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The Farmer’s Basket, a Buyer’s Guide for the South Puget Sound…

first_imgFacebook68Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilThurston Conservation District is pleased to announce a new buying resource guide for local residents who would like to support local farms through direct purchase or retail opportunities. This resource was created, in collaboration with WSU Extension, Thurston EDC, and the Community Farm Land Trust, in response to our community seeking a way to support local food production in our changing market conditions during the COVID-19 crisis.In these uncertain times, we know many of our local farms have been negatively impacted by restaurants and farmers markets closing. The Farmer’s Basket buying guide creates a convenient way for farmers and buyers to find each other during this time. The South Sound Community is invited to connect directly with our innovative and dedicated local farmers through this virtual farmers market.“I really want to give a big shout out to Nora White at the Conservation District for charging into this work to get something up and running within a very short time in order to respond to this crisis,” said Aslan Meade, the Thurston EDC’s Director of Strategic Alliances.“The EDC currently has a USDA grant to begin development of a food hub aggregation/distribution system for our region. Working with our Thurston County WSU Extension and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center, we are pivoting that work to respond to the serious situation local food producers now face and are accelerating efforts to get an online marketplace up and running in the near future.“Nora’s efforts will contribute to this process and in the meantime provides an immediate way for consumers to source local food.  Nora did a great job with this site and I hope a ton of folks start using it to support our local farmers ASAP!”Access to the buyer’s guide is available through the Thurston Conservation Districts webpage: www.thurstoncd.com/education/buyersguideThis is designed to be a fluid resource for our farmers and community during these tumultuous times. If you participate in local food production and are interested in being a part of this guide, reach out to Nora White at [email protected] or 360-999-3727.WHO: Thurston Conservation District in partnership with the WSU Extension, Thurston EDC, and the Community Farm Land Trust.WHAT: The Farmer’s Basket: A Buyer’s GuideWHEN: The website launched on March 25, 2020WHERE:  www.thurstoncd.com/education/buyersguideFOR MORE INFORMATION: Nora White at [email protected] or 360-999-3727.last_img read more

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5 Greatest things Cristiano Ronaldo did in 2019

first_imgAdvertisement 90zrp7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsn1gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3rgn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) j9Would you ever consider trying this?😱hy9Can your students do this? 🌚72fjRoller skating! Powered by Firework Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo turns 35 very soon and you might think that his age has finally caught up with him. But, you’re absolutely incorrect. The man-machine hasn’t stopped being himself and is still as dynamic, graceful and gifted as ever. Arguably one of greatest of all time, Ronaldo continues to prove himself why he is adored by millions every-time he graces the pitch.Advertisement Picture Credit: BBCHowever, by his astronomically high standards, 2019 wasn’t a great year. Even though he enjoyed his fair share of success with both club and country, CR7 remains hungry for more and we can’t come up with any more superlatives to describe him. Thus, we simply stopped trying. What we can do is give you a recap on some of his best moment of the year. Here are the 5 greatest thing Cristiano Ronaldo accomplished in 2019:1: First player to complete an European Treble Advertisement Ronaldo’s first full season with the Bianconeris helped them register their record 8th consecutive Serie A title and Cristiano himself in the process, became the first player ever to win the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. The Portugal captain won three league titles in England with Manchester United (2006/07 to 2008-09), two Spanish top-flight titles with Real Madrid (2011-12 and 2016-17), before eventually lifting his first Serie A with the Italian giants this summer.2: Goals in 9 consecutive Serie A away matchesIt took just four games to open his Serie A account for Juventus, but it was worth the wait. Ronaldo scored the next 9 goals in 10 games as he equalled the club record of the fastest player to score 10 goals in the Italian league. The last person to do so was the legendary John Charles from Wales, who achieved this feat way back in 1957-58.Picture Credit: Business InsiderEven though the Portuguese maestro didn’t score a single hat-trick in his first Serie A campaign, he managed to score in nine successive away games and equalled Giuseppe Signori’s Serie A record set many decades ago. Ronaldo would ultimately go on to finish the season with 21 Serie A goals. Clearly, he came, he saw, he conquered!3: Top scorer in European Qualifiers history During a Euro 2020 qualifiers game against Lithuania in September, Ronaldo netted four times and went past Robbie Keane (23) for the most goals in Euro qualifying history. The captain scored in six back-to-back games, as Portugal looks well set to defend their title at the European Championship next summer. Young Joao Felix might be the apparent heir but Ronaldo remains the one who makes Portugal tick.Picture Credit: UEFA4: 700 Career GoalsIn October, Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal for club and country. Yes. 700th. Although his team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Ukraine, Ronaldo’s penalty took his tally to 700 goals in 974 senior appearances. A milestone which is only shared by a few other players including Pele, Gerd Muller and Romario. Quite an esteemed company we reckon.Picture Credit: CNNSince this achievement, he has added a few more goals to his name, but reaching the 700th mark will always remain as one of the most greatest moments in his glorious career.5: 99th International Goal On November 17, Ronaldo scored his 99th international goal in a 2-0 victory over Luxembourg and strengthened his position as Europe’s all-time leading international marksman. The Portuguese now has 15 more goals than second-placed Ferenc Puskás of Hungary from the Mighty Magyars era.While Iran’s Ali Daei currently sits on 109 goals, it’s just a matter of time before Ronaldo surpasses him. Yes, it’s true that CR7 did not finish 2019 just the way he had hoped; after all he finished third in all the big three awards of football (Ballon d’Or, FIFA’s ‘The Best’ and UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year) this year. But given his past record, he might just clinch all the honours there are to claim, next year. Watch out 2020!You may also like: Virat Kohli explains why he is ‘in awe’ of Cristiano Ronaldo and not Lionel MessiCristiano Ronaldo’s sister absolutely steamrollers ‘dear Virgil’ on social media after Liverpool star’s Ballon d’Or joke  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Horse racing could be coming to London’s streets

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesWhen most people think about horse racing, their mind immediately jumps to traditional racetracks with crowds dressed up to the nines. However, the sport could be about to undergo a significant change… Recent developments suggest that horse racing could be coming to a street near you? That’s exactly what the London-based sports and entertainment agency, SEL UK have in mind. Plans are in place to bring horse racing to the forefront, away from the countryside and into the city. What exactly will this entail? Let’s take a closer look at the possibility of City Racing coming to London in 2019. Pop-up horse racing Headed by Peter Phillips, the Queen’s grandson, SEL UK want to turn iconic sporting events on their head. Instead of traditional race fixtures, they want to bring horse racing to the big smoke. Plans aren’t limited to London either, with talks of a global series kicking off in Europe and then onto Australia, Asia and the US.The aim for this event is to hold six flat races, with eight runners over a 1,000m course. The track itself would be temporarily laid on iconic streets such The Mall in London city centre, with pedestrian crowd barriers. This would allow fans to get up close and personal, creating an intense energy around the races. Embed from Getty ImagesTest runsBearing this in mind, experts held a test event at Aintree at the end of 2018. Organisers modelled the 1,000-metre track on The Mall and Buckingham Palace. At the event three mock races were held, which proved that themambitions of City Racing are in fact logistically possible.The day before the event took place, the artificial surface – Equaflow – was laid down in 18 hours. The surface is designed to provide cushion and is covered by 180mm of all-weather surface which was used for equine events like those at the London Olympics. Safety first Although the artificial surface is said to provide high-quality cushion, concerns have been raised about the safety of the horses and the jockeys on this temporary track. With extensive testing, Phillips responded to critics stating that, “equine safety is paramount. We have a veterinary advisory board and a gold-standard welfare framework.” This focus on the well-fare of the animals shows the seriousness of the project, which have also been backed by London mayor, Sadiq Khan. A spokesperson for his office said, “we are always keen to host new and exciting sporting events in the capital.”Attracting a new racing audience So, what exactly is the aim of City Racing? Simply, they want to promote the sport to a wider modern audience. Horse racing is a long-held tradition in British culture, but there are worries that younger audiences don’t have the same appetite for traditional racing fixtures. Will City Racing broaden the appeal of horse racing? The event organisers surely hope so. By bringing horse racing to the door stop of younger city dwellers, they want to make the event more accessible, innovative and exciting. Not only can street racing bring horse racing to the masses, but it can be a fantastic platform for jockeys with more opportunities to build up name recognition in the industry. The big question going forward is: will you be amongst the city crowds? Or do you think horse racing should stick to the suburbs? Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

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Lady Liberty rides to the rescue

first_imgSamantha N. Ngcolomba is an attorney who has a deep-seated desire to secure justice for South Africa’s most vulnerable women. (Images: Redbull Amaphiko)Women in rural communities have a new law hero and she goes by the name of Lady Liberty.Lady Liberty, founded by attorney Samantha Ngcolomba, a human rights lawyer based in Johannesburg, travels to poor and remote communities with a mobile office to provide pro bono legal information and services to women.The office focuses on domestic violence, namely getting protection orders; marriage, namely customary vs civil; and divorce, namely process, asset distribution, maintenance and children’s rights. It will add wills, housing and labour law to its services soon.Lady Liberty’s impact so far.“Any law that doesn’t work for the people it’s intended for, is as useless as medicine locked up in a cupboard while people needing it suffer,” Ngcolomba told Redbull Amaphiko, a platform for social change makers.Lady Liberty uses social, print and broadcast media to find women who need its services, and to raise awareness of what it offers. At the identified communities, a half-an-hour presentation of relevant topics is held and the floor is opened for questions.Then, the office takes on new and pending cases for resolution on behalf of women who qualify for pro bono assistance.The programmes vision is to have an app for smartphones that will extend the reach of their legal services and information. Watch Ngcolomba talk about Lady Liberty:You can contact Lady Liberty on 076 520 1377.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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Advice from Grandpa keeping many farms in business

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are a number of reasons farmland will change hands over the next few years.After seeing a windfall in agriculture prices in recent years, many young farmers who tried their hand in the unforgiving industry may have to move on to other ventures as the ag economy calms. For that same reason, many older farmers may also be thinking it is high time to call it a career as well.On the other hand, one invaluable reason that some farms will remain operational over the next few challenging years will be the wisdom of that older generation, who wouldn’t wish what they had to endure in the mid 1980’s on their worst enemy.For Niese Farms in Richland and Crawford Counties having the experience of three generations is paying dividends as the farm navigates these challenging times. The elder farmer Jerry, his son Rick and his grandson Casey each bring important perspectives to the table for the farm.“When I first became a part of the farm it was the heart of the bad times,” Rick Niese said. “We really had to tighten our belt and work closely with our landlords to let them know that they will get their payment, but it may not happen until the crops came in. We never had to stick anybody that we did business with and fortunately they all stuck with us through some very rough patches.”Even with uncomfortably close margins during the crisis years, the Nieses still kept with the farm plan of putting fertilizer down. They knew that the only way to keep the books above water was to do what was right with the land.Those ideals not only saw Niese Farms through the lowest points of modern agriculture, but positioned them to expand once the storm blew over.“By 1988, we added 1,000 rented acres in one chunk of ground,” Rick Niese said. “Then just 12 years ago we made another significant jump by picking up another 1,200 acres. My Dad’s motto has always been ‘sittin’ still is going backwards’, so we are always looking for ways to progress our farm to the next level.”That forward-thinking mindset has also been put into place from a technological standpoint.“Our equipment is state-of-the-art and that has given us a big advantage with our rented ground,” Rick Niese said. “Things are so competitive in this area that I’ve been involved in rent wars with 25 other farmers for the same piece of ground. Because of the way we operate, I can tell my prospective land owners two things: that we will treat their ground as if it’s our own and that we won’t be the highest price they were offered.”Even with the downturn in the ag economy, Niese Farms have been able to pay steady rent prices and have been able to keep highly sought-after ground because of the value they add by mowing ditches, trimming tree lines and tiling wherever needed — all things landowners always appreciate.While Rick’s farming story started at a dismal point on the farm, his son Casey headed back to the farm a few years ago when things were about as good as they could get. Casey was reminded on a daily basis that $7 corn and $15 beans would not be the standard.“When they made purchases like building our new shop, they kept explaining to me that we’re doing this now while we have the capability,” Casey Niese said. “They said, ‘Don’t get used to this because they have been through this before and they knew what was going to happen.’”Casey admits that he would have come back to the farm no matter what the economic situation looked like, but the advice about the good times not lasting forever was hard to swallow.“No matter how many times they told you that the high prices wouldn’t last, I kind of looked past it and thought there was no way it was going to end,” Casey Niese said. “They were right, but there isn’t anything short of a major catastrophe that would keep me from being right here on this farm.”With many acres in the area coming up for sale, the farm plan is to continue growing. Jerry, Rick and Casey have all learned from the past and are positioned nicely as land values decline, just as they were positioned 30 years ago.“We are in an even better position than in 1985 because we have paid for a lot of our land this time around,” said Rick Niese. “We are always in the market for more land, but we have to be smart about our growth and we choose to stay away from $10,000 an acre ground. You have to draw a line somewhere. Our attitude is that if we buy $7,000 an acre ground and we have $500 an acre ground that we acquired a few decades ago, when you blend that out it’s not too bad.”There will be a time, as always, that the older generation on Niese Farms hangs up the boots and the younger generation hopes they have what it takes to fill them.“The future is unknown, but I just hope we can keep growing,” Casey Niese said. “My goal is to keep the farm moving forward, maintain this business that Grandpa worked hard to build and keep a good name for my whole family.”Niese Farms also took advantage of much lower interest rates recently and refinanced at 3% to 4% interest for the life of the loan, which will keep the bottom line a bit healthier through this lean period. Locking in lower rates may be the answer to saving not just money, but farms in the coming years.“Rates are absolutely worth fixing and that is probably more important today than it has been in years,” said Steve Allard, Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Farm Credit Mid-America. “We do expect rates to start increasing in 2016, so refinancing would be one place for farmers to look at taking one risk off of the table.”What would a farm have to look like, on paper, in order to qualify for lower interest rates? Allard said that any lender will look at the financial health of the operation and evaluate the balance sheet to see how much the farmer has in equity versus debt, along with liquidity and working capital.For the farms that are looking to expand in the midst of an economic downturn, collateral will be needed to get loans. Recently, that backing has been made with cash-on-hand but that may not be the case for long.“As farmers have had to work through some challenging years, there are some operations that will burn through some of their working capital,” Allard said. “At that point we will see more of a movement towards land being used as that additional collateral.”Current lending caps, or maximum debt for land, range from $5,100 to $6,200 an acre, depending on where the ground is located and the quality of that ground. Additional funds necessary to make a land purchase would either come from a cash down payment or more collateral to spread the debt over more acres.For some farms, the loans needed may not be to expand the operation, but to merely keep it going. If the balance sheet is a bit lopsided a loan can become more difficult to get, but still possible.“The trick with those situations is to understand why an operation is struggling and understanding how that might impact the future,” Allard said. “The question becomes, does it look like those operations can return to profitable status quickly or are there some changes that need to take place?”“We want to understand what the farmer’s plans are as far as 2016 and beyond and then look at that with today’s prices as opposed as to what we might have gotten in 2012 and 2013. We have tools that will let us get to those break even prices on corn, soybeans and wheat to see what the future holds. Then the conversation can turn to how can a farm that is in the red make the changes needed to get them back in the black.”The ag banking industry is encouraging farmers to use working capital wisely. The recommended formula for today’s circumstances is dividing working capital by what the farm is grossing on an accrual basis. Over 35% is considered good in the eyes of ag banks. Anything around 15% to 20% is considered low and may require some restructuring.last_img read more

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Corey Kluber gets 18th win as Indians beat Mariners

first_imgCleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE — At this point, there is not much Corey Kluber can do to strengthen his case for the American League Cy Young Award. Another win, another quality start, another 10 strikeouts has become what is expected from Cleveland’s ace.“He’s the Cy Young. I think he’s clearly the Cy Young,” Indians teammate Jason Kipnis said. “That doesn’t take away anything from Chris Sale. I think he’s clearly the No. 2 and would be the Cy Young in any other year Corey Kluber is not pitching like this. What he’s done has just been efficient as you can be.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brian Shaw pitched a clean eighth, and Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 29th save. Allen allowed a game-ending home run to Nelson Cruz in Friday’s loss but struck out two of three batters in the ninth on Sunday.“We knew (Allen) was fine or he wouldn’t be pitching,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.STARTING OFFLeake was lifted after 6 2/3 innings, the third time in five starts since being acquired by Seattle that he pitched into the seventh. The right-hander pitched into the seventh just twice in his final 10 starts with St. Louis.The three earned runs were the most allowed by Leake since his addition to the Mariners rotation.POSTSEASON DROUGHTSeattle has the longest postseason drought in baseball at 16 years and counting. The Mariners were in the middle of the wild card race until the past 10 days, when they were swept by the Astros in Houston and swept at home by Texas. Seattle has dropped eight of nine.“It says a lot for our guys to keep it up like that for as long as we did,” Servais said. “I think when you battle so long like that … you kind of run out of gas. You can only go so far.”TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: 1B Carlos Santana was out of the lineup a day after having his right arm bent awkwardly in a collision at first base with Seattle’s Jean Segura running down the line. … RF Jay Bruce was back in the lineup after leaving Saturday’s game early with left heel soreness. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump criticisms spark more protests at NFL games Kluber threw seven strong innings to become the first 18-game winner in the AL, Jose Ramirez’s 29th home run snapped a 2-all tie, and the Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Sunday.Kluber (18-4) made only one mistake in winning his sixth straight start, striking out 10 and allowing six hits. It was his 15th start this season with at least 10 strikeouts. And Kluber didn’t feel at his best after getting extra rest before this turn in the rotation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just didn’t quite feel as crisp as when you get to go every fifth day, but it’s about making adjustments,” Kluber said.Ben Gamel had a two-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning to pull Seattle even and snap a string of 26 2/3 scoreless innings by Kluber. Both of the runs were unearned after an error by Giovanny Urshela. But it was the only offense the Mariners could produce against Cleveland’s ace. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Mariners: Seattle was without starting SS Jean Segura on Sunday, and he may miss a few more games with a sprained middle finger on his right hand. Segura was hurt in Saturday’s game. Servais said it would probably be a few days before Segura will be back in the lineup.UP NEXTIndians: Cleveland has Monday off before opening a three-game series at home against Minnesota. Josh Tomlin (9-9) will start the opener.Mariners: Seattle goes on the road for its final six games, beginning with three against Oakland. Felix Hernandez (5-5) will start the opener against the A’s. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Indians won for the 29th time in 31 games, won their ninth straight series and have not lost consecutive games since Aug. 22-23.The loss eliminated the Mariners from contention for the second AL wild card. Seattle is seven games behind Minnesota with six games left. The Mariners have not made the postseason since 2001.“We faced some really good pitching the last couple weeks,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I’m proud of our guys and the way they fought all year. It’s disappointing with the expectations we had on ourselves and this ballclub.”Ramirez put Cleveland in front leading off the sixth with a solo shot off Seattle starter Mike Leake (3-1) and put Kluber in line for the victory.Cleveland also got RBI doubles from Edwin Encarnacion and Jason Kipnis in the fourth. Encarnacion later doubled in the eighth off reliever Shea Simmons and scored on a sacrifice fly from Kipnis.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Novak Djokovic destroys Kevin Anderson to win 4th Wimbledon title

first_imgNovak Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 to win his fourth Wimbledon title. The Serb was playing in his first Grand Slam final since 2016 while Anderson was the first South African to reach a Wimbledon final in 97 years.Both men had played marathon semi-finals to reach the title clash. Anderson’s semi-final clash against America’s John Isner had lasted over six years – that was the longest Wimbledon semi-final in history. Djokovic, later upstaged Rafael Nadal in the second-longest semi-final in Wimbledon history.However, the Serb master showed little sign of fatigue on Sunday.Djokovic had taken the first set of his Wimbledon final against Anderson 6-2 in just 29 minutes.Wimbledon 2018 Men’s As It HappenedAnderson wasn’t broken in his final 27 service games during his six-hours-plus semifinal win over John Isner, but Djokovic managed it in the first game of the match.Well worth the [email protected] is a Grand Slam champion once again after beating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) in the Wimbledon final #TakeOnHistory pic.twitter.com/3H6cWWiVohWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018Three-time champion Djokovic broke again for a 4-1 lead as he lost just three points on his own serve.Anderson called the trainer and began receiving treatment on his right arm at the conclusion of the set.The Serb moved into a 6-2, 6-2 lead on Centre Court, with Kevin Anderson struggling physically after his 6 hour-plus semifinal with John Isner.A fourth #Wimbledon title: sealedThe moment @DjokerNole would have dreamed of… #TakeOnHistory pic.twitter.com/czu3QgrdHradvertisementWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 15, 2018Djokovic also came through a five-set match – against Rafael Nadal – to reach the final and has shown no signs of fatigue.After Djokovic had broken twice, Anderson earned his first break point of the match at 2-5 in the second set. Djokovic saved it before serving out successfully to double his lead.Anderson mounted a fightback in the third set but Djokovic came back strongly and took the set through a tie-breaker.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

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ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ Crew Make College Football Playoff Picks

first_imgNational Championship in Tampa Bay for 2017.Who will win enough games to compete for this?The NFL Draft is dominating today’s news cycle but it’s always a good time to make some College Football Playoff predictions. About five months away from the 2016 season, some of ESPN’s College GameDay crew has done just that. ESPN play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler tweeted out the teams himself, Jesse Palmer, Desmond Howard, Joey Galloway and Kaylee Hartung are picking to make the College Football Playoff. Clemson was the only unanimous selection between the five college football personalities, while seven other teams – Oklahoma, Baylor, Alabama, LSU, Stanford, Tennessee and Houston – were picked by at least one of them. fired up panel @JessePalmerABC @DesmondHoward @Joey_Galloway @KayleeHartung making bold CFB predictions at our sponsor summit tonight! 1/2— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 20162/2 our panel’s consensus CFB playoff pick: @ClemsonFB w/ OU, BAY, ALA, LSU, TENN, STAN, HOU also mentioned by at least one of them.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) April 28, 2016Some pretty popular choices, but it’s surprising to see no Big Ten teams on their list. Both Michigan and Ohio State are thought to be preseason top 10 teams and it’s tough to imagine a one-loss Big Ten champion getting left out.Who are you picking?last_img read more

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Himachal Congress arch rivals progeny campaign together

first_imgShimla: The road to political success that six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram, both Congress veterans, have followed throughout their lives has never been the same. Arch rivals — Virbhadra Singh, 83, and Sukh Ram, 91 — both three-time MPs from Mandi, prefer not to cross paths with each other. But their progeny are now trudging together on the roads cutting through the hill state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Virbhadra Singh’s legislator son Vikramaditya Singh is campaigning for Sukh Ram’s grandson Ashray Sharma, who is making his electoral debut as a Congress candidate from Mandi, once the Congress bastion. He is pitted against BJP’s sitting MP Ram Swaroop Sharma. “Vikramaditya Singh has been touring Mandi extensively, with Ashray Sharma, though Virbhadra Singh is yet to start campaigning,” state party President Kuldeep Singh Rathore told IANS. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMandi is one of the country’s largest constituencies comprising Kullu, Mandi and some areas of Chamba and Shimla districts, besides the tribal-dominated Assembly seats of Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti. Sukh Ram holds a mass base in Mandi and Kullu districts, but he needs Virbhadra Singh’s support in other areas where he holds sway, says a senior party leader. The seat is also seeing a battle of supremacy between Sukh Ram and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur as both belong to Mandi district. Vikramaditya Singh, 30, the young scion of the Bushahr family, like his father, does not hesitate to fold his hands and bow his head before the commoners to seek votes for the party. So does local hotelier Sharma, 32, who banks on his grandfather’s legacy and misses no opportunity to hit out at his father, Anil Sharma’ party, the BJP. Anil Sharma lost a Cabinet berth after he son was pitted against his own party. “It’s my grandfather’s dream to see me become an MP,” Ashray told IANS. Sukhram, popularly known as Panditji in Mandi, in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections refused to campaign for Virbhadra Singh from Mandi. During the 2013 Lok Sabha bypoll — caused by Virbhadra Singh’s resignation, he told the media that he was too old to take to the streets for Virbhadra Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh. In 2017, the grandfather-grandson joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But parted ways with it to rejoin the Congress on March 25. Ahead of launching their election campaign earlier this month, they met Virbhadra Singh in New Delhi to iron out their differences. Himachal Pradesh four Lok Sabha seats — Shimla (reserved), Kangra, Hamirpur and Mandi — will vote on May 19.last_img read more