Manchester United battle past Watford

first_imgBut two goals in three first-half minutes from in-form Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling gave them valuable breathing space at half-time and ultimately paved the way to a victory that ended Watford’s perfect record.Rocked by United’s strong finish to the first half, Watford pulled a goal back midway through the second period through Andre Gray but failed to find an equaliser despite a strong finish.Mourinho opted for power rather than guile at Vicarage Road with a physically imposing midfield trio of Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Nemanja Matic.Former Watford player Ashley Young came in at left-back to replace Luke Shaw, who suffered a head injury while on England duty last week.The first half an hour was even as the two sides tested each other out –- United probed but the home side looked dangerous on the break, confidence coursing through the players on the back of four straight wins.Watford went close to breaking the deadlock when Troy Deeney forced David de Gea to tip over just after the quarter-hour mark.Midway through the half Alexis Sanchez had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside, and minutes later the Chilean forced a fine save from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster following a jinking run.United, backed by their vocal travelling fans, who regularly chanted the name of Mourinho, were establishing a foothold in the game and made their pressure count in the 35th minute.Watford failed to clear a free-kick and when the ball came back in, Lukaku was on hand to bundle the ball in off his midriff to score his seventh goal as many games for club and country this season.Foster then kept out a powerful Pogba drive but United were two up in the 38th minute when Smalling controlled a Fellaini header following a corner, and smashed the ball home.Buoyant United then nearly grabbed a third but Foster saved well from Pogba as Watford kept the score at 2-0 at the break.But Javi Gracia’s side came right back into the game in the 65th minute when Abdoulaye Doucoure picked out Gray, who smashed home, giving De Gea no chance.That goal infused the team and the fans with renewed belief and United suddenly looked nervy.Doucoure saw a late left-foot shot from outside the box saved at the near post as time ran out.Matic was sent off for a second yellow card but Watford did not have time to make their extra man count, with De Gea pulling off an outstanding save to tip away a Christian Kabasele header in the dying seconds.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku continued his excellent run of form with the opening goal© AFP OLLY GREENWOODWATFORD, United Kingdom, Sep 15 – Manchester United punctured Watford’s bubble on Saturday, withstanding late pressure from the surprise early Premier League pacesetters to win 2-1 and relieve the pressure on beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho.United have endured a miserable start to the season, losing two of their first four matches and slipping well off the searing pace set by Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford themselves.last_img read more

Farm Bureau records active membership gain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Thanks to the efforts of Ohio Farm Bureau volunteers and staff, the organization had an increase in its “active” membership for fiscal year 2017. OFBF had an increase of 2,146 active members, bringing the total to 63,605. Active members are farmers or other Ohioans whose jobs or livelihoods are directly impacted by the agricultural industry. As active members, they are eligible to vote on Farm Bureau policies and hold elective office in the organization.“Our campaign theme ‘Together with Farmers’ helped our volunteers, organization directors and state staff deliver a compelling message about the mission of our organization,” said Paul Lyons, senior director of membership. “I am very proud of their efforts to communicate this message and their commitment to grow our organization. That commitment shows in our results.”A record 15 Farm Bureau members earned the Murray Lincoln award — named after OFBF’s first executive secretary — for signing 50 or more new members. That’s nearly double the number from last year. Some were able to reach Murray Lincoln status by getting businesses to sign up for a group membership, Lyons said. Murray Lincoln winners have their choice between attending American Farm Bureau’s Annual Convention in Nashville in January or receiving a $500 Visa card. Those named Murray Lincoln winners are Sparky Weilnau, Erie County (180); Bruce Patterson, Portage County (84); Susan Shoup, Wayne County (63); Ervin Raber, Holmes County (62); Brian Nusbaum, Defiance County (58); Chris Weaver, Williams County (55); Marilyn Morrison, Darke County (53); Dean Shoup, Wayne County (52); John Fitzpatrick, Wayne County (52); Michael Ralph, Marion County (52); Daniel Stevenson, Defiance County (52); Barbara Biery, Mahoning County (51); Hal Brehm, Fulton County (51); Paul Morrison, Darke County (50); and Levi Richards, Wood County (50).Also invited to attend AFBF’s convention are 63 county Farm Bureau membership coordinators whose counties had at least a four percent increase in active memberships than the previous year. In addition, 59 members earned the Ambassador Club award for signing a minimum of 10 new members.OFBF staff and volunteers are already starting on the 2018 membership campaign, which kicked off April 1.Ohio Farm Bureau has several membership categories because the organization doesn’t just represent farmers and the agricultural industry. OFBF advocates on a wide range of issues that are important to most Ohioans, including private property rights, safe food and good government policies. OFBF’s nonactive categories are community members (for those interested in local foods, landowner rights and issues and protecting agriculture) and Our Ohio Supporters who are not members but still support the work of Ohio Farm Bureau.“Farm Bureau helps everybody from the landowner who has a question about the state’s trespassing law to the backyard gardener selling to the local farmers market to a food packing plant,” Lyons said, noting that OFBF has an extensive benefits program. Some of the more popular benefits include members savings on some Nationwide Insurance products, cost savings at thousands of retailers and restaurants across Ohio and the United States through Member Savings Advantage, and discounts on hotels and tourist activities.last_img read more

Ontario probes development on ancient FNs village site

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe province of Ontario has launched an investigation to find out whether human remains were extracted from a development on an ancient First Nations village site.An archaeologist hired by the developer initially told APTN National News that bones were found on the site, but then denied the claim.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts pulls the pieces together.last_img

Exxon Mobil withdraws application to approve 25 billion BC LNG project

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The B.C. government says Exxon Mobil Corp. has withdrawn its environmental assessment application for a $25-billion LNG export facility it proposed in 2015.The apparent shelving of the project is a blow to the West Coast liquefied natural gas export industry which at one time featured about 20 proposals but has resulted in only one firm commitment to build.The withdrawal came in a one-sentence update on the website of the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office. Exxon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The project had been proposed by Exxon and its Canadian partner, Imperial Oil Ltd., for Tuck Inlet in the Prince Rupert area on B.C.’s north coast.Earlier this year, Calgary-based Imperial took a writedown of $289 million on its northern B.C. Horn River shale gas development, a 50-50 venture with Exxon that was once expected to become a major supply source for B.C.’s LNG industry.In October, Royal Dutch Shell and its partners announced final investment approval for the $40-billion LNG Canada project, including a gas liquefaction plant in Kitimat on B.C.’s coast and a 670-kilometre gas supply pipeline.last_img read more

ECI unlikely to validate BJPs barb regarding Bengals booths

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) may not fulfill BJP’s demand of declaring all the polling booths in Bengal as ‘sensitive’ as there is no situation in the state disturbing law and order.As per the latest observation by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state, there has been no law and order situation in any part of the state since announcement of the Lok Sabha polls. The CEO’s office has so far identified around 18,461 booths as ‘sensitive’, spreading over 9 districts in the state. The ECI officials in the state are in the process of identifying the sensitive booths across the state, on the basis of their previous records of violence. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThey have been carrying out a detailed examination of the nature of polling booths and are trying to identify the pockets which had witnessed violence in the previous few elections. According to sources in the CEO’s office, around 2,357 booths in South 24-Parganas have been designated as sensitive, while Birbhum has 1,556 sensitive booths. There are around 1,220 sensitive booths in Malda and 1,197 such booths in Murshidabad. In case of Hooghly, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur and North 24-Parganas, the figures are 1,008, 503, 657 and 981 respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned here that Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had raised her voice against BJP’s demand of declaring all the booths in Bengal as ‘super sensitive’. Banerjee had also asked how BJP prepared the list of sensitive polling booths and slammed the vindictive politics by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. She also urged the ECI to act impartially. Banerjee’s reaction came soon after a BJP delegation met ECI officials in Delhi on March 13 and apprised them of the party’s demands. Meanwhile, 10 companies of Central forces arrived at different districts on Friday and started area domination to boost the confidence of the voters. One company of CRPF jawans started route march along the bordering areas of Birbhum, Bankura and West Burdwan on Friday morning. They are keeping a close watch on the Jharkhand border as well. Forces are being deployed in various parts of South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Malda, Murshidabad and others. An ECI team headed by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain is expected to come to the city on Saturday and meet the senior officials of the CEO’s office and the senior police officers in the state to supervise the poll-preparedness.last_img read more

Noise pollution serious crime says NGT asks police to take strict action

first_imgNew Delhi: Noise pollution beyond prescribed norms is a serious punishable crime, the NGT has said and asked the police to map such hotspots as also put in place a surveillance mechanism for taking strict action against violators.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the Police Commissioner to monitor the implementing officers so as to safeguard the right of citizens and e-mail the report on within a month. The green panel said that citizens have Constitutional right to peaceful environment and noise pollution beyond prescribed norms is serious punishable crime for which adequate preventive and remedial action is needed. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”There has to be strict action of identifying and mapping the hotspots of noise pollution, requiring installation of noise measuring device by the users of noise creating devices having potential of causing high noise level, beyond the prescribed limit,” the bench said. “There has to be a surveillance and monitoring mechanism, coordination with the educational institutions and resident welfare associations at regular intervals,” it added. NGT said it had an interaction with the concerned officers in an attempt to advise them on understanding their responsibility and accountability to law and their duty to the society. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe tribunal said taking action against only four persons for noise pollution or simply writing to Central Pollution Control Board hardly meets the expectations when there is large scale violation of law. It said that technical inputs can be taken by personal meeting with the CPCB and Delhi Pollution Control Committee. “Simply writing a letter to them is just avoiding the responsibility. Let the officers now do their duty, take remedial steps and furnish their reports of their efforts,” it said while posting the matter for hearing on July 12. Merely passing an order that laws should be complied with is not enough for authorities as they also need to take action violators, the tribunal had earlier said in a case against the use of loudspeaker to curb noise pollution. The NGT’s observation came while dealing with a plea alleging that illegal use of loudspeakers at mosques was adversely affecting the health of the residents living in their vicinity in East Delhi. The tribunal was hearing a plea by NGO Akhand Bharat Morcha alleging that illegal use of loudspeakers at such places adversely affected the health of the residents living in their vicinity.last_img read more

TMC removes Congs name from its logo

first_imgNew Delhi: Twenty-one years after officially separating from the Congress, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC has removed the grand old party’s name from its logo. The new logo has Trinamool written in green with twin flowers and blue background. It has been in use for a week now, party sources said. It was way back in 1998 that present West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee broke away from the Congress and formed the TMC over differences of opinion on dealing with the then ruling CPI(M). “TMC is called Trinamool and after 21 years, it was time for change,” a party leader said. The Congress name has been dropped from party banners, posters and all communication material. However, it will remain registered with the Election Commission as Trinamool Congress, party sources said. The official Facebook and Twitter pages of the party, the CM, her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, and Trinamool’s leader in the Rajya Sabha Derek O Brien already have the new logo.last_img read more

Ohio State womens hockey finishes off regular season with split vs No

OSU freshman forward Maddy Field (22) fights for the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 5-3.Credit: Courtesy of OSUIn the final weekend of matchups of the regular season, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (10-23-1, 6-21-1) split its series with the No. 9-ranked University of North Dakota (16-11-5, 13-10-5).OSU showcased the strides it has made this season as it beat the Fighting Hawks 3-1 on Friday before falling 3-2 in a tight contest a day later.On Friday, after an extremely competitive first period, the Buckeyes and Fighting Hawks were tied 0-0. Despite 17 combined shots from both teams, neither OSU nor North Dakota was able to find the back of the net.However, that turned around 16:51 into the second period, as OSU got on the board off a goal from freshman forward Maddy Field. Sophomore defenseman Dani Sadek then doubled the Buckeyes’ lead less than three minutes later.In the third period, North Dakota’s Meghan Dufault knocked the puck past OSU goalie Alex LaMere to cut the Buckeyes lead in half with a little more than three minutes to play. The Fighting Hawks pulled their goalie in an attempt to find the equalizer, but that alllowed OSU junior Claudia Kepler to score with four seconds remaining on an open nut to seal the 3-1 result.In Saturday’s senior day affair, OSU jumped out to its fastest start of the season with two goals in the first three minutes. Junior Alexa Ranahan and sophomore Lauren Spring scored the goals for the Scarlet and Gray, with Ranahan’s being her first of the season. However, North Dakota answered with a goal with less than three minutes left in the first period — a sign of things to come in the contest.In the second period, North Dakota was able to get two shots past redshirt senior goalkeeper Stacy Danczak, who got the start in her final game at OSU. Becca Kohler and Dufault scored the two goals for the Fighting Hawks. Neither team was able to score in the third, as the game culminated in a 3-2 final score.After the game, seven senior Buckeyes — Danczak, Melani Moylan, Julia McKinnon, Kendall Curtis, Cara Zubko, Maggie Rothgery and Bryanna Neuwald — were honored at center ice in recognition for their time wearing scarlet and gray.Both games were close contests, and OSU assistant coach Carson Duggan said she thinks the second game was decided by a few more positive plays for North Dakota.“Those are two evenly matched teams and it was just they executed one more time than we did,” Duggan said. “I think we had our chances and we battled hard. We came out with a lot of energy and it’s an emotional day for a lot of kids, but I think that was the only difference is that they executed one more time than we did.”Field, however, offered a different explanation for Saturday’s defeat, citing the referees as an issue in the second game and the way the team let the officials’ calls affect their play.“Obviously you can’t blame it on the reffing, but I think the reffing kind of let the game get out of control,” she said. “We had a really good start but I think we let the reffing get in our head and we let a weak goal in.”The team was only able to score on one of eight power plays over the weekend, which is something they will look to improve upon in their first-round playoff series against Minnesota next weekend.“I think that we won a lot of our battles and we were getting shots at the net,” Field said. “I think we need to work on capitalizing on power plays but I think we did really well penalty killing.”Duggan said she thinks the team’s drive and tenacity will be keys to the playoff games next weekend.“I think just leaving it out there. At this point in the season it’s who wants it more and how bad do you want it and what are you willing to do to get it, and I think our girls showed a lot of character and a lot of heart this weekend,” Duggan said. “We have a short bench, and the girls battled hard, as a coach that’s all you can ask for. So I think just taking that mentality and why not let’s see what we can do in Minnesota.”OSU is scheduled to travel to Minnesota next weekend to take on the Golden Gophers in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. The puck is set to drop in Minneapolis on 8:07 p.m. on Friday and 5:07 p.m. on Saturday. If Friday’s and Saturday’s games are split, there will be a deciding game on Sunday. read more

Ohio State leaves Happy Valley with victory

In a successful homecoming for Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State (8-2, 5-1) avenged last season’s 13-6 loss to Penn State, leaving Happy Valley with a 24-7 victory Saturday at Beaver Stadium.Brandon Saine’s six-yard touchdown reception with 9:37 remaining put the Buckeyes up by the final margin, as the whiteout crowd — the fourth largest in the stadium’s history — filed for the exits.Pryor, a native of Jeannette, Pa., had a hand in all three OSU touchdowns.“Terrelle Pryor came in here and did a heck of a job,” coach Jim Tressel said. “He was a little bit banged up, but he gutted it out and did what he had to do.”Receiver Ray Small returned a punt 41 yards to the Nittany Lions’ 9-yard line, setting the table for the Buckeyes’ first score, a seven-yard rush by Pryor.“I always go out there and do my part, and coach [Tressel] always preaches special teams,” Small said. “So every time I’m back there, I’m thinking big. The first drive, I sparked it, and it just got me going from there.”Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark spent the evening under pressure from the OSU defensive line. Junior Cameron Heyward led the Buckeye charge with 11 tackles, including three for loss and a pair of sacks. In all, OSU held Penn State to just 201 total yards.“It seemed like every time I looked around, Cam [Heyward] was back there bull-rushing over a guy, using brute strength,” senior linebacker Austin Spitler said. “It was unbelievable to see these guys. We have a great defensive line, and everybody’s aware of that. They played lights out.”The lone Penn State score came early in the second quarter. Clark punched it in from less than a yard out to tie the game 7-7.The Bucks answered with a 10-play drive, culminating in a 37-yard field goal by 26-year-old walk-on kicker Devin Barclay, who replaced starter Aaron Pettrey, out for the regular season with a knee injury.“Devin’s been good all year,” Tressel said. “He’s been good when called upon in games. He’s a veteran.”OSU had one final chance to tack on a score in the first half, but Pryor overthrew a wide-open Dane Sanzenbacher near the end zone, and the Buckeyes settled for a 10-7 lead at the break.“No one is harder on themselves than [Pryor],” Tressel said. “The fact that he had a chance to hit a home run and didn’t, you know that was eating at him.”Pryor got his opportunity to atone for the overthrow.With 1:47 left in the third quarter, Pryor connected with sophomore DeVier Posey for a 62-yard touchdown strike, nudging the OSU lead to 10.“We had been running a lot on first downs,” Tressel said. “We felt like, if we had decent field position, that it was time to try to strike.We were out near the 40, and we felt like we could get behind them.” Penn State never got in an offensive rhythm, especially in the second half, when held scoreless. Clark completed just 12 of 28 passes, and the Nittany Lions’ rushing attack averaged just 2.5 yards per carry.“Going up against a great offense like that, you don’t expect to hold them to such few yards and such few points,” Spitler said. “We always talk about how we want to outplay their defense if we want to win the game. Obviously, we did that tonight.”With the victory — and Iowa’s first loss of the season, 17-10 to Northwestern — the Buckeyes control their own destiny in the quest for a Big Ten championship. OSU hosts Iowa Saturday, and with a Buckeye victory, both the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions would have two conference losses to OSU’s one, guaranteeing OSU at least a share of a Big Ten title.“November is for contenders,” Tressel said. “That’s why it’s hard to get too ecstatic now, because we know the Hawkeyes are coming to town.”Oh read more