How the land lies


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Area Farm Bureaus receive awards


first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Several county Farm Bureaus in the area have been recognized for outstanding performance.An awards program was held on December 9th to focus on the achievements of Indiana’s County Farm Bureaus.This year’s impact winners were honored for achievements in 4 categories, influential organization, issue engagement, public relations and education, and young farmers and youth.Decatur County was awarded the Influential organization award for its “Meet the Candidates” night for county commissioners and council.Franklin County was awarded in the Issue Engagement category for its involvement in the county’s livestock zoning discussions.In the Public Relations and Education category, Rush County received an award for its expanded Ag in the Classroom program.And Shelby County was awarded in the Young Farmer and Youth category for increasing youth involvement in the county board.Decatur, Franklin, Rush, and Shelby counties were also honored for achieving the highest level of performance in all categories since the inception of the program five years ago.last_img read more

From this Summer Kolasinac in Italian Club?


first_imgSead Kolašinac, football player of national football representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will continue his career in Italy.Schalke defender will be player of Gelsenkirchen until the summer and after his contract expires, he will sign for a European champion!According to the Italian media (Corriere dello Sport) Kolašinac made an oral agreement with Milan and from next season he will wear the shirt of this club!Apparently, the same agreement achieved Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal.This season, Kolasinac is one of the best players of Schalke and was elected in the ideal team of the first part of the season in the Bundesliga. He has played in 20 matches in the Bundesliga and scored three goals and five assists.(Source: faktor)last_img

Want to watch a meaningful game in October? Tune in to the Pirates


first_imgFormer Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward shakes hands with Steelers fans before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Chicago won 40-23.(AP Photo/Don Wright)Who would have thought that it would be the Pittsburgh Pirates who would be playing meaningful games in October and not the Pittsburgh Steelers? That appears to be the case after the embarrassing 40-23 defeat at home on Sunday night to the Chicago Bears. Once again the offense looked atrocious. While many will look at the stats and see that Big Ben threw for over 400 yards and had 2 TD passes, it was actually one of the worst games of his career. He tossed two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown and he fumbled two times, one of those also returned for a touchdown.  He was overthrowing open receivers and throwing behind his guys as well. It wasn’t a pretty display.  The offensive line didn’t help the cause, as per the norm as they allowed Roethlisberger to be sacked, hit and hurried all game long. It’s been said multiple times but Big Ben will not play in all 16 games at this rate. It’s not humanly possible to be beat up as much as he’s been beat up and to be able to play consistently each and every week.  It’s also nearly impossible to believe the Steelers don’t have a running game but they just don’t have one to speak of. Possibly when LeVeon Bell returns in a week or so the arrival of the running game will come along with him or perhaps it may take another rebuilding of the offensive line because this current group just doesn’t appear to have what it takes.The two bright spots on offense were the emergence of Antonio Brown and the return of Heath Miller. Brown got in Todd Haley’s face last week and demanded the ball more and boy did he deliver. Brown put up 9 catches for over 160 yards and two touchdowns. One touchdown, a one handed circus catch, was one of the best catches that will be made all season long.  The showboating down 17 points could have been done without, but he was on a mission to prove he should be considered a number one receiver in this league and at least for one night, he proved it.  Miller’s much anticipated return netted him three receptions. He is the security blanket in the passing game and he should become a larger factor each week as he continues to work his way back.Defensively Troy Polamalu again played like he was in his mid 20’s and he was able to disrupt some plays along the way. Polamalu proved he has no quit in him as he even blocked an extra point as the game was well in hand.  Other than that, the defense couldn’t get it done. With the momentum on the Steelers side, down 27-23, a stop could have been a huge lift and potentially vaulted the Steelers to victory. Instead the defense gave up three third down conversions, a touchdown and the game along with it.  They failed for the third straight week to gain a turnover and now find themselves in a poor spot because of it.  If you can’t create turnovers, your likelihood for success drops dramatically.At 0-3, with the many issues this squad has, it’s hard to imagine a season with less than 10 losses. Yet, the team is trying to stay positive.LaMarr Woodley noted after the game that the team could still go 13-3. While true mathematically and admirable that Woodley is trying to spin a positive out of this trash heap, it’s not going to happen.While the Pirates are providing the city with their first winning season and playoff appearance in 21 years, the Steelers have turned into the team that nobody has any expectations for. They’ve turned bad overnight, they’ve turned into the team that has some stars on the squad but not enough talent all the way around and they’ve turned into a team who won’t be playing a meaningful game in October.  It’s not going to last 21 years but this could be the true beginning of the rebuilding era for the Steelers and it may be painful couple of seasons.Be patient, the Pirates have proven that all bad teams do come around eventually and the new low man on the totem pole in Pittsburgh, the Steelers, will too.last_img read more

Single Stream Recycling Begins in Middletown


first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Town­ship residents are now free from sorting recyclables as the township transitioned to single stream curbside recycling this week.Starting Monday, July 2, the practice of collecting glass, plastic and metal containers in one pick-up, then newspapers and cardboard in another pick-up several weeks apart came to an end. All permitted recyclable materials can be put into the same containers. Recycling will still be collected twice a month, but residents can put all their recyclables out each time, Mayor Anthony Fiore announced.The switch to single stream recycling is part of new garbage and recycling collection contracts with Republic Service/Marpal Dis­posal and Future Sanitation. The five-year contracts will save the township nearly $500,000 compared to the previous contracts, the mayor said.“It’s a real win-win situation. Under the new contract the township will be able to reduce costs and increase services,” the mayor said. “In addition to the convenience and environmental factors, single stream recycling will make the collection process more efficient, cut costs and generate new revenues.”With single stream recycling, all cans, plastic containers, bottles, jars, cardboard, newspapers, office papers and mixed papers (junk mail, magazines, coupon inserts) can be placed into the same containers. There is no change to the collection schedule. All recyclables will be collected twice a month based on the existing schedule by zone, said Public Works and Engineering Director Ted Maloney. He noted the maximum weight per container is 50 pounds.“I encourage everyone to recycle as much possible. The more we reduce what we send to the landfill means more savings on disposal fees. It also means greater revenues from the sale of the recyclables collected,” Fiore said.Recyclable materials are collected township-wide. Solid waste is collected from approximately 14,000 households located in the Solid Waste Collection District. The garbage collection schedule will remain the same. How­ever, the service provider will accept a limited amount of bulk waste on the second collection day of every week instead of twice a month.Additional information is available by calling the Middletown Public Works Department at 732-615-2008 or visiting www.middletown read more

Moonshine Makes Its Mark on Monmouth County


first_imgFor some this may come as a surprise but not to Bill Stavola: “Moonshine has really gone mainstream,” and is a burgeoning trend in the spirits industry, he believes and is now marketing one of the brands in New Jersey and eventually nationally and internationally.Stavola, who also co-owns the Driftwood Beach Club in Sea Bright with his company, National Certified Distribution, is now marketing Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine, a white whiskey from Gilbert, West Virginia, with a storied history.While home in Florida, Stavola said he was approached by a member of the Hatfield family, a direct descendent from the clan who once waged the long-running and violent feud against the McCoys in the 19th century, who proposed partnering with National Certified Distribution to market white whiskey, which has been on the market since 2012.The Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine is unaged corn whiskey. The whiskey is advertised as the “Drink of the Devil,” but isn’t referring to Satan; the devil in this case is Devil Anse Hatfield, whose original recipe, dating back to the 1860s, is used to this day. The 90-proof corn whiskey is made in handmade batches, distilled in copper kettles, from West Virginia-grown corn at the company’s Gilbert West Virginia micro-distillery.“It’s got a distinct flavor. You can taste the corn,” Stavola said, adding “there’s no back-burn; very drinkable.”“Hatfield and McCoy is staying true to the heritage and history,” observed Tony Thornton, director of wine, liquor, spirits and importing for Shore Point Distributing, Freehold, which began distributing the whiskey in much of New Jersey in January.Shore Point is making the moonshine available throughout the eight counties it covers, which includes Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex, through 47 accounts and numerous locations. Locally, it can be found at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank and Middletown and at Crates liquor store, Red Bank, according to Thornton.So far, “The response has been great,” said Thornton, in no small part because of the interest in its history.“It’s a very well made product,” he noted. “But it’s the history behind it that sells it.”The Hatfield-McCoy story has long fascinated the public, being the subject of movies, books, songs and most recently an A&E cable TV docudrama and now a History Channel reality show featuring members of the two warring families.All of which has Stavola figuring it’s a good time for this line. “We’re hoping to not just take this nationally but internationally,” he said.“It’s not a large part of the industry at the moment,” Thornton offered, “but white whiskeys are on the rise,” gaining ground in the industry, becoming increasingly available overseas, Thornton pointed out.Shore Point didn’t have a moonshine on its lists of products. “We found the quality and history of it something that we could work with,” noted Holly Annarella-Flego, Shore Point’s owner and craft beer representative.The market for the whiskey is pretty wide, the three maintained. “It’s pretty versatile,” Annarella-Flego observed.The thinking is it would appeal to young 20-somethings, college age kids, who would do it as shots, Thornton said. And that has happened; but men in their 30s and 40s like it a s a sipping whiskey and women like it with a mixer.In fact, the Hatfield & McCoy company has begun making available fruit juice mixers – or more accurately called “moonshine mixin’s,” such as Apple Pie, Georgia Blackberry Cobbler and Georgia Peach. “It’s very refreshing” that way, Stavola said.Coming next will be a cinnamon-flavored mixer, expected in the next two months. “We think it’s going to be a viable product to compete with Fireball,” Stavola said, referring to the popular spicy cinnamon-flavored whisky.“What we’re doing now is setting up distribution state-by-state,” Stavola said and promoting the product. Recently it was marketed in Daytona, Florida, during the NASCAR auto races last month. Coming up, expect to see the “drink of the devil” appearing at Bike Week in Daytona, according to Stavola.— By John Burtonlast_img read more

Local Residents Urged to “Invest in the Navesink”


first_imgBy John Burton |SEA BRIGHT – A cleaner, more sustainable Navesink River is obtainable in the coming three years, was the message Clean Ocean Action’s executive director delivered to supporters this week.“We know what to do…We have the tools,” to again clean up the waterway, said Cindy Zipf, executive director for Clean Ocean Action, an education and advocacy organization.Zipf joined others with her organization and supporters at McLoone’s Rum Runner restaurant, 816 Ocean Ave., Sunday night for an event deemed a “Rally for the Navesink.”The briefing on the condition of the river offered “investment opportunities” for supporters, seeking donations for the environmental organization’s efforts to improve the quality of the area river, Zipf said of the event.Clean Ocean Action had conducted its own analysis and report on the river’s condition, indicating a rising amount of contaminants, and has been working with an unprecedented number of other, diverse organizations, to effect a change and bring about a cleaner water way.Clean Ocean Action board member Bonnie Torcivia told of living in Fair Haven, with her home overlooking the Navesink River, and of watching the almost daily traffic of boats make its way along the waterway – “the parade going by my window every day.”“The river looks so beautiful,” Torcivia told the gathering. “But looks can be deceiving.”Zachary Lees, the organization’s ocean and coastal policy attorney, explained what has been happening with the Navesink over decades, going from when it was “The crown jewel of the shellfish industry,” a century ago and then as it became increasingly polluted due to rate of development, industrialization and the overharvesting of local shellfish population. But things began to turnaround by the early 1970s with the introduction of stricter federal laws governing water pollution. The pollution backslide, however, began registering with the state Department of Environmental Protection about a decade ago and has continued to increase, causing the state agency to classify about 565 acres of the water area contaminated to the point that shellfish harvesting is not permitted.State officials and environmentalists have indicated the river has contaminants such as fecal chloroform, from humans, wildlife and domestic animals, as well as other pathogens.The river’s condition last summer led to the cancellation of summer camp programs that rely on river access, said Zipf. “Our quality of life in the watershed was significantly threatened,” Zipf said.Given the pollutants, “It’s also an ecosystem health issue,” Lees added.But a concerted effort has been undertaken by approximately 35 different and diverse organizations – beyond just environmental groups and including governmental entities, community groups and local elected officials. “And it’s growing,” Zipf said.Correcting the problem involves identifying the sources of the contamination, stopping it and educating the public, getting them to change longstanding practices, Zipf and Lees explained.But the efforts will cost upward of $300,000 to continue the work, she added.It’s vital to stop the public from using storm drains as a catchall for personal products, such as motor and cooking oil and other waste material; and to limit the amount of impervious ground covering from development, which add to contaminated storm water runoff making its way into the river and eventually the Atlantic Ocean, the environmentalists stressed.Clean Ocean Action also hopes to continue to use specially trained dogs to sniff human fecal matter and help locate sources and to correct the situation, Zipf said.It is possible to improve the river’s water quality by 2020, Zipf believes.“Let’s all help to write a happy sequel, written by all of us,” Torcivia said.last_img read more

Barry Bonds’ final home run ball is about to net its owner a small fortune


first_imgYou have a choice. Make an all-cash offer for a 917 square-foot condo in Sunnyvale, or scoop up the final home run ball of Barry Bonds’ career.Either way, the freight is about the same: In the neighborhood of $750,000 scoots.TMZ is reporting that the home run ball — career No. 762 for Bonds — will be up for auction Monday at Goldin Auctions. If the auction house realizes its greatest hopes, the ball will have doubled in value since its first sale in 2008.But before you go raiding your kid’s …last_img

SA mobile content start-up goes global


first_img31 May 2012 Cape-based mobile application start-up Snapplify signed its first client on debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair, and has gone on to become one of Africa’s leading mobile app developers within the space of 12 months. Most recently, the fledgling firm outshone its African rivals in a competition organised by mobile giant Nokia to come up with “societal, structural, financial and technological” ideas that could foster innovation leadership in Africa. On Monday, as winner of the competition, Snapplify showcased its online platform to an audience of 105 of its peers, along with conference organisers Capgemini, infodev and Nokia, at the Open Innovation Africa Summit in Kenya.Instantly digitising content for mobile Snapplify’s turnkey online platform instantly digitises content for mobile devices, including iOS and Android, content producers or distributors such as authors, artists, publishers, retailers and corporates to manage, distribute and monetise content in custom-branded mobile applications. Books, magazines and brochures are packaged into digital publications for branded mobile apps which are then distributed globally via the relevant app stores. Snapplify claims to be “the first to offer this kind of service to publishers at zero upfront cost”. It hasn’t taken the company long to make global inroads. Following the launch in Frankfurt in October, it has set up a UK and South African office and has enjoyed an amazing run of success. Global clients signed up include Peanuts creator Ka Boom Studios, leading Arabic content publisher Kotobarabia, New Holland Publishing SA, Random House Struik, and iMaverick, a daily magazine published only on iPad. According to founder and CEO Wesley Lynch, Snapplify’s choice of mobile apps over physical magazines and books (or “e-pubs”) was critical to its success – “they are easier, more cost-effective and interactive”.‘An immense hunger for going digital’ “There is an immense hunger for going digital. Every presentation [in Frankfurt] talked about it, but besides the larger players – publishers, retailers and device manufacturers – few had the strategy or knowledge to do it. “It didn’t take much to see the enormous benefits of our solution for publishers in their current predicament. We told one publisher we could instantly repurpose their publication for iPad, and they gave us their content there and then.” According to Lynch, one client, an academic institution, is converting textbooks into apps, describing it as “a much easier and affordable way to teach and learn”. The company is working on enhancing the apps’ interactiveness, to allow publishers to add features such as quizzes or mobile colouring books, and is also looking to incorporate a social media component. Next up for Snapplify: to represent Cape Town at the Barcelona Global Entrepreneurship Competition in June. “It is an exciting time to be African, because we can make a global difference,” says Lynch. “Africa knows mobile, and it is through mobile that we will show the world what we’re capable of.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

a month ago​La Liga Sports TV hits 300,000 subscribers


first_img​La Liga Sports TV hits 300,000 subscribersby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga Sports TV, the multi-sports OTT platform launched by Spanish football’s LaLiga, has reached 300,000 registered users, according to LaLiga president Javier Tebas who was speaking at the World Football Summit in Madrid, reports SportBusiness.LaLiga Sports TV offers free live coverage of various sports, including matches of the ASOBAL Handball league and Spain’s second-tier basketball division Liga LEB Oro, plus sports such as badminton, petanque and weightlifting.It went live in March of this year as a multi-sport proposition but also streams live games from Spanish football’s second-tier Segunda División, but behind a paywall. Short highlights from Spain’s top two leagues are also offered on the platform.LaLiga Sports TV was launched in March with the intention of boosting the exposure of Spanish sports, becoming the first European league to launch its own OTT service in doing so. Viewers can access it on mobile devices – both mobile phones and tablets – and smart TVs. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more