Police officer shot and killed during traffic stop in Arkansas

first_imgkali9/iStock(HOT SPRINGS, Ark.) — A police officer in Arkansas was shot and killed during a traffic stop Tuesday night in the town of Hot Springs.Officer Brent Scrimshire was conducting a traffic stop in the 100 block of Kenwood Street around 6:30 p.m. when shots were fired, according to a statement from the Hot Springs Police Department. Scrimshire was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.The suspect was also shot during the incident. Police have not released the name, motive or condition of the injured suspect.“More information will be released at a later time. We ask for prayers for our officer and his family,” the department said.The investigation will now be turned over to the Arkansas State Police. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img

Upgrading the State Department

first_imgThe foreign service also needs to embrace a flatter structure at the State Department, more innovation, and more tolerance for risk-taking, the authors said. In addition, the service requires a formal commitment to drive a drastic increase in diversity that puts more African Americans, Latinos, and women in ambassador-level positions.To reflect the envisioned changes in culture and learning, the authors argue that the name should change from the current Foreign Service of the United States.“A name that begins with the term ‘foreign’ and ends with the ‘United States’ is the reverse of how we should view America’s diplomats,” the report said.Instead, the authors say they encountered near universal support for a proposed new name: the “United States Diplomatic Service.” Related Ready for takeoff Grit and determination fuels Extension School student Sergio Lopez’s recovery after three heart attacks in succession From the service to school Veteran transfer students from community colleges make Harvard home An Air Force major completes his Ph.D. and becomes a new parent — all in three years Former senior U.S. State Department officials are calling for the first comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. Foreign Service in 40 years, arguing in a new report that the nation’s diplomatic corps needs to be less politicized, more professional, and nimbler in order to confront “one of the most profound crises in its long and proud history.”The report issued Tuesday by the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs offered a set of 10 detailed recommendations to position the Foreign Service of the United States to handle 21st century challenges.The report’s authors include Nicholas Burns, the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, who is the faculty chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project. As a career diplomat, Burns rose to under secretary of state for political affairs. His co-authors were career diplomats Marc Grossman, a former Fisher Family Fellow at the Kennedy School who also served in that role, and Marcie Ries, a Future of Diplomacy Project senior fellow who spent 37 years in diplomatic service and is a senior adviser to the Foreign Service Institute. Among their recommendations, the authors urge the incoming Biden administration and the U.S. Congress to curb the practice of appointing political supporters as ambassadors and senior officials in the State Department rather than career professionals. The report notes that not one of the 23 current Senate-confirmed assistant secretaries of state is a career official, “which is unprecedented in the modern history of the State Department.”Instead, the authors say the next administration should commit to appointing career professionals to 75 percent of those assistant secretary positions, and that career diplomats should hold 90 percent of all ambassadorial positions, up from an average of just 70 percent in recent decades. At an online event to announce the findings, Burns said the U.S. military and U.S. intelligence agencies have no such tradition of appointing political figures to such senior positions. “Can you imagine if we so politicized the military? The officer corps? We wouldn’t think of having a political appointee captain an aircraft carrier,” Burns told an audience of about 250 people, including many current and former diplomats who had participated in 40 working group sessions over the past year to gather ideas for the report. The authors urged Congress and President-elect Joe Biden to commit to a bipartisan effort to draft a new Foreign Service Act to codify the changes in law for the first time since the Foreign Service Act of 1980. They said dramatic changes in the world since then, not least advances in technology such as artificial intelligence, demand a better-trained and higher-skilled diplomatic corps freed from the constraints of an antiquated personnel system.To that end, the new law should authorize and fund a 15 percent increase in foreign service officer personnel or an additional 2,000 officers, to create a “training float” like that maintained by the U.S. military to allow for intensive training for a portion of the career staff at any one time. Ries called for a “career-long commitment to education” for foreign service officers that would be closer to the approach of the U.S. military and intelligence branches — both of which have gone through overhauls like the one the authors now urge for the diplomatic corps.Burns recalled that former Secretary of State Colin Powell often said that he had spent about seven years of his 35-year military career in training programs, whereas Burns said he had had just a few months of training during his diplomatic career, which included a stint as U.S. ambassador to NATO. A Navy SEAL who cheated death finds his voicelast_img read more

Falcons’ coach denies India link

first_imgRelatedPosts India to reopen schools even as country records  89,700 new virus cases Toxic alcohol death toll crosses 100 in India as 30 arrested India extends restrictions on domestic flights operations for four months Nigeria women’s national team head coach Thomas Dennerby has called links to the India U17 women national team job “fake news” and insists he is focused on sorting out his future with Nigeria.The head coach job at the helm of the 2020 Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup hosts is vacant and the All India Football Federation search for a tactician to lead the team on home soil is on.Dennerby has recently been linked to the job, as reports in India scooped by Goal claimed that the former Sweden coach is the AIFF’s leading candidate for the position.But Dennerby, who earlier threatened to leave current his job as coach of the Super Falcons of Nigeria, insisted that there was no approach for his services and that he is keen on resolving the matter with the West African nation’s governing body.“It’s fake news and click bait! There’s been no approach from any country,” Dennerby told Goal.“I believe they are quite aware of my situation with Nigeria but I want to clarify that I did not receive any proposal from India or any other country whatsoever, as they are saying.“I am still under contract with Nigeria and currently focused on sorting out my future before thinking about what is next for me.”Dennerby took over the Super Falcons in January 2018 having led the Sweden women’s side to a third-place finish at the 2011 Women’s World Cup during his seven-year stint in charge.Despite the current saga, Dennerby made his mark in the last 18 months, winning the African Women’s Cup of Nations, Wafu Cup and also reaching the Round of 16 at the Women’s World Cup.With Nigeria seeking to return to the Women’s Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, after missing the 2012 and 2016 editions, Dennerby is still keen on seeing out his contract which expires in the summer of 2020. Tags: Indialast_img read more

‘NBA 2K20’ ratings: List of overall numbers revealed ahead of release date

first_imgThe 2019 NBA Draft is complete, and the dust has settled following the wildest free agency period in league history. That means the rosters are nearly set for another edition of “NBA 2K.”Gamers will have to wait until Sept. 6 to play “NBA 2K20,” but 2K Sports has already announced overall ratings for the top 20 players ahead of the release date. LeBron James sits atop the “NBA 2K” mountain once again with a 97 overall rating, but Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (97) and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (96) are right behind the Lakers star. MORE: List of player ratings for “Madden NFL 20” Pelicans forward Zion Williamson earned the top spot for this year’s rookie class with an 81 overall rating. The former Duke star is the only first-year player to eclipse 80, though Grizzlies guard Ja Morant will start the 2018-19 season at 79 overall.Check out more ratings below before “NBA 2K20″ hits shelves.Contents:NBA 2K20 player ratings: Top 20 overallTop five rookiesTop five shootersTop dynamic duosTeaser video”NBA 2K20″ player ratings: Top 20 overallPlayerOverall rating1. LeBron James972. Kawhi Leonard973. Giannis Antetokounmpo964. Kevin Durant965. James Harden966. Stephen Curry967. Anthony Davis948. Paul George939. Damian Lillard9210. Joel Embiid9111. Kyrie Irving9112. Nikola Jokic9013. Russell Westbrook9014. Klay Thompson8915. Karl-Anthony Towns8916. Jimmy Butler8817. Kemba Walker8818. Donovan Mitchell8819. Rudy Gobert8820. Blake Griffin88″NBA 2K20″ player ratings: Top five rookiesPlayerOverall rating1. Zion Williamson812. Ja Morant793. RJ Barrett784. De’Andre Hunter775. Darius Garland77″NBA 2K20″ player ratings: Top five shootersPlayer3-point rating1. Stephen Curry992. Klay Thompson973. Joe Harris944. JJ Redick905. Buddy Hield90″NBA 2K20″ player ratings: Top dynamic duosPlayerAverage overall rating1. LeBron James and Anthony Davis95.52. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George953. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving93.54. James Harden and Russell Westbrook93″NBA 2K20” teaser videolast_img read more

Virat Kohli reacts to PM Modi’s Coronavirus address to the nation

first_imgAdvertisement s1NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsmnqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6ru2r( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1dks1Would you ever consider trying this?😱9kusCan your students do this? 🌚8ysmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian cricket’s icon and skipper Virat Kohli, has urged the country’s citizens to be “alert, attentive and aware” to fight against the threat posed by coronavirus. He also heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on the safety measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the country, requesting his fans to rigorously follow them.Advertisement “Be alert, attentive and aware to combat the threat posed by Covid 19. We, as responsible citizens, need to adhere to the norms put in place for our safety as announced by our Honourable Prime Minister Shri @NarendraModi ji. #IndiaFightsCorona,” Kohli tweeted.Advertisement The skipper then reminded about the efforts being put by the medical professionals in the country and the world for all their fight against the deadly disease.“Also, special mention to all the medical professionals in the country and around the globe for all the efforts being put in to fight the #CoronaVirus. Let’s support them by taking care of ourselves and everybody around us by maintaining good personal hygiene. #IndiaFightsCorona,” Kohli said.On Thursday, PM Modi requested the citizens to maintain a ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday March 22nd from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. while urging to inform at least 10 people about the Curfew. “The whole world is going through a very serious phase. Generally, whenever a natural crisis occurs, it is limited to a few countries or states. But the coronavirus outbreak has put the entire human race in crisis,” the Prime Minister said.“I promise you that there will not be a shortage of milk, food, medicines and other essential supplies. This supply will never be stopped, so there is no need to hoard stuff,” he added.As per various sources, India has seen over 170 cases of coronavirus till now with 4 deaths.And like most countries, India too have cancelled or postponed several sporting events throughout its territory as new cases continue to rise.The ODI series against South Africa had to be postponed after the first game, while the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has been rescheduled “as a precautionary measure” over the pandemic, BCCI announced last week. You may also like:Will India take part in Tokyo 2020 Olympics if it happens?Should India’s athletes voice their political opinion on social media? Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMark McHugh: Remember O’Donnell Park?BY PADDY WALSH: ROWING TO RIO – SINEAD GETS HER OAR IN FOR THE OLYMPICSClose to every day around the streets of Letterkenny, I’ll spot either Teresa or Michael Jennings out for their constitutionals. Not for them a short walk to the shop for the morning paper – they usually put in a lot more mileage than that – in their never ceasing fitness regime.But there’ll be an extra spring in their step these days as they reflect on the outstanding  achievement of daughter, Sinead, who, at the age of 38, will be competing for Ireland in the Olympic Games in Rio next year. After missing out on making the ‘A’ Final at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette in France, Sinead and her Dublin team-mate, Claire Lambe, finished third in the Lightweight Women’s Double Skulls ‘B’ Final to ensure qualification for Brazil. Party time, though knowing the Jennings family, the celebrations will have been low-key and the focus will continue to be on training. It has been a long road for the affable Letterkenny woman and one that saw her change sports back in the build-up to the London Olympics as she bid to qualify for the 2012 Games in cycling.Her blog from the time highlighted the sacrifices made – her daughter, Clodagh, had only recently come into the world – and the doubts that existed. “The question of whether I was good enough loomed large. Am I going to make it, is this all wasted effort?,” she wrote in August 2011. With time the doubts evaporated but she admitted it had been a gradual process.Sinead finished a mere 0.32 seconds outside the four minute mark in the National Track Championships which was, she pointed out, a watershed on the outdoor track. “It is by these small margins that Olympics are won and lost and from now to London I will be fighting to shave off every millisecond,” she blogged in September of that year.She recalled doing three to four hours around the hills of Letterkenny – no better place for demanding hill climbs and descents  – and the efforts that had left her spent. London, as it happened, didn’t materialise for her but it is now all systems go for Rio after reverting back to the sport in which she had excelled earlier in her sporting career. Excelled? Gold at the World Championships in Lucerne in 2001; bronze in Zagreb the previous year; and silver in Linz in 2008 – much more than excelled obviously. Her sister, Catriona, did compete in the marathon in London 2012 while Sinead’s husband, Sam, has been a participant on two occasions at Olympic level.A family that continues to go places – generally to the Olympic Games by the sound of it.Give a congratulatory nod to Teresa and Michael if you see them out on the road one of these days. As I say, you’ll know them easily as they’ll be the ones with a definite extra spring in their steps.RUB OF THE BLUE?Were I in Ollie Horgan’s size whatevers, I’m not sure if I’d be as calm or as reasoned in summing up the disallowed goal that denied Finn Harps the full quota of points and allowed bottom of the table, Waterford United, take one away from Ballybofey on Saturday night. Insisting that these things tended to balance themselves out in a season, the Harps boss maintained after the game: “Maybe you get those decisions in other games and they even out. Hopefully we might get the rub of the green between now and the end of the season to make up for that.”All well and good if you DO get such a decision going in your favour but what if you don’t and you end up losing out on automatic promotion by a point when had Damian McNulty’s headed “goal” (linesman, Alan Dunne’s inverted commas, not mine) gone in you would have been oiling the wheels for a crack at the Premier League next season?I’ve watched the video play-back half a dozen times and it’s clear that McNulty came in from an ONSIDE position when he powered his header to the net. And not long afterwards, Raymond Foy was clearly taken down on the edge of the box but was booked for a dive by referee Matthews.Two key moments that went against Harps on this occasion from a match they should have won and, let’s face it, should not have had to rely on disputed decisions to help them get there. Meanwhile, a couple of positives from the game apart from the performances of the likes of Ciaran Coll and Tony McNamee. Great to see big Stephen Parkhouse back at Finn Park as a special guest. Formed a significant partnership with Conor Gethins in the Harps front-line back in the day and was given a warm cead mile failte.And a note of praise to that small band of Harps supporters in the stand who continued to chant the team’s praises even after the full-time whistle clouding over the disappointment of the goal-less draw. It can only have impressed the familiar figure standing nearby them, one Colm McFadden. And as St. Michael’s and Donegal supporters will tell you, there is only one.THE WALTERS PERSPECTIVEJon Walters. Hero. Not simply for the goal that earned the Republic the three points against Georgia on Monday night. Or for the typically energetic performance the bustling striker put in as he invariably always do in a green shirt or that of his club side, Stoke City.You’ll have heard about West Bromwich’s Saido Berahino and his recent row with the club over the failure to allow him move on to Tottenham Hotspur during the transfer window. It got particularly nasty and has only now calmed down with the striker returning to training at The Hawthorns having insisted that he would never play for the club again.Walters also slapped in a transfer request as he attempted to force a move through to Norwich City. True, not nice to hear if you’re a Stoke fan and the twitter feed was full of some vicious reaction to the Irish striker’s demand. The transfer didn’t happen and he’ll continue to turn out for Mark Hughes team and the whole thing will probably be forgotten before long if he puts in his usual ninety-minute shift of all-out endeavour during the remainder of the season.But not for Walters a slap at Stoke and any insistence that he wouldn’t ever play for the club again. Instead a touch of humour as he tweeted: “Helicopter away for the year…sorry LVG it’s not happening.”But it was his pre-recorded interview prior to the match with Georgia that caught the ear. And indeed his post match comments.In both, Walters claimed that he was hugely fortunate to be playing football and receiving a significant wage for doing so. Hugely fortunate in all aspects of a comfortable lifestyle when, as he pointed out, the headlines in the media of recent times were all to do with people who are much less fortunate that him. Much, much less.The refugee crisis had put it all into perspective for him, he pointed out.Perspective. Not something those of us with a passion for sport and those of us who leaped out of our seats when Walters netted against Georgia always take on board.But something that Jon Walters obviously genuinely believes in – an image of the body of a three year old boy lying on a beach not easy to leave your mind even when you’re negotiating a career move.Mark EnglishMARKED MAN?Every time Mark English reaches another goal in his pursuit of greatness on the athletic tracks of the world, I cannot help but reflect on the recent claim by R.T.E. pundit, Jerry Kiernan, namely that the Letterkenny man had shown no improvement in his chosen sport over the past two years.He continued that path of no improvement by posting a time of 1:15:71 in the 600 metres at the Flame Games in Amsterdam at the weekend – finishing second behind Kenya’s Alfred Kipketer and setting a new Irish record for the distance in the process.That’s hot on the heels of attaining the qualification mark for the 2016 Olympics and helping to set a new Irish record by the men’s relay team at the World Championships in China. And no doubt when he takes out that silver medal from the European Indoor Championships and his bronze at the European Championships last year, he, too, must reflect on that lack of progress pointed to by Mr. Kiernan.Just where did it all go wrong?BOOST FOR LETTERKENNY  R.F.C. TRIOIt’s a bit early to be talking future international material for the trio of young Letterkenny rugby players who lined out with the Ulster under-18 team in their match with Connacht at the weekend but you have to say they’ve the ability to take their careers further if they can continue the progress that saw them earn that call-up.All three, Peter Scott, Daniel Faulkner and Joe Dunleavy, started for the Province in Magherafelt on Saturday and duly impressed in their respective roles in full-back, inside centre and wing forward.I’ve seen them in all action at various times and they certainly have the pedigree to add to their Ulster appearances and – well – who knows…?The Letterkenny trio were all involved in the Ulster try in the 15-9 defeat to Connacht with Scott going over for the score after being set by his two team-mates.A boost not just for the players but for the club who have produced some quality players over the years from under-age level.PUNISHMENT SHOWN THE RED CARDTime was that the Marx Brothers provided the greatest farce this side of the moon until along came the G.A.A. authorities to show them how it’s really done.Diarmuid Connolly may not have looked as if he was on the field of play on Saturday but he was and the only question to be asked is how? How was his ban overturned in the early hours of the morning of the semi-final replay when it appeared cut and dried that he would not be lining out that afternoon for Dublin following that well documented striking of Lee Keegan in the first game?That surely should have been it but the appeal process opens up all sorts of potential avenues for perpetrators, not to mention cans of worms, and at around 2 o’clock in the morning, Connolly was cleared to play and it was the punishment itself that was sidelined.And yes, there could indeed have been a number of other players from both Dublin and Mayo missing out had the entire process been given its head. But the point is that arguably Dublin’s best player – best in the country many would say – was given the green light by the Disputes Resolution Authority after the one match ban had been initially upheld by the G.A.A. Central Hearings Committee and the Central Appeals Committee.Not the first time the Dublin All-Star received clearance to play in a big game after a red card offence. Connolly was involved in an altercation with Donegal’s Marty Boyle a few years ago but on that occasion, his ban was lifted on a technicality.No such technicality this time out – only an appeals process that would appear to be flawed to the back bone.Moral of the story: a ban imposed by the G.A.A. isn’t worth the flimsy paper it’s written on.Or as Groucho Marx put it: “These are my principles and if you don’t like them…well, I have others.”GIVE US BACK THE HILLNothing, even the inclusion of Diarmuid Connolly, should or can take away from the fact that Dublin fully deserved their win on Saturday. Once Bernard Brogan rattled in their first goal with over fifty-five minutes gone to bring the scores level, there was really only going to be one team facing Kerry on Sunday week.Even when Cillian O’Connor had somehow managed to knock the ball to the net while off-balance to put Mayo four points to the good, there was still this feeling that the Dubs had a gear to go up and up it went.And so the Foxford curse continues to hang heavily over the men from Enda Kenny’s county and wouldn’t you think a man in his position would be able to pull a few strings and get the thing lifted? And you wonder do any or all of the players in those Mayo squads go into the business end of the All-Ireland Championship, as they have done over the past few years, with that old story of the angry priest imposing that curse because the returning All-Ireland winners of 1951 failed to give due respect at the funeral of a local dignitary.I know they’ve all probably dismissed it in their minds as a load of old stuff that cattle deposit but, still, lingering there in the dark recesses might just be the doubts whenever each years passes and Sam refuses to come in within an asses roar of Foxford or anywhere else in Kenny’s kingdom.Credit, though, to the Dubs who showed that they didn’t need to exert to physicality to overcome the Mayomen and as the game wore into its later stages, the chant from The Hill was becoming more confident with each passing second and ball.Ah yes, The Hill. Packed as it always is on these occasions with the familiar blue – a sight that may gladden the hearts of Dublin supporters but still ranks as a serious bone of contention to this mind. Every time the Dubs play at Croker, there they are – filling up every corner of it and consequently starting every game with a distinct psychological advantage. What kind of boost must it give to any Dublin team when they take to the field and why indeed in the first place was it designated as a Dubs only terrace (back in the nineties their supporters objected seriously to plans for an all-seater  arrangement in the old Nally stand and their views were upheld)?And there was the rest of us believing that Croke Park belonged to every footballing and hurling county in the country. Dream on, culchies, would appear to be the message from the  current occupants of The Hill.FAIR POINTMark McHugh reckons he’d have preferred watching Fair City than the Republic of Ireland game with Georgia.Not sure which of them should feel insulted more –  the R.T.E. series or Martin O’Neill’s management style but it was probably both.Believe me, Mark, I felt the same way when I was watching most of the game. Just as I did when I stood through the National League outing between Donegal and Monaghan at O’Donnell Park back in March.Hell (and it was), I would have almost watched ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ if I could have got that hour of my life back again.WAYNE’S WORLDSo Wayne Rooney has surpassed Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 international goals for his country?Only seventeen more and he’ll reach Robbie Keane’s current total….PADDY WALSH ON WEDNESDAY: ROWING TO RIO, HARPS’ BLUES AND TAKING BACK THE HILL was last modified: September 9th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:mark englishMark McHughPaddy Walshpaddy walsjsinead jenningslast_img read more

Saints confident of seeing off interest in teenage star

first_imgSouthampton manager Nigel Adkins remains confident highly-rated teenager Luke Shaw will stay at St Mary’s.Chelsea expressed an interest in the left-back during the summer and are expected to make another approach when the transfer window opens next month.A number of other clubs have also been watching him closely for some time, with Arsenal believed to be seriously interested.But Southampton are hoping he will sign a new long-term contract and Shaw has indicated that he wants to stay.“Luke is very happy where he is,” Adkins insisted.Click here for our Sunderland v Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

EU, SADC in joint investment drive

first_img18 April 2006The European Union (EU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) have launched a new drive to facilitate European investor funding in 100 mining projects in the southern African region.According to Mining Weekly, this is the third mining initiative launched by the EU-SADC Investment Promotion Programme (Esipp), following similar initiatives in 1994 and 2000.Esipp, a joint EU-SADC programme designed to attract foreign investment in the region, brings together European and southern African entrepreneurs in five targeted sectors: construction and building materials, tourism, light engineering, agro-industry and mining.According to Mining Weekly, Esipp has begun the process of identifying mining projects in 12 of the SADC’s 14 member countries, with regional workshops having already taken place in Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.Once identified and validated, the projects will be presented to potential EU investors at a meeting – dubbed Mines 2006 – in Lusaka, Zambia in November.In November 2005, Esipp hosted a similar investment promotion conference for the building materials and construction sector, followed by a conference for the light engineering sector in February 2006.Tourism 2006, an event taking place in Namibia in October, will bring together potential EU and SADC business partners in tourism, while projects and investors in the agro-industry sector will be catered for in 2007.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Big crops in 2016 pushing need to boost demand

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA weekly crop progress report of Nov. 7 had the U.S. corn harvest at 86% while the soybean harvest was 93% complete. Ohio was at a very similar pace that showed corn harvest at 81% with soybeans at 95% complete. The five-year average harvest pace for Ohio had corn harvest at 67% and soybean harvest at 85%. The fantastic harvest weather since early October had Ohio’s producers experiencing very few delays due to rain events. In fact, the weather has been pretty much one of a prolonged trend of normal to above normal temperatures with below normal rainfall. It allowed those producers planting wheat to get it sowed timely during the first two weeks of October. Then for many, rains followed within seven to 10 days, pushing wheat to a fantastic early start with fields a deep green, bringing smiles to producers. Unfortunately, with world wheat stocks at record levels, wheat prices are in the tank as they continue to trade at 10-year lows. For many in Ohio, wheat prices for new crop 2017 wheat are near the $4.30 mark, certainly nothing to be excited about. Those that can double crop soybeans following wheat will certainly be well pleased with the 30 to 40 bushels per acre many experienced with double crop soybeans in 2016.The Nov. 9 USDA supply and demand report proved to be bearish as corn and soybean production, yields, and ending stocks were all above trader expectations. USDA put U.S. corn production at 15.226 billion bushels and the yield at 175.3 bushels per acre. Both are at new record levels. Corn ending stocks rose 83 million bushels from October, now at 2.403 billion bushels. Corn is flirting near the critical ending stock number of 2.5 billion bushels. That kind of a number often brings about negative price thoughts that can last for months. Demand for corn is above levels of last year. All eyes will continue to watch U.S. corn exports in the months ahead, now at 2.15 billion bushels. It will be crucial to watch since those exports were lowered 100 million bushels last month. December CBOT corn currently has a contract low of $3.1475. For much of this fall it traded in a sideways range of $3.30 to $3.60.USDA estimated U.S. soybean production at 4.361 billion bushels with a yield of 52.5 bushels per acre. Ending stocks are at 480 million bushels, up 85 million bushels from the October report. Both U.S. corn and soybean production and yields are at record levels this year. The U.S. soybean yield has risen every month since the actual field reports began with the August report. At that time USDA estimated the soybean yield at 48.9 bushels per acre. It should be no surprise that the U.S. soybean yield in November was up 7% or 3.6 bushels from August. The 2016 soybean production year has been compared to 1994 with similar weather patterns. In 1994 the November yield compared to August rose 11%.Grain producers, especially soybeans, are being treated to a new news event. No, it is not the election of Donald Trump as President. Rather, it comes from China. On Friday, Nov. 11, grain markets watched with anxiety and surprise all at the same time. That day January 2017 CBOT soybeans closed at $9.86, down 12 cents, and near the lows for the month of November. News that the Chinese government had capped speculation on the trading of commodities in China aided the day’s decline. Rumor had it that China had forced a large fund to liquidate large long soybean positions as the fund exceeded position limits. More details will certainly be seen in coming months.With harvest quickly coming to a halt as of mid-November, harvest selling pressure is now behind us. Producers seemed to be willing to sell soybeans this harvest season to give them operating funds. They are holding quite a bit of of corn in anticipation of prices hopefully moving near the $4 mark in coming months. In the near-term the market will continue to focus on record production and less on record demand.last_img read more