Koscielny: We never give up

first_img The Gunners go into FA Cup fourth-round weekend a point ahead of Manchester City and two clear of Chelsea following their 2-0 win over Fulham. Much as they had done with their victory over Cardiff on New Year’s Day, Arsene Wenger’s men eventually wore down the Cottagers before finally making a breakthrough just before the hour. “It is down to us to stay there, stay focused and stay united, keep fighting for each other, stay consistent and humble like in the first six months (of the season), and maybe it will be our year and we will win it.” Wenger, who could be set to shortly confirm he will extend his contract past the end of the season, has challenged his side to concentrate on themselves rather than what City or Chelsea might do over the final 16 games. “At the moment we go through a period where it is always like that, in January, February, this is the period where you just want to be consistent and focus on yourself,” Wenger said on Arsenal Player. “Then March, April is always [the time] to deal with the nerves.” Santi Cazorla struck a quick-fire brace to sink Fulham. The Spain international on Monday apologised after being photographed holding a placard that insulted north London rivals Tottenham, which was posted on Twitter. Wenger feels Cazorla brings something special to his side’s creative options and the midfielder hopes to continue his development. “I am doing well at the moment,” Cazorla said. “In the last few games I have been getting better physically and my confidence has been growing. “I hope this continues from now until the end of the season.” Cazorla added on the club’s official website: “I had a bit of a bad time with my ankle problems and missed a few games, but I hope to put that behind me and get back to my best in order to help the team to achieve as much as possible.” Arsenal are looking to bring in some offensive additions to offset the loss of England forward Theo Walcott to a serious knee injury. Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic is one target, but Wenger was more keen on a loan deal than a permanent £10million switch for the 30-year-old Montenegro striker, who is also interesting Inter Milan. However, with Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo both closing in on a return to full fitness, the Gunners boss could well elect to go with what he has, which also includes German Lukas Podolski, who was unfortunate not to score when coming off the bench against Fulham. Defender Laurent Koscielny believes Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal have now developed the mental toughness needed to work their way to the title if necessary. Press Association Koscielny admits Arsenal cannot always be at their high-tempo, quick-passing best, but insists they have found a way to dig in and get the required result. “We can’t play 100 per cent all the time in the way we play, so there will be some moments in some games where we lack quality, where it will be more difficult, where it won’t be pretty football, but we stay strong, we graft and we never give up.” Koscielny said in the March edition of the official Arsenal magazine. The France international continued: “Mentally we are stronger than ever. We have won some games this season that we would never have won last season. “It [the spirit] was always there, but more perhaps towards the end of the season. “We can feel this season there is something special in the squad. We have all understood that we can achieve something together.” Koscielny, who has developed a strong partnership at the heart of the Arsenal defence alongside Per Mertesacker, feels the “pressure is on” rivals City and Chelsea to deliver the championship because of their massive spending. However, the 28-year-old is confident Arsenal can compensate with a strong team ethic. “We are where we want to be,” he said. last_img read more

Mandela’s aura unique: Tiger Woods

first_imgOn Thursday, Mandela’s birthday, English Premiership club Manchester City face South African Premier Soccer League club AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban in the Nelson Mandela Day Football Invitational. Kick-off is at 20:00. Nelson Mandela turns 95 on Thursday. He became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, having been released from prison on 11 February 1990. What struck him most, Woods revealed, was Mandela’s aura. “We walked in the room and my dad and I were just kind of looking around. And I said, ‘Dad, do you feel that?’ And he says, ‘Yeah, it feels different in this room.’ And it was just like a different energy in the room. Mandela has shown his love of sport throughout his life, and sport is set to reciprocate that love with a number of events to celebrate the icon. ‘Unlike any person I’ve ever met’ Nelson Mandela Day Football Invitational “The energy that he has, that he exudes, is unlike any person I’ve ever met. And it was an honour to meet him at his home.” The Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day In 2009, the United Nations officially declared the 18th of July Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day). In memory of his 67 years of fighting for social justice, Mandela Day calls on people to give up 67 minutes of their day to “fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation”. Then, on Saturday, 17 August, the Springboks and Bafana will both play international matches at the FNB Stadium in Soweto to celebrate the former President in the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day. “And maybe, I’m guessing probably 30 seconds later, I heard some movement behind me and it was President Mandela folding up the paper. And it was pretty amazing. Golfing great Tiger Woods on Tuesday recalled meeting with then South African President Nelson Mandela in 1998, saying: “That’s an experience that I will never, ever forget.” AmaZulu fans have been urged to buy tickets and also to sign a Madiba birthday card. The giant card, which tour promoters Matchworld want to get into the Guinness Book of Records, is on display in Durban. 17 July 2013 “To be able to be incarcerated for that long and come out and run a country with humbleness and humility. Just the aura that he exudes, unlike any person, as I said, I’ve ever met,” Woods commented on Tuesday. “He impacted the world, not just for his generations, but for future generations to come, just the way he handled everything. And that takes a very special person.” Speaking to journalists at Muirfield ahead of the British Open, which tees off on Thursday, Woods said: “I went down there to play Sun City, and he invited us to his home [in Johannesburg], and my father and I went to have lunch with him. It still gives me chills to this day, thinking about it.” Mandela’s aura Two other major sporting events are coming up in August to celebrate Mandela, involving the South African national rugby team, the Springboks, and the national football team, Bafana Bafana. Tickets for both events are on sale and available from Computicket. The Springboks won the 1995 IRB Rugby World Cup with Mandela as the team’s most famous supporter, and that was followed by Bafana Bafana winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996, with Mandela once again showing his strong support. Celebrating Mandela The aim is to have 10 000 signatures on it. The current world record for the most number of signatures on a birthday card is 5 339 for actor Robert Downey junior. Bafana Bafana will take on Africa Cup of Nations runners-up Burkina Faso in a friendly, with that match being followed by the Springboks’ opening match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship against Argentina. On Wednesday, 14 August, Bafana Bafana will face Africa Cup of Nations winners Nigeria at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge.last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020HYATT REGENCY | COLUMBUS, OH LOCATION Hyatt Regency 350 N. High Street | Columbus, OH 43215 614-463-1234REGISTRATION – To register click here Early Bird by Dec. 20
 | Costs increase Dec. 21 One-day: $100
 | $125 (no hotel room) One person: $180 | $205 Student: $160  | $180 Two people: $225 | $275 Registration closes Jan. 3, 2020Many county Farm Bureaus offer full or partial scholarships for this conference. Discounts available for Group Membership participants. Contact your county Farm Bureau for details.2020 AGENDAFriday, Jan. 31 2 p.m. Early Registration 3 p.m. Extended Learning Sessions 5 p.m. General Registration & Partnership Showcase 6:30 p.m. Discussion Meet 7:15 p.m. General Session 8 p.m. Keynote Speaker Jay Hill 9 p.m. Entertainment 10:30 p.m. AdjournSaturday, Feb. 1 7:30 a.m. Breakfast & Family Feud 8 a.m. General Session- Discussion Meet, YAP awards 8:45 a.m. Partnership Showcase 9:15 a.m. Breakout Session 1 10 a.m. Break 10:15 a.m. Breakout Session 2 11 a.m. Break 11:15 a.m. Breakout Session 3 12:15 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker Amberley Snyder 2 p.m. Extended Learning Sessions 3 p.m. AdjournWorkshop TracksTrack 1 – Traditional (On the Farm)Water Conservation TechnologyWhat’s next in seed technology?Cover Crop/Soil HealthBreaking the Stigma with Mental HealthEconomic Impact of Agricultural DiversificationNutrient ManagementTrack 2 – Niche and Specialty GrowersSheep and Goat Emerging MarketsBeekeeping 101Insect Management using BiopesticidesHemp in Ohio: What you need to knowWill solar energy shine on your farm?Alternative Species,  as  an alternative revenue stream?!Track 3 – Consumer EngagementWhat you need to know to sell your farm productsConnecting with Skeptical ConsumersFood LabelingEntrepreneurship within 21st Century AgricultureAgritourism, is it right for you?Agriculture Social Media AdvocacyTrack 4 – Business ManagementNew Year, New Rules — Farm BillFarming Finance EssentialsNRCS — programs to build your operationMagnetic MarketingTax implications for your businessAre you covered for contract farming?Track 5 – Young Professionals (Professional Development/Collegiate)Priority IssuesYAP ProgrammingOFBF and AFBF Leadership OpportunitiesThere’s an App for thatAg Career DemandsHow-to guide: Running for an elected officeExtended Learning SessionsSession 1: Know to Grow Networking and Etiquette Risk Assessments and Coverage Communications Boot Camp North High Brewery Tour $Session 2: Paint and Sip Give back! Grain Markets: Making the Most for your Farm Farm Fit North High Brewery Tour $Attendee InformationDownload the conference app to stay up-to-date on the activities at the event.(Coming soon)FAQsWhere can I get a list of workshops being offered at this year’s event? There are 40 unique sessions to choose from during the conference. Take a look at our tracks here.What is the registration deadline? Early-bird deadline: December 20, 2019 (Registering by this date will save you $$) Late registration deadline: January 3, 2020Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? The conference is for current, paid Ohio Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-35. If you are not a current Ohio Farm Bureau member, please register under the nonmember category so you can register as a member.When will I receive confirmation of my registration? You will receive a confirmation email for your event registration when you register. If you do not receive it, check your spam filter. Still don’t see it? You can contact [email protected] for help.What’s the refund policy? Registration cancelled before January 3, 2020 is eligible for a full refund. After January 3, 2020, please contact [email protected]Will I have a roommate? Due to the space restrictions, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY that you will be assigned a roommate, unless you have indicated otherwise on your registration form. We would encourage you to come with a friend or challenge yourself to meet someone new!How can I contact the organizer with additional questions? Send an email to [email protected] you an event speaker, sponsor or part of an OFBF group membership? To register, please contact [email protected] Home Friday NightWhat better way to spend a Friday night than listening to a live duet cover 90’s country songs with 500 of your closest friends? Friday night entertainment will also include a competitive round of Euchre, mechanical bull, and some of your favorite country music. Join your friends for a low-key Friday night.2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERSJay HillJay Hill seeks to inspire the less than 2% of us in agriculture to keep fighting for what we believe in. His story started with 10 acres and a 4020 John Deere and is now over 17,000 acres with 120 employees. Jay claims it was not him that grew the farm, it was finding the right team of people to push him deeper into agriculture and the absolute love of it. His message is about tolerance between the farmer and consumer, and gaining understanding between the two sides: the importance of when to share information from the farm and when to listen to the consumer, finding the right time and message to send, and when and when not to respond. Jay wants people to walk out of the room full of energy and fresh ideas that they can use on their operations.Amberley SnyderAmberley shares her experience from living the perfect life to it all crashing in an instant. A rollover accident leaving her paralyzed changes everything. She learns how accepting help and serving others can be such an important part of life. Amberley shows how life knocked her down, but with the help of her family, friends and faith she has worked to “get back on the horse.”ABOUT YOUNG AG PROFESSIONALSOhio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are 18 to 35, singles and married, who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. Whether you have a half-acre or 5,000 acres or work in the food and farming industry, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals has a place for you!Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals are full- and part-time farmers, OSU Extension agents, teachers, consumer educators, former Ohio Farm Bureau Youth members, FFA and 4-H alumni, farm media communicators, livestock and equine enthusiasts, wine makers, alpaca breeders, seed representatives, beekeepers, green industry employees, gardeners, foodies and more.Stay connected by subscribing to the Growing Our Generation e-newsletter.Young Agricultural Professionals is a part of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. If you are not an Ohio Farm Bureau member, find out more about membership or join now. We’d love to have you as a member.last_img read more

The game goes on even after retirement

first_imgWhen Anil Kumble walks out as IPL Royal Challengers Bangalore captain again in April – yes, it’s a possibility, though Vijay Mallya is yet to choose his team – he would be establishing a unique record of playing representative cricket as president of a state association affiliated with the BCCI.Kumble can, anyway, be categorised as an ‘active’ player as he captained India at the Hong Kong International Cricket Sixes this month, even though he has quit Test, ODI and Twenty20 International formats. Probably no player has ever been elected to head an association so soon – just two years and 49 days – after his retirement. So, either ways, Kumble has set a new benchmark.And as the cherry on his KSCA cake, Kumble’s cricketer friends Javagal Srinath (secretary), Venkatesh Prasad and Roger Binny (both vice-presidents), Sujith Somasundar and Vijay Bharadwaj (both managing committee members) have also won, which makes it a virtual clean sweep by the players’ group.In the past, there have been many Test/first-class players who had gone on to hold administrative posts, but all of them achieved that feat well after their retirement. Delhi’s Ram Prakash Mehra (BCCI and DDCA president), Fateshsinh Rao Gaekwad (BCCI and Baroda president), Maharaja Vijaya Ananada ‘Vizzy’ of the United Provinces (BCCI chief), Ghulam Ahmed (BCCI secretary), Syed Mohammad Hadi (Hyderabad secretary), Niranjan Shah (BCCI secretary), M.P. Pandove (Punjab secretary and BCCI treasurer) and the new Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy (ex-Hyderabad Ranji player) are just a few ones to name.advertisementIt’s not just players, but even officials who often hold more than one post, which at times poses a conflict-of-interest situation. BCCI’s chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty is also treasurer of the Mumbai Cricket Association while board joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale is also secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.The most curious case is that of board secretary and presidentelect N Srinivasan as he is not just president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, but also holds the top post of the All India Chess Federation, besides being the owner of the IPL Chennai Super Kings franchise. M.P. Pandove is BCCI treasurer as well as Punjab secretary.Rajeev Shukla is a BCCI vice president and secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association. Similarly, Arun Jaitley, Shivlal Yadav, Arindam Ganguly, K Srikkanth (chairman of national selection committee and brand ambassador of IPL Chennai), Lalchand Rajput, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Anurag Thakur are among the many officials holding posts that can be questioned as they may pose conflict of interests at some stage.The other aspect of the current crop of immediately-retired players is that they are into multiple activities, which make them extremely busy and occupied. They are the true ‘allrounders’ of the modern age, and here one doesn’t refer to someone who bats and bowls with distinction.Kumble, for instance, is chairman of the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) and is also a member of the athlete commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He also writes a newspaper column, and runs a company along with his brother. Srinath is another busy man, being an ICC match referee. Besides, he turns up as television expert every now and then, and also writes a column. Prasad was till recently the bowling coach of the Indian team as well as of the IPL Chennai Super Kings. He appears as an expert on television and thus has his hands full as well.Samosas to jostle with KFC at Kotla during WCKFC and Pizza Hut have secured the official license to sell their products during next year’s cricket World Cup, but fans in Delhi who can’t afford these don’t have to worry. They will have the option of buying cholebhature, samosas and chaat etc. during the four matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla.When officials of the International Cricket Council (ICC) visited Kotla on Monday, DDCA officials asked them if local vendors can put up stalls to cater to the thousands of spectators who usually throng the venue. “They said that until the vendors don’t sell the same stuff as KFC and Pizza Hut, they would be allowed to sell local snacks like samosas and chole-bhature etc. But the ICC officials said that they can’t do branding, implying that they can’t put up boards and sell the same food/snacks as KFC and Pizza Hut,” a DDCA official told MAIL TODAY.However, ICC’s official beverage partner Pepsi, will not be allowed to sell packaged water inside the stands. The Delhi Police officials, who joined the ICC inspection team, said that they won’t allow plastic bottles due to security reasons. The police also told the inspection team that they won’t allow spectators to take any articles inside the stadium without getting them scanned. “They said X-Ray machines will have to be installed at the gates. So, we might either buy X-Ray machines or take them on rent,” the official said.advertisementLike in the Commonwealth Games, volunteers will play a crucial role in the World Cup. “The ICC has said that it will provide attractive volunteer kits – track suits, caps, waist pouch etc. It’s not known how many volunteers will be deputed at each venue, but the officials said that they would be young and in sufficient numbers,” he informed. One only hopes that DDCA officials refrain from deputing their kids and relatives, like they usually do during international matches.The visit of the ICC team, which included a few BCCI officials, ended with the DDCA hosting a dinner at a five-star hotel. “One can understand that we were being good hosts by treating them to drinks and good food. But what surprised many was the DDCA presenting each of the 29 ICC members with expensive gifts. What was the need of giving these gifts? What was the DDCA trying to achieve? Defies logic, really,” he said.BCCI can learn a lot from PatelAnil Kumble and Co’s ascension to the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) throne might not have been as smooth had Brijesh Patel not decided to opt out. Patel, who turned 58 on Wednesday, had served KSCA for 12 years as secretary.”We achieved a lot but could not do much in the last three years due to a fractured mandate,” Patel told MAIL TODAY, referring to the election three years ago when Srikanta Wadiyar was elected president and his group clinched more seats than Patel.”The KSCA is in good hands [of Kumble & Co].By deciding to not to contest, we have set an example for various sports bodies, including the BCCI,” stressed Patel.When asked to point out his achievements, Patel said: “Overall, we made the facilities better. We took the game to mofussil areas and built the infrastructure there. We also contributed to the BCCI’s National Cricket Association.”Another significant step that Patel took was to tweak the KSCA constitution, making it easier for cricketers to get into administration and keep the politicians at bay. “Now, for example, even Vijay Mallya can’t be elected as a KSCA office bearer. Only the 1,300 members and 229 clubs in Bangalore can vote,” he pointed out.last_img read more

FEU escapes Ateneo, lives to fight another day for UAAP finals berth

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Organizers taken aback by demand for women’s World Cup tickets Heather Guino-o topscored with 17 points to power FEU which is on the verge of pulling a big reversal over Ateneo which has dominated all season.The Lady Tamaraws could only score one in attacks in the opening set but came back stronger to even take a two-sets to one lead. But the Lady Tamaraws once again lagged behind in the fourth, allowing the Lady Eagles to force a fifth set.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, logisticsBut with the Lady Eagles ahead, 5-3, the Lady Tamaraws unleashed a 12-3 windup to force the rubber match on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Far Eastern University survived a turbulent opening set to repulse Ateneo, 10-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8, Saturday night to force a Final Four decider in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena.Marching to its own beat against the top semifinalists, the Lady Tamaraws leaned on scrappy plays and determination to come to just within a win of making it back to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Toronto mayor asks for help with refugees and asylum seekers in shelter

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto can no longer accommodate new waves of refugees and asylum seekers in its shelter system and needs federal and provincial help dealing with the situation, the city’s mayor said Tuesday as he called for immediate support.John Tory asked for financial and housing assistance, saying he detailed his requests in an “urgent” letter sent to Ottawa this week.“We’ve been seeing an increasing number of refugees and asylum seekers looking for somewhere to live temporarily within our shelter system while they get settled,” he said. “And the city has gone to what I would very genuinely describe as heroic efforts to help.”But Toronto has reached its limits, Tory said.“We need help,” he said. “We just don’t have the resources to do it alone.”According to a report from the city manager, the number of refugees and asylum claimants using the shelter system went from 459 in 2016 — accounting for 11.2 per cent of the total system — to 3,209 as of June 20, 2018 — 45.8 per cent of the system.Some of those people are being housed in hotels, but that program intended to expand the shelter system is now also at capacity.Some 600 people are also currently being housed in college dormitories as an expansion of the system — with another 200 expected to join them — but they will be forced out on Aug. 8 as schools prepare for students to return.Without increased support, Tory said, there will be nowhere for those refugees and asylum seekers to go.He said he hoped his federal and provincial counterparts will help find other places refugees and claimants can temporarily stay while looking for a more permanent home. He noted that the southwestern Ontario town of Leamington, for instance, had said it was open to welcoming newcomers.Tory added that neither provincial nor federal governments have provided the city with direct funding to assist with the cost of housing asylum seekers and refugees, though Toronto is expected to receive recently announced federal funding for the matter.“Whatever timetable they’re on now, we need the governments to speed up notifying us of tangible, actual steps they’re going to take to be in partnership to look after these people,” the mayor said.In a written response to Tory’s letter, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen reiterated the federal commitment to providing $50 million across Canada towards temporary housing for asylum seekers — $11 million of which is earmarked for Ontario.“This funding represents an initial response to the financial pressures outlined, and further funding towards Toronto’s request will be discussed as part of ongoing discussions,” he wrote in the letter obtained by The Canadian Press.Hussen added that federal officials had been in communication with provincial counterparts to prepare to establish a “triage centre to manage flow” of irregular migrants and alleviate housing pressures in major cities, particularly Toronto.The federal minister did not provide a specific timeline for that system, but said that if it comes into place it should also help with the existing strain on the shelter system.“With a triage system in place, a joint approach to address the pending loss of college residence spaces could be established well in advance of the early August deadline,” he wrote. “I will ask my officials to reach out to yours and their counterparts in Ontario on a trilateral basis in order to have a better sense of Toronto’s needs and pressures.”Hussen also invited Tory to join meetings of an intergovernmental task force on irregular migration.A spokesman for premier-designate Doug Ford said the matter was a “pressing issue” for Toronto and Ontario.One observer said temporary shelter for refugees and asylum seekers is only part of a long-term solution.“It’s a stopgap,” said Penny Gurstein, the director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning and Centre for Human Settlements.The root of the issue, she suggested, is a lack of affordable housing in areas that also offer employment and language services for new immigrants. There should be a continuum of supports that include — but are not primarily composed of — temporary shelter, she said.“You need housing to move forward in your life. You need stable, secure, affordable housing,” Gurstein said. “If we can’t provide it in these cities, that’s a big issue.”last_img read more