MFM Maintains Winning Streak in Final Six

first_imgOn Sunday, MFM upset Nigeria Customs 58-57 in the opening match of the Final Six to the surprise of the spectators who were expecting a blow out for the new entrants.It was a tension soaked encounter in which the Customs led for the better part of the duration but the MFM ladies took over when it mattered most to win with just one point margin. The victory was the third recorded by the team just a single point margin.Only yesterday, Coach Aderemi Adewunmi said he was proud of his players recording two wins in their first two games of the Final Six.“Nobody expected us to be in the Final Six and now that we are here the girls are getting getter and winning games. I simply urged them to go on and enjoy themselves but they were just determined to win.“I am so happy with their professionalism and discipline. This is good for the sport and we look forward to better tidings in the competition,” coach Aderemi said.MFM defeated First Deepwater in the crucial final match in Enugu to qualify for the final phase of the competition in Lagos.The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, said the competition would get better every year“We are happy with the progress made so far and we are very optimistic that we will take women basketball to the next level in Nigeria because the signs are there that things can only get better at continental and global levels,” Amangbo said.The competition continues today and it ends on Thursday at the national Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ZENITH BANK WOMEN’S B’BALL LEAGUEThe new entrant into the National Women Basketball League, the Mountain of Fire Basketball Club, on Monday completed a back-to-back victory in their first ever appearance in the final phase of the competition.In the abridged format which is n a home and away basis, the MFM ladies defeated Nigeria Customs in the reverse fixture 56-49 in the Final Six which started on Sunday at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.last_img read more

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Derby v QPR: Austin back, trio absent

first_imgCharlie Austin returns to the starting line-up for QPR at Derby, Yun Suk-Young makes his first appearance of the season and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Tjaronn Chery and Massimo Luongo are all absent.Austin, fit again after a recent injury, comes in for Emmanuel-Thomas up front.Yun, who has been overlooked at left-back in favour of Paul Konchesky, is deployed in a more advanced role, replacing Chery.Meanwhile, James Perch is restored, with Nedum Onuoha returning to centre-back because Clint Hill is out with a knee injury, and there is also a starting place for Alejandro Faurlin.Derby are without the suspended George Thorne and the injured Tom Ince.Derby: Carson, Christie, Forsyth, Keogh, Hendrick, Martin, Russell, Shackell, Johnson, Butterfield, Weimann.Subs: Grant, Bryson, Bent, Baird, Pearce, Hanson, Warnock.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Henry, Faurlin, Tozser, Yun, Phillips, Austin.Subs: Smithies, Angella, Fer, Hoilett, Doughty, Polter, Blackwood.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Education & Political News

first_imgWhat’s been happening in school boards about evolution and intelligent design?  Here are some recent stories about politicians, reporters and ordinary citizens:Kansas Grass Roots:  Candidates vying for school board seats in Liberal, Kansas squared off over the evolution issue: see Hutchinson News.Ohio Rematch:  Despite an earlier loss, Darwin critics in Ohio are hoping to bring up the issue for a vote again, reports CNS News.  The article editorializes that “Their goal is to force curriculum changes that would also allow discussion of the intelligent design theory,” when the wording of the proposed changes specifically denies this.McCain’s Open Mind:  Though an evolutionist himself, Senator John McCain thinks students ought to hear both sides in the debate over evolution, according to a piece in Evolution News that comments on a story reported in the New York Sun July 18.  The Sun said, “the senator mocked the idea that American young people were so delicate and impressionable that they needed to be sheltered from the concept” and compared it to cold-war efforts to shield students from learning about Marxism.White House Press:  President Bush’s press secretary Tony Snow entertained Wesley J. Smith of the Discovery Institute.  Smith was there to congratulate the president for vetoing the stem cell funding bill this week.Quilt Warfare:  In a bizarre piece of propaganda, Canadian quilt-making mom Barbara West ridiculed intelligent design on her (hopefully) intelligently-designed quilt.  According to Canmore Leader, West, whose quilt showed the earth on a pile of turtles (see humor page), won the National Award of Excellence for her design.  Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute had some smirks about this.Free Press:  Patrick Gavin, associate editorial page editor of the LA Examiner, gave lengthy coverage to Casey Luskin and John West about their post-Dover book Traipsing Into Evolution that critically analyzes Judge Jones’ ruling.WWJD:  Lita Cosner wrote for Creation Ministries International about how governments and secularists are fighting to make US schools Christ-free zones and are erring on the side of censorship.Conservative Backlash:  Not all pro-evolutionists are liberals.  A new group calls itself Conservatives Against Intelligent Design.  See also report on Science and Theology News.National Wahoo:  In the vein that everyone is someone elses’ weirdo, George Gilder of the Discovery Institute wrote a lengthy article supporting intelligent design for National Review, only to be trashed a week later by John Derbyshire on National Review.Evolutionary Faith:  Uncommon Descent found out that the National Center for Science Education is looking for a “Faith Project Director,”  This is odd, because the NCSE argues that evolution is built on science, and creation is based on faith.  The job duties include “developing materials pertaining to evolution and religion for print and web; representing NCSE to the faith community, in print and in person; serving as liaison between NCSE and professional theological societies and religious organizations; speaking to the press about issues involving evolution education and challenges to it; counseling teachers, administrators, parents, and others facing challenges to evolution education.” Thanks to Evolution News and Access Research Network for most of these leads.  Let’s get the ACLU to turn on the NCSE over separation of church and state.  Derbyshire is an arrogant hack who likens creationists to whack-a-moles.  This is a psychological disorder known as role reversal.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Faith, family and the future of Newcomer Century Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderThe original mallet used to drive pegs into the posts when the old barn was built on the farm almost 150 years ago sits in a glass display case near Glen Newcomer’s desk. The cabinet in the corner of his office is made from the logs that were a part of the first log cabin on the farm originally homesteaded in 1866 by Nathaniel Newcomer, Glen’s great-great-grandfather.Six generations later, located just south of Bryan, Newcomer Farms is a cash grain operation that has diversified to include a seed dealership and crop insurance agency as a part of their business. The family does not need to look far to find history to help guide its future.Glen NewcomerNathaniel Newcomer was the second son born to Christian Newcomer, a minister who moved to Williams County from Lancaster, Pa. in 1840.“Nathaniel purchased the land, cleared the timber, and built a log cabin, and then the barn, and a little later a brick house,” Glen said. “The barn was built in 1872, and the brick house followed in 1874.”Following Nathaniel, the farm was owned by his son Harley Newcomer in the early 1900s. The next owner of the farm was Harley’s son Newell, Glen’s Grandpa, who was born in 1903. Newell then transitioned the farm to Glen’s dad, Lyman, who is now 85 and still visits the farm regularly.“My grandpa (Newell) was a very humble man. He was very conservative. He grew up and started farming during the Depression. His whole emphasis was to pass the farm to the next generation, and be able to do it without having debt. His focus was on passing the torch,” Glen said. “The same could be said about my father (Lyman). He had the same philosophy.”The family has been very proactive in generational transitions going back to his grandfather. In 1966, 100 years after the farm was originally purchased, upon taking the advice of their family attorney who happened to be a cousin to Newell, the farm became incorporated. N&L Farms, Inc. (Newell and Lyman) became a C-Corp.“The idea behind forming the corporation was to allow the farm ground to stay intact, unlike many farms in the area which had the ground divided among the heirs as a generation passed. In this way, the farm could grow and be passed on to the next generation,” Glen said.Fifty years after first becoming incorporated, the name changed to Newcomer Farms, and it became a S-Corp. Glen is now in the process of transferring ownership of some of the shares to his son Jason who is the 6th generation involved in the family operation.Like most Midwestern farms in the 1940s, the Newcomers raised a variety of crops and livestock. Framed and hanging on Glen’s office wall is a copy of the “1944 War Food Program Farm Plan for Ohio,” which farmers were required to complete. This form was put out by the War Food Administration, Agricultural Adjustment Agency. At that time, Newell raised soybeans, corn, wheat, hay and oats on 140 acres. They also had beef cattle, milk cows, chickens and hogs. Looking back at the old records, “1943 was the first year my Grandpa raised soybeans. That year the corn yielded 61 bushels per acre, and wheat yielded 30 bushels per acre,” Glen said. Those yields were not bad considering no commercial fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides were available back then and early hybrid corn varieties had only been developed a decade prior.Growing up, Glen remembers the farm being a more diversified livestock farm.“Land was hard to come by,” Glen said. “We had chickens and cattle and hogs. Growing up, I fed livestock all the time. I was always doing chores around the farm, and feeding animals after school. The thought of taking an animal to the fair just sounded like more work.”Glen fondly remembers his grandpa Newell loving to feed cattle.“He was a true cattleman at heart. Feeding cattle was what he did. Even his hobby was to feed cattle. He loved his Angus cattle,” Glen said.Livestock remained a part of the farming operation until the 1990s.“We still raised hogs throughout the 1980s when I returned to the farm,” Glen said.Though showing livestock at the fair was not his thing, Glen remembers being heavily involved in both 4-H and the FFA.“I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for being in the FFA,” Glen said. “The FFA program in addition to being in 4-H have taught me leadership skills that I have used throughout my entire life.”He credits learning skills like parliamentary procedure as being invaluable in the leadership roles he has filled. Glen has served as past president of the Fairview Young Farmers, Bryan Rotary Club, and also Williams County Farm Bureau. He has also served as a trustee for the Bryan Area Foundation and Defiance College. He served on the Bryan City Schools Board of Education for 20 years, and is currently Vice Chair of the Redline Equipment Board of Directors. Glen credits his high school business teacher, Doug Rupp, for having the greatest influence on him from a business standpoint. Glen said his high school FFA advisor Ray Woodring was influential in his decision to go on to college.“He was the person that inspired me and encouraged me to go to Ohio State, ATI in Wooster,” Glen said. “While there I majored in livestock production, since we had livestock on the farm, and I was the assistant swine herdsman.”Glen said the focus of the farm changed after he returned from college in the 80s. Upon graduating from The Ohio State University, Agriculture Technical Institute (ATI) in Wooster, Glen worked in agriculture off the farm for a short time before coming back to take over the operations. As the profitability for each of those enterprises changed, Glen evaluated each one and decided to go in a different direction.“Up until this point, the diversity of different livestock and crop enterprises was the way that you made it financially,” Glen said. “Then we started growing seed beans for Pioneer. We have had a Pioneer agency for 36 years.”He became a Pioneer sales agent after he got out of college and became more interested in agronomy than livestock. In 2001 they became licensed crop insurance agents to further diversify.“We started in the 80s. My wife and I had to become diversified and find something profitable to get through that period of time. We still had hogs in the 80s, but in the early 90s we eliminated that enterprise to focus more on grain production, seed production and sales,” he said.Glen and his wife, Ann, have been married for 36 years. They have three children. Their youngest son, Jason returned from college four years ago and is a part of the operation. The Newcomers have steadily increased their acreage over the past 18 years. Glen hired his first full-time employee 10 years ago and now has four. All his employees have been with him for 9 to 10 years, and he credits much of the farm’s current success to the dedication and commitment of his team. When Jason returned to the operation four years ago, Glen did not take anything off of anyone’s responsibilities.“When Jason came back to the operation, we had him take on new projects and various items that I transitioned to him from a management standpoint,” Glen said.Jason is leading Newcomer Farms into the technological future.“Jason does all the spraying and soil sampling. He is in charge of all the record keeping for chemical and fertilizer applications. The technology he uses records this in real time. Jason does all the GPS soil sampling. We sample by management zones. Jason writes the prescriptions for variable rate fertilizer application, and variable rate seeding for our planters. The prescriptions are based on the soil test results and our yield goals. Jason also uses a drone for aerial scouting of the fields,” Glen said.Another part of the Newcomer Farm team Glen created six years ago was a business advisory board. “One of the best business decisions I made was developing a business advisory board,” Glen said. “I recognize the value of having professional people outside of our industry looking over my shoulder. The board is made up of a retired CEO, a retired CFO, a couple attorneys, a CPA, and few others. They meet three times a year with my wife and my son and I to discuss the issues facing our operation. We also invite our lenders in on occasion to see the expert advice and the recommendations we are getting so they better understand why we do what we do. A few of the board members are older than me, and a few are younger. The younger ones are the people who will still be around to assist our son Jason when he takes over. These professionals can look at our farming operation as a business and tell me what I should be focused on. I look to them for solid business advice.”When considering the rich past and bright future as the farm transitions to the sixth generation (and beyond), Newcomer points to Proverbs 22:1 that says: Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. “If there was anything my father drove into me, it was not to boast, not to brag, and to be humble. Dad always said if you are successful, you don’t need to tell anyone. They can see it,” Glen said. “Remember your heritage and recognize the traits and characteristics that represent our family and got us to where we are: honesty, integrity, loyalty, faith, and family.”last_img read more

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Never cache alone: Geocaching groups and organizations

first_imgFinding someone to go geocaching with can sometimes be difficult, especially when you are just starting out. Luckily there are many geocaching organizations and groups all around the world that connect geocachers to other local explorers. They strengthen the geocaching community, help beginners get into the game, and do so much more. Learn what you can expect and how you can find a geocaching group near you to join. SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Connections: Associations and ClubsDecember 23, 2013In “Maker Madness”Check out Geocaching.com’s new look!March 25, 2015In “Geocaching tools”New: An events calendar on your DashboardAugust 22, 2017In “News” They write geocaching blogs, release geocaching magazines, or allow geocachers to connect through online discussion forums. Find a local geocaching group The list is a work in progress. We expect to expand it to other countries and add groups and organizations that are active in their communities and are contributing to geocaching in positive ways. Reach out to us with the group you’d like to see included. Some have formed to foster positive relationships with local land management, forest rangers, and environmental agencies. They often work hand in hand to inform geocachers and the public how to interact with nature (aka geocaching spaces) in a respectful and non-invasive manner. What can I expect when joining a geocaching org? The sense of community geocaching organizations offer can be helpful for new geocachers and old pros alike. And they’re an easy way to make new geocaching friends. You can find a geocaching group in your area by visiting this list and map of geocaching groups and organizations. This list of orgs was “vetted” with input from community volunteers and Geocaching HQ staff. There are many organized geocaching groups worldwide. Many of them connect with members through Facebook groups or even have their own websites with activity calendars, discussion forums and information. How can I find a geocaching group near me? Geocaching organizations often host potlucks and meetups, set up friendly geocaching competitions, help new geocachers with questions, and keep everyone informed with local geocaching news. Share with your Friends:More A few orgs even organize camping trips or travel groups to embark on an adventure together – and of course geocache along the way.  If you are outside of the areas currently covered by our list and map, our regional forums offer a great way to find a local geocaching group or organization.last_img read more

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Netherlands top Sweden 1-0, to face US in Women’s WC final

first_imgPlaying in only their second Women’s World Cup, the Netherlands qualified for the final against three-time champion US with a 1-0 win over Sweden in extra time in the second semifinal.The reigning European champions were undefeated coming into the semifinal at Stade de Lyon, while Sweden lost 0-2 to the US in the group stage, reports Efe news.England and the US put on a terrific display of offense on Tuesday in the first semifinal, but the Swedish and Dutch sides opted for caution.As neither team had been expected to get this far, the emphasis on avoiding mistakes was understandable on Wednesday, though perhaps not much appreciated by the 48,000-plus in the stands hoping to see fireworks.Sweden managed two shots in the first half and the Dutch, despite enjoying 53 percent possession, produced only one chance. The stars — Vivianne Miedema for the Netherlands and the Scandinavian side’s Stina Blackstenius — were nearly invisible.The Dutch began the second half without their best player in the 2017 European Championship, Lieke Martens, who has been hampered by a foot injury.The match came alive for a few minutes about midway through the second half.Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal had to be sharp to divert a low strike from Nilla Fischer to the post in the 71st minute.On the following sequence, a Miedema header forced a heroic save from Swedish keeper Hedvig Lindahl, who subsequently turned aside a shot by Shanice van de Sanden.Finally, nine minutes into the first extra-time period, Jackie Groenen, who wears No. 14 jersey of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, put the ball in the Swedish net with a textbook shot into the bottom corner.advertisementAlso Read | Peru crush Chile 3-0 to set up Copa America final against BrazilAlso Read | Copa America: Jesus, Firmino on target as Brazil crush Argentina to reach finalAlso Seelast_img read more

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Video: Ohio State Released An Awesome Highlight Video Of Its Sugar Bowl Win vs. Alabama

first_imgohio state players defend alabama's hail mary attemptNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Tyvis Powell #23 of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts a ball in the fourth quarter during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Want to relive Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl victory against Alabama, Buckeye fans?Now you can. Ohio State football’s video production staff has created an awesome highlight video of the Buckeyes’ 42-35 upset victory over the then-No. 1 Crimson Tide on Jan. 1. Check it out:last_img

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Video: Urban Meyer Announces That Running Back Mike Weber Has Earned Removal Of Black Stripe

first_imgMike Weber celebrating with his Ohio State football teammatesCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Mike Weber #25 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)One by one, members of Ohio State’s freshman class are earning the removal of their black stripe and officially becoming true Buckeyes. Offensive lineman Isaiah prince was the first freshman to earn the honor, and after today’s practice, Urban Meyer announced that Mike Weber has done the same.Mike Weber was a work today at practice and earned the removal of his black stripe. Welcome to the Buckeyes 20. #ScarletAndGrey #GoBuckA video posted by The Ohio State Football (@theohiostatefootball) on Aug 15, 2015 at 3:26pm PDT That has to be a pretty special feeling for an Ohio State freshman. Weber, a Detroit native, caught a bit of heat during the winter when he was photographed wearing Michigan gear. It is safe to say that he’s put that Ohio State faux pas behind him, as he becomes the second 2015 freshman to prove himself to the rest of the team.last_img read more

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