At the Bird’s Nest, it’s another Dibaba gold medal

first_img World titles BEIJING (AP): At the Bird’s Nest, it’s another Dibaba gold. Seven years after Tirunesh got a long-distance double at the Beijing Olympics, little sister Genzebe won her first gold medal at the same stadium at the World Championships – bringing her halfway to her own double. The Ethiopian sisters have the same languid, elegant stride, which packs a ferocious acceleration in the final stages of any middle and long-distance race. Genzebe proved that when she kicked for home halfway through the 1,500-metre final. No one could get on her shoulder again, and she even had time to punch the air four times and cross the line with a windmill motion, metres ahead of silver medallist Faith Kipyegon of Kenya. It all happened at the same Bird’s Nest venue where Tirunesh Dibaba had her 5,000-10,000 double at the 2008 Olympics. “I wanted to share this family experience,” Genzebe said. Tirunesh, now 30 and a mother of son Nathan, already has a standout record with three Olympic and five long-distance World titles to go along with five World cross-country titles, but the 24-year-old Genzebe is planning to close in fast. The younger sibling has two World indoor titles and two world cross-country titles on top of yesterday’s gold. And just this year, she set the World record in the 1,500. Not that Genzebe needs much sisterly help when her running is already so good, but when asked about the best advice she ever got from Tirunesh, the answer comes immediately. “Once you decide to go, you never stop,” Genzebe said. “My plan (was) to go at the 800.” Next up for Genzebe is Sunday’s 5,000 and a chance to make it double, just like her big sister.last_img read more

Mack shuts out Arcata in Big 5 clash

first_imgMcKenzie Gonsalves threw a complete-game shutout and the McKinelyville High softball team beat its Big 5 Conference rival Arcata 4-0 in the first of a 3-game series, Thursday afternoon at Arcata High.Gonsalves struck out six and walked two during her time on the mound, giving up no runs on three hits. Gonsalves also went 2-for-2 with two RBIs at the plate, scoring Lexi White on a single in the second inning and Jaycee Morais in the third off a sac-fly RBI.White had one hit in the win and …last_img read more

Something is not adding up with carryout and prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week last year versus this year:Corn futures:2017 — $3.702016 — $3.65Carryout2017 — 2.3 billion bushels2016 — 1.7 billion bushelsSomething doesn’t add up.Basis has continued to slide lower and lower. Values are about 20 cents less than last year at this time, possibly adjusting to the irrational futures prices.Another survey showed U.S. farmers plan to plant significantly more beans than corn in 2017. Acre estimates show corn and beans may be around 90.5 million each. If this happens, it would be a 4 million corn-acre reduction and a 6 million bean-acre increase.Many “experts” say farmers “love” to plant corn and these estimates just won’t happen. I don’t think these “experts” have run the numbers, because farmers can pretty much guarantee a profit growing beans, while corn is shaky. Corn on corn farmers may be in the red at current price levels.Personally, I think farmers will run the numbers and bean acres will increase next year. What does that mean for the markets going forward?That is the billion dollar question. Weather through the summer and then yield at harvest will have the biggest impact.While weather its unpredictable, widespread severe weather is unlikely. For instance, widespread severe droughts have only happened seven out of the last 30 years (22%).Similar to weather, widespread severely low yields are unlikely:66% — Corn yield is at or above trend line12% — Corn yield is slightly under trend line22% — Corn yield is significantly below trend line.If carryout and demand remain steady, the market may have some good upside potential if:Trend line yields with reduced corn acres would put carryout under 1.6 billion (lowest since 2013). This could mean $4.50 futures.Trend line yield with “expert” estimated acres would put carryout near 1.9 billion. This would make $4.50 more difficult without a major weather issue. What about beans?While South American production is still unknown, it looks favorable. The U.S. needs to plant over 87 million acres to maintain current stocks. A 90 million acre crop with trend line yields (i.e. 46 bushels per acre) would likely mean a small carryout increase and make a rally difficult.While bean prices will continue to be volatile, the corn/bean ratio will likely keep bean prices from falling too far. For example, if corn trades at $4.25 this fall, even with the lowest ratio in the last five years, beans would still trade above $8.Experts can try to predict the market, but no one knows for sure. Don’t get too caught up in all the talk. The experts don’t know what’s going to happen in the future any more than you do. All farmers can really do is have a marketing plan in place and price goals ready. I already have orders placed for 70% of my 2017 production. I always want the market to rally and when it does, I’ll take advantage. Bottom line, I want to be profitable every single year. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. 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Should Batt Insulation Be Outlawed?

first_imgI can’t blame the installers; they are just trying to make a living, and it’s not fun work. The insulation contractors get away with deficient work because most general contractors don’t call them on it, and on the rare occasion that they do have to come back and rework a job, they probably just absorb the costs (or make their installers redo it on their own time) and go back to doing the same poor-quality work on the next job. If installers were paid a fair wage to do a high-quality installation, we would have better-performing buildings and, ultimately, happier clients. But in an ever more competitive construction environment, this is not likely to become a mainstream practice anytime soon.Can we outlaw a product?In our free society, it is tough to make something illegal—unless, of course, it makes someone happy; then someone, somewhere, will definitely want to stop people from using it. So, if we can’t make fiberglass batts illegal, maybe we can limit their use to trained contractors whose work is supervised and inspected regularly, and who are held accountable for the quality. That would probably raise the installed cost of the product, likely to a level at or above the generally superior blown-in materials.I actually don’t have a problem with batts as a product, but as an installed system, they rarely make the grade. I realize that there are some high-quality installers who are capable of doing an excellent job, but they are few and far between. We get what we pay for, and when we only pay bottom dollar for fiberglass batts, we get the performance we deserve. Unfortunately, the person who suffers is the homeowner who usually doesn’t know any better. OC Installation Brochure.pdf A significant amount of my work these days is certifying homes under one or more of the available green building programs in my area, including EarthCraft House, LEED, and the National Green Building Standard. Recently, I have inspected several homes that were insulated with fiberglass batts, and, not surprisingly, the quality of the installation was dismal. What I saw could have been an instruction manual on how not to insulate a house. Batts were cut 2 to 3 inches wider than the stud spacing and crammed into the cavities. Not a single batt was split around a wire or pipe, nor were they cut around electrical boxes. Air barriers everywhere were missing. In most cases, the contractor used batts because the homeowners were unwilling to pay the extra cost of a blown-in product, and the contractor was unwilling to absorb the cost of the upgrade.What about just doing the job right?I have contended for a while now that even though fiberglass batts are definitely very cheap, like most things, you get what you pay for. Unfortunately, most insulation contractors pay their installers by the square foot, regardless of the quality, and they just blow through their jobs, cramming in batts as fast as they can, ignoring building codes and manufacturer’s instructions as they go. RELATED ARTICLES Batt Insulation is Still Making Me BattyInstalling Fiberglass RightGrading the Installation Quality of InsulationGBA Encyclopedia: Batt and Blanket Insulationlast_img read more

Navjot Singh Sidhu accepts invite for Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony as Pakistan PM

first_imgPunjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has said that he would be attending the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, slated for August 11Terming the invite by Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as a great honour for him, Mr. Sidhu said that he will accept the invitation.“It’s an honour and I accept the invitation. Men of genius are admired, men of power are feared, but men of character are trusted. Khan Sahab is a man of character and can be trusted,” Mr. Sidhu said in a statement.Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party had on Wednesday said it will send formal invitations to former Indian cricketers Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for the ceremony.last_img read more

Wright: Nothing to brag about just yet

first_img“We’re finding our identity. Whereas before, maybe a year ago, we didn’t have any. We were just another bottom-dwelling team,” said the guard, who accounted for 19 points in Phoenix’s latest conquest.Wright, who embraced the role of a franchise player by inking a three-year extension with the young PBA team, also had seven boards, seven assists, and five steals in the affair.“We’re still so far from where we should be,” he said.Wright’s words echo the sentiment of his coach, Louie Alas, who warned his squad against being satisfied with its current run, especially since the Fuel Masters yet have to face the league’s heavyweights.“I feel it in my bones that we’re going to be something special,” said Wright. “We just have to keep at it.”ADVERTISEMENT ANTIPOLO CITY—Phoenix has zoomed right to the top of the PBA Philippine Cup standings with its four consecutive victories. But gunner Matthew Wright said there’s no reason to celebrate.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town At least, not yet.“We haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t done anything worth bragging about. We haven’t won a playoff game yet,” the Filipino-Canadian marksman told the press shortly after the FuelMasters decimated Blackwater, 114-95, Friday night at Ynares Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe team’s recent strides, Wright said, is a testament to how much work the FuelMasters have put in.“We’ve been working our asses off. I feel like we’re jelling together,” he said. MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PVL kicks off new season with All-Star Game View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

French Open: Milos Raonic parts ways with coach Richard Krajicek

first_imgMilos Raonic and coach Richard Krajicek have decided to part ways after less than six months working together, the Canadian said in the wake of his exit from the French Open.The world number six did not win a title under the former Wimbledon champion, who was appointed in December, and progressed to the final in two of nine tournaments.Raonic lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round at Roland Garros on Sunday.”My coach, Richard Krajicek, and I have decided to part ways. This decision has been a mutual one,” Raonic said on his official Twitter account.”I would like to thank Richard for his help with my game, his dedication and professionalism. I wish him all the best.”Raonic, who has continued to work with long-time coach Riccardo Piatti, will aim to get his season back on track at the Aegon Championships in Birmingham, later this month.last_img read more

Plans to Revive Railway Passenger Service Advanced

first_img Plans by the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) to revive the railway passenger service are advanced. Plans by the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) to revive the railway passenger service are advanced.“We are in the last phase of completing an arrangement with a private consortium, which will take over 34 kilometres of our right of way and rails, improve and relay the tracks, buy their own engine and coaches, and maintain the equipment and tracks,” Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, announced.Additionally, he said the consortium will pay a royalty per passenger for the permit they will be provided by the JRC to undertake the operation.Minister Montague was making his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4.He noted that the service is expected to commence on the Montpelier to Catadupa leg in St. James as a tourist attraction, and eventually extended to Appleton in St. Elizabeth.“In addition, the stops along the route will have Jamaican businesses, hairdressers, vendors and craft people, all from the immediate community… no big chain stores,” Mr. Montague said.He added that these stakeholders are being facilitated because “we want to put life back into these communities”, while advising that “we are in the process of also identifying and training these people”.The Minister said repairs on buildings along the targeted routes to be utilised for various engagements will commence shortly, with a maintenance facility slated to be established in Montpelier.“They are now looking at starting a railway museum, food court, Kiddies Park, and other attractions, so that while we wait on the final approval from the agency, the people can benefit,” Mr. Montague further informed the House.Meanwhile, the Minister advised of plans by the Government to introduce a school train service from Old Harbour to Spanish Town and Spanish Town to Linstead in St. Catherine.“The technical requirements are here and the expertise is in-house. What we need is some funds and I am confident that when our discussions with the Ministry of Finance are complete, we will know if we will start one leg, then the next, or both at once,” Mr. Montague said.He added that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will provide buses on a special route, to sync with the trains.“The service will get our children off the streets of Spanish Town early, and it is safe and reliable. As we improve the roadways, people will buy more cars and, eventually, the gridlock on our roads will continue. That is why we are encouraging a proposal to provide an elevated light rail service in Kingston and Portmore,” he stated. Additionally, he said the consortium will pay a royalty per passenger for the permit they will be provided by the JRC to undertake the operation. Story Highlights “We are in the last phase of completing an arrangement with a private consortium, which will take over 34 kilometres of our right of way and rails, improve and relay the tracks, buy their own engine and coaches, and maintain the equipment and tracks,” Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, announced.last_img read more