Esteban Chaves tops Vuelta a Espana general classification after stage six win

first_img Following up his second-stage triumph on Sunday, Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE) won the 200.3-kilometre sixth stage from Cordoba to Sierra de Cazorla with an attack just over two kilometres from the end. Having passed Great Britain’s Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) at the front, Chaves then held off the challenge of Irishman Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) and Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), who both crossed the line five seconds later than him. Colombia’s Esteban Chaves secured another stage victory at the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday to return to the top of the general classification ahead of Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin. Back in the red jersey, Chaves now leads second-placed Dumoulin by 10 seconds in the overall standings, while Martin has moved above compatriot Nicolas Roche into third place at 33 secs behind Chaves. Both Roche – 36s back overall – and his Team Sky colleague, Britain’s 2015 Tour de France winner Chris Froome, finished Thursday’s stage in a group that were 11 seconds behind Chaves, along with the likes of Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana. Froome is seventh in the general classification at 55s, with Spaniards Daniel Moreno (Katusha) and Valverde (Movistar) sixth at 51 and fifth at 49 respectively. Colombia’s Quintana is ninth at 57s. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mike Conley Jr. discusses trade from Grizzlies to Jazz: ‘It’s a new beginning’

first_imgThe Grizzlies originally selected Conley out of Ohio State with the No. 4 pick in the 2007 draft. He averaged 14.9 points and 5.7 assists in 788 games with the team.“Memphis made me,” Conley said. “I always say that. The experiences I had in that city and with those fans made me. … I love all of the memories that we created. It was never easy. Nothing was ever easy in Memphis and I think that’s why the fans were drawn to our team so much.”The Jazz will enter 2019-20 with high expectations as they’ll pair Conley with young star Donovan Mitchell and center Rudy Gobert. They also inked sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic to a four-year, $73 million deal in July.  NBA free agency rumors: Jazz signing Bojan Bogdanovic to 4-year deal Mike Conley Jr. is ready for the next chapter of his career.The 31-year-old guard spent his first 12 NBA seasons with the Grizzlies but was sent to the Jazz this summer in exchange for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen and two first-round picks. Conley discussed the trade during a recent interview with USA Today’s HoopsHype. LeBron James wants to ‘destroy as many people as possible’ next season, says Richard Jefferson “It’s still an adjustment,” Conley said. “Even just hearing people call my name out and saying ‘Mike Conley of the Utah Jazz,’ it doesn’t even equate yet. I’m still trying to get used to that and waiting for it to become normal. It’s a new beginning, a new journey, a new challenge and I love that.“You don’t get blessed with opportunities like this very often. I feel like I’m in a blessed situation to be part of this organization and hopefully do something special while I’m there.” Related News “We all realize what the ultimate goal is — and it’s everyone’s ultimate goal — and that’s winning a championship,” Conley said. “I think we’re at the stage where we’re just working and trying to stay humble and stay focused and respect the game. … We have a good enough team, a good enough organization and good enough coaches to give ourselves a chance.”Conley will face the Grizzlies in Memphis for the first time as a member of the Jazz on Nov. 15. NBA adjusts schedule to feature LeBron James, other West Coast starslast_img read more

Taxes are the largest expense for Canadian households: Study

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fraser Institute is out with a new study that has found taxes, and not basic necessities like food, clothing, and housing, make up the largest expense for the average Canadian household.It found the average family paid $34,154 in taxes of all sorts last year, including what it calls “hidden” business taxes passed along in the price of goods and services purchased.The conservative think tank says last year the average family bill for income taxes collected by governments was $10,616.- Advertisement -It puts the second-biggest category, payroll and health taxes, at $7,160 dollars, and it is followed by sales taxes at $4,973, and property taxes at $3,832.The study’s authors conclude that visible and hidden taxes would have been equal to 42.4% of the cash income for an average Canadian family in 2015, estimated at $80,593.By comparison, that’s nearly five percent more than the average family paid, for food, clothing, and housing combined. Advertisement The study estimates the average Canadian family spent $30,293 on these so-called necessities of life last year, and it works out to about 37.6% of the family’s total cash income.It represents a major family expense flip-flop in the last half century since in 1961, 33.5 percent of the average family income went to pay taxes and 56.5% to basic necessities.The comparison is based on numbers from the Canadian Consumer Tax Index track, of the total tax bill of the average Canadian family, from 1961 to 2015.Including all types of taxes that bill has increased over that period by one thousand 939%, more than two and half times the 706% increase in the Consumer Price Index, and more than 500% higher than any other single expenditure, with shelter next at 1425%.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mourinho still sticking by Sanchez to come good

first_img0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez has struggled for fitness and form in eight months at Manchester United © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Jose Mourinho believes Alexis Sanchez will recover his form and fitness for Manchester United, but insists he had no input into the Chile forward’s decision to skip his country’s upcoming friendly internationals.Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda claimed this week the United forward pulled out of games in Asia against Japan and South Korea on the explicit advice of the Old Trafford medical staff. Sanchez suffered an unspecified training injury that ruled him out of United’s disappointing defeat at Brighton two weeks ago.And he was only fit enough for a cameo appearance off the bench in an even more demoralising 3-0 home loss to Tottenham on Monday as United plunged into an early season crisis.Sanchez’s decision not to go away with Chile has met with Mourinho’s approval, although the United manager denied Rueda’s claims that the club pressured him to do so.“I didn’t ask and I never ask players not to go,” said Mourinho.“I never contact national teams for players not to go. It’s a personal thing between him and the national manager.“At the same time, coming from injury he feels that for him it is a much needed two weeks off.“He is still in condition to play against Burnley but he feels that after that he needs two weeks to put himself in good shape.“And because they are friendly matches in Asia, they made a decision for his good and by consequence for our good, for him not to go.”Sanchez’s signature was a stunning coup for United in January, as they beat off strong competition from neighbours Manchester City by offering the player reportedly the most lucrative wage in Premier League history.However, Sanchez has so far struggled to match the hype or the heights he did with former club Arsenal.The 29-year-old has scored just three times in 20 appearances for Mourinho, but his manager still has faith that he will return to show supporters his true ability.“I hope so. I hope we can see it,” said Mourinho. “He had a good pre-season, he had a good start to the season.“Then he had a small injury that kept him out and then he came just one day before Tottenham, and he comes into the game with the result 2-0. Let’s see from now.“He is committed, he is focused. He works hard. I believe he will improve.”– 35 matches to play –Under pressure: Jose Mourinho needs a positive result away at Burnley on Sunday © AFP / Oli SCARFFSunday would be a fine time for Sanchez to repay Mourinho’s faith as the Portuguese travels to Burnley’s Turf Moor desperately needing a positive result to ease the feeling his days in charge could be numbered.Mourinho predicted United would suffer a “difficult” season when he wasn’t backed as much as he would have liked in the transfer market, but believes there has been an over-reaction to two straight defeats.“I said that in the summer before the competition started,” he added.“It’s not especially (difficult) now. Two defeats are two defeats. We still have 35 matches to play.”A bad week for United was compounded by a tough Champions League draw alongside Juventus, a resurgent Valencia and Swiss champions Young Boys.However, Juve’s visit to Manchester on October 23 will ensure an emotional return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo.Mourinho was Real Madrid boss when Ronaldo scored against his former club for the Spanish giants in 2012 and is confident he will relish another hero’s reception.“I think he will like it,” said Mourinho. “He was happy to come back when he was at Real Madrid.“He comes back to do a job for them, like he did for Real Madrid. But I think he is very happy to come.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Smith ready to make his mark at Wembley

first_imgHarrow’s super-featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith will get another chance to showcase his talent when he fights at Wembley Arena this Saturday.The 20-year-old was originally due to appear at the same venue on 16 March, as were West Londoners George Groves, Gary Corcoran and Steve O’Meara, but the show was called off.It means this weekend’s bout – Smith’s sixth in the professional ranks – will be his first of 2013.Following a number of changes of opponent, Yorkshire-based 34-year-old Gavin Reid is currently the man he is scheduled to face.“I’ve just got to deal with whoever’s put in front of me. I’m an exciting fighter and I’ll beat whoever I come up against,” Smith told West London Sport.“Because of the postponement, it’s probably 18 weeks since I’ve known about this fight, so I’ve been in top shape for a while.“Training seems to have gone really well and I feel in the best shape I’ve been in.O’Meara is also on the Wembley show.“I’ve got a new strength and conditioning coach, Mark Alcock, to work on that side of things and it’s had an effect.”Smith made a blistering start to his pro career last year and is already being touted as a future contender for major titles.And he already has a growing fan base – more than 350 of his supporters will be at Wembley.But for the time being he is focused on learning his trade while extending his unbeaten record.He said: “I’m already quite high in the British rankings.“I’d love to fight for a title soon and if an opportunity comes up we’ll of course look at it, but there’s no need to rush as I’m only 20.“At the moment I’m just dealing with this fight coming up and the aim is always to win and look good.“I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to get in there on Saturday.”O’Meara and Wembley welterweight Corcoran will also be on Saturday’s bill, which is headlined by Nathan Cleverly’s world title defence against Robin Krasniqi.The unbeaten Corcoran will face Mark McKray, while West Drayton’s O’Meara takes on Chas Symonds.It will be the Shepherd’s Bush-born O’Meara’s first fight since an unsuccessful attempt to win the Commonwealth light-middleweight title in December.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA reaffirms growth, job-friendly policies

first_img17 February 2012 South Africa remained committed to prudent economic policies supportive of growth and job creation, the National Treasury said at the weekend following ratings agency Fitch’s revision of the outlook on the country’s sovereign credit rating. Fitch Ratings announced on Friday that it had affirmed South Africa’s long-term foreign and local currency credit rating at BBB+ and A respectively, but that it had revised the outlook from stable to negative.Economy’s ‘inability to create sufficient jobs’ Purvi Harlalka, director in Fitch’s sovereigns group, told Reuters that the revision “reflects the limited progress on several long-standing structural issues that have over time caused South Africa’s economic performance to fall behind its peers. “Not least of the problems that require urgent attention is the economy’s inability to create sufficient jobs for its labour force,” Harlalka said. “This inability has not only constrained growth and kept the tax base narrow but has also caused public finances to become increasingly redistributive in an effort to address the lack of social mobility. “The resultant narrowing of fiscal space undermines a key support to South Africa’s creditworthiness.”Key rating drivers remain strong The Fitch statement, however, confirmed that South Africa’s key rating drivers remained strong, and that the country’s BBB+ rating remained underpinned by the strength of its institutions relative to its peers. “Indeed, South Africa’s gross debt to GDP ratio of 40 percent reflects a sustainable debt burden,” the Treasury said on Friday, while the country’s macroeconomic and fiscal frameworks were “set to remain robust over the medium term”. Finance Minister’s medium term budget policy statement (MTBPS), tabled in October, set out a number of interventions aimed at boosting South Africa’s sustainable long-term growth. State expenditure would grow moderately over the next three years, the Treasury said, while South Africa remained committed to moderating the country’s rising wage bill, and changing the composition of expenditure from consumption to investment.Responding to global economic uncertainty The Treasury said it viewed Fitch’s revision, which came barely a year after the agency revised South Africa’s outlook from negative to stable, in the context persistent global economic uncertainty. “Europe, a major trading partner, accounts for more than 30 percent of our manufacturing exports is currently experiencing major economic challenges. This therefore impacts negatively on South Africa. “Mindful of these developments, the MTBPS responds to these challenges by maintaining a delicate balance between supporting the economy while starting the process of fiscal consolidation.” South Africa, the Treasury said, was taking steps to look for new markets for its exports. Asia now accounted for 35.9 percent of the country’s exports, and China in particular had become an important trading partner, accounting for 12.4 percent of exports. At the same time, South Africa was growing its exports to other countries in Africa – where 7 of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are located. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Mashaba’s men move it up a gear against Mali

first_img15 January 2015Bafana Bafana rounded off their preparations for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2015 with a fine display as they dismantled Mali 3-0 at Stade Monedan in Libreville, Gabon on Wednesday.It was an inspired performance as it addressed some of the concerns that the Bafana Bafana technical team had in the build-up to the 2015 African showpiece.Goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane got his first start in a Bafana Bafana jersey ahead of Brilliant Khuzwayo, who was in goals against Cameroon while Darren Keet was first choice against Zambia.Defender Siyabonga Nhlapho, the only newcomer at the back, was given a run at right- back, while Anele Ngcongca moved to central defence alongside Thulani Hlatshwayo. Thabo Matlaba retained his place at left-back. Rivaldo Coetzee was rested as he is nursing a knee injury.Evenly balanced matchBafana Bafana went into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to a headed goal by Thulani Hlatshwayo in the 36th minute. Striker Bongani Ndulula was brought down on the edge of the box and Mandla Masango whipped in a fine free-kick into the box, which was headed in by Tyson.The Bafana Bafana technical team would have been impressed with the display in the first half as it addressed concerns from the last couple of matches.It was an evenly balanced match though with both keepers having little if anything to do.Moving up a gearBafana Bafana had a chance on 20th minute as Dean Furman laid a pass through in the middle channel on the path of Vilakazi but Mali were quick to clear the danger.Then Mali launched an attack on the 21st minute with Yacouba Sylla’s shot going just over the bar. Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane was tested by a low shot from Ahmed Doumbia on 31st min as Mali went on the prowl but Doumbia’s effort went just wide.As has been part of their game recently, Bafana Bafana moved up a gear in the second half as the heat of Libreville subsided. An indication of what lay in store for Mali came on the 63rd minute as Ndulula goal-bound shot was cleared off the line by Mohamed Konate. That followed a great run and a fine pass by Matlaba from the left. The Malians responded moments later but their effort hit the woodwork.Bafana Bafana tightened their grip on the match on the 82nd minute with a fine goal from Sibusiso Vilakazi. It could have been 3-0 two minutes later but Mali managed to avert danger. Well Bafana Bafana were done with the Malians five minutes before the final whistle when midfielder Dean Furman made it 3-0.It was a magnificent performance by the South Africans as they head to Equatorial Guinea for the 2015 Afcon. It was also a personal milestone for coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba as he went 10 games without defeat since taking over last August.How they lined up – SA XI vs Mali:Jackson Mabokgwane (GK), Siyabonga Nhlapho, Thabo Matlaba, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Anele Ngcongca, Dean Furman, Andile Jali (C), Mandla Masango, Thuso Phala, Bongani Ndulula, Sibusiso Vilakazi.Subs: Darren Keet (GK), Brilliant Khuzwayo (GK), Ayanda Gcaba, Eric Mathoho, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Themba Zwane, Oupa Manyisa, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Bernard ParkerNot in match-day squad due to injury: Tokelo Rantie, Rivaldo Coetzee.Source: SA Football Associationlast_img read more

Day 3 of The 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest See results from Day 1 of The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourSee results from Day 2 of The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourSee how Day 4 is going on The Pro Farmer Crop TourThe most noticeable thing for me so far this week is the change in crop health as we move west. After Monday in Ohio and Indiana, I didn’t notice getting cut up by corn fields as I traversed through 60 some odd rows 15 times. After yesterday’s Illinois fields, I felt every cut on my forearms. Ouch! If the Iowa crops are as good as they say they are I may need a first aid kit!I visited with Illinois Field Agronomist Jarrod Hudson with DuPont Pioneer last night here in Bloomington about what crops in this area has faced this growing season.Ty’s Wrap for WednesdayShould be interesting as we leave Bloomington and travel to Iowa City today. We are on Central time from here on out.8:26 a.m. (CST) We are getting off to a late start as our route is taking us south of Springfield to start, which is about an hour from Bloomington. Luckily, I have an Indiana farmer driving and two investors along for the ride so the conversation have been very colorful as to what we’ve seen so far.Our first stop was on Sangamon County, Illinois and it was a pretty nice start to Day 3. The corn was very well populated and the ear fill was decent. We are seeing more nutrient deficiencies in this part of the state. The soybeans were so tall they couldn’t hold their own weight, but the pod count was a little lower than we expected. Our corn average was 180.5 and our pod count came in at 1064.8.Sangamon Co, Illinois8:51 a.m.Our stop in Macoupin County, Illinois was better for the corn than the soybeans. This corn was planted in 20 inch rows and will yield out at 195. The bean field had some gaping holes and the canopy was not even close to closing. We counted 750 pods in a 3 x 3 square.Macoupin Co, Illinois9:15 a.m.We met the Greene County, Illinois farmer of these fields and he told us after he planted this corn it had a rough time popping up and once he got rain, he got more than enough. Variability and insect pressures were easily seen in this field that will yield about 132 according to our results. The beans were planted on May 1 and they too had a hard time getting set. Our pod count was 946 as population was strong in these 30 inch soybeans.Greene Co, Illinois9:38 a.m.Well that was fun. This corn field was, by far, the best I’ve seen this week. The Morgan County, Illinois field will yield 263.5. These ears are heavy and all over the field. The soybeans came in at 1107 pods and did show some pest pressure, but all in all in great shape.Morgan Co, Illinois10:10 a.m.Cass County, Illinois is our next stop. One of our ears had a hard time at pollination and there were aphids all over this field that we figure will bring in 203 bushels per acre. The soybeans were a very nice height and one of the few 15 inch rows we found in this area. Our pod count was 1011.Cass Co, Illinois10:55 a.m.Into Schuyler County, Illinois now and  soybeans continue to hold their own and have been very even by our numbers all day. This corn field, however, will bring down our daily average as it clocks in with a 140. The soybean number was 1060.Schuyler Co, Illinois11:23 a.m.This field in McDonough County, Illinois was planted corn on corn and it was not a great season for that. Although some parts looked like the picture below, some of the field was decent. We came out with an average of 166 bu/ac, which is below par for our route today. The soybeans, planted in 30 inch rows, had a low population and was our second worst field  of the day with 918 pods in a 3 x 3 square.McDonough Co, IllinoisMcDonough Co, Illinois 12:10 p.m.Hancock County is our final Illinois stop and what a stop it was. This corn was tall and in great health. We figured for sure it would be our best field, but it came up just shy at 247. The beans were the nicest we’ve seen all say at over 1400 pods.Hancock Co, IllinoisHancock Co, IllinoisHancock Co, IllinoisMy crew’s Illinois averages were a solid 190.96 for corn (with some lower samples) and a pod count of 1032.5 in a 3 x 3 feet square.2:00 p.m.We had lunch just after crossing the Mississippi into Iowa and then we took our first Hawkeye sample in Lee County. This corn was just average because the ears were on the smallish side for the day. The soybeans were almost took thick to get in to but the 30 inch rows held our pod count down to 1060.8.Lee Co., IowaLee Co., Iowa 2:21 p.m.Our second Iowa stop was in Henry County, Iowa and this is about what you would expect in this state. The corn stand was excellent and all three ears in our sample looked great. Our yield count here is 196 bushels to the acre. The soybeans were also very healthy and it took awhile to count these pods. Our number is 1707.84 here.Henry Co, IowaHenry Co, Iowa3:03 p.m.Louisa County, Iowa was a pretty impressive stop for my crew. You can tell by how green the grass is here that moisture is not a problem and this fully dented corn field was showing the signs of a great season. Our calculations put this field at 231.7 bushels. The bean field was just as amazing. A high population and heavily podded plants made this one of the best of the day at 1626.8.Louisa Co, IowaLouisa Co, Iowa3:45 p.m.This will be our final stop before heading in to Iowa City for the night. Muscatine County, Iowa had quite a few holes that we noticed as we drove toward this field and too much water late in the season was the story from these ears. The population was a little low and ear length struggled, putting this field at a 167.4 yield estimate. The soybeans were in 30 inch rows and population was average. Our count here was 1048.8Our Iowa averages were 1363.56 pods in a 3 x 3 square and corn at 192 bushels to the acre.Our Iowa averages were 1363.56 pods in a 3 x 3 square and corn at 192 bushels to the acre.Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Illinois.Corn –171.64 bushels to the acre. The 3 year average is 163.01 b/a.Soybeans – 1190.47 pods in 3X3 foot square. 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Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers announces support for Thune/Brown ARC-II Bill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) announced their support of the efforts by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to improve the lives of America’s farmers.Jed Bower, Fayette Co.The Senators have proposed a series of changes to commodity programs aimed at making the Agriculture Risk Coverage program better for American farmers.“The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association applauds the bi-partisan effort from Senators John Thune and Sherrod Brown to find ways to improve upon the farm safety net for farm families across the country,” said Jed Bower, President of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and a farmer from Washington Court House. “The Agriculture Risk Coverage Improvement and Innovation (ARC-II) Act is a step in the right direction to make the farm safety net more responsive to both the needs of farmers and real market conditions. We look forward to a productive discussion on the future of the next Farm Bill in the Senate, and the eventual renewal of a Farm Bill for our country before its expiration on Sept. 30.”last_img read more

Support for Muslim professor at BHU

first_imgA group of students on Wednesday evening led a solidarity march in the Banaras Hindu University in support of a Muslim assistant professor whose appointment in the Sanskrit faculty is being opposed by some students on grounds of his religious identity.Under the banner of the Joint Action Committee, BHU, a common platform for non-ABVP student groups, the students displayed banners and placards declaring their support for Feroze Khan, who was appointed on November 5 but has been unable to teach in the Sahitya (literature) department of the Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyan Faculty of the university due to the protests.“We are with you,” and “language has no relationship with religion,” read some of the banners at the rally in support of Mr. Khan, held from the Lanka Gate to Ravidas Gate near the central university campus. Those supporting Mr. Khan demanded that the university ensure his security and take responsibility for him, while allowing him to start teaching.“Discrimination in the name of religion and caste in the university is unconstitutional. Even BHU founder Madan Mohan Malviya said that India belongs not just to Hindus but also Muslims, Sikh, Jain and Christians,” said Raj Abhishek, convenor of the JAC in a statement.The support rally in favour of Mr. Khan came after reports that he had left the campus and returned to his home in Rajasthan due to insecurity.While Head of the Sahitya Department Umakant Chaturvedi did not take phone calls, Mr. Khan’s colleague Shanti Lal Salavi said he had gone out of town for personal reasons and informed his department superiors about it. Mr. Khan did not respond to phone calls.Mr. Salavi said while Mr. Khan was unable to teach in the faculty, whose gates have been shut since November 7, his attendance was being marked by the registrar. Since November 7, professors have been coming to the faculty only to find it shut, he said.Notice to resume classesThe professor said that on Wednesday the Dean of the faculty asked professors to serve notice to Ph.D scholars not to participate in the protests and help in resuming classes as exams were coming up. Mr. Salavi also came out in support of Mr. Khan and said the students were making comments that went against the rules. “This is conservatism, nothing else. But only some students are protesting, the neta (political leader) types,” he said.last_img read more