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Man for the big moment

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: DARREN MATTOCKS reckons he’s a man for the big moment. As a schoolboy, he did it for Bridgeport High to lift the Manning Cup title. Year-end at the regional championship, he scored one goal in Jamaica’s victory to lift the Caribbean title. At the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and Copa America he had gone goalless for a total of seven matches. Then came Wednesday’s semi-final against hosts United States and the super confident striker hits the mark, handing the Reggae Boyz a lead they stretched through Giles Barnes’ goal to emerge 2-1 victors. “Perfect timing. They always say big players step up when it matters most. I think it was perfect timing to beat America in America in the semi-final. It’s just spectacular, it’s just perfect timing heading into the final. Hopefully we can get a goal or two and take it home,” he said of Jamaica’s historic win, their first over the Americans in their country. “I think I’ve got luck on my side when I play against America. I’ve played against them three times and I’ve beaten them twice,” he admitted. “But to beat them in America in a Gold Cup semi-final speaks volumes where Jamaica’s football has been and is going because we had never done that before. That’s something that’s going to be in history forever, no one can take that from us.” It has also given the Jamaicans another bite at history, as it’s the first time they have qualified for the Gold Cup final, being the only Caribbean team to do so. On Sunday evening when they tackle six-time winners Mexico in the final, Mattocks, who carefully pointed out that the team’s goals come first, says they’re optimistic, but respectful. We’re heading into the final high on confidence, but at the same time very respectful of a good Mexico team. We’re not going to take any team for granted. We’ve shown that all tournament long – we respect all our opponents, but at the same time we’re going for the victory.” In terms of his own form, the striker didn’t see himself as struggling before hitting the US target with a 31st minute header off Kemar Lawrence’s long throw. “I wouldn’t say struggling. Strikers who struggle are strikers who don’t create chances. Once you’re creating chances then it’s just a matter of time before it falls into place and that’s exactly what happened,” he explained. “The biggest thing for a striker is to score, but once you’re creating chances and helping the team (that’s fine) because it’s not all about goalscoring; it’s about helping the team, holding up the ball, doing defensive work and I’ve been doing that for the whole tournament. “When it matters most big players step up, like I did in the semi-finals, and come Sunday that’s what I’m looking to do again.” The final kicks off at 7:30 p.m.(6:30 p.m. Jamaica time) at Lincoln Financial Field here and he said the Reggae Boyz’s goal is to win. “To be honest, I just want to win this thing. I think it’s something the entire country is going to be proud of. Obviously, as a striker you want to score. To score a goal would be fantastic but the bigger picture is to win this thing,” said the Vancouver Whitecaps striker. “We’re not satisfied by beating America. Our eyes were on the prize from day one and thanks be to God, we’re just going to continue what we’ve been doing, first of all putting God first, then team work, team ethics and our work rate is going to show that we want this more than anyone else.”last_img read more

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Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon

first_img“That’s why on the first loop I tried to warm up, then in the second loop I saw the other runners being left behind,” added the Rio Olympian and silver medals in the 2015 SEAG.READ: Patafa cuts Tabal, runner says ‘I just want to run for PH’ The race was held on well paved city streets with four and half loops on the main street on a cloudy day and weather cooled down by the previous night’s heavy downpour.“I felt that God was gifting me with this victory and all I needed to do was take it,” said Tabal.Her compatriot in the men’s side, Jeson Agravante didn’t finish the race.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments LATEST STORIES READ: Patafa reinstates TabalTabal, who trained for three months in Italy, hugged Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico and Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez right after draping herself with the Philippine flag at the finish line.“Thank you to all people who believed in me and for all your support,” said Tabal who has had strained relationship with the national athletics body for the past two years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I went through a lot of hardships. In training. In everything. But the I know in my heart that I really have to deliver,” said Tabal in Filipino. “I can’t let disappoint my country.READ: Tabal pleads with Patafa to reconsider: I did nothing wrong FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“To my fellow athletes, if we really do our best, we can do it,” added Tabal who clocked two hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds, almost seven minutes clear of silver winner Hoang Thi Thanh.Tabal said she was feeling cramps on her tibialis or shin muscle during the first loop around the Putrajaya government complex that lined with gleaming office skyscrapers. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano GOLD! Mary Joy Tabal rules women’s marathon in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRERPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Rising up through emotional ups and down, Mary Joy Tabal just crowned herself the queen of the 29th Southeast Asian Games marathon.The 28-year-old Tabal broke down in tears right after crossing the finish line, literally beating the Vietnam contestant by a mile, to deliver that gold medal she hoped would open the flood gates for Team Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At least, there’s the promise of a dogfightlast_img read more

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Welcome, rookies: Kokoskov, Pierce getting their 1st shots

first_imgMOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Phoenix and Atlanta are now hoping to reap the same benefits as the Celtics, Cavaliers and Warriors. The Suns introduced Igor Kokoskov on Monday, the same day that the Hawks welcomed fellow first-time head coach Lloyd Pierce to their franchise. And those moves followed Charlotte last week hiring James Borrego, whose only head-coaching experience was a 30-game interim stint.There are plenty of established head coaches who don’t have jobs right now. But even with the market flooded with experienced coaches, the Suns, Hawks and Hornets went down roads less-traveled — and there’s still potential for more first-timers in the NBA head-coaching fraternity by the time next season opens.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Rookie coach, international coach, foreign coach,” said Kokoskov, the first European-born coach to lead an NBA team. “It really takes courage. It puts not pressure (on me) but expectations to prove that they were right.”San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon has been on Milwaukee’s radar, as the Bucks look for their next full-time coach. And whenever she gets hired — many around the league believe it’s a question of when, not if, Hammon gets her chance — she’ll be a first-timer in a whole new category, as the first woman to coach an NBA team. Boston assistant Jay Larranaga was in the mix for the Charlotte job and will surely get more offers before long. Jerry Stackhouse, who has proven his mettle as the coach of Toronto’s G League club, is now a name that gets attached to just about every opening in the NBA as he waits for his first call to coach in the league where he starred as a player.There doesn’t seem to interest in big names from the college ranks — like John Calipari or Tom Izzo. Experience still means plenty in the NBA, but timing and fit both seem far more important right now.“I love challenges,” said Pierce, a longtime NBA assistant, most recently with Philadelphia. “I think this is going to be a fun challenge. It’s not about the difficulty of the challenge, it’s about the excitement of it and I’m looking forward to the excitement of being here.”A few of Pierce’s new players were there Monday when he was introduced to Atlanta. So was one of his now-former ones; Philadelphia’s Robert Covington attended to show support. And one of the league’s longtime stars raved about Pierce finally getting his chance.“ATL, y’all got it right,” Miami guard Dwyane Wade tweeted after the Hawks announced their pick.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov speaks to the media Monday, May 14, 2018, in Phoenix. Kokoskov will oversee a vastly improved team after they compiled the worst record in the NBA last season. (AP Photo/Matt York)Brad Stevens’ first opportunity to become an NBA head coach was presented to him by Boston. Same goes for Tyronn Lue, with Cleveland. Same goes for Steve Kerr, with Golden State.Hiring rookies worked out just fine for those clubs.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationscenter_img China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Borrego has waited a long time to make his own name.He also waited a long time for a certain someone to learn his name.Borrego went 10-20 as the interim coach in Orlando after Jacque Vaughn got fired in 2015. The rest of his NBA career has been made up of assistant stints in Orlando, New Orleans and San Antonio — where when he debuted in 2003, Gregg Popovich hired someone whose name he didn’t exactly commit to memory.“Called me Ray Romano,” Borrego said. “Everybody loves Raymond, right?”Popovich had zero games of head-coaching experience in the NBA before he took over in San Antonio. There have been more than 240 coaching moves in the league since, but the Spurs — winners of five titles under Popovich — remain under the same leadership. Erik Spoelstra was a first-timer when he became coach in Miami; he’s got two championship rings.Brett Brown’s only head-coaching job has been with Philadelphia, Quin Snyder’s only one has been in Utah. They both won a playoff series this season. Billy Donovan had no NBA experience when Oklahoma City hired him three years ago; he’s averaged 50 wins per year since.Kokoskov likened the change from assistant coach to head coach to the one where co-pilot becomes pilot.You might think you’re ready, but you never really know until you’re at the controls.“That’s why you’re coaching,” Kokoskov said. “That’s the beauty of the job, basically waiting for this moment. You hope it’s going to happen.”Their times have finally come. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NFL seeks help from Congress on sports gambling rulinglast_img read more

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Bids for M&CC garbage trucks to be retendered

first_imgThe bids for the two garbage trucks City Hall intends to purchase will be retendered since the bids received at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) during the last competitive bidding process were all above the estimated price.Communities Ministry Public Relations Officer Danielle Campbell-Lowe told Guyana Times that the bids received earlier, in the month of March, for the supply of the two trucks were all above the estimated price and as such, the project has to be retendered.In an advertisement placed in this newspaper on Wednesday, it was noted that bids were now being once again invited for the “supply and delivery of one newSolid Waste Director Walter Narinerear loader refuse trucks with 28yd3 body and bin lift”.Companies wishing to submit bids for the project can drop off their sealed and labelled tenders at the Finance Ministry, Main and Urquhart Streets, Georgetown from Monday to Friday. The bids for the project will be read at NPTAB on June 19.Just last month, this publication reported that the tenders were awaiting selection, as related by the Solid Waste Director, Walter Narine. He further said that in addition to the garbage trucks, City Hall also intended to purchase a tractor and two trailers to aid in the area of garbage collection.“Ministry of Communities, of course, is doing all the tendering from Government and also on our behalf. Ministry of Communities would have advertised for tender in the newspapers and interested suppliers would have sent in their tender documents,” the Director explained.He said that during a previous Statutory meeting, the Council decided that $75 million would be allocated to his department, to fund the vehicles.The two trucks that the M&CC intends to purchase will be financed using the $200 million subvention from the Communities Ministry, which was granted in this year’s budget.Currently, City Hall pays approximately $90 million per month in garbage collection fees to its two major contractors, Puran Bros Disposal Service and Cevons Waste Management Inc.“In our 2018 budget, the $200 million that was given to us by the Government will be busted to purchase two new garbage trucks. Until those trucks are here, I don’t think we have the capacity to clear effectively the areas that the Council controls and we are still looking at that,” Mayor Patricia Chase Green noted.The much-needed garbage trucks are being sourced by the M&CC with the intent of minimising its taxing expenditures and improving its efficiency in the area of garbage collection.The Council made the announcement of its plans to purchase the trucks last year during a press conference.The country’s two largest garbage collection companies Puran Brothers Disposal and Cevons Waste Management withdrew their services on July 30, 2017, as City Hall’s debts had risen to the multimillion-dollar range.According to the companies, the issue of non-payment has been a long-standing one, with many debts going as far back as 2015.However, they have since resumed collection after the municipality approached Central Government through the Communities Ministry for a bailout of $475,635, 245 to settle the city’s debt to Puran Brothers, Cevons, and another company after they would have pulled their services owing to non-payment.The bailout was granted, and Central Government decided to pick up the tab until December 31, 2017 after which the M&CC would step in.last_img read more

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9 technicians graduate from MACORP’s training programme

first_imgAs part of its continuous training programme to develop the skills of operators and technicians in their designated field of machinery operation, Machinery Corporation of Guyana (MACORP) on Thursday evening awarded nine persons for completing a technician training exercise.Valedictorian Mark Hiraman receiving his award from a Macorp representativeThe nine graduates which included Marcus Benjamin, Trevor Chichester, Jollian Dawson, Akeem Hector, Mark Hiraman, Rayon Lee, Teon McKenzie, Judah Pancham and Allacai Ross were presented with certifications for their successful completion of the training course. With this, they are qualified to obtain a position in the field of machinery operation.Present at the gathering was the keynote speaker and Administrative Manager of MACORP, Anita Ramprasad, who addressed the gathering of young men who were recipients of varying awards. She encouraged them to follow in the pursuit of success, which is measured by the input of effort, humility and consistency.“Success is a measure of what we’ve achieved as compared to what we’re capable of achieving. Of course, it is not done alone but it is a personal journey and that means there should never be comparison.”Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the machinery company, Jorge Medina highlighted that while MACORP is engaged in nation-building by creating skilled personnel in these fields, preparation and the need for development of local talent should also be on the agenda of everyone.“Everybody must include the local content but we must also offer quality, good level of skills, capability to execute in their work at international standards,” he explained.Additionally, the Chief Operations Officer Guillermo Escarraga emphasised on the commitments that were made for the training to materialise and also on the high standards that are offered at the company as it relates to training.“We know that this is the beginning of a better life for our graduates. We always want to be associated with those that want to pursue a better life for their own means. We are always in the forefront of those that seek to do always the best,” Escarraga related.In the past years, a total of 160 men and women successfully graduated from the training programmes that were conducted with employees and new recruits. The valedictorian for this year’s training exercise was Mark Hiraman.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: CUL CAMPS SET TO RETURN TO MALIN CLUB

first_imgMENS FOTBALLHuge congratulations to our Senior footballers who have qualified for the quarter finals of the Donegal Senior Football Championship at the weekend. Our fate was not in our own hands going into the final round of group games, as we required a big win over Cloughaneely and needed St Eunans to defeat N Conaill, but credit to the players who stuck to the task at hand and recorded an emphatic 2-16 to 0-1 win over Cloughaneely. While our result was never in doubt after half time, we were left with a nail biting finale with news that N Conaill had clawed back a 10 point half time defecit to trail by just 3 points and St Eunans were playing most of the 2nd half with 14 men. After 4 long agonising mins of injury time, the result in O Donnell Park was confirmed that St Eunans had held on for a 3 point victory and Malin progress to the last 8 of the competition. To qualify from a group which consisted of both of last seasons finalists is a superb achievement, and testament to the hard work put in by the players and management and backroom staff .At the time of going to press, it is unclear if we will be in league action at the weekend, supporters are asked to check the club facebook and twitter pages for confirmation of any weekend fixture later in the week. Our reserve footballers exited the championship on Saturday evening when they went down by 2 points against their Cloughaneely counterparts.LADIES FOOTBALLLadies Football training continues on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s between 8pm- 9pm in preparation for the 1st leg of the Junior B Championship when we entertain Killybegs in mid August. BOYS FOOTBALLTraining for the Under 6,8 and 10 panel will finish for the summer on Sat July 7th. We would like to thank all the youngsters for the dedication and hard work displayed over the season and look forward to seeing them return in September…..and remember to keep practising in the meantime.The Under 8 panel took part in a blitz in Urris at the weekend and will entertain the same opponents in Connolly Park this Saturday.GIRLS FOOTBALLLast week our U14 side put in an excellent performance when they defeat Naomh Padraig Muff on a scoreline of 2:7 to 1:6. This was particularly seen in the last fifteen minutes of the first half where the Malin struck 2-3 in quick succession, to go in at the break with a lead of 2:4 to 1:4The second half was another tight affair with Malin outscoring their opponents by 3 points to 2, to leave the final score 2-7 to 1-6 in our advantage. Malin team consisted of Aoife Mc Colgan, Tara Kelly, Eimear O’ Neill, Allanah Mc Daid, Katie Doherty, Megan Harkin, Breda Doherty, Shannon Mc Laughlin, Siobhan Farren and Ciara Mc Laughlin. A big thank you to the U12 & U10 Girls squad that provided the half time entertainment in front of the large crowd of supporters during our championship clash v Cloughaneely on Saturday.CUL CAMPSMalin GAA Annual Summer Camp will take place from 15th to 19th July from 10am to 2.30 in the Malin GAA Grounds…The fee for the week is E55 for the 1st child, E45 for the 2nd child E40 for the 3rd child and any additional children in that family…There will also be a bus running throughout the parish for E10 for each child for the week… Chilren are advised to bring pack lunch with them and there will also be a tuck shop available. If u would like any more information could u contact Maria Mc Laughlin 087 7763679. If u have booked on line, Maria needs confirmation of this…LOTTO Congratulations to Pauline Mc Laughlin, Aughaclay who won this weeks lotto jackpot of €1200. Winning sequence drawn was 4-6-2-5-3-1-7. Winner of the €20 sellers prize was Christopher Mc Laughlin Aughaclay. Next weeks jackpot will start off at €500 and we thank the local community for its continued support of our weekly lotto drawCARETAKERThere is a FAS position for a caretaker/cleaner currently available at the Malin GAA complex, usual FAS conditions apply, contact Patrick Mc Laughlin R on 086 8787609 for further details.OTHER NEWSCongratulations to club referee Shaun Mc Laughlin who took charge of Saturday nights Ulster Minor Championship Semi Final clash between Monaghan and Cavan in Clones.PRO:Any items for the notes should be forwarded to Martin Doherty on 0861585880 or alternatively send an email to the new club email address pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening.CLUB NEWSYou can now stay up to date with all the latest happenings within the club by checking our facebook page www.facebook.com/malingaa, by following us on twitter @malainnclg, or by sending a text to the club texting service 0868668531 to avail of club fixtures and news. You can also view some of Our Club Videos by checking out our Youtube Channel, by searching Malin GAAGAA NEWS: CUL CAMPS SET TO RETURN TO MALIN CLUB was last modified: July 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GAA NEWS: CUL CAMPS SET TO RETURN TO MALIN CLUBlast_img read more

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Armstrong Records Hat Trick To Lead Women’s Soccer Past Missouri State, 3-1

first_img Next Game: Live Stats HTML Box Score Photo Gallery PDF Box Score Full Schedule Roster at Loyola 10/27/2016 – 6 PM Preview Watch Live Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – Senior Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) scored a hat trick to lead the Drake University women’s soccer team past Missouri State, 3-1, on Saturday, Oct. 22 afternoon in Missouri Valley Conference action at the Cownie Soccer Complex.”The early goal was important today,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “Credit to Gabby Charles for earning the foul that earned our penalty kick early. We knew at halftime the second goal of the game was crucial. We settled down in the second half and controlled the tempo of the game. Kayla is playing very well right now and is a proven threat when she picks up the ball.”Armstrong, who scored the golden goal in Drake’s 1-0 win over Iowa State Tuesday night, completed the hat trick recording her sixth, seventh and eighth goals of the season. She leads Drake (11-4-2, 1-3-1 MVC) in goals scored and is second in the MVC.Armstrong’s first goal was during the seventh-minute (7:43) and came off a penalty kick on a foul in the box by Missouri State (5-8-3, 1-3-1 MVC). In the 75th minute of the game (75:20), Armstrong scored again with an assist from junior Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa). During the 87th minute, Armstrong recorded the hat trick after beating the Missouri State defense and sending the ball in the far post.The Bears responded with their goal during the 89th minute after Mayleigh Odor scored off a corner kick. Drake, who played 21 players, had many of its reserves in the game at this point.”Our defenders were very good throughout, so it was unfortunate that we had a lapse in concentration at the end to concede the late goal,” Horner said. “Overall, it was a very good team performance, but we still need to keep improving to put forth a full 90 minutes and finish our chances when we are on top. We are looking forward to building on this momentum on Thursday night.”Drake held Missouri State to just five shots on goal compared to the Bulldogs’ 11 shots. Drake senior goalie Brooke Dennis (Wauconda, Ill.) finished with four saves.Prior to the match, Drake honored its senior class as Armstrong, Charles (Wausau, Wis.), Dennis, Alex Freeman (Duluth, Minn.) and defender Sarah Grace Nicholson (Overland Park, Kan.) played their final home match.Drake concludes the 2016 regular season at Loyola on Oct. 27 with first kick set for 6 p.m. The match against the Ramblers will be broadcast on The Valley On ESPN3. The Valley On ESPN3 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Formula changes and lower crop prices point to lower CAUV values in the future

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Owners of Agricultural land enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) property tax program in the twenty-four counties that are experiencing a reappraisal or triennial update in 2015 (payable in 2016) will see the highest CAUV values in history, based on preliminary numbers from the Ohio Department of Taxation. Similar to prior years, increases in values will be in the vicinity of 100% to 200%. However, lower crop prices and changes made to the CAUV formula by the Ohio Department of Taxation point to lower CAUV values in the future.WHAT IS CAUV?In 1972, Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment that allowed qualified agricultural land to be valued at its current agricultural use value for real property tax purposes rather than fair market value.  The home, home site and outbuildings are still valued at fair market value.Current agricultural use value can be determined by the capitalization of the typical net income from agricultural crops on a given parcel of land assuming typical management, cropping patterns, and yields for the types of soil present on the tract.HOW IS CAUV CALCULATED?The CAUV values are based upon a formula containing five factors applied to three crops: corn, soybeans, and wheat, the three most prevalent crops in Ohio. Hay was dropped from the formula in 2010. The five factors are:1.)        Cropping pattern- based upon the acres of corn, beans and wheat compared to the total acres of those three crops. These percentages are based upon statewide averages.2.)        Crop prices- based upon a survey by NASS of elevators in Ohio3.)        Crop yields- based upon 1984 NRCS/NASS per acre yield estimates for each soil type, adjusted for actual average yields in Ohio for the past ten years.4.)        Non-land production costs- based upon farmer surveys by The Ohio State University.5.)        Capitalization rate- based upon the interest rate for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage at Farm Credit Services, with 40% attributed to equity and 60% to debt.The crop prices, non-land production costs and capitalization rate are calculated by taking the previous seven years of numbers, eliminating the highest number and the lowest number, and then averaging the remaining five numbers. Cropping pattern is based on an average of the last five years of acres planted. The prices, cropping pattern, costs and yields are then multiplied, added and subtracted to determine the net profit per acre of soil type, and that number is then divided by the capitalization rate to arrive at the final value. This calculation is performed for each of the 3500 soil types in Ohio.LOWER CROP PRICES IN 2014For the second consecutive year, the price for corn, beans, and wheat that came into the formula is lower than the prior year. The price for corn that came into the formula for 2014 is $3.65/bu. compared to $4.41 for 2013. Similarly, the 2014 price for soybeans that came into the formula is $10.40 compared to $13.00 for 2013. Likewise, the new 2014 wheat price is $5.55 versus $6.54 for 2013.NOT AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTOne or two years of lower crop prices will not produce a noticeable decrease in CAUV values. There needs to be a trend lasting several years to substantially reduce the values. A trend is required because the crop prices used in calculating CAUV values are based on a seven-year rolling average, with the highest price and the lowest price during that seven-year period thrown out.Using corn as an example, the corn prices used in the 2015 calculation for the last seven years are:2008 – $4.212009 – $3.552010 – $5.452011 – $6.442012 – $7.092013 – $4.412014 – $3.65Since $3.55 is the lowest price and $7.09 is the highest price, they are removed from the calculation. The average of the remaining five numbers is $4.79. After a management allowance of 5%, which is allowed in the formula, the price for corn used in the 2015 formula is $4.55. Please remember that these numbers are preliminary and may change before finalization of the 2015 values. There is a similar trend for the calculation of the prices for soybeans and wheat.Continuing to use corn as an example, it will take several years of lower crop prices to substantially lower land values for CAUV purposes. Real property is revalued every three years for tax purposes. Therefore, property being revalued in 2015 will not be revalued again until 2018. During that time, three years’ worth of crop prices will drop out of the formula and will be replaced by three new years’. If the three new years’ crop prices are lower than $6.44, it is likely that there will be a decrease in CAUV values. Based on experts’ opinions and forecasts, such appears to be the case.CHANGES TO THE FORMULA BY THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TAXATIONIn response to the alarming increases in CAUV values over the past several years, attorneys at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation researched and reviewed the CAUV formula in greater detail than it has ever been reviewed since its inception. As a result of this review, Ohio Farm Bureau made several recommendations to the Ohio Department of Taxation to update portions of the formula to more accurately reflect current values. These recommendations do not substantially change the way that CAUV is calculated, but rather to update the data contained in the formula.The Ohio Department of Taxation has agreed with several of the recommendations forwarded by Ohio Farm Bureau. Therefore, the changes that will appear in the 2015 CAUV calculations are:TIMELINESS OF DATA – There has always been a two-year lag period between the collection of the data used in the CAUV formula and the finalization of the values for use by county auditors. This became especially troublesome in a year like 2014 when the price of soybeans fell from $13.00/bu. To $10.40/bu., but CAUV values doubled. Soybean prices dropped even lower by the end of the year and continue to fall in 2015. Because of the two-year lag period, it took two years for these lower prices to appear in the formula. Then, the lower number may be thrown out of the calculation if it was the lowest during the seven-year look back period.By adjusting the schedule of when CAUV values are calculated, the Ohio Department of Taxation was able to cut the two-year lag period to one year. Therefore, lower crop prices, and potentially higher costs, will come into the formula more quickly and CAUV values will be more current. One consequence of this change is that county auditors will not receive the updated values until later in the year of reappraisal or update.CAPITALIZATION RATE – CAUV values are calculated by dividing the projected net income per acre by the capitalization rate for each of the 3500+ soil types in Ohio. A small change in the capitalization rate can have a big impact on CAUV values. For example, a $200 per acre net return divided by a capitalization rate of 6% results in a $3,333 value. If the capitalization rate increases to 7%, the same $200 per acre net return divided by 7% results in a $2,857 value. Low capitalization rates are good if you are borrowing money; they are not beneficial when calculating CAUV.The Ohio Department of Taxation adjusted the calculation of the capitalization rate to more accurately reflect current borrowing patterns. The capitalization rate is now based upon a ratio where 80% is considered debt and 20% is considered equity. This is compared to a 60/40 ratio used in prior years. Furthermore, the mortgage interest rate (which is the starting point of the capitalization rate calculation) is based on a 25-year fixed multi-flex rate for loans $25,000 or greater at Farm Credit Services. The prior years’ mortgage interest rate was based on a 15-year loan period.Although the capitalization rate used in the 2015 calculation went down from 7.5% in 2012 (the previous time CAUV was calculated for counties in this cycle) to 6.5% (contributing to the increase in CAUV values), the capitalization rate between 2014 and 2015 increased from 6.2% to 6.5%. As previously stated, higher capitalization rates contribute to lower CAUV values.WOODLAND VALUES – Woodland values have increased more dramatically than cropland values, especially if the woodland is located in a high-productivity geographic region. Woodland values are calculated by the same process used to calculate cropland values, with the additional step of subtracting the cost of drainage per acre (for Class I and II soils) and the cost of clearing the land per acre. Since the inception of the program, once the cropland value is determined, there has been a reduction in value for woodlands of $500 per acre for subsurface tile drainage for somewhat poorly drained, poorly drained, and very poorly drained soils. In addition, for 37 soil types, there has been a $250 per acre reduction for surface drainage. There is a $500 per acre reduction allowed for clearing the land for all soil types.What has occurred in recent years is that the calculation of cropland values is so high that, even with the aforementioned reductions, woodland values have been bumped from minimum value to a value similar to crop producing soils. This scenario is exacerbated if the woodland happens to be located in a high-productivity geographic region.The Ohio Department of Taxation has increased the reductions for woodland from $500 to $770 per acre for subsurface tile drainage in somewhat poorly drained, poorly drained, and very poorly drained soils; from $250 to $380 per acre for surface drainage in 37 soil types; and from $500 to $1,000 per acre for land clearing in all soil types.SUMMARYIf the trend of lower crop prices continues, couple with the changes to the formula made by the Ohio Department of Taxation, CAUV values will decrease in the future. Nobody likes paying taxes and it is hard to prepare for tax increases of 100% to 200%. But if CAUV landowners can swallow the bitter pill of paying higher property taxes through 2015, while receiving lower crop prices, the CAUV formula will work to decrease property taxes to more accurately reflect the farm economy. Think of it as a roller coaster with crop prices in the front car and CAUV values in the back car. Ultimately, the roller coaster ends up in the same place.last_img read more

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OSU Hay Day June 23

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hay producers who want boost their profit potential and stay up to date on hay harvest techniques can plan to attend a workshop on June 23, led by experts from Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.The Hay Day program covers a broad range of hay production topics including mowing, tedding, raking and baling hay, said Christine Gelley, an OSU Extension educator. Bale wrapping will also be a focus of the program, and implement dealers will have featured equipment on display, she said.The techniques taught at the workshop are important for hay producers because they can influence how effectively a producer can protect their hay from the elements, including moisture, which can impact the nutritional quality of the hay, Gelley said.“We will talk about various techniques for bale wrapping to protect the hay during storage,” she said. “Protective storage helps preserve the quality of the hay for future use.”Moisture was an issue last spring for hay producers, many of whom experienced delayed harvests due to excess rain in June that kept them out of their fields, Gelley said.“If harvest is delayed, hay can become over-mature, which could negatively impact the nutritive value and number of cuttings possible during the season, making it even more important to preserve the supply of good quality hay on hand,” she said.Demonstrations, tourThe workshop is from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station, 16870 Township Road 126, in Belle Valley. The event is free and includes a meal, but registration is required by June 9, Gelley said.Participants will also see demonstrations using harvesting equipment, learn various harvesting and storage techniques, and take a farm tour of the agricultural research station, Gelley said.To reach the Eastern Agricultural Research Station, take exit 28 off I-77. Turn south on State Route 21. Go east (left) on State Route 215 for about one mile. Then turn right onto Bond Ridge Road (a township road) and look for signs.The facility is one of eight OARDC outlying agricultural research stations located around Ohio.For more information or to register, contact Gelley at 740-732-56810 or gelley.2@osu.edu.last_img read more

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M.A.M. Ramaswamy: India’s biggest racehorse owner

first_imgRamaswamy with his favourite horse, the legendary Own Opinion, after one of the colt’s nine classic wins; magnificent obsessionThe picturesque little racecourse in Mysore offered the perfect setting for the making of sporting history last fortnight when the appropriately named Queen of the Hills strode home majestically to claim the,Ramaswamy with his favourite horse, the legendary Own Opinion, after one of the colt’s nine classic wins; magnificent obsessionThe picturesque little racecourse in Mysore offered the perfect setting for the making of sporting history last fortnight when the appropriately named Queen of the Hills strode home majestically to claim the Mysore 1,000 Guineas, giving her owner, M.A.M. Ramaswamy, 52, his 100th Classic – an international record. No other owner in racing history has achieved that distinction anywhere. But the win also served to confirm – if any confirmation was required – that Ramaswamy, or MAM, as he is popularly known, India’s biggest racehorse owner, towers over the Indian racing scene like a giant.”It is remarkable achievement,” avers R. Ramakrishna, MP and chairman of the Madras Race Club, whose stable ranks second only to Ramaswamy’s: “MAM will go down in the annals of international racing history.”For Ramaswamy, however, his triumph was marred by tragedy. His loyal and trusted retainer for over 30 years, Kasi, had died that morning and the loss was apparent. In the winner’s enclosure, which has almost become Ramaswamy’s second home, he wore a vacant and troubled look and left the course immediately after the ceremony.”I was totally shattered,” he told INDIA TODAY in Madras last week, “I had decided not to go to the races but then I heard that President Zail Singh was likely to give away the prizes, so I thought it would not look nice if I stayed away”.Crucial combination: Ramaswamy with trainer David and jockey JagdishUnique Rapport: But revealed in that moment of grief lay what is perhaps the key to Ramaswamy’s enormous success in the sport – his close attachment and relationship with his aides and his associates in the racing fraternity. “His loyalty and affection for his trainers and jockeys and also for every one of the 100-odd horses he owns is something that has to be seen to be believed,” says K. Sunderajan, former sports editor and longtime racing correspondent of The Hindu.advertisementA long with that are certainly other attributes that have made Ramaswamy the biggest name in horse-racing today. Above all, his total dedication and his uncanny understanding of the sport and the horse he invests in.None of this is discernible in the man himself. Short, stout and dark, Ramaswamy betrays none of the flamboyance and colour associated with racing. But there is nobody in the field who pursues his chosen profession with such absolute dedication and care as him.He is out at the racecourse at the crack of dawn every morning to oversee his stable. “He knows the strength and weakness of every one of his horses,” says Sunderajan, adding, “more important, that of other owners’ horses also”. Affirms Ramakrishna: “He takes a lot of personal interest in his horses.”Splendid Beginning: Muthiah Annamalai Muthiah Ramaswamy’s domination over the Indian racing scene somehow seems ordained. Born into a wealthy Chettiar family, money-lenders and financiers of royal lineage, Ramaswamy was always a keen sportsman, a redoubtable tennis and polo player.Polo brought him into contact with horses and his elder brother, the late Kumararajah M.A.M. Muthiah Chettiar, initiated him into the world of horse racing. In 1965, his brother convinced him to invest jointly in a horse called Silver Jet at the Bombay auctions for the relatively modest price of Rs 50,000.From that moment, Ramaswamy was hooked. Silver Jet won its very first race, the Colts Trial Stakes at Bangalore, and as Ramaswamy himself admits: “There was no looking back after that.”It was also the start of his bid to achieve the 100 Classics title and he went about that task with a determination and ability that left few in any doubt that he would do it. By 1970, five years after his debut, Ramaswamy already had a string of classics under his belt and a stable of 10 horses, each carefully picked and trained.Tudor Jet won the Bangalore Derby in 1977 and Select earned him the South India Oaks the same year. Fair Court got him his third Classic, the South India 2000 Guineas, in 1969 and also the South India Derby in 1970.By then his racing colours of gold and brown had earned an awesome reputation and the south Indian racing scene was obviously too confining for his ambitions. The legend was born. Ramaswamy was soon a by word in the national racing scene.The horses he bought, the jockeys and trainers he picked and discarded, the rumours of the phenomenal bets he placed all bore the stamp of a man determined to get to the top in a hurry. His career is littered with as many failures as successes, but his inherent talent for spotting the right horse and bringing out the best in it, made him an integral part of Indian racing history.advertisementHis biggest success story is undoubtedly Own Opinion, the Indian-bred horse that itself is a legend. Own Opinion, which Ramaswamy acknowledges as his favourite horse, left behind a string of broken records for speed and stamina and earned Ramaswamy an estimated Rs 18 lakh in stake money. It is also the only Indian horse to have raced abroad in Tokyo.The colt’s win in the prestigious Indian Turf Invitation Cup in Bombay in 1979, where it beat the all-conquering Royal Tern, would have satisfied most owners. But not Ramaswamy. His uncanny eye for horseflesh brought into his stable a string of outstanding horses like Birthday Girl, Aristocrat and Nicolette. Who, like Own Opinion, won Ramaswamy nine Classics each. His stable also housed such multi-classic winners like Red Chieftain, Air Hostess, Blue Ice, Haifa Crown, Cupid and Star Haven who have stamped their names in racing’s hall of fame.Ramaswamy also has an equally discerning eye for jockeys and trainers. Over the years, he has hired trainers who are considered the best in the country. Azeez Mohammed, S.M. Shah, D.M. Hill, Adenwala have all trained his horses at some stage while his jockeys include such illustrious names as Vasant Shinde, Karan Singh, W. Swineburn, P. Khade and S. Chavan.”What matters finally,” says Ramaswamy, “is the degree of coordination between the horse-owner, trainer and jockey. A close personal rapport between three is the master-key to success. It is a crucial combination.”Conquering Team: The current combination, Ramaswamy, his principal trainer Aris David and jockey M. Jagdish, are seemingly unbeatable. David has won 83 classics, of which 82 were for Ramaswamy, while Jagdish’s tally of 85 Classics include 40 in the famous gold and brown colours. Says David: “Ramaswamy has a very sound knowledge of the sport and an excellent eye for horses. Whatever I lack, he more than makes up for.” Jagdish concurs: “His love for horses is unbelievable and nobody can match his knowledge of horseflesh. He doesn’t care how much he spends on a horse.” Adds Sunderajan: “He utterly trusts his jockeys and trainers. He pays them well and treats them with affection. But that doesn’t mean he leaves the care of his horses totally to the trainers.”Ramaswamy himself explains why: “Each horse has its own habits, its off-days and a trainer cannot afford to treat them all alike. You have to understand the horse and cater to it-with love.”Little wonder then that Ramaswamy has in his 18-year career in racing won over 800 cups and 1,200 races. On an average, his earnings in a year from his stable are over Rs 20 lakh. And, it is a measure of his dedication that he ploughs every penny back into his stable.According to Ramaswamy, he spends about Rs 2 lakh a month on upkeep and maintenance of his string and at the end of the year he claims that he just about breaks even “except for exceptionally lucky years”.advertisementSuperstitious Beliefs: In fact, luck is something that Ramaswamy harbours an intense belief in. “All my horses and trainers and jockeys would have drawn a blank if I did not have that divine luck,” he says seriously, “luck and fate play a major role in racing. Even the most terrific combination of horse, trainer and jockey will come to naught if that vital element of luck is missing.”To hear him talk, it is evident that superstition and fate are major considerations in Ramaswamy’s scheme of things. He will never buy a horse with an asudar mark on its forehead because he firmly believes that it brings bad luck. He often relates the story of one of his best horses. Fair Court, who was the favourite to win a major race in 1970.Ramaswamy the trainer and the jockey were supremely confident that the horse would walk away with the race. Yet, from the start, the horse was listless and finished second last. It turned out that at the exact time of the race, Ramaswamy’s mother had passed away. Nothing will convince Ramaswamy that the death of his mother and the performance of Fair Court were unconnected. In another instance, one of his prized horses, Ayyappa, named after one of the gods of the Hindu pantheon, was unable to win a single race and for no apparent reason. A friend suggested that Ramaswamy change its name and the very next race it stormed home ahead of the field.Though Ramaswamy’s greatest love is horse-racing he has made invaluable contributions to other sports as well. He is vice-president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and served a term as one of its most successful presidents. During his tenure, India won the World Cup at Kuala Lumpur and the Olympics at Moscow.He once presented the Indian hockey team Rs 1 lakh during the Bangkok Asiad even though they had lost to Pakistan in the final. Ramaswamy, however, was so pleased with their performance that he insisted on making his personal reward. But his greatest contribution has undoubtedly been to racing to which he has given as much, if not more than what he has got.last_img read more