At a time when farmers are protesting across the country, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday sat down for lunch with hundreds of farmers of the State at a ‘Kisan Samagam’ programme, and sought their suggestions for the upcoming third agricultural road map of the State for 2017-2022. Altogether 699 farmers took part in the programme. Three farmers from each district were invited to offer their suggestions to increase farm productivity. Some of them suggested steps to increase the minimum support price. Others pointed Mr. Kumar’s attention to the lackadaisical approach of the government towards the farmers’ “real problems”. “Why doesn’t a farmer’s son want to do farming? The government needs to think over it,” said a young farmer from Kaimur, Sunil Kumar.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When Patriots players looked around the locker room Sunday, they saw a generally healthy squad. That’s scary for the rest of the NFL.Or maybe not.Unless New England makes some key improvements over the next month — and can anyone doubt the Patriots will, given their track record? — a third straight trip to the Super Bowl will be problematic.In their 27-13 victory over the game-but-outmanned Jets, the Patriots (8-3) pretty much were workmanlike. Given the competition this season from the likes of the Chiefs, Steelers, Chargers and Texans, that might not be enough.Sure, the running game was a major positive as New England rushed for 215 yards, led by rookie Sony Michel’s season-best 133 on 21 carries. And the defence was OK.But these were the Jets, who don’t measure up in any way to any AFC contenders. Things will get more difficult in December, though not terribly so. And in January, unless the Patriots grab home-field advantage in the AFC — they trail only Kansas City by one game and own the tiebreaker — their defence will need to be stout against some high-scoring, big-play offences.Considering the holes in that defence that the Jets were incapable of exploiting often enough, New England has some issues it hasn’t been plagued by during its remarkable Tom Brady-led run since the early 2000s.These Patriots don’t have the look of a team that can avoid shootouts, especially on the road. When you have Brady and Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski — and now Michel — on your side, you’ll score your share of points. They will need to do exactly that, probably throughout the playoffs, to get to the big game in Atlanta.“You’d love to be perfect out there,” Brady said. “The other teams are well-coached and they have a lot of good players, too. When you win, you feel really good. Obviously, a couple of weeks ago, we did everything the opposite of what we needed to do (at Tennessee). I think we’re doing a better job taking care of the ball; it gives us a much better chance to win games. Scoring more points, converting on third downs, scoring in the red area, all those things are really important that we talked about.“We made some plays, there are certainly ones we left out there, but we’ll take it and keep moving forward.”As they move forward, observers’ eyes will be on several areas:GRONK’S HEALTHGetting back Gronkowski is huge. He’s a difference maker even when he’s not targeted because of the attention defences must pay to the star tight end, and the lift he provides teammates. He’s also brittle, an effect of his playing such a rugged game and taking so many massive hits.Other than Edelman and the ultra-dangerous James White out of the backfield, Gronk’s support crew isn’t intimidating. Josh Gordon remains limited and Chris Hogan is solid, but not a No. 1 wideout. The rest of the cast is, well, the rest of the cast.More than perhaps ever in his nine pro seasons, Gronk’s availability is paramount.THE ROADNew England has played three stinkers away from Foxborough; it’s 5-0 at home. Two of those defeats were to now-mediocre-or-worse Detroit and Jacksonville in September. More worrisome are the sour notes the Patriots played in Music City in Week 10.Never before had former Bill Belichick assistant coaches outmastered the mentor. It happened with both the Lions and Titans this year, of course.The Patriots always struggle in Miami, where they’ve lost four of their last five. They also visit Pittsburgh, not quite a palace of horrors — New England has won three of the last four trips to Heinz Field — but by far their most difficult remaining opponent.Of the eight Super Bowls Brady has guided them to, the Patriots never have missed earning a first-round bye.THE DefenceHere’s the great mystery.Other than safety Devin McCourty, a long-time standout who rarely has gotten the credit he deserves, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower, New England appears to lack difference makers. This group is more a collection of parts fit into roles. They don’t get a lot of pressure on passers, aren’t particularly ball hawks, and, far too many times, New York’s so-so group of receivers was roaming free.Doing that against Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill or DeAndre Hopkins in the post-season — not a good idea.Naturally, anyone who dismisses Brady and Co. has little sense of history. The Patriots of Thanksgiving weekend aren’t great. Check in around New Year’s Day to see where they stand.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLBarry Wilner, The Associated Press
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0Shares0000Tanzania qualified for their first African Cup of Nations in 39 yearsCAIRO, Egypt, Apr 9 – Tanzania qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 39 years, a final day 3-0 victory over Uganda Cranes at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam handing them a place among Africa’s elite under new coach Emmanuel Amunike.The former Nigerian international, much criticized after his appointment in August 2018 shushed his opponents in a huge way by taking the Taifa Stars back to the kings’ table of the African game. “So many people said things when I was appointed but for me, I don’t listen to them. You don’t have to like me for me to do my job. My work is on the pitch and that is my only concern. I wanted to go out and show what can do. Most people who talk are cowards. I don’t talk much,” Amunike said, speaking to Capital Sport in Cairo on Tuesday.The former Nigerian international said he wasn’t under pressure to see Tanzania qualify especially heading into a final day must-win tie.“I wasn’t under any pressure at all. I am used to pressure all my life as a player and as a coach. It will always be there but you can’t get yourself disoriented by it,” Amunike stated.The tactician, going back to what he refers as his second home, Egypt, wants to ensure Tanzania make a mark in their AFCON return and believes they have the ability to do well and beat the continent’s top cream.-Good team“We have a good team, good players who are hungry for success. I believe we can compete with the rest because we qualified on merit,” Amunike noted.He considers Egypt his second home as he played for Zamalek in his hey days and is still considered a legend for the White Knights. On the plane and at the airport, several Zamalek fans working late night posed with the tactician for photos, reminiscing the old days.“Please come back to Zamalek… not to play but to coach. We are winning the league this year,” one told him as he sat at his seat on the plane to Cairo on Monday night.He says that he has so much sentimental attachment to Egypt.“I really feel great coming here and coming back as a coach of a team that plays in the Cup of Nations makes it better. I hope it is going to be a sweet return,” said Amunike who won the Cup of Nations as a player with Nigeria in Tunisia in 1994.-Four East AfricansThe draw for this year’s competition will be held in Cairo right next to the pyramids in Giza and for the first time, four East African countries will be represented with Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi all part of the mix.“I think it is something great for the region to have four teams participating and it shows that the level of football is improving. Hopefully all of us can do well and compete against the top teams,” stated the tactician.Kenya and Tanzania are in the same pot while Uganda and Burundi are also in the same pot for Friday’s draw. This means, two East African countries might find themselves in the same pool.There is also a possibility that Amunike might see his side pooled against home team Nigeria. Is he excited of that prospect?“Well, that would be very interesting,” he said.-Ready for anyone“We are ready for anyone in the group. If you are qualified, you should be ready to face anyone,” stated the tactician.Unlike Kenya and Uganda who have set plans to camp in France and Belgium respectively, Amunike is yet to put out express camping and training plans for his team.“We will be playing in Africa so most likely we can train in Africa. We will wait to see which group we are in then we can make further arrangements. But it is a bit tricky because the league ends in May and we need to look out for the players in terms of rest and recovery because we want to have fresh players in Egypt; that’s the most important thing,” Amunike stated.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Cairo, Egypt-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)