On-farm cooperation facilitating OSC research and marketing efforts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The research efforts of Ohio agriculture certainly include lab testing, university plot work and data analysis, but every farmer knows that the most dependable crop production research also includes extensive work in real, on-farm fields.The real world of crop production simply cannot be duplicated in a lab. For this reason, farmer cooperators with various agricultural research projects are absolutely essential in developing relevant conclusions and solutions for challenges on farms. And, it just so happens, that some of those farmer cooperators are the same ones making decisions about which research projects should be funded by Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) checkoff dollars at the state and national levels. Dan Corcoran, Pike County farmer, OSC and United Soybean Board memberWith its misty mornings, rolling hills and steamy river bottoms, the Corcoran farm faces perennial disease challenges — a nightmare for farm management but a dream come true for plant pathologists like Dr. Anne Dorrance with Ohio State University Extension.“In southern Ohio we have a blessing and curse that it gets foggy most every morning. That allows us to get some moisture in here when it is dry but we also get more disease issues. We run into disease pressure from the time we plant the seed through harvest,” Corcoran said. “Anne likes to evaluate what is going on in these fields so we can learn more about how to grow better soybeans. Whenever Anne comes down here she gets a big smile on her face because of the disease levels we have. Our disease is good for her and bad for me.”As much as he does not appreciate the disease problems, Corcoran does recognize the value of this kind of research both for his farm and the farms of other Ohio soybean farmers.“Her research looks at some unique disease scenarios which will provide important information to farmers in the region. We hear from a lot of companies selling fungicides alerting us to problems, but with this university work we can get unbiased, real data on what works and what does not,” he said. “Anne has put out plots for three or four years. We have graduate students doing studies out here from the time we plant through harvest. They get an idea of the plant cycle and disease problems. They can also get an early start on finding disease here. Then, Anne has the ability to work with many people in the state and around the country. Through that collaboration, those researchers are looking at multiple things to help us as producers better manage things to produce a better crop.”Learning from the research taking place on his farm, Corcoran has modified his management techniques to improve profitability.“Because we have these plots, we talk about putting fungicide on a little earlier. The plot work has really helped us evaluate fungicides. We have learned that it is tough to make fungicides pay on soybeans. We use genetic selection to get good disease resistance,” he said. “Charcoal rot is more prevalent in southern Ohio. You need high temperatures and in some years we are seeing it on our sandy soils. We start see plants start to wither. They go from beautiful green to dying out just like that. It is a grey fungus that grows up the stem and takes over the whole plant. Those zero yields really hurt your average.“We are also watching frogeye leaf spot closely this year. We occasionally see it really affecting the perimeter and we will hit the outsides of fields when it gets bad, especially in seed beans that we grow. We like to do test strips every year. We will try different timing of spraying, with and without insecticides. The soybeans do look pretty when you spray them but it doesn’t always show up in the yield. The later it gets in the season, the less likely we are to spray.” Terry McClure, Paulding County, OSC Board memberThere are few issues more pressing in Ohio agriculture than the countless questionsTerry McClureregarding water quality. McClure has opened up his farm to researchers to get some answers through on-farm, edge-of-field testing with water collection stations for surface and tile runoff.“You have to take time to do these kinds of things. There is nothing wrong with farmers taking a little time to try to learn more about what is happening in our fields,” McClure said. “This really started several years ago with a presentation from Kevin Elder from the Ohio Department of Agriculture about these water quality problems we were seeing. He kept saying, ‘We don’t know.’ That got to be unacceptable. For agriculture, not knowing is not an answer. Since then, it has really turned out to be a much bigger thing than anybody thought it would be.”The sampling equipment for the water collection sites around the state costs $1 million and it costs another $500,000 a year to collect the samples. The funding efforts got started with OSC, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program in an effort to gather information to help farmers better manage phosphorus (P) on their farms to improve economics and water quality.The project is still ongoing, but McClure said there are some clear lessons already coming from the data collected.“There are some early things the researchers have learned that have become obvious. If you apply P right ahead of a storm, it moves off the field. Some of this is about cementing the things we thought we knew. Small grains make a difference in the whole crop rotation and cover crops do too. I don’t think we have enough data to understand the placement and some of the smaller details yet but we need to learn more by trying different practices. This will give us clues about the many small changes of how we do the 4Rs,” McClure said. “We have made some changes already on our farm. Historically we would apply all of our P and K as a wheat starter for our full rotation. We have started breaking up our phosphate applications. We have continued to use cover crops as much as we can. Oats after wheat really works for us and we have been seeing some really nice things with the cereal rye.“I have been surprised at the interest that farmers have in this knowledge and the understanding that can be generated by this. They want to know if the things they’re being asked to do are really making a difference.”McClure said the information gathered from this year’s extreme weather pattern should be particularly interesting.“This year has been unprecedented. Since planting in the middle of April we have had just shy of 40 inches of rain,” McClure said on July 21. “It will be interesting to see what dynamics there are coming out of that kind of water flow. We have to have had more particulate matter loss with this. I think we will be able to learn a lot from this challenge. Who would have ever plugged this weather event into a model? This has to be a one in 200 kind of year. This is real.” Keith Kemp, Preble County farmer, OSC and United Soybean Board memberWhen it comes to improving Ohio soybean production, there is no better place than on-farm soybean fields to study management practices.Keith Kemp“There is tremendous value to doing things on Ohio farms for Ohio’s farmers. It gives us an edge because we have the research right here,” Kemp said. “ It is so valuable to do this on Ohio farms rather than through national projects. We are getting good results that can really be used in Ohio to make our soybean industry more profitable.”Plots on Kemp’s farm are set up for a wide variety of research projects.“Laura Lindsey from The Ohio State University and her team of researchers are looking at fungicides, insecticides, seed treatments, some biologicals, and they looked at gypsum last year. They are doing the fertility work with Steve Culman in the same plot and they have non-GMO varieties over there too,” Kemp said. “The plot is between four or five acres. Their plot work is very small, but they can get quite a bit of good information from that. It is fun to watch the plots grow and keep an eye on what is happening. Some things work and some things don’t and that is what we want to see.”Having the plots on the farm is convenient and of real interest for Kemp.“They do everything for the plots. All we do is supply the ground. They have their own planter and they harvest and put the beans in our truck,” Kemp said. “It is really valuable for us to see the new things out there and the end results. There are more plots than just here so you have some comparison from other parts of the state. You can see how the varieties perform out here, which is nice. These plots are so valuable because you have a third party out here doing this research and not a company.”And, with his perspective of the checkoff funding decisions at both the state and national levels, Kemp sees how these Ohio efforts can be leveraged with national funding.“It is nice that we have this data to take to the national level as well. The more of this kind of research we do, the more funding we can get from the national level,” he said. “That helps build the research infrastructure in our state. I am excited with where OSU Extension is now. We have some top caliber researchers for soybeans in Ohio. There is tremendous work being done and it ends up making soybean farmers more profitable. We are investing for our future with this.” Dale Profit, Van Wert County farmer, OSC and United Soybean Board memberDale ProfitMore of the world, most notably South America, is figuring out how to efficiently produce soybeans in a cost-effective manner. Rather than watching as the competitive advantage of soybean growers in the United States erodes away to foreign competitors, Profit is doing something about it.“We’ve all recognized that we are all in a worldwide situation raising soybeans. In the future, South America will probably be able to raise soybeans with less expense than we can. We have to look for a niche or a product that adds value to our soybeans and we need to start adapting to this philosophy,” he said. “Not all of us will be raising commodity beans in the future. There will still be commodity beans out there but there will also be some opportunities for the high oleic soybeans and other things that are in the development stage at the present time.”High oleic soybean varieties, including Plenish from DuPont Pioneer and Vistive Gold from Monsanto, offer farmers a unique opportunity to regain soybean oil market share they lost because of trans-fat labeling. Food customers have been clear that they would like to use soybean oil, but they need new properties that offer health advantages over products with trans-fats. To prove that they can meet the potential demand, farmers need to show that they can provide a consistent supply of high oleic oil.“A few years ago, we had been raising seed soybeans for DuPont Pioneer and I asked them if they were going to handle Plenish and they said, ‘yes.’ I asked to be on the list. They called me up when they were asking for acres and that is how I got started,” Profit said. “We have always looked at opportunities and once in a while they come up short but if you aren’t looking for opportunities they pass you by. It is always best if you are on the front end of an opportunity. We generally raise three different varieties of Plenish — medium, short and longer season. They have always been right in the middle of our production for three years now and there has not been a spread of very many bushels in between. We think they are very competitive and we are happy with what they are doing for us.”Profit sees high oleic soybeans as a potential solution to the competitive challenges of the future for Ohio soybean farmers.“Farmers are primarily interested in yield. If varieties are developed with traits that yield they will be adopted fairly quickly,” said. “As long as the yield is there and there is some premium, we can use those opportunities to increase or maintain our income.” Bill Bayliss, Logan County farmer, OSC Board memberWhile efforts in growing soybeans more efficiently and profitably are crucial moving forward, there is no point in growing them if they cannot be marketed at a profitable price. With this in mind, Ohio’s soybean farmers are regularly working to connect the buyers of Ohio soybeans with Ohio farms.“We are not only looking at how to increase yields but also how to move forward in the marketing area. We are looking at who our best customers are, what they want and how we can adjust and adapt what we are doing to better serve them,” Bayliss said. “The Asian customers are our biggest food grade customers. We have found that they really value face-to-face conversations. They want to see the actual farmers they are doing business with. That is important to them.”With this in mind, there have been stepped up efforts in recent years to get Ohio’s soybean farmers over to meet their Asian customers in person, and to bring those customers to Ohio soybean farms. These encounters serve to build important relationships and also provide clues about how to better serve purchasers of Ohio soybeans.“The different countries in Asia have different opinions on genetically modified crops. Some are very interested in GMO-free soybeans but others are not really concerned if they are GMO or not,” Bayliss said. “Ohio farmers are lucky because we have soil types and a climate that creates a particular texture for the food grade soybeans that is preferred by the Asian customers.”It is also important to consider the needs of domestic customers.“High oleic soybeans are one of our premier factors in marketing because of their ability to improve the health of fried foods,” Bayliss said. “We are really working extensively to better serve the people who are buying our soybeans and soy products because that is what will ultimately pay off down the road.”For much more on the soybean checkoff, visit the Soybean Rewards web page at http://www.soyohio.org/council/for-ohio-farmers/soybean-rewards/.last_img read more

5 iPhone Apps for Creating Expense Reports On the Go

first_imgTags:#biz#Software Guides I admit, I’m not terribly organized or efficient when it comes to tracking business expenses. Of course, as a technology journalist and a freelance writer, those expenses aren’t particularly frequent or substantial. But I still struggle.Mobile phone apps make this process much easier, as you can record your receipts and track your expenses on-the-go. as they occur. I thought I was a genius when I realized I could just snap a picture of a receipt on my iPhone and store it in Evernote. And while that eliminates carrying an envelopes full of receipts when I travel, that process only fulfills part of what’s necessary in tracking business expenses and creating expense reports.So here are a few suggestions for other iPhone apps that can aid in the process:Receipts Related Posts Ah, the shoebox – after the envelope it is the go-to storage device for many receipts. Shoeboxed provides a paid service where you can mail in your receipts for the company to digitize and organize your information. The Shoeboxed Receipt Tracker doesn’t require a Shoeboxed account, but does use photos of your receipts to create expense reports that can be exported into QuickBooks and Excel. (Free)Fresh Xpense Capture The aptly named Receipts lets you create accounts and categories, and has 5 different types of custom receipt fields for local taxes, payment information, and mileage. You can add multiple photos and even record a voice memo. The app also has a graphing component so you can monitor expenses. Reports can be generated via email, and the app has Evernote and Google Docs integration as well. ($7.99)Expensify Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Fresh Xpense Capture takes photos of your receipts and sends them to the Xpenser.com website, where you can generate your reports. (Free)Do you have a favorite mobile expense report app? (Or perhaps, a better system for tracking receipts and generating reports?) We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments.Photo credits: Flickr user Jamie A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Expensify can link to your credit card account and import your purchase history. The app will generate IRS-ready receipts for expenses under $75. The app syncs with the Expensify website. (Free)ProOnGo Expense with Receipt Reader ProOnGo Expense tracks receipts and details, and you can export your information to QuickBooks or Excel. The Receipt Reader fills out an expense report for you, based on information from a photo of a receipt. (Free)Shoeboxed Receipt Tracker and Receipt Reader 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Paul Revere Would Have Liked Facebook But Loved LinkedIn

first_imgRelated Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… dave copeland Tags:#Facebook#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Were Paul Revere alive today, he likely would have liked Facebook and had many friends there. But he would have loved LinkedIn. The reason why explains his famous role in the Revolutionary War. It also explains why most marketers still can’t make social media really work for them.On April 18, 1775, Revere helped push the most important message of the Revolutionary War viral. But what would have happened if Revere had only been able to post “THE BRITISH ARE COMING” on Facebook?Maybe not much, according to the dynamics of social-network communication.In his landmark 2000 book, “The Tipping Point,” for example, writer Malcolm Gladwell says Revere’s ride was about connecting so-called weak social ties. In Revere’s case, the weak social ties were people who he could have only vaguely identified as likely Patriots.That’s important, because they were crucial to spreading the word. As opposed to Revere’s strong social ties, with whom he had frequent and intense communication, weak ties would have been nodes on networks foreign to Revere.Upon getting the call, these Patriots alerted people Revere could never have reached. This dynamic repeated itself until defenses were raised.Revere’s strong social ties knew of the immediate danger, too, people like fellow crier William Dawes (who carried the same message, covered as many miles and encountered as many people on the same night, but who sadly is just a historical footnote). They’d have formed an echo chamber had they clustered.Weak ties excel at communicating new information. Strong ties tend to enforce bonds.Facebook Favors Strong TiesFacebook and similar networks are set up to promote strong ties, showing updates more frequently from people closest to you, or at least those with whom you interact most often.Facebook execs believe people will stay on their site longer clicking more ads if they are surrounded by cohorts.A warning on Facebook would have been stymied by Revere’s filter bubble, meaning that the message would have bounced among people already in the know. It would have leaked out, but what he needed was to tell people on the farthest periphery of his connections and beyond for a general alarm.LinkedIn Excels In Weak TiesThe strong/weak-tie phenomenon could explain why most marketers today have trouble scaring up new revenue via social media. If they are skilled or fortunate enough to have developed a following, marketing execs typically are interacting with people who are already sold on their brands.Companies should also be looking for network “connectors,” like Revere. Professional and career network LinkedIn differs from Facebook in that its true value is in who your closest LinkedIn contacts know. It helps people find and cultivate information-rich weak ties.By the time you want to leave your job (or, more darkly, are asked to leave), your tightest Facebook friends are not surprised. And you’ve probably already been talking about potential new employers with them. In this situation, your close Facebook friends are really only good as sounding boards or as shoulders to cry on. However, going through your LinkedIn relationships is like Revere riding through the 18th century New England countryside shouting the news. You can rouse more and more-useful responses talking to contacts of your contacts.According to ComScore, every hour a LinkedIn member spends on the site is worth $1.30 in revenue to LinkedIn; every hour on Facebook is worth just 6.2 cents in revenue.That’s not necessarily because of the general topics being discussed in each venue. Marketers need to use social media to find and activate peripheral or potential buyers. They need to ride a dark dirt path beyond their best friends. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Kathua rape and murder case: alleged conspirator’s family wants CBI probe

first_imgThe family members of Sanji Ram, the alleged conspirator of the Kathua rape and murder case, have said that he should be hanged publicly but only if a CBI probe into the case finds him guilty.The family members also criticised the national media for portraying their agitation for a CBI probe into the case as “pro-rapists” and “pro-culprits”, and said the scribes were “delivering judgments without investigation”.Huddled together under a tree in a nondescript hamlet in their village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, Ram’s family members have been demanding an “impartial investigation by a credible agency”. Sixteen women, who were on a fast demanding a CBI probe into the case, have been hospitalised in past 15 days.“My father (Sanji Ram) and brother (Vishal) should be hanged to death if they are found guilty, provided the investigation is conducted by a credible agency. We want justice for the girl by a probe through credible agency and only such probe can ensure our father’s and brother’s innocence,” one of Ram’s daughters said.“Media should have heard us, our side and our fears on the probe by the Crime Branch. Wanting a CBI probe to give justice to 8-year girl, meant to media that we were shielding culprits or creating hurdle in the probe. It was wrong. We always batted for justice for the girl,” she said. She expressed doubt about the credibility of the probe by the Crime Branch. “Being a girl, I am pained over the treatment meted out to the victim but I am doubtful over the probe being conducted by the Crime Branch,” she said.“We have doubts over the investigation and there are reasons for it. We strongly demand a CBI inquiry to ensure justice to the victim as well as the local people,” she added. Her younger sister also questioned the Crime Branch’s investigation asking how could a father call his son for raping a minor girl — as claimed in the chargesheet.“Can you imagine what this (statement in charge-sheet of Crime Branch) means? It is shameful that someone says an old man called his young son from his college in UP to rape a little girl,” she said. The issue was being politicised, she said, and claimed that their voice had been muzzled in political war. The family said that the chargesheet had not only given bad name to the hamlet but also “discredited” all the Dogras of the area. The body of the girl, from the Bakherwal community, was recovered from Rasana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area. On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the crime branch of the state police which formed a Special Investigation Team and arrested eight people including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destruction of evidence. The crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police filed a main charge sheet against the seven accused on Monday last and one separate charge sheet against another accused, who was earlier said to be a juvenile, at a court in Kathua district last Tuesday.last_img read more

Lara-Bhupathi’s ‘sangeet’ ceremony in Goa tomorrow

first_imgThe star-studded ‘sangeet’ cermony of actress Lara Dutta and tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi’s wedding will be held tomorrow in Goa.The Candolim beach club, the venue of the ceremony, has been decked up in white keeping in tune with the theme for the occasion.Club Fresh is a popular hang out at the North Goa beach, where Bollywood actor Hrithik and Suzzane celebrated their marriage anniversary last month.The couple has already registered their wedding in Mumbai while the formal church wedding and reception is scheduled on February 19 in Goa.”The theme for entire sangeet is white, which matches with the theme of the club. There will be white roses, white jasmines..,” Sunil Chawla, owner and partner of Club Fresh told PTI.The event has a guest list of 200 people comprising film and sports personalities. D J Hussain will set the music ball rolling for the sangeet, playing Bollywood and Hollywood numbers for the guests. ‘Lucent Dossier’, a troup from Los Angeles will perform aerial acts on the occasion.Chawla said that they have been preparing for the occasion since last three weeks after hosting an event for the Roshans.Sources said Shahrukh Khan who was here for Hrithik’s anniversary will be present for the ‘sangeet’.For the gourmets, it will be mainly Goan sea food, Thai, Sushi on the menu card. “We are absolutely delighted that they have chosen Club Fresh for the occasion. Its an honour,” Chawla said.last_img read more

Hotshots up against favored Beermen anew

first_imgSports Briefs: April 30, 2019 Reavis dominated both boards to finish with 20 rebounds while joining forces with Ian Sangalang, who came alive in the last quarter to give Magnolia a 55-52 lead going into the last two minutes.Despite the heroics of Reavis and Sangalang, experts predict easy sailing for the defending champion Beermen in their quest for a fifth straight all-Filipino title and a 26th crown overall against their sister team in the SMC franchise.After scrambling past the TNT KaTropa in their best-of-three quarterfinal series, the Beermen leaned on their deeper and more experienced bench to oust the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters in five games of their semifinal showdown Thursday.Phoenix, the tournament’s revelation after topping the one-round eliminations with a 9-2 win-loss record, found SMB a different foe in the semis and managed to win just the third game after dropping the first two encounters of what turned out to be a bruising series.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES This was how the veteran Rafi Reavis summed up the incredible stand by the Magnolia Hotshots in turning back the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in a classic Game 7 duel to reach the Finals of the PBA Philippine Cup for the second straight season on Sunday.The Hotshots rallied from 17 points down at 39-22 midway in the third, blew a chance to win in regulation before ousteadying the Elasto Painters in the extension to prevail, 63-60, and forge another best-of-seven title showdown with heavily favored San Miguel Beer starting Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges We just put our heads down and kept fighting.ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 6-foot-8 Reavis, at 41 among the few still reliable senior players in the league, was a key factor as Magnolia finally survived the No. 2 team in the eliminations.Rain or Shine won the first two games of the semifinal series with Magnolia visibly spent from its quarterfinal meeting with Barangay Ginebra. The Hotshots then bounced back to win the next three games, but the Elasto Painters forced a rubber match with a masterful conquest in Game 6. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH…

first_imgWelcome to the latest edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, live from Coffs Harbour where we are for the National 18 Years and Under Championships. We’re a little disappointed the sun isn’t right out yet, but for the moment the rain clouds are holding off, so hopefully the weather will be fine for the tournament… * The teams have all arrived in Coffs Harbour, thankfully arriving safely, with no problems on the road. Touch Football Australia (TFA) staff have been busy setting up the fields, merchandise and doing general tournament work…tournament director Jon Pratt is getting a little worried as it all seems to be going just a little too smoothly!! * A coaching forum for those who coach our Australian Youth players is being held this afternoon from 3:00-4:00pm. It will be hosted by Gary Madders, current Australian Mixed Open Coach and Cathy Gray, TFA Elite Programs Director. Others invited to attend are Peter Bell, former Australian Womens Open coach. The forum will be held in Coffs Harbour International Stadium, Marquee (Referees tent) at the rear of the Stadium. * The Opening Ceremony for the Under 18 Championships is being held tomorrow at 11:00am. Make sure you get out to the stadium for the ceremony which will be both an opening ceremony for the event and also a farewell and best wishes to the ten Australian sides that are traveling to Christchurch. New Zealand in a few weeks for the All Nations Championships. NRL players Joe Williams and John Sutton will be on hold, and Peter Bell (TFA Hall of Fame member) will be presenting the Aussie flag to the All Nations representatives. * Managers meetings are being held this afternoon at 2pm and 4pm….Managers make sure you get there!! * `From the Fishbowl’ is up and running with Kane Weeks in town for the event, make sure you check out the daily rundown from the Fishbowl…it’s sure to entertain. * Top marks to Media assistant Lisa Plummer’s champion boyfriend Tim…who had flowers delivered to Coffs Harbour for their anniversary…the room mates were very impressed! * The merchandise room is set up and overflowing with gear…make sure you check out the new gear, kooldri t-shirts, headbands, singlets, silicon wristbands and more. Also, there is a massive table with $5 gear…plenty of old t-shirts and so forth going out at $5 each! * In non-18’s Touch news, the move to sign on new affiliates is underway with Brisbane Metro Touch Association and Berserkers Touch (formerly Central Queensland University Touch) signing on first. A restructure of the sport in Australia has resulted in the affiliates (local competitions) becoming direct members of the national body. The new structure, recommended by an independent report produced in June 2004, is being implemented across Australia. Chief Executive of TFA, Kevin Thompson, said today “It is great to see that the local competitions appreciate the benefits of the new model and are signing up. The whole theme of the restructure is to reduce duplication and administration and to divert more resources to the grass roots. The players, officials and coaches in BMTA and Berserkers will be the first to benefit.” Keep an eye on the website for the upcoming full story and all the latest info on the Unitary Model of Management and Affiliation with Touch Football Australia. * The Queensland All Schools Championships have attracted a record 198 teams…make sure you keep an eye on the website this week, we’ll be talking to Queensland School Sport legend Peter Bell about the upcoming event. * Remember, results from the Under 18’s will be updated at the end of every round throughout the tournament, make sure you keep checking the website regularly. By Rachel Moylelast_img

a month ago​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matip

first_img​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matipby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk singled out his Reds colleague Joel Matip for praise.The Netherlands and Reds centre-back was up for the FIFA Best Player award.Despite losing out to Lionel Messi, Van Dijk was honoured to be among the final three.And he believes that playing next to a player of Matip’s quality certainly helps him show his best qualities.He said to his club’s official website: “We call him Matop because he was that good yesterday!”We need everyone, that’s the message everyone knows in the team. Yesterday he was outstanding, as were all the players. It was a massive win. We do it all together.”In this vote, the country plays a part as well and I’m very proud that things have been going well at Liverpool and in our country things have been going in the right direction too.”We have to all keep it going, that’s the only way forward.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN Releases Game Times For 10 Opening Weekend Games

first_imgESPN College Football Playoff logo.ESPN ESPN AnnouncersESPNThe opening weekend for this year’s college football season, simply put, is going to be epic. Monday, ESPN/ABC released game times for 10 of the best matchups we’re going to see.South Carolina and Vanderbilt will kick things off on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET, oddly enough in an SEC regular season tilt. Georgia Tech and Boston College will play in Dublin Ireland, at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday morning.Here are the rest of the games – including Oklahoma vs. Houston, LSU vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. Alabama, Clemson vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. Texas and Ole Miss vs. Florida State.9/1/2016: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on ESPN (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College on ESPN2 (7:30 AM ET) 9/3/2016: Oklahoma vs. Houston on ABC (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: Hawaii at Michigan on ESPN (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ABC (3:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia vs. North Carolina on ESPN (5:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: USC vs. Alabama on ABC (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Clemson at Auburn on ESPN (9:00 PM ET) 9/4/2016: Notre Dame vs. Texas on ABC (7:30 PM ET) 9/5/2016: Ole Miss vs. Florida State on ESPN (8:00 PM ET)Which will you be watching?last_img read more

As August Inventory Sinks Demand Remains Strong

first_img Late-summer housing market trends point to an “unusual twist” in sales activity for the fall, national brokerage Redfin said Wednesday in its latest Real-Time Housing Market Tracker.Examining August activity in more than 30 markets nationwide, the company reported a 1.4 percent month-over-month dip in home sale prices to a median $281,000, reflecting a gain of just 5.1 percent over last year. Meanwhile, home sales weakened to 134,143, down 5.1 percent from July and 8.3 percent from August 2013.More interesting, Redfin said, was the shift in supply and demand dynamics: Even as new listings plunged 9.3 percent—nearly triple the average July-to-August decline—numbers of customers touring homes and making offers rose, demonstrating buyers aren’t backing off.At the same time, fewer homes are being sold above their list price (2 percent less than July and 7 percent less than a year ago), meaning that same group of buyers is willing to take a slow approach in a market where high demand would normally drive up prices.”Our take is that the seemingly incongruous August numbers reflect the mindsets of buyers and sellers,” said Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson. “Buyers want to buy, but they’re patient, and more careful not to overpay. At the same time, sellers are adjusting to having less power, which seems to have put a damper on some listing their homes.”With the groundwork of strong demand and short supply in place, Richardson said the company expects a fall selling season marked by slower price growth and stronger sales than last year.”A surprising drop in newly listed homes combined with strong homebuyer demand could suggest that home prices will spike upward this fall as they did much of last year. Not so,” she said. “We actually expect prices to continue to soften in the next few months as investors and all-cash buyers continue to retreat from the market.” September 24, 2014 483 Views Demand Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Redfin 2014-09-24 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img As August Inventory Sinks, Demand Remains Strong Sharelast_img read more