Zoysia Shortage

first_imgAbout a week ago, I heard from a couple of sod producers that spring sales of turfgrass sod were strong and they were worried about potential shortages of popular species like Bermudagrass and zoysiagrass. I wondered if these were isolated incidences or an industry-wide issue.As the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist, I am based on the UGA campus in Griffin and work closely with UGA turfgrass researchers and Georgia’s turfgrass producers. To determine whether only a few growers were looking at unexpected shortages of grass, I began calling sod producers across the state to conduct an informal survey. To date, I have talked with a representative sample of producers of various farm sizes and locations throughout Georgia. I found a few recurring themes. First, most producers said that they are experiencing the strongest winter and spring sales season they have ever had. As I have traveled around the state the last few months, I have seen many full trucks of sod on their way to a new lawn, ball field or landscape project. The second recurring comment was that producers are either “out” or “nearly out” of zoysia, especially fine-textured zoysia cultivars like ‘Zeon’ and ‘Emerald’. The 2019 Sod Producers Survey projected that there would be lower inventories of zoysia this year than in 2017 and 2018. As a species, zoysia is gaining in popularity throughout Georgia. Couple increased popularity with a wet and overcast 2018 growing season and the decline in inventory is not unexpected. However, the strong spring 2019 sales have placed additional pressure on inventories of a relatively slower-growing species. While fine-textured zoysia grasses are in the greatest demand and have the lowest inventory, the medium- and coarse-textured cultivars are also experiencing strong sales with declining inventories.The third thing I discovered is that, while Georgia sod growers are worried about the current inventory of grass, producers are optimistic. Sod fields are in a constant state of growth and recovery. Inventory is thin now, but fields that were harvested last summer and fall are maturing — the spring weather has been helpful — and producers foresee inventory improving in four to six weeks (approximately mid-June). Sod growers are “pushing” fields in an attempt to fulfill orders for this year. One producer stated that the push to increase growth will be passed along to the consumer because of increased fertilizer prices early in the year.Lastly, Bermudagrass inventory was less precarious than zoysia. Some producers are running low on Bermudagrass inventory while others reported normal inventory. Interestingly, it is not strictly a noncertified ‘Tifway’ issue. Some producers indicated they were low on certified and noncertified Bermuda grasses. Referring back to the 2019 Sod Producers Survey, Bermudagrass inventory was projected to be consistent with 2018 and it is the species grown in the greatest volume. Considering the initial inventory, volume and growth rate, it would be expected that the Bermudagrass supply would be more hit-and-miss than other species.Through my conversations, I heard producers indicate they are consciously managing inventory. They are employing various techniques including restricting sales to only longtime or regular customers, limiting the amount of grass they sell, not quoting larger jobs or orders, and increasing prices.This is a new problem for the turf industry and one I view as an indicator of a strong economy and growth and development throughout Georgia. While the landscape industry may be finding it difficult to find Georgia-grown sod, hopefully their spring business is prospering and will continue to do so throughout 2019.For the latest research-based information on turfgrass from UGA Extension, visit www.GeorgiaTurf.com.last_img read more

Salt Lake Tribune: ‘Utah’s Coal-Export Deal Still Faces High Hurdles’

first_imgSalt Lake Tribune: ‘Utah’s Coal-Export Deal Still Faces High Hurdles’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Utah Legislature last week approved a $53 million investment in an Oakland, Calif., export terminal, but the state’s coal-shipping aspirations may still be just a dream.So far, Utah is the only entity that may pledge money toward building a $275 million bulk-freight terminal at the deep-water port under construction at the site of the former Oakland Army Base.But Utah wouldn’t pay up until $200 million in private financing is secured — and the identity of those investors and the status of their contributions is unknown.Another hurdle: Utah’s money wouldn’t be released until the four rural Utah counties borrowing it for the investment have a plan to pay it back if the terminal can’t move coal profitably. No plan has been offered.The coal-producing Utah counties of Carbon, Sevier, Sanpete and Emery initially secured a loan from Utah’s Permanent Community Impact Fund to invest $50 million in the proposed terminal, in exchange for 49 percent of its 9.5-million-metric-ton loading capacity.However, the Utah Attorney General’s Office apparently declined to sign off on the loan, necessitating last week’s passage of SB246 as a legal workaround.Normally, money from the fund — derived from federal mineral royalties — is spent on civic projects in the counties where mining and drilling occur. But in recent years, county commissioners who run the Community Impact Board (CIB) have become interested in funding grander projects that would deliver commodities to market.SB246, which Gov. Gary Herbert is expected to sign, circumvented limits on how counties may spend revenues from the fund. It cycles community impact revenue — critics call it “laundering” — through the state Transportation Fund and back to the CIB in a new pool of money known as the “Throughput Infrastructure Fund,” which also can be tapped to build transmission lines, pipelines and rail.When the CIB first approved the loan in April 2015, it included an additional $3 million to cover administrative costs — such as paying consultants like Jeff Holt, a former Utah Transportation Commission chairman who brokered the deal between the counties and the CIB.The CIB’s approval was premised on Holt’s claim that the $200 million in private financing needed to build the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal would be secured by June 2015.“This benchmark has been missed. That means the only player in this transaction with an open checkbook and a deep pocket is the state of Utah,” said critic Tom Sanzillo, director of finance for the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.Full article: Utah’s coal-export deal still faces high hurdleslast_img read more

U.S. Military Response to Hurricane Matthew Sets the Tone for Successful Planning and Coordination

first_imgBy CDR Ted Kim, LCDR Jeremy Greenwood, CDR Timothy Sommella* November 02, 2016 While Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, was barreling toward Haiti, a small team of U.S. Coast Guard officers was hunkered down in a makeshift command center at a house in Port-au-Prince. Hurricane Matthew became the most destructive storm to hit Haiti in more than 50 years, and the planning and coordination that took place in that makeshift command center set the tone for the U.S. military response. Five Coast Guard cutter crews and more than six Coast Guard aircrews provided the first U.S. military response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, which was coordinated and shaped under the leadership of three Coast Guard officers – Cmdr. Ted Kim, Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Greenwood, and Cmdr. Timothy Sommella. Less than 12 hours after Hurricane Matthew passed, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Air Station Miami was the first U.S. military asset to arrive on scene. At the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the aircrew carried U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Peter F. Mulrean, provisional Haitian President Jocelerme Privert, and a team of USAID disaster-response experts on an initial overflight assessment of the devastation Hurricane Matthew left behind. The next day, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater provided a similar overflight for U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, commander of Joint Task Force Matthew (JTF-M). The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew also facilitated a logistically challenging transport to get the provisional president of Haiti and the U.S. ambassador on the ground in Jeremie – one of the worst hit cities in Haiti. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew transferred the two VIPs and the U.S. Coast Guard liaison officer to the cutter before being taken by small boat to a damaged pier in Jeremie. The U.S. military response from U.S. Southern Command grew to more than 20 aircraft, 450 Department of Defense personnel, and two amphibious naval ships carrying 2,600 additional personnel and supplies. JTF-M facilitated the delivery of more than 272 metric tons of food, shelter, and medical supplies and transported 150 relief personnel to cut-off communities in Haiti. The U.S. Coast Guard team proved integral to the formation and support of the operation, liaising with local Haitian government officials, providing critical logistics support, and serving as a conduit between the joint task force and the U.S. Embassy. *U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Greenwood, Coast Guard Liaison Officer in Haiti; U.S. Coast Guard Commander Ted Kim, Senior Defense Officer/Defense Attaché in Haiti; and U.S. Coast Guard Commander Timothy Sommella, JTF-Matthew-U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer.last_img read more

Peruvian Army Promotes Moral Values in Society

first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo August 23, 2018 The Peruvian Army School of Psychological Operations started an unprecedented pilot program to strengthen the troops’ moral values on July 1, 2018. The semester-long program precedes the Army’s national campaign, A Better Citizen. Meant for officers who will graduate in December, the program is carried out in several facilities of the Army in Lima, such as Chorrillos Military School and the Peruvian Army Technical School. Its goal: to adjust the campaign strategy and provide officers with the tools necessary to pass on the message to the troops, all while stimulating their own moral values. The army’s objective is to create a virtuous cycle to help improve Peruvian society. It is estimated that the campaign will reach 20,000 soldiers per year and that each will be able to influence at least 10 people around them. “In the last 40 years, society as a whole has undergone a crisis in values,” Colonel Jorge Reyes Gutiérrez, commandant of the Peruvian Army School of Psychological Operations, told Diálogo. “In our case, we had to deal with terrorism and the economic crisis. Due to a lack of good role models, some people opted for the wrong path. This gave rise to the image of drug traffickers and terrorists.” Author of the campaign From the beginning of his career, Major General Oscar de Jesús Reto Otero, chief of the General Staff of the Peruvian Army, enjoyed chatting with new soldiers to understand what they longed for—a good position, enduring relationships, and helping others. Throughout the years, the spontaneous talks turned into an increasingly concrete vision: Soldiers and their values could positively impact those around them and society. As such, Maj. Gen. Reto started to give informal, educational talks to officers and noncommissioned officers that led to the creation of the moral value campaign, A Better Citizen. Developed by the Peruvian Army School of Psychological Operations, the campaign kicks off in 2019. “In his eagerness to close the loop, [Maj. Gen. Reto] came in February [2018] to talk about his concern,” Col. Reyes said. “He saw that the School of Psychological Operations was the ideal entity to provide scientific support to the work we will carry out and the time it will take—what we can transmit and how we will transmit it.” A repetitive system The School of Psychological Operations opened in 1994 in the district of Santiago de Surco, Lima. The first basic psychological operations program, however, was taught in 1984 at the Army’s premises. With the support of the school’s experts—anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, and journalists—Maj. Gen. Reto and Col. Reyes identified ways to reinforce good habits in the troops, so these could be passed on to relatives and friends. The model, in its adjustment phase, is based on repetition. According to a 2009 study of University College London, habits are forged in about 66 days. “We’ve come to a rigorous, deliberate model,” Col. Reyes said. “With that corroborated time frame and repetitive system, we looked for free time or psychological spaces we could use within soldiers’ training to get the message across.” The officers found seven daily moments in which to reinforce service members’ habits. They will work on self-esteem orally—through prayers, mottoes, and readings from officers in charge—and through actions when fulfilling their duties. “We will work on self-esteem, which is very low,” Col. Reyes said. “That explains family violence, femicides […] that’s normal in societies that have gone through periods of generalized violence.” Good soldiers, better citizens Officials in charge of the campaign estimate the results will be visible in three years. They stressed that the support of section commanders will be essential to attain the expected results. “They are the ones out there day by day, always with [soldiers], like I used to be when I was second lieutenant,” Maj. Gen. Reto said. As part of the project, officers enrolled at the School of Psychological Operations will take part in a communications course at San Martin de Porres University in Lima. The two-month course, ending in September, will allow officers to develop products around the theme of soldiers as agents of change in society. Each year, the School of Psychological Operations collaborates with the schools of Communication of local universities to train psychological operators in this field. Thanks to the partnership, service members gain the technical tools to be able to transmit information. During its 24 years, the school has come a long way, focusing its efforts on training service members and widening its reach to civil institutions and society. In 2018, the school had yet another first: an unprecedented course for the Peruvian National Police (PNP), which took place April 16th–May 26th. PNP officers who fight against narcoterrorism in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, in Spanish), took part in the Special Course for PNP Personnel deployed with the VRAEM Psychological Operations Team. With this training, PNP units will be better prepared to face the challenges of organized crime and protect the people. In the coming months, Maj. Gen. Reto and Col. Reyes will analyze the advances of the pilot program and set the final details. Officers of the School of Psychological Operations started talks with the Peruvian Navy, Air Force, and National Police to replicate the model in their institutions. The campaign, they said, will serve as a catalyst for social change. “My vision is to have good soldiers, better citizens,” Maj. Gen. Reto concluded. “They should not only practice values, but also demand them. If this continues to grow, we will be able to demand that our authorities, who we elect, do what they have offered to do.”last_img read more

Eric Paslay Plays ‘Heroic’ Show on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Country music star Eric Paslay honored the nation’s veterans Saturday during a special “Salute to Heroes” concert at the Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville.Before the Texas native took the stage, Chris Lane, Brothers Osborne and Parmalee opened up the show to give the audience a real down-home feeling. Paslay began his set with his hit single, “Song About A Girl.” Throughout the night, he played fan favorites such as “She Don’t Love You,” “Never Really Wanted,” and his new single, “High Class.”He paid the audience special attention.“I moved up to Nashville, started writing songs and pursuing this crazy dream,” Paslay said before he launched into “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”“Thank y’all for letting us live our dreams every night up here,” he continued earnestly. “And I hope every morning you wake up and you have something to reach for, you know. Maybe you’ve got your dream and she’s lying there with you. But it’s good to have a dream that’s worth reaching for, and thank you for letting us have our music and the road to do that on. I hope you never forget how to dream. This is for all the dreamers!”Aside from creating his own hits, Paslay has also collaborated on songs with other country stars, including Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Love and Theft’s “Angel Eyes” plus others for Lady Antebellum and the Eli Young Band.Paslay also thanked those fans who turned out to see Rascal Flatts at the same venue the previous week despite the pouring rain. Then he sang an acoustic version of a tune that he co-wrote with Rascal Flatts called “Rewind.” Everyone in the audience sang along.The country crooner dutifully left the crowd wanting more–perhaps hoping he’d rewind the concert so they could enjoy it all from the beginning–but he concluded with his most well-known song: his breakout hit, “Friday Night.”Paslay will be playing a few more venues in New England before he heads back down south, with tour dates lasting through December.For those on hand in Suffolk, it was a Saturday night to savor one of country’s best, Eric Paslay.last_img read more

Credit unions thwart Wisconsin payday loan provision

first_imgby: David MorrisonCredit unions and banks in Wisconsin together urged Governor Scott Walker to veto a part of the state’s budget that could have, they said, sharply increased the numbers of services the state’s payday lenders could provide.Walker, who announced a bid to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination this morning, signed the budget bill yesterday and vetoed the provision. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CFO Focus: Best practices in benefits pre-funding

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr More than 10 years ago, National Credit Union Administration Rule 701.19 went into effect. It gave federally chartered credit unions the ability to purchase investments that would otherwise be impermissible under parts 703 and 704 of NCUA’s rules and regulations, as long as these investments directly relate to the credit unions’ obligation or future obligation to support employee benefit plans, including such things as health insurance and 401(k) plans.Over the years, there hasn’t been much discussion about the regulatory expectations, which include board oversight and approval of a credit union’s associated investment policy used to fund the pre-funding plan. This is due in large part to the Great Recession, which occurred shortly after 701.19’s implementation. At the time, the financial crisis dampened credit unions’ interest in new types of investments.Now, with the improving economic environment and the increasing need to retain and attract top talent, credit union interest in investments with higher yields to help improve employee benefits has grown. So has regulator interest. Examiner directives related to lack of due diligence and/or board and management oversight on pre-funding arrangements are now much more prevalent.In the current environment, we suggest credit unions take three steps: continue reading »last_img read more

True or false: Your credit union website should use testimonials

first_imgYou see testimonials all over the internet. Maybe one testimonial has an eagerly smiling picture next to it. Maybe another declares a product to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Many of the newest and sleekest credit union website designs employ testimonials (example: HFSFCU.org has testimonials all over the place). And there’s a reason for it: studies show testimonials persuade people to act.Why you should use testimonialsWhen it comes to making decisions, “Social Proof” is one of the most motivating factors out there. If humans know that other humans are doing something, they will also want to do that thing. We are naturally drawn to what others like and do, and model our behavior after them. (This is why television sitcoms use canned laugh tracks to encourage you to chuckle.)In 1968, several psychologists conducted an experiment where they had a single man stand at the corner of a busy street and stare up at the sky. Only a couple people stopped to see what he might be looking at. But when they had five people stare at the sky, the number of others who stopped to look increased exponentially. Soon, a whole crowd was assembled. The psychologists found that people simply assumed if several people were looking, there must be something interesting to look at. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The real lesson your credit union should learn from Peloton’s ad flop (it’s not what you think)

first_img 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Melina Palmer Why do people say one thing and do another? What really drives behavior? How does the brain actually work – and how can we best communicate with it? What does that … Web: www.thebrainybusiness.com Details By now you’ve probably seen the Peloton ad…or at least heard it mentioned at a holiday party. The big lesson for your credit union no one is talking about is the root of why it caused such an uproar–and it’s more than “make a better ad.”Unfortunately, most businesses (credit unions included) are at risk of being the next Peloton without even realizing it. At its core, the problem is with brand inconsistency and not having a well-defined niche.A tale of two PelotonsPeloton is living a double life. It is walking the line between being designed “to connect the world through fitness” (which promotes inclusivity and being for everyone, anywhere) and ads that focus on a very specific demographic (wealthy, already reasonably fit–or at least thin–people).Peloton’s problem (and one many businesses suffer from) is the ads are speaking to one person and the mission is speaking to another. This stems from not committing to a persona, a “well, it’s designed for our persona, but anyone could benefit so we are for everyone” mentality.The problem is, people evaluate brands just like they evaluate people. How long would you want to be around someone who was constantly contradicting themselves?The good news is, this can be fixed relatively simply, but it takes dedication to one singular path. It’s time to choose what matters most and put all the eggs in that basket. Here is what each scenario could look like for Peloton (and either way is perfectly fine):Go with the ads: exclusive with a high-income target marketThink about a brand like Maserati–no one is complaining about their ads not being targeted for everyone. It has clearly defined itself as being for a certain group and income level so there is no reason to get upset at a commercial targeted to those who can afford it.In this scenario, Peloton would need to come out and say, “we are a high-end product made for people who want to invest in themselves and help already fit people shed those last few pounds with the motivation of a group in the comfort of their own homes.”Now all their ads make sense and perfectly fit that brand after this slight reframe.There is no body fat percentage calculator keeping less-than-fit people from buying or using their bikes. And, because we humans are inherently aspirational and strive to be part of the group, it would likely encourage those just below this tier to buy as well.Think about it, when you read that did you have a little spot in the back of your brain think, “well, if it can help already fit people get over their plateaus, I wonder what it would do for me!” You can picture yourself getting fitter with Peloton, and you also are less likely to get offended when the people in the ad don’t look like everyone in the world. You aren’t their ideal customer…yet. (But you might get there faster if you invest in yourself today.)Go with the mission: inclusive and for everyoneHumans relate better to people like us–the ingroup–and without enough context our brains will write a story that fits our own personal narrative. Far too many people struggle with their weight and are sensitive to anything remotely resembling telling us we need to exercise more. It’s a raw nerve.A slight lack of context allowed the internet to assume the husband in the commercial was telling the woman she was fat and needed to exercise more.What if the ad started with her leaving little notes for her husband to find? Perhaps sticky note on the fridge saying, “Reminder: Order Suzie’s Peloton ;)”Or maybe missing a spin class because she got stuck at work and couldn’t make it in time–perhaps a quick text of “sorry babe, won’t make spin again today…meeting ran long :(”Now we know she wants a Peloton. It will let her fulfill her dreams and potentially convey everything the company assumed would be the accepted baseline of their ad.Unfortunately, you can’t assume everyone will have the same understanding of your protagonist as you do. These context points are critical to help everyone understand the story–especially when tapping into a touchy subject like weight.This ad would include a few shots focused on the interaction with others so it feels as though you’re in the same place, like Amazon Echo has done in their commercials. Then, you close with a grid of diverse faces, sweating and smiling with a line like, “The many faces of Peloton. Are you ready to start your journey?”Either ad works fine–but they only work if you pick a lane. Is your credit union fully in alignment throughout the entire organization…or are you set to be the next Twitter victim?last_img read more

Rain doesn’t stop 2nd annual Pastor Lyle Ward Memorial Fundraiser

first_imgChapter president Curtis Hammond said the money raised will go toward putting the kids in camps and giving them real life experiences. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – On Saturday, The Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club put on the 2nd Annual Pastor Lyle Ward Memorial Fundraiser. The club hopes the fundraiser can return to normal next summer. “My family adopted four foster care kids out of the system, so foster care is huge in my family,” Hammond said. “The foster care system around here needs as much help as we can give them so that’s why we do this event.” Hammond, who is also the grandson of Pastor Ward, told 12 News the foster care system has always been very important to his family. Due to COVID-19, this year’s fundraiser was a drive through barbecue. From late morning to early afternoon cars flooded the parking lot of the Lowe’s in Binghamton to get a barbecue dinner. The fundraiser raises money for kids in the foster care system in Broome County. last_img read more

When 7 tickets are sold in pre-sale in just 5.000 hours, then you know it’s a great festival

first_imgThe Sea Star Festival in Umag has brought 164 million kuna in direct profits to the Croatian economy in the past three years, according to a study by the consulting company Hotelis, specializing in tourism and hospitality, made for the Tourist Board of Umag.  Thus, the audience from the entire region, but also from other countries such as Great Britain, Italy, Austria or France, bought tickets at a price of 199 kuna, and the organizers decided to immediately release a new contingent at the next, also promotional price of only 229 kn. Otherwise, the full, ie regular ticket price for the festival is around 500 kuna. SEA STAR FESTIVAL GENERATED 164 MILLION HRK IN TOURIST CONSUMPTION In the same period, the total value of the festival promotion, organized by the multi-award winning EXIT team, is almost 100 million kuna, focused largely on branding the destination of Umag, Istria and the Croatian coast. In the past three years, the Sea Star Festival has attracted more than 120.000 visitors, while the fourth edition of the Sea Star Festival in Umag, as the primary motive for coming, will bring an additional 40.000 visitors. And the main “actor” of this story as well as the motive for coming to Umag in May is the Sea Star Festival. Cover photo: Sea Star Festival Find out more about the whole research in the attachment. When 7 tickets are sold in pre-sale in just 5.000 hours, then you know that this is a great festival, as well as the motive for coming, and it is even more important that it is about arrivals in the pre-season. In just 7 hours, an impressive 60 tickets for one festival on our coast, which will take place in May 5.000, were sold in advance in the pre-sale (promo series – 2020% discount). Investing in events is not a cost, but an investment. last_img read more

Hannibal Mejbri set to sign for Manchester United after rejecting late offer from Arsenal

first_img Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1 min. story Hannibal Mejbri is set to join Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Manchester United expect to complete a deal for Monaco wonderkid Hannibal Mejbri in the next 24 hours after seeing off late competition from Arsenal for the midfielder.The 16-year-old has been in negotiations with the Red Devils for over eight months and he’s been omitted from Monaco’s youth set-up after a long dispute with the club over his contract.Mejbri’s family claim the Ligue 1 giants have reneged on an agreement with the teenager and the disagreement threatened to spiral into a legal dispute.Part of the disagreement stems from Mejbri’s desire to move to Old Trafford but there’s been plenty of interest in the 16-year-old, who Monaco paid £1m for when he was just 14 years old.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Coming Next PLAY Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Skip Ad Read More Hannibal Mejbri set to sign for Manchester United after rejecting late offer from Arsenal Comment 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read Morecenter_img Top articles Read More Skip SPONSORED Full Screen by Metro Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 7:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares / United had hoped to sign Mejbri for a small compensation fee but the Red Devils have agreed to pay around £9.1m (€10m) fee for the wonderkid.According to L’Equipe, United had to fight off late competition from Arsenal to sign Mejbri.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThe Gunners were willing to rival United’s offer for the midfielder but the deal was too far down the line to backtrack.Mejbri and his representatives are expected in the north-west today to finalise the move and he’s set to become United’s third signing of the summer after Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Mejbri is expected to go straight into United’s U18s squad as he awaits his professional debut and his signing will be seen as a coup for the club, who have been on an aggressive academy recruitment drive in the last 18 months.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to make at least two signings in the next week with Harry Maguire seen as a priority.Leicester are holding out for £80m for the England international.MORE: Jose Mourinho encourages Frank Lampard to use Kurt Zouma and Tammy Abraham at Chelsea Read More About Connatix V67539 Video Settings Advertisementlast_img read more

Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ after getting booed off v Crystal Palace

first_img Top articles Read More Xhaka stormed down the tunnel after being subbed off by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Palace’s impressive comeback appeared to be in vain when Sokratis thought he had scored his second and Arsenal’s third goal with five minutes remaining.But the goal was overturned by VAR and Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace held on to secure a valuable point in north London.The 2-2 draw means Arsenal stay fifth in the Premier League with 18 points from ten games, while Palace are four points below the Gunners in sixth.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 6:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares ADVERTISEMENT Read More / by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Granit Xhaka clashed with Arsenal fans as he was subbed off against Crystal Palace (Picture: Twitter)Granit Xhaka told Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ after getting booed as he left the field during the Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka, who was named Unai Emery’s permanent captain last month, was replaced by Bukayo Saka with 30 minutes remaining of Sunday’s fixture at the Emirates.Arsenal had taken a 2-0 lead through defensive duo Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz but goals either side of half-time from Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew saw the Eagles level. Read More A number of Arsenal fans were frustrated by Xhaka’s lack of urgency after his substitution and began to boo the Switzerland international.AdvertisementAdvertisementXhaka responded by throwing his hands in the air and cupping his ears as the boos grew louder. He was also seen mouthing ‘f**k off’ at the club’s disgruntled supporters.After leaving the pitch, the Gunners captain quickly removed his shirt before storming down the tunnel.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisementcenter_img PLAY 1 min. story Comment Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ after getting booed off v Crystal Palace 1/1 Advertisement Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 Read More Full Screen Video Settings SPONSORED Coming Next Read Morelast_img read more

Bremen snatch play-off survival chance, champions Bayern rout Wolfsburg

first_img “I have experienced a few derbies, but I don’t care who we face. I just want to appeal to the fans to stay home to watch it,” added Kohfeldt, with games still behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. A burst of goals from Osako, Milot Rashica and Niclas Fuellkrug – all in the space of eight minutes – had Werder 3-0 up at the break against Cologne at the Weserstadion. Former Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen then fired home a rebound just after the break before Osako, facing his old side, added his second and USA international Josh Sargent completed the rout. Dominick Drexler pulled a goal back for Cologne. Four-time Bundesliga champions Werder also needed a favour from Berlin and got one as Union beat Fortuna 3-0 with goals from Nigerian duo Anthony Ujah and Suleiman Abdullahi either side of veteran midfielder Christian Gentner’s effort. Bremen will find out their opponents on Sunday, with Heidenheim currently in the play-off place ahead of the final round of matches in the second division. – Hundred up for Bayern – At Wolfsburg, Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored a penalty for his 34th league goal of the season, finishing as the top scorer for the fifth time. Robert Lewandowski in action for champions Bayern Munich in their 4-0 win at Wolfsburg on SaturdayKingsley Coman, Michael Cuisance and Thomas Mueller also got on the scoresheet as Bayern, champions for the eighth straight season, finished 13 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund following a 4-0 win.Mueller set up Coman for Bayern’s opening goal to finish the campaign with a league record 21 assists, and his goal that rounded out the win was also Bayern’s 100th league goal this season – one short of the Bundesliga record.“I am proud of the way we have played over the past few months,” said Bayern coach Hansi Flick, who has won 28 of his first 31 games in charge.Flick also hailed the efforts made to ensure the Bundesliga became the first top European league to resume following the coronavirus lockdown.“The Bundesliga has led the way in Europe, which was an outstanding achievement,” added Flick. “In this respect, this is a very special championship for us.”– Gladbach into Champions League –Gladbach celebrate clinching the fourth and final Champions League placeMeanwhile, Borussia Moenchengladbach and RB Leipzig secured qualification for next season’s Champions League after 2-1 wins over Hertha Berlin and Augsburg respectively, as fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen missed out by two points despite beating Mainz 1-0.Dortmund, who had already wrapped up second place, crashed to a 4-0 home defeat by Hoffenheim, for whom Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric scored all four goals, including a no-look penalty.That result allowed Hoffenheim to leapfrog Wolfsburg and take sixth place, although both sides will go into the Europa League next season along with Leverkusen.Before kick-off in Dortmund, Mario Goetze, who scored Germany’s winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, was given a send-off by the club with his contract expiring this month.Elsewhere, Timo Werner signed off with a brace in RB Leipzig’s 2-1 win at Augsburg in what was his final appearance for the club before moving to Chelsea.Read Also: Video: Liverpool stars wildly celebrate first ever EPL title winSchalke’s disastrous second half of the season was completed with a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Freiburg as they finished the season 12th, having been third in December.Eintracht Frankfurt beat bottom side Paderborn 3-2 in Saturday’s other game.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely SeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarThe Best Cars Of All Time10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit Werder Bremen gave themselves hope of avoiding relegation from the German Bundesliga by thrashing Cologne 6-1 to grab a play-off place on the last day of the season, while champions Bayern Munich routed Wolfsburg before lifting the trophy on Saturday. Sargent (R) and Rashica both scored as Bremen took the playoff place from Duesseldorf Japan striker Yuya Osako scored twice as Bremen stole the lifeline of the relegation/promotion play-off place from Fortuna Duesseldorf, who lost 3-0 at Union Berlin and were relegated with Paderborn, finishing one point behind Bremen. “We put in a great performance under pressure,” said Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt after the club’s 1,900th Bundesliga game. “But we are aware that we haven’t achieved anything – in the relegation play-off, the emotions will be even greater.” Bremen have spent more seasons than any other team in the Bundesliga, having only spent one term in the second tier, in 1980-81. Bremen will face second-tier opponents in either Heidenheim or possibly neighbours, rivals and fellow struggling giants Hamburg in the play-off first leg on Thursday.last_img read more

‘Big on Darts’ Unibet secures multi-year title sponsorship of PDC Premier League

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 European online bookmaker Unibet (Kindred Group Plc) has confirmed that it has secured a 3-year deal to become the ‘title sponsor’ of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Premier League.The bookmaker extends its relationship with the PDC expanding its existing darts sponsorship portfolio which includes; the Unibet European Championship, the Unibet World Grand Prix, the Unibet Champions League of Darts as well as the World Series Finals and Melbourne Darts Masters.The PDC Premier League is a 16-week long series of darts tournaments, which will take place across the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. Breaking new grounds, the 2018 PDC Premier League will make its debut in Berlin Germany.In celebration of its ongoing PDC partnership, Unibet marketing will release a series of social media content videos relating to the PDC Premier League. The first  viral video is a ‘hidden camera’ trick featuring PDC Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen and world number three Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright tDetailing Unibet’s commitment to darts, Kindred Group CCO Ebba Ljungerud stated: “Darts has been one of the fastest growing sports in our sponsorship portfolio in the UK and we are extremely excited about extending our partnership with the PDC to become the new sponsor of the Premier League.  We are planning on making what we already know to be a great tournament even better.“It’s grown to become the widest-reaching event in darts and we’re looking forward to 16 exciting nights across Europe. Darts is an action-packed betting sport and we will continue to bring our best-in-class activation and offer to all the fans. “PDC Chairman Barry Hearn backed Unibet as title sponsor of the Premier League: “We’re delighted that Unibet have furthered their association with us in their sponsorship of the Premier League for the next three years.“The Unibet Premier League will be bigger than ever in 2018, with our success in the UK, Ireland and more recently the Netherlands leading to the introduction of a league night in Berlin next year, and it promises to be a special tournament. The Premier League’s growth since 2005 has been a phenomenon in British sport and it’s another boost that Unibet were so keen to add this prestigious event to their growing darts sponsorship portfolio”. Related Articles Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Buy Local at Olympia Food Co-op

first_imgMountain Muesli. Photo courtesy: Olympia Food Co-OpMountain Muesli is a family owned company located in Tacoma. The idea for the company began while founder Chris Young and his family were living in Iceland, eating muesli every day for breakfast. Young created his own “American style” Mountain Muesli cereal upon his return to the States. More than just absurdly good food, the Mountain Muesli brand is about a commitment to the environment and contributing to the greater social good. A portion of every sale is donated to preserve wild spaces for future generation. All products are made by hand in small batches and contain the nutritional density required to fuel your adventures. Mountain Muesli products are made with non-GMO ingredients and do not include dairy, gluten, or soy. Ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible.For 40 years, the Olympia Food Co-op and our membership have supported local producers in our community. With low mark-ups for local products, every time a purchase is made from our stores, the vendor gets most of the sale. Everybody is welcome to shop. We have two locations, and both stores are open daily, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Facebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Food Co-op Grocery DepartmentThe Olympia Food Cooperative’s mission includes supporting local production and encouraging economic and social justice.  We know no better way to be sustainable and support our community than buying delicious, fresh goods directly from local vendors.  And you can taste the difference!  Our Grocery Department is delighted to highlight local vendors whose products we are proud to have in our store.Jalisco Tortilla FactoryEddie Lucero rolling out the green at Jalisco Tortillas. Photo courtesy: Olympia Food Co-OpJalisco Tortilla Factory is a family-owned and operated business that takes pride in heritage and community.  Maggie Velasco-Lucero and Medardo “Eddie” Lucero migrated from Mexico and have spent more than 30 years in the Shelton community, contributing their time and energy as business owners and as loyal citizens. In early 1997, with Mark Velasco, they began to put together a plan to bring fresh tortilla products to the local community.  In 1998, they officially opened the doors to Tortilleria Jalisco.  With the help of their kids, friends and overwhelming community support, Maggie and Eddie have persevered over 20 years. They have never forgotten where they’ve come from and have always been gracious with product donations and financial donations to the local community and schools.  Jalisco Tortilla Factory will continue to produce high quality products with the freshness you’ve come to expect.Mt. CapraMt. Capra. Photo courtesy: Olympia Food Co-OpMt. Capra is a small, family-run farm in the Pacific Northwest which, for nearly a century, has been producing premium whole foods and nutritional products from goat milk. Our grass-fed goats graze on pesticide-free and chemical-free forage 365 days a year. No hormones or antibiotics are used to increase production. In 1928 a young farmer named Melvin Eggers began making raw goat milk cheese from the milk produced on his small goat dairy,Briar Hills Dairy.  Melvin and his son Peter continued the family business into the mid 1980’s at which point both father and son made the decision to retire from farm life. They reached out to a young, aspiring, and dedicated farmer named Frank Stout.  One of the first changes Frank made was changing the name of the company to Mt. Capra (capra is the Italian word for goat).  Frank continued to produce award winning raw goat milk cheeses. Even after nearly a century of changing times, Mt. Capra has kept the same values and vision that it was founded upon. Currently we carry Mt. Capra’s unique Goat Milk Ghee at our Eastside store.Burnt Ridge Nursery and Orchards Burnt Ridge Nursery and Orchards. Photo courtesy: Olympia Food Co-OpBurnt Ridge Nursery and Orchards is a family-owned farm, in business since 1980, whose 20-acre farm is located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains with a beautiful view of Mount St. Helens.  Specializing in unusual and disease resistant trees, vines, and shrubs that produce edible nuts or fruits, they also have a large selection of Northwest native plants and ornamental and useful landscape trees.  In their commercial kitchen at the farm they make delicious certified organic jams, jellies and apple butter.“Burnt Ridge has really enjoyed working with the co-op over the years. The staff and customers are very supportive of local growers. We find their outlook refreshing and encouraging to small growers.”    Carolyn Dolan.Mountain Mueslilast_img read more