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Brenner offers 20 birthday wishes for sports world

first_imgTurned 19 years old yesterday. It’s been a long year, with a lot of ups and downs, lot of changes in my life, moving up to Wisconsin and all.But something pretty cool happened when I woke up on my 19th birthday. A note was left taped to my door, telling me in addition to my one birthday wish each year, I was receiving an additional 19 wishes, representative of my age. Don’t ask me why, I just tell it like it is.Needless to say, I blew it. With 20 wishes, I could have wished for money. I could have wished for a new car. Heck, with 20 wishes, I could have wished for the Lakers cheerleaders and called it a day.However, being the sports nut I am, I decided to close my eyes and instead wish for the following …I wish everyone would lay off Barry Bonds a little bit. I understand what he did — excuse me, “allegedly” did — was wrong, but this thing is getting blown out of proportion.I wish the NFL would let ESPN show “Playmakers” again. I just started watching the DVDs; really, really, really good show.I wish somebody could explain to me how through 20 games, the Colorado Rockies have scored six more runs on the road than at home — while playing four more games at Coors Field than elsewhere.I wish Brett Favre a much better season than 2005. I’ve been one of his harshest critics throughout this entire process of indecision, but I truly hope he gets to erase last year’s nightmare before leaving Green Bay.I wish that Steve Nash takes home the MVP award but Dirk Nowitski gets more votes than people expect. He deserves a lot more respect than he receives.I wish baseball begins to look more like basketball when it comes to team salaries … the pathetic New York Knicks had the NBA’s largest payout to its players, whereas teams like the Pistons, Spurs, and Suns all dwelled in the bottom half of the league in the same category.I wish that whole Duke lacrosse story would go away. I thought it had ended, like, a month ago. I thought wrong.I wish John Stocco lives in an airtight, slash-free, bulletproof bubble when he’s not at Camp Randall. The Badgers are screwed if he goes down.I wish that pro tennis benefits from the new instant replay system. We won’t see it at any Grand Slam until the U.S. Open, but that sport is desperate for viewership without any convincing American men or women.I wish people would quit knocking the NBA. Same for the NHL. Any sports fan who hates two out of four major sports leagues is not a sports fan.I wish my luck would change for fantasy baseball. First year ever doing it, and I’m in last place in both leagues. Ouch.I wish Rick Reilly never stops writing for Sports Illustrated.I wish the Nuggets turn it around. Not likely. They’re a train wreck right now.I wish they change the speed limit in Nebraska to 160 mph, so I can try to understand what the big deal is with NASCAR. And so I can get from Madison to Denver in about three hours.I wish Bret Bielema a successful first season. Hard to say about his ability as a head coach just yet, but he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve met in sports.I wish that LenDale White goes to a team that could really use him to the best of his abilities. Personally, I think he’d look great in his hometown, donning orange and blue.I wish ESPN comes to its freaking senses and takes the NHL back. It’s not quite the same watching hockey on the channel that wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Lance Armstrong.I wish Wisconsin and Colorado meet once more in the Alamo Bowl this December. Not that I’ve got a thing for Texas, but I’d really like to witness the Badgers play the Buffs firsthand, and that’s about the only way it’s gonna happen.I wish the NFL cleans up that referee problem. I’m still bothered by how the Steelers were extraordinarily screwed and dominantly favored — all in the same postseason.Oh, what the hell. I’ll wish for one Lakers cheerleader, too.Only 729 days until Aaron’s 21st birthday. Score it. You can direct comments concerning Aaron’s articles to abrenner@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Cohen: In return to field, Sales proves he can be counted on to be consistent weapon for 2012 season

first_img Related Stories ONE TOO MANY: Costly mistakes by Syracuse waste comeback bid in 42-41 lossDominant performance by Nassib still not enough for Syracuse to pull out victoryNorthwestern running back Mark powers rushing attack; Smith, Gulley give Syracuse strong performances out of backfieldCohen: In return to field, Sales proves he can be counted on to be consistent weapon for 2012 seasonSyracuse loses to Northwestern 42-41 There was a sort of mysticism swirling around Marcus Sales, the player whose football career seemed more mythical than anything else.He was the local boy, the former high school All-American and four-star recruit who stayed at home to play for Syracuse, and whose commitment was the crowning jewel for a struggling program.It meant his story was written early, his tale of triumph penned before the ink used to sign his scholarship even dried.But no one foresees the bumps in the road that cause the fairytale to veer off into uncertainty, disaster even. In Sales’ case, those bumps were work ethic problems, poor on-field performances, and an arrest and subsequent suspension that took away his 2011 season.Saturday against Northwestern was Sales’ shot at redemption, and he seized it. The storm was weathered, the suspension served and Sales turned in an outstanding 11-catch, 117-yard, one-touchdown performance in his first football game in more than a year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe cast aside doubts on whether his legendary Pinstripe Bowl performance was a fluke and firmly cemented himself as one of Syracuse’s most dangerous weapons for the 2012 season, even though the Orange eventually fell to the Wildcats 42-41.“I have trusted Marcus since we came here together,” quarterback Ryan Nassib said. “He made my job a lot easier. … I was really happy with how we connected today.”On what was a record-setting day for Nassib, who threw for 470 yards and four touchdowns, Sales was undoubtedly his favorite target. Twenty-five percent of his completions were hauled in by Sales, including the seven-yard touchdown late in the third quarter that ignited the Syracuse comeback.Most impressive, though, was how sharp Sales looked in other aspects of the game beyond simply catching the football, in which his natural abilities could often overshadow rust following his year off.His beautiful block on Northwestern cornerback Nick VanHoose in the second quarter sealed the edge for Jerome Smith on a toss play to the outside that gained six yards. Then, on the very next snap, he caught a play-action pass from Nassib and cut to the outside with a move that caused linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo’s knee to buckle, forcing him to walk gingerly off the field.“Marcus looked like he had been here before, he wasn’t nervous,” Syracuse defensive end Brandon Sharpe said. “He was ready for the game and came out fired up.”It took until his junior year for Sales to truly burst onto the scene the way SU fans and coaches expected he would after a standout career at Christian Brothers Academy. And, even then, it was only in the final game of the season in which Sales 2.0 was born.Running back Delone Carter took home Pinstripe Bowl Most Valuable Player honors, but it could certainly be argued that Sales stole the show. He caught five passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns in Syracuse’s 36-34 win over Kansas State after hauling in only four touchdowns in the previous two years combined.Nathaniel Hackett, who was the quarterbacks coach at the time and is currently SU’s offensive coordinator, said Sales had finally bought into the system in the month leading up to the Pinstripe Bowl. His practice habits improved, he was putting in the effort and everyone saw the results.So when Sales posted another impressive performance on Saturday — he’s caught 16 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns over his last two games — it confirmed his new identity and erased the memories of the player whose first catch of the 2010 season didn’t come until week five.Shockingly, both Hackett and Marrone said their budding star is capable of even more production.“I think that Marcus can do a better job. I really do,” Marrone said. “He’s come back; I think he got himself off to a good start. But, each week, we have to get better each day and raise our level.”It’s a fantastic sign considering Syracuse played on Saturday without its most consistent wide receiver in senior Alec Lemon. That means Sales was still able to haul in 10-plus passes, despite the fact that he was the focal point of the Northwestern secondary.Sales said himself that he can’t be satisfied with 11 catches — four more than his previous career high — since Syracuse still wound up on the wrong end of the scoreboard.“Maybe I need to get 13 next time to get the victory,” he quipped.And it certainly seems possible with his recommitment to the game and the suddenly pass-happy SU offense.That he could miss a year but not miss a beat is a testament to his talent, a reflection of the above-average work ethic that once eluded him.It only took one game to show that Sales 2.0 is here to stay, and Syracuse is much better off for it.Myth debunked.Michael Cohen is a staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mjcohe02@syr.edu or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. 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Surfrider founder urges green advocacy

first_imgRob Caughlan, the founder of Surfrider Foundation and Friends for the River, emphasized Wednesday the power of student advocacy in solving environmental issues, such as oceanic pollution.Surfs up · Robert Caughlan, founder of the Surfrider Foundation, discusses Wednesday how students can contribute to the environment. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanThe event was hosted by the Program Board’s Political Student Assembly and was held in The Forum of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.Caughlan shared his firsthand experience about how he was the plaintiff of the second-largest clean-water enforcement victory in the nation’s history and also gave insight on his journey riding the environmental “green wave” from its start in the 1970s.A leader in the American environmental movement who produced multiple educational documentaries about population growth, endangered wildlife and solar energy, Caughlan said a simple love of the environment led to his activism.“I got involved in the environmental spectrum because I fell in love with the ocean,” Caughlan said. “As a former surfer, I see things in a surfer’s perspective. I think these environmental challenges we face are big waves coming at us, and we either learn to ride them, or we get wiped out by them.”Caughlan said students must harness their passions to create a healthier world.“It took me about eight years, but I’m glad I produced [documentaries],” Caughlan said. “Money shouldn’t be the ultimate goal. Your goal should be higher than money. We’re creating the problems, so we have the responsibility to advocate for and solve them.”Students spoke about their experiences at the event as well. ‘11 alumnus Chris Sanchez and ‘12 alumnus Armand Aghadjanians are two Trojans who exemplify the traits Caughlan was speaking about. They have worked to launch a new environmentally friendly clothing line called Greentag.“We had this idea at USC together, and what we have since then is a new form of eco-clothing with new sustainable production,” Aghadjanians said.Both alumni said they realized that the environment plays a large part in the lives of millions of people and have found passion through that idea.“We’re all really affected by environmental issues,” Sanchez said. “It doesn’t matter whether you live in the big city or out by the beach. Environmental issues affect all of us.”Other students who attended the discussion expressed a similar passion about solving global environmental issues.Ivan Kumamoto, a freshman majoring in business administration and co-director of the Environmental Affairs Organization on campus, took inspiration from Caughlan’s talk about taking action and fighting to help the environment.“Once you find that part of nature that you love, that you’re passionate about, the whole fight makes it so much easier,” Kumamoto said. “Once you have a reason to keep fighting, that’s what keeps you going. He’s just a very inspiring and knowledgeable person.”Caughlan’s appearance is part of Earth Week at USC. A variety of environment-related events, including the Recycled Fasion Showcase, the Environment Fail and the Campus Eco-Tour have been held in honor of Earth Week.Krishna Rajagopalan, a sophomore majoring in communication, emphasized the need for Earth Week events such as Caughlan’s environmental discussion.“It’s an issue that is really important to address,” Rajagopalan said. “By having all these Earth Week events, it really gets the word out to the public.”Overall, Caughlan’s discussion was not only about advocating environmental issues, but also about life lessons for students looking to find passion in something they can believe in.“I’m hoping you’ll use education to do something important with your life,” Caughlan said. “If surfers can make a difference, anyone can.”last_img read more

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Nigel Hayes, Badgers take feud with Maryland off the court and onto Instagram

first_imgThe offseason brings student athletes plenty of free time as the academic year winds down.Maybe a little too much free time.After Maryland sophomore guard Jaylen Brantley posted a pair of Instagrams video of him and his teammates dancing, the college basketball world was set ablaze with what appears to be a hybrid version of the running man. Whether Hayes and his pack of Badgers will respond yet again is yet to be seen, but there is little reason to believe that this battle is over. The Terrapins, however, ended up taking notice of Hayes’ callout and posted one more video before the night was over.center_img The catchy song playing in the background is Ghost Down DJ’s “My Boo” from 1996, and its infectious beat went beyond the Maryland basketball team in a hurry.Wisconsin’s very own Nigel Hayes could not resist getting in on the action himself, as he took the Big Ten beef with the Terrapins off the court and onto the dance floor with a little help from freshman teammates Charlie Thomas and Khalil Iverson.Initially, the Maryland squad didn’t respond and Hayes took that as a sign that they had won the short-lived dance battle.But that doesn’t mean it ended there.Instead, Hayes rounded even more troops and took to Instagram one more time, uploading a 45 second video claiming victory and tagging seemingly every college basketball player in the country to see.last_img read more

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Hope of glory in the face of demotion

first_imgIn spite of their troubles, Ogene still believes his side can take the Cup route to land a continental spot at the end of the football season in Nigeria. With Nigeria’s four slots in CAF competitions restored, three teams will qualify to represent the country from the league while a fourth will emerge from the Cup winners.The Port Harcourt-born defender who featured in each of Plateau United’s games in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup in 2018 says once they are successful with their bid to avoid relegation, they will turn focus on the AITEO Cup.“One thing about the season is this unpredictable nature so we just want to fight it out and make sure we escape relegation by May 26. After then, we have hopes that we will do well in the AITEO Cup and we will do better in the Cup to get a Confederation Cup ticket.” The Tin City side have an easy fixture on paper when they welcome already relegated Yobe Desert Stars to Jos for Match Day 21 on Monday. Ogene however insists they have to be careful against the North Easterners.“That they have relegated doesn’t mean they cannot cause problems so we will be ready to do our jobs professionally and make sure we get the three points at stake,” he concluded. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramcenter_img NPFL MATCH DAY 21TODAY @4pmGroup ARangers vs Rivers UtdLobi vs Wikki TouristsKwara Utd vs RemoEnyimba vs TornadoesMFM FC vs Katsina UtdInsurance vs SunshineGroup BPlateau Utd vs Yobe StarsNasarawa vs Go Round FCK’Pillars vs Delta ForceAkwa Utd vs A’WarriorsElkanemi vs IfeanyiUbahGombe Utd vs Heartlandlast_img read more

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Philip Bowcock: William Hill – Nominal response on responsibility has hurt industry’s profile

first_img David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Share Related Articles William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Operators who have only donated nominal amounts to GambleAware for research, education and treatment would have been better not bothering, according to William Hill Group CEO Philp Bowcock. Speaking at World GES in Barcelona, Bowcock touched on this week’s announcement from the UK’s biggest operators to increase the amount of money they provide to GambleAware by a factor of ten, but also referenced Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson’s criticisms of those operators who are only providing small amounts. He said: “There are a lot of organisations out there who are not doing anything and that really does not help our industry at all. But you are better off not putting anything in at all rather than giving £1 or £5. “Our idea with this week’s announcement is to get on the front foot on the issue.” Bowcock suggested that UK gambling laws had been ‘too libertarian’ and now the pendulum was swinging back the other way as more restrictions come in, such as the reduction in stakes for FOBTs.Bowcock also underlined the grim outlook for UK retail on the back of those restrictions. “There’s no doubt there will be significant closures of shops across the industry and it will be in four figures.”However, William Hill’s leader underlines that there is still a future for betting shops, even as customers continue their digital migration. “Retail will always be there. There is a social element to retail that you don’t get anywhere else. In the US retail is a real social event. People like to go and watch games together. It’s the same in the UK to an extent.”William Hill has been one of the more successful European brands in the US market deregulation of betting, but Bowcock warned that it ‘will be a marathon not a sprint’ in the country. He highlighted the need for a ‘largely American’ operational team and added the more proprietary technology that a company has, the better.The need for diversification from the UK market is still high on Bowcock’s agenda, with last year’s purchase of Mr Green giving the firm an enhanced footprint in Scandinavia. “M&A has to be on the radar and it has to be on the radar for many organisations,” he said, suggesting that technology has to be an element of that activity. He also cited Latin America as an interesting market for potential growth.__________last_img read more

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LeBron James’ I Promise School will offer transitional housing program starting in 2020

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed The foundation has expanded its outreach in the last year as they’ve become more familiar with the on-the-ground issues IPS families face.“We’re seeing families struggling every day with very real and oftentimes unexpected issues that turn their worlds upside down,” LJFF executive director Michele Campbell said in a statement. “This will allow the family time and opportunities to grow while not worrying if they’ll have a roof over their head.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img James said he met Graduate Hotels CEO Ben Weprin in Cabo, Mexico, where he now has a home. The two got to talking about the I Promise School, which has been lauded for its early results for at-risk children in the Akron School District. Those initial discussions led the company into working with the foundation on the project, which is expected to be fully operational by July 2020.“For (Weprin) to be able to bring that to our families and our kids at the IPS, to continue to expand what we want to do,” James said, “it’s just something that you can’t even really even – you never even dream about it until it becomes like it is now.”The school expanded some of its services for this school year, including dedicating a new media lab and an outdoor basketball court. After promising test results earlier this year, IPS now has fifth-graders enrolled into the school, which started with third- and fourth-grade students.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions CHICAGO — A day after he had to leave his multimillion-dollar home in Brentwood because of a wildfire, LeBron James mused briefly on his past.Had he ever been displaced by a natural disaster before, a reporter asked. Perhaps a hurricane in Miami? A storm in Cleveland? Anything comparable?Not that he could remember, James said. But as a child, he moved a lot.“It wasn’t because of natural disasters; it was our situation,” he said. “Back when I was growing up, I wouldn’t – me or my mother wouldn’t – have had the means to walk anywhere and be able to get lodging. Just had to figure it out.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPoverty drove James and his mother, Gloria, from place to place, which he remembers as one of the most challenging aspects of his childhood. He knows the value of a stable place to live, which is why his foundation is now taking steps to incorporate housing support into his I Promise program.On Monday morning, the LeBron James Family Foundation announced the I Promise Village, a transitional housing program in Akron, Ohio, for the families who have children enrolled in the already operational I Promise School. The program’s aim is to provide shelter for those families who are facing homelessness, domestic violence or other issues that affect their housing security.In Year 2 of the school – which already offers a food pantry, legal aid, mental health services, financial planning support and GED classes on site – James and his foundation felt that housing was the next step in a radical approach to extending help to families well beyond the classroom.“You can have all the support in the world while you’re at school or while you’re at basketball or while you’re playing sports or doing anything,” he said after Monday’s practice. “But if you go home and it’s not stable, you don’t have any stability there, you’re gonna resort back to the negative things or the bad habits that you might have. Sometimes it’s not even the kids’ fault of why the situations are the way they are.”Partnering with Graduate Hotels, the foundation will refit an apartment building near the school into temporary housing as families’ needs arise. The building currently has units for 22 families, but that number could change as planners design communal spaces in the building.last_img read more

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MKC, CHS to build grain terminal in Milan

first_imgFollow us on Twitter. The following is an article written on the website Kansas Agland by Amy Bickel.Special to Sumner Newscow — CHS Inc. and Mid-Kansas Cooperative announced plans Tuesday to officially build and operate a high-speed rail-shuttle grain storage and loading facility in Milan near Wellington.Site preparation will begin this month. Located in Sumner County, the facility will include a high-speed shuttle loader with access to the BNSF line. Upon completion, on-site storage will be approximately 7 million bushels, the cooperatives announced in a news release.In addition, the facility will have a receiving capacity of 100,000 bushels per hour by way of trucks, the release stated. Rail load-out capacity will be in excess of 80,000 bushels per hour and will include a circle rail track capable of holding 120 railcars in addition to mainline locomotives with access to the BNSF.MKC and CHS announced in November they were considering the plan. During the past several months, MKC has presented to both the Sumner County Zoning Board and the Sumner County Commission. The anticipated completion date is May 31, 2017.“The new assets will give area producers direct access and ownership in the supply and distribution chain, bringing them one step closer to world markets which will add value to our member-owner’s farming operations,” said Dave Christiansen, president and CEO, MKC, in the release. “The new facility fully aligns with our vision to be a financially strong, progressive, locally-owned agri-business for our member-owners.”The facility would operate as Producer Ag, a limited liability company owned by CHS and MKC. The LLC also operates a high-speed shuttle loading facility in Canton. The LLC is a member of Team Marketing Alliance, which would handle grain marketing services for the Sumner County facility.Expansion has been ongoing for CHS and MKC for the past few years. In spring 2014, the cooperative groups began construction on the grain terminal that features a 110-car train shuttle to transport grain to the Gulf of Mexico and other markets.In July, CHS and MKC announced that they would expand that location. With the Canton facility’s current on-site storage of 3 million bushels, the expansion at the Canton terminal will increase storage capacity to more than 7.5 million bushels.The Milan terminal will be operated by MKC.Christiansen said Sumner County location stood out as an excellent area to build considering the number of acres in crop production, type of acres planted, grains produced, end users for bushels produced and the future potential for production.Expansion has been ongoing for CHS and MKC for the past few years. In spring 2014, the cooperative groups began construction on the grain terminal that features a 110-car train shuttle to transport grain to the Gulf of Mexico and other markets.In July, CHS and MKC announced that they would expand that location. With the Canton facility’s current on-site storage of 3 million bushels, the expansion at the Canton terminal will increase storage capacity to more than 7.5 million bushels.That project should be completed by May.Meanwhile, in Marquette, the MKC is building new offices among other upgrades.“Our alliance with global grain partner, CHS, connects MKC producer-members directly to the end-user through the cooperative system,” Christiansen said. “Our goal is to strategically position our cooperative for the future to add value for our producers.”MKC currently has more than 9,800 members. The cooperative specializes in grain, agronomy, energy, feed and risk management. Since its founding in 1965, MKC has expanded its footprint through mergers and acquisitions to meet the needs of the producer.CHS is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients. The company also provides business solutions such as insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Yes, you will hear talk that this will hurt our local cooperatives but it will help the local producers with an increase in commodity price. There is enough here for everybody to survive. Report Reply 0 replies · active 221 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ed Larson · 221 weeks ago I support this facility coming to Sumner County. These co-ops put the small independent grain buyers out of business 30-40 years ago and now they cry about competition coming to the area. The one thing I do not like is the fact that the Sumner County Commissioners gave this operation 10 years of NO property taxes as they said MKC is expanding their operation into our county. I also “expanded” my operation by buying 160 acres yet I got no 10 years of no property taxes from the county commissioners for “expanding” my business. Now you know who pays for this loss of property tax income for the County, Townships and school district, yes you and I who have been here for years. While I support this company coming to Sumner County I resent the fact that they will pay NO property taxes for 10 years. What can I do? I will not take any grain to this facility for the period of time they pay NO property taxes eventhough it is only 5 miles from my farm. I will do business with the grain companies that ARE paying Sumner County property taxes. Report Reply 1 reply · active 221 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Big D · 221 weeks ago I stand by my previous comment that it’s a WIN due to increased tax base and increased job, but I do agree that a 10 year tax abatement is extreme. Granted the employees will hopefully spend their payroll here in Sumner County generating sales tax revenue. The other local cooperatives must pay property taxes every year. I’d say give them a 3 year abatement to help the business get started and after that they could/should help support schools etc. like the rest of us. If I buy a new car, truck, boat etc. I get taxed twice…..pay the sales tax and then pay property tax every year. You get penalized for working to get ahead and have nice things. Report Reply +10 Vote up Vote down Old Farmer · 221 weeks ago I have to agree with the statement above about the No Tax on this structure. But have to disagree about the coops putting small independents out of business. I have chosen to be a member OWNER of local coops so that when we make a profit from the business the coop has to ether invest in infrastructure, equipment, or return it back to us in the form of cash, or Allocated Equities. That is the Coop business model and our local coops do a great job of making that happen. The part I worry about the most is that by trying to add too many players in the game, our millions of dollars in MEMBERS EQUITIES at our LOCAL COOP’S will be at risk. Report Reply 4 replies · active 221 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Ed Larson · 221 weeks ago “MEMBERS EQUITIES” makes me laugh. I too am a member of two co-ops but this idea of equities is a joke. You pay imcome tax on the yearly “equity payment” and get 1/2 at best in that year but wait 10 years for the balance. You are basically giving the co-op a 10 year interest free loan. Today we only have one true independent grain buyer in Sumner County, Scoular grain. I do 95% of my business with them and will continue to do so. The cooperative system like local co-op who have all banded together under Comark are text book examples of socialism. Karl Marx would love the co-ops, everyone owning gogether sharing the profits, driving out the individually owned grain buyers. I’d rather get my money from an independent who bids higher on the grain at the time of sale than to wait years and get a catered meal and my money with no interest from the co-op. Report Reply +10 Vote up Vote down Ag Employee · 221 weeks ago Scoular is owned by a Chinese investment firm. Not sure where you’ve gotten this notion that they’re an “independent grain buyer”. It’s kind of ironic that you’re complaining about the local co-ops operating on a semi-socialist model when youre selling 95% of your grain to actual red communists. Report Reply -5 Vote up Vote down Ed Larson · 221 weeks ago You should do your homework and stop pulling crap from the air like Hillary. http://www.forbes.com/companies/scoular/ Scoular is #66 on Forbes list of independently owned companies. There is no Chinese investment. Stick to the facts. Scoular is the only independently owned grain buyer in Sumner County. Report Reply +8 Vote up Vote down Old Farmer · 221 weeks ago Since the farmers are the COOP that is a Interesting comparison of Karl Marx to Farmers owning their own marketing and supply business!!! 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Ellis stars with four-timer

first_imgChampion jockey-designate Shane Ellis will have a merry Christmas, thanks to a fabulous four-timer on yesterday’s 12-race programme at Caymanas Park.Saving the best for last, the 42-year-old jockey, son of 1960s champion Winston ‘Nero’ Ellis, scored a runaway win aboard the 43-1 outsider ROMAN SPY for trainer Donovan Plummer in the closing race over 1400 metres to move to 83 wins – 12 clear of his closest rival Robert Halledeen, who did not ride yesterday and has seemingly thrown in the towel with only two race days remaining.Ellis also won the fifth race for Plummer aboard 4-1 chance HOLOGRAM SHADOW, the six-year-old getting up in the nick of time to beat the front-running favourite RAGING PROSPECT by a neck over a mile, followed up with 8-5 favourite PERFECT FLYER for trainer Dwight Chen in the eighth, as well as 4-5 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT who made all impressively for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes in the War Zone Sprint (11th race) supporting feature. ROYAL ASSAULT won by four lengths from ACTION MAN in the smart time of 105.3.Ellis, who won his first championship in the year 2000, was elated with yesterday’s windfall and indicated it would be much of the same next year.”My ability is unquestionable, so I will only have to put my mind to it in 2016. Looking back at the season, I told myself in mid-year there was no way I would be beaten by Halledeen and only had to avoid injury or suspension to win my second championship. The wait was long, but it was worth it,” said the popular jockey.Meanwhile, PHINEAS (3-1), with Wesley Henry riding for trainer Andrew McDonald, outfinished 2-5 favourite CAMPESINO under outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson by a neck to win the Gladiator Trophy open allowance feature over 1400 metres in the smart time of 1:24.1.last_img read more

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GC Foster principal takes a dive at swimming pool project

first_img Graham-Royal, who became principal of the institution in 2014, said fixing the pool will be her next ‘big’ project and said she does not intend to begin the project until she is sure she has all the money to complete it as she does not want to start and not be able to finish. “(I need) at least three quarters of it because it wouldn’t make sense; it means work would have stopped,” she told The Gleaner. Students of the school, who train to be teachers of physical education, must now use a tiny pool in Old Harbour for swimming lessons. “So I have to pay more than $10,000 monthly for them to learn to swim. You’re not a complete PE teacher until you’re able to swim,” Graham-Royal, herself a graduate of the G.C. Foster College, who later studied abroad, said. “When I went to the University of Mainz in Germany to study, I could not graduate until I learned to swim,” she added. Meanwhile, Graham-Royal also noted that the institution as also losing money as there were some interested parties who would have used the facility had it been operational. “Just this morning some students from a university in Canada called. They had a contingent of 50 and wanted to come for the summer,” she said. “So we are missing all of that. We really do need some private sector injection. We can’t do it otherwise,” she concluded. GETTING THE MONEY The state of the swimming pool at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport has been a sore point for decades. Current principal of the institution, Dr Joyce Graham-Royal, said it will cost $91 million to repair the facility, which has never been used since it was built in 1980. In late 2014, Minister of Sport Natalie Neita-Headley had announced that Government would be donating the funds to repair the pool via the Sports Development Foundation. However, Graham-Royal told The Gleaner yesterday that she had since learned that the funds, which had been earmarked for the pool work, had been spent on refurbishing the synthetic track at the institution, which was reopened last October. The track cost $171 million to repair. Graham-Royal said because of the clay soil at the Spanish Town-based sporting college, repairing the track had cost much more than the projected figure. Successive principals over the last few years have threshed around with the idea and as recently as 2008, the estimate to repair the Olympic-sized swimming and diving pools was at $50 million.last_img read more