Long Haul Research

first_imgThree new wheat varieties released this year by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ wheat breeding program are the product of more than a dozen years of work by breeders on the UGA Griffin campus.When it comes to cultivating new varieties of wheat, patience is key, as it takes an average of 10 to 14 years to breed a new variety of the grain that has been around as long as mankind. Researchers put in many years of work to see the fruits of their labor, and this year Mohamed Mergoum, the Georgia Seed Development-UGA Foundation Professor in Wheat Breeding and Genetics at the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, and his research team are seeing the results of work begun in 2005 by wheat breeder and Professor Emeritus Jerry Johnson.The three varieties being released this year — known as ’17E8′, ’17E11′ and ’17LE16′ — are all soft, red winter wheat and will be used to make flour for crackers and cookies. To determine what each wheat variety is best used for, researchers test the flour by making baked goods such as cookies or bread during the breeding process. This also allows for the product to be better marketed to both the farmers who grow the wheat and the milling and baking companies that purchase it.All three new varieties released this year have been licensed —  ’17E8′ to Harvey’s Fertilizer and Gas via JoMar, ’17E11′ to Ag. South Genetics, and ’17LE16′ to Progeny (Erwin-Keith) companies. These companies  will commercialize the wheat varieties and pay royalties to UGA for each bushel sold. Once these new cultivars of wheat reach the consumer, they will have a lifespan of roughly three to five years. After that period, new disease resistance is often required or farmers seek new varieties to grow.While all three new UGA wheat cultivars are high yielding and well adapted to Georgia and the Southeast, each cultivar has unique traits:’17E8′, which will be marketed by Harvey’s Fertilizer and Gas as ‘AP 1983′, has good resistance in Georgia and the Southeast to races of leaf rust and stripe rust and to powdery mildew and improved resistance to Fusarium head blight (scab) disease. It also has medium resistance to wheat soilborne mosaic virus.’17E11’, which will be marketed by Ag. South Genetics as ‘AGS 2021′, has good resistance to races of leaf rust and stripe rust and powdery mildew, and slightly improved resistance to Fusarium head blight (scab) disease. It is also resistant to barley yellow dwarf virus and wheat soilborne mosaic viruses.’17LE16’, which will be marketed by Progeny (Erwin-Keith) as ‘PGX 20-15’, has good resistance to races of leaf rust and stripe rust and to powdery mildew, and much improved resistance to Fusarium head blight (scab) disease.Johnson made the first crosses that led to the new varieties in 2005 and 2006, when he was head of the wheat breeding program at UGA-Griffin. Johnson was instrumental in recruiting Mergoum to the Griffin campus in 2015, and Mergoum now leads the program. Although he is retired, Johnson’s work continues through the research that continues at UGA-Griffin and through these new varieties.“Breeding wheat is long-term and continuous work,” said Mergoum. “No one knows what the future holds and there are a lot of predictions made to imagine what challenges there may be in the future and what consumers’ preferences for wheat products are.”When breeding a new variety, three different criteria form the wheat classes: hardness/softness of the kernel color (red or white) and growth habit (winter or spring). Each class has different traits and properties. For example, hard red spring wheat is good for making products that require a strong, high-gluten dough, such as pizza crust, but would not be good for cookies, which are typically made with soft red winter wheat flour, Mergoum explains. Because different varieties are suited to different growing regions and climates, the type of wheat grown in the central and northern states will be different from the type that is grown in Georgia in particular and the Southeast in general.Creating varieties versatile enough to grow in several different regions is a benefit to breeders because farmers in more areas can grow them on a large scale.“Many of our varieties are grown all over the Southeast, which is good for us because farmers often replace acres deemed for wheat with other crops such as corn and soybeans, which are grown in the same season,” Mergoum said. Among the wheat breeding programs at institutions in more traditional wheat-growing regions of the U.S., the UGA program is historically regarded as a well-established and successful program in the U.S. and the region, having released 10 new varieties since.One of the critical factors that goes into wheat breeding is disease and pest resistance in the plants. Plants are susceptible to diseases and pests including rusts, blights, viruses and insects such as the Hessian fly. Researchers spend years trying to make varieties more disease resistant, but often new diseases or pests will emerge that necessitate continuous research and work on new varieties.“It is a constant battle against the changes of the disease. You constantly have to look for new genes,” said Mergoum. “Stacking ‘good’ genes is one of the most important jobs for a breeder. The more you stack in one variety, the more you increase its adaptation, including disease and pest resistance.”There are many collaborators at UGA, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and the regional breeding programs in the Southeast region that contributed directly or indirectly to the development of these cultivars, Mergoum said.At UGA, faculty collaborators include plant pathologists James Buck and Alfredo Martinez, entomologist David Buntin and research professionals Ben Lopez, Dan Bland and Steve Sutton. Regionally, the UGA wheat-breeding program worked closely with many USDA-ARS centers in Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Washington, Minnesota and Idaho.The UGA wheat-breeding program is also a founding member of the Southeastern University Small Grains Breeding Programs, known as SunGrains, that was formed in 2003 and includes small grains programs at universities including Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana State, North Carolina State, Texas A&M, UGA and Clemson.SunGrains breeders work together to maximize funding and research opportunities by sharing resources and royalties. “In addition, there is a free exchange of germplasm among the SunGrains group, therefore, any released variety from each of these programs is an effort of all the breeding programs of the group,” said Mergoum. “Hence, royalties generated by all releases of the SunGrains group are also shared. All UGA releases have been tested prior to their release by SunGrains group and provide data that helps us to determine the geographical areas of adaptation of our varieties. The program is very important to our work to release new small grains cultivars.”  To learn more about about UGA’s Griffin campus, visit griffin.uga.edu. For information about the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, see plantbreeding.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

New Mexico utility submits plan to close San Juan coal plant in 2022

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:New Mexico’s largest electric utility on Monday submitted to state regulators its plan for shutting down the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, replacing the lost power and pricing the cost to customers.The filing with the Public Regulation Commission comes as a new state law dictates more aggressive renewable energy requirements while allowing Public Service Co. of New Mexico to recoup from customers some of the expenses.The application for abandonment of the plant and the building of replacement power includes the utility’s preferred option, which it describes as the most cost-effective plan, as well as three alternatives. The costs range from nearly $4.7 billion to more than $5.4 billion, but utility executives say residential customers would end up saving about $7 a month in the first year after the plant closes under its preferred proposal. They couldn’t say what, if any, savings customers would see after that given fluctuations in the costs related to producing electricity.The preferred option includes a mix of natural gas-fired power plants, solar and wind farms and new battery storage facilities.Under the state’s new landmark energy law, investor-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives are required to get at least half of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. That would jump to 80% by 2040. A 100% carbon-free mandate would kick in five years later for utilities. Electric co-ops would have until 2050 to meet that goal.As part of the energy transition law, Public Service Co. of New Mexico and other owners of San Juan can recover investments in the coal-fired plant by selling bonds that are later paid off by utility customers. The law also calls for setting aside millions of dollars in job training funds to ease the economic effects of shuttering the plant and the adjacent coal mine.More: New Mexico utility charts closure for coal-fired power plant New Mexico utility submits plan to close San Juan coal plant in 2022last_img read more

Hurricane Iota powers up to a Category 4 as it threatens Central America

first_imgIt was already a record-breaking system, being the 30th named storm of this year’s extraordinarily busy Atlantic hurricane season. Such activity has focused attention on climate change, which scientists say is causing wetter, stronger and more destructive storms.In Honduras, compulsory evacuations began before the weekend and by Sunday evening 63,500 people were reported to be in 379 shelters just in the northern region, while the whole country was on high alert.Nicaraguan officials said that by late Sunday afternoon about 1,500 people, nearly half of them children, had been evacuated from low-lying areas in the country’s northeast, including all the inhabitants of Cayo Misquitos. Authorities said 83,000 people in that region were in danger.- Advertisement – Wind and rain were beginning to be felt Sunday night in Bilwi, a coastal Nicaraguan city where people crowded markets and hardware stores during the day in search of plastic sheeting, nails and other materials to reinforce their homes, just as they did when Hurricane Eta hit on Nov. 3.Several residents of Bilwi expressed concern that their homes would not stand up to Iota, so soon after Eta. Local television showed people being evacuated in wooden boats, carrying young children as well as dogs and chickens.Authorities warned that the risk was high because Iota would probably come ashore over areas where Eta’s torrential rains left the soil saturated with water and more prone to new landslides and floods.Eta already wreaked havoc. It hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, killing at least 120 people as torrential rains caused flash floods and mudslides in parts of Central America and Mexico. Then it meandered across Cuba, the Florida Keys and around the Gulf of Mexico before slogging ashore again near Cedar Key, Florida, and dashing across Florida and the Carolinas.Iota was forecast to drop 8 to 16 inches (200 -400 millimeters) of rain in northern Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and southern Belize, with as much as 30 inches (750 millimeters) in isolated spots. Costa Rica and Panama could also experience heavy rain and possible flooding, the hurricane center said.Eta was the 28th named storm of this year’s hurricane season, tying the 2005 record for named storms. Theta, the 29th, was far out in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and became a remnant low Sunday.The official end of hurricane season is Nov. 30. – Advertisement – A fast-strengthening Hurricane Iota is sweeping over the western Caribbean and has become a very dangerous Category 4 storm early Monday as it heads for the same part of Central American battered by a similarly powerful Hurricane Eta just over a week ago.Forecasters said Iota continued to show signs of strengthening and could be a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane by the time it reaches Central America.- Advertisement – Evacuations were being conducted from low-lying areas in Nicaragua and Honduras near their shared border, which appeared to be Iota’s likely landfall. Winds and rain were already being felt on the Nicaraguan coast Sunday night.Iota became a hurricane early Sunday and rapidly gained power, and was expected to pass over or near Colombia’s Providencia island during the night. It became a dangerous Category 4 hurricane Monday morning, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned it would probably reach the Central America mainland late Monday.The hurricane center said Iota had maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 kph) in a 4 a.m. EST advisory. It was centered about 170 miles (275 kilometers) southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border and moving westward at 10 mph (17 kph).- Advertisement –last_img read more

8 Indonesians with COVID-19 in Japan have recovered: Foreign Ministry

first_imgEight out of nine Indonesian citizens who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan have completely recovered, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.”Eight have recovered, one is stable,” the ministry announced on its official Twitter account, @Kemlu_RI.The nine Indonesians are crew members of the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship that was docked in the port of Yokohama. The remaining 68 Indonesian crew members who have been tested negative in Japan have returned to the country. However, one of them later tested positive for COVID-19. He has since recovered after being treated in Persahabatan Hospital’s isolation room in East Jakarta for several days.On Wednesday afternoon, the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director-general, Achmad Yurianto, said the patient, known as Case 6, had been allowed to go home.Read also: ‘We didn’t know’: Bali authorities in the dark as COVID-19 patient dies on resort island “Case 14, a 50-year-old woman, and Case 6, a Diamond Princess cruise ship crew member [were discharged]. They were tested twice. The results came back negative,” Yuri said.According to data from the Foreign Ministry, 16 Indonesians abroad have tested positive for COVID-19 as per Thursday.Besides the nine Diamond Princess crew members who are currently in Japan, five Indonesians are being hospitalized in Singapore. One has recovered, three are in stable condition and one is being treated in the intensive care unit.Two other Indonesians infected by the novel coronavirus are currently hospitalized in Taiwan and Australia; both are in stable condition.On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially categorized COVID-19 as a pandemic.As of Thursday, real-time data from the Foreign Ministry showed 118,326 confirmed cases worldwide. Italy reported the highest number of infections outside of China, with 10,149 cases, followed by Iran with 8,042 and South Korea with 7,755.Meanwhile, Indonesia’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 34 as per Wednesday. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

UK says China and Russia trying to exploit coronavirus crisis

first_imgTopics : The United Kingdom said on Thursday that China, Russia and Iran were looking to exploit weaknesses shown by the coronavirus outbreak, amid suggestions Beijing had used the crisis to push through new security legislation for Hong Kong.”Coronavirus and the challenges that it has created has created an opportunity or a perceived opportunity for various different state and non-state actors through cyber, through other means,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News.”I think we’ve seen it in relation to Hong Kong, I think some people are arguing – it’s difficult to glean whether it is true or not – that this is something, the national security legislation that is being put forward, is being done at a time when the world’s attention has been on coronavirus,” he said. Governments across the world have been severely strained by the coronavirus outbreak, seen as the biggest public health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed China for the outbreak.China and Russia have repeatedly denied that they are seeking to exploit the West and say that many of the allegations indicate anti-Chinese or anti-Russia hysteria.”We certainly know Russia is engaged systematically in misinformation and propaganda, through cyber and other ways. Others engage in the same too, China and Iran, but I don’t think it had any outcome on the electoral process in the UK,” Raab said.last_img read more

Jakarta sets up three new isolation centers as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

first_imgThe second is at Graha Wisata at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) in Cipayung, Ceger, East Jakarta.Meanwhile, Graha Wisata Ragunan at the Jaya Raya Ragunan sports complex in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, has been converted into the third isolation facility.According to the gubernatorial decree, the operational costs for the new isolation centers will be taken from the Jakarta regional budget.Despite the Jakarta administration’s decision to reimpose strict large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on Sept. 14, the city is still regularly seeing more than 1,000 new confirmed cases daily.According to the official government count, Jakarta has recorded 70,441 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,686 deaths as of Sunday. (nal)Topics : The Jakarta administration has set up three new isolation centers for COVID-19 patients as the capital continues to see a surge in new cases.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan issued Gubernatorial Decree No. 979 to officially designate the new COVID-19 isolation facilities on Tuesday.The first isolation center is located at the Jakarta Islamic Center on Jl. Kramat Jaya, Tugu Utara Koja, North Jakarta.last_img read more

Parma: Two players test positive for COVID-19

first_img Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Read Also: Zidane works players hard during Real Madrid training session The rest of the squad will go into a training retreat from Monday May 18, at which point group training will be allowed, as confirmed by the Prime Minister in this evening’s press conference. Testing positive and then negative could mean they have made a full recovery, but all players must pass a double swab test before being allowed to train with their teammates. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Parma announced two of their players have been isolated after testing positive for COVID-19 on one swab and negative on another. A statement from the club confirmed that all members of the squad and staff – around 60 people – performed both double swabs and blood tests. All the tests came back negative except for two players, who are asymptomatic and have been isolated. “Both of them were positive on the first test and negative on the second that was performed 24 hours later. The athletes, both in excellent condition and asymptomatic, have nonetheless been immediately isolated and the club will monitor them constantly.”Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Hauser Classic JV Volleyball Team Champions

first_imgAfter going undefeated in pool play, the Lady Bulldogs were put in the Championship round for the afternoon. Hauser defeated Jennings County in the opening match. The Lady Dogs’ first match of this round pitted them against conference foe, Franklin County. The team stayed aggressive posting a 25-11, 25-9 victory. Top servers were Gerstbauer with 18 service points (7 aces) as well as Sophie Lee and Kaitlyn Sarringhaus, who each earned 6 service points including 2 aces. Shelby Westerfeld (7 kills) and Bustinza (4 kills) led the team in the front row. Schaefer recorded a team high 15 digs. The Batesville Junior Varsity Volleyball team captured the Hauser Classic Volleyball Invitational Championship on Saturday. There were 4 pools with 3 teams each.  Whiteland was the team’s first opponent with the Dogs coming out on top by the scores 25-9, 25-18. The team demonstrated aggressive serving, solid passing, and timely hitting to earn the victory. Sydnee Schaefer and Regina Gerstbauer each scored 11 points including 5 aces. Shelby Westerfeld and Naia Bustinza dominated at the net with 5 and 4 kills respectively. Belle Westerfeld recorded an exciting stuff block.    Match number 2’s opponent was South Decatur. The Lady Bullldogs stayed consistent earning a 25-15, 25-6 victory over the Lady Cougars. Shelby Westerfeld led the team with 10 service points (4 aces) and 6 kills while going perfect on all 10 of her spike attempts. Schaefer led the defense with 6 digs. In the championship game, the Batesville Lady Bulldogs faced the host Hauser Lady Jets. Scores were 25-20, 23-25, and 16-14. Top performers were Lee and Sarringhaus with 9 and 8 service points, respectively. Shelby Westerfeld added 9 kills, while Lee chipped in with 6 kills of her own. Belle Westerfeld kept them off balance with 4 well placed attacks in the middle of their defense that fell for kills. Naia Bustinza hit the game winning kill on a shot down the line to earn the title. It was a total team effort throughout the day with Brayleigh Patterson, Kennedy Westrick, and Faith Tekulve offering timely passing and solid front row play at critical points for the team. Overall, it was an awesome finish to a great day of selfless play and determined effort by the girls. Way to go, ladies!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img read more

McQuaid wary of ‘witch hunt’

first_img The Texan subsequently admitted doping and last November implicated Hein Verbruggen, McQuaid’s predecessor, as playing a role in a cover up. Verbruggen denies the allegations. The CIRC, which has the blessing of the World Anti-doping Agency, is chaired by Switzerland’s former state prosecutor Dick Marty and aims to conclude its investigation in the next 12 months. McQuaid has kept a low profile since leaving the UCI. He has had no contact with the CIRC and is still to decide whether to volunteer to give evidence, but vehemently denies wrongdoing. McQuaid, UCI president from 2005 to 2013, told Press Association Sport: “I haven’t made my mind up yet. I need to be convinced that this commission is going to look into all of the aspects of the reasons why doping was prevalent. “That is who was actually responsible, not just the UCI, but also people like WADA and USADA. “As I see in the terms of reference, there’s no inquiry into what their responsibilities may or may not have been in relation to doping and the fight against doping. “I don’t want to see a witch hunt into me and Hein Verbruggen only, when others have been responsible (for anti-doping activities) as well and should be asked to account for themselves as well.” The CIRC will assess the period from 1998 to 2013 – all of Armstrong’s post-comeback from cancer years and the period when Verbruggen and McQuaid were president. Dutchman Verbruggen was president from 1991 to 2005. Among the allegations being investigated is that Armstrong made a US dollars 100,000 donation for blood sampling equipment in 2002 to cover up a positive test. McQuaid, who has admitted it was wrong of the UCI to accept the donation, repeated his belief the organisation was at the vanguard of anti-doping during his tenure. He is adamant there was nothing to cover up as there was no evidence Armstrong tested positive. “As far as I’m concerned the UCI, during my period as president, which is all that I can speak for, was the leader in the fight against doping,” McQuaid added. “I would say the same goes for my predecessor’s period. The UCI was the leader in the fight against doping. “From that point of view, I don’t think the UCI should be taken to task for what may or may not have happened. I have to be convinced that this isn’t setting out to be a witch hunt. “At the end of the day, we now know Lance Armstrong never tested positive. Never tested positive. That’s a fact. “There is no proof anywhere, either in the USADA reasoned decision or anywhere else, that Lance Armstrong tested positive. If Lance Armstrong never tested positive, what is there to cover up?” Verbruggen has similar concerns to McQuaid and, in an email exchange with Press Association Sport, insisted there was no need for a cover-up. “There is simply nothing to hide as some 25 previous and current UCI anti-doping staff members can witness,” the Dutchman wrote. As the votes were being counted at the UCI congress in Florence last September, Swiss private investigators waited outside UCI headquarters in Aigle. As soon as Cookson was declared president, the investigators entered and seized computers, including McQuaid’s, to prevent any potential tampering of evidence. The Irishman’s files were copied and returned last week. Cookson insists his only agenda is to uncover the truth. Speaking at the Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Cookson told Press Association Sport: “I’ve never said anything other than there are things that need to be explained and investigated. “If they’re proved to be innocent, that’s fine, of course it is. “But we need that proper independent investigation of those very damaging allegations that have come out over the last few years.” Now the CIRC has been established, Cookson has handed over responsibility, but the Briton expects McQuaid and Verbruggen to come forward. Cookson added: “I expect all of those people who said this was just what they were waiting for will be as good as their word now. Let’s see what happens.” Armstrong has also previously stated his willingness to participate, but the Texan is embroiled in a number of legal battles and it remains to be seen if he commits to the CIRC. Former UCI president Pat McQuaid is still to decide whether he will take part in the Cycling Independent Reform Commission set up by his successor Brian Cookson, vowing not to be drawn into a “witch hunt”. Press Association Irishman McQuaid was deposed by Cookson as the head of cycling’s world governing body last September and the Briton has delivered in his promise for an independent body to review perceived past wrongdoings, including whether the UCI was complicit in Lance Armstrong’s doping. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and all results dating from 1 August 1998 after a United States Anti-doping Agency investigation uncovered his use of performance-enhancing drugs. last_img read more

Mitroglou axed for Blues clash

first_img “Kostas is a very dangerous striker, but in this league you have to be fit if you are to be ready to score,” Magath said. “Next weekend (against Cardiff on March 8) I’m convinced that he will be back in the squad.” Magath is hoping to capitalise on Chelsea’s Champions League fatigue when Fulham attempt to climb off the foot of the table by defeating the Premier League leaders. The Blues were held to 1-1 draw against Galatasaray in Istanbul on Wednesday night and Magath insists they will have been drained by the travel. “When a team has played in the Champions League, it is always an advantage,” Magath said. “We are lucky that Chelsea have had such a long trip to Istanbul to play on Wednesday. It’s a good situation for us. “I remember the situation – you have to stay at the airport, fly for a few hours and then play the game at night. “Players can’t sleep so well and are tired and then they have to spend more time at the airport. It bothers the players a lot. New Fulham boss Felix Magath has dropped £12million striker Kostas Mitroglou for Saturday’s west London derby against Chelsea. Press Association “It gives us a chance. Chelsea are favourites, everyone knows that, but we’ll try to fight and make a fast game. “If we pressurise Chelsea then we have a good chance to win the game.” Fernando Amorebieta and Damien Duff are in the Whites’ treatment room, but Darren Bent returns after missing the West Brom match for personal reasons. Chelsea manager Mourinho will assess the fatigue levels of his squad following their midweek Champions League trip to Istanbul. David Luiz (groin) and John Obi Mikel (calf) are among those being checked, as are midfielder Oscar (ankle) and striker Fernando Torres. Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah were cup-tied in Europe so should feature, but midfielder Marco van Ginkel is continuing his rehabilitation from his serious knee injury. Mourinho has backed the claims of midfielder Frank Lampard that the Barclays Premier League has to do more to help clubs in Europe with fixture schedules. The Blues have little recovery time following their midweek Champions League trip to Istanbul, having arrived back in the early hours of Thursday morning, before heading into the west London derby with Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon. Mourinho’s squad trained at Stamford Bridge on Thursday afternoon before the players headed off to their usual pre-match hotel at Chelsea Harbour. Clubs who play in the Europa League on Thursday evenings are allowed to push their next domestic matches back to a Sunday kick-off, but there is no such dispensation for Champions League fixtures. The Portuguese manager, whose side are top of the Premier League, insists Lampard was right to speak out against what he sees as poor planning, with little consideration for fatigue on players. “We all prefer to play game after game after game, but we all want to play game after game with conditions to recover, with equal conditions for every team, and no sense that a team has a privilege in the choices, and every team in the same country has the same privilege to be a little bit protected in relation to European matches,” said Mourinho, who will assess the fatigue levels of his squad before making a final team selection. “It makes the players’ job difficult, not my job. “I can play a match every day, it is not a problem for me or the people who make the fixtures. I don’t run, they don’t run. It’s difficult for the players. “When a player like Frank Lampard, who has a right to speak and has played an unbelievable number of seasons and matches in this club, and over 100 times for England, and is not the kind of player who is trying to give an opinion all the time, so when a player like him, and a man like him, expresses his feelings about that, this country should listen.” Mitroglou made his debut in last weekend’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at West Brom, but will not participate when Jose Mourinho’s side visit Craven Cottage. Magath insists the Greece forward, a deadline-day signing bought to fill the void created by Dimitar Berbatov’s departure, is not yet ready for the demands of English football. last_img read more

Panel points to bipartisanship in President Donald Trump’s first address

first_imgOn Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump delivered his first speech to a joint session of United States Congress, which was streamed live in Wallis Annenberg Hall.The event was hosted by the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. After the viewing of the congressional address, four panelists discussed the points made during the speech and the impact they could have on the political climate. The panel included Bob Shrum, the director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics; William Rodriguez Morrison, the Senate director of the California Republican Assembly; Shakari Byerly, a partner at EVITARUS Strategic Research; and Gary Aminoff, who works as a treasurer for the Los Angeles County Republican Party.Throughout the course of the speech, Trump discussed his policies regarding the U.S. economy, healthcare, education and immigration. The speech was kicked off with the mention of Black History Month and the importance of extending efforts in terms of civil rights. The President also addressed recent bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country and the shooting of Indian men in Kansas.After the speech, Aminoff began the conversation by saying that he liked Trump’s tone, which differed from previous speeches that appealed to a more narrow group of supporters.“It was measured, it was not partisan, it was inclusive,” Aminoff said. “I was pleased to see the way he spoke tonight. As a fiscal conservative myself, I think a lot of it was conservative.”Shrum argued that although the speech put forward a conservative agenda, a large part was tied to the economy and to jobs. He even questioned whether this address had brought about a new form of conservatism.“It was a remarkably polarized chamber tonight,” Shrum said. “I don’t agree with Donald Trump on a lot of things he had to say, but I thought that was a remarkable speech given the expectations.”Shrum went on to say that the unhappy attitudes of the Democrats seated in the House Chamber during the speech would not likely play out in their favor. This was a topic of debate during the panel, and Byerly contradicted Shrum by stating that Democrats needed to make a strong showing of how they felt.“I think if they had seemed overly open, that may have actually played to their detriment,” Byerly said.During the address, Trump said that 43 million people in the United States are living in poverty, and that he hopes to address this by developing policies to reduce corporate tax rates of American companies to make them more competitive.Furthermore, Trump argued that reforming immigration would aid in restructuring the economy, and he reiterated his plans to build a wall along the Southern border of the country.“By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars and make our communities safer for everyone,” Trump said. “We want all Americans to succeed, but that can’t happen in an environment of lawless chaos. We must restore integrity and the rule of law to our borders.”According to Aminoff, funding is the main obstacle that is likely to stand in the way of Trump delivering on his promises.“The questions that were running through my mind were: all this infrastructure he wants to build, on the wall, on the border, all of these great programs — my question is, where is the money going to come from to pay for all of this?” Aminoff said.Although Byerly said that she was critical of a lot of aspects of the speech, she was happy to see Trump attempting to appeal to Democrats as well as Republicans.“I was happy to see him mentioning some issues where there was some common ground with Democrats, like childcare and paid family leave,” Byerly said. “I think those are policies where Democrats want to see progress being made.”Shrum said that Trump thought he had to do certain things tonight in order to get approval from other people. He argued that if Trump continued to act like this, people would no longer be able to say that he can’t do his job properly, no matter how much they disagreed with him. Aminoff added that Americans should watch Trump’s actions, rather than just his words over the coming years to judge whether he is an effective leader.“Trump loves to give shocking rhetoric; he likes to jar people,” Aminoff said. “I would pay more attention to what he does than what he says.”last_img read more

Organizations in Alpena band together to help local federal employees during shutdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. —As the government shutdown heads into another week, some federal workers in Alpena are receiving some big help.The United Way, along with the Salvation Army of Alpena and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan are all coming together to make sure no federal workers go without offering free food boxes and providing resources for bills.“We just looked at the situation at hand going on in our area and realized a lot of people in our area are hurting and we thought what can we do,” Executive Director of the United Way of Northeast Michigan, Sonya Thomas said.Here in northeast Michigan the shutdown hits hard. The “sunrise side” has employees from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, TSA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Agriculture just to name a few.“I’m sure they didn’t expect this. We just came through the holiday. I’m sure they thought it was just going to happen for a week or so and now here we are in week five,” Thomas said.Thomas said she was inspired to help the local workers because she too was hit with the unexpected. In addition to receiving free food boxes, furloughed workers can stop by the Salvation Army of Alpena to receive food items for their pets.For utility bills and other unforeseen issues there’s a service called 2–1–1. To make arrangements to pick up your food boxes contact the United Way at 989–354–2221.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local filmmaker ready to show next volume of northeast Michigan adventuresNext What’s Trending for January 23last_img read more

Steelers’ Ramon Foster issues ‘PSA’ to stop social media drama after Rashard Mendenhall’s comments

first_imgFoster’s comments come a few hours after former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall called quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a “racist” before backtracking his remarks later in the day.Alright, I’ll end the mystery… B’s racist and @AB84’s black. He had to catch balls from a racist quarterback. Every honest player knows it, it’s not a big deal. He was just supposed to take his lickings and move on, like a slave for real. https://t.co/ubI39UDauY— Rashard Mendenhall (@R_Mendenhall) April 11, 2019Pittsburgh wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is another player who got caught up in Twitter drama. Antonio Brown, now with the Raiders, replied to a post from a fan that reminded Brown that his former teammate was named Steelers’ Most Valuable Player for the 2018 season. Brown wrote Sunday, in part: “Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year ! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days! by the way check the list.” Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year ! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days ! 🤙🏾 by the way check the list https://t.co/2SWWT8k0jx— Antonio Brown (@AB84) April 7, 2019The social media jabs comes after the Steelers finished the 2018 season with a 9-6-1 record and faced drama throughout the year. “Moving forward…any former player or affiliate of the Steelers who has an issue with anyone still in the locker room, please contact me or Maurkice Pouncey or anyone else you feel you can talk to,” Foster wrote. “Whoever you have an issue with, we will get you their number so you can address them. I PROMISE. These media takes might give y’all good traffic on your social media outlets but the guys still in that locker room, who y’all still know personally have to answer for those comments. Call them what you want, but call them personally and tell THEM. Defend who you want to defend but you don’t have to mention the team at all.”Whether you have a ring or played for one year…ENOUGH…CHILL. Most players at one point in their life want to take their kids back to the place where they once played, don’t burn too many bridges. It’s a long history of brotherhood more than anything, BUSINESS is one thing but let’s keep it at a minimum for the guys who have to answer for these comments moving forward.” Ramon Foster is tired of all the social media drama surrounding the Steelers.The veteran guard issued a lengthy “PSA” statement Thursday on Twitter, calling for former Pittsburgh players to stop constantly criticizing his current teammates. last_img read more

Suns’ front office has some explaining to do (again) after firing of coach Igor Kokoskov

first_imgShould that happen, the Suns will have pushed Kokoskov aside and be left scrambling for a replacement.At some point, the team is going to hire a new coach, and like it or not, that will require a press conference. Some explanation as to what on earth is going on with the franchise will have to be proffered.Who knows? Maybe Bower will even show up for that. It’s been two weeks since the Suns hired new senior vice president of basketball operations Jeff Bower, and we’ve yet to hear a word from him. The team promoted James Jones to the top of the organizational hierarchy in a surprise shakeup (we use that word loosely; nothing is a surprise in Phoenix), but it wanted a veteran front-office guy with NBA relationships to help things run smoothly.Generally, you’d put that guy in front of the local media hacks for a few questions about the state of the team and his vision for where things are heading. But the Suns being the Suns, Bower has remained stashed away, presumably in his new office. Or in a janitor’s closet. We’d have no idea of knowing either way. OFFSEASON PREVIEWS:Lakers | Knicks | Bulls | Pelicans | Mavericks | PacersBower had a similar role as his current gig in Phoenix while he was in Detroit as Stan Van Gundy’s general manager, a job he accepted in 2014 after one year and a 12-19 record coaching Marist. With the Pistons, it can be assumed he was helping Van Gundy make personnel decisions, doing legwork on draft prospects and free agents.Or maybe he was in his car playing Words With Friends. We don’t know, because Bower did not talk to the media much then, either.Bower will have to come out of hiding soon, though, because the Suns announced late Monday night that they were firing coach Igor Kokoskov after just one season. Certainly, it was a miserable, 19-win season, but there were some rays of hope — Devin Booker continued to blossom, Kelly Oubre proved to be a keeper, No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton held his own and Mikal Bridges showed promise as a two-way contributor.That probably should have been enough hope to warrant keeping Kokoskov around another year, or at least to see how the team started off next season.But Jones and Bower are in, and Kokoskov is out. The Suns’ Robert Sarver continues to build his legacy as the NBA’s most fickle and infuriating owner. The team’s next coach will be the ninth in 16 seasons (including interim coaches) and the fourth in the last four years (Jeff Hornacek, Earl Watson, Jay Triano and Kokoskov).The Suns will make a pitch for Monty Williams, who was hired by a group that included Bower in 2010 when Bower was running the New Orleans Hornets. Williams was a good pick on Bower’s part, though Bower was not around long to work with him — he was fired shortly after hiring Williams.The guy Bower wanted most for that job was Tom Thibodeau, who wound up in Chicago. Perhaps if the Suns miss out on Williams, they could pursue Thibodeau, who would likely bring in Luol Deng and play Jamal Crawford 38 minutes a night. Oh, the fun the locals could have on Twitter with that.The Suns have been a mess in recent years, and Bower’s zipped-lip approach isn’t helping. There is much to be explained here, and the more the franchise refuses to do the explaining, the worse the whole operation looks. And not many teams look worse these days.Watson, for example, was not much of a coach. But he was fired three games into last season. That’s not how things are done in the NBA.What?!— Earl J Watson (@Earl_Watson) April 23, 2019MORE: Former Suns player calls Sarver “worst owner in the NBA”Ryan McDonough gave Sarver plenty of reasons to fire him in recent years, but the Suns gave him the axe just eight days before this season started. McDonough had struggled to find a point guard for the team but, according to sources, was on the phone trying to complete a deal for a point guard when he got the call to tell him he’d been fired.That’s not how things are done in the NBA. Or in any employment setting, really. Even “The Apprentice,” after making contestants run scavenger hunts and construct faux ad campaigns, gave the process of firing some air of solemnity.It’s entirely possible that Williams will look at what’s going on in Phoenix, will look at how both Kokoskov and Watson were handled, how the firing of McDonough went down, and decide to sign on elsewhere. He’ll be a top candidate for any job that opens.last_img read more

Tua Tagovailoa’s NFL Draft decision: The pros & cons of returning to Alabama for senior season

first_imgTagovailoa underwent hip surgery on Nov. 18 after a season-ending injury against Mississippi State on Nov. 16. That recovery is a major factor in a decision that isn’t as clear as it seems. There are clear pros and cons for both sides of the Tagovailoa’s decision. Here are the cases for staying in school versus leaving for the NFL.MORE: What’s next for Nick Saban, Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama?Tua Tagovailoa should enter the 2020 NFL DraftProsTagovailoa can get that money now. Sporting News’ latest mock draft has Tagovailoa heading to the Miami Dolphins with the No. 5 overall pick. Even if he falls in the first round, perhaps Tagovailoa lands with a Super Bowl contender (please don’t let it be New England, right?).There is nothing left for Tagovailoa to prove at Alabama. He passed for 87 TDs and 11 interceptions, played in two national championship games and was a Heisman Trophy runner-up. He worked well with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who served in the same position with Atlanta Falcons. Tagovailoa flashed enough of a play-making skill set that at least one NFL team would be willing to roll the dice on the injury risk associated with drafting Tagovailoa with a top pick.ConsHow many mock drafts have been tossed out the window? Better yet, how many NFL teams take a quarterback without watching him throw in person? Tagovailoa might not be able to throw until the spring because of his rehab from surgery, and it is entirely possible he falls out of the first round.From there, who knows? He will have to shed the “injury prone” label in the league given his ankle issues the last two seasons, and that makes him a boom-or-bust candidate on some level. Tagovailoa was thought of as a slam-dunk No. 1 overall candidate at this time last year, and now that player is clearly LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.  I’m a firm believer Tua returns to Bama in 2020Let’s say he goes #10 this yearThat contract is worth $19MIf he comes back & performs, he’s least Top 5 pickThat’s $30 MillionHe can make $10M+ coming back all while getting better & w/ insurance to protect himSmart move https://t.co/7UTv491Gte— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) January 1, 2020MORE: Everything to know about Tua Tagovailoa’s injury, recovery timelineTua Tagovailoa should stay at Alabama ProsTagovailoa would have a chance to showcase that he is a healthy quarterback once and for all. If Tagovailoa comes back, lights it up and has another season on par with the last two, then he would be a no-doubt lock to be a top-five pick and lessen the risk for a draft-day slide. That could be the better long-term play.Plus, Tagovailoa could cement his legacy as an all-time college football great if he comes back, wins the Heisman Trophy and leads another championship run. The royalties from that scenario might surpass his NFL legacy.   ConsIt’s the easiest question to ask: What if Tagovailoa gets hurt again?The insurance policy is a safety net, but the NFL offers money and the team that drafts him would be patient in terms of a timetable for his recovery. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence appears to be the almost-unanimous No. 1 pick for 2021, and Tagovailoa runs the risk of slipping down the draft board if he isn’t the same player because of the hip injury. That could mean even more potential financial loss before his pro career even starts.  The verdict This is one where using a poll to take the temperature of the room works. It feels 60-40 or even 65-35 that the NFL will be too hard to pass up for Tagovailoa.  Will Tua Tagovailoa declare for the 2020 NFL Draft on Jan. 6?— Bill Bender (@BillBender92) January 2, 2020The easy choice is the NFL. Tagovailoa can take the money that’s implied with his first- or second-round pick grade and run, and at the end of the day he will have to prove he’s good enough to play at that level.   Where will Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa play next season?  Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will announce whether he’s staying for a senior season at Alabama or declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. It’s a decision that will shape both the NFL Draft-decision making in April and next year’s college football season.  Still, this does feel a little bit like USC’s Matt Leinart, who stayed with the Trojans for his senior year in 2005, and Florida’s Tim Tebow, who stayed with Florida for one more run in 2009. Those quarterbacks had Heisman Trophy awards and multiple national championships in hand when they decided to stay.  Tagovailoa’s decision also would impact the rest of Alabama’s potential first-round picks. Dylan Moses, a SN preseason All-American who missed the season with a knee injury, already is back for next season. Perhaps Tagovailoa could be the center of that one last ride with the Tide.  It still feels like 60-40 he goes, but the fact that it is that close is why we are all waiting for Jan. 6.last_img read more

CLUB ASPEN HEADS $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY ON SATURDAY; NORTHERN INVADER BETTOR TRIP NICK & ROOKIE MISTAKE ALSO PROMINENT AS NINE SOPHOMORES GO 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgCLUB ASPEN HEADS $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY ON SATURDAY; NORTHERN INVADER BETTOR TRIP NICK & ROOKIE MISTAKE ALSO PROMINENT AS NINE SOPHOMORES GO 1 1/16 MILES  RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES   ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2020)–Club Aspen, an impressive 2 ½ length stakes winner in his most recent start, heads a field of nine sophomores going a mile and one sixteenth in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita.  Trained by Craig Lewis and owned by his brother Larry, Club Aspen is by the hottest sire currently standing in California, Clubhouse Ride, who was also conditioned by Craig Lewis.Golden Gate Fields invader Bettor Trip Nick, a two-time stakes winner on synthetic Tapeta, rates a big chance in the Cal Cup Derby and is owned in part and trained by William Delia.Reddam Racing’s homebred Rookie Mistake, a son of top sire Square Eddie, comes off a 3 ¼ length maiden turf win at 5 ½ furlongs and also figures very prominent for trainer Doug O’Neill.The Cal Cup Derby is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA and is for eligible California-bred or sired horses.CLUB ASPENOwner:  Lawrence D. LewisTrainer:  Craig LewisBred in California by Harris Farms, Club Aspen is out of the Talkin Man mare Aspen Gal.  A six furlong maiden special weight winner versus statebreds in his second start on Aug. 2 at Del Mar, Club Aspen ran the best race of his career in winning the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 15 and will likely employ a similar stalking style on Saturday under regular rider Jorge Velez. The leading money earner in the field with $118,211, he has two wins from seven starts.BETTOR TRIP NICKOwner:  William Delia, Gary Oetman & Ray PaganoTrainer:  William DeliaOne length shy of being unbeaten in five Golden Gate Fields starts dating back to Aug. 23, this gelding who is by the Harlan’s Holiday stallion Boat Trip, comes off a gate to wire score in the one mile Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 7 as the 4-5 favorite and figures to employ similar tactics on Saturday under regular pilot Catalino Martinez.  A half length winner of the six furlong Gold Rush Stakes two starts back on Nov. 9, Bettor Trip Nick will be trying two turns for the second time in the Cal Cup Derby.ROOKIE MISTAKEOwner:  Reddam Racing, Inc.Trainer:  Doug O’NeillBy Square Eddie, out of the General Meeting mare Meetmeinthewoods, Rookie Mistake comes of a scintillating 3 ¼ length win going 5 ½ furlongs on turf here Jan. 3 and although he’s a solid fit in the Cal Cup Derby, he may be better suited for grass.  The 6-5 favorite in the 5 ½ furlong turf debut four starts back here on Oct. 20, Rookie Mistake led throughout prior to tiring late, finishing third, beaten 1 ½ lengths.  Subsequently well beaten in the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile Nov. 1, his best race on dirt came two starts back when he was a close second versus statebred maidens going 5 ½ furlongs at Del Mar Dec. 1. Saturday’s Derby will be his first two turn assignment and he could be a menacing presence for the likes of Bettor Trip Nick.THE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9  Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTBettor Trip Nick–Catalino Martinez–124Dapper–Geovanni Franco–124Sacred Rider–Abel Cedillo–124Summer Fire–Mike Smith–124Club Aspen–Jorge Velez–124Rookie Mistake–Mario Gutierrez–124Indian Peak–Juan Hernandez–124Fast Enough–Tiago Pereira–124Big Returns–Ruben Fuentes–124First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more