Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Apple Farm Service, Inc., with locations in Covington, Mechanicsburg and Botkins has been named to New Holland’s exclusive President’s Club, the highest honor New Holland bestows on a dealership. The award recognizes superior service to customers, as well as excellence and continuous improvement in business performance.New Holland President’s Club Award winners achieved the highest levels in excellence in six categories in the company’s onPoint! Dealer Standards program: service, business management, sales, marketing and customer focus, parts and facilities.“By earning this award, Apple Farm Service has met New Holland’s highest standards for dealerships, an assurance to customers of excellence in business practices,” said Bret Lieberman, New Holland Vice President, North America. “President’s Club award winners have worked very hard to deliver exceptional service and support to their customers. We’re very proud to present this type of recognition to the best of the best.”
Hudson Passive House, in New York’s Columbia County, though only recently completed, is already familiar to Passive House fans in the region.Last month, for example, the 1,650-sq.-ft. timber-frame home played host to 20-plus members of New York Passive House (NYPH), a New York City-based group of “Passivists” (consultants, contractors, architects, engineers, homeowners, developers, and others) who caravanned two hours north of the city to the project site in Claverack, a scenic town a few miles east of the Hudson River. Joined by several people from the community, the NYPH contingent participated in what the project’s architect, Dennis Wedlick, and other project partners called the Hudson Passive House Hard-Hat Tour, a show-and-tell event held November 13 and 14.The three-bedroom, two-bath house also has been the subject of an American Institute of Architects/NYPH presentation, a segment on WABC-TV’s Sunday-morning feature program “New York Viewpoint,” and write-ups in print and online publications, including a recent EcoHome post that brought it to our attention.A well-sealed envelopeSo as new as it is to the landscape, the barn-like Hudson Passive House, whose 25-ft. bow-arch beams were raised in late June, has been successfully marketed into modest celebrity. Structural insulated panels were used for the walls and roof, bringing their respective R values to 48 and 54. The foundation floor is insulated to R-60 with six layers of expanded polystyrene and, on the interior and exterior of the foundation walls, extruded polystyrene.Mechanical ventilation is provided by a Zehnder ComfoAir 200 heat-recovery ventilator, while space heating is provided by a minisplit air-source heat pump that is mounted in the wall of the loft space at the north end of the building.The building is exceptionally airtight, even by Passive House standards. A blower-door test showed 0.149 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 Pascals. Wedlick told EcoHome that construction costs likely will range from $200 to $250 per sq. ft. ($330,000 to $412,000).The NYPH organizers apparently liked what they saw and, in a blog post about their visit in November, suggested they might make another trip to the house in the dead of winter “so we can actually experience the PH really ‘working.’”
Arkansas’ football program is honoring its graduates with a special patch.The Razorbacks who have already graduated will be wearing an “SEC Graduate” patch on their uniform this fall.Here’s the patch, via Arkansas’ official website.Arkansas AD Jeff Long said this about the patch:“Our mission is to develop student-athletes to their fullest potential through intercollegiate athletics, including empowering them to attain the ultimate goal of graduation,” he told the school’s website. “More and more, our student-athletes are achieving that goal even before their athletic eligibility has expired. In recognition of this extraordinary achievement, we have developed a patch to be worn on their respective jerseys by all those student-athletes who have earned their college degree. It is a great reminder that these talented young men and women have already achieved something truly special that will impact them the rest of their lives.”Arkansas has eight players who will be wearing the patch. The Razorbacks open their 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Louisiana Tech.
Filmmaker Karan Johar says he considers his films to be a “guilty pleasure” for his audiences and is “unapologetically and unabashedly” obsessed with the mainstream trappings of storytelling, something he promises to continue in his content for Netflix. Johar, who has just inked a multi-year broad content deal with the streaming giant, said the global reaction to his 27-minute film as part of the collective ‘Lust Stories’ on Netflix made him realise there is much “outside of our country that is interested in us and the stories we tell”. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainA viewership revolution is just around the corner with the growth of OTT (over the top) platforms and it would be foolish to miss it, said the man behind Dharma Productions and its digital arm Dharmatic. Viewership habits have actually evolved and changed over the last decade even in India, he said, adding that Netflix is just the tip of the iceberg. “There is a major viewership explosion that’s around the corner and I can’t wait to actually be a part of that movement,” Johar said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardJohar, who is known for directing Bollywood blockbusters such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai , Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, and My Name is Khan and is also a successful mainstream producer, TV host and chat show anchor, said one cannot live insularly at a time of global content revolution. “Even when we attempt to do different stuff, there’s always a certain kind of quality that we try to project. Now we might hit it or miss it, but the endeavour is always to create high quality, superior content, and the kind of material that can be viewed not just in your country but even beyond that.” “It’s great to go global with your content and never live insularly and pretend like we are just living within the boundaries of our beautiful country… I think it’s platforms like Netflix that empower you to do just that,” he added. Johar added that he will do it in the style that he knows best because he has realised that people may like him or hate him, but they simply can’t ignore him. “I never see anyone but myself whenever I put out content, and even when it comes to digital, everybody has an impression that you can go wild, sexy or edgy, but let’s not forget that there’s organic storytelling that still needs to be told. There’s a large audience that needs to watch really strong narratives. I’ve always been unapologetically and unabashedly obsessed with the mainstream trappings of storytelling, and that’s what I want to do in digital as well, he said. People often come up to him and almost embarrassedly admit that they have watched his debut film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai over 100 times, a feeling they would not get for a film like Lagaan, Johar said. Some view my content as fluff and some have looked at it as romanticised. I will always get those diverse reactions and opinions about what I put out. But I always say, you can hate me, you can love me but you cannot be indifferent to me, and I hope you won’t be indifferent to the content we create. I’ve always said I’m like your guilty pleasure. So this guilty pleasure mode is what I hope to bring on to the OTT platform as well. And so there will be stuff that, I think, everyone will watch but pretend not to. The director believes the fear that digital revolution will eat into cinema has been replaced by hope for a new future. What is happening is that digital platforms empower one very strong entity in the creative industry and that’s our writers. Writers have been empowered the maximum in this space. In the last four or five years, the content in cinema has improved and that happened only because the writers are empowered elsewhere, they come with that empowerment and do better work even in cinema. There’s been an increase in footfalls, in the number of people visiting cinema halls, which is largely due to the digital revolution. One is helping the other and empowering the other and it’s a win-win situation for the media and entertainment industry.
OSU freshman midfielder Sarah Roberts (10) during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Sam Harris / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (6-3-2, 1-2-1) is preparing to travel to Champaign, Illinois, to face the Illinois Fighting Illini (8-2-1, 2-1-1) on Friday evening.Junior forward Nichelle Prince said she is leaving Sunday’s loss to Nebraska behind as the team looks to this week’s matchup. “We did not play to our best capabilities, so it is really important that we have a really good week at practice going into Illinois because we need that confidence back and need to get back to our basics,” Prince said.This week presents OSU with its third away game in a row, but Prince doesn’t believe the travel will serve as a challenge to the Buckeyes.“It’s just really important when we’re away to get the recovery needs that we need; making sure that even though we’re in a hotel that we’re getting the sleep we need, doing pool recoveries and stretching and foam rolling,” Prince said. “It’s not bad being away, we just need to make sure that we’re prepared and focused.”Last weekend when the Buckeyes were on the road, they had two games with a day of rest in between. The game against Illinois on Friday is the only contest on the road trip for OSU, which pleases OSU coach Lori Walker.“What I really like about this weekend is it’s a single game, and so our entire focus will go into what we need to do to compete against Illinois,” she said. The last time the Fighting Illini and Buckeyes met, OSU was defeated 4-1. Illinois is 6-0 at home this season, something that Prince said motivates her heading into the game.“I think that’s one of the things that’s really exciting because you get to go to their home and make an upset,” Prince said. “So, being on our game and playing for something, knowing that they have a lot of confidence, but so do we.”Walker said a key for success against the Fighting Illini is a well-rounded performance from all three lines — the defense, midfield and attackers. “We’ve had segments of games where each line is pretty special, but I don’t think we’ve had a full game yet where we are playing 90 minutes of quality soccer and not having lapses in our concentration,” Walker said.The Buckeyes are set to kick off at 7 p.m. at the Illinois Soccer Stadium.
Former Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn wants Zinedine Zidane to suceed Jupp Heynckes at the club for next seasonDespite being in only his second full season as a coach at the highest level, the Frenchman has already become the first manager to have won back-to-back Champions League tittles and is currently aiming to win the competition for third consecutive time.Kahn, who played as a goalkeeper for both Bayern and Germany, would like to see Zidane take over the reins from Heynckes at the Allianz Arena.“Zinedine Zidane is undoubtedly worth considering. I think he’s sensational,” Kahn told ZDF (via ESPN).“He has won everything with Real Madrid and can win his third Champions League title. He’s a coach who fits perfectly Bayern Munich’s requirement profile.”While Bayern have stated, on several occasions, in the past that they are only interested in German-speaking coaches, Kahn believes that Zidane’s qualities will outweigh such a minor disadvantage.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“He is French and can speak Spanish, so he could learn German,” said the 48 year-old.“The question is more what can he do extremely well? He can manage a star-studded squad, he was an absolute world star himself, and while many former top players don’t go on to become great coaches, he has.”One candidate that has been touted to replace Heynckes at the club for next season is Eintracht Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac, who is not against the idea.The Croatian is believed to now be one of the front-runners for the role, after Thomas Tuchel reportedly rejected an offer from Bayern in March. Although Frankfurt sporting executive Fredi Bobic has recently revealed that the club have had no contact from the Bundesliga leaders.“There is no reason to doubt I will still be the coach here next season,” said Kovac.“So many things happen in football. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. As of now, I will be here until 2019.”
In the preparation ahead of World Cup, Russian football hoodlums have reportedly threatened to stab gay and transgender England fans at the Mundial.An alliance of LGBT football fan groups, called Pride In Football, said some of the death threats it has received has been so unnerving that they have reported them to police. It has received emails warning them that LGBT fans will be targeted for attacks during the tournament in Russia in June, according to Dailymail.Last week, the Football Supporters’ Federation, working with the Football Association, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, released guidelines advising LGBT fans not to display their sexuality in public during the World Cup.However, it is unclear if they are allowed wave or move rainbow flags in Russia.‘We’ve had people say that if they find us they’ll stab us, so it’s been a mixture but they’re being dealt with seriously and those investigations are still ongoing,’ Joe White, Pride in Football’s campaign leader, said.‘Unless there is someone kind of putting their head above the parapet, it’s very easy for them to say we don’t exist.Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.‘I think we definitely have a responsibility to highlight any form of inequality.‘Hopefully teams, players and managers can come into that conversation when they feel safe to do so.’He stressed that the guidelines released had to be ‘very cautious’ but that he won’t be afraid to be himself in Russia.‘I could go out and almost go back into the closet and act butch but that kind of plays exactly into what we are trying to show is an issue,’ he said.‘We shouldn’t have to feel that we have to behave any differently than we would.
New Real Madrid signing Alvaro Odriozola insists that the opportunity to join the “biggest club in the world and history” was simply too good an opportunity to turn down and described it as like going to DisneylandThe Spain international was officially presented to the club supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday after completing his reported €40m transfer from Real Sociedad.Odriozola was once linked with a move to Barcelona, but he admitted that he just could not turn down the opportunity to become a Galactico.“I’m fulfilling a dream and I couldn’t be happier to have signed for the biggest club in the world and in history. It’s something indescribable. Something that happens once in a lifetime and I’m very happy to be here. I want to enjoy every moment and nothing else,” he said on the club website.“Real Madrid are the biggest club in the world and in history, so you could not say no.”He added: “It is like when your father comes and asks you if you want to go to Disneyland. It’s clear. I see myself as a very ambitious person and my biggest challenge is to be a success at Madrid. I am coming here to fulfil that challenge, and give 100 percent. To enjoy every moment through hard work, exertion and humility.”Sueño cumplido ⚽. He llegado a Disney ?. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/gIXLCkjlmH— Álvaro Odriozola (@alvaroodriozola) July 18, 2018Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Odriozola has impressed in La Liga over the past 18 months and was chosen over Barcelona and Arsenal full-backs Sergi Roberto and Hector Bellerin for a place in Spain’s World Cup squad by new Real boss Julen Lopetegui this summer.But the Spanish full-back will have to be braced for a whole other level of competition at Real with the club possessing many talented individuals with Dani Carvajal currently the regular starting right-back for Los Blancos.“When you come to Real Madrid you know that you’re up against the biggest competition,” said the 22-year-old.“In this case it’s Carvajal, who is a reference for me and I have a lot of respect for him. I’ve come to fight for the position, to give the best of myself, and Real Madrid will benefit. I’ve come to succeed and give 100% for this shirt”.“Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world and in history, so you can’t say no. The decision was simple. I consider myself a very ambitious person and this is the biggest challenge possible. I want to give 100%, enjoy every moment from a demanding position”.Advice is something that Odriozola is not short of: “I’ve received a lot. In the end it’s about being yourself, working day in day out and focusing on what is purely football and training every day as if it were the last. Giving 100% every time you out on to the field and work, sacrifice and with humility, nothing else”.
The burden of being Everton’s club-record signing is of no concern to Richarlison, despite the lingering doubts over the amount spent on himThe Toffees signed the 21-year-old forward in the summer transfer window for a staggering £35m from Watford, despite the fact he only found the net five times in 38 Premier League games.Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson famously accused Everton of “spoiling” the transfer market by paying such a large sum for an unproven talent.Yet, on the back of three goals in his first five games at Everton, Richarlison insists there are no worries on his side of things.“No, I’m cool about it,” he told ESPN.“Since I was promoted to the America MG first team there was already pressure on me.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“In my third game at America I was already in the starting line-up.“And there was pressure to score a lot of goals because America were fighting for promotion.“Then I signed for Fluminense and they paid a $10million fee, one of the most expensive in their history.“So, the pressure was there again. So, I am calm about it.“I can only work hard because it is a huge responsibility to wear all of these shirts. All of these clubs that I have played for.“The pressure was always beside me, but I always give my best and things have been working well for me.”
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has revealed that the league will reach the much-discussed number of 28 teams as FC Cincinnati is set to become the 24th team in MLS in 2019.Investigations reveal Inter Miami and Nashville will follow soon after with Austin expected to join the fray as well. At some point, MLS and, according to MLS commissioner Don Garber, the league will almost certainly roll right past it.Speaking at his annual State of the League address, Garber said via Goal:“We will grant the 28th team and make that decision sometime in the next 12 months,” he said on Friday.“There’s no rush.”“Then we’re going to have to decide if we want to go forward beyond 28 teams. That’s a discussion that is taking place. We’ll begin to introduce the subject at our board meeting in the middle of next week.Alexis Sanchez rules out move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Alexis Sanchez reckons he’s still got another “five or six years left” of European football in him amid links of a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.“I don’t expect or anticipate there will be an announcement coming out of that, but there’s no doubt in my mind that we can support having more than 28 teams in Major League Soccer, no doubt in my mind.”Garber says the league will not be expanding further into Canada, where the Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC will remain the lone representatives.“This is a big country,” Garber said.“I could remember when we first started looking at the expansion. I came in at 12, went down to 10. We went up to 14 in 2005. I don’t know that at that time we ever thought we’d be at the size we are now.”“There has been so much that’s gone on over the last decade or more in this sport, that has been empowering a lot of the interest in cities across the U.S. and Canada.”