Presidential election in Afghanistan: local media on the front line

first_imgNews “The credibility of this election is crucial in the run-up to the departure of the US-led coalition’s troops,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “Given the risks of fraud and corruption, the media will have a key role to play as a source of information for the population and as observers of a free and democratic election.“We have drafted specific recommendations for the authorities, who we urge to comply with their duty to guarantee journalists’ safety. This report is also targeted at the main candidates, who must give clear undertakings to ensure that freedom of information is firmly rooted in the Afghan people’s daily lives.”During its visit in September, Reporters Without Borders conducted an information campaign aimed at improving the preparation and protection of journalists while covering the election.Attacks and threats against local journalists in connection with their reporting are increasing in frequency. Since the start of the campaign in February, Reporters Without Borders has registered more than 20 cases in various parts of the country especially the cities of Kabul, Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif. Supporters of candidates have been responsible for some of these attacks and threats.Reporters Without Borders has a Handbook for Journalists during Elections that it published in partnership with the International Organization of the Francophonie. Persian and Pashto translations were produced to help Afghan journalists covering this election, one that is particularly sensitive and important for the country’s democracy. Copies were distributed to journalists attending a seminar that Reporters Without Borders held in Kabul and to 40 northern journalists who attended the meeting that RWB organized in Sayad, in Kapisa province, on 28 September. The handbook is available on the RWB website:Read it in Persan (فارسی/دری)Read it in Pashto (پشتو)The report condemns the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for acts of violence and harassment against journalists, most of which take place outside the capital. At least 19 journalists have killed in connection with their reporting since 2002. Women journalists in particular are often the targets of violence and intimidation. Afghanistan currently has 30 women running news media, most of them privately-owned. Although the government is supposed to ensure that 30 per cent of civil servants are women, none of the 68 state-owned media is run by a woman. The report also analyses the growth of the Afghan media and the uncertainties that affect them, which are related to their economic situation and the withdrawal of foreign troops.In its recommendations, Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to revive the investigations into past crimes of violence against journalists that have remained unpunished; to ensure better cooperation between police, prosecutors and judges so that those responsible for violence against journalists can be brought to justice more quickly; and to adopt the law on access to information before the election.Reporters Without Borders also urges the government and the religious authorities to defend and promote the right of women to work as journalists, just as men do, including in the broadcast media.Read the report AfghanistanAsia – Pacific to go further News Reporters Without Borders is publishing a report on Afghanistan ahead of the presidential election scheduled for 5 April. The fruit of a fact-finding visit to the northern provinces of Parwan, Kapisa and Panjshir in September 2013, it is entitled “Presidential election in Afghanistan: local media on the front line.” The report evaluates the current state of freedom of information in Afghanistan on the eve of the election, in which the media will have a key role to play in providing news coverage despite the uncertainties and dangers to which they are constantly exposed as the withdrawal of foreign troops approaches. Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Related documents en_rapport_afghanistan_bd2.pdfPDF – 1.28 MB June 2, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan Help by sharing this information center_img Organisation March 28, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential election in Afghanistan: local media on the front line RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Receive email alerts News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” RSF_en News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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FIFPro Africa’s Best XI: Ex-Eagles star faults CAF over Ighalo’s blackout

first_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WaySurprising Things Women Found Attractive 50 Years AgoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Of The Best Top Models From India7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo The Africa XI was unveiled during the 2019 CAF award night on Tuesday night in Cairo, Egypt, with no Nigerian making the cut. Read Also: CAF awards: Eagles stars missing from Africa’s best XIThe list of FIFPro Africa’s Best Eleven include Cameroon’s Andre Onana and Joel Matip, Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly and Idrissa Gueye, Cote d’Ivoire’s Serge Aurier and Morocco’s duo Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech.Others are Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez and Gabon’ s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper, Dosu Joseph says China-based forward Odion Ighalo deserves a place in FIFPro Africa’s Best Eleven.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Ighalo was impressive during the 2019 AFCON qualifiers where he emerged the top scorer with seven goals.And during the tournament proper in Egypt, Ighalo netted five times to cart home the golden boot.Reacting to Ighalo’s blackout, Dosu, who claimed gold at 1996 Olympic took to social media to express his disappointment with the continent’s football governing body.“This CAF award…….Hmmmmmmm, AFRICA 11, no Nigerian player, even top goal scorer Jude Odion Ighalo not in the list,” Dosu posted wrote on his Facebook page.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY DECEMBER 17, 2015

first_imgMcLAUGHLIN TRIO HERE FOR OPENING DAY STAKES            World-class trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has three for the money at Santa Anita on opening day, Dec. 26: multiple graded stakes winner Cavorting for the Grade I La Brea Stakes, and undefeated Marking and Watershed for the Grade I Malibu Stakes.All are progeny of Bernardini, three-year-old champion colt of 2006 who stands at Darley Stud in Lexington, Ky. for $100,000. Each is scheduled to breeze Friday morning under the direction of Kiaran’s brother, Neal, who also will saddle the trio on opening day. The horses arrived at Santa Anita last Sunday.The Malibu and the La Brea each offers $300,000 in purse money and will be decided at seven furlongs, the La Brea restricted to three-year-old fillies and the Malibu to three-year-olds.Cavorting, owned by Stonestreet Stables LLC, won the Grade I Test Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 8 and the Grade II Prioress at Saratoga Sept. 6, but was an eventful fourth as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Keeneland on Oct. 31.“The race shape wasn’t great for her in the Breeders’ Cup,” said Kiaran McLaughlin. “She drew the 14 post position and we thought that would be fine going seven eighths, but she ended up getting shuffled back to last and made a big run while wide to finish a good fourth.“Marking won his only two races easily and is very talented. He was entered in the (Grade I) Cigar Mile (won by Tonalist on Nov. 28) but drew the one post against older horses, so we decided to scratch and go in the Malibu.”Marking broke his maiden by 2 ¾ lengths at Belmont on Sept. 23, then won by 5 ½ at Aqueduct on Nov. 4.“Watershed was fourth in the Kings Bishop,” said McLaughin, 55, who guided the Argentine-bred Invasor to Horse of the Year honors in 2006. “The Malibu is an important race and the timing is good for both horses.”Both colts are owned by Godolphin Racing. Joel Rosario will ride Watershed.“All three horses have adapted well since arriving here,” said McLaughlin’s exercise rider of eight years, Pat Correa, a native of Ecuador, who came in from Palm Meadows in Florida. “They’re feeling good and ate up well. They walked Monday after arriving, galloped Tuesday and will work tomorrow, probably a half-mile for Cavorting and five-eighths for the colts.”First post time opening day is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. MATHIS BROTHERS GIVE BOOST TO RACING AT SANTA ANITA            The recently inaugurated Mathis Brothers Mile for three-year-olds on opening day is not only proving popular with horsemen, but the Grade II race with $200,000 in purse money is providing Santa Anita with welcome and wider exposure that could bode well for the future.            The newly inaugurated Mathis Brothers Mile for three-year-olds on Opening Day is not only proving popular with horsemen, but the Grade II race with $200,000 in pursed money is providing Santa Anita with welcome exposure that could bode well for the future.“We are thrilled to continue to grow our Opening Day partnership with Mathis Brothers,” said Nate Newby, Santa Anita’s Vice President of Marketing. “They are sponsoring the race but we’ve also developed a marketing partnership with promotions, contests, and giveaways that drive traffic to Santa Anita as well as the Mathis Brothers’ flagship store just a few miles away in Ontario.“Plus, we love working with people like Bill Mathis who is a horse owner and enthusiastic racing fan. It makes these types of partnerships more fun and generally more beneficial for both companies.”Among others, the Mathis Brothers Mile is expected to attract Ocho Ocho Ocho, who also was being considered for the Malibu.“It wasn’t that it was necessarily an easier spot than the Malibu,” trainer Jim Cassidy said. “It was more about his fitness, and with where he’s at right now in that regard, the turf race will be better for him than the dirt. And besides, a mile turf is right up his alley.”Ocho Ocho Ocho, a three-year-old son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, was fourth, beaten a length, in his grass debut, which occurred in his last start, the Penn Mile at Penn National on May 30. KIARAN McLAUGHLIN HAS THREE FOR THE GRADE I MONEYPOPULARITY OF THE MATHIS BROTHERS MILE IS TWO-FOLDCAN EXAGGERATOR TRUMP TEXAS RED IN SAN VICENTE?POPULAR SANTA ANITA WALL CALENDAR FREE OPENING DAY DESORMEAUX EYES SAN VICENTE FOR EXAGGERATORTrainer Keith Desormeaux has an itinerary set for several of his stakes horses, including Exaggerator, winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot.“We’re planning to run Exaggerator in the San Vicente on Feb. 15,” Desormeaux said, speaking of the Grade II, $200,000 race for three-year-olds at seven furlongs, which Desormeaux ran second in last year with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red.“Texas Red is here, but he’s going to need two or three months before he’s ready. Swipe is going to be off for a couple months,” Desormeaux said.“Right There, who won the Landaluce, could go in an allowance race on Jan. 8. Decked Out, who was third in the Grade III Schuylerville at Saratoga last July, might run in the Santa Ynez on Jan. 2.” FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will once again give away its popular full color Wall Calendar free on opening day to all fans at the track with paid admission while supplies last. The theme of the 2016 calendar is “What’s in a name,” describing how some Thoroughbreds come by their peculiar monikers . . . The first 20,000 paid attendees will receive a $100 Mathis Brothers Furniture gift certificate, and the first 5,000 kids 17 and under accompanied by a paid adult will get a plush, mini-Thoroughbred toy, courtesy of the Mathis Brothers . . . Santa Anita will offer an opening day Trackside Package that includes special trackside seating, a free first drink, and an officially licensed American Pharoah T-shirt commemorating the first-ever Grand Slam champion of horse racing. Use promo code PHAROAH for $5 off the package price . . . There will be a $1 million guaranteed pool on the Late Pick 4 opening day, and a $150,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick 6. Each Thursday, Friday and on holiday Mondays, there will be $300,000 guaranteed in the Late Pick 4, and Saturdays and Sundays, it will jump up to $500,000, while the Pick 6 guarantee will remain at $150,000 . . . Bad Read Sanchez, last seen in the Santa Anita Derby, is scheduled to start in the Malibu Stakes under jockey Mario Gutierrez, agent Tom Knust reports . . . Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who could face Horse of the Year California Chrome in the Jan. 9 San Pasqual Stakes, worked five furlongs Thursday for Bob Baffert in 1:00.40 . . . Los Angeles Turf Club Chairman Keith Brackpool has announced that all visitors to Clockers’ Corner throughout the meet will receive their first cup of coffee free, cream and sugar included.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2017

first_img(Current Through Saturday, Feb. 11) Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Jerry Hollendorfer751491619%52%$1,143,445 BOLO AND WHAT A VIEW COULD MEET IN KILROEBolo and What a View, who treated fans to one of the most exciting races of the WinterMeet Saturday when they finished a head apart in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at one mile on turf, could return for an encore performance in the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 11.Both camps reported Sunday that their charges came out of the Arcadia in good order, trainer Carla Gaines speaking of Bolo and trainer Kenny Black of What a View.Bolo, making his first start since last July 17 when he finished ninth in the Eddie Read at Del Mar, appeared beaten when fourth in the field of five at the three-sixteenths marker, but unleashed a furious late rally under Mike Smith to overtake pacesetting What a View who just failed to hold off Bolo.It marked the second straight year Bolo has won the Arcadia, but stay tuned. What a View turned the tables on Bolo when they met again in the 2016 Kilroe.Smith also guided Bob Baffert’s Argentine-bred Vale Dori to victory in yesterday’s Grade II Santa Maria and the trainer stated following the race that she’d be pointed to the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes at a mile and one eighth on March 18. Stewart Elliott8411101513%43%$479,688 Mark Glatt4296521%48%$316,550 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Bob Baffert3384524%52%$803,716 Philip D’Amato47115923%53%$708,825 Tiago Pereira5986614%34%$222,210 Tyler Baze13223291217%48%$1,176,222 Peter Eurton3273322%41%$378,814 Joseph Talamo82951511%35%$327,413 Flavien Prat12430162324%56%$1,946,958 Mike Smith32113734%66%$1,120,645 SANTA ANITA VS. HOLY ANGELS CHARITY GAME FEB. 23Competition drives the market and it’s no different when it comes to sponsoring a Santa Anita jockey in their annual charity basketball game against Holy Angels School on Feb. 23.According to Nancy Dollase, co-chairman of the event along with Angie Stevens, West Point Thoroughbreds had already put up the minimum $250 to sponsor Mike Smith in the game, but when Bob Baffert learned of it, ever the sport, he wanted to sponsor Smith, the regular rider of Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate, trained by Baffert.West Point and Baffert went round and round, and when the dust settled, Baffert had upped the ante to $750 to get Smith on board. West Point graciously settled on a most worthy alternative, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza.Thanks mainly to the $7 million earned by Arrogate in the Pegasus, Baffert and Smith lead the nation in purse earnings through Feb. 9 with $7,591,928 and $7,769,535, respectively.The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School game will beplayed at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. John Sadler3468918%68%$419,294 Martin Pedroza668121212%48%$376,373 Santiago Gonzalez72710710%33%$352,016center_img TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza3377621%61%$497,822 Doug O’Neill849191511%51%$813,588 J. Keith Desormeaux2972524%48%$434,225 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 BAFFERT UPS ANTE FOR SMITH IN JOCKEYS’ GAME MIDNIGHT STORM TO WORK MONDAY FOR BIG ‘CAP Luis Contreras718101811%51%$406,129 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller581413624%57%$864,555 Vladimir Cerin2665523%62%$192,654 William Spawr1981242%58%$215,831 Richard Baltas7114131020%52%$713,180 FINISH LINES: Jockey Rafael Bejarano, unseated from Eaglemaker when the three-year-old colt suffered an injury nearing the sixteenth pole in Saturday’s ninth race, took off his scheduled six mounts today. “It’s just precautionary,” said his agent, Tora Yamaguchi. “He’s a little sore but X-rays and a chest scan were negative.” . . . Versatile Midnight Storm, a Grade I winner on turf and dirt, is scheduled to breeze for Phil D’Amato Monday with his goal the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11 . . . Trainer John Shirreffs is weighing two races for Jerry and Ann Moss‘s Triple Crown contenders, Gormley and Royal Mo, either the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 18 or the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita March 11 . . . Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has two-time Eclipse champion Songbird galloping two miles a day as she prepares for her four-year-old debut . . . Mike Smith will be back aboard Megahertz winner Prize Exhibit for trainer Jim Cassidy in next Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at one mile on turf, while Kent Desormeaux has the mount on Mokat for Richard Baltas, who gave the Hall of Fame rider a leg up on the daughter of Uncle Mo for her victory in the Grade II San Clemente Handicap last July 23 . . . Agent Nelson Arroyo reports his brother, Norberto Jr., will resume riding at Santa Anita next Saturday, Feb. 18, after serving a six-day suspension. Norberto took the opportunity to spend time with family in Kentucky . . . Agent Tom Knust has Mario Gutierrez booked to ride California Cup Derby winner Ann Arbor Eddie for owner Reddam Racing and trainer Doug O’Neill in next Saturday’s El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields . . . Trainer Peter Miller could have as many as three runners in Dubai on World Cup Day March 25: Palos Verdes winner St. Joe Bay, Stormy Liberal and/or California Cup Sprint winner Richards Boy . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 20. Enjoy draft beer, soda and hot dogs for just a buck. First post time will be 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday that week. Live racing will resume Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. . . . On Saturday, March 11, when Santa Anita presents the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, the Late Pick Four will have a guaranteed pool of $1 million, and the Pick Six pool will be guaranteed at $100,000 . . . The Voice of Santa Anita Michael Wrona correctly pronounces the last name of 10-pound apprentice rider from Puerto Rico Evin Roman. It’s not “Roman,” as in the Roman Empire, but “ro-MON,” as in “Jamaica, mon.” Kent Desormeaux861811921%44%$1,165,831 ARCADIA REMATCH LOOMS IN THE GRADE I KILROE Gary Sherlock2453221%42%$135,455last_img read more

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Hundreds out and about this weekend as part of Big Donegal Clean Up

first_imgHundreds of people from all over Donegal are set to be out and about this weekend taking part in community clean-ups as part of the 2019 Big Donegal Clean Up.Groups in Buncrana, Carrowmenagh, Dunree, Moville, Greencastle, Culdaff, Manorcunningham, Newtowncunningham, Killea and Carrigans will be out on Saturday (6 April) as part of the Inishowen Community Clean-up initiative while the St. Johnston Community Clean up will take place for a week from Monday 8th April to Saturday 13th April.Elsewhere clean-ups will also be taking place on Saturday 6th April in Donegal Town, Ballybofey and Stranorlar, Crossroads and Killygordon, Tullyvinny near Raphoe, Ballymacool in Letterkenny, Knather in Ballyshannon, Loughside in Letterkenny as well as the Breaghy area of Ramelton. On Sunday 7th April groups in Dungloe, Rossnowlagh, Leitirmacaward and Dooey beach will be out in force while Glenties Tidy Towns committee are holding their clean-up on Thursday 4 April from 10am to 1pm. Killybegs are also hosting a week-long community clean up this week.The Green Campus Group in LYIT will be doing a clean-up of the nearby roads on Thursday 4th April while other groups including Donegal YMCA are planning a clean-up at Magheraroarty beach on 3rd April.The clean-up on Arranmore Island.Various schools are also getting in on the action with Scoil Naisiunta Mhin Teineadh De, Scoil Naomh Brid Muff, Kerrykeel National School, Scoil Choluim, Ballyheerin, Killaghtee National School Dunkineely, Monreagh National School Carrigans and Gartan National School planning clean-ups in their respective areas.Last weekend clean-ups took place in Redcastle, Manorcunningham, Cranford, Glenmaquin and Arranmore Island as well as in Glenveagh, Convoy and Castlefin. And clean-ups are also planned the following weekend with large scale clean-ups planned for Fanad, Portsalon, Kerrykeel and Rosnakill on Saturday 13 April. A further clean-up is planned for Dungloe on Sunday 14 April while the Falcarragh clean-up is planned for the 20th April. Clean-ups are also planned for the Glebe (21st April) and Glenoughty (2nd May) areas of Letterkenny.The Rathdonnell/Trentagh Community Clean Up takes place on Saturday 13th AprilMeet outside Harley’s Trentagh at 10am and bring litter pickers/ gloves if possible. Refreshments served afterwards.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill is delighted with the response to this year’s Big Donegal Clean-up.Bags of rubbish collected following community clean up on Arranmore Island last weekend.He said “It never ceases to amaze me the sense of community we have here in Donegal and this response simply reinforces this for me. There is no way that the Council would have the resources to keep every road and public area in the county clean, and that’s why the work that these people do is so important.“These people are our unsung heroes and are the backbone of our communities and they should be highly commended for all the work they do. While this work is very important from a tourism perspective, it is about more than that. It is about caring for our own environment and about the pride we have in our own communities and I would ask our illegal dumpers and litter bugs to take a minute and think about the effort these people are making.“Every piece of litter that is thrown out of a car window must be lifted by someone, every bag of rubbish that is dumped illegally must be collected by someone. I would ask you to think again. Your reckless action is endangering natural habitats and creating an unsightly mess that reflects badly on everyone in the community.” Get involvedAnyone who would like to take part in any of the clean-ups mentioned can find more information on times and meeting points at bit.ly/DonegalCleanUp.There is still plenty of time to take part in the Big Donegal Clean Up by organising a clean-up in your own area. All you have to do is call the Council on 074 91 53900 or call into to any Council office to register. Donegal County Council provides bags, pickers and high vis vests and then collects the rubbish from designated points at agreed times.Bags of rubbish collect at Clar BeachHundreds out and about this weekend as part of Big Donegal Clean Up was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Big Clean-updonegallast_img read more

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Round-up: Bees lose, Pato, Swift, Remy, QPR questions answered, Gould through

first_imgBrentford’s play-off hopes suffered a setback as they were beaten 3-0 at Brighton.The defeat at the Amex Stadium was their fourth loss in six league matches and boss Dean Smith bemoaned the two “silly goals” they conceded in the first half.On a brighter note for the Bees, fans favourite Sam Saunders has signed a new contract at Griffin Park.And Smith has backed Emmanuel Onariase to compete for a first-team spot following the young defender’s recent move from West Ham.Fulham’s Under-21s were also in action on Friday evening – George Williams scored in a 1-1 draw against West Brom at Motspur Park.Williams scored for Fulham’s Under-21 sideChelsea are preparing to face Manchester United in Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge.Pedro faces a fitness test before the game, while Loic Remy is expected to be available for the following weekend’s match against Newcastle.Defender Phil Jones could be in contention to play this weekend, but five other United players have been ruled out.Ahead of the match, stats published by Opta and highlighted by fantasy football game www.oulala.com have underlined the extent to which Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is being outperformed this season by his former team-mate, United’s Juan Mata.Blues boss Guus Hiddink has explained that recent signing Alexandre Pato is following a fitness plan and will not be available for the time being.Hiddink spoke at a news conference on FridayHiddink also described reports that Chinese club Jiangsu Suning made a big-money bid for Chelsea star Oscar as “speculation”.For a full rundown of what Hiddink had to say at his pre-match news conference on Friday, click here.Chelsea were reported to have been offered as much as £75m for Oscar. Many Blues fans on Twitter have reacted with disbelief, with many making it clear they would happily have accepted the money.Meanwhile, Chelsea youngster John Swift, who is currently on loan at Brentford and whose contract expires at the end of the season, has admitted that his future is uncertain.Swift has impressed while on loan at BrentfordWealdstone have signed Femi Orenuga, a 22-year-old midfielder who previously had a three-year spell at Everton.In snooker, Pinner’s Martin Gould ended a run of five straight defeats against Judd Trump in spectacular fashion, securing a final-frame victory to move in to the semi-finals of the German Masters.And in handball, Ruislip Eagles were beaten 28-26 by Cambridge.See also: QPR’s transfer window: five important questions answeredFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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A’s incredible streak comes to an end in loss to Mariners

first_imgSEATTLE — The little hope the A’s had of catching the Yankees for home field in the wild-card game has pretty much died out.For the first time this season, the A’s lost a game when leading after seven innings as the Mariners walked off in extras for a 10-8 victory after Emilio Pagan surrendered a two-run homer to Chris Hermann in the 11th to end it. The loss also knocked the A’s out of contention in the AL West. The Astros are the repeat division winners.The A’s were an amazing 68-0 when …last_img

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Central Fill – All Plant Drills

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two Drills in OneCrustBuster / Speed King, Inc. offers two drills in one with the new 4700 Series Central Fill – All Plant Drill which is both a central fill and a box drill.  Growers can drill large acreages such as wheat or soybeans without stopping to refill seed boxes for a long period of time, saving labor and helping to finish sooner.  They also have the ability to turn off the central fill hopper and drill with only the seed boxes for small acreages with lower seed rates such as alfalfa and milo. Operators can choose which setup works best for their crop and acreage.  The 4700 Series All Plant Drill is equipped with a 200 bu central fill hopper that continuously supplies seed directly into the seed boxes.  The monitored, equally measured supply and constant flow of seed into the drill’s boxes gives the operator confidence and full control.The best features of CrustBuster’s All Plant Drills are retained, including the proven Parallel Linkage Openers that maintain constant down pressure for precise depth control throughout its 10″ of operating range. The adjustable Wobble Slot has the proven ability to meter a wide variety of seeds, ranging from cover crops to wheat, soybeans and many others.  Standard on this drill is CrustBuster’s Hydraulic Drive which gives you variable rate control, individual section shut-off control and reduces the need to change sprockets. A choice of 7 1/2″ or 10″ spacing is available. CrustBuster has engineered a flexible drill that works as both a central fill and box drill. It’s available in both 40′ and 45′ width models which can quickly fold down to a 15′ 10″ road width, allowing mobility between fields. The central fill hopper is equipped with a low level sensor. This drill’s variable rate control is ISO compatible. Like all of CrustBuster’s All Plant drills, this drill is designed for no-till as well as minimum and conventional tillage.For more information visit our website www.crustbuster.com or call 620-227-7106last_img read more

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Five small but impactful ways to future-proof your city

first_imgRome wasn’t built in a day, and connectivity through the Internet of Things won’t happen overnight, either. A few cities are leading the pack with IoT implementation, but its widespread application may be easier than you think. Even small installments of IoT technology throughout a smart city can create improvements for all citizens to enjoy.For example, every commuter has experienced the dreaded rush-hour traffic lights that seem timed to make the trip home long enough to let you watch grass grow. Cities like Pittsburgh are using smart traffic lights to lead the fight against the bumper-to-bumper schlep home and reduce carbon emissions at the same time.See also: How to avoid a massive smart city pitfallStill not convinced? The IoT has also found its way into our homes through products like the Nest Learning Thermostat, the SkyBell WiFi Doorbell, and even the Kolibree Smart Toothbrush. Smart products are everywhere, and some of the more forward-thinking cities are taking note.Here are a few ways cities have utilized technology driven by IoT connectivity to transition from the old and outdated to the latest and greatest:Impact #1: Bring power to difficult-to-maintain areasGeneral Electric and IoT connectivity company Ingenu teamed up to help bring power to the Dominican Republic. While the country was once plagued by blackouts, inadequate capacity, and coverage struggles due to rough terrain, the two companies worked with the Dominican Republic’s main electricity provider, the Consorcio Energético Punta Cana-Macao (CEPM), to install more than 24,000 smart meters for power restoration and electricity reliability.The smart meters allow two-way communication between CEPM and its end users, enabling the provider to access accurate data on energy consumption and helping to eliminate blackout periods. Because Ingenu was able to deliver a cost-effective solution that increased efficiency for the provider, significant savings were passed on to customers.Impact #2: Solve parking dilemmas in your cityAccording to the United Nations, the proportion of the global population living in urban areas is expected to rise from the current 54 percent to 66 percent in 2050, even as the overall population continues to expand. For cities that are already overcrowded, failing to adopt new technologies that maximize efficiency could spell disaster.To help solve crowding issues in Barcelona, Streetline and Cisco worked together to create smart sensors for the city’s parking spaces. These sensors were installed within the asphalt and indicate whether a particular spot is in use.Drivers are notified of open parking spaces via the ApparkB app, and they can pay the meter through the app as well. Besides making parking far easier, the sensors also help the city manage parking patterns and real estate.Impact #3: Power major city eventsIn a historic first, smart city applications are being used for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic preparations. Through a European and Japanese partnership, the city plans to improve energy efficiency and look into sources for solar and hydrogen energy to ensure it has the capacity to support the massive energy consumption of the Olympic Games.Large events present a good opportunity to make investments in smart technology. Major events don’t come around very often, but timely IoT adoption can ensure a city is reaping the benefits long after the crowds have packed up and gone home.Impact #4: Create sustainable and clean communitiesJust outside Denver, developers are partnering with Panasonic to build a sustainable, smart, and clean energy-fueled community called Peña Station Next. Some of the perks of the neighborhood will include self-driving shuttles, LED streetlights, solar-paneled parking garages, blanket Wi-Fi coverage, and smart parking similar to the system in Barcelona.The homes here will include plenty of futuristic features, including transparent TVs (which can double as windows when not in use), smart kitchens (with appliances that can automate most of the cooking process), and smart street poles (which can do everything from collect traffic data to monitor weather conditions).Impact #5: Integrate crowdsourced feedbackLondon has taken a collaborative approach to its smart city development, asking its own citizens to take part in the process. The Smart City Challenge, backed by the London Mayor’s Office and launched by Transport for London and IBM, was created to encourage developers and entrepreneurs to use IoT applications to solve the city’s challenges.The winning proposal will earn a prize of £750,000, and the top 10 finalists will also take part in a mentorship program offered by the competition’s backers. The goal is to help tech entrepreneurs share their ideas while improving life for London’s residents.More people are becoming familiar with IoT devices as they demonstrate interesting new innovations for our homes. But they’re not merely novel or curious. Applying creative new IoT technologies to the greater ecosystem of a city opens up a whole new world of possibilities that can turn challenges into opportunities. 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