Pakistan struggles to combat locust plague

first_imgThe insects have since fanned out andwreaked havoc on farms from East Africa to India before making their way intoPakistan from the desert on the country’s southwestern border with Iran. (AFP) Pakistan’s farmers are struggling tocombat the worst locust plague in nearly three decades as insect swarmsdecimate entire harvests in the country’s agricultural heartlands and send foodprices soaring. Heavy rains and cyclones sparked“unprecedented” breeding and the explosive growth of locust populationson the Arabian peninsula early last year, according to the United Nations.center_img The crisis is so severe that the government has declared a nationwide emergency and urgently appealed for help from the international community. AFPlast_img read more

‘Modified’ ECQ set in NCR, two other areas

first_imgMANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the implementation of a “modified” enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, Laguna and Cebu City that continue to be considered “high-risk” in the spread of COVID-19.This after Duterte approved Tuesday the recommendation of the Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease on the gradual lifting of ECQ.“Modified ECQ is still ECQ, pero meron lang mga piling industriya na pwedeng magbukas,” Presidential spokesperson Hary Roque said.“Under modified ECQ, bubuksan natin unti unti ang ekonomiya,” he added. “Magkakaroon ng limited transportation services, suspendido pa rin ang klase sa lahat ng antas.”Under the modified ECQ, authorities will allow limited movement for accessing essential services and work, reopening of select manufacturing and processing plants at 50 percent capacity, and limited reopening of transporting services. Face-to-face classes will remain suspended for areas under modified lockdown.Roque added that the sectors that will be allowed to reopen during modified ECQ is still being finalized.Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, meanwhile, said that the decision on which areas will be placed under modified ECQ, general community quarantine and low risk areas was based on science, not politics.“The decision was based on health. We looked at the LGU (local government unit) epidemic response framework, including case doubling time and critical care utilization rate,” Vergeir said in the same briefing.“The DOH looked at the epidemic response of LGUs to determine if the areas is high, moderate or low risk,” she added. “Nagkaroon din ng other considerations such as capacity for isolation, security as well as social and economic concerns.”Duterte first placed Metro Manila under ECQ on March 15, but this expanded the next day to cover all of Luzon until April 15. The Luzon-wide lockdown was further extended until April 30, and then another 15 days in Metro Manila and several ‘high-risk” provinces to give the government time to increase the country’s testing capacity.The country has 11,086 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday – 7,123 of which are in Metro Manila. Laguna has a total of 382 cases, while Cebu City has 1,400.The number of recoveries in the country has reached 1,999 while 726 have died of the disease./PNlast_img read more

RAA, ISO & Hillenbrand enter three year strategic partnership

first_imgBatesville, In. — Together with the Rural Alliance for the Arts (RAA) and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO), Hillenbrand, Inc. has entered into a three-year strategic partnership agreement. The agreement is designed to increase the quality of place through arts and culture for the Southeastern Indiana region. This agreement is part of a broader regional strategy to attract and maintain a competitive rural workforce.“As a company, we understand that strong communities play an integral role in building a strong workforce,” said Joe Raver, President and CEO, Hillenbrand. “Investing in our communities to provide increased access to arts and cultural opportunities will build our region’s capacity to engage, innovate, inspire, and drive a robust quality of place. We’re very pleased to bring this opportunity to our region which will serve our current workforce and work to attract future employees.”‘Quality of Place’ encapsulates the idea that communities with strong foundational elements like industry, quality hospitals, and exceptional school districts provide a welcoming and sustainable environment that attracts families to live and work. Elements like arts and culture fit within a broader placemaking and workforce strategy.This year’s event will be held at the PLEX baseball and softball park (671 Pohlman St.) in Batesville on Sunday, July 1. The ISO will present its Star-Spangled Symphony performance, concluding with a patriotic fireworks finale. The event will be open to everyone and there is no cost to attend.“We are thrilled to partner with Hillenbrand, the RAA and the southeast region of Indiana,” said Beth Outland, VP, Community Engagement and Strategic Innovation, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. “Batesville understands the important role arts and culture plays in a community. Extending our reach beyond Indianapolis gives us the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for the arts and bolster the support of arts and culture in rural communities.”To learn more about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please contact info@hillenbrand.com. For more information about the ISO and this partnership, click here.last_img read more

WATCH: Dino Babers’ postgame press conference after 34-point loss to Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse football: Breaking down Louisville’s powerful performance with graphicsStorify: Syracuse fans react to 62-28 loss against LouisvilleSyracuse football can’t overcome early 21-point hole in 62-28 loss to LouisvilleSyracuse football’s secondary takes hit against Louisville with injuries to Antwan Cordy and Juwan Dowels Comments Published on September 10, 2016 at 1:59 am After handily beating Colgate in Week 1, Syracuse (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) suffered its first loss of the Dino Babers era on Friday against Louisville, 62-28. Here’s what Babers had to say after the game.last_img read more

Seniors lead Badgers to victory in final home game

first_imgAt first, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves admitted the senior night festivities slowed his team down.But after Colorado College outplayed Wisconsin in the first period Saturday, UW’s seniors regained focus, took control of the game and propelled the Badgers to their first victory in over a month.After seven games without a win, the six UW seniors and their teammates finally had a victory to celebrate.“There was a tremendous feeling in the locker room for our seniors. I don’t think we played particularly well in the first period; I think we were still wrapped up in their (pre-game) ceremony,” Eaves said. “But we responded very well in the second period and took the lead.”After Craig Smith’s shorthanded goal early in the second period, senior forward Patrick Johnson came through with the eventual game-winner.The Madison native took a perfect centering feed from freshman Tyler Barnes and tapped the puck past CC goaltender Josh Thorimbert to give UW a 2-0 lead.Johnson’s eighth tally of the season continued the senior’s hot goal-scoring streak. The senior scored twice during last Saturday’s loss at St. Cloud before finding the net again in Friday’s 3-2 loss to the Tigers. After his game-winner Saturday, Johnson has scored as many goals (4) in the last two weeks as he previously had all season.So what’s been the cause for this late-season goal-scoring surge?“Good question,” Johnson said with a smile. “I’d like to tell you… I have no idea, but I’m running with it. It’s been fun. I’ve had a good streak of luck here.”Johnson may credit his goal scoring to luck, but his productivity Saturday night stemmed from plenty of dirty work.The 5-foot-9, 158-pound forward continuously finished his checks and faced some punishment from the frustrated opposition as a result.Johnson drew several penalties over the course of the night and took a couple crushing hits into the boards, but the senior stayed active and finished with a game-high five shots on goal.Johnson’s hot hand gave the UW offensive attack a spark, but it was senior goaltender Scott Gudmandson who ended his cold-streak with a superb outing in Saturday’s 3-1 win.Coming into senior night, Gudmandson had lost his last four starts, giving up 16 goals total. The low point came in St. Cloud, where he gave up all seven in a 7-3 defeat.But instead of laboring over that demoralizing loss, Gudmandson wanted to put it behind him and come out strong in his last start at the Kohl Center. So for the first time in his career, Gudmandson decided not to watch that game tape.According to Eaves, that was an early indicator that Gudmandson was ready to bounce back.“For us as a coaching staff, we knew he was okay when he came up to us on Monday – and he was working with (Assistant) Coach (Jeff) Sanger and said he wasn’t going to watch the last St. Cloud State game,” Eaves explained.“I didn’t think it was necessary,” Gudmandson said of opting not to conduct a game evaluation. “I just said, ‘I didn’t play very well, that wasn’t me and I’m moving on’.” Gudmandson moved on, and the Badgers moved forward with a big win in the regular season finale thanks to his performance.The senior goaltender finished with 33 saves and only gave up a single goal – which deflected off UW defenseman Justin Schultz’s skate and into the net.Gudmandson and Johnson were two of the stars for UW as the Badgers broke their seven game winless streak, but Johnson acknowledged the effort of his entire senior class in their final home game.“All of the seniors were trying to play their best,” Johnson said. “And that’s what happened tonight.”last_img read more

Hayes: ESPN College GameDay comes to Madison

first_imgESPN College GameDay officially announced Madison, Wisconsin, as the broadcast’s next stop for this Saturday’s top 10 battle between No. 8 University of Wisconsin and No. 2 Ohio State University at Camp Randall Stadium.College GameDay’s five analysts and former football minds talk about the upcoming games around the country, capped off by Lee Corso’s unpredictable pick of which team he thinks will win. The show has become the oracle as to which game is the best of the week. Given Wisconsin’s normally bland schedule, it is a rare and special occurrence in Madison.Hey Madison! We’re headed your way next week for Ohio State-Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/tWEdmGoD49— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 9, 2016Why Wisconsin fans should be excitedOutside of the unrivaled, electric atmosphere College GameDay brings to campus, there are a number of reasons why Wisconsin fans should be itching for another GameDay visit to UW.The last time Ohio State came to Madison for a College GameDay featured matchup was 2010, when Wisconsin sent the No. 1 Buckeyes packing in a thrilling 31-18 upset victory before students rushed the field at Camp Randall. This was also the last time Wisconsin defeated a No. 1 team, and the fourth time this had been done in school history. Though the Buckeyes will take the field as the No. 2 team in the land Saturday, the idea of upsetting another national contender and Big Ten rival before the eyes of the entire nation is no less romantic for any Wisconsin football fan.College GameDay has not paid a visit to Madison in more than five years, with UW’s most recent appearance resulting in a 48-17 rout of No. 8 University of Nebraska in 2011. Wisconsin has hosted the GameDay crew at home a total of five times, and the Badgers stand 3-2 overall since the the show’s Madison debut in 1999. Even though Wisconsin is only one game above 0.500 in these matchups, the Badgers have not lost a GameDay-featured showdown at home in over a decade after winning their last three of these games in a row.Whether you believe superstition, history or a team’s most recent performance will predict a great competition, Saturday’s matchup with the Buckeyes has them all behind it. After a week away from the field, expect a healthier and rejuvenated Badgers team to feed on the electricity in the atmosphere of the national college football spotlight. Wisconsin could not have asked for a more perfect weekend to get a shot at upsetting the nation’s No. 2 team, and Badgers should give the Buckeyes a run for their money in front of more than 80,000 screaming fans Saturday night.How the home team has fared this seasonSo far this year, all four home teams who have welcomed College GameDay to their campus have emerged victorious. There have also been two games played at neutral sites. But in similar fashion to the home-field advantages, the schools in the same state as the neutral site have won both games as well.This, of course, applies to the Badgers, whose marquee win of the season came only a few hours north of Madison earlier this fall.As Badgers fans surely remember, Wisconsin kicked off the 2016 college football season at historic Lambeau Field with a thrilling 16-14 upset over then-No. 5 Louisiana State University in Green Bay.Football: Breakdown of Badgers’ upset over LSUThe Wisconsin Badgers played a spoiler game against fifth ranked Louisiana State University with a 16-14 upset victory in college Read…In Week 2, GameDay traveled to Bristol, Tennessee, for the then-No. 17 University of Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech game, where the Volunteers defeated the Hokies 45-24 in front of a college football record attendance of 156,990 at Bristol Motor Speedway.How Madison was chosenWisconsin’s battle with Ohio State is far from the only GameDay-worthy matchup in this Saturday’s lineup, but thanks to a few key losses by ranked teams last weekend, the Badgers got some help. Before Tennessee’s stumble to then-No. 8 Texas A&M University last Saturday, it appeared as though Madison’s biggest competitor for landing College GameDay was Knoxville, Tennessee, where the Vols host No. 1 University of Alabama. Remarkably, UT has already appeared in three matchups hosted by College GameDay this season, but the loss to the Aggies in College Station — GameDay’s most recent destination — all but guaranteed that Oct. 15 won’t be the Volunteers’ fourth.Losses by then-No. 6 University of Houston and then-No. 10 University of Miami also helped clear more room for the Badgers to climb in the Associated Press Poll. These upsets allowed Wisconsin to slide into the No. 9 spot from No. 11, making Saturday’s showdown in Madison an official top 10 matchup.Corso’s headgear favoriteLee Corso’s infamous College GameDay prediction delivered via mascot headgear selection has blossomed into one of the most popular traditions in college football across the country, and for more than just theatrics.Since the tradition began in 1993, the 81-year-old host has gone 176-89 all-time in his headgear predictions and has also picked the correct winner in four of this season’s six games thus far. Wisconsin’s victory over LSU was one of those two errors, and when it comes to picking the Badgers historically, Corso’s predictions haven’t proven quite as insightful as his overall record might suggest.Including post-season bowls games, UW has made a total of 13 appearances in front of College GameDay. Of those games, Corso has recorded a near-even 7-6 overall record when choosing between the Badgers and their opponents. Here’s a list of Corso’s selections (bolded) in all 13 of Wisconsin’s appearances in GameDay-featured matchups:1999:   No. 4 Michigan at No. 20 Wisconsin                           Correct2000:   No. 17 Wisconsin at No. 9 Michigan                                    Correct2003:   No. 13 Purdue at No. 14 Wisconsin                                      Wrong2004:   Penn State at No. 20 Wisconsin                                            Correct2004:   No. 10 Wisconsin at No. 5 Purdue                                        Wrong2010:   No. 1 Ohio State at No. 18 Wisconsin                                  Correct2011:   (Rose Bowl) No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 TCU                      Wrong2011:   No. 8 Nebraska at No. 7 Wisconsin                                      Wrong2011:   No. 4 Wisconsin at No. 15 Michigan State                   Wrong2012:   (Rose Bowl) No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 9 Wisconsin                Correct2013:   (Rose Bowl) No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 23 Wisconsin           Correct2015:   (AT&T Stadium) No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 20 Wisconsin Correct2016:   (Lambeau Field) No. 5 LSU vs. Wisconsin                 WrongDespite having only chosen between the head of Brutus and Bucky one time, Corso did successfully predict Wisconsin’s thrilling 2010 upset over Ohio State at Camp Randall.That being said, if the charismatic college football oracle decides to don the Badger headgear Saturday night, the cheering in Madison could be loud enough to hear from Milwaukee.Who knows, you might even Jump Around too.last_img read more

Football: Similarities exist between Purdue and Illinois contests, does it matter?

first_imgPurdue. How hard of a test could it be? It would be easy to fall into this line of thinking when considering the accomplishments of the No. 14 Badgers. A decisive win against now No. 12 Michigan, shutout wins on four separate occasions and a recent win over No. 19 Iowa. It’s even easier to toss the Boilermakers aside when considering the matchup awaiting the Badgers Nov. 30th in Minneapolis against the No. 11 Gophers. Football: Four takeaways from Wisconsin’s victory over NebraskaThe Wisconsin Badgers (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) took care of business Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska, defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-6, Read…If this line of thinking doesn’t sound new, it’s because it isn’t. A long time ago, when the Badgers were undefeated and preparing to take on the Buckeyes in Columbus, they first had to get past a little team called Illinois. What did they do? They went into Champaign and laid a fat egg. Fans, myself included, had blinders on to the team that still stood in the way of the Badgers’ hopes to walk into Columbus as an undefeated, playoff-contending team. I certainly can’t speak to the mindset of those players who were on the field, but I know for a fact that those who follow them did not see the Illinis as a legitimate threat given the momentum the Badgers had going into that game. Illinois has proved itself to be a scrappy team after capturing an incredible win against Michigan State that featured the Illinis outscoring the Spartans by a score of 27–3 in the final quarter. Football: Badgers at disadvantage among other football programsTake a look at the ESPN 300 for the 2020 high school senior class of football players. Up and down Read…Four straight wins have propelled Illinois to a bowl-eligible record of 6-4, undoubtedly drawing momentum from their historic win against the Badgers. I’m here to say Purdue will be out to capture the same exact momentum. The stage is set just as it was earlier in the season. The Badgers have a massive game in less than two weeks that will determine their fate for the rest of the season. The team they face prior to this has a less than impressive record marred by losses to unranked teams. On paper, the stage is set for another dominating performance by the Badgers. This is especially true when considering the damage done by Jonathan Taylor to the Boilermakers last year in their double overtime win. He managed to rush for an astounding 321 yards and score three touchdowns on just 33 total carries — yielding an average of 9.7 yards per carry, his highest of the season. Football: Badgers forfeit CFP hopes, Big Ten landscape remains openFor the Badgers, taking down the undefeated The Ohio State University not once but twice was their last shot at Read…But ignoring the ability for an impassioned team to take down a top-ranked opponent is certainly not the best course of action. Purdue has only these last two games of the season to try and become bowl-eligible — it’s a safe bet that they’re going to throw everything but the kitchen sink at their last two remaining opponents. No, I’m not sounding the alarm of a threatening Purdue team that lies in the near distance simply waiting for the right moment to strike. The Badgers have been remarkably good at getting the job done against teams they should undoubtedly defeat. Well, with one big exception in Illinois. All I’m saying is, don’t count Purdue out yet. They have a lot to fight for as their season draws to a close. And you better believe they will walk into Camp Randall with a vendetta against the Badgers after they came into West Lafayette and escaped with a 47–44 victory.last_img read more

Arsenal Board Backs Emery But Warns Results Must Improve

first_imgEmery’s target had been to secure a return to the Champions League for the first time in four seasons next year, either via a top four finish or by winning the Europa League.However, the club’s Head of Football Raul Sanllehi and Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham insist Emery remains the right man for the job.“We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season,” Sanllehi and Venkatesham told Arsenal staff at a pre-planned meeting on Monday.“We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, the players and all our staff as they are not at the level we want or expect.“Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season, and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place.”The backing comes with supporters unrest rising due to poor performances on the pitch and the Emery’s decision to make Granit Xhaka club captain earlier this season.Xhaka was stripped of that honour after a foul-mouthed tirade towards his own fans when being substituted at home to Crystal Palace on October 27.“We have to make the tough decision Arsenal! It’s not getting better,” said former Arsenal striker Ian Wright after Saturday’s defeat.“No definitive style or plan. Negative goal difference. No improvement in the defence. Not creating anything,” added Wright on Twitter.French striker Alexandre Lacazette has also leaped to the defence of under-fire Emery saying fans were being fickle in criticising him after not praising him when they were on a good run last season.Lacazette, though, said while the players’ confidence had dipped the present international break gives them a chance to recharge their batteries ahead of their game at home to struggling Southampton on November 24.“Last season when we were unbeaten in 20 games in a row nobody said anything about the coach or manager,” said Lacazette.“We miss confidence and we need the international break.“I hope we are going to come back well. We want to be top four, of course.“Now we are nine points behind Chelsea and Leicester and it is going to be hard, but everything is possible in football.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Unai Emery has been offered the backing of the Arsenal board for now, but has been warned that results must improve.The Spaniard has come under mounting pressure following a string of poor performances and a record of just two wins from their last 10 Premier League games.A 2-0 loss at Leicester on Saturday saw the Gunners fall eight points behind the Premier League’s top four.last_img read more

2015 Africa Cup of Nations preview: With champs out, who will win it all?

first_imgSaturday will bring us one of the best under-the-radar tournaments in the world of soccer as the Africa Cup of Nations begins its three-week run through Equatorial Guinea.It’s also a tournament which has its fair share of haters. For one thing, like the Asian Cup, it takes African players away from their club teams for a good spell of time. In the Premier League, that means neither Yaya Toure nor Sadio Mane for nearly a month.It’s also been in the headlines for the wrong reasons, as Morocco pulled out of its hosting duties due to fears of Ebola.But at it’s core is free-flowing football that often provides thrilling moments. As you get ready for Saturday, here’s most everything you need to know.The ChampionsThere have been 30 AFCON tournaments since 1957, which was won by Egypt and had just four teams contesting the title.Since then, there have been 16 winners. Here’s the breakdown: Most wins: Egypt (7)Closest competitors: Ghana and Cameroon (4)Reigning champions: Nigeria (did not qualify for this edition)Biggest-named sides to not have won: Senegal or MaliThe DatesGroup play: Jan. 17 – 28Quarterfinals: Jan. 31 & Feb. 1Semifinals: Feb. 4 & 5Third-place game: Feb. 7Final: Feb. 8The GroupsGroup A: Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso, Gabon, CongoGroup B: Zambia, Tunisia, Cape Verde, DR CongoGroup C: Ghana, Algeria, South Africa, SenegalGroup D: Ivory Coast, Mali, Cameroon, GuineaWell, the sides on Groups C and D have a tall task ahead of them, while teams in the first two groups will like their chances of escaping the group stage.The Premier LeaguersThe names you’ll recognize from NBC Sports Soccer coverage of England’s top flight: Zambia: Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton)DR Congo: Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom), Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace)Ghana: Kwesi Appiah (Crystal Palace), Christian Atsu (Everton)Algeria: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham)Senegal: Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham), Mame Diouf (Stoke), Sadio Mane (Southampton), Papiss Cisse (Newcastle)Ivory Coast: Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Yaya Toure (Manchester City),Wilfried Bony (Manchester City), Cheick Tiote (Newcastle)Oh, and MLS– Recently-signed Chicago Fire striker David Accam will represent Ghana.– Philadelphia’s Rais M’bolhi is suiting up for Algeria– NYRB’s Ambroise Oyongo will be in the back for CameroonHow it might play outGroup A: Not that the bookmakers know anything, but three of these teams are in the bottom four for odds. Burkina Faso makes it through, and Equatorial Guinea uses home-field advantage to slot second.Group B: It’s up for grabs, really, but Tunisia seems a safe bet to make it out of the group, and we’ll pick one surprise here, as Cape Verde knocks of Zambia to advance. Group C: Ruling out Algeria after this summer’s World Cup success would be a silly mistake. They get through, joined by Papiss Cisse and Senegal move on as well. They pip a Ghana team still not right after Brazil.Group D: Given their depth, Ivory Coast will again be favorites to win the tournament despite the fact that they’ve historically underachieved. Still, we see them coming out along with Mali as Cameroon’s massive team turnover from a terrible World Cup (no Alex Song, Samuel Eto’o, Benoit Essou-Ekotto) is bound to se some growing pains.Quarters: Cape Verde def. Burkina Faso, Tunisia def. Equatorial Guinea, Algeria def. Cameroon, Ivory Coast def. GhanaSemis: Tunisia def. Cape Verde, Ivory Coast def. AlgeriaFinal: Ivory Coast def. Tunisialast_img read more