Burnley v Brentford line-ups: Bees defender fit, new signing on bench, Burnley switch strikers

first_imgBrentford defender James Tarkowski will play at Burnley despite breaking his nose in the win at Bristol City last weekend.The Bees make one change, with summer signing Lasse Vibe making his first start. He replaces Andre Gray, who was signed by Burnley on the eve of the game but is not eligible to play.New signing Maxime Colin is among the substitutes.Burnley’s two alterations come up front, with Sam Vokes and Jelle Vossen dropped to the bench. Rouwen Hennings makes his first start since signing in the summer, and plays alongside Lukas Jutkiewicz replacing them.Burnley: Heaton; Darikwa, Duff, Keane, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Kightly; Hennings, Jutkiewicz.Subs: Gilks, Ward, Anderson, Taylor, Vokes, Vossen, Sordell.Brentford: Button; McCormack, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Judge, Diagouraga, Kerschbaumer, Gogia; Hofmann, Vibe.Subs: Bonham, Barbet, Colin, O’Connell, Udumaga, Clarke, Senior.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Hate violence must end: Mbeki

first_imgBathandwa Mbola and Nthambeleni GabaraPresident Thabo Mbeki has called for the recent attacks on foreign nationals living in South Africa to come to an end.Anger over unemployment and crime sparked an outbreak of xenophobic violence in Gauteng province, leaving at least 22 people dead. Up to three million foreigners are thought to be in living in South Africa.Some 6 000 people, many of them Zimbabweans, have been displaced after being evicted from their homes by mobs. Many have sought refuge in police stations, churches and community halls.“Citizens from other countries on the African continent and beyond are as human as we are and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity,” Mbeki said in a statement on Monday.“Our humanism as a people enjoins all of us to respect, care, cooperate and act in solidarity with others regardless of their nationality.”Mbeki said the police would do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to book. “Nothing can justify it. The law-enforcement agencies must and will respond with the requisite measures against anyone found to be involved in these attacks.”The police have been forced to use rubber bullets to bring crowds to order, and have maintained a heavy presence in hot spots, including Katlehong, Diepsloot, Thokoza, Thembisa, Vosloorus, Makause, Hillbrow, Honeydew, Primrose and Ramaphosa informal settlements.The attacks have also spread to KwaThema, Tsakane, Wattville and Daveyton.After a meeting with the management of the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Monday, Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Perumal Naidoo resolved that decisive police operations would be launched to counter the attacks.Acting National Police Commissioner Tim Williams said strong action would be taken against perpetrators, and that any person or group convening meetings with the intention of inciting violence and criminality would be arrested and prosecuted.Additional police service members with experience and training in high-risk situations would be deployed in Gauteng, Williams said.The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is currently accommodating 11 000 displaced people at civic centres throughout the metro area. They are being provided with security, blankets, food and health services.The municipality has formed a joint operation centre with key departments, including the Metro Police, SAPS, disaster management, health, infrastructure services, housing and emergency services to closely look at the violence and future interventions.The Salvation Army, Red Cross, Gift of the Givers, various churches and other organisations, as well as the Gauteng provincial government, have been providing blankets, food, and sanitation to help alleviate victims’ suffering.Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police said on Monday that they would act firmly against anyone who participated in attacks against foreign nationals. Bongani Jonas, Chief of Metro Police, said the law enforcement agencies had a duty to protect the lives and property of all who resided in the country.“We have noted with great concern that the perpetrators of these attacks did not hesitate to use live ammunition against unarmed and defenceless people,” Jonas added. “Such acts will be met with the full might of the law.”Source: SouthAfrica.info and BuaNewslast_img read more

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Surber family farms with excellence, then shares it with others

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the social media world of today, those in agriculture are finding that not only is it important to do a great job producing high quality food in an environmentally responsible manner, they also have to tell everyone about it.Few have done more in terms of both production and promotion of Ohio’s hog industry than John and Connie Surber of Clinton County, the 2018 Ohio Pork Industry Excellence Award recipients. Both grew up in Highland County with farm roots. John went to college expecting to come back and work on the family farm, but instead got an off-farm job in 1975 with Premier Feeds.“I got hired as a feed salesman at Premier and started selling feed for livestock in the area. I moved up in the company until the 1990s and became president of the company and then we purchased the company in 1999,” John said. “When I started in 1975, Clinton County was the top hog county in the state, but in the 70s and 80s Airborne and then DHL came into Clinton County and farmers started selling their livestock and working for DHL. The cattle and pigs went out of the area. In ‘98 and ‘99 pigs really went out.“We started branching out into other states with the feed business. We went more regional. In the 90s the pig industry started making the change to contracting and we saw contracting as opportunity. We thought if farmers would build barns we could supply the feed. We were trying to talk people into building contract barns — we were selling but they weren’t buying.”When asked, “Well if it is such a good idea, then why aren’t you doing it?” John and Connie made the decision to build their first contract hog barn.“We started a model example farm in 2001,” John said. “We contract raised PIC pigs and we supplied the facility, feed and labor. We started with one barn and then we added barns after that until we had three barns in three counties — Fayette, Clinton and Highland — and those were our models. Once people could see what we were talking about, we got people interested in building barns.”PIC is based in Tennessee and is the largest swine genetics company in the world, providing roughly half of global swine genetics to pork chain customers through genetic technology, health and services in 30 countries. Teamed up with PIC genetics, the Surbers continued to follow their own example with further expansion of the livestock operation.“Then we had the opportunity with PIC to build another sow unit that was all our own in Brown County. That was in ‘07,” John said. “Today we continue to grow the multiplication side. We have sows that produce sires for PIC and we have sows that produce gilts for PIC and we sell them at varying weights. We also started an organic dairy pasture-based operation and a manure custom application business.”In addition to their initial success with the contract hogs, the Surbers also discovered that they really enjoyed working with animals.“The biggest surprise when we first did this was that we loved it. It was a great fit for our family,” Connie said. “Our daughter-in-law was pregnant at the time and wanted to work at home and she managed a barn. We have four children and at one time everyone in the family was in a barn working to make it successful. One daughter lives in Oregon but other than her, everyone is still involved in the business. For us it is very rewarding to work directly with the animals.”The Surbers take great pride in providing food — both low-cost high-quality pork and specialty, high-end organic milk — for a hungry world.“The world needs protein and the pork industry is doing an excellent job of staying at the forefront of providing a high quality product in a very competitive market at a very competitive price. Our future is tied to the world,” John said. “The U.S. is not growing and we already have a full plate. Our future is exports. That is our greatest opportunity. We feel like we have evolved as ag has evolved and as the consumer has changed. We are doing things at the opposite end of the spectrum with the pigs and the organic dairy. The point is that is what the consumer wants. We are trying to play by the rules and provide a quality product to the consumer.”The manure from both the hogs and the organic dairy is applied to crop ground for the production of feed that goes back to the animals.“We try to use the latest technology in manure application so we can provide the right nutrients in the right place for the crops. We do drag line applications with a no-till applicator that punches holes in the ground,” John said. “The majority of places we apply are in no-till or minimum-till. We apply in a 35-mile radius. The dairy manure is all used on our ground for organic feed production. All the feed goes back into the primarily grass-based organic dairy. The milk goes to Horizon, which is now owned by Dannon.”While each entity on the production side of the business has its own unique challenges, the greatest challenge facing the farm is public perception.“Our greatest challenge is that we are on trial every day about what we do and how we do it. We have to tell the American consumer and the world what we are doing here,” John said. “We have nothing to hide here and the consumers want and need the truth about where their food comes from.”John and Connie have done over 100 Operation Main Street presentations. Operation Main Street was launched by the National Pork Producers Council in 2004 to train farmer volunteers to make local presentations about their farms and provide the necessary materials and information.“We realized if we don’t tell our story, someone else will say how you are doing things. We have shower in and shower out facilities and our doors are locked for biosecurity. That raises suspicion. We started doing Operation Main Street programs with civic organizations, county commissioners, rotaries and other groups in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus to share what we do,” Connie said. “We’d just talk about what we do every day and then they would have questions for us. We’d reach out to 20 to 40 people at each one of our presentations. We pass out a survey at the end and every single time someone’s mind is changed. We have been doing those for six or seven years right from the beginning.”More recently, the Surbers have started working with Ohio food bloggers in an effort coordinated by the Ohio Pork Council.“We have hosted eight or 10 bloggers, in two or three events. They are all from the city and they are clueless about where their pork comes from. When we have these bloggers in we talk about the same things we talk about in Operation Main Street and they can reach tens of thousands of people,” Connie said. “A lot of them want to take a tour through the barn and so far those who have gone through theConnie has participated in videos and other methods of reaching out to consumers about pork. Photo provided by the Ohio Pork Council.barn have been amazed at how clean it is, how clean the animals are and how much care we actually give the animals. They say they can hear the sincerity in our voices when we are talking about the animals and how we care for them. It has been positive for them and very rewarding for us.”The bloggers also take note of the biosecurity, and have to shower in and out if they tour the hog facility.“We tell them we have nothing to hide but everything to protect, which is why we have all of the biosecurity that we do,” Connie said. “These are super fun. Our family loves to cook and we really enjoy doing these. We show them how to cook pork the right way. We see the importance of reaching out to these people and we can reach so many people through these bloggers.”In addition, the Surber family has hosted virtual field trips for elementary students in cooperation with the Ohio Pork Council. The field trips allow teachers and students to participate in a live video-chat with farmers in the hog barn. Using Google Hangouts video chat technology, hog farmers can take students inside their barns and showcase the inner workings of modern production facilities and a variety of aspects of raising pigs from pregnancy through birth to market weight.“Our daughter-in-law Rebecca has been involved in the virtual fieldtrips through schools. She reaches so many kids through that,” Connie said. “The teacher prepares the students with information from the Ohio Pork Council before the tour. It is pretty amazing how good their questions are.”With all of their public outreach efforts, the Surbers have seen the value of what they are doing.“Everyone sees all the negative things on the Internet, but when it comes down to it they really do trust and respect the American farmer,” John said. “They want to hear what we have to say and learn about what we are doing.”Each step along the way to building their broad family agricultural business has been thought-out and intentional for the Surbers, but not necessarily planned.“There was no master plan with all of this,” John said. “We started with one contract barn and grew the operation from there. We just do what we do and we have enjoyed everything we have done on the way, not that it has been easy. It has been a lot of work, but it has been worth it and it is wonderful to keep the family involved and continue the more than 200-year-old Surber legacy of farming.”last_img read more

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Superstar’s spotlight shines on agriculture at the Ayars Family Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel Penhorwood and Matt ReeseCountry music superstar Luke Bryan performed last night on the Ayars Family Farm near Mechanicsburg in Champaign County for the first stop on his 2018 Farm Tour.In conjunction with the concert, in an effort to salute Ohio’s largest food and agriculture industry, Governor John R. Kasich declared September 27, 2018 “Here’s to the Farmer Day” in the State of Ohio.“I think a lot of times agriculture goes unnoticed. I think these kinds of events help draw attention to all of our farmers out there that work hard each and every day to provide the necessities of life,” said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture from a hayfield serving as a parking lot for last night’s Bryan concert. “I think it is great that the Governor proclaimed this ‘Here’s to the farmer day’ and I think it is great that Ohio was able to bring this concert here. There are only about five of these every year. With our strong agricultural heritage and what it means to our overall economy, we are glad to be here and very proud. Agriculture provides 1 out of 8 jobs and adds $124 billion to our economy. It is not just the guy who is planting the seed in the ground. We’ve got food processing in Ohio — about 1,200 processors that employ 68,000 people. It doesn’t make any difference where you live, there is agriculture and agriscience happening near you.”Daniels pointed out that events like this concert can be a nice way to connect Ohio’s farm community with consumers.“I look forward to seeing all of the people here tonight. I see a lot of people here that look like they are involved in agriculture but also a lot of fans who maybe aren’t connected to agriculture,” he said. “Maybe the best thing that can happen here tonight is everybody gets a little bit better appreciation for what farming is and what agriculture is.”John, Bonnie, Lucas, and Eli Ayars milk 150 Guernsey and Brown Swiss cows and raise corn, soybeans and hay on 1,000 acres. Staring in 2010, the Ayars began using their milk to make homemade ice cream right on the farm. Ayars Family Ice Cream is available in over 30 stores. The family plans on serving up plenty of ice cream and was excited to host the concert.On the tour, Bryan is celebrating a decade of saluting the American farmer as he takes his tenth annual Farm Tour 2018 to six cities this fall setting up stages in the fields of local farms from Ohio to Florida. Joining Bryan on the tour as guests this year are Chase Rice, Jon Langston, the Peach Pickers, and DJ Rock.Over 100,000 fans have attended the tour each year since its inception in 2009. In addition to the on-farm performances, Bryan will continue giving back to the farmers by awarding college scholarships to students from farming families who are attending the local college or university near the tour stops. To date, more than 50 scholarships have been granted.last_img read more

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Air-Sealing Tapes and Gaskets

first_imgUPDATED March 8, 2013After this article was published, Martin Holladay conducted a test of eleven air-sealing tapes on a variety of materials. To read the results of Holladay’s testing, see Backyard Tape Test and Return to the Backyard Tape Test.It’s hard to create a tight air barrier without using tapes, gaskets, caulk, or spray foam. In this blog, I’ll look at two of these categories — tapes and gaskets. I’ll be focusing on air-sealing products, so I’ll ignore flexible flashing tapes used for waterproofing. (I’ll address duct sealing in a future blog.)[Author’s note: since this blog was originally published, two U.S. distributors have begun selling high-quality European construction tapes. While these tapes tend to cost more than tapes from U.S. manufacturers, most builders who have tried them have been impressed with their performance. Moreover, European tape manufacturers (unlike U.S. manufacturers) offer tapes that are vapor-permeable. The two distributors are Small Planet Workshop of Olympia, Washington (distributor of several types of Siga tape, including Corvum, Rissan, Sicrall, and Wigluv tapes) and Four Seven Five of Brooklyn, New York (distributor of Contega tape, Tescon tape, Unitape, Rapidcell tape, and Budax Top tape).]I’d like this blog to be a work in progress, so I strongly urge readers to post information on products that work well.To limit air leakage, builders use tapes to seal the seams of a variety of membranes and buildings products, including housewrap, polyethylene, OSB, and plywood. Tapes are also used to seal duct seams, to seal leaks around penetrations through air barriers — for example, to seal around plumbing vents — and to seal sheet goods to a variety of materials, including concrete.Needless to say, no single tape works well in each of these applications, so builders need… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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Avoid politicisation of Parkash Purab: Minister

first_imgPunjab Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Sunday said politicisation of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev should be avoided and any controversy at this stage could put a spanner in the preparations. The senior Congress leader asserted that the State government was committed to celebrate the occasion in full tandem with the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) under the aegis of the Akal Takht (highest temporal seat of Sikhs). “The politicisation of the occasion as sacred and pious as the 550th ‘Parkash Purab’ of Guru Nanak Dev should be avoided at all costs as the occasion is fast approaching and any controversy at this stage could put a spanner in the preparations,” Mr. Randhawa said in a statement here. But the recent development in which SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal went with the delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal , led by its chief Sukhbir Singh Badal to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi “smacked of politicising” the sacred occasion, he alleged. The Congress leader said it would have been better had the invitations been extended jointly on behalf of the Punjab government and the SGPC as the State government is duly-elected by the people . ‘Need for coordination’He also said the coordination between the SGPC and the State government was the need of the hour as it would send all the positive signals concerning the celebrations. On July 1, the SAD delegation had invited Mr. Modi to attend a function to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 12 at Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab.last_img read more

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a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feisty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feistyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe expects the tackles to fly tomorrow night against Southampton.Southampton meet traditional rivals Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, but Howe feels Bournemouth’s games against the Saints are “gaining in everybody’s focus”.”It should be a really feisty game, a really good atmosphere and an entertaining match,” Bournemouth boss Howe told Sky Sports. “Southampton have started very well, too.”It’s gaining in everybody’s focus. The more games we have, the more the rivalry will intensify I think.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.” last_img read more

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ICBC launches telematics pilot for new drivers

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is launching into telematics research with a new pilot, this time inviting as many as 7,000 drivers with less than five years of experience to see how telematics technology can improve their driving and make B.C. roads safer.ICBC says its rates are under considerable pressure in part from a significant increase in crashes.According to the Provincial Insurance Company, new drivers are 5.6 times more at risk of getting into a crash and for that crash to be severe than those with 20 years of driving experience. “Starting September 2019, inexperienced drivers will be paying more to better reflect this risk as part of the recent changes to rate fairness. This pilot is an opportunity to assess if telematics can measurably improve driver behaviour and help offset that impact in the future by decreasing the demographic’s risk of being in a crash.”ICBC says results from the first telematics pilot earlier this year that focused on the technology’s usability found that over 40 percent of participants saw improvements in their driving by using the technology, and nearly three-quarters recommended that ICBC explore its use further, particularly for inexperienced drivers.In early 2019, ICBC will confirm a vendor that will provide the technology for the pilot through a Negotiated Request for Proposal process, and participant sign-up will begin in the spring. The pilot will launch in the summer with incentives for drivers while collecting driver feedback and driving behaviour data for one year.ICBC is looking for participants in the Novice Stage of the Graduated Licensing Program or with less than five years of experience as a fully licensed driver from across B.C.If you are interested in participating in this pilot program, you can visit icbc.com/driverpilotlast_img read more

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Teenager commits suicide in Muzaffarnagar

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: A 16-year-old boy has committed suicide by consuming poison in Amit Vihar locality here, police said Saturday. According to Station House Officer Santosh Kumar Singh, the youth took the extreme step Friday when his parents were not in the house. The exact cause behind the suicide was not none as yet and further investigations were on, the SHO said. The body has been sent for post mortem, he added.last_img

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Morocco ranks 78th in list of best countries for business

first_imgRabat- American Magazine published its list of the best countries for business in 2013. According to the list, which was published last December, Morocco ranks 78th worldwide for doing business. Morocco ranks second country in the North Africa behind Tunisia, which ranked 77. In the Arab world, Morocco is ranked 9th after the United Arab Emirates (30th), Qatar (40th), Saudi Arabia (56), Oman (58), Bahrain (59), Jordan (65), Kuwait (76) and Tunisia (77). Algeria ranked 131, while Libya ranked 136.Ireland tops the list of best countries for business followed by New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Singapore, Canada, Norway and the Netherlands. The American famous magazine based its assessment on data made public by a number of think tanks and international organizations, such as the Freedom House, the Heritage Foundation, the Property Rights Alliance, Transparency International, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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