first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions jeopardised their chances of a semi-final spot in the Regional Super50 when they stumbled to a 73-run defeat at the hands of Barbados Pride following another weak batting effort here yesterday. Chasing 247 for victory at the National Cricket Centre, Scorpions collapsed from a strong position of 61 without loss after eight overs to 173 all out off 46.5 overs, to suffer their third loss of the competition and slip to third spot in Group A. With their win, Pride moved into second on 14 points and can confirm their semi-final berth with a win over hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the final round of matches tomorrow. Scorpions, who remained on ten points, can still qualify for the semi-finals but need to beat ICC Americas in their final game also tomorrow and hope Pride lose to Red Force. However, they could have avoided the unnecessary permutations had they not squandered a great start from openers John Campbell, who scored 42 and rookie Jermaine Harrison who struck 22. Once they were separated, however, wickets fell steadily as Pride bowlers slowly dissected the innings. In-form right-hander Andre McCarthy resisted with 33 from 63 balls but found no support, with the last six wickets tumbling for 57 runs. Part-time medium pacer Jonathan Carter once again made his presence felt with three for 26, while Test left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican snapped up three for 32. Earlier, attacking opener Dwayne Smith broke out of his slump with a powerful 86 to lead Pride’s charge to 246 for nine off their 50 overs, after they were sent in. The right-hander got support from wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich with 48, while tail-ender Ashley Nurse chimed in with 23. Skipper Campbell claimed three for 57 with his off-spin, while Test fast bowler Jerome Taylor picked up two for 30. Facing a must-win scenario in order to remain alive in the competition, Pride started poorly when Taylor removed both openers with just 33 runs on the board. He removed the proflic Kraigg Brathwaite, caught at the wicket for one in the third over with nine runs on the board and returned to prise out another Test batsman Shai Hope for four, also caught behind in the ninth over. Man of the Match Smith, coming off scores of two, one, four and nought, added 33 for the third wicket with left-hander Jonathan Carter who scored 16 before he was run out in a bad mix-up in the 16th over. Smith then combined with Shamarh Brooks (20) in a pivotal 66-run stand for the fourth wicket which once again gave the innings momentum.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentEach year, Ohio Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development process surfaces those issues that have a significant impact on production agriculture, our food system and our communities. These priorities are where Farm Bureau will focus efforts for the continued strength and success of Ohio agriculture in 2019.STATE PRIORITY ISSUESSTATE BUDGET No bill is more important to the operation of key state agencies and programs that support agriculture than the state’s two year operating budget. The Ohio Department of Agriculture must be funded at levels that allow it to effectively carry out its core mission as well as responsibilities such as the ongoing implementation of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act, nutrient management regulations, fertilizer applicator certifications, meat processing inspections, livestock care standards, dog breeding and oversight of Ohio’s Soil & Water Conservation Division. Farm Bureau also will support funding for water quality programs that produce science-based data and strategies, and can verify on-the-ground practices and results to protect Ohio’s water resources. This includes support for the Ohio Sea Grant program, OSU Extension and Heidelberg’s Water Quality Lab as well as dollars for infrastructure and equipment needed to solve the problem. Funding for Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the Agricultural Technical Institute, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and agricultural education programs is also vital to agriculture’s success. Many other policy decisions that affect Ohio’s rural economy will be made in the budget. Farm Bureau will engage on these issues, which may include workforce development programming at Ohio’s land grant institutions, including both Ohio State University and Central State, health care accessibility and various regulatory changes.RIGHT TO FARM Challenges to private property rights continue to be an issue across Ohio whether from governmental entities or private companies and organizations. Farm Bureau will advocate for additional landowner protections including further clarification of eminent domain power for private uses, streamlined judicial procedures and stronger requirements for local government use of private land. Mounting pressure against agricultural and property rights are also becoming more prevalent from other avenues such as ballot initiatives, judicial challenges or nuisance lawsuits. Farm Bureau will continue to engage in these spaces fighting for the ability of farmers to be able to freely and responsibly operate for generations to come.WATER QUALITY Farm Bureau will be a leader in helping identify solutions and opportunities to help address our water quality challenges and reduce nutrient runoff. Creating a clean water trust to have dedicated resources needed for science-based solutions will be a priority. Advancing research and real-world examples of the best land management practices and sharing those results with both farmers and consumers will continue to be the focus of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network. Creating tools and programs that assist our members in implementing best management practices on their farms will be a key component. Farm Bureau will remain focused on being the voice for agriculture in making sure we have a seat at the table and that discussions surrounding policies to combat water quality issues remain fair, targeted and science-based.TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE The integration, maintenance and expansion of the state’s highway, rail, water and air systems is important to ensure all Ohioans have access to vital goods, services and markets. Having a properly maintained and funded transportation network is critical. Farm owners and their employees also need access to this transportation network based on reasonable regulations for their goods and farm machinery. Farm Bureau will work to ensure those regulations include Commercial Driver’s License and axle weight limit exemptions for the operation of farm trucks and/or transporting machinery as part of farm and agribusiness operations. As infrastructure improvements are made, Farm Bureau will be there to make sure farm machinery will continue to have access to the roadways. To increase economic development, educational opportunities, and competitiveness, Farm Bureau supports legislation and initiatives that bring proper infrastructure and affordable broadband and high speed internet access to unserved and underserved parts of the state.YOUNG & BEGINNING FARMERS AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Ohio Farm Bureau will continue to pursue incentives for young and beginning farmers. With many farmers approaching retirement, it is crucial for the next generation to be able to step into that role. Farm Bureau will explore the option of tax incentives to assist young and beginning farmers along with other incentives or regulatory hurdles to make Ohio agriculture attractive and accessible for generations to come. To ensure strong communities and Ohio’s role as an agricultural leader, employers need a skilled and reliable workforce. Many jobs in agriculture require the kind of training students are receiving today in career tech and agricultural education programs. Farm Bureau will advocate for career tech education to encourage growth of ag education programs as well as support the FFA and 4-H programs particularly with student access to excellent facilities.BUSINESS CLIMATE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Value-added enterprises in Ohio, such as food processors, wineries and distilleries, create numerous economic opportunities for local businesses including farms. Farm Bureau will continue to support the development of businesses that produce value-added products from locally grown agricultural commodities. Whether discussing uncertainty surrounding regulations, paperwork or simply the struggle to meet all the regulations and stay in business, regulatory reform must continue to be at the forefront of discussions when addressing Ohio’s business climate.ENERGY Agriculture is being called upon to provide feed stocks to help produce energy, as well as accommodate generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure on farmland. Farm Bureau will advocate for greater transparency and education for royalty holders. Additionally, it is important to promote a diversified energy portfolio and continue to assist in the development of the state’s comprehensive energy policy.DRUG EPIDEMIC Opiate addiction has become an epidemic in the state, harming families and impeding workforce development for employers. Ohio Farm Bureau will connect members with efforts led by experts working in prevention, treatment and law enforcement. While engaging a wide range of stakeholders, OFBF will focus on grassroots initiatives that offer prevention strategies for youth and adult leaders of youth programs such as 4-H and FFA.FEDERAL PRIORITY ISSUESFARM ECONOMY Farm Bureau will support actions to mitigate the impacts of a downturn in crop prices, as well as actions to address the specific needs of beginning farmers. Farm Bureau will work to advance legislation that addresses agriculture’s long- and short-term labor needs including support for needed immigration reform. We will continue our work on tax reform legislation by supporting the full implementation of enacted provisions that reduce farmers’ tax burden and make sure the provisions in the farm bill are fully and responsibly implemented.REGULATORY REFORMAll Americans, including farmers, need a regulatory system that is fair, takes economic impacts into account and respects our freedoms. Farm Bureau will oppose expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, strive to advance legislation to reform the Endangered Species Act, preserve farmers’ land-use and water rights, and improve the federal regulatory process.TECHNOLOGY Technology enables farmers to be more productive and efficient in using resources. Farm Bureau will protect farmers’ access to and use of biotechnology, crop protectants and other tools, and support efforts to help consumers understand the importance of the use of technologies in agriculture. Farm Bureau also will work to protect farmers’ interests concerning other technologies, including electronic monitoring and reporting as well as data management and services.TRADEWith 95 percent of the world’s population living outside the United States, American farmers must have access to foreign markets if we are to boost farm profitability and sustain our agricultural industry for the next generation. Farm Bureau will work for greater access to global markets both through new trade agreements and enforcement of existing trade commitments.INFRASTRUCTUREThe nation’s roads, bridges, locks and dams, ports and waterway system are vital components of the transportation network needed for agriculture’s success. There are decades worth of backlogs for needed repairs and improvements to the U.S. transportation infrastructure and Farm Bureau will continue to advocate for investments in these important areas.Along with transportation, the need for more access to broadband technologies and higher speed internet throughout rural Ohio remains a priority to boost our economy and create opportunities for job development and growth.Online ExtraAmerican Farm Bureau releases Strategic Action Plan Goals for 2019  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

first_imgJames watched from the Lakers’ bench in street clothes. The four-time NBA MVP has resumed shooting, but coach Luke Walton still isn’t guessing how long he will be out.Kyle Kuzma also sat out the second half for the Lakers with a bruised lower back. The starting forward had just four points in the first half.Westbrook recorded his 115th career triple-double despite his horrific shooting, which included a 1-of-7 showing on 3-pointers. Westbrook still has 11 triple-doubles this season and eight in his last 15 games.George also struggled with his outside shooting, going 2 of 11 from beyond the arc, but otherwise carved up the Lakers’ perimeter defense despite picking up his third foul in the first quarter and heading to the bench amid a chorus of delighted boos. When he returned in the second quarter, George immediately went to work with 13 points in nine minutes.George and the Thunder appeared to draw motivation from the booing. George got a technical foul for slapping the backboard after slamming an alley-oop from Westbrook, who mimicked Lakers guard Lance Stephenson’s air guitar celebration moments later when George drew a foul from Stephenson while hitting a jumper.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George reacts after making a basket during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Thunder won 107-100. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Paul George scored 37 points while getting booed whenever he touched the ball by Lakers fans still angry he didn’t choose their team in free agency, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 107-100 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.Russell Westbrook had 14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists despite 3-for-20 shooting, but his fellow Southern California native was the center of attention in the Thunder’s only visit to the Lakers this season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Lakers fell into another fourth-quarter scoring drought, going more than six minutes without a field goal while the Thunder made an 11-0 run.TIP-INSThunder: Spanish guard Alex Abrines missed his fifth consecutive game for personal reasons. … The Thunder host the Lakers on Jan. 17.Lakers: Rajon Rondo also missed his fourth straight game and watched from the bench. The veteran point guard won’t be back from hand surgery for a month. … Michael Beasley missed his 13th consecutive game for personal reasons. His mother died last month.UP NEXTThunder: At Trail Blazers on Friday.Lakers: Host Knicks on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next George scored nine points in the fourth quarter while the Thunder rallied from a five-point deficit and easily held on for their seventh win in 10 games.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half for the Lakers, who dropped to 1-3 during LeBron James’ absence with a groin injury. Los Angeles has lost six of nine overall after its offense managed just six field goals in the fourth quarter, along with the Lakers’ usual awful free-throw shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe boos started early for George, whose perceived crime is his decision to re-sign quickly with Oklahoma City when he became a free agent last summer. George didn’t even deign to meet with the Lakers about a return to his home state after years of hopeful speculation by Lakers fans and Magic Johnson, who wanted to team James with George.Some Lakers fans chanted “We don’t need you!” at George in the fourth quarter while he sewed up the Thunder’s win. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jimmy Alapag joins San Miguel coaching staff View commentslast_img read more