia defender Jeison Murillo in January.last_img read more

Virat Kohli Rahane power India to commanding position against WI

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first_imgNorth Sound (Antigua): Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane’s half centuries strengthened India’s position in the first Test against West Indies, the two performing their leadership duties with aplomb here. After a career-defining 81 in the first innings, vice-captain Rahane remained unbeaten on 53 while skipper Kohli was batting on 51, as India reached 185 for three at stumps on the third day of their opening World Championship Test on Saturday. The visitors enjoyed an overall lead of 260 runs with seven wickets in hand and two full days play remaining. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDropped on 17 by John Campbell off Kemar Roach’s bowling, Rahane made full use of the life to register his career’s 18th half-century. Rahane and Kohli’s unbroken fourth-wicket stand yielded 104 runs in 41.4 overs. India lost three wickets after lunch before Rahane and Kohli joined hands and the duo played without taking any risk to keep the visitors ahead. Off-spinner Roston Chase was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, taking two wickets for 69 runs. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterOpener Mayank Agarwal (16) was the first wicket to fall for India in the second innings, controversially trapped in front by Chase in the 14th over. Although TV replays showed the ball was missing the leg stump, the batsman didn’t go for a review. After Agarwal’s departure, K L Rahul (38) and Chesteshwar Pujara (25) added 43 runs for the second wicket to take India forward. Rahul, however, gave away his wicket, bowled by Chase. He went across his stumps while going for a sweep, only to expose all the three stumps and the West Indian spinner succeeded as the batsman failed to connect the ball. An over later, Roach went through Pujara’s defence to reduce India to 81 for three. India had earlier taken a healthy 75-run first-innings lead, which had swelled to 89 by lunch. The visitors bowled out West Indies for 222 in 74.2 overs in their first innings in reply to their 297 all out, with Ishant Sharma returning figures of 5 for 43. Besides Ishant, Mohammed Shami (2/48) and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/64) scalped two wickets apiece. For West Indies, Chase top-scored with 48 while skipper Jason Holder played a fighting 39-run knock, as the hosts failed to build up partnerships. At the opening break of the third day, India were 14 for no loss in their second innings.Earlier, resuming at overnight 189 for eight, Holder and Miguel Cummins ground it out for 103 balls, forging a 41-run partnership for the ninth wicket to take West Indies closer to the Indian total. Holder made 39 off 65 balls with the help of five boundaries and even though Cummins could not open his account, he lasted 45 balls to frustrate the Indian bowlers. India needed 85 balls in the opening session to dislodge the duo. The partnership was finally broken when Holder edged a Mohammed Shami delivery to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant in the 74th over. Left-arm spinner Jadeja drew the curtains on West Indies innings when he cleaned up Cummins an over later.last_img read more

Edmonton diner prepares for biggest night ever

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first_imgAPTN National NewsA local diner in Edmonton has been serving hot dinners for the city’s homeless for well over a decade.On Tuesday, the owner and staff of B’s Diner are preparing for their biggest feast yet.APTN’s Chris Stewart brings us this festive story.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

Lady Pirates Drop Pair

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Photo by Stephanie OlsonBy Dillon SmithAfter taking the rivalry game against Pinnacle, Green River struggled to finish the week well. The Lady Pirates were at Tabiona on Friday and the Lady Tigers took it to Green River with a 3-0 sweep. Tabiona won 25-11, 25-18 and 25-18.Then, on Saturday, Green River played a tough match against Monument Valley at home. The Lady Pirates were able to narrowly defeat the Lady Cougars in the first set 27-25. Monument Valley took the next two sets 25-19 and 25-16. Green River responded with a must-win fourth set 25-16 to force a fifth set. In the deciding set, Monument Valley did enough to get the 15-7 win to take the 3-2 victory.The Lady Pirates (7-4, 3-1 Region 19) will be in Moab on Tuesday to play Grand (12-4, 4-2 Region 12). Then they will travel to face Whitehorse (3-5, 0-2 Region 19) on Thursday. read more

Barkley Beckham fade in 2nd half of Giants loss in Philly

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PHILADELPHIA — New York rookie Saquon Barkley made his latest 50-yard sprint against the Eagles look easy, bursting through the middle untouched and into the end zone.Barkley dominated the first half and the Giants seemed poised to extend their improbable turnaround against a depleted secondary and feeble offence in Philadelphia.But as Barkley’s carries dried up in the second half, so did New York’s faint playoff hopes.Barkley carried the ball four times in the second half. Odell Beckham Jr. cramped up and stretched out on the sideline. Eli Manning showed little of the mettle from the the last two weeks when he threw for five touchdowns in wins over San Francisco and Tampa Bay.The Giants blew a 16-point halftime lead, seemed more in the hunt for the No. 1 draft pick than a wild-card berth in the playoffs, and trudged out of Philadelphia with a 25-22 loss on Sunday.The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles (5-6) have new life in the NFC East.The Giants (3-8) could truly start thinking about the off-season. They have lost five straight games to the Eagles and nine of 10 overall in the series, this one a tough blow to an already unlikely scenario for making the playoffs.“We’re not worried about slim paths,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “We’re not worried about where we need to go.”Perhaps they should have been, long before a two-game winning streak put a glimmer of post-season ambitions in front of them. Manning threw a critical interception to Malcolm Jenkins at the Eagles 2 just before halftime. How Barkley was used — he sat out a series in the third quarter — was the most puzzling part of New York’s collapse.Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, was a force in the first half. He had a 51-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter to give New York a 19-3 lead.The running back had a 55-yard gain on a screen pass and a 50-yard rushing TD in the first game this season between the NFC East rivals. Barkley had 130 yards rushing and caught nine passes for 99 yards in that game last month, and he had 94 yards rushing in the first half Sunday.He fell out of the rotation and faded to just 7 yards rushing in the second half.“We’re going to spell him a little bit as we go,” Shurmur said. “That had nothing to do with the outcome of the game.”Barkley, who held his helmet as he stood on the sideline, refused to second-guess the play-calling. Barkley also touched the ball four times on New York’s opening drive and scored on a 13-yard shovel pass from Manning.“The offensive co-ordinator and head coach are the coach for a reason,” Barkley said. “I know everyone wants to be a coach and think what we should call. But they know what we’re doing and they put us in the right position to win.”Beckham also missed the first series of the second half when he needed intravenous fluids to help with a cramp that sent him back to the locker room and forced him to lay face down on the turf.“We’ve seen it happen a couple of times this year,” Shurmur said. “He does fine getting himself prepared. I can’t tell you why it happens.”Beckham had a similar problem against Jacksonville and the first game against Philly and insisted he was always “ready to go every single Sunday I come out here.”Beckham had just five catches for 85 yards and seemed poised to explode for so much more against an Eagles defence missing three-fourths of its starting secondary, their starting nickel cornerback and their top backup. The Eagles had to count on three guys with limited experience: Cre’Von LeBlanc, De’Vante Bausby and Chandon Sullivan. It should have meant a big day for Sterling Shepard and Beckham.The Eagles instead held the Giants to just 56 yards in the second half after posting a whopping 346 in the first.“Knowing they struggled in the secondary, personally I would’ve loved to attack them,” Beckham said. “But that wasn’t in our game plan.”The Giants are 0-4 in the NFC East and still play co-leaders Dallas and Washington over the final five games.“We can’t cry about it, we can’t complain about it,” Barkley said.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDan Gelston, The Associated Press read more

MCM acquires mining equipment at Uitkomst coal operation

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first_imgMC Mining is transitioning to owner-operator at its Uitkomst coal mine in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, after agreeing to buy all of the mining equipment from former contractor, Khethekile Mining.Under the terms of the R65 milion ($4.9 million) deal, MC Mining’s Uitkomst subsidiary will acquire Khethekile’s mining equipment, including conveyor systems and coal mining and transportation equipment, and take on some 340 Khethekile employees working at the mine and at Khethekile’s Newcastle offices.Uitkomst, which MC Mining acquired in June 2017 as part of a R275 million deal with Pan African Resources, has a remaining mine life (including extensions) of approximately 16 years.MC Mining said: “The insourcing of underground mining operations at Uitkomst is an opportunity to progress the overall performance at the colliery and facilitates the implementation of a number of initiatives, including enhanced control of production costs as well as improved asset availability leading to increased run-of-mine (ROM) coal production.”The mine produces high-grade thermal export quality coal with metallurgical applications and consists of an existing underground coal mine (Uitkomst – South mine) and a planned life of mine extension into the northern area (Klipspruit – North mine).The deal includes a cash consideration of R16.4 million and the assumption of the face value, as at August 1, of loans, trade payables and accrued expenses, together totalling R48.6 million.The direct control of Uitkomst mining operations is expected to result in a steady increase in output, and the mine is expected to exceed production levels seen during the 2018 financial year to end June (505,130 ROM) during its next financial year.last_img read more

Theyre telling us the herd needs to be reduced by 50 Irelands

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first_img Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 7:30 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald Gormley got involved with the ongoing Beef Plan movement earlier this year, protesting and picketing meat processing factories, calling for a better price for their beef.  Some of Gormley’s herd in on his farm. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ie“We’re basically getting screwed over by the factories and retailers and we’ve had enough,” Gormley said. Adding to farmers worries are concerns over the impact Brexit will have on the industry, as well as concerns over cheaper South American beef hitting the country as a result of a recent trade deal. But there’s another overarching issue facing traditional beef farmers as they protest over their livelihoods: climate change and the need for Ireland to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to play its part in averting worldwide climate catastrophe.“They’re telling us the suckler herd needs to be reduced by 53%,” said Gormley, referencing a recent report from the Climate Change Advisory Committee. “They say it’s because of the emissions from the suckler cow but we’re not believing that. Surely a dairy cow is going to emit similar?” he said. It looks like we’re being squeezed out to make room for more dairy. Basically that looks like what they’re doing.  22,707 Views Share35 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4770399 Aug 28th 2019, 7:31 AM 27.08.19 ‘The bog is the community. This could destroy us’: How Ireland’s move away from peat is hitting the Midlands The number of cows in Ireland is the subject of great debate. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie The number of cows in Ireland is the subject of great debate. Short URL Back in south Roscommon, Sean Gormley is worried about the future of his farm and the livelihood that his family has maintained for generations.“I have a young lad, he’s 17 and I’d like to pass the farm onto him,” he said.“As I say, we’re only really minding the farm for the next generation. We want to pass it on to the next generation and we want to leave it in a better shape than we got it. “But we’ll be telling the young lad that he’ll have to get a good job along with the farm be able to rear a family.I’m very worried about the future of the farm… I love what I’m doing… but at the moment the future doesn’t look to bright. So hopefully something will come along to change that.   We wouldn’t be that optimistic about the future. It’s nearly becoming a thing where you need a good job to support the farm. It’s just not viable to farm on its own. ‘They’re telling us the herd needs to be reduced by 50%’: Ireland’s farmers and the climate crisis Beef farmers in Ireland are facing low prices and pressure to reduce emissions – Is the model broken? 95 Comments Related Reads Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie SEAN GORMLEY IS a suckler and sheep farmer with about 75 hectares of farmland not far from in south Roscommon, not far from Athlone.On a bright afternoon earlier this month he took TheJournal.ie through his fields, spread out across the countryside. Gormley is a 5th generation farmer – his family has been on the lands for well over 100 years.He has a herd of 50 cattle and about 200 sheep and Gormley works long, hard hours to ensure his herd is well looked after, especially during calving and lamb season in the spring.Farming is in Gormley’s blood and he is passionate about the land. But in recent years he said he has found it almost impossible to make a living. “At the moment we’re getting squeezed left right and centre. We’re not getting any support from the minister or we’re not getting any support from the main lobbying organisation in this country,” Gormley said.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sean with some of his cows. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieHow does agriculture affect the climate?The agricultural sector is the single biggest emitter of planet warming greenhouse gases in Ireland. In 2017, agriculture was responsible for emitting over 20 Mt CO2eq (million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent) into the Earth’s atmosphere. This was a third (33%) of all of the country’s GHG emissions that year. This differs from most other countries in Europe (where emissions from agriculture are closer to 10%). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) predicts that emissions from agriculture will continue to grow to 2020 and 2030, mostly as a result of increasing dairy herd numbers. Reducing these emissions so that Ireland can meet its international goals is seen as a particular challenge, especially since government policy forecasts increasing agri-food output over the next decade.  Food Wise 2025 – the 10 year plan for the agri-food sector – has commitments of increasing production by 65% and food exports by 85% (€19 billion) over 10 years.  Environmentalists say that this contradicts the country’s goal to reduce our overall emissions. Emissions from agriculture come from a mixture of different sources including the use of fertiliser and animal waste.But the majority (over half of all emissions from agriculture) come, in simple terms, from cows belching, or more specifically from the process of enteric fermentation. Cows and sheep are animals called ruminants, and enteric fermentation is the process by which they ferment food (for example, grass) in one of their stomachs. This process releases the chemical methane (CH4) as a byproduct.  Cows belching is the leading cause of GHG emissions from agriculture. Source: Shutterstock/leonardo_da_gressignanoMethane is a greenhouse gas (like CO2) that has the potential to trap heat in the atmosphere. It doesn’t last as long in the atmosphere when released, but is significantly more potent over its lifetime in trapping heat than CO2.The increasing number of cattle in Irish agriculture leads to more methane being released into the atmosphere. Other GHG chemicals like nitrous oxide (N2O) also come from our agricultural sector. N2O has a global warming potential 298 times greater than carbon dioxide, and is released mainly from the fertiliser used in farming.Farming in Ireland Agriculture has always played a huge part in Irish society, with many families and communities entirely dependent on it for their livelihoods throughout the country. According to the most recent Census, there were about 137,500 farms in Ireland in 2016. CSO figures show that there were 265,400 people employed in the sector, with over 90% of those employed either the farm owner or a family member. The agri-food sector (the commercial production of food by farming) provided about 8.5% of national employment in 2016, and generated €13.9 billion to the Irish economy.The sector is massively dominated by beef and dairy farming. Latest figures from December 2018 show that there were just under 6.6 million cattle in Ireland, a slight decrease on 2017 numbers. The country had some 3.8 million sheep and close to 1.6 million pigs. Despite a slight decrease between 2017 and last year, in general the national herd has risen over the past five years. This is being attributed to an increase in cattle for dairy. In 2015, EU imposed milk quotas were abolished which has led to milk output being significantly ramped up. A committee of TDs and senators found earlier this year that this specialisation in beef and dairy has lead to reductions in biodiversity (variety of plant and animal life), soil fertility and the quality of Ireland’s waterways, as more land is taken up by grass and grazing cattle.  Irish beef and dairy is a grass-based system meaning our cows primarily rely on grass as food and generally graze in fields outside for about 10 months of the year.About 84% of agricultural land in Ireland is devoted to grass, with about 9% allocated to cereal and other crop production.According to CSO figures, in 2017 Ireland imported a large portion of fruit and vegetables including:72,000 tonnes of potatoes 47,000 tonnes of onions29,000 tonnes of tomatoes 23,000 of cabbage 15,000 tonnes of lettuceThe sacred cow Environmentalists argue that Ireland’s agricultural sector – geared as it is towards maximising meat and dairy exports – is doing huge damage to the countryside as well as contributing massively to our greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Michael Kelly“I think that the dairy herd has really been prioritised by the government to the detriment of the beef herd but similarly we do need to see a herd reduction,” said Saoirse McHugh, recent Green Party candidate in the European elections. McHugh said she’s wary of simply calling for reduction in herd numbers, as she feels that environmentalists are generally positioned as being in opposition to farmers.   “I don’t feel that’s the case. I think most farmers do know there’s no real line between farming and the environment – it’s not one or the other.I think the real line is between profit driven export and the environment. Unlike with peat or fossil fuel burning, which has been well flagged as a source of emissions that needs to be dealt with, agriculture and the size of the national herd has always been more of a sacred cow in Ireland.Many TDs and lobby groups refuse to call for or entertain a reduction in cattle numbers to tackle climate breakdown. In its final report, the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee stated that there was a need for “a more diversified, resilient, sustainable and equitable model for Irish agriculture”, but it did not call for a reduction the national herd. The government – including Agriculture Minister Michael Creed – steer clear of any mentions of herd reductions, as do the majority of the opposition. “I do not accept the media and politicians blaming people in the agricultural sector,” Roscommon South Leitrim TD and farmer Michael Fitzmaurice told the Dáil in June during debates around the government Climate Action Plan. Michael Fitzmaurice (right) said that rural Ireland was becoming a victim of environmental policy. Source: RollingNews.ie“We are told that everything needs to be culled. When it comes to traditional farmers and family farms, successive Governments down through the years have promoted the return of landlordism, driving people into the cities,” he said.Let us look at where we were and at where we should go.Like Sean Gormley – who feels as though he and his fellow suckler farmers are being pushed out to make room for more dairy cattle – lobby groups like the Irish Farm Association (IFA), the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association (ICSA) respond negatively to any calls to reduce the national herd.Last month, the Climate Change Advisory Council annual review found that Ireland was completely off course in achieving its 2020 and 2030 GHG emission reduction targets. Chair of the Council, Professor John FitzGerald, stated that:Reduction of the suckler herd would make an important and cost-effective contribution to mitigation, could support alternative land uses, such as afforestation, raise farm incomes and reduce exposure of the sector to external market shocks.The reaction from the IFA and other lobby groups to this suggestion was overwhelmingly negative:“Our farmers are amongst the most carbon efficient food producers in the world, because of our grass-based model of food production,” said IFA president Joe Healy.Reducing the Irish suckler herd will result in an increase in global emissions, as beef would be produced in countries with less sustainable systems.This was similar to when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said back in January that he was trying to eat less meat to lower his carbon footprint. The Taoiseach came in for criticism from the opposition and farming lobbies, prompting him to row back and say that he wasn’t going vegan any time soon.The environmental damage of livestockThe calls or statements around reducing the number of cows aren’t confined to Ireland, but part of a wider global conversation about the need to shift how we as a planet grow and consume food in order to respond to climate change and biodiversity destruction. In its recent report on worldwide climate change and land, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) painted a bleak picture:Climate change is threatening the world’s food supply at the same time that the way we produce food is fuelling global warming. It warned that efforts to limit global warming could be wrecked without swift and sweeping changes to how we use the land we live off.The report found that across the world as much as 37% of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture and food production. Meanwhile, about 70% world’s ice-free land is now affected by human activity.The UN experts found that more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on eating meat, moving towards a more plant-based diet (but they stopped short of saying people needed to become vegan or vegetarian). “We’re not telling people to stop eating meat. In some places people have no other choice. But it’s obvious that in the West we’re eating far too much,” Professor Pete Smith of Aberdeen University said as the report was launched. The IPCC follows on from a number of reports in recent years which all point towards the need to reduce meat consumption across the worldThe landmark EAT Lancet report which was released at the beginning of the year devised a way to provide sustainable, nutritious food to the world’s population while tackling the effects of climate change. Consumption of meat in rich nations must fall in order to tackle climate change, several reports have warned. Source: Shutterstock/IvanRiverThe report authors state that the way we eat food must “change dramatically” by 2050 to avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet. Scientists recommend that the consumption of red meat and sugar around the world should halve by 2050, and that the consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables, and legumes should double.A third report released in October of last year and published in the journal Nature said that huge reductions in the amount of meat we eat was needed.It found that in rich nations people would have to cut their beef intake by 90% and their milk intake by 60% in order to avert climate catastrophe. None of these reports or calls were met favourably by the major farming or dairy or beef lobbies:“We won’t be getting rid of our livestock. We produce the best food in the world, naturally, from animals grazing in fields,” Joe Healy said at the IFA AGM in January. We won’t be driven off the land by keyboard warriors, quacks or lifestyle gurus. We are proud to be farmers and we are here to stay.But it is not just environmentalists and scientists sounding the calls. In Ireland – and across the developed world – vegan and vegetarian diets are on the rise, while consumption of meat and dairy is dropping.Bord Bia estimated last year that 8% of the Irish population are now vegetarian, while 2% are vegan. Increasing numbers are also limiting meat or dairy in their diets. According to the National Dairy Council (NDC), 41% of Irish women and 30% of Irish men are now avoiding or limiting their dairy consumption, with one in 10 believing that cow’s milk is unhealthy.  Vegetarian and reduced meat consumption diets are on the rise in Ireland and other countries. Source: Shutterstock/AdisaAdapting to climate change  The IFA and farmers across the country recognise the need to reduce emissions from agriculture, there are just vastly different opinions on how this can be achieved.Last year, Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – published a document which found that GHG emissions in Irish agriculture were set to increase over the period from 2021 to 2030. The report identified a total of 28 different abatement (mitigation) measures that could be carried out to reduce emissions. These measures have been flagged by government and the IFA as the roadmap towards reducing Ireland’s emissions from agriculture.  “Irish farmers are engaged in climate action. We have very efficient food production systems in Ireland from a climate perspective,” the IFA’s Joe Healy said earlier this year.  We are the most carbon efficient dairy producer in Europe and amongst the top five in beef. It’s important that this sustainable production is not restricted, as it would lead to increased international climate emissionsAmong other measures identified by Teagasc, a range of genetic improvements to cattle and technological improvements on farms, as well as changes fertiliser type, better use of land and increased afforestation (growing trees or forests) to soak up carbon from the atmosphere were identified. According to Teagasc, these measures if implemented could save 6.19 million tonnes of carbon every year from the atmosphere. Other schemes aim to incentivise farmers to be more environmentally conscious. One such scheme – Glas – involves paying farmers carry out a number of ‘green’ measures, like protect habitats, have bird a bee boxes and carry out low emission slurry spreading (among other measures).But environmentalists say that these measures are nowhere near enough to significantly reduce our GHG emissions in line with global targets, and agree with the Climate Change Advisory Council that a reduction in the nation herd and increased diversification of what we farm is needed.Mercosur and the environmentSean Gormley has hedgerows planted along borders of his fields and has boxes for bees to make hives. “I would be conscious of the environment. I know we have to protect the environment as best we can,” he said.We’re in Glas and we have bird boxes up and things for the bees. We wouldn’t be going out with much spray on the land or things like that.He said said that he and other farmers are being encouraged to plant trees on their land and move into agri-forestry but that he feels his land is of too good quality.“I’d sooner be going out looking at a lamb or a sheep or a calf growing and getting bigger than going looking at a tree getting bigger,” he said. Sean working feeding the sheep on his farm. Source: cormac Fitzgerald/TheJournal.ieGormley – like many of the farmers in the Beef Plan and wider sector – sees a glaring contradiction in the government (and EU) putting a focus on reducing emissions while also agreeing to a deal which will increase beef imports from South America.The Mercosur trade deal – agreed last month – could see 99,000 tonnes of beef per year coming into the EU, at a time when beef prices are hitting the floor.Both farmers and environmentalists agree that importing beef from countries like Brazil would be supporting an agricultural industry that is partly responsible for mass deforestation in the Amazon, one of the world’s most important carbon sinks (area that absorbs GHG carbon from the atmosphere).   Recent wildfires across the Amazon have brought this problem into sharp focus, with the opposition coming out to condemn the government and EU for allowing the deal to go ahead. “The Mercosur trade deal is bad for Ireland and is a blatant example of climate hypocrisy,” Sinn Féin climate spokesperson David Cullinane said.It also represents a sell-out of Irish farmers and all of the main farming organisations across the island have consistently opposed this deal because of the serious impact it will have on Irish agriculture. Leo Varadkar has also threatened that Ireland will vote against the controversial deal unless Brazil takes steps to protect the Amazon. A fire burns in highway margins in the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia state, part of Brazil’s Amazon. Source: AP/PA ImagesBetter because it’s Irish?  Irish farmers and lobby groups generally point to the fact that the country produces grass-fed beef, which they say is of a higher quality and more environmentally friendly than beef produced in other areas.While the country’s livestock is primarily grass-fed, Ireland still imported over four million tonnes of cattle feed last year to make up for shortfalls in grass during winter, when cows are kept inside. It is also of then stated that the country is proven to be the the most efficient producer of dairy products in Europe and the fifth most efficient beef producer in Europe. The study used to back this up is from a 2010 European Commission report based on data from 2004. However other studies have put Ireland as one of the most carbon-intensive beef producers in Europe and the third most intensive dairy producer.Earlier this year, An Táisce used data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)’s Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM) to show that Ireland was the most carbon-intensive producer of beef and third most carbon intensive producer of dairy in the EU.(However the FAO said that the data should not be used to compare different countries, and the Department of Agriculture has disputed the report) As well as this, a 2017 report from the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture found that Ireland has the least carbon efficient agricultural sector in Ireland. “We’re sold the impression that we’re producing something head and shoulders above other beef but the price isn’t indicating that,” said Pippa Hackett, Green Party agriculture spokesperson. “You have to question the type of beef we produce and why it isn’t commanding a better price.So I think I there was a definite shift away from that particular model of production you would see quite significant changes in emissions, environmental outcomes and indeed farmer incomes.Hackett – herself a suckler farmer – said that more incentives were needed to encourage farmers to improve sustainability on their lands.  Beef Plan farmers and meat processing plants have so far failed to reach any agreement on prices, with vice-chairman of the movement Hugh Doyle saying this week that 98% of its members were “disgusted” with the outcome of the talks.Moving away from tradition The issues facing traditional suckler farmers are numerous, but there is a growing movement ecologically conscious farmers exploring different ways of producing meat, dairy and other food products in a way that is local and environmentally sustainable. Regenerative farming is the heading under which people with diverse views are grouped. But most have a belief in a system of agriculture that increases biodiversity and improves ecosystems.Sinead Moran and her partner Mick farm a mixed herd of cattle and chickens on 27 acres in high quality land on their Gleann Buí farm in Mayo.At the moment they have a herd of twelve 100% grass-fed cows and will begin producing and selling raw milk and dairy products locally from next year. “Before that we would have been a traditional suckler farm – that’s what it is in the west of Ireland, particularly at our scale,” Moran told TheJournal.ie. But the couple found that it was impossible for them to make money within that system.“Even though our weights were really good… they weren’t good enough if we hadn’t fed them a grain because being a part of that suckler farm meant we were part of the industrial system,” she said.  Cows grazing on the Gleann Buí farm. Source: Sinead MoranMoran has a Masters degree in Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Systems and is passionate about the land and ensuring their farm is fully sustainable and works with the environment. For Moran, the food that we buy in supermarkets and that ends up on our plate has become separated in our minds with farming and production. “Sometimes when you have a conversation about farming it comes away from food. We forget at the end of the day that the whole point of the farming is food,” she said. I always say it’s simple: when we buy cheap food someone somewhere has paid for that. In the context of rising global GHG emissions and the ongoing biodiversity crisis in Ireland and across the world, Moran sees agriculture at a crossroads of continuing on the same path, towards more specialisation and industrial food production, or towards a more local model. “Do we begin to kind of pull the brakes on that and look at feeding ourselves and our communities and within that you’re feeding the global community,” she said. Because at the end of the day each and every one of us is local to somewhere and if a local farmer can feed you then they’re feeding the world. 30.08.19 Is it really possible to live a zero waste life? I tried for a week (and did a terrible job)last_img read more

Industry Ideas for a Newsstand Plan B

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first_imgEvery now and then a blog post I do gets people talking. That’s always fun, and the ideas that bubble up are often fresh and useful. Irwin Krimke, whose work with Backwoodsman magazine has been very successful, contacted me to say that I neglected, in my reporting of a recent conversation with him, to give appropriate credit to the wholesalers with whom he’s been partnering, and especially to Kable News Company, which has worked to grow his client publication over 600 percent since they took it over. Hats off to everyone involved in this great success story!See Also: The Newsstand Is Not All “Doom and Gloom” From a reader responding to the notion that the conversation has become too negative: Does anyone seriously believe that retailers do not notice how their sales are down? Please. What would be really strange is if we as an industry didn’t address these issues.Ideas and suggestions have also been pouring in about Plan B. Many have to do with eliminating one layer from the distribution process—either the national distributor or the national wholesaler network. Suggestions center around setting up direct-style distribution, drop-shipping from distribution hubs, and eliminating merchandising or doing it on a fee-for-service basis. Here is a sampling:• From a former direct distributor: “Based on the free market system, if this system collapses another will arise to take its place. Currently I am working with India-based businesses on outsourcing solutions for data analysis that might prove useful to publishers and distributors.”• From a newsstand consultant: “Wholesalers are clear they cannot stay in business without more money; publishers are clear they cannot provide more money. If we don’t listen we are perpetuating a vicious cycle. What if the printers were to develop tie lines for the pick and pack and drop ship direct to retailers? Wholesalers could reduce their business to merchandising on a fee-for-service basis; national distributors can bill and collect the retailers on behalf of the publishers. It takes a step and several costs out of the process.”• From a group publisher: “Set up the tie lines/distribution hubs at the Clark (or other trucker) warehouses and ship direct from there. Retailers take back merchandising responsibility.” • From an independent publisher: “Work with the major retailers to truck to their distribution centers and ship from there.” • From a national distributor executive: “Use a system already in place to swing to direct distribution.”  Are any of these plans strong candidates for Plan B? What do you think?last_img read more