Klay Thompson might become a ‘Warrior for life’ after agreeing to max deal

first_imgEven if they lost Kevin Durant, the Warriors still made a splash in free agency. It involved a familiar star player that is often referred to as one of the “Splash Brothers.” The Warriors and Klay Thompson officially agreed to a five-year, $190 million max deal after free agency began on Sunday. The New York Times first reported the news.It is not immediately clear why the Warriors and Thompson did not agree to the … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Continue reading

St. Bernard’s, Del Norte to travel for NorCal Regional games

first_imgThere’s no better time to be playing high school football than in December.It is the month where state champions are crowned.Both St. Bernard’s and Del Norte, winners of North Coast Section title games over the weekend, will get the opportunity to advance to a state championship game on Friday when both teams take part in NorCal Regional playoff games — the de facto semifinal-round of the state playoffs.St. Bernard’s (10-3) will face East Nicolaus (12-1) in the Division 6-AA bowl game at …last_img read more

Continue reading

SA-manufactured wagons for Botswana

first_img The Botswana Railways deal follows the successful execution of 200 wagons supplied to mining giant Rio Tinto in Mozambique. It involved the development of twon new prototype car-transport wagons with adjustable hydraulic top decks. SAinfo reporter 13 December 2012 Transnet’s delivery of 100 salt wagons from its manufacturing plant in the Eastern Cape to Botswana Railways forms part of the state company’s plan to accelerate sales of heavy equipment to the rest of Africa, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Tuesday. The partnership between Transnet and Botswana Railways signalled “the beginning of the new approach to intra-regional cooperation to drive Africa’s economy”, Gigaba said at an event to mark the completion of the first batch of wagons at its plant in Uitenhage. The delivery forms part of an initial 260-wagon order for specialised wagons to transport bulk chemical grade salt from Sua Pan in Botswana to Sasol’s factories in South Africa. Botswana Rail has ordered 562 wagons, all of which are being designed, engineered and produced at the manufacturing plant in Uitenhage. The Uitenhage plant is one of the largest wagon refurbishment and new-build plants in Africa, employing about 1 500 people.‘Exploiting significant engineering capacity’ “We will exploit Transnet Rail Engineering’s significant capacity and competence with regards to heavy engineering, especially in rail and port equipment manufacturing to drive Africa’s industrialisation and therefore economic growth,” he said. Transnet also has manufacturing plants in Koedoespoort in Pretoria for locomotives, Salt River in the Western Cape for coaches, wheels and other rolling stock components, and Bloemfontein in the Free State. “In line with Transnet’s commitment to the development of local supplier and supporting industries and the government’s economic and developmental objectives, the company – through its competitive supplier development programme – sources most raw materials and components to manufacture the wagons locally,” Transnet said. “If not, these are built in-house.” It is through partnerships such as the one with Botswana Railways that Transnet Rail Engineering is planning to increase its sales to external parties, Gigaba said. As a way of meeting this target, Gigaba developed an Africa Strategy to guide state-owned companies such as Transnet, South African Airways, Eskom and Denel. Targetted by the strategy are Angola, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania, among others.last_img read more

Continue reading

The case for looking at the ARC-IC (ARC-Individual) Program option

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Carl Zulauf and Ben Brown, Ohio State University, and Gary Schnitkey, Krista Swanson, Jonathan Coppess, and Nick Paulson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ARC-IC (Agriculture Risk Coverage – Individual) has received less attention than ARC-CO (ARC – County) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage). ARC-IC is operationally more complex, thus harder to explain and understand. It pays on only 65% of program base acres while ARC-CO and PLC pay on 85% of base acres. Nevertheless, ARC-IC is worth considering if an FSA farm has one or more of the appropriate production attributes. These attributes include (1) 100% prevent plant acres on a FSA farm, (2) high year-to-year production variability, (3) much higher farm than ARC-CO and PLC yields, and/or (4) acres planted to fruits and vegetables. The prevent plant attribute is more relevant than normal in 2019. ARC-IC overviewARC-IC is a whole farm program option based on the average experience of all covered program commodities planted on the ARC-IC farm.ARC-IC applies to all base acres of all covered commodities on an ARC-IC farm. It is not elected on a commodity-by-commodity basis.An ARC-IC farm is the sum of a producer’s share in all FSA farms he/she enrolls in ARC-IC in a state.All payment entities on an FSA farm must elect to enroll in ARC-IC.ARC-IC makes a payment if average actual revenue/acre of all covered commodities planted on the ARC-IC farm is less than 86% of the ARC-IC farm’s average benchmark revenue/acre.Revenue/acre for a covered commodity and year is (ARC-IC farm yield times US market year price).ARC-IC farm benchmark revenue/acre equals the sum of the 5-year Olympic average revenue/acre for each covered commodity weighted by current year acres planted to a covered commodity.ARC-IC actual revenue/acre equals the sum of actual revenue/acre for each covered commodity that was planted weighted by current year acres planted to a covered commodity.Payment is made on 65% of total base acres on an ARC-IC farm times ARC-IC payment/acre.Payment/acre is capped at 10% of the ARC-IC farm benchmark revenue/acre.NOTE: Payment depends on program commodities that are planted.NOTE: Prevent plant acres are included in ARC-IC revenue calculations ONLY IF 100% of an ARC-IC farm’s initially reported covered commodities are approved as prevent plant.NOTE: Only initially planted covered commodity and approved double crop acres are included in the revenue calculations. Any subsequently planted crops are not included in the calculations. When ARC-IC should be consideredA farm production attribute must compensate for ARC-IC’s fewer payment acres (65% vs. 85% of base acres for ARC-CO and PLC). Such attributes include:(1) All of an ARC-IC farm’s initially planted covered commodities are approved as prevent plant. Current year revenue is zero since production is zero, resulting in a payment/acre equal to the payment cap of 10% of ARC-IC benchmark revenue/acre. In contrast, if any acre is planted to any covered commodity, payment is based on revenue/acre for the planted acre(s). Given the prevalence of prevent plant acres in 2019, examples are provided below. To underscore the key point, payment in this situation requires the ARC-IC farm has prevent plant for all covered program commodities on all base acres.(2) Production is highly variable from year to year on the ARC-IC farm. High variability increases the likelihood of ARC-IC payment. High variability is most likely when1 crop is grown and 1 FSA farm makes up the ARC-IC farm. ARC-IC averages across crops and FSA farms. Variability declines as more than 1 crop is grown and/or more than 1 FSA farm makes up the ARC-IC farm.(3) ARC-IC benchmark yield is (much) higher than ARC-CO benchmark yield and PLC farm payment yield. Assuming 1 covered commodity and same percent payment rate for both ARC programs, ARC-IC benchmark yield needs to be more than 30% higher than the county benchmark yield for ARC-IC to pay more than ARC-CO. Other situations result in different breakeven yields.(4) Fruits and vegetables (other than mung beans and pulse crops) or wild rice are planted on a FSA farm. Payment base acres are 65% for ARC-IC vs. 85% for ARC-CO and PLC. Non-payment acres are the remaining base acres: 35% for ARC-IC vs. 15% for ARC-CO and PLC. Payment is reduced if fruits and vegetables (other than mung beans and pulse crops) or wild rice are planted on more than the non-payment acres. ARC-IC has more acres that can be planted to fruits and vegetables (other than mung beans and pulse crops) or wild rice without losing program payments. Note, base acres on the FSA farm are not altered in this situation. ARC-IC Examples – role of prevent plant – OverviewAn ARC-IC farm with all yield information needed to calculate the ARC-IC benchmark revenue is assumed. This information plus the US market year average price for crop years 2013-2017 and 2019 are in the top half of each table of values for each example. The farm has 100 acres of cropland and program base, both composed of 60 acres of corn and 40 acres of soybeans.Calculation of the ARC-IC benchmark revenue is a 3-step process. In step 1, per acre revenue is calculated for each covered commodity (corn and soybeans in this case) for each of the 5 years in the benchmark calculation window. In step 2, the Olympic average revenue per acre is calculated. An Olympic average removes the high and low value before calculating the average of the remaining values. For the example ARC-IC farm, the Olympic average revenue is $605 for corn and $475 for soybeans. In step 3, the Olympic average revenues are weighted by the acres planted in the current year (2019 in this case) to covered commodities to determine an ARC-IC farm average revenue per acre. This calculation for the example ARC-IC farm is: (($605*60) + ($475*40)) / (60+40), or an ARC-IC benchmark revenue of $553 / acre. ARC-IC Example 1 – no prevent plant acresActual revenue / acre is $631 (166 bushels / acre times $3.80 / bushel) for corn and $423 (47 bushels / acre times $9.00 / bushel) for soybeans (see Table 1). These individual crop values are weighted by acres planted to each covered commodity, resulting in an actual revenue / acre for the ARC-IC farm of $548 (($631*60) + ($423*40)) / (60+40). Since actual revenue of $548 / acre exceeds the ARC-IC coverage revenue of $476 / acre (86% ARC-IC coverage level times benchmark revenue of $553 / acre), ARC-IC makes no payment. ARC-IC Example 2 – some prevent plant acresThis example has 20 acres of corn prevent plant acres and lower 2019 yields. Actual revenue / acre is $570 (150 bushels / acre times $3.80 / bushel) for corn and $378 (42 bushels / acre times $9.00 / bushel) for soybeans. These individual crop values are weighted by acres planted to each program commodity, resulting in an actual revenue / acre for the ARC-IC farm of $522 (($570*60) + ($378*20)) / (60+20). Only 80 acres is used in calculating actual ARC-IC revenue. The 20 prevent plant acres are not included in calculating ARC-IC actual revenue. Since actual revenue of $522 / acre exceeds ARC-IC coverage revenue of $493 / acre (86% ARC-IC coverage level times benchmark revenue of $573 / acre), ARC-IC makes no payment. ARC-IC benchmark revenue and coverage revenue is higher in Example 2 than Example 1. The reason is the combined impact on the weighted averages of (a) higher revenue per acre for corn than soybeans and (b) fewer acres planted to soybeans (20, not 40). ARC-IC Example 3 – all prevent plant acresThis example has no planted acres, with all initial planted covered commodity acres approved for prevent plant. Actual revenue / acre is $0 since no initial covered commodity is planted. Because no acres are planted to covered program commodities and all acres of initial planted covered commodities are approved as prevent plant, a benchmark revenue exists. It equals the benchmark revenue in example 1 ($553 / acre). ARC-IC makes a payment since actual revenue of $0 / acre is less than the ARC-IC coverage revenue of $476 / acre (86% ARC-IC coverage level times benchmark revenue of $553 / acre). Payment is however capped at 10% of the benchmark revenue, or $55 per base acre ($553 times 10%). Total ARC-IC payment is $5,500 ($55 per base acre times 100 base acres). Summary observationsCrop program choice rests on the production attributes of an FSA farm.ARC-IC may be worth considering more often than commonly thought.Farm production attributes which make ARC-IC potentially attractive include:100% of program base acres on a FSA farm are prevent plant acres,high production variability from year to year on a FSA farm,much higher farm than county or PLC yields on a FSA farm, andfruits and vegetables are planted on a FSA farm.If prevent plant is the production attribute of interest, all covered commodity acres on the ARC-IC farm must be prevent plant for ARC-IC to make a payment.If high production variability is the production attribute of interest, ARC-IC is more attractive if only 1 FSA farm in a state with only 1 program commodity is elected into ARC-IC. ARC-IC pays on the average experience across all program crops on all FSA farms in the ARC-IC farm. Averaging across multiple crops and FSA farms usually reduces variability and thus payment probability.Program sign up is for 2019 and 2020. Expected payments in both years need to be considered for ARC-IC, ARC-CO, and PLC. It is highly possible that the program with the highest expected payment will differ for 2019 and 2020, especially if ARC-IC has the highest expected payment for one year.This article is not an argument for electing ARC-IC. It is an argument for not dismissing ARC-IC without thinking about the individual FSA farm production attributes.last_img read more

Continue reading

Impressions of Ecuador

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img For the last year and a half, my son Moses has been serving in the Peace Corps in Ecuador. He teaches English at a high school in Cañar, a town in the Andes with a mostly indigenous population. Recently, my family traveled to Ecuador to visit him.My wife Karyn, our son Noah, and I flew to Quito. Moses met us at the airport. After two nights in Quito, we took a bus to Cotopaxi National Park, where we stayed at a rural hostel. The following day — three days after leaving Boston — we hiked to the top of a 15,489-foot volcano named Rumiñahui.As we climbed up the last 2,000 feet, I will admit to being a little short of breath. (In most cases, the transition from sea level to an elevation above 15,000 feet should be made more gradually, to avoid the huffing-and-puffing — or worse, altitude sickness — that some hikers experience in high-altitude air. But we made it to the top.) Moses on the hike up Rumiñahui. There’s nothing like this type of sudden transition — moving in a matter of days from my familiar office chair to the high-altitude air at the top of the Andes — to clarify the mind and restore one’s spirit. Even near the equator, temperatures are cool The town where Moses is living (Cañar) is at a more reasonable altitude of 10,229 feet. During our visit, morning temperatures started out at 42°F, with afternoon highs reaching 52°F. While these temperatures aren’t particularly cold — especially for visitors from northern New England — buildings in Cañar are quite different from those in Vermont. For one thing, Ecuadorian buildings are uninsulated. For another thing, buildings in Cañar lack space heating… last_img read more

Continue reading

Top prospects mum on PBA Draft plans, keep options open

first_img“We’ll see. I still have other things I need to focus on so I’m not thinking about it that much,” he said.Same is the case for bluechip amateurs like Jeron Teng and Raymar Jose, who will also see action for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup.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 shutout“I’m not thinking of the PBA just yet. Right now, I’m just focused 100 percent on the task and that is to really play well for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas. I want to focus on that so I can play my game,” said Teng.For now, Ravena said he’s keeping the door open for opportunities and prefers to represent the country and play in different international competitions. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “When you decide to play in the PBA, technically that’s it and your life will revolve around it. It’s gonna be hard for other options and opportunities like these to come in,” said Ravena, who is coming off a fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last month.Ravena has been everywhere since playing his last UAAP game for Ateneo in 2015.He suited up for Mighty Sports in the Merlion Cup and Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, tried his luck with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, represented the Philippines in the Fiba 3×3 events and SEA Games.Ravena also said he doesn’t have any preference as to which PBA team he wants to play for.“I don’t want the people to think that I’m just waiting for a group to pick me, that I’m not willing to play for any other team,” the 23-year-old guard said.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith the deadline of submission for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft fast approaching, top prospects are still yet to decide on whether to make the jump to the pros.Kiefer Ravena shared he’s still mulling his options as he keeps his eyes on the October 12 deadline set by the league for local-born aspirants.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “I’m always ready. It’s going to be a challenge for me that whatever team picks me, I have to find a way how I can make an impact right away as a rookie.”So far, only Fil-foreigners Christian Standhardinger, Jason Perkins, and Davon Potts are the big names who have declared for the draft. Alab Pilipinas taps Ivan Johnson as import BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Continue reading

Warriors prepare for rested James Harden, Rockets in West rematch

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry eggs on the the crowd after scoring during the second half in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday, April 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 129-110. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — After outlasting the no-name Los Angeles Clippers in six games, the Golden State Warriors have a superstar on their hands next.James Harden and the Houston Rockets in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference finals. That’s when the Rockets let a 3-2 lead slip away and saw the Warriors go on to win their second straight NBA championship.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Starless Clippers ready to shop in summer free-agent market Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess This time the teams meet in the West semifinals beginning Sunday in Oakland.“We know them well,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday night after his team finished off the Clippers with a 129-110 victory to win the best-of-seven series 4-2. “They’re going to come after you and pick-and-roll. We know they’re already in the Bay waiting for us, so it will be a quick turnaround.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnticipating a Warriors’ closeout, the Rockets flew to Northern California on Friday to be ready for the series opener. They’ve been resting since Wednesday, when they defeated the Utah Jazz 4-1.The Warriors were stretched to six games for the first time in the opening round in Kerr’s five seasons. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Durant believes Harden’s game is much more than drawing fouls and getting to the line.“He can score in a variety of ways, so we have to be locked in from the beginning,” Durant said. “You can’t fully stop a guy like that; you’ve got to be ready to play him tough all game.”Stephen Curry finished with 24 points, the only other Warrior with at least 20 Friday. Klay Thompson had nine points. Both of them were banged up slightly in the game, but Kerr said he’s hopeful they’ll both be good to go Sunday.Draymond Green had his fifth career playoff triple-double of 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists after not playing well in Game 5.Warriors center Kevon Looney expects to see the Rockets employ some of the same defensive schemes used by the Clippers, who twice won in Oakland, including a 31-point comeback that was the biggest in NBA history.“Defending the pick-and-roll is going to be huge,” Looney said. “The Clippers punched us in the mouth and woke us up. They showed us it’s not a cakewalk in the West. Every game is going to be hard.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “One of the things that can happen during the playoffs is you can sharpen your game against an opponent that forces you to do so,” Kerr said. “We had leads in some games that we lost. Every time we thought, all right, we’ve got this, we didn’t have it.”Kevin Durant had a statement game for the Warriors, scoring 38 of his playoff career-high 50 points in the first half at Staples Center. He was 15 of 26 from the floor, made 14 of 15 free throws and hit six 3-pointers.Durant was coming off a 45-point performance in a losing effort in Game 5.“No matter what anybody does, he can get a good shot,” Kerr said.Harden averaged 27.8 points in the first round against the Jazz, but he struggled at times to get going offensively. His worst effort came in Game 3 when Houston won despite him missing his first 15 shots to set an NBA record for most misses to start a playoff game.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Continue reading

Oppo F9 Pro to come in three gradient colours when it launches in India

first_imgOppo has been revealing some interesting details about its upcoming F9 Pro on its social media pages over the past several days. The design of the phone has already been revealed by the company in its entirety and now Oppo has also revealed all the colours the F9 Pro will be offered in. Oppo is yet to announce an exact date for the launch of the device, but given the frequency of the teasers, we should expect to hear something over the next few days.The latest set of teasers from Oppo reveal that the F9 Pro will be offered in three gradient colours – Starry Purple, Sunrise Red and Twilight Blue. The company has posted images of the device in all three colours and you can see that the gradient design offer a mix of shades that should change depending on how light reflects on it. Additionally, the Red and Blue colours will also get diamond-shaped patterns on the back, while the Purple colour option will have a star-studded pattern to reflect the night sky.The colours definitely add an appealing look to the upcoming F9 Pro, at least going by the teasers. Based on past teasers, we know that the Oppo F9 Pro will sport a display notch in the shape of a water droplet. Oppo has also confirmed that the device will offer a 90.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The phone will also sport a dual rear camera setup supported by an LED flash and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Oppo has revealed that the notch on the front will house a 25-megapixel AI sensor similar to the Oppo F7. Additionally, the camera will support what the company calls Sensor HDR, which is a feature that is also found in the Oppo F7.advertisementWe also know that the Oppo F9 Pro will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom and support for USB Type-C. Oppo is highlighting super fast VOOC Flash Charge support that will deliver 2 hours of talktime after 15 minutes of charge.Details regarding the F9 Pro’s internal hardware including chipset is still unknown, but we expect Oppo to tease some of those as well as it leads up to its launch. The phone is expected to be priced a few notches higher than the Oppo F7. There’s also an Oppo F9 in existence, but it looks like Oppo will only be bringing the F9 Pro to the Indian market for now, while the F9 goes to Malaysia.ALSO READ: Oppo F9 Pro will come with 25MP AI selfie camera with Sensor HDR, company revealslast_img read more

Continue reading

Quebecor responds to judgement in Just for Laughs case

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter MONTRÉAL – Quebecor has reviewed the judgement handed down today by Justice Marie-Anne Paquette of Québec Superior Court in the case opposing it to Just for Laughs and would like to make the following comment: About QuebecorQuebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds an 81.53% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs more than 10,000 people in Canada.A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports people working with more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.Visit our website: www.quebecor.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Quebecor Advertisementlast_img read more

Continue reading