Houston led by as many as 17, but the Kings got within striking distance several times in the fourth quarter. They were down six late when Houston used a 7-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Harden, to make it 94-83 with just more than a minute left.The Kings scored the next five points, with a 3-pointer from Garrett Temple, to cut it to six again with 30 seconds left. Joe Johnson, in his Houston debut, added two free throws before Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 96-91 with about 25 seconds left.The Rockets made four free throws after that to secure the win.“We didn’t have that energy and you could just see it,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But they have the confidence that they can get it done defensively or by any means, and we just finished it up. Not a whole lot to say other than workmanship.”Paul added 19 points and seven assists, and Clint Capela had 13 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Ask anyone on the team if they believe they can get better after the break and the answer comes quickly — and often in one word.“Absolutely,” Chris Paul said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Of course,” James Harden said, before the question was even done.Harden had 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Rockets fought off a late rally for the 100-91 win. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Bogdanovic led the Kings with 20 points and Temple came off the bench to add 13.“We’ve got some young guys, and the older guys are always saying: ‘Come on you young guys,’” coach Dave Joerger said. “We know (they’re) going to be good but we’ve got to hurry up and accelerate this as much as possible.”Temple, who scored the last four points of the third quarter, opened the fourth with another basket to cut Houston’s lead to seven. But Johnson made a 3-pointer on the next possession to make it 75-65.A 6-2 run by Sacramento cut the lead to seven later in the quarter before Harden made a 3-pointer to make it 83-73 midway through the period.Houston, which entered the game averaging an NBA-best 31.3 points in the first quarter, scored a season-low 20 points on Wednesday. The Rockets got going in the second quarter behind 17 points from Paul to lead 55-45 at halftime.The Rockets made the first four points of the third quarter before Bogdanovic scored all of Sacramento’s points in a 7-3 run to cut the lead to 62-52 with about seven minutes left.Houston scored the next seven points, while Sacramento missed its next eight shots, to leave the Rockets up 69-52 with about three minutes left in the quarter.The Kings ended a scoring drought of more than five minutes after that when JaKarr Sampson made one of two free throws. That was the start of the 7-3 run by Sacramento, with two 3-pointers from Buddy Hield, that got the Kings within 72-59 about a minute later.TIP-INSKings: Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points, five assists and eight rebounds. … The Kings made 10 of 32 3-pointers, led by four from Bogdanovic. … Hield scored 12 points.Rockets: Eric Gordon sat out after bruising his right knee on Tuesday night. … Trevor Ariza missed his ninth straight game with a strained left hamstring. … Capela had two blocks and has had at least two in eight of his last nine games.WASTING NO TIME View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Smith, Griffin help Pistons beat Hawks to end 3-game skid Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) celebrates after drawing a foul, as guard James Harden watches during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — After extending their winning streak to 10 games with a victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets were happy, though far from satisfied.These Rockets, who are 44-13 entering the All-Star break after winning 17 of their last 19 games, have much bigger goals ahead of them.ADVERTISEMENT The Rockets wasted no time putting Johnson to work. Johnson, who signed with the team on Wednesday afternoon, checked in with about four minutes left in the first quarter. The 36-year-old free agent spent 32 games with the Jazz this season. The move reunites him with D’Antoni, who he played for in Phoenix from 2002-05.Johnson had nine points and three rebounds in 31 minutes and the Rockets are looking forward to seeing what he can contribute once he gets better acquainted with the team.“Joe’s going to fit in great,” D’Antoni said. “He’s going to be really good, smooth … he can make plays. 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A trio was on Wednesday taken before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore after they reportedly invaded an Alexander and Regent Streets, Georgetown Chinese Store, carting off over $4 million worth of items.Paul Roberts, 36, of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown; 41-year-old Martin Maury of Charlotte Street, Lacytown, Georgetown; and 42-year-old Troy Holmes of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, all denied the charge.It is alleged that they, between July 20 and 21, 2018, at Lot 45 Alexander and Regent Streets, robbed Zou Con Foo of 100 school bags valued $180,000, and other items to a total value of $4.6 million.However, in court on Wednesday, they all vehemently denied the allegation. They were released on $75,000 bail each. The case will continue on August 15.
Compton FernandesA man, who was jointly charged with another in May for larceny, was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment after he changed his initial not guilty plea to guilty.Compton Fernandes, 47, of Mocha, East Bank Demerara (EBD), appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday where he admitted to a breaking and entering charge.The charge stated that Fernandes and Latchman Sukham, 43, of Albouystown, Georgetown, on May 20 and 21, 2019, at Albouystown, Georgetown, broke and entered the shop of Shanelle Prince and stole two gas bottles valued $17,000 and one Samsung music set speaker valued $96,000.The prosecution contended that a relative of the owner was passing the business establishment when he noticed that the shop was opened. Upon checking, the two men were discovered in the shop and an alarm was raised. Fernandes and Sukham were both arrested.Magistrate McGusty had remanded the two men to prison but the men provided incorrect addresses to the police.However, Sukham is still on remand for the offence.
Public Service Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley on Thursday defended the firing of staff members from her department shortly after she would have assumed office, saying that there was evidence at her disposal to warrant dismissal.Public Service Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley“I think that the evidence that was before me suggested that something needed to be done and the investigation would bear whether or not that was rational,” the minister stated at a press conference.She, nevertheless, revealed any bit of evidence that she referred to but noted that the investigation will soon wrap up with the findings.However, following the dismissals, a special Board of Inquiry (BoI) was commissioned by President David Granger to probe the arbitrary firing of the three workers at the Public Service Ministry by Minister Sarabo-Halley.On May 31, 2019, the personnel staff and chief accountant at the Public Service Ministry were sent packing by Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley shortly after she was appointed to that post.When the news broke about the arbitrary firing of personnel staff and the chief accountant, the Government initially denied firing them but one week after, Director General Joseph Harmon confirmed that indeed, the workers were sent home.But he said higher authorities had since intervened and the dismissed staff were eventually sent on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. He had maintained that the staff in question are still employees of the Government as the decision by Minister Sarabo-Halley to terminate their services has been halted.ScholarshipsHowever, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had alluded to the fact that the fired workers were initially targeted and arbitrarily dismissed after they revealed that the children of a Government minister received payments amounting to over $20 million in the last two years.One of those revelations is that the children of Minister Simona Broomes had allegedly received over US$86,000 in 2018, monies that were transferred from the Department of Public Service. Then again, this year, another transfer of millions reportedly took place.Given the controversy around that situation, the Public Service Department has made a decision to publicise all scholarships to ensure “transparency”. It was confirmed that both children of the Minister in question received grants to study overseas, but Sarabo-Halley could not state if the monies were transferred to their personal accounts.“I decided that transparency is key for me and in terms of scholarships, its public money and public funding. There is no need to keep it a secret…In terms of transparency and accountability, I have no issue in releasing the names of persons I would have granted scholarships to,” the Public Service Minister posited.Currently, over 100 scholarships are open for undergraduate studies in the fields of Accounting, Agriculture, Management, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Food Science, Geography, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Petroleum Engineering, Public Management, Sociology, Supply Chain Management and Youth & Community Development.Postgraduate opportunities are available in Environmental Management – specialisation in climate change and disaster management, and specialisation in natural resources management— Petroleum Engineering, and Social Work.However, to study in another country, persons are required to pledge an asset to ensure their return to Guyana. Upon returning, they are required to serve for a number of years to repay the State.The eligibility to grant these studies are dependent on a number of factors and a panel will deliberate on the relevance of the chosen field. The Department may choose to provide only tuition, if there are insufficient funds from the budgetary allocation.
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DONEGAL is taking over Glasgow today as donegallive arrives in the Scottish city with si many links to the county.The one-day event will bring the Donegal craic to the West of Scotland today, with the best music and entertainment from the region on offer.The free day will see Merchant’s Square and Bell Street, in Glasgow, brought to life with the sounds of Donegal and Scotland from noon to 6pm, before culminating in a ticketed concert by Daniel O’Donnell and Mickey Harte at the Royal Concert Hall this evening. Erin Kate and dance partner Jennifer Marley, both 18, are members of the renowned Caroline Greene Dancing School and have competed across Europe.They joined former Miss Scotland Aisling Friel and the current Mary of Dungloe, Jemma Ferry to help launch the family festival.Erin Kate said: “There is such a natural affinity between the Scots and the Irish. As Celtic cousins, we know how to enjoy ourselves, so bringing both together offers the ingredients for an amazing day.”This will be the first time that Donegal Live has ever been held outside of Ireland. More than 25,000 joined the party in Dublin’s Temple Bar last year.The Mullaghduff Pipe Band will lead the Donegal Live entertainment in the afternoon, alongside artists including the Irish Minstrels, CCE, the McHugh Group, the Friel sisters, Paul McKenna Band, the Amadáns and the Wakes.There will also be clowns, face painting, magicians and an Irish ceilidh.Visitors will be able to enjoy stalls showcasing all that Donegal has to offer, from food, trips, accommodation and leisure activities.Hugh Harkin, organiser of Donegal Live, said: “We are delighted to bring the colour and the craic of Ireland to Scotland with Donegal Live.“Scots know how to party just as much as the Irish and, with music, entertainment and fun for all the family, it will be a great day out.” DONEGAL GOES LIVE IN GLASGOW! was last modified: May 1st, 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 LivedonegaldailyGlasgow
Drake (17-7, 12-0 MVC) cruised past Evansville, 101-50, Friday night. The Bulldogs had six players score in double figures with Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) leading the team with 19 points. Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) scored 18 points, Maddy Dean (Walker, Iowa) added 13 points, Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) and Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) had 12 points each and rounding out the group was Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) with 10 points. Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) just missed double digits with eight points, but handed out a career-high nine assists. Dean flirted with a triple-double with nine rebounds and eight assists. TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Drake University women’s basketball team visits Indiana State in Missouri Valley Conference action Sunday afternoon. The game against the Sycamores will start at 1 p.m. broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. As a team, the Bulldogs made a MVC and program-record 20 three-pointers, shot 69.1 percent (38-of-55) from the field and handed out 32 assists. Drake’s shooting percentage is the second-best single game mark in program history. The 32 assists are tied for fourth all-time in MVC history. Drake is just the third team in NCAA Division I to make 20 or more three-point field goals in a game this season joining FGCU & South Florida. Drake Game Notes Live Stats UNI defeated Indiana State (8-14, 6-5 MVC), 56-46, Friday night. The Sycamores pulled to within three points with three minutes left in the game, but the Panthers made seven free throws as part of a 9-2 closing run to earn the road win. Wendi Bibbins led Indiana State with 14 points while Ashli O’Neal added 11 points. Earlier this season, Drake never trailed in the 85-64 win over Indiana State at the Knapp Center. Story Links Live Audio ESPN3 Following Sunday’s game, Drake closes its three-game road trip at UNI on Feb. 16. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the McLeod Center. Print Friendly Version
Nyali golf club in MombasaEight countries will take part in the inaugural Africa Region Four Golf Challenge Cup, which will be hosted in Mombasa on Saturday and Sunday.Kenya, which is keen to market itself as bets sports tourism destination, will be hosting the tournament which brings together over 200 golfers in the coastal city of Mombasa.The eight countries taking part in the Golf Challenge include host Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Seychelles and DR Congo.Kenya’s coach Ali Kimani said his team was strong and will host firm against the challenge of her neighbors eyeing back-to-back victory.“The players are more than ready after the practice round. They have played here before and they know the course very well. We are going for nothing short of a victory,” said Kimani on Saturday.The veteran coach has had successful spells with the Kenyan team and was in charge when the country emerged victorious at the Africa Zone Six Championship in Botswana.Each team apart from DR Congo, which sent two, will be represented by a team of four players.Meanwhile, Kenya Golf Union is hopeful its premier competition – the Kenya Open Golf Championship may soon be promoted from its current status as part of the European Tour’s Challenge to a full European Tour event.The Kenya Open is the only survivor of the Safari circuit of the 70s and 80s. The others died along the way including the Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania legs.South Africa created the Sunshine Tour, which now has one played in Nairobi at the Karen Golf Club and also hosts two events on the European Tour. The Morocco Golf Open is also on the European Tour.Comments
25 May 2006South Africa is a key partner in two new trade programmes designed to increase trade between SA and its neighbours and give emerging farmers in the region access to Europe’s supermarkets.The two programmes, supported by Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) and backed by £4.5-million (R56-million) in British funding, were announced by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and South Africa President Thabo Mbeki following their meeting in London on Wednesday.According to the Cape Argus, the first, four-year programme will see British and South African supermarkets helping vegetable farmers in southern African countries to meet the quality standards required by EU markets.The programme aims to increase the sourcing of products by SA supermarkets from neighbouring countries by 30% by 2010, and to increase international retail sector purchases of high-value agricultural products from southern Africa by 5%.The second programme aims to reduce waiting times at border posts for both smaller traders and larger businesses moving goods between South Africa and Lesotho, South Africa and Mozambique, and Zambia and Zimbabwe.According to The Herald, the programme, backed by £500 000 (R6.2-million) of legal and practical support from Britain’s DFID, will also involve the SA Revenue Service and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).The programme aims to help cut waiting times at the three border posts – among the busiest in southern Africa – by at least 30% by 2010.“If Africa is to achieve the growth necessary to meet the key Millennium Development Goals of halving the number of people in poverty by 2015, the business environment must improve,” Mbeki and Blair said in a joint statement after their meeting.“Today’s trade agreement takes southern Africa another step towards a better business climate.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share 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.