ADELAIDE, Australia, CMC – West Indies and Jamaica stars Andre Russell and Stafanie Taylor played minor roles but their Sydney Thunder franchises still did enough to secure spots in the men’s and women’s finals of the Big Bash League here yesterday.Playing at Adelaide Oval, the Thunder men’s side trounced hosts Adelaide Strikers by 54 runs while at the same venue, the Thunder’s women eked out an eight-run victory over Perth Scorchers.Both the men’s and women’s side will know their opponents in Sunday’s final following the second semi-finals in Melbourne today.In the men’s, Melbourne Stars clash with Perth Scorchers while on the women’s side, Hobart Hurricanes featuring teenaged West Indies opener Hayley Matthews, take on Sydney Sixers.Opting to bat first in the men’s semi-final, Strikers reached 159 for seven off 20 overs with Alex Ross top-scoring with 47 off 38 deliveries.Seamer Clint McKay finished with three for 44 while Russell managed a single wicket for 31 runs from four overs of pace.Left-handed opener Usman Khawaja then blasted a superb 104 off 59 balls as Thunder sped to their target in the 18th over.Meanwhile, Taylor struck 24 as Thunder Women, opting to bat first, rallied to 118 for six off their 20 overs.She put on 30 for the first wicket with Rachael Haynes who made 15 and a further 21 for the second wicket with captain Alex Blackwell who top-scored with 39.In reply, Scorchers were restricted to 110 for nine off their 20 overs, with opener Elyse Villani getting a breezy 23 from ten balls.
Liberia’s international basketball player Saah Nimley on Friday made his debut for his new club Newcastle Eagles in the team’s pre-season win against Team USA Select at the Sports Central in Newcastle. The Eagles on Friday defeated Team USA Select 128-78, with Nimley playing as point guard.The 24-year-old, formerly of Charleston Southern basketball club in South Carolina, USA, was among seven new players signed by the British club last month. Nimley traveled to Britain on September 1 to join his new side for its pre-season matches after he signed for the most successful team in the British Basketball League (BBL), replacing two-time BBL MVP winner Rahmon Flecther.Prior to the match on Friday, the 24-year-old expressed his eagerness to make his debut for the Eagles after receiving a series of welcoming messages from fans on social media. “We’ve been competing in practice so now we get a chance to show what we’ve got against a different opponent other than competing against each other,” Nimley told Chronicle Live.“I’m excited. I know our team is excited and I’m interested to see what we have against another opponent. I think the guys that we have this year are young and we’re a young team, but everyone’s hungry.”Nimley, who was born in Liberia, is expected to feature in his second match on Saturday, September 16, when his side faces Glasgow Rocks at the Benfield Center for Sport.Before joining the Eagles, Nimley played at Nevezia in Lithuanian LKL, where in 15 games he recorded 10.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, and 2.3 apg. He also played 9 games in the Baltic League, where he averaged 8.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, and 2.2 apg and helped the team to the quarterfinals.The 24-year-old won the Big South Conference South Division Regular Season in 2013 with Charleston and was also received the All-Big South Conference Player of the Year award and the NABC All-District 3 1st Team award in 2015 in college.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Liberia’s international basketball star Saah Nimley celebrates after scoring in one of his matches for former team Charleston Southern (Photo Credit: Charleston Southern) – Advertisement –
0Shares0000Rhian Brewster of England was visibly irate at the end of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Spartak in the UEFA Youth League and had to be restrained by team-mates and coaching staff © AFP/File / INDRANIL MUKHERJEELIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 6 – Liverpool have reported Spartak Moscow to UEFA, the English club confirmed on Wednesday, after teenage striker Rhian Brewster was allegedly subjected to racist abuse by the Russian club’s players.Brewster, who won the Under-17 World Cup with England in October, was visibly irate at the end of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Spartak in the UEFA Youth League and had to be restrained by team-mates and coaching staff. Following the incident at Prenton Park, home of Tranmere Rovers, Liverpool said only they had “followed the proper procedure by reporting the alleged incident to UEFA”.Their complaint is understood to concern a matter of racist abuse.The matter arose shortly before the Champions League group game between Liverpool and Spartak’s senior teams at Anfield.Liverpool lodged a similar complaint against Spartak after Brewster’s team-mate Bobby Adekanye was racially abused by the Russian club’s fans during the reverse fixture in September.Spartak were found guilty in that instance and were made to partially close their academy ground for one match.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Donegal Youth Service in association with the Donegal Sexual Health Forum would like to announce the Fourth Annual Sexual Health Awareness Week ‘Let’s Talk About Sex Week’ commencing April 7th – 12th.The aim of the week is to promote healthy and supportive conversations with young people about sex, sexual health and sexuality.The group is encouraging adults to get involved especially parents, family members, teachers, and youth workers. One of the many events on the Let’s Talk About Sex Week calendar is ‘The S Word- Conference’ which will be held in the Clanree, Hotel April 10th and is host to important topics such as; Young People and Online Safety, STI’s and Contraception, Social Media & Sexual Behaviour, Early signs of abuse in relationships and The impact of sexual violence in the media.Lorraine Thompson, Regional Director, Donegal Youth Service said this is a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of talking to young people about their sexual health.“We want to ensure that young people are supported in terms of having someone to talk to and making sense of all the mixed messages they get and to know where to go to find factual, understandable information.”We are encouraging all groups who work with young people and parents – schools, youth groups, and community groups to come on board and provide events in your own areas. If you would like to add any of these events or information to our Facebook/Twitter pages please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org TALKING ABOUT SEX IN A HEALTHY WAY IS OK, SAYS DONEGAL YOUTH SERVICE was last modified: March 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Youth Service
Vicki Massey & Michael Doyle.Strictly Come JiveSt. Michael’s GAA Club presents Strictly Come Jive in the Lagoon Termon on this Saturday the 22nd November. Tickets are available from Patricia Kelly or Nicola Ferry. Doors open at 7pm with the show beginning at 7.30pm, everyone is welcome to come along for a goods nights fun and entertainment. Paddy Mc Mullan & Rosie Mc Laughlin.Ryan Mc Cafferty & Ann Sweeney.Cornie Mc Mullan & Sarah Lafferty.Martin Breslin & Jackie Lagan.Liam Mc Mullan & Suzanne Mulhern.Mickey Boyce & Fiona Lynagh.St Michael’s GAA Club are hosting a ‘Strictly Come Jive’ at the Lagoon Termon on this Saturday 22nd of November.Pictured above are the club members who have agreed to participate in the event on Saturday night to help raise funds for the club.Tickets are available from Patricia Kelly or Nicola Ferry.Doors open at 7pm, with the show beginning at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along for a good night’s fun and entertainment.PICTURE SPECIAL: ST MICHAEL’S GAA PRESENT STRICTLY COME JIVE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT was last modified: November 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeaturesGAANoticesSportSt MichaelsStrictly Come JiveThe Lagoon
LATEST 12.55pm: DONEGAL has voted ‘No’ to the Fiscal Treaty after the final tally in both count centres were completed.An official count has come in from Donegal South West which shows that 54.95% voted No while 45.05% voted Yes.The total turn-out was 26,465 out of a possible vote of 63,127 votes – a 41.92% turn-out. In the Donegal North East constituency 55.62% of people voted against the Treaty – or 13,758 people.The result showed 44.38% in favour – or 10,975 people.The turn-out was 42.59% – just shy of the 45% predicted by donegaldaily.com last night.There were 136 spoiled votes giving a valid poll of 24,733. The break-down of the Donegal North East vote was Inishowen – 58.17% No, Letterkenny – 50.65% No, Milford – 54.58% No.Sinn Fein TD Padraig MacLochlainn says he believed the Fine Gael voters “haven’t come out” and neither had the Fianna Fail vote.The Donegal NE TD said: “We are pleased Donegal has said No to the austerity treaty in each of the three electoral areas.“Even the large No vote nationally is remarkable considering all the threats from the Yes campaign that were made threatening a new apocalypse.“It is vital now that the Government takes its boot off the necks of the people so that jobs can be saved and created.” Fine Gael North Est Deputy Joe McHugh said he was delighted the Treaty has been passed nationally.“I have examined the tallies so far and more than 40 boxes had a clear Yes majority in the Donegal North East constituency with more than 10,000 people voting yes.“I am confident the Fine Gael vote came out on the day.”On the low turn-out, he added: “As referendum polls go, it is always difficult to get people out.” Senator Jimmy Harte from the Labour Party has conceded that “early indications show that the No vote is shading it; but I believe that the Treaty will be carried nationally.”Asked about the low turn-out in both Donegal constituencies, Deputy MacLochlainn said: “It’s actually not far off the first Nice referendum which was around 35%.”A final count is expected later this afternoon from the Bonagee Community Centre in Letterkenny and the St John Bosco Centre in Donegal Town.DONEGAL VOTES ‘NO’ TO FISCAL TREATY was last modified: June 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
NFL Pick ‘Em: It’s you against Smash MouthClick here to make your 49ers-Cardinals & Raiders-Chargers predictionsHere are five keys to the 49ers (1-3) beating the Arizona Cardinals (0-4) on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium:1. PROTECT C.J.: Already prone to taking big hits, 49ers QB C.J. Beathard will be facing an ultra-aggressive defense. He endured five sacks and 16 hits the last time the Cardinals visited (20-10 Arizona win, Nov.5). Each of the starting offensive linemen, except left guard Laken …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Grimes, Ohio State University Extension Beef Coordinator, retiredI have had the pleasure of writing articles regularly since 2011. Over the years, I have written about several wide-ranging beef management topics and timely industry issues including a few “editorials” along the way. I hope you have found them worth the time it took you to read them and gained some useful information along the way. Since I retired yesterday from over 33 years of employment with OSU Extension, I want to thank you for allowing me to work with you through many OSU Extension and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association programs over the years.I have tried to think of an appropriate way to wrap up this column. I really could not think of a single topic that I thought would make a fitting conclusion. Rather than focusing on a single topic, I thought I would touch on a few of the subjects that I admit that I am passionate about relating to beef industry. I believe each of these topics have seen many changes throughout my Extension career. Many advancements have been made in each area but I believe there are still improvements to be gained. These are a few of my parting thoughts. Shorten the calving seasonRegardless of whether you use a natural service sire or artificial insemination in your breeding program, there is little justification for a lengthy breeding season. A 60-day breeding season is an ideal goal to shoot for and I would recommend nothing longer than 90 days. If you are currently involved in a longer breeding season, there are valid economic and management reasons to make a change. It requires a little discipline, some rigid culling, and a willingness to use technology and other resources available.Nearly every management decision associated with the cowherd is simplified with a shorter calving season. Herd health, nutritional, and reproductive management are much easier when all cows are in a similar stage of production. Restricting the breeding season to 60 to 90 days will produce a more uniform calf crop that enhances marketing opportunities. It is easier to match up your forage supply with the nutritional demands of your herd when all animals are in a similar production cycle. Vaccination programs are more effective when animals in the breeding herd are in a similar reproductive status. Purchasing a herd sire is serious businessOhio currently has nearly 300,000 beef cows. Hundreds of bulls are required to help make the next calf crop possible. Over the years, many tools have become available to help the producer make an educated decision when choosing your next herd sire. Establish the production goals for your herd and select a sire that compliments the needs of your cowherd. Use EPDs, actual performance data, and Selection Indexes to identify outstanding sire prospects. Never buy a bull without a Breeding Soundness Examination.Select the appropriate age and size that matches the number of cows to be bred. A time-honored rule-of-thumb is to place about the same number of cows or heifers with a young bull as his age is in months. Putting too many cows with too young of a bull is a recipe for open cows. A bull that can increase the number of live calves born, add growth, and increase the maternal strength of a herd through daughters retained should be viewed as a sound investment. A low-cost bull that may not excel in traits of importance may be purchased just to get cows bred and does little to add to the profitability of the herd. This bull is little more than a “cow settler.” Forage production and storageHarvested feeds are the single largest expense in any beef cow-calf production budget that I can find. Typically, the most important component in this category are harvested forages. The producer can improve their bottom line significantly by improving forage quality and yields from every acre of grazed or harvested forages. Yields are certainly an important factor for improving the bottom line. However, the timely harvest of grasses and legumes at the early bloom stage can improve forage quality and ultimately improve animal performance. There is also plenty of room for improvement in the areas of storage and feeding practices. We simply waste too much of the forage that we produce. Replacement females for the cowherdSeveral surveys have indicated that the typical beef cowherd in Ohio averages approximately 17 cows in size. The average replacement rate for females in a given cowherd is roughly 15% to 20% annually. If heifers are being retained as replacements for the herd, this can quickly become a significant management problem for the producer. It is extremely difficult to manage replacement heifers with mature cows and hope that they will become properly developed additions to the herd.I believe that heifers should be managed separately from the mature females from weaning until they wean their first calf. If this is not possible, the producer should consider purchasing bred heifers or young bred cows as a viable alternative raising their replacements from within their herd. Feeder calf productionFeeder calves are the most commonly merchandised product by Ohio’s beef industry. A few producers retain ownership of their calves by feeding them to harvest themselves or through a custom feeder. However, the vast majority of calves produced in Ohio herds are sold at weaning or shortly thereafter. A wide range of marketing strategies may be in play. Some will choose to wean calves from the cow and sell them at a weekly auction market that same day. Others may implement a vaccination program prior to weaning, wean the calves and background them for a period of 45-60 days. Various weaning and marketing strategies occur between these two extremes.Feeder calf marketing is undergoing significant changes across the country. The market is currently sending a clear message that buyers are demanding more for their purchasing dollars. Significant discounts are occurring in the market place for feeder calves that are not weaned 45-60 days, castrated & healed, dehorned, and given two rounds of a modified live vaccine for the shipping fever complex. End-product users are requiring their suppliers to be Beef Quality Assurance certified and this will in turn be pushed down to the producer level. Exports to China and other countries are going to require age and source verification. These are growing realities for cow-calf producers if they want access to as many markets as possible. The “big picture”Now more than ever, producers must treat their beef enterprise as a business and implement management strategies to keep them profitable for the foreseeable future. Regardless if you are involved in cow-calf, stocker, or feedlot enterprises, you must consider all proven and potential practices and technologies to remain competitive in this business. Look around and you can see how rapidly things are changing. Input costs and market prices are more volatile than ever, the consumer increasingly wants to know how their food is produced and expect more choices and quality options, and we continually evolve into more of a global economy where the impacts of imports and exports resonate on the farm.Now more than ever, it is important to become a member of your local, state, and national cattle organizations. We cannot expect people outside of our industry to promote our product and fight for the issues that are near and dear to us. It is our duty to the beef industry to understand the issues that threaten our livelihood and speak out individually and through the strength in numbers that a cattlemen’s organization can provide. Support your local, state, and national cattlemen’s associations however possible.There are many of you that are addressing several or all of these topics and achieving success within your operations. However, there is always room for improvement. I encourage you to take a critical look at your own operations and determine where you can make practical changes that can influence your bottom line. It has been a pleasure for me to work with you over these years and I hope I have made a difference for some of you. Best of luck in the future!
How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Peter Drucker (1909-2005), the late Austrian-born management consultant, once famously said that culture eats strategy for breakfast — i.e., while a sound business plan is excellent, nothing is more important than a company’s culture. That philosophy, later adopted by Ford Motor Company president Mark Fields, is still fully embraced by C-Suite denizens today.A Modern and Successful Company CultureAccording to Deloitte, 94 percent of executives and 88 percent of employees regard a unique company culture as being critical to the success of a business. Alan Kohll, founder and president of TotalWellness, writes that culture impacts everything from recruitment to retention, not to mention employee satisfaction and collaboration.A substandard culture impacts employees’ health which in turn affects the bottom line.The Harvard Business Review took note of a study concluding that healthcare costs are 50 percent greater at companies regarded as high-pressure than those featuring positive cultures. HBR also highlighted an American Psychological Association estimate that $500 billion pours into the U.S. economy each year because of work-related stress.Against that backdrop, it is clear that salary is only one part of the equation in keeping employees happy and productive — that other things matter just as much, if not more. Engagement, defined as how employees regard their place of work and how that impacts their production, is viewed as particularly critical.Companies with highly engaged employees are not only more profitable but have lower turnover, superior customer service and are viewed as being more attractive by candidates. Such giants as Google and Facebook have long been lauded for their ability to engage their employees, as mentioned in a piece in Entrepreneur.com.Google courtesy of such things as its workout facilities, dog-friendly culture and employee trips and parties, Facebook through not only its perks but an open office that finds upper management (including Mark Zuckerberg) rubbing elbows with the entire staff. Both places like to keep their employees well-fed — Facebook even has an on-site laundry service.Among the other companies the Entrepreneur.com mentioned for their positive culture are:Twitter: Free meals are available at the social media giant’s San Francisco headquarters, and unlimited vacation is possible for some employees.Zappos: The shoe manufacturer weeds out employees through an interview process that places an accent on cultural fit, and pays candidates $2,000 to quit if they decide during the first week of training that the job isn’t right for them.Warby Parker: The prescription eyeglass manufacturer features a team dedicated to scheduling lunches, outings and other events for all employees.SquareSpace: The website developer pays all health-insurance premiums, offers flexible vacations and relaxation spaces.Veronique James, CEO of the James Agency, an advertising, public relations, and digital marketing firm based in Scottsdale, Ariz., writes that there are things every executive can do on a granular level to ensure an upbeat environment. For example, her agency begins each week with a 15-minute all-hands shoutout session and on other occasions outlines weekly, monthly and yearly intentions so that everyone is always heading in the same direction. She also emphasizes collaboration, and how it is particularly important for all team members to hold up their end while working on a group project.“The best companies in the world draw the best from all their team members,” says Nazim Ahmed, CEO of CanvasPop,“so I really wanted to create that type of culture where ideas could come from anywhere in the company.” Nazim said his employees are an active part of the product’s creative process.Sweetgreen, a fast-casual restaurant chain, ensures its culture is a strong one through such initiatives as its family fund, under which voluntary paycheck donations are used to help out employees in times of need. The fund came into play when someone needed temporary housing following a fire, and when another employee hoped to visit a loved one plagued by illness.In summation, a strong culture can be built in any number of ways, but no matter the means, it is essential that a company endeavor to do so. Related Posts “Marketer to Watch” (Forbes). “Industry leader” (SAP). “Top 100 FinTech Influencer” . Tech blogger with exposure to millions. Advising startups across Europe, NYC, and Tel Aviv. Yoav Vilner Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…