Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ron Grayson Burns and his family have diversified their farm and are now raising conventional and organic corn, soybeans and wheat in Union County. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found out more as he visited with Burns, who works at Farm Credit and his brother Austin, who works for JD Equipment, when they’re not in the field. Their dad, Ron and family friend, Steve Wiant were also at the farm running three planters to make up time in this delayed planting season.
India Today Mind Rocks, the country’s most eagerly awaited youth event, is coming to rock the national Capital once again. The event is an interactive platform where youngsters get a chance to meet and interact with the country’s biggest icons from all fields. It’s a festival that celebrates ideas, music and art by recognising the best in the field and also giving youth a stage to create, perform and engage.The ninth Mind Rocks will be held at Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium on September 6. Like previous years, this edition too will see top politicians, businesspersons, sports personalities and filmstars sharing their success stories and discussing issues of national interest with the audience. The ninth Mind Rocks will be held at Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium on September 6.The Siri Fort Mind Rocks will be attended by actor Deepika Padukone, singers Yo Yo Honey Singh and Rabbi Shergill, comedian-cum-politician Bhagwant Mann, actor-turned-politician Chirag Paswan, cricketers Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj, Olympic medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and footballer Gouramangi Singh.The finale of the event will be a live performance by Sufi rocker Shergill, who shot to fame with soulful numbers such as Bulla Ki Jana and Challa. The past eight summits have been very successful with participaition of celebrities such as Ajay Devgn, Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Dhanush, Shruti Haasan, Sonam Kapoor, Mary Kom and Nandan Nilekani etc.To register, youngsters between the age of 18 and 32 can go to www.indiatodaymindrocks.com
The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime campaign has launched its 2014 Stars & Stripes celebrity art auction to raise awareness and funds for tiger conservation in India, Thailand and Russia.2014 Stars & Stripes celebrity art auctionSporting stars taking part include World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes, ex-England cricketer David Gower, Jody Craddock and Sir Stirling Moss, while actors Peter Egan, Ayden Callaghan and Sarah Jane Honeywell will exhibit their work alongside legend of rock Frances Rossi and everyone’s favourite comedian, Ronnie Corbett. There’s also work from wildlife artist David Shepherd, designers Elizabeth Emanuel, Emre Erturk and Naomi Cleaver, garden expert Alan Titchmarsh, best-selling novelist Jane Fallon and glamour girl favourite Lucy Pinder.“They may seem like a very diverse group but they share one passion and that’s to see the tiger remain wild and free,” says TigerTime campaign manager, Vicky Flynn. “By giving their precious time to support this event each and every one is helping us fund vital conservation projects to help save the tiger. And, with numbers in the wild dwindling to fewer than 3,200 this push to raise awareness and funds is as vital as ever.”You can view the full auction catalogue online here.Bids can be made at the Mall Galleries in London from 3-7 June or by email from now until midnight on 8 June [email protected]
APTN National NewsPlummeting temperatures in Toronto have homeless shelters at full capacity.With the deaths of three homeless men this month advocates are calling for immediate solutions.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.
PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NYG68NYG59LAC+9.0– NE61NE66NE+0.1– In addition to having the fourth-best passer rating in this time frame, Smith has yet to throw an interception. And among these quarterbacks, Smith’s completion rate of 76.6 percent is the highest. The table above puts Smith in some nice company: Every QB joining him is either a Hall of Famer already or will likely be one soon — with the exception of Daunte Culpepper. (And unlike Culpepper, Smith doesn’t have the luxury of being able to heave jump balls to Randy Moss.) In this group, Culpepper and Smith also stand out as the only ones to not start at least one Super Bowl in their career to date. Culpepper may be alone in that regard after this season.In the PittsKansas City’s Week 6 opponent had a slightly less glorious Week 5. In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one of the worst losses in their 85-year history. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in a brutal 30-9 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, them). The Steelers’ loss was so bad that they dropped 55 Elo points, the 49th-worst single-game drop in more than 30,000 NFL games, and the franchise’s third-worst loss ever. Steelers fans may not want to remember the two worse losses, but we’ll remind them anyway: a 24-6 defeat at home to the newly formed Houston Texans in 2002 and a 34-10 thumping on the road against the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 (ouch!).The latest loss means Roethlisberger is under intense pressure to retire, with even the two-time Super Bowl winner admitting that he might not have it anymore. That, along with the quarterback’s public spat with wide receiver Antonio Brown in Week 4, means the Steelers could be in a minor crisis. Pittsburgh finds itself 3-2 and atop the AFC North standings, with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals lurking just behind. Looking at the underwhelming slate of opponents the Steelers have played so far — the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — gives even more cause for concern. The Steelers travel to the Chiefs next week before a home game against their bitter rivals the Bengals and a visit to the surprisingly good Detroit Lions. The rest of October could alter Big Ben’s plans in 2018.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 5 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was much better for you readers than the previous two weeks had been — readers were just 21 points behind the Elo predictions in Week 5 compared with 146.2 points behind in Weeks 3 and 4 combined. The readers made gains mostly by being less wrong than our algorithm. Both Elo and the readers picked the Oakland Raiders to beat the Ravens and the New York Giants to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, and neither of those picks worked out. However, the average reader was less confident in either the Raiders or the Giants of winning than Elo was, so readers lost fewer points on those misplaced bets.The biggest net gain for Elo came in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Tennessee Titans. Even without factoring in that the Titans’ Marcus Mariota was inactive for the game, Elo put its faith in Jay Cutler and the Dolphins and was rewarded. (Never doubt Jay Cutler! Haha, no, we’re kidding. Definitely doubt him.) That’s it for this week — be sure you make your picks for Week 6. QBYEARTEAMW-LCOMP %YDSTDINTPASSER RATINGWON DIV.?MADE SB? The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 5 win over the the Houston Texans was significant for several reasons. It squashed any lingering doubts about who the NFL’s best team is, as the league’s only 4-0 team moved to 5-0. It also solidified KC’s place atop our NFL projections, as we now give them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs and an 81 percent chance of earning a coveted first-round bye. But perhaps the team’s most impressive achievement so far is this: These are the best Chiefs since KC’s last (and only) championship team, 48 years ago.Using Elo, our pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any given moment, we can trace the various incarnations of the Chiefs week by week in NFL history. Their current Elo rating of 1701 is the highest it has been since the team hit its all-time peak rating of 1775 after defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Of the 899 weeks for which we have Elo data on this team, there are only eight in which Kansas City’s rating was higher than it is right now — and all of them came in that 1969 campaign, in the last year of the AFL. Move over, Len Dawson, make room for Alex Smith.But we have certainly seen hot starts from Andy Reid’s team before. They started the 2013-14 season 9-0 and then lost five of their next seven regular-season games before bowing out to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. So will this year be any different?The defense has regressed since the 2013 season, surrendering 22.2 points per game through five games, compared with 19.1 for the whole of the 2013 season. But they’ve maintained respectability despite losing star safety Eric Berry, who went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in the team’s opening-night road win over the New England Patriots. And any step back here has been more than compensated for by improvements on offense. Led by Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, the offense is off to a blistering pace, averaging an NFL-best 32.8 points per game, 5.9 points better than the 2013 team managed to produce.This may be hard to digest, but Smith is having one of the best starts to a season of any quarterback in NFL history. In almost every major offensive category — passing completion rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt and interceptions — Smith ranks among the best. Here are the best season-opening five-game stretches ever, according to passer rating, among QBs who made more than 150 passing attempts in that span in any season since 1950. 3D. Culpepper2004MIN4-172.21766183127.0 5A. Rodgers2011GNB5-071.71721142122.9✓ 6K. Warner2000RAM5-072.11947147122.0 PIT80PIT79JAX+0.0 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND75IND62IND-11.3– KC67KC65KC-4.1– 2T. Brady2007NWE5-074.11383162128.7✓✓ 9T. Brady2015NWE5-070.61699141118.4✓ NYJ65NYJ59NYJ-7.3– 10D. Brees2009NOR5-069.21400132118.4✓✓ 7M. Ryan2016ATL4-169.11740122121.6✓✓ OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 1P. Manning2013DEN5-075.8%1884201136.4✓✓ BUF51BUF57CIN-9.3– Source: Pro-football-reference.com Alex Smith is in royal company … plus Daunte CulpepperTop passer ratings among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 150 attempts in a team’s first five games of a season, since 1950 OAK68%OAK58BAL+9.4– 4A. Smith2017KAN5-076.61391110125.8 PHI65PHI67PHI-0.6– 8D. Marino1984MIA5-065.21527153121.6✓✓ SEA55SEA51SEA-6.3– DAL53GB57GB+6.7– DET63DET59CAR+2.6– MIN58MIN64MIN+2.0– MIA59TEN51MIA-11.9–
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes the club can cope with the absence of talisman and captain Lionel Messi due to injury.The Spain international acknowledged the absence of Lionel Messi will be a blow but insists the team can cope without their superstar.Messi is expected to miss three weeks after fracturing his arm in Barca’s 4-2 win over Sevilla in Saturday’s Spanish league clash.After setting up Philippe Coutinho for the first goal of the game and scoring himself, the Argentine superstar landed heavily on his right arm before leaving the field in the first half at Camp Nou.Messi will miss next weekend’s Clasico against struggling Real Madrid, as well as Barca’s UEFA Champions League fixtures against Inter Milan.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Psychologically we know that when he is there we are stronger but we cannot allow his absence to affect us,” Barca centre-back Pique said, according to FourFourTwo.“It makes a big difference to have or not to have him but we have enough cover so as not to worry about whether he is there or not.”Messi has scored seven league goals for the Catalan club this season and 12 in all competitions.“We will try to make sure Leo’s absence is noticed as little as possible,” Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic added.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies defender Renee Hector has opened up on the racist abuse she suffered from an opposition player at Sheffield United on Sunday.Hector, 23, made the claim in a tweet after Tottenham won 2-1 to go second in the FA Women’s Championship.“Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football,” the former Watford Ladies player wrote.Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football – I received some monkey noises today from an opposition player. The only reaction was to let the football do the talking and that we did 💙🤩 great start to the year! @ThlfcOfficial #COYSL #SHEvTOT #KickItOut— Renée Hector (@renazzza) January 6, 2019Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I received some monkey noises from an opposition player. The only reaction was to let football do the talking.”Sheffield United Women said in a statement that they “are aware of the post on social media and have already begun an investigation to determine the full facts”.Spurs said the incident was reported to the referee by Hector during the game.The club added in a tweet: “We have since reported the alleged incident to the FA and await their response.”