… Over $100 000, 2 dwt of gold and other prizes up for grabsTHE highly-anticipated FIFA20 eSports tournament ‘League of Champions’, which is being hosted by iBet Supreme, has received a tremendous boost through additional sponsors who have joined the team. This means that more prizes will be there for the taking as 32 contestants will go head-to-head through online clashes on eight playing days across two weeks.Local grill, The Smoke Shack, will be providing a trophy for the winner while A&A Game Spot has put up two pennyweight (dwt) of gold as an additional incentive for the outright winner. Camex Restaurants, through their Church’s Chicken franchise, will also be supplying meals for the top three finishers in the tournament.Meanwhile, television and radio broadcasting giant, the National Communication Network, will be playing their supporting role with a live broadcast of the semi-finals and final of the tournament.In addition to a trophy, a special meal package from Church’s and two dwt of gold, the winner will pocket $50 000 and a case of Monster Energy drinks while the runner-up will receive $25 000 and the same prizes as the winner (excluding a trophy and the gold). Third place will also walk away with $15 000 and the corresponding prizes.The initiative was launched as a means of helping to enforce the fight against the global pandemic, COVID-19. Through this tournament iBet Supreme is looking to provide entertainment while reinforcing the necessary measures needed as part of its corporate responsibility.The ‘League of Champions’ will be played online so that participants won’t have to leave their homes, thus adhering to the laws governing the current COVID-19 situation.The criteria for interested persons are as follows: provision of name, address, date of birth (must be 18 or older), PSN ID, Internet Connection Type, team to be played with (no international teams, strictly club team to be used throughout the entirety of the tournament).Registration is already open and for additional tournament information gamers are being encouraged to call 608-7036. The first match day is set for Saturday, April 18, 2020.Supreme Ventures, a well-respected and well-regulated company, operates its Guyanese brand, iBet Supreme, through Supreme Ventures Guyana Holdings Inc. (SVGH) and Supreme Ventures Enterprise Inc. (SVE).
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesTottenham are set to formally complete the signing of Serge Aurier from Paris St-Germain.The Ivory Coast right-back, 24, has been granted a work permit, paving the way for his move to be rubber-stamped.He has already completed a medical and agreed personal terms with Spurs, who had an offer of around £23m accepted by PSG last week.Aurier could therefore make his Premier League debut against Everton on 9 September and his first appearance for Spurs at Wembley in the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund four days later.Chelsea have been linked with the player in recent weeks, as have Manchester United.There were reports in the French media that PSG threatened to sell him to Barcelona or Juventus, where a permit would not be required, if Tottenham failed to finalise the signing by Wednesday afternoon.See also:Winks left out of Under-21 squad because of recent injuryCarter-Vickers signs new deal and completes loan moveMisfiring Kane ‘will start to score’Pochettino expecting more Tottenham signingsTottenham stunned by late Burnley goal at WembleyTottenham vs Burnley player ratingsTottenham complete signing of defender AurierTottenham table bid for Swansea’s Llorente
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It isn’t very often that a successful farm story begins off of the farm, but for the 2015 Charles Boyles Master Shepherd of the Year, it does.Cynthia Koonce of Blue Heron Farm in Lisbon began with a small flock in Maryland with no agriculture background to speak of and eventually moved her operation of 35 sheep to the rugged terrain in the northeast part of the Buckeye State in Columbiana County.“We bought this place 25 years ago,” Koonce said. “It was my dream farm with 225 acres on a lake.”Blue Heron Farm now has 350 ewes, including replacements and the farm is mainly used for lamb production.“I pride myself on my lamb,” Koonce said. “I think we produce the best carcass in the state.”Getting to that level of production didn’t just happen. Koonce has taken many opportunities to educate herself on the industry trends and is always willing to learn something new to make her farm better.“Whether it be a video that ASI puts out, or traveling to the ASI convention or to other parts of the world, I try to take it all in,” Koonce said. “I like to think that because of that extra effort that I am innovative. Part of that is because I wasn’t raised in a farm family.“When we bought our first farm 50 years ago, that was the first exposure I ever had to livestock and I never had an older generation of farmers to kind of dictate what I did on the farm. I just learn by doing, I guess.”One of the early challenges with the acreage that Blue Heron Farm settled on in Ohio was that the land had been heavily stripped years earlier and what was left from mining was not pretty.“It must have been a mess at the time it was stripped,” Koonce said. “From what I have heard and what I have seen on parts of this piece of ground, it was a real mess.”That meant a good bit of effort just to get the land fit for grazing, which was tricky when it came to keeping the land’s multiple waterways clean and keeping the lake neighbors happy downstream.“To me, it has always been a matter of common sense,” Koonce said. “You don’t want any manure running down any streams that are on your property. Fortunately, most of the runoff here is from the woods, but because some waterways are from the pasture, I don’t do crops as a rule.”When the budget allowed, Koonce has put down some lime and fertilizer to keep her pastures up. Rotational grazing has also been very beneficial.Over the years, neighbors have taken note of what Blue Heron Farm has done to protect the environment. Environmental success on Koonce’s property has helped shape he surrounding properties, which has impacted the watershed in a positive way.“A good portion of the land around here is not farmed in the traditional sense,” Koonce said. “It’s grazing and tree farms. I think that is way that it should be so we aren’t contributing to the pollution of our own lake.”Koonce has loved being a part of the sheep industry and has traveled the world meeting with other sheep producers to learn and to teach.“I like meeting sheep people and dealing with sheep people and trading stories with the old guys,” she said. “I really enjoy the personalities of sheep people. Sheep people are a lot alike anywhere in the world.”Koonce’s success in the industry is certainly a useful tool and a roadmap for other farmers or future farmers interested in starting a sheep farm from scratch.“You have to be very selective on the animals that you keep and you have to be sure you put the right genetics with the conditions that you plan on raising a flock in,” said Roger A. High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. “Cynthia has done an ideal job of doing just that in the hills of Columbiana County and has managed her 350 ewes very successfully over the years.”As much as Koonce has led the sheep industry on the farm, she has shown the same type of leadership in the OSIA boardroom.“She brings a fresh, new perspective to our meetings,” High said. “She has been able to collect a lot of information both on a national and international scale and she finds ways to utilize those ideas here in Ohio.”Koonce isn’t one to keep secrets to her success at Blue Heron Farm and her approach to farming is something she openly shares with others.“Cynthia is very smart and she speaks her mind,” said Shawn Ray, president of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. “She knows the subject matter, not by just what she practices, but by what she’s read, seen and learned and when we get into a discussion, she makes people think about what is right and what is wrong. With her farm in northeast Ohio, she is about as far away as she can get from a sheep meeting and she still keeps up great attendance and you have to appreciate her dedication to the industry and the organization. “In a room full of sheep farmers at OSIA meetings, one glaring difference with Koonce is that she brings a different viewpoint because she was not born into the business.“She has a completely different perspective from all of us that grew up around sheep and have been around them all of our life,” said Daryl Clark, an OSIA board member who farms in Muskingum County. “She comes at this industry from a different direction and as a result of that she looks at aspects of what we do that others wouldn’t notice.“Sometimes when we grow up on a farm we maybe get to the point where we are looking too much at some of the financial aspects and she has a 360-degree perspective that I really appreciate about her.”Koonce received her Charles Boyles Master Shepherd of the Year honor on Dec. 12 at the 2015 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium in Wooster.
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. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in When my friend Laura Murphy mentioned that her neighbors in Ripton, Vermont, Chris and Zoe Pike, stayed warm last winter by burning just half a cord of firewood, I was intrigued. So I tracked down the Pikes to learn a few more details about their house.It turned out — surprise, surprise — that the Pikes’ house was designed by Chris Corson of Belfast, Maine. In fact, the Pikes’ house is a virtual replica of the well-publicized Passivhaus that Corson built in Knox, Maine. (GBA has published two stories about the Knox house: Striving for Passivhaus Affordability and Cold-Climate Passivhaus Construction Costs. Chris Corson’s JLC article about the Knox house was titled An Affordable Passive House.)Chris Corson, the founder of Ecocor, is one of two New England builders — the other is Carter Scott in Massachusetts — who have been justly praised for building high-performance cold-climate homes that don’t break the bank.The Pikes hired Alex Carver of Northern Timbers Construction to build their house. Construction was completed last fall.The house sits on a slab-on-grade raft slab foundation that includes 12 inches (about R-50) of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. “Branch River Plastics delivered the EPS foam right to my shop, which is two miles away from the building site,” Carver told me. “We precut the four outside corners. I had to miter the corners, using a combination of hand saw cuts and a hot wire. The house is a rectangle, so that was easy.”The 14-inch-thick walls are a variation of the Klingenberg wall, with 2×4 bearing walls sheathed with OSB and vertical TJIs attached to the exterior side of the OSB sheathing. The TJI bays were insulated with dense-packed cellulose, and the 2×4 bearing wall was insulated with 3.5 inches of Roxul mineral wool, for a total wall R-value of… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members
As the FIFA World Cup is upon us, table clocks of football fans will change the world over. Hosts Brazil, for their enviable World Cup record, continue to be the favourites. But not all in India who will turn all-nighters to watch the matches ‘Live’. Many would be just happy to back the favourites and stay connected with the carnival.For Roberto Da Silva (better known as Beto) and Jose Barreto, though both Brazilians, the occasion means a lot more to them. Barreto spent a decade playing top-level club football in India as he later roped in Beto to make a living, while they struggled for a break back home in the ultra competitive Brazilian football world. “It’s a first for those of our generation since we hosted the World Cup back in 1950. The atmosphere is great. There are a few protests. But it happens everywhere,” says Beto.He will miss the kick off on the 12th as he has to be at work. “I had to give away my ticket to someone before coming to India,” he says. Beto and Barreto will watch Brazil play Croatia in the tournament opener from India where they start their third in a series of football academies to help kids learn football – the Brazilian way.Both the footballers have taken their career call to make good money in India, otherwise ranked 140 odd in the FIFA rankings?. Their chance to give it a shot to become international stars or even performing club footballers at home has long gone for a toss.advertisementFor both, being players and coming from Brazil, they say, they feel for their national stars, who face the challenge of living upto the massive expectations of fans back home. “We can feel for our team?; there is a lot of pressure. It’s important to start well. If we don’t get positive results, then pressure will mount,” says Barretto.And that is the fear. While Brazil have been able to remain one of the giants of the modern game over the years, they are hosting the World Cup after a gap of 64 years. “For us, if Brazil doesn’t move into the next round, it would be disastrous. The mood is ‘we want to be champions’. As it is, finishing second and last means the same for Brazilians,” Beto attempts to simplify what expectation means back home these days.?Both back their team to reach the final, which they call “the best in recent times”?. But what if they fall short? They say in unison, “If not Brazil certainly not Argentina.””Anyone can win but not Argentina,” Barretto smilingly drives home his point. The Latin American rivalry coming to the fore. Brazil has beaten Argentina two of the four times they have met in the mega event but were pushed out by their arch rivals in their last encounter in Italia ’90. Even as the Pele-Maradona greatness debate still rages on, it’s now over to the Neymars and Messis to keep the rivalry alive.If ever Brazil would fall short of support in this part of the world, the Beto and Barretto – Brazilian football academy in Goa, Kolkata and Mumbai will make up. Their cheer may not be riotous but will certainly be boisterous enough, when Neymar scores.
Former world number one Maria Sharapova will be awarded a wildcard by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to play at next month’s Aegon Classic in Birmingham, according to a report in the Times.Sharapova’s current ranking of 258, after a return from a 15-month doping suspension last month, was too low to merit a direct entry for the grasscourt event and the organisers are looking to give her one of the four available wild cards, the report said.The 30-year-old Russian last won the Birmingham event in 2005 but her most recent appearance was in 2010.”We are in the process of deciding which players will receive wild cards for our summer season grass-court tournaments,” an LTA spokesman told the Times.The five-time grand slam winner Sharapova reached the Stuttgart Grand Prix semi-finals last month in her first tournament since being banned but lost 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the second round of the Madrid Open on Monday.The tournament is scheduled from June 17-25 at the Edgbaston Priory Club ahead of the Wimbledon, starting on July 3.Sharapova’s hopes of featuring in this year’s Wimbledon could hinge on a June 20 meeting of tournament organisers unless the Russian finds form in the forthcoming event in Rome.
Imagine you had to mobilize an audience of working moms to advocate for paid sick days – something that too few receive.You could talk about the importance of paid sick days for the working mom. Yawn.Or you could use humor and interactivity to relate to how moms experience this issue – which is by living in fear of getting ill and avoiding sick people like the plague.I pick door #2.So did RisingMoms. This is the first RisingMoms email (and they send too many) I’ve really liked – because it makes the issue sticky and VIRAL!