21 Dec
2019

Blues at fault for Adam goal – Mourinho

first_imgJose Mourinho described Charlie Adam’s goal against Chelsea as “fantastic” but felt his team were at fault for the Stoke midfielder’s equaliser.Stoke counter-attacked after Chelsea’s Eden Hazard went down near the edge of the penalty area and Adam, having spotted keeper Thibaut Courtois off his line, scored with a sensational left-footed strike from inside his own half.But Blues boss Mourinho, whose team hit back to win 2-1, said their basic errors were also a factor.He said: “It was a clear foul on Hazard but we cannot stop and wait for the referee to give it – we have to press the ball. The goalkeeper also has to anticipate, so we made a mistake.“The basic rule for us is that when we lose possession we have to immediately react and adapt our position.“We have to press the ball and press players who are going to receive the ball, but I think our reaction was to wait for the referee, so we didn’t react well in that situation.”Loic Remy restored Chelsea’s lead with a simple tap in – his seventh goal of the season – and is set to continue leading the line after Diego Costa suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem.Mourinho said: “We have three strikers and decided since the beginning of the season to go with Diego, but we know Didier Drogba and Remy are there for us and work hard.“It is fantastic for Remy to have played in the last two matches, to score winning goals and win very important points for us.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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19 Dec
2019

Weblines: SA headlines for webmasters

first_imgIs your website about something South African? Want your visitors to get the SA story, but don’t have time to tell it yourself? Get a free piece of our action with Weblines – updating headlines pulled from SouthAfrica.info onto your website.There’s no cost and no maintenance – just copy and paste a few lines of code onto your site, tweak it a bit (if necessary) to suit your layout, and let us do the rest.HERE’S HOW IT WORKSThree easy steps:Step 1 – See the two boxes below. Choose which version you want to appear on your site.Step 2 – Each box is accompanied by a few lines of html code, starting with . Copy this piece of code.Step 3 – Paste the code into your website’s html. Where you paste it will depend on where you want the box to appear.That’s it. Upload the changes, and the box will appear on your site, calling SAinfo headlines from a file that we update on our side. You can, if you want, adjust how the box appears on your page – see below.  Please drop us an e-mail letting us know that you’re running the box. And thank you for your support! BOX 1 – top 7 stories<br/>Coding for box 1:BOX 2 – top 7 stories plus<br/>Coding for box 2:ADJUSTING HOW THE BOX APPEARS (optional)You can adjust how the box appears on your page by modifying the settings inside your tag, in the following ways:Box alignment:To change how the box aligns on your page, add any of the following into your tag:align=center – centres the boxalign=left – content wraps round the right of the boxalign=right – content wraps round the left of the boxalign=top – box on top of surrounding contentalign=bottom – box below surrounding contentBox width / height:Rewrite width=x to change the width of the box. For example: width=250 will give you a 250 pixel wide box; width=80% will give you a box that takes up 80% of the width available in the place you’ve put it. Ditto for height.Margin width / height:Rewrite marginwidth=x (and/or marginheight=x) to change the space (in pixels) between the sides and the content of the box.Space around the box:Add hspace=x and/or vspace=x if you want to set the amount of space in pixels (hspace for the sides, vspace for above and below) between the box and any content surrounding it.Box border:Add frameborder=0 if you want to suppress the border around the box.Terms and conditions of useBy using our update boxes, you are deemed to have accepted our terms and conditions of use.last_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

Miami Trace FFA graduates receive highest award

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This year, the Miami Trace/Great Oaks FFA had 6 graduate FFA members receive the American FFA Degree at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. This degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year there were a total of 3,780 American Degrees awarded. Those that received the American FFA degree from Miami Trace were: Jacob Rose, Natalie Miller, Cassidy Elam, Caleb Penwell, Evan Schaefer, and Heather Johnston.To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productivity invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each of the recipients received a gold American FFA Degree key, certificate and matted frame after being recognized on stage at the convention.One of these members, Evan Schaefer, was further recognized as a 2016 American Star Farmer Finalist.   Production agriculture has been part of Evan Schaefer’s life from the beginning. He says some of his earliest memories are of riding in the tractor with his father and watching his family work the land.  At an early age, Evan knew his future would be in agriculture.  Evan’s enterprises started at the age of nine when he began a plot of sweet corn operated in partnership with his cousins.  From there, Evan’s knowledge of agriculture continued to grow as he gained responsibilities on the family farm.  Today, that excitement regarding agriculture has earned him the honor of being named 2016 American Star Farmer, one of the most prestigious honors awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization.Schaefer began his FFA career with 7.2 acres that was located on his family farm. Evan was then able to grow his operation in 2015 to 695 total acres of diversified crop production. The new acreage was equally divided into corn and soybean production. Evan also continued his sweet corn operation.  This diversity allowed him to experiment with new farming practices and remain innovative on the latest research and technology. Furthering his education at Southern State Community College, Schaefer said he wants to make sure he is doing his part to work towards food security through innovative production practices. Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, four FFA members are honored with American Star Awards for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agricultural education. The American Star Awards, including American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience, are presented to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing, either by owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.Other requirements to achieve the award include demonstrating top management skills; completing key agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements; and earning an American FFA Degree, the organization’s highest level of student accomplishment. Evan Schaefer is the son of Tim and Mary Jo Schaefer. He is a member of the Miami Trace/Great Oaks FFA Chapter, led by advisors, Bruce Bennett, Amanda Swigert and Wendi Mizer-Stachler.Sixteen American Star Award finalists from throughout the U.S. are nominated by a panel of judges who then interview the finalists during the national convention and expo. Four are named winners and receive cash awards totaling $4,000. All American Star finalists receive a $2,000 cash award. The American Star Awards are sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

Pansare murder: Maharashtra SIT to interrogate Sri Ram Sene activist Waghmore

first_imgUnravelling the Gauri Lankesh murder case The Maharashtra SIT is planning to interrogate the arrested Sri Ram Sene activist Parashuram Waghmore, prime accused in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, in connection with the killing of veteran communist leader Govind Pansare, said police sources.“A team of the State SIT will be going to Karnataka soon to interrogate Waghmore,” said Sanjay Kumar, additional director general (ADG), Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who is heading the SIT in the Pansare murder case.Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Kumar, however, said that the Maharashtra SIT would not be seeking Waghmore’s custody as the suspects in both crimes [Lankesh and Pansare] were affiliated to different fringe outfits.“The suspects in our [Pansare] case and the Gauri Lankesh case belong to different groups. In the Pansare case, the suspects belong to the Sanatan Sanstha while in the latter they are associated with the Sri Ram Sene and the Hindu Yuva Sene,” he said, adding that there were two weapons used in the Pansare murder case.Also Read  Mr. Kumar further said that the Maharashtra and the Karnataka SITs had been coordinating and that the former team had even visited the neighbouring State once last month.The Karnataka SIT have yet to recover the murder weapon – a 7.65 mm bore country-made pistol – reportedly used to kill Pansare, scholar M.M. Kalburgi and Lankesh.“Since the Karnataka SIT have spoken of a connection between the two [Lankesh and Pansare] cases, the Maharashtra SIT ought to seek Waghmore’s custody. Especially, as the ballistic report says that the same weapon was used,” Megha Pansare, Pansare’s daughter-in-law, told The Hindu.Not a smooth investigationPansare, along with his wife Uma, were repeatedly shot at by motorcycle-borne assailants while returning from a morning stroll in Kolhapur’s Sagar Mal locality on February 16, 2015. While Ms. Pansare survived, the communist leader succumbed to his wounds in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital on February 20.Since then, investigation into Pansare’s murder has been marred by the tardy pace of probe agencies, leading to the prime accused, Sanatan Sanstha activist Sameer Gaikwad, being granted bail.In June last year, the court, after three rejections, had accorded conditional bail to Gaikwad, who was picked up from Sangli district in western Maharashtra in September 2015 – the first arrest in the Pansare case.In January this year, the Kolhapur sessions court granted conditional bail to radical Hindutva activist Virendra Tawde in connection with his suspected role in the killing of the veteran leader.According to probe agencies, Tawde is a crucial link to the murders of both Pansare and rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar. The SIT’s supplementary charge sheet even names Tawde as ‘mastermind’ in the Pansare murder, suspecting him of conducting the reconnaissance before the murder.last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

Parts of Pune flooded as Mutha canal wall breaches

first_imgParts of Pune city were inundated on Thursday following a major breach in the right wall of the Mutha canal, causing damage to homes situated along the Mutha riverfront area.Rescue teams and Fire department authorities, who rushed to the spot said there was no loss of life and that all people who were in harm’s way had been evacuated.According to authorities, the wall of the canal’s right bank caved in sometime after 10:30 a.m. in the morning, leading to flooding inside hundreds of shanties and slums in the city’s Parvati area, affecting more than 5,000 residents living in these parts. “The situation is under control now. The flow of water reduced by late noon,” said a fire department official.Irrigation department officials immediately stopped further discharge of water from the Khadakwasla dam — one of Pune’s lifelines — to the canal following the breach and said the matter was being investigated.Angry residents Angry residents surrounded Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak when she visited the homes of those afflicted. “All our utensils and savings have flown away. If this had occured at night, it might have led to great loss of life. The city’s politicians only come to us for votes during election time, but are least bothered in maintaining any infrastructure,” said an irate resident.Ms. Tilak however said that the Pune civic body had, in the pas,t warned the Irrigation Department authorities about repairing the canal wall, but the Irrigation authorities allegedly failed to take cognizance of it.“The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will do everything to provide respite to those afflicted by this incident. We will make provisions for lodging those residents in temporary homes whose shanties have been destroyed by the discharge. We will make sure they are recompensed,” said Mayor Tilak.Smaller mud homes and tin-shed shanties across a 12-km stretch from the areas around the Khadakwasla dam to the Dandekar bridge were hit by the breach. Police personnel, who rushed to the spot, stopped traffic along the Dandekar bridge which remained submerged owing to the sudden flooding.“This is sheer negligence on part of authorities. The canal wall caved in owing to the tremendous force of the discharge from the Khadakwasla dam. The discharge has been going on at the rate of an excessive 1200 cusecs of water for more than a month. The question arises as to who authorized this discharge which could have proven fatal,” said noted city-based environmentalist and RTI activist Vivek Velankar, speaking to The Hindu.Demanding an explanation from the irrigation authorities for the sheer lack of maintenance of the structure, Mr. Velankar noted that the decision to release water was all the more mystifying as the city’s water needs were satisfied for the moment and the rains had stopped.“Currently, the city requires only 300 cusec of water to fulfill the needs of those living in the Cantonment area. So, what was the motive behind this excess discharge which put strain on the canal walls?” he said.The 140 km-long Mutha canal built during the period of the British Raj, which conveys the water from the Khadkwasla dam to Indapur tehsil, has scarcely been subject to audits on part of the State of civic body authorities. “This incident clearly proves the lack of any frequency audits to check the condition of the canal wall. The prime reason for this negligence is the eternal conflict between the State Irrigation Department and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) with both bodies passing the buck when it comes to maintenance of any structure,” said RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar, speaking to The Hindu.last_img read more

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27 Nov
2019

Why Rahul Dravid is the best man to assist Indian team in England

first_imgRahul DravidAfter it has been learnt that batting legend Rahul Dravid will join the Indian team in an advisory role to prepare for the tour of England, it would be interesting to have a look at his track record against the English.When India visited England the last time in 2011, they miserably lost the four Test series 0-4 which was followed by their 1-2 loss at home in 2012-13. Dravid was India’s best batsman in the 2011 tour with 461 runs, three centuries and a staggering average of 76.83.Also, who can forget his 602-run total in the four-Test series against England in their backyard in 2002 that got him the man of the series award? Talking of English conditions, Dravid had also emerged as the top scorer of the 1999 World Cup tournament with 461 runs from eight games at an average of 65.85 and a strike rate of 85.52.This time, Dravid will be with the team till the start of the first Test on July 9.”Rahul Dravid, former India captain, has accepted a request from the Indian team management, to support and advise the team in its preparatory stages of the tour of England, given his vast experience and knowledge of the game,” PTI quoted Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel as saying in a statement on Sunday.”He will be with the team till the beginning of the first Test.”India have already played a warm-up three-day match against Leicestershire (June 26-28) and will take on Derbyshire in another practice game July 1-3.advertisementIndia will then play five Test matches against England from July 9 to Aug 19 followed by five One-Day Internationals (ODI) from Aug 19 to Sep 5 and a lone Twenty20 International at Birmingham on September 7.last_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

5th ODI: Jos Buttler century helps England whitewash Australia

first_imgJos Buttler hit an unbeaten 110 as England completed its first-ever 5-0 cricket sweep of Australia in any format with a one-wicket win in the fifth ODI on Sunday.England reached 208/9 in 48.3 overs at Old Trafford in reply to Australia’s 205 all out.At 114-8, England looked finished before Buttler and Adil Rashid shared a ninth-wicket partnership of 81.(SCORECARD)Rashid was then out for 20, leaving Australia needing just one wicket and England 11 runs to win. Jake Ball came in as No. 11 and defended successfully as Buttler hit the winning runs in the series finale.England had bowled Australia out in just 34.4 overs, but collapsed to 50-5 against the pace and bounce of Billy Stanlake (3-35) before the scheduled lunch break. After his partnership with Adil Rashid, Buttler scrambled the last runs alongside Ball to carry England to victory with nine balls to spare.Australia’s innings was flawed after it won the toss in glorious conditions on a quick pitch.Moeen Ali (4-46) and then Sam Curran (2-44) – both with two wickets in three balls – took turns to stop the tourists in their tracks.Travis Head (56) hit his third successive half-century, but got out soon afterward for the third time too, and D’Arcy Short was left unbeaten three runs short of his maiden ODI 50.Australia faltered from 60-0 in little more than six overs to 100-5 – and the tourists crumbled a second time after Short shared a stand of 59 with Alex Carey.last_img read more

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