MANCHESTER, England (AP)If Manchester United went on the attack in games as much as its manager does in news conferences, England’s biggest team may not be in such a rut.Yesterday, a defiant Louis van Gaal criticised sections of the British media who reported this week he had offered to resign in the wake of United’s latest poor result a 1-0 home loss to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.”I think it’s awful and horrible,” said Van Gaal, who walked out of a news conference last month. “It’s the third time I’ve been sacked and I’m still sitting here.”Lose to second-tier Derby in the FA Cup today and even Van Gaal acknowledges the scrutiny could be too much to take.The Dutchman said yesterday that he hadn’t offered to quit and the support of Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, was “fantastic.””It gives you a lot of pressure because when the board has such confidence in you, the pressure is much higher than when they say it’s your last game,” Van Gaal said. “Then the confidence is not so high.”United may be playing Derby just at the right time. They have won only one of their last six games in the FA Cup third round and have dropped off the top of the League Championship.Derby is managed by Paul Clement, the former assistant manager at Real Madrid where he worked under Carlo Ancelotti. Clement said he might speak to Ancelotti before today’s game at Pride Park.”I am not sure it will quite be a giant-killing if we get a good result,” Clement said. “It is a challenge we are really looking forward to, up against a team that is not in great form.”
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The spring of 2017 has created many challenges for winter wheat growers. As wheat harvest begins across the eastern Corn Belt, producers should keep an eye out for potential problems that may cause yield loss and impact grain quality. Growers have observed the development of diseases such as powdery mildew and Fusarium head blight (scab).Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus has also been present in some fields, a result of feeding by aphids carrying the virus. Due to warmer-than-normal weather in late winter/early spring, wheat development has been two to three weeks ahead of normal and growers should expect an early harvest. In areas where head blight has developed, growers should adjust combines properly clean out lighter grains impacted by scab.According to this University of Missouri article, research performed by the Ohio State University showed that adjust fan speeds between 1,375 and 1,475 rpm and shutter opening to 3.5 inches resulted in the lowest discounts at elevators due to low test weight, damaged kernels, and mycotoxin levels in grain. Extreme cold weather in March caused freeze damage to wheat heads, which has resulted in blank heads and could significantly impact yields. Wheat producers should walk fields prior to harvest to determine if head scab and/or freeze damage has impacted their wheat and to assess the extent of the damage.
Three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants behind the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July, which left eight yatris dead, were “eliminated” in the Qazigund encounter in Kulgam on Monday, according to the police. The fourth militant was arrested from a hospital building.“One more (militant’s) body was spotted on Tuesday from the Qazigund encounter site, taking the toll to three. The LeT militants, Yawar Bashir, a local militant, and Maviya, a Pakistani, were directly involved in the Amarnath pilgrim attack. “Except for one militant Shakoor, who was also directly involved in the attack, all others have been either arrested or killed,” said Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Muneer Khan.One soldier was also killed in the daylong gunfight, while three civilians suffered injuries near the encounter site on Monday. Mr. Khan said the Monday operation saw “highly calibrated” coordination between different security agencies. “The timely response of the troops of the Road Opening Party led to encircling of the militants. The killing of the LeT militants has weakened the group in the Valley,” said Mr. Khan.The fourth militant, Rashid Ahmed Allai, was arrested from the Anantnag maternity hospital “with a Chinese pistol and live cartridges on Monday night,” said Mr. Khan. Allai had joined the militant ranks two days ago, according to the police. The police also said the LeT group, headed by slain Furqan, was involved in “a series of terror crimes in Anantnag and Kulgam area”, including attacks at Lower Munda and Anantnag bus stand.Furqan, according to the police, had replaced LeT operational chief Ismail, killed earlier this year in south Kashmir.Security forces used tear smoke shells as locals clashed with them after the funeral prayers of Bashir, who was buried in his native village Hablish in Kulgam. The mourners, who raised anti-India slogans, draped Bashir’s body in a green flag.The areas where clashes erupted include Nusu Badragund, Vesu and Devsar, impacting the flow of traffic. All train services to south Kashmir were suspended “as a precautionary measure.” A spontaneous shutdown was also observed in Kulgam and Anantnag against the killings. Sources said the bodies of the foreign militants will be buried at Boniyar in north Kashmir’s Baramulla.
It is a question I ask with cautious optimism. Will this be the year India takes flight? When we look back to 2014, will it be with a sense of satisfaction that a new Government used its mandate to break India free of policy paralysis and a self-inflicted a slowdown? Or will it be with a feeling of regret, that Narendra Modi could not capitalise on India’s big chance, that he frittered it away? More often than not, years of an electoral mandate turn out to be pivotal, and Modi’s BJP won a victory that provides it the initial momentum to reverse the despair about drift in the last years of UPA 2. In a presidential-style general election, voters unambiguously cast themselves on the side of development, of purposefulness, clearing the legislative space for Modi to be able to deliver.Our August 2013 coverOn this, our 67th Independence Day, it is apt that we take stock of whether and how the Government is heeding an young and increasingly impatient India’s desire to be set free. Free to chase its dreams of educational and material betterment, of breaking loose from unnecessary checks on its entrepreneurial ambitions, of following its creative impulses, of providing for its collective well-being, of registering individual triumphs. It is as exhilarating a moment as it is daunting.Our special Independence Day package brings to you the changed India in its many dimensions. It is a change most dramatically visible in the form of 315 new MPs in Lok Sabha. A detailed analysis shows them to be a crosssection as diverse as the polity itself-from doctors to farmers and former bureaucrats to teachers. What is interesting is that one-third of these new MPs have worked their way up the political ladder, fighting elections from the bottom of the electoral pyramid, eventually becoming MLAs and then reaching Parliament. The change they symbolise is the culmination of one journey, and the beginning of another. They bring with them to Sansad Bhavan a fluency with the diverse idioms in which aspiration is expressed in this country.This political churning has left the Left parties on the margins. The decline is visible in West Bengal and Kerala, which they once dominated, and their inordinate influence in educational institutes, cultural groups, and trade unions appears to be in irreversible decline. How the space vacated by them is filled up will of great consequence. Meanwhile, terror cells are becoming more modern with the rise of mobile technology and instant messaging, as are the methods to track them. And India’s foreign policy challenge is to redefine its relationship the United States and China in a time of possibly turbulent transition in its AfPak neighbourhood.Our cover story package, a snapshot of how India is changing, maps the shift in areas as diverse as sport, where young women from small towns and villages are winning international medals consistently, and music, where a new band of ustads are ready to stake their claim. We are now eating differently with the trend moving towards high-value produce such as poultry, fruit and milk products as we gradually rely less on cereals and grain. Our armed forces are becoming more inclusive, attracting soldiers from non-military backgrounds and commissioned officers from smaller towns. And healthcare is undergoing a sea change with new techniques such as genetic mapping paving the way for the timely treatment of illnesses.These are exciting times for a nation that, though 67 years old, is still brimming with youthful energy. The challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi now is to take this new India to the world stage, free from the encumbrances of the past and of the backward-looking ideologues itching to attach themselves to his bandwagon. India has a rare opportunity now to soar on the wings of this mostly virtuous change.On that note, Happy Independence Day!To read more, get your copy of India Today here.
APTN National NewsMore than 1,000 people are without homes as flooding continues to ravage the Siksika Nation in southern Alberta.It’s a community that has experienced flooding before, but nothing comes close to the devastation they are now dealing with.APTN’s Keith Laboucan was there and has this story.