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Corn Planting Does Total Turnaround from 2012

Facebook Twitter Home News Feed Corn Planting Does Total Turnaround from 2012 SHARE Previous articleA More Farmer Friendly EPANext articleSeed Consultants 4/17/2013 Market Update with Gary Wilhelmi Andy Eubank SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Apr 16, 2013 Zero Indiana corn plantingWhat a difference a year makes for farmers who depend on the weather to do their work. This year USDA says statistically no Indiana corn is in the ground. Last year in mid April Indiana corn planting progress was at 21 percent and climbing daily. Some farmers like John Hussey in Tipton County were even further along.“For the first time in my life I planted a little bit of corn in March a year ago, and I planted quite a bit of corn the first week in April, and at this time a year ago we were half done. But last year was a very unusual year from spring all the way through fall.”Some Indiana fields are nowhere near ready for planting but Hussey’s fields have drained well and it wouldn’t take long after rains stop for him to get a start.“If the rain would shut off and we would get some warm weather, sunshine and some breeze, a couple to three days would do a lot. We would have some fields that, in three days, would be probably suitable for planting. I’m talking that Friday, Saturday period we would be going.”But forecasts for much of the state call for continued rain through Friday.Mid April is about the average time frame for Hussey to start planting so for now he doesn’t feel as though he is getting a late start.The Tipton County landscape is different this year so there will be new sites once he does get in those fields, windmills. The Wildcat Wind Farm came online the first of the year in Tipton and Madison Counties.USDA’s NASS crop progress report Monday showed just 2 percent of the corn planted in the 18 states comprising the regular updates. Illinois and Ohio reported 1 percent planted while Iowa joined the Hoosier state at zero planted. Corn Planting Does Total Turnaround from 2012 read more

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ATP, PFA to invest DKK3bn in controversial DONG Energy deal

first_imgDanish pension funds ATP and PFA are to invest DKK3bn (€402m) in state enterprise DONG Energy, as part of a highly controversial deal to recapitalise the ailing company, which has now split the country’s coalition government.As part of the recapitalisation, funds managed by US banking group Goldman Sachs will put in DKK11bn for an 18% stake in the company.ATP will invest DKK2.2bn for a 4.9% stake, and PFA will take 1.8% for DKK800m.The government’s holding will be reduced to 57.3% from 81%. A Danish parliamentary committee approved the Goldman Sachs investment yesterday.Finance minister Bjarne Corydon said: “It is good DONG Energy now has solid ground under its feet. Today, Parliament has ensured that one or the biggest companies we have here can make massive investment instead of cutting back.”Carsten Stendevad, chief executive at ATP, said it was a great deal for ATP members. “We see a significant upside potential in DONG Energy and have great confidence in the ability of the executive team to deliver on the business case,” he said.ATP looked forward to working with the company and its co-investors on unlocking value, Stendevad said.The deal now depends on the conclusion of final agreements between the parties.Goldman Sachs’s involvement has prompted public and political criticism, and led to demonstrations outside the Danish Parliament. Critics have cited the US bank’s behaviour during the global financial crisis and voiced concerns over the fairness of the investor selection process.Events reached a climax yesterday as Annette Vilhelmsen resigned as chairman of the Socialist People’s Party (SF), and her party withdrew from the ruling Social Democrat-led government coalition.Vilhelmsen said she failed to persuade the government to consider alternatives to the DONG Energy deal or to get her own party to side with the government in approving the deal as it stood.Prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said she would soon announce a new government, but that SF would remain its close collaborator in Parliament.On Saturday, the labour organisations behind four labour-market pension funds — Lærernes Pension, PKA, PBU and PenSam — called on the government to consider a “Danish solution to DONG’s need for new capital”, suggesting the pension funds could themselves provide the money in a joint investment project.However, the Finance Ministry rejected the approach, saying it had not received a serious proposition from the labour organisations’ leaders.“The process has been very structured and everyone has had the opportunity to take part along the way, including the pension funds that have gone to the media today,” the ministry said in a statement.PFA’s chairman Henrik Heideby responded to the furore surrounding the deal, saying the stake it was taking in DONG was only small and that it would not have a place on the company’s board.“Having said that, I would like to emphasise that the process leading to the offer to the Danish state from Goldman Sachs, ATP and PFA has been both fair and professional, from our viewpoint,” he said.DONG Energy’s main focus is deep drilling, but it is also the largest power producer in Denmark. It has built and operates high-profile offshore windfarms off the coasts of Denmark and the UK.last_img read more

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Austin Rivers leads LA Clippers past Memphis Grizzlies

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers, undermanned, didn’t back down, using a 24-6 run over seven minutes in the third quarter to take a six-point lead. Rivers scored seven straight in that stretch to put the Clippers ahead, giving them a lead they’d push to eight in the fourth quarter.Jordan was terrific, scoring 18 and grabbing 20 rebounds, dueling with Gasol to the final buzzer.But one of the old “Grit ’n Grind” stalwarts, Tony Allen, scored four points in a burst that allowed Memphis to close within one with three minutes to play. But instead of coughing up a fourth-quarter lead like they did against Jamal Crawford answered with a 3 and pretty feed to Jordan for a bucket to get some distance.Jordan’s basket came immediately after Gasol drew a questionable foul, with Jordan covering his mouth to keep from saying anything that could lead to a fourth-quarter technical.He didn’t tempt the gods — and they rewarded the Clippers.With the shot clock winding down and a possession going nowhere, the normally savvy Mike Conley fouled Austin Rivers while he wildly fired up a 3. He made each of the free throws, sealing the win.The win guarantees the Clippers at least a season split with the Grizzlies (they meet for the fourth time in March), something that can be extremely helpful in the event the teams are tied at the end of the season.And if the basketball gods are paying attention, that just might happen. With around half a season left and these two teams bunched in the Western Conference series, it’s plausible Wednesday’s 115-106 Clipper win at Staples Center could be a playoff preview.With Blake Griffin and Chris Paul still sidelined, Austin Rivers scored a season-high 28 points, tying season highs with seven assists and four rebounds. After losing six in a row, the Clippers have won two straight.If you needed a reminder as to why the Grizzlies could maybe give the Clippers fits, Memphis showed why it’s one of the toughest teams in the West.Marc Gasol, one of the best centers in the NBA, does one of the things that gives DeAndre Jordan, one of the best centers in the NBA, trouble. Gasol’s face-the-basket game has now stretched beyond the three-point line, pulling Jordan further away from the rim than he’d like.Gasol’s move to the perimeter mirrors Memphis’ improvement from deep. The Grizzlies hit 11 3’s, including two from Gasol, as their long-range touch helped them build a 13-point lead. center_img LOS ANGELES >> Doc Rivers is a believer in the basketball gods.They’re the ones who decide close games where one team plays harder than the other, the ones who decided whether the shots that are right on target bounce in or rattle out and the ones who control the key whistles.And, if they have a sense for the dramatic, they’ll be the ones that will make sure the Clippers and Grizzlies find themselves doing this again in the playoffs.They’ve met twice before in the postseason, each team holding on to a hard-fought series win, and the basketball gods, they might want to see that tie get broken.last_img read more

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Bakambu acknowledges cash was crucial in China decision

first_imgThat move came after the Chinese Football Association (CFA) introduced a 100 percent tax on expensive transfers worth more than 45 million yuan ($7 million).After Bakambu freed himself, saying it was “for personal reasons”, the CFA said if it catches teams trying to sidestep the tax it will hit them with crippling point deductions and could refuse to register players.Although Bakambu has not yet signed with Guoan, he has been training with them in Portugal. He talked to AFP on Thursday when he stopped in Paris on his way to China.“It’s just a question of timing,” Bakambu said. “They didn’t want to do it in the shadows hidden away in a hotel in Portugal.“They want to do it in Beijing in front of the press and their supporters, and that’s why this thing is dragging on a bit,” he said.Asked whether the club might want to avoid the transfer tax, Bakambu said: “I’ve seen stories like this but that’s not my business, the money is not mine and it won’t be going in my pocket.”He is expected to be paid around 18 million euros a year before tax.Bakambu, who grew up in the Paris suburbs, said, the difference between the Chinese offer and his income in Spain was “great”.Yet he acknowledged that he could understand why some critics were surprised that, at the age of 26, he had chosen to leave La Liga for China.“I did not understand either,” he said with a laugh. “What happened was that, at first, I was not too excited and later they found the arguments to convince me. That took several months.”Bakambu had scored 14 goals in 21 matches this season for Villarreal.“I was having the best season of my career but there you are, they managed to convince me. Football is good, but life is more important. I will not lie, I know why I went there and I take responsibility my choice.”Asked if it was a financial offer that was hard to refuse, Bakambu answered: “Yes.”He paused, before continuing: “I’m not going to hide it, financially speaking the difference between what I had in Villarreal and what the Chinese club was offering me was too great.“There are some who can say no. I accepted, because I have good reasons. There are some who would have gone for less and others who would have refused for more. I made my choice.”– Hard times –Did those reasons include his impoverished upbringing on the outskirts of Paris?“Clearly, this was the most important factor,” he answered.“I often go to Vitry-sur-Seine to relax a little, to see my family and my friends. It helps me keep my feet on the ground,” he said. “I’m a professional player today, but don’t believe it’s always been easy. I don’t want to whine, but I’ve lived through bad situations.”“The fact that I have known hard times played a part in my choice.”He said he had no idea how long he would stay in China.“I had a five-year contract with Villarreal, and I only stayed six months. I do not know what will happen in China. We’ll see.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On my way: Cedric Bakambu trains with Beijing Guoan © BEIJING GUOAN/AFP/File / HANDOUTPARIS, France, Feb 15 – In the end, the Chinese made Cedric Bakambu an offer that was too good to refuse.The Congolese striker’s move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan has been the subject of intense scrutiny since Bakambu paid the 40-million-euro buyout clause in his contract with Spanish side Villarreal.last_img read more

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Play Your Part series episode three: synopsis

first_imgHere’s a sneak peek of episode three of the Play Your Part television series, which airs on Saturday, 9 September 2017 on SABC 2.Fight with Insight uses boxing to teach children in Johannesburg life skills that help them to take responsibility for claiming their rights. In episode three of Play Your Part, some of our guests get involved with the initiative. (Image: Fight With Insight, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterIn the third episode of Play Your Part, guests include geologist and science champion Tshiamo Legoale and entrepreneur Tebogo Ditshego, who promotes literacy.The episode, which airs on Saturday, 9 September 2017, is part of a 26-episode series.The debut Play Your Part aired in June 2014. The series aims to inspire its audience to contribute towards social cohesion, active citizenry, nation brand pride, and patriotism though getting people to play their part in society.The themes covered in Play Your Part are education, skills development, entrepreneurship, women- and youth empowerment.Here’s a preview of what you can expect to see in episode three:Karin Landi, co-founder of Community Hours, gives teens out of the box volunteering opportunities to encourage them to become active citizens.In this episode, Landi and learners from Kingsmead College in Johannesburg exchange their time and support for fighting skills and insight from inner city young men with Fight with Insight.Karin Landi. (Image: Hassims Fireworks, Twitter)Businessman Tebogo Ditshego founded the online book club ReadABookSA to encourage more South Africans to get into the habit of reading books.Followers of ReadABookSA pledge to read one book a month.Tebogo Ditshego. (Image: Prelene Singh)Geologist Tshiamo Legoale, 27, won an international science competition with her invention that proposes using wheat enzymes to extract gold from tailings or mine dumps.Tshiamo Legoale. (Image: Mining Ne.Ws)Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 every Saturday on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; or,Find out about initiatives on Play Your Part here https://www.brandsouthafrica.com/play-your-part.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; andLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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first_imgYou’ve signed up for the Geocaching newsletter, you read the blog, now follow us on social media to connect with fellow geocachers and get the latest news and updates from Geocaching HQ!Facebook – news, updates, and interaction with other geocachers.Twitter – the latest on new releases and outages/problems with the website.Instagram – your daily dose of inspirational geocaching images.YouTube – never miss a geocaching video again.What’s your favorite way to hear about geocaching news?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAugust Goes to the Mega-EventsAugust 12, 2013In “Community”Your Geocaching Community Awaits…August 5, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”Caution: Geocacher in trainingOctober 3, 2017In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

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North Korean delegation returns home after Olympics outreach

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum North and South Korean officials also on Tuesday started working-level talks to set up the details of North’s participation in the Paralympics that begin in Pyeongchang on March 9. The North sent around 500 people to the Olympics, including officials, athletes, artists and 229 cheerleaders who amused spectators with their synchronized routines and songs.Seoul’s decision to allow Kim to visit trigged controversy because South Korea had accused him of being the mastermind of two attacks on the South that killed 50 people in 2010 when he headed the North’s Reconnaissance General Bureau.Hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Olympic Stadium, holding signs like “Killer Kim Yong Chol go to hell,” while Kim attended Sunday’s closing ceremony with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. presidential adviser Ivanka Trump.Several conservative lawmakers protested on a road near the inter-Korean land border on Tuesday, demanding Kim apologize over the attacks before leaving. Seoul’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon had breakfast with Kim and other North Korean officials earlier in the day, where they praised the Pyeongchang Olympics as a successful peace gesture, the ministry said.Reviving inter-Korean dialogue is critical for the policies of Moon, a liberal who insists Seoul should be in control of international efforts to deal with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus But experts say arranging an inter-Korean summit would be difficult after a year in which the North conducted its most powerful nuclear test and flight-tested intercontinental ballistic missiles that could, when perfected, target the U.S. mainland.South Korea may also need to persuade the United States and Japan, which are concerned North Korea is using its outreach to Seoul to relieve pressure over its nuclear programs. Rockets zoom to 13th straight win, rally past Jazz Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City In a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in shortly before the Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday, Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, said the North has “ample intentions” for holding talks with the United States, Moon’s office said.U.S. President Donald Trump responded to North Korea’s overture by saying that talks with North Korea will happen only “under the right conditions.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We want to talk only under the right conditions,” Trump said at a White House meeting with the nation’s governors on Monday. The administration’s position is that North Korea must get rid of its nuclear and missile programs before any talks can take place. The United States applied new sanctions Friday in an extension of what it calls a “maximum pressure campaign” to force North Korea to disarm.The North sent the sister of ruler Kim Jong Un to the Feb. 9 opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics as a special envoy. Kim Yo Jong told Moon in a luncheon at Seoul’s presidential palace the next day that her brother wishes to meet Moon in Pyongyang soon. MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kim Yong Chol, center, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, leaves to return to North Korea, at a hotel in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. The North Korean envoy making a rare visit to South Korea said Sunday that his country was willing to open talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy between enemies after a year of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and direct threats of war from both Pyongyang and Washington. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics left South Korea on Tuesday after a visit where the former general suspected of masterminding deadly 2010 military attacks told Seoul officials the North is willing to talk with Washington.The delegation’s return home completes North Korea’s diplomatic outreach to the South during the Pyeongchang Olympics that was seen as an attempt to break out from the isolation and pressure North Korea faces over its nuclear program.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Kirti Azad hits back at Nasser Hussain for donkey jibe

first_imgThe ‘donkey’ jibe is snowballing into a major war of words during India’s disastrous tour of England.Soon after English cricketers Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan termed some Indian fielders as donkeys, former cricketer Kirti Azad has hit back.Azad, who is a Member of Parliament, said that the English side was a bunch of mules four years ago. Azad also called for the commentators making such remarks to be banned.Hussain had called a few Indian cricketers “donkeys in the field” during the T20 match played at Manchester.Michael Vaughan then added fuel to the fire by saying there weren’t just two donkeys in the field, but four.But, what has hurt Indian sentiments most that Sanjay Manjrekar too joined in, cajoling Hussain to name the cricketers who he thought were donkeys on the field.last_img read more

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NBA Finals 2012 Summer Olympics Euro 2012 among what to watch this

While the summer is a time for jobs, internships and working on tans for many Ohio State students, it is also a great time in the world of sports. The summer of 2012 is no exception, with enough drama and intrigue to keep us glued to our televisions for the entirety of this shortened summer break. Here are a few things to watch for. Euro 2012 (June 8 – July 1) For the reader at home thinking, “There’s no way I’m wasting my time watching soccer,” I implore you to give Euro 2012 a chance. Aside from the World Cup, the UEFA European Football Championship best exemplifies why soccer is considered to be the beautiful game. The best European soccer players come together as 16 European countries compete for the Henri Delaunay Trophy. Spain won the previous tournament in 2008 and also won the World Cup in 2010. They hope to become the first country ever to win three consecutive major tournaments. NBA Finals The Eastern and Western Conference Finals will come to a close this week, with the winners of each moving on to the finals. Regardless of who advances between the Spurs and Thunder and the Celtics and Heat, we are in for an extremely interesting finale to the 2012 NBA season. The Spurs and Celtics are two aging franchises, led by hall-of-fame players past their primes, hoping to capture one final championship ring. The Thunder are the exact opposite, a group of young but talented players trying to begin their own dynasty. And of course there is the Miami Heat led by LeBron James – the team and the player that nearly everyone seems to hate. James is still seeking his first championship after famously predicting that the Heat would win not one, not two, not three, not four… NBA offseason The most exciting action in the NBA this summer might actually take place off the court. Though it is not receiving as much hype as summer 2010, in which James and Chris Bosh signed as free agents with the aforementioned Miami Heat, this NBA offseason is just as compelling. It all begins with the NBA Draft on June 28, where teams will try to turn around their failing franchises by selecting prospects from one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory. The real fun beings on July 11 when teams can start signing free agents. Will Dwight Howard finally be traded from the Orlando Magic? Where will All-Star point guard Deron Williams sign? What will the Lakers do with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum? These are just some of the questions that should be answered this summer. 2012 Summer Olympics (July 27 – August 12) Is there really anything better than the Olympics? For a few weeks the country pulls together to support our nation’s top athletes as they compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Whether you’re watching the men’s basketball team attempt to defend their gold medal or Michael Phelps swim at his final Olympics, the 26 different sports provide something for everyone to enjoy. read more

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