Raiders’ corner Nevin Lawson returns to roster

first_imgALAMEDA — Nevin Lawson returned to the Raiders’ 53-man roster Monday, one week after he was eligible to be reinstated after missing the first four games of the season serving a suspension for being in violation of the NFL policy for performance enhancing drugs.The Raiders have been paper thin at cornerback over the last two games — both wins — with starters Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley playing every snap in wins over Indianapolis and Chicago and slot corner Lamarcus Joyner missing only a …last_img read more

Pass “Go” in Monopoly Cape Town; go to Robben Island

first_img16 November 2015As part of its 80th anniversary celebrations, Monopoly launched its Cape Town version of the popular board game at the V&A Waterfront in the Mother City on Friday, 13 November.Monopoly Cape Town is the first in an expected long line of regional South African boards. Notable attractions made it into the game, including the Taj Hotel in Cape Town, Boulders, Muizenberg and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and Robben Island, among others.In May, fans were able to vote for locations to be featured. Winning Moves, licence holders for Monopoly regional editions from Hasbro, translated the Mother City into its 2D board game. Monopoly Cape Town features well-known attractions. (Image: Supplied)“We have been looking forward to bringing a Monopoly Cape Town edition to South Africa for a long time, and we knew that there was a big board-gaming community and many loyal Monopoly fans, but we have been overwhelmed by the passionate and enthusiastic responses we’ve received,” said Dan Taylor of Winning Moves. Players can reach Robben Island while playing Monopoly Cape Town. (Image: Supplied)“We’re extremely excited to see how it’s received and have high hopes that Cape Town will be the first of many South African Monopoly games to be launched in the next three years,” Taylor said.Monopoly made its debut in 1935 – and since then has been played by more than 500 million people. Today it is played in 111 countries and is available in 43 different languages.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Check Child Protection Register before hiring

first_imgEmployers should check the National Child Protection Register before they hire people to work with children, which would help to prevent abuse by those who have been convicted of crimes against children.South Africa established the National Child Protection Register in terms of Chapter 7 of the Children’s Act of 2005.The call was made by President Jacob Zuma, who said there were 441 people on the register who had been found to be unsuitable to work with children in the past financial year. “Let us protect children from further abuse.”He was speaking on International Children’s Day, which is observed on 1 June, at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.South Africa was “working hard” to address the scourge of child abuse, neglect and exploitation of women and children.The Department of Social Development had set up the 24-hour Gender Based Violence Command Centre, which counselled and supported survivors of abuse and violence.“The South African Police Service is under standing orders to act swiftly against those who abuse women and children,” said Zuma. “All our law enforcement agencies are also responding well and the conviction rates for perpetrators of crimes against women and children are encouraging.”The Cabinet had also established an inter-ministerial committee, led by the department, to combat violence against women and children.To report abuse, contact the development on 0800 60 10 11; the police emergency line on 10111 or Child Line on 0800 05 55 5.International Children’s DayInternational Children’s Day is observed annually on 1 June to honour children’s rights. It was proclaimed at the 1925 World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland.In South Africa, the day coincides with Child Protection Week, which this year is observed from 29 May until 5 June under the theme “Let us all protect children to move South Africa forward”.The first day of June also marked the beginning of Youth Month, held to commemorate the 16 June 1976 student uprisings. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the protests.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

Turner Shorthorns transforming land and cattle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With stunning views of rolling vistas, columns of vibrantly hued sandstone rising up from the scenic pastures and the gurgle of numerous springs and brooks, the setting of Turner Shorthorns looks to be from the wall of a fine painting gallery. But while the farm has a growing reputation for its quality cattle and scenic views, Tom and Susie Turner are, in some ways, better known for their work off of the farm.They were the recent recipients of the Industry Excellence Award from the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) for their dedication to serving Ohio beef producers. Tom is known around Ohio, the nation and the world for with work with livestock judging.As a professor at Ohio State, Tom coached 32 intercollegiate livestock judging teams that included 266 students and is the longest serving coach in the 105-year history of the program at Ohio State and the second longest in the U.S.“Coaching was one of my passions and the judging team was something recognizable but I was involved primarily in teaching and research and some Extension appointments,” Tom said. “I also managed the bull test, worked with research stations and worked with early weaning of beef calves.”Tom also served on the OCA board and was president in late 1990s. He was on the first committee for the Beef Expo and was instrumental in the start of the Beef Exhibitor Show Total (BEST) Program to get young people more involved with OCA.“At the time OCA did not have much of a youth component. It was mostly feedlot operators and commercial producers. All the breeds had their own associations. Then OCA started to pull in the breeds but still didn’t do much with the youth,” Tom said. “Preview shows for the youth were really starting to spring up around that time and there was not a consistent set of rules and breed standards. Every show had its own rules. It was very frustrating for parents and exhibitors. What evolved out of that was a standardized set of rules for all shows under BEST. We wanted the kids to have a good experience. BEST under the OCA gave it some structure.”The initial idea evolved into a BEST committee to set the rules and points and standings over multiple youth shows.“The OCA has done a great job with it. They have branched off with educational programs. It has gone beyond just showing and turned into a youth program,” Tom said. “Showmanship is also key component of BEST and Ohio showmanship has really benefitted. Kids get to know each other too through all of these things. It is all about youth development and getting kids to have a positive experience in the beef industry.”The purchase of the Perry County farm in 2001 leading up to Tom’s retirement from OSU opened up new avenues for service to the cattle industry for the Turners. Tom and Susie have hosted numerous meeting and events on the farm. They also coordinate the Shorthorn exhibit at the Farm Science Review and Tom is on the American Shorthorn Association Board. They have both traveled around the world for Tom’s livestock judging work and regularly host agriculturalists from abroad on their farm.Guests cannot help but to be enthralled with the peaceful grazing of the livestock on the beautiful farm, but the idyllic views of the Perry County cattle operation belie the relentless perseverance required for transforming the nutrient-deprived former silica strip mine into the cattle operation it is today.“We bought this in 2001. It was a silica mine that was mined like strip-mined coal. We bought this just after they finished reclamation work. They started mining here in 1975 and kept mining it until 2000. It was pretty rough in some places and not as bad in some areas. Water management here is a challenge because the soils don’t have a lot of structure. We have had to do a lot of work on the conservation side to get this where it needs to be,” Tom said. “The reclamation regulations are very strict on how they put the top soil back and before thy can sell this they have to meet those requirements, but we still find challenges with washing and sediment. There were gullies six or eight feet deep.”One of the initial challenges with the farm was that with the un-mowed grass and brush, it was impossible to tell the extent and number of the hillside gullies.“It hadn’t been mowed for years and you couldn’t tell where the gullies were,” Susie said. “I would drive ahead of the tractor so we didn’t have problems with the tractor falling into in the gullies. We recycled materials on the farm by dredging ditches to fill the gullies. These are very sandy soils and it is difficult to hold on to them. We’ve gotten the gullies filled except for one area.”With plans to get cattle on the farm as soon as possible, fencing and water source development were also top priorities.“The first thing we did was build fence. We have six-wire high tensile around the outside perimeter and four-wire dividing areas. We divided the farm into 26 paddocks from two acres to five acres in size with one wire fence,” Tom said. “Water is one of the keys for grazing. We added a mile of water line, put in a concrete crossing and two collecting tanks — one collects from a spring and the other collects from the barn roof and gutters.”The Turners worked with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to build facilities including the fence, water lines, spring development, fertility, concrete crossing, the roof runoff collection system, feeding pads, and a hay storage/cattle handling pole barn as a part of the five-year plan. Now they are working on controlling the invasive species in the woodlots and pasture fringes, especially multiflora rose.“If we can clear up that brush it gives us more grass to graze,” Tom said. “We didn’t have cattle here until the fall of ’09 when we brought three cows here from my Dad’s farm.”The cows carry on a long Turner family tradition. Tom grew up in Logan County where his family has raised Shorthorn cattle since the 1940s.“We had five calves on the farm the spring of 2010, then 28 in 2011, 40 in 2012 and we’ve had about 50 calves each year since then,” Susie said.Turner Shorthorns seeks to build on the positive traits of the breed.“Being a student of that industry for my entire life I understand the pluses and minuses of Shorthorns and other breeds. We decided to invest our time in this breed based on that family tradition but also because we need a second viable maternal breed. We need heterosis and when you look at all of the major breeds there are only a handful that are maternal in their makeup,” Tom said. “Different breeds excel at different things. Shorthorns are similar to Angus in that they are of higher milk production, high marbling and not extremely heavy muscled. Sire breeds bring muscle and growth to the party and maternal breeds bring cow traits. If you follow what has happened in poultry and pork, the system has put highly maternal breeds together and that is what we need to do with beef. We think the Shorthorn breed has some potential that way and we are working with Shorthorns to hopefully make them better.”A key part of that breed improvement is measuring and documenting those desirable characteristics.“The challenge in the maternal side is that those traits are harder to measure. You can measure growth rate and muscle for sire traits, but you can’t measure how a cow protects her calves or her maternal instincts. If you are marketing based on maternal traits, how do you do that? How do you monitor those improvements over generations? We do have measurements for milk production and breeding rates and udder quality can be measured, so that has helped,” Tom said. “My background is in data and you can’t manage what you don’t measure. You have to measure the different factors to be able to compare them and discuss them. Some things you can’t measure objectively, though.”The goal is a moderately framed animal that meets commercial production needs.“We want them more moderately scaled and easy keeping,” Tom said. “Sometimes we see cattle that are too big. We are trying to mimic what we think commercial producers want.”As the herd has grown, it has been crucial to work with hay management and grazing improvements on the farm.“We are in the cattle business, but if you want to be in the cattle business you have understand agronomy and grazing too. It looks like about 50 cows is what we can support here. We didn’t start with any equipment so it is more economical to buy hay,” Tom said. “Buying hay brings in more organic matter too. We unroll hay down hills in areas that need organic matter. This helps distribute manure better and any wasted hay or refusal helps the soil. Last year we brought in some hay with birdsfoot trefoil to see if we can get some of that started too.”The pastures are primarily fescue with some red clover mixed in. They rotate pastures and stockpile the fescue for winter grazing.“Intensive grazing helps us get more pounds of forage and we rotate every three to five days. We graze it down tight so red clover can germinate,” Tom said. “When we started, we wanted to get through January with stockpiled fescue. Now we feed hay in November and December and don’t graze our stockpiled fescue until January so it does not hurt the root reserves of the plant because it is trying to regrow in November and December.”The Turners have been recognized for their service to the beef industry, but have also taken extensive measures to transform formerly strip-mined ground into a viable cattle operation.They have also done some seeding of gamma grass.“We don’t have flat areas, but on our flattest ground we seeded eastern gamma grass on about 12 acres. The first year germination was about 40% and we got more germination in the second year. It forms clumps,” Susie said. “We planted it in 30-inch rows and each year the clumps get bigger. It thrives in July and August when everything else is struggling. We get a few more days out of it every year. We got more than 14 days out of it last year but you have to have patience with it because it is slow to develop. We want to protect our other pastures and this has been a way to help them.”The Turners monitor the cattle feed intake and the quality of the feed supply with manure samples being tested for their nutritional balance (NUTBAL) profile. NUTBAL provides information to help evaluate feedstuff values and better understand animal nutritional needs as they change throughout the year.More than visually appealing, the Turners have hewn the challenging landscape into a productive cattle operation with knowledge, hard work and a vision for something better both for the land and the cattle. And while they have been rightfully recognized for their service to the cattle industry, anyone who visits will remember them for their farm.last_img read more

25 days agoEx-Arsenal chief Jonker warns Dutch teens against England move

first_imgEx-Arsenal chief Jonker warns Dutch teens against England moveby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTelstar coach Andries Jonker has warned Dutch teens against moving to England.The former Arsenal academy chief is critical of the system in place in England.Jonker told FOX Sport: “The road through England is not the road. In the interest of their development, youth players should not do that. You go there in an Under-18 competition, which is divided into Northern and Southern England. “In the north, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool play against each other. In the south Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. So you don’t play with and against the best clubs, that’s a problem. In addition, the best talents go with the Under-23s. But a 16-year-old boy who plays against 22-year-old guys with Premier League experience is not the solution either. “So those competitions there, they don’t function for those guys to develop.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

MPC Container Ships Gets Listed on Merkur Market

first_imgzoom MPC Container Ships AS, the recently formed subsidiary of MPC Capital AG, has received the approval for admission to trading of its shares on Oslo Børs’ Merkur Market. Trading is expected to commence on May 31, 2017, under the ticker symbol “MPCC-ME”.“This listing reflects the company’s strategy for its shares to be listed on a reputable stock exchange and to provide its shareholder base an appropriate platform for trading,” MPC Container Ships AS said in a statement.As informed, no new shares are to be issued in connection with the admission to trading on Merkur Market.Established in April 2017, MPC Container Ships’ main activity is to own and operate a portfolio of container vessels with a focus on the feeder segment between 1,000 and 3,000 TEU.Last week, the Oslo-based company acquired seven boxships with capacities ranging between 966 TEU and 2,824 TEU for USD 38 million. Five of the vessels have already been taken over, and the remaining two are slated for delivery by the end of June 2017.In addition, MPC Container Ships has agreed to add one 1,200 TEU, one 2,500 TEU and four 2,800 TEU vessels to its fleet.last_img read more

Constable held in connection with July 5 businessman abduction case

first_imgKolkata: A police constable has been arrested in connection with a case of abduction and robbery which happened on July 5. The accused constable, identified as Utpal Kar, was arrested on Wednesday night from Bijpur in North 24-Parganas.Earlier on July 5, a jewellery business owner of Nadia identified as Bablu Nath had lodged a FIR at Muchipara police station, stating that he was abducted by two persons in a SUV, who had claimed to be policemen. He also told the police that they had taken Rs one lakh and gold jewellery weighing about 50 grams and left him near the airport on July 4. During the probe, sleuths identified the SUV and its registration number from CCTV footage. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLater, on the basis of the SUV’s registration number, police managed to get hold of the driver identified as Nepal Dhar and the owner of the SUV, who were both arrested. During interrogation, he stated that a person identified as Ashish Chandra, who works in the records section of Kolkata Police, was involved in the case. Following the statement by Dhar, Chandra was arrested on July 9. After his arrest, he was interrogated and sleuths came to know that Kar, who is a police constable posted at Lalbazar, was also connected with the case. Since then, police had been on the hunt for him as he had fled. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn Wednesday, police came to know from sources that Kar was hiding in Bijpur. Immediately, a joint team of Muchipara police station and Kolkata Police Detective Department went to Bijpur and nabbed Kar. According to senior police officials, he has confessed his part in the crime. He was absent since October last year without informing concerned superiors. Chandra had been arrested earlier in 2014 for his connection with a cheating case at Sealdah Government Railway Police (GRP). That time, he was suspended and a departmental inquiry was also initiated.last_img read more

Burnaby appeal to Supreme Court over pipeline showboating Alberta premier

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says a decision by the City of Burnaby, B.C., to take its fight over the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion to the Supreme Court is showboating.Notley said the city doesn’t have any hope of stopping the pipeline expansion in the courts.“If I were a taxpayer in Burnaby, regardless of my position on the pipeline, I would be very irritated to see my mayor throwing good money after bad in terms of a legal fight which I’m sure every single lawyer who has given him advice has told him they don’t have any hope of succeeding in,” she said in Calgary Wednesday.“He’s going to showboat all he wants and people will judge them accordingly.”Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said Tuesday the city will ask the country’s highest court for leave to appeal a lower court ruling last week.The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed a bid by Burnaby and the B.C. government to challenge a National Energy Board decision that cleared the way for Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass local bylaws during pipeline construction.The expansion project would triple the amount of diluted bitumen from Alberta to Burnaby’s port for shipment overseas.The federal government approved the pipeline expansion in 2016, but the project faces significant opposition in B.C. Thousands of people have rallied in protest and the provincial government has raised concerns about the pipeline’s possible environmental and economic impact.There are still a number of other legal decisions pending on the pipeline, including a review by the Federal Court of Appeal of the decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet to approve the project and a review by B.C.’s highest court of the decision by the former provincial government to approve the pipeline.Premier John Horgan is also seeking a legal ruling on whether his province can restrict increased amounts of oil from coming into B.C. while his government reviews oil-spill safety measures.Notley said “willy-nilly” legal challenges — like Burnaby’s leave to appeal to the Supreme Court — will not deter investors.“I think the idea is that you hope to make investors uncertain but, at a certain point, investors have good lawyers too and they understand when they’re real legal challenges and when they are showpieces.”(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

German government urges automakers to pay diesel upgrades

first_imgBERLIN – The German government is calling on automakers to pay for upgrades to diesel vehicles with excessively high emissions, as part of a deal to avert driving bans next year.A spokesman for the environment ministry said Friday that the government “can’t tolerate this refusal” by German automakers to shoulder the cost of fixing diesel cars.The head of Germany’s powerful auto lobby group VDI, Bernhard Mattes, had told Deutschlandfunk radio that manufacturers favour giving car owners rebates to buy new vehicles over hardware upgrades to millions of diesel vehicles.The ministry spokesman, Nikolai Fichtner, told reporters in Berlin that the upgrades have to start “very, very quickly” otherwise car owners may find themselves banned from driving in certain cities from October 2019.last_img read more

Verizon slips on 46B charge related to Oath media business

first_imgNEW YORK — Shares of Verizon are falling before the opening bell after the company said it would take a $4.6 billion hit for what’s become an expensive internet foray that’s never panned out.In a regulatory filing late Tuesday, Verizon Communications Inc. says that it will take the charge in the fourth quarter to cover weak revenue and earnings from its Oath media business. Verizon expects Oath to face continued competitive pressure and says that the benefits from integrating Yahoo and AOL with the enterprise were less than expected.Verizon this week said that 10,400 U.S. managers have accepted voluntary buyout offers. The New York company is making $10 billion in cost cuts, money that will be used to ramp up 5G technology investments.Shares are down more than 1 per cent Wednesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more