Saints hold Stoke as Owen says goodbye

first_imgMichael Owen called time on his career but there was to be no fairy-tale ending, as Stoke were held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton. Saints got off to a fine start at St Mary’s and Lallana saw a fine low strike tipped onto the post by Asmir Begovic, with Lambert lashing home the rebound from a tight angle but the flag was up. Lambert then fired a long-range effort wide, before heading over when backpedalling to meet a Nathaniel Clyne cross. The Potters went ahead 67 minutes into the second half when Geoff Cameron swung in a fine right-wing cross to Crouch and the former Southampton striker headed past Kelvin Davis in front of the 2,767 travelling fans. The goal seemed to kick-start Southampton into life and a fine cut-back by Clyne was struck goalwards by Steven Davis, whose effort would have found the back of the net had it not been for Asmir Begovic’s fine reactions. The former Portsmouth goalkeeper did well to block a fierce Lambert shot shortly afterwards, but could not hold Saints at bay for long. Begovic did excellently to stop a Davis strike sneaking in but Lambert was alert to fire home the rebound, ending a 621-minute wait for a goal. Were it not for the reactions of Ryan Shawcross, Saints could have turned the game on its head almost immediately. Substitute Andy Wilkinson directed the ball dangerously towards his own goal but the Stoke captain rose highest to head the ball clear away from danger. After an illustrious career that has taken him to Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United, the former England striker announced in March that this was to be his last season. The clash got off to a blistering start with Adam Lallana hitting the post and Rickie Lambert having a goal chalked off for offside inside the opening 31 seconds. That was as good as it got in a poor first half, with Stoke returning after the break with a bang as Peter Crouch headed them ahead within two minutes. Lambert netted the 15th goal of his debut Barclays Premier League season to level and, with 16 minutes remaining, Owen came on to a standing ovation from all four corners of the ground. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Barn to Roam

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel ReichenbergerProgressive Farmer Senior EditorThere’s so much more now than there was — more people, more traffic, more buildings — but Glenn Arnold, 84 years old, stands on a ridge above his family’s old homestead in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and can only focus on what is gone.“On the corner, that’s where our house was,” he said on a cool afternoon in autumn, pointing to the edge of a nearly empty parking lot. “There was a small stone building that was a milk house and a couple of cowsheds.”There was a granary, a corral, two chicken coops, and a barn, a towering wooden structure with a green-painted tin roof. It was his family’s pride when it was completed in 1928, built by his father, Walter Arnold.Now, there’s a ski resort less than a mile from where the Arnolds’ old front door opened, and the spot is surrounded by condos, vacation homes and skier parking. Glenn left to find work in 1958, and, ready to retire after a lifetime battling the Rocky Mountain winters, his family wasn’t far behind. His parents sold the land to the burgeoning resort in 1961.Those old farm buildings eventually vanished. The farmhouse was dismantled, and, soon, the milk house, the cowsheds, the fences and everything else were gone, everything but the barn, which slowly deteriorated as the city and resort expanded and surrounded the lingering reminder of the area’s agricultural heritage.The tin roof began to peel up, and the snow and rain crept inside. Rotting wood fell away from the building’s flanks. For a decade, the structure seemed one snowstorm away from collapse.But, it still stood last autumn when Arnold made his observations, and, thanks to a major local preservation effort, it will continue to stand, not on its foundation of 90 years but 1,000 feet up the road on ground the family used to farm. Now, it will serve as an iconic entryway into the resort.“Unbelievable,” Arnold said after watching crews hoist the barn on a trailer and drive it oh-so-carefully up the road to its new home. “I couldn’t have ever imagined this.”WORTH SAVINGA battle to preserve barns is being waged across the country, though measuring the size of the fight is difficult. There’s no practical way to count “old” barns, said Jeffrey Marshall, vice president of the National Barn Alliance. Among the thousands that surely do exist, there are no reliable metrics to use in deciding which may be historic and which forgettable.“The first thing we look at is whether or not the structure is no longer of the current style of what’s being built, and, therefore, can it tell us something about our past?” Marshall said.The National Register of Historic Places lists 656 entries under “barn,” including nine in Colorado. To make that list, someone first has to nominate a building, and, generally speaking, it needs to be roughly 50 years old or older. The structure’s story can mean much more than its age, however.Did something significant happen in the barn? Was it a local landmark or otherwise relevant to the local community? Was it built by a noteworthy craftsman or architectural master? Did George Washington sleep there?Even without any of that history, a structure can still be important.“These buildings are a part of a cultural landscape,” said Marlin R. Ingalls, an architectural historian with the Office of the State Archaeologist at the University of Iowa. “So many people put up steel buildings now, but they don’t mean anything. Barns were handmade.”But, catching the interest of a barn enthusiast isn’t enough to save a barn. Most are on private property, and even basic restoration or preservation work can be expensive. Often the land could be put to more efficient use.“I’ve learned the hard way it’s very hard to justify spending the money on a building that’s just a big lawn ornament,” Marshall said.ROLLING TO RESTORATIONThe Arnold Barn in Steamboat Springs is not on a list. The Arnold boys — Glenn, and his two brothers, Harold and Gerald, both deceased — spent many hours hauling their farm’s milk into town to be dropped on the front stoops of houses, but the barn didn’t play an overly significant role in the region’s history.It’s not even the only notable old barn in town within half a mile. There are two others, both well-preserved. Still, the community would miss it, said Arianthé Stettner, co-chair of the City of Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Commission and a leader in saving the Arnold Barn. Barns of such an age are vanishing both nationally and in the region. Locally, one collapsed in a 2018 windstorm, and fires destroyed two more during the summer.“And, we nearly lost this one, too,” Stettner said. “It’s so wonderful we were able to preserve it.”She helped bring together public and private interests for the cause. Ownership and responsibility of the barn had fallen into legal limbo but was transferred back to the resort in 2017. Private donations and some public money helped first stabilize the structure then facilitate its move, made necessary as development had turned its original location into a marshy wetland.On regular trips back to Steamboat Springs, Glenn Arnold watched his old family farm slowly disappear. Someday, he assumed, the barn would be gone, too.He never imagined he’d see the nearly century-old family treasure lifted from its foundation and trucked up the road. In a perfect world, maybe it would have been preserved in its original spot, where the Arnold family milked their cows, but their barn is still standing, and in the world of old barns, that counts as a victory.PRESERVATION PRACTICESWant to save your barn? The experts have some advice:— Put any money available into the roof. Nothing will lead to deterioration faster than letting in the rain and snow. “The roof is the building,” said architectural historian Marlin R. Ingalls.— Consider getting it registered. Many states have barn-preservation organizations, but few have any money. It’s not easy getting a building added to the National Register of Historic Places, but that avenue at least allows the potential for grants.— Find a use. It’s hard to justify keeping an empty, useless building standing, but if that building is generating revenue, it’s a different story. Perhaps the neighbor needs to park a boat for the winter? Or, someone is looking for general storage? Check zoning in the area, and, with some refurb work, a barn can be everything from a house to a wedding venue.(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gov’t Strengthening Protection of Port Royal

first_imgStory Highlights Port Royal was once called the richest and wickedest city in the world, and during the 17th century was the headquarters for buccaneers and pirates, who brought in much of the treasure they looted on the Spanish Main. By 1692, it had become an important economic centre, before it was destroyed by earthquake in June of that year. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government will be strengthening the protection of Port Royal, through regular monitoring, research and documentation. She said the intention is to develop the underwater city for tourism purposes. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government will be strengthening the protection of Port Royal, through regular monitoring, research and documentation.She said the intention is to develop the underwater city for tourism purposes.“It is one thing to develop and another thing to ensure that it is protected, and that is our first call… to do what is necessary to have the underwater city protected. While we are doing that, we can develop our plans for tourism,” she said.The Minister was addressing the opening of the World Heritage and Climate Change symposium held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on May 29.She said the JNHT has been mandated to ensure that the nomination of the underwater city to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List, is done by 2018.The Blue and John Crow Mountains was inscribed on the World Heritage List in July 2015. Port Royal has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage tentative list since February 2009.Chairman, Culture Advisory Committee, Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, Laleta Davis Mattis, explained that the country is required to undertake work based on the tentative list.“This is preparing the nomination dossier, setting up your expert committee, et cetera, for you to actually get nominated as a World Heritage Site. That is one of your first steps,” she pointed out.Port Royal was once called the richest and wickedest city in the world, and during the 17th century was the headquarters for buccaneers and pirates, who brought in much of the treasure they looted on the Spanish Main. By 1692, it had become an important economic centre, before it was destroyed by earthquake in June of that year.A large portion of the town sank into the sea, while about two fifths of the population died either in the earthquake or in the plagues and pestilences that followed.Today, Port Royal is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Caribbean and the only sunken city in the western hemisphere.Meanwhile, Minister Grange said the JNHT will be intensifying its maintenance programme for National Heritage Sites, and also be “expanding the communication and public education programme around the significance of local and international safeguarding measures for Heritage Sites”.last_img read more