first_imgRead more about the New Year Honours 2020 or find out how to nominate someone for an award. 789 (72%) of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity. 556 women are recognised in the List, representing 51% of the total 9.1% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background 11% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010) 3.3% of recipients identified as being LGBT+ This Honours List continues to demonstrate the breadth of service given by people from all backgrounds from all across the UK. In total 1,097 people have received an award.941 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level: 315 at BEM, 397 at MBE and 229 at OBE.last_img

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | The Rio Olympics ended in a blaze of colour with an exuberant closing ceremony on Sunday as Tokyo took up the baton promising to host the best Games yet in 2020.After a rollercoaster fortnight which mixed off-field hitches with compelling sporting drama, Olympics chief Thomas Bach hailed a “marvellous” Games in the Brazilian city.“These were marvellous Olympic Games in the marvellous city!” said Bach, as he declared the Games closed and the Olympic flame was extinguished.“These Olympic Games are leaving a unique legacy for generations to come. History will talk about a Rio de Janeiro before and a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.” ‘Sporting superpowers’ On a sodden final day, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, 31, shone with his seventh win in eight marathons, timing 2hr 8min 44sec to win by more than a minute.The USA’s basketball ‘Dream Team’ of NBA stars claimed the 306th and final gold of the Games with a crushing 96-66 win over Serbia.With the basketball win, America matched its tally of 46 golds from London four years ago to lead the medals table from Britain, who sealed surprise second place ahead of China with 27 golds to 26.“We are one of those sporting superpowers now,” beamed UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl.For China, the world’s most populous country, it was the worst Olympics for 20 years — especially sobering after topping the standings at Beijing 2008 and finishing second in 2012.China brought to Rio a youthful team with an average age of 24, the lowest of the last three Olympics.This points to a rebuilding phase ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the capital of China’s war-time rival and former colonial power which still evokes bitter resentment among many Chinese.A string of below-par performances saw India win just two medals, fewer than the six clinched during their best-ever performance in London four years earlier.There was also controversy as Mongolia’s Chagnaadorj Usukhbayar became the sixth weightlifter in Rio to fail a drugs test.And police seized passports, phones and computers in a raid on the Irish Olympic office, following the arrest of Irish International Olympic Committee member Patrick Hickey over an alleged black market tickets scam.Brazil added a final flourish as they beat Italy 3-0 to win the men’s title in volleyball, one of the country’s most popular sports.French fighter Tony Yoka won a split-decision against Britain’s Joe Joyce to take the super-heavyweight title in boxing.Switzerland’s world champion Nino Schurter, third in Beijing and second in London, competed his ascent of the podium by winning the men’s mountain bike competition.And there were furious scenes when a Mongolian coach stripped down to his underwear to protest a decision against wrestler Ganzorig Mandakhnaran. Just a few hours earlier, the United States basketball squad won the last gold of the Games, boosting their country’s place on top of the medals table.At the closing ceremony, thousands of fans and athletes donned ponchos on a wet and windy night for a colourful festival of Brazilian culture and music with bursts of spectacular fireworks.Smiling and waving athletes danced into the Maracana stadium taking selfies as Rio’s 16-day Summer Games closed ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a comical cameo as Nintendo video game character Super Mario as Tokyo set out its stall for 2020.“The Japanese government will… work hard so it will be the best Olympics ever,” Abe said as he met Japanese medal-winners earlier. Security scares and logistical problems were a feature of South America’s first Olympics, held against the backdrop of Brazil’s political and economic crisis.Swathes of empty seats caused disquiet but the Games also witnessed the last hurrahs of both Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, who both lived up to their billing.center_img Share on: WhatsApp Bolt sealed the sprint “triple triple” in his final Games, reaching a record-equalling nine gold medals with his third consecutive 100m, 200m and 4x100m sweep.Swim legend Phelps took his unmatched career haul to 23 gold medals with another five in Rio — plus a silver, after his loss to former childhood fan Joseph Schooling.Brazil came late to the party but the country celebrated long and loud when Neymar won a gold-medal penalty shoot-out against Germany to erase memories of their 7-1 World Cup semi-final humiliation in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels open the 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup Thursday against tournament host Glacier Kings at Comox Valley Sports Centre.The game is the feature match during opening day of the four-team tournament to crown the B.C. Junior B Champion, beginning at 7:30 p.m.Comox Valley lost out to Victoria Cougars in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League final.Victoria opens the tournament at 3:30 p.m. against Pacific Junior Hockey League winner Richmond Sockeyes.Round robin play continues through Saturday before the playoff round Sunday. Castlegar, entering the tournament with a 16-4-0-1 record after disposing of the North Okanagan Knights in five games to clinch the KIJHL title, plays Victoria Friday before concluding the tournament Saturday against Richmond.The gold medal game between the top two teams goes Sunday at 2:30 p.m.The third and fourth place finishers meet in the bronze medal contest at 10:30 p.m.The Cyclone Taylor Champ represents B.C. at the Keystone Cup April 17-21 in St. Malo, Manitoba.Abbotsford Pilots won the 2012 Cyclone Taylor Cup and went on to capture the Western Junior B Championship, the Keystone Cup.  The win gave British Columbia three of the past four Keystone Cup victories. In 2009 and 2010, the BC representatives won back-to-back Keystone Cups with the Richmond Sockeyes winning in 2009 and the Revelstoke Grizzlies in 2010. The Richmond Sockeyes defeated the Nelson Leafs in the Cyclone Taylor Final in 2009.The Nelson Leafs host the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup at the NDCC Arena.See: http://thenelsondaily.com/news/mallards-team-week-%E2%80%94-kijhl-champion-castlegar-rebels-24069#.UWTcEBm8JE4last_img read more

first_imgOpening Day at Santa Anita Park has remained a Los Angeles tradition for more than 80 years. This year’s event will also include the return of Santa Anita’s Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room., featuring a catered menu by Executive Steve Fretz of The Church Key. Tickets to the Guest Chef Series event with Chef Steven Fretz are $85 including admission to The Chandelier Room, a catered menu, live music, one glass of champagne, daily racing program, wagering tip sheet and live Thoroughbred racing. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.santaanita.com or call (626) 574-7223.Santa Anita Park – Arcadia, California (www.santaanita.com)Santa Anita is an iconic destination set at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, just minutes from downtown Los Angeles. For more than 80 years, the historic Southern California fixture has set the stage for the most dramatic moments in thoroughbred racing, where legendary racehorses like Seabiscuit and American Pharoah crossed the finish line into infamy. Hot off a recent $40 million renovation, the park will host the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and features new private luxury suites, spaces and a revitalized Art Deco design. In November 2016, Santa Anita will open its doors to host the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships for the fourth time in five years. With style, sophistication and historic intrigue, Santa Anita offers a premier entertainment venue for spectacular events and modern celebrations imbued with the glamour and elegance of the past. Attendees at the Opening Day Guest Chef Series event will also enjoy live music by The Ryan Cross Trio and James Torme, who will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of “The Christmas Song,” written by his father, Mel Torme. Chef Fretz’s special menu will include a range of creative small bites, including out-of-the-box offerings like English Pea “Falafel” Sliders, Frog Hollow Pear Salad, and Cauliflower “Tikka Masala.” Crowd pleasing savory items will also be on the menu, including Hawaiian Ham, Angus Beef and “Hoagie” Sliders, Mary’s Chicken Cassoulet with Butter Beans, Smoked Bacon and Garlic Bread Crumbs; BBQ Style Smoked Baby Back Ribs with Crispy Garlic and Scallions; and Roast Top Round Beef with Roasted Garlic Beef Jus and Horseradish Cream. ARCADIA, Calif. (December 14, 2015) – One of Los Angeles’ most timeless holiday traditions returns on Saturday, December 26 with Opening Day at Santa Anita Park and the return of the Guest Chef Series. The festive Opening Day event will kick off Santa Anita’s Winter Meet with a special menu by Executive Chef Steven Fretz of acclaimed LA restaurant The Church Key, hailed for its creative new American cuisine and craft cocktails. Highlights Include Mint Julep Otter Pops, Brown Butter Donuts and Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails The Church Key’s mixologist, Devon Espinosa, will shake up liquid nitrogen cocktails, Mint Julep Otter Pops and other creative craft cocktails. The decadent dessert menu includes Brown Butter Glazed Donuts with Cinnamon Caramel, Chocolate Mousse Bombes, Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Shortbread Crust, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Grand Marnier Toffee Sauce, Orange Scented Shortbread Cookies, Gingersnap Spiced Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookies with Hazelnut Toffee Sauce. Press ContactCarol Ann Kelley-ElwellVictoria King Public Relations12381 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 203Los Angeles, CA 90025(310) 207-5175 / [email protected]last_img read more

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_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