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National FFA Convention photo highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest     Fruit Production – Austin Dotterer, Smithville Dairy Production-Placement – Joanna Frankenberg, New Bremen Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Andy Holscher, Upper Valley CC Diversified Agricultural Production – Jacob Wuebker, Versailles Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Rachel Sherman, Big Walnut-DACC Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Justin Scott, Indian Valley Jacob Zajkowski, Anthony Wayne, won Plant Systems Division 3.   Matt Reese talked to some of the State FFA officers. The Covington Chapter won the Model of Excellence award. The Covington Chapter won the Model of Excellence award. Jackson Reppart Ridgemont sang in the National FFA Chorus. American Star in Agribusiness Finalist – Luke Scott, Wynford Kolesen McCoy was the candidate for National Officers from Ohio. American Star in Agriscience Finalist – Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace Todd Peterson, Miami Trace, was an American Star in AgriBUsiness finalist. Brayden Sponcil, Felicity-Franklin, rocks the drums. The Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter rocked the talent show. Kolt Buchenroth talks to Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace. Kolt Buchenroth interviewed Luke Scott from Wynford. Matt Reese talked to Auston Dotterer after he won his proficiency award.American FFA Degrees – 438                                                         American Star in Agribusiness Finalist – Luke Scott, Wynford American Star in Agriscience Finalist – Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace American Star Farmer Finalist – Todd Peterson, Miami Trace Honorary American DegreeRoland Fisher, Covington National Officer Candidate – Kolesen McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy National Proficiency Award Finalists (27)Agricultural Education – Bailey Lowe, Felicity-FranklinAgriscience Research Plant – Kayla Wyse, PettisvilleAgricultural Processing – Logan Schlauch, West HolmesAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Brandt Coffman, Liberty UnionAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Andy Holscher, Upper Valley CCAgricultural Sales-Placement – Kylie Blair, Miami East-MVCTCBeef Production-Placement – Wyatt Mohler, Houston-UVCCDairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Rachel Sherman, Big Walnut-DACCDairy Production-Placement – Joanna Frankenberg, New BremenDiversified Agricultural Production – Jacob Wuebker, VersaillesDiversified Crop Production-Entrepreneurship – Rose Zeedyk, FairviewDiversified Crop Production-Placement – Justin Scott, Indian ValleyDiversified Livestock – Chyann Kendel, Twin Valley South-MVCTCEnvironmental Science and Natural Resource Management – Hunter Welch, MariettaEquine Science-Entrepreneurship – Shae Robinson, Covington-UVCCEquine Science-Placement – Hanna Shafer, Covington-UVCCForage Production – Montgomery Boes, Upper SanduskyFruit Production – Austin Dotterer, SmithvilleGrain Production-Placement – Reed Aller, St. MarysGoat Production – Alexandrea Stewart, Southeastern-RossNursery Operations – Eliza Mertz, Houston-UVCCPoultry Production – Cole Luthman, VersaillesSmall Animal Produciton and Care – Kelci Cooper, Houston-UVCCSpecialty Animal – Kayla Wilson, Western BrownSwine Production-Entrepreneurship – Jacob Fogt, AnnaSwine Production-Placement – Kyle Searson, Waynesfield-GoshenWildlife Production and Management – Jayme Pennell, West Holmes National Chapter Award-Premier Chapter FinalistsGrowing Leaders – Houston-UVCC, RidgemontBuilding Communities – Genoa-Penta, South CentralStrengthening Agriculture – Ridgemont National Chapter Award-Model of ExcellenceCovington-UVCC, Felicity-Franklin, Otsego, Ridgemont Three-Star Chapters – Amanda-Clearcreek, Black River, Bowling Green-Penta, Covington-UVCC,Felicity-Franklin, Firelands, Genoa-Penta, Houston-UVCC, London, Lynchburg-Clay, Marysville, McClain,Miami East-MVCTC, Miami Trace, Missinssinawa Valley-MVCTC, Mowrystown, National Trail-MVCTC,New Bremen, North Union, Northeastern-Clark, Otsego-Penta, Peebles, Ridgemont, South Central, Spencerville, St. Marys, Upper Sandusky, Valley View-MVCTC, Versailles, Wauseon, Zane Trace Two-Star Chapters – Cardington, Elgin, Pettisville National Agriscience Fair FinalistsAnimal Systems Division 1 – Abigail Paxton, UticaAnimal Systems Division 2 – Alyssa Myers and Lola Proffitt, Felicity-FranklinAnimal Systems Division 4 – Collin Wallace and Kolton Skaggs, RidgemontAnimal Systems Division 5 – Camille Stanton, Delaware Area CCEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 3 – Emily Stevens, New LondonEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 4 – Josiah Strahm and Jaden Hensel, RidgemontEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 5 – Kayla Wyse, PettisvilleEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 6 – Joseph Glassmeyer and Jared Hamilton, Felicity-FranklinFood Products and Processing Systems Division 1 – Austin Voshall, Global Impact STEM AcademyFood Products and Processing Systems Division 3 – Abigail Lister, Bloom-CarrollPlant Systems Division 3 – Jacob Zajkowski, Anthony WaynePlant Systems Division 4 – Landen Tull and Audrey Pinger, Felicity-FranklinPlant Systems Division 6 – Rebekah Grayless and Jordan Grayless, Eastern BrownPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 1 – Chase Fyffe, Global Impact STEM AcademyPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 3 – Braden Skates, PettisvillePower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 4 – Owen Barnes and Olivia Barnes, WestfallPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 5 – Trina Orr, UticaSocial Science Division 1 – Bailee Amstutz, North UnionSocial Science Division 3 – Ian Hoffman, Millcreek-West UnitySocial Science Division 4 – Anna Wright and Lillian Fries, Anthony WayneSocial Science Division 5 – Trinnetee France, Eastern BrownSocial Science Division 6 – Justin Schobeloch and Darby Minor, Westfall Career Development EventsWinners TBD National Band ParticipantsThomas Rindfuss, Wynford National Chorus ParticipantsEmma Widmer, GibsonburgMason Snyder, WilmingtonJackson Reppart, Ridgemont National Talent ParticipantsMadison Baird, Felicity-FranklinCassidy Louderback, Felicity-FranklinBrayden Sponcil, Felicity-FranklinChole Quatkemeyer, Felicity-FranklinKatelyn Hanes, 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Total Force Fitness and Cooperative Extension: Environmental Fitness

first_imgIn this week’s Friday Field Notes, we will explore the resources available through cooperative extension to promote environmental fitness. Total Force Fitness (TFF), combined with human performance optimization (HPO), engages service members, their loved ones, and units while they’re healthy and performing well. The TFF framework also provides tools to prevent health and performance skills from weakening. This focus on prevention is what’s called “left of bang.” Coordinating efforts from both left and right of bang—including taking steps to prevent injury, boost resilience, and promote recovery—are essential to sustaining Military Family health and readiness.What Is Environmental Fitness?Environmental fitness is defined as the ability to perform mission-specific duties in any environment and withstand the multiple stressors of deployment and war. Many theater specific environmental stressors can be identified, assessed, and mitigated before deployment. These stressors are typically categorized by their physical, chemical, or biological parameters and include heat, cold, altitude, ionizing radiation, noise, hazardous chemicals, ultrafine particulate matter, as well as biologic agents in food, water, or other media. Mitigation of these stressors can improve the environmental fitness of military members and their families. (see O’Connor et al., 2010).These scholars point out that a concept comparable to total fitness is also emerging throughout the civilian sector wherein medical facilities are merging with fitness facilities to holistically integrate healthy behaviors and lifestyles, to include diet and exercise, as part of the overall treatment of disease. As the health-challenged civilian and military populations expand, the management and prevention of both acute and chronic health conditions have become increasingly critical. To that end, numerous efforts at the federal and state level are investing in the possibilities of what is being called Outdoor RX. Originally, Outdoor RX was focused on children where studies found support for the use of outdoor exercise prescriptions in children. In its conception, Outdoor RX was a collaboration between the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children that paired exercise prescriptions with guided outdoor programs to increase physical activity among children (See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27834192).New Possibilities in the Environmental Fitness DomainMore recently, based on the work of land grant university and cooperative extension scholars and practitioners, applications of the Outdoor RX conceptualization have been applied to veterans, service members and their families. An important resource in this domain is the book “This Land is Your Land – Toward A Better Understanding Of Nature’s Resiliency-Building And Restorative Power For Armed Forces.”A MFLN series of webinars highlighted this growing area of interest (see https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/28813/ ). A bill introduced to congress on May 1, 2019, could make outdoor recreation an official treatment option for veterans suffering from mental health disorders (see https://www.outsideonline.com/2394553/veterans-outdoor-therapy-could-become-law). Similar bills are being presented and passed in state legislatures.Cooperative Extension in the Total Force FitnessCornell Cooperative Extension practitioner and scientist Keith Tidball was recently recognized by the Center for Jackson Hole for an award to be presented at the SHIFT (Shaping How We Invest For Tomorrow) annual festival, held each autumn in Jackson Hole, that explores issues at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation, and public health.  Tidball has been working with outdoor recreation therapy and returning combatants as well as others dealing with trauma for over a decade, and will be working with the Center for Jackson Hole to host a symposium focused on application for Outdoor RX lessons learned from the veteran community to the currently serving military community and their families, to enhance readiness and resilience.last_img read more

Shooters aim at boosting India’s medals tally further

first_imgThe Dr Karni Singh shooting range, India’s best medal hunting ground in the Commonwealth Games, is set to provide more successes for the host nation on the fifth day of competitions on Thursday.After having scooped up a bagful of medals, including several gold, the Indian shooters are all set to boost the country’s medals kitty further.Gurpreet Singh and Omkar Singh (10m air pistol-men), Lajjakumari Gauswami and world champion Tejaswini Sawant (50m Singles Rifle 3 Position-women), Vijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh (25m Rapid Fire Pistol-men) and Asher Noria and Ronjan Sondhi (Singles Double Trap-men) would be seen in action.India are looking up to star boxers Akhil Kumar (56kg), Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg), for further medals, along with Amandeep Singh (46-49kg).The weightlifting arena, also among the most fruitful ones for the country, will see Sudhir Kumar (77kg) flexing his muscles.A lot of Indians are in fray in athletics that commenced yesterday with hopes resting on high jumper Hari Sankar Roy, new national sprint record setter Md Abdul Najeeb Qureshi (men’s 100m), seasoned Mandeep and Manjeet Kaur (women’s 400m).At the archery range the Indian compound men’s and women’s teams would also be trying to attain podium finish after qualifying for the semi finals.Women’s wrestling makes its debut today with events in 48 kg, 55 kg, 63 kg and 72 kg freestyle and Greco-Roman styles.Competitions continue in tennis, table tennis, squash and badminton where a lot of Indian interest remains.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

India vs New Zealand 1st Test: New Zealand end Day 3 on 331 for 5

first_imgNew Zealand were 331 for five in their first innings, in reply to India’s 487, at stumps on day three of the first cricket Test at Sardar Patel Stadium here on Saturday.Brief scores:India 1st innings : 487New Zealand 1st innings: 331 for five in 117.3 overs (Jesse Ryder 103, Kane Williamson batting 87, Ross Taylor 56, Brendon McCullum 65; Pragyan Ojha 2/80).In their innings yesterday, India scored 487 in the first innings with a career best knock of 69 by off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. NZ spinners Daniel Vettori, playing his 100th test, and Jeetan Patel shared seven wickets each.”I thought the New Zealand bowlers bowled very well,” Harbhajan said. “They are a good side and it will take some effort from us to win this match. Thankfully, we have enough runs on the board.”In the morning session, Patel took the important wickets of VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar as India scored only 63 runs in 30.2 overs on a slow pitch not conducive for stroke-play.Laxman and Tendulkar made 40 apiece in a partnership of 66 for the fourth wicket, but the pair took its time, adding just 29 runs in the first hour.Tendulkar, 13 overnight, was unable to keep the scoreboard ticking as Vettori employed a short mid-wicket and short extra cover to prevent singles.Tendulkar departed when he tried to break the shackles, advancing down the pitch to a Patel delivery, but delivering an easy chest-high return catch. Tendulkar faced 133 deliveries and hit five fours.”I am happy with our effort because this is not a spin track and the ball is only keeping low,” said Patel. “I am particularly happy to have dismissed Tendulkar as it is probably the biggest wicket of my career.”advertisementLaxman, 7 overnight, was trapped lbw at the stroke of lunch.Left-hander Suresh Raina fell for 3 as he failed to judge the pace of the ball and gave an easy catch to McCullum at short cover off Kane Williamson in the other wicket to fall in the morning session.Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10) and Zaheer Khan (1) did not do much in the second session, leaving Harbhajan and Pragyan Ojha to unexpectedly boost their side in a 66-run stand for the ninth wicket.Harbhajan, whose previous highest score was 66 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2001, hit five fours and three sixes.”The pitch is very slow and I am happy to have got runs when they mattered,” said Harbhajan. “But my job (of taking wickets) is still left and this is just a bonus.”He didn’t take a wicket in his first five overs, but seamer Zaheer removed opener Tim McIntosh for a duck, and left-arm spinner Ojha bowled BJ Watling for 6.- With inputs from APlast_img read more

World Cup: U.S. Girds For Portugal

first_imgSAO PAULO — After arriving back at their rooms at 4:45 a.m., victorious American players skipped breakfast  on June 17, slept late, went for medical tests and turned their attention to Portugal.The U.S. opened the World Cup with a thrilling 2-1 win over nemesis Ghana on John Brooks’ 86th-minute goal. But Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Matt Besler and Alejandro Bedoya all got hurt to various degrees. Altidore, taken off on a stretcher after straining his left hamstring, appears unlikely to play against the Portuguese this weekend.“We’ve got to see how he now reacts the next couple days,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We’re full of hope that he comes back still in this tournament.”Players hope to become the first American team to win consecutive World Cup games since a 2-0 start at the very first tournament in 1930.“Woke up today, this morning, and you look at your Instagram and Twitter and you see the videos that people posted,” Bedoya said of fans back home celebrating Brooks’ goal. “It’s really cool, and I’m sure everybody feeds off this energy.”The match drew 11.09 million viewers on ESPN, a record for men’s soccer on the network. And after decades when U.S. soccer fans felt outnumbered — even at home games — players took notice of the raucous red, white and blue-clad crowd at Arena das Dunas in Natal.“It was an incredible feeling, the support we had from the fans in the stadium along with the fans in every part of the country. We felt that,” said midfielder Graham Zusi, whose corner kick was headed in by Brooks. “It just makes me want more of it.”But before the next game, the U.S. needs to heal a little.Dempsey, who set the tone when he scored 30 seconds in, had his nose broken by a shin to the face from defender John Boye when they battled for a header. Klinsmann expects him to play June 22 in the Amazon rain forest capital of Manaus.“I don’t know how much a mask can protect him,” Klinsmann said. “It was tricky during the game. He barely could breathe. He struggled with that. But once it’s broken, it’s broken. It will take time to heal completely.”Dempsey will be paired up front either with Aron Johannsson, who was ineffective as Altidore’s replacement, or Chris Wondolowski.Besler, like Altidore, went for an MRI. The defender felt soreness in his right leg late in the first half and was replaced by Brooks for the start of the second. “Matt is no problem. All fine for the next game,” Klinsmann said.Bedoya was hobbling before Zusi replaced him in the 77th minute. He said he had a hip pointer, the reoccurrence of an old injury, then also cramped up in his hamstring.Portugal also has injury issues and will have to change the right side of its defense. Pepe was ejected in a June 16 4-0 loss to Germany after he appeared to head butt Thomas Mueller. Right back Fabio Coentrao was taken off on a stretcher and forward Hugo Almeida limped off. Coentrao is out for the tournament.The U.S won its World Cup opener for only the third time in 10 tries, following a 3-0 victory over Belgium in 1930 and a 3-2 win against Portugal in 2002. The Americans advanced to the semifinals in 1930 and the quarterfinals in 2002.If the U.S. ties fourth-ranked Portugal and No. 2 Germany defeats Ghana, the Americans would head to their third match in prime position to advance. If the Americans and Germans win, the U.S. clinches with a game to spare.After delaying training by 45 minutes to wait out a huge traffic jam caused by Brazilians rushing home to watch the Selecao play Mexico, American subs practiced at Sao Paulo Futebol Clube’s Barra Funda complex. Those who saw significant time  on June 16 worked in the weight room and swimming pool.Klinsmann gave players a day off from training on June 18.  “Our bodies are banged up a bit,” Bedoya said.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

New US tax law brings Warren Buffett a nice check 29 billion

Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett, received a stunning $29 billion check last year from the US government, thanks to a new tax law that massively lowered corporate tax rates. Investor Warren Buffett, seen here speaking at an event early last year in New York with fellow billionaire Bill Gates, says in his new newsletter that his company received a $29 billion bonus in 2017 thanks to a new US tax law This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Buffett’s company adds to stakes in Apple and Phillips 66 (Update) Explore further © 2018 AFP Citation: New US tax law brings Warren Buffett a nice check: $29 billion (2018, February 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-tax-law-warren-buffett-nice.html In his much-anticipated annual letter to shareholders, Buffett explained that the company’s net gain of $65.3 billion in 2017 was only partly due to his employees’ efforts.”Only $36 billion came from Berkshire’s operations,” he wrote. “The remaining $29 billion was delivered to us in December when Congress rewrote the US Tax Code.” Still, Buffett assured stockholders, “The $65 billion gain is nonetheless real—rest assured of that.”The new law, greatly touted by President Donald Trump, lowered the tax rate paid by US corporations from 35 percent to 21 percent, allowing many to undertake major new outlays and others to book significant fiscal gains.Berkshire Hathaway wholly owns dozens of companies—from Dairy Queen to Duracell—and holds significant shares in large and diverse corporations including American Express, Apple, Bank of America, Charter Communications, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Moody’s, Wells Fargo and Southwest Airlines.’The Oracle of Omaha’Buffett’s newsletters are read with intense interest on Wall Street and beyond. Known as the “Oracle of Omaha”—after his birthplace in the Midwestern state of Nebraska—he is one of the world’s most successful investors and one of its richest men. Now 87, he has been investing since he first bought stock at the age of 11.His latest newsletter reports that Berkshire’s net earnings rose last year from $24.07 billion to $44.94 billion. The year also saw the company’s war chest swell to $116 billion in cash and US Treasury bills, financial manna that Buffett wants to use to make significant new acquisitions.The company’s often-impressive pace of acquisitions had slowed last year, he noted, when the prices asked for businesses “hit an all-time high,” amid what he called “a purchasing frenzy.” “Price seemed almost irrelevant to an army of optimistic purchasers,” Buffett noted.Still, he said, the company “will have opportunities to make very large purchases” going forward, with emphasis on those available at “a sensible purchase price.” Buffett said Berkshire would stick with a “simple guideline: The less the prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the greater the prudence with which we must conduct our own.”A hit from hurricanesBuffett also said that while Berkshire’s insurance holdings would take a $2 billion after-tax hit from losses caused by hurricanes last year in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, other reinsurance companies did far worse.And he estimated the chances of a “mega-catastrophe” this year—one causing losses of at least $400 billion—at 2 percent.”No one, of course, knows the correct probability,” he added. Buffett concluded with a little advice to fellow investors: “Though markets are generally rational, they occasionally do crazy things,” he wrote.”Seizing the opportunities then offered does not require great intelligence… (or) a degree in economics,” but rather “an ability to both disregard mob fears or enthusiasms and to focus on a few simple fundamentals.”Forbes magazine estimates Buffett’s personal worth at some $87 billion. He has undertaken—as part of the so-called Giving Pledge he co-founded with Bill Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—to donate more than 99 percent of his fortune to charities, and has already given away some $32 billion. read more