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DeGale vows to win world title this year

first_imgJames DeGale is aiming to be a world champion by the end of this year following Saturday’s demolition of Sebastien Demers in Canada.DeGale enjoyed an emphatic win on his North American debut, knocking out the former world title challenger in the second round at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau-Ottawa, western Quebec.And the Harlesden super-middleweight is convinced he will soon be operating at the top level.“I wasn’t messing around – I went straight in there,” he said.“The finishing shot was a nice uppercut and if that hits anyone they’re going down.“I wanted to put on a good performance. The power and skill I have were too much for him.“Give me a couple of fights to keep the momentum and please believe me I’ll be hard to beat.“I’m going to be a world champion by the end of this year.”See also:Emphatic victory for DeGale in CanadaDeGale to make title defence next 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The latest on DeMarcus Cousins before big matchup in Minnesota

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!MINNEAPOLIS — DeMarcus Cousins will sit out when the Warriors (47-22) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (32-38) on Tuesday, marking the second consecutive game he will miss because of a sore right ankle.The Warriors also listed veteran Shaun Livingston (rest) and rookie forward Jacob Evans (illness) as questionable. After missing Monday’s loss in San Antonio …last_img

Infographic: how South Africa fared in the RWC2015

first_imgSouth Africa gave a stellar performance in this year’s Rugby World Cup, despite experiencing a shocking start when they lost in their opening match against Japan. Overall, the Springboks secured a solid third place following their 24-13 bronze play-off win against Argentina. Research and text: Priya Pitamber Graphic: Sachin Baboo Click on the image below for a larger view. Source: Rugby World Cup That is a hat-trick try to @BryanHabana as he scores 64th test try and another in RWC history joining Jonah Lomu = 15 pic.twitter.com/hvefZGuyfd — South African Rugby (@Springboks) October 7, 2015Having equalled @JONAHTALILOMU‘s RWC try record of 15, @bryanhabana enjoyed the moment with fans after RSA’s win https://t.co/aMsDN7tqwf — Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 7, 2015What a privilege it has been pic.twitter.com/qCwNBy3oRG — Victor Matfield (@VictorMatfield) October 31, 2015Now that’s what we call a selfie. #RSA pic.twitter.com/uHuxYWWmgC — Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 30, 2015#RSA and #ARG, you’ve been great. Thanks for the #RWC2015 memories! pic.twitter.com/shdGgjrtdk — Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 30, 2015last_img read more

USDA Sees Higher Farm Income

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Net farm income is expected to rise 8.1% in 2019, according to the latest projection from USDA, but the increase won’t make up for the 17.8% drop in 2018.USDA released its first farm income forecast for 2019 on Wednesday.In its broadest measure of income, net farm income, USDA projects a $5.2 billion increase to $69.4 billion in inflation-adjusted 2019 dollars. Net farm income is defined as incorporating non-cash items, including changes in inventories, economic depreciation and gross imputed rental income.Net cash farm income, a look at cash receipts and government payments minus expenses, is projected to rise $2.7 billion, or 2.9%. Despite the rise, net cash farm income is still expected to be the second-lowest level since 2009.Both of the major income values are still projected to be below their averages from 2000-2017.Commercial farms, which USDA pegs as having more than $350,000 in sales, will average $131,608 in farm income, a 10.3% bump from 2018.According to USDA’s forecast, crop and livestock receipts are expected to rise a combined $8.6 billion.The bulk of income gains for farmers will come from higher commodity prices, USDA stated. Crop receipts are expected to increase $4 billion, or about 2%. Corn cash receipts are projected to rise $2.5 billion, or 5.2%. Cotton, fruits and nuts, and wheat are also expected to see rising cash receipts. But soybean cash receipts are expected to decline $2.6 billion, or 6.6%, because of both lower prices and lower volumes sold.Livestock receipts are projected to rise $4.6 billion, or 2.6%. Cattle and calf sales are expected to increase $2.6 billion, or 4%, and dairy is expected to see a $2.7 billion increase, or 7.8%. Hog receipts are expected to decline $700 million, or 3.2%, because of lower prices.Government payments are expected to decline $2.3 billion to $11.5 billion. Market Facilitation Program payments are projected at $3.5 billion for 2019 after $5.2 billion in payments in 2018. Payments that are a function of crop prices — the Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs — will drop $1.7 billion in 2019, a 45% decline. Conservation payments are expected to increase 8.6% to $4.3 billion.Expenses will increase $2.2 billion, or just 0.6%, overall. USDA sees lower fuel, rent, pesticide, seed and fertilizer prices for crop farmers, partially because of a decline in crop acreage. Livestock and poultry purchases are also projected to drop in price. Interest costs, feed costs, labor and property taxes or fees are all expected to rise.When adjusted for inflation, farm equity will rise $16.3 billion, or about 0.6%, but overall farm debt is forecast to increase 2.1%, adjusted for inflation, which is led by an increase in real-estate debt.The widely watched overall sector debt-to-asset ratio will increase to 13.86% for 2019 from 13.55% for 2018. The farm sector’s risk for insolvency is the highest since 2009, but not nearly as high as the 1980s or even as high as 2002.USDA’s next farm income forecast is set for Aug. 30.More details about USDA’s farm income forecast can be found at: https://www.ers.usda.gov/…Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Your New Week’s Resolution

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now A year is too long between resolutions. You may even have forgotten what you resolved to change this year, or who you resolved to be.Start With a WeekA new year is a new beginning. So is a new month, a new week, or a new day. It’s sometimes tough to remember that, truth be told, each moment is a chance to start (or to start over). You have the power to change the very moment you make a decision.A week is a pretty solid block of time for producing real results. It’s an excellent block of time for planning and for making the commitments you need to make to yourself.Are You Resolved?Who will you resolve to be this week? How will the people who know you best recognize that you have resolved to be better than you were last week? What will they see you doing that is different from last week?What will you resolve to do this week? What are the projects and tasks that give meaning to your life? How much more time are you going to spend on those projects this week, as compared to, say, last week? What progress will you make?For you to be who you need to be, what relationships do you need to invest in this week? “Who” always matters more than “what.” What resolution do you need to make to honor these relationships?Resolutions are bigger than your to-do list. Sure, you should plan your model sales week. You should also plan your whole week outside of sales. There is no reason not to resolve (or re-resolve) every week.last_img read more

Dalit father in U.P. protests with children against their expulsion from school

first_imgA Dalit man on September 26 staged a sit-in along with his four children at the Siddharth Nagar district magistrate’s office, protesting against the alleged ouster of his children from the school for his inability to pay fees.The father, Shiv Kumar, told reporters that the Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir at Shohratgarh area in Siddharth Nagar ousted his children, Viraj (4), Yuvraj (8), Jyoti (10) and Chanchal (14) on August 30 for not paying the school fees. He said the school principal even made casteist remarks against him when he met him to explain his inability to pay the fees.“I also went to the police but my they did not register my complaint,” he said, adding he also wrote to the district magistrate and to Basic Education Minister Satish Dwivedi apprising them of the cancellation of his children’s admission from the school.“If my children do not get justice, I will sit on fast unto death,” he saidAsked about the incident, Basic Education Minister Satish Dwivedi told reporters that he would speak to the district magistrate on the issue and take requisite action, if the school administration is found guilty.last_img read more

Stadia built for IX Asiad in New Delhi lay echoingly empty and idle

first_imgThe Talkatora diving pool: Financial burdenOnce they resounded to the cheers of packed crowds. Today, the stadia built at such enormous expense for the IX Asiad are echoingly empty, and maintenance expenditure estimated at half the country’s sports budget for the year is being used up to keep them in,The Talkatora diving pool: Financial burdenOnce they resounded to the cheers of packed crowds. Today, the stadia built at such enormous expense for the IX Asiad are echoingly empty, and maintenance expenditure estimated at half the country’s sports budget for the year is being used up to keep them in perfect condition – and idle.Last fortnight, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – 75,000 seats and 641 rooms spread over 110 acres was used for the first time since the November Games when veteran Asian athletes sweated on the track with only a couple of hundred spectators in the stands.The fully air-conditioned Indraprastha Indoor Stadium, which can seat 25,000, has been used for just one sports meet by the Taekwondo Sports Federation for two days in February. The Talkatora pool complex has been lifeless since December 1982.Perhaps the most pathetic plight is that of the Talkatora pool, where not a single swimmer has turned up since the Games. Says Satya Narayana, chief engineer, New Delhi Municipal Committee (NDMC) and in charge of the complex: “For two weeks after the Games we kept the water heated hoping that someone would come to use it. But no one did.” The heating has been turned off but the water continues to be filtered.When the capital’s most popular football tournaments – the DCM and the Durand – were held some time ago, the venue continued to be the Ambedkar Stadium (capacity: 18,000) rather than the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where the Asiad football matches were held. A spokesman for the Sports Department said that this was because the fans would have had “transport problems”.advertisement Says R.K.Gupta, president of the Delhi Football Association: “What to talk of using the Nehru Stadium, after the Asiad renovation of the Ambedkar Stadium the rates have been hiked here as well, making it impossible to use it for the football league matches as in the past.”High Charges: One reason for the empty stadia is the forbidding rates. At present, only the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which built the Rs 26 crore indoor stadium and now runs it, has fixed rates for its charge: sports bodies must pay Rs 39,000 per day in summer and Rs 15,000 per day in winter; government agencies and charitable organisations Rs 1 lakh per day in summer and Rs 76,000 per day in winter, commercial organisations Rs 1.52 lakh per day in summer and Rs 1.28 lakh per day in winter.The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: High maintenance costsThe DDA engineer in charge of the stadium considers these rates reasonable; says he: “If you consider my indirect costs which include interest rates at 10 per cent and depreciation at 2 per cent then the costs work out to Rs 2.5 crore a year.To break even on my indirect costs I would have to charge Rs 1.25 lakh a day; if you add direct charges then it becomes necessary to charge Rs 2 lakh a day.” He says that the stadium’s maintenance costs work out to around Rs 50 lakh a year and electricity and water charges to another Rs 40 lakh. Forty people in three shifts look after the security – the contract has been given to a private firm.With such high maintenance costs the rates have to be high, although the DDA has thoughtfully offered half-rates to those using only half the stadium. But so far, there have been few takers. Besides the Taekwondo Sports Federation, six non-sports bodies have hired the hall, three of them for film star ‘nite’ shows.Asks V.K. Malhotra, president of the Indian Archery Federation: “With rates as high as these, which sports federation would think of using the stadium?” The steep rates for users not connected with sports also make it unlikely that there will ever be regular bookings.The chief engineer notes that whether the stadium is used or not a minimum charge has in any case to be paid to the electricity undertaking as the stadium consumes 6,000 kw in summer and 1,500 kw in winter when in full use.Another reason why the stadia are unused is that the equipment and playing area are considered too sophisticated to be used by all comers. The National Stadium was refitted with astroturf which requires a special watering system; says K. Basu, director, maintenance, Special Organising Committee (SOC): “Ordinary teams can’t be allowed to use astroturf. It is like giving a sitar meant for Ravi Shankar to a fresher.”A spokesman for the Sports Department says: “The organisers of the hockey nationals held recently in Meerut did not ask for the ground, perhaps because it would have meant the use of special shoes, special balls and more stamina would have been required. But the astroturf has been used for the Indian women’s hockey team practice matches.”advertisementIn the same way, joggers, athletes and gymnasts cannot use the Nehru Stadium. Observes S.K. Chawla of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), superintending engineer of the stadium: “It would be a security risk and in any case one has to ensure that special shoes with spikes no more than 6 mm long are used so that the tracks are not spoilt.” The Delhi University grounds were enclosed within a tall fence for the handball and archery events – not very popular sports in India – and are now out of bounds to the joggers and gymnasts who used the grounds in the past.Swollen Costs: But the stadia have to be kept in condition whether they are used or not. Chawla estimates that the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium would cost about Rs 65 lakh a year to maintain, assuming that it will be in active use 120 days in a year.He explains that when the stadium” is in use, expense on electricity, water and staff increases enormously – often, extra staff has to be recruited. Not included in the estimate are the 80 men of the Central Reserve Police Force who guard vital installations such as the lighting towers, the public address system and the score-board.In fact, Sports Minister Buta Singh, replying to a question in Parliament in February, admitted that the maintenance, minus the operational expenses of just the two main stadia and the swimming pools, would work out to Rs 1.2 crore a year. Later, at a sports Ministry meeting on March 2, the caretaker organizations – DDA, CPWD and NDMC – were asked to submit revised estimates for maintaining the stadia according to what a spokesman calls “international standards”. The annual cost of maintenance and limited operational usage then works out about Rs 2.5 crore, for just the big three. If the other Asiad legacies are added, the cost rises to a whopping Rs 3 crore.Big Drain: Compared to national sports budgets, the stadia maintenance costs are staggering. The, national expenditure on sports was just Rs 2.69 crore in 1980 – 81, Rs 3.06 crore in 1981 – 82,and Rs 4.90 crore in 1982 – 83. For the year 1983 – 84 the budget has been hiked to Rs 6.36 crore.The amount allotted for the upkeep of the three sports institutes at Patiala, Bangalore and Calcutta is Rs 3 crore which is about the same as the maintenance cost of the Asiad stadia. As against this, grants to various state sports councils for 1983 – 84 will be around Rs 80 lakh, and grants to national sports federations around Rs 90 lakh.The Government has also to work out the ticklish question of who is to ultimately manage the stadia. At present the agencies that built them are doing the job on the understanding that the expenses will eventually be reimbursed.The SOC, which was in charge of sports grounds during the Asiad, says it is no longer concerned. Says K.S. Bains, additional secretary-general, SOC: “We will be winding up 90 per cent of our operations by the end of March. It is no longer our problem.”advertisementThe hope is that eventually a sports authority will come into being to mother the facilities. But, as the debate continues, it is now clear that when the grey pachyderms from Kerala left Delhi after taking part in the Asian Games ceremonies, they left some spotless white brethren behind.last_img read more