Winning start for impressive Mullings

first_img He kept his word. A south-paw with fast hands and good lateral movement, he used jabs to find his range and then attacked the body. Mullings was tentative in the early stages of the round and did not come to life until the final minute, but this gave him the edge and the votes of all three judges. Matthews won the second round with a good mix of power punching and defence, while Mullings took the third with superb body punching. Matthews satisfied one judge that he won the fourth round, which, again, was good for him, and the 48-47 score at the end accurately portrayed the closeness of the fight. For Mullings, this was the first step in his stated mission – “to bring the Contender title back to Jamaica” – this because it was won by an American last year. He gave Matthews credit, but felt that he “was the better man” on Wednesday. Matthews was dejected and both he and his camp believed that he had won. “It was close, but William won,” said coach Jackie Armour. “He was up against a man with 22 fights. He fought brilliantly, and I hope that he can get a return some time in the future.” The winner of the competition will take home the Contender title and $2 million, second prize is $500,000, third prize $250,000 and fourth prize $200,000. True to word Sakima Mullings started his bid to become a two-time Wray and Nephew Contender title holder on Wednesday when he fought off a brilliant challenge from Canadian William Matthews to take a unanimous decision and book an early place in the quarter-finals of the competition. In five-rounds of non-stop action at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road in St. Andrew, both boxers had the large crowd cheering wildly throughout the night and only the Matthews camp seemed to disagree with the unanimous decision of the judges. Judge Lindell Allen had it 48-47, while the other two judges, Jamaica’s Keith Brown and Canada’s Martin Dalida, had a 49-46 scoreline. It was a very close encounter and every round was keenly contested. Matthews, who came into the fight with a record of one win and two draws, showed that sometimes records do not matter. He said, before the fight, “My record does not reflect my capabilities. I am here to fight and I will.”last_img read more

Almazan shows up

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan was joined by his wife Liza in the meeting.League governor Mert Mondragon and alternate governor Edison Oribiana were present for the team.“He (Yu) told [Almazan]: Let’s not talk about the past,” Espiritu quoted Yu, who owns half the team together with billionaire businessman Terry Que, as saying.Rain or Shine must win its remaining three games—against Phoenix Petroleum, San Miguel Beer and then NLEX—to have a shot at the last playoff slot.Almazan will attend practice starting Tuesday but can only watch the games for now.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Going AWOL (absent without leave) had a lot to do with Almazan’s differences with coach Caloy Garcia.  Although they agreed to talk, the former Letran ace, drafted third overall under Yeng Guiao in 2013, cannot escape sanctions.A trade is also not an option, agent Danny Espiritu said of his ward, whose contract expires after the end of next season.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 ChrissInstead, Yu urged the team to move forward and try to salvage what is left of their campaign in the Governors’ Cup where they are currently in 10th place at 2-6.“Let’s have a fresh start,” Espiritu quoted Yu as saying during the meeting that lasted more than an hour at the team’s office in Pasig. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Krog lives up to promise MOST READ 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rain or Shine and disgruntled center Raymond Almazan patched up their differences, but the 6-foot-8 national team mainstay won’t be returning to the Elasto Painters as they make a desperate drive to make the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.Almazan finally appeared before co-owner Raymund Yu and other members of team management on Monday afternoon.  He apologized after weeks of unauthorized absence from practices and the Painters’ last six games.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

MINISTER CONFIRMS SUSPECT BUILDING BLOCKS BEING EXAMINED IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe Minister of State for the Environment, Paudie Coffey has confirmed that test reports on concrete blocks affected by Mica in Donegal and submitted by the local Mica Action Group are currently being reviewed by his department officials.Damien Mc Cauley demonstrates how weak the blocks are from his house built in 2006 . all the out wall have to be replace at his family home, and his family had to be moved out. Photo Brian McDaidA technical report is now being prepared in the matter.Donegal Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn has welcomed the move. “I welcome that Minister Coffey has visited the homes of families affected by Mica and that his Department officials are currently reviewing test reports on some of the affected blocks.“There is no doubt that a large numbers of homes in Donegal have been affected. This is deeply distressing for those families and the cost implications are devastating in some circumstances.“When the similar issue of pyrite afflicted families living in homes in Dublin and North Leinster, the Government introduced the Pyrite Resolution Scheme under the auspices of the Pyrite Resolution Board to give redress to those families”.“I believe that a similar scheme should be introduced in Donegal to give redress to families here. I will continue to raise this issue until the Government bring forward an acceptable resolution process”. MINISTER CONFIRMS SUSPECT BUILDING BLOCKS BEING EXAMINED IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 23rd, 2015 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:blocksBuildingdonegalMICAlast_img read more

2 EXTRA MONTHS BEHIND BARS FOR BURGLAR WHO MADE DEATH THREATS IN COURT

first_imgGoing back to the clink: LaffertyA NOTORIOUS Donegal burglar has been given an extra two months behind bars after making a death threat – in court!Matthew Lafferty has a string of previous convictions for breaking into homes and drugs offences. The 22-year-old is serving a five year sentence for an aggravated burglary at a home in Co Mayo in which he terrorised an elderly couple.That conviction followed his arrest her for terrorising a pensioner near Kilmacrennan.Letterkenny District Court heard that during a court appearance there on September 9 last year Garda Brendan McMahon had witnessed the threat.“It was at 10.45am and Mr Lafferty was seen holding his hand up and making a cut throat gesture in the direction of a Mr Dean Kelly. He could also be seen mouthing words ‘I’m going to kill you’.Lafferty, formerly of Ballykeeran Kilmacrennan and now with an address at Castlerea Prison, admitted one charge of threatening behavior in a public place.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher told Judge Paul Kelly: “Mr Lafferty is no stranger to the court and to yourself.“He is now 22 and he has spent a considerable period of his life in custody, mainly due to his savage drugs and drinks addiction.“He has committed numerous offences – one of them as we know even in this court.”Mr Gallagher said Lafferty had a “very short fuse” but was making progress in prison and was now drugs free.“There is no defence on this charge – it was done in full view of everybody. He has a substantial criminal record at this stage; and work is underway to prevent it getting any longer when he gets out. We are on the right track.”Judge Kelly jailed Lafferty for another two months.2 EXTRA MONTHS BEHIND BARS FOR BURGLAR WHO MADE DEATH THREATS IN COURT was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaljailejailedLetterkenny Circuit CourtMatthew Laffertylast_img read more

White Hart Lane soul will carry over to Tottenham’s new stadium, says Pochettino

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino believes the soul of White Hart Lane will carry over to Tottenham’s new stadium but insists he will not be taking his managerial seat with him.Spurs host Manchester United on Sunday in their final game at the current ground before they move to Wembley for a season while their new home is completed.A farewell ceremony will be put on after the full-time whistle blows, with some of the club’s most cherished players and managers set to attend.Spurs have called White Hart Lane home since 1899, but unlike London rivals Arsenal and West Ham they will be staying at the current site, the new stadium located just next door.Fans have been offered the chance to buy their seats at White Hart Lane for £50 but Pochettino will not be taking his away with him.“If I feel there is something to take home to my house I will, but not my manager’s seat – if I do I will have a big problem with my wife,” Pochettino said.“I hope Sunday will be the most special day in the last three seasons. It will be special for our fans, staff, players, people who love Tottenham.“At the same time I am excited about the new stadium because the soul and the smell of White Hart Lane will keep there.“When the new era and stadium arrive there will be different expectations but, most important, always in our memory will be White Hart Lane, the soul and the smell.“When you move to another area it’s so difficult, but now we are changing nothing because the new stadium will be in the same place as White Hart Lane and that is fantastic.”Pochettino knows how it feels to leave a long-established ground as he was playing for Espanyol when they moved away from Sarria Stadium, their home for 74 years, in 1997.He believes such experiences can bring a club together.“Why shouldn’t we win some trophies in the season at Wembley?” said Pochettino.“After leaving Sarria, we spent 12 years at the Olympic Stadium in Montjuic and won the Copa del Rey twice. It is a moment when the club need your support, your effort, your best.“In that moment I remember trying to give 200 per cent because I felt the club needed me. We created a very special feeling among ourselves. We were united, very strong.”In terms of this season, however, Sunday’s game against United could be something of a dead rubber for Spurs, who will concede the Premier League title to Chelsea if the Blues beat West Brom on Friday.Defeat at West Ham last weekend left Tottenham seven points behind Chelsea with three games to play, and Pochettino admits it has been difficult to lift his players.“It is a moment to be focused on finishing the season in the best way,” Pochettino said.“It was difficult training from Monday to Wednesday, to be happy and start to focus only on United as we missed a big opportunity to put pressure on Chelsea and to win the league.“Now it’s in their hands. It’s so difficult now to win at the end but before West Ham we believed it was possible.“It was difficult to lift everyone to be ready again for Man United but we are okay now and focused.“We are looking forward to the last game at White Hart Lane and have many reasons to be happy.”Danny Rose has returned to training but is still not considered match fit while Harry Winks and Erik Lamela remain unavailable with ankle and hip injuries respectively.last_img read more

Deals a-plenty at fifth Brics summit

first_imgThe five leaders and their retinues take their places just before confirming the establishment of the Brics Development Bank. Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh reaffirmed his confidence in the work and purpose of the Brics group.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS• Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• Building revenue with beneficiation • Brics development bank underway?• Zuma: shared prosperity for all • SA to Brics: we’re ready for you Janine ErasmusThe second day of the fifth Brics summit saw a number of co-operation agreements signed between the attending heads of state in fields ranging from nuclear medicine and military technology to rail transport and the much-anticipated Brics bank.They included:• A multilateral agreement on green economy co-financing, which was signed by representatives of the Brics Inter-Bank Co-operation  Mechanism, which includes Jabu Moleketi, the chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa;• A multilateral agreement on infrastructure co-financing for Africa, also signed by representatives of the Inter-Bank Co-operation Mechanism;• The launch of the Brics Business Council, which was signed by representatives of the newly formed council. It’s chaired by South African mining tycoon Patrice Motsepe and is aimed at strengthening and promoting economic, trade, business and investment ties between the business communities of the five countries.The Brics Development Bank was the issue that had piqued the world’s curiosity, and it was confirmed by all five leaders at a plenary session on day two.“We considered that developing countries face challenges of infrastructure development due to insufficient long-term financing and foreign direct investment, especially investment in capital stock,” said President Jacob Zuma on behalf of the group.He said that the finance ministers had done an assessment in early 2012 on whether it was feasible to set up a bank, and that their report had satisfied the leaders that the establishment of the financial institution was viable.“We have agreed to establish the bank,” said Zuma. “The initial capital contribution to the bank should be substantial and will be sufficient for the bank to be effective in financing infrastructure.”He added that progress would be reviewed at the Brics group’s next meeting in September 2013.At the same time a few other new developments were announced, including the establishment of the Brics Think-Tanks Council, a body that will help with speeding up innovation; the launch of the Brics Joint Statistical Publication 2013; and the issuing of the eThekwini Declaration and eThekwini Action Plan.The declaration is a summary of the Brics countries’ common stance in key issues of global politics and economy, while the action plan provides a roadmap for Brics activity for the next 12 months, including areas of co-operation.The summit took place under the theme Brics and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialisation. Co-operation between developing powersNumerous other deals were concluded on day one. They included co-operation agreements between South Africa and China; South Africa and Russia; and Brazil and China.South African commercial transport company Transnet secured a deal with the China Development Bank which, say media sources, could be worth as much as US$5-billion. This loan will fund the revitalisation of rail networks around the region, used mainly for the transport of commodities such as iron and steel.Another deal was reached between South African defence equipment manufacturer Denel Aviation and Moscow-based Russian Helicopters. This will allow the state-owned Denel to officially operate a service and maintenance centre for the 600 or so Russian-built helicopters operating across the sub-Saharan region. Denel has years of experience in this field, and has designed and built its own attack helicopter, the Rooivalk.The centre has already been opened in Johannesburg.South Africa and Russia are also to work together in nuclear energy and nuclear medicine, particularly in the production of medical isotopes. South Africa is a major producer for the global market of molybdenum 99, which is a marker used in cancer diagnostic techniques.“Over the last five summits our forum has become more relevant,” said Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh. “We stand to benefit enormously from our collective strengths. We need to exploit our complementarities for mutual benefit and encourage more interaction between institutions in Brics countries to enhance the education, energy, IT, healthcare and other sectors.”Singh stated that economic development in the bloc should be made more broad-based and inclusive. This, he said, would also help to address instability in vulnerable parts of the world.“I would like to reaffirm the importance that India attaches to the work of the Brics group,” he said, “not just for our people but for the world at large.”Singh expressed his conviction that the Brics forum would reach new heights in the years to come.last_img read more

Time (almost) for checking yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University AgronomistI am already getting comments about corn yield expectations. More than a couple of growers have told me they may have their best crop ever — but I point out that it’s still a bit early. I have others who say they haven’t seen rain in two weeks, it’s too late, and “corn is toast.” Again, it is a bit too early to say that. But by the time this column appears you should be able to get a reasonable idea on corn yield — soybeans not so much.So how do we check crop yield?The easy way is to wait until maturity then combine the crop and run it across the scales. That works best, and for soybeans is the most reliable way, but sometimes we want an estimate before that point.For corn, this from the Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide page 71, by Peter Thomison OSU’s state corn specialist is a good way to estimate yields.There are several techniques for estimating corn grain yield prior to harvest. This version is from the University of Illinois and is the most commonly used method. A numerical constant for average kernel weight is figured into the equation. Weight per kernel will vary depending on hybrid and environment; yield will be overestimated in a year with poor grain fill conditions and underestimated in a good year.Step 1: Count the number of harvestable ears in 1/1000th acre. For 30-inch rows that is 17 ft, 5 inches in length. So you need a tape measure for this part; for the rest a pen and paper.Step 2: Count the number of rows per ear on every 5th ear. Calculate an average.Step 3: Count the number of kernels per row of those same ears. Do not count kernels on either the butt or tip that are less than half size. Calculate an average.Step 4: Yield in bushels per acre equals: ear number multiplied times the average row number times average kernel number, all divided by 90. Or (ear x row x kernel)/90 – estimated yield in bushels per acre.From last year’s estimates, I have been told this was right on the money. So it can be pretty close.For soybeans, from Laura Lindsey OSU’s state soybean specialist.To estimate soybean yield: Calculate plants per acre. Count the number of pod-bearing plants in 1/1,000th of an acre. In 15-inch row spacing, count the number of plants in 34 feet, 10 inches of row. Estimate pods per plant. Count the number of pods (containing one or more seeds) from 10 plants selected at random. Divide the total number of pods by 10 to get the average number of pods per plant. Estimate the number of seeds per pod. Count the number of seeds from 10 pods selected at random. Generally, the number of seeds per pod is 2.5, but this number can be less in stressful environmental conditions. Divide the total number of seeds by 10 to get the average number of seeds per pod. Estimate the number of seeds per pound (seed size), assume that there are 3,000 seeds per pound. If the soybean plants experienced stress, seed size will be reduced, and it will take more seeds to make one pound. Use a seed size estimate of 3,500 seeds per pound if smaller seeds are expected because of late season stress. Using the above estimates, this formula is used to estimate soybean yield in bushels per acre: bushels per acre = [(plants/1,000th acre) x (pods/plant) x (seeds/pod)] ÷ [(seeds/pound) x 0.06]last_img read more

Cattle on Feed Report Summary

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By DTN StaffThis article was originally posted at 2:02 p.m. CDT on Friday, Sept. 20. It was last updated at 2:44 p.m. CDT on Friday, Sept. 20.**OMAHA (DTN) — Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.0 million head on September 1, 2019. The inventory was 1% below September 1, 2018, USDA reported on Friday.Placements in feedlots during August totaled 1.88 million head, 9% below 2018. Net placements were 1.82 million head. During August, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 385,000 head, 600-699 pounds were 300,000 head, 700-799 pounds were 424,000 head, 800-899 pounds were 440,000 head, 900-999 pounds were 230,000 head, and 1,000 pounds and greater were 105,000 head.Marketings of fed cattle during August totaled 1.95 million head, 2% below 2018.Other disappearance totaled 61,000 head during August, 11% above 2018.“There’s no argument that Friday’s Cattle on Feed report came back bullish,” said DTN Livestock Analyst ShayLe Stewart. “The only figure that was above September 2018 standards was cattle/calves on feed and only by a mere 1%.”“Placements coming in even lower than analysts’ projects goes to show just how much effect the Tyson packing plant fire had on the industry. Very few cattle traded, and most cattlemen found it easier to keep their pens full than try to sell pens on a down and volatile market.”**DTN subscribers can view the full Cattle on Feed reports in the Livestock Archives folder under the Markets menu. The report is also available at https://www.nass.usda.gov/….USDA ActualAverage EstimateRangeOn Feed Sept. 199.0%99.4%98.5-100.0%Placed in August91.0%94.5%88.9-97.8%Marketed in August98.0%98.4%97.6-98.8%ShayLe Stewart can be reached at shayle.stewart@dtn.com(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Indian celebrities praise CWG on Twitter!

first_imgThe dazzling opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games was praised by many in the Bollywood. Tweeting on the mega show superstar Amitabh Bachchan said: “India won again. What a spectacular opening to the Games… Thank you!! Proud to be Indian.. Now go win all the medals.” His son Abhishek tweeted: “Saw some glimpses of the CWG opening ceremony on TV. Looked sensational!!!” Actress Preity Zinta tweeted: “Watching the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games… Wow! Its rocking.” Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi tweeted: “Sensational stuff. From an Indian perspective I say this is better then Beijing. Kudos to the CWG team, every one of them!!”last_img

Body visible in wreckage of plane carrying football player

first_imgIn this image released Monday Feb. 4, 2019, by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala, when it disappeared from radar contact on Jan. 21 2019. The Air accident investigators say one body is visible in the sea in the wreckage of the plane that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson. (AAIB via AP)LONDON — One body is visible in the seabed wreckage of a plane that went missing carrying Argentine football player Emiliano Sala and his pilot two weeks ago over the English Channel.Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch did not say on Monday if the underwater camera identified Sala or pilot David Ibbotson, the only two people on board the small aircraft that disappeared from radar over the English Channel on Jan. 21 as it flew from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff, Wales.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Wreckage from the plane was located on Sunday after Sala’s family raised funds for a private search by American-born shipwreck-hunting specialist David Mearns because authorities called off the official search.Although the seabed search on Sunday was conducted in conjunction with British air accident investigators, they have not said if they plan to raise the wreckage to the surface.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Let’s hope they can rescue it as soon as possible to find out what happened and have some sort of certainty,” Horacio Sala, the footballer’s father, told The Associated Press outside the family’s home in Progreso, about 300 miles (500 kilometers) northwest of Buenos Aires.“I feel very empty. For a father to lose a son, is not something that you expect.” Kevin Alas says latest ACL injury ‘will only make me more resilient and much stronger’ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The 28-year-old Sala was preparing to start a new career in the English Premier League at Cardiff after the striker was sold by French topflight club Nantes.An underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveyed the seabed and confirmed an object was the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, with the registration N264DB visible in a picture of the fuselage released on Monday.“It’s imperative that the plane is recovered, and now even more so now we know someone is down there,” Mearns said.Recovering the body without raising the wreckage is complex, according to Ross Taylor of A-to-Sea Solutions, whose survey ship was used in the search.“ROVs are sometimes able to grab on to items, but whether that would happen I don’t know,” Taylor said. “Divers can also get down to that depth but it’s a much bigger operation. In 25 meters to 30 meters of water, it would be a lot easier, but in 70 meters, it would be a much bigger operation.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Investigators plan to release an interim report into the accident this month. Parts of the plane were first believed to have been discovered last week when two seat cushions were found on the French coast.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READlast_img read more