‘MAKE THE CRAIC GOOD, NOT THE DINNER’ INSISTS HARAN!

first_imgPictured are: (Standing) Richard Finney (The Counter), Joe McGee (Joe’s Butchers), Paul McGovern Club PRO(Seated) Alma Kavanagh (Event Organiser), John Haran (Event Organiser) and Club President, Sean Boyle.People taking part can discounts on ingredients at The Counter and Joe’s – Photo: Paddy GallagherDONEGAL’S biggest ever ‘Come Dine With Me’ should more about the craic – than the food!St. Eunan’s GAA Club are holding the novel fundraiser on Saturday, November 23rd.Titled “Come Dine With Eunan’s” this unique event is based on the popular culinary TV show. Eunan’s star John Haran insisted however: “I’ve yet to see a great dinner on the TV show, so we’re not looking for Michelin-star chefs.“It’s really all about the GAA, our club and the social occasion ahead. It’s going to be great craic and if there are a few hidden MasterChefs out there, then all the better.“It promises to be a great night out; a good few people have signed up for it but we are hoping for more in the coming days.The club are looking for 200 members to host an evening at home for their friends and family before meeting up at The Grill for a great night’s dancing to music from the 80’s and 90’s. There will be a registration night at the Mount Errigal Hotel next Wednesday, November 13.More details on the St Eunan’s Facebook Page. ‘MAKE THE CRAIC GOOD, NOT THE DINNER’ INSISTS HARAN! was last modified: November 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:come dine with eunanslast_img read more

Top 10 things to know about farm income and deductions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. RavencraftAs we approach the tax filing deadline, I thought this reminder checklist from the IRS may be useful. If you have already filed your return, you may want to double check to be sure these items were considered as part of your return you filed. If you earn money managing, working on, or owning a farm, you are in the farming business. Here are 10 things about farm income and expenses you should know as outlined in IRS notification IRS Tax Tip 2013-41.1. Crop insurance proceedsInsurance payments from crop damage count as income. They should generally be reported the year they are received. However, if you use the cash method of accounting and receive crop insurance proceeds in the same tax year in which the crops are damaged, you can choose to postpone reporting the proceeds as income until the following tax year. You can make this choice if you can show you would have included income from the damaged crops in any tax year following the year the damage occurred.2. Deductible farm expensesFarmers can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses as business expenses. An ordinary farming expense is one that is common and accepted in the farming business. A necessary expense is one that is appropriate for that business. Some expenses paid during the tax year may be partly personal and partly business. Examples include gasoline, oil, fuel, water, rent, electricity, telephone, automobile upkeep, repairs, insurance, interest and taxes. Farmers must allocate these expenses between their business and personal parts. Generally, the personal part of these expenses is not deductible3. Employees and hired helpYou can deduct reasonable wages you paid to your farm’s full and part-time workers. You must withhold Social Security, Medicare and income taxes from your employees’ wages. If a farmer pays his child to do farm work and a true employer-employee relationship exists, reasonable wages or other compensation paid to the child is deductible. The wages are included in the child’s income, and the child may have to file an income tax return. These wages may also be subject to social security and Medicare taxes if the child is age 18 or older.4. Items purchased for resaleIf you purchased livestock and other items for resale, you may be able to deduct their cost in the year of the sale. This includes freight charges for transporting livestock to your farm.5. Repayment of loansYou can only deduct the interest you paid on a loan if the loan proceeds are used for your farming business. You cannot deduct interest on a loan used for personal expenses.6. Weather-related salesBad weather may force you to sell more livestock or poultry than you normally would. If so, you may be able to postpone reporting a gain from the sale of the additional animals.7. Net operating lossesIf deductible expenses are more than income for the year, you may have a net operating loss. You can carry that loss over to other years and deduct it. You may get a refund of part or all of the income tax you paid for past years, or you may be able to reduce your tax in future years.8. Farm income averagingYou may be able to average some or all of the current year’s farm income by spreading it out over the past three years. This may lower your taxes if your farm income is high in the current year and low in one or more of the past three years. This method does not change your prior year tax. It only uses the prior year information to figure your current year tax.9. Fuel and road useYou may be able to claim a tax credit or refund of federal excise taxes on fuel used on your farm for farm work. This applies if you are the owner, tenant, or operator of a farm. You can claim only a credit for the tax on gasoline used on a farm for farming purposes. You can claim either a credit or refund for the tax on aviation fuel used on a farm for farming purposes. You buy dyed diesel fuel and dyed kerosene excise tax free. You must use them only for a nontaxable use, including use on a farm for farming purposes. If you use the dyed fuel for a taxable use, you could be subject to the excise tax and a penalty.10. Ask your accountantMake sure your accountant is notified about the above types of items so that proper tax treatment can be disclosed on your return. Also, more information about the above farm income and deductions is in Publication 225, Farmer’s Tax Guide. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at BRavencraft@HolbrookManter.com.last_img read more

Nine Maharashtra ministers bite the dust

first_imgThe seemingly unstoppable Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance received a reality check on Thursday.At least nine ministers — two Cabinet ministers and seven Ministers of State — out of a total of 37 ministers, faced defeat in the Assembly elections. The most spectacular defeat was that of Minister for Rural Development and Women and Child Welfare, Pankaja Munde, who lost to her estranged cousin, the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Dhananjay Munde, by more than 30,000 votes.Ms. Munde, riding on the legacy of her late father, senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde, lost in Parli, which witnessed an acrimonious pre-election campaign.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s election rallies in support of Ms. Munde in Parli came a cropper. Similarly, Ms. Munde’s ‘politics of tears’ following a bitter slanging match with her cousin over his allegedly ‘obscene remarks’ towards the end of the campaign failed to generate much public sympathy.The other major upset was in Karjat-Jamkhed, a BJP stronghold since 1995, where Ram Shinde, Guardian Minister of Ahmednagar as well as Water Conservation Minister, was upstaged by the NCP’s youthful Rohit Pawar. Mr. Shinde lost by more than 43,000 votes.Despite Mr. Shinde having the advantage of the BJP machinery, Mr. Pawar’s strong presence in times of crisis, notably the drought this summer and the water scarcity in this constituency, carried the day for the NCP.The ruling party paid a heavy price for not heeding the threat of rebellion within the party ranks. In Maval, the BJP suffered a massive defeat after the NCP’s Sunil Shelke beat two-time MLA and Minister of State for Labour, Environment, Relief and Rehabilitation, Sanjay ‘Bala’ Bhegade, by 95,000 votes.Mr. Shelke, a long-time BJP member, joined the NCP just ahead of the polls after the BJP denied him a ticket.In Purandar (part of the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency) in Pune district, three-time Shiv Sena MLA Vijay Shivtare, the Minister of State for Water Resources, was trounced by the Congress’ Sanjay Jagtap. Mr. Shivtare, who has been vocal in his criticism of the Pawar family, earned the wrath of Baramati MLA Ajit Pawar.In Jalna, the Sena’s Arjun Khotkar, Minister of State for Textile, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, suffered an upset at the hands of the Congress’ Kailas Gorantyal by nearly 20,000 votes. Mr. Khotkar, a four-time MLA from Jalna, had supported his adversary, the BJP’s Raosaheb Danve, in the Lok Sabha election. However, Mr. Khotkar’s defeat has cast aspersions on the fragile nature of the BJP-Sena ‘alliance’ in the district.In the Morshi Assembly seat in Amravati, Agriculture Minister, Anil Bonde (BJP), lost to the Swabhimani Paksha’s Devendra Bhuyar. Mr. Bhuyar, a grassroots activist handpicked by Swabhimani Paksha chief Raju Shetti, was dragged out of his car (which was torched) and beaten by unidentified criminals on polling day on October 21.Jaydutt Kshirsagar (Sena), Minister for Employment Guarantee and Horticulture, was trounced by his own nephew, the NCP’s Sandeep Kshirsagar, from Beed. The senior Mr. Kshirsagar had switched allegiances from the NCP to join the Sena in May after resigning as an MLA. He was promptly inducted into the Cabinet by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in June.In the Aheri Assembly seat in Naxal-hit Gadchiroli district, the NCP’s Bhagwantrao Aatram defeated BJP’s Ambrish Atram, the Guardian Minister as well as Minister of State for Tribal Development, by nearly 15,000 votes. BJP’s Madan Yerawar, Minister of State for Energry, Tourism, Food and Drugs Administration, lost to the Congress’ Anil ‘Balasaheb’ Mangulkar by a margin of 8,000 votes in Yavatmal.last_img read more

Book on Olympian wrestler from Maharashtra launched

first_imgMumbai, Dec 9 (PTI) A book on the life and times of Olympian wrestler late Shrirang Jadhav from Satara, was launched at the ongoing Maharashtra Kesari Wrestling Competition.Jadhav had represented India at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, along with Khashaba Jadhav, who won the bronze medal.The book, titled Ajinkyatara, and written by sports writer Sanjay Dudhane, was launched at the wrestling tournament underway in Pune, by the vice president of Indian Olympic Association Balasaheb Landge.Shrirang Jadhavs son Amar, who has carried forward his fathers tradition of training wrestlers, said former Maharashtra chief minister Y B Chavan had encouraged the late Jadhav to start a wrestlers training facility in Satara.Jadhav passed away in 1984 at 64, had also served as vice president of the Maharashtra Kustigir Parishad, the apex wrestling body in the state.The Olympian wrestlers school mate and noted orator, thinker and former vice-chancellor of Marathwada University late Shivajirao Bhosle has penned the introduction to the book, Dudhane said. PTI VT NRBlast_img read more

Bayern Munich survive scare to reach German Cup third round

first_imgBayern Munich edged past amateurs SV Roedinghausen 2-1 to reach the third round of the German Cup on Tuesday.Champions Bayern, who were made to work hard, Bayern were far from their best against their fourth-division opponents on a rainy and cold evening in east Westphalia and had to endure a nervous finale before booking their spot in the next round.Bayern were missing half a dozen players because of illness or injury.Quick goals from Sandro Wagner in the eighth minute and Thomas Mueller, who scored with a penalty five minutes later, put the visitors in the driving seat.Next round #MiaSanMia #da27 pic.twitter.com/PKpTORS8UrDavid Alaba (@David_Alaba) October 30, 2018Bayern, second in the Bundesliga, were awarded a second spot kick in the 22nd minute but Renato Sanches’ effort bounced off the crossbar.The hosts cut the deficit four minutes after the restart with Linus Meyer beating Rafinha to connect with a cross as the home crowd erupted in wild celebrations.Niko #Kovac on @Thiago6: “He’s in a lot of pain at the moment, but we will wait and see what the examination tomorrow reveals.”#DFBPokal #SVRFCB pic.twitter.com/PZbcBlxz0nFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 30, 2018Franck Ribery had a rare chance in the second half but his low drive was palmed wide by keeper Niclas Heimann as Bayern took their foot completely off the gas and looked short of ideas and Roedinghausen pressed for an equaliser.@esmuellert_: “We’re into the next round, that’s what counts. With regards to how we did it though, we players need to have a long, hard think.”#DFBPokal #SVRFCB pic.twitter.com/UMjdPcdG14advertisementFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 30, 2018The Bavarians, who have now won four matches in all competitions after a four-game winless run, may have to make do without Thiago Alcantara in the coming matches after the Spaniard suffered a leg injury.Fellow Bundesliga clubs Hertha Berlin and VfL Wolfsburg also advanced by beating Darmstadt 98 and Hanover 96 2-0 respectively.Thank you for your support! #MiaSanMiaAnd respect to @svroedinghausen for a brilliant fight #DFBPokal #SVRFCB pic.twitter.com/atGFzjcvwxFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 30, 2018Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund host second tier Union Berlin on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

I feel let down and deflated: Former IPL auctioneer says he was axed in one-line email

first_imgThe familiar voice of the Indian Premier League auction will not be heard when the eight franchises meet on January 18 in Jaipur.Richard Madley, who was the voice of the IPL auctions for more than 10 years, will not be conducting the affairs after Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) replaced him with Hugh Edmeades, who is an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer.Madley in a recent interview said that he felt disappointed by the way he was treated and let down by BCCI.”I’m sad, disappointed and a little bit let down and deflated,” Madley was quoted as saying by Cricketnext.”It’s not my decision, it’s the decision of the BCCI combined with IMG. It has come as a bit of a shock to me after 11 unbroken years of conducting the auction and always receiving positive comments and feedback from the franchise owners, administrators, BCCI and my many fans. It has come as a bolt out of the blue – to be released, to use an IPL term – without reason or explanation.”I have been told that the BCCI wants to ‘change up’ the auction with a new venue, new timings and I assumed then that they were going to bring in a newer, younger auctioneer. Perhaps an Indian auctioneer, which would be perfectly logical. Therefore I was surprised when my replacement is a British auctioneer, older than me, more grey hairs, heavier! He’s a good friend of mine, I’ve known Hugh for many years. But he’s a first class art auctioneer who has no experience of IPL. Therefore, it is illogical to me to replace me with somebody who is almost my mirror image. That, to me, is the one area that hurts.advertisement”I was thinking that if I was going to be replaced, it would be a seed change in the auction and not a simple substitution without rhyme, reason or logic. Is it fair, equitable or honourable? So naturally I feel somewhat bruised.”Madley was also not happy that he was not given any explanation for releasing him and especially the way the matter was dealt with by BCCI.”I was in early November if I was available to conduct the auction. I confirmed my availability and heard back from IMG/BCCI two weeks back with a one-line e-mail saying ‘Your services are not required. We have chosen a replacement auctioneer’. No explanation, no thanks for the 11 years of service, and no reason whatsoever. I was shocked.”They did mention they were considering other auctioneers when they asked me my availability. I confirmed my availability and assumed – wrongly – that they wanted to hire me. I surmise that they had already decided to hire Hugh and were purely going through the motions, and had already decided that they’d axe the hammer man.”I want to know the reason why. What have I done wrong, or who have I offended, or where have I stepped out of line? For my peace of mind and professional integrity, I need to hear the truth. I quite understand I might never work in India again, but personally and professionally I need to know who these decision makers are, who can influence these matters masquerading under the guise of BCCI, but nobody being big enough to put their hand up and say this was my decision, and this is the reason. If they do that, I would feel much happier.””Never say never is my motto. I have been proud and honoured to come to India and conduct the IPL auction. It’s part of my DNA,” Madley said.”The BCCI have said the decision is for one auction. They’ll review it after that. But I feel like a batsman who has made a double century and dropped by the selectors for no reason. However, a good cricketer will put his head down, make more runs in state cricket and get a recall. Of course I’m not going to say I’ll never return. But I feel the damage might be done and it might be difficult for the BCCI to eat humble pie and accept this decision was the wrong one, and in doing so, upset what is the greatest auction in the world.”It would appear that they are making change for change’s sake. You don’t fiddle with something that isn’t broken. The IPL auction is an extraordinary process, it’s more than just selling players. It’s a great launch pad for the tournament which usually starts six weeks later. Alter it at your risk. It’s inconceivable to me why they would want to do it. Why remove a key player in your team who has given 11 years service and still has some life left?advertisement”The IPL auction process is highly transparent. I am asking for that same transparency.”Also Read | Indian Premier League 2019 player auction to be held in Jaipur on December 18Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Jaydev Unadkat at base price of Rs 1.5 crore, Brendon McCullim at Rs 2 croreAlso Read | IPL 2019 auction: Malinga back in the pool, Finch and Maxwell opt outAlso see:last_img read more

Scorpions and Mets battle for top spot

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNSW Scorpions and NSW Mets are on a collision course for top spot of the women’s Elite Eight division.The two remain the only undefeated teams in the group after two days of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.They will meet each other in the final round on Friday and it could well be the match that decides pole position in the women’s open competition.Could being the key word.The Mets’ finals credentials will be tested as they take on teams in second and third positions on day three.They will meet Queensland Outlaws in the sixth round at 10.30am and follow it up by playing the Scorpions, who should beat NSW Rebels at 9.40am, if previous results are anything to go by.Mets’ could be without Australia women’s open player Ash Quinlan who was carried off in Mets’ 7-5 win over Queensland South Stingrays.The Scorpions had wins over Stingrays (9-6) and Outlaws (7-5) to trail Mets on percentages.The Outlaws went down twice on Thursday, which has put them in danger of missing out on the top four if they fail to fire on day three.They lead a long list of teams who are jockeying for the final two semi spots.The Stingrays remain fourth despite losing twice while The Alliance and Queensland Chiefs are in the hunt.Last year’s runners-up, the Chiefs, put their disastrous day one performance behind them to win twice on day two.Rebels are not totally out of it of the semi-finals but it will be a long shot, while NSW Country Mavericks’ campaign is over.No doubt the highlight on day three in the women’s competition will be the match between the Scorpions and the Mets, which will most likely decide top spot.The game taps-off at 3pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWomen’s Elite Eight day twolast_img read more

CBC BOOKS ANNOUNCES CANADA READS 2017 THEME HOST AND LONGLIST

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook The Break by Katherena Vermette (House of Anansi Press)Company Town by Madeline Ashby (TOR)The Elephants in My Backyard by Rajiv Surendra (Random House Canada)even this page is white by Vivek Shraya (Arsenal Pulp Press)Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (Coach House Books)I Am Woman by Lee Maracle (Press Gang)The Just City by Jo Walton (TOR)Knucklehead by Matt Lennox (Harper Collins)Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji (Doubleday Canada)One Hour in Paris by Karyn L. Freedman (Freehand Books)Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer (Viking)The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Penguin Canada)Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey)Today I Learned It Was You by Edward Riche (House of Anansi Press)Waiting for First Light by Roméo Dallaire, with Jessica Dee Humphreys (Random House Canada)The Canada Reads panel and the final five books will be announced on January 31, 2017. Each year,   the shortlisted Canada Reads books see a significant rise in sales, and the winning book stays on bestseller lists for months. For the past two years, all five shortlisted titles appeared on Canadian bestseller lists in the weeks leading up to the debates.Notable past winners include Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda, which went on to become the top-selling Canadian book of the year in 2014; The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis, which began as a self-published book and won Canada Reads in 2011; The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, the 2009 winner, which was broadcast as a mini-series on CBC-TV in early 2015; and both 2007’s winner Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill, and Ru by Kim Thúy — debut novels that became international bestsellers.CBC Books is pleased to announce that Indigo is returning for a third year as a sponsor of Canada Reads.The Canada Reads debates will take place in front of live audiences over four days from March 27-30, 2017, and will be broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC TV and online at CBCbooks.ca.  Each day of the competition, one book will be eliminated by the panellists, until a winner is voted the must-read book for Canadians in 2017. Olympian and humanitarian Clara Hughes was the winning panellist for Canada Reads 2016, defending  The Illegal by Lawrence Hill.For more information, please visit CBCbooks.ca, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram  @CBCbooks #CanadaReads.-30-About Ali HassanAli Hassan is an Actor, Stand-Up Comedian and host of CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud. CBC television viewers may remember him from his season as the lead comedy panelist on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. He can currently be seen in his recurring roles on Man Seeking Woman (FXX), Odd Squad (PBS Kids) and Cardinal (CTV). Ali recently returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he did a month long-run of his solo show Muslim Interrupted.About CBC BooksHome to Canada Reads, Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel, The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, Canada Writes and the CBC Literary Prizes, CBC Books connects Canadians with books, encouraging a shared love of reading and writing. For book news, writing challenges, reading lists, book recommendations and more, visit www.cbcbooks.ca.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. CBC Books today announced the Canada Reads 2017 longlist of 15 books. Debating the question, “What is the one book Canadians need now?” Canada Reads 2017 is looking at stories that help us explore the diverse perspectives that make this nation what it is today, and to reflect on where we’re heading. Hosted by CBC Laugh Out Loud’s Ali Hassan, CBC’s annual battle of the books, now in its 16th year, will take place March 27-30, 2017.“I’m thrilled to be the host of Canada Reads for 2017,” said Hassan. “In my eyes, it’s the most important literary endeavour in the country, bringing together people to celebrate these diverse Canadian authors. My father, an English professor of 40 years, will also posthumously be pleased.”From science fiction to nonfiction, futuristic to fable, the longlisted books are: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Ohio State basketball continues Big Ten grind against Penn State

Penn State is not the Ohio State basketball team’s most intimidating opponent. The Nittany Lions, who the Buckeyes will play Wednesday, come into the game with a 10-11 record overall and a 2-6 record in the Big Ten. But the Big Ten has five teams ranked among the top 25, which is more than any conference in the nation. Coach Thad Matta said that in the Big Ten this year, there are no easy games, no matter the record. “I don’t think there’s a coach in the Big Ten that feels good about the next game that they’re playing and that’s just documented by who has beaten who,” Matta said. “Records or ranking or where the game has played really has not much relevance. You have to play in this league and know at the conclusion of one game you’re going to another battle the next game.” The Buckeyes are 5-2 in the conference this year with both losses coming on the road. Wednesday’s game against Penn State will be at home in the Schottenstein Center where the Buckeyes have an undefeated 14-0 record this year. The Nittany Lions come into Wednesday’s game having lost four out of the their last five contests. The lone win in that streak came against Illinois, who the Buckeyes lost to Jan. 10. Penn State point guard Tim Frazier is considered by many the best point guard in the Big Ten. The junior has averaged 18 points and more than six assists on the year. Matta said containing Frazier will be a “challenge.” “He makes them go, there’s no question about it,” Matta said. “The ball is in his hands a lot so it’s not on (sophomore guard Aaron Craft) or (sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith) or whoever is on him at the particular time. It’s going to have to be really all five guys somehow, someway give support and help him out.” Smith said Matta told the team that Penn State is not to be taken lightly and the team needs to play a complete game. “The first thing he told us is they probably play harder than any team we’re going to play this year,” Smith said. “Watching them a little bit on film, it’s obvious. They crash the boards … They’re going to play 40 minutes of good hard basketball.” Smith said the key to beating Penn State is their focus and intensity on the defensive end of the floor. “Whenever we find ourselves playing great defense, our offense just carries off,” Smith said. Eleven games remain on OSU’s regular season schedule and six of those games come against opponents who are currently ranked. Despite more high-profile matchups on the horizon, Matta said he’s not worried about his team looking past Penn State. “It is strictly Penn State,” Matta said. “I want our guys focused on one thing and one thing only and that’s Penn State. If you find yourself looking too far ahead, it will come back and get you in the end.” Tipoff for Wednesday’s game is set for 6:30 p.m. read more

Rep Rendon supports plan adding resources to Michigans fight against PFAS

first_img Michigan Legislature approves fundingRep. Daire Rendon today voted in favor of a plan that will provide more financial support to clean up contaminated sites and combat PFAS in northern Michigan and the entire state.The Michigan Legislature approved $69 million for an environmental cleanup fund which also will help boost local recycling programs, plus a separate $20 million specifically to boost ongoing efforts to detect and clean up PFAS contamination. This is in addition to $60 million previously approved by the Legislature for testing, monitoring and emergency response to PFAS.“Communities across the state – including the Camp Grayling area – are discovering these chemicals in the drinking water they’ve depended on for years,” said Rendon. “Michigan is tackling this problem head on, working hard to detect and clean up this contamination. Our vote today commits more resources to the fight.”The same fund will provide about $15 million annually to help improve local recycling programs, another key environmentally friendly improvement. Rendon said rural areas across Michigan do not have the same recycling capabilities as more urban areas, adding this extra allocation strengthens Northern Michigan communities’ recycling programs and efforts to combat PFAS contamination.The budget bills headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration also include more money for roads, school safety grants, child protective services, veterans services, the Soo Locks and many other important programs.###The legislation: Senate Bills 601 and 149. Categories: Daire Rendon News,News 21Dec Rep. Rendon supports plan adding resources to Michigan’s fight against PFASlast_img read more