Berbice cattle farmers left in cold with nowhere to put livestock

first_imgThe Mahaica-Mahaicony Abary/Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) has reissued notices to cattle farmers occupying lands at Gold Digging, Blairmont, West Bank Berbice for them to remove.Some of the animals at Gold Digging, Blairmont, West Bank BerbiceThe farmers received the notices on May 20 for them to vacate the lands the same day.With nowhere to put their livestock, the farmers are claiming that the MMA is reissuing portions of the said lands to other persons for cattle rearing – when some of them do not engage in animal farming.Initially, the farmers were issued with a letter dated January 18, 2019 from MMA ordering them to vacate the land by February 1, 2019, and according to the notice, from that date those animal farmers would have been deemed illegal.That letter also ordered the farmers to dismantle all erected structures and to remove their cattle from the lands.The farmers are objecting to this move, claiming that they have been rearing cattle on the lands for more than a decade and while the MMA says it is redistributing the land legally for the purpose of cattle rearing, no offer was made to those existing farmers for occupancy.One of the affected cattle farmers, Krisonchand David, attended a meeting with the MMA last Tuesday.It was at that meeting that he was given the notice from the MMA. According to David, at the meeting he was told that they were squatters.“They said all the squatters from Region Five [Mahaica-Berbice] if it is under housing or farming will have to remove and that the MMA will provide land for them,” he related.However, no land has been issued to the legitimate farmers. The MMA has already started to distribute the lands to persons who are not cattle farmers.“They say that they have 192 acres of land left and they will see how to share it out. We tell them that we already fence the place and clear the bush a couple of years now,” David related.Meanwhile, efforts to contact officials at the MMA for a comment on the matter were futile.last_img read more

Exclusive – Arsenal must compete for Europe’s best talent, claims former Gunner

first_imgJohn Hartson believes Arsenal must start competing with Europe’s top clubs for the world’s best talent if they’re to win the Premier League title next season.The Gunners have been known for advocating youth progression, rather than big-money signings, in recent years but have won just one FA Cup in the last 10 seasons, while Chelsea’s free-spending approach has seen the west London club lift 11 major trophies in the same space of time.Last summer saw the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Calum Chambers for a combined cost of around £67million, as Arsene Wenger appeared to lighten his grip on the club’s purse strings.The Frenchman has been linked with moves for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, along with Juventus’ Alvaro Morata and Palermo starlet Paulo Dybala this summer.And ex-striker Hartson insists Wenger must splash the cash if Arsenal are to launch a serious title challenge next season.“Arsenal have to keep investing,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “They have invested heavily last summer and bought the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck.“Arsene Wenger has to keep getting the funds because other teams are investing too.“Arsenal are not stronger than Chelsea right now, they have to keep Arsene Wenger at the club and keep spending money.“For Arsenal to challenge Chelsea they need to start going in for the big players that are available.”last_img read more

Video: More bad news for Manchester United fans as former star nets a hat-trick!

first_imgWhen it rains, it pours for Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.The Dutchman watched his side lose 2-1 to Bournemouth on Saturday night and, at the exact same time, former Red Devils striker Javier Hernandez scored a hat-trick in Bayer Leverkusen’s 5-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.The Mexican, who was sold for £7.3million by Van Gaal, notched his treble in just 13-minutes and has now hit 10 Bundesliga goals in just 13 appearances.You can check out Javier Hernandez’s hat-trick below… 1 Bayer Leverkusen hotshot Javier Hernandez last_img

Salah scores but Egypt unable to find first ever World Cup victory

first_img Although he has scored two goals in two games, this has not been a World Cup to remember for Salah 6 Al Faraj has arguably been Saudi Arabia’s shining light in a poor World Cup campaign Saudi Arabia celebrate their winning goal 6 Saudi Arabia grew in confidence after the break and could have taken the lead on 54 minutes but Hattan Bahebri’s wild finish went over the bar.Trezeguet headed just wide at the other end before Al Mogahwi forced a good save from El-Hadary.And just when the game looked set for a draw, Al Dawsari set the ball up for himself before finding the corner of the net well to send the Saudi Arabia bench into pandemonium.STAR MAN This goal was Salah’s 50th goal in 58 appearances for club and country since joining Liverpool in July 2017 and he should have made it 51 goals moments later but the forward dinked the ball wide when putting his foot through it was probably the better option.Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men were starting to lose their way and Trezeguet missed two chances to double Egypt’s lead in quick succession. However, Al Faraj nearly levelled things up, but his goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Ahmed Hegazi.And then Saudi Arabia were handed a lifeline when referee Wilmer Roldan penalised Fathy for handballing Yasser Al-Shahrani’s cross. But Al-Muwallad’s effort was brilliantly saved by the veteran keeper.However, they were awarded another penalty on the stroke of half-time and this time Al Faraj stepped up and sent El-Hadary the wrong way to make it 1-1 at half-time following a lengthy VAR review. talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 6 The stage looked set for Salah to finally show what he was made of at the World Cup but it was Al Faraj who had a better day.The Saudi Arabia no.7 was at the centre of some promising attacks and he managed to get a goal for himself with a composed penalty.MOMENT OF THE MATCHVAR was at risk of overshadowing the contest as the decision to award Saudi Arabia’s second penalty of the game took a really long time to finally be made.Al Faraj stuck the penalty away but the half-time whistle was blown almost four minutes after it was due to finish. Something to think about for the powers that be.center_img Salah missed a great chance to put Egypt 2-0 up GROUP A TABLE 6 Salah missed a glorious chance moments later and from that point Egypt were awful. Salman Al Faraj’s penalty on the stroke of half-time levelled things up after 45-year-old keeper Essam El-Hadary brilliantly saved Fahad Al-Muwallad’s powerful spot-kick earlier in the game.The Green Falcons were the better side after the break and claimed their deserved victory when Salem Al Dawsari teed himself up before volleying the ball home to give Saudi Arabia their first win at a World Cup finals since USA 94.This has been an underwhelming campaign for Egypt – who had high expectations pre-tournament – but they started their final game on top.And it looked like they were well on their way for victory when Salah latched onto Ahmed Fathy’s long ball before coolly lobbing the onrushing Yasser Al-Mosailem to give the north African nation the lead. Egypt were unable to secure their first win at a World Cup finals after losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in an eventful encounter at Volgograd.Both sides were merely playing for pride having lost their first two Group A games and the Pharaohs took the lead through Mohamed Salah’s neat finish on 22 minutes. 6 It took an age for Wilmer Roldan to finally award Saudi Arabia’s second penalty 6last_img read more

Man United will see ‘a new Paul Pogba’ after lifting World Cup with France

first_img 2 Pogba scored France’s decisive third goal in the World Cup final against Croatia Pogba found himself out of the Man United team after a run of poor form last season 2 And Laurens believes Pogba will be a changed man and changed player after achieving a boyhood dream by becoming a world champion.“I think this is a new Paul Pogba we’ve never seen before, and it will be a different Paul Pogba we will see from now on,” French football expert Laurens said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He finally realised that he had to mature and grow up to become the player he always wanted to be, to be a player who can take his county to the World Cup and win it.“Before he was still a bit,’ oh look at me, look at what I can do, I can dance, I can do my hair, I can sing, I can do this’, and now he realised he had to make sacrifices on the pitch to get to the next level.”center_img Manchester United will welcome back ‘a new Paul Pogba’ this season after the midfielder helped France to World Cup glory in Russia.That’s according to French football expert Julien Laurens, who believes the Red Devils star has ‘grown up’ and ‘matured’ during this summer’s tournament in Russia.The 25-year-old has faced plenty of criticism in England since his return to Old Trafford from Juventus in a £89million deal in 2016.But he was an outstanding performer for France in Russia and played a key role as Les Bleus lifted the World Cup for only the second time – beating Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s final.Pogba has impressed with his disciplined displays this summer. While he appeared to struggle under Jose Mourinho’s more defensive regime at United last season, he seemed to thrive under France boss Didier Deschamps with a mixture of defensive and attacking displays. Laurens believes the turning point for Pogba came when he was dropped by Jose Mourinho last season after a run of poor form. The midfielder was believed to be at odds with the United boss, which led to rumours he could look to leave Old Trafford, but France boss Deschamps was there to lift his confidence and inspire him to greatness.“They key thing this season for him was the row he had with Mourinho in March,” Laurens added.“He went to the national team in the same month and he spoke with Deschamps, who said: ‘Mourinho only wants the best for you. He’s not dropping you for fun, he does it because he knows you can do more’.“Deschamps said to him, ‘now you’re going to shut up, you’re going to work hard and you’re going to improve and see where that takes you’ – and it took him to the World Cup. “This is for him” 🙌Paul Pogba paid a touching tribute to his late father as he celebrated #FRA winning the #WorldCup#MUFC— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 16, 2018“What’s really interesting is that on Thursday morning he did his press conference and he said: ‘I don’t like defending, it’s not my stuff’.“But he then said he realised that for France to win this World Cup, he had to give more.“And Umtiti, who is one of his best friends in the squad, said the same thing. He said the team made him realise he was not giving us enough, and if they wanted to win the World Cup he had to do more.“And he did that – He defended, he was disciplined and he was mature. He was a leader on and off the field.”last_img read more

City of Angels

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week What can we say? We like winners, and the Angels fit that bill these days far better than the downtrodden Chavez Ravine team that’s lost its way. Before this season, Angels owner Arte Moreno changed the official name of his team from “Anaheim Angels” to “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” – a move that drew howls of protest and lawsuits from officials in Orange County. But for all of us born-again LAofA fans here in the northern Southland, we’ve embraced the change as readily as we’ve embraced Angels Red. So go Dod – er, Angels! 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Legend has it that Los Angeles once had a Major League Baseball team that wore blue and played down in Chavez Ravine. But it all seems so long ago, now that L.A. is the City of Angels of Anaheim. Today our Angels return home (to Anaheim) where they will hopefully finish off the Chicago White Sox en route to another World Series. And all of Los Angeles will cheer. Yes, this is a fickle sports town, and we have no qualms about stealing other cities’ teams. The Lakers, the Clippers, the Rams, the Raiders, even that old baseball squad in blue once belonged to some place called Brooklyn. last_img read more

Big League: Proline held as Kiboga reclaim second spot in Rwenzori Group

first_img Tags: Big LeagueKiboga Youngproline fcShafick Bisaso Proline (Yellow and Purple strips) are still on top of the Rwenzori Group (Photo by Proline Media)FUFA Big League 2018/19Thursday, 08-03-2019 Full Time Results:Rwenzori Group.• Kiboga Young 3-1 Kabale Sharp • Bumate United 0-1 Kitara FC • Water FC 1-0 Ntinda United • Dove FC 0-0 Proline FC • Kira United 0-0 Kireka UnitedElgon Group.• Dove All Stars 1-1 Entebbe FC • Jinja Municipal Council 1-0 Light SSSProline FC missed a chance to pull further clear at the top of the Rwenzori Group in the 2018/19 FUFA Big League as they were held to a goalless draw away to Dove FC.In the game played at Katusabe Ground in Masindi, Shafick Bisaso’s promotion hopefuls struggled throughout the 90 minutes and were shut out for only the fourth time this season.The draw takes Proline who are still top of the standings, onto 30 points from the season. They are now only a point ahead of second placed Kiboga Young.For Kiboga, they reclaimed second place on the table thanks to a 3-1 win over Kabale Sharp 3-1 at the Bamusuta SDA grounds.Brian Mugume scored first, heading home a corner kick from Wilberforce Magumba to ensure a first half lead for the home side.Willy Kalyango made it 2-0 with a superb finish off a wonderful ball from Peter Lomolo a few minutes into the second period.Jamir Nvule Kisitu put the icing on the cake with his 6th goal of the season as Kiboga went 3-0 up.Kabale pulled one back in the closing stages of the game through Musa Sebalu but the goal only turned out to be a consolation.In Bundibugyo, Kitara FC edged Bumate United 2-0 thanks to former SC Villa duo of George Senkaaba and Dudu Ramathan.Kira United and Kireka United played out a goalless stalemate at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole while Water defeated Ntinda United 1-0 at Wankulukuku.In the Elgon group, Dove All Stars shared spoils with Entebbe FC 1-1 in Arua while Jinja Municipal Council beat Light SSS 1-0.Comments last_img read more

Local Roundup: CR men’s, women’s soccer drop conference openers

first_imgThe College of the Redwoods men’s soccer team couldn’t carry its early season momentum with into its Golden Valley Conference opener as it gave up two early goals and fell to Feather River 5-0 at Community Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.The Corsairs (3-5 overall) face Butte College on the road on Friday.Feather River scored a quick goal two minutes in and capitalized on an off day for CR.Redwoods, which came in to the game having won two of its last four and allowed only two goals over its …last_img

Author, 16, is SA’s youngest

first_img“I didn’t really sit down with the intentionto write a novel,” says Andy Petersen,South Africa’s youngest published author.“I thought it might be something but Ididn’t think it would become so big.”Wilma den HartighNot many 16-year-olds can say they have written a book, let alone had it published. But that’s exactly what Andy Petersen has done, but at the time he didn’t know he would become South Africa’s youngest published author.In fact, Andy was only 14 when he first started writing his debut novel, Daniel Fox and the Jester’s Legacy. He was studying for his November school exams and needed a distraction.“I didn’t really sit down with the intention to write a novel,” he says. “I thought it might be something but I didn’t think it would become so big.”The first script of the fantasy novel was completed over eight months, but the book currently on the shelves is very different to the first draft. When the manuscript was first submitted to publisher Penguin Books, it was rejected. But this didn’t discourage Andy: “It didn’t really bother me because I agreed with their decision. It wasn’t good enough.”So he started from scratch with new ideas. The second script maintained the plot, but with far more depth to the story. Existing characters were developed further and new ones added. Halfway through the writing of the second draft, Penguin Books asked to meet Andy with a view to securing a contract.“I was so excited but also very surprised because the email came out of the blue,” he says.The revised manuscript was submitted to Penguin in April 2008, and accepted for publication. Although he wrote the novel with a young adult audience in mind, he thinks it would also appeal to readers of all ages who enjoy the fantasy genre.The novel setting is the afterlife and underworld. The story starts with Daniel Fox waking up on Monday morning in his house in New York. He expects an ordinary day, but it is in fact the day he will die. After witnessing the murder of an old man and being kidnapped from the Museum of Ancient History, Daniel Fox ends up in a waiting room. This leads to the capital of the underworld, the great city of Arison, where more adventure awaits.Andy says his life has become a lot more busy since the book was launched earlier this month. As an author he has a number of new commitments, such as attending book launches. He is also visiting schools across the country to promote not only his book, but also a culture of reading.It has been a fine balancing act to not neglect his schoolwork. He still wants to perform well academically and keep up his involvement with debating and drama at St John’s College.Then there is his busy social life – Andy certainly doesn’t fit the stereotype of the reclusive writer. He’s also a musician and plays keyboard in a band called Little Red House.“It is a fairly new band but we are all pretty serious musicians,” he says. On weekends when he’s not playing in the band or writing, he likes to watch music gigs with his friends.This won’t be Andy’s only novel; he hopes that it will be the first in a trilogy. In fact, he’s already got some ideas for the sequel. Daniel Fox and the Jester’s Legacy has been well received and has been short-listed for the Exclusive Books One Club Prize. It will also be the face of the award this year.He is quick to point out that he isn’t a whizz-kid. “I don’t posses any extraordinary skill that enabled me to complete the book,” he says.He adds that his interest in literature and writing all began with his love of reading. “I’ve always loved reading and when I was a child my parents always read to me.” He particularly likes fantasy literature such as The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.“The book was published because I finished it, and because I kept at it when I started,” he says. Andy encourages other young writers not to give up writing. “You are never too young to start writing. Often young people are deterred because they only see writers who are much older. Maybe wisdom of age does help, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at articlesCommonwealth nod to SA writerNew life for indigenous classics SA remembers Es’kia Mphahlele South African literatureUseful linksPenguin South AfricaExclusive Bookslast_img read more

New study identifies genetic basis for western corn rootworm resistance in maize

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers are stuck. Western corn rootworm can destroy cornfields — and profits — but populations of the “billion-dollar bug” have stopped responding to insecticides and the genetically modified corn hybrids designed to resist insect attacks. But there may be hope. In a new study, University of Illinois researchers uncover the genetic basis of resistance to western corn rootworm, paving the way for development of non-GM corn hybrids that can withstand the worm.“Our previous research showed that there is no inherent resistance in the elite hybrids grown by most farmers in the Midwest,” said Martin Bohn, corn breeder in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I. “We want to improve native resistance to western corn rootworm in maize, without using transgenics.”The work was done within the context of a large, longstanding project called Germplasm Enhancement of Maize (GEM), which aims to diversify the tools available to corn breeders by tapping the genetic resources of maize accessions from all over the world.“Some of my colleagues look into lines that yield more, some look into nutritional characteristics. We were screening for insect resistance. There were not that many, but we found some. We had to look into lines from Argentina, Brazil, and the Caribbean Islands to find it,” Bohn said.The resistant corn lines can’t just be released here in the United States. For one thing, the plants are massive, leggy giants compared to the elite hybrids Midwestern farmers are used to growing. They’re also adapted to very different environments, and wouldn’t flower at the right time to produce reasonable yields.By crossing exotic and elite lines, GEM created plants with a quarter of the genes of the exotics. Several of these lines remained promising with regard to their level of resistance.But the team still didn’t know why the new lines were resistant.“What is the genetic basis of resistance? If you find that, then you can screen other exotic materials for resistance much more efficiently and effectively, with a more targeted approach,” Bohn said.The researchers haven’t found the gene for resistance — Bohn says the trait is likely too complex for it to boil down to a single gene — but the group has identified regions of the genome that appear to contribute to resistance, using a technique known as QTL mapping. There were some common themes among the regions.“When we look at other genes in these regions, one of the common denominators is ascorbate biosynthesis,” Bohn said.In other words, one mechanism explaining western corn rootworm resistance might be the manufacture of ascorbate in the plant. The ascorbate synthesis pathway produces free radicals that injure feeding insects.The analysis turned up another set of genes that may be involved in resistance, but this one is a little more complex. When western corn rootworm larvae are feeding on roots, some corn plants release a compound into the soil that calls nematodes to attack the larvae. The second set of genes appears to be related to the manufacture of compounds that attract those nematodes.“This is very important because plants can’t uproot themselves and go somewhere else, so they have to use other mechanisms to protect themselves,” Bohn said.The results are a first step in introducing native resistance mechanisms into new elite hybrids, but much more research is needed before that happens. And Bohn cautions that the level of native resistance found in the study is no match for the power of transgenic insect-resistant corn, at least not yet.“The idea is when you know where the genes with these small effects are located, perhaps it is possible to bring them into one common genetic background. If we can accumulate these genes, over time we might increase the level of resistance so that it makes sense for farmers to grow them.”The article, “Quantitative trait loci mapping of western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) host plant resistance in two populations of doubled haploid lines in maize (Zea mays L.),” is published in the Journal of Economic Entomology. Bohn’s co-authors include J. Marroquin from U of I, S. Flint-Garcia and B. Hibbard from USDA-ARS, K. Dashiell from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria, and D. Willmot from AgReliant Genetics.The work was partially supported by funds from the USDA-ARS “Germplasm Enhancement in 477 Maize” Project by Specific Cooperative Agreements and the Hatch Project ILLU-802-315.last_img read more