Non-League round-up

first_imgA busy Easter period has seen some big results for our local teams and left all of them with plenty still to play for as the season reaches its climax. After a disappointing holiday period, time is fast running out for Hayes & Yeading United as they continue their fight to avoid relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier.A return of just one point from their two weekend fixtures against Cambridge United and Luton Town has left them four points adrift with just three games to go.On Saturday things are unlikely to get any easier when promotion chasing Mansfield Town travel to Kingfield.They have won five of their last six league games to top the division’s form table along with champions Fleetwood Town so a special effort looks necessary for Nas Bashir’s team.There has been a lot of positivity around Hampton & Richmond Borough recently with the last week again being a good one. On Saturday they picked up a tidy 2-0 win at Farnborough before beating Wealdstone by the same scoreline on Monday night to win the Middlesex Senior Cup.However, despite these fine results, a midweek win for Havant & Waterlooville over Salisbury dropped them back into the Blue Square Bet South bottom three.Nevertheless, Mark Harper’s team do appear to still hold all the cards. They have two games in hand on their nearest rivals, who they trail by a point, and next face a trip to Eastbourne Borough who have lost their last four.The Stones meanwhile have endured a punishing week  – they have played three times since Saturday.A fine 4-1 win over Kingstonian at the weekend got them off to a great start and lifted them to within two points of the Ryman League Premier Division play-off places.Since then it has been a different story. On Monday they made the short journey to Uxbridge to take on Hampton in the aforementioned cup final but came unstuck and on Wednesday they could only draw 0-0 with struggling Harrow Borough in the derby.They now find themselves four points away from the much coveted fifth place with a game in hand and must raise themselves for the visit of title chasing AFC Hornchurch on Saturday.The Urchins have won four of their last five and drew with leaders Billericay in their last match so will provide formidable opposition.As for boss Dave Anderson (pictured above) and his Harrow side, they will feel it has been a generally positive week.Aside from the battling point against Wealdstone in front of a bumper crowd of over 600, they picked up a surprise 2-1 win at high-flying Cray Wanderers on Saturday.The two results have left them three points and two places above the relegation zone with three matches to go.Consequently, Saturday’s game at Hastings United couldn’t be much bigger for them. The Sussex club are one of the two teams immediately below Harrow and are five games without a win.With three of the four relegation places having already been assigned, another loss for the U’s could be terminal.At the other end of the table, Hendon are still battling for a place in the play-offs.Their Easter fixtures against midtable sides Margate and Wingate & Finchley would have had most Greens supporters thinking that six points were achievable.As it turned out they only picked up three after a shock 3-0 home defeat to the Kent club and then a stunning 5-0 away win against their north London rivals.These results have left them one point off fifth among a group of five or six teams of which there is little to choose between.As end of season run-ins go, theirs is one of the kindest. The toughest match of their final three should be against Kingstonian on Saturday.The K’s are still in with an outside chance of a play-off place themselves but they will arrive at Vale Farm having played three times in a week (Saturday, Monday and Thursday) so fatigue could be an issue.If Hendon do slip up they could end the day four points adrift with just two games to go, so a win looks essential.All Premier League and Football League season-ticket holders get in for half-price at all our local non-league clubs’ home league games. Check their websites for details.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cole beats out Townsend for Raiders punting job

first_imgNAPA — The only surprise was the timing as the Raiders waived Johnny Townsend Tuesday, thereby making A.J. Cole the likely starting punter in 2019.Cole, an undrafted rookie from North Carolina State, had consistently out-kicked Townsend throughout training camp and again in the Raiders’ 14-3 exhibition win over the Rams. After that game, Gruden talked of what he expected to be a competition between the two for the remainder of camp.The injury report cut that competition short. Backups D.J. …last_img read more

World Cup: arrive early for matches

first_img12 May 2010The organisers of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ have issued a stern warning to football fans to arrive early for matches or face missing out on the action due to strict security measures that will be in place during the tournament.With less than 30 days before the kick-off at Soccer City, the Local Organising Committee (LOC), led by CEO Danny Jordaan, held a wide-ranging press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday, in which both the local and foreign media were given an indication of the country’s readiness for the tournament.A detailed security plan for the event has now been finalised and has been handed over to national police commissioner Bheki Cele for comment.Strict security measuresDuring the Confederations Cup last year, fans were allowed into the stadiums even shortly before kick-off, but for the World Cup, spectators have been advised to arrive at least three hours before kick-off, especially for the opening match.Each supporter will be allocated a seat number, so each ticket will require to be scanned before any access is granted. The information will be stored electronically, making it easy for organisers to track down anyone who is inside the stadium.“We are going to have strict security measures, and if you want to take your seat and watch the game, you’d better be at the stadium in good time,” said LOC head of security Mlungisi Ncame.Security at all airports is expected to be beefed up as most teams and fans are expected to start arriving in the next few weeks.Transportating fansBut security is not the only area that the LOC is focusing on; transport will also be a critical component and could make or break Africa’s first ever World Cup. The LOC will want to ensure that mistakes made during the Confederations Cup do not occur this time around.The past three weeks has seen the opening of a new terminal at OR Tambo International and Durban’s new King Shaka International Airport and hundreds of buses have been procured to transport soccer fanatics from all over the country.“It has been a very hard period of planning for us and I think each and every host city is ready and know what to do,” said the LOC’s Skhumbuzo Macozoma. “The mistake we made during the Confed Cup was to allow one system (the park and ride) to be exhausted, and now we want to balance all the available transport modes we have.”Travelling supportersIt was also confirmed that Mexico, who take on Bafana Bafana in the opening match, will be sending at least 15 000 supporters to the World Cup, of which most will be coming to Africa for the first time.The United States will be sending the largest number of spectators followed by England, making the encounter between the two in Rustenburg one of the most important matches of the tournament in terms of security.Post-match entertainmentSoccer supporters will also be encouraged to avoid leaving the stadium at the same time when the final whistle blows. There will be entertainment in and around the stadium to keep people busy long after the matches have ended to avoid congestion on the roads and the exhaustion of transport facilities.Meanwhile, the first group of volunteers from several countries has started to arrive in the country to assist during the 30-day soccer spectacular. Argentina will be sending at least 20 volunteers, while 50 will come from Mexico, according to Onke Mjo, who is in charge of the volunteer programme.The volunteers will guide supporters, teams and the media using all the languages of the 32 nations represented in the tournament.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

From environmental disaster to Ohio’s first conservation district

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President Roosevelt toured the Great Plains with some leaders telling him to just abandon the region and let it go, it wasn’t worth the effort. Roosevelt said he could see in the people’s eyes that they intended to stay and survive. Hugh Hammond Bennett and other visionaries scheduled Congressional Hearings in 1935 on the creation of the “U.S. Soil Conservation Service” (SCS).Later as the enabling legislation was approved by Congress, Ohio finally passed legislation to authorize the formation of conservation districts on May 16, 1941. Under the legislation, local communities were asked to create locally led conservation districts. As “Conservation Districts” were created by local citizens, SCS would have the authority to provide technical assistance through that “District” to the landowners, with the District Supervisors overseeing the state and federal programs on behalf of those local land users.Highland County submitted its petition to the newly formed Ohio Soil Conservation Committee on March 25 1942. There were 72 residents who attended that hearing supporting the formation of a District in Highland County. That Petition being accepted, Highland County held the first required public referendum on April 18, 1942. The enabling legislation required 75 voters to pass a petition. Highland County registered 696 total voters and it passed by a 70% affirmative vote, making Highland County the first conservation district in Ohio on April 18, 1942. There were several counties planning to create districts that year, Champaign and Clark counties held their referendums a week after Highland and by the end of the year those three were joined by Butler, Coshocton, Morrow, Noble, Guernsey, Monroe, and Tuscarawas counties, for a total of 10 counties forming Districts in 1942.Later in June of 1942, the first Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor election was held in Highland County with Herbert Williams as chairman. Finally, the first Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Soil Conservation Service was signed and the work began. By the end of the 1940s, 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties had held their referendums and created soil conservation districts, the last of the 88 forming Districts was Lucas County in 1963.On a state level, the supervisors of Highland, Clark, and Butler counties met in September of 1943 to form an Association to represent the interests of all the supervisors in the state. They met, adopted by-laws and formed “The Ohio Federation of District Supervisors,” now known as “The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.” That private organization formed for the purpose of representing all district supervisors and guiding the formation and evolution of soil and water districts in Ohio.The conservation problem here in Ohio and the Corn Belt was not the wind erosion that had so dramatically defined the problems of the “Dust Bowl” across America’s Great Plains. Rather, the equally as damaging issue in the Midwest was water erosion creating gullies so big they could hide a truck or a tractor. Recognizing the problems and the practices that led to the problems took strength, resolve, and most-importantly local knowledge and leadership. The solutions and the processes to adopt and install those solutions were painful to accept and took courage by all involved. As the farmers and conservationist took on these challenges, they literally transformed agriculture across this country, making it a model for the entire world to follow. The genius of the movement was incorporating the locally-led component, which the SWCD continues to bring to the table in 2017.In the 1930s and 1940s, farmers were asked:1. To plow on the contour, to build terraces that slowed down the water runoff,2. To plant over 18,000 miles of windbreaks to help stop the wind,3. To leave crop residue on the surface, and4. To turn the most fragile areas back to their natural state of native prairie grass. Locally, farmers were building erosion control structures and healing the gullies created from poor rotations and bad water management. The country had made a pact with the American farmer: “We will help pay for the application of conservation practices if you will install them, maintain them, and become better stewards of the land.” Everyone should be proud of the fact that all of these programs remain voluntary today.The decade of the 1950s saw significant progress in the conservation movement in Ohio as county commissioners were authorized to appropriate funds to assist “Districts” which would be matched by the state. The 1954 Public Law 83-566, Watershed Protection and Flood Control Act authorized small watershed projects through SCS. In Ohio, the first two pilot projects were the Upper Hocking in Fairfield County and Rocky Fork in Highland County.The ‘50s also saw a growth in district education programs with sponsorship of 4-H camps andThis restored tractor and plow was used by Duane Mootz of Highland County to win contour match at 1957 World Plowing Match in Adams County. Photo provided by Highland SWCD. This restored tractor and plow was used by Duane Mootz of Highland County to win contour match at 1957 World Plowing Match in Adams County. Photo provided by Highland SWCD.the distribution of soil stewardship materials through area churches. In 1957, Conservation offices and staff in and around Highland County co-sponsored the World Conservation Exposition and Plowing Matches held in Adams County. This was the first such exposition held in the United States and represents the largest such expo ever held in southern Ohio.Conservation agencies worked for decades to complete soil surveys and publish them on a county-by-county basis. Highland County was surveyed from 1963 through 1968, and the document was printed in 1977. These surveys represent perhaps the most intensive study of the land and the soils that has ever been undertaken. Soil surveys provided the basis for all land disturbing activities and fertilization for crop production. Citizens can access all the findings of the soil survey, and use its findings to guide their land-use decisions.Highland County has always been a high priority for intensive land treatment practices and operations. Not so much that its farmers are that much more committed, but rather because geography and geology requires more vigilance. Highland County sits right on the terminal of the great glaciers of North America. Land from Leesburg northward being dominated by row-crop agriculture, having been leveled by the glaciers. South of Hillsboro is unglaciated steep wooded areas with fewer crops and more livestock. That border is an important region for conservation.No-till and minimum tillage became the most dominant method of controlling cropland erosion in the decade of the 1970s. No-till was not an easy step for agriculture to adopt, but as chemicals and equipment refinements have continued, farmers have been able to increase yields and reduce input costs, to the benefit of the land in reduced soil erosion. In 1986 Highland county was awarded the State Conservation Farmer, the top no-till corn yield and the top no-till soybean yield in the state. These were significant accomplishment from a southern Ohio county.Perhaps the single greatest advancement in private lands conservation was the passing of the 1985 Food Security Act (Farm Bill) as it was dominated by conservation provisions and led to many tools still in use today. The Food Security Act designated acre-by-acre which land would be considered highly erodible (HEL) land. The Act created the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and increased the public commitment to help agriculture protect lands for future generations. Highland County was one of the leaders in the State with more than 25,000 acres of highly erodible land set aside in grasslands or trees through CRP.Statewide, SWCDs are constantly striving to help land users make good decisions with the land they are trusted to use. From education programs, to providing direct technical assistance to land users for conservation practices, the offices continue to help apply practices that prevent cropland erosion, manage our pasture and woodlands, enhance wildlife cover, and improve water quality. Yes, the Soil and Water Conservation District is as relevant today as it was when created 75 years ago.An event was held in April to commemorate Highland Soil and Water Conservation District’s 75th anniversary with a presentation by former Director of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Larry Vance.last_img read more

San Beda sweeps NCAA beach volleyball elims

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ San Beda completed an elimination sweep in the sands after trouncing San Sebastian 21-14, 21-16, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s beach volleyball tournament at Boardwalk, Subic Bay Friday.Twins Ella and Nieza Viray overpowered Alyssa Eroa and Daurene Santos for 9-0 sweep, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four against College of St. Benilde’s Jan Daguil and Melanie Torres.ADVERTISEMENT View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Daguil and Torres used the tiebreak to beat San Sebastian and Jose Rizal University’s duo of Dolly Verzosa and Shola Alvarez to advance to the Final Four.All three teams had 5-4 records but the fourth seeded Lady Blazers had 1.227 quotient points to the Lady Stags’ 0.990 and the Lady Heavy Bombers’ 0.817.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEmilio Aguinaldo College’s Jaylene Lumbo and Glyka Mariz head to the semifinals as the no.2 team after finishing the eliminations with an 8-1 card and will have a twice-to-beat edge over no.3 University of Perpetual Help’s Marijo Medalla and Bianca Tripoli who finished the preliminaries with a 6-3 record.Medalla and Tripoli dropped Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Miracle Mendoza and Marie Simborio, 21-15, 21-8, in their final game of the eliminations. The NCAA has done away with giving a perfect team an automatic bye to the one-game finals in beach volleyball. Ateneo rules UAAP Jrs basketball, beats NU in thriller AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more