49ers will attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout, league source says

first_img— NFL345 (@NFL345) November 14, 2019The Niners are in a bit of a pinch here PR-wise: They … The 49ers will see an old friend in Atlanta Saturday.A league source confirmed to Bay Area News Group’s Cam Inman that the 49ers will attend Colin Kaepernick’s Saturday workout.The Niners are one of at least 12 teams who will be watching the former Pro Bowler. They’ll be joined by the Patriots, Jets, Giants, Broncos and more, according to a release from the NFL.pic.twitter.com/jPHmbJnBSQlast_img read more

Sharks compete for 40 minutes, unravel in ‘unacceptable’ third period

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Despite being down three goals, the Sharks were not upset at the way they competed in the first two periods of Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.After the Lightning scored their fourth goal early in the third period, though, that compete level took a nosedive.The Sharks allowed four goals in the final 20 minutes to the Lightning — and once again couldn’t buy a goal on the power play — in a 7-1 drubbing at Amalie Arena, San Jose’s most lopsided loss of the season. …last_img read more

Fifa inspection kicks off

first_imgTamara O’ReillyWorld football body Fifa, along with the 2010 Local Organising Committee (OC) is currently on a week-long inspection tour of South Africa to assess the country’s readiness to host the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.Taking place in June 2009, the cup is considered a dress rehearsal for the 2010 Fifa World Cup as it requires the country to be able to handle an influx of tourists and media as well as travel, accommodation and security for players.Known as the Champion of Champions tournament, the Confederations Cup is contested every four year by the winners of each of six Fifa confederation championships held across the world, along with the Fifa World Cup champion and the host country.“The 2010 Fifa World Cup is one project which gives hope to all of us,” said Dr Irvin Khoza, OC chair, at the launch of the inspection.“We have come a long way. Everybody’s convinced we’re doing a good job. We are only 18 months away now from the Confederations Cup and we’re happy with what we’ve achieved, which is there for the whole country to see.”This is Fifa’s fourth site inspection since South Africa was given the right to host the events, and only two more remain. Site inspections focus on space planning, or the way the stadiums and the areas around them are being prepared for the event.Of the six venues being inspected, four will be used for the Confederation Cup. These are Ellis Park in Johannesburg, host of South Africa’s victorious 1995 Rugby World Cup final, Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, which regularly holds Springbok and Bulls Super 14 rugby matches, Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace and the Free State Stadium, home of the Cheetahs’ Super 14 rugby.First stop was Ellis Park and surrounds, both of which are still being renovated.“We are very excited with what we have seen at Ellis Park,” said Ron Delmont, head of Fifa in South Africa.“We look at things like spectator flows, the movement of players and access. We are now ready to sign off on a number of usage areas in the stadium and if this progress is replicated in other stadiums then I don’t see why this World Cup won’t be a success.”Fifa has already expressed their satisfaction at South Africa’s handling of the 2010 preliminary draw in November 2007, which saw several soccer dignitaries, media and fans converge in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.Useful linksFifaConfederations Cup African Cup of Nations CONMEBOLUEFA CONCACAFlast_img read more

The BRICS Development Bank – How will it support African business and regional integration?

first_imgRoundtable discussion held at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandton, on Tuesday, 25th September 2012. Taking into account the rather unsatisfying track record of the Bretton Woods Institutions to address the needs of developing countries, and the institutions’ inability to find appropriate and effective solutions to the global financial crisis, the concept of a BRICS Development Bank – the proposal which was made at the 4th BRICS Leaders Summit in New Delhi in March 2012 – presents the opportunity for emerging economies to reshape the global financial architecture and to contribute to the reform of these institutions.Although the concept of a BRICS Development Bank is still being studied by a working group of the BRICS Finance Ministers, there are expectations, that the formation of such a bank could assist the African continent to realise much needed infrastructure projects and unlock the continent’s economic potential.Discussion document [PDF 200Kb]last_img read more

Clean up continues after massive grain spill in New Carlisle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Late Sunday night Sam Sutherly got a catastrophic phone call he never wanted.“When I got the phone call I just said, ‘Oh that’s nice.’ I turned to my wife and said, ‘I really don’t want to go.’”The Sutherly family owns Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle where a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million.“The tank gave way and the impact of the corn caused the nearby transformers to explode,” Sutherly said. “Our renters there at the elevator — there is a house on the grounds — said it sounded like a jet airplane was coming in and she looked out and all the corn was laying on the ground. The tank was built in 1968 when the government wanted to do some government storage. It was full. It was 72-feet tall to the edge and then an additional 20 feet tall to the peak of the cone.”The wave of corn washed over the grounds, leveled multiple buildings and buried Route 571. The road had to be closed. Power was lost but restored fairly quickly by Dayton Power and Light.When Sutherly arrived at the scene after that ominous late-night phone call, he was prepared but still surprised at the magnitude of the problem.“I had an idea of what I’d be walking into. I knew it would be catastrophic, but when I got here I was shocked,” Sutherly said on Jan. 23. “We were very fortunate that no one was here working. It couldn’t have happened at a better time. At 11:40 on a Sunday night there was little to no traffic on 571.“You never know when you walk into a situation like that where to start. It is like putting a puzzle together. We just brought some big square straw bales from our farm in to make a retaining wall to keep our feed mill facility cleared. We started with two dump tracks and pay loaders piling corn. We eventually brought in track-hoes and two more dump trucks. We have been trying to run them 24-7 to get the road clear. We’re trying to tuck corn anywhere on our property we can. We are pretty close to getting the road open here soon.”The family got started with the business 23 years ago when the Sutherlys bought the local elevator.“My brother Jim left his Extension job to start at Miami Valley Feed and Grain to learn grain marketing. After college I came back and started running the fertilizer business and trying to expand that. Jim handled nutrition. Then we incorporated my younger sister Molly and my younger cousin David and he runs the grain facility. Molly keeps everything straight and my mother works here part time too. It is a family business,” Sutherly said. “The growth on the grain side has been due to some local closures and co-op mergers. A lot of feed facilities have shut down and we are one of the few feed facilities that still custom mix and we have grown through word of mouth. We try to treat everyone with respect and give them the best service we can.”Sutherly said the response from Feed and Grain employees and the farm community has been incredible following the incident.“My employees are very loyal. They came out to help and one told me that he was either going to lay in bed or cry, so he might as well help. It has been phenomenal the people who have reached out to us,” Sutherly said. “It makes me feel really good. I have friends that work in the co-op system at Heritage and Sunrise, and they might be competitors, but they are great friends and they have reached out to us to offer help. They have been through some problems throughout the years and they have some experts on handling these situations. I think of that commercial with Paul Harvey about ‘When God made a farmer,’ well God made some courageous farmers who are really good people.”There is more good news from the terrible situation.“The corn is salvageable. The salvage company is in here right now. They analyzed it and they say 80% of it is salvageable. The corn in that tank was in excellent condition. It was cooled down and dried appropriately so there was no issue with the corn. That is a good thing,” Sutherly said. “We do carry insurance and have a nice policy and it looks like we will be very well covered. The grain is covered, the facilities are covered and it looks like we’ll be able to rebuild and make our place a little more user friendly. To be honest, it wasn’t a very user-friendly place for semis. There was a lot of backing and turning sharp corners. Our focus is to rebuild and continue to serve our customers. We know they’ll have to be patient to let us get to that point. Obviously it will be a long process to get there.”Sometimes, a catastrophe can be a miracle too. This “before” picture shows the grain tank that collapsed on the right. Photo provided by Laura Sutherly. At Miami Valley Feed and Grain in New Carlisle a grain tank collapsed late on Jan. 21, spilling around 365,000 bushels of corn worth over $1.25 million. Photo by Harold Brentlinger Photo by Mike Ullery, Staff Photographer, Piqua Daily Call Photo by Mike Ullery, Staff Photographer, Piqua Daily Call Photo by Mike Ullery, Staff Photographer, Piqua Daily Call Photo by Mike Ullery, Staff Photographer, Piqua Daily Calllast_img read more

Everyone Panic! Instagram Starts Rolling Out Ads

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit selena larson Tags:#Ads#Instagram Related Posts center_img Instagram, as it has long promised to do, will begin introducing advertisements into U.S. user feeds in the “next couple [of] months.” The company said it will roll out ads “for brands you don’t follow” slowly, and that it will distribute them as “high-quality photos and videos.”Only a handful of brands that are already regular Instagram users will get to show ads at first. Instagram didn’t elaborate as to which companies will initially participate. The company said the ads feature was the next step in building a sustainable business. The announcement comes as no surprise to many people who anticipated that Instagram’s video feature was the first step into in-app advertising.Users will have a little control of the photos and videos they are seeing. You’ll be able to hide an ad and send feedback to Instagram, similar to what you can do on Facebook and Pinterest.See also: Facebook Won’t Put Ads In Your Instagram Feed—YetLast month, popular image bookmarking site Pinterest launched a similar advertising feature. Both companies promise to keep the ads tasteful and stylish, an advertising tactic that might appeal to users.  “Our aim is to make any advertisements you see feel as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos many of you already enjoy from your favorite brands,” the company said in a blog post. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Bihar cane farmers in distress

first_imgThe sugar cane farmers of Bihar are distressed as the government has not yet announced the cane price for mill owners for the current season. The farmers are also agitated with the mill owners over non-payment of their dues.Speaking to The Hindu over phone, sugar cane farmers of West Champaran, the district where most of the sugar mills are located, said five mills in the district alone owe ₹231.98 crore to them. “Sugar cane payment dues for the current season of 2018-19 by the mills of Bagaha, Harinagar, Narkatiaganj, Majhaulia and Lauria have gone up to the tune of ₹231.98 crore. We are in deep distress but there is no one to address our problem,” rued Nandeshwar Pandey, a young farmer from Pathakauli village. Bihar has a total of 12 sugar mills.The farmers of West Champaran further said that they have supplied about 74.75 lakh quintals of sugar cane to these five sugar mills till December 8 this year, spending ₹57.93 crore in the process. “We expected to be paid after a fortnight of the supply as it is mandatory for the sugar mills under the Sugar cane Purchase and Supply Act to make the payment and any delay invites interest at the current bank rate,” said Pramod Singh, another farmer. “However, till date, not a single penny has been paid,” he added.Most of the farmers had taken loan from banks through Kisan Credit Card and now they say they are being chased by the certificate officers of the banks for repayment of the loan.Living in penury“The government at the Centre had announced that farmers’ income would double by 2022, but the sugar cane farmers in Bihar have stopped celebrating social and religious functions due to lack of funds. We are unable to pay even the tuition fees of our children… we are on the verge of starvation,” said Rajan Giri, a farmer. He added that the farmers are not being able to go for the kharif cultivation as “they don’t have money to buy seeds and fertilizers”. The sugar cane farmers of West Champaran had staged a massive protest before the district official in Bagaha on December 10, demanding immediate announcement of sugar cane price. Copies of the memorandum had also been sent to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Chief Secretary, Sugarcane Development Commissioner and the District Magistrate. “The State government is delaying fixing of State Advisory Price for sugarcane in connivance with the mill owners and we are forced to borrow money on higher interest rates from banks for our survival,” alleged sugarcane farmers Umesh Patel, Surendra Baitha, Daya Shankar Singh and Somesh Pandey.The sugar cane farmers of West Champaran particularly angry with State Sugar Cane Development Minister Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad who represents Sikta Assembly constituency from the same district. “The government is serious on the issue and I have asked the principal secretary of the department to announce the sugarcane price soon. It will be announced in a day or two. The Chief Minister himself had a meeting with officials to address the issue,” the Minister told The Hindu. His assurance, however, has failed to pacify the farmers who burnt his effigy near the Bhimrao Ambedkar statue at Bagaha on December 15.The sugar mill owners, meanwhile, are blaming the State government for the farmers’ distress. “Negotiation between the State government and the mill owners for sugarcane price is going on and hopefully it will be fixed within a week. The sugar mills are not at fault as the responsibility to fix the price lies with the State government, ” said Y.S. Bhatnagar, general manager (personnel) of the sugar mills. The production of sugarcane has gone up this year and demand has come down, he added.last_img read more

DAY ONE PREVIEW FOR THE 2007 SENIOR NTL

first_imgDay One action in the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament commences at 8.30am with non stop quality contests on the program.Many teams have had the complexion of their sides changed markedly due to retirements, unavailability due to the recent involvement of some key players in Australia’s successful defence of the Federation of International Touch World Cup, and the changing of the guard in several divisions.Defending champions in the Men’s 40s division, Scorpions get the action underway with an eagerly anticipated contest with traditional rivals Mets on Field One first up to whet the appetite for what promises to be a feast of fast and furious action all day.The star studded Sharks Men’s 35s team make their first appearance on the showcase field later in the day, whilst the crack Scorpions Women’s outfit will be looking to get their campaign for an unprecedented fourth title off to a winning start when they take on the Brisbane Cobras.Six fields will be operating and despite steady rain, the fans can look forward to some exciting clashes as NTL Permits battle it out for supremacy across seven divisions.8.30am            Men’s 40s:                   Scorpions v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Rustlers v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Sharks v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Hornets v Suns9.20amMen’s 40s:                   Eagles v SunsMen’s 40s:                   Barbarians v HornetsMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v ScorpionsMen’s 50s:                   Mets v ACT10.10amWomen’s 30s:              Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Sharks v CyclonesWomen’s 30s:              ACT v RustlersMen’s 50s:                   Sharks v HornetsMen’s 40s:                   Cyclones v WarriorsMen’s 50s:                   Cyclones v Eagles11.00amMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cyclones v RustlersWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CyclonesWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Cobras11.50amMen’s 35s:                   Cobras v MetsMen’s 30s:                   Hornets v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Eagles v ACTMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s:              Sharks v Suns12.40pmMen’s 40’s:                  Hornets v CyclonesMen’s 40’s:                  Scorpions v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v Barbarians Men’s 40s:                   Suns v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Suns v Rustlers1.30pmWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s:              Suns v ACTWomen’s 30s:              Scorpions v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Mets v Eagles2.20pmWomen’s 40s:              Cyclones v SunsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v SharksMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v Mets Men’s 35s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Sharks3.10pmMen’s 50s:                   Hornets v MetsMen’s 50s:                   Scorpions v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Cobras v SunsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v Cyclones4.00pmMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v EaglesMen’s 40s:                   Suns v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 40s:                   Hornets v Rustlers4.50pmMen’s 35s:                   Scorpions v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Mets v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cobras v Rustlerslast_img read more

Army reservist relieved of military duties over alleged links to neoNazis

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Canadian military is relieving a Manitoba army reservist of his duties and speeding up his request to leave the Armed Forces following allegations he is a member of a neo-Nazi group.The Department of National Defence says Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews will no longer participate in military activities in any form or return to work and will officially leave the Forces in the coming weeks.In a statement, the department says the measures were deemed necessary considering the seriousness of the allegations and the risk to unit morale and cohesion.Mathews had applied to leave the Forces in April, but came under the spotlight last week after a Winnipeg Free Press story linked the combat engineer with the 38 Canadian Brigade Group in Winnipeg to a neo-Nazi group called the Base.Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance later said Mathews had been under formal military investigation weeks earlier while the RCMP is also reportedly conducting its own probe.No arrests or charges have been laid and the Defence Department says their investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Ohio State softball splits 4 games in ACCBig Ten Challenge

OSU then-freshman pitcher Shelby Hursh (19) throws a pitch during a game against Northwestern on April 28, 2014. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State softball team looked to continue and improve on a strong opening weekend when it traveled to the Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge in Atlanta.It turned out to be a split foursome of games as the Buckeyes (5-3) went 2-2, winning both games against the Georgia Tech but falling twice to Syracuse.The Buckeyes’ pitching staff was led by junior Shelby Hursh, who saw action in three of the matchups. Sophomore Shelby McCombs contributed on both sides of the ball, including a walk-off home run in OSU’s second matchup against the Yellow Jackets.Even with key plays throughout the four games, OSU still struggled to bring runners home or get runners on base at all. The Buckeyes left runners stranded in 14 of the 29 innings played over the weekend.Game 1In their first game of the tournament, the Buckeyes shut out Georgia Tech 6-0, moving their overall record to 3-1.Hursh (3-0) pitched her first complete game of the season and struck out 10 Yellow Jackets in her outing.The right-hander’s effort from the mound was greatly supported by OSU’s bats, who got the day going with two solo home runs from senior first baseman Erika Leonard and junior left fielder Alex Bayne in the top of the first inning. Leonard went 3-for-4 after struggling to make big plays the weekend prior.Junior utility player Jess Machovina continued her comeback with a single to center field, which drove in sophomore Becca Gavin, who was a pinch runner in the game.The game-long lead gave some of the Buckeyes, like Gavin, a chance to relieve the starters offensively and see action as either pinch runners or hitters.Georgia Tech remained hitless until the sixth inning, when freshman Jordan Deep singled to right field on a pinch hit. Hursh retired the next two batters, keeping the Yellow Jackets scoreless.In the top of the sixth inning, senior utility player Jayla Saibene scored on a walk, one of five from Georgia Tech freshman pitcher Jenna Goodrich. Goodrich pitched the full seven innings but gave up four earned runs.Despite a comfortable lead heading into the seventh, OSU kept the pressure on, stretching its lead to 6-0 with senior catcher Cammi Prantl’s two-run single. The Yellow Jackets went in order in their final at-bats of the day, solidifying the Buckeyes’ dynamic start to the tournament.Game 2Even though the Buckeyes had a strong showing on Friday, they could not extend their streak in their matchup against Syracuse, losing a pitchers’ duel 1-0.Sophomore third baseman Ashley Goodwin had one of only two hits for OSU, a single to left field. The offense never got going. OSU left runners on base in four innings, all of whom were in scoring position.The Buckeyes’ pitching staff held the Orange to four hits, but freshman Morgan Ray and McCombs could not make up for a slow offense. The duo combined for not only six strikeouts but also four hit batters, including three by McCombs.Syracuse’s only run came in the bottom of the fourth inning, an RBI single by freshman first baseman Hannah Dossett.The Scarlet and Gray’s defense, however, did make key plays to keep the Orange to only one run throughout the rest of the matchup. After the Orange scored, Ray came in to relieve and got out of a bases-loaded situation. Goodwin turned a double play in the next inning, which gave the Buckeyes a renewed spark, but they could not get the run needed to avoid the defeat.Game 3OSU’s second matchup with Georgia Tech ended in a much tighter outcome than their Friday shutout. The two teams went into extra innings after a seven-inning battle, but the Buckeyes eventually came out on top 4-3 on a walk-off home run by McCombs.Georgia Tech went down in order in the top of the first inning, and OSU left the bases loaded after a pair of singles from Bayne and senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre.The Yellow Jackets scored first in the second inning on a single by freshman catcher Kaylee Ellebracht. The inning began when OSU junior Lena Springer hit a batter and the Yellow Jackets’ senior first baseman Courtney Ziese reached on an error.After Georgia Tech took the lead, Hursh came in to relieve Springer. The Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 2-0 with a home run by junior third baseman Jessica Kowalewicz in the top of the fourth.The Buckeyes responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer by Bayne, her second of the weekend. The junior totaled four home runs all of 2015 but already has three after only two weekends.OSU made another change on the mound in the fifth inning, sending Hursh to the bullpen for Ray. Hursh finished her two innings with three strikeouts and two walks.A pair of errors by Georgia Tech in the fifth allowed the Buckeyes to jump ahead 3-2. The Yellow Jackets tied it up in the seventh with a triple by sophomore shortstop Kelsey Chisholm, and the Buckeyes could not capitalize on a single by Goodwin in the bottom of the inning.McCombs came on with one out for Ray in the eighth with Yellow Jackets on first and second base. However, the Buckeye infield made two key outs to get out of the situation and take their turn at the plate.And the Scarlet and Gray made it count, ending the game on the walk-off shot by McCombs. The junior also got the win, giving her a 1-1 split for the day.Game 4The Buckeyes’ final matchup of the tournament was a tight battle with Syracuse, who was coming off an undefeated Saturday with wins against OSU and Purdue.Two consecutive walks gave the Buckeyes their first two baserunners of the game, but a double play by the Syracuse defense kept the game scoreless in the bottom of the second.In a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the top of the fifth, Hursh hit a batter to give the Orange a 1-0 lead. Ray came into the circle to relieve, but the pitching change could not stop Syracuse from scoring another run.OSU could not respond in the bottom of the inning, despite a leadoff triple by McIntyre. Momentum remained with Syracuse when freshman first baseman Andrea Bombace soloed a home run to left field, expanding its lead to 3-0.The Buckeyes responded in the top of the seventh, first with a double by Goodwin to move sophomore pinch runner Cassidy Clough to third. McCombs, playing as the game’s designated hitter, followed up with a one-out, two-run double of her own.After Prantl grounded out to the right side, sophomore pinch runner Maddie Marotti moved to third. Saibene could not take advantage, though, and struck out to give Syracuse the 3-2 win.Hursh and Ray combined for eight strikeouts, compared to only three by Syracuse’s pitchers, senior Jocelyn Cater and sophomore AnnaMarie Gatti. Only three Buckeyes had hits, but all of them were of the extra-base variety.Coming upThe Buckeyes are next scheduled to travel to the University of South Carolina Upstate Tournament from Feb. 26 to 28, where they are slated to play in five games. Their first matchup against Virginia Tech is set to start Friday at 2 p.m. read more