LATEST STORIES Playing in high altitude, the Azkals took awhile to settle into the match. The first chance came in the 21st minute when Iain Ramsay found De Murga inside the box only for the defender to send his shot over the bar.Well drilled and disciplined defensively for most of the contest, the Nepalese rode their luck in stoppage time. Neil Etheridge’s free kick picked out De Murga, whose header rattled the crossbar as the Azkals came within inches of qualifying with a game to spare.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from goalnepal.comHeld to a third straight draw, this time by a team 60 places below their Fifa ranking, the margin of error just got smaller for the Philippine Azkals in AFC Asian Cup qualifying.The Azkals failed to score for the first time in the qualifying stage as they settled for a goalless stalemate with Nepal Tuesday night at ANFA Stadium in Kathmandu.ADVERTISEMENT The result still puts the Azkals in pole position to clinch one of the two Asian Cup berths at stake in the group, but they need at least a draw when they clash with Tajikistan at home on March 27.The Azkals remain on top with nine points with Tajikistan and Yemen, which will play in Qatar late Tuesday, three points behind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“It’s a disappointing result, but it could have been worse considering what the team had to go through in the buildup to the match,” Azkals manager Dan Palami said.The long-time manager rued the lack of preparation for the all-important match, after the national team had a request for a few Philippines Football League games to be rescheduled turned down, putting additional load on some of the players in the national side. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Does Manny agree with Freddie Roach? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It also did not help that the Azkals missed key players Manny Ott, Javier Patino and Amani Aguinaldo to injuries. But this was the match that the Azkals could have easily coasted through had they finished their chances early.The Azkals were also held to back-to-back draws by Yemen, which would have given them a more comfortable route to the 2019 tournament.Carlie De Murga and Simone Rota headed over the bar in the first half, where Mike Ott also failed to finish with only the Nepalese keeper to beat.De Murga also rattled the crossbar in second half stoppage time, just after Daisuke Sato saw his header cleared off the line.“Playing against Nepal in Nepal is always a problem for visiting teams,” said Palami. “This is no exception. They were lucky today, but if we managed to convert one of those chances early on we could have controlled the match.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Friday said that Government’s fast tracking of oil production in 2020 is “inextricably linked” with the 55-year-old border controversy with neighbouring Venezuela. He explained that this was neither coincidence nor happenstance.Delivering a presentation at the inaugural Guyana Oil and Gas Law Training Development Conference, the Natural Resources Minister said pushing for first oil in 2020 is a strategic move against the claims by the western neighbour over waters offshore Guyana that are being explored for oil by US oil giant ExxonMobil.The Nicholas Maduro Government had issued a decree late May 2015, claiming most of Guyana’s territorial waters, including the location where the Liza Field is — some 120 miles off Clonbrook-Mahaica. This claim was relayed weeks after Exxon had announced the discovery of oil in commercial quantities.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanThat decree was subsequently withdrawn after its delineation found itself extending into the Surinamese and Barbadian waters. But according to Minister Trotman, the intension of the neighbouring country was made clear, and so the Coalition Administration had to take actions that would cement its sovereignty over the territory.Against this backdrop, the Natural Resources Minister outlined, it was imperative that Government anchor a company to explore and ultimately produce oil, hence it opted only to “tweak” the 1999 Production Sharing Agreement and fast track oil production, instead of having re-negotiated better benefits, which may have driven away the company.A section of the gathering at the first Oil and Gas Law Conference being held at the Ramada Princess Hotel“Because of the withdrawing of the lines by Venezuela, it was important for Guyana to move production as quickly as possible so that we can assert when we got to Court that production was taking place within the territorial waters of Guyana. That would become an indisputable fact before a Court of Law,” said Minister Trotman.Trotman, a lawyer by profession, went on to argue that if no production is taking place, the location of the well would become a matter for dispute.“So getting to production was strategic, because it had to do with sovereignty,” he asserted.After years of mediation, the United Nations Secretary-General in January announced that the border controversy between the two neighbouring States would be sent to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for resolution, a decision which the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has not accepted.In the meantime, ExxonMobil is continuing to meet success in its exploration, making its seventh discovery of “high quality” commercial oil offshore Guyana last month. According to the company, this will help bring Guyana’s production to more than 500,000 barrels per day.To this end, the Natural Resources Minister told the gathering of members from the local legal fraternity on Friday that preparations are already underway to commence oil production in 2020.The two-day conference, organised by the Judiciary and the Guyana Bar Association, saw the attendance of judges, magistrates and attorneys-at-law from around the country, who will be “Exploring the legal framework in oil and gas law”.This event has been dubbed as timely, given the emergence of a local oil and gas sector. In fact, President of the Bar Association, Kamal Ramkarran, noted that the hosting of the conference is the first step that the local legal profession is taking to better understand and learn the legal aspect of the emerging oil and gas industry.“It is our duty to know and understand as much as we can…on what the law is and what it should be. Enhancing our knowledge of how things have worked or not worked elsewhere can only lead to us ensuring that things do work to bring the greatest benefit possible of our natural resources to Guyana and its citizens,” Ramkarran remarked.Meanwhile, acting Chancellor, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, in brief remarks, posited that the legal profession must be proactive in embracing the oil and gas industry.“We, the Bar and Bench, have seen that vision; we’ve seen the need to sharpen our legal skills using the powerful weapon of education… There are various learning theories which provide that conceptual framework to describe how knowledge is absorbed, how it is processed, how it is retained, and how it obtained. But for us, in the legal fraternity, learning is continuous, and we know the benefits of continuing legal education,” she stated.Among the presenters from around the region during the two-day conference was Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law, UWI St Augustine Campus, Alicia Elias-Roberts. The Guyana-born legal luminary, who has pioneer legal education in oil and gas in the region, is leading the training, which she said is not only timely but relevant to what is currently obtaining in Guyana.“I’ll endeavour over the course of the two days to deliver training based upon my experience…to lay the foundation during this conference about lessons learnt from other hydrocarbon economies, so the agenda is truly aligned to many of the issues facing the energy sector in Guyana…“I cannot overemphasise the long-term implications that our discussions here will have on the future of the energy sector and the economy,” she noted.Elias-Roberts will be assisted during the conference by Senior State Counsel of the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries in Trinidad and Tobago, Indranie Rampaul-Cheddi.
We’re rapidly approaching the halfway point of the 2015/16 season and some of the usual suspects have been racking up impressive statistics so far this campaign.With European leagues across the continent preparing to put their feet up over the winter break, Premier League players have the opportunity to continue their individual tallys.Only two Premier League players, both from the same club, currently make the top ten in terms of combined goals and assists in Europe’s top five leagues this season.Perhaps more astonishingly is that neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi make the top ten, with the latter’s injury-plagued season contibuting to a comparatively paltry return.So who has starred in their absence? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to find out who tops the charts.Statistics correct up to and including 14 December 2015 10 6=. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 17 (13 goals, 4 assists) 4=. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) – 18 (11 goals, 7 assists) 6=. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – 17 (15 goals, 2 assists) 9=. Michy Batshuayi (Marseille) has had key involvement in 16 goals so far this season (11 goals, 5 assists) – click the arrow above to see which players from Europe’s top five leagues can better these stats 6=. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) – 17 (13 goals, 4 assists) 10 10 10 10 2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) – 20 (14 goals, 6 assists) 4=. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 18 (15 goals, 3 assists) 10 10 10 3. Neymar (Barcelona) – 19 (14 goals, 5 assists) 10 10 9=. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) – 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) 1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – 22 (18 goals, 4 assists)
Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on his side’s second-half display in the 1-1 draw at Fulham.Kenwyne Jones netted his fourth goal in five games to earn the Bluebirds a point, after Tim Hoogland had put the home side in front in the 22nd minute.Solskjaer admitted he had to give his side a verbal volley at the break after a below-par first half but was delighted with the response in the second period.He said: “They were a completely different side. The only thing [missing] was getting more shots on goal.“It wasn’t anything practical we had to change. We just had to move the ball quicker.“Fulham have got talented players. They played some slick passes and deserved the lead.“There were a couple of times they could have scored a second and that would have been much more difficult [to come back from].“The attitude and reaction in the second half was very pleasing.“Any game away from home you’re going to be under pressure and you just have to withstand it.”Solskjaer added he wasn’t looking to add to his squad with the transfer deadline looming – but wouldn’t rule out moving players on.He said: “I am very happy with this squad of players.“We’ve done our business very early and I’m not looking for anything in particular. If something really spectacular comes up, we will maybe look at it.“We will see Tuesday morning who’s here and who’s not.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
It has been a storied year for the country, and for Brand South Africa. It started with a new chair at the African Union and passed many milestones along the way: from the deaths of musicians to the growth of women in an entrepreneurial world, among others, all underscored by the celebration of the centenary of the birth of OR Tambo.Buhle Mthethwa started writing The Big Fat Naughty Cat when she was nine years old. (Image supplied)Brand South Africa reporterAs always, it has been an interesting year in South Africa, one of uplift and some hardship. It has been a year of new beginnings and renewals, as well as endings. It’s been a year in which we have celebrated female entrepreneurs, children have embraced the digital world and we have all rejoiced as South African films and actors have made an impression internationally.We look back at the some of the stories that shaped 2017.The year began with change, with Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat replacing South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the chairperson of the African Union. We also took time out to introduce South Africa to The Skyscrapers, a Cape Town trio of pre-teen musicians taking South Africa by storm with their catchy pop music.January ended with the sad news of the death of South African gospel star Lundi Tyamara. His life, filled with tragedy and struggle, inspired the fans of the prince of South African gospel.Lundi Tyamara was one of the biggest selling gospel artists in South Africa, selling over 3 million albums. Tyamara died, aged 38, on 27 January 2017. (Image: Gallo Music)In February, we celebrated female entrepreneurs changing the face of their sectors. Mosibudi Makgato and Rosemary Padi’s YaMama Ginger Beer is winning fans looking for a truly African take on an old favourite.Mosibudi Makgato and Rosemary Padi, founders of YaMama Gemmer, want to distribute their traditional ginger beer internationally. “Our product must be something that is on tourists’ list to get whenever they come to South Africa.” (Image: Melissa Javan)In the traditionally white and male mining sector, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi continued to break new ground for women.March was a month of news good and sad for South Africa. We crowned a new Miss SA, who went on to win the Miss Universe crown in November. Route 62, the drive from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn, was also named the best and most scenic roadtrip in the world by CNN Travel.Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is crowned Miss Universe in Las Vegas on 27 November 2017. (Image: Miss Universe website)It was also the month in which we said goodbye to two people who changed the world in their own inherent way. Early in the month, celebrated actor Joe Mafela was killed in a road accident, and the month ended with the death of former Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada.Freedom Day came in April, a time to reflect on how far we had come as a nation and to celebrate those who helped its birth. We celebrated the lesser known heroes of our liberation, as well as pioneering medical researcher, Dr Glenda Gray, showing the world our good story.The more things change the more they stay the same. In May, we visited two education initiatives that celebrate old and new South Africa. In Umlazi, eThekwini, NPO Codemakers began a project to help learners understand computer programme coding. May is also Africa Month, and we celebrated the first batch of North West University indigenous knowledge systems graduates. The dancers went on to win international acclaim later in the year, but in May we attended the ATKV Riel Dance Competition.The RooiRots Riel Dancers from Elizabethfontein.In June, we met some of the most inspiring people in the country. From a youthful neurosurgeon to an urban farmer and entrepreneur changing his community using the humble vegetable, spinach, as well as a grandmother showing young explorers the beauty of Africa, we discovered them.Entrepreneur Lufefe Nomjana (Image: Spinach King / Espinaca Innovations)However, whatever else was happening in June, the country came to a standstill for the Comrades Marathon.As did the rest of the world, the following month South Africans celebrated the legacy of Nelson Mandela by devoting 67 minutes of their day to give back in his name. This year, Brand South Africa joined the men’s national hockey team volunteering at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Johannesburg.Inxeba, also known as The Wound, had its African premiere at the 38th Durban International Film Festival in July. It opens in South African theatres in February 2017. (Image: YouTube)We celebrated the success of isiXhosa movie Inxeba, which movingly explores the conflict of traditional rites of manhood, when initiates “go to the mountain”, with awakening pride in gay identity. And we cheered the success of the women-led Social Coding programme, initiatives to teach girls about coding and inspire them to become innovators. In July, Unesco’s World Heritage Committee also took the decision to list ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape as a world heritage site.The ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape is inscribed as a world heritage site in July 2017. (Image: Francois Odendaal Productions, via Unesco)Sadly, legendary South African guitarist Ray Phiri died of cancer at the age of 70.Ray Phiri was best known for his work with the legendary South African band Stimela and his collaborations with US singer Paul Simon. The self-taught guitarist and singer died in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, on 12 July 2017, following a battle with lung cancer. (Image: Wikipedia)In August, Brand South Africa launched its new Play Your Part television series. Broadcast weekly on SABC2, it explores active citizenship in South Africa. Once more women led the way as entrepreneurs and educators. Pretoria honey maker and bee keeper Mokgadi Mabela brought honey to South African homes while delegates at the Top Women Conference made it clear that women needed to lead the digital economy.Of heroes, in KwaZulu-Natal they used a new global positioning app to bring medical services to townships and a new fictional superhero was born in Lagos.A panel from the forthcoming Blessing In Disguise Marvel comic book, featuring Ngozi, a Nigerian girl coming to grips with her new superpowers. The title was written by acclaimed science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor. (Image: Marvel Comics)Global South Africans did the country proud through September. Comedian Trevor Noah won an entertainment Emmy for his work on The Daily Show and singer Toya Delazy became the voice of the fourth Powerpuff Girl. Town planner Mthobisi Masinga was invited to present his innovative research on rural land development at the International Society for City and Regional Planners’ Annual Congress in Portland, while chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu’s new cookbook, Through The Eyes of an African Chef, proved successful at the Frankfurt Book Fair.Dr Meneses-Turino at work saving lives in Nepal. (Image: Gift of the Givers)Also in September, world-renowned South African humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers quietly celebrated its 25th anniversary.In this, the centenary of the birth of Oliver Reginald Tambo, South Africa feted the statesman by unveiling a statue in his honour at OR Tambo International Airport. We also remembered the stirring oratory he brought to the liberation struggle.To honour the memory of late ANC president Oliver Tambo, a statue is unveiled at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on 19 October 2017, which was declared the Year of OR Tambo by the national government. (Image: Tambo Foundation, Twitter)Brand South Africa was also recognised internationally through its nomination for a 2017 City Nation Place Awards in the Best Expression of Place Identity through Design category. With great stories to tell, such as commemorating Lucky Dube or acknowledging Ponte Tower’s place in architectural history, was it really that much of a surprise?Lucky Dube was one of South Africa’s best known and most successful musicians. He died on 18 October 2007. (Image: Gallo Music South Africa)The agency celebrates the power of South Africans busy changing their world in big and small ways. In November, we lionised Nisha Varghese, an East London woman with cerebal palsy who works to help children born with clubfoot, and chef Chantel Dartnall, the best female chef in the world for 2017 and the only South African listed in the world’s top 100 chefs.Nisha Varghese has an online campaign to raise money for at least 50 children who are born with clubfoot to get treatment. Varghese with her mother, Anne, and Play Your Part ambassador Catherine Constantinides (right). (Images supplied)November was also set aside to celebrate entrepreneurs through the South African Premier Business Awards and the Top 20 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Awards.We saved the most heartwarming story for last: in December, we spoke to Buhle Mthethwa, a 10-year-old girl on a mission to instil a culture of reading in her peers, one book at a time, starting with her own, The Big Fat Naughty Cat.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Research on applying liquid livestock manure as a spring top-dress fertilizer to wheat has been ongoing in Ohio for several years. There is usually a window of time, typically around the last week of March or the first week of April, when fields are firm enough to support manure application equipment. The wheat fields have broken dormancy and are actively pulling nutrients from the soil.The key to applying the correct amount of manure to fertilize wheat is to know the manure’s nitrogen content. Most manure tests reveal total nitrogen, ammonia nitrogen and organic nitrogen amounts. The ammonia nitrogen portion is readily available for plant growth. The organic nitrogen portion takes considerably longer to mineralize and generally will not be available when wheat uptakes the majority of its nitrogen in the months of April and May.Some manure tests also list a “first year availability” nitrogen amount. This number is basically the ammonia nitrogen portion of the manure plus about half the organic nitrogen portion. Again, for the purpose of fertilizing wheat, the organic portion of the nitrogen should not be considered available in time to impact yields.Most deep-pit swine finishing manure will contain between 32 and 45 pounds of ammonia nitrogen per 1,000 gallons. Finishing buildings with bowl waters and other water conservation systems can result in nitrogen amounts towards the upper end of this range. Finishing buildings with fixed nipple waters and surface water occasionally entering the pit can result in nitrogen amounts towards the lower end of this range.To capture the most nutrients from manure farmers should consider incorporation. Incorporation can result in less nitrogen loss and can especially reduce the loss of dissolved reactive phosphorus. Unfortunately, there are very few toolbars designed to incorporate manure into wheat.Three years of on-farm wheat top-dress results are summarized in Table 1. Each field trial was replicated four times. In each plot, the manure ammonia nitrogen application rate was similar to the nitrogen amount in the urea fertilizer; typically about 100 pounds per acre. The manure was applied using a 4,800 gallon tanker with a Peecon toolbar 13.5 feet in width. This toolbar cut the soil surface with a straight coulter and a boot applied the manure over the soil opening. Urea was applied using a standard fertilizer buggy.Table 1. On-farm Swine Fishing Manure Topdressing of Wheat Results (bu/ac)YearSwine manure (surface applied)*Swine manure (incorporated)UreaDate of nutrient application2009127.5a125.4a128.2aApril 7th200863.1a61.4a62.9aApril 3rd2007102.2a98.0a96.5bMarch 28th*Incorporation was performed with a modified Peecan toolbar attached to a 4,800 gallon tankerIn addition to the Peecon toolbar, OSU Extension as also conducted manure research on wheat using the both the Veenhuizen toolbar and Aerway toolbar. All toolbars cutting through the soil cause some disruption to the growing wheat but side-by-side yield comparisons with convention surface applied fertilizer have rarely shown any difference in yields.Some Ohio commercial dragline operators are routinely applying livestock manure to wheat each spring. This practice is gaining acceptance as it’s faster and more efficient than manure application with a tanker. The risk of soil compaction is also reduced.Dairy manure has been utilized with on-farm research plots when topdressing wheat. Dairy manure contains far less ammonia nitrogen per 1,000 gallons than swine finishing manure and does not consistently produce wheat yields similar to commercial fertilizer. Research on dairy manure as a top-dress to wheat by adding 28%UAN to the dairy manure to increase its fertilizer value has produced wheat yields similar to commercial nitrogen.When applying livestock manure to wheat it’s recommended to follow the NRCS #633 Waste Utilization Standard to minimize potential environmental impacts. These standards include a 35 foot wide vegetative filter strip setback from ditches and streams. Applicators also need to look at the weather forecast to be certain there is not greater than a 50 percent chance of a half-inch of rain in the following 24 hours. Print this forecast out so you have proof in the event of a surprise downpour.Additional on-farm manure top-dress of wheat plot results can be obtained by clicking on the on-farm research link on the OSU Extension Agronomics Crops team website at http://agcrops.osu.edu/
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The jubilation on Ronjan Sodhi’s face after he clinched the silver medal in the Commonwealth Games double trap singles did manage to conceal the slight disappointment of missing out on a much-awaited gold at home.Yet, credit must go to England’s Stevan Walton, who won his first gold in a major international competition with a brilliant effort under pressure against world record holder Sodhi and junior world champion Asher Noria at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.It was another good day for India, with the men’s pistol teams clinching two more gold medals – in the 25m rapid fire and the 10m air pistol pairs event. Gurpreet Singh was the big winner on the day, having been a part of both teams, partnering Vijay Kumar and Omkar Singh respectively.This was also Omkar’s second gold of the Games, to add to one silver. There was a buzz of anticipation at the outdoor shotgun range ahead of the final as a full house waited to see if Sodhi and 17-year-old Noria, both having qualified with 139 points, could somehow find a way past Walton, who was at a Games qualification record 143.All three shot 47 in the final while Isle of Man’s Tim Kneale, who had qualified with an astonishing 140, hit 46 to finish tied with the Indians for second. In the ensuing tie-shoot, Sodhi held his nerve to shoot eight birds while Noria and Kneale could only manage seven each. Kneale then hit another six to Noria’s five to clinch the bronze. But Sodhi said his good form had put extra pressure on him.advertisement”The fact that I have been shooting very high scores this year did add a little bit of pressure.” Meanwhile, it was a comprehensive victory for the Indians in the first event of the day, the 25m rapid fire pistol pairs. Vijay and Gurpreet blew away the old Games record of 1,134 (set by Vijay and Pemba Tamang in Melbourne) by shooting 1,162 points.Gurpreet was part of another Games record when he and Omkar shot 1,163 in the 10m air pistol pairs in the latter part of the day. Omkar seemed to carry on from his brilliant performance in the 50m free pistol the previous day, shooting 587/600, while Gurpreet supported him well and shot 576.The pair finished 20 points ahead of England’s Nick Baxter and Games legend Mick Gault. But there was some heartbreak for Indian shooting fans when, for the first time in these Games, the country failed to win a medal in an event.This was in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event, where Lajja Gauswami finished sixth with a total of 666.8 points (570 + 96.8). World champion Tejaswini Sawant was a huge disappointment as she finished ninth with 568 points, after struggling in the standing stage where she shot only 179.The gold was won by 16-year-old Australian Alethea Sedgman, who scored 676 points, while both the silver and bronze medals went to Singapore thanks to Xiang Wei Jasmine Ser and Aqilah Sudhir respectively.