Memorial Predator Contest

first_img Previous articleGARDENING: Hardy shrubs, trees love the cool temperaturesFloyd is a horticulturist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service. He can be reached at 498-4071 in Ector County or 686-4700 in Midland County or by email at [email protected] articleThree Texas Sheriff Deputies Shot_3 Digital AIM Web Support Local News Facebook Pinterest Facebook Memorial Predator Contest Coby Slaughter Memorial Predator Contest The third annual Coby Slaughter Memorial Predator Contest is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Winkler County Expo Building, Kermit. Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Hunting starts at noon. A live auction will take place at noon on Sunday. Raffle items will also take place. Lunch will be prepared by the Wink Volunteer Fire Department. All proceeds will go to the Live Like Leeroy Scholarship fund and the Line of Duty Death Task Force. Coby Lee Roy Slaughter served with the Wink Volunteer Fire Department for nearly 20 years. He was killed in a traffic accident on Sept. 7, 2016, while responding to a call during a heavy rain storm. He is survived by his wife, Kama Slaughter and his children Makaila, Ethan, Emilee, Remington, Landree and Laramie. Entry fee is $300 and it will be 80 percent payback. Prizes will be awarded. To register early, raffle tickets, for rules or for more information, call 432-530-5536. Twittercenter_img TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Winners and losers in EU’s big stimulus deal

first_imgAfter four days of squabbling there is a little something for everyone in the 750-billion-euro recovery package agreed by EU leaders — but the details reveal real winners and losers. WinnersMore ‘Europe’: It is very hard to deny that the painstakingly negotiated deal is a victory for backers of a more centrally-run or federal Europe, most notably French President Emmanuel Macron. Calls from Rome and Italy for “solidarity” quickly followed, but northern Europe firmly quashed any talks of joint borrowing or anything that reeked of sending tax revenue from one EU country to the other.But no one had counted on a sea change in Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel allied herself with Macron to back 500 billion euros in joint borrowing to help the hardest-hit by the pandemic.  Now, tens of billions will be heading out — despite the furious pushback by the “Frugals”, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Austria — that said they would refuse any penny in direct aid to their partners.In the end, after the fighting, a total of 390 billion euros will be distributed in direct aid. The climate cause: About one third of the EU’s stimulus stash will be earmarked for fighting climate change, making it one of the biggest green deals anywhere in history.National governments will be asked to submit climate-friendly projects involving electric cars, energy efficiency, and renewable power.Brussels: Another winner will be the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, which will be in charge of deciding how the money will be disbursed.The level of involvement of the EU in the oversight of national spending will be unprecedented, with the exception of bailouts of Greece, Portugal or Ireland during the debt crisis. LosersEU budget: The largesse of the recovery fund is coming in part by starving the normal EU budget that was also negotiated at this weekend’s marathon summit.Some call it robbing Peter to pay Paul: research, a transition fund for climate change and an EU investment fund have all been gutted of original proposals.The EU’s landmark Erasmus program for young people is also stripped, drawing a furious response from the European Parliament, which will have to ratify the plan this year.Much of this is to pay for the recovery fund as well as fork out tens of billions of euros in rebates to the frugals, who were finally quieted with substantial returns in cash on their EU contributions.Digital tax: The EU’s proposal to leaders had included an unprecedented ambition to raise EU taxes through various means: including a special tax on tech giants or a carbon tax. In the end, none of these was finalized and the recovery fund will need to be repaid by the EU budget over decades to come.To be determinedOrban: An hour before the final deal was announced, media close to Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban said the EU had abandoned all plans to link EU disbursements to adherence to European rules on media freedom and the independence of the judiciary.EU negotiators however insist this is not the case and that Brussels will submit a plan to make the link explicit. Only time will tell whether Brussels is able to bring their plan to fruition.”Whether or not the mechanism will bite will depend on its design — and all countries will still have to agree to it,” warned Lucas Guttenberg of the Jacques Delors Center in Berlin.Topics : In 2017, the leader eschewed “La Marseillaise” and marched solemnly to his inaugural address to the air of the EU anthem “Ode of Joy”.A speech at la Sorbonne University quickly followed that unfurled a hugely ambitious vision for Europe, with myriad proposals for deepening the EU project that most saw as far-fetched.The Netherlands and other countries that would prefer a “small” Europe successfully stonewalled Macron’s desire, until the virus crisis forced them to accept joint borrowing to finance the rescue package.Spain and Italy: The first tragic scenes of pandemic in Europe came from Italy and Spain, with hospitals overrun and death rates skyrocketing.last_img read more

End to Victor Moses’ Eight Years Adventure at Chelsea Imminent

first_imgVictor Moses Chelsea have finalized plans to offload one of their longest-serving players, Victor Moses in the summer transfer window.According to Sky Sports, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner is one of the Blues first team stars tipped for the exit door, the others being Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Antonio Rudiger, Emerson, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Michy Batshuayi.Ahead of next season, Chelsea have bolstered their squad with the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech from RB Leipzig and Ajax Amsterdam respectively and they have to cash in on the aforementioned players before they can buy. August 24th, 2020 will make it eight years since Moses joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic and he has entered the final twelve months of his contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit.Apart from his debut season and during Antonio Conte’s two-year spell in charge of Chelsea, the Nigerian has found playing opportunities hard to come by, leading to loan moves to Liverpool, Stoke City, West Ham, Fenerbahce and most recently Inter Milan.There was a purchase clause inserted into the deal taking Moses to Inter Milan in the January transfer window, but the Serie A giants have no obligation to buy him permanently.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse climbs to No. 7 in Monday’s Inside Lacrosse poll

first_img Published on February 12, 2018 at 6:32 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Syracuse jumped to No. 7 in the Inside Lacrosse rankings after ranking 11th last week.The four-spot climb in the polls comes after Syracuse throttled Binghamton 21-4 in the team’s season opener on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Twelve different players scored for the Orange against Binghamton, including five goals from senior attack Brendan Bomberry. SU dominated possession as Danny Varello went 15-of-17 from the faceoff X, while his team scooped up 43 groundballs to Binghamton’s 13.All five ACC teams cracked the top 15 with Duke remaining at No.1 and No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 10 Virginia and No. 14 North Carolina coming in behind Syracuse.Syracuse plays No. 4 Albany, which bumped down a spot after not playing yet this season, on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers face St. Louis Cardinals and a hot Matt Holliday

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Each of the past two years, the Dodgers’ season has ended in St. Louis. Friday, they will make their first trip of 2015 to the Gateway city.The Dodgers and Cardinals are again in first place in their respective divisions, and a third consecutive postseason matchup isn’t hard to imagine.St. Louis usually features a team of homegrown talents whose cast changes relatively little from year to year. Yadier Molina is still the catcher. Adam Wainwright is still an ace, though he is out for the season with a torn Achilles.Maybe the most intriguing player on the 2015 Cardinals is a familiar one to Dodgers fans. Outfielder Matt Holliday has come a long way since he muffed a fly ball in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 2009 playoff game at Dodger Stadium. Holliday’s .320 batting average is the highest it’s been since 2008, when he played for the Colorado Rockies. His .433 on-base percentage would be the highest of his career over a full season.Last year, Holliday surpassed 1,080 RBIs for his career. He’s averaged 25 home runs a season for the past 11 years, a level of consistency — and health — few hitters achieve.McGwire compared Holliday to two of the best he’s ever coached, Pujols and Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, in terms of his mental approach to the game.“Matt’s very strong mentally,” McGwire said. “I can’t emphasize enough how this game is a mental grind. The stronger ones do survive, and the stronger ones you see throughout their career, the numbers are always there.”Also … Hector Olivera played in his first extended spring training game in Glendale, Ariz., and reportedly hit a long home run in his fourth at-bat. … Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Wednesday there is no set timetable for Olivera to be transferred to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. … Yasmani Grandal served as the designated hitter for Triple-A Oklahoma City, one day after he was ejected after being called out on strikes. Grandal is on the seven-day concussion disabled list and expected back Saturday. … Corey Seager went 6-for-6 with six RBIs in the game for Oklahoma City. Seager, a 21-year-old shortstop, had a home run, two doubles and three singles in the game — a triple shy of the cycle and one hit shy of tying a Pacific Coast League record. … Julio Urias underwent cosmetic surgery Thusday to remove a benign tumor from his left eye. The 18-year-old pitcher isn’t expected back in a game for another 4-5 weeks. Urias was born with a benign tumor on the eye, which does not affect his vision. He chose to have the surgery, and the time off will allow him to delay reaching his innings limit until later this season.center_img Holliday, 35, set a National League record Wednesday by reaching base in 43 straight games to begin the season. He has a hit in 31 of those games; in the other 12 he’s either been hit by a pitch or drawn a walk.“He’s always been a very good on-base guy,” said Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, who held the same position in St. Louis from 2010-12. “He’ll take the walks. He knows how to work the count. He uses the whole field. Once in a while he’ll tap into his strength and hit homers. He’s just really good.”The Cardinals placed first baseman Matt Adams on the disabled list with a strained quad Thursday, which has been reported as a potential season-ending injury.That makes Holliday an even more central focus for opposing teams. He’s batted third in every game this season.“Really he’s just coming into his own, to tell you the truth,” McGwire said. “He’s always had really good numbers, but he’s the main focus there. He’s been surrounded by some really good hitters. Albert (Pujols) was there. (Carlos) Beltran was there, just to name a couple.”last_img read more

Tyrann Mathieu explains why he let up on potential big hit on Deshaun Watson

first_imgSo there wasn’t any need for Mathieu to light up Watson in that situation, because it would have been completely unnecessary. And that’s essentially what the safety said when he was made aware of the criticism.The game was over. Yeah that’s my boy , but I’m not fake tough, I don’t have to hit you to make me feel like imma big beast. This is football, but every act isn’t violent. https://t.co/KmNl7zDEhF— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) January 13, 2020Maybe I’m built different.— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) January 13, 2020Mathieu was teammates with Watson just a year ago, so that likely played some role in his decision. But still, it seems Mathieu would have made that choice regardless of who was at quarterback. Context matters, and that play wasn’t the time for a big hit on the QB.At that point in the game, you’re just waiting for the clock to run out. No need to risk injury — for either yourself or the person you’re hitting — by hitting your opponent as hard as you can. Tyrann Mathieu has seen your criticism, but he doesn’t agree.The Chiefs safety was criticized by some for not laying into Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson during the team’s playoff game Sunday. On the play, Mathieu was coming in hot on a safety blitz and had a clear line to the quarterback. But instead of hitting him, he could clearly be seen letting up. Strange seeing blitzing DB let up. This used to be an ear-holing. Good for QB health. pic.twitter.com/a0oAIv1pFM— Mike Sando (@SandoNFL) January 12, 2020MORE: Breaking down Jimmy Graham’s first down controversyThe video doesn’t show it, but the context of this play is very important. The score is 51-31 and the ball was snapped just ahead of the two-minute warning (2:02). Houston had no timeouts left. So even if Houston scores on that drive, all Kansas City needed was one more possession to drain the clock. In other words, the game was pretty much over.last_img read more

Fortuna boys soccer opens up league play with 5-0 win over visiting Eureka

first_imgFortuna >> If you are to look at the Fortuna boys soccer team’s starting lineup that head coach Daniel Holmes has been rolling out this season, there are plenty of new faces compared to the one that led the Huskies to a North Coast Section championship a year ago.The majority of the mainstays that led the Huskies to an undefeated season 12 months ago have moved on.But in the Huskies’ league opener, it was one of the carryovers from the 2016 team that got things going.Eric Olea’s 32nd-minute …last_img

Good Gratitude: To Science or God?

first_imgThere are health benefits to thanksgiving, but motivation is the key.It’s Thanksgiving, and that means scientists want to explain it without any spiritual stuffing.  As can be expected, Live Science is there to tell us all about why you should be grateful without any reference to God (or to any other recipient, for that matter).  Tia Ghose writes,Dozens of studies have found that gratitude can improve well-being, and can even help people curb depression and anxiety, improve cholesterol, and get better sleep, said Robert Emmons, a psychologist at the University of California, Davis, and author of “Gratitude Works! A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity” (Jossey-Bass, 2013).“Grateful people engage in more exercise, have better dietary behaviors, are less likely to smoke and abuse alcohol, and have higher rates of medication adherence,” Emmons wrote in an email. “Gratitude is good medicine.”This all may be true, but isn’t the point of gratitude being thankful TO somebody?  It seems pointless to be grateful to yourself, or to pretend to be grateful for selfish reasons like “emotional prosperity” for yourself.  To give thanks TO somebody for a body (7/25/14) that can eat a home-cooked meal and enjoy it with a brain (7/26/14) that is the most complex and organized piece of equipment in the universe, there’s only one choice of recipient.The Lord had to command human beings to give thanks, not just because it is good and right, but because it is against our natural inclinations as fallen creatures. Although not stated explicitly in the 10 Commandments, it is implied; in fact, thankfulness is a key to keeping them all. Think about it. If I thank God, why would I want to make an idol? If I thank my parents, why would I ever wish to dishonor them? If I’m thankful for what I have, why would I covet? Try that with the other 7 commandments.Giving thanks takes our attention off ourselves. It stops demanding what we consider our “rights.” Remember the grumbling Israelites after leaving Egypt? (Moses, YOU brought us out here; now what are you going to give us to eat?). Gratitude focuses our attention on blessings (Lord, how awesome are your works in opening a path through the Red Sea!). Instead, their thanklessness doomed that generation to fall in the wilderness. A thankful spirit, I’m sure, would have changed the history of Israel and swept them into the Promised Land 40 years earlier. Imagine if the Israelites had said when hungry and thirsty, “Lord, you are so good to us! You saved us from slavery and the Egyptian army; you have shown your mighty power over and over. We can’t wait to see how you will bless us next!” Let’s try that attitude next time we have a prayer need. There’s strong Biblical precedent to believe God will fill that cup with overflowing grace. (Matthew 7:7-11, Philippians. 4:4-7). (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

100th American Farm Bureau Annual Convention coverage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentMonday, Jan 14 This morning’s closing General Session featured the announcement of the Young Farmer and Rancher competition results, the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Awards, remarks from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and keynote speaker President Donald Trump addressed the group.Jess and Adam Campbell did not advance in the Excellence in Agriculture contest.The counties that won the County Activities of Excellence presented at the IDEAg Trade Show.Sunday, Jan. 13OFBF President Frank Burkett proudly represents Ohio. Photo: AFBFThe opening General Session of the 2019 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention began with the annual parade of state flags. Notable presenters included Louisiana governor, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mike Strain, commissioner of Louisiana’s department of agriculture and forestry. AFBF President Zippy Duvall delivered his annual address, focusing on the history of AFBF and how it has been a united voice over the last 100 years. He noted the struggles and triumphs of 2018 and looked ahead at 2019, leaving the audience with the question, “How will you answer the call as we break through to the next century of American Farm Bureau?”The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its 12th “Book of the Year” award to Lisl Detlefsen for “Right This Very Minute.”Ohio Farm Bureau recognized with awardsOhio Farm Bureau received all four Awards of Excellence, which are given to state Farm Bureaus that demonstrate outstanding achievements in four program areas: Advocacy; Engagement and Outreach; Leadership and Business Development; and Membership Value. Also at the American Farm Bureau Foundation breakfast, state Farm Bureaus were recognized for exemplary financial support of the foundation. Ohio received the Scholar Award, which is given to the six state Farm Bureaus with the highest total donations to the foundation within their membership groups.  Additionally, Ohio Farm Bureau qualified for one of 25 Apex Awards, which are given to state Farm Bureaus that have increased total contributions to the foundation by 10 percent or more over the previous year.Young Ag Professionals contests continueAnnie Specht (second, right) competed in the Discussion Meet Sweet 16 round, where the contestants discussed the question: Technology is one of the driving forces for innovation and advancement in agriculture. How can the industry attract the best and brightest minds from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into agricultural careers?The crew from Ohio gathered to congratulate @anniespecht after an outstanding Discussion Meet round. #AFBF19 #ofbf pic.twitter.com/1ElGUdJBgz— Ohio Farm Bureau (@OhioFarmBureau) January 13, 2019Jess and Adam Campbell of Warren County are Top 10 finalists in the Excellence in Agriculture competition. Final results will be announced Monday during the General Session.Annie Specht of Tuscarawas County did not advance to the Final Four in the Discussion Meet. Congratulations to all Young Agricultural Professionals contestants. Saturday, Jan. 12Annie Specht gives her opening statement in the Discussion MeetAnnie Specht competed in the first two rounds of the Discussion Meet. During the Discussion Meet, the participants share their thoughts and ideas on specific topics. The two questions today were:In our modern world, the rapid dissemination of information and opinion about agriculture and food technologies can make it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Given these challenges, how can Farm Bureau best protect farmers’ and ranchers’ access to production technology options? As the voice of agriculture, how can Farm Bureau be more inclusive of all agriculture and production practices? This includes, but is not limited to, women in agriculture, organic production, fresh produce, forestry and aquaculture. Congratulations to Annie as she advances to the Sweet 16 round, which takes place Sunday.Jess Campbell takes questions from the judges at the end of the Excellence in Ag presentation.Jess and Adam Campbell are in New Orleans for the Excellence in Agriculture competition. Jess presented on Saturday, sharing their story of how Carroll Creek Farms began. The presentation included the couple’s vision for the future, and how they are personally addressing issues that impact Ohio agriculture, such as ag unity, consumer perceptions and the mental health crisis in rural communities. The top 10 finalists will be announced on Sunday.The IDEAg Trade Show opened this afternoon and the day ended with a reception for members hosted by Nationwide.Friday, Jan. 11Many Ohio Farm Bureau members and staff are in New Orleans to celebrate this past year’s achievements and represent Ohio as Farm Bureau policy priorities are set for the coming year.Check in on this page for LIVE updates from the Big Easy at the American Farm Bureau’s 100th Annual Convention Jan. 11-16.Eight Ohio county Farm Bureau projects were chosen to participate in the County Activities of Excellence program, and young agricultural professionals Jess Campbell and Annie Specht will be competing in the national Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet contests, respectively.  Speakers include Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. President Donald Trump is also scheduled to speak.You can also follow the action as it’s happening on OFBF’s social media through Facebook and by following the #AFBF19 hashtag on Twitter.Our partner, Nationwide, is a sponsor of this event.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

India vs England: 5 things to know about 2nd Test at Lord’s

first_imgThe Anderson-Jadeja row has added more spice to the 2nd Test at Lord’sA lifeless pitch at Trent Bridge ensured the first test between England and India was drawn, despite some remarkable individual performances.The teams have only three days off to prepare for the second test at Lord’s on Thursday.To end its first streak in 21 years of nine straight tests without a win, England has recalled left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan, less than a year after a nightmare debut in the Ashes at The Oval. England has played three tests this summer without a specialist spinner and drawn two and lost one to Sri Lanka. Kerrigan says, if he’s picked, the Ashes experience will weigh on him, but he’s a better player for it.Lord’s is normally a seamers’ track, and India has won only once there (1986) in 16 tests, but both sides were also expecting an England-friendly pitch at Nottingham.Here are five things to know ahead of the second test:ANOTHER SLOW PITCH: Trent Bridge groundsman Steve Birks apologized before the first test for preparing a flat pitch, but that was partly to help Nottingham recoup expenses by trying to ensure the test lasted five days. Lord’s counterpart Mick Hunt had some big-shot visitors on Tuesday, including England captain Alastair Cook, coach Peter Moores, managing director Paul Downton and board pitch consultant Chris Wood. None made a public statement about the conditions, but England batsmen Sam Robson and Gary Ballance were hoping for, more than expecting, a lively track.advertisementEngland seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled 113 overs at Trent Bridge, and won’t be excited if Lord’s is also placid. Anderson and Cook warned the fast bowlers won’t be able to endure all five tests of the series if they aren’t given pitches with more seam and bounce. “We need to have a contingency plan,” Cook says. “We just need a pitch with a bit of life in it. Lord’s looked green two days before the start, but its condition on Thursday morning will be what counts. It looked the same two days before the first Sri Lanka test in June.”COOK STILL SEARCHING FOR RUNS: Cook’s batting performances have been as lifeless as the Trent Bridge track. He was out for 5 in the first test, and spared from batting again by India batting out the fifth day to confirm a draw. That pressure hasn’t decreased, as his average this year has dropped to less than 14, with a top score of 28. In that department, he was showed up by the tailenders. Last-man Anderson hit his highest test score of 81, and India’s No. 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar rattled off two half centuries. Meanwhile, his captaincy decisions were better, but each side was always going to struggle to bowl out the other twice.PRESSURE STILL ON DHONI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not have the best of tests as India captain at Trent Bridge. He ran himself out on 82 in the first innings and ran out of ideas during Joe Root’s and Anderson’s record 10th-wicket partnership of 198. His bowlers continually bowled short to Anderson, despite the pitch keeping the ball low. His fielding setup often allowed Root a single to retain the strike. Both of those errors allowed England back into the game and took the impetus away from India, a mistake he won’t want to repeat at Lord’s.BROAD AND ANDERSON KEY: Broad and Anderson bowled almost 60 overs each at Trent Bridge. Their importance to Cook and England cannot be understated, and the state of the pitch will determine how badly the England captain needs to use them. The effect of pitches that neutralize them, and a test series crammed within 42 days, means Cook is under an extra burden to manage his strike force. Broad is also managing a knee injury that ruled him out of the one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.KOHLI OFF FORM: Virat Kohli was identified as India’s dangerman ahead of the first test. The 25-year-old averages 44 from 25 tests but could manage only nine runs across two innings on a surface made for batting at Trent Bridge. Broad dismissed him both times, and Kohli will be wary of that developing into a trend.last_img read more