Koeman: Saints’ rivals defensive

first_img Saints have slipped out of the Champions League places and into seventh following a run of three defeats in their last six games ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Hull. Koeman blames the slump on a lack of goals but rather than looking to his strikers for fault, he believes a change in approach from opponents has been the telling factor. “It’s not in my opinion a problem about one player – just look at the last few games,” Koeman said. “Even when we play away – for example last weekend against Everton – teams don’t care about playing football at home, they defend. That is different to the beginning of the season. “Now opponents don’t care how they play against Southampton, they’re happy to defend and they’re concerned about getting points. At this point of the season, points are more important for them. “We are not always scoring lots of goals and that’s the difference. We are not getting the space we had in the beginning. “It makes it more difficult because then there is not really a lot of space. Liverpool played with three centre-backs but with five defenders against Southampton, and Hull normally play with five defenders. “That means there is not a lot of space, so you have to play very well or you need a player who makes an individual action and scores a goal. “But those types of individual, high-quality players are not playing for Southampton.” Koeman believes Southampton’s Champions League dream is over, but still covets a place in the Europa League. “You have to be realistic. The difference to the top four is eight points and that is a lot. The focus at the moment has to be about fifth, sixth and seventh position in the table,” he sad. “We would like to play European football and fifth and sixth positions mean European football.” Ronald Koeman insists Southampton’s goals have dried up due to their Barclays Premier League rivals giving them more respect. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Messi looms for Liverpool, but Cardiff on Klopp’s mind for now

first_imgSo it proved, as after surviving a barrage of early pressure in northern Portugal on Wednesday, Sadio Mane’s 26th-minute strike broke Porto hearts and set Liverpool on their way to a 4-1 win on the night.Having won 3-1 at Bayern Munich in the last round, here was another statement away victory for the Anfield club after they lost all three matches on the road in the group stage.Klopp remains unbeaten after 10 two-legged European ties as Liverpool manager, with two coming against Porto.He has only been stopped in finals, against Sevilla in the Europa League in 2016 and Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League.“I know people like to be disrespectful to a team like Porto, but we knew how difficult it is and we won 2-0 at home, it was deserved, and here anything could have happened,” Klopp said.“We dealt really well with it. In the quarter-finals there are only unbelievably strong teams.”The former Borussia Dortmund boss knows the same applies in the semi-finals, where last year’s runners-up face the daunting prospect of Messi and Barcelona.Having been at home first against Bayern and Porto, the Reds will head to the Camp Nou for the first leg on May 1.It is six years since Barca lost at home in the Champions League, but Liverpool need to ensure they remain in the tie before the return at Anfield on May 7.“It is our dream. Every single player wants to play this kind of game in their lives,” admitted Mane, yet Klopp will have to come up with a plan to deal with the brilliant Messi.“Thank God I don’t have to think about that tonight,” Klopp joked on Wednesday.“I have a few more nights to think about that. Everybody tried it so far and nobody can do it.“We still will try it. We are looking forward to it but we have so many jobs to do before we meet Barcelona. Let’s first play these games and then let’s prepare Barcelona.”– ‘Another intense game’ –Mohamed Salah scored one of Liverpool’s four goals at the Estadio do Dragao © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAThe focus now reverts back to the Premier League, with Liverpool two points clear of Manchester City at the summit having played a game more.Klopp’s squad stayed in Portugal on Wednesday night before returning home to start preparations for Sunday’s visit to relegation battlers Cardiff City.By then they could be behind Pep Guardiola’s City side, who will look to avenge their incredible Champions League defeat against Tottenham Hotspur when they play the London club again on Saturday.Despite the games coming thick and fast, Liverpool emerged from their trip to the Estadio do Dragao in great shape.Klopp rotated his squad, with Divock Origi making a rare start while Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson were only used as substitutes.In addition, Joe Gomez came off the bench for his first top-team appearance since suffering a leg fracture in December.“In the last third of the season you see the finish line already but you need a little bit of luck with injuries,” admitted Klopp.“We play again in three days, so we fly tomorrow and make ourselves ready for another intense football game.”Cardiff boosted their survival hopes with a 2-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday.“Cardiff is completely back in the race with that result so they will fight for it.”However, after this latest victory — their eighth in a row — Liverpool have the momentum as they dream of winning the league and the European Cup in the same season, something they last achieved back in 1984.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten in 10 two-legged ties in Europe as Liverpool manager © AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPORTO, Portugal, Apr 18 – Jurgen Klopp might be steeling himself for some sleepless nights as he tries to work out how to stop Lionel Messi, but for now the German can be delighted at seeing his Liverpool side extend their outstanding record in European ties under his management.Having won 2-0 at home in the first leg, Liverpool always knew that an early away goal in the second leg of their quarter-final against FC Porto at the Estadio do Dragao would effectively kill the tie.last_img read more

Santa Clarita Football Friday

first_img Lyon’s eyes widened, but Herrington was just teasing. Later, as Canyon coach Harry Welch posed for a photo with fellow former Crespi High associates Russell White, Tim Lins, Jeremiah Ross and Bill Redell, he looked at former star running back White and joked: “Oh, I see, one athlete and four wannabes.” OFF THE CHART Hart and Canyon meet in the Southern Section Div. II final tonight. Previous championship games involving local teams: 2004 Div. II: Mission Viejo 48, Valencia 21 2003 Div. II: Hart 25, Mission Viejo 7 Eight-Man: Riverside Christian 48, SC Christian 0 2002 Div. II: Mission Viejo 10, Hart 6 2001 Div. II: Hart 42, Valencia 13 2000 Div. III: Hart 34, Mira Costa 11 1999 Div. III: Hart 34, Valencia 6 1998 Div. III: Hart 17, St. Paul 14 1995 Div. III: Hart 35, A.V. 28 1994 Div. III: A.V. 36, Hart 15 1988 Div. II: A.V. 28, Canyon 22 1986 Northwestern: Hart 40, Temple City 27 1985 Northwestern: Canyon 9, A.V. 7 Coastal: Muir 28, Hart 14 1984 Northwestern: Canyon 33, Santa Maria 6 1983 Northwestern: Canyon 40, B. Montgomery 24 Coastal: Hart 29, N. Torrance 16 NUMBERS GAME 287 Canyon QB Austin Civita’s passing-yardage average in three playoff games. His regular-season average was 168.5. SOUTHERN SECTION DIV. II CHAMPIONSHIP CANYON (12-1) vs. HART (11-2) at Home Depot Center, Carson, 7:30 p.m. Player to watch: Tyler Hawkins, LB, Canyon. Most teams that have been successful against Hart over the years have pressured the quarterback with blitzes – and that’s Hawkins’ speciality. During last week’s semifinal victory over Valencia, which runs an offense similar to Hart’s, Hawkins twice sacked Michael Herrick. Outlook: Canyon defeated Hart 16-14 four weeks ago to secure the Foothill League title, but the stakes are much higher here. Three-time section champion Canyon is bidding for its first section crown since 1985, and eight-time champ Hart is going for its sixth title in the past eight seasons. Hart’s Tyler Lyon has been inconsistent this year, but he has caught fire during the playoffs. He completed 17 of 21 for 256 yards and three TDs in a 24-12 semifinal victory over top-seeded Mission Viejo, which had won 26 in a row and was ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today. The Arizona-bound senior has passed for 1,988 yards and 15 TDs in nine games, and he’s completed 55 of 84 (65 pct.) for 720 yards and six TDs with no INTs in three playoff games. Hart’s Troy Yudin has 61 receptions for 1,001 yards and 12 TDs, and James Wheeler has 49 catches and three TDs. Wheeler also has seven INTs. RB Delano Howell (706 yards, nine TDs) is healthy after recovering from a recurring ankle injury. Canyon RB J.J. DiLuigi has rushed for 1,794 yards (7.0 avg.), caught 29 passes for 499 yards and scored a league-record 42 TDs. He’s also a starting LB and has averaged 30.2 yards on kickoff returns. QB Austin Civita has completed 60 percent of his throws for 2,546 yards and 24 TDs, with a career-best 354-yard, four-TD performance last week. Defensively, Hart is led by LB Patrick Sarkissian (128 tackles) and Wheeler. Canyon’s top defensive players are DL Garrett Leary, LBs Hawkins and Matt Brown and DB Richie Wirthlin. Wirthlin also is Canyon’s leading WR, with 61 receptions for 939 yards and seven TDs. Notes: As the official home team, Canyon wears their green home jerseys. Hart will wear white. .. Tickets at the gate are $12 ($5 13-under). Children 4-under are free. Parking is $10. Advance tickets are available at Ticketmaster. Directions: Take the Golden State (I-5) Freeway south to the San Diego (I-405) Freeway south. Exit at Vermont toward Cal State Dominguez Hills, turn left on 190th Street, turn right on Victoria Street. Stadium is at corner of Victoria and Avalon Boulevard. CANYON ROSTER No.NameYr.Pos. 2J.P. CurveySr.DB 3Ben LongshoreJr.QB 4Richie WirthlinSr.WR 5SteveN WirthlinSo.WR 6Anthony ArriagaJr.WR 7Amir RafehFr.WR 8Mark UrbinaSo.WR 10J.J. DiLuigiJr.RB 11Austin CivitaSr.QB 12Sean WardJr.WR 14Phil MalinowskiSr.K 15Christopher ChapmanJr.K 17David PyneSr.WR 18Sean GavinSo.WR 20Randal RiggSr.WR 21Michael MontanoSr.DB 22Chris KingsburyJr.DB 23Michael CooperJr.WR 24Kenny SuberJr.WR 25Daniel GarzaJr.WR 26Leon HendersonJr.RB 27Tyler HawkinsSr.LB 28Keith MartinJr.WR 30Josh ParrickSr.RB 31Jordan FergusonSo.LB 32C.R. MaldonadoJr.RB 33Mike LoucksJr.DB 34Michael PyneJr.RB 35Raymond MaldonadoSo.RB 36Jonathan HammockSo.TE 40Nick Jurado Jr.LB 31Deric BlasSr.RB 42Matt BrownSr.LB 50Randy LemusJr.LINE 51Joseph DelliboviSr.LINE 53Grant HigginsJr.LINE 56Garrett LearySr.LINE 60Michael BlancoJr.LINE 62Ryan SchurkeJr.LINE 64Andrew MartinezJr.LINE 65Justin WallaceSo.LINE 66Andrew SuarezSr.LINE 67Nick PetersonJr.LINE 70Hakob KaraoglanianSr.LINE 71Mike HarkerJr.LINE 72Damien OzunaJr.LINE 73A.J. WallersteinSo.LINE 74Nick MadiaJr.LINE 75Marc ValdezJr.LINE 76Sean RowlettSr.LINE 77Fares AlbicharaJr.LINE 80Britt BriscoeSo.LINE 81Ben ArmbrusterJr.TE 82Troy CurveySr.LINE Head coach: Harry Welch Assistants: Scott Blade, Mike Civita, Charlie Cusumano, John DiLuigi, Dave Ends, Tim Hollinger, Danny Leggett, Monterio Witherspoon and Ken Wheeler. HART ROSTER No.NameYr.Pos. 2Tyler FairchildSr.WR 3James WheelerSr.DB 4Byron JacksonSr.WR 5Anthony LunaSr.DB 6Delano HowellSo.RB 9Steve BurtonSr.DL 10Griffin CannonSr.LB 11Troy YudinSr.WR 12Tyler LyonJr.QB 14Alex PetteeJr.QB 15B.R. HolbrookSo.QB 16John FinkJr.WR 17George DiazJr.WR 18Dakotah LusterSo.RB 19Tyler EyrichSo.WR 20Michael DavisJr.WR 21Blake LevingstonJr.RB 22Robbie CasselberrySr.DB 23Calvin LaBordeSo.PK 24Michael VairoJr.WR 25Adam ReyesJr.DB 26Andrew MillerJr.WR 27Scott AkaJr.RB 28Chris GillSo.PK 31Humberto MarquezSr.WR 33Daniel VasquezJr.WR 35Chris MurraySr.WR 37Ian FrochtzweigJr.WR 38Eric BesseyJr.WR 40Daniel Saucedo Sr.LINE 42Brandon ArndtJr.WR 43Chris HickokJr.WR 44Michael FruchtmanSr.LINE 45Pat SarkissianSr.LB 47Joseph LeeSr.WR 48Tyler FrenchSr.WR 50Jeremy NeffSr.LINE 51Jim AutenSr.LINE 52Anthony HanlonSr.LINE 53Patrick LarrimoreSr.LB 54Joe GrazianoJr.LINE 55Joe JooSr.LINE 58Jason ChavezJr.LINE 60Adam BestSr.LINE 61Jon WarrenSr.LINE 62Donovan McGruderSr.LINE 63Jonathon CuellarSr.LINE 64Ricky VittalloSr.LINE 65Jeffrey DiprimoJr.LINE 66Derek BickfordSo.LINE 68Craig WrightSr.LINE 70Nick SwiatekSr.LINE 71Chris AndersonFr.LINE 73Yousef ElhiuJr.LINE 74Tyler EdwardsSo.LINE 75Erik PlumleeSo.LINE 76Spencer LloydSo.LINE 77Jackson SmithSr.LINE 78Nico MaggiSo.LINE 79Wilfred AkaSr.LINE 80Taylor EmbreeJr.WR 81Parker DominguezFr.LINE 84Chris CyreJr.WR 86Bart PalacioSr.WR 87Josh KellmanSr.WR 88Marisol LedesmanSr.WR 89Benjamin BangJr.WR Head coach: Mike Herrington Assistants: John Ahart, Jason D’Autremont, Davis Delmatoff, Larry Fiscus, Rick Herrington and Keith Matkin. CANYON FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS 2,838: Total yards by J.J. DiLuigi for an average of 218.3 per game. 1988: Year of Canyon’s last title appearance, a Div. II loss to Antelope Valley. 46: Canyon’s winning streak from 1983 through 1986, tied for longest in Southern Section history. 20: Years since Canyon last won a section title. 11: Number of times Canyon has scored 28 or more points. 10: Consecutive victories heading into tonight’s final. 3: Regular-season opponents that have qualified for a section final. 1: Running back to gain more than 100 yards against Canyon this season. .778: Coach Harry Welch’s career winning percentage over two stints (1982-1993 and 2001-2005). .452: Canyon’s winning percentage during the seven years without Welch (1994-2000). HART FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBERS 328: Points scored, the lowest output in coach Herrington’s 17-year career. 39: Turnovers forced this season. 26: League championships since inaugural 1948 varsity season. 19: League championships the past 23 years. 11: Appearances in section final (eight titles). 6: Consecutive starting quarterbacks to commit to Division I college scholarships (David Neill, Kyle Boller, Kyle Matter, Matt Moore, Sean Norton, Tyler Lyon). 5: Regular-season opponents that advanced to section quarterfinals or further. 2: Consecutive losses to Canyon 1: Number of opponents to defeat Hart three times in a row during Herrington’s career. .842: Coach Mike Herrington’s 17-year winning percentage (187-35). POSITION-BY-POSITION ANALYSIS QUARTERBACK Hart’s Tyler Lyon is a more prominent prospect than Canyon’s Austin Civita, but Civita has better numbers. Lyon, a 6-6 senior who has committed to Arizona, has missed three games because of a separated shoulder and concussion, but he’s coming off one his finest career performances: 17 of 21 for 256 yards and three TDs in a 24-12 victory over top-seeded Mission Viejo. He’s passed for 1,988 yards and 15 TDs with three INTs in 11 games. Civita has also been hot in the playoffs and is coming off his best game, passing for a career-high 354 yards and four TDs against Valencia last week. He’s passed for 2,546 yards, 24 TDs and eight INTs. ADVANTAGE: Even RUNNING BACK Hart’s Delano Howell, a sophomore, has rushed for 708 yards and scored nine TDs despite a recurring ankle injury. Robbie Casselberry, who was Hart’s leading rusher in 2004 before switching to WR this year, has also seen time at RB, setting a school single-game record of 248 yards against Burbank on Nov. 4. He has 686 yards and five TDs. James Wheeler, a starting WR, has rushed for 236 yards. Canyon’s J.J. DiLuigi is among California’s best, rushing for nearly 1,800 yards with 29 receptions and a league-record 42 TDs. Michael Montano, a JV star two years ago, is a solid backup. ADVANTAGE: Canyon RECEIVERS Hart’s Troy Yudin has been a prime target, with 61 receptions and 12 TDs, and Wheeler has 49 catches and one TD. Casselberry (30 receptions, four TDs) and Taylor Embree (29 catches, four TDs) are the other starters. No backup has more than eight receptions. Canyon’s Richie Wirthlin has caught 61 passes for 939 yards with eight TDs despite missing three weeks because of a broken hand. He’s been especially hot in the playoffs, with 27 catches. Chris Kingsbury (34 catches, 655 yards, five TDs) and Mike Loucks have speed. Loucks averages 23.4 yards per reception. DiLuigi is an extremely dangerous target out of the backfield. ADVANTAGE: Canyon OFFENSIVE LINE Hart has been hurt by the recent loss of two starters, dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons, although the group continues to do a fine job protecting Lyon, who prefers to remain in the pocket. Jackson Smith is among the division’s top centers, an especially important position at Hart because of the shotgun offense. Canyon does an terrific job blocking, and junior Nick Madia, sophomore A.J. Wallerstein, converted defensive lineman Marc Valdez and Nick Peterson have been excellent. A solid unit. ADVANTAGE: Canyon DEFENSIVE LINE Hart’s Wilfred Aka (72 tackles, three sacks) is among the league’s strongest players, and returning starter Steve Burton has rebounded after missing six games with a broken thumb. Overall, the group isn’t as strong as Hart’s line usually is. Canyon’s Garrett Leary (six sacks), Ben Armbruster (seven sacks) and and Andrew Suarez are solid, helping Canyon limit opponents to 13 points per game. ADVANTAGE: Canyon LINEBACKER This is Hart’s strength. Patrick Sarkissian leads the league with 128 tackles – 13 against Mission Viejo last week. He also has four sacks. Chris Hickok (89 tackles) and Griffin Cannon (73 tackles) also are effective. Canyon recently revamped its defense, adding undersized Loucks and DiLuigi to the LB corps in support of Tyler Hawkins and Matt Brown, who are the team’s top hitters. Hawkins and Brown are enjoying standout seasons, and former starter Nick Jurado is a solid backup. ADVANTAGE: Even SECONDARY Hart’s James Wheeler has seven INTs and three fumble recoveries, so he must be accounted for at all times. Anthony Luna (77 tackles) is a big-time hitter, and Adam Reyes and Brandon Arndt also are among the league’s best. Wirthlin (six INTs) has great instincts, and Randy Rigg (four INTs) has come on strong after spending most of the first month of the season on the bench. Montano and Kingsbury give Canyon speed at the corners. ADVANTAGE: Hart KICKING GAME Hart was severely hurt by the recent departure of standout PK/P Paul Weinstein (disciplinary reasons), and JV callups Calvin LaBorde and Chris Gill have been pressed into duty. Burton, who has experience as a punter but is disadvantaged because of a soft cast on one hand, is averaging 34.8 yards on 16 punts. Phil Malinowski, Chris Chapman and P Ben Longshore handle the kicking for Canyon. Malinowski, a kickoff specialist, recently took over for Longshore as a punter and is averaging 36.3 yards. Chapman has converted 58 of 59 PATs. ADVANTAGE: Canyon RETURN SPECIALISTS Hart’s James Wheeler is a fast breakaway threat but isn’t as effective in the open field as DiLuigi, who is averaging more than 30 yards per return – when opponents are daring enough to kick his way. Kingsbury averages 14.9 yards on punt returns, including a 55-yarder. ADVANTAGE: Canyon INTANGIBLES Hart has won more titles and is coming off the year’s biggest upset. The Indians usually add a few wrinkles and trick plays in the playoffs, so it’s a tough to prepare for them. Lyon is hot, and if Hart has a dominating QB, the chances of winning are usually about 80 percent, regardless of opponent. Canyon has won 10 in a row and has consistently stopped prolific offenses, including Valencia’s last week – a team very similar to Hart. Only one running back has gained more than 100 yards against Canyon this season. There is tremendous community support for the Cowboys, and coach Welch is hungry after last winning a title 20 years ago. ADVANTAGE: Hart MIKE HERRINGTON Hart, 17th year AGE: 47 BIRTHPLACE: Northridge RESIDES: Newhall HIGH SCHOOL: Hart, 1977 COLLEGE: Cal State Northridge FAST FACTS: Played offensive line at Hart, College of the Canyons and Cal State Northridge before joining Hart’s staff as a defensive coordinator in 1984. … Worked four years as a Hart assistant and one season as a head coach at Bellflower. … Returned to Hart in 1989 as head coach. … As head coach, has won six titles, four in a row from 1998 to 2001, and appeared in eight championship games. … As a high school lineman, scored a touchdown on a tackle-eligle play in a victory over Canyon in 1976. … A bachelor, Herrington lives with his brother, Dean, a former Hart offensive coordinator who is the offensive coordinator at Canyons. … Enjoys NHL hockey and Bruce Springsteen. HARRY WELCH Canyon, 17th year AGE: 60 BIRTHPLACE: Baltimore RESIDES: Canyon Country HIGH SCHOOL: Crespi, 1963 COLLEGE: Cal State Northridge FAST FACTS: Played quarterback at Crespi High and attended San Fernando Valley State (now CSUN). … Worked as an assistant coach or lower-level head coach at Crespi, Canyon and L.A. Valley College before taking the head job at Canyon in 1982. … In second season at Canyon, began 46-game winning streak (tied for Southern Section record) and started three-year championship run in Northwestern Conference. … Retired after 1993 season while remaining on campus as a teacher. … Joined staff at Valencia for one season as an offensive coordinator before returning as Canyon’s head coach in 2001. … Married to Cindee Welch, a fellow teacher at Canyon. … Has two daughters and five grandchildren from a previous marriage. … Enjoys traveling and hiking. COACHING RECORDS Mike Herrington, Hart 1989 – 10-2 1990 – 9-4 1991 – 9-4 1992 – 11-1 1993 – 10-2 1994 – 13-1 1995 – 12-2 1996 – 9-3 1997 – 11-2 1998 – 12-2 1999 – 14-0 2000 – 12-2 2001 – 13-0 2002 – 13-1 2003 – 11-3 2004 – 7-5 2005 – 11-2 Career – 187-35 (.842) Note: Herrington coached one season at Bellflower in 1988, finishing 8-3. Harry Welch, Canyon 1982 – 8-4 1983 – 13-1 1984 – 14-0 1985 – 14-0 1986 – 11-2 1987 – 10-3 1988 – 11-3 1989 – 8-4-1 1990 – 11-2 1991 – 6-5-1 1992 – 7-4 1993 – 6-4 2001 – 3-7 2002 – 10-2 2003 – 11-2 2004 – 10-2 2005 – 12-1 Career – 165-46-2 (.778)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Hart is 45-10 in the playoffs (.818 pct.) during coach Mike Herrington’s 17-year career, and Canyon is 26-12 (.684) during coach Harry Welch’s 17-year career over two stints. SPOTLIGHT Hart has forced 39 turnovers (an average of three per game) – 24 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries. James Wheeler has seven interceptions and three fumble recoveries, Griffin Cannon and Anthony Luna have four interceptions, and Chris Hickok has one interception and four fumble recoveries. OFFBEAT Just as the large-scale Southern Section championship luncheon/press conference was beginning Monday in Long Beach, Hart coach Mike Herrington nudged quarterback Tyler Lyon and said: “I hope you’re not nervous in front of all these people. You’re going to have to make a speech.” HE SAID “We want to show Canyon that the last game we played against them doesn’t mean anything compared to this game.” – Hart offensive lineman Ricky Vittallo, on tonight’s rematch against Canyon for the Southern Section Div. II championship at Home Depot Center. DID YOU KNOW? last_img read more

USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to June 22

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy will be extended until June 22, 2018. The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant. USDA has already issued more than $89 million for margins triggered in February, March, and April, and USDA offices are continuing to process remaining payments daily.“Last week we re-opened enrollment to offer producers preoccupied with field work an additional opportunity to come into their local office to sign-up. We did get more than 500 new operations enrolled but want to continue to provide an opportunity for folks to participate before the next margin is announced,” said Secretary Perdue. “More than 21,000 American dairies have gone into our 2,200 FSA offices to sign-up for 2018 MPP coverage but I am certain we can do better with this extra week and a half.”The re-enrollment deadline was previously extended through June 8, 2018. The deadline is being extended a second time to ensure that dairy producers are given every opportunity to make a calculated decision and enroll in the program if they choose. This will be the last opportunity for producers to take advantage of key adjustments Congress made to provisions of the MPP program under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to strengthen its support of dairy producers. USDA encourages producers contemplating enrollment to use the online web resource at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation.The next margin under MPP, for May 2018, will be published on June 28, 2018. Therefore, all coverage elections on form CCC-782 and the $100 administrative fee, unless exempt, must be submitted to the County FSA Office no later than June 22, 2018. No registers will be utilized, so producers are encouraged to have their enrollment for 2018 completed by COB June 22, 2018.All dairy operations must make new coverage elections for 2018 during the re-enrollment period, even if the operation was enrolled during the previous 2018 signup. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to January 1, 2018. MPP payments will be sequestered at a rate of 6.6 percent.To learn more about the Margin Protection Program for dairy, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency county office at offices.usda.gov or visit us on the Web at www.fsa.usda.gov.last_img read more

Improve Your Editing – Understanding Scriptwriting

first_imgScreenwriting: Simplify to ClarifyMany stories actually contain way too much information or take too long to make their point. When was the last time you heard anyone complaining that a film was too short?  Being able to ‘murder your darlings’ and cut out your favourite scenes, moments or shots is crucial to being able to tell a story well.As editors we’ve got to find ways to convey the same story beats but in as concise a way as possible. Can you eliminate one half of the dialogue and still have a great scene? Can you take a whole scene out because its not clear that scenes purpose.  Could another scene already have made that point?Ira Glass has a great 4 part video series on storytelling that is well worth checking out. This nicely put together typography piece will give you a decent flavour of what’s in store:Step Back: Big Picture ScriptwritingFilm editor Walter Murch uses a system of cards mapping out the story structure, based on the screenplay (very much like screenwriters do when writing the script in the first place) to help him visualize what’s going on in the film.The above cards cards are from Cold Mountain, for which Walter was nominated for an Oscar:“Blue with a yellow background means Inman (Jude Law) is in a scene; plain blue means Inman is not in that scene. A lot of blue cards in a row means not much Inman – which makes me wonder ‘is that a good idea?’ A triangle indicates I feel it is a pivot scene. The size of card equals the approximate length of a scene.”Being able to step back and see the story as a whole is crucial to seeing what’s working well and what’s not adding to the overall experience. Sometimes a great scene is hurting the rest of film.Screening your film with people who don’t know anything about it is also a good way to a) see it with fresh eyes and b) discover if it actually makes sense. A huge part of successful storytelling and screenwriting is mapping out the emotional arc and narrative, while weaving those together.  Sometimes withholding information from the audience or a character can dramatically alter those dynamics.Have screenwriting and scriptwriting tips to share?Let us know in the comments below! As an editor, the key to shaping the story hidden amid the footage is to understand the fundamentals of scriptwriting.The two tweets below got me inspired to put together a post on scriptwriting and storytelling for editors and creatives alike.  If you’re like me and keen to beef up your story structure skills, these scriptwriting tips and videos should help you improve your craft. Jeff Ford, editor on The Avengers, mentions several things that he feels editors should learn – sound, acting and scriptwriting – in the course of this interview for Avid.  It’s well worth watching.Follow Basic Scriptwriting FormulasThe basics sound pretty basic, but if you don’t follow these simple things your story will be all over the place and impossible for the audience to follow.You’ve got to have a beginning, a middle and an end.  Set up, develop and pay off. If you’ve got problems with your pay off at the end of your story, go back and check that everything that precedes it is lining up to make that point. If you’re arranging an interview as the basis for your story structure and you’ve got a clip that conveys the information of a beginning piece but tonally feels like an ending, its definitely best to go with how it will feel…or leave it out all together.This talk on the Power of Storytelling given by professional storyteller Jay O’Callahan is one of my absolute favorites from any 99percent conference because for 17 and a half minutes you get to see a master craftsman at work:last_img read more

The Four Causes of Poor Sales Results

first_imgThere are a few reasons salespeople don’t perform as well as they are able—or as well as their companies need them to. You can get super-sophisticated and look at all kinds of data, analyze their approaches, and look at their tools, but in the end, it’s going to come down to one of these four root causes.Too Little Activity: Sales is an activity-based endeavor. Even though we would much rather measure outcomes than activities, if the outcomes aren’t being delivered, the root cause may be that there is just too little activity. In this case, more activity is what is necessary to produce better results now.Too Little Effectiveness: Effectiveness is the other side of the equation when it comes to results. All the activity in the world won’t help you if what you are doing doesn’t work. Your approach, your processes, your methodologies, your ability to communicate, and dozens of other factors make up your effectiveness—or lack thereof. The reason most sales leaders focus on activity is that effectiveness is more difficult to improve.Too Little of Both: You can produce poor results because you have too little activity while also being ineffective, in which case you must improve in both areas. Being more effective and still not doing very much work won’t allow you to produce the results you are capable of, and neither will taking action that won’t produce results.As a sales leader, you have some salespeople that need help with activity, some who need to be more effective, some who need both, and all of whom need the final factor.Too Little Leadership: Some salespeople produce results that are less than they are capable of because they are simply being poorly led. They are not given the leadership and the help necessary to take more action more consistently. They are not being challenged to improve their effectiveness in sales. They are not being coached to turn in their very best performance.The question one might ask oneself is this, “If someone else were to take over my team now, what changes would they make that would seem obvious to them and what prevents me from making those changes now?” Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

An Overarching Strategy for Winning Deals

first_imgThe ideas aren’t new to me (or to you, if you have read my work for a long time), but the combination into an overall strategy is novel. There are three ideas that make up the heart of the strategy to create a competitive advantage (something I have been writing more about after launching Eat Their Lunch, a book about competitive displacements).Dominating Time: Your dream client is going to meet with a number of salespeople and sales organizations. The amount of time from client to client will vary, but the combined total of 100% is what is important here. What percentage of the time do you get versus your competitors? If you command more of their time, you give yourself a greater opportunity to create greater value, and you are also likely to engage more stakeholders. You want to dominate the clock, crowding out your competition.Dominating Presence: This concept builds on Dominating Time. Having a physical presence in a world that is increasingly transactional, automated, and based on clicks makes human presence more rare—and more valuable. We have now reached peak Taylorism in sales, with efficiency overtaking effectiveness, and sales roles being sliced so thinly that the value creation of each role has been made equally thin. When something isn’t as effective as it needs to be, that is not a gain in efficiency. Adding a physical presence while others work to avoid the expense increases the preference to work with you.Dominating the Narrative: This is one part mind share, one part insight, and one part content, or something along those lines anyway. If you are the one that can teach people why they need to change (how to better understand their world), teach them how to change (including the choices and trade-offs they are going to be faced with making), and inform how they need to pursue that change by controlling the process (see The Lost Art of Closing) you are likely to win their business. You want to own the narrative.I’ll add one more idea here worth thinking about this week. We sometimes mistake our experience for preparation. We believe because we have done something so many times and so often, that we are prepared. I would argue against this thinking and remind you that one of the ways we squander opportunities is by not preparing and planning our approach. If you want to be able to improvise and think well on your feet, there is nothing more important than preparing. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Ex-Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova dies of throat cancer at 45

first_imgTito Vilanova, the coach who succeeded Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and won the Spanish league title in his only season in charge, died Friday following a long battle with throat cancer. He was 45.Vilanova, who has battled a recurring tumor in a saliva gland, was admitted to a local hospital in Barcelona last week. He reportedly had emergency surgery on Thursday.”It is with sadness that Barcelona must announce that Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova has died today at the age of 45,” Barcelona said in a statement on its website. “The death of our former coach occurred this afternoon when he could not overcome this disease which he had battled since 2011.”Several of Barcelona’s players paid their respects to Vilanova and offered their condolences to his family.Lionel Messi posted a photograph of himself with Vilanova on his Facebook page with the message: “We will always remember you. All my sympathy goes to Tito’s family.”Goalkeeper Victor Valdes wrote on Twitter that Vilanova was “one of the best managers I have had in my career. Thanks for all that you have given us.”Vilanova first became ill in November 2011, while still an assistant to Guardiola, and took a leave of absence after undergoing surgery. The soft-spoken Vilanova returned and took over from Guardiola the next season, when he led Barcelona to the Spanish league title with a record-tying 100 points.Vilanova had a second tumor removed in December 2012 and traveled to New York several times during the season to receive further treatment before returning to the sidelines.In April 2013, Vilanova said he felt fine and “had never thought about quitting.” He finished the season before suddenly being forced to resign following a relapse in July.As an assistant, Vilanova helped Guardiola propel Barcelona into its most successful period and transform a team led by Lionel Messi into the world’s best.With a team that also included several of the players that led Spain to the World Cup title in 2010, Barcelona won 14 of a possible 19 major trophies from 2008-12 under Guardiola before adding the league title with Vilanova in 2013.Despite the impressive league display, Vilanova was unable to win another Champions League title last season. Barcelona lost to eventual champion Bayern Munich 7-0 on aggregate in the semifinals, one of its most humbling results of the last decade.As Guardiola’s assistant, Vilanova provided the tactical know-how that helped the coach build one of the best teams in the history of the sport – winning two Champions League titles in its impressive haul.Vilanova will also be remembered for his role in a brawl in the 2010 Spanish Super Cup won by Barcelona, when Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho poked him in the eye.Mourinho, who is now at Chelsea, was among a number of coaches and players around Europe to send his condolences.”Tito Vilanova’s passing is a sad day for football, for Barcelona and most importantly for his family and friends,” Mourinho said.Born in the Catalan village of Bellcaire d’Emporda, Vilanova began his career as a player at Barcelona’s training academy from 1984-89 but never made it to the first team. Instead, he went on to play for clubs such as Celta Vigo and Mallorca before his career was cut short by a serious knee injury.Vilanova then went into coaching and got a job in Barcelona’s youth system, tutoring current players Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas and Messi. Vilanova left to work as sport director at third-division club Terrassa before returning to Barcelona to take over the club’s “Barca B” feeder team.Vilanova is survived by his wife, Montse Chaure, and two children. His son Adrian is currently in Barcelona’s youth academy.last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope: Great to be back

first_imgBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope: Great to be backby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is back in action after recovering from shoulder surgery.Pope played in his first match since dislocating his shoulder in July after turning out for the club’s under-23s on Monday.The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes of an away clash against Sheffield United, which the Clarets won 3-1.Pope made his England debut in early June and was part of the Three Lions squad for the World Cup in Russia.He said: “It was great to be back, it’s been a long injury spell for myself but to get back and play a real game and 90 minutes was great.“I try to help out where I can, I remember playing those sorts of games when I was their age.“So, it was good to be one of the experienced ones there today, I think that’s part of the experience and part of my job to step down and help the younger lads out.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Federal Fisheries Minister LeBlanc to consider review of Muskrat Falls federal permit

first_img(Police remove demonstrators at the Muskrat Falls construction site Monday morning. Photo courtesy Justin Brake/The Independent)JorgeBarreraAPTN National NewsFederal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is considering a request for a review of a federal permit issued for the controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador, says Yvonne Jones, parliamentary secretary of Indigenous affairs.Jones, who is also the Liberal MP for Labrador, said she recently asked LeBlanc to review the issuing of the federal permit by his department to Nalcor, the Newfoundland and Labrador Crown corporation behind the $11. 4 billion project.“I have asked the minister to do a review of the environmental conditions that were supposed to be met when a permit was issued by the federal government,” said Jones, in a scrum following question period on Parliament Hill Monday. “If the conditions were not being met when the permit was issued, obviously then there will be a federal responsibility for that.”Jones said she expects a response from LeBlanc in the next few days.LeBlanc’s office did not return a request for comment as of this article’s posting.See related stories here: Muskrat FallsEarlier in the day, the RCMP raided a protest camp set up at the entrance to a Muskrat Falls construction site and arrested a total of nine people. The camp was set up about 30 kilometres west of Happy Valley Goose Bay, Nfld.9 people were arrested at the entrance to the #MuskratFalls hydroelectric site. Photo courtesy Justin Brake/The IndependentJones said she wants to see Premier Dwight Ball step into the situation and start talking with all sides.“My constituents feel that they have no other means right now only to stand up in protest and to protect the food supply that is there, not just for themselves but for the next generation,” said Jones. “They were standing up for what they believe is right and have legitimate concerns about the food supply and what could happen if the methylmercury levels rise in the river.”The project is facing fierce resistance from Labrador Inuit who say the flooding of the Lower Churchill River without clearing out the vegetation will cause the toxin methylmercury to be released into the land.Jones said it’s a legitimate concern and Nalcor had informed her previously that it would clear out the 41 square kilometre area that will be flooded by the dam.“This project was approved based on the facts that these concerns would be addressed. They signed on saying these concerns will be addressed and I expect them to own up to that,” said Jones.Indigenous Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Yvonne Jones on Parliament Hill Monday. Jones is also the MP for Labrador.Nalcor plans to flood the area without first clearing it of trees and vegetation starting later this fall and continuing until 2019.“The people of Labrador are good people. We are people of the land. We spend a lot of time on the land. The traditional way of life is very big for us,” said Jones. “Anything that jeopardizes that always causes us tremendous concerns. I have told the protesters that came to meet with that I do not support closing down the Muskrat Falls project. However, I really believe more needs to be done to mitigate any potential harm that could come to the food supply in Labrador.”Nalcor obtained a court injunction against the protest camp on Sunday and the RCMP moved in the next day.The speed of the RCMP’s raid does not follow the Mounties’ usual tactics when dealing with Indigenous protests.Monday’s raid comes exactly three years to the day since the RCMP raided the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq led, anti-fracking camp in Rexton, NB. Back then, the Mounties tried to negotiate an end to the camp for about two weeks before moving in with a heavily armed raid on Oct. 17, 2013.RCMP move into the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq camp at Rexton, NB Oct. 17, 2013.Jones questioned Nalcor’s move to obtain the injunction.“I don’t know what the time pressures are with regard to the project. I know the province and Nalcor should be realizing at this point that this a very serious issue and that people want it addressed,” said Jones.And if it costs a few million extra or if it takes a few more weeks to clear out the vegetation to protect the natural environment, then Nalcor should be willing to foot the bill, said Jones.“It is really a gamble when you are going out there and flooding an area this size and not understanding if the food sources is going to be absolutely 100 per cent protected,” she said. “I go to bed at night with a knot in my stomach because I don’t want things to happen and find out people will have to wait two years three years before they consume in the food in the area.”The previous government of Stephen Harper approved a $6.4 billion loan guarantee for the hydro-electric project in 2012. Jones said the province has since asked Ottawa to increase the loan guarantee.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more