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Mourinho: Eto’o back to his best

first_imgJose Mourinho described his team’s 3-1 victory against Manchester United as ‘a big win’ and hailed the performance of hat-trick hero Samuel Eto’o.The Chelsea boss also admitted that United were unfortunate to find themselves 2-0 down at the break after causing the hosts problems in the first half.Mourinho said: “I think it is a big win and deserved, yes. It was hard for them to be losing 2-0 at half time. They started better than us, they had a good initiative.“The second half was different. For 25-30 minutes we had very good control until we dropped back and they reacted.“Normally we produce and produce and then it is hard for us to score. This time with the first shot we scored.“The second goal was the killer in the box I know from many years ago – and it looks like Samuel Eto’o is coming back.”More reaction from Stamford Bridge to follow later.See also:Torres faces spell out with knee injuryMourinho explains second-half changesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

OABA Industry Conference highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s 2018 Industry Conference provided extensive education and networking opportunities for agribusiness professionals. The topics covered at the event included economic outlook, crisis communication, hiring challenges, weed and insect management, trade, decision making, nitrogen management, technology, risk management, transportation, cover crops and more.“We’re up this year with attendance, which we are pleased about. We had over 300 people. It boils down to providing good topics, good speakers and creating a good venue for networking,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “We are hearing about dicamba and water quality issues like everyone else, but some specific issues in agribusiness are mergers and acquisitions. We are seeing that at the national level but also at every level — state, regional and local. Another real issue is succession planning. There are a lot of baby boomers retiring now or are poised to retire soon. How are we filling those voids?”In addition to the broad array of topics covered, attendees got to hear from Dave Rife, owner of White Castle, who talked about the “Power of Passion” for the family-run fast food hamburger business. Rife talked about treating his 10,000 employees like an extended family in the nationwide restaurant chain and emphasized service to customers and building the brand.The 2018 OABA Awards Initiative recipients were recognized as well including Andrew Gladden, with Luckey Farmers for his Achievement as an Emerging Leader, and Anne Cook, with The Andersons, Inc. for Excellence in Safety & Stewardship. The closing session for the event featured CEOs from across Ohio — George Secor, Sunrise Cooperative; Brad Rivers, Novus Ag; and Phil Farmer, FLM Harvest  — in a discussion of how they hire and train employees. They shared many insights about the value of a good internship program, understanding the generational differences in the work place and working find and hire qualified employees.OABA also announced the newly elected members to the Board of Directors:Representing the Agrichemical industry: Nick Franks, Tyler Grain & Fertilizer Co.Representing the Feed industry: Anne Staugler, Big K Mills, Inc.Representing the Grain industry: Scott Thibaut, Consolidated Grain & Barge Inc.Representing the Members-at-Large: Jean Bratton, Centerra Co-op and Greg Logue, The Andersons, Inc.In addition to new members, the Board of Directors has new leadership for 2018-2019. Jackie Seibert of United Equity, Inc. was elected to serve as Vice Chairwoman. Andy Swerlein of Luckey Farmers Inc. transitions from his role as Chairman to Past Chairman. Nathan Louiso of Axis Seed will serve as Chairman of the Board.“I have been involved with OABA for around 10 years and lot of people don’t know that I didn’t grow up on the farm,” Louiso said. “That puts me in a unique position as we look to our membership in the future and the employees of our memberships. I think we need to start reaching out to non-traditional members that maybe didn’t grow up on a farm but that may have an interest in agriculture. Our industry isn’t a special fraternity that requires you to have grown up on a farm.“I think we need to look at things in a different manner given the demand for our industry. All you need is an interest in agriculture and a strong work ethic. New technology is a perfect example.  Big data and precision ag has taken off so fast. I don’t think a person necessarily has to come from a farm to be in that space.”The OABA Board of Directors consists of 15 individuals who represent various segments of the agribusiness industry in Ohio, including feed, seed, fertilizer, grain and agrichemical sectors. Board members are elected by OABA member companies to three-year terms and can serve two terms.“I would encourage people to be involved,” Louiso said. “Start on a committee and give back.”The complete list of Board members is:Chairman: Nathan Louiso, Axis SeedVice Chairwoman: Jackie Seibert, United Equity, Inc.Past Chairman: Andy Swerlein, Luckey Farmers, Inc.Jean Bratton, Centerra Co-opEd Burtch, Burtch Seed Company, Inc.Scott Crowder, Central Ohio Farmers Co-opNick Franks, Tyler Grain & Fertilizer Co.Grant Gates, Morral Companies, LLCBrad Johnson, Kalmbach Feeds, Inc.Greg Logue, The Andersons, Inc.Robert Mullen, NutrienAnne Staugler, Big K Mills, Inc.Scott Thibaut, Consolidated Grain & Barge, Inc.John Ward II, ABIS/J.H. Ward AgencyChris Williams, Rosen’s Inc. Dave Rife, owner of White Castle, talked about the “Power of Passion” for the family run fats food hamburger business. Nathan Louiso of Axis Seed Chris Henney The 2018 OABA Awards Initiative recipients were recognized, Andrew Gladden, Luckey Farmers for his Achievement as an Emerging Leader and Anne Cook, The Andersons, Inc. for Excellence in Safety & Stewardship.last_img read more

Weather averages close to normal for Fort St John during July

first_img“An average isn’t something we see very often. It’s usually above or below and it doesn’t usually land on the average very often. But interestingly enough, a lot of the province did this month.”Looking ahead to August and the remainder of the summer season, Lindquist says we can expect to see slightly cooler temperatures but with lower amounts of rain.As a side note, for the holiday long weekend, Environment Canada is calling for sun and temperatures in the low to mid-20s for Saturday and into Monday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the month of July, Fort St. John and the surrounding area saw close to normal averages when it came to the weather.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Doug Lindquist, Fort St. John saw the temperature and rain levels around normal for July with the temperature at 15.8°C, four points below the average of 16.2. As for rain amounts, the area saw 65 mm, which is 10 mm below the average for July.Lindquist says it’s not often that July’s weather sits around the average, adding that the majority of British Columbia saw close to the monthly average.last_img read more

Amarinder hits back at Modi for politicising Jallianwala tragedy

first_imgChandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing “dirty politics” after the PM claimed that the Congress leader skipped an official event marking the Jallianwala Bagh massacre’s centenary as he was busy in “Congress parivar’s bhakti”.Singh alleged that the central government had deliberately chosen to hold a “parallel event” instead of supporting the initiatives and programmes of the state government. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The event was organised in Amritsar on Saturday by the Centre and it was attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. Singh claimed in a statement that he had personally approached the prime minister several times over the last two years to seek support for ensuring that the occasion is commemorated in a befitting manner but the Centre had failed to respond suitably. “Instead, the Modi government decided to hold its own event, quite evidently to score political brownie points in the backdrop of the Lok Sabha elections,” he alleged. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”This was truly shocking considering that the prime minister is the chairman of the Jallianwala Bagh Trust,” Singh said. Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the chief minister had on Saturday morning paid floral tributes at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in Amritsar. On Saturday afternoon, M Venkaiah Naidu visited Jallianwala Bagh and paid tributes to those killed in the massacre on April 13, 1919. The ceremony was organised by the Union Ministry of Culture. Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore and Punjab Cabinet Minister O P Soni were among others present at the function held in the afternoon. At a poll rally on Sunday in J&K’s Kathua, Modi said Singh boycotted the function because he was busy in “Congress parivar’s bhakti (appeasing the Gandhi family)”.last_img read more

Stephen Curry Doesnt Have His Shot Back

Thursday night, the record-setting Golden State Warriors avoided playoff elimination, taking Game 5 of the Western Conference finals from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Reigning MVP Steph Curry had 31 points on 9-of-20 shooting, but questions remain about whether, after suffering a knee injury early in the playoffs, this is the same Curry who laid waste to the league throughout the season and if he can finish digging the Warriors out of a 3-1 series hole.Curry has shot 35 percent from three in eight games since first being injured, far below his regular-season average of 45 percent. Here’s a breakdown of his 3-point shooting relative to the quality of shots (as divined by the NBA’s player-tracking data) he’s taken throughout the season: Compared with his regular-season showing, post-injury Curry has maintained a high volume of shots with comparable shot quality: He’s taken 10.6 3-point attempts per game with average expected value per shot of .97 points, versus. 11.2 and .98 during the regular season.Relative to expectation, however, Curry has been mortal. He isn’t shooting “badly” by NBA standards, but he has been awful by his own. Curry averaged a flabbergasting .38 points above expectation per 3-point attempt in the regular season, but he’s averaged just .08 points per shot above expectation post-injury. Previously, his worst eight-game stretch was .09 and came from Dec. 11 to Jan. 2.The average 3-pointer taken by a Curry teammate this year had an expected value of 1.1 points, and the Warriors shot .09 better than expectation on them. In other words, since returning from injury, Curry has been chucking like his MVP self but has been connecting like any old Warrior.On the one hand, it is probably good news for the Warriors that Curry appears to be getting his usual looks at his usual frequency since his return. On the other hand, any evidence that Curry isn’t really himself is bad news, because the Warriors are in desperate need of some flabbergasting performances if they hope to repeat. read more

Beckham predicts World Cup finalists

first_imgDavid Beckham is backing both England and Argentina to reach the final of the World Cup at RussiaThe closest the Three Lions have come to winning the World Cup since their 1966 triumph on home soil came in 1990, where they lost to West Germany in a penalty shoot-out in Italy at the semi-final stage.While Argentina have not won the tournament in 32 years and came narrowly close to ending that wait in the 2014 World Cup, where they lost 1-0 to champions Germany in the final.“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” said Beckham, according to the BBC.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The former Real Madrid midfielder is pleased to see England get off to a promising start in their campaign after they defeated Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game of Group G.“I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” added Beckham.“England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”last_img read more

Agent Buffon just as important to PSG as Neymar

first_imgThe agent of Gianluigi Buffon insists that he is considered to be just as important as Neymar at Paris Saint-GermainThe legendary Italian goalkeeper opted to continue his playing career at PSG for at least another two seasons after leaving Juventus in June.And things got off to a bright start for Buffon in this newest chapter of his career by winning the Trophee des Champions at the weekend in his first ever competitive match for PSG after they thrashed AS Monaco 4-0 at Shenzhen in China.“Starting well is always a good thing in football. Anything can happen, but PSG are a great club for him,” Silvano Martina told RMC Sport, via Football-Italia.“They’re a very good team and they deserved to win the cup, which is always good for your CV.“I went for a coffee with him once and he told me he was happy to retire, before adding that he could’ve done well at another big club for a couple more years.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.After 17 years at Juventus, Buffon made the surprise decision to play his club football outside of Italy for the first time in his career at the age of 40.“How did PSG come about? I have a friend there, I sent him a message and he told me to go there right away,” said Martina.“For them, it was as important a deal as that for Neymar. Buffon felt the desire of the French club to have him in their team and he’s very fired up.“It’s as if he’s 10 years younger. They offered a two-year contract, while he only wanted to sign for a year: this proves their honesty. PSG had already wanted him in 2009.”Buffon will get his first taste of Ligue 1 this Sunday in PSG’s first game of the league campaign against Caen at the Parc Des Princes.last_img read more

Luis Enrique Rodri can surpass Busquets

first_imgThe British publication, FourFourTwo, have broadcasted the words of Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique concerning Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.According to the former Barcelona manager, the 22-year-old hotshot has all characteristics to become a ‘new Sergio Busquets.’Although Rodri is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following his summer’s arrival from Villarreal, Enrique seems to be a huge fan of the prosperous youngster.“I have already spoken about their similarities,” he told a news conference.“It’s not good to give too much praise and he is very young, but Rodri comes across as very professional and prepared mentally.“He can reach Busquets’ level and maybe surpass it. Who knows what limits he has?”Robert Moreno says he would step aside if Luis Enrique asks him Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Spanish national team manager, Robert Moreno, took the job after Luis Enrique stepped down because his nine-year-old daughter passed away after a bone tumor.Rodri will be better than Barcelona icon Busquets – Luis Enrique— Goal Nigeria (@GoalcomNigeria) October 4, 2018Now it’s up to the Rodri to give his answer on the field, but a comparison with a figure such as Busquets can only be flattering.The highly-rated midfielder will in the Spain squad for the matches against Wales and England along with Busquets, as well as, his two Atletico companions, Saul Niguez and Koke.last_img read more

Ronaldo left out of Portugal squad again

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has been omitted from Portugal once again for the upcoming fixtures with Italy and PolandPortugal manager Fernando Santos had previously left out Ronaldo for the last two international breaks in September and October to allow him to settle in at Juventus.However, Santos refused to discuss why Ronaldo will not be among them this time and instead wished him luck in winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or.“The only thing I will say about Ronaldo is that I hope he wins the Ballon d’Or award,” said Santos on Twitter.“It’s not just about Ronaldo, I have said that nobody is excluded,” said Santos. “It’s not worth creating a big fuss about it.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The European champions will face Italy next Saturday in the UEFA Nations League before hosting Poland three days later.Portugal squad for Italy and Poland: Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio, Beto, Claudio RamosDefenders: Cedric Soares, Joao Cancelo, Jose Fonte, Luis Neto, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Mario Rui, Raphael GuerreiroMidfielders: André Gomes, Bruno Fernandes, Danilo Pereira, Joao Mario, Pizzi, Renato Sanches, Ruben Neves, William CarvalhoForwards: Bernardo Silva, Bruma, Gonçalo Guedes, Rafa, André Silva, Ederlast_img read more