Slovenian Prime Minister charges Ceferin: “The Champions League was a criminal act of spread”

first_imgYesterday’s words from Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA president, have opened up a new domestic front for him. The leader, in an interview with the newspaper Ekipa24, explained in a part of his speech the football scene that stems from the coronavirus crisis. Specifically, about Spain, he saw the bottle half full. “I am optimistic that we will see the conclusion of LaLiga, I am optimistic that we will see the conclusion of the Italian championship as well, and I am optimistic in general. Of course, I cannot guarantee anything, I cannot promise anything. Everything will depend on the situation in each country. It will all depend on whether the circumstances are certain enough that playing football does not endanger anyone, “he explained.The manager of the highest body of European football was also asked in the same interview about the situation in his country and there he was critical of managing the crisis for his pessimism and obscurantism, in his opinion. “They have to say that the situation is serious, but at the same time they must give optimism, hope to the people. We cannot tell people every day ‘that it must explode today and that it will get worse tomorrow’. We cannot do this, people “She will go crazy. We cannot talk like that, because the epidemic will end. I know the Slovenes, I have the information: we respect all measures very well.” We have to give people a positive approach. The situation must end, otherwise the economy will collapse. People have to be informed in a positive way about how to achieve the objective united, not in an apocalyptic way “, sentenced Ceferin, pointing directly to the government led by Janez Janša, to whom his words have frankly misplaced and to which he has responded harshly. In Slovenia the fray is seen as political revenge, since there is a current that awaits the emergence in that scenario of Ceferin, once his time in football ends. Whatever, Janez Janša, Slovenian Prime Minister, has dispatched himself against his countryman and UEFA harshly, aiming at selfishness, money and the games that were played in Spain and Italy, in clear reference to Atalanta-Valencia. “It was an irresponsible criminal act, even more, of spreading the danger, which was not limited to Slovenia. From concerts to soccer shows in Italy and Spain, the virus has spread rapidly throughout Europe and tens of thousands have died and will continue dying. Some concerts and football games were not canceled due to greed for money, even after the World Health Organization delayed its declaration of a pandemic, “he says. Janša as a reply.They ask Ceferin to get involved in politics.Ceferin’s figure in his country rises like foam. The UEFA president was asked about his possible arrival in politics by Ekipa24 and did not rule it out. “I don’t know, it’s hard to say. I never promised to think about it. I have not yet considered running for any of the state positions. I have received some messages and calls, but for now I am the president of the European Federation of Soccer and I’m just thinking about this, “he says. His position seems to make the current political class uncomfortable and direct criticism is seen as a threat. Ceferin, in addition, has been involved in the fight against the coronavirus by obtaining the donation, without Slovenia having to pay a single euro, of 200,000 masks, 20,000 tests and 10 respirators from his friend Jack Ma, president of Alibaba.last_img read more

Guinness differentiates with int’l challenge

first_imgFOOTBALL:KINGSTON:Local scrimmage players are gearing up to showcase their skill on a global stage, when the Guinness Street Football Competition (GSFC) kicks off on March 1.Now in its sixth year, the GSFC will give Jamaican street footballers a chance to prove they are made of more, while increasing their exposure to international game play.The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)-endorsed event will kick-off with parish playoffs for Hanover and Westmoreland on March 12. Teams can sign up for the four-a-side scrimmage online at, via social media or by calling the GSFC Hotline at 618-9291.Sixteen randomly selected teams will then play for the parish title. Parish winners all go on to play for the national title and an all-expenses paid trip to St Lucia to compete against other Caribbean teams in the GSFC finals.?For Guinness, community development and the game of football are at the heart of who we are as a brand. We are excited to give Jamaicans an opportunity to shine in the premier street football tournament of the Caribbean,? said Imru James, brand manager for Guinness and Stouts at Red Stripe. ?We want to see our teams do well at home as well as in the international arena.?Last year, Jamaica had the honour of hosting the finals, but this year?s ultimate contest will be staged in St Lucia, the home of the reigning champions. This means the winning Jamaican team will get a chance to travel in addition to cash prizes at each level of the competition.?There is no lack of opportunity with this competition,? said James. ?Our players are competing just as competitively as in any national league to prove they are made of more and the opportunities that come with the competition are second to none.?The national champion will claim their portion of the $1.3m up for grabs and gain a shot at US$6,000 if they take home the big prize in St Lucia. Guinness will fund the cost of travel, including accommodation, along with spending money for the team.last_img read more

Liberia Stands At A Crossroads With Transitional Government — Which Path Will We As…

first_imgErnest C. B. JonesBy E. C. B. Jones, Jr.With the second round of elections postponed pending investigations into complaints filed by the two runners up; with rumours that ECOWAS is contemplating proposing a two (2) year transitional government, out of fear that a continuance of the electoral process could lead to violence; with the country split between (a) those who feel that the will of the voters should prevail, (b) those who feel that the leading candidate of the first round may not be the right choice and should not be allowed to assume power; and (c) those who feel that the announced results do not reflect the will of the voters, there is no doubt that we stand at a very difficult crossroads.Choosing the right path to follow requires the wisdom of our elders, the intervention of our best political minds – young and old and the neutral mediation of our neighbours; and definitely God’s blessings and guidance.The trend of events from October 10 to now suggests that (a) we could pursue a course that leads us to a smooth transition through a legitimate process, and obtain a legitimate government; or (b) we could pursue a course that lead us down the other road where we obtain a government that is not legitimate.The first path seems preferable to law abiding Liberians; but may require the acceptance of the electoral process and the results by the Liberian people and especially by the losing parties.The second path may seem expedient, as someone told me “ to preserve the respect of Liberia by the International Community and to ensure efficient governance going forward”, but good governance requires National Stability, which in turn requires a reasonable level of acceptance of the government in power by the Liberian people – not by the international community. In deed we are at a crossroads and with difficult choices.In my view, the first goals that all Liberians must work towards, are (1) to maintain peace and (2) to maintain National Stability going forward. I am sure all Liberians and all our international friends will agree with this.This being the case, let me remind us all, Liberians, Sister Nations and friends of Liberia, that National Stability is a function of two major variables, namely (1) the legitimacy of the government- the level of acceptance of the government by the Liberian people; and (2) the effectiveness of that government in the management of the affairs of the State. At the onset, legitimacy is measured by free and fair elections; and there is no way to measure the effectiveness of a government until it assumes power and performs for a period.Unfortunately, this is a downside of democracy; especially in developing countries and emerging democracies with weak institutions and with laws fashioned after those of developed nations with tested and matured democracies. Perhaps, Liberia needs electoral reform; but it seems risky to be changing the rules or the referees in the middle of the game.Yet all nations should respect their respective constitutions and laws; if not, they tend to end up being a “failed state”.A State, by my working definition in this case, is (1) a defined grouping of people (2) with a defined territory they consider their “homeland” or “country” (3) with a set of laws – including a Constitution – that all the people should respect, and (4) with a government that the people accept and respect.Accordingly, when a situation arises where the people of a country fail to accept and respect their laws and especially their constitution; and do so for a reasonably prolonged period, that country can be classified as a “Failed State”. We Liberians in recent times have exhibited blatant disrespect for our government; but since 1997 we have largely respected our laws by which our governments come to power and maintain power.We have accepted the results announced by our elections commission as reflecting the will of the Liberian voters and people; and we have accepted and respected the governments brought to power by those elections; except in one case of real or perceived considerable failure of the government in the management of the affairs of the State. Even then, it took international interventions – right or wrong – to remove that government from power.My appeal to all Liberians is (1) let’s continue to respect our laws- especially at this crossroads – let’s respect our Constitution, our Elections Laws and our justice system; and (2) let’s accept and respect the government that will be brought to power through our constitutional and legal processes.The possibility of negotiated settlements notwithstanding, let us remember that any attempt to ignore and disregard our laws and to disrespect our government could lead us down the wrong path.Let us remember that election is the only real means by which we can actualise our democracy. The notion of “a government of the people, by the people and for the people” would be meaningless; and civics we teach in our schools that “government” is a group of citizens employed by the people to manage the affairs of the State, would be a big lie if the people of Liberia are not allowed to elect and thereby “employ” our government to run the affairs of the State of Liberia.There is no doubt that we are at a crossroads.Let us think well, consult well, and analyse and reflect well on our past experiences, before we choose which path to pursue.Please Share this with as many persons as you can. Let us start a national dialogue on these issues. Let us not just sit and wait for people who may not know or appreciate our society, our politics or our culture; and who do not share our problems to come in and decide for us, which path we follow at this critical crossroads in our nation’s journey from darkness towards the light.Liberia needs your “Word”, to save its soul. 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Spartans find new energy

first_imgThey were emotionally spent heading into Thursday’s game against Hanford West in the first round of the CIF State Division III Regionals. But playing its first state tournament home game in front of a near-capacity partisan crowd, La Canada (29-3) looked like a team that had gotten its second wind. A 36-point, 10-rebound performance by Spartans senior Adam Malik would be enough to rejuvenate just about any team. Malik had 27 points by halftime and La Canada, the No. 2 seed, led by 26 points with just more than five minutes to play before coasting to a 68-56 victory in a game that was not as close as the score might indicate. His performance may seem commonplace to Spartans fans, but Malik impressed Huskies coach Tim Caudillo. “He’s got an inside-outside game that’s unbelievable,” Caudillo said. The Spartans will host No. 3-seeded San Diego Mission Bay today in the regional semifinals. The winner will move on to the regional finals against either No. 1 seed Artesia or Twentynine Palms next Saturday at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. It would have been quite easy for La Canada High School’s boys basketball team to take the court, acknowledge its huge crowd and fade into the sunset. After all, the Spartans had already accomplished some big feats by upsetting CIF-Southern Section power Price in the Division III-AA semifinals and taking highly touted Campbell Hall to overtime before falling in the championship game. center_img Mission Bay (24-6) defeated Corona del Mar 74-67 on Thursday. Six-foot-6 senior James Hancock scored 24 points and is a large part of the Buccaneers’ offense. “They have a similar team to ours, a leading scorer and a bunch of good role players,” Spartans coach Tom Hofman said. “The biggest thing is to contain him (Hancock), and the defense will dictate how well we play.” The way La Ca ada has played this season has impressed Hofman. “This team has gotten the most out of their potential,” Hofman said. “Every night they give the best they have and leave it on the floor.” Mission Bay may have a size advantage on the floor, but the Spartans will counter with another large and boisterous home crowd. “Our crowd is our sixth man and they’re going to be there to support us and it doesn’t matter if we’re five miles away or 50 miles away, they’ll be there for us,” Malik said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Help available for tax filers

first_img• Link: List of free tax assistance sitesErica Reyes doesn’t trust herself to file her own taxes. Instead, she opts to pay her accountant about $185 to file her tax return. “I’ve done it myself before on Turbo Tax,” Reyes said Monday at Kinko’s in West Covina before sending her taxes to her accountant. “But I don’t want to risk it. This is serious business.” While some area residents pay to file their taxes with accountants, there are several free options available to those who qualify. The IRS offers a free filing program online to those with an adjusted gross income of $52,000 or less. There are also nearly 35 locations in the San Gabriel Valley that provide tax assistance to seniors 60 and over, and to those who make $39,000 or less. “We encourage electronic filing,” said IRS spokesman Victor Omelczenko. “It is secure and reliable, and you can get your return in as little as two weeks.” More than half are electronically filing, and this year, they are up nearly 5 percent with about 45.5 million taxpayers nationwide who have e-filed as of March 9. Many of the programs in the San Gabriel Valley have e-filing systems and will run through April 15. Most operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Their schedules vary. In Pomona, Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center and the Boys and Girls Club have free tax clinics from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. “We’ve been doing it for years and it is very successful,” said Uyen Mai, spokeswoman for Cal Poly Pomona. In Monterey Park, there is a free tax assistance program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Bruggemeyer Library. Mike Jara, a librarian and one of the volunteers, said the program is growing. In two weeks, the number of people who have come in has nearly doubled, and he expects this number to continue to increase as the April 17 deadline draws nearer. The tax deadline has been extended this year because April 15 falls on a Sunday. And, April 16 is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. Officials extended the deadline to April 17 nationwide. Experts say that more than 4 million Californians will wait until the last minute to file their returns. “About one of every four taxpayers waits until the last two weeks to do their taxes,” Omelczenko said. “We don’t want them to procrastinate. “We get an avalanche of paperwork that descends upon us in the last two weeks,” he said. “If you are paper filing, you may not be seeing your return until Memorial Day.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgStephen Doak in action for his club St Michael’s. Doak is at the centre of an ineligibility row between Sligo IT and Queen’s.St Michael’s defender Stephen Doak is at the centre of an ineligibility row between Sligo IT and Queen’s University Belfast.Queen’s lodged a complaint after they were defeated by Sligo IT last week questioning the eligibility of Doak.Officials representing Queen’s believe Doak is ineligible because he is the President of Sligo’s Student Union which they believe permits him from participating in the competition. However, Sligo IT hit back and lodged a counter-objection stating that Queen’s fielded three players in that match that study at Stranmills College.The three players in question carry Queen’s student cards, but they study at Stranmills College.GAA third-level authorities now must decide have Sligo IT broken the rules over Stephen Doak and have Queen’s broken the rules regarding their three players.Both objections have been lodged and third-level officials are expected to make a decision later in the week. The Sligo IT side is managed by Martin McHugh, and his sons Mark and Ryan McHugh played in last week’s win over Queen’s in Belfast. ST MICHAEL’S DEFENDER AT THE CENTRE OF SIGERSON CUP INELIGIBILITY ROW was last modified: February 4th, 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) Tags:GAAnewsQueen’sSigerson Cupsligo itSportSt MichaelsStephen Doaklast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Golf News: Congratulations to Juvenile member Eoghan Harkin [24] who won the Easter Tuesday Junion competition at Barnhill. Playing steady, conservative golf over 18 holes, Eoghan returned 41pts to outpace his nearest rivals by two.With the weather holding up from last weekend’s glorious Easter, Wednesday 8th Open once again proved successful with entries and leading the field was single handicapper Kevin Kiely [9], whose intent on lowering his handicap to five or less this year started with a winning score of 41pts. With birdies at 1st & 5th, Kevin took the turn with 21pts for front nine and continued his fine shotmaking on inward nine with a two over par gross 38, with bitter disappointment at recording an unusual bogey at par five 18th. Two points behind in runner-up spot was Gerard Boyce [13] who, with three double bogey’s recorded on the card for front nine, came alive following his birdie at 11th and finished with a two over par 38 shots and 22pts on back nine for a 39pt finish. In third place was the ever present Kevin Hannigan [7] who, despite blanks at 1st and 11th, recorded birdies at 3rd, 12th & 18th for a 19pt return on each nine and signing for a 38pt total. Best gross on the day was returned by junior member Jack Patton [4] with 32 gross pts. Saturday 11th Open ,played in relatively “quiet” weather, was won by cat 2 member Gerard Boyce [13] with a modest score of 37pts. With a birdie at 2nd helping Gerard to a front nine of 20pts, his two double bogeys on back nine almost blew it for him but he held on to beat William White [12] on a B.O.T. William also posted two “blanks” on front nine but a good inward run gave him 20pts and second place.Sunday 12th at Barnhill saw the long awaited first “major” of the season, the members Voucher competition and, true to expectation, there was an extra large turnout of members trying to “master” the course and indeed, that was done by two of our leading golfers, Simon Stephens [4] and junior member Jack Patton [4]. Despite the rain showers and strong winds which were in total contrast to the previous weekend, Simon’s card read with birdies at 3rd, 8th, 10th and 18th, one under par gross 35 shots for front nine whilst his inward nine was covered in one over par 37 shots for a level par gross 72 and a points total of 41pts. Meanwhile, following on from his gross winning score on Wednesday, junior member and Fred Daly team stalwart Jack Patton showed his intention of reaching “scratch” when, with birdies at 7th and 12th, recorded a one over par 37 shots on front nine and, with the help of a glorious six iron “masters” shot for his approach at par five 18th which resulted in an eagle putt from twenty feet, Jack recorded a level par back nine for a total of 39pts. In third place was Ulster Cup team captain Charlie Coughlan [12] who, with unfortunate double bogey’s on each nine, still managed a return of 38pts to win on B.O.T. from Michael Shiel [22] whose great start of birdie at 1st got him into 4th place.Congratulations to Junior member Patrick Page [18] who won his first man’s competition at Barnhill on Easter Monday last with a very fine score of 42pts. Isn’t it great to see the hard work and commitment of the Junior convenors coming to fruition?Congratulations to club member Jamie Foley on winning the Dunfanaghy Golf Club senior scratch cup on Saturday last. Club prizewinners also included Conor Mc Gettigan and Joe Coyle in the Intermediate.Best of luck to the Ulster Cup team who travel to Cairndhu on Saturday for the first leg of their match, with the return match in Letterkenny on Sunday.Members are reminded that the Saturday 18th Open will be sponsored by Mc Auley Roofing and the Relay for Life Classic will take place on Friday 24th.HAVE YOU SIGNED UP?Letterkenny Golf Club’s Online Lotto’s draw took place on Wednesday 8th April and, although there was no JACKPOT winner of €2,100, two lotto members who smiled happily were Graham Donaghey and Pat Joe Mc Grath, winners of the “lucky dip” prizes of €50 each. Congratulations to you both! Numbers drawn were 8; 9; 19; 25; The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday evening, closing time for entries is 6pm Wednesday, and entry page can be found on club website, and follow the prompts. Join from as little as €20! [€2 per week] Thank you for playing and please continue to encourage your fellow members, friends & family to play our Club Lotto.GOLF NEWS: EOGHAN HARKIN IN SUPERB FORM AS HE WINS EASTER TUESDAY JUNIOR COMPETITION AT BARNHILL was last modified: April 14th, 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)Tags:BarnhillgolfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

Real Madrid deny they have agreed world-record £240m deal for World Cup star

first_imgReal Madrid have released a statement refuting claims that they have agreed a €272m (£240m) deal for PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.It was reported by French media on Tuesday night that a world-record fee had been agreed between the two clubs which would see Mbappe move to Spain after just one season at the Parc des Princes. targets TOP WORK three-way race Latest Transfer News RANKED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LATEST Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Mbappe scored twice in France’s 4-3 last 16 win over Argentina Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade It was said that the transfer would be paid in four payments.However, Real Madrid published the following statement on Wednesday morning, rubbishing these reports.“Given the information published in the last few hours regarding an alleged agreement between Real Madrid C.F. and PSG for the player Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid would like to state that it is completely false.“Real Madrid has not made any offer to PSG or the player and condemns the spreading of this type of information that has not been proven by the parties concerned.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED 1 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signinglast_img read more

Risky Cowboys win, 33-10

first_imgIRVING, Texas — So much for the Dallas Cowboys following their season-long script of playing conservatively and trying to win late. Coach Bill Parcells unleashed his team from the start and they stomped the Philadelphia Eagles. Drew Bledsoe led the suddenly risky Cowboys to two early touchdowns and scores on six of their first seven drives, and the defense shut down Donovan McNabb and the league’s top offense in a stunning 33-10 victory Sunday. “You play like that, you’ve got a chance to beat anybody,” coach Bill Parcells said. Dallas (3-2) had lost nine of 10 to Philadelphia and spent the first month of this season using a ball-control approach, resulting in every game being decided in the final minutes. Parcells hinted to expect more of the same, and the Eagles apparently fell for it. Bledsoe finished 24 of 35 for 289 yards, three touchdowns and wasn’t sacked. He joked that “if we hadn’t run those two quarterback sneaks, I wouldn’t have been hit all day.” Glenn had seven catches for 118 yards. Julius Jones ran for 72 yards, but didn’t play the second half because of an ankle injury. Rookie Tyson Thompson gained 75 yards in his place. “A win like this shows what we can be when we get out of our own way,” said Bledsoe, who blamed turnovers and penalties for preventing better offensive showings earlier. The Eagles overcame an 18-point deficit the previous week, but McNabb and Terrell Owens didn’t have it in them again. The NFL’s top offense was held to 129 yards and the league-best passing attack put up only 110. Philadelphia’s offense failed to score a touchdown for the first time in 13 games. McNabb, playing with injuries to his abdomen, chest and groin, was 13 of 26 for 131 yards and four sacks. Owens had five catches for 50 yards and failed to score. Eagles coach Andy Reid figures he has a lot to work on going into the bye week. “You could pick out anything and we probably didn’t do it well,” Reid said. Philadelphia’s only touchdown came on an 80-yard fumble return late in the third quarter that made it 30-10. Rather than spark a late rally, all it produced was a heated sideline exchange between Keyshawn Johnson and Bledsoe. Both later said it was over as quickly as it happened. The aggressiveness Dallas showed on the opening drive continued throughout the first half. The Cowboys twice went for it on fourth and 1 during their second drive. The second one didn’t work, but the Eagles took over at their 2-yard line and the defense kept them there. Bledsoe got the ball back at Philadelphia’s 39 and immediately hit Glenn for their second touchdown. Dallas’ most surprising call came on fourth and 1 from the 12 after the Eagles made it 17-3. Bledsoe threw to fullback Lousaka Polite for the first time all season, and he took it into the end zone. The Eagles had only 18 yards in the first quarter and 80 at halftime. McNabb was so frustrated that after a sack he spiked the ball, then sent his helmet flying once he reached the sideline. Was this the best Dallas has played in Parcells’ 37-game tenure? “I think so,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Bledsoe hit Terry Glenn for completions of 18, 16 and 15 yards within the game’s first four snaps, and the last one put the Cowboys ahead 7-0. Bledsoe and Glenn connected on a 39-yard touchdown minutes later that made it 14-0. After not scoring a point in the first quarter all season, Dallas led 17-0 before Philadelphia (3-2) even had a first down. It was 27-3 at halftime and 30-3 after the Cowboys’ first drive of the third quarter. “What happened in years past doesn’t matter,” McNabb said. “This is a much better Dallas team. But we feel like we’re still the best team in the NFC. We weren’t able to get things going. We have to learn from it and move on.” Parcells was ready to shake up things because the Cowboys are facing a now-or-never stretch: two in a row, three of four and five of seven at Texas Stadium. They’d already lost at home to division rival Washington and couldn’t afford to lose again with the New York Giants coming in next week, then their final three NFC East games on the road. last_img read more

When to begin alfalfa weevil scouting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The larvae of alfalfa weevil can cause considerable damage, especially when alfalfa is just starting its growth in the spring. When temperatures are greater than 48oF, the adults become active and start to lay eggs. After hatch, the plump and green larvae (which resemble little worms) feed, with 3rd instar (mid-aged) larvae being the hungriest. The heaviest feeding can occur between 325 and 500 heat units. Right now, the heat units (base 48oF) for the Western Ag Research Station in South Charleston are 98, and for the South Station in Piketon is 175. Scouting for larvae should begin at around 250 heat units.To scout for larvae, collect a series of three, 10-stem samples randomly selected from various locations in a field. Place the stem tip down in a bucket. After 10 stems have been collected, vigorously shake the stems in the bucket and count the number of larvae that dislodge. The shaking will dislodge the late 3rd and 4th instar larvae which cause most of the foliar injury. Close inspection of the stem tips may be needed to detect the early 1st and 2nd instar larvae. The height of the alfalfa should also be recorded at this time.Economic threshold is based on the number of larvae per stem, the size of the larvae and the height of the alfalfa. The detection of one or more large larvae per stem on alfalfa that is 12 inches or less in height indicates a need for rescue treatment. Where alfalfa is between 12 and 16 inches in height, the action threshold should be increased to 2 to 4 larvae per stem depending on the vigor of alfalfa growth. When alfalfa is 16 inches in height and there are more than 4 larvae per stem, early harvest is recommended. For more information, see our fact sheet at read more