Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)NEW YORK — After racing back for an emphatic block on one end and streaking downcourt to get the ball back and slam it down while being fouled on the other, Kristaps Porzingis had one thing left to finish off his highlight-reel, end-to-end possession .“I had to calm myself down to knock down the free throw,” Porzingis said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ He did, his final point in a 37-point performance that carried the New York Knicks to a 120-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns 120-107 on Friday night, giving Jeff Hornacek his first win over his former team and making a believer out of his opponent.“Porzingis is special. He has a chance to be the best player in this league,” said Suns center Tyson Chandler, the former Defensive Player of the Year. “Watching him tonight and seeing what he’s done so far this season, he has a real shot of being the best player in this league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPorzingis fell just shy of the career-best 38 points he scored Monday against Denver, unable to score again after rejecting rookie Josh Jackson and delivering his powerful dunk on the other end to trigger loud “MVP! MVP!” chants.“I loved that play,” Porzingis said. “Just the energy that was in the Garden at the moment, it was unbelievable.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Knicks led 32-19 after one quarter, then ran off the first eight of the second for a 40-19 advantage. Phoenix cut it to 72-66 early in the third but the Knicks pulled away again, pushing the lead back to 16 by the end of the period.TIP-INSSuns: Warren was hurt in the first quarter when he crashed into Kanter, remaining on the court for a few minutes before returning to the locker room. The Suns said he had a headache and wouldn’t play in the second half. … F Marquese Chriss fouled out with more than 10 minutes remaining, finishing with five points and nine rebounds in about 16 minutes.Knicks: Porzingis was listed as questionable to play after not practicing Thursday because of a stomach illness. He went to the Knicks’ training facility and sat in on their film session, but was then sent home. … Kanter was cut under his chin in the collision with Warren but was able to return without stitches.COMMENTS CONTROVERSYPorzingis downplayed comments made in a Latvian magazine by his brother Janis, an agent in the firm that represents him, that surfaced a day earlier. Janis Porzingis referenced his brother’s dissatisfaction with the Knicks last season, when he skipped his exit interview, and noted that Kristaps would need to be happy to re-sign with the team in the future, even if leaving meant taking less money. But Kristaps said much of the comments were taken out of context and that fans shouldn’t be concerned. “I think the fans know I’m here in New York, I love New York and I see myself as a Knick for a long, long time, and I don’t think they should be worried about it,” Porzingis said.END OF THE ROADThe Suns were denied their first three-game road winning streak since winning five in a row under Hornacek in December 2014.SERIES STATSThe Knicks went back ahead 63-62 in the series. The Suns still haven’t led since winning Oct. 24, 1968, in their first meeting. View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Enes Kanter added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks. They bounced back from a loss to Houston on Wednesday to win for the fourth time in five games after a 0-3 start.The Suns swept the two-game series last season, Hornacek’s first coaching the Knicks. He spent 2 1/2 seasons coaching the Suns from 2013-16.Devin Booker scored 34 points for the Suns, who had won two straight and four of five after they also started 0-3. Phoenix lost forward T.J. Warren to a head injury in the first half, a game after he scored a career-best 40 points.Porzingis was 13 for 22 from the field in his sixth 30-point performance in eight games this season.“When you see a 7-3 guy backing up the court, doing between the legs, playing 1-on-1, that’s special,” Kanter said. “I mean, he’s been doing an unbelievable job.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Harden, Rockets scorch Hawks in first half of 119-104 win UP NEXTSuns: Visit San Antonio on Sunday night.Knicks: Host Indiana on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told her international partners and counterparts from other countries— who are in Abuja, Nigeria commemorate part of its Centenary Celebration of the nation’s Amalgamation— that Liberia has come a long way, yet still has a long way to go. She said the future is bright and full of promise because the Liberian people, walking away from the terror of the past, have made it so.The Liberian President said in the interest of creating a free, fair and open Liberian society, she has striven to have an inclusive government; one that is courageous enough to include people from all parties, all counties, and all religions, even those who have maligned her. She said this is in line with her policy to create an environment where all Liberians are assured of their right to own and enjoy the benefits of their homeland.According to a dispatch from Abuja, Nigeria, President Sirleaf spoke on Thursday February 27, 2014 at a one day summit organized by Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The summit is one of several occasions in commemoration of Nigeria’s Centenary Celebration of its Amalgamation, an occasion that took place on the 28th.President Sirleaf was invited to make a presentation on: “Human Security and National Reconciliation: The Liberian Experience.”In her presentation, President Sirleaf told her audience that Liberia’s peace and prosperity is intertwined with that of all African countries, particularly those in the West African sub-region. She indicated that this is why Liberians applaud the tremendous effort Nigeria is making to contain its internal conflict, and— through significant contribution— the conflict in several other nations in the region.She said central to the provision of human security and national reconciliation is transparency in the utility of the country’s natural and God-given resources. To this end, she said Liberia signed on to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) and partnered with Resource Watch to improve transparency and accountability in mining, agriculture, forestry and nascent oil sectors, going beyond the required to include forestry and agriculture to ensure that revenues generated from the natural resources can bring more benefits to all citizens.According to the Liberian leader, also central to national reconciliation in Liberia is the National “Palava Hut” Program. The National Palava Hut program is based off the Gacaca in Rwanda, and serves as a traditional and cultural conflict resolution mechanism in rural Liberia. It was launched in October last year.She said Palava Hut Talks, in the form of community-based truth-telling, atonement and psychological recovery, provide victims and perpetrators a safe space to tell their stories and seek means of fostering national peace and reconciliation. She noted that an Independent National Commission on Human Rights is overseeing the process and coordinating its activities.“We have challenged the commission, traditional and religious leaders, the Liberian Council of Churches, the Muslim Council, political parties, civil society and all Liberians to fully participate and support the National Palava Hut Program, in order to ensure lasting peace and harmony,” President Sirleaf said.On the continental front, the President said Africa ranks high on the perception ladder of potentially successful transformation made possible by the support of our regional institutions and underpinned by the African Union, which continues to place peace and security as top priorities.She observed that the winds of solidarity, cooperation and the pursuit of integration blow strong among all African nations. She said if this continued, perhaps the dream of Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah for political union would finally come true. In addition to a keynote address by President Jonathan setting out the human security and development agenda for Africa in the 21st century, the Summit heard goodwill messages by visiting Heads of State, Government and Heads of Delegations.Explaining the conference, Nigerian officials pointed out that the commitment and contributions of Nigeria to peace in Africa and around the world are widely acknowledged. It is in that spirit that the country seized the opportunity of the centenary celebrations to hold a one-day summit-level international conference.The conference also sought to reaffirm Nigeria’s and Africa’s commitment to global human security, peace and development; to highlight and seek support for a continental and global agenda for peace and human security for the 21st century.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
While rescue efforts also included the police dog team and North Peace Search and Rescue, police say both incidents were easily resolved.In total, three people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.An update on their conditions is not available.- Advertisement –
You can report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling 1 800 663 5555 or *5555 on your cellphone. The largest is the Mt. McAllister fire, blowing smoke into nearby communities at an estimated 8,500 hectares.A fire in the Tenakihi region is next on the list, an estimated 7,000 hectares in size, requiring crews to focus on the western portion in an effort to protect roadways and values.The Red Deer Creek fire has grown to an estimated 4,500 hectares, and although it’s 30 per cent contained, an evacuation order remains in effect for nearby work camps.- Advertisement -There’s another evacuation order in effect for the Kluskus Reserve, and for a nearby fishing lodge, as the Euchiniko fire has grown to an estimated 2,000 hectares.The centre is also working to contain an extremely active fire on the west side of Salmon Lake, although it’s reported to only be an estimated 450 hectares at this time.Finally, there are 2 fires burning in Mugaha and Morfee Lake, east of Mackenzie, an estimated 200 and 175 hectares respectively. Crew, heavy equipment and helicopters are responding to both fires with the primary objective of containing either fire from spreading towards the Rocky Mountain Trench and the town of Mackenzie.Advertisement There are currently more than 400 firefighters, 100 response officers, 45 helicopters and a multitude of heavy equipment working throughout the region.As well, three airtanker groups are currently stationed within the Fire Centre to support crews on the ground.The fire danger rating is currently “high” to “extreme” throughout the entire Prince George Fire Centre.All Category 2 and 3 open fires are banned throughout the entire region, excluding the Fort Nelson Fire Zone.Advertisement
A driver thought he had simply hit a manhole cover when he reversed over a child in his bin lorry.Bin lorry driver Alex McDaidAlex McDaid, (pictured right) fought back tears today as he recalled the incident in which little Patrick McDonagh died. The three year old was killed when the 34 ft lorry reversed over him when he was chasing a ball at Ballymacool, Letterkenny.McDaid, 60, a father-of-five, revealed he didn’t know there was anything wrong until he heard screaming and then saw a woman running down the road with a child in her arms.Mr McDaid, a driver with Ferry Refuse Company for 12 years, pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing death on February 16th, 2010 but pleaded guilty to not holding a valid driving license.The accused said “On a lot of estates you get manholes and they are a little but higher. When you are cutting around corner your wheel is sliding … you will get that little bump.“I got the bump and heard the screaming but I didn’t know what at was at the time.“I got out of the lorry and by this time the lady, Mrs McDonagh, had come out and I didn’t know it was a child. She ran down the road and by the time I got down to the front of lorry she was down the road. I then saw a pool of blood,” he said.The father and mother of the late Patrick McDonagh Jnr, Patrick McDonagh Snr and Shirley McDonagh.Letterkenny Circuit Court was told an autopsy on Patrick, who was a twin, died a short time later as a result of severe trauma to the brain.Garda Sgt John McFadden of the Garda Traffic Corps examined the scene just a couple of hours after the fatal accident which happened just after 11.30am.He said the conditions were good and that the bin lorry was in good condition.He added that speed was not a factor and the lorry was travelling at 5kph.He also agreed that Mr McDaid reversed into the cul-de-sac estate because it would have been “difficult but not impossible” to turn at the bottom of the road.Prosecuting barrister Patricia McLaughlin said Mr McDaid didn’t take the adequate safety precautions and that is why Patrick McDonagh died.“He was reversing up the street when he couldn’t see around him. There were other ways he could have done it.“He could have had his assistant off the lorry and directing him. If you take the chance of this size then you have to do anything you can to ensure you do it safely.“This didn’t happen instantaneously. It happened quickly. There was significant time for which a driver diving a vehicle properly could have seen a child.“The way Mr McDaid was maneuvering the vehicle left no chance for Patrick McDonagh.“It was his choice. It’s very sad that he has to live with this but we are all accountable for our actions,” she said.Defence barrister Christopher Meehan said the tragedy was quite simply an accident.“This was a most unfortunate accident. I suggest that 99 times out of 100 it would have been a near miss.“I’m sure we’ve all had near misses when children or animals run out into the road.“It is as poignant as it is tragic but it is not a situation where we seek around to blame someone. Some things are accidents – pure and simple,” he said.The jury is expected to deliver a verdict in the case tomorrow.BIN LORRY DRIVER THOUGHT HE HAD HIT MANHOLE WHEN HE REVERSED OVER CHILD was last modified: May 2nd, 2013 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:Alex McDaidballymacoolbin lorryDIEDPatrick McDonagh
shining gameday cracker “But it’s all said and everyone knows now. We have to give everything on the pitch and I think we did that at Everton.”Sunday’s opponents Chelsea have won all of their games coming into the clash, with Maurizio Sarri implementing his style of football perfectly at Stamford Bridge thus far.Having been involved in 80% of the Hammers’ goals so far in the league this season, Arnautovic will surely be the man to stop for the Blues. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 2 tense Latest Premier League News There were fears last weekend Manuel Pellegrini’s men could be going into the game against the Blues after suffering five straight Premier League defeats.However, a wonderful display against Everton last Sunday saw the Hammers leave Goodison Park with all three points after securing a 3-1 win.And talisman Arnautovic has revealed a dressing room bust-up in the wake of their late defeat to Wolves spurred the team on.“The manager came into the dressing room after the game. He wasn’t happy. He was angry with our performance,” Arnautovic said. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won “We sat there and he kept talking. Then he went out to do interviews. We had it out among ourselves. What had to be said was said. It was good.“It was heated in there. I was the captain, so yes, I was involved. There were voices raised. You can’t keep losing and say nothing.“Everybody had to understand we are a club with a big history and tradition, and we can’t be where we are in the table. We needed to be hard on ourselves.“It is not about the manager. He gives us the details – it’s up to us to follow them. Adama Traore’s late winner condemned West Ham to a fourth straight Premier League defeat REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Marko Arnautovic reveals a furious dressing room bust-up after a crushing defeat to Wolves helped get West Ham United’s season up and running.The Hammers take on Chelsea at the London Stadium at 1.30pm, a game you can hear exclusively live for free on talkSPORT. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Arnautovic scored one and set up another in the victory over Everton
Donegal Daily are this week putting out a call to our readers to send in their favourite Christmas snap and the story behind the picture to our team in the lead up to the 25th!We’re asking readers to share their wonderful Christmas memories with us as we approach the most wonderful time of the year.Whether haphazardly caught on a disposable camera or expertly captured by a pro, we want to help spread the Christmas cheer by sharing the stories behind your pictures. The picture can be of a happy memory with a loved one, a special morning opening Santa’s presents, or of a pet donned in their finest festive attire – whatever it is, wacky or serious, Grinchy or Elfy, taken last Christmas or 100 years ago – we want to hear from you!We’ll be picking the best five and publishing them along with their stories on Christmas Eve.The best picture will win a professional family portrait presented in a stunning frame from Cristeph Studio.To enter, send your picture, and the story behind the snap to email@example.com. Competition: Send us your favourite Christmas snap and you could win a framed family portrait! was last modified: December 10th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmascompetitionCristeph Studiopicture
Sarah Britten has created a niche for herself in the art world by using a unique medium – lipstick – to create her pictures. It has increased the number of tubes she buys compared to the average woman, but it’s worthwhile because she thinks the colours are extraordinary. Artist and communication strategist Sarah Britten has exhibited her distinctive creations overseas. (Images: Supplied)• Mentors dared to be different • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Cape Town night sky tops at photo contest • Crowdsourcing the Serengeti: citizen scientists classify millions of photos online • Pint-sized Zuriel Oduwole sets her cap for success Priya PitamberWe’ve all heard of creating artwork with different types of paint, such as acrylic, oils, water-mixable oils or watercolour, but lipstick? Yet that is Sarah Britten’s preferred method to create unique art.Britten, a communication strategist, is partial to creating pictures portraying Nguni cattle and the Joburg city skyline. Of all the colours of lipstick she has used, she loves black the most, then red that has a lot of orange in it. “A lot of the reds on the market have a lot of blue in them, which I suppose looks good on human skin, but isn’t my favourite to work with.”Britten admits that certain colours of lipstick – yellow, blue, and including her favourite, black – are difficult to find. “Very moist lipstick is lovely to work with but takes much longer to dry.”Lipstick is a wonderful medium, she writes on her website. “The colours are extraordinary and it’s possible to write into the paint to reveal the white board beneath. This allows me to imbue the work with layers of meaning.”She would like her paintings to first grab the viewer at an emotional level; then the picture can be fully revealed the more it is studied. She would like the viewer to see something different each time they see it.Britten started painting in 2002 and ploughs through about five lipsticks a month, depending on the size of her work. “I did a lipstick audit in 2013 and counted over 450. My use varies hugely, depending on whether I’m preparing for an exhibition or how big the work is.” Britten loves to paint Nguni cattle and the Joburg skyline. But she also paints other wildlife. (Images: Supplied)A series of fortunate eventsIn 2002, Britten quit her job to complete her PhD thesis; this, coupled with her husband travelling to the UK looking for work, meant she had no structure in her life.“I was procrastinating, and one thing led to another,” she says. “I started experimenting with lipstick and the thick shiny cardboard my husband used to make architectural models, and discovered I could paint with it in interesting ways.”Her first lipstick painting was of a rose. But it was not her first foray into painting. Britten had dabbled in watercolours when she was young; in her 20s she used chalk pastel, which she said was good training for using something like lipstick. “I love the intensity of the lipstick colours, which isn’t possible with watercolour,” she explains. “Occasionally I’ve used fabric paint, which is also very tactile.”What people thinkUsing such a one-of-a-kind medium has naturally attracted attention. Britten’s ex-husband first assumed she was creating “feminist vagina art”, but he was relieved when he realised she was painting conventional objects.“Painting in such a strange medium is good for differentiation – nobody confuses me with anyone else – but I suspect it’s more difficult to be taken seriously by the mainstream art establishment.”The paintings of rhinos always sell well.http://t.co/ylCwen9idW @Anatinus So proud to own an original Sarah Britten. pic.twitter.com/a31uxAc458— Don Paul (@donaldjpaul) May 19, 2015“I am the proud owner of a bull against the skyline of Johannesburg,” writes Erich Viedg, a buyer of one of her works, on her website. “I am very happy with my Sarah Britten Original.”Going globalFrom Europe to Asia and the US, Britten has showcased her art. “In 2014, my work was exhibited in a Shanghai shopping mall. In 2015, I exhibited in Tokyo and I have exhibitions planned in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and New York – the latter only in 2018.”But the highlight has been her first solo exhibition, in 2011. It served as a trigger, to expand the various ways she can use the medium.There have been trials too. “The biggest challenge has been balancing the compulsion to create with the knowledge that I might not find a buyer for what I produce,” she explains. “I sometimes refer to my impulse to paint as an albatross, because I feel I have to even though I know that my paintings might be piling up gathering dust somewhere.”Her favourite things“I love the Goldberg Variations by JS Bach, specifically the 1955 recording by Glenn Gould,” she says of her favourite music to listen to while painting. Her most loved movie is The Shawshank Redemption and the best book she has read so far is Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.“In the end, all we have are our stories, and all we can do is tell them as best we can,” she says in parting. And luckily for her, she has found her own way – using lipstick – to share her stories.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some reports of what seems like fairly high incidence of barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) are coming in from fields in some parts of the state. Some of these fields reportedly have as much as 20% of the plants showing symptoms typical of BYDV — leaves with yellowish to reddish-purple tips. These symptoms may sometimes be confused with nutrient deficiency. In addition, damaged leaf tips resulting from the freezing temperatures we had this spring may also be misdiagnosed as a virus disease.On the other hand, plants without visual symptoms may be virus infected. For instance, although characteristics of BYDV leaf discoloration may be absent in some cases, with infected plants showing reduced growth and normal looking leaves. Severe stunting of plants is more common when infections occur early in the fall during the seedling stage, whereas discolored leaf tips are more typical of late infections.This disease is caused by several closely related viruses, which are transmitted by more than 20 different species of aphids. BYDV tends to be most severe in fields planted before the Hessian fly-free date when the aphid population is high. Once infections occur, there is very little that can be done. No fungicide will control BYDV, and insecticides applied after infection will reduce the aphid population but will not prevent the disease from developing. The residual effect of the insecticide may not last long enough to protect against subsequent buildup in the aphid population. During active feeding, a few aphids will be enough to transmit the virus from one plant to another.Yield reduction due to BYDV is generally greater when infections occur in the fall than in the spring. However, late infections may still lead to yield reduction, since severely infected plants may produce smaller heads and kernels and fewer spikelets per head. It is difficult to estimate the level of damage caused by BYDV at this time. Since grain fill is still weeks away, there is no way of knowing whether kernels on sick plants will be smaller and how much smaller. However, you can use the number of healthy-looking tillers per foot of row as a guide.The same way that yield potential is reduced if tiller numbers fall below 25 per square foot, yield potential may also go down if the number of healthy plants per square foot falls below 25. Sick plants will yield less than healthy plants. Pick about 10 to 15 spots in the field and count the number of healthy-looking tillers per foot of row. A stand with an average of about 15 tillers per square foot is considered minimum for an economic crop.For more on BYDV, visit the field crops disease website at http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/ohiofieldcropdisease/.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Shiloh Perry, media relations specialist for the American Farm Bureau FederationThe average American is at least three generations removed from the farm. As more and more people move away from farm and ranch work, the gap between farmers and consumers expands and the need for a general understanding of agriculture becomes even more pressing.It is time for those of us with a connection to agriculture to refine our efforts to bridge this information gap. If you are like me, you know this effort is extremely important but are unsure where to begin. You are also passionate about agriculture and care about how it is perceived by the public, but feel that sharing the story of America’s farmers and ranchers can sometimes be daunting.Reconnecting consumers with the origins of their food is no small task. It is a huge undertaking that takes time and involves many different methods, steps and complexities. In my career, I have learned that to explain farmers’ priorities, the techniques of modern agriculture or why farmers do what they do, it’s most effective to start small. Below are three ways to do just that.Invest in others. This seems like common sense, but it makes all the difference, especially when everyone is always on the go and thinking about completing the next item on a never-ending to-do list. It is important for us to take the time for and actively participate in conversations about food and agriculture with other consumers.Be open to opposing and new viewpoints. Being too quick to judge is never helpful. We need to take off our judgmental hats and listen in order to understand others’ perspectives. Try to find out as much as you can about the person and the reasoning behind his or her stated beliefs about agriculture.Always be ready to share. Conversations about agriculture and food can happen anywhere. For me, the richest opportunities for agriculture advocacy always happen at the most surprising times, which means it’s important to be prepared. Keep a couple of personal examples backed by facts and specific statistics in your back pocket.Simple conversations are an effective way to share agriculture’s story. Investing a small amount of time, striving for productive interactions and providing solid examples can go a long way. This column by State Sen. Sine Kerr (R-Ariz.), an Arizona Farm Bureau leader and partner in Kerr Family Dairy, adapted from an article published in Arizona Agriculture, provides a great example of this. Kerr writes:It only took one unpleasant experience speaking with individuals at a casual dinner party to realize I needed to make a change in the way I approached socially and emotionally charged topics related to agriculture.Initially, the conversation was amicable, with thoughts and ideas freely exchanged. But, when I mentioned that conventional and organic milk have the same nutritional value, oh my, did that set one of the guests off on a tirade against conventional farmers. I felt I needed to match her level of hysteria — and I easily obliged!Nothing positive was accomplished through that exchange and it left me feeling upset and angry with myself for not maintaining my composure. I missed a fantastic opportunity to at least give some thoughtful, calm insight about how every type of farmer cares for their animals and monitors the quality of milk they produce.I decided to get help and get help fast! I needed to only look as far as my Farm Bureau.I began to participate in training events that offered resources and genuine hands-on experience in how to relate to people’s concerns regarding how their food is produced. I learned why I needed to keep my emotions in check, how to listen first, ask a few key questions, then calmly and factually share how we care for our cows and crops on our farm.It took some practice, but over time it became easier to control my emotions. I could tell that people really were listening even when they didn’t completely agree. I no longer dread an encounter or embarrass myself.When passion for your livelihood meets leadership training and preparation, there is no limit to what opportunities are available.With so few of us producing our nation’s food and fiber, it is critical that when we have opportunities to engage with our non-farming friends, we do so in a manner that has the best chance of transforming their view of modern agriculture.