Ajax fear no-one as they hunt unlikely European glory-Onana

first_img0Shares0000Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana says his side aren’t afraid of anyone as they hunt a first Champions League since 1995 © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Apr 29 – Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana says that the flamboyant European dreamers aren’t afraid of anyone as they prepare to continue their wild ride in the Champions League with the first leg of their semi-final at Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.Four times European champions Ajax are hunting their first major continental triumph since Patrick Kluivert downed AC Milan in the 1995 final and have warmed hearts with a thrilling run to the last four that has recalled the glory days of Johan Cruyff and Total Football. Next up are Spurs, who Ajax meet after dispatching reigning European champions Real Madrid and Juventus — tipped by many to win the whole thing after signing Cristiano Ronaldo — with thrilling displays that enchanted football fans across the continent.“After beating Juventus and Real Madrid you’re not afraid of anyone,” Onana said in an interview with AFP.“They (Spurs) are a very good team. They have very good players, especially on the counter where they can create problems for us. But it’s up to us to handle these situations.”Cameroon international Onana has been a fixture between the sticks as the Dutch giants hunt a historic treble that Ajax have not completed since Cruyff’s 1972 heyday, when they won the second of three consecutive European Cups and combined that with the Dutch Cup and league title.They are also top of the Eredivisie, although level on points with PSV Eindhoven, and take on Willem II in next month’s domestic cup final.Asked by AFP if he expected Ajax to go so far in Europe, Onana said: “To be honest no! It’s my first season in the Champions League, and when we qualified for the group stage it was already like ‘wow’.”Ajax’s continental campaign kicked off against Austrians Sturm Graz way back in July, the first of three qualifying rounds they had to negotiate before making the groups.“We said to ourselves, there are six matches, let’s see if we can hang on to the Europa League!”– Parting gift –Instead Ajax finished comfortably second in Group E, unbeaten and only two points behind eventual group winner Bayern Munich, and now have a realistic chance of joining the Bavarians on five European Cups after turning on the style in the knockout rounds.“It’s the philosophy of the club and it’s important for us to stay true to it: control the game, keep possession… it’s clear that fans have been enjoying watching it, and we have fun playing it,” says Onana.Ajax have extra motivation going into their clash at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as they know that this is the last chance for this group of players to shock everyone and snatch the biggest prize in football.Star midfielder Frenkie De Jong will leave for Barcelona in the summer for an initial 75 million euros ($89 million), while centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, who sent Juventus packing with a bullet header in the quarter finals, could follow his teammate to Catalonia.After knocking out Real, coach Franck De Boer admitted that forwards Hakim Ziyech and David Neres and Onana would also all be targeted by Europe’s biggest clubs come the end of the season, and the stopper wants to sign off this era with the perfect parting gift after missing out on the Europa League to Manchester United in 2017.“It’s clear that this is our objective. Not just for the goal in and of itself, but for us, because after this season, there will be a lot of players who will leave,” says Onana.“It is important for us to do something big. If that means winning the treble, well that will be simply beautiful.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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U2U corn nitrogen management tool updated

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Purdue University-based Useful to Usable climate initiative is taking some of the guesswork out of crop nitrogen management for more farmers by expanding its Corn Split N tool to include all Corn Belt states.The free tool helps farmers and advisers manage the application of in-field nitrogen to maximize crop yields and minimize environmental damage. Efficient nitrogen management is critical for earning a profit in present economic conditions, said Ray Massey, Extension professor of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Missouri, a partner in the initiative known as U2U.“Studies indicate that Split N applications to corn can improve profitability as well as increase risk,” Massey said. “The Corn Split N tool helps farmers understand and manage the risk of Split N applications.”Corn Split N integrates historical data on weather and fieldwork conditions with economic considerations to determine the feasibility and profitability of completing a post-planting nitrogen application for corn production.“U2U has combined corn yield response data from Extension crop fertility specialists together with statistical modeling of days suitable for fieldwork to expand the Split N tool to cover seven new states,” said Ben Gramig, associate professor of agricultural and resource economics at Purdue.Farmers in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio and Michigan can get customized results based on their planting and fertilization schedule, local costs and available equipment.The tool also has a summarized fieldwork table and crop calendar so farmers can see how schedule adjustments might affect their ability to fertilize on time. Accumulations of growing degree days, or GDDs, and associated corn growth beyond the current day are estimates based on the historical 30-year average GDD accumulation for a user-selected location.Corn Split N is part of the U2U suite of online tools that help farmers and agricultural advisers manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions across the Corn Belt. U2U provides historical climate data that helps purchasing, marketing and activity planning throughout the growing cycle.To access the expanded Corn Split N tool, go to www.AgClimate4u.org.Useful to Usable is a research and Extension project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, composed of 50 faculty, staff and students from nine U.S. universities with expertise in applied climatology, crop modeling, agronomy, cyber technology, agricultural economics and other social sciences.last_img read more

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Houses arranged for families of Bhavkhedi victims in Shivpuri city: Jyotiradtiya Scindia

first_imgFamilies of two Dalit children who were allegedly killed for defecating in the open in Bhavkhedi village in Shivpuri district would be moved into two houses in the city, Congress leader Jyotiradtiya Scindia has said.“I had promised them that I will leave the village only after settling them in Shivpuri,” Mr. Scindia told reporters. “For now, they have been moved into two temporary houses having a room, a kitchen and a courtyard each…Nothing can cure the deep wounds the family has suffered. But being people’s servants, the least we can do is bring them succour,” he said. The construction of permanent houses would at least take a month, Mr. Scindia told the family. “I am going to pay ₹5 – 5.5 lakh from my own pocket for it,” he added. Besides, he said, adult members of the family would be given employment, and children their education. “Both the families will start staying at the houses from tomorrow,” Mr. Scindia tweeted on Monday, after meeting the families.Two houses had been arranged for the families, he said, besides ensuring their adult members employment and children their education. The houses would be allotted to them under a government scheme, District Deputy Collector Manoj Garwal told The Hindu. “As for a job, we will have to see what kind of work they will be able to do. Most probably, it will be a daily wage job,” he said. Besides, Mr. Scindia on Monday wrote to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath appealing to him to provide lifetime support to the families as they “belonged to the Dalit community” and were “poor”.Requesting assistance on humanitarian ground, he said both the families should be given 10 ‘bigha’ land each. Moreover, “immediate financial support of ₹50 lakh each for the affected families was important”.On September 25, as the two children were defecating in the open along a village road, two Yadav men struck lathis on their heads, killing them. They were later arrested.During an interaction with Mr. Scindia, the father of one of the victims pleaded with him for a house outside the village. “I am going mad here. I may consume poison. I want justice,” he said. The father of one of the victims had earlier told The Hindu the family had lived in fear since then and had decided to leave the village fearing intimidation by the family of the accused.“I don’t see people of my region on religious or caste lines. Only a cruel person could commit something like this… I cannot believe someone in my region could even think of doing something like this,” Mr. Scindia told the father.last_img read more

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‘Spurs wouldn’t snub £100m for Kane’

first_imgTransfers ‘Spurs wouldn’t snub £100m for Kane’ – Gascoigne feels summer sale could happen Chris Burton 00:00 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Harry Kane Tottenham Burnley Ian MacNicol Transfers Real Madrid Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Primera División The former Tottenham midfielder believes the tabling of a big-money bid could tempt those in north London into parting with a prolific frontman Tottenham would not turn down a £100 million ($133m) offer for Harry Kane, claims former Spurs star Paul Gascoigne.The 24-year-old is coming off the back of another prolific season in the Premier League, with only Mohamed Salah having bettered his 30-goal haul.Kane hit a career-best 41 efforts across all competitions in 2017-18, with a two-time Golden Boot winner now preparing to captain England at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now A few eye-catching showings on a global stage could spark more interest in a proven performer, with Real Madrid having already been heavily linked with his services in the recent past.The Blancos may decide that this is the year in which to make their move, with Gascoigne of the opinion that Spurs’ hand could be forced by a big-money bid.The legendary ex-England midfielder told BetStars: “It’s player power now. If the money is right and Tottenham want to sell him, they will do.“That’s the thing nowadays is players have too much power, with their agents.“If a team comes in with £100 million for Harry Kane, I don’t think Spurs will turn it down.”Harry Kane Tottenham would sell for 100m Paul GascoigneWhile facing a fight to keep Kane on their books long-term, Tottenham are also having to fend off interest in head coach Mauricio Pochettino.He has been among those linked with a vacant managerial post at Real Madrid, with cryptic responses offered to questions regarding a possible role in the Spanish capital.Gascoigne believes the Argentine will stay put for now, having committed to a new five-year contract, but concedes that his services may be difficult to retain if he does receive the necessary backing from his board to lift Spurs into contention for major prizes at home and abroad.He added: “Without money, he’s going to struggle to take Spurs to the next level.“The new stadium will give the team a massive boost, and it will help attract players as much as the manager but without the investment, it won’t happen.”last_img read more

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