7 4. Rule Espana (2012)Spain 4 Italy 0In becoming the first team in Euros history to retain the title, Spain very much saved the best for last at Euro 2012. Italy had served notice of their claims with a superb victory over Germany in the semis, while Spain had needed penalties to oust neighbours Portugal. Had the famed golden generation of Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres graced one tournament too many? The answer was a categoric no, as a team playing without a recognised striker – Torres came off the bench with 15 minutes to go – tore the shellshocked Italians to pieces. David Silva, Jordi Alba, Torres and Juan Mata scored the goals in the Euros’ most one-sided final.3. Alfonsoooooo! (2000)Yugoslavia 3 Spain 4More than a decade before Sky’s Martin Tyler screamed ‘Aguerooo!’ into our living rooms, John Motson was doing something similar on the Beeb. This Euro 2000 group game had very little bearing on the tournament as a whole – both sides exited in the quarters – but for pure sporting drama it was irresistible. Spain, then perennial underachievers, needed to win to be sure of qualification, but heading into added time found themselves 3-2 down against 10-man Yugoslavia. Gaizka Mendieta offered what seemed futile hope with a 94th-minute penalty, before largely unheralded striker Alfonso (above) slotted his second of the game in the dying embers. Motty went crazy, Spain went through – and then lost to France. This feature appears in the latest edition of Sport magazine, the brilliant free weekly publication. Their Facebook page is here, they’re on Twitter @SportMagUK and you can download the FREE iPad app here.From a Kuntz of an equaliser to the best volley we have ever seen – Sport Magazine reveals the 20 greatest games in the history of the Euros.20. More years of hurt (1996)England 1 Germany 1 (aet, Germany win 6-5 on pens)Six years after old foes West Germany had put us out of Italia ’90 on penalties, revenge was in the air at Wembley for this Euro ’96 semi. The taste was sweet when Alan Shearer put the hosts ahead on three minutes, less so when Stefan Kuntz equalised soon after. England blew and blew – Darren Anderton hit a post, Paul Gascoigne fell inches short of a tap-in – but they could not blow the German house down. Poor old Gareth Southgate was the only one of 12 to miss in the shootout, as home hopes died.19. Bendtner’s pants (2012)Denmark 2 Portugal 3This five-goal, group-stage thriller is now most remembered for shrinking violet Nicklas Bendtner heading in an 80th-minute equaliser – he had also scored Denmark’s first as they fought back from 2-0 down – and immediately lifting his shirt to reveal green underwear sponsored by bookmaker Paddy Power. Silvestre Varela smashed in Portugal’s winner with three minutes to go, however, and Bendtner was subsequently fined £80,000 (and handed a one-match ban) for his troubles.18. The Panenka (1976)Czechoslovakia 2 West Germany 2 (aet, Czechoslovakia win 5-3 on pens)Reigning world champions West Germany fought back from 2-0 down against another country that no longer exists in the 1976 final, Bernd Holzenbein scoring a 90th-minute equaliser to send the game into extra time. The ensuing penalty shootout has gone down in history thanks to the winning strike from Czech midfielder Antonin Panenka – an audacious, slowmotion chip right down the centre of Sepp Maier’s goal. Plenty have copied him, not always successfully, since.17. Scandi mates (2004)Denmark 2 Sweden 2Scandinavian rivals Denmark and Sweden met in this decisive group game in Portugal, knowing that, whatever Italy did against Bulgaria in the other match, a score draw of 2-2 or more would send both sides through. The Danes led an entertaining contest 2-1 with two minutes left, but up popped Mattias Jonson with the goal that saw both into the last eight. Italy’s 94th-minute winner in Guimaraes only served to enhance their powerless, mourning dismay.16. Sextuple Dutch (2000)Netherlands 6 Yugoslavia 1Edgar Davids had broken Yugoslav hearts in the 92nd minute of these two nations’ last-16 clash at the 1998 World Cup, but two years on Patrick Kluivert and Marc Overmars took those same broken hearts and tore them to shreds. Kluivert scored a hat-trick and Overmars a brace as the Netherlands destroyed their demoralised opposition (see number 3 in this list) in one of the Euros’ most complete team displays – it was the last fixture Yugoslavia ever played at a major tournament.15. Charlton 1 England 0 (1988)England 0 Republic of Ireland 1One of the heroes of 1966 masterminded this day of shame for Bobby Robson and ‘mighty’ England in their Euro ’88 opener. Jack Charlton was the genial Republic of Ireland manager who built a formidable squad that would make the last eight at Italia ’90, but this is where it all started. Ray Houghton’s headed winner after only six minutes wouldn’t necessarily have sent shockwaves across Europe, but it provoked wild celebration across the Irish Sea – and started the ball rolling for a wonderfully woeful, pointless Euros for England.14. Oh Karel (1996)Czech Republic 1 Portugal 0Something of an impostor on a list of great games, this – but it would be hard to ignore a match featuring one of the most iconic goals in Euros history. Karel Poborsky’s lob over Portugal’s Vitor Baia didn’t just prove decisive in this quarter final; it also earned the shaggy-maned Czech a lucrative move to Manchester United – five goals in 32 league appearances over two seasons didn’t scream ‘success’ – and wrote13. Delightful Danny (2012)Sweden 2 England 3Roy Hodgson was shipped in late to take charge of England’s Euro 2012 campaign, and he oversaw this rip-roaring, endto- end group-stage classic. A towering Andy Carroll header gave Roy’s men, minus the suspended Wayne Rooney, the lead – but Sweden scored twice after the break to put England’s qualification in jeopardy. Theo Walcott came off the bench to smack in an equaliser, before Danny Welbeck delivered a delicious flick to win it. Have a bit of that, Zlatan.12. Portu-goooooal! (2000)Portugal 3 England 2Kevin Keegan’s England couldn’t have got off to a better start at Euro 2000. Paul Scholes’ brilliant header and Steve McManaman’s beautifully struck halfvolley – both assisted by David Beckham – had them 2-0 up within 20 minutes. It didn’t last, sadly. Luis Figo’s thunderbolt and a superb stooping header from Joao Pinto saw Portugal’s golden generation level by half-time, and Nuno Gomes banged in the winner on the hour. Poor old Kev could only look on, helpless. Andreas Kopke saves Gareth Southgate’s penalty at Euro 96 1. Nether Netherland (1988)Soviet Union 0 Netherlands 2The Netherlands had been the nearly men of two World Cups in the 1970s, but a new generation of Dutch footballing aristocrats had emerged by the end of the next decade – and, after putting out hosts West Germany in a classic semi that should probably have made this list, they lined up against the eastern-bloc powerhouses of the Soviet Union for the Euro 1988 final. A year before the Berlin Wall came down, this was a match pitting West against East, style against substance, elan against efficiency – and the good guys won. Dutch captain Ruud Gullit (right), extravagantly dreadlocked with strong moustache, rose majestically to nod the Netherlands in front. Then, not long into the second half, Arnold Muhren crossed long to the back post – from where Gullit’s AC Milan teammate, the rangy forward Marco van Basten, struck an improbable, impeccable, irresistibly sweet volley that sailed into the far corner. The Soviets were defeated, the Dutch victorious, and the Euros had their greatest ever goal.Have we missed any of your favourite games? Let us know @SportMagUK 7 8. A good start (1960)France 4 Yugoslavia 5Only four teams took part in the inaugural European Nations Cup, as it was originally called. Hosts France kicked things off against Yugoslavia (right), and even without the retired Just Fontaine – who had scored 13 goals at the World Cup just two years earlier – led 4-2 with 15 minutes to go. The visitors then scored three times in four minutes to secure victory – and set a Euros match record of nine goals that still stands.7. England’s big chance (2004)Portugal 2 England 2 (aet, Portugal win 6-5 on pens)Euro 2004, a tournament won by Greece, was the one Sven Goran-Eriksson and England’s supposed golden generation could have won. Four-goal Wayne Rooney, in his first and still best major tournament, limped off with England 1-0 up in this quarter final against hosts Portugal. Helder Postiga struck late to send the game into extra time; Rui Costa hammered home for 2-1, Frank Lampard pounced for 2-2, but David Beckham and Darius Vassell missed in the shootout. Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo did not.6. Great Danes (1992)Denmark 2 Germany 0Germany: reigning world champions, favourites, playing their first major tournament as a reunited nation. Denmark: flown in from the beach after Yugoslavia had been chucked out, in the final despite winning only one of their four games in 90 minutes. Absolute banker, right? Wrong. On a balmy summer’s evening in Gothenburg, the underdogs – with Peter Schmeichel resembling Ivan Drago in goal – outfought and outplayed the Germans. John Jensen (pictured, centre), scoring with his only shot on target that decade, and Kim Vilfort were the heroes in a true footballing fairytale. 2. Vive la persistance (1984)France 3 Portugal 2 (aet)Long before he was a disgraced suit, Michel Platini (above) was one of the world’s great footballers – and the 1984 Euros, held in his native France, saw him at his peak. He scored hat-tricks in group-stage victories over Belgium and Yugoslavia (them again), but he had been a relative bystander as defender Jean-Francois Domergue (scoring his only international goals) and Portugal forward Jordao exchanged braces in this dramatic semi final. Domergue’s second levelled things with only six minutes of extra time left – but there was still time for Platini to steal the show, swivelling to nervelessly stroke home Jean Tigana’s cross. France were in the final, which they won, and everything went really well for Platini for another 30 years or so. 5. SAS (1996)Netherlands 1 England 4Football came home in the summer of 1996 when, to the soundtrack of Three Lions, El Tel Venables and his exciting England team came as close as any since 1966 to ending those years of hurt. The headiest night of all came when the Netherlands were ripped apart in this group-stage clash. Pauls Ince and Gascoigne drove the side on from the middle, but it was the famed SAS – Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham (above) – who did the real damage. Both scored twice in a brutal, brilliant demolition job, Patrick Kluivert’s late strike adding the cherry of Scotland’s elimination. 7 7 7 11. Trezeguet’s golden strike (2000)France 2 Italy 1 (aet)Not the first time broken Italian hearts feature on this page. Surprise starter Marco Delvecchio had put Dino Zoff’s men ahead early in the second half of the Euro 2000 final. The single goal looked likely to prove decisive, but Sylvain Wiltord, that scorer of big goals, equalised in the third minute of added time – and, after some typical Robert Pires trickery on the left flank, future Juventus legend David Trezeguet spun and crashed in a dramatic golden-goal winner for the world champions.10. Great night, Vienna (2008)Croatia 1 Turkey 1 (aet, Turkey win 3-1 on pens)Vienna staged the most dramatic game of the 2008 Euros, as a quarter final dominated by Slaven Bilic’s Croatia – with Luka Modric superb – drifted goalless towards penalties. Ivan Klasnic rose to give them a deserved lead on 119 minutes, but the Turks rallied and Semih Senturk somehow found an equaliser a minute later. A devastated Croatia missed three of four penalties, Turkey’s ancient keeper Rustu Recber the hero.9. Super Mario (2012)Germany 1 Italy 2Germany had been irresistible in their four previous matches at Euro 2012, whereas Italy had won only one of theirs. But the favourites had never beaten Italy at a major tournament, and that run was to continue as Andrea Pirlo delivered a masterclass of passing in a semi final that would also prove Mario Balotelli’s finest moment. The forward headed the first and thrashed in a second, as Italy progressed to a final that wouldn’t necessarily go as well (see number 4). 7 7
December 25, 2019
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Guitar master Link Wray, the father of the power chord in rock ‘n’ roll who inspired such legends as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Pete Townshend, has died. He was 76. Wray died Nov. 5 at his home in Copenhagen, his wife and son said on his Web site. No cause of death was given, but his family said his heart was “getting tired.” He was buried Friday after a service at Copenhagen’s Christian Church. “While playing his guitar he often told the audience, ‘God is playing my guitar, I am with God when I play,’” his wife, Olive, and son, Oliver Christian, wrote. “We saw you go with God, you were smiling.” Wray, who played in his trademark leather jacket, developed a style considered the blueprint for heavy metal and punk music. He is best known for his 1958 instrumental “Rumble,” 1959 “Rawhide” and 1963 “Jack the Ripper.” His music has been featured in movies including “Pulp Fiction,” “Independence Day” and “Desperado.” Wray, who was born in North Carolina and is three-quarters Shawnee Indian, is said to have inspired many other rock musicians, including Townshend of the Who, Springsteen, Bowie, Bob Dylan and Steve Van Zandt. All have been quoted as saying that Wray and “Rumble” inspired them to become musicians. “He is the king; if it hadn’t been for Link Wray and ‘Rumble,’ I would have never picked up a guitar,’” Townshend wrote on one of Wray’s albums. Neil Young once said: “If I could go back in time and see any band, it would be Link Wray and the Raymen.” The power chord – a thundering sound created by playing fifths (two notes five notes apart, often with the lower note doubled an octave above – became a favorite among rock players. Wray claimed because he was too slow to be a whiz on the guitar, he had to invent sounds. When recording “Rumble,” he created the fuzz tone by punching holes in his amplifiers to produce a dark, grumbling sound. It took off instantly, but it was banned by some deejays in big cities for seeming to suggest teen violence. “I was looking for something that Chet Atkins wasn’t doing, that all the jazz kings wasn’t doing, that all the country pickers wasn’t doing. I was looking for my own sound,” Wray told The Associated Press in 2002. He was born Frederick Lincoln Wray Jr. in 1929 in Dunn, N.C. His two brothers, Vernon and Doug, were also musicians. The three became a country hit as “Lucky Wray and the Palomino Ranch Hands.” Later, after “Rumble,” they became “Link Wray and the Raymen,” or Wraymen, as it was sometimes spelled. Later, the brothers’ relationship soured after a dispute about the rights to “Rumble.” In 1978, he moved to Denmark and married Olive Julie Povlsen. They raised their son in a three-story house on an island where Hans Christian Andersen once lived. Though he went out of style in the ’60s, he was rediscovered by later generations. He toured the United States and Canada since the mid-1990s, playing 40 shows this year. In 2002, Guitar World magazine elected Wray one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
December 18, 2019
Irvette van Blerk has qualified for the Olympics for the first time. (Image: nedbankrunningclub.co.za) Last year, seasoned long distance runner René Kalmer became the fourth-fastest South African female runner ever. (Image: www.MyPE.co.za) Tanith Maxwell’s goal is to run a personal best at the London Olympics.(Image: Tanith Maxwell) MEDIA CONTACTS • René de Klerk Media Coordinator Athletics SA +27 11 880 5800 RELATED ARTICLES • Mutola’s girl Caster off to London • Local athletics brand for Kenya stars • Laureus honour for Blade Runner • Phone tool to boost drug-free sport Wilma den HartighAhead of the 2012 London Olympics, South Africa’s athletics community is celebrating a major victory. For the first time in the history of athletics in the country, three women will represent South Africa at an Olympic marathon.The trio of top long distance athletes – Irvette van Blerk, René Kalmer and Tanith Maxwell – have secured their places to compete against the world’s best at this year’s Olympics.Qualifying for the prestigious international sporting event is no small feat and although the achievement is a highlight for each athlete’s individual career, it is also an important collective milestone for athletics in South Africa.Athletics SA president James Evans says the achievement signals a new era in women’s long distance running. “The future is looking very promising,” Evans says.Frik Vermaak, CEO of Athletics SA, says it is a major achievement for the country and shows that our athletes are not only able to run fast, they are also incredibly focused.First time qualifierIrvette van Blerk’s love for running started as a young girl when she spent hours at the sidelines, cheering on her aunt, former Comrades winner Francis Van Blerk. “I was always at races supporting her and one day I realised that I would like to get my own medals,” Van Blerk says.And this is exactly what she did.She will be taking part in the Olympics for the first time this year, and she feels honoured to be part of Team South Africa. “Qualifying was a wonderful feeling. It is all quite exciting,” she says.Considered one of the country’s top marathon runners, her biggest advantage is a combination of talent and her love for running.Her coach Gerrie Coetzee says that he never doubted her ability to qualify for London 2012. “I wasn’t surprised at all. She has got so much potential,” Coetzee says.He says qualifying for the Olympics demands the same commitment and training needed for any other race. “It requires dedication, time and immense self discipline to stay positive.”What is also remarkable about Van Blerk’s career is that, at just 24 years old, she is considered a very young long distance runner. “The marathon is not typically a race for youngsters because you have to build up your body over years,” Vermaak explains.Running at the Olympics is something she’s been working towards for years and even numerous setbacks couldn’t hold her back.At 17, she had a scooter accident that caused severe injury to her knees at the peak of her running career; then her step-father, who was one of her biggest supporters, passed away in a motorcycle accident; and last year she was hit by a car while training.“I have learnt to be grateful for every run,” she says.She explains that a game plan and intensive training of up to four hours daily, coupled with a bit of good luck, is what she’s counting on for Olympic glory.“There is a lot that can go wrong, but I hope it is my lucky day,” she says. “Bringing back a medal will be wonderful, but my goal is to run my personal best.”SA’s fourth-fastest female runnerLast year, seasoned long distance runner René Kalmer became the fourth-fastest South African female runner ever.Kalmer, 31, made headlines in November last year when she ran a time of two hours, 29 minutes, 59 seconds – an achievement that saw her better the Olympic A-standard qualifying time by more than seven minutes.It is the fastest time by a South African long distance runner since 1999 and only Elana Meyer, Colleen de Reuck and Frith van der Merwe have run faster.Looking back, Kalmer had no idea that she would one day beat Meyer’s record – the petite champion was one of her childhood idols.Kalmer is about to board an aeroplane to Japan to run one last half marathon before her training for the Olympics starts in earnest, but she doesn’t sound rushed at all.“I am looking forward to the marathon. I qualified in Japan so I have good memories of the country,” she says.She first started dreaming of going to the Olympic Games when Elana Meyer won a silver medal in Barcelona. Years later, her dream to run at Olympic level was realised when she qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the women’s 1 500 metres.She says that having another opportunity to compete at the Olympics is an honour. “I think this time I know what to expect. Going to the Olympics is every sportsperson’s ultimate dream and it is a very emotional experience,” she says.A running career is filled with many glorious moments of crossing the finish line, hearing the crowds cheer and receiving medals, but Kalmer says that walking into the stadium when she took part in the 2008 Olympics is a moment she will never forget.“It is such an experience, thinking of the training and realising it has all been worth it,” she says. “It takes many sacrifices.”Kalmer also doesn’t hesitate to share her secret to success. “My secret is that I really like running,” she says.But according to Kalmer her running career had a modest start and didn’t involve much more than competing for a t-shirt, medal or badge. She believes that this actually counted in her favour as she never had to deal with the pressure that many young athletes have to cope with.“I wasn’t that good as a junior runner and some days I still wonder why I am so blessed to be doing what I do.”Running a personal bestJust go out and run a personal best – this is what is motivating Tanith Maxwell ahead of the London Olympics.“I am driven to be the best possible athlete that I can be over the marathon distance and to achieve my best marathon time,” Maxwell says.Her list of achievements is pages long, but for her success lies in enjoying the sport and being physically and mentally prepared.“I think that first and foremost you have to enjoy the sport, have personal goals in place and know where your ultimate goal lies,” she says.Running has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Whether it was a casual run with the family’s Border Collie, or jogging to keep up with her parents while they were on holiday – she was always running.“But it was only in high school that I started taking my running a bit more seriously,” she says.Running is a demanding sport and Maxwell says it is important to find a way to deal with doubts. “There are always times when one doubts one’s ability, either during a race or in the training leading up to a race.”“Every time I cross the finishing line I experience a feeling that cannot be described,” she says. “It is something so amazing that it makes all the hard training worthwhile and makes me want to get out there the following day and start aiming for the next goal.”According to her there is no shortcut to marathon training. “It requires complete dedication and that means sacrifices along the way.”Setting the standardEven though the three women runners will be competing against each other at the London Olympics, Kalmer says that the trio’s presence at the games is a big step forward for women in sport in South Africa. “We are setting the benchmark,” she says.• Slideshow photo courtesy of athletics.com.au
December 18, 2019
Johannesburg, Friday 08 March 2019 – International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This day was identified for well over a century ago, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.This year’s campaign theme #BalanceforBetter, is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference? The United Nations Women is an entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women supports #BalanceforBetter. This is done through putting emphasis on achieving a gender-equal world that requires social innovations to work for both women and men, leaving no one behind. It begins with making sure that women’s and girls’ needs and experiences are integrated at the very inception of technology and innovations.Africa has and continues to make strides in achieving gender-equality, with women like, Aja Fatoumata C.M. Jallow-Tambajang a Gambian politician and activist who served as Vice-President of the Gambia and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the Liberian President and the first democratically-elected female President on the African continent. While in South Africa, a country with a widely admired constitution ranks 2nd place out of the G20 members, with at least 42% seats in parliament held by women. Another first for the country is Phetogo Molawa, who became the first woman of colour to take command of the SA Air Force.As the country celebrates International Women’s Day, Brand South would like to remind all South Africans, to play their part towards progressive change, that promotes constitutional awareness of a free and fair society for all. To this end, and in strengthened efforts to elevate women’s voices, the organisation has partnered with W-Suite, a platform for advocacy and action aimed at bringing woman into key leadership and operational roles, particularly in the C-Suite across organisations, markets and governments.Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said; “it is important that we are very much aware of what the Constitution’s promise to women is and live up to it. The W-Suite is a platform that reminds women to have the power to act, and if we know this reality we become aware and believe that we uplift each other”.The W-Suite media launch will be held on 20th March 2019 at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), Johannesburg, more details to be shared closed to the time.
December 17, 2019
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Farms are now exempt from reporting air emissions from animal waste after the EPA on Tuesday finalized a new rule amending the emergency release notification regulations under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, or EPCRA.In April 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, struck down a 2008 EPA rule that exempted large animal feeding operations from reporting air pollutants generated by animal waste.Back in 2008, the George W. Bush administration exempted animal feeding operations from having to report ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions, in particular. At the time, the agency estimated the rule would save farms more than a million hours, more than $60 million in compliance costs and eliminate about 160,000 hours and $8 million in government costs over 10 years.The action prompted a number of environmental groups to sue the EPA.Prior to the Bush administration’s rule, federal law required concentrated animal feeding operations and other industrial facilities to notify government officials when pollution levels exceeded public safety thresholds.The agency’s action on Tuesday drew praise from a number of agriculture groups that had been fighting for another exemption.The National Milk Producers Federation is one of those groups.“We are pleased with the outcome of EPA’s painstaking efforts,” Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and CEO, said in a statement. “This final rule codifies what’s been the right thing to do all along.”EPA concluded in October 2017 that air emissions from manure did not need to be reported under EPCRA, electing at the time to engage in this latest rulemaking. EPA concluded that air emissions were a result of “routine agricultural operations” and were exempt from EPCRA reporting.A number of environmental groups led by Waterkeeper Alliance challenged the agency’s 2008 decision, claiming animal feeding operations should be required to report emissions through two laws. Those laws are the CERCLA and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, or EPCRA.The National Milk Producers Federation said in a news release it anticipates the latest rule will be challenged in court.On March 23, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, that includes the “Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act” or the “FARM Act.” That law exempts air emissions reporting from animal waste.“This final rule provides clarity and certainty to the regulated community that animal waste emissions from farms do not need to be reported under EPCRA,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a news release.“This action eliminates an onerous reporting requirement and allows emergency responders and farmers to focus on protecting the public and feeding the nation, not routine animal waste emissions.”Jennifer Houston, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said the rule is important to livestock producers.“Farmers, ranchers and emergency response officials all agree: Routine emissions from agricultural operations are not a threat to local communities,” she said in a statement.“Congress made a common-sense decision to exempt livestock producers from frivolous reporting requirements at the federal level with its passage of the FARM Act, and we are glad to see EPA fully implement the law by providing relief from burdensome state and local reporting requirements,” Houston said. “Rather than submitting needless paperwork, talking to responders about potential on-farm hazards can save lives. The removal of this unnecessary burden will allow first responders to focus on real emergencies, and will allow livestock producers to focus on feeding the world.”National Pork Producers Council President David Herring said in a statement the appeals court ruling would have forced tens of thousands of livestock farmers to report emissions from manure on their farms to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center. This would have subjected farmers to citizen lawsuits.“The pork industry wants regulations that are practical and effective, but applying CERCLA and EPCRA to livestock farms is neither,” Herring said. “Pork producers are very strong stewards of the environment and have taken many actions over the years to protect it.”Todd Neeley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.orgFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(ES/)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
December 15, 2019
Matt Asay Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now The Hadoop market is getting interesting. Last year it was a death match between startups vying to own the heart of the project. Today it’s a veritable smorgasbord of big-brand vendors getting involved to ensure they claim a big piece of the Big Data pie. Unlike American youth athletics, not everyone will get to take home a trophy.Hadoop plays a key role in the burgeoning Big Data market, and represents a $13 billion market by 2017, according to Markets and Markets. (IDC pegs the market much, much lower at $812.8 million in 2016, but its numbers don’t seem credible to me as they don’t even seem to include Cloudera’s sales.) Given that Big Data is hot, and Hadoop’s data processing engine sits at its core, there’s going to be a lot of money trading hands for Hadoop-related products and services.Not everyone is going to collect.SiliconAngle’s John Furrier has challenged me on this, arguing that Hadoop is “not a winner take all market.” While I, too, can see multiple winners in Hadoop, just as there have been in Linux (e.g., Red Hat dominates license/services revenue, but IBM, HP, and others make arguably more with related hardware, complementary software products, and professional services), markets don’t tend toward entropy. They trend toward consolidation.Today, the Hadoop ecosystem increasingly represents entropy:Cloudera, Hortonworks, and MapR remain the early favorites, but with very different approaches. Hortonworks positions itself as the 100% open source player; Cloudera somewhat does the same, but adds in complementary, proprietary bits, mostly around managing Hadoop, to add value to Hadoop (and its top line revenue); and MapR provides a hybrid open source/proprietary Hadoop distribution that swaps out HDFS for its proprietary NFS storage layer.EMC Greenplum has been involved with Hadoop for several years, and is set to release a new distribution of Hadoop called Pivotal HD. I’ve labeled Pivotal HD proprietary, but EMC’s Hadoop team has taken issue with this characterization, arguing that PivotalHD is 100% open source, with complementary functionality (like HAWQ) available as add-ons. Point well taken, and I apologize for my misunderstanding. I was wrong, perhaps not surprisingly getting confused by Pivotal HD’s product page, which says little about open source. But what seems clear is that customers won’t be confused by EMC’s value proposition: Hadoop with an advanced SQL query engine to make it easier and more powerful to use.Intel just got into the game with its own Hadoop distribution. Basically, you can think of it as Hadoop on (Intel Xeon™ processor, Intel SSD, and Intel 10GbE networking.hardware) steroids.For those who don’t want to run Hadoop within the datacenter, Amazon offers Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR). As of April 2012, EMR was powering over 1 million Hadoop clusters. Presumably this number is much bigger today.Many, many others including IBM BigInsights, a range of startups, and more.Will all of these companies make serious bank on Hadoop? No. Will some of them? Sure.Ultimately, the winners in Hadoop will be those that invest most heavily in its success, as they will be perceived as the companies best positioned to help would-be customers succeed with Hadoop’s complexities. But how they invest is up for discussion. Code to Apache Hadoop? Value-adding extensions?Success isn’t about open source purity, as Gartner’s Merv Adrian posits: it’s about making customers successful. As we saw with Linux, where Red Hat is both the top contributor to the Linux kernel and the company that harvests the most revenue from distributing Linux, contributing code is a great way to signal to the market that you’re a leader and capable of getting code fixes to support customers. Code matters.But code contributions are not the only way to demonstrate leadership and attract customers. Ultimately, companies that make it easier to get value from Hadoop will win big. There may be more than one such company. Indeed, there almost certainly will be. But there won’t be 20 of them. Or even 10. Enterprise IT is simply not going to be able to manage a polyglot Hadoop distribution ecosystem. That’s not the way markets work. No one wants to be “long tail” vendor, and customers don’t want to buy from them, either, as Hugh MacLeod humorously points out on Gaping Void:Source: GapingVoidArt. Used with permission.The Hadoop market over the next year is going to be hugely interesting. And bloody.Image courtesy of Ehab Othman / Shutterstock. Tags:#Cloudera#EMC#Gartner#Hadoop#Hortonworks#IBM#Intel#Open Source#PivotalHD IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
December 3, 2019
Mumbai: Under pressure to accelerate economic growth and become a $1 trillion economy by 2025, Maharashtra Budget has seamlessly blurred lines between the industries and the services sectors. While defining the new sector as ‘Service Industry’, the government hopes that it will contribute 89% to the State’s economy by the end of 2018, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said in the budget speech on Friday.“Globally, the blurring of the lines has created more jobs and prospects. The new Service Industry is the special focus of our budget, which has created the fundamental infrastructure for this new category,” said an official of the State finance department.The Economic Survey released on Thursday estimated services to grow by 9.7% in 2017-2018, compared to 9.6% in the previous year. The industry sector grew by 7.2% in 2015-2016, the survey said. Keeping in mind the specific needs of the new sector, the government has announced in the Budget a new Logistic Policy, while the logistic sector has been declared an industry, the Finance Minister said.The initiative for indigenisation of defence equipment gets a thrust, while the new FinTech Policy aims to provide capital support to set up of innovative financial services platform, particularly for the poor who are not serviced by the banking sector. “The new category will create not only jobs but give special impetus to our economic growth,” said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
December 1, 2019
The wife of Jharkhand lynching case victim Tabrez Ansari demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident saying she did not have faith in the investigation being carried out by the district police.She also sought restoration of murder charge against the accused while reacting to the scaling down of charges from Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC to Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC against the 11 named accused.Ansari (24) was beaten up with rods while tied to a pole and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ over an alleged theft on June 17 at Dhatkidih villager under Seraikela police station. He had died on June 22. “I strongly demand a CBI probe into the incident of lynching of my husband as I have no faith in the investigation by the district police,” said 19-year-old Shaista Parveen.Ms. Parveen asked why the police did not shift her husband to a hospital after the assault instead of sending him to jail. “I will not accept anything less than death sentence against the prime accused and life term for the other accused,” she said. Altogether 13 people were named accused in the case. While the police have chargesheeted 11 of them, the probe is under way against two. Asked whether she has demanded for CBI inquiry in writing, Ms. Parveen said she has raised the issue before media and is contemplating to write about it to the authorities concerned. She also said that no compensation has been given to her.
November 17, 2019
Belgium failed to reach their first final of the FIFA World Cup after their dreams were shattered by France in the semi-final in St Petersburg.The current crop of players regarded by many as the “Golden Generation” will now concentrate on winning the third-place playoff on Saturday. They will wait the losers of the second semi-final between Croatia and England on Wednesday.Belgium’s best finish at a World Cup so far has been fourth when they lost the third-place playoff to France in the 1986 showpiece tournament.There were scenes of despair in Belgium after their one of the narrowest defeat to neighbours France, who reached the final for the third time in last six World Cups.World Cup 2018: Mick Jagger, King Philippe add glitz to high-octane semifinalFrance were the first time finalists when they won the World Cup in 1998 after beating Brazil in the summit clash. The second time they reached the final was in 2006 but lost to eventual champions Italy in a closely-fought contest.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEDREAMS SHATTEREDBelgians tasted bitterness in their beer.”I feel ill,” said Denis Backaert, 34, after watching France prevail 1-0 in the tightest of semi-final encounters between two sharp sides in St. Petersburg. “I’ve been dreaming for about a month,” Backaert, who works in logistics, said at an outdoor screening in Brussels. “And against France, too, that’s so frustrating … I can’t bear it.””It was close. Both sides played very well,” said economics student Alpha Omba. “It’s just a shame. There was nothing in it.”advertisementFrance reach 3rd World Cup final, Belgium’s unbeaten streak ends: Key statsLike most of the country of 11 million, he was still proud of the team’s performance at the World Cup, stunning Brazil in the quarter-final and putting recent disappointments behind it as Spanish coach Roberto Martinez galvanised a diverse group of millionaire club stars into a highly motivated unit.Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted: “Bravo, Red Devils, for your performances and for having thrilled us all the way to the semi-finals.””We’d like to have got to the final,” said Omba, 18. “But we’ve done very well.”Samuel Umtiti proud of Les Bleus as France storm into finalMany fans and players pay little attention to the third-place playoff but for Belgium, to win it would go one better than an earlier “golden generation” who lost both the semi-final and playoff in 1986.We are so proud of our fans.We are proud of ourselves also.We love #Football.Our @FIFAWorldCup has been amazing so far.The journey continues. #REDTOGETHER we go for that third place !#WorldCup#FRABEL pic.twitter.com/Nm4EuhQ2NqBelgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) July 10, 2018Sophie Franssen, a 31-year-old banking assistant, confessed she was not a big soccer fan but felt the tournament had lifted the mood of the country and brought its often fractious French- and Dutch-speakers, as well as immigrant communities, together.”It’s very good for Belgium,” she said. “We’re all behind one flag, we’re all behind one team.”It’s a pity. Next time maybe.”As for who they will be backing come Sunday, when France will face either Croatia or ancient rivals England, some in Belgium admit that, for all their closeness to French culture, especially in the French-speaking south, it will be hard to cheer for Tuesday’s victors in the “Asterix vs Tintin” derby.World Cup 2018: After 20 summers, history awaits Didier Deschamps”I don’t mind,” said student Alpha Omba. “As long as the French don’t win.”FRENCH FANS ECSTATICFrance began dreaming of World Cup glory after a two-decade wait after Les Bleus reached the final, unleashing a wave of soccer euphoria across the country. French fans celebrate after their football team reached the World Cup 2018 final (Reuters Photo)Delirious supporters draped in the Tricolor flag spilled on to Parisian boulevards as the blare of car horns reverberated through the French capital. In a fan zone outside City Hall on the banks of the River Seine, jubilant supporters embraced and lit smoke flares.”I’m totally blown away, this is crazy,” said 41-year-old Gilles Rove in Paris’ Belleville neighbourhood. “Nobody believed this could happen at the beginning of the World Cup, but this team has really shown something in recent weeks.”This team gives me goosebumps, even more so than the team of 1998,” he added, in reference to the last time France won the World Cup, on home soil against Brazil 20 years ago.”We’re going to the final, we’re going to the final,” scores chanted in one central Paris bar before breaking out into an impromptu rendition of the La Marseillaise national anthem.advertisementFrench President Emmanuel Macron delivers on World Cup 2018 promiseThe partying was marred by clashes between riot police and mobs on the iconic Champs Elysees avenue. Live TV images showed bare-chested men hurling plastic crowd-control barriers and other missiles at the armed officers, who charged back.In the southern city of Nice, more than two dozen fans were hurt when the detonation of firecrackers triggered a brief stampede near the seafront.Hundreds of thousands of fans had poured on to the Champs Elysees and around the Arc de Triomphe as bars, cafes and restaurants enjoyed a bumper evening of revelry after the World Cup equivalent of a local derby between the neighbouring rivals.”SEE YOU WITH THE CUP”Some French fans were already looking forward to a possible final clash against long-time rivals England, who play Croatia in the second semi-final on Wednesday.”Our unfortunate Belgian cousins were just not quite good enough. But it was Europe which won, and it would be amusing if we were to beat the English,” said 45-year-old Francois Garnier who watched the game near the Eiffel Tower. President of France Emmanuel Macron (Reuters Photo)In St Petersburg, ecstatic French fans sang their way out of the stadium, relishing the prospect of a final against England or Croatia.Belgium fans filed quietly out of the arena, while back home they drowned their sorrows in beer after their dreams of a first World Cup final were shattered by their bigger French neighbours.”I feel ill,” said Denis Backaert, 34, after watching France prevail 1-0 in the tightest of semi-finals between two quality teams in St Petersburg.The Paris party is in full swing #FRABEL #worldcup pic.twitter.com/ibP8H70BeGWorld Cup 2018 (@WorldsCup2018) July 10, 2018France won in front of President Emmanuel Macron, whose popularity has dropped in opinion polls and will be hoping for a World Cup bounce. The French leader went down to the players’ dressing-room after the match.Asked what Macron told the players, Les Bleus young forward Kylian Mbappe told TF1: “He said he would come back for the final, to see us with the cup.”(With inputs from Reuters)
October 28, 2019
Juventus in contact with Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksenby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are in contact with Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.Tuttosport says Eriksen is being courted by Juventus, who are eyeing up the midfielder on a free transfer next summer. Eriksen, who arrived at Tottenham from Ajax in 2013, was keen to leave the club in the summer, but a preferred move to Spain never materialised. But despite scoring in the North London derby against Arsenal on September 1, the Dane is yet to hit top form this season as speculation continues to swirl on his future and Juventus are now interested.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be dissatisfied with Eriksen’s current situation, and unhappy that a player keen for a fresh challenge in the summer was not offloaded. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say