Call for SMEs sector to be treated as a standalone priority…

first_imgBusinessNewsCall for SMEs sector to be treated as a standalone priority sector as Ireland begins reopening society and businessBy Staff Reporter – May 20, 2020 190 WhatsApp Included in the National Small Business Recovery Plan are a suite of measures to ensure:The current surge of unemployment is reversed, and sustainable jobs are created.An appropriately capitalised small business sector to support the post-Covid recovery.Tax revenues are sustained by ensuring that both small businesses and employment are not destroyed. Print Email Previous articleVisitor ban at UL Hospitals Group remains in placeNext articleMunster’s Tyler Bleyendaal forced to retire from Rugby Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie To ensure the sufficient recovery of the sector, Mr Moran said, “an immediate €15 billion injection is required, spanning enhanced liquidity supports, a compensation fund to recapitalise affected businesses and if necessary, additional tax measures.“Furthermore, a streamlined examinership regime will need to be implemented as well as easy access to lending supports with a 12-month payment freeze.“These measures should be funded by the State through low cost borrowing at an EU level and should be introduced alongside an expanded mandate for the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI). Targeted policy measures will also be required to boost consumer demand during the critical recovery period over the next two years.”The SME sector in Ireland employs 65 per cent of the total national workforce and accounts for 99.8 per cent of total active enterprises.The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted the sector, with 85 per cent of businesses having closed to some degree, of which 34 per cent have shut completely.center_img Facebook Business photo created by freepik – www.freepik.comSMALL and medium enterprises do not operate the same as bigger businesses as they are exposed to different challenges, with the majority driven by the values of founder entrepreneurs and their families, rather than shareholder profits.That’s according to John Moran, Chair of SME Recovery Ireland, who earlier this week called for SME’s to be treated as a standalone and priority sector in the Government’s National Recovery Plan as the first phase of the ‘Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business’ comes into effect.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up SME Recovery Ireland which was established in coordination with business representative groups and small business owners from a cross-section of industry, recently launched its National Small Business Recovery Plan setting out a suite of measures required to recapitalise SME’s and return hundreds of thousands back to work.“As more than 1.5 million people were engaged in these enterprises before the COVID emergency, they must and can be the driving force behind Ireland’s Covid-19 economic recovery,” said Mr Moran.SME Recovery Ireland Chair believes SMEs and their entrepreneurs “bring colour and dynamism to our local and rural economies”.“They have been disproportionately impacted by the decisions of Government to have them suspend trading to secure public health during the Covid-19 pandemic,” Said Mr Moran, adding, “Not only do these SME’s support over 1.5 million jobs throughout Ireland but they also make a vital contribution to the social fabric of the country, providing innovation and integrity as well as moral and financial support right at the heart of our local communities.”John Moran said the group believes the national recovery cannot occur without the “reopening of the SME sector at a local level, reversing unemployment through the creation of sustainable jobs”.“It’s therefore essential that SME’s are prioritised by Government in its response to the economic and societal impact of the pandemic, through effective implementation of the stabilisation and recapitalisation measures required. We believe that the ideas set out in our National Small Business Recovery Plan should form the basis of the priority measures for the SME sector within the Government’s National Recovery Plan,” he said. One of the 1,500 businesses allowed to reopen its doors this week under the first phase of the easing of restrictions is Arboretum Garden Centre, with premises in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow and Kilquade, Co. Wicklow.Co-Owner and Chief Commercial Officer, Fergal Doyle said business such as Arboretum Garden Centre “are at the core of community life” and believes Government will have “one shot to take the decisive bold measures required to rebuild confidence in our local economy”.He said, “Liquidity is fundamental to ensuring that small businesses can get back up and running quickly, including the ability to access zero per cent interest loans from the EU as well as a compensation scheme to cover losses incurred during the shutdown period, similar to that introduced in Denmark.“We saw from the recession in 2008, how long it took to rebuild the economy, particularly in rural Ireland. It is essential that those efforts are not lost. If managed correctly and with the right supports, there is a huge opportunity for SME’s to rebuild as people are likely to spend more time in their localities due to remote working and a growing appetite to buy local.“While today is a big step and we are delighted to welcome our customers back into our stores, there are still a lot on unknowns and its essential that our SME’s are given the necessary supports to survive and drive Ireland’s recovery.”For full details of SME Recovery Ireland’s National Small Business Recovery Plan, visit: www.smerecovery.ie. Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

IPD searching for forcible touching suspect

first_imgIthaca N.Y. –– The Ithaca Police Department is searching for a man who forcibly touched at least two people on Stewart Avenue this weekend.At around 2 a.m. Sunday, police officers responded to a call of forcible touching on the 200 block of Stewart Avenue. The suspect had forcibly touched at least two victims before fleeing the scene, police said. Anna Lamb Tagged: crime, police center_img Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamb Your Crime & Courts news is made possible with support from: Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245Police Administration: 607-272-9973Police Tipline 607-330-0000Email: [email protected] Email Tip Address: www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips The suspect is described as a white man in his mid-20s with a prominent jawline, short blonde hair and a slender build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a gray T-shirt.The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the IPD. last_img read more

Hopes and fears as Rugby World Cup warm-ups begin

first_imgSunday’s match will be the first of two back-to-back fixtures between England and Wales.– ‘Roll the dice’ –Both sides are playing four warm-ups in total, with Wales also involved in a double-header with Ireland.Commercial considerations are clearly a factor, with unions looking to make-up for the loss of income they would otherwise suffer in a World Cup year without any November internationalsBut such a programme has raised fears that, in an ever more brutal sport, players could suffer injuries that rule them out of the World Cup before the tournament starts.This has happened before but Wales great JPR Williams — who away from rugby was a surgeon — has condemned the current schedule as “ridiculous”.“Both England and Ireland can put two sides out on the park while we’ll have to risk some of our more senior players,” he told the Rugby Paper.“It would be awful if we lost some of our best players on the eve of the World Cup.”Wales could knock New Zealand off the top of the world rankings this weekend if they beat England and other results go their way.But Wales coach Warren Gatland, who played in the same Waikato side as Mitchell, accepted Williams’s point.“The criticism is fair,” he said. “You can’t get it right all the time. You are trying to negotiate warm-up games with sides and trying to get the balance right.“It’s a little bit of a concern that you don’t pick up too many injuries, but sometimes you have just got to roll the dice and go with it.”Share on: WhatsApp England’s fly-half Owen Farrell (C) walks off the pitch after a training session at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, west of London, on Aug 7, 2019 ahead of their world cup warm-up match against WalesLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Excitement will be mixed with concern when four of Europe’s leading rugby nations begin their World Cup warm-up programme this weekend.Ireland play Italy in Dublin on Saturday, with England facing Wales at Twickenham a day later.While some players can be reasonably certain of being on the plane to Japan, for others the next few weeks represent a last chance to impress.Not that England have that long with their Australian coach Eddie Jones — brought in after the team’s first-round exit on home soil at the 2015 edition — naming his World Cup squad on Monday.But John Mitchell, England’s assistant coach, said Friday: “I don’t see it as a one chance.“Every day in our environment is selection and observation; it doesn’t just come down to one game. Every day we are looking at what they do, how they do it, how they adapt, how they cope with pressure, how they relax, how they connect.”Nevertheless Mitchell, head coach of his native New Zealand when they reached the semi-finals of the 2003 World Cup in Australia won by England, was well aware of what was at stake.It’s a difficult time for a head coach — you are making big decisions on young men’s careers,” he said.“They all want to go to a World Cup. Having been in those shoes before, I can fully empathise with the feelings and emotions that he (Jones) goes through. But it is the head coach’s responsibility.”England have picked an experimental side, leaving out several first-choice players and giving debuts to Bath wing Ruaridh McConnochie and Gloucester scrum-half Willi Heinz.Ireland, meanwhile have selected a South African-born lock in Jean Kleyn, who only became eligible under residency rules earlier this week.Grand Slam champions Wales, however, have selected something close to their strongest side.Mitchell, asked whether England’s priority on Sunday was to win or learn something about players that could only be discovered under match conditions, replied: “If you get both, that’s good.”last_img read more

Lewandowski voted Player of the Season in Bundesliga

first_imgLewandowskiKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  With more than 50 percent of the votes, the Bundesliga’s top scorer, Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski is the overwhelming selection for Player of the Season 2019/2020, according to an official announcement made by the league on Saturday.Lewandowski started the season in near-perfect fashion, and was deservedly voted Player of the Month for August. He continued to perform strongly throughout, and was once again the league’s leading goal scorer.The 31-year-old was chasing one record after another this season, becoming the first player in Bundesliga history to score in 11 consecutive matches at the start of the campaign. By that stage, he had already been on the scoresheet 16 times. After netting against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Matchday 29, the Pole completed his collection and has now scored against every current club in the top flight.Lewandowski ultimately fired Bayern to a record eighth consecutive Bundesliga title with his 31st goal of the season in Matchday 32’s 1-0 win over Werder Bremen. He currently sits top of the goal scoring charts with 33 goals. The other nominees are Timo Werner, Jadon Sancho, Amine Harit, Erling Haaland, Kai Havertz and Serge Gnabry. Dortmund star Sancho finished second in the voting, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz completing the podium. Enditem****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Broward Man Arrested When Laser Pointer Beam Targets Sheriff’s Helicopter

first_imgA Broward County man received a visit he apparently did not expect this week, when he aimed his laser pointer beam at law enforcement officials flying above.According to an arrest report, 35-year-old Lauderdale Lakes resident Stephen Ramoo wanted to test how far his new $60 laser would travel last Tuesday from the top floor of an apartment building in the 4200 block of Northwest 41st Street. However, investigators say he went too far when he targeted a Broward Sheriff’s Office helicopter in the sky near him.The helicopter was assisting sheriff’s deputies who were checking on a silent alarm at Park Lakes Elementary School.The crew alerted deputies on the ground when they saw the green beam aimed at their chopper. They also recorded the man and directed the deputies to his location.Ramoo admitted to pointing the laser and said that he threw the device from the fourth floor and went inside as deputies arrived. He added that the laser pointer may have ended up in a large tree.He was arrested and charged with a third-degree felony of pointing a laser device at someone operating a motor vehicle, boat or aircraft, and was later released from the Broward County Jail on a $1,000 bond.last_img read more

Monmouth Politics: Freeholders Ask, What’s in a Name?

first_imgBy Jay Cook |Monmouth County Freeholders Say ‘No Thanks’ to Name ChangeCiting unnecessary costs and the value of history, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders officially announced their opposition to a state bill petitioning to change the “Board of Chosen Freeholders” moniker to the “Board of County Commissioners.”All five members signed off on a resolution Thursday afternoon opposing the change.“This is classic fixing what ain’t broken,” Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger said. “I’ve heard the lamest justifications for going down this road of needless expenditures.”Proponents for the name change believe the name is outdated and doesn’t wholly represent female politicians at the county level. The term “freeholder” is associated with men from the 17th century in America who owned land free of debts. In the colonies, only freeholders could hold office.The only female freeholder in Monmouth County – Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry – said a name change would just add confusion.“They didn’t even give one good, solid reason for even entertaining the idea,” said Burry. “That’s what I find so disturbing. Why do you have to change history?”he Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is formally opposing state legislation thatwould change its name to “Board of County Commissioners.” Photo by Jay CookMonmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said this name change is the wrong path. Legislators instead should be focusing on making the state more affordable.“I sit here with a Board of Freeholders that work on extremely productive, cost-saving measures to try and make this a better quality of life at an affordable price here in Monmouth County,” he said. “I’m really somewhat concerned with that being a priority, changing our name.”Also coming into play is the funding that will be needed to change every letterhead and signage for the county vehicles, buildings and parks.“Just imagine – everything that goes around in this county has to be changed,” said Arnone. “There’s a cost factor to all this.”Gov. Murphy Signs Bill Sending NWS Earle Students To Colts Neck DistrictA bill making students living on base at Naval Weapons Station Earle attend the Colts Neck School District instead of Tinton Falls public schools was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy earlier this month.Sponsored by local politicians state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) and Assemblymembers Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey (both D-11), the bill effectively ends a years-long battle based around state funding and logistics, officials said.“Tinton Falls has been disparately impacted by educating the entire student population at Naval Weapons Station Earle without proper funding for far too long, placing an undue burden on not only the district but taxpayers as well,” said Gopal.Since 1988, students living on the U.S. Navy base had attended schools in the Tinton Falls School District, while the majority of the civilian housing on NWS Earle was actually located in Colts Neck. There were 68 students living on Earle property who attended Tinton Falls schools in 2016. Two additional students were homeschooled.The bill requires all students residing on Earle to attend the Colts Neck School District for grades K-8 beginning in the 2018-2019 school year – high school students already attend Colts Neck High School. Current students will have until July 1, 2021 to transition over to Colts Neck to not disrupt graduations.A senate version of the bill passed 28-1 and the assembly passed it 52-24. Other local Two River-area elected officials didn’t support the bill. State Sen. Declan O’Scalnon (R-13) abstained from the senate vote and Assemblywomen Amy Handlin and Serena DiMaso (both R-13) both voted “no.”The bill was also sponsored by state Education chair Teresa M. Ruiz (D-29) and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33).“I am extremely pleased that Governor Phil Murphy has seen the merit in the bill,” said Gopal. “By signing the Earle bill into law, Gov. Murphy has joined us in not only supporting the Tinton Falls School District, which was in dire need of support, but the taxpayers of Tinton Falls as well.”Handlin’s Internet Security Bill ProgressingWith a recent focus on federal regulations for social media sites like Facebook, Middletown’s state assemblywoman has forwarded state legislation to protect internet users.The bill, co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13), prohibits internet service providers from disclosing a subscriber’s personal identifiable information unless agreed to in writing. It would also prevent providers from withholding service, slowing internet speeds or lowering service quality if a user doesn’t waive their privacy rights.“The internet is a part of life,” said Handlin. “People are on- and offline all day long. They enjoy the convenience, but they have no privacy without effective legal protections.”The bill was also sponsored Assemblymen Ronald Dancer (R-12) and Erik Peterson (R-23). It’s cleared the Assembly science, innovation and technology committee and is now due for a second reading.This article was first published in the May 31-June 7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Milan derby headlines Serie A Match-Day 28

first_img Tags: Italian Serie AShaban Lubegatop Cagliari vs FiorentinaSardegna Arena, CagliariFriday, 15-03-2019 @10:30pmFiorentina’s Europa League hopes have been dampened lately and they visit a Cagliari side not safe from relegation yet.Federico Chiesa sustained an abdominal strain in the 1-1 draw with Lazio last week and it is uncertain as to whether he will make the trip to Sardinia. In the case the winger is still injured, Giovanni Simeone will be the prime candidate to replace him on Friday night, moving Luis Muriel to a wider role.Jordan Veretout is suspended in midfield, with Marko Pjaca out for the season, so Christian Norgaard could step in.The Viola currently lie in 10th place with an outside chance of mounting a late charge for a Europa League place, however with only two wins in the league since the turn of the year, they will need to change gear fast. The Tuscans have shown consistent form in their last 10 away games in the league, losing only one, although this being the showdown with Atalanta.The biggest problem for Stefano Pioli’s men has been their draw addiction, sharing the spoils in six of the last eight rounds.Rolando Maran has to make some changes after a 2-0 defeat to Bologna last week, as Filip Bradaric is suspended, while Lucas Castro, Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Cerri are still out of action. Luca Cigarini and Paolo Faragò return to the starting XI after their bans.Cagliari will be hoping to build on their recent home form, having won their last two matches at the Sardegna Arena, including a 2-1 victory over Inter. They have lost eight out of their last 12 league games and the loss at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara leaves them in 14th place, but only six points away from the relegation zone.Fiorentina have won their last three away games at Cagliari in all competitions including a 5-3 thriller in October 2016.Sassuolo vs SampdoriaMAPEI Stadium, Reggio nell’EmilliaSaturday, 16-03-2019 @5pmSampdoria’s Europa League dreams are slipping away, even though Fabio Quagliarella is the current Capocannoniere, but Sassuolo are settling for mid-table comfort.The Blucerchiati lost the head-to-head with Atalanta on home turf last week and dropped five points off sixth place. That was a game they really had to win and a setback after two straight victories against relegation strugglers Cagliari and SPAL. Marco Giampaolo’s men are still doing better than Fiorentina, so a late run of positive results isn’t out of the question.Sassuolo were in the top six early this season with big ambitions, but Kevin-Prince Boateng’s January move to Barcelona put paid to that idea. They’ve been on a dismal streak of one win in their last 11, all the way back in January against Cagliari, which was also their last clean sheet.Mehdi Bourabia is suspended, with Marlon and Enrico Brignola injured, but Jeremie Boga’s impressive performances have allowed him to set his stall out in the trident attack with Filip Djuricic and Domenico Berardi, sending Khouma Babacar to the bench. Stefano Sensi has shaken off a knock and could return to the starting XI.Sampdoria have Gaston Ramirez back just in time, because now Riccardo Saponara has replaced him on the treatment table, joining long-term absentees Gianluca Caprari and Edgar Barreto. Jakub Jankto is another option for the trequartista role, but don’t expect to see Gregoire Defrel after his car crash this week, with reports he was over the alcohol limit.Samp have only ever beaten Sassuolo twice in 11 Serie A meetings, 2-1 at the Mapei Stadium in March 2014 and 3-2 at Marassi in November 2016, along with four draws and five defeats.SPAL vs RomaStadio Paolo Mazza, FerreraSaturday, 16-03-2019 @8pmClaudio Ranieri started his second Roma career with a victory, but has more of the squad at his disposal against SPAL.The home side are currently occupying 16th place, two points above the relegation zone, but have gone without a win since late January.Adding to SPAL’s misfortune, they will be without suspended Mattia Valoti, but Thiago Cionek returns from his ban. More importantly, Italy international winger Manuel Lazzari should make his comeback after almost a month on the treatment table.As for Roma, it was a winning start for Ranieri last time out against Empoli and the 67-year-old will be hoping to keep the momentum going.Prior to Ranieri’s arrival, Roma had won three out of their previous five games, but this wasn’t enough for Eusebio Di Francesco to keep his job after defeats to Lazio and Porto.Ranieri still has a long injury list going into this one, with Kostas Manolas, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Javier Pastore and Daniele De Rossi all sidelined. However, Edin Dzeko, Federico Fazio and Aleksandar Kolarov are all back from bans. They are replaced on the naughty step by Alessandro Florenzi, who was sent off on his birthday against Empoli for two bookable offences.Nicolò Zaniolo requires a fitness test after a recurring calf twinge forced him off last week, but Ranieri has stated he’ll use Dzeko and Patrik Schick together, something Eusebio Di Francesco generally avoided.Despite the injuries, Roma have scored at least twice in eight of their last 10 matches and SPAL have failed to win any of their last 11 home games, so the Giallorossi will be confident. Having said that, SPAL caused a huge shock with their 2-0 victory at the Olimpico back in October.These are precious points for both sides, as Roma are still within reach of the Champions League spots, especially with Milan and Inter going head-to-head on Sunday, while SPAL could find themselves in the relegation zone soon enough.Only once before have SPAL beaten Roma home and away in a single Serie A season, back in 1965-66.Torino vs BolognaStadio Olimpico Grande Torino, TurinSaturday, 16-03-2019 @10:30pmTorino are in the Europa League places, but former boss Sinisa Mihajlovic has Bologna back on their feet battling relegation.The Granata are unbeaten going back to mid-January, going down to Roma in a 3-2 thriller. Since that loss, Toro have beaten Inter, Atalanta, and drawn away at Napoli, all while climbing into sixth place and occupying a Europa League spot.Bologna are still in the bottom three, but the victory over Cagliari reduced the gap to just one point. Mihajlovic, who was fired by Torino last season, has transformed their fortunes and brought confidence to the team.Even if the results haven’t always gone their way, the Rossoblu put up a real fight against Roma and Juventus, unlucky to emerge empty-handed, and of course beat Inter at San Siro on February 3.Federico Santander is out for three weeks after dislocating his shoulder, so it’s a big choice on who gets the centre-forward role. Options are Rodrigo Palacio, Mattia Destro or Simone Edera, the latter on loan from Torino.There is a full Granata squad to choose from, so Simone Zaza and Iago Falque fight for the supporting role behind Andrea Belotti. Il Gallo has rediscovered his scoring touch in recent weeks with three goals in his last two games, having fired blanks for the previous six.Torino have won their last five Serie A home fixtures with clean sheets, so a sixth would be their best domestic run since November 1977.Genoa vs JuventusStadio Comunale Luigi de FerrarisSunday, 17-03-2019 @2:30pmAgainst all odds, Juventus pulled off a perfect comeback against Atletico Madrid, but Genoa have already taken points off them this season.On Tuesday night, a 3-0 victory with Cristiano Ronaldo knocking the Spanish giants out of the Champions League was a night of intense emotions for all fans of Italian football. It was a reminder of just what Max Allegri’s men are capable of when their backs are against the wall, but could also leave the team with something of a hangover on Sunday lunchtime.Since the arrival of Cesare Prandelli, Genoa pulled away from the relegation fight with a string of positive results. They sit in 13th place, two points off Sassuolo and comfortably mid-table.The Grifone were on a six-game unbeaten run before losing to Parma last week. The squad will try to prove themselves by playing hard and moving one step closer to safety. With Prandelli at the helm, they can start planning carefully for next year. Oscar Hiljemark is out for the season, as is Andrea Favilli for this game, bit goalkeeper Ionut Andrei Radu should return from injury.La Vecchia Signora are running away with the Scudetto this year with an 18-point lead on Napoli. Unbeaten and with no serious contender for the title, it will be hard to motivate the black & white troops for the rest of the way in Serie A, but after Tuesday night’s heroics the team can focus on winning the Champions League, a title that has become an obsession in recent years.Allegri has proven himself yet again to be an elite manager, the only title missing on his resume is the trophy with the big ears.Expect a few changes in the line-up from the team that won against Atletico Madrid. Douglas Costa could be on the bench after the latest injury setback, but Sami Khedira, Juan Cuadrado, Mattia De Sciglio and Andrea Barzagli are all out. Mario Mandzukic should be rested after limping off during the Atleti match, giving teenager Moise Kean another chance to shine following his brace against Udinese.Genoa are one of the few Serie A sides to have taken points off Juventus this season, drawing 1-1 in Turin back in October, and hope to take advantage of complacency at Marassi. If they do, it’ll be the first full season they’ve gone unbeaten against Juve since 2011-12.The main issue at the moment for Genoa is to do with goals, as they have failed to find the net in their last three matches.Genoa have failed to keep a clean sheet against Juventus in their last nine competitive meetings, dating back to October 2014, conceding 19 goals.Atalanta vs ChievoStadio Atleti Azzuri d’Italia, BergamoSunday, 17-03-2019 @05:00pmAtalanta continue their remarkable march on a Europa League spot, but relegation seems inevitable for Chievo.The Orobici had a wobble with defeats to Milan and Torino, but bounced back to their scoring best with an impressive victory over Fiorentina and a hard-earned win away to Sampdoria. They are seventh in the league table, just six points behind Champions league places.This Sunday at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, the Bergamo outfit will hope to continue their winning streak as they host a miserable Chievo Verona side who are already nailed on for relegation. Atalanta have been imperious at home this season, losing just one of their last five home games, while beating Inter and Lazio.Chievo are practically already in Serie B and while the arrival of third Coach of the campaign Domenico Di Carlo did improve performances, the results remain dismal. They’ve shipped 11 goals in their last five away matches, that’s an average of two per game, and are without a victory on their travels all season.Since three points for a win were introduced, the only side other than Chievo to reach Serie A Week 27 with one or fewer victories was Ancona, who had zero in 2003-04.Sergio Pellissier, Nenad Tomovic and Ezequiel Schelotto are all long-term absentees, but Mariusz Stepinski and Filip Djordjevic battle for the centre-forward spot, while Nicola Rigoni returns from suspension.Atalanta miss Rafael Toloi and Coach Gian Piero Gasperini, who sits out a touchline ban following his dismissal and shove on a Sampdoria director in the tunnel.Chievo have lost five of their last six meetings with Atalanta, drawing in September 2017. Their most recent victory in Bergamo was 1-0 in February 2010.Empoli vs FrosinoneStadio Carlo Castellani, EmpoliSunday, 17-03-2019 @05:00pmEmpoli make their ‘debut’ under returning Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli in this relegation scrap with Frosinone.The Tuscans fired Coach Beppe Iachini this week and brought back Andreazzoli, the man who had got them promoted from Serie B last season and was dismissed in early November.Both sides have only gained four points out of their last possible 15, leaving Empoli one point off the drop zone and Frosinone in penultimate place.Empoli are coming off of a 2-1 loss at Roma, in which Rade Krunic had a late equaliser disallowed by VAR for handball. A return to the Castellani may be beneficial for the Tuscan club, as they scored three goals in both of their last two home games.Frosinone, on the hand, will be looking for their first win in over month. Despite taking the lead against Torino through Luca Paganini in their previous game, a second half brace from Andrea Belotti condemned the Canarini to their 16thleague defeat of the season.Expect Empoli to start on the front foot as their goals this season have been coming mostly at their home ground. Frosinone will try to slow down their hosts as much as they can with a packed midfield, while also hoping to catch them on the counter-attack.Frosinone have lost only two of their last six Serie A away fixtures, winning two, and kept three clean sheets.  Lazio vs ParmaStadio Olimpico, RomeSunday, 17-03-2019 @5:00pmLazio must do without suspended Ciro Immobile as they host a giant-killing Parma who tend to thrive on their travels.The Biancocelesti are currently eighth Serie A, having drifted two points behind Torino and five from Roma, but have a game in hand against Udinese that could significantly change that scenario.Immobile scored with a wonderfully controlled blast from outside the box last week at the Artemio Franchi. Fiorentina goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano kept him from what seemed a sure goal earlier in the game, and a quick reaction flick from Luis Muriel eventually canceled out the Naples-born striker’s effort for a 1-1 draw.Immobile will be sorely missed against Parma, as he has picked up one yellow card too many. Having 13 goals to his name and sitting fifth in the top-scorer list, he is by far the most lethal finisher in the Lazio squad. Without Immobile, the Rome outfit will have to rely on Felipe Caicedo, who has mustered a mere four goals this season.Maybe the morale boost, given by the derby victory two rounds ago, will stretch into this match and carry Lazio on to victory. Jordan Lukaku is out for the season with a knee injury, while Wallace and Valon Berisha are both recovering from muscular problems.Parma are hovering in mid-table security and seem to be enjoying life back in Serie A. After a string of defeats and a draw against Empoli, Parma notched a home win against Genoa last weekend that should provide a dose of confidence.The Ducali famously struggle in this fixture, losing their last five Serie A trips to Lazio since a 2-1 victory in September 2009. However, they have more points on their travels this season than at the Tardini thanks to their counter-attacking style.Parma are without injured Alessandro Bastoni and Alberto Grassi, while Matteo Scozzarella is suspended, having picked up five yellow cards. If Parma forwards Gervinho and Roberto Inglese lace their boots right, they could prove dangerous to Thomas Strakosha in the Lazio goal. Inglese is certainly due a breakthrough, as he is on a six-round dry run.Lazio have lost only one of their last 12 Serie A meetings with Parma, home and away, 3-1 in March 2012, along with eight wins and three draws.Napoli vs UdineseStadio San Paolo, NaplesSunday, 17-03-2019 @8pmNapoli reached the Europa League quarter-finals, but must remember second place in Serie A isn’t locked down yet as they host unpredictable Udinese.The Partenopei will be looking to consolidate their position in the table, with in-form Milan now only six points behind them and a battle brewing for the top four.Carlo Ancelotti’s men were beaten 3-1 by RB Salzburg in Austria on Thursday evening, but still swept through to the Europa League quarter-finals thanks to the 3-0 first leg result and that early Arkadiusz Milik away goal. It has become clear their objective is now to win the trophy, seeing as Juventus are 18 points clear at the top of the Serie A table, but they can’t take their eyes off the domestic challenges yet.Napoli talisman Lorenzo Insigne pulled out in the warm-up against Salzburg, remaining a doubt for Saturday’s match. In-form Milik will lead the attack, most likely with Dries Mertens or even exciting Adam Ounas, while Raul Albiol is the only player certain to miss out due to a serious knee injury. At least Kalidou Koulibaly and Nikola Maksimovic were able to rest on Thursday, as they were suspended.Udinese will be without banned Nicholas Opoku, while Bram Nuytinck, Samir, Valon Behrami, Emmanuel Badu, Antonin Barak and Marco D’Alessandro are not expected to make the trip down south. Rolando Mandragora returns from suspension to bolster the midfield, but Jens Stryger-Larsen might have to make do as a centre-back.The Friulani step into this game as underdogs, losing all of their last six encounters with Napoli and sitting only four points above the relegation zone. Before the 4-1 loss to Juventus, they had won two on the bounce, albeit against relegation battlers Chievo and Bologna.With a decimated squad and against a motivated Napoli determined to keep hold of second place, expect a siege against Udinese at the Stadio San Paolo.Udinese haven’t won at the San Paolo in Serie A since April 2011, managing one draw and six defeats.AC Milan vs Inter MilanStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanSunday, 17-03-2018 @10:30pmNot only is this the Derby della Madonnina, it is also a play-off for third place with Milan one point in front of troubled neighbours Inter.This derby is heating up to be one of the biggest of recent memory, as it is a head-to-head for Champions League places, with Claudio Ranieri’s revitalised Roma ready to pounce right behind them.They are astonishingly on a 10-game unbeaten run, with their last loss coming on December 23 to Fiorentina. The Rossoneri have won five in a row, and are in red-hot form at the moment. Last weekend, Krzysztof Piatek netted his 19th goal of the season so far. The Pole is just one goal behind Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella and looks to be unstoppable at the moment.Giacomo Bonaventura is the only absentee for Milan, as his campaign is over following knee surgery. Other than that, Gennaro Gattuso has a near-full squad to choose to get a one up on his rival. Lucas Biglia and Andrea Conti both made comebacks after several months out, while Mattia Caldara should also return for a spot on the bench.Meanwhile, Inter are in even more need of three points. They have been inconsistent as of late, however a loss here could see fifth-placed Roma draw level on points with them at the conclusion of this match day.On Thursday night, Inter slumped out of the Europa League with a 1-0 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, although Samir Handanovic heroics kept the scoreline down. It was a dire performance, albeit with the excuse that Luciano Spalletti had only 12 senior outfield players available.At least Lautaro Martinez and Kwadwo Asamoah will be rested due to their Europa League bans, while Roberto Gagliardini, Dalbert and Joao Mario are cup-tied. Radja Nainggolan and Mauro Icardi are still out of action, but Joao Miranda could theoretically play with a protective mask after fracturing his nose.Last weekend, Inter defeated SPAL 2-0 thanks to Matteo Politano and Roberto Gagliardini’s second half strikes. Following this weekend’s derby, Inter also face Atalanta, Roma and Juventus inside the month of April – three very difficult fixtures they must overcome should they be in with a shot for Champions League football next season.Expect late drama, because seven of the last eight goals between these sides in Serie A came in the second half.Inter are unbeaten in Serie A derbies since a 3-0 thrashing in January 2016, managing two wins and three draws.Bet on these games and many more here: Bunga BetComments last_img read more

Something is not adding up with carryout and prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week last year versus this year:Corn futures:2017 — $3.702016 — $3.65Carryout2017 — 2.3 billion bushels2016 — 1.7 billion bushelsSomething doesn’t add up.Basis has continued to slide lower and lower. Values are about 20 cents less than last year at this time, possibly adjusting to the irrational futures prices.Another survey showed U.S. farmers plan to plant significantly more beans than corn in 2017. Acre estimates show corn and beans may be around 90.5 million each. If this happens, it would be a 4 million corn-acre reduction and a 6 million bean-acre increase.Many “experts” say farmers “love” to plant corn and these estimates just won’t happen. I don’t think these “experts” have run the numbers, because farmers can pretty much guarantee a profit growing beans, while corn is shaky. Corn on corn farmers may be in the red at current price levels.Personally, I think farmers will run the numbers and bean acres will increase next year. What does that mean for the markets going forward?That is the billion dollar question. Weather through the summer and then yield at harvest will have the biggest impact.While weather its unpredictable, widespread severe weather is unlikely. For instance, widespread severe droughts have only happened seven out of the last 30 years (22%).Similar to weather, widespread severely low yields are unlikely:66% — Corn yield is at or above trend line12% — Corn yield is slightly under trend line22% — Corn yield is significantly below trend line.If carryout and demand remain steady, the market may have some good upside potential if:Trend line yields with reduced corn acres would put carryout under 1.6 billion (lowest since 2013). This could mean $4.50 futures.Trend line yield with “expert” estimated acres would put carryout near 1.9 billion. This would make $4.50 more difficult without a major weather issue. What about beans?While South American production is still unknown, it looks favorable. The U.S. needs to plant over 87 million acres to maintain current stocks. A 90 million acre crop with trend line yields (i.e. 46 bushels per acre) would likely mean a small carryout increase and make a rally difficult.While bean prices will continue to be volatile, the corn/bean ratio will likely keep bean prices from falling too far. For example, if corn trades at $4.25 this fall, even with the lowest ratio in the last five years, beans would still trade above $8.Experts can try to predict the market, but no one knows for sure. Don’t get too caught up in all the talk. The experts don’t know what’s going to happen in the future any more than you do. All farmers can really do is have a marketing plan in place and price goals ready. I already have orders placed for 70% of my 2017 production. I always want the market to rally and when it does, I’ll take advantage. Bottom line, I want to be profitable every single year. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Caroline Wozniacki, Madison Keys to play clay-court final in Charleston

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Wozniacki will be making her third appearance in the Volvo Car Open final. The Dane lost in 2009, but took home the title two years later.Keys is into her second Volvo final, losing the 2015 championship against Angelique Kerber.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNeither Wozniacki nor Keys has won this season, continuing a curious trend on the WTA of a different winner each week. So far, there have been no multiple winners through 14 tournaments.Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion, has now beaten Martic all six times they have played. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Last foul, dribble no-call make refs focus of Final Four Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Caroline Wozniacki, from Denmark, returns a shot to Petra Martic, from Croatia, during their semifinal match at the Volvo Car Open tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, April 6, 2019. Wozniacki won 6-3, 6-4. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)CHARLESTON, S.C. — Caroline Wozniacki and Madison Keys will play for the title in Charleston after posting straight-set wins on Saturday.The fifth-seeded Wozniacki advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 16 seed Petra Martic of Croatia. The eighth-seeded Keys outlasted Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-4, 6-0, winning eight of the final nine games following a 70-minute rain delay at the season’s first clay-court tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Rehabilitation of Police Stations High on List for Security Minister

first_img In a recent interview with JIS News, the Minister also pointed to the $1.9-billion investment to build the JCF Mobile West facility in St. James, citing it as evidence of “this Government’s commitment to investing in our security”. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the rehabilitation of more than 70 police stations islandwide is part of a bigger plan to significantly improve the working conditions of members of the security forces. “The Ministry of National Security will follow up our policy support with significant investment in police infrastructure in the West,” the Minister said. Story Highlights Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the rehabilitation of more than 70 police stations islandwide is part of a bigger plan to significantly improve the working conditions of members of the security forces.In a recent interview with JIS News, the Minister also pointed to the $1.9-billion investment to build the JCF Mobile West facility in St. James, citing it as evidence of “this Government’s commitment to investing in our security”.“The Ministry of National Security will follow up our policy support with significant investment in police infrastructure in the West,” the Minister said.“The JCF Mobile West facility will provide the region with increased security presence. With the agility of the force improved, social development initiatives like Goals for Peace, will have the peaceful climate needed to effect change in our communities,” he added.Dr. Chang said that in the wake of the State of Public Emergency, the continued execution of targeted social-intervention programmes in St. James remains a top priority.“We must recall that the State of Public Emergency is part of a larger operational strategy to Clear, Hold and Build. The Build aspect is what the Goals for Peace Initiative represents,” the Minister explained.“When a certain level of control has been established, then second-tier strategies such as roadwork, community development projects, and social-intervention initiatives have the capacity to build and grow,” he noted.The Ministry of National Security/Citizen Security and Justice Programme, in partnership with other key social intervention agencies in St. James, has been implementing the Goals for Peace programme in the parish, which has engaged approximately 1,160 unattached and at-risk male youth from 15 communities, to date.“In the case of Goals for Peace, the programme aims to use the unifying agency of sports to bridge the gap between young men and positive attitudes and behaviour,” Dr. Chang said.“The rationale behind this approach is the creation of an environment that promotes bonds and friendships, which will, in turn, starve the hostile environments that encourage division, strife and violent disputes. It is harder to be violent to someone you laughed and played with,” the Minister argued.Dr. Chang said that when social and economic conditions change, it encourages the people within these spaces to change too.“A peaceful Jamaica is our aim, and it’s a reality that I believe is achievable in our lifetime. It is easier to talk through disputes when young people learn these skills on the field or on the sidelines of a friendly game, rather than in courtrooms, police stations or detention centres,” the Minister said.last_img read more

Husky gets OK from Saskatchewan government to restart pipeline after major spill

first_imgREGINA – The Saskatchewan government has given Husky Energy the OK to restart a pipeline after a major oil spill along the North Saskatchewan River that fouled the water source for three cities.The government said in an email to media on Thursday that testing, inspection and evaluation of the repairs to the line have been done.In July 2016, the pipeline leaked 225,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent onto a riverbank near Maidstone, Sask. About 40 per cent of the spill reached the river.The oil plume flowed hundreds of kilometres downstream and forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut off their water intakes for almost two months.Husky’s own investigation determined that the pipeline buckled because of ground movement. The company has said it accepts full responsibility and is using what it learned to improve operations.The government email said measures have been taken to reduce the risk of a future failure at the same spot. They include thicker pipe on the sloped portion of the pipeline.Other steps include adding meters to monitor the rate of ground movement, state-of-the art fibre optics to track pipeline strain and slope movement.Husky will also have to submit weekly data from gauges measuring strain on the pipeline and submit an engineering assessment every 12 months of where the pipeline crosses the river.Part of the concern in the Husky spill was over how it was reported.The government was first told by a member of the public who spotted oil on the river. Government investigators later determined that the leak began July 20, the day before the spill was discovered. They found that the pipeline’s alarms were warning of potential problems and continued until the line was shut down for scheduled maintenance at 7:15 a.m. on July 21.Husky Energy has said pipeline monitoring indicated pressure anomalies at 8 p.m. on July 20 and the company started a shutdown at 6 a.m.Saskatchewan’s Justice Ministry is still reviewing Husky’s response to alarms before the spill to decide whether charges should be laid.Husky could face fines of up to $1 million a day under the Environmental Protection Act and $50,000 a day under the Pipelines Act in Saskatchewan. There could also be federal charges under the Fisheries Act.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP warns public of travelling paving business

first_imgRCMP say these individuals are often travelling in rental vehicles and using rental equipment.It is said that they demand payment up front, either never complete the job or do a sub-par job, and leave with your money.Here are some tips to protect yourself from sales crime:If the deal is too good to be true, it probably isResearch any company/contractor prior to hiring themAsk for referencesMake efforts to know who you are speaking toAsk to see their business license and identificationTake steps to verify information prior to hiring a companyDo not pay upfront prior to the start of a jobIf you have any information about similar incidents, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are warning the public of a travelling paving business following a fraud incident.On the morning of July 4, at around 11:00 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP responded to an incident involving a travelling group offering paving services at discounted prices.According to Police, individuals are travelling door to door offering residential paving for a fraction of the cost claiming to be associated with reputable paving businesses.last_img read more

BC Hydro will be conducting geotechnical investigations

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Starting next week, BC Hydro will be conducting geotechnical investigations in various places throughout Hudson’s Hope.The purpose is to install and commission groundwater monitoring wells. By drilling small test holes at groundwater sample sites in different locations. According to BC Hydro, crews will be at each site for approximately two to three days.Investigations, tests and installations of groundwater monitoring wells will continue until the end of October. What to expect;There will be increased noise and vibration from drilling and hydro-vac trucks. Noise levels will be similar to construction noise.Traffic control personnel and signage will be in place.Work is expected to occur from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm from Monday to Saturday and 10:00 am – 7:00 pm on Sunday.No interruption in utility services will result from this work.last_img read more

Call me by your name Archiving history present of archrivals India Pak

first_imgNew Delhi: Gujarat in India, Gujrat in Pakistan; Hyderabad here and also there; Delhi Gate in Lahore and Lahori Gate in Patiala. Then there is the favourite sweetmeat of many Indians, the Karachi halwa, while the Pakistanis relish Bengali samosa. Some names have withstood the uneasy decades since Partition, standing out like little beacons of oneness in a landscape fraught with hostility but also hope between two neighbours sharing a border and age-old cultural ties. India-Pakistan, locked into a hyphenated relationship of a shared history and a divided present, is not just about rift but also about the many vestiges of unity that have survived seven decades. It’s about the names of streets, shops, monuments, food and more, say historians and others on both sides of the border. With the recent escalation in tensions following the Pulwama terror attack, this legacy has come under increasing strain. The spotlight of unwelcome attention fell on the Karachi Bakery in Ahmedabad and Bengaluru after the February 14 strike, which prompted the first aerial combat between the two countries since 1971 and led to the capture of an IAF pilot by Pakistan on February 27. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was released almost three days later on March 1. The managements of the two stores were told by vigilantes to hide Karachi’, Pakistan’s buzzing commercial centre, from their signboards. Forced to show their Indianness, they also put up a tricolour along with posters reading that the brand was established in 1953 by a Sindhi, Khanchand Ramnani, who migrated to India after Partition and is “absolutely Indian by heart”. The ripple effect of fear could be seen in other cities, including in the national capital, particularly the historic walled city. “All I can tell you is that we are as Indian as anyone standing or doing business in the street out here. Anyone judging our loyalty for this nation by the name of my shop, which is there for over good 50 years now, is despicable,” said an Old Delhi based trader.last_img read more

India is key focus area 3D printers next big thing

first_imgHouston: India is a very attractive market with high brand recognition for a computer hardware producer like Hewlett Packard, said HP Inc’s President for Asia Pacific and Japan, Tian Chong Ng. The Asia Pacific region — in which India is a key focus area — has been the fastest growing for HP and provided 16 per cent revenue growth last year. In Q1 of FY2019 it registered 8 per cent growth year-on-year, said Ng in the course of the HP Reinvent 2019 conference, the company’s largest global partner event. One reason for that is — India – and also the Asia Pacific region — tick marks on demographics trends which provide clear wins for HP: rapid urbanisation and more millennials are joining the work force. While HP is very positive on India and recognises its potential, there are no plans yet for setting up a manufacturing base in India. Ng said it already has a manufacturing base in China apart from others in Vietnam, Thailand and Japan. “There is an existing ecosystem in China and we don’t have plans for setting up a manufacturing base in India, he said. One focus area is the 3D printer, which offers HP great opportunity. Construction and automotive sectors are the focus areas here. Meanwhile, an MoU has been signed with the Andhra Pradesh government. “To be successful in India demands that we understand it,” he said. HP is also pushing gaming in a big way. However, this has not led to any thinking for manufacturing mobile phones in India, despite the high number of gamers in the country spurred by affordable android phones and cheap data. “Our strength is the PC business and we offer a whole family of products in that space,” Ng said.last_img read more

Tyvis Powell making dreams a reality as an Ohio State Buckeye

Redshirt-sophmore safety Tyvis Powell (23) makes a tackle during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double overtime, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorTyvis Powell is living a dream.The redshirt-sophomore safety and Bedford, Ohio, native, who came to OSU in 2012 as a top-100 defensive back according to ESPNU, committed to the Buckeyes when Luke Fickell was the interim coach in 2011, amidst the Tattoo-Gate scandal.Powell said Monday that it didn’t matter who the coach was, he was set on being a Buckeye from day one.“This is a dream. You’re not going to give up your dreams. No matter who is the coach, you grow up your whole life and you watch one certain team, and you root for this team all your life, that’s where you want to go,” Powell said. “Your heart is always going to be with that team. The only place I felt like I would give 100 percent effort all the time would be here.”Once in Columbus, however, Powell said he had thoughts about leaving OSU after being redshirted in 2012.“My redshirt year I struggled a lot,” he said. “Adjusting to college and everything, watching everybody else, all my teammates that came in with me were actually playing and me being a redshirt, it was kind of frustrating. I had some doubts about even being here in the first place, I can honestly admit that.”Powell said a talk with his high school coach Sean Williams helped him to realize OSU was the right place for him.“I had a serious conversation with my mentor, my high school head coach, about what I was going through,” Powell said. “He just kind of reminded me why I came here in the first place, and it kind of triggered some stuff off in my head. I just realized that if you really want something, you got to work for it. They are not just going to give it to you.”Just a year later, Powell was appearing in games for the Buckeyes, starting five as a redshirt-freshman and totaling 48 tackles.Powell said he stepped up his work ethic to earn playing time because he did not want to be just another footnote in OSU football history.“People get here and they say, ‘Oh I arrived, I am just happy with being here.’ I kind of fell (in) with that a little bit, but then, like, I wanted more,” Powell said. “I wanted to be known, I wanted to make plays.”His biggest play as a redshirt-freshman came against Michigan when he stepped in front of a pass from then-redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner on a two-point conversion that sealed a 42-41 OSU victory.The play is considered by some to be one of the biggest plays in recent OSU history, but Powell said he was only thinking about one thing when he made the catch.“I just thought it was something that would help get my seniors get their last pair of gold pants,” Powell said.The gold pants being an accolade Buckeyes receive following a win over Michigan, in the form of a small charm that usually bears the players initials and score of the game.Now a redshirt-sophomore and a full-time starter, Powell has made his presence felt again this season as he is currently second on the team in tackles with 40 and is tied with three other players for first on the team for interceptions with two.The second interception proved to be one of the biggest plays of Saturday’s game against Penn State as Powell dove in front of a pass from sophomore Christian Hackenberg in the second half of a 31-24, double-overtime win.Cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs said he was particularly impressed with the play Powell made.“I thought that interception Saturday night was spectacular,” Coombs said. “Coming across the field, running in front of the receiver, laying out and making that play. That’s just typical of what Tyvis is doing right now.”Heading into Saturday’s game against Illinois at Ohio Stadium, Coombs added that the improvement of Powell from last season to this season has been exceptional.“I noticed, I think we all have, in Tyvis tremendous leaps and strides in this season,” Coombs said Monday. “Knowing that he is coming in, he is going to be a starter. There’s a difference when you are fighting to get a job and when you have a job. And he has got a job and so he can take another step, I think, in his development.”Powell said his development has resulted in a practice drill being named after him by the coaches.“We got a drill on Tuesday that he (co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash) calls the ‘Tyvis Powell drill’ where we (just) tackle,” Powell said. “He calls it that, because at first I dreaded it, but now I love it. I embrace it. You got to embrace the things that suck.”Now, being one of OSU’s leaders and having a drill named after him, he still credits Williams for helping him achieve his dream.“At first I thought it wasn’t going to be a reality, but then me and my high school head coach came up with this plan,” Powell said. “I told him I wanted to come here, he said ‘Tyvis, you have the talent to get there and I can show you the way.’ He showed me some things, he created the work ethic inside of me that I didn’t know that I had and that ultimately helped me get here.”Powell said being in Columbus was the only choice entering college, adding he would have walked on as a Buckeye before accepting a scholarship elsewhere.“(It was) OSU or nothing,” Powell said. read more