International Crop Breeders

first_imgWhen breeding a new crop variety, plant breeders often have to collect data from dozens or hundreds of seedlings to determine which plants have the traits they are looking for.Crunching all that data can be complicated, but new bioinfomatics systems, which track traits and make projections on future plant peformance can make the process quicker, less expensive and more productive.Late last month the the Feed the Future Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab (PMIL) at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences hosted a workshop on one of these systems with the developers of the Breeding Management System. Fifteen breeders working with a variety of crops including peanut, millet, soybean, cacao and watermelon attended the workshop.The Breeding Management System (BMS) is a software suite designed by scientistis to increase the efficiency of plant breeding by reducing the time and cost needed to develop improved cultivars. It combines data management, analysis and decision-support tools that accommodate common breeding schemes, from conventional breeding through increasing levels of marker use.Breeding management programs are the next step in advancing genomics research in the next decade according to Peggy Ozias-Akins, who helped to organize and attended the BMS training.Ozias-Akins, a lead scientist for the PMIL Plant Genomics project, works on the International Peanut Genome Initiative and is director of the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics.“Breeding advances will have a large impact on crop production over the next few decades and will be essential to feed a growing population with limited impact on the environment,” said Ozias-Akins.The BMS software is the centerpiece of the Integrated Breeding Platform, which provides other products for researchers such as diagnostic markers, germplasm and trait dictionaries, genotyping services, educational resources and various online communities for plant breeder discussions.“The (platform) provides a one-stop-shop for many of the analytic and data management tools required for breeding,” said Dave Hoisington, Director of PMIL and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Integrated Breeding Platform.The software was developed through the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development, a global consortium of 15 agricultural research centers, thousands of scientists, and hundreds of partners, carries out research programs in 96 countries in pursuit of the scientific, policy and technological advances needed to overcome such complex challenges as climate change, water scarcity, land degradationand chronic malnutrition.The software and its annsilaries were first developed through an initiative of the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme. The concept for the Integrated Breeding Platform is to support the optimisation of plant breeding programmes by disseminating knowledge and providing broad access to breeding technology and best practices, particularly for breeders working in developing countries.“The management of information is a critical component for an efficient and successful breeding program. This is especially true with the massive amount of genomic data that is being utilized by many breeding programs,” said Hoisington.Tuesday began with an open presentation and overview of the platform, followed by a demonstration conducted by Integrated Breeding Platform trainers Shawn Yarnes and Mark Sawkins.On Wednesday and Thursday, the focus shifted to hands-on individual instructions for selected breeders, who received information on how to load their data into the system and use it in their own particular breeding programs.The training will allow the breeders to fully incorporate the software into their current programs this year.PMIL scientists plan to provide more training opportunities to even more plant researchers in the coming years.“Ultimately, PMIL and the (Integrated Breeding Platform) are interested in providing similar training to our partners in developing countries,” said Hoisington.last_img read more

Pandemic taking a toll on church finances as they keep parishioners safe

first_imgLike many churches, St. Anthony of Padua in Endicott had to close down during the pandemic. Once churches were able to open up at limited capacity, that’s where the real challenge began. “We’re doing our best to keep everyone safe,” said Deacon Matts. “We have a sign-in process where people can come and they can sign in after doing the phone registration. And out there we have the hand sanitizer again and masks for people who forget their masks.” Matts says they have resumed the full church schedule. You can register for a spot at one of the services by calling the church, since there is limited space available. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — In wake of two local churches seeing a positive case of COVID-19, St. Anthony of Padua says it’s taking extra safety precautions to make sure people are safe while keeping the faith. However, the pandemic has posed even more problems. With fewer people being able to afford donating money to the church recently due to financial hardship, St. Anthony’s has had to make more adjustments. Deacon of St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph’s, Bill Matts, says his churches have been working around the clock to make sure they have proper safety measures in place. Not only does everyone wear a mask, but also every pew is wiped down between services multiple times. There is no choir and people are being seated far apart in the pews. “To help us, we’ve had to do cut backs in our office in our expenses, so that we can continue to provide the services for our parishioners as well as the community,” said Matts. “I think when people get back on their feet, I’m sure everything will be fine.”last_img read more

Jeannie Mai Shares Post-Surgery Update After ‘DWTS’ Exit

first_imgShortly after, Armstrong, 26, raved about Mai and all that she had accomplished on the show. Additionally, he noted that she didn’t “deserve” what happened to her.Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong on Dancing With the Stars Jeannie Mai Shares Post-Surgery Update After Dancing With the Stars ExitJeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ on October 19, 2020. ABC/Eric McCandless“Your journey on this show was so special, so unique and so inspiring! I loved EVERY SINGLE WEEK that we got to go through this together! I hope I helped give you an experience that you’ll remember forever,” he wrote via Instagram on Monday. “We share a lot of good times, tough times and all the times in between but mainly, a lot of laughs! Mainly you laughing at me but hey I’ll take it! 😂 Thank you for giving me such an amazing season! We will all be praying for a speedy recovery! ❤️ #TeamDreamOfJeannie always! 🙏🏽🔥.”Mai later addressed her condition in an extensive Instagram statement, which was accompanied by a photo of her lying in a hospital bed. The former How Do I Look? host revealed that she “made it safely out of my emergency surgery,” and she thanked Dr. Nasseri for successfully identifying the health matter.- Advertisement – On the mend! Following her unexpected exit from Dancing With the Stars for health concerns, Jeannie Mai gave an update on how she’s coping after undergoing surgery for a potentially life-threatening condition.On Thursday, November 5, the 41-year-old TV personality took to her Instagram Story to share a mirror selfie taken “4 DAYS POST SURGERY.” Mai gave a thumbs-up while wearing a “Vote Jeannie” T-shirt, writing: “No speaking. No chewing. No bad T-shirts.”Jeannie Mai Shares Post-Surgery Update After Dancing With the Stars ExitJeannie Mai Courtesy Jeannie Mai/Instagram- Advertisement – “What simply started as a sore throat had unbeknownst to me become a dangerous infection that already closed at least 60% of my airway and resulted in a throat abscess that spread in a matter of 3 days,” she explained. “Although I am grateful to be recovering safely, I can’t lie … I am devastated by the fact that my journey with #DWTS will end this way 🥺 😞 . Dancing on this show has been the most exhilarating adventure. I’ve gained both beautiful friendships and loving supporters.”The California native continued, “To my partner, @Brandonarmstrong, I’m sorry you don’t get to make fun of my moves anymore while I gift you life gems on how to be a grown up🤭 🤪 Love u so much lil bro, and will ALWAYS cherish the memories we made!!!”Mai has been engaged to rapper Jeezy since April.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! The Real cohost was recently diagnosed with epiglottitis, a rare condition that causes the tissue that protects the windpipe to experience inflammation. Leading up to the diagnosis, she had suffered a sore throat.Mai’s condition resulted in her immediate hospitalization and subsequent exit from Dancing With the Stars, where she was partnered with pro dancer Brandon Armstrong.“It saddens me that I will not be able to continue with the competition on DWTS. My doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery,” she said in a statement to Us Weekly on Monday, November 2. “I am heartbroken that my DWTS journey has to end here. The last several weeks have been an amazing learning experience. I have pushed myself to new limits physically and mentally, and I am so proud of how far we’ve come.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

UN official: Bird biosecurity lapses could worsen food crisis

first_imgJun 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Lax biosecurity measures around poultry in some countries could lead to an increasing number of H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks that could exacerbate the global food crisis, an official from the United Nations Food and AgricultureOrganization (FAO) said at an international infectious disease conference in Malaysia today.Juan Lubroth, senior officer with the FAO’s infectious diseases group, made the comments during symposia on influenza in animals and people at the International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID), which started yesterday in Kuala Lumpur and runs through Jun22. ICID is the annual meeting of the International Society for InfectiousDiseases.Lubroth said though fewer countries have experienced recent avian flu outbreaks, numerous small outbreaks continue to occur, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. “It’s like a boiling pot, and we need to keep the lid on that before it gets worse,” he said.He said 80% of the world’s poor depend on livestock for their livelihood, and poultry has been an inexpensive protein source, the AP reported. However, he added that about 240 million poultry have been slaughtered to control the spread of H5N1.Failure to protect the food supply of the world’s poor only makes worse the effect of rising prices of rice, corn, and other staples, Lubroth said.Global veterinary service capacity needs to be expanded, and more countries need to be transparent regarding disease surveillance and develop surveillance systems and policies to manage the disease, he said. “We fail to see that political commitment.”In the abstract that accompanied the presentation, Lubroth wrote that veterinary experts worry that government officials, in a panic over the threat to human health, are focusing nearly all of their efforts on accumulating antiviral and vaccine stockpiles, “forgetting that the origin of the malady was—and remains—a poultry problem.”Lubroth wrote that a lag in funding for poultry safety initiatives has prevented national veterinary services from mounting the border and regulatory controls needed to contain the disease within Southeast Asia.Biosecurity: stalled or improving?Today’s comments from the FAO seem to counter some of the recent comments from a UN official on the state of global pandemic preparedness. On Jun 18, David Nabarro, the UN’s influenza coordinator, listed national improvements in poultry biosecurity as a reason behind the organization’s assessment that the world is better prepared for an influenza pandemic, according to an earlier report. He also said more countries are focusing their efforts on the link between human and animal health.Other pandemic experts, such as Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, disagree that the world is better prepared for a pandemic and say governments have not planned for supply, medicine, and utility disruptions that could severely damage the world’s economy and worsen the impact of the disease on health.Nabarro, however, expressed concern that the virus remains entrenched in several countries, particularly Indonesia, the country that has had the highest number of human cases anddeaths.Indonesia reports on diagnostic challenges in human casesIn another presentation during the same ICID symposia, Sardikin Giriputro, director of the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, gave an update on that country’s clinical cases and spoke of challenges in diagnosing H5N1 infections.With 135 cases and 110 deaths from the disease, according to the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) update, Indonesia has been hit harder than any other country by the H5N1 virus.However, early this month Indonesia’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, said that the number of human cases has slowed this year, according to a Jun 5 AP report. She said only 18 people have been infected with the virus so far this year, compared with 27 for the same period in 2007 and 35 in 2006.Giriputro said that some patients with H5N1 infections have been misdiagnosed with dengue fever and typhoid, which has delayed antiviral treatment, according to a report today from Reuters. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is the drug of choice for H5N1 illnesses and is best given within 24 to 36 hours of symptom onset.He told the group that medical officials in Indonesia are finding that rapid test kits used to diagnose the H5N1 virus in animals are less reliable for testing human samples, according to the Reuters report.”It depends on the viral load [from human samples],” Giriputro said, adding that false-negatives can occur when there isn’t enough virus in the human sample.Indonesia’s government has been distributing oseltamivir to health centers in areas that have had poultry outbreaks and human cases, he said. Physicians prescribe the virus without waiting for laboratory results if patients have influenza-like illnesses and may have had contact with sick poultry.In an abstract that accompanied his talk, Giriputro said about 50% of Indonesia’s H5N1 patients had a history of direct contact with sick birds, 30% had indirect contact, and 20% had no contact that could be determined.See also:Lubroth and Giriputro ICID abstracts (pages 2 and 3, respectively)Jun 18 CIDRAP News report “UN:Pandemic preparedness pays off, but threat remains”last_img read more

Varma seeks new investments for €300m sustainable equity fund

first_imgWhile the portfolio contains €300m of investments now, Kaskela said Varma is actively developing and shaping it, and looking for new investment opportunities.The firm announced at the end of May that it was the country’s first earnings-related pension company to establish such a policy to steer its investments in all asset classes.According to the policy, the overall portfolio is being developed so that Varma’s investments are in line with the target of limiting global temperature increases to less than 2°C — as agreed at the Paris Climate Change Conference.In the shorter term, however, its goal is to shrink the carbon footprint of its listed equity investments by 25%, of listed corporate bonds by 15%, and that of real estate investments by 15% — all by 2020.Kaskela said it is not the case that Varma is now reallocating resources from other asset classes into the new sustainable equities portfolio, but rather that within the overall equities portfolio, the pensions investor is taking sustainability factors — and particularly climate change-related factors — into account in a more focused way.Kaskela said: “This is not exactly something we started today or this summer, because we have been excluding power companies that generate more than one third of their electricity with coal since early summer 2015.”But when you have a carbon footprint target, you need to allocate equities differently in order to be open about this, and in order to meet the targets.”As well as investing in firms that benefit from climate change mitigation, the sustainability portfolio also includes companies that have their own clear targets concerning climate change, or which do not incur major costs from adapting to climate change.It includes both industrial and consumer companies from a range of industries in developed markets, Kaskela said.Kaskela said she believed investing in renewable energy is profitable despite fears that Donald Trump’s victory in this month’s US presidential election will set the battle against climate change back.“Changes in US policy and regulations may slow the progress, but on a global scale I don’t believe that energy investments will change course,” she said. Finnish pensions insurer Varma says it has built up an equities portfolio designed to benefit from climate change mitigation, and is actively seeking assets to add to it.Varma, which is the Nordic country’s largest private investor with €42.4bn in assets at the end of September, said it began developing the portfolio in the second half of this year as part of its newly-published climate policy.The pension provider described the sustainability portfolio as the “flagship” of its responsible investment strategy.Hanna Kaskela, Varma’s portfolio manager in charge of building the sustainability portfolio, said: “We are allocating to equities in different ways and creating a more transparent role for sustainability.” last_img read more

People moves: Former Railpen chief rejoins NEST trustee board [updated]

first_imgIn addition, NEST has also reappointed Graham Berville and Ian Armfield to the board. The pair took up their positions in 2014, and will serve an additional one year and two years, respectively. CEO Helen Dean – who has led NEST’s executive team since September 2016 – has also been appointed to the board as part of a move to a unitary board structure. AP3 – Kerim Kaskal has taken on the role of acting CIO at the SEK345.2bn (€33bn) Swedish buffer fund following the recent death of CIO Mårten Lindeborg. Kaskal was CIO at AP3 until October 2015, when he left to launch his own investment fund business. He has previously worked at Nektar Asset Management and Brummer & Partners.Separately, the fund has also hired Maria Björklund as a senior portfolio manager for alternative investments. She joins from pension provider AMF where she was also a portfolio manager working in alternatives since joining in 2015. She has also worked for the Posten Pension Foundation specialising in private equity.PKA – Dewi Dylander  has been appointed by Danish pensions provider PKA as leader of a newly established sustainability department. She has been chief legal counsel at ATP and a deputy director at the statutory pension fund since the beginning of 2016, and before that was head of the Danish FSA’s reinsurance and non-life insurance department.PKA described the function of the new department as strengthening its work in contributing to a sustainable society, while at the same time maintaining quality pensions for its members.B&CE – The provider of UK master trust The People’s Pension has appointed Jim Islam and Jim McKinnon to its board of directors. Islam has been head of group finance at Lloyd’s of London since November 2016. Before that he worked at Legal & General for several years, including as CEO of L&G Unit Trusts and managing director of the corporate business division, which covered L&G’s workplace pensions and group protection business lines in the UK and France.McKinnon is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries in the US and a fellow of the UK’s Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He spent more than 40 years at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in the US, most recently in the role of chief information officer. Since returning to the UK, he has been carrying out a number of roles including that of trustee and director at a healthcare group. AllianceBernstein – The $546bn (€480bn) asset manager has hired Zachary Green as global head of liquidity sales, a newly created role. Green will be responsible for sales, marketing, product development and commercialisation of the company’s cash management business.He was previously a product specialist and client service executive at Western Asset Management for more than 10 years, working on the group’s liquidity products. Prior to that he started and led the institutional sales department for Reserve Management.TPT Retirement Solutions – Adrian Cooper has been appointed head of direct distribution at the UK workplace pension provider, a newly created position. Cooper will lead a dedicated team focused on promoting TPT’s ‘DB Complete’ offering to the sponsors and trustees of defined benefit pension schemes.He was most recently at Barnett Waddingham and is currently chair of the Central London Group at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. Before that he held senior management roles at law firm Sackers and consultancy group Towers Perrin, now Willis Towers Watson.  T Rowe Price – The US asset manager announced today that Scott Keller will take over as head of global investment management services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa from 1 January 2019. He will be responsible for institutional and intermediary business in the region. Currently Keller holds the corresponding position for the Asia Pacific region, having joined T Rowe Price from UBS in 2014. At UBS he was head of pan-Asia, leading its institutional and intermediary distribution efforts.Nick Trueman will take on Keller’s Asia Pacific role, while Elsie Chan is adding T Rowe Price’s Asian institutional arm to her responsiblities. She is currently head of global investment management services for Asian intermediaries.Independent Trustee Services – Mark Evans has joined ITS as a director to lead trustee appointments on behalf of the firm. He has 25 years of experience advising clients at major consultancies, with previous roles including head of corporate consulting and head of DB consulting at Capita and principal at Aon.Fisch Asset Management – The CHF10.8bn (€9.6bn) Swiss fund manager has hired two bond managers and an analyst to its fixed income teams as part of a “programme of substantial investments” in its capabilities. Gerrit Bahlo joined Fisch as a convertible bonds manager on 1 July. He was previously a convertibles manager at Man GLG, and had previously worked for the company as a credit and product specialist. Maria Stäheli joined the company’s corporate bond team on 1 August as a portfolio manager. She was previously a senior portfolio manager for investment-grade corporate bonds and other asset classes at the Swiss National Bank.Credit analyst Daniela Savoia also started on 1 August, joining the group’s emerging markets team. She moved from JP Morgan in New York, where she specialised in Latin American investments.Fisch CEO Philipp Good said the appointments represented “a major step forward in our plans to expand capabilities and competencies”. Two more appointments were expected in the next few months, the company said. NEST – The UK’s National Employment Savings Trust has named former Railpen CEO Chris Hitchen to its trustee board, one of four new appointments. Hitchen is currently chair of the Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, one of the eight UK local authority pension asset pooling entities. It is Hitchen’s second spell as a trustee of the defined contribution master trust, having previously sat on the board from 2010 to 2015.The UK’s work and pensions secretary, who approves NEST trustee appointments, also named Clive Elphick, Martin Turner and Mutaz Qubbaj to the board of trustees, which now has 14 members.Elphick is an independent director at National Grid, which manages the UK’s energy transmission network, and is a former board member of the Environment Agency. Turner has held a number of senior risk and operations roles at Barclays and Lloyds Bank, while Qubbaj is CEO of fintech company Squirrel. Otto Thoresen, chair of NEST, said: “The strength of any board relies on the range of experience and skills it can draw upon. That’s why NEST has looked outside the pension industry and appointed individuals from other sectors, who can bring fresh ideas and new perspectives.”last_img read more

Jaw-dropping Gold Coast mansion the perfect entertainer

first_img A Florida room overlooking the water is one of its standout features. A kitchen is at the heart of the home and offers plenty of space to cook up a storm.He specialises in lifestyle design, creating resort-style homes with tropical Queensland, Asian and South Pacific influences.“I’ve always admired his work,” Mr Taylor said.“Kindly enough, Paul did a complete remodelling of the house.”“We’ve done some internal work as well but it didn’t really need a lot.”Soaring ceilings, wide windows and wood features characterise the home’s interior.It has open living areas that flow seamlessly outdoors while a Florida room is a standout feature.“We spend a lot of our time in the Florida room because it’s adjacent the river,” Mr Taylor said.“We just look across to a mangrove island.” Take a leisurely dip in the pool or swim laps. Water views will be one of the first things you’ll see every morning.It includes a Teppanyaki kitchen and opens onto a terrace with a pool.Back inside, the kitchen includes a scullery and cold room while the dining room and lounge overlook the pool.There are also two guest bedrooms with ensuites on the main floor as well as an office.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoUpstairs, there are four more ensuited bedrooms.The main bedroom overlooks the water and features a string of luxury features, including heated tiles on the bathroom floor, a freestanding bath and dressing room.The lower level is designed for entertaining with a fully-fitted bar, games room, home theatre and gym. Keep an eye on what’s happening in the games room from the bottom of the pool. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Rectangular windows with a view from the bottom of the pool into the games room offer a unique point of difference.Mr Taylor said they loved that the home had so much to offer.“What we love about it was when our children were living at home, it was just so spacious,” he said. “And there are various areas that are different from each other.”The couple are selling to move closer to family in Brisbane.The house at 7309 Bayside Close will go under the hammer at Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s The Event auctions on January 25. MORE NEWS: Newsreader lists Gold Coast home The Sanctuary Cove mansion at 7309 Bayside Close is going to auction later this month.IT is the type of waterfront mansion that will make the neighbours green with envy.From its street appeal to a seemingly endless list of luxury features, there is a lot to love about the Sanctuary Cove residence. An elaborate water feature with urns from Vietnam, timber and stone accents as well as tropical plants offer a picture perfect scene before stepping inside.Owners Peter and Christine Taylor enlisted friend of 25 years Paul Clout, who runs Paul Clout Designs from Noosa, to revitalise the exterior. MORE NEWS: Former Socceroo moves to QLDlast_img read more

VP Leni to divulge drug war findings next week

first_img “Ano ito, mas recommendatory. Ito, iyong pinakaplano talaga nito gagawin after ako natanggal,” Robredo said./PN Vice President Leni Robredo is set to reveal her drug war findings and recommendations when she was cochair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. OVP The former antidrug czar earlier saidshe wants to publicize her findings because the information helpful to improvethe antidrug operations are left untouched on Duterte’s desk. MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo willrelease on Dec. 16 her drug war findings and recommendations from her two-weekstint as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). The Vice President said that the report she was about to release contains recommendations on improving the drug war.center_img Duterte fired Robredo less than three weeks after she assumed office over fears that she will “mess up” the government’s campaign against illegal drugs. Robredo was appointed by President Duterte as ICAD co-chairperson last month after she criticized the drug war as a failure. “I am just waiting for the 2019Southeast Asian Games to finish before releasing the report. Most probablyMonday, ano? Monday mangyayari ang revelation,” Robredo told reporters in aninterview on Tuesday. last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino tells his Tottenham players not to switch off for a second

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has called on his squad to eliminate the individual errors which have plagued their start to the season. Spurs host Everton in Saturday’s evening kick-off with just two points from their opening three Barclays Premier League matches. Pochettino’s side could only draw against Stoke, throwing away a two-goal lead at White Hart Lane. Press Associationcenter_img And they followed that up with another draw at Leicester, this time conceding only moments after Dele Alli scored the opening goal of the game with nine minutes left. “If we have two points after three games, it is not because we have a lack of player or we don’t sign one striker or one keeper – it is because we make some mistakes like at Leicester or Stoke after we were 2-0 up,” Pochettino said. “This is not about signing a player. This is about competing much better and this is our focus now. “Never in football can you switch off for one second – after it happened at Leicester there was a mistake, we conceded a goal – and in the Premier League and a professional team like us we need to avoid that. “I am optimistic on the future because if we had some real quality player I think our balance is better and only if we fix that will it be a great season.” Pochettino added to his squad on Friday with the arrival of Son Heung-min in a reported £22million deal from Bayer Leverkusen. The South Korea forward, 23, will wear the number seven shirt after signing a five-year contract. ”Spurs for me is such a big club and a really good team,” said Son, whose move to White Hart Lane is still subject to international clearance and a work permit. ”My goal has always been to play in the Premier League and Tottenham have given me a great opportunity to do that and I am really happy to have the chance to come here. ”I love the Premier League and I am very excited to play at White Hart Lane. I have not played there yet but I’d Iove to go out there, show my abilities and perform for the Spurs fans as soon as possible.” last_img read more

ICC World Cup Adam Gilchrist predicts his favorites for World Cup 2019

first_img“I always thought once they got their full squad at full strength they were always going to be as competitive as anyone. At the start of last Australia summer you would have said they were a long way off but there was always a lot to happen between then and the start of the World Cup.”The fact that we won five doesn’t guarantee these guys anything. It’s more just the recent results, the momentum that’s been built up and the names that are on the paper. It’s a very, very strong, well balanced team.”And I think a lot of shoots are forming from the seeds of leadership Justin Langer planted as well and I think they’re coming together really nicely.”Regarding England, Gilchrist said they will have to contend with huge expectations as they are a “very, very good one-day team at the moment”.”The expectation on them is going to be huge and they’re a very, very good one-day team at the moment and very composed and balanced,” Gilchrist said.”The hype is going to grow and grow and I’m expecting they’ll get through to the semis but then it’s just a knockout game and that’s the fear isn’t it?”Historically, Australia hasn’t really feared that part of it. Eventually in any tournament you get to the knockout stage and fortunately that’s boded well for us whereas for South Africa and England it hasn’t gone so well.”  Australia: Australian great Adam Gilchrist Tuesday picked his country as favourite to win the World Cup and wondered if home side England and South Africa have it in them to prevail in the knockouts. England are the World No. 1 side and will play the showpiece event on their own shores having struck phenomenal form with the bat that has carried them to 11 straight bilateral ODI series wins.But Gilchrist put his money on Australia to add to their five world titles.At Fox Cricket’s World Cup launch, when asked who will win it, the former keeper-batsman said: “Australia. Certainly on paper they’re as competitive as anyone with the names that are there now and the momentum they built up in the one-day format once they left Australian shores.”Obviously there’s confidence there. I just like what I’m seeing and five out of 12 World Cups have come this way so I can’t see any reason why we can’t win another one. “Australia enter the tournament having won consecutive ODI series away from home, against India and Pakistan, after struggling for a better part of last year in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, who was serving their one-year bans for ball tampering in the infamous Cape Town Test.With both players back, the squad has been strengthened. highlights Adam Gilchrist predicts Australia as favorites for the upcoming World Cup.Australia will play its first game against Afghanistan. Aaron Finch will lead Australia for the first time in ICC event.  For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more