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Colombia Combats Illegal Gold Mining

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo December 18, 2017 The Colombian Armed Forces conducted a coordinated operation against illegal mining along the Atrato, Quito, and San Pablo rivers, in the department of Chocó. Authorities seized nine mines and confiscated five engines used for illegal mining of mineral deposits, along with 15 excavators and dredges. The October-November 2017 operation struck a financial blow valued at more than $4.2 million to the Gulf Clan Organized Armed Group. “We work on destroying machinery used for the illicit extraction of mineral deposits,” Colombian Army Brigadier General Mauricio Moreno Rodríguez, commander of Joint Task Force Titán, that led the operation, told Diálogo. “Dredgers [are] a constant presence; they do alluvial gold extraction, which is the type of gold present in the department of Chocó.” “Ground and riverine troops identify sites where illegal mining takes place. The Colombian Air Force gives us aerial photographs and real-time direct imagery, because these teams move,” Colombian Marine Corps Major Luis Ángel López Ardila, riverine operations coordinator of Joint Task Force Titán, told Diálogo. “These ‘dragons’ [two-story dredges] and construction equipment are moving elements; here today, but 8 or 10 kilometers away tomorrow.” Precious metal Ancestral communities carry out artisanal gold mining with techniques of small environmental impact. Criminal groups, however, favor mechanizing the process to increase production, as they profit from extorting miners. They charge for metal production and sales. “To build [a mine] or have access with one of these ‘dragon’ [miners] pay between $16,000 and $20,000,” Brig. Gen. Moreno said. “During the mining process, a criminal climbs into each ‘dragon’ and charges for each pound of gold. A ‘dragon’ produces 4 or 5 pounds per week, and [miners] have to hand over about half a pound per week, [equivalent to] $10,000 when sold.” The devastation The neotropical region of Chocó, known as biogeographic Chocó, is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Colombia is a megadiverse country—one of 14 in the world harboring one out of every 10 species of known flora and fauna. However, the damage from extractive activities without an environmental management plan already left a mark. “We’ve been looking for the main sites, where indiscriminate pollution goes on, and managed to detect dredges,” Brig. Gen. Moreno said. “If it is done on an industrial scale, dredging the riverbed, that requires deforestation. We believe that one single ‘dragon’ causes environmental damage or eliminates 4 to 5 hectares per week.” Atrato River, a subject of rights Gold mining requires mercury and cyanide, chemical substances whose use in small quantities causes major pollution. Local residents, whether they work in gold mining or not, end up with high doses of mercury in their bodies. Faced with this situation, several communities came together and convinced the Constitutional Court to hand down Sentence T-622/16, an unprecedented verdict in Colombia, recognizing the Atrato River as a subject of rights. The sentence forces several entities to protect and clean up the river. The ruling urges the Ministry of National Defense to neutralize and eradicate illegal mining in the Atrato River and its tributaries. “The sentence says that 21 of the 23 species of fish in the Atrato River are contaminated with mercury and unsuitable for human consumption,” Maj. López said. “Likewise, several studies by CODECHOCÓ [Autonomous Regional Corporation for Sustainable Development of Chocó], the environmental agency of the department of Chocó, and several universities determined that the percentage of mercury in people who have regular contact with the river in this area is very high and dangerous for humans.” In 2017, the Colombian government increased the number of strikes against illegal mining by 11 from 2016. According to figures Maj. López gave Diálogo, the 38 operations against illegal mining in 2017 resulted in 73 arrests, the seizure of 45 illegal mines, 42 backhoes, 52 dredges, one bulldozer, two sorting grids, two motorboats, and 27,460 gallons of fuel.last_img read more

Chapman retains North of England crown

first_img England squad player Adam Chapman retained his North of England amateur championship crown with a polished performance at Pannal Golf Club, Yorkshire. Chapman opened with an impressive eight-under par 64 and followed up with a second round 69 for a 36-hole total of 11-under 133. He won the Shaw Salver by two shots from Jack Gaunt of Drayton Park and Lindrick’s Bailey Gill. Victory at the end of the season tasted particularly sweet for Chapman, who has been disappointed with his form in 2015. “I’ve had a poor season which started off badly and got a little bit better as time went on,” he said. “I’ve not putted well for most of the year so I’m pleased to have ended with a win,” said the Windermere player, who has now won three major events in successive years at Pannal. He said: “I’ve played nicely this week, hitting fairways in the first round and making good positions count. The putts were dropping too which was a relief.” Chapman added: “I played sensibly and felt comfortable throughout. I hit a few ropey drives, but recovered well and I felt I left a few putts out there to be honest.” Gaunt provided a firm challenge shooting under par rounds of 71 and 64 to put the pressure on. Lindrick’s Gill also put up an impressive performance with rounds of 67 and 68 to equal Gaunt’s total, two strokes behind the winner. Meanwhile, Yorkshire lifted the County Plate for securing the best score after 36 holes by two members of the squad – Bailey Gill and James Walker (The Oaks) – with the latter finishing birdie, birdie, eagle. Bad weather hindered this year’s championship, scheduled as a three-day, 72 hole event. Organisers had to make changes and reduce play to 36 holes due to thick fog that stubbornly refused to lift each morning. Next year’s championship will be held at Alwoodley GC, Leeds Click here for full results  Caption: Adam Chapman with Yorkshire past president John Shaw and his wife, Gill, who gave the trophy. (Image © 2 Oct 2015 Chapman retains North of England crown last_img read more

Canucks Ground Ducks In Shootout To Win Seventh Straight

first_img Chris Higgins continued his solid play on the third line and tallied a goal, his fifth in the last four games.  He’s playing extremely well the last 20 games or so.  Since a great third line is often the difference in the playoffs, having to play responsibly defensively and chip in with the odd goal here and there, his good play (along with Sammy Pahlsson and the reinvigorated Jannik Hansen) is imperative for the team’s success. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s ( west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks completed a late-season five game homestand by winning their seventh consecutive game with a 5-4 shootout win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena.  The Canucks remain in first place in the Western Conference, extending their lead over second-place St. Louis to three points, with the Blues holding a game in hand.  It was the Canucks’ 50th win of the season.Alex Burrows led the Canucks offensively with two goals, while linemate Henrik Sedin continued his recent torrid pace with another two assists.  Dan Hamhuis also added a couple of helpers.  Bobby Ryan led the Ducks with a three assist night, with rookie Devante Smith-Pelly also adding two assists.The Canucks spent most of the first two periods chasing the Ducks, as they fell behind 1-0, 2-1, and 4-2, before coming back to tie the game on each occasion.  Max Lapierre scored with 1:27 left in the second period to bring the Canucks level for the final time. Vancouver starter Roberto Luongo was pulled after the Ducks scored their fourth goal at 7:03 of the second period, with backup Cory Schneider entering the game to hold the fort while the Canucks pressed Anaheim.  The Canucks outshot the Ducks 24-9 after the goalie switch.Although they held a marked edge in shots in the third period and in overtime, the Canucks were not able to solve Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller to earn the victory before the skills competition. The Canucks scored on all three opportunities in the shootout, with Burrows, Alex Edler, and Lapierre all scoring.  Teemu Selanne, playing for perhaps the last time in Vancouver, scored the Ducks’ only shootout goal.Overall, this was a sloppy, poorly played affair.  There were numerous mistakes in the defensive zone by both teams, which led to many of the goals scored.  In the first two periods, it seemed that every mistake wound up in the back of the offending team’s net. The Canucks were especially poor in their own end.  Marc-Andre Gragnani, who had been playing better defensively of late, was horrid, as he was on the ice for three of the four Anaheim goals.  He was blatantly caught out of position on two of the goals and was just standing around, watching, on the third. GOALTENDING “CONTROVERSY”Most of the chatter as a result of this game surrounded the goaltending change by coach Alain Vigneault and the crowd’s resulting reaction, as they cheered the move and booed Luongo.  Luongo was beaten five-hole on three of the goals, and went down early and left his post on a power play goal by Corey Perry. As noted above, the defense was very bad and these breakdowns left the Ducks with point-blank chances – Luongo didn’t whiff on any of these and realistically they were all difficult, in-close shots to stop.  That said, he really didn’t look very good tonight, and the bottom line is that he needs to make a save on one or two of them. He ended up allowing his four goals in 27 minutes on only 15 shots.  The numbers don’t lie – he just wasn’t very good tonight. Andrew Ebbett played again tonight on the fourth line with Manny Malhotra and Kassian.  I don’t expect he’ll be in the lineup come playoff time either, but clearly these games right now are for Vigneault to get guys into games so they have some legs under them if they are called upon in the playoffs. Gragnani needs only one more game played in order for the Canucks to avoid him becoming a Group 6 (unrestricted) free agent.  They have been playing him a lot more than he deserves to achieve this goal.  Based on his play, I’d be surprised if we see much of him in the playoffs. Lapierre has played so well on the Sedin line that I’d like to see AV try him on the second line with Kesler and Booth when Daniel comes back.  He may be able to provide them some spark. Conversely, the second line continues to struggle and was a combined minus-7 tonight with only one assist.  After showing some promise a week ago, Mason Raymond has reverted back to his previous malaise. The forwards had a slightly more unbalanced workload tonight as a result of the 10 minutes of power play time. That said, it’s not really appropriate for the fans to boo him.  He’s been on an absolute tear lately and has been standing on his head, and the fans should keep this in mind. When at his best, Luongo is close to unbeatable and is truly an elite NHL goaltender – and lately, for the most part, he’s been at his best.The fan base is punchy primarily as a result of his gaffes in last year’s Stanley Cup Final – and that is understandable.  I’ve long contended that you can usually tell, very early, whether or not Luongo’s on his game. After the second goal tonight, I thought it looked like he was a bit off, but didn’t call for him to be pulled because of the fact this game was relatively meaningless.  After the fourth goal went in, however, I fully applauded Vigneault’s decision.As it turned out, it was the right decision – the team started to play much better and they were able to tie it before the second intermission.  In addition, Luongo was spared falling on his sword even more than he already had.  The team generally has the utmost trust in Luongo, and I’m sure he’ll bounce back in his next start.Is there a goaltending controversy?  I don’t think so, as I think Luongo has earned the right to get the nod when the playoffs start.  That said, when the games really start to matter, I fully believe that Luongo should be kept on a very short leash. As I noted, when he’s good, he’s great – but when he’s bad, he’s really bad.  The Canucks can’t afford to have “really bad” Luongo in net in the playoffs, especially when their #2 option is near the top of the league in save percentage and is generally regarded as the best non-starter NHL goaltender. Watch for AV to get a read on Luongo very quickly if he lets in a couple of goals early or in quick succession in the postseason. GAME OBSERVATIONS While the Canucks showed a lot of jam in climbing back into the game tonight, their power play had numerous chances to help out or put them ahead in the third and it was again unable to get the job done, going 0 for 5.  The Canucks’ power play has absolutely deserted them.  Since the Boston game in early January, the Canucks have played 31 games and are 12 for 82 on the power play, for 14.6%.  Those numbers are horrible. Rookie winger Zack Kassian left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury and did not return.  Vigneault said after the game that he was “in playoff mode” and only said that he was day to day.  The Canucks may have to consider calling someone like Byron Bitz up from Chicago as the playoffs start. The PP is not getting a lot of production out of the first unit, especially lately as Daniel Sedin is out and Ryan Kesler is struggling.  The second unit, which consisted tonight of Burrows, Raymond, and either Booth or Higgins looks lost as it doesn’t have a true playmaker.  Both units seriously need to start just standing in front of the net and working the puck there, hoping for rebounds and greasy goals. The Ducks have a lot of talent for an 11th place team, and it’s somewhat unbelievable that they are in the predicament they are in.  I know that Hiller wasn’t himself (or was out altogether) until after Christmas, but one would think a team with the names this one has would be able to put something together.  It’s astounding that Ryan Getzlaf has only 10 goals and 45 assists – he’s a world class player. IF THIS WERE A PLAYOFF GAMEA lazy win, in a shootout, where the team overcame a weaker opponent and needed a shootout to secure the two points.  Also, the goaltending was substandard.  Unfortunately, if this game were a playoff game, it would have been a loss.  Canucks are now 7-4 in the past 11 games since I began assessing them this way. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Night:  TSN did the broadcast and I was surprised at how protective they were of Luongo.  In my opinion, it’s very important for the media to present an unbiased view, especially on a national broadcaster.Therefore, I was disappointed when respected studio analyst Bob McKenzie defended Luongo in the second intermission and chided the fans for giving him a bad time. Even though the goals Luongo allowed to get past him were prime scoring chances, and it’s arguable as to how much he could have done about them, when you are beaten through the legs three times, you just aren’t at the top of your game. In the post-game scrum, Luongo even admitted as such. For McKenzie to go on about how the fans should cut him slack and not express their displeasure, all the while defending his play on the night, is just wrong.I would have had no problem with McKenzie defending him for his recent play, or what he’s brought to the franchise, or for his pedigree, etc.  However, it’s incorrect to turn around and say the goals were completely not his fault.  The influence of the broadcaster on the fan base is quite large, if the action on twitter is any indication.Looking ahead: The Canucks play Edmonton and Calgary to finish out the season.  They control their own destiny as pertains to finishing first in the conference, as two wins will get them the first seeding and home ice advantage.last_img read more

Leafs ride hat-trick performance by Wilkinson to salvage weekend split

first_imgFriday, Nelson saw Tanner Cochrane score three times to lead the Knights to the surprise win.North Okanagan scored three goals in a five minutes span late in the first period to erase a 1-0 deficit and take a 3-1 lead after one frame.Wilkinson cut the lead to 3-2 before Blake Culbert scored to regain the two-goal advantage for the Knights.Seconds before Culbert’s goal, newly signed Troy Petrick was thwarted by a toe save from Knights goalie Mitch Profeit.The smooth-skating Petrick undressed the defenceman at the North Okanagan blueline, then another Knights player before skating in on the opposition goal.Petrick had Profeit beat but the North Okanagan goalie just got the toe of his skate on the puck to stop the Leaf forward.Tyler Moffat and Rebagliati split the netminding duties for Nelson, out shot 28-18.Nelson hosts the Spokane Braves in a rare mid-week game Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: Troy Petrick, a graduate of Nelson Minor Hockey, is back in the Heritage City to conclude his junior hockey career. The local product played a handful of games with the Leafs during its playoff run in 2010 before leaving for the Dawson Creek Rage of the Northern America Hockey League. He played 14 games in 2012-13 for the Salmon Arm. . . . Dawson Creek Rage folded its hockey operations in the NAHL this spring. . . .Robson Cramer, Travis Wellman and Jamie Vlanich each added two assists for Nelson against Kelowna. . . . Carsen Willans, kept off the scoresheet Friday, had his point streak end at eight games. Willans had an assist Saturday. The Nelson Leafs salvaged a weekend split in a dramatic way Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Alec Wilkinson scored his third goal of the game in the final minutes of the third period sparking the Leafs to a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Chiefs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The win avenged a 4-2 loss Friday against the North Okanagan Knights.“We do tend to leave it to the end of the game,” Wilkinson said when asked about his late-game heroics.“The whole game was pretty close and we just came out strong at the end and we ended up winning the game.”Wilkinson was the recipient of some gritty work behind the net by teammate Jamie Vlanich.The skillful center man won the puck behind the Kelowna net, then put a back door pass onto the stick of Wilkinson.“It was all (Jamie) Vlanich,” Wilkinson exclaimed. “He went behind the net and passed me the puck. The goalie didn’t even see where the puck was and had no idea he passed it to me. All I had to do was tap the puck into the net.”Nelson had a better start Saturday, out shooting the Chiefs 23-9 in the opening frame.Wilkinson and Cole Arcuri scored 10 minutes into the game to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead.However, a 10-second lapse allowed Jagger Bowles and Adam Beatty to tie the game.Kelowna took a 3-2 lead in the second before Wilkinson scored his second of the game late in the frame to even the game at 3-3.Nelson out shot the Chiefs 40-21, making a winner out of Brad Rebagliati in the Leafs net.The win keeps the Leafs, 21-2-1-3 on the season, eight points in front of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch Division standings.Nelson is tied for the overall lead in the KIJHL with Kamloops Storm. Each team has 46 points.last_img read more

Huskies open season with OT win

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies opened the 2008-09 regular season with a dramatic 6-5 win over the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks on Friday night. New arrival Dustin Heitman scored the first goal of the season, and the only goal of the first period. He knocked in a Paydon Wongstedt rebound, for a powerplay goal – his first as a Husky. Dawson Creek’s Reid Smith scored early in the second, but then the Huskies poured it on, scoring 3 unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead into the dressing room after 40 minutes. The lead would not last. Dawson Creek came out hard in the third, taking advantage of some sloppy play in the Fort St. John zone, to score 4 goals and take a 5-4 lead. Coach Bob Kalb on the third period collapse. [asset|aid=330|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ca95e6047c4e070de20b46eee0f077b9-bob-1_1_Pub.mp3] But, the Huskies would fight back. With 3 1/2 minutes remaining, and Fort St. John on a powerplay, Paydon Wongstedt powered from the right corner towards the front of the net. His attempt was blocked by goalie Cody Garnett, but the rebound bounced to newcomer Jason Arnouse, who banged it home to tie the game 5-5. Arnouse only arrived in Fort St. John on Thursday, and describes why and how he ended up in Fort St. John. [asset|aid=331|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ca95e6047c4e070de20b46eee0f077b9-Jason-1_1_Pub.mp3] As the third period ended, a small scuffle broke out in the neutral zone, and Dawson Creek’s Reid Smith was singled out. His roughing penalty gave the Huskies a 4 on 3 advantage to open the five minute overtime. The penalty would prove costly. With 50 seconds gone in overtime, another Paydon Wongstedt shot was blocked, with a tantalizing rebound lying in the crease for what seemed like several seconds, before Cody Kalb muscled it in to win the game for FSJ. Cody reflects on the winning goal [asset|aid=332|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ca95e6047c4e070de20b46eee0f077b9-cody-1_1_Pub.mp3] Bob and Cody Kalb reflect on Jason Arnouse [asset|aid=333|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ca95e6047c4e070de20b46eee0f077b9-bob-2_1_Pub.mp3] [asset|aid=334|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ca95e6047c4e070de20b46eee0f077b9-cody-2_1_Pub.mp3] The Huskies ended up going 3/9 on the powerplay, with Dawson Creek going 1/5. Husky goals were scored by Dustin Heitman, Tyson Pederson, Luke McInerney (a beautiful move, only 11 seconds after Pederson’s), Jonathan Spence, Jason Arnouse, and Cody Kalb. Paydon Wongstedt had 3 assists, while Steven Fast had 2 helpers. Coach Kalb says he was happy with the play of Andrew Van der Merwe in goal, but he plans to give newcomer Zachary Blain the start on Saturday. Saturday’s game starts at 8 pm at the NPA, against the Grande Prairie Wheelers.- Advertisement –last_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 [email protected]last_img 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

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re yet to find a playing identity

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re yet to find a playing identityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits they’re yet to find a playing identity.The Gunners head to St Mary’s on Sunday to face Southampton for the first match of four in the space of 10 days.”I think it’s a very big match like every match in the Premier League,” Emery said. “Southampton have some very good players and a new coach who has good experience and good performances in Germany.”On Sunday I think they are going to push against us a lot. We need to prepare very well for the match with a very big personality because we want to be consistent.”Every challenge is to continue doing that and Sunday is a big challenge and a big match, and also we are looking forward to continuing our improvement and good moment knowing that it’s difficult. “Every match gives us a struggle in terms of work and continuing in our way. Against Southampton on Sunday, it’s about preparing for a different match. We need to create a stronger identity and our personality is getting better in each game. We are playing games our way.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Diana Shipping Secures Time Charter for Capesize Bulker

first_imgzoom Greece-based Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services from Geneva for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the M/V New Orleans.As informed, the gross charter rate for the 180,960 dwt ship is USD 21,000 per day for a period of minimum eleven to maximum thirteen months.The charter is expected to commence on March 25, 2018.The 2015-built Capesize bulker is currently chartered to Koch Shipping at a gross charter rate of USD 11,250 per day.“This employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 6.93 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter,” according to Diana Shipping.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently comprises 50 dry bulk vessels with a combined carrying capacity of 5.8 million dwt and a weighted average age of 8.58 years.last_img read more