How Asian countries are ranked by Fifa this 2018

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Fifa World Cup begins tomorrow, June 14, and countries across the world are gearing up for it. Only three Asian countries – Australia, South Korea and Japan have qualified to compete for the world’s most coveted trophy in football.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Team captain Maraño, Valdez lead 20-woman national team pool Vietnam is ranked 102 followed by North Korea which is ranked 108.Despite being one of the oldest teams in Asia that has been playing at international level as early as 1913, Philippines has never qualified for the World Cup. It is ranked 115. Thailand’s ‘War Elephants’ as the team is known were eliminated in the third round this year and couldn’t qualify for the World Cup. It is ranked 122.Myanmar, Maldives and Nepal are ranked 138, 150 and161 respectively.Indonesia under the name of Dutch East Indies national football qualified for the World Cup in 1938 and since then has never been able to qualify. It is ranked 164 and is followed by Cambodia and Singapore ranked 166 and 169 respectively.Malaysia’s best standing in Fifa was the ranking of 1993 when it was at 75th position. Currently the country is ranked 171 followed by Laos and Bhutan ranked 178 and 183 respectively. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are ranked very low at 194 and 200 respectively.ADVERTISEMENT On the global ranking, Australia is the only country from Asia that figures in the top 50.  Australian team named Socceroos is ranked 36. The Socceroos are in Group C with France, Peru and Denmark.South Korea is ranked 57 and is the only Asian country that has qualified nine times for the world cup. It is also the only Asian country to win the most entertaining team award at 2002 Fifa world Cup.  Two players from the team were also voted members of the MasterCard All Star Team, the only Asians to be voted in. South Korean team is in Group F with Germany, Sweden and Mexico.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJapan is ranked 67 and will be making its sixth appearance in this year’s World Cup. It is one of the most successful Asian teams having qualified for the World Cup for last six consecutive years. It is in Group H with Poland, Senegal and Colombia.China is ranked 75. The highlight of the football feat in the country has been the year 2002 when the team qualified for the World Cup. India has never participated in the World Cup although the team qualified by default in 1950 when other teams in the group withdrew. Currently it is ranked 97 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pakistan is lowest ranked Asian team at 203rd position out of 211 teams in the world rankings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

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THE CRAIC IS ’90’ FOR DUNFANAGHY MAN PATRICK!

first_imgPatrick gets stuck into some cake!The craic was ’90’ with this well-known Dunfanaghy man earlier in the week.Patrick McGinley from Swillybrin  could easily pass for a man much younger than his nine decades.Friends and family gathered to cut a cake for well-known farmer Patrick who is a true gentleman. Many happy returns Patrick.If your relative or friend has a milestone birthday, why not send us in a picture and a few details and we’ll publish a birthday wish to them! Send the picture and words to [email protected] THE CRAIC IS ’90’ FOR DUNFANAGHY MAN PATRICK! was last modified: November 30th, 2015 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:birthdayDunfanaghyPatrick McGinleylast_img read more

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Proline confirmed as part of 2019 Kagame Cup

first_imgProline are the Big League and Uganda Cup champions.KMAPALA – As the CECAFA Kagame cup edges closer, teams have started confirming participation.With some ot the East African giants like Yanga FC and Simba SC, opting out, others are relishing the prospect of taking part in the 2019 edition.FUFA Big League and Uganda Cup champions Proline made themselves available for the tournament and have been confirmed as part of the 13 teams that will feature in the competition that will start next month.According to KawowoSports.com, Proline’s participation was confirmed by CECAFA General Secretary Nicholsa Musonyi.The Lugogo based side have however not come out to confirm the developments.The tournament has already seen KCCA FC confirm their participation and if Proline do indeed intend to take part, it means that we will have two clubs representing Uganda this time round.KCCA FC have already confirmed their participation.Last year, Uganda was represented by Vipers SC who were eliminated by Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia at the quarter finals.It has been 13 years since the CECAFA Kagame Cup was won by a Ugandan Club.Rolling back the years to 2006, then Ugandan Premier League defending champions, Police FC defeated Moro United 2-1 in the final played in Tanzania, to seal their first and only title.For Uganda, it was the last of only 5 championships they have managed in the tournament’s 43 year old history.Not that the clubs which represent Uganda don’t take it seriously, but rather have fallen short to other teams on several occasions, losing 8 finals in the process.The tournament will kick off on 6th June and end on the 21st of the same month.It will be hosted in Kigali, Rwanda.Teams that have confirmed participation-TP Mazembe (Congo)-KCCA FC (Uganda)-Proline FC (Uganda)-Rayon Sport (Rwanda)-APR FC (Rwanda)-Gor Mahia (Kenya)-Bandari (Kenya)-Azam (Tanzania)-KMC (Tanzania)-KMKM (Zanzibar)-AS Ports (Djibouti)-Heegan (Somali)-Green Buffaloes (Zambia)-Motema Pembe ( Congo) Pending confirmation-Big Bullets (Malawi) Pending confirmationComments Tags: CECAFA Kagame CupKCCA FCNicholsa Musonyipolice fcProline SCSimba SCtopYanga SClast_img read more

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Kilimo Salama farmers’ safety

first_imgMusa Mkalipi Kilimo Salama has helped insure thousands of farmers in Kenya and Rwanda (Image:One Acre Fund) Farmers receive insurance on their phones (Image:Agfax) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kilimo Salama  +254 2071 7750 RELATED ARTICLES • Kenya takes banking to the poor • Kenyans thrive on local plants • Africa can produce food it needs • New centre to enhance food securityFarmers in Kenya and Rwanda are able to farm without the fear of financial loss through damaged crops caused by bad weather – in farming terms this generally means either too much or too little rain, and it can be the undoing of a farmer. Kilimo Salama is an insurance scheme offering farmers coverage for their farms from the effects of drought and rain; and it works with just the use of a mobile phone.Kilimo Salama, which means “safe farming”, is an innovative programme operated by Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator; the Syngenta Foundation, for sustainable agriculture; and UAP Insurance, a leading insurance provider. It started in Kenya in 2009 before expanding to Rwanda.The scheme was established to give farmers the confidence to invest in their farms, which feed their communities, and was created by the Syngenta Foundation. Syngenta aims to extend crop insurance to smallholder farmers in rural and developing countries through innovation. Insurance is bought from agro-dealers, who are registered and trained by Kilimo Salama. They are issued with camera phones used to scan the bar code of the policy bought by the farmer, at the time of purchase. This immediately registers the policy with UAP Insurance over the Safaricom network. Farms from as small as one acre – about 0.4 hectares or 4 050 square metres – can take out Kilimo Salama insurance to shield them from any financial losses, enabling a premium price that millions of farmers can afford. Kilimo Salama is one the new innovations in small scale agriculture that has been quietly sweeping across Africa’s farms, boosting production, crop fields and family incomes. Since its launch, the project has grown from 200 policy holders to more than 70 000. Its operations are innovative: solar power weather stations collect weather data at the end of each growing season to determine if extreme weather might affect the harvest. Kilimo Salama staff do not visit farms to assess the pay out and farmers do not have to submit a claim. Rather, it uses information from the automated weather stations and makes automated mobile pay outs if the rainfall is 15% below or above the average. The scheme’s design was based on the Laikipia District in Kenya, where hundreds of maize farmers insured their farms against the long rains of 2009. Since weather monitoring on farms has developed, several other projects have been launched in countries such as Mexico, Morocco, India, Malawi and Tanzania.But Kilimo Salama is the first agricultural insurance programme worldwide to reach smallholders using mobile technology. Farming is a way of life for many people in Kenya and Rwanda, and Kenya’s economy is highly dependent on agriculture. Kilimo Salama offers some measure of security from risk in these countries. Micro insurance on the rise According Microfinance Africa, about one billion people live in Africa, with an estimated 60% living below the poverty line. It is common cause that natural disasters such as floods and drought, as well as disease affect the poorest the hardest. Micro-insurance is insurance with low premiums that protects low income earners and their assets from disaster. It is targeted at individuals who have little savings, mainly for lower valued assets, illness, injury or death. The micro-insurance sector is expanding throughout Africa, where about 14-million low income earners were covered at the end of 2008, according to the International Labour Organisation. Its study, “The landscape of micro-insurance products in Africa” found that 14.7-million people living on less than $2 (R17.92) a day in 32 African countries were covered by micro-insurance products. By 2012, micro-insurance had grown by more than 200%. Farming in Africa According to the University of Cambridge Research, there are about 500-million smallholder farmers worldwide, of whom Africans are some of the poorest. For many Africans, farming is the only source of income and money is generated according to what is planted and harvested. Statistics estimate that 60% of the world’s available farmland is in Africa. It is a large continent with many different types of climate. In North Africa, in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt, farming is limited by the dry climate. Products planted include wheat, barley, olives, grapes, citrus fruit, and some vegetables. According to Plant Life, less than 20% of the working population in Libya and about 55% in Egypt are employed in farming. Farm Chemicals International found there was a high incidence of organic farming in Tunisia, which reserves 300 000 hectares for organic farming of products such as olives, dates, jojoba, almonds, fruit, vegetables, honey, and medicinal plants. West Africa comprises 16 countries, most of which are composed of low plains, desert and coastline. Agriculture in the region has developed, attracting economic interest in rice farming. The methods of farming in West Africa include permanent and temporary intercropping and livestock. Its forests offer a large amount of biodiversity and support the population with forest resources. Fishing is also a large income earner. The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFAOM) and the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture found that 38 African countries had received certificates of organic farming, and about a million hectares of land had been given an organic stamp. There are as many as 470 000 farms on the continent, the largest number in Uganda. These farms provide employment and feed many on and outside the continent. Organic farming is carried out in South Africa, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.In addition, 16.4-million hectares of land have been certified as bee keeping areas. The largest of these areas is in Cameroon.last_img read more

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Corn bearish, soybeans bullish

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileShock and awe with acres numbers today. Corn bearish, soybeans bullish. USDA did it again, it’s called a surprise!At a time when traders, producers, and end users are starving for information on acres and yield, today’s acres report falls far short. There is a vast amount of irony today due to what many have expected and what the numbers should reveal but likely won’t.The corn acres were 91.7 million acres while soybean acres were 80 million acres. Shortly after the report corn was down 11 cents, soybeans were up 12 cents.Shortly before the report, corn was up 2 cents, soybeans up 4 cents, wheat up 1 cent. The average corn acres estimate was 86.7 million acres with a range of 82 to 89.8 million acres. The average trade estimate for soybean acres was 84.4 million acres with a range of 81 to 86.5 million acres.The most attention today will focus primarily with corn. For weeks since mid-May there has intense focus on the lack of corn planting progress. Print and digital media have bombarded producers with literally a cascade of articles detailing prevent planting payment calculations and the author’s recommendations. USDA stopped collecting farmers’ surveys of acres planted and or their intentions to plant before many had made final decisions to not plant corn and soybeans. Those decisions to not plant were made June 10 and after.While Ohio leads the Midwest with the lack of planting progress on June 24 for corn and soybeans among the top eight U.S. states for corn and soybean production, don’t pin your hopes and 2019 gross revenues on this fact leading the market higher. Closer examination for 2018 US corn production reveals Ohio was 8th in corn production with 617 million bushels. Total U.S. corn production in 2018 was 14.4 billion bushels with Ohio producing 4.2% of the nation’s corn. Ranking the top 10 states in 2018 US corn production would be — Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, South Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Missouri.Without question the corn and soybean rally since mid-May has been solely a supply driven rally. Corn has pulled corn and soybeans along for the ride. Supply driven rallies are extremely volatile and difficult to navigate. A bull needs to be fed every day. The same can be said for a bull market.The weather with numerous weeks of rains and lack of sunshine resulted in week after week of planting delays. As the delays mounted the number of acres of corn not planted grew as well. Trader estimates were all over the spectrum as they pegged corn prevented planted acres anywhere from 4.5 million acres to as 12 million acres. It is still a moving target. It will likely be the Aug. 12 report when more is known on actual U.S. corn and soybean acres.The market drifted lower for weeks this spring.  The U.S./China trade talks which so many producers had pinned their hopes for a better 2019, collapsed when an agreement nor its signing date never materialized. The addition of a bearish March grain stocks report led some to believe U.S. corn production in 2018 may be have been larger than first reported. In addition,  monthly WASDE (supply and demand) reports this spring had less corn being fed to livestock. This number was inconsistent compared to past years. The news cycle was dominated with negative news. Within days, the start of a spring rally never imagined by producers was in its infancy.Weather will be a key factor in July. Hot and dry is typically bullish. Cool and wet is typically associated with the adage “rain makes grain.” More grain is bearish for prices. However, this summer cool and wet is likely to not be bearish most of the time.In case you have not come to this conclusion, put a few more notches in your seat belt. Buckle up.last_img read more

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Whats in a name

first_imgWhat’s in a Surname, a play directed by Anurag Arora, talks about the complex nature and prejudices of the Indian society that has far more surnames than names. The award-winning play was exclusively staged for the senior citizens of Ashiana Nirmay. What’s in a surname is originally named Ravi aur Ravi. This comedy play is written by veteran playwright Ashok Lal. Awarded by Dilli Sahitya Kala Parishad, this comedy play is a laugh riot still relevant, thought provoking and dramatically engaging. The play is intricately woven with India’s socio-political scenario-and home-grown humor.  It is the story of two fellow-students and great friends – one from the so-called ‘upper caste’ and the other from a ‘scheduled caste’.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The former is in search of a job, and the latter wants to get married to his love, a girl from ‘upper caste’, and a friend of both the friends. The friends cannot get to their destinations because of social imperatives. So they change their identities. Thereafter, as a play, it is a roller-coaster ride- and complete mayhem in the lives of the protagonists. Anurag Arora is a well known name in theatre circle and it has been his passion for the past 15 years. He hav edone around 400 shows under the direction of eminent directors and have featured in Bollywood movies like Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Chittagong, Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola, Fukrey etc.last_img read more

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Normal life unaffected in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The foolproof measures of the state government ensured that normal life remained largely unaffected in Bengal on the first day of the two-day nationwide strike on Tuesday by the trade unions.The state government offices, educational institutions and even private companies recorded normal attendance. The IT sector and Port activities were normal and so were attendance at tea gardens. Attendance at Nabanna, New Secretariat buildings and other state offices in different parts of the city and the state recorded above 95 percent attendance. State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said on Tuesday that the trade union bandh in the state has been a total flop. In the Hills, the bandh failed to make an impact. Shops, offices, business establishments, educational institutes remained open. There was normal traffic on the roads. Tea gardens in the Hills also remained open.last_img read more

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