High corn

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTIFTON, Ga. – Corn farmers should have a lot to smile about in 2007. A massive demand for their crop has pushed prices to the highest in a decade, said experts here Tuesday. But it could be a volatile ride.”If you’re growing corn, you’re growing a product that has a home that doesn’t have to depend on exports or anything else … which is a big, big bonus,” Lewis Campbell, a corn marketer with South Carolina-based Palmetto Grain Brokerage, told participants at the 2007 Corn Short Course and Georgia Corn Growers Association meeting.Corn prices have jumped by almost $2 a bushel from last year to between $3.75 and $4 a bushel today. (A bushel is about 56 pounds.) Prices haven’t been this high since 1996, when there was a decrease in supply due to fewer planted acres and low yields in the United States.World corn supplies have decreased in recent years from about 181 million metric tons to 93 million, he said. But the surge in prices this year can be attributed largely to the increase in demand for corn to fuel the expanding U.S. ethanol industry, he said.A bushel of corn can yield almost 3 gallons of ethanol.Currently, 111 ethanol refineries in the United States produce about 5 billion gallons annually. Production is expected to double in the next two years, according to the Renewable Energy Association Web page.To meet the new demand, U.S. corn growers will need to grow an additional 10 million acres this year. Last year, farmers harvested about 71 million acres for grain.Prices should stay high. “But volatility will be the name of the game,” Campbell said.Increased trading by mutual funds and investors in commodities futures could make the market rocky through to harvest time. In recent years, corn prices would fluctuate little from week to week.”Now, it moves 20 cents in a day,” Campbell said. “It’s hard to take your emotions out of it, but it’s going to be like that all summer long.”Pencil to paper, corn right now looks as good or better economically than other traditional Georgia crops like cotton and peanuts, said Nathan Smith, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agricultural economist. This is not usually the case.”In Georgia, corn is not often the crop farmers plant to pay the bills,” he said in an interview after the meeting. “But this year, it should take care of a few.”It’s too early to say by how much, but farmers will certainly plant more corn in Georgia this year, he said. Georgia farmers harvested about 225,000 acres last year for grain. They’ll likely increase that to 300,000 or more this year, the highest since the late 1990s.Georgia is a corn-deficit state. Georgia farmers produce 30 million bushels annually, about a quarter of what is needed to feed the state’s livestock and large poultry industry each year.last_img read more

4 financial education tools and tips for credit unions from CO-OP

first_imgA few weeks ago, college freshmen flocked to their schools of choice looking to learn and take that next step in life. But there’s a startling stat that’s sobering for our fine freshmen: 39% of incoming freshmen don’t have a financial budget. At first, I thought that was really low. Then I remembered my freshmen year and all my freshmen classmates — and that number is high, which is scarier still. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

State Palace vows compliance with virus protocol after Jokowi, ministers seen without masks

first_imgSome other ministers present in the meeting, such as Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, State Secretary Pratikno and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, were seen complying with the mask rule.Presiden @jokowi memimpin #RapatTerbatas tentang penanganan Covid-19 dan Pemulihan Ekonomi Nasional di Istana Merdeka, Provinsi DKI Jakarta, Senin (3/8).Sekretaris Kabinet @pramonoanung turut mendampingi Presiden pada #Ratas tersebut.© BPMI Setpres pic.twitter.com/IYWWbImLh4— Sekretariat Kabinet (@setkabgoid) August 3, 2020Social media users took to Twitter to remind Jokowi and his ministers to wear masks during the pandemic, particularly as the national COVID-19 task force’s guidelines –issued on the order of the President himself — urged everyone to wear masks to prevent further COVID-19 transmission.Jokowi and the task force have repeatedly asked the public to prepare for a “new normal”, stressing that physical distancing and mask-wearing were likely to stay. By the end of May, the President even deployed the Indonesian Military and National Police to guard crowded places and ensure people comply with health protocol.Regulations imposed by regional governments stipulate fines for people caught mask-less in public, up to Rp 150,000 (US$10.29) in the case of West Java. The State Palace vowed compliance with health protocol on Tuesday after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and several ministers faced criticism on social media for not wearing masks in photographs taken during a Cabinet meeting on Monday.In the photos posted on the Cabinet Secretariat’s Twitter account @setkabgoid on Monday, Jokowi was seen without a mask while leading a limited Cabinet meeting discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and the national economic recovery at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto and Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD were seen sitting opposite the President, also without masks on. Also on Monday, Jokowi slammed his ministers and officials over poor COVID-19 budget management during the meeting, pointing out how government institutions had no sense of urgency with regard to tackling the pandemic.On Tuesday, Presidential Secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono responded to the public criticism, saying the President and the ministers had complied with health protocol and had been “putting the masks on and off” during the meeting, since their voices were sometimes unclear when speaking with masks on.“Acrylic partition glass was also installed [on the table] there,” Heru said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.The participants of the meeting had also maintained physical distancing all the time and everyone coming to the Presidential Palace had been obliged to undergo COVID-19 tests — both a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and a rapid test — prior to meeting the President, he added.”Even after having tested [negative] using a swab test the day before, the person must still take the rapid test on the day [of the meeting],” Heru said.Recently, two regional leaders, namely Surakarta Deputy Mayor Achmad Purnomo and Riau Islands Governor Isdianto, tested positive of the coronavirus days after meeting with Jokowi.The President took a swab test shortly after Achmad’s result came out and tested negative, while the State Palace said Isdianto had tested negative in a PCR test two days before his inauguration ceremony as the governor in Jakarta on July 27 and that his rapid test taken right before the ceremony had also been negative. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Jakob Oetama receives military funeral at Kalibata Heroes Cemetery

first_img“May his good deeds inspire all of us, may his soul have its rightful place in the afterlife.”Kompas spokesperson Rusdi Amral said in a statement that the military funeral was meant to pay homage to Jakob’s stature as a recipient of the Bintang Mahaputra Utama honorary award.Read also: Jakob Oetama bids farewell, leaving journalism legacyThe government granted him the award in 1973 for his achievements in journalism. Late Kompas Gramedia cofounder Jakob Oetama was laid to rest in a military funeral at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery, South Jakarta, on Thursday.Former vice president Jusuf Kalla acted as the ceremony inspector in a televised ceremony by Kompas TV.“I, Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, on behalf of the country and the Indonesian Military [TNI], hereby present to the Motherland [Jakob’s] body, soul and virtues,” Jusuf said during the funeral, which commenced at 11.20 a.m. “Jakob Oetama’s funeral at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery was meant as a tribute to the Bintang Mahaputra Utama [honorary medal] awarded to him in 1973 when he served as a member of the MPR [People’s Consultative Assembly],” Rusdi said.Prior to the funeral in Kalibata, Jakob’s relatives officially handed over his body to MPR speaker Bambang Soesatyo on behalf of the government at the Kompas Gramedia building in Palmerah, Central Jakarta, at 10.27 a.m.“On behalf of the country and TNI, I hereby receive the body of doctor honoris causa Jakob Oetama,” Bambang stated during the procession.Jakob died on Wednesday at the age of 88 at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.Jakob was born in Magelang, Central Java, on Sept. 27, 1931. He started his career as a teacher and later founded Kompas Gramedia, one of the country’s largest media and publishing companies, in 1965 with his colleague P.K. Ojong, who died in 1980. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Are You Too Busy for Love?.

first_img Tweet Photo Credit: Medioimages/PhotodiscThose of us perpetually single know not to dwell upon one question. Yet at some point, it will nag at us: Why am I always single?So when my girlfriend Jude’s husband, Patrick, offered his surprising opinion during a dinner party, I was all ears. “I’m just glad I asked Jude out in college,” he says. “Women were scary enough then, but now you’re all so busy and accomplished. It makes you unapproachable.”Looking at the astonished female faces around the table, I secretly wondered if he was right. Are we becoming too busy for relationships?“Single women are told to stay busy for two reasons,” says Bethany Marshall, Ph.D., author of Deal Breakers. “It’s easier to meet men when you’re out trying new things, and being distracted can stave off loneliness. But if you don’t slow down, you may not even notice when a man is interested in you, or you might convey that your life is full enough as is.”Take my single friend Alexia — classic multitasker. A 34-year-old television producer, she has a prestigious job at a media company, owns her apartment, takes Italian lessons, and in her “spare” time leads an art history lecture at her local community center. Oh, and she also runs marathons. Guys gutsy enough to approach her usually fall puffing by the wayside.Or Judith Offman, 36, a research biologist who juggles work with hobbies like cooking classes, film club, and Pilates. Like many women, she embraced an after-work activity — volunteering at a Jewish festival — to meet men. She loved it so much, she now runs it herself. “But I’m so busy with the event, I’m still single three years later,” she says.And then there’s journalist Anita Sethi, 29. When she’s not scrambling to meet one of her many deadlines, she’s writing a novel and gallivanting through South America. Yet her glittering résumé hasn’t helped her love life — in fact, her last date said he prefers “homey” women.My suggestion to women is this: Quit wondering why he didn’t call, and hop off the treadmill for a bit. Or your soul mate may come along and you won’t even notice. You’ll be late for an artisan butchery class and run right by (or over) him.by Marie Claire Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img LifestyleRelationships Are You Too Busy for Love?. by: – July 4, 2011 Share 44 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Cuba focuses efforts on renewable energy

first_img Share NewsRegional Cuba focuses efforts on renewable energy by: – June 11, 2012 Sharing is caring! 5 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Photo credit: alum_mit.eduHAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Cuba expects to add a 16.5 percent renewable energy contribution to the country’s energy output as a crucial factor for security, sustainability and sovereignty.The statement was made on Thursday by the director of the renewable energy division Manuel Menendez on a prime-time television show “The Round Table”, which focused on energy and the environment.Menendez said that fewer than 32,000 entities in the country are using renewable energy, including sun, wind, biomass, biogas and hydroelectric energy.The Cuban official explained that this picture is to be changed in tune with the Communist Party’s economic guidelines and he noted that, although it is a task being undertaken by state central administration entities, the whole society must play its role in this regard.He mentioned the conclusion of a wind-power map of the island and the construction of three experimental wind farms in different regions, which have contributed important electricity output, oil saving and less environmental pollution.Specialist Barbara Hernandez said that the sugar industry must give a significant contribution to this effort with a more efficient electricity generation based on sugar cane waste.The television show, which also included the participation of experts from the agriculture, electricity and environment sectors, highlighted the benefits that stem from the use of renewable energy sources.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Tokyo Olympics plans ‘insensitive, irresponsible’ – IOC member

first_img Loading… “The uncertainty of not knowing where you’re going to train tomorrow as facilities close and qualification events are cancelled all over the world would be terrible if you’ve been training your whole life for this. “Athletes can’t train, attendees can’t travel plan. Sponsors and marketers can’t market with any degree of sensitivity. “I think the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity.” Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t Afford14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Read Also: IOC set for crisis talks as fears grow for Tokyo Olympics In a later tweet, Wickenheiser expanded on her criticism. “Should the Olympics be cancelled? No one knows at this point and that IS my point,” she wrote. “To say for certain they will go ahead is an injustice to the athletes training and global population at large. We need to acknowledge the unknown.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 International Olympic Committee member Hayley Wickenheiser said Tuesday that vows to press ahead with plans for the Tokyo Games are “insensitive and irresponsible.” Canadian IOC member Hayley Wickenheiser says vows to press ahead with the Tokyo Olympics are irresponsible Wickenheiser, a member of Canada’s women’s ice hockey team that won four straight Olympic golds between 2002 and 2016, made her comments on Twitter. The 41-year-old IOC Athletes Commission member was speaking as the IOC said there was no need for “drastic decisions” over the staging of the July 24-August 8 event. IOC and Japanese officials have insisted they are working towards staging the Olympics as planned despite the escalating coronavirus pandemic. “This crisis is bigger than even the Olympics,” said Wickenheiser. “We don’t know what’s happening in the next 24 hours, let alone the next three months.” Wickenheiser pointed to the disruption the pandemic had already caused to athletes preparing for the games. Athletes have been prevented from accessing training facilities because of virus-related lockdowns, while others have seen key competitions and qualifying events cancelled. “From an athlete perspective, I can only imagine and try to empathise with the anxiety and heartbreak athletes are feeling right now,” Wickenheiser said.last_img read more

Fiesta Hispana returns to Batesville Saturday

first_imgBatesville, IN—The second annual Fiesta Hispana presented by the Hispanic Community Advisory Committee (HCAC) is set for Saturday, September 21 at Liberty Park. The popular event celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and features authentic Mexican cuisine, authentic music, dancing, family activities, children’s games and more.Fiesta Hispana begins at 3 p.m. and takes place in the Liberty Park pavilion where the authentic food is cooked on site. Tacos, tamales, and carnitas are among the foods that will be available for a minimal cash donation.“The inaugural Fiesta Hispana brought a huge crowd out to celebrate the Hispanic heritage shared by so many in our area,” said HCAC President Jodi Alexander. “This year we’re expecting even more people for what has turned out to be a wonderful event for all.”The Batesville Area Arts Council (BAAC) is presenting two bands who will spice up the celebration with their popular acts that represent the diverse range of musical styles in Latin America. The bands are Trio De Colores and Tropicante.Trio De Colores is a 3-person mariachi band that will bring the sound of Mexico to Liberty Park. Mariachi is a distinctive musical style that dates back to at least the 18th century in various regions of western Mexico.Tropicante will bring their international act to Batesville where you’ll be swinging and clapping to the Colombian “cumbia,” the Dominican “merengue,” the Venezuelan “tambor,” the Brazilian “samba,” and more. The 4-person ensemble has brought smiles to thousands with its contagious, upbeat music.  “We are excited to offer some additional support to another organization and saw this as an opportunity to expand the community’s cultural awareness, which is a primary goal of the BAAC,” said Leon Enneking, Vice President of BAAC.BAAC formerly known as The Rural Alliance for the Arts (RAA) is a not-for-profit organization founded in December 1988 to promote the arts by providing opportunities for artistic education, expression, and enjoyment in Batesville and the surrounding area.Proceeds will benefit the HCAC scholarship program for graduating seniors in Southeast Indiana who are either Latino or planning to major in a foreign language.The Hispanic Community Advisory Committee of Batesville is a volunteer-driven organization. We are a bridge between cultures and help local Hispanics and Latinos that live and work in our community. We provide translation services, English as a Second Language classes, college preparation, scholarships, and other community services.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger brands treatment of Louis van Gaal “disrespectful”

first_img Press Association Conflicting reports have suggested the Dutchman is set to lose his job at Old Trafford in the coming days while others say he may still see out the season. Only two weeks ago United were saying van Gaal would be at the helm for the remainder of his contract, which expires at the end of next season, but since then the club have gone on a woeful run. Arsene Wenger has suggested Manchester United’s treatment of manager Louis van Gaal is ‘disrespectful’ as speculation continues over his future. “I do not want anyone to lose their job, my personal feelings on that front is that it is always sad when someone loses their job.” The waters are clouded further by the fact Pep Guardiola has revealed he will be leaving his post at Bayern Munich at the end of the season. He has been tipped to make a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Manchester City both heavily linked with the 44-year-old and the likes of United also likely to be interested, but Wenger feels he was wrong to make an announcement over his future at such an early stage. “Yes, I would welcome (him) to the competition,” Wenger replied when asked if he would encourage Guardiola to come to England. “Personally I don’t like the fact that the managers come out so early for what they will do, because it’s not necessarily good for their own team, nor for the speculation about the managers who are going through a little bit of a difficult patch. But after, of course. “I think he is of course a top-quality manager, nobody would dispute that. Not so much for what he has won already, because Bayern won before, Barcelona still wins today. “But I think about the positive attitude he has towards the game and the fact he wants his team to play football in a positive way. I respect that highly.” Van Gaal’s situation has come under intensified scrutiny since Chelsea sacked Jose Mourinho last week – with many putting two and two together and suggesting he would be the man to be installed as the immediate replacement at Old Trafford should van Gaal be ousted. United have not won in six games and a home defeat to Norwich on Saturday was their third loss in succession, leaving them outside the Barclays Premier League top four after being knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage. The Red Devils travel to Stoke on Boxing Day and it remains unclear if van Gaal will be at the helm – but Arsenal boss Wenger, whose side outclassed United in a 3-0 win earlier in the season, believes past successes mean the former Holland coach should be given time to address the issues at the club. Speaking of Mourinho’s sacking and his next managerial move, Wenger launched a defence of van Gaal amid speculation he will be replaced by the former Real Madrid coach. When asked if he could see Mourinho turning up at Old Trafford, Wenger replied: “I do not want to go into a world of speculation. “I personally have a huge respect for Louis van Gaal and I think what is going on there is disrespectful. “This guy has worked for 30 years in football and has delivered unbelievable quality of work. I think it is a bit disrespectful what is going on there. “I think a lot has been made on that (Mourinho’s departure), and I do not need to add anything. last_img read more

Sydney Sixers win third straight` as Brisbane Heat routed for 73

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia, (CMC) – Sydney Sixers were winless in six outings before the arrival of West Indies Twenty20 star, Carlos Brathwaite.With the all-rounder in their ranks, they have now gone unbeaten in three games and he was among the wickets again on Thursday as they trounced Brisbane Heat by nine wickets.Playing at the Sydney Cricket Ground in their penultimate fixture of the Big Bash League, Sixers routed the Heat for 73 off 16.4 overs with seamer Brathwaite grabbing two for 20 from 2.4 overs.Fast bowler Sean Abbott led the attack with four for 11 while left-arm spinner Nathan Lyon supported with two for 17.For Heat, four batsmen reached double figures but none passed 15.In reply, left-handed opener Daniel Hughes struck 37 from 28 deliveries as Sixers motored to their target off exactly 10 overs.On Wednesday, in-form Barbadian seamer Jofra Archer starred yet again but his Hobart Hurricanes had their five-game winning streak snapped, with a 11-run defeat to Adelaide Strikers at the Adelaide Oval.Left-handed opener Alex Carey smashed 100 off 56 deliveries to lift the hosts to 187 for four off their 20 overs, adding 171 for the first wicket with Jake Weatherald who made 65.Archer snared three for 27 from his four overs and accounted for the other wicket to fall when he produced a brilliant direct hit at the non-strikers end off his own bowling in the 18th over, to send back Weatherald.Off the very next delivery, he bowled Carey with a fast straight yorker and then served up a superb last over which cost just six runs and yielded two wickets, as Hobart reined in the Strikers scoring.In reply, Hurricanes got 70 from opener Alex Doolan and 45 from Ben McDermott but came up short of their target at 176 for four.last_img read more