January 23, 2021
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first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaWhen agricultural lobbyist Bob Redding wants to know how a pending Washington policy decision will impact farmers in Georgia or other places, he often turns to a tool developed by University of Georgia economists.The U.S. Representative Peanut Farms are virtual farms created using real data collected from 100 real, live farmers. Economic information can be fed into them to see how different scenarios affect the farms’ bottom lines.“They are very helpful, and we use them in various ways,” said Redding in a phone interview from his Washington office. “It’s a scientific approach that takes the guess work out of it. We can take that to congressmen to say these are the facts.”Redding is a lobbyist for several commodity groups and farm organizations, including the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“I initiated the representative farm project because peanut farmers needed to have the level of information other commodities, which have similar representative farms, have” said Stanley Fletcher, director of the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness and an economist with the CAES.There are 19 different virtual farms. Each is a composite made by five or six family farms of similar size, location and production practices from Virginia to New Mexico. The one thing they all have in common is peanut production. Since Georgia produces almost half of the total U.S. peanut supply, it has the most farms. But the farms include cotton, corn, soybean, cattle, fruits or vegetables, too.Lobbyists aren’t the only ones who want to know what the virtual farms say. Congressional staff and other farm leaders call, too, with different scenarios to run.”Any time an issue comes up from a regulatory- or policy-type avenue, we are able to take these farms and see how they’d be affected,” Fletcher said.The farms are built to be flexible and adjustable to many situations, not just policymaking. What if chemical prices go up or commodity prices go down? Will one crop make more money than another? Will a new farming technique be economically better than an old one? What if Georgia has a drought? It all can be plugged into the farms to see what happens. When current, real-world numbers are plugged into the farms, the reflection isn’t pretty, Fletcher said.“The representative farms show Southern agriculture is in real trouble. Since ’05 we’ve taken a nosedive,” Fletcher said. “We have had increases in crop prices, but the increase hasn’t covered the total input costs enough to be economically viable. I’m not sure how a lot of these guys are still in business. In the representative farms, many are not.” The representative peanut farm project was developed using similar, nationally recognized models developed for other crops by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M.It’s funded by the farmer-supported Georgia Peanut Commission and the National Peanut Board through the Southeastern Peanut Research Initiative. “Say that water becomes restricted or the cost of energy goes up like it has dramatically in the past few years,” said Allen McCorvey, a CAES economic research coordinator. “We run this through the farms, analyze it and see how it will impact the viability and the cash flow of the operations.”last_img read more

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first_imgWhile the majority of credit union members may not be considered part of the “mass affluent,” what Visa and Mastercard define as those earning $100,000 and up, most CUs have pockets of wealthy members, says Kenton Potterton, VP/solutions and consulting at CUES Supplier member PSCU, St. Petersburg, Fla.These may be some of your best members, those who have larger mortgages, business loans or are using your credit union as their primary financial institution.If you are looking to attract the affluent to your credit union’s card programs or entice current wealthy members to do more with you, try these nine tips:Be selective: Know who it is you’re trying to attract.Be thoughtful in your product design and appeal.Expect this segment to ask, “What’s in it for me?” continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_img“They missed the opportunity to immediately go after the girls,” said Pastor Laolu Akande of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Bay Shore.Hempstead High School students tie a ribbon around a campus tree. Attached to the tree is a sign imploring: “Bring Back Our Girls.”“Nobody did anything,” Akande said. “There was no kind of prevention.”Akande, a native Nigerian, has also reported on his home country for years in both Nigerian and western newspapers.Not only was Jonathan’s government ridiculed for taking weeks to simply acknowledge the kidnapping took place, but also for reportedly disregarding an intelligence report predicting the mass abduction, Akande said.He said he’s already had discussions with people affiliated with the incoming government and is hopeful the girls will be reunited with their families, as long as the new government, led by President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, takes a new approach.“We believe these girls are still alive,” he said. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Moments before a Hempstead High School event Tuesday marking the one-year anniversary of the mass abduction of 250-plus Nigerian school girls got underway, Assistant Principal Olga Brown-Young turned to a sea of students and educated them on the significance of a tragic event that happened more than 5,000 miles away from Long Island.Her voice rising, Brown-Young said they had gathered in solidarity with demonstrators worldwide commemorating the day the 276 girls were taken—53 were said to have escaped during the kidnapping—and to send a clear message: “We want those girls back!”Standing under a cloud-covered sky outside the high school’s sprawling campus, speakers one-by-one echoed Brown-Young’s call for the girls’ safe return. They stood amid a backdrop of at least 100 students, some holding white signs that blared: “Bring back our girls”—a call-to-action that began in Nigeria and spread on social media in the weeks and months after their tragic kidnapping at the hands of the blood-thirsty, anti-West militant group Boko Haram.One year later, the girls—many of whom are the same age as the Hempstead High School students at Tuesday’s event—haven’t been heard from since. Many fear that the girls, kidnapped from their campus dormitories at a government-run boarding school in Chibok last April, have been forced into marriages with militants or have been killed. Others refuse to give up on them, holding out hope that the once budding teens will eventually be safely returned to their grief-stricken families.“Those girls did not deserve that,” Brown-Young told the students. “Parents haven’t seen or heard from them for a year.”Village of Hempstead Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs said the community was proud “that our young people are taking a stand” and prayed for the girls’ safe return.Perhaps the most impassioned plea came from Hempstead Union Free School District school board trustee Sherley Brazley, who credited the school district for taking a “global stand.” Speaking of today’s youth, she said, “these young people are our future.”Two students, Joselyn Alvarez, a junior, and Osato Irowa, a freshman whose parents emigrated from Benin City in southern Nigeria, took to the podium and asked the one question thousands of others have been pondering since the girls were taken a year ago.“Why has nothing been done?” they said, reading from prepared remarks. “There is no rational justification for their actions,” the students said of Boko Haram.“It’s time to bring our girls back,” they added.Dozens of student were then handed red ribbons, which they tied around nearby trees as a reminder that the girls remain missing.While students here were using their voices to spread awareness about the lost girls’ plight, hundreds spilled into the streets Tuesday in the Nigerian capital of Abuja and held vigils in honor of the kidnapped students.The anniversary comes weeks after sweeping political change in Nigeria where President Goodluck Jonathan was voted out of office, partly due to what his critics said was a lax response to the kidnapping and failure to aggressively defend the country against Boko Harm’s assault. As for the U.S. government, Akande called on officials to target Boko Haram like it has the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.“This is the time for the U.S. government to do everything in its power,” he said.center_img View image | gettyimages.comlast_img read more

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first_imgThe camp benchmarking project continues and is slowly but surely joined by an increasing number of camps.We bring you an interesting research Benchmarking of Croatian camps for the Croatian Camping Association (KUH) conducted from month to month by the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management from Opatija. A total of 30 campsites are participating in the Benchmarking project from which relevant data such as camp occupancy, utilization rate, revenue per night, average length of stay and many others can be extracted.Otherwise, Benchmarking is the process of measuring and comparing a company’s operations, products and services with the best, either within the company’s area of ​​operation or outside it. Benchmarking is a process based on comparing one’s own dimensions (processes, products, costs, etc.) with a company that deserves to be a measure of value.”Camps that have not yet joined are invited to join immediately in order to gain additional representativeness and accuracy of the data and further raise the quality of the results.” stand out from KUH. Otherwise, from the opening until 11.7.2017. The camps realized 6.167.121 overnight stays, ie an increase in the number of overnight stays compared to last year of + 23,31%.Below, by clicking on the link, you can download the benchmarking reports of the camps for the 5th and 4th month.Download the report “Camping benchmarking – 4/2017.”Download the report “Camping benchmarking – 5/2017.Related news:ADRIANO PALMAN, KUH: WE STRONGLY OPPOSE THE NEWLY CREATED CATEGORY “CAMP RESORT – ROBINSON ACCOMMODATION”KUH EXECUTIVE BOARD HELD MEETING WITH MINISTER OF TOURISMlast_img read more

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first_imgAt the 8th session of the City Council of the City of Šibenik, the Decision on amending the Decision on Communal Order was adopted.The adopted Decision included a ban on the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public areas, which are not leased to perform catering activities. So, in all public areas, and the fines for drinking alcohol in public city areas will be one hundred euros.Pursuant to the prohibition, this Decision creates a legal framework for the conduct of communal wardens and police officers in maintaining public order and peace. This initiative was initiated by the Šibenik Police Administration in order to prevent behaviors contrary to public order and peace.The decision shall enter into force on the eighth day after its publication in the Official Gazette of the City of Šibenik.Such and similar decisions should be made before the summer season Decisions that directly affect tourists, the destination and all tourism workers, such as raising ticket prices for museums, and thus the said Decision, must be made a year in advance or at least announced so that everyone in the destination can prepare.So with the Decision on the ban on alcohol consumption in Šibenik, which mostly refers to young tourists who come to the city for various festivals. Certainly, in accordance with the Decision, information boards / signs had to be placed in the city so that everyone could get acquainted with the new Decision, as well as inform the passengers of the agency, hotels and all renters.This can lead to unnecessary inconvenience due to lack of information. It would certainly be good for everyone to inform their guests about the ban on alcohol consumption in public areas.last_img read more

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first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Support women in the workplaceApril 2 symbolized the date that all women must work into 2019 to make the equivalent of what men earned last year.But today, June 10, is the day working mothers in particular must work to catch up to working fathers. That is 11 days later than it was in 2018 (May 30). Moms lost pay equity ground this year.This matters because more than 70 percent of moms with young children are working, meaning their earnings are critical to their families’ financial security. Equal pay is not a gender issue; it is a family success issue.As a longtime volunteer with the Junior Leagues of New York State Public Affairs Committee and a working mom, I encourage everyone to contact their state legislators to respectfully request they work to develop policies and pass strong workplace laws that recognize the dynamics of the modern family by supporting working women. Indeed, with session in Albany winding down, ask them not to go home at the end of the month without moving on a host of pay equity bills, including the state salary history ban.Denise Murphy McGrawNiskayunaThe writer is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties.To save planet, take action, dump TrumpI’m writing to ask Americans to wake up and save our country and planet. To do this, you need to vote President Trump out of office.This administration is gutting our Environmental Protection Agency and refusing to acknowledge climate change is real. Their plan is to manipulate the data models so the EPA will no longer track the future impact of global warming after 2040. Looking out only 20 years will predict a much brighter future, but that will ignore the increasing effects of climate change.Perhaps you will shuffle off this mortal coil before then and you don’t care. Well I say shame on you. I have read all these letters purporting to be pro-life, or pro-business, or pro-economy. The greatest positive impact you can have with all those agendas is to support every effort to confront and help develop solutions to climate change. How? Just do a Google search for every-day things you can do. Or call one of the many non-profit groups devoted to saving our environment. And most importantly, vote this president out of office.Tom Brokaw coined the phrase, America’s “Greatest Generation,” those who survived the Great Depression and served in World War II. With apologies to the environmental activists out there, when history is recorded, the current crop of adults might be called the “Greediest Generation.” Climate change is not brain surgery; it’s science. You do not get to make up your own facts. I implore everyone to do something. The work will be hard, but if you truly believe America is great, we can do it.Michael WinnSaratoga SpringsAdvocate for policy for the ‘whole child’The June 3 “Area school districts warned about racially disparate suspension rates” Daily Gazette article is an excellent indication for parents and concerned adults to continue advocacy of the state Board of Regents’ ‘whole child’ social and emotional education policy.The state government has established laws, Education Law Article 17, authorizing the Board of Regents, the education commissioner, school boards, administrators, faculty and residents to establish a curriculum of social and emotional health education and supportive services.School boards’ code of conduct include disciplinary measures involving suspension from school, but implementation of ‘whole child’ guidance services during this punishment period of education is neglected.Social worker counseling with the individual to address the social and emotional problems can enhance development of the ‘whole child.’As we know, adult white nationalists and drug-dealing bullies point out by their behavior their lack of social and emotional development and lack of comprehension of love thy neighbor as thyself.The immense responsibility for educators, parents and residents to embrace the ‘whole child’ guidance policy with enhanced social and emotional learning services for youth and adults requires consideration.Advocacy for expansion of school districts and municipal partnership to improve their county shared-services plan could improve public health and behavioral services for adults and youth.The consolidated funding application process of the regional economic development councils can access funds to enhance 21st Century Community Learning Center services in our communities.Michael McGlynnWatervliet Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionChange behaviors, change the planetI’m reading “Climate Church, Climate World” by Jim Antal. The book gives examples of how thinking has changed to the positive by people gathering together, using their voices and strengths to change situations. Of course, his goal is to change minds and actions related to climate change, but examples include slavery, voting rights and attitudes towards gays. I mention this book because China is having a plastic-container problem now that its population is ordering so much home-delivered food.Ads here encourage Americans to follow China’s example. Recently, FedEx said it needs to deliver products seven days a week year-round to keep up with the demands by Americans for stuff. This ordering leads to unanswered questions. Where do we put the plastic containers when we are finished with them? What are we doing with our lives that we can’t leave the house to go shopping? What happens to the stuff at the end of our lives? As we are pushed to be less active and less reliant on our humanness, and more reliant on Siri and the ilk, we need to ask ourselves who we are as a people. Are we being pushed to become a nation of hoarders supporting our national economy? Or are we the creative and energetic Americans who built things and acted with independence? It’s sad that people speak of binge watching certain shows as if it was a great accomplishment — probably while eating food they ordered in plastic containers. This does hurt our Earth.Janice WalzScotia St. Mary’s shows how much it cares As we approach the end of the school year, I want to personally thank the teachers and the principal at our Catholic School, St. Mary’s Ballston Spa. I can personally recount many instances when the teachers showed kindness to my daughter when she needed it.One night, I dropped her off at the Kids’ Night Out School Halloween party, and upon not seeing her friends right away, my daughter stayed by the front door, hesitant to enter the school.Our principal, Mrs. Fitzgerald, didn’t skip a beat. She came right over to my daughter, complimented her on her costume and led her to where her second-grade classmates were waiting. It’s these little acts of kindness from the educators that show parents that they genuinely care. Now in third grade, my daughter likes to doodle and write notes on her classwork. Sometimes discouraged with the math, she’ll write in the margin “This is hard!” Her third-grade teacher, Mrs. Eddy, will take the time to jot back an encouraging note such as “Why? You’re doing great!”My family feels truly blessed to send our children to St. Mary’s School in Ballston Spa. I would encourage all parents to give St. Mary’s a call to schedule a tour. The dream of having a child who wakes up on a Monday morning excited to go to school isn’t a dream at all. It’s a reality for us at St. Mary’s.Jennifer VanDeCarrBallston Lakelast_img read more

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first_imgOutside the venue, dozens of demonstrators sought to revive a massive anti-government protest movement that had rocked Lebanon from October, before the virus forced a nationwide shutdown.They drove a noisy convoy of cars covered in slogans, drivers honking their horns and passengers brandishing the national flag and leaning out of the windows — while wearing face masks.Another item on the agenda of the three-day session were proposals for a divisive general amnesty, but that motion was sent back for revision by a parliamentary committee.”Today, instead of passing a general amnesty law… they could pass a law on the independence of the judiciary,” said Jad Assaileh, a young demonstrator.  Lebanon’s parliament voted to legalize growing marijuana for medical use on Tuesday, amid an economic crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.The lawmakers met in a 1,000 seat conference hall to maintain appropriate social distancing, while outside anti-government protesters demonstrated in a vehicle convoy.As the country struggles with a battered economy, MPs also approved the re-allocation of $40 million from a World Bank loan to help fight COVID-19, which has officially infected 677 people and killed 21 nationwide. “We want to recover the stolen money,” he said, referring to allegations that Lebanon’s ruling elite transferred billions out of the country while regular citizens were prevented from withdrawing their savings by the banks.Similar protests took place in the cities of Sidon and Tripoli.The vote to legalize the growing of cannabis for medical use was aimed at boosting revenues for the crippled economy.Lebanon previously banned growing, selling and consuming cannabis, but illicit production in the country’s east has developed over decades into a multi-million-dollar industry.Lawmakers also passed a law to fight corruption in the public sector and set up a national body in charge of stamping out graft. Topics :center_img No dollars Lebanon’s worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war is now compounded by the lockdown. Poverty has risen to 45 percent of the population, according to official estimates.Protests had petered out after a new government took office in January, and demonstrators have largely remained at home since the coronavirus lockdown started mid-March.But on Friday, hundreds again protested in Tripoli to mark six months since the street movement started to demand an overhaul of a ruling class widely deemed inept and corrupt.One of the most indebted countries in the world with a debt equivalent to 170 percent of its GDP, Lebanon defaulted on payments for the first time last month.As the country faces an acute liquidity crisis, banks have banned transfers abroad and gradually restricted dollar withdrawals until suspending them last month.The Lebanese pound has for decades been pegged to the dollar, but in recent months lost half of its official value on the black market.The official exchange rate remains 1,507 Lebanese pounds to the dollar. The banks earlier this month set their rate at 2,600 pounds to the dollar, but money changers were offering more than 3,200 pounds for the greenback on Tuesday on the black market.On Tuesday, the central bank asked banks to allow depositors with foreign currency accounts to withdraw their savings in Lebanese pounds at the “market rate”, likely to signify 2,600 pounds to the dollar. Discord over amnesty plan The proposal for a general amnesty to free thousands of detainees and to suspend arrest warrants for thousands more remains a contentious issue.Supporters — which include Shiite movements Hezbollah and Amal as well as the Sunni Future Movement — say an amnesty could lessen overcrowding in jails housing 9,000 prisoners.But its detractors, including the president’s Christian parliamentary bloc, say the bill is merely an attempt to boost popular support.The amnesty has long been a demand of the families of some 1,200 so-called “Islamist detainees”, most of whom hail from the Sunni-majority city of Tripoli, where the former premier’s Future Movement is dominant.They are accused of carrying out crimes including fighting and assaulting the army, taking part in clashes in the city, and planning explosives attacks.Families have also clamored for the release of thousands more detainees from the eastern regions of Baalbek and Hermel, where Hezbollah and the parliament speaker’s Amal Movement are powerful. Most of these are accused of drug-linked crimes including growing hashish illegally, or other offences such as stealing cars.last_img read more

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first_imgHowever, these changes have already drawn criticism from the IMF.  Scope highlighted that “the interplay between a country’s old-age dependency ratio and prudent government policy” were “vital in the funding of future pensions and healthcare costs”.These factors also influenced public debt sustainability, Scope said, and the current proposed changes could “endanger the country’s economic growth potential”.To fix the intergenerational dependencies, Scope suggested raising the retirement age, changing eligibility criteria, adjusting the contribution rate (currently 18.6% of gross monthly income), or changing the pension replacement rate (fixed at 48% of salary).The government proposal still needs to pass parliament before it can come into effect.Scope’s full analysis can be downloaded here. Proposed reforms to the state pension system in Germany might change ESG investors’ outlook on the country’s public finances, according to ratings agency Scope. The new system would increase the burden of cost on younger workers as more money was spent on retirees, Scope argued in a statement.“As the proposal stands, the new pension guarantee is set to put an additional burden on Germany’s public finances over the medium-term and represents an important shift in the redistribution of tax revenues from the Baby Boomer generation’s children back to their parents,” the ratings agency said.Over the summer, the German government presented a proposal to guarantee current pension levels until 2025 and also cap contributions to the first pillar.last_img read more

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first_img Press Association “Free Eagle was pushed out a bit and finished third. He’s a top-class horse and we messed one race up, we nearly messed up another with the shadows. “I think the fact that Free Eagle was third is a great help to us. “I’m glad I know why he did it because he’s never done anything like that before. “This is a great race and it’s a perfect three weeks into the Arc, where we’d love to go. He stays well and he’s proved that again today. “We’d like to go there, but we don’t want a monsoon in Paris. “He’s at his best on good, good to firm ground as he’s got an electric turn of foot. Today he galloped them into the ground, but he’s much better off a strong pace, bursting with speed. “Today we had no choice. There was never going to be a strong gallop. “I knew Found was our big danger, she’s come to herself and she was the one I was frightened of.” RaceBets cut the Anthony Oppenheimer-owned Golden Horn to 6-1 from 7-1 for the Arc at Longchamp on October 4. Gosden also has Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs for Paris, but warned: “Jack is there if it rains, if it rains a lot – if not I don’t want him to get beaten by Golden Horn again, I’d like him to go for the Champion Stakes at Ascot.” Dettori said: “What a great race today. Seven Group One winners, all high standard and he did it the hard way. “He showed the world again he’s a top-class horse. He saw something by the winning post, I don’t know what it was. John thinks it was a shadow, but he still won very well. “Maybe we made a mistake at York (using a pacemaker). He wants a good tempo and he’s redeemed himself today.” Oppenheimer said: “I’m very proud indeed. It was lovely for the horse to lead from start to finish. “He jumped a shadow in the middle of the course, but otherwise it was faultless. “I think if he hadn’t jumped that he’d have won by another two lengths. “We saw what happened in the English St Leger (Simple Verse disqualified from first place) and these things are very difficult. “I think on better ground he’d be much better and I’m confident if we see good ground again, maybe in the Champion Stakes at Ascot or the Arc or somewhere, you’ll will see what he’s like.” Train Aidan O’Brien was pleased with Found’s effort. He said: “I’m delighted with the run – she ran a great race. “She’ll appreciate going up to a mile and a half. The plan was to come either here or the Vermeille and then the Arc, but we didn’t want to travel with her if we didn’t have to.” Pat Smullen, rider of Free Eagle, said philosophically: “It would have been nice to have had a clean shot at him, but it wasn’t to be and we live to fight another day. “It took my momentum away and brought him to a standstill, but the other side of that is the horse in front was doing nothing.” Gleneagles missed the race due to the rain-softened ground, but O’Brien gave his son of Galileo a gallop after racing, and said: “We’re very pleased with him. “He went seven furlongs with his usual work partner Siege Of Orleans. It was good for him to let off some steam.” John Gosden’s Derby and Eclipse winner veered across from the far rail inside the final furlong, bumping into Free Eagle who was making a strong challenge and was almost upsides. There was no time for Free Eagle to regain his momentum and Golden Horn, the 5-4 favourite, came home in front after making most of the running under Frankie Dettori. Found ran on to grab second place, just ahead of the Dermot Weld-trained Free Eagle. As expected, a stewards’ inquiry was immediately called, but following some deliberation the placings remained unaltered. Golden Horn was getting his head back in front after losing his unbeaten record in a shock defeat to Arabian Queen in the Juddmonte International at York – a race like the Foxrock feature that had seen dual 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles a defector following overnight rain. Gosden said: “We got our tactics wrong at York. I thought the filly was magnificent, but we laid far too far back. “I left it to the jockey and he’s gone to the other extreme again. He’s gone from the front, he’s a very good horse. “The shadow of the grandstand caught him (when he jinked to his right). There was a photographer standing there and didn’t know how marked it was at that exact point. “It caught him and he ran right across the shadow of the grandstand. The sun was out. They should probably have run the race later when there was no sun (reference to race being brought forward in quest for best ground)! “He’s done it well. He’s handled slower ground, good to soft. Golden Horn booked his ticket to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after returning to winning ways in a dramatic Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown which saw him keep the race in the stewards’ room.last_img read more

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first_imgWWE NXT TAKEOVER NIGHTFemi Solaja at the ringside in Barclays Center, New YorkIt was a historic moment as super stars of WWE NXT set the bar high on Saturday night with TakeOver Brooklyn III as titles were retained but most others lost theirs at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York.One of the main heroes of the night was arguably the flamboyant Japanese female wrestler Kanako Urai fondly called Asuka who survived a painful tornado slam from formidable challenger, Ember Moon of Texas.The feat thus mean, Asuka, a graphic designer and video game journalist holds the record of the second longest reigning female champion in the last 30 years.  Asuka who has reigned for 504 days is second behind Fabulous Moolah.Moon came close to beating Asuka, more than what anyone has ever tried previously as she hit her with the eclipse. Surprisingly, Asuka became the first superstar to kick out of it such dire situation. She worked Moon’s arm and shoulder throughout the encounter. And it worked to her advantage as Moon was forced to tap the Asuka lock in the closing stage of the fight watched by over 28,000 professional wrestling fans at the packed arena.“I am better than my opponent. The crowd can see that I’m the champion and always a champion and I still want to remain the champion for a much longer time,” remarked exhausted Asuka after the clash to THISDAY at the ringside.Frustrated Moon entered TakeOver as perhaps the most dominant Superstar in WWE history. Her winning streak surpassed that of Goldberg in WCW, and it seemed as though nobody was capable of knocking her from her perch.Although there had been some close calls, it can be argued that nobody pushed Asuka more than Moon at NXT TakeOver: Orlando the night before WrestleMania.Ember seems to have her on the ropes, but Asuka used the referee to interrupt Moon’s attempt to hit the Eclipse, which resulted in the Japanese Superstar retaining her precious belt for atleast another day.THISDAY recalled that it was an injury that prevented Moon from competing at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, where Asuka defeated both Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot in a Triple Threat match.In the other events of the night, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish left as NXT champion Drew McIntyre picked the title. McIntyre defeated tittle holder and crowd pleaser, Bobby Roode to become the new men champion. McIntyre remains undefeated since his return to NXT, as he beat Bobby Roode at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III to become the new NXT champion.Roode appeared on course to win the match, but he got greedy by going for three Glorious DDTs in a row, and McIntyre took advantage by hitting the Claymore Kick to win.“I don’t want to talk now, I will squeeze the hell out of him when next I come across him,” the dethroned champion Roode,yelled at waiting media after the match. But the follow up after the match was when Cole made his debut at NXT with a savage super kick on victorious Mclntyre who was still savouring his win. He was left rolling on the ground with his belt in the ring.Earlier in the night, the war between NXT tag team champions, The Authors of Pain and Sanity, resulted in a physical battle between the teams. Originally, it was supposed to be Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain representing the latter, it turned out to be Eric Young who replaced Dain mid-match.Young found himself isolated from partner Wolfe for the majority of the match, beaten black and blue by the oppressive champions.A hot tag to Wolfe led to a strong showing from the German, who broke out and brought a physical intensity and unpredictability to the proceedings.Late in the match, both Young and Wolfe flew onto Akam and Rezar at the ringside. Nikki Cross teased following in kind, only for Paul Ellering to enter the squared circle. The Hall of Fame manager distracted the referee as Cross flew into the waiting arms of Akam.Dain speared both of them through a table, allowing Young and Wolfe to deliver a combination neck-breaker and score the tag titles.After the match, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish hit the ring and obliterated the new champions and stood tall, the titles in their grip.After the thrilling night, fans went home happy and looking forward to late Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam Battle scheduled for the same venue. The main match of the night was between WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal and Japanese Shinsuke Natalya for the men’s tittle while Randy Orton faces Rusev for the first time in his career. In SmackDown tag team champions, The New Day will stage their tittle against The Usos in one of the several bouts of the night.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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