RelatedPosts Nasarawa United snaps midfield maestro Ex-Eagles’ keeper joins Kwara United NFF inaugurate committee to investigate Nasarawa defender’s death Kwara United winger, Abdulsalam Abdulsalam, has undergone successful surgery at the General Hospital in Ilorin. Abdulsalam, on Sunday in Ilorin, had a fracture on his left leg during a match against Wikki Tourists for which he was rushed to the hospital after playing for only two minutes. His injury brought serious tension and panic to his teammates, opponents and fans and many had to go to the hospital after Kwara United’s 1-0 win over Wikki Tourists. The doctors on ground however scheduled Abdulsalam to be operated on, on Thursday and the outcome was successful to the delight of everyone. Kwara United Chairman, Kumbi Titiloye, who was accompanied by the General Manager, Bashir Badawiy, and Secretary, Hamidu Olowo, were all in happy mood when they visited Abdulsalam on Friday after his operation. “We are happy that he had a smooth surgery and we hope that he recuperates fast for him to start training,” Badawiy said. Meanwhile, Kwara United are hopeful of leaving the drop zone when the league resumes with two home games against Nasarawa United and Kano Pillars.— Tags: Abdulsalam AbdulsalamKumbi TitiloyeKwara UnitedNasarawa United
Press Association “He’s very happy, it means so much for him to score that goal. He cares and he’s enjoying his new position a bit further up the pitch and making a difference. “I want players with that mentality, to make us play, and he’s been excellent. He’s been the most consistent player for me, in my way of playing. “Then of course John O’Shea and Wes Brown at the back, we’re more solid and pressing some of the space. “The basics are there then hopefully, if we can keep them all fit.” While most managers embroiled in relegation skirmishes have bemoaned the Christmas fixture pile-up, Poyet has taken a novel approach. Refusing to rotate his squad, the Sunderland boss has kept training as light as humanly possible. The result is three straight victories, including a 2-1 home win over Manchester United in the Capital One Cup. “You can play but you can’t train,” said Poyet. “If you really want to coach you need to train. But when you play, play, play, recover, then play again, then everything you do in preparation is mental. “So it’s all mental, and information that you are giving the players, but you are not training things and improving things. So for the coach it’s difficult. “For the players it’s spectacular, I loved it. When I was a player I just wanted to play, I didn’t want to train. “It’s all about talking and talking, because you cannot really train them hard. “That’s the way it is for everyone though. It’s working for us at the moment though, so I can’t complain!” He added: “I’ve never been a fan of the rotation system, I don’t like it. “I know sometimes you have to change because there are too many games, especially if there’s one game two days after another. “But if you look at the last four or five games, there are eight players that have been there most of the time. “So there are only two or three places up for grabs. “And that brings consistency, and a better quality of training too. I think we are in a better situation, more consistent.” The victory lifted Poyet’s men off the foot of the table, and the Uruguayan said the better Sunderland’s form is the more chance he has of convincing Swansea loanee Ki to sign long-term. “There is a chance (of a full transfer),” said Poyet. “Swansea had an opportunity to call him back, and they didn’t. That was a difficult day for me because I was waiting and waiting. “I think there are a couple of things we need to make sure: where we are and where we want to go, and with the player as well. “I can see that he’s enjoying his football and making a difference.” Ki is on a season-long loan at the Stadium of Light, but Swansea boss Michael Laudrup seriously considered recalling the 24-year-old last week, to ease a midfield injury crisis. But the Dane decided against it, leaving Poyet as relieved as he was delighted. “At least we still have him, I was nervous in that time,” said the former midfielder. The Black Cats manager admitted he will try to tempt the South Korean into making a full-time move to the north east. Ki scored one and set up another for hat-trick hero Adam Johnson in Sunderland’s impressive 4-1 Barclays Premier League romp at Fulham on Saturday. Sunderland will aim to persuade Ki Sung-yueng to make his stay on Wearside permanent, according to boss Gus Poyet.
Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) celebrates during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Cleveland. Cleveland won 31-10. (AP Photo/David Richard)Steelers. What was that? Seriously, what was that?Are we supposed to sit here and suggest that what’s going on in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization is okay? Are we supposed to keep eating these bowls of warmed over, five day old, burnt oatmeal and pretend that it is crème brûlée?The Pittsburgh Steelers played against the Cleveland Browns and lost 31-10. I don’t know what was more upsetting about the game. The loss. Or the fact that the loss was to Cleveland. Cleveland! Really? I loathe the Cleveland Browns.Alexis CobbOne of the greatest joys of being a Pittsburgh native is watching the Steelers beat Cleveland Browns. I love watching Cleveland lose and listening to them talking about their loss afterwards. “HAHA”, I would shout. “That’s right Cleveland. We will always be better than you. We have a special clinic where your dog’s get neutered!”But no, that was not the case on Sunday. I had to listen to Joe Thomas, Cleveland’s Pro Bowl tackle, state, “It was special…I’ve been on the other end of this rivalry when we lose by three scores so many times. I’ve been through the hell of getting our butts kicked. It felt really good to finally be on the other end of it. It was a family win.”How do the Steelers lose to the Cleveland Browns in such an emphatic manner? At halftime, the Steelers were losing by 18 points. And while it wasn’t pretty, I assumed that we would pull ourselves together in the second half. But the Steelers offense never got in rhythm and played poorly overall.Also, don’t tell me that our defense is playing terribly because we are missing two defensive starters to injury. Isn’t this the time when the Steelers should explore bringing in different talent? I’m being serious. Shouldn’t the Steelers scouts be searching the FXFL developmental league for some fresh talent? Start giving some young, hungry men tryouts and stop recycling retired old men. Get someone with a backbone who just wants to play football!Currently, the Steelers have a 3-3 record and they are the last team in the AFC North division standings. I repeat, the Steelers are the last team in the division. The Steelers are spiraling into total mediocrity and other teams, such as Dallas Cowboys or Cleveland Browns are dusting themselves off and playing like they have good sense. It’s disgusting.The Steelers need an intervention.(Source for this story was ESPN.com )Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at: [email protected] or (724) 561-8082 Follow her on Twitter: @alexissara
Nelson Jays held off a late charge to edge the Trail Reds 11-9 in West Kootenay Junior Babe Ruth Baseball action Wednesday night at Queen Elizabeth Park.It was the first time this season the Jays have been able to knock off the league leading Reds.Blair Sookro picked the the save in relief of Connor Comishin to secure the win.Charles Curiston and Ronan Grey also pitched for Nelson. Sookro also led the offence for the Jays with a three-run, inside-the-park home run.Johnny Melinchuk chipped with two-RBI’s.The Jays, 4-3-1 on the season, currently sit 3-1/2 games behind the Reds in West Kootenay Junior Babe Ruth standings.Castlegar is third, five games behind Trail.Trail Reds have played 13 games while the Jays have only eight completed this season.The two teams hook up for a doubleheader Saturday in the Silver City.The playoffs start June 13.Nelson is the defending West Kootenay Junior Babe Ruth Champ.
Brentford 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 Facebook
Bathandwa 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 BuaNews
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.”
Share 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.
UPDATED 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 Members 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.
Punjab 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.