By 2050, the animal and food industry will need to be able to feed a world with a projected population increase of 2.1 billion. With the help of industry and academic experts, University of Georgia researchers identified the most pressing issues for the animal and food industry to address a growing population.A recently published journal article in Translational Animal Science identified critical industry issues using a Delphi analysis. This study was led by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty Kevan Lamm and Francis Fluharty in collaboration with doctoral candidate Nekeisha Randall.“Our responsibility as an institution is to listen to and then to serve the needs of our stakeholders, in this case, the producers of Georgia … and around the country and the world,” said Lamm, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC) Department.This mixed-method research approach compiled observed issues through a series of three surveys distributed to Georgia’s animal and food industry experts. Multiple survey rounds allowed researchers to look at the list of critical issues identified by experts and group them thematically.“Instead of trying to say, ‘We’re going to attack 40 independent issues,’ if we can collate, collapse and aggregate those issues into broader themes that are generally understood, it can help us to be a little more focused and articulate what we’re trying to accomplish,” Lamm said.The top issues of concern fell into seven themes: industry image and relationship with the public; workforce development and pipeline; economic and environmental sustainability; animal and human health/well-being; production and distribution efficiency; government regulations and relationship with legislative leaders; and relationship with higher education/researchers.Evaluating industry outlookA Delphi analysis is a forecasting process framework based on the results of multiple rounds of questionnaires sent to a panel of experts. Several rounds of questionnaires are sent out to the group of experts, and the anonymous responses are aggregated and shared with the group after each round. Fluharty, the head of UGA’s Department of Animal and Dairy Science (ADS), facilitated the critical component of recruiting expert panelists for the study.“My role was really providing the names of several key people in industry across the board, from production through private industry through government entities. We wanted a good cross-section of people in order to get an accurate scope of what the issues are and to find out from various entities what the critical areas of need would be,” Fluharty said.Fluharty identified expert panelists including policymakers, cattle and pork producers, commodity group representatives, food product industry representatives, Farm Bureau employees and others.“Ideas that folks agree on rise to the top. We don’t know who the ideas have come from necessarily. If you’re on the panel, you’re identified as an expert. It could be a producer, it could be somebody sitting on the department of agriculture,” Lamm said. “The great ideas are retained and we use those to inform the thematic analysis.”In the first round of the survey, panelists had the opportunity to anonymously identify in their own words the top five critical industry issues. These responses were used as the foundation for round two, in which panelists ranked the identified issues based on their importance. These rankings were analyzed and issues that scored high enough in importance were used in the final survey. Round three created a final group consensus on the issues of importance. Items that had at least 80% agreement stayed on the list and were grouped into themes.In the final round of analysis, Randall conducted the constant comparative method. Among her other contributions to the research publication, Randall, an ALEC alumna currently pursuing her doctorate in learning, leadership and organization development, finds Delphi analysis useful in her pursuits connecting research with practice.“My doctoral research revolves around recovering from job burnout, an interest that is very interdisciplinary and that relates to multiple segments of our population here and abroad,” Randall said. “Therefore, tools like the Delphi method offer me one more way of seeking different angles to a very multifaceted topic that researchers, practitioners and everyday people care about — which can also be said for our animal and food industry research.”Lamm said Delphi analysis is effective in identifying the big issues because it uses two different brain functions. First, the limbic — or emotional — part of the brain allows experts to unearth big issues of interest. Then the prefrontal cortex is engaged through the logical thought process in thinking critically about those issues.“We’ve engaged system one, that emotional brain, and system two, that logical brain. So when we do come to a consensus, folks have a lot more commitment to it and more buy-in to it,” Lamm said.Informing change through researchBuy-in from stakeholders is crucial when implementing research-based changes. This study was part of a larger project to develop a strategic plan for ADS that is guiding curriculum and research decisions in the department. Fluharty said that is already happening through curriculum changes — such as addressing industry image and relationship with consumers — a matter related directly to animal welfare.“We may talk about it as ‘beef quality assurance’ or ‘pork quality assurance’ but those programs are really the basis of what is evolving into a broader animal welfare discussion. If anything, this research showed that (it) is a critical component of animal production,” Fluharty said.To contribute to workforce development in a growing field, ADS aspires to incorporate animal welfare into both production courses and departmental research in the future. They also plan to expose students to career opportunities in the field, like third-party animal welfare auditing.ADS is particularly invested in experiential learning opportunities to encourage workforce readiness among undergraduates, of whom only about 15% come from a traditional agricultural production background.“This research and the information we learned showed we have to have students with more hands-on experience in order to really meet the workforce needs of businesses out there,” Fluharty said.ADS plans to address a lack of animal production experience with the creation of a student-run purebred beef cattle herd close to campus. Industry producers have been supportive of the initiative and have provided high-quality genetics for the herd. This experiential learning opportunity will give students without a production background the chance to learn about herd health, genetics, calving and more under the supervision of a small faculty group.This faculty collaboration between ALEC and ADS has shown opportunities for interdisciplinary research and development of cross-departmental courses that could benefit students in both departments.“I see a lot of opportunity for interactions with our students, with our graduates and with our faculty,” Fluharty said.For more information on the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, visit ads.uga.edu. For more information on the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, visit alec.uga.edu.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):“Flat is the new up,” one analyst said as coal companies reported another brutal quarter for investors in the space while domestic markets continued on a path of secular decline and export markets took a turn for the worse.For the last five years, the S&P 500 has consistently outperformed the SNL Coal Index, and the gap continues to widen through 2019. While coal equities struggled to win the favor of investors even when robust export markets offered coal companies an outlet to sell their fuel, share prices are plummeting as those opportunities diminish.“Export markets are challenging right now, and there is a widespread fear amongst investors that all U.S. coal producers will have to retreat significantly from the export markets, resulting in significant EBITDA declines,” Consol Energy Inc. President and CEO Jimmy Brock said on a Nov. 5 earnings call. Brock added that Consol was bracing for continued weak pricing through 2020, but remained optimistic about a potential recovery.Mark Levin, an analyst with Seaport Global Securities LLC, praised Consol’s assets and the product it sells in a Nov. 5 note. Levin said that, unlike many of its peers, the company managed to avoid revising its guidance. Since “flat is the new up,” Levin chalked up the company’s performance, in line with expectations, to the “victory column.”Share prices declined at major U.S. coal companies despite aggressive share buyback programs rolled out by most major U.S. coal producers in recent years. Staring down a diminishing domestic market, weaker export markets and the political uncertainty of a 2020 election, Levin recently encouraged the coal industry to “hoard cash.”Levin said management teams talking on third-quarter earnings calls sound like they are bracing for recent trends — near-record-low domestic consumption, met coal prices flirting with three-year lows, and overall weak coal export volumes — to continue into 2020. If a company has an unsustainable quarterly distribution or a non-essential project, it is time to cut it, he added.More ($): Already flailing through 2019, coal equities dove even lower in third quarter U.S. coal companies, analysts expect strong financial headwinds to continue through 2020
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe actions taken by the Trump administration with regard to the United Nations are long overdue. More should be done with less of our taxpayer money.I give the UN the benefit of the doubt that its inception was with the best intentions. I really don’t believe that, but I wrote it to make you feel good — another brick in the “road to hell.” Who could forget the League of Nations? That really worked. The UN is like our Congress and Senate in America. It knows right from wrong, but choses to act irresponsibility (partisan). Ditto the UN. It’s not a matter of money; it’s a matter of lack of character of the members.The fact that North Korea exists with all of its existing torments is a testament to the failure of the UN. There are other examples. The UN has no problem getting its “act together” when it comes to denouncing Israel and America. When I see a leader of a poor nation living in splendor, adorned with medals for who knows what, I know my tax dollars shouldn’t be going to that bottomless pit.Like Jesus, salvation in the material form is found within, not someone else’s pocketbook.As for the poor of other nations, let their affluent give till it hurts. They won’t. We need to fix our infrastructure, not the “shovel-ready” boondoggles of former President Obama. What difference does it make? Dance fool dance.Edmond DayRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Here’s a solution to school shootings without taking guns away from law-abiding citizens.My idea would be to have all school-aged children learn from home. First, all children would get a state of the art computer, with face recognition monitors. Tracking devices would be placed on each school-age child to be sure they are at their computers during school hours. We could eliminate all the overhead, maintenance, and supplies.We could have one teacher, teaching each grade via computer. The cost for education would drop dramatically.A student who has special needs could have a teacher for each individual need. Of course, there would be a need for truant officers to round up the law-breaking kids.The children could enroll in extracurricular activities through boys and girls clubs. This would eliminate bullying, school fighting, and all the other social issues faced by kids that we seem to keep throwing money at. Think about how much money the taxpayer could save by just putting kids in front of a computer for learning.It’s no different than video games.Sounds far-fetched, but we have to do something, right?Robert SponableSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Why is the Europa League final in Baku? How Arsenal vs Chelsea came to be in Azerbaijan The stadium holds just over 70,000 people (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)The tiny amount of tickets on offer to fans of the clubs competing was seen as a real problem by many, but it was something brought up in Azerbaijan’s bid and accepted by UEFA in the evaluation.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe hotel facilities in Baku do not meet the minimum requirement set out by UEFA, but as the number of tickets on offer to foreign fans are hugely restricted, the failure was ignored.‘Although the number of hotel rooms within a 60km radius of the stadium falls short of UEFA’s minimum requirements for fans, visitors and UEFA’s key target groups, the lower share of tickets allocated to the two finalist teams reduces potential risks,’ read the Evaluation Report.In comparison, Seville’s and Istanbul’s hotel arrangements exceeded minimum requirements.Choosing a destination that has to offer the finalists a feeble amount of tickets for their fans does seem odd.However, despite the lack of tickets, both Arsenal and Chelsea have returned a substantial amount of their allocation due to the difficulty of getting to Baku.6,000 tickets were awarded to each club and a UEFA spokesperson said: ‘Approximately 6,000 tickets have been returned by the two finalists together.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAs to why UEFA plumped for Baku over Sevilla and Istanbul is not entirely clear, other than their desire to keep moving their showpiece matches to new locations and rotating the honour of hosting big games.Seville hosted the Europa League final in 2003, while Istanbul was handed it in 2009.Istanbul hosted the Champions League final in 2005 and has it again in 2020 and while it is not in Seville, Spain have the Champions League final this year in Madrid, with the same city hosting in 2010.Neither Baku nor anywhere in Azerbaijan has ever hosted a Champions or Europa League final, so the new opportunities and rotation policy is certainly behind the move, as is preparing the ground for the three group games and quarter-final of Euro 2020.AdvertisementMORE: Why isn’t Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan playing in the Europa League final in Baku?MORE: What TV channel is the Europa League final on and how to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea for free? Advertisement Comment The Olympic Stadium in Baku, pictured two days before the 2019 Europa League final (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)The actual match between Arsenal and Chelsea seems to have taken a backseat in the build-up to the Europa League final with so much controversy swirling around the contest taking place in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku.There have been widespread complaints about the distance the teams and supporters have to travel, the lack of tickets on offer to each club and the fact that Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not playing because of political tensions between his country and Azerbaijan.Obviously some of the issues in terms of distance only arose when two English teams qualified for the final, but with other problems entirely foreseeable, the question is being asked: Why did UEFA take the Europa League final to Baku?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe decision was announced in September 2017 after the UEFA Executive Committee met in Nyon and little was explained over the choice to head to Azerbaijan.ADVERTISEMENTA UEFA announcement simply read: ‘The Olympic Stadium in Baku has been selected to host the 2019 UEFA Europa League final.‘To be held on 29 May 2019, the final will be the first such decider played in the Azerbaijani capital. The stadium was built for the 2015 European Games and has previously been chosen to stage three group games and a quarter-final at UEFA EURO 2020.‘The stadium was one of the arenas used for the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, attracting a competition-record 33,000 crowd for Azerbaijan’s opening game against Poland. Baku was also a venue for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and hosted the 2014 UEFA Futsal Cup finals.’ Phil HaighWednesday 29 May 2019 10:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link103Shares Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang trains at the Olympic Stadium (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)In June of 2017, UEFA announced that there were three bids formally submitted to host the 2019 Europa League final, with Seville’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and Vodafone Park in Istanbul being the other two.What we have to go on to see why Azerbaijan beat Spain and Turkey in this race is UEFA’s Evaluation Report which also covered the bids for the Champions League final, Women’s Champions League final and Super Cup.The document praised the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) for producing, ‘a very creative and professional presentation of its vision, concept and anticipated legacy.’There is no mention of the potential issue of Armenian players competing in the final, with UEFA summing up: ‘The AFFA confirms that there are no legal or other constraints that would impact the fulfilment of the host associations’ obligations.’ This is despite UEFA being well aware of tensions as they keep the countries apart in international competition draws.UEFA were satisfied by the travel situation, which entirely comes down to fans traveling into Heydar Aliyev airport, which is 20km outside of Baku.The Evaluation Report stated: ‘Due to its geographical location, most foreign spectators would arrive in Baku by air, resulting in high demand for flights. Heydar Aliyev International Airport is the only international airport within easy reach of Baku. The in and outbound airport capacity meets the requirements. ‘Despite this assessment, The Times reported that the airport’s small capacity of only accommodating 15,000 passengers-per-day was part of the reason that Arsenal and Chelsea were only offered 6,000 tickets each. Advertisement
10 Shearwater Esplanade, Runaway Bay. 10 Shearwater Esplanade, Runaway Bay. 10 Shearwater Esplanade, Runaway Bay. Fancy a game of basketball? For the more active residents, there is a pool bordering the waterfront.The entire top floor is dedicated to the master retreat, while the main living and dining area opens to a huge terrace. The ground floor is home to sumptuous living and entertaining areas, taking in the squash court, a wet bar, and a kitchen.The main living and dining areas open on to a huge terrace on the sparkling waterfront. Here, stone creates a smart outdoor venue alongside the 12.5m pool.Vendor Michael Kuhne said it took two-and-a-half years to build his family home — he engaged three architects to complete the build and interior design.Amir Mian and Georgia Baines of Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents are taking the property to auction on January 23 at Palazzo Versace. 10 Shearwater Esplanade, Runaway Bay. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoEntertain in style.The Runaway Bay mansion is flanked by deep water at the front and rear of the 2045sq m property and spans four luxurious levels.All levels can be accessed by a glass lift, which opens to an internal grotto with a 7m high waterfall in rocklike feature walls.The house has everything the busy entertainer could want, including a 12-seat surround-sound cinema, a wet bar and 600sq m of balcony and alfresco living. 10 Shearwater Esplanade, Runaway Bay.IT’S luxurious, stylish and viewing this home is an unforgettable experience.Welcome to one of the Gold Coast’s most impressive mansions – it’s even got a full-sized squash court that doubles as a basketball court. 10 Shearwater Esplanade, Runaway Bay.
Another local coach ends up being very successful back at his own Alma Mater! Stacy Meyer was a Greensburg High School graduate where he played basketball and baseball 4 years and football for 2. He continued with his athletics at Hanover College where he played basketball for 4 years and baseball for 2.Stacy was a teacher in the Greensburg School System before he became their Athletic Director. He has been head coach for the Pirates for 13 years having prior coaching experience as an assistant at Franklin College and then head coach at Southwestern Shelby High School for 2 years and at Whiteland High School for 3. The Greensburg Pirates have been very successful under Coach Meyer winning the 3A state title twice.Coach Meyer & his wife, Jennie, have been married for 21 years and have twin daughters, Ashlynn and Bailey. The girls are freshmen in college.
Marillyn R. Shaw, 77 of Greensburg, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Majestic Care Nursing Home in North Vernon. Marillyn was born on February 17, 1943 in Decatur County, the daughter of Arthur and Julia (Baylis) Willeford. Marillyn was a 1961 graduate of Greensburg High School and a 1966 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College. On July 13, 1968 she married Rev. Stanley Shaw and he preceded her in death on October 24, 2019. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her son Timothy Shaw.Marillyn worked for many years as a cashier at Walmart in Greensburg.A graveside service will be held at South Park Cemetery on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 11am, following the state guidelines for social distancing and facial coverings. Rev. Chris Stephens will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greensburg United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.gilliland-howe.com.
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo has vowed to dedicate every Manchester United goal he scores during his loan spell to his sister, who tragically passed away in December. The Nigeria international moved to Old Trafford from Shanghai Shenhua on a short-term deal until the end of the season to ease the injury burden at the club. But despite securing his “dream” move to the club he supported as a boy, Ighalo is still reeling from the tragic loss of his sister, Mary Atole, who died two months ago. The 30-year-old has her name etched on his boots and will wear a white t-shirt underneath his United top with her name written when the club visits Stamford Bridge on Monday night to take on Chelsea. He spoke to The Sun about his pain, saying: “I feel very emotional because it has not really struck me that my sister is gone forever and I am never going to see her again. “Sometimes when I am alone and I just remember her, I have one sharp pain in my heart. “My twin sister, Akhere, will call me, crying, saying she misses her and, sometimes when I am alone, I cry too. “It is a very painful loss but I am trying to be strong as a man.” Mary Atole collapsed in her home in Canada on the morning of December 12, 2019 while getting her children ready for school. She was 43 when she died. Ighalo added: “It was a very painful moment. “She just collapsed and died before the kids could even call for an ambulance. “When the medics arrived, they tried to revive her but she was already gone.” His heartache is shared by Akhere, elder sister Beatrice, brothers Austin and Moses and mother Martina. Ighalo said: “Although she was my older sister, Mary was like a mother to all of us. “Even when I was young she would look after me. “She tried to make everybody happy, make sure everyone was okay.”Tags: Manchester UnitedMary AtoleOdion IghaloOld TraffordShanghai Shenhua
Press Association Long since accepted as the summer signing that made the difference, Van Persie underlined his value by ensuring there was never a chance Aston Villa might prevent their hosts from collecting the victory required to celebrate championship number 20 in front of their own fans at Old Trafford. Van Persie took 81 seconds to sweep home Ryan Giggs’ knock-back. Twelve minutes from the break he profited from more unselfishness from Giggs to complete the second three-timer of his United career. In between he scored one of his best goals as he followed Wayne Rooney’s long ball, waited for it to drop then smashed a first-time volley into the corner. The Dutchman’s contribution took his tally for the season to 24, ahead of major rival Luis Suarez in the hunt for the Golden Boot. But Villa did not just have Van Persie to look after, they also needed to subdue Wayne Rooney. And in that task, they failed miserably. Again slotted into central midfield alongside Michael Carrick, Rooney took control, spraying passes around in a manner befitting Paul Scholes. The first went arrowing to the corner for Antonio Valencia to hunt down after barely a minute. Valencia held the ball up and rolled it back to Rafael, whose deep cross found Giggs, and Van Persie did the rest. It was part of a blistering start from the champions-elect, in which Van Persie almost scored again and nearly set up Shinji Kagawa and Rafael smashed a shot against the post from 20 yards. Villa were simply unable to resist. On his 400th United appearance, Rooney launched a rocket from inside his own half which Van Persie’s perfect technique allowed him to belt into the visitors’ goal before it bounced. Van Persie completed his second United hat-trick when Giggs broke through and elected to slip a pass inside rather than go for goal himself. The visitors, acutely aware of the damage to their own relegation battle a heavy defeat could inflict, gamely went hunting a consolation in the second half. Yet even here, Van Persie was the prominent figure, heading a goalbound Andreas Weimann effort off the line. Christian Benteke should have scored but David de Gea repelled that attempt. United briefly roused themselves only for Rooney to fire over from 20 yards. Kagawa also failed to find the target when he only had Brad Guzan to beat after a superb first touch. Really though, the hosts were counting down to the final whistle, as were their supporters, who spent the second half paying homage to a succession of past players. Their focus switched when referee Anthony Taylor brought the evening to an end though, and Van Persie was the man they owed most thanks to. Robin van Persie bagged a magnificent first-half hat-trick to fire Manchester United to Barclays Premier League title glory with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa.
Austrian defender Sebastian Prodl has already arrived and the club’s contacts in Italy are likely to facilitate the capture of further talented individuals. PERSONALITY Diego Forlan was a star of Atletico’s charge to the Europa League but his subsequent bust-up with Flores saw him isolated from the squad and spitting accusations of “bad blood” between the pair. The impeccably dressed coach left the Vicente Calderon under a cloud in 2011 having left Valencia in similar circumstances years earlier, suggesting he possesses a fiery and emotional character. Angrily voicing your concerns in public can earn managers hefty fines and bans in the Premier League but it is more pressing that Flores does not lose control of the Hornets dressing room. SLAVEN BILIC ACHIEVEMENTS Beyond his time as a tough-tackling centre-back with West Ham and Everton, England best remembers Bilic as the manager whose Croatia team denied the Three Lions a place at Euro 2008. The famous 3-2 win at Wembley significantly raised Bilic’s profile and from that point forward he was consistently linked with a return to Upton Park. He continued to impress in his role with Croatia but, after leaving the role in 2012, flopped at Lokomotiv Moscow and spent two dynamic but ultimately trophyless years with Besiktas in Turkey. TACTICS The 46-year-old favours a flat back four, balance and creativity in his midfield, and versatile strikers. Bilic’s sides play a short passing game – a style traditionally popular in Croatia – and prefer to control possession of the ball in the opposition’s half. Besiktas players were shown 10 red cards during his final season in charge, meaning discipline could well be an issue, and his determination to push players forward may see the Hammers caught out consistently on the counter-attack. PERSONALITY The occasional smoker from Split is certainly one of the game’s most intriguing personalities. A former law student and still an amateur rock musician, Bilic prides himself on his man-management skills and firmly believes that boosting players’ morale off the pitch will breed positive results on it. His illustrative command of the English language is bound to provide some of the coming season’s best media sound bites while he will hope his unbridled confidence rubs off on his new charges. Press Association Every summer brings a raft of changes to Barclays Premier League dressing rooms and dugouts alike, with familiar faces making way for fresh – and often rather colourful – characters. QUIQUE SANCHEZ FLORES ACHIEVEMENTS Flores, the son of a successful Real Madrid defender, was a regular fixture at right-back during his 10 years at Valencia and quickly adapted to the challenges of management. He guided Los Che to a third-placed finish in the Primera Division but it was at Atletico Madrid where he really began to shine, revitalising the club and steering them to the Europa League title in 2010. Since leaving Madrid his fortunes have been mixed – he has taken in spells in the Middle East and a brief stint with Getafe before being identified as the man to lead Watford in the English top flight. TACTICS The 50-year-old has been criticised for being tactically conservative but it was that insistence on defensive stability and patient build-up play that saw Atletico romp to victory in Europe five years ago. Watford already have an abundance of attacking talent so Flores will perhaps spend the early days of his reign improving matters at the back. Quique Sanchez Flores and Slaven Bilic, the Spaniard and Croatian who have just taken charge of Watford and West Ham respectively, are very different personalities and extol the virtues of rather diverse brands of football. Here, Press Association Sport’s James Cann examines what fans can expect to see from the two latest managerial imports.
Linfield kept alive their hopes of progressing thanks to a battling 2-1 defeat to Spartak Trnava. The Slovakian side took the lead with a penalty from captain Erik Sabo. David Kee levelled soon after with a superb free-kick from the edge of the box but Martin Mikovic restored his side’s lead from close range. Milos Nikolic was sent off for a second yellow card just before half-time but the Blues could not add to their tally. Newtown perhaps faced the most difficult task of the British sides and came away from FC Copenhagen with pride intact but still facing a two-goal deficit to overturn in the second leg. The Welsh Premier League side got off to the worst possible start at the Parken Stadium when Ben Verbic struck for the hosts after three minutes. But Newtown refused to crumble and it took until the 74th minute for Kasper Kusk to double Copenhagen’s lead. UCD only went down 1-0 away at Slovan Bratislava, Adam Zrelak scoring the only goal, while Shamrock Rovers were beaten 2-0 at home by Odd. Olivier Occean netted twice for the Norwegians, the first from the penalty spot. But just when it looked like the tie would end goalless, Tomkins bundled the ball into the net following a corner to give the Barclays Premier League side the slenderest of leads to protect in next Thursday’s away leg. Aberdeen were far more convincing as they gave themselves a massive boost with a 3-0 first-leg win over Rijeka at the Stadion Kantrida. Such a result seemed unlikely in the early stages as the Croatian side, aiming to reach the group stage of the tournament for the third year running, dominated possession from the first whistle and squandered a host of chances – the closest of which saw Marin Tomasov strike a post. But defender Andrew Considine headed the Dons in front against the run of play in the 38th minute from a Niall McGinn corner. There was more joy soon after the break when midfielder Peter Pawlett, denied a goal for offside just before the break, headed in a Shay Logan cross. Substitute Kenny McLean increased the lead further in the 75th minute with a close-range volley to give Derek McInnes’ side what should be an unassailable lead ahead of the return game at Pittodrie. In contrast, fellow Scottish Premiership side Inverness experienced a painful lesson on their introduction to European football after falling to a dead-ball goal against the run of play against Romanian side Astra. Caley Thistle made a good start but lost 1-0 following a 24th-minute strike by Constantin Budescu. James Tomkins’ scrappy goal in the 90th minute saved West Ham’s blushes with a 1-0 win over Birkirkara in the Europa League second qualifying round first leg clash at Upton Park. Press Association With manager Slaven Bilic in the Boleyn Ground dugout for the first time since his summer appointment, the Irons were expected to make short work of the Maltese Cup winners, having seen off FC Lusitans of Andorra 4-0 on aggregate in the first round. However, despite naming a strong starting XI – which included the likes of captain Kevin Nolan, goalkeeper Adrian, defenders Winston Reid and Tomkins, with Morgan Amalfitano, Mauro Zarate and Modibo Maiga in attack – the Irons were left frustrated as the visitors dug in.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out any chance of Steven Gerrard playing for the club again. Press Association But the manager said that was not a likely prospect, although he is happy to honour the agreement Gerrard had with former manager Brendan Rodgers to train at the club’s Melwood base while he is home. “I spoke with Stevie. One phone call and a few messages. He is a very nice guy I must say,” said Klopp, who has yet to meet Gerrard in person. “He’s a Liverpool legend, of course, but his contract as I know is in the USA “But now his break starts and I told him ‘When you are here of course you can come whenever you want, you can train with us if you think it is good for you. “Of course our doors are always open for him, that is clear. But nothing else. “Do you think he should play at this moment or next year. No? Why did you ask me? “Stevie has a contract with LA Galaxy, he loves this club and he is a legend and when his contract has ended we can talk about different stuff. “We will find for sure something for Stevie when he comes back and whatever he wants to do we will help him but not at this moment – we are in the middle of the season. “Everything is fine, perfect between LFC and Stevie, but I don’t know him until now and I’m looking forward to the moment we meet each other and we’ll talk about his ideas for the future, maybe, if he has some. “The door is always open. Of course.” Klopp has taken his strongest-possible side to Russia for the Europa League match against Rubin Kazan with the inclusion of youngsters, including the likes of Pedro Chirivella, Cameron Brannagan and back-up goalkeeper Ryan Fulton – kept to a minimum, although defender Connor Randall would also have travelled had he not picked up an injury in training yesterday. Klopp’s policy is different to those of predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who on the club’s only other European trip this season left six senior players at home when they flew to Bordeaux in September. Liverpool, who have had three successive 1-1 draws in Europe this season, at the very least have to avoid defeat in Kazan if they are to avoid a tricky conclusion to their Group B campaign. They currently trail leaders Sion (on seven points) by three and are ahead of Kazan by only a point with Bordeaux to follow in their final home game ahead a trip to Switzerland in December. Klopp was asked by a local journalist what he thought of the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan. “We are not here for a visit. I hope you will see that tomorrow,” he added. “We know it will be hard tomorrow and that is why the Europa League is a very big challenge. “We are here to do our best and if we need to work hard for 95, 96 minutes then we shall do this.” Klopp is eminently quotable and he was reminded of one of his oft-repeated phrases about wanting to play “heavy metal” football at former club Borussia Dortmund when asked how he would describe Liverpool’s musical style. “The problem in my life is I say too many sh*t things,” said the German, reducing his audience to laughter. “I don’t know, we have to work to create a new kind of music but we are in a good way.” Rubin manager Valeriy Chaly has watched his opponents win their last two matches – plus drawing at home to Southampton after their 1-1 stalemate in their encounter at Anfield – and is expecting a more confident side. “I watched the game between Chelsea and Liverpool are improving with each match,” he said. “Liverpool played an aggressively, tightly compact in all areas of the field. “This is the style of Jurgen Klopp. Aggressive tough football.” However, the German would be happy to welcome him back in another capacity once his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy is over. A report suggested there was a prospect the 35-year-old midfielder, currently in the Major League Soccer off-season, could don the red shirt again after a conversation with Klopp about training with the squad now he is back in England.
CASTINE — Christopher Keiley scored six goals and provided four assists as the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners crushed Green Mountain College 20-2 in their lacrosse season opener on Saturday at Ritchie Field. Ryan Williams of the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners checks a Green Mountain College defender during MMA’s lopsided 20-2 season-opening lacrosse win on Saturday at Castine.—MIKE OLESThe Mariners jumped out to an 8-0 first-period lead over the visiting Eagles and led 13-2 at halftime. MMA freshman Andrew Di-Salvo had a strong debut with 10 points, including seven assists. Senior Garret Lake and sophomore Todd Murphy each contributed three goals, and sophomore Wade Mondoux had a goal and three assists. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFreshman goalkeeper Daniel Redmond made eight saves in notching his first collegiate win. For Green Mountain, Chris Wetzel and Thomas Wheeler each scored and goalkeeper Steve Braunius had a busy afternoon with 14 saves on 50 MMA shots. The Mariners were slated to continue their North Atlantic Conference play yesterday (Wednesday), hosting Thomas College, and they will host St. Joseph College on Saturday at 1 p.m. Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts admin Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Bio House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014
BUCKSPORT — Every year before the winter sports season begins, high school wrestling teams across the state meet at Bucksport High School to compete in honor of the late Bucksport wrestler Ryan Detour.This year’s Ryan Detour Memorial Tournament is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Bucksport High School.“Ryan was a big goof,” said Bucksport wrestling coach Dan Ormsby, who was teammates with Detour in high school. “His jokes and sense of humor was magnetizing.”Detour died from a long-term health issue on Dec. 7, 2002, at the age of 17 on a wrestling mat at a match in Caribou. He was buried in his wrestling gear.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Wrestling was his passion,” Ormsby said. “The more people who come to honor him Saturday, the better.”
New Delhi: India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Wriddhiman Saha will return to international cricket action after 22 months as India decided to drop Rishabh Pant for the first Test match against South Africa at Visakhapatnam. India captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday confirmed that Saha will keep wickets for India ahead of Pant. 21-year-old Rishabh Pant had failed to impress in recent matches scoring just 58 runs in the two-Test series against the West Indies. He has also failed to play any big knocks in the limited-overs matches. Pant has so far played 11 Tests, scoring 754 runs at an average of 44.4.While Saha has scored 1164 runs from 32 Tests at an average of only 30.6, the 34-year-old is considered a safer choice behind the wickets. He also has shown decent form with the bat scoring two 60s against West Indies A prior to being left out of the XI for the Tests. He scored 60 against South Africa A in Mysore recently.Virat Kohli also confirmed that India are set to go into the game with two spinners in the form of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Rohit Sharma is set to play as an opener.”We are in no hurry with Rohit Sharma as opener. He will be given time and space to find his rhythm and the way he wants to play at the top,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference.The first Test starts on Wednesday at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.