Liverpool line-up v Chelsea: Look who’s back to ruin Blues quadruple hopes

first_img Adam Lallana and Steven Gerrard are back for Liverpool 1 1center_img Liverpool v Chelsea in the Capital One Cup is live on talkSPORT on Tuesday 20 January 2015The last time Liverpool faced Chelsea in a domestic cup they lost the 2012 FA Cup final 2-1.Tonight, at Anfield in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, there is a chance to exact some revenge and move a step closer to glory.Cup success would be a welcome relief on Merseyside considering the difference in fortunes between this season and the last where they were narrowly beaten to the Premier League title by Man City.But Liverpool will have been boosted by recent their performances and the fact they have beaten Chelsea in their two previous League Cup meetings at Anfield.Lazar Markovic has put in some excellent displays recently and Lucas and Jordan Henderson have combined well. Adam Lallana could play some part, too, with the midfielder recovering from a thigh injury and he was on the bench against Aston Villa. Captain Steven Gerrard is also back after a minor hamstring injury kept him sidelined.However, if Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers persists with playing three at the back, then “Chelsea’s wide men will tear them apart,” according to Martin Keown.Possible Liverpool line-up v Chelsea:last_img read more


Scholtz, Simmonds tops in Sun City tennis

first_img17 June 2014 Unseeded South African Nic Scholtz captured his second successive Sun City Futures tennis title on the weekend when he came from behind to upset third seeded fellow South African Fritz Wolmarans 4-6 6-2 6-4 in the final. Futures tournaments are part of the International Tennis Federation’s Pro Circuit and the first level of professional play, just below the ATP Challenger Tour. They’re a crucial stepping stone for many players aiming for careers on the ATP and WTA World Tours. The 23-year-old, after his best two weeks of tennis ever, ended the tournament on a 10-match winning streak. On his way to the two titles, he defeated seven seeds.‘A real battle’ “I knew today’s final was going to be a real battle,” Scholtz said after clinching victory.”Fritz is a hell of a player, with a big serve, so I had to pull out all the stops to take the match.” The contest prove to be a lengthy battle and lasted two hours and 25 minutes long. Scholtz started strongly breaking Wolmarans in the opening game of the match. However, in the fourth game, Wolmarans broke back to level at 2-2. The set then went with serve until the tenth game when Wolmarans broke to take the opener 6-4. In the second set, Scholtz regrouped early and broke serve twice to lead 4-0. After winning the second set 6-2, he needed only one break in the final set to clinch the set 6-4, and with it the match and title.‘I was able to take advantage’ “I was serving well but there were stages throughout the match that Fritz battled with his serve and I was able to take advantage,” said Scholtz. “In fact, Fritz surprisingly served quite a few double faults too, which helped me. “It was always going to be the battle of the big serves and with me serving better and Fritz struggling with his serve I had the upper hand,” he added. Wolmarans, despite the loss, said that he had enjoyed a good three weeks at Sun City. “To have won a title, reached a final, and a semifinal in the last three weeks, is more than I expected,” he admitted. “I came into Sun City without having played a lot of tournaments due to a long layoff from injury, did well here, and can leave with a lot of matches under my belt and added confidence.”Women’s singles In the women’s singles, top seed Chanel Simmonds showed her class and experience when she outplayed third seed Madrie le Roux 6-2 6-2 to claim the title in one hour and 28 minutes. Playing her best tennis of the tournament, Simmonds took control of the match in the fifth game of the first set when she broke serve to lead 3-2. Le Roux had put so much effort into the first four games that she looked like a tired and weary marathon runner on the changeover after the break. In fact, she broke Simmonds’ serve in the first game of the match and looked like a player on a mission. Simmonds, though, promptly broke back in the second game and both players then held serve until the sixth game when Simmonds broke to lead 4-2. She subsequently closed out the set 6-2.‘I was very consistent’ “I was very consistent, kept the ball going, yet played with good pace, which tired Madrie,” Simmonds said afterwards. “I was also playing the high ball, which forced Madrie to put in extra effort on her shots.” Simmonds broke early in the second set and raced into a 3-0 lead. Two further breaks in the sixth and eighth games gave her the set 6-2 and with it the match and title.Doubles Simmonds added the doubles title when she teamed up with fellow Fed Cup squad member Michelle Sammons to beat fourth seeds, Ilze Hattingh and Madrie Le Roux, 6- 3, 6-3, in the final. The men’s doubles title went to the top seeds Dean O’Brien and Ruan Roelofse. In the all South African final, they beat second seeds Nik Scholtz and Tucker Vorster 7- 6, 6-4. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


ARC-CO and PLC payments for this fall likely to decrease

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The tight economics of row crop production in 2017 will have many producers looking for some cash flow from farm bill programs when those payments are released this fall.Higher yields in 2017, however, will likely mean smaller payments in October of 2018 compared to last fall.“We saw yields that were pretty high for corn above trend line for some counties for the fourth year in a row in 2017. So looking forward to October of 2018,  I am expecting smaller to no payments for most counties for corn. A couple of counties in western Ohio may trigger a soybean payment but the payments are expected to be a lot less,” said Ben Brown, Ohio State University Farm Management Program
manager. “If you are counting on the money in October for cash flow, I don’t know that we will see as much. Both farmers and ag lenders need to prepare for that.“In 2017 we saw roughly $50 an acre for corn across the state. The only Ohio county that didn’t receive a corn payment was in Ashtabula County because they had higher yields in 2016. Some counties soybeans triggered substantial payments for 2017. Last October saw a pretty nice return from programs in Ohio. I don’t know that we’re going to see that in 2018.”Most of Ohio’s row-crop acres are enrolled in the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) Program, with far fewer acres enrolled in the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Program.“At the start of the farm bill in 2014 there was a one-time choice over the life of the farm bill. In Ohio we saw 97% of soybean acres go into ARC-CO. The program has never returned a PLC payment for soybeans. The PLC payment was set lower than we’d expect market prices to be and it wasn’t attractive for soybean growers in the state,” Brown said. “And 98% of corn acres are in ARC-CO in Ohio. For wheat it was 82% in ARC-CO and 18% in PLC. That was different than the national average for wheat that was 60% PLC and 40% ARC-CO. Looking forward to this next farm bill, farmers will probably get to choose and forward thinking about that is going to be important for their cash flow.”It is also important to note, Brown said, that these farm bill programs only offer a safety net, not a path to profitability.“I do want to make the distinction that ARC-CO and PLC programs don’t make you whole,” he said. “They are only on 85% of the acres so the returns you get back are smaller than you would get if the market was high.”While farmers should prepare for lower farm bill payments this fall, that does not mean there will be none. The final payment numbers still have an opportunity to change from Brown’s estimates. ARC-CO and PLC payments are calculated from a formula using Farm Service Agency (FSA) yields and marketing year average prices. The estimations from Brown use National Agricultural Statistic Service yields for 2017, but the adjusted final FSA numbers will be used for the final farm bill payment calculation. Also, the corn and soybean marketing year is Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, so final prices will not be known for several more months. Brown’s estimates were made using World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) average prices from February. Marketing year average prices of $3.30 for corn, $9.30 for soybeans, and $4.60 for wheat were used for the estimates.As the marketing year progresses, it is likely that these estimates will fluctuate with price. Higher prices moving forward will result in smaller 2018 payments than estimated and lower prices will result in larger payments based upon the 2017 program year, Brown said.“More counties are expected to trigger soybean payments this fall. We have also reached a point where the PLC program is returning larger payments than ARC-CO for corn and wheat. Soybeans are not expected to trigger a PLC payment for 2018,” Brown said. “Expectations for program year 2017 corn ARC-CO payments will be smaller and rare across much of Ohio. This is largely because of the formula benchmark lowering each year as a result of lower prices. In previous years the historical five-year revenue included high prices from marketing year average 2011/12 and 2012/13. Those have been worked out of the formula and the probability of triggering a payment has lowered. The 5-year olympic average price in 2016 was $4.79 compared to a price of $3.95 in 2017. Payment variations across counties happen due to variations in yields. Highland County triggers the largest estimated payment at $37 per acre as a result of a 2017 yield of 167 bushels per acre compared to a 2016 yield of 176. The average payment in 2016 was $57 whereas in 2017 it is estimated at $12. Fewer counties are expected to receive a payment with a smaller average payment in comparison from 2016.” Prepared by Ben Brown Prepared by Ben Brown Prepared by Ben Brownlast_img read more


Scorpio Bulkers Eyes USD 50 Mn Share Repurchase

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers has received a nod from its Board of Directors to repurchase up to USD 50 million of its common stock.The shares would be repurchased in open market or through privately negotiated transactions.“The specific timing and amounts of the repurchases, will be in the sole discretion of management and may vary based on market conditions and other factors,” Scorpio Bulkers said, adding that it is not obligated under the terms of the program to repurchase any of its common stock.The share repurchase authorization has no expiration date.Scorpio Bulkers owns 46 vessels, consisting of 18 Kamsarmax and 26 Ultramax ships. The owned fleet will have a total carrying capacity of around 3.2 million deadweight tonnes.last_img read more


Ontario man accused of helping foreigners slip into US through railway tunnel

first_imgA man accused of smuggling foreigners from Canada into the U.S. through an underground railway tunnel has been arrested and faces multiple charges, American officials said.Juan Antonio Garcia-Jimenez, a 53-year-old Ontario resident, was allegedly paid thousands of dollars to help at least five people use the tunnel running between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit, Mich., the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.“Smuggling individuals through the train tunnel is one of the most dangerous methods I have seen in my career,” Detroit Sector Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison said in a statement. “I could not be more proud of the agents and officers who worked on identifying this individual and finally catching him.”Garcia-Jimenez — who is from Guatemala and lives in Windsor — was arrested by American border patrol agents on Wednesday and faces multiple charges related to smuggling aliens, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office said, adding that the charges have yet to be broken down into specific offences.In an criminal complaint filed in a Michigan court, U.S. border patrol agent Michael Goloweyco said an investigation into Garcia-Jimenez began on March 19 based on information received from RCMP and U.S. Border Patrol.On that day, Detroit border patrol agents apprehended a Mexican man who had walked through the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel from Windsor, the complaint said. The tunnel is 2.5 kilometres long and is used by railway cargo trains, the attorney’s office said.The man had been working in Canada legally and told authorities someone named “Antonio” had told him he could help with an illegal crossing into the States, the complaint, which contains unproven allegations, said.The man said “Antonio” picked him up late on March 18, drove him to a spot near the tunnel in Windsor and gave him instructions on crossing into Detroit, the complaint alleged. The man also said he paid “Antonio” for his help, the complaint alleged.On two separate days in July, patrol agents apprehended four other people who used the tunnel to cross into the U.S., the complaint alleged. All four told authorities they had paid $1,500 each for help getting over the border and identified Garcia-Jimenez as the alleged smuggler, the complaint alleged.The complaint said all five people who were allegedly smuggled were farm workers in Leamington, Ont., who used text messages to arrange the details of their border-crossing.“There is probable cause to believe that the defendant, Juan Antonio Garcia-Jimenez encouraged and induced aliens to come to, enter and reside in the United States for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain,” the complaint alleged.Garcia-Jimenez made an initial appearance in a U.S. court earlier this week and had a bond hearing set for Friday, U.S. authorities said.last_img read more