Bumblee_Dee/iStock(NEW YORK) — John Cena is no stranger to philanthropy. The wrestler turned actor has granted more than 600 wishes for the Make-A-Wish foundation and has helped bring hope and healing to hundreds of families.Now, his new role as a fire chief in the movie “Playing with Fire” has led him to two new causes – helping first responders and veterans.Cena made headlines when he announced he’d be donating $500,000 to first responders fighting the California wildfires. To many it seemed like a random act of kindness, but for Cena, it was an obligation to his heroes.“I’ve been doing interviews and when everybody asks me about first responders I tell them they’re my heroes, simply because they put themselves in harm’s way to save others,” Cena said. “I can’t tell you in good faith that these people are my heroes and then in their time of need, when they need something, if I don’t respond to that call, I’m not backing up what I’m telling you.”It was this mentality of wanting to help people who put themselves in harm’s way to save others that lead Cena to FitOps – an organization that works to end veteran suicide through fitness. Cena told “GMA” that 20 veterans a day commit suicide and that he wants to fight to bring that number to zero.“(Veterans) are people I truly admire and mimic my life ethos off of how they operate as human beings – honor to our country, hustle, loyalty and respect,” Cena said. “I can keep telling you things that I have morphed from the military that I have developed into my own pillars of values and beliefs.”Last month, Cena announced a large fundraising initiative with FitOps, pledging that from now until Veteran’s Day he will match every dollar donated up the organization up to $1 million. His ultimate goal is to work with the community to raise $2 million in the fight against veteran suicide.“I’m trying to let these people know that they have value and certainly that I love them and that they belong,” Cena said. “That they can do something that doesn’t require a uniform and feel a great sense of purpose.”Although Cena’s new movie has inspired new philanthropic missions, he still makes plenty of time for the Make-a-Wish foundation, which he has been heavily involved with for 20 years. Cena says the concept of bringing “hope and happiness” to families face very difficult circumstances is why the cause remains near and dear to his heart.“Make-A-Wish really does go above and beyond to make each experience fantastic and having been a part of experience after experience, the results are always the same,” Cena said. “It’s happiness, it’s hope, it’s in no way, shape or form reflective at all of the circumstances they face.”Although his philanthropic missions are all different, Cena says his work with them is bonded by a single idea.“I think the connection with all three charities – with FitOps, with the first responders in California and with Make-A-Wish is the message of hope,” Cena said. “First responders need resources to do their job well and that’s a provider of hope, we’re having veterans find purpose through fitness in FitOps and the hope is to get the veteran suicide rate down to zero and especially with Make-a-Wish is a situation where I can see the hope – see the smiles and I and see the happiness in the faces of the kids.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Donald Kinder, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan, compared the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections at the Department of Political Science’s event Wednesday morning in the Von KleinSmid Center. Kinder highlighted race as the primary driving force of former president Barack Obama’s election in 2008 and reelection in 2012.Kinder emphasized five indicators of the weight of race in the elections: racial divide in vote, race and turnout, prejudice and white vote, racial solidarity and black vote and racial polarization of the party system.According to Kinder, the 2008 elections generated a racial divide in America as Obama received 95 percent of the African American votes and 44 percent of the white votes. Kinder mentioned that it was expected that the racial divide in 2012 elections might narrow compared to the 2008 elections, but it didn’t happen.“Some blacks might have decided that Obama was not the president they had hoped for,” Kinder said. “Some whites might have come to the conclusion that Obama was not the radical race man they had feared. Evidently not. The difference here  is within a hair of the difference in 2008.”Black voter turnout in 2012 was lower than in 2008, as was the white vote, Kinder added.Prejudice in the white vote played an important role in 2008 elections, according to various researchers.“Obama paid a political price for his racial identity in 2008 among whites,” Kinder said. “He lost [the] support of racially conservative and racially resentful white voters that a typical white democratic candidate would have expected to win.”According to Kinder, researchers predicted that race would play a smaller role in election results in 2012 compared to 2008. Kinder also concluded that Obama’s rise to presidency had no impact at all on racial prejudice.Kinder observed that there was no evidence that racial group solidarity diminished from 2008 to 2012. Kinder also mentioned that racial group solidarity caused a major number of African Americans to vote for Obama in both the elections.Skylar Freels, a sophomore majoring in political science and philosophy, felt that racial prejudice is still a major factor in politics.“I learned kind of unfortunately that racial prejudice is still definitely a massive influence in politics,” Freels said. “The 2012 election was the most polarized around race that we have ever seen. So that’s bad.”Kinder noted that given recent events, race will continue to play a role in politics.“Race and politics seem as entangled as ever and going forward, that seems to be the likely case for some time to come,” Kinder said.Correction: The headline for this article previously stated that Donald Kinder was a USC professor. He is a professor from the University of Michigan. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.
The basketball team Bayern defeated the Oliver Baskets with a result of 98:84. The B&H player Nihad Đedović had his best game since he transferred from Berlin to this Bavarian city.He had 31 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.Đedović once again showed what kind of player he is and he led Bayern to a new triumph, and was named the best player of the game.(Source: KS BiH)
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Both Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo failed to spark as Melbourne Renegades crashed to a comprehensive seven-wicket defeat to city rivals Melbourne Stars here yesterday.Playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Renegades reached 161 for seven off their 20 overs after they were sent in, with Cameron White top-scoring with 54 from 39 deliveries and captain Aaron Finch getting 36 from 29 balls.Gayle fell cheaply in the fourth over with the score on 17, scoring just four off 10 balls before giving a simple catch to Kevin Pietersen at mid-on off seamer John Hastings.Bravo, meanwhile, fell in the final over for just seven off eight balls, bowled by Hastings, who finished with four for 29.In reply, Stars got a superb unbeaten 109 off 63 balls from Englishman Luke Wright as they raced to their target off the first ball of the final over.He struck 11 fours and four sixes in a knock that held the innings together as wickets tumbled around him.Bravo finished with one for 28 from four overs of medium pace.
Chelsea struggled to break down a resolute Hull City defence in a cagey first half. The Blues, who can go top of the Premier League table with victory, rarely threatened the home goal until goalkeeper Allan McGregor made a stunning save to deny Oscar 12 minutes before the breakUntil then the visitors, who had John Terry back at centre-half and restored David Luiz to midfield, had edged possession.But Hull created as many chances, with Terry culpable of creating the best one with a misplaced pass that ended with Yannick Sagbo shooting well wide.Fernando Torres had a shot deflected into the side netting and Eden Hazard made a couple of dangerous runs.McGregor also flapped at a Willian free-kick while Petr Cech’s only notable save saw him push away a long-range Jake Livermore strike.A lacklustre half threatened to boil over in the final stages when Livermore dived in on Luiz, who almost scored with a dipping strike from the resulting free-kick.With Arsenal not playing until Monday and the morning leaders Manchester City not in action until Sunday afternoon, the Blues will go a point clear with victory.Arsenal face Aston Villa away and City travel to Newcastle.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Luiz; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Bertrand, Mikel, Essien, Schurrle, Mata, Eto’o.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — The ugly trifecta of 2019 — late planting, high-moisture corn and plentiful rain and snow — has left many farmers facing unharvested cornfields into December and possibly beyond.Of all the agronomic sins this year has forced onto the landscape, cornfields left standing deep into the winter is perhaps the one farmers dread the most.“Nobody in my part of Ontario, and, I presume, the rest of the province, wants to leave corn out for the winter, especially this year,” said Dan Petker, who farms in southern Ontario, Canada. “Surrounded by the Great Lakes means lots of moisture-laden air, lots of snowfall and lots of wind.”Even farther south, the idea strikes fear in the heart of north-central Missouri farmer Kyle Samp, who was forced to harvest some fields in January last year due to overly wet conditions. “Even that long makes me so nervous,” he said. “You had better have some pretty good stalks and good-quality grain to start with.”Farmers facing standing cornfields should know their risks. Winter temperatures allow for limited drying in the field, and yield loss from lodging, ear drop and wildlife feeding is a likely risk. Finally, depending on your policy, crop insurance may not follow your crop through the winter months.THE REALITIES OF DRYING OVER WINTERIn Wisconsin, farmers have up to a third of the corn crop left to harvest, and high-moisture corn is very common, noted University of Wisconsin Extension corn agronomist Joe Lauer.The costs of drying that corn down mechanically to the desired 15% for storage are significant, he noted. The research suggests drying costs for a single point of moisture range from 3 cents per bushel for on-farm drying to 6 cents per bushel for commercial drying.“If you have 30% moisture corn and you multiply that out, you’re looking at 45 to 90 cents in extra costs, which takes the profit out pretty quickly,” Lauer noted.As such, the possibility of letting Mother Nature do the job in the field may seem attractive, but growers should be aware that drying rates plummet in the winter months, especially in the northern Corn Belt, he added.“Generally, once you hit Dec. 1, there isn’t a lot of moisture loss occurring until March or April of the following year,” he said. A 2009 study by Lauer and former Wisconsin Extension agent Nick Schneider found that, in Wisconsin, 22%-moisture corn stayed at that level through December and January and only dropped to 16% and 10% in March and April, respectively.For other options on air-drying corn in the bin during winter months, see this University of Nebraska article: https://cropwatch.unl.edu/….THE YIELD LOSS RISKS OF WINTER MONTHSA lot can happen between December and April. Wind, snow and ice are a significant possibility for most growers in the Corn Belt, as are foraging wildlife such as deer. A wide range of lodging, ear drop and kernel shattering are possible each winter, which makes predicting yield loss almost impossible, Lauer noted.Lauer and Schneider tried to conduct research on this by measuring yield loss in standing cornfields in Wisconsin in 2000 and 2001. The results varied widely. In the snow-heavy year of 2000, the researchers measured yield losses ranging from 38% to 65%, depending on which month the corn was harvested. In the milder winter of 2001, yield losses ranged from 5% to 18%.“The spread of what can happen is really wide, and the bottom line is the longer the corn is in the field, the more risk you take on,” Lauer said.Keep in mind that late, wet planting and disease has left many fields with serious quality issues this year.“Stalk integrity this year is terrible, and most corn would not be standing by spring harvest time — mid to late April,” Petker said of his Ontario region.Ear molds and other quality issues could also create problems. Mold development can continue until outside temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or moisture drops below 20%, according to North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang. See more here: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/….University of Minnesota Extension educator Angie Peltier and North Dakota State University Extension agronomist Joel Ransom cautioned growers of another potential victim of overwintering corn: your 2020 crop.“When deciding on keeping corn over the winter, remember that dealing with corn residues after a spring harvest will likely delay any spring land preparation and planting, (and) that could put your 2020 (crop) at a disadvantage,” they wrote in a joint university newsletter. Volunteer corn could also complicate weed control in the following crop.CROP INSURANCE MAY NOT COVER YOUDon’t assume crop insurance will follow your corn crop through the winter months. According to USDA’s Risk Management Agency, basic crop insurance policies end their coverage period when any one of the following scenario occurs first:— Total destruction of the insured crop.— Harvest of the insured crop.— Final crop loss adjustment.— The calendar date contained in the Crop Provisions or Special Provisions for the end of the insurance period (Dec. 10 for corn as a grain crop).— Abandonment of the insured crop.USDA defines “abandonment” as: “Failure to continue to care for the crop, providing care so insignificant as to provide no benefit to the crop, or failure to harvest in a timely manner, unless an insured cause of loss prevents you from properly caring for or harvesting the crop or causes damage to it to the extent that most producers of the crop on acreage with similar characteristics in the area would not normally further care for or harvest it.”Growers with standing cornfields should check with their individual crop insurance agent, Peltier and Ransom stressed. “Please keep in touch with your crop insurance agent should either you suspect an insured loss or the Dec. 10 deadline approaches,” they wrote.For more details on standing corn risks and drying costs and breakevens, see this article from the Minnesota scientists here: https://blog-nwcrops.extension.umn.edu/… and Lauer and Schneider’s work here: http://corn.agronomy.wisc.edu/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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Several brides from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Friday held a protest along with children in Srinagar to put pressure on the Centre and the State government to issue them travel documents to cross the Line of Control (LoC) and visit their families. Wearing veils and carrying children in their arms, these PoK women, who married Kashmiri men when they went for arms training across the LoC in the 1990s, appealed to the governments of Pakistan and India to devise a mechanism “to allow free movement to them across the LoC”. ‘Address grievances’ “Many women from (PoK) are suffering from depression. We are neither given citizenship nor being deported back. Our grievances should be addressed by the government,” said a bride from the PoK during a press conference in Srinagar. She claimed that around 350 women and children used the Nepal route to return to Kashmir along with their husbands after availing of the rehabilitation policy of the Omar Abdullah government in 2010.“However, since we came to this place, we are denied rights. We should be allowed to meet our families in Pakistan,” said another bride. An official said over 150 brides from PoK have settled in Kashmir along with their ex-militant husbands. A J&K High Court judgment, issued in 1971 in the Mohsin Shah case, had observed that no deportation exercise could take place for such couples because “one person had merely travelled from one part of India to another”.
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But Black was quick to dismiss the extra rest as a factor in this long series, and has instilled in his charges that, after making the Finals last year and failing to forge a Game 7 after Justin Brownlee hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, only winning this one would complete their journey.“We now have the experience,” said Black, who completed a Triple Crown sweep with San Miguel in 1989 and won titles with defunct Sta. Lucia and Talk ‘N Text before taking this job at Meralco. “The next goal for us is to win the championship (this time).”Brownlee made that triple in the face of Allan Durham last year, and though the Meralco import has repeatedly said that it’s all behind him now, Durham said that memories of that painful loss still haunt him to this day.“I’ve been trying to move on, but the media keep bringing that stuff up,” Durham had told reporters recently. “But none of that matters, last year doesn’t matter. I’ve forgotten about it, but it’s still fueling me to get the (series) win and hold the trophy.”Ginebra has the 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 leaper Japeth Aguilar manning the middle, but the Gin Kings will be facing a side that has improved a lot since last year, with the addition of Ranidel de Ocampo giving the Bolts a lot of championship experience.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients And after suffering the franchise’s bitterest defeat last season, Meralco feels that it has some unfinished business when it starts clashing with the Gin Kings in the 7 p.m. series opener at Quezon Convention Center here, as Norman Black tries to fulfill a goal of putting a winning tradition in the latest stop of his storied coaching career.“It’s going to be tough, and it’s going to be rough,” Cone, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said of the season-closing title series where the Kings are expected to ride their advantage in size all the way against an opponent he described with so much respect.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We couldn’t have picked a higher quality opponent,” Cone went on. “They have all the bases covered. That’s the challenge for us there. We are bigger, yes, but they also have the size and the balance. They can play the pace they want to play.”Meralco topped the elimination round and swept a formidable Star crew in the Final Four, giving the Bolts three days more rest than the Kings. Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLUCENA—It’s going to be size versus versatility, great imports ranged against each other, brilliant Grand Slam-winning tacticians seeking to improve their legacies, and crowd-darlings going up against probably the most under-appreciated side in the PBA.But no matter how one splices it, the best-of-seven series for the Governors’ Cup title promises to be the best one for the season, with Barangay Ginebra seeking to win a second title under Tim Cone without needing a last-second three-pointer to do it.ADVERTISEMENT Corteza makes history LATEST STORIES “It will be tougher,” guard LA Tenorio said. “First, because they are highly motivated, No. 2 is because of the addition of Ranidel, third is (Chris) Newsome and Baser (Amer) have improved a lot and the last is because Durham is Durham.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Tennis star Andy Murray has become a global ambassador for WWF supporting the fight against poaching and illegal wildlife trade.The world number six seed will be helping to raise awareness and support an initiative in Nepal that trains dogs to track down poaching activity within and around Chitwan National Park.Andy, who is well known for his love of dogs, will be raising vital funds throughout his tennis tour next year to support this crucial work in Nepal.Nepal is home to magnificent species such as tigers and rhinos – both of which are under threat due to poaching for the illegal trade in their parts. Nepal has long been a key transit route for some illegal wildlife products from India, destined for China, and whilst Nepal has dramatically reduced poaching in its own parks, vigilance against future poaching in Nepal must be maintained.The sniffer dog program will work alongside current activities in the country to tackle poaching and illegal wildlife trade. In honor of Andy’s support a new puppy that will be part of the elite dog team will be named ‘Murray.’Andy Murray said: “It’s a shocking fact that rhino poaching in South Africa increased by over 7,700% between 2007 and 2013 and as few as 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild so anything we can do to deter poachers is a positive step in the right direction. I’ve followed WWF’s work on the illegal wildlife trade for a while now and been looking for a way to support their work. I think it’s incredibly important that this trade is prevented and the sniffer dog programme seemed like the perfect venture for me to get behind. I know from my own dogs how clever they can be and it’s fascinating how these sniffer dogs communicate with their handlers. I’m also really looking forward to going to see Murray at work at some point in the near future.”Heather Sohl, Chief Species Advisor at WWF-UK, said: “We’re delighted that Andy has joined us in our work to fight the illegal wildlife trade. This serious, organised crime is threatening some of our most iconic species, so such support from a global personality to champion the issue and the much needed solutions is invaluable. Andy’s support for the sniffer dog work in Nepal will complement existing efforts by WWF and our partners through dramatically improving investigations by enforcement teams.”As part of a global program to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade WWF also promotes the use of other innovative approaches, such as managing patrolling using GPS and databases, using unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor, detect and deter poaching – along with the use of sniffer dogs.For further info about this partnership visit www.wwf.org.uk/andy.