Tottenham will table a bid for Fulham striker Bobby Zamora in January, the Evening Standard say.Zamora, who previously had an 18-month spell at White Hart Lane, is reportedly seen as the ideal back-up for Spurs forward Emmanuel Adebayor.It is also suggested that QPR want Roman Pavlyuchenko on loan from Spurs, who are keen to offload him on a permanent basis so are likely to sell him to Locomotiv Moscow.Metro claim Pavlyuchenko is also wanted by Spartak Moscow.Chelsea are willing to sell Fernando Torres for £20m during next month’s transfer window, the Daily Mail reports.The paper says that having considered sending Torres out on loan in order to rebuild his confidence, Chelsea are now prepared to offload him completely.Is Torres’ time at Chelsea almost up?He has scored only three Premier League goals since his £50m move from Liverpool in January.The Telegraph report that Chelsea and Manchester City are set to escape an FA probe into an alleged tunnel bust-up at Stamford Bridge on Monday.The Daily Express say a comment by Ashley Cole towards City boss Roberto Mancini sparked the row.Referring to City’s slump into the Europa League after being eliminated from the Champions League, it is claimed the Chelsea left-back said: “Thursday nights – Channel 5.”Meanwhile, the Daily Star say QPR boss Neil Warnock has launched a bid to sign Manchester City outcast Nigel De Jong on loan for the rest of the season.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on Twitter
Eden Hazard scored from the follow-up from his own saved penalty to put Chelsea within 45 minutes of winning the Premier League title.The Blues just about edged a cagey first half lacking both excitement and chances until Hazard won the spot-kick just before the break after exchanging passes with Willian and being brought down in the box by James McArthur.The Belgian’s shot was saved by keeper Julian Speroni but he headed home at the second attemptBefore then Chelsea struggled to break down a well-organised Crystal Palace side looking to play on the counter-attack.Neither side threatened much in the opening 20 minutes, with a speculative 30-yard Juan Cuadrado shot that went over the only serious attempt on goal.But the home side then began to take control in midfield through Nemanja Matic and Cesc FabregasMatic had a shot blocked by Julian Speroni after Palace made a terrible mess of an attempt to play offside from a free-kick, and the Eagles keeper was lucky to get away with spilling a dipping Didier Drogba free-kick.Palace’s best chance saw Jason Puncheon’s shot deflected wide by Cesar Azpilicueta.Cuadrado came in to the starting line-up in midfield at the last minute for Ramires, who was ill while Thibaut Courtois returned in goal after missing the midweek win over Leicester City.Drogba was preferred to the fit-again Loic Remy, who was named on the bench. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Cuadrado, Hazard; Drogba. Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Mikel, Ake, Loftus-Cheek, Remy. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share 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.”
A team of the Income Tax Department on July 25 raided the residence and factory premises of senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and legislator Hasan Mushrif in Kolhapur district in western MaharashtraAn MLA from the Kagal Assembly seat, Mr. Mushrif, a former Minister who held the Labour portfolio in the erstwhile Congress-NCP government, is considered to be a tall leader of his party in the State’s ‘sugar belt’ region.According to sources, the I-T team swooped down on Mr. Mushrif’s bungalow in Kagal at around 5.30 a.m. while simultaneous raids took place at his son’s residence in Pune and his relatives’ house in Takala in Kolhapur.Officials also conducted searches at the Sar Senapati Santaji Ghorpade Sugar Factory in Kagal which is said to be controlled by Mr. Mushrif among other places.However, authorities declined to elaborate on the reason for the raids.A number of the NCP leader’s loyalists thronged outside his house to express solidarity as news of the raids spread throughout Kagal. A robust security shield was in place as the I-T officials conducted their searches and scrutinised documents at Mr. Mushrif’s house and office.The raids coincide with the exit of another important NCP leader Sachin Ahir, who jettisoned his position as his party’s Mumbai unit chief to enter the Shiv Sena, allegedly impressed with Aditya Thackeray’s leadership.The timing of the raid on Mr. Mushrif’s home has triggered speculation that the NCP leader’s alleged ‘refusal’ to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prompted the party to unleash the I-T Department on him.“Recently, at a public function in Kolhapur, newly appointed BJP State president Chandrakant Patil had made an open offer to Mr. Mushrif to ally with the BJP. But the NCP leader had snubbed Mr. Patil and instead questioned as to how, and from where, was the BJP able to secure enormous funds to ‘buy’ Congress legislators in Karnataka and destabilise the Congress-JD (S) government,” said an analyst, requesting anonymity.The raids on Mr. Mushrif’s house also come amid intense speculation of another NCP MLA, Vaibhav Pichad from Akole in Ahmednagar district, entering the BJP fold.Mr. Pichad, the son of senior NCP MLA Madhukar Pichad, is believed to have met with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the latter’s home ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai on Wednesday evening.The developments take place a week after Mr. Patil had confidently claimed that several legislators from the opposition NCP and the Congress were in contact with the BJP. Mr. Patil had also said that the opposition camp would witness a spate of resignations in the coming week.
It seems Team India’s fortunes have hit rock bottom. For this was the least that Dhoni & Co would have expected during the first ODI at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, England, on Saturday. Score | PhotosAfter posting a competitive 274 runs of board, thanks to an impressive 95-run innings by opener Parthiv Patel, India had scalped two England wickets early and were poised for a fine finish when rains dashed their hopes.England were 27/2 with Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell at the crease when heavy rains forced the covers on. Once on, the covers remained put as the showers continued to lash the Riverside Ground till the final cut off time. Meanwhile, India’s injury list increased with Rohit Sharma fracturing his finger in the match.England won the toss and elected to bowl andmuch to the delight of the India fans India openers Parthiv Patel and Ajinkaya Rahane got off to a cautious start but gradually upped the tempo scoring boundaries and quick singles.Parthiv and Rahane were opening as regular openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were unavailable. While Sehwag, who has yet to recover from his long-standing shoulder injury, opted out citing labyrinthithis of the left ear (sic) and Tendulkar was out with a persistent toe-injury.However, the two didn’t let the loss have an effect on the run rate and continued to bat at ease even as the scoreboard kept ticking.Soon India score crossed 80. But England were not undone and Stuart Broad came around to get rid of Rahane on 40. A short ball from Broad that was pulled by Rahane failed to clear the boundary and Samit Patel took a good catch in the fine-leg region. India lost their first wicket on 82 in the 16th over. advertisementBut Broad wasn’t finished yet. He came around to get rid of ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid cheaply. The ball took a thin edge off his bat to land in wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter’s gloves. He fell for two and India lost their second wicket on 87. However, the decision was a controversial one as the Hot Spot did not pick the edge and the third umpire decided on the basis of sound.Post that wicket, Parthiv Patel batted steadily at the Riverside Ground and he had Virat Kohli by his side to assist him in his efforts. He crossed his fifty without much effort and then went on for his ton. Unfortunately, he fell five runs short of his century.A James Anderson ball that was pitched wide from around the stumps invited a faint nick from Parthiv and keeper Kieswetter did the rest. India lost their third wicket on 190. His 95 runs were punctuated by 12 fours. He and Kohli put on 103 runs for the third wicket.Post Parthiv’s fall, Kohli too could not stay for long and an inside edge off Samit Patel crashed into his stumps dislodging his bails. He fell for 55 and India lost their fourth wicket on 206.Post that Rohit Sharma came down to bat but returned after the very first ball that he faced. He got hit by a Stuart Broad delivery in the 38th over. He received some attention from the physio and grimaced when the swollen index finger on his right hand was touched. He felt the field immediately and went to the hospital, where scans revealed a fracture.Later, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni batted on to increase the figures on the scoreboard, but at death Raina lost his wicket to Jade Dernbach on 38 when the team total was 266.Skipper Dhoni and tail-ender R Ashwin fell in the last over of the innings as India posted a competitive 274/7 on board.In reply England lost their opener Alastair Cook early with a Praveen Kumar ball taking the inside edge of his bat and crashing into his stumps when the total was just six.Praveen struck again to get rid of Craig Kieswetter, trapping him leg-before when the England score was 21.Soon enough the players were seen walking off and the pitch being covered to ward off the showers. Finally, the match was called off when the England total was 27/2 with Trott and Bell in the middle.
If reports are to be believed, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Ek Tha Tiger has grossed a whopping Rs 150 crore in mere eight days! Seems like Salman Khan’s Tiger avatar could well be on its way to becoming the biggest Bollywood hit of all times. Incidentally, Ek Tha Tiger also creates a new record for the fastest Rs. 100 crore earning at the box office. Now, the trade is abuzz with the prediction that Ek Tha Tiger will cross Rs. 200 crore very soon and could well break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs. 385 crore.The film released on August 15, 2012.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.advertisement