Chelsea striker Costa could face Man United, claims coy Mourinho

first_img1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed striker Diego Costa could be fit to play at Manchester United on Sunday.The Portuguese coach has bemoaned the absence of the £32million forward, who has scored nine goals in seven Premier League games despite a persistent hamstring problem.The 26-year-old missed meetings with Crystal Palace and Maribor and spent a night in hospital earlier this week with a severe stomach bug following his return from international duty with Spain.But Mourinho has suggested he could climb out of his sick bed to feature at Old Trafford.“Diego has a little chance,” said the Blues boss.“I’m not saying he can [play]. I’m saying that we are trying. We will see what happens between Friday, Saturday and Sunday.“Everything happened to him. He was obviously injured and he had to go to the hospital with a viral situation that we didn’t manage to resolve without being in hospital over one night.”Costa’s recovery from his niggling hamstring problem was delayed by the bout of illness, as he was barred from Chelsea’s Surrey training base.“The problem is that being ill obviously didn’t help his recovery process because we didn’t want him here at Cobham,” Mourinho added.“The medical staff were going to meet him at his house.”Now Mourinho confirmed he had returned to training on his own.Loic Remy is out of the Manchester United match after sustaining a groin injury in Chelsea’s 6-0 Champions League defeat of Maribor on Tuesday night.Mourinho added: “The only one that I can confirm has no chance is Remy. I would say two weeks, three weeks [out].” Chelsea striker Diego Costa last_img read more

Business owners log-on to Facebook event in Letterkenny – Picture Special

first_imgThe virtual world and the real business world merged today when over150 people from local small and medium sized businesses gathered in Letterkenny for a Boost with Facebook event.Facebook experts and like-minded business owners were in town for the event to give one to one training and advice on how to use Facebook’s tools to grow their business. Entrepreneurs participated in breakout sessions and talks which provided training on how to build effective online advertising strategies, create engaging ads for mobile and find new customers on Instagram.Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook. Photo Clive Wasson]As highlighted in a recent Seanad Report on Small and Medium Sized Businesses in Ireland (published in May 2019), the SME sector is vibrant and diverse, accounting for 99% of active enterprises and 65% of all employment in Ireland – in excess of 1 million people nationwide and over 75,000 in the North West alone. This shows the huge importance of SMEs to regional economies. The same report notes, however, that SMEs have not yet fully embraced digital technologies with just 30% of SMBs selling products and services online. Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business Lisa Boyle, I Do WoW Weddings, and Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Caitlin Foley, Magee1866. Photo Clive WassonAt the event Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group at Facebook highlighted the benefits of adopting digital technologies like Facebook and Instagram into businesses: “There are 46 million people around the world connected to a business in Ireland on Facebook. Through Facebook, small businesses now have access to affordable marketing tools to grow their business and strengthen their communities. Through events like this, we want to help businesses unlock the potential of the global market and understand how tools like international Lookalike Audiences and multi-city targeting can enable them to connect with new customers, grow awareness of their brand, drive new sales and see their business flourish.”Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny Local Enterprise Office Staff Eileen Kelly, Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook, Grace Korbel and Joanne Kilmartin. Photo Clive WassonDemonstrating how Donegal businesses can be successful online, panelists from Magee 1866 and I Do WoW Weddings shared their experiences and practical advice on how they have leveraged Facebook and its tools to grow their businesses on a local, national and international stage.Lisa Boyle, Business Owner at I Do WoW Weddings, told attendees how integral Facebook has been to the success of her business, “Facebook has provided me with a platform to reach new customers and to showcase my work. I set up the company in Donegal over 2 years ago, initially as a side venture. However, the business grew so quickly I left my role as a solicitor to focus on the business full time. I have always had a passion for creativity and was often told I had a talent for decorating. 90% of my client base is Facebook sourced and managed. With over 7,400 followers on Facebook and Instagram, my followers engage with me on a daily basis, by commenting, liking, sharing posts and leaving positive reviews. If it wasn’t for Facebook my business wouldn’t have grown the way it has.”Llocal business owner Boyd Robinson, Robinson Estate Agents, Michael Mac Ginty, MeanIt and Patrica Hill, Stateside Restaurant. Photo Clive Wasson]For businesses looking to attend future Boost with Facebook events, the next event is on the 6th of December at the Nuremore Hotel & Country Club in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. Registration for this event is open now – go to Facebook Ireland page for more information. See all the photos from the event here: Seamus McNulty, FPS Tech, Luke Hoffman, Champion Travel and Luke McGrory, Guest Diary.com Photo Clive WassonBrian Higgins, ABC School Supplies, Toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber, Mark Bundschu, ABC Schools Supplies and Patrica Hill, Stateside Restaurant. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Louis Boyce, Begin Coding, Anna Campbell, Bogman Beanie and Michael MacGinty Mean IT. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business Patrica Greene,, The Web Club and Sahron Hearty, Lough Derg.Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owners. Photo Clive Wasson]Local business owner Lisa Boyle, I Do WoW Weddings, and Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Caitlin Foley, Magee1866. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are Toni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber, Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Christine McGonigle, Women In Business Network. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Catherine Bond and Anne Marie McGee, Simming World.Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Michael MacGinty, MeanIt and Boyd Robinson, Robinson Estate Agents Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner Amanda Clarke, Travel Donegal and Donon Harvey, Cathedrial Quarter. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business Lisa Boyle, I Do WoW Weddings, and Helen Smyth, Head of Ireland, Global Business Group, Facebook and Caitlin Foley, Magee1866. Photo Clive Wasson]Pictured at the Boost with Facebook business training event at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny are local business owner John McPhilimey and Stephen McPhilmey, JMP Furniture. Photo Clive Wasson]Business owners log-on to Facebook event in Letterkenny – Picture Special was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:boost with facebooklast_img read more

Kubota unveils third phase of hay tools

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2016 Hay Tools Product Introductions Include Disc Mowers, Disc Mower Conditioners, Rakes and New Variances in Round BalersKubota Tractor Corporation continues to expand its hay offerings for a third consecutive year, solidifying the manufacturer’s position as a full-line hay and forage equipment provider. The expanded hay tools line brings to market new disc mowers, disc mower conditioners, rakes and new variances in its popular round baler line.The introduction of the new hay tools illustrates Kubota’s commitment to the agricultural market and positions the company as a full-line hay product supplier. “Our entrance into the hay market two years ago was deliberate with an all-in commitment from Kubota. The response we’ve received from our dealers, as well as customers, has been overwhelmingly positive as we continue to engineer equipment that provides agricultural market solutions,” said Dave Palmer, senior product manager of Kubota hay tools. “Kubota has built its business on its reputation for high-quality equipment, and our hay tool offerings are no exception. Kubota is committed to the agricultural market; this is our third year with significant product introductions in the segment, and you can count on this momentum continuing for years to come.”Hay Tools Heritage Meets Innovation and Continued QualityKubota completed a full-ownership acquisition of Kverneland Group in 2013, which helped make the first phase of Kubota hay implements possible, including disc mowers, a rotary rake and a tedder. In 2015, Kubota introduced round balers and disc mower conditioners as well as expanded offerings in the disc mower, rake and tedder lines.“We are starting 2016 strong, with an unwavering dedication to the agricultural market. Kubota founded its reputation for quality in the compact tractor segment, and we are taking the same approach with the hay segment. Quality and engineering are always our first priorities, as well as listening to customers who tell us what they need in terms of products and day-to-day solutions,” added Palmer.Two New Disc Mowers Move Kubota into Large Hay OperationsKubota’s two new disc mower introductions, the DM3087 and the DM4032, come equipped with Kubota’s fully-welded cutterbar. The DM3087 is a center-suspended disc mower that is an ideal combination of low weight and wide working width. At only 3,000 lbs., and large working width measuring 28 ft. 7 in. wide, the “butterfly” formation offers ideal weight distribution. In addition, the DM3087 allows farmers to effectively cut extensive areas with a minimum of 140 PTO horsepower (standard: 97/68/EC). The second mower introduction, the DM4032, distinguishes itself through its excellent cutting performance and its unique ability to adapt to a variety of terrain. Both mowers offer outstanding suspension: the DM3087 center suspension system ensures optimal tracking and precise ground contour following, while the DM4032 allows the operator to set the height of the tractor linkage and adjust ground pressure by tightening the suspension springs.New Disc Mower Conditioner Fills Gap and Completes Range of Kubota OfferingsRounding out the Kubota DMC8000 Series of trailed disc mower conditioners is the new DM8028R. The new DM8028R features full-width roller conditioning and Kubota’s 3-bladed cutterbar technology designed to allow the cutterbar and conditioning unit to float separately from the main chassis, creating an outstanding ability to follow a variety of terrain. Equipped with features such as a fully-welded, highly durable cutterbar; SemiSwing or chevron roller conditioners; independent active suspension; the series offers a machine to meet a variety of environmental conditions with exceptional performance.Continued Expansion of FarmLine RakesSmall but mighty, the new RA2072 is Kubota’s most compact double rotor center delivery rake, and is perfect for all operations and those in need of added flexibility. Operators can work comfortably in tight fields, producing consistent windrows with hydraulically-controlled working widths ranging between 20 ft. 4 in. and 23 ft. 7 in. Kubota’s FarmLine double rotor, center swath rakes are engineered for professional operations and serve as entry models into the twin rotor segment. These rakes feature oil-immersed cam discs, guide rollers and tine bearings, helping ensure longevity and easy maintenance. All rakes in the line offer curved tine arms, to ensure a regular and even swath formation.Round Baler Line Adds Three New Variances Featuring Net Binding SystemsAs a direct response to customer feedback, Kubota brings three new variances to its popular baler line in 2016. New offerings include the BV4160 and BV4180 PremNet models, and the BV5160 Net model. These new variances offer a net only binding system that ensures trouble-free and reliable operation while the efficient fork feeder makes quick work of silage, hay and straw for superb in-field performance. The BV4180 PremNet model is packed full of premium productivity with a bale diameter of 4 ft. wide by 6 ft. high with 79 in. pickup capacity. These balers precisely craft softer cores with stronger exteriors for better weathering. Operators can depend on the newly patented PowerBind net wrap system for trouble-free and reliable operation as well as the efficient fork feeder intake system for a faster, more efficient baling process. The PremNet models are compatible with all brands of nets and feature a direct injection system for a sure start every time.The BV5160 Net model features a bale size of 4 ft. wide by 5 ft. high with an 86 in. wide pickup capacity for fast and efficient pickup. An Intelligent Hay Density system allows the operator to pre-select between three different bale densities from inside the tractor cab. The 14-knife chopping system provides a fast and efficient flow in to the baler. With a chopping length of 2.75 in., it is the ideal solution for producing dense and airtight bales.For more product information, please visit the Kubota Hay Tools new product pages on www.kubota.com.last_img read more

Will March move markets?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest March is a huge month for USDA reports. Today’s March 8 monthly Supply and Demand Report expectations suggest corn exports could increase even more. Last month USDA pegged U.S. corn exports at 2.050 billion bushels, an increase of 125 million bushels. Conversely, private estimates suggest U.S. exports could drop even more in the months ahead. USDA estimated soybean exports in February at 2.10 billion bushels, down 60 million bushels from the previous month. That decline pushed soybean ending stocks to 530 million bushels, a jump of 60 million bushels. Yet, report day in February failed to push soybean significantly lower compared to previous years when soybean ending stocks had that much of an increase. Instead, dry weather concerns in Argentina were the feature that day, overshadowing the bearish news. A decades old analogy suggests that when bearish news does not produce bearish price results, the news event is no longer relevant.March 29 will be another day of significant USDA reports. That day USDA will release the annual Planting Intentions Report. Corn acres will likely decrease from 2017 while soybean acres should see a small increase. The quarterly grain stocks report will also be reported that day.Weather dominated the market news for much of February, continuing that trend into March. Unlike past years when the weather concerns were primarily in just one region, this year it comes at us from two arenas. First, the U.S. Plains have been dry for months. Late February weekly crop ratings reported further declines in winter wheat conditions, helping to push wheat prices higher.Second, Argentina experienced February  temperatures in the 80s and 90s with rainfall sorely lacking. Some rated Argentina  as having the driest February in decades. While Argentina continues to a major soybean producer, its production is half of what is produced in Brazil. So why all the jitters and attention? Argentina is clearly the world’s largest exporter of soymeal as it accounts for nearly half of the world’s soymeal exports. Soybean storage in Argentina is vastly different than that of the US. Argentina stores the vast majority of its soybean production in storage bags, similar to those used fo corn silage. Soybean quality can be lacking as Argentina’s producers often have nearly two years of production stored on the farm.Argentina soybean production estimates are currently all over the board. Last month USDA estimated their soybean production at 54 million tons. Private estimates are near 44 million tons while others suggest it could even fall below 40 million tons. USDA had the Argentina corn production last month at 39 million tons. Private estimates suggest the number could drop to 33.5 million tons. Dry weather in Brazil delayed their normal acreage of corn. Those acres were pushed to later season plantings, often resulting in lowered production. The corn production declines in Argentina and Brazil will result in the U.S. being the world’s dominant corn exporter for two to three months longer than had been expected last fall. Those declines played a significant role in U.S. corn exports increasing.Producers finally had some encouraging news last month as corn jumped 12 cents in February, soybeans rose 48 cents, while wheat gained 30 cents. Grains appear to be breaking out of their months’ long decline and sideways action dating back to last summer. Corn demand is on the increase partly due to more corn being fed to livestock. Soybeans have risen due mainly to drought in Argentina. Wheat increases stem from the dry US Plains as well as the colder than normal winter in Russia and Europe. Shipping delays from the Black Sea have also been a factor.President Trump suggests the US place tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. Concerns abound that retaliation will soon take place, derailing the U.S. economy, and sending it into a tailspin. U.S. agriculture could easily be caught in the crossfire. Confusion and uncertainty will reduce participation in markets. Grain prices could easily slip further, adding to the U.S. farm income decline seen since 2012.last_img read more

After a late start, harvest is underway throughout the state

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nathan BrownWe are a little better than 50% harvested on our soybeans. Now we are waiting on some more soybeans to ripen. We are hoping to get some wheat sowed today and do some fall burndown. We flew on some more cover crops yesterday into some standing corn, so it has been a busy few days.We are extremely dry. The beans coming out of the field are around 10% moisture and we haven’t had any measurable rain for quite some time. The pastures and creeks are really starting to dry up on us now. With the cover crops we flew on a couple of weeks ago, we have a couple of fields where they germinated and came up. They aren’t really thick. We are hoping for a good rain over the weekend to get the rest of those cover crops up and germinated pretty quickly.I am going to say we are probably 15 bushels off of our average with what we’ve cut so far. I think the dry spell really hurt us. And looking at some of our later planted beans and replants I don’t expect things to get any better.Looking at the corn, the hot, dry weather has helped. We have some fields that are right on the cusp of blacklayer. We have a few early fields that are mature and they are getting dry enough to maybe starting shelling next week. The heat really helped the corn tremendously. If we’d have had a cool September then we would have been in a world of hurt, but the 90-degree temperatures have pushed the corn along.The harvest progress around here is really variable. It depends on where you are, if you caught a rain or not and those planting dates. There are several guys who haven’t gotten into the fields yet waiting for the crops to mature. There are still a lot of bean fields with a lot of leaves left in them. The brunt of harvest really isn’t going to get started for another week or so here, and some people are still sitting and waiting. Lamar LimingThere have been a lot of beans combined and wheat has gone in many fields after the beans around here. There are still a lot of beans just starting to turn and there are some green ones too. Many guys are done chopping, but there is still late corn still needs to be chopped too.We still have adequate moisture around here. My yard is still green, but it hasn’t been too wet. In the last couple of weeks we have gotten just a couple of tenths here or there so there hasn’t been enough to really slow us down.I have heard about yields from 30 to 70 and everything in between for beans. I would say most people are pretty happy with the beans. I haven’t really heard of anyone really shelling any corn yet so I don’t know about that.The corn that was chopped had lower tonnage than we thought going in. That has been disappointing. There were drowned out spots and some of it was planted pretty late. To the south it got dry, so there were several variables behind the disappointing tonnage.The heat sped up the beans. We broke some heat records at the beginning of the week. I am certain it helped the corn too. Today it feels like winter after that. The cows definitely like the cooler weather.I don’t think people are going to plant more wheat than they have in recent years. Wheat acres, I think, will hold and maybe go up a little bit, but nothing really drastic as far as an increase in wheat acres around here.Dylan BaerWe were able to get one field of beans off so far. We’re still wet. We get about an inch of rain every week. Our furthest farm south was the first field we took off on Tuesday. The next field of beans is still about a week away.We were pleasantly surprised with the beans. For what they went through and when they were planted we can’t complain a bit. They started out at about 15.5% moisture and by the end of the day they were down to 12.5% or 13%. They made right in the mid-50s for yield. Looking at that field compared to our other ones I think some will be better and some not quite as good. If we can even come close to a mid-50s average that is way more than we anticipated when we planted them. All summer long we have been praying just for 40-bushel beans. South of us there has been some harvesting but up around Deshler there is not much going on yet.All of our wheat is going on prevented planting ground. There are still two fields that have just been too wet to plant wheat. We are still waiting on the weather. We planted wheat into a soybean cover crop. The beans are dying off and the wheat is growing fast. It looks like it is taking up some of the nitrogen from the beans. It is amazing how tall the beans are that we planted on Aug. 1 as a cover crop.Looking at the extended forecast and the beans it looks like we will be OK when a frost sets in. There is some concern about some of the corn reaching blacklayer. There is still a lot of drying to do, but we are still headed in the right direction.It is amazing the summer we have had. It has been crazy. We thought we’d have the summer off because there were so many acres we didn’t get planted, but we have been busier than ever. The weather during the growing season has cooperated. That heat at the end of September and into October moved the beans along and the rain has been important.Andrew ArmstrongHarvest started two weeks ago tomorrow. We ran about 600 acres of corn and 300 acres of beans. The corn moisture has been down to 17% or 18% and some as high as 25% or 26% moisture. We are mixing and drying and it is working out pretty well. The beans have been in the 11% or 12% range. Yields are just about par. For corn, the yield monitor has been going down to 100, up to 170 and everything in between. For beans, the yields are OK. They are not the best but they have not been the worst either.When we first started shelling corn we were expecting low 20% moisture. Now we are in corn that is in the 24% area, which is about as wet as we’ll get I’d say. The bean moisture has been a little surprising.One of the fields we were in, which was running about 20% moisture, had stalk quality that was some of the worst we’d seen with that particular variety. If a bad wind or storm had come through it would have knocked it down. Even with the higher moisture, we are willing to spend some money on propane just to get it in.A lot of guys around here are cutting beans first. We have been working on more corn. There are still a lot of crops in the fields yet around here. I’d say it is maybe 20% harvested in this area. If you go a little north, it was dryer up there and there has been more harvesting. The yields are not looking great up there though.last_img read more

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela set to join NCP

first_imgFormer Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela is set to join the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the state unit of the Sharad Pawar-led party said on Thursday. The 78-year-old Kshatriya strongman had left the Congress before the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections. He had then helped the BJP in the Rajya Sabha polls. “Former Chief Minister of Gujarat Shankarsinh Vaghela will join NCP in presence of party president Sharad Pawar and senior leader Praful Patel,” Gujarat NCP president Jayant Patel alias Boski said. “Vaghela ji is a dynamic leader who knows the pulse of state and the country. I welcome his entry into the NCP and it will give a boost to the party in the state,” he said. The former Union Minister is likely to join the NCP on January 29, the party sources said. However, Mr. Vaghela has so far neither confirmed nor denied that he will join the NCP. Mr. Vaghela’s entry into the NCP can lead to a three-way fight on a few Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat if the Congress fails to enter into a pre-poll alliance with Mr. Pawar’s party. The State has 26 Lok Sabha seats and all of them were won by the BJP in the 2014 general elections.Mr. Vaghela had left the Congress before the 2017 state assembly polls, after he and a few MLAs supporting him voted against Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha, Ahmed Patel and backed BJP nominee Balwantsinh Rajput.Mr. Vaghela, however, did not join the ruling BJP and put up independent candidates in the state assembly elections held in December 2017. All his candidates had lost polls. Recently, Mr. Vaghela had toured various places, including Delhi, and declared that he will fight for removal of the BJP-led government at the Centre in 2019. In 2017, the Congress and the NCP had fought assembly elections separately. The NCP was able to win just one seat in the 182-member assembly. If in 2019, both the parties fail to reach a seat- sharing agreement, then it will be a three-way fight on some Lok Sabha seats where Vaghela and his supporters will contest as NCP candidates, the party sources said.Mr. Vaghela is a prominent OBC leader, who started his political career with the BJP. After the BJP came to power in 1995 in Gujarat and chose to make Keshubhai Patel Cheif Minister instead of him, Mr. Vaghela engineered a split in the saffron outfit and became the Chief Minister in 1996 with outside support of the Congress. Later, he joined the Congress and served as Textile Minister in the Manmohan Singh government. While in the Congress, he also served as its State unit president and Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat assembly.last_img read more

Stern calls for NBA changes of marijuana rules

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor PLAY LIST 02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Nets overcome James’ triple-double, beat Cavaliers Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 In this Oct. 23, 2013, file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern smiles during a news conference after an NBA board of governors meeting in New York. The recently retired Stern was elected Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014. APNEW YORK — Former NBA Commissioner David Stern believes medicinal marijuana use should be allowed, but the league says it won’t allow players to use it for recreational use.Stern was interviewed by ex-NBA player Al Harrington for the website Uninterrupted’s documentary “Concept of Cannabis.” Stern said he thought there was “universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Adam Silver, who replaced Stern as commissioner in 2014, has said he is interested in studying more about the safety of medicinal marijuana. But Stern, who spent 30 years as commissioner, seemed ready to go a step further in his interview.“I think we have to change the Collective Bargaining Agreement and let you do what is legal in your state,” he said. “If marijuana is now in the process of being legalized, I think you should be allowed to do what’s legal in your state.”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 shutoutMarijuana is listed as a prohibited substance on the league’s anti-drug program, and players can be fined or suspended for multiple positive tests.“While Commissioner Silver has said that we are interested in better understanding the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana, our position remains unchanged regarding the use by current NBA players of marijuana for recreational purposes,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said.last_img read more

Ind vs WI 2nd Test: Laxman, Raina rescue India on Day 1

first_imgVVS Laxman and Suresh Raina rescued India from an early slump but the visitors were still bowled out for 201 by West Indies in their first innings on the opening day of the second Test here. Score | PhotosIn reply, West Indies were 30 for three at stumps, trailing India by 171 runs at the Kensington Oval here on Tuesday.Ramnaresh Sarwan was batting on 10, while night watchman Devendra Bishoo had just joined him at the crease before the end of day’s proceeding here.Earlier, India were left struggling at 38 for four, courtesy pacer Ravi Rampaul’s three-wicket haul in the pre-lunch session but Laxman and Raina added 117 runs for the fifth wicket to bring the visitors back into the game.Laxman dropped the anchor initially and along with Raina started dominating the bowlers in the afternoon session but West Indies bounced back after tea with Fidel Edwards and Devendra Bishoo taking three wickets each.If Rampaul (3 for 38) was incisive in the first session, Edwards (3 for 56) and Bishoo (3 for 46) were lethal in the final session as India lost their final five wickets for just 34 runs.India did manage to get colour back on their cheeks with three strikes of their own — openers Adrian Barath (3) and Lendl Simmons (2) departed with only five runs on board and left-hander Darren Bravo (9) left with just a delivery remaining for the day’s play.All three Indian seamers — Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun — picked up a wicket each as West Indies ended the day on 30 for 3.advertisementNothing went right for India as the visitors, for the third straight time in the series, made a score of 200 or thereabout which conveyed as much about the frailty of India’s batting as it did about the potency of the home attack.Opener Abhinav Mukund (1) was out to a rising delivery from Rampaul in the second over of the morning which the opener could only lob into the hands of the gully fielder.It followed a run-barren session for the visitors and only thing happening was the fall of wickets.The first Test hero Rahul Dravid (5) was surprised by a Darren Sammy delivery which rose from a length and hard as the batsman tried, it still took the top of his blade to go to second slip.Opener Murali Vijay (11) tried hard to take roots in the middle but his tendency to waft his bat on the legside cost him his wicket. His bat followed a legside delivery of Rampaul and edged a catch to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh.It was Rampaul’s first over of his second spell and he made it a twin strike when an unsure Virat Kohli (0) could only send a ball off the edge of his bat to slips. Rampaul had an awesome figure of 8-5-4-3 in the pre-lunch session.So slow and painful was India’s progress that the opening session yielded only 44 runs and as many as four wickets were lost.India looked a transformed side in the post-lunch session as they added an unfinished 103 runs for the fifth wicket.Both batsmen hit half centuries and looked good for many more as they put the host attack to sword with brilliant counter-attacking batting.But West Indies were fortunate to get a breakthrough in the final session when umpire Asad Rauf ruled Raina out at forward short leg off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo after the ball had ricocheted off the batsman’s pads.A distraught Raina yelled out in anguish and then dropped his bat before dejectedly walking back to the pavilion. Raina batted for 137 minutes and hit seven fours from 105 balls for his 53 runs.Raina’s departure gave the hosts the breakthrough they had so desperately wanted and the Indian innings subsided quickly from then on.Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed for the third time in the series when he holed Edwards out to mid-on fielder.Harbhajan Singh (5) awkwardly defended at an Edwards bouncer and presented forward short leg with a chance.The biggest blow to India was delivered by Bishoo who drew Laxman to punch one which rose and spun sharper than the batsman had bargained for.Laxman’s gutsy innings of 85 took him 253 minutes and he hit 12 fours from the 146 balls he faced.The tail subsided without any fight and presented West Indies with their best day of the series so far.However, India pulled things back during the West Indies, taking three host wickets cheaply.Barath fell to a catch in the slips off impressive Ishant Sharma, while his partner Praveen Kumar got the other opener Lendl Simmons to a catch to wicketkeeper. Mithun then got into the act and dismissed Bravo in his second over.advertisement- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Ohio State Is A Huge Favorite In Its Redemption Game vs. Virginia Tech In Week 1

first_imgVirginia Tech fans cheer on the Hokies.The lone loss in Ohio State’s 2014 national championship season came in Week 2 against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes fell to the Hokies, 35-21. Redemption is expected on Sept. 7. Ohio State will open its national championship-defending season in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech on Labor Day. A blowout victory is predicted for Urban Meyer’s squad. The sportsbook 5Dimes released its initial odds for Week 1 and Ohio State is a huge favorite. Ohio State #Buckeyes will open the season favored by 19-points over the Virginia Tech Hokies. #OSU #OhioSt #OhioState (via 5Dimes)— Johnny Detroit (@Johnny_Detroit) February 12, 2015Ohio State and Virginia Tech’s kickoff time has yet to be released, but with the game occurring on Labor Day, a night game at Lane Stadium is probable.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Blasts Nick Saban In Twitter Response To Satellite Camp Rant

first_imgJim Harbaugh argues with a referee.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines talks with the referee first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It happened, everyone. Jim Harbaugh is taking direct shots at Nick Saban on Twitter. This afternoon, Saban went on a lengthy rant against satellite camps, which Harbaugh has been the loudest proponent of over the last two seasons. Saban mentioned Harbaugh directly during his screed, though he was fairly diplomatic when bringing up the Michigan head coach. From AL.com:“I’m not blaming Jim Harbaugh, I’m not saying anything about him,” Saban said. “I’m just saying it’s bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do. I’m not saying anything bad about him if he thinks that’s what’s best. There needs to be somebody that looks out for what’s best for the game, not what’s best for the Big 10 or what’s best for the SEC, or what’s best for Jim Harbaugh, but what’s best for the game of college football — the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players and the people that play it. That’s bigger than all of this.Apparently, that doesn’t matter to Harbaugh, who put an unnamed Saban on blast moments ago.“Amazing” to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly “amazing.”— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016Jim Harbaugh won’t stop until he’s taken shots at every single rival coach in the college football world.last_img read more