Prayers and messages wishing former President Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery continue to flood in from around the world.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) Churchgoers across the country joined thousands of people from all over the world wishing former South African President Nelson Mandela a quick recovery. Over the weekend churches around South Africa held vigils and said special prayers for the ailing Nobel Peace Prize laureate. “Let us light a candle and pray for the health of former president uTata Nelson Mandela,” said Pastor Joseph Kubheka of the Methodist church in Johannesburg’s Braamfontein suburb, at the morning service on Sunday.Many other churches in the country included similar prayers in their Sunday services. Over the past week, messages of support wishing Mandela a speedy recovery have poured in from all over the world.The elder statesman was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday 26 January, suffering with an acute respiratory infection. He was discharged two days later to recuperate at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home, where he continues to receive specialist care.“Let us now unite in prayer and wish him a speedy recovery,” said African National Congress treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, who attended the prayer service organised by the ruling party and the Eastern Cape Council of Churches for Mandela at the Regent Hotel in East London on Sunday.A candle of hopeGauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane joined the congregation at Soweto’s famous Regina Mundi Catholic Church, praying for Mandela’s fast recuperation. As part of the Candle of Hope campaign, which encourages people to show their support for Mandela by lighting a candle of hope for his recovery, Mokonyane lit a candle bearing an image of the South African flag as prayers were said.At the Faith Mission Church of Christ in Vosloosrus, east of Johannesburg, the congregation sang songs and clapped in celebration of the anti-apartheid icon. “We want to wish uTata well, we hope he recovers soon,” said Ntate Jacob Motlana, one of the elders in the church.“There has been such a gloomy air surrounding our great hero’s hospitalisation, so by celebrating his life in our service today we are hoping to send some positive energy that will put uTata in good spirits. We hope he is not in pain and recovers soon.”Well-wishers congregated at the Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton, northern Johannesburg, on 29 January to light candles and pray for Mandela. The candle lighting ceremony was also aimed at sending prayers and positive energy to the veteran.“Light represents life and ignites warmth and good energy, so that is why we have lit candles,” said Gordan Dehl, who attended the ceremony. “We hope that as the candles burn they blow some positive energy that helps Mr Mandela heal soon.”World leaders, including US President Barack Obama, have also sent their best wishes to Mandela.“We truly appreciate the support and good wishes we received,” said South African President Jacob Zuma.Speaking at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday, Zuma also wished the statesman a full recovery.“We wish him a long life and good health, as he continues to age with dignity and inspire all of us to strive to be better people each day.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Trade was one of the hottest topics in the 2016 campaigns, both primaries and in the generalMatt Robertselection. Unlike nearly every previous post-war president, President Trump appears poised to continue his campaign rhetoric on trade once in office. Row-crop agriculture is unusual in that it is both typically a small family business and is highly export dependent. Were a trade war to break out between the U.S. and China, recent experience indicates that agriculture, and particularly soybeans, would be an early casualty. This article explores the international soybean trade to try to understand how a tariff or embargo might affect U.S. soybean producers.In 2002, President Bush placed an import tariff on steel coming in to the U.S. to protect US producers under section 201 of the 1974 Trade Act. Section 201 was created so that the US government could grant temporary protection to industries who were being gravely harmed by trade, in order for them to adjust and adapt. The EU was the first to file a suit at the WTO against the U.S. tariffs. In November of 2003, the WTO ruled for the EU, and allowed the EU to impose tariffs up to a total of $2 billion. The EU published a list of targeted products, and they were very specific, meant to harm Bush in swing states in the 2004 elections.Looking at 2017, it is clear that agricultural exports to China play a large, and symbolic, role in our trade. But we are not the only exporter to China.China imports a lot of soy — 83.2mmt in 2015/16. Of that, 31.8mmt are from the U.S. Second, that China could not impose an embargo without seriously damaging domestic supplies of soybeans. (Not that I think that they would want to). Why? In the past, when such embargoes were imposed, what we saw were redistributions among international trade–Brazil, a non-embargoed nation, would increase exports at the expense of domestic consumption, and then “back-fill” the domestic demand using imports from the USA. Such an arrangement would be markedly less efficient, and would require improvements in Brazilian infrastructure, and would ultimately result in lower prices received by U.S. farmers and higher prices paid by Chinese end-users.In addition to its 40.2mmt of exports to China, Brazil crushes 43.4mmt domestically. Of that, they export approximately half, mostly to China. Converting this to soybean terms, that means that there is another ~20mmt of domestically consumed beans that could go to China from Brazil. Similar calculations for Argentina indicate very little room for additional exports, as Argentina already exports roughly 90% of the meal that they produce. If Brazil and Argentina diverted all exports to China, there might be enough bushels to meet Chinese demand, but only barely.Ultimately, such an embargo is nearly impossible because of the need for U.S. soybeans to meet China’s demand. This doesn’t mean that a reciprocal tariff couldn’t happen, though. In economics, we like to think of tariffs as ‘wedges’ between the price paid and the price received. The “incidence” of a tariff is who bears what portion of the wedge compared to trading without the tariff. There are a myriad of formal econometric techniques to estimate the incidence, but the intuition is always the same, whichever is more inelastic, supply or demand, will bear more of the cost of the tariff.It’s not clear whether U.S. supply or Chinese demand is more inelastic. Within a crop year, I suspect that U.S. supply is much more inelastic, as crops have been planted, and the bushels need a home. For that reason, I would expect if such a tariff were imposed, at least two-thirds of it would be subtracted from U.S. cash prices, through a combination of weaker basis and lower futures prices. Over multiple years, acreage allocation has more ability to shift to other crops than Chinese demand has to shift to other sources of protein. Therefore, I would expect to see the incidence falling on U.S. farmers declining to a third or less within one full crop year, and nearly zero after two.For more from Matt Roberts, email him at email@example.com or visit kernmantlegroup.com.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Sydney Snider, OCJ FFA reporterAs a student who grew up around FFA and agricultural education, Luke Jennings knows the impact the organization has on students and communities.“I have been around FFA my whole life,” said Jennings, a freshman member of the Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter. “And I have seen how it has changed so many lives.” Jennings’ mom is the FFA advisor and agricultural education teacher at Felicity-Franklin high school, located in Clermont County. The impact of FFA is what led Jennings to apply for the 2018 Culver’s essay program. The program asks students to explain what the most recent National FFA theme means to them. This past year’s theme was “I Can. We Will.”In his essay, Jennings wrote, “If we believe in the future of agriculture, then we must become advocates for agriculture. As the world’s population is rapidly growing and is approaching 10 billion people by 2050, we agriculturists must feed and clothe these people. It is estimated that less than 2 percent of the population are involved in the production of food. To end world hunger, to feed the world and to put agriculture back in the spotlight, we must raise agriculturists. Maybe I can feed 50 people as a single farmer, but together we will feed the entire planet.”Each year, Culver’s selects three essays to receive award money: $7,500 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place. The money goes to the student’s chapter to support FFA trips and event costs.Jennings was named the first place winner this year and was overwhelmed with joy. “When I found out I won I was actually in the car on the way to an orthodontist appointment and my mom got a call saying that they really, really liked my essay,” said Jennings who was shocked that he won. “When I submitted my essay I did not really think I had much of a shot. Besides I was only an eighth grader and there were hundreds of submissions from across the country written by people of all ages. I was just at a loss of words.”The award money will help cut down costs for the chapter to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this coming October. Jennings is proud that his essay will help more students from his home chapter expereince national convention.“In my small community, the poverty line is very high. I wanted to participate in this essay contest to hopefully allow more students to experience the things they normally wouldn’t have been able to do. Last year, my chapter took over 60 students to national convention for a five-day trip. I hope my contributions will be able to increase this number,” said Jennings, who added that the goal is for his chapter to take 80 members to national convention.Jennings believes more students should participate in the Culver’s essay program because of the lasting impact it can have.“First of all, I would like to say how thankful I am for Culver’s support of American agriculture and FFA. Secondly, I would like to say that anything can happen,” he said. “Even if you don’t think you can win, anything is possible. I was so honored to win this contest as an eighth grader against so many older participants. Even though personally you don’t gain any money from this contest, the money your chapter receives will benefit so many more people.”Jennings ended his first place essay by stating that the essay theme, “I Can. We Will.” is more than a theme, “it is a mindset and attitude that everyone across the world needs.”The Ohio FFA Association congratulates Jennings on his first place essay! If you would like more information on the Culver’s essay program, visit www.culvers.com/essaycontest.
Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Meghan Jenkins joins the ONE Championship family. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—ONE Championship appointed a former NBA officer to become its new Vice President International.Meghan Jenkins, a former Vice President and Head of Strategy for NBA Asia, will now work side by side with ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong in extending the mixed martial arts promotion’s global reach.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “Having spent the last few years focused on identifying opportunities across the Asia Pacific region, it is clear to me that there is significant untapped potential in Asia’s massive and growing sports media market and ONE Championship is uniquely positioned to capture a large portion of it,” added Jenkins.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Mighty Sports jumps right into action in Dubai tilt SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “As a seasoned leader Meghan will work alongside myself and the rest of our leadership team to help scale markets,” said Sityodtong in a statement.A seasoned marketing executive, she has a masters degree in Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Carolina at Chapel Hill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe former NBA officer also negotiated media deals in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines—markets ONE already has a foothold in—across different emerging media platforms and eSports.“I am thrilled to be joining ONE Championship, my experience over the last decade working to build the NBA into a global sports leader will be invaluable as I embark on this new challenge and help take ONE Championship to the next level,” said Jenkins. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments
The Northern Vipers Region is calling for nominations from suitable applicants for the following volunteer positions as part of the upcoming 2009 Touch Football South Australia convened State League competition.Regional CoordinatorThis person will liaise between TFSA and the members of the region to distribute information and ensure the effective administration of the region as required. This person will need to be available on game days as well as at other times to attend meetings as organised and determined by TFSA and the region.Men’s Open CoachThis person must be suitably qualified to undertake the physical and strategic preparation of each of the Men’s and Women’s Open representative teams. This would require a commitment to player selection through trials, organising team trainings as well as game day preparations.Women’s Open CoachThis person must be suitably qualified to undertake the physical and strategic preparation of each of the Men’s and Women’s Open representative teams. This would require a commitment to player selection through trials, organising team trainings as well as game day preparations.Team ManagersA manager for each of the above teams is required to assist the Regional Coordinator with administration, for example re-iterating information and collecting registration fees as well as assisting with the maintenance of the team uniforms.If you are interested in any of the above positions, please contact Peter McNamara on 0418 839 322 or email your interest on PMcNamara@savills.com.au prior to 30th November 2008.
Cardiff lodge bid for Nice midfielder Tamezeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff are preparing an offer for Adrien Tameze from Nice.The midfielder will cost roughly £8.5 million, with manager Neil Warnock a huge fan.The Frenchman has played 50 times for Nice.”I think we’ve almost agreed terms for one particular player,” said Warnock to reporters recently, with the assumption he is referring to Tameze.”There’s numerous players we’ve been linked with, the chairman (Mehmet Dalman) and Ken Choo (CEO) are talking to loads of players as far as I’m aware – second, third choices – to see who’s available.”But we’re not going to bring people in that aren’t better than what we’ve got. You’ve got to get the right ones in.”You look at some of the players we’re looking at and the figures are astronomical. I think it’s going to be one of those jobs again, late on in the window again where somebody decides to let somebody go.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
MINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota judge abruptly dismissed charges against three climate change activists during their trial on Tuesday, saying prosecutors failed to prove that the protesters’ attempt to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines caused any damage.Clearwater County District Judge Robert Tiffany threw the case out after prosecutors rested their case and before the protesters could use their defence: that the threat of climate change from using crude oil drilled from Canadian tar sands was so imminent that the activists’ actions were not only morally right, but necessary.The attorneys had long fought to use a “necessity defence” during the trial of the three Seattle-area residents, two of whom admitted turning the emergency shut-off valves on the northwest Minnesota pipelines in 2016 as part of a co-ordinated action in four states. Such a defence has been used by other activists protesting pipelines.Their attorney, Lauren Regan, acknowledged outside the courthouse in Bagley that she and her clients were surprised that the judge granted their motion to dismiss the case. The three defendants faced felony charges involving criminal damage to critical public service facilities. They could have faced up to a year in jail, according to prosecutors.“I’m very relieved the state of Minnesota acknowledged that we did no damage and intended to do no damage,” defendant Emily Johnston said. “I also admit that I am disappointed that we did not get to put on the trial that we hoped for.”Clearwater County Attorney Alan Rogalla declined to comment afterward.Climate change activists have increasingly turned to direct actions against oil and gas pipelines, with mixed legal success . Valve-turner cases in other states resulted in convictions that are under appeal. A Massachusetts judge in March cleared 13 gas pipeline protesters who used a necessity defence. While the cases generally have not set binding legal precedents, activists are hoping they help legitimize direct action as a tactic against climate change.In the Minnesota case, Johnston and Annette Klapstein readily acknowledged turning the emergency shut-off valves on two Enbridge Energy pipelines on Oct. 11, 2016, near Leonard, about 210 miles (338 kilometres) northwest of Minneapolis. A third defendant, Ben Joldersma, called in a warning to Enbridge. Charges were earlier dropped against a fourth defendant.They did it as part of a co-ordinated action by Climate Direct Action activists to shut down five Canadian tar sands crude pipelines in Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and Washington state. A total of 11 activists were charged in the four states.Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge temporarily shut down the two pipelines as a precaution before any damage occurred. The company issued a statement Tuesday saying the protest was “reckless and dangerous.”“The individuals involved in these activities claimed to be protecting the environment, but they did the opposite and put the environment and the safety of people at risk — including themselves, first responders and neighbouring communities and landowners,” the company said.The defendants insisted there was never any danger.“We did everything in our power to make sure this was a safe action, and we did this to protect our children and all of your children from the devastating effects of climate change,” Klaptstein said at the activists’ news conference afterward.While the judge took the unusual step of allowing allowed the necessity defence in a ruling last October, he said the defendants had to clear a high legal bar to succeed. He said the defence applies “only in emergency situations where the peril is instant, overwhelming, and leaves no alternative but the conduct in question.”The valve turners had hoped to put climate change itself on trial by presenting expert witnesses who would have backed up their claims that climate change was making natural disasters worse, and that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude — which generates more climate-damaging carbon dioxide than other forms of oil — was so imminent that they had no legal alternatives. But they never got the chance.
TAYLOR, B.C. – Monday, April 15th a cat was discovered at the top of a Hydro pole unable to move as it was reportedly stuck for hours.BC Hydro and the Deputy Fire Chief were able to rescue the cat from its predicament and Councillor Dave Lueneberg took the rescued cat in for the night to ensure it was looked after. Ashley Wood’s son had accidentally let ‘Moxie’ out of the house. Although she had been looking for him for three days, she says “It never really crossed my mind to look up”Wood would then see the District of Taylor’s FB Post and said, “I knew he was my furbaby from the photo.”Moxie has been a part of the Woods family for 10 years. Wood says, “I’m very grateful to the person who found him and to BC Hydro and the Taylor Fire hall for rescuing him.”
Responding to my piece earlier on Friday about the Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto and his approach to at-bats with runners in scoring position, reader Keith Anderson asked:How does his [swing] percentage compare to when there isn’t anyone in [scoring] position? Is there a noticeable/meaningful difference? I just wonder if people are picking at how his play changes or just how he plays.Funny you ask, Keith! Before deciding to focus specifically on whether Votto swings at pitches in the strike zone with runners in scoring position, I collected a bunch of other data covering different scenarios.Let’s look at this year first. Here are Votto’s 2014 numbers in RISP situations versus bases empty.Votto with RISP, 2014121 pitches47.1 percent strike rate (strikes + balls in play/pitches)29.8 percent swing rate24.7 percent called strike rate8.7 percent chase rate (swings at pitches out of the strike zone)57.9 percent fastballs57.7 percent swings on pitches in strike zoneVotto with bases empty, 2014437 pitches58.8 percent strike rate40.5 percent swing rate30.8 percent called strike rate17.4 percent chase rate59.3 percent fastballs64.8 percent swings on pitches in strike zoneSo Votto is swinging a lot more often this year in bases-empty situations than he is with runners in scoring position. Not coincidentally, he’s getting a lot more strikes to swing at with nobody on. Interestingly, he’s also doing something very un-Votto like: chasing pitches out of the zone, in this case twice as often with the bases empty as with runners in scoring position. Of course it’s only May 9, so we’re dealing with relatively small sample sizes.Now let’s take a look at how often Votto has swung at strikes with the bases empty over time.Votto swing percentage on pitches in strike zone with bases empty, 2009-20142009 73.32010 69.42011 66.82012 59.72013 64.32014 64.8Votto swing percentage on pitches in strike zone with RISP, 2009-20142009 78.22010 76.22011 69.82012 62.42013 69.22014 57.7The same trend governing Votto’s swing rate with runners in scoring position can be seen with the bases empty. He’s far less aggressive today than he was in 2009, and somewhat less aggressive than he was during his 2010 MVP season. After that, things level out, assuming we discount (or simply ignore) 2012, when a knee injury messed with his entire stat line. Also note that the small-sample-size issues that make Votto’s swing percentage on pitches in the strike zone with runners in scoring position has not carried over to the same stat with the bases empty; 2011, 2013 and 2014 look nearly identical with the bases empty.One other thing. If we assume that the 57.7 percent figure for runners in scoring position this year is a small-sample-size fluke that will even out shortly, then we’re left with a clear and healthy trend: The better the RBI opportunity, the more Joey Votto swings at pitches in the strike zone.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) is sacked by Virginia Tech sophomore cornerback Kendall Fuller during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State football team broke records and multiple streaks Saturday night, many of which were not positives.The Buckeyes dropped their first home opener since 1978, due in part to a lack of offense as they allowed seven sacks, six of which occurred in the fourth quarter.The loss also snapped OSU’s streak of 25 consecutive regular-season wins, which was the longest such streak in the country.Coach Urban Meyer said postgame that he was “very disappointed” with the way his team performed in front of a record crowd of 107,517, in Ohio Stadium.“We had all kind of issues that we have to get a lot better at,” Meyer said. “We also had a lot of dropped passes…we just have to do a better job.”Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin said the offense, which was four of 16 on third downs, needs to do a better job to help out the defense.“We just haven’t been able to get on a roll offensively,” Baldwin said. “Defense has been playing well and when we get these opportunities, we haven’t been taking advantage of them. Those three and outs have been killing us.”Not only could the Buckeyes not convert third downs, they could not complete passes. Redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett completed just nine of his 29 attempts, including three interceptions — the last of which was taken back 63 yards for a score by Virginia Tech junior cornerback Donovan Riley.Despite a less than stellar showing, Meyer said he thought his quarterback did well with what he had.“Gutsy effort,” Meyer said. “Obviously not good enough, but a quarterback is a product of those around him, and we all have to get better.”The Hokie defense lined up in zero coverage — a formation with no deep safeties — for most of the game and crowded the line of scrimmage, daring the Buckeyes to throw the football. It was a tactic co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the OSU coaching staff had not expected.“They played something we hadn’t prepared for so it took quite a bit of adjusting,” Herman said. “We had to find some ways to get to the speed option game, and we did that during the second half. We got a little momentum back on our side but couldn’t make the plays in the end.”After a year in which the Buckeyes were near the top nationally in yards per game in 2013, when then-junior Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde each rushed for over 1,000 yards, OSU managed just 108 rushing yards against the Hokies. Barrett, who suffered the seven sacks, led the team with 70 yards on the ground.The next leading rusher for OSU was sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who carried the ball just eight times for 32 yards.Baldwin said he was disappointed that OSU could not move the football on the ground.“The run game opens up the entire offense,” Baldwin said. “It really just opens up everything and we just couldn’t get it started.”Although the running game struggled, Herman said the loss cannot be blamed solely on one unit or person.“From myself on down to the players, it was certainly not one position or one thing that you can say, ‘this is the reason,’” he said.Meyer said that the team will regroup and come back ready to go on Sunday.“So anxious to get back to work tomorrow and get a little better,” Meyer said. “We had a good meeting as a team (after the game).”The Buckeyes are set to begin preparations for their next game against Kent State, which is scheduled to kickoff at noon on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium.