first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Farmer Attitudes Remain Positive as Planting Approaches Previous articleTrump Administration Reviewing Icahn RFS RequestNext articleGovernors Ask for Changes to Support Biofuels Production Gary Truitt SHARE Farmer Attitudes Remain Positive as Planting Approaches Facebook Twitter The Purdue/CME Barometer of Farmer Attitudes will be released  today and is expected to show continued optimism by the nation’s producers.  Judging by the large crowd and busy trade show at Commodity Classic last week, producers are upbeat about the coming year.  Despite lower prices and the tough financial shape many growers are in, the optimism remains high.Successful Farming reported that a number of growers they spoke with at Commodity Classic were very upbeat. Scott Wettstein, Lidgerwood, North Dakota says that, according to the stats given here at the Commodity Classic, farmers are all optimistic about the future of agriculture. “After the Presidential election and last year’s good crop, apparently has something to do with that. Personally, I’m optimistic that we are going to raise another nice crop like last year,” Wettstein says. “I’ve been saying this for three years, but I’m thinking there is going to be another opportunity to sell corn above breakeven. You have to be ready to jump on that.”Bob Huttes, a Roca, Nebraska, farmer who grows corn and soybeans, says, “Things are not good out there in farm country. Everyone that I know have cashflows that are suffering. It’s about as bad as I’ve ever seen it. I have farmed through some difficult livestock times, but we made it through somehow. And I’m hopeful for the future of agriculture.”Mark Westfall, a Woodstock, Ohio, farmer says that he has always noticed in his career that challenging economies can be looked at with optimism. “There is more opportunity in tough times than there is good times, if you are financially solid. During those good times, everybody is bidding against you to buy anything and everything,” Westfall says. “I’ve been farming for 47 years, and our biggest strides forward have been in really difficult times.” Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Mar 6, 2017 last_img read more


first_imgOne day, it’s my dream to open up a patisserie and chocolate shop in Australia. I’ve wanted to live there ever since I went with my family a few years ago.In the past, I have had a job in a food manufacturing, factory-like environment. But I only did this for a short while, because I really didn’t enjoy it that much. Although the workers are looked after well, I don’t like doing the same thing every day. I want to be more creative and use my baking skills to the maximum. I want to learn new things every day and then have the chance to put what I’ve learnt into practice.At the moment, I’m studying an NVQ Level 1 in Bakery at Tameside College in Manchester. Here we make a variety of bread buns, Continental bread, baguettes, white loaves, brown loaves and croissants. We also make a lot of morning goods and pastries as well as decorate cakes and create chocolate and confectionery items.After I finish the course, if I don’t get to Australia and open my own shop, then I would love to go into teaching.I get on really well with my bakery tutors, particularly Lorna Jones. I think that she has a great job, which she enjoys very much, and I think that I’d enjoy teaching too.I’ve had a number of jobs, but there’s nothing I’d rather do than be a baker. While I’m at college, I also have a job as a shop assistant during the weekend. Recently I was involved in, and won, a California Raisins competition, with two other students in my class. We were so proud.For a while, we had to stay late every evening in the college to make sure that we had the winning recipes. We also had to undertake practice runs so that we could make our chosen bakery products without any hiccups, as the competition was live.We are so excited because, as our prize, we won a trip to Switzerland to the Richemont School. It’s an amazing opportunity and we really can’t wait.What I’m looking forward to the most, is seeing how things are done out there, as I think this will change my style of baking and increase my skills. It will also look fantastic on my CV, when I start applying for bakery jobs, because I will have trained with the prestigious Richemont School, which is thought of as being one of the best in the world.Before I enter the industry – and take on Australia – I would like to progress on to aLevel 3 NVQ Bakery programme. By that time, I will have had a lot more training and gained more experience. nlast_img read more


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:India’s annual electricity generation from coal-fired utilities fell in 2019 for the first time in a decade, government data showed, amid a broader economic slowdown and increased use of renewable energy.India is the second largest consumer, importer and producer of coal behind China. The world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter consumed nearly 1 billion tonnes of the fuel in 2018/19, with utilities accounting for over three-quarters of the total demand.While greater adoption of renewable energy contributed to lower output from coal-fired utilities, weak economic growth added to a slowdown in overall demand for electricity, economists say.Analysts and power sector executives say the fall in annual coal-fired generation was a blip and largely due to a broader economic slowdown.“It is very much an aberration now, but it’s a portent to what is inevitably going to happen in 5-10 years,” Tim Buckley, director of Energy Finance Studies, at the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, in Australia, told Reuters on the sidelines of Coaltrans India conference.Electricity generation from coal-fired utilities fell about 2.5% to 965.53 billion units in 2019, an analysis of fuel-wise electricity generation data by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) showed. Solar energy output rose by over a quarter while wind energy generation rose 5%, the data showed. The contribution of solar and wind energy to India’s overall energy generation rose to 8.8%, more than double their share of 3.6% in 2015.[Sudarshan Varadhan]More: India’s annual coal power output falls for first time in a decade Coal-fired electricity generation in India fell in 2019 for the first time in 10 yearslast_img read more


first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 71 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews Environmental Health Department holds one day workshop for officers by: – February 29, 2012 Share Officers in the Environmental Health Department are currently engaged in a one day workshop geared at enhancing their skills pertaining to court procedures and documents.Chief Environmental Officer, Anthony Scotland. Photo credit: The workshop is being held in collaboration with the police department and the Environmental Health Office in Dominica.Chief Environmental Health Officer Anthony Scotland told the official opening ceremony on Wednesday morning that he is not satisfied with the manner in which his officers operate especially when they deal with court matters.“I am not happy with the way the law is being enforced. The truth is it is not being enforced. We have had situations where matters go to court and nothing is clear. Either the information or the date is not properly reported or some persons don’t know what their roles are. They need to know how to prepare summons and documents for the court and we are not satisfied with the work and the output of the officers. We still see people violating the law and we want to let them know that we have legislation as part of our functions,” he said.He said the components of legislation being critical to the work we have been doing. “We want to ensure that there is uniformity of action in order to prevent error of judgment or improper motives on the part of the officers,” he said.According to Scotland enforcement of laws in Dominica are inadequate, despite education on the matter.Scotland told the workshop that attention has been placed on noise, air and river pollutions.“Littering and food safety is a major concern. Some food handlers are not following the procedure they need to follow in terms of how they present themselves as food handles. People in the workplaces are not adhering to certain regulations. Even when they are given protective gears they are not wearing it,” he explained.He said at the end of the workshop he expects the participants to be better able to enforce the laws governing the environmental health department.“They will also be aware of what are their roles and functions. They must know the proper way of filling the statutory notice books, how to prepare statements and how to properly record complaints,” Scotland concluded.The workshop ends at 5 o’clock today.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


first_imgArsenal’s careless defending wasn’t the only frustration for Wenger, who felt Arsenal were wrongly denied an equaliser when Alexandre Lacazette’s strike was ruled out for offside.Replays showed the officials got the decision correct, but that didn’t stop Wenger saying: “We were unlucky. I think we scored a regular goal that was given offside and it wasn’t offside. It’s a very easy decision.“It’s a difficult defeat to swallow. We had chances. We should have won the game comfortably.”After coming from behind to beat Leicester 4-3 in their season opener, this was a far less battling performance from Arsenal and Wenger admitted the loss was a big blow.“It was difficult to get the fluency. We tried but we couldn’t find the goal. There was lack of anticipation in the box with the second ball,” he said.“To lose a game like that is disappointing You don’t want to lose games that you should win.”Share on: WhatsApp Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger blasted Arsenal’s defenders for their sloppy display as Stoke stunned the Gunners with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.Wenger’s side crashed to their first Premier League defeat of the season thanks to Jese Rodriguez’s 47th minute strike at the bet365 Stadium.Jese was allowed to gallop into the penalty area unchecked and Arsenal boss Wenger couldn’t hide his disappointment.“It was frustrating getting caught cold for the goal. Defensively there is no excuse. We gave them a cheap goal,” Wenger fumed.“We knew it was important not to make a defensive mistake. But we came out straight after half-time, were too sluggish and paid for it.“We gave them too much freedom in the middle. I was not convinced by our central defence today.”last_img read more


first_imgLONG BRANCH – The David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center will host the 8th Annual David S. Zocchi Memorial Golf Outing on Monday, Oct. 7 at the Manasquan River Golf Club.The event benefits the family support programs offered by the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center, including Camp Jinka and Brainstorm, as well as national advocacy efforts.Camp Jinka is a free summer program offered to kids and teens whose lives have been impacted by the diagnosis of a brain tumor. The camp offers creative activities while encouraging expression and connection with others having a similar life experience. Brainstorm is a dialogue and education program designed to teach brain tumor patients, caregivers and supporters about the condition while providing them with the tools necessary to navigate the many challenges they will face.David S. Zocchi battled brain cancer for nearly six years before passing away in 2005. The David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center in the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center opened in 2007. It is the first hospital in central and southern New Jersey dedicated to providing a full spectrum of comprehensive services to treat benign and malignant tumors originating in the brain and spinal cord, as well as neurological complications of cancer that has spread to other regions of the body.In addition to offering cutting-edge and specialized treatment, the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center offers support programs for patients, caregivers and families of patients who are undergoing treatment for central nervous system (CNS) cancers or who have suffered loss of a loved one.Check in for the golf outing begins at 10:30 a.m. with tee-off at noon. Tickets are $350 for an individual golfer and include green fees, carts, prizes, lunch and a cocktail reception with dinner. Non-golfers, who wish to show their support, can purchase tickets for the cocktail reception and dinner for $100 per person.The Manasquan River Golf Club is located at 843 Riverview Drive in Brielle.Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. For more information or to register, visit www.zocchigolf.org.last_img read more


first_imgThe LAPD will step up scrutiny of racial profiling allegations made against any of its officers after criticism that the previous practice was too lax. Under new rules adopted Tuesday by the Police Commission, two commanding officers will review allegations that a suspect was targeted because of race. In addition, the officer’s prior performance can be considered part of the official investigation. Previously, allegations of racial profiling were reviewed by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau without any formal protocol. “This represents a significant achievement over what we had,” Police Commissioner John Mack said. Two months ago, the LAPD also rolled out a $5 million program to install dashboard videocameras in 300 cars to monitor police treatment of suspects. Under the federal consent degree implemented after the Rampart corruption scandal, the LAPD was ordered to determine whether its officers engage in racial profiling. After spending millions of dollars on systems to document the race of suspects and reasons for traffic stops, an independent inquiry found the information inconclusive. “We are going to look at this extremely closely,” said Cmdr. James Voge, head of LAPD’s Internal Affairs. “It’s a difficult allegation to prove. You have to prove what was in the officer’s mind – and that’s very difficult to prove.” Despite dozens of complaints from the community, the LAPD has never ruled that an officer engaged in racial profiling, stopping a suspect based solely on race. But civil rights attorneys have argued that the LAPD definition of profiling is too narrow. It does not take into consideration, for example, whether minority and white suspects are treated differently or are more likely to be targeted for criminal conduct. “More thorough investigations are important to make sure that racial profiling is taken seriously,” said Peter Bibring, an attorney for the ACLU of Southern California. But he said the department still fails to aggressively root out the problem. [email protected] (818) 713-3741 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSOCCER: No one knows if Yallop will be back next month for a barnstorming tour. By Billy Witz STAFF WRITER After a season-ending loss to Chicago knocked them out of a playoff berth on Sunday, the Galaxy met for about an hour Tuesday morning. Then many of them packed up and headed out of town until late next week, when they’re to begin practicing for a four-game, four-nation barnstorming tour with David Beckham. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But when they return, will Frank Yallop be with them? A day after telling his players during a team meeting that his job is in jeopardy, the Galaxy coach said he hasn’t heard from Galaxy president Alexi Lalas or anyone else in the organization about whether he’ll be back next season. “I’ve heard nothing from anybody,” Yallop said Wednesday. “In the next week or so, we’ll talk about planning for next year, so I’ll get a better idea of what (Lalas) is feeling. If people think I’m a bad coach and have coached this team badly, they can say that. “But I feel that not all the results were down to coaching.” Lalas declined an interview request, a team spokesman explaining that he wouldn’t have answers to reporters’ questions until next week. The spokesman for AEG president Tim Leiweke, who manages the companies’ sports enterprises and led the signing of Beckham to a five-year, $32.5 million contract, did not respond to an interview request. Yallop won two MLS Cups in San Jose and was respected for his work with the Canadian national team, but in his 1 seasons in Los Angeles he’s missed the playoffs twice – the only times in franchise history – and like many in the organization appeared overwhelmed at times by Beckham’s arrival. Speculation has swirled around Yallop’s job status since Beckham arrived in mid-July to a floundering club that was derided by one English paper as a good pub side. In August, one report had him set to be fired and replaced by former German national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who has worked as a consultant for the Galaxy, served as an advisor to AEG in designing the Home Depot Center and lives in Huntington Beach. A month ago, the Times of London reported that AEG was approaching former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho with an offer to take over the team. “There’s all kinds of rumors going around right now,” Galaxy defender Ante Jazic said Tuesday upon exiting the meeting. “It’s hard to know what’s really happening.” One popular rumor is that Yallop will return to San Jose, which was granted an expansion franchise to replace the club that moved to Houston a year ago. Yallop sidestepped whether he’d want to return to San Jose. “I need to wait and see what L.A. says to me,” Yallop said. “Until I hear different, I’m the coach of the Galaxy, so I’m not going to comment on that.” The Galaxy players, coaches and a few staff members – but not Lalas – met Tuesday to discuss the upcoming trips to Minneapolis, Vancouver, Sydney, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand. Instead it turned into an open forum on what went wrong this season, with Yallop and many of the veterans – including Beckham, team captain Landon Donovan and goalkeeper Joe Cannon – speaking out. “Frank made it really clear how he felt,” according to one player, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “He made it clear he wasn’t comfortable. “In San Jose, when he won, he felt comfortable making decisions he felt good about. This season, there was a lot of pressure with David getting minutes. It was tough on him. If he plays him, he gets a lot of (flak). If he doesn’t, everyone is asking why he didn’t play him. “Basically, he was venting. He said, `My job is on the line.’ He promised to do better if he got the chance.” Team chemistry was also a subject that was addressed. Cliques developed within the team – mostly along the lines of age – and some felt like it affected the team’s play, especially when so many new faces were thrown into the lineup. Beckham asked how he could do better as far as interacting with his teammates. “He made himself vulnerable,” the player said. When Beckham was signed in January, it was with expectations of the Galaxy becoming a club whose name – and merchandise – would be known world-wide. But the Galaxy won just three MLS games in the 3 months before Beckham’s arrival. Then, with a back-loaded schedule that included three coast-to-coast flights in three weeks, injuries began to pile up – including Beckham’s sprained knee, which along with an ankle injury allowed him to play just two complete games. A late-season five-game winning streak, the club’s longest since 1998, put the Galaxy back in playoff contention until they fell to Chicago, 1-0, in the season finale. While the season took its toll on Yallop – he erupted into a profanity-laced answer when asked after one loss about his team’s injury troubles – he always had the public support of many of his players. Donovan and Chris Klein were among those who publicly lobbied for Yallop to stay on. “I’m the type of person who doesn’t worry about what anybody else thinks. I know if I’m doing a good job,” Yallop said. “You could have hired Jose Mourinho and he wouldn’t have done any different. “You can work with the tons of injuries and the schedule and all the things. He’s a fantastic coach, but in the circumstances, I don’t think anybody would have done differently. At one point, you’re just chucking guys on the field and hoping to get a result. We never felt like we really had a chance to have a breath until the end.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgThe shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle on Sunday afternoon not only rocked the entertainment industry, it send shock waves shuddering into the world of professional sports. Hussle, 33, was shot at his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles, according to the Washington Post. In addition to his music, he was engaged in the Los Angeles community. He clearly connected on an emotional level with athletes.One of those athletes is the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, shown in the video below purporting …last_img read more


first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#search#web sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Mobile startup Aloqa launched earlier this week at the MobileBeat conference, revealing their innovative interface for location-aware search. Their new application proactively seeks out nearby businesses, services, events, and even Facebook friends and presents them to you in a colorful yet streamlined interface. The app essentially lists everything that’s nearby – with no need for you to perform map-based searches or launch a browser. Instead, all you have to do is look at your phone. Mobile Search Should be “Push,” Not Pull The concept behind Aloqa’s app offers a unique vision for mobile search that’s quite different from how most people use their phones today. Currently, if you’re looking for nearby restaurants, for example, you would first launch a mobile mapping application like Google Maps, let it locate you, and then perform a search for “restaurants.” Once the results loaded, you could tap on the various pushpins to see the info about restaurants nearby, including names, phone numbers, and addresses. In Aloqa, however, that same search would be much simpler. In fact, it wouldn’t be a search at all. Instead, you would just tap on the icon for restaurants and immediately see a list of those nearby. When you see the one you want (oh look, there’s sushi!), a second tap will display a window where you can choose to go to the business’s web site, display the location on a map, call the business, or send the info to a friend. This same sort of functionality can be used for anything from restaurants to retail stores to gas stations and ATMs. It can also help you find events that may spark your interest, like a nearby concert for instance. Location-Aware Facebook Friend Finder One of the even more interesting functions in Aloqa is its ability to find your nearby Facebook friends. Instead of building an entirely separate mobile social network like mobile social networks Loopt and Brightkite have done, Aloqa lets you invite your Facebook friends to share their location with you on the “Aloqa Buzz” channel. Then, when you and your friends are in proximity to each other, you’ll be able to chat with each other via the mobile application. Although this still isn’t the ideal solution for making Facebook a true mobile social network (nothing short of a location-aware mobile Facebook app would really do that), it comes very close. All you have to do is convince your friends to accept the invite. About the PlatformIn addition to proactively monitoring your location, Aloqa can also send out “push notifications” based on your own preferences for the types of alerts and levels of intrusiveness you want. For example, you can choose to receive a text-based alert when you walk past a nearby store offering a mobile coupon or you could receive a phone call when an important event occurs – like when your child leaves a pre-configured safety zone. Surprisingly, Aloqa doesn’t exclusively use GPS technology to deliver its location-aware information. If your phone doesn’t have a GPS chip, then Aloqa will use cell towers or Wi-Fi to determine your relative position. Not only is this data “accurate enough,” explains Aloqa CEO (and ex-Googler) Sanjeev Agrawal in an interview with VentureBeat, it’s less of a drain on battery life, too. Where to Get ItCurrently Aloqa is available only on the Android platform in beta form. Over the coming weeks, the app will be made available for other phones, too. Stay tuned to this company’s news – this is one app you’re going to want to try. last_img read more