Blitzbokke capture Edinburgh Sevens

first_img6 May 2013The Springbok Sevens team became the only team to win three times in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series when they captured the Edinburgh Sevens with a 28-21 victory over New Zealand on Sunday.It was South Africa’s second successive tournament win, following on victory in Tokyo last month. In fact, they have won three of the last four tournaments. Fiji, with two wins, is the only team to have won twice, while New Zealand has won just once despite making five finals.The Kiwis, however, captured the overall 2012/13 HSBC World Series title by reaching the final in Edinburgh, with South Africa in second place with one tournament left to go.Second placeFiji can still overhaul South Africa for second spot, providing they win the last tournament in London and the Blitzbokke fail to make the Cup quarter-finals.Commenting after the final, Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu was quick to congratulate New Zealand for their Series win.“They were the most consistent team this year and that is why they are the overall champions, so it is well deserved to them,” he said.Treu then paid tribute to his players. “We arrived here without two of our playmakers (Branco du Preez and Cecil Afrika), but this just made the remaining players in the squad much more determined.‘Very rewarding’“We had to nurse a couple of players through this tournament, so it is very rewarding to see their hard work paying off.”The final was a tense affair. South Africa started well with a great try by Seabelo Senatla, but the Kiwis scored from the restart to level matters. They subsequently took a lead into half-time with a well-worked try (14-7).Treu’s talk at the break then lifted the Blitzbokke. “The coach reminded us to what our strong points are and urged us to execute that. He asked us to play minute-to-minute, doing what we do best. We did that and it worked for us,” captain Frankie Horne said afterwards.Tries by Steven Hunt, Philip Snyman and Cornal Hendricks took South Africa into a comfortable 28-14 lead before New Zealand added another converted try to set up a thrilling finish.South Africa’s defence held up to the challenge and the title was theirs.ResultsEarlier, they outclassed USA in the Cup quarters, beating them 22-5. Chris Dry, Senatla (2) and Paul Delport scored the tries.In the semi-finals, they faced England and, again, two breakaway tries by the speedy Senatla set-up the win. A Cornal Hendricks try secured a 24-17 victory.On day one, the Blitzbokke edged Kenya and Canada 17-14 and thumped Samoa 27-0 to finish top of their pool.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Turning personal stories into public policy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you ask five farmers in Ohio about the one issue that keeps them up at night, you might get five different answers. That’s what makes the annual Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents’ trip so interesting.Among the major topics of a new farm bill, regulatory reform and water quality, farmers from all over the state were also able to share their more close-to-home concerns to their respected members of Congress during one-on-one meetings on Capitol Hill.“We are kind of the boots on the ground because we do it, see it and work with it every day,” said Greg McGlinch, a Darke County farmer on this year’s trip. “Being able to come out here to tell them what we do and helping to set certain policies, then sharing how those policies effects our business is important.”For McGlinch, conservation was top of mind. He told District 8 Representative Warren Davidson that much progress has been made on the conservation front and this is no time to stop that positive momentum.“We have implemented a lot of conservation and have seen a lot of good progress,” McGlinch said. “With progression you have to keep investing to continue to see good results and from there when there is see something good that is working it is likely to be taken on by other farmers.”There were some dairy farmers lobbying with Ohio Farm Bureau inside the beltway and their long-term woes were heard by legislators as well. For Tuscarawas County dairyman Jim Rowe, dairy policy was high on the list, as was getting and keeping a reliable, legal workforce.“I think agriculture is getting a black eye because of the number of illegal immigrants and we realize that number is high but Congress hasn’t given us a vehicle to make them legal that makes sense,” Rowe said. “It’s a touchy subject and we’ve gone anywhere from throw them all out to let them all in and somewhere in between we have to come up with a program that keeps the workers that we need here in the United States.”Rowe is back in the milking parlor this morning and getting caught back up on the chores he missed while he was in Washington, but says he hopes the time spent getting his message across to Congressman Bob Gibbs was worth the effort.last_img read more

Providence in Ross County pastures

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Abby Motter, OCJ field reporterIn the eleventh chapter of Deuteronomy Moses wrote a phrase that is still being implemented on the land today by a family who holds those words in high esteem.“So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today — to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul — then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.”These verses serve as a cornerstone for the Dorrance family in Ross County on their Pastured Providence Farmstead. Paul Dorrance along with his wife Heather and three children are fairly new to agriculture, but through the intertwining of faith and desire to be good stewards of the land they are providing high quality products to Chillicothe and the surrounding community.“You can raise great kids in the military or anywhere, but it’s a lot easier to raise great kids on the farm,” said Paul Dorrance over a dish of Heather’s homemade egg casserole on yet another blustery spring day in Ohio.Until recently, Dorrance was an active duty Air Force officer and pilot from upstate New York, and Heather was a pediatric occupational therapist turned stay-at-home mom from Atlanta.“We ate normal and didn’t consider food necessarily that important, but when we got pregnant with our first born, Caleb, who now is 8, all that changed,” Dorrance said. “Having children led us to ask the difficult questions about our food, explore different options and get all the information that we could. All of the sudden we were receiving tons of advice on all sorts of different things and began to question the food we ate. After a while it became obvious it was time to leave active duty Air Force and put our money where our mouth is, and raise food for others the way we wanted to eat ourselves.”In August of 2013, Paul and Heather left their financially comfortable U.S. military life and began to work full time at starting a farm in southern Ohio. The biggest challenge in starting their operation was finding opportunities to self-educate in preparation for their huge lifestyle transition.“When we made this decision, we had to plan before leaving active duty. We were saving and we were studying, Heather and I attended several seminars, including ones focused on rotational grazing, and attended a farm school,” Dorrance said. “We placed an emphasis for what we are trying to do now to see it in real life, and we had a lot of discussions with other like-minded folks. We also ignored every bit of good advice we have ever been given and jumped in with everything on our farmstead: grass fed beef, hogs, chickens, turkeys, and eventually sheep.”The decision to pick Ross County, Ohio as their home was partly based on Paul’s siblings who now live in Ohio, but also with some Internet research.“Ohio was a start because of family, but we chose what part of Ohio in a very unscientific way. Since I grew up in upstate New York, that’s what I view as physically beautiful. I wanted to be excited to go to work on my property every day and am not a flat land guy. So we looked at Google Maps and went to the satellite view,” Dorrance said. “Heather found our property on forsalebyowner.com, it was 111 acres titled ‘farm boy’s dream’ and we fell in love. The property includes woods, buildings, and conservation ground. We have about 75 acres cleared, and graze half of 111 acres with more coming available in the next few years. Chillicothe has been wonderful to us and here we are in our fifth year.”The Dorrances focus mainly on niche markets with their grass-fed, non-GMO products.“It started with farmers markets. We do a lot of direct sales, and retail, but everything we do is relational market. Through introducing ourselves to the community, meeting somebody at church and then being invited to the rotary club, and those kind of opportunities, we have been able to build a customer base,” Dorrance said. “Word of mouth is huge for us, we don’t do a lot of advertising besides what is free, such as social media.”Their operational decisions come from a values-based perspective.“Plenty of people are pursuing grass fed and non-GMO because of pure financial reasons, we aren’t one of them. We would raise our products this way even if it didn’t pay. For us, it was a consumer choice first. No doubt there’s a financial benefit. It just so happens our values are aligning with consumer demand, and it makes sense because that’s where it started for us too,” Dorrance said. “We are not certified organic. I view certified organic as an adequate substitute for knowing your farmer personally. We pursue relationships and transparency, farm tours, and sharing our story. We want you to come see what we do, come see our animals, watch how we rotate them on pasture, get your eyeballs on it, trust us. If they come and see and say not for me, great, truly, but now as we begin to expand towards metro markets an hour away, it’s possible a certified seal would be beneficial from a business perspective because we can’t have that conversation every day.”At the heart of Pastured Providence Farmstead production is pasture ground.“The only crop we raise is perennial pasture. Our beef and the lamb are 100% grass fed all the time. Animals that eat grain, such as our hogs, chickens, and turkeys, receive a non-GMO mix that is sourced from a farmer in Lancaster. Our pasture rotation includes beef and lamb, they are together 75% to 80% of the year in one big mix. We currently have 34 head of cattle, and 75 total head of sheep. We rotate them every day so they get a fresh pasture and leave all the stuff that comes out behind,” Dorrance said. “Three to five days later we follow up with the layer flock. They’ll clean up a lot of the grasses and clovers that were left behind, as well as clean up the manure. We also move the meat chickens daily. They have full access to grass every day. Although they are pastured poultry, we do also feed them grain.”Each type of animal on the farm serves a purpose for the land and the consumer.“Normal hog behavior is helping me clear ground. They have their own purpose in life, working for me to clear off a certain area, root and till a lot of that stuff up. The pig rotation is about monthly. I keep water in one spot and pie off of that usually about four sections or so and then back to where they started. Their damage takes a lot longer to recuperate than cows taking the top layer of grass off,” he said. “Meat chickens and turkeys are also on their own enterprise. Meat birds have high value manure and I basically target my worst area that needs a lot of nutrients and put the meat birds and turkeys there. I will have 10 turkeys or 20 to 25 chickens in an 8 by 10 footprint, moving every day. They are much more contained and the nutrients are deposited in a very specific and focused area. Pork, chicken and turkey are all supplemented with grain.”Maintaining pasture is important for the operation to be sustainable.“Currently I use a cool season perennial pasture mix, some planted straight to dirt, some overseeded on existing pasture. The mix includes a perennial rye, tall fescue, orchard grass, Kentucky bluegrass, and red and white clover. We are looking for diversity. Our pasture is a risk management tool and everything has a purpose, whether it is getting a quick start early in the spring or drought tolerance throughout the late summer,” Dorrance said. “A lot of what people call weeds I love because it all serves a purpose. The pasture ground really takes care of itself. The animals have a natural instinct to work around hemlock and Queen Anne’s Lace or thorny species. I do clip, or brush hog or hay at least everything once per year.”The key to keeping the pasture ground healthy is rotation.“There is a benefit of animals on pasture as long as it’s short term, not long and then the animals come back 30 to 40 days later,” he said. “We want them to be able to graze and leave a lot of residual, ideally four five or six inches tall to encourage regrowth, and forage production. We want it to grow as much as possible and leave a lot of leaves and organic matter on the ground.”The time and spacing of their pasture rotation, like many things in agriculture, relies on the weather.“In April, May, June, there is heavy grass growth and the herd may get a quarter-acre a day. The paddock begins to widen out as we get to the mid-summer slump. It is not a set area every single day, but instead very much variable based on conditions,” Dorrance said. “We set up our grazing space with long parallel high tensile fencing, determined by temporary step-in posts, and rolling out electrified twine. We have a back and front fence keeping them in, and each day will build the next day’s fence, move water and mineral over into new paddock, close it back off, and then the old fence will be taken down and added to the next side. It takes about 45 minutes daily for rotation, and everything I have is on skids or wheels of some sort. The actual moving animal part is the easiest.”At Pastured Providence the Dorrance’s breed cattle using a bull around the first of July, calving is in April and May when the pasture is beginning to grow. With the sheep it is the same concept, putting the ram in with the girls around November. For both the cattle and sheep, breeding occurs once a year, as part of their pasture and finishing program. They strive to use April, May, and June as their finishing months, and by August and September have all of the new crop off of the farm.“Our products are very well received. We concentrate on finishing well. If it’s been eating hay, and stockpiled forage, it’s not going to be palatable with the right amount of fat and muscle,” Dorrance said. “Corn fed is so tender because of the intermuscular marbling. To do it on grass makes it a seasonal product. We need to finish April, May, June, then they need to be butchered while they have that high fat content. We can’t finish an animal properly in the winter.”Although birth to death on the farm is the goal, from a business management perspective this is not always possible.“We are purchasing in feeder pigs for the first time this spring, it will help me project cost and income, allow me to integrate different breeds, gain hybrid vigor, some health benefits that I couldn’t do when farrowing by myself,” he said. “It was because of the variability in the sows, and the sow’s ability to give babies was just too much to handle from a business perspective.”The future of the Pastured Providence Farmstead relies on innovation and giving back to the agricultural community.“The future of the farm is grass fed beef and lamb, and pastured poultry, grass fed layers. I see that as increasing, depending on mechanization. Right now we hand wash every egg in the sink. If we expanded that operation it would require an egg washer and I have a grant request in hand. As far as new enterprises I have a lot of really great ideas, the biggest thing that is holding me up right now with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and to some extent the county health department,” Dorrance said. “I would love to do a pastured rabbit, I think it’s going to be the next big thing, but it would require an additional costly inspection, and processing is also an issue. From a consumer and food safety product, I process all chickens and turkeys here on the farm. If we could we would butcher everything on the farm. It’s really hard for me to drop something off I have spent 2.5 years raising and trust it to someone else. I’m interested in raising non-GMO fish combined with a live root vegetable of some sort in an aquaponic, hydroponic operation. And I really see potential in agritourism.”It has been an incredible journey for the Dorrance family from the Air Force to farm fields and they want to share what they have learned through an annual Farm School event.“The farm school we went to was absolutely critical to enabling us to really take that jump. Thinking about what we did, logically it was foolish, and poor decision making. My mother wouldn’t talk to me for weeks when I told her I was leaving the military to start farming for a living,” Dorrance said. “However, we were very comfortable with that decision because of what we saw and were able to do at the farm school. We want to give that to someone else, whether they are like us new and beginning farmers and ready to take the plunge, or a conventional farmer that wants to take on these methods of production for consumer growth.”For the couple who spent their honeymoon on a sheep farm in New Zealand, they never expected to be dealing with the adventures of a farm on a daily basis. There was over a million-dollar difference in income for the Dorrances switching from their previous lifestyle to farming, but for them it is all worth it.“Raising our kids here and investing in them, and giving them not just our values, but the values of growing up country with good people that is one of the top three reasons we made our choice to live here and live this way,” Dorrance said. “The other two are producing for others the way we want to eat and sharing our values for Ohio agriculture with anyone willing to listen.”last_img read more

PSG striker Neymar off on stretcher after twisting ankle

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum PSG’s game against fierce rival Marseille was heated, especially in the second half, with cheap challenges from both teams and 11 yellow cards — six of them for the hosts.“We were solid and we tried to control the game,” PSG captain Thiago Silva said. “It’s a shame that we lost an important player (Neymar) at the end.”The win moved PSG 14 points clear of second-place Monaco, with only 11 games left. Marseille is two points further back in third.PSG’s first two goals stemmed from Marseille’s mistakes at the back.In the 10th minute, PSG right back Dani Alves’ pass behind the defense was easily read by left back Jordan Amavi. But rather than clearing the ball properly, his soft sliding tackle knocked it to Kylian Mbappe, who skipped past another defender before drilling a low shot into the bottom right corner.ADVERTISEMENT The second goal came from the other side, as midfielder Adrien Rabiot broke down the left and his cross found Neymar, whose side-footed pass was turned into his own net by center half Jorge Rolando in the 28th.PSG’s third in the 56th owed nothing to fortune, as Cavani expertly controlled Neymar’s pass from the left with the inside of his foot, easily turned Rolando and smacked in a powerful shot past goalkeeper Yohann Pele for his league-leading 24th of the season.Mbappe shook his head disapprovingly when substituted, with winger Angel Di Maria replacing him for the last 30 minutes.Marseille threatened mainly from midfielder Dimitri Payet’s laser-like free kicks, but no one could get on the end of them.___SAME OLD MISTAKESLyon’s poor defending cost the team once again as right back Mathieu Debuchy scored a last-minute equalizer for local rival Saint-Etienne in a 1-1 draw.Debuchy, a recent signing from Premier League Arsenal, was left unmarked inside the penalty area to steer in a shot off the post from Remy Cabella’s left-wing cross.Lyon has only two points from the past five games — conceding 11 goals — and the club’s hopes of securing a top-three finish and a place in next season’s Champions League are fading fast. Fourth-place Lyon is five points behind third-place Marseille.A brilliantly executed goal from striker Mariano Diaz, his 15th of the season, gave Lyon a 19th-minute lead. He chested down a long pass from Brazilian defender Marcelo with his back to goal, flicked the ball around a defender with his right foot and then regained his balance before adroitly clipping it with his left past goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.The two teams are bitter rivals with 17 league titles between them, including a French-record 10 for Saint-Etienne. But Lyon has been the superior team for many years, winning seven titles from 2002-08.SAVED BY THE WOODWORK Read Next PSG’s Neymar, center left, is tackled by Marseille’s Hiroki Sakai, during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — Neymar went off on a stretcher after twisting his right ankle late in league leader Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-0 victory against Marseille on Sunday.The Brazil striker was taken off with 10 minutes remaining, after going in for a challenge on Marseille defender Bouna Sarr.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Spurs stop 4-game slide, rope LeBron, Cavaliers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Nice was reprieved by the woodwork four times in a 0-0 draw at Bordeaux.Bordeaux striker Nicolas De Preville hit the crossbar in the first half and in stoppage time.The post was also hit by midfielder Soualiho Meite in the 12th minute and center half Paul Baysee in the 89th. Bordeaux is in eighth place and Nice remains ninth. PSG coach Unai Emery is hopeful that Neymar will recover in time for the Champions League game against Real Madrid on March 6. PSG trails 3-1 from the first leg in the last 16.“The first tests revealed a twist. We will do further tests,” Emery said. “For the match against Real, if I had to say ‘yes or no’ right now, I’d say yes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNeymar had his head in his hands and appeared tearful as he was taken off. His standing leg jarred as he lost balance and the weight of his body went onto his ankle, which briefly buckled under him.“Of course I’m worried about Neymar,” PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola said. “His ankle was quite swollen. He’s an important player for us and I hope he comes back quickly.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more