Tornek Says Being Mayor is a Full-Time Job

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Pasadena Now interviewed Mayor Terry Tornek and mayoral candidate and District 5 City Councilman Victor Gordo. The candidate and incumbent were asked one primary question.“What are the biggest pre- and post-election issues facing the city?”Additional questions were asked to flush out their answers.Mayor Terry Tornek told Pasadena Now that social justice, housing and the recovery of the local economy will be some of the primary issues facing the city after the mayoral election in November.“I think that as hard as it may be to believe, even with this remarkable and unprecedented environment that we’re in, most of the fundamental issues that confront the city will be the same after the election as they were before the election. It’s just that they’ll be more intense in some areas.“For example, the social justice issues that have gotten so much attention now were always important issues in the city. It’s just that the level of attention being applied intensified. Income equity and housing choices and the financial pressure that people are under and food security and police oversight, that whole list existed before the election. They’re not brand new issues.”Just the second elected mayor in modern times, Tornek was handpicked for the City Council by his predecessor Sid Tyler. Tornek served two terms as the District 7 City Councilmember before winning the mayor’s race in 2015. He also served as Pasadena’s Planning Director and helped establish the redevelopment plan for Old Pasadena and worked to update the city’s General Plan. erry was elected twice to serve as City Councilmember for District 7.Tornek and Councilman Victor Gordo are meeting in a runoff election on Nov. 3. Gordo finished first in the March primary with 18,586 votes, or 46.52 percent, to Tornek’s 16,607 votes, or 41.57 percent.“Housing was already a hot topic,” Tornek said. “Now it’s even more intense. There are some people that have not been paying rent. Assuming they can get back to work, they’re going to be challenged to pay not only their existing rent, but the back rent that they owe. There are a whole series of challenges that affect a lot of people in our community, and the city is going to have to intervene in some ways we certainly haven’t had to in the past. But the fundamental issue that underlies all of that from the city leadership point of view is if the city doesn’t have the resources to maintain its own services, it’s certainly not going to be in a position to help other people.”But even as the city plans to do what it can to help businesses and local residents, Tornek knows the city is in uncharted waters.“The problem that we have is that the storm isn’t over. We don’t even know how long this is going to last. So it’s clear that we’re going to be in continued stress from the pandemic and its associated economic fallout for an extended period.On the important issues…One of the crises we’ve been confronted with is social justice and the desire to have some additional civilian oversight. I identified that. I heard what the people had to say loud and clear, not just the people in the street, but people who had never been engaged in this issue in the past, who were now saying, ‘Gee, something’s not right here. We need to correct it.’“I signed President Obama’s pledge through the process that they suggested in terms of information gathering, and then reached out to the public to hear what they had to say, set a firm time horizon on it, and then tried to accomplish reform. I was criticized as politicizing it and not following the normal process to bring it forward. That would have taken months and months, maybe a year. And I weathered that. I showed real leadership.“We had a unanimous vote for the City Council. On the reforms that John Kennedy and I put forward, I think that’s what leadership is. It’s not being afraid to step out of the norm.I’ve spent this week, several hours talking with the City Attorney’s Office and with other people in the community about the language going forward. So there’s more work involved in figuring out what the language should look like to implement that ordinance. That work continues.“We can’t just do business as usual. Going forward with what the city is going to have to do to recover actively, I think that means taking a risk. I took a risk with Measures I and J. Proposing increases in taxes is not typically a popular political posture for a politician to take.“I laid the predicates forth in all my State of the City addresses and tried to bring information to the public about how the city spends its money and why we were coming up short and then I went for it and then ran that campaign and we won handily. That was political leadership. The same thing happened on civilian oversight. It’s the same way I managed the minimum wage campaign, another tremendously controversial proposition that I got another unanimous vote on. The votes of the City Council on those three issues, the minimum wage, Measures I and J, and now police oversight were all unanimous. That’s because I did the homework. I did the work with the people. I listened to the people, and I was willing to stake out a position that was very clear and direct and then I listened to my colleagues and it is necessary, and we got a unanimous vote out of it. And I think that that is the mark of an effective leader. And that’s the basis of which I go to the public and ask them for their votes for re-election.”On leading during the crisis…“In addition to campaigning, I have a responsibility to govern. I was on a conference call about changing the regulations. I was on the weekly conference call with Supervisor (Kathryn) Barger and Mayor (Eric) Garcetti and Mayor Garcia from Long Beach and the county public health officials talking about the rollout of the LA county’s new regulations. This is stuff that happens during my day. It’s not necessarily highly visible, but it’s my responsibility in terms of being the incumbent mayor of Pasadena, I have to continue to stay advised and participate in these discussions about opening businesses.“I only have one vote among the eight, but it’s a critical vote. And, it’s a matter of trying to do the work, to devote the time and the effort and the skill to actually doing the work. I think I’ve demonstrated my ability and my willingness to do the work and then work with my colleagues to get the right conclusion. Sometimes it’s not a popular thing to do and you have to be willing to take a punch. And you know, I’ve taken my share, but, I’ve listened carefully to what the public had to say on all of these issues and tried to find a place that the community could rally around.“And I think I’ve demonstrated my ability to do that. I haven’t had complete success in every step of the way. I’ve been criticized as being a little abrupt and, you know, not that warm and fuzzy. I accept that. My wife’s been telling me that for 52 years. But, you know, I know how to get things done, and I know how to listen to people to find out what they think needs to be done. I’ve earned the right to ask to keep doing the job.”On getting businesses open…“[Last week] I got to participate in a ribbon cutting for Randy’s Donuts, which is the first ribbon cutting we’ve had in I don’t know how long. It’s great to see a new business opening on Lake Avenue in Pasadena. We’ve got to have business reopening and flourishing if we’re going to continue to employ our residents and fund the city.“What was a kind of a booming local business economy is now much more challenged, particularly with regard to small businesses, restaurants, and other mainstays of our economy. Some of these businesses are not going to reopen over the next couple of months, They can’t survive. That’s particularly true if our friends in Washington don’t get off their duffs and pass another stimulus package because these businesses just won’t make it.“We have to be very vigilant and alert, and smart about how we manage our own finances. The only reason we’ve been able to intervene and help with some of these new programs is because we started with money in the bank. Now we’re spending that money. It’s there for emergencies, it’s there for a rainy day and it’s pouring outside. But when the reserves are gone, they’re gone. And if these businesses aren’t reopening and they’re not refilling the coffers, we’ve got a serious problem. So it’s a very challenging environment, for many of our residents and also for the city government itself.”Responding to COVID-19 crises…“We set up the surge medical facility at the Convention Center. Thank God we didn’t need it. In terms of the food security programs that we’ve been participating in with the school district and providing meals on the weekends, in terms of the small business assistance program that we did in conjunction with the Pasadena Community Foundation. Now we’ve got an arts assistance program that we’re funding through our own trust fund for the arts. We’ve beefed up our homeless services program in conjunction with the county in terms of getting homeless people off the street and into motels. I think there’s a lot of credit to go around.“The City Council has been willing to step into a bunch of areas that are new territory for us. The city staff, which has been somewhat maligned by some has done a remarkable job. The Health Department, which was criticized, as not being interventionist enough has really done incredible work in terms of all the things that they’ve done monitoring what was happening in the nursing homes. I think the city has been able to respond because we had the money to do that. And the reason we had the money to do that is that I have made the focus of my administration, making sure that the city is in good financial shape, and that we rebuilt our reserves.“We went to the voters and got more than a 70 percent vote in favor of Measure I and Measure J. That Measure I money has been what’s between us and having to cut services.”Final say…“There’s a lot going on all the time. My Zoom finger is worn to the bone in terms of trying to key in appropriate meeting numbers. It’s unbelievable what’s going on and the intensity of, of activity, but that’s what keeps us going. The city has to keep functioning no matter what. In terms of the pandemic or no pandemic, the city has to keep functioning. I made a PSA to urge people to participate in the census. There’s ongoing stuff happening. There are arguments over a project in the Arroyo. I’m glad there’s ongoing normal activity related to the way the city is operating, but people don’t necessarily see that. They just see the headlines. And there’s a lot of hard work that goes into being mayor. Being mayor is really a full-time job. And I am prepared to devote the time necessary to do that job.” Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community Newscenter_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Tornek Says Being Mayor is a Full-Time Job Incumbent believes today’s top issues will intensify after election By DAVID CROSS and ANDRÉ COLEMAN Published on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | 12:46 pm Business News Your email address will not be published. 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Port Meadow saga continues

first_imgFollowing months of campaigning, Oxford City Council has resolved to negotiate with the University regarding the Castle Mill developments near Port Meadow. Despite previously giving the scheme planning permission, councillors have allegedly admitted that they do not like the appearance of the building. Demonstrators from the Campaign to Protect Port Meadow from Oxford University (CPPMOU) have protested for months about the newly built flats, especially designed for University graduate accommodation. It is claimed that the building, particularly the top two storeys, has a ‘damaging’ impact on views of Port Meadows, and has angered many local residents and students. This recent development follows an online petition, which has over 2,200 signatures, and a letter calling on Prince Charles to raise concerns during his visit last week.Demonstrators are said to be pleased, and see this as a positive first step. Toby Porter, on behalf of the CPPMOU, said, “We welcome news that City Planners and the University have met, following Thursday’s instruction by Councillors to begin negotiations to ‘ameliorate the size and impact of the development’ on Roger Dudman Way. We feel that the reason these negotiations are now taking place is because of the huge public protest at the development.” He added, “I am not surprised by the decision. While the University is right to say that their planning permission is legal, it is in our eyes not legitimate – had the University’s planning consultant produced drawings showing the impact on the Meadow seen today, and their public been properly consulted, we do not believe planning permission would have been granted. One request we have made is that, before any final decision is reached, the community and campaign representatives will see precise computer-generated images of how proposed changes affect the view from Port Meadow.”However, the proposed changes could potentially cost up to £1million, and it is as yet unclear who would be responsible for this bill. While both the University and the Council declined to comment on the matter, CPPMOU has stated, “An important factor is that since early September, when the scale of the building was revealed, there have been significant protests, including voices from senior figures within the University. Had they listened, this would have cost a fraction of the current estimate to put right. This sums up what we see as the University’s culpability – we don’t think anyone anticipated the impact the buildings would have on Port Meadow.”A University spokesperson said, “We welcome the planning report’s finding that the University acted properly when securing planning permission for the Castle Mill student accommodation development. We are always happy to meet with planning officers and to hear what they have to say. A meeting on Friday was the first of what will probably be several conversations.”A spokesman for Oxford City Council said, “Our Head of City Development, Michael Crofton Briggs, has met the Director of Estates from Oxford University and started a constructive dialogue about the size and impact of the building following the West Area Planning Committee.“Local and city wide groups were notified of the planning application and site notices were put up. However, it seems that a lot of people did not realise just how close to Port Meadow the development site was.“A report fully explaining the process was discussed at the West Area Planning Committee.”last_img read more

The Hottest Buzzword for the Future of IT

first_imgThere’s no way around it: In the future, IT will have to face things that – as I see it – lie outside of its comfort zone. Engineers and IT specialists are perfectly comfortable with servers, BYOD, bits and bytes, bandwidth, RAID, DLP, networks, APIs, firewalls, UPS, middleware, and infrastructure. Over the next few years, though, they’ll need to move past this familiar territory and shift their focus to creativity. That’s because creativity is the hottest buzzword for the future of IT.It can’t be captured and analyzed, or reviewed using (flow)charts. How do you measure creativity, actually? The futile attempts that neuroscientists have made to do just that haven’t really yielded any insights. Nowadays, we generally explain creativity in a reductive way: as a quality associated with the right hemisphere of the brain. Meanwhile, logic and analysis – standbys in the field of IT – belong to the brain’s left hemisphere. Of course, the brain is a bit more complicated than this simple binary opposition would suggest. That being said, common sense tells us that using analysis and creativity in equal measure can definitely boost the quality of our brainstorming.And that’s extremely helpful, since innovation (in IT and elsewhere) doesn’t come from applying logic alone. As far as that’s concerned, an international team of scientists has carried out some research that yielded promising results. The team found that particular parts of the brains of highly innovative people work differently from other human brains – these parts communicate with each other more closely and therefore yield more creative output. For a more technical description of how this works, take a look here. Who knows – maybe we can train interactions within our brains someday. Perhaps that could even become a part of daily IT tasks: strategy meeting at 11, security meeting at 2, help desk organization at 3, and creativity training at 4.From the very start of the discourse surrounding digital transformation, we have known that the field of IT (and other fields, too) has to radically rethink things: There’s a need to become more creative, communicative, quick, entrepreneurial, and innovative. While fundamental IT activities are crucial, they will no longer suffice in the future. The new business models on the rise are closely intertwined with IT, which will have to adapt accordingly. The more innovative a company and its IT are, the better it can design future business models – and, in turn, the better it can secure its competitive advantages.That’s why I find the upcoming Dell Technologies World, which will be held in Las Vegas, so incredibly exciting: The event won’t just focus on products, technologies, or applications; it will also explore the ways in which all of these are combined with entrepreneurial visions. Dell Technologies World revolves around the true digital transformation, in keeping with the event slogan, ‘Make it Real.’ That’s what we’re all dealing with: the future of business, powered by creativity and innovation.last_img read more

Saints sales continue apace

first_img Those departures brought in upwards of £60million and the coffers are to be boosted further by the imminent exits of two more players. Croatia international Lovren has made no secret of his desire to leave St Mary’s just a year after joining the club in an £8.5million deal from Lyon. The outspoken 25-year-old is now set to become the most expensive defender in Liverpool’s history in a deal Press Association Sport understands to be worth £20million. Lovren’s exit has long been expected but Chambers’ exit has come somewhat out of left field. The 19-year-old impressed at right-back for Saints last season and it is understood Arsenal are willing to pay £16million to bring him to the Emirates Stadium. Chambers, a graduate of the club’s impressive academy, is keen to move to north London and did not feature in Friday’s 1-0 friendly win in Bournemouth, although manager Ronald Koeman confirmed his absence was due to illness. The pair are likely to be followed out of the club in the coming weeks by disruptive club-record signing Dani Osvaldo, while Jose Fonte and Morgan Schneiderlin are attracting interest. So far Saints have managed to bring in just two players this summer, with Dusan Tadic joining from FC Twente before Graziano Pelle arrived from Koeman’s former club Feyenoord. Southampton’s summer sales are to continue in the coming days, with the club in line to earn £36million from deals that will see Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers move to Liverpool and Arsenal respectively. This has been a summer of change on the south coast, with Saints’ best-ever Premier League finish swiftly followed by the rapid disintegration of their squad. After manager Mauricio Pochettino and his staff left for Tottenham, long-serving duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana moved to Liverpool either side of 19-year-old Luke Shaw’s exit to Manchester United. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Members of Irish Defences could have hairs pluck under new drug screening process

first_imgMembers of the Irish Defence Forces could have hairs plucked out to test for illegal drugs as part of their new €130,000 screening process.The Defence Forces have put out a tender in search of a company to take over their drug testing programme for the next four years.According to a report online, soldiers currently only have to go through urine testing but the tender for the new programme says that a requirement for hair testing may arise. Urine testing has a very short window of detection and can only pick up drug use that occurred in the last few days.However, hair tests can pick up drugs that were taken up to 90 days before the screening.The chosen firm will carry out between 20 and 30 workplace drug testing operations per year in barracks across the country.They will select troops at ­random and with the aim of examining around 2,000 per year. Testing will also take place at a tiny number of overseas locations where Irish military is currently on peacekeeping missions.The Defence Forces estimate that the new screening process will cost €130,000 excluding VAT.A spokesman told the Irish Sun: “Compulsory random drug testing has been in use in the Defence Forces for well over ten years.The unlawful ­possession, supply, or use, of a controlled drug, is incompatible with membership of the Defence Forces.”Earlier this year, it was revealed that 78 soldiers failed drug tests over the last ten years. Some 62 soldiers were sacked after failing the tests with 16 other members of the Defence Forces staying in their positionsMembers of Irish Defences could have hairs pluck under new drug screening process was last modified: August 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kansas Debate Over ID Reverberates in Holland

first_img“Is Holland becoming the Kansas of Europe?” asked Martin Enserink in Science this week.1  All that education minister Maria van der Hoeven wants to do is have some public debate about intelligent design, but the suggestion has caused an uproar among scientists who claim she wants to take Holland back to the Dark Ages.  On the contrary, van der Hoeven explains, she thinks it will promote dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims who are all united over the notion of a creator.    The education minister is not a card-carrying member of the intelligent design movement, and explains she is not trying to impose or ban anything.  She was apparently impressed by the arguments of Cees Dekker, “a renowned nanophysicist at Delft University of Technology who believes that the idea of design in nature is ‘almost inescapable.’”    While trying to encourage discussion, she has had to spend much time defending herself over this “tempest in a teacup” as she called it.  Why are scientists “scolding her” and saying it is “not her business to get involved in biology”?  One possible reason is that the news from Kansas “has made us all a bit more sensitive.”  Another may be the rumblings within the country: “Even in Holland, there are plenty of people ready to castrate Darwin,” said biochemist Piet Borst.  He thinks that “Vigilance is important” on this issue.  Dekker and van der Hoeven are taking this in stride.Dekker says he’s puzzled by the outcry but chalks it up to a “Pavlov reaction” to ID.  “Many scientists associate it with conservative Christians, Kansas, and George Bush—so it has to be bad,” he says.  He hopes the debate will get more serious after the impending publication of a collection of 22 essays about ID and related themes, most of them by Dutch scientists, which he has co-edited.  Van der Hoeven has agreed to receive the first copy of the book at a ceremony in The Hague next week.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Enserink ends with the reaction of John Calvert, supporter of ID in Kansas, to the idea of a debate over ID in Holland.  “I think it’s a dynamite idea,” he said.1Martin Enserink, “Is Holland Becoming the Kansas of Europe?”, Science, Vol 308, Issue 5727, 1394, 3 June 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5727.1394b].This is another remarkable story on the growing influence of the intelligent design movement around the world, even in liberal Holland where the words George Bush, conservative Christianity and Kansas produce Pavlovian barks.  Enserink points out that Holland is “not quite Kansas—after all, this is the country that legalized euthanasia and invented gay marriage.”  Yet even there a small but committed cadre of scientists, politicians and laymen find the arguments for intelligent design compelling, and they want the debate to be heard.  They are not castrating Darwin.  His impotence is his own (see next two headlines).  Dutch scientists are justly proud of their layman forerunner, the staunch Christian creationist from Delft, Antony van Leeuwenhoek – the father of microbiology – who helped lead science out of the Dark Ages (if there ever was such a period).  He demonstrated how creation-oriented science can be the best in the world, full of vitality and motivation and excellence.  When all the Darwinists can do is scream “Dark Ages,” you know their sunset is coming.  But when it is sunset on one side of the worldview, it’s sunrise on the other.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Is the Universe Hole-y?

first_imgCosmologists are trying to avoid a void.  Since astronomers at U of Minnesota announced a gaping hole in a distant part of the universe, representing a region of space devoid of matter a billion light-years across, others are scrambling to discern what it means.  The issue was discussed on EurekAlert, BBC News, Science Now, and  It even made the nightly TV news.    The Minnesota team compared observations from the Very Large Array of radio telescopes with WMAP data, and looked closer at a region showing a remarkable drop in the number of galaxies in a region toward the constellation Eridanus.  Other voids have been detected in the past, but never one this large.  “Astronomers don’t know why the hole is there,” said science writer Robert Roy Britt.  Others don’t know that it’s there.Cosmological observations are so deeply intertwined with theory, it is often hard to tell the one from the other.  The hole could be real, or it could be an artifact of the theory and techniques used.  Some cosmologists (see the BBC article) are claiming this a confirmation of dark energy.  ScienceNow said it contradicts the inflation theory.  And it quoted one astronomer who thought the conclusion was premature.  The Minnesota team said their announcement will need independent confirmation, so it is unwise to lean too heavily on the reports.  Still, it’s fun to see scientists get surprised once in awhile.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Lepley Farms finds balance in growing herd and compliance with new barn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetFor a few years now, Dave Lepley has been contemplating expanding his Huron County cattle herd. He knew he wanted to grow the number of head on his farm, but if he was going to take a big step in that direction, he wanted to do it the right way.“We had a bed-pack dry lot with about 300 head and as we did research for expansion we came across the idea for this new cattle barn,” Lepley said. “We wanted to comply with a lot of different things. We had to have cattle comfort, we had to have compliance with EPA rules because of our proximity to Lake Erie so we wanted to be sure that as we built our herd size we could house them all in one facility.”The result is a 101-foot by 321-foot by16-foot indoor feedlot facility in Bellevue permitted to hold 1,000 head of cattle.“We traveled to many states and toured many barns and decided to go with a gable roof barn,” Lepley said. “It has a full liner underneath the pit so we can hold at least 400 days worth of manure so we can apply our nutrients when we can versus when we have to. In the spring, it typically stays wetter, longer in this region. We do have our dry periods in August and September but the crops are still in the field, so we have to push our manure hauling away from the wintertime and early spring when it is so wet to fall. There was really no way we could build a dry pack manure holding facility. We knew if we were going to expand we were going to have to hold liquid manure.”The pit is 12 feet deep and the eaves are 16 feet high so air flow, one of the items of Lepley’s wish list for expansion, is not a problem. Good nutrition was also on that list.“We are on a higher fiber ration. We use silage, wet distillers’ grain, cracked corn and a supplement,” Lepley said. “For our current herd, the barn average is eating about 46 pounds per head, per day. Our rate of gain is about 3,000 pounds of meat a day for just over 1,000 head. You can tell they are happy when that is happening.”Part of that happiness comes from another feature of Lepley’s new barn — all of the pens are lined with rubber.“You hear a lot of stories about livestock facilities before the rubber was put on the slats about how uncomfortable the cattle were,” Lepley said. “Our experience with our first cattle in this barn was that they arrived at 380 pounds and we didn’t have any issues with legs and they were comfortable until they were ready for market.”And Lepley says he is hoping this new facility will bring some comfort to those living around his area as well.“We are trying to be the best neighbors and the best stewards of the land that we can be,” Lepley said. “With Lake Erie being so close we are really focused on that. We work closely with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. They come and tour our facility at least twice a year. We have a monitoring well for all ground waters around here. We send our samples in and things come back looking really good.”The barn was constructed by Summit Livestock Facilities and their beef specialist Mike Schluttenhofer has been a part of the process since day 1.“This barn is all designed around air flow and sunlight,” Schluttenhofer said. “It’s broken into eight pens and it has a valley down the center for feed and the pit extends 10 feet past the south side of the barn to add a little bit more holding capacity.”Barns like the one on Lepley’s farm are also very beneficial when it comes to putting together a Crop Nutrient Management Plan.“When the manure is taken out of the pit and put onto the fields, they are able to track how much is put on each field so that they can cut down on the leaching of nutrients into the creeks, Schluttenhofer said.These types of facilities are becoming more common across the countryside as Ohio cattlemen work to protect the environment and maximize the returns on their investment.“There is a lot more indoor cattle feeding going on now with new regulations,” Schluttenhofer said. “It’s getting to be a pretty popular idea to control your manure and feed cattle inside. It is just a more efficient way to run a livestock operation. It’s a way to increase revenue without picking up extra acres of ground, which are hard to get these days.”last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli’s century takes India to victory in opener

first_imgIndia survived some jittery moments before securing a 21-run win over Sri Lanka in the first One-dayer of the five-match series on Saturday.Virat Kohli cracked a superb 106 and Virender Sehwag scored 96 runs as their 173-run stand for the second wicket laid the foundation for India’s imposing 314 for six after electing to bat.Diminutive left-hander Suresh Raina (50 off 45) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (35 off 29) added valuable runs towards the end to take the side past 300-run mark in Hambantota.India then restricted the hosts to 293 for nine to take a 1- 0 lead in the series, which it needs to win by a 5-0 margin to reclaim the number one position in ODIs.The hosts’ resistance was built around Sangakkara’s fighting 133 but he fell short of partners from the other end until he was joined by Thisara Perera, who scored a quick-fire 44 off just 28 balls.Sangakkara’s knock, his 14th ODI hundred and fifth against India, came off 151 balls and included 12 boundaries.Sangakkara and Perera rattled up a 78- run stand for the seventh wicket, giving some anxious moments to India but their effort only reduced the defeat margin.Sri Lanka’s fight ended when Sangakkara was bowled by Umesh Yadav in 48th over and Perera was dismissed by Irfan Pathan in the penultimate over.Pathan (2/ 37), R Ashwin (2/ 46) and Yadav (2/ 76) took two wickets each for India.Kohli carried his good form of the last season into the match as he scored a ton. It was his fourth hundred in his last five innings.advertisementThe 23-year-old Kohli blasted nine boundaries in his 113-ball innings.Sehwag, who was given a reprieve by Tillakaratne Dilshan in the second over, had 10 boundaries in his 97- ball innings.Both the teams will now travel to Colombo for the second match, scheduled for Tuesday.Scoreboard India: G Gambhir b Kulasekara 3; V Sehwag run out 96; V Kohli c sub b Perera 106; R Sharma b Mathews 5; S Raina c sub b Perera 50; MS Dhoni c Thirimanne b Perera 35; I Pathan not out 7; R Ashwin not out 0; Extras: (b- 1, lb- 2, nb- 2, w- 7) 12; Total: 314 for six wickets in 50 overs; Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2- 180, 3- 191, 4- 228, 5- 307, 6- 307; Bowling: N Kulasekara 5- 0- 20- 1, L Malinga 10- 0- 83- 0, A Mathews 10- 0- 58- 1, T Perera 10- 0- 70- 3, T Dilshan 5- 0- 28- 0, R Herath 10- 0- 52- 0; Sri Lanka: T Dilshan lbw b Pathan 6; K Sangakkara b Yadav 133; D Chandimal c Dhoni b Yadav 13; M Jayawardene lbw b Ojha 12; A Mathews c Gambhir b Zaheer 7; L Thirimanne lbw b Ashwin 7; T Perera c Kohli b Pathan 44; R Herath run out 0; L Malinga not out 19; N Kulasekara not out 1; Extras ( b- 1, lb- 6, w- 16) 23; Total: 293 for nine wickets in 50 overs; Fall of wickets: 1- 9, 2- 86, 3- 117, 4- 132, 5- 172, 6- 191, 7- 269, 8- 271, 9- 275; Bowling: Zaheer 10- 0- 63- 1, I Pathan 10- 1- 37- 2, U Yadav 10- 0- 76- 2, R Ashwin 10- 1- 46- 2, V Sehwag 4- 0- 20- 0, P Ojha 6- 0- 44- 1last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: India aim to dominate Bangladesh in semis

first_imgDefending champions India will aim to live up to their tag of title contenders and dominate Bangladesh in the second semi-final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament on Thursday.Pakistan beat England by eight wickets in the first semi-final in Cardiff and the winner of the match will face them in the final on Sunday at The Oval.Bangladesh rode on a record partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmadullah to beat New Zealand by five wickets in their last match in Group A.The South Asians had sufferred a top order collapse, losing four wickets by the 12th over before Shakib and Mahmadullah got together to add 224 runs between them — Bangladesh’s highest partnership in One-Day Internationals (ODI).Apart from scoring a brilliant century, Shakib also bowled economically. Mahmudallah will also look to add strength to the side’s batting while openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar will have to give the team a good start against India.Pacer Mustafizur Rahman will be the key in the Bangladesh bowling line-up. He has featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and should have some idea of the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian batsmen.The Bangladesh bowling line-up featuring the likes of pacers Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza alongside spinners Shakib and Mosaddek Hossain will aim to test the Indian batsman with their pace and variation.Meanwhile India, led by skipper Virat Kohli will look to play ruthlessly and dominate Bangladesh right from the start.The Indian batting has done well in most of their group matches and will aim to continue their good form.advertisementOpeners Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have done well so far and could pose all sorts of problems for the Bangladesh bolwers. Dhawan is the top scorer of the tournament with 271 runs in three matches.Besides the openers, Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been in good nick and have the capibility to snatch the match away from Bangladesh on their own with individual performances.The Indian bowling department is also balanced with frontline pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav alongside spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Medium-pacer Hardik Pandya will also look to provide breakthroughs in the middle-overs.Kohli may look to experiment in the bowling department against Bangladesh, having benched Yadav to include Ashwin in their last Group B match against South Africa.Since 2007, India have met Bangladesh seven times in ICC events. India lead the head-to-head battle 6-1 with Bangladesh having defeated India the last time in 2007.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik.Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Sunzamul Islam, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed.last_img read more