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Fruta conquers GDF to win GFF ‘Big Four’ tournament

first_img… Buxton needle Victoria Kings for third placeFRUTA Conquerors toppled National Club Champions, Guyana Defence Force (GDF), 1-0 on Sunday at the Leonora Track and Field Facility, to win the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) ‘Big Four’ tournament, which featured the top four clubs from the STAG Elite League.Thanks to Eon Alleyne’s goal in the 13th minute, Fruta Conquerors walked away with $1.5M while the GDF, winners of the STAG Elite League, will head back to barracks with $700 000.Commenting on his team’s victory, Dellon Williams, captain of the Fruta Conquerors FC, dedicated the win to the hard-working members of the club, stating that preparations were hampered by the inclement weather, leaving a very soggy Tucville Community Ground, the club’s home ground.Nonetheless, Williams said the team showed great strength to battle a hard-nosed GDF side, after facing them, following a 5-1 semi-final win over Victoria Kings at the same venue last Friday.“We executed our game-plan; that’s how we came out victorious. The finishing wasn’t the best but our team plan was to absorb the pressure because we know the Defence Force and how they play, especially in the first 20 minutes of the game,” said Williams.Keevin Sullivan, GDF captain, said that while the club is obviously disappointed by not coming out victorious, they are, however, looking forward to the new season of the STAG Elite League, where they promise to exact revenge.Meanwhile, in the third place game, Keveron Durant scored in the 33rd minute to lift Buxton United over Victoria Kings 1-0 to win $500 000. The Victoria-based team received $300 000.GDF’s Enoch Carmichael was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and rode away with a new Honda XR150L motorcycle.last_img read more

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Hawks steal 5-4 victory in what promises to the the first of many battles between these to Murdoch Division heavyweights

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt this was a taste of what’s to come then hockey fans will not want to miss any of the games this season between Nelson and Beaver Valley.Like two MMA fighters battling it out in the octagon, the Hawks and Leafs gave hockey fans a treat Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena with Beaver Valley scoring the final knockout blow during a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory.“It’s our first intra-division game with either Nelson or Castlegar we’ve had this year . . . so we had a lot of anticipation for this game and I think it’s going to be a battle all year,” said Beaver Valley coach and GM, Terry Jones following the game.The line of Chris Derochie, Ryan Edwards and rookie Craig Martin proved to be the difference once the Hawks got going in the second period.The trio produced nine points with Martin doing most of the damage by netting the hat-trick performance as Beaver Valley rallied from a 3-0 deficit with seven minutes remaining in the second period.“Craig (Martin), Ryan (Edwards) and Chris (Derochie) have really got it going . . . they have an amazing chemistry going right now,” game.“They just find each other and they’re burying the puck when they get a chance.”The early part of the game was as close as it comes to being all Nelson — at least the breaks favoured the home side.After the teams had ventured out into the ring from their perspective corners, it was the Leafs tossing the first haymaker as Colton Schell beat Zach Perehudoff in the Beaver Valley nets.Nelson then went up 2-0 minutes into a seven-minute power play as Patrick Martens tapped in a rebound past Perehudoff on the edge of the goal crease.Even though Martens scored his second of the game midway through the middle frame to give the home side a 3-0 lead, the Leafs may look back on the seven-minute penalty to Bryan Hinchcliffe as missed opportunity for the clinching blow.“When you have a seven-minute advantage there’s got to be more productivity,” said Leaf winger Brett Norman. “I think we only had four shots on that whole power play.”Norman thought the early power play goal by Martens might have allowed the Leafs to let up on the Hawks.“I think we thought when we got the goal it will come to us again just as easy . . . why do we have to work for it,” he said.“On the power play you have to work twice as hard to get what you want.”Beaver Valley climbed back into the game when Martin snapped home a centering pass from Edwards.Ryan Dixon cut the margin to 3-2 before Martin, with his second of the period 11 seconds later, tied the game before the period ended.The third period was up for grabs as both fighters exchanged blows. But Christian Johnson snapped the 3-3 tie on a shot Leaf goalie Andrew Walton would definitely like to have back as the shot seemed to handcuff the veteran backstopper before dribbling into the net.Two minutes later Martin snapped home his third of the game.Nik Newman scored on the power play to cut the margin to 5-4. But Perehudoff slammed the door on the Nelson shooters in the final minute to preserve the victory.Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 27-23 and climb to within a point of Nelson in Murdoch Division standings.The Leafs have little time to rest their wounds as the club travels to Grand Forks Thursday to meet the Bruins.Friday Nelson plays its league high 11th game of the season when the Kimberley Dynamiters pay a visit to the NDCC Arena.Friday Beaver Valley hosts Creston before traveling to Osoyoos to meet the Desert Dogs Saturday.ICE CHIPS: Forward Max Mois started the game for Nelson but watched most of the action from the stands with a bandaged left arm. The result saw Leaf defenceman Cameron Dobransky for the second game move up to the forward line. . . . Patrick Martens, finishing the game with two goals and two assist and the game’s third star, moves into a tie for the Nelson scoring lead with Matti Jmaeff. . . . .The big line for Beaver Valley — Chris Derochie, Ryan Edwards and Craig Martin — hold down the top three stops in the KIJHL scoring race with Edwards (22 points) leading his mates by [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgA well-known Donegal doorman may go completely blind after being attacked with a glass in the face during an unprovoked attack.Ian Balfour who admits attacking doorman Sean Gallagher at the Central Bar. PIc copyright of Northwest News Pix.Sean Gallagher has worked as a doorman at the Central Bar in Letterkenny for the past 16 years. However a court was told that his life changed forever when he was attacked on February 23rd, 2013.The father-of-four had allowed a man into the bar to get a drink of water but told him he would not be served any alcohol as he had already had too much to drink.When he told the man he must then leave the bar, the man turned around and smashed the pint glass into Mr Gallagher’s face.He was struck with such force that blood from the doorman’s face was sent flying over other customers in the pub.Mr Gallagher was rushed to hospital and has had treatment in three different hospitals but has lost the sight in his right eyeThe man who has pleaded guilty to attacking Mr Gallagher appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.Ian Balfour, a father of four and farmer from Ballinaleck outside Enniskillen, was on a stag party with friends when the attack happened.The 38 year old admitted that he had a lot to drink and had got separated from his friends.He claimed to Gardai that he had been gripped in a headlock by Mr Gallagher and that he struck out while the glass was still in his hand.However this account was completely dismissed by other witnesses interviewed by Gardai.Balfour later conceded that he accepted Mr Gallagher’s claims of how the attack happened.He told the court that he could not explain how sorry he was to Mr Gallagher for what had happened on the night and if he could turn back the clock he would.He looked towards Mr Gallagher who was seated in the public gallery and said he was humbly apologizing to him.“From the bottom of my heart I apologise for the injuries I caused you. I came to Letterkenny to have a good time and I don’t know how these events happened.“I honestly and humbly apologise to you. If I could undo what happened, I would.”Reverend Nigel Elliott told the court that he was Mr Balfour’s pastor and he had known him for almost two years.He said that from speaking with him he knew he was genuinely remorseful for the hurt he had caused Mr Gallagher.“If he could turn back the clock he would,” said Rev Elliott.The injured man, Mr Gallagher, took to the stand and outlined how his injuries had changed his life and the lives of his family forever.He said that as well as being a doorman, he was also a small farmer.“I worked at the Central Bar for the past sixteen years. It is my main source of my family income. I am unable to return to work. I always enjoyed doing the job. I met a lot of friends and a lot of people through it. I am no longer able to do this.“My work on my family farm is very difficult and I find a lot of tasks very hard to do. I now need help with tasks I would have done on my own. I find it dangerous around cows when they are calving and around machinery.”He said his insurance premiums have also gone up substantially and he is also conscious that doctors have warned him he may go blind in his other eye.“This is a worry to me and my family as I don’t know what the future holds.“Sometimes I wonder if I will ever see my children grow up and I must carry this with me for the rest of my days,” he said.The court was told that Balfour had €5,000 which he had gathered from family and friends as a gesture to Mr Gallagher.Judge Matthew Deery asked if there was also any legal action being taken in the civil courts.He was told there was.However he queried if Mr Gallagher had much hope for future proceedings if Balfour could only offer €5,000 at present.He added that if Mr Gllaghaer’s life was in seriously difficulty then he needed help now.Barrister for Balfour, Peter Nolan, said he would speak to his client and address the court today.Judge Deery said he will listen to what Balfour has to say and then decide on his judgement.WELL-KNOWN DOORMAN TOLD HE MAY GO BLIND AFTER BEING GLASSED IN THE FACE was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:BlindCentral BardonegaldormanEnniskillenglassedIAN BALFOURletterkennysean gallagherlast_img read more

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Farm program payments revisited: Farmers may choose between counties

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers with the administration of their farms consolidated at one FSA office may want to examine their 2014 and 2015 ARC-CO payment calculations. Original 2014 ARC-CO payments were calculated on the average yields for the administrative FSA office county, regardless of where the land was physically located. Recently FSA announced that farmers could elect to have the 2014 and/or the 2015 ARC-CO payments calculated on the county in which the land is physically located. For some farms this would be financially beneficial and needs to be requested by April 15, 2016. FSA has calculated the results for the 2014 payments and for the farms where this election is beneficial, farmers simply need to sign the forms at their local FSA office. This will only affect farmers with land in more than one county.I have created some visual maps for farmers to reference for the 2014 payments received in October of 2015. These maps give a quick visual for ARC-CO corn, soybean, and wheat payments by county with payments rounded to the nearest dollar. Farmers can quickly look to see if the land in a neighboring county, that is not their administrative county, had a significantly different payment. Based on this information, they can decide if they want to elect to be paid based on the farmland’s county. For 2014 this decision is very easy since payment rates are known (check with your local FSA office to determine exact payment changes). Here is an example.Example 1: Fisher Farms have land in Ross and Pike Counties. Their original 2014 ARC-CO payment which was received in October 2015 was based on Ross County payment rates. They can now elect to have the land in Pike County be based on Pike County payment rates. Examining the maps below, he would give up $2 per acre on the corn base but gain $32 per acre on the soybean base. There was no payment in either county for wheat base acres. Depending on the number of base acres of corn and soybeans, this could be a beneficial decision to make.The prices listed on the maps for both 2014 and 2015 are estimated for the actual payment rate per acre. However, if farmers want to estimate ARC-CO payments for their farm, they would need to make two adjustments. First the program pays on 85% of the base acres, one would need to multiply the amount by 85% to adjust for this reduction. Secondly there would need to be an adjustment for sequestration created by congress. In 2014 it sequestration equaled a 6.8% reduction and is anticipated to be a 7.3% reduction for 2015. Example: Farm payment, based on the maps, would be $1,000 and 85% of this would be $850. Subtracting the sequestration amount of 6.8% would leave an estimated payment of $792. I would exercise caution in using the calculated amount as a guarantee income for 2016, but it would provide a close estimation if all the assumptions hold true in this example.The decision for the 2015 crop year is a little more challenging since all the data is currently not available. I have estimated the payments for the three main Ohio crops based on National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) yield data from 2015. This will be a close estimation; however, historically FSA yields run a few bushels per acre less. In reality, using a slightly higher yield will overestimate the 2015 crop revenue, and underestimate the potential ARC-CO payments. The other piece of information that is necessary to properly calculate the 2015 ARC-CO payments in the 2015 Market Year Average (MYA) price for each crop. Farm Services Agency releases an estimation of the MYA prices each month and the Feb. 9 release has $3.60 corn, $8.80 soybeans, and $5 wheat. At the current estimated corn and soybean MYA, most counties will come close to reaching maximum ARC-CO payments, so I also included (in parentheses) estimated payments for $3.80 MYA corn and $9.20 MYA soybean prices.With the higher MYA prices, actual farm revenue increased, lowering the ARC-CO payments in several counties. ARC-CO estimated payments for counties with only one number listed were unaffected by the change in MYA prices. Here are couple examples using the maps below.Example 2: Estadt Farms have land in both Ross and Pickaway Counties and they have Ross County FSA office as their administrative county. If they elect to have the ARC-CO payments for land in Pickaway County based on the Pickaway County’s revenue guarantee, crop yields, etc. for 2015, they would gain $12 per corn base acre, $58 per soybean base acre, and $29 per wheat base acre. However, if Pickaway was their administrative county, they would not want to elect to have their Ross County land ARC-CO payments based on Ross County.Example 3: Londo farms have land in both Marion and Union Counties and have Marion County FSA as their administrative office. They need to determine if electing to have the Union County land ARC-CO payments based on Union County data would be beneficial. Looking at the maps and using the current MYA price estimates, they would lose $5 per corn base acre, lose $20 per soybean base acre, and gain $23 per wheat base acre (assuming all three crops were enrolled in ARC-CO). In this example, there would need to be significant wheat base acres to even consider making the change. If the farm was administered in Union County, having the Marion County land ARC-CO payments based on Marion County data would be quite advantageous.Farmers with land in more than one county have until April 15th to make the independent decisions for 2014 and 2015’s ARC-CO payments. This does not affect farms enrolled in ARC-Individual or the PLC program. The 2015 estimates are based on current best information provided by Farm Services Agency and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. These numbers can change in the coming months and these are provided as a guide. Please use your own judgment and assumptions when making the determination for the 2015 ARC-CO payment county decision.For the remaining years of this Farm Program (2016-2018), farmers will need to separate land in different counties into their own farm number if they want to capture the different payment calculations. The deadline to make that change will be later this fall. Additional information regarding that selection will be released later in the summer.For the associated maps, click here: Farm Program Payments Revisited1last_img read more

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Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team on

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “We need to rebound for our kuyas (older brothers),” said Kiefer Ravena on Thursday in the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “It’s a motivation for us to want (the gold) even more and be hungrier.”Gilas assistant coach Jimmy Alapag praised these group for feeling that way, noting that it’s just natural for this team to seek redemption to make up for the loss incurred by their Fiba Asia counterparts.“Of course, if you see your brother and see him fall short of a goal, as the younger brother, I think you wanna go out there and make everyone here at home forget about the loss from last night. The only way you do that and go to the SEA Games and put another great effort and do our best to win a gold medal,” he said.With the Philippines relegated to the classification phase for fifth to eighth place in the Asian championship, the SEA Games roster knows that the pressure is now on them as they eye to win the gold medal for the 18th time.“It’s our turn for redemption,” said Amer. “We have to defend our kuyas. We know the weight they are carrying because all of us are watching them. So with the SEA Games, we know all eyes will now be on us. We just want to help them and protect our fort. All we want when we come home here is that we’re all going to be happy.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Mark GiongcoBaser Amer said he had a hard time sleeping after Gilas Pilipinas bowed out of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in a humiliating 118-86 defeat to Korea early Thursday morning.“When they got blown out, I struggled to get some sleep,” he shared in Filipino. “I took it really hard because us Filipinos doesn’t want to lose.”ADVERTISEMENT NCAA Season 93: San Beda ekes out win over Perpetual Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Amer wasn’t only one who went to bed in a gloomy mood as thousands of Filipinos stayed up late only to witness the national team fail to advance past the quarterfinals.What made the defeat tougher to swallow was it came at the hands of its fierce rival Koreans, who continued to own the Philippines’ number in continental tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Philippines has a chance to avenge that failed bid in Fiba Asia with a strong showing in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, which will be represented by the younger members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.And that’s actually one of the the motivations for the SEA Games-bound Gilas crew. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoEx-West Ham defender Collins rips up Aston Villa deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-West Ham defender Collins rips up Aston Villa dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer West Ham defender James Collins has ripped up his contract at Aston Villa.The Mirror says Collins has ripped up a £50,000 contract at Aston Villa after injuring himself just an hour after signing it.Unattached former Welsh international defender Collins has been training with Championship Villa this term after leaving West Ham.Dean Smith tabled a short-term deal worth around £10,000-a-week until the end of January to secure experience and cover at the back.But Collins went out to train later that morning and promptly injured his calf.The star, frustrated with himself, then trooped back inside Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground and tore up the paperwork. last_img read more

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10 months agoNewcastle targeting Leeds striker Kemar Roofe

first_imgNewcastle targeting Leeds striker Kemar Roofeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are targeting Leeds striker Kemar Roofe.The Mirror says Rafa Benitez is considering a move for Roofe — if funds for new signings are made available to him.The 25-year-old has scored 13 goals in 18 games for the Championship promotion chasers.And Toon boss Benitez knows he’d bring the firepower he is looking to add at St James’ Park.Leeds, however, are well aware that Roofe’s goals will be vital to them if they want to reach the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoAC Milan coach Giampaolo admits ‘much to improve’ after beating Verona

first_imgAC Milan coach Giampaolo admits ‘much to improve’ after beating Veronaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo refused to get carried away after their 1-0 defeat of Hellas Verona.Mariusz Stepinski saw red in the first-half, but Milan only edged the game thanks to a Krzysztof Piatek penalty.“The team is working well, is finding its balance and I know there are some strengths and weaknesses, but I work to improve the individuals and the teams,” Giampaolo told Sky Sport Italia.“Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, there is no perfect side. I like the effort and passion we put into the game, then errors can happen.“The team played well in the second half, with the right approach and precision. A team that defends with 10 men in their final third are difficult to break down. Verona played their honest defensive game and we were constantly pushing forward. We didn’t do it perfectly and of course there is plenty to work on and improve, but the victory helps us to work.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Ohio State Sent A Valentine To The Mother Of 2016 4-Star LB Brendan Ferns

first_imgOhio State sends Valentine to mother of recruit.There’s a reason why Urban Meyer is one of the country’s best recruiters. The Ohio State coach and his staff are thorough – ridiculously thorough. The Buckeyes’ recruiting staff sent a Block O Valentine’s Day card to the mother of Brendan Ferns, a four-star linebacker in the 2016 class considering Ohio State. Here it is: Ohio State coaches with a smart mailer. Sent valentine cards to mom of 2016 Brendan Ferns.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) February 14, 2015Ferns, a 6-foot-3, 223-pound linebacker out of Saint Clairsville, Ohio, is ranked the No. 2 inside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. He is reportedly considering OSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma and West Virginia, among other schools. [11W]last_img read more