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Top 10 stories of 2017: #10

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our web site keeps track of the stories that generate the most interest and at the end of the year we like to review the top stories to gain insight into how to better serve readers of our web and print content and our radio listeners. Plus, it is always fun to see which story comes out on top. To revisit all of these favorite web stories and videos in the last year, look for “2017 top stories of the year” on the right side of this web page. In addition to these top posts, other noteworthy drivers of web traffic in 2017 included the Ohio and Pro Farmer crop tours, the Ohio State Fair livestock show results, and Between the Rows. Weather challenges, the tough farm economy, and all things draft horse also garnered major web traffic in the last 12 months.As we count down the last days of the year, we’ll also count down the 10 most popular stories of 201710. Is Dannon guilty of marketing flimflam?There has been quite a bit of buzz in the dairy industry about Dannon recently and attorney Leisa Boley-Hellwarth delved into the legalities of the issue. Dannon claims they are merely giving the consumers what they want. Many in agriculture disagree and assert that Dannon’s actions are merely “marketing flimflam” and “fear-based marketing.” What do you think?last_img read more

Man sets house afire over brother getting govt. job

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Svitzer Bolsters Footprint in Portugal

first_imgzoom Maersk’s tug operator Svitzer has signed an agreement with Portuguese company Rebosado to provide services to the company’s towage customers and time charter the Rebosado fleet.The deal will help expand Svitzer’s multi-port coverage in Portugal to four ports including Lisbon, Sines, Portimão and now Setubal, enlarging its fleet from two to nine tugs. “By expanding our operations into Setubal Svitzer can now offer comprehensive port cover for the main ports in southern Portugal, thereby providing our customers with a better service. By utilising both the Svitzer and Rebosado fleet we can increase the reliability and efficiency of our Portuguese operation,” Managing Director of Svitzer Europe, Kasper Friis Nilaus, says.As explained by Manoel Ferreira, founder of Rebosado, the deal builds upon the bilateral cooperation of many years strengthening further the duo’s relationship.Svitzer added that the deal would increase its controlled fleet in Portugal by seven vessels, bringing the total fleet to 15 tugboats.The transaction is set to become effective as of September 1, 2017.last_img read more

Can The Seahawks Get Back To The Super Bowl

201211811411993Lost divisional round OFFENSE RATINGDEFENSE RATING 2013116101139108Won Super Bowl 2015116117115109— 2014104138122128Lost Super Bowl YEARPASSINGRUSHINGPASSINGRUSHINGPLAYOFFS The Seattle Seahawks came into 2015 as championship favorites, having put up one of the best two-year runs in NFL history, with a bid for back-to-back titles undone by one of the most shocking twist endings in Super Bowl history. But things went downhill in a hurry. Seattle lost four of its first six games; then won two in a row, against the foundering 49ers and Cowboys; and in Week 10 dropped a crucial home game against the Cardinals that effectively killed any chance of a third consecutive NFC West crown. It was mid-November and the Seahawks were unlikely to make the playoffs, let alone win the Super Bowl.You can’t keep a good fish-eating bird of prey down, though. After three straight wins, including an impressive 38-7 dismantling of Minnesota on the road on Sunday, the Seahawks look like they’re rounding back into form — and are nearly back in their familiar perch atop our NFL Elo ratings. Elo even gives Seattle a healthy 83 percent shot at making the playoffs now. But making the playoffs and regaining the preseason championship favorite designation are two very different things, and reasons why the latter will be much more difficult for Seattle can be found both on the field and in the NFL’s playoff format.Russell Wilson is back!First, some good news: Seattle’s offense is showing signs of life. Since Week 11, QB Russell Wilson’s aerial attack has led the NFL by a mile in passing expected points added (EPA) per dropback — the difference between the No. 1 Seahawks and No. 2 Bengals is bigger than the gap between Cincinnati and the No. 19 Titans — after ranking 21st through Week 10. It helps that the three defenses Seattle has played — the 49ers, Steelers and Vikings — have mediocre EPA ratings against the pass, but the ways in which the passing game has improved are also encouraging.One puzzling thing about Seattle’s early-season passing woes is that they came despite the addition of Jimmy Graham — a tight end so productive with New Orleans that he wanted to be called a wide receiver. Graham had led all NFL TEs in receiving yards over the preceding three seasons and was expected to add a new dimension to the Seahawks’ offense.Thing is, Graham wasn’t associated with especially efficient short passing for New Orleans, doing most of his damage on seam routes and other deeper patterns. He was 17th among the league’s 32 qualifying1Minimum 80 targets. tight ends in yards per target on passes of 10 yards or fewer from 2012 to 2014; Saints QB Drew Brees ranked only 16th in Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) when tossing short to TEs.2Compared to his third-place ranking in passes of all yards, to all positions, over the same span. In Seattle this season, the same trends have manifested. The Seahawks have been great when Wilson throws the ball more than 10 yards downfield, but they ranked only 15th in per-dropback EPA on shorter routes during the season’s first 10 weeks, with Wilson also suffering the league’s worst sack rate.3Hence, their 21st overall ranking — they were good at deep passing but mediocre on short targets and allowed sacks at a frequency that would impress even David Carr. Graham ranks 17th once again in yards per target on short passes, and Wilson ranks 23rd in QBR on short passes to TEs.So perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the Seahawks’ short passing attack saw the opposite of adverse effects when Graham was injured for the season against the Steelers in Week 12. Or perhaps football is an incredibly complicated sport with a small sample of games each season, and it’s difficult to filter signal from noise in any individual player’s statistical footprint. Either way, Wilson and the Seahawks have finally found their passing rhythm of late and since Week 11 have had the league’s most efficient passing offense on both short and long routes, with Wilson being sacked 40 percent less often.It’s a good thing that the passing game is picking up. Seattle’s rushing EPA per play is down quite a bit from last year’s ridiculously efficient output, and the team’s defense has been on the downturn from its typical dominant form.Not the same SeahawksWe can trace Seattle’s evolution over the course of the Russell Wilson Era using the team grades I developed here, which place per-play EPA in a given category on a scale where the league average is 100 and one standard deviation in performance is +/- 15 points: Because passing is more important than rushing in today’s NFL, it won’t take much of an aerial improvement for the Seahawks to compensate for their decline in the ground game this season. However, the team’s defensive drop-off is more concerning. In 2013, Seattle defended the pass about as well as any team ever has, but it’s steadily become more mortal over time. The Seahawks now rank 14th — decent but not great — at defending short4Again, defined as pass attempts of 10 or fewer air yards. passes (they ranked second in 2013 and 2014) and a below-average 18th against deep ones (first in 2013 and 2014). Add in a commensurate drop in rush defense (to 10th this year) and the Seahawks — while still better than average on D — are no longer the fearsome defensive leviathan they built a reputation as over the past few seasons.As I mentioned earlier, even given all that, the Seahawks have still mustered nearly the best Elo rating in the league. But Elo also pegs Seattle’s chance of winning the Super Bowl at a mere 6 percent, far below the chances of their peers atop the Elo food chain. Even Denver and Cincinnati, inferior clubs according to Elo, have double-digit Super Bowl probabilities. The reason is simple: The teams ahead of Seattle have either already clinched their division (Carolina) or are overwhelmingly likely to do so.Seattle, meanwhile, almost certainly has a wild card date in its future. That means the Seahawks will need to win one more playoff game than most of their fellow title contenders. (Carolina and New England are practically guaranteed first-round byes; Arizona is highly likely to earn the same; and Denver and Cincinnati are nearly a toss-up to grab the remaining slot.) And as a likely No. 5 or 6 seed, Seattle will have to do it on the road. The reality of an extra single-elimination test slices into Seattle’s Super Bowl probability considerably.Assuming that the Seahawks do make the playoffs, though, they’ll be on everyone’s list of dark-horse Super Bowl candidates — and nobody’s list of preferred postseason opponents. They may not be in their typical role as title favorites, but all it might take to change that are sustained improvements in the passing game and a first-round playoff victory. read more

Scott Sinclair condemns racial abuse supports need to kick it out

first_imgCeltic winger Scott Sinclair believes racism is becoming acute in football and should be exposed and kicked out and never to be ignored.Earlier this month, Sinclair was subject of racial abuse but was defended by his club’s coach Brendan Rodgers and thanked the winger for handling the case maturely.Sinclair condemned football racism and adds that football should adopt a zero-tolerance approach to racial abuse.“It’s unacceptable, not just in football or sport but in society generally,” said the 29-year-old via Scotsman.“I think it needs to be kicked out. It needs to stop and to be shown that it’s unacceptable to use racial slurs or to abuse the ethnicity of players.“The cup final incident was on social media. I was flicking through some things and came across it.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“It’s one of those things that just shouldn’t be happening. It’s 2018.”“This is what I don’t understand,” he added“When I tweeted I called them uneducated and that’s what they are. They are uneducated in this area; they have black players in their team so it’s very confusing.“Why would someone use that sort of slur towards black players? It’s embarrassing. It’s not acceptable for anyone in society to even think they can use that sort of language, whether they are at a football game or in the street. But it’s always around and it’s such a shame to keep hearing the racial slurs.“I think there’s more of a spotlight on racial abuse now, especially with [Manchester City’s] Raheem Sterling experiencing it down south and speaking out,” he said.last_img read more

Left parties enforce halfday hartal protesting gas price hike

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How The US Government Is Underestimating The Global Growth Of Renewable Energy

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Now get Hilsa at all Sufal Bangla stalls

first_imgKolkata: There is a good news for the people of the state as various types of fishes including Hilsa is made available at all the Sufal Bangla stalls across the state.With the onset of monsoon, Bengalis are now ready to pay anything to buy Hilsa. As the demands for Hilsa have gone up, a section of traders are utilising the opportunity to make fast money by increasing the rates of the fish, specially on Sundays.The Agriculture Marketing department has come to help the people of Bengal to buy better quality fishes at the right price. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsFrom Thursday onwards, fishes including Hilsa, Bhetki, Pabda and Parshe will be available at the stalls of Sufal Bangla.Tapan Dasgupta, the state Agriculture Marketing minister, made the announcement of making fishes available in Sufal Bangla stalls after inaugurating two stalls in Salt Lake and one in Belgachia on Thursday.Chandranath Sinha, the state Fisheries minister, was also present at the inaugural ceremony of the stall in Salt Lake. MP Dr Shantanu Sen also attended the inaugural ceremony. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDasgupta said besides fishes, fruits will also be made available at stalls. One can buy fruits including Mangos, Bananas, Coconuts and Guavas at the stalls.At present, there are around 46 movable such stalls that keep moving from one point to another in a specific area in urban parts of the city to help common people get fresh vegetables at the right price and with the setting up of three such Sufal Bangla stalls on Thursday, there are now around 24 stalls those have been constructed in different urban areas of the state. The Sufal Bangla stalls are basically run by the Farmers Producers Organisations (FPO) who collect vegetables from the farmers of the rural parts of the state and bring it to the stalls to sell it out. It ensures availability of fresh vegetables and fruits.Moreover, people are never charged more. They get vegetables, fruits and fishes at the right price. The Agriculture Marketing department has set a target of setting up total 100 Sufal Bangla stalls.last_img read more

Dance as a way of life

first_imgThey say dance is the hidden language of the soul. Groomed in classical Tanjore dance, Sohini Roychowdhury combines the best of two worlds — a classical conservative training and a modern innovative outlook. Expressional dance being her forte, she gives greater importance to the aesthetics of dance and the clear interpretation of mythology. She shares her journey with Millennium Post, where she talks about her recent innovative forays into the realm of self-choreographed thematic dance dramas, which she performs with her troupe Sohinimoksha. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How did classical dance happen to you?Born to sitar maestro Pandit Subroto Roychowdhury, breathing in notes of Ahir Bahirav, Jhinjhoti, Desh, Behag and Rageshri, dawn to dusk; classical music was, by default, an ingrained way of life. Bharatanatyam happened to me, like falling in love for the first time — it cannot be rationalised or explained easily, but can only be felt in the veins and stirs up a deep passion. When I saw Yamini Krishnamurthy on stage for the first time in my life, she created a fairy-tale that I wanted to be a part of. When she held the Krishna posture, I could almost hear the notes of the flute and that was the only language I wanted to speak. I was hooked for life. I started formal training from the tender age of seven, under Guru Thankamani Kutty, and later, under Guru Kalamandalam Venkitt, as far as mastering the structured form goes. Subsequent innovations and embellishments have been learnt and self-taught from Life. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWho has been your idol, and who ignited your passion for Dance?Yamini Krishnamurthy is my inspiration. She was past her prime when I first saw her dance but I was in love with the magic and poetry of her movement. I saw Birju Maharaj when well past his prime and overweight, but his ‘abhinaya’ left me spellbound. I saw this shy lovesick Radha on stage and forgot everything else. Last but not the least, Michael Jackson and his mesmerising stage presence with his special ability to leave an audience spellbound. How challenging is it to promote classical dance in a foreign land?Rather challenging, I would say, as one is constantly dealing with cultural racism, complete ignorance tinted liberally with snobbery, superficial Bollywood driven India Exotica and the rather fatal India ‘Idiotica’. Thankfully, we have managed to combat these monsters, to a very large extent, and also my student and audience base are international, which is not restricted to the expat Indian communities and that is primarily due to the fact that I have taken the time and made the effort, to transform the oldest form of Indian classical dance form with or without fusion, that is universally appealing. By integrating it in myriad ways with local rhythms and tunes, dances and movements, by extending its boundaries beyond the inherent rigidity of the craft, meshing it with Tchaikovsky, with Flamenco, splitting the core into an universal amalgamation of cultures and civilizations, whilst retaining the essence of the ancient form — Connecting Civilizations. That has been, and still continues to be, my mantra to rise beyond this challenge.How have international audiences warmed up to you?The response is emotional and overwhelming at all times. There is, amongst my Madrid audience, a girl of five, who always insists that her parents bring her to every performance of Sohinimoksha, and calls me ‘Maya’, the character played by me in one of our dance operas — ‘Maya’s Dream’. Yet another fan, a wheelchair bound 80-year old Spanish lady is a regular at all our Madrid shows, and is left teary-eyed at the end of each performance. There are, of course the usual inquisitive, wide-eyed first timers, whose closeted image of an archetypal elephants-peacocks-palaces-Bollywood India is at once shattered, re-built and expanded into new and magical horizons, and some who flock backstage to indulge in a quick chat with me and the other dancers, and of course for selfies. A Bulgarian film-maker, Denica Veselinova, travelled with me and my troupe to Kerala during our Prabasi Bharatiya Divas show, specifically to make a documentary on the trip and the performance —Bailando India.What is your opinion about pursuing dance as a profession in India? Do you think it should be promoted in schools, too?Like anywhere else in the world, deciding to be an artist, needs a lot of faith and passion but one needs to be a braveheart. You may be rejected 100 times, but each time you fall, you rise up with more conviction than ever. In India, deciding to be a professional classical dancer is certainly very difficult, far more than deciding to be a doctor, a CA or a banker. In those professions, there are certain inherent livelihood guarantees that come with the degree or the education however such is not the case in taking up dance as a career as there’s no certainty or guarantee of a secured livelihood, or future on the whole. Yet audience’s appreciation and the magic displayed on stage, often surpasses lifelong financial security. Moreover, it is the passion that carries the best of us through. As far as promotion in schools are concerned, dance and music must be essential parts of any school curriculum,  especially in a country like ours, which has such a rich tradition in both. To  promote sensitivity, kindness and creativity — essential skills are needed for a harmonious existence.Any advice or tips to upcoming artists?Work hard, have faith, focus and fire – the holy trinity and stick to your passion, come what may. There’s magic, that will last and bring happiness to all around you, ever after. Art is the expression of love and harmony, there is nothing beyond.Some memorable moments and achievements in her career Forming my troupe Sohinimoksha World Dance and Communications – 2006 Dancing for the premier of the multi-Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire at the request of its director, Danny Boyle – Feb 2009.For my troupe, Sohinimoksha, comprising of dancers from all over the Occidental world, to be invited to perform in front of the President of India at the Prabasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi, Kerala, homeland to a million ace native Bharatanatyam dancers– January 2013. Winning the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award at the House of Lords, British Parliament, London – October 2013. Also when the Ambassador of India to Spain, Sunil Lal, walked into my Madrid studio andgreatly appreciated our Moksha style. This was the magic wand of faith for all my students, and for me, that led us through ever after, even when faced with the worst professional hurdles and detractors – October 2011.First Indian dancer to be invited to perform at Madrid´s famous street festival Nocheen Blanco, before a record audience of more than 5000 – our ‘foreign’ classical dance form luring audiences away from the Rock bands – Sept 2010.Presenting my choreographed dance opera Durga for the UAE´s ruling Al Makhtoum Family in Dubai at the Inner Voyage concert.Performance at the Press Conference to announce the first ever El Clasico Legends exhibition football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona in India – The Ritz, Madrid, June 2014.Winning the Priyadarshini Award for Outstanding Women Entrepreneur – by the Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs – May 2015last_img read more

Experience Turquoize at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun SuggestedSharing

first_img TORONTO — Hyatt Ziva Cancun’s Turquoize is like a resort within a resort. It is the new adult-only, all beachfront tower with nearly 700 square feet of inspired design living area plus an oversized balcony with a private hot tub and seating section. Even the bath offers dazzling ocean views with its unique floor to ceiling glass corner shower.Exclusive private check-in and reception area, exclusive adult only dining, and rooftop infinity pool. Rooms have direct elevator access to the spa.Hyatt Ziva Cancun is currently offering up to 50% in savings plus $200 in resort coupons.Share the video with your clients to help drive bookings:Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Tags: Hyatt Sharecenter_img Experience Turquoize at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun #SuggestedSharing << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more