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first_img Published on November 28, 2012 at 3:00 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ The magic number is 3,000.If the Syracuse Silver Knights can get that many paying customers to each of their 13 home games at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena, the team becomes profitable. The future then becomes more certain and more promising for professional soccer in the city of Syracuse.“If every soccer person just went to one game, any person that had anything to do with soccer,” Silver Knights President and head coach Tommy Tanner said, “you know, a kid playing soccer or played in the men’s league or played in the coed league, went to one game, we’d sell out all 13 home games.”But with an operating budget between $500,000 and $600,000, getting “more butts in the seats” is an exercise in indirect marketing. Billboards and TV commercials are out of the question for the Silver Knights. They’re too expensive. If the Silver Knights don’t reach that magic number of 3,000, though, they run the risk of joining their outdoor predecessors, the Syracuse Salty Dogs, and hundreds of other now-defunct teams in the graveyard of American soccer clubs.The Silver Knights front office aimed to sell about 750 season tickets for this season. Current sales are at about 460, said Nick Michalkow, director of group sales and fan services. The team originally planned to raise $500,000 through shares in the Syracuse Pro Sports Group, LLC. Shares are still available, but Vice President of Sales and Marketing Allen Laventure said he could not comment on the number sold.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo the four-man, full-time front office staff has no choice but to get creative, save costs and hope fans show up.“For us it’s not about the 13 home games, it’s about being active and in the community 365 days a year,” Laventure said.On Black Friday, that meant sending the team to ring bells and work the donation kettle at Destiny USA. Other nights it means the team’s jersey color changes for a cause. And in an attempt to reach out to children and families, the Silver Knights carry out a three-part school assembly program known as the Knights’ Code, in which players speak to students about health and wellness, diversity and the dangers of bullying.“It’s being involved in the community where people are saying, ‘Wow, these guys are doing a lot, we see them everywhere,’” Laventure said. “And that’s one of the things that we’ve been fortunate of when I talk to sponsors they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh I was at this run’ or ‘My son came home with a worksheet from you guys.’”The Silver Knights are not bogged down by the same financial troubles that doomed the Salty Dogs, which were also part-owned by Pete Ramin, who is now a Silver Knights co-owner and vice president of operations.The Salty Dogs performed well at the gate, drawing the third-highest attendance in the 16-team USL First Division (USL-1) in 2004 despite splitting home games between P&C Stadium — now Alliance Bank Stadium — and Liverpool High School.But mere entry into the league cost $500,000, with $300,000 going toward a territory fee to the Rochester Raging Rhinos and $200,000 paid directly as a league fee. The high startup costs, in addition to a pricey lease agreement with P&C Stadium, caused the team to bleed money and cease operations in October 2004 after just two seasons.By contrast, in late 2009, USL-1 Senior Director Chris Economides reached out to Tanner about bringing a franchise  to Syracuse. There was no territory fee despite the eventual presence of another Rochester club, the Lancers. Instead of the $200,000 league fee that the Syracuse Pro Sports Group paid for the Salty Dogs, Syracuse Pro Sports, LLC, only paid a $50,000 fee for the Silver Knights franchise.Tanner and Michalkow estimated the Salty Dogs’ operating costs are $1.2 million. And while the Silver Knights’ are about half that, the second-year franchise must expand its fan base to thrive.“We definitely missed a couple markets last year,” said Michalkow, who is in his first year with the franchise.He and Laventure pointed to the Latino — 8.3 percent of the city’s population — and young adult demographics as areas of weakness for the club. So this year, the Silver Knights are writing game stories for CNY Latino.The Silver Knights also continue to push for Syracuse University students to attend games as Laventure reaches out to students in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.“I think that college students, if they came and saw a game, would actually enjoy themselves,” he said. “Getting them off the Hill has been our biggest challenge.”Ultimately the Silver Knights target families as the foundation of their fan base. Laventure worked for the Syracuse Crunch, now the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate, from 1994 to 2000 as an account executive and director of youth hockey programs. Game days for the Crunch in those days mirror what the Silver Knights are attempting to create now: loud music, families and an overall party atmosphere.In 2004, when Tanner was still playing for the financially spiraling Salty Dogs, he attended his first Crunch game. He immediately thought “this would be a perfect place for indoor soccer.”The Silver Knights front office still sees hope in the Crunch model.“Our thought process was, ‘Let’s get people hooked on the event and they’ll come back,’” Laventure said. “And now you look 18 years later and the Crunch is — people who were kids then, well now those kids are now taking their kids.“So essentially they’ve instantaneously doubled their audience and their appeal because they have three generations going to their games instead of just two.”The front office is banking on keeping costs low, filling seats and getting the franchise off the ground and into year three, a milestone the Salty Dogs never reached.“I’ve never heard of one person not enjoying one of our games,” Tanner said. “You know, go to the game and go ‘That sucks, that’s not what I expected.’ Usually they say ‘That’s not what I expected, it was a lot better.’” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgAubameyang and Saka after the gameFrankfurt am Main, Germany | AFP | Arsenal youngsters Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka claimed goals as a rotated Gunners side romped to a 3-0 win at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday in the Europa League.Willock, 20, one of seven changes by Arsenal manager Unai Emery to the team which started Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Watford, gave the Gunners a first-half lead after a deflection off a Frankfurt player.Eighteen-year-old Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed late goals as Frankfurt were reduced to 10 men for the final 11 minutes when midfielder Dominik Kohr was shown a second yellow card for fouling Saka.“Everybody can be happy and continuing in this competition is important, so it was good to get a good win, especially away from home,” said Emery.The Arsenal boss singled out Saka after the teenager showed confidence above his years by scoring and then setting up Aubameyang late on.“We wanted to give the young players a chance and they showed the confidence to take their chances,” said Emery.“He (Saka) showed his confidence with his finishing, he looked good and physically strong,” added Emery, who praised his side’s defending after shutting out Frankfurt despite facing 24 shots at goal.’ Club record signing Nicolas Pepe and midfielder Dani Ceballos made second-half appearances off the bench.Aubameyang started up front flanked by teenager wingers Emile Smith Rowe, 19, and Saka.It took the Gunners time to find their feet and the first 15 minutes were strewn with errors from both teams.Frankfurt, beaten on penalties by eventual champions Chelsea in last season’s semi-finals, fielded an entirely new forward line after selling strikers Luka Jovic to Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller to West Ham.But the hosts had the best of the early chances, Jovic’s replacement Filip Kostic twice going close with Dutch striker Bas Dost also firing over.“We did well in the first half, we dominated, the only thing missing was a goal,” said Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.“We kept our heads up after going down and the result doesn’t reflect our performance.”Arsenal started finding holes to exploit as Willock and Smith Rowe had massive chances before the former finally got the breakthrough — with a dose of luck.Saka linked up on the counter with Willock, who cut inside to get his shot away, which deflected off Frankfurt captain David Abraham and bounced in off the underside of the bar.The Gunners again rattled the woodwork just after the break through a free-kick by captain Granit Xhaka.The Frankfurt crowd grew restless as forward Andre Silva wasted a string of chances for the hosts before Kohr was dismissed.Saka played a hand in both late goals, which came in quick succession, finishing off a Pepe break and then robbing Abraham and feeding the ball to Aubameyang to slot home.Share on: WhatsApp Last season’s Europa League finalists rebounded from throwing away a two-goal lead at Watford, with playmaker Mesut Ozil left out for the trip to Germany.last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2016)–Fingers crossed, there will be plenty of fireworks on New Year’s Day at Santa Anita, as Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Arrogate was entered this morning to run in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, which will serve as a tune-up for an epic rematch at a mile and one eighth with California Chrome in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.The San Pasqual, for 4-year-olds and up, will be run for the 80th time on Sunday and has traditionally served as a steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap in March. This year’s San Pasqual has attracted a field of five, and trainer John Sadler’s Accelerate, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Midnight Storm and trainer Cliff Sise’s Prospect Park would all appear to be contenders for the trifecta.Third, beaten 4 ¼ lengths in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here Nov. 4, Hronis Racing’s Accelerate will hope to make his presence felt late, while Midnight Storm, who comes off a rousing gate to wire triumph in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 27, has never been better and can be expected to contest the early lead with Rafael Bejarano up.Pam and Martin Wygod’s 5-year-old Prospect Park, a graded stakes winner on turf and a multiple graded stakes placed runner on dirt, has been idle since running a solid second in a seven furlong main track allowance on Dec. 1 at Del Mar and can be expected to be on or near the early lead as he adds blinkers on Sunday under Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Prospect Park–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Accelerate–Tyler Baze–125Dalmore–Kent Desormeaux–122Midnight Storm–Rafael Bejarano–125Arrogate–Mike Smith–125First post time on New Year’s Day at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ARROGATE: Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, this soon to be 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song rendered the racing world spellbound with a record shattering win in Saratoga’s iconic Grade I Travers Stakes on Aug. 27, as he won gate to wire by 13 ½ lengths while covering a mile and a quarter in 1:59.36–his final quarter mile accomplished in 23.84! Baffert then trained Arrogate up to the BC Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 and he responded with a devastating stretch run under Mike Smith, reeling in California Chrome late en route to a convincing half length win. A true physical specimen, Arrogate, following a third place maiden finish in his debut at Los Alamitos April 17, has rattled off five consecutive victories, with three of them coming at The Great Race Place. With Smith set to man the controls for the third consecutive time, Arrogate enters the San Pasqual with five wins from six starts and earnings of $4,084,600. THE GRADE II SAN PASQUAL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PDT BAFFERT SUPERSTAR TO PREP FOR REMATCH WITH CALIFORNIA CHROME JAN. 28 AT GULFSTREAM PARKlast_img read more

first_img18 April 2011South Africa’s success as the new member of BRICS will be determined by how Pretoria relates to the rest of Africa and how it uses its membership of the group to address critical issues facing the continent, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.“I think that will be our major area that we will be judged on,” Davies said on Sunday on his return from third meeting of the leaders of the grouping of influential developing countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – held in Sanya, China.“The issues are vast, and we need to ensure that we take the rest of Africa with us, because the way we relate to the rest of the continent will be very important to make our participation in BRICS a success,” Davies said.As the only African country in BRICS, South Africa was expected to push for Africa’s integration in trade and policies with the other BRICS members, Davies said.Building a domestic market that cut across Africa would be crucial, he said, if South Africa was to hold its own among four powerful emerging economies with a combined population of more than three billion.South Africa should also use its BRICS membership to craft a more vigorous trade and investment programme to ensure that its voice and that of the continent was heard in broader international platforms such as the G20 and the UN Security Council.The three-day BRICS meeting, which ended on Friday, called on the speedy achievement of the targets for the reform of the International Monetary Fund agreed to at the recent G20 summit, and reiterated that the governing structure of the international financing institution should reflect the changes in the world economy.In what could lead to a drastic shift in trade cooperation between the BRICS group, Davies said the five countries also discussed the possibility of using their own currencies to trade with each other.This formed part of a wide consultation meeting attended by the BRICS trade ministers that called for strong, open and rule-based multilateral trading systems among their countries.The meeting also denounced the “excessive” volatility in commodity prices, particularly those for food and energy, as posing a new risk for the ongoing recovery of the world market.“We support the international community in strengthening cooperation to ensure stability and strong development of physical markets,” Davies said. “The international community should work together to increase production capacity and strengthen producer-consumer dialogue to balance supply and demand.”The BRICS countries, which together account for about 20 percent of global GDP, are all part of the G20 grouping of the 20 major economies in the world, and are all currently members of the UN Security Council.The five countries see this as an opportunity to work closely together on issues relating to global peace and security.“We are deeply concerned with turbulence in the Middle East, the North African and West African regions, and sincerely wish that the countries affected achieve peace, stability and progress,” the group said in a declaration at the end of the meeting. We share the principle that any use of force should be avoided.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistCover crop dos and don’tsAs I sit here writing it is cold and wet. I have seen several planters out in the barn lot for a check-up but no one is seriously talking about planting yet. I do know that many are wondering when to terminate their cover crop, even though we haven’t had much growth yet. I like Austrian pea, it is easy — just apply your normal burndown of glyphosate, atrazine and favorite pre-emergent grass product for corn. I also like oats and will often use them in the fall to give me some cover after soybeans — they die on their own, but some folks will pasture them into December. I just started a multi-year cover crop research trial that includes crimson clover after wheat harvest. We will go to corn this year with cereal rye following, then to soybeans and after that back to wheat. We should be able to keep the ground covered most of the time.An info graphic (i.e. comic book) on Cover Crop Dos and Don’ts (CPN-4002 at https://cropprotectionnetwork.org/library/) comes from a new website of the Crop Protection Network. Their suggestions fit with my concerns too. So what are some of their dos and don’ts?Weed managementDo terminate cover crops before plantingDon’t use annual ryegrassDon’t reduce herbicide useDon’t rely on cover crops for universal weed suppressionInsect managementDo be committed to scoutingDon’t treat unnecessarilyDon’t plant immediately after killing a cover cropDo wait 10-14 days after a cover crop has diedDisease managementDon’t rely on cover crops solely to reduce diseasesDo use multiple management practicesFor a more complete look at cover crop termination choices see the Purdue Publication on Successful Cover Crop Termination with Herbicides bulletin, WS-50-W: www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ws/ws-50-w.pdf. Fertilizer applicator certification – dos and don’tsDon’t neglect to record applications. As we head to the field, we are doing some catching up. Last fall made it a bit rough on applying fertilizer. Even though we may be rushed we need to remember the requirement to keep fertilizer application records. If you are a farmer, you will maintain the records for three years. If you are a dealer and apply the fertilizer, you maintain the records for three years and supply a copy of the record to the grower who purchased the nutrients.Do find a good place to get that needed weather record. I have been sharing this winter good places to go to get weather forecasts for files you need to add to your fertilizer application record. These work out great for planning timing of the application too.Ohio Applicator Forecast (ODA)https://www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/resources/ohio-applicator-forecastField Application Resource Monitor (F.A.R.M.) can give past (and present) forecastshttps://farm.bpcrc.osu.eduAlso this winter, I have been asked by several people if they need to record planter applied fertilizer. The law says that if you only apply planter fertilizer you do not need to be certified to apply fertilizer. But my feeling is that you should record all fertilizer applications you make, and that application should be in agreement with your nutrient management plan.last_img read more

first_imgIqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has clarified that India’s posture on the Rohingya refugees would not impact the friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries.“Our relations are based on mutual trust and cooperation at all levels, and so an external problem cannot disturb it,” Mr. Chowdhury said during an interaction with journalists here on Saturday. He conceded that there was an initial confusion about India’s position on issues of ‘persecution of Rohingyas’ in Myanmar and massive influx of refugees in Bangladesh. “Now we see India is calling for permanent resolution to conflicts in Myanmar and adopting a humanitarian approach by sending relief to refugees stranded in Bangladesh,” he said.Mr. Chowdhury said that 5.5 lakh Rohingyas had so far entered southeastern districts of Bangladesh since the latest cycle of violence erupted in Rakhine province of Myanmar. Over six lakh Rohingya refugees were already stranded in Bangladesh and that took the total number to 12 lakh, he said.The veteran journalist stated that the present crisis was different from what had happened in the past. “Earlier there was turmoil and tension, resulting in Rohingya exodus, but now they are being driven out in a planned manner – killing, burning villages and crops, terrorising people with rapes and torture,” he said.During interaction with newsmen he supported apprehension that external forces and terrorist cells could try to exploit sentiment of ‘stateless Rohingya’ to engage them in subversive activities.“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has time and again made it clear that Bangladesh was providing relief and shelter to the evacuees on humanitarian ground and any rebellious activities in the relief camps would be tolerated”, Mr. Chowdhury stated.last_img read more

first_img.Forty villages in Balaganj upazila of Sylhet were inundated due to heavy rains and rise of water level in the Kushiara river, rendering over 1500 families marooned, reports UNB.Balaganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer Pradip Sinha said a meeting of upazila relief and disaster management committee was held on Monday and 5 tonnes of rice have been allocated for the flood victims of the upazila.Balaganj sadar union chairman Abdul Munim said, about 700 families of the union have been marooned.Makrashi, Singrakona, Monohorpur, Sarmanandapur and Sonapur villages of Boaljur union are the worst affected areas, said Boaljur UP chairman Md Anhar Miah.UNB Habiganj correspondent reports: Several thousand people of Chunarughat upazila of the have been marooned due to flood caused by heavy rain and onrush of hilly water.Some dwelling houses near Balla border area were damaged due to incessant rain.Vesicular movement on Shayestaganj, Chunarghat-Madhobpur road came to a halt as the road in Chandichora area on Old Dhaka-Sylhet highway was damaged due to flood, said Chunarghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sirajum Munira.Meanwhile, Khwai river was flowing 280 centimetres above the danger level on Tuesday morning threatening the town protection embankment at Tetuiwa, Kamrapur, Mashulia points.According to sources at the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), the Kawai river was flowing above the danger level due to fresh spell of rainfall over the last few days and onrush of water from upstream hilly areas of Tripura.last_img read more

first_imgRohingya refugee camp. File PhotoA Rohingya man was shot dead Thursday as local gangs fired at each other in a crowded refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, police said.Police said 32-year-old Hossain Ali was killed as he took part in a suspected turf war over drugs at Nayapara camp near Teknaf, an enormous settlement that is home to thousands of displaced Muslims from the persecuted minority.Bangladesh says more than one million Rohingya refugees live in squalid camps in the region, having fled successive waves of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine district.Another man, wanted by police since being released from prison last year, was also shot but managed to escape, officials said.Refugees at the camp told AFP at least 10 gunshots were heard in the early morning.Local police did not recover any weapons but Teknaf police chief Ranjit Kumar Barua confirmed Ali was “struck in the gun battle and died”.A Rohingya community leader, Mirza Ghalib, said it was believed the skirmish was over “yaba”, the local name for the methamphetamine pills popular in Bangladesh.Police say most of the drugs enter Bangladesh from Myanmar via Rohingya traffickers, sometimes hidden in false bottoms on fishing boats.In recent weeks, police have arrested half a dozen Rohingya in possession of large quantities of the addictive stimulant.Nurul Alam, a known criminal with alleged ties to Rohingya militants, was also shot “but fled after being struck by bullets”, Barua said.Myanmar blames Rohingya militants for a 25 August strike on security posts in Rakhine state that triggered a fierce army crackdown.The UN and the US have said the retaliatory response by Myanmar security forces amounted to “ethnic cleansing”. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine since August.Police allege Alam organised a raid on a Bangladeshi security post near Nayapara in 2016, in which a commander was killed and 11 guns stolen. He was arrested and later released on bail in December pending a trial but quickly returned to crime, police said.Local community leaders believe Alam has ties to Rohingya militants but Ruhul Amin, local commander of the elite Rapid Action Battalion police unit, told AFP it was not clear if this was the case.Alam allegedly appeared in a video holding assault rifles that was distributed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.Myanmar last week bolstered security and artillery installations near along its border, saying it believed Rohingya militants were hiding in nearby camps.last_img read more