Trackers fall to Whitecourt 5-3

first_imgThe Wolverines opened the scoring just past the midway point of the first period. The score held at 1-0 entering the second despite the Trackers having a massive 22-6 advantage in shots.The middle frame was back and forth throughout. The Trackers tied the game however that was short lived as Whitecourt went up two minutes after the tying goal. The game would again be tied with just over five minutes remaining, however the Wolverines were quick to respond again as they made the game 3-2 with 3:57 remaining in the second period.Whitecourt went up by two 6:27 into the third period. The Trackers got the game to within one with just over a minute left in regulation, but the Wolverines put the game on ice with an empty netter to take the 5-3 win.- Advertisement -Scoring for the Trackers were Nolan Lagace, and Mathew Apsassin (2).The team will next be on the road for two games against Fort McMurray this weekend.last_img read more

Angels notes: Kendrick reminds Scioscia of Sax

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. – Sometimes, Angels manager Mike Scioscia watches Howie Kendrick swing a bat and run the bases and all of a sudden it’s 1983 again. That’s how much Kendrick, the Angels hotshot young second-base prospect, reminds Scioscia of former Dodgers teammate Steve Sax. Much like Sax, Kendrick has the ability to hurt opponents with his bat and legs. And like Sax did for the Dodgers more than two decades ago, Kendrick is developing into an adept second baseman. Sax played 14 years in the big leagues, and finished with a career batting average of .281. Scioscia sees plenty of similarities between him and Kendrick. “There’s definitely some comparisons,” Scioscia said. “Both guys worked hard to become good second basemen, both have speed, although Saxy might have had more pure speed in terms of stealing a base. And both can hit.” That last part is the reason the Angels are so high on the 23-year old Kendrick, and why they let Adam Kennedy leave as a free agent after last season. Kendrick is expected to take over for Kennedy at second, but it’s his ability to produce with the bat that could make him a mainstay in the Angels’ lineup for years to come. He’ll start the year batting lower in the lineup, but Scioscia envisions him settling in anywhere from second to fifth in the order as his career progresses. “He’s going to be in the major grouping of your offense, or of any offense, in baseball,” Scioscia said. “He’s got that much upside.” Kendrick had four hits in his last six at-bats before Friday’s game against San Diego – a single, double, triple and home run – and was second in Cactus League play in average (.467) and tied for the league lead in slugging percentage (.933) and runs scored. He insists he hasn’t approached this spring any differently than the last two he attended, but admits he has some extra motivation knowing he’ll likely begin the season as the everyday second baseman. Kendrick played 72 games with the Angels last year and batted .285 with four home runs and 30 RBIs. But he knows this year is different. “I know the opportunity is there and I want to make good on that,” Kendrick said. “But I just want to work hard and not make them regret any decisions they made. I know I want to play at this level and I know I can play at this level.” WEAVER SIGHTING: Jered Weaver passed his first test of the spring Friday before the Angels played the Padres, completing a pain-free, 30-pitch bullpen session and reporting no problems afterward. Weaver, recovering from biceps tendinitis, will throw two more bullpen sessions and two live batting practices before taking the mound in an actual game. His status for the season opener remains in doubt, and it’s likely he’ll stay back in Arizona to continue his rehabilitation when the team heads north. “I’m hopeful of being ready by the season opener,” Weaver said. “If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, then I’ll miss a couple of starts, and I’m not too worried about it. I’d rather be there toward the end of the season rather than blow it up at the beginning of the year.” Weaver threw all fastballs Friday, and was encouraged by the results. “I felt good today, nice and smooth,” Weaver said. “Everything was coming out nice. COLON UPDATE: Bartolo Colon threw off the mound for the second time in three days – his first pitching activity since being shut down last June with a small tear of his rotator cuff – successfully completing another 35-pitch bullpen session. Angels pitching coach Mark Butcher was pleased with both results. “All good news today,” Butcher said. FINE LINE: Kelvim Escobar said he hasn’t felt this good in spring training in more than two years. But that’s not necessarly a good thing. Escobar, 1 1/2 years removed from elbow surgery, says when he feels too good he sometimes tries too hard to overpower hitters. As a result, his mechanics sometimes suffer. That was the case Friday when he surrendered home runs to San Diego’s Russell Branyan and Jose Cruz Jr. during his three-inning effort. Escobar gave us four hits and three runs during his stint. The Angels won the game 12-4. “When I feel that good I have to learn to relax and trust my stuff,” Escobar said. “It’s about pitching, not throwing. WHO WAS THAT GUY?: Republican Presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, was at Tempe Diablo Stadium Friday as a guest of Angels owner Artie Moreno. But when Giuliani shook Kendrick’s hand in the on-deck circle between innings, Kendrick was at a loss. “I didn’t know who he was,” Kendrick said. last_img read more

Chelsea reject, once dubbed ‘German Messi’, stuns Liverpool in shock win

first_imgChelsea supporters watched on with pleasure as one of their former men played a key role in Liverpool losing in the Champions League.The Reds were victims of a shock defeat by Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday evening which throws their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage of the competition into doubt. Haha, Chelsea reject Marco Marin with both assists against lfc #REDLIV— Joe Lee (@ggblueg) November 6, 2018 Former Chelsea legend Marko Marin with two assists against Liverpool. Beautiful— BB (@SimplyTheBridge) November 6, 2018 2 Many were surprised to see Marin flop so badly with Chelsea given he was dubbed the ‘German Messi’ before the club bought him, and fans were delighted to see the winger hit the headlines once again with a stunning performance against Liverpool on Tuesday night. latest Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? SORRY tense Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 2 Most Read In Football scrap LATEST Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Marin was rather excellent against Liverpool Milan Pavkov scored both goals for the Serbian giants – following up his header for the opening goal with a superb long-range strike to double the lead – capping a fine performance from Red Star.Truth be told, Liverpool had no right to claim even a draw from the match, having put in a performance branded ‘tactically inept‘ after the full-time whistle. Former Chelsea player Marko Marin v Liverpool today: 64 minutes played3 accurate crosses2 times fouled 1 shot on target3 key passes 1 big chance created 2 assists8.0 match rating German Messi. pic.twitter.com/opPfbeRF98— (@FlicksLikeEden) November 6, 2018 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED gameday cracker Our former player Marko Marin out performed the “best attack of EPL”Retweet if you miss him #UCL #CFC pic.twitter.com/WJaqPqr2qX— Chelsea Pakistan Supporters Club (@ChelseaPakistan) November 6, 2018 revealed whoops Both Pavkov’s goals were created by the same player, Germany winger Marko Marin.Marin, 29, is best known in England for his spell with Chelsea, whom he joined in 2012. He spent four years with the Blues but made just 16 appearances for them, spending four loan spells away from Stamford Bridge during that time. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Liverpool don’t stand a chance against the Chelsea legend, the German Messi, Marko Marin— 🎅🦌❄️Booldolph ❄️🦌🎅 (@QuornToBeWild) November 6, 2018 BEST OF Klopp the fraud doesn’t know how to deal with Marko Marin in the year of our Lord 2018— big Zag energy (@FearTheKirch) November 6, 2018 Marko Marin playing like it’s 2012— Jimboburrell (@GULLITFANCFC) November 6, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Red Star celebrate their remarkable defeat of Liverpool So Chelsea Product Marko Marin has 2 assists but Cairo Theo Walcott has failed to make an impact again??— Marlboro Sarri (@MrVincredible) November 6, 2018 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Oh hey there, Marko Marin! #OnceABlue..— Vishvaraj Chauhan (@Funadrius) November 6, 2018 Liverpool not even beating a team with Marko Marin in it😂— Luke (@LukeyboiWalker) November 6, 2018 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Marko Marin balling and assisting while Mane and Salah are non existent , makes you wonder..— ‏ًًً (@_jamieCFC) November 6, 2018 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Marko Marin aka The German Messi is playing fantastic against Liverpool, it’s a shame we let him go… 😑😅— WorldWideChels (@WorldWideChels) November 6, 2018last_img read more

Stoudemire out roughly four months

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Whatever is in the best interest of Amare is in the best interest of the Suns,” Colangelo said. The team projects Stoudemire to return around the All-Star break Feb. 17-21. PGA Tour changes A move to May looms for The Players Championship, although that isn’t the half of it. Even if golf’s fifth major remains in March, the PGA Tour has drawn up plans to make it the premier tournament by weatherproofing the TPC at Sawgrass, moving 65,000 tons of dirt to allow spectators better views and installing technology so fans can know what’s going on no matter where they are. Stoudemire, who turns 23 next month, signed for the maximum allowed under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement with the players union. The extension kicks in after this season. Colangelo said the team knew of Stoudemire’s knee problem during contract negotiations, but was not aware of the extent until the surgery. Even had they known, it would not have had an impact on signing a player the Suns believe could develop into the best in the NBA. Eight days after signing a five-year, $73 million contract extension, Amare Stoudemire underwent surgery Tuesday to repair damage to his left knee and will be sidelined for about four months. The extent of the injury to the Phoenix Suns’ dynamic young all-star was determined during “diagnostic’ surgery by team doctor Thomas Carter, who then proceeded with the microfracture repair, Suns president Bryan Colangelo said. center_img “The goal is to make it as good as we can make it,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a recent interview. “Hopefully, it translates to a tournament that all of our tournaments can look at as a model, and that’s where the bar is set in terms of fan experience, player experience and sponsor experience.” The cost for the ambitious project, including a Grand Mediterranean style clubhouse, is estimated at $25 million. Work is expected to begin after The Players Championships is held in March in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Finchem continues to work on revamping the schedule for 2007-10, which likely will feature a season that ends in late September with a series of four lucrative events through the Tour Championship. Angelo Argea, who spent two decades on the bag for Jack Nicklaus and became an iconic figure among caddies for his shock of silver hair, died of liver cancer. He was 75. Argea died Monday night at the home of his nephew, according to close friend Bill Taylor. “He had friends everywhere,” Nicklaus said Tuesday afternoon. “In many ways, Angelo was part of our family, and Barbara and I will miss him greatly.” O’s big changes Mike Flanagan will replace Jim Beattie as the Baltimore Orioles’ executive vice president for baseball operations, a move that puts the former Cy Young award winner in charge of ending the team’s run of eight consecutive losing seasons. The announcement was made one day after Orioles owner Peter Angelos dismissed Beattie as the team’s executive vice president. Beattie has been offered a position to remain with the organization as a consultant. New Detroit manager Jim Leyland took his Pittsburgh connection to the extreme by filling out his coaching staff with five others who also wore Pirates uniforms. Like Leyland, two of them Lloyd McClendon and Gene Lamont were former Pittsburgh managers. McClendon will run the bullpen and Lamont will be the third base coach. Former Pirates players Rafael Belliard, Don Slaught and Andy Van Slyke also were hired. Wayne Terwilliger, the 80-year-old manager who was once Jackie Robinson’s backup as a player, retired after 57 seasons in professional baseball. Terwilliger this season coached the independent Fort Worth Cats to the Central Baseball League championship. When the Cats won at Shreveport on June 27, his 80th birthday, the manager known as “Twig’ joined Connie Mack as the only octogenarian managers in baseball history. Final test for U.S. The Americans are already in. Panama is already out. And that gives U.S. soccer coach Bruce Arena a chance to look at some players who probably wouldn’t get on the field if tonight’s final World Cup qualifier meant anything. “It’s a good chance for some of the younger guys to prove themselves,” said one of them, midfielder Clint Dempsey. “When the time comes to make cuts, hopefully you’ve done something to catch his eye.” The United States (6-2-1) qualified for next year’s World Cup in Germany with three games to spare, and Panama (0-7-2) can’t make it, leaving tonight’s game in Foxborough little more than a friendly. RB commits suicide Kyle Ambrogi, a senior running back on the University of Pennsylvania football team, committed suicide on Monday, Penn spokeswoman Lori Doyle said. Doyle said Ambrogi was not on campus at the time of his death. The Delaware County Coroner’s Office said it was not releasing any information about Ambrogi’s death. N.O. Bowl moves The New Orleans Bowl is moving from the damaged Louisiana Superdome to Cajun Field on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Dec. 20 game matches the Sun Belt Conference champion against a Conference USA opponent. With the move, the Ragin’ Cajuns could host the bowl game if they rally to win the Sun Belt Conference. Although the Cajuns have gotten off to a 1-4 start overall, they’re 0-1 in the league. MLS stadium deadline Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has set an end-of-the month deadline for Toronto officials to agree on a stadium site and other financial issues or miss its chance to be granted an expansion team in the U.S. league for 2007. Garber’s declaration was seen by many as a way to spur Toronto’s city council, which has an Oct. 26 vote scheduled to approve $8.07 million in funding for a $52.7 million, 20,000-capacity stadium at city-owned Exhibition Place. Briefly A European television network has acquired exclusive rights to broadcast NHL games across the continent. The North American Sports Network said it has reached a multimillion dollar, four-year TV rights deal beginning immediately. The agreement also includes rights to stream live games over the Internet. A jersey worn by No. 1 draft pick Sidney Crosby in his first NHL game was found at Pittsburgh International Airport, two days after it vanished from luggage checked onto a flight by his father, a US Airways spokesman said. Qatar is donating $6 million to help build a soccer stadium for a mixed Arab-Jewish team, the first such funding by an Arab state for any town inside Israel. The pledge comes amid efforts to improve ties between the Arab world and Israel. Olympic champion Chen Yanqing broke all three world records in the 127-pound weightlifting class, one of two Chinese women to set new marks this week at China’s national games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I was just ready to quit’

first_imgWith all the postseason injuries suffered by the Warriors, DeMarcus Cousins has gone from being a luxury to a necessity for the team. But he apparently was close to giving up any hope of making it back for the NBA Finals.“I was just ready to quit — like throw the towel in,” he told Rachel Nichols during an interview Wednesday on ESPN’s “The Jump.”When Cousins sustained a torn left quadriceps (thigh muscle) in the first quarter of Game 2 of the Warriors’ first-round series against the …last_img

Mandela and Gandhi on the Hill

first_imgTwo videos And in August 1962, he spent a few weeks in the Old Fort hospital. He wasn’t ill, but he was kept there because of his status, and possibly because it was believed that he could more easily escape from No 4 jail on the hill, where all black male prisoners were kept. Mandela is quoted on the walls of the exhibition as saying: “The spirit of Gandhi may well be a key to human survival in the 21st century.” The exhibition focuses on the years he spent in Johannesburg, from 1902 until 1914, when he left South Africa at the age of 46. During this time, he was transformed from a shy lawyer into an extraordinary leader of international stature. As soon as the visitors left, the long trousers were exchanged for short ones, and the men were given hammers again, to sit and crush rocks mindlessly. Having this exhibition at the Old Fort on Constitution Hill, Johannesburg is significant. Mandela spent two weeks in the Awaiting Trial Block on the hill, now demolished, in December 1956, before being transferred to Pretoria, for the remainder of the lengthy Treason Trial. The room in the Old Fort that was used as the hospital is about the size of two small garages alongside one another. It has tall ceilings – almost four metres high – and a row of covered windows along its southern wall. Its wooden floor is well worn; its grey, patchy walls have not been painted for many years. Gandhi formulated and refined his Satyagraha or passive resistance philosophy while living and working in Joburg. The other video, from December 2003, shows Mandela arriving at the newly built Constitutional Court, built below the Old Fort, and being welcomed by the then chief justice of the court, Arthur Chaskalson. He is asked to sign a copy of the Bill of Rights, and is told about the signing of the three words, “Freedom, dignity and equality”, by the judges in concrete above the court door. He is given a gift of a brick from the demolished Awaiting Trial Block, where he spent time. But Mandela dispelled all speculation about a possible escape. “To reach it one had to pass through two impregnable walls, each with armed guards; and once inside, four massive gates had to be unlocked before one even reached the area where I was kept,” he writes. “There was speculation in the press that the movement was going to attempt to rescue me, and the authorities were doing their utmost to prevent it.” “While the hospital was indeed comfortable – I was able to sleep in a proper bed, something I had never done before in prison – the real reason for his [Colonel Minnaar] generosity was that the hospital was the safest place to keep me,” recounts Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom. Two great 20th century fighters for the rights of the oppressed – a good reason to visit Constitution Hill. At first Mandela is not visible – he was apparently hiding behind a bush – but then the camera zooms in on him. He stands impassively, his lips tight and unsmiling, staring ahead, bursting with anger. Two permanent exhibitions at Constitution Hill focus on the lives of two of the greatest souls in the world – Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi – both of whom called Johannesburg home. Large folio books meticulously record every letter written by and sent to Mandela. One of his letters, dated October 1989, just a few months before he was released, is displayed. It is written to his grandchild, and he signed it: “A million kisses and tons and tons of love, Grandpa.” In a postscript he says he should have used “Darling” in the salutation instead of “Dear”, saying he only thought of this when he was signing off the letter.center_img Gandhi said of his experiences in South Africa: “Truly speaking, it was after I went to South Africa that I became what I am now. My love for South Africa and my concern for her problems are no less than for India.” Source: City of Johannesburg Mandela is wearing long khaki trousers and a shirt, with a small hat on his head. The issue of long versus short trousers was a cause of conflict between prisoners and prison authorities. Mature men like Mandela and others were at first given short trousers to wear, in an effort to humiliate them. Mandela fought this ruling vehemently and eventually won. The hospital and letters Gandhi exhibition Constitution Hill has another permanent exhibition visitors can take in. The exhibition, entitled “Gandhi: prisoner of conscience”, opened in October 2006, off the courtyard of No 4 prison, in the former visitors’ centre. The exhibition details the experiences that shaped his development by means of photographs, quotes, artefacts and audio material. Gandhi’s transformation is symbolised in the changes in his attire – from a besuited lawyer to rough prison garb to a simple cotton tunic on his departure for India in 1914. 26 February 2009 Pictures of Mandela’s cell on Robben Island are displayed, showing a neat and orderly space, with bookshelves, a desk and a bed. The famous National Geographic photograph of the naked, smiling Andamanese woman is on display at the exhibition. It had been framed for him by his fellow inmates, in particular Mac Maharaj, using carefully cut pieces of cardboard as a makeshift frame. On his release, National Geographic sent Mandela a copy of the original photograph. A stack of wooden boxes is a small sample of the 76 boxes that were used to hold the 76 000 pieces of correspondence between Mandela and the prison authorities. He frequently wrote letters on behalf of his fellow inmates protesting against the petty regulations of disallowing books to study, or complained about the quality of the food. One letter of complaint runs to 25 pages. Some of the letters were written in Afrikaans, an effort to appeal to the prison bosses whose mother tongue was Afrikaans. Spend an hour at the Nelson Mandela exhibition in the Old Fort, and come away with a small peep into the icon’s soul. Two videos run constantly. The first one, filmed in April 1977, some 13 years into Mandela’s life sentence on Robben Island, records an official visit in which the prison authorities invited the foreign press to visit the island, to see for themselves the conditions under which the prisoners were being held. It records several prisoners with spades, clearing weeds from a gravel path. In October 1962, he was sentenced to five years on Robben Island for inciting workers to strike, and for leaving the country without a passport. He had been on the run for 17 months as the Black Pimpernel, and had been arrested earlier in 1962 near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. In 1964, he was sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island in the Rivonia Trial. He was released in February 1990.last_img read more

Meet the new president of Mauritius

first_imgThe island of Mauritius has a new president, biologist and scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. Despite getting the role sooner than she expected, Gurib-Fakim has high hopes of creating meaningful change. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has become the new president of Mauritius following the resignation of Kailash Purryag. (Image: Facebook) • Powerful women shape Africa • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Done right, urbanisation can boost living standards in Africa • Women combat lack of electricity with solar power • All about the African Union Priya PitamberMauritius has elected its first female president in Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, who was sworn into office on 5 June. Her ascent to leader of the Indian Ocean island nation came as a bit of a shock: it follows the resignation of the Labour Party’s Kailash Purryag, who served as president from July 2012.In an interview with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, she spoke about her new role.The world-renowned biologist said that the function of the president was to be the guardian of the constitution. “You are also commander-in-chief — we don’t have an army, but we do have a paramilitary,” she explained. “Then within the role, there is enough space for you to do other things.”Being president will not dampen Gurib-Fakim’s passion for science, technology, and the environment. She would like to drive more think tanks on the island, pointing out that while Mauritius had opened a technology park – its first – she felt there was space for a lot more.“Another area I want to focus is on the environment,” she said. “Climate change is a big concern for us — it can be felt in terms of the seasons, and we’re seeing very strong, violent storms. A strong voice needs to be heard. Sustainable development has everything to do with our identity of being Mauritian and of being a biodiversity hotspot.”Her profile on the Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) site notes that her love of science started in school, where her teachers could explain everything from why the sky was blue, to why plants were green and why sometimes they weren’t.The French university’s website states that she studied in England. She received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Surrey in 1983 and her PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Exeter in 1987. Gurib-Fakim returned to her home in Mauritius to lecture organic chemistry and later phytochemistry.As president, she would also like to pay attention to the economy and education. “And my party is focused on getting the economy right — because they know that with the economy comes employment, and with that comes social welfare.”Nothing is impossibleAs a female biologist, she said she had been through the glass ceiling, and the message she wanted to share was: “Yes, it’s possible if you are a woman.” She would like to set a positive example to young people, especially girls. “I hope to be a role model to promote the learning of science, to make it interesting and sexy.”Gurib-Fakim spoke of the significance of being a president, but also a woman. “Oh yes, it’s very big – for Mauritius and for the continent. In Africa, there aren’t many women at the helm of countries. The same is true globally. It’s really making history.”Mauritian society was patriarchal, she admitted, but her father did not object to her getting an education, even though at the time education was not free. “Girls got more and more access to schools after 1976, and yet women who are professionals still suffer from what I call the leaky pipe syndrome.“A lot of girls come in to the schools, but by the time we look out the other side of the tube, there’s hardly any left. We need to see how this can be capped. [My appointment] has a lot of symbolism attached to it. That’s one of the reasons why I think it’s just so wow-ing.”Recognition and awardsGurib-Fakim has received several awards. In 2007, she won the L’Oréal–Unesco Women in Science Award for Africa; in 2008, she was given the Emma Award from Bank One Limited for outstanding achievement and accomplishment; in 2009, she received the African Union Award for Women in Science for the Eastern African Region.“With the advent of a new government in place, time for the much-awaited change in the daily life of our citizens has arrived,” she said in her first presidential address. “The next five years will therefore be a defining era in the economic and social revival of our country.”last_img read more

OARDC sees second tornado in seven years, on the same path

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mother Nature, or Lady Luck, might seem to have it in for the historic Barnhart Rice Homestead in northeast Ohio.The restored two-story sandstone block home, built in the 1820s and located on the Wooster campus of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), bore the brunt of the damage when a small tornado briefly touched down on the campus just before 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.The house, used for campus events and unoccupied at the time, lost half its roof and suffered extensive water damage inside. CFAES officials said several other buildings and greenhouses on the campus suffered moderate to light damage in the storm. Nearly 80 trees are down in the campus’s Secrest Arboretum. No injuries were reported.“We’re thankful there was no damage to our residence halls and that all of our undergraduate and graduate students are safe,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and CFAES dean.Located about 60 miles south of Cleveland, the campus was never closed because of the storm, and on Monday, classes and work resumed as normal. Brian Hanna, CFAES’s capital planning director, said the total cost of the damage remains to be determined. Damage assessments are still underway.The campus is home to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), which supports scientific studies by more than 600 faculty, staff, graduate students and visiting scholars, and the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (Ohio State ATI), a two-year degree-granting unit within CFAES with about 725 undergraduate students and 120 faculty and staff.A little more than seven years ago, in September 2010, an EF-2 tornado struck and caused major damage to the northern, OARDC portion of the campus. Among other things, it damaged the Agricultural Engineering Building beyond repair and toppled about 2,000 trees, most of them in the arboretum. But it likewise caused no injuries. In that storm, the Barnhart Rice home lost most of its roof and saw major interior damage, but was repaired.The National Weather Service said Sunday’s tornado, spawned by a strong storm front that sped across northern Ohio, was an EF-1, the second weakest type of tornado on the Fujita scale. It was about 50 yards wide, had winds of 100 miles per hour and was on the ground for a quarter of a mile. It was one of at least 10 tornadoes touching down that evening across northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania.Dave Benfield, Ohio State’s associate vice president for agricultural administration and director of the Wooster campus, said rain fell inside the partly deroofed Barnhart Rice home for about 12 hours after the twister, with some walls, floors and furnishings damaged because of it.Hanna said Wooster-based Bogner Construction Company was mobilized early Monday morning to put a temporary frame and cover over the damaged roof, to prevent further damage to the interior.“We’ve also engaged an emergency response crew to draw the moisture out of the building,” he said. “We’ll evaluate the interior as soon as it’s dry.”“Our plans are to restore the house back to its original condition before the tornado,” Benfield said.Elsewhere, the campus saw scattered damage from wind and wind-blown debris, Hanna said. He reported:Several buildings had broken windows, lost their vent covers or some of their fascia trim, or had punctures in the membranes that seal their flat roofs.Several large greenhouses had broken panes and damaged fans.Several small, plastic-covered, semi-permanent greenhouses — ironically, first built as stopgaps to replace large greenhouses wrecked by the 2010 tornado — suffered moderate structural damage.The Ralph Regula Plant and Animal Agrosecurity Research Facility, a highly secure biocontainment building on the campus, came through the storm fine, suffering no damage.Hanna said that with cleanup underway, “our No. 1 priority is keeping people safe.” Repairs will begin “as soon as possible.”“Our faculty and staff are conducting important research,” he said. “We want to minimize any and all disruptions to their work.”Secrest Arboretum Curator Joe Cochran said most of the nearly 80 downed trees in the 115-acre plant collection were tall pines, spruces and hemlocks on the east side of Green Drive.“Many of them, with the ground being so saturated, were just blown over, roots and all,” he said. “But we probably had 12 or 15 that were snapped by the wind and their tops went flying.”Included in the total were 12 downed trees on arboretum land just east of state Route 83, which runs through the arboretum’s east side, he said.All the arboretum’s buildings, however, escaped damage. That includes the Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, which was leveled by the 2010 tornado and then was rebuilt.“Thankfully, it was left unscathed this time,” Cochran said. “A piece of sheet metal got awfully close to the windows, but didn’t make connections.”Ken Scaife, CFAES’s assistant to the director for field operations, said about 30 acres of conventionally grown corn, 10 acres of organic corn and 5 acres of corn in an experimental plot — in fields near OARDC’s Krauss Dairy and also a few miles farther east at OARDC’s Badger Farm near Apple Creek — suffered severe lodging, or breakage of stalks, from the winds.Scaife said yield losses in those fields should be about 10%, mainly due to the harvesting combine not being able to pick up all the lodged corn. With yields in those fields predicted to be a “very good” 200 bushels per acre or more, the loss should translate to about 20 bushels per acre.“Harvesting operations in the wind-damaged fields will be slow, but our staff have been making good progress this week,” he said.Plastic sheeting and a temporary frame cover the missing part of the roof of the 1820s-built Barnhart Rice Homestead in Wooster, hit by a small tornado on Nov. 5. (Photo: Brian Hanna, CFAES.)Benfield said Sunday’s tornado followed almost the same path as the tornado in 2010, although Sunday’s touched down halfway onto the campus, not to the west of the campus as 2010’s did, and was on the ground for a much shorter distance. Both tornadoes approached the campus from the west near the top of the hill on Madison Avenue, and traveled east over the campus and toward and into the arboretum.“I just couldn’t believe it,” Cochran said with a laugh. “The same path! I wouldn’t have guessed that in a hundred years. But after the one seven years ago, this one seems like a piece of cake.”Benfield said he heard Wooster’s tornado sirens go off, worried about damage to the campus, but suspected it wouldn’t be severe after he got the first reports.“Fortunately, the damage was relatively moderate,” he said. “I do remember thinking, ‘Surely, not two tornadoes in seven years!’ ”Few of OARDC’s faculty, staff and graduate students were working on the campus when the tornado hit late on the weekend. About 30 graduate students live in Ohio State-owned houses on the campus, none of which were damaged in the storm.Almost all the Ohio State ATI students on the campus during the storm were those who live in the 460-resident Applewood Village apartment complex, located about a quarter of a mile south of the tornado’s path, and which also suffered no damage.“Fortunately, this happened on a Sunday evening,” Hanna said. “We’re truly thankful no one was hurt.”last_img read more

U.S. agriculture pushing for a full Japanese Trade Agreement

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Russell Boening, a Texas rancher, farmer and President of the Texas Farm Bureau, told Congress that the recent trade deal with Japan is welcome, but U.S. negotiators still have work to do.“It is obvious the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement is a win; however, the U.S. must pursue the next phase of negotiations with Japan,” Boening told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee for Trade. “Not all agricultural products, such as rice and some dairy products, were included in this agreement. We must work toward additional market access. Sanitary, phytosanitary and biotechnology issues should also be addressed.”At nearly $13 billion a year, Japan is the fourth-largest destination for U.S. farm exports.“While we have a strong trading relationship with Japan, we are about to make substantial advances,” Boening said. “The new U.S.-Japan trade agreement was welcome news for farm and ranch families across the entire country. This agreement will level the Japanese trade playing field.”Boening urged lawmakers to approve an expanded trade agreement expected next year.“As hardworking farm and ranch families face much uncertainty, a fully comprehensive trade agreement with Japan is desperately needed. We appreciate the administration and other leaders in Washington who continue striving for more free and fair trade,” he said.last_img read more

Ebay Founder Omidyar Shuttering His Twitter Project Ginx, To Launch Online News Site

first_imgPierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, announced this morning that he’s closing down his Twitter client Ginx early next year and instead focusing on an online local news project. We reviewed a “private pre-alpha” version of Ginx in February and called it a dud. Ginx had some nice ideas but wasn’t terribly innovative and it’s finest points have now been reproduced in Twitter’s own Lists.Little is known yet about Peer News, Omidyar’s next project, but an editor is being sought for hire. The project will begin in Hawaii, where Omidyar lives, but is intended to rock the journalist world.The company’s About page currently reads:We’re a small, fast-moving entrepreneurial team dedicated to bringing civic affairs journalism and analysis to our community in a commercially sustainable way. We combine our social media and online community experience with a passion for journalism in the public interest.It’s sad to see a project be closed, but there’s a lot to be said for failing fast and moving on to other ideas. We look forward to seeing what form this next idea takes.Media innovator Dan Gillmor says he doesn’t know any of the details about the new project but thinks this is a particularly important project to follow because of its emphasis on making local news commercially sustainable instead of operating as a non-profit. Omidyar has already invested in a variety of news-related companies, including Digg, FM Publishing, Seesmic and Wikia. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more