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Smith set to fight for English title

first_imgMitchell Smith is set to fight for the English title at the Copper Box on 12 April.Harrow Weald’s super-featherweight prospect, 21, became southern area champion at the same venue last year and in February he extended his unbeaten record to 8-0 by beating Mark Evans.He is now poised to face Hartlepool’s Peter Cope, 22 and also unbeaten, for the vacant title.All of Cope’s nine wins have been on points, while Smith’s second-round demolition of Evans was his fourth stoppage victory.My little girl wants a new belt at home! All my hard work WILL pay off on April 12th AND THE NEW— 父Mitchell Smith父 (@MitchellSmith92) March 18, 2014Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Humboldt State football hosts Central Washington still in search of first home win this season

first_imgARCATA >> As the weeks have gone by, the injury list that Humboldt State head coach Rob Smith has had to deal with has gotten longer and longer.By the looks of it, the Jacks are getting a bit of a reprieve this weekend.While senior wideout Chase Krivashei is still out with a hip injury, Smith expects two of his big-play threats — junior running back Ja’Quan Gardner and redshirt sophomore wide receiver John Todd — to be available to play tonight against Great Northwest Athletic Conference …last_img

Video: Football Fridays live and kicking!

first_imgLesego Madumo catches up with the action, and chats to some of the protagonists, during the first Football Friday challenge match between celebrities and the media in Tshwane/Pretoria.Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 1 December 2009.last_img

Soybean Decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — Farmers have a range of choices when it comes to herbicide-tolerant soybean technology in 2020 — up to seven different traits.When selecting seed, remember that disease, insect tolerance and other genetic characteristics should still top your soybean shopping list. But with the growth in herbicide-resistant weeds, weed control is a crucial part of soybean profitability, and herbicide-tolerant traits can be an important tool.Moreover, the growing web of different herbicide-tolerant crops planted across the country has made it more important than ever to know what is in the variety you are growing — and what’s in your neighbor’s. So here is the latest information on the status and availability of each different trait option, organized by herbicide-tolerant genetic platform:1. ROUNDUP READY TECHNOLOGYROUNDUP READY 1The original glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready trait have been off patent since 2015. Although Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, phased the trait out of its seed stock years ago, the trait is still available from university breeding programs and some smaller, localized seed suppliers. Because the trait is off patent, growers who use RR1 soybeans can save them for seed. Growers interested in finding varieties with the RR1 trait should check with their local universities and state seed associations for information on availability.ROUNDUP READY 2After phasing out RR1, Monsanto focused on its glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready 2 platform. The trait remains a standalone option for growers in 2020, and will likely continue to be available for a few more years, either from Bayer seed brands and other seed companies that license the trait, albeit in smaller and smaller numbers, said Bayer Soybean Portfolio Lead Ryan Rubischko.Ultimately, Bayer is shifting its breeding pipeline to the RR2 Xtend platform, said Wes Hays, Bayer germplasm and deployment lead.RR2 XTENDGlyphosate and dicamba-tolerant RR2 Xtend soybeans accounted for 60% of the soybeans planted in the U.S. last year, roughly 54 million acres. It’s too early to say if that number will rise in 2020 or — as it is now facing increased competition in the marketplace — stay the same or even decrease, Rubischko noted.The trait is available in maturity groups ranging from Group 00 through Group 7 from Bayer seed brands and more than 100 licensees, he noted.Growers who use RR2 Xtend varieties in 2020 should be aware that the corresponding herbicides, XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan, face an increasingly complicated number of use restrictions.In 2018, EPA released a new set of restricted use pesticide (RUP) labels for these herbicides with restrictions on when and how growers can use them. Another herbicide, Tavium, was registered in 2019 for use in the Xtend system, with a similar set of restrictions.However, after the third consecutive year of off-target dicamba injury reports — including record levels in Illinois and Indiana — some states are taking measures to further restrict dicamba use in 2020. Most recently, Illinois has announced a 24(c) label with a June 20 cutoff date and an 85 degree cutoff for dicamba next year. (See more here: https://www.dtnpf.com/…)XTENDFLEXBayer’s next generation of soybean herbicide-tolerant trait technology is XtendFlex. These soybeans can tolerate over-the-top use of glyphosate, dicamba and glufosinate. The technology was used under stewardship in 2019 in Bayer’s Ground Breakers program, but the company hopes it will be fully commercialized in 2020. The only remaining obstacle to full commercialization is EU import approval of the trait, Rubischko noted.“We’re hoping for a late spring of 2020 approval of XtendFlex with the EU,” he said. “Given that anticipated timeframe, we could see an introductory launch of XtendFlex for the 2020 season.”The company has XtendFlex soybeans available in a broad range of maturity groups for 2020, but the timing of that EU approval will determine what volumes are available in what regions, added Hays. Given that these soybeans contain the Roundup Ready, Xtend and Liberty Link traits, growers should have a range of herbicide options to use over the top of them legally in 2020, he added.Ultimately, the XtendFlex trait is expected to inherit RR2 Xtend’s “throne” as the basis for Bayer’s soybean breeding portfolio in the coming decade. “We’ve shifted breeding efforts from RR2 to the Xtend platform and we’ll start to shift that to XtendFlex in the future,” Hays said.2. LIBERTY LINK TECHNOLOGYLIBERTYLINKThe glufosinate-tolerant trait LibertyLink remains a standalone option for growers in 2020, said Marc Hoobler, soybean agronomy lead for BASF, which now owns the trait after Bayer divested it in 2018.“There is a transition underway to the enhanced LibertyLink platform, which is LL GT27, so we do expect those LibertyLink acres to decrease in 2020, but there certainly still will be varieties available for sale with the standard LibertyLink trait in both the Credenz brands and other licensees’ brands,” Hoobler said.The LibertyLink trait remains available in maturity groups ranging from zero to mid-Group 7, he added.LL GT27The LL GT27 trait was co-developed by Bayer and MS Technologies and is now part of BASF’s portfolio. It provides tolerance to glufosinate, glyphosate and a new HPPD/Group 27 herbicide called Alite 27 that isn’t yet registered for use by the EPA.Some seed companies are offering GT27 (the glyphosate- and the HPPD-tolerant trait) as standalone varieties, but BASF is focusing on the combined LL GT27 moving forward, Hoobler said. Between LibertyLink and LL GT27, BASF expects the LibertyLink platform to exceed 20% market share in 2020, Hoobler said.The LL GT27 trait is only offered in maturity groups ranging from Group 0 to mid-Group 4, and that is unlikely to change, he added. “The target geography is largely the Midwest,” he said. “Late Group 4 is probably the latest maturity we would ever have.”The company is hoping Alite 27 will be registered in the fourth quarter of 2019 as a pre-emergence herbicide for use with LL GT27 varieties in 2020. “Initially, it will only be registered in select counties and states, but in the first year, we believe we can enable use on 10 million to 12 million acres,” Hoobler said. “Then, later on, we will add additional states and counties as we complete data requirements for the federal label.”The LL GT27 soybeans do not contain the Roundup Ready gene, but rather a different glyphosate-tolerant trait. That means some glyphosate products that use Roundup Ready-specific language on their labels are not technically legal for us on GT27 varieties, an issue EPA is working to resolve for the 2020 season, BASF said. “The EPA is aware of the confusion in the marketplace and is willing to speak individually with any state that is still concerned about which products can be used over GT27,” BASF said to DTN in an emailed statement.3. ENLIST TECHNOLOGYEnlist E3 soybeans, co-developed by MS Technologies and the former Dow AgroSciences and now part of Corteva Agriscience’s portfolio, are tolerant to glyphosate, 2,4-D and glufosinate. Last year, Corteva received final import approvals in the spring and were able to release a limited commercial launch of the soybean trait. “We were able to get that technology out on several million acres this past spring,” said Mike Dillon, global soybean portfolio lead for Corteva.This year, the company is expecting to reach at least 10% of U.S. soybean acreage, roughly 9 million acres, with Enlist E3 soybeans, Dillon said. “We have well over 100 licensees for 2019 and 2020, and since we launched the technology, we have had a 15% increase in the number of seed companies that have chosen to obtain a trait license,” he said.At the moment, Enlist E3 soybeans are available in maturity groups ranging from Group 00 to Group 4, Dillon added. “We are working toward more maturity groups and anticipate those products coming very soon,” he said. “But the bulk of our varieties right now are most adapted to the central U.S.”Since, like GT27, Enlist E3 soybeans contain a non-Roundup Ready glyphosate-tolerant trait, some glyphosate products are not technically labeled for use on them. Corteva has two herbicide products registered for use on Enlist soybeans: Enlist One (2,4-D choline) and Enlist Duo (a glyphosate and 2,4-D choline pre-mix).“Additionally, Durango DMA glyphosate herbicide and other products from our distribution partners that are inclusively labeled for use on crops that are ‘glyphosate tolerant’ or ‘containing a glyphosate-tolerance gene’ may be applied to Enlist E3 soybeans,” the company said in an emailed statement to DTN.4. STS-TOLERANT TECHNOLOGYSTS-tolerant soybeans remain an option for growers in 2020 under two different platforms. The first are STS-tolerant soybeans that contain a single gene, Als1, which confers tolerance to sulfonylurea herbicides (in the ALS-inhibitor class of herbicides). First deployed in the mid-1990s, this STS-tolerant trait is now off patent and therefore available from a range of seed companies, Dillon noted.A newer STS-tolerant platform, Bolt soybeans, was released by DuPont Pioneer in 2015 (now owned by Corteva Agriscience), and contains two STS-tolerant genes, ALs1 and Als2, providing enhanced tolerance to sulfonylurea herbicides.Both STS-tolerant options are native (non-GM) traits that allow soybeans to tolerate the application of certain ALS herbicides, which makes them a good fit for soybeans double-cropped after wheat or grown around rice fields, two crops where this type of herbicide use is common, said Dillon.“There is localized availability of STS-tolerant soybean varieties in certain geographies with these cropping rotations,” he noted. “It’s not widely deployed across the corn and soybean belts, but there is a good selection of products from multiple companies out there.”Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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Kinder Morgan Canada shares tick higher after deal to sell Trans Mountain

first_imgThe company estimated the deal is worth about $12 per restricted voting share, after capital gains tax. It expects its approximately 30 percent share of after-tax proceeds to be approximately $1.25 billion.Kinder Morgan Canada will continue to hold an integrated network of crude tank storage and rail terminals in Alberta. It will also own a terminal in Vancouver and the Cochin Pipeline system which transports light condensate from the United States to Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.The company had ceased all non-essential spending on the project until it receives assurances it can proceed without delays, setting a May 31 deadline on getting those guarantees.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shares traded higher after the federal government announced it would buy its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion.The shares were up 47 cents or about three percent at $17.06 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after going as high as $18. The company’s stock had been halted prior to the announcement.Ottawa is acquiring the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and the expansion project.last_img read more

Our off-screen connect creates magic on-screen: Alia-Varun on their reel-life chemistry

first_imgNew Delhi: The bond and comfort they share in real life is the key to their crackling chemistry on screen, say actors Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. The duo made their debut with 2012’s “Student of the Year” and went on to star opposite each other in “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” and “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”. With the audiences appreciating their relatable depiction of young romance, all the three films became box office hits. “It is just that I connect with her, which evokes reaction, and I guess this is what translates on-screen. When we are performing, even if it is a smallest thing she does, I notice that and there is reaction to it. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Half of acting is listening and mostly we don’t do that as actors. But with her, I am definitely listening and understanding what she is trying to do,” Varun told PTI. Alia, 26, added that the credit for their successful pairing goes to the writers and directors they have worked with. “I don’t think Varun and I can take much credit when it comes to reinventing our pairing on screen. Honestly, it is in the writing and the director’s vision that comes to us and we just execute it. We execute it with a lot of passion and zest because both of us want to bring something new and give a different face to each other.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna The 31-year-old actor and Alia will be next seen in Dharma Productions’ “Kalank”, a love story set in the pre-Independence era. Alia quipped that she often gets “separation anxiety” when she wraps up a film with Varun, but is happy that filmmakers as well as audience love their pairing and keep giving them chances to work together. “Every time we work together I have this separation anxiety that now maybe we won’t get a chance to collaborate. And then we are working together in next two weeks.” Directed by Abhishek Varman, “Kalank” also features Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu. Film hits the theatres on Wednesday.last_img read more

Delhi court summons Ramesh on May 9 in Doval defamation case

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court granted exemption to Congress leader Jairam Ramesh from personal appearance on Thursday but directed him to be present before it on May 9 in a defamation case filed against him by Vivek Doval, son NSA Ajit Doval.”Accused no 1 Jairam Ramesh has filed exemption application through his counsel Omar Hoda. Considering the grounds mentioned in the application, the same is allowed only for today,” the court said. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal also granted bail to The Caravan’s editor-in-chief and its reporter, who appeared before the court after they were summoned as accused in the case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Since the offence of defamation under section 500 IPC is bailable in nature, both the accused are admitted on bail on furnishing personal bond and surety bond in the sum of Rs 20,000 each. Bail bonds furnished and accepted,” the court said. During the hearing, lawyers appearing for the accused told the court that they have received copy of complaint and documents but copy of evidence recorded during the enquiry was unserved. The court then asked the lawyer appearing for Doval and undertook to supply the copies of all the evidence under due acknowledgment to the defence counsels today itself. “Put up for bail proceedings of accused No 1 Jairam Ramesh and for framing of notice under section 251 CrPC on May 9, 2019. All the accused shall remain present personally for the purpose of framing of notice on the next date of hearing,” the court said.last_img read more

US launches offensive ‘to warn Iran’, deploys carrier strike group

first_imgWashington: Stepping up pressure on Iran, the US has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to send a “clear and unmistakable” message to Tehran that any attack on American interests or its allies will be met with “unrelenting force”. National Security Advisor John Bolton said the decision to deploy the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region in the Middle East was in response to a number of “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran. The deployment of the strike group and bomber task force comes after US President Donald Trump last month refused to give waivers to countries like India from buying oil from Iran, in an attempt to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAfter coming to power, Trump unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 landmark Iranian nuclear deal last year and has imposed stringent sanctions against what he describes as the “authoritarian” Iranian regime. Under the accord, Iran had agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors in return for sanctions relief. “In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force,” Bolton said Sunday. “The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

Braxton Miller named OSUs starting quarterback for Saturdays game vs Colorado

Ohio State head football coach Luke Fickell announced Thursday that Braxton Miller would start at quarterback in Saturday’s matchup against Colorado.  Fickell made the announcement during his weekly radio show around noon, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The expected start would be Miller’s first at OSU. Miller did not see playing time against Toledo, but split time with redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman in games against Akron and Miami (Fla.). Bauserman started the previous three games.  Kickoff for Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and will air on ABC.

Milan Mandaric pays tribute to deceased Leicester owner

first_imgFormer Leicester City owner Milan Mandaric revealed that he knew successor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha could lead the club into a glorious era due to his unique characterThe Thai billionaire businessman was one of five victims who perished when his helicopter spun out of control and crashed shortly after Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Saturday.The loss of Srivaddhanaprabha has come as a great shock to the entire football world with tributes being left at the King Power Stadium, where the incident occurred.Now Mandaric, who sold his majority share of Leicester to Srivaddhanaprabha in 2010, is the latest to pay tribute to him.“I didn’t meet too many people like that in my life, so that’s what separates him [from everyone else],” Mandaric told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He was just generous with everything, he would never let you pay for coffee and it’s not the money, it’s the way he handled things. You just felt comfortable around him.“I knew they [Leicester] would do well with him, I knew he would win the respect and admiration because he’s that type of person. I just can’t believe it.”When Srivaddhanaprabha took over in 2010, Leicester were just another team in the English Championship.The Foxes were promoted after winning the 2013/14 Championship season and would later stun English football by claiming a shock Premier League title in the 2015/16 campaign in fairytale fashion.Leicester’s Carabao Cup fourth-round tie with Southampton, which was set to be played today, has been postponed.last_img read more