American Samoa determined to beat PNG on home soil

first_imgThere are only two countries taking part in women’s softball at the Pacific Games- American Samoa and PNG.The competition will see the two countries play three games starting next week Wednesday and finishing on Friday.The best of three games will win gold with the latter to settle for silver.Speaking to PNG Loop after a training session this morning, American Samoa coach, Tuna Maae said her team was ready for next week.“Our preparations have been really good. The dirt here is different on these softball diamonds but the girls are getting used to it.“It’s always been PNG and Samoa playing for gold at the Pacific Games and PNG beat us in 2011 to win gold. But we’re determined to beat them and take gold on their home soil,” said Maae.last_img read more

Nietes: We are not yet done and we want to fight the best the world has to offer

first_imgView comments During the victory press conference held in his honor Wednesday at the ABS-CBN offices in Quezon City, Nietes said seeing them (super flyweights) fight at ringside made him realize that they’re not invincible.“I think I can handle them,” said Nietes in Filipino. “I’ve seen them fight and I have an idea on how to penetrate their defenses. They’re really strong so I would need to train hard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMichael Aldeguer, president and CEO of ALA Promotions, said they would decide on the weight most suited for Nietes in the next few weeks.ALA’s chief trainer Edito Villamor, said he and brother Edmund, would be monitoring Nietes’ training weight with conditioning trainer Nick Curson. 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Hotshots take lead MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes. Photo by Mark GiongcoIf ever he gets the go signal to move up to super flyweight, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes would like to challenge for the world title right away.Nietes, who defended his International Boxing Federation flyweight crown by knocking out Argentine Juan Carlos Reveco in the United States on Feb. 24, feels he’s ready to tangle with the heavier champions for his next fight.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimscenter_img LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “We are not yet done and we want to fight the best the world has to offer,” said Nietes.Also present were ABS-CBN S+A head Vince Rodriguez and Sports consultant Peter Musngi.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebacklast_img read more

Light a Moose is on now – a FSJ Hospital Foundation Fundraiser

first_imgFor more information on Light a Moose and how you can help the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation call Adam Reaburn at 787-7100 or e-mail We need your help!!The 6th annual Rhyason Contracting Light a Moose is underway now for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.  We hope to raise over $30,000 by 6pm Friday November 27th.  Click Here to Donate Online- Advertisement -Fort St. John and area residents deserve the very best in health care and your donation can help make this possible.  All the money raised will go towards the Visiting Specialists Clinic.  If you need specialized care, this clinic will allow the doctors to come to you and not the other way around.  This will allow more specialists to come to Fort St. John and help to reduce the ammount of travel Fort St. John residents have to do.Moose FM is broadcast live from the lawn of the Hospital with our 6’ x 12’ sign.  With your donation to the Foundation, we’ll add one light to our sign.  This is year six for Light a Moose. Last year we raised just over $50,000 for the Foundation and the CT Scanner Campaign. You can donate now online, or by calling 250-787-7100 or by visiting us on the lawn of the Hospital.Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – Bruce on Hull, Europe and the new signings

first_imgHull City’s Alex Bruce joined Sam Matterface on Kick Off to look back on the club’s European debut and discuss their preparations for the new Premier League season.The Tigers defender – son of boss Steve – impressed playing in the Europa League stalemate against Slovakian side AS Trencin on Thursday night. Bruce discusses the third qualifying round first leg, how new signings Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass are bedding in, plus the impressive midfield partnership of Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.last_img read more


first_imgA CARDIAC screening session is being held at St Eunan’s GAA club this Saturday – with players from around the county invited to attend.It’s on in the clubhouse on Saturday starting at 10 am and the cost is €45. It is being carried out by a company called Healthy Hearts/Healthy Lives.It is open to male and female players from the age of 14-35 (under 18’s need parental consent) The procedure consists of (1) the filling in of a questionnaire. (2) an E.C.G. which takes approx 7 mins.An Echocardiogram (ECHO) if required. An ECHO can cost up to €350, but is included in the price, again if required.(3) Consultant cardiologist’s report on ECG. (4) Referral to appropriate medical facility if required.People interested can contact the club Health &Wellbeing officer on 086-2498263 and leave a message. *St. Eunans GAA Club shall have no liability to any person availing of the service provided by Healthy Hearts /Healthy Lives for any injury /loss or damage howsoever arising from any negligence/breach of statutory authority on the part of Healthy Hearts/Healthy Lives in any other way out of or in connection with the performance of its service including cardiac screening. OPEN INVITATION TO CARDIAC SCREENING SESSION FOR GAA PLAYERS THIS SATURDAY was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 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:cardiaco’donnell parlScreeningSt Eunanslast_img read more

Orange striping

first_img When the Belmont Learning Center got a name change by Roy Romer, he cleverly disguised this campus in order to open it as a safe school. If the school board goes along with his plans, the sheep that they are, they will be exposing young people to toxic and explosive gases that can and likely will kill some of them. At his age, Roy will not be around to see the suffering and death he promoted with this plan, but the people of Los Angeles will long pay for it and feel the pain from the loss of these kids. Please don’t try to convince me that Los Angeles Unified School District will maintain the environmental systems to prevent danger to the students and faculty. They can’t even maintain the paint on the buildings. – Michael C. Hines West Hills At our expense Re: “Mayor to double city housing fund, back bond issue” (Oct. 27): Mayor Villaraigosa will be proposing a $1 billion bond for “affordable housing.” Fortunately (I hope), such a bond will have to be voted on by the public. What is really questionable about it is why is it supposed to enhance affordability. True, a relatively small, select group would get lower-rent apartments. But that would be achieved at the expense of homeowners and other property owners. Except for the majority of Los Angeles apartments, the bond debt service (over $45 million annually) would be passed on to all commercial property customers and homeowners. Since negligible, if any, property taxes would be paid by the owners of the subsidized buildings occupied by the select group, that void would have to be covered by the rest of the taxpayers. – Victor N. Viereck Valley Village Should have donated Re: “Sheriff’s casino use questioned” (Nov. 8): I just had to respond about Sheriff Lee Baca renewing the concealed weapons permits for the three casino executives. They don’t have professional security at the casino? I find it odd that only three executives need to protect only themselves from “ongoing threats.” Funny, I dedicated 15 years to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff and am still waiting for my retirement identification and weapons endorsement. I guess I should have donated money to Leroy’s campaign. I was subjected to “ongoing” threats for years because of my profession. Why am I being denied something that I have definitely earned, sheriff? – Basil Perkowski Quartz Hill Medicare madness Re: “Seniors weigh options” (Nov. 15): Pardon me for being too simplistic, but couldn’t the Medicare prescription drug plan have been something like this (for the same cost): The government would pay 40 percent of prescription costs up to $4,000; 60 percent up to $6,000; 80 percent up to $8,000; and 100 percent thereafter? But here’s why not. With a simple plan, 2,000 insurance companies wouldn’t need to set up convoluted programs which they would then get hefty fees to administer. Now I understand. – Marty Estrin Verdugo City Lockyer responds Your paper’s reporting and editorializing on the state’s lawsuit against energy giant Sempra regurgitated falsehoods whispered in its ear by Sempra, specifically that I threatened state litigation against Sempra to benefit lawyers in a wholly unrelated private class-action lawsuit. If that had been my goal, I would have caved in and accepted a settlement … Sempra, not I, demanded a “global” settlement that would resolve both the state’s claims and the private action. But the terms they demanded fell far short of providing justice for my clients, the people of California. I sued Sempra for one reason: It became necessary to hold Sempra accountable for the theft it committed. As to the timing, the governor and I decided delay was unwise and decisive action was required. I never have – and never will – decide to settle or litigate any case because it serves the interests of corporations or lawyers. In this case, and all others, I will make decisions based on what best serves the interests of consumers and taxpayers. – Bill Lockyer California attorney general Debtor nation Re: “Imitate Taiwan, Bush tells China” (Nov. 16): Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. President Bush is telling China how to run their country. This, while this country is in debt to China for billions of dollars. To make matters more interesting, we are in debt to them largely because of the war whose purpose was contrived by him and his cronies. – Irving Leemon Northridge Design flaw? Re: “Shoe designer kicks up controversy” (Nov. 17): When I first read about these “special” shoes she is giving to enable people to cross the border into this country, my reaction was anger. After giving it some thought, I realized that, just maybe, she would be giving the Border Patrol a way to identify the illegals. So, maybe it isn’t a bad idea after all. – Ardyne Blackstone Burbank Duffy responds Re: “Payback time,” (Editorials, Nov. 16): I regret having said anything that implied a link between United Teachers Los Angeles’ support for the school bond initiative and a salary increase for teachers. I was wrong. UTLA members worked hard for Measure Y because our students need more schools – schools that are in their neighborhoods and that allow them to attend school on a traditional calendar. But UTLA members also believe it will take more than new buildings to turn around the L.A. Unified School District. To attract and retain teachers, the LAUSD needs to pay teachers competitive salaries. While the district is only obliged to negotiate on pay and benefits during this round of contract talks, UTLA has also proposed lowering class sizes, reducing the number of nonmandatory testing and assessments, and cutting the district’s bloated bureaucracy. All our contract proposals are motivated by a sincere desire to improve LAUSD schools. – A.J. Duffy President United Teachers Los Angeles Not union members In the union of which I am a member, there are no managers or administrators who are members. I can only assume that the same is true of the teachers’, firemen’s and policemen’s unions. What is also true of the members of my union is that none of the members has anything to say about how the administrators spend any of the money. I assume that none of the teachers, firemen or policemen have a say about how their administrators spend the money for those services. Why does everybody blame union members, none of whom are administrators or managers, for the way money for those services is spent? Why aren’t people angry at the administrators and managers? Union members are just normal people trying to make a living on salaries paid by those administrators and managers. – Michael Smith Tarzana Problem solved The ads were right. The election was unnecessary. The state of California need only enroll in one of those credit counseling programs. – Robert R. Wills Woodland Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE Here’s a better idea: Why not paint those motorists who routinely run red lights, disobey traffic signs and drive while talking on their cell phones bright orange? And take away their cars. For all the driving Southern Californians do, you’d think they’d be better at it. – Kevin Burton Smith Palmdale Belmont Re: “School for 2,600 may top $300 million” (Nov. 16): Re: “Strobe lights tested on Orange Line buses in new safety attempt” (Nov. 18): In the event that a decision is made to repaint the new silver buses, you might want to try stripes. Wide vertical stripes in a dark contrasting color (orange or black) would grab the attention fast and save on half the paint. – Gary Mond Valley Glenn Better idea Re: “Strobe lights tested on Orange Line buses in new safety attempt” (Nov. 18): last_img read more

SC Villa appoint Douglas Bamweyana as head coach

first_imgBamweyana has been out of work since leaving Express FC in 2017 (Agency Photos)KAMPALA – Barely a week after Moses Basena resigned as head coach of SC Villa, the Jogoos have decided to appoint former Express FC tactician Douglas Bamweyaya in the role.This was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon when the club availed a three-man technical team to lead them until the close of the 2018/19 season.Joining Bamweyayana will be Sam Timbe, in the capacity of Technical Director and Buddo SS head coach Peter Mugerwa Assistant Coach.Timbe will be Villa’s Technical Director until the season endsBamweyana has been without a job since leaving Express towards the end of last year.For Timbe, he has also been out of work since parting ways with Kenya Premier League side, Tusker Football Club last year.Mugerwa is the current Buddo Secondary School head coach and also guided Buddu to the 2018 Airtel Masaza cup final where they lost to Singo on penalties.Terms of the trio’s employment contracts remain undisclosed.The fate of Nestroy Kizito who has been in charge of training ever since Basena left, remains unknown.SC Villa faces Nyamitybora this coming Friday at Wankulukuku Stadium.The Jogoos are yet to earn maximum points in a single fixture this season after the first eight games and sit third from bottom with only 4 points accumulated so far.Comments Tags: Douglas BamweyanaPeter Mugerwasam timbeSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more

A’s add Parker Bridwell to starting rotation mix

first_imgThe A’s list of candidates for their 2019 starting rotation just added a new member.In need of arms with just a few weeks before spring training, the A’s claimed right-hander Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday. Much like they did with Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson last year, the A’s are taking a flyer on a pitcher coming off a poor season with hopes of capturing some value with a bounce-back year. In Bridwell’s case, his 2018 was one to forget as he posted a …last_img read more

Petra to reopen Kimberley mines

first_img17 September 2007London-listed Petra Diamonds and a local empowerment partner have bought the disused Kimberley Underground mines in the Northern Cape province from De Beers for R78.5-million and plan to restore production within the next six to 12 months.Petra Diamonds said in a statement last week that it had formed a joint venture with Sedibeng Mining, its black economic empowerment (BEE) partner, to acquire the mining and associated assets of the Wesselton, Du Toitspan and Bultfontein mines, which together constitute the Kimberley Underground mines.Petra will own 74% and Sedibent 26% of Kimberley Underground mines, which has an expected lifespan of at least 12 years. De Beers halted its underground operations around Kimberley in late 2005.“Alongside Petra’s highly prospective Angolan exploration assets, the acquisition of Kimberley Underground is an important addition to Petra’s substantial base of producing assets in South Africa,” Petra Diamonds chairman Adonis Pouroulis said.“Together, Kimberley Underground, Koffiefontein and Petra’s fissure mines will contribute an annual production in two years’ time of around 400 000 carats.”Petra expects annual production from Kimberley Underground to be in excess of 100 000 carats, bringing in revenue of approximately US$16-million (R115-million) per year.The company said that it would pay De BeersR15-million in cash, while the remainingR63.5-million would be used to assume De Beers’ rehabilitation obligations for Kimberley Underground mines.According to the company, which has operations in South Africa, Botswana, Angola and Sierra Leone, it will run the mines on a care and maintenance basis on behalf of De Beers until it receives all required mining authorisations from South African authorities to mine in its own right.These include the transfer of mining rights and the transfer and delegation of rehabilitation obligations and various liabilities.Petra diamonds already operates two mines in the Free State province and one each in North West province and the Northern Cape.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Fine Tuning Corn Yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Alan BruglerDTN Contributing AnalystUSDA rolled out another crop production report Thursday, Sept. 12, with the companion World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). Unlike the two most recent editions, this report was a lot closer to trade expectations, generally going in the same direction. Estimated planted and harvested acres were left unchanged from last month. There are still questions about whether permitting corn to be grown as a cover crop will result in a higher abandonment/silage number, resulting in fewer acres harvested for grain. National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) indicated that it might not resolve that question until after the big post-harvest farmer survey in December. Producers are asked to specify silage acres in that survey, with results released in January on the mega report day.NASS cut projected national average corn and soybean yields, which most producers had argued was necessary. The average soy yield was reduced 0.6 bushels per acre (bpa) to 47.9 bpa. The average yield for corn was trimmed 1.3 bpa from last month to 168.2 bpa. Projected average corn yields were reduced from last month in 19 states, and increased in four. In the garden spot of the U.S. this year, the Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri yields were left unchanged from last month’s estimates. Now the fine-tuning begins. Out of the past 20 years, NASS has been too low on final yield in the September report 11 times and too high nine times. The average miss is 3.1% or 269 million bushels (mb). There are a number of ways to get from September to the final number, however.First, we have to remember the methodology NASS is using. The primary horse the analysts are riding is the farmer survey, with 9,624 completed surveys for this September report. NASS fills in the data holes from the farmer surveys with satellite data and with their own objective yield plots. There were 2,905 objective yield plots visited between Aug. 24 and Sept. 1. The satellites tell you what crop is there, and via Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) can give you some correlation between the image and historical yield. Where the satellite images pair up with ground observations, you can calibrate the satellite data. This is the area where most of the ag and weather industry satellite forecasts fall apart. They don’t have enough ground truth samples because they don’t do as many farmer surveys or objective yield plots. The latter is very important because they give you ear counts, ear girth and length that are nearly impossible to measure from a satellite no matter how good your camera is.Speaking of ear counts, they are down this year. Here are the September ear counts per acre for the 10 states tracked for this purpose. None of them have a record-high ear count, as late planting, poor soil conditions, compaction and other issues took a toll. Final ear counts are usually lower than the September number. Compare the Final 2018 to the Sept. 18 column for a general idea.Corn EarsPer AcreFinalFinalFinalFinalFinalFinalSeptSeptMax20132014201520162017201820182019IL301503010030800304503025031500315503030031550IN298503045029150292502885029750300002890030450IA295503015030850305003060030800311503025031150KS222002400023650224502265021700223502155024000MN308503095030450302503060030800308503005030950MO271002790026850271502785027300274002695027900NE257002620026700254002595026800271002585027100OH283002960029600296002915030300307502985030750SD253002445025750254502585028050281002645028100WI289502860028600287502855030450307002985030700Average2779528240282402792528030287452899528000This is the lowest ear count per acre since the 2012 drought. A quick and dirty, unweighted average for the 10 states puts the ear count at 28,000 in September, down 3.5% from last September. If ear weight was identical, you’d expect yield to be 3.5% smaller, i.e. 170.34 bpa. This is only from 10 states, and USDA is actually using something north of 28,100. National average ear weights can vary from a little over .31 pounds per ear to a bit over .36 pounds. Number of kernel rows, kernel depth and ear length all enter into that part of the equation.With the exception of 2018, final ear weights were higher than the one used in September. Since very few of the objective yield plots have been harvested and sent to the lab yet, the ear weight for 2019 is derived from the farmer survey/published yield and the ear count. Producers are basically saying the grain weight is going to be the lightest since 2014 due to smaller ears.To wrap up our little exercise, that yield number is still a moving target. Just about all the data we have at our disposal suggests a below-trend yield, but how much below is a question mark. The elephant in the room — the delayed maturity of the crop — suggests we still have considerable risk of a freeze hitting before all the crop makes it to black layer (maturity). That would hurt grain weight by stopping starch deposition.If something like that happens (the GFS and European models are in some disagreement right now) we also have to remember that it does not typically hit all states equally. If you get a 10% loss on a state that has 3% of U.S. production, that is only a .3% hit on U.S. production.It is a big deal if it is your corn, but otherwise not so much.Alan Brugler may be reached at© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more