first_imgThe NBA has gone on summer vacation.It appears that Steve Kerr, U.S. citizen, never takes a day off.The Warriors head coach, like many Americans, was made aware Sunday of a tweet sent by Donald Trump, in which the president suggested that four Democratic Congresswomen, three of them born in this country, the other a naturalized citizen, “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”Kerr, joining in the chorus of censure, took a slightly different …last_img

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the calendar now flipping to March, many farmers are waiting with great anticipation for Spring to arrive. Keith Summers of Leist Mercantile says one way to pass the time is to make sure you have all of your risk management bases covered before the Mach 15th deadline. The Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo has more.last_img

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our web site keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest and at the end of the year we like to review the top stories to gain insight into how to better serve readers of our web and print content and our radio listeners. Plus, it is always fun to see which story comes out on top. To revisit all of these favorite web stories and videos in the last year, look for “2017 top stories of the year” on the right side of this web page. In addition to these top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2017 included the Ohio and Pro Farmer crop tours, the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, and Between the Rows. Weather challenges, the tough farm economy, and all things draft horse also garnered major web traffic in the last 12 months. Here are the 10 most popular stories of 2017. Clinton County Fair swine flu frustration, misinformation and lessons learnedAfter long hours of work and extensive investment in time and money to get to the show ring, emotions can run high, especially when things do not go as planned. That was certainly the case when, unfortunately, swine influenza was lab confirmed at the Clinton County Fair in July.The Clinton County Fair Board worked closely with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Clinton County Agricultural Society and local and state health officials to stop further spread of this virus in the hog population by making it a terminal show. State Veterinarian Tony Forshey said it was a tough, but necessary, decision. And, as the story described, the decision was not without controversy.2. Storm damage pictures from Mercer County farmsOn the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 5, 15 tornadoes touched down in different parts of Ohio, according to the National Weather Service. Two of the worst were in Mercer County.According to the National Weather Service, one of the tornadoes touched down in Celina and skirted Grand Lake St. Marys, causing eight injuries. Some of the most significant damage was at Crown Equipment Corporation where a significant portion of the roof was removed and exterior walls on the southwest side of the building collapsed. Several other businesses were affected as well.A second tornado swept in from the state line, according to the National Weather Service report. The tornado crossed into Mercer County and cut a swath up to 500 yards wide on its 8-mile path affecting more than 20 properties.3. Tragedy sparks heroism in rural OhioOn the morning of Jan. 20, 2017, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office reported that students were preparing for class at West Liberty-Salem schools when just after 7:30 a.m. 17-year-old Ely Serna allegedly snuck a disassembled Mossberg 500 12-gauge, pump action shotgun into the high school. Serna reassembled the gun, firing several shots, shooting fellow student Logan Cole, 16, twice at random in the bathroom.The official report said Serna apologized to Cole and asked him to kill him in return, handing him the gun. As he was lying on the floor bleeding from two shotgun wounds, Cole was pleading with the shooter to not cause further injury to anyone at the school or to himself. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Cole refused to pull the trigger, with Serna then being restrained by staff members shortly thereafter.The community rallied to support its young people and the Cole family. Just under a month later, the cheers of the West Liberty-Salem students and staff were heard echoing through the hallways as Cole, who was nearly killed in the incident, returned to school on Feb. 13. Though he still sported evidence of his ordeal, including a neck brace, he continued to work to make a full recovery.4. 50th Sale of ChampionsFifty years ago, it started with a dream to support the Ohio State Fair’s youth livestock exhibitors. Gov. Jim Rhodes was the mastermind behind the event that would help build the legacy of Ohio livestock exhibition on a national and international stage — the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. Rhodes recognized the hard work, long hours and vast leadership potential of the top livestock exhibitors at the Ohio State Fair and he wanted everyone else to do the same. He also wanted to establish a way to help those young exhibitors benefit from their incredible achievements financially. With these goals in mind, Rhodes teamed up with the Ohio Expositions Commission and well-known auctioneer Merlin Woodruff. The first Sale of Champions in 1968 was designed to provide a one-stop event to showcase the fair’s top youth livestock exhibitors, provide an attraction to promote agriculture and attract the interest of buyers who could afford the type of funding required to reward excellence. This tradition continues today!5. A first generation farmer’s perspective: 25 years of chances given and lessons learnedWhen thinking about a typical farmer in Ohio, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to find out that they might run a couple thousand acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. One would also expect that there is a barn full of livestock right alongside a barn even fuller of machinery and implements. Brent Pence of Lynn Alan Farm fits of all of these ag-centered stereotypes, but the one characteristic of this New Carlisle producer that may be a surprise is that he is a first generation farmer. It took luck, opportunity and many hours of hard work to build a first generation farm.6. A barn full of Internationals and not a tractor in sightTy Higgins often drives through rural Ohio wondering what is hiding in the old barns in the countryside. There are surely stories those structures could tell and who knows what treasures that might lie within — most with more value of sentiment than monetary.But never judge a barn by its cover. That is a lesson Ty learned in northwest Ohio when he found an incredible collection of vintage International cars and trucks in a barn owned by Rich Kleinoeder. The 60-car collection spans from the first International cars made in 1908 to the manufacturer’s last efforts with trucks in 1980. Now, they are all tucked away in a barn made just for them.7. Where are the “You Been Farming Long” boys now?Do you ever wonder what happened to the subjects of one of the most iconic pictures in the history of agriculture? So did Ty Higgins. Back in the early 80s you couldn’t go to a farmhouse, implement dealer or sale barn without seeing this poster somewhere on the wall. Seeing it recently for the first time in a long time piqued Ty’s curiosity and he wanted to know what ever happened to these two boys (who are in there 40s now). So he Googled it. You can see what he found out on page  .8. In the barn and out of troubleIn Clinton County, a new program is giving area youth an opportunity to find something more productive to do than they might otherwise choose. The Juvenile Court System has started a new 4-H group, called Bacon and Bits, and they are giving kids in that club a hog to show at the county fair that provides much more than just a summer project.9. Ohio to Kansas photo highlights: Farmers helping farmersIn March of 2017 Ohioans got together through Facebook to lend a helping hand to the folks in need in Ashland, Kan. after devastating wildfires burned the area. I got to tag along and so did everyone monitoring this photo post back in Ohio. It was a great privilege to be a part of something like this and to have the opportunity to share the journey with those back in Ohio.10. Is Dannon guilty of marketing flimflam?There has been quite a bit of buzz in the dairy industry about Dannon recently and attorney Leisa Boley-Hellwarth delved into the legalities of the issue. Dannon claims they are merely giving the consumers what they want. Many in agriculture disagree and assert that Dannon’s actions are merely “marketing flimflam” and “fear-based marketing.”last_img read more

first_imgSix teenagers were crushed to death and one was critically injured when they were hit by a speeding train in Pilakhua area of Hapur on Sunday night.Eyewitnesses told the media that the teenagers, aged between 14 and 16, were crossing the railway tracks when trains arrived simultaneously on the two railway tracks at Sadiqpura area of Pilakhua. The youngsters were caught by surprise.All the victims were friends and were daily-wage labourers. They were residents of Pilakhua.The accident angered the local residents who laid siege to the railway tracks and staged a protest. They told the police that the area was not well lit and many, including school children and the elderly, regularly crossed the tracks near the accident spot. Locals also complained that there was no warning before trains crossed the area, which is densely populated on both the sides.Superintendent of Police Hemant Kutiyal and the District Magistrate Krishna Karunesh reached at the spot and pacified the agitated crowd. The protesters demanded that compensation be paid to the family of the deceased.last_img read more

first_imgRajasthan is promoting research in the biopolymer sector with an emphasis on fabrication of new products and generation of more employment opportunities. The initiative will also be linked with the handicraft industry for extending the benefits to both of them.State Industries Commissioner Krishna Kant Pathak said here earlier this week that institutions such as the Centre for Skilling and Technical Support in Jaipur and the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Jodhpur could play a significant role in developing the technology and break the monopoly of some countries.NIFT will establish a gallery exhibiting the textile industry’s progress from handlooms to hi-tech machines and development of designs from medieval to modern period. Mr. Pathak said that a testing laboratory for plastic products would be set up and an awareness campaign launched on their utility and standard norms.last_img read more

first_imgD'Angelo Russell's shot clark vs. Arizona is ugly.Before Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game against Arizona, Buckeyes’ star guard D’Angelo Russell was asked about the defenders he’s faced this year. “Who’s the best defender you’ve faced this season?” the reporter asked. “Nobody,” Russell replied. The question was asked because of the team Russell was about to face, a team that has a couple of great defenders in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and T.J. McConnell. Those defenders gave Russell trouble Saturday evening, as he shot a dreadful 3-for-19 from the field in the Buckeyes’ loss to the Wildcats. Russell refused to give a specific Arizona player credit following the win, though. Just asked Russell who the best defender he’s faced this year: “Nobody.”— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) March 22, 2015That’s obviously a bit of sour grapes from the star freshman, but he deserves to be a little frustrated following what probably is going to be his final game as a college player. Ohio State fans are certainly going to miss him.last_img read more

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh leads the team onto the field while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 41-8. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh hasn’t coached a game in Ann Arbor yet, and he already may be the coach with the highest approval rating with his fan base in the country. Michigan hasn’t been shy about promoting their alumnus head coach either. This morning, the program dropped a short video on Instagram discussing Harbaugh’s “energy and passion,” which senior linebacker Desmond Morgan calls “authentic.” We’re just over a month away until the season kicks off, Michigan fans. Get pumped.last_img

first_img The project is funded through the Universal Service Fund. Story Highlights Work is expected to begin on the Portmore Sewage Project, following approval by Cabinet of a contract valued at approximately US$21 million. “The contract is for 45 months and is funded from the National Water Commission’s K-factor stream of funds,” Work is expected to begin on the Portmore Sewage Project, following approval by Cabinet of a contract valued at approximately US$21 million to Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited.Speaking at a Jamaica House media briefing on October 9, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, informed that the project is expected to benefit the approximately 95 percent of Portmore residents, who are connected to the National Water Commission’s (NWC) sewage infrastructure.“The contract is for 45 months and is funded from the National Water Commission’s K-factor stream of funds,” she said.The Minister informed that key works under the project will include: construction of facilities to transfer sewage discharged into each of the existing five sewage treatment plants at Independence City, Bridgeport, Hamilton Gardens, Portmore Villas, and Caymanas Gardens, to Soapberry;  provision of a standby generator at each pump station; construction of an administration building to operate and monitor the key operations; de-commissioning of the five existing sewage treatment plants, which are in advanced state of disrepair; and restoration of each site to acceptable condition.Minister Falconer also announced Cabinet’s approval of a contract to Illuminat Jamaica, valuing just under US$690,000, for the supply of 180 interactive whiteboards for schools in the E-Learning Project. The contract is for six months.She noted that the interactive white board technology is used to enhance classroom lesson presentation by making them more engaging.“The contract is for the delivery and installation of the boards, as well as the training of teachers in the use and care of the fixed electronic whiteboard system,” the Minister informed.She explained that the E-Learning project operates in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and targets students at the secondary level, providing them with applications and processes of an electronic nature to improve their performance in external examinations.The project is funded through the Universal Service Fund.last_img read more

first_img“We looked at a projection of over 50 years and, now, this isn’t realistic in a sense that you’re not going have these big swings in cost. It’s really hard to predict 50 years from now. This is based off those expected lifespans.”From those projections, the District will be looking at spending 1.3 million dollars annually over the next 50 years, and for water, the District is looking at paying $800,000 annually over the next half a century.Council feels the Asset Management report was well done.Adam says this Asset Management work puts Taylor in a better position when it comes to applying for financial support.“This whole Asset Management work that you are doing puts you in a better position to be able to access funding for grants because this is all now considered to be a prerequisite for when are applying for certain stuff.”You can view the full Asset Management Presentation on the District of Taylor’s website. “It actually is part of the daily operations and decision making, and it’s something that happens every day. It’s a living document or piece of information that’s constantly changing to have more information available.”According to Zackodnik, the District currently has 114 million dollars in assets.“We came up with 114 million dollars worth of assets that you guys currently own. About 42 percent in roads, and 46 in water.”Zackodnik says they have looked at a projection of over 50 years for the life span of the current assets. Project timeline for the asset management project. Source District of TaylorKimberly Zackodnik and Jamie Adam of Urban Systems made the presentation to Council.The presentation looked at the District’s current status in Asset Management and what steps will need to be taken in the future.Adam says Asset Management is the combination of building or constructing, along with maintenance and operations of assets.“It’s important to remember that asset management is actually the combination of building or constructing, but also, on the maintenance side, it’s also around maintenance and operations as well as rehabilitation or abandoning or disposal of some of the assets you already have. It’s not just “let’s just building something or just replace it,” it kind of looks at the whole picture.”Adam also adds that asset management is part of the daily operations of the District.center_img TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor Council was given a presentation on phase one of the District’s Asset Management at a recent Council meeting on January 21.Urban Systems is the engineering consultants that helped to develop the District’s Asset Management Plan.Discussions for creating the asset management plan had started pre-2014, with inventory taking place since then.last_img read more

first_imgAfter a remarkable performance in ‘Sacred Games’, Elnaaz Norouzi gears up for its second season. Read on to know what the actor has to say about her experience working with A-listers of Bollywood, and what all the audience can expect from the much-awaited second season. How did things change after the success of Sacred Games? I have never seen such craze for a series or film. So, after the show went viral on web, things changed entirely for the better. People have started recognising me because of ‘Sacred Games’, and addressing me as Zoya madam (my character’s name)… which is pretty cool. Also, the fact that audience applauds my performance and doesn’t remember me as ‘just a pretty face’ is a compliment in itself. This is what I always wanted. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Was it intimidating to work alongside established actors like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin and others. Is there too much pressure of proving your potential and grabbing the eyeballs for your performance while working with A-listers? Initially, when I went on the set and started working with Saif sir and Nawazuddin sir, I was very stressed. After all, it was my first project with mega stars. But luckily, not for a second I felt that I was shooting with such established actors. Both of them are amazing beings and never treated me like a newcomer. Obviously, there is a lot of pressure to deliver my best, however even when I forgot my lines, they were patient and considerate towards me. All I can say is we had a lot of fun on the set. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award How difficult is it for an outsider to create a niche in the entertainment industry? It is very difficult… I don’t think I can define it in words. It needs a lot of dedication, hard work and focus to survive in this industry. To overcome all the obstacles coming your way, and prove yourself amidst so many great talents and star kids, is a huge struggle. If you could play some other character from Sacred Games, which one would that be? I don’t think I would want to play any other character in ‘Sacred Games’ other than Zoya and Jameela. There are many layers to my character which will be unveiled in Season 2. So, yes I am happy with what I have got. What can one expect from the second season of Sacred Games? One can expect a lot of new characters in Season 2. How the story is going to unfold will be crazy and amazing at the same time and just on another level. There is going to be a lot of entertainment. I can assure you that Sacred Games season 2 will be very exciting. Tell us about your role in ‘Zee5’s web series? ‘Abhay’ is a new Zee5 original web series which is doing exceptionally well among the audience. We are coming out episode wise and will have eight episodes in total. I am playing the main lead opposite Kunal Khemmu. The name of my character is called Natasha, an ex-cop who has an interesting past with Abhay. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal much because we are still shooting for the same. You have to wait and watch. An ongoing web series you want to be a part of? Made in heaven. I really loved it. A project you regret turning down? Thank god there has never been a project that I turned down and regretted later. Whatever I have turned down has turned out to be the right decision. Web shows or movies, what’s your pick? I feel web is not just the future but also the present. It has a much higher reach. So if there is a web show where my character is amazing and the story is relevant, I would choose it over a movie. An actor you admire for his/her choice of roles? Alia Bhatt.last_img read more