St Kitts and Nevis Patriots banking on Chris Gayle

first_img POSSIBLE CAPTAIN Richard Berridge, chief operating officer of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, says that Chris Gayle can carry the team to glory in next season’s Hero Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament. Although he would not speak on reasons for Gayle’s move, Berridge describes it as a big boost to the team, having struggled in its previous two seasons in the competition. “He is probably the best T20 player in the world,” he says. “Just having him penciled into your line-up is a great bonus, and we all know what he’s capable of. “His stats say it all. We have high expectations and we know Chris is a hard worker, an excellent cricketer, and an excellent leader. He’ll bring a lot of value to our franchise in and out of cricket.” The Patriots are expecting corporate entities to want to align themselves with the franchise as Gayle is seen as someone who can attract what Berridge describes as “huge commercial deals”. He is also expected to create a boost in ticket sales at Warner Park, where the team plays its home matches. “Having a player like him on board will only help us to increase the exposure of our franchise internationally,” Berridge says. This leadership Berridge speaks of means that he is already being considered for the role of team captain, although he says it is still dependent on other experienced players the Patriots will look to bring in during the draft early next year. “He would possibly be our captain. It hasn’t been confirmed. When we select the rest of the team, it more than likely will be him,” Berridge says. No other names have been confirmed to join Gayle as yet, but the Patriots say they are hoping and expecting to make more signings of a similar quality. “We will, where we think we need them, whether it’s an all-rounder, bowler, or a batsman, we have another player that we can sign at the second level, which we’re currently deciding on, ” Berridge says. “We have a few slots that are going to be open in the draft and we have a few guys that are going to be retained – some valuable players who we want to continue to work with.” He expects the entire league to benefit from the transfer, as he sees more moves being triggered as a result, with not only the Tallawahs trying to replace him, but other teams looking to make signings. This is to ensure they do not get left behind in terms of competitiveness. Berridge says Jamaican fans, who he thinks will be obviously disappointed to lose a player of Gayle’s quality, should still support him as the tournament is about franchises, rather than nationality. This means fans should feel open to supporting whichever team they wish in the competition, because of the players they like, rather than the countries they [the fans] live in or were born in.last_img read more

Charlotte Hornets overcome injuries to rout Orlando Magic

first_imgAaron Gordon scored 14 points and Nikola Vucevic had 12, but he did not play after leaving the court with a knee injury late in the third quarter. Mo Bamba had 12 rebounds in 18 minutes for the Magic, who opened a six-game trip by having a two-game winning streak snapped.Orlando led 14-4 in the opening minutes, but the Hornets answered with a 20-4 run over the next 4 ½ minutes. Charlotte’s first-quarter lead reached 36-23 after a dunk by Monk.Walker found Monk open in the corner for a 3-pointer as the first half clock expired, giving the Hornets a 63-53 lead.Marvin Williams, Willy Hernangomez and Devonte Graham added 10 points apiece for the Hornets.The Hornets got a boost off the bench from rookie guard Graham, who scored all his points in the third quarter, helping the Hornets extend their lead to 95-77 through three.TIP-INSMagic: D.J. Augustin (sprained right ankle) and Jonathan Simmons (sprained left ankle) did not play. Jerian Grant started in place of Augustin. . With the score tied at 18, Jonathan Isaac missed a breakaway dunk. The Hornets took their first lead on the next possession on Lamb’s runner and never trailed again.Hornets: Lamb played nine minutes and finished with nine points and hit all four of his shots. . Zeller also had six rebounds in 24 minutes.CLIFFORD RETURNSClifford’s Charlotte teams went 196-214 and made two playoff appearances. His first visit back came one day after the Magic’s 109-107 home win over Detroit, though, so it left little time to reminisce. Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker smiles while watching a free throw during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. The Hornets won 125-100. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Even after losing two starters to injury, Charlotte coach James Borrego had reason to be encouraged.The Hornets’ 125-100 victory Monday night, their franchise-record 13th straight win over the Magic, included the kind of team play the first-year coach has been seeking.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “As you know, I loved my time here,” Clifford said before the game. “These back-to-backs man, it’s so hectic. We got here last night, I was up early, watched tape all day and just walked in here. So this wasn’t one of those trips where there was really much time to think about anything.”BOTH SIDES OF THE STREAKOddly, Clifford now finds himself on the other side of the Hornets’ 13-game win streak against the Magic. Instead of trying to add to it, he’d now like to end it.“I always felt like we played some of our best games, and I never thought it was a matchup or anything, but it’s something we have to figure out, obviously,” he said.UP NEXTMagic: Visit Bulls Wednesday.Hornets: Host Dallas Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Scandal and justice: #MeToo reached the sports world in 2018center_img LATEST STORIES “If nothing else worked, I would give it up,” he said. “But it was working tonight, so I’m just going to try to keep doing that.”Cody Zeller added 14 points in 24 minutes before fracturing a bone in his right hand in the third quarter. He will miss an unspecified amount of time, pending further evaluation.“I feel bad for Cody because he’s having such a great year, a big year for us,” Borrego said. “It’s just an unfortunate break for him.”Jeremy Lamb strained his right hamstring in the first quarter and also did not return.The Hornets improved to 18-18 with their second win in three games.ADVERTISEMENT “I think there was an unselfish spirit out there,” Borrego said. “It started with the first group. The second group came in, and they kept it moving. I felt, for the most part for 48 minutes, it was a very complete, unselfish ball-movement game.”Kemba Walker scored 24 points in just 27 minutes. He had 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half and did not play in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMalik Monk added 21 points as the Hornets put six players in double figures in the easy victory over the Magic and Steve Clifford, who coached Charlotte for five seasons.It was Monk’s fourth 20-point game in 32 appearances this season, after he had five all of last year. Monk said he wants to bring energy off the bench and “attack, attack, attack.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

Huskies salvage 7-6 win in opener

first_imgFort St. John Assistant Coach Jeremy Clothier, in his first game behind the Huskies bench, admitted his team’s effort was not where it should have been, but also praised the desire of his top line, particularly Cody Kalb.[asset|aid=1911|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bf6a7352b8e57cc299652fa5732f27d3-Jeremy-cody_1_Pub.mp3]The drama didn’t end at the final whistle, however.  As the horn sounded, and both teams headed on to the ice to congratulate their respective goaltenders, the referee assigned game misconducts to Huskies coach Bob Kalb, and Dawson Creek player Lorne Weaver, effectively banning them from the next game. Kalb’s post-game reaction will remain off-the-record.After dominating Dawson Creek in the preseason, the Huskies certainly didn’t play as well as they could have on opening night, and Clothier admits it all started in their own zone. [asset|aid=1912|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bf6a7352b8e57cc299652fa5732f27d3-Jeremy-breakouts_1_Pub.mp3]But, while the Huskies may have overlooked their opponents, credit certainly belongs to the Jr. Canucks, who brought a far superior effort to what they had shown in the preseason.  Rookie head-coach Mike Lazinchuk was disappointed to lose a late lead, but felt his team is moving in the right direction. [asset|aid=1913|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bf6a7352b8e57cc299652fa5732f27d3-Lazinchuk-improving_1_Pub.mp3]The Huskies take on the Sexsmith Vipers on Saturday night at the NPA, a game Clothier says his team will be prepared for. “You’ll see a different team tomorrow” he says, adding “We’ll go hard the full game.”Advertisement After shelling the Jr. Canucks in the preseason, the Huskies may have taken them a little bit lightly in the opening game of the regular season.The Huskies dug themselves a hole on Friday night, and had to rely on some of their high-end talent to bail them out.Dawson Creek opened the scoring, when John-Wayne Howes buried a sharp-angle shot past Ty Gullickson.  Before the first period was out, Dylan Apsassin added a short-handed marker, unlikely to be his only one of the season.- Advertisement -Just 22 seconds into the second, Ewan Weaver gave Dawson Creek another lead, when he missed the net, but found a rebound off the end-boards, and shoveled it home before Gullickson could recover.  4 minutes into the second, Cody Kalb dangled his way through the Jr. Canucks zone, to retie the game.  It was a tough night for Gullickson, who made some strong saves, including a post-to-post beauty early in the third.  But, he also let in six goals, and took a ten-minute misconduct for removing his mask trying to dispute one of the second period goals.  Oddly, Cash Brinkworth was forced to serve the penalty.  With Payden Wongstedt and promising rookie Ryan Stickel both out of the lineup, Brinkworth’s absence made life difficult for an already stretched FSJ defence.  Jesse Disher ate a lot of minutes on the night, and proved one of the best players for the Huskies.With the pendulum continuing to swing, Robbie Sidhu soon gave the Huskies a lead,.  But again the Huskies would let off.  John-Wayne Howes soon notched his second of the game, sending the teams into the dressing rooms tied 3-3 after 40 minutes.Early in the third, D.C. would again take the lead, on a Cole Calliou marker.   Cody Kalb scored his second of the game 3 minutes into the third.   With Jesse Disher serving a tripping penalty, Dawson would regain the lead again on a Tyson Keen powerplay goal.  Reid Smith gave the Jr. Canucks a little breathing room just a minute later.Advertisement And finally, with the high-expectations staring them in the face, the Huskies would awake from their slumber.  Ty McLeod gave them the opportunity they needed, when he was served 2+10 for a hitting-to-the-head penalty.  Tyson Pederson fired a point shot past Cody Garnett to get the pups within one.Cody Kalb made it an opening-night hat-trick, when he tipped a Disher point shot past Garnett to tie the game.   And, with just a minute and a half remaining, Kalb’s final drive to the net was denied, but his rebound banged home by Dan Pappin, to give the Huskies a late lead.They made it interesting, with a late penalty to Robbie Sidhu, but killed off the powerplay without any danger, and escaped with a narrow 7-6 win.It was a spectacular start to the season for 2008/2009 team MVP Cody Kalb, who says his team didn’t bear down enough early in the game, but remained confident a win was in the cards. [asset|aid=1910|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=bf6a7352b8e57cc299652fa5732f27d3-CodyK-confident_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal was again amongst the winners on Winning Streak last night.Housewife Mary McDaid didn’t get to spin the wheel but she managed to scoop a super €43,100.Mary, from Carndonagh, was joined by family and friends in the RTE studios. Those who joined Mary included husband Michael and son Michael John, who Marty gave a good rubbing to as he still lives at home – at 28!The mum of three also said hello to her daughter Sinead who is living in Canada and cannot get home for Christmas.She told host Marty Whelan that she planned to pay off a few bills and perhaps go on a holiday.Well that’s the ESB and phone bill paid for a few months now Mary!  DONEGAL MUM MARY SCOOPS €40K ON WINNING STREAK was last modified: December 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarndonaghMary mcDaidWinning Streaklast_img read more


first_imgA HOUSE in Newtowncunningham will go under the hammer this week – with a reserve price of just €49,000.The three-bedroom home at Coill Na Ros in the village will be put up for auction next Saturday.The 1200 square foot home also boasts an ensuite master bedroom. It will be auctioned by Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey with the only downside appearing to be the fact the central heating boiler has been removed from the property.It’s just the latest house to be sold off at rock bottom prices since the collapse of the building industry.The semi-detached home comes with a decent garden.Built in 2006, similar homes in the area once fetched €180,000 LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on HOUSE GOES UNDER THE HAMMER FOR JUST €49K was last modified: February 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHOUSE PRICESNewtowncunninghamlast_img read more


first_imgBundoran RNLI Lifeboat crewThe volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were paged by Malin Head Coast Guard this afternoon to a family of four who became trapped on rocks near Tullan Strand, Bundoran.A member of the public who heard the family calling for help phoned 112 to alert the Coast Guard who quickly paged the lifeboat at 17:49.Within minutes of the alert, the Bundoran lifeboat launched and was quickly on scene however the water was too shallow to bring the boat closer to the family. Shortly afterwards the Sligo based Rescue 118 helicopter who were also tasked, arrived on scene and commenced winching the family into the helicopter. The helicopter crew then winched the family onto the beach where they were met by members of the RNLI Shore Crew.Helm Dessie Daly said: “The situation may have been much worse had the member of the public not heard the shouts for help. We are thankful that they made the quick decision to call the emergency services and get us launched.’FAMILY TRAPPED ON ROCKS OFF BUNDORAN AIRLIFTED TO SAFETY was last modified: August 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundoranRNLIrockssafetySligo 118last_img read more

Darwin’s Tree Am-Bushed

first_imgDarwin’s Tree of Life looks more like a bush, evolutionists find in bird data; that inference is probably widespread.Jonathan Wells (Icons of Evolution, 2000) axed it 15 years ago, but it’s taking a long time to hit ground. Eight years ago, Eugene Koonin called it a “bush of life” (10/08/07). Was nobody paying attention? Why is it news now when Uppsala University says the Tree of Life is a Bush of Life?New species evolve whenever a lineage splits off into several. Because of this, the kinship between species is often described in terms of a ‘tree of life’, where every branch constitutes a species. Now, researchers at Uppsala University have found that evolution is more complex than this model would have it, and that the tree is actually more akin to a bush.The “bush of life” metaphor implies that common ancestry is a myth, or diversification is rapid, or both. Using data from the diversification of birds, the Uppsala researchers failed to find a tree: i.e., a branching, bifurcating pattern of ancestors and descendants.‘We can see that the very rapid rate at which various bird species started evolving once the dinosaurs went extinct, i.e. around 65 million years ago, meant that the genome failed to split into separate lineages during the process of speciation’, Hans Ellegren says.Now, it appears that to maintain the Darwinian picture requires believing in the lack of evidence. There’s a name for this lack: “incomplete lineage sorting” (ILS).This is because evolution moved quickly, and many species arose in quick succession. When this happens, different parts of the genome can tell disparate tales of the kinship between the new species. The phenomenon has previously been explained theoretically and is a result of the genetic variation passing from one species to another. If new species then continue to evolve quickly, random chance can end up determining which original genetic variants end up in each lineage. The phenomenon is called incomplete lineage sorting.But is it plausible to infer the following relationships?By using the jumping genes, or so-called retrotransposed elements, the Uppsala researchers have found that, for instance, a cuckoo can be more closely related to a hummingbird than a pigeon in a certain part of its genome, while the opposite holds true in another part. The study found numerous examples to corroborate the existence of the phenomenon.Maybe this is just a problem in the bird family tree. Is that so?This is one of the first cases in evolutionary research where researchers have been able to document and quantify incomplete lineage sorting far back in time. It is likely a far more common occurrence than previously thought.What does the original paper in PLoS Biology have to say?  Surprise; the same pattern exists in the mammal tree, and is probably widespread in many lineages.We conclude that Neoaves diversification is more complex than can be shown in fully bifurcating trees and exhibits a dynamic picture of ILS. The timing of the highly ILS-affected initial super-radiation coincides with the K-Pg extinction of nonavian dinosaurs and archaic birds, suggesting that the abrupt availability of ecological niches was followed by near-simultaneous population isolations via specializations and led to several network-like relationships. The subsequent, decelerated adaptive radiations of waterbirds and raptorial landbirds exhibit less ILS and likely took place after the K-Pg boundary. Interestingly, this time span is similar to placental mammal diversification, which was accompanied by localized and less pronounced ILS than shown here for Neoaves. Finally, and contrary to the expectation that complete genomes will permit full resolution of phylogenies, our genome-level analyses of rare genomic changes yield a broadly bifurcating species tree of Neoaves with local network-like reticulations that probably lie in the anomaly zone. Our study thus provides empirical evidence for a locally confined “hard” polytomy, and we predict that future genome-wide studies of ILS in other adaptive radiations will reveal further examples where a fully bifurcating, universal species tree is an oversimplification of the underlying complexity of speciation.In this conclusion, they do claim to see a “broadly bifurcating species tree” in birds; the bushy parts “probably lie in the anomaly zone.” That belief, however, relies on various assumptions and tree-building software techniques: e.g., that homoplasy (convergent evolution) was low, and that “bootstrap” support is valid (see excerpt after the commentary*). It doesn’t obviate the fact that maintaining faith in Darwin’s tree requires believing in a “large number of near-simultaneous speciation events of an ancestral species.” The “bushy” appearance is certainly one valid interpretation, they admit: “However, the high bootstrap support (>90%) for some alternative bifurcations could also mean that there are several comparably likely relationships, thus resembling a local network. ”Roland G. Roberts does his best to preserve evolutionary ancestry in his commentary on the paper in the same issue of PLoS Biology, but has to admit there are “intractable tangles” in the data. Taking the data at face value, “The prevalence of ILS in the bird phylogeny can be captured more accurately by representing it as a network rather than as a classic tree with simple sequential bifurcations,” he says. One problem with trying to maintain a tree interpretation is that it requires a huge amount of macroevolutionary innovation in a very short period of time. That’s why Casey Luskin at Evolution News & Views last year referred to the “bird explosion” as another challenge to neo-Darwinism downstream of the more famous Cambrian explosion.In the press release, two of the authors prefer the bush interpretation. They warn other phylogenists, “The more complex kinship patterns that result from this phenomenon [ILS] mean that the Tree of Life should often be understood as a Bush of Life.”Without a tree, Darwinism is dead. You can’t have multiple lineages appearing abruptly and simultaneously. You can’t have disparate groups sharing some similarities that imply one tree, but other traits that imply other trees. Casey Luskin at ENV explains why incomplete lineage sorting is used as an ad hoc, after-the-fact gimmick to maintain belief in common ancestry. Ann Gauger at ENV explains how evolutionists remove inconvenient convergences from the data set by fiat. So what do the data say, in the Cambrian explosion, the bird big bang, and all the other explosive episodes of novelty? William of Ockham would look at it and say, “creation” is the explanation.Rumor has it that Jonathan Wells is working on an update to his classic Icons of Evolution, showing more icons needing iconoclasm.____________________*Complexity of the Neoavian RadiationThe probability for the occurrence of ILS depends on Ne in relation to the time between consecutive speciation events [29,30], with Ne correlating positively and time negatively with the expected extent of ILS, respectively. The observed complex genealogical fates of ancestral RE insertion polymorphisms during the initial super-radiation (Fig 4D) therefore suggest that the onset of neoavian diversification was characterized by a large number of near-simultaneous speciation events of an ancestral species with large Ne. Considering the sheer amount of differing allelic combinations that are possible to result from stochastic sorting of ancestral biallelic genetic variation after up to 17 speciation events (Fig 4D), we hypothesize that such complex signals might overrule the underlying species tree-concordant signal, because the latter can be expected to occur rarely under the complex sorting scenario envisioned (cf. Figs 1A–1B and 3A). Considering all theoretically possible RE presence/absence patterns in a five-taxon tree (Fig 1C–1E), ILS across four speciation events requires allelic sorting in each of the descendant lineages, permitting 22 different character distributions that are discordant with the species tree (Fig 6A, S5 Table). Under the model of stochastic sorting of polymorphisms of RE presence/absence (Fig 6) or other types of biallelic variation (e.g., single nucleotides), the probability for the occurrence of hemiplasy surpasses 90% after an ILS duration of seven speciation events (Fig 6D, S5 Table). This may explain why the deepest neoavian bifurcations receive various alternative topologies in the different genome-scale sequence trees of Jarvis et al. [4] (Fig 5D). However, the high bootstrap support (>90%) for some alternative bifurcations could also mean that there are several comparably likely relationships, thus resembling a local network. Alternatively, Salichos & Rokas recently proposed that bootstrapping in phylogenomic analyses can lead to strong support for bifurcations even in the light of strong conflict [39]. Even if one of these genome-scale bifurcating trees reflects the actual neoavian species tree, the verification of such a phylogenetic hypothesis remains challenged by the underlying complex discordances. Finally, the nearly star-shaped topology of this super-radiation (Figs 4A and 5D) may reflect population complexity of the ancestral species, especially if the succession of population isolation during explosive speciation happened in disagreement with prior population structure [40,41].(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Community Builder: Uzendt Peters

first_imgPrincipal: Ithemba Institute of TechnologyWhy is Uzendt a Community Builder?For the most part, industry and education are two separate entities which never gather round a partnership table. As a teacher in a state school, Uzendt Peters knew that if skills-dependent industries wanted skilled labour, and his pupils wanted jobs, that industry had to be brought into the education field.Which is exactly what he did. He took a run-down old school in Soweto and converted it into the Ithemba Institute of Technology – a place where big business can have a hand in enabling skills development in their particular field.From helping with the curriculum to equipping the workshops with industry-relevant equipment, big business is making sure that skilled labour is coming out of Soweto.The remarkable thing about this project is that companies that are usually competitors in the marketplace are now working together for the development of skills in their particular sector.Uzendt has created an institute that teaches South Africa a very important lesson – that a private-public partnership can be used to solve the serious problem of skills in our country.In his own words .“The youth is the most important asset in this country. We need to invest in our youth, and that is what I hope my contribution can be.”Fast FactsBig business gets involved in school governance, upgrading workshops, developing the curriculum, and placing learners in the workplace.Ithemba is divided into three educational institutions: an FET school (Grade 10 – 12); an FET college teaching technical skills to graduates of the school; and a place which offers adult education in the evenings.Ithemba offers skills in welding, diesel mechanics, electrical engineering, fitting and turning, and hydraulics.The Sowetan has adopted Ithemba as part of the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Foundation’s youth and community development programmes portfolio.The institute is currently establishing an IT centre.How can I find out more?For more information, e-mail published on SAinfo on 22 August 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

Ryan Lee, Oct. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Harvest has been going pretty well. We had one of our best days ever yesterday for bean harvest in terms of getting acres covered. We have around 85% of our beans off and we are on track to have at least our second best bean yield ever. It is quite surprising, actually.We were aggressive about going after the frogeye leaf spot and I think that really helped. Yields in this area are generally pretty good. When coupled with the decision of our co-ops to store wheat, we are hearing about a couple of our local elevators being full or close to full. Some of them are pouring into corn space, which could make harvest interesting for the folks who depend on taking corn to town.We are worried about overage on our seed bean and specialty contracts. Seed size has been consistently large. The lowest yield we cut was about 42 bushels on the lower quality ground and we cut some beans over 70 bushels. If you would have told me that we’d have this kind of year with beans I’d have told you that you were crazy.I do not expect the same for corn based on the hand samples we have pulled. If things go right we could start on corn as early as Wednesday or Thursday. We have a great forecast. I think the corn will be pretty dry and we shouldn’t be limited by dryer capacity.Sometimes you feel more like machine than human when you are trying to press across all of these acres. I love planting and harvest but by the time we get done, I am ready to be done.It seems like when you have good yields, you don’t have time to savor them because you are so busy. When you have bad crops you have plenty of time to sit there and dwell on it.last_img read more

Commodity Classic kicks off in the California sun

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers from around the nation are gathering in Anaheim, Calif. this week for the 2018 Commodity Classic to find the answers, ideas, innovation, technology, equipment and expertise that can make a powerful difference on their farms while also setting policy for their national commodity organizations for 2018.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Visitors to this year’s Commodity Classic get to enjoy the event’s massive trade show and hear from speakers including U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the Hefty Brothers, the nation’s highest yielding farmers, and many other industry experts.Ty interviews Gene Baumgardner, chairman of the CornPAC Committee and a farmer from Ohio.Last night events kicked off with some committee meetings, state caucuses, issues briefings, and the National Corn Growers Association Corn PAC.“Money that we raise for the PAC will be used to promote agriculture and to get our word out as we educate legislators about the importance of agriculture and the importance of corn growers to help ensure the status of our industry in the United States,” said Gene Baumgardner, chairman of the NCGA CornPAC Committee and a farmer from Jeffersonville, Ohio. “PACs are the most highly-regulated giving form in Washington. Everything is out in the open, everything is on the up and up and we can only solicit from membership of NCGA. It takes a lot of money to accomplish what we need to accomplish when it comes to policies in D.C.”Much of the discussion among corn growers this week in Anaheim will be about the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and RINs, the mechanism put in place to move ethanol into the petroleum supply.“This very important part of the RFS is under fire as we speak,” Baumgardner said. “We have politicians that represent everybody in the Nation’s Capitol, including some that represent the petroleum industry pretty heavily and we have to protect our place in the marketplace. All we are asking for is a place to sell ethanol. We will let our products speak for themselves but we need to have access to the marketplace first.”Baumgardner admits that some of the conversations this week will not be as sunny as the Anaheim skies.“There is a lot of concern for our markets, a lot of concern for prices and there’s a lot of concern for our customers,” Baumgardner said. “We worry about milk prices, we worry about the price of poultry and eggs and the price of pork. When we have $6 corn and $12 soybeans life is pretty easy, now there is plenty to be concerned about in the countryside.”last_img read more