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McMullen named Ohio Farm Bureau organization director

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Suzie McMullen of Pickerington has been named Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s organization director for Fairfield, Hocking, Perry, Pickaway and Ross counties. In her position, she will be a liaison between the county Farm Bureaus and Ohio Farm Bureau. She will assist county groups with program development and implementation and enhance their ability to serve members and affect positive change in their communities.Previously, McMullen was a sales representative for Dow AgroSciences and an intern for Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.She graduated from Ohio State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and minor in production agriculture. She was named a top 20 senior in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Record price-tag never affected me

first_imgLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Record price-tag never affected meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says his world record transfer fee has never weighed on him.Van Dijk left Southampton a year ago for Liverpool in a £75m deal – a record for a defender.The Dutchman told AD: “Quite frankly, it does not do much for me. I can also do very little with it. It is, at most, something that people will start with when you play a lesser game. “But that amount … I know it works like that in football.”De Vrij also said: “I am the proud captain of my country. I play everything at Liverpool, in the international matches with the Oranje squad we all have an excellent feeling. But it goes on and on. We play football in England every three or four days. There is little time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend Childrens Global Media Summit

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Children’s Global Media Summit in Manchester this week.Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Children’s Global Media Summit in ManchesterCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukThe summit explores the impact that digital technology has on children. The Summit was founded in 1995 in order to help steer the future of children’s programming in a rapidly-changing world. The event now involves creatives, technology innovators, policymakers, executives and thought leaders from around the world.A survey published last year revealed children own their first mobile phone aged seven and will start to browse the internet as young as five years old. Over three days, the summit will look at the impact that digital technology will have on children and the future of the media.Through The Royal Foundation, The Duke brought together representatives from key technology companies to launch a cyberbullying task force to support young people and their families affected by cyberbullying. Last month, The Duke unveiled a plan of action to protect children and encourage a new standard of behaviour online.The Duke met with those involved, driving efforts to find a universal tool for children to report bullying when they see it or experience it.Speaking at the conference, The Duke said, “What we cannot do, however, is pretend that the impact of digital technology is all positive or, indeed, even understood. I am afraid to say that, as a parent, I believe we have grounds for concern.”The Duchess also joined a forum hosted by Sesame Street’s Workshop, the charitable foundation of the famous children’s TV show.The BBC also unveiled details of the Own It project, one of the key outcomes of The Royal Foundation’s Cyber Bullying Taskforce.Before arriving at the summit, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to local school children taking part in a “Stepping Out” session. The session gives young people a chance to share their thoughts on new programmes with Children’s television editorial staff and content producers.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

Playtex plastic plates bowls pose choking hazard for children recall announced

first_imgTORONTO – Playtex-branded plastic plates and bowls for children are being recalled after the distributor received four reports of choking in Canada.No serious injury has been reported but Health Canada and Edgewell Personal Care Canada say consumers should stop using the products and return them for a refund.They say the choking risk comes from a clear plastic coating that can peel or bubble from the surface of the plates or bowls.The products feature brightly coloured designs and are sold separately or in sets with plastic cups and cutlery.Further information is available through Health Canada at http://bit.ly/2yIDZeHThe products had been on the market in Canada since January 2010, with about 1.9 million units sold here and 3.6 million units distributed in the United States.No incidents or injuries in the United States have been reportedlast_img read more

Soldier killed as Pak army violates ceasefire along LoC in Rajouri

first_imgJammu: An Army soldier was killed when Pakistan violated the ceasefire by heavily shelling forward areas and posts along the Line of Control with mortar bombs in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district Thursday, officials said. Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Keri belt of Sunderbani sector this morning, they said. One soldier was was killed in Pakistani firing, they added. Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.last_img

SDMC cleans Nizamuddin Dargah area after HC order

first_imgNew Delhi: The central zone of South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Sunday undertook massive clean-up operations near Nizamuddin Dargah and Humayun Tomb area in an attempt to remove illegal encroachments that were causing major traffic congestion problems in the area. This action from the municipality comes after the Delhi High Court demanded that substantive measures be taken to this effect based on a plea filed by the Jamia Arabia Nizamia Welfare Educational Society (JANWES). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDuring the clearing operation, SDMC stated that they demolished 42 temporary sheds and ‘tripals’ and removed several petty articles including iron grills, benches, and refrigerators. Officers from the Licensing and Health and Veterinary departments along with Delhi Police staffers carried out the clearance operations in what SDMC said was an attempt to ease traffic congestion in the streets leading towards the Dargah. The SDMC said that they also issued notices to two kiosks in the area, asking occupiers to remove them, failing which central zone officials will take necessary steps. However, this comes on the back of repeated orders from the High Court regarding clearing up the area, according to an observation made by a bench last week. While hearing the JANWES plea, the court had noted that SDMC and police officials were busy blaming each other and thus delaying clearance operations. It had asked SDMC Commissioner and DCP Traffic to appear before it on April 16.last_img read more

EC urged to take action against PMs asset declaration

first_imgNew Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera on Tuesday questioned the prime minister’s assets and raised doubts over “alleged irregularities” in the property declared by the Prime Minister himself in an affidavit.The Congress has urged the Election Commission to take action against Narendra Modi’s past affidavit. A delegation of Congress party also submitted a memorandum to EC in this regard. The Congress accused the Prime Minister of furnishing contradictory information regarding his assets in Gandhinagar. According to the party, PM Modi has submitted differing details of the same property in different affidavits. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress allegation came after public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored probe into the “irregularities” in the affidavits submitted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PIL was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist Saket Gokhale. In his petition, Gokhale has claimed that PM Modi had previously mentioned a plot of land in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar that was allocated to the former Gujarat CM by the state government in his 2007 affidavit for the Gujarat Assembly elections. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAs per Congress spokesperson, in an election affidavit in 2007, Modi declared that he was the sole owner of Plot 411 in Sector 1, prime property in Gandhinagar. “Modi listed the area of the plot as 326.22 square metres and the cost of its purchase as Rs 1.3 lakh. Based on the market rates prevailing in Gandhinagar, this plot is presently worth about Rs 1.18 crore. Modi was the then CM of Gujarat and had also declared in his affidavit that he had spent Rs 30,363 to construct on the piece of the same land,” Khera told reporters while addressing a Press conference. However, the property did not find mention in the prime minister’s affidavit for the 2012 state elections or the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Instead, PM Modi declared 1/4th ownership of another property in the same area. The former plot of land was missing in PM Modi’s 2016 and 2017 asset declarations as well. According to Gokhale, the land records still indicate PM Modi’s name. The petition has been filed under Article 19(1)(a) (freedom of speech and expression) of the Indian Constitution.last_img read more

FFACE attempts to break beauty stereotypes

first_imgFACE, one of the prominent talent management brands of Eastern India announced its new endeavor called ‘FFACE Anokhi’ digitally powered by Facebook at The Brewhive recently. The logo of ‘FFACE Anokhi’ was unveiled in the presence of renowned actress Rachana Banerjee, Swastika Dutta and well known actor Sean Banerjee along with Neil Roy, Founder-Director of FFACE, Paromita Ghosh, Strategic Consultant-Director of FFACE, Indroneel Mukherjee, Fashion Director of FFACE and model turned actor Falaque Rashid Roy who is making her debut in Raj Chakraborty’s upcoming film Parineeta, also the Marketing Director for FFACE. Also Read – The Puja carnivalFFACE Anokhi is a platform which promotes the concept ‘Beauty Has No Shape’. Anokhi challenges body shaming and brings out the true essence of womanhood. This is FFACE’s first international venture collaborating with Ocenic Media Solutions for the Bangladesh segment. Speaking on the occasion, Neil Roy, Founder – Director of FFACE said, “Beauty is not superficial. It comes from within. Any person with a good heart, talent and confidence is always beautiful irrespective of age and body shape. All that women need, is a platform to express their talent. So, we, at FFACE are giving them from every sphere of the society the platform to showcase their talent.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraTalking about fashion, Indroneel Mukherjee, Fashion Director of FFACE said, “Fashion is not very constant and it keeps on changing. It is basically a trend that goes around for a certain period, but beauty is constant. Beauty is the confidence that lets you carry a particular trend of fashion. And, that is exactly what we are looking forward to.” Paromita Ghosh, Strategic Consultant – Director of FFACE said, “Through this initiative, we hope that we would be able to encourage women to be confident enough to carry themselves the way they are and not feel inferior because of any stereotypical factors of beauty”. The beauty pageant will take place across Bangladesh and Eastern India and will commence with registrations from May 20. After the registration period, auditions will start from July. Initially after auditions in Bangladesh and India, 20 participants will be selected from each country. Out of 20 women the top 10 participants of each country will be selected for the final round, who will compete for the crown at a location outside India and Bangladesh.last_img read more

Siamese twins win separate vote rights

first_imgPatna: Two young women conjoined at the head since birth have earned the right to be treated as separate individuals with independent voting rights. Sabah and Farah (23), who live in Samanpura locality of Patna, would be casting their votes on Sunday as per their respective choices unlike the 2015 Assembly polls when their names were inscribed on a single voter ID card and their vote was treated as one.”The twins cannot be denied their individuality on account of the way they are physically. They have different minds, different opinions and choices. Therefore, this time they have been issued separate voter ID cards and they will be allowed to cast their votes by turns,” said Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi on Saturday.last_img

World Cup Crib Notes Day 7

There’s really only one competitive match on the docket Wednesday, but it’s an intriguing one.Australia vs. Netherlands: 12 p.m. EDTSpain vs. Chile: 3 p.m. EDTCameroon vs. Croatia: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities. IN DEPTHThe best matchup of the day — by far — is La Furia Roja versus La Roja, Spain against Chile, a clash that could have huge implications for the advancement scenarios of Group B. Here’s the big one: If Chile wins and the Netherlands wins or draws against Australia (a 91.5 percent proposition, according to the FiveThirtyEight prediction model), Spain will be eliminated and fail to advance to the knockout round, a shocking fate for the reigning champs and one of the leading pre-tournament favorites.How did we get here? Chile took care of business in its opener against Australia, beating the Socceroos 3-1 behind a great game from Alexis Sanchez, the best Chilean player according to our Soccer Power Index (SPI) player ratings. Meanwhile, Spain … um, how can we put this? Spain could have had a better second half against the Netherlands. In fact, after being slaughtered by the Dutch, Vicente del Bosque’s side dropped from third in the SPI rankings on Friday morning to eighth on Wednesday — one spot behind Chile.Spain came into the tournament with the best SPI defensive rating of any team in the world, but it must get a vastly improved performance out of goalkeeper Iker Casillas and its back line if it’s to beat Chile, SPI’s fifth-best team on offense. Spain’s World Cup future could depend on it.The next-closest match figures to be Cameroon versus Croatia, in what our numbers predict will be a low-scoring affair. Croatia is coming off a defeat against Brazil that was equal measures frustrating and promising; it conceded three goals, including two to Neymar (one coming after a somewhat questionable penalty call), but also held a lead for 18 minutes and was able to generate chances at the other end of the pitch. If Croatia beats Cameroon on Wednesday, advancement is still a possibility (although Mexico’s tie with Brazil on Tuesday didn’t help the Croatian cause). Meanwhile, Cameroon hung tough against Mexico in its first outing, and a 1-0 loss against a top-25 team wasn’t a bad debut for a side SPI considers one of the worst in the World Cup field. But it’s not going to get much easier for the Indomitable Lions — Croatia is a solid favorite against them here, and, of course, Brazil waits in the wings.Brazil isn’t going to lose a lot of sleep over that one, nor is the heavily favored Netherlands going to fret about Wednesday’s match against Australia. Our model gives the Dutch a 73.6 percent probability of winning, and in concert with Chile’s chances of a win or draw against Spain, that means there’s a 47.5 percent chance the Netherlands cruises into the knockout stage before the day is done.YesterdayBrazil entered Tuesday 6-0-0 all-time in World Cup play against CONCACAF teams. In fact, Costa Rica was the only CONCACAF side ever to score against Brazil in the World Cup (in the 2002 group stage). And Brazil has had particular success against Mexico, winning all three of their previous World Cup matches for a total goal margin of 11-0.Although Mexico didn’t score on Tuesday, El Tri became the first team from outside UEFA/CONMEBOL to take a point from Brazil in the World Cup.Based on the statistics, Mexico’s going scoreless doesn’t appear all that surprising. Mexico had four shots in the first half, all from outside the penalty area, and none was on target. Mexico managed just four touches in the attacking penalty area in the first half; Brazil had 13. Mexico ended the match with an average shot distance of 28.5 yards, the second-longest in a match thus far.Much more surprising was Brazil’s failure to find the back of the net. According to SPI, the odds of Mexico holding Brazil scoreless were just 4.8 percent. The star of the match was Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who has led or tied for the lead in saves in France’s Ligue 1 each of the last three seasons playing for AC Ajaccio. Ochoa ended the match with six saves, tied for the most by a Mexican goalkeeper in any World Cup since 1966.Perhaps Ochoa’s best save was a diving stop of a Neymar header in the 26th minute. Neymar was the driving force for Brazil in the match, leading the team in shots (three) and shots on target (two), as well as chances created (four). Yet it was all for naught.By defying the odds and picking up a precious point, Mexico’s chances of advancing to the knockout round increased from 58.7 percent to 80.2 percent. — Jacob Nitzberg, statistics analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHLet’s play a word association game. What country do you think of when you hear about kangaroos? Vegemite? “Mate”? What about tulips? Windmills? Coffee shops?Yes, Australia and the Netherlands both have pretty distinct international identities. But does the two countries’ relationship confirm these stereotypes? OECD data provides some interesting insights. The largest single export from Australia to the Netherlands in 2011 was rapeseed (used for animal feed, vegetable oil and biodiesel) at 24 percent, followed by coal at 22 percent — in case the Dutch get inspired to throw some shrimp on the barbie. The Netherlands’ main exports to Australia were machines and chemical products, but there was also $258 million in tobacco exports and $225 million in flower, bulb, seed and live plant exports in 2011, so it looks like the Dutch are learning from the Aussies, as well. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGSpain Must Beat Chile If It Hopes to Advance in the World CupThe End of Ghana’s Golden GenerationUSMNT’s Bald Eagle of Glory, John Anthony BrooksCLARIFICATION (June 18, 11:30 a.m.): An earlier version of this post was confusing on the Netherlands’ chances of beating or drawing against Australia. The chance of a Dutch win in Wednesday’s match is 73.6 percent, and the chance of a draw is 17.9 percent. That means the chance of the Netherlands winning or drawing against Australia is 91.5 percent. read more