Even with United in final, Van Gaal won’t discuss future

first_img Brought down LONDON (AP): Qualifying for the Champions League looks increasingly out of reach for Manchester United. The season could still end with silverware after Louis van Gaal’s side reached the FA Cup final by beating Everton yesterday. And yet van Gaal still has the air of a manager who could be leaving his job. Even amid the joy at seeing Anthony Martial score in the third minute of stoppage time to clinch a 2-1 victory over Everton in the semi-final, van Gaal responded curtly to a question about the team beyond this season. “I am not looking beyond this competition, the FA Cup, because we live in the present,” van Gaal said. “As for the future, I will discuss that with my board and not with you.” When it was pointed out that he had another season remaining on his contract, the 64-year-old Dutchman said: “Yes. You repeat what I have always said.” Martial set up Marouane Fellaini’s opener in the 34th minute against his former club. Although David de Gea saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty early in the second half to preserve United’s lead after Ross Barkley was brought down by Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Gerard Deulofeu’s cross was inadvertently turned into his own net by United defender Chris Smalling with 15 minutes remaining. Martial’s winner was a slick completion of a rapid attack that prevented extra time. The 20-year-old France forward linked up with Marcus Rashford on the left flank and then played another one-two with Ander Herrera before slotting in the winner. The 11-time FA Cup winners will discover today whether Crystal Palace or Watford will be their opponent in the May 21 final. With four games remaining, United remain fifth, four points behind Arsenal, who play relegation-threatened Sunderland today. Crosstown rivals Manchester City are a further point ahead in third place after beating Stoke 4-0 in one of four Premier League games yesterday. Kelechi Iheanacho, City’s 19-year-old forward, scored twice after first-half goals from Fernando and Sergio Aguero from the penalty spot. Newcastle remained in the relegation zone despite coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Liverpool, who announced before the game that defender Mamadou Sakho failed a drugs test before a Europa League game last month. After conceding goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana in the first half, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle salvaged a point, thanks to strikes from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback on the manager’s return to the club he won the Champions League with in 2005. Disappointing season Southampton kept alive their outside shot at qualifying for the Europa League by compounding already-relegated Aston Villa’s woes. Dusan Tadic scored twice in a 4-2 victory for seventh-place Southampton, between headers from Shane Long and Sadio Mane. Deposed champions Chelsea are a place behind after cruising to a 4-1 victory at Bournemouth, who have already secured a second season in the Premier League. Cesc Fabregas played a key role in all four goals, including Eden Hazard’s double that produced his first league goals of a disappointing season for the reigning player of the year. Pedro Rodriguez and Willian also scored for Chelsea. The focus shifts to the title race in the coming days. Leicester, who have a five-point lead over Tottenham, host Swansea today. Tottenham face West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane tomorrow.last_img read more

CUTLIFFE – “OUTSOURCING OF MEDICAL CARD REVIEWS PLAYING WITH PEOPLE’S HEALTH”

first_imgIndependent candidate and member of Friends of Letterkenny Hospital, Peter Cutliffe has claimed that the outsourcing of Medical-card reviews to a German Company away from the HSE is playing with people’s life’s. Cutliffe is outraged, following the disclosure that the outsourcing of Medical-card reviews will now be the responsibility of a German company.An angered Cutliffe told Donegal Daily, “I understand employees of the Company have no background in Social care, no Garda clearances and almost certainly have no knowledge or empathy with the circumstances of a medical -card applicant. “I have spoken to people under active treatment who are telling me that their applications are now taking longer to process, which is adding more cost and stress to applicants.“The HSE have admitted that they are pursuing the over-70s and discretionary medical card holders to provide proof of eligibility, and I believe that this is morally wrong.Cutliife added, “The outsourcing of Medical reviews to a “faceless body” removes the ability for an applicant to have their medical card application fairly assessed and will put enormous financial and emotional stress on people.Cutliffe concluded, “This is yet another example of Government decimating and demoralising our public servants and the latest example of Centralisation of public services not working after the SUSI grants fiasco, delays in driving licence applications and the privatisation of our water services to Irish Water. CUTLIFFE – “OUTSOURCING OF MEDICAL CARD REVIEWS PLAYING WITH PEOPLE’S HEALTH” was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Election 2014:newsPeter CutliffePoliticslast_img read more

Final innings for Basil D’Oliveira

first_imgThe late Basil D’Oliveira was living proofthat sport has the power to changethe world.(Image: Official website) Peter Oborne’s acclaimed biography ofD’Oliveira won a major award in 2004.(Image: Little, Brown)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sipokazi SokanyileMedia officer, Cricket South Africa+27 11 880 2810 or +27 83 249 0025Emily van RijswijckA celebrated batsman and an accomplished bowler, South African-born all-rounder Basil D’Oliveira passed away in England, his adopted country for over four decades.He died on 19 November, aged 80, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.The global cricketing community has reacted to the news with grief, and tributes have been carried in press publications from Chennai to Cape Town, and from Toronto and New York to Sydney and Auckland.All contributors agree that he was a humble man who literally managed to change the course of history, albeit unintentionally.“I had a great relationship with him,” said Geoff Boycott, writing in The Independent. “Yes, he changed South African sport, and much more forever, but I simply remember a lovely man.”A great sporting journeyD’Oliveira emigrated to England in 1960 because non-white South Africans were not eligible for selection for international competition at the time.Though he made 43 first class hundreds in his short professional career for his new country, D’Oliveira’s inadvertent role in South Africa’s blacklisting from international sport is as important as his direct contribution to the sport.“In reaching the cricketing heights he did, D’Oliveira was a beacon of inspiration to anybody striving to overcome the drawbacks inherent in being born the wrong colour in the wrong land at the wrong time,” wrote Rob Steen in a tribute on ESPN Cricinfo.The first non-white South African to play English county cricket, D’Oliveira, or Dolly as he was affectionately known, debuted in the English test team in 1966 at the ripe old age of 34.This milestone is still open to debate as D’Oliveira himself admits in his autobiography, Time to Declare, to lying about his age because he was afraid of being omitted as a result of his advanced years.Despite this, he would eventually represent his new country in 44 first class test matches, and play four one-day internationals.“His rise from a cricketing ghetto in Cape Town, to become a Test performer of the first rank represents one of the greatest journeys any sportsman has taken,” wrote Simon Wilde in The Australian.Setting history in motionBut it was the 1968 English tour to South Africa which made him a household name and set the course for his homeland’s subsequent sporting future.It was during the 1968 Ashes, that fiercely contested annual tournament between England and Australia, that the so-called D’Oliveira affair unfolded.Dolly played in the first Ashes game and was excluded from the English team for the next three matches. Under pressure, he proceeded to score a magnificent 158 in the final test match at the Oval, which secured him a place for the planned 1968-69 tour to South Africa.“Basil D’Oliveira’s 158 at the Oval was not the greatest Test century I have ever seen,” wrote Ian Wooldridge in the UK’s Daily Mail. ”But I doubt if there will ever be another which will so turn the world on its head.”South Africa’s apartheid government would have none of it. In 1950 the ruling National Party passed the infamous Group Areas Act into law – this prohibited any racially mixed sports and even racial mixing of audiences taking place, except by government permit.Catching wind of D’Oliveira’s inclusion into the English team, the South African government pointedly refused his entry into the country. After some political rope-pulling and extensive media debate, England finally succumbed to the pressure and cancelled the tour.D’Oliveira had dearly wanted to play in his country of birth, but his ambition was not to be.“Privately, D’Oliveira was devastated by being excluded from South Africa, his dream of playing test cricket in his home country shattered, but publicly he handled the situation with dignity,” wrote Huw Richards in The New York Times.The event also sounded the death knell for South African participation in international sport for well over 20 years.“The circumstances surrounding his being prevented from touring the country of his birth with England in 1968 led directly to the intensification of opposition to apartheid around the world,” recalled Gerald Majola, CEO of Cricket South Africa.Writing in the New Zealand Herald, Stephen Brenkley agreed. “His innocent but integral part in what happened led to the sporting isolation of the land of his birth, South Africa, and eventually the disintegration of the apartheid system.”Years of sporting isolation followed as country after country banned sporting interaction with South Africa. This period put paid to the international careers of many a talented South African sportsperson.In the meantime, D’Oliveira continued with his cricketing career, helping England to regain the Ashes in Australia in 1970-1, and to retain the trophy in 1972 when the series was shared.That was to be his last Ashes but he continued to play county cricket at Worcestershire. He scored 2 484 runs in total, at an average of 40.06, with five centuries and 15 half-centuries. Dolly also took 47 wickets in his international career at a respectable average of 39.55, only retiring formally from the sport in 1980.“He was a man of true dignity and a wonderful role model as somebody who overcame the most extreme prejudices and circumstances to take his rightful place on the world stage,” Majola said.Captain of the black side The talented young cricketer grew up in the colourful Malay suburb of the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town during the apartheid era. Although of Indian and Portuguese descent, he was classified as a coloured person and therefore barred from playing first class cricket in the ‘whites only’ cricket team.Instead, he was relegated to the black national team which he also captained between 1956 and 1959, taking the team to Kenya and East Africa during his tenure. By 1958 he had scored 80 centuries, yet was frustrated at the lack of opportunity to test his growing cricketing prowess against international players.Realising that he would never get that chance, and on the insistence of international patrons, among them cricket commentator John Arlott, Dolly and his family moved to England and soon became British citizens.Remembered todayDescribed as unassuming and down-to-earth, in 1967 D’Oliveira was honoured by the annual publication Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. He shares the accolade with fellow South African cricketing greats Shaun Pollock, Gary Kirsten and Mark Boucher, to name a few, who have also received the award in the past.Most cricketing specialists agree that D’Oliveira would probably have played even better cricket if he’s been allowed the chance to compete on the world stage in his home country, and at an earlier age.Today he is remembered annually when the Proteas, South Africa’s national cricket team, and England slog it out for the coveted Basil D’Oliveira trophy. The Proteas have held the trophy since 2008.Controversial British journalist Peter Oborne wrote an acclaimed biography of the all-rounder, titled Basil D’Oliveira – Cricket and Conspiracy: The Untold Story. Published by Little, Brown, the book won Oborne the 2004 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.“He never chose to become a hero,” wrote Oborne, paying tribute to Dolly in the Sydney Morning Herald. “But destiny singled him out to play the central role in a sporting controversy and when put to the ultimate test, he responded to unbelievable pressure with a quiet dignity that spoke volumes.”A report in the Cape Times reveals that a film about Dolly’s life and times is in the planning, and will come from the pen of Oscar winner Sir Ronald Harwood (The Pianist), himself a son of Cape Town.Dolly was honoured by his old county team Worcestershire in 2003 when they named a new stand after him at their New Road ground.He received an OBE in 1969, and in 2005 he was made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.“Although it is difficult we will celebrate a great life rather than mourn a death,” D’Oliveira’s son Damian, himself a respected cricketer, said in a statement.last_img read more

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Exports below 2018 levels for U.S. pork, beef

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest February exports of U.S. pork and beef fell below last year’s levels while lamb exports trended higher, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).Pork export volume was down 9% from a year ago in February to 186,745 metric tons (mt), while export value dropped 17% to $455.9 million — the lowest monthly value total since February 2016. For January through February, pork exports were 5% below last year’s pace in volume (388,580 mt) and 13% lower in value ($950 million).Pork export value averaged $45.12 per head slaughtered in February, up slightly from January but 21% lower year-over-year. The January-February average was $44.93, down 16%. Exports accounted for 24% of total February pork production and 21% for muscle cuts only, down from 27.8% and 24%, respectively, a year ago. For January-February, the ratio of total production exported was 23.8% (down from 26.1% a year ago) and 20.6% for muscle cuts only (down from 22.7%).February beef exports declined 6% year-over-year to 94,885 mt while value was down 3% to $581.6 million. January-February exports were 3% below last year’s record pace in volume (199,651 mt) but steady in value at $1.22 billion. The volume decline is mainly due to lower exports to Hong Kong and Canada, as shipments to most other major beef markets have trended higher in 2019.Beef export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $309.39 in February, down 4% from a year ago, while the January-February average was down 3% to $296.19. February exports accounted for 12.8% of total beef production and 10.1% for muscle cuts only, down from 13.6% and 10.8%, respectively, in February 2018. For January-February these ratios were 12.5% and 9.9%, each down one-half percentage point from the first two months of 2018.“The stiff headwinds trade disputes have created for U.S. pork exports have certainly not subsided,” said Dan Halstrom, USMEF President and CEO. “USMEF is encouraged by reports of progress toward resolution of these disputes, but in the meantime missed opportunities for export growth are mounting. On the beef side there is still much to be excited about, especially with the launch of U.S.-Japan trade agreement talks. A great deal is at stake for both U.S. beef and U.S. pork in those negotiations, as exports to Japan deliver remarkable returns for the entire U.S. supply chain and it is essential that we get back on a level playing field with our competitors.” Pork export value to Mexico down nearly one-thirdRetaliatory duties continue to pressure U.S. pork exports to Mexico, with volume through February down 13% from a year ago to 119,430 mt and export value dropping 32% to $171.3 million. The U.S. is still Mexico’s primary pork supplier but Canada, Chile and the European Union have all gained market share in 2019.Demand for imported pork may now be on the upswing in China/Hong Kong due to African swine fever (ASF) as buyers prepare for a looming pork shortage, but China’s retaliatory duties make it difficult for the U.S. industry to capitalize. The duty rate on U.S. pork is 62%, compared to 12% for other suppliers. Through February, exports to China/Hong Kong were down 22% from a year ago to 54,383 mt, with value dropping 34% to $108.2 million.In the leading value market for U.S. pork, exports are feeling the pinch from Japan’s lower duties on imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico. Through February, U.S. pork exports to Japan were down 9% from a year ago in volume (61,464 mt) and 12% lower in value ($248.7 million). Chilled pork exports to Japan were down 6% in both volume (34,685 mt) and value ($166 million).January-February highlights for U.S. pork include:Exports to South America continued to shine behind strong performances in Colombia and Peru and a surge in exports to Chile. Export volume to the region increased 44% from a year ago to 25,772 mt while value jumped 49% to $64.1 million.Strong growth in both Australia and New Zealand pushed exports to Oceania 31% ahead of last year’s pace in volume (20,117 mt) and 18% higher in value ($53.7 million).Despite lower exports to leading market Honduras, Central America continued to be a strong performer for U.S. pork as growth in Costa Rica, Panama and Guatemala moved export volume to the region 16% higher year-over-year to 14,201 mt, while value climbed 12% to $32.4 million. A safeguard measure in the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement triggered April 1, raising tariff rates on U.S. pork through the end of this year, but USMEF still anticipates strong demand for U.S. pork in Panama.Pork exports to the Dominican Republic remained on a record pace and variety meat exports to Trinidad and Tobago surged, pushing exports to the Caribbean significantly higher in both volume (9,331 mt, up 18%) and value ($22.1 million, up 16%).Fueled by strong growth in the Philippines and Singapore, exports to the ASEAN region were up 29% year-over-year in volume (7,982 mt) and 21% higher in value ($20.4 million).Taiwan has emerged as a strong growth market for U.S. pork, with exports climbing 85% in volume to 4,200 mt and value up 50% to $8.6 million. After slumping in 2016, pork exports to Taiwan have trended higher over the past two years.High inventories and lower domestic prices caused pork demand in South Korea to pull back from last year’s record-breaking pace, but exports to Korea remained relatively strong in both volume (38,209 mt, down 6%) and value ($102.1 million, down 14%). Korea’s hog prices gained momentum in March and were at or above last year’s levels from mid-March to mid-April, suggesting Korea’s pork demand remains strong and the industry is preparing for ASF’s potential impact on global pork supplies. Impressive growth for beef exports to Japan, KoreaBeef exports to leading market Japan remained strong in February, pushing January-February exports 8% above last year’s pace in volume (47,695 mt) and 10% higher in value ($309.3 million). Frozen beef exports to Japan, primarily short plate and cuts in the clod/round category, rebounded from last year when frozen U.S. beef was still subject to Japan’s 50% snapback duty rate. Variety meat exports (mainly tongues and skirts) have also performed especially well in 2019, soaring 35% in volume (8,707 mt) and 29% in value ($58.9 million). But the competitive landscape continues to intensify in Japan, as major competitors enjoyed another decrease in import duties on April 1. The duty rate for beef cuts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Mexico dropped from 27.5% to 26.6%, while the U.S. rate remains at 38.5%. The duty rate for beef tongues and skirt meat from these competitors is now 5.7%, while the U.S. rate remains at 12.8%.Following a record-shattering 2018, beef exports to Korea continue to push higher, though at a more moderate pace. January-February exports to Korea increased 7% in volume to 35,529 mt while value was up 11% to $261.7 million. U.S. beef continues to make strides in the Korean supermarket and foodservice sectors, driven by red-hot demand for U.S. steaks. Prepared U.S. beef products are also increasingly popular in a wide range of home meal replacement items.Other January-February highlights for U.S. beef include:While beef exports to Mexico were steady with last year in volume (40,048 mt), value climbed 13% to $197.9 million. Beef muscle cuts achieved strong growth in both volume (24,434 mt, up 15%) and value ($155.5 million, up 19%).Exports to Taiwan were 3% ahead of last year’s record volume pace at 8,342 mt, but value slipped 6% to $73.7 million.Beef exports to Central America cooled in February but January-February exports to the region were still up 17% year-over-year in volume (2,357 mt) and increased 14% in value ($13.2 million), with growth driven mainly by Costa Rica and Honduras. Beef exports to the Dominican Republic have surged in 2019, climbing 87% in volume (1,470 mt) and 78% in value ($11.5 million).Africa has been a promising source of beef variety meat growth this year, with variety meat exports to South Africa (mainly livers) increasing 80% in volume (1,179 mt) and more than doubling in value ($1.1 million, up 113%). Variety meat exports were also sharply higher to Gabon, increasing 311% in volume (739 mt) and 157% in value ($529,000).As noted above, a slow start to 2019 in Hong Kong and Canada partially offset solid growth in other markets. Exports to Hong Kong fell 40% to 13,712 mt, valued at $110.4 million (down 35%). Exports to Canada were down 15% in volume (15,908 mt) and dropped 13% in value to just under $100 million. Lamb exports continue to gain momentumU.S. lamb exports continued to trend higher in February, driven by muscle cut growth to the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama and Saudi Arabia and strong variety meat demand in Mexico and Canada. February exports of U.S. lamb totaled 1,361 mt, up 51% from a year ago. Export value was $2.43 million, up 31%. For muscle cuts only, exports climbed 17% from a year ago in volume (244 mt) and 31% in value ($1.55 million).Through February, lamb exports were 67% ahead of last year’s pace in volume (2,745 mt) and 37% higher in value ($4.57 million). Muscle cut exports were up 46% in volume (488 mt) and 38% in value ($2.72 million).last_img read more

Hard Rock casino testing online sports betting in New Jersey

first_imgFor the fewer than six months that sports betting was legal last year, it generated just over $94 million in revenue for casinos and tracks. The state got $10.4 million in sports betting taxes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Hard Rock plans an announcement within the next few days regarding in-person sports betting at the casino, casino president Joe Lupo said. Hard Rock hopes to have online and in-person sports betting available before the Feb. 3 Super Bowl, he said.It is likely to be the last Atlantic City casino to join the sports book race. Hard Rock will be the eighth of the city’s nine casinos to offer sports betting. Caesars does not have it, but its customers are served by the sports book at its neighboring sister property, Bally’s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSports betting is off to a fast start in New Jersey, which won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to offer such wagering. So far, eight states do.More than $1.24 billion has been bet on sporting events in New Jersey since such wagering began in mid-June. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Duke women’s hoops holding ‘Mental Wealth Day’ LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ This July 5, 2018 photo shows a roulette dealer behind the glass at a table at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Jan. 26, 2019, Hard Rock began so-called “soft-play” testing of its sports betting equipment and systems and said it hopes to have online and in-person sports betting available before the Feb. 3 Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City’s Hard Rock casino has begun offering online sports betting just over a week before the Super Bowl.The casino received permission late Friday from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to begin so-called “soft-play” testing of equipment and systems for online sports betting, and did so Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more