first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):Regional players union West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has hailed Shiv Chanderpaul as a “consummate professional” who made a “priceless” contribution to the sport.The West Indies Cricket Board announced Friday that the 41-year-old Chanderpaul had called time on his 22-year international career after he wrote to indicate he would no longer be available for selection.WIPA president and chief executive, Wavell Hinds, said he had been fortunate enough to play with Chanderpaul throughout his career and had seen his qualities up close.PRICELESS CONTRIBUTION”As a fan, to witness him play was to see a player of grit and determination. Having the honour of playing alongside him, I certainly saw a consummate professional who gave his all for West Indies cricket,” said Hinds, a former Windies player.”Shiv’s contribution to the game has been priceless and we wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours.”Chanderpaul played a record 164 Tests, piling up 11,867 runs with an average of 51 to be second on the all-time West Indies run-scorers list behind Brian Lara with 11 953 runs.He also managed 30 hundreds.Chanderpaul also played in 268 ODI matches, scoring 8,778 runs with an average of 41.60.He was axed last May ahead of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean, following a run of low scores in three Test series against South Africa and England.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On March 11, a group of Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association members will embark on a 12-day market study mission of Brazil, a major U.S.  competitor of international agricultural sales. The purpose of this mission is to gain a better understanding of Brazil’s role in the worldwide market of agriculture.“Our mission to Brazil is really about the piles of corn we have in the United States. We need to understand our competition in order to compete with them. We hope to dispel myths. A lot of folks feel like they are not as tech savvy as they really are in Brazil. This also provides the opportunity to get our growers to set foot on their farms and realize the obstacles they face down there,” said John Linder, an OCWGA member on the National Corn Growers Association’s Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. “We look forward to talking with those farmers and we will get to talk to some people in the industry who make feed and other things like that. We also forget that we are selling a lot of wheat down there because of the problems in Argentina. It would be nice to be able to keep that market.”The in-person mission will allow the group to learn first-hand about the strengths and challenges of Brazil’s agricultural industry; make face-to-face connections with key buyers and end-users; and engage in important conversations about issues, such as GMO acceptance, sustainability, ethanol infrastructure, and grain storage. The information gained in this mission will be used to enhance ongoing efforts to build demand for Ohio’s corn and wheat.Those interested can follow the mission through a blog and YouTube channel at ocwmarketmission.wordpress.com.last_img read more

first_imgAgricultural operation in current Kharif crop season has been badly hit with southwest monsoon playing truant in Odisha.As against the State’s average rainfall of 393.3 mm rainfall by July 17 (Wednesday), 290.1 mm precipitation has been recorded, which is deficit by 26.23%. Only Koraput district has received surplus rainfall while in the rest 29 districts, rainfall has been in negative.“Since below 19% rainfall is considered normal, 13 districts have been categorized as normal. Seventeen districts have recorded deficit rainfall,” said S. C. Sahu, Director of Centre for Environment and Climate (CEC) at the SOA University.Mr. Sahu said five districts such as Gajapati, Balangir, Balasore, Rayagada and Kandhamal have recorded above 40% deficit rainfall. In the southern Odisha district of Gajapati, the deficit has been as high as 60%.Rainfall has been very erratic. Koraput has received surplus 5% of average rainfall by Wednesday whereas there has been deficit rainfall to the extent 44% in neighbouring district Rayagada, Nabarangpur (-29%) and Malkanagiri (-23%).“Monsoon remained stationary in Himalayan region for which northeastern States received heavy rainfall in the month of July. There is indication of revival of monsoon within next four to five days,” he said.Encouraged by widespread rain in the third and fourth week of June, farmers had begun their paddy crops. Prior to transplanting, they had raised seedlings in their nurseries. In absence of rain, the croplands are not suitable for transplantation of the seedlings.Those, who had broadcasted dry-seed expecting its germination following spells of rainfalls, have kept their fingers crossed for revival of monsoon. If it does not rain soon, the germination might not take place, opined agricultural experts.“We are now experiencing summer like situation. During this time around, we usually experience continuous rain, which helps in our farm operation. If similar situation persists for another week, Kharif crop is likely to suffer damage,” said Surendra Ojha, a farmer in Nagaberhampur village in Jagatsinghpur district.last_img read more

first_imgKashmir Valley’s apple growers welcome govt.’s scheme  The severe restrictions imposed in J&K since August 5 following the revoking of the State’s special status under Article 370, included curbs on vehicular movement which hit the transport of the fruit. The official restrictions were followed by threats and attacks by militants on fruit growers and farmers in the Valley against selling their produce to the government.Bumper crop, no buyersShopian, Pulwama, Sopore and Batengo in Anantnag are the four main mandis (wholesale markets) in the Kashmir Valley. Shopian’s orchards produce 3.5 lakh tonnes on average and this season a bumper crop is expected. However, the mandi wore a deserted look last week. “We have suffered 100% loss. The shutdown here is also to protest the government’s action on Article 370. Nobody has asked us and we are not following any calendar issued by the separatists. This is voluntary,” Mohammad Isar, another resident, said. According to Shopian Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Yasin Choudhary, around 60% of the apple growers sell their produce to contacts with whom they have old business ties; 40% come to the mandis to participate in the bidding process where they interact with buyers. The government has also said it will encourage and provide security to truck drivers to come to the mandis and collect the produce.For small farmersMr. Choudhary, however, said the market invention scheme was not a bid to disrupt the decades-old trade practice. “We are expecting demand and supply to be disrupted in our favour. Earlier the big farmers were selling apples to old dealers for a price. Now the government is offering a better price. So far, 50,000 growers have registered with us; our scheme will help the 40% farmers who are not able to sell it to anyone,” Mr. Choudhary told The Hindu. He added that government would take care of the transportation.Also Read Mohammad Younus Bhat is not impressed with the government’s offer to buy apples from farmers in Jammu and Kashmir at double the market rate. Mr. Bhat of Shopian in south Kashmir, the largest apple producing area in J&K, says he cannot betray his trade partners of several decades in Lucknow and Delhi. He fears the government’s offer can damage the age-old social and economic ties the Valley have with the rest of India. “We took advance payment from traders in Delhi and Lucknow and have been doing business with them for decades. We will not sell our produce to the government… cannot afford to betray our friends for a little extra money, with whom we have family relations,” Mr. Bhat said.In August, J&K Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam announced the government’s plan to procure almost 12 lakh tonnes of apples directly from farmers under the Special Market Intervention Price Scheme (MISP) with the help of the National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED). J&K contributes to over 70% of the apple production in the country. Also Read Kashmir apples to escape lockdown  An official said the government was offering ₹900 a box instead of the ₹500 fixed by the dealers before the clampdown.Mr. Choudhary said the administration was advertising its scheme through radio, pamphlets and local cable channels.He said the idea was to eliminate the middlemen so that the money reached the farmer in his account through direct benefit transfer.“The farmers will get the money in 48 hours. We have held outreach programmes to explain the benefit of government scheme to people,” Mr. Choudhary said, adding that a new mandi has been built for ₹31 crore in Shopian. He said a new cold storage facility with a capacity of 21,500 tonnes would become operational this year.In Pulwama district, which produces 1.56 lakh tonnes, a farmer said they would prefer to store the apples in cold storage rather than sell it to the government.“Will the government protect us next season? They cannot force us to sell to NAFED. We will store the produce in cold storage and sell when normalcy returns. Trucks are not able to come to mandis,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers KUALA LUMPUR- A total of 409 foreigners were picked up and a passport-forging syndicate masterminded by a Pakistani man was busted in the first ever large-scale joint operation led by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Ter­rorism Division.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Most residents cooperated when the authorities came knocking, with documents in hand for verification.Those who ignored the knocks soon had their doors and locks broken.Some units where the occupants refused to cooperate were found to be full of foreigners with incomplete papers or none at all.Police also detected fake passport makers and seized some RM54,000 along with 70 passports, including 67 Indian passports, and a machine used to forge Immigration stickers.Resident Annuar Amin, 43, said he was shocked to see dozens of suspects tied up at the apartment courtyard as they awaited processing.“I was about to go back upstairs, but I saw people being rounded up,” he said.“Then I heard loud noises, so I decided to just wait below until everything was over.”DCP Ayob said the 409 foreigners detained were brought to Bukit Aman for further screening.“They were from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar, Oman, Yemen and Nigeria, among others,” he said.“We held those suspected of being involved in terrorism activities. The others were handed over to Immigration for offences under their jurisdiction. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo About 200 law enforcement officers hit the streets yesterday to nab foreigners linked to international terror groups, those without valid documents and those suspected of illegal activities.Counter Terrorism Division head Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan later confirmed that the operation was held as part of preparations for the 2017 SEA Games, which starts on Aug 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsConcentrating on the city centre around Jalan Masjid India, security personnel in full tactical gear were not only armed but also equipped with radionuclide identification devices (RID) to detect radioactive material.Counter Terrorism Division offi­cers, along with their comrades from other units such as the Special Action Unit, General Operations Force Tiger Platoon and Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, took part. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Other agencies involved were the Immigration Department, Atomic Energy Licensing Board, National Registration Department and Interpol.Weekenders flooding the streets were initially shocked to see such a huge deployment of manpower.Public buses were also stopped for checks and in one instance, a Nigerian man ran so fast to escape that bystanders commented that he was faster than Usain Bolt.Police personnel managed to catch him, although it took five of them to overpower him.In a raid on the Menara City One condominium in Jalan Munshi Abdullah, multiple enforcement teams made their way from the top and lowest floors simultaneously, with armed officers at stairwells to block escape routes.ADVERTISEMENT “(The op) is focused on the Klang Valley. Our top goal is to nab foreign terrorist elements.“We are being proactive in dealing with possible threats.,”DCP Ayob also said the operation did not detect any radioactive ma­­terial, but his division will continue to use RID in future operations.“Given that terrorists are beco­ming more creative in using radioactive devices, we have to be equipped with the right tools,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Sparring partner Malignaggi slams ‘scumbag’ McGregor Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more