Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore on Friday said it was important that farmers were given the option to adopt alternative practices to ensure proper disposal of paddy residue instead of resorting to stubble burning.Expressing concern over the environmental hazards caused by the practice, Mr. Badnore said stubble burning was not only damaging the health of people but was also causing loss of organic components in soil.“There is a need to promote horticulture, cultivation of fruits and mushrooms in a big way to break the usual paddy-wheat crop cycle in Punjab,” he said at a workshop here on stakeholders’ initiative to address crop residue burning in the State.Mr. Badnore called for formulating a comprehensive strategy, including generating mass awareness among farmers, and providing available technologies at affordable prices.“I appreciate the progressive approach of the Punjab farmers and their in-depth knowledge about the latest farming techniques. Incentives must be given to farmers who have already adopted other alternatives and are not burning straw,” he said.Suresh Kumar, Chief Principal Secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, said the government will constitute a State-level advisory group to formulate some immediate action plan to check stubble burning in the State.“I urge experts to work towards reducing the silica content in straw and making it fit for animal consumption. States like Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, where there is a shortage of animal fodder, could be given the fodder at lower prices,” he added.
Day one commenced without any major upsets early, with the favourites starting off well. In the 18’s Girls, QSST beat the Sunshine Coast 10-1, while the 2nd ranked Southern Suns defeated North Queensland 9-3. 3rd seeds SQBD Sharks were also victorious in the first round of 20’s Boys beating Victoria 12-7. Sharks kicked off their campaign in impressive style, beating Northern Territory 14-2 in the 18’s Boys division. Under 18’s Boys top seeds Sydney Mets were challenged in their 10.50am game, winning 4-2 against the 12th seeded Western Tigers. The Mets 18 Girls did it a bit easier, beating Tasmania 11-0. North Queensland nearly caused an upset against NSWCHS in the 18’s Boys, losing by one try. 6th seeds Hornets were too good for the Northern Eagles in the 20’s Boys, winning 10-3 and ACT beat the Sunshine Coast 12-8 in a high scoring affair.The 20’s Mets and Scorpions teams met in a local derby at 11.40am, with the Mets easily accounting for the Scorpions 9-2. Other winners included the Cobra’s over the Rebels and the Sharks over the Scorpions in the 20’s girls. In the 18’s Boys, Sharks beat the Scorpions in the 20’s Girls and the 14th seed Northern Eagles caused an upset by beating the 3rd ranked Cobras side 4-0.Suns 20’s Girls kicked off their campaign in style beating West Tigers 10-2 and Mets beat Sunshine Coast 10-0. Local hopes Northern Eagles had an easy win over Victoria 8-1 in the 20’s girls, as did NSWCHS over Northern Territory in the 18’s Girls division.Suns 20’s Boys beat Victoria 7-1 and the SQBD Sharks beat the Northern Eagles 10-3.QSST easily accounted for Mets 14-0 in the 18’s boys as did 16th seeds North Queensland, who beat 3rd seeds Cobras 10-4 in an upset. 2nd seed in the 20’s Girls, the Cobras, were too good for Scorpions winning 12-0, with Sunshine Coast beating ACT in similar fashion. Late in the day, NSWCHS beat South Australia convincingly, as did QSST against Mets, winning 16-0 in the 18’s Girls division. 1st seed Suns also did it easy against Victoria in the 20’s girls and the 6th placed Mets won a close one against the 7th ranked Rebels in the same division.To watch day one footage: www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ferguson declares ex-Arsenal boss Wenger ‘an absolute legend’by Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has declared Arsene Wenger “an absolute legend” as the former Arsenal boss enjoyed a special night in his honour.On Monday night, Wenger was named a ‘Legend of Football’ at the annual Nordoff Robbins charity award dinner.Addressing his old adversary via video, Ferguson said: “The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend.”I loved the competition against you. We had some great times and it’s wonderful you’re getting this award tonight. So good luck, my blessing with you.”Ferguson himself has been a past recipient of the ‘Legends of Football’ award, which has been handed out since 1996.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thiago Motta confirms he’s taking charge of Genoaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThiago Motta has confirmed he’s taking charge of Genoa.Motta has accepted Genoa’s offer to become their new coach, replacing Aurelio Andreazzoli.The 37-year-old former midfielder played for the Rossoblu during the 2008-09 campaign.He retired from professional football at the end of 2017-18 and spent last season coaching PSG’s Under-19 team.TMW caught up with Motta as he arrived in the Ligurian capital and told its correspondent he was “ready to get going”.
Up to this point, conference realignment has largely been about the expansion of the leagues’ footprints and adding games available to sell to broadcast partners. Even with possible movement in the Big 12, most believe that there will be around 64-68 schools divided up between four or five power conferences at the end of the day, with the rest of the FBS on the outside looking in.FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel thinks things will take an even more drastic change, with the sport’s upper crust eventually setting itself apart in an even more meaningful way. This morning, he published a post, framing what he believes the college football world will look like in 10 years. Rather than the four or five power conferences that we are now accustomed to, Mandel sees the top 24 schools in the sport joining together to create their own four-division “conference” that will eventually decide the four teams that make up the College Football Playoff. Rather than further expansion, he expects a “consolidation of power” in the sport.What will college football realignment look like in 10 years? Think consolidation, not expansion. Story: https://t.co/ErD34sFUVD— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) May 16, 2016 Here is how Mandel lays things out: His explanation: with the ongoing shift in how people consume television and live events, maximizing the number of big-name matchups to draw the biggest audiences every week will be the new goal of the sport.Whereas the last round of realignment was driven by inventory — bundle together as many schools from as many markets as possible to command the highest possible subscriber fees — the next round will be more about content. Put on the biggest possible games to garner the largest possible audience because the viewers themselves will become the buyers rather than Comcast or Time Warner.This is certainly different than what we usually see in college football realignment projection columns, and there is plenty of logic behind a lot of this. Whether these schools would actually ditch the majority of their leagues to make this happen is a huge question, but it is definitely not outside the realm of possibility.[FOX Sports]