Eureka >> Though it’s still April, Saturday’s Little 4 doubleheader between the visiting South Fork Cubs and St. Bernard’s Crusaders had the atmosphere of a late-May playoff game, and for good reason.Defending Humboldt-Del Norte League Little 4 champion South Fork entered the contest desperately needing a sweep if they hoped to repeat as league champs after St. Bernard’s took two from the Cubs back on March 29.The Crusaders, off to a 6-0 start in the Little 4, needed one win to take the …
ALAMEDA — Fielding some Raiders questions before taking to the road with a game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings:Q: When are the Raiders going to admit Carr isn’t a franchise QB? Look at the A-22. Raiders had guys open deep as much as KC. The difference was KC has Mahomes. Here are 2 of them. The 1st pic. is the one Carr ran & went air born on 3rd. The 2nd he goes to the flat instead of long. — @MyBoysKaosHavoKNot sure what has made more fans play-callers and coaches — All-22 or playing …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A long-awaited regulation, which would offer contract farmers more protections in the marketplace, has seen a renewed commitment from the nation’s capital. In a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, eight champions for farmers recently reiterated their support to move forward with implementation of the Grain Inspection and Stockyards Protection Administration (GIPSA) rule — an effort that National Farmers Union was quick to applaud.“Producers and consumers alike benefit from competitive and transparent markets… Deceptive, fraudulent, retaliatory, and anti-competitive practices have no place in a well-functioning market, and we need to have sound rules of the road to protect consumers, livestock producers and poultry growers in increasingly concentrated market environments,” the lawmakers stated in the letter.The GIPSA rule was included in the 2008 Farm Bill to mitigate abusive contracting and marketing practices in the highly concentrated livestock and poultry sectors. However, lawmakers repeatedly blocked the USDA from actually implementing the law through an annual appropriations rider until late last year when that rider was omitted from the congressional appropriations omnibus bill.USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos agreed to take “a very well-balanced approach” to finalizing the GIPSA rule during his testimony today before the House Agriculture Committee. Secretary Vilsack delivered a similar message at the NFU annual convention last week, when he said finishing work on the GIPSA rule would be a priority during the remainder of his tenure.“We are pleased to see the progress and commitment towards implementation of the GIPSA regulations,” NFU President Roger Johnson said. “Our family farmers and ranchers are competing in an increasingly more concentrated market. These regulations will protect growers during contract disputes and help level the playing field.”Johnson said that NFU will continue to work closely with USDA throughout the process to finalize the rule.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion Market Lamb: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co. (Champion Hampshire)Res. Grand Champion Market Lamb: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co. (Champion Grade)Third overall: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co. (Res. Champion Grade)Fourth Overall: Ian Johnson, Union Co. (Champion Natural Color)Fifth overall: Weston Stevens, Ross Co. (Res. Champion Hampshire) HampshireChamp: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co.Res. Champ: Weston Stevens, Ross Co.ShropshireChamp: Chase Eisenhauer, Huron Co.Res. Champ: Craig Schiff, Clinton Co.SouthdownsChampion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.Res. Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.SuffolkChampion: Jordan Collom, Clinton Co.Res. Champion: Carter Lampe, Wood Co.DorsetChampion: McKala Grauel, Hardin Co.Res. Champion: Alaine Brenke, Lorain Co.OxfordChampion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.Res. Champion: Hayden Harriman, Richland Co.AOBChampion: Jacob Roeth, Miami Co.Res. Champion: Linsey Eddy, Union Co.Brockle-faceChampion: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.Res. Champion: London Reichert, DarkeNatural ColoredChampion: Ian Johnson, Union Co.Res. Champion: Caleb Stone, Miami Co.GradeChamp: Bailee Amstutz, Union CountyRes. Champ: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.
Blaise Matuidi celebrates after scoring the opening goal for France in Group E tie Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as rampant France blew Switzerland away 5-2 Friday to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round. France has six points and can qualify if Ecuador and Honduras draw later Friday.Giroud and Blasie Matuidi scored a minute apart and Mathieu Valbuena added another to give France a 3-0 halftime lead.Benzema made up for a penalty miss in the first half with a poacher’s finish in the 67th, and then turned provider for Moussa Sissoko, who made it 5-0 with a neat side-footed effort in the 73rd.Switzerland pulled two consolation goals back as Blerim Dzemaili scored with a free kick in the 81st and Granit Xhaka slotted in the second in the 87th.Team Line-ups(from):Switzerland: Diego Benaglio; Ricardo Rodriguez, Steve von Bergen, Johan Djourou, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Gokhan Inler, Valon Behrami; Haris Seferovic, Admir MehmediFrance: Hugo Lloris; Mathieu Debuchy, Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane, Patrice Evra; Moussa Sissoko, Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Valbuena; Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are soaking up the winter sun in South Italy, as they prepare to exchange marital vows soon. When the Indian skipper and the actress left the country last week, many believed that the wedding was to take place by the weekend that we just said goodbye to.Now, people on social media have been losing their mind as to when exactly is this, the most-awaited, wedding of the year, finally taking place.Or has it already taken place and no one got a whiff of it?A sports journalist tweeted on Saturday that Virat and Anushka’s wedding took place on Friday night itself, and that the announcement was to come any time now.Rumours also suggest that the Virushka wedding is to take place on Monday night. Nothing concrete is known yet about the biggest wedding of the year. But astrologers are already out with their predictions for Virushka as a married couple.Speculation that Virat and Anushka were getting married by December 12 first started doing the rounds after sources told India Today Television that Virat and Anushka’s family had booked a place in Italy from December 9 to December 12.However, we later found out that the Virushka wedding was taking place about four hours’ drive from Milan, in south Italy. The world’s second most-expensive holiday destination is playing host to Virat and Anushka’s Tuscan wedding. It is a resort called Borgo Finocchieta, just 34 kms from the Siena station and an hour’s drive from Tuscany.When Anushka and Virat took off for Europe along with their respective families, netizens went into a tizzy trying to come to terms with the fact that the two might actually be tying the knot.advertisementAs of now, here’s the lowdown on what has happened so far:1. In the wee hours of December 8, Virat and Anushka, along with their families, flew off to Italy. While Anushka took off from Mumbai, on board a Swiss Air flight, along with her parents, brother Karnesh, Virat made a hasty exit from the Delhi airport.2. Anushka’s family priest, Maharaj Anant Baba of Anant Dham Atmabodh Ashram in Haridwar, also accompanied them to Europe.3. Initial reports said that the wedding was to take place in Milan, but looks like the Borgo Finocchieto resort near Tuscany is where Virat and Anushka’s marriage celebrations are taking place.4. The Borgo Finocchieto is where the Obamas too went for a vacation earlier this year. It is a place that is quite popular with celebrities.5. The luxury resort where Virat and Anushka are to tie the knot is an 800-year-old restored village. The place has massive historical importance too. The village that was restored and is now called Borgo Finocchieto, is on the road that the medieval pilgrims took on their way from Canterbury to Rome.6. Sources told India Today that ‘Virushka’, as the couple is fondly called, are to register their marriage at the Bandra family court on January 4. Anushka has apparently already picked up the registration forms for that date.7. The registration is likely to take place sometime before December 27, because Virat is expected to fly to South Africa along with the Indian cricket team on that date.8. Reportedly, the dates were finalised when the couple was in Sri Lanka, in August this year. As netizens were going gaga over pictures of their gardening date, their families met and discussed their wedding dates. Anushka’s family priest then zeroed in on a December wedding. However, Virat and Anushka decided to keep the news under wraps.9. Rumours of a December wedding for Virat and Anushka first began doing the rounds when the cricketer opted out of the Test match and the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in December citing ‘personal reasons’. Virat also said that he was looking forward to having a break.10. Kohli’s childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma, who is also the coach of the Under-23 Delhi team, excused himself from a crucial match on December 7, citing a wedding. When asked whose wedding he was attending, he said that his ‘nephew’ was getting married. Rajkumar Sharma also flew out with Virat.11. Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee was spotted exiting Anushka’s house a few days ago. It sparked rumours that he might design her wedding trousseau.12. Incidentally, Anushka Sharma confessed to India Today last year that marriage is on her agenda, “Obviously marriage is on the cards, but when, that I’m not sure of.”13. Sparks flew between Virat and Anushka during the shooting of a shampoo commercial in 2013. Since then, the couple have been making us fall in love with their oh-so-adorable displays of affection.advertisement14. In 2014, in an interview to harper’s Bazaar Bride, Anushka said that if she were to have a destination wedding, she would want it to be traditional, and somewhere close to nature: “in a vineyard, perhaps,” Sharma was quoted as saying. Her wedding now, seems in tandem with the kind of a ceremony she wanted.15. Bhangra dancers were spotted entering the Borgo Finocchieto on Saturday, as sound of dhol beats wafted across the property. The Borgo Finocchieto is just an hour from Italy’s wine capital, Montalcino. The resort is surrounded by rolling lawns and vineyards.ALSO SEE | FULL COVERAGE: Virushka Wedding ALSO WATCH: Virat and Anushka to have a day wedding, followed by party at night?
Is Manti Te’o gay?That is the question, according to reports, that NFL executives want answered before the upcoming NFL draft. Because of the culture of NFL locker rooms, that could be a key issue in Te’o’s NFL stock.“Here’s the elephant in the room for the teams, and it shouldn’t matter, but we have to step aside from the rest of reality and walk into the unique industry that is the NFL,” Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports said on the Dan Patrick Show. “Teams want to know whether Manti Te’o is gay. They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it’s a different world. It shouldn’t be that way.”The concern about Te’o’s sexuality has been rampant since news broke that he engaged in a two-year online relationship with a man masquerading as a woman. But here’s the rub: It is doubtful teams asked Te’o, who interviewed with 20 teams, directly about his sexual orientation. Amazingly, a few years ago, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was asked by Miami Dolphins’ general manager Jeff Ireland if his mother was a prostitute, creating a major backlash.“I don’t think you can ask (Te’o) that question — because of the Dez Bryant question a few years ago,” Florio said. “If you go Katie Couric on Manti Te’o, it’s going to come out that some team, some GM, some coach asked Manti Te’o if he’s gay. Then you’ll have to deal with all the distraction and all the stuff that flows after that.”Patrick, formerly of ESPN, asked Florio: “You’re telling me that you’re hearing from teams who want to know this, but how do you ask it? Are they trying to find a finesse way to ask that question, or are they going to do investigative work on finding out if Manti Te’o is gay?”Florio answered: “It’s been described to me as the proverbial elephant in the room, and I don’t think anyone knows how to solve this dilemma yet. It’s just that they want to know what they’re getting. They want to know what issues they may be dealing with down the road. We just assumed that at some point there would be an openly gay player in an NFL locker room, and the team would have to work with the realities and make sure that everything’s fine.“Now you have a situation where you have a guy who was in a relationship with a fake girl who ended up being a real man, and the man has said to Dr. Phil that he was romantically in love with Manti Te’o, it just raises a lot of questions that the NFL at some point is going to have to deal with.“Tony Dungy makes a great point on this. If the NFL were ready for an openly gay player, there would be an openly gay player. Nobody knows better the feel of an NFL locker room than someone who’s in it.“I’m not saying anyone would take Manti Te’o off the board if they suspected he’s gay or know he’s gay. That’s just the thing that’s out there that they want to know the answer to.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 28, 2017 – Nassau – After two years of jockeying full-time work with travel that took her 5,000 miles, Bahamian entrepreneur, Brooke Phillips, is back home, realizing a decade-long dream and making a splash in the local design marketplace. Her dream — to open an interior design store filled with furniture and home accessories of natural hard woods and eco-friendly materials, contemporary design and organic feel.In late February, she opened the doors to Oasis Collection, One Sandyport Plaza, a 2,264-square foot emporium featuring one-of-a-kind pieces and hand-hewn crafted works of furniture art, soft fabrics and textures, copper lights and tables, stone sinks, a look as natural as it is classic. Oasis Collection is also providing the first retail showplace for handcrafted wood designs by local artisan Morgan McKinney carved from trees native to The Bahamas. McKinney Designs maximizes the beauty of wood grains in items as small as coasters and as grand as a dining room table for eight.Phillips, 31, began learning the furniture business after graduating with honours from Eckerd College with a degree in Business. As manager of her father’s company, Phillips Sailmakers & Awning Manufacturers and its subsidiary Oasis Chic Living, she handled measurements, fabrics, foam, construction and installation of awnings on residences, resorts and commercial buildings.But it wasn’t until she tried to furnish her own first home, a modest two-bedroom condo and couldn’t find pieces or accessories she liked that she realized there was a gap in the local market. “This store began like a lot of businesses do in Nassau,” said Phillips, a certified Home Stager who has designed furniture packages for a successful large-scale development in Nassau. “I couldn’t find what I needed here at home where I would prefer to shop. I knew that if I couldn’t find it, then other Bahamians probably couldn’t either.” The furniture she found, she said, felt heavy and outdated. “Many of the stores were carrying the same styles. I believed there was room for improvement.” With taste that tended toward contemporary, light, stylish and natural, Phillips began a journey that took her more than halfway around the world on four occasions.“It sounds crazy,” she said. “Most people who travel 5,000 miles at a time are in it for the adventure and excitement. They may be ticking off something on their bucket list. I literally went in search of a better bucket.”From Nassau to Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, Phillips tracked down craftsmen’s work places, and trekked through hilly villages, some so remote that they had never seen a white person before. “I was very touched by a lot of the encounters and especially when the interpreter said that the toothless woman who was following me and grinning wanted to know if she could touch my dimples. She didn’t think they could be real.” Through the interpreter, Phillips told her yes and as the two women from different cultures connected, Phillips knew that the quest was about more than just furniture.Not all of the furniture in Oasis Collection has been found so far off the beaten path. Phillips has also sourced pieces from the finest woodcraft shops in High Point, North Carolina and she has brought in hard woods from Canada.Now in the shop nestled below Club One in Sandyport, the space emits a welcoming and natural vibe. Phillips and her partner Matthew Pyfrom spent endless hours creating the interior, transforming shipping pallets they collected into counters and display cases. A ‘grass’ wall adds to the ambience. Copper lights hang from the ceiling. Dividers constructed of pallet board topped with heavy braided rope add to the natural and contemporary feel.In the month since its grand opening that attracted a standing room only crowd, Oasis Collection has attracted individuals, design firms and at least two commercial clients, a high-end Family Island resort and a condo development. “I am in that group of Bahamian millennials who came back home to The Bahamas after college and want to give it my all,” said Phillips. “I just hope that my all is good enough.”#Oasiscollection#BrookePhillips Related Items:#BrookePhillips, #Oasiscollection Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus reiterated his commitment to the club and assured everyone that they will never see him in a Bayern Munich jerseyBVB have an unfortunate history for selling their best players to rival clubs with star duo Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels leaving for Bayern in recent years, while Mario Gotze rejoined them in 2016 following a three-year spell at the Bundesliga champions.But Reus, who performances this season have earned him three Player of the Month awards this term, announced he will not be following in the footsteps of his former teammates.“You won’t see me playing at Bayern, I promise,” Reus told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.“Also I’m nearly 30 years old and they want to rejuvenate their squad.”In his new attacking midfield role, Reus has played a vital role in Dortmund’s stunning campaign this season with his 11 goals and five assists helping the club establish a six-point lead over Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga table.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.And the 29-year-old is well aware that BVB are in a great position to end Bayern’s six-season dominance in Germany and claim a first league title for themselves since 2012 in the process.“It’s in our hands, we have to take each game like the first of the season and then we’ll have a chance,” said Reus.The 29-year-old missed Dortmund’s 1-0 win at RB Leipzig over the weekend after sustaining a knock in training on Friday, but will likely return to action this week.Since rejoining his boyhood club from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 in a €17.1m deal, Reus has managed a total of 110 goals and 69 assists in 228 appearances across all competitions for Dortmund.The Germany international has won the DFB-Pokal and two DFL-Supercups at Signal Iduna Park and reached the Champions League final in 2013, which Dortmund lost narrowly lost 2-1 to Bayern at Wembley.