Kityo late goal salvages point for Muhoroni

first_imgMuhoroni put up a structured and tactically disciplined display while the 2009 champions relied on long balls which were effectively dealt with by the Muhoroni backline, anchored by the calm and composed Paul Muchika.Veteran Hillary Echesa had a chance for Sofapaka in the 10 th minute when his well calculated volley from an Umar Kassumba set up went inches over the bar.On the other end, Muhoroni’s John Mark Otieno had two back-to-back chances. First he was sent through clean on goal by Ambrose Ayoyi, but his effort at goal was weak, rolling out of play.The second chance was from a freekick in a favorable scoring position but he sent it straight to Mathias Kigonya’s arms.In the 18th minute, Sofapaka’s Umar Kassumba had perhaps the half’s best chance with the ball begging for the slightest of touches to shake the net from inside the six yard box. The Ugandan raced in to meet a well curled freekick from Rodgers Aloro, but he missed the tap.Sofapaka’s Michael Oduor vies for the ball against Muhoroni Youth’s Daniel Otieno during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo Stadium on July 29, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThree minutes later, Feni Ali had a chance with a shot on the turn from a Willis Ouma cross, but it was off target.Muhoroni were doing well with building up play from the back, putting the ball down and distributing it well, but were not effective when it mattered most in the final third of attack.In the 23rd minute, Ayoyi who had been impressive on the left wing broke into the box, but his shot at goal was a gift to Kigonya.Two minutes from half time, the visitors should have gone ahead but were wasteful again. John Mark picked up Kityo inside the box with a defense splitting pass, but the forward took too many touches on the ball and his eventual shot went over.In the second half, Sofapaka boss Sam Ssimbwa started off by pulling out Morven Otinya for Okare and the latter was on target just five minutes later, converting from the penalty spot after Pauk Muchika had brought down Michael Oduor inside the box.The Muhoroni players protested the decision as Muchika had won the ball with Oduor coming in from the blind side.Muhoroni Youth’s Jacobs Faina chases down Sofapaka’s Feni Ali during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo Stadium on July 29, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSofapaka thought they had gone 2-1 up in the 61st minute but Kassumba’s header from an Okare cross was ruled out for offside.Eight minutes later, Michael Kilume had a thunderbolt well saved by the Muhoroni keeper after the visitors lost the ball cheaply.Okare had a chance to make it two for himself and the team in the 72nd minute but he had a lazy effort well through on goal from a Bernard Mang’oli through pass.Muhoroni boss Gilbert Selebwa then threw in all three of his allowed subs, pulling out Maxwell Onyango, John Mark and Daniel Otieno for Fred Ochieng, Hassan Kiyoyo and Faruk Muduola.The changes enhanced Muhoroni’s attacking flow and they were rewarded in the 84th minute when a cool calm and composed Kityo picked up a long ball inside the box, skipped past one of his markers and buried the ball home.Feni Ali had a late chance to win it for his side at the death but he shot straight at the keeper after breaking into a good scoring position inside the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Muhoroni Yoyth’s Bliss Kityo (right) celebrates his late equalizer against Sofapaka with team mate Collins Agade during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo Stadium on July 29, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 29- Bliss Kityo struck with six minutes of regulation time left as Muhoroni Youth came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with 2009 champions Sofapaka in a Kenyan Premier League tie at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.Sofapaka had gone ahead through substitute Ezekiel Okare’s contentious penalty, but the visitors who had been largely the better side in the encounter put up a spirited fight to draw level late on. It was a smack in the face for Batoto ba Mungu who just a minute earlier had missed a sitter through Feni Ali.last_img read more

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Council may get report released

first_img“The City Council is required by law to protect the rights of employees from abuse due to allowing a hostile work environment,” Taylor wrote in a Sept. 4 letter addressed to the council. “This information that the special investigator stated is now being withheld at the expense and possible loss of employees’ jobs.” In the letter, Taylor said the council has the right to the information. Garcia has said a previous request for a written report was denied. Jim Ewert, legal counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association, said denial is “strange.” “It’s quite a position he has taken,” Ewert said. “I don’t think I have ever heard of this where the city attorney has refused to give information to the city council.” Taylor said he has the right to the information. ROSEMEAD – The City Council on Tuesday will consider a councilman’s request for a harassment investigative report. Councilman Gary Taylor has asked City Attorney Bonifacio Garcia for a written report by a private investigator. The report was about sexual harassment claims made by a city employee against Councilman John Nu ez. Valerie Mazone, who filed the lawsuit, alleges she was sexually harassed by Nu ez for more than one year. The city and Nu ez deny the allegations. Taylor said the information could help protect Rosemead staff and the city. Garcia discouraged the release, stating it could jeopardize the city’s defense. “The (investigative report) is not a public record,” Taylor said. “The letter is a document that the elected five-member City Council has a responsibility and obligation to review very carefully to decide what actions need to be taken.” The councilman said he is not asking as a member of the public and that he does not understand why no one has a copy. Ewert said council members should have all the information before they take action. At previous meetings, Taylor said that he believes the information in an oral report given to the council was inconsistent with the city’s response to the lawsuit. Once the report is given to all parties, it will become public record, experts said. A final status conference pertaining to the lawsuit is set for May 2, and the trial is scheduled for May 12.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Arranmore man completes full set of World Marathon Majors

first_imgAN ARRANMORE man crossed the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Sunday to complete a remarkable feat of having finished all six World Marathon Majors.Denis O’Donnell completed the Berlin Marathon – adding the sixth Major having previously completed marathons in Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago and New York.“It felt amazing crossing the finish line,” O’Donnell tells Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub.  “I felt very proud. I was a proud Donegal Islander.“This was extra special as it was the marathon that completed all six Majors. I had it in mind since April 2015 to achieve this feat after I done my first marathon in London.“It’s been four and a half years in the making for this particular achievement.”In reality, though, Denis’ journey has been longer. Much longer.He remembers a time when a shy boy in the schoolyard was ‘laughed at for the way I ran’.Berlin was his 12th marathon in total. Eight years ago, aged 33, Denis began a journey to fitness when he was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a condition that affected his breathing.“Marathons were the last thing on my mind that time,” he says. “I just went to the gym to try and get fit and to improve my health.  “ At first I started using the rowing machine and enjoyed it. I done that for a few months. Like a lot of people you fall off the horse. You stop going  a while. Life takes over. You get distracted.”Soon, though, the gym became a part of his daily routine.The treadmill was tough and Denis was ‘conscious’.“I went when the gym would be quiet,” he says. “That eventually went and I didn’t care after a while. It didn’t matter who was there then. Your confidence grows the more you do it. I started seeing results. I could go faster and longer distances as the weeks went on.  “I had it as my goal to complete a 5k race the following year. I gradually built up to 5k and I did my first 5k in 29 minutes. It was a big thing for me at the time. I continued with this for three years and built up to taking part in the North West 10k, which I completed in under 50 minutes.“I had really caught the running bug then. I started running on the roads on the island.”A self-confessed ‘armchair sports fan’, Denis would watch the London Marathon every year. He happened upon an advert for the 2015 London Marathon and decided to give it a go.“To me running the London marathon or any World marathon is the closest an ordinary person can get to competing with elite athletes,” he says. “I was on the committee for my old schools centenary events. At meetings it was clear we needed to fundraise to put the event on and publish a book about the event. It was obvious to me then what I would fundraise for. This was my first time fundraising. I raised 3600 euro for the school centenary event. “Denis completed the famous race in four hours and 26 minutes.A few months later, he completed the Donegal Marathon and that October he got around the Dublin Marathon. From nothing, he had suddenly completed three marathons inside six months. “Since then I targeted a World Major every year and whenever I could do a marathon around Ireland,” says Denis, who is also the driving force behind the Arranmore Darkness Into Light, which raises funds for Pieta House.His marathon efforts have raised vital funds for a variety of charitable causes, including the 2018 Tokyo Marathon for the Irish Heart Foundation in memory of his late mother, who passed away in 2017.On Sunday, Denis was presented with a medal in hour of completing the Berlin Marathon, but there was an extra special presentation as he received the six star medal in recognition of finishing the six Majors.He thinks of the landmarks: “To think I have ran down the Falls Road, Hyde Park, The Bronx, along Lake Michigan, Shibuya, Heartbreak Hill and to finish at the Brandenburg Gate…”Arranmore man completes full set of World Marathon Majors was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:arranmoreArranmore IslandBerlinbostonChicagoDenis O’DonnellLondonMarathonnew yorktokyolast_img read more

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GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 19, 24, 25 and 28. There was no winner of Match 3 Numbers. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,700 and Match 3 is €120. Peter McGinley’s Team is selling Killotto this Saturday 12th and Paul McGinley’s team is selling on the 19th of November. The Killotto is now online. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website www.killybegsgaa.com and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went Marian Murphy, Killybegs and Ethna Byrne, Kilcar. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,600 on 47 calls.The Bord Na OG Race Night is on 11 – 11 – 11. Please support and have a good night’s entertainment.The seniors where defeated by St. Michaels in Division 2 Playoff last Saturday 0-12 to 1-06. The U-12 Jamesie Boyle memorial annual tournament was played last Sunday in Eamon Byrne Park. It was a perfect day for football and there was some good competitive football played. The club would like to thank everyone who helped out in organising the event and with the food and drink.Anyone looking for their membership card can contact Macdara to get the card. Also anyone who has email and wants to be on the clubs mailing list, should send an e-mail tosecretary.killybegs.donegal@gaa.ieGAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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JOE BROLLY – “DERRY HAVEN’T A HOPE OF BEATING DONEGAL IN ULSTER SEMI-FINAL”

first_imgGAA: RTE pundit and former All-Ireland winner Joe Brolly has said Derry haven’t a chance of overcoming Donegal in their Ulster SFC semi-final clash next weekend.Joe BrollyDonegal have been impressive in the Ulster SFC so far earning victories over Tyrone and Armagh to set-up the clash with Brian McIver’s Derry side.Donegal’s ruthless execution of Armagh in the first-half on Sunday was exceptional – and sent a reminder to other counties with aspirations on winning the All-Ireland that while McGuinness may have left it’s business as usual under the tutelage of Rory Gallagher. RTE pundit Brolly holds no hope for his native county and expects Donegal to sweep them to one side in Clones next Saturday evening.Brolly fears Derry are far too defensive and don’t have an offensive strategy to dismantle Donegal.He fears they’ll sit on the ropes against Donegal, and he says if you do that against Donegal you’ll get punished.Brolly said, “Derry have plenty of quality footballers, and in my opinion we have the best full-back line in terms of man-to-man marking. “We have two of the best forwards in the game in Eoin Bradley and Mark Lynch and we’re very formidable at midfield.“We’ve certainly got potential, but we’re a mess, we’re obsessed with defence and have no attacking plan at all.“That’s not going to be good enough against Donegal, we sat back on the ropes against them last year in Celtic Park and we inevitably lost.“If you sit back on the ropes against Donegal then the same thing will happen Derry as it did Armagh, we’ll get hammered.Donegal’s odds have shortened on winning both the Ulster SFC and All-Ireland titles following Sunday’s exhibition against Armagh. As Brolly and Spillane both said Donegal are in rude health and it will take a top, top side to stop.Some pundits are claiming that Gallagher has taken Donegal to another level and has galvanised and freshened up his squad.The general consensus both inside and outside of Donegal is that we’re in for another long summer.JOE BROLLY – “DERRY HAVEN’T A HOPE OF BEATING DONEGAL IN ULSTER SEMI-FINAL” was last modified: June 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DerrrydonegalGAAJOE BROLLYnewsSportUlster SFClast_img read more

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Measure can defend basic rights

first_imgThe premise of Proposition 75, paycheck protection, could hardly be simpler and more straightforward. It states that the citizens of California will not allow anyone to take money from the paychecks of public employees like me for political contributions without our permission. Clearly understood, there’s not a whole lot of room for disagreement on that declaration of a fundamental human right of us state government employees: to decide for ourselves which political candidates and causes we will support. Proposition 75 is supported by an almost two-thirds majority, according to some opinion polls, and that support extends into union households. Given the clarity and widespread support for Proposition 75, the special-interest groups opposing it – mainly the union bosses – have no choice but to use their overwhelming financial muscle to make it sound like Proposition 75 is something other than what it is. Their big lie, on which they pound away in ad after ad on television, is that paycheck protection silences the voices of working people. In fact, once Proposition 75 passes, union members will be able to donate even more to political causes, if they wish, than before, and so can their unions. What Proposition 75 actually does is make it illegal to force state government union members to donate to political causes they oppose. If forcing working people to donate their hard-earned money to political causes they oppose isn’t silencing their voices, then what is? Union leaders also claim that Proposition 75 is unnecessary because union members already have the right under the 1988 Beck decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to opt out of unions and pay “agency fees” to the labor union, while not having to make any political contributions. In fact, it is almost always extremely difficult for union members to exercise this right. The labor unions engage in foot dragging and excuses when union members request to opt out, and workers who opt out are often subject to workplace retribution. The Beck decision has never been properly enforced by federal and state governments, and labor union members who attempt to exercise their rights often receive little protection. Workers who opt out most often lose grievance and voting rights on union contracts and union officers, thus paying agency shop union dues but once again truly having their voices silenced in their own unions. And the claims of unions – especially public-employee labor unions – about how much they spend on political lobbying are often outright falsehoods. My own union, the Safety Employees Benefit Association, won’t let you opt out of paying the money at all. The organization demands that you pay, but will direct the money to its charities – or so the union bosses say. I’ve never seen an accounting for that. Bottom line: You still pay. And my own voice in my union has been silenced altogether after being kicked out of the union for simply expressing my views, different from those of the union leadership. The labor-union bosses owe us an explanation as to why, if we public-employee labor-union members already have the right to refuse to fork over money to political causes we oppose, they are spending millions upon millions of dollars to block that right. Could it be they know that most of their members would take advantage of the new union democracy put in place by a paycheck-protection law to follow the dictates of their own conscience? When voters understand what Proposition 75 really says and does, they immediately want to vote for it. The union bosses have therefore been left with smoke screens of phony claims about what Proposition 75 would do – allegedly cut public-school funding, or cut death benefits to police officers and firemen killed in the line of duty, or slash health care benefits. They hope that, if they throw enough mud at this battle for human rights, the voters will no longer be able to see it for what it is. Proposition 75 – for paycheck protection – aims to secure fundamental human rights for workers and to give us the dignity and respect we deserve. On Nov. 8, the voters will be able to strike a blow for fairness and justice for the public employees of this great state of California. Lon Jacobs is a patrol sergeant in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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SO YOU FANCY YOURSELF AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?

first_imgLetterkenny Photographic Club LKFoto starts back for its 6th year on Monday 21st Sep in the Regional Cultural Centre (RCC), Letterkenny, after a short summer break.This is an open night for anyone interested in photography and is considering joining the club. This year we already have a full programme planned, including outings, guest photographers and monthly themed competitions. The club plan to run free introduction courses for all beginner photographers who wish to join the club.There will also be a series of tutorials on advanced photographic techniques for the seasoned members. The club run monthly themed competitions, hosted on the club’s Picturk website. The winners each month go forward to our Exhibition The club meets every 2nd Monday evening at the RCC (behind the Grianan theatre) from 7:00 to 9:00. Membership is €30 per annum.The club has just launched a new website at http://lkfoto.ie/ where you will find a membership form and further details about the club.The club is open to all. Anyone interested in joining can come along any evening or contact the club by emailing our PRO Shane at pro.lkfoto@gmail.com or Ciaran at lkfotoclub@gmail.com or ring Ciaran at 0862072798 or Like us on Facebook to get regular updates on upcoming events.SO YOU FANCY YOURSELF AS A PHOTOGRAPHER? was last modified: September 18th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Letterkenny Camera Clublast_img read more

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Wakiso Giants, Azam friendly in jeopardy as FUFA claims club does not exist

first_img Tags: Azam FcFUFAtopWakiso Giants Wakiso Giants players and some of their coaching staff training at IUIU in Kabojja recentlyInternational Friendly MatchWakiso Giants vs Azam FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoWednesday, 08-08-2018The eagerly awaited build up game between Wakiso Giants and Tanzanian giants Azam FC will most likely not take place this afternoon.This comes after FUFA advised that the game should not be played unless the Big League side fields players of Kamuli Park, the side that was bought off by the Kabojja based money bags, over a month ago.“Wakiso Giants is not a registered club under FUFA, said FUFA Deputy CEO Humphrey Mandu in a phone interview with PML Daily.“Secondly, most of players have not yet been cleared by the federation so unless they use Kamuli Park playing staff, the match cannot go on.“The other issue is that the game is supposed to be an international game guided by the CAF regulations and with the above two in mind, it makes no sense sanctioning it.“We advised that it does not take place but if they go on and play it, Wakiso Giants will face further sanctions, Mandu concluded.When asked about whether the team is allowed to play games with other teams within the country, Mandu had this to say.“They are not registered as a club so i am not sure they can even play games with local clubs.It should be noted that Wakiso Giants played a friendly game with SC Villa last week, winning it 3-2 at their home in Kabojja.Whether FUFA sanctioned it or they don’t know about the game remains a unknown.When contacted, the team’s CEO Kamoga Sula acknowledged that the club is yet to complete its registration process with the Federation.“Yes we are yet to complete the registration process and we are still using the name Kamuli Park on our documentations.,“I am not sure if the match will go on as planned but i will soon be getting final communication from the CEO (Edgar Watson) in the next few hour.The game is slated for today (Wednesday) at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Comments last_img read more

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SA’s anti-HIV gel trial enters next phase

first_img15 June 2011 After encouraging results on a pioneering vaginal gel which reduces the risk of HIV and genital herpes infection, South Africa, in partnership with the United States, has launched a follow-up study to test the safety of the gel. The Phase III trial, to be known as FACTS 001, will be conducted by the Follow-on African Consortium for Tenofovir Studies (FACTS) led by Professor Helen Rees, director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI). It is expected to start by the end of July and run for 24 months.Previous trial The study prior to this, known as CAPRISA 004, was conducted last year by the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) on nearly 900 women in KwaZulu-Natal. It showed that the use of the gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir reduced HIV infection by 39 percent and also reduces the risk of contracting genital herpes by 51 percent. However, CAPRISA 004 was a relatively small trial (Phase IIb trial) and was not designed for licensure purposes. On Tuesday, South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, in partnership with the United States, launched FACTS 001, which will test the safety and effectiveness of 1 percent tenofovir gel. FACTS 001 will be a bigger study than CAPRISA 004, involving 2 200 women aged 18 to 30 years at seven trial sites across South Africa.Giving power to women Speaking at the launch of FACTS 001, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said the government was looking forward to this stage of the trial, and was very proud of the collaboration between the South African government and United States. He noted that while people should continue to condomise and be faithful, and while research for vaccines should continue, once the results regarding the gel were positive and confirmed, it would be possible to help protect women against HIV/Aids. “This product does something different: it gives women the power to negotiate and make decisions for themselves,” Hanekom said. “It needs to be done. We are ready, and if it confirms its effectiveness, we will soon put it on the market, combined with the roll-out of the treatment.” Professor Rees said the research so far had found that using the gel before and after sex provided moderate protection against HIV and Herpes Simplex. “The establishment of the FACTS consortium to confirm the effectiveness of the first vaginal microbicide gel for women and enable licensure is extremely exciting for South African researchers,” Rees said. “The objectives of the FACTS 001 confirm the CAPRISA 004 results in larger more diverse populations. “The South African government’s support for FACTS demonstrates a new era of collaboration between researchers and government with the common vision of preventing HIV infections in women.” The government had funded the trial with an amount of R17-million for a three-year period. United States Ambassador Donald Gips commended the South African government for its decision to fund the FACTS study and partnering with the US, which has pledged to fund the study for R129-million for a three-year period. “The study offers a new tool to prevent HIV/Aids,” Gips said. “We have to figure out how to prevent more people from being infected with the disease. It is very urgent for the researchers to complete the trial for its approval, because protecting women and girls from contracting the disease is very crucial. “We are committed to empowering women and girls to protect themselves by finding new HIV prevention options,” Gips said. “Confirming tenofovir gel’s effectiveness is a fundamental and essential step in the right direction. Together, government and civil society are making strides to slow down the infection, and the US is very proud to support you.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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We’re converting Agri Country to digital

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I take great pride in being a farm broadcaster, an opportunity in no small part thanks to the rich history of agricultural communication in Ohio. A huge figure in this industry was the remarkable Ed Johnson, the founder to our company today. It’s hard to go around and not hear people reminiscing of his name or seeing the great pride someone has as they say, “You know I was interviewed by Ed back in the day.”We’re now getting a glimpse of just how many interviews there were as our crew at Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal has undertaken a new endeavor — converting all the Agri Country episodes from their current tape form over to digital to preserve them for current and future generations.Agri Country was a weekly television show that appeared across Ohio (and parts of surrounding states) featuring agriculture and the unique people that made it happen. Ed Johnson hosted each episode, with various contributors coming and going through the years. It began in 1982 and ran until shortly after Johnson’s passing in 2001.While we’re busy at work saving the history of Ohio agriculture for generations to come, here’s an episode of Agri Country from this exact time of year about 34 years ago. The episode appeared on November 12, 1983 and showcases the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. Take note the talk of it moving somewhere else in the coming years. Also appearing in the episode is a unique glimpse into the loading and shipping of grains on the Ohio river.I’m a pretty young pup. The final years of Agri Country coincided with my first years of elementary school. Nevertheless, I know the importance of the past and there’s quite a bit of history jam-packed into those aging tapes.Yes, it’s exciting to look back on Ohio agriculture through the lens of Agri Country. The show featured the great strides farming has made in during that time with regard to technology. Not to mention many of today’s industry leaders can be found as young people in early episodes, with their progress thoroughly documented through the years. An example can be found when Ed interviewed the newly-placed executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Jack Fisher. Fast-forward to today and Fisher has recently retired after serving in that position ever since. The legends of Ohio ag in that timeframe — the likes of Governor James Rhoades, Bob Evans, Merlin Woodruff and many more — make an appearance from time to time.The show is not only educational from an agricultural perspective, but also interesting from a purely sociological standpoint. It’s quite obvious that gender norms have changed. For example, the Farm Wife of the Week highlight was pretty standard. Many interviews dealing with farm events focus a majority of the questions on the upcoming things to learn, though they always seemed to be finished with, “What do we have to offer for the ladies in attendance?” Times have changed.With that said, some things don’t change — like the aggravating nature of tape players. That’s one of the many factors ensuring this digital conversion venture does not happen overnight. The sheer number of episodes involved poses an issue. Agri Country ran every week for nearly 20 years, that means well over 1,000 episodes have to be converted, edited, catalogued, and archived. Also challenging is that a majority of the episodes were not stored on traditional media (like VHS tapes), but rather a type of 3/4-inch tape popular with professional video at that time. Not only are players for these tapes hard to find, but they’re tired old machines with a tendency for error. You could even say we run a sort of retirement home for the tape player. A number of massage techniques are employed to keep the ol’ gals happy.To add even one more issue to the archival process is the fact that these “U-Matic” tapes suffer from something called sticky shed syndrome. I didn’t even know tapes could have syndromes! Sticky shed has to do with the deterioration of the tape while in storage, causing issues when trying to play back several years later. Dealing with this has forced us to resort an interesting, widely used solution in the archival world. We bake every tape before converting it. Yes, bake. We literally have a modified toaster oven and dehydrator that we pop the tapes into. We have to be careful some days not to get our lunch confused with episodes of Agri Country.The conversion process is ongoing and will be for some time, though we’re a couple hundred episodes in and the results are astounding. For the time being, we are not releasing episodes of Agri Country to the public, other than from time to time on our website.Would you like to see more Agri Country episodes down the road? What favorite memories do you have from Agri Country? What do you think about converting these episodes to digital? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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