Terry bullish about Chelsea’s second-leg chances

first_imgChelsea captain John Terry insisted his team are capable of securing the result they need in Barcelona to reach the Champions League final.Didier Drogba’s goal gave the Blues a 1-0 lead to take into next week’s second leg – and Terry says they will not be intimidated by Pep Guardiola’s star-studded side.“It will be tough in the second leg. They had a lot of chances and quite clearly they will have opportunities there,” Terry told ITV.“But we are not in awe of them. We respect them, but another performance like that and we’ll be okay.”Reflecting on their first-leg display, Terry said: “It will go down as one of our best performances.“We had to be very patient. They had a lot of the ball early on and the midfielders had to work very hard and Didier was on his own up front.“He was incredible. He was up there against some of the best in the world on his own, but he holds it up and makes us play. That’s what he’s all about.”See also: Drogba strikes to give Chelsea first-leg victory over BarcaDrogba: We learnt the lessons of 2009Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Dreadz Antique Bronze Twist Pattern Large : great and well worth the money

first_imgThese beads are pretty, but like many others have claimed are really huge. I really don’t have dreadlocks any longer as i could not cope with the itch but have on braids regularly so wished some beads. Very celtic/viking fashion and go well with my in a natural way blonde hair. Having said that, like most blondes, my hair is very great so i will likely require to get more compact beads up coming time. Be sure to make these in a smaller sizedelivery was extremely rapid, upcoming working day if i remember properly and they even despatched me 2 rather of 1 which was excellent. I extremely advise these just do what i was too lazy to do and check out the diameter. It is created there, immediately after all :).Arrived seriously rapidly, solution particularly as envisioned and i received a absolutely free 1, thank-you.Dreadz Antique Bronze Twist Pattern Large (10.5mm Hole) Bead x 1 beadAdding beads is one way of decorating your dreadlocks and these come in different colours and materials. The procedure of putting beads in dreadlocks involves getting a choice of beads with distinctive sized holes in the centre.Simply placing dreadlock beads on a lock can control hair growth on that dread.Beads for your dreads! Buy a pack of 3 or a couple to adorn your dreads.It has a 10.5mm. Hole (approx.) in the middle.1 Bead @ £1.50 per bead.Excellent top quality goods, pretty rapidly shipped + free bead. These are proving extremely handy in controlling my roots.These do perfectly with keeping my thicker dreads collectively. Purchase two heaps and you get a collection so i could also use the two scaled-down beads for a number of thinner dreads.Are fairly even larger than envisioned so you should pay notice to the measurement as not very small beads. Beautiful prosperous deep shade that seems to be amazing on braided hair [ordinarily named kanerow/cornrow/plaited/twist styles. Absolutely love this ideally in a smaller size. ]Dreadz Antique Bronze Twist Pattern Large (10.5mm Hole) Bead x 1 bead : Lovely quality bronze twist beads. Look a lot more expensive than they are. Adore this dread bead, great excellent. I ordered a pair of issues from this organization, all arrived on time and they even sent me a couple of freebies.Great and very well truly worth the dollars. I requested tuesday and was instructed they would arrive friday but came nowadays and i am actually pleased with my get i place down for 4 and the firm despatched me a added really grateful will be buying some more definitely shortly impressed with high quality as well thank you.Good things but color hasn’t lasted on them bronze has. Good goods but colour has not lasted on them bronze has now gone silver. Little bit unhappy on this but for the price tag they are nonetheless of top quality.last_img read more

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Best Young Farmers/Ranchers-4

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan MillerProgressive Farmer Senior EditorThe legend of American agriculture has been one of farmers turning west for new ground — always west. Mark Lange looked east.His land, near O’Neill, Nebraska, lay at the edge of the state’s Sandhills region. His crops were irrigated by an aquifer in decline. The state already had imposed water restrictions in other counties. Lange was convinced water regulation was coming his way. When that day came, there was no doubt his land value would take a hit. It was time to pick up his stakes and move. He did. Lange found better soils in Iowa.He was able to sell his 1,500 acres and buy a similar number in west-central Iowa. After the 2012 harvest, the Langes packed up their entire operation and moved to Bagley, Iowa. “For the future of our farm, we thought we should move to a state where we weren’t so reliant on irrigation,” says Joel Lange, Mark’s oldest son. “If we didn’t get the inches of water we needed, we weren’t going to grow crops.” Mark rented the land to Joel and younger brother, Stephen.Lange Farms Precision Ag was born.PATH OF RETURNThat Joel moved to Iowa or even chose to farm as an adult was not preordained. He had no clear career path back to it. He had enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve after high school. But, he soon longed to be his own boss — something a Marine is not.“I decided I missed the farm,” Joel says. His father was eager to see him come back. Mark began to turn over day-to-day operations in 2008.Joel’s goal was straightforward: to farm better. That didn’t mean buying a lot more land (the brothers have added 300 acres of their own).Perhaps it is for the lack of family ties in central Iowa that the Langes feel a bit landlocked. Rents are high around Bagley, and any land that does come up for sale won’t likely first come to the attention of the Langes.But, improving the productivity of the soil they did own might prove to be a better choice, Joel says. “We love taking an average piece of ground and turning it into a high-producing farm.”Iowa rates farm ground by a Corn Suitability Rating (CSR). Joel’s Greene County has an average CSR of 75. His actual farm averages 87. In wet years, county and farm yields are close. But, in dry years, his farm averages 30 to 75 bushels per acre above the county average.PRODUCTIVITY PUSHSo, then, in Joel’s mind, “expansion” does not mean he has to farm more acres. “We can expand by making our land more productive,” Joel says. “Better water infiltration, high organic levels and better biological activity will get us there.” Lange Farms is planning a more aggressive crop rotation plus cover crops to achieve those goals.Compared to Nebraska, Iowa has significant advantages — rainfall, heat and humidity. In 2013, 2017 and 2018, the Iowa farm had stretches of 45 to 60 days without rain. Yet, the corn still yielded 200 to 250 bushels.In Nebraska, irrigation made the Langes’ sandy ground productive. In Iowa, pattern tiling and irrigation — where it can be deployed productively — turns even marginal ground into significantly higher productive ground. On good ground, 80 CSR and above, Joel finds that pattern tiling increases his yields 15% to 20%.“With irrigation, we can double production in lower-quality fields,” Joel says. Perhaps more than that, really. One farm the Lange brothers purchased had a CSR of 66, well below the county average. They added irrigation to most of it. Dry weather in 2017 hammered the nonirrigated portions of that farm. Yields averaged 30 bushels. Irrigated corn yielded up to 300 bushels.LOCATION ADVANTAGEIn addition to close management of production practices, Lange Farms corn and soybeans goes only to value-added markets. “None of our grain goes to an elevator; it all goes to an end user,” Joel says. Within 40 miles of the farm, there are four ethanol plants and one tortilla plant. The farm grew non-GMO soybeans last season. My non-GMO beans are going to the SoyPlus facility, in Ralston, Iowa, to make high-bypass protein for dairy feed. “It’s giving us a nice $1.50 premium for our crop,” Joel says. “That helps a lot when times are tough.”Joel and his wife, Tanner, have four young children, two sets of twin — three boys and a daughter. If they wish to farm, Joel will preach healthy soils.He will tell them, “pay attention to the land. Learn more about the land than just about what seed to buy or what equipment to own. Pay attention to soil health. Improve the land that you have. Increase its production. Make it better for the next generation.” As he is now.Dan Miller can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @DMillerPF**Editor’s Note:The Progressive Farmer’s Contributing Editor Jim Patrico contributed to this article.This is the fourth of five profiles of our ninth class of DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers. They represent the future of agriculture through their sense of tradition, use of new technology and business acumen.To see videos of all the 2019 winners, and for an application for next year, see https://spotlights.dtnpf.com/…(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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A New Weapon to Fight Water Waste

first_imgCalifornia residents alarmed about wasted water or annoyed with the cavalier attitudes of their neighbors can do more than grumble. With the right smartphone app, they can take their complaints directly to local water agencies for action. The Los Angeles Times reports that officials in several parts of the state have rolled out apps that allow smartphone owners to take pictures of practices that violate water restrictions or report leaks that officials may not know about.Vizsafe, which the newspaper described as a neighborhood watch app, has a feature allowing users to map photos of people who are wasting water, a practice called “drought shaming” on Twitter and Instagram.The availability of the apps comes as California tries to cope with a drought that is draining lakes and drying up wells. Governor Jerry Brown in January declared a state of emergency and asked residents to cut water consumption by 20%.Matthew Kahn, an economics professor in Los Angeles, told the newspaper that just knowing that the apps exist would be enough to help people conserve water. “While we all fear Orwell’s Big Brother,” he told the newspaper, “we all try harder when we are being watched, even if that is a little creepy. You may need these social apps to motivate these behavioral changes.” The capabilities of the apps varyIn addition to Vizsafe, apps aimed at water conservation have been made available by the Long Beach water department, the Desert Water Agency (which serves the Palm Springs area), the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and the Placer County Water Agency. The Long Beach app dates back to 2010 but was updated this August to users could include photos.The LA Times said that the anonymous complaints usually generate a letter from the utility to the offending property owners. Most complaints involve irrigation malfunctions, but some of them come from people who are irritated because their neighbors don’t seem to be taking conservation seriously.In one case, a woman watched a neighbor wash his car every day for months. Although she tried talking to him about it, she didn’t get very far. Then the city launched its upgraded app. The woman took a picture and sent it to the water department and the car-washing stopped.It’s not always the guy next door who gets pinched. In a related article, The Times reported on a amateur filmmaker who captured images of a stream of water pooling on the ground right in front of a building marked “Department of Water and Power, City of Los Angeles, Receiving Station K.”A 2009 study by Southern California Edison found that the state loses about 10% of its water volume to leaking pipes. It adds up to billions of gallons a year, according to the newspaper.last_img read more

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Feds officially launch contract to supply 88 new fighter jets

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada is officially asking four companies to send in their bids to supply a new fleet of fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force.The 88 jets are to replace the country’s aging CF-18s, which have been in service for more than 35 years.After years of stop-and-start work on replacing them, the government launched the current procurement in 2016 and has been working on the details for nearly three years.Public Services and Procurement Canada says Saab, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Boeing have until this fall to demonstrate that they can meet requirements for security and interoperability with allied countries’ forces, and until 2020 to make what the government calls “initial proposals.”In announcing the call, the government points out that the bidders will have to show that they have plans to invest as much in economic benefits for Canada as the eventual contract is worth.A winning bidder is to be chosen in 2022 and the first planes are to arrive in 2025.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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