A’s Marcus Semien named American League MVP finalist

first_imgOakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien was sitting on the couch with his family when MLB Network began announcing the game’s major award finalists on Monday afternoon.He’d need to wait until the show’s last segment to hear the news, and there it was: sandwiched between Houston’s Alex Bregman and Los Angeles’ Mike Trout, Semien was named an American League Most Valuable Player finalist.His first thought: Pretty cool. Second thought: What a trio to be included in.“I was just sitting there …last_img

ENT equipment helps save lives

first_imgPieter Twine (MySchool General Manager), Roxy Mitchell from the Children’s Hospital Trust, patient Tyrone Siljeur and Silva Kuschke, Chief Audiologist at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. (Image: Children’s Hospital Trust)Children at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will now have specialist ear, nose and throat (ENT) equipment with the help of the Woolworths My School programme.The retailer and hospital celebrated the handover of a R400 000 donation – raised through their 2015 Christmas campaign – to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the fund-raising arm of the hospital in Cape Town.The Trust will use the gift to purchase specialist ENT equipment. It will enable the hospital to save the lives of children with life-threatening ailments and test the hearing of hundreds of other children.Much needed gearA high speed otologic drill is among the first pieces of equipment bought with the funds. This highly specialised piece of surgical equipment will be used on children who suffer from cholesteatoma; a disease of the middle-ear that can lead to death when untreated.A specialist microscope used for examination and diagnosis to prevent hearing loss will also benefit the hospital’s out patients. This will assist in more accurate and effective diagnoses, and improved procedures, which, in turn, will help the hospital maintain its high standards of paediatric care.The Christmas campaignThe My School, My Village and My Planet fundraising programmes is one of the biggest in South Africa. It raises essential funds for schools, charities and environmental organisations by encouraging cardholders to swipe their cards at retail partners. In turn, retailers donate a percentage of the purchase value to the beneficiary of the buyer’s choice.The Woolworths Christmas Giving campaign was supported by international music sensation Pharrell Williams. Woolworths customers donated to the campaign every time they used their linked cards in a store between the 5 November and 25 December 2015.Louise Driver, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, said: “Woolworths and My School are such valued supporters of the Children’s Hospital Trust and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.“As benefactors of their annual Christmas Campaign, the Trust has have been able to purchase much-needed ENT equipment to perform life-changing operations and interventions on children who suffer from severe ear disease, ensuring that they regain or do not lose their ability to hear. We want to thank them for their generous donation, as well as all the customers who swiped their cards while shopping. Every little swipe has made a huge difference in a child’s life.”Pieter Twine Woolworth’s manager of Loyalty and My School, said: “We are delighted that our customers were part of this successful campaign to give the gift of hearing to South African children in need.“The funds raised for this was in addition to our normal contributions to customers’ beneficiaries. So, it was an easy way for them, at no extra cost, to participate in the essential, but very expensive upgrade of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital’s ENT equipment.   The festive season should always be about giving, and it is such a pleasure to help to improve children’s access to specialist medical care.”last_img read more

Combine and planter demos at Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The latest in agricultural equipment and farming methods will be showcased at the 2015 Farm Science Review during a plot combine and plot planter field demonstration Sept. 23 at 1 p.m., at theMolly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio.The demo is a great opportunity for crop researchers to see how different combines operate in corn and soybean plots and all aspects of the machines, said Matt Sullivan, assistant manager of the Farm Science Review, which is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.It’s also a good chance to see plot planters demonstrating the latest seeding techniques, he said, noting that the presentation is an addition to the show’s normal field demos schedule.“This is unique in that those attending the demo will see four different plot combines and three plot planters in action at a single event,” Sullivan said.Other field demos during the show include GPS technology/strip-till, nutrient application equipment, tillage, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), soil sampling, planter technology, corn harvest, corn stalk baling and wrapping, stalk shredders, soybean harvest and field drainage installation. A complete schedule can be found atfsr.osu.edu/node/111/mid/677.Show attendees wanting to see the plot demo or any other field demo should board a shuttle wagon on the west end of the Farm Science Review exhibit area. The demos will be the first stop, across from the Gwynne Conservation Area.last_img read more

Barn Again in Butler County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest OSU Extension’s Barn Again program provides educational opportunities for people to learn more about their historic barns and other agricultural structures and about how they can be reused and rehabilitated for today’s needs on the farm and beyond. OSU Extension is proud to partner with Friends of Ohio Barns and support the annual Ohio Barn conference, an event that is hosted in a different part of the state each year.This year, the Seventeenth Annual Ohio Barn Conference will be held in Butler County in southwest Ohio on Thursday April 21 through Saturday, April 23 at the Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center. It will feature demonstrations, speakers, displays, barn repair tips, and more. Friday’s barn tour by motor coach offers participants the opportunity to explore a wide variety of barns and historic buildings in beautiful Butler County. You can sign up for individual days or the whole three-day event.Thursday is the Junior Barn Detectives (JBD) Workshop. This outreach activity trains up to 40 attendees on how to analyze a barn and provide assistance to local barn owners. At the end of the training, you will be able to explain, to both youth and adult audiences, the historic value of old barns, basic barn construction, maintenance techniques, and availability of various local, state and national resources. The primary objective is to have in place a state-wide cadre of trained volunteers who are willing to talk to and visit with local barn owners/ stewards who have indicated a desire to have someone look at their barn and help them analyze its general condition.Friday is the barn tour. The motor coach starts at Hueston Woods Lodge and travels to six stops including a catered lunch stop. Our first stop is a Mail Pouch timber frame barn, owned by Mindy and John Brosier, that Dave Gaker (BS in Ag Engineering, OSU) converted into a house. Stop 2 is an 1825 all hand-hewn ground barn using timber from the property. The barn at stop 3 belongs to Ed and Kathy Creighton. Ed will be speaking at the conference on Saturday about the history of this farm that includes other barns, an 1800 corn crib, and even Indian mounds and Morgan horses on this property. The lunch stop is at the Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market in Trenton. There will be time to explore this venue complete with barns, tools, antique tractors and shops, plus ice cream. Stop 5 is an 1815 Sweitzer barn on an old farmstead which also has a double crib log corn crib as well as a castle-like concrete silo with a cistern on the top. Stop 6 is a 38 by 60 barn with massive 12 by 12 posts with a swing type beam 12 by 12 half lapped with another 12 by 12 beam in the drive bay.On Saturday, we return to Hueston Woods Lodge for a day of presentations and other barn-related activities. Steve Gordon, the keynote speaker, is the current Museum Administrator for the McGuffey Museum located on the Miami University campus in Oxford, Ohio. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Miami University and has worked in the field of historic preservation throughout his career including the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation, the Kentucky Heritage Council, the State Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society, where he oversaw the Ohio Historic Inventory and the National Register of Historic Places programs.A native of Ohio, Steve’s research interests include local and regional architecture, cultural landscapes, craft and building technology, especially vernacular buildings and barns and the study of regional material culture. His publications include How to Complete the Ohio Historic Inventory (1992), as well as articles on the U.S. Grant Birthplace, 19th century prefabricated housing, women architects, Cincinnati’s meat packing industry, maple sugar production in southwest Ohio, and Spring Grove Cemetery. Steve has written and co-authored over fifty nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Steve’s presentation will be about historic agriculture in Butler County and how it influenced farm layout and barn design. Ed Creighton will speak about his farm (that those of us on the tour bus will have visited on Friday), which is one of the most intact, original farms in Butler County. It was built in 1802 by Revolutionary War General Andrew Lewis. Other Saturday activities will include presentations about log crib barns, Ohio’s canal system, post bottom repairs (lecture and hands-on demonstration), barn detectives, annual member meeting, barn of the year awards, and silent auction.Please check friendsofohiobarns.org for registration information or call 330-856-9053 / 330-550-6982.Annual Ohio Barn of the Year AwardsFriends of Ohio Barns is calling for nominations for Ohio Barn of the Year, a program designed to encourage awareness and community pride in our historic Ohio barns. Barns will judged in three categories: Agricultural Use, Adaptive Re-use (non-agricultural), and Stewardship. Barn owners, barn enthusiasts and local historic organizations are encouraged to nominate their favorite barn. Nominations should include: photos, current owner’s name, location of barn, current use, history of the barn, age and builder if known, and repairs and information on individuals performing repairs where relevant. News releases and photos of winning nominations will be made available to the news media with a feature story. Nomination forms can be found at friendsofohiobarns.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/nomination_form.pdf. Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2016. Send nominations to: Dan Troth, Friends of Ohio Barns, 7591 Perry Rd., Delaware OH 43015, or email: [email protected] Awards will be presented at the annual Ohio Barn Conference on Saturday, April 23.I hope to see you at the barn workshop in April. Good luck with your barn! Ann D. Christy, Professor, can be reached at 614-292-3171, or [email protected] Her barn website is at fabe.osu.edu/extension-outreach/barnagain. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

House bill exempts farms from reporting emissions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A bipartisan bill to exempt farmers from reporting to the U.S. Coast Guard emissions from the natural breakdown of manure on their farms yesterday was introduced in the U.S. House. The National Pork Producers Council strongly supports the legislation, which is similar to a bipartisan bill introduced last month in the Senate.Sponsored by Reps. Billy Long, R-Mo., and Jim Costa, D-Calif., along with 85 cosponsors, the “Agricultural Certainty for Reporting Emissions (ACRE) Act,” H.R. 5275, would fix a problem created last April when a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that exempted farmers from reporting routine farm emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).CERCLA, more commonly known as the “Superfund Law,” is used primarily to clean hazardous waste sites but also includes a mandatory federal reporting component.The appeals court ruling could force more than 100,000 livestock farmers to “guesstimate” and report the emissions from manure on their farms to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center (NRC) and subject them to citizen lawsuits from activist groups such as the Humane Society of the United States.“America’s pork producers are grateful to Congressmen Long, Costa and their 80 colleagues for introducing legislation to fix this problem,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “Routine emissions from hog manure do not constitute a ‘hazardous’ emergency that requires the Coast Guard to activate a national cleanup response.“EPA exempted farms from CERCLA reporting because it knew responses would be unnecessary and impractical. We need to have that exemption reinstated, and NPPC calls on the House and Senate to pass their respective commonsense, bipartisan bills as soon as possible.”The appeals court’s April decision originally set a Nov. 15, 2017, deadline for as many as 200,000 farms to report emissions. After petitions from EPA — supported by NPPC motions – the court twice delayed that deadline, with the most recent postponement until May 1.Some farmers tried filing reports Nov. 15, but the Coast Guard’s NRC system was overwhelmed. In some instances, NRC operators refused to accept reports for more than a single farm per call because they didn’t want phone lines tied up, and in one case, an operator sent notices to more than 20 state and federal response authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a state police agency, after receiving a report.“The pork industry was prepared to comply with the reporting mandate,” Heimerl said, ”but EPA, the Coast Guard and state and local emergency response authorities said they didn’t want or need the information, which could have interfered with their legitimate emergency functions.”last_img read more

Three Jharkhand policemen abducted by Pathalgadi supporters released

first_imgThe three Jharkhand policemen who were allegedly abducted by Pathalgadi supporters from Khunti district on June 26 were released in the wee hours on Friday.The policemen were posted as house guards at local BJP MP Karia Munda’s residence at Anigada-Chandih village in Khunti district. Another policeman Nagendra Singh too has returned. They were released on Rehatu Marg at 3:30 am and reached the nearest Saiko police station in Khunti district by themselves. However, the weapons snatched from them could not be recovered.Earlier, senior police official of Jharkhand R K Mallik had said that the three policemen were abducted by the supporters of Pathalgadi movement, an anti-establishment, self rule movement gathering steam in several villages of the tribal state, Jharkhand.A large contingent of policemen, including some senior officials, was pressed into operation to locate the abducted policemen which even had led to a scuffle with tribal people.One person was dead while, several others were injured into the scuffle at Khatanga-Ghaghra village.The Jharkhand police had launched a massive operation against Pathalgadi supporters after the recent incident of gang rape of five women activists at Kochang village in Khunti.The local BJP MP Karia Munda too had said that abductors of his three security men could be supporters of Pathalgadi.However, local residents said a mob had gathered at the residence of Mr Munda on June 26 afternoon and they took the three security men along with them.Confirming their return, Ashish Batra, Inspector General of Police (Operations) in Jharkhand said it was possible due to “mounting police pressure and counseling to tribal villagers.”last_img read more

Toyota launches Etios Liva TRD Sportivo in India

first_imgToyota Motors on Tuesday launched the limited edition ‘Toyota Etios Liva TRD Sportivo’ in India to celebrate the 1st anniversary of its most successful hatchback Etios Liva. The car has reportedly got a very sporty design inside-out along with two vibrant shades of white and ultramarine blue that make it look totally distinctive from the regular Liva.The hatch is presented in the conventional fuel alternatives of petrol as well as diesel variants at a price of Rs 523,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) for petrol and Rs 632,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) for diesel versions.According to reports, there are only 1,200 such units to be sold as special edition by the company till October 2012.Toyota Etios Liva TRD Sportivo, designed by Toyota Racing Development (TRD), Japan, is majorly focused at young generation. The new features incorporated in the Sportivo include aerodynamic side skirt, front bumper spoiler and dual tone roof spoiler along with twin-tone rear bumper spoiler.It may be noted that hatchback Etios Liva and Etios sedan, built on the same platform, have been specifically developed for the Indian customers. Etios Liva has inherited its name from its sedan, Etios, while ‘Liva’ has been coined from the dynamic and positive terms – Lively and Live life to the fullest – which reflect the spirit and image of the car.According to Indiaprwire.com, the Liva TRD limited edition sports has the following features:1- TRD Designed Sporty Package: The Front Bumper Spoiler, Aerodynamic Side Skirt, Two-Tone Rear Bumper Spoiler and Two-Tone roof spoiler is designed by TRD, Japan. This Aero package gives a distinct look and sporty appeal to the vehicle.2- Smoked Alloy Wheels: Specially designed for the limited edition – the 15′-Alloy Wheels are given a “Gun-Metal” finish and it provides an aggressive and sporty look to the car.3- Roof Ornament and Body Side Graphics – Enhances the overall exterior appeal of the Limited Edition.4- Limited Edition Branding – The Limited edition is branded as “TRD Sportivo”. A high quality Chrome badge on the boot lid symbolizes Toyota Racing Development’s sporty appeal.5- New Seat Fabric with “TRD Sportivo” logo and Silver Shift Knob – Enhance the interior appeal and adds a touch of “sportiness” to the interiors.advertisementlast_img read more

Gov’t to Implement Crash Data System

first_imgMinister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, says the Government is working to put a modern crash data system in place by 2016.The state-of-the-art system, he said, will enable the seamless transmission of information to all road safety stakeholders, “thus ensuring that critical decisions can be taken efficiently and effectively”.“It is our intention to ensure that we develop the capacity and capability to monitor and evaluate our various road safety measures, thus ensuring that we are better able to evaluate our road safety performances,” Dr. Guy stated.He was speaking on Wednesday, June 5, at the launch of National Road Safety Awareness Month, at the Total Gas Station in New Kingston.Dr. Guy informed that assistance is being provided by the International Traffic Accident Database/Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the United Kingdom (UK) Department for Transport and the Transport Research Laboratory under a twinning programme.Turning to the target of the National Road Safety Council to achieve ‘Below 240’ road fatalities this year, Dr. Guy said this is feasible, but will require that all stakeholders continue to work as a team and at the same pace.Jamaica, last year, recorded a total of 260 road fatalities, down from 308 in 2011. This represented the country’s lowest number of road casualties in almost 20 years and a successful ‘Below 300’ campaign.Dr. Guy said that the Government is doing its part, by putting in place a number of measures, among them, the modernisation of the 1938 Road Traffic Act, to adequately address the challenges in the transportation sector and to ensure that road safety issues are addressed according to 21st century requirements.The revision is in its final stages and the Act is expected to be passed during this Parliamentary year. It will address the use of mobile phones when driving and the implementation of a three-stage drivers’ licensing system, which is aimed at improving the competency of Jamaican drivers.Dr. Guy said that over the next three years, the Ministry will focus its efforts on a number of initiatives. These include the safety of vulnerable road users; strengthening the country’s capability to investigate and analyse traffic collisions; ensuring the entrenchment of Road Safety Audit Management in all road projects from preliminary phase to completion; and ensuring that all road safety processes are in accordance with the Road Traffic Safety Management Standard – ISO 39001.National Road Safety Awareness Month 2013 is an observation of the Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association (JGRA) under the theme: ‘Alert today – Alive tomorrow…Distraction Kills!’Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

The Handmaids Tale Everything You Need to Know About Season 2

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: 1. Offred on a mission. In the Season 1 finale, Offred realized that her daughter Hannah has been practically under her nose the whole time. Wherever Offred winds up in Season 2, it’s a safe bet that her singular motivation will be reuniting with Hannah, and/or getting word to Luke that their daughter is alive. Of course, Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) has threatened Offred that Hannah’s safety depends on the safety of Offred’s unborn child, so whether that agreement still stands after Offred gets taken away remains to be seen.2. A baby for Offred? It’s up for debate how much time Season 2 will span, but it’s a safe bet that we’ll see Offred giving birth to a baby — a baby that may be handed over to the Commander and Serena Joy.READ MORE Facebook [Warning: This article contains spoilers about the Season 1 finale of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Read at your own risk!]Season 1 of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale ended with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) being removed from Commander Waterford’s (Joseph Fiennes) house and carted off in a dark van. But that leaves a lingering question: is she being transported to safety or to her doom?We’ll have to wait until the dystopian drama’s second season to find out whether Nick (Max Minghella) betrayed Offred or somehow engineered her escape — not to mention what her husband Luke (O-T Fagbenle) and best friend Moira (Samira Wiley) will do now that they’ve reunited in Canada. And while details are scarce about the show’s sophomore season, which will likely premiere next spring, here’s what we do know about what to expect when it returns: Twittercenter_img The Handmaid’s Tale — “Night” — Episode 110 — Serena Joy confronts Offred and the Commander. Offred struggles with a complicated, life-changing revelation. The Handmaids face a brutal decision. Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and Nick (Max Minghella), shown. (Photo by: George Kraychyk/Hulu) Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more