QPR target not willing to stay – report

first_imgJunior Hoilett has indicated that he would not be willing to stay at Blackburn if they are relegated, The Sun reports.QPR have made enquiries about the highly-rated winger, who has been discussing a new contract at Ewood Park.Meanwhile, Barcelona are lining up a summer move for Chelsea defender David Luiz despite the departure of Pep Guardiola, according to the Daily Mirror.Guardiola was previously linked with a swoop for the Brazilian and it is claimed that his successor as Barca boss, Tito Vilanova, is also keen.It is said that the Catalan giants are planning a massive bid for Luiz although it would take an offer of around £30m to prise him away from Stamford Bridge.The Mirror also say that new England manager Roy Hodgson wants Fulham coach Ray Lewington to be his assistant, while a number of papers suggest Rio Ferdinand is likely to tell Hodgson that he is willing to play alongside Chelsea’s John Terry at Euro 2012.And the Daily Mail report that Ezequiel Lavezzi, who is apparently wanted by Chelsea, is ready to leave Napoli after a dispute with president Aurelio de Laurentiis – but the Italians want £28m for him. Click here for Thursday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Germinate Film Fest offers unique way to share and learn about agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseSome may be curious why Ohio, or anywhere for that matter, would host a film festival around the topic of agriculture. Yet, it is not difficult to see how influential video and other media can be in today’s society and there is no question agriculture needs to find new ways to reach out in informative and entertaining ways. With this in mind, Ohio State University Extension is hosting a truly unique event this month with the Germinate International Film Fest in Hillsboro, Aug. 16 and 17.“The Germinate International Film Fest is entirely focused on agriculture, rural communities and our natural resources. This is really the first film festival of its kind anywhere that is truly focused on this type of content,” said Brooke Beam, with Ohio State University Extension in Highland County. “We’ve had a great turnout of individuals who wanted to apply and submit to the film festival. We are really excited to share this with everyone. We have over 70 entries that will be included. We have everything from a local fifth grader who made a film about his steer that he is taking to the county fair to feature length documentaries that have been shown at multiple film festivals around the world. We have a diverse content we have to share and we are exited to host folks here in Hillsboro, Ohio. We also have such a wonderful agricultural community here to highlight.”At the event, attendees can learn about agriculture from the perspective of agricultural producers, researchers, and rural community members. The event will also be a forum for open discussion about agricultural, environmental, and rural community development topics important to the public. The films curated for this event highlight the resiliency of rural communities and the individuals who are making these communities thrive.Visitors can attend live film screenings and participate in hands-on workshops on video production, photography, agriculture, natural resources, astronomy, and community development topics. The films that will be included in the festival have been selected based upon both agricultural content and quality.“To be selected for the film festival, it needed to be something relevant and timely. All of the films have been screened by Extension educators and folks from the Ohio State University Theater Department. They have been screened for agricultural content and the filmmaking ability. It is a two-part review process they have gone through,” Beam said. “The quality of the films has been excellent. This is a great opportunity to come see some world-class films right here in Hillsboro.”The films cover a broad range of agriculturally related topics from soybean production to sharing the roads in Amish country. Common themes among the films — especially the “shorts” — are research, conservation, local foods and production agriculture. The Fest also features longer documentaries, a tour of Bell’s Opera House, visits to the Hillsboro Farmers Market, and more.“We have a photography exhibit and a virtual reality experience. One virtual reality film is a tour of Antarctica from the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State. We have a couple films from Netflix. We have two dinners — one in the decommissioned firehouse downtown and another locally sourced dinner at Karnes Orchard. We also have some workshops, a drone demonstration, and a beef taste testing program to learn how beef production influences taste,” she said. “We have a wide variety of things to get everyone a taste of different aspects of agriculture and natural resources in the region.”The preparation process for the event has been challenging, but has all come together.“It has taken quite a bit of effort to make this a reality. It has been a discussion for about a year and the planning started back in February, but it should be a great event for everyone of all ages,” Beam said. “We have some great partners here. Southern State Community College is letting us use their state-of-the-art theater and some of their lecture rooms. We are also conveniently located between Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, so it is not a long drive from anywhere in central Ohio.“We have tickets available. We have one space that holds 400 and another that holds 88 so we can hold quite a few folks. I know some filmmakers are coming from California and other states so we are hoping for a great turnout. I would encourage everyone to order their tickets in advance so they know they have a seat saved.”The Germinate International Film Fest hopes to pair the art and science of movie production with the art and science of food production in a way that appeals to those who love both food and films.“As media and technology advances, agricultural producers and anyone who wants to share a story need to be able to understand how to create their own video and multimedia. Having an opportunity for producers to submit things like this and participate in a film festival helps us start to expand our abilities to create video production and help us share our stories with community members. Research has found that individuals who are not from an agricultural background think documentary films are trustworthy sources of information, almost equal to the news. So being able to understand how consumers are influenced by films is important to talk about so we can understand public perceptions and the things being discussed in films,” Beam said. “As we look at media trends, by 2021 it is estimated that 80% of the Internet traffic in the U.S. will consist of videos. So if we can encourage more folks to make videos — and if they have a place like this that is friendly for ag to showcase our work — maybe we’ll get to see more positive things representing the agricultural industry in the future.”For more information on the Germinate International Film Fest visit u.osu.edu/germinateinternationalfilmfest/.last_img read more

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Abueva unfazed by Alaska’s slew of losses: ‘We will come back’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska is in the middle of its worst losing streak in franchise history but brash forward Calvin Abueva is not a bit bothered.Despite losing its 10th straight game, Abueva is confident the Aces are capable of entering the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs and turning their fortunes around.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ll make the playoffs and of course we’ll return the favor to Phoenix,” said Abueva who finished with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re really not that concerned,” said Abueva in Filpino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena after losing to Phoenix 95-93.“We will come back and of course we’ll do something to stop this losing streak.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlaska is 0-2 so far in the PBA Governors’ Cup but it lost eight straight games at the close of the Commissioner’s Cup.The Aces’ latest loss was a hard blow with Fuel Masters’ Eugene Phelps dealing the final jab at the buzzer. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Dellavedova surprised with PBA’s physicality Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

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Mets Finish Off Phillies, 11-2

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Maybe hitting the road will help the Philadelphia Phillies.Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs, Bartolo Colon threw seven-plus sharp innings and the New York Mets beat the floundering Phillies 11-2 on June 2 in a makeup from an April rainout.After playing 39 innings in the three previous games, the teams finally didn’t go extras. The Mets took four of five from the Phillies and are 9-1 in Citizens Bank Park, dating to last season.“Tough series, grueling games, long games,” Manager Ryne Sandberg said. “We had our chances. We came up short on offensive side.”The last-place Phillies went 4-7 on a season-long 11-game homestand and are 12-19 in Philadelphia. They’re a season-worst seven games under .500 and barely resemble the team that won five consecutive NL East titles from 2007-11.“We didn’t play that well this homestand,” Chase Utley said. “Nothing we can do about it now. We have to go on the road and win games.”Despite their struggles, the Phillies are only 6½ games behind Atlanta in the NL East. “We’ve shown better baseball before this series. We’ll continue to work at it,” Sandberg said.Roberto Hernandez (2-3) failed to pitch six innings for the sixth time in 10 starts. He allowed five runs — four earned — and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. “Hernandez had good stuff,” Sandberg said. “Lack of run support. Lack of sound, fundamental baseball.”Colon (5-5) allowed two runs and six hits to win his third straight decision. The 41-year-old righty has a 1.61 ERA in his last three outings.Bobby Abreu and Lucas Duda hit consecutive doubles in the second to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.The Mets chased Hernandez in the sixth. Matt den Dekker and Daniel Murphy hit consecutive singles to start the inning. David Wright drove them both in with a shot off the wall in center. After a one-out walk to Abreu, Hernandez was replaced by Mario Hollands.Duda hit a grounder to second base that should’ve been an inning-ending double play, but Utley booted it for an error. Flores then looped a two-run double down the right-field line for a 5-0 lead.The Mets blew it open with six runs in the ninth off Jake Diekman and Phillippe Aumont capped by Flores’ hitting a grand slam, his second career homer in 145 at-bats.Den Dekker, called up from Triple-A Las Vegas a day after being sent down, robbed Ryan Howard of his third homer in three games. He jumped above the short wall in center and grabbed Howard’s drive in the second.Den Dekker saved another run in the third when he threw out Reid Brignac trying to score from second on Ben Revere’s single. Brignac hadn’t even reached third base when den Dekker fielded the ball in medium center, but third-base coach Pete Mackanin inexplicably waived him home.Howard’s RBI groundout in the sixth ended Colon’s scoreless innings streak at 16 1-3. Revere scored on Jeurys Familia’s wild pitch in the eighth to cut it to 5-2.(ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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