Live updates: Warriors vs. Timberwolves, Monday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Monday at 7:30 p.m. when the streaking Warriors take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oracle Arena.The Warriors (18-9) will finally get their fourth All-Star, Draymond Green, back in the lineup. Green, who has missed the past 11 games with a sprained right toe, is expected to return after an absence which saw Golden State go just 6-5 without him.The defensive stalwart will come in handy against the Timberwolves, who boast the scoring talents of …last_img

Cash Market Moves

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mary KennedyDTN Cash Grains AnalystDuring the signing of the tax overhaul bill on Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump said, “Infrastructure is by far the easiest,” according to a Washington Post article from Jan. 3, 2018. “People want it — Republicans and Democrats. We’re going to have tremendous Democrat support on infrastructure as you know. I could’ve started with infrastructure — I actually wanted to save the easy one for the one down the road. So we’ll be having that done pretty quickly,” the Washington Post quoted the president as saying.Over one year later, there is still no firm plan for how to fund and fix the nation’s aging infrastructure. In March 2018, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, an assessment of the condition of the nation’s infrastructure across 16 categories (roads, bridges, railroads, inland waterways, etc.). This report card is issued every four years. The overall grade for the entire 16 categories was a D-plus. (https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/…)At that time, in regard to the infrastructure report card, Mike Steenhoek, executive director of Soy Transportation Coalition (STC), told DTN: “First of all, it’s hard to have an A-plus economy and A-plus agriculture with a D-plus infrastructure. In order to be profitable, it is not sufficient to stimulate supply and demand. It is also essential to stimulate greater connectivity with supply and demand. Transportation infrastructure provides that connectivity.”Steenhoek continued: “I like to argue that agriculture has one of the most diverse and elongated supply chains of any industry in existence. We are heavily exposed to and dependent upon our system of roads and bridges, highways and interstates, inland waterways, railroads and ports. Farmers do not have the luxury of locating themselves in proximity to infrastructure. Rather, farmers hope infrastructure locates in proximity to them. Our viability as an industry depends upon having each of these modes being properly maintained and providing seamless transition from one to the other.”After President Trump’s State of the Union speech last week, in which the president called for a bipartisan effort to address the needs of the nation’s infrastructure, I asked Steenhoek again about his thoughts on the subject.Here is what Steenhoek had to say: “While we are very appreciative of the inclusion of transportation infrastructure during the President’s remarks, we are particularly hopeful that this intention will soon become an outcome. We encourage the President and Congress to enhance not just the transportation needs of urban America, but also the needs of rural America.“The temptation among our elected leaders is to regard transportation challenges in terms of urban congestion or long commute times. While this is most certainly a frustrating reality for many Americans that should be addressed, we must also be attentive to the addressing the challenges of moving freight, including agricultural freight.”The ASCE report card provided proof that our infrastructure is crumbling and is in dire need of funding. The nation’s roads received a D-minus, with inland waterways, dams and levees receiving the next lowest grade of D.In 2018, the Soy Transportation Coalition released its “Top 10 Most Wanted List” of infrastructure priorities. Steenhoek told me last week that the STC is hopeful any effort by our elected leaders to address our transportation challenges will include some or all of these priorities.Soy Transportation Coalition’s “Top 10 Most Wanted List” of Transportation Priorities:— Maintenance and rehabilitation of locks and dams to significantly reduce the potential for unexpected, widespread and prolonged failure. Priority should be devoted to ensuring the reliability of locks and dams along the nation’s inland waterways.— Dredging the lower Mississippi River between Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Gulf of Mexico to 50 feet.— Ensuring the Columbia River shipping channel from Portland, Oregon, to the Pacific Ocean is maintained at no less than 43 feet.— Permit six-axle, 91,000-pound semis to operate on the interstate highway system.— Increase the federal fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon and index the tax to inflation. Ensure rural areas receive proportionate, sufficient funding from the fuel tax increase.— Provide greater predictability and reliability of funding for the locks and dams along the inland waterway system.— Provide block grants to states to replace the top 20 most critical rural bridges.— Provide grants to states to implement rural bridge load testing projects to more accurately diagnose which bridges are sufficient and which are deficient.— Ensure full utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for port improvement initiatives.— Permanent (or at least multi-year) extension of the short-line railroad tax credit.Steenhoek commented that one particular infrastructure investment included on the list that could provide substantial benefit to farmers would be to dredge the lower Mississippi River from 45 feet to 50 feet. A deeper river would allow both larger ships to be utilized and current ships being utilized to be loaded with more revenue-producing freight“The 256-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Gulf of Mexico accounts for 60% of U.S. soybean exports, along with 59% of corn exports — by far the leading export region for both commodities,” said Steenhoek. “The STC research highlighted that shipping costs for soybeans from Mississippi Gulf export terminals could decline 13 cents per bushel ($5 per metric ton) if the lower Mississippi River is dredged to 50 feet.”The STC research further estimated farmers in the 31 evaluated states could annually receive an additional $461 million for their soybeans due to a more favorable basis resulting from dredging the lower Mississippi River to 50 feet. “All too often, infrastructure projects can only provide a theoretical benefit. Dredging the lower Mississippi River is an example of a tangible investment having a tangible impact on farmers throughout the country,” said Steenhoek.None of that matters if our current lock and dam system fails, shutting off commerce on the river system. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has said in the past that it is “unable to adequately fund maintenance activities to ensure the navigation system operates at an acceptable level of performance.” A failure of significant duration, especially during and after harvest, would have a negative impact on the soybean and grain industries and cause farmers to lose money, affecting their profitability.Steenhoek noted that, in 2013, Congress allocated $4.7 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Program, which is the account responsible for maintaining and improving our nation’s locks and dams. The current appropriations bill allocated $6.9 billion — a 47% increase over five years.“Congress and the Administration need to build on this momentum in order to provide a well-maintained system of locks and dams. A failure at one or more of these sites would have severe consequences on the competitiveness of the American farmer,” said Steenhoek.“We sincerely hope a bipartisan effort can produce an infrastructure initiative that benefits the needs of both urban and rural areas of this country,” said Steenhoek. “It is time for infrastructure to move from the on deck circle to the batter’s box.”Here is a link to the STC website: http://www.soytransportation.org/….Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn(BE/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Sequence In Which You Do Things Matters

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now It matters if you put discovery before presenting. It also matters if you set the context for the conversation by sharing ideas and insights and experiences that suggest your dream client should explore doing something different. The order in which you do these things can improve or diminish your chances for achieving your desired outcomes. You might set the stage for change or ruin it.You might start at the top of the organizational chart in hopes of being sponsored down into the organization. You might also sneak in the back door, find someone who will engage with you and give you a theory that helps you to create an opportunity with leadership. Both of these are viable strategies, but choosing one means not choosing the other. Each comes with advantages and disadvantages. You may eliminate resistance or create it.You could choose to bring obstacles and opponents into the sales process early, counting on your sponsors and coaches to defend your idea and help them agree to change—or at least stand down. Another choice would be to isolate the opponents to you and your change until your initiative is a forgone conclusion, a runaway train that can no longer be stopped. You may win a deal to find you lack the support to make it work.You might do the most difficult or unpleasant task first thing in the morning, when your will is at highest point, and when you have the psychic RAM. You might also do what you enjoy the most when your energy is at its peak and save the thing you like to do least until the end of the day. The order in which you do things will have an impact on whether—and how—they get done.Good salesmanship is made up of good choices. You have to decide what to do, and oftentimes you must decide in what order to things. The decision as to the sequence comes with consequences, and the decision as to the order of operations is as important as the decision as to what to do and how you do it.last_img read more

Congress, NCP decide to contest equal number of seats

first_imgFormer chief minister and senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday said his party and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have finalised to contest 123 to 125 Assembly seats each and leave the rest of the 288 open for discussion or share them with smaller allies. “As per the discussions till now, Congress is going to contest somewhere between 123 and 125 seats, while an equal number of seats will be contested by the NCP. Discussions on around 40 seats is yet to take place,” Mr. Chavan said at a press conference. While in 2014, the two parties contested independently, prior to that, the Congress would have a larger share. However, given that the NCP won four seats in the Lok Sabha polls and the Congress only one, the allies seem to have agreed on contesting an equal number of seats. When asked about other allies, Mr. Chavan said the Congress is in talks with the Samajwadi Party and the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha. “We want to join hands with Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi. But they are not willing to form an alliance with the NCP … We can give them a few seats from our share, but they have to accept NCP as well,” Mr. Chavan said. He ruled out any talk of alliance with the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen. When asked whether the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena will be part of the alliance, Mr. Chavan said local level talks could be under way. “But we have not yet decided,” he said.On Wednesday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi. According to sources, the meeting was to finalise the seat-sharing formula. Earlier, Mr. Chavan said the State government was not doing enough to bring foreign direct investment (FDI) into the State, and dared Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to provide district-wise figures of FDI inflow since 2014.Speaking about the Centre’s ambitious plans to get the country’s economy to the $5 trillion mark by 2025, Mr. Chavan said knowing the size of an economy was not enough to gauge its health. “You need to know the GDP growth rate and the current per capita income. I challenge the Centre and Maharashtra government to provide the correct figures. Our economy is in a shambles due to the policies of the Narendra Modi government. It has been misleading the youth and farmers,” Mr. Chavan said.last_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Saina Nehwal marches into quarters

first_imgOn a day when the badminton world was shrouded with controversy, it was business as usual for India’s Saina Nehwal as she cruised into the quarterfinals of the women’s badminton singles at the London Olympics here Wednesday.Eight women badminton players were disqualified from the doubles event for throwing matches to get a favourable opponent.Saina, who will be making her second quarterfinal appearance in the Olympics, though didn’t let any of this distract her as she disposed off Jie Yao of the Netherlands 21-14, 21-16.The Indian, seeded fourth, was in top form and sent a warning to her opponents with her full array of shots that demolished the eleventh seed.The first game was easy for the Indian, as she opened a 10-4 lead. Saina made her opponent run all over the court with her trademark disguised drop shots in full show.The second was a tighter affair, the Indian took a 5-2 lead initially but was pegged back by some dogged play by the Dutch player, who then managed to take a 8-5 lead.Saina’s reply came swiftly as she lifted her game to wipe off the deficit and then take a 13-9 lead. Some bad judgement calls by the Indian allowed the 11th seed to crawl back into the game but the writing was on the wall for the Dutch shuttler as Saina finally closed the game 21-16.Earlier in the day, Parupalli Kashyap created history by becoming the first Indian male player to enter the singles quarterfinals at Olympics, defeating Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne in three games.advertisementKashyap won a tough match 21-14, 15-21, 21-9, in one hour and six minutes at the Wembley Arena. The previous best performance was by Dipankar Bhattarcharjee in the 1992 Barcelona Games where he lost the third round match to Chinese Zhao Jianhua.last_img read more

Mississippi State Releases “Noise” Hype Video Ahead Of 2015 Season

first_imgMississippi State highlights ahead of the 2015 season.Mississippi State Football “No Noise” Hype VideoThe 2014 campaign was historic for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs, who started the season unranked, rose to No. 1 in the polls after huge victories over LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in succession. While the squad didn’t finish the year how it wanted, it’s clear that Mississippi State football was as relevant as it’s been in quite some time this past year. Heading into 2015, the Bulldogs want to finish the job and compete for a national championship in the College Football Playoff.Thursday, MSU released a hype video titled “Noise” to tease the 2015 campaign. It chronicles last year’s rise before setting the stage for the upcoming season. Check it out:Mississippi State opens with Southern Miss on September 5.last_img read more

Cincinnati Apparel Company Has Hysterical New Ohio State Shirt Featuring Depressed Michigan Fan

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan State fans are not the only ones delerious with joy after Michigan’s last play collapse on Saturday. Ohio State fans aren’t afraid to revel in any loss by the “Team Up North.” “Cincy Shirts,” an Ohio apparel company, printed a new shirt called “The Disappointment Up North” after the game, featuring the depressed Michigan fan that went viral after the Wolverines’ loss. It is pretty perfect.Sorry folks, but we had to! Depressed Michigan Fan shirt now available!Get yours here –> http://goo.gl/Y0zxowPosted by Cincy Shirts on Saturday, October 17, 2015The shirts are available for order at CincyShirts.com. We expect a few Buckeye fans will be interested in them.[CincyShirts.com]last_img read more

Programme Director Says NIDS Will Serve to Eliminate Corruption

first_img Programme Director of the National Identification System (NIDS), Warren Vernon, says the system will serve to eliminate the prevalence of corruption across several government agencies. Story Highlights “You have persons being paid to deliver quality services, but because of inefficiencies… you don’t get these services on time, so, as a result, you have to pay somebody to get it done for you quickly,” he said. “We are introducing a system to eliminate, if not significantly minimise corruption, identity theft and fraud, and to make sure persons are not invisible to the State (so that they can fully benefit from government services),” he said. Programme Director of the National Identification System (NIDS), Warren Vernon, says the system will serve to eliminate the prevalence of corruption across several government agencies.“You have persons being paid to deliver quality services, but because of inefficiencies… you don’t get these services on time, so, as a result, you have to pay somebody to get it done for you quickly,” he said.Mr. Vernon was speaking at a seminar on the NIDS, held at the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) in Kingston on March 13.He pointed out that the cost of corruption in Jamaica is more than $60 billion annually, noting that those who are benefiting from illicit activities are highly opposed to the system.“We are introducing a system to eliminate, if not significantly minimise corruption, identity theft and fraud, and to make sure persons are not invisible to the State (so that they can fully benefit from government services),” he said.The NIDS is being facilitated under the National Identification and Registration Bill, which was passed in the Houses of Parliament last year, and will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Under the system, which will have anti-fraud features, each citizen will have a unique nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN) that they will have for life.It is expected that the NIDS will become the primary source for identity assurance, authentication and verification, in order to improve the governance and management of social, economic and security programmes.In the meantime, Chief Information Officer, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), Natasha Sampson, said NIDS will be a “source of truth for identity” and will significantly enhance the efficiency of the operations of TAJ.Pointing to some of the advantages of NIDS for the TAJ, Ms. Sampson noted that its introduction will lead to reduced processing time and reduced administrative costs; improved accuracy, currency and overall quality of data; increased ability to identify and locate taxpayers for compliance activities; and a widening of tax base due to increased access to third-party information.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.Roll-out of NIDS is slated to begin with a pilot project in January 2019, focusing on civil servants.The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘NIDS: Vehicle for Change or Invasion of Privacy’, was hosted by a group of administrative assistants and secretaries from various government ministries, agencies and departments (MDAs), who dubbed themselves ‘Administrative Visioneers’.The event was part of the evaluation process for the group, which is currently pursuing a diploma in the Administrative Management Programme at MIND.last_img read more

Seaspan Eyes USD 250 Mn Debt from Fairfax

first_imgzoom Containership manager and owner Seaspan Corporation is looking to secure up to USD 250 million of investment from Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.In late December 2017, the company entered into a letter of intent pursuant to which Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, through certain subsidiaries, will make the investment in exchange for the issuance of 5.5% interest bearing unsecured debentures and Class A Common Share purchase warrants.Seaspan informed that it intends to use the proceeds from this USD 250 million investment to fund future growth initiatives, debt repayment and for general corporate purposes.Fairfax has agreed to subscribe on a private placement basis, and subject to certain conditions, for debentures in a maximum aggregate amount of USD 250 million.The debentures, which will be unsecured obligations, will mature in seven years and will be guaranteed by certain of Seaspan’s subsidiaries. The company will have the right to redeem the debentures at face value plus all accrued but unpaid interest thereon at any time after the fifth anniversary of issuance.Seaspan has also agreed to issue 38,461,539 warrants, each exercisable into one class A common share in the capital of Seaspan and exercisable at USD 6.50 per share. Each warrant will be exercisable within seven years.“The investment by Fairfax will strengthen and simplify our balance sheet, while increasing our financial flexibility to take advantage of compelling opportunities,” David Sokol, Chairman of Seaspan Corporation, said.Fairfax will have the right to nominate two independent directors to the board of directors of Seaspan for so long as at least 50% of the debentures remain outstanding. Fairfax will have the right to nominate one independent director to the board of directors of Seaspan if less than 50%, but more than 20%, of the debentures remain outstanding.Furthermore, Seaspan has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Fairfax pursuant to which it has agreed that it will not solicit interest from any other party in relation to any potential capital raising or financial transaction involving debt or equity of Seaspan until January 19, 2018.Closing of the transaction is subject to the settlement of mutually agreeable definitive documentation, and other customary closing conditions.last_img read more

Obama income inequality a threat to American social cohesion

first_imgWASHINGTON – US President Obama says that combined trends of increased income inequality and decreased mobility pose a fundamental threat to American dreamUS President Barack Obama speaking at the Center for American Progress (CAP) said on Wednesday that they would take measures against income inequalities in the US, one of which would be to raise the minimum wage which is currently below where it was when Harry Truman was in Office in the 1940s.Obama states that the US often accepts more income inequality than many other nations, “because we are convinced that America is a place where, even if you’re born with nothing, with a little hard work, you can improve your own situation over time and build something better to leave your kids.”“But starting in the late ‘70s, this social construct began to unravel. Technology made it easier for companies to do more with less, eliminating certain job occupations. A more competitive world led companies to ship jobs anywhere,  and as good manufacturing jobs automated or headed offshore, workers lost their leverage; jobs paid less and offered fewer benefits,” declared President Obama.Obama stated that since 1979 the US economy has more than doubled in size, but most of the growth has laned with the fortunate few, “The top 10 percent no longer take in one-third of our income; it now takes half,” he said.Obama referring to recent studies said that growth is more fragile and recessions are more frequent in countries with greater inequality.“The opportunity gap in America is now as much about class as it is about race. And that gap is growing. So if we’re going to take on growing inequality and trying to improve upward mobility for all people, we’ve got to move beyond the false notion that this is an issue exclusively of a minority concern. And we have to reject  politics that suggests any effort to address it in a meaningful way somehow pits the interests of a deserving middle class against those of an undeserving poor in search of handouts,” added Obama.last_img read more