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ABA League:” Igokea” will play with ”Radnički” and ”Široki” will play in Hungary

first_imgThis weekend continues the competition in regional basketball ABA League. This week, the matches of the 16th rounds are scheduled to be played. B&H representatives ”Široki Wwin” and ”Igokea” will play their matches today. The leading team of ”Igokea” will welcome the team ”Radnički” from Laktaši.” The team ”Radnički” is more than a serious rival, a candidate for the final tournament and there is no doubt that a hard task is ahead of us”- said Filip Adamović, play maker of ”Igokea”. He also adds: ” It is most probable that we will be seen as the winner, but we don’t feel the pressure. We are relaxed and determined to give our 100% in order to win against the team from Kragujevac and give our fans the opportunity to celebrate the victory.”B&H champion ”Široki Wwin” will play against the Hungarian team ” Szolnoki Olaj”.  This will be the first time that a coach Damir Vujanović will lead the team through this match on his own.” This match in Hungary is very important for us. We will try to win. Our team has experienced a positive shock. They have accepted all that has happened, they are fit, trained and healthy, and I am  very optimistic”- said Vujanović.last_img read more

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League-by-league guide to European football’s coronavirus shutdown

first_imgItalian football chiefs have already pushed back the end of the Serie A season from June 30 to August 2. The goal of a return to competition in early June has become impracticable, shifting the date towards June 10-14.Another solution being touted would be a play-off to allocate the Scudetto and qualifying places for European competition and determine relegation.GERMANYThe Bundesliga could resume by “the middle or end of May” according to the country’s sports ministers, although it still requires the green light from Angela Merkel’s government.Chancellor Merkel will meet state leaders in Berlin on Thursday, when it is hoped the league will be granted permission to resume play from May 16.Clubs returned to training at the start of the month while adhering to social distancing guidelines and games would be played behind closed doors, with large-scale public events banned in Germany until August 31.Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke warned last weekend that “the entire Bundesliga will go down” unless the league restarts.Germany’s top clubs are desperate for the league season to be completed by June 30 in order to claim an instalment of television money worth 300 million euros ($325 million).A primary sticking point is the testing of players, which critics claim will be an extra burden on Germany’s health system.FRANCEThe Ligue 1 season appears to be over after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said professional football cannot resume until September.The French league will meet on Thursday “to analyse the sporting and economic consequences” of the government announcement.Assuming no more matches take place, the league must decide how to end the season. It is understood that France will not follow the lead of the Netherlands, who decided to void their season with no champion, relegation or promotion.Final placings could be attributed based on the standings as they are, or using an average of points per game.Sports daily L’Equipe calculates that the top two divisions could now miss out on 243 million euros ($264 million) from broadcasters Canal Plus and beIN Sports, plus 35 million euros for international rights. That is on top of lost gate receipts and sponsorship.ELSEWHEREThe Dutch FA put an end to the season last week, as the Eredivisie became the first top European league called off due to the health crisis. No title will be awarded and there will be no relegation or promotion.The Belgian Pro League is expected to take a similar decision next week, confirming the season over with Club Brugge in line to be declared champions with 11 games unplayed.The fate of the Scottish Premiership is up in the air. A controversial vote ended the seasons in the lower three divisions but there are hopes the top flight could restart behind closed doors if given government approval. Harvey Barnes (C) scored the last goal in the Premier League on March 9 before it was put on hold due to the coronavirus crisisParis, France | AFP |  Football leagues across Europe have been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed over 130,000 lives throughout the continent.Lockdown restrictions are in effect worldwide although some countries are cautiously beginning to ease stay-at-home orders.AFP Sport looks at what we know about the plans for Europe’s top leagues:ENGLANDPremier League chiefs are targeting a return in June and several clubs have reopened their training grounds this week as they work on “Project Restart”.The English top flight is understood to be aiming to run a huge testing operation to keep footballers safe, with reports of 26,000 tests being lined up for players and staff.Teams could reportedly return to full training mid-May and resume matches on June 8, with the plans to be discussed at a meeting of stakeholders on Friday.The clubs remain committed to ending the 2019-20 campaign and there are compelling financial and legal reasons to play the remaining 92 games. A failure to finish the season is forecast to cost Premier League clubs an estimated £1 billion ($1.2 billion).Matches would almost certainly be played behind closed doors and clubs have reportedly been told that only approved stadiums could be used, with higher health certification than normal.However, the Professional Footballers’ Association have raised the issue of players not wanting to be put at risk by returning too soon.SPAINLa Liga players will be able to restart basic training from May 4, based on the Spanish government’s plans announced Tuesday to transition out of a strict virus lockdown.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the decision was the first move in lifting lockdown measures which will be done in four stages across two months.Only in later stages of the process will full training sessions be able to take place.League president Javier Tebas is hopeful the league can begin again in mid-June. He has said “it is not an option” to cancel the season given the economic fallout, estimating it would cost clubs around a billion euros.“I do not understand why there would more danger in playing football behind closed doors, with all precautionary measures” than any other line of work, Tebas said.“In Spain, football is an important economic driver that we need to reactivate like many others. We continue to focus on this reactivation, in a responsible manner and adhering to health recommendations, as soon as possible.”ITALYItaly’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has warned Serie A could be called off, with the league facing “an increasingly narrow path” for its resumption.The government has allowed individual athletes to resume training next week but team sports, including football, must wait until at least May 18. The move was slammed by Italy’s footballers’ union “as discriminatory and even illogical”.All 20 top-flight clubs have voted unanimously to complete the league season, but the final decision rests with the government.An emergency meeting of the clubs will be held on Friday. Spadafora suggested “the majority could ask us to suspend this season and prepare for the next championship as best possible”. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Ex-Nanny Charged for Stealing Family Cat

first_imgMove over dogs; there is a new [wo]man’s best friend!A New York nanny is willing to go to jail and “sleep with he cockroaches” for a cat.Rebecca Katz is facing petty larceny charges after she stole her former Long Island employers’ cat, Tigger, claiming that the family had threatened to put the 15-year-old animal to sleep.The 33-year-old claims the mother of the family said on more than one occasion that it was time to give the feline “the needle” because he had stomach and other health issues.Katz says she has spent over $1,000 on medical bills for the cat and that her vet could find no serious illness.Tigger’s owners Julie and Russell Berman appeared in court but have not spoken out about the matter.The cat will remain with Katz until the case is resolved.last_img read more

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Stunning tribute to light up the spirit of Gola Island once more

first_imgA remote island off the coast of Donegal will be lit up once again this evening as people gather to remember the families who fled the island back in the 1960s.Gola Island, a mile off the coastline of Gaoth Dobhair, was left uninhabited in the 1960s.Tonight around 40 lanterns will light up the evening sky as they are placed at the homes and ruins which once made up a thriving community which number more than 200 people in the 1940s. The island, which is 500 acres in size, is the backdrop to one of the country’s best-known traditional Irish songs, ‘ ‘Baidin Fheilimi.’The ESB did connect electricity to the island back in 2005 and some families still use the island in good weather in the summer months.Today’s gathering ‘A Taste of Gola’ will see people retrace their ancestor’s footprints and take part in many of their customs.At 1pm Vincent Breslin will give an informational and historical talk on the life of the island author Seán ‘Ac Fhionnlaoich- Johnny Mhicí Thaidhg, who wrote books based on island life- “ Ó Rabharta go Mallmhuir” and “Is Glas na Cnoic”. From 2-4pm the island will promote the riches of the seas with a pop-up seafood tent, showcasing locally sourced crab claws, lobster, chowder and fish.Refreshments will be available to complement the local produce.At 5pm, the islanders will maintain and re-establish the old tradition of saying a rosary at the grotto on the pier.As those who gather wait for dusk to fall, a local house will have an open door for islands, locals and visitors to mingle and chat at an Oíche Airneál (night visiting) with tea/ coffee and refreshments available.Finally, as people make their way back to the mainland, the ferry ‘The Cricket’ will tour the bay to view the island lights. Stunning tribute to light up the spirit of Gola Island once more was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 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:donegalESBGaoth Dobhairgola islandLIGHTSlast_img read more

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Award for developing farmers project

first_imgThe Taung farming development project has won international recognition.(Image: SAB)  A developing farmer project in Taung in the Northern Cape province has done the country proud by receiving top honours at the first Africa Investor Agribusiness Investment Awards, held recently in KwaZulu-Natal.The South African Breweries Limited (SAB) Barley Farmers project won the award for African Agricultural Commodities Initiative of the Year.Azure Janneker of SAB’s Media and Communications division says that the project met the judging criteria for the 2010 awards, even though it came up against tough competition from the rest of the continent.The aim of the awards was to commend agribusiness initiatives that are making a positive contribution to Africa’s agricultural sector and are encouraging investment in the agribusiness and finance sectors.The Agribusiness Investment Awards was organised by Africa Investor, an international investment research and communications company.Decreasing reliance on exportsJanneker says the 16-year-old Taung Barley Farmers project was established with the goal of encouraging local barley production and decrease reliance on imports.“The project is in line with SAB’s strong support of affirmative procurement practices and the company’s focus on identifying, mentoring and encouraging local suppliers,” she says.Approximately 1 200 hectares of barley and 800 hectares of maize are cultivated for SAB on the Taung farm. The project is making a big difference in the Taung community by helping 120 small-scale farmers to generate an income from farming.“This project has played a key role in developing the brewing giant’s development framework for smallholder farming projects across the world,” Janneker says.The project is managed by the SAB Maltings’ Irrigation Agricultural Services team, in cooperation with the North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Rural Development (Dacerd) and the local tribal authority.SAB’s role in the project includes: assisting with logistics and operations; communicating and facilitating discussions on behalf of the farmers with other stakeholders; and providing a market outlet for the barley and maize. It also supplies more than R30 million input cost finance annually, for winter and summer crops.Janneker says that the project’s success is based on the involvement of numerous partners. SAB works closely with Dacerd, whose participation has ensured that the project remains sustainable, as plantings are managed and infrastructure is maintained and upgraded.They have also enlisted the help of Grain SA, the representative commodity organisation for the South African grain industry.“It is important from a sustainability perspective that the individual farmers are skilled in farming and business practices,” she says. SAB, in partnership with Grain SA, has invested about R400 000 in a customised skills transfer programme for the Taung farmers.Helping developing farmers to farm commerciallyJane McPherson, manager of Farmer Development at Grain SA, says the main aim of the programme is to empower individuals to become successful commercial farmers. McPherson says the Taung barley project has an added advantage, as the farm is well located in a prime area.“Irrigated land is very limited in South Africa. The land is a fantastic resource for people to earn a living and it is encouraging that the land is being used productively,” she says.The weather and soil conditions also make the area suitable for a wide variety of grain crops and vegetables. “This opens up many opportunities for individuals to become successful commercial farmers,” she says.According to Grain SA, a number of factors are holding back progress of development initiatives in the grain industry. They include high input costs coupled with low grain prices, poor access to land, lack of experience, skills and knowledge, and difficulty in obtaining production credit, and make it difficult for new farmers to set up profitable grain farming enterprises.Lower profit margins also mean that farmers don’t have the financial resources to invest in technology and mechanisation, or maintain existing equipment.Although the constraints are numerous, there are many success stories of farmers who started out with little knowledge about agriculture, but are now farming commercially.Johannes Möller, president of agricultural trade association Agri SA, says many commodity organisations, such as Grain SA, the National Wool Growers’ Association, Potatoes SA and the Deciduous Fruit Producers’ Trust and agribusinesses are making a major contribution to developing new farmers in South Africa.“The developing farmer sector is showing progress, mainly because of their involvement. It is in our best interest to develop new farmers across the commodity spectrum, to ensure the consistent supply of food,” Möller says.He encourages the government to offer more support to the work done by commodity organisations. “In doing this we can make an even greater success of supporting and developing new farmers,” he says.Other SAB projectsSAB and the River Trust have entered into a partnership to clean up the Wilge River in the small town of Frankfort in the Free State province. SAB has invested about R1-million towards cleaning the river.Clearing the Wilge River is very important for the surrounding towns and communities, as well as residents of Gauteng. The Wilge River is one of the sources feeding into the Vaal dam, which supplies water to Gauteng province.It’s also a source of water for domestic use for Frankfort and informal settlements in the area. More than 57 000 people living in the immediate Mafube municipal district rely on the Wilge River for water. However, 10 years of debris and driftwood, mainly from trees, shrubs and other plant life growing on the riverbanks, have collected in the river stream. This is restricting water flow and preventing water from being pumped to the municipal purification plant.The project, which has the ambitious target of clearing the 315km river, has already cleared about 10km. Instead of discarding the debris, the collected wood is distributed to communities in the area for cooking and heating purposes.The project partners also hope to revive tourism in the affected area. As congestion of the river escalated over the years, tourism started dwindling in areas along the river that used to be popular weekend and camping spots.The good work of the project has attracted much attention. The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee has adopted the project, and plans to present it to the African Olympic Committee in Nairobi towards the end of 2010, as an example of how sport and sporting personalities can become involved in environmental projects.last_img read more

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10 months agoKeane: Man Utd must sell Pogba

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Keane: Man Utd must sell Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane says Paul Pogba needs to be sold.Pogba watched on from the bench as United lost 3-1 at Liverpool yesterday.”I think the players are giving everything. I think there’s one or two players not on top form, Pogba on the bench,” Keane told Sky Sports. “Come the summer you move him on, he’s left United before. I just think they’re short, defensively they’re short.”Man United that’s where they’re at, I guess fourth is the best they can get. If you came down from the Moon and knew nothing about Manchester United, you’d think they were an average Premiership side.”Some of these players are not good enough.” last_img read more

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10 months ago​Cardiff boss Warnock: Man Utd have frightening front five

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Cardiff boss Warnock: Man Utd have frightening front fiveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City manager Neil Warnock has spoken about the prospect of facing Manchester United at the weekend.Since the last round of league games, United have fired Jose Mourinho, hired former Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will now be a different proposition.The two teams will face off against each other on Saturday.And Warnock knows United have many attacking players that can hurt his side.”The likes of Rashford will probably play up front, with Lingard, Mata, Martial,” he said in his press conference. “They’ve got pace and power coming from everywhere. “Pogba is Pogba, as good as anyone on his day. The front five is frightening really.” last_img read more

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9 months agoSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new deal

first_imgSouthampton defender Tom O’Connor to pen new dealby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton’s 19-year-old defender Tom O’Connor has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at St Mary’s until June 2021.Kilkenny native O’Connor, who is enjoying a fine season as part of Radhi Jaïdi’s Under-23s, has taken on the captain’s armband this season, as well as a new role at centre-half, having first joined the academy in 2015.”It feels really good,” the Irishman began. “I’ve been here nearly five years now, and I’ve enjoyed every moment. I’m delighted to sign a new deal and hopefully I can keep improving.”My target was always to reach the first team. The next step is the most difficult step, but I’m working towards it.”Seeing all the academy graduate names on the teamsheet recently gives you a great boost and shows that the new manager really values young players.”You know if you’re performing, and working hard, you have a chance of being noticed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoWoodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: Solskjaer and Man Utd share philosophyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the board’s full support.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted the club are on the right track.Woodward stated: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” last_img read more

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25 days agoBarcelona president Bartomeu to meet with Pique to clear the air

first_imgBarcelona president Bartomeu to meet with Pique to clear the airby Carlos Volcano25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is set to meet with defender Gerard Pique to clear the air after the latter’s recent comments.Sport says Pique has questioned the board twice in the last week. He said he did not like the team’s pre-season tours of Japan and the US, claiming “we did more travelling and less training and we’re feeling it.”Then he hinted that the board were planting stories in the media against the players.The objective of the meeting will be to smooth things over and stop Pique’s digs which in Madrid they are using to do more damage to Barcelona. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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