Crusaders clinch Little 4 outright

first_imgIt was senior night at St. Bernard’s Friday, and appropriately it was the seniors who led the way as the Crusaders blew open a tight game in the third quarter on the way to a 58-40 victory over Hoopa Valley.The win gives the St. Bernard’s girls the Little 4 title outright, and earns them not just a bye in next week’s Dick Niclai Tournament, but also a guaranteed home game in the North Coast Section playoffs.“I’m really pleased with their response to Hoopa’s intensity,” St. Bernard’s coach …last_img read more

World Cup ‘to honour Mandela’

first_img12 February 2010President Jacob Zuma, delivering his State of the Nation address in Cape Town on Thursday, called on South Africans to make the 2010 Fifa World Cup a success in honour of Nelson Mandela.Speaking during the opening of Parliament, Zuma said Mandela was central in assisting the country to win the rights to host this great event.Mandela was part of the delegation that presented South Africa’s bid to the Fifa executive, and was present on 15 May 2004 when Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced that South Africa had won the bid to host the World Cup.“We therefore have to make the World Cup a huge success in his honour,” Zuma said.Quoting from Mandela’s historic speech at the Rivonia treason trial, Zuma said all South Africans should recommit themselves to reconciliation, national unity, non-racialism and building a better future together.“Let us work together to make this year of action a successful one for our country.”World Cup: everything on trackWith under 120 days to go before the World Cup kicks off, Zuma said everything was on track for a successful event.“We have spent many years planning for this World Cup … The infrastructure, security and logistics arrangements are in place to ensure a successful tournament.”South Africans should get behind the national team, Bafana Bafana, but most important of all they should buy tickets now to attend the games, he said.The fourth round of ticket sales started this week, with over 400 000 tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. The sale will run for 58 days and end on 7 April.Fans can apply for the tickets on www.fifa.com/2010 or (South African residents only) at FNB branches.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Dairy farm economics not adding up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It has happened to every farmer.The production numbers are plugged into the calculator, and double-checked, but they just do not seem to be adding up quite right on the short side of profitability.These days many dairy producers are drinking a couple of extra glasses of milk to calm their nerves and enjoying an additional scoop of ice cream to take their minds off of the unpleasant budget realities on the farm.Lou Brown of New Bremen has been crunching the numbers on his dairy farm and does not like the numbers he is seeing.“We’re at $13 milk right now on our 275-cow herd with a 70-pound average. That is 19,250 pounds of milk a day. That is 192.50 hundredweights at $13 that comes to $2,502.50 a day in the value of the milk. At $7 a day per cow with 275 cows, that comes to $1,925 a day for my feed bill. That leaves me with $577 to pay all of the other expenses. If I had one hired person full time I would need 40 more cows to justify that one person,” Brown said. “My price goal to average over five years is $20 a hundredweight. Two years ago it was $26, but feed costs were higher then. The milk price actually went down to $9 in 2009, which has been the low in the last eight years.”At $10 per hundredweight it is $57,750 a month in income. At $15 milk, it is $86,625 in monthly income and at $20 it is $115,500 a month in income.“That milk price makes a huge difference in gross revenue for us,” Brown said. “You’re constantly on a price roller coaster.”The farm (like many others) has implemented numerous long-term strategies to handle the inevitable economic tough times inherent in production agriculture. Brownhaven Farm is all family labor. The Brown family has been on the land since 1959 when Lou’s parents bought it. It is now run by Lou, his brother, and Lou’s son.“We started with two cows and by the 70s we were up to 80 cows,” he said. “Today we have grown to 280 cows  — all Holstein. Our wives and children help as well.”The vast majority of milk from Brownhaven Farm goes to nearby Dannon and is marketed through DFA.“I don’t really see a premium but I am only three or four miles away and it doesn’t make sense to truck it anywhere else,” Brown said.Dannon is a very valuable local market, but has been requiring increasingly stringent requirements in recent years based on various consumer and industry demands, each adding costs along the way. In addition, Brown’s 250-acre farm is in both the Grand Lake St. Marys Watershed and in the Lake Erie watershed, the two most regulated watersheds in the state. This regulation also brings with it extra costs and challenges in the form of manure management and cover crops.“We raise half our hay and all of our corn silage,” Brown said. “All of our corn silage ground gets cover crop on it. I grow no soybeans, just corn and hay. The best ground stays in corn. I use an oats and radish mix which winter kills. My cost for just the oat seed is $1,500 on 150 acres.“I get government funding for cost share on the cover crops, but I have to match all of their guidelines to qualify. They have a cost share program. You could do it on your own but you will have $3,500 to $4,000 to put cover crops on 150 acres. And some cover crops are twice that cost. If I didn’t have cost share, it would be much harder to make the decision to do that. Maybe I would only do half the farm verses the whole farm. What is the value of the organic matter I’m getting, the erosion I am stopping and the runoff I am preventing? It does definitely help the corn yield too. Cover crops may be worth $4,000 a year, very easily, but they are also an extra cost.”The liquid manure lagoon storage for the farm is adequate to hold enough to apply in the spring before planting.“The majority of the time we apply lagoon manure before we plant corn. We either use a Miller disk or field cultivator before and after manure application. We knife it in and go over it again and then plant corn,” Brown said. “They want us to work the ground before we apply the lagoon manure to disturb the soil so it doesn’t have a direct route to the tile. The only other fertility I add is liquid 28% — 10 gallons at planting and 40 gallons an acre sidedress.”The Browns get the rest of their cattle feed needs met through neighboring farms to help control costs.“All of the corn for grain is bought from neighbors and we grind it here on the farm. We have our own bean extruder as well. All the wheat straw for bedding is grown by neighbors too — for the last 10 years we have been buying from neighbors. It makes more sense to buy from the neighbors then to go and pay $10,000 or $12,000 an acre for more ground,” Brown said. “We use our own equipment and labor to harvest the neighbor’s crops. We harvest earlage, silage and grain for grinding. We do everything on the hay. Usually first cutting is chopped for haylage and the rest is in big squares. We try for five cuttings.“This last weekend we chopped 92 acres of rye which gave us 600 tons of extra feed valued at $15,000. We had a neighbor who decided to put it out as cover and he let us chop it. It gave him an extra cash crop and we provided all the labor.”These and other practices help keep costs down when milk prices drop. Major purchases are made carefully during good times.“We don’t change a lot when milk prices are low, but we keep close tabs on expenses. We try to put off buying more expensive $5,000 to $10,000 investments or higher. We fix more things instead of investing in new,” Brown said. “You have to set your priorities every day and look at your goals. You might make mistakes, but you hope that doesn’t happen. For a dairy farm, a mistake could be as simple as what if milk from a treated cow went into the bulk tank that day. That is a costly mistake. You have to be careful to avoid those when times are tight.“If you need to expand or improve, do it in small amounts. Don’t try to do it all in one year. Hopefully the smart managers saved back $2 a hundredweight when it was over $20 for now when things are low.”And, at least for the immediate future, milk prices look to stay low.“Historically it is a seven to eight year cycle but it is anybody’s guess with the global market the way it is today. Changes in China or Russia impact our farm,” Brown said. “Mother Nature will either have to throw in a drought or we’ll have to wait for the school year to start so the volume of fluid milk will go up again.”A big production bump in Europe has helped build up a large global milk supply, according to John Newton, the Senior Director of Economic Research for the National Milk Producers Federation.“It will take time for us to work through the global inventory and one way to do that is through lower prices to the consumer. In the European Union they just removed the quota system and we’ve seen milk production in Europe increase significantly in the last year into the global market place. In the U.S., we export 12% to 15% of our milk production every year and we are exposed to what is happening internationally,” Newton said. “Farm prices are set based on wholesale commodity prices. When wholesale prices of cheese, or butter, or milk powders decrease, so too does the farm gate milk price. In this case, we have seen powder prices decline quite a bit, close to a dollar a pound. We have seen a dramatic decline in milk price from the highs in 2014.”As milk producers feel the pinch of low prices, milk processors enjoy strong profits.“Processors make money on the down side because their input costs are declining, but when input prices increase, they cannot turn around and raise their retail prices dramatically. There is an ebb and flow. End users need consistency. Pizza chains don’t change the price of their pizza on the menu every week as cheese prices change. They try to have a fixed price menu item,” Newton said. “Farm gate prices come down and soon after the retail price will follow. There is some price transmission, but currently the farmer’s share of the retail dollar is lower than it was in recent years. We would expect to see that with lower input costs, it will drive processors to have lower prices at the consumer level. When prices decline, retailers can offer more promotional specials. You could see two for one cheeseburgers, for example, and you would sell twice as much cheese when the prices for cheese are low. Those things in turn will help the farmer’s price.”last_img read more

Google, Mozilla & Sunlight Announce Nationwide Government Data Hackathon

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Sunlight Foundation, in partnership with Google, Mozilla and Redhat, today announced a nation-wide weekend hackathon dedicated to coding projects that foster government transparency. Scheduled for December 12th and 13th and titled The Great American Hackathon, the network of events could lead to some really cool developments. Sunlight has some specific suggestions for projects developers might work on (see below) and lots of the unexpected is expected as well.You can help make it happen by signing up to host an event in your town. At least a few awesome things ought to come out of it. Check out the list of what’s been proposed so far.A tool for reporting online privacy violations to the FTC and simultaneously blowing the whistle to all your friends on your favorite social networks? That’s one cool idea. A tool for making Layar Augmented Reality endpoints easily in Django? People would eat that up. (And build projects like Sunlight’s AR Recovery.gov.) A Python wrapper for Sunlight’s competitor to Data.gov, the National Data Catolog API? A computer assisted researcher’s dream come true!What would you like to build or build with other participants in the Hackathon? This is nerdy stuff, too few people appreciate it, but someone just might build software so beneficial to the civic interest that a parade is in order. Maybe a parade in every town that hosts a hackathon. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

‘We did our best’: Macaraya positive despite Stags’ failed NCAA Finals bid

first_imgKeys to Victory: Lyceum-San Beda Finals series Read Next Macaraya, though, is keeping his optimism going forward knowing that everyone from this core will return next year.“Hopefully, everybody is healthy next year. We will continue the hard work and standard that we all agreed on. I know that we will have a bright future next year,” he said.Aside from Calisaan and David, also back in the fold next season will be guards Ryan Costelo, RK Ilagan, and Renzo Navarro, as well as swingman Allyn Bulanadi.Macaraya also expressed his elation with the outpour of support for his team.“We’re very happy that the San Sebastian community again is united and very supportive. That’s one of our goals and visions: to bring back the glory days of Baste and we’re one step in achieving it,” he said. “Hopefully, next year we can do better.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Golden Stags made it to the Final Four for the first time since Season 89 in 2013, marking its return in the post-season after the “Pinatubo Trio” era.However, that run was cut short after San Sebastian lost to San Beda, 71-76, on Tuesday in the final level of the stepladder semis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBehind the heroics of Michael Calisaan and Jayson David, the Golden Stags did everything they could to extend their season.Unfortunately, the odds just caught on San Sebastian, with the Red Lions making a living from the charity stripe as they shot 25-of-36 to the Golden Stags’ 3-of-6. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RK Ilagan weeps as San Sebastian bowed out of NCAA Season 93. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter San Sebastian bowed out of the Finals race, Stags coach Egay Macaraya is sticking to the positives in his team’s performance this past NCAA Season 93.“We have our heads up. We have nothing to be ashamed of because we did our best. It just so happened that we fell short,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

SA AusSquad Weekend

first_imgSome of Australia’s best coaches and players will be on hand to share their knowledge and skills with South Australia’s up-and-coming talent this weekend when Touch Football South Australia holds its AusSquad Junior Development weekend. Australian Men’s Open squad member, Stuart Brierty and Australian Women’s Open squad member, Leah Percy will be in attendance at the camp as will Australian 18’s Boys coach, Dave Nolan and Australian Women’s Open assistant coach, Karley Banks. South Australia’s 12’s, 15’s and 18’s Boys and Girls teams will be involved in the weekend, which will be great preparation for their respective national events later in the year – for the 18’s teams, the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships in September, and for the 12’s and 15’s, the School Sport Australia National Championships in October in Darwin. For more information about the weekend, please visit Touch Football South Australia’s website – www.touchsa.com.au. Related LinksSA AusSquad Weekendlast_img read more

10 months agoLuiz insists Chelsea in the title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Luiz insists Chelsea in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz insists they’re in the title race.Chelsea are fourth in the table ahead of their match against Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and go into the festive period looking to make it three league wins in a row.”Everybody knows the Premier League is so difficult, we have to think step by step,” the Brazil international told Sky Sports News.”Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow and we trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title not just for the top four.”It’s not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen.” last_img read more

DISNEYFOX DEAL PROMPTS HUMOROUS REACTIONS FROM RYAN REYNOLDS AND OTHER CELEBS

first_imgRyan Reynolds’ Deadpool is one of the many characters the Walt Disney Co. acquired in its landmark deal with 21st Century Fox. (Joe Lederer / Associated Press) Login/Register With: Walt Disney Co. finalized its acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox late Tuesday in a landmark deal that made Mickey Mouse and Bart Simpson corporate cousins.It’s finally official, my favourite Disney characters are Dana Scully and Ellen Ripley! #DisneyFoxDEAL pic.twitter.com/YXwKXf3Lte— Mizuno Takarai (@mizunotakarai) March 20, 2019 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Disney, which had already made high-priced acquisitions of Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar, spent a whopping $71.3 billion to add the Fox assets to its library. The giant media takeover included Fox’s movie and TV production studios and the rights to major properties including “Avatar,” “Modern Family” and the “Alien” and “Predator” franchises, among numerous others.Feels like the first day of ‘Pool. pic.twitter.com/QVy8fCxgqr— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 19, 2019 Advertisement The owner of ESPN and ABC also acquired the FX and National Geographic channels, a controlling stake in streaming service Hulu and Fox’s international television portfolio.Notably, the globally recognized brand also reunited the previously splintered Marvel library. Fox’s “Deadpool,” the “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” properties are now again owned by the same company that wields the rights to the “Avengers” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe they abide in. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Report Ohio State wide receiver Jalin Marshall to miss remainder of spring

The Ohio State football team has suffered another casualty.After losing sophomore safety Vonn Bell already this spring to an injured MCL, redshirt-freshman wide receiver Jalin Marshall can be added to the list of players out for the remainder of spring practice.According to a report by Bucknuts.com, Marshall is set to have surgery Friday morning to repair a torn meniscus and will miss the remainder of spring practice.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, junior tight end Jeff Heuerman and senior wide receiver Evan Spencer have not practiced since the beginning of spring. Miller is out with after having arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder, Heuerman has a broken nose and Spencer is rehabbing from a lower leg injury suffered in OSU’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl.After the first day of spring practice March 4, coach Urban Meyer noted he had seen an improvement in Marshall since he first walked on campus.“Jalin Marshall today, completely different football player than he was a year ago,” Meyer said. “Why? I put that on the coach. Let the kid go play. I saw what you saw, great looking dude, but he didn’t play great. Just go.”Marshall did not play for the Buckeyes in his first season in Columbus, despite coming in as a highly touted recruit out of high school. He was expected to compete for playing time next season, after the graduation of OSU’s leading wide receiver, Corey “Philly” Brown.Former Buckeye linebacker Ryan Shazier said before the Orange Bowl against Clemson he thought that Marshall was a player to watch for in the future.“Even some of those guys on offense like Jalin and (redshirt-freshman tight end) Marcus Baugh and guys like that,” Shazier said Dec. 13. “I feel like they’re going to do a really good job next year helping this team. They’ve been doing a great job on scout and even practices so just watching them in this bowl practice is going to be really key.”An OSU spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Wednesday.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2014 season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Series of crashes leaves one dead snarls traffic on I15

first_img September 30, 2018 Posted: September 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 1:50 PM ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – A series of crashes left a man dead on Interstate 15 north of Escondido, a CHP officer said in a statement late Saturday.The crash happened in the early morning hours of Saturday on northbound I-15 just before Gopher Canyon Road.At about 4:15 a.m., a Volkswagen Jetta rear-ended a Dodge Ram pickup, leaving the Jetta stopped partially in the center divider and partially in the left lane, CHP Officer Mark Latulippe said.About four minutes later, a Dodge Magnum traveling in the left lane clipped the Jetta, causing it to spin around, and ejecting the man driving the Jetta into the the third lane from the left.A Toyota Tacoma pickup then struck and killed the Jetta driver, Latulippe said. The victim was also struck by at least one more vehicle that left the scene.The dead man’s name was not immediately released.The male driver of the Dodge Ram and the female driver of the Dodge Magnum both sustained cuts and were taken to Palomar Medical Center, Latulippe said.All lanes of northbound I-15 were closed from the time of the crash until about 7:20 a.m., when the two right lanes were re-opened.  All lanes were opened at approximately 8:15 AM. center_img KUSI Newsroom Series of crashes leaves one dead, snarls traffic on I-15 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more