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Granite grabs Maghull prize

first_img “The two miles has just caught him out, but then again, the winner could be improving quickly.” Traffic Fluide was third for Gary Moore, who said: “I’m over the moon with that. He won’t run again this season now and he could go up in trip next year. “We’ll have to see what the handicapper does, but the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter would be an obvious starting point.” De Bromhead took the Grade One prize two years ago with surprise winner Special Tiara, but 9-2 shot Sizing Granite had more obvious claims following successive wins at Naas and Leopardstown. Burke kept his mount on the speed throughout and he loomed ominously alongside the front-running Art Maresque at the top of the straight before quickly opening up a lead between the final two fences. Although Arkle Trophy runner-up God’s Own gave favourite-backers hope with a strong finish, Sizing Granite had enough in reserve to hold on by a length. Burke said: “He’s a great jumper and he showed that there. His jumping was effortless really. He put his jumping to good use. “I thought the flat track would suit him and I’m glad we brought him. We try to keep him fresh and we pick the races for him.” De Bromhead added: “It was really good and a super ride from Johnny as well. I’m delighted and it’s great to get one here. “We live in hope he can be the next Sizing Europe. He’s a gorgeous horse and Ann and Alan (Potts, owners) have been really patient with him. He’s taken a bit of time but he’s getting better and better. “He’s massive and he was very immature. I think he’s going to keep improving. That will be it for the season for him now.” God’s Own’s trainer, Tom George, said: “The trip was probably sharp enough and he was going right a bit, so he’s probably got a preference for going that way, but we sort of knew that anyway. “We nearly got away with it and we hope to go to either Punchestown or Sandown now. Irish raider Sizing Granite claimed the Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree for trainer Henry de Bromhead and jockey Johnny Burke. Press Associationlast_img read more

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March Madness: Best brother duos to ever play in NCAA Tournament

first_img (Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/31/2c/mason-miles-plumlee-031819-getty-ftr_tu801iyo5ogl1h89uhgdfunfc.jpg?t=-1850126919&w=500&quality=80 After transferring from Northwest Florida State in 2003, the Taylor twins led the Blazers to some of the biggest upsets of the 2004 and 2005 NCAA tournaments. That started in 2004, when the Taylors combined for 21 points to help 9-seed UAB top No. 8 Washington in the first round and 20 points to help knock off 1-seed Kentucky, 76-75. Their Blazers lost by 26 in the Sweet Sixteen to Kansas. In their final season, the Taylors both averaged double-digit points per game and helped 11-seed UAB upset 6-seed LSU with a combined 23 points before falling to 3-seed Arizona in the second round. Donell signed as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Wizards, and played in the NBA for two season before heading overseas to play professionally like his brother.Joey and Stephen Graham (Oklahoma State, 2004-05) Yes, Blake Griffin has an older brother who’s not nearly as well-known outside Sooners circles. Taylor, who was part of a Sooners team that went to the NCAA Tournament his freshman freshman year but was upset in the first round, did not win his first tournament game until his younger brother joined the team. In 2008, 6-seed Oklahoma advanced to the second round before losing to Louisville.The Griffins had their most success in their final year in Norman, as the ’09 Oklahoma team advanced all the way to the Elite Eight as a 2-seed before losing to eventual champion North Carolina. Both brother were starters, with Taylor averaging 9.6 points for the season and Blake averaging 22.7. Blake was the top overall pick in that year’s NBA Draft and has since become a NBA All-Star multiple times. Taylor was drafted in the second round by Phoenix, but only ever played eight games in the league.Marcus and Markieff Morris (Kansas, 2009-11) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f4/0/ronell-donell-taylor-031819-getty-ftr_2q5al6b6shm61le466n8m5mrd.png?t=-1849248791&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/31/ff/blake-taylor-griffin-031819-getty-ftr_14mjbmcgkaq1b1pgvvuvheace6.jpg?t=-1849920511&w=500&quality=80 Perhaps not the set of twins that immediately comes to mind when thinking of Stanford siblings (think Brook and Robin Lopez), but by far the most successful. The Collins’ freshmen years were their most successful as members of the Cardinal. Stanford advanced all the way to the Final Four before losing by one point in an overtime loss to Kentucky. The next two seasons, the twins and Stanford took early exits in the NCAA Tournament, bowing out in the second round each year. In their swan song, they made one last deep run as a 1-seed, advancing to the 2001 Elite Eight before getting bounced 73-87 by 3-seed Maryland.Their nine career tournament victories are the most of any sibling group in our ranking. Jason was a first-round draft pick by the New Jersey Nets that year and played 13 seasons before retiring in 2014. In his final season, he became the first openly gay athlete to play in any of four major North American pro sports leagues. He was subsequently featured on the cover of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Jarron was drafted in ’01 by Utah and retired 10 seasons later as a Portland Trailblazer.Mason, Miles and Marshall Plumlee (Duke, 2008-13) SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsWith that, Sporting News ranks the best brother duos (or trio) in NCAA Tournament history:Donell and Ronell Taylor (UAB, 2004-05) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/88/fa/marcus-markieff-morris-031819-getty-ftr_ryihc6ow5ezw1xkhmlscy73sk.jpg?t=-1850068447&w=500&quality=80 The Morris brother stayed around long enough for three trips to the NCAA Tournament. Their best act came in their final year, as they led the 1-seed Jayhawks to the Elite Eight before losing to 11-seed VCU. While Marcus garnered more awards such as the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year, both brothers contributed to the Jayhawks’ success. Markieff had the highest score of any Kansas player in that 2011 tournament, with 24 in the second round against Illinois, while Marcus led the Jayhawks in scoring in two of the other tournament games.As sophomores, the Morrises were a part of the overall No. 1 seeded Kansas team upset in the second round by Northern Iowa. Their freshmen season, Kansas advanced to the Sweet 16 as a 3-seed before losing to Michigan State. Both twins were drafted in the 2011 NBA Draft, just five minutes apart. Markieff went 13th overall to by Phoenix, while Marcus was taken with the next pick by Houston.SN’s 2018-19 AWARDS: Player of the Year | Coach of the Year | All-American teamsJason and Jarron Collins (Stanford, 1997-2001) Success in the NCAA Tournament is rarely an individual achievement: It often takes an entire team functioning as a family for a deep run. Sometimes, it literally takes a family.While brothers playing on the same team is already a pretty rare occurrence, turning that innate chemistry into postseason triumph is even rarer. The 2019 tournament has a few brother duos as well, including Kansas’ Dedric and K.J. Lawson, Nevada’s Caleb and Cody Martin, Marquette’s Sam and Joey Hauser and Vermont’s trio of Ernie, Everett and Robin Duncan. Maybe they’ll find themselves on this list some day. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5/67/jason-jarron-collins-031819-getty-ftr_3l4beya3d68g12mty9jlp0bdv.jpg?t=-1850030383&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f8/12/joey-stephen-graham-031819-getty-ftr_8pmag4igkab6163ggftsi1bad.png?t=-1849205999&w=500&quality=80 In Marshall’s only season playing with Miles, Duke made it all the way to the Elite Eight as a 2-seed before losing to eventual national champion Louisville. Mason and Miles were both first-round NBA Draft selections, while Marshall went undrafted.Ed and Charles O’Bannon (UCLA, 1994-95) Although all three were never on the same team — Marshall only played one year with his older brother Mason and none with oldest Miles — the Plumlees made it a family tradition of staying busy at the end of March. Their best tournament run came in 2010, with Mason as a freshman and Miles a sophomore. Led by Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler, a 1-seeded Blue Devils team defeated Butler in the national championship to claim the school’s fourth title. Mason and Miles were part of another 1-seed Duke in 2011 (losing to Arizona in the Sweet 16), and a 2-seed in 2012 (getting upset by 15-seed Lehigh in the first round). The Graham twins began their careers at Central Florida before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2003-04. In their first year in Stillwater, the Grahams returned the Cowboys to their first Final Four since 1995. Under the guidance of legendary coach Eddie Sutton, 2-seed Oklahoma State cruised to the Final Four (beating 3-seed Pitt and 1-seed St. Joseph’s) before falling 67-65 to 3-seed Georgia Tech. Joey had a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds in that game. The following year, the Cowboys repeated as a 2-seed, but only advanced as far as the Sweet 16, where they lost to the same Arizona team that beat UAB in the round prior. Joey averaged a team-high 17.7 points per game, while both brothers played in all 33 games the Cowboys played that season.NCAA BRACKET BREAKDOWNS: SOUTH | EAST | WEST | MIDWESTBlake and Taylor Griffin (Oklahoma, 2008-09) (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/92/b/ed-charles-obannon-031819-getty-ftr_3zwoez2lzv9717g0oo79gjd39.jpg?t=-1849947495&w=500&quality=80 The O’Bannon brothers weren’t just participants of UCLA’s 1995 title-winning team, they were its defining pieces. Senior Ed and sophomore Charles capped their final season together by defeating Arkansas 89-78 in the 1995 title game. Ed scored 30 points with 17 rebounds in the final en route to winning the Most Outstanding Player Award for that year’s tournament, along with that year’s John R. Wooden Award. Charles, although not quite at the level of his older brother, was a starter all season and went on to be First Team All-Pac-10 the next two years. The brothers also qualified for the tournament in ’94, but were upset in the first round by 12-seed Tulsa.last_img read more

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Route 35 Village Proposal Postponed

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – The township Planning Board has delayed hearing the Route 35 Village project – a combination of almost 340,000 square feet of commercial space and 350 townhouses – until at least early December.At its June 15 meeting, the Planning Board said it would combine hearing the “Shoppes at Middletown” commercial and the “Oaks at Middletown” residential proposals – actually separate applications for different parts of a 118-acre tract along Route 35, so the board and public could better comprehend the various aspects, such as engineering, traffic and other related components. The 118 acres is between Route 35 North, Kings Highway East, Carriage Drive and Kanes Lane – identifiable by the iconic Calico the Clown advertising sign at the Spirits Unlimited liquor store.But when the board met Wednesday, Sept.7, the township Planning and Community Development Department had yet to deem the Oaks application complete. The Planning Board could have continued hearing the Shoppes application, which it had started hearing June 1 and continued June 15, but it decided to postpone the hearing until both could be heard at the same time. The Planning Board also expressed a concern about first being able to review additional information submitted by John Orrico/Village 35, the Purchase, New York, developer proposing the Shoppes.“I see no purpose of moving forward (at this time),” Planning Board Chairman John Deus said at the meeting.The Planning and Community Development Department has to rule on the completeness of the townhouse application within 45 days of its submission, or by about Oct. 10. But the Planning Board said the earliest available date to begin hearing the Route 35 Village proposal would be Dec. 7 due to scheduling and public noticing.Toll Brothers, the Horsham, Pennsylvania, company that proposes the Oaks, had submitted an application May 27. The Planning and Community Development Department requested more information, resulting in Toll Brothers resubmitting on Aug. 25 – which put the October deadline in place.Marc Policastro, lawyer for the Shoppes, requested the Shoppes hearing continue at the Sept. 7 meeting. But the board denied that.“Everything to move forward is as a consolidated application,” Deus said.“There’s no practical way this board can hold two concurrent hearings,” said Planning Board Attorney James Gorman. “Confusing the public, confusing the board didn’t make sense.”While Dec. 7 is the earliest the Planning Board could entertain the Shoppes-Oaks hearing, a decision on a specific date would be made down the road, Gorman said.Outside of the Planning Board meeting, representatives of the Shoppes declined to comment.Orrico has maintained he would do no interviews until after the application is heard.John A. Giunco, the lawyer for the Oaks, said Toll Brothers looks to meet all township demands. “Toll Brothers takes this application very seriously,” Giunco said.Opponents, however, were glad the Planning Board held off on continuing any aspect of the Route 35 Village project.“We’re obviously happy it was pushed out,” said Pauline Hynes, who lives in the township’s Chapel Hill section. “Any delay is good.”“The residents were very pleased with the board’s decision, because the only way to review this application is to be combined,” said Monica Manning, president of the Minding Middletown, LLC citizens action group.Minding Middletown expressed concern about the suburbanization of Kings Highway East, the need for a movie theater and traffic flow. Minding Middletown is putting together a team of experts to fight the project, including Red Bank lawyer Ron Gasiorowski. It also runs the StopVillage35 Facebook page and holds information sessions.The Shoppes at Middletown is envisioned to be 338,455 square feet of retail, restaurant and movie theater space with 1,786 parking spaces on 52 acres along Route 35. On the rear 66 acres of the 118-acre tract, Toll Brothers would build 350 townhouses – 280 units at open-market price and 70 units of affordable housing.The 118 acres is owned by Mountain Hill LLC, which is the local Azzolina-Scaduto family. Mountain Hill’s lawyer Gary Fox declined comment.Before the Planning Board meeting started, residents expressed their opposition to all or parts of the Route 35 Village project.“Who wants it?” said Jean Ferrando, 75, who lives off Kings Highway East. “I don’t want it. There’s going to be a lot of traffic. (Route) 35 is bad enough.”Builders have a right to build, but “you’ve got to be fair to everybody,” said Christa Costello, who has lived off Kings Highway East for 16 years.“We’re really trying to downscale this a little bit,” said Costello, who expressed concern about a buffer between the project and her Kings Landing development.“This is my third move in Middletown,” Costello said. “We moved over here because it was really country-like. Kings Highway (East), what are they going to do with that nice country road? There’s going to be a highway now.”Marc Cofone, 46, of the Belford section was accompanying his aunt, Carolyn Crimmins, who lives in Kings Landing. He said a major concern was residential property values going down because of the development.“I’m totally disgusted they are doing this to the people living there for more than 30 years,” Crimmins said.last_img read more

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Leafs turn up defence to edge Spokane Braves 3-1

first_imgNelson is 3-1 against the Braves this season.Carsen Willans, Travis Wellman and Austin Seaman scored for the Leafs while Brad Rebagliati turned aside 20-plus shots to register the win in goal.Nelson, 22-2-1-3 on the season, increases its Murdoch Division lead to 10 points over idle Beaver Valley Nitehawks.However, Nelson has played two more games than the Fruitvale based squad.Nelson travels to Fernie Friday to meet the Ghostriders before playing the Nitehawks December 13 in Fruitvale.Next home game for the Leafs is Saturday, December 14 against Golden Rockets. Much of the success for the Nelson Leafs this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season has come through the offence.Wednesday, at the NDCC Arena, the Leafs clamped down defensively on the Spokane Braves, scoring a 3-1 Murdoch Division decision.The win was the second straight for the Leafs and avenged a 4-3-overtime loss to the Braves the last time the American franchise was in the Heritage City.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 23, 2016

first_imgMartin Garcia3955713%44%$344,774 Drayden Van Dyke4255512%36%$304,964 Patrick Gallagher1432221%50%$228,758 Steve Knapp1331223%46%$97,320 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Edwin Maldonado59105717%37%$328,710 Doug O’Neill6159128%43%$291,092 Kent Desormeaux3347512%48%$329,970 Joseph Talamo68891012%40%$415,164 Steven Miyadi2036315%60%$116,214 Mario Gutierrez71815711%42%$442,604 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Eurton28410414%64%$194,700 William Spawr1453136%64%$132,314 Philip D’Amato4187920%59%$488,570 Vladimir Cerin1041240%70%$111,300 John Sadler2533212%32%$149,650 David Lopez631341121%44%$365,528 J. Eric Kruljac1531220%40%$50,150 Jeff Mullins1032030%50%$88,980 Fernando Perez63741111%35%$299,916 Rafael Bejarano751614821%51%$810,130 Kristin Mulhall1442129%50%$150,350 Richard Baltas3875318%39%$456,104 Mark Glatt2842114%25%$130,880 Flavien Prat61841213%39%$429,978 Gary Stevens2142019%29%$492,680 Jeff Bonde1242033%50%$94,260 Mike Smith3843311%26%$427,650 Jerry Hollendorfer484578%33%$252,262 J. Keith Desormeaux1940621%53%$100,920 FINISH LINES: The lead news item today at the Great Race Place: A massive two-day Pick Six carryover of $307,069. It’s expected today’s total Pick Six pool should approach $2 million. OCHO OCHO OCHO MAKES DOWNHILL DEBUT SUNDAYOcho Ocho Ocho makes his first start on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course Sunday when he runs in the $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs.“It’s actually the second time he’s been entered to run down the hill,” pointed out Jim Cassidy, who trains the four-year-old colt for owner Deron Pearson, campaigning as DP Racing. “The last time was in the Juvenile Turf Sprint on Breeders’ Cup day in 2014, but the race was taken off the grass.”That didn’t stop the son of Street Sense from winning by nearly six lengths. His last two races have come at one mile on turf, including the Mathis Brothers Mile on Dec. 26, in which he finished ninth after a wide trip. It was his first start in seven months.The Clockers’ Corner marks the first time in his last six races that Ocho Ocho Ocho has not run in a graded stakes. His last win came in the Grade III Delta Jackpot on Nov. 22, 2014, when he held on by a nose under Mike Smith, who rides veteran Silentio in the Clockers’ corner.In other Clockers’ Corner news:Leading trainer Phil D’Amato has two horses scheduled to go in the Clockers’ Corner.One is Cape Wolfe, a four-year-old English-bred gelding who makes his U.S. debut, and Coastline, who was second by a neck in his first start down the hill, in the Grade III Daytona on Dec. 30.“Cape Wolfe is a nice horse and is in the race to kind of get started,” D’Amato said of the bay son of Piccolo who has not raced since last July, when he won his third straight race in Ireland. “He’ll be coming late. We’ll see if 6 ½ is too short or not for him, but I think down the road he’s going to be best going a mile.”Home Run Kitten makes his first start in eight months when he runs in the Clockers’ Corner.“He might need this race, but with the weather being what it’s been lately, we decided we’d better get a race into him and not worry too much about working,” said trainer David Hofmans of the son of the prolific turf sire Kitten’s Joy.“Our long-range goal would be the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint here in November. We’re working towards that.”In the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, Home Run Kitten finished 11th but was beaten only four lengths in a field of 14.The Clockers’ Corner: Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 7-2; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 10-1; County Lineman, Alonso Quinonez, 8-1; Fleet Eagle, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Silentio, Mike Smith, 8-1; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; and Bench Warrant, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1.STAKES WINNER GERVINHO STANDS AT LEGACY RANCHGrade II winner Gervinho has relocated for his second season as a stallion to Legacy Ranch in Clements, CA. A stakes winner at two and three, and a California champion at three, he won Santa Anita’s Grade II Sir Beaufort Stakes and Del Mar’s $100,000 Oceanside Stakes.Gervinho earned over $420,000 and was on the board in eight of nine career starts, including the Grade I Hollywood Derby, the Grade II Del Mar Derby and Santa Anita’s Grade III Twilight Derby.A six-year-old son of Unusual Heat out of Foreverinthegame, by Out of Place, who raced primarily on turf, Gervinho possess solid credentials for multiple surfaces.“One of the best horses I have ever trained, Gervinho had an amazing turn of foot and an incredible mind,” said trainer Carla Gaines. “It’s very disappointing we never had the chance to try him on the dirt as he trained brilliantly on it.”“Gervinho is absolutely gorgeous physically and has so much to offer California breeders,” said Gayle Van Leer, manager of the stallion who stands in 2016 for $3,500 live foal with consideration to approved mares. For more information visit www.legacyranchinc.com MOR SPIRIT BREEZES FOR LEWIS STAKES ON FEB. 6TRAINERS AT THE READY FOR CLOCKERS’ CORNERTWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER STANDS AT $307,069 Bob Baffert3474821%56%$437,120 MOR SPIRIT IN ‘STIFF’ WORK FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUTUnder a 360-degree cloud cover that obliterated old Sol, leading Triple Crown contender Mor Spirit worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning in a relatively pedestrian 1:13.60 in preparation for his three-year-old debut in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 6.Trainer Bob Baffert had the Kentucky-bred colt by Eskendereya galloping out seven furlongs in 1:29 flat.Regular rider Gary Stevens was aboard Mor Spirit, who worked in company with Mt Veeder, who was also timed in 1:13.60.“It was a good stiff work for him,” Baffert said of Mor Spirit, who last raced on Dec. 19 when he won the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity by a length and a quarter. “The track is very demanding in the mornings.“It’s on to the Lewis. He’s on schedule.”Exaggerator worked seven furlongs in 1:25.80 for trainer Keith Desormeaux with brother Kent in the irons as the Delta Jackpot winner readies for his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15. Santiago Gonzalez952113922%45%$758,658 Martin Pedroza3752114%22%$93,940 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller4363314%28%$212,370 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 22) Tyler Baze85714118%38%$389,702last_img read more

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FAMILY FEAR SEARCH FOR MISSING LIFFORD MAN COULD BE SCALED DOWN

first_imgThere are now fears that the search for missing Lifford man David Colhoun could be scaled down.David, 22, has been missing for more than four months now since he was last seen in Strabane on May 22nd.Despite a huge search involving the PSNI, the Gardai and hundreds of locals, there has still been no sign of David. However the family of Mr Colhoun now fear their search for their son and brother could be downscaled.A family source revealed to Donegaldaily.com “It has been four long months now and David’s family are just exhausted but they will not give up.“All they want to do is to bring David home and bury him. They accept now that David is dead.“But the big fear now is that the PSNI may not have the resources to continue with the search. “They know that it costs a lot of money to have search teams out on a regular basis,” said the source.The PSNI have said their investigation is still “very live.”In some good news for the Colhoun family, the group Searching for the Missing’ will return to look for David the weekend after next to look for the missing man.EndsFAMILY FEAR SEARCH FOR MISSING LIFFORD MAN COULD BE SCALED DOWN was last modified: September 30th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:David ColhounPSNIlast_img read more

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Debunking African agriculture myths

first_img7 July 2016In a presentation to the World Economic Forum on Africa in June 2016, Kenya-born Calestous Juma, a professor at Harvard University, explains the world has taken a generalised view of African agriculture and how this perception can be changed.Juma is an internationally recognised authority in the application of science and technology to sustainable development worldwide. He was named one of the most influential 100 Africans in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the New African magazine. He is the director of the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project, and part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In his 2011 book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, Juma outlines policies and institutional changes to promote agricultural innovation across the African continent.. @calestous #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport pic.twitter.com/u9zHa98PQ4— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016See Juma’s article:From newspaper editors to TV anchors to bloggers, the default symbol of African agriculture is an African woman holding a hand hoe. This imagery highlights the drudgery African women face in farming. But it also conflates family farming with the broader agricultural enterprise.As I argue in The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, farming is only a small but important part of the agribusiness value chain. The value chain includes resource data processing, input provision, production, aggregating (covering bulking, cleaning and grading), processing and packaging, retailing and recycling. Making the value chain work efficiently involves connecting farmers to markets.As noted in a recent report by the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Unleashing Africa’s Agricultural Entrepreneurs, the sector “accounts for 32% of Africa’s gross domestic product, and employs over 65% of its labour force.”Taking the value chain approach, the World Bank has estimated that Africa’s agribusiness market will reach $1-trillion (about R15-trillion) in 2030. This estimate does not include auxiliary industries that will arise from the expansion of the sector.For example, efficient markets rely on effective information flow. New firms such as Gro Intelligence are emerging to fill the data gap. Similarly, the expansion of rural energy, transport, irrigation and telecommunications infrastructure will also spur the rise of support [email protected] #Gro-Graphic on Africa’s developing #seed market. pic.twitter.com/hNBG6jIbTe— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016Too much focus on farmingThis is one of the ways the long value chain of agribusiness serves as a driver for industrial transformation. Few other sectors offer Africa such a broad range of opportunities for technological innovation and entrepreneurial development. There are templates for business models that can be readily adopted. The key is to define agribusinesses as learning opportunities from the outset, as demonstrated by the work of the Africa Atlantic Holdings.Past efforts to promote agribusiness were not successful partly because of the narrow focus on farming. This approach also failed to appreciate the importance of investing in basic rural infrastructure without which neither production nor markets can function. In addition, the focus on farming precluded consideration of the role of higher technical training in agribusiness.The general policy prescription was that farmers did not need more than primary education to function. In many cases, agriculture is more complex that manufacturing, where many functions can be automated and products can be generated just in time. The complex process of plant or animal growth demands more versatile knowledge sources and husbandry that cannot be readily automated.The focus on farming also created biases in the provision of incentives such as credit, insurance and technical support to farmers. Urban enterprises, especially those involved in manufacturing, have access to a wide range of enabling incentives. The same is not true of agriculture, especially where it is perceived narrowly as farming. Agribusiness needs to be supported like other ventures. Farmers need to be viewed as entrepreneurs and innovators, not simply as producers for downstream operations.. @thinkcally @calestous #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport Yield & Farm Size in Kenya,Malawi,Tanzania & Uganda #Gro-Graphic pic.twitter.com/6fNVkmphou— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016A bright future for agribusiness in AfricaThe good news is that young people in many parts of Africa see great potential in agribusiness. But it needs to be put on par with other sectors. Because of a long history of neglect, young people venturing in to agribusiness lack access to capital. But even more critical is the lack of mentors who can guide them through the early phases of their start-ups.In addition to mentorship, young agripreneurs could also benefit from investment in adequate infrastructure. They already know the power of mobile technology. But what they might need most is access to broadband, which also helps link them to knowledge centres given the absence of extension services. Today, the cost of broadband is prohibitively expensive, despite the fact that it is essential for dynamic business operations.One possible way to resolve this could be to provide “broadband grants” in the same way the US government provided “land grants”. Private enterprises can also purchase broadband and donate it to selected agribusiness start-ups as part of their corporate social responsibility.There are many opportunities for leveraging the growing interest in agribusiness to expand the sector. These opportunities are diverse and lie not only along the full value chain, but also in farms of all sizes – small, medium-sized and large. The starting point should not be driven by opportunity or ideology or dogma about farm size. There are many enterprises that do engage in agribusiness but if given an opportunity they could diversify into the sector. This could be enterprises that are seeking new opportunities.In China, for example, coal-mining firms are starting to diversify into agribusiness in light of new restrictions imposed on the sector to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In Africa, some oil companies might also explore moving into agribusiness given the uncertainties in the sector.Agribusiness in Africa needs to be nudged towards a tipping point from which it can take off. The push will need to come from a collaboration between government, business, academia and civil society. It will require a collective effort.. @calestous #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport #Gro-Graphic: Only 2% of SSA university graduates specialize in #agriculture pic.twitter.com/DVXsG0t6oZ— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016Modernising African agricultureOne additional way to promote agribusiness is to recognise individuals or organisations that have made outstanding contributions to different sections of the value chain. Many of the existing prizes tend to focus on production, thereby reinforcing the narrow farming image. The newly established Africa Food Prize, with a judging panel chaired by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, could serve as a role model in emphasizing the agribusiness approach in its awardees.The good news is that African governments, as illustrated by the case of Nigeria, are starting to appreciate the importance of agribusiness in long-term economic transformation. But appreciation is not enough. We not only need heads of state and government to serve as champions, we also need policy consistency. The two are important because of the long-term nature of agricultural transformation.In one of her signature appeals for the modernization of African agriculture, the chairperson of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said that hand-held hoe should be in the museum, not in the hands of African farmers. The quickest way to consign this symbol of drudgery to the history books is to shift our thinking from traditional farming to agribusiness. That is the root of Africa’s coming prosperity.. @calestous @Kayisa #AskCJuma #TEEPagricReport #Gro-Graphic on ag higher education pic.twitter.com/cVQwu6902i— GroIntel (@GroIntel) June 18, 2016Source: WEF Africalast_img read more

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Federal Agencies Begin Efficiency Policy Rollbacks

first_imgMore than 600 days into the Trump administration, amid constant reports of regulatory rollbacks, there’s been surprisingly little damage to energy efficiency… yet. But now the administrative winds are starting to blow, rulemaking procedures are underway — with a couple of open comment periods — and we are working hard to hold onto the energy savings we have been helping to build. The Obama administration had some remarkable successes on energy efficiency. We estimated that its appliance, vehicle, and power plant standards alone should save over 10 quadrillion Btu per year by 2030 (equivalent to about half of U.S. home energy use), and should cumulatively save consumers over $2.5 trillion in energy bills by 2040. How resilient are those policies and programs? Here are some local weather reports:RELATED ARTICLESNo Reason to Delay Efficiency StandardsPresident Obama Orders Energy Department to Raise Appliance Efficiency StandardsStates Step Up for Progress on Efficiency StandardsCalifornia Gets New Light Bulb Efficiency StandardDoes Cheaper Solar Mean We Can Forget Efficiency? Vehicle standards are facing a gale The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed to roll back the fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and light trucks for 2021-2025 (EPA had already determined that the standards set in 2012 are too high), and to block California and other states from implementing higher standards. This would waste 14 billion gallons of fuel a year. The draft is open for comment through October 26, and ACEEE already gave preliminary testimony. EPA is chopping away at the standards for heavy trucks as well, issuing a proposed rule to exempt gliders (new trucks with old engines), and considering repeal of the standards on truck trailers. There already are lawsuits related to all of the vehicle standard issues, with a stay on the trailer standards. Clean Power Plan EPA last year proposed repealing the rule on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, and recently proposed a much weaker replacement rule that would only seek modest efficiency improvements at the plants (and gave it a different catchy name, the Affordable Clean Energy rule). It is open for comment through October 31. Meanwhile, the Clean Power Plan also is blocked by a court stay. Appliance standards frozen in place Due to a unique provision in the law, the Department of Energy (DOE) cannot weaken existing standards, so most of the standards appear to be safe. But the agency also has not proposed a single update and has now missed a dozen legal deadlines. And four standards that the Obama DOE had issued but not yet published in the Federal Register remain in limbo after 20 months (DOE has appealed a court order to publish these standards). Worse, DOE is preparing a draft rule that could try to roll back one of the biggest-saving rules ever — a definition that applies 2020 light bulb standards to a wider range of commonly used bulbs. Mysteriously, a document on full repeal of the definition appeared on, and then quickly disappeared from, DOE’s website. Such a rollback would be taken to court. DOE is also working on procedural changes that could weaken the program. Manufactured housing standards A 2016 DOE draft rule based on a consensus agreement between manufacturers and efficiency advocates has never been finalized. Now DOE is considering a weaker standard or maybe no standard at all, while the Department of Housing and Urban Development considers weakening the existing HUD code for manufactured homes (in which the energy provisions have not been updated since 1994). All of the above are proposed or potential actions. There have been a couple small final actions. HUD reversed its earlier support for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, barring the Federal Housing Administration from insuring mortgages on homes with PACE assessments. And DOE issued a required determination (only a few months late) that ASHRAE 90.1-2016, the model standard for commercial buildings, saves energy. This will encourage more states to update their commercial building energy codes. Meanwhile, federal energy efficiency programs continue working despite roadblocks. Energy Star is still the leading mark of energy efficiency, and has set and updated some product specifications, despite a White House attempt to end it and a draft bill that would have gutted it. Congress seems set to pass level funding for the second year in a row. And although the administration proposed drastic cuts to DOE efficiency programs, Congress actually increased funding for this year when it finally passed a bill in March, and has slightly increased funding for next year. Although the money is there, getting it out the door has been an increasing problem, made even worse because there still is not a Senate-confirmed assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy at DOE. While the near-term forecast does not look good, we are working to limit the damage as much as we can. And as unpredictable as the course of a storm may be, we know that the one certainty about the weather is that it will eventually change.   Lowell Ungar is senior policy advisor at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. This post originally appeared at the ACEEE Blog.last_img read more

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