FIFA rules blocked Barca signing La Liga record breaker

first_imgRomero became the youngest ever player to play in La Liga on Wednesday when he replaced midfielder Iddrisu Baba for the closing stages for the visitors in a two-goal defeat at Real Madrid.It is said by Marca that the Catalan club had offered terms to the youngster and his family but because they were not residents of the city, no deal was allowed.Four years later, Romero signed for local Mallorcan team Montuïri before making the move to Mallorca, where he scored a notable 230 goals across 108 appearances in the youth teams.The 15-year-old – born 18 November 2004 – had been included in Vicente Moreno side’s squad to take on Villarreal earlier this month but ultimately made his debut against Madrid on Wednesday, aged 15 years and 219 days.For context, the teenager was born nine months after Madrid captain Sergio Ramos first appeared in La Liga – for Sevilla in February 2004.Born in the Mexican city of Durango, he holds three nationalities – Mexican, Argentinean – whom he has represented up to Under-17 category at youth level – and Spanish, as highlighted by Marca.El Mundo and Diario AS outlined how his style of play has many similarities to that of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and how there is a great deal of excitement surrounding his future. Barcelona had agreed to sign Mallorca’s Luka Romero as a seven-year-old but FIFA regulations at the time blocked any move.Advertisement Read Also: Gerrard reacts to Liverpool’s first ever Premier League silverwareRomero arrived in Spain aged three when he first lived in Villanueva de Córdoba and he now is a resident of Mallorca, with the club paying his wage – said to be €1k per month – and all his rents and utility bills.He signed for the club as a 10-year-old in 2015 and began training with Mallorca’s first-team squad this month.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Help for Highlands Arrives by the Hundreds

first_imgBy John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Saturday was a day of giving and grateful receiving for scores of volunteers and borough residents and business owners as they continue the arduous task of rebuilding their lives and community.Highlands was abuzz on Saturday morning, April 27, as hundreds of volunteers arrived; some were part of Comcast’s Day of Community participation and others were from a variety of corporate entities and organizations. They came to spend much of the day assisting with the borough’s ongoing cleanup and recovery from Super Storm Sandy, which slammed the area six months ago.“I think this is the final phase of the beginning to get Highlands back better than ever,” Mayor Frank L. Nolan said.About 1,250 of approximately 1,500 residences in the borough’s lower area were damaged – 1,064 substantially – by Sandy. Many businesses in that area also were damaged, Nolan said.Bronwyn Link and her son Jacob in front of their Central Avenue home.The mayor’s own home was destroyed and he and his family joined many borough residents who spent time at the disaster shelter at Henry Hudson Regional High School.Months later “we have a lot of folks that are getting back in their home,” Nolan said.He also expects nearly 80 percent of businesses to be reopened by the Memorial Day weekend.Before that happens, there is plenty of work to be done.Lucille Lane, who lived on John Street for four years until the storm, hasn’t been able to move back while the home’s owner continues its restoration.“I thought I would be in by now,” Lane said. It’s “still up in the air” as to when she can return home.The small, modest residence was flooded with 6 feet of water that came rushing through during the storm surge, she said.Last Saturday, a troop of volunteers, ranging from the very young to middle-age, were hauling out debris and trash from the property’s garage, where the force of the water had smashed the windows.Kristen Hulanick, a High­lands resident who survived Sandy unscathed, was helping out.“It’s by doing some of these little things,” Hulanick said while cleaning and hauling debris, “hopefully, it’ll start putting the pieces back together.”Atlantic Highlands resident Dan Curtain agreed.“Obviously, this community is not going to recover without people giving it a little bit of help,” Curtain said.In addition to helping Lane, Curtain, his wife Tricia and other volunteers also offered to help Lynn Weber, an Atlantic Highlands woman who was working on a small bungalow that she and her ailing husband usually rent out for the summer season to supplement their income.The structure looked severely damaged.“When this first happened I thought everything was over,” Weber said. “I thought the only thing left was to sell the property. We thought there was no hope.”But as she looked at all the people filling plastic trash bags, lifting and disposing of some of the trash that was strewn around, Weber said, “Now, with these people’s help we’re hoping we can save it and save the Jersey Shore.“Just getting it cleaned up is of tremendous help,” Weber said.“Little by little, there is a difference,” said Alissa Algarin of Highlands who was helping clean up the area.Over on Central Avenue, Bronwyn Link’s home that she shares with her 17-year-old son, Jacob was flooded and damaged to the point that they haven’t been able to live there. They have been living in a small cottage, owned by a fellow First Aid Squad member, after spending 12 days last fall in the shelter.A worker from Love INC delivers a new mattress to a Highlands resident.Link said she’s begun work rehabilitating the home with the help of volunteers who have stripped the floors and walls, and others from Habitat for Humanity who put up sheetrock. A group of volunteers, some of them employees of the Sherwin-Williams paint company, spent Saturday painting the interior of Link’s home.“It’s overwhelming, it’s so wonderful,” she said as she looked at the work being done and with the knowledge that she would be getting a new queen-sized bed from Love INC, a religious- based charitable organization. “It would take me a year or longer,” to do the work herself.Mary Jane Suruda of Highlands paints the hallway at a Highlands home while Scott Benson, a volunteer from Sherwin-Williams, checks out her work.When asked why she was spending her day working on someone else’s home, Highlands resident Mary Jane Suruda said, “If I tell you, I’ll start crying.” With a minimum of tears, she explained that the borough is her community and she felt a need to participate.“Everything looks better than it did,” said Suruda as she looked around the neighborhood. “But it’s still a sad time.”George Przybylski, who came from Broomall, Pa., is a Sherwin-Williams employee, and said he’s seen “people who’ve lost quite a bit … To give a few hours, that’s nothing.”Sherwin-Williams provided about 30 volunteers and 250 gallons of paint. “We can add a little color and brightness,” to homes and businesses, said Mark Sposito, a company vice president.Comcast also had a large number of volunteers offer their services and the company donated $25,000 to the High­lands Business Partner­ship for its Hope for High­lands charitable organization to assist residents and businesses.“We know there is a longstanding need here,” said Kim Smith, Comcast’s director of community investment.“I think we’re progressing pretty well compared to other communities. I think we’ll get there,” Councilwoman Rebecca Kane said, “but we have to realize it’s going to take time.”Members of the New Jersey State Fireman’s Benevolent Association work on the Veterans Park boardwalk.As volunteers worked on homes and businesses, members of the members of New Jersey State Fireman’s Bene­vo­lent Association were at Vet­erans Park working to construct one of the 26 playgrounds to be built in the New Jersey-New York-Conn­ecticut region to honor the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. In addition to the project, called Where Angels Play, associ­ation members tore up the borough’s destroyed board­­walk along the park’s waterfront to make way for a new one.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2015)–Restrained early and full of run around the far turn, Prospect Park went on to an ultra impressive score in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita, as the 3-year-old colt by top stallion Tapit drew off to win by 5 ¼ lengths under Kent Desormeaux while covering a flat mile in 1:35.67.Owned and bred in Kentucky by Pam and Martin Wygod, the Clifford Sise, Jr. trainee shortened up off a maiden win going 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 27 and thus stamped himself as a potential candidate to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 with one of the most impressive 3-year-old performances of the young meeting.“We want to stretch him back out of course, today was more about conditions,” said Sise. “We wanted to school him, take him back a little bit and it worked out. Now we’ll be looking at different races throughout the country for him and we’ll try to get some Kentucky Derby (qualifying) points…If that goes well, then who knows?”The 7-2 second choice in a field of five sophomores, paid $9.80, $5.00 and $5.00. Out of the Bertrando mare Quiet Romance, Prospect Park registered his second win from five starts and bagged $34,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $86,570.A close fourth and bottled inside coming to the quarter pole, Desormeaux found a seam three off the rail leaving the three sixteenths pole, and the race was for all intents and purposes, over.“It seemed like it was over in forty feet and he came home so fast,” said Desormeaux.Early pacesetter St. Joe Bay, who was ridden by Elvis Trujillo, finished second, one length in front of longshot Rockinatten. Off at 9-2, Rockinatten paid $5.00 and $4.40.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Rockinatten finished third, a half length in front of odds-on favorite The Gomper and paid $7.00 to show.Off at 1-2, The Gomper stalked the field to the far turn and appeared full of run under Joe Talamo, but flattened out through the drive.Fractions on the race were 23.47, 46.76, 1:10.87 and 1:23.28.First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Brilliant event tonight to mark 50 years of Scór in Donegal

first_imgAn Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny is the place to be tonight (SUN) if you have ever attended a Scor event.This event is a celebration of Scór in County Donegal over the last 50 years, and is hosted by Donegal GAA.It will include past Donegal All-Ireland and Ulster winners, and Fergus McGee will be the MC on the night. Scór is a GAA competition which was established by the GAA in 1969. It combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland’s traditional pastimes and culture.Scór also offers club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months. In winter, Hurling, Football, Handball, Camogie, Ladies Football and Rounders have ceased.There are 8 events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture.These are: Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Recitation & Storytelling, Instrumental Music, Nuachleas (Novelty Act), Ballad Group, Set Dancing and Table Quiz. The competition is divided into two age levels: Scór na nÓg for people under 17 years and Scór Sinsir for those over 17 years of age. Ceolchoirm – An chead leathNuachleas: Gaoth Dobhair All Ireland winning Leiriú from 2017 in Belfast with their historic piece about Niall Mac Giolla Bhríde from Creeslough who wrote many songs and recitations in Irish and English including Noreen Bawn and Mo Chó beag ag bun Cnon a’ Tí. It is noteworthy that this is the first ever all Irish novelty act to win an All Ireland in ScórGrúpa Bailéad: Na Gleanntaí (Naomh Conaill) All Ireland champions from 1992 Scór na nÓgAmhránaíocht Aonaoir: Zara Laughlin – Na Rossa who won several county titles in solo singing and recitations, prepared ballad groups for Scór na nÓg and has adjudicated at county and provincial levelAithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht: Pat Sweeny – Aodh Rua B.A.S. All Ireland champion from 1991 in recitation which took place in Threemilehouse, MonaghanBailéad Ghrúpa: Roibeard Eiméid – Scór na nÓg group. The Harpur family represented Robert Emmetts and won Ulster and All Ireland titles in 1980 and 1982. Robert Emmett’s will be represented by the current county champions in Scór na nÓg.Nuachleas: Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn won the Léiriú Ulster final in Silverbridge with their piece Paddy McNamee. This is a must see novelty act about two Donegal lads in Dublin for the first time for the All Ireland football final in 1992.Leath ama: a draw will take place at half time with all money from the draw going to a Donegal charity.Ceolcoirm An dara leath Advertisement Nuachleas: Gleann tSúilí who won the Scór na nÓg All Ireland in Athlone in 2008. Gleann tSúilí have competed in Scór for many years and in truth should have won more than one all Ireland in the Nuachleas categoryAmhránaíocht Aonair: Conor Ó’Gallchóir a bhain craobh Uladh san aithriseoireacht sa bhliain 2017. Bhain An tAthair Seán Ó Gallchóir as Cloich Cheann Fhaola a bhain craobh na hÉireann san aithriseoireacht/scéalaíocht i 1982Bailéad Ghrúpa: Naomh Adhamhnáin who won the Ulster final in 2001. This group also won 11 county titles over a 12 – 13 year period and it is great that they will be part of the concertIorras instrumental group who have participated in scór for many years and won several county titles in Ceol UirliseAithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht: Noel Ó Gallchóir All Ireland champion in recitation in 1981. Bhain Noel sa bhliain 1981 do Ghaoth Dobhair agus i 1982 bhain a dhearthar, an tAthair Seán Ó Gallchóir do Chloich Cheann FhaolaAmhránaíocht Aonair: Caitríona Solan (Doherty) who won several county titles and the Ulster title in solo singing in 2017 in addition to adjudicating at county, provincial and all Ireland level. Caitríona will be accompanied by her sister Bríd SolanBailéad Ghrúpa: Gaoth Dobhair who won Ulster titles in 2012, 2013 and 2015 will bring the concert to a close.Brilliant event tonight to mark 50 years of Scór in Donegal was last modified: September 29th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: Dynamo Kiev 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgEden Hazard hit the post and Cesc Fabregas had a strong penalty appeal turned down as Chelsea had the better of the first half of their Champions League game.The Blues looked bright from the outset, winning the midfield battle through Nemanja Matic and Ramires, and looking dangerous in attack through Willian and the recalled Hazard.Hazard hit the post with a fine curling strike, Willian’s teasing free-kick almost teed up a goal for Diego Costa and Matic sent an effort just wide after a brilliant run.And Fabregas looked like he should have won a penalty when he cut in from the left and seemed to be felled by two Dynamo Kiev defenders.Dynamo threatened at times, most notably when Vitaliy Buyalskiy had a shot deflected just wide by John Terry.But Chelsea remained in control at the end of an impressive first half.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.Subs: Blackman, Baba, Mikel, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA surfer wins US ‘Superbowl’

first_imgSouth African Chris Bertish taking on the big wave at the Mavericks Surf Contest in California. (Image: Zigzag Surfing Magazine) Chris Bertish (Image: Mavericks Surf) RELATED ARTICLES • Scuba-diving South Africa• Life’s a beach in South Africa• Into the big-wave Dungeons• Riding the wild Cape winds• The Agony and the Ecstacy MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Bertish [email protected] • Keir J. Beadling Mavericks Surf +1 415 462 6200 [email protected] McIntoshWhen his wetsuit and custom-built surfboard didn’t arrive at the invitational Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest in California’s Half Moon Bay, things looked bad for South African surfer Chris Bertish.He’d flown for 36 hours to be there, was jet-lagged and had slept for only three hours. But he borrowed a board and astounded the world to go on to win the contest and the purse of US$50 000 (about R385 000) on 14 February.Bertish laughed when I asked whether the borrowed board was a handicap. “When you’re riding the biggest waves of your life you want to be on your own board. It’s a bit like a showjumper arriving at the Olympic Games and having to ride a different horse.”But that was only one of the hurdles that he’d overcome on the way. You don’t just enter Mavericks, you have to be invited. And only 24 are invited, so you have to be one of the top big wave surfers in the world.Bertish cracked the invitation list for the 2009 Mavericks after 10 years of hard work and perseverance, but then the waves weren’t big enough and the contest cancelled. But he refused to give up, spending several months of last year in the US training, maintaining his top-24 ranking and waiting for this year’s event.“Eventually I had to give up and come home,” Bertish said. “It was just too draining, physically, emotionally and of course financially. I’m not a pro surfer; I’m an agent for O’Neill and Ocean Minded and have a business to run. So in January I decided okay, that’s it, I have to get on with my life.“Then on Thursday 12 February it suddenly looked as if the contest might be on. And I realised that if I didn’t take the opportunity then I’d regret it for the rest of my life.“I finished up a meeting, arranged to borrow the money for my ticket and headed to the airport without even a change of clothes or my toothbrush. When I got on the plane at midnight I still wasn’t sure that the event would happen.”When he arrived in California the conditions were extreme, but the invited surfers voted to stage the contest. The swell was coming from a precarious westerly direction, which drew the current straight into a crop of rocks known as the Boneyard. Everyone knew that the penalty for wiping out would be swift and severe. The storm system that generated the swell had developed close to shore and the ocean surface was raw and angry.It wasn’t the best of starts. After negotiating several big waves in the first heat, Bertish got caught inside and took three gigantic waves on the head.“It was scary, very scary. By the time I got picked up [by a jet ski] I was like a lifeless corpse. I thought I was done for the whole day. But in life there are times when you only get one chance to realise your dream. So I just put it in my head that I had to get back up.”Fortunately, he had scored well enough on his previous two waves to advance to the semi-finals. Once there, he wowed the judges with a hotdog manoeuvre, pulling into a condo-sized barrel — a feat rarely attempted, or even considered possible, at Mavericks.In the final, he got lucky and caught the best of tricky low-tide conditions that saw numerous lulls and massive mutant waves that doubled up and detonated on the inside reef.It was a historic moment: the waves, estimated at over 18 metres (60 feet), were the biggest ever for a paddle-in (as opposed to a tow-in) competition.Head judge Gary Linden, who was also director of the Red Bull Big Wave Africa competition at Dungeons off Hout Bay in the Western Cape, South Africa, told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that it was Bertish’s willingness to take risks and make death-defying drops that won him the title.Mark Conley of was more graphic: “They crowned a survivor as much as a victor…. Shattered boards, bleeding lungs and heads scuffed over the jagged sea shelf below were all part of a day’s work.“On a day where agony-of-defeat wipe-outs outnumbered thrill of victory successes, Chris Bertish of South Africa was the last man standing – and miraculously, all of them were still breathing.“Never before had so many surfers ridden so many titanic waves. And never before had so many flirted with serious injury — maximum risk for maximum reward.”Bertish described it as “epic”. “I was up against my idols and heroes of the last 10 years so to arrive exhausted, having flown half-way around the world, and come out tops under those conditions was just incredible.”But many of his peers weren’t surprised. Fellow big wave-surfer and Red Bull Big Wave Africa semifinalist Barry Futter is full of respect. “Chris has done some crazy things over the years including being the first person to paddle-surf Jaws in Maui, strictly a tow wave only spot! This success and recognition is long overdue.”The win gained Bertish immediate hero status in the US. “You have no idea how big Mavericks is over there. It’s like the Superbowl for them, or the World Cup for us.“After a night of celebrating I went out to the airport to fly home and everyone was coming up and wanting to have their picture taken with me. The guy at the check-in desk laughed at my surprise, saying: ‘Bud, I don’t think you understand what you’ve done. You’re a national hero.’“Sixty thousand people watched the event live and it was beamed out to another 2-million worldwide. I guess it was a bit of a fairytale. I was the underdog realising his dream.“And after all the doom and gloom of the last year it was a feel-good story that everyone wanted to be part of. It just goes to prove that if you truly believe and set your sights on something then you can make your dreams come true.”last_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with the High Commission in Kenya to Commemorate International Nelson Mandela Day

first_imgBrand South Africa partners with the South African High Commission in Kenya to Commemorate International Nelson Mandela Day Johannesburg, Wednesday 18 July 2018 – Hundreds of children gathered with diplomats, government officials and business leaders today at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.With 2018 also marking the centenary since the birth of anti-apartheid stalwart, Albertina Sisulu, the South African High Commission in Kenya also remembered and celebrated the life of the struggle stalwart who lobbied for the education and equal rights of women and children. Mama Sisulu was widely regarded as a mother of the South African nation due to her motherly role and maternal instincts as a nurse and caregiver.Led and hosted by the South African High Commissioner to Kenya, Her Excellency Koleka Mqulwana, the Mandela centenary events included a mass at the All Saints Cathedral  Church on Sunday and a visit to New Life Children’s Home where 400 learners from various primary and secondary schools, as well as university students, were hosted with the United Nations and celebrated a signing of a declaration. The students delivered a declaration that expressed the futures that they envisioned for themselves in which they would experience safety, food security, education, peace and prosperity.High Commissioner Koleka Mqulwana, said: “The legacies of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu are about making a positive impact on people’s lives through selfless actions, particularly for children and those that are disadvantaged or disenfranchised. As an important East African ally to South Africa, it is fitting that we are commemorating the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth in Kenya, whilst also taking to heart the message of the life of Albertina Sisulu in 2018.”United Nations regional representatives that attended today’s event included UNICEF-Kenya Representative, Patrizia DiGiovanni; H.E. Mr. Jean-Pierre Ossey, Deputy Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Congo; H.E. Mr. Marek Rohr-Garztecki, Chair of the Eastern European Group, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Poland; H.E Mrs. Marta Eugenia Juarez Ruiz, Chair of the Latin America and the Caribbean Group, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica; H.E. Mr. Victor Conrad Ronneberg, Chair of the Western European and Other States Group, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway; Amb. Dr. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade from the Government of Kenya; as well as Ms. Thoko Didiza, a representative from the Government of South Africa.The staff of the South African High Commission also took the opportunity of Nelson Mandela Day to spend 67 minutes – one minute for every year that Mandela spent in public service – with children from the New Life Children’s Home donating essential items, feeding the babies, doing laundry and gardening.“The admirable collaboration with South African businesses operating in Kenya in celebrating the centenary has been inspiring. Ploughing back into Kenyan communities by South African companies through their corporate social responsibility initiatives planned throughout the year is in line with Nelson Mandela core values of humility, selflessness and passion,” the High Commissioner said.Today’s commemoration coincided with hundreds of similar events around the world.South African President, His Excellency, Cyril Ramaphosa, launched the centenary celebrations in South Africa on 11 February 2018 with the aim of celebrating the legacy of Nelson Mandela which should inspire change, unity and development for all Africans.Brand South Africa Chief Marketing Officer, Linda Sangaret said: “The legacy Nelson Mandela left with us is that you can have many roles as a leader beyond being in a position of power. Leaders of today can look to the Mandela legacy to understand the distinction between positional power and personal influence.”Additional Nelson Mandela centenary events planned for July include a Mandela Lecture at the University of Nairobi on 26 July 2018, the unveiling of Nelson Mandela and Dedan Kimathi busts at the Heroes Garden of the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology; reconstruction of Zia Ra Wimbi Primary School in Kilifi; the donation of Mandela books at the Kenya National Library Services and a visit to Kakuma Refugee Camp for the benefit of young women and girls.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Global Markets, Dr Judy Smith-Höhn said: “It goes without saying that the African continent is central to driving positive perceptions of South Africa as a country. The activities of our Missions abroad are key to the work that we do in positioning South Africa as a competitive and attractive destination.“We are delighted to have worked with the South African High Commission in Kenya on such a momentous occasion – that is the Centenary of Nelson Mandela.”Note to editors: More about Nelson Mandela Centenary CelebrationsThe Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations are aligned with a resolution by the African Union Heads of State and Government (HOS/G) to observe 2018 as the Nelson Mandela Centenary year.Nelson Mandela was committed to peace, negotiation and reconciliation; an attribute shared by the African continent through its aspirations contained in the strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years – the Agenda 2063.In reaffirming their efforts to bring about lasting peace in Africa, the HOS/G also recalled the declaration of the Madiba Nelson Mandela Decade for Reconciliation in Africa 2014 – 2024.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Ohio Soybean Farmers Denounce Tariffs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Association denounced the White House’s decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion in Chinese products, which China has said it will answer with a retaliatory 25 percent tariff on imported U.S. soybeans. China purchases 61 percent of total U.S. soybean exports and more than 30 percent of overall U.S. soybean production. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin collecting additional duties on designated Chinese goods July 6.“We should address our trade challenges by increasing our competitiveness, not creating new barriers,” said Allen Armstrong, OSA president and Clark County soybean farmer. “Exports have been one of the few bright spots for farmers in recent years, and we can’t afford another hit to the bottom line.”A study by The Ohio State University found the proposed tariffs could decrease a farm’s net worth by an estimated 6 percent and annual net income by 59 percent over a six-year period. According to a separate study conducted by Purdue University, total U.S. soybean production could decline by 15 percent.“The collateral damage in this trade war will include not only Ohio grain farmers, but all Ohioans,” said Scott Metzger, OSA first vice president and Ross County soybean farmer. “Farm incomes are at multiyear lows, and this action will harm our state’s largest industry by undermining our top agricultural export.”According to the Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio’s $1.8 billion in soybean exports in 2017 accounted for more than 3.5 percent of all Ohio commodity exports. Ohio is the sixth largest producer of soybeans in the U.S., with 4.8 million acres planted in 2017 and more than 60 percent of the state’s entire soybean production exported to international markets. China imported $13.9 billion in U.S. soybeans in 2017, 61 percent of total U.S. soy exports.last_img read more

The Exterior Rigid Foam is Too Thin!

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Let’s say you’ve owned your house for several years. Your growing interest in energy efficiency brought you to the GBA web site. GBA taught you that it’s a great idea to install rigid foam on the exterior side of your wall sheathing, as long as (a) the rigid foam is thick enough to keep your sheathing above the dew point during the winter, and (b) your walls don’t have any interior polyethylene.You think to yourself, “That’s interesting. I wonder if the walls of my house have any exterior foam.” So you poke around. Maybe you lift some vinyl siding. Maybe you make an inspection hole in a closet wall. And you discover that (a) your walls have R-5 exterior foam, even though you need at least R-11.25 rigid foam for your Zone 6 walls, and (b) your walls include a layer of interior polyethylene.Now what? Three possible approaches If you’re planning to build a new house with exterior rigid foam, you should follow the rules outlined in a GBA article titled Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing. That way, your foam will be thick enough, and you won’t have any interior polyethylene. Then you’re all set.If you’ve inherited or purchased a house with too-thin foam, though, the fix isn’t easy.You can take one of three approaches: Fix everything The “fix everything” approach is so expensive that few homeowners will go this route unless they are already planning a gut rehab job and new siding.To fix the problem of the interior polyethylene, you have to remove the interior drywall. Once the polyethylene is in the dumpster, you can install new drywall.… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

In The Security World, Android Is The New Windows

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now fredric paul For decades, Microsoft Windows was the computer platform of choice — not just for the overhwelming majority of computer users, but also for a growing legion of malware creators. As the dominant computing platform, it offered the fattest, most lucrative target, and some of its fundamental architecture decisions made it vulnerable to many kinds of malware.With the transition to the mobile era, Windows is no longer at the center of the computing universe — for users or for hackers. That role is now occupied by Android. According to Stephen Cobb, a distinguished security researcher for the IT security company ESET, “Android is like early Windows.” It’s now the locus for security attacks and prevention — even if it’s not getting as much attention in this regard as Windows used to.Flying Under The Radar?“There’s so much malware on Android, you’d think it would be a huge deal,” Cobb said. And the growth of is “huge,” he added, “both in the number of malware exploits and their increasing sophistication. The rate of growth in Android malware is impressive, and scary.”(See also Sloppy App Development Leaves Android Owners At Risk)At this week’s RSA conference in San Francisco, ESET did a live demo on Android, downloading an infected app that roots the phone and opens it up to whatever the attacker wants to do with it — including dumping out its entire contents in a few seconds over the Internet.Why aren’t we hearing more about Android’s security problems? “It’s death by 1000 cuts,” Cobb said. Instead of emptying the bank accounts of infected users, the malware is more often used to for premium-rate SMS fraud against mobile carriers, “which isn’t bankrupting anyone immediately. They’re flying under the radar.”“I don’t think the criminal underground is sophisticated enough that it is holding back,” Cobb said. It’s just that when a mobile platform is the target, “the model is many times a smaller attack — or you can look at it as part of a larger attack.”(See also Where Has All The Mobile Malware Gone?)For example, if a criminal wants to insert himself into a small or medium-sized business doing $40,000 bank transfers, he’d run into the fact that many online banking systems use two-factor authentication — i.e., they require a code sent to a client’s mobile device in addition to a password. But a mobile hack can help defeat that.Your Mobile Platform Does MatterJust as on computers, which mobile platform you use really does make a difference on security. “The Apple model of a closed shop, from a security standpoint, is a very good thing,” Cobb said. Apple’s OS X and iOS are both pretty secure to start with, and with iOS and the App Store, “Apple is moving that from a physical environment to a software environment.”Even as Android takes the lead in global sales, it’s been much less successful from a security standpoint. “We sell an anti-virus product for Android,” Cobbnoted. “No one sells anti-virus for iOS.”What will it take for Android to clean up its act? “Quite frankly, I expect to see it improve when sales start getting impacted,” Cobb said. That obviously hasn’t happened yet on a mass scale, as Android sales continue to outstrip its smartphone competitors.But Cobb said that “In some circles it is already having an effect… I wouldn’t use an Android phone for my personal stuff.”Meanwhile, Windows Is Getting BetterIronically, as Android’s secuirty issues grow, Windows is actually getting better. “Microsoft deserves kudos for making Windows more and more secure,” Cobb said. And with the move to Windows 8, Microsoft is shifting toward a more closed, more secure model, specifically by by not allowing apps unless they are from a legitimate developer.Plus, Windows’ issues over the years have had the effect of training people to be more careful. “Someone who’s been using Windows for the last 10 years is probably better protected than a Mac person,” Cobb joked. “They’ve had to learn the hard way.”The problem is in that in an ostensibly protected environment, people can get a false sense of security. They are still vulnerable to “some big hack” that overrides all the existing protections, or to “social engineering” attacks, Cobb noted. That’s why many of the bad guys are changing tactics. “Instead of trying to break into the computer, they’re now trying to break into the person.”Ultimately, that’s only one reason Cobb thinks that concentrating on mobile malware may be the wrong angle. “What the bad guys really want,” he said, “is the device out of your pocket.” If they can physically get ahold of your device, they can do all sorts of bad things.Image of Stephen Cobb by Fredric Paul. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Android#antivirus#cybercrime#cybersecurity#iOS#OS X#security#Windows#Windows 8 last_img read more