UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: Ateneo comes out ‘stronger’ after offcourt issues

first_imgMOST READ “With that comes very good character that allowed us to overcome everything that passed and that tried to bring us down. I think we handled the situation very well and I think we’re a lot stronger in terms of our morals and character,” added De Leon.And with their offcourt troubles resolved, the Lady Eagles will now look to overcome the departures of Morado, Michelle Morente, and Kim Gequillana who helped lead Ateneo to a 12-2 finish in Season 79.It now falls on the guidance of Madayag and De Leon to help propel a young team to a championship, the hardware Ateneo has searched for the past two years and avenge their two straight Finals losses to La Salle.“The team is so young, and a lot of us don’t have as much experience as the others. It’s going to take a lot of work,” said De Leon whose team lost six players after Season 79.“The team’s going to play its game, the usual happy, heart strong,” said Madayag. “We’ll just give our best in every game and no matter what happens we know that we did our best.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak When Alyssa Valdez left Ateneo, captain Jia Morado was able to steady the ship amid uncertainties that comes with the departure of the team’s long time star.But now that Morado is gone as well, it’s time for the younger start to step up to the plate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd the leadership of captain Maddie Madayag and veteran middle blocker Bea De Leon was immediately put to test a few months before 2017 ended.Back in October, then-Ateneo team manager Tony Boy Liao, who has been replaced by Lorenzo Veracruz, revealed that Bundit was not asked to report anymore to the Katipunan campus. Head coach: Tai BunditLast season: 12-2 (no.1 seed, runner-up finish)Key holdovers: Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon, Kat Tolentino, Jho MaraguinotKey losses: Jia Morado, Michelle Morente, Kim GequillanaADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year But a shakeup in the team’s internal staff eventually resolved the issue, with Bundit set to resume his head coaching duties for another year.“After everything that happened, it made the team stronger,” said Madayag. “We got through that phase. Every team has its problems and it just differs on how people respond to them. We faced our problems and that was made us stronger.”“We just have to trust the process, trust everyone on the team, and trust the coaches,” added Madayag.De Leon, who has been a vocal leader of Ateneo since Season 79, echoed her captain’s statements.“The measure of a good team is how you deal with things when they don’t go your way,” said De Leon. “The one thing that I’m really proud of about is when you look at these individuals they’re very good-hearted people.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Rivero brothers out of Green Archers Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View commentslast_img read more

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Ellen Insists on Proper Resource Exploitation

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has maintained that the exploitation of resources in Liberia be done in an appropriate governance framework that protects the national interest. According to the Liberian leader, the management of Liberia’s natural resources calls for an open and transparent environment which guarantees investors a fair return on their investment, while maximizing benefits for Liberian citizens and Liberian businesses.In her Annual Message on Monday, January 27, 2014, President Sirleaf noted that creating conducive environment for investment for both foreign and domestic is critical for attaining economic growth and development of Liberia.Liberia’s forest sector is one of the key sectors the President mentioned in her speech as very important the economy. The President did not bite her tongue on the controversy that has marred the issuance of the Private Use Permits (PUPs) to private citizens in accordance with the National Forest Reform Law of 2006.The National Forestry Reform Law of 2006 makes provision for the issuance of five categories of forest resource licenses to access forest contracts: Forest Management Contract (FMC), Timber Sales Contract (TSC); Private Use Permit (PUP); Forest Use Permit (FUP); and Community Forestry.But the Liberian leader noted that the poor management of the implementation of those laws resulted in a setback in attracting quality investors to the sector and a major loss in revenue.She disclosed that the government has revoked 29 Private Use Permit (PUP) licenses issued, while 34 PUP licenses are being reviewed. PUP license holders have, however, criticized the government for denying them the opportunity to play their role in the forest sector and the economy of Liberia.A number of Liberians who are now unemployed as a result of the suspension or revocation of their employers’ say they are disappointed in the government.  Speaking on the Theme: “Consolidating the Processes of Transformation” the President explained that the issuance of 63 PUPs prior to the formulation of relevant regulations to guide the process raised national and international concerns.The government of Liberia (GOL), it may be recalled, constituted a special independent investigating body (SIIB) to probe the PUP saga and made recommendations that led to a moratorium on the issuance and operations of all PUPs pending the validation of the draft regulation.“Meanwhile,” she emphasized “29 of the 63 PUPs issued have been revoked, while the remaining 34 are being reviewed for further action and possible cancellation.”President Sirleaf clarified, however, that the actions taken against the 63 PUPs have no effect on the operations of entities with valid FMC.“It should be noted, however, that this has no effect on forest operations which continue for entities with valid Forest Management Contracts,” she stated.She further explained that the new forest laws stress the integration of community, conservation, and commercial forest management, while a Community Rights Law empowers communities to fully engage in the management of forest resources.She called for the passage of a new legislation relating to bid premiums to fully revive the forestry sector so that the sector can adequately contribute to government to revenue.“The Board of Directors of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has been reconstituted and new management has taken bold steps toward compliance with all laws and regulations,” the President declared.President Sirleaf has meanwhile, observed that the voluntary partnership agreement with the European Union should attract quality investors committed to value addition to the sector.She disclosed that the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) began work, with stakeholders, to develop a uniform national template to monitor and evaluate the compliance of concessionaires in the country, in order to reduce the many and often confusing reportorial lines.According to the President, a National Concessions Cadastre is to be established for the administration and operation of a unified National Concessions Database System that will integrate and consolidate a repository of concession information.“The Bureau is to make certain that concessionaires remain in full compliance with the terms and conditions of their respective concession agreements, and ensures that Liberian citizens and firms get the anticipated employment and business opportunities from these concession contracts,” she stressed.The Liberian, however, admitted that the NBC faces challenges, including the lack of human capacity, logistics and insufficient budget allocation.Amidst these challenges, the new management is expected to address these challenges to meet the purpose for which the Bureau was created.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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France gives W Cup winners a heroes’ welcome

first_img0Shares0000An air force flyover accompanied France’s victorious World Cup team as they paraded down the Champs Elysees in Paris on Monday © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUPARIS, France, Jul 16 – The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes’ welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols.After overcoming a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday’s final in Russia, the team came back to euphoric crowds in Paris hoping to catch a glimpse of the players that have captured the nation’s imagination. The footballers did not disappoint, passing the golden World Cup trophy from player to player as they jumped and danced on an open-air bus with “World Champions” emblazoned on its side.Hundreds of thousands of fans lined the Champs-Elysee parade route, which was secured with a heavy police presence © AFP / Bertrand GUAY“Wow, it was completely crazy! They are too beautiful, France is beautiful!” said Julia Cohen, 28, after seeing players pass by on the Champs-Elysees, the gathering point for all national celebrations.The parade was under heavy police guard, with 2,000 officers deployed in the capital to ensure the safety of the estimated 300,000 people who turned up.Above the partying crowds, nine jets from the Patrouille de France, the air force’s acrobatic unit, did an honorary flyover trailing blue, white and red smoke.– ‘Allez les Bleus!’ –President Emmanuel Macron celebrates with the victorious French side © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREAfter leaving the Champs-Elysees, the players changed into custom-made blue suits before being welcomed at the Elysee Palace by President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, who were also decked out in blue for the occasion.Macron has already promised the Legion of Honour for the victors’ “exceptional services” to the country, an award given to the legendary team that won France’s first World Cup title in 1998.The first couple then posed with the team as they sang the Marseillaise national anthem and waved scarves for a joyous group photo, before heading inside for a private meeting.“Thanks to you all!” Macron told the team after gathering again outside. “This team is beautiful because you are united!”Brigitte Macron and midfielder Paul Pogba hold the World Cup trophy at the Elysee Palace © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREMidfielder Paul Pogba, despite his voice nearly failing him, then proved himself a showman off the pitch as well as on by leading the guests in an impromptu celebratory rap punctuated by “Allez les Bleus!”“It’s true, we went on the pitch, and we said, We’re going to crush them all!” he said.– ‘Thank you!’ –Nearly 3,000 guests were received in the Elysee gardens, including around 1,000 youths from local football clubs such as Bondy, the gritty Paris suburb whose towering housing blocks produced rising star forward Kylian Mbappe.Some of the children even got to touch the famed trophy, which captain Hugo Lloris handed around.France’s 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe gestures from the balcony of the Elysee Palace during an official reception on Monday © POOL/AFP / LUDOVIC MARINThe guests were also treated to the beats of DJ Snake, who has worked with pop stars including Lady Gaga and is part of the Pardon My French collective of French DJs.Mbappe, who applied the coup de grace in the final to cement his place as a new global superstar at just 19, said he achieved what he had set out to do — win the World Cup.“We are proud to make the French happy,” he told French channel TF1.Striker Antoine Griezmann said: “Frankly, personally, it’s not real yet. This cup weighs a lot.”“We are trying to give a good image for France, for French players. I hope that lots of young people will have seen this match and do the same,” he added.Now, “the players are on holiday,” Philippe Tournon, head of press for the team, told AFP.Hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols © POOL/AFP / Eric FEFERBERGMacron had already celebrated with the team on Sunday — even doing “dab” dance moves with players in a video that has gone viral — after attending the final in Moscow.Some analysts believe the 40-year-old centrist will benefit from the feel-good factor sweeping France, with Macron able to show a common touch after months of criticism from his opponents that he is distant and elitist.Commentators have also focused on the outpouring of patriotism and sense of national unity created by the multi-ethnic French team, many of whose stars including Pogba and Mbappe hail from deprived and often overlooked suburbs of Paris.– Disappointed fans –The French players were given a heroes’ welcome as they displayed the golden World Cup trophy © AFP / Lucas BARIOULETMacron will be relieved that joyous and occasionally chaotic celebrations across the country on Sunday night passed off without any major incident following a string of terror attacks in France since 2015 that have claimed nearly 250 lives.Some fans outside the luxury Hotel de Crillon were however disappointed after a lengthy wait to see the team, and vented their frustration on police.Bottles were thrown, people shouted and booed angrily, before police finally broke up the crowd and forced them to disperse.Overall, some 292 people were arrested nationwide with 31 people, including eight minors, having their detention extended on suspicion of involvement in incidents in Paris during the victory celebrations, a Paris prosecutor said late Monday.jw-gj-adp-js/dl/je/ceb/amz0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Halloween is Haunters Society’s time to howl

first_img Madeline Perz has lived on the cul-de-sac for 22 years. She doesn’t mind that her neighbors go all out for Halloween. “Isn’t that something? It’s wonderful. Every year something different,’ she said. They don’t decorate their yard. “Nothing can compare to it so we give up. We enjoy theirs,’ Perz said. DiFranco and Henke started decorating the inside of their home in 1991 when they threw a party for friends. The next year they decorated the yard with two skeletons doing a scene from “Hamlet.’ “And it grew and here we are,’ DiFranco said. The skeletons remain their constant players. Over the years, the bony crew has been featured in scenes which included a spaceship that crash landed in the yard, a circus tent made up of lights, and 20-foot-long pirate ships. Henke built these in the backyard and reassembled them in the front yard. “It’s a creative outlet. And it’s a way of sharing with everybody,’ he said. They usually draw about 120 kids and 100 adults for Halloween and wouldn’t mind getting more. Fellow haunter Dave Lisso, who works in Pomona, draws a lot of trick or treaters to his Lake Elsinore home as well. He has a full graveyard complete with a mausoleum. One side of his yard is meant for younger children with its inflatable cartoon characters while the other side is for older children. He views what he does as a chance to give back and spent about $3,000 in supplies and candy. The Haunters take pride on building their own stuff, he said. “It’s just something we do,’ Lisso said. “Halloween is one of the best times for us.’ Ruby Gonzales can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718, or by e- mail at [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week There are no dues, no officers and the logo is: “If you build it, they will scream!’ “We just get together and make things,’ DiFranco said. “For having such a bizarre hobby, they’re the most well-adjusted people I’ve known.’ There are 75 Haunters members. They found each other on the Internet and the group formed last April, DiFranco said. It spawned a Northern California chapter. Everything on the haunted midway was made by the couple and their friend, Mitch Friedman. This year they added animation. Hence, the party of grinning skeletons ride a moving carousel, Dracula’s coffin opens up, a witch stirs a cauldron and Madam Darvula’s crystal ball floats around her. On Halloween, music and fog will add to the atmosphere. “I enjoy it when someone stumbles into our yard accidentally,’ DiFranco said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img COVINA — This is not your typical carnival midway. At the “Kiss the Count’ booth, a buss goes for $5 and immortality for a mere $25,000. Feeling peckish? Skirt around the hapless soul who lays crushed beneath several pumpkins and head to the booth offering the “catch of the night.’ The thing that died before it got killed goes for 99 cents a pound. Welcome to Monica DiFranco and Thomas Henke’s yard on Rancho Del Sol Drive, featuring the spooky and whimsical every Halloween. Their house dubbed the “Maniac Mansion’ by friends also gets a ghastly makeover. The Covina couple belong to the Southern California chapter of the California Haunters’ Society, a group of Halloween enthusiasts who meet monthly to share ideas and Halloween-related items and props. last_img read more

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Ernie Els back to winning ways

first_img4 March 2008After enduring a winless drought of almost three-and-a-half years on the US PGA Tour, South Africa’s Ernie Els finally added another win on American soil by coming back from three shots off the pace after three rounds to claim the Honda Classic on the Champion Course at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on Sunday.Writing on his website after winning, Els said: “Trust me, I definitely missed winning over here on the PGA Tour, so this is a great feeling. It was a really wonderful week, never shooting over par on a very, very difficult golf course. That too gave me a lot of satisfaction.”Rated the third toughest course on the PGA Tour in 2007, the Champion Course at the PGA National Resort and Spa sternly tested the players, and windy conditions on Sunday that made scoring low difficult in the final round.Noteworthy achievementEls’ achievement of never going over par in the tournament was indeed noteworthy; only one other player, Robert Allenby, who finished on three-under, managed it.The victory brought to an end a long wait for Els, whose last wins in the US had come in the 2004 season when he won the Sony Open and The Memorial.For a man with over 60 wins worldwide, it had been an interminable wait, but tasting victory again was ever so sweet.Having completed his final round, Els had to wait to see what the remaining golfers on the course would do before his victory was confirmed.‘This one feels special’“When they eventually told me I’d won,” he wrote, “it was a mixture of relief and excitement. I’ve won more than 60 tournaments around the world, but this one feels special.”Heading into the final round, there was a three-way tie for the lead between England’s Luke Donald and the USA’s Mark Calcavecchia and Matt Jones. They were on six-under-par 214 with Els on three-under-par 217 after rounds of three-under 67 and successive level-par 70s.However, the South African superstar quickly made a move, with an outward nine holes that featured four birdies – on the first, fourth, fifth, and seventh – to take him to seven-under for the tournament.BogeyHe was set to finish the event on that score before he bogeyed the 17th, leaving him with an anxious wait to see whether his 67, which left him on six-under-par 274 for the tournament, would be enough.It was a nervous time for the man known as “the Big Easy”.He wrote: “To be honest, having signed my card I really didn’t want to sit there and watch the last few holes on television. The last time I did that was when Boo Weekley chipped in twice on 17 and 18 at Hilton Head last year to beat me. So this time I went to hit some balls instead.you know, stay focused just in case there was a playoff.”ChallengersOne by one, Els’ challengers fell by the wayside.Calcavecchia was tied with Els before he dropped two shots on the 15th, when he pitched out of a bunker and his ball slid across the green before coming to rest on a rocky ledge.Jones was at six-under, but a bogey at the 15th and a double-bogey at the 17th took him out of contention.Donald, meanwhile, fell off the pace by carding back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th. He pulled on back with a birdie at the 16th, but a chip for birdie on the 18th came up short, leaving Els to savour victory.Els’ win was worth a cool US$990 000 – comfortably over R7.7-million – which is ample testament that “to the winner goes the spoils”.The victory also lifted him one place in the world rankings to number three, above Steve Stricker and trailing only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.“This one feels sweet, I can tell you,” Els remarked.“I said before the start of the Honda Classic that a win is what I needed in order to really kick-start my year, so this couldn’t have come at a better time. Being up there last week, in the mix, feeling the heat and knowing that I can pull off the shots under pressure, that is what it’s all about.“It’s amazing what a win does for your confidence.”Honda Classic LeaderboardErnie Els 67 70 70 67, 274Luke Donald 64 74 66 71, 275Nathan Green 71 70 68 67, 276Robert Allenby 69 68 70 70, 277Matt Jones 66 67 71 73, 277Mark Calcavecchia 70 67 67 73, 277Mathew Goggin 71 70 68 69, 278John Mallinger 68 67 73 70, 278Alex Cejka 69 71 68 70, 278Michael Letzig 70 69 68 71, 278Retief Goosen 73 70 71 73, 287World RankingsTiger Woods (USA)Phil Mickelson (USA)Ernie Els (South Africa)Steve Stricker (USA)Adam Scott (Australia)KJ Choi (South Korea)Justin Rose (Britain)Jim Furyk (USA)Rory Sabbatini (South Africa)Padraig Harrington (Ireland) Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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The rise of South African-Angolan relations

first_imgRelations between South Africa and Angola were tense in the past, but in recent years, the two countries have grown closer and even collaborate on a number of social and economic ventures. Pictured here is President Jacob Zuma with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in Luanda last August. (Image: GCIS)• Cooperation, trade and education key to Africa’s success – Coleman • Research reveals Kenyan, Nigerian views of South Africa • Liberian entrepreneurs build South African networks • Join the 2014 South African Competitiveness Forum• Africa’s resources key to unlocking its wealth Shamin ChibbaBrand South Africa’s dialogue on “Active Citizenship in Building Competitive African Nation Brands”, to be held this Friday, is focusing on South African-Angolan relations in particular, prompting a look at how the two countries have been building their partnership in recent years.Past relations between South Africa and Angola were frosty: first, the apartheid government backed the Angolan opposition movement, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita); then, Thabo Mbeki did not improve matters when, as president, he called for negotiations instead of military solutions to end Angola’s civil war.But the thaw started at the turn of the millennium. Ties between the two countries began taking shape in November 2000, when an agreement establishing economic, scientific, cultural, social and cultural collaboration led to the founding of the South Africa-Angola Joint Commission for Co-operation (JCC). The first JCC meeting took place in Pretoria on 28 February 2003. Still, the partnership did not amount to anything substantial.This changed in 2009, when Jacob Zuma chose Angola for his first state visit as South Africa’s president. He met President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos in Luanda, starting an economic partnership that resulted in agreements on air services and diplomatic consultation as well as memoranda on trade, industry, commerce, housing, and sport and recreation.At the time, the Mail & Guardian opined that Zuma was “seeking rapprochement”, saying Angola was an increasingly important player in Africa. In the same year, Angolan exports to South Africa amounted to almost R12-billion (about $1-billion) while South African exports to Angola amounted to R5.5-billion.Dos Santos visited South Africa in December 2010, signing five bilateral agreements on public works, infrastructure development, telecommunications and information technologies, as well as a Declaration of Intent on the use of financial facilities. By 2013, the two countries had signed over 22 bilateral agreements across a wide range or sectors, including trade and industry, energy, science and technology, and sport.Angola’s large oil reserves make the country the third largest economy in Africa. It became South Africa’s biggest trading partner on the continent in 2012 with total South African imports amounting to R23-billion and exports at R8.7-billion. South African private companies have also been active in Angola, with some of the more notable names being Nampak Bevcan, Standard Bank, Barloworld, Shoprite and Hollard.This came about after 250 South African companies banded together to form the South Africa-Angola Chamber of Commerce in 2003. They were attracted to the Angolan market following the death of Unita rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, which brought the 27-year civil war to a standstill. The chamber advises South Africa-based companies on how to enter and operate successfully in the Angolan market. Brand South Africa will host its second South African Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 November 2014 under the theme “Active Citizenship and its Role in Changing the South African Brand Reality”. Top minds from business, the government, civil society and the academic world will gather to discuss the nation’s position in the world, and uncover ways to give South Africa a competitive edge on the global stage. Click here to find out more. Follow the conversation on Twitter via #CompetitiveSA.last_img read more

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2017 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Presentations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As requested by popular demand, below is a listing of the presentations from the 2017 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium. Presentations from the two day event can be viewed in PDF format by simply clicking on the title of the presentation. For those that have further questions on the presentations themselves, feel free to email me at: [email protected] and I will help address your questions.Friday, December 1, 2017:Dr. Francis Fluharty – The Ohio State University, Department of Animal Sciences, Research ProfessorThe Realities of Finishing Lambs on Grass vs. GrainFeeding Ewe Lambs for Maximum Growth and ReproductionSaturday, December 2, 2017:Brady Campbell – The Ohio State University, Program Coordinator, OSU Sheep Team Alex Tuggle – Agriscience Education Instructor (Animal Science), Academies of Cleveland Adam Wagner – The Ohio State University, undergraduate student (Animal Sciences)Howard Wyman Sheep Industry SchoolRoger High – OSIA / OSWP / OFBF Brady Campbell – The Ohio State University, Program Coordinator, OSU Sheep TeamThe Management Continuum – Practices in Managing the Sheep Flock on An Annual Calendar Basis (Session #1 and #2)last_img read more

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Excessive rainfall as damaging to corn yield as extreme heat, drought

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recent flooding in the Midwest has brought attention to the complex agricultural problems associated with too much rain. Data from the past three decades suggest that excessive rainfall can affect crop yield as much as excessive heat and drought. In a new study, an interdisciplinary team from the University of Illinois linked crop insurance, climate, soil and corn yield data from 1981 through 2016.The study found that during some years, excessive rainfall reduced U.S. corn yield by as much as 34% relative to the expected yield. Data suggest that drought and excessive heat caused a yield loss of up to 37% during some years. The findings are published in the journal Global Change Biology.“We linked county-level U.S. Department of Agriculture insurance data for corn loss with historical weather data, letting us quantify the impact of excessive rainfall on yield loss at a continental scale,” said Kaiyu Guan, a natural resources and environmental sciences professor and the study’s principal investigator. “This was done using crop insurance indemnity data paired with rigorous statistical analysis — not modeled simulations — which let the numbers speak for themselves.”The study found that the impact of excessive rainfall varies regionally.“Heavy rainfall can decrease corn yield more in cooler areas and the effect is exacerbated even further in areas that have poor drainage,” said Yan Li, a former U. of I. postdoctoral researcher and lead author of the study.Excessive rainfall can affect crop productivity in various ways, including direct physical damage, delayed planting and harvesting, restricted root growth, oxygen deficiency and nutrient loss, the researchers said.“It is challenging to simulate the effects of excessive rainfall because of the vast amount of seemingly minor details,” Li said. “It is difficult to create a model based on the processes that occur after heavy rainfall — poor drainage due to small surface features, water table depth and various soil properties can lead to ponding of water in a crop field. Even though the ponding may take place over a small area, it could have a large effect on crop damage.”Many climate change models predict that the U.S. Corn Belt region will continue to experience more intense rainfall events in the spring.“This study shows that we have a lot of work to do to improve our models,” said Evan DeLucia, the director of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment, a professor of integrative biology and study co-author. “While drought and heat stress have been well dealt with in the existing models, excessive rainfall impacts on crop system are much less mature.”Because of this, the researchers feel that it is urgent for the government and farmers to design better risk management plans to deal with the predicted climate scenarios.“As rainfall becomes more extreme, crop insurance needs to evolve to better meet planting challenges faced by farmers,” said Gary Schnitkey, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics and study co-author.The USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy supported this study.last_img read more

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Many Wet-Condition Crop Concerns Ahead

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Bryce AndersonDTN Senior Ag MeteorologistOMAHA (DTN) — Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the USDA Midwest Climate Hub are worried about how summer 2019 conditions will treat crops that are already behind the development time curve because of wet and cool weather.In the NOAA North Central climate region, the month of May “was one for the record books,” according to Montana State Climatologist Kelsey Jencso, during a conference call. He noted that March through May average temperatures in the region that extends from the Rocky Mountains in the west to the Allegheny Plateau in the east were mainly below- to much-below average. Accompanying that cool spring pattern, precipitation was “mainly much above average,” except for the state of North Dakota, which had a drier month.Looking ahead to July, Jencso highlighted the June NOAA Climate Prediction Center’s forecast for central U.S. temperatures to have an elevated prospect of being below normal, while precipitation chances are elevated for above-normal amounts. “The odds are tilted toward this (cool and wet trend) continuing” in the Midwest and High Plains, he noted.With that cool and wet forecast, Jencso listed characteristics and effects the region is likely to experience. They include: cold and wetness; delayed development; millions prevented planting acres; varied weed problems; disease from wet conditions; slow emergence of corn and soybeans; and crops that will likely struggle through the entire growing season.“There’s a strong connection at the (land) surface level in summer between wetter and cooler along with dry and warm,” noted USDA Midwest Climate Hub Director Dennis Todey. “When soils and surfaces are wet, it leads to evaporative cooling (interferes with prolonged heat buildup in the Midwest). That’s a big player.”Todey noted some crop issues have already been developing. “The problem is that we’ve put a decent amount of seed in the ground that has ongoing issues,” he said. “There are fields where it’s either been too wet or is becoming too wet, causing soil compaction. This is limiting to root development and emergence. Heavy rain has caused crusting of soils. Ongoing wetness leads to disease. And, people (producers) have not been able to do weed control.”Crop development and reproduction phases — corn pollination and soybean flowering — are on the minds of the experts with the July temperature forecast looking relatively cool. “We need warmer temperatures to push corn along,” Todey said. “The overall outlook doesn’t give a lot of optimism for corn to reach development by the end of the (crop) year.”That means crops will be using every available growing degree day to go through the various production phases. But, that takes time, and climate experts are concerned that time may run out in the 2019 season.“Don’t even mention early frost,” Todey said.Bryce Anderson can be reached at [email protected] @BAndersonDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Nokia/Microsoft Partnership Announcement Expected Tomorrow

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#NYT#web sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Nokia is expected to announce a new partnership with Microsoft at its annual Capital Markets Day tomorrow, according to several reports. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, an outsider who arrived from Microsoft last year to take charge of the Finnish company, believes that a partnership between Nokia and another yet-to-be named player is Nokia’s best bet going forward.As big as Nokia is, it can’t afford to go it alone, Elop told the blog AllThingsD in an interview last week. But who is Nokia’s new partner? BusinessWeek says that Elop held talks with both Microsoft and Google on the matter. But now, all signs are pointing to Microsoft as the key to Nokia’s radical strategy shift.Nokia, Our Platform is Burning…. Despite the inability of former Nokia execs to grasp the fact that the mobile industry has changed since the time when Nokia was king, it has. Tomi Ahonen, a former Nokia exec turned consultant, claimed that Elop’s memorable “Burning Platform” memo to company employees was a hoax written by an American analyst.But it was not a hoax at all, according to a number of high-profile news sites, including Engadget and BBC News, who each independently verified the memo’s legitimacy with multiple sources. Instead, it represents the new thinking that Elop brings to the global brand – a frank, “tell it like it is” viewpoint that former Nokia employees like Ahonen can’t quite understand.“We poured gasoline on our own burning platform,” wrote Elop in the memo to employees. “I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally. Nokia, our platform is burning.”The signs that Nokia was on a downward trend have been there for some time, but perhaps it took an outsider like Elop to take action – action like canceling Nokia’s first MeeGo smartphone, for example. This week, it was reported that the company has ditched its plans to launch its first phone using the MeeGo operating system, the OS that emerged from a combination of Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin OS’. MeeGo was going to be Nokia’s new flagship OS, the one it would use to compete with the Androids and iPhones of the smartphone world.Nokia has lost market share over the past few years to competitors like Apple and Google, the latter of which is now poised to compete with Nokia not only on the high-end smartphone front but also on low-end feature phones that have typically been Nokia’s bread-and-butter.Nokia Said to be Choosing MicrosoftAnd now, the world and the markets await news of Nokia’s comeback plan.According to a number of reports, that plan involves Microsoft. One of BusinessWeek‘s sources said that Nokia would prefer to have a partnership with a software company like Microsoft, rather than being yet another company that licenses Android software.Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system has been favorably reviewed by technology journalists, bloggers and analysts, but has not picked up significant market share as of yet. A Nokia partnership where the Microsoft’s software ran on Nokia hardware – traditionally one of Nokia’s strengths – would change that.A telling tweet from Google’s VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, appears to confirm this is the case. In a message that would appear cryptic to casual observers, Gundotra posted: “#feb11 “Two turkeys do not make an Eagle.” The date is referring to Nokia’s Capital Markets Day and the “turkeys” are clearly Google’s competitors in mobile: Nokia and Microsoft. Obviously, if Nokia had chosen Google, Gundotra wouldn’t be insulting the company in such a way. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Perhaps what’s most incredible about the forthcoming announcement, is not just the radical overhaul and course correction it represents for Nokia, but the speed with which it came about. Elop only took Nokia’s helm last fall – he moves fast, it seems.Also expected tomorrow is confirmation of the reports that Nokia will shake up its management structure, too, with the dismissal of several top executives: Mary T. McDowell, the executive in charge of Nokia’s mobile phones unit; Niklas Savander, the manager of the markets unit; Tero Ojanpera, the manager responsible for services and mobile solutions; and Chief Development Officer Kai Oistamo.Friday is shaping up to be an interesting day for mobile observers. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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