GLENDALE – How did the best-financed incumbent lose his City Council seat, a mayor widely believed to be vulnerable retain his and a community advocate who once fell short of a win emerge as top vote-getter? For Glendale City Hall pundits, Tuesday night’s surprising election results could be rooted in an odd political convergence: a strong grass-roots campaign by the newly elected John Drayman, who rode an anti-incumbent tide into office, coupled with a miscalculation from those counting on Armenian politics to win the day. Councilman Ara Najarian said he believes Drayman, president of the Montrose Shopping Park Association, connected with homeowners in north Glendale who are anxious about development and felt the current council ignored their concerns. “He just hit a home run with those voters,” said Najarian, who supported incumbents Dave Weaver and Rafi Manoukian. “There were clearly some anti-incumbent sentiments. … I think there was a perception by the people that the incumbents were not responsive to their issues.” Manoukian was unavailable for comment Wednesday. Win for Weaver As for Mayor Weaver, many believe it wasn’t so much that he won as that Manoukian, a two-term councilman, failed to capture enough votes from his Armenian base. Weaver also might have benefited from voters seeking to reduce the council’s Armenian-American majority. “(Weaver) got lucky and he got the right last name,” said Eric Hacopian, a veteran political consultant who worked on the Manoukian campaign. “I do not think Rafi was in any way unpopular. It was something that was really beyond him. … Glendale is a very ethnically polarized city. There were more Armenian candidates than non-Armenian candidates. There were far more places for Rafi’s votes to go.” With all precincts and absentee ballots counted, Drayman, 48, was elected to the five-member council early Wednesday with 23.3 percent of the vote, while Weaver bested Manoukian to win a fourth term with 17.9 percent. Manoukian, the race’s top fundraiser with a war chest of more than $200,000, finished third with 16 percent in the eight-way race for two seats on the council governing this city of 207,000. The election, which included a school board and a college board race, drew a 23 percent turnout from the city’s 95,000 registered voters. For Drayman, it was a hard-earned victory after coming just 503 votes shy of a council seat in 2005. He attributed his win to a strong door-to-door campaign by his volunteers, who descended throughout the city, including primarily Armenian and working-class south Glendale. “We had a message that resonated with the voters,” he said. “I hope to be a fire under the pot to try to move things along (within the council).” A bridge-builder Drayman also was aligned with Manoukian – even contributing to his campaign – and is widely seen as a bridge-builder in this city where at least one-third of residents are now of Armenian descent. More than two decades ago, the city was primarily Anglo-Saxon and Protestant. “We’re very divided as a city,” Drayman said. “In Montrose, we’re a microcosm of the city as a whole. About one-third of the businesses are owned by those of Armenian descent. We’ve gotten beyond these issues. I want to bring that concept to the rest of the city.” And in politics, nothing is more valued than the ability to cross over and build coalitions, Hacopian said. “Whenever there is a change in demographics in which people who used to have all the political power see it slipping away, they don’t like it,” he said. “What you need are individuals who can cross this bridge.” Meanwhile, Manoukian’s defeat played-out as a classic case of divide and conquer. The most well-financed and qualified Armenian-American candidate on paper, he was pitted against three other Armenian-Americans who split the ethnic vote. Among them, Glendale Unified School District board member Greg Krikorian was fourth with 15.6 percent; immigration consultant Chahe Keuroghelian had 11.8 percent and TV host Vrej Agajanian took in 6.3 percent. “We still have a strong voter identification to candidates that reflects their own cultural and linguistic background,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Pat Brown Institute at California State University, Los Angeles. “Playing that card too much and in a very close race could in fact lose some votes.” The council’s current composition, with three council members of Armenian descent, also appeared to work against Manoukian. “Some of the voters were concerned that we maintain a balance on the council – an ethnic balance as well as a geographical balance,” Najarian said. “With the prospect of four Armenians ending up on council, people wanted to step back. No scapegoat In fact, some Armenian-Americans were glad to lose their council majority. “I think it’s a good thing,” said Arthur Minassian, an attorney and local resident. “If anything goes wrong, people will think twice before scapegoating the Armenians.” But if you ask Weaver, he would attribute his win to low-key but strategic campaigning – he only sent out three mailers and ran primarily on his record at candidate forums – despite being outfunded by Manoukian. “Money doesn’t necessarily win elections,” he said. “I don’t think endorsements win elections either. People are intelligent enough to make their own decisions.” Weaver also said he benefited from broad-based support from different ethnic groups. “That’s what Glendale is,” he said. “It’s a blend of cultures, and I had support from all those stripes.” The incoming council hews closer to the city’s actual demographics – besides council members Najarian and Bob Yousefian, both of Armenian descent, and Weaver, who is white and married to an Asian-American; there’s also Frank Quintero, who is Latino. They will be joined by Drayman, a self-proclaimed Jewish atheist. email@example.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sunday 23rd October 2016 Glashedy Winter League No 1Glashedy Links0-15 1st Neil Grant (15) 35pts2nd Kevin Downey (10) 34pts16-281st Dan Toland (18) 32pts 2nd John McGeoghegan (21) 30ptsBack 9: Hugh McEleney 18ptsCSS: R/OThe Old Links 0-15 1st Gary McGeoghan (4) 36pts2nd Jimmy Clancy (11) 32pts16-281st Padraig Porter (17) 40pts 2nd Tony McEleney (17) 36ptsBack 9: Philip Farren 18ptsCSS: 74Saturday Open 22nd October 20161st Dan Toland (19) 67Nett2nd Chris Yeates (7) 69Nett3rd Kevin Downey (10) 69Nett4th Eamonn O’Donnell (16) 69NettGross: Cormac McKeone (4) 74NettCSS: 72Friday Open 21st October 20161st Stephen Anderson (6) 38pts2nd Desmond Nevin (8) 35pts3rd David Cassidy (8) 34ptsCSS: 75Wednesday Society 19th October 20161st Martin Boyle 39pts2nd Eamonn O’Donnell 36pts3rd Pascal Harkin 34ptsTwos: Martin Boyle, Keith MarstonCongratulations to Keith Marston who had a hole in one on the 7th of GlashedyLadies: Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 Glashedy No 3 0-181st Yvonne McGonigle 18pts2nd Margaret Doherty O 17pts19-281st Annette Doherty 17pts BOT2nd Anna Doherty 17pts29-36Bernie Wilson 15pts2nd Yvonne McGonigle 14ptsBallyliffin Golf Club Results by Phelim Davenport There was a full weekend of golf in Ballyliffin making the best of the pleasant weather conditions.The Friday Open was won by 6 handicapper Stephen Anderson with 38pts. In 2nd place was Desmond Nevin with 35pts and 3rd was the man with the famous name David Cassidy with 34pts.The Saturday Open Stroke was claimed by a man who is starting to take his golf seriously, Dan Toland made the most of his break from the oil business topost a nett 67 to take top spot. In 2nd place was Chris Yeates with a 69 nett. In 3rd spot was the jolliest wee caddy in Ballyliffin Kevin Downey also with a 69 nett. In 4th place was the man who gives me more headaches on a Sunday than all the beer in Clonmany on a Saturday night Eamon O Donnell was at it again also with a 69 nett. The Gross went to Cormac Mc Keone with a 74.The first outing of the Glashedy Winter Classic under the Captaincy of Kevin Mc Laughlin[h] took place on both courses on Sunday. A stiff cold East wind kept the scoring in check. The best score of the day came in the high section on the Old course, Padraig Porter did like his namesake and came out on top with 40pts. In 2nd place was Tony Mc Eleney with 36pts. In the Low section was the man who must be the best advertisement for getting married Garry Mc Geoghegan]4] took 1st place with 36pts, are you paying attention Aaron. In 2nd spot was early man Jimmy Clancy with 32pts. The back nine was won by Philip Farren with 18pts.On the Glashedy course the Low section was won by that wily old fox Neil Grant with 35pts. In 2nd place was an even jollier by now Kevin Downey with 34pts In the High section that man was back again Dan Toland taking 1st place with 32pts. In 2nd place was a man who should struggle in the wind cause he wouldn’t spring a mousetrap Johnny Mc Geoghegan with 30pts. The back nine went to the man with more vouchers than Tesco’s Hugh Mc Eleney with 18ptsThe Wed. Soc was won by the Boss himself Martin Boyle with 39pts. In 2nd place was the man who has an even better handicap on a Wed. Eamon O Donnell with 38pts. In 3rd place was Pascal Harkin with 37pts.Congratulations to Keith Marston who had a Hole in One at the 7th. He told me that was his 5th in a competition. Keep them coming Keith the free beer tasted great. In last weeks Wed. I said it was won by Ryanair’s finest pilot when in fact he is Aer Lingus’s finest pilot sorry Jason. Happy Golfing.Forthcoming Events & Fixtures Friday 28th October Open Competition on The Old Links Visitors only €30ppSaturday 29th October Open Competition on Glashedy Links Visitors only €30ppSunday 30th October Glashedy No 2 on both coursesChristmas Craft Fayre Friday 11th November at 7.30pm in the golf club. Tickets €5Saturday 12th November Ladies V’s Gents on The Old LinksNeil Grant in fine form at Ballyliffin Golf Club was last modified: October 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BallyliffingolfSport
Plans to turn the Oatfield Sweet plant into a museum now appear to have floundered after much of the equipment was removed for the Port Road factory. Members of Letterkenny Town Council slammed the owners of Oatfield Sweets, Zed Candy and their landlords Donegal Creameries.The company will move production to England on May 27th next after almost 100 years of production. Cllr Ciaran Brogan suggested trying to set up a museum on the site which was unanimously supported.Cllr Dessie Larkin said there was probably no chance of saving the plant – even as a museum to the famous confectionary brand.“The people involved have said let’s get things out and get things dismantled. It’s a quick action and a quick removal,” said Cllr Dessie Larkin.There are currently 15 people employed at the plant. The company was famous around the world for many different brands of sweets including the Emerald toffee. PLANS TO TURN OATFIELD FACTORY INTO MUSEUM ON ROCKS was last modified: May 15th, 2012 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:Donegal CreameriesletterkennyOatfieldssweetsZed Candy
Jason Quigley gets his award tonightBREAKING NEWS: World boxing silver medalist Jason Quigley was crowned the 2013 overall Donegal Sports Star at the annual awards function in the Mount Errigal on tonight.The Finn Valley B.C. fighter got the nod ahead of other leading contenders including GAA star Michael Murphy, athlete Mark English, rugby players Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton and martial arts champion Natalie McCarron.Around 500 guests attended the awards ceremony, the county’s official annual sports awards and now in their 39th year. Jason dedicated the award to his father Conor.“He has been with me all the way and I want to dedicate this to him,” he said.Earlier Jason Black got a standing ovation when he made wonderful speech telling kids to find their Everest and also paid a special tribute to coaches and mentors in sport.He revealed how he had failed all his exams in school but always found his outlet through sport. Other guests to be honoured on the day included GAA star Michael Murphy, hurling manager Ray Durack, rally brothers Declan and Brian Boyle and cyclist Philip Deignan.Special guest John Delaney, CEO of the Football Association of Ireland said that Donegal held a special place in his heart.He paid particular tribute to Killybegs soccer star and said he was an ideal role model for all young kids because of his professional approach and his manners.That’s my boy. Jason celebrates with his dad Conor.BREAKING NEWS: BOXER JASON QUIGLEY CROWNED DONEGAL SPORTS STAR was last modified: February 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSJason BlackJason Quigley
Donegal Junior LeagueReports Downtown CupGroup ARamelton Mariners 0 Glencar Celtic 5Ramelton Mariner hosted Saturday League Champions Glencar in the Downtown Cup on Saturday. Glencar made a fast start and were a few goals up early on. Mariners never got going till the half hour mark when the Glencar keeper made a great save from a Damien Friel header. With the Mariners pushing to get back into the game Glencar scored two counter attacking goals, one being a contender for goal of the season. The 2nd half was a much tighter affair with both teams cancelling each other out. The game’s last goal came in the 70th minute to make it 5-0. Best for Glencar was Marty Brogan. Best for Ramelton was Pauric Mc Fadden. Glenree United Reserves 1 Mulroy Celtic 3Group BKeadue Rovers Reserves 2 Strand Rovers 2Keadue and Strand played out a competitive local derby at Central Park on Saturday with honours even in the end. It was a challenging day for football with a strong cold breeze throughout. The first chance of the game came on ten minutes when Brendan Brennan shot over from the edge of the box. Brendan Glackin hit a superb effort for Strand on twenty four minutes but his long range shot hit the crossbar. Keadue came more into the game by the midway point of the half. Keadue took the lead on the half hour when, following a free kick, Chris Greene flicked a header across goal and Jack O’Brien poked home from close range. Five minutes later Conor Greene was just wide with a header. On thirty nine minutes Strand were level when good work down the right hand side led to a chance for Mark Ward and he slotted low to the net. Three minutes from half time Strand should’ve been ahead when Mark Ward missed an open goal. Strand took the lead again on seventy three minutes. Following a free kick and a defensive mix up Strand’s Brendan Glackin popped up at the edge of the area and shot home to the corner of the net. At this stage the away side looked more comfortable, hitting Keadue on the break and should’ve settled it on eighty five minutes when sub Paddy Glackin was through on goal but Ben Boyle in the Keadue nets saved brilliantly. As time was running out Keadue were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area and Hugh Yank Boyle drilled a fine effort to the corner of the net to spark off great celebrations. The game ended 2-2 with Keadue keeping their place at the top of the table. Best for Strand were Brendan Glackin and Adrian McGeehan while best for Keadue were Jack O’Brien and Conor Greene. Referee: Marty Quinn.Group DDonegal Town Reserves 1 St. Catherines Reserves 3 St Catherine’s dominated this game from the start and played some excellent football in the first half. Brenden Mc Guire got the first goal of the game after 20 minutes. Paul McFadden broke down the left hand side of the park and cut the ball back nicely to McGuire who slotted home from 10 yards. Soon after St Catherine’s got their second of the game. Donegal’s keeper McGinley made a good save from a St Catherine’s effort and the Donegal defence didn’t react to the loose ball. St Catherine’s Brandon McGinley reacted quickest and made no mistake from close range. Catherine’s got their third on the stroke of half time. A lovely cross from Catherine’s full back Enda Murphy was unfortunately turned into the Donegal net by the head of one of their own defenders. 3-0 St Catherine’s at half time. Much of the same in the second half and Donegal struggled to deal with Catherine’s slick play. Donegal did manage a consolation goal though. A wonder free kick from young Daniel Mc Hugh which struck the inside of post in the top corner left the Catherine’s keeper no chance. 3-1 St Catherine’s at the final whistle.Oscar Traynor TrophySligo / Leitrim League 2 Donegal Junior League 2Kyle Black of Cranford United scored both Donegal goals as they came from behind twice to claim a draw from a game which they totally dominated. The Junior League side were unlucky not to progress to the knockout stages of this year’s competition. Watson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic 3 Whitestrand United 1Played in wintery conditions, Curragh were well worth all three points in this Division One match at the New Camp Sports Complex. The home side dominated the first fifteen minutes with player manager Neil Lloyd putting them one up after only five minutes from a Calvin Bradley assist. However Paul Lynch’s team came more into it and began to find their way for the next quarter, almost grabbing an equaliser when a free kick came back off the crossbar with stand in keeper Michael O’ Brien well beaten. It was the home side who regained the upper hand and scored again on thirty nine minutes when Justin Mc Bride’s long pass found Dan O Brien who passed to Colm Melaugh and he finished brilliantly in off a post to the back of the net. The second half was a similar affair with Curragh again on top but they were caught out on sixty six minutes when Ryan Mc Creery managed to force the ball home from close range. With four minutes remaining Curragh regained their two goal advantage with Dan O’ Brien again providing the assist for Colm Melaugh to head home his second of the match and ensure all three points went to Curragh. Whitestand produced a good team effort with player manager Paul Lynch always dangerous in attack. Curragh were also well served by player manager Neil Lloyd, Gerry Melaugh, Liam Mc Gill, Troy Mc Cormick and Dan O’ Brien. Referee: Patrick Martin.Castlefin Celtic 3 Keadue Rovers 1Castlefin kept up their 100% start to the season with a win at home against Keadue.Castlefin started the better with a quick goal from JP Malley after 8 minutes. Keadue’s defence failed to clear a cross from Barry Tourish and Malley tapped home from 6 yards.Castlefin doubled their lead on 10 minutes, Damien Mc Anenny’s cross found Ronan Tourish who beat the keeper to finished low into the bottom corner. Keadue began to settle more into the game and forced Castlefin Keeper Anthony O’Hagan into two good saves. Ryan Greene with Keadues’ best chance saw his strike going slightly wide. The second half was more even with both teams creating chances. Keadue then pulled one back on 75 minutes after Adrian Hanlon beat the offside trap and chipped the keeper from the edge of the box. Keadue began to put pressure on the Castlefin defence as they went in search of an equaliser, Ryan Greene’s 20 yard strike going slightly over the bar. Five minutes from time Castlefin wrapped up the three points when Ian Ward squared the ball to Fergal McNulty who calmly finished at the back post. Referee: John Coll. Best for Castlefin: Team Performance. Best for Keadue: Team PerformanceCT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town 1 Ballybofey United 1This match was switched to Ballybofey and was played on Saturday afternoon. Raphoe went ahead inside the opening five minutes when a cross was deflected past Chris Patton in the Ballybofey net by one of his own players. That blow stunned the hosts but was to be the only time Patton was beaten in the match. Ballybofey had the lion’s share of play with Raphoe dependent on the odd breakaway. Chris Patton did make two top class saves midway through the second half to keep his side in touch with their East Donegal neighbours but when Calvin Mc Gowan glanced home a header from Mark Griffin’s corner it was little more than what was deserved by the home team. They almost took the lead three minutes later when Damien Glackin’s cross just crept past the back post. An entertaining, fast game with Jamie Gallagher and Mark Bogle doing well for Raphoe and Chris Patton with Ronan Mc Menamin showing well for Ballybofey in a sporting encounter. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh.Donegal Junior LeagueResultsDowntown CupGroup AMilford United Reserves P v P Cranford United ReservesRamelton Mariners 0 v 5 Glencar CelticGlenree United Reserves 1 v 3 Mulroy CelticGroup BGlenea United Reserves P v P Arranmore UnitedKeadue Rovers Reserves 2 v 2 Strand RoversGroup CCastlefin Celtic Reserves P v P Tullyvinney RoversOrchard F.C. P v P Curragh Athletic ReservesGroup DDonegal Town Reserves 1 v 3 St. Catherines ReservesErne Wanderers P v P Fintown Harps AFCOscar Traynor TrophySligo / Leitrim League 2 v 2 Donegal Junior LeagueWatson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic 3 v 1 Whitestrand UnitedCastlefin Celtic 3 v 1 Keadue RoversCT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town 1 v 1 Ballybofey UnitedDONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL YOUR REPORTS AND RESULTS was last modified: December 14th, 2014 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:Donegal League
The Irish athletics team were in action in Herkalion, Crete over last weekend and returned their best finish ever at The European Cup League – 6th from 12 teams.It was a most exciting two days of intense competition added to immensely by top performances from the top local athlete medical student at UCD Mark English and the three Finn Valley athletes selected Dempsey Mc Guigan, hammer, Tori Pena, pole vault no stranger to this competition and newcomer – and Megan Tice,high jump.Mark battled through a busy 800 which had 12 starters – it was difficult and it came down to a rush between himself and a Turkish athlete having to give way but with 11 points for 2nd team, leader Patsy McGonagle was happy indeed. He was more than impressed by Mark’s 400m finish on 4 x 4 an unofficial 44,87 split, the squad 3rd in this particular event which incidentally has them ranked globally 13th which equates to a qualifying position for upcoming world champs in Beijing should they continue to hold a top 16 team position.Dempsey McGuigan was best of the Irish throwers in 5th, Tori Pena will be dissappointed with 7th but Megan went clear at 1.75 then clear at 1.80 before going very close at 185 on her third attempt to claim 4th and thus has begun an Irish delight for the New York born girl whose connection lies in Gweedore.It’s important that Donegal related athletes continue to gain selection for this prestigious competition, said McGonagle.Megan jumps her way to 4thDONEGAL ATHLETES SHINE AT THE EUROPEAN CUP was last modified: June 24th, 2015 by John2Share 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:athleticseuropean cupmark englishpatsy mcgonagle
Arcata >> Humboldt State University cross-country and track and field coach Scott Pesch announced his retirement on Monday.Pesch has been the program’s head coach since 2010 and will retire effective July 15. He will serve as a volunteer coach with the cross-country program through the fall season. “I feel honored to have been a part of the rich history of Humboldt State cross-country and track & field. My wife and I truly appreciate the opportunity that the university has provided us, and I …
Guests coming to join us at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre on the day are urged keep an eye out for our bright yellow play Your Part Cube.Play Your Part, along with Leadership 2020 Seminars and One Day Leader, invites you all to join us in Bloemfontein on 26 October to learn how some South Africans are stretching the limits to help develop our country for the better.Other partners include the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), the Youth Chamber, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and a number of entrepreneurs based in the Free State.The Play Your Part Roadshow has already visited the Limpopo and Eastern Cape provinces, and the Free State is the next destination on Play Your Part’s journey through the country.Bloemfontein is the hub of the Free State and is South Africa’s legislative capital.If you’re in Bloemfontein on Wednesday 26 October then come down to the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre and hear some of the inspirational stories that our guest speakers will be sharing.The seminar is designed to empower, motivate and influence change in the lives of young South Africans. They will also be given the relevant tools, tips and strategies needed to become successful and prosper.MORE ABOUT OUR HOSTSThe seminar will be hosted by DJ and entrepreneur Sbu Leope alongside One Day Leader finalist Seadimo Tlale. The two hosts will be joined by a number of guest speakers and Play Your Part ambassadors.Twenty-two-year-old Seadimo is completing the final year of her law degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and is a member of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship.Currently, Seadimo balances her academic life with her responsibilities as a host on SABC 1’s Rise Talk Show.The talk show is a Soul City initiative that looks to change the behaviour of young women aged between 15 and 24 years old – who are most vulnerable to new HIV infections – through engaging dialogue.The busy varsity student also earned herself the first runner-up position in the second season of SABC 1’s One Day Leader television show, and is the current holder of the Free State Youth Activist award. The seminar will be hosted by DJ and entrepreneur Sbu Leope alongside One Day Leader finalist Seadimo Tlale. The two hosts will be joined by a number of guest speakers and Play Your Part ambassadors.THE GUEST SPEAKERSGuest speakers include Thato Mokhothu and Motlapele Morule who is also known as Mo’ Molemi.Mokhothu has made significant strides as an entrepreneur, being the owner of both RTT Construction and RTT Canteen, the latter an eatery at a well-known bus-line in Bloemfontein.Mokhothu is also a shareholder in Tyremart and the founder of a women’s association called I Am a Phenomenal Woman.Morule, or Mo’ Molemi, is a prominent South African hip-hop artist and farmer who is bringing his love for agriculture together with his profile as a musician.Both speakers will be sharing their stories in hopes of igniting the vast potential that South African youth possess.GET INVOLVEDYoung people are invited to come and Play Their Part and engage with #PYPCUBE. The roadshow is bound to inspire young adults to do more after hearing the success stories of others who play their part in society.Guests coming to join us on the day should keep an eye out for out bright yellow PYP Cube to take part in the #PYPCUBE experience.The cube has everything you need to take your picture, make your pledge to be an active citizen and upload your picture with your pledge on Facebook and Twitter for all to see.Join us, make your pledge and help drive South Africa to greater heights.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Scott WilliamsDTN EntomologistA drawn-out harvest prevented many farmers from completing fall fieldwork. That may increase the susceptibility of many fields to one of our perennial pests, the black cutworm (Agrotis ipsilon). And, if the winds blow just right, they’ll be paying your fields a visit before you know it.WHAT TO LOOK FORA drawn-out harvest prevented many farmers from completing fall fieldwork. That may increase the susceptibility of many fields to one of our perennial pests, the corn pest black cutworm (Agrotis ipsilon). And, if the winds blow just right, they’ll be paying your fields a visit before you know it.— Egg: Eggs are laid on non-crop foliage or other vegetation, with common hosts including chickweed, shepherd’s purse and wild mustards. The eggs appear as whitish domes with around 35 to 40 ridges that run from apex to base. As the eggs mature, they change in color to a brown hue.— Larva: The larvae hatch five to 10 days after eggs are laid, depending on the temperature. The larvae are gray to black in color, giving the species its name. Other distinctive features include a “greasy” skin appearance, lighter-colored ventral area, pairs of unevenly sized black dots on each body segment and a brown head capsule. If disturbed, the caterpillar may curl up into a “C” shape to protect itself. As they grow in size, the larvae move off the plant on which they’re feeding and into the soil nearby, only coming out at night.— Pupa: Larvae complete their growth roughly a month after hatching and pupate about 1 to 4 inches below the soil surface. The pupae are therefore rarely seen but appear as brown spindles less than 1 inch in length.DAMAGEYounger black cutworms feed on foliage and will leave small, irregular holes behind. Older caterpillars feed closer to the surface, notching the stem or cutting it off entirely to drag the plant below the surface and feed in peace. A single cutworm can kill up to five plants during its life span. Severe infestations can lead to losses of 80% but, more typically, damage is localized to areas of the field. Late planting, reduced tillage, wet soil and nearby weeds increase the odds of significant damage.MANAGEMENTStart by removing alternative hosts. Eliminating early-season weeds in and around fields makes them less attractive to incoming moths. Set the biofix (refers to when to start counting degree days for a specific pest) when pheromone traps record nine or more moths over a two-night period, and scout fields for signs of damage soon after plant emergence. If cutworms are present, leaf damage should appear 90 to 300 degree-days after the biofix. If damage is present, check five areas of the field (20 plants each) and note the growth stage of the plants and the number with feeding damage. If cutworms are present, collect 10 larvae to determine the average instar of the population. If damage exceeds the economic threshold for the average instar (see references below), treatment may be necessary.Bt hybrids containing the Cry1F protein (Herculex/HX1) or Vip3a protein (Viptera), alone or in stacks, are labeled as controlling black cutworm. While they reduce risk, corn might still be damaged under heavy pressure. Seed treatments may not always provide satisfactory control, especially at lower rates. Post-rescue treatments can be effective when combined with careful scouting.Black cutworm is among many insects targeted by DTN products and services, including the Agronomic Insights, AP and DTN Smart Trap. (DTN is the parent company of Progressive Farmer magazine)For more information:Purdue University: tinyurl.com/ja3lexwUniversity of Minnesota: tinyurl.com/y3oxxa4o**Editor’s Note: Write Scott Williams at Pest Watch, 2204 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 415, Birmingham, AL 35209, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday expressed surprise over the spinners throughout getting plenty of grip from the Eden Gardens track in the World Twenty20 game against Pakistan.Dhoni conceded that he had thought the track would spin a bit. (Hurt Virat Kohli wanted to keep calm and thrash Pakistan)”I thought it will spin a bit. We felt there was a bit of moisture and usually when that is the case the spinners also get a bit of grip.”But what was surprising was to see throughout the game the spinners got plenty of help off the wicket. It got slightly better in the second half. But also they (Pakistan) had only one spinner,” he said.Asked whether it would have been better to have an extra spinner instead of a third seamer. Dhoni said the team management opted for Pandya because of the dew.”Now The third seamer can give you a bit of help if there is dew around but if I knew that there was so much turn on offer, then I don’t have a problem playing an extra spinner.”