A report submitted by an independent trustee charged with overseeing the sale showed that the English league honoured its pledge that no single broadcaster would be allowed to buy all of the packages of live match rights. “We have read the reports and are satisfied that the sale of media rights was in line with EU competition rules,” said a Commission spokesman.The battle between the Commission and the English league was one of the most high-profile interventions by the EU’s competition authority in the arrangements between broadcasters and the football authorities. It followed earlier trials of strength over Germany’s Bundesliga and over the UEFA Champions League. Under the English Premier League’s agreement with the Commission, matches had to be auctioned off in six packages covering rights spanning three years, with no broadcaster permitted to bid for more than five. BSkyB paid €1.923 billion for four packages of broadcasting rights, allowing the channel to show 92 live games a season starting from 2007-08. The company paid €1.498bn for the rights to all six packages in the three seasons running up to 2007. Irish broadcaster Setanta was able to snap up rights to show 46 live premiership matches during the three seasons from 2007, thereby bringing an end to the monopoly enjoyed by BSkyB since the league’s inception in 1992.Under the previous system BSkyB was able to purchase exclusive rights to all premiership matches. The Commission had deemed that the broadcast monopoly was against the interests of EU consumers. At the time of the deal, EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said that the new system for auctioning the broadcasting rights to games would provide football fans with “greater choice and better value”. Had the league failed to fulfil commitments, it could have been liable for a fine of 10% of its total worldwide turnover. The Commission would not have had to prove any violation of competition rules.
The field to replace Johnson County Commissioner Ed Peterson for the First District has become more crowded. A primary election in August will now have five candidates running.Two Leawood residents, Mark Nauser of 11216 Juniper Lane and Rachel Sciolaro of 3109 W. 118th Street, are the most recent candidates to file. They join Prairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer, former Mission Mayor Laura McConwell and Alex DiCarlo of Prairie Village in the race.Peterson is vacating the northeast Johnson County seat to challenge Commission Chair Ed Eilert. Patricia Lightner of Olathe also is running for chair position.Nauser and Sciolaro are the most recent of the five candidates to file in the First District. A primary will be needed to narrow the candidates down to two for the fall election.The primary will be held on Aug. 5 and the general election on Nov. 4. Filing closed at noon today.
SOCAR Cape joint venture has been awarded three contracts in Azerbaijan. The contracts are for the supply of services to projects that are part of the development of the Shah Deniz field, a natural gas development in Azerbaijan. The three contracts are expected to be worth in excess of $65m for the joint venture.The joint venture agreement with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) was entered into in 2010 and is 51% owned by SOCAR and 49% owned by Cape.Joe Oatley, Chief Executive of Cape plc commented: “The SOCAR Cape JV has made significant investment to ensure the business is correctly structured to be able to react to the needs of its clients and we are delighted that the benefits of this investment are starting to be seen.“These contract awards are testament to the continued hard work and capability of the SOCAR Cape JV team and come at an exciting time in the country where there is increasing demand for our services. SOCAR is an important partner to Cape and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them on both these and future projects.”[mappress mapid=”1197″]
Firms were queuing up to welcome the reforms of planning promised by chancellor George Osborne and his business secretary Sajid Javid last week. As development businesses, the lifeblood of housebuilders is land with planning – it’s the raw material they need to manufacture their homes (and profits). Competition for land eats away at developers’ margins, and in previous times the lack of sites on which to build was their biggest constraint.So these businesses will always press the government for greater relaxation of the planning regime, and the thrust of the reforms was clearly positive for them – particularly the move to designate automatic permission in principle for brownfield sites.But, despite the chorus of approval, it is likely that – in the short term at least – these measures will do little, if anything, to boost supply of new homes.Ask any housebuilder boss planning to expand their business and they will tell you that construction capacity is their biggest headacheIn 2015, planning–- frustrating, bureaucratic and expensive as it undoubtedly still is – is simply not the constraint on home building that it clearly was in the noughties.You can see this reflected in the so-far modest rises in the price of development land, despite output rising more than a third since its 2012 low. You can see it in the relative lack of M&A activity in the housebuilding sector, with bosses no longer seeing buying their rivals as the cheapest way to get a land bank. You can also see it in the hundreds of thousands of unimplemented planning permissions.Most of all it is visible in the delays to completions of many major schemes, and the rising construction costs for building homes. Ask any housebuilder boss planning to expand their business and they will tell you that construction capacity is their biggest headache and business risk. Help tackling that problem will be even more welcome.Joey Gardiner is deputy editor of Building magazine
IPGC Golf from The Tara CourtSunday, June 11, Green Valley – MedalWe had what was our smallest group ever out here for our monthly medal at Green Valley, due in no small part to the condition of the course where now even people who are members do not think it is worth playing, and now that they have cored and sanded the greens it is even less attractive to play.Kevin O’Sullivan.Not great scoring, probably as putting was a lottery, and Kevin O’Sullivan came out the winner with a net seventy five. Joe Peters was playing his last game before going over to Ireland for a few months and today he came second, also with a net seventy five but losing the count back to Kevin. We also had two more players on the same score and on the count back Don Everett came third and Peter Henshaw fourth. 1st Kevin O’Sullivan (14) net 752nd Joe Peters (22) net 753rd Don Everett (22) net 754th Peter Henshaw (23) net 75Tuesday, June 13, Eastern Star – Stableford1st John Carlin (17) 37pts2nd Jerry Sweetnam (9) 35pts3rd Jon Batty (6) 33pts4th Kevin Blake (7) 32ptsWe had four groups out here at Eastern Star, which is not too bad for this time of year. We found the course in reasonable condition and although the greens had recently been cored and sanded, but they were ok. It is excellent value for money at the moment and well worth playing.John Carlin.John Carlin certainly likes this course and he was the winner today with thirty seven points. Jerry Sweetnam again also played well on what he probably regards as his home track and came second with thirty five points. Jon Batty took the third place with thirty three and Kevin Blake was fourth on thirty two.Thursday, June 15, Burapha – StablefordBlue Tees1st Gerry Hannan (12) 37pts2nd Jerry Sweetnam (9) 35pts3rd Jon Batty (6) 34ptsWhite Tees1st Stephen Doyle (12) 38pts2nd Russell Gilroy (19) 37pts3rd Andy Featherstone (6) 36ptsStephen Doyle.We were back here again today for our usual Thursday game at Burapha on another beautiful day for golf. We played the A and B courses and as usual gave our players a choice of tees, blue or white and we had some very good scores off both.Gerry Hannan was the winner off the blue tees with thirty seven points, which at 6,800 yards is an excellent score. Jerry Sweetnam was again steady and came second with thirty five points and Jon Batty came third with thirty four.Off the white tees, Stephen Doyle had the best score of the day and was the winner with thirty eight points, which included a birdie ‘2’. Russell Gilroy also beat his handicap and came second with thirty seven and this also included a ‘2’. Andy Featherstone took the third place with thirty six points.
Golf from Tropical Golf Group Tuesday, Oct. 4, Khao Kheow – StablefordThose who play here regularly know this is a quality course, and also a really difficult one. The test today was the C & A nines and in fine weather we teed off and looked forward to another good day out.Landis Brooks (right) with John Pierrel.The fairways were great, if a little soft and the ball occasionally picked up a little mud, but the rough was really difficult and once you were in it you had to give it the greatest respect. The greens also played well, perhaps a little slow due to some damp in them but still more than reasonable. We zoomed around until the 12th hole where we came up behind ‘drive you mad’ 5-ball, and as per last month they did not let us through. It really is sad when this happens. I think enough said.Round over it was back to BJ’s and into the results. In the A Flight, 0 to 18, the winner was Werner Schwartz with 38 points on count back over Tommy Marshall in second and in third was John Pierrel with 37 points on count back over Gerd Riedler.In the B Flight the winner was Dick Warberg with 37 points ahead of a count back on 34 points that saw Patrice Poussier in second and Derek Brook third.Near Pins: Gerd Riedler, Patrick Poussier, Landis Brooks, Jim Ferris.Friday, Oct. 7, Silky Oak – StablefordSilky Oak is becoming a regular stop on the Tropical Golfers tour – is there any course with better scenery in the area? Arriving at the big facility, check-in was smooth and most golfers spent some time on the putting green before the long ride out to the first tee. And what a first tee it is! Ok folks, it’s not really a long carry, but for the first swing of the day it can be unnerving, and a few balls were put into retirement in front of a crowd. Look to buy them at the pro shop next time out!Silky Oak was in good condition – the fairways excellent and greens well covered, but a few complained the greens were a bit bumpy, probably from coring a couple months back. The weather, which started out hot, turned mild and was the best we’ve had for a long time. Despite all the water holes, Silky is famous for generating good scores, and today was no exception.In first place Landis Brooks showed everyone he hasn’t lost his touch after an extended trip to England by earning 40 points off his enviable 8-handicap. John Pierrel (H/cap 16) was a point back with 39, and Dick Warberg (20) kept up his recent good form with 38 points, and deserving to win the count-back over Brian Parish with a 70-foot birdie putt on 18.Near Pins: Anders Pedersen, Barry Elphick, Peter Bailey, Landis Brooks, Don Carmody.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, left, walks off the field with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) following a 20-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Andy Reid refused to take the easy path. His aggressive decision made Kansas City’s fading road to the postseason decidedly more difficult.Needing all of an inch on fourth down deep in Pittsburgh territory late in the first half Sunday, Reid ordered the Chiefs to go for it. Alex Smith stuffed the ball into Jamaal Charles’ gut. The Steelers stuffed Charles right back into Smith.The emphatic stop gave the Steelers momentum that would carry them to a 20-12 victory. While Pittsburgh is heading to the postseason after a two-year absence, Kansas City (8-7) needs to beat San Diego next week and hope for plenty of help to salvage a playoff berth.“There’s a certain mindset here that we’ve been working with here the whole season,” Reid said. “When you’re put in that situation, you strap it on and go get the thing.”Not this time. Cruising along in mid-November, the Chiefs have lost four of five. While they outgained the NFL’s top-ranked offense 327-288, they also surrendered six sacks and failed to reach the end zone. Six drives into Pittsburgh territory ended with four field goals by Cairo Santos, Charles’ fumble and the failed fourth-down attempt.“I think there are so many little things that happened,” Smith said. “They’re not big things, but just little stuff that gets magnified.”Kansas City came in second in the league in red zone touchdown percentage but failed to cross the goal line against a Pittsburgh defense that is starting to show some of its signature snarl. Jason Worilds had two sacks and 36-year-old James Harrison added 1.5 as the Steelers found enough resolve to keep Kansas City at bay.Charles was held to just 29 yards rushing on nine carries. While Smith completed 31 of 45 passes, almost all of them were short and intermediate routes that did not test Pittsburgh’s depleted secondary. The Steelers played without safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor, but the closest Kansas City came to the big play it was desperately needed was an overthrow by Smith with Albert Wilson wide open in the third quarter.“We just needed to capitalize on some of the plays that were called in the red zone and we would have been in good shape,” wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said.Instead, the Chiefs head home looking to stop an alarming trend under Reid. While Kansas City is vastly improved since his arrival, the Chiefs lost six of their final eight games a year ago, including a meltdown against Indianapolis in the first round of the playoffs.This time around, Kansas City will be fortunate just to get to January.The Steelers will be there after Ben Roethlisberger passed for 220 yards and a touchdown and Le’Veon Bell added a score. Pittsburgh (10-5) faces Cincinnati next week for the AFC North title.“We’re going to treat that like a playoff game like we’ve had the last three weeks,” Roethlisberger said.Roethlisberger wasn’t as dynamic as he’s been at times this season but led a pair of long touchdown drives. The second ended with a 3-yard strike to Antonio Brown that gave Pittsburgh a 17-6 lead late in the third quarter. Roethlisberger briefly went to the locker room with a right knee injury but returned after a Kansas City field goal to guide a 12-play, 70-yard march that ended with Shaun Suisham’s 23-yard kick with 4:04 remaining to all but clinch it.The teams spent the first half trading methodical drives, but Kansas City kept getting bogged down near the end zone. Three times the Chiefs drove inside the Pittsburgh 20. Three times they failed to cross the goal line.The first ended with Santo’s 23-yard field goal.The second included a flip from holder Dustin Colquitt to tight end Travis Kelce on fourth-and-4 at the Pittsburgh 11. Kelce converted it, but three additional downs produced a single yard and another kick from Santos.Kansas City at least managed points that time. The Chiefs came up empty when Timmons and safety Will Allen hammered Charles late in the half.“Most of these games we lose it is not because another team is whipping us,” linebacker Tamba Hali said. “We shoot ourselves in the foot sometimes and do not know how to bounce back from it.”NOTES: Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston sacked Roethlisberger once to give him 18 sacks on the season. … Kansas City’s streak of having a wide receiver fail to catch a touchdown pass reached 18 games and counting, though Bowe had a pass in the end zone clang off his hands in the second quarter.___Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
When asked about his previous snub, Mourinho said: “Because if you (the media) want, you can make a silence very noisy. Depends what you want to do. Then asked if he didn’t want to speak because of Diego Costa’s ban, he said: “Not just (Costa’s ban). I don’t reflect. Maybe I’m punished to reflect. Upd. at 22:53 Jose Mourinho was in a sulky mood as he faced the media for the first time since he refused to last week. CET “You could make noise with my silence, because you know the reason for my silence. It depends on you. If I was a journalist I could make from silence lots of words.” 06/02/2015 Sport EN “Maybe they (football’s authorities) can read my reflection and (that) I don’t want.”
Rd. This year marks the 12th consecutive that the Southland has produced at least 10 selections. The three-time regular season champion Sam Houston State had five players selected with right-hander pitcher Tyler Eppler being the first Bearkat drafted in the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nine Southland schools were represented with Sam Houston, Lamar (three), Oral Roberts (three), Southeastern Louisiana (two), Abilene Christian (one), Central Arkansas (one) McNeese State (one), Nicholls (one) and Northwestern State. Oakland L.A. Dodgers 17 Tyler Eppler, RHP Taylor Byrd, LHP 7 The five players selected from Sam Houston is a school record for the Bearkats. Joining Eppler was first baseman Ryan O’Hearn (Kansas City Royals; eighth round), shortstop Corey Toups (Kansas City; 15th round), third baseman Carter Burgess (Tampa Bay Rays; 28th round) and center fielder Colt Atwood (Oakland Athletics; 38th round). Seth Spivey, C Carter Burgess, 3B 2014 Southland Conference Draft Picks 453 22 Kansas City Sam Bumpers, SS Colorado Lamar 35 521 Oral Roberts The Rangers had the most Southland selections with three followed by the Pirates, Royals, Rockies and Blue Jays with two apiece. The Twins, Mariners, Giants, Astros, Dodgers, Rays, Brewers and Athletics each selected one. Lamar was another conference team with multiple draftees. The 2014 Southland Hitter of the Year Sam Bumpers was the first Cardinal called in the draft. The senior shortstop was picked by Colorado in the 22nd round. Two Cardinal pitchers were also picked with right-hander J.T. Autrey in the 32nd by Toronto and left-hander David Carver in the 35th round to the Milwaukee Brewers. Oral Roberts 276 Jordan Romano, RHP 9 23 Milwaukee Jose Trevino, 3B 653 191 186 Nicholls 8 Player, Pos. Texas Kansas City Sam Houston State Gavin Glanz, RHP 38 Texas Doug Votoloto, CF 6 Colorado 294 MLB Team College Lamar 10 306 McNeese State 243 Abilene Christian 15 David Carver, LHP 32 Pittsburgh Colt Atwood, CF 847 Sam Houston State Pittsburgh 7 Lamar 20 598 23 Conference tournament champion Southeastern Louisiana saw twoplayers drafted, including the league’s newcomer of the year Andrew Godbold. The Lion right fielder was picked by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 23rd round. Right-hander Andro Cutura was the first Lions player selected, going in the seventh round to the Minnesota Twins. Southeastern Louisiana 699 Bret Underwod, CF 201 Central Arkansas Oral Roberts Ryan O’Hearn, 1B 683 Oral Roberts third baseman Jose Trevino was the first league player drafted, going five spots ahead of Eppler in the sixth round to the Texas Rangers. Two other Golden Eagles were drafted with Trevino, including right-handed pitcher Jordan Romano in the 10th round by the Toronto Blue Jays and right-handed pitcher Gavin Glanz in the 23rd round by the Colorado Rockies. The signing deadline is July 18. 28 FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference had 18 selections in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including four league teams with multiple draftees. Seattle Toronto Southeastern Louisiana 6 Andrew Godbold, LF Minnesota 954 1046 San Francisco Toronto Tampa Bay Corey Toups, SS Michael Clemens, RHP Northwestern State 200 Andro Cutura, RHP Sam Houston State 10 Texas J.T. Autrey, RHP 1152 Pick Sam Houston State Sam Houston State
African leaders met at a summit to discuss land restoration across the continent on Nov. 13, ahead of the U.N. Biodiversity Conference in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt.Representatives from several African countries shared their countries’ pledges to restore hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of degraded and deforested land in the coming decades.The summit’s leaders said they hoped the deliberations during the day-long summit would help African countries in both their contributions to international targets and to the improvement of their natural ecosystems for the benefit of their citizens. African leaders came together on Nov. 13 to back the restoration of hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of degraded ecosystems ahead of the start of the U.N. Biodiversity Conference.The day-long summit in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, which included some 100 government ministers, ambassadors and partner staff from across Africa, culminated in support for the Pan-African Action Agenda on Ecosystem Restoration for Increased Resilience, which the summit’s leaders say will aid in both achieving international targets and improving the resiliency of African countries for the people who call them home.A farmer walks through the Sahel in Niger. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.Cristiana Pașca Palmer, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, said in a statement that the commitments would help Africa contribute to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, aimed at stemming biodiversity loss. Paşca Palmer also highlighted the importance of the effort in the “New Deal for Nature and People,” which makes a case for biodiversity protection and the essential role that healthy ecosystems play for humanity.“No region of the world has a more important role to play in protecting the future of humanity and the future of the planet than Africa,” she said in her remarks at the summit. “The Secretariat of the Convention stands ready to further support this work.”Cameroon plans to restore 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of forest like that pictured here. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.The commitments to bolstering natural ecosystems came from across the continent. In the Sahara and the Sahel, representatives from Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria said their countries would restore thousands of square kilometers of degraded land. Uganda, Cameroon and Madagascar all plan to restore large areas of forest. And Ethiopia detailed its efforts to engage farmers in bringing back 150,000 square kilometers (58,000 square miles) of forest.Delegates to the summit endorsed the Pan-African Agenda, with its formal adoption contingent on the support of leaders at the African Union meeting coming up in January 2019. The United Nations Environment Programme said in the release that the pledges would serve as a foundation for further restoration on the continent.Land cleared for farming in Madagascar. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.“I am honoured to have hosted this first African Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity which I am convinced will lead the way to promoting natured-based solutions for increased resilience and wellbeing of people in Africa,” Yasmine Fouad, Egypt’s environment minister, said in the statement.Banner image of a male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz), native to Madagascar, by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Article published by John Cannon Agriculture, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change And Extinction, Conservation, Deforestation, Degraded Lands, Dry Forests, Ecological Restoration, Ecosystem Restoration, Environment, Extinction, Extinction And Climate Change, forest degradation, Forests, Impact Of Climate Change, Landscape Restoration, Rainforest Agriculture, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Biodiversity, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Restoration, Tropical Forests, United Nations, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored