ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 14: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs shouts instructions to his team during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Georgia football didn’t make it back to the College Football Playoff, but it was still a pretty impressive season for the Bulldogs.The Dawgs fell just short of knocking off Alabama in the SEC Championship after winning the East for the second year in a row.The loss to Texas in the Sugar Bowl had to disappoint fans, but the program has clearly positioned itself as a national championship caliber squad.With that success, comes plenty of early departures.Alabama knows it all too well, but reloads every year. Clemson’s ability to retain defensive stars, on the other hand, was a major contributor to the Tigers’ national title win.We’ll have to wait until the fall to see how Kirby Smart’s team reacts, but the losses are heavy for UGA once again, especially on offense.ESPN identified Georgia football as a “loser” of today’s NFL Draft early declaration deadline.From Adam Rittenberg:Georgia: The Bulldogs had four offensive skill players declare as underclassmen, including their top three pass-catchers, wideouts Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman and tight end Isaac Nauta. None is rated among Kiper’s top prospects at their respective positions. Would they have left if Georgia passed the ball more? We’ll never know. Quarterback Jake Fromm will have a largely new group of targets in 2019. Running back Elijah Holyfield’s departure made sense as D’Andre Swift remains in Athens and Zamir White returns from injury.Recruiting remains at an elite level, so Smart’s program should be fine. If the Dawgs want to compete for a return to the CFP, they’ll need some of their young guys to step up, alongside star quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D’Andre Swift, both of whom are on early Heisman lists.[ESPN]
New Delhi: A first-ever thematic global fair will be organised here in October to promote cooperative-to-cooperative exchange of trade and technology and showcase India’s products and services from the sector in the international market, officials said Thursday. The India International Cooperative Trade Fair (IICTF) will be hosted at Pragati Maidan from October 11-13. Additional Secretary (Economic Diplomacy & States) in the Ministry of External Affairs Manoj K Bharti announced about the fair in the presence of ambassadors, diplomats and representatives of various embassies here. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar “This will be the first time that India will be hosting an international cooperative fair and we are expecting a large participation from various foreign countries. The purpose is to promote cooperative-to-cooperative trade, domestically and internationally and also showcase India’s products and services from the sector to a global market,” he said at an event held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan. Sandeep Kumar Nayak, managing director of the National Cooperative Development Corporation, said the NCDC is organising the event with governments of Telangana and Haryana as prime state partners, besides IFFCO (Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited), Indian Potash Limited (IPL) and Amul (Anand Milk Union Limited) as cooperative sector partners. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance Narendra Modi is set to be sworn in as the prime minister for a successive second term in the evening, and he is expected to inaugurate the fair. “This event will allow various cooperatives from around the world to trade with each other directly, unlike in other fairs. India will be looking to get technology from other countries, from agriculture and food processing to other fields. Besides, India will get an opportunity to sell its own products and services to foreign countries,” Nayak said. The fair will also see exhibition and sales promotion, cooperative-to-cooperative meetings, business-to-business meetings, Incredible India exposition, thematic sessions and technology seminars. Among the focus areas would be agriculture, dairy, fisheries, rubber, coconut, wine, technology and textiles, Nayak said. High Commissioner of Guyana David Goldwin Pollard, who attended the event, said, “Our country is officially called Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and we would like to explore opportunities to partner with India for this fair.” Bharti said the groundwork for organising this fair has been prepared for nearly a year. Nayak said two roadshows have already been held abroad to promote the show — Bangkok in March and Ho Chi Minh City in April — and another one will be done in Johannesburg in June.