Gibson not ready for Chelsea clash

first_img Gibson is yet to feature this term after suffering a knee injury in the Toffees’ final pre-season friendly against Real Betis last month. Defender Antolin Alcaraz, signed on a free transfer from Wigan in the summer, is also not yet ready to make his debut as he continues his recovery from a hernia operation. Manager Roberto Martinez said: “Darron and Antolin are in training with the first team. “Now it is a case of getting the match fitness. That could take a couple of weeks, depending on how they react. “Darron and Antolin won’t be fit for the weekend but they are not going to be too far away. “For Darron, in a couple of weeks, he’ll be getting really close.” Martinez will consider handing debuts to new signings James McCarthy and Gareth Barry for Chelsea’s visit to Goodison Park. The midfield pair were both signed on deadline day but McCarthy has trained little with the squad as yet due to international duty and also has a slight knock. The other deadline day signing, Romelu Lukaku, will not be able to play against his parent club this weekend. Martinez said: “It’s been a real joy to see Gareth Barry around, with his daily standards. Press Association Everton midfielder Darron Gibson will not return to action in this weekend’s Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea despite resuming full training. “James McCarthy hasn’t been able to train with the group yet, Romelu has been with us a couple of days. “It is always great to have new faces being integrated into the group. “I don’t think it has been a difficult time for any of those players. “It has been a good welcoming period. We can’t wait to get the full squad working together.” Martinez has reported no other fitness concerns, aside from minor issues over McCarthy and Seamus Coleman. He said: “We are getting the 15 players we had away back today. “On paper it seems everyone is more or less fine. A couple have niggles or knocks – Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy after their game with the Republic of Ireland – but apart from those two everyone seems to be fully fit.” last_img read more

Liberman: Hack finally gets the chance to thank those who have helped him

first_imgWhen I finally decided to work as a producer at CitrusTV instead of as a copy editor at The Daily Orange, I considered giving up writing completely to just focus on television. Sitting across from me in Watson Theater as I made that decision, Tomer Langer urged me to do what was best, whether it would be producing or copy editing. But he made me make a promise that afternoon that I couldn’t quit writing. I agreed, fully planning on keeping that promise for one semester, realizing the workload was too much and leaving. But here I am, two years later, producing one final piece for the best collegiate paper in the country. Since I never worked as an editor, I never wrote a duck to thank those who have helped me on my journey. Thus, with my final few words, I’m going to do so now. Tomer, thank you for that promise. I am a better person and journalist because of it. L’Chaim brother!Schwed, thank you for yelling at me about a terrible women’s soccer gamer and then letting me cover the men’s game the next night. Thank you for being more excited about my Opal Curless A1 than I was. Want to talk about Yorktown lax? Charlie, thank you for being my first friend at ‘Cuse. We said on the first week that we’d be sports editors and cover men’s basketball together. While that didn’t happen, we did some pretty good work. That guy we beefed with on Twitter might not think so, but he’s wrong. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSam, thank you for being the person whom I’ve tried to emulate every day of my college career. Let’s hang, bud, maybe not for a six-hour read though. Please never wear all black to run a marathon again. You’ll cook like a Thanksgiving turkey. Guti, thank you for being the biggest goofball I’ve ever met. When I first met you, you were like a 45-year-old kid writing about pistachios. Miss you.Courtesy of Matt LibermanSchaf, thank you for laughing even harder than I did when Graham decided he couldn’t handle himself on the commuter rail. Maybe we’ll find that Airbnb in a video someday.Graham, thank you for booting on the commuter rail. You should go on Jeopardy and beat James Holzhauer.Kaci, thank you for being an even bigger Thrones fan than I am. “Janos Slynt” will never know what’s coming. Don’t forget to eat and sleep, those are important. Thank you for being the friendliest person I have ever met at 744.Dabbundo, thank you for being you. Let’s grab Wendy’s sometime and talk more about Tony Bennett. Maybe we’ll take a trip to Destiny and set up shop.MJ, thank you for not being Delt Mike anymore. Sorry I called you an a**hat. You’re a tremendous editor and a better friend.Billy, thank you for being the guiding light. Looking at you each day, I always knew whatever I was doing, there was someone working harder.To the rest of the sports staff, thank you for the memories. I’m sorry I can’t mention everyone. You guys know how much I hate word counts. This past year has been one of the toughest of my life, but everyone at the DO gives me a reason to smile. To my friends and family elsewhere, you’ve been there every step of the way.Couches, thank you for the concussions in the ceiling, the bonfires and the Revolutionary War knife. Thank you for the stationary giant and Qdoba dates. CTN boys, thank you for the New Year’s celebrations and for the half apps. Thank you for the Billy Joel, the tree-outs and Pagodas. To next year in Jerusalem, or Jonny’s basement. Dugan, Thomsen, Riccardi, thank you. I can’t think of three people at school who had a bigger influence on me than you. Kat, thank you for waiting for me at Citrus every Thursday after ‘Cuse Countdown. Thank you for letting me raid your food every day and not openly getting mad about it. Thank you for being there for over three years and hopefully for many more, maybe in Greece.Brianna, thank you for not listening to me, or mom, or dad and not going to Ithaca. Thank you for guest swipes and the jokes about pantsuits. Thank you for the pictures of Cody for the first three years when I was the only one here. Thank you for being my best friend.Courtesy of Matt LibermanDad, thank you for never letting me hang up the phone peacefully. Thank you for always being the funniest guy in the room, even when most times you shouldn’t be. Thank you for putting a little Everett in me and for always being my biggest supporter. Thank you for teaching me to be the man that I am. I love you. Mom, thank you for yelling at me when I got a 95 on a spelling test, I’m better off for it. Thank you for calling me every day to say hi even when you know I don’t have the time. I may sound frustrated on the phone, but it just means you’re being my mom. Thank you for being the most important person in the world. I’m sorry about all the times I caused you pain and for all the times I didn’t say I’m sorry. I love you and tell Myra she’s wrong. I don’t know what will come for me next in life, but I only ask of one thing: don’t be a stranger.Matt Liberman was a staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at and on Twitter @Matt_Liberman.— 30 — Comments Published on April 28, 2019 at 8:08 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Day 4 of The 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest See results from Day 1See results from Day 2See results from Day 3There are a chosen few that have been on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour for a number of years that have been deemed “Master Scouts”. On my very first year on this tour I rode with retired farmer Dick Overby, now with Rain and Hail, LLC. This is his 10th year on the tour and I am privileged to be with him again today as we travel from Iowa City, Iowa to Dick’s stomping grounds of southern Minnesota. He is so knowledgeable about agriculture and passionate about it too. That will make this last day an enjoyable one. The tour wraps up in Rochester, Minnesota tonight.7:30 a.m.We head to Iowa County, Iowa for our first stop and this corn was planted much later. Ears were very high, but tip back will bite the yield potential here. No one is talking about the dirty F-word this week, but if an early frost comes, this field will be susceptible. Our yield check is 150.1. The soybean were also a bit younger, in stage 4, but things here look good. Our pod count was 1310.4.Iowa Co, IowaIowa Co, Iowa8:07 a.m.These fields are in Keokuk County, Iowa and again this corn is not very far along compared to other fields in Iowa yesterday. The ears were a little more developed by no sign of dent yet. Our number for this field is 173.7. The soybeans looked great and one of the stalks had 112 pods on them. Luckily someone else on the crew has pod counting duties this morning. The pod count in a 3 x3 square here is 2632.. The highest I have seen this week by a mile.Keokuk Co, IowaKeokuk Co, Iowa8:55 a.m.Mahaska County, Iowa has some SDS showing up and the field we scouted was no exception. The corn population was high and the ears were a decent length but some tip back was noted. Leaf diseases have thinned out this field as plenty of sun was getting to the dirt in the spot I was in. Our corn yield guess is 238.7 and we counted 1632 soybean pods in a 3 x 3 foot square.Mahaska Co, IowaMahaska Co, Iowa 9:32 a.m.Our 4th stop of Day 4 is in Marion County, Iowa. There are a group of investors following us today and they are commenting how the fields are looking better as we go west and they are right. This corn field would have had a higher number if it weren’t for a 14 round on one ear, but that is they way it goes out here. The soybeans were being munched on by a pest but to a very minimal degree and mostly on the end rows. Our yield check here is 183.6 and the pod count was a 1512.Marion Co, IowaMarion Co, Iowa10:15 a.m.In Warren County, Iowa, we had the rare occasion to meet the farmer of the fields we were sampling. He saw our Pro Farmer hats and said “I know what you’re doing here.” One of the best parts of a chance meeting like this one is to get some background on these fields. They were recently hit with a fungicide that will get them to harvest in the best possible health and the moisture has been just about right all season. He said he pulled a sample yesterday and got 185 and with our sample we hit the yield at 185.7. The soybeans were unbelievable with a solid pop and pod count. Our bean number here is 2611.Warren Co, IowaWarren Co, IowaWarren Co, Iowa11:20 a.m.The field we found in Polk County, Iowa looked like most of the fields from Day 2. Variability was prevalent here and the ears were poorly developed. The only thing that saved this sample was a high population. The soybeans were very tall, but not very productive, compared to our morning samples. Our corn yield estimate is 173.2 and the soybean pod count was 1200.Polk Co, IowaPolk Co, IowaPolk Co, Iowa 11:47 a.m.One more stop before lunch in Story County, Iowa. I have been in some good dirt, but this dirt was among the best I have set foot on. Anyone’s back yard garden would lose to this piece. This corn field is in the early milk stage but the ears are filled out to the tip and our yield estimate is 204. The soybeans,although they were tall, left a lot to be desired and came in with a count of 1008.8.Story Co, IowaStory Co, Iowa 1:25 p.m.Our first stop after lunch was in Boone County, Iowa. These fields are really saturated and I feel like my boots weigh 20 pounds a piece after making my way 35 paces in and 35 paces out. The spot I landed in was very short and thin. Stalks were only about 6 feet tall. Populations were high and ears were medium in size. Our calculations peg this field at at 169.1. The 30 inch soybeans were below our daily average at 1272.Boone Co, IowaBoone Co, Iowa 2:10 p.m.Hamilton County, Iowa just received quite a bit of rain recently. The corn looked really nice and uniform and the health of the plants were very good. Ear development was excellent and this field will bring in 220 bushels on average according to our math. The soybeans were highly populated but the pods per plant were lacking. Our number here is 1159 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square.Hamilton Co, Iowa3:00 p.m.As we head north things aren’t getting much better, but they aren’t getting much worse either. The consistency of these corn fields are much different than what we saw on Days 1 and 2 in Ohio and Indiana. Our corn here will measure 191 bushels to the acre and the soybeans, planted in 30 inch rows will be a very average 1452.Wright Co, IowaWright Co, IowaWright Co, Iowa 3:35 p.m.Despite some hail damage early in the season, this field will do okay. The yield calc is right around average at 188.5. We have only been below 170 twice today and have been close to 190 most of the day. The soybeans here were one of the worst of the day clocking in with 1132 pods in a 3 foot square.Hancock Co, IowaHancock Co, IowaHancock Co, Iowa 3:55 p.m.Our final stop for the 2015 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour is in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. This corn was just like what we saw for the  majority of the day. Our number here is 187.2. The soybeans were healthy looking and even looked alright once we got them to the truck, but these heavily podded plants were in 30 inch rows, so the number is a modest 1195.Cerro Gordo Co, IowaCerro Gordo Co, IowaCerro Gordo Co, IowaThe Iowa averages for our route on Day 4 was 188.7 bushels for the corn and 1509.5 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square for the soybeans. Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Iowa.Corn –180.25 bushels to the acre. The 3 year average is 162.65 b/a.Soybeans – 1219 pods in 3X3 foot square. The 3 year average is 1033.6. Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Minnesota.Corn –190.87 bushels to the acre. The 3 year average is 169.35 b/a.Soybeans – 1119.22 pods in 3X3 foot square. The 3 year average is 945.1. Pro Farmer will release their final crop tour numbers on Friday afternoon.last_img read more

Hot weather hanging on this week

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAHot weather, possibly close to the hottest weather of the season is on tap yet this week. This should help make corn stalks brown up fast. However, with that heat, high dewpoints or moisture will also accompany the hot weather. This means soil drying will be slower than you would normally expect with high temperatures due to a limit on the evapotranspiration rate. The hot weather will be fueled in part by tropical activity in the Pacific Ocean driving storms into the Pacific Northwest into western Canada and a big high pressure over the eastern U.S. Rainfall will likely continue at or above normal into the start of September before some drying occurs. We do not see any early freeze conditions this year.September Harvest Outlook:Temperatures: 2-4F above normalRainfall: Near normal (-0.5 to +0.5 inches)Humidity levels: Above normalFreeze Outlook: NoneField Conditions/Soil Moisture: 1-2 inches of extra moisture in soils so expect okay conditions for harvest except in lower areas that will likely remain wet.October Harvest Outlook:Temperatures: 1-3 F above normalRainfall: Above (+0.5-+1.0 inches)Humidity levels: Above normalFreeze Outlook: About normal timing from Oct. 10-20 rangeField Conditions/Soil Moisture: 1-2 inches of extra moisture in the soils and with some rainy weather some challenges can be expected in harvest. Wettest conditions will be western half and northern areas driest east and southeast.The next two weeks of rainfall can be seen on attached image. Normal is about 0.75 inches per week. Normal for two weeks is about 1.5 inches and the weather models suggest the rainfall will average 1.25 to 3+ inches over Ohio for the next two weeks. The biggest rain threats the next two weeks will be over parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa where rainfall could top a half foot and create real wet soil conditions in those areas.last_img read more