Bulldogs MS Tracksters Get ‘W’ Over Wildcats

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School Track team got wins against The Franklin County Wildcats in Brookville.The girls score was 76-29 while the boys score was 89-16.BMS Track Results @ Franklin County (5-5)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img

Dele penalty rescues point after Wood pounces on Lloris gaffe

first_imgON THE ropes and lurching from Dier to dire…so how ironic a man called Alli found the punch that rescued Spurs.Only once since Boxing Day had Dele Alli found the net. And after the heartbreak of Wednesday’s FA Cup shoot-out loss, they are hardy the world’s bankers from the spot.4 Dele Alli rescued a point for Spurs at Turf MoorCredit: PA:Press Association4 Chris Wood punished a Hugo Lloris error to give the hosts the leadCredit: ReutersBut one thing Dele has never been short of is self belief – so when the chance to save the day arose, he pounced to take the penalty which saved them from a fifth loss on the run.Who knows, it could be the goal which helps turn their season around as well. It certainly could do as much for his.Only once since Boxing Day had the one-time England wonder boy found the net, and frankly he has toiled at times.Yet when Ben Mee clipped Erik Lamela’s heel an inch or so inside the box, there was never a doubt as he buried his spot kick right in the corner.How Spurs could have done with him still being on the pitch when that fifth round tie with Norwich went to a shoot-out, rather than being hooked in extra time.Mind you, even that Cup defeat had almost played second fiddle to the subsequent shenanigans of Eric Dier’s venture into the crowd to front up that fan abusing his brother.Dier was back at the heart of the defence last night, as well. Needless to say the Burnley fans didn’t miss their chance to dish out some flak of their own in his sibling’s direction.Did it affect him? Who knows, but he was hardly the rock solid centre back Spurs were looking for in a first half when Burnley could well have been out of sight.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursMourinho had suggested after the Cup exit that he would ask the board whether they wanted him to prioritise this or Tuesday’s Euro retrieval mission in Leipzig.Well the way they went about the opening half an hour or so at Turf Moor, it was as though he’d been told “keep us in the Champions League Jose.”As metaphorical and mythical as that conversation with those in Tottenham’s Ivory Towers may have been, they certainly played like it here.Burnley were dominant, Spurs were despondent. Second to every ball, struggling to string a run of passes together when they had it, they just weren’t at the races.And they had already survived two huge scares by the time the Clarets did take the most justified of leads.Jay Rodriguez had grazed the top of the bar with a header from Ashley Westwood’s magnificent curling corner.Then Chris Wood had sent a rasping, rising first timer a foot over the top after Dier could only shuffle Dwight McNeill’s cross to the edge of the box with his thighs.Dier was at the heart of a three-man defence which spent most of the half as a five-man one, such was that story of the game.And he was at the heart of things again when Sean Dyche’s men did go in front on 13 minutes.Admittedly there was a suspicion of handball when McNeill’s first attempt to cross thumped back at him off Davinson Sanchez, even if it would have been a harsh call.4 Eric Dier was in the Tottenham team after his midweek kerfuffleCredit: PA:Press Association4 Jose Mourinho and Sean Dyche shared the spoils in the north-westCredit: Getty Images – GettyWhen the second delivery came in, Dier headed away – but only to Jay Rodriguez, who returned it with a thundering volley.There was certainly plenty of power in the strike, but Hugo Lloris should have done far better than spill it at the feet of Wood, who jabbed the return into the corner.Lloris then had to go full length to keep out a McNeill free kick, although his acrobatics were as much a for-the-cameras stop as a degree of difficulty one.Mind, he was nowhere to be seen when James Tarkowski nodded a Westwood free kick back across goal and Wood should have prodded in from in front, rather than a foot wide.Tottenham had rarely needed a touch of magic from their managerial Merlin.Trust Jose to deliver.A double half-time substitution, on came Lucas Moura and Giovani Lo Celso, and suddenly they were a team showing spirit and fight…and an equaliser within three minutes.Lo Celso was the provider, with a slide rule ball into space down the right, which Lamela raced onto, and then went tumbling.It was a spot kick for certain, and up stepped Alli to bang in his 50th Premier League goal – even if he’d been waiting what seemed an aged after number 49.All of a sudden it was a different contest. Spurs were lively, they were dangerous and they even had the sniff of success.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsAnd that’s not something they’ve smelled since the last-gasp victory at Aston Villa in mid-February.It still needed a smart point blank stop from Lloris to deny Matej Vydra – and make amends for his earlier blunder – or it could have all gone belly up.And with Spurs still having a casualty list to fill a hospital ward, whether it does prove a season-swinger is up for debate.But after the chaos and criticism of the last few days, it will certainly do for now.Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he was a lazy football player in his youthlast_img read more

The Crying Rubber Sector: President Sirleaf and CBL’s Timely Intervention

first_imgEver since Harvey S. Firestone started planting rubber in Liberia in 1926, the rubber sector has been, probably aside from the Liberian government, the nation’s  largest single employer.For soon after he started his   plantation, Mr. Firestone got other Liberians, beginning with President C.D.B. King’s Interior  Secretary, James (Jimmy) Francis Cooper, interested in planting rubber. Mr. Cooper, in turn, got other Liberians involved in the rubber sector and soon the number of rubber planters quickly grew.  Being labor-intensive as it is, therefore, the rubber sector became the largest single employer, for there was Firestone, employing thousands to clear the land, plant and  tap the rubber, and other Liberian rubber planters doing the same thing.The rubber sector continues to attract tens of thousands of workers.So when the rubber price drops, causing farmers to worry seriously about their  future, the government cannot sit idly by, for she knows the consequences: the already high unemployment would  worsen and farmers may be forced to close their farms, causing more even economic problems for government and for us all.That is why President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Central Bank Executive Governor J. Mills Jones have swiftly  intervened to avert a continuing crisis. Through the President’s initiative, CBL Governor Jones has pumped into the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) US$5 million and L$129,750,000 as a stimulus package for the resuscitation of the rubber industry.Announcing the move at the weekend, Governor Jones, said it was the government’s way of revitalizing the sector.  He acknowledged the implications for employment, saying that the problems with rubber could negatively impact other areas in the economy.LBDI President John Davies said his bank was happy to be part of the rescue.  But he  urged the rubber planters to pay back the loans on time so that it would continue to do what banks do, lend to others in need of financial assistance.Farmers will have access to the funds through their organization, the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) and LBDI. RPAL president Benjamin Green Garnett expressed great appreciation to the President, CBL Governor and the Liberian government as a whole for the stimulus package.  This was a milestone, he indicated, since GOL does not normally reach out to rubber planters when they are in distress.But you have a president who is an economist and financial expert, and a Governor who, in addition to being a top-notch   economist himself, has demonstrated time and again his total commitment to assisting Liberian businesses.  So the time for such a stimulus package is now.In the 1960s, whenever the price of rubber dropped, President W.V.S. Tubman, who was himself a rubber planter–with rubber farms in Bonike, Maryland County and Totota, Bong County–always urged rubber planters to produce more to help make up for the price drop.  It is probably not that simple, but that is what RPAL president Ben Garnett says they will do.  The important thing, Mr.Garnett  reckons, is to keep the rubber farms open so that they may continue to produce and sell their rubber, no matter the price.  The farms just have to keep operating until things get better; otherwise the weeds would take over, causing a reduction in the flow of latex and leaving the farm workers idle.This would be good for no one–not the rubber planters, not the tappers, and surely not the government.In the past many rubber planters, especially the small and medium ones, depended on Firestone to bail them out when they were in financial stress.  The situation is so severe this time around that the mighty Firestone is itself feeling the pinch and it, too, has had to lay off staff.  This is serious.We do not know how long the crunch in the rubber market will continue, but we hope that soon we will begin to see light at the end of the tunnel.  When that time comes, and the rubber planters become again comfortable with the rubber price, they, led by RPAL, should begin to prepare for a rainy day, by setting aside an investment fund.This would empower the RPAL itself to be in the position to rescue its own members in times of financial stress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more