ABU DHABI, UAE (AP): Captain Alastair Cook kept England in the game with an unbeaten century yesterday, although Pakistan fought back with two late wickets on the third day of the first Test. Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz removed Ian Bell and night-watchman Mark Wood, but England reached 290-3 at close of play thanks to Cook’s gritty knock of 168 not out at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Cook scored his 28th Test hundred and he and Ian Bell put on 165 runs for the second wicket – England’s all-time highest in the UAE. Joe Root was giving him company, at stumps, not out on three. “I think he has shown that he can bat for days in these parts of the world,” Bell said of Cook. “He is ready to go in tomorrow and carry on from where he left. The thing with Cookie is that he is so organised, his defence is so good, and his shot selection against the spinners was excellent.” Bell finally departed five overs before close of play for a streaky 63, cutting a Riaz delivery into the hands of Mohammed Hafeez at point. One over later, Riaz got rid of Wood, who fended a rising delivery into his wicket. But it was a battling knock under the hot sun by Cook, although he was dropped by Fawad Alam on 147 when attempting to sweep left-arm orthodox spinner Zulfiqar Babar. Cook played aggressive cricket in the pre-lunch session when he was unbeaten on 78 and played several shots, including stepping out against Babar and sweeping him repeatedly, but was more circumspect in the next two sessions as the Abu Dhabi pitch started showing some effects of wear and tear. He did reach his century with a boundary, though, a cracking shot through the cover area off Wahab Riaz. Khan troubled him early in his second spell of the day midway through the first session but was rewarded with the wicket of Moeen instead when he nudged at an away going delivery and edged it to wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed. Moeen had made a cautious 35, eschewing all risk and hitting just two boundaries in his 131-ball stay before his indiscretion against Imran. He and Cook put together 116 runs for the first wicket. “I think Cook batted beautifully, and we have seen him do this often in the sub-continent,” Pakistan bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed said. “He has the ability to kill the little bit of zip that the seamers and spinners were getting out there. The way he played, he also took the pressure off other batsmen.” England still trail Pakistan’s first-innings total of 523 for eight declared by 233 runs.
Charlie McConalogue TDFianna Fáil’s Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue TD has called on the Education Minister to engage meaningfully with teachers unions to find a solution to the ongoing industrial unrest over the Junior Cert reform.His comments come after 84% of ASTI members voted overwhelmingly to extend their industrial action because of a lack of progress on the issue. The Donegal TD said: “Minister O’Sullivan’s handling of the planned reform of the Junior Cert has been extremely disappointing. She has continued to press ahead with the flawed and contentious approach adopted by her predecessor and has shown no intention of taking the concerns of teachers and parents on board. “The Minister’s insistence on implementing the new English cycle this September has been met with fierce resistance from teachers who are worried about the abolition of independent assessment, a measure they claim will make the new cycle “educationally unsound”. Members of the ASTI have indicated through this ballot that they are prepared to stage a one-day strike to emphasise their concerns. The Minister’s botched management of this issue could now see students directly impacted by the fallout from this industrial relations dispute.“Fianna Fáil recognises the need for reform of the Junior Cert; however it cannot be rushed through in a bullish manner without the support of educators and parents. Minister Quinn, and now Minister O’Sullivan have ignored the independent advice of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, which recommended a mix of school based and State assessment, and have instead ploughed ahead with their own divisive measures.“I believe it was a mistake for the Minister to begin the roll out of the controversial Junior Cycle reforms this September without all party agreement. The Minister must begin a process of real engagement with teachers in order to deliver the best possible education to second level students. If Minister O’Sullivan continues with her current approach to the reform process, it will be marred by continued industrial unrest”. McCONALOGUE FEARS DONEGAL SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL STRIKE OVER JUNIOR CERT REFORM was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalstriketeachers
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseWith Ohio’s craft brewery boom in recent years, some of the amber waves of grain seen in fields this month in Ohio are barley planted to meet the exploding demand for locally grown malt.“Barley is really interesting. The biggest take-home message with barley is that barley is not wheat. There are many similarities, but it is a different crop. Farmers don’t just get paid on yield. They get paid on quality too. You have to be very conscious of the quality,” said Laura Lindsey, with Ohio State University Extension. “Farmers are really excited to diversify and there is a lot of interest. Barley is harvested about 10 days earlier than winter wheat and that opens up a huge window for double-crop soybeans. It can be very profitable with those two crops coupled together.”With one year of trial data, Lindsey was impressed with the barley yields in Ohio so far.“Our barley yields were extremely high in 2018. Last year in Wood County, with no nitrogen, our barley yielded 80 bushels, which is phenomenal. With 80 pounds of N we were close to 100 bushels per acre in Wood County, which was our highest yielding site,” she said. “The other two locations were a little lower yielding, but still around the 80-bushel mark.”Along with barley yields, Ohio State University Extension is also taking a look at nitrogen rates, which can be a tricky balancing act between yield and quality.“In terms of N management, there are some differences between barley and wheat. For barley you want low protein and if you apply too much N, the protein will go higher than what you want. Dialing back on the N application is really important. You want 9.5% to 12.5% protein on a dry weight basis for barley,” Lindsey said. “There might be some contracts out there where they want higher protein, but that is the standard range. The best N rate is very location and environment specific. We have one year of data, but the ballpark looks like it is between 60 and 80 pounds of N per acre will ensure a good yield and the right protein.”Four spring N application rates were examined in 2018: 0, 40, 80, and 120 pounds of N per acre applied at Feekes 5 growth stage. Each field received approximately 20 pounds of N per acre in the fall and the cultivar “Puffin” was planted. The highest yields were achieved with N rates ranging from 100 to 119 pounds of N per acre depending on the location. In Wood County the barley was in the proper protein range regardless of N rate, but in Clark County, protein levels exceeded 12.5% at 80 pounds of N.Tom Ramsey with Hiser Seeds in Ross County has been tweaking the agronomics and ramping up acreage of malting barley. Ramsey is one of seven growers in Ohio providing malting barley seed through the Malting Seed Producers specifically for use by Origin Malt, a startup company that is nearing construction on a Marysville malting facility.“It has been 6 or 7 years ago I met with the Ohio Seed Improvement Association about growing barley. We now have our fourth year in the field,” Ramsey said. “We’ve gotten good yields and we like to sneak in and plant double-crop beans. It comes off about 10 days earlier than wheat. Barley is also supposed to be a very good scavenger of phosphorus, which is one of the things we are fighting the hardest with water quality. But in terms of management, you definitely want to take what you are doing withTom Ramsey with Hiser Seeds in Ross Countywheat and increase it quite a bit.”First, barley needs the right site.“Field selection is a really critical issue,” Ramsey said. “You have to have a field that is really well-drained — yields seem to be much higher in those well-drained situations.”Ramsey suggests starting with a seeding rate from 1.2 million to 1.6 million seeds per acre.“Use a good starter fertilizer with 10 to 20 units of N in the fall. In the spring, though, when we apply N we have to be careful not to apply too much or to get too late with the application. You have to start with some N in the fall, then limit the N in the spring with early timing. Split spring applications don’t work in barley,” Ramsey said. “We like to be within 10 days of the fly free date for planting if possible and that could be a challenge in some years and places like northwest Ohio. I would assume northwest Ohio and northeast Ohio would be potentially better for growing barley because they stay cooler for longer and we can get too hot down here in May. Small grains like to be cooler longer.”To maintain quality, Ramsey said fungicide applications are important. The vomitoxin levels for malting barley must be below 1 part per million.“Fungicide is a must. I wouldn’t chance it,” he said “We have three good products on barley: Prosaro, Caramba and Miravis Ace.”Timely harvest is also very important. If dry grain gets re-wetted there are sprouting, lodging and vomitoxin concerns.“We average a little over 80 bushels per acre. I don’t consider it to be any more difficult than wheat to harvest. The combine setup is different than from wheat but it is in the manual how to set it for barley and it is pretty close. The biggest thing is that it is harder to handle. It doesn’t flow and it has big beards on it that want to stick you,” Ramsey said. “It has always worked out that by the time we are ready to harvest, the barley is waiting on us. We have been harvesting around 14% moisture, which is where we want to be. For drying, it is very important that you keep the temperature of the grain low. You only want air temperatures of 90 degrees flowing through the grain. If you go too high you can ruin the germination and it can’t malt.”While there is plenty of potential agricultural benefit and interest in barley, Ramsey said it is not for everyone.“Don’t raise malting barely if you don’t have a contract. You can’t sell it. There is no market for it without a contract,” Ramsey said. “Origin Malts’ goal this fall is to plant close to 15,000 acres and we’ll be looking for contracts in July. Once we get the quality on this year’s crop figured out then we’ll start getting contracts going for next year. We have guys planting as few as 10 acres and one guy up to around 300 acres this year. These are protected varieties and you can only buy seed if you have a contract through Origin Malt. We have one variety currently, Puffin.”There are limited secondary markets for the barley if it does not meet the quality requirements from Origin Malt.“We have an option to use it as cover crop if it is blended with another crop like wheat or rye,” Ramsey said. “It also makes good feed, but it is not worth nearly as much. We are still working on these secondary markets.”As acreage for Origin Malt expands, the goal is to add more geographic diversity.“We want a regional concept. Sometimes the northwest has good quality and we don’t further south. Our goal is to have barley raised in all four corners of the state,” Ramsey said. “So far we have been limiting our contracting until the plant is built. Construction is starting soon at Marysville.”The malting barley grown in Ohio for Origin Malt currently must go out of state to be malted. The new facility will be a game changer for barley in Ohio, Ramsey said.“There are some small scale operations in Ohio but nothing like what we are looking at building. Everything is on schedule and online now for construction,” he said. “That will make a big difference in the acres we need and where guys will be able to haul to. There are currently only two delivery spots lined up.”Once harvested, all Origin Malt barley must be tested for quality.“We require growers to put it in the bin and get it tested. Last year I think 81% made quality, but quality issues are going to happen,” Ramsey said. “We have been able to make quality all three years we have grown it, even though it is going to be sold for seed.”Prior to Prohibition, Ohio was home to significant acres of amber waves of barley grain and, due to the returned success of the crop and increasing malting demand, it appears more will be on the horizon.
For about 400 junior policemen in Bihar’s Samastipur district, a pledge of honesty is part of the application form for leave to perform Chhath puja. It comes with a rider: If they give a false declaration just to avail leave, their entire family would be visited by a curse. As the four-day Chhath puja (a festival of thanksgiving to the sun) gets underway in November in Bihar and some neighbouring States, the personnel in Samastipur seeking leave have been asked to swear in the name of the Chhath deity that they intend to perform the ritual themselves. If they fail to do so, a “curse may befall their children, and in fact the whole family.” The format of the pledge meant for policemen of junior rank went viral on social media on Wednesday, drawing protests from the men in uniform.“I …take a pledge in the name of the Chhath deity that I, myself, am observing Chhath puja for the last…years. Oh goddess Chhath! If I take leave on a lie, my children and my whole family will be cursed,” said a pledge form, filled up by a policeman in Samastipur and signed as Shri Narayan Singh. The four-day Chhath is considered a mahaparv (great festival) in Bihar and other eastern parts including neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. The festival, known for its austerity and piety, begins on Thursday.Association not amusedThe honesty pledge has not gone down well with the personnel. The president of the Bihar Policemen’s Association, Mrityunjay Singh, told journalists in Patna that the “pledge is tantamount to an assault on religious sentiments and betrays mistrust and doubts on the integrity of junior rank officials”. “Should they be subjected to such humiliation? I’m going to meet top officials at the police headquarters in this regard”, he added. On the official side, though, there was denial. Samastipur Superintendent of Police Vikash Burman said, “there is no official pledge form issued by the department for leave. We have taken serious note about such a report. A senior police officer has been asked to inquire.”Going a step further, Mr. Burman said there was no question of granting leave even with such a document, as leave for policemen had been cancelled by police headquarters in view of the Chhath festival, to ensure law and order.”Although there are around 400 junior personnel in Samastipur district, few had applied for leave for Chhath. “This is ridiculous. If we take leave to observe the greatest festival of our State, we are threatened with a curse on children and family members,” a district police officer from Samastipur said over phone. Did he apply for leave? The policeman was not ready to respond. Personnel posted in other districts of Bihar too objected to the honesty clause.