Holidays, The Blog Giving back to the community has long been a priority of Governor Wolf. Since taking office, Governor Wolf has donated his entire salary to The State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA), an organization through which state employees make charitable donations, directing his donation to the United Way of York County.Governor Wolf knows it’s important to help and support those in need year round, but especially during the season of giving.As in years past, Governor Tom Wolf will not attend Pennsylvania Society. Instead, Governor Wolf has committed to donate $10,000 each to Philabundance, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for a total donation of $30,000. The donated money will be drawn from the Wolf Inaugural Fund.Governor and First Lady Wolf have also committed to volunteering in Central Pennsylvania next week.Additionally, Governor Wolf has committed to personally donating $10,000 to The Pennsylvania Society Scholarship Program in partnership with the Maguire Foundation. This fund provides four-year scholarships to Pennsylvania high school seniors for full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university in Pennsylvania.On Saturday, December 10th, Governor Wolf and First Lady Wolf will attend and sponsor The Pattison-Leader Ball, in Philadelphia, which brings together young, civically minded, and politically motivated professionals, for an evening to discuss the future of Pennsylvania politics and policy. The Pattison-Leader Ball is named after Governor Robert E. Pattison and Governor George M. Leader, the two youngest governors in Pennsylvania’s history.Are you interested in joining Governor and First Lady Frances Wolf in giving back to your community?Here are some ideas of places that you could donate your money or time to:Animal Rescue SheltersNational and State ParksFood PantriesLibrariesArt MuseumsRetirement HomesYour Local Place of WorshipYour Local MunicipalityIf you don’t have a particular organization in mind, you can always visit VounteerMatch.org to find opportunities available near you. Governor Wolf to Make Donations, Volunteer in Lieu of Attending Pennsylvania Society Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretary HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET December 02, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Samuel Osei Kuffour has urged the government to step into the management of football in Ghana even at the risk of a two-year FIFA ban because he thinks such intervention will, in the long term, be beneficial to the country.The former Black Stars defender was scathing in his criticism of the Kwesi Nyantekyie administration in an interview on TalkSports on TV3 and said it was time for him to go as GFA president.“I think the government should step in. The money that pays is from government. The money doesn’t come from Nyantakyie, George Afriyie, Mr Ansong or any management member. Even though we are playing cup of Nations matches and winning, that is not enough. How many people have now rejected the Black Stars; how many people don’t care anymore about the Black Stars? We have showed that the people up there don’t care anymore”, he slammed.“I think it is time for government to step in for FIFA to give us a ban for two years to really search ourselves again because it will be a shame that our league is not being played and we are going to the Cup of Nations. I think it is time for the GFA to move ahead.”Kuffour’s anger stems from what he calls a disgraceful world cup campaign and claims officials have taken their turns at the 2014 world cup commission of inquiry to tell lies. “Look at the commission. Everyone comes there and tells a lie because they know they cannot judge them. Maybe in the future judgement will come. “ Kuffour’s most damning words were reserved for Nyantekyie who has been at the helm of Ghana football since 2005.“It is a disgrace for the whole country; what is going on with our football and our plans. It is dying, but it is a pity that people are not telling us the truth. How long can we wait to know the truth?, Kuffour said.“Everything has its own time. Nyantekyie has done great for Ghana soccer; taking us to the world cup three times in a row but I think the ideas is getting less. He himself knows it. Nobody should tell him. If I were him, I will step out because there is nothing he can do more.”Kuffour also mounted a strong defence on behalf of players of the Black Stars against growing allegations that they have become too obsessed with money and are allowing that to ruin their commitment to the nation.“At the end of the day for me it all goes down to management. Ghanaians are putting the blame on the players. That is sad. Why should the players not demand their money? Have you seen any player finish their career and get a pension scheme? Have you seen a player get that? When you finish your national team career nobody cares. The players deserve it. The squads of 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982; when did they get their money? It was three months ago. Some people suffered from their sweat for this country [and] died before the money came. “People are always saying footballers are useless, don’t know what to do with their money, [they] are illiterates. If you know the money belongs to the footballers, why don’t you give it to them?” he asked.
Dennis Dixon started off slow but as the game progressed he was given more freedom which led to more confidence as he put the ball in the air more for a very solid first game. He was 18 of 26 for 236 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He quietly outplayed his much more noted opponent Matt Ryan, who many believe is going to be an NFL star. Ryan was 27 of 44 for 252 yards but was not able to get the ball in the end zone.The defense showed why they were the best in the business in 2008, the Super Bowl year, as they bent but didn’t break, and held an outstanding offense to three field goals. As usual, they shut down the running game, holding Michael Turner to just 42 yards on 19 carries.With Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith missing 11 games each last season, the defense dropped to fifth, but still was number one against the run. However, both Smith and Polamalu are back, along with cornerback Bryant McFadden and all played major roles in the Steelers victory, with Polamalu picking up a key interception that led to the overtime. They also did something very rare in the NFL. They stopped a team from scoring in overtime which set up Rashard Mendenhall’s winning 50-yard touchdown run.The secondary was the Steelers weakness last season but with the exception of Roddy White’s 13 catches for 111 yards, they pretty much controlled the air attack.The challenge will be much greater against the Titans and Chris Johnson who led the league in rushing last season. He opened the season with 142 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries as the Titans slaughtered the Raiders. Johnson, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2010, extended his streak at 12 consecutive 100-yard games to break a tie with Marcus Allen. He trails only Barry Sanders, who had an NFL-best 14. This will be the ultimate test for the Steelers defense to stop or contain Johnson.But Johnson is not the Titans only offensive threat. Vince Young came off the bench last season to lift an 0-6 team into the playoffs. The young Dixon has been compared much to Young because of his ability to run the ball. Young doesn’t pass a lot but is very effective when he does. He was 13 of 17 for 154 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders.Former Steeler Nate Washington was his leading receiver with just three catches but picked up 88 yards and one touchdown. Expect Young to put the ball in the air far more against the Steelers because it’s not likely Johnson will be able to run as freely as he did against the Raiders. With no true outside threat the Titans must depend on the run for victory, which means the Steelers will gear their defense to stopping the run.Speaking of running, the Steelers looked good with Mendenhall picking up 120 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, the biggest being the 50-yard run in overtime to win the game.Isaac Redman gained 19 yards on six carries, but was most impressive on short yardage situations when the Steelers needed one or two yards for the first down.Hines Ward once again demonstrated why he’s one of the best wide receivers in the game as he picked up the team in the second half with 108 yards on six catches. Heath Miller had four catches for 40 yards and Mike Wallace was held to just two catches for 62 yards.“It’s like Forrest Gump, I can’t explain it,” said Ward, who is from the Atlanta area and went to the University of Georgia. “I’m 34 years old, and every year regardless of what people say it’s my mindset that I have to go in and prove everybody wrong. That’s my motivation.”Look for a much more aggressive game in the air against the Titans, mostly because Tennessee has probably the third best defensive team in the league behind the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. It will be much tougher to run against this team than the Falcons.Of the four games without Roethlisberger, this is the game most pick the Steelers to lose, including myself, but this is not written in stone. If the defense can contain Johnson they can beat the Titans which means they could go 4-0 instead of 3-1. The other two games are at Tampa Bay and at home against the Ravens.The only low point was the kick returns by Antwaan Randle El with just three yards on two returns. Also missing were the two outstanding rookies Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Look for more of them in the next three games because Randle El really didn’t look that impressive as the third wide receiver. The Steelers, who survived their first game without Ben Roethlisberger 15-9 over the Atlanta Falcons, now must face their toughest foe of the four game suspension in the Tennessee Titans who ran all over the Oakland Raiders, 38-13. VICTORY CELEBRATION—James Harrison jumps on Rashard Mendenhall to celebrate Mendenhall’s 50 yard touchdown run in overtime that gave the Steelers a 15-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener at Heinz Field.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) SHOCKING NUMBERSThe Steelers are 16-2 at Paul Brown Stadium during Marvin Lewis’ 16 seasons as the Bengals’ head coach, including playoff victories in 2005 and 2015. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is 20-5 against the Bengals. Andy Dalton is 3-12 against the Steelers, missing that 2015 playoff meltdown with a broken thumb.CONNER’S HISTORYJames Conner ran for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns, his second straight 100-yard game. Conner joined Hall of Famers Franco Harris (1976) and Jerome Bettis (2004) as the only Steelers to run for seven touchdowns in the first six games of a season, excelling as Le’Veon Bell’s replacement. Bell reportedly will end his holdout this week during Pittsburgh’s bye.“What a great game,” Roethlisberger said. “Now I know it’s his last game for us, so we’re glad he did well in his last one.”Roethlisberger laughed, clarifying that he was going entirely off media reports and speculation about what happens when Bell returns.BLITZBURGHAfter getting shredded in September, the Steelers’ defense has come around in the last two games. It got six sacks in a 41-17 win over the Falcons and sacked Dalton three times. Pittsburgh limited the Bengals to 123 yards in the second half.BURFICT REPRISEIn his second game back from his latest NFL suspension, Burfict was at the center of the riled-up rivalry. He exchanged words with Roethlisberger 3 minutes into the game. A teammate pushed him away from Conner to help the linebacker avoid a penalty after a touchdown run. In the third quarter, Burfict hit Brown in the head as he was being tackled, but avoided a penalty. The NFL will review the play. In the locker room after the game, Burfict yelled at a reporter who asked another Bengals player about the hit on Brown.“A nasty hit,” Brown said.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon scored on a 4-yard run and dashed toward the stands in celebration of Cincinnati’s go-ahead touchdown. On the Steelers sideline, Ben Roethlisberger looked at the clock, saw there was 1:18 left, and told his linemen not to fret.“They gave us too much time,” Big Ben said confidently.Somehow, the Steelers never run out of time at Paul Brown Stadium.Antonio Brown turned a short catch into a 31-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left Sunday, sending the Steelers to a 28-21 victory over the Bengals. They’ve now won seven straight against Cincinnati, a streak that includes highly improbable — and totally predictable — wins.The Steelers (3-2-1) sure saw it coming.“On the sideline before I went out, I told the guys, ‘This is what legacies are made of for all of us. Let’s go take care of business,’” Roethlisberger said.On the decisive play, Roethlisberger saw the Bengals (4-2) were set for an all-out blitz with no safeties guarding the end zone. He knew it would be a touchdown if he got the ball quickly to Brown, who caught it in stride, cut behind Justin Hunter’s block and ran untouched to the end zone.“We’ve been in that situation a lot, and I knew we were going to do it,” said Brown, who had five catches for 105 yards.During their seven-game winning streak, the Steelers have pulled them out at Paul Brown Stadium with 14 seconds, no seconds, and 10 seconds to go.Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) celebrates his touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)They rallied to win a first-round playoff game in 2015 — aided by Vontaze Burfict hitting Brown in the head for a costly penalty — on Chris Boswell’s field goal with 14 seconds left. Last December, they overcame a 17-point deficit and won on Boswell’s field goal as time ran out.Now, this stunner.“We’re better than them,” Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick insisted. “They’re not better than us.”The statistics say otherwise. The Steelers have won 10 of 11 and 15 of 18 in the lopsided series.Some takeaways from Paul Brown Stadium:IT’S A RACEThe Bengals got an early cushion in the division by knocking off the Ravens and opening 4-1, their best start since they won the division in 2015. The Steelers got off to a ragged start at 1-2-1, but back-to-back wins over the Falcons and Bengals have evened up the division. The Bengals finish the season at Heinz Field.
The teams that qualified in regional playdowns include Buchy and Ducharme, Team Richard, from Kelowna Curling Club, Team Longworth, from Vernon Curling Club, Team Craig, from Victoria Curling Centre, Team Dangerfield, from Victoria Curling Centre, Team Johnson, from Royal City Curling Club, Team Martyn, from Royal City Curling Club, Team Schneider, from Vancouver Curling Club and Team Wenzek, from Langley/Royal City Curling Clubs. The field for the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship in Nelson is now set.Three teams have earned the final berths in the 16-team BC Championship field, a tournament that includes Tom Buchy of Kimberley and Creston’s Chris Ducharme, during qualifying this past weekend in Salmon Arm. Team Montgomery were the first to qualify by capturing the A event, with three straight wins. The team, of Skip Jason Montgomery, Third Miles Craig, Second Cameron De Jong, and lead Dave McGarry, represent Victoria Curling Centre, but two of the team members (Montgomery and Craig) hail from Shawnigan Lake and also curl at Duncan Curling Club. This year’s Championship, which will be televised on Sportsnet, takes place at Nelson Curling Centre from February 10-14. For ticket information, and to find out more about the event, visit http://cdimens2016.curlbc.ca/. Ten teams had previously qualified at regional playdowns in December. In addition, Team Cotter, from Kelowna/Vernon, earned a trip back to provincials as the defending champions, along with the top two CTRS (Canadian Team Ranking System) points winners, Team Joanisse and Team Geall (both from Royal City Curling Club). The third and final team to qualify was Team House. The team of Skip Will House, Third Kelly McQuiggan, Second Greg Davis and Lead Thomas Sayer will represent Richmond Curling Club at the Nelson event. Team Jackson, also from Victoria Curling Centre, grabbed the second spot with their only loss against Team Montgomery. Skipped by Glen Jackson, the team also features Third Andrew Komlodi, Second Corey Chester and Lead Joel Cave. Two Vancouver Island teams, Team Montgomery and Team Jackson, will be joined by Team House, from Richmond when the top curlers in BC flock to the Nelson Curling Club February 10-14 for a chance to represent the province at the Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa. Team Wenzek had qualified for the BC Men’s event as a five-player team skipped by Tyler Tardi, but Tardi and the team’s fifth, Sterling Middleton, will be travelling to Norway for the Youth Olympics during the event. The team will now be playing as a three-player team of Daniel Wenzek, Jordan Tardi and Nicholas Meister. Team Buchy consists of the skip, former Brier rep Deane Horning at third, second Dave Toffolo and lead Darren Will while Ducharme is joined by third Josh Firman, second Jim Stewart, lead Jim Maccaulay and fifth man Brendan Stead. Visit http://www.playdowns.com to view past scores and to follow the scores and standings from the championship event.
Can rice grow in South Africa? The South African agricultural sector could soon add rice to its list of crops cultivated locally. South Africa’s next major grain crop Rice has never been produced commercially in the country. According to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), 90% of the world’s rice is cultivated in South, Southeast, and East Asia. Rice processing facilities are not available in South Africa yet, but talks are underway with a local financier about investment to build such a facility. “This is an amazing project and a very exciting prospect for South African agriculture,” says local businessman Hennie Kruger, who is spearheading a rice cultivation project in South Africa. A local seed company is looking into importing the rice seed initially, but in the near future the company would like to start seed selection on rice. Kruger estimates that within three years South Africa could have its own seed and the industry could be established commercially. He says that there is a common misconception that rice can only grow in watery paddy fields. However, because northern hemisphere agricultural countries receive much more rain than South Africa, crops such as rice are often grown in water. After harvest, the rice grain undergoes a number of processes depending on how it will be used. Such methods include, drying, storing, milling, and processing. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. In these environments, rice yields are low and extremely variable because of soil problems and unpredictable combinations of drought and flood. One fifth of the world’s population depends on rice cultivation for their livelihoods. According to Kruger, the absence of local rice plantings does not mean it can’t be produced successfully in South Africa. Kruger says that with well-managed irrigation, rice can be grown in many areas across South Africa, such as Kwa-Zulu Natal, the western areas of the Free State province and even as far north as Thabazimbi in Limpopo province. The IRRI confirms that rice production under irrigation is viable. The irrigated rice environment accounts for about half of the harvested rice area and contributes 75% of global rice production. Globally, rice is grown in more than a hundred countries with a total harvested area of nearly 160-million hectares, producing more than 700-million tons every year. Seed and production facilities “This is a very positive development for the country and there are many farmers interested in growing rice.” He says that about 10 years ago, studies by the Agricultural Research Council found rice to be a crop worth cultivating. “When grown under irrigation the crop responds beautifully,” he says. He says that as rice is a cereal grain summer crop, many grain farmers would be interested in growing rice as a means to diversify their farming operations. Local production will also reduce the country’s reliance on rice imports. South Africa imports two-million tons of the staple each year. According to the IRRI, flood-prone rice producing ecosystems need special rice varieties that are suited to flooded environments. These rice plants must be adapted to conditions such as deep water, flash floods that could last longer than 10 days, salinity in low-lying coastal areas and problem soils. 22 December 2011 Worldwide, about 80-million hectares of rice are grown in irrigated areas. High-yielding areas of irrigated rice can be found in China, Egypt, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Republic of Korea, and the Senegal River Valley in Africa. “Our farmers should produce much of the rice we need. It could become a major grain crop in South Africa,” says Kruger. Recent commercial planting trials carried out by six farmers across the country yielded promising results. “The trials show that rice does not have to be cultivated in water-logged fields. It can be planted in any soil, provided the soil contains 15% clay,” explains Kruger. The South African economy and agricultural sector can benefit significantly from introducing another grain crop, says Kruger.
Related Posts Google likes a lot of hot air.This is not a sophomoric rejoinder at the speaking proclivities of Google’s marketing staff or its legal team. Rather, its a literal statement.When heated by the Sun, hot air rises, and in its place, cooler air will blow in to fill the void, which is where we get wind. And wind is something with which Google is making a great deal of use to power the needs of its data centers and offices. Nowhere was this more evident than yesterday’s announcement of Google’s commitment to purchase 240 megawatts (MW) of power generated by the Happy Hereford wind farm near Amarillo, TX.The wind farm will feed into the Southwest Power Pool, the grid that serves Google’s Mayes County, OK data center, according to Matt Pfile, Senior Manager, Data Center Energy and Location Strategy.In the announcement, Pfile mentioned that with this agreement, which is expected to start producing energy for Google in 2014, Google consumes “more than 570 MW of wind energy, which is enough energy to power approximately 170,000 U.S. households.”That’s a lot of houses, to be sure. That’s about half of the households in my state capital of Indianapolis, and 0.15% of the total U.S. household number.But out of curiosity, how many servers would that much energy power?Coincidentally, XKCD artist Randall Munroe just happened to do the legwork that could help answer this question in this week’s installment of What If? XKCD. The site takes on the answers to such questions as how long would it take to drain the oceans, what would happen to a Sunless Earth and when the Sun finally set on the British Empire.This week, Munroe answered the question of how many data punchcards would be needed to match the amount of data Google stores. Among his educated guesses, Munroe needed to answer the question of how many servers Google has, and he did so by figuring out Google’s known energy consumption and using a base figure for per-server power consumption: 215 W.Presuming Munroe’s assumptions are correct—and they would seem to be very much in the ball park—then that means that if Google uses all of that wind power for servers in its data center, then it would be powering 2.65 million servers on wind energy alone.Which is a lot of hot air.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Google#wind energy Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … brian proffitt
Call for Expressions of Interest for TFA Australian Open Women’s Coach.Over the next four (4) years from 2016-2020 Touch Football Australia (TFA) will have numerous representative teams competing in various international events. The cycle will culminate in the 2019 Federation of International (FIT) Touch World Cup being hosted in Malaysia. Leading up to 2019 Australia will compete on the international stage annually in Open Trans-Tasman Series.TFA have an established process involving formal agreements and performance assessments with all our Open Program Head Coaches. After unprecedented success by the Open program at the 2015 FIT Touch World Cup and based on outstanding performances throughout the cycle TFA have offered the incumbent coaches the opportunity to retain their positions for the 2019 FIT Touch World Cup cycle.A coaching vacancy now existing within the Open Program, TFA is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active elite level coaches to fill the following Head Coach position for the Women’s Open Program. Please see pdf below for full information in regards to the role requirements specific to the Women’s Open role and EOI process.Related Filestfa_open_australian_coach_eoi_promotion-pdfRelated LinksCoaching Position EOI
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus boss Sarri: Maybe people thought I was dumb…?by Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri says he’s proving himself flexible after victory over Inter Milan.Sarri had started the game with the 4-3-3 he made his trademark at Napoli and Chelsea, but moved to a 4-3-1-2 at Juventus – similar to the Empoli model.He stated, “Maybe people thought I was dumb… They just had to pay attention. I started with a system at Empoli, then changed it completely. I went to Napoli with one system and transformed it for three years.“I went to Chelsea and played what looked similar, but was in fact a completely different interpretation of it. You have to adapt your tactics to the characteristics of the players.”Sarri fielded Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo together, but only for nine minutes.“At that moment, we were dominating the game and it would’ve been unjust in my view not to win, so we tried that out for a little while.“However, I got the sensation from the touchline that the momentum was turning the other way, so I changed again.”
Kentucky Fans Most Annoying 2Congratulations, Big Blue Nation. According to our readers, you are the most annoying fan base in college sports. Kentucky basketball supporters were voted slightly more annoying than Alabama football fans, 52%-48%, in our championship game this week. Kentucky was our overall No. 1 seed in the tournament, so technically, chalk won out.Here’s the entire bracket, which is now complete. The Final Four included one basketball fan base (Kentucky) and three football fan bases (Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State). Perhaps the meltdown after UK’s loss to Wisconsin in the Final Four last Saturday contributed to BBN taking the crown.You can check out the voting for the Opening Round here, the Round of 32 here, the Sweet 16 here, the Elite Eight here and the Final Four here.Thanks to everyone who voted throughout the process. Go celebrate, #BBN.