Unionistas-Real Madrid A dreamer and a sleepy

first_imgThe Cup brings heaven and earth closer, sometimes thunderously. It did not reach so much this time, but Madrid, like two hours before Barça, did not make the difference between two worlds. The match was more brown to below zero than the merit contest. With more headlines than expected, Unionistas, that nostalgic cooperative that remained standing until the end, was excited. Zidane’s team did not pick up better news than some details of Brahim and his presence in the eighth bass drum, which will have more explosive charge. He marked Bale with a burial face, offered the purpose of amending James and the others were saved for main network matches.Benzema played, maximum indication that Zidane was far from leaving Madrid outdoors in the only competition that turns its back. And he was surrounded by the best possible team considering the expeditionaries. It was a show of respect for Unionists and their public, who made the Cup the patronal feast of winter. The Federation has given the modest ones the field (small and hard east of Las Pistas), the public, the weather, the box office and even the hunger for splashing the competition. That always liked the people and never the greats, who preferred to keep the correction factor of the second leg.And in that game full of discomforts, in full weather emergency, He put Bale, who came to decide other games and has ended up playing these. Now go deep inside the closet. In a shot of his right and after rubbing in Ayoze, Madrid went ahead. That has been in large part of his career, the naked goal, unadorned before or after. The celebration was mourning. It is true that a goal to a Second B does not give to shirt, but The Welshman composed the rictus of those who receive a traffic ticket. He played and behaved at room temperature. He sent the nth message asking not to wait for him and left again injured.James’s willUnionists must have reminded Zidane of where it all began: a second-order rival, hardworking, grown up, stubborn and inaccurate. Blended with the coldness of the night and the bumpy grass, Madrid was left with an unfriendly party, with very little action, from which almost no one was awarded. He suffered little (a distant but powerful shot of Gongora deflected by Areola was the closest thing to an occasion of the Salamanca), but he suffered little. The goal of Bale and a petroleum jelly of James with the right that swung on the crossbar were his only chances of the first half. The Colombian wanted to rise in the ranks with his party, the second he has played since October. The Cup was for him a productive occupational therapy. The most dangerous of Madrid passed on his left, although he resisted the goal. Goals0-1, 17 ‘: Bale, 1-1, 56 ‘: Álvaro Romero, 1-2, 61 ‘: Gongora, 1-3, 91 ‘: Brahim Diaz CardsÁlvaro Romero (67 ‘, Yellow The Salamanca fell back over the minutes. Sus legs held less than those of Madrid, a fact that was subtracting the initial boldness and he was relegating them to his area at the end of the first half. But Zidane’s team made no effort to abbreviate that. Vinicius was less vindictive than expected, Benzema left him for days of greater shaft and Casemiro and Valverde were not the usual midfielders.So there was a bleak game, much more emotional in the stands than on the grass, until Álvaro Romero, a vitamin player who had only been on the grass for two minutes, hooked a ball in three quarters of the field, moved his career to Nacho and Carvajal and applied a left near the squad that beat Areola. The Unionists felt at the edge of the impossible. It lasted five minutes. For the first time he really squeezed Madrid, which came back in front of another play that was not very bright. He won the bottom line Marcelo and his center finished off defectively, falling, Brahim. Gongora tried to avoid it and ended up signing a goal.There, and in two subsequent auctions of De la Nava arrested by Areola, the best of Madrid, Unionistas expired, because Zidane’s team regained their sense of duty and sought to give the case a wallet. Brahim put the enthusiasm that Bale lacked, Marcelo opened gas for his band and Zidane put Jovic in case he found the gunpowder this time. Nor did he appear: he sent an empty door shot to the post. The consultations of the psychologists are full of scorers without a goal. Brahim, the only one with an appetite, closed the lawsuit at the discount. He was the only meritorious who raised his hand. ChangesBrahim diaz (52 ‘, Bale), Álvaro Romero (54 ‘, Iván Garrido), Jovic (74 ‘, Benzema), Diego Gonzalez (79 ‘, Javi Navas), Isco (79 ‘, James), Matthieu Amouzou (86 ‘, Ayoze)last_img read more

Mourinho says some players care more than others about slump

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Two seasons ago he was a protagonist. Then six months ago he was not playing, so he was a little confused,” Sarri said.“He’s direct. If he has to say something to the manager he has to talk to me. I like very much direct people. When I arrived here immediately I had the feeling he’s a very good player for my way of football because he’s a center back who is very technical. Then I appreciate his qualities as a man. He’s really better than I thought before.”TOTTENHAM INJURIESTottenham’s injury list is growing just as it prepares to host Barcelona in the Champions League.Midfielder Dele Alli has already been ruled out with a hamstring injury, playmaker Christian Eriksen has an abdomen problem, and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has an ongoing thigh problem.Midfielder Mousa Dembele and defender Jan Vertonghen are also doubts with muscle strains sustained in Saturday’s victory at Huddersfield.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, center, attends a training session at the AON Training Complex, Carrington, north west England, Monday Oct. 1, 2018. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LONDON — At Manchester United, you can criticize the team on Jose Mourinho’s terms.“I think that some (players) care more than others (about the team’s slump),” the United manager said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Former model accuses Ronaldo of rape, football star calls it ‘fake news’ But was it?Midfielder Scott McTominay was deployed in a less familiar back three while Eric Bailly, a center back signed for about $40 million two years ago for Mourinho’s first season, was left on the bench. The selection gamble contributed to United being picked apart with ease by a West Ham side with only one win from its previous six league games. In self-preservation mode, Mourinho didn’t see it that way.“Scott McTominay is a kid with a special character,” Mourinho said. “Very humble, aggressive in a positive way, brave.”Mourinho gave the impression of excessively praising the inexperienced 21-year-old McTominay to tee up calling out other members of the team, which was also knocked out of the League Cup by second-tier club Derby last week.“Do my other players have that mentality?” Mourinho said. “Not all of them.”Midfielder Juan Mata figures it is best to remain fairly tight-lipped ahead of the Champions League resuming on Tuesday against Valencia after United won its group opener.“It isn’t really a time for posts,” Mata wrote on his website, explaining the lack of a detailed weekly blog on Monday. “I want to thank all of you who support us during these tough times. I understand your frustrations.”LUIZ REVIVALDavid Luiz falls in and out of favor at Chelsea, even being offloaded to Paris Saint-Germain in 2014 before being re-signed two years later.Integral to the Premier League title win in 2017, the defender struggled for game time in Antonio Conte’s second season in charge at Chelsea. Now the Brazil international has an admirer again at Stamford Bridge since Maurizio Sarri replaced Conte in the offseason, helping the London club start the league by going seven games unbeaten. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “You want me dead?” Pogba asked reporters wanting his take on the collapse at the Olympic Stadium.Luke Shaw didn’t share Pogba’s trepidation despite being a past target of Mourinho’s scorn.“If you want the truth,” Shaw said. “It was honestly horrendous. We didn’t look like a team that was going to beat West Ham. Individually and as a team we were awful.”The defender ensured his blunt assessment could not be overtly interpreted as criticism of Mourinho’s tactics after United slipped nine points behind league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool after seven games.“We have to look at ourselves as players. We’re the ones who go on the pitch,” Shaw said. “The manager isn’t on the pitch, is he? He’s there to put a team out and put a team out that he thinks can win the game. You look at our team and we had a very strong team.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown But players giving a glimpse of what it’s like at United right now run the risk of repercussions.A public plea by Paul Pogba for the team to “attack, attack, attack” — invoking a fan chant after a draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers — was swiftly followed by the club’s most expensive player being stripped of the vice captaincy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWhen asked to assess Pogba’s performance in Saturday’s 3-1 loss at West Ham, Mourinho, who was already standing and trying to exit the news conference, paused to think but opted to follow his press officer’s orders by leaving after taking only three questions.Pogba also kept tight-lipped on the game itself while betraying just how easily Mourinho’s ire can be provoked. 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‘Go Teach for 3 Months’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has mandated her appointed officials starting with the Minister and their deputies at the Ministry of Education (MOE) to return to the classroom and teach the students for at least three months. This, according to the President, is to experience the ‘hardship and headache’ teachers across the country endure in the discharge of their duty. The expected exercise, according to the President, is for her appointees, particularly the ministers and their principal deputies at the MOE and educational areas to feel the adversity (hurt, stings) of teaching in the Liberian schools. The President’s pending mandates, an observer believes, is to inspire (move) her officials into action to defend the plights of teachers, who over the years have been protesting and or staging series of demonstrations for salaries and other benefits. At the same time, President Sirleaf has said, she would direct authorities of the University of Liberia to allow graduating seniors from the William V.S. Tubman Teachers’ College to go into the field and teach in the classrooms for at least a semester before they can be qualified for graduation. “If we can allow Peace Corps Volunteers and the ‘Volunteer Teachers’ from the West African State of Nigeria to be assigned in the rural areas, we too should send young graduating seniors to go with the foreign instructors into the classrooms before they are allowed to graduate.” President Sirleaf made the suggestion over the weekend when the Minister of Education, Etmonia David-Tarpeh presented the MOE’s (2014-2016) ‘Operational Plan.’ The ceremony was held at the Monrovia City Hall on Saturday, May 24, on the theme, “Quality Education for All: Redirecting Our Future.” The three-year ‘Operational Plan’ is being launched with the vision to ensure quality, relevant, accessible, and affordable education for all. The cost of implementation within the three-year period is US$180 million, while the cost for implementation for the first year (2014) is around US$59 million. Funding for the Plan is expected to come from the government and development partners, including the public-private partnership. The mission is to also ensure quality, relevant, accessible, and affordable education by establishing appropriate legal and regulatory framework through the development of education systems, policies guidelines, procedures and standards. To also promote, good governance practices among actors by coordinating all education programs and activities within the country’s borders; linking education programs to economic and development needs of the population; and promoting public-private partnerships within the sector.    Before presenting the plan to President Sirleaf, Minister Tarpeh explained among other things that the 3-year ‘Operational Plan’ is based on several documents including the Education Reform Law of 2011, Education Sector Plan (2010-2020), Roadmap for System Transformation, National Agenda for Transformation, among others. She said the plan highlights priorities identified by education stakeholders at several consultative meetings including the National Education Roundtable Conference, 2013 and the Joint Education Sector Review taking account of clear messages that there is a need to reform the education sector and other emerging trends within the system. Additionally, it serves as a catalyst (means, channel) to accelerate the “Education for All Goals.”“It is underpinned by the principles of ownership and accountability that the Plan also proposes a range of strategies and activities for improving the quality of education services to ensure that young people within the country’s borders are fully prepared for a favorable livelihood in a changing regional and global environment.” This Plan covers areas such like the Early Childhood Development/Education, Basic and Secondary Education, Teacher Education, Student Personnel Services, Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), Education Governance and Management.Saturday’s launch brought together an array of government officials, legislators and members of the diplomatic community among them U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgShay Given broke down in tears this afternoon following the death of his close pal Gary Speed.The Wales manager, 42, was found dead at his home. Foul play is not suspected.Donegal star Shay was very close to Speed after the pair played together at Newcastle. The Lifford man was seen trying to hold back tears at Liberty Stadium today as his Aston Villa side played Swansea in the Premiership.At Shay made his way to his goal however he broke down in tears and used his towel to wipe his face.A source said “Shay and Speedy were very good friends and they kept in touch despite going their separate ways.“It was Alan Smyth who told Shay earlier in the day and he was just devastated. “Shay just can’t figure it all out.‘Shay is a few years younger than Gary but they are both in the game a long time.”Despite his heartache, Shay, 36, went on to play a terrific game for Aston Villa and helped them to a share of the points against Swansea.Aston Villa manager Alex McCleish said his team had been affected by the shocking news.“My blood ran cold when I heard the news,” he said. “Three of ours lads knew him very well. James Collins plays for Wales and Shay Given was very close to him. He heard the news first from Alan Shearer, and Jermaine Jenas is a former Newcastle team mate. They are distraught.“We would have understood if Swansea wanted to call the game off.”SHAY’S HEARTACHE AS HIS PAL IS FOUND DEAD was last modified: November 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gary SpeedShay Givenlast_img read more


first_imgDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL)Mental Health and Suicide Awareness – Talks and Discussions led by Fr. James Sweeney on Thursday 27th November 2014. Time: 7:30 – 9:30pm, Venue: Dunkineely Community Ltd Offices/The Manse Dunkineely.If you are interested and wish to come along just call the DCL Office on 074 9737678 or 087 3421922 or email us at dunkineelycommunity@gmail.com or if you wish to just come along. Please note the talks/discussions would not be suitable for anyone who experienced a suicide in the past year as the subject would be too raw for them.Haiti Project Fund – A Gospel Concert & Musical evening in Dunkineely Methodist Church on Friday 28th November at 8:00pm in aid of Haiti Project Fund.All proceeds will be used to provide free health clinics to those in isolated areas, re-build a teacher training centre and provide supplies for schools, children’s homes and clubs. Thank you kindly for your support.Tir Boghaine – Are you Caring for someone at home? A support group for carers meets on the third Monday of each Month in Killybegs Hospital Day centre at 7:30 pm. If you are coping alone or isolated by your role as a carer, why not come along to the support group.All carers can share their knowledge and support and have opportunities to partake in training sessions.The next meeting will take place on Monday 15th December at 7:30pm in Killybegs Hospital.For more information contact Eileen – Tir Boghaine on 074 9733111 / 074 9733113 or Email: tirboghaine@gmail.comDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c. Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page).DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY METHODIST CHURCH TO HOST GOSPEL CONCERT IN AID OF HAITI PROJECT FUND was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityDunkineely LTDFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Watch: Ex-Warrior JaVale McGee in hilarious battle with insect

first_imgGo ahead and laugh at JaVale McGee. Call him what you must. He really doesn’t care. All he knows is he somehow managed to get away from “the biggest flying insect I’ve ever seen!”The one-time Warrior and current Lakers center isn’t too proud to admit he was so scared by a bug he encountered in his driveway that he sprinted away while consumed with fear.And he shamelessly provided the video proof for us on his Instagram account.last_img

Start Over: The Evolution of Planets Is All Wrong

first_imgIdeas about planetary evolution are so far off base with observations of exoplanets, it’s time to wipe the slate clean.“Planets in Chaos,” Ann Finkbeiner titles an article in Nature.  Actually, the planets are doing just fine, but the theories to explain their origins are so far off, they are not salvageable.  The subtitle reads,The discovery of thousands of star systems wildly different from our own has demolished ideas about how planets form. Astronomers are searching for a whole new theory.Her review brings to mind Huxley’s quip that many a beautiful theory was destroyed by an ugly fact.  “Not so long ago — as recently as the mid-1990s, in fact — there was a theory so beautiful that astronomers thought it simply had to be true.”  It was the core accretion theory (the updated Laplace Nebular Hypothesis).  It was beautiful because it fit well with Darwinism’s slow, gradual accumulation of infinitesimal changes.  It was beautiful, too, because it explained our solar system’s arrangement: rocky planets near the sun, icy bodies farther out.  “And because the same principles of physics and astronomy must apply throughout the Universe, it predicted that any system of ‘exoplanets’ around another star would look pretty much the same.”  See?  It even made predictions.  Good theory.Reality had a way of punishing scientists for extrapolating from a sample of one.But in the mid-1990s, astronomers actually started finding those exoplanets — and they looked nothing like those in our Solar System. Gas giants the size of Jupiter whipped around their stars in tiny orbits, where core accretion said gas giants were impossible. Other exoplanets traced out wildly elliptical orbits. Some looped around their stars’ poles. Planetary systems, it seemed, could take any shape that did not violate the laws of physics.The sad conflagration of the beautiful theory has been told and retold before (3/21/06, 5/21/09, 8/31/10), especially since the Kepler spacecraft turned up the heat.  What’s new for July 2014 is that astronomers have still made no progress with alternative theories.The findings have triggered controversy and confusion, as astronomers struggle to work out what the old theory was missing. They are trying ideas, but are still far from sure how the pieces fit together. The field in its current state “doesn’t make much sense”, says Norm Murray of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics in Toronto. “It’s impossible right now to account for everything,” agrees Kevin Schlaufman, an astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. Until researchers reach a new consensus, they will not be able to understand how our own Solar System fits into the grand scheme of things, let alone predict what else might exist.It’s not like Nature to leave a tragedy hopeless, so Finkbeiner does offer some glimmers of hope.  New concepts of interaction and migration are helping to explain how some planets went wildly eccentric, or how hot Jupiters got so close to their stars, for instance.   Many astronomers still believe “core accretion has some things right,” such as the idea that planets are leftover products of the origin of stars.  Strangely, she tells the old theory as if it is still true, after having falsified it in the introduction.But then she gets into the era of 2001, the Space Oddities.  “It was like, ‘What! We weren’t even looking for that” one astronomer said at the 1995 announcement of the first hot Jupiter.  The catalog of unpredicted anomalies has left astronomers scratching their heads.  In accordance with Bloch’s Law, “Every solution breeds new problems,” the proferred solutions did just that:To explain hot Jupiters, for example, they suggest that the planets did not stick around at their birth place in the cold outer reaches of stellar disks. Instead, the infant giants spiralled inwards as viscous gas in the disk slowed their orbits. At some point, for reasons unknown, they stopped their death spirals and settled into stable orbits close to their stars. Despite the extreme temperatures, the giant planets had strong-enough gravity to keep hold of their gas.Super-Earths also don’t fit the old “beautiful” theory, she adds; they are even “harder to account for.”  But does a pithy analogy help?  “Super-Earths are probably not nice, stereotypical birds,” says Eric Ford, an astrophysicist at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park. “Maybe some are more like penguins.”  Humor can be a distraction on work time.  “The sheer size of the super-Earth flock requires explanation,” she reminds the workers, like a stern boss.  “The standard theory cannot do that because in existing models, the central regions of stellar disks contain much too little material to create several close-in super-Earths.”The workers went to work, adding heavier disks, and “migration, migration, migration.”  That process seems to be the new dark matter to explain planet-makers’ anomalies.  Unfortunately, migration models have their own problems that challenge migration as a scientific theory:Such models are appealing, but the concept of migration, especially of the smaller planets, gives some researchers pause — if only because no one has ever seen it happening. The necessary observations may not be possible: stars young enough to have planets migrating through protoplanetary disks are still surrounded by dust, and their light flickers, making it extremely unlikely that current methods will be able to pick out the dimming caused by a transiting planet. The theory is not settled, either. Modellers have found it hard to explain why migrating planets, big or small, would stop in the orbits that astronomers have observed. In simulations, says Winn, they don’t: “the planets plop right down on the star”.If planets migrate as quickly as models predict, moreover, they should mostly be gone by now, melted to oblivion inside their parent stars.  Astronomers should not be oblivious to oblivion.  The “biggest question” still hounds them: “why our Solar System is so different.”  Our neat arrangement of planets in stable orbits, with a lively planet safe in its habitable zone, doesn’t look anything like the majority of extrasolar planetary systems.  Breaking News:  One of the most Earthlike planets ever found turns out to be an illusion, New Scientist and National Geographic reported.  The “planets” were probably just starspots due to the star’s magnetic field.  Farewell, Gliese 581 d.  Jacob Aron quipped on New Scientist:Type the name “Gliese 581 d” into a search engine, and you’ll find hundreds of tantalising images of an Earth-like world. The exoplanet has been a top contender for the most life-friendly world beyond our solar system since it was discovered in 2007. There’s just one problem – it probably doesn’t exist.Current status for planet formation theories: bad news.Meanwhile, researchers continue to nurture their mess of models, which have grown almost as exotic and plentiful as the planets they seek to explain. And if the current theories are disjointed, ad hoc and no longer beautiful, that is often how science proceeds, notes Murray. “Life,” he says, “is like that.”Finkbeiner’s happy ending to the story lies in the future.  “Future observations may give some answers,” she dreams.Try that excuse at home or at work.  Susie, you’re room is a mess.  I’m nurturing the mess; life is like that.  John, your report did not follow my instructions.  It’s exotic; life is like that.  Mechanic, you put the parts in the wrong places.  It’s disjointed, but life is like that.  Lawyer, you’re just making stuff up.  It’s ad hoc, but life is like that.  Home decorator, you ruined my living room.  It’s no longer beautiful, but life is like that.  Son, why did you get an “F” on your paper?  I got some things right.  Bookkeeper, what are these strange entries you put in the ledger?  This requires explanation!  They’re not your stereotypical birds; maybe some are like penguins.  Scientist, everything you said is wrong.  Future observations may give some answers.Neil Tyson, what are you going to say about this article?  Where is your positivism now?This article is all the more aggravating when you remember that secular cosmogonists have sold a false scenario for centuries since Laplace, propounded non-stop for decades by artwork, textbooks and TV documentaries that have used this debunked theory to prop up a molecules-to-man scenario, supposedly illustrating why science is superior to religion.  We’ll take Genesis 1:1 any day over this falsified Nebulous Hypothesis.They’ve had their chance.  Give the materialistic storytellers the boot.  Earth is a privileged planet (5/24/11) in a designed solar system; that is where the evidence leads.  Extrasolar planets can be explained as the end products of destructive processes, not creative processes.  Design is evident everywhere; like our own creation, we hold these truths to be self-evident among rational beings on God’s green Earth. 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SA, Angola increase cooperation

first_imgRegional commitments South Africa and Angola have signed agreements paving the way for increased cooperation in public works and infrastructure development, telecommunications, financial markets, information and communication technology, and veterinary services. 15 December 2010 During the talks, the two presidents emphasised the importance of strengthening relations in a number of fields, including energy, agriculture, mining, arts and culture, infrastructure development, communications, education, health and sport. Zuma said they had directed respective ministers to work towards the finalisation of other outstanding agreements. These include agreements on arts and culture, education and merchant shipping. Angola will assume the chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in 2011, while South Africa will take over the chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security. He was briefing the media after holding talks with his Angolan counterpart, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who is in South Africa for a state visit. Source: BuaNews In 2009, South African exports to Angola amounted to R5.5-billion, while Angolan exports to South Africa amounted to almost R12-billion. Prioritising economic cooperation “Of particular importance is the need to prioritise economic cooperation through trade and investment, thus creating job opportunities in our respective countries,” Zuma said, adding that the South Africa-Angola Business Forum would help identify further areas of cooperation for businesses of the two countries. “Therefore, our two countries will be entrusted with responsibilities ranging from economic integration to peace, security and stability in the region,” Zuma sadi. “The signing of these instruments is a clear indication of our collective determination to take our relations to higher levels for the mutual benefit of our respective countries,” President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on Tuesday.last_img read more

Weather outlook for spring and early summer 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After a very warm March with temperatures 5-10 degrees above normal, April got off to a cold start with temperatures running 5-10 degrees below normal.After early week rain and some mid-week temperatures near or just below freezing, a warmer and drier period is in store through about April 19. The week break with lots of sunshine, warmer temperatures and drier conditions should allow for some needed drying.The next rain chance will come either on April 19 or 20. Rainfall for the remainder of April looks to be mainly under 2 inches which is near normal. April does not appear as warm as earlier thought. It looks like April will go down with slightly below normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.The risk for last spring freezes appears on track to be about normal which means the last hard freeze occurs in mid April in southern Ohio and closer to late April in northern Ohio. It is not uncommon to see frost in low lying areas into early May.Risk Outlook                       April                                May                           JuneTemperatures                     Slighty Below             Slightly Above       AboveRainfall                               Normal                           Slightly Below        Slightly BelowFreeze                                Normal4 inch soil                           Normal                          Slightly Above       AboveEvapotranspiration             Slightly Below          Normal                  Abovelast_img read more

Sunshine finally starting to bring farmers to the fields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Glenn Harsh, Delaware CountyWe worked on some tile repairs, some fencerow maintenance and we are finishing up our last farm for soil testing. That’s about the extent of the field work.With the cover crops, we do not really want to spray right now with the rain coming in. We won’t be able to plant right after so we want to hold off on spraying.  We are sort of in a holding pattern now because we don’t really do any tillage work so we are finishing up additions to our planter and moving seed.The cover crops are looking much better. The fields that were thin are filling in. It is mainly the ryegrass that is growing in right now. I don’t see a lot of other species really growing much out there yet.After this series of rains this week, I would guess that we could get going next week. There is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow and Wednesday and some chance on Thursday and Friday. Next week looks pretty good for us and we’ll be ready to roll at that time.I took a soil temperature reading yesterday and it was 40 degrees at four inches in the morning and that is about what the weather maps are showing too. For mid-day it is only getting up to 47 to 49 degrees. That is not warm enough to facilitate germination and with the outlook of rainy weather, that could be really scary.I saw there was some anhydrous going on around the state and maybe some spraying over the weekend but that is about the extent of it. After this weather pattern goes through we’ll be ready to go.We are finishing up some variable rate seeding maps and implementing farm management software this year and I am trying to gets guys trained on that too. I like to get started in April but I am not nervous yet. We can get planted fairly quickly. I want to see soil temperatures in the 50- to 55-degree range so we can get the crops up and growing quickly.last_img read more