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Salient notes from Euro footy Weekend

first_imgZidane made a winning return to the Bernabue (Agency Photo)1- Bookmakers Wrong On Uefa Seeding:Bookmakers have Manchester City as favourites to win this year’s Champions League ahead of Barcelona, with Juventus rated third.They are wrong to rate City ahead of Barcelona. First off, as Citizens boss Pep Guardiola himself admits, his team are teenagers in the competition.Rating a side whose best ever finish was a semifinals place is a tad naive. Secondly, City don’t have Lionel Messi. The world’s best player is peaking at the right time, thanks to rest he was getting earlier in the season.And thirdly, City don’t boast a strike partnership as fearsome as Messi and Suarez. Those two have developed a telepathic understanding and are both better attackers than anyone on the Etihad Stadium payroll.2- Why La Liga ought to be renamed Blagrualiga: You’ve probably heard of the term Bayernsliga used to refer to Germany’s top flight league, thanks to Bayern Munich’s overriding dominance.Can someone please coin a similar moniker for Spain’s Liga Santander?Such is FC Barcelona’s dominance, we’re soon forgetting that Primera Liga is supposed to be a duopoly akin to the Old Firm – Celtic and Rangers.Barcelona’s 4-1 victory over Real Betis means Blagruana are cantering to their ninth Liga Santander title in twelve seasons (shame upon Real Madrid).Coinage on the lines of Blagrualiga would not be too far off the mark.3- Zidane good news for Real:  The magnetic power of Zinedine Zidane was apparent as he guided the record Spanish and European champions to victory over Celta Vigo within 48 hours of his reappointment to the Santiago Bernabeu hot seat.The entire Los Blancos squad was clearly pulling in the same direction for the man who won three consecutive Champions League titles before taking a sabbatical ten months ago.The biggest loser from Zizou’s arrival is Thibaut Courtois whose place in goal has reverted to multiple Champions League winner Keylor Navas. Otherwise, Isco, Gareth Bale and Marcelo; who had all been frozen out by Santiago Solari, are back and firing on all cylinders.4- Championship teams have Anti-Pep template: For the fourth time in the space of two seasons, I witnessed a Championship side stand toe to toe with Premier League champions Manchester City in a manner most EPL sides are incapable of.Swansea pushed City all the way in Saturday’s FA Cup match and only fell courtesy of an offside Sergio Aguero goal. Even the Argentine’s equaliser that drew the Citizens level at 2-2 came thanks to a dubious penalty.Lower division teams definitely face Pep Guardiola’s trailblazers without fear. I saw it twice with Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers last season.To stand a chance against City, opponents must out-work, out-run and out-duel them mentally. Besides, they must have six defensive players stationed within their 18-yard box.5- Sarri deserves second season: Chelsea fans are once again up in arms because their side fell 0-2 to Everton to miss the chance of leapfrogging Manchester United on the EPL table.The Pensioners’ inability to finish off numerous chances created in the opening stanza was their undoing.That is not something for which you can blame beleaguered manager Maurizio Sarri. In fact, as Sarri noted in his post-match comments, the opening 45 minutes at Goodison Park were the best the Londoners have played all season.All that was missing were goals. Instead of hiring and firing, Chelsea would benefit from giving Sarri another crack next season.The football Sarri teaches is good to watch. It just needs a little tweaking and we shall have Chelsealona.Comments Tags: Allan Ssekamatelast_img read more

Painting a little piece of history

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From the history of “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley to the signing of the Greenville Treaty, Darke County has no shortage of history to celebrate. What better way to showcase the county by painting a little piece of history on historic barns?“Obviously we live in an area where agriculture is our number one job maker, and I couldn’t think of a better way to highlight that agricultural heritage while also giving notice to a lot of the historical things in Darke County,” said Matt Staugler executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau (DCVB).Darke County is widely known for its historical and agricultural value in Ohio, so combining the two in a unique way just seemed to make sense. Over the summer two projects were completed along State Route 127 showcasing old barns with paintings representative of Darke County.“The concept has been around for a little while, but what sparked it for us was Ohio History Connection (Ohio Historical Society) who did the Rutherford B. Hayes barn painting,” Staugler said. “After starting the process of setting a theme and looking for a barn, it just so happened that Ohio History Connection was also looking at barns down here for Annie Oakley.“After the partnership between the DCVB and Ohio History Connection artist Scott Hagan — who painted all of the Ohio Bicentennial Barns — made his second trip to Darke County to paint the mural of Annie Oakley. In just four days the “Little Sure Shot” was up and completed for all of Darke County to see. Located not far from Annie Oakley’s memorial, the barn painting is located just south of the intersection of State Route 127 and 47 at the home farm of Bob and Donna Peters.“We have a ton of farms in Darke County, but a lot of the barns are sided over, and to keep that historical feel we wanted an old wooden barn,” Staugler said.Staugler put a post on social media seeking just the right barn and the daughter of the barn owners saw the post. The project took off from there.After finishing the first barn in June of 2016, the DCVB did not waste any time on working towards theirThose travelling down State Route 127 get to learn a little of the area’s historic barn painting. Just two months later they were celebrating the completion of their second barn painting located just south of North Star along State Route 127 on the property of Larry and Bonnie Barga.Nestled on a family property this second barn reads: “Welcome to Darke County” as a way to greet travelers during their visit.“It’s a barn that’s close enough to the northern edge of the county that as people come in it’s a great way to welcome visitors to Darke County,” Staugler said.The barn took only three days to finish and was completed by Hagan. With two barns down, the goal is to add more around Darke County.“There are plans for a third barn, we don’t know the topic or location yet, but this is an ongoing project,” Staugler said “We have an unlimited amount of topic ideas — it’s just the process of finding old wooden barns throughout Darke County that will take time. Our ultimate goal is to create a barn trail through Darke County. As people come down and go through Darke County, they see these barns and hope they notice the community pride and question what the origin is for that pride. Ultimately we want them to end up stopping to find out Darke County’s historical and agricultural value to Ohio.”After a few more years, Staugler expects to see more barn paintings in other parts of the county. He is hoping to complete one barn every year for the next five to seven years.As future plans continue, many old wooden barns throughout Darke County will be needed to continue with these historic paintings. For questions or more information please contact Staugler at (937) 548-5158 or read more

Great Lakes Conservation Connect to hold two workshops in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Farmland Trust, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Team, and Ohio’s Wood Soil & Water Conservation District have joined together to announce two Great Lakes Conservation Connect events on Jan. 22, 2019. In the morning, a women-dedicated learning circle will be held in Woodville, Ohio.This workshop will focus on identifying what future you want for your land, and how to achieve that by working with your farmer and your family. Learning Circles provide women the opportunity to meet other land owners, share their farm successes and challenges, discuss their goals for their land, and access advice and technical assistance. At this learning circle, women will have the opportunity to learn about how to start a plan for your land that fulfills your needs and your values. David Marrison, from OSU Extension, will be introducing tools and resources to help you gain a deeper knowledge of who to speak with.American Farmland Trust and Ohio State University Extension partnered together to lead a dinner session workshop for farmers with a focus on transitioning the farm business to the next generation. This evening workshop will follow the women learning circle workshop and will also feature special guest speaker, David Marrison. What will happen to your farm business when you can no longer run it? Come to this workshop to learn tips and tricks to foster family harmony during this critical part of your farming legacy. Learn how to strengthen relationships with your landowners to keep your operation together as it’s passed to the next generation.Women for the Land Workshop, Conservation values – your land as your legacy; Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Luckey Farmers, Inc., 1200 Main Street, Woodville, Ohio Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. Lunch is provided, and the program will end at 1:00 p.m. RSVP by 5:00 p.m., January 18th, by signing up online at or by calling (419) 354-5517.Farmer Workshop, Navigating the transfer of your farm business; Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the Wood County Jr. Fair Building, 13800 West Poe Road, Bowling Green, Ohio. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. Dinner is provided, and the program will end at 8:00 p.m. RSVP by 5:00 p.m., January 18th, by calling American Farmland Trust, Ashley (614) 430-8130.last_img read more

Russell joins Ohio Ag Net team

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net is excited to announce the addition of Dave Russell to the farm broadcasting team. Dave is a veteran farm broadcaster who has served agriculture in Indiana and Ohio for decades.“Dave brings a wealth of broadcast and agricultural knowledge to the team,” said Bart Johnson, owner of Ohio Ag Net. “I have known Dave for a long time and have always been impressed with his professionalism and his passion for agriculture. I am looking forward to his contributions to the team.”Russell began at WRFD in Columbus. He has since been a voice for Hoosier agriculture at WOWO in Ft. Wayne, Ind. and the Indiana voice for Tribune Radio Networks. In addition to his career in farm broadcasting, Russell worked in state government, serving as Agricultural Liaison for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and as Director Information/Public Relations for Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. Russell is a familiar emcee at events and for his work announcing cattle shows including the Ohio Beef Expo, Ohio State Fair and several BEST shows. He and his wife Elaine live in Hardin County. For Ohio Ag Net, Russell will be helping with the afternoon broadcast and covering agricultural events.last_img read more

A Cheat Sheet for Social Media Video Aspect Ratios

first_imgCreating videos to publish on social media? Keep up with the latest aspect ratio settings with this handy reference guide.There’s no doubt that social media is changing the online video game. Once arbitrary, the aspect ratios for these platforms are now transforming the media we create. Since viewers now encounter the the majority of the content we create on smart phones, it’s essential to keep up with social media trends and settings.If you work in the commercial world at all, you’ve probably already come across this shifting landscape. Many filmmakers and videographers are shooting advertisements in a way that they can utilize for multiple viewing platforms.In the past, platforms like Instagram used to be for amateur work; however, it is now a leading platform where a majority of visual artists promote themselves and their work. Breaking out of the 16:9 cinematic box (quite literally!) might seem wrong at first, but it can actually be quite freeing for your work.Get out of your comfort zone, and give a vertical crop a go on your next shoot!Aspect RatiosFacebookFacebook supports a variety of formats, including 16:9, 1:1 (carousel), 4:5, 2:3, and 9:16.4:5, 2:3, and 9:16 can be the most engaging since people tend to hold their phones upright (vertically) when using this app.Recommended Resolutions: 1080 x 1920 or 1920 x 1080.InstagramSupported ratios: 1:1 (square), 4:5 (vertical), 1.9:1 (1080 x 566), or 16:9 (landscape).Instagram Story requires 9:16.Recommended resolutions: 1920 x 1080 or 1080 x 1350 (for vertical).SnapchatSupported ratios: 9:16.Recommended Resolution: 1080 x 1920.TwitterSupported ratios: anything from 1:2:39 to 39:2:1.Recommended resolutions: landscape = 1280 x 720; Portrait = 640 x 640.And, just for fun, here is some more helpful information for uploading content to these outlets: Looking for more social media video tips and tricks? Check out these articles.How Social Media Has Redefined the Aspect RatioCreate a Social Media Bumper and Lower Third for Your VideosIs Downscaling 4K to 1080p Worth It After Online Compression?Get the Most out of Your Online Advertising BudgetGet More Views: 10 Basic Tips for Posting Online Videolast_img read more

Bike worth ₹15,000, rider fined ₹23,000

first_img Mr. Madan, who runs a newspaper advertisement agency in Gurugram, claimed that he was on his way to District and Sessions Court for work when he took off his helmet just a few metres before negotiating a turn on the service lane to the court. “A traffic policeman standing in the corner flagged me down for not wearing the helmet. I called a friend who is an advocate but before he could reach, the policeman asked me for the documents and issued the challan for the violations,” said Mr. Madan.He claimed that he had all the documents at home but the policeman allowed him only “10 minutes” to get the papers, which was not possible. Mr. Madan said he arranged a photo of the registration certificate on his WhatsApp, but not before the challan was issued.Digital copy allowedDeputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Himanshu Garg said it was mandatory to carry original vehicle documents, but carrying them in digital form in DigiLocker was also valid as per the law.“Not carrying the documents and not having them at all are two different offences with different penalties, although the penalty for the former is far less. In the present case, if the offender produces the original documents, the fine amount would be accordingly reduced,” said Mr. Garg.Amit, a resident of Jacobpura in Gurugram, was fined ₹24,000 at the same spot and for similar violations as Mr. Madan on Tuesday. On Monday, Mohammad Mustakil, an autorickshaw driver, was fined ₹32,500 for seven violations, including driving without a high security registration number plate. Man pays Rs. 23000 challam to Gurugram Traffic PoliceVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0002:2502:25  Man pays Rs. 23000 challan to Gurugram Traffic Policecenter_img A Delhi resident was on Monday fined ₹23,000 by the Gurugram traffic police under the amended Motor Vehicles Act for riding a two-wheeler without a licence, insurance papers, registrati-on certificate, pollution control certificate and helmet.The offender, Dinesh Madan, a resident of Geeta Colony, claimed that his two-wheeler was worth around ₹15,000. His vehicle was impounded as he was unable to pay the fine on the spot.Penalty for traffic violations under different heads has gone up several fold following the amendment to the law with effect from September 1.last_img read more

DFDS to Dispose of Liverpool Seaways

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Danish ferry and logistics company DFDS has entered into an agreement to sell a 1997-built combined freight and passenger ferry (RoPax).The 21,856 GT Liverpool Seaways will be bought by French shipping company La Meridionale.DFDS said the sale is expected to be completed in April 2020 with proceeds of around DKK 200 million (USD 29.5 million).As informed, the ferry is scheduled to be delivered to the new owner in April 2020.Liverpool Seaways is currently deployed in DFDS’ Baltic route network and is planned to be replaced by a ferry from DFDS’ existing fleet.According to DFDS, an accounting profit of around DKK 100 million will be recorded under special items. The sale has no material impact on the company’s outlook for 2019.In the second quarter of 2019, DFDS’ revenue and EBITDA increased by 9% and 4%, respectively. The growth was mainly driven by the expansion in the Mediterranean and higher passenger revenue.last_img read more

Derek Jeters Turn 2 Foundation Benefits From Kids Rock Fashion Show

first_imgThe second annual Kids Rock! Fashion Show presented by Haddad Brands, hit New York Fashion Week earlier this month with high-powered performances and appearances by celebrity athletes and their kids.Derek Jeter and his nephew at the Kids Rock! Fashion ShowThe Kids Rock! exclusive invite-only fashion show will took place at Terminal 23 @ Cafe Rouge featuring Spring 15 fashion looks from the Levi’s brand, Converse, Nike, Jordan, Hurley and Nike SB.The event was sponsored by Rookie USA, a premium kid’s retailer and global retail partner for Nike and Levi’s kids footwear and apparel. All proceeds of the event went to Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles.Guests included Derek Jeter, Sharlee Jeter, Carmelo and La La Anthony, JR Smith, Elaina Watley, Alexis Stoudemire, CC Sabathia and Amber Sabathia, Angie Martinez, Unlocking the Truth, Jacquie Lee and DJ KS.Celebrity Kid Models: Lil C, Jaden, Cyia, and Carter, the children of New York Yankee’s CC Sabathia and wife Amber; Amar’e Jr., Assata and Are Stoudemire, the children of New York Knick’s Amar’e Stoudemire and wife Alexis; Jalen Jeter-Martin, son of Sharlee Jeter and nephew of New York Yankee’s Derek Jeter; Kiyan Anthony, son of Carmelo Anthony and La La Anthony; Demi Smith, daughter of JR Smith; Kennedy Cruz, daughter of Victor Cruz and fiance Elaina Watley; and son of Angie Martinez, Niko Ruffin.Source:PR Newswirelast_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