first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Scarlets have been working hard behind the scenes over the past three months to secure the services of a number of key players within their squad for next season and beyond and will make announcements on all the region’s contract extensions and signings in due course.Nigel Davies added: “I am very comfortable with what we have achieved in terms of securing the talents of our core Scarlets players going forward. This group has progressed significantly over the past 18 months and we will continue our investment in developing Welsh talent from within our region – that is key to our philosophy and values and our future direction as a rugby business. “We expect to make these announcements post Six Nations when our whole group is back together within our environment here at Parc y Scarlets.” The Scarlets have confirmed that 30 year-old centre Regan King will leave the region at the end of his contract this summer after six seasons in Llanelli. The once-capped All Black has been a valued member of the Scarlets squad for the past six years and more recently has played an important role in helping advance the development of the Scarlets own fast-emerging backs talent – including international centre Jon Davies this season’s star performer Gareth Maule.King will join French champions and Top 14 giants Clermont Auvergne next season on a new three-year contract. He joined the Scarlets in May 2005.Known for his superb handling skills, agility and finesse on the field, Regan King returned to form this season after being absent in the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 seasons after picking up a career threatening hamstring injury in February 2009 which kept him off the field for a year. Scarlets Head Coach Nigel Davies said: “Regan has been a great asset within our rugby set-up for many years now and as a player has skills and qualities which you just don’t find everywhere. He’s a true rugby talent and it’s been great to see him come back strongly this season. His contribution and experience as one of our senior players has been particularly significant in recent seasons – our backs have without doubt benefited from playing and training alongside him, appreciating the quality he brings to the game and learning from his great skills, timing and ability with the ball.”“Regan’s contract with us concluded this summer and he goes with our best wishes to France where at this stage in his career he’ll have some great opportunities. The French clubs are staking a major claim for some of the top players in Europe at this time and evidently have the budgets and resources to do so. We’re very grateful to Regan for his contribution over the past six seasons and wish him and his family well in France.”King, who was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and has a British father, achieved his All Blacks cap against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in November 2002. He was previously with Stade Francais before leaving after six months to join the Scarlets in the 2005/2006 season. He has appeared 135 times for the region and scored 185 points. This season King has appeared 19 times and scored four tries. Regan King said: “I’d like to thank everyone at the Scarlets, the coaching team, the players and all the supporters for a great six years. It’s been a massive honour to be part of this great club, with its history and spirit. My family has always been made to feel really at home here and we’ve enjoyed our time in Llanelli – we’ve made great friends and our children were born here so it will always be a special place for us. “You’ve got to admire the work being done by the Scarlets to develop great new rugby players from within this region and from what I’ve seen, it will be a good thing for the Scarlets future.“It’s been a tough decision to leave as I’ve got a real bond and affinity with the Scarlets and all the boys here as I’ve been here quite a while. They’re a really good bunch of players, it’s a great atmosphere in the group. It’s been a pleasure to train and play alongside them and see some of the younger guys coming through so well now and many of them getting international caps.”“At this stage in my career, the offer from France was one that was right for me and my family and I felt that it’s probably time to move on. I’m grateful to everyone associated with the Scarlets and I’ll go with great memories of both Stradey Park and Parc y Scarlets.” TAGS: Scarlets last_img read more

first_img 59SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In the business world, mergers and acquisitions are often something feared by the masses. Credit unions, however, operate under a different umbrella where these activities should be seen as advantageous rather than detrimental.As a leader in your firm, you see mergers occurring all around you. In fact, the financial services industry is regularly buying, selling, and blending brands, which could lead you to ask yourself how your company can make an impact in this ever-evolving market. Perhaps you’ve been on the fence about whether to take a more proactive strategy towards mergers. Disruption to the status quo can bring great benefits. Consider the recently announced merger of United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) and Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU); once finalized, this will be the largest credit union merger in history.Using the aforementioned ground-breaking story as a case study, you can scrutinize your own credit union to identify competitive advantages which can be derived from merger and acquisition activities. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgJun 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A series of illness outbreaks linked to tomatoes over the last decade prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to announce last week an initiative to explore contamination causes and develop better guidance to reduce the number of tomato-related illnesses.Over the past 10 years, fresh tomatoes have been linked to 12 outbreaks that resulted in 1,840 confirmed illnesses, according to a Jun 12 press release from the FDA. Most of outbreaks, including two last summer and fall, involved Salmonella.The FDA traced most of the outbreaks to tomatoes from Florida and the eastern shore of Virginia, though some of the contaminated products also came from California, Georgia, Ohio, and South Carolina, the press release said.The FDA said its investigators would collaborate with health and agriculture officials in Florida and Virginia to identify practices or conditions at tomato farms and packing facilities that lead to contamination. The initiative will begin during this year’s growing season, focusing on Virginia in the summer and Florida in the fall.During the environmental part of the investigation, officials will be examining irrigation water, wells, chemical mixing procedures, droughts and floods, and animal proximity to growing fields, the FDA said.”Produce is an important part of a healthy diet, and FDA wants to improve its safety by better understanding the causes of foodborne illnesses and by promoting more effective methods of safe food production, delivery, and preparation, said Robert Brackett, PhD, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, in the press release.The findings of the investigation will not only help the FDA improve its tomato safety guidance and policy, but also suggest areas for further research, education, and outreach, the agency said. Several universities and members of the produce industry will be part of the safety initiative, which the FDA says complements the Leafy Greens Initiative that was launched in 2006 to explore factors that led to a spate of Escherichia coli outbreaks linked to lettuce and other leafy greens produced in California’s Salinas Valley.In 1990 and 1993, investigations of multistate salmonellosis outbreaks traced the cause to tomatoes processed at a single South Carolina tomato packer. The authors, who published their findings in a 1999 issue of Epidemiology and Infection, concluded that inadequately monitored chlorine levels in the processor’s wash tanks likely contributed to the outbreaks.Craig Hedberg, PhD, lead author of the study and a University of Minnesota expert on foodborne disease, said that despite investments that have been made to address tomato contamination problems over the past decade, little fundamental change has occurred. Hedberg said he hopes the FDA’s current initiative will spur new measures to reduce the number of outbreaks linked to tomatoes.In 2005, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published findings on three Salmonella outbreaks in the summer of 2004 that were linked to Roma tomatoes. The account said the tomatoes in all three outbreaks were traced to a single packing house in Florida, though other growers or packers also could have supplied contaminated products.More research is needed to determine if Salmonella can travel from the roots to the fruit or if contaminated seeds can affect subsequent generations of tomato plants, the authors noted. “Understanding the mechanism of contamination and amplification of contamination of large volumes of tomatoes is critical to prevent large-scale, tomato-associated outbreaks,” they wrote.The authors pointed out that produce packing houses were exempt from Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements, though the FDA encouraged GMP controls for water used in the packing houses. “However, the extent to which FDA guidance has been adopted by the industry is unknown,” the report said.At a Mar 20 FDA hearing on regulatory options for fresh fruits and vegetables, Elisa Odabashian, director of the Consumers Union’s West Coast office, asserted that the FDA’s voluntary guidelines for producers have failed to make food safer, according to a copy of the prepared testimony. She said the only way to make food safer and rebuild consumer confidence is for the FDA and/or the California Department of Health Services to mandate Good Agricultural Practices for growers and Hazard Analysis/Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems for all processors.See also:Jun 12 FDA news release Outbreaks of Salmonella infections associated with eating Roma tomatoes—United States and Canada, 2004. MMWR 2005 Apr 8;54(13):325-28 [Full text]Hedberg CW, Angulo, FJ, White KE, et al. Outbreak of salmonellosis associated with eating uncooked tomatoes: implications for public health. Epidemiol Infect 1999;122(3)385-93 [Abstract]Mar 20 Consumers Union testimony to the FDA read more

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Perhaps the No. 1 most joyful thing about Oxford’s High School baseball team’s entry into the 2015 Class 2A-A State Tournament in Great Bend is it came so unexpectedly.Oxford was 8-11 and the fourth seed going into the Central-Burden regional tournament. Then they knocked out West Elk in a hard-fought battle. The Wildcats then stunned the world by knocking off 18-2 Udall before beating Cedar Vale-Dexter in the championship game.Consider this, Oxford is 11-11 and has as many as six freshmen and two sophomores at once. And they are going back to the state tournament for the first time since 2006.Now Oxford is set to play in the state tournament on Thursday. Here are 10 things to know about the Oxford Wildcat baseball team and the tournament ahead. Just a note, Sumner Newscow will be providing live tweets of the first round contest.1. The who, what, where’s of state tournament ahead. Oxford is scheduled to play Moscow in the first round of the single elimination tournament at Great Bend Sports Complex. Originally, that game was set for 6:30 p.m.  But because of the stormy weather Kansas has had lately, KSHSAA officials are taking no chances. The KSHSAA sent out an e-mail stating that each game will start approximately 30 minutes after the previous game.  So it might behoove the Wildcat fans to get there earlier than 6:30. A baseball game lasts about 90 minutes and the first game starts at 11 a.m.The tournament is single elimination. If Oxford wins then it will play after the 10 a.m. semifinal game against the winner of Medicine Lodge (19-4) vs. Olathe Heritage Christian Academy (10-13). The full bracket is here.2. Thursday’s weather forecast in Great Bend. Like the rainy weather has been cooperative anytime this month. Tomorrow, Great Bend is predicted to have 40 percent chance of rain. On Friday, the likelihood of rain increases to 60 percent. Keep an umbrella handy, and don’t be surprised that your trip to Great Bend will require some waiting time.3. So where is Moscow? Moscow comes into the tournament at 17-5 as the third seed. It is located in southwest Kansas between Hugoton and Satanta — or north of Liberal, or in no man’s land. Moscow won the Syracuse Regional just east of the Kansas-Colorado state line which included Elkhart, Loti-Wichita County, Satanta and Syracuse.4. The scouting report.Oxford head baseball coach Kyle Green said Moscow is senior loaded with a lefty pitcher by the name of Tad Stuckey.“He’s got a decent fastball but from what I’ve been told his curve is a plus,” Green said.Offensively, Moscow gets most of its run production from Stuckey, and second baseman Alexis Manriquez, both seniors. Also, freshman Jalen Shaddix had six RBIs in the regional final.5. What Oxford needs to do to win.Continue to play the small ball better than the others. Interestingly, Oxford goes into the state tournament with no home runs and one triple this season. But they play smart on bases, much like the Kansas City Royals.“We have to keep the same formula that led us on this run,” Green said. “Our pitchers have to pound the zone, be efficient, play error free baseball and get some timely hitting.“Do the ordinary things well and the baseball gods will take care of us.”6. The Wildkittens? As mentioned above, the Wildcats are relatively young with two senior starters and the rest being underclassmen.“The best line I heard from Oggie Shimkus is we are like the Oxford ‘Wildkittens,” Green said. “These kids have handed the pressure so well. They are unique.”7. Oxford has two seniors – but they are good. Shimkus is a senior who has played a ton of baseball. He has the team’s highest on-base-percentage of .459 with a .333 batting average. Derek Williams has a .214 batting average and his OBP is .321.8. And then there is that youth.The two sophomores Oxford starts have played a bunch in the summer. Dylan Reuter has played on various summer teams and started last year. Grant Smith also started last year and has played a pile of summer ball.“All of the freshman have played the bulk of their summer careers for Kenny Thomas and have had success,” Green said. “I was worried about the pressure factor going into the Udall and Cedar Vale-Dexter games in region. But all of those kids have been in big games throughout their careers. It was just another game to them.”9. The traveling Oxford team…With the Oxford field being under water, the Wildcats have been all over the place practicing. On Monday, they were at the Armory in Wellington. Tuesday they practiced at the Hafner Center at Cowley County Community College.“They are just excited to now be part of the Oxford baseball tradition, now that they’ve gotten back to state,” Green said. “This is our ninth trip to state if you count state tournament from the late 1950s and early 1960s. But this is the first time since 2006. We are glad to be back.”10. Season statistics of Oxford’s team…The full batting and pitching stats can be found here: Oxford 2015 season statistics up to state tournamentFollow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_img Yorkshire and Gloucestershire were the winners on an ace first day at the English Men’s County Finals at Aldeburgh, Suffolk.Gloucestershire’s Nick Day provided the highlight with a hole-in-one on the 4th en route to a win in the morning foursomes. Then, the English mid-amateur champion followed up by delivering the winning point in the singles, taking the team to a 5-4 win over BB&O (Berks, Bucks & Oxon).Gloucestershire were put on the back foot after the three foursomes when only Day (pictured top) and his partner, Alex Ireland, managed to win. The hole in one helped, although BB&O’s George Baylis almost answered him, with a shot which ran round the rim of the hole before settling a foot away. “It couldn’t have been closer without going in,” said referee Graham Webb.However, the South West team quickly grabbed the initiative in the singles. International Joe Long rocketed off to win 7/5, followed by Joe Harvey who posted a score of 7/6 and then the 3/2 win of England player Mitch Waite.Gloucestershire needed one more point and Day provided it when he came out on top after a very close match against Tim Shin. “It was a real topsy-turvy game,” he said after finishing 2up.Day had been 2up on the outward half, only to drop behind around the turn. The par three 13th and 15th, which he played in birdie, par, changed his fortunes and gave him a narrow lead which he clung to resolutely as the pressure built.Team captain Gary Ward praised his team: “They were awesome. They really dug deep.”The day’s other match saw Yorkshire beat Lincolnshire 6.5-2.5 in an intriguing encounter. All of the Lincolnshire players work and play golf in their spare time; only one of the Yorkshire players has a full-time job. He’s Lewis Hollingworth, (pictured left) a PE teacher at Maltby Academy, Rotherham – and he played a key role in today’s victory.Hollingworth, playing in his first County Finals, teamed up with Sam Bairstow to give Yorkshire a 2-1 lead after the morning foursomes. They hadn’t been in front since winning the first hole, but they turned the game around when they parred the 17th to go 1up and then held on to win when the 18th was halved. The team’s other foursomes point was provided by Sam Rook and Bailey Gill, who also won 1up.In the afternoon Yorkshire were quick to put more points on the board with internationals David Hague and Gill both winning 6/4 at the top of the order.Then it fell to Hollingworth to take the team over the winning line on the 14th with his 5/4 win. “Darryl (team captain) said on the 13th tee that we were looking all right, but that if I could get over the line it would be good,” said Hollingworth, who duly obeyed orders with a pair of pars.The Yorkshire total was further boosted by Bairstow, who won 3/1, and by Rook, the county champion, who halved his game.Yorkshire captain Darryl Berry has enormous confidence in his players’ ability in the singles – although the big names in his team mean they’re always a target. “We have a lot of players who would be big scalps for other teams, but I’m always confident they will win. It helps for us to have those players because the whole team bounce off each other,” he said.• Gloucestershire secretary James McPherson and his wife, Carole, took the phrase ‘flying the flag’ to heart (pictured below). They carried their county flag around the course – while a contingent of BB&O players took pleasure in standing in front of it to block the view!Tomorrow Yorkshire will play BB&O while Gloucestershire take on Lincolnshire. 28 Sep 2018 Yorkshire and Gloucestershire forge ahead on an ace day Tags: Aldeburgh Golf Club, BB&O, County Finals, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Men’s Golf, Yorkshirelast_img read more

first_imgWhen I say, “Tale of Three Cities” I am not rewinding my life back to my Schenley High School “daze” by sharing with you the contents of the final book report of my sophomore year “Tale of Two Cities.”  Most of you should recall the novel based on the French revolution, Tale of Two Cities.  Basically unlike America in general and sports in particular because the “have-nots” basically won over the “haves.”  Ya know those who got it and those who don’t.  Heads were rolling and the heads were not the ones earning minimum wage or less.  The “po-folks” took it to the streets and got really, really busy, you dig.  That being said there is a sort of mini-revolution going on in the National Football League. Lots of “small” market teams are spending dough. During the resurgence of the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club beginning with the team’s appearance in Super Bowl XL against the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.  There were many emotional components that came into play in order for the team to be competitive and ultimately lay claim to the Lombardi Trophy.  First and foremost, Pittsburgh was playing the game less than 3 hours from Heinz Field whereas most of the Seattle faithful had to travel close to 3,000 miles just to sports their teams colors and lead them on. The folks from Seahawks land came and saw and lost. Secondly, in a very highly publicized promise, ‘big” Ben Roethlisberger who the year before had played a less than stellar game in the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots simply known as the “cheaters” Bowl when evidence later revealed that the Patriots headmaster Willam “bill the cheatster” Bellichick had videotaped the Steelers offensive and defensive signals thereby giving the team from Foxborough a sorta, kinda competitive advantage.  After that fiasco of a game Roethlisberger promised dejected Steelers running back and future Hall-of-Famer Jerome Bettis that he would bring him back to the championship game the following year and he kept his promise.   The first city was the cold bitterly cold city of Detroit.  At the risk of sounding repetitive; The “po-folks” of Deee….troit took it to the streets of the motor city trying to get some “gravy”  and got really, really busy. Hey the government even got in on the act they even gave the majority of the disenfranchised, (not be confused with former NFL franchise owners) homeless folks temporary “cribs” for a week.  I actually missed the victory parade in Pittsburgh for the Steelers because I was on a flight layover in Denver on my way to Honolulu to cover the Pro-Bowl.  Oh by the way, I took a very tidy gift with me from Hawaii courtesy of the motor city.  When I arrived in America’s 50th state I was informed after I continued to experience a consistent and resistant cough that held on for dear life, (my life) that brother “pneumonia” had hitchhiked to Hawaii with me as a result of almost a week of running around the frigid city of covering the pre-game activities of Super Bowl XL.  Now back to Super Bowl XL.  Retired Steeler Hines Ward caught 5 passes for 123 yards and scored a touchdown. “Hine-sy” also set up Pittsburgh’s initial touchdown when he caught a 37-yard third-down pass, which gave Pittsburgh a 7-3 lead with less than two minutes to play in the first half. After that Ward made caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Antwaan Randle-El that clipped the Seahawks wings for good.  Hey boys’ and girls’ Ben Roethlisberger’s QB rating was the lowest in the history of the Super Bowl (less than 28.00) for a winning QB.   Did Mike Holmgren borrow some footage for Bill Bellichick? And compound that with the fact Willie “warp speed” Parker pulled off a 75 yard scamper from scrimmage for a TD that made things a little more relaxed for the boys from the steel city. Rapunzel had let down her golden hair to the win starved Steelers and the new Pittsburgh Steelers revolution was about to begin.  Super Bowl XLIII was as exciting as Super Bowl’s are expected to be.  Unlike the writing of Gil Scott-Heron; the continuing revolution of the Steelers was televised from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as the saga continued.  Super Bowl XLIII featured the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers against the NFC champion Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers (15-4) defeated the Cardinals (12-7) by a score of 27-23, earning their sixth Super Bowl win, a new NFL record. It broke three-way tie among the Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys each team had five Super Bowl wins. The game was played on February 1, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium. Except for the 100 yards plus pick run back for a TD by ex-Steelers linebacker James Harrison. For most of the game the offense of the Black and Gold seemed to be sleepwalking with the exception of the final drive for the winning touchdown with a miraculous “ballet” type catch by ex-Steelers wideout Santonio Holmes. Also our media bus featured two non English speaking drivers who got lost going to the stadium and coming back. I swear folks; I am not making this stuff up. AUBREY BRUCElast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: The Indian ExpressAdvertisement 9xqmNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbodWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ear( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) p5x5Would you ever consider trying this?😱sblqCan your students do this? 🌚bkatRoller skating! Powered by Firework Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who kicked off his summer in style with a swashbuckling fifty in the first T20I against Sri Lanka has decided to take an indefinite break from the sport. Advertisement Image Courtesy: The Indian ExpressThe team’s psychologist Dr. Michael Lloyd confirmed Maxwell’s decision to take a hiatus through a statement that confirmed that the all-rounder has been struggling with his mental health as of late. Lloyd stated:“Glenn Maxwell has been experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health. As a result, he will spend a short time away from the game. Glenn was proactive in identifying these issues and engaging with support staff,”Advertisement The right-handed all-rounder’s decision was met with the utmost support from the Aussie camp with the Executive General Manager adding that the well-being of the players and staff is the utmost priority.Australian head coach also commented on the situation by claiming that Maxwell’s joyful demeanor as a mask while adding that Maxwell has been battling issues with his mental health for about a year now.Advertisement “There have been a few times over the last 12 months where I’ve suspected that he was probably battling a little bit, but mainly in Adelaide last week before the first game,”The amount of traveling and stress that the players endure can often deteriorate mental health which is not a matter to be taken lightly. Apart from the 31-year-old, there are several players who have battled issues with mental health which include Marcus Trescothick, Jonathan Trott, and Maninder Singh.Read Also:India beat Sri Lanka to win the Women’s Emerging Asia Cup 2019Bangladesh players train with pollution mask ahead of 1st T20 in Delhi  Advertisementlast_img read more