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Nasdaq to tighten listing rules, restricting Chinese IPOs: sources

first_imgNasdaq Inc is set to unveil new restrictions on initial public offerings (IPOs), a move that will make it harder for some Chinese companies to debut on its stock exchange, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.While Nasdaq will not cite Chinese companies specifically in the changes, the move is being driven largely by concerns about some of the Chinese IPO hopefuls’ lack of accounting transparency and close ties to powerful insiders, the sources said.At a time of escalating tensions between the United States and China over trade, technology and the spread of the novel coronavirus, Nasdaq’s new curbs on Chinese IPOs represent the latest flashpoint in the financial relationship between the world’s two largest economies. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been locked in a decade-long struggle with the Chinese government to inspect audits of US-listed Chinese companies. The regulator’s accounting oversight arm, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), is still unable to access those critical records, it has said.The PCAOB, which was set up by the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act and is overseen by the SEC, is tasked with policing the accounting firms that sign off on the books of the nation’s listed companies. Its problems with Chinese audit quality have been festering since 2011, when scores of Chinese companies trading on US exchanges were accused of accounting irregularities.The SEC is planning to host a roundtable this summer for companies, auditors, advisers and other parties to discuss issues with IPOs of foreign companies and their accounting disclosures, one of the sources said. Small Chinese firms pursue these IPOs because they allow their founders and backers to cash out, rewarding them with US dollars they cannot easily access because of China’s capital controls. The companies also use their Nasdaq-listed status to convince lenders in China to fund them and often get subsidies from Chinese local authorities for becoming publicly traded.The proposed rules will also require auditing firms to ensure that their international franchises comply with global standards, the sources said. Nasdaq will also inspect the auditing of small US firms that audit the accounts of Chinese IPO hopefuls, the sources added.US President Donald Trump told Fox Business in an interview last week that he was looking “very strongly” at requiring Chinese companies that list in New York to follow US accounting standards. But he noted that “the problem with that” was that Chinese companies could decide to list in London or Hong Kong instead. Nasdaq also unveiled some restrictions on listings last year, seeking to curb IPOs by small Chinese companies. Their shares often trade thinly because most stay in the hands of a few insiders. Their low liquidity makes them unattractive to many large institutional investors, to whom Nasdaq is seeking to cater to.The new tightening of the listing standards reflects the bourse operator’s concerns about some Chinese companies seeking US IPOs. Last month, Luckin Coffee, which had a US IPO in early 2019, announced that an internal investigation had shown its chief operating officer and other employees fabricated sales deals.The new rules will require companies from some countries, including China, to raise US$25 million in their IPO or, alternatively, at least a quarter of their post-listing market capitalization, the sources said.This is the first time Nasdaq has put a minimum value on the size of IPOs. The change would have prevented several Chinese companies currently listed on the Nasdaq from going public. Out of 155 Chinese companies that listed on Nasdaq since 2000, 40 grossed IPO proceeds below $25 million, according to Refinitiv data. Topics :last_img read more


Sušić released the list of players of the match BiH- Greece

first_imgOn today’s press conference in hotel ”Europa” in Sarajevo, BiH football team manager Safet Sušić has released the list of players which will play against Greece in Zenica on 22 March.Sušić invited both injured Pjanić and Zvjezdan Misimović who plays for Chinese club Guizhou Renhea.Complete List: Asmir Begović (Stoke), Asmir Avdukić (Borac), Jasmin Fejzić (Aalen), Boris Pandža (Mechelen), Emir Spahić (Anzhi), Toni Šunjić (Zorya), Mensur Mujdža (Freiburg), Ognjen Vranješ (Alania), Ervin Zukanović (Gent), Muhamed Bešić (Fenercvarosi), Miralem Pjanić (Roma), Senad Lulić (Lazio), Sejad Salihović (Hoffenheim), Adnan Zahirović (Dinamo Minsk), Elvir Rahimić (CSKA), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Senijad Ibričić (Kasimpasa), Muamer Svraka (Željezničar), Miroslav Stevanović (Sevilla), Zvjezdan Misimović (Guizhou), Ivan Sesar (Elazigspor), Avdija Vršajević (Hajduk), Vedad Ibišević (Stuttgart), Edin Džeko (Man. City), Edin Višća (Istanbul BB).last_img read more


Lukaku says split from Man Utd was ‘right decision’

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Romelu Lukaku believes he made the right decision to leave Manchester United for a new challenge at Inter Milan, saying he had to “re-find” himself after a difficult time at Old Trafford.The Belgium striker joined United from Everton for £75 million ($98 million) in July 2017, scoring 42 goals in his two seasons at the club before moving to Inter in August last year.He has been in superb form for Antonio Conte’s side, scoring 18 goals to help the club sustain a challenge for the Serie A title.Those performances, and United’s reported interest in signing a striker this month after Marcus Rashford’s back injury, have raised questions as to the wisdom of allowing Lukaku to leave Old Trafford.But, in an interview with Sky Sports News, the 26-year-old said the decision was his and it had worked out well for United as well.“I think I had to re-find myself,” he said. “Last year was difficult for me on the professional side because stuff was not going how I wanted and I was not performing as well… and I just came to the conclusion that it was time for me to change environment.“I made my decision around March, and I went to the manager’s office (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) and I told him it was time for me to find something else.”“I think I made the right decision and I think Manchester United now has made space for the younger players to come through so I think it was a bit of a win-win situation for both of us,” he added. The Belgian was signed for United by Jose Mourinho and had an excellent first season, scoring 27 goals as United finished second in the Premier League.But Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 after a disappointing start to the season, with Lukaku also unable to discover his best form.Former Chelsea manager Conte has managed to bring the best out of Lukaku this season, pairing him with Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez to lethal effect.Lukaku said the Italian knew how to extract the most from his whole squad but revealed he was not afraid to get tough with the players.“The manager, he tells it straight to your face if you’re doing well or wrong,” he said.“You work hard, you train hard and you play,” he added. “If you don’t do what he says, you don’t play. You know where you stand — and that’s what I respect about him.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Patricia Frances Koenig and Kyle Andrew Ricketts

first_imgMr. and Mrs. Thomas Koenig of Fair Haven are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia Frances Koenig, to Kyle Andrew Ricketts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ricketts of Worthington, Ohio.Patricia is a graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she earned a mathematical business degree. She is an analyst in the corporate audit department at General Electric.Kyle is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., with a B.B.A. in finance. He is currently an analyst in the corporate audit department at General Electric.An August 2012 wedding is planned at The Church of the Nativity, Fair Haven, followed by a reception at the Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank.last_img


Fear Grips Embattled Bahn City Mayor, Over Alleged Threats to Job and Safety

first_imgBahn City Mayor Angie DopoeEmbattled Bahn City Mayor, Angie Dopoe, has expressed fear of not only losing her job as a result of an alleged order by Senator Prince Y. Johnson against her stay in office, but also possible threats that have already led to her temporary relocation to Monrovia.Bahn received city status by a Legislative enactment on September 27, 1986 and has since been managed by separate but essential administrative offices, including the office of city mayor.Seated and appearing beclouded with despair and a heartbroken sense of existence, Madam Dopoe told a team of journalists over the weekend in Paynesville that she fears for her safety, should she remain in Nimba amid the current political hurdle.“Senator Prince Johnson said no matter what, I will not hold onto the position of City Mayor of Bahn, even though I was allowed by President George Weah to continue service through a letter of appointment and a subsequent Senate confirmation hearing result that is expected,” she said.She added that Senator Johnson’s threats came as a result of his accusation of her “alleged refusal” to allow him use the City Hall in 2010 for an event he claimed he wanted to host there.“I was not informed in any form or manner about Senator Johnson’s plan to use the hall. In fact, no one could use the hall at the time he said he wanted to host his event in the city of Bahn because it was undergoing renovation,” Dopoe noted.Her letter of nomination from the office of the President, copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, states in part, “Based upon your desire to play a more meaningful role in the promotion of peace, reconciliation and development of our country, I am pleased to nominate you as City Mayor, Bahn City, Nimba County, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Republic of Liberia.”The nomination letter continues, “As your nomination requires confirmation, I have notified the Liberian Senate of your nomination. Please deliver thirty (30) copies of your resume’ to the Secretary of the Senate.”According to Dopoe, “What is so annoying in this fight against me is that Representative Rogers S. Domah, a Legislator, came to perform the function of the office of the Executive by bringing me information that purportedly said, ‘By order of the President you are asked to step aside from the office of city mayor of Bahn-Beagenhnlay,’” Dopoe told journalists.Section 2 of the Act, which led to the creation of Bahn City states that, “The Chartered officers of the Municipal Government shall consist of a Mayor, and a common Council composed of nine members, one of whom shall be the Chairman.”In Section 5 of the Act, it is said that, “The Mayor and the Councilmen shall hold their offices for a period of six years and their election (although not happening in this 21st century) shall be held every six years on the First Tuesday in October.It further noted that, “In case of death, removal or resignation of a Councilman; and in case of death, removal or resignation of the Mayor, the Chairman of the Common Council shall take over as Acting Mayor until a new Mayor has been duly elected (now appointed).”Meanwhile, Dopoe, on August 9, wrote President Weah expressing her displeasure over the means through which Senator Johnson and Representative Domah want to get her out of office.“President Weah, I am forced to bring to your official attention that on July 24, 2018, Hon. Roger Domah, Representative of District #7, Nimba County, in open public and to my surprise forcibly took away my gavel of authority as City Mayor of Bahn and strangely turned same over to my Administrative Assistant, Mr. Africanus Kwahmie, to act as Acting Mayor beginning that date moving forward to run the affairs of the City,” the letter said.She said she was disappointed for seeing Domah and Johnson, both lawmakers, interfering with the work of the Executive Branch of Government. She noted further in her letter, “Admittedly, Your Excellency, I certainly felt humiliated and completely disgraced in the full glare of the public by the act of Representative Domah for whom I have always had huge respect and will continue to have huge respect for.”When reached via mobile phone, Nimba Electoral District #7 Representative, Roger Domah said he was shocked by Madam Dopoe’s exaggeration of the unfolding situation in Bahn.“I may not have all of the details surrounding Madam Dopoe and Senator Johnson’s interactions back then but I am of the belief that Johnson does not hate her. In fact, she is one of my extended sisters for whom most of us have respect. How then would I choose to hurt her,” Domah asked rhetorically.About what occurred at the town hall meeting on the proposed division of Nimba, he said upon his arrival, the Administrative Assistant (name not disclosed) of Bahn City handed him (Rep. Domah) the gavel of authority.“As a Presidential mandate, Madam Dopoe, among all of the non-tenured appointed government officials, was asked to turn over her gavel of authority to the human resource manager. But as it is with the office she has been serving, there is no HR personnel manager and as such she was mandated to turn over the gavel to the Administrative Assistant who is now the Acting City Mayor until her confirmation is granted a success story from the Senate,” he said, countering Dopoe’s allegation that he took the gavel from her.Domah, who won the 2017 Representative election for Nimba District #7 in 2017, noted further that after the town hall meeting, he returned the gavel to the Administrative Assistant and left. “I have even been accused by some friends of being in strong support of her return to the office of the City Mayor of Bahn,” he said, adding that there is no need for Dopoe to lose hope neither fear of residing in Nimba, because her appointment has not been withdrawn by  President Weah.He said one thing Dopoe and a host of other people contesting any of Senator Prince Johnson’s political decisions know is that he (PYJ), as the political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) and the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which gives him (PYJ) the right to recommend 65 percent of all of the political nominations in Nimba.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Priest’s abuse inquiry revived

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Investigators also interviewed Lynne M. Cadigan, the brothers’ Tucson-based civil attorney, who got a $1.3 million settlement on their behalf from Baker and the archdiocese, she told the newspaper. Baker told Mahony in 1986 that he had molested children, according to the archdiocese and Baker. The archbishop did not alert police, but rather sent Baker for treatment, after which he was assigned to a series of nine other parishes. Baker has been accused of sexually abusing 23 boys and girls from 1974 to 1999, including at least four after he admitted his molestations to Mahony, the archdiocese has reported. The brothers at the center of the new investigation are now in their mid-20s. They have said in prior interviews with the Los Angeles Times that Baker began abusing them at St. Hilary Catholic Church in Pico Rivera in 1984 when they were 5 and 7 years old. The boys’ family moved to Mexico in 1986, but Baker over the next 13 years flew them to Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Arizona, where the abuse allegedly continued until 1999, at least once in the priest’s rectory, the newspaper reported. :– From wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Prosecutors have reopened a child-abuse investigation into a priest who was allowed to remain in ministry after admitting to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony that he had molested children. An earlier criminal case against Michael Stephen Baker, 57, was dismissed in 2003 because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision barring prosecutions of decades-old sexual abuse cases. The new investigation, which had been stalled because the victims now live in Mexico, involves two brothers who say they were molested more recently, the Los Angeles Times reported. Last spring Los Angeles prosecutors obtained U.S. visas so the brothers could be interviewed in Arizona, the brothers’ attorney and law enforcement sources told the newspaper.last_img read more


This Place Really Has Atmosphere

first_imgOf all the bodies in the solar system, only eight have a substantial atmosphere.  If you add in those with tenuous atmospheres, you can add in Triton and Mercury, and maybe a few others, till it becomes pedantic to call it an atmosphere if there are only a few short-lived molecules hovering over a moon.  Atmospheres are interesting because they circulate, creating winds and clouds and a host of interesting effects that some scientists spend their entire careers studying (to say nothing of weathermen).  They also can dissipate into space over time.  What does the ambience of gas around a sphere have to do with life, evolution, and dating methods?  Here are some recent reports.Mercury:  One doesn’t envision the planet Mercury with an atmosphere, but it has a very slight one.  Why it has any is a puzzle.  So close to the sun, any volatiles should have heated up and escaped from its weak gravity.  Science Daily reported, though, that the solar wind supplies a tenuous atmosphere that hangs around a little while.  Charged particles from the sun liberate molecules from the surface in a process called sputtering (a kind of erosion on an atomic scale).  But then, Mercury’s slight magnetic field should keep the solar wind at bay.  The report says that magnetic “tornados” allow solar wind to reach the surface at certain points and times.  The MESSENGER spacecraft found that these “flux transfer events” allow solar wind particles to replenish the thin atmosphere.  Space.com also discussed this story, saying, “For some reason, there are more tornadoes than scientists had anticipated.”    The sun may not be the only source of gas surrounding this small planet.  Nature this week (June 11) called attention to a recent discovery by MESSENGER of a bright patch on the surface:1 Baked by the Sun and blasted by impacts, Mercury is thought to have lost much of its volatile content – such as water vapour and carbon dioxide – early in its history.  But its interior may have been bubblier than thought, according to Laura Kerber of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and her colleagues.  Using observations from the MESSENGER spacecraft, the researchers spotted the remnants of a volcano that they say was driven by explosive magma with high volatile concentrations.If the volatiles on Mercury resemble those on Earth, as alleged, this complicates theories on the origin of the planets.  It means “Mercury formed from volatile-rich planetesimals from the outer Solar System that migrated inwards.”Earth:  The solar wind batters Earth’s atmosphere, too.  Fortunately, our strong magnetic field keeps most of our gas intact.  National Geographic News said, though, that the sun does steal some of our atmosphere.  The same magnetic energy that protects us also funnels some of the solar wind inside, where it gets heated and escapes.  In fact, we’re losing more oxygen and hydrogen than Venus and Mars.  Not to panic, though: estimates show it would last several more billion years.  The article noted that most of Mars’ original atmosphere was probably lost due to the lack of a global magnetic field.    A planet’s atmosphere is linked to its geology.  Astrobiologists considering conditions for life on other planets need to consider this.  Science Daily reported that without plate tectonics, an atmosphere cannot be sustained.  “If you have plate tectonics, then you can have long-term climate stability, which we think is a prerequisite for life,” said Rory Barnes (University of Washington).  But tectonics can be too severe as well (think Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io).  The close-in habitable zone around red dwarfs has a side effect of generating strong tides and more volcanic activity.  “The planet must be at a distance where tugging from the star’s gravitational field generates tectonics without setting off extreme volcanic activity that resurfaces the planet in too short a time for life to prosper,” the article said.  So now there is a “Tidal Habitable Zone” to worry about.  Barnes said, “Overall, the effect of this work is to reduce the number of habitable environments in the universe, or at least what we have thought of as habitable environments.”Mars:  A report on Science Daily claims that meteor bombardment might have helped Earth and Mars become more habitable.  How?  by modifying their atmospheres.  Researchers at Imperial College London calculated that impacts during the so-called Late Heavy Bombardment could have delivered 10 billion tonnes of water vapor and carbon dioxide to both Earth and Mars.  Why, then, are the planets so different today?  They claim Mars’ lack of global magnetic field exposed it to erosion by the solar wind.  Also, a decline in volcanic activity cooled the atmosphere so that the remaining water molecules froze out.    The article from Science Daily mentioned above also speculated about how Mars might become more friendly to life.  “If Mars were to move closer to the sun, the sun’s tidal tugs could possibly restart the tectonics, releasing gases from the core to provide more atmosphere.  If Mars harbors liquid water, at that point it could be habitable for life as we know it.”    Meanwhile, don’t worry that germs carried by our rovers might be seeding Mars with Earth life.  A story on Astrobiology Magazine says the ultraviolet radiation is intense enough to sterilize everything on the surface.  There’s no escape, even inside salt crystals.  And that’s not the only hazard to life.  Andrew Schuerger, a NASA scientist listed “at least 13 separate factors on Mars that can kill Earth microbes, not counting perchlorate salts uncovered by NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander in the polar region of Mars.”  Earth life would be in even more danger from ionizing radiation if it were not for our atmosphere – with its tenuous ozone layer absorbing most of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.Titan:  The atmosphere of Saturn’s giant moon Titan has been in the news a couple of times this month.  For one thing, summer is refusing to leave its south pole.  A press release from JPL’s Cassini Mission summarizes a paper in Nature about this.2  New Scientist said that Titan’s atmosphere is turning out to be “much more complicated than we ever imagined,” according to Henry Roe of Lowell Observatory.  That, he said, is the “real story” that “we’re only just beginning to acknowledge within the field” of atmospheric science.  Science Daily also reported on the latest findings about Titan’s sluggish seasons.  So did Space.com.That last article on Space.com tossed in the L-word where the others didn’t: “It [Titan] has a thick atmosphere and the right chemistry to support some forms of life,” the article said.  “It actually resembles a frozen version of Earth, several billion years before organisms here began pumping oxygen into our atmosphere.”1.  Research Highlights, “Planetary Science: Mercurial Mercury,” Nature 459, 755 (11 June 2009) | doi:10.1038/459755c.2.  Rodriguez et al, “Global circulation as the main source of cloud activity on Titan,” Nature 459, 678-682 (4 June 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08014.The atmosphere in the Creation Restaurant is nicer.  There’s no hot air.  The well-mannered customers do not emit foul-smelling gas (04/08/2002).  They don’t moan over their gastric pains (05/02/2003 and 08/22/2005 commentary).  You won’t inhale any stale, foul-smelling smoke about life emerging from dust.  There are no rude customers puffing on Charlie brand cigars (02/05/2002) while making up stories about things they never saw.  It’s one big non-smoking section.  Ahhhhh.  Take a deep breath and savor the aroma of a healthy science atmosphere.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


4-Hers tackle Tractor Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Reese Years ago, we were just finishing the last windrow of rich alfalfa hay. The remainder of the field only amounted to about half a wagonload. Despite the small amount of hay, we were scrambling to get done because, even though the weather forecast for the day said there was no chance of rain, black storm clouds were racing towards us from the western horizon.As I pulled the last couple small square bales from the chute, the first fat, wet raindrops pelted me in the face. We were done with the hay, but we still had to get the half load in the barn or hay-baling timeliness would be in vain.Most of the crew left to move the equipment to another field and I was left with an old tractor, a half load of hay, two young workers, and the task of backing that four-wheeled hay wagon in the barn before the skies really opened up. The rain was starting to pick up by the time I backed that hay wagon up a small incline to the doors of the barn that combined to open up just a fuzz wider than the hay wagon. I tried once, twice to back it in, stopping just short of crunching the barn door both times. The rains continued to pick up with the blackest of the storm clouds almost on top of us. I looked up at the grim sky and yelled, “Unhook it boys, I think we can just push it in.”It started pouring seconds after we had pushed the half full hay wagon safely into the barn. It was a great success story for the hay, but a miserable failure of my four-wheeled wagon tractor backing skills.It seems I should have spent more of my youth pursuing the chance to compete at the Ohio State Fair Tractor Day. 4-H members have to qualify for the competition at the county level. This year the Ohio State Fair Tractor Day was held on Aug. 3 and Ty Higgins caught up with Dewey Mann, assistant superintendent of the competition.“We’ve got 106 participants that have qualified at the county level to participate here at the State Fair event,” said Mann, who is with the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering The Ohio State University. “There are 60,000 4-H youth in Ohio, and with 100 students here you are already in the top two tenths of a percent of those 4-Hers. Out of this elite group of 106, we give out one clock trophy in each of the three classes and we also recognize the top 20% with Outstanding of the Day. I remind the participants that if they don’t quite make it into that top 20%, 80% at State Fair is still a pretty good honor to be here.”Unlike most State Fair 4-H events, the competition is not held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. Because of the space required and the challenging logistics of transporting equipment to Columbus, the event is held at JD Equipment in London.“A lot of this is about space and convenience. We’re very thankful to JD Equipment for hosting us,” Mann said. “We have access to tractors, and nice shiny tractors at that. They are all green and these young people get a chance to drive everything. The 8-year-olds to 11-year-olds drive an X350 lawnmower all the way up to the older students driving a 5000 E with a clutch and standard transmission. It starts out pretty basic with our younger age division. There is no trailer or deck on the mower. They are going to drive through an alley forward and backwards. I tell the parents that it is driver’s ed. for 8-year-olds. It is a great opportunity for young people to get some driving experience out here.”The older competitors in the J2 Division use a 4000 Series John Deere Hydrostat (with no clutch). They drive a two-wheeled wagon through an obstacle course of PVC barrels filled with concrete and 1-inch PVC stakes. The oldest competitors have to drive a tractor with a clutch and do an obstacle course with a four-wheeled wagon (I know first hand this is no easy task).“A lot of it has to do with getting infractions for hitting a marker and how close you are when you are backing in and out of sheds and alleys,” Mann said. “It is about getting experience and getting them connected to things that we are passionate about in production agriculture.”The top finishers at the event were 11-year-old Eric Macklin from Allen County, 13-year-old Austin Otte from Mercer County, and 16-year-old Thomas Gress from Wayne County. Congratulations to these outstanding young people who can undoubtedly back a four-wheeled wagon better than certain, unnamed editors.It is a real privilege and great honor to get to work with the incredible young people who work so hard with their 4-H and FFA livestock projects. But, those young people are certainly not the only ones worthy of highlighting at the Ohio State Fair. Ohio 4-H currently offers 140 non-livestock projects that allow participants to compete at the county level and the top tier of those competitors can compete at the Ohio State Fair. Highlighting some of those deserving students is important too.Thanks to so many volunteers for taking your time to work with and highlight these very talented young people and for helping 4-H to shine bright even outside of the livestock show ring.last_img read more


Use plot data to make sound decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA , Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. As harvest is completed across the Eastern Corn Belt, seed companies, universities, and growers will have the chance to compile and analyze data from yield testing. One of the most important decisions a farmer will face all year is deciding what variety to plant and in which field to plant it. To ensure that the best possible decision is made next spring, it is critical to spend some time looking at yield data. While reviewing data is critical, knowing how to determine whether it is accurate and useful is equally important. Below are some tips for using data to make sound planting decisions next spring.Look for replicated dataDon’t rely on yield results from one strip plot on a farm or from a single plot location. Look for data from randomized tests that are repeated multiple times and across multiple locations. Replications in testing increase the reliability of the data. For strip plot data, was a “tester” used? Strip plots planted on farms can cover large areas of a field. In many fields in the Eastern Corn Belt there are several soil types. If a plot crosses several soil types how can you be sure it is accurate? By planting a “tester” variety between each entry in the plot, you can calculate adjusted yields based on the variability of the tester yield across the plot. This ensures more accurate data.Look for consistencyAccording to Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension Agronomist, “Documented consistency in yield performance is still the key to success in selecting hybrids that will perform well in your farming operation.” When choosing a variety based on plot data, it is important to look for consistent performance—across several plot locations and between multiple years. Choose varieties that consistently performed well in 2012 and 2013, in multiple locations, and different growing conditions.Statistical significanceOn published plot data look for foot notes that indicate the least statistically significant yield difference, or LSD. In many plots, the performance of the top 5 or 10 varieties may not be statistically different. Although there are small differences in yield, statistical analysis of the data indicates that all varieties within the LSD have an equal chance of winning the plot.While plot data can be very useful in making decisions, some plot data is significantly more accurate and reliable. The key to getting the most out of yield data is having the ability to sort through the large amounts of information to identify the data that most accurately and reliably represents crop performance.last_img read more


How To Watch Major League Baseball Games Online

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img For baseball fans, it’s an exciting time of year. For those who prefer to stream games online, however, the anticipation can be tinged with a bit of frustration. That’s because baseball games are still easiest to find on traditional cable or satellite TV.Fortunately for cord cutters, there are some options when it comes to tuning in online, some of them more, shall we say, up to legal snuff than others. First and foremost, there’s MLB.tv. That’s the official subscription streaming service of Major League Baseball in the U.S. For $20 per month, fans can live stream games in high definition from their browser with DVR-style control. For $25 per month, they can get access from iOS devices, Apple TV, Roku, Playstation 3, XBox 360 and more than 300 other devices.For fans fanatic enough to throw $130 a year at a multi-device subscription service, MLB.tv looks like the way the go. But there’s a catch — and it’s a big one.Hey! I Paid $130 And Can’t Watch The Home Team? Because cable companies and broadcast networks have a way of ruining things, MLB.tv only includes out-of-market games. That means that if I’m in Philadelphia, I can’t stream the Phillies game from any of the MLB apps, because Comcast SportsNet is paying big bucks for the exclusive rights to those games.MLB, in turn, wants to preserve that relationship by ensuring high-as-can-be ratings. As is so often the case, this arrangement works beautifully for the sports league and service providers, but sucks for viewers. One way to thwart this home team blackout is by using a VPN service like WiTopia, VyperVPN or StrongVPN to trick MLB into thinking you’re located elsewhere. It might technically be dishonest, but it is, so far as I can tell, perfectly legal. A less legally straightforward option would be to tune into pirated streams from shady third party sites. Sites like firstrowsports.eu and vipbox.tv are neither the best designed or safest looking sites in the world, but for desperate fans who want to tune into games without paying, they certainly offer the goods. Sites that offer pirated streams typically do so via links to Flash-based video streams or require users to download a desktop app — at one’s own risk, of course. Alternatively, some users prefer to use a Slingbox to remotely tune into games using their home’s pay television service or broadcast hookup. Lead photo courtesy of Wikipedia Tags:#Internet TV#mobile#Sports#Streaming video 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

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