A new survey by the AHDB/HGCA has suggested the 2014 planted area for wheat could increase by as much as 22%, following the drop seen this season.The Early Bird Survey of farmers’ planting intention revealed a sharp rise in the total area of wheat and winter barley for next year’s harvest, compared to the last.A team of agronomists assessed 280,000 hectares of arable land across Great Britain and have estimated that the total wheat area, including spring wheat, will rise to approximately 1.98m hectares.Jack Watts, lead analyst, AHDB/HGCA, said: “This autumn we’ve had good drilling conditions across the UK and, as a consequence, we are looking at a return to a more normal cropping mix for harvest 2014 following a large shift to spring cropping in 2013.“The return of a more normal UK wheat area is the first step to the UK returning to the export market, although yields and quality remain weather-dependent. History shows that when farmers are able to turn intentions into reality, the Early Bird Survey gives a good indication of areas for key autumn sown crops in the UK.”In March British Baker reported that the planted area for winter wheat was down 25% on December 2011 figures.The results of the AHDB/HGCA’s December Planting Survey, issued on 1 December, will be published in February 2014.
Though it looked like a science fair on the outside, what with all the poster boards on display, Wednesday’s Literary Homecoming was a success, drawing delegates from the campus’s literary scene and students looking to find their lit niches, and get a foot in the door, too.Sponsored by the Woodberry Poetry Room, the Literary Homecoming gathered inside the Barker Center representatives from the English Department, the Harvard Review, the Harvard Advocate, Speak Out Loud, and Tuesday magazine, among others.English concentrator Amy Robinson ’15 was stationed at a table for Tuesday magazine. Robinson, who writes fiction and nonfiction, learned of the publication at last fall’s activities fair, and now she’s co-president. “Tuesday is such a great magazine, and it’s new and it’s small, so anyone getting involved can have a big influence,” she said.“Tuesday is such a great magazine, and it’s new and it’s small, so anyone getting involved can have a big influence,” said Amy Robinson ’15.Nearby, Bryan Erickson ’15 and Cassandra Euphrat Weston ’14 manned a spot for Speak Out Loud, Harvard’s spoken word poetry organization. “This group was created out of a need and a desire for a space for spoken word to exist, and for collaboration,” said Erickson. The group sponsors open mic nights in Ticknor Lounge and hosts workshops.“We’re not just creating a community of poetry, but poetry that’s often very personal. That kind of vulnerability is important on an analytical campus,” said Euphrat Weston.Freshmen roommates Yinka Ogunbiyi ’16 and Julia Haney ’16 mingled among the crowd. “I came to find out what’s available for people interested in writing and being exposed to what’s going on at Harvard in publishing and editing,” said Ogunbiyi, a London native who likes writing short stories and poems. “An internship at the Harvard Review sounds interesting.”“We’re just trying to understand what this place has to offer,” added Haney. “And it’s nice that it’s all consolidated.”Crouched in a corner, Harvard Law School student Joel Knopf picked through stacks of free literary magazines. Knopf said he is at work on the second draft of a young adult novel and came to the event to find opportunities to work creatively at Harvard.Harvard Law School student Joel Knopf stops by the Harvard Review table.Arts @ 29 Garden program manager Bess Paupeck spun records on a turntable. The records were pressed with mash-ups of student responses to Woodberry Poetry Room recordings, and were made during a Winter Session creative writing workshop. “This January, we’re doing an arts journalism and criticism workshop with the Nieman Fellows,” Paupeck said.Amy Hempel, the Briggs-Copeland lecturer in fiction, chatted with students and said that when it came to literature at Harvard “people are really open for business. No one is refusing possibilities.”Echoing that sentiment was Woodberry Poetry Room Director Christina Davis, who congratulated everyone in attendance for being a part of “the flourishing of the arts and a reinvention of pre-existing publications and presses and a start-up energy fueling new indie organizations.”“The reason the Department of English and everyone facilitated this event for the first time ever is because of how seriously Harvard takes creative writing, arguably as seriously as it takes the sciences,” said Bret Anthony Johnston, director of creative writing in the English Department. “It’s because of the work you’re doing, and the caliber of that work. … And it’s what you continue to do once you leave here and publish, and produce your plays, and your screenplays are made into movies. You’re giving Harvard the obligation to take writing seriously, and for that I thank you.”
Melbourne: Cricket legend Allan Border has handpicked Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan and Aaron Finch as the three skippers to watch out for in the ICC ODI World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. Border, who led Australia to World Cup triumph in 1987, said Kohli’s aggressive and “in-your-face” style of captaincy makes him a different kind of a leader than Morgan and Finch. “Virat Kohli, I think he’s a different type of captain. He’s a bit more of a boisterous-type player and wears his heart on his sleeve,” Border told cricket.com.au.”So the players know if they’ve stuffed up because he’s one of those really in-your-face-type skippers.”Border, who captained Australia in 178 ODIs, however refused to rank the trio in any order but is mighty impressed with Morgan under whose leadership England have reached the pinnacle of ODI cricket. RELATED “England, I think they’re doing exceptionally well. They’ve brought a different game plan to the table which is going to be interesting to see how it pans out in the World Cup. They’re a dangerous side because of it and you know as the bowling group you’re under pressure,” he said.”The way it looks to me, they might drop the odd game but they’re going to win enough games to get through to the semi-finals and that’s what it’s all about.”That game plan under Trevor Bayliss as coach and Eoin Morgan, I think he’s a seriously good one-day cricketer, and he’s as good a captain as there is going around.Tactically he’s very good and their game plan at the moment is a dangerous game plan to play against.”The 63-year-old former left-handed batsman was also impressed with compatriot Finch’s leadership qualities, especially under difficult circumstances.”Aaron Finch is doing a great job. He’s got a good feel around the group, I think that’s what he brings to his captaincy,” Border said.”Everyone knows their responsibilities and it’s a good environment to play in. So that’s a good start as a captain. He’s done a very good job.Tactically, I think they (Kohli, Morgan and Finch) all do very well.” highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The World Cup is set to begin on May 30 as England play South Africa. Allan Border led Australia to the first World Cup title. Australia will play Afghanistan in their first league game.
?OMAHA, Neb. ?Cal State Fullerton was thinking big. Wisconsin was plain old big. In the end,it was the big bodies that prevailed over the big hopes.Thethird-seeded Badgers were able to overpower the 14th-seeded Titans, shuttingdown the upset bid Thursday night with a 71-56 victory that advanced them tothe second round of the NCAA tournament.That doesn?tmean it was easy, though. CSF didn?t back down from UW, keeping it closethroughout and even providing a little bit of a scare early on.?This is theNCAA tournament. You expect everything. You expect good teams and you expect togive your best. It?s win or go home,? senior Brian Butch said. ?We knew theywere a heck of a team when we got here, and they fought us hard and continuedto fight us hard the entire game.?Though Cal Stateheld a brief 31-30 second-half lead, Wisconsin used a 15-3 run to pull away forthe win.?This teamhas played a lot of games, and we?ve been down and we?ve come back fromdeficits,? junior Marcus Landry said. ?This team has matured, and we showedthat tonight. We didn?t panic. We stayed focused and stuck to the game plan.?CSF?sstarting lineup included two players under six feet, and the biggest Titanplayer in the rotation stood at just 6-feet-5-inches. With such a large sizeadvantage, UW was able to grab 51 rebounds, just one off of its season high and24 more than its opponent.?It doesn?treally matter how small they are,? Butch said. ?They did a pretty good job ofcontrolling us on the glass for a while.?One of theTitans? smallest players, 5-foot-11-inch guard Josh Akognon was the one doingthe most damage. The guard went off for 31 points, including five made3-pointers, pulled down eight rebounds, and almost single-handedly kept thegame close at times.?He hit sometough shots to put up some points there, but he?s a great player,? guard JasonBohannon said. ?We just tried to focus on our defense and make them do thingsthey didn?t want to do.?Fullertoncame out of the gates firing, eventually opening up a 16-10 lead before a 16-2Wisconsin run made it 26-18. Just when it looked like UW was starting to takecontrol though, the Titans ran off an 8-0 stretch of its own to tie the game at28 before a Greg Stiemsma put-back made it 30-28 at the half.?Every gamehas a run,? Butch said. ?They had a run, and we had a run.?Wisconsinwas able to wear down its opponent early in the second half by getting Fullertoninto foul trouble. The Titans picked up 25 fouls over the course of the game ? 16in the second half ? and lost second-leading scorer and rebounder FrankRobinson when the senior fouled out with almost ten minutes left to play in thegame.?You know wehad a hard time, because of that foul situation,? Titan coach Bob Burton said.?We wanted to get pressure and every time we seemed to get close, there was afoul. Frank Robinson started to play really good, and the next minute he fouledout of the game. It really had our rotation kind of fouled up because we?rereally not that deep of a team.?UW washampered by some foul trouble of its own in the first half as sophomore TrevonHughes picked up a pair of fouls in the game?s first eight minutes and wasforced to sit the rest of the half. Hughes played most of the second half,however, and finished the game with eight points and four steals.Butch ledthe team in scoring with 14 points while Joe Krabbenhoft and Jason Bohannoneach had 13. Landry finished the game with 12 rebounds.?We kind of all tryto do the little things, the intangibles,? senior Greg Stiemsma said. ?It mightnot always be the prettiest game, but we?ve been winning with it so we?re goingto stick to it.?
Obafemi Martins pounced on a calamitous Arsenal defensive mix-up two minutes from time as Birmingham City claimed their first major silverware since 1963 by winning the Carling Cup at Wembley.Martins, on loan from Rubin Kazan, took advantage of a fatal communication breakdown between Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny to strike the late blow that clinched victory for Blues boss Alex McLeish and his men, sending their supporters into ecstasy.The striker, on as substitute for Keith Fahey, had the simplest of chances after Koscielny attempted to clear when Szczesny came to collect Nikola Zigic’s tame header to extend the north Londoners’ six-year wait for a trophy.Zigic gave Birmingham a first-half lead but Robin van Persie’s spectacular volley restored parity before the interval in an enthralling Wembley final.In contrast to the crestfallen figure of Szczesny, Birmingham were indebted to their keeper Ben Foster – penalty shoot-out hero of Manchester United’s win in this competition in 2009 – for a magnificent display that rightly earned him the man-of-the match award.Foster was outstanding throughout, denying Samir Nasri on three occasions and also saving splendidly from Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner. Birmingham, who also hit the woodwork through Fahey, were a model of determination and resilience as well as positive intent and their success is a tribute to the outstanding work of manager McLeish.Defender Roger Johnson was another commanding figure and all the bravery displayed by him and his team-mates in the face of a late Arsenal onslaught was rewarded in sensational circumstances in the dying moments.Arsenal, robbed of captain Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott through injury, never hit the heights and that moment of defensive madness means Wenger has still not laid his hands on a trophy since winning the FA Cup against Manchester United in 2005.There was a moment of contention almost instantly when Lee Bowyer raced clear into the area and was hauled down by Szczesny for what would have been a penalty and, in all probability, a red card for the keeper.The Gunners were relieved as the linesman’s flag had already been raised – but their opponents were frustrated by the fact that the decision was incorrect. Arsenal nearly increased Birmingham’s sense of injustice when Arshavin forced Foster into a fine save on the turn as the favourites attempted to exert early authority.Zigic’s selection owed much to his obvious aerial threat to Arsenal and McLeish’s decision was vindicated as the giant striker headed Birmingham into the lead after 28 minutes.He was able to evade the attentions of a cluster of Arsenal defenders and Szczesny in the six-yard box to head home after Johnson’s power in the air caused problems at a corner.And the striker should have doubled his and Birmingham’s tally as the north Londoners creaked under pressure but his control let him down at the vital moment, allowing Szczesny to block after good work by Craig Gardner.Blues were showing discipline and enterprise in equal measure, but Arsenal produced a moment of genuine class to draw level six minutes before half-time. Jack Wilshere rattled Foster’s woodwork from the edge of the area and when Birmingham failed to clear Arshavin crossed for an airborne Van Persie to volley brilliantly beyond the reach of the keeper.Foster was tested once more as the interval approached, blocking a swerving drive from Nasri as an thrilling first 45 minutes drew to a close.As the Gunners gathered momentum, Tomas Rosicky was within inches of giving them the perfect start after the break but his crisp, low shot was narrowly off target.Birmingham suffered a blow early in the second half when the influential Gardner went off injured and was replaced by Jean Beausejour – but McLeish’s side brushed off the setback to almost regain the lead.Fahey’s shot carried too much power and direction for Szczesny but, as the massed ranks of Birmingham fans rose to acclaim the strike it bounced off the inside of the post and across the face of goal. Wenger made a change midway through the half, sending on Bendtner for Van Persie, who took a heavy knock in the act of scoring Arsenal’s equaliser.Foster came to Birmingham’s rescue twice in the space of seconds as time ticked away, blocking Nasri’s powerful drive before clutching Bendtner’s effort at the second attempt.Arsenal had assumed command and Foster once again demonstrated his agility and quality with a diving save from Nasri as their personal duel continued.And then, with an extra 30 minutes beckoning came that meltdown between Szczesny and Koscielny – leaving Martins to pounce and win the Carling Cup for Birmingham.Source: BBC
The goalkeeper of a Cameroonian women’s side has died after collapsing during a warm-up session, the Cameroon Football Federation has said.Jeanine Christelle Djomnang, 26, became ill before a Femina Stars Ebolowa match in southern Cameroon on Sunday, and died on her way to hospital.The federation says initial reports suggest she died of a heart attack but it is now awaiting a medical report.It comes days after Cameroon player Patrick Ekeng died in Romania.Djomnang complained of chest pains as she prepared to take on Louves MINPROFF Yaounde in the Cameroon elite league and was taken to hospital.Cameroon’s African Women Footballer of the Year Gaelle Enganamouit, who now plays in Sweden, was one of the first to react to the news. “It’s with sadness that I have learnt of the death of my team-mate Djomnang Jeanine Christelle of Femina Stars Ebolowa, may her soul rest in peace,” she wrote on social media.On Friday, it was confirmed that Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng had died aged 26 of a suspected heart attack after collapsing on the pitch.The 26-year-old fell to the floor in the 70th minute of a televised Romanian league match between Dinamo and Viitorul. He died later in hospital.A book of condolence has been opened at the Cameroon Football Federation headquarters for both Ekeng and Djomanang.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Major League Soccer is officially headed to St. Louis.The league announced Tuesday it has awarded St. Louis its 28th franchise, which will begin play in in 2022. #MLS4THELOU! 😁 pic.twitter.com/IvjlJKwjZI— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 20, 2019“St. Louis is a city with a rich soccer tradition, and it is a market we have considered since the league’s inception. Our league becomes stronger today with the addition of the city’s deeply dedicated soccer fans,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement.The city has proposed a new 22,500-capacity stadium that will be located in the Downtown West district of St. Louis. “Our MLS team and stadium will only add to St. Louis’ renaissance currently underway and will provide us with a great opportunity to bring together many different segments of the community, uniting people in their love for the game.” said Carolyn Kindle Betz, a member of the local ownership group who placed the city’s bid with MLS. MLS currently has 24 teams with Miami and Nashville set to join in 2020 to expand the league to 26, and Austin in 2021 to bring it to 27 before St. Louis becomes No. 28. Sacramento and Charlotte have also been in discussion with MLS as the league hopes to expand to 30 teams.At the MLS board of governors meeting earlier this month, no timetable was offered for the awarding of the 29th and 30th franchise. Also in Orlando for meetings at the MLS All-Star Game last month were representatives from Indianapolis, Raleigh, Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego.
Golf ambassador Warren Clark has been recognised by Prime Minister Theresa May with a Points of Light Award.The daily awards are made to outstanding volunteers and Warren’s was timed to coincide with the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi, where he is currently representing Team GB in golf.Warren, a leading advocate for disability sport who runs his own charity, is a Young Ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation, helping to give the sport a fresh voice and change perceptions.The 18-year-old from Hampshire has autism and his own experience of golf inspired him to set up his charity, Warren Clarke Golfing Dreams, which has given free golf taster sessions to over 5000 disabled people.In a personal letter to Warren, published on the Points of Light website, the Prime Minister said: “The success of your foundation is testament to your passion for golf and your dedication to seeing more disabled people take up the sport.“Through the free taster sessions you provide, you have enabled thousands of people to participate in golf and enjoy playing alongside others. I wish you the very best as you represent our country in this year’s Special Olympics.”Warren replied: “I am thrilled and proud to be receiving this award and so pleased to receive it. Thanks so much, it’s very exciting at this time especially being at the World Games with Special Olympics, I hope to do well and will be giving my golf my everything, that’s all I can possibly do!”Warren is a past winner of the England Golf Young Volunteer of the Year Award.Points of Light was first established by President George H. W. Bush in 1990. UK Points of Light was developed in partnership with the US programme and launched in 2014.Find out more about Points of Light 18 Mar 2019 PM’s award for golf ambassador Warren Tags: Disability Golf, inclusive, Volunteers
DENVER (AP) – When the topic turns to school violence, Tom Mauser usually lectures about guns. Mauser became a national advocate of gun control after his 15-year-old son, Daniel, was among those slain in the April 20, 1999, shootings at Columbine High School. But resignation punctuated Mauser’s remarks Monday when he learned of the killings at Virginia Tech. “I am not going to just say gun laws are going to take care of this,” he said. “I think my primary thought is about anger. Anger and suicide. Why do we have so many people who think they have to take others’ (lives) with them when they take their own?” Other Columbine victims and experts on school violence expressed similar thoughts about the Virginia killings. Brooks Brown, a former Columbine student who knew the gunmen and repeatedly tried to warn authorities about threats they had made, said the Virginia slayings didn’t surprise him. “Once you’ve reached the point where you have lost everything it is not hard to be pushed in any direction,” he said of campus shooters. Brian Rohrbough, whose son, Danny, 15, died at Columbine, blames school shootings on a society that tolerates, even glorifies, violence. “We teach students that anything you want to do is up to you and you can decide whether anything is right or wrong,” he said. Rohrbough said the investigation of the Columbine tragedy was incomplete and left unanswered questions about the psychology of school shooters. Authorities did learn that Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold played violent games, made violent videos at school, and were the victims of bullying because they befriended the Trench Coach Mafia, a group of students who clashed with school athletes. Rohrbough and others have fought for public disclosure of depositions given by the teens’ parents, Wayne and Kathy Harris and Tom and Susan Klebold. They argue the depositions could provide valuable insights into the home lives of the two teens, who killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before killing themselves. But a federal judge two weeks ago ordered the depositions sealed for 20 years. “That is why we were fighting so hard to get that information – because we need to know what was going on inside the heads of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold,” said Delbert Elliott, director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado. Killing others before committing suicide is not a new phenomenon, though the Virginia Tech numbers are shocking, said Tom McIntyre, coordinator of the Graduate Program in Behavior Disorders at Hunter College in New York. “Freud said homicide is just suicide turned inside out,” said McIntyre, who began studying school violence after Columbine. “The main motive is revenge.” In the past, a pre-suicide killing usually involved a specific target – as in the case of a husband finding his wife with a lover, Elliot said. The victims in the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings appeared to be random targets, he said. “I don’t know how many times we have to go through things like this before we can try to learn what is going on,” Elliot said. “I think there is an element of wanting to go out and creating a huge media effect, although that is only a part of what is going on.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!