PADDY WALSH ON WEDNESDAY: NOT SO KEANE ON SELFIES AND SIX-PACKS, MAYO AWAIT AT CROKE PARK AND HARPS STILL TOP

first_imgMAYO WAITING IN THE SHORT GRASSBefore the match against Galway, R.T.E. pundit and former Donegal and Mayo player, Martin Carney, reckoned Rory Gallagher’s charges looked a tired team after a tough campaign in Ulster.And now another of the national station’s pundits has echoed the view – Tommy Carr leaping on to the weary bandwagon and suggesting Donegal don’t have it in them mentally or physically to manage a seven day turnaround. Well they didn‘t look too tired in the second half at Croke Park, a period of the match when normally any signs of fatigue kick in. And while most of us considered they always had the beating of a only half decent Galway team – even without Karl Lacey in the ranks and a reported half-fit Michael Murphy (would love to see him when he’s fully fit) lining up – they looked as if they could move up a gear after that under par opening half and move up a gear they duly did.And now Mayo. The team that often flatters to deceive at this stage of the Championship but always carry hope on their crest and probably even more so this year.A tired Donegal would indeed be no match for the lively Westerners but when  you’re in sight of an All-Ireland semi-final that flagging feeling tends to disappear unless you’re Kildare and you show up with a total inferiority complex.Given the nature of the modern game’s training regimes – eat your heart out you pampered players of the Premiership – a seven day turnaround is manageable and there’s no better equipped team than Donegal to manage it even in the wide open spaces of Croke Park. They will be up against a Mayo team heaven bent on ending a long barren sequence of All-Ireland failures despite reaching Finals and Semi-finals over the past few years. Their players and supporters will have particular memories – and not very pleasant ones at that – of the 2012 decider when Donegal sizzled from the start and grabbed two goals before their opponents, then under James Horan, had time to suck air.Mayo know only too well what it’s like to be in the losers dressing room at Croke Park even if they didn’t lose the last time they played at the venue – that memorable thriller with Kerry which went to a replay at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Different venue, same outcome as far as Mayo’s recent All-Ireland record is concerned.They’ll take the field fired up for this one but I don’t believe they’ll be reading too much into the words of Messrs Carney and Carr and thinking their opponents will have travelled with a ‘worn out’ sign on the team bus.This one could go either way and if that’s a fence over there, I’m going over to sit on it.Meanwhile, the Dubs await in the wings and funnily enough I’d have no hesitation in saying we could take them at this or any other stage of this year’s Championship. OUTBREAK OF FOOTBALLGardai were called to the O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny last night following what was described as an outbreak of football.The incident occurred during an encounter involving locals and emigrants who were present for the Letterkenny Reunion.“All had been progressing at a steady pace, or no pace at all, when quite suddenly one of the players found another with a perfect pass. True the pass found one of his opponents but I was at that stage forced to intervene and call for assistance,” reported Garda Robert Johnston. Thousands of supporters, most of whom hadn’t turned up, watched on as two pitch invaders broke through a light Garda presence to join in the action on the Park. Brian Kelly and Jim Ferry were subsequently charged with entering a field of play knowing it to be occupied by O.A.P.’s.As for the match itself, fortunately the rain held off along with the scores and calculators weren’t required for this one. Indeed the fingers on the one hand would have done – and possibly two fingers at that with suggestions that the final score was a point apiece.WATERS EDGEWhile Finn Harps will miss a number of key players for this Friday night’s top of the table meeting in Wexford, they will welcome former Cobh Ramblers ace, Rob Waters, into the team following his signing before the transfer deadline. The latter was on the mark for the Cork side earlier this season when Harps achieved a 3-2 win there. And last September he headed home the decider for Ramblers against Ollie Horgan’s men in a 1-0 win.Having seen him play on a number of occasions, I’ve been an admirer of his for some seasons now and I’ll become an even bigger one if he does the business in the blue and white jersey.But if it’s true that he will only be playing in away matches for Harps, I’m not sure how that can work out when it comes to deploying a system.True, he may be living in the deep south and has probably argued against being forced to travel the length of the country every second week before putting pen to paper but it’s still a strange agreement to have reached between club and player if such is indeed the case.Meanwhile, a decent point for Harps in that goal-less draw against ever improving Athlone Town on Friday night – particularly after the first-half dismissal of Josh Mailey for what the referee saw as an over the top challenge on Derek Doyle and some – and I say some for others felt it was the correct decision – of the rest of us considered as harsh.Not the match official’s only controversial moment of the night – Raymond Foy going down in the visiting box under a hefty tackle that surely would have spelt penalty in anybody’s book but not referee McLoughlin’s.With Shelbourne and Wexford Youths also drawing blanks in their game, the only winner was U.C.D. who are now, alarmingly, closing the gap on the leaders and with a couple of games in hand.It makes this weekend’s game at Ferrycarrig Park crucial for both sides and one neither can afford to lose or even afford to drop two points. A repeat of Harps 1-0 win there earlier this year would do the job but despite an impressive performance at Finn Park from the home side a few weeks back, the Youths showed exactly what they could do by coming away with a 3-1 victory.SUNDAY WITH MARKMark English’s role as ambassador for the GloHealth Senior Track and Field Championships which are taking place at the Morton Stadium in Dublin on August 8th and 9th brought him back into the national newspapers at the weekend when two Sunday titles carried special focuses on him.Mark EnglishThe U.C.D. medical student was the subject of the ‘Time and Place’ weekly feature in ‘The Sunday Times’ when he highlighted his upbringing in his native Letterkenny and the passion for sport his entire family had including parents, Joe and Bridget, and sisters, Joanne and Michelle. “When we were growing up it was one of those homes with hurls in the hallway and runners everywhere. We were always running out to G.A.A. or soccer training or tennis,” he reveals.He played all sports but Gaelic had, he said, been a big passion from the age of ten. “There are two teams in Letterkenny, Letterkenny Gaels beside us and St Eunan’s on the other side of town.”The former Letterkenny A.C. athlete wrote of his grandfather, Patrick English, who passed away recently and had been a huge influence on him. “He played G.A.A. for Roscommon and was in an All-Ireland semi-final.” And he recalled as a teenager playing pool, bowling and games in the Arena 7 along with his friends, Daniel Carr and John Foley,‘The Sunday Business Post’ also featured the young Donegalman in their weekly feature ‘First Person’ where he revealed that he runs best when he hates his opponents on the track. “I usually don’t talk to them. It’s a hostile environment, but that’s what works for me, so that’s what I have to do.”His sporting heroes? “I was fascinated by the rivalry that Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett had in the 1980’s. Watching their races on You Tube made me realise I needed to do more to get to the top level.”Coe and Ovett were reputed to have built up a fierce competitiveness between them – akin to the hatred that Mark English employs for his rivals. If he can surpass their achievements at World and Olympic level, he’ll surely be earning a lot more space in our Sunday newspapers and all the other media outlets besides.Asked in the ‘First Person’ slot if he was aware of his own mortality – and as a medical student he surely cannot but be aware of it – he offered a poignant reminder of the perspective we all need when it comes to sport.“Two classmates of mine were killed in the Berkeley tragedy, and they were two of the most vivacious people you will ever meet. To think that their futures are never going to be lived now is sad. It’s a reminder that, no matter how bad my injuries get, or whatever it is that stops me in my tracks, I’m here enjoying life and I’m lucky.”SPECIAL DELIVERIESAnother medal haul for our Special Olympians with Letterkenny’s Patrick Quinlivan and Oliver Doherty from Buncrana arriving back home yesterday evening following their success in the States.Patrick packed no less than seven medals into his luggage achieved in the Gymnastic disciplines while Oliver returned with a silver from his efforts on the golf course.Fully deserving of the accolades that came their way at the homecoming reception. Well done, lads, you’re a credit to your families, your towns and your county.BARTON BACKGROUND “He showed me the place where he was forced to fight bare-knuckle against other kids while his father and the other dads egged them on and gambled on who would win. He took me to the gravel field where the local gangs would fight, where the drug dealers prowled, and where he tried against the odds to hone his football skills.“He took me to the corner shop that was once owned by Asian immigrants and which was ram-raided every second week and plastered with Nazi symbols. He pointed to the part of the council estate where a schoolfriend was murdered, to another area where a different friend was stabbed, to the pub where children would congregate on Friday nights to pick up the loose change that would scatter when the men fought, as they did savagedy, every weekend. ‘The blood used to cover the street,’ he said.The writer of this piece is the London Times correspondent, Matthew Syed, a former English table tennis international who was a three times winner of the Commonwealth Championships and represented Britain at two Olympic Games.But it’s the subject of the article that might remind us fairly forcibly that not all is at it seems when he bare our fury at sporting personalities who get on the wrong side of us and have us roaring at them on our television screens when they step out of line and, not for the first time, land themselves in trouble with officialdom.For Joey Barton, that sort of trouble has followed him for much of his footballing career and for supporters the land over he’s one of those footballers they love to hate. And hate with venom.The above is just a brief extract from an interview Syed conducted with the former Manchester City, Newcastle United and Q.P.R. midfielder during a visit to Barton’s native area of Huyton, a handful of miles from the centre of Liverpool.Throughout the interview, Barton, who has served time in prison on assault charges unrelated to football, doesn’t give the sense that he’s using his background as an excuse for the red mists that descend on him at various times during a season and doesn’t pretend that that part of his personality has been completely eroded from his make-up – “I can still feel the wolf inside” – but does suggest he has better coping mechanisms to deal with it when the anger bubbles to the surface.If he finds another club this season – and he’s still looking at the time of writing – and appears on ‘Match of the Day’ or wherever with a clatter of players surrounding him after an ill-timed offence and a referee reaching for his pocket, I might still be roaring at him but it won’t quite be with the same malice as the past. For his own past was quite obviously no picnic and that sort of upbringing can shape you for life. MEDALSOMEDid you know that Kerry and Leitrim share 37 All-Ireland football titles between them?  Leitrim, huh, who would have believed it?Great line from Conal Gallen at the launch last week of Fergus Cleary’s new book ‘A World Apart’ on a night when the gags outnumbered those titles and the trio of Cleary, Gallen and Noel Sweeney kept the night going with a stream of stories and quips.Another one from the Ballybofey comedian concerning the Kingdom: Apparently, there are over 1,000 All-Ireland medals in circulation throughout Kerry which sets the scene for the tale of the fellow that approached a woman of the night on the streets of Tralee.“How much?,” he asks. “A hundred euro”, she responds. “Aw, too dear”, says our man. “Would these do?,” whereupon he digs deep in his pocket and emerges with two All-Ireland medals. She accepts and off they go.The following night she’s approached by another client. “How much?,” he demands. A hundred euro, she tells him. “Oh, are you any good?,” he enquires.“Well, I’ve got two All-Ireland medals,” she says.NOT SO KEANERoy’s at it again. This time taking a pop against the Gunners and suggesting the players are too fond of ‘selfies’ and six-packs to win the Premiership title next season.Well, Mr. Keane, allow us to introduce you to a Mr Selfie – or as he’s now better known Mr Skellfie – who helped guide the Donegal Girls under-14 team to an Ulster title this year and an All-Ireland Final.Liam Skelly has taken more selfies this year than Moville has had tourists and he’ll no doubt be at it again when the bulk of the squad travel to Croker to take in Saturday’s quarter-final.Coming soon to a Facebook near you.PADDY WALSH ON WEDNESDAY: NOT SO KEANE ON SELFIES AND SIX-PACKS, MAYO AWAIT AT CROKE PARK AND HARPS STILL TOP was last modified: August 5th, 2015 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)last_img read more

SF Giants planning surprises for Bruce Bochy’s last week

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants will host the Dodgers for the final series of the season at Oracle Park this weekend, but the rivalry games will take a backseat to other end-of-year festivities.The Giants are planning to hold ceremonies on each of the last three days of the season, with the largest coming on Sunday when the franchise honors Bruce Bochy before, during and after the final game of his 25-year managerial career.The organization is not revealing a formal guest list for Sunday’s game, …last_img read more

Thunderstorm Landing

first_imgThis is the cockpit view from a Fokker 100 landing at La Havana runway 06 in a heavy thunderstorm with reduced visibility. At the start of the video the camera pans down to the pilot’s primary flight display and you can see the aircraft, its track and the runway designated as well as the paint of the weather ahead.In aviation red and orange on a weather display are no-go zones.With this thunderstorm would be severe down drafts called Microbursts.Follow airlineratings.com on twitterlast_img

Southern rust confirmed in Ohio corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After being a suspected issue due to the unusual late spring and early summer weather and Tropical Storm Cindy moving through the area back in June, southern rust was confirmed late last week in several counties in central and southern Ohio.Evan Delk, a CCA with Integrated Ag Services sent samples he thought were suspect to Ohio State professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, Pierce Paul, who later confirmed those samples to be southern rust.Southern rust found in Clark Co, Ohio. Courtesy of Evan Delk, Integrated Ag. ServicesSouthern Corn Rust is a fungal disease that generally affects corn after silking. Weather conditions can have a significant affect on when southern rust develops and how far and quickly the disease spreads.According to Stewart Seeds, southern rust has the potential to cause yield loss due to its ability to develop and spread rapidly. The effect of the disease on corn plant health and yield depends on time of infection. Plants infected early in the season may develop significant damage to leaf tissue. Heavy infections of southern rust can lead to early senescence and can limit the ability of the plant to produce carbohydrates for grain fill. This leads to stalk cannibalization and may predispose the plant to stalk lodging, stalk rots, and reduced grain quality.Southern rust found in Clark Co, Ohio. Courtesy of Evan Delk, Integrated Ag. ServicesIf southern rust is identified, growers in the region should first focus their scouting efforts on irrigated, late-planted fields or low-lying fields, such as river bottoms, that are prone to moist conditions. Irrigated or river bottom fields are more likely to have the high humidity required by southern rust to infect corn. Late-planted fields are at risk for developing more severe infections of southern rust because young leaves are more susceptible than older leaves. When scouting for southern rust, determine the growth stage and yield potential to help evaluate whether or not fungicide applications are an economically feasible option.last_img read more

On Basketball: This first round of playoffs sorely lacks playoff drama

first_imgDrama is in very short supply so far in these playoffs. Close games? Few and far between (more on this later). Ratings? They’re down double-digit percentages from last year, a massive hit that suggests casual fans aren’t watching if LeBron James — out of the playoffs for the first time since 2005 — isn’t playing. Tickets? There were seats on the secondary market available for Monday’s Milwaukee-Detroit game for as little as $18.That’s $18, by the way, to see a Bucks team that was the best team in the NBA during the regular season. The Bucks have the likely MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Pistons fans had to have known it would be their team’s last home game of the season. And it was, with Milwaukee winning in a rout to finish off a four-game sweep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA predictable one, at that.The divide between the haves and the have-nots in the NBA looks like a canyon right now. Unless San Antonio takes two of the next three against Denver, or someone rallies from 3-1 or 3-0 down, the eight higher-seeded teams will all win in the first round for the first time since 2008. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles On the one hand, that means the second-round matchups could be really good. Boston-Milwaukee. Golden State-Houston. Philadelphia-Toronto. None of them are set yet, but they would all be fascinating if they happen.“You take control of a series by winning games on the road,” Golden State star Stephen Curry said. “We’ve been able to do that.”This past weekend, all the higher-seeded teams took control by winning away from home. Road teams went 4-0 on Saturday. Road teams went 4-0 again on Sunday. That’s never happened in NBA history. And with lower seeds not cashing in on home-court advantage, this first round might wind down real fast.Boston swept away Indiana. Milwaukee swept Detroit. Houston could sweep Utah on Monday night. Philadelphia, Golden State, Toronto and Portland all have a chance to win in five games. Entering Monday, only one series — Denver vs. San Antonio — was assured of going six games. There might not be a single Game 7 in the first round. The last time that happened was 2011.Fans might want the drama that comes with close games, long series, back-and-forth tussles. Players, of course, don’t mind going without. There have been moments, of course. Portland-Oklahoma City has given us flashes of Damian Lillard vs. Russell Westbrook. And Brooklyn-Philadelphia had some on-court shenanigans, plus Nets general manager Sean Marks somehow getting into the referee locker room to complain and a Nets owner tweeting to the league’s chagrin.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) defends against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) as he drives up court in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)ORLANDO, Florida — If there was a silver lining for Indiana fans after the Pacers were the first team to be bounced from the 2019 NBA playoffs, it’s this: They won’t have to watch any more first-round games.For that, they should be thankful.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hot tempers, yes. Great games, not so much.“Not worried about it or paying attention to anybody else right now,” said Toronto guard Danny Green, whose team is up 3-1 over Orlando. “We’re focused on us and Orlando. We don’t skip steps here. We can’t think about the next series. We haven’t won this series yet. Can’t even think about the next series. Orlando’s our focus. They deserve all our focus. They’re a pretty damn good team. And we’re not looking ahead because we haven’t beat them yet. The job’s not finished.”Out of the first 31 games in these playoffs, road teams have gone 17-14. That’s absurd.And just two of the 31 games have been decided by three points or less. The average margin of victory so far in these playoffs: 14 points per game.So there’s been lopsided games, and for the most part, lopsided matchups. By Wednesday, most of the second round might be set. By Thursday, the first round might be completely done. There’s a chance this could be the fastest first round since the NBA made the opening matchups all best-of-sevens in 2003.The earliest the second round can start is Saturday.Here’s hoping the intrigue ramps up around then as well.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SYKES Philippines dominates Manila and Cebu Inter-BPO Basketball Leagues DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

Vinesh Phogat ties the knot with wrestler Somvir Rathee

first_imgVinesh Phogat tied the knot with national level wrestler Somvir Rathee in Haryana on Thursday. Vinesh got engaged to Rathee in August after she returned from a successful campaign at the Asian Games in Jakarta.Interestingly, the engagement took place upon her return from Jakarta at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The rings were exchanged outside the arrival gates of the airport.The couple on Thursday took an additional vow “beti bachao, beti padhao, beti khilao (save daughters, teach daughters and to let them play)” during the wedding ceremony in Vinesh’s hometown Charkhi Dadri.The couple has been in a relationship for the past 7-8 years.Vinesh had won India a gold medal at the Asian Games when she beat Yuki Irie of Japan in the final of the women’s wrestling.She also became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games.Earlier this year, Vinesh had won the gold medal in women’s 50kg freestyle wrestling at 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.The gold also enabled Vinesh to achieve another feat as she became the only woman wrestler to win two medals in back-to-back Asian Games.Vinesh had earlier won a bronze medal in the 48kg category at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.Vinesh also won back-to-back gold medals in 2014 Glasgow and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this year.Somvir is a two-time national champion.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid closing on deal for Malaga prospect Chechu

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid closing on deal for Malaga prospect Chechuby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are closing on a deal for Malaga prospect Chechu.Marca says Malaga defender Jose Martinez Lopez, known as Chechu, is on Real’s radar.The centre-back has been capped three times with the Under-17 national team and has drawn the attention of La Fabrica for his power and physical attributes.His height of 187 centimetres means that he dominates in the air in both areas.Chechu has been capped at U17 level by Spain. last_img read more

9 months agoAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancy

first_imgAllardyce withdraws from Huddersfield manager vacancyby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town will not appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager.The Terriers parted ways with David Wagner on Monday by mutual consent.The German leaves with the club currently bottom of the table and eight points from safety. Reports had suggested that Allardyce was in the running for the role, given his history with saving clubs from relegation.But the former England boss has distanced himself from those links.He told talkSPORT: “As much as I like Huddersfield, it’s very difficult job indeed. For me, and I know the fans won’t want to hear this, it’s got to be about planning for relegation and then planning to get back into the Premier League.”For me, at this stage of my life if they made an approach I would chat with them, but I think it’s very unlikely, Alan.”They’ve only scored 12 goals in 22 matches, and while I’ve managed to pull teams out of the bottom end, at Sunderland I had Jermain Defoe and at Crystal Palace I had Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke.”Huddersfield’s trouble is not their performances, it’s a lack of goals and we all know what it means when you have a goalscorer.”It’s a very difficult task.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oklahoma Now No. 1 In Both College Basketball Polls

first_imgCollege basketball polls.oklahoma no 1 in both college basketball pollsThe Oklahoma Sooners, sporting a 15-1 record after knocking off both Oklahoma State and West Virginia last week, are your new No. 1-ranked college basketball team. OU made the jump Monday in both the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll, replacing Kansas, which lost to the aforementioned Mountaineers. The Jayhawks dropped to No. 3 in both polls – with North Carolina coming in at No. 2. There was a major shakeup in both polls this week, considering the fact that 16 of the top 25 teams in the land (per the AP Poll) lost games.In 1 week, 16 of the AP Top 25 teams have lost a game. Welcome to College Basketball. pic.twitter.com/l47tBWc02e— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 17, 2016Here are the AP Poll rankings. You can see more over at the Associated Press.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Xavier6. West Virginia7. Maryland8. SMU9. Iowa10. Texas A&M11. Michigan State12. Arizona13. Virginia13. Baylor15. Miami (FL)16. Providence17. Louisville18. Butler19. Iowa State20. Duke21. USC22. Purdue23. Kentucky24. South Carolina25. Indiana …and here are the Coaches’ Poll rankings, released by USA Today.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Maryland6. Xavier7. West Virginia8. Texas A&M9. Iowa10. Michigan State11. Arizona12. Duke13. Virginia14. Miami (FL)15. Baylor16. Louisville17. Providence18. South Carolina19. Kentucky20. Pittsburgh21. Iowa State22. Purdue23. Indiana24. Butler25. USCOklahoma begins its reign at No. 1 with a tough game on the road against No. 19 Iowa State tonight.last_img read more

Agriculture Minister Calls on Jamaicans to Invest More in Idle Lands

first_img Speaking at the St. Mary Agricultural Show at Gray’s Inn Sports complex, Annotto Bay, St. Mary, on Monday (April 2), Mr. Shaw said more investments from Jamaicans are needed in the agricultural sector, “so that we can ensure food security and decrease our importation to satisfy the demands of our local market”. New Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated calls for Jamaicans to invest more in farming on idle lands across the island. New Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated calls for Jamaicans to invest more in farming on idle lands across the island.Speaking at the St. Mary Agricultural Show at Gray’s Inn Sports complex, Annotto Bay, St. Mary, on Monday (April 2), Mr. Shaw said more investments from Jamaicans are needed in the agricultural sector, “so that we can ensure food security and decrease our importation to satisfy the demands of our local market”.“In Jamaica, we are too blessed with so many acres of idle lands. We have got to put them into production,” the Minister emphasised.“I am tired to see idle lands [of which] a lot was in sugar, and all over the world, sugar is a declining business, but even in sugar, we can rationalise our sugar lands and make them produce more efficiently while we make other lands available for use,” he added.The Minister pointed out that numerous hectares of idle lands already have irrigation, which investors will not have to worry about before planting.“Plenty of the idle lands are between St. Catherine and Clarendon. There are 18,000 hectares that are idle, and 70 per cent already has irrigation,” he noted.Mr. Shaw also called on more Jamaicans to set up small gardens in their back yards, as is done in other developed and developing nations.“Last week, I went to a conference in Argentina in a place called Mendoza, and when I was flying across the South American continent (Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina), all I could see is production. Everywhere, something was being produced, whether grapes or corn…Where you don’t see crops growing, you see cattle. When I fly over Jamaica, I am tired to see idle lands,” he said.The Minister pointed out that countries such as Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic export a lot of fresh vegetables and processed foods to the United States, and Jamaica needs to do more of this.Mr. Shaw said since he has been working in the capacity of Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, he has been impressed by the interest, involvement and initiatives of youth in agriculture.“I’ve seen so much initiative and enterprise. I’ve seen so many young entrepreneurs who are committed to doing something and devising new products from our locally produced material, and this is how we are going to move in Jamaica, from poverty to prosperity,” he said.The St. Mary Agricultural Show was being held for the 32nd year, under the theme ‘Climate Smart Agriculture, the Key to Food Security’.Annually, the event is hosted to bring farmers from the parish of St. Mary, neighbouring parishes and other stakeholders together, where ideas for innovation are shared, along with the introduction of new technology, which they can incorporate in their practice. “I am tired to see idle lands [of which] a lot was in sugar, and all over the world, sugar is a declining business, but even in sugar, we can rationalise our sugar lands and make them produce more efficiently while we make other lands available for use,” he added. Story Highlightslast_img read more