West Ham winger Michail Antonio grabs rare chance to impress against Stoke


first_img The winger had made just a handful of substitute appearances for the Hammers since his £7million summer switch from Nottingham Forest. Even co-chairman David Gold appeared to have forgotten about Antonio, mistakenly retweeting a picture of him after an internet prankster appealed for information on a ‘missing friend’. “We hit the post with Mauro Zarate as well, so we definitely have the attacking threat, it’s just putting it in the back of the net.” Zarate rattled the post with 10 minutes remaining, shortly after Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic was denied by the woodwork with a deflected free-kick. City were without injured playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri but boss Mark Hughes hopes he will be fit to face Crystal Palace next weekend. “He’s had a little bit of discomfort in his hamstring for a couple of weeks now, and a scan showed a bit of damage at the bottom of his hamstring,” said Hughes. “So we erred on the side of safety, we have a busy period coming up and we felt if he misses one game then hopefully he he will be okay for next week.” Press Association But amidst an injury crisis at Upton Park, Antonio was handed his first start against Stoke and grabbed his opportunity with an all-action display in the goalless draw. “Michail did really well,” said manager Slaven Bilic. “He worked hard and has been waiting for his chance. Now he has got it and he used it really well. “Sometimes it is hard for a player to come in and take their chance when they get it. But he did exactly that and I am really pleased for him.” Antonio went close to claiming all three points for West Ham but his second-half volley was beaten away by City keeper Jack Butland. With Victor Moses ruled out for around six weeks with the hamstring injury he suffered against Manchester United, Antonio is likely to feature heavily over the Christmas period. “It felt unbelievable to get a chance,” he told the club website. “This was my boyhood dream to play in the Premier League and I’ve managed that. “Playing at Old Trafford last week set me up well for this game. It showed me the levels of the league and it was a good 50 minutes. He added: “They have been 0-0 draws, but they haven’t been 0-0 games. Against Man United we had quite a few opportunities, and in this game I had quite a few opportunities. Michail Antonio shook off his ‘missing man’ tag as he finally got a chance to impress for West Ham on Saturday.last_img read more

PEARSE DOHERTY – “NEW CENTRAL BANK MORTGAGE TARGETS ‘PITIFULLY UNAMBITIOUS’


first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has described the Central Bank’s new targets for mortgage distress as ‘pitifully unambitious’. Pearse DohertyDeputy Doherty said; “We are in the sixth year of the mortgage crisis and it is still raging out of control.“We are half a decade into a mortgage crisis and the Central Bank is only proposing that 45% of cases be concluded by the end of this year. “These new targets are pitifully unambitious.This week the EU Commission underlined how ineffective the banks, Central Bank and government have been in tackling this crisis.The EU Commission has called for ambitious targets ‘with a view to substantially resolving mortgage arrears by the end of 201.Doherty continued, “Instead what we have got is an unambitious target of only 45% for concluded settlements. “I am disappointed once more that the Central Bank is silent on the issue of what a concluded arrangement can mean.“We have seen to date the banks using repossessions and so-called voluntary surrenders to reach these targets, he added.Doherty concluded, “The Central Bank’s silence and more importantly the silence of Minister Noonan is as good as a green light to the banks to step up their policy of removing people from their family home.“This government is continuing to fail those in mortgage arrears and today’s announcement amounts to a re-commitment to an unambitious and hands off approach which is not working.”PEARSE DOHERTY – “NEW CENTRAL BANK MORTGAGE TARGETS ‘PITIFULLY UNAMBITIOUS’ was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsPearse DohertyPoliticsSinn Feinlast_img read more

Early Riser Sessions Reward Commodity Classic Early Birds


first_imgAt Commodity Classic, the early bird catches some great education thanks to a great line-up of Early Riser Sessions.Early Riser sessions begin each day at 7 a.m.  They are eye-opening presentations on market trends, ag issues and other important topics.Early Riser Sessions kick off the morning of Thursday, March 2 with “The Great 2017 Grain Marketing Debate” sponsored by Corn+Soybean Digest and Farm Futures Magazine, Penton Agriculture and Channel Seed.  The session features Bryce Knorr, senior market analyst for Farm Futures; Ed Usset, contributing editor to Corn+Soybean Digest and author of Grain Marketing is Simple; and Matt Bennett, grain marketing consultant for Channel Seed.  This session could be crucial in figuring out ways to maneuver in a market filled with uncertainty.A live taping of U.S. Farm Report, the nation’s longest-running, syndicated agriculture news program is the Early Riser session for Friday, March 3, sponsored by Farm Journal Media.  Attendees can be part of the live audience as host Tyne Morgan and a panel of commodity traders and analysts debate market trends, futures and important ag issues.  Panelists will include Chip Flory of Pro Farmer, Ted Siefried of Zaner Ag Hedge, and Bob Utterback of Utterback Marketing.On Saturday, March 4, there are two concurrent Early Riser Sessions.  Advance Trading, Inc. presents “What Would Make Someone Invest in Your Farm?,” in which presenter Tommy Grisafi outlines what is needed to stay in business and pass the farm on to the next generation.The other Saturday session, sponsored by Commodity Classic, is entitled “Piles to Files:  Weed Through Your Paperwork.”  Lori Firsdon, owner of Forte Organizers, will share strategies to reduce paper clutter and organize your office paperwork for quick and easy reference and retrieval.“Early Riser sessions really bring out the crowds at Commodity Classic,” said Kevin Ross, an Iowa farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic. “These sessions are real eye-openers and are well worth setting the alarm a few minutes early.  We even reward your early start with complimentary coffee and pastries!”Education is a hallmark of Commodity Classic.  Early Riser sessions are just part of the wide range of educational sessions which also includes Learning Centers, What’s New Sessions, Mini What’s New Sessions, the AG CONNECT Main Stage and the General Session.  Commodity Classic also features a huge trade show, entertainment and the opportunity to network with thousands of America’s best farmers.Detailed information on educational sessions and the entire Commodity Classic schedule are available here. Online registration and housing are also available on the website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturerslast_img read more