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June 14, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Sandy Will Impact Food Prices SHARE Sandy Will Impact Food Prices As the east coast begins to clean up after Hurricane Sandy, assessments are being made on how the food sector will be impacted by the damage. The cities of the east coast are major demand centers for meat, fruits, and vegetables. Regular shipments of food were shut down during the storm, but Dr. Milt McGiffen of University of California Riverside says delivering food to the storm ravaged area will be an issue for some time to come, “While there was panic food buying ahead of the storm, the real issue is transportation — just not being able to get the food delivered to those cities.”  In addition, several refineries were shut down and disrupted the flow of gasoline and heating oil, although McGiffen says these disruptions will not last long. Several crops that are part of our Thanksgiving dinners were impacted and may be in short supply or at higher prices, “Most of our cranberries come from Massachusetts and New Jersey, so the supply of fresh cranberries may be affected.”  Another Thanksgiving Day staple also found itself in the path of the storm with most of the crop still in the field, “Most of our sweet potatoes come from North Carolina.” Previous articleNovozymes Adds Avantec to Enzyme PortfolioNext articleSeed Consultants Marketwatch 10:25 update with Gary Wilhelmi 11/1/2012 Gary Truitt SHARE While flooding was widespread, he says there was not much damage to field crops, “In most of New England, the crops are out of the field; and even further south, most of the corn and soybeans had already been harvested.”  However, only about 25% of the cotton crop had been harvested in the Carolinas and soybeans were also still in the field. USDA officials say it will be at least another week before the extent of the crop damage is known. Some orchards sustained damage; and widespread power outages hit dairy and other livestock operations. [audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/10/stormdamage.mp3|titles=Sandy Will Impact Food Prices] Some media reports have suggested the storm will have an impact on the national economy. McGiffen says any impact will be short lived, “I do not think this will have a national impact.” While the cleanup will continue for months and even years, the immediate impact on food and fuel prices and supplies should only last about a month. By Gary Truitt – Oct 31, 2012 last_img read more

August 3, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Of those, 24 per cent are from B.C. 27 medical staff are supporting the Canadian Paralympic team. The Canadian Paralympic team in London is getting a big boost from Canada’s western-most province, with British Columbia-born or-trained athletes making up 29 per cent of the team. 29 per cent of the athletes representing Canada were either born in, or train in, British Columbia. Of those, 15 per cent are from B.C. 19 athlete support personnel play key roles with the Canadian Paralympic team during the event competitions. Of the 42 athletes B.C. is sending, 38 were born and raised here, while the other four have received substantial training support through the B.C. sport system. B.C. Paralympians in London will be competing in 18 different sports.British Columbia is also sending a strong contingent of coaches, technical staff, medical and administrative team members, as well as athlete support personnel who call British Columbia home.Kelowna wheelchair rugby athlete Garett Hickling will magnify British Columbia’s presence at the Opening Ceremony. In addition to his role as a competitor, Hickling has the honour of leading the Canadian Paralympic team as flag-bearer.The 2012 London Paralympics begin Wednesday and concludes Sunday, September 9.Quick Facts: 147 athletes make up the Canadian Paralympic team. 45 coaches and technical staff lead the Canadian Paralympic team in London. Of those, 21 per cent are from B.C.last_img read more

December 19, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Sandton Convention Centre decked outin Confederations Cup banners ahead of thedraw.(Image: Tamara O’Reilly)Tamara O’ReillyAsk around which major football event South Africa will be hosting soon and the likeliest answer will be the Fifa 2010 World Cup tournament. While that’s not entirely wrong, it’s not entirely true either.Next year South Africa hosts the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup – a tournament played by eight teams which comprise the winners of all Fifa competitions held throughout year, the revered World Cup trophy holders and the host nation. This weekend a beady eye was cast on South Africa as the draw deciding the matches that the eight teams will play took place at a glitzy African-themed event at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.Hundreds of delegates and media personnel from around the world witnessed the preliminary draw for the competition, which will be held from 14 to 28 June 2009.“It would be wrong to regard the Fifa Confederations Cup as merely an entrée to the main course,” says Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke. “The eight participating nations represent the cream of their respective continents and the contrast between these teams and their diverse styles should create a fascinating spectacle for the fans. It is shaping up to be an exciting precursor to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”From a football point, host South Africa, had the proverbial  luck of the draw as the teams opponents in Group A are Iraq, winners of the 2007 Fifa Asian Cup, OFC Nations Cup holders New Zealand and UEFA Euro Champions Spain.“It could have been worse. It is in our favour, but we should not underestimate Iraq and New Zealand, who are both competitive teams that have fought hard to be here. The home ground advantage should give us a good chance of getting into the next round. This will lift the spirit of all of us and will be wonderful for the country,” said Danny Jordaan, CEO of the South African Local Organising Committee (SALOC).Group B is made up of CONMEBOL Cup and current Confederations Cup trophy holders Brazil, World Cup winners Italy, African Cup of Nations champions Egypt, and Concacaf Gold Cup winners USA.As it stands, the draw favours the local team’s chances of gaining entry to the semi-finals – so the longer the South African team stay in the competition, the more matches will be sold out. This will be a relief to the Local Organising Committee who is concerned that matches where only international sides playing will not be well attended.“There’s a perception that South Africa is a rugby and cricket nation and if we do not fill our stadiums we will only reinforce that stereotype,” says Jordaan. “It will be a wonderful opportunity for the fans to get a taste of a Fifa World Cup atmosphere in the stadiums. We are confident that South Africans will not want to miss this opportunity to see some of the best teams in world and that matches will be sell-outs. And as for the organisation, our stadiums will undoubtedly be ready and the Confederations Cup will give us a great opportunity to test our systems and logistical planning ahead of the Fifa World Cup.”To get locals into the spirit of things the SALOC has launched a marketing campaign that will be carried across all mediums – radio, television, community broadcasters, print and online.“It is important to get the message out there now because people are still unaware of the quality of the tournament,” says chief marketing and commercial officer Derek Carstens. “We are a soccer loving nation and we have to prove it to the world that the atmosphere that such a tournament generates internationally is not wasted on South Africans.”The SALOC has also made tickets to the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup affordable for locals. Recently with Fifa matches, spectators have to apply either online or with a ticketing partner (in this case First National Bank) to purchase a ticket. According to Fifa, ticket applications submitted will be processed on a first-come first-served basis – in the order of receipt. All successful applicants will be notified of their success within approximately seven to 10 working days after submitting their request.A maximum of 20 tickets can be purchased and there is no limit on the number of games.There are two categories of tickets available – individual match tickets and Venue Specific Tickets (VST). Under the VST are two series of tickets – one which allows access to all games played at a particular stadium and another which includes games plus access to the finals. For South Africans they range from R210 to R4 340 and bought from outside South Africa are from US$40 to $620.Tickets for individual matches range from R70 to R1 400 locally and between $10 and $200 for outsiders.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at [email protected] links2009 Fifa Confederations CupConfederations Cup ticket infoSouth Africa 2010last_img read more

December 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img3 April 2012With hefty fuel price hikes set to kick in on Wednesday, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has urged South Africans to be economical in their fuel use – and creative in finding ways to ease the impact of the increases.From midnight on Tuesday, the retail price of 95-octane petrol will increase by 71 cents in Gauteng province and 66 cents at the coast, while the retail price of diesel (0.05 percent sulphur) will rise by 51.9 cents in Gauteng at 47.6 cents at the coast.The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin will increase by 20.6 cents at the coast, and by 26.6 cents in Gauteng.Public transport, lift clubsPeters encouraged South Africans to be economical in their fuel use, while taking steps to ease the impact of the fuel prices increases.“You are encouraged to prioritise fuel efficiency in all your daily activities with the aim of reducing fuel consumption. Avoid speeding, and use public transport whenever it is practically possible to do so.”Peters said the use of lift clubs could go a long way in reducing people’s transport costs.‘Not within our power to prevent’“These increases are not within the government’s powers to prevent,” Peters said, noting that, as a non-oil producing country, South Africa was a price taker and depended on imports.“Fuel prices are dictated by issues such as global political developments among oil producing countries and the big economies of the world.“While global developments and activity are more promising than a year ago, other issues such as the tensions between the United States of America and some of the oil producing countries have contributed to higher crude prices.”Local factors affecting fuel prices include the annual 20 cents and 8 cents per litre increase in the Fuel Levy and Road Accident Fund respectively, announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget speech in February, as well as the Transnet pipeline tariff increase.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

December 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are making a few drier changes in the forecast this morning. That right off should tell you there are no changes to the immediate short term part of the forecast. We continue to look dry through the weekend. Temps will be climbing a bit more today, and humidity values also are starting to work higher, meaning we should see our conditions be just a little more uncomfortable through the weekend too.  Our next front is still on track to move into the state early next week. We still think the best arrival time will be overnight Monday night through Tuesday. Clouds will be increasing on Monday, but it still will be plenty warm. We are pulling back on rain totals now for the frontal passage, with expected rains from a few hundredths to .5” but will keep coverage at nearly 80% of the state. The front just does not look as impressive, and we think the thunderstorm threat is low. There will be plenty of holes in the coverage too as the front sweeps through from NW to SE. So, we are just making this step this morning to mirror that reality. However, we are leaving the door open to seeing showers linger in eastern parts of Ohio through Wednesday morning, so rain totals may be toward the upper end of the range there more than anywhere else.  Behind the front, we go predominately dry again for the balance of the week through Saturday. Temps remain above normal and our humidity values stay high, and that leads to s bit of instability over the region. Because of that we can’t rule out a few pop up showers in that period, with a better likelihood of that Wednesday into Thursday rather than Friday and Saturday. But, to be clear, we think the majority of the state stays dry for the entire 4 day stretch.  The only other chance of rain we have in the forecast right now comes with another front for next Sunday, the 4th, a system that we are pulling forward one day because of faster development and tracking. This is the system we had penciled in for Monday the 5th in yesterday’s forecast. This front has potential for .1”-.6” rain fall from showers and thunderstorms with coverage at 60% of the state. This front moves through fairly smoothly and will then lead to another push of drier air behind it. The map at right shows rain totals through the 10 day period. These totals are below normal and below what is needed, especially if temps continue to climb, as we expect.  The extended period looks similar to the 10 day pattern. For the week of the 5th, we see mostly partly sunny skies, but humidity and warm air will make it so once again we just can’t completely rule out scattered showers for the Tuesday through Friday period. Coverage remains around 30% (or less) and the better chances still look to come for the Tuesday-Wednesday (6th and 7th) period vs. later that week. We referenced temps above… we will see 90s return to the state later this weekend and early next week, and the behind the frontal boundary passage, we see another surge of warm air later next week into the weekend, with another round of 90s over a large part of the state, coming in from the west and south.last_img read more

November 30, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have failed to become the sixth team to achieve the Grand Slam, but the Beermen still gained a piece of history with four players being named in the Mythical First Team.Newly-minted Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, Commissioner’s Cup BPC Chris Ross, clutch playmaker Alex Cabagnot, and former MVP Arwind Santos all earned their spot in the season’s best five, typifying the Beermen’s dominance this year.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion And San Miguel coach Leo Austria believes that the historic distinction is a testament of his players’ unwavering dedication.READ: Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5FEATURED 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 shutoutIt’s only the first time in the league history that four players from the same team made it to the Mythical Five.“I think it’s a product of their hardwork. Since the all-Filipino conference, I rarely changed my starting five except if there is an import, and even if we had an import, you can see how great our local players are because they’re still contributing to the team,” he said.center_img View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Austria has always leaned on his starters and in return, they never let him down, showing poise through out the season, as San Miguel racked up win after win and championship after championship.“I’m proud and I’m happy for them because they understand what we need from them, and they’re proving that what we’re doing is what’s good for the team and it brought us two championships,” the affable mentor said.But Austria knows that the work wasn’t done by the starters alone, giving credit to his bench as an integral part of the Beermen’s success.“Our bench players sacrificed a lot,” he said. “They don’t get much playing time, but when we put them in the game, you could see that they’re stepping up. And even if they’re on the bench, they keep on cheering our first five and I think that’s a big reason why we’re winning.”ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Coach Luke Walton admits players ‘come after’ Lonzo Ball due to hype MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl still to meet all playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits he’s yet to meet the entirety of his squad.Hasenhuttl has met half of his squad for individual meetings and will engage with the rest next week.”I wanted to know everything about each player, about his history, what he is thinking about the way we want to play,” he said. “We showed in his position specific videos, what it is necessary for him to know.”The discussion I had with all the players was very interesting for me. You know how this guy works. What he is thinking about. You know what his problems are.”And in the future, if there are some questions, I want them to come to me. If they have good arguments that we do something different, they can come to me. We can do it differently.”But if I have a better idea, we do what I want. If they have a better one, we can discuss it!” last_img read more

October 27, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHouston walk on scholarships awarded at team film session.YouTube/UHAthleticsWe can’t get enough of videos of college football walk-ons getting awarded scholarships. The life of a walk-on can be pretty thankless at times, especially when players have to balance schoolwork and all of the rigors of Division I athletics, without the benefit of a scholarship. A full ride can be life-changing for walk-ons and their families, and these videos always show how important those guys are to their teammates.On Wednesday, Houston head coach Tom Herman awarded two walk-ons—senior tight end Hayden Daniels and senior cornerback Tyler White—with scholarships for their final years. Herman was a bit tricky about it, opening by getting on the walk-ons who hadn’t yet had holds lifted by the university, chastising the group for a lack of “urgency,” before surprising the pair with their full rides. Daniels appeared in four games for the Cougars last year, while White played in all 13 games, registering 12 total tackles and fielding a crucial onside kick that helped spark Houston’s 35-34 comeback win over Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Bowl.last_img read more

October 13, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSAN DIEGO – A jury on Friday sided with San Diego Comic-Con in a court battle with a rival pop-culture convention in Utah over rights to use the phrase “comic con.”The panel decided that Salt Lake Comic Con used the trademarked phrase without permission, though they didn’t do so willfully. The panel awarded the California event $20,000, far less than the $12 million they’d sought.“From the beginning all that we asked of the defendants was to stop using our Comic-Con trademarks,” the San Diego Comic Convention said in a statement. “Today we obtained a verdict that will allow us to achieve this.”Utah co-founder Dan Farr told Salt Lake City TV station KUTV they plan to appeal.Lawyers for the well-known San Diego convention argued during the trial that the upstart event in Salt Lake stole their name to benefit from their reputation built over years of hard work, Salt Lake City-based newspaper The Deseret News reported .“This case is about stealing, taking something that is not yours, something you have no right to. It’s about right, and it’s about wrong,” Callie Bjurstrom, an attorney for San Diego Comic-Con International, said during closing arguments.The event that’s considered the flagship of the popular convention circuit filed a trademark violation lawsuit against the rapidly growing Salt Lake convention in 2014. Their request for $12 million in damages included a $9 million advertising campaign to clear up any confusion.Salt Lake, though, maintains the phrase is a generic shortened form of “comic book convention” and used by 140 events around the country.Salt Lake organizers saw dozens of unaffiliated events using the term and genuinely thought it was usable when they named their event in 2013, co-founder Bryan Brandenburg testified.The Utah convention hasn’t hurt the thriving San Diego brand, and less than 1 per cent of San Diego Comic-Con attendees have been confused about whether the two events are affiliated, Salt Lake Comic Con attorney Michael Katz argued.“From the standpoint of people out there, comic con is generic,” he said.Salt Lake Comic Con has made nearly $3 million since it started in 2013.Deliberations began Thursday afternoon, the eighth day of the trial. The panel was reduced to six people when one woman was excused because a wildfire was burning near her home.Since its start in 1970, San Diego has grown into the Holy Grail of pop culture conventions with attendance of more than 135,000, drawing self-described geeks as well as Hollywood studios and actors looking to create buzz for upcoming projects.Salt Lake Comic Con, meanwhile, has quickly grown to attract more than 120,000 people as well as celebrity appearance from the likes of John Cusack and “Captain America” actor Chris Evans.last_img read more

October 13, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s bid to become a world leader in tidal energy has been dealt a major setback, but industry experts say a French firm’s decision to pull out of a pioneering Bay of Fundy project may ultimately be good for the emerging industry.Stephen Dempsey, executive director of the Offshore Energy Research Association, says the renewable energy industry has been hurt by Paris-based Naval Energies’ decision to pull funding from its Dublin-based subsidiary OpenHydro, the key backer of Nova Scotia’s Cape Sharp Tidal.“When the leading technology developer exits the field, it’s a concern,” Dempsey said in an interview Monday. “There’s no way to diminish that. It will have immediate negative consequences. The question is whether it is short-term or long-term.”Last week, Cape Sharp Tidal successfully connected a massive, two megawatt in-stream tidal turbine to Nova Scotia’s electricity grid. It was the second time that Cape Sharp has installed a turbine on the floor of the Bay of Fundy to generate electricity from the world’s highest tides.In a historic first, Cape Sharp’s first turbine was hooked up to the grid in November 2016, but it was later removed for inspections and servicing in June 2017.In 2009, an in-stream prototype was torn apart by the bay’s powerful currents, which can move at 18 kilometres per hour.Naval Energies, considered a leader in the field of renewable energy, issued a statement last week saying it had stopped investing in tidal energy in Canada and in other locations, and was instead focusing on floating wind turbines and ocean thermal technology.“The deterioration of the market, in France and around the world throughout the recent months, has been reflected in a lack of commercial prospects over the long term,” company CEO Laurent Schneider-Maunoury said in a statement.The company also complained that in Canada “there is also great sensitivity to the cost of the technology.”Cape Sharp is a joint venture between OpenHydro and Halifax-based Emera Inc.Amanda White, acting executive director for Marine Renewables Canada, said her non-profit group was disappointed with Naval Energies’ move. However, she said such setbacks are to be expected in an emerging industry.“It has happened before in this industry and other innovative sectors, and is a natural part of industry development,” she said in a statement.“The association feels strongly that there is great opportunity in this industry with many promising projects on the horizon. Tidal energy is on the cusp of becoming a viable industry.”With OpenHydro now in the midst of bankruptcy protection, it will be up to the receiver, Grant Thornton in Ireland, to determine if a new owner can be found for the project.So far, officials with Emera Inc. have said little about what they plan to do. The company, which is the parent of the utility Nova Scotia Power Inc., issued a statement Monday saying Emera continues to believe in the potential for ocean energy.“These are still early days for a sector that is still emerging,” said spokeswoman Stacey Pineau. “The industry continues to learn and innovate so it can ultimately develop technologies that produce affordably-priced energy for consumers.”She said Emera’s biggest concern was ensuring the receiver has a plan for environmental monitoring and safe operation of the turbine.Nova Scotia’s recently appointed energy minister, Derek Mombourquette, did not directly respond when asked if the provincial government was considering some form of bailout.“We’re continuing to monitor the situation,” he said. “Our primary focus … is the environmental and marine regulations.”Mombourquette also said the industry is going through growing pains.“I still believe there’s great potential for Nova Scotia in the tidal energy sector,” he said. “There’s a number of players from around the world that are still involved.”Both Dempsey and White stressed that the end of Naval Energies’ involvement in tidal energy did not mean the end of research and development in the Bay of Fundy.Dempsey said a number of smaller companies are moving ahead with less ambitious projects.“There was never any certainty that (Cape Sharp) would be successful,” he said. “All of this feels kind of strange right now, but it was kind of anticipated. Often in technology developments, it’s the disruptive technology that ends of being successful. The big ones sometime start up and fail, and then others come forth.”In the coming weeks, U.S.-based Bigmoon Power is expected to deploy a 100-kilowatt prototype in the bay, using an onshore generator that is connected by high-strength ropes to a barge that will move with the tides.Meanwhile, Black Rock Tidal — a subsidiary of Schottel Hydro of Germany — is hoping to deploy a floating array of 40 small turbines that will be anchored to the floor of the bay.last_img read more