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Survey says: 95 percent of NFL defensive players think this about Colin Kaepernick

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgIf NFL defensive players had their way, Colin Kaepernick would still be playing in the league.Kaepernick, the former 49ers starting quarterback who in 2016 pioneered the kneeling, silent protest before NFL games, has been a free agent since opting out of his contract in early 2017. Unable to arrange so much as a workout with another team, he is pursuing a collusion grievance against the NFL.According to Bleacher Report, The Athletic surveyed 85 defensive players on 25 teams over the last six …last_img read more

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Farm Science Review expands exhibit area substantially, other improvements

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodSome may recall the soggy situation at the 2017 Farm Science Review when heavy rains plagued the event and led to swamped areas on the grounds. To address that issue, new water control structures are being installed for an improved visitor experience in case Mother Nature does not cooperate in the future.“We are in the process of a multi-year drainage project we have going on here at the Farm Science Review,” said Garrett Nowak, FSR site manager. “Last year, you may remember we had a little bit of wet weather. Some years, we’re really dry — other years we’re a little damp — it’s just part of being an outdoor farm show. As much as we can address those issues, we try to.“We’re doing over 1,500 feet of drainage this year. Most of that is going to be a new sub-main we’re running almost from the total south end of the exhibit area, all the way to the north and little over 1,500 feet of 12-inch tile under our Hay Street. Hopefully you won’t be able to notice it at show time, but we’re really hoping to move a lot of the water issues that we had noticed last year out of that area. Alongside the roads we have French drains. We have surface inlets now. The same way that you would put tile in a field, we have a similar type of approach here, although we’re really removing surface water as fast as we can. This drainage project will affect about 25% of our exhibitors.”There will be new additions in terms of educational and opportunities to learn about research are always a highlight of the Review as well.“We are adding our new OSU Extension education corral for livestock. The OSU Extension Beef Team is an exhibitor this year,” Nowak said. “We hope to build on that in the future and have a lot more livestock demonstrations, but that’s one of the new things you’ll be able to see this year the Farm Science Review.”The Gwynne Conservation Area will also be buzzing with activity.“Our beehives are new this year. We’ve got 15 hives on site. This is a situation where we’re partnering with the Ohio State Entomology Group,” Nowak said. “We have a three-year project to restore a prairie here on site for pollinators. We’ve got about 10 acres with a mix of four different annual wildflowers for this year and then next year we’ll transition into a perennial wildflower plot. Other things you can see here are the grazing demonstrations and the stream bank restoration project that we did last year.”Nick Zachrich, Farm Science Review manager, has been leading the charge to get the changes in place ahead of this year’s event on Sept. 18, 19, and 20.“There’s always something new to see at Farm Science Review, whether it’s from our exhibitors out here as commercial exhibitors or with our educators in OSU Extension and some of the researchers on site,” Zachrich said. “There are some facility changes we’ve been able to make and updates for this year.”One of the most noticeable changes visitors will see this year is a substantially expanded exhibit area. The eastern fence enclosing the exhibitor area has been removed and a new fence has been added several hundred feet further out, increasing the exhibitor area substantially.This is some of the new, expanded show area at the Review.“Our exhibit area has always been 80 acres since we’ve moved out to this site. We were able to fill that up pretty quickly when we moved out in 1983. We’ve been able to utilize most of our space pretty well. We decided to change it up a little bit and add 20 acres of space that was already part of the facility, so we’re not really adding new space, but we’re adding it to the exhibit area, for a total of 100 acres of exhibits now,” he said. “We have a lot of things that we want to accomplish in moving our fence this year. We moved our fence out to the east just a little bit to meet the parking lot. We had some plots that weren’t being quite utilized the way they were 35 years ago. We also had an issue of not getting a lot of attention to our ride and drives that we wanted to focus on. We’re bringing some activity into that space and to really get some people involved with the ride and drives to be able to test drive some of the new machines that are out there on the market with UTVs, lawnmowers, some compact tractors, and doing some other hands on activities. We decided to go ahead and move those things into this 20 acres. And over the next several years, we’ll try to utilize that a little bit more as far as exhibit space goes with more exhibitors. We usually do have a waiting list for outdoor space, so that’s going to help with that as well.”Included in the space will be ride and drives, crop test plots, and a designated area for antique tractor clubs — all efforts to add more engaging activities.“In this ride and drive space, what we would really like to do is bring some activity and get people involved in what’s going on,” Zachrich said. “We want people to get out and see our field demonstrations. Most of the items are a little bit smaller with UTVs, mowers, and even some ground engagement. There are a lot of things to see and do out in the ride and drive area.”Antique tractor clubs will now have a more up-front viewing area.“Several of them have been participants before and we’ve been able to get a good collection of those this year to really fill that space up with them,” he said. “We also would like to move the handicap parking and accessible vehicle rentals to the same space too. They’ve been in a couple different areas and it became kind of confusing at times, so we’re really trying to improve that for our visitors and put them all in that same location. Whether you’re bringing your own vehicle or you want to rent a vehicle, they’re going to be at gate A.”As far as entering from the parking lot, not to worry — there will just be a shorter distance to walk.“All the entrances will still be at the same locations. The ticket booths will be a little bit closer to the parking lots. As soon as you get inside the fence, you’re going to be inside the show,” Zachrich said.With an expansion to the exhibit area comes the idea of new street names. The Farm Science Review has enjoyed iconic names such as “Corn Ave.” and “Market St.,” at the intersection of which you can find the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal building. Zachrich and his team said names of any newly added roads are still up in the air.Zachrich also noted the relatively fast turnaround of the project. A team comes together after each year’s Review to talk future changes and the process behind such projects through Ohio State University is extensive and takes time.“There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. So being able to put this new fence in and have it ready to go was a major accomplishment for us,” he said. “We have a great site staff that’s been doing a lot of great work. There are a lot of things we would like to do to this site. Stay tuned for the next few years and see what we can accomplish.”last_img read more

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Rajya Sabha bypolls: BJP wins both seats in Gujarat

By on December 1, 2019

first_imgExternal Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Jugal Thakor were on Friday declared winners in Rajya Sabha by-polls for two seats in Gujarat.The bye-election was held as the two Rajya Sabha seats fell vacant after BJP leaders Amit Shah and Smriti Irani, who were elected to Lok Sabha, resigned from the upper House. Cross voting Two Gujarat Congress legislators, Alpesh Thakor and Dhavalsinh Zala, resigned from the State Assembly, after voting against the Congress candidates, defying the party whip. “The Congress observer tried to create a lot of issues over my vote, so you can understand for whom did I vote,” Mr. Thakor told mediapersons after casting his vote. According to sources, both Mr. Thakor and Nr, Dhaval are likely to join BJP soon and will contest the by-elections from their respective assembly seats.The BJP candidates also got additional votes of lone NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja and two Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP) legislators Chhotubhai Vasava and his son Mahesh Vasava.It may be noted that Mr. Vasava’s vote was crucial for Congress veteran Ahmed Patel’s victory in 2017 when Mr. Patel could barely win after a dozen legislators had split from the Congress. With both Congress candidates Chandrika Chudasama and Gaurav Pandya losing the bypolls, the opposition party is likely to challenge it in Gujarat High Court. Earlier, the Congress’ legislature party leader Paresh Dhanani had approached the Supreme Court challenging the Election Commission of India’s move to hold bye-elections for two seats separately instead of holding together. The Supreme Court, however, refused to interfere in the poll process and directed the petitioner to approach the Gujarat High Court with election petition challenging the election.last_img read more

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Pak cricket fans enter India to watch Mohali semi-final

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgPakistan fans cheer at Wagah-Attari border.Cricket lovers from Pakistan who were lucky enough to get tickets to the ICC World Cup semi-final match in Mohali on Wednesday started arriving in India through the Wagah-Attari border on Monday. Headlines Today was present at the border as the cricket crazy people from the neighbouring country entered India. Most of the fans said while they understood the tension involving the match, they hoped it would be played in a spirit of friendship. Pakistani cricket fan Mohammed Abbas said, “I hope both teams put up a good show. I believe that this is the actual World Cup final between India and Pakistan. Both teams are balanced. I am also excited that three Asian teams are in the semi-finals.” The excitement was palpable as the cricket fans looked forward to an epic contest. They however said that they were also ready to accept the result with true sportsmanship. Pakistani fan Sheena said, “Everyone is very excited. I think we should maintain our cordial relations. Victory or defeat is at the will of the God but I obviously want my country to win.” Among the Pakistani cricket lovers there were even fans of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. They were expecting a high adrenaline match, especially after the mind game started by Pak skipper Shahid Afridi. They were also well aware of the political importance of the match as it is going to be the first India-Pakistan match being played on Indian soil after 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai. “I hope it will be a good and friendly match. More importantly, the people of both the countries should enjoy it. Victory or defeat is not much of an issue. Everybody is very excited and Wednesday is a public holiday in Pakistan,” said Romana Tanwir.advertisementlast_img read more

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Indian Premier League 4 loses viewers post India’s World Cup win

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first_imgThe euphoria of winning the ICC Cricket World Cup may have raised the bar for cricket. But the latest season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has failed to keep viewers hooked.With two new teams joining the bandwagon this year, the fourth season of IPL was expected to be a bigger event than the previous three. However, the tournament has opened to the lowest average television viewership ratings (TVRs) since it started four years ago.According to the data released by TAM Sports, an agency that measures TV viewership, the first 26 IPL matches of this season recorded a TVR of 4.30, while the third season of IPL saw an average of 5.52 TVR. The ratings are for six metros.”Yes, the IPL ratings are a source of concern. Even the ratings on weekends have dropped. Winning the World Cup was the highest point or say the peak for an Indian cricket fan, so I feel IPL turned out to be a low. But at the same time we feel as the time goes by the ratings will pick up,” said Punitha Arumugam, group chief executive officer (CEO), Madison Media.TOO MUCH CRICKETWith two new teams joining the IPL bandwagon, the fourth season was expected to be a bigger event, but IPL4 has opened to the lowest average TV viewership ratings (TVRs) in 4 yrsIndustry sources fear that if the ratings remain low, it might affect the broadcaster SET MAX’s potential to charge a premium for the matches ahead besides the next seasonThis is also a major concern for advertisers as well, who have invested heavily to connect with the consumersMany big-screen owners, that had screened the World Cup matches, have also not broadcast the IPL matches due to lack of response from viewersIndustry sources fear that if the ratings remain low, it might affect the official broadcaster SET MAX’s potential to charge a premium for the remaining inventory as well as the next season.This has, of course, been a concern for advertisers as well, who have invested heavily just to connect with the consumers.According to industry sources SET MAX is charging around Rs 5 to Rs 5.7 lakh for 10 seconds of ad time.Indian cricket fans were still basking in the World Cup glory when the glitzy IPL followed. An overdose of cricket seems to have affected the viewership of the much-hyped IPL. Or is it the absence of the lavish yet controversial Lalit Modi, the mastermind behind IPL, which has hit the tournament? FROM THE MAGAZINE:Brands betting big on cricket Cricket gear may be in short supply Caught and bowled “The viewership has gone down but we can still see stadiums full in Mumbai and Kolkata. I feel the viewership will pick up. In fact, it has started picking up and will bounce back in a week or two. The Cup fever is dying and IPL fever is seeping in,” said Anand Yalvigi, president, Ignitee Sports.Ignitee Sports has a three-year contract with Maxx Mobile to handle the on-ground implementation and execution of the ‘Maxx Mobile Strategic Time-Out’ and ‘Play Off sponsorship’ for IPL. “I feel the response has been great and the brand will benefit from this,” Yalvigi added.The IPL 4 followed close on the heels of the World Cup, and India’s victory made it a much bigger event than it would have been. Many big-screen owners screened the WC matches but the same does not hold true for IPL. “We had screened all the matches last IPL and received average response throughout but the semi-finals and finals received great response. This year, as of now, we are not screening the IPL matches since the viewer interest is not strong enough,” said Milan Saini, MD, Cinepolis India.Courtesy: Mail Todayadvertisementlast_img read more

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London Olympics: Taoufik Makhloufi wins gold in 1,500m race

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first_imgAlgeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi won gold in the men’s 1,500m on Tuesday, a day after having his disqualification from the event revoked. Makhloufi, 24, put in a blistering final 200 metres to take gold in three minutes, 34.08 seconds.Makhloufi had been thrown out of the Olympics for not trying his best in an early 800m heat.He was reinstated on appeal on Monday after submitting a doctor’s note that he had been carrying an injury.Leonel Manzano of the US took silver with a season’s best of 3:34.79.The bronze went to Morocco’s Abdalaati Iguider in 3:35.13.Beijing gold medalist Asbel Kiprop finished a surprise 12th in a relatively slow race.last_img read more

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