first_imgDONEGAL’S minor hurlers are through to the B Championship all-Ireland semi-final after victory by the narrowest of margins in Letterkenny today.The boys saw off favourites Roscommon by a single point in a closely fought encounter.Donegal have Eddie Lynch to thank for some excellent free taking; he hit six of his county’s nine points in the match – Donegal winning 0-09 to 0-08, with Roscommon missing several late chances to force extra time. Donegal will now meet Westmeath in the semi-final – with an All-Ireland final at stake.Meath will play Kerry in the other semi-final.Anyone for Donegal v Kerry in an All-Ireland final?  SUPER EDDIE SEES DONEGAL INTO ALL-IRELAND MINOR HURLING SEMI-FINAL was last modified: August 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SUPER EDDIE SEES DONEGAL INTO ALL-IRELAND MINOR HURLING SEMI-FINALlast_img read more

Dreamfields, Chevrolet bring joy to Vosloorus kids

first_imgTen local primary schools in Vosloorus, currently within a soccer league developed by Dreamfields, will be supported by the partnership and receive DreamBags that include soccer equipment and kit to help extend the DreamLeague into its second year John Makeke, a local teacher at Bopang-Kgotso Primary School and other teachers just like him across Vosloorus are working together with Dreamfields and the Chevrolet Ute Force to bring joy and hope to the lives of primary school children in the area through the game of football.Saturday, 22 February signalled the beginning of a powerful long-term commitment between the local community, Dreamfields and the Chevrolet Ute Force initiative. Vosloorus was selected because of the incredible demand on the schools within the community, due to the fact that it is one of the poorest areas in the Gauteng province – with the children often paying the highest price, their dreams.Vosloorus has a total population of approximately 163 000 residents, the majority of whom are living below the breadline, unemployed and in unsafe living conditions.  Children walk long distances to get to and from school, many not being able to afford taxi fares. Somehow their spirit of hope lives on and they continue to attend school regularly, participate in sport and help their families with day-to-day chores.Makeke, who is also the chairman for sport at the school, points out that since the introduction of the Dreamfields project into the community in 2013, children involved have shown a heightened passion for the game and a stronger sense of community. “Often we have to help children get back home after school as they have missed the only transport they have access too, because they wanted to play soccer with their friends after their lessons.”LOCAL DREAM LEAGUETen local primary schools, currently within a soccer league developed by Dreamfields, will be supported by the partnership and receive DreamBags that include soccer equipment and kit to help extend the DreamLeague into its second year. A dedicated all-girls soccer league will also form part of the 2014 project, with four girl’s teams starting the season in March.The inclusion of Isipho Sethu LSEN School, a special needs institution in Vosloorus, taking care of 800 pupils, is an achievement only made possible through the dedication of both the Dreamfields and Chevrolet Ute Force teams.Highly involved in sport already, the school has managed to start breaking down stereotypes in the local community about intellectually impaired learners. It is clear that through soccer these young South African’s have found their true calling, and through the project, children will receive DreamBags to help extend this important platform.Dreamfields founder John Perlman said: “Our vision is to create and grow primary school football in a way that allows children to play week in and week out, the first step towards building a sustainable love of sport. If we can reach out to this age group, right now, and add joy and purpose to their lives, we have a great chance of giving them the kind of positive dreams that will keep them away from drugs, crime and violence later on.”Chevrolet will further extend the footprint of their global partnership with One World Futbol, by donating the Virtually Indestructible futbol, the ball that never needs a pump and never goes flat, even if its been punctured multiple times, allowing children to play almost anywhere.Tim Hendon, Chevrolet brand manager added that Vosloorus is the fourth community impacted so far by the Dreamfields and Chevrolet Ute Force partnership with three additional projects identified for rollout in 2014. “The Chevrolet Ute Force initiative is focused on supporting the youth. We partner with organisations to extend our reach into communities across the country,” he said.last_img read more

Tips for harvesting lodged corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While never a recommended practice, this is definitely not the year to “store” corn in the field and delay harvest. Reports of lodging and downed corn are increasing across the state. Stalk rots are largely responsible for the problem, which have been promoted by stressful production environments and susceptible hybrids. Affected corn stalks are characterized by internal plant tissue that has disintegrated and often appears “hollowed out.” These symptoms are also often present in the crown of the plant. Severe lodging slows the harvest operation causing delays that expose the crop to less favorable weather conditions, as well as wildlife damage. Another loss may occur if ear rots develop when ears on lodged plants come in contact with wet soils and surface residues. Even certain hybrids that normally exhibit good standability and stalk quality are exhibiting significant lodging. According to some grower accounts, corn that had been standing well, collapsed in the course of a few days. In these extreme situations, growers may face major challenges harvesting lodged corn, which is nearly flat on the ground.The following are tips from Mark Hanna, an extension agricultural engineer in agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University.Scout fields to determine where problem areas are and the condition of stalks and ears. Harvest the problem areas first when field conditions are better and before kernels in close proximity to the ground have an opportunity for potential further deterioration. An exception might be made to harvest an area with particularly weak stalk strength that is still standing if the odds of lodging from weather seem high.The only way to evaluate whether any harvesting aid or technique is helping is to measure harvest losses. Each three-quarter-pound ear on the ground per 436 square feet equals a loss of one bushel per acre. Take a measuring tape to the field at harvest and spend a few minutes behind the combine checking losses.Tips for machine operation to reduce losses:• Set gathering chains for more aggressive operation with points opposite each other and relatively closer together. Adjust deck plates over snapping rolls only slightly wider than cornstalks so that they hold stalks but not so narrow that stalks wedge between the plates.• Operate the head as low as practical without picking up rocks or significant amounts of soil.• Single-direction harvesting against the grain of leaning stalks may help. Evaluate losses though before spending large amounts of time dead-heading through the field.• Limited field measurements suggest a corn reel may or may not help limit machine losses; however, a reel likely allows greater travel speed and improves productivity. Losses may be similar comparing harvest at one mile per hour without a reel and three miles per hour with a reel, but harvest goes much faster. Spiral cones mounted atop row dividers or the addition of higher dividers on each end of the cornhead are other potential after-market harvest aids.• If harvest speeds are significantly reduced, the amount of material going through the combine is reduced. Fan speed may need to be reduced to avoid blowing kernels out of the combine. Rotor speed may need to be reduced to maintain grain quality. Check kernel losses behind the combine and grain quality to fine tune cleaning and threshing adjustments.• Grain platforms have been used to harvest corn in relatively severe cases. More cornstalks and material other than grain enters the combine. Expect capacity to be reduced somewhat. Concave clearance may need to be increased for increased throughput and fan speed may need to be increased to aid separation in the cleaning shoe.Perhaps as important as anything, get into the correct frame of mind and keep the right mental attitude. Recognize that speeds will be slower. Communicate these expectations with others. Don’t allow an accident to compound harvest problems.”last_img read more

Luxury car catches fire in Sirsa, triggers panic

first_imgA luxury car caught fire on Monday in Phulkan village which claimed to have witnessed zero violence through the day before and after the quantum of sentence for Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was pronounced in Rohtak. The incident triggered panic among locals. Around 2.45 p.m., a passer-by alerted the Ding police who reached the spot and doused the fire. “We have taken samples for forensic tests. It doesn’t seem connected to any activities of violence,” said Inspector-General Amitabh Dhillon. An eyewitness, Manjeet Singh, told The Hindu that he saw two cars passing by. “We don’t know what happened but suddenly the car was up in flames. It seems the man driving the car sat in the other car and fled,” he said.last_img

Bruce Arena resigns as manager of US men’s football team

first_imgBruce Arena resigned as manager of the U.S. men’s national team on Friday after failing to qualify the squad for the World Cup finals in Russia next year.The soccer world was left stunned on Tuesday when the United States, needing an away win or draw at bottom of the group Trinidad and Tobago to clinch one of the CONCACAF region’s three automatic berths, suffered a humiliating 2-1 defeat.The loss, coupled by wins from Panama and Honduras, meant that the United States have failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.Heartbreak. U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 11, 2017″It is the greatest privilege for any coach to manage their country’s national team, and as I leave that role today, I am honoured and grateful to have had that opportunity twice in my career,” Arena said in a statement released by the U.S. Soccer Federation.”This certainly is a major setback for the senior men’s national team program and questions rightly should be asked about how we can improve.”U.S. Soccer said they expect to announce an interim coach within the next seven to 10 days, who will oversee two planned friendlies in November.While Arena’s announcement was sudden it was not unexpected, coming on the heels of what is being viewed as the worst calamity in U.S. soccer history.It marked an inglorious end to Arena’s second stint as manager of the national team.”I want to thank Bruce for everything he has done for the game over a long period of time,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati during a conference call on Friday.advertisementNEWS: Bruce Arena has resigned as #USMNT head coach U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 13, 2017″It’s unfortunate it ended on Tuesday the way it did but Bruce’s record, both at the college level, at the professional level and with our national team programme has been extraordinary.”Considered by many to be American soccer’s greatest coach of all time, Arena’s previous tenure with the U.S. team included a run to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, the country’s best result in the tournament.Under his stewardship, the team shot to fourth from 19th in the FIFA world rankings but Arena’s contract was not renewed after a first-round exit from the 2006 World Cup in Germany.DISAPPOINTMENTAfter the United States got the final round of qualifying in the North American and Caribbean region off to a bad start under Juergen Klinsmann losing the first two matches, the German was sacked and Arena brought in to rescue the Russia bid.The 66-year-old seemed poised to accomplish that goal, needing only a draw against winless Trinidad and Tobago. However, two first half goals for the hosts sank Arena’s men.Defeat meant the U.S. also missed out on a playoff place, which would have pitted them against Australia next month for a spot in the finals.”Obviously the biggest disappointment is for our fans,” added Arena. “While this is a difficult time, I maintain a fierce belief that we are heading in the right direction.”I don’t know what the future holds for me but I can say this from the bottom of my heart: from the high of reaching the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup to the low of a few days ago; I have appreciated every minute of being a part of this program.”Prior to getting involved with the national team, Arena coached D.C. United to consecutive Major League Soccer Cup victories during the league’s formative years.He then captured three MLS titles during a remarkable four-season stretch with the Los Angeles Galaxy that came during one of the league’s most competitive eras, before his return to the national side.Devastated. But we are forever grateful to our supporters. We will persevere. U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 11, 2017last_img read more

Lingard: Let’s make sure Manchester is red

first_imgManchester United v Manchester City Lingard’s United rallying call: Let’s make sure Manchester is red Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jesse Lingard Manchester United Watford Getty Images Manchester United v Manchester City Premier League Manchester United Manchester City The Red Devils forward is felling upbeat heading into a derby date with City and sees no reason why Jose Mourinho’s side cannot come out on top Jesse Lingard has issued a pre-derby rallying cry, calling on United to “make sure that Manchester is red” following a clash with City.The next chapter of a famous sporting tale is set to be written at Old Trafford on Sunday.Pep Guardiola will take his Premier League leaders to the Theatre of Dreams boasting an eight-point lead at the top of the table, but aware that anything can happen in the Manchester melting pot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lingard sees no reason why Jose Mourinho’s side cannot claim a prized scalp and keep themselves very much in title contention, with the players fully aware of what is at stake.“I am confident,” the England international told United Review.“It’s two great teams going out there and you don’t know what the game is going to be like. It might be a battle; it might not be pretty. But if we come out on top, it’s always good for the city of Manchester. We need to make sure that Manchester is red at the end of the day. Like us, they have lots of big players.Jesse Lingard Manchester is red“When [Kevin] De Bruyne’s on the ball, he’s always got that eye for a killer pass that can put a player one-on-one with the keeper, and Raheem Sterling’s been popping up with the late goals.“It’s going to be full-on for 90-plus minutes. We need to be on point until that whistle goes, so everyone needs to stay highly-concentrated throughout. As long as we start the game well, like we did at Arsenal, I don’t see any reason why we can’t win.”Lingard netted twice in the aforementioned performance at Arsenal, with a 3-1 win helping to underline United’s claims to a sustained challenge for the top-flight crown.As a home-grown talent, a meeting with City means more to the 24-year-old than it does many of the global superstars that will be on display.He is, however, eager to ensure that there are no distractions, with emotion put to one side in the pursuit of precious points.“You know quite a lot of them [City’s Academy players] growing up, and through the England set-up as well,” added Lingard.“I’m good friends with Raheem [Sterling] off the pitch. But when you’re on the pitch, there are no friends and we’re there to do a job and win the game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

a month agoWolves boss Nuno: No underestimating Watford

first_imgWolves boss Nuno: No underestimating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno says there’ll be no underestimating Watford this weekend.The Hornets go into the game having been thrashed 8-0 by Manchester City.Nuno said, “Quique (Flores) is a fantastic manager and he has done very good jobs around the world.“Anything can happen. Last week and this week are different. We must analyse the games they’ve played and take important information to pass onto the players.“I have had (a big defeat) in football, good moments and bad moments. For us it’s also a moment to try and raise our standards.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

156 Cases Shortlisted By RAD for Conclusion

first_imgStory Highlights Deputy Commissioner of the RAD, Andrea Kelly, tells JIS News that the matters are among some 330 backlogged cases spanning several tax categories for sums ranging from $20,000 to $285 million, which the Division is seeking to conclude by the end of May 2019. The Revenue Appeals Division (RAD) in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has shortlisted 156 cases for conclusion under its two-year Appeals Backlog Elimination Project, which commenced on June 1, 2017. Ms. Kelly tells JIS News that 56 of the cases shortlisted under the project are programmed for conclusion during the initiative’s first year, which ends on May 31, 2018. She says the remaining 100 matters are earmarked for disposal over the ensuing year. The Revenue Appeals Division (RAD) in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has shortlisted 156 cases for conclusion under its two-year Appeals Backlog Elimination Project, which commenced on June 1, 2017.Deputy Commissioner of the RAD, Andrea Kelly, tells JIS News that the matters are among some 330 backlogged cases spanning several tax categories for sums ranging from $20,000 to $285 million, which the Division is seeking to conclude by the end of May 2019.They include out-turns for Pay As You Earn (PAYE), income tax, general consumption tax (GCT), stamp duty and transfer tax, and customs duty/value, which have been appealed by taxpayers who were assessed by the principal taxing authorities – Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA).These appeal cases are governed by several pieces of legislation, namely, the Customs, General Consumption Tax, Stamp Duty, Transfer Tax, and Income Tax Acts.Ms. Kelly says the 156 cases, equating to approximately $2 billion in revenues, were shortlisted based on the timeline when the matters were accepted as valid appeal cases.She notes that based on the number of “aged” cases, “we recognised that we needed to clear the backlog as quickly as possible, as we felt that it was in the best interest of both the taxpayers as well as the revenue (arrangements)”.Once the cases are concluded, the revenue (authorities) will be able to proceed with collection of the liabilities outstanding, and the taxpayer’s case will be resolved in the fastest time possible.Hence, Ms. Kelly adds, it was decided to implement the tax consultancy project, for which it was determined that all cases received within the Division, four years and older, should be shortlisted for disposal. She points out that the periods of the assessment spanned 1998 to 2012.The Deputy Commissioner says preparations for the project’s implementation entailed the recruitment of four Consultants and a Project Manager. Two of the Consultants and the Manager have been on board since the project commenced.She advises that the RAD is in the process of identifying the other consultants, and anticipates their recruitment by early 2018.Ms. Kelly tells JIS News that 56 of the cases shortlisted under the project are programmed for conclusion during the initiative’s first year, which ends on May 31, 2018. She says the remaining 100 matters are earmarked for disposal over the ensuing year.The Deputy Commissioner assures taxpayers and the revenue authorities that “there are other strategies we are implementing” to resolve the other “old” cases identified, in order to keep current.Ms. Kelly points out that the delay in resolving the cases is attributable to several factors, including shortfalls in the RAD’s full complement of appeals officers.She says that in relation to the appeals officers, while the RAD’s establishment is 12, the complement has, over the years, averaged eight, adding that conversely, there has been an increase in cases the Division has received. An average of 100 cases are received each year.As such, the Deputy Commissioner says the Division is seeking to fill the other four openings, and anticipates that “we should have those persons in place before the end of this fiscal year in March”.She also tells JIS News that the RAD implemented its case management system within the last year, “which should (further) help us to reduce our processing times”.The previous system comprised manual processes, which merely tracked cases received and officers assigned to these matters.Ms. Kelly says work under the project has, at October 31, 2017, resulted in the conclusion of 16 of the 56 cases targeted during the first year, noting that the outcomes of the decisions varied.These included upholding tax authorities’ verdicts in terms of the taxpayers’ liabilities; reductions in the sums deemed payable; decisions being vacated, and one order being referred back to a tax authority for review and issuance of a new decision. The value of the decisions concluded totalled over $124 million.Meanwhile, Ms. Kelly is optimistic that the initial 56 cases can and will be concluded by May 2018. This, she points out, is based on the fact that “we have a number of cases that have already been submitted to the Project Manager for review… so we are on target”.She explains that while the RAD’s Commissioner or her deputies generally presides over hearings, the Project Manager and Consultants have been delegated under the appeals backlog initiative to hear cases.Ms. Kelly points out that the level of cooperation from the appellants has varied, noting that “some have been very cooperative, but some have not”.She says where persons have not complied with requests for information or evidence, “we have utilised and will continue to utilise provisions under the appeal law to resolve their cases”.Noting that the backlog of cases has increased the close-out period for appeals, Ms. Kelly says the RAD is intent on reducing this timeline through the project’s implementation and other strategies to be introduced.“Once we (resolve) the older cases, then our present complement of appeals/technical officers can close-out the other cases so that we can keep current. We want to ensure that the turnaround time is consistent with the international benchmark, which is between six months to one year for closure,” she adds.last_img read more

A quick look at federal projects to use social financing for skills

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2016 2:25 am MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A quick look at federal projects to use social financing for skills training OTTAWA – The federal government is looking more and more at getting into the world of social financing, a community funding model where investors put money into social programs and the government pays only if certain benchmarks are met, such as an increase in literacy scores. Over the last five years, the government has run pilot projects in three areas to see what works and what doesn’t work. Here is a brief breakdown of each area, including the results.Mandatory LeveragingWhat it is: The pilot project tested whether groups could get an extra 15 per cent or more in funding from the private sector, on top of what the government provided them. That would make government dollars go further and potentially provide extra cash to organizations and investors.What the pilot project found: The groups that were able to pull in a lot of money were those that had previously been successfully at doing so. And most of the money came from other governments, or government-funded organizations with little from the private sector. For participants, their outcomes were better, suggesting that private companies were more likely to hire someone at the end of the program when they covered part of their salaries. Overall, officials noted that mandatory leveraging delivered value for money at times, but there were no cost savings to the government.Pay for performanceWhat it is: The government would pay organizations bonuses if they met specific skills outcomes, on top of the funding provided to run the programs themselves.What they found: Outcomes didn’t significantly improve (in one case, they actually declined). As well, some organizations involved expressed concerns that the pay-for-performance model forced “cream-skimming” of candidates, meaning only those who were the most likely to succeed would end up in the program, missing out on those young people who were the furthest away from being workforce-ready.Social Impact BondWhat it is: The bond is a partnership of sorts between governments, private investors, service delivery organizations and, in some cases, an intermediary who acts as a broker. Investors put money into an organization that delivers a social program, which signs an agreement with the government for money if they meet specific performance benchmarks. Investors get a return based on program results, moving the financial risk away from governments and cutting costs. Governments accrue savings from decreases in social support payments from having a more skilled workforce.What they found: Although the project is still ongoing, so far the government has found that it can take time to get employers on board, especially when if there are financial risks for them. There are also regulatory barriers, such as tax policies, that can hamper foundations and non-profits. This project has also found that the government needs to modernize its usual funding model for skills training programs. read more