Swans clinch Eder deal

first_img Press Association The 27-year-old will move to the Liberty Stadium from Braga. He has agreed a three-year deal with the Barclays Premier League club, and will enhance the Swans’ attacking firepower alongside the likes of Bafetimbi Gomis and recent signing Andre Ayew. Monk, meanwhile, said: “Eder is the type of striker we’ve been looking for. He has excellent attributes – strong, quick and technically sound with the ball. “He has a good pedigree and is a full international with Portugal. “He fits our profile in terms of the players we’ve signed in the last two seasons because he’s young, hungry and eager to prove himself in the Premier League. “He has the characteristics we are looking for, and will certainly add competition to the striking department.” Swansea have announced the signing of Portugal striker Eder for an undisclosed fee. Eder becomes Swansea boss Garry Monk’s fourth signing of the summer after Ayew, Franck Tabanou and Kristoffer Nordfeldt. He scored 10 goals in 29 appearances last season as Braga secured a top-four domestic league finish, and played in all three of Portugal’s 2014 World Cup games in Brazil. He moved into top-flight Portuguese football with Academica in 2008, helping them to Portuguese Cup success, before joining Braga four years later, while he has also won 18 international caps. “I am very happy to have signed with Swansea,” Eder told the club’s official website. “It’s a big club, and I believe I can progress as a footballer here. “The Premier League will be a step up for me, but I’ve played in the European competitions and also for my country, so I’ve experienced different levels of the game. “Hopefully, my team-mates will help me develop and settle in quickly at the club. I can’t wait to meet all of them when I report for pre-season training. “Swansea are a solid club who have big ambitions – last season confirmed that – and it’s great for me to be a part of it.” last_img read more

Surprise! Marquette King trolls Gruden, Raiders after Broncos win

first_imgYou didn’t really think the Raiders were getting out of Denver without hearing from their former punter Marquette King, did you?Well, King didn’t disappoint Sunday night when he posted a video taking a shot at Raiders coach Jon Gruden following the Broncos’ come-from-behind 20-19 victory over Oakland in the final seconds.Somehow we knew King would get in more kicks than the four punts he had against the Raiders Sunday that averaged a whopping 51.0 yards.King, who remains somewhat bitter that …last_img read more

24 graduate from Ohio Farm Bureau’s intensive leadership program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Twenty-four farmers and agribusiness professionals recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s AgriPOWER Institute Class VIII. Started in 2008, AgriPOWER is an intensive, yearlong leadership training program that helps participants develop important skills so they can become effective community leaders and advocates for agriculture. Over the course of the year, they learned about local, state and federal public policy topics important to the agricultural and food industry. Sessions took place in Ohio, Washington, D.C. and Georgia.Class VIII graduates are Linda Ayres-Louiso of West Union, Nate Bair of Upper Sandusky, Ryan Conklin of Plain City, Amanda Crawford of North Canton, Haley Davis of Bucyrus, Paul Dorrance of Chillicothe, Jessica Draganic of South Solon, Charlie Ellington of Louisville, Tracy Emrick of Doylestown, Britta Fenstermaker of McComb, Jerri Furniss of Westerville, Dave Green of New Washington, Brad Guckian of Camden, Andy Hollenback of Utica, Seth Middleton of Sidney, Bennett Musselman of Orient, Rita Myers of Oregon, Jessica Parrish of Mechanicsburg, Racine Ramsey of Mechanicsburg, Jan Shannon of Orient, Macy Staggs of Seaman, Nathan Vandenbroek of Findlay, Clark Walker of Vinton and J.D. Winteregg of Troy.Over the last year, AgriPOWER participants attended multiday sessions where they learned about public policy issues facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. The sessions, which helped participants develop important skills necessary to becoming effective leaders and advocates, included spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more.“The intensive training that farmers and agribusiness professionals received will serve them well whether they’re speaking at a county commissioners meeting or with their member of Congress in Washington, D.C.,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER director.In addition to Ohio Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER partners include Nationwide Insurance, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Heartland Bank, Champaign Premium Grain Growers, Ohio FFA Foundation, Farm Credit Mid-America, Wright & Moore Law Co. LPA, Agland Co-op, Ag Credit, Bob Evans, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation and Farm Bureaus in Hancock, Licking, Lucas, Pickaway, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Union and Wyandot counties.Applications for the next class, Class IX, are due April 14. Visit ofb.ag/agripower for the application and more information.last_img read more

Top stories of 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our web site keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest and at the end of the year we like to review the top stories to gain insight into how to better serve readers of our web and print content and our radio listeners. Plus, it is always fun to see which story comes out on top. To revisit all of these favorite web stories and videos in the last year, look for “2018 top stories of the year” on the right side of this web page. In addition to these top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2018 included the Ohio and Pro Farmer crop tours, the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, and Between the Rows. Weather challenges, the tough farm economy, and all things draft horse also garnered major web traffic in the last 12 months. Here are the 10 most popular stories of 2018. Update on Miami Valley Feed and Grain spill cleanup effortsLate one 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 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. After much hard work, things were up and running again for harvest this fall at Miami Feed and Grain. Wayne County Fair evacuates: Livestock heads to Richland CountyThe deluge of water for much of Ohio in 2018 showed up in full force for the Wayne County Fair that had to be evacuated due to rising flood concerns. Fortunately the surrounding community stepped up to help and the exhibitors still got to show their livestock despite the challenges from Mother Nature. Rut of a different natureFew harvests around Ohio were mud-free in 2018. In what was a very wet year in general for the state, the harvest season continued the trend. This left no shortage of ruts, stuck equipment and frustrated farmers and the wet weather pushed harvest very late into the year. Ty Higgins gathered up some of the muddy photos to share online because harvest misery loves company. A farmer’s promise and farm wife’s revengeThis clever poem points out the ills of expanding the farm inventory prior to renovating the wife’s dream kitchen. Logan County family finds hole in farm field 40 feet deepA Logan County family made an interesting discovery in one of their farm fields this spring in preparation for planting. Lucas Yoesting, 15, was riding his dirt bike on his family’s rural-Zanesfield property when he noticed a large hole in one of the fields“It goes straight down,” said Sunny Yoesting. “You can see and hear the water below running. Two fires, a Fayette County hog farm and the beloved Darke County Fair hog barn were lost this year.Two of the year’s top stories involve unfortunate hog barn fires — a commercial facility in Fayette County and a revered old building at the Darke County Fair. Approximately 5,000 hogs wer killed in the Fayette County fire and the memories, architecture and history of the grand, old building at the Darke County fair is not replaceable. Mystery of the Ohio FFA jacket in ItalyJust how does an Ohio FFA jacket end up being worn by a local on the streets of Florence, Italy? The answer is worth a read. Director Daniels reflects on service to Ohio agriculture after his last day on the jobIt is no secret that Ohio agriculture and the Kasich Administration were at odds leading up to the governor signing an executive order to implement increased farm regulations in targeted watersheds by declaring them distressed. This tension led to extensive #WaterDrama18. Caught in the middle of all of the drama was the Ohio Department of Agriculture. This eventually led to the dismissal of Director David Daniels just weeks before the November elections. Daniels shared his thoughts. Pleasant Valley Poultry: An Amish processor to crow aboutOCJ field reporter Mike Ryan visited the hills of Amish country outside of Baltic to write a story about Pleasant Valley Poultry. The business meets a huge statewide demand for both poultry producers and meat shop patrons. The custom processing facility and retail store have flourished from the onset of the business. Kasich announces executive order directed at agriculture and water qualityThis is the story that kicked off #WaterDrama18 after Governor John Kasich signed an executive order to take action on water quality in Lake Erie with Ohio’s agriculture in the crosshairs. After staunch agricultural opposition and some political wrangling on both sides of the issue, the debate has been tabled until the start of the DeWine Administration.last_img read more

Report: Huddersfield 0 Palace 2

first_imgHuddersfield Town 0 Crystal Palace 2: Tomkins and Milivojevic secure priceless win Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 00:53 18/3/2018 JamesTomkins - cropped Getty Images Crystal Palace ended a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats and climbed out of the relegation zone with a key win at Huddersfield. James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic landed crucial blows in Crystal Palace’s battle against the drop, ensuring they left relegation rivals Huddersfield Town with a 2-0 victory.Tomkins poached the only goal from a corner midway through the first half and manned an impeccable defensive effort at the John Smith’s Stadium.It meant Huddersfield had barely a sniff of an equaliser before Andros Townsend won a 68th-minute penalty and captain Luka Milivojevic converted his sixth spot kick of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Roy Hodgson handed Mamadou Sakho and Wilfried Zaha their first starts since suffering respective calf and knee injuries last month and the extra quality they provided at either end of the pitch will serve Palace well during the crucial period to come.Palace are up to 16th, a point and a place below Town and two above the drop line. LUKA!!![0-2] #HUDCRY pic.twitter.com/V5JAQXXo7w— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 17, 2018The match began amid a now customary din from Huddersfield’s home support but there was a collective anxious gasp in the seventh minute when Milivojevic curled a free-kick fractionally wide.Steve Mounie’s touch let him down in the 12th minute, allowing Sakho to recover from his slack pass and make a last-ditch tackle on the Town striker, while Christian Benteke had an attempt blocked as both teams pursued the all-important breakthrough.It fell to Palace in the 23rd minute after the marauding Zaha won a corner, Mounie and Jonathan Hogg failed to deal with the left-wing delivery and Tomkins prodded home at the second attempt.Huddersfield roared back at their opponents, with Milivojevic making a timely intervention as Alex Pritchard stood poised to convert Collin Quaner’s cutback.Benteke, leading the line superbly for Palace, teed-up Townsend four minutes from the end of a frenetic first half but the winger shanked a shot wastefully over.Chris Lowe’s half-time introduction in place of full-back Scott Malone gave the hosts greater thrust down the left flank but clear openings remained scarce.Tomkins thought he had a second after the hour when another Palace corner evaded the Huddersfield backline but, when the centre-back drove goalwards at the back post, Mounie was on hand to hack off the line.Back in his natural habitat in the opposition penalty area, Mounie then lashed against the stanchion – an attempt that, for all their efforts, was Huddersfield’s first shot of the match.The state of the game offered increased opportunities for Palace to play to their strengths on the counter-attack and, when Mathias Jorgensen dived in on a rampaging Townsend, Milivojevic had the chance to seal the points from 12 yards.He made no mistake, clattering his effort to Jonas Lossl’s right as the goalkeeper guessed incorrectly.6 – Luka Milivojevic has scored more penalties than any other Premier League player this season (6). Conversion.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 17, 2018Lossl twice saved impressively during the closing minutes from Yohan Cabaye – another of Palace’s returnees – by which point Hodgson’s great escape was firmly back on course.Huddersfield have the spirit and organisation to survive too, on this evidence, but the lack of cutting edge in David Wagner’s side – now scoreless in three – is a gnawing concern.Key Opta Stats:- Crystal Palace have won seven Premier League away points in 2018 (W2 D1 L3), one more than they picked up in their previous 12 away games in 2017 (W1 D3 L8). – Huddersfield have failed to score in a league-high 17 different Premier League games this season. They have drawn a blank in eight of their last 11 games in the top-flight.- Palace ended a seven-match winless run in the Premier League (D2 L5), securing their first victory since a 1-0 win over Burnley in January.- Only Andrew Johnson (11) has scored more penalties in a single Premier League season for Crystal Palace than Luka Milivojevic (6).- James Tomkins scored his first away goal in the Premier League since November 2016 versus Swansea. read morelast_img read more

German Shipping Firms Convicted of Discharging Sludge

first_imgTwo German shipping companies that owned and operated the general cargo ship Nils B pleaded guilty to an environmental crime in US federal court, admitting that they knowingly failed to keep records related to the discharge of sludge into the ocean.W. Bockstiegel Reederei GmBH & CO. KG and W. Bockstiegel GmBH & Co. Reederei KG MS NILS B pleaded guilty to one felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships for failing to accurately maintain an oil record book for the 1998-built ship.Namely, the firms failed to disclose that oil contaminated water had been discharged into the ocean from the vessel without the use of pollution prevention equipment.On August 5, 2014, personnel from the United States Coast Guard boarded the vessel after its entry into the Port of San Diego, California. Once onboard, the Coast Guard discovered that the crew had failed to keep an oil record book for a significant period of time, modifications had been made to piping coming from the oil water separator, and oil was discovered in discharge piping that should not have been present.The defendants, in pleading guilty, admitted that the oil record book on board the vessel did not disclose any discharges of sludge between the time that the overboard discharge valve had been cleaned and its entry into the Port of San Diego in August.According to the plea documents, the company and the United States agree to recommend that the Court impose a total criminal penalty of USD 750,000, of which USD 250,000 will be a community service payment.Sentencing is scheduled for November 3, 2016.last_img read more

All Of A Sudden The Rockets Are Dominant On Defense Too

Related: The Lab Back in October, when Draymond Green of the Warriors was asked to assess the Rockets’ offseason efforts to narrow the gap between Houston and Golden State, Green didn’t mince words.“They want [a matchup with us] to be a shootout, which is fine,” he said. “But we’re gonna play some defense. Yeah, we score pretty well. But we’re a damn good defensive team, too.” Green, last season’s defensive player of the year, was clearly implying that the same couldn’t be said for Houston, which ranked in the lower half of the league defensively the past two seasons.Green also seized upon a remark from Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni about neither team being able to stop the other. “I don’t know how serious they take defense with that comment,” he said.But a quarter of the way through the season, that question is no longer up for debate: Houston’s defense is elite, and it could finally make the Rockets balanced enough to challenge Golden State. With an immense focus on the Houston offense — specifically, its addition of nine-time All-Star Chris Paul and its continuing 3-point shot crusade — the team’s vast improvement on defense has flown beneath the radar. Entering Thursday’s game with the red-hot Utah Jazz, Houston’s defense is surrendering just 100.9 points per 100 possessions, fifth-best in the league. That defensive rating is slightly better than the Warriors’ and represents a night-and-day difference from last season, when the Rockets ranked just 18th, allowing 106.4 points per 100 possessions.A handful of things explain why the club’s defense has performed so well after a pair of lackluster defensive seasons. Among them: The Rockets have gotten much better at protecting the rim and other high-value spots on the court that once troubled them; the team’s weakest defenders are performing better (or getting luckier?) than they did in the past; and Houston has used its own scoring ability to pay dividends on the other end.Of course many of these improvements, if not all of them, stem from the same thing: the club’s getting solid, versatile defenders during the offseason. Paul’s track record on that end is well chronicled — he’s a perennial leader in steals. But because he was replacing fellow all-defensive first-team member Patrick Beverley, other pickups have had even greater opportunities to take the unit to new heights.Wing players PJ Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute have been game changers for this defense, giving the Rockets — who already had one of the league’s very best perimeter defenders in an overburdened Trevor Ariza — the ability to switch assignments on the fly when teams set screens against them. They communicate well and don’t get lost backdoor (an area the Rockets struggled mightily with last season). And because both players are tall and strong enough to defend three different positions, Houston can use extremely quick smallball lineups with them, Paul and MVP candidate James Harden, who for years was criticized for his inattentive defense.To get a sense of how just valuable Tucker and Mbah a Moute have been as primary and help defenders, consider this: The Rockets are allowing just 94.1 points per 100 possessions with that duo on the floor this season, third-best in the NBA among two-man lineups that have shared at least 300 minutes together thus far. (Only Boston’s Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart and OKC’s Paul George and Andre Roberson have been better.) At times, Houston almost looks as though it’s playing a zone — with each defender responsible for a man and a half — because of how synchronized the defense is with Tucker and Mbah a Moute. Watch here, as the Nets struggle to get anywhere near the lane because of how every ballhandler sees two Rockets ready to make a play on the ball.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/almostzone.mp400:0000:0000:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Even when only one of them is in the game, reigning Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon, who has been fantastic this season on both ends, is another option aside from Ariza. And because of the trust that Tucker and Mbah a Moute have helped establish, Clint Capela and Nene, the team’s bigs, have felt comfortable wandering farther out on the perimeter to meet opposing ballhandlers. That was often a big mistake last season, when the Rockets ranked dead last in rim protection and allowed opponents to shoot 67 percent from inside the restricted area. (This season, Houston has leaped into the top half of the league on that defensive metric.)With smarter, more switchable defenders on the floor, the Rockets have also taken away many of the corner 3-point opportunities that were there for opponents in years past. And so far this season, Houston ranks among the NBA’s top 10 in limiting those attempts. That’s a big shift from last year, when the Rockets were among the 10 worst teams at stifling 3-point attempts from the corner, and the year before, when Houston’s opponents took a greater share of their 3-point attempts from the corner than any other team’s.Perhaps the biggest shift that has taken place this season: Out of nowhere, Houston has become the NBA’s best defensive-rebounding club, nabbing 81.4 percent of opponent’s misses. Limiting second chances is key for the Rockets, who ranked 21st last year and were last in 2015-16, Dwight Howard’s final season with the team.None of this is to say that the Rockets aren’t capable of backsliding on defense. One area they haven’t gotten better in, transition defense, is something an uptempo team like the Warriors could exploit. (We illustrated last season that Harden — despite his ridiculous passing ability — often gets back on defense slowly after a turnover or what he perceives to be a missed call.) And even though the Rockets have had no issues getting stops in half-court situations, there are indications that they’ve been the beneficiaries of good fortune at times. Only three teams (Cleveland, Orlando and New York) are surrendering higher-quality shots than Houston, according to data from Second Spectrum.Some of those looks have stemmed from opponents getting wide-eyed when they see an opportunity to go 1-on-1 against Harden or the slow-footed Ryan Anderson,1Anderson does look far better defensively than he has in years past, in part because of some weight he dropped during the offseason. who has been isolated more than anyone this season outside of the Lakers’ Julius Randle. Both players have held their own — especially Harden, who’s allowing one of the lowest scoring rates among guards2Who defend at least one isolation play per game and have played in at least 15 games. on those plays, according to data from Synergy Sports Technology. But it’s unclear whether that would hold up for an entire season (Anderson’s case is worth watching, because teams are challenging him 2.5 times a game).If anything, though, there’s reason to suspect that the Rockets could get even better on defense before the season concludes. Much has been made of the Harden-Paul duo, which has yet to fully jell because of Paul’s early-season injury. But if those two figure out how to play off each other and make an already impeccable offense even better, it will pay enormous dividends on the other side of the ball.Houston is sloppy with the ball and bad in transition defense, but they lead the NBA in defensive efficiency after a made basket this season, allowing just 95 points per 100 possessions, according to Inpredictable.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/fullgameposs.mp400:0000:0000:23Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.So, when it’s Rockets vs. Warriors, we aren’t going to see a 1990s-style Eastern Conference slugfest, in which the first team to 90 points wins, break out anytime soon. These teams shoot too well for that to happen. But it’s time to stop wondering whether Houston has the defensive horses to be mentioned in the same sentence with Golden State — this Rockets team is different. This Might Be James Harden’s Year read more

Free movies invaluable joy

first_imgThe 61st National Film Festival 2014 began in New Delhi on 29 June. All the National Award winning films for the year 2013 are being screened for the public during the festival. Being organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Siri Fort Auditorium Complex, 30 feature films and 23 non-feature films will be screening during the four-day festival. The festival was inaugurated by the Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar in the presence of Mohan Agashe, Sumitra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar, Amruta Subhash and Pranjal Dua. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival opened with two films. Sumitra Bhave’s Marathi film Astu which was about a person losing his memory. Agashe being the lead actor and co-producer of the film. Chidiya Udh was the other 22-minute FTII diploma film which revolved around a young boy from a chicken farm and a maid at a luxury hotel. These films have won the awards of Best Dialogue and Best Direction respectively. Some films screened on the previous days were Soojit Sarcar’s Madras Cafe, Sange Dorjee’s Crossing Bridges, Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid, Subhash Kapoor’s Jolly LLB, and many more. The festival comes to an end on 2 July. So, all those people who missed out on the previous days can still catch up in the two days that are left. Films like Gulabi Gang, Accsex, Jal, Foresting Life, December 1 and others are yet to be screened. The entries are on first cum first serve basis, free and promises a wonderful time!last_img read more

Record footfall of pandalgoers at Sealdah Stn

first_imgKolkata: The Sealdah division of Eastern Railway experienced a record rush of Puja pandal-hoppers during Durga Puja this year. At Sealdah station, the footfall from Chaturthi to Saptami (October 13 to 16) recorded 6,12,136 which is 12.1 percent more than the previous year’s statistics of 5,46,260 passengers during the same period. “This has resulted in a sharp increase in window sale earning at Sealdah Station that registered Rs 1,19,82,400 which is 27.9 percent more than Rs 93,68,030 earned during corresponding Puja days of the previous year,” a spokesperson said. The total number of passengers during this period stood at 72,72,796 which is 9.4 percent more than the previous year’s footfall of 66,45,800. This has resulted in an increase in ticket booking earnings to Rs 6,89,92,997 which is 8.1 percent more than Rs 6,38,11,226 earned during the corresponding period (Chaturthi to Saptami) of the previous year.last_img read more