26 Sep
2020

England captain Harry Kane vows: ‘I’ll be at Euros’

first_imgThe striker has been sidelined since New Year’s Day with a torn hamstring tendon, which required surgery.But Kane is ahead of schedule in his recovery and Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has said he could be fit for the final “three, four or five” matches of the season.In an interview with the Evening Standard Magazine, Kane said: “In my head, I am definitely at the Euros.“Unless something pretty drastic happens between now and then, I’ll be there. I’m still not back training with the first team but I’m working hard in the gym, I’m getting stronger all the time.“We’re talking a few more weeks, and I’ll be playing again. I don’t want to make a prediction for which game I might be back, but I am hoping somewhere between the start and the middle of April.”Tottenham travel to Bournemouth on April 18 before the north London derby at home to Arsenal the following Sunday, their fourth-last league match of the season.They end the campaign with trips to Newcastle and Crystal Palace, either side of a visit from Leicester.Kane has recovered quickly from a string of injuries in recent seasons.While insisting that he would not be rushed back, Mourinho said last week that Kane was a player who “doesn’t accept protocols”.England captain Harry KaneRead Also: Wanyama joins MLS side Montreal Impact as designated player“Let’s see with Harry,” he said. “He’s obviously a great professional and a fighter and he wants to be back as soon as possible. What’s ‘as soon as possible?’ I don’t know.”Euro 2020, which is scheduled to take place in 12 venues across the continent, kicks off on June 12.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 England captain Harry Kane is confident he will be fit for Euro 2020 and has targeted a Tottenham return early next month.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?17 Astonishingly Beautiful Cave Churches7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddonlast_img read more

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14 Aug
2020

Accident at the turnpike this afternoon

first_imgAccident, east of Wellintgton, this afternoon. (Pam Strader photo).Sumner Newscow report — A two-car accident occurred at the Kansas Turnpike gate of Exit 19 on U.S. 160 around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Wellington Fire/EMS Chief said four people refused transport. Kansas Highway Patrol does not release information on non-injury accidents. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 255 weeks ago How many wrecks or deaths is it going to take before Wellington decides to lower the speed limit through here??? Same thing in front of high school… Report Reply 0 replies · active 255 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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12 Aug
2020

Pirates rally in 9th behind Alvarez and Marte; beat Blue Jays 6-5

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte (6) gets a hug from Pedro Alvarez, right, after Marte hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Alvarez had hit a two-run homer earlier in the inning to tie the game. The Pirates won 6-5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates probably thought they were in for another long night.They arrived home in Pittsburgh at 3:33 a.m. Friday after the second game of their doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles went into extra innings. The Pirates appeared on their way to playing another late one Friday night when Pedro Alvarez hit a tying two-run homer off Sergio Santos in the ninth.But two batters later, Starling Marte followed with a winning drive into the bullpen in left-center, giving the Pirates a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.Manager Clint Hurdle, who moved Marte from batting leadoff to the seventh spot in the lineup Thursday and six-hole Friday, hopes the win can get his players and team some “traction.”“It’s been a while since Pedro has been able to ride one out of the ballpark,” Hurdle said. “Marte’s at-bats have gotten bigger, none bigger than that one. Those kind of at-bats can create a spark, create more momentum and more traction.”Marte knew the ball was gone as soon as he hit it.“That’s what I want,” Marte said. “No matter what spot I hit in.”Santos (0-2) entered with a 5-3 lead and allowed a leadoff single to Neil Walker. He struck out Andrew McCutchen, and Alvarez followed with his seventh homer this season. Pinch-hitter Ike Davis flied out, and Marte hit the first game-ending homer of his big league career.Alvarez’s homer broke a two-week home run drought for the third baseman who led the National League last season.“Obviously, (hitting the home run) feels really good,” Alvarez said. “It kept us in the game, but of course anytime I can get a clutch hit for the team, to contribute to a W, it’s huge.”Mark Melancon (1-1) pitched a hitless ninth for the win. After converting his first four save chances this season, Santos has blown three of his last four for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of their last nine games and continue to have issues in the bullpen.“We played such a great game today and it stinks to blow it,” Santos said.Toronto manager John Gibbons noted the injuries to reliever Casey Janssen and Dustin McGowan as aspects that have hindered the Blue Jays’ performance at the end of games.“It’s a totally different look and I think we’re suffering for it,” Gibbons said. “But the game doesn’t let you up.”McCutchen had three hits for Pittsburgh, which outhit the Blue Jays 17-10. The Pirates won for just the third time in 13 games and the fifth time in their last 20.Pirates starter Gerrit Cole allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, failing to reach the sixth for the first time in six starts this season. Cole said he was “a little off” Friday night.“I wasn’t executing a handful of pitches there,” Cole said. “They beat me on some good pitches.”Toronto’s Brandon Morrow gave up three runs and 11 hits in five innings. After walking eight batters in his last start, Morrow walked just one Friday.“I just forgot about that and went out and threw the way I’d been throwing before that,” Morrow said. “I wasn’t thinking about that and I don’t think it was strange to come out and have good command today.”In his first at-bat in Pittsburgh since 2008, Jose Bautista hit a two-out double in the first and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead on Jordy Mercer’s run-scoring, double-play grounder in the second and McCutchen’s RBI single in the third.Colby Rasmus hit his sixth homer of the season in the fourth, a two-run drive, and Bautista had an RBI double in the fifth that made it 4-2.McCutchen’s run-scoring single cut the deficit in the bottom half, but Toronto regained a two-run lead in the sixth on pinch-hitter Steve Tolleson’s run-scoring, two-out triple off Justin Wilson.Hurdle was keen not to forget about Casey Sadler making his major league debut Friday night. Sadler pitched two scoreless innings, gave up a hit and struck out one.“He was able to come in and keep the game right where it was,” Hurdle said. “Not to be lost in everything else that went on because he kept it right there at a two-run deficit.”NOTES: Bautista has a 12-game hitting streak and has reached based in all 29 games he’s played this season. … Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-3, 5.09 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday against Francisco Liriano (0-3, 3.97).last_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017

first_imgJ. Keith Desormeaux3473521%44%$446,760 Vladimir Cerin3487624%62%$283,719 ARROGATE WORKS MONDAY, POSSIBLE FOR BIG ‘CAPSENSITIVELY RETURNS IN THE GRADE III LAS FLORESKOBE‘S BACK DRILLS WITH GARY STEVENS ABOARD Philip D’Amato631371121%49%$815,980 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.78127715%33%$617,100 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer9418111819%50%$1,335,468 Tyler Baze17130362018%50%$1,446,796 Santiago Gonzalez9410131211%37%$481,242 ARROGATE, MIDNIGHT STORM WORK TOMORROW“The big horse works tomorrow.”So spoke Bob Baffert at Clockers’ Corner on an intermittently rainy Sunday morning, referring to Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate, who is scheduled to work at 7:45 a.m. under jockey Martin Garcia, after which a decision could be forthcoming on whether the Eclipse Award champion three-year-old male of 2016 will run in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11, or go elsewhere.With the spate of recent rain altering training schedules, Baffert deems it crucial to get the work for Arrogate in tomorrow to maintain a regimen that will keep the son of Unbridled’s Song race ready no matter where he surfaces next.Also scheduled to work Monday for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter is Midnight Storm for Phil D’Amato, who has been firm on the Big ‘Cap since  the versatile speedster won the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1.“I’m very happy with him,” D’Amato said of the six-year-old full horse by Pioneerof the Nile out of the Bertrando dam My Tina, and a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf. “We’re looking forward to running in the Big ‘Cap.” Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 25) Joseph Talamo1081681715%38%$515,903 Flavien Prat16238252823%56%$2,495,094 Peter Miller782120727%62%$1,144,515 Mark Glatt54911717%50%$400,570 Mike Smith38133934%66%$1,252,159 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493center_img SENSITIVELY ‘FRESH’ FOR LAS FLORES STAKESSensitively is scheduled to make her first start in nearly seven months in next Sunday’s Grade III Las Flores Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at six furlongs.“She’s training good and she runs well fresh,” trainer Phil D’Amato said of the five-year-old Street Sense mare that last raced on Aug. 17, 2016, but has won twice after layoffs, once after five months and another after seven weeks.“Tyler (Baze) has been breezing her and we’re a go.”Sensitively has won four of nine career starts but seeks her first stakes win in the Las Flores, which offers $100,000 in purse money. The bay mare is a horse for course, however, having won four of six starts at Santa Anita, with one second.Others likely for the Los Flores include Constellation, Flavien Prat; Fantastic Style, Rafael Bejarano; and Watch This Cat, Corey Nakatani. Bob Baffert4496720%50%$886,151 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Doug O’Neill10711221910%49%$1,026,751 Kent Desormeaux10121121021%43%$1,268,091 Richard Baltas9116161418%51%$854,717 KOBE‘S BACK BREEZES FOR TRIPLE BEND UNDER STEVENSKobe’s Back, who last raced June 25, 2016, finishing third in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s “good” main track at 11:45 a.m. before Sunday’s first race at 12:30 p.m. for this year’s Triple Bend for four-year-olds and up at seven furlongs on March 11.Under regular rider Gary Stevens, Kobe’s Back was clocked in 1:13.13, with fractional times of 23.74, 35.71, 47.94 and 1:00.30.A six-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Flatter trained by Peter Eurton for the C R K Stable, millionaire Kobe’s Back has a 5-3-4 record from 20 starts with earnings of $1,036,250.Also working before the first race were a trio for Bob Baffert, three-year-old American Anthem, in company with Downtowner, and Grade II Matron winner Pretty N Cool, who is nominated to next Sunday’s Las Flores Stakes.American Anthem, runner-up to Gormley in the Sham Stakes, was ridden by Martin Garcia and timed in 59.40 for five furlongs. The fractional times were 23.68, 46.76 and 58.98, with a six furlong gallop out of 1:11.51. Downtowner received a final time of 59.40.Pretty N Cool went six furlongs under Garcia in 1:11.03, getting splits of 23.82, 46.82 and 59.03, with a seven furlong gallop out of 1:24.17. Victor Espinoza46912620%59%$631,797 William Spawr22102245%64%$282,271 Stewart Elliott11212131611%37%$586,157 FINISH LINES: Bettys Bambino, a disappointing third and last as the 2-5 favorite in Saturday’s Sensational Star Stakes, came out of the race with an injury and likely will be retired. “We could bring him back, but at his age (seven), we’d have to give him six months off,” trainer Peter Eurton said Sunday morning. “He strained his (left) front suspensory, but he’s walking sound and more than likely he’ll probably be retired, but I need to talk to the owners. You never know. They might want to bring him back.” The Sensational Star on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs was only the 12th race in the abbreviated career of Bettys Bambino, who had won six of seven starts over the venue. A gelded son of Unusual Heat, Bettys Bambino has earned $390,036 . . . The seven scheduled starters in today’s fifth race will never win any Eclipse Awards, but they’ve certainly paid their dues in longevity, with a combined 275 starts in their careers, topped by Smil’n From Above, a nine-year-old mare trained by Marcelo Polanco who has raced 82 times, winning only three but finishing second and third 17 times each. The seven runners have averaged more than 39 starts each. Gianis, a seven-year-old mare trained by Duff Shidaker, goes postward for the 61st time in the race, labeled the $23,000 Queen of Hearts Starter Handicap for older fillies and mares at six furlongs . . . Agent Tom Knust has Mario Gutierrez booked to ride California Derby winner So Conflated for Paul Reddam and Doug O’Neill in next Saturday’s 1 1/16 mile Gotham at Aqueduct . . . Friends and well wishers of trainer Barry Abrams, of whom there are many, offered congratulations and enjoyed carrot cake at Clockers’ Corner Sunday in advance of his 63rd birthday next Saturday, March 4 . . . All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, March 11, will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. Martin Pedroza829161411%48%$429,713 Peter Eurton4385519%42%$457,269 John Sadler42791017%62%$471,304 Tiago Pereira781081013%36%$320,755last_img read more

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21 Dec
2019

Donegal school receives humanitarian award from GOAL

first_imgPupils from Creevy National School near Ballyshannon in Co. Donegal have received a very special award from Irish humanitarian response agency, GOAL, for their part in a unique programme on global issues.The bright young minds in teacher Carmel Magee’s Fourth Class completed a number of GOAL Development Education workshops, earning them a Certificate of Achievement for their ongoing commitment and dedication to the programme.One programme the students took part in was an hour and a half long drama-based workshop to help them better understand the struggles ordinary people face in some of the countries GOAL works. Not only are these children committed to making the world a better place, they have shown admirable enthusiasm towards fundraising, raising almost €600 for GOAL’s Jersey Day in 2018.GOAL Development Education Officer, Mura Tierney, who worked closely with the students in Creevy, said:“I was very impressed by the humanitarian ethos of the school and the way staff and students alike were passionate about justice and human rights. The children were very enthusiastic workshop participants and asked great questions. I admire their dedication to humanitarian work and commitment to each workshop they took part in.”She said GOAL’s Development Education programme would not work without the commitment of school teachers throughout Ireland who care and nurture young minds each day. Creevy NS Fourth Class Teacher, Carmel Magee, said the GOAL programme helped her better engage her young pupils about global issues:“Getting involved with GOAL’s Development Education programme has helped the children become more aware of the difficulties that some people endure each day. The work was presented in an enjoyable and fun way, but when completed the children had gained so much knowledge. It was great to see the impact it made on the children, and how they were coming up with ideas on ways that we could improve the world through changing our habits as well as raising money.”The students involved were thrilled with the award and had the following to say:“Doing work with GOAL made me feel concerned about other people in other countries and it made me feel like I needed to help other people more. I also realised that when I helped it made me feel brighter too.”“GOAL made me more aware of the struggles that other people live in.”“Working with GOAL this year has helped me because now I know what pain and suffering people are going through. We can help them by raising money for them and I would love to do it again.” GOAL offers free workshops to primary schools nationwide. For more information  visit https://www.goalglobal.org/schools/Donegal school receives humanitarian award from GOAL was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Creevy National Schoolgoallast_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

The Drinkable Book could save lives

first_imgThe Drinkable Book is an effort to provide clean drinking water to people who need it in developing countries. The pages can be torn out and used as a filter to remove bacteria from impure water. It has been tested in the lab and in the field in countries such as South Africa and Ghana. The pages of The Drinkable Book can clean impure water. The book contains instructions in English and local languages on its use. (Image: Brian Gartside, Page Drinking Paper)• Biogas backpack revolutionises cooking in Ethiopia• New push for careers in science and innovation• Maasai women lead solar revolution in Kenya• DNA detective work could end poaching• Girls encouraged to reach for the stars  Priya PitamberImagine if cleaning impure water was as simple as tearing a page out of a book and using it as a filter in a holder. Well, imagine no more: it’s become reality.After field trials, a book with pages that can be ripped out and used to filter drinking water, has proven successful. The Drinkable Book is a combination of usage instructions, treated paper, and helpful information on the importance of purifying water.“Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through,” noted British news site, BBC.“In trials at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh, the paper successfully removed more than 99% of bacteria.”These results were shown at the 250th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, US.How it worksThe pages of the Drinkable Book contain silver nanoparticles that are lethal to bacteria, which are killed as water passes through.“Silver has been used for disease prevention for many centuries,” explains the official Drinkable Book website. “Some of the pathogens transmitted through untreated water can lead to severe and life-threatening disease, such as typhoid, cholera, hepatitis, E. coli. Typically, the symptoms of waterborne disease are gastro-intestinal illness, diarrhea, and dehydration.”Developed by researcher Dr Theresa Dankovich at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, it was tested for several years while Dankovich worked at McGill University in Canada and then at the University of Virginia.“All you need to do is tear out a paper, put it in a simple filter holder and pour water into it from rivers, streams, wells etc and out comes clean water – and dead bacteria as well,” she told BBC news. “Ions come off the surface of the nanoparticles, and those are absorbed by the microbes.”The website says the book’s main benefits are that it is simple, cost-effective and portable. “The water treatment also leaves no off-taste to the clean water, unlike chlorine or iodine treatments.”Dankovich explained that the book was aimed at people living in developing communities. She told BBC news that 663 million people across the world did not have access to clean drinking water.Trials and successesThe development team headed by Dankovich first tested the pages of the book in a lab, by artificially contaminating water. Successful results led to field trials in developing countries which lasted over two years. In these tests, Dankovich worked with charities such as Water is Life.“Greater than 90% of the samples had basically no viable bacteria in them, after we filtered the water through the paper,” she told the BBC. “It’s really exciting to see that not only can this paper work in lab models, but it also has shown success with real water sources that people are using.”The paper was used in the most extreme circumstances. It was tested at a site where raw sewage was being dumped into the stream, and it decreased the levels of bacteria in the water.“But we were really impressed with the performance of the paper; it was able to kill the bacteria almost completely in those samples. And they were pretty gross to start with, so we thought – if it can do this, it can probably do a lot.”Practical use and recognitionAccording to The Drinkable Book’s website, it is estimated that one filter can be used to clean approximately 100 litres of water, which means a single book could filter a single person’s water supply for up to four years.The book has been recognised by the 2015 Innovation By Design Awards. Out of 1 500 projects for nominations from around the globe across all the categories, The Drinkable Book won the overall prize in the health category.The Voss Foundation, an organisation that works for access to clean water, notes there are many benefits to communities as a whole if clean water is available. Using clean water has a wide range of benefits for communities as a whole. Click on the image for a larger view. (Image: Voss Foundation)last_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

Bafana can beat Brazil: Barker

first_img26 February 2014African Nations Cup-winning Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker is backing current coach Gordon Igesund to come good against five-time World Cup winners Brazil when the two teams clash at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 5 March.Barker was at the helm when South Africa and Brazil met in 1996 and 1997. The Brazilians won both matches, 3-2 and 2-1 respectively.The former match, contested between the then African champions and world champions, has gone down as a classic in South African football history.The value of experience“I believe in both matches, first at FNB Stadium, when we lost 3-2 having led 2-0 at halftime, and secondly at Ellis Park in the 2-1 loss, we could have come up with better results had we had a bit of experience,” the Black Aces mentor said in a statement late last week.He said one thing that Bafana Bafana needed to remind themselves of was that, regardless of names, it would be a contest of 11 men against 11 men.“One of the biggest short-comings is to give too much respect to your opponents. Yes, Brazil have a star-studded team, but that means nothing once you walk onto the pitch,” Barker said.ImpressedHe declared himself impressed by Igesund’s charges when they beat Spain at the same venue late last year, and said he was expecting a repeat of those heroics from the local boys.“This is a big match for everyone. It is every player’s dream to play against world beaters like Brazil, and I think that inspiration will drive all players to go all out.”Kit launchBrazil will be using the match to launch their 2014 World Cup playing kit. They will use the home kit in the opening half and change into their away kit for the second half.Bafana Bafana will also be launching their new limited edition Nike kit on the night.“We are using the match as a handover of the 2010 Fifa World Cup hosts to 2014 hosts,” said South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan.TicketsThe match kicks off at 19:00 and tickets are going for R50 (upper tier), R100 (lower tier) and R200 (middle tier).Brazil arrivalThe Brazilian squad will arrive on Monday, 3 March, in three batches at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.Having previously named a squad of 15 European-based players, coach Felipe Scolari has added three players who ply their trade in Brazil, namely Fluminense’s Fred, Atletico Mineiro striker Jo and Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson.Fred was the top goal scorer in the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup, which Brazil won, netting five times, but missed the 1-0 loss to Switzerland in August because of injury.Jo has become a regular under Scolari, while Jefferson returns after missing November’s friendlies against Honduras and Chile.‘A good opportunity’“It’s a good opportunity to meet the group, our last before the final squad of the World Cup [is decided],” Scolari said in a statement released by Confederaçao Brasileira de Futebol (CBF).“It will be an important test against an African team who recently beat Spain, and a good time to talk to the players and coaching staff on planning for the World Cup.”SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

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17 Dec
2019

Miami Trace FFA graduates receive highest award

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This year, the Miami Trace/Great Oaks FFA had 6 graduate FFA members receive the American FFA Degree at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. This degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year there were a total of 3,780 American Degrees awarded. Those that received the American FFA degree from Miami Trace were: Jacob Rose, Natalie Miller, Cassidy Elam, Caleb Penwell, Evan Schaefer, and Heather Johnston.To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productivity invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each of the recipients received a gold American FFA Degree key, certificate and matted frame after being recognized on stage at the convention.One of these members, Evan Schaefer, was further recognized as a 2016 American Star Farmer Finalist.   Production agriculture has been part of Evan Schaefer’s life from the beginning. He says some of his earliest memories are of riding in the tractor with his father and watching his family work the land.  At an early age, Evan knew his future would be in agriculture.  Evan’s enterprises started at the age of nine when he began a plot of sweet corn operated in partnership with his cousins.  From there, Evan’s knowledge of agriculture continued to grow as he gained responsibilities on the family farm.  Today, that excitement regarding agriculture has earned him the honor of being named 2016 American Star Farmer, one of the most prestigious honors awarded to a student by the National FFA Organization.Schaefer began his FFA career with 7.2 acres that was located on his family farm. Evan was then able to grow his operation in 2015 to 695 total acres of diversified crop production. The new acreage was equally divided into corn and soybean production. Evan also continued his sweet corn operation.  This diversity allowed him to experiment with new farming practices and remain innovative on the latest research and technology. Furthering his education at Southern State Community College, Schaefer said he wants to make sure he is doing his part to work towards food security through innovative production practices. Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, four FFA members are honored with American Star Awards for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agricultural education. The American Star Awards, including American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience, are presented to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing, either by owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.Other requirements to achieve the award include demonstrating top management skills; completing key agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements; and earning an American FFA Degree, the organization’s highest level of student accomplishment. Evan Schaefer is the son of Tim and Mary Jo Schaefer. He is a member of the Miami Trace/Great Oaks FFA Chapter, led by advisors, Bruce Bennett, Amanda Swigert and Wendi Mizer-Stachler.Sixteen American Star Award finalists from throughout the U.S. are nominated by a panel of judges who then interview the finalists during the national convention and expo. Four are named winners and receive cash awards totaling $4,000. All American Star finalists receive a $2,000 cash award. The American Star Awards are sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, Elanco Animal Health, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.last_img read more

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