Update on the latest sports

first_imgTurner Sports says quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will join them for a two-on-two match to be aired on TNT sometime in May. Turner didn’t provide specifics concerning the exact date or location, only to say that tournament organizers would work with government and health officials to meet safety and health standards.Turner said all donations and fundraising from the match would benefit relief efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic.GOLF HALL OF FAME-MAXWELL BERNINGMaxwell Berning, winner of 3 US Opens, gets in Hall of FameUNDATED (AP) — Susie Maxwell Berning is the fourth and final person to be inducted next year in the World Golf Hall of Fame. April 23, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-RED SOX-SIGN STEALINGRed Sox stripped of pick, Cora banned in sign-stealing scamsNEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have escaped the heavy punishment doled out to the Houston Astros in their separate sign-stealing scandals. The Red Sox also announced that Ron Roenicke (REH’-neh-kee) is their new manager after giving him the job on an interim basis in March. He replaced Cora.NFL-NEWSTrade reunites Gronkowski with Brady in Tampa BayUNDATED (AP) — Rob Gronkowski has become an official member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The tight end will be catching passes from Tom Brady again after the New England Patriots agreed to send him to the Bucs, along with a seventh-round pick in this weekend’s draft. The Pats receive a fourth-round selection. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has stripped the Red Sox of their second-round pick in this year’s draft while also punishing former Boston skipper Alex Cora for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing maneuvers of 2017 and ‘18.Manfred concluded Red Sox replay system operator J.T. Watkins broke rules by using in-game video to revise sign sequences provided to players. According to Manfred, Watkins was a “key participant” in the 2017 Apple incident, when the Red Sox used a smartwatch to relay decoded signs from the replay room to the dugout.Watkins was suspended without pay through this year’s postseason and prohibited from serving as the replay room operator through 2021.Meanwhile, Cora has been suspended through the 2020 postseason for his previous conduct as bench coach with the Astros. Cora became manager of the Red Sox in 2018 and left the team during the winter.Manfred found Boston’s conduct far less egregious than that of the Astros, whom he determined used video to steal catchers’ signs during their run to the 2017 World Series title and again during the 2018 season. Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended through the 2020 postseason on Jan. 13 and Houston was fined $5 million, the maximum under the Major League Constitution. The Astros were penalized their next two first- and second-round amateur draft picks. Gronkowski earned four All-Pro selections in nine seasons while serving as one of Brady’s top targets at New England. Brady signed a two-year, $50 package with New England past month.The 31-year-old Gronkowski has one year and $10 million left on his contract. He comes out of retirement following a one-year absence.In other NFL news:— Giants defensive tackle Leonard Williams has signed his non-exclusive franchise tag. Williams will earn a salary in the 2020 season based on the average of the top five salaries from his position. The two sides can negotiate a long-term contract during the season. The Giants acquired Williams on Oct. 29 from the Jets for two draft choices.— The head of the NFL Players Association says the new collective bargaining agreement does not have a similar clause to one that allows the NBA to start cutting players’ pay in mid-May. Executive Director DeMaurice (deh-MOHR’-ihs) Smith said Wednesday on a call with reporters that the CBA with the NFL does not have a provision that would prevent someone from fulfilling a contract because of unforeseeable circumstances. The NBA is using that clause to begin taking a 25% chunk out of players’ checks starting May 15 for a league that shut down March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NFL began its new business year March 18. UNDATED (AP) — One of the most successful coaches in women’s basketball history has stepped down.Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw has abruptly retired after a Hall of Fame coaching career that includes 936 victories and two national championships in 33 seasons. The 64-year-old McGraw became the 13th woman inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame three years ago, one year before her second NCAA title.McGraw is one of five Division I men’s or women’s basketball coaches with at least 930 wins, nine Final Fours and multiple titles. She logged 842 over 24 seasons with the Irish.TENNIS-FEDERER-TOUR MERGERFederer wants ATP-WTA merger UNDATED (AP) — Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is bracing for the suspended NBA season not to resume, saying everyone is preparing for the worst-case scenario.If the season should resume, VanVleet says he isn’t convinced health concerns can be adequately addressed as long as the coronavirus pandemic remains a threat. He described himself as a skeptic in a conference call Wednesday and questioned whether a return to action could be carried out safely. VanVleet also said he doesn’t relish the idea of playing in front of empty arenas.In other virus-related developments:— Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego says he thinks some players could need “multiple weeks” to get back into true basketball shape if the NBA decides to return to action this season. The league hasn’t played games in nearly six weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Borrego says unlike when there was a lockout — and players gathered routinely for five-on-five pickup games in gyms — he knows some players who don’t have access to a court to work on basketball-specific drills.— Louisville has furloughed 45 athletic department staffers for at least 60 days and eliminated 40 other support positions in the latest budget moves resulting from shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Athletic director Vince Tyra also announced 4% pay cuts for staffers earning more than $100,000 in the next year, with those earning below that figure taking 2% salary cuts. The newest salary cuts do not include head coaches, senior staff or the AD, whose salaries were reduced 10% earlier this month. — The New Orleans Saints have canceled their offseason program because of the coronavirus shutdown and informed players they’ll not be required to report to club headquarters until training camp, whenever that may be. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said coach Sean Payton informed players of the decision today, adding that the club will remain in regular communication with players between now and the opening of training camp.— Percy Harvin is planning an NFL comeback, nearly four years after his last game. The former Florida star and first-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2009 expects to get invited to a training camp this season and show his 32-year-old body still has what it takes to be an elite playmaker. Harvin’s decision to resume his career comes after he underwent hip surgery last August. Doctors found a blockage he says may have been there since high school.— On Saturday, Brad Lang, a Marine veteran who lost both legs in an explosion while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011, will announce a draft pick for the Carolina Panthers. He was selected by the NFL to represent the new league that will play in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Kansas City, Missouri.  Then Lang will continue preparation for the wheelchair version of America’s most popular sport. Disabled Sports USA, with funding from the NFL and the Bob Woodruff Foundation, plans to launch a league in the fall.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NOTRE DAME-MCGRAWNotre Dame’s McGraw retires Chuck Christian said during a videoconferencing interview Wednesday that the late Dr. Robert Anderson gave him unnecessary rectal exams before he played for the Wolverines during the 1977-80 seasons. The 60-year-old Christian said he would have been quicker to seek cancer treatment if he wasn’t emotionally scarred by Anderson’s annual physicals.Christian is one of hundreds of University of Michigan graduates who allege that Anderson molested them under the guise that the abuse was a normal part of the physicals they had to get in order to participate in sports.GOLF-WOODS/MICKELSONWoods-Mickelson rematch to include Brady, ManningUNDATED (AP) — Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are primed for a made-for-TV rematch, and they’ll be paired with a pair of NFL rival quarterbacks. — The chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics is promising “transparency” with the Japanese public regarding the cost of postponing the games until next year. Neither the Japanese organizers nor the International Olympic Committee has said what it will cost to delay the Tokyo Games for one year. Early estimates in Japan range between $2 billion and $6 billion. CEO Toshiro Muto said it’s highly likely the expense will be higher than the original budget. He said the exact amount was unclear but promised to “proceed with transparency and explain to the taxpayers about the costs.”— The Berlin Marathon says the race cannot be held as planned in September because of new restrictions in the city related to the pandemic. City authorities have extended a ban on major events with more than 5,000 people until October 24. More than 62,000 people took part in the marathon last year.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOREx-Michigan tight end Chuck Christian says he was abusedANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The first former University of Michigan football player to publicly say that a team doctor abused him believes he would have sought medical help sooner for what has become stage 4 prostate cancer if he hadn’t been victimized in college. She won the U.S. Women’s Open three times in a six-year span. Only five other women have won at least three U.S. Women’s Open and all of them are in the Hall of Fame.Maxwell Berning won a fourth major at the Women’s Western Open. She had 11 career victories on the LPGA Tour while raising two daughters. She joins Tiger Woods, Marion Hollins and former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem in the 2021 induction class.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 UNDATED (AP) — Roger Federer is calling for the merger of the governing bodies for the men’s and women’s professional tennis tours, sparking a conversation among players and fans.The 20-time Grand Slam champion issued the notion in a series of tweets, saying it probably should have happened a long time ago and maybe now is really the time.Those giving support to the idea include rival Rafael Nadal and 12-time major singles champion Billie Jean King, who founded the WTA and has long said men and women should share one tour. Women’s tennis stars Simona Halep (HA’-lehp) and Garbiñe Muguruza (moo-gah-ROO’-thah) have also voiced their approval.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSHornets coach says players aren’t in game shapelast_img read more

Futsal action at the National Gymnasium

first_img… Indoor Kings’ Sparta Boss in tonight’s first quarter-finalDUBBED ‘Kings’ of the indoor format, Sparta Boss will oppose Future Stars, while Leopold Street battle Gold is Money, Rio All-Stars tackle Avocado Ballers and Bent Street engage Festival City tonight in the quarter-final section of the inaugural Dragon Stout Street-ball ‘Community Cup’ at the National Gymnasium.The respective teams advanced to the fina-eight section, following opening-night victories on Tuesday at the same venue in front of a sizeable crowd.According to a brief comment from the Dragon Stout Brand Manager Jamal Baird, “Despite the intermittent showers, an exciting and incident-free night of action occurred which boasted several upsets – a sign of the competitive nature of the event.“I want to thank all the fans and players who were present and I am expecting a scintillating quarter-final section, which will precede the-always captivating final night of play. This is the start of a wonderful project and I am very excited about the future.”Bent Street overcame Broad Street 3-2. William Europe bagged a double in the fourth and ninth minutes while Daniel Wilson netted in the 16th minute.On target for losers were Ryan Dowding and Akeem Sam in the seventh and 18th minute respectively.Similarly Leopold Street edged Ansa McAl 2-1. Darren Benjamin and Omallo Williams scored in the 15th and 17th minute respectively.For Ansa McAl, Mavlvis Alcala netted in the 14th minute.Likewise Future Stars squeaked past Albouystown 3-2. Jamal Cozier, Selwyn Williams and Dellon Kelly scored in the eighth, 13th and 16th minutes.For Albouystown, Moses Grittens and Andre Webber netted in the 14th and 18th respectively.Meanwhile, Gold is Money defeated Mocha 3-1. Jamal Pedro, Michael Pedro and Stephon McLean scored in the seventh, ninth and 15th minutes. For the losers, Amos Ramsay found the back of the net in the 18th minute.Rio All-Stars battled past Alexander Village 2-0. New recruit Trayon Bobb recorded a double in the eighth and 18th minutes.In other results, Avocado Ballers dismantled Sophia 5-1, while Festival City crushed North East La Penitence 4-1. Meanwhile Sparta Boss received a bye to the quarterfinal section.Winners of the tournament will pocket $300 000 and the championship trophy. On the other hand, the runners-up will collect $150 000.Meanwhile, the third- and fourth-place finishers will receive $75 000 and $50 000 respectively and the corresponding accolade. Below list the complete fixtures and results for the previous match day.Quarterfinal FixturesFestival City vs Bent St – 20:00hrsRio All-Stars vs Avocado Ballers – 20:30hrsLeopold Street vs Gold is Money – 21:00hrsSparta Boss vs Future Stars – 21:30hrslast_img read more

Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak remains open about Kobe Bryant’s workload

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Yet, the Lakers would like to develop their young roster. Among the headliners:Point guard D’Angelo Russell, whom the Lakers’ selected No. 2 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. “You rarely, even on bad teams, see 19-year-olds come in and live up to their draft status,” Kupchak said of Russell, who is not yet assured of a starting spot. “I’m hoping that as the season progresses, people will understand why he was drafted No. 2.”Combo guard Jordan Clarkson, who advanced from last year’s 46th pick to a member on the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team. “Am I ready to say that last year is not a fluke yet? He has to do it for two, three or four years in a row before I would really know,” Kupchak said. “But I would not be surprised if he builds off of what he did last year just with the way he approached last offseason.” Forward Julius Randle, who missed all but one game in his rookie season after fracturing a tibia in his right leg. “He wants to be successful and is willing to pay the price,” Kupchak said of Randle. “But once again, he’s played one game. He’s awful young, too. I’m not concerned with his being competitive or whether his body can withstand the rigors of the NBA. He has to figure out what his niche is.”Will Bryant become inclined to defer more to these young players? “I don’t think it’ll be any different than it has been in years past,” Kupchak said, smiling. “He’ll be 100 percent on board with the game plan. He’ll be patient, as patient as can be. There will be a point where if things aren’t going the way that he feels they should be going or the players aren’t producing or his instincts will kick in, I’m sure he’ll try to do as much as possible.” His presence immediately became noticeable. Kobe Bryant’s arrival at the Lakers’ practice facility earlier this week prompted teammates to stop their workouts and greet the Lakers’ star.So did Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who described Bryant “in great shape and great spirits” after spending the past eight months rehabbing his surgically repaired right shoulder. He played only 35 games last season. Bryant has since recovered enough to complete all basketball-related drills for the past six weeks leading up to training camp next Tuesday in Hawaii.“He takes care of himself and when he comes to camp, he’ll be ready,” Kupchak said. “But as far as what level of play and how many minutes and how will he play on the team remains to be seen.”• VIDEO: Kupchack on Kobe Bryantcenter_img Kupchak maintained “there hasn’t been any formal discussions” with Lakers coach Byron Scott, trainer Gary Vitti, Lakers President Jeanie Buss and Bryant on any minute restrictions, practice limitations or if he will sit in any of the team’s 17 sets of back-to-back games. Kupchak only sounded certain that Bryant would sit out in portions of the Lakers’ two-a-day sessions in training camp and that he may play more at small forward than shooting guard.Kupchak sounded aware Bryant played only 41 games in the past two years amid season-ending injuries to his left Achilles tendon (April 2013), left knee (December 2013) and right shoulder (January 2015).“It’s important for us to keep that in mind, see how he progresses and how he responds to training camp,” Kupchak said. “He’s earned the right to progress in training camp at a certain pace that works for him and works for us.”Still, Scott has said he hopes to play Bryant in the mid-20-minute range and rest him on back-to-back games after averaging 22.3 points last season on a career-low 37.3 percent shooting in 36.4 minutes. But Kupchak stayed adamant about Bryant remaining the Lakers’ No. 1 option entering his 20th and possibly last NBA season that will pay him $25 million.“That would be our assumption,” Kupchak said. “Assuming he’s ready to go, he’ll go full blast.”last_img read more

Eleven Donegal homes repossessed this year

first_imgEleven home repossessions were granted in Donegal courts in the first half of 2019, it has been revealed.Banks were given permission to repossess eleven houses, nine of which are family homes, in Donegal between January and July 2019.The details were released under the Freedom of Information Act, which showed that a further 24 repossession orders were granted in the High Court. 314 orders were granted across Ireland, with Kilkenny and Sligo being the only counties where banks did not get permission for repossessions.Eleven Donegal homes repossessed this year was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Photo library: Business and industry 15

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. Here a worker adjusts a machine which extrudes plastic and rubber components.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. Here a worker trims a plastic component.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. Here a worker operates a machine which extrudes rubber car mats.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. Here car headrests are being sewn together.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. The car headrests will be filled with expanding foam that gives them their shape.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. The car headrests will be filled with expanding foam that gives them their shape.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. A sheet of laminated carpeting material is heated up, then put into a press, which compresses and shapes it to the shape of the floor of the car into which it will be fitted. Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. A sheet of laminated carpeting material is heated up, then put into a press, which compresses and shapes it to the shape of the floor of the car into which it will be fitted. Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image EEastern Cape province: Acoustex, a company based at the Coega Industrial Development Zone, makes sound-dampening components for cars. A sheet of laminated carpeting material is heated up, then put into a press, which compresses and shapes it to the shape of the floor of the car into which it will be fitted. Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageBUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 15: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

SA’s new crime-fighting TV show

first_img“We are confident that this partnership will yield tremendous results as we fight crime together with communities.” Mthethwa said that improving the safety of people in their homes, communities, places of work and entertainment would lead to a better quality of life for all South Africans. “Crime undermines our efforts aimed at defeating poverty, even as poverty contributes in various ways in creating conditions that breed crime,” the minister said. 13 October 2009 The SABC said it was pleased to continue to be part of helping the police to combat crime. “This also provides the public broadcaster with a platform to execute its role as a watchdog for the South African community,” said South African Broadcasting Corporation acting CEO Gab Mampone. Better quality of life A total of 300 episodes of Police File have been screened since 2003. Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said the true measure of success would be based on how When Duty Calls contributed to the decrease in crime, and not just in the number of viewers. “It should become a beacon of hope to vulnerable persons who have not seen their loved ones, while instilling fear in criminals. This is the kind of reflection we would like to see,” he said.center_img Beacon of hope When Duty Calls builds on the success of Police File, a former programme that yielded impressive results in finding missing persons and locating and arresting criminals. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has launched When Duty Calls, a new television programme that gives information on wanted and missing persons and urges the public to come forward with information about crimes. National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele hoped the nation would respond to the programme. “As the police, our fundamental role is to maintain, restore public order, serve and protect our communities in our operations of fiercely fighting and combating crime,” he said. “In addition, the programme will provide the public with feedback on police crime investigation successes,” Mthethwa said at the launch of the programme in Krugersdorp in Gauteng’s West Rand last week. Source: BuaNews When Duty Calls started its weekly, Mondays at 6pm broadcast on SABC 2this week.last_img read more

New library to be opened in Northern Cape

first_imgKwaito star and Play Your Part ambassador, Kabelo Mabalane, will be in the Northern Cape to unveil a new school library Shout SA had built. (Image: Shout SA)Play Your Part, the Brand South Africa campaign that promotes active citizenship, will be in the Northern Cape next week to open up a library in an underprivileged school.TT Lekalake Primary School in the village of Bathlaros near Kuruman will receive the library, which was built by non-governmental organisation Shout SA. The activation comes in time for the new school year. Play Your Part aims to motivate and inspire learners by creating excitement around reading and the importance of education.Shout SA was founded in 2007 by singer Danny K and kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane, both of whom will be in Kuruman for the library opening, to find ways of making the country safer for all. Now, the NGO is focusing on education for children.The new Shout SA song, Smile, encourages children to get educated, and particularly to read. The campaign, centred on the song, is looking to build up to 10 libraries in schools around the country. Funds for the libraries come from the online sales of the song. So far, the NGO has garnered enough money to build three school libraries.Watch the music video:Smile was written by Mi Casa, Mabalane and Danny K and produced by Danny K. It features a host of top local musicians, celebrities and influencers lending their talents to the track and accompanying music video.Brand South Africa has worked with Shout SA previously and the calibre of its artists has helped drive awareness of Play Your Part.The activation is part of Play Your Part’s second phase of its awareness campaign, which aims to bring the programme to the attention of all South Africans. The first phase was the television series, which ran on SABC 2 in 2014. Mabalane is a Play Your Part ambassador and hosted the series.ABOUT SHOUT SOUTH AFRICAShout SA is known for bringing South Africans together to play their part in moving the country forward since its launch in 2007. For the past eight years the organisation has been hard at work using the funds raised from its first two tracks, Shout and You’re the Voice, to help fight crime by donating to a variety of crime-focused NGOs and initiatives.Smile is available as a full track download. SMS the word “Smile” to 40388 to donate R20 to get the track.Take a look behind the scenes at the video shoot:For more information, visit the Shout SA website or visit Shout’s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.Join Shout SA co-founder and Play Your Part ambassador Danny K @dannykmusic for a live Twitter chat about how we can all play our part to boost education in South Africa on Wednesday 27 January at 11am. #EducateSA #PlayYourPartAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Will the wheat acre decrease impact spring planting intentions?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA’s December 2015 survey of Winter Wheat Seedings, released on January 12, revealed that producers seeded only 36.609 million acres of winter wheat last fall. That estimate is 2.852 million acres less than seedings of a year earlier, 28.938 million acres less than the record seedings of 1981, the smallest area seeded since 2010, and the second smallest area seeded since 1913. The reduction in seedings points to a potential decline in winter wheat production in 2016. Production, however, will be determined by the actual level of seedings, the magnitude of harvested acreage, and the U.S. average yield.Seedings of hard red winter (HRW) wheat for harvest in 2016 are estimated at 26.5 million acres, 9% less than seeded last year. Fewer acres were seeded in all the major HRW wheat producing states, with record low acreage reported in Nebraska. Estimated seedings declined by 700,000 acres in Kansas and Texas and 400,000 acres in Oklahoma. Seedings of soft red winter wheat (SRW) are estimated at 6.72 million acres, down 5% from seedings of a year ago. Seedings increased in most of the SRW wheat producing states in the Corn Belt, but declined substantially in the Southeast.In contrast, seedings of white winter wheat are estimated at about 3.43 million acres, 1% more than the area seeded last year.The final estimate of winter wheat seedings often differs from the estimate generated by the December survey. In the 10 years from 2006 through 2015, for example, the final estimate exceeded the estimate released in January five times and was less than the January estimate five times. The largest negative deviation (actual less than the January estimate) in those 10 years was 991,000 acres in 2015, while the largest positive deviation was1.41million acres in 2013. The average negative deviation during that 10-year period was about equal to the average positive deviation, suggesting that the December survey provides an unbiased estimate of actual planted acreage. Based on the experience of the past 10 years, it seems very likely that the final estimate of winter wheat seedings for harvest in 2016 will be well below the seedings for 2015.In addition to deviations between estimated and actual seedings, the relationship between planted and harvested area of winter wheat has also varied from year to year. In recent history, the difference between planted and harvested area of winter wheat has ranged from 5.4 million acres (2010) to 12 million acres (2002). The difference was 7.2 million acres in 2015. Over the past 10 years, harvested acreage as a percentage of planted acreage has ranged from 75.5% (2013) to 85.5% (2008) and averaged 80.6%. The ratio was 81.7% in 2015.Finally, the U.S. average yield of winter wheat varies considerably. In the previous 10 years, for example, that average has ranged from 41.6 bushels (2006) to 47.3 bushels (2013). The average yield in 2015 was 42.5 bushels per acre, near the low end of recent experience. Odds would seem to favor a higher average yield in 2016. Based on actual average yields for the 30-year period from 1986 through 2015, the trend yield for 2016 is 47 bushels per acre.Assuming that winter wheat seedings are actually near the January estimate of 36.609 million acres, that 80.6% of the planted acreage is harvested (29.507 million acres), and the average yield is near the trend value of 47 bushels per acre, the 2016 crop would total 1.387 billion bushels. Production at that level would be 17 million bushels larger than the 2015 crop.Obviously, actual production could differ substantially from the projected level based on current calculations. The biggest factor will be weather conditions that determine the average yield of the winter wheat crop. There is always uncertainty about weather conditions, but expectations that the strong El Niño event will diminish into the spring of the year increases the level of uncertainty. Based on similar conditions historically, the greater risk for unfavorable weather conditions appears to be for the summer months, after the winter wheat crop is harvested. The next estimate of winter wheat seedings will be available with the USDA’s Prospective Plantings report to be released on March 31.The Prospective Plantings report will provide important information for spring planted crops as well. The sharp decline in winter wheat seedings has stirred some debate about how planting decisions for spring planted crops will be influenced if crop prices remain low. Some argue that the decline in winter wheat seedings is an indication that producers will idle some crop acreage in 2016 as a result of low prices while others suggest that the reduction in winter wheat acres opens the door for increased acreage of spring planted crops.last_img read more

Evaluating your grain storage system

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Evaluating how well their grain system handles the harvest season and what improvements may be needed is one of the most important steps farmers can take to help prepare for next year. GSI Conditioning Applications Manager Gary Woodruff has some recommendations for monitoring your grain storage set up in this conversation with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins.last_img

LeBron James becomes seventh to reach 30,000 career points

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Serena Williams returning to competition for US Fed Cup team Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said “thank you so much.”James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots and scores over San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in San Antonio. The score allowed James to reach the 30,000 milestone for his career. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA’s 30,000-point club.James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more