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first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza (left) with his assistant Mshagalusha Ndagano during a training session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 7 – On October 20, 2018, three-time Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield champions Sofapaka were less than seven minutes away from picking their fourth crown leading Kariobangi Sharks 2-1 in the final, but a series of defensive bloopers saw Sharks score two late goals to win.Batoto ba Mungu should have even forced the game to extra time after winning a late penalty 3-2 down, but Kevin Kimani skied the effort to hand the William Muluya coached side their first ever major title. Though the memory is distant, the hurt still weighs on in the heart of head coach John Baraza who has vowed to ensure they right the wrongs this time round and go all the way to lift the crown.“For sure it was a painful way to lose and we had worked so hard to get there. That is in the past and we have learnt from our mistakes. This time, we want to ensure we do better because this is a golden opportunity for us to pay continental football,” said Baraza who won all three titles with the club as a player.Kariobangi Sharks defender Bolton Omwenga tries to go past Sofapaka midfielder Kevin Kimani during their FKF Shield final at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSofapaka start their campaign this season away to Bungoma Super Stars on March 16 and Baraza expects a tough game despite facing a lower division side.“Cup tournaments are always very tricky. You can never underrate an opponent. We have a very big squad of good players and this is a chance for us to show our depth and give other players a chance. I have confidence that we can move step by step and get to the final,” Baraza opined.Sofapaka is one of only eight Kenyan Premier League teams who have confirmed participation in the tournament Only 32 teams have registered this year as opposed to the 60 that took part in last year’s cup.The route to the final is shorter this time, with the winner of the round of 32 heading to the round of 16, quarters, semis and final, meaning a team only plays five games all the way to the final.Meanwhile, Baraza will be looking on to finish the first leg of the Kenyan Premier League with a minimum of 30 points as the team heads out to Chemelil Sugar for their round 17 match on Saturday in Awasi.Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza gives instructions to his players during a training session at the Eastleigh High School on March 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBatoto ba Mungu are fourth in the standings with 27 points and Baraza will be looking for all three in the sugar belt to move into the magic 30.“Chemelil is a very tough team especially playing at their backyard and this is not an easy game for us. Our focus is on those three points and we will fight for them. We won last week against KCB and that has give us a bit of motivation so hopefully we can keep that run,” the youthful tactician opined.The team will be without mercurial defender Mousa Omar who has been a cog at the backline with the Burundian suspended after accumulating five yellow cards.Also out of the trip to Awasi is midfielder Mike Oduor who picked up a knock on his knee during a midweek friendly against third tier side Naivas while midfielder Dennis Odhiambo is yet to hit the fitness levels required.However, defender George Maelo returns after missing last weekend’s game against KCB.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced updated factors for prevented planting coverage that will strengthen the integrity of the federal crop insurance program. The updates were made to address the recommendations of a 2013 USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, and are supported by the data from a subsequent third-party study commissioned at the urging of the OIG. These improvements will ensure that the program continues to be a well-run program that provides a strong safety net for producers.Prevented planting coverage provides producers protection if they are unable to plant an insured crop by the final planting date.  When adverse weather prevents planting, a prevented planting payment is made to compensate for the producer’s pre-planting costs generally incurred in preparation for planting the crop. These costs can include purchase of machinery, land rent, fertilizer, actions taken to ready the field, pesticide, labor, and repairs. The prevented planting factor is a percentage of the individual insurance guarantee and varies by crop, based on an estimate of pre-planting costs.These updates were required to address the recommendations in OIG’s 2013 report: RMA Controls Over Prevented Planting. The OIG recommended that the agency review the prevented planting factors and make changes if necessary. RMA commissioned a third-party evaluation of prevented planting coverage, which provided recommendations for determining prevented planting factors.  The evaluation was available for public comment from Jan. 30, 2015, to April 15, 2015.  RMA evaluated the public comments and determined that adjustments to the evaluation’s recommendations were necessary.RMA reviewed prevented planting factors for barley, corn, cotton, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans and wheat for 2017 as part of an effort to ensure that prevented planting factors most accurately reflect the pre-planting input costs of producers. Today’s rulemaking will improve RMA’s ability to manage the prevented planting factors moving forward. While the prevented planting factors will be reviewed and updated for all crops with prevented planting coverage, these first seven crops are being updated for the Spring 2017 planting season. Over time, the prevented planting factors may go up or down depending upon changes in input costs. RMA will evaluate the effectiveness of the recent changes and modify them as needed in coming years. Below is a table that lists updated prevented planting factors.The changes build upon recent improvements that protect the integrity of the federal crop insurance program. Due to an improved sampling methodology and other efforts, the crop insurance improper payment rate for 2015 was half that of the government-wide improper payment rate average. The program’s longstanding loss history demonstrates that rates are actuarially accurate. RMA continues to utilize technology and data mining to ensure that the crop insurance program is well-managed and free of fraud, waste, and abuse.Prevented Planting Coverage FactorsCropCurrentRecommendation from EvaluationFinalCorn60%50%55%Soybeans60%60%60%Wheat60%60%60%Cotton50%35%50%Grain Sorghum60%60%60%Barley60%60%60%Rice45%45%55%last_img read more

first_imgRivero is averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game thus far in this preseason tournament while Paras is tallying 17.0 points and 5.0 boards per game.“I don’t think that it will be any different from last year when Ricci and Kobe played for the Gilas Cadets against La Salle,” said La Salle head coach Gian Nazario. “It is just another game. No different. We come out and play anyone.”The Maroons tote an even 1-1 card thus far. UP lost to San Beda, 75-66, in its first game before bouncing back to hammer Arellano, 78-69.“This is a good test for us,” UP coach Bo Perasol said. “We don’t have our entire roster as some are out with minor injuries, but we are seeing others step up such as James Spencer and that is what we want.”In other seniors hoops matches, National University makes its preseason tournament debut when it takes on unbeaten Letran (2-0) at 2 p.m., while Centro Escolar University takes on the Tigers at 5:45 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Game time is at 4 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre.La Salle is coming off an opening day win over University of Santo Tomas, 72-49, where the Archers faced former coach Aldin Ayo and ex-reserve Brent Paraiso.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThis time, the Archers take on Rivero, who was instrumental in its last title run, and Paras, who once suited up for the school’s junior program.Rivero and Paras have been picking up the cudgels for the Maroons in the absence of guard Juan Gomez de Liaño. View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle will test a fancied University of the Philippines squad that is anchoring its hopes this year on two players the Green Archers are quite familiar with.La Salle battles the Maroons in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Sunday, with UP again unveiling Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras new recruits who have green roots.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Got to believe At 11 a.m., Ateneo continues its rebuilding stage in the post-Kai Sotto era when it faces Adamson in the lone high school match of the day.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

first_imgHigh quality action was expected for Day 1 of the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament and the opening morning has not disappointed.In the Mens 40s, Sydney Scorpions got off to a flying start in defence of their 2006 title, defeating cross town rivals Mets 11-2.Last year’s Mens 50s winners Qld Country Rustlers were not so lucky going down to Cobras 5-2.Sharks Mens 35s showed why they are the team to beat with a convincing 9-0 win over Southern Suns.In the Womens 30s division, strong performances from Suns, Cyclones and Rustlers suggest competition will be fierce over the next few days.For all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE8.30am            Men’s 40s:                   Scorpions (11) def Mets (2)Men’s 40s:                   Rustlers (6) drew Sharks (6)Men’s 50s:                   Cobras (5) def Rustlers (2)Men’s 45s:                   Sharks (5) def Rustlers (3)Men’s 45s:                   Suns (6) def Hornets (0)9.20amMen’s 40s:                   Suns (12) def Eagles (4)Men’s 40s:                   Barbarians (5) def Hornets (2)Men’s 45s:                   Eagles (4) def Scorpions (3)Men’s 50s:                   Suns (6) def Scorpions (4)Women’s 30s:              Eagles (2) drew Scorpions (2)Men’s 50s:                   Mets (7) def ACT (2)10.10amWomen’s 30s:              Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Cyclones (4) def Sharks (2)Women’s 30s:              Rustlers (8) def ACT (3)Men’s 50s:                   Hornets (3) def Sharks (0)Men’s 40s:                   Warriors (3) def Cyclones (1)Men’s 50s:                   Cyclones (3) drew Eagles (3)11.00amMen’s 35s:                   Sharks (9) def Suns (0)Men’s 30s:                   Suns (13) def Barbarians (2)Men’s 30s:                  Rustlers (8) def Cyclones (3)Women’s 40s:              Scorpions (6) def Cyclones (3)Women’s 40s:              Cobras (4) def Hornets (2)11.50amMen’s 35s:                   Cobras v MetsMen’s 30s:                   Hornets v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Eagles v ACTMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s:              Sharks v Suns12.40pmMen’s 40’s:                  Hornets v CyclonesMen’s 40’s:                  Scorpions v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v Barbarians Men’s 40s:                   Suns v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Suns v Rustlers1.30pmWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s:              Suns v ACTWomen’s 30s:              Scorpions v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Mets v Eagles2.20pmWomen’s 40s:              Cyclones v SunsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v SharksMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v Mets Men’s 35s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Sharks3.10pmMen’s 50s:                   Hornets v MetsMen’s 50s:                   Scorpions v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Cobras v SunsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v Cyclones4.00pmMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v EaglesMen’s 40s:                   Suns v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 40s:                   Hornets v Rustlers4.50pmMen’s 35s:                   Scorpions v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Mets v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cobras v Rustlerslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say West Ham defender Balbuena: England feels like a movieby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United defender Fabian Balbuena is living the dream in his debut Premier League season.The Paraguayan arrived from Corinthians in the summer for £4million.”I saw all the good matches,” Balbuena told Standard Sport. “Chelsea vs Manchester United, United vs [Manchester] City, Arsenal vs West Ham, Tottenham vs Arsenal… when I was a child all the teams had good players.”I saw every game on TV and when I came to the Premier League in my head it seemed like a movie because all the players want to play in the Premier League and now I make the target possible.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery expects emotion, passion for Spurs Cup clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery expects more emotion tonight for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal clash with Tottenham.Emery saw plenty of passion in his first encounter with Tottenham on December 2, a game that swung this way and that before it was settled by Arsenal’s stirring second-half performance.“I think showing emotion is very important,” said Unai. “I think football is emotion. And in a derby, maybe this emotion is greater.“When you win it’s amazing, when you lose it’s horrible. But respect is very important. We can show this emotion with respect when we are playing, but also when they scored against us, they can show their emotion with their supporters. But with respect. “We need to show this emotion when we are playing, when we are winning, because I think football needs this passion.“I say to [the players] that, in every match, we need to respect the opposition. Against Southampton, against Tottenham, against Manchester United, against Huddersfield, it’s the same. This respect is by playing with a big motivation and a lot of excitement to win against them. “We must respect this emotion in every moment. But the emotion is not bad. I think showing our emotion, the players, the fans and me, is good. But every time we must respect them.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Alisson credits Liverpool teammates for FIFA Best awardby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker believes that his FIFA award is partially due to his excellent teammates.Alisson won the FIFA Best Goalkeeper award in midweek, capping off a tremendous first year with the club.But he believes that despite his excellent personal performances, the team’s displays and results helped him win.”Well, like I always said, for me the most important thing is to achieve my goals that are the same of the team: winning something for the club, winning something together. And then if you win some awards individually then it’s OK if you win always together,” Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com.”I’m really happy because I worked a lot to arrive here, to win the Champions League, to become a great player, to have a great season as I had in the last one with Liverpool and with the national team also. “So yeah, I’m very happy because always I just feel grateful for my family – they help me a lot in all the moments, good moments, bad moments. They are together with me so I’m really happy for that.” last_img read more

first_imgFIFA has said that it has “taken note” of its former president Sepp Blatter’s attendance at a World Cup game despite being banned from football.The 82-year-old Blatter, was in Russia to watch Portugal’s 1-0 Group B victory over Morocco on Wednesday on the invitation of Russian president Vladimir Putin.The Swiss’ 17-year spell in charge of world football’s governing body ended amid a corruption scandal in 2015 and FIFA banned Blatter for eight years, which was later reduced to six years on appeal.“FIFA has taken note of Mr Blatter’s visit to Russia,” a FIFA spokesperson told BBC Sport.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“We have no further comment at the present stage.”In September 2015, Swiss authorities announced that Blatter was under investigation over a £1.3m “disloyal payment” to Michel Platini, the ex-boss of European football’s governing body Uefa, in 2011.However, the both men denied any the allegationlast_img read more

Former Juventus and Atalanata defender Mattia Caldara made his Milan debut in a 1-0 Europa League victory against Dudelange which he used to assure he “learns something new” every day.Caldara had been placed on the bench as he slowly got used to the new club, however, he had the full 90 minutes in the Europa League and had the following to say to Sky Sports Italia via Football Italia.“I knew this was a fundamental game for me and for the team, as we wanted to start the Europa League well.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It was a difficult match, because we couldn’t take it for granted and had everything to lose. It was crucial to keep the right attitude throughout and we emerged with the points.“It has been a real learning curve, as every training session I learn something new, such as where my teammates like to cross the ball and in my positioning.“I can’t wait to repay this glorious club for the faith it has shown in me.” read more