Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentDec. 6-7, Ohio Farm Bureau will hold its 100th Annual Meeting in Columbus, kicking off a yearlong celebration of our Centennial in 2019. Ohio Farm Bureau was founded Jan. 27, 1919 on the campus of Ohio State University.The centennial is a celebration of the people who have each played a part in Farm Bureau’s success over the years, and members are invited to participate in this milestone for our organization.Centennial Concert with Chase BryantDec. 78:30 p.m.Columbus Convention CenterFree admission for Ohio Farm Bureau members. This is a private, members only event. Tickets will be available in early October. Update your member profile to receive concert and centennial updates via email.Chase Bryant is a Texas native and was named named one of the “Best Things We Saw” at CMA Music Fest 2014‚ by Rolling Stone. His songs include “Room to Breathe,” “Little Bit of You,” “Change Your Name” and his debut single “Take It On Back.” Learn more about Chase at chasebryant.com.Thank you to exclusive sponsor, Nationwide Keepsakes for purchase at the annual meetingHistory Book: Enjoy our story and photographs in this commemorative book. Promotional Items: Vintage T-shirts, pint glasses, hats, metal signsGun Raffle — A Henry Big Boy 44 magnum, a Henry Golden Boy 22 long rifle and a Ruger rifle–American Farmer Edition will be raffled, plus members can order a gun of their own, choosing caliber and type of gun. Raffle tickets go on sale in September and the drawing will take place at annual meeting. An additional Henry rifle will be sold at auction during the annual meeting. Tickets are $25 a piece or 5 for $100.Commemorative Artwork — Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas County Farm Bureaus have commissioned original artwork from Dave Barnhouse and prints will be available as well as the opportunity to meet the artist. The celebration continues throughout 2019 with activities such as: Launching a new Centennial beer from North High Brewing, a Farm Bureau group member. Placing a new historic marker on Ohio State University’s campus that commemorates our founding on Jan. 27, 1919. Painting our vintage inspired Centennial logo on Ohio barns across the state.A special Centennial exhibit at the 2019 Ohio State Fair.Throwback Thursday history highlights on social media.A limited release Centennial wine from The Winery at Wolf Creek. Leave a Comment
Want to know more about the new tools and features in the Adobe CS6 production apps? Check out these upcoming free webinars to discover how you can do your best work in these applications.So, you’ve downloaded your copy of Adobe Creative Suite 6 (if you haven’t check this out) and you’re ready to start creating with these new applications. Adobe has launched a 2 month webinar series geared specifically for empowering users to take advantage of new CS6 features. Tackling a new app each week, these live webinars will be hosted by leading post-production professionals. Get your questions answered, as each webinar will include a live Q & A.The Adobe “Ask A Pro” webinars will go live each Thursday, now through June 21, 2012.Webinar application topics and dates:After Effects CS6 – Motion graphics and visual effectsThursday, May 10, 2012 at 10 am PSTAdobe Prelude CS6 – Workflow and organization applicationThursday, May 17, 2012 at 1o am PSTAdobe SpeedGrade CS6 – Advanced color correction toolsThursday, May 24, 2012 at 10 am PSTAdobe Audition CS6 – Audio post-productionThursday, May 31, 2012 at 10 am PSTAdobe Photoshop CS6 – Professional photo editingThursday, June 7, 2012 at 10 am PSTEditing with RED & Adobe CS6Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 10 am PSTAdobe Story CS6 – Screenwriting and script developmentThursday, June 21, 2012 at 10 am PSTThese free webinars are perfect for anyone just getting started with Adobe apps – former Final Cut Pro editors for instance. 🙂 Even if you’re an experienced pro, they may be worthwhile to get updated on the newest CS6 feature additions. Sign up to attend the Adobe site and tune in each Thursday!
Oklahoma State’s 2016 recruiting class ranked No. 44 nationally according to 247sports. But if there were rankings on a preferred walk-on group, the Cowboys would have high marks across the board. The coaching staff put together a very solid class of preferred walk-ons, who will start their careers without scholarship with a chance to earn it down the road.The group of players helped address needs across the board at offensive line, skill positions such as athletes and receivers, and even an extremely undervalued local quarterback who has drawn praise in the offseason.Let’s take a look at some of the players who will be joining OSU as PWO’s in 2016:Nyc Burns, QB – Tulsa, OKBurns had a big senior season for Berryhill and had several other Div. I opportunities, but instead elected to walk-on at OSU for a chance to become a starting quarterback at Oklahoma State. Burns is a 6-foot-5 quarterback who is very agile and mobile for a prospect his size, and he has a strong arm to get the ball down field, too.Remember Nick Starkel? Think of a more mobile, athletic Nick Starkel with better statistics. That’s Nyc Burns.Ja’Ron Wilson, RB – Euless, TXWilson is another prime example of a prospect with other opportunities who chose the chance to become a big-time name at OSU. Wilson turned down 12 scholarship offers from the likes of Ark. State, Colorado State, Kansas, Illinois and others. The 5-foot-10 thumper from Texas hails from high school powerhouse Trinity High, which consistently churns out high level college talent. He’s had plenty of exposure to high level competition in high school which should definitely prepare him well for the next level. The group of running backs is a veteran bunch this coming season, but next year he’ll have as good a chance as any to make an impact and potentially see playing time.Both Wilson and Burns were rated as three-star prospects by recruiting services. However, because they were walk-on players, their overall rating did not contribute to the rating of the 2016 recruiting class. (Tidbit credit to Travis Burns)Zach and Cade Smith, DE/OLB – Pleasanton, TXThe twins from Pleasanton turned down several offers to become Cowboys and play in the Big 12, the same conference their father played in. After his commitment 6 months ago, he told PFB this about OSU: “It’s always been a dream of mine, so getting the opportunity from the amazing coaching staff at OSU was one I just couldn’t pass up.”The twins arrived in Stillwater on Wednesday, as did most of the 2016 class.Sheldon Barnes, OL – Jenks, Okla.Barnes is a 6-foot-5, 315-pound guard from Jenks, where OSU has found great success in recent years recruiting. Fortunately for OSU, Barnes comes from being coached by Allan Trimble, probably one of the top 5 coaches in the state regardless of the level of football. Barnes is a bit raw and could be seen as a project. But 6-5, 315-lbs. doesn’t come around often. Perhaps the coaching staff can work on technique and mold him into a productive Div. I player.OthersJosh Green, QB – Boerne, TXJake Cox, OL – Whitesboro, TXJake Dyer, LB – Whitesboro, TXWalker Reed, OL – Norman, Okla.Ry Schneider, OL – Minco, Okla.Michael Wilson, OL – Round Rock, TXJavarus Blair, Safety – Lexington, Ky.Jacob Clark, OL – Bentonville, Ark.Mitchell Perkinson, WR – Norman, Okla. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Dalglish: Rangers boss Gerrard embarrassed by Klopp wordsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Kenny Dalglish believes Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be “embarrassed” by the words of Jurgen Klopp.The Liverpool boss tipped the Rangers manager to be his successor whenever he finally leaves Anfield.Writing in the Sunday Post, Dalglish said: “For me, the way Jurgen answered the question put to him once again reiterated just how much he ‘gets’ Liverpool, from the way some people are regarded by everyone at the club to the mood and feelings of the supporters.”Perhaps Steven might have been a wee bit embarrassed by with Jurgen’s comments, but they would have been said with the best of intentions.”Deep down inside, I’m sure, Steven would have been very, very proud of Jurgen’s comments.”But right now he has a job at Rangers to be getting on with, just as Jurgen will be fully focused on matters at Anfield.”
New Delhi: Ahead of his visit to France, the UAE and Bahrain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the engagements will strengthen India’s relations with time-tested friends and help explore new areas of cooperation.Modi will visit the three countries from August 22 to 26. He will reach France on Thursday.In his departure statement, the prime minister said his visit to France reflects the strong strategic partnership which the two countries deeply value and share. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsFrom August 22-23, he will have bilateral meetings in France, including a summit interaction with President Emmanuel Macron and a meeting with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.Modi will also interact with the Indian community and dedicate a memorial to the Indian victims of the two Air India crashes in France in the 1950s and 1960s.Later, from August 25-26, he will participate in the G7 Summit meetings as Biarritz Partner at the invitation of President Macron in the sessions on Environment, Climate, Oceans and on Digital Transformation. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”India and France have excellent bilateral ties, which are reinforced by a shared vision to cooperate for further enhancing peace and prosperity for our two countries and the world at large,” the prime minister said.He said the strong strategic and economic partnership is complemented by a shared perspective on major global concerns such as terrorism and climate change.”I am confident that this visit will further promote our long-standing and valued friendship with France for mutual prosperity, peace and progress,” Modi said. During the visit to the United Arab Emirates from August 23-24, the prime minister said he looks forward to discuss with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan the entire gamut of bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest.Modi said he also looks forward to jointly release the stamp to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi along with the Crown Prince.”It will be an honour to receive the ‘Order of Zayed’, the highest civilian decoration conferred by the UAE government, during this visit. I will also formally launch RuPay card to expand the network of cashless transactions abroad,” the prime minister said in the statement.Frequent high-level interactions between India and the UAE testify to our vibrant relations, he said.The UAE is the third-largest trade partner and fourth-largest exporter of crude oil for India, he said.”The qualitative enhancement of these ties is among one of our foremost foreign policy achievements. The visit would further strengthen our multifaceted bilateral ties with the UAE,” Modi said.The prime minister will be in Bahrain from August 24-25. This will be the first ever prime ministerial visit from India to the Kingdom.”I look forward to discussing with Prime Minister Prince Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the ways to further boost our bilateral relations and share views on regional and international issues of mutual interest,” Modi said.The prime minister would also be meeting King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and other leaders.”I would also take the opportunity to interact with the Indian diaspora. I will be blessed to be present at the formal beginning of the re-development of the temple of Shreenathji – the oldest in the Gulf region in the wake of the auspicious festival of Janmashtami. I am confident that this visit would further deepen our relationship across the sectors,” Modi said.
Germany didn’t begin the World Cup as the favorite. That honor belonged to (ahem) Brazil. But that’s a slightly deceptive measure. This was a top-heavy World Cup; not only Brazil but also Germany, Argentina and Spain would have been the front-runners in many past editions of the tournament.By the end of the World Cup, Germany left little doubt it is the best team in the world. In fact, it may be the best national soccer team ever assembled.One simple way to compare World Cup winners is by their goal differential throughout the tournament. Germany, with 18 goals scored and four allowed, comes out at a plus-14. This is tied for the best goal differential ever for a World Cup champion; Brazil also scored 18 goals and allowed four in winning the 2002 tournament.No, the Germans weren’t flawless. They tied Ghana in the group stage and had a little more trouble than they should have with Algeria in the Round of 16. But few World Cup champions are perfect in every match. All but three eventual winners took a draw or loss, or required a penalty shootout, along the way (soccer statisticians usually count games that go to penalties as draws).And some of these teams were fortunate in other respects. Uruguay only needed to play four matches to win the inaugural World Cup in 1930. Uruguay also had the benefit of playing on home soil. Brazil, in 2002, had a favorable draw — China, Costa Rica and Turkey were in its group.The Germans, by contrast, did this against some tough competition. They took down Argentina and Brazil in the knockout stage, along with a French team that had been playing as well as anyone.The World Football Elo Ratings provide one way to account for all these factors: a team’s strength going into the tournament, its dominance during the tournament itself, the quality of its competition, and whether it was aided by playing at home.Germany’s Elo rating was high to begin with at 2046, which is stronger than a number of World Cup winners. But it gained 150 more points throughout the World Cup (about half of them by beating Brazil 7-1), finishing with a rating of 2196.This is the highest Elo rating ever for a World Cup champion. The 1962 Brazil team previously held the top spot.In fact, it’s the highest a national soccer team has ever been rated in the Elo system. Before Germany, the highest-rated team of all time had been Hungary in 1954. Hungary’s rating peaked at 2166 after winning the World Cup semifinal, but then it lost to West Germany in the tournament’s final match.I’ll be curious to see how this year’s German team is regarded in barroom arguments around the world, both now and with the benefit of hindsight. It doesn’t have a transcendent superstar, although it has a number of players who might rank in the top 20 or 25 in the world. It’s often said that the Germans didn’t have a distinctive style — although their relentless attacking play represents the new paradigm in world football, and it led to the highest-scoring and perhaps most exciting World Cup in many years.Other teams — notably Spain from 2008 to 2012, and Brazil under Pele — had longer sustained stretches at the apex of world football. But Germany is young and deep. Mario Götze, who scored the winning goal in the final Sunday, is 22. Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos are 24, and Mesut Özil is 25. The Germans have a good chance to go in as the favorites in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Still, the competition is going to be tough. At the start of the next tournament, Brazil’s Neymar and Colombia’s James Rodríguez will be just 26, and Lionel Messi — despite playing in his fourth World Cup — only 30. France is perhaps a player away from competing with the world’s best teams, and after having won FIFA’s Under-20 World Cup last year, it could make that transition soon. This is a great era for the international game, and that makes what Germany accomplished all the more impressive.
College football season kicked off 69 days ago, on Aug. 26. But with the College Football Playoff committee releasing its first set of rankings Tuesday night, the season for irrational pigskin arguments has only just begun.Take the committee’s initial rankings: Although the top three of Alabama, Clemson and Michigan didn’t surprise anyone — they’re three of the only four remaining undefeated major-conference teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision — the decision to put one-loss Texas A&M at No. 4 over unbeaten Washington was generally seen as a head-scratcher. And that’s just the first edition of the rankings! A whole lot more can happen between now and Dec. 4, when the final version drops.To help you sort it all out, FiveThirtyEight is relaunching our College Football Playoff prediction model for the 2016 season. In fact, this year we’ve built a continually updating page that lets you view the current favorites, as well as the not-so-favorites: Every team with at least a 0.1 percent chance of making the playoff is listed. You can also choose custom scenarios for the future, letting you see how the model changes if a given team wins or loses its next game, or if it wins out over the remainder of its schedule. As for the nuts and bolts of the model, we’re using the same system we rolled out last year, itself an improvement over the version we used in Year 1 of the CFP.Here’s a brief refresher on how our model works: It takes the most recent version of the CFP committee’s rankings, simulates the next week of games using ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), uses a version of our old friend the Elo rating to guesstimate how the committee would react to those FPI-simulated results,1With uncertainty-generating mechanisms in place to “scramble” the rankings in ways that might not always follow historical precedent. and then repeats the process until we have a simulated version of the committee’s final rankings.Do that 10,000 times, and we can estimate the likelihood of any team ranking in the committee’s top four when the dust clears on the season. But … does it actually work? Well, for what it’s worth, the model did a pretty good job of predicting the field last season. Just don’t ask us about what happened in 2014. (Don’t worry, we also tweaked the model afterward to fix some of its first-year bugs.)This season, Clemson, Alabama and Michigan check in at Nos. 1-3 in playoff probability — which isn’t exactly a shock. And Washington fans shouldn’t feel too bummed about their team’s snub in the first CFP rankings. Despite placing fifth in the committee rankings, our model gives the Huskies a 47 percent probability of making the playoff, the fourth-best odds of any team, and greater than a 99 percent chance of making the playoff if it wins out (though it gives the Huskies just a 25 percent chance of doing that).Of course, the model also comes with a lot of built-in uncertainty, especially at this early stage of playoff speculation. It says there’s an 84 percent chance that at least one team outside the Clemson-Alabama-Michigan-Washington quartet crashes the CFP party by season’s end — most likely Ohio State (though the Buckeyes probably need to beat Michigan on Nov. 26 to do it), Louisville, Texas A&M or Wisconsin, all of whom have a 10 percent shot or better at the playoff.Some of those teams need more help than others, however. The Buckeyes and Badgers could control their own destinies to some degree by winning out — Ohio State’s odds would be 96 percent if it ran the table, Wisconsin’s would be 74 percent if they did the same, and Texas A&M’s would be 61 percent. But Louisville’s chances at the playoff would only be 39 percent even if we knew they’d win all their games from here out. (Gaming out contingencies such as those are where the choose-your-own-scenario feature of our interactive comes in handy. Hint, hint.)Even with the perfect number of undefeated major-conference teams for a four-team playoff, the crystal ball is still pretty cloudy at this point. There’s a lot of football left to be played. But our model should at least be a useful guide for making sense of the silliness that’s surely waiting in the season’s second half.Check out our college football predictions. Will your favorite team make the College Football Playoff? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season »
Ohio State freshman forward Emma Maltais (17) heads back out on the ice to start the second period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignEmma Maltais is coming off one of the most impressive freshman campaigns in Ohio State women’s hockey history, scoring a team-high 40 points in the 2017-2018 season.She plans to build off that year after recently being invited to participate for the Under-22 USA vs. Canada women’s series. Maltais joined two of her fellow Buckeye teammates, redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne and senior defenseman Lauren Boyle, in being selected for this series. However, unlike her two teammates, Maltais was chosen to represent her native country of Canada.This was not the first time that Maltais has been selected to play for Canada, as she has had an eventful career playing internationally before she came to Ohio State. The Buckeye sophomore forward played for the Under-18 women’s team for Canada back in 2016 and competed in the 2018 Nations Cup with Team Canada out in Germany, playing against other national teams from several countries including Finland, Sweden, Germany and Russia. “Nothing is taken for granted,” Maltais said. “You never know when the last time you’ll be wearing the jersey is. So, every time you’re out there trying out is always an opportunity, so you have to leave it all out there.” Despite all this history, the Under-22 USA vs. Canada women’s series offered a little twist for Maltais. The Team Canada head coach was Nadine Muzerall, head coach for the Ohio State team.Muzerall’s presence brought a sense of familiarity for Maltais. “It was really cool learning that I was going to play under coach Muzerall,” Maltais said. “I’ve never had that before, so I thought that knowing a little bit of her system with practices and practice drills would help me out a lot. She’s an amazing coach, and it made me more comfortable in the sense that it was like being back in Ohio.”The actual series itself went in favor of Team USA, as the team swept the series. Maltais herself did not score any points but, in the three games played, she showed Dunne why she was on Team Canada. “Emma’s one of the best sports all around,” Dunne said. “Off the ice, she’s a great friend, but on the rink, she was wearing a Canada jersey. It’s awesome to play against someone so talented. Every time I go up against, I know that she’s going to push me, and I know I have to bring my best game.” As the days dwindle down to the beginning of the 2018 season, Maltais said she looks forward to building off of this experience and the successes of the Buckeyes last season making the Frozen Four. “All of this builds confidence,” Maltais said. “Making the Frozen Four last year with our team was the definition of hard work paying off. Having that confidence and experience moving forward into this series really helped me as a player and an individual. I also think that by participating in that series, I can bring that experience back to OSU and that will really help the team this year.”
Spain boss Fernando Hierro is feeling confident over his side’s chances against Russia in their knockout match today due to the number of players in the squad that are capable of making the “difference”The 2010 champions have overcome a controversial start, when head coach Julen Lopetegui was dismissed two days before their opening match, to finish top of Group B following tricky encounters against Portugal, Iran and Morrocco.Next up for Spain is a last of 16 tie against Russia and the pressure will on for La Roja with many expecting them to overcome the hosts and reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, despite the fact that they have generally struggled in the group stages against lesser sides.But Hierro is feeling optimistic and insists that his players are in good shape for today’s match.“We have players that any one of them at any moment can make a difference,” said the 50-year-old, as stated on The National.“We have a lot of faith, that’s most important. The players have worked very well. My players are very fit not only physically but mentally.“We want to be positive and believe everything is going to work out well. We shouldn’t fear the unknown. Nobody knows the unknown. We have trust in our group and in our players.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“All will be settled on details. Tomorrow we’re starting a new tournament. We have to be positive, have faith in ourselves and believe things are going to turn out well. And we all are positive that it will.”Spain will be reliant on veteran players like Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Gerard Pique.The trio have extensive experience playing in major tournaments at both club and international level and they were a part of the World Cup-winning squad from 2010.“We know a football match is decided on the pitch,” Hierro said.“My lads are used to playing in big stadiums, with a lot pressure, playing away from home. So we have clearly in mind that whatever’s going to be achieved will be achieved on the pitch.“It’s all about tomorrow, what happens at 5pm. The rest is irrelevant. We know we’re going to play against the hosts. They’re going to be supported by the people, watching in the stands and on television. But we’re also going to have 11 million Spaniards no less watching us on television. And we want to do as best we can.”Spain will take on Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium at 16:00 (GMT +2) today.