Ohio Crop Progress — August 20, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warm and wet weather continued for most of the State, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending August 19. Corn progress remained well ahead of the 5-year average for dough and dent stages. Soybean condition improved slightly to 75 percent good to excellent. Field work included making hay, tilling fields, and hauling manure. Livestock reportedly benefited from cooler temperatures in the mornings and improved pasture conditions. Oats were nearly all harvested by the end of the week.Click here to read the full reportlast_img read more

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AUSSIE BEACH GIRLS DRAW WITH THE MIGHTY BLUES

first_imgThe Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy Team recorded an upset draw against a star studded Blues line-up led by Rugby League superstar Mark Gasnier in the fourth round of the Harvey Norman Beach Footy Challenge at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach.The youthful Aussie girls caused the upset of the tournament with a stellar 4-4 draw.After losing yesterday afternoon to the Young Guns, the Aussie girls were determined to hit the sand full of running and test their games against one of the tournaments heavy favourites.The Blues team featured fleet footed Gasnier, fellow St. George Dragons champions Matt Cooper, Shaun Timmins, and Ben Hornby and Australian tri-nations Rugby league star Luke O’Donnell.The Blues scored first with a scorching try to the lightning fast Gasnier in the opening exchanges, but the Aussie girls hung tough and made some exceptional touches to keep them in the  hunt.Some quick hands by Dearne Cooper and Amanda “Skwarks” Skwarko put Belinda Hammett over in the corner.The Blues scored just before half-time.After oranges, the Blues came out and consolidated with an early touchdown, but the Women’s Team kept moving the Boys laterally and using sweeping plays to great effect.At 3-1 down Alyce “The Rat” Hulbert instinctively swooped on a loose ball and dived over to evade Matt Cooper’s attempted touch to reel the Blues back in at 3-2.The Blues scored next with a long range reply of their own and looked comfortable at 4-2 with 2 minutes left on the clock.A brilliant long-ball from Nicole Beck conjured a touchdown for Amanda Skwarko and the Women’s Team, clearly crowd favourites, responded to the enthusiastic cheering from the masses and produced a show stopping finish.A brilliant passing movement going through every set of hands on the field resulted in Skwarko snaffling touchdown number two.The full-time hooter sounded and the excited Women’s team celebrated a well-deserved 4-4 result.The Aussie girls made numerous super touches on speedsters Gasnier and Hornby with Emily Hopkin, Ash Dobins, and Belinda Hammett getting plenty of air to reel in their big name opponents with spectacular touches.The girls play their last round game at  1.30pm against a Celebrity Team led by Gordon Tallis and featuring two of the most exciting attacking players to grace a football field in recent history in Anthony Mundine and the ‘King’ himself, Andrew ‘Joey’ Johns.last_img read more

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NS premier to tout provinces LNG projects in Europe A real opportunity

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil headed to Europe Thursday to drum up business opportunities for the province, including two proposed liquefied natural gas projects.McNeil said he will meet with officials from German energy giant E.ON to pitch Nova Scotia’s LNG potential.Two companies have proposed LNG projects in Nova Scotia — Pieridae Energy Ltd. of Calgary and Bear Head LNG Corp., a subsidiary of Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd.“We believe there is a real opportunity for LNG plants in Nova Scotia. Germany has expressed a real interest of support around purchasing product out of those. This is my second visit in to see them,” McNeil told reporters Thursday morning.McNeil said both LNG projects are “doable.” An LNG megaproject slated for the West Coast — the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project planned for British Columbia — was scrapped last July.The premier is also going to France and England before returning June 9.McNeil said he would also meet officials from the transportation logistics sector, in a bid to expand cargo capacity at Halifax’s Stanfield international airport.“It’s really a global step for us,” he said.The premier, who was scheduled to board a WestJet inaugural direct flight from Halifax to Paris, was also to meet with officials in the financial and information sectors.last_img read more

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Barrick Gold Corp deepens ties with Chinese miner Shandong Gold Group

first_imgTORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. says it’s deepening its ties with Shandong Gold Group Co. Ltd. and will look at partnering with the Chinese company on potential acquisitions and asset sales.The new agreement builds on a deal last year that saw the Canadian gold miner sell a 50 per cent stake in its Veladero mine in Argentina to Shandong.The companies had said earlier they would evaluate joint investment in projects currently owned by Barrick or Shandong Gold.Under the deal announced Monday, the companies will choose one of Shandong Gold’s mines where they will share technical expertise and other information to improve operations.Barrick and Shandong Gold will also improve communication between management and technical teams.Shandong is also doing an independent evaluation of a potential mining project at Lama in Argentina.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)last_img read more

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Port of Vancouver faulted in graininspection dispute

first_imgIn the dispute over the lack of inspections at United Grain Corp., the Port of Vancouver is now coming under sharp criticism from the federal government. In a letter sent Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency said its safety experts have concluded “that the Port of Vancouver has not been enforcing its rules of conduct” to enable state or federal grain inspectors to safely move through a picketed gate to reach United Grain’s export facility.The letter, written by Lawrence Mitchell, an administrator for the U.S. Agriculture department based in Washington ,D.C., was in response to requests by United Grain to direct federal personnel to take over inspections in the absence of state officials. The U.S. Agriculture department has refused to do so but says it’s reviewing the matter.Citing threats from union pickets, Washington state Department of Agriculture inspectors have refused to enter a gate at the port since July 7. Their refusal has all but shut down the West Coast’s largest grain elevator.A similar labor conflict at the Columbia Grain facility at the Port of Portland has been managed better than at the Port of Vancouver, Mitchell wrote, “and does not present the same safety concerns for the (federal) inspectors” who examine grain in Portland.last_img read more

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NASA farewell view of Ultima Thule shows a giant pancake

first_img NASA New Horizons spacecraft completes historic Ultima Thule flyby NASA New Horizons image shows weird Ultima Thule looks like a snowman NASA Space Tags “The new images are creating scientific puzzles about how such an object could even be formed. We’ve never seen something like this orbiting the Sun,” said principal investigator Alan Stern.NASA also offered up a short departure movie showing New Horizons’ view as it zipped by. The movie is compiled from 14 different images of Ultima Thule. Share your voice 15 Photos Enlarge ImageNew Horizons caught these crescent views of Ultima Thule as it was flying away from the oddball object. NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/National Optical Astronomy Observatory NASA must be hungry. The space agency shared the New Horizons spacecraft’s goodbye glance at weird Ultima Thule and decided it looked like a “giant pancake” attached to a “dented walnut.”Ultima Thule is an unusual object found in the Kuiper Belt. It’s located about 1 billion miles past dwarf-planet Pluto, which New Horizons visited in 2015. The pancake and nut comparison is a departure from earlier images that showed the two-lobed object looking more like a snowman.NASA released a graphic showing how our understanding has changed thanks to additional data from New Horizons. nasaultimaEnlarge ImageThis illustration shows NASA’s old and new views of Ultima Thule. NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute The rounded snowman images came within a day of New Horizons’ closest approach on Jan. 1. Images taken 10 minutes after the approach highlighted a view of the object’s crescent, giving scientists a better idea of its actual shape. The blue dashes in the illustration show NASA’s fudge factor. Ultime Thule may fill out those lines, or it may be closer to the flatter shape shown.  Post a commentcenter_img NASA contemplates Ultima Thule 0 New Horizons launched in 2006 and has since traveled billions of miles through space, with notable visits to Pluto and now Ultima Thule. The spacecraft is healthy and its handlers may look into sending it toward another interesting target. We’ll just have to wait and see what it finds out there so far from home. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. NASA spots odd heart-shaped objects on Mars and beyond Sci-Techlast_img read more

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Social media on fire as MS Dhoni fans slam Sachin Tendulkar troll

first_img MS Dhoni fans hit out at Sachin In an age where social media has allowed people from all quarters to offer their own comments and opinions, without any filters. Trolling, unfortunately, has become an accepted practice. After Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar offered his comments on MS Dhoni and said that the former captain should have played with more intent in the match against Afghanistan, the Dhoni fan brigade were up in and dished out comments trolling the master blaster.”I felt slightly disappointed, it could have been much better. I was also not happy with the partnership between Kedar and Dhoni, it was very slow. We batted 34 overs of spin bowling and scored 119 runs. This was one area where we didn’t look comfortable at all. There was no positive intent,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by India Today. MS DhoniHannah Peters/Getty ImagesCommenting on the rather sluggish rate of scoring by Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni, Sachin also said that the partnership should have attacked the spinners more in the middle phase of India’s innings.Against Afghanistan, MS Dhoni had walked in during the 27th over, and then struggled to find momentum as his innings of 28 off 52 balls did not find any momentum as the Afghan spinners dominated him. He tried to break the shackles by stepping down the pitch and going after Rashid Khan, but was stumped. The comments make a lot of sense, not for Dhoni loyalists who have lashed out at Sachin for what they believe is just commenting for the sake of it. They also started comparing the stats to add substance to their arguments.Here are a bunch of reactions:last_img read more

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Businessman killed in Sylhet

first_imgMap of SylhetPolice recovered the slaughtered body of a cloth trader in Konkolosh area in Beanibazar upazila on Friday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Shaiban Ahmed, 55, owner of Aboroni Fashion at Jaman Plaza of the municipality area.Shahjalal Munshi, officer-in-charge of Beanibazar police station, said locals spotted the body of an unidentified man and informed police.Police recovered the body around 8am.Later, family members identified the body of Shaiban.last_img

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Attending Large Public Events In Aftermath Of Las Vegas Shooting

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:14 Listen X It’s on the minds of operators of concert venues and sports facilities. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion released a statement saying the safety of guests, staff and artists is a top priority. They’ll continue to implement heightened security at all events. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says the Las Vegas shootings happened in an open area. Indoor events at Minute Maid or the Toyota Center allow for controlled access and metal detectors. But he says the public has to be vigilant. If you see something, say something.“When you know people that may be in possession of high-powered weapons. And when you know someone that is threatening violence or is having some sort of psychotic episode, let us know.”Lee Schexnaider teaches an active shooter survival class.“It’s situation awareness, to pay attention to what’s going on around you and where the exits are. You know, I don’t walk into a church and not know where the exits are. I, like most police officers, sit with my back to the wall at restaurants.”Schexnaider says this event may be different, and it’s not just the casualty count. He says the 22,000 concert attendees are from around the country, and they’ll be telling their survivor stories, and there’ll be funerals across the country. That makes these shootings even more of a national issue. Sharelast_img read more

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