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Man City fans on latest target: ‘Would be good if Pep stopped signing his mates’

first_img1 Could Pep Guardiola and Victor Valdes be reunited at the Etihad? Pep Guardiola isn’t satisfied by his current options in between the posts and could turn to ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes when the transfer window opens, The Sun report.A clause in the Spaniard’s contract means he can leave relegated Middlesbrough for free this summer and can therefore begin negotiations with other clubs.Boro may be making an instant return to the Championship, but Valdes has suggested he still has plenty to offer at the highest level.Would he be an upgrade to Claudio Bravo or Willy Caballero at the Etihad, then?See how some have reacted to the rumour on Valdes below.last_img read more

Kirstenbosch wins again at Chelsea

first_img19 May 2015Kirstenbosch has yet more silverware to add to its trophy cabinet – the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi-Kirstenbosch) received Silver Gilt for its 40th exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, to the delight of designers David Davidson and Ray Hudson and the team of Sanbi staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to achieve the result.The annual Chelsea Flower Show takes place in London between 19 and 23 May. Sanbi-Kirstenbosch is participating for the 40th time.There were some tense moments when it looked as if the stand might not be completed in the allotted time, said Sanbi-Kirstenbosch. On Sunday morning, 18 May, with hours to go before the cut off time, only part of the consignment had been released from customs, and then not the feature plants.But it was a story of camaraderie once it became clear that the whole consignment was not going to get there. Volunteer Jenny Badenhorst, a landscaper from Johannesburg, and Jo Lankester walked the show to see who had the appropriate plants and with warmth and generosity other exhibitors rallied around offering whatever was required to fill the gaps.A celebration of 40 yearsWhile still calling the exhibit “a celebration of 40 years” and despite not being able to showcase the feature plants, the generosity of the other exhibitors made up for some of the disappointment.Among others, plants were donated by Kientzler in Germany, as well as Prince Harry’s Lesotho garden, which donated kniphofias and aloes; Australia donated proteas, aloes, polygala and the use of its forklift to assist; and France donated juncea and grasses.“It was a race against time,” said Davidson. “We advised the judges of our predicament and these factors were taken into account when judging.”When Monday morning dawned, the judges made their way around the more than 550 stands that made up the show. It was an onerous task selecting and debating the awards and there was no hint as to what the various exhibitors had achieved. Then it was celebrity time as London’s rich and famous wandered the show, stopping here and there for a word and a photograph. Finally, it was time for Queen Elizabeth and her entourage to tour the show before the preview day ended.It was not until Tuesday morning (May 19) – opening day – that the awards were revealed. This is the scene every year for the team that puts together the Sanbi- Kirstenbosch exhibit at this “Olympics” of flower shows. And, in a year in which Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has won several major awards, it was with great joy and jubilation that the garden’s 40th Chelsea entry notched up a Silver Gilt – the same as it achieved in 2014.Plants South Africa gave the worldThis year’s display includes a retrospective tableau of memorable exhibits, as well as a display of “Plants South Africa Gave the World” and a named flower specimen display. A special tribute to the work of British floral designer Pam Simcock, who was responsible for the design and creation of the Kirstenbosch-South Africa exhibits staged at Chelsea on behalf of the South African government for the first 18 years of its participation in the show, was included.It was a treasure trove of information and colour and a trip down memory lane for those who are regular visitors and contributors to the show.Sanbi chief executive officer Tanya Abrahamse had high praise for the team. “Hearty congratulations!” she said. “A Silver Gilt is a fitting tribute to the design skill and the dedicated work of the team that put this exhibit together. The opportunity to showcase different aspects of our rich and unique biodiversity on this international platform is one that we value highly.“Winning this Silver Gilt is success not only for Kirstenbosch and Sanbi but for the country as a whole. Many visitors to South Africa travel as a result of seeing our exhibit at Chelsea and we welcome the opportunity of showing off our beautiful country through its 10 botanical gardens.”Popular with visitorsA popular destination, the Sanbi-Kirstenbosch stand attracts many of the more than 150 000 visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show and provides a showcase for the country.Once again, the important role that botanical gardens play in contributing to the country’s tourism statistics is underscored. As a snapshot to the country’s botanical heritage, it is these gardens coupled with the wide variety of unusual attractions that bring many visitors to the country.The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway, which was declared the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa at Design Indaba Expo 2015, is one such attraction that has increased the numbers of visitors to the gardens.“This year’s exhibit showed themes and iconic elements from seven earlier gold award exhibits, recreated to commemorate this special anniversary. We are showing the botanical and cultural diversity of a range of geographic locations, botanical gardens and biomes of South Africa as well as the section on Plants South Africa Gave the World,” explained Davidson.“We are delighted that this show of diversity has achieved a Silver Gilt and that the team has been reward for all their hard work.”Source: South African National Biodiversity Institutelast_img read more

Ohio’s numbers from USDA Feb. 8 reports

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’ve heard about the national and world side of crop and livestock production from the Feb. 8 USDA reports, but what about Ohio?Ohio Annual Crop SummaryOhio’s 2018 average corn yield was 187 bushels per acre, a new State record, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Growers harvested 3.30 million acres for grain, up 5 percent from 2017. Total production of corn for grain was 617 million bushels, up 11 percent from the 2017. Ohio’s average soybean yield for 2018 was 58 bushels per acre, also a new State record. Growers harvested 4.98 million acres, down 2 percent from 2017. Production, at 289 million bushels, was also an all-time high.The full report.Winter Wheat SeedingsOhio winter wheat seeded area for 2019 is estimated at 460,000 acres, a decrease of 6 percent from last year, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician of the USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Ohio winter wheat plantings concluded by midNovember. Winter wheat that was planted into hillsides was reportedly washed away in some areas due to extraordinary rain events. By the end of November, 62 percent of the winter wheat crop was reported to be in good to excellent condition.The full report.December 1 Grain StocksOn December 1, 2018, Ohio corn stocks totaled 529 million bushels, approximately 21 percent above a year earlier. This was a record high for December 1. About 70 percent of the corn was stored on farms. The first quarter disappearance was 174 million bushels, compared with 187 million bushels a year earlier. Soybean stocks on December 1, 2018, were 252 million bushels. That was 26 percent higher than stocks a year earlier and also a record high. The first quarter indicated disappearance was 61.4 million bushels, compared with 71.5 million bushels during the same period a year ago. Farm stocks of soybeans were 150 million bushels. Wheat stocks on December 1, 2018, were 73.4 million bushels, 4 percent above a year ago. About 98 percent of wheat stocks were in commercial storage. Second quarter indicated disappearance was 3.4 million bushels, compared with 8.8 million bushels during the same period last year.The full report.last_img read more