Are you spending too much on pet food?

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for CUInsight.com, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details We all love our fur babies, and want them to be healthy. That’s probably why petfoodindustry.com reported the U.S. pet food market is projected to reach $27 billion in 2018, marking a 4.4% increase over last year.The site credited online and premium food sales for the increase, driven by the humanization of pets, a bond that defines the contemporary relationship people have with companion animals. Pet owners think of their pets as members of the family, and want them to eat the same “clean” foods that they do.Some premium pet foods are so expensive, pet owners might pay as much for their pet’s food as they do their own. Is it worth it?Surprisingly, the answer may not be found in the label.According to a blog post on the topic from Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University, the term “premium” is merely a marketing term that means manufacturers have created a product that provides “tangible or imaginary surplus value” at a higher price than typical products. That means the premium pet food you’re feeding your cat or dog might be better than average . . . or, just perceived to be that way. There are no standards required for pet food manufacturers to advertise their product in a way that will justify a higher price.Some foods may promote current trends, such as no grains, byproducts or GMO ingredients, but that doesn’t mean they have superior quality control standards or even attention to nutritional value. The manufacturer may just be using these ingredients to justify the higher cost, and the food might not even be better for your food, the blog said.The conclusion? Just because your veterinarian recommends a food (especially if he or she sells it – which probably means a mark up) or the pet food is marketed as premium, that doesn’t mean it’s worth the extra cost or healthier for your pet. Instead, first decide what your realistic budget is for pet food. Then, research the best food available that fits your budget. Instead of focusing on current food trends, pay attention to the manufacturer’s recall history, quality control ratings and overall track record. This strategy will ensure your pet food purchase is a good value, rather than something with a snazzy package.last_img read more

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10,000 tree seedlings set for planting

first_imgThese barangays are Alimono, Jaguimitan andSalngan, according to Mitzi Peñaflorida, senior environmental managementspecialist of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO). The tree seedlings – which include narra,jackfruit, cacao, kamagong, mahogany, Palawan cherry, among others – would beplanted on either side of the road traversing the three barangays. ILOILO – Some 10,000 tree seedlings would beplanted in three barangays of Passi City on Sept. 28, the 20th Pista saKakahuyan of the provincial government. The tree planting was originally scheduled onJune 22 in Barangay Pangilihan, Janiuay town but was postponed due to inclementweather. The PRDP road project is some 28 kilometersand serves 4,080 households in the villages of Imbang Grande, Talongonan,Jaguimitan, Salngan, Alimono, Magdungao, Tagubong, Agtabo, Dalicanan, andGemumua Agahon. center_img Peñaflorida said the tree planting would coveran estimated 11.5 kilometers of road.The three barangays chosen for the activity are near the biggest PhilippineRural Development Project (PRDP)-funded road project in the Visayas – theImbang Grande-Tagubong-Gemumua Agahon-Agtabo farm-to-market road. Saturday’s tree planting would have anestimated 1,000 participants from the provincial government, schools,government agencies, and volunteers. The 20th Pista sa Kakahuyan tree planting ispart of then governor Arthur Defensor Sr.’s regreening program called Actionfor Re-greening and Transformation for Climate Change Adaptation (Art for CCA).His successor, son and namesake Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr., deemed it wise tocontinue the Art of CCA./PNlast_img read more

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Twisters Fall Short To Rebels On The Diamond

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters were defeated by The Southwestern Rebels 4-3 in Varsity Baseball action to fall to 2-9 on the season.OA          000 300 00          3   9  3SW         200 000 01          4  6   1OA Batting:  Nick Bischoff 1-4, run, bb; Chase Hogg 2-4, run, bb; Sam Gast 1-2, bb, sac bunt; Tanner Alley 0-2, bb, rbi, sac fly; Aaron Huber 1-4, run, rbi; Dalton Mooney 1-4; Zach Pottschmidt 2-4, double; and Bryce Ahaus 1-4, sb.OA Pitching:  Zach Pottschmidt  7.2 IP, 4 runs, 1 earned, 6 hits, 3 k, 3 bb.    Loss.OA’s next game on Tuesday, May 3rd,  vs. Trinity Lutheran.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

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19 states already represented in early entries for Sept. 7-12 Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – The 33rd annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation is already represented by drivers from across the nation.Nearly 200 drivers representing 19 states have already pre-registered for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, to be held Monday through Saturday, Sept.  7-12 at Boone Speedway.“We’re just over a month and a half from opening night and the numbers for Super Nationals are very encouraging,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “We’ve emphasized getting pre-registered and making pit parking arrangements as soon as possible. A lot of drivers have already com­pleted that process and the reserved pit stalls are filling up quickly.”Both registration and pit stall application forms are published in the second section of this month’s newsletter and are also posted on the www.imca.com and www.raceboone.com websites. A form for reserving camping spots is also on the track site.“Every year we try to fine tune the format and schedule. Last year it was about as good as possi­ble considering the number of cars (866 in the six divisions) and the weather,” Root said. “The only wild card continues to be the weather, which was certainly the case in 2014. The pit area, parking lot and even the Fan Zone were affected.”Pre-tech for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods starts on Sunday, Sept. 6.The Deery Brothers Summer Series program for Late Models is Monday, Sept. 7. Sport Com­pacts run their complete program on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Last-chance qualifying features for the Hobbies and SportMods are Wednesday, Sept. 9.Topping the Friday, Sept. 11 program is the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational while races of champions and main events for Hobby Stocks, SportMods, Stock Cars and Modifieds are Saturday, Sept. 12.Including weekly racing bonuses, championship payouts are a potential $7,000 for the Modifieds, $4,500 for the Late Models, $3,500 for the Stock Cars, $2,250 for the Northern SportMods, $1,850 for the Hobby Stocks and $500 for the Sport Compacts.All drivers can hot lap Monday and Wednesday. Sport Compacts only will hot lap on Tuesday; no hot lap sessions will be scheduled Thursday, Friday or Saturday due to time constraints.In addition to Iowa, early entries have been received and processed from drivers from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.IMCA’s Centennial Season is the theme for the best looking car contest at Super Nationals.Super Nationals will be broadcast live on RACEFEEDX.Nominate A WarriorIMCA drivers and fans are asked to Nominate A Warrior as an honorary starter for each of the three last-chance Modified features on Saturday at Super Nationals.Current or former service members are eligible; letters or emails of nomination should be 500 words or less and tell about the nominee and their service to our country.Nominations should be directed to Marketing Director Kevin Yoder at the IMCA home office or kyoder@imca.com by Aug. 21.All three honorary starts will be recognized that afternoon when officials from Casey’s General Store and IMCA present a check to Hope For The Warriors.All-Star VotingThe first round of voting, to select 14 starters in the Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invitational field, runs through noon on Monday, July 27.Another 14 starters will be elected, also through balloting via the IMCA Facebook page, that runs from July 29 to Aug. 5. Those candidates won 40-point features held between June 19 and July 16.Final additions to the All-Star field will be All-Star candidates not elected in the first round with the top national point total and the most feature wins competing at Super Nationals.last_img read more

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Cledous Morgan March 8, 1929 – April 25, 2020

first_imgCledous Morgan, age 91 of West Harrison, Indiana passed away peacefully at home Saturday, April 25, 2020. Born March 8, 1929 in Clay County, Kentucky the daughter of McKinley and Virgie (May) Scott.Cledous married Charles Morgan September 9, 1950 in Kentucky.Cledous is survived by her children Cheryl McConnell, Brenda (Robert) Damico and Daryl (Peggy) Morgan. Grandmother of 13, great grandmother of 16 and great great grandmother of one.Preceded in death by her parents McKinley and Virgie Scott, husband Charles Morgan, brother Clifford Scott and granddaughter Destiny Damico.Visitation will be held Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 11:30 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. Private funeral services will be held for the family with Pastor Shawn Crisman officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel cemetery.Memorials may be directed to Drewersburg Fire & EMS c/o the funeral Home.last_img read more

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Kenny: I fluffed it

first_img Kenny was part of the team sprint squad which placed eighth on day one and was unable to claim a place in the Keirin semi-finals on day two. The sprint loss brought his championships to a premature end. Kenny attributed the defeat to fine margins, after 25 riders of the 34 starters beat the 10-second barrier in the flying 200metres qualification which determines rankings for the head-to-head sprints. Two silvers – in the men’s and women’s team pursuits – are all the dominant nation on the track for the last decade have mustered so far. The last time Britain failed to win a gold medal at the Track World Championships was 14 years ago in Antwerp, Belgium. “I wasn’t aware of that,” Kenny added. “It just shows that we’re a very successful nation in cycling and with that comes a little bit of expectation. “We’re still there, we’re just on the wrong side of the tenth (of a second).” Kenny’s exit piles further pressure on his fiancee Trott. Trott was 13th in the 10-kilometres scratch race which began the omnium event, which concludes on Sunday’s final day. The 2012 world and Olympic champion, world silver medallist in the last two years, has work to do if she is to reclaim the rainbow jersey. “She’d want to win whether we’d won every single event or whether we hadn’t won a single thing,” Kenny said. “There is no pressure. In terms of the team getting a certain number of medals that’s not for us to worry about. We just get up in every race and try to win as much as possible.” Kenny downplayed the expectations on himself, too. The 26-year-old added: “I don’t think there are any expectations on me. I’ve bombed out in plenty of races before London and I still turned up and won London. “I want to win everything. We could be playing tiddlywinks and I’d still want to win. “I’m just a very competitive person and I’m disappointed when I don’t win.” Trott moved up to seventh after winning the second discipline of the omnium, the 3km individual pursuit. The Briton has 56 points, with Australia’s Annette Edmondson leading on 70 points. One discipline remains on Saturday, the elimination race in which Trott usually excels. Andy Tennant was fifth in the men’s 4km individual pursuit, missing out on the chance of a medal. Tennant clocked four minutes 20.733 seconds as Australia’s Jack Bobridge advanced quickest in 4mins 16.219secs. Jon Dibben was 15th and Ireland’s Martyn Irvine 17th with one discipline in the omnium remaining. Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria was in the lead ahead of the final discipline, the points race. Elinor Barker was 18th in the women’s scratch race after trying to make a late escape for victory. Barker accelerated away from the field four laps from the end, but was swiftly swallowed up to fall out of contention. Kirsten Wild of Holland won ahead of Australia’s Amy Cure. Great Britain face the prospect of a first Track World Championships since 2001 without a gold medal after Kenny’s first-round exit and Laura Trott’s poor start to the six-discipline omnium competition at Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, near Paris. The London 2012 gold medallist has one world title in the event, from 2011, but he exited at the first knockout round after qualifying in 10th place. Kenny, who was beaten by Venezuela’s Hersony Canelo, said: “We can turn it around in 18 months. It’s not like we’re 100 miles away. There’s all the time in the world. “There’s quite a long way to go and obviously that is our ultimate goal – to get on it and turn around those margins and stick our nose back in front.” Kenny is the natural heir to 11-time world champion and six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy, but his form is worrying. The Briton has more Olympic titles (three) than world crowns (two) and last prevailed at global level in the Keirin at the 2013 Track World Championships in Minsk. Kenny was 10th in qualifying at the Velodrome National and Canelo 15th, but the Briton was unable to round the Venezuelan in the first round after appearing to hesitate. “I just fluffed it up,” Kenny said. “I just got caught napping. The margins are so fine. “It’s not concentration. Perhaps you could say a little bit of confidence. “It’s such a fine margin between looking like an idiot and looking like a hero.” Olympic champion Jason Kenny maintains he is still on course for the Rio de Janerio Games despite “looking like an idiot” in the men’s sprint on day four of the Track World Championships. Press Associationlast_img read more

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UND brings heated rivalry to town

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoAs the Wisconsin men’s hockey team found out last weekendwith a series split against Michigan Tech, the WCHA season has arrived. Theschedule only gets tougher this weekend, however, as No. 3 North Dakota comesto town.The Fighting Sioux (4-2-1, 2-2-0 WCHA) began the season asthe top-ranked team but have since dropped two spots following a 3-1 loss toMichigan Tech and a 4-1 loss to Colorado College in consecutive weekends.For the No. 10 Badgers (4-2-0, 1-1-0 WCHA), the rankings ofthe two teams means nothing, as games against the Sioux are always a battle.”It’s North Dakota. They could not even be ranked, but we’dbe jacked up,” defenseman Kyle Klubertanz said. “Every year it’s a rivalrybetween us and them. They come in here and they play hard. The place will bepacked and ready to go.””It’s just an indicator of what kind of team’s coming in,”forward Ben Street said of the rankings. “On any given night, any team can beatany other team. We know that, and we know that these guys are a good team. Wegive them the respect they deserve.”Like North Dakota, Wisconsin came away with a split lastweekend, losing the series opener against Michigan Tech but rebounding to winthe second game. “Friday, we were kind of slow coming out of the gates,”Klubertanz said. “This weekend against North Dakota, we have to get out hard.”Leading the offensive charge for UND so far this season havebeen forwards T.J. Oshie and Ryan Duncan. Oshie leads the team with five goals,while Duncan, last year’s Hobey Baker winner, has eight points.”They’re quick and they’re skilled,” Klubertanz said. “We’rejust going to have to shut those guys down. They don’t like to be hit, so if wedo that, we’ll slow them down.”As talented as Oshie and Duncan are individually, UW headcoach Mike Eaves sees the duo as even more dangerous when they play together.”When you have three good hockey players playing together,it makes it really difficult to stop them because they feed off each other,”Eaves said. “Part of their strength is that they’re able to use people aroundthem to their advantage.”North Dakota also brings with them the nation’s topdefensive scoring team, allowing just 1.29 goals per game. For a Badger teamthat has averaged 4.67 goals per game offensively — second-best in the country —and scored eight goals against Robert Morris earlier in the season, points willlikely not come easy against the Sioux.”It might not even be an eight-goal weekend,” Street said.”We’re going to need to capitalize on our chances when we can, power plays andthat sort of thing. … We don’t expect it to be a shootout game.”Part of the stoutness of the defense is due in part togoaltender Jean-Phillippe Lamoureux, who has started 32 consecutive gamesbetween the pipes for North Dakota. Playing that many games in a row, Eavessaid, has given the Sioux a level of consistency on defense.”From a coaching standpoint, you know what you’re going toget; you’ve seen him play a lot and you have a feel for what you’re going toget,” Eaves said. “That gives you a level of comfort in that if you make amistake, chances are he’s going to stop it.”Lamoureux comes into the weekend with a 1.06 goals againstaverage — good for second-best in the nation.”He’s a good goalie, there’s no doubt about that,” Streetsaid. “In terms of us approaching it, we know that we’re not going to beat himtoo many times on the first shot when he can see it. We’ve got to get bodies atthe net, we’ve got to bang in rebounds — there are not going to be a lot ofpretty goals playing against this team.”The team’s freshmen haven’t had a chance to play againstNorth Dakota, but they still understand the importance of the series early inthe season.”This is definitely a big weekend,” defenseman Cody Goloubefsaid. “This is going to kind of teach us who we are and kind of be a characterbuilder.”For Eaves, it is tough to imagine a series better than theone this weekend that will boast five first-round draft picks, last year’sHobey Baker winner and has been decided by one goal in nine of the last 12games.”Every time we play this team it is one of the best seriesyear, without question, whether it’s here or there,” Eaves said. “Both teamsrise to the occasion, and this is terrific hockey.”last_img read more

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Student portals to allow changes in preferred name, pronouns

first_imgGSG Vice President of Advocacy Emmett Harsin Drager uses they/them pronouns. They wrote a resolution last spring for USC to change its preferred name policy. Harsin Drager said their decision was partly inspired by their experience using Blackboard as a teaching assistant. Students were also able to send letters to their professors through the Title IX Office to request they use a preferred name and pronouns, but those changes previously wouldn’t apply to Blackboard. Harsin Drager’s resolution listed other universities in the Pac-12 athletic conference that allow preferred names on their digital learning platforms. Out of the 12 schools, USC and Arizona State were the only ones that did not allow students to list their preferred names on Blackboard or other similar platforms. “I just had to go down all these different avenues,” Harsin Drager said. “There were ways to change your name, but the one that remained impossible to change was Blackboard.” The policy change was also driven by the Obama administration’s 2016 “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students,” which said that schools are required to respect students’ gender identities and preferred names, or they would run the risk of violating Title IX policies. The change comes after two years of research and discussion spearheaded by the Graduate Student Government and the Office of the Provost. Eventually, all University records will reflect students’ preferred names and pronouns, except for matters that absolutely require a student’s legal name, such as financial aid and medical records.   “Technology … is being an enabler here rather than being an obstacle for us to help better serve the students and the faculty,” Shook said. “The letter that was issued in 2016 started a lot of conversations within Title IX about the protections for trans students,” said Kegan Allee-Mowad, assistant director of USC’s Title IX Office. “Specifically, it raised questions about student records … and recognizing [students’] chosen names … as well as pronouns.” After Quick gave his approval, the proposals moved on to Shook, who was responsible for the technological logistics, according to Allee-Mowad and Harrison. “There literally are hundreds of different systems where we could implement this,” Shook said. “It’s going to be phased in over time throughout the rest of the year.” Students will be able to change their names and pronouns on their MyUSC accounts beginning Monday. The University directory, class rosters and Blackboard will reflect any name changes made. By Fall 2017, after the task force’s proposals had been approved, the University was already working on implementing the policy changes. It was around this time that Harsin Drager, whose name in the University directory does not currently reflect their preferred name, approached Harrison for help. Harrison directed them to the Title IX Office, where they were able to get a new ID card and change the name associated with their student email.center_img “As a trans person … I cared about changing the policy,” Harsin Drager said. “But I also recognized that there were more students on campus who wanted to be able to use preferred names that were international students, more than there are transgender students.” “The task force submitted its recommendations … We were doing pretty good on most other items; the IT piece really needed work,” Harrison said. Harsin Drager said Harrison encouraged them to draft the proposal for a GSG resolution, which would provide student pressure for USC to begin implementing the policy changes. They said that after the resolution passed last April, IT Services began coding the changes, including on Blackboard, which was not originally part of the Provost’s task force proposals. It was already possible for transgender and gender non-conforming students to request a name change for University email addresses, Net IDs and USCards through the Title IX Office and the LGBT Resource Center. Shook said the new policy changes will make this process easier for students. Allee-Mowad said Provost Michael Quick asked Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni to assemble a task force that would address the letter’s requirements in Fall 2016. The state of California lists gender as a protected class, which Allee-Mowad said informed the task force’s work. The policy change will allow students to change their preferred names, pronouns and gender identities in class rosters, Blackboard and the University roster starting Monday. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) Allee-Mowad said the task force included herself, Soni, LGBT Resource Center director Kelby Harrison and a number of students, who spent the year writing proposals that were then submitted to the Provost. Chief Information Officer Doug Shook said the changes will be implemented on a rolling basis, since not all of the University systems are centralized. Harsin Drager said they hope the policy changes will help make USC a more inclusive community. “In terms of the world, I feel like university campuses are more affirming than other spaces,” Harsin Drager said. “I’m excited that it’s finally happening … It should have happened a long time ago.”last_img read more

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Sexton to start for Lions

first_imgPhoto: © lionsrugby.com Johnny Sexton has been included in the Lions team to play New Zealand in the second test this Saturday.The Leinster man plays at out half with Owen Farrell at inside centre.Tadhg Furlong keeps his place in the front while Sean O’Brien remains in the back row however Peter O’Mahony loses his place in the squad. CJ Stander is among the replacements.The team in full is Liam Williams at full back with Watson and Daly on the wings and Davies and Farrell in the centre.Sexton is paired with Connor Murray in the half backsThe front row is Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and Tadhg Furlong.The second row is Maro Itojeand Alun Wyn Jones while Sam Warburton , Sean O’Brien and Taulupe Faletau complete the back row.Warburton captains the side.The All Blacks side shows two changes, with Waisake Naholo and Anton Lienart-Brown in for the injured Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty.last_img read more

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