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Chelsea sparkle in commanding win

first_img But Spurs’ domination at Goodison Park shows they are genuine challengers for the trophy. Only six points separate Tottenham and their north London rivals, Arsenal, in first place, and Spurs have only lost twice all season in the league. Tottenham ended the busy festive period with 10 points from a possible 12, more than any other side in the league. “The way we played today, we can achieve what we want,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. The belief appears to be back at Chelsea, which looks a different side to the one that struggled under Mourinho. Their attacking players are playing with more freedom, with Spain internationals Cesc Fabregas and Costa excelling against Palace. Costa ran onto Fabregas’ through-ball, cut in and squared a pass for Oscar to side-foot home into an empty net for the opening goal in the 29th. Willian struck a rising shot into the net from long range to make it 2-0 in the 60th and then played a part in the third goal, sending in a shot that was parried out to the feet of Costa inside the six-yard box. Costa couldn’t miss. GENUINE CHALLENGERS LAST YEAR’S CHELSEA “That was the Chelsea of last year, I think,” Chelsea captain John Terry said. The only negative for Chelsea was the sight of Eden Hazard hobbling off with a groin injury. The Belgium winger has failed to reproduce his fine form from last season, when he was voted player of the season in England. Alli has been one of the success stories of this season, establishing himself as a regular for Tottenham and also breaking into the England squad in his first year in the Premier League. Last season, he was playing in the third tier with MK Dons. His goal against Everton was another example of his talent, controlling on his chest a long pass forward from Toby Alderweireld and burying a first-time volley from just inside the area in first-half injury time. Lennon put Everton ahead against his former club in the 22nd, against the run of play. Harry Kane and Ben Davies struck shots against the goal frame either side of Lennon’s goal, as Spurs drew for the ninth time in 20 games this campaign. MANCHESTER, England (AP): Chelsea signalled their intent to surge up the Premier League table by crushing Crystal Palace 3-0 yesterday in a stylish display that had shades of last season’s cruise to the championship. Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa scored for Chelsea, which are out of realistic title contention following a dismal start to their defence but could still challenge for a Champions League spot on the evidence of their performance at Selhurst Park. The champions are unbeaten in four matches under caretaker manager Guus Hiddink since firing Jose Mourinho a week before Christmas, but are still languishing in 14th place – 13 points behind fourth-place Tottenham. Spurs lost ground in the title race by drawing 1-1 at Everton in yesterday’s other game, with Dele Alli’s superb volley earning Spurs a point after cancelling out Aaron Lennon’s opener.last_img read more

Cone wants to put Govs’ Cup triumph behind as All-Filipino Cup nears

first_imgGinebra head coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt has only been than two months since Barangay Ginebra captured the PBA Philippine Cup in front of a record crowd, but head coach Tim Cone doesn’t want his team to think too much of that glory as they transition into the All-Filipino Conference.“We don’t want to remember that too much, we want to move forward so we’ll put that behind us,” said Cone Friday at Ginebra’s practice facility at Upper Deck Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set And aiding Cone in his quest to finally topple San Miguel’s three-year reign in the All Filipino Conference is the returning Greg Slaughter, who missed the 2017 title round due to injury.The seven-foot Slaughter is the only person in the PBA bigger than San Miguel’s four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, who stands at 6-foot-10, and Cone looks forward to his giant center to slow down the Kraken.“June Mar is the one that makes the [San Miguel] engine run, if you take out June Mar off the equation then you have a chance,” said Cone who also has the 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar to complement Slaughter.“We have a couple of counters to June Mar’s size so hopefully we can be the one, but again it’s really tough because San Miguel is a really tight team, they execute well, and they really believe they can win.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Gin Kings prevailed in the seventh game over Meralco 101-96 in front of 54,068 people in Philippine Arena to nab their second straight Governors’ Cup, and a tarpaulin once hung inside Ginebra’s practice facility in commemoration of the achievement.That tarpaulin, however, is had long been folded, as Cone wants his players to set their sights on the Philippine Cup that they last won in 2008.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“There’s a poster there but it’s been folded up, it used to hang down all the way to the floor but I told the team ‘we don’t want that, we don’t want to remember that too much,’” said Cone, whose Gin Kings finished second in last year’s Philippine Cup to champions San Miguel.“I hope we don’t have championship hangovers, we’re over that, I hope we can go smoothly to the Philippine Cup.” MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Standhardinger pours 40 as HK Eastern ends Mono Vampire’s win streak It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Sophia man stabbed to death

first_imgA 34-year-old father of one is now dead after he was repeatedly stabbed on Christmas Day after ‘hailing up’ residents of C Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Celwyn Alleyne, also called “Marcus”, formerly of Lot 936 C Field Sophia and of 1342 Cummings Park, E Field, Sophia, was stabbed several times by the suspect, “Spoonhead”, a known character in the community. The dead man’s girlfriend, Nalydiah Henry was also stabbed a few times – once to her neck, head, right shoulder and back.According to the Police, the incident occurred about 19:30h. Initial investigationsDead: Celwyn “Marcus” Alleyneso far revealed that the now dead man interfered with a friend of the suspect and although he was warned not to do so, he continued.The suspect, who also goes by the name Kevin, retaliated by whipping out a knife and attacked Alleyne and his girlfriend.After committing the act, the suspect fled the scene and the injured couple were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where Alleyne was pronounced dead on arrival. Henry was treated and sent away.The suspect was later arrested and has reportedly confessed to the crime.However, at the house of the now dead man’s mother, the injured Henry related a different story. She told Guyana Times that they were walking up the street when Alleyne greeted a few persons, but was told by a ‘tall boy’ to desist from doing so.“The boy come up and start chasing Marcus and when we walk up the road and pass the street, a boy name Kevin come up to he (Alleyne) and pull he by he clothes and drag he back to Fine Man shop and the ‘tall boy’ hold he and the other boy (Kevin) jook he up,” she said.“When I hold on pon the boy that jook up Marcus, the boy turn around and start jooking me up and then he pick up a 2×4 and lash Marcus in he head and then throw he in the trench and then lash me in the head,” Henry added.Meanwhile, the dead man’s mother, Judy Alleyne, related that her son and his fiancée were returning from her home when the incident occurred. The grieving woman told this publication that her son was mistaken for someone else; hence, the reason he was attacked.“By the time I could have run out there, the Police was going with him and they said I have to go to the hospital, but everybody on the corner saw my son and his fiancée going home quietly and didn’t trouble anybody, but this man just run and stab him up … when I go to the hospital I see my son lying down and his eyes open, I rock him, rock him; no response but I close his eyes,” she related.The suspect will be arraigned shortly.last_img read more

Flyers finish off Rangers in tight game 5

first_imgBut, while there had been plenty of bad blood from previous matchups, the teams would mostly stick to hockey, as the Rangers fought to get back in the game. A lot of people were expecting the game to devolve into fisticuffs and shananigans, but it stayed competitive and focused until the final whistle. And after the final whistle, there was a conciliatory handshake that showed the mutual respect between the teams.After the game, coach Adam Brash said it was the game he had been looking for out of his hockey club. He said after a bit of a slump, he felt a new sense of purpose. “For the first time in three weeks, I came to the rink knowing that this was going to happen tonight.” “We played our Flyers hockey tonight,” he said, adding “they put up a good fight, but we have the depth, and we shut them down.”Brash was also impressed with his teams’s defence, which allowed very few scoring chances.[asset|aid=1082|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cb00f41203051e5bf2449f9c5b6479a2-Brash-teamD_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisement There was a big crowd on hand for game five between the senior Flyers and Spirit River Rangers on Tuesday night, and those in attendance got treated to a great hockey game.Ian Munro opened the scoring, when he took the puck off the stick of Tyler Loney and fired it past Matt Yesminski, for a powerplay goal.Early in the second, the Flyers doubled their lead, when Todd Alexander found his cousin David wide open in front, for another quick goal generated from hard forechecking.- Advertisement -Two minutes later, the Flyers would make it 3-0, when Jeff Fast fed Arlo Hadland, who wheeled down the right hand side, and fired a slp-shot from the top of the circle past Matt Yesminski. The goal would bring to an end Yesminski’s night, as he was replaced by Darin Allen. Yesminski had played brilliantly for most of the series, and was certainly disappointed with the result.But, the Rangers would fight back. Seven minutes into the second, Luke Middleton hit Riley Jebb, and then the two scrapped. Both would get 5 plus a game for fighting, but Middleton would get the extra two minutes for boarding. On the ensuing powerplay, Colin Lefley led the Rangers on a 4 on 2 down the right hand side, a fired a slap-shot past Hunt, to make it 3-1.And from there on out, while there was some rough stuff, and chances at both ends, there would be no more goals. Troy Hunt would get tied up with Colin Lefley at the end of the second, and Paul Wiens fought Colin Lefley six minutes into the third.Advertisement Late in the game, leading by two goals, Brash went back to his “kid line” of Jeff Fast, Jeff Shipton, and Clayton Bahm, and says he’s deliberately putting pressure on them in important situations.[asset|aid=1083|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cb00f41203051e5bf2449f9c5b6479a2-brash-kids_1_Pub.mp3]Goaltender Troy Hunt got the win for the Flyers stopping 27 of the 28 shots he faced, allowing just one powerplay goal on the night. It was a bounce-back night for Hunt, after a excellent performance in game one, but some struggles in game two. “I got a lot of rest when Chad [Vizzutti] was here, and I knew I’d come back and have a good game.” He also gave credit to his team – “I didn’t have to do a lot, we played a little like we did in game one … they didn’t have a lot of quality scoring chances.”Hunt also gave credit to the Rangers, who he fully expected to compete hard.[asset|aid=1084|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cb00f41203051e5bf2449f9c5b6479a2-hunt-game5Rangers_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisementcenter_img And so, the Flyers win game five 3-1, to win the best-of-seven series 4-1. They will now await the outcome of the Grande Prairie / Falher series for their opponent in the final.last_img read more

EnCana optimistic about Horn River Basin

first_imgSuccess in Northeast BC in the Horn River and Montney areas has prompted EnCana to begin selling off some of its more conventional gas assets in Alberta.Last week it sold 700 million dollars worth of central Alberta production, and just yesterday, the company’s shares jumped nearly a dollar and half on the Toronto Stock Exchange, to close at 59 dollars and eight cents. EnCana Corp. says the Horn River shale gas play could be one of the most important gas finds in North America, and, the remote unconventional natural gas deposit, near Fort Nelson has the potential to dramatically alter the continental supply picture. CEO Randy Eresman has told a news conference in Calgary, it is still too early to commit to full-scale commercial development,but, the Horn River Basin has enough gas to become “One of the most important plays in our company.” Horn River resource estimates vary, ranging from 100 trillion to more than 600 trillion cubic feet. – Advertisement -Speaking yesterday with reporters in advance of EnCana’s annual general meeting in Calgary , Mr. Eresman said, “There’s an opportunity to expand the market for natural gas, to displace significant quantities of coal and crude oil.”At the same time however, prolific unconventional discoveries are being blamed for creating a gas bubble, that has pushed prices to multi-year lows. The lower prices have taken a huge bite out of the Calgary-based companies second-quarter profits as compared to last year. It still managed to make 239 million dollars, but, that was down from one point two billion in the same quarter in 2008. Advertisementlast_img read more

DANIEL SAYS CHRISTMAS WON’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIS BELOVED MUM

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has admitted that Christmas will be very different this year as it will be his first without his beloved mum Julia.Daniel and late mum Julia.The much-loved 94 year old passed away in May after a short illness.Heartbroken Daniel, 52, said his mum loved nothing more than having all her family home in their native Donegal for the festive season. “Of course we’ll be home for Christmas. This Christmas will be very different for us all, as it will be the first without my mother. She will be greatly missed by all of us, as she loved having all the family home for Christmas,” he said.Daniel will spend Christmas with wife Majella at their home in Kincasslagh and will sing at midnight mass at St Mary’s Church in the local village.The singer is already experiencing pre-Christmas freezing temperatures as he tours the US amidst huge snowfalls.He revealed “As I write this note I’m sitting in our cabin in Branson, Missouri. It’s a lovely hot sunny afternoon but boy it hasn’t been like that all the time we’ve been here. We’ve had the coldest weather I’ve ever experienced since I first came here in 1997. “One night in particular it went down to 19 F / -7c. These calculations might not be exact but they are as near as I can go in my head. So it was “Winter Woollies” all the way.”But the chart-topping star said it was extra special being in America at this time because his wife Majella could not travel last year as she was undergoing her cancer treatment.“It was great having Majella with me, as you know last year she was going through treatment at this time, so thank God everything has gone well for her,” he said.Daniel’s latest album ‘Stand Beside Me’ has just entered the UK charts – making it the 27th year in a row that he has had an album in the UK charts.DANIEL SAYS CHRISTMAS WON’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIS BELOVED MUM was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasdaniel o’donnelldonegalmum Julialast_img read more

Connect Mental Health event to take place this weekend

first_imgThe Connect Mental Health community conference ‘Inspire Hope’ will take place in the Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon this Saturday 8th October with guest speakers including Olympic silver medalist Kenneth Egan, best selling author and model Alison Canavan, mental health expert Dr. Keith Gaynor and more. The event is free to attend and is aimed at the north west community and is of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about their mental health and wellbeing.Attendance at the Conference on Saturday is free and founder of Connect Mental Health Ciaran McLoone said this week that he hopes the Inspire Hope conference will provide those attending with a better understanding of their own mental health and how to help and support others who maybe experiencing difficulties. ‘ The event is being run for the benefit of the people of the North West and I know from personal experience how important it is to look after your own mental health’.The conference on Saturday will commence at 1pm. To attend you can either register online in advance on the Connect Mental Health website or at the door on the day.Speakers: Kenneth EganKenneth Egan has competed at the highest level in his sport of amateur boxing, the pinnacle being the Silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games 2008. He has represented his country over 200 times.Kenneth has also had his fare share of adversity and struggled with alcohol addiction for many years whilst competing but ultimately came to an end when he faced his demons head on two years after return from the games.Alison CanavanAlison Canavan is an award winning author of wellness book “Minding Mum” and a health and wellness coach. Having travelled the world as one of Ireland’s most successful international models for nearly two decades, in recent years she has devoted her time to her greatest passion: true health and wellbeing.Alison has become a much sought after motivational speaker and regularly does talks on mental health and wellbeing in schools, corporates and events around the country and is a regular contributor to radio and TV shows nationwide.Robert CarleyRobert’s communication style has made him a sought after speaker for conferences and seminars and he delivers his message of “easy to do” life changers with honesty and humour. That’s what he does for a living, but for a life he is “Dad” to five amazing young adults.Robert delights in sharing the lessons he has learned in life (through both good times and bad times) and is convinced that learning through laughter is a great recipe for change. Dr. Keith GaynorDr Keith Gaynor works as a senior clinical psychologist in the Outpatient Department of St John of God Hospital, Stillorgan. He specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatments of anxiety and depression. Keith trained at King’s College London and University College Dublin.He has written widely in academic journals on the topic of CBT and is a regular contributor to the Irish media, including The Tubridy Show, Prime Time and The Irish Independent, on issues of mental health.Donal ScanlanDonal Scanlan is the Project Manager for Mental Health First Aid Ireland.  MHFA is internationally available in over 23 countries with well over 1 million people trained worldwide.Donal has worked as a mental health professional for over 15 years and has campaigned for mental health awareness, anti-stigma campaigns and well-being on local and national stages; talking regularly in schools, colleges and communities about his own mental health and well-being Breifne EarleyIn October 2010, stuck in a negative work environment, severely overweight, single, and feeling the world and would be better off without him, Breifne Earley made the decision to end his own life. Less than five years later he was first across the finish line of the longest endurance sports event in the world, the 30,000km long World Cycle Race.Breifne tells the extraordinary and inspirational story of how one man stepped back from the brink of suicide, redesigned his life and then spent sixteen months cycling through 27 countries on 5 continents with 3 robberies, 3 crashes and 44 flat tyres to become a living, breathing example of the life-saving message “It’s okay not to feel okay.”Tara WestTara West had already established a career as an advertising copywriter in Belfast when she wrote her first novel, Fodder. The book was published by Blackstaff Press to widespread critical acclaim and established her reputation as a talented new Irish voice.Her second novel, Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan, was published by Liberties Press in 2013 and was described by Ian Sansom as ‘the funniest book written by a Northern Irish author this century’. Liberties will publish her memoir about depression and recovery, Happy Dark, in 2016. Tara also runs memoir-writing workshops, and is passionate about helping others tell their story.Following the conference there will be a week long series of events including workshops to support young peoples mental health in the Abbey Vocational School Donegal Town, Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon and Magh Ene College, Bundoran. Community and Business workshops will also take place in Letterkenny, Bundoran and Donegal Town with the week finishing up with a fun run/walk &talk in the Breesy Centre Cashelard on Saturday the 15th. Full details can be found on www.connectmentalhealth.ieConnect Mental Health event to take place this weekend was last modified: October 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Connect Mental Healthinspire hopekenneth eganmental healthlast_img read more

Your Brain Learned Physics and Calculus Before You Did

first_img 1Angelaki, Shaikh, Green and Dickman, “Neurons compute internal models of the physical laws of motion,” Nature 430, 560 – 564 (29 July 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02754. As expected, this paper makes no attempt to explain how such a system could have evolved.  The more detail provided in a research paper about the workings of a biological system, the less apt are the authors to attribute it to time and chance.     One of the defining marks of life is awareness of the surroundings and ability to respond to the environment.  Think about all the components required to make this work: you need sensors, they need to be able to communicate to the central processor, and the central processor has to be able to interpret all the multiple inputs that provide sometimes contradictory information.  So not only are the cells themselves irreducibly complex, the organs and processors are also irreducibly complex, or else no equations of motion can be solved.  In fact, look at each irreducibly complex component of this system, and you will find additional irreducibly complex parts within them, every one vital to the success of the whole project.  Who taught your neurons the equations of physical motion and the techniques of vector calculus?  Playing a game of tennis requires rapidly solving a continuous stream of computational problems (see 01/05/2001 headline).  Don’t get cocky about this skill; owls excel at math, too (see 04/13/2001 headline), and even your dog knows calculus (see 05/20/2003 headline).(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Tilt your head to the right while moving to the left.  The neurons in your brain just solved Newton’s equations of motion, and performed complex vector calculus equations almost instantaneously.  That’s what four neurologists Washington University of Medicine (St. Louis, MO) essentially claimed in Nature July 29,1 describing how your brain interprets the information coming from multiple sensory inputs.     The title of their article says it: “Neurons compute internal models of the physical laws of motion.”  The article is filled with equations that the neurons have to solve correctly to help you determine whether the motion you feel means you are moving left or right, tilting, or a combination of the two.  The signals come from the otoliths in your inner ear (see 10/10/2003 headline) and from the fluid in the semicircular canals.  What if these inputs give contradictory information?  The net vectors of the inputs could cancel each other out, or sum up to give a wrong impression.  The scientists mapped out the equations that would have to be solved to distinguish between the components of translational and gravitational motion, regardless of phase, and then experimented on monkeys while watching the activity of the brain.  They found that the way neurons fire in response to the stimuli match predictions of how the information would have to be parsed to fit the terms of the equation.  In conclusion, they state: These results illustrate a direct correlation between cell firing rates and the equations of motion, as applied to movement in a gravitational environment and the physics of the external world.  A neural basis for an internal model representation of the relationship between the physical environment and either the sensory detectors or the motor apparatus has only recently begun to be explored.  Here we have shown evidence that, in support of theoretical predictions, subcortical neural populations might provide a distributed solution to the inertial motion detection problem.last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau highlights past success and plans the future at 101st annual meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation rounded out its 100th year with the 101st annual meeting this week where there was plenty to celebrate and discuss.“Less than 1% of U.S. companies make it to their centennial. I couldn’t be more excited for Ohio Farm Bureau members and their organization,” said Frank Burkett, III, OFBF president. “Our members are committed to water quality in the state of Ohio, so we had a lot of discussion on nutrient management, and at the same time we are going to have a lot of fun celebrating where we are today and where we are going in the next 100 years.”Some of the other key policy discussions included transportation and infrastructure and wildlife management. The approved policies set the direction for the organization’s activities in the coming year. A record 381 delegates representing all county Farm Bureaus participated in the debate and discussion.Attendees heard from Governor Mike DeWine on the important role Ohio Farm Bureau had in shaping the direction of the recently unveiled H2Ohio initiative and water quality programs. Members supported incentives for performing on-farm nutrient management trials that address water quality, along with the ongoing partnerships of statewide conservation efforts, including the newly formed Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative.Efficient transportation is vital to a robust agriculture sector in Ohio, and delegates discussed finding a balance between the need to deliver farm products while maintaining roadways and bridges. Protections on the farm from wildlife and predators also were considered. Attendees discussed the need for sensible hunting regulations that respect the concerns of farmers, including security of livestock and crops. Other policy votes addressed property rights, education and permanent daylight savings time.Adam Sharp, executive vice president OFBF, highlighted the value of partnerships in Farm Bureau’s century of success in setting policy and shaping the agricultural landscape.“The partnering part of this huge. We brag quite a bit in Ohio about the partnering that happens across our industry in our state and it keeps getting broader and more important. The commodity groups are all great partners of ours. We put in place a number of activities that we work on together. One is the State Fair and we partner on a number of youth programs as well to develop young leaders and help young people come into the industry,” Sharp said. “One thing that has gotten national attention in recent years is water quality. We formed a coalition to bring in even more people including environmental and conservation groups. That is pretty unique. “We have great people in those organizations who want to work with agriculture and that is a very good place to be. We have very divisive politics right now but we have been able to put together a coalition of the right people on this including Soil and Water Conservation districts, Ohio State University, other universities, agriculture, and environmental groups to collaborate with state government and put together the right kinds of programs for long term solutions for water quality. That is what we have been able to do here in Ohio with the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative.”Another highlight from the event was the recognition of three individuals for their lifetime achievements. Long-time Nationwide leader Steve Rasmussen received the Ezra C. Anstaett Heritage Award. Farmer Tom Price of Delaware County was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. OFBF Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Joe Cornely received the Agricultural Communicator Award, the second time he has been honored with the award. Farm Bureau volunteers, county organizations and state leaders nominated candidates for the awards.In addition, 29 county Farm Bureaus were honored with Achievement Awards for outstanding programming over the past year.“Our county Farm Bureaus had some really great programming this year,” Sharp said. “Their contributions had a positive impact in the agriculture industry as well as local communities. It’s great to see our county Farm Bureaus so heavily invested in their communities.”Volunteer Farm Bureau members judged the projects, which represent excellence in local activities that support Ohio Farm Bureau’s strategic efforts. Those include programs to strengthen the organization and build membership, affect public policy, promote agriculture and enhance the organization’s relationship with long-standing partner Nationwide. The counties were placed in four divisions based on the size of their membership.Collaboration Awards were also presented to county Farm Bureaus that worked together to create unique and effective programming.Top counties: Belmont: School Backpack Program Carroll: Public Policy 2019 Programs Coshocton: Breakfast on the Farm Defiance: Farm Family Health Screening Fayette: Discovery Camp Fulton: Breakfast on the Farm Hamilton: Farm to Family Bloom to Grow Harrison: Public Policy 2019 Programs Henry: Farmers Provide Flood Relief Jackson-Vinton: Breakfast with Santa on the Farm Jefferson: Communications and Outreach 2019 Programs Logan: County Agriculture Impact Fund Reverse Raffle Lorain: Brunch with a Farmer Mercer: Birdseye View into Agriculture Montgomery: Grow Where You are Planted Morrow: Farm Tour Muskingum: Dinner on the Farm Pike: Farm Family Retro Picnic and Rural Safety Day Ross: MADE on the Farm Shelby: Farm to Table and More Tuscarawas: Public Policy 2019 ProgramsCollaboration Awards were presented to: Allen, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert: Ag District Signup Days Carroll and Tuscarawas: Sowing the Seeds for Agriculture’s Future Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake and Trumbull: Farm, Business, Land and Homeowners Conference.In addition, Ohio Farm Bureau’s officers and trustees were elected including: President Frank Burkett, III; Vice President Bill Patterson; Treasurer Cy Prettyman; District 1 trustee Chris Weaver: Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties; District 5 trustee Craig Polhman: Allen, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert counties; District 6 trustee Paul Harrison: Hancock, Hardin, Seneca and Wyandot counties; District 10 trustee Mike Bensman: Auglaize, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties; District 13 trustee Jerry Lahmers: Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties; District 15 trustee Michael Videkovich: Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway and Ross counties; District 19 trustee John Mossbarger: Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties; District 20 trustee Nathan Brown: Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland counties; Southwest regional trustee Kyle Smith: Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Union and Warren counties. Kyle and Ashton Walls of Mt. Vernon have been named winners of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2019 Excellence in Agriculture Award. Matt Vodraska of Doylestown has been named the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmer Award. Farmer Tom Price of Delaware County was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. Victoria Popp won the Discussion Meet. Frank Burkett, III, OFBF president OFBF Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Joe Cornely received the Agricultural Communicator Award, the second time he has been honored with the award. Adam Sharplast_img read more

Ex-Minister Manju Verma granted bail by Patna HC

first_imgFormer Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma, arrested under the Arms Act in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse case, was on Tuesday granted bail by the Patna High Court. Her husband Chandrashekhar Verma is currently lodged at Begusarai jail in the same case.After hearing arguments from both sides, a Single Judge Bench of Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh granted regular bail to Manju Verma. She had surrendered before a local court in Begusarai in connection with an Arms Act case and was sent to jail on November 20, 2018. Illegal cartridgesThe CBI, which was investigating the Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse case involving 34 minor girls, had conducted raid at the ancestral house of Manju Verma and her husband Chandrashekhar Verma. As many as 50 illegal cartridges were recovered from the residence. They were later booked under the Arms Act at the Cheria Bariyarpur police station in Begusarai district.Phone call detailsAfter the phone call details of Chandrashekhar Verma established his links with shelter home case accused Brajesh Thakur, he had gone underground. Later, he had surrendered at a local Majhaul court and was sent to jail on October 29, 2018. No bail yet Chandrashekhar Verma is yet to get bail in the case. Manju Verma too was declared an “absconder” in the case and after she evaded arrest, her property was attached by the Begusarai police. Earlier, after as many as 17 phone call details of Chandrashekhar Verma with Brajesh Thakur were made public, Manju Verma was forced to resign as a Minister from the Nitish Kumar government. Later, she was suspended from the JD(U).While facing trial in the case, Manju Verma in December 2018 had alleged that she was being harassed for being a woman and belonging to the weaker ‘Kushwaha’ community.last_img read more