revealed BEST OF Buffon has done well since joining PSG. 5 5 5 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 predicted 7. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.08/10Another cultured centre-back, Silva is putting in top performances in front of team-mate Buffon. The 34-year-old is holding up well despite some deviation in his form last term and isn’t rapidly regressing as some players do.6. Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.11/10Another season and it’s another year the Brazilian, 33, is part of a tight Atleti defence. The left-back has helped Diego Simeone’s side concede just four goals in LaLiga this campaign, so it’s no surprise to see him register as one of the top veterans around. Zabaleta has remained ahead of new signing Ryan Fredericks this season. 5 Most Popular Football Stories How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings scrap gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Some say life begins at 40, and Gianluigi Buffon is one man who might just agree with that sentiment.Rather than retire, the Italian goalkeeper left Juventus and moved to Paris Saint-Germain as he attempts to win the Champions League before he hangs up his gloves. Chiellini will no doubt be enjoying playing alongside Leonardo Bonucci again. 5 He’s backed Brazilian superstar Neymar and wonderkid Kylian Mbappe to help him do this and he’s also keeping up his end of the bargain with some top displays between the sticks.And he’s not the only veteran star earning his keep despite their advancing age.Here at talkSPORT.com we’ve taken a look at the statistics on WhoScored.com and found the top 11 players aged 33-years-old and above. 5. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.11/10The Bluebirds may well be on course to be one of the worst teams in Premier League history but Bamba, 33, is at least trying to right their wrongs. His ability in the air helps him dominate opponents – he won 11 aerial duels against Burnley – and helped them keep two clean sheets against relegation rivals Newcastle and Huddersfield.4. Jose Holebas (Watford) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.19/10The Greek left-back, 34, still impresses with his marauding nature at Vicarage Road. In the Hornets’ early season form he grabbed one, fairly fluky, goal and also made four assists. But some recent erratic displays may be a worry.3. Fernandinho (Manchester City) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.22/10He may not be the player he was in previous seasons, but the Brazilian, 33, is still a trusted lieutenant for Pep Guardiola. He marshals the midfield well but has dropped off in his previously excellent defensive duties as he begins to decline. Enjoy him while he’s still around. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest 8= Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.05/10In his five games this season, the 33-year-old Argentine has done well, particularly against Manchester United, grabbing an assist. He’s learnt to curb his attacking tendencies in east London and is putting up good numbers in terms of tackles won, interceptions, and clearances. whoops Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion He may not have been able to impress at Chelsea but he’s been superb for Atleti over the years. The Brazilian will take some replacing at the Etihad Stadium. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense 8= Petr Cech (Arsenal) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.05/10The 36-year-old has struggled to adapt to Unai Emery’s style of play and conceded nine goals in seven appearances but, according to WhoScored.com’s stats, he was doing okay before his injury in the 2-0 win over Watford.8= Gianluigi Buffon (Paris Saint-Germain) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.05/10At 40, Buffon was brave to leave Juventus and head to Paris but he’s proving wise now given they seem set to romp to the title. His stunning save to deny Lyon’s Memphis Depay before the international break shows he’s still an elite level shot-stopper.8= Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.05/10As Juve attempt to make it an astonishing eight consecutive Serie A title wins, the Italian stalwart is still a rock at the back. He’s powerful and aggressive when he needs to be while also possessing exceptional technical qualities. The way the 34-year-old is growing old gracefully should be an example to many current professionals. LATEST 2. Rune Jarstein (Hertha Berlin) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.24/10In the Bundesliga, Hertha are fifth in a very tight table and this is partly down to their fine defensive record. The 36-year-old Norwegian has only conceded six goals this campaign, which is a pretty damn good way to kick off a season.1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – WhoScored.com rating = 7.95/10Even though he had a slow start, in terms of hitting the back of the net, Ronaldo has still managed four goals and four assists in Serie A since his move from Real Madrid. At 33-years-old he’s showing no signs of slowing down and is getting away 7.6 shots per game on average as he attempt to remain at an elite level for goalscoring.
Lions have been reintroduced to the Mountain Zebra National Park for the first time in over 130 years. Newly introduced lions at the park could boost tourism in Cradock.(Images: SANParks) MEDIA CONTACTS • Megan TaplinPark manager+27 83 650 8649RELATED ARTICLES• Tusker research goes social• Addo’s elephant fence comes down• SA’s national parks• Going wild in Southern AfricaShamin ChibbaFor the first time in more than a century, the lion’s roar can be heard through the tranquil wilderness of the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock, in Eastern Cape.Three lions, one female and two males, all approximately three years of age, were released into the game reserve on 25 April. They are the first lions to freely roam the park since the species was hunted to extinction more than 130 years ago.The re-introduction of lions is mainly to enhance biodiversity in the region, according to park manager, Megan Taplin. “The lions will help in managing larger herbivores. These herbivores got to levels where they could support lions.” She says the restoration is part of SANParks’ drive to return certain animal species to their original habitats.The female had been kept in a boma since February and was joined by the two males a month later. Living in the enclosure helped them adapt to their new surroundings and allowed them to develop a healthy respect for electric fencing. Despite their first tentative steps into the wild, Taplin is certain the lions will thrive. “They are wild lions so they have their instincts. They will be able to hunt and feed.”There is a variety of choice when it comes to meals: the park is home to hartebeest, wildebeest, gemsbok, zebra, Cape buffalo, kudu and blesbok. “So far, they have mainly been killing hartebeest. Just recently they killed a wildebeest.” Since lions are opportunists by nature, they hunt and kill anything. However, Taplin says they tend to stick to bigger game as it is more rewarding. Competing for foodHunting for food is not the lions’ only concern, however. They also have to compete with the cheetahs, which mainly prey on the smaller blesbok. “SANParks introduced the cheetahs in 2007 to establish themselves before we brought in the lions, which may compete with the cheetahs for food.”The brown hyena is the third predator species in the park. But Taplin assures they will not be a threat to the lions’ wellbeing. “Hyenas are scavengers and they feed on smaller animals.”Park authorities have fitted a collar on each lion, allowing them to track the big cats. “We can see what kind of area they prefer to live in and check what kind of prey they target,” she explains. The collars will be worn for the first year of their stay, to collect sufficient information on them.The female came from the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West; the two males were adopted from Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo. A game capture unit was used to seize the lions. Thereafter, they were transported to Mountain Zebra National Park where they adjusted easily to each other.Welgevonden, Taplin says, needed to reduce its lion numbers. “Game reserves try to limit the predator population to ensure a healthy gene pool. Once the fathers have offspring, we have to move some of them out. We would not want the fathers mating with their offspring.” Lions good for tourismTaplin is hopeful that the introduction of lions will bring more tourists to the park. “Most people are interested in lions and perhaps it can bring in more tourists. But it is a little too early to tell.” SANParks says cheetah tracking and guided walks for visitors will continue. Predator-proof fencing of two picnic sites in the game viewing area was done in time for the lions’ arrival.Dinesh Vallabh, a senior lecturer in the school of tourism and hospitality at Walter Sisulu University, which has campuses in various Eastern Cape towns, points out that the lions will definitely boost the number of visitors to the reserve. “Lions are great attractions because that is what foreign tourists want to see.” He says Eastern Cape game reserves have become prime attractions and those that have any of the Big Five do very well. “No one leaves the province without visiting a game reserve.”There is a possibility that more lions may be introduced, says Taplin, but only after park authorities have assessed the impact the three have on the reserve.Situated just outside Cradock, the Mountain Zebra National Park was established in 1937. Its aim was to protect the Cape mountain zebra, which at the time numbered less than 100. Today, the park is home to about 800 zebra, the largest population in South Africa. “This population is used to increase other populations in game reserves around the country,” says Taplin.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Most of us have reduced fertilizer inputs as crop prices have gone down and this is documented by reduced phosphorus fertilizer sales. But still, I am often asked about issues of phosphorus from an agriculture and water quality standpoint, “Is rate the only concern?”Rate, and more appropriately soil test level, is important from a water quality standpoint. If we are at a soil test level that does not require any fertilizer application, perhaps 35% of our fields, then risk of loss is reduced to whatever background levels are coming from the soil. If the soil test is in an agronomic range (15-40 ppm Bray P1), water concentration of Total P in runoff is 0.5 ppm or less. If soil test levels are four to five times agronomic levels, however we can see this produce a runoff concentration of 1 ppm or more.Recently applied P is subject to loss based on the timing, source and placement during the nutrient application. The key to reducing loss is for the applied phosphorus to quickly equilibrate and stabilize in the soil before the next runoff producing event. Surface applications are most at risk. Soil test levels on the surface can be higher than the eight-inch soil test sample result under reduced tillage systems. Surface water, or water preferentially flowing to a tile, can result in an elevated water concentration of P. The same rate of nutrient applied can have different water quality results based simply on placement — surface verses incorporated for example.Erosion is a factor that should not be forgotten. Loss of sediment bound nutrients play an important role in water quality. It is still important to address surface runoff of water that results in soil erosion through conservation tillage, cover crops, waterways, structures and other practices that reduce water velocity or filter sediment.Since runoff producing events have been mentioned a couple of times, “Are there practices that will reduce these events?” Compacted soils shed water resulting in ponding and/or increased surface flows versus allowing infiltration. Practices that improve soil structure such as no-till/reduced tillage, optimal soil pH, drainage and other soil improvement practices will encourage water infiltration and retention of water. Tile drainage control structures can be added to subsurface drainage to retain water in the field. Retention of water is one factor that directly reduces edge of field nutrient loss.If you are concerned about runoff potential; a good source of a printable forecast can be obtained from NOAA through the website http://weather.gov. A zip code close to the application site can be entered on the website. A detailed hourly forecast graphic can be reviewed and printed. Rainfall can be totaled from the graphic to obtain the needed 12 or 24 hour predicted rainfall. A short video presentation showing how to obtain the forecast can be found on the OSU Agronomic Crops Team YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Ip8hsL4bA.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. RavencraftPayroll… it is a task that sneaks up on you, and as soon as you take care of it, it seems like it is time to do it all over again. No matter what the industry or how large the operation, many business owners find it advantageous to rely on an outsourced accountant to cut their payroll. From accounting firms to payroll companies, many options are available to you so you can spend more time working in your business, instead of crunching numbers and cutting checks. This month, we look at the top five reasons to give an outsourced payroll solution a shot: 1. Reliability and security of your financesThe last thing you want, as a business owner, is to be penalized by the IRS. Alleviate those penalty pains and worries by picking up a reliable, fully-trained accountant to handle your small business finances. An outside professional is contractually obligated to be completely liable for the entire undertaking, that way, in the off-chance that something goes awry, the outsourced team will pick up the foul, not you. 2. Cost EfficiencyOutsourced payroll services are perfect for small businesses who don’t have the budget to handle the task in-house. Simply put, why hire a full-time accountant to handle your finances and contribute to rising overhead costs when you could have a team of professionals take care of it for a lower cost? Take a look at how much money goes into the function of your accounting department. If you’re running a smaller operation, the hiring of an dedicated accounting professional may be the most optimal path to take. 3. Professional insightKeeping yourself in charge of payroll duties is a great way of staying in touch with the financial forecast and current standings of the company. However, with a transparent accounting team, you can keep that inside look with the immense added value of years of accounting experience and knowledge on your side. You’re dedicated to your craft. Accountants are dedicated to organizing finances. They’re able to spot problems before they arise and compile the best solutions. They are well-versed on all IRS requirements, withholding rates and regulation changes so you don’t have to be. 4. Financial information protectionWhen it comes to your internal finances, some things are best kept a secret from the competition. Hiring an outsourced accountant eliminates the risk of a disgruntled ex-employees walking out on the company with important information at hand. This circumstance is an unfortunate one, but can be protected against ahead of time. 5. Free up time and energyWhen it comes down to it, the old adage reigns true: time is money. Don’t waste your most precious resources. If you’re working at max capacity, running on all cylinders, your team may be best served with you controlling the direction of the operation. Do your company justice by leading — not sticking behind a desk, stressing over numbers and figures. Leave those tasks to a trained accountant and relieve yourself of the burden.As always, I am here to help. Should you have any questions about securing an outsourced payroll solution, please feel free to contact me. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com