Antique farmers still allowed to work amid quarantine

first_imgDespite the enhanced community quarantine brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 in Antique, farmers should be allowed to go to work, according to Office of the Provincial Agriculture chief Nicolasito Calawag. Food production in this province will be hampered if farmers will not be allowed to operate their products. PNA “As long as farmers also observe theproper social distancing and are found to have no fever at the checkpoints,please also allow them to go to work,” he said. Calawag reported that some farmerscomplained that they are facing difficulties going to their lands. Agriculturedealers and haulers also find it hard transporting their products because ofthe checkpoints. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Office of theProvincial Agriculture (OPA) in Antique has reiterated that farmers in thisprovince should be allowed to work on their farms amid the enhanced communityquarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to Calawag, the order of theDA is to ensure that movement of all cargoes, agricultural and fishery inputs,food products, and agri-business personnel nationwide will not be hampered. “They need to go to their farms so theycould do their regular farm activities to produce palay. Antique is just grateful that its palay sufficient,” Calawag added. Under Memorandum Circular Number 09issued by the Department of Agriculture (DA), farming and fishing activitieslike land preparation, planting, crop maintenance, harvesting, threshing,drying, packaging, and trading shall continue. OPA chief Nicolasito Calawag said duringa meeting with the Antique Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 that farmersshould be allowed to continue to operate in order to not affect the foodproduction in this province. The OPA chief added that palay production in Antique has reached 37,517metric tons or 440,000 sacks last March.(Witha report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

O’Mahony aims to repay fans

first_img Press Association “It’s the biggest game of the year for us, finishing off the November series. “And after last week we didn’t do the jersey justice.” Admitting huge frustrations in Ireland’s failure to transfer their training-field progress to the Wallabies contest, O’Mahony said Schmidt’s side must not get caught up in the myths that encircle New Zealand. He said: “We must have a performance to be proud of, and that shows how hungry we are to play for Ireland. “It’s frustrating because we’ve put some great work in, so for it not to come to fruition, we can’t blame anyone but ourselves. “It’s so frustrating we’re not showing everyone how good we can be. “They are not machines, they make mistakes when they are under pressure. “If you get your detail and intensity right, then you can put pressure on them.” Jonathan Sexton will start at fly-half against New Zealand despite suffering a hamstring strain and being withdrawn at half time in the four-try Australia defeat. Ireland’s assistant coach Les Kiss rejected any suggestion starting the Racing Metro playmaker will be a risk this weekend. Joe Schmidt admitted he would have selected Ulster’s Paddy Jackson to start had Sexton failed in his fitness bid. But with Sexton fit, Schmidt has handed Ian Madigan the understudy role from the bench, drawing on the Leinster pivot’s ability to play at centre and full-back too. Kiss said both fly-haves in Ireland’s squad are ready to take on the reigning world champions. He said: “Jonny looks fine, he was tight at half time last week “We expect 80 minutes from him, and he expects 80 minutes from himself. “Ian Madigan’s been with us for the last three weeks, nearly four now, and he’s ready. “So I’ve got absolute faith he’ll do a job for us if called into action from the bench.” Loose forward O’Mahony said it is all very well Joe Schmidt’s men being passionate within the squad – but now they must show it to the public too. He said: “We need to have a bit of that fire and intensity for ourselves. “The fans, we haven’t given them anything back for their support. “I want them to see how much it means to us to play in an Irish jersey. “I want them to see the whites in our eyes on Sunday, see our desire – that’s important to us. “We had an honest meeting on Monday where a good load of things were brought to light. “People put their hands up and we put it to bed. “We were a bit passive, and as an eight at home, that’s the last thing we wanted to see. The Munster captain has conceded Ireland owe it to their supporters to right the wrongs from last weekend’s 32-15 defeat Australia when they take on the All Blacks. Ireland will close their Guinness Series autumn schedule on Sunday, gunning to deny New Zealand their 14th consecutive victory of 2013 and the perfect season. Peter O’Mahony admits Ireland’s underperforming stars must prove how much international rugby means to them against New Zealand on Sunday.last_img read more

Banks DIH Powerade/Aqua Mist Christmas badminton tourney launched

first_imgTHE Banks DIH Powerade/Aqua Mist Christmas Badminton Singles Tournament, which is set to commence from today at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, was officially launched yesterday morning at Thirst Park.Attending the launch was President of the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA), Gokarn Ramdhani, along with Banks DIH Communications Manager, Troy Peters, Aqua Mist Brand Manager, Clive Pellew and Powerade Brand Manager Errol Nelson.The annual tournament is a collaboration between the GBA and Banks DIH Limited. The tournament is expected to run for three days, concluding on Sunday. To aid in their fund raising activities there will also be a Fund Raising BBQ on Saturday from 12:00-3:00pm. The GBA took the opportunity to extend heartfelt gratitude to Banks DIH for coming on board, supporting the development of badminton, and making the sport’s final tournament for the 2017 calendar year a great success.The tournament schedule is as follows:Friday 15th Open Men and Ladies Singles. Time: 5:30pm.Saturday 16th Boys and girls under-11, 15 and 17 Singles. Time: 10:30am.Sunday 17th Seniors and Juniors finals. Time: 11:00amPresentation at 1:00pm.last_img read more

Happ: Carrying young team after loss of former teammates

first_imgThis year has been a difficult transition for University of Wisconsin men’s basketball forward Ethan Happ after the recent loss of his former teammates Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig, Vitto Brown and Zak Showalter.Almost nine months have passed since the fateful day in March when the Badgers shocked the College Basketball world beating No. 1 seed Villanova. When Nigel Hayes’ layup bounced off the backboard to fall gracefully into the net it seemed to hang there for a lifetime. But unfortunately for the Badgers, this elation would disappear almost as quickly as it came.Men’s Basketball: Badgers drop another close contest to TempleThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (4-6, 1-1 Big Ten) fell 55-59 to Temple (7-2, 0-0 AAC) last night Read…A difficult defeat in Wisconsin’s next match against Florida had many questioning what the future of the team would entail. Key contributors Hayes, Brown, Koenig and Showalter were all in their final seasons and only one senior, forward Aaron Moesch, remains with the team.The stakes for this team to succeed are high: Wisconsin has made the NCAA tournament an incredible 19 consecutive seasons. But, the possibility of increasing the streak to 20 seems to grow more and more unlikely with each game that the Badgers play this season.Early in the year success has been limited: The team is currently 4-7 in regular season play with only one win against a power conference opponent.  The team has lost four of their last five games and are starting to look for anything to gain some positive momentum.Happ has been taking on the majority of the weight for this team all by himself. Despite averaging a solid 16.2 points a game, Happ alone has not been enough to lead Wisconsin to success.Former Badger star Jordan Taylor continues successful career abroadThere are countless athletes that have come through the University of Wisconsin over the years to play for the Badgers. Read…With so much on the line this season, and so much of the pressure falling on Happ to continue the success that Wisconsin basketball has been building over the past two decades, there is a lot of stress that falls on the junior’s shoulders. It is in these moments when Happ thinks back to his former teammates and realizes how much he misses his old support system. “I miss having [Brown], [Hayes], [Showalter] and [Koenig] around cause when I’m really struggling I can lean on those guys,” Happ said. “Now I do feel that I have to play [a] complete [game]. I can’t gamble, I can’t foul out. I have to play a complete 40 minutes and I have to play a very productive 40 minutes.”The redshirt junior has been averaging more minutes and field goal attempts than at any point in his career. Unfortunately, this increased usage has led to a decrease in efficiency for the forward as his field goal percentage has dropped from .586 last year to .536 this season.This is in large part due to opponents using heavy double teams on Happ throughout games. While last year this strategy would have been ineffective as Ethan could simply rely on teammates Koenig and Showalter to hit open shots when facing pressure, this team simply doesn’t have the same depth of talent this year.Two freshmen are currently starting on Wisconsin, Brad Davison and Aleem Ford, while freshmen Kobe King and Nate Reuvers are getting significant minutes. In fact, Reuvers just recently had his redshirt removed in an attempt to bolster an uncharacteristically weak Badger front court.  The veteran presence has had to come from players who came off the bench in previous seasons like Khalil Iverson, D’Mitrik Trice and Brevin Pritzl. Despite the challenges that come with an inexperienced team, Happ remains optimistic.“I mean there is a lot of guys and they’re not all young guys” Happ said, “Brad is an obvious choice just cause of the toughness that he’s shown.  His shot’s been there so I see him being like a [Showalter] Josh Gasser type of player. But as far as skill wise I mean I think Aleem can really take a jump here in the next year or two.”Both Ford and Davison began the year on the bench but earned their way into the starting lineups. Head Coach Greg Gard’s decision to give these players heavy minutes in critical situations may be partly to hasten the experience and development from Wisconsin’s younger pool of talent.Men’s Basketball: Badgers look to turn season around as Big Ten play beginsMonday night, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team continue the early season portion of their Big Ten schedule with Read…Unfortunately for Wisconsin, things are only going to get harder this season after it was announced on Saturday that Trice would be out for an indefinite period of time and that King would miss the remainder of the season. King will undergo knee surgery in the immediate future, but he is eligible for a medical hardship waiver.Hopefully Wisconsin can regain its form as a powerhouse in the basketball world as the season goes on. Regardless of this team’s success, it is important to recognize the accomplishments of Wisconsin basketball coaches and players that made excellence not only desired, but expected over the past two decades.last_img read more

Green, Ottavino waste lead, hit hard as Jays top Yanks 12-7

first_img First Published: 8th September, 2020 08:34 IST Last Updated: 8th September, 2020 08:34 IST Green, Ottavino Waste Lead, Hit Hard As Jays Top Yanks 12-7 Chad Green and Adam Ottavino were routed during a 10-run sixth inning that included Danny Jansen’s grand slam, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Yankees 12-7 Monday night and send skidding New York to its sixth loss in seven games SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News COMMENTcenter_img LIVE TV Chad Green and Adam Ottavino were routed during a 10-run sixth inning that included Danny Jansen’s grand slam, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Yankees 12-7 Monday night and send skidding New York to its sixth loss in seven games.New York has lost four straight and 14 of 19, dropping into third place in the AL East, two games behind second-place Toronto and 6 1/2 back of Tampa Bay. At 21-20 overall following a 16-6 start, the Yankees have dropped into the AL’s eighth and final playoff position.With general manager Brian Cashman making a rare road trip, New York led 6-2 when Green replaced Jonathan Holder going to the bottom of the sixth. Green, Ottavino and Luis Cessa needed 67 pitches and 43 minutes to get three outs.Green’s ERA jumped to 4.26, and Ottavino allowed six runs without getting any outs as his ERA rose to 7.82.Toronto loaded the bases with a pair of walks and Randal Grichuk’s one-out single, and first baseman Luke Voit charged Rowdy Tellez’s two-hopper but allowed the ball to bounce off the palm of his glove and into foul territory for an error as a run scored.Ottavino (2-3) relieved, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a two-run, opposite-field single that bounced past Voit and down the right-field line. Guerrero stole second and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who had three hits, lined a fastball into left for a tying single.Gurriel stole second, Jonathan Villar walked and Travis Shaw lined a fastball up the middle for a two-run single and an 8-6 lead after Ottavino shook off catcher Kyle Higashioka three times. Joe Panik walked, and Jansen chased Ottavino when he drove a fastball to left-center for his first career slam for a 12-6 lead.New York had not allowed 10 runs in an inning since CC Sabathia and Esmil Rogers were hit hard in the third inning of a 15-4 loss to Texas on May 23, 2015.Sean Reid-Foley (1-0) won despite a bases-loaded walk to Aaron Hicks in the sixth that extended the Yankees’ lead to four runs.Voit and Hicks hit solo homers in the first off Hyun-jin Ryu, who allowed five runs and six hits in five innings.Toronto tied the score against Jordan Montgomery on Tellez’s RBI double in the first and Santiago Espinal’s RBI single in the center.Miguel Andújar put New York back ahead with his first home run since Sept. 27, 2018, and Clint Frazier hit a two-run double in the fifth. Andujar added an RBI grounder in the ninth.The game was the first this season between the teams, who are scheduled to face each other nine more times over the final 19 games of the regular season.DOUBLE DIGITSThe 10-run inning was Toronto’s biggest since an 11-run sixth against Minnesota in an 11-1 win on July 25, 2007..SANCHEZ SITSYankees catcher Gary Sánchez, batting .130 and in a 3-for-28 slump (.107), sat for a second straight game.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: OF Aaron Judge (strained calf) ran on the field at Yankee Stadium while starting to resume baseball activity. … OF Giancarlo Stanton (strained hamstring), also in the Bronx, was out running the bases and hitting against a machine.Blue Jays: Toronto played without OF Teoscar Hernández, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with an oblique injury. The team was waiting for swelling to subside before Hernández undergoes a second MRI, but decided to sideline their leading power hitter, who is tied for second in the AL with 14 home runs. … RHP Wilmer Font was placed on the 10-day IL with a bruised right shin. … SS Bo Bichette (sprained knee) was scheduled to DH at Toronto’s alternate training site in Rochester, where he is play in the field on Tuesday.UP NEXTYankees LHP J.A. Happ (1-1, 4.68 ERA) starts Tuesday against RHP Taijuan Walker (3-2, 3.26 ERA), making his third start since he was acquired from Seattle.Image credits: AP Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more