Daniele Scardina, Francesco Patera score impressive wins in Milan

first_imgA low blow by Patera in the third round caused a short delay before the rapid pace continued. Hyland (20-2, seven KOs) gave it his all in the fourth but was reckless in his attack. Patera responded by showing his pedigree with an onslaught of hooks to the body.The fight was temporarily halted in the fifth when Hyland slipped on water in the corner. Another low blow from Patera paused the action again in a round that never really got going until the last 10 seconds when a left hook to the liver dropped Hyland for the second time in the fight.In the sixth, Hyland went down for the third time after another body shot, and it wasn’t long before the Belgian champ landed another to drop Hyland one last time. The referee called off the fight at 1:50 of the round. Daniele Scardina retained his IBF International super middleweight title with a classy unanimous decision victory over Alessandro Goddi at the Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy, on Friday.Judges scored the 10-round bout 98-92, 96-94 and 96-94 for “King Toretto,” who was making his first title defense since beating Henri Kekalainen for the belt last March.  Scardina (17-0, 14 KOs) used his reach to keep Goddi (35-5-1, 17 KOs) at bay early, but Goddi worked to get past the jab and land on the inside. He got through on more than one occasion but to little effect.In the fourth round, Scardina landed an uppercut that sent his opponent backward. The champion, who hails from Rozzano, Italy, but fights out of Miami, then began to wear down his Sicilian foe with perfectly placed jabs, body shots and overhand rights en route to the comfortable decision.Join DAZN to watch pver 100 fights a yearCo-main event: Francesco Patera continues reign with sixth-round TKO of Paul Hyland Jr.Patera made his second defense of the EBU European lightweight title and extended his unbeaten run to four fights since losing to Edis Tatli in December 2017.Both men started at a frantic pace and traded hooks from the opening bell, with Patera (22-3, eight KOs) focusing mainly on the body. An accidental clash of heads at the end of the Round 1 caused cuts to Patera’s right eye and the top of Hyland’s head.Hyland looked to focus on the cut to Patera’s eye in the second round but left himself open to the counter, and Patera landed a right hand to score a knockdown with 10 seconds left in the round.last_img read more

South Africa, Saudi Arabia deepen ties

first_img30 April 2012 There is great potential for increased trade and investment between South Africa and Saudi Arabia, International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said during a meeting with his counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Abdullah, in Riyadh on the weekend. Ebrahim, who is on a two-nation tour of the Middle East and Asia, said South Africa had significant investment interests in Saudi Arabia, through various companies in the engineering, hospitality, retail and health care industries. Oil accounts for more than 90 percent of Saudi Arabia’s exports, and the kingdom is presently the largest supplier of crude oil to South Africa. According to Ebrahim, bilateral trade between South Africa and Saudi Arabia amounted to more than R37-billion in 2011 – despite the fact that relations between the two countries were “not at the level that they should or could be”. “We appreciate the importance of Saudi Arabia in an international and regional context, and have taken some steps to address the unsatisfactory state of affairs.” The deputy minister said President Jacob Zuma had extended invitations to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud and his foreign minister to visit South Africa. “We hope that these visits can take place soon, as the memorandum of understanding for the establishment of regular bilateral political consultations is ready for signature,” “Furthermore, allow me to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to you to undertake a visit to South Africa to further strengthen our bilateral standing,” Ebrahim said. South Africa and Saudi Arabia have so far signed eight bilateral agreements together providing a framework for co-operation, and the South Africa and Saudi Arabia Business Council was established in 2009. The two countries have also established a joint defence committee and a joint committee on science and technology. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ohio field crops face challenges from too much water

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CornFor corn that survives significant flooding, there could be a season of challenges ahead.“Even if the ponding doesn’t kill plants outright, it may have a long-term negative impact on crop performance. Growers need to watch their fields closely for root and stalk rot, which can lead to lodging problems later in the season and could have negative impact on yields,” said Peter Thomison, Ohio State University Extension corn specialist. “The muddy, saturated fields have prevented producers from being able to spray and fertilize causing concerns over disease, growing pest presence, and increasing weed pressure. Fields washed out from prior rain events have yet to be replanted due to continued rain, and there is speculation it will be too late to replant. Yellowing of field crops and areas of sudden death are popping up around the state.”Thomison said that moving forward, the success of flooded corn is dependent on three factors: what growth stage the crops were in at the time of the flooding event; how long the plants experienced ponding; and the air and soil temperatures during the event.“Plants past the V6 growth stage should survive pretty well,” he said. “Prior to the 6-leaf collar stage, as measured by visible leaf collars, or when the growing point is at or below the soil surface, corn can usually survive only two to four days of flooded conditions.“Plants prior to the V6 growth stage are more vulnerable to damage from ponding and saturated soil conditions. The oxygen supply in the soil is depleted after about 48 hours in flooded soil. Without oxygen, the plant cannot perform critical life-sustaining functions. If temperatures are warm during ponding — greater than 77 degrees F — plants may not survive 24 hours.”Corn that does survive flooding might face a nitrogen deficiency later, Thomison said.“Excess moisture during the early vegetative stages retards corn root development. As a result, plants may be subject to greater injury during a dry summer because root systems are not sufficiently developed to access available subsoil water,” he said. “Many Ohio fields are pockmarked with spots where the corn plants are stunted, which is exacerbated by the nitrogen-loss issue.” SoybeansShaun Casteel, a Purdue University soybean specialist, said that although conditions for planting were marginal to begin with, the positive development is that there has been enough moisture to allow root systems to grow through compacted soil. Nitrogen loss has gone well beyond normal, though, so soybean plants may need “a shot in the arm” with additional nitrogen when conditions warrantThe wet conditions have set the stage for soybean diseases that could plague the surviving crops for weeks to come. OSU Extension plant pathologist Anne Dorrance pointed out the importance of scouting for foliar diseases to try and salvage profitability from flooded soybeans stands.“Foliar pathogens have the most impact on soybeans at the later growth stages (R3 to R6) by reducing the photosynthetic area of the leaves that contribute to pod development and seed growth,” she said in a recent CORN Newsletter. “Soybeans also have an uncanny ability to compensate for missing neighbors. The profitability measure for the 2015 season will be to scout for the occurrence of diseases after flowering R3 and choose the best fungicide if necessary.”Dorrance compiled a list of key diseases to scout for:1. Septoria brown spotThis is a lower canopy disease, which surprisingly, we have not been getting too many reports of this year. Where we are, it is from fields that are planted into continuous soybean and have heavy residue. Even in these situations, the yield loss for this is still on average two to three bushels per acre. 2. Frogeye leaf spotThis disease we are monitoring, not only because there are a few highly susceptible varieties but also because there are reports from Illinois, Indiana, and up and down the Mississippi of populations that are no longer managed by the strobilurin class of fungicides. If you see it, please send this to the lab immediately, so we can run some tests. We have seen yield differences with low levels of disease (5% to 12% leaf area affected) of five to 10 bushels per acre. This is the one to keep an eye out for and the timing for sprays is between R3 and early R4. 3. Sclerotinia stem rot or white moldFor those fields with a long history of this disease, this can cause problems when we have cool nights (no air conditioning turned on in your house) and heavy dews. We have started our scouting for this pathogen as fields begin to get closer to flowering. However, for those historic areas where white mold is always present and a susceptible to moderately susceptible variety was planted, a fungicide may be necessary this year. The key is the timing, and coverage of the fungicide in the field. The target area is the lower part of the stem. Some cautions: we have not been able to reduce white mold with a fungicide nor with a herbicide if the field is planted to a highly susceptible variety and the crop is in full flower and infections have already occurred. These materials mainly work as protectants and have to be on the plant at those lower nodes to protect it prior to the arrival of the pathogen.In terms of possible materials to use for controlling white mold Dorrance pointed out the following in a recent CORN Newsletter.Approach: we have measured significant reductions in white mold when we applied this fungicide at Western branch right before flowering followed by a second application 10 days later.Endura: we have measured significant reductions in white mold with this fungicide with one application timed at R1 when a few plants are beginning to flower in the field.Phoenix and Cadet Herbicides: both have reduced the incidence of white mold in trials in northeast Ohio. If you are also going after weed escapes, this may also be a tool to consider.Topsin M: this has been the standby white mold fungicide, but for the past three years, we have not been able to measure reductions in disease.“For foliar pathogens there is time to let the plants recover and take a look later in the growing season to determine if the pathogens are present,” Dorrance said. “This is the year to focus those scouting efforts on highly susceptible varieties. For historic white mold areas, this will be another year to implement measures on those highly to moderately susceptible varieties.”WheatJust as it was approaching harvest in late June, the northwest Ohio wheat crop was pummeled by another round of heavy rains, creating quality and harvest delay concerns.“Late harvest coupled with excessive rainfall mean more time for late-season mold growth, mycotoxin accumulation, test weight reduction, and sprouting, all of which collectively could result in poor overall grain quality,” wrote Pierce Paul and Laura Lindsey with OSU Extension in a recent CORN Newsletter.Low test weights and resprouting can be significant problems if the mature grain is rewetted. Mold is another concern with wet weather and harvest delays.“To fungi, mature wheat heads are nothing more than dead plant tissue ready to be colonized. Under warm, wet conditions, saprophytic fungi (and even fungi known to cause diseases such as wheat scab) readily colonize wheat heads, resulting in a dark moldy cast being formed over the heads and straw. This problem is particularly severe on lodged wheat,” they wrote. “In general, the growth of blackish saprophytic molds on the surface of the grain usually does not affect the grain. However, the growth of pathogens, usually whitish or pinkish mold, could result in low test weights and poor overall grain quality. In particular, in those fields with head scab, vomitoxin may build-up to higher levels in the grain, leading to further grain quality reduction and dockage. While vomitoxin contamination is generally higher in fields with high levels of wheat scab, it is not uncommon to find above two parts per million vomitoxin in late-harvested fields that have been exposed to excessive moisture. Even in the absence of visual scab symptoms, the fungi that produce vomitoxin may still colonize grain and produce toxins if harvest is delayed.”To maintain quality, the wheat should be dried below 15% moisture before storage. HayOf course the wet conditions in many parts of Ohio have made it very challenging for hay growers. While it can be extremely frustrating to watch hay quality deteriorate in the field, OSU Extension forage specialist Mark Sulc has been emphasizing the need for patience.“They know that forage quality is declining with each day that goes by,” Sulc said. “However, I want to urge hay producers to change their focus and be patient, to make sure their hayfields are dry enough to support their equipment before they try to get out on them once the sun starts to shine again.“The loss of quality in one cutting, even the complete loss of the value of one cutting, is less than ruining a forage stand for the remainder of its productive life by running equipment on ground that is still too soft, especially if it is a younger stand. So do what is really easy for me to say, but super hard to practice right now — just be patient. Take the long look and wait until the field is dry enough to support the equipment without damaging the forage stand.”Sulc also said that these more overgrown fields of hay are much more tolerant to flooding damage than newly harvested hay fields.last_img read more

Virat Kohli bags Ceat International Cricketer of the Year award

first_imgVirat Kohli had also won the best player award in 2011-12India’s top batsman Virat Kohli on Monday won the Ceat International Cricketer of the Year award while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the fastest player from the country to pick 100 Test wickets, bagged the Indian Player of the Year award for 2013-14.Left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan was named the International Player of the Year while Robin Uthappa, who was part of the triumphant Karnataka Ranji Trophy team, clinched the Domestic Cricketer of the Year honour at a function held here tonight.Kohli had won the best player award in 2011-12 too. India`s under-19 cricketer Vijay Zol got the Young Player of the Year award while yesteryear stumper Syed Kirmani, one of the finest behind the stumps who was also part of the 1983 World Cup winning team, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Kirmani played in 88 Tests and 49 ODIs.Australian Mitchell Johnson, who was instrumental in his country winning the Ashes Series in overwhelming fashion against England at home, and compatriot Glenn Maxwell received the Test Player of the Year and Popular Choice awards respectively, while Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan got the T20 Player of the award.”It`s good to see an Indian (Kohli) win the main award again and that he has won it for the second time at such a young age should inspire other youngsters also to win the coveted award,” said former India skipper and chief adjudicator of Ceat Cricket Rating, Sunil Gavaskar.”It`s also wonderful to see Syed Kirmani being recognised for his tremendous service to Indian cricket. He is, without doubt, one of India`s all-time greats,” said Gavaskar in a tribute to his former teammate.advertisementHe also noted that the awards had reached its 19th year of existence after being given away for the first time in 1995.VVS Laxman, after giving the award to Ashwin, noted that when he first saw Ashwin in a Duleep Trophy game in 2007 he never thought the lanky Chennai bowler would go on to play Test cricket for India. “I thought him as a one day bowler, but he improved as a bowler, increased his variations. He’s a smart man and he has 4-5 variations, but the important thing is when to use them. Sometimes that goes against him,” said the former Test batsman.Ashwin, asked by compeer and former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja why off spinners like him tended to bowl round the wicket to right handed batsmen, said it was primarily to create doubts. “Nowadays the batsmen play right as well as right handed with the switch hits and reverse sweeps etc. They play 360 degrees and bowling round the wicket, I feel, creates some doubt as it brings in a new angle (into the picture),” he said.Ashwin said the same on why he sometimes stopped before delivering the ball. “It’s all about creating doubt (in batsman’s mind). Some batsmen come hard at you. But I have not used this (stop and bowl) for quite some time now,” he said about a tactic he has used in the past and got criticised by experts.Ashwin said he was a big fan of Shane Warne’s bowling and called the great Australian leggie a “master strategist”.”I have also talked to (Sri Lankan) Muttiah Muralitharan,” he said at his acceptance speech. Utthappa, after receiving the award, said he was on the right track after becoming the highest scorer in IPL7 with ten scores of 40 and above.”I think it wouldn’t have been so sweet if we hadn’t won (the IPL title). In one game we lost six wickets for two runs and each of us was hurt after that,” he said.He also praised domestic cricket for its intensity. “We play a game every week and also travel. It can be pretty challenging. It takes a lot to play well consistently at that level which is one step below international cricket,” he said.last_img