17 Dec

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet was held in January in Lewis Center at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center. More than 200 attended the event that offered educational breakout sessions, several new youth opportunities, the annual meeting, and evening banquet.“We got an update from Washington, D.C. We heard about where we stand on the electronic logging devices, which is a big issue for a lot of our members and we talked about water quality issues. We also had our first annual youth quiz bowl and we had 42 individuals participate. We are trying to get some more of the youth involved in what we are doing here,” said Sasha Rittenhouse, the new Ohio Cattlemen’s Association president. “One of the biggest things I am looking forward to as president is giving back to an association that I truly believe benefits every single beef producer in the state. The OCA does so many things that a lot of people do not realize. We go to the State House and Washington, D.C. when there are issues trying to put a face with a name. We want to make sure they realize that, though there are not many of us, we are feeding people around the world.”Meeting attendees heard from industry resource speakers including Alvaro Garcia Guerra with Ohio State University talking about pregnancy loss in beef cattle. Other featured speakers at the event included Cathann Kress, dean of the OSU College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, John Foltz, chair of the OSU Department of Animal Sciences, and Colin Woodall, with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, who offered insights into issues at the federal level.“The overall attitude when you look at the beef cattle industry is one where the current administration cares a little bit more about what we have to say. That has been encouraging for us with any number of issues right now. Having an administration that wants to talk with us and help to fix our problems has made 2017 a whole lot better. We look forward to more wins in 2018. With what you hear in the national media it sounds like a bunch of chaos, but from a beef cattle perspective it has been a good year,” Woodall said. “There were two huge wins for us in 2017. One was the rollback of EPA’s WOTUS rule and the other was re-opening China to U.S. beef. Both of those we had spent over a decade working on.“Of course the President has made it clear that he wants to renegotiate NAFTA. As long as we don’t touch the beef and cattle trade provisions we are fine with that. It has worked really well since that agreement has been put into place and we have to maintain our access to Canada and Mexico that are both in our top five for export markets. Our domestic herd is growing and we have to be able to move that product. Having access to Canada and Mexico is a key component of that.”Another issue is a battle over food product labeling.“We do not want the vegetable-based products or lab test tube-based products to be able to use our terminology like beef or hamburger. We don’t mind if people want to find new ways to produce protein we just don’t want them to use our nomenclature because we have worked hard to build the names around our business and we don’t want the consumer to ever be confused,” Woodall said. “We are also going to continue to work on trade access to maintain the agreements we have and open up new markets. We have some work left on the environmental side too. There are still rules and regulations left over from the Obama Administration that we have left to fix. We hope to push forward to get a farm bill done before the current one expires in September.”In addition, awards were presented including: Gerber Farms, Middletown, Ohio — Commercial Producer of the Year; J & L Cattle Service, Jeromesville — Seedstock Producer of the Year; Kyle Nickles, Sycamore — Young Cattleman of the Year; Representative Brian Hill, Zanesville — Industry Service; Gibbs Farms, Maplewood — Environmental Stewardship; and E.R. Boliantz Co., Ashland — Industry Excellence.Fourteen scholarships were presented to outstanding youth during the luncheon. Josh Dickson, Licking County; Kady Davis, Carroll County and Meredith Oglesby, Highland County, received the $1,000 Cattlemen’s Gala scholarship, funded by the 2017 inaugural event. Cole Liggett, Tuscarawas County; Emily Horst, Wayne County; McKayla Raines, Adams County and Erica Snook, Noble County were awarded $1,000 Tagged for Greatness Scholarships, which are funded with the sales of the Ohio Beef license plate.Desirae Logsdon, Fairfield County; Garret Stanfield, Adams County; Caitlyn Gaddis, Knox County and Evan Smith, Fairfield County, received a $1,000 Country Club Scholarship, which was funded by the putt-putt course at the 2017 Ohio State Fair.Hannah Frobose, Wood County, was awarded the $1,000 William Cleland Memorial scholarship. Natalie Wagner, Brown County, was awarded the Saltwell Expo scholarship, funded by the Saltwell Western Store and Ohio Beef Expo, that will be presented at the 2018 Ohio Beef Expo in March.   Colin Woodall, NCBA Young Cattleman Award winner Kyle Nickles from Ashland and Wayne counties Industry Service Award winner State Rep. Brian Hill from Muskingum County Seedstock Producer of the Year winners Jeff and Lou Ellen Harr of J&L Cattle Services of Ashland County Environmental Stewardship winners Chris and Jason Gibbs from Shelby and Logan counties Commercial Producer of the Year Gary Gerber and family from Butler County Sasha Rittenhouse, the new Ohio Cattlemen’s Association president Joe Foster hands the gavel to Sasha Rittenhouse, the current Ohio Cattlemen’s Association president. Industry Excellence Award winner Bob Boliantz of E.R. Boliantz Co. packing company in Ashland.last_img read more

16 Dec

Maine Hosts a ‘Pretty Good House’ Conference

first_imgDesigning a house that balances the competing interests of performance and cost is the focus of a December 2 conference at the Augusta, Maine, Civic Center.“The Pretty Good House: Balancing Energy Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality and Cost” will be hosted by the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council and the Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals. According to organizers, the program is designed for just about anyone interested in residential and light commercial building, including architects, engineers, code officers and inspectors, and those who just want to know more about the topic.Among the speakers will be Eric Werling, the national coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Program.The fee is $99 for members and $150 for non-members. Lunch is included. The program starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs through 3:35 p.m.Panel discussions will cover basics of the “Pretty Good House” concept; federal resources to promote energy efficiency, such as the Department of Energy’s Building America Solution Center; and HVAC issues. Registration can be handled online.last_img read more

9 Dec

An Autobiography in Books

first_imgMy mom taught me to read when I was four years old. I only know this because she at some point told me that is when I learned to read. I fell in love with reading in the 6th grade when Ms. Paolini required her English class to read Jonathon Livingston Seagull. That is the first book I remember having read, and from there, I never stopped reading.In 7th grade, I read The Hobbit. It took me the entirety of 7th grade to read it, and I eventually started to skip the parts where dwarves and elves sang songs. In 8th grade, I read The Lord of the Rings and every Asimov magazine I could get my hands on. From there, it was Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, with an occasional book about Arthur Conan Doyle’s master of deductive reasoning, Sherlock Holmes.My freshman year of high school, my Dad gave me two books. The first book was titled The Fox is Crazy, Too: The True Story of Garrett Trapnell, Adventurer, Skyjacker, Bank Robber, Con Man, Lover. I don’t remember anything about the book, other than I enjoyed it well enough to remember the title. The second book was Will: The Auto-biography of G. Gordon Liddy.Liddy’s book left a mark. As a child, Liddy was afraid of everything from rats to zeppelins to lightning storms. The first half of the book documents a childhood spent facing each fear until they were dispatched forever, as well as his path to the FBI. The second half is his telling of his involvement in the failed Watergate burglary and the 72 months he spent in prison, months that would have likely been spent with his family had he been willing to testify against members of the Nixon White House. I was moved by the inviolable values by which Liddy lived. His intestinal fortitude was a model that armored me against some events of the following years.In 1986, I read a book by a young upstart titled, Unlimited Power. A few years later I saw the author, Anthony Robbins in a very large, mostly empty room, teaching influence to business people. At the time, he was still wearing expensive suits and show-ing the outward symbols of success, and still spoke of NLP.Two years later, I would read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, a book that instantaneously changed how I viewed everything I did, from work to fronting a rock-n-roll band. I read the book every couple of years, always finding something new and always exposing some area where I still had room for improvement, mostly around being proactive and investing in relationships.While living in Los Angeles, I read a lot of Stephen King and Clive Barker. One day, I didn’t feel well. I had been sick the night before, and I thought I might have had food poising. I was living alone, it was a Saturday, and I had nothing to do. I picked up Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow as soon as I opened my eyelids, and I finished it around time for dinner. I never left my bed and finished the book in one sitting.A few weeks later, I would have a grand Mal seizure, and a few weeks after that, I would have two brain surgeries, one resulting in losing a significant piece of my brain. After these surgeries, I decided to do something with what remained of my brain by going to college.I majored in Political Science and read every book and article by Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. I read dozens of books on politics, including everything I could find about the founding of America, Federalist and Antifederalist alike. I also read economics, mostly Austrians, like Mises’ Human Action and Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty.I did not receive my dual major degree in English Literature, but I did take all the required courses, requiring me to read about half of Shakespeare’s plays and all of his sonnets, along with Swift, Cervantes, Dante, Milton, and Dostoevsky. I also read modern American literature, where I fell in love the works of Flannery O’Connor, who was more frightening that Stephen King, her work exposing the evil of which human be-ing are capable without any supernatural forces.A few years after that, I stumbled into Tom Peters work, and devoured every one of his books, starting with In Search of Excellence. I also read every sales book I cool get my hands on, starting with Mack Hanan’s Consultative Selling, Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman in the World, Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing the Sale, and Neil Rackham’s SPIN Selling, Major Account Sales Strategy, and Rethinking the Sales Force.Later, I bumped into Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel. When you take in good things, good things tend to come out.I spent a lot of time in bookstores, and still to do this day. I always look that the new nonfiction section, reading the flaps and flipping over the book to read blurbs. This is how I found Howard Bloom’s The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Force of History, the book that provided me with my initial introduction into memes and evolutionary psychology. I followed that thread to Robert Wright’s The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology.Of all the books I have read, read again, and gifted, none comes close to What To Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn) by Seth Godin. I believe it has more power than any other in compelling you to do what you were put here to do.More recently, the books that capture my attention include the entire works of Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, Antifragile, and Skin in the Game), as well as the many books by Ken Wilber, the American Philosopher who is recognized for Integral Theory, including the books Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality, and his most recent work, The Religion of Tomorrow: A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions-More Inclusive, More Comprehensive, More Complete.I just finished reading Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions by Alberto Mangual, a brilliant book about books (and the impetus for this post). On my desk next to me now is American Audacity: In Defense of Literary Daring by William Giraldi. Essential Reading! 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29 Nov

ABL: Alab Pilipinas survives Chong Son in OT

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CHONG SON KUNG FU 91 – McKinney 25, Howard 25, Tucker 24, Tiongson 11, Kamiran 6, Liu 0, He 0, Zhao 0, Luo 0.Quarters: 18-24, 39-47, 62-65, 84-84, 94-91. It was only the second win at home for Alab as it improved to 7-4.Howard led Chong Son with 25 points and 18 rebounds, while Fil-Am MicKinney also got 25 markers, nine assists, and six boards in his first game in Philippine soil.The Kung Fu suffered only their second loss and fell to 6-2.The Scores:TANDUAY ALAB PILIPINAS 94 – Parks 31, Brownlee 20, Balkman 20, Urbiztondo 9, Domingo 8, Maierhofer 6, Celiz 0, Hontiveros 0, Javelona 0.ADVERTISEMENT Pistons’ Blake Griffin says he wants to be where he’s wanted John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTanduay Alab Pilipinas bucked gaffe late in regulation and scored a 94-91 overtime squeaker over Chong Son Kung Fu Wednesday in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at Sta. Rosa Multi-purpose Complex.The home team needed huge defensive stops, with Renaldo Balkman securing a huge deflection of Kamiran Sidikejiang’s pass in the clutch to deny the visitors a chance to score before Justin Brownlee sealed the three-point win.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks had his best game of the season, finishing with 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting clip, on top of six rebounds and two assists while handling bulk of the defensive load guarding Chong Son Heritage import Mikh McKinney.Brownlee also overcame his woeful 7-of-27 shooting night and wound up with 20 markers and 11 rebounds, while Balkman poured five of his 20 points in the extra period, while also hauling down 16 boards and six blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJosh Urbiztondo was instrumental in Alab’s late fightback from 11 points down, catching fire in the fourth period as he drained three consecutive treys to put his side up, 82-80 with 1:35 left in regulation.However, it was his errant pass to Brownlee in the final 15 seconds that allowed the Chinese club to stay alive as Justin Howard tied the game at 84. Brownlee missed the desperation three as the game went to overtime. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

17 Nov

AFC U-16 Championship: India a win away from qualifying for 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup

first_imgThe U-16 team of India are just a step away from creating history — qualifying for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup on merit. India hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup last year by virtue of which they played in the tournament. However, on Monday if India win in Malaysia, this will be the first time they will make it into a FIFA event purely on merit.Even as history beckons, India have a massive challenge ahead in the form of Korea Republic, perhaps the strongest team in the competition but the colts coached by Bibiano Fernandes would want to defy the odds.India take on Korea Republic at the Petaling Jaya Stadium on Monday and will look to polish their shooting boots and maintain their solid defence in order to have a chance against the Asian Games gold medallists.#AFCU16 quarter-finals fixtures. Who will proceed to the last 4? pic.twitter.com/qbgbZGfOEwAFC (@theafcdotcom) September 29, 2018At the Asian Games this year, Korea Republic beat Japan to win the gold medal under the leadership of their star player Son Heung Min, who was one of the three overage players in the team.The battle is all set to be interesting as Korea Republic have scored 12 goals from three group matches so far without conceding any while India have not conceded a single goal but have scored only one.In the group stage, India beat Vietnam 1-0 in their first match and then held Iran and home team Indonesia (in front of a vociferous crowd) to a 0-0 draw to make it to the quarter-finals.advertisementBack in 2002, 16 years ago, an Indian U-16 team had made it to the quarter-finals and even then they had come across Korea Republic, losing 1-3. Fernandes’s would want to re-write the history books this time around.”We know Korea Republic are the favourites and we are the underdogs,” head coach Bibiano Fernandes stated. “They are the overwhelming favourites.”Our goal is higher, reaching AFC U16 quarters is a part of journey, says Director @abhiy10.#AsianDream #BackTheBlue #WeAreIndia #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/M94bHFtVHdIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 30, 2018″But we have been the underdogs since the group stages and we are banking on the same against Korea Republic,” Fernandes further said.”We all know the gravity of the moment and what it will mean for Indian football. But at the same time, we will play without pressure and back ourselves up as underdogs. We will fight.”If Korea Republic underestimate us, we shall prove them otherwise and give them a run for their money.”India’s defence has been rock solid this tournament. They held Iran to a 0-0 draw and despite all the pressure from the crowd and Indonesia, they survived without conceding a goal and central defender Bikash Yumnam has been an integral part of the showing.However, with Yumnam receiving a double booking, he will be unavailable for the match against Korea Republic.”Bikash will not be able to play. There’s no point of sitting back and lamenting. We need to go ahead with what we have. There are other players in the squad, all capable enough,” Bibiano said.”We all know the quality that Korea Republic possesses and we all know the damage they can do if we get complacent at the back. Our defence has been our strength in this tournament and the players have worked really hard to defend as a single cohesive unit.”Building up to the clash, the Indian training sessions have been nothing short of gruelling with special emphasis being given to the finishing aspect.Boys sweat it out for tomorrow as they clash against South Korea in the Quarter Finals of AFC U-16 Championship.#StarsOfTomorrow #BackTheBlue #WeAreIndia #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/0JEOslIG25Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 30, 2018″We have been creating chances and need to convert them. We could have easily won against both Iran and Indonesia. If we get complacent in front of goal, it will end badly for us,” Bibiano pronounced.Even the players are raring to go and once again prove themselves. “We will give more than our cent percent in the quarters. These are the 90 minutes that we have worked hard and sacrificed a lot for,” captain Vikram Partap said.”Anything can happen in a football match and anything can happen in the elimination rounds. We cannot predict the future but will play our hearts out to make a dream come true.”Defender Gurkirat Singh added: “We are ready for them. We know the challenges we will face and the swiftness we will have to deal with. We need to stick to the instructions of the coach.”advertisementKOREA REPUBLIC COACH APPLAUDS INDIA FOR THREE CLEAN SHEETSKorea Republic Head coach Kim Jung Soo credited the Indian side for being the “deserving quarterfinalists” and applauded the team for their strong defence and keeping three clean sheets so far.”India deserve to be in the quarter-final stages and each team that has qualified for the quarter finals should be considered as favourites.”Each and every team has prepared under the same circumstances, but the Indian team has done well for themselves in the group stages.”The Indian defence line does its job well and I give them credit for keeping three clean sheets in the three matches of the group stages,” Kim Jung Soo said in the press conference.The Indian defence line, after holding out the likes of Iran and Indonesia, is looking to prove themselves once more against Korea Republic, who have scored 12 goals in the competition, including a 7-0 mauling of Afghanistan in the group stage.last_img read more

15 Oct

Lisa LeBlanc pushes past a breakup with wit and raucousness

first_img“I Love You, I Don’t Love You, I Don’t Know.” “Why Does It Feel So Lonely (When You Are Around).” “Eh Cher (You’ve Overstayed Your Welcome).” “Dump the Guy ASAP.”We’re cautious about probing too deeply into Lisa LeBlanc’s personal life, but it seems fair to ask, given certain recurring themes in the lyric sheet to — nay, roughly half the song titles on — her new album, Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?, if perhaps these tunes were a means of working through and moving past a few things.“Oh, for sure. They always are,” she laughs over a midday meal on King West, waving off the notion that she might be inhabiting fictional characters in her songwriting. “I have to live it.” Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement This isn’t to say that Runaway Queen, the banjo-toting Rosaireville, N.B. native’s second full-length record, is a maudlin affair. It’s actually a pretty raucous, rousingly bad-tempered little gem and a more polished realization of the raunchy folk-rock sound she pursued to much acclaim on 2014’s interstitial EP, Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted. And, as breakup albums go, it’s a fairly good-humoured one. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more