Over 40 kilos of meat products seized

first_imgNegros Occidental, the country’s numberone backyard swine producer, has a P6-billion swine industry. (With areport from PNA/PN) Dr. Ryan Janoya, head of Provincial VeterinaryOffice’s Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division, said that porksupplies from provinces in Luzon brought to Negros Occidental are still coveredby the 90-day ban in the province. Some 15 kilograms of pork sausages fromPampanga arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport on Thursday. These were shippedby a resident of Talisay City for personal consumption. The ban covers live pigs, pork, porkproducts, and by-products from Luzon whether fresh, processed or canned whichcan carry the ASF virus. Janoya said the pork products were sentback to its point of origin. BACOLOD City – About 41 kilograms of pork and other meat products,including those from Luzon, were seized in Negros Occidental this week. The processed food items included siomaiand “sisig” transported from Quezon City sent for delivery to a food stall inBago City. Janoya said the items, shipped along with fish products, areconsidered misdeclared and immediately disposed of at the airport. Last Sunday, a total of 12.7 kilogramsof mishandled meat products were confiscated from a stall at the public marketof Cadiz City. Janoya said the vendor violated theguidelines on proper display of imported meat products. On Tuesday, members of the ProvincialTask Force on African swine fever (ASF) confiscated 12 kilograms of assortedpork products also at the airport. These frozen products are prone tomicroorganisms and bacterial contamination especially at higher temperature, headded. “The shipment had no permits,specifically as pork products, and it also does not comply with the existingban,” he added. For almost a month now, the provincialgovernment has been enforcing a 90-day ban on pork coming from Luzon, based onExecutive Order 19-40 signed by Gov. Eugenio Jose  Lacson on Sept. 18.last_img read more

Sectional Switching

first_imgI don’t know if you are aware that the IHSAA has rearranged sectionals in most sports for the 2013-14 school year. Locally, one of the differences is the basketball sectional at Greensburg. Batesville will now be in a sectional that is the repeat of their conference with Madison being moved. The other 5 schools will all be EIAC schools. This will include Greensburg, Rushville, South Dearborn, Franklin County, and Lawrenceburg along with the Bulldogs. This only begins the shakeup. Wait until you read about sectional 30 in football. Batesville and Greensburg will still be battling it out, but now they will contend with Guerin Catholic (Noblesville), Hamilton Heights, Indian Creek, Indianapolis Marshall, Lawrenceburg (no longer a 2A status), and Rushville. In sectional 39 where Milan resides you may have to get an Indiana road map out to figure where some of these schools are located. Besides the Indians, you have Clarksville, Crawford County, Eastern (Pekin), Manual of Indianapolis, Paoli, Providence (New Albany), and Triton Central. Hopefully, the bus driver will be equipped with a good GPS system! Space here does not allow me to list all the other changes that have occurred. You might ask, “Why so much change?” The reason is that football has added a sixth class, so all the schools from the largest to the smallest had some kind of shakeup. This is an attempt to cut down on travel for schools. When you think of Milan’s football sectional, the IHSAA still has work to do.last_img read more

EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel

first_imgChelsea vs. Liverpool Venue: Stamford Bridge Kick off: 4:30PMThe standout fixture in the second gameweek of the new Premier League season sees champions Liverpool visit Stamford Bridge to take on rivals Chelsea. Both teams made winning starts to their 2020-21 campaigns, with Chelsea overcoming Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool squeezing past newly-promoted Leeds United in a seven-goal thriller.Both of these sides came into the 2020-21 Premier League season with big expectations, yet neither were at their best on the opening weekend of action.Chelsea’s significant summer spending spree has resulted in some people tipping them to challenge for Liverpool’s crown this season, although if they are to close that gap then they will need to improve on Monday night’s performance at the Amex Stadium.Similarly, if Liverpool defend like they did against Leeds on the opening day then it would take a remarkably high-scoring season at the other end of the pitch for them to retain their title.Crucially, though, both sides ultimately won the game, which is something Liverpool made an art of doing while not at their best last season, whereas Chelsea often dropped points in such games. In Chelsea’s defence, many of their new arrivals did not feature against Brighton and will not be ready again in time for this contest, with German internationals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz the only players to be handed their debuts.Frank Lampard will be confident that the duo could wreak havoc if Liverpool allow them as much space as they allowed Leeds, and it was less than two months ago that Chelsea visited Anfield and scored three times before heavily bolstering their attacking ranks.Of course, the problem in that most recent meeting between the two sides was that they conceded five times, and defence remains the great concern for the Blues going into the new season.The imminent arrival of Edouard Mendy could help in that respect, with Kepa Arrizabalaga again not covering himself in glory for Brighton’s equalising goal at the Amex.Had Lewis Dunk’s goalscoring radar also been working then Monday’s contest could have easily ended differently for Chelsea, and Lampard will warn his side that Liverpool will not be so merciful in front of goal. However, victory over the champions would be an early statement of intent for their season and, having become only the third club to pass the 2,000-point mark in the Premier League on Monday night, they will fancy their chances of adding to that tally in upcoming games against West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Southampton too.Having watched the early game-of-the-season contender at Anfield on the opening weekend, Lampard will at least be confident of creating chances against a Liverpool defence which, although the best in the league last term, has looked far less impenetrable recently.Since ending their 30-year wait for the title back in June, the Reds have shipped 15 goals in their eight Premier League games – as many as they had conceded in their previous 23 prior to that.Some of that can perhaps be attributed to taking their foot off the pedal having won the title with seven games to spare, but the new season has hinted at those same problems – they surrendered the lead on three separate occasions against Leeds, while even in pre-season they fell 2-0 down to both Red Bull Salzburg and Blackpool due to a disorganised backline.RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool sign Portugal winger Jota from Wolves Liverpool will know better than anyone what damage Werner could do if that is the case again, having scouted him intensively before ultimately deciding against a move due to the financial implications of lockdown.The arrival of Thiago Alcantara will sate the Liverpool fans’ desire for a big-name signing, though, and even without the treble-winning Spain international the Reds would still have fancied their chances of outscoring most teams as they did against Leeds.While the defensive record will be a concern, the flip side of the coin is that Liverpool have scored 11 goals in their last two outings including the pre-season drubbing of Blackpool when they stormed back from a two-goal deficit to win 7-2.Mohamed Salah was the best player on the park on the opening weekend with a sharp and ruthless display which even prompted comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo from pundit Gary Neville.Considering their five-goal haul against Chelsea in their last meeting, Jurgen Klopp will be confident that his side have enough firepower to make it two wins from two this weekend, but any trip to Stamford Bridge is difficult.It comes as part of a tricky start to their defence in general too; having been run close by Leeds, Liverpool now face Chelsea, Arsenal and Merseyside rivals Everton in three of their next four league games, so if they can get through that run unscathed then there will be no doubting their title credentials again.Chelsea played an important role in that title triumph, of course, with their win over Manchester City leaving Liverpool unassailable at the top and then providing the opponents on the day the Reds finally got their hands on the trophy – an eight-goal thriller only adding to the occasion.As ever, there will be no love lost between the two rivals, though, and there will also be a watchful eye on the touchlines after Lampard and Klopp became embroiled in a heated row the last time they faced off.Chelsea possible XI: Kepa, James, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Mount, Werner. Liverpool possible XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane.Tags: ChelseaLiverpoolStamford Bridgelast_img read more

Northern Ireland battle for draw

first_img It is the fifth draw from eight games for O’Neill while Northern Ireland remain without a win since beating the Faroe Islands in August 2011. Danny Lafferty did have the ball in the net in the 18th minute but it was ruled out for pushing and the visitors were grateful to goalkeeper Alan Mannus for two very good saves to deny former Coventry striker Michael Mifsud. Michael O’Neill is still looking for his first win as Northern Ireland manager after they were held to a goalless draw by Malta in Wednesday night’s friendly at Ta’qali National Stadium. Press Associationcenter_img Northern Ireland were almost behind in the fifth minute when Andrew Cohen crossed for Andre Schembri, who should have scored but shot straight at Mannus from eight yards. Will Grigg fluffed his lines when his first big chance came along in the 17th minute, a heavy touch allowing keeper Andrew Hogg to block. Moments later Northern Ireland had the ball in the net when McAuley headed in a Chris Brunt corner but Bulgarian referee Nikolay Yordanov disallowed it for pushing. Mifsud was proving a handful for the visiting defence and his trickery created another opening for Schembri, whose drive beat Mannus but flew just past the angle of post and bar. Clayton Failla was the next to threaten Mannus’ goal with a fierce free-kick from 30 yards that was a yard over the bar. Wingers Niall McGinn and Shane Ferguson were having little joy down the flanks but in the 36th minute McGinn made progress down the right and Steven Davis crossed for Grigg to glance a header wide. O’Neill made one change at half-time, Craig Cathcart replacing Jonny Evans in the centre of defence. The Ta’qali has traditionally been a good venue for Northern Ireland, with 2005’s 1-1 draw between the sides the only one of six previous meetings they did not win. The visitors almost caught Malta cold as McGinn broke through in the middle but Hogg was off his line quickly to punch clear, while Aaron Hughes then did well to get to the byline on the right and pull the ball back but McGinn scuffed his shot. In the 56th minute Mannus was called into serious action for the first time when Mifsud unleashed a stinging shot from the right, the keeper palming it away. In the 63rd minute Inverness striker McKay was introduced, winning his first cap when he replaced Ferguson on the right, with Grigg remaining the lone striker. The visitors were pressing but in the 70th minute they were indebted to Mannus for an excellent stop to keep out Mifsud once again. Pat McCourt and Josh Magennis were introduced late on but there was no way through the Malta defence and the visitors had to settle for a disappointing draw. last_img read more

Ulster claim derby spoils

first_img Tries from Robbie Diack and Iain Henderson helped the Ulstermen record their first away win over Leinster since 1999, giving them a timely boost ahead of next week’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Saracens. Ruan Pienaar added four penalties for Ulster, while Ian Madigan sent over six of his own for the hosts. Ulster got their RaboDirect PRO12 challenge back on the rails with a hard-earned 22-18 derby victory over Leinster at the RDS. Press Associationlast_img

Coloccini calls for fans’ backing

first_img Writing in his programme notes, the Argentinian said: “It will not be an easy game because Hull are a good team. It is very important that you are right behind us and support the team and the players who are on the pitch. “You want to win every game, just like us, and we all want the best for this football club. “We are football fans too, so we understand that things can get frustrating. But please, support the team for 90 minutes inside the stadium. We need your support. ” Coloccini’s request is unlikely to cut much ice in certain quarters, with supporters rounding on Pardew and owner Mike Ashley with a new-look squad struggling to make an impact. The manager was subjected to a broadside during the final home game of last season against Cardiff, and the atmosphere is likely to be even more rebellious this weekend. Steve Bruce knows better than most what it feels like to be hounded out of the North East, but that will not stop the Hull boss trying to turn up the heat on Pardew with a “mercenary” win. For Bruce it presents a difficult situation. He feels for his opposite number, having been jeered out of the door at neighbouring Sunderland three years ago, but as a Geordie and boyhood Newcastle fan has also been touted as a possible successor. He has already gone on record branding that speculation as “disrespectful” with Pardew still in a job, but is not above turning the negative atmosphere at Newcastle to Hull’s advantage. “I know what he’s going through after being in the North East and it’s not easy. It’s not an easy place to manage,” he said. “We all understand it’s a results-based business but some of the nonsense that goes with it, I have to say, is ridiculous. “Unfortunately with the way social media is and the way the media is there is a huge appetite for what we call nonsense. It comes with the territory, but you have to say in the North East it seems to quadruple: when there’s a crisis, there’s a crisis, and I suppose that comes from the huge support they have got. “It’s a difficult, difficult place to manage. But we have to try and take advantage of that, of course we do. We have to be mercenary enough to try and do that. “The other stuff is not enjoyable to watch from afar. Over the years he’s done a decent job has Alan but I think that’s the nature of the beast, especially in the North East, and I can say that because I’m from there.” Bruce certainly does not give the impression of a man desperate to inherit the reins at his childhood club but he considers the very question to be in poor taste. He said: “I was appalled when I read all that nonsense, but what can I do about it? I’ve done my best to try and calm the whole situation. “It seems to be because I’m a Geordie, that every time the job comes up since 2002 I’m linked with it because I’m from there and it’s the team I supported as a boy. That will never change, but as for all the other nonsense I find it hugely disrespectful.” As if they were needed, there could yet be two additional sub-plots to the match. Pardew was handed a seven-game ban for headbutting Hull’s David Meyler on the touchline last season, though the midfielder’s slide down the pecking order means the pair may not come into such close contact this time. And if Meyler is in the stands rather than in the matchday squad, he will be joined by Hatem Ben Arfa, who was sent on loan from Newcastle to Hull after falling sorely out of favour with Pardew. Most Magpies fans would probably have preferred the player to have outlasted his manager and his presence should whip up added resentment. Bruce, though, was keen to clear up two things – that Ben Arfa would not be sitting alongside him in the dugout and had no option to end his loan should there be a managerial change at United. The Magpies entertain Hull at St James’ Park, with Pardew facing a furious revolt which he has described as “mass hysteria” after a poor start to the new Barclays Premier League season. However, despite groups of fans preparing to make their views abundantly clear in a series of demonstrations, Coloccini has called for a united front. Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini has pleaded with fans planning to stage mass protests against manager Alan Pardew on Saturday to get behind the team instead. Press Associationlast_img read more

Curvy shapes well in Ribblesdale

first_img “That’s a possible and we’ve got the Irish Oaks. We’ve got all those mile and a quarter, mile and a half races.” Moore said: “It was a very steadily-run race and I thought she was going to win nicely, but a furlong out Kevin (Manning) got a bump and she just fell into me and I had to regather her then. It was harder than it should have been in the end. “She got the mile and a half well and we’ll have to see what the race produces. “She doesn’t do a lot when she gets to the front and hopefully there’ll be a bit more in the tank.” Jim Bolger said of the beaten favourite: ”We think she stayed. It just didn’t happen today. “We now have options for her as she is very versatile, but we wouldn’t envisage going beyond a mile and a half. “I was a good run but the winner is improving every day of the week.” Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, was delighted with the performance of the Luca Cumani-trained Pamona. He said: “Pamona has run a terrific race and we are absolutely thrilled. “Se was trapped wide but that was not the end of the world. Considering she was given such a bump in the straight by the winner she stayed on well. I don’t think it would have made any difference to the result. “It is just whether we stick at a mile and a half or go back to a mile and a quarter as she quickened up well when she was asked. “The Irish Oaks is being discussed.” Curvy put herself in the frame for a crack at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby with a cosy victory in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. The 9-2 success was a seventh for Ryan Moore of the meeting as she took her 100 per cent record this season to four. Entertainment set the pace for a long way, but Pleascach took over in the straight under Kevin Manning and looked set to deliver. To her outside there was some scrimmaging for position, with Curvy barging her way through the smallest of gaps, causing Pamona and Wedding Vow to edge left. Once in the clear, however, she picked up well and found plenty in the final furlong to beat Pleascach by a length. Pamona was four lengths away in third. Wachman said: “This has been a steady improver. She’s a big, scopey filly and keeps stepping up and every time we ask her a question she seems to answer it. She’ll level off somewhere, I’m sure. “They went no gallop and it was a very messy race. She did well to win the way the race was run. “She will probably step up to Group One class now and we will just keep her separate from Legatissimo (1000 Guineas winner and Oaks runner-up). “She got a free entry in the Irish Derby for winning the Gallinule Stakes the last day. That was kind of my plan, to come here and then the Irish Derby, but we’ll see what suits (the owners). David Wachman’s filly claimed the notable scalp of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach in the Group Two as she continued her progression through the ranks. The Darley Irish Oaks would be the obvious alternative for the talented filly but a clash with the colts could be tempting as she defeated subsequent Investec Derby fourth Giovanni Canaletto in the Gallinule Stakes, a race that gave her an automatic entry in the Irish Derby. Press Associationlast_img read more

Windball one-day champion of champions clash set for next Saturday

first_imgTOP schools from Regions Three and Four will battle in a One-day National Sports Commission-organised Clash of the Champions Day and Night Windball Cricket competition this Saturday at the National Gymnasium.The competition, which will be the third for the term, comes after the Forbes Burnham Foundation, NSC, Al Sport and Tour Promotions 28th Annual Easter Term Schools Windball Cricket Championships and the NSC, Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP) -organised and sponsored Cheddi Jagan Memorial Windball Cricket Championships.Organiser Alistair Munroe said that the top schools that took part in the recent competitions would be in action.He said that Regions 5, 6 and 10 need not worry since another competition will be played for schools in those areas in the near future.According to Munroe, windball continues to create a bond than transcends the action between the wickets.“Over the last two competitions, we have seen a high level of sportsmanship from our schools. I think these tournaments transcend sports, they promote unity and harmony and we will do everything to keep that unity among our young Guyanese.”In the Forbes Burnham Foundation competition, which was played a few weeks ago, Mae’s Schools (Secondary Division) won the male title, while Region Three winners, Zeeburg Secondary, were crowned female champions, while in the Cheddi Jagan Memorial competition, Carmel Secondary School female team and the Beterverwagting (BV) Secondary School male team were crowned champions.last_img read more

Messi Banned from International Football for Three Months

first_imgArgentina captain Lionel Messi has been banned from international football for three months after claiming the Copa America was “corrupt”.Barcelona forward Messi, 32, was sent off in Argentina’s 2-1 third-place play-off win over Chile and later said the “cup was fixed for Brazil”.He has also been fined $50,000 (£41,121) by Conmebol, the South American Football Confederation. Messi has seven days to appeal Conmebol’s decision to suspend him. The ban means Messi will miss Argentina’s upcoming friendlies against Chile, Mexico and Germany in September and October.Argentina’s qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup begins in March 2020.Following Argentina’s 2-0 semi-final defeat by hosts Brazil, the Argentine Football Association complained about “serious and gross refereeing errors”.In response, Conmebol said accusations questioning the integrity of the Copa America were “unfounded” and “represent a lack of respect”.Messi was shown a red card in the 37th minute against Chile, following a clash with Gary Medel, who was also dismissed.“We don’t have to be part of this corruption,” Messi said. “They have showed us a lack of respect throughout this tournament.“Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football, they ruined it a bit.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

No. 3 USC set to begin MPSF tournament

first_imgSeven goals for the USC men’s water polo team last weekend clinched a victory over Cal in dramatic fashion to end the regular season, and when the postseason begins tomorrow, seven will once again be the magic number for the Trojans (21-4, 6-2 MPSF). With six straight NCAA championships under their belt, the Trojans’ path to lucky number seven begins tomorrow against UC Irvine, as they’ll first have to go through the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament in order to claim a spot in the NCAA tournament.Goalasaurus · Senior driver Rex Butler is USC’s second-leading goalscorer this season with 39. Butler also has 11 multi-goal games. – Brian Ji | Daily Trojan“All I’ve got to say is that we’ve got to win all the games [at the MPSF tournament] to secure a spot in the NCAAs,” senior driver Kostas Genidounias told the Pac-12 Network after the Nov. 15 game against Cal. “We [have to] keep playing like this — for the past two weeks, we’ve been playing excellent defense, and we [have to] bring that to the tournament. The goals are coming. We’re a good offensive team. We need our freshmen to step up, not only our seniors, and I think we’re going to have a good postseason.”The No. 3 Trojans edged out No. 5 Cal 7-6 on their Senior Day and regular season finale at Uytengsu Aquatic Center. Following the team’s three-game win streak to finish the regular season, and with the stakes now set at “win or go home,” Trojan head coach Jovan Vavic has no doubt his team can rise to the occasion in the playoffs.“I really like the way we’ve been playing in tough matches when our back is next to the wall,” Vavic said. “We had to play well against Cal. We did. We had to play well against Long Beach State [on Nov. 8], in Long Beach. We did. Every time we have been challenged, we have really responded well.”The 2014 iteration of the Trojan water polo team is younger and less experienced than the championship teams of years past. More than half of the USC team is made up of underclassmen, many of them freshmen entering their first postseason as Trojans.USC will look to senior drivers Genidounias and Rex Butler for both scoring and experience. Genidounias leads the team in scoring with 70 goals on the year and remains five goals away from the Trojan all-time career scoring record, Butler is the team’s second top scorer with 39 goals on the year and both played on the past three championship-winning squads.When it comes to competing in the postseason, the veteran Butler’s advice for his freshman teammates was to keep calm and confident.“You don’t need to add any extra pressure on yourself, because then you’re just going to freeze up out there,” Butler said. “I think they just think [the freshmen] need to stay confident in what they’ve been doing and just approach it like any other game.”Along with his two leading seniors, however, Vavic noted how certain unsung heroes have bolstered the team in big games leading up to the playoffs.“Some of our players are stepping up and each game somebody else is stepping up,” Vavic said. “Last game [senior driver] Marc Vonderweidt had his best game of the season, at the SoCal tournament it was [sophomore driver] Nick Bell, against Long Beach it was [freshman driver] Matteo Morelli. We know that Kostas [Genidounias] is going to be the backbone of our team, we know that Rex [Butler] is going to do his job. But every game it seems like someone else is having a great game, and that’s extremely encouraging.”Friday’s MPSF tournament game against Irvine will be the second time in the past three weeks the two sides have met, with the Trojans having defeated the Anteaters 14-10 on Nov. 9. The 21-4 Trojans, however, will not want to overlook the 15-11 Anteaters in Friday’s game — Irvine boasts a lethal scorer in UCLA transfer Lovre Milos, who has found the back of the cage 88 times in 2014 and whom the Trojans will do their best to shut down come Friday.“[Defense] becomes even more important because everybody’s playing their best,” Vavic said. “It’s not a cliché. It’s really that simple — defense wins championships.”The Trojans’ first round clash against the Anteaters will take place at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Long Beach. The Trojans will play in the MPSF semifinals Saturday and finals Sunday against opponents to be determined, should they survive and advance so far. Winning the conference tournament would guarantee USC a spot in next month’s NCAA tournament.last_img read more