Wenger-style dynasties now harder in football

first_img NOT ALWAYS GREEN The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and Wenger reminded Arsenal fans of that. “Even if I go, Arsenal will not win every single game in the future,” Wenger said, facing up to elimination for the seventh successive year in the round of 16 of the Champions League. The Champions League now often determines the fates of the elite managers in a way it didn’t in the pre-1992 format where only the national champions made the European Cup. Louis van Gaal was fired by Manchester United after two seasons despite lifting the FA Cup in May because he failed to secure a top-four finish to make the Champions League. Successor Jose Mourinho will survive in the job if his sixth-place side misses out again but patience will eventually wear thin at Old Trafford where Alex Ferguson ruled for more than 26 years until his retirement in 2013. LONDON (AP): Arsene Wenger is the last of a dying breed, the football coach who can establish a long-standing dynasty at a club and seems to be able to decide for himself whether or not he leaves. In the 21st year of his Arsenal reign, Wenger is the longest-serving manager in a leading European league. Whatever pressures counterparts face, Wenger seems to emerge largely unscathed within the hierarchy regardless of the setbacks on the pitch, of which there have been many during his second decade. The succession of silverware – which peaked when the “Invincibles” side went unbeaten throughout the whole season in the 2003/04 campaign – has been replaced by a cycle of capitulations, the latest a 5-1 humiliation in the Champions League at Bayern Munich. The ownership is more forgiving than the fans, rigidly standing by the Frenchman who was once a trailblazer but who has now been overtaken by a new generation of more tactically-flexible, innovative coaches. “We are all very high on Arsene,” Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke said in a rare interview with The Associated Press recently. And for all Wenger’s shortcomings he has delivered Champions League qualification in every season in charge, guaranteeing the comfort blanket of the UEFA windfall for Kroenke by finishing in the Premier League’s top four. But how healthy is it for any business when an employee appears able to set his own departure terms rather than his bosses calling the shots? “No matter what happens I will manage next season … is it here or somewhere else?” Wenger said yesterday, toying with Arsenal and asserting his power. Perhaps he’s just waiting to be begged to stay. There’s often a convenient array of stories linking Wenger with leading jobs, including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in recent years, whenever the pressure from fans starts to intensify, showing he’s a man in demand.last_img read more

The Promise of Aquaculture

first_imgSomething good and promising happened in Gbarnga last week. Madam Estelle Kuyon Liberty, a Commissioner at the Land Commission who hails from Bong County, harvested some large fish from three of her fishponds. She is not a professional farmer; rather a money economist trained at her brother Bismarck Kuyon’s alma mater, Iowa State University in the United States. It was Bismarck, a brilliant student, who studied Marine Biology at Iowa State on a scholarship from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Government Farm in Suakoko (now Central Agricultural Research Institute-CARI). Bismark had graduated second of his class from the Booker Washington Institute in 1958 and entered Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where he continued in Agriculture. He was to return from Iowa and construct fishponds around the country, beginning in his native Bong County. He served at the Agriculture Ministry for some time, then answered the call of his church, the United Methodist, to become principal of the Gbarnga Methodist Mission. He later entered politics and never returned to fishponds, scientifically know as aquaculture.Estelle returned from Iowa State and joined the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, where she rose to Assistant Minister and Senior Economist. She later served as Deputy Minister in the Gender, Internal Affairs and Post and Telecommunications Ministries, respectively, then joined the Land Commission as a Commissioner.It was probably after recalling her late brother’s conversations about fishponds that Estelle later became interested in aquaculture. She constructed several ponds and then founded the Bong County Aquaculture Association (BCAA). Its aim: involving Bong farmers in starting fishponds to improve the people’s protein diet and make money to escape poverty. This enterprising money economist seems determined to extend aquaculture to other counties. She has already enlisted over 94 active fish farmers, including several women and has involved people in Nimba, Grand Cape Mount and Margibi counties. Estelle is receiving technical assistance from ADRA, the Adventist Relief Agency. She is now providing CARI with fish fingerlings with which CARI is now doing research to determine whether heterotis, a breed of fish that she brought in from Guinea, can be further developed here. Heterotis is also found in the St. John River, which bridges Bong and Nimba counties and travels on to Grand Bassa. The ADRA experience is different from regular aquaculture because ADRA has taught farmers to grow not only fish in ponds but also crops, such as vegetables, potato and even rice. Estelle says she is still eating some of the rice she grew in her fish ponds. Aquaculture seems to be an industry whose time has come in Liberia. Estelle contacted the Swedish NGO, GROW, which promptly sent out an aquaculture expert, Damien Legros. He toured eight counties, conducted a market system assessment in aquaculture and concluded that this sector must strengthen its commercial viability for farmers to benefit in several ways. Though still in its infancy, Mr. Legros said in his report, “aquaculture presents Liberia with favorable conditions for the government and partners to prioritize the sector by giving a boost to mechanized farming.”Two additional advantages he named are Liberia’s abundant fresh water and its climate, which he described as “perfect” for most cultured species such as tilapia. Mr. Legros recommended “an implementation and budgeting mainly of the draft aquaculture policy with re-enforcement of the competent authority, the Bureau of National Fisheries. This is why we say aquaculture has great promise in Liberia. From fish, our farmers could go into shrimp and even lobster production. We are happy for a woman like Estelle Liberty who, with the help of NGOs like ADRA and GROW, is single-handedly driving this infant industry. We urge other entrepreneurs to join her. Remember this: Liberia has over the decades had many, many opportunities that we have thrown away and this is partly why our country is listed among the world’s poorest nations. Let this not happen again with this great opportunity that aquaculture presents.We encourage Madam Estelle Liberty to redouble her efforts to push aquaculture throughout Liberia. And though yes, we have the National Fisheries Bureau, let the aquaculture industry be private-sector driven and not be handicapped by government bureaucracy.Estelle, the ball is in your court. Drive it, as you engage your fellow fish farmers around the country and ADRA, GROW, FED/USAID and any other interested group that can help. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Higuain signs for AC Milan as Bonucci returns to Juventus

first_imgSharesArgentina’s forward Gonzalo Higuain, pictured June 2018, signed to Milan on a one-year loan deal worth a reported 18 million euros © AFP/File / JUAN MABROMATAROME, Italy, Aug 2 – Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain on Thursday moved to AC Milan in a three-player swap deal between the seven-time European champions and Juventus that will see Leonardo Bonucci return to Turin after just a season away.Milan signed 30-year-old Higuain on a one-year loan deal worth a reported 18 million euros ($21 million) that gives them the option to buy the striker next summer for a further 36 million euros.Related ContentHiguain poised to end AC loan and complete Chelsea moveChelsea reach Higuain loan deal with JuventusJuventus face AC Milan for fourth Italian Cup title in rowItaly centre-back Bonucci has been swapped for promising Mattia Caldara just weeks after Caldara arrived at Juve following his transfer from Atalanta, which was agreed in January 2017.ShareShares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Retired priest convicted of child molestation

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The current case was brought by the brother of two earlier victims and involved alleged abuse from 1990 to 1995 when Wempe was a hospital chaplain. Wempe denied that he abused the boy known as Jayson B., who is now a grown man. Wempe’s lawyer claimed the new charges were an elaborate fabrication designed to punish Wempe for the brothers’ molestations. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired priest and admitted molester Michael Wempe was found guilty Wednesday of one count of child molestation but jurors were unable to reach verdicts on four other counts, so a mistrial was declared on those. The deadlocked jurors gave up on additional verdicts about 90 minutes after resuming deliberations Wednesday. The judge ordered those talks Tuesday after telling jurors he could not provide answers to three pages of questions they had submitted. Wempe’s lawyer had argued that although the priest molested 13 boys in the 1970s and 1980s, he went into treatment ordered by the church and returned a changed man. He said he never molested anyone after that. Wempe was spared trial on the original charges when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the statute of limitations on the crimes, but he did spend a year in jail before the high court ruling.last_img read more

MISS DONEGAL PLANNING TO SPLASH THE CASH ON A HOUSE DEPOSIT – AND PERHAPS THE BOYFRIEND!

first_imgStunning Miss Donegal Natasha McFadden. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Miss Donegal Natasha McFadden has brains as well as beauty.The stunner is to appear on RTE’s money spinning Winning Streak show this Saturday night.But the Newtowncunningham stunner isn’t going to splash the cash on champagne and clothes. Nastaha revealed she has much more concrete plans for her minimum winnings of €20,000.“I know I’ll be getting €20,000 which is great and anything after that is a bonus.“I’m planning to put some of the money down on a deposit for a house,” she revealed.She will be joined by Edward Hutch, who is a nephew of one of Ireland’s most notorious gangsters Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch and who has more than one hundred criminal convictions.Natasha, who is guaranteed at least €20,000, had heard of the Monk but says that won’t put her off enjoying the show! “Oh really, I never heard he was on he show. Sure that’s grand. It won’t put me off. I’m going up to have a bit of fun and win as much money as I can,” she laughed.Natasha, who has just started work as a restaurant manager in Letterkenny, said she thought her family were joking with her when she heard she was appearing on the show.“I got the phonecall and I thought it was a joke. Even when I checked the website and read my name, I thought they had fixed the website,” she laughed.She will be joined by at least 24 family and friends for the show.One person who will be by her side is boyfriend Chris Coyle, who has even put off a stag party trip to Spain to be at the show with her. “I told him not to be silly and go to the stag party but he insisted on coming along to the show.“I’ll have to get him something special out of my winnings now,” she said.MISS DONEGAL PLANNING TO SPLASH THE CASH ON A HOUSE DEPOSIT – AND PERHAPS THE BOYFRIEND! was last modified: September 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MIss DonegalNatasha McFaddenlast_img read more

Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez agrees £15m move away – reports

first_img Ricardo Rodriguez (right) in action for Wolfsburg 1 Arsenal and Chelsea target Ricardo Rodriguez has agreed to join AC Milan and is set to undergo a medical, according to reports in Italy.The left-back has decided to leave Wolfsburg after the club narrowly stayed in the Bundesliga by winning a relegation play-off against Braunschweig.Arsenal and Chelsea had been linked with the Swiss international as they are in the market for a wing-back, while Paris Saint-Germain had been touted as a possible destination too.But now, according to Sport Mediaset, Rodriguez is set to undergo a medical with Milan after agreeing to join them.The Italian club have reportedly agreed a fee of around £15m for the 24-year-old, who will sign a long-term contract.Rodriguez’s medical is set to take place in the next few days and the deal could be announced before the weekend.last_img read more

AN LÒCHRAN AGUS CONRADH NA GAEILGE GLASCHÚ AG FÓGAIRT DÁTA DEN DARA EACHTRA GAELS LE CHÉILE

first_imgI ndiaidh  an ratha a bhí ar an chéad “Gaeil Le Chéile”, imeacht níos luaithe i mbliana, tá áthas ar An Lòchran agus ar Chonradh na Gaeilge an dáta a fhógairt le haghaidh an dara heachtra, a bheidh ar siúl Dé Sathairn, 8ú Deireadh Fómhair, 2011.Is é Gaels Le Chéile ceiliúradh ar chultúr Gaelach na hAlban agus na hÉireann i nGlaschú, ag tabhairt le chéile na pobail Albanach agus Éireannach sa chathair is mó in Albain.Tionscadal idir Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú agus An Lòchran, leanann Gaels Le Chéile ar an Satharn, 8ú Deireadh Fómhair lenár dTaigh Cèilidh / gCois Tine rialta, an uair seo leis an amhránaí clúiteach Maire Ní Choilm, ó Ghaoth Dobhair, Contae Dhún na nGall, agus ceoltóirí cumasacha eile as Éirinn agus Albain. Is é seo an dara oíche sa tsraith a bheidh ar siúl in ionaid éagsúla ar fud na cathrach agus beidh sé arís a thabhairt pobail na Gàidhlig agus  pobail na Gaeilge le chéile trí mheán teanga, ceoil, amhránaíochta agus damhsa sna míonna amach romhainn.Dúirt Duncan MacNeil, Bainisteoir Forbartha ag An Lòchran: “Táimid ag súil go mór leis an dara heachtra Gaels le Chéile agus ag tógáil ar an rath a bhí ar an chéad ceann. Tá áthas orm go bhfuil Maire Ni Choilm in ann a bheith linn ar an 8ú Deireadh Fómhair agus mar sin de is cinnte go mbeidh atmaisféar iontach ann ag an Taigh Cèilidh / Cois Tine, an uair seo ar siúl ag Cumann Ollscoil Ghlaschú in iarthar na cathrach. Tá mé ag tnúth le sibh a fheiceáil ar an lá agus ar an oíche “.Is é Colmcille – clár comhpháirtíochta a chuireann chun cinn comhoidhreacht teangeolaíochta agus cultúrtha na hÉireann agus na hAlban – an comhpháirtí is mó le haghaidh maoiniú ar an tsraith imeachtaí a bheidh ar siúl go dtí an samhradh seo chugainn.Cothaíonn Colmcille tuiscint ar an taithí agus ar an chultúr éagsúil ag pobail Gaelach na hÉireann agus na hAlban, chomh maith le díospóireacht a spreagadh ar cheisteanna coitianta maidir le cursaí sóisialta, cultúrtha agus eacnamaíocha d’fhonn féinmhuinín a thógáil  i measc na bpobal teanga Gaelach. Dúirt Bainisteoir Roinn Úsáid Teanga Bòrd na Gàidhlig, David Boag, go raibh áthas orthu tacaíocht a thabhairt  don tionscnamh seo. “Tá Glaschú  ina bhaile do na mílte Gaeil ó Albain agus ó Éirinn le roinnt mhaith blianta anuas agus leiríonn an ócáid seo a thuilleadh ár gcomhoidhreacht Ghaelach beo.Bíonn Bòrd na Gàidhlig, i gcomhpháirtíocht lenár gcomhghleacaithe Gaeilge, Foras na Gaeilge, ag tacú le réimse leathan comhthionscadal ar an dá thaobh de Mhuir Éireann tríd an scéim Colmcille agus tugaim comhghairdeas ar An Lòchran agus ar Chonradh na Gaeilge Glaschú as a gcuid iarrachtaí comhoibritheacha chun an tionscnamh “Gaels le Chéile ” a chur i gcrích.”Ag gach Gaels le Cheile, bíonn deis ann chun freastal ar ranganna teanga Gaidhlig agus Gaeilge ag leibhéil éagsúla,. An mhí seo, don chéad uair, beidh faill ann freisin chun triail a bhaint as do chuid scileanna amhránaíochta ag ceardlanna canta sa dá theanga. Beidh fáilte mhór roimh achan daoine a bhfuil súim acu sa dhá theanga.Dúirt Evin Downey, Oifigeach Forbartha Chonradh na Gaeilge Glaschú: ” Tá áthas ar Chonradh na Gaeilge Glaschú an tionscadal seo a leanúint ar aghaidh leis An Lochran. Is áit ar leith é Glaschú toisc go bhfuil traidisiún Gaelach láidir beo ann i measc Gaeil na hAlban agus Gaeil na hÉireann araon agus is é cuspóir Ghaels le Chéile ná an comhthraidisiúin sin a cheiliúradh agus a neartú. Ranganna Teangacha – Gàidhlig agus Gaeilge Gàidhlig: Blás Gàidhlig (10 – 1in) £5Gaeilge: Ranganna ag bun, meán & ard leibhéal (10 – 4in), £5 leathlá / £10 lá  iomlanCeardlanna Canta – Gàidhlig agus GaeilgeGàidhlig – le Sineag Nic an t-saoir (2in – 5in) £5 Gaeilge – le Máire Ní Choilm (11am – 3in) £5Ranganna teanga & Ceardlanna canta ar siúl i:An Lèanag, Ionad Gàidhlig Glaschú, 22 Sráid Mansfield, Partick, Glaschú, G11 5QPCois Tine / Taigh CèilidhOíche de cheol, amhráin, scéalaíocht agus damhsa.Aoi speisialta: Maire Ni Choilm (Gaoth Dobhair)Cumann Ollscoil Ghlaschú, 32 Ascaill na hOllscoile, Glasgow G12 8LX @ 8:00in.£5Le tuilleadh eolais faoi Gaels Le Chéile:Evin Downey – 0141 433 9495 / cnag_glaschu@hotmail.comENGLISH VERSION BELOW:An Lòchran and Conradh na Gaeilge announce date for 2nd Gaels Le Cheile event. Following the success of the initial “Gaels Le Cheile” event earlier this year, An Lòchran and Conradh na Gaeilge are delighted to announce the date for the 2nd event, to be held on Saturday 8th October 2011.Gaels Le Cheile is a celebration of Scottish and Irish Gaelic culture in Glasgow, bringing together the Scottish and Irish communities in Scotland’s largest city.A joint project between Conradh na Gaeilge and An Lòchran, Gaels Le Cheile continues on Saturday 8th October with our regular Taigh Cèilidh/Cois Tine, this time featuring renowned Gweedore, County Donegal, singer, Maire Ni Choilm and other talented musicians from both Ireland and Scotland.This Cèilidh will be the second in a series to be held in various venues across the city and will once again bring together the Gàidhlig and Gaeilge communities through language, music, song and dance over the coming months.Duncan MacNeil, Development Manager with An Lòchran said: “We are very much looking forward to our second Gaels Le Cheile event and building on the success of the first. I am delighted that Maire Ni Choilm is able to join us on the 8th October and will guarantee us a great atmosphere at our Taigh Cèilidh/Cois Tine, this time taking place at Glasgow University Union in the city’s west end. I look forward to seeing you on the day and at night”.Colmcille – a partnership programme which promotes the shared linguistic and cultural heritage of Ireland and Scotland – is the main funding partner for the series of events which will run until next Summer.  Colmcille fosters understanding of the diverse experience and culture of the Irish and Scottish Gaelic communities, as well as encouraging debate on common concerns in social, cultural and economic issues with a view to building self-confidence within the Gaelic language communities. Head of Language Usage at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, David Boag, said that they were pleased to be supporting this initiative.  “Glasgow has been home to thousands of Gaels from Scotland and Ireland for many decades and this event further highlights our shared living Gaelic heritage.  Bòrd na Gàidhlig in partnership with our Irish language colleagues Foras na Gaeilige, support a wide range of shared projects on both sides of the Irish sea through the Colmcille scheme and I congratulate An Lòchran and Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú  for their collaborative efforts in bringing the “Gaels le Cheile” initiative to fruition.On each Taigh Cèilidh/Cois Tine day, there is the opportunity to attend Gaelic and Gaeilge language classes at various levels and also to try out your singing skills with the introduction of singing workshops in both languages. Anyone who has an interest in both languages is very welcome to attend.Evin Downey, Development Officer for Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú (the Gaelic League Glasgow), said: “Conradh na Gaeilge is delighted to continue this project with An Lochran. Glasgow is a unique place in that it has a strong tradition of both Scottish and Irish Gaelic culture and Gaels le Chèile is all about celebrating and strengthening those linked traditions”.An Lòchran and Conradh na Gaeilge are very grateful for the support of Colmcille, who have funded Gaels Le Cheile.Language Classes – Scottish Gaelic and GaeilgeScottish Gaelic Taster Session (10am – 1pm)Gaeilge classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels (10am – 4pm)Singing Workshops – Scottish Gaelic and GaeilgeIrish singing (11am – 3pm)Scottish Gaelic singing (2pm – 5pm)Location for language classes and singing workshopsAn Lèanag, Glasgow Gaelic Centre, 22 Mansfield Street, Partick, Glasgow, G11 5QP£5 half day / £10 full day.Cois Tine/Taigh CèilidhAn evening of music, song and danceVERY SPECIAL GUEST: Maire Ni Choilm (Gweedore)Glasgow University Union (Dining Room), 32 University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8LX8pm£5For more information on Gaels Le Cheile:Duncan MacNeil – 0141 342 4119Evin Downey – 0141 433 9495duncan@anlochran.com / cnag_glaschu@hotmail.comAN LÒCHRAN AGUS CONRADH NA GAEILGE GLASCHÚ AG FÓGAIRT DÁTA DEN DARA EACHTRA GAELS LE CHÉILE was last modified: September 29th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AN LÒCHRAN AGUS CONRADH NA GAEILGE GLASCHÚ AG FÓGAIRT DÁTA DEN DARA EACHTRA GAELS LE CHÉILElast_img read more

Bomb report snarls traffic near Capitol; driver held

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The driver was taken to a Washington hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, while the other man, who identified himself to reporters as Sean Stover, was questioned and released. Stover said he was hitchhiking Thursday in Daytona Beach, Fla., when the driver picked him up. When they got to Washington the driver “claimed he was best friends with the president,” Stover said. They parked the car and “he got out and claimed he was gonna go in the White House or something. That’s all I know.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A young man was taken for a psychiatric examination Friday after telling police there was a bomb in his car in front of the Capitol. Police exploded a package inside the vehicle as a precaution. The unidentified driver and a passenger parked near the corner of First Street and Constitution Avenue. The heavily traveled area was sealed off shortly before 11 a.m. after the driver told police he had a bomb. A bomb squad member used a mirror to examine the underside of the car. Later, police blew up whatever was inside, causing a flash and loud noise and blowing open a back door. “We were able to go in and safely examine the package in question, and it contained inert materials, nothing of any danger,” Assistant U.S. Capitol Police Chief James Rohan said. last_img read more

Music awards to recognise composers

first_imgUrban soul singer/songwriter Nothende Madumo is nominated for the best female artist and composer category. (Image: Samro) Samro deputy CEO Sipho Dlamini says the Wawela Awards will help promote composers and songwriters.(Image: Shamin Chibba) MEDIA CONTACTS • Refilwe Moloisane  Samro  +27 11 712 8505 RELATED ARTICLES • Lira to usher in Obama term • Local music festivals rock in SA • Music fest in SA’s Darling • South African music Shamin ChibbaWe all give Lira and The Parlotones credit for enriching our souls with their songs. But less often do we give a thought to the songwriters and composers behind the hit makers’ music.This is the reason the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) has decided to acknowledge the creators of music in their inaugural Wawela Music Awards, which will take place next month.Artists, media and gatekeepers of the music industry gathered at the Urban Tree in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 21 May, for the announcement of the nominees.Sipho Dlamini, Samro’s deputy CEO, says the awards are the first of their kind in the country as they specifically recognise South Africans who create and write music. “There are plenty of awards, such as the Sama, Channel O and Metro FM awards but none of those recognise composers.”Wawela’s unique feature is that it is not segmented according to musical genre.He says that as an organisation that represents composers, it is only right to recognise those who have done well. “We are helping to promote their work as composers, which mean they will do more work, more business and get more interaction with the industry.”The Wawela Music Awards – the name is taken from the Zulu word meaning “go beyond” – is the brainchild of Samro CEO Nicholas Motsatse. When the organisation celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, he wanted to create an awards ceremony that recognised composers, songwriters and performers who have made their mark internationally and across various media.These don’t only include recorded albums but also compositions for radio and television adverts, and opening themes for television series and documentaries. The awards were open to anyone whose work had been published or broadcast, no matter how little known they may be.Samro received more than 200 submissions, of which 27 finalists were nominated across nine categories. James Barnard, known for his African-themed compositions, and songstress Lira each garnered three nominations; more than any other nominee.A further four categories, under what Samro calls the special awards, will recognise composers and publishers who have made a considerable contribution to South African music over a number of years. These are the lifetime achievement, breaking through borders, publisher of the year and prolific catalogue of works awards. No nominees were announced for these categories and the winners will be revealed at the ceremony. Celebrating creativity, not popularityNothende Madumo, who has been nominated in the best female artist and composer category, says the awards are refreshing as they seek to celebrate the artists’ creativity and not their popularity. She adds that such recognition is crucial to an artist’s development. “We need artists to sit down and write songs and to really put in work.”The Mafikeng-born singer, known for her urban soul sound, is heavily involved in the creation of her music. She can often be seen writing, composing and even producing. But Madumo does not prevent others from contributing to her music. “If we are in the studio and vibing I do not say ‘Oh no, because I write, you can’t write’. We really go with the flow and create organically.”She is meticulous when it comes to preparing for a studio recording or even a live performance. “I literally rehearse an entire performance at home before I present it to the band.”Madumo has already taken her talents to the US, where she’s lent her lyrics and voice to soul singer Frank McComb’s upcoming album. He had allowed her to express her ideas while they worked on a song together. “It’s humbling that he recognises me as a writer and not just as a singer.”She hopes this will be the break that will allow her to branch out internationally.Madumo is currently working on a new album titled Brave Heart and will be shooting a live DVD in July. “With passion everything unfolds naturally”She attributes her success to the passion she has for making music. And she has a knack of revealing that passion in her work. “It keeps me wanting to learn. I never feel like I know it all. I am excited about performing and getting into different spaces in the studio and performing at different levels.”Madumo’s approach to music does not compel her to seek the validation that will make her feel like an artist. She truly feels like a musician because she lives in the music. “I just sink myself into it. I never go into the studio and say we need a hit or we need a radio single. I just create organically.”She may not be the biggest selling artist in South Africa but Madumo is happy doing what she loves. “I painted my fridge with chalkboard paint. I literally write set lists and stage planning on my fridge. It is a lot of fun for me. It is not just work.” Awards can be bigger next yearDespite the enthusiastic reception the Wawela Awards have received from artists, Dlamini believes the project has space to grow even bigger in the future. He says those talented composers and writers who did not submit their work either did not receive the communication or did not commit themselves as they were not sure what to make of the awards.Dlamini says that once the awards are over, Samro will already start planning for next year’s ceremony. “The first thing to do afterwards is to sit down and reflect on what we managed to do and what we did not manage to do. Then we can take that back and improve it to make it bigger and better next year.”The venue for the awards is being kept a secret for now and will only be revealed closer to the ceremony, which will be held on Friday, 28 June.The nominees are as follows:· Best soundtrack in a feature film or theatrical documentary:Daniel Baron nominated for Wrongfully Detained Philip Miller nominated for Leaving FatherSven Larsen nominated for Afro Slow· Best song or composition in a television production:Alan Lazar nominated for Scandal  Gregory Reveret nominated for Loxion Kulca RootsJames Barnard nominated for Limpopo· Best song or composition in a television commercial:David Waugh nominated for the Toyota commercialJames Barnard nominated for the Sunlight Liquid commercialLouis Enslin nominated for the Outsurance commercial· Best song or composition in a radio commercial:James Barnard nominated for the White Star commercialClaude Gombard nominated for the Coke Malawi commercialRene Veldsman nominated for the Shoprite commercial· Best creative album of the year:Coenie De Villiers nominated for Hart van GlasBlack Porcelain nominated for Invincible SummerLira nominated for Return to Love· Songwriter of the year:Wendy OldfieldJoshua KempenLira· Best South African duo/group: Lonehill EstateTumi and the VolumeThe Soil· Best female artist and composer/co-composer:LiraNothende MadumoBlack Porcelain· Best male artist and composer/co-composer: Daniel BaronJohnstone MnyanduClaude Gombardlast_img read more

Opportunities for sub-surface nutrient placement in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As regulations related to fertilizer application increase across the Midwest, many producers are evaluating the feasibility of applying fertilizers below the soil surface. Often, it is unclear which types of implements are best suited to meet the nutrient management goals set for your farm. Equipment capable of sub-surface placement can vary in horsepower requirements, placement options, and the level of tillage. To help identify which implement(s) is best suited for your farm, the Ohio State Precision Ag Team compiled a list of sub-surface placement benefits and categorized available equipment options.  Here are several benefits of sub-surface placement of fertilizers:• It makes fertilizers readily available for crop uptake.• It can potentially reduce pre-plant field passes to a single operation, conserving fuel and reducing compaction.• Strip-till, sub-surface placement equipment allows for optimal seedbed preparation, improving planter performance.• It can reduce off-site transport of fertilizer in overland runoff.For a decision aiding tool, we categorized currently available sub-surface placement implements into one of the four categories:1. “Deep rip and placement” implements apply a fertilizer band (generally three to eight inches) of liquid, dry, or anhydrous, prior to the growing season and usually involve some type of tillage or seedbed modification. They are generally able to operate three- to six-miles per hour in a minimal till to strip-till environment.2. “Zone mixing” type implements mix fertilizer and soil in a tilled zone generally around eight inches wide wide and six inches deep. Typically uses a multiple coulter setup to induce a thorough mixing action on the soil while blending liquid, or dry fertilizer or manure. Generally able to operate in the seven- to 12-miles per hour range in a strip-till or similar environment.3.“Injection” type implements apply a shallow, narrow band of fertilizer (generally three to five inches), of liquid, dry, or anhydrous fertilizer. Typically, these implements use a single coulter or similar opener to inject the fertilizer product into a thin opening of the soil. These implements normally operate in the seven- to 12- miles per hour range in a no-till or minimal till environment.4. Broadcast then Incorporate application is typically conducted by a dual spinner-disc spreader followed by incorporation through disc, field cultivator, or similar tillage tool. Incorporation can be done any time after the broadcast application, but preferably within three to five days.last_img read more