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Boss admits Bolton rode their luck

first_imgBolton boss Dougie Freedman admitted his side had to ride their luck as they were beaten in the Capital One Cup at Chelsea.The Championship club were level at the break after Matt Mills’ header cancelled out Kurt Zouma’s opener, but that was one of just two efforts on target all night for Wanderers and Oscar’s long-range effort in the second half settled the tie.Freedman was content with the performance but said: “We were always going to have to ride our luck. Our keeper [Andy Lonergan] was fantastic, and they hit the bar.“In the last 10 to 15 minutes we gave it a right go, played some expansive football and with a bit more quality we might have taken it to extra time.“It was a well-worked training ground free-kick for our goal and we did our very best to limit them to as few chances as possible and get to the last 10 to 15 minutes still in the game.“When I saw the [Chelsea] team sheet I knew the manager treated the competition and us with respect and for Jose Mourinho to bring on more experienced players late on is credit to our players.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Measures to curb acid mine drainage

first_img20 December 2010 A team of experts advising the South African government on acid mine drainage has recommended a series of short-term measures to address the problem. The measures are benchmarked against countries that have experienced similar problems, such as Canada and the United States.They include pumping and neutralisation of acid mine drainage, enforcing compliance, regular inspections, and prevention of ingress as short-term measures to maintain water levels at least below the relevant environmental critical level.The government’s inter-ministerial committee on acid mine drainage said in a statement on Friday that it had received an updated report from the team of experts on Wednesday.The scope of the team’s work included assessing work done to date as well as available solutions and technology, and proposing integrated short-, medium- and long-term solutions.It also included assessing costs viability, as well as exploring possible partnerships with the private sector.The committee said the government has acknowledged and accepts that acid mine drainage is a problem that South Africa needs to address urgently.This, the committee said, should be done in a co-ordinated manner between a range of stakeholders that included the mining industry, with the government always play a leading role.The team’s report advocated for the three priority basins (North, Central and Western) to have implementation plans that included pumping and neutralisation of acid mine drainage, enforcing compliance, regular inspections, and prevention of ingress as short-term measures to maintain water levels at least below the relevant environmental critical level.The committee believed the proposals were founded on scientific research and engineering instead of simplistic, quick-fix solutions.Some areas needing revisiting included the liability of polluters and costing of implementation.The recommendations were benchmarked on some countries that had experienced acid mine drainage problems, such as Canada and the United States.The report would be presented to the Cabinet early in January. The Cabinet would then determine the way forward.Sapalast_img read more

Fall decorations add diversity at Neeley’s Pumpkins

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Decorative agriculture is big business and can yield big results for farmers. Brian “Dude” Neeley, of Fairfield County, knows this well. In addition to a small cattle operation and growing field corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, and sweet corn on 600 acres, Neeley also plants approximately 25 acres of pumpkins and gourds each year to meet the growing consumer demand for autumn-themed decorations and entertainment.“We started growing pumpkins in 1998,” Neeley said. “It was a different niche market. We were selling sweet corn out of the front yard and already had consumer traffic. The pumpkins just added another attraction. When we started growing pumpkins, people bought pumpkins at the grocery store, but in the past 10 years, fall agri-tourism exploded and we expanded. One of the reasons that it has exploded like it has is that everyone likes to have family fun outdoors and school is back in session. This is one of the last things to do outside before wintry weather hits. And people can do all sorts of things with pumpkins, so there’s pretty much something for everyone — pumpkin painting, carving, catapulting, bowling, and decorating the house and the yard for the season.”While it may not seem like much, 25 acres will yield a lot of pumpkins, and a significant amount of land is required in order to effectively produce pumpkins from year to year.“Twenty-five acres of pumpkins actually takes about 40 acres of land because I leave driveways in between rows in order to make harvest easy and accessible and so I can get farm equipment into the field. You almost need to farm 600 acres to sustain 25 acres of pumpkins. I need at least a three-year rotation before coming back and planting pumpkins in the same place due to the soil-borne diseasesThe autumn sales display on the farm brings customers back each year.associated with low lying crops,” Neeley said. “One year I figured up that we picked 270 tons, or 540,000 pounds of pumpkins. That’s a lot of pumpkin pie, as some people say. But in reality, probably only 1% to 2% of my product goes into food consumption. The rest is decorative.”Neeley sells his pumpkins both wholesale and from a seasonal stand located in his mother, Carola’s, and his late father, David’s, front yard. He estimates that 35% of his sales are retail sales from the stand and that over 40% of his pumpkins are sold wholesale within a 20-mile radius of his farming operation.“Most is being sold locally to various businesses and farms, such as greenhouses with fall entertainment activities and some pumpkin patches that sell 100% of their own product and then come to me to pick up the slack,” Neeley said.Neeley sells some of the pumpkins at produce auction and he said that about 10% of his sales are to out-of-state buyers.“The largest amount of my out-of-state wholesale goes to Paintsville, Kentucky. A guy there takes three or four semi-truck loads a year,” he said. “The guy also wants big 40-pounder cushaw squash. His customers want them to make old family recipes.”And indeed, if folks are looking for a rare or unique variety of pumpkin, gourd, or squash, Neeley is the man to see. The pumpkin patch at harvest time and his seasonal stand are ripe with diversity, as he plants over 60 different varieties.“I plant 1.5 acres of gourds and 3.5 to 4 acres of colored squash. The rest of the acreage is pumpkins. We grow pumpkins from a third of a pound up to 60 pounds, and a couple jumbo varieties that can grow up to 250 pounds. Some have longer stems, some are tall and skinny, some are short and fat. Some are yellow, some are white. We have gourds of all different shapes, colors, and sizes. I grow a very wide variety to appeal to what different consumers like,” Neeley said. “I grow a lot of ‘Touch of Autumn’ pumpkins because they are a nice small pumpkin for school kids to take home and carry. That’s a niche pumpkin I wholesale a lot of because the people I sell to have a lot of school group tours that come in. There’s another one that is white with red veins that looks like a bloodshot eye. It’s called the ‘One-Too-Many;’ it looks like the eyeball of some guy who had one too many last night. There’s one called ‘Snowball’ that looks like a snowball and you’ve got the ‘Peanut Pumpkin’— which actually has a French name — that has growths on it that look like peanut shells.”Neeley begins to prepare for his early summer pumpkin planting the preceding autumn and picks the pumpkins from late summer through Halloween.“I plant rye in the fall after soybean harvest. We mow the rye off and leave it lay for a bed for the pumpkins to grow on and to keep them off the dirt. It keeps them cleaner, retards the weeds, and also holds soil moisture. I plant the first week of June, weather permitting, and do fungus and weed control before harvest. I strive to start picking on Sept. 1, but a couple of times we’ve started at the end of August,” Neeley said.Neeley said that the biggest challenges from a production standpoint are the standard gripes of nearly all farming operations: “Mother Nature, broken down equipment, and getting the pumpkins picked before the deer eat them.”He said the greatest challenge when dealing directly with consumers is “pleasing everyone, having the right, unique item for everyone at the right time. On the other hand, sometimes having too much inventory can be a problem. ‘There’s just too much stuff to choose from, I just don’t know which ones to pick,’ is a comment I get a lot.”To please the buyers, the Neeley family sets up a beautiful seasonal stand. It is meticulously cared for, making it clear that much love, thought, and time have gone into making certain that a trip to Neeley’s Pumpkins and Gourds is a pleasurable family outing.“At our place to sell stuff, we strive to power wash everything before displaying it and have built specially designed display tables to keep pumpkins off the ground in order to keep them clean and put them directly in front of our customers’ faces,” he said. “We also sell mums, corn shocks, and offer three different sizes of straw bales—a tabletop sized bale, a ‘porch’ bale (1/2 bale), and regular bales, in order to attract the market for seasonal decorations.”Sharing a fun experience and providing the consumer and community with nature’s bounty and beauty is something that the Neeley family prides itself on. Neeley’s favorite thing about pumpkin farming is the “enjoyment of fellowship with the consumer and seeing kids — young and old — have fun picking pumpkins at the stand.”Even with all of the pumpkin sales Neeley does, there is still some surplus that he generously donates throughout the community.“We donate a display of some of the best, most unique pumpkins and gourds to our church, where they are displayed throughout the building for Thanksgiving Sunday. We have taken in three pickup loads before and totally decked out the whole church — the sanctuary, the pews, the altar, the fellowship hall. We even had pumpkins in the elevator,” Neeley said.Additionally, some pumpkins are donated to local schools and non-profit business organizations. Of special importance to Neeley is his work with one particular group of students from a local high school.“I donate my time at Sheridan High School with the MRDD class. They have a field trip every year and come out to the pumpkin patch and we harvest pumpkins and I teach them some aspects of pumpkin farming. Then we return to the classroom and decorate the pumpkins in fun, creative ways. I do this toward Halloween at the end of a very long picking season where we pick six to eight hours a day, seven days a week, for 60 days straight. My work with Sheridan High School is what makes all the stress and monotony of the pumpkin harvest worth it,” Neeley said.Those who have worked alongside Neeley and his father throughout the years can attest to their passion for agriculture and their desire to share their knowledge and love of farming with others. The pumpkin business that Neeley runs reflects this strong connection to the land and his community.Follow Neeley Farms on Facebook for updates and visit the pumpkin stand at 2574 Mudhouse Road outside of Lancaster to see and appreciate the impressive fruits of Neeley’s labor.For more visit www.neeleyfarms.com.last_img read more

BCCI may block Lankan players’ IPL fees

first_imgThe stand-off between the cricket boards of India and Sri Lanka seems to be aggravating as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a tough stance. The BCCI has said it might block payments of Lankan players for the ongoing fourth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL-4) if the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) did not allow its players to stay on for the entire season.According to sources, the BCCI has been miffed at the SLC after its request to allow the Lankan cricketers to stay back was turned down. The SLC had ignored the BCCI’s plea and maintained that it would recall all its players by May 5 for the upcoming tour of England.Sources confirmed that the BCCI might ask the IPL franchises to withhold the payments of Lankan players and even not pay the SLC its share of 10 per cent of the players’ earnings.According to IPL rules, only those players would be paid their entire salary who stay on till the end, that is May 22.There are 10 Sri Lankan players playing in IPL-4. The collective earnings of these players this season is estimated around $56,80,000 of which SLC stands to gain $5,68,000 as per its contract with the BCCI.last_img read more

2 days agoInter Milan coach Conte: We had Dortmund afraid of us

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan coach Conte: We had Dortmund afraid of usby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte says they dominated their 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva decided the Champions League win with a goal in either half.“Borussia Dortmund changed their system to five at the back, which means they were afraid of us and wanted to play by changing their approach to mirror ours,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.“We had prepared for a very different match, but did well to adjust. When Dortmund switched back to 4-2-3-1 after the break, we adjusted again and took control.“We had prepared to press them in certain areas of the pitch and they changed their system, so that was no longer valid. The most important thing I told the lads was not to lose possession in central areas, as that is where they push forward on the counter.“Roberto Gagliardini, Nicolò Barella and Marcelo Brozovic did a great job both in defending and attacking. I often tell Brozo off for attacking too much, but he had a great game tonight with both phases.“Barella is so generous and passionate, but he does give me anxiety attacks when he gets booked after 10-15 minutes…” last_img read more

Investors hear 3 words they fear inverted yield curve

first_imgNEW YORK — One of the most reliable warning signals for a recession just got a bit brighter.The signal is called the “yield curve,” and it shows how the bond market is feeling about the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. On Tuesday the yield curve signalled caution and, along with worries about global trade and interest rates, it helped send the stock market to one of its worst days of the year.WHAT IS IT?The yield curve measures how much more in interest investors get for owning a long-term Treasury bond than a short-term one. When the economy is healthy and investors are forecasting good times ahead, they generally demand higher yields for Treasurys that mature a decade or more into the future than those maturing in a year or two. That’s in part because investors expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in the future as the economy and inflation power higher.But when investors are worried that growth will fall off sharply, perhaps as a result of the Federal Reserve pushing short-term rates higher, they’re willing to accept less in interest for a Treasury maturing far in the future.When yields for short-term Treasurys fall below yields for long-term ones, market watchers call it an “inverted yield curve,” and Wall Street starts getting more nervous.WHAT JUST HAPPENED?The yield on the five-year Treasury dropped below the two-year and three-year Treasury yields on Monday. By Tuesday afternoon, the five-year yield was at 2.78 per cent, 0.01 percentage points lower than a two-year Treasury and 0.02 points lower than a three-year Treasury.It’s the first time any part of the yield curve has inverted since 2007, before the start of the Great Recession.SHOULD I PANIC?No, at least not yet. Most economists are forecasting the U.S. economy will continue to grow in 2019, though at a slower pace than this year. The job market is strong, and consumer confidence is still high.Market watchers also say they won’t get worried until a more important part of the yield curve flips. They pay much more attention to the spread between two-year and 10-year Treasury yields. An inversion of this part of the yield curve has preceded each of the last nine recessions dating back to 1955. It was still positive on Tuesday at 0.12 percentage points.Of course, that’s still “pretty doggone tight,” said Randy Frederick, vice-president of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. A year ago, the cushion was at 0.62 percentage points.The Cleveland Fed, meanwhile, has focused on the difference in yields between three-month Treasurys and 10-year Treasurys. An inversion in that part of the curve has preceded each of the last seven recessions. But it also has not inverted, and a 10-year Treasury yields 0.50 percentage points more than a three-month Treasury bill.Even if the more important parts of the yield curve flip to inversion, that doesn’t mean a recession will happen the next day. It has sometimes taken more than a year for a recession to occur after the yield curve inverts.There have also been false positives in the past, where the yield curve has inverted but no recession has followed, such as in 1966.___AP Business Writer Alex Veiga contributed to this report.Stan Choe, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sunday night games an hour earlier in 2019

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Baseball players may get a little more sleep when travelling after Sunday night games next year.ESPN plans to announce it will move up the starting time of the nationally televised game by one hour, with the first pitch planned for shortly after 7 p.m. EDT.The network intends to make the announcement on Monday at the winter meetings, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the announcement had not yet been made.Philadelphia hosts Atlanta in the first Sunday night game next season on March 31, the second game of a television doubleheader that begins with Texas playing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.Among other Sunday night games next year will be a World Series rematch between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston at Fenway Park on July 14, three games between the Red Sox and New York Yankees (June 2 and Aug. 4 in the Bronx, July 28 in Boston) and the Little League Classic with Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs playing Aug. 18 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.ESPN started the “Sunday Night Baseball” telecast in 1990, and it developed in a showcase time slot. It nearly always is the only game scheduled for that time.But players who had to travel after games complained they reached the next city at dawn, disrupting their sleep schedules ahead of the next series against an opponent that usually has more rest.Major League Baseball has been more cognizant of player health issues in recent years. As part of the collective bargaining agreement that started in 2017, baseball scheduled earlier start times for many weekday games on getaway days beginning last season.MLB also is nearing an announcement on broadcast coverage for its first games in Britain, between the champion Red Sox and New York Yankees on June 29 and 30. Fox is likely to televise the Saturday game and ESPN the Sunday game, the person said.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRonald Blum, The Associated Presslast_img read more

North Peace Cultural Centre hosts Bright Nights this weekend

first_imgFor a full schedule of events, visit npcc.bc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bright Nights the annual arts festival is setting the stage for the 2020 Winter Games.The North Peace Cultural Society in partnership with the City of Fort St. John and community groups are gearing up for a fun-filled, family friendly weekend with the best of local art and local sport.“In all our activities, we are going to blur the line between art and sport, and revive the city’s spirit for the Winter Games by showcasing arts related to sport,” said Baptiste Marcere, Executive Director of the North Peace Cultural Centre. Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. marks the start of the festival with Art Stars, an interactive opportunity for the public to meet and hear from professional artists and performers who grew up in Fort St. John and how they made a career for themselves in the arts. “We are gathering local artists and art groups to showcase, demonstrate, and delight,” said Marcere.Art Stars FB Event Page; CLICK HEREFriday, June 7, the Cultural Centre will host a gala evening with fresh cocktails at the ready, and Vancouver Theatre Sports to entertain guests with their hilarious improv skills.Bright Nights in June Gala; CLICK HERE Saturday, June 8, the festival ends with a public art market, hands-on pottery and weaving demonstrations, live entertainment, and the 2019 World Fair.The North Peace Cultural Society shares,  this year we will host an extraordinary printmaking workshop. “The city recognized the success of the printmaking and will close the 99th avenue from the 100 St to 102 St,” said Marcere.last_img read more

Hans Raj ineligible to contest Kejriwal

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal claimed on Thursday that the BJP’s North West Delhi candidate in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, Hans Raj Hans, is “ineligible” to fight from a reserved seat, urging the voters not to waste their votes on him.He tagged a tweet of senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Rajendra Pal Gautam, in which he claimed that Hans had deliberately concealed the information that he had converted to Islam recently and was not eligible to contest the polls from the North West Delhi seat which is reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category. “Hans Raj Hans is ineligible to fight from a reserved seat. He will finally be declared ineligible,” Kejriwal said in a tweet, adding that the voters of North West Delhi should not waste their votes on him. However, the BJP said the AAP was levelling baseless allegations against its candidate. “They have lost mental balance sensing their defeat in the Lok Sabha election. With people deserting them, they are trying all sorts of propaganda to remain in the news,” Ravindra Gupta, the head of Delhi BJP’s media committee for the Lok Sabha polls, said.last_img read more

Paraguay officially suspends its relations with the Polisarios socalled RASD

first_imgFez – Less than a month after the Moroccan opposition party, Party of Modernity and Authenticity, announced that the government of Paraguay had decided to withdraw its recognition of the so-called Arab Saharaui Democratic Republic, self-proclaimed by the Polisario in February 1976. Asuncion declared on Friday its decision to suspend its relations with the Polisario, while the UN-led negotiations process is underway to find a long-lasting, political and mutually acceptable solution to the Sahara conflict.In a communiqué issued on Friday, the Paraguayan government said it had decided to suspend the agreement it had signed with Polisario in February 2000, which formalized the establishment of diplomatic relations between Paraguay and the so-called RASD. The government decided to “suspend the effects of the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Paraguay and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic,” said the communiqué.According to the same document, the government of Paraguay,  “welcomes the efforts and commitment of all parties to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious to find a satisfactory solution for all,” adding that “dialogue and negotiation are the ideal means to achieve a political, peaceful, just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution to the question of Western Sahara.”This is the third country in less than four months to withdraw or suspend its recognition of the Polisario’s RASD after Haiti and Panama, which signals the dwindling legitimacy of this separatist movement as a representative of the Saharawis.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more