Eriksen ‘could become a Tottenham great’, claims Vertonghen

first_img Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen believes team-mate Christian Eriksen can become one of the Premier League’s best playmakers and go down in Tottenham folklore.The 22-year-old Denmark international arrived at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013 among the flurry of transfer dealings in the wake of Gareth Bale’s record-breaking move to Real Madrid.Eriksen has so far proved the pick of the bunch and, after a slow start to this campaign, is beginning to show his potential once more, impressing in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Newcastle.With three goals in his last six matches, the midfielder pulled the strings again as Spurs triumphed 4-0, earning a semi-final clash with League One Sheffield United as well as the praise of former Ajax team-mate Vertonghen.“As a playmaker, I think he can be one of the best in the Premier League,” the defender said.“I’ve played with him since he was 16 or 17, so probably for six or seven years now. He’s improving every season.“In the end of his Ajax days, I think they were a bit critical because his stats weren’t as good as they should be, they said, but I think he shows now that he can score and get assists as well – and he’s a very hard worker.“He’s in first [for training] and he’s on the pitch until the last minute and I’m a big fan of his and I’m happy I convinced him to come here.“We had good contact when he was still at Ajax and we always kept in touch.“They [Tottenham] obviously asked me what I thought of him and I was very positive, and I think I did my job to convince him to come here.”Eriksen’s impressive performances for Spurs have seen him become a firm fan favourite at a club synonymous with style.Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne have wowed the fans in previous years, and Vertonghen believes Eriksen will soon be placed alongside modern greats such as Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart.“He can reach their level, 100 per cent,” the Belgium international said.“I know Luka and Rafael better as they’re playing in my era, but I know the reputation of Hoddle and Gascoigne and I think Christian can be one of the better players Spurs have ever had.” 1last_img read more

Report: Raiders reach deal to play 2019 season in San Francisco

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.The Oakland Raiders will reportedly play their final season in the same city where it all began for them — San Francisco.In somewhat of a stunner, owner Mark Davis has reached a deal with the Giants to play the 2019 season at Oracle Park (formerly AT&T), NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai reported Sunday night.#BREAKING: #Raiders will play in San Francisco for 2019 season. Team reaches deal w/ #SFGiants to use #OraclePark …last_img read more

The Ohio Pork Council partners with Brookside Laboratories to provide discounted soil and manure samples

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to announce its partnership with Brookside Laboratories to provide discounted soil and manure samples for all Ohio pig farmers. To help farmers better utilize their resources, Brookside Laboratories has generously offered to provide soil samples for $3 per sample and manure samples for $20 per sample for all Ohio pig farmers.To qualify for the discount, farmers must complete a survey at www.ohiopork.org/soilsample.“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Ohio’s pork farmers as they work towards continual improvement of water quality and best nutrient management practices,” said Luke Baker, Brookside Laboratories.Once completed, farmers will be provided an email with further instructions, a unique identifying code and an order form to be submitted with their soil and manure samples. Special soil sample bags and manure containers will be provided though select integrators and county extension offices for farmers to use in this process.“This partnership is yet another example of how Ohio agriculture is joining together to achieve common sense solutions to complex problems like water quality and nutrient management,” said Rich Deaton, President, Ohio Pork Council.For more information please contact the Ohio Pork Council at 614-882-5887 or visitwww.ohiopork.org/soilsample.last_img read more

Former OFBF Executive Vice President Bill Swank dies at 88

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest C. William Swank, who served as Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president from 1968-1996, died Sept. 21, 2019. Swank helped Ohio Farm Bureau grow into the advocacy organization it is today, all the while keeping the economic and social well being of farm families top of mind.Among the most important legislative accomplishments that occurred during his tenure were the establishment of Current Agriculture Use Value (CAUV) program, the phase out of the personal property tax for agricultural production and in 1992 leading a coalition of business and industry groups against Issue 5, the chemical labeling law ballot initiative.During his 40-year career, Swank received the Ohio State University Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award and is a member of the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame, to name just a few.A U.S. Air Force veteran, Swank earned his Bachelor of Science, master’s and doctorate from Ohio State University and was recognized by the university in many ways, including the establishment of an endowed chair in Rural\Urban Policy. An economist and participant in agricultural issues nationally and internationally, Swank regularly kept in touch with Farm Bureau staff and industry leaders on current issues.“Bill Swank was one of the true giants in Ohio agriculture,” said Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president. “His visionary leadership built Farm Bureau into a powerful tool for farm families and helped guide the entire food and farm industry.  His passion for farmers was unmatched. He was smart, funny and kind. All of us in agriculture today are benefiting from his legacy.”He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen, and two daughters and their families, including nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael.Remember that we are always looking at a parade of people. They’re moving through and past–it’s never done. You can know and teach that group that’s right in front of you, but pretty soon, they’re not here and it’s a new group. We’ve got the knowledge that there always is this parade of people, a parade of issues–it never stops and so our work is never done. ~ C. William Swank in his 1995 retirement address at the 77th Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting.Service detailsFamily will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at The Church of the Messiah, U.M., 51 N. State St., Westerville where services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday.Photo caption: In 2017, former Executive Vice President Bill Swank (pictured with his wife, Helen, and OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp) was honored at the Ohio Farm Bureau state office. The executive conference room, which holds not only meetings but plaques and awards from Swank’s time as executive vice president, was renamed the C. William Swank Executive Conference Room.last_img read more

Video Gear for Traveling Road Warriors and Frequent Flyers

first_imgDo you frequently travel with your camera? Here are a few pieces of must-have support video gear for traveling video pros.Even seasoned traveling videographers and filmmakers can get stressed out when it comes time to pack up their gear. Check out this checklist of essential video gear for shooters on the move, plus some rules and tricks for getting through security faster.PowerImage from Philip BloomDepending on your location, you may not have access to electricity while you are shooting. Make sure you’re charged up and have plenty of batteries before arriving. Also, traveling with batteries is a huge pain in airports. You need to carry-on all of your batteries. Don’t put batteries in your checked luggage unless you want dogs sniffing your bags before a SWAT team destroys it.You need to know each batteries wattage as well. As long as each individual battery is under 100 Watts, then you shouldn’t have any problems in the airport. Passengers are only allowed to carry 2 batteries that are over 100 Watts. Also, make it a habit to put some gaff tape over the connection points. It puts security at ease, and will helpfully help you get through checkpoints faster.Don’t forget that you will also need to charge all those batteries when you make it back to a hotel. Be sure to bring battery chargers and surge protectors. If necessary, bring quality travel adapters, car chargers, and/or portable usb chargers for your phone and laptop.If you find yourself low on power in the middle of nowhere, you may have to get creative. Check out this video from Tim Johnson at Whitespace Films. He figured out a way to use his Canon LP-E6 batteries to power his Sony a7s. MemoryWait. So the first two things on a travel list are batteries and memory cards? YES! You will need a lot of them. It’s always better to have too many memory cards rather than not enough. If the cost of memory cards is a factor, then invest in a portable hard drive or at least some thumb drives. You’ll definitely want an external hard drive that does not need power. Just keep in mind that if you are constantly dumping footage in the middle of nowhere, your laptop battery will die. Are you starting to see the vicious cycle here?Don’t forget that you will also need a memory card reader. You’ll also want the cables to connect your card reader and hard drive as well. Bring an extra cable or two. They can get damaged or just stop working. If you are dumping footage straight to your laptop, you’ll certainly want to remember your laptop charger.LightLight kits are actually a hot topic among travelers. Some swear by packing them, and some tell you to rent on location instead. I fall in the middle category. If you are going somewhere that you can easily rent a light kit, it’s usually the better option. If you are traveling to remote areas without plumbing, you may have a hard time finding a rental house.I found the easiest thing to take are cheap video lights. If they get damaged in transport, it’s not a big deal. You can grab a cheap $30 video light and get by. It’s also a good idea to pack a flashlight or headlamp. A headlamp will help you search for gear in dark locations — and (if you are in a pinch) you can use that as a video light. Combine a cheap $30 light, a flashlight, and a cell phone, and you have the cheapest three point lighting system. Hey… if it works, it works.Don’t forget that lights need batteries. VICIOUS CYCLE!StabilizationAny videographer should know how important it is to have stable footage. Having stable footage while traveling becomes a real challenge. You’re most likely trying to pack as lightly as possible. You don’t want to carry around too much gear if you are hiking up mountains. Heck, I don’t even like trying to get all my gear to my car in the driveway. Compact is key.The type of shoot you’re on will determine what you need to bring. I am a big fan of monopods for travelers. They are so much easier to work with than just about anything else. If you are going to need a slider, then a monopod won’t cut it. I frequently use the travel size Kessler Stealth slider when I am abroad. It’s small enough to fit in my check bag, and I can carry it around pretty easily on location. If you are using a slider, you will also need to grab a travel tripod. Be sure that it can support the weight of the camera, lens, and slider. (Author’s Note: I am not sponsored by Kessler. I just give them my money.)A Glidecam is another option to stabilize your footage. Glidecams come apart fairly easily and are easy to pack. The difficult part is knowing how many counter weights you need to pack for you camera. You’ll really start to question yourself for carrying actual weights around in your bag. MoVI and Ronin are other choices as well, but I find that they don’t travel very well. They’re fantastic tools, but not the best for long distance.Cleaning KitWhen I say cleaning kit, I don’t mean just for your camera. Yes, you will need microfiber wipes, sensor wipes, cleaning solution, a brush, and a dust blower. Go ahead a grab a nifty little cleaning kit like this one from Giottos.On top of camera cleaning kit, don’t forget a first aid kit too. Don’t go for the cheap kind with bandages that slide right off. Invest in a decent quality kit, one that has alcohol wipes. You’ll never know when you’ll get a cut or roll an ankle. True story: I once partially dislocated my kneecap when traveling for a shoot. I got checked out and then hobbled my way to a drug store to buy pain pills and a knee brace. I spent the next day hopping around while shooting. Now my first aid kit always includes aspirin and a compression wrap.While on the topic of cleaning, don’t forget to pack toilet paper if you are going to a very remote location. You can even use it in the airport instead of relying on the so called paper that their bathrooms offer. In very remote locations, you’ll also want bug spray and sunscreen.BagsFinding the right bags and cases for traveling is going to be a trial and error process. It’s different for every person. The one thing I can certainly say is this: rolling bags are great for checked items and to get things to a hotel room. Other than that, they will be a curse. A rolling bag should never be your primary bag. Find yourself a quality backpack that you can wear all day long.Another thing to consider is your location. If you will be in a big city, thieves are on the lookout for camera bags and gear. Sometimes it’s best to use an inconspicuous hiking backpack. One that can still store the gear you need. You don’t always have to have a lens placed safely in a foam cube. You can wrap it in a t-shirt and be just fine.Messenger bags are great for when you don’t have to carry much gear at once. That’s why they are so popular amongst photographers who only need a camera, lens, and maybe a tripod. But if you are hiking long distances, do yourself a favor and properly balance your weight with a backpack. That audio equipment, laptop, and all the extra gear will take its toll on your body as you get tired.Bonus: Waterproof JacketA rain jacket is always handy. Obviously it’s great for rain, but you can also use it to cover up your gear. If the sun is beating down on you and you can’t see your monitor or screen, you can use a rain jacket to make a monitor hood. When packing for travel, always think of multiple uses for everything you have. Then you will save yourself the trouble of packing too much. Got any other must-have video gear in your travel kit? Share your knowledge in the comments below!last_img read more

Protester killed in Kashmir firing

first_imgA youth was killed and another injured after security forces allegedly fired on protesters during clashes in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday.The forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in over a dozen villages in Pulwama in the morning, following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.At the time of the operation, a group of youth started pelting stones on the forces in some places. Two persons were injured in firing by the forces during clashes in Gusoo village, the official said.The two were taken to a hospital, from where, one of them, Fayaz Ahmad Wani, was referred to the SMHS Hospital here. Wani was, however, declared dead at the hospital, he said.Clashes between the protesters and security forces were going on when last reports came in. The search operation is in progress, he added.Separatists in Kashmir on Monday called for a boycott of the panchayat and urban local body polls scheduled to be held from next month.A statement in this regard was issued after a meeting of the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising separatists Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik at Mr. Geelani’s residence in Hyderpora. It alleged that the Centre wants to thrust panchayat and municipal elections upon the people of Kashmir and that “New Delhi has never believed in empowering the people of J&K or the institutions here.” Elections have “only been a means to further strengthen New Delhi’s hold on J&K”, the statement alleged.Despite similar calls for boycott by separatists, Jammu and Kashmir registered its highest voter turn-out in the last 25 years during the 2014 Assembly election, with an estimated 65% of electorate casting their votes. The last panchayat election in the State were held in April-May 2011, with a record voter turnout of 80%. The panchayat elections were scheduled to be held in 2016 but were put off due to unrest in the Valley.last_img read more

Punjab sees increase in farm fires this month

first_imgFarmers continue to burn stubble despite banVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1501:15  There has been a spike in agricultural fires — a phenomenon that’s known to worsen air pollution — in Punjab in September, significantly more than in the same month last year.Krunesh Garg, member-secretary, Punjab Pollution Control Board, said there were 107 fires from September 24-26. In 2018 there were only 11 fires during the same period. However, in 2016 and 2017 there were 106 and 150 fires respectively from September 27-30.Mr. Garg said last year’s numbers were unusually low because paddy harvesting was delayed due to the persistence of the monsoon. “Last year, the onset of monsoon was late and it persisted well into October. This year, harvesting of basmati varieties of rice has already begun, hence the apparent rise in September,” he said.Agricultural fires, in which farmers set fire to their fields after harvesting paddy, tend to begin around late September and peak around the last week of October by which time farmers have harvested most of their paddy. There were 80,879 fire incidents detected during the paddy harvesting season in 2016, 43,660 in 2017 and about 40,000 in 2018. “There was a 10% reduction last year from 2017 and we expect around the same reduction this year,” Mr. Garg said. Watch | Farmers continue to burn stubble despite bancenter_img Punjab’s fires tend to worsen Delhi’s pollution as particulate matter floats into the city, affecting the already polluted winter air.The Centre and Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh had — over several meetings last year — declared a “zero tolerance” policy on stubble burning by farmers which, according to various studies, contributes anywhere from 17% to 78% to the particulate matter emission load in Delhi during winter.Last year, the Union Agriculture Ministry earmarked ₹591 crore for disbursal to Punjab, Haryana and U.P. to help farmers access machines that collect or plough the stubble back into the soil.A senior official in the Union Agriculture Ministry said in spite of subsidies, the implements were “expensive” for the farmers and thus it was cheaper for them to set chaff ablaze.(With inputs fromPriscilla Jebaraj)last_img read more