Latest Giants’ embarrassment: Veteran newcomer arrested for DUI

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Cameron Maybin, one of the first new pieces added by new Giants GM Farhan Zaidi, was arrested early Friday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, for driving under the influence.The arrest was first reported by ABC15.“We are aware of the situation and are monitoring. We have no further comment at this time,” the team said in a statement. Maybin was pulled over for speeding and being unable to maintain his lane, …last_img read more

Meet our 2019 Ohio FFA Student Reporters

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal is pleased to introduce our 2019 Ohio FFA Student Reporters. Over the next two days, these young people will be helping our team report the latest happenings from State Convention. Here’s a bit about them:Mackenzie HoogHello everyone! My name is  Mackenzie Hoog, I’m 17 years old, and a junior at Valley View High School. I belong to the Valley View MVCTC FFA Chapter and am currently the 2018-19 Vice President, but will soon be the 2019-20 President. In high school, I participate in other activities such as varsity cheer, Interact Club, NHS, FCA, and student government. I am currently the President of my class and am planning prom, which is a daunting task but with the help of my team, I’m sure everything will run smoothly. Outside of school, I am a competitive cheerleader, in 4-H, President of the Montgomery County Junior Fair Board and member of our fair’s court as well. Then, this year I have been selected to be on the Ohio State Junior Fair Board. Though it sounds like a lot, I try to keep myself on my toes and make as many memories and friends possible. I was an Ohio Ag Net Student Reporter last year, and have been graced with this opportunity again. Working with the team last year was so much fun, I couldn’t resist doing one more year. It made my convention experience so much last year, and I know it will be the same if not better this year. At State Convention, I will be receiving my State Degree along with representing my chapter for being recognized as a Gold Rated Chapter. I am very excited and cannot wait for this year’s memories and fun!Carlie CluxtonMy name is Carlie Cluxton and I am a junior at Peebles High School. In addition to being Co-Vice President of the Peebles FFA Chapter I am involved in other clubs and activities including: Cheerleading, Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS), Spanish Club, Beta Club, and National Honor Society (NHS). I am also a member of The Cannon Hill Kids 4-H Club, and through 4-H a involved in the following: Secretary of Adams County Junior Fair Board, Adams County 4-H Junior Leaders, 2018 Adams County Fair Queen, and most recently a member of the Adams County Tech Changemakers. Last year I had the opportunities of being a HOBY representative for my school, and I got to participate in the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge (OYCC) where my team and I won first place for our policy proposal. I live on a beef and grain farm on the outskirts of Peebles, my family owns and/or operates 1400 acres of land. On our farm we raise hay, corn, and soybeans along with commercial beef cattle, and purebred Limousin cattle. My siblings and I each own a small herd of registered Limousin cattle, which we show at the Ohio State Fair, and we also show market beef at our county fair. Agriculture is very much installed in me as I am the 5th generation to live and work on the Cluxton farm, which was not always beef. As a kid, my dad and his family raised sheep on our family farm and then Holstein dairy cattle after that which we sold in 2010. Additionally, on my mothers side of the family, the Smiley’s, have also made huge contributions to Ohio agriculture, as it is the oldest consecutive family owned and operated farm in Ohio being bought in 1772. My grandfather, John Smiley owns and runs this farm with my uncle James Smiley, where they raise Charolais cattle. My whole life I have gotten to grow up and learn to understand agriculture and the value it has in our country, something I feel this day in age many people have a hard time doing. That is why I want to go into Agriculture Communications, to education and make people aware about controversial issues in agriculture, and to become an advocate to be the voice of farmers and producers all across the country.Halle MillerHalle A. Miller is a 10th grader and a member of the Norwayne FFA. She has enjoyed competing in many CDE events at the District and State level including Food Science, Parliamentary Procedure, Job Interview, Ag Sales, Meat Judging, Creed Speaking and Beginning Prepared Speaking CDEs. Halle breeds Bordoodle puppies, crossing a border collie and a poodle creating an extremely intelligent low shed breed. The puppies are bred and sold to families across the country as her Supervised Agricultural Experience.As a member of the Norwayne FFA, Halle lives out the FFA motto “living to serve” as a part of their annual FFA Community Benefit Dinner and Auction.  The FFA members come together to choose a local family facing serious medical expenses. The chapter organizes a pulled pork dinner and benefit auction to support the chosen family.  Last year the event was attended by hundreds of people and raised $28,000 for an elementary school student who received a liver transplant. Halle finds it rewarding to be able to serve others with such a special event in her community.Halle is also very active in 4-H and holds a variety of leadership positions in her club and county groups. She breeds and shows Southdown Lambs in addition to other cooking and sewing 4-H projects. A highlight of the past year was the opportunity for Halle to provide to former OSU and NFL football player, Anthony Gonzalez, a personal tour of the Wayne County Fair.  Halle enjoyed promoting Wayne County’s agriculture to Mr. Gonzalez, who is now a U.S. Congressman. The tour was filmed by the NFL, and a portion of it was featured on the “Life After the NFL” segment which was televised prior to the Colts and Patriots Thursday night football game. Halle is excited about the opportunity to serve as a Student FFA Ag Reporter with the Ohio Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net at this year’s State FFA Convention!Lindsey Okuley Lindsey Okuley is currently a senior at Botkins High School. Throughout her four years in the ag. program, she has remained very involved in her FFA chapter. Last year, she served as Vice President and is currently serving as President. She is also involved in various CDEs such as parliamentary procedure, pubic speaking, and general livestock judging. Outside of FFA, Lindsey has been in 4-H, showing poultry, for seven years. She has also been a member of her county’s junior fair board for four years. In school, she’s involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, soccer, swim, musical, band, musical, and other activities. This upcoming fall, Lindsey will be attending The Ohio State University majoring in agricultural communication.Mallory Liles Mallory is a junior at Wapakoneta High School and newly elected President of her FFA chapter. Through FFA, Mallory has competed in various state contests like Public Speaking and Job Interview. She also loves to show pigs and travel to national shows with her brother. Mallory has a passion for agriculture and hopes to find a career within the industry some day.last_img read more

10 months agoGervinho: Arsenal move was dream come true

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Gervinho: Arsenal move was dream come trueby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGervinho says he realised a lifelong dream when he joined Arsenal.The 31-year-old, now at Serie A club Parma, spent two seasons at Arsenal after joining from Lille in 2011. Although he didn’t collect any silverware at the Emirates, the Ivorian was proud of his time with his boyhood club.”Many young players tell you that they want to play for Manchester United or Arsenal. My dream was to play for Arsenal and I realised it,” the attacker told Goal. “When I arrived, I thought: ‘Wow, I’m here!’ “Each of my clubs made an impression on me, but Arsenal was special. When Arsene Wenger called me to tell me that he would like me to come to his club, I don’t think you imagine the satisfaction I felt just after hanging up the phone.”Arsenal is an historic club. At the time, it was a club that made a lot of young people dream, with a style of its own and a coach like Wenger who had all of England at his feet. There was not one player who did not like watching Arsenal, with Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and others.” last_img read more

3 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp on Ballon D’Or nominations: What’d you expect!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp on Ballon D’Or nominations: What’d you expect!by Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says it is normal seven Liverpool players were nominated on the Ballon D’Or shortlist.Alisson Becker, defenders Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and strikers Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all named on the 30-man list.After winning the Champions League and finishing the Premier League with 97 points, Klopp says the selections were just.”My first question was ‘Who has not been nominated’?” he said ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League match in Genk.”When players win it, it is big. When they don’t, hopefully it doesn’t hurt too much. The way we played last season, it’s normal so many would be nominated by the experts.”He added: “I think our seven nominations are deserved. If it’s a sign that we are now a destination for players, I don’t know. We want to work together for the next couple of years and we’ll see what happens.”I’m proud of my boys in general, not just because seven of them have been nominated. I like them a lot and I’m happy when they win things.” last_img read more

Frontline Bullish on Tanker Rates despite Q2 Loss

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Market woes stemming from weak freight rates have pushed oil tanker shipping company Frontline into a loss of USD 22.9 million in the second quarter of 2018.Frontline said that the average spot time charter rates for the three months ended June 30, 2018 were USD 17,000 for ECO VLCCs and USD 13,200 for VLCCs younger than 15 years.Nevertheless, Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, believes better days are ahead for tanker rates.“The factors supporting our expectation include continued scrapping ahead of 2020 offsetting new deliveries and increased demand for seaborne trade as a result of expected growth in both US exports and OPEC production of crude oil.  Additionally, crude oil demand remains strong, and the end of the inventory draw cycle seems increasingly inevitable,” he said.The global crude oil tanker fleet was expected to grow by 8.3 pct in 2018, with 57 VLCCs scheduled for delivery. However, only 24 have been delivered so far, and it is likely that some deliveries will be delayed into 2019, Frontline said in its market outlook comment.On the other hand, 25 VLCCs have been scrapped so far and an additional 14 VLCCs have been sold for near-term scrapping. The company believes that weak freight market and high scrapping prices will continue to entice owners to continue scrapping older vessels.Taking into account that 20 percent of the existing VLCC fleet is over 15 years of age, which are likely candidates for scrapping, the fact that the current VLCC orderbook equals approximately 15.8 pct of the global VLCC fleet, is not worrying, the shipping company estimates.“If the pace of scrapping continues, we estimate that the global VLCC fleet will see negative growth in 2018. (…) As we have stated previously, older vessels are less desirable to charterers and earn a discount compared to newer, more fuel-efficient vessels,” Frontline said.In preparation for the new regulation coming into force in 2020, Frontline announced in June that it had inked a deal to acquire a 20 pct ownership interest in FMSI, a scrubber manufacturer. The move secures Frontline the capacity to source a large volume of scrubbers.“We will continue to look for the right investment opportunities to further position the company for the expected recovery,” Macleod added.last_img read more

Kompany blames football authorities for racism outburst

first_imgLondon: Former Manchester City captain and Belgian defender Vincent Kompany feels that football organisations and authorities are the real problem when it comes to racism which is a constant menace in the sport. Speaking in the wake of fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku being subjected to monkey chants during his club Inter Milan’s Series A match against Cagliari on Sunday, Kompany told Sky Sports News: “Romelu is a victim of something disgraceful, not just in football, but also in society.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It goes back to who is expected to make a decision on these issues, and it’s in these organisations that the problems lie.”The real racism lies in the fact that none of these institutions have representatives that can actually understand what Romelu is going through. “You are dealing with a crowd of people and decision-makers who are telling him how he should think and feel, when you have no decision-makers who are remotely in touch with what he has experienced in his life. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”That’s the real issue — if you go through the boards at UEFA or FIFA, the Italian League or the English League, there is a real lack of diversity. If you don’t have diversity in places of power like boardrooms, then you can’t have the right decisions in terms of sanctions — it’s as simple as that,” Kompany said. Lukaku, who moved from Manchester United to Inter Milan this season, netted the winner from the spot in a 2-1 victory over Cagliari on Sunday, but the game was marred by monkey chants. A statement from Inter fan group Curva Nord later said “Italian fans are not racist” and that the abuse was “gamesmanship”, as reported by BBC. “We are sorry you thought what happened in Cagliari was racist,” it added.last_img read more

Bill and Melinda Gates talk taxes feminism President Trump

first_imgBill and Melinda Gates say they’re concerned about some of President Donald Trump’s policies and statements. Here are excerpts from their recent interview with The Associated Press:GIVING PLEDGEBill Gates says he’s met with Trump twice since he took office. The Microsoft co-founder hasn’t asked Trump to sign “The Giving Pledge,” a movement Gates founded that asks billionaires to commit to donating most of their wealth to charity.“We’ve never had a direct conversation about that,” Gates said. “It’s always a voluntary thing, and as I do dinners, I meet with a lot of people but never discussed it with him.”WOMEN, MINORITIESMelinda Gates, who left her job at Microsoft to raise their three children before turning to the foundation full-time, has lately embraced her role as a public figure more boldly. She called out Trump’s behaviour, including what she described as his habit of using Twitter to attack women and minority groups.“Those kinds of comments just don’t belong in the public discourse,” Melinda Gates said.TAX OVERHAULBill Gates is among the billionaires who have advocated for more taxes on the wealthy. He says Trump’s tax overhaul mostly benefits corporations.“We’ve in a broad sense said taxes should be more progressive, and this was not a move toward being more progressive.”FEMINISMMelinda Gates says some of Trump’s comments about women have troubled her, but his rejection of the “feminist” label has not.“Some men have trouble — and some women, quite frankly — have trouble embracing that term and what it means, so that honestly doesn’t bother me. It’s more the specific comments he’s made over and over again about specific people or minorities or women that just do not reflect the values I see across the United States.”last_img read more

Greater Montreal home sales in August up eight per cent from year

first_imgMONTREAL – The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says August home sales in the region were up eight per cent compared with the same month last year, hitting a new recordThe board says there were 3,224 home sales last month, up from 2,972 a year ago, marking the 41st consecutive month of rising home sales.The increase came as single-family home sales increased five per cent to 1,777 compared with 1,685 in August last year, while condominium sales grew 12 per cent to 1,125, up from 1,004.Sales of plexes, which include two to five units, totalled 318, up from 279 in August 2017.The median price of a single-family home was $333,000, up from $318,000 a year ago, while the median condominium price was $260,000, up from $250,000. The median plex price was up 10 per cent at $515,000 compared with $470,000 a year ago.The number of active listings was down 16 per cent at 20,940, while new listings were down two per cent at 4,785.last_img read more