Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) wants to remind producers and livestock owners about upcoming changes to Ohio’s livestock care standards.Effective Jan. 1, 2018, veal calves must be housed in group pens by 10 weeks of age. Additionally, whether housed in individual stalls or group pens the calves must be allowed to turn around and cannot be tethered. Also effective Jan. 1, tail docking on dairy cattle can only be performed by a licensed veterinarian and if only medically necessary.The above changes were recommended by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, a group of 13 members from farming, veterinary, academic, food safety, animal care and consumer interest backgrounds tasked with annually reviewing the standards and recommending any appropriate changes to ODA. The changes were submitted by ODA and ultimately approved by the Ohio legislature’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.Ohio’s livestock care standards were implemented after Ohioans overwhelmingly passed State Issue 2 in November 2009. The constitutional amendment required the state to establish comprehensive livestock care standards, established in rules by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Sony on Monday launched its latest flagship phones Xperia X and Xperia XA in India. The Xperia X phones were globally announced in February this year. But they are coming to India only now.While the Xperia X is premium flagship phone, the XA model is a mainstream device that will compete with the likes of the Moto G4 plus. Here’s a quick look at these two phones.Xperia XProcessor: The Xperia X smartphone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is the only other phone in India that comes with the hexa-core Snapdragon 650.Also read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: Mr dependable like Rahul Dravid RAM: The Xperia X has 3GB RAM.Internal storage: The phone comes with 64GB of internal storage. Both phones support expandable memory up to 200GB using a microSD card.Screen: The Xperia X sports a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels.Rear camera: The phone has a 23MP camera on the back with Sony’s Exmor sensor and LED flash. The camera is capable of shooting videos at 4K resolution.Front camera: On the front, the Xperia X carries a 13MP camera. It is capable of recording FullHD videos.Weight: The phone weighs 152 grams, which is lighter than the recently launched Moto G4 Plus.Software: The Xperia X runs Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box.Battery: It comes with 2620mAh battery, which the company claims is capable of providing two days of backup.Price: Rs 48,990Xperia XAProcessor: The mainstream Xperia XA smartphone uses MediaTek MT6755 processor also known as Helio P10.advertisementRAM: The Xperia XA smartphone comes with 2GB of RAM.Internal storage: The phone packs in 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 200GB by microSD card.Screen: The Xperia XA has a 5-inch display with 720P resolution.Rear camera: The Xperia XA has a 13MP auto-focus camera on the back.Front camera: On the front, the phone has a 8MP camera. Both the cameras are capable of clicking HDR photos.Weight: The phone is slightly smaller than its pricier sibling, it also weighs less at 132 grams.Software: The Xperia XA smartphone runs Android Marshmallow.Battery: The phone has a slightly smaller 2300mAh battery.Price: Rs 20,990Some other key bits– The Sony Xperia X comes with a fingerprint scanner, which is missing in the cheaper Xperia XA.– Sony says that the Xperia XA is a much more compact phone and has edge-to-edge display.– The camera in the Xperia X uses some of the advanced auto focus features that Sony’s mobile team developed in partnership with the company’s Alpha camera team.– The Xperia X and the XA phones will be available on Amazon India. The pre-booking starts today. The Xperia X will be available from June 7. The XA will come in the third week of June.– With the Xperia XA and Xperia X, Sony is consolidating its phone line into the X range of phones. The Z and M are getting a retirement. Also read: Moto G4 Plus review: Two steps forward, one step back
It has become rather difficult these days to capture anything: a thought, an idea, a memory. We fire off tweets as if we’re emptying shells at a skeet shooting range and if I had a dollar for every blog post I’ve written in the last year, I might be able to do this as a full time job (okay, maybe a hundred dollars).That’s why I’m so proud of the guys over at the O’Colly for putting together this gorgeous book that draws in every play from the 2011 OSU football season as well as all the quotes and an innumerable consternation of thoughts into an organized, relevant, consumable 168-page anthology.The guys (and gals) of the O’Colly compiled all their work from last fall (all the columns, articles, predictions and reviews) and culled it together with some terrific photography to bring you this $20 souvenir (that’s like two foam fingers!)[I guess this is the point at which I should mention that my name is also included in here along with a couple of columns but I promise that’s not why I’m telling you to purchase. If you want those columns that badly, you can just email me for them.]When I look back at this period of time in a few decades, I’m going to remember this season and I’m going to want to mark it by the people and games who made it what it was. This book does a fantastic job of that. But I’ll let the creators of it tell you themselves… Anthony Slater (sports editor): The entire production is what I enjoyed the most. Me, along with our designer Gerrardo Diaz (who did an incredible job), had to go week-by-week, game-by-game through the entire season. It allowed me to fully grasp how special this year really was, and allowed me to bring it to the readers. Twenty years from now, I’m going to enjoy flipping through the pages, looking at the great pictures, rereading some incredible stories and reminiscing about these players and this team. And I think any OSU fan who buys the book will do the same.KT King (sports photographer): One thing that as struck me the most about the book was the perspective it gives just by flipping through its’ pages. You see the highs of the final victory in College Station and the Fiesta Bowl win, placed right by games you might have completely forgot about, like the Tulsa game. Flipping through the pages and remembering the things you felt going into every game has been what will keep it on my shelf forever.Brendon Morris (sportswriter): It’s awesome to see a review of the season all wrapped up in one book with no detail spared, and even better when you think about how it was constructed. It was put together by hard working editors, some of the best photographers around and writers who made press conferences and open practices fit into their class schedules. We are just as excited about it as the next person, because not only did we enjoy the season and the book-making process, but we also know how much sweat and hard work was put into it. We’re proud to present something that we hope will bring joy to every Oklahoma State fan that gets the chance to flip through the pages.James Poling (sports writer): My favorite part of the book is the photos. A picture says a thousand words, and this book does that for the 2011 Oklahoma State season. It is something people will pick up when they see it on countertops.YOU CAN PURCHASE THE BOOK HERE FOR $20If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
zoom Houston-headquartered classification society ABS has joined the SEA\LNG coalition whose objective is to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.SEA\LNG brings together players from across the supply chain, including shipping companies, classification societies, ports, LNG suppliers, downstream companies, infrastructure providers and original equipment manufacturers to address market barriers and transform the use of LNG as a marine fuel.“We bring to this organization more than 150 years of experience and a strong commitment to helping create a safer and more sustainable shipping industry. As a technology and innovation leader, ABS understands future energy demands and the environmental drivers of today’s dynamic markets and takes a forward-looking approach to helping balance those challenges with operational safety and performance needs,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. ABS classed the world’s first LNG carrier conversion, the Methane Pioneer, in 1959 as well as the first newbuild LNG carrier, Methane Princess, in 1964.The company also launched its Global Gas Solutions team in 2013 to support industry in developing gas-related projects.In June 2016, ABS joined forces with Arista Shipping, Deltamarin, Technigaz (GTT) and Wärtsila in the ‘Project Forward’ program to develop a dry bulk carrier concept that employs LNG as fuel.“ABS brings a wealth of industry expertise and perspectives that will greatly benefit SEA\LNG’s work to accelerate the widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel and promote its benefits as a clean, safe, practical and economically viable fuel for the shipping industry,” SEA\LNG Chairman Peter Keller said.
zoomImage Courtesy: Ardmore Shipping Ardmore Shipping Corporation, an owner and operator of product and chemical tankers, reported a net loss of USD 13.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, sinking further into the red.Namely, the net loss more than tripled when compared to last year’s USD 4 million, mostly driven by challenging charter market conditions.Spot and pool MR tankers earned an average of USD 12,086 per day, while chemical tankers earned an average of USD 12,816 per day for the six months ended June 30, 2018.“While the fundamentals of the product tanker market remain sound, a number of unrelated short-term factors came together to put downward pressure on cargo volumes and charter rates, particularly in the Atlantic Basin. “Cargo flows from the US Gulf to Brazil and Mexico declined in the latter half of the second quarter as a result of domestic issues and consequent increases in local refinery throughput. Simultaneously, a significant build-up of West African product inventories during the first quarter further reduced cargo volumes and freight rates from Europe and the US during the second quarter,” Anthony Gurnee, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, said.However, Gurnee is upbeat on the market outlook, especially in anticipation of the changing regulations for bunker fuels in 2020, bringing a significant increase in seaborne volumes of refined products from mid-2019, and providing a further boost to tonne mile demand.On the supply side, ongoing scrapping and the record-low orderbook for MRs should result in net fleet growth of less than 1% in 2018 and 2019. This pairing of strong tonne mile demand growth and very limited supply growth creates the conditions for a rebound in charter rates, he added.“Meanwhile, we are focused on maintaining financial strength to ensure that the company can take full advantage of opportunities that may arise,” he continued.During the quarter, Ardmore completed refinancing of the Ardmore Endurance and Ardmore Enterprise, two 49,000 Dwt Eco-Design product tankers, with an undisclosed Asian financier. The agreement provides for the net proceeds of USD 10.3 million after prepayment of existing debt.The company has 28 vessels currently in operation, comprising 22 Eco MR tankers and six Eco-Design IMO 2 product / chemical tankers.
20-21981543.8 From 2000 through 2013, the average draft saw seven selected players who would have been 21 or younger at the start of the regular season. Since 2013, that number of prospects barely old enough to drink on opening day nearly doubled to an average of 13.4. Last year’s 15 was the second-highest this century.What caused such a dramatic change? The rookie wage scale instituted with the 2012 draft, which gives first-round selections a fixed, four-year deal based on where they ended up in the draft, plus a club option for a fifth year. Prior to that, college players projected for the first round but not as the top picks had more of an incentive to stay in college and improve their stock in order to demand a higher initial salary. But with that negotiating power gone, more pro prospects now want to get into the NFL as quickly as possible and set the clock in motion for their second contract, where they can make the most money. Obviously, the younger you are when that rookie contract and option year expire, the more earning potential you have.The number of younger players declaring as underclassmen has increased dramatically ever since. From 2000 to 2011, the last year of the old collective bargaining agreement, an average of 49 underclassmen entered the draft per year. But since the 2012 draft, that average is up to 87. This year, there were a record 106 underclassmen who declared.But younger prospects expected to be first-round picks have regularly left college early — in fact, those who stayed in school have often garnered the bigger headlines. So the increase in top-drafted underclassmen isn’t completely explained by the overall increase in players declaring. Teams also finally appear to be looking at how underclassmen actually performed rather than knocking them down a peg or two for leaving school “before they can refine their skills” or develop “emotional maturity.” Even a quarter of a century after underclassmen eligibility was granted, NFL coaches praised for innovation and an intimate knowledge of the college game were still stating a general preference for seniors.The more interesting question then is not why more young players are being targeted now but rather what teams were doing for all those years. Looking from 2000 to 2013 (the most recent draft year for which no first-round pick could still be on his rookie contract, including an option year), younger first-rounders were most successful. To measure this, we can use Pro-Football-Reference.com’s weighted career approximate value (CarAV), which rewards a player for his contribution to a team’s points scored and prevented as well as overall performance in other key statistics. Younger draftees perform betterFirst-round draft picks’ approximate career value based their ages as of Sept. 1 of the draft year, 2000-13 Average NFL teams leave no stone unturned when it comes to scouting top players for the draft. They scour college tapes, career statistics, physical attributes, intelligence tests, personality traits, social media accounts and school transcripts. By the time draft day arrives, NFL teams know if a player ever stepped out of line in middle school. But there’s one very obvious piece of information that teams seem to be changing their tunes on before choosing the players who can make or break a franchise: their birth certificates.In last week’s NFL draft, teams seemed to be saying “younger is better” when it came to the top picks. Seventeen of the 32 players selected in the first round will be age 21 or younger on Sept. 1 — about when their rookie season will begin. This is the highest number this century.1The league changed the rules on underclassmen in 1990, but rules on free agency and the salary cap further changed the league in the 1990s. And it’s not a one-year fluke based on this draft’s talent pool: It’s the continuation of a trend. 24+271833.6 While the youngest group of players age 20-21 performs only slightly better on average (43.8 average approximate career value) than the second-youngest at age 22 (42.9), the gap quickly widens. The 146 first-round picks who would have been 23 years old on Sept. 1 of their draft year had a 39.5 CarAV. And the 27 who were age 24 and over averaged just 33.6. (The oldest was 28-year-old quarterback Brandon Weeden, picked by the perennially hapless Cleveland Browns.)While younger players were drafted only slightly higher in this span on average, this variance could be at least partially attributed to selection bias. Players who are good enough to make the NFL at this age are probably just better in general than the older players. But at the same time, each player taken in the first 32 picks of the draft is elite regardless of whether he’s a senior or a junior. So if age is a factor in the success of a draft pick, the Bills’ selection of the first round’s youngest player, Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, seems a lot smarter. Conversely, the Ravens tabbing the round’s oldest player, soon-to-be-25-year-old tight end Hayden Hurst of South Carolina, seems more questionable.But what about age at the game’s most important position, quarterback? This is the one position where the pros and cons of age are arguably most balanced. Older quarterbacks may be ready to slot into an offense right away if that’s what a team needs, while other teams may have the luxury of letting a younger player carry the clipboard for a while — something that can’t always be done at other positions. Using CarAV again, we see the effect of age at quarterback as even more pronounced — albeit with smaller sample sizes. 221741642.9 No 20-year-old quarterbacks were drafted in this span.Source: Pro-football-reference.com For QBs, age is even more importantFirst-round quarterbacks’ approximate career value based on their ages as of Sept. 1 of the draft year, 2000-13 Average AgeNo. DrafteesOverall PickCareer Approximate Value Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com AgeNo. DrafteesOverall PickCareer Approximate Value 216975.2 2210754.5 23181245.9 24+31639.7 231461739.5 The six signal callers age 21 and younger by September of their draft year have by far the greatest average value, at 75. And it’s not just Aaron Rodgers, who has posted a 128 career approximate value. Alex Smith (93 CarAV), Matthew Stafford (85) and the retired Michael Vick (93) were also successful picks at this age. This would be good news for the team that this year took the youngest of the highly drafted passers, the Jets with soon-to-be-21-year-old Sam Darnold. The returns diminish dramatically with the 10 QBs at age 22, even though they were drafted higher on average (seventh versus ninth). And the bust rate (players with a CarAV below 40) increases from 33 percent to 50 percent. Likewise, 11 of the 18 picks (61 percent) at age 23 were busts. This age 23 group houses some of the most notorious draft disasters in this time period: Tim Tebow, Christian Ponder and Jake Locker were all 23 by Sept. 1 of their draft year. Locker, drafted No. 8 overall in 2011, was so tired of football that he walked away from the game at age 26.All of this could be a red flag for the first overall pick and oldest first-round quarterback, new Cleveland Brown Baker Mayfield, who turned 23 last month. Darnold will be entering his third season when he’s the age Mayfield will be this year as a rookie. So while Mayfield may end up being the draft’s most pro-ready passer, Darnold may just end up with the more productive career.
Despite failing to score in their fourth game in a row on Monday, Martin O’Neill believes the Republic of Ireland are making progress.The Republic of Ireland were relegated from Group B4 after their goalless draw with Denmark on Monday, but Martin O’Neill is choosing to focus on the positives as he praised his team’s defending and commitment.“We were very strong defensively, as we probably had to be,” O’Neill told Sky Sports.“Overall, in terms of creativity, maybe not completely there, but I thought the commitment was absolutely excellent against a very strong Danish team.“In the competitive games we’ve played this season, I think that might have been our eighth debutant, and the players are getting used to playing with each other.Report: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“The players are bedding in, young players coming on. This is international football, this is a massive step up for a number of our players, but they are trying to adjust.“It’s certainly been tough (this year). We have played five friendlies, but we haven’t chosen easy friendlies. We’ve never done that.“We’ve tried to play the hard games as much as possible. I think we will learn far more by playing tough opposition.“We are making progress. The young players will come through, and hopefully, with a little bit of guidance by some of the senior players and all of us round about it, they can be ready in a few months’ time.“I think in my professional playing career and in my managerial career, I don’t think I could have won the things that I won as a player and manager if I didn’t have that drive and enthusiasm.”
Arsenal could be set to face a long and difficult spell trying to reinvent themselves in a similar way to what Manchester United have suffered since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, says Gary Lineker.The Gunners are currently in the middle of their first campaign without Arsene Wenger at the helm after 22 years.The Frenchman left Arsenal last summer with a record of 700 wins in 1212 matches in charge with three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups to his name.New manager Unai Emery has been left with some big boots to fill as a result and he’s already experienced his fair share of highs and lows in his first campaign in charge at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table and are through to the knockout stages of the Europa League.But hopes of reaching the top-four and returning to Champions League football may have to wait a little longer, as far as Lineker is concerned.The former Barcelona and Tottenham forward cited the example of United, who are still struggling to recover from Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 after 27 years in the dugout at Old Trafford.The Scot won 758 of his 1224 games in charge of United and led the club to an unprecedented 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four EFL Cups and two Champions LeaguesSince Ferguson’s exit, United have turned to David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho to restore their glory days with little success.And Lineker believes Arsenal are heading down a similar road and gave his views on what the Gunners are currently lacking in their attempts to return to the Champions League.“Quality of players,” Lineker told Football London.“I was talking the other day with a couple of mates about how many Arsenal players would you put in either City, Liverpool or Tottenham’s side, or even United’s side.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“How many Arsenal players would get in any of those four teams? One or two possibly in one or two clubs maybe, no more than that.“I think that says it all.“He [Emery] will need a few windows to find good players.“Just because you’ve spent big money, which is not what they’ve really done, even if they did they’ve got to get it absolutely right.“Their recruitment is going to be vital.“I think rather like Manchester United after Sir Alex left, I think they’re in for a spell.“I think it’s always hard after a manager has been so dominant at a club for so long, like Arsene Wenger was and like Sir Alex was, it’s hard for a club to kind of reinvent itself which is what they’re trying to do.“It could be long and a bit of a wait for them.”Arsenal will face Huddersfield Town in the Premier League today with kick-off set for 4:00 PM (CET).Our last trip to Huddersfield will always be remembered for this ❤️#HUDARS pic.twitter.com/CMb9T1dgUE— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 9, 2019