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In the past, a number of African countries set up training camps in Europe and flew back to Africa just before the championships kicked off. Now they have world-class World Cup facilities on the continent to aid their preparation. 9 December 2011 Among the countries that have expressed interest in setting up a training base in South Africa ahead of the championships, that run from 21 January to 12 February 12, are Zambia, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and Angola. SA Football Association CEO Robin Petersen said he was excited by other countries’ interest in using South Africa’s World Cup facilities as this would go a long way towards sustaining the country’s World Cup legacy. World-class facilities Boasting some of the best facilities in the world, South Africa will be ideal for countries participating in the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals, as it has similar weather patterns to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Legacy Several countries that have qualified for the 2012 African Nations Cup, kicking off in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in January, are heading to South Africa to make use of the country’s World Cup facilities ahead of the continental showcase. “We want the 2010 World Cup legacy to benefit several generations to come, especially South Africans and the football family on this African continent,” Petersen said. SAinfo reporter Both Zambia and Ghana are also expected to play friendly matches against Bafana Bafana as part of their preparations. The dates and venues of the matches are still being finalised. “Setting up of bases here is a good sign that our World Cup facilities will never turn out into a white elephant.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning in late October, nearly one half of the 1.7 million farms that signed up for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments for the 2014 crop year.“Unlike the old direct payments program, which paid farmers in good years and bad, the 2014 Farm Bill authorized a new safety-net that protects producers only when market forces or adverse weather cause unexpected drops in crop prices or revenues,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “For example, the corn price for 2014 is 30% below the historical benchmark price used by the ARC-County program, and revenues of the farms participating in the ARC-County program are down by about $20 billion from the benchmark during the same period. The nearly $4 billion provided today by the ARC and PLC safety-net programs will give assistance to producers where revenues dropped below normal.”The ARC/PLC programs primarily allow producers to continue to produce for the market by making payments on a percentage of historical base production, limiting the impact on production decisions.Nationwide, 96% of soybean farms, 91% of corn farms, and 66% of wheat farms elected the ARC-County coverage option. Ninety-nine percent of long grain rice and peanut farms, and 94 percent of medium grain rice farms elected the PLC option. Overall, 76% of participating farm acres are protected by ARC-County, 23% by PLC, and 1% by ARC-Individual. For data about other crops, as well as state-by-state program election results, final PLC price and payment data, and other program information including frequently asked questions, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.Crops receiving assistance include barley, corn, grain sorghum, lentils, oats, peanuts, dry peas, soybeans, and wheat. In the upcoming months, disbursements will be made for other crops after marketing year average prices are published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Any disbursements to participants in ARC-County or PLC for long and medium grain rice (except for temperate Japonica rice) will occur in November, for remaining oilseeds and also chickpeas in December, and temperate Japonica rice in early February 2016. ARC-individual payments will begin in November. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.The Budget Control Act of 2011, passed by Congress, requires USDA to reduce payments by 6.8%. For more information, producers are encouraged to visit their local Farm Service Agency office. To find a local Farm Service Agency office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
The much-younger Pacio, 22, won the gold strap after beating Yoshitaka Naito three months ago on points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Pacio, one of four current world champions out of Team Lakay, was initially set to face Hayato Suzuki in a rematch but he’s now scheduled to take on another Japanese challenger in Yosuke Saruta on January 19.Saruta was tapped as a replacement for reasons yet to be disclosed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe 31-year-old Saruta has won eight of his last 10 fights.He is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Alex Silva earlier this month in his ONE Championship debut. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion 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 ONE strawweight champion Joshua Pacio will be making his first title defense against a different foe in the main event of ONE: Eternal Glory next month in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel stint is Terrence Romeo’s shot at redemption, says Leo Austria MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments
Rutgers fought valiantly against No. 4 Michigan State Saturday night, but in the end, the Spartans did just enough to emerge from Piscataway with a victory. It helped that the Scarlet Knights made a mind-blowing mistake in the game’s final minute, however.Facing a 3rd-and-10 from Michigan State’s 40-yard-line, Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano, with his team trailing 31-24, took a sack with the game clock winding down. He then spiked the ball on fourth down – presumably because he was just trying to stop the clock. Instead, it ended Rutgers’ final drive.ICYMI: Here’s how the wild @MSU_Football at @RFootball game just ended. http://t.co/53KsFDAYu8— BIG 10.10 (@BigTenNetwork) October 11, 2015It’s unlikely that Rutgers would have scored on the game’s final play anyway. But you can imagine Rutgers fans aren’t thrilled with how things ended.
Video: Virginia’s Darius Thompson Banks In Buzzer Beater To Complete Amazing Comeback vs. Wake Forest
With 1:20 left in the game, Wake Forest led No. 11 Virginia 64-54 at home. Over those final 80 seconds, the Cavaliers scored 18 points, capped off by a wild buzzer-beating bank shot by Darius Thompson, to beat the Demon Deacons 72-71. Virginia wins!! https://t.co/9SYoM5JmBv— Will Ojanen (@WillsWorldMN) January 27, 2016FOR THE WIN! @dthomp15 finishes off an incredible comeback in Winston-Salem for @UVAMensHoops ! #WAHOOWA # pic.twitter.com/Pe2ZXsAxRW— VirginiaSportsTV (@VaSportsTV) January 27, 2016The game log is crazy.College basketball has been impossible to predict this season, and the ACC is no different. Current ACC standings: UNC D$:[email protected]/&,!3 BC— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) January 27, 2016March will be here very soon. We can’t wait.
ESPNWhich college football programs are in the best shape to maintain success moving forward? ESPN attempted to answer that question this week, using an interesting methodology. A panel of the network’s analysts – Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Travis Haney, Sharon Katz, Tom Luginbill, Ted Miller, Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach – used five different metrics to answer the question.Their top 25 – which is based on coaching, current talent, recruiting, title path and program foundation – was released Tuesday afternoon. Alabama, unsurprisingly, came out on top.Future Power Rankings: Alabama reclaims the top spot https://t.co/mLaOh8znKZ— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) July 6, 2016Ohio State followed at No. 2. Here’s the rest of the top 10. If you want to see the full top 25, head over to ESPN.1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Oklahoma 9. Notre Dame 10. Michigan StateDo you agree with the list? Or are they off base on a few of the programs?
zoomSource: Pxhere under Creative Commons CC0 The Port of New York & New Jersey has revealed a new development framework amid a record growth in cargo volume.The “Port Master Plan 2050” follows an extensive 2½ year review of more than 3,000 acres of port property.The 30-year plan will build on earlier planning work in the 1990s that ultimately led to the deepening of port channels to 50 feet, the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, container terminal expansions, realignment of and capacity enhancements to port roadways and the completion of the port’s USD 600 million ExpressRail network.Release of the master plan comes at a time when the Port of New York and New Jersey is experiencing record cargo growth, which has pushed it into the position of No. 2 in the nation for the first time in two decades, surpassing the Port of Long Beach.During the first five months of 2019, the port set a new all-time record for cargo during that period, handling 3.04 million TEUs.“Our predecessors had the foresight to clearly understand the value of the port to regional jobs and economic activity and made substantial investments that today are paying huge dividends,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole.“This plan will continue the momentum we have built and drive this port to new heights that two decades ago would have seemed impossible to achieve.”The primary objectives of the master plan are to provide opportunities for growth through stakeholder engagement; improve the port’s commercial value by investigating opportunities to maximize lease revenue; to continue to serve as an economic engine for the region; and to promote safe, resilient and environmentally sustainable operations in partnership with its tenants.With the completion of the plan, the Port Authority will now begin implementing the key findings and recommendations including a series of further studies, analysis and design work.
Then-sophomore midfielder Jesse King (19) advances the ball during a game against Detroit Feb. 9 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 14-8.Credit: Lantern file photoFor most college athletes, playing beyond their school’s season is unheard of.The same cannot be said about Ohio State’s incoming senior lacrosse midfielder Jesse King.Following a junior season which saw him named a third team All-American and a Tewaaraton Award nominee, King can now add another accolade to that list: Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse champion.Two weeks ago, Canada avenged its pool-play loss to the United States by shutting down the Stars and Stripes, 8-5, to win its third ever gold medal at the World Championships. Canada also won the event in 2006 and 1978.King, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, where he attended Claremont Secondary School, said the importance of the tournament went far beyond just winning the gold medal.“It was pretty amazing,” King said. “My whole family was out watching the (championship) game. They came down and watched all my games which was pretty special for me because at school they don’t get to watch me play very often.”“Winning the gold medal was pretty emotional. It was just kind of like unbelievable and it still hasn’t kicked in right now.”OSU coach Nick Myers said the opportunity King got to learn from the best players in the world will give him a leg up during his final season in Columbus.“Certainly with Jesse being a part of the team currently, having one more year, what an incredible experience to take away for a young man his age to have a world championship under his belt,” Myers said.In his three seasons with the Buckeyes, King has compiled 131 points on 77 goals and 54 assists, good for 17th on OSU’s career points list. Continuing that success with Canada, King recorded one goal and three assists in seven games despite being one of only four current collegiate athletes on the team.Appearing in every game for his country, King provided a physical presence at the midfield position by using his 6-foot, 3-inch frame to ward off defenders, something Myers and erstwhile OSU defenseman Joe Meurer said can be a matchup nightmare.“I think anytime you have a player who is 6-foot-3, 200 plus pounds, can see the field very well, can beat his man, and work just as hard off the ball, there is a lot to think about there,” Myers said.“He is one of the smartest lacrosse players I’ve ever played with,” Meurer said. “His knowledge of the game, his instincts and awareness, I think those three things make him such a dominant player and sets him apart from a lot of other players.”However, before donning the iconic maple leaf, King first had to make the cut from the initial 51 players who were invited to Team Canada’s selection camp which was held on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., from Oct. 11 to 14, 2013.A total of 97 players submitted tryout applications which were considered by The Canadian Lacrosse Association.Among those invited to camp included reigning Major League Lacrosse MVP Kevin Crowley, attackman John Grant Jr., who is widely regarded as one of the finest players to ever play the game, and OSU’s all-time leading goal scorer Logan Schuss.“It was very intimidating,” King said. “I’m going up against guys that I hear about in the news or all over social media about how well they play in the NLL or MLL, and I just kind of moseyed on in and got the opportunity to try out.”Even though more seasoned players, such as Schuss, got cut and Grant Jr. was forced to watch the tournament from the sidelines after his application for a Therapeutic Use Exemption was denied, King played his way onto the 24-man roster that traveled to Denver, Colo., in early July.Then, on July 10, King and his fellow Canadians stepped into the limelight.After an opening ceremony which saw a record 38 nations, including nine first-time nations, Canada took the field for a primetime showdown against arch-rival USA in a clash of lacrosse heavyweights.In what was widely considered a preview of the gold medal game, Canada struck first, jumping on top of the defending champions, 3-0. However, the lead was short-lived.The USA proceeded to score the next eight goals before holding off a late Canadian rally to steal the first game, 10-7.King said after the game the team didn’t hang its head and instead, focused on getting better throughout the tournament with the mindset that they would see the USA again.“You really have to take into perspective that a lot of the guys on the American team, who are unbelievably talented, don’t play the box lacrosse that we play and they have a lot more time to practice together,” King said. “Our first practice together as a team, was four days before that game.”True to his word, King and Team Canada bounced back immediately, rattling off four wins in four days by taking down fellow Blue Division opponents England, the Iroquois Nationals, Japan and Australia.King scored his lone goal of the tournament in Canada’s 12-4 romp over Australia, which saw them finish pool-play with a 4-1 record to earn an automatic berth into the semifinals.There, Canada faced its toughest challenge to date in a rematch against a determined Iroquois Nationals squad.However, just like they had the first time around, Canada managed to slow down the Iroquois’ potent offense to advance to the finals with a 12-6 victory.With the USA’s semifinal win against Australia, the rematch was set. But with the USA coming in undefeated and loaded from top to bottom, experts gave Canada little shot at an upset.Undeterred by the predictions swirling around, Canada came out of the gates swinging, building up some early momentum on the USA as they carried a 3-1 lead into the half.With the USA backed into a corner, Canada held off a late rally that brought the gold medal back to the Great White North with an 8-5 win.King described the whole experience as once in a lifetime, adding that it was a “treat” to get a chance to be around players from countries such as Uganda as well as suiting up with players he admired growing up.“The guys we were talking with, Team Uganda, they’ve been playing for four years and the stick skills that they were able to have in that short amount of time was really outstanding,” King said.As if playing against the world’s best wasn’t enough, King has also been competing for his native Victoria Shamrocks, a Senior A box lacrosse club which plays in the Western Lacrosse Association and competes for the Mann Cup, which is awarded annually to the winner of a championship series played between the WLA champion and Major Series Lacrosse champion.Last summer, while playing for the junior Shamrocks, King posted an otherworldly 111 points in 15 games and he hasn’t slowed down since making the jump to the senior level.In 10 games this season, King has tallied 41 points, good for third on the team. Victoria currently sits in first place in the WLA with a 14-2-2 record as they look to win their first Mann Cup since 2005.“I was born in Victoria and I was really fortunate to get drafted by Victoria as well,” King said. “Playing box in the summer, it may not be the same style of lacrosse, but it does translate over to field lacrosse. It makes you smarter, it makes you more aware, it makes you more alert.”Later this month, King will be arriving back in Columbus where he will look to lead the Buckeyes back to the NCAA tournament after failing in 2014 to manufacture back-to-back trips for the first time in 10 years.“Every year, the Ohio State Buckeyes are always contenders, not because we are the most talented, but because we have the grit and the work ethic and we are always willing to do whatever it takes to win,” King said. “I’m very excited to get back on campus, get back in the snake pit and play some games.”Myers said King has developed more and more as a leader every year since coming to OSU, but there is still some work for him to do to get the most out of his game as well as his teammates.“You do that by leading by example, encouraging your teammates while at the same time challenging them to a degree,” Myers said. “I think that Jesse has found a balance at that and he’s done better and better every year.”In January, the talk around Columbus centered around King stepping into that leadership role for Myers and the Buckeyes. Meurer said King has thrived in that role and comes ready to play everyday.“I know us as a team put a lot of pressure on him last year but he handled it really well,” Meurer said. “He brings his lunch pail to work everyday and at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.”Success hasn’t been uncommon to King as he has been a winner at every level of the game. A true leader on and off the field, fans can only get excited for what’s in store for King and the Buckeye program in 2015.
Former Juventus captain Alessandro Del Piero has criticised the way Gianluigi Buffon handled himself after Real Madrid were awarded a late penalty to knock them out of the Champions LeagueThe Serie A leaders produced a stunning comeback against Real at the Santiago Bernabeu, after losing the first leg 3-0.Yet, despite putting the aggregate scoreline level at 3-3, Juventus’ outstanding progress was undone when referee Michael Oliver awarded Real a late penalty with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring from the spot to put the hosts through to the semi-finals.Buffon himself had been sent off after furiously protesting the penalty decision to Oliver, but instead the Englishman choose to send the legendary Italian goalkeeper with substitute Wojciech Szczesny helpless to prevent Ronaldo.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Afterwards Buffon vented his frustrations with the referee and called Oliver “an animal” and claimed that he has a “a trash can in place of a heart”.“When Gigi spoke about the referee… I found it hard to understand, honestly,” Del Piero told Sky (via Football-Italia).“I don’t understand why we should refer to the first leg, that’s how football is and you analyse the moment, whether it’s nice or ugly.“I think in a few days he’ll say different things about the referee than what he said.”
Liverpool’s midfielder Adam Lallana believes Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United in Michigan will be like a match between the fierce rivals.The 107,000-capacity Michigan Stadium, known as The Big House, is set to host the Premier League foes for their International Champions Cup tie as the Reds take another step in their preparations for the upcoming season.With all the factors ready for the match Lallana expects an event to savour in Ann Arbor.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Never, no,” the midfielder told the club’s website after Friday’s training session when asked if matches against United can ever be considered friendlies.“None of these games are, especially when you’ve got the atmosphere and the fans here. It just feels like a normal game and I’m sure that will be the same tonight.“Obviously the opponents have been a lot tougher since we came out to the States. It’s a magnificent stadium. Hopefully, it will be full and we’ll have another good run-out.”