Disaster decree for citrus OK’d

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush is issuing a disaster declaration for California counties hurt by the January deep freeze that caused some $1.3 billion in crop losses, Sen. Barbara Boxer said Tuesday. The declaration will allow farmers affected by the freeze that wiped out citrus and other crops to apply for federal disaster unemployment assistance and food commodities. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Boxer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and congressional representatives had written to the White House repeatedly to ask for the declaration. Administration officials confirmed to Boxer that it was being issued. The five-night freeze was the most extensive the state had experienced since 1947, according to Boxer and Feinstein, and affected crops for 500 miles through the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, the Central Coast and Southern California. “This took too long as far as I am concerned, but I am very pleased we are finally moving forward,” Boxer said. “There has been so much suffering in California because of this unprecedented freeze, and I am pleased that help is finally on the way.” Members of California’s congressional delegation also are working to include money to help citrus farmers and others in an emergency war spending bill that is expected to reach the House floor next week. According to bill language circulating Tuesday, the bill includes $20 million to help citrus farmers with cleanup, and billions more for crop losses nationwide, some of which California farmers could access. The bill also has $25 million in assistance to spinach growers in the aftermath of the E. Coli scare that hit the Central Valley growers last fall, and $60.4 million for Klamath River salmon fishermen who’ve suffered a curtailed fishing season. However, Democratic House leaders planned to use the spending bill as a vehicle for controversial language demanding troop withdrawals for Iraq, so its fate is uncertain. last_img read more

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Guardiola salutes gritty Manchester City

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola (C) celebrates at the end of their match against Manchester United in Manchester, north west England, on December 10, 2017NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Dec 28 – Pep Guardiola praised Manchester City’s resilience after the runaway Premier League leaders made it 18 successive wins with a 1-0 victory at Newcastle on Wednesday.Guardiola’s side moved 15 points clear of second placed Manchester United thanks to Raheem Sterling’s first half strike. City completely dominated possession after a Newcastle side seemingly intent solely on keeping the scoring down.That stubborn approach almost earned Newcastle an undeserved point when Dwight Gayle headed just wide in the final moments.City boss Guardiola ripped Newcastle’s defensive approach, but was impressed with the way his players kept plugging away.“We did absolutely everything but it is difficult to play when the other team doesn’t want to play,” he said.“We created enough chances to win 2-0, 3-0, 4-0. But in the last minutes we played in their rhythm and then it was not easy because it is not over at 1-0.“Always you have to expect this kind of situation and it is not always easy to maintain that level.“Any manager can decide what he wants. I prefer to try to play but I respect a lot what opponents do and we have to try to discover how to attack against them.”Sterling’s latest match-winning contribution underlined the England winger’s revival this season.“Raheem Sterling is scoring a lot and is playing good – so we are happy with that,” Guardiola said.“We are now 15 points in front and we can now focus on our next game (at Crystal Palace).”City look certain to lift the title, but midfielder Bernardo Silva isn’t getting carried away just yet.“We have to keep working the same way since the start of the season and that’s what we’ll be doing,” he said.“It isn’t won. We’re still in December. We have to play with the same spirit and hunger to win the games.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Van Dijk late strike fires Dutch into Nations League semis

first_imgLiverpool defender Van Dijk fired home to complete the Dutch fight back after Quincy Promes pulled one back on 85 minutes following Timo Werner and Leroy Sane’s first-half goals for Germany.“It was very difficult for us, the Germans were sharper and faster in the first half,” admitted Dutch coach Ronald Koeman.“We fought to come back in the second half and pressed.“They had their chances to finish it off, but the fight and belief we showed was enough for the point.”The draw was enough to send the Dutch into the Nations League knockout stages as Group One winners, with France second, while bottom side Germany were already relegated to the ‘B’ league ahead of Monday’s clash.Koeman’s side showed plenty of heart against the Germans, who were 2-0 up after just 20 minutes.“I’m certainly disappointed with the result, but over the whole season I’ve seen more positives than negative,” said Germany head coach Joachim Loew.“We were punished and that’s bitter.“We played well for much of the game, but we have to learn how to close things down at 2-0 up.”Thomas Mueller reached the milestone of 100 Germany appearances as a second-half replacement, but Van Dijk dampened any celebrations for the hosts.Having described 2018 as a “slap in the face” after a record six defeats in a calender year, Germany showed the “killer instinct” Loew had called for — but only in the first half.The trio of Serge Gnabry, Sane and Werner, so effective in Thursday’s 3-0 friendly win over Russia, again caused the Dutch defence no end of problems in the opening 45 minutes.Having started the rebuilding process in the wake of Germany’s woeful World Cup display, crashing out after the group stages, Loew started with only three Brazil 2014 winners in Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Toni Kroos.Koeman made two changes from Friday’s 2-0 win over France, which gave them the chance to qualify on Monday, with Kenny Tete taking over from Denzel Dumfries at right back and Promes on the right wing ahead of Steven Bergwijn.Germany needed just nine minutes to land the first blow in the clash of the European heavyweights.There was little on when Gnabry’s pass found Werner on the edge of the area, but the 22-year-old showed ice-cold finishing by hitting the bottom corner of the net past Jasper Cillessen.Werner ended his barren run of eight internationals without a goal and Sane added the second, with the help of a deflection, 11 minutes later to seemingly floor the Dutch.Again, there was little on when Toni Kroos floated in a long pass to Sane, who stumbled slightly, but managed to win the ball and fired home a shot which clipped the boot of a defender as it sailed past Cillessen.A hamstring injury to Ryan Babbel forced Koeman to reshuffle his attack with Javairo Dilrosun coming on just before the half-time whistle.Werner fired wide after getting in behind the defence, but from that point on the Dutch began to take charge.Werner made way for Germany’s chief playmaker Marco Reus with 27 minutes left as Loew also introduced the experienced Mueller, but it was not enough to defend the lead.The Dutch scored from their first real attack when Promes curled his shot home on 85 minutes after sustained pressure from the hosts.The scene was set for Van Dijk to complete the fairytale comeback when he produced a thumping finish to delight travelling fans just before the final whistle.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Netherlands’ defender Virgil van Dijk (L) celebrates scoring in the 91st-minute to seal a 2-2 draw against Germany on Monday as the Dutch advance to the semi-finals of the Nations League at the expense of world champions France. © AFP / John MACDOUGALLGELSENKIRCHEN, Germany, Nov 20 – Virgil van Dijk sent the Netherlands into the Nations League semi-finals after completing a dramatic comeback from two goals down with a 91st-minute equaliser that saw the Dutch snatch 2-2 draw away to Germany on Monday.The Dutch advance from the tough three-team Group A1 at the expense of world champions France after scoring twice in the final six minutes in Gelsenkirchen as Germany were punished for not being clinical enough in the second half.last_img read more

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Game of musical chairs begins at Wazito

first_imgPrior to this, multiple reliable reports indicate that Ambani had come to blows with the technical director after training on Friday, the boiling point of what had been a tense relationship finally blowing up.Sources further intimate that the two had disagreed on the team’s starting team for the trip to Machakos for the Kakamega game, Ambani feeling undermined by Okumbi who had been away with the Harambee Stars Under-20 team in Uganda.This was not just the first time there was a disagreement on the personnel to play in games and the power struggle between the two being a constant headache.And now, Wazito whose owner has channeled millions to its running have only won one of their first six games of the campaign, and the change in technical bench was always coming.On Twitter on Monday afternoon, Ricardo Badoer, the Wazito FC owner said that ‘a new coach would be named in a day or two’ and went on to warn the players they would be next on the exit door if they don’t shape up.-Two headsWith the case of two heads in one institution solved, assistant coach Hamisi Mohammed will take charge on interim basis before the club names a new boss.Meanwhile, while the moneyed Wazito continue to struggle getting results on the pitch, Chemelil and Sony Sugar both handed weekend walk overs due to their current financial status.The teams’ parent sponsors are not doing well and this has gravely affected the operations of the teams as well. Chemelil failed to travel to Mombasa thus handing Bandari three free points while Sony did not travel to Machakos to face Tusker.Sony have given their second walkover of the season and if they fail to show up for their home tie against Kisumu All Stars on Saturday will be relegated from the Premier League.-Not playing Chairman Gabriel Otiende has insisted they will only get back to the pitch once their financial status improved. They have now gone for three weeks without training.Elsewhere, Gor Mahia retained their hold on top spot with a last gasp winner over Kariobangi Sharks in Nakuru. Ghanaian Francis Afriyie tapped home a goal in added time to ensure K’Ogalo retained their 100pc start to the season.Courtesy of three free points from Sony, Tusker moved to second with 13 points, two shy of K’Ogalo but with one match more played.AFC Leopards dropped to third in the standings after coming from behind to force a 1-1 draw with Western Stima in Machakos, but Ingwe still remain within striking range as they are on 11 points, four off the leaders.0Shares0000(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wazito FC head coach Boniface Ambani on the bench during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Wazito FC/TwitterNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – In a short statement on their website on Monday morning, Wazito FC confirmed that head coach Fred Ambani and technical director Stanley Okumbi were dismissed ‘on mutual agreement’, affirming something that had been inevitable for a while.Ambani who helped guide Wazito back to the Premier League was suspended for Saturday’s 4-2 home defeat against Kakamega Homeboyz due to the red card he received in the previous match against Mathare United.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: DONEGAL MINOR HURLING BOARD NOTES

first_imgDONEGAL MINOR HURLING BOARD NOTESMinorSt Eunans were too strong for Setanta and had a comfortable win in O’Donnell Park.Burt and Aodh Ruadh had a close game inBallyshannon and it was the Burt men’s ability to get goals that proved the difference as they won 3.3 to 0.7….Goals also proved the difference in Carndonagh as Carndonagh and Letterkenny Gaels had a tough battle and the Carn men won 4.8 to 0.8. U 14 Div 1In Hibernian Park Burt and St Eunans had a thrilling game where both teams enjoyed spells of dominance in the end the Burt lads came out on top 5.3 to 2.8.Div 2Aodh Ruadh made the long trip to Gaothdobhair to take on Dungloe/Gaothdobhair, this was another thrilling game that went from end to end with both teams being on top at different stages. When the final whistle went it was Aodh Ruadh who were on top 7.9 to 6.6. GAA NEWS: DONEGAL MINOR HURLING BOARD NOTES was last modified: May 6th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:donegalMInor Hurling Board noteslast_img read more

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