Raonic reverses result on Federer

first_img It was a boost coming off a troubled end to 2015, when Raonic missed the last three weeks with a back problem, having missed the French Open earlier in the season with a foot injury, parted company with Ljubicic and finished out of the top 10. “It does great things – it signifies within the team how concrete and good the work we’re doing is,” Raonic said of his win. “At the same time, with the difficulties I’ve had last year, it’s maybe a good way for me to show the other guys I will face going in Melbourne, you know, I’ve got my stuff back together and I can play some good tennis again.” Raonic attacked top-seeded Federer with his booming serve and forehand, as expected, but also went to the net 13 times in the first set and won 10 of those points to put him on course for the win. Federer, who went 6-5 in finals in 2015 – with all five losses coming to top-ranked Novak Djokovic – struggled earlier in the week with lingering flu-like symptoms, but improved with four matches in four days, including wins over Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals and Dominic Thiem in the semis. Raonic “did well. It was a tough match – (my) legs were a little bit wobbly,” Federer said. “Still, considering the week I’ve had, I’m actually quite happy. That’s why I’m not down or anything or disappointed. “If I would’ve known I would’ve made the finals five days ago I would’ve been unbelievably happy.” BIG BOOST BRISBANE, Australia (AP): Milos Raonic got one back on Roger Federer to start the new season. After losing coach Ivan Ljubicic to the Federer camp leading into 2016, Raonic achieved something nobody else born in the 1990s has managed to do against the 17-time major winner – beat him twice. The 25-year-old Canadian broke Federer’s serve once in each set of a 6-4, 6-4 win yesterday in the Brisbane International decider, reversing the outcome of their meeting in last year’s final at the Australian Open warm-up tournament. Ljubicic was in Federer’s corner for the final. Carlos Moya, who will join Raonic’s coaching crew, doesn’t arrive in Australia until next week. He’s got a good base to work off, starting with Raonic’s eighth career title and only his second win in 11 matches against Federer.last_img read more

Aurora farmer slapped with burglary charge

first_imgDoodnauth Mohanlall, 22, of Aurora Village, Essequibo Coast, was slapped with a burglary charge and appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.The man pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on the night of May 18, 2016 he broke and entered the dwelling place of Arjun Bisnauth and stole two wristwatches valued $30,000 and $3000.He pleaded not guilty to the charge and told the court he did not steal the items. He also told the court he lives at Aurora Estate with his mother and brother and gave his profession as farmer.There were no objections to bail by Police Prosecutor Haimraj Ramsewack and as such it was set at $30,000.The case will continue on June 2.last_img


first_imgFormer Donegal All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness is to release one of the most eagerly-awaited sports books of 2015.Jim McGuinness is to reveal all in a new book.The book entitled ‘Until Victory Always’ will be published on Amazon.co.uk on October 23 this year, just over a year since making the decision to step down as Donegal manager.The book, set to be a best-seller, looks set to lift the lift on one of the great sporting stories in Irish sporting history. It is not known if McGuinness will tackle the controversial dropping of Kevin Cassidy or the inner secrets of the Donegal camp.But the book looks set to be a huge money-spinner for the Glenties man and will literally walk off the shelves.The synopsis of the book reads: “When Jim McGuinness took over as manager of the Donegal senior football team in the autumn of 2010, they’d been dismissed as a joke; a bunch of dilettantes too fond of the night life. When he stepped down four years later, they had won three Ulster championships, the 2012 All-Ireland title and contested the 2014 All-Ireland final against Kerry.“This is the story of how he combined a unique vision and ferocious drive to create a powerful and disciplined team that bucked history and defied every expectation.“McGuinness sent a shockwave through Gaelic games by devising an approach which polarised opinion and forced fans, players and managers alike to look at the game differently. From the outside, what Donegal were doing appeared mysterious, dark and fearsome. “Here, and for the first time, McGuinness reveals what life was like inside the Donegal camp and reflects on the decisions and experiences that propelled his players to the summit of the sport.“A moving and honest meditation on the nature of sportsmanship, dedication and what it means to lead, Until Victory Always is an honest and inspiring account of achievement in the face of incredible adversity.”McGuinness continued in his role as an adviser at Glasgow Celtic since his departure from Donegal and the Glenties man has also taken up a role as a GAA pundit with Sky Sports this year. McGUINNESS TO TELL ALL ABOUT LIFE INSIDE DONEGAL GAA IN NEW BOOK was last modified: June 25th, 2015 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:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessnew bookSportlast_img read more

Will 2015 be the perfect storm for marestail?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This spring is shaping up to be one where marestail control problems abound, based on the following:1. Not many fields were treated with herbicide last fall due to wet weather and the late harvest. Fall treatment results in a field free of overwintered marestail in spring, which takes the pressure off spring burndown treatments — they just have to control the newly emerging small marestail. One strategy to compensate for lack of fall treatment is to apply herbicide early in spring when overwintered marestail plants are still small, but….2. Wet weather so far this spring has largely prevented application of burndown herbicides which means that……3. When we can finally apply spring burndown treatments, they have to be comprehensive enough to control fairly old, overwintered marestail. We know that the standard-rate glyphosate/2,4-D burndown can struggle in this situation, so some modification/replacement of this may be warranted.Some possible modifications to consider:• Increase the 2,4-D rate from 0.5 to 1.0 pound active ingredient per acre, which can improve control by 10% to 20% in our experience, possibly not enough in late April. Certain 2,4-D ester products are labeled for application at 1.0 pound per acre when applied at least 15 days before soybean planting.• Add metribuzin, which has burndown and residual activity on marestail. It works especially well with Gramoxone, Liberty, or Sharpen• Replace 2,4-D with Sharpen. This can still be inconsistent on larger marestail, but adding Sharpen to a glyphosate/2,4-D mixture is a more consistently effective option.• Replace the glyphosate with Gramoxone or Liberty. Three-way combinations of Gramoxone or Liberty plus metribuzin plus 2,4-D are strongly recommended here. Use high rates of Liberty or Gramoxone. Ensuring the performance of most of the modifications listed above will require optimization of spray parameters and adjuvants. For example, Gramoxone, Liberty, and Sharpen should be applied in a spray volume of at least 15 gallons per acre, and MSO should be included in Sharpen-containing treatments. Keep in mind also that use of Sharpen may necessitate a change in the residual herbicides used this spring.Current labeling requires mixtures of Sharpen at one ounce per acre with products containing flumioxazin, sulfentrazone, or fomesafen to be applied at least 14 days before planting on most soils. There are no restrictions of this type for mixtures of Sharpen with any other residual herbicide, including Canopy, metribuzin, and Matador among others, which just have to be applied before soybeans emerge. Growers who at this point know that they will be making a change in burndown programs to apply Sharpen within 14 days of planting may want to discuss residual herbicide options with their supplier before availability of certain products becomes limited.When we make recommendations for this situation, know that we are basing them on the average marestail population in the state. This “average” population has a fairly high level of resistance to glyphosate and is also resistant to group 2 herbicides (ALS inhibitors — Classic, FirstRate, etc). We know that in late spring the 2,4-D will have to carry most of the load in a mixture of glyphosate + 2,4-D, and that 2,4-D only provides about 75% control of marestail that are past the small rosette stage. It’s possible that in some areas of the state, marestail still responds at least somewhat to glyphosate, with the result that the glyphosate/2,4-D mixture is still sufficiently active even in late spring. Your experience can be your guide to some extent here, but know that there will be no later options to control plants that survive an ineffective burndown.To see an in-field Youtube video that covers this same subject, “Considerations for managing marestail in a wet spring, follow this link – http://youtu.be/EUG3y-jBuP0. Or go to Youtube, and search for “Ohio State University Weed Science” or our blog —  http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds.last_img read more

Cover crop, double-crop, and feeding cattle with triticale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A number of producers tout how the benefits of cover crops can be found in the soil directly underfoot, and, some months down the road, in their wallets. Though that knowledge doesn’t always help to justify a non-harvested crop that takes time, energy and cash to plant. One livestock operation in southern Ohio is using a versatile cover crop that benefits them multiple, more immediate, ways.Bolender Farms in Brown County, an Angus operation, has started to see some more visible evidence of cover crop effectiveness after using a plant that’s been gaining popularity in recent years for its double-duty value. Triticale is a wheat and rye hybrid known to combine the productivity of wheat with the hardiness and short-season abilities of rye.“Between me and my wife and my dad and my uncle, we run about 95 angus brood cows,” said Adam Bolender. “The triticale works out nicely because we can, one, have a cover crop that’s grown all winter, two, take the forage off to feed the cattle in the winter, and then three, still be able to get a bean crop or a corn crop, whatever your choosing would be, planted in a timely manner — usually by the last week of May.”The Bolender family implemented the forage for the first time this year after noting the success with triticale family friend Ben Parker had on his operation.“We’ve been doing it now for four years, more or less using it as a way to maximize our profits on the farm where we’re coming in raising soybeans,” Parker said. “But we also are mainly a beef operation so we use that to not only supply us with a crop to sell on the market, but we can still feed our cattle and also get the benefits of the cover crop.”After mowing and baling, the rounds are tube wrapped to retain the moisture, Parker and the Bolenders said “is like candy” to the cattle. The whole process is quick.“We cut Sunday and were baling by Monday at 11,” Adam said.As with any forage, moisture does play a big role. They like to hit it at 50%, trying to avoid being too dry. Some say “too wet” is a good thing for feed value, though bacterial activity remains a concern throughout. To help minimize spoilage, two dry bales are placed at the ends of each tube to keep it airtight until it’s fed.Economically, Adam said they’ve found it pricier than cereal rye, but they have been pretty happy with this year’s return on investment. The mild winter allowed an average of 16 4- by 5-foot round bales per acre on the 10 acres they planted to triticale. They were expecting about 12 bales per acre, though they admitted it could’ve gone a couple weeks earlier if it wasn’t for the off and on rains this spring.One of the great values of triticale is its relatively short growing season. They were able to go in after harvest to plant the crop and bale it right before planting. Their aim is to seed it the first week of October with it coming out in early- to mid-May.Bolender said its benefits have fit well into their rotation.This recently harvested field of triticale was ready for soybean planting in mid-May.“The rotation, we’ll usually have a corn crop, a bean crop, then some form of cover crop — this year it was triticale — and then we’ll go back to beans again then probably corn the next year,” he said. “The main thing is to always keep something growing, building activity in your soil, and we really like it because of the forage aspect of it.”It also offers weed control benefits in the following crop.“I’ll probably leave the 2-4D out this year,” Adam said. “We usually give it a week before we go back and spray it. I really don’t take any chances on it. I use the same bean burndown just because I don’t want to have marestail. It’s not out there now, but it’s been such a problem it can still come.”Soil conservation and care is high on the farm’s priorities. Aubrey Bolender is on the Brown County Soil and Water Conservation Board. She said triticale, since it is baled instead of decomposing back to the soil, is not as effective in nutrient retention as a single-duty cover crop might be.“When a typical cover crop is left for burndown, it’ll slow release any of the nutrients being held up in the plant,” she said. “Whereas when you’re baling it, you’re taking all of those stored nutrients out of the field, so then we’ve got to put it back in the form of granular fertilizer or sometimes manure.”Though nutrients are removed from the field, triticale’s offerings in feed form are important to the beef operation. Parker said feed value is mostly the same when compared to similar options, though there’s more quantity with triticale.“We do put out rye, we put out wheat, and we put out triticale. More or less, it is the tonnage factor of the triticale. The feed value for what we’ve tested and what we’ve seen, and then what I’ve seen in studies, is relatively the same,” Parker said.According to a study from the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, an analysis of forage and diet composition of dry matter shows triticale’s crude protein at 17.5%, compared to alfalfa’s 22.6% and oat’s 14.2%. Triticale had notably higher phosphorous numbers at .56 versus alfalfa’s .43 and oats’ .39.Triticale can also be planted as a supplemental forage option when pasture or hay conditions have been challenging. Mark Sulc, Ohio State University Extension forage specialist, said triticale planted in early August is a strong option for fast production of high quality late season forage. Triticale can produce good dry matter yields within 60 to 80 days after planting. When planted the first two weeks of August and with adequate rainfall, spring triticale can produce from 2,500 to 5,000 pounds per acre of dry matter by mid-October.“The lower yields occur when leaf rust becomes a problem, which is a possibility in a damp year like we’ve had so far,” Sulc said. “They will reach the boot stage of growth in October, which provides the best compromise of yield and forage quality.”A November harvest of early August triticale plantings will be in the heading stage and will yield 6,000 pounds of dry matter per acre or more crude protein content of 12% to 15% and neutral detergent fiber of 38% to 50% depending on planting date and stage at harvest, Sulc said.So far, triticale has been used on the Parker and Bolender farms primarily for the benefits as a cattle feed, but they aren’t against expansion into other cover crops down the road.“From what we’ve done as far as the cover crop, we’ve done it to where we can bale it. As far as doing cereal rye or anything like that on crop ground, we haven’t done much of that. Mainly we’re doing it to take care of the land and get the most bang for our buck,” Adam said. “We’re not 50% or 100% cover crop on all of our ground. We would like to be, but I think time would probably be the biggest thing holding us back. I really don’t think of it as an extra cost because I do feel like you would get that back from the benefits, like Aubrey said, building your organic matter.”For now, though, at least the initial work with triticale on the Bolender farm shows promise as a practice for profitability and environmental stewardship in the future.last_img read more

Police detain separatists in Srinagar to foil meet


Hardik Patel detained on way to meet former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in prison

first_imgCongress leader Hardik Patel and two party MLAs were on Wednesday detained while they were on way to Palanpur district prison in Gujarat to meet sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, an official said.Bhatt, who was in June awarded life sentence in a custodial death case, is currently lodged at the Palanpur district jail.“We were expecting law and order issues at the jail in Palanpur, so we detained around 30 people, including Hardik Patel, Congress MLAs from Palanpur and Patan and their supporters, when they entered Palanpur to go to the sub-jail to meet Bhatt,” Superintendent of Police Niraj Badgujar said. The two MLAs who have been detained are Mahesh Patel of Palanpur and Kirit Patel of Patan.last_img

Utah to help Rajasthan in renewable energy sector

first_imgThe Utah State of the U.S. will help Rajasthan in the integration of resources and technology for renewable energy through policy exchanges, which will facilitate transfer of technology for energy storage, scheduling and forecasting, electric mobility and strengthening of power transmission networks.MoU signedThe State government’s Energy Department signed a memorandum of understanding with the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development as part of the U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative here on Monday. The MoU will ensure cooperation between the two States for meeting the challenges in the energy sector.Principal Secretary (Energy) Naresh Pal Gangwar said the MoU would pave the way for energy partnership between Rajasthan and Utah with the emphasis on energy efficiency and implementation of smart technology for reducing transmission and distribution losses. “The agreement will be mutually beneficial, as it will identify new domains with the progress of partnership,” he said.Laura Nelson, Executive Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, who signed the MoU on behalf of the western U.S. State, made a presentation on the initiatives taken in the energy sector in Utah. Representatives of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies were also present on the occasion.last_img read more

Red-hot Magic set to face Raptors in Round 1 of NBA playoffs

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “Nothing matters until now,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “Now — this is what matters.”The Magic were no playoff lock. They looked like the season was over at the end of January. But their turnaround has been stellar, and for the first time since 2012, the playoffs are their reward.Magic coach Steve Clifford said he has a simple message to his team: “Play our game.”“You don’t want to change,” Clifford said. “You play well for a certain reason. What you’re not going to do is reinvent yourself because it’s a playoff game. Play the way we play. Play the way we’ve played this last 31 games. That’s what we need to do.”The Raptors won’t be at full strength for Game 1, and probably won’t be for a while.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors reacts after a second half three point basket while playing the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on March 03, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 112-107 in overtime. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPThere are two very compelling reasons why Orlando has Toronto’s attention.Or 31 of them, perhaps.ADVERTISEMENT Key reserve OG Anunoby had an emergency appendectomy Thursday night in Toronto, after being diagnosed with acute appendicitis. There’s no timetable for his return — and the Raptors are still without Patrick McCaw, who’s sidelined with a thumb injury.But Leonard is full-go, and feeling good as well.“We did a good job,” Leonard said of the season-long load-management plan for him. “Nothing flared up or got worse. The way I’m feeling today, I feel like we did a great job.”Magic center Nikola Vucevic said he has sensed a real change in his team over the final 31 games.“We’re more mature, in a way,” Vucevic said. “We just understand what it takes to win.”Here’s some other things to know going into Game 1:EXPERIENCE MATTERSToronto’s likely starting five of Marc Gasol (59), Pascal Siakam (12), Kawhi Leonard (87), Danny Green (100) and Kyle Lowry (62) have a combined 320 games of playoff experience. Orlando’s projected lineup of Jonathan Isaac (0), Aaron Gordon (0), Nikola Vucevic (1), Evan Fournier (28) and D.J. Augustin (4) have a combined 33 postseason appearances.CONSISTENT RAPTORSToronto seems to be dogged annually for not yet breaking through and winning a title, or even reaching the NBA Finals. But 27 other teams would happily change places with the Raptors, at least in recent years. Toronto is one of only three franchises with a playoff series win in each of the last three seasons — with Cleveland and Golden State the others. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Vasyl Lomachenko stops Crolla in 4th, defends lightweight belts Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Raptors lost to the Magic twice this season. And Milwaukee, Toronto and Orlando all were tied for the Eastern Conference’s best record over the final 31 games of the season — all going 22-9 down the stretch. So when the Raptors play host to the Magic on Saturday in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series, Toronto expects a red-hot opponent.“They’re playing very well,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “Very well coached. They’ve got some metrics that speak volumes about who they are. They don’t turn the ball over, they don’t give up transition baskets, they don’t let you get offensive rebounds. They’re very methodical in their offensive execution. … And they’re long, man. They’re long and athletic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s a good squad we’re playing.”Toronto came into this season with the highest of expectations, especially after getting Kawhi Leonard over the summer. The Raptors delivered in the regular season, managing Leonard’s workload — he played only 60 games — while still finishing with the second-best record in the NBA. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess HEAD TO HEADToronto and Orlando split four games this season, each going 1-1 at home. Orlando handed Toronto the biggest loss of its season, a 116-87 defeat on Dec. 28 — a game that was notable for two reasons. Nikola Vucevic had a monster 30-point, 20-rebound game and the Raptors (who went into that night with the NBA’s best record) gave Kyle Lowry the night off to deal with back pain.CLIFF WINSThe Magic have had six winning seasons in the last 16 years. Clifford has been part of all six — he was an assistant on five straight winning teams under Stan Van Gundy from 2007-12, and Orlando went 42-40 this season in his return to the organization. The Magic have won 11 series in franchise history and Clifford was on the staff for six of those victories.GORDON WATCHOrlando’s Aaron Gordon is about to get his first taste of playoff basketball, and he’s hoping for a breakthrough against Toronto. Gordon — a 16.7 point-per-game scorer over the last two seasons — has played against the Raptors 17 times and has never scored more than 16 points in any of those games. He’s shooting 38 percent in his career against Toronto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

AFF Championship team profile: Laos

first_imgMinnows Laos returned to the AFF Championship finals, after missing out on the previous edition. They have been drawin in Group A.OVERVIEW Laos have always been considered as the minnows in AFF Championship history. For this tournament, this reputation is unlikely to change. Despite having shown some improvements and undergone a training camp in Spain, Laos are not expected to advance to the semi-finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Laos National TeamLaos. Photo from AFF MediaSQUAD Goalkeepers : Saymanolinh Paseuth, Keo Souvannasangsgo, Outthilath Nammakhot.Defenders : Thotnilath Sibounhuang, Lathasay Lounlasy, Sonevilay Sihavong, Xayasith Singsavang, Thinnakone Vongsa, Mek Insoumang, Khounsombath Phommxay.Midfielders: Phouthone Innalay, Tiny Bounmalay, Phithack Kongmathilath, Soukaphone Vongchiengkham, Chanthaphone Waenvongsoth, Bounphachan Bounkong, Phatthana Phommathep, Kaharn Phetsivilay, Chansamone Phommalivong.Forwards : Somxay Keohanam, Thatsaphone Saysouk, Soukchinda Natphasouk.HEAD COACH PROFILEVaradaraju Sundramoorthy was appointed as Laos head coach on 15 October. It was a suprise appointment as just a month earlier, French coach Patrice Neveu was still on charge of Thim Xad, in preparation of the AFF Championship. Sundramoorthy has coached since 1999 but has not gained any major titles. In 2016 he had been appointed as Singapore head coach but under his guidance, the four-time AFF champions failed to recreate their past glories. This then led to his departure as the Lions boss on 9 April 2018.V Sundramoorthy SingaporeSundramoorthy. Photo from GettyPLAYING STYLE In the run-up to this edition, Laos have become a little secretive, and very little information on them has been unearthed. In the latest friendly match, they played with a 4-4-2 formation, focusing on more defensive tatics. Soukaphone Vongchiengkham, who plays for Thai club Sisaket, is their most important player in this campaign.Keep updated on the 2018 AFF Championship! Malaysia news Tournament news Team profiles Competition venues Fixtures and television schedule Group standings  Also follow Goal Malaysia ‘s Instagram account!last_img read more