A new mode of transportation is poised to be a “game changer,” providing the ability to move fresh, chilled and frozen bulk and value-added food products from the Midwest to the Southeast and beyond.advertisementadvertisementFor Indiana Dairy Producers, the Green Express is emerging in their home state at the site of the former Kingsbury munitions plant and CSX rail line, an hour south of Chicago. The site is unique for its ability to have a mile-long stretch of straight track for exit, and to lift and load shipping containers.This “magic spot” is not only within 12 miles of access to four U.S. highways and three interstates, it is the epicenter of the Upper Midwest “consumption zone” of 41 million people – the second largest in the U.S.In March 2014, this new mile-long, high-speed, non-stop, refrigerated “food train” will begin transporting chilled and frozen food products – namely produce and juices – from Tampa, Florida, to northwest Indiana and back again.Add to this the massive ongoing project to double the capacity of the Panama Canal, and the result is an efficient combination of transportation advances to get cargo from the eastern U.S. and Gulf ports to global destinations.advertisementOrganizers of the “food train” envision selling Midwestern commodities to resort buyers in the Caribbean, Central America and South America, as well as tapping growing markets for dairy protein in the Pacific Rim, including China.But it all begins with the north-south route between Kingsbury and Tampa – driven by the distribution logistics of large food buyers Walmart, Aldi and Costco.“We’re connecting the pieces and combining the parts to help get their stuff up here and our stuff down there,” said Chris McGrath, an ownership partner and developer of the logistics park that will operate the Green Express, Chicago-based Providence Logistics.“We’re optimizing the supply chain to get product distributed faster and fresher, with less waste and less spoilage, while realizing savings in fuel costs as well as other downstream benefits.”McGrath spoke during the Indiana Dairy Producers (IDP) annual Partners in Success luncheon in the Farm Bureau building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds October 25 in Indianapolis.He unveiled the current status and future plans for the Green Express, funded through the private investment of the Providence Logistics partners, along with LaPorte County’s investment in site improvements to the logistics park and CSX rail line. The luncheon was sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Corn Marketing Council.advertisementAs the Green Express begins rolling, bringing produce and juices north, key opportunities will emerge for dairy, bacon and beef on the backhaul south.For example, the 250-mile radius near Mexico City is an 80-million-person “consumption zone” dwarfing any consumption zone in the U.S. Mexico represents a large market for U.S. dairy and meat protein.According to the International Trade Commission (ITC), U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico were $18.9 billion in 2012 – the third-largest U.S. export market. Of that total, dairy products accounted for $1.2 billion and red meat $1.9 billion.The Caribbean is also a key global importer because its dairy sector faces land constraints to meeting rising demand for cheese, milk and other products, according to the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).In addition to a population of 36 million people, 16 million vacationers and millions more visitors on cruise ships make this a market that is growing and well- tuned to the U.S. mainland for food trends.“The Green Express piqued my interest and the interest of our board right out of the gate as a real opportunity for dairy,” IDP executive director Doug Leman said. “To have value-added fresh and frozen dairy products leaving the country sounds like a slam dunk to me.”McGrath explained how these transportation advances open a new world of marketing potential for dairy, and it doesn’t stop with the Kingsbury-Tampa route.A future phase is planned within the 52-million-person Northeast consumption zone for non-stop routes between Philadelphia and Tampa as well as between Kingsbury and Philadelphia, leading to potential direct transport of products to and from Europe.Curiosity was evident in the 80 luncheon attendees – including IDP board members, advisers and representatives of the many allied industries that support IDP.McGrath answered questions about how fresh dairy products can hitch a ride on the backhaul from northwest Indiana to Tampa, Florida, with port-to-port “international trade zone” status on the food train.This trip takes 52 hours by truck and 56 hours by train; however, the international trade zone status at both ends of the track allows the product on the train to be deemed exported or imported so it can be immediately offloaded and distributed upon arrival without waiting the many days of administrative time required for inspections.This cuts days of transit time off the freshness ticker for perishables like produce and juices, meats, milk and value-added dairy products.“What we envision is ‘steady-Eddie’ freight by rail for the long haul and the use of trucks to manage spikes in capacity and for local and regional distribution within those consumption zones,” McGrath explained. “We’re thinking outside the box,” Leman noted. He and Andy Tauer of the Indiana Soybean Alliance have been promoting the Green Express to dairy cooperatives and proprietary plants over the past year, while the Indiana Department of Agriculture is promoting the idea of a “food campus” to processors of various commodities from fruits and vegetables to beef, bacon and milk.McGrath also stressed this is not the rail transit of yesteryear.Not only do the rail units have specialized food quality optimizers, including GPS controls – the rail service is a dedicated, high-speed, non-stop transit, moving a hybrid of containers from grain and lumber to boxcars of chilled fruits and vegetables to ISO tanks moving fruit juice from Tampa to Kingsbury, positioning milk as a potential backhaul.In fact, ISO tanks are not only thermally insulated and refrigerated, they are marine-ready, meaning they can go from plant to rail to ship, seamlessly.“We have the ability to move large volumes of refrigerated (and frozen) products north and south,” McGrath said, “And we have the available land for companies to vertically integrate to generate retail-ready products at one location.”For example: “Florida and Indiana are No. 1 and No. 2 in watermelon production, with opposite growing seasons,” McGrath said. “Processors who cube melons for lunch cups commonly sold at convenience stores must have melons at 40 degrees for that process.Instead of waiting a week in a warehouse to cool the interior of the melons to that point, the process can start in the chilled boxcar on the Green Express. So now, we’ve not only lowered their transportation cost, we’ve also lowered warehouse capacity needed for this operation and their energy costs.”How viable is the dairy market beyond Florida? And what scenarios are possible for dairy in the future? McGrath said there are many unexplored ways to utilize this transit option for the domestic dairy market, as well as exports.“The thing dairy producers need to figure out is their own logistics. Is it better to move dairy by ISO tank on a backhaul or in packaged form?” McGrath suggested.“What we’re offering is the ability to move food in any form. We can connect the dots, but producers have to decide who they are connecting their product to, and what are the dots we can help them connect?”“It will take a little time to line things up and make things work, but this is all very doable,” Leman observed, adding that the infrastructure is here to make it happen, and that producers and processors would lease the refrigerated tanks and boxcars to move their products on the Green Express for direct-to-port offload to shipping vessels.“We can do it,” said Leman. “IDP’s role is to get this conversation going. That is key because most people don’t even know this opportunity is coming down the track.A rising tide lifts all boats. If we can raise the value of our product by getting it on the Green Express and getting it out of here, that’s good for everyone and helps position us to expand our dairy industry.” PDBunting is a freelance writer in eastern Pennsylvania.PHOTOS TOP RIGHT: Calling it a “game changer,” logistics company owner Chris McGrath unveiled the current status and explained the future potential of the Green Express, a new refrigerated rail train, to Indiana dairy producers at a luncheon Oct. 25 in Indianapolis.MIDDLE RIGHT: The Indiana Department of Agriculture envisions a “food campus” at the site of the Green Express. Not only does the site have a mile-long rail line for lifting and loading containers but also the available land to attract companies for further processing and distribution. Photos courtesy of Sherry Bunting.
The campaign needs to gather 28,489, ten percent of the total of voters who voted in the last election, for the first phase of signature gathering. Then they’ll need to gather 71,222 in order to get the petition to recall on a ballot. The organization is expected to submit the total number of signatures collected so far on Friday. Floyd: “I was upset, just as many others were, that he had represented himself as a conservative. The first thing he did though was tell everyone he was going to stand against the governor and his agenda, and because he carried the tie-breaking vote he was in a power position to do so. This upset me because on the peninsula we overwhelmingly voted for Governor Dunleavy.” Several residents signed both recall campaigns. The Recall Dunleavy Campaign is backed by co-chairs Vic Fisher, who helped write the Alaska Constitution as a member of the Constitutional Convention; Former Republican Sen. Arliss Sturgulewski; and Joe Usibelli Sr., board chairman for Usibelli Coal Mine Inc,. One volunteer at Wednesday’s event said they can’t get volunteers to the petition collections quick enough and they “feel confident they will collect enough signatures”. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The organization ‘Recall Dunleavy’ is making its way around the state collecting signatures in an attempt to recall Governor Mike Dunleavy. The group made a stop at Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday and to their surprise it wasn’t just signatures to recall the governor that were being collected. Near the ‘Recall Dunleavy’ tent was the ever-present ‘Recall Knopp’ tent set up in it’s usual spot at the Wednesday in the Park. Jason Floyd the owner of Ammo Can Coffee is spearheading the recall effort.
Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever scores the game-winning basket during overtime of the WNBA All-Star Game last year.UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Tamika Catchings didn’t want to get sentimental thinking about her final All-Star Game.Catchings, who announced last fall that 2016 would be her final season, will be playing in a record 10th game Saturday. The WNBA usually skips the All-Star Game during Olympic years.“I’m excited,” the former University of Tennessee star said. “I think everybody thought I’d be sad about this coming to the end, the last this, the last that. I’m really not. It’s time. The young players are playing so well.”The WNBA’s future is bright with young stars Brittney Griner, Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne, who is playing in her first game after leading the fan voting this season. Delle Donne was supposed to play in the last two All-Star contests but missed them because of injuries.Catchings is one of the few All-Star veterans playing in the game Saturday, which features 10 first-time participants.“They call me old. I’m not old, just wiser than you guys,” Catchings joked.Eastern Conference coach Pokey Chatman was quiet on if anything special was planned for Catchings, but did say that everyone was aware of the situation.“We all know what she’s brought to the game and what she’s meant to the WNBA over the years,” Chatman said.It almost would have been fitting if last year’s All-Star Game had been Catchings’ finale. The Indiana Fever forward hit the game-winning layup in overtime to lift the East to a thrilling 125-124 victory over the West. It’s going to be tough to top that.“That was some game last year,” Chicago guard Cappie Pondexter said. “We all know in the locker room that it’s Catch’s last one and we definitely don’t want her to go out with a loss.”Moore knows that with Catchings leaving next year, other players are going to need to step up on and off the court.“She’s been so much a part of what I’ve known as the WNBA,” Moore said. “In high school, I was watching her compete and being compared to her, wearing knee pads like her. She’s somebody who embodies so many things that you want the next generation to look like. The responsibility she takes off the court. She brings so much heart to the WNBA.”Here are other things to look for in Saturday’s game:Replacements: Skylar Diggins, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus are all sidelined by injury and will be missing the weekend’s festivities. The Western Conference trio was replaced by Riquna Williams, Kayla McBride and Jantel Lavender. All three are making their first All-Star appearances.West coach Sandy Brondello said that Bird and DeWanna Bonner would start in place of Diggins and Augustus.“Sue Bird deserves to be there for what she’s done in this league for so many years. I think it’s great recognition for her,” Brondello said. “DeWanna Bonner has done so much for the Mercury with the things that have happened to us with Diana (Taurasi) and Penny (Taylor) not being back.”Lack of rookies: For the first time since 2009, there will be no members of this season’s rookie class in the All-Star Game. First-year players left their mark at the game last season, with rookie Shoni Schimmel putting on a dazzling display and taking home MVP honors. Schimmel is back for a second straight year.First-timers: Plennette Pierson is one of 10 players making their All-Star debut. The 13-year veteran plans on soaking in all the fun of playing with the league’s best. Other first-timers include Bonner of Phoenix, Alex Bentley and Kelsey Bone of Connecticut, Marissa Coleman of Indiana and Stefanie Dolson and Emma Meesseman of Washington, as well as the replacement trio. It’s the most since 2011, when there were a record 11 All-Star newbies.“It’s so great getting a chance to play in front of my home fans in my first game,” Bentley said. “Hopefully we’ll put on a great show for them.”Halfcourt heave: Dolson stole the show in practice by hitting the halfcourt shot, on her third try, and winning the $100 prize. Dolson gave the money to a young fan who had offered an extra dollar as incentive to hit the shot. Later, when the East put on an impromptu dance party, Dolson made another shy young fan comfortable by dancing with him in the middle of a player’s circle.
Blake Countess (24) wraps up Melvin Ray (82) during Auburn’s fall practice Wednesday in Auburn.AUBURN – Blake Countess was close to figuring out where he wanted to play his fifth and final season of college football and then he got a call from Alabama.And another one. And another one. Seemingly before he could put his phone down again he had several people from the 36830 zip code selling him on the idea of moving south to play at Auburn.“Everybody’s been really accepting and that’s a big thing when you transfer,” Countess said. “I’ve only gone through this process once, but if you go somewhere and you’re not really getting along with the guys, that can affect you a lot.”Countess found himself this offseason with a difficult decision to make this summer. The former 2013 first-team, All-Big Ten Conference selection was about to receive his degree from Michigan but also seeing a power change happening in the Wolverines program as Jim Harbaugh took over as head coach.After 30 previous starts for a Big Ten power program, Countess was lined up with the Tigers first-string defensive unit at cornerback during the early media viewing portion of Friday’s practice but says he could move back to safety if the depth chart dictates such a change.“Blake is a guy that gives you a different skill set from he can play inside as a Nickel, can play outside as a corner and also has safety instincts as far as playing the deep ball part of the field,” Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said. “He seems to be a willing tackler, but a guy that has a lot of experience and is extremely bright.”Countess was one of four fifth-year players to transfer from Michigan in the offseason but denied this week any reports that Harbaugh was going to make him try out for the roster.“That was not my case at all,” Countess said. “Coach Harbaugh did handle things a little differently when he came in, but I think everybody’s case was a little different and that was not my case at all. I wouldn’t know.”The first Auburn recruiting call from the roster came from senior defensive Josh Holsey before Countess even scheduled a visit to the campus. The Tigers coaching staff made it clear to Holsey they were interested in the multi-year starter from Michigan and left it to the players to sell the program.“I pretty much told him he needs to come to Auburn,” Holsey said. “He told me where he was going, and I was like, ‘If you come down here, you’ll have a chance to come in and help us, and have an opportunity to win a national championship,’ compared to where he was thinking of going.”This call could be considered as a bit of a surprise because the 5-foot-11 cornerback didn’t know if he was trying to convince somebody to come into the program who would eventually take a starting spot from him.“We’re really out here for the same common goal, and that’s to win a national championship,” Holsey said. “Whether I’m starting, if he’s starting, if I’m at nickel, if he’s at nickel (because) it just really makes our secondary that much better having somebody with his caliber.”The next player call on Countess’ phone came from a relatively familiar in senior linebacker Kris Frost. Frost and Countess played on the same U.S. Army High School All-American team together and Frost knew immediately how much the former four-star recruit could help the Tigers secondary.“He definitely is someone who was my first point of contact,” Countess said. “I knew he was going to be honest with me.”The calls for help from Holsey sand Frost, along with a potential for maximum playing time in 2015, were the critical decision-making moment for Countess to come to Auburn. He had already heard the selling pitch from Muschamp and other coaches. Countess needed to hear he would be wanted in a place he’d never been before.“Coach (Tavaris Robinson), Coach Muschamp both explained it to me (but) it kinda puts it in perspective when you hear it from a player,” Holsey said. “(Holsey) said: ‘We have a chance to be really good in the secondary, but we have no depth right now. You coming in is going to allow us to do some different things on defense that we really can’t do right now.”In a literal sense this summer Countess answered the call and now everybody associated with the Auburn program figuratively hopes the defensive back can do the same starting with the season opener on Sept. 5 against Louisville.“They had a big need at the position and I felt like I could come in,“ Countess said. “When I came on my visit I really bonded with the guys here and felt like we could do something special.
27 December 2017, 15:57 Home » Disciplines News » Showjumping News » Who’s Competing Team Ireland Equestrian’s showjumpers competing at Mechelen (BEL), Liverpool (GBR) and Al Ain (UAE) this week. All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). Who’s Competing Tags:
Below are our Tuesday Top 7 players in the Ravens’ 20-13 win over the Houston Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs. To hear our full explanations for our lists, click HERE.Luke Jones’ Top 7 …7) Billy Cundiff6) Bernard Pollard5) Ray Lewis4) Anquan Boldin3) Sam Koch2) Ed Reed1) Lardarius WebbDrew Forrester’s Top 7 …Continue >>>
It doesn’t matter how Ubaldo Jimenez performs on Wednesday night.Whether the good version makes a cameo for the first time since early May or he again pitches like the worst starter in baseball, the Orioles are sending a bad message all the way around by giving him the ball against the San Diego Padres after moving him to the bullpen just a week ago.Through all the noise about the difficult schedule this week, the Orioles have known since sending Mike Wright down to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday that they would need a starter for Wednesday’s game. They even opened up space Tuesday by outrighting infielder Paul Janish to Norfolk, meaning they had the flexibility to promote any pitcher in the organization not currently on the 40-man roster.Instead, the Orioles decided to roll with a pitcher whose 7.34 ERA ranks last in the majors among those registering at least 60 innings.It speaks volumes about the state of the organization’s starting pitching depth. Not that anyone is convinced that Odrisamer Despaigne or Joe Gunkel or Nick Additon or any other minor-league starter with a pulse would provide substantial improvement, but why field teams at Norfolk or Double-A Bowie if you’re just going to maintain the status quo with a starting rotation ranking 13th in the AL in ERA?What message does it send to the rest of your first-place club that this is the best you can do? A couple weeks ago, the Orioles replaced Mike Wright with, well, Mike Wright. Then, they removed Jimenez for the returning Yovani Gallardo. Now, they’ve demoted Wright again in favor of Jimenez.Talk about rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.The Orioles have now essentially told both Jimenez and Wright, “You’re not good enough, but here’s the ball again because we have no one else worthy of receiving a shot.” Having no competition for starting pitchers performing so far below expectations is embarrassing for a contending team.A first-place club with a powerful offense, a great bullpen, and a strong infield defense deserves better. It at least deserves an attempt to be better, but that’s an issue that dates back to the offseason when improving the starting pitching was initially deemed a priority by executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and the Orioles proceeded to lose their best starter from 2015 — Wei-Yin Chen — and replace him with Gallardo, a pitcher with shoulder concerns that have already landed him on the disabled list.To make matters worse, the Orioles thought they had enough rotation depth this spring to jettison a struggling Miguel Gonzalez to save $4 million instead of sending him to the minors to work on his issues. His 4.29 ERA is far from stellar, but his velocity is back in line with where it was the last four years and he’d be a substantial upgrade over Wright or Jimenez right now.Of course, Wednesday’s start doesn’t mean Jimenez will remain in the rotation. Perhaps this truly is an attempt at a Hail Mary with the 32-year-old after seeing how his demotion has negatively impacted the bullpen over the last week. His lone relief appearance last Friday brought an inability to even keep the Orioles within four runs of Toronto after Wright was lifted in the fourth inning.It’s difficult to hide a pitcher in the bullpen when he can’t even contribute in that kind of a low-leverage situation.Despite still being owed roughly $21 million through next season, maybe this represents Jimenez’s last chance with the Orioles.At some point, you have to recognize a sunk cost and move on, right?Otherwise, we’re reminded that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Tom Wilson was signed to a six year, $5.17M annual salary by the Washington Capitals this past off-season for a reason.As T.J. Oshie tweeted on Tuesday afternoon, it was “Free Willy 3, The Rescue” for the Caps once Tom and the team found out that the neutral and independent arbitrator, Shyam Das, reduced Wilson’s 20 game suspension to just 14 overall. Unfortunately for the Capitals, 16 games have already passed, but Das, who cited George Parros’ incorrect math as the biggest reason for the reduction, did allow Top Line Tommy to recoup over $375K in salary by slicing the length of the punishment.The Osh Babe was spot on that this was “The Rescue,” because a lifeless and blah Capitals hockey team that lost to Arizona, 4-1, on Sunday at Capital One Arena was turned into a group of energizer bunnies in a 5-2 thumping of the Minnesota Wild on their home rink.Caps sensational play by play man, Joe Beninati, stated after the game that you could feel the buzz around the Capitals in the morning once the great news on Wilson came to light. Anyone on Twitter on Tuesday morning also felt the vibe. Suddenly the fan base was energized with their young leader coming back into the fold.Speaking of the lineup, Coach Todd Reirden immediately went back to the three forward units that the Caps used in the Stanley Cup Final to defeat Vegas and suddenly Washington looked more like that club that defeated the Golden Knights in five games. Andre Burakovsky (one goal, one assist), Brett Connolly (one assist, +2), and Lars Eller (two assists) were flying from the get go and that gave Wild Coach Bruce Boudreau matchup issues because the Capitals finally had a deadly top nine on the ice, once again.Eller would make a great play to set up Dmitry Orlov for his first goal of the season 6:33 into this tilt. Orly has been pretty inconsistent for most of the campaign, but in this affair, he was outstanding. Dima was skating and carrying the puck with confidence. After scoring the opening marker, he made a super pass to Wilson late in period one for a net crashing goal by Willy. That tally came with 28 seconds left in the first frame and put the Caps up, 2-0. Somehow, though, the clowns in stripes called Wilson for goalie interference after the puck went in, but it was Ryan Suter who shoved #43 into Devan Dubnyk (28 saves) and the Wild defensemen compounded the damage by hitting his own keeper in the head with his skate, knocking the goalie’s helmet off. It was just flat out horrible officiating by Kyle Rehman and Tom Chmielewksi, who did not have a good night. In fact, I think Chim Chim from the old Speed Racer cartoon could’ve done a better job than either of those two zebras.Fortunately for the Caps, the officials didn’t matter despite giving Minnesota six power plays, because Washington played such a strong game. With Pheonix Copley (26 saves) in net, the Capitals had a committed defensive outing and allowed their goalie to see the opponents shots. They also blocked 20 attempts and cleared away five or so (according to the great Craig Laughlin) rebounds. Rebound control is the one area that #1 needs to keep improving on, but he used his positioning and size to thwart several Wild quality chances in this contest. Pheonix’s steady net minding, especially in period two when Minnesota had a bit of a push, prevented the Capitals from coughing up a multiple goal lead.Once it was 3-1 heading into period three, Washington used its speed and talent to score two rush goals and put this one out of reach, at 5-1. Orlov notched his second goal of the night off of a great feed from Alex Ovechkin on a three on two. That easy finish was all set up by Wilson driving to the net and taking the Wild defensemen with him. Jakub Vrana made a dazzling play using his speed through the neutral zone and into the offensive end to feed Nicklas Backstrom in the high slot, who then put one on a tee for the Osh Babe to deposit the biscuit into the practically empty cage with Dubnyk out high expecting a shot from Backy. That goal with 10:12 to go pushed the lead to four pucks and from there it was just a question of how many power plays the Wild would get down the stretch (the correct answer is three).The story of the night, however, was the intensity from Washington. The last time they played with passion that translated into winning the majority of the puck battles and solid back checking was opening night against Boston. Since that game way back on October 3rd, there has been a lack of a spark from this club. That all changed with the return of Wilson – as I tweeted before the game, every guy in that Capitals locker room loves Tom because of the energy and effort he brings to the room. He’s a battler on and off of the ice and he’ll protect his teammates at any cost. You simply can’t quantify what he means to the team, but all you had to do was watch Tuesday’s victory and you certainly can understand it.It was definitely fun watching the Capitals play hockey again, and you’d be hard pressed to not give Wilson the majority of the credit for the amazing and quick turnaround.Notes: Shots on goal were 27-14 for Washington after two periods and 33-28 for the game…the Caps were 0 for 2 on the power play while Minnesota was 1 for 6…Orlov led the Capitals in ice time with 24:20. John Carlson (+3) logged 23:35 and Matt Niskanen played 22:47…Eller had the most ice time of any Caps forward with 19:23…the Wild only blocked nine shots to the Capitals 20…Washington won the face off battle, 30-29. Eller was 11-8…the Caps are in Winnipeg on Wednesday night at 8 pm EST and Braden Holtby will be in the cage.
The come-back kings, the Black Stars fought back to draw 1-1 with Libya in the ongoing CHAN tournament currently on-going in Bouake.It was a game full of drama and comical goal scoring errors by the Stars, but the penchant for Libya striker Ahmed Sa’ad to score against the Black Stars was again in vogue when he connected a well rehearsed free-kick early first half.Saad jolted the Stars in a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat in Tripoli in the 2010 world cup qualifiers and looked set to repeat the dose.He did, in the most spectacular fashion in the 25th minute and spited the Stars with a kangaroo celebration.The Stars in the first half were generally uninspiring, unproductive, in spite of the 4 new introductions made to the team by coach Milovan Rajevac after their disappointing 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe in their opening game.Two of them, Jordan Opoku and Harrisson Afful could not be faulted for their individual brilliance on the day but added very little to the total team performance, at least in the first half. The stars striking department led by Kojo Poku and Yaw Antwi went dead, and whilst the former was substituted, the latter was kept on the entire duration, making nonsense of what the striker’s role is all about.Yaw Antwi blew away what should have been the 65th minute equaliser, but in the six-yard box and with only the goal keeper to beat chose to pass, one that eventually went wayward.His only contribution, crucial though, was a flick on to substitute Owusu Ansah in the 74th minute who tipped the ball above the approaching Libya goalkeeper for the equaliser.The Stars were close yet far from victory after Jordan Opoku’s terrific strike and Charles Taylor’s glancing header both took a ricochet of the bar.The Libyans were not passengers in the game. Goal scorer Saad gave chilling moments as he run through the Stars defence at will but was always unlucky to get a final touch to his crosses. A dreadful defending by Osei Bonsu nearly gifted the Libyan an own goal, but Philemon McCarthy in post for the Black Stars was quick to react.Milovan Rajevac was thrown out of his bench by the referee for over stepping his bounds, but should be regretting his decision to Keep Owusu Ansah on the bench for that long.Ansah pounded the goal area of the Libyans many time but was unlucky to get a second bite of the cherry.The results put the group wide open with each of the four teams having an opportunity to make it to the semi-final stage of the competition.DR Congo leads the group with four points followed by Ghana and Zimbabwe with two points apiece. Libya is languishing at the bottom with 1 point. The Stars will come up against DR Congo in a must-win match on Sunday.Story by Nathan Gadugah
Wellington Police notes: Thursday, November 29, 2018•8:02 a.m. Titus L. Stewart, 42, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no Wellington dog registration and no rabies vaccination.•9:09 a.m. Non-Injury accident involving a vehicle driven by Regina L. Dodson, 56, Wellington and an unattended vehicle owned by Peter A. Champagne, Wellington.•9:31 a.m. Officers responded to an Animal Complaint in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•3 p.m. Officers took a found wallet report in the 100 block N. High, Wellington.•3:02 p.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.•3:58 p.m. Officers took a lost jewelry report in the 500 block S. Washington, Wellington.•5:11 p.m. Officers responded to a trespassing report in the 200 block S. A, Wellington.•7:25 p.m. Non-Injury Accident involving a vehicle driven by Carmen L. Altenforf, 49, Wellington.