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DUFFY – “I’LL FIGHT MCGREGOR IN THE OCTAGON – NOT ON TWITTER

first_imgJoseph Duffy has said he won’t become embroiled in a war of words with Conor McGregor – because he’d prefer to do his talking in the UFC octagon.Duffy has made a sensational start to life in the UFC – and is the last man to inflict defeat on UFC kingpin Conor McGregor. The popular Donegal man was due to headline UFC Dublin – but was forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering concussion in sparring.Duffy is heading back to Canada to prepare for the rearranged bout with Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas on January 2nd.However, when asked was he disappointed that McGregor had taken aim at him on social media – Duffy said he wasn’t surprised.Duffy also said that all the stuff McGregor says will come back and bite him on the ass. Duffy said, “That didn’t surprise me in the least.“Any opportunity Conor gets to have a little dig, he’s going to have one. We know what his beef is. He’s still got that thorn in his side over me beating him.“If Conor is willing to kick a man when he’s down it says more about him than it does about me.” As always, I’ll leave him to it and do my own thing. His opinion doesn’t really matter. I don’t really care what he has to say.“It’s only a matter of time before all this stuff comes back to bite him in the ass. If we fight, I’ll do my talking in the octagon. I’ll prove it on the night, not on Twitter.DUFFY – “I’LL FIGHT MCGREGOR IN THE OCTAGON – NOT ON TWITTER was last modified: November 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportUFClast_img read more

SA pushes ‘climate-smart’ agriculture

first_img2 September 2011 African agriculture ministers will use the UN climate change summit in Durban to push for “climate-smart agriculture”, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said at the 2011 National Arbor Week celebrations in Phokeng, Rustenburg on Thursday. The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place at Durban’s International Convention Centre from 28 November to 9 December. “At the upcoming COP 17, we will be speaking in one voice as African ministers responsible for agriculture on the importance of climate-smart agriculture and we are using today’s event as a build-up to the global gathering,” Joemat-Pettersson told BuaNews. “We are not using this Arbor Week to plant cosmetic trees, but to make our communities aware about the importance of having their yards green with vegetable gardens and planting trees to mitigate climate change.” Climate change is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, and nearly decades of UN negotiations on the phenomenon have failed to find an absolute approach to curbing the release of greenhouse gases. Joemat-Pettersson said that on September 13-14, in preparation for COP 17, there would be a two-day African ministerial conference in Gauteng province under the theme “Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Call to Action.” “We’ve already started with various consultative processes including national, regional and international stakeholder meetings and forums in preparation for the anticipated, but highly publicised climate event.” Joemat-Pettersson said climate-smart agriculture, which is a fairly new concept on the continent, includes proven practical techniques and approaches that can help achieve a “triple win” for food security, adaptation and mitigation.Arbor Week National Arbor Week serves to promote awareness for the need to plant and maintain indigenous trees throughout South Africa, especially in historically disadvantaged communities. In South Africa, Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1983. The event captured the imagination of people who recognised the need to raise awareness on the value of trees in society. As sources of building material, food, medicine, and simple scenic beauty, trees play a vital role in the health and well-being of communities. Collective enthusiasm for the importance of this issue in South Africa inspired the national government, in 1999, to extend the celebration of Arbor Day to National Arbor Week. From 1 to 7 September every year, schools, businesses and organisations are encouraged to participate in community “greening” events to improve the health and beauty of the local environment and promote a green future for South Africa. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Prevented planting, idle land and CAUV taxation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Kirk Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramThe decision on whether to take prevented planting can be tough, but concerns about increased property taxes on idle land do not need to enter into the equation. Ohio’s Current Agricultural Use Valuation program allows landowners to retain the benefit of CAUV tax assessment on agricultural land even if the land lies idle or fallow for a period of time.Ohio’s CAUV program provides differential property tax assessment to parcels of land “devoted exclusively to agricultural use” that are 10 acres or more or, if less than 10 acres, generated an average gross income for the previous three years of $2,500 or more from commercial agricultural production. Timber lands adjacent to CAUV land, land enrolled in federal conservation programs, and land devoted to agritourism or bio-mass and similar types of energy production on a farm also qualify for CAUV.There must have been some farmers in the legislature when the CAUV law was enacted, because the legislature anticipated the possibility that qualifying CAUV lands would not always be actively engaged in agricultural production. The law allows CAUV land to sit “idle or fallow” for up to one year and remain eligible for CAUV, but only if there’s not an activity or use taking place on the land that’s inconsistent with returning the land to agricultural production or that converts the land from agricultural production. After one year of lying idle or fallow, a landowner may retain the CAUV status for up to three years by showing good cause to the board of revision for why the land is not actively engaged in agricultural production.The law would play out as follows. When the auditor sends the next CAUV reenrollment form for a parcel that qualifies for CAUV but was not planted this year due to the weather, a landowner must certify that the land is still devoted to agricultural production and return the CAUV form to the auditor. The auditor must allow the land to retain its CAUV status the first year of lying idle or fallow, as long as the land is not being used or converted to a non-agricultural use. If the land continues to be idle or fallow for the following year or two years, the auditor could ask the landowner to show cause as to why the land is not being used for agricultural production. The landowner would then have an opportunity to prove that the weather has prevented plans to plant field crops, as intended by the landowner. After three years, the landowner would have to change the land to a different type of commercial agricultural production to retain its CAUV status if the weather still prevents the ability to plant field crops on the parcel. Other agricultural uses could include commercial animal or poultry husbandry, aquaculture, algaculture, apiculture, the production for a commercial purpose of timber, tobacco, fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, ornamental trees, sod, or flowers, or the growth of timber for a noncommercial purpose, if the land on which the timber is grown is contiguous to or part of a parcel of land under common ownership that is otherwise devoted exclusively to agricultural use.Being forced out of the fields due to rain is a frustrating reality for many Ohio farmers. One positive assurance we can offer in the face of prevented planting is that farmers won’t lose agricultural property tax status on those fields this year. Read Ohio’s CAUV law in the Ohio Revised Code at sections 5713.30 and 5713.31.last_img read more

Farm Credit Head: System Safe, Sound

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Though agriculture is experiencing pressures on a number of fronts, the head of the Farm Credit Administration told federal lawmakers on Tuesday the overall credit system remains in good shape.Glen R. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of the FCA, said during a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit that, despite all the challenges in the industry, most farms are holding their own.Because the general economy in the United States is good, Smith said farm families are seeing the benefits.“Although overall farm finances have declined in recent years, most farms remain financially strong,” he said.“A strong economy and labor market are helping support the incomes of these producers as well as larger producers. Many producers continue to find ways to cut costs and make the most of the marketing opportunities when prices rise temporarily. Still, the financial pressure can be significant for individual producers, particularly those who suffered yield losses in recent years.”One major concern for FCA is U.S. farmers have taken on an estimated $41 billion in additional farm debt since 2016. Adjusted for inflation, total farm debt is nearing the record set about 40 years ago.“Income shortfalls have cut working capital and elevated borrowing needs,” Smith said. “With cash flows tight, the number of producers finding it difficult to repay their loans is growing, albeit at a modest pace. Increasingly, producers are restructuring their debts to improve their cash flow.”Smith said FCA’s entire loan portfolio, however, is seeing low levels of credit stress, although there are signs of weakness in the system.FINANCIAL STRESS REGIONALIZEDMost financial stress is regionalized, he said, and is most prevalent in the dairy and grain segments. Of the 10 states with the highest levels of distressed loans, according to FCA, six are in the Midwest.“Some farmers will continue to restructure their balance sheets to the extent they are able and/or make changes in their operations to reduce production costs,” Smith told the subcommittee.“Fortunately, both the Farm Credit System and the Farm Credit Administration are laser-focused on cash flow and loan repayment. This approach contrasts with ‘collateral lending,’ which contributed to the 1980s farm financial crisis. Lenders are also much more proactive with borrowers encountering difficulty, encouraging them to adjust their operations before it is too late. Importantly, in the most recent farmland price run-up, system institutions used lending caps and other practices to mitigate lending risks associated with higher land prices.”Farmland values are what have helped agriculture weather the storm, although some Midwestern states have seen land values fall off. For example, Nebraska has seen values fall 15% to 20% in recent years.“While farmer interest and financial ability to purchase land have waned, the limited amount of land for sale, solid non-farmer demand, and low interest rates have contributed to the stability in land markets,” Smith said.Because farmland markets have remained stable, he said, borrowers have been able to restructure balance sheets with longer-term debt and free up working capital.Still, Smith said FCA is concerned land values could decline if an increasing amount of land is put up for sale.“With declining land prices, farm balance sheets could deteriorate more quickly, and a farm borrower’s ability to restructure debt or obtain additional financing could weaken,” he said.“System institutions have indicated that, as lenders, they will work with customers if they are willing and able to make changes to their operations to restore profitability. Fortunately, system institutions have the financial capacity to work with their customers. Other lenders may not have this capacity, or some borrowers may have already used up their opportunities to restructure their balance sheets. Either case creates concern if farm stress intensifies in the coming years.”THE FCA SYSTEM NUMBERSSmith said the overall farm credit system remains “strong and sound” and is well capitalized to help agriculture producers.As of June 30, 2019, the FCA system had $61.2 billion in capital available, an increase from $57.3 billion in 2018.The FCA reports an increase in nonperforming assets totaling $2.5 billion this year, or 0.92% of loans and other property owned as of June 30, 2019. This is an increase from $2.3 billion or 0.83% at the end of 2018.The FCA has seen a small increase in loan delinquencies compared to 2018, Smith said.“While credit risk in the system’s portfolio has increased, the system’s risk-bearing capacity remains strong,” he said. “The system continues to have reliable access to the debt capital markets. Investor demand for all system debt products remains positive, allowing the system to continue to issue debt on a wide maturity spectrum at competitive rates.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CZSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

2013 NYC Photo Gallery

first_imgPhotos from the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) have been uploaded to the NYC website as well as the Touch Football Australia Facebook page. To view the photos, please click on the following links:www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com (Click on the Photo Gallery section in the top menu)www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Stay tuned to these pages for more photos throughout the event, and be sure to join us on Instagram (search for Touch Football Australia).Thank you to Energy Images for providing the photos for the galleries. Related LinksNYC Photo Gallerylast_img read more

a month agoSouthampton defender Wesley Hoedt: I regret leaving Lazio

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt: I regret leaving Lazioby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton defender Wesley Hoedt regrets leaving Lazio.He is currently on loan at Belgian side Antwerp.Hoedt said, “I made a mistake [leaving Lazio]. I had a five-year contract with them. After two years, they offered to extend it for another five, with better conditions.“Italian football culture is very professional, but everyone wants to play in the best League in the world, the Premier League, and the Southampton offered me a contract that I couldn’t refuse.“Unfortunately, the club had two bad seasons and things didn’t go as I thought they would.” last_img read more

North Carolina Basketball: Photos: This Charlotte-Based Cake Designer Makes Amazing UNC Basketball Cakes

first_imggrooms Cake of North Carolina's basketball court.IG/forgoodnesscakescharlotteSkilled pastry chefs and cake designers can make some amazing things out of their desserts, and Charlotte-based For Goodness Cakes definitely knows its audience. The business’ Instagram account has posted a number of amazing-looking cakes, including a number that are North Carolina Tar Heel themed. The always popular #heelshouse cake. #atleastinmyhouse #goheels #groomscakes #charlottecakes Inside: delectable peanut butter cake with milk chocolate ganache filling.A photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jun 5, 2015 at 9:21pm PDT  Here strictly for work. #heelshouse #deandome #carolinacakes #lovethisplaceA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jan 24, 2015 at 11:33am PST  Not a wedding cake, but could be. Photo credit: @dreaphotoartist #carolinacake #tarheelwedding #nycskyline #uncchapelhill #goheelsA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jan 24, 2015 at 7:54pm PST Don’t worry Duke fans, they’ll make you, and fans of other schools, cakes as well. Like I’ve always said, I’m an equal opportunity provider. Design piped by hand and by eye with buttercream! #dookcakeA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on May 8, 2015 at 2:08pm PDT  Collage cake for a very lucky birthday girl. Sadly had to crop off the beloved sea turtle topper, but this one deserved a 360! #bruciesbirthdaybash #milestonebirthdaycake #collagecake #handpaintedandcreatedA video posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Apr 11, 2015 at 7:09pm PDT  Who knew owning a cake business would be Sports Teams 101? #whodey #footballcake #charlottegroomscakesA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on Jun 20, 2014 at 1:48pm PDT  “Chef’s choice” cakes start at $75: you choose 2 colors, flavors and theme and I come up with design, no fondant, all buttercream. #ugacake #graduationcakeA photo posted by For Goodness Cakes (@forgoodnesscakescharlotte) on May 23, 2014 at 5:26pm PDT If we were Tar Heel fans, we know where we’d go for our Dean Dome confectionery recreations.last_img read more

The Rockets Are Finally Playing Their Game In The Playoffs

The strangest thing about the Houston Rockets’ 126-99 dismantling of the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night wasn’t the final score, or the Spurs’ bloodless play, or even the 50 3-pointers (and 22 makes) that Houston threw up in the game. Those were all unusual, but in the way that any one-off game in a seven-game series might be. For Rockets fans, however, the big change was that for once in the playoffs, the Rockets looked like the Rockets.Over the last four seasons,1The period for which we have player-tracking data for the league. Houston general manager Daryl Morey has built the NBA’s model of efficiency. The Rockets of the regular season adhere to the fundamental tenets of Moreyball: shooting threes, driving for layups and drawing fouls. Then the playoffs begin. That’s when Houston has gone off script and played the sort of inefficient basketball it’s built to avoid. It’s unlikely that the Rockets will play the rest of the series at the level they played Game 1 — the 27-point loss was the worst of the Spurs’ season. But however the series plays out, it’s progress that the Rockets have finally brought Rockets basketball to the playoffs. The biggest change has been in the number of threes the team gets. Over the previous three seasons, the Rockets led the league in 3-point attempt rate (the share of field-goal attempts that are 3-pointers) during the regular season before seeing significant dropoffs in the postseason. That’s particularly unusual, considering the playoff field as a whole had a higher rate in this span than the leaguewide regular-season rate.This season, the Rockets have seen a similar slide toward the mean. But they began with such an overwhelming cushion that although they’ve gone from 46.2 percent of their attempts being threes during the season to 40.3 being so in the playoffs, that 40.3 number would have led all teams during the regular season.It’s especially promising for the Rockets’ identity that they’ve continued to put up shots even though they haven’t been falling. In the Oklahoma City series, Houston shot 28 percent from three over five games and 169 attempts, including 6-for-37 in the series clincher. This was somewhat because of good coverage — the Thunder held the Rockets to 10 uncontested2No defender within 6 feet. threes per game, five fewer than their regular season average — but mostly it was just a cold spell that seems to have corrected itself. Against the Spurs in Game 1, the Rockets got 14 wide-open threes, right around their season average.Houston’s free-throw rate (a team’s number of free-throw attempts per field-goal attempt) hasn’t seen as consistent a downturn in the playoffs as its 3-pointers, but it’s fluctuated. The team has finished in the top two in each of the last four regular seasons, but the fouls dried up in its 2014 and 2016 playoff campaigns. Through six games this postseason, however, the team is drawing free throws at by far the highest rate in the field. read more

Weekly football predictions Week 1

With another college football season ready to get underway, it’s time for another year of weekly predictions. Quinn Pitcock, the reigning champion who blew away the competition in 2009, returns to battle former OSU linebacker James Laurinaitis, former OSU quarterback Justin Zwick, current OSU men’s basketball center Dallas Lauderdale and Lantern sports editor Zack Meisel. THIS WEEK’S GAMES: Marshall @ No. 2 Ohio State UCONN @ Michigan No. 3 Boise State @ No. 10 Virginia Tech James Laurinaitis: Ohio State, UCONN, Virginia Tech Dallas Lauderdale: Ohio State, UCONN, Virginia Tech Quinn Pitcock: Ohio State, Michigan, Boise State Justin Zwick: Ohio State, Michigan, Boise State Zack Meisel: Ohio State, UCONN, Virginia Tech read more

Balotelli blames his skins colour for his problems

first_imgMario Balotelli has had a lot of problems during his career in numerous clubs – and he believes that would have had much fewer problems if he had been white and blames this fact for most of his struggles.The former Italy international insisted that a lot of his problems were caused by the fact that some people are not willing to accept today’s diversity and it made the situation more difficult for him.The Nice striker spoke about his career as he said, according to Football Italia:Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…In some stadiums, people chanted ‘There are no black Italians’ at me, yet I am the proof that there are.”“Even if I am Italian, born and raised in Italy, the law states I only became Italian once I reached the age of 18. The law is wrong and that is perhaps why to this day some people see black as the colour of diversity, of inferiority of an error in the middle of a team photograph.”“I think that if I had been white, I’d have had fewer problems. Perhaps I did cause some of my own problems and had the wrong attitude at times, but would I have been forgiven quicker? Absolutely yes.”last_img read more