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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAround 50 Dumfries and Galloway Farmers (plus a cow) gathered outside Morrisons Supermarket in Dumfries last night, to make a peaceful protest about the price paid by supermarkets for their milk.Local shoppers were at first bemused to see a cow outside the store but were then stunned to see it being led straight in.The farmers paraded the cow around the store followed by shoppers, many capturing the bizarre moment on their smart phones.The farmers later told DGWGO that they wanted to make it clear that it is not ‘Morrisons’ itself they are protesting against but all supermarkets who often pay them less for milk than it costs them to produce.They are encouraging people to buy British diary produce and not cheap imported products on special offers in the supermarket.One farmer told us “please always check for the Little Red Tractor on your food labels to make sure you are buying British”After purchasing over £500 worth of milk, and other dairy products, the farmers then proceeded to distribute it to the public for free. The remainder went to local charities. The farmers explained their situation to fellow shoppers about the cost of producing milk being much higher than the price being paid for it by supermarkets who then sell it cheaper than bottled water.The farmer’s publicity stunt has quickly gone viral on social media with some videos being shared thousands of times.please contact us if you would like to reproduce these copyrighted images and video Free milk
State money awarded to a Nebraska farm coalition that was formed to fight an animal welfare group is drawing scrutiny from lawmakers, who question why Attorney General Jon Bruning awarded the money from a cash pool intended for environmental issues.Bruning announced the $100,000 grant to “We Support Agriculture,” a coalition created to promote farming in the midst of what it perceives as threats to Nebraska’s agriculture industry. Bruning praised the group in a statement and encouraged an effort to fight the Humane Society of the United States, a national group that recently opened an office in Omaha.advertisementadvertisement “In Nebraska, agriculture is more than a resource – it’s a way of life,” Bruning said. “I’m proud to support efforts to protect the cornerstone of our state economy from the actions of extremist groups like the Humane Society of the United States.”Bruning, a Republican, has launched a primary bid to challenge incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson in the 2012 U.S. Senate race.Some rural lawmakers and agriculture groups have voiced concern that the U.S. Humane Society, which has pushed for stricter livestock welfare rules in other states, may try to bring the fight to Nebraska.Joe Maxwell, the Humane Society’s rural issues director, said the group will not pursue any ballot initiatives aimed at farming and does not plan to propose farm-related or animal-related legislation this year. Maxwell said the group opened the Nebraska office to help small farms gain access to markets and compete with large-scale operations.Two state lawmakers and an environmental group questioned whether it’s appropriate to use money from the environmental fund to finance the efforts of a private, pro-agriculture group.advertisement”It strikes me as odd, particularly when this coalition doesn’t have any record on environmental issues,” said Ken Winston, the Nebraska Sierra Club’s policy advocate. “It also seems odd if this money is going to an entity that has any kind of political purpose.”State Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm said his staff is investigating what criteria are in place for groups to receive money from the fund. Haar, a prominent environmental advocate, said he may draft a bill for the regular session if he deems the standards too broad.”That’s public money,” said Haar, a Democrat. “It seems strange that a government official could just hand it out at their own discretion. I think we need to find out more about it.”The grant to We Support Agriculture came out of the state’s Supplemental Environmental Project fund, a trust overseen by the Attorney General’s office. Money in the account comes from settlements with companies accused of environmental violations.A spokeswoman for the attorney general, Shannon Kingery, said Bruning’s office has the sole authority to approve project grants for “environmental safety, training, public awareness and other issues, as funding is available.”Jay Rempe, a spokesman for the We Support Agriculture coalition, said the group formed in response to the Humane Society of the United States’ arrival in Nebraska. It includes the Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Poultry Industries, Nebraska Pork Producers and the Nebraska State Dairy Association.advertisementRempe said the group plans to use the money to raise awareness about the environmental benefits of modern farming. Rempe said the group did not yet have specifics for its plan, but it could include promotional brochures and videos. He said the group would not use the grant money for a political purpose.Omaha Sen. Heath Mello, a Democrat who sits on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee, said he was unaware of the fund until he read about the grant in a news article. Mello has endorsed the We Support Agriculture group, but said he has questions about how groups qualify for the state money.”If this was the Nebraska Sierra Club, would the attorney general be giving them $100,000?” Mello said. “That’s what I want to find out: Who has discretion here? Where does the money go? Is there a process in place? Is it transparent?”The Nebraska Democratic Party called on Bruning to stop awarding such grants while he’s running for U.S. Senate.”It looks unseemly for the Attorney General to be making decisions behind closed doors,” said spokesman Brandon Lorenz. “Is this really the best use for $100,000 in state money? It looks like the old-fashioned days of handing money out to friends to secure their good favor.”An endorsement from the Nebraska Farm Bureau could give a major boost to any candidate vying for the Senate seat. Republican Gov. Dave Heineman has credited the endorsements of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Right to Life and the National Rifle Association for helping him win the 2006 gubernatorial primary campaign against then-U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne. PD—AP newswire report
Qorvo has introduced a high-performance wideband power amplifier (PA) for electronic warfare, radar and test instrumentation applications. The TGA2962 breaks through multiple performance barriers with an industry-leading 10 Watts of RF power from 2 to 20 GHz with 13 dB of large-signal gain, and 20-35% power-added efficiency. This combination delivers the flexibility that system designers need to improve system performance and reliability while reducing component count, footprint and cost.Qorvo has taken a significant step forward in the wideband space with the TGA2962, enhancing not just frequency range but every other performance aspect. The company claims that no other company offers a single PA with this output power, bandwidth, power-added-efficiency, and large-signal gain. The TGA2962 is built on Qorvo’s highly reliable Gallium Nitride (GaN) QGaN15 process technology, enabling its industry-leading capabilities. In addition, improved component integration – and use of a smaller driver amp enabled by the 13 dB large-signal gain – resulting in a smaller device, making this a compelling solution for programs that require size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-C) improvements.The TGA2962 is available as a die to customers now:Frequency2 to 20 GHzPSAT(PIN = 27 dBm)10 to 15 WPAE (PIN = 27 dBm)20-35%Large Signal Gain13 dBSmall Signal Gain20 dBBias22V/1.68ADie Dimensions3.24×3.24 mm die packageThe defense market, primarily radar and communications applications, is seeing strong growth from new systems and major platform upgrades. This is also providing fuel for the GaN growth engine and should bode well for companies like Qorvo. Qorvo offers the industry’s largest, most innovative GaN-on-SiC portfolio to help customers realize significant improvements in efficiency and operational bandwidth. The company’s products deliver high power density, reduced size, excellent gain, high reliability, and process maturity, with volume production dating back to 2000.
No. 21 West Florida volleyball defeats Lee at ‘Pack it Pink’ match PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 21-ranked West Florida volleyball team defeated Gulf South Conference opponent Lee University 3-0 (25-23,27-25,25-23) at the seventh annual ‘Pack it Pink’ match held at the UWF Field House. The Argonauts (18-6, 10-1 GSC) had 10 team blocks on the day while a duo of seniors tallied a combined 14 block assists. West Florida fans broke an attendance record for a ‘Pack it Pink’ match at the UWF Field House with 709 attendees.Proceeding and during the match, fans were able to bid on silent auction items donated by UWF athletic teams and various community members to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The total amount of money raised, which will be determined Sunday following the close of the silent auction, will be donated to the Side-Out Foundation.“This day is really huge for us because of coach (Melissa) Wolter and what she went through with her own battle with cancer,” senior Sierra Hansen said. “We were very emotionally invested in this match because it means a lot because we all know how important breast cancer awareness is. Today we put ourselves aside and played for people who are fighting cancer and for people who have lost family or loved ones to cancer. It’s a big deal and we took it very seriously.”Senior Abby Timmer (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern HS) led the Argonauts on the day with eight block assists while fellow senior Lindsay Homme (Willowbrook, Ill./Hinsdale Central HS) tallied six. Homme needs six more blocks to take over the all-time career blocks record at West Florida.“We have been working on blocking a lot in practice lately and I think tonight was proof of that,” said Timmer. “We’ve been trying to really focus on shutting down the opposing outside hitters. Lindsay (Homme) and I have been playing for five years now together and I think our chemistry is showing.”Sophomore Maddy Lenzini (Chicago, Ill./Whitney M. Young Magnet HS) led the Argonauts offensively for the second-straight match as she tallied nine kills. A trio of Argonauts tallied seven kills on the day including Homme, senior Jenny Bellairs (Osage, Iowa/Southeast Missouri State) and junior Sarah Scott (Plainfield, Ill./Texas-San Antonio).After West Florida took the first set by a score of 25-23, the Argonauts found themselves down 11-20 midway through the second set. UWF would respond as they went on a 16-5 run to take the second set by a score of 27-25. The Argo front line was on point at the end of the second set as Homme and Lenzini were credited with the block that clinched the set.West Florida found themselves tied with Lee a total of 12 times in the third set, including a crucial situation where the score was level at 23 points apiece. Homme and Timmer tallied crucial back-to-back blocks to clinch the match in the third set by a score of 25-23.UWF will play their fifth road match of the season next week as the Argonauts travel to Carrollton, Ga. to face West Georgia on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. ET. West Florida will also be on the road next weekend as they travel to Tennessee to face a pair of Gulf South Conference opponents.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS# Print Friendly Version Share Argonauts defeat Flames at ‘Pack it Pink’ breast cancer awareness match. (Photo by Bill Stockland)
Chelsea have signed Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic for 64m euros (£58m), but will loan him back to the German club until the end of the season.The 20-year-old United States international, who was linked with Liverpool and Arsenal, joined Dortmund as a youth player in 2015.Pulisic has scored nine goals in 23 games for the US.“It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club,” he said.It is the highest transfer fee for an American player, beating the 20m euros Wolfsburg paid for John Brooks in 2017.Dortmund director Michael Zorc said: “It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League.“That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract.“Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity.”Pulisic’s contract at Dortmund was due to expire in June 2020. In an emotional statement on Twitter, Pulisic said he will leave Dortmund with a “heavy heart”.“It feels like only yesterday that I arrived in Dortmund as a raw, excited, very nervous but exceptionally proud 16-year-old from a small American town called Hershey,” he said.“I would not be here without the club and their belief in giving young players a chance. Many memorable moments stand out – to have experienced all of them before my 20th birthday, still feels at times like a dream.“For the next six months, it’s all BVB. Please do not doubt my passion, determination and my 110% commitment to the team right until the last ball is kicked this season.”Pulisic made his Bundesliga debut, aged 17, in January 2016, and two months later won his first USA cap.He has played 81 games in the German top flight and 20 in the Champions League.He has scored three goals in 18 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund this season.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia described Pulisic as “one of Europe’s most sought-after young players”.“At just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come,” she said.Pulisic is the first major Premier League signing since the transfer window opened on 1 January.His is the third highest fee paid for a Bundesliga player, after Ousmane Dembele’s £135m move from Dortmund to Barcelona in 2017 and Manchester City’s £55m deal for Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg in 2015.Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League, 11 points behind leaders Liverpool.Dortmund lead the Bundesliga by six points and will face Tottenham in the last 16 of the Champions League.
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BATON ROUGE – About three years ago, I gave SEC commissioner Mike Slive his favorite cigar – a Davidoff – for coming on a radio show I hosted the week of the LSU-Alabama national championship game in New Orleans in January of 2012.He said to come by his hotel room and we would both smoke one. I was too busy with the approaching game. At the SEC spring meetings the next June, I asked to join him. He was too busy. Later, he told me he still had the cigar. “I’m saving it for the right moment,” he said.If you have not smoked it yet, Mr. Slive, smoke it now. You deserve it.Slive, who will be 75 in July, announced his retirement Tuesday as of next July after 13 years as SEC commissioner. He has some health issues, but an occasional stogie will not hurt.The SEC was growing immensely anyway in 2002 when Slive replaced pioneer Roy Kramer, who grew the league to 12 teams with two divisions and a ground breaking championship game in 1992, but Slive made sure it kept growing and helped transform the SEC from one of the top conferences to the elite conference and enhanced its brand name immensely.The SEC will never avoid controversy and scandal, but Slive tried and launched a NCAA compliance initiative. A former divorce attorney, Slive did some of his best work at the bargaining table. The Utica, N.Y., native negotiated television contracts like the New York Yankees. Then he started his own – the SEC Network, which debuted just last August, and it’s not only in Starkville and Fayetteville.Wish he would have expanded his 14-team league’s conference football schedule from a minimalist eight to 10 to solve the permanent East-West scheduling conflict, but nevertheless, Slive will end his career as one of the best commissioners of any conference ever, including professional sports.And he did it his way. When SEC coaches voted 12-0 against limiting scholarships at the spring meetings in 2011, Slive basically said, “New Rule. Scholarships stop at 25,” as he got the SEC’s administrators and athletic directors to vote his way. He listened and consulted, and then he dictated, which can be a good thing.My only regret for him is that he did not get to run the entire NCAA.“His leadership and direction for this conference has been monumental,” LSU coach Les Miles said Wednesday on the SEC teleconference. “How much I’ve enjoyed, as a simple head coach, his direction and leadership. I think it’s wonderful for him, but we’ll miss him.”Congratulations Mr. Slive and enjoy your Davidoff.MISSISSIPPI STATE BREAK: After disposing of three top eight teams in three games by a combined score of 120-83, the first-ever No. 1 Mississippi State Bulldogs have an open week to grease their cowbells. Coach Dan Mullen took to “Pardon the Interruption” on Tuesday and left Tony Kornheiser cracking up. When asked how he keeps his players’ heads from swelling out of their helmets, Mullen delivered:“They can feel like No. 1 walking around campus and having everybody pat them on the back. But as soon as they show up to this facility for workouts or practice, we’re going to make sure they walk out the door feeling like No. 2.”The Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0) next play on Oct. 25 at Kentucky.SATURDAY TV SCHEDULE: Furman (2-6) at South Carolina (3-3, 2-3), 11 a.m., SEC Network; No. 21 Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2) at No. 7 Alabama (5-1, 2-1), 2:30 p.m., CBS; No. 10 Georgia (5-1, 3-1) at Arkansas (3-3, 0-3). 3 p.m., SEC Network; Tennessee (3-3, 0-2) at No. 3 Ole Miss (6-0, 3-0 SEC), 6 p.m., ESPN; Missouri (4-2, 1-1) at Florida (3-2, 2-2), 6 p.m., ESPN2; Kentucky (5-1, 2-1) at LSU (5-2, 1-2), 6:30 p.m., SEC Network.SUPERIOR ANGER MANAGEMENT: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has vowed to not be so negative toward his team after some choice tirades this season following losses at Vanderbilt and at Kentucky.“I think you can only scream and yell about once or twice a year, so I’ve already done that,” he said. “We’re all trying to be positive around here. I really believe we have outstanding senior leaders, and I believe they want to do well. And we’re trying the ole positive approach the best we can.”And no sun visor tossing.QUICK NOTES: Mississippi State is on a six-game winning streak this season, but going back to last season, the Bulldogs are 10-0. It all started with a 24-17 win in overtime at Arkansas on Nov. 23 and a 17-10 win in overtime five days later over Ole Miss. … Arkansas’ 2015 schedule does not have a league home game in Little Rock – located 190 miles from the Fayetteville campus. The Razorbacks have played at least one conference home game at War Memorial Stadium every season since 1947, which was the year that stadium was built. … Florida wide receiver LaTroy Pittman was expected to return to practice Wednesday after suffering a concussion on a collision with LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander on the Gators’ last offensive play Saturday. Alexander’s hit knocked the ball out of Pittman’s hands just as he was about to catch it, and LSU defensive back Rickey Jefferson intercepted. The turnover set up Colby Delahoussaye’s game-winning field goal from 50 yards with three seconds to go for LSU’s 30-27 win.GUILBEAU POLL: 1. Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0). 2. Ole Miss (6-0, 3-0). 3. Auburn (5-1, 2-1). 4. Alabama (5-1, 2-1). 5. Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2). 6. Georgia (5-1, 3-1). 7. LSU (5-2, 1-2). 8. Florida (4-1, 2-2). 9. Missouri (4-2, 1-1). 10. Kentucky (5-1, 2-1) 11. South Carolina (3-3, 2-3). 12. Arkansas (3-3, 0-3). 13. Tennessee (3-3, 0-2). 14. Vanderbilt (2-5, 0-4).QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Fortunately, they have people that check for stalkers like me at the TV station.”– Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, who introduced himself to his future wife Megan via emails when she was working at NBC 24 in Bowling Green, Ohio, in the early 2000s. They now have two children.
Jamie Keehn BATON ROUGE – LSU senior left tackle La’el Collins made his second first team All-Southeastern Conference unit in two days on Tuesday when he was named to the Coaches’ team a day after being named by the Associated Press, the SEC office announced on Tuesday.LSU junior left guard Vadal Alexander also made the second team for the second straight day, and Tigers junior punter Jamie Keehn also made second team. Collins and Alexander were No. 1 and 2 in knock-down blocks for the Tigers in the 2014 season with 84.5 and 73, respectively. Keehn finished second in the SEC in punting with a 45-yard average and was fourth in the league with 17 punts of 50 or more yards and with 25 punts landing inside the 20-yard line.The No. 22 Tigers (8-4) play Notre Dame (7-5) in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 30. Tickets are on sale at http://www.lsutix.net or by calling 225-578-2184.La’el Collins
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton is thankful to be alive after escaping a horrific-looking automobile accident without any life-threatening injuries.The Panthers quarterback posted a lengthy introspective message to his Instagram account late Wednesday night with a photo of his mangled truck.“By the look of that picture SoMEone is supposed to be dead or severely injured worse than what I am right now,” Newton posted. “While I am resting up the thought that keeps flashing in my mind is that GOD IS GOOD and someone has (their) protective hands on my life shielding me from danger that may come my way!”The former Auburn quarterback fractured two bones in his lower back when his truck crashed and overturned one block from the team’s downtown stadium, but will not need surgery. Coach Ron Rivera said Newton, who has started 60 of 61 games during his career, will not play Sunday against Tampa Bay.“I won’t expose him,” Rivera said. “I don’t want to put him in a bad position.”Newton, 25, did not practice with the team Wednesday, but Rivera said he is likely to return to the facility today.Newton thanked those who have sent thoughts and prayers, adding: . “This accident puts A LOT of things in perspective of what’s important and what’s not!”Rivera confirmed Wednesday that Derek Anderson will start and Joe Webb will be his backup. The coach said Newton’s playing status will be re-evaluated next week before Carolina’s game against Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns.Newton was discharged from the hospital earlier Wednesday and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police issued no citations for the accident.Rivera said he met with Newton on Tuesday at the hospital and “in true Cam fashion, he was disappointed for his teammates. He feels like he is letting us all down.”Newton’s teammate Byron Bell said he started praying when he heard about the accident from a teammate.“My only concern was ‘Is he alive?” Bell said. “I’m not worried if Cam is playing Sunday, I just want him to be fine.”With Newton sidelined, Rivera will turn to Anderson, now in his 10th season.Anderson started against Tampa Bay in the season opener and threw two touchdown passes, leading the Panthers to a 20-14 victory.Newton left the hospital with his family and will stay with them while recuperating, Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said. Newton’s father Cecil and mother Jackie, who live in Atlanta, arrived in Charlotte Tuesday after the accident.A police report states that Newton was driving when a car driven by Nestor Pellot Jr., 46, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, pulled out in front of the fourth-year quarterback, causing his vehicle to flip. The report said Pellot didn’t see Newton’s truck at first and when he did, he tried to avoid a collision.The report does not place blame on either driver.However, the report lists two witnesses who said Pellot pulled out in front of Newton, causing $9,000 damage to the quarterback’s 1998 Dodge truck. Pellot’s 2013 Buick suffered $4,000 damage.Like Newton, Pellot was also taken to the hospital but his injuries are unknown.“I’m just thankful he was wearing a seatbelt and everyone involved is all right,” Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said via telephone from the NFL owner’s meetings in Irving, Texas.The accident was the latest unfortunate turn in what has been a frustrating injury-plagued season for Newton. He had offseason ankle surgery and fractured his ribs in the preseason.On Tuesday, Newton was diagnosed with two transverse process fractures, a similar injury description suffered by Brazilian soccer star Neymar and Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.Neymar was sidelined about four weeks. Romo, who was injured against Washington, sat out one game before returning to action the following week.Anderson said he is ready to step in and start and get the team focused and hops fans will rally around Newton.“I know we are all thinking about him,” Anderson said. “We are all fired about up this weekend, but it will now take a city-wide effort to get this stadium rocking.”Anderson filled in for Newton in the season opener and threw two touchdown passes in a 20-14 Carolina win.While Newton will return his attention back to football soon, his focus was clearly elsewhere Wednesday night.“As that crash constantly plays back in my mind every time I close my eyes, I can’t go another day without me THANKING GOD for the opportunities he has given me in my life,” Newton wrote, encouraging people to live, love and forgive.“Trust when I tell you that L1FE is to short for you NOT to do those things.”