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Frazier Named to Lead NCBA

first_img SHARE SHARE Frazier Named to Lead NCBA The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Tuesday named Kendal Frazier as its new chief executive officer. NCBA President Tracy Brunner made the announcement, saying he is confident that the nation’s oldest and largest cattle industry association is in good hands. Frazier was serving as the interim CEO before the announcement, a post he held since June of last year. Frazier said he is honored and excited for the opportunity to serve as CEO, adding that his priorities as CEO will be working with NCBA stakeholders to oppose “the continued assault by the government on private property rights,” while working to expand and open markets around the world for U.S. beef.Frazier was raised on a cattle and grain operation in south-central Kansas. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and began his career as a farm broadcaster before joining the staff at Kansas Livestock Association as director of communications. He joined the National Cattlemen’s Association staff in 1985.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleMarestail Expected to be Special Challenge for Farmers this SpringNext articleMarestail Expected to be Special Challenge for Farmers this Spring Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 22, 2016 Home News Feed Frazier Named to Lead NCBA Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Late Wood penalty frustrates Wolves with draw at Burnley

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says A stoppage-time penalty from Chris Wood gave Burnley a 1-1 draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers after the visitors had led through a superb Raul Jimenez strike in the Premier League on Wednesday.Wolves had the better pressure in a game with few chances and went ahead in the 76th minute through their Mexican forward’s 17th league goal of the season. Adama Traore broke from deep in midfield and fed Matt Doherty on the right and the substitute’s drive bounced off Burnley defender James Tarkowski and towards Jimenez who hammered a brilliant volley past Nick Pope.Wood should have equalised in stoppage time but headed wide from close range but, shortly after Wolves defender Matt Doherty handled the ball in the box and Wood made amends from the spot.The result was a blow for Wolves’ chances of making the Champions League and left them in sixth place on 56 points, three behind Leicester City and Manchester United who occupy fourth and fifth spots.Reuters/NAN.Tags: BurnleyChris WoodPremier LeagueRaul JimenezSean Dychelast_img read more

Rooney backs Di Maria to come good

first_imgWayne Rooney has one message for Angel di Maria’s doubters: form is temporary, class is permanent. United beat off strong competition from some of Europe’s biggest clubs to sign Di Maria from Real Madrid last summer, but after a bright start, the £59.7milllion man has faded fast. The low point of his United career came on Saturday when, after a poor first-half performance, he was substituted at half-time during the 2-0 win over Sunderland. Press Association The Argentinian looked a pale imitation of the man who lit up the World Cup, made 17 assists for Real Madrid and was named man of the match in the Champions League final last year. Rooney is convinced Di Maria will be a success at Old Trafford, though. “It was one of those days that every footballer has,” the United captain said when asked about Di Maria’s performance. “He’s a great player. You don’t lose your talent overnight. Hopefully he’ll get back to his best and start giving some great performances. “I think he will figure it out, we all have to do that sometimes. You have to come to it in your own way and I am sure he will be a big player for us between now and the end of the season.” Once referee Roger East had taken the controversial decision to dismiss Wes Brown instead of John O’Shea after awarding a penalty to United, it seemed only a matter of time before the hosts secured victory. Rooney dispatched the spot-kick and added a second goal six minutes from time after Costel Pantilimon spilled Adnan Januzaj’s shot into his path. The goals were Rooney’s first in the Premier League since Boxing Day, although his ability to find the net has been inhibited in recent weeks as he has been playing in midfield. The England captain did not use Van Gaal’s complaint that he does not have a 20-goals-a-season striker as motivation. “No, not at all. Everyone knows I’ve played midfield for the majority of the season but my record shows that I score goals so I’m not worried about that at all,” Rooney said. “I was obviously pleased that the manager played me up front and delighted to get the two goals. “I respect his decision wherever he wants to play me. Hopefully I can kick on from here.” East came in for severe criticism for sending Brown off when it was clear O’Shea pulled Falcao back before the former England defender made contact with the striker. Sunderland have decided to appeal against the red card and hope that Brown will be available for Tuesday’s match at Hull. “I think it was a penalty but I just don’t think it was Wes,” said Rooney, who was stood a few yards away when Falcao hit the turf. “It was tough but I would imagine it will get rescinded. In our view it was a clear penalty.” The Sunderland fans may have been unhappy with East for dismissing Brown, but it was the home supporters who were restless in the first half. United’s build-up play was often laboured and their final ball poor. Some fans started yelling “Attack! Attack! Attack!” but Rooney thinks they must be patient at times. “The fans here are always brilliant – they want us attacking at every opportunity but you can’t do that all the time,” he said. “Sometimes you have to work the opposition to tire them out which towards the end is how you win games.” Van Gaal was happy with the win but refused to hand out too many plaudits. It was suggested to him that Ashley Young had played well on the wing, but he was reluctant to lavish too much praise on the former Aston Villa man. “He showed a lot of confidence today and I hope he can continue that. One game is not enough,” the Dutchman said. last_img read more

Jacklow youths building a foundation through sports in the Pomeroon

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyTHE spotlight has always been reserved for the coastland where most of the facilities and recreational activities are being managed.This has resulted in the systematic and continuous isolation of sports in the districts of the Upper and Lower Pomeroon River.It is indeed quite difficult to traverse the rough terrain of the plantation fields, some of which have been developed into playgrounds.Notwithstanding, maintaining them – from flooding and weeds – remains a monumental task and in the process has stymied the development of sports in those areas.There are very few established youth organisations within the Pomeroon area that are engaged in community enhancement to facilitate the promotion of sports or to provide an opportunity for the youths to exhibit their potential.The Jacklow Youth Organisation, however, is an exception. Currently the multi-faceted group has in excess of sixty members whose main objective is to promote youth empowerment through sports, training and education.The members seek to foster community partnerships, establish institutional networks, care for the elderly and engage in economic ventures that will aid in sustaining their existence and progression.The group was formed in 2012 with Mr Reyaz Roopnarine serving as its current president. Members are involved in several sporting disciplines, including football, cricket, volleyball and circle tennis.Only recently the team participated in a volleyball tournament involving teams from other villages. Additionally a coach from the coastland was recruited to further train and enhance their skills in the sport.They also boast of having quite a formidable cricket team which is being captained by Sherman Austin, who is also a founding member of the thriving organisation.Austin would have also represented the Pomeroon Cricket Committee in many tournaments and remains one of the more talented cricketers to have emerged from the Lower Pomeroon River.Given his exposure and an enduring passion to strategically serve the community with pride and commitment, the Jacklow Youth Organisation is beginning to rise above the mighty Pomeroon River and excel despite its limited resources.Significantly, the group sought and obtained financial and technical assistance from the Youth Empowerment Initiative to erect a pavilion and improve the physical condition of the ground.This has led to more activities being organised and it has sought to stimulate the interest of the youths, who can now be seen playing there on a daily basis. The organisation is also proud to promote literacy among its members and the community by conducting formal programmes.Members are also frequently engaging the community by volunteering to selflessly serve the elderly during special occasions, such as at Christmas or Easter. Such undertakings have brought tremendous delight to the community and have created a sense of responsibility and satisfaction.The organisation now intends to attract more youths to participate socially, culturally and through sports to organise more regular competitions and travel to other villages as well as the coastland to compete with other clubs.There is no shortage of talent there, according to Austin and while the River may need a bridge for them to cross, the Jacklow Youth Organisation is moving in different ways and gaining positive results through sports.last_img read more

Gabriela Knutson eliminated from NCAA women’s tennis singles tournament in two set loss

first_img Published on May 25, 2018 at 12:39 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 5 Gabriela Knutson’s singles season came to an end Friday morning after No. 22 Mayar Sherif Ahmed of Pepperdine defeated Syracuse’s first singles in a tight two-set affair, 6-4, 7-5. The pair went back and forth most of the afternoon, but Sherif won big points at the end of sets to book her spot in the NCAA women’s tennis quarterfinals.Knutson was the aggressor from the opening point, but Sherif used a slice backhand early on to throw Knutson off her rhythm and force errors. Sherif grabbed the break of serve and consolidated it on her own service, winning both games at deuce to take a 2-0 lead.The SU junior pulled herself level in the match, breaking serve with a big forehand that forced Sherif into an error. Once Knutson held serve comfortably to take her first lead in the match at 4-3, she appeared to have taken control.Sherif, however, won another deuce down 4-3 to hold serve, then took advantage of Knutson’s mistakes to recapture the lead. Sherif served out the opening set, 6-4.Knutson took control of the second set early, grabbing a break of serve in the fourth game. With a 3-1 lead, Knutson needed to hold serve to consolidate her break. Knutson missed a forehand into the net down break point, then slammed an extra tennis ball into the side fence and walked to her chair.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSherif and Knutson traded serves for the ensuing five games, until Knutson, again, faltered at the end of the set. On serve at 5-all, Knutson was broken at love. As her forehand hit the net, Sherif fist pumped and jogged to her chair, as Knutson stood at mid-court in disbelief.Knutson fought her way to break point on deuce, needing a break to keep her tournament hopes alive. But Sherif hit a crosscourt backhand winner to finish the match, 7-5, ending Knutson’s singles season and causing her to fall short of the quarterfinals goal she set before the tournament.Her season continues as she partners with Miranda Ramirez in doubles at 1:30 p.m., playing for a spot in the quarterfinals. Commentslast_img read more

Ed Asner Narrates Twin Lights Documentary

first_imgHighlands– The Twin Lights Historical Society, the friends group associated with the lighthouse, is putting the finishing touches on two long-term projects: a video documentary entitled “You Heard It Here First: the Pledge of Allegiance at the Twin Lights,” and Seeing Stars, a new exhibit featuring historic flags and patriotic artifacts.The documentary is narrated by award-winning actor Ed Asner, an ardent supporter of the Twin Lights; the Seeing Stars exhibit will mark the unveiling of a re-imagined 1,000 square foot museum space. Both projects are expected to be completed sometime in July, according to Mark Stewart, a member of the Historical Society Board.“The Seeing Stars exhibit and museum renovation were significantly sidetracked by Hurricane Sandy,” said Stewart. “The state understandably yanked its funding after the storm, but we decided to push forward ourselves, with our money and the state’s blessing. Our museum consultant estimated a 30 to 40 percent rise in annual attendance and that translated into close to a million dollars a year pumped into the devastated local economies. So what began as a ‘history project’ ended up as a key component in the region’s future,” Stewart continued. Currently, there are more than 80,000 visitors a year to the historic site.According to Stewart, “You Heard It Here First” was a product of the additional research the Historical Society was able to do during the 18-month Sandy-related delay on the museum renovation. The Twin Lights won the Best Documentary award at the 2012 Garden State Film Festival for its first film, which chronicled the history of the lighthouse.The Twin Lights was the setting, in the spring of 1893, for the first public recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance as America’s national oath of loyalty. Several months earlier, the Pledge had been introduced in school systems across the country as a daily exercise for students.Through its production partner, Visionary Video Studios, the Historical Society approached Asner last year, requesting he narrate an introduction to the film. While serving as a judge at the 2012 Film Festival, Asner had offered his support to the lighthouse. When approached, he agreed to do the opening for “You Heard It Here First.”However, after Asner read the script, he indicated his desire to narrate the entire 30-minute film. A recording crew traveled to California and spent the day with the Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe winner in his home. A “teaser” recorded by Asner is currently running on the lighthouse web site.Stewart explained the documentary tells the complex story of how the Pledge of Allegiance came to be – and how it arrived at the Twin Lights – through an unlikely confluence of people and events, including a Boston publishing magnate, a Newark financier, a flag salesman, an unemployed minister and a pair of U.S. presidents.The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a leading member of the Christian socialist movement, who at the time was under the employ of The Youth’s Companion, America’s most widely circulated magazine. The Companion was selected by President Benjamin Harrison to create a school program to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s discovery of America and the Pledge was to be recited by children during the raising of the flag.Stewart pointed out: “It is worth noting that most schoolhouses did not fly the American flag at the time. Conveniently, flags of all sizes could be purchased directly from the premium department of The Youth’s Companion.”Over the ensuing months, most school officials continued students’ recitation of the Pledge each day. After Grover Cleveland defeated Harrison in the 1892 presidential election, he supported the idea of making the Pledge of Allegiance America’s national oath of loyalty.The Twin Lights was selected as the ideal place for its “unveiling” – it was the first piece of America immigrants glimpsed over the horizon as they approached New York harbor, and it was home to an enormous 135-foot Liberty Pole flying the American flag. The Liberty Pole was the idea of Newark financier William McDowall, founder of the Sons of the American Revolution, who hoped to stir a resurgence of patriotism in the country. The event took place on April 25, 1893, and featured an international naval revue that passed in front of the lighthouse on its way into New York. The date was picked to coincide with the opening of the Chicago World’s Fair.“It is a very complex story,” Stewart explained. “We are telling it from an entirely new perspective, with a lot of new information and resources. And how lucky we are to have the generous participation of Mr. Asner in this project. Better yet, some of what we’ve discovered during the making of this film has already gotten us thinking about our next documentary, this one about the search for New Jersey’s most astounding historical artifact. It’s a story only a handful of people know.”The Pledge of Allegiance – and the Twin Lights’ rediscovered role in its evolution – will be a focal point of the upcoming Seeing Stars exhibit, which is scheduled to run through the fall of 2016. “You Heard It Here First” will be available for purchase online and in the Twin Lights Museum Store.To watch Asner’s teaser, for more information on the Seeing Stars exhibit, or for the lighthouse’s hours of operation, visit www.twinlightslighthouse.com.last_img read more

DONALD VALPREDO CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT QUOTES

first_imgIGGY PUGLISI, SPIRIT RULES, WINNER: “The break helped us out a ton . . . He was in (the gate) a really short period of time and he really caught a flyer from there. I couldn’t give that up. There were too many fast horses in there, so when I could scoot my way over to San Onofre, I figured I’d at least have a shot at it.Through the stretch: “I could feel that inside horse (San Onofre) really starting to battle back . . . but my horse ran really good. He’s been lights out, a really hard-knocking horse.”MIKE SMITH, SAN ONOFRE, SECOND: “Just got out-run today. I stumbled a little leaving (the gate), which cost me a clear lead, but if I’d have been running, I don’t think it would have bothered him. The horse hasn’t run in a year. The horse that beat me is a good old horse that’s been running all year and is fit. It’s a whole lot different in the morning, especially when they take it to you early. I was really happy with the way he ran, and I think he’ll really move forward off it.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Barbara Accardy, Jeanmarc Murphy and Craig Siedler of San Diego. JOCKEY QUOTEScenter_img PAUL AGUIRRE, SPIRIT RULES, WINNER: “He’s a big horse and whenever he draws outside and he gets near the lead, he’s going to be tough. They may run him down but it’s not going to be because he quits. He’ll give every ounce he has right to the wire.“This Cal-bred program is fantastic. We don’t have a lot of things to hang our hats on these days in horse racing, but the Cal-bred program is really something to be proud of. It’s made this horse have a nice career.”KAREN HEADLEY, SAN ONOFRE, SECOND: “I knew I was going in there a little short. He’s a nice horse, and I knew that he had one more condition.” -30-last_img read more