Inter Milan set to enquire about Liverpool contract rebel

first_img1 Martin Skrtel Inter Milan look set to enquire about the availability of Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel.According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are targeting the former Zenit Saint Petersburg defender, whose contract at Liverpool expires at the end of next season.The Slovakian international has failed to agree terms on a new deal at the Merseyside club – despite being offered a three-year contract, prompting interest from the Italian giants.Skrtel, who has made over 200 Premier League appearances for the Reds after signing for £6m from Russian side Zenit in January 2008, has refused to sign a new three-year deal after rejecting a clause which states he will only receive his full salary if playing a particular number of games each season.The 30-year-old defender, who has scored 17 goals during his time in England, is likely to attract interest from across Europe, though Inter are the first to express an interest in signing the Slovakian defender.last_img read more

Redknapp predicts Gunners slip-up and tips Spurs to reach Champions League

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp believes his former club Tottenham will pip rivals Arsenal to the final Champions League place.Spurs will snatch fourth spot if they beat Sunderland on Sunday and the Gunners slip-up against Newcastle.And Redknapp has predicted that Arsene Wenger’s side will find the going tough at St James’ Park.He said: “I think Tottenham have still got a good chance. I think Arsenal have got it all on to win at Newcastle.“Tottenham will beat Sunderland and then Newcastle is not an easy place to go on the last day – 55,000 Geordies there. It’ll be a tough game.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

FFA Superior Region meets in Chico

first_imgFFA members from all across the Superior Region met in Chico March 16 to celebrate their achievements. Early that morning, FFA members converged at Laxson Auditorium, a large crowd of Blue Corduroy, coming together to recap the events that had occurred that year. New regional officer candidates spoke on stage, and met with the chapter delegates. The California State Officer Team presented their opening theme skit and later awarded the State FFA Degrees to more than 200 recipients. The …last_img read more

No limit to Lamar Jackson’s greatness, says Michael Vick

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Michael Vick, a man who knows a thing or two about being a dual-threat quarterback, looks at Lamar Jackson and can’t believe NFL scouts didn’t see his greatness.Although the Ravens’ Jackson is on a record-breaking pace while establishing himself as an MVP frontrunner, Vick is still stunned teams weren’t sold on him as a quarterback coming out of Louisville. There was talk among some teams that Jackson would be a …last_img read more

SA launches schools football WC

first_img13 May 2008The Moletsane Sports Complex in Soweto, to the southwest of Johannesburg, was awash with activities last Saturday, with the official launch of the South African Schools Football World Cup Partnership.The partnership is an initiative lead by the Department of Education, the Department of Sport and Recreation, the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in an effort to educate and get some 12-million South African school pupils – both boys and girls – excited about hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Education Minister Naledi Pandor, Deputy Sport and Recreation Minister Gert Oosthuizen, LOC chairman Irvin Khoza, LOC communications director Tim Modise, Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga, various government officials and SABC representatives attended the launch.The launch of the partnership on 10 May coincided with the election of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first democratic president in 1994, and music, dance and cheer was the order of the day as groups from participating schools shared the stage and rendered cultural items to the delight the crowd.Confederations Cup, World Cup inspirationSaturday’s launch saw the start of the first phase of the competition, with the tournament being rolled out in two phases. The first phase will be organised along the lines of the Confederations Cup and the second phase the actual World Cup.For each of the phases, the schools that participate will assume the identities of the participating countries, with all schools being encouraged to fly the national flag, sing the national anthem and engage in other activities, such as preparing the national food of the country they represent.The participating schools last week were Lavela Secondary, Emdeni High School, Zithathele Primary School, Ekuphumeleleni Primary, Progress, Winnie Ngwekazi High, Moletsane Secondary and Kliptown Secondary.“The World Cup is going to involve all South Africans, Africans and particularly South African children,” said master of ceremonies Modise, adding that the partnership gave students and opportunity to participate actively in the World Cup.Diverse culturesPandor meanwhile made an avid appeal to all participating schools pupils to learn as much as they can about the countries they will be representing in the tournaments.“In this way we are then preparing our young people to enjoy the World Cup with a key understanding of the diverse world we leave in, we are encouraging young people to know about other countries and their cultures,” she said.Pandor added that the initiative was also aimed at luring school children away from the streets and inappropriate habits, and encourage them to engage in healthy lifestyles.“The launch of this partnership in Soweto must motivate us to use school sport to encourage physical activities and healthy lifestyles,” she said. “The competition must also remind us about our commitment to the HIV/Aids awareness campaign, to our commitment to anti-doping and to our commitment to prevent substance abuse among young people and our citizens generally.”Spreading the messageKhoza said the 12-million school children being targeted by the initiative would help spread the message about the World Cup to families and communities.“Consequently schools have been identified as a primary vehicle to take the Fifa 2010 World Cup messages not only to children, but indeed to families and to communities of South Africa and also the African continent,” he said.The 2010 Fifa World Cup School Campaign is built on three key pillars namely education, development and participation.“The other goals of the campaign are to ensure the development and implementation of integrative educational campaign aiming at preparing and educating learners and teachers about all aspects of the Fifa World Cup,” said Khoza.Gert Oosthuizen encouraged fair play throughout the competition and urged learners to stay away from illegal performance enhancers and drugs.“It is a natural attribute of human beings to compete, but the way in which we compete tears us apart, we need to apply the rules of the game and not cheat,” he said. “We need to ensure that we do not take performance enhancing substances and cheat in a calculated and manipulative way, we also need to say Ke Moja no to drugs.”Source: South Africa 2010last_img read more

Gregory names SA Hockey World Cup team

first_img12 May 2014 South African men’s hockey coach Fabian Gregory announced the team to contest the World Cup in The Hague from 31 May to 15 June on Friday. The return of penalty corner specialist Justin Reid-Ross is expected to provide the team with a big boost. Reid-Ross possesses one of the most powerful drag flicks in the game, but he is much more than a penalty corner specialist alone. He last played for South Africa at the London Olympic Games in 2012 before taking time out to establish a career outside of the game. Playing in The Netherlands for Dutch Hoofdklasse club Pinoke, he enjoyed a very good second half of the season and has just signed for Amsterdam HC, the most high profile club in the country.‘A massive force’ “We welcome Justin back,” Gregory said in a statement. “He has been playing some outstanding hockey, has matured as a player and is a massive force at penalty corners. He is probably flicking even faster now and has added another weapon with a disguised flick, which gives him more variety [and will keep penalty corner defenders and goalkeepers guessing].” Besides his effectiveness as a penalty corner flicker, Reid-Ross’s presence also gives South Africa variety at penalty corners, as alongside him will be the team’s lynchpin and captain Austin Smith. With the talismanic Smith back after a foot injury sustained in the Hockey India League, the options open up considerably as far as variations are concerned.‘Austin adds so much’ “Austin adds so much and his influence will be important as we will focus on our defensive patterns in training games against Holland, India and four Hoofdklasse teams in the final stage later this month,” Gregory said. Cutting the team down from 30-odd hopefuls after a week-long training camp in Pretoria was a difficult task, he added.‘It’s been tough’ “It’s been tough having to tell those who missed out on selection, and to hear the disappointment that is so apparent on hearing the news, it is hard to deal with, but generally the guys took it pretty well, as I emphasised that this is not the end of the road. They come back into the selection picture for the Commonwealth Games,” he explained. Gregory is nonetheless pleased with the combination of youth and experience in the 18 players he has chosen to do duty in The Hague‘A nice balance’ “It is always difficult trying to match youth with experience, but we have a nice balance and based purely on performance at camp this is the best group we have,” he said. The team jets off on 20 May after a two-day training stint in Gauteng, which will include an apparel presentation by kit sponsors Mr Price Sport at a World Cup Launch hosted by the team’s co-sponsors Mugg & Bean.SA WORLD CUP TEAM Goalkeepers: Rassie Pieterse (Southern Gauteng); Gowan Jones (KZN Coastal Raiders) Defenders: Rhett Halkett, Austin Smith (capt), Dylan Swanepoel (all Western Province); Lloyd Madsen, Jethro Eustice (both Southern Gauteng); Justin Reid-Ross (Northern Blues) Midfielders: Wade Paton, Taine Paton, Tim Drummond (all KZN Coastal Raiders); Clint Panther (Southern Gauteng), Jonty Robinson (Northern Blues) Strikers: Julian Hykes (Southern Gauteng), Lungi Tsolekile, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Pierre de Voux (all Western Province); Ignatuis Malgraff (Eastern Province) SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio’s strong livestock genetics shine through Israel trade mission

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American livestock industry is looked at worldwide for its vigor, experience, and genetic command. Such expertise is valued internationally, as demonstrated by a recent trade mission to Israel by representatives of the Ohio Livestock and Genetic Export Council.Darke County’s Larry Baker, director of the Ohio Livestock and Genetic Export Council (OLGEC), recently helped lead a goodwill trade mission to Israel in November to observe livestock agriculture and help improve genetic practices of the desert country. He accompanied embryologist Dr. Emily “Em” Mowrer, DVM, as the two followed a batch of Ohio embryos headed for use in the country.The embryos were some of the first U.S. genetic material in the country since new health protocols had been established — a goal for Baker over a decade in the making. He first made a trade trip to Israel 13 years ago alongside Fred Dailey, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture at the time. That helped to open the doors for further talks about the need for genetic improvement.“Finally, 13 years later, we have a health protocol for semen, embryos, breeding and slaughter cattle, so that just shows us that sometimes it doesn’t happen overnight. It can take years to see a return on the investment,” Baker said.Israel boasts a nationwide dairy herd of 100,000 cows and 50,000 head beef. The country currently imports a heavy amount of feeder cattle due to their populations not being self-sustaining. Baker hopes to change that and, as a result, increase genetic business between Israel and Ohio — an international powerhouse in livestock breeding.“People in our state have no idea for the most part that Ohio is either number one or two every year in genetic exports,” Baker said, remarking how the value was clearly evident through the recent mission.These rocky fields of Golan Heights, close to the Syrian border, can make grazing a challenge.The mission was hosted by Erez and Katcha Cahaner and Thierry Moens through facilitation by the Negev Foundation. The three originally visited Ohio in May of 2016, buying a number of embryos for use in Israel.Baker said they took a liking to a number of Ohio cattle herds, including longhorns of Dickinson Cattle Co., a decision he was curious about until visiting Israel firsthand.“After I got there, I could see they have trouble with predators and harsh conditions. Longhorns may be able to help more in that way versus other breeds,” Baker said.High percentage Simmental are popular in the arid region, and Baker hopes further use of genetic science can help improve their beef heeds.“The embryos the group bought when they visited the U.S. were from the Ryan Ludvigson Red Angus Ranch in Montana plus two Ohio farms — Dickinson Longhorns and Maplecrest Farm through John Grimes,” Baker said.The main project of the nine-day mission began when Baker and Mower took delivery of the 59 embryos that were shipped from the U.S., valued at nearly $50,000. The following days found Mower educating livestock veterinarians and technicians on the proper technique for embryo transfer as well as artificial insemination. Education in this area is lacking in Israel, something the team hopes to improve in order to bring the Israel market to a healthier place for international genetic purchasing. By the end of the mission, Mower said approximately 40 cows had been implanted.One of the many highlights of the trip was a visit to the farm of Ariel Sharon. Sharon was best known as the Prime Minister of Israel from 2001-2006. He passed away in 2014 and his sons now run the operation.In a release, Dickinson Cattle noted the trip as the fulfillment of a longtime dream by Sharon to introduce Texas Longhorn genetics to the arid, rocky regions of Israel. The dream wasn’t fully realized before Sharon’s stroke in 2005.“The benefit of Texas Longhorn cattle genetics for the arid hills of Israel was first considered by the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon,” the Dickinson Cattle Co. said in a release. “Unlike the Sharon plan for importation of live cattle, the Cahaner’s plan was to import a good number of frozen Texas Longhorn embryos. The embryos would be placed in their indigenous Israeli cows and full blood Texas Longhorn calves would be the result.”Baker and Mowrer also played host to agricultural specialists from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv and Dr. Nadav Galon, director of veterinary services for the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Baker felt the ag leaders were impressed by their visit and would help open the door for further work.In their visits to various farms, Baker said the group found some key differences in the Israeli cattle trade from that of stateside. Most breeding lineage is unknown and many farms are working toward better understanding of rearing practices. Baker also noted differences in the slaughter process.“Their system of marketing beef in Israel is totally different than that of the United States,” according to the official report from the mission. “The dissecting of the carcass is completely different than that of the U.S. For the Kosher market, the animal has to be harvested under the direction of the Rabbi. They only utilize the front quarters.”The team also found proper vaccination protocol was lacking in some herds they visited. Certain illnesses that were having a major impact on herd health could be easily contained with correct inoculations.In addition to differences in livestock practices, the trip was unique in a number of other ways, including their accommodations. The group stayed in a kibbutz — pronounced ki-boots, they are collective communities of Israelis that live and work together. Originally, all kibbutzim were based in agriculture, though many have adopted high-tech manufacturing facilities over the years or other types of industry. Kibbutzim remain popular living-working situations in Israel and were a major part of the trade mission.Concepts of property ownership are also different in the Holy Land than in the U.S. The government oversees the entrusting of each piece of land.Following the trip, Baker said he believed Israel will never be a “huge market, but it will be a constant market for semen, embryos, and possibly feeder cattle in the future.”“I’m very optimistic about this mission to Israel and what benefits it may have in the future,” he said.last_img read more

John Deere introduces new 5R Series Tractors and 540R Loader

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Deere introduces its new 5R Series Tractors that leverage existing technologies normally found in large tractors, to provide customers with unrivaled maneuverability, an easy-to-use transmission, increased visibility, loader integration, and operator comfort.A 7.4-foot wheelbase paired with a 60-degree steering angle, provides a tight turning radius of 12.1 feet. Customers working in confined areas such as barns, will be able to easily maneuver in tight areas increasing their productivity.Shifting is virtually effortless with two fully electronic transmission options, CommandQuad Manual and Command8. Using a multi-range selection, the operator can toggle from B range through D range without stopping. “Base equipment also includes AutoClutch, leveraged from our larger row-crop tractors. That means no clutching is necessary, ever. Step on the brake and the clutch automatically disengages,” says Chris Lammie, global product line planner for John Deere.Upward visibility has been improved 80 percent through the Premium Panorama cab roof, compared to a John Deere 5M Tractor with the Premium Cab. Forward visibility is 7 percent better thanks to single-piece front windshield, making it ideal for loader applications.Six halogen work lights (two front, two rear, and two side) are included as standard equipment to shine brightly and improve visibility in low-light conditions. For maximum illumination, owners can choose to replace the halogen lights with optional factory- or field-installed LED lights.An interactive display located in the right hand cornerpost, is placed out of the line of sight from the operator. “Tractor operations can be customized by the operator to best fit their preferences,” says Lammie.A high-back swivel seat features thicker cushions and wider armrests than those found on John Deere 5M Tractors. Options normally found in larger John Deere row-crop tractors also are now available for the 5R. New to the utility tractor lineup, optional cab suspension provides a more comfortable ride for long work days.The 5R can be equipped with the new John Deere 540R Loader. The loader’s automatic mast latch, single-point hydraulic connection, remote implement latch and slide-slung self-leveling links provide an integrated loader experience for the 5R Tractor operator. Removal or installation of the loader can be accomplished with a single trip out of the cab, thanks to a latch system that automatically connects the loader once contact is made between the loader boom and mounting frames, simplifying the connection process.To improve loader operation, a mechanical or electrohydraulic loader joystick option is integrated into the swivel seat. Gear-shift buttons and a joystick reverser are built into the loader joystick control. “Its simple one-handed operation lets you control loader, speed, and direction, all without letting go of the joystick,” Lammie says.For more information about the 5R Tractor and 540R Loader, contact your local John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/ag.last_img read more

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill, sets stage for final passage this year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On June 28 the Senate passed its version of the 2018 farm bill with a bipartisan vote of 86-11. The House passed its version on June 21. The two measures will now be reconciled before a final version is sent to President Trump for his signature.“Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow worked with other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to deliver a bill that will continue to provide the risk management tools that America’s farmers need more than ever before. And the fact that Leader McConnell agreed this should be a legislative priority helped move this very important bill forward in the Senate,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “Of course, no bill is ever perfect, but this bipartisan effort gives us a solid framework for progress. We do have concerns about some of the provisions that were added to the bill that make it harder for farmers to manage risk, but we are confident that those issues can be satisfactorily addressed by the House/Senate conference committee. We look forward to working with conferees from both houses to get the best possible farm bill done for rural America.”The National Corn Growers Association was pleased with the robust federal crop insurance program included in the bill. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) was supportive of the $100 million in additional funding for the dairy title baseline. The Senate version of the Farm Bill contains enhancements to the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) sought by NMPF, including improved coverage levels and greater program flexibility.The Senate bill — which renames the MPP as the “Dairy Risk Coverage” program — raises the maximum covered margin to $9 per cwt. and adjusts the minimum percentage of milk that can be insured. It also includes an important agreement reached between NMPF and the International Dairy Foods Association on price risk management. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) included provisions in the bill that promote the consumption of fluid milk. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) included provisions of her Dairy Business Innovation Act in the bill to help foster innovation and new opportunities for the dairy industry.Kevin Kester, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, pointed out the Senate’s rejection of an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill offered by U.S. Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Cory Booker (N.J.) that sought to undermine commodity “checkoff” programs.“The rejection of this amendment is a win for America’s cattle producers, who voluntarily created and continue to overwhelmingly support the beef checkoff system. Legislation like the Lee-Booker amendment is largely pushed by militant vegans and extreme political organizations that essentially want to end animal agriculture,” Kester said. “We’re happy that producers can continue to lead the checkoff system and contract with whatever producer-led groups will best promote beef consumption and research.”The Senate bill also contains conservation provisions that will help producers access technical and financial assistance to carry out conservation practices on their operations. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) added a helpful amendment to give farmers greater flexibility in meeting their goals under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.Under the trade title, the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill also re-authorizes the trade promotion programs.As part of the Farm Bill, the Senate passed two amendments offered by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), including:An amendment by Portman and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to ensure that Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, can access funding under the Farm Bill that is available for 1890 land-grant institutions. Central State University is currently unable to receive the same level of federal funding as other historically black colleges, and this amendment would ensure that all 1890 land-grant intuitions are treated equal.An amendment by Portman and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) to promote rural community economic development, innovation, and broadband integration. Specifically, the Portman-Cortez Masto amendment would codify the Council on Rural Community Innovation to help promote policies that use technological innovation to resolve challenges related to health care, law enforcement, housing, and telecommunications. The amendment would also establish a Rural Broadband Integrated Working Group within the Council.Senator Sherrod Brown, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, pushed for the inclusion of several items in the bill including: the Local Food and Regional Market Supply (FARMS) Act designed to assist farmers in selling products directly to consumers, creating rural jobs, and investing in local and regional food economies; and the Give Our Resources the Opportunity to Work (GROW) Act to improve water quality in Lake Erie and across Ohio by refocusing federal investments to improve water quality and soil health.last_img read more

Apple Granted Patent for Sports Sensors

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Think Major League Baseball’s stats and live video iPhone app is cool? Imagine what Apple could do with technology it was granted a patent for this week: a network of sensors that deliver real-time velocity, impact, rotation and other data from sporting event participants to the web. Imagine your iPhone’s accelerometer placed inside a boxer’s glove, a snowboarder’s snow suit or a NASCAR driver’s car – with the information captured delivered to your iPhone or Apple TV while you watch the competition either in person or remotely.Would you pay a premium for an event ticket that includes real time stats like that delivered to your iPhone? I would. Of course Apple is granted all kinds of patents all the time and only some of them amount to anything – but this one is very cool.MacNN reported in depth today on US patent 7,552,031, (“Personal items network, and associated methods”), filed two and a half years ago and granted yesterday. News-watcher extraordinaire Atul Arora sent us the link as a tip. The patent appears related to the “find my iPhone” technology reported on yesterday, but all the examples in the patent application are based on real-time sports statistic monitoring and are quite interesting.Call it augmented reality, call it ubiquitous wearable computing, call it Web 3.0 if you must. It’s widely believed that networks of sensors feeding data into computers for analysis and visualization are going to be a big thing in the near term future. Value-adds built on top of that data hold huge potential for the development of software we can’t even imagine today. This vision is big in the electrical utility world, but private sector innovators are being hampered by the lack of vision seen in public utility companies. When it comes to the world of sports, the sky could be the limit. Imagine attending a sporting event and being able to select from a variety of apps for the app store, built just for that kind of sport. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more