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GAA: McGUINNESS STICKS WITH SAME TEAM FOR TYRONE CLASH

first_imgJIM McGuinness has selected an unchanged Donegal team for Sunday’s Ulster SFC semi-final against Tyrone at Clones (throw-in 3.30pm).Frank McGlynn, who has recovered from a hamstring injury, has failed to force his way back into the team.Dermot Molloy, who scored 0-2 as a substitute against Cavan, and Michael Hegarty are on the bench. Teenage sensation Patrick McBrearty and Colm McFadden are listed alongside Murphy in the full-forward line, with Mark McHugh, who operated in the corner against Cavan, named at centre-forward.Said Jim: “We know Tyrone are a formidable challenge. Along with Armagh, they have been the top team in Ulster for over a decade.“They are a very experienced side with multiple All-Ireland winners in their team. We know what we are up against and we have prepared as well as we can.“All we can do is focus on our own game and get ourselves right and go out and produce our best on the day and hope it is good enough.” The winners of Sunday’s tie will meet Derry in the Ulster final at Clones in three weeks’ time. The losers will enter the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday, July 9.DONEGAL (SFC v Tyrone): Paul Durcan; Karl Lacey, Neil McGee, Paddy McGrath; Kevin Cassidy, Anthony Thompson, Marty Boyle; Rory Kavanagh, Kevin Rafferty; Martin McElhinney, Mark McHugh, Ryan Bradley; Colm McFadden, Michael Murphy (capt), Patrick McBrearty.GAA: McGUINNESS STICKS WITH SAME TEAM FOR TYRONE CLASH was last modified: June 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal team nameddonegal v tyroneJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

49ers notes: Beathard reclaims QB role amid widespread support

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)KANSAS CITY — Kyle Shanahan seemed to scoff at any notion the 49ers might look elsewhere to replace injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, not when the coach professed “a lot of confidence” for C.J. Beathard to reclaim that starting role.“C.J.’s a gamer,” Shanahan said after Sunday’s 38-27 defeat to the Chiefs. “Everyone in here has a ton of respect for C.J., how he handles himself. He’s a man out there, a very good …last_img read more

South Africa ‘to speed up economic transformation’

first_img21 February 2014 South Africa will enter a new “radical phase” of economic transformation over the next five years to address poverty, unemployment and inequality, President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town on Thursday. Replying to the debate on the State of the Nation address in Parliament, Zuma said South Africa had achieved social transformation over the past 20 years, and the emphasis would now be on economic transformation to ensure that black people also owned the economy. It would be a phase “of focusing on economic transformation in particular,” Zuma said. “We have achieved political freedom, now we have to achieve economic freedom and ensure that the owner of the economy is deracialised.” He added that the New Growth Path, which promotes local manufacturing, the National Infrastructure Plan and the Industrial Policy Action Plan would continue to shape the government’s policy agenda. Zuma said work was underway to establish a BBBEE commission to regulate and oversee empowerment transactions related to South Africa’s black economic empowerment policies. Despite the country’s employment equity policies, equity reports indicated that the economy was still in the hands of the white minority. “We must therefore intensify the implementation of affirmative action policies in order to deepen reconciliation and social cohesion in our country. I think it is important to look at reality … to take those who were left outside and bring them into the economy.” Responding to opposition parties’ criticisms over job creation, Zuma said they failed to give credit where it was due. All the jobs that had been lost during the 2008-09 global economic crisis had been recovered over the past five years and the economy had in fact created additional new jobs. He said the Jobs Fund, which was created in 2011, had approved 66 projects and committed more than R3-billion to job-creating enterprises. To date, more than 8 000 new permanent jobs and 4 000 short-term jobs had been created through the fund, while more than 25 000 beneficiaries had received training. The country’s development finance institutions, meanwhile, had also been directed to invest in job creating projects, Zuma said. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had approved more than R50-billion in new industrial funding since 2009, in projects ranging from agro-processing, film-making, the auto sector, steel and engineering, clothing and textiles, mining, the green economy and tourism. And the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) had committed in excess of R38-billion to enhancing the productivity of the real economy through economic and social infrastructure, enterprise development and renewable energy. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

More Green From Beans – 3

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Darcy MaulsbyProgressive Farmer Contributing EditorAs he looks across his fields spanning the flat terrain of northern Iowa, Mike Riggert isn’t just seeing rows of soybeans. He’s thinking about ways to adjust his seeding rates.“For years, we planted a flat rate of 150,000 seeds per acre, but we’ve definitely cut back on seeding rates in the last two or three years,” said Riggert, who farms with his brother, Brian, near Whittemore.It’s a targeted process for Riggert, who plants soybeans in 30-inch rows and has been experimenting with variable-rate seeding. In some cases, he has dropped rates as low as 80,000 or 90,000 seeds per acre. In other places, like high-pH areas that tend to stunt the plants, Riggert has planted 175,000 seeds per acre. In fields with neutral soil pH and adequate fertility, he typically plants 120,000 seeds per acre.“You can get good yields with lower planting populations if you pay attention to detail,” said Dan Bjorklund, seed team leader for MaxYield Cooperative, which serves the Riggert farm. “Mike planted slow enough to singulate, and he’s counting 80 to 100 pods per plant where the seeding rate is 120,000.”Riggert saw no yield loss with his lower planting rates in 2018. “Those areas didn’t yield more than expected, but they yielded the same as when we used higher seeding rates in years past. We came out ahead, because we didn’t plant more seeds than necessary.”Soybean farmers are finding ways to boost revenues despite market and trade challenges. This story is the third in a six-part series, More Green From Beans. The series looks at ways soybean farmers are finding ways to answer trade challenges by boosting revenues through switching up agronomics and finding new markets.SURVEY STUDIED OPTIMAL DENSITYDeciding the right seeding rate is one of the most influential factors for increasing soybean profitability since seed cost is one of the most expensive inputs.“I’ve been in this business 20 years, and farmers have talked about soybean seeding rates every year,” stated Seth Naeve, a University of Minnesota Extension soybean agronomist. “The thing to remember is that different fields respond differently to various planting populations.”Soil type, soil fertility and weather conditions affect final stand establishment. “We don’t look at variable-rate seeding as a way to get more soybean bushels,” Naeve added. “It’s really a way to save on seed costs.”Ignacio Ciampitti, an associate professor of crop production and cropping systems at Kansas State University, teamed up with Corteva Agriscience to study optimal plant density by yield environment.Researchers created a soybean database of seeding rates ranging from 69,000 to 271,000 seeds per acre, including final number of plants and seed yield. The results were classified by low-yield environments (less than 59.6 bushels per acre (bpa), medium-yield environments (59.6 to 64.1 bpa) and high-yield environments (more than 64.1 bpa). They found that:— Optimal plant density decreased by 24% from low (127,000 plants per acre) to high (97,000 plants per acre) yield environments.— The optimal density ranged between 109,000 to 144,000 plants per acre for the low-yield environments; from 77,000 to 114,000 plants per acre for the medium-yield environments; and 76,000 to 117,000 plants per acre for the high-yield environments.“It’s a myth that one of the best ways to increase soybean yield is just to plant more seeds,” Ciampitti said. “It depends. In a high-yield environment, you might be planting too high of a seeding rate. In a low-yielding environment, you might need to increase your soybean seeding rate.”NO YIELD DRAGJoe and Suzanne Shirbroun have found this to be true on their northeast Iowa farm. They began experimenting with various soybean seeding rates in 2015 through the Iowa Soybean Association’s On-Farm Network, which offers research opportunities focused on agronomics, cropping systems and more.“Standability issues pushed us,” said Joe Shirbroun, whose fields near Farmersburg are defined by rolling hills. “We were growing high-yield beans, but they were falling down.”The Shirbrouns, who plant in 15-inch rows, had been seeding a flat rate across all their soybean acres to get about 150,000 plants per acre. “We didn’t realize that having planting prescriptions would pay for soybeans like they do for corn,” said Amos Troester, the Shirbrouns’ Pioneer seed associate.The Shirbrouns began experimenting with lower plant populations in higher-yielding environments. “We can get down to 90,000 plants per acre in the low-lying areas, while our highest seeding rate is about 160,000 in other areas,” Suzanne Shirbroun said. “We didn’t see any yield drag with the lower seeding rates. Our yields were maintained, or they went up.”KEEP IT SIMPLEHow does geography affect soybean seeding rates? A series of studies financed by the United Soybean Board was conducted in 2012 and 2013 across the Midwest and Mid-South to examine high-input soybean production practices. Results showed that maximum yields were obtained between 100,000 and 165,000 seeds per acre across all nine states.In the southern states (Arkansas, Kansas and Kentucky), seeding rates between 130,000 to 170,000 seeds per acre were needed to obtain maximum yields. This response was consistent across production systems, regardless of whether they included a large number of yield-enhancing treatments like seed treatments, fungicides, growth promoters, etc.“You might assume you’d need much lower seeding rates in the South and higher seeding rates in the North, but that wasn’t always true,” Naeve said.Don’t get too concerned about specific prescriptions, however, he adds. Keep things simple, agrees Shawn Conley, a soybean and small grains specialist at the University of Wisconsin. “It’s not worth your time and money to hire someone to write a planting prescription. Buy a bag of seed per acre. Each bag contains about 140,000 seeds. Plant 120,000 seeds in higher-producing areas and 150,000 seeds in lower-producing areas.”Also, stay focused on Agronomy 101 basics. “Soybeans require management, just like corn,” Bjorklund said.Maintain a good soil-fertility program focused on potassium — a vital nutrient for soybeans, Conley said. Plant seeds 1 to 1.25 inches deep, ensuring good seed-to-soil contact. Also, plant as early as possible, as long as soil conditions are fit. “You get one chance to do it right,” said Bjorklund, who noted that mudding in beans can cause compaction, which can hinder seedlings from emerging evenly.Riggert began planting his 2019 beans on April 25. “This was much earlier than ever before,” he added. “The earlier-planted beans at lower populations have been superior, though, when you start counting nodes and pods.”Seed treatment is another key to success, especially with early-planted soybeans, Riggert said. It helps protect seedlings from diseases lurking in cold, wet soil, including sudden death syndrome. “When you start dropping your seeding rate, you need a strong seed treatment program,” Bjorklund said.Control weeds by using pre-emerge programs, multiple modes of action and a residual program to manage yield robbers such as waterhemp, Conley said. “While farmers get bored with the basics and want to talk about applying nitrogen or using molasses to boost soybean yields, the basics still matter the most,” Conley said.As for seeding rates, start small if you want to try cutting back. “Take baby steps,” Joe Shirbroun advised. “Take 20 acres of your farm, and learn from that.”(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dilshan to lead Sri Lanka during England tour

first_imgTillakaratne Dilshan was on Monday appointed as Sri Lanka’s captain for all three formats for next month’s tour of England, following Kumar Sangakkara’s resignation after the World Cup.T Dilshan has been appointed Sri Lanka captain for next month’s England tour. AP”Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is proud to announce the appointment of of TM Dilshan as the national captain in all three formats of the game for Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May 2011,” a Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) statement said.The selectors, however, have not named a vice-captain for the tour because “the prospective candidates are nursing injuries, and their availability for the forthcoming tour is still in question.”Sangakkara had resigned from the post of Sri Lanka captain a few days after his team’s loss to India in the final of the World Cup, their second successive loss in the title clash of the quadrennial extravaganza.A day later, vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene and all the national selectors also resigned from their respective posts.The 34-year-old Dilshan, currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Royal Challengers Bangalore, had previously led Sri Lanka in two Twenty2O internationals in 2008 and 2009, and also during a five-match ODI series in Zimbabwe in 2010.The big-hitting opener’s appointment to the top post ended the speculation over whether he, or the 23-year-old all-rounder Angelo Mathews, would be named as Sangakkara’s immediate successor.With exactly 500 runs under his belt, Dilshan was also the highest run-scorer in the 2011 World Cup, surpassing the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, player-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh and Sangakkara.advertisementDilshan has till date represented Sri Lanka in 66 Tests and scored 3990 runs at an average of 42.44 with 11 centuries and 16 half fifties to his credit.In 203 ODIs, Dilshan has accumulated 5456 runs at an average of 36.61 with 160 being his highest score. He has also played 32 Twenty20 Internationals for Sri Lanka.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

House Panels to Mark up Authorization Bill in Two Weeks

first_imgSix subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee will mark up their portions of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill from April 22-23, with the full committee markup scheduled for April 29.The Readiness Subcommittee, which is responsible for installation policy including BRAC, will mark up its portion of the annual policy bill on April 22 at 4 p.m. All of the markups will be streamed live on the committee’s YouTube Channel, according to the committee’s announcement.The committee will post draft bills for each subcommittee and the full committee on its website prior to the markups. Last month, Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said the legislation is scheduled to go to the House floor in mid-May. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Nepal plane crash 3 killed 4 injured after aircraft collides with chopper

first_imgA civil administrator, Narendra Kumar Lama, said the four passengers and a flight attendant on the plane were safe. The authorities suspended services at Tenzing Hillary Airport following the crash.Tenzing-Hillary airport is often referred to as the world’s most dangerous airport because of the short runway and difficult approach. It is also popular as Lukla is the place where most people begin to climb the Mount Everest Base Camp. It’s open only to helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft. It sits at an elevation of 9,334 feet (2,845 meters).(inputs from agencies) The plane crash at the Tenzing–Hillary airport in Nepal left three people dead, injuring four others. TwitterAt least three people were killed and four others injured on Sunday, April 14, after a Summit Air plane crashed into a parked chopper during takeoff at the Tenzing–Hillary airport, also known as Lukla airport in Khumbu region of eastern Nepal’s Solukhumbu district.The incident occurred near the gateway to Mount Everest when the plane skidded off the runway, hitting the helicopter of Manang AirSummit Air crash. Both are private airline firms that cater to tourists and Nepalese in the country’s remote areas.The injured were airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter, Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said. He said that police teams reached the scene of the crash and were coordinating efforts to avoid fire at the airport. The dead included a pilot of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter.last_img read more