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Big day for RSPL’s cellar dwellers

first_imgThe possession of the worst record over the last five games in the Red Stripe Premier League could seriously cost one of the more storied clubs in local football when the final whistles are blown today to signal the end of the 2015/2016 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) regular season. Four losses in the last five games including three successive ones over the last three games and the only other result being a draw means that Cavalier have attempted the tragic act of committing suicide. Only a miracle or a lack of interest in the proceedings by their opponents, Tivoli Gardens who have very little to play for, could save them. With two teams set to be relegated the lower leagues today, Cavalier, who just weeks ago were in with a chance, albeit slim, of finishing in the top four now find themselves the second least likely team to survive of the four that could go down. Of the four the favourites tag still belongs to Waterhouse who have basically made the relegation zone their residence more most of the season. Waterhouse have shown fight of late and with a victory over Boys’ Town today could end up on a maximum 34 points, one above the total currently held by both Cavalier and Rivoli. Their survival therefore depends on the loss of both teams and in the event of a Rivoli draw Waterhouse would have to win by at least five clear goals – improbable. Cavalier can end the season with a maximum 36 points and stay up but would have to beat Tivoli Gardens and see Rivoli lose to Humble Lion or Reno lose to UWI FC. The University team still has chance of being on the right side of another decision to be made today that of the fourth semi-finalists and they will not give up that fight easily even though Reno will be at home. That situation makes Cavalier’s task much tougher.  Today’s games 3:30 p.m: Portmore United vs Arnett Gardens – Juici Park, Clarendon 3:30 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Harbour View – Montego Bay Sports Complex 3:30 p.m:  Reno vs UWI FC – Frome Complex 3:30 p.m: Humble Lion vs  Rivoli United F – Effortville Community Centre 3:30pm Tivoli Gardens United vs Cavalier – Edward Seaga Stadium 3:30 p.m: Waterhouse vs Boys’ Town – Drewsland Stadium Points standing                         P         W        D         L     GF       GA      GD      Pts    Portmore                    32       18         7       7         41      26        15       61      Arnett                         32       17         6        9        46       28       18       57  MoBay United            32       15        11      6         51       26       25       56 Humble Lion FC        32       12          11       9       28      27        1         47 UWI FC                     32      12           10     10       37      40       -3         46      H.View                        32      10           13       9       39      32        7        43     Tivoli                                 32        11              7        14        38        40         -2          40 Boys’ Town                 32      10          8        14      35       49      -14       38    Reno                            32        7          13      12       34      52      -18        34  Rivoli                           32       8           9       15        38      45        -7       33 Cavalier SC                 32       8           9       15        24       35       -11      33 Waterhouse                 32       7          10      15       29        40      -11       31last_img read more

QPR eyeing another Spurs defender – report

first_imgQPR – already linked with a move for Tottenham defender William Gallas – are also interested in Michael Dawson, the Daily Mail report.Rangers are said to be monitoring developments amid reports Dawson’s Spurs future is in doubt.The Mail also say QPR expect Joey Barton to complete a loan move to Marseille this week.Meanwhile, Victor Moses remains determined to move to Chelsea, according to The Sun.The Wigan forward is said to be keen to join the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar at Stamford Bridge despite Latics chairman Dave Whelan’s attempts to hang on to him.A Wigan insider is quoted as saying: “Victor would be happy to do battle with the youngsters who have given Chelsea an exciting new look.“If Chelsea match Dave Whelan’s valuation of £9m, Victor will be on his way.”Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is keen to capture Clint Dempsey if Liverpool continue to hesitate over signing him, the Daily Mirror say.Fulham star Dempsey wants to move to Anfield, but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is yet to follow up his apparent interest with a firm bid.It is claimed that O’Neill will try to persuade the American to move to the Stadium of Light and hopes to speak to him this week.The Mail also suggest Sunderland want Dempsey – and say Fulham are considering signing former Arsenal striker Eduardo from Shakhtar Donetsk as well as Brescia’s Omar El Kaddouri.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Farm Bureau approves Strategic Action Plan for 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Federation today released highlights of its 2016 strategic action plan, which addresses public policy issues in the coming year. The plan is a result of deliberations of delegates to the AFBF’s 97th Annual Convention in Orlando.The board-approved plan focuses the organization’s attention on a number of key issues including:Creating a more-positive dialogue with consumers about modern agricultural practices;Protecting farmers’ ability to use biotech plant varieties and other innovative technologies;Opposing unlawful expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act; andMoving forward with congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.“We will continue to work hard to protect the business of American agriculture on all fronts. This plan is an important roadmap to key issue areas that AFBF and our grassroots members will address in 2016,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said.The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the U.S. rule remains among the most pressing issues in agriculture. Although presented as a water issue, the measure in fact would unlawfully regulate land in violation of the Clean Water Act itself. The rule takes over local and state authority while threatening private property rights and normal farming activity nationwide.“EPA’s blatant overreach is nothing short of a federal land grab,” Duvall said. “The administration has refused to listen to business owners, local governments and lawmakers. The courts have ordered this rule temporarily stopped. The Government Accountability Office found EPA’s actions illegal, and Congress—which originally gave EPA its authority under the Clean Water Act—called for an end to this rule. We won’t give up until it’s gone and farmers are free to care for their own land.”AFBF’s action plan also supports agricultural biotechnology that promises great benefits for agriculture, consumers and the environment.“Farmers and ranchers need better tools to be more productive and efficient. We will continue to defend farmers’ and ranchers’ access to biotechnology and protect their right to use other promising new technologies, from data services to drones,” Duvall said.The AFBF board reaffirmed its commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.“TPP promises to open up markets around the Pacific Rim. These are some of the fastest-growing markets in the world, and America’s farmers and ranchers are ready to expand business there,” Duvall said. “We’re ready to work with Congress to move this agreement forward for the overall good of U.S. agriculture.”The action plan also places a special focus on food safety and security issues.“Consumers should have the confidence that their food is safe and wholesome. As farmers, we want the best for our families and yours. We’ve made great strides in opening up the dialogue to help consumers understand more about modern agriculture, but there’s a long way to go,” Duvall said. “All consumers deserve access to safe, affordable food, and we will continue to protect agriculture’s ability to meet that need.”The AFBF board approved an additional list of issues that will require close monitoring as they develop over the course of 2016. Those issue areas include advancing legislation that addresses agriculture’s long- and short-term labor needs, implementing business tax reform, monitoring the overall farm economy, and energy availability and affordability.last_img read more

Mumbai to get museum on Master Blaster

first_imgA museum dedicated to master blaster Sachin Tendulkar will soon be constructed in his home city, Mumbai.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has zeroed in on the Andheri Sports Complex in Andheri and another sports complex in Borivali for the project that was announced two years ago, civic body officials said, adding the work on it is likely to start soon.The museum will have cricket memorabilia associated with Tendulkar such as the bats and pads used by him and his rare photographs since childhood. It will also feature his interviews, what people close to him say, and anecdotes about him, they said.Significantly, it will also have an audio visual presentation of the cricketer’s achievements and records. As Tendulkar has himself said that the 2011 World Cup win is the most precious moment of his life, the BMC has decided to have a section dedicated to this win.According to BMC officials, the museums will also display the cricketing history of Mumbai that will include the story of its ‘maidans’ (cricket grounds) and other cricketing heroes who have emerged from the city.While it was the state government that announced the project in 2010 to showcase the achievements of the batting legend, the civic body’s move to find an appropriate place to house the museum signals that the Shiv Sena-controlled civic body has made peace with him.The cricketer had drawn the ire of Shiv Sena for his ‘Mumbai-is-for-all’ remarks in 2009. While MNS chief Raj Thackeray, who is known to be close to Tendulkar, did not react, it was the Sena that targeted him. In attacks that were clearly personal, it questioned his contribution to Mumbai cricket and also asked him to just concentrate on cricket.advertisementThe Sena was also miffed that Tendulkar had not been responding to its letters informing of its desire to felicitate him. Earlier this year when he scored his 100th international century, the BMC once again wrote to him but when he didn’t reply, former Shiv Sena mayors said the civic body should not approach him again on the issue.last_img read more